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In the News:

1) US Senate rejects full Obamacare repeal without replacement
2) Trump announces new social engineering policy to appease delicate snowflake DoD bureaucrats
3) OH: State employees kill prisoner
4) Trump’s not alone: Congress now digging into DNC-Ukraine connection
5) Greece: Man arrested on suspicion of helping people preserve their financial privacy
6) Google co-founder Sergey Brin has been instructed to give a deposition in Alphabet’s lawsuit against Uber
7) Canada: Regime revokes Helmut Oberlander’s citizenship for the fourth time
8) TSA to impose stricter electronic carry-on airport screening
9) IA: Driver’s license bureau gives mental test for applicant using a cane
10) Amazon announces US hiring spree as labor market tightens
11) TN: Inmate peddling child porn from prison gets more time
12) Report: Brooks offers seat for Sessions run
13) Execution drug mizadolam causes a slow and excruciating death, protesters say
14) Bolton: Trump Admin must convince China to help “unite the Koreas”
15) CA: Man accused of smuggling king cobras in potato chip cans
16) CA: Bartender attacked with bottle over unsatisfactory beverage
17) Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying
18) ME: Estate becomes donor-funded retreat for wounded veterans
19) Kaspersky launches its free antivirus software worldwide
20) UK: Judge to decide if baby Charlie Gard can die at home
21) US Senate Judiciary Committee withdraws Manafort subpoena
22) TX: Senate still has nothing better to do than grandstand over who gets to use which bathroom
23) UK: Regime to ban fossil fuel cars by 2040
24) Wasserman Schultz aide arrested as he attempts to leave the United States
25) US energy secretary Perry takes 22-minute prank call from “Ukrainian prime minister”

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Retroactive justice
27) The real scandal: Americans don’t care about Afghanistan
28) What is the SEC doing to blockchain technology?
29) ObamaCare’s victims are very real, so stop ignoring them
30) Trump’s rejection of a tyrannical system
31) Is sacrifice of freedom worth it?
32) Trump’s demand for Sessions to investigate Hillary an ethical minefield
33) Optimal majoritarian taxation
34) Socialism & fascism
35) What does the resistance really stand for if it criminalizes free speech?
36) Jeff Sessions lets cops be robbers
37) Has Bitcoin come of age?
38) The GOP’s Trojan horse [sic] on healthcare repeal
39) The Protestant Reformation and freedom of conscience, part 2
40) The Pittsburgh conundrum
41) Americans should impeach presidents more often
42) Betsy DeVos making “school choice” toxic for Democrats
43) Give ’em up — or else; murder most foul
44) Why it’s risky for the US to label Iran’s IRGC a terror group
45) Seattle’s minimum wage supporters ignore the facts
46) Let’s use Medicare to cover pre-existing conditions
47) Big libertarian questions
48) A tipping point for Washington’s investigative culture?
49) Why Trump staggers on
50) Ron Bailey, terrible simplificateur
51) Will the Deep State save us from dictatorship?
52) Will the swamp defeat ObamaCare repeal?
53) Neoliberalism in the 21st century
54) The 16 Years’ War and its cost
55) Confessions of an anarchist welfare queen
56) Politics of the next four years, part 2 (last chance for the Democrats)
57) Life, eating animals, and ethics
58) The UK’s dangerous attempt at Internet censorship
59) In rescinding admission offers over memes, Harvard shows its own poor judgment
60) How Bitcoin is protecting the right to free speech in Brazil

The Sound and the Fury:

61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 71
62) Electric Libertyland, episode 30
63) Intercepted, 07/26/17
64) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/26/17
65) Activism 101 Podcast, episode 1
66) Free Talk Live, 07/25/17
67) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/25/17
68) The Libertarian Angle, 07/25/17
69) The Tom Woods Show, episode 960
70) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 635

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

1) US Senate rejects full Obamacare repeal without replacement
Source: CNN

“The Senate rejected a proposal from Republican lawmakers to repeal Obamacare on Wednesday, marking a significant milestone in the Republican Party’s years-long political crusade to gut former President Barack Obama’s legacy health care law. The vote was 45-55, with seven Republicans opposing the measure. The failed effort was a remarkable contrast from less than two years ago, when a Republican-controlled House and Senate passed an identical measure and sent it to Obama. He vetoed the bill.” (07/26/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/26/politics/health-care-bill-wednesday/index.html

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2) Trump announces new social engineering policy to appease delicate snowflake DoD bureaucrats
Source: USA Today

“President Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. military will not accept transgender troops into its ranks or allow them to serve in any capacity, reversing a policy that began under the Obama administration. In a series of morning tweets, Trump said that, after consulting ‘with my generals and military experts,’ the U.S. government ‘will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.’ … The tweets appeared to take the Pentagon by surprise. It issued a statement saying only that it would work with the White House ‘to address the new guidance’ provided by the president.” (07/26/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/07/26/trump-no-transgender-individuals-military/511858001/

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3) OH: State employees kill prisoner
Source: ABC News

“Ohio put a child killer to death Wednesday, carrying out the state’s first execution after a 3?-year delay and signaling the possible resumption of capital punishment in the state. Ronald Phillips was executed by lethal injection without any of the complications that marred the state’s last execution and caused the governor to pause scheduled executions. Phillips was sentenced to die for the 1993 rape and killing of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.” (07/26/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ohio-set-end-year-hiatus-execution-child-killer-48850968

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4) Trump’s not alone: Congress now digging into DNC-Ukraine connection
Source: Fox News

“Republicans in Congress have joined the White House in asking questions about the extent to which a Democratic Party consultant may have worked with Ukrainian officials to hurt then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential bid last year. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote a letter earlier this week to the Justice Department asking whether the Democratic National Committee broke the law. Grassley, R-Iowa, specifically asked if the DOJ was investigating Alexandra Chalupa, a Ukrainian-American DNC consultant who allegedly had meetings at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C., to discuss incriminating information about Trump campaign officials. President Trump, trying furiously to tamp down the controversy over alleged Russian coordination with his associates, has questioned why the same scrutiny is not being applied to the Democrats’ alleged Ukraine connection. In a Tuesday tweet, he complained about the lack of an investigation into Ukraine efforts to ‘sabotage’ his campaign.” [editor’s note: My guess is, the effort to find something actually criminal in the Trump/Russia connection is gonna backfire bigtime on the Democrats – SAT] (07/26/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/26/trump-s-not-alone-congress-digging-into-dnc-ukraine-connection.html

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5) Greece: Man arrested on suspicion of helping people preserve their financial privacy
Source: Ars Technica

