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Monday, July 31st, 2017
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In the News:

1) Venezuela: Deadly protests mar ballot as voters snub Maduro assembly
2) Philippines: Cops gun down 14 people including mayor denounced by Duterte, arrest daughter in drug raid
3) Russia: Putin orders US to cut 755 diplomatic employees
4) Apple removes VPN apps from China App Store to comply with regime
5) Hackers break into voting machines in minutes at competition
6) US flies bombers over Korean peninsula after North Korea missile test
7) Australia: Police say they’ve thwarted elaborate terrorist plot to bomb an airplane
8) TX: Border agency set to jumpstart Trump’s wall by building in wildlife refuge
9) Billions in private student loans could be wiped away
10) Poll: Majority [sic] of Americans want Congress to move on from healthcare reform
11) Australian comedian Chris Lilley attacked over race video
12) Trump’s six-month stall sparks a White House shake-up
13) AR: Federal judge blocks new abortion restrictions
14) Police claim after Trump speech: We don’t tolerate “roughing up” prisoners
15) Iran: US Navy warning shot in Gulf was “unprofessional,” regime says
16) US government ordered to solve “incredible shrinking airline seat”
17) HI: Honolulu bans texting while crossing streets in bid to curb injuries
18) Trump declares war on rival gang
19) OK: State official arrested for throwing water on family member
20) Study suggests link between sugar and mood disorders
21) US Senate panel votes to protect medical marijuana from Jeff Sessions
22) Report: Trump “considered sacking Steve Bannon”
23) IL: Judge OKs Cook County soda tax, but start date is unclear
24) UK: Charlie Gard, sentenced to death by regime, dies
25) FDA looks to move smokers toward e-cigarettes

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Drugs are the health of the state
27) Privacy: J. Edgar’s not the Hoover you need to worry about anymore
28) Do not help US cops seize your assets
29) Macron, economic nationalist
30) Occupational licensing harms consumers and producers
31) Healthcare is a system, not a goal
32) A jury in Minneapolis has blood on its hands
33) How many of your ideas are your ideas?
34) Trump, “Mooch” and the rise of the New York douchebag
35) Are bank capital requirements really ten times higher than before the crisis?
36) Can Wal-Mart serve both politicians and the marketplace?
37) Poland: Time for liberals to fight back
38) Collateral damage: US sanctions aimed at Russia strike western European allies
39) Meet John Kelly, Donald Trump’s new enabler in chief
40) Judicial activism: Here’s a core reason for it you’ve never heard about