“Police in Greece have arrested a man wanted in the United States for allegedly running a massive Bitcoin-based money laundering operation, according to the Associated Press. Authorities say the 38-year-old Russian man was responsible for converting $4 billion in illicit [sic], conventional cash into virtual currency. … Conventional financial institutions comply with anti-money laundering regulations that make it difficult for criminal organizations to use their payment infrastructure. Networks like MasterCard and Visa blacklist suspected criminal enterprises as soon as they’re identified. So [people who want privacy] are always on the lookout for alternative payment systems that are not as strictly regulated.” (07/26/17)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/07/officials-arrest-suspect-in-4-billion-bitcoin-money-laundering-scheme/

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6) Google co-founder Sergey Brin has been instructed to give a deposition in Alphabet’s lawsuit against Uber
Source: Recode

“Alphabet’s attorneys have been instructed to tell Google co-founder Sergey Brin ‘to show up’ for a deposition in the company’s lawsuit against Uber. Alphabet is suing the ride-hail company for misappropriation of trade secrets, alleging former Alphabet employee Anthony Levandowski stole documents to bring them to Uber. Earlier this month, the ride-hail company was granted the right to depose Alphabet CEO Larry Page along with permission to question company chief legal counselor and former Uber board member David Drummond.” (07/26/17)

https://www.recode.net/2017/7/26/16035654/alphabet-uber-google-waymo-self-driving-lawsuit-deposition-sergey-brin-anthony-levandowski

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7) Canada: Regime revokes Helmut Oberlander’s citizenship for the fourth time
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Canada has revoked the citizenship for the fourth time of a 93-year-old man who has admitted to being a former Nazi death squad member. Helmut Oberlander says he was forced to act as a translator for the squad and did not participate in atrocities. He has fought three prior attempts by Canada to strip his citizenship and won. His lawyer says Mr Oberlander will also fight this latest citizenship revocation, calling it ‘persecution.’ A spokeswoman with Citizenship Canada said in a statement to the BBC that ‘we don’t take citizenship revocation lightly, but it is necessary in cases of fraud and serious misrepresentation.’ Canada says that when Mr Oberlander applied for entry to Canada in 1954, he obtained his citizenship by knowingly concealing that he had been an auxiliary of the Einsatzkommando, a force that operated behind the German army’s front line in the Eastern occupied territories. The squad was responsible for killing more than two million people, many of them Jewish people.” (07/26/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40719927

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8) TSA to impose stricter electronic carry-on airport screening
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Wednesday it will impose new stricter security rules requiring airline travelers to remove all electronic items larger than mobile phones like tablets, e-readers and video game consoles from carry-on baggage for screening. Prior rules required only laptops to be removed for separate screening. The new rules significantly expand the number of electronic devices that will need to be removed for screening, and help government employees get a clearer view during X-ray screening. TSA said the new rules have been in place in a pilot project at 10 U.S. airports including Detroit, Los Angeles, Boston and Phoenix, and will expand to all U.S. airports in the months ahead. The new enhanced security rules at U.S. airports only apply at standard security lanes — not at lanes for travelers who are in ‘pre-check’ programs. Airlines for America, a trade group representing United Airlines, Southwest Airlines Co and American Airlines, said airlines ‘remain committed to working collaboratively with DHS officials to strike the appropriate balance of maintaining the efficiency of the system, while ensuring the highest levels of security are in place.'” [editor’s note: Oh goody; I’m flying north in another month; won’t this be fun … – SAT] [editor’s note: During my recent travels, the only difference was that laptops had to go in their own tray on the conveyor, and mine was selected for an additional scan/swab — maybe 30 seconds of extra time. BS, but better than a latex glove search if you know what I mean – TLK] (07/26/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-airlines-security-idUSKBN1AB2C6

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9) IA: Driver’s license bureau gives mental test for applicant using a cane
Source: USA Today

“Not much makes Judy Simmons angry anymore, but the 74-year-old fumed this month after trying to renew her driver’s license here. A driver’s license clerk asked the woman who lives in Windsor Heights, Iowa, about 5 miles west of Des Moines, why she walks with two canes. She needed them for arthritis in her knees, she replied. Then the clerk asked her to schedule a driver’s test. ‘I asked why and was told that since I walked slowly it was necessary to ensure I could work the pedals of the car, I said that seemed a bit much, but I would take the test. Then came the most ridiculous questioning I have been exposed to.’ What Simmons was asked focused not on her physical capabilities but on her mental acuity: ‘What is your date of birth? What is your full home address? What state are we in now?’ The nine questions posed to Simmons (a screening given to thousands of drivers in Iowa since 2014 to determine their mental clarity) made her question whether Iowans with physical disabilities are being discriminated against because of a misperception that they also are mentally impaired. ‘It would be interesting to know if people with many tickets and bad driving records are subjected to these procedures,’ said Simmons, who has a good driving record. ‘I doubt it.'” (07/26/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/07/26/physical-disability-mental-test/512881001

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10) Amazon announces US hiring spree as labor market tightens
Source: Los Angeles Times

Amazon.com Inc. has some job openings. Lots of them. The Seattle e-commerce giant said Wednesday that it’s looking to fill more than 50,000 positions across the United States. The announcement comes at a time when the labor market is growing tight with back-to-school and holiday shopping around the corner. Others will be competing for many of those potential hires.” (07/26/17)

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-amazon-hiring-20170726-story.html

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11) TN: Inmate peddling child porn from prison gets more time
Source: USA Today

“A sex offender who used a smuggled cellphone to swap child pornography and invite a pedophile to help him rape his own daughter (all while behind bars in a Tennessee prison) won’t see freedom again for decades. Chief U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan on Tuesday sentenced Christopher David Grippe, 29, to 280 months in federal prison (more than 23 years), to be served in addition to the eight-year state sentence he was serving when busted behind bars last year. Grippe pleaded guilty to the charges in January. Grippe was serving time in the Morgan County (TN) Regional Correctional Facility in August 2016 for sexual exploitation of a minor (the state version of a child pornography conviction) when he was caught using a cellphone in his cell to swap photographs and videos of children being raped. Assistant U.S. Attorney LaToyia T. Carpenter wrote in a sentencing memorandum that Grippe also used the phone while behind bars to engage in Internet chats with a pedophile.” [editor’s note: Okay, so instead of focusing on how many victimless ‘criminals’ you can lock up, how about monitoring the dangerous sick fuckheads you already have bvehind bars? – SAT] (07/26/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/07/26/inmate-peddling-child-porn-prison-sentenced/511654001

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12) Report: Brooks offers seat for Sessions run
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks is offering to withdraw from a GOP Senate primary if all other Republican candidates also agree to withdraw, paving the way for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be the party’s Senate nominee this fall. Brooks is a Sessions ally and says he cannot remain silent about the treatment Sessions is receiving from President Donald Trump. Trump has scorned Sessions, a former Alabama senator, as ‘very weak’ and has refused to say whether he’ll fire the nation’s top law enforcement officer. Brooks says he supports Trump’s polices, but believes the president’s ‘public waterboarding of one of the greatest people Alabama has ever produced is inappropriate and insulting to the people of Alabama.'” [editor’s note: “Public waterboarding?” Hoo boy, hope that gives people enough reason to ignore this moron! – SAT] (07/26/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/The-Latest-Corker-wants-end-to-Trump-broadsides-11437124.php

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13) Execution drug mizadolam causes a slow and excruciating death, protesters say
Source: Raw Story

“In January 2014, convicted rapist and murderer Dennis McGuire was strapped to a gurney in an Ohio prison execution chamber and injected with the sedative midazolam and the opioid hydromorphone. McGuire’s priest, Lawrence Hummer, who witnessed the execution, described what happened next. ‘Over those 11 minutes or more he was fighting for breath, and I could see both of his fists were clenched the entire time. His gasps could be heard through the glass wall that separated us. Toward the end, the gasping faded into small puffs of his mouth. It was much like a fish lying along the shore puffing for that one gasp of air that would allow it to breathe.’ McGuire’s death took 26 minutes, and protesters believe that the cause of his extended death was the drug that was supposed to ensure the execution was painless: midazolam.” [editor’s note: Given that ony the victims of such criminals and their families should be involved in any form of retributive punishment, this is just a red-herring issue – SAT] (07/26/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/execution-drug-mizadolam-causes-a-slow-and-excruciating-death-protesters-say

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14) Bolton: Trump Admin must convince China to help “unite the Koreas”
Source: Fox News

“Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton assessed the limited options for the Trump administration in the wake of new reports that North Korea could have a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile as early as next year. U.S. officials warn Pyongyang could be readying another test-launch, as the hermit dictator threatens to strike the U.S. with a ‘powerful nuclear hammer’ if it attempts regime change. Bolton said the options are ‘very limited’ for President Trump after decades of failed diplomacy and sanctions and he will now be facing real questions about whether American national security is at-risk. He said the last diplomatic option involves China and convincing them that it’s in their best interest to unite the Koreas.” [editor’s note: I had to get past the “eliminate North Korea” in the Fox-given headline … to see his actually intelligent idea – SAT] (07/26/17)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/07/26/bolton-trump-admin-must-convince-china-eliminate-north-korea

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15) CA: Man accused of smuggling king cobras in potato chip cans
Source: San Jose Mercury News

“A man was arrested on federal smuggling charges Tuesday after customs officers intercepted a shipment with three live king cobras hidden inside potato chip canisters that were being mailed to his California home, U.S. prosecutors said. Rodrigo Franco, 34, was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles on a charge of illegally importing merchandise. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations. The three king cobra snakes — each about two feet (just over half a meter) long — were found in March when Customs and Border Protection officers inspected a package that was mailed from Hong Kong, prosecutors said.” (07/26/17)

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/26/man-accused-of-smuggling-king-cobras-in-potato-chip-cans/

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16) CA: Bartender attacked with bottle over unsatisfactory beverage
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A patron at a bar in Bernal Heights attacked a bartender with a bottle when he was not satisfied with the drink she made him, police said. The 31-year-old victim was working at a bar on the 3400 block of Mission Street in Bernal Heights about 7:15 p.m. Friday when the attack occurred, according to the San Francisco Police Department. A patron estimated to be about 25 years old expressed unhappiness with his drink and threw a beer bottle at the woman’s head, slicing into the back of her scalp, police said. The woman was treated for the laceration at the hospital, and her injuries are not life-threatening, according to police. The man ran from the bar, and no arrests have been made, police said.” [editor’s note: C’mon dude; just send it back if you don’t like it, or ask for your money back? Summer of Love has sure lost its way – SAT] (07/26/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-bartender-attacked-with-bottle-over-11417253.php

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17) Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying
Source: The Hill

“The National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama years by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules. The memos reviewed by The Hill were publicly released on July 11 through Freedom of Information Act litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union.” (07/25/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/343785-newly-declassified-memos-detail-extent-of-improper-obama-era-nsa

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18) ME: Estate becomes donor-funded retreat for wounded veterans
Source: Fox News

“U.S Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills was recovering at Walter Reed Hospital when another wounded warrior introduced himself. ‘I had a guy walk into my room with no arms and legs and say: ‘Hey, welcome to the club!” Mills told Fox News. ‘I said: ‘Huh? What? I don’t want to be in your club.’ And he’s like: ‘Kind of late now, don’t you think?” Like the Marine who introduced himself that day, Mills is one of only five total quadruple amputees to survive their wounds in Afghanistan and Iraq. That conversation made him realize it was time to take action. … He’s a New York Times best-selling author and a motivational speaker. But his latest venture is perhaps the one dearest to his heart, something he dreamed about during endless hours of physical therapy at Walter Reed. Nestled in the woods of Maine, on an estate once owned by the cosmetics magnate Elizabeth Arden, sits a special retreat specifically designed for wounded veterans. The Travis Mills Retreat, which provides free vacations to wounded veterans, is entirely donor funded.” (07/26/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/07/26/maine-estate-becomes-donor-funded-retreat-for-wounded-veterans.html

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19) Kaspersky launches its free antivirus software worldwide
Source: Engadget

“Kaspersky has finally launched its free antivirus software after a year-and-a-half of testing it in select regions. While the software was only available in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, China and in Nordic countries during its trial run, Kaspersky is releasing it worldwide. … The company says the software isn’t riddled with advertisements like other free antivirus offerings. Instead of trying to make ad money off your patronage, Kaspersky will use the data you contribute to improve machine learning across its products.” (07/26/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/26/kaspersky-free-antivirus-software-worldwide-launch/

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20) UK: Judge to decide if baby Charlie Gard can die at home
Source: USA Today

“A British judge is expected to decide Wednesday whether terminally ill baby Charlie Gard can go home to die. Chris Gard and Connie Yates — the 11-month old infant’s parents — on Monday ended a months-long legal battle to take him to the United States for experimental treatment. … His parents want the High Court judge to grant them their ‘last wish,’ for their son to die at home in west London. Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in the British capital, where Charlie has been cared for since he was admitted in October, say he should remain at the hospital or be taken to a hospice due to the difficulties of providing him with the appropriate care at home. The hospital has not given an indication when it will turn off his life-support machines.” [editor’s note: Those doctors went to court to PREVENT Charlie from receiving care, and are now just engaged in spiteful warfare on his parents for defying their AUTHORITAH. They should have no voice whatsoever in the matter – TLK] (07/26/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/07/26/charlie-gard/511630001/

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21) US Senate Judiciary Committee withdraws Manafort subpoena
Source: Houston Chronicle

“President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman will not be testifying Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as originally scheduled, after the committee rescinded its subpoena. The committee withdrew its subpoena for Paul Manafort late Tuesday after Manafort agreed to turn over documents and to continue negotiating about setting up an interview with the panel …. The committee also removed Donald Trump Jr. from the list of witnesses scheduled for Wednesday’s public hearing. The panel has sought to talk with Manafort about a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in New York with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, among other issues including his foreign political work on behalf of Ukrainian interests.” (07/26/17)

http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Senate-Judiciary-Committee-withdraws-subpoena-for-11435266.php

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22) TX: Senate still has nothing better to do than grandstand over who gets to use which bathroom
Source: The Hill

“The Republican-dominated Texas Senate on Tuesday gave its initial go-ahead on a ‘bathroom’ bill that would limit bathroom access for transgender people, according to reports. Senate Bill 3, which could be fully adopted Wednesday, is a controversial measure that would make it so ‘only by persons of the same sex as stated on a person’s birth certificate’ can use restrooms, changing rooms, and shower at schools as well as other public places.” (07/25/17)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/343822-texas-senate-gives-initial-approval-for-transgender-bathroom

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23) UK: Regime to ban fossil fuel cars by 2040
Source: Bloomberg

“The U.K. became the latest European country to mark the end of the line for diesel and gasoline fueled cars as automakers such as Volvo race to build electric vehicles or face the consequences of getting left behind. In London, the government said it will ban sales of the vehicles by 2040, two weeks after France announced a similar plan to reduce air pollution and become a carbon-neutral nation.” (07/25/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-25/u-k-to-ban-diesel-and-petrol-cars-from-2040-daily-telegraph

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24) Wasserman Schultz aide arrested as he attempts to leave the United States
Source: United Press International

“An IT staffer for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has been under criminal investigation, was arrested when he tried to leave the country from Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport this week. Imran Awan pleaded not guilty to one count of bank fraud after the arrest. … According to a February Politico report, Awan and several other staffers, including his wife, were under investigation for equipment and data theft from Democratic House members. His wife was fired in March and moved to Pakistan, but Awan was kept on Wasserman Schultz’s staff until his arrest Tuesday.” (07/26/17)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/07/26/Aide-for-Rep-Wasserman-Schultz-arrested-while-trying-to-leave-country/9701501042256/

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25) US energy secretary Perry takes 22-minute prank call from “Ukrainian prime minister”
Source: Ars Technica

“Last week, US Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry took a phone call from two men he thought were the Ukrainian Prime Minister and his translator. But the 22-minute-long phone call was actually two Russian pranksters, Vladimir ‘Vovan’ Kuznetsov and Alexei ‘Lexus’ Stolyarov, otherwise known as the ‘Jerky Boys of Russia,’ in the style of an American prank call duo from the 1990s, according to Bloomberg. … the duo played it straight the whole time, including during a part of the call when Kuznetsov and Stolyarov told Perry that Ukrainian President Poroshenko had invented a new biofuel out of pig manure and alcohol. The Russian pranksters have allegedly duped Elton John and John McCain in the past. But how these two men got Perry on the line is unclear.” (07/25/17)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/07/us-energy-secretary-takes-22-minute-prank-call-from-ukrainian-prime-minister/

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

26) Retroactive justice
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“After Castile was murdered the State went through his and his girlfriend’s social media records with a find toothed comb. Ultimately, as we learned during the Yanez trial, the defense wanted information to use to assassinate the characters of Castile and his girlfriend during the trial. This was a form of retroactive justice. The crime, the shooting of Castile, was justified by going through the victim’s history to find dirt to use against him. Although the murderer had know way of knowing any of the discovered information at the time of the crime it still allowed his defense to poison the well so to speak. History may not repeat itself but it does rhyme. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was granted permission to search the home of Justine Ruszczyk, the woman murdered by Officer Noor …” (07/26/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/07/26/retroactive-justice/

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27) The real scandal: Americans don’t care about Afghanistan
Source: The American Conservative
by Andrew J Bacevich

“Not least among the reasons that Afghanistan today is ‘strategy free’ is that Trump himself has demonstrated remarkably little interest in what goes on there. Overseeing the Afghanistan War does not number among his priorities. Worse still, members of the press share in Trump’s inclination to treat Afghanistan as an afterthought. The New York Times and the Washington Post spare no expense as they subject President Trump, the Trump administration, and the Trump family to sustained and intense scrutiny — and rightly so. Yet when it comes to setting editorial priorities, both papers choose to treat the Afghanistan War as a matter of marginal importance. Notably, neither paper maintains an active presence in Kabul. Need further proof? Compare, if you will, the media attention lavished in just the past ten days on Beyonce and her newborn twins with the attention allotted over the past year to what is the longest war in U.S. history.” [editor’s note: Neither Afghanistan nor Korea were legally declared wars, but Korea is the longest by far, starting in 1950 and continuing to this day – TLK] (07/26/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-real-scandal-americans-dont-care-about-afghanistan/

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28) What is the SEC doing to blockchain technology?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“To be sure, the question in this article’s title is entirely rhetorical, because the regulators surely don’t know what they are doing. Certainly no one active in the blockchain industry knows precisely what the SEC is doing. That is being debated all over the world right now. This much seems clear: arbitrary government power will henceforth threaten constantly to hobble the advance of distributed ledger technology, trying for force fit it into some old model that exists on regulatory books, so long as doing so is viable until technological evolution makes fools of them all. And it will.” (07/26/17)

https://fee.org/articles/what-is-the-sec-doing-to-blockchain-technology

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29) ObamaCare’s victims are very real, so stop ignoring them
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“For months, ObamaCare defenders have dominated the debate by trotting out people who would supposedly be harmed by the GOP replacement plan. President Trump turned the tables on Monday by highlighting the very real pain ObamaCare is causing millions of middle class families. During his remarks, which came on the eve of a make-or-break Senate vote, in which he challenged the Senate to live up to seven years’ worth of promises to repeal and replace ObamaCare, Trump spent much of his time showcasing victims of ObamaCare. ‘Democrats promised Melissa Acerson that her son’s pre-existing conditions would be covered,’ Trump said. ‘The Acerson’s quickly learned that ObamaCare’s promise of covering for pre-existing conditions was meaningless, for the doctors you need to care for you aren’t on your plan.’ Others on the dais with Trump found their premiums skyrocketing, their choice of plans reduced to one (and possibly none next year), or were forced to repeatedly switch plans as insurers dropped out of the ObamaCare exchange.” (07/25/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/obamacares-victims-are-very-real-so-stop-ignoring-them

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30) Trump’s rejection of a tyrannical system
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Notwithstanding President Trump’s many faults, failures, and foibles, let’s give credit where credit is due. Last week a suspected member of Al Qaeda named Ali Charaf Damache was extradited to the United States to stand trial. Trump had a choice: He could have had Damache sent into the Pentagon-CIA kangaroo ‘justice’ system in Cuba or to the federal court system that was established under the U.S. Constitution. Trump chose the latter. Trump’s stance was in direct contradiction to that taken by Republicans generally, including his embattled attorney general, Jeff Sessions.” (07/26/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/07/26/trumps-rejection-tyrannical-system/

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31) Is sacrifice of freedom worth it?
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“The belief that good things can come through government is based in the superstitious belief that the wrong thing can be done in just the right way. It’s a Utopian dream. Make no mistake, everything governments do is built upon a rotted foundation. I’m not Utopian. I know people aren’t angels, but I also know they aren’t as bad as believers in government make them out to be. People usually do what they believe is in their best interest. Belief in government makes stealing and attacking appear to be in a person’s best interest, and of little risk, as long as they are done in the name of ‘the law.'” (07/26/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/07/26/voices/is-sacrifice-of-freedom-worth-it/153304.html

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32) Trump’s demand for Sessions to investigate Hillary an ethical minefield
Source: USA Today
by Kevin Johnson

“If President Trump was listening to the broadcast of Jeff Sessions’s contentious Senate confirmation hearing back in January, he would know why his demands this week for his attorney general to investigate Hillary Clinton crossed a bright ethical line. ‘This country does not punish its political enemies,’ Sessions told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He went on to acknowledge that his own critical remarks of Clinton during the 2016 presidential election disqualified him from launching such an inquiry. ‘I believe the proper thing for me to do would be to recuse myself from any questions involving those kind of investigations that involve Secretary Clinton,’ Sessions said. Since Trump first publicly expressed frustration with his attorney general last week (specifically over his March decision to recuse himself from overseeing the widening Russia investigation) Sessions has said very little.” (07/25/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/07/25/analysis-trumps-demand-ag-jeff-sessions-investigate-hillary-clinton-crosses-ethical-line/508122001

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33) Optimal majoritarian taxation
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Buchanan and Yoon discover that, under a variety of different assumptions, a rational and materially self-interested majority that has no more than purely instrumental interest in the well-being of high-income recipients will moderate its taxation of the rich. … One can legitimately question the sets of assumptions used by Buchanan and Yoon. One can also, or alternatively, legitimately question the logical coherence of their analyses. But what one cannot legitimately do is to leap from Buchanan’s and Yoon’s argument that the non-rich majority has a material interest in not soaking the rich minority to the conclusion that Jim Buchanan specifically, and public-choice economics generally, are ideologically blind apologists for the rich and, hence, enemies of the non-rich.” (07/26/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/07/optimal-majoritarian-taxation.html

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34) Socialism & fascism
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“Socialism is state ownership and control of capital property. Fascism is state control of pretty much everything, including capital property. The state cannot be supreme if it does not control the means of production (i.e., capital). This is why every fascist government that has risen has also been socialist, from Mussolini’s Italy to Hitler’s Germany to Kim Jong Un’s North Korea. Strangely, in his article, Higgs stated that North Korea is one of the few socialist nations in the world today.” (07/26/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/07/26/socialism-fascism/

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35) What does the resistance really stand for if it criminalizes free speech?
Source: In These Times
by David Palumbo-Liu

“Two pieces of legislation before Congress have prompted a heated discussion over just how far Congress will go to support Israel in its attempts to silence its critics. Although they were initially greeted with support from both sides of the aisle, due to formidable opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union and others, there are signs that politicians are responding to public outrage and reconsidering their endorsements. The sweeping new legislation would make it a felony for people in the United States to support the Palestinian-led movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. The bills constitute a blatant attack on international human rights bodies like the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The ‘Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720 in the Senate) and its House counterpart, H.R. 1697, show that building bipartisanship is easy when it comes to suppressing voices critical of Israel. The degree of suppression is devastating: The minimum civil penalty for violating the prohibitions is $250,000, but the ceiling is $1 million and 20 years in prison.” (07/26/17)

inthesetimes/article/20354/Trump-resistance-bds-repressino-palestine-israel

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36) Jeff Sessions lets cops be robbers
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Donald Trump made two things abundantly clear during a meeting with county sheriffs last February: He did not know what civil asset forfeiture was, and he wanted to see more of it. The president will get his wish thanks to a directive issued last week by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has a clearer idea of what civil forfeiture entails but is only slightly more sensitive to its potential for abuse. That potential is built into the very concept of civil forfeiture, which allows police to take property allegedly tied to crime without charging the owner. Worse, law enforcement agencies get to keep revenue generated by forfeitures they initiate, which gives them a financial incentive to target people based on the assets they own rather than the threat they pose.” (07/26/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/07/26/jeff-sessions-lets-cops-be-robbers

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37) Has Bitcoin come of age?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Colin Lloyd

“There have been victories and defeats during the evolution of BTC, as it has evolved from an obscure novelty to a serious contender for investors seeking a store of value. The price volatility reflects these uncertainties but it is not demonstrably different from the volatility seen in several commodity markets.” (07/26/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/07/has-bitcoin-come-of-age/

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38) The GOP’s Trojan horse [sic] on healthcare repeal
Source: Our Future
Julie Chinitz

“On Tuesday, 50 Republican senators showed contempt for their constituents by voting to move forward on repealing our health care, with Vice President Mike Pence stepping in to break the tie. Nine GOP senators later broke ranks in a late-night session to vote down the Senate’s toxic version of the bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) (which would have rolled back much of the Affordable Care Act and gutted Medicaid, ending coverage for 22 million) but there are more votes to come, including one that may simply repeal care and and strip coverage from 32 million. The final version of the bill may be nothing more than a placeholder, a Trojan horse for setting up a Republican Senate-House conference committee that will use yet another secretive, undemocratic process to craft yet another version of health repeal. GOP leaders will want the new version to look just like their previous versions: cut taxes for corporations and the rich, raise the price of coverage for the rest of us, unravel Medicaid, and take healthcare from 22 to 24 million people.” [editor’s note: She’s largely correct, but to call it a “Trojan horse” is to give it too much credit for cleverness – SAT] (07/26/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170726/the-gops-trojan-horse-on-health-care-repeal

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39) The Protestant Reformation and freedom of conscience, part 2
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Bruno Goncalves Rosi

“When Max Weber connected the protestant ethics to the ‘spirit’ of capitalism, he was very careful to say the following: John Calvin and Martin Luther couldn’t care less about economics. The salvation of the soul, and only that, was their concern. Nevertheless, the ideas they preached set in motion a process that resulted in the development of modern capitalism. My observation about the connection between the Protestant Reformation and Freedom of Conscience is similar to that: maybe we will not be able to find in Luther or Calvin an advocacy of what we understand today as freedom of conscience. But it is my firm understanding that we will find in them the seeds for it.” (07/25/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/07/25/the-protestant-reformation-and-freedom-of-conscience-ii/

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40) The Pittsburgh conundrum
Source: The American Prospect
by John Russo

“Forty years after the decline of the steel industry, Pittsburgh has emerged from the ashes of deindustrialization to become the new Emerald City. Its formidable skyline gleams with homegrown names: PPG, UPMC, and PNC. Touted as the ‘most livable city’ by the likes of The Economist and Forbes, its highly literate and educated workforce has contributed to a robust and diverse local economy known as a center for technology, health care, and bio-science. It is a leader in startup businesses. Uber and Ford’s announcement in 2016 that they would base development of their self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, rather than in Silicon Valley, is a telling example of the power of high-tech image and low costs. Pittsburgh also ranks high in housing affordability. Residents can easily walk or bike to public libraries, museums, and arts and entertainment venues. Some see Pittsburgh as a model for economic development and a new urbanism that could revitalize the Rust Belt and other former industrial regions.” (07/26/17)

http://prospect.org/article/pittsburgh-conundrum

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41) Americans should impeach presidents more often
Source: Cato Institute
by Gene Healy

“What’s really obscene is America’s record on presidential impeachments. We’ve made only three serious attempts in our entire constitutional history: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998 — both of whom were impeached but escaped removal — and Richard Nixon, who quit in 1974 before the House could vote on the issue. Given how many bastards and clowns we’ve been saddled with over the years, shouldn’t we manage the feat more than once a century?” (for publication 08/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/americans-should-impeach-presidents-more-often

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42) Betsy DeVos making “school choice” toxic for Democrats
Source: The New Republic
by Graham Vyse

“Last September, at a rally in Roanoke, Virginia, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump made a promise to black America. ‘I will fight to make sure every single African-American child in this country is fully included in the American dream,’ he said. ‘That includes the new civil rights issue of our time: school choice.’ ‘School choice’ is conservative-speak for charter schools and vouchers, both of which represent a different degree of privatization in education. Vouchers use taxpayer dollars to fund attendance at private and religious schools, while charters are publicly funded but, in many cases, privately controlled.” [editor’s note: Anytime “choice” is used as an epithet, you know you’re dealing with a hardcore statist, whichever “wing” is represented – SAT] (07/26/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144003/betsy-devos-making-school-choice-toxic-democrats

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43) Give ’em up — or else; murder most foul
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“A man in Michigan is challenging the petty and not-so-petty tyrants, according to a story in the Washington Free Beacon. A grandfather (54-year-old disabled Marine) has been told by the Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and by a county judge that he must give up his guns and his concealed carry permit to be allowed to foster his own grandchild. So he is suing in federal court for his constitutional, God-give[n] rights, responding to the black-robed Nazgul who told him bluntly, ‘If you want to care for your grandson you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights.’ The bluntness is new — the concept is not.” (07/26/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/07/26/give-em-up-or-else-murder-most-foul/

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44) Why it’s risky for the US to label Iran’s IRGC a terror group
Source: Reuters
by Maysam Behravesh

“Once again, the U.S. Navy has opened fire on an Iranian vessel in the Gulf. U.S. sailors fired warning shots Tuesday after the Iranian patrol boat (apparently operated by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)) came within 150 yards of the USS Thunderbolt. U.S. and Iranian ships have had tense encounters before, but these confrontations could become even more common (and potentially dangerous) if Washington intensifies its efforts to put more pressure on Tehran in general and the Revolutionary Guards in particular. Donald Trump has made no secret of his desire to dismantle the Obama administration’s multilateral nuclear agreement with Tehran, describing it as ‘the worst deal ever.’ On July 17, the U.S. president reluctantly certified, for the second time since his election, that Iran is complying with the terms of the nuclear pact known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).” (07/26/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-behravesh-iran-commentary-idUSKBN1AB2C5

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45) Seattle’s minimum wage supporters ignore the facts
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Andrew Syrios

“In what has become a running joke amongst those skeptical of the claim that minimum wage increases have no effect on unemployment, a recent report by the Employment Policies Institute showed that 174 of the 184 co-sponsors of a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour hired unpaid interns. My personal favorite example of this type of this is when the Freedom Socialist Party, which was pushing for an even more ridiculous $20 minimum wage, posted ads for new employees offering $13 an hour.” (07/26/17)

https://mises.org/blog/seattles-minimum-wage-supporters-ignore-facts

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46) Let’s use Medicare to cover pre-existing conditions
Source: USA Today
by US Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)

“My old boss, Ronald Reagan, used to advise us speechwriters that our advocacy should be easily understood by the guy pumping our gas while listening to his radio. Most Americans now pump their own gas. Still, Reagan’s commonsense guidance holds. People in the communications business from ad writers to journalists understand when they’re told to KISS (the old ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’ rule). Of course, their job is describing policy, not making it. These days, how you describe policy can be as significant as what you believe your policy should be. That is especially true when it comes to health care reform. Senate Republican leaders don’t seem to agree on a replacement of Obamacare. The bill passed by the House, for which I voted, lacks what we might call promotability. For average voters, that means a lack of understandability.” [editor’s note: As a way out that acknowledges the problems (with both existing and proposed HC reform), this is fairly well considered (maybe Dana is not senile, as he appeared with the NASA thing) – SAT] (07/26/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/07/26/republican-senator-lets-cover-pre-existing-conditions-dana-rohrabacher-column/509258001

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47) Big libertarian questions
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘This raises some very big libertarian questions,’ said Nigel Farage yesterday. About what? The ‘rights of parents against the state.’ The outspoken Brexit supporter and former leader of the UK Independence Party was referring to Charlie Gard, the sick, dying 11-month old British baby, whose parents sought to take to the United States for an experimental medical treatment. But the hospital and the British government pooh-poohed any likelihood of success and said, ‘No.’ That’s when Charlie’s parents went to court, fighting for seven months for the right to simply try to save their child’s life. Now, after those months of delay, even that remote medical hope has faded away.” (07/26/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/07/26/big-libertarian-questions/

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48) A tipping point for Washington’s investigative culture?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Peter Grier & Story Hinckley

“Many members of Congress were furious. It was 1792, and a military campaign led by General Arthur St. Clair against Native Americans in what is today Ohio had ended in complete disaster. So lawmakers launched the first congressional investigation of US executive branch actions. President George Washington responded with wary cooperation, aware he was setting precedents for presidents to come. Fast forward 225 years. In the cacophony of modern US politics, it sometimes seems investigations have grown from that beginning into a behemoth that has pushed aside legislating as a political measure of getting things done. Think of the well-known roll-call: Watergate. Iran-Contra. Benghazi. And now Russia. But the pace of investigations hasn’t increased, say experts. The media that cover them are louder. The political combat involved is more intense. They have (surprise!) become more partisan, though sometimes bipartisanship grows out of partisan beginnings.” [editor’s note: Anyone who buys the alleged “17 agencies consensus” crap (now long since disproved) might deserve whatever the deep state has next in store, but the rest of us don’t – SAT] (07/25/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/0725/A-tipping-point-for-Washington-s-investigative-culture

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49) Why Trump staggers on
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“‘could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,’ said then GOP primary candidate Donald Trump in January 2016. Now, six months into a presidency defined by scandal, infighting, legislative gridlock, Russia-mania, Syrian airstrikes and the first deployment of the Mother of All Bombs, that typically Trumpian boast still rings true. At just 39 per cent, Trump has one of the worst approval ratings since approval ratings began. Only Gerald Ford was less liked at this point in his presidency, and he’d just pardoned Richard Nixon. But Trump’s support among his base, his voters, remains remarkably high. A recent Economist-YouGov poll found that 88 per cent of people who voted for him in November approve of his performance to some degree. Among those who didn’t vote for him, it is in the single digits.” (07/26/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-trump-staggers-on/

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50) Ron Bailey, terrible simplificateur
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“Reason Science Editor Ron Bailey (‘Overpopulation Scaremongering Never Gets Old,’ June 19) takes Eugene Linden to task for blaming Lesotho’s poverty on overpopulation. ‘That’s far too simple a story,’ Bailey says — whereupon he hands his beer to Linden and demonstrates how a real pro oversimplifies things. Lesotho couldn’t be overpopulated, Bailey says, because it’s got a far lower population density per square mile than a long string of European countries he reels off. Nope, it’s not overpopulation — after all, Britain doubled its population from 1861 to 1901, while increasing real per capita GDP 70%. The real problem: Lesotho is poor because it doesn’t have as much capitalism as those European countries he listed. Never mind that Great Britain was a colonial power that was sucking wealth out of African countries like a black hole during that time period, continued doing so for decades more afterward, and that British capital continues doing so to this day.” (07/25/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/49588

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51) Will the Deep State save us from dictatorship?
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Mark Nestmann

“President Trump and some of his aides are convinced that they are the victims of a conspiracy, an effort by what they call the Deep State to discredit his presidency. In response, there’s been a resurgence in media interest in the Deep State. Does it exist at all? And if it does exist, what are the implications?” (07/26/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/07/mark-nestmann/will-deep-state-save-us/

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52) Will the swamp defeat ObamaCare repeal?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

“This week, the Senate will likely move to proceed on a bill to repeal and maybe repeal/replace Obamacare. That’s what we’ve been told. What bill? Good question. Remember that when you hear the clamoring of voices saying ‘you have to vote to proceed to the bill’ or worse ‘you just have to be part of the team and vote for it!’ That’s the kind of thinking that got us into this mess and I won’t be a part of it.” (07/25/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/will-swamp-defeat-obamacare-re

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53) Neoliberalism in the 21st century
Source: Niskanen Center
by Karl Smith

“There is something fundamentally hybrid about neoliberals. I embrace the term, yet my intellectual background and native sympathies lie on the right, not the left. Neoliberalism most readily brings to mind a certain type of libertarian who never quite bought the discarded philosophical case for liberty. It’s someone who was more enamored by Milton Friedman than Murray Rothbard; liked Nozick but preferred Rawls; and saw the failures of Eurosclerosis as just as relevant to the case for free markets, as Cold War-era anti-communism.” (07/25/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/neoliberalism-21st-century/

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54) The 16 Years’ War and its cost
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Every night on American TV you can see repeating commercials to raise money for young people who’ve had limbs blown off. It might be cruel to ask the following question in the presence of these veterans, but millions of other people have been forced to pay for all of this, and they need to be protected as well. And so, with condolences to the young people who signed up for these wars believing they were actually defending the good, we must ask this question: What was the payoff?” (07/25/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/16-years-war-cost/

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55) Confessions of an anarchist welfare queen
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“I’m an anarchist welfare queen. I’m a lot of seemingly contradictory things, I’m a bearded lady for fucks sake, but I’m pretty sure being an anarchist on welfare takes the fucking cake. I mean, I quite literally survive on money from an institution that I don’t even believe should exist. But what am I supposed to do? I may be an anarchist but I’m also an agoraphobic basket-case who pops more pills than Elvis. I’m working on evolving but its going to be a long slow journey before I can even hold down a part time job. My family helps out where they can but they’re not rich either. Sponging off the system I despise is the only way I can make ends meet. That doesn’t make it any easier though. I’ve generally come to see the welfare state in its current form as a way for the state to pay poor people to look the other way while they bomb the shit out of the Third World and enslave our own people in the ever-expanding Prison Industrial Complex.” (07/25/17)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2017/07/confessions-of-anarchist-welfare-queen.html

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56) Politics of the next four years, part 2 (last chance for the Democrats)
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“In yesterday’s post … I discussed the fact that a very potent grassroots movement has emerged to the left of corporate, neoliberal Democrats. This self-described ‘Dirtbag Left’ and its allies have the potential to not just drive the Democratic Party into extinction, but also ultimately challenge Trump on the national stage. Although I’m not a Democrat or a leftist (I’m not a Republican or conservative either), I welcome this development for a number of reasons. First, if economic populism becomes aggressively embraced by those who lean left, it will force Trump to become genuinely populist on at least some issues in order to compete in 2020, as opposed to the fake populism he has enthusiastically embraced since the election. Second, it will present corporate Democrats with a choice, either ‘bend the knee’ as the folks at Chapo suggested, or die.” (07/25/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/07/25/politics-of-the-next-4-years-part-2-last-chance-for-the-democrats/

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57) Life, eating animals, and ethics
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Louis CK is one of my favorite comedians. In his latest Netflix comedy special, he said something to the effect that life is not that important. I think I agree. Hear me out. I don’t mean my life. I mean ‘life’ in general. It’s just not that important. Of course, there are certain lives that are very important to me. But there are trillions and trillions of other lives that are not important to me. It would seem that on balance life is not that important. Why aren’t they important? Because I don’t know those people or those animals or those other life forms. I haven’t bonded with them so that they gain some measure of importance to me.” (07/25/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/life-eating-animals-ethics

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58) The UK’s dangerous attempt at Internet censorship
Source: Students For Liberty
by Tom Harwood

“Theresa May’s Government has set its sights on further alienating an increasingly important young electoral demographic through pursuing prude, moralistic internet regulation that would make us all less safe. By proposing that pornographic websites force users to input their credit card details to verify their age, the Government hopes to keep naughty content the preserve of credit card holding over 18s, from April 2018. Aside from infantilising adults who do not have credit cards, the most obvious fault in this law is that, short of reviving her imperial past and launching mass invasions, the United Kingdom cannot regulate foreign servers. Instead, the Government may try to tell Internet Service Providers to block offending servers if they fail to abide by this new credit card check. This would be a very, very bad move.” (07/25/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/07/25/uks-dangerous-attempt-internet-censorship/

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59) In rescinding admission offers over memes, Harvard shows its own poor judgment
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Ethan Greist

“Last month, Harvard College revealed that it had rescinded its admission offers to 10 incoming freshmen for the students’ involvement in a private group chat where they created and exchanged ‘obscene’ memes. … Many argue that the students exercised poor discretion. But it is Harvard’s judgment that has been more troubling. Rather than craft an objective rescission policy and apply it fairly to the admitted students in question, it pursued an inquisition into the moral character of the students based on the justification that it didn’t want students of ‘questionable character’ on its campus.” (07/25/17)

https://www.thefire.org/in-rescinding-admission-offers-over-memes-harvard-shows-its-own-poor-judgment/

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60) How Bitcoin is protecting the right to free speech in Brazil
Source: PanAm Post
by Mauricio F Bento

“Daniel Fraga, a young man living in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil began his YouTube channel by recording and commenting on what was going on in the city. … Fraga recorded a video criticizing a candidate for Sao Jose dos Campos mayor (a city in the state of Sao Paulo) for going before the judiciary and requesting that negative internet memes about him be removed from Facebook. In the video, he also criticizes the judge who accepted the candidate’s arguments and henceforth ordered that all relevant memes be taken down, even establishing a fine for anybody continuing to post and share the ‘offensive’ memes. Since Fraga had continued to post videos discussing the situation, the judge involved sued him requesting compensation for ‘moral damages.’ There began Fraga’s quest for free speech. … After exposing the judge for demanding that Fraga pay 5,000 BLR each time he mentioned the situation on camera, he asked the judge if he was familiar with Bitcoin.” (07/25/17)

https://panampost.com/editor/2017/07/25/bitcoin-is-protecting-the-right-to-free-speech/

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

61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 71
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On Foreign Policy Focus#71, I talk about some of Trump’s recent tweets. Trump announced a change to the US policy on allowing trans people into the military. Trump also tweeted about ending the CIA funding to Syrian rebels. I look at the content and effects of Trump’s tweets. I also update Mosul, Israel, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.” [various formats] (07/26/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-71-trump-tweets

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62) Electric Libertyland, episode 30
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In this week’s Electric Libertyland host Brian McWilliams examines and mocks the ‘New Better Deal’ that the Democrats rolled out, takes on the new manic wailing of the left on the Healthcare vote in the Senate, and rails against the death of a bill that would have established a third party panel to review police shootings & use of deadly force in CA. Brian then wraps it up with a quick take on this week’s ‘Game of Thrones’ (is it jumping the progressive shark?) and rips up a Vox article about ‘workplace dictatorships.'” [various formats] (07/26/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/07/26/electric-libertyland-30-imran-iwan-arrested-dems-new-better-deal-debunking-climate-terror-links/

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63) Intercepted, 07/26/17
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Glenn Greenwald fills in for Jeremy Scahill, and we take a deep dive into the origins and evolution of the Trump-Russia story. Fox News’s Tucker Carlson and Glenn find something they can actually agree on (the Democratic establishment’s Russia hysteria), but diverge on Tucker’s coverage of immigration and crime. Glenn responds to stories by Peter Beinart and Jeet Heer. And Russian-American writer Masha Gessen explains how conspiracy thinking is a mirror of the leaders we put in power, and why it’s so tempting — and dangerous — to believe in simplistic reasons for Trump’s election.” [various formats] (07/26/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/26/intercepted-podcast/

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64) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/26/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Shane Buell and Jeremy Heisenberg celebrate the Feens finally reaching Alpha-Centauri and yak about sex with ghosts and aliens, stoned apes, GG Allin impersonators, government ineptitude in Toronto, the USSA getting space soldiers, and AZ’s how-not-to-get-shot-by-police manual.” [various formats] (07/26/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14854

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65) Activism 101 Podcast, episode 1
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“This is the first installment of a podcast following local activism efforts I am spearheading to address the surveillance state in Lexington, Ky. Through this series, you will get an inside look at boots-on-the-ground activism as it happens. The goal is to create a step-by-step how-to on tackling issues at the local level.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/25/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/07/activism-101-podcast-1-what-do-i-do/

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66) Free Talk Live, 07/25/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Guy Wants Lemonade Stand Crackdowns :: Will Society Crumble? :: Post Office Desperation :: Johnson’s Traffic Snarl :: Post Office Budgetary Failures :: Tooth Fairy :: Ten Ways You’re Making Life Harder :: Divorce Selfies :: Free State Bitcoin Shoppe :: NJ Corruption :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/25/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-07-25

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67) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/25/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Impeachment isn’t a dirty word. Gene Healy explains why Congress should consider it more often.” [various formats] (07/25/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/dont-stop-impeachin

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68) The Libertarian Angle, 07/25/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss the recent debate over universal healthcare.” [various formats] (07/25/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-libertarianism-healthcare/

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69) The Tom Woods Show, episode 960
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Today I’m sharing what’s normally a members-only Q&A I did with Bob Murphy at LibertyClassroom.com. It’s a smorgasbord of Austrian economics, economic theory, and history — with all the fun and banter you’ve come to love with Bob and me. Enjoy!” [various formats] (07/25/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-960-just-try-to-stump-us-tough-questions-for-tom-bob/

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70) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 635
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I’m shocked we still have the conversation in 2017, but the fact is most people are ignorant of history and immune to good ideas. Such is the case for Guardian columnist Abi Wilkinson. Wilkinson laments the fact that so many people die with money in their pockets, choosing to pass it on to their family rather than giving it to the government to be redistributed. So, why is an inheritance tax such a bad idea? Wouldn’t it be better if Britains took the 77billion pounds gifted in inheritance each year and spent it on the welfare state? Well, NO! If you want to understand why this is such a bad idea listen to today’s show.” [various formats] (07/25/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/635-100-inheritance-tax-why-not/

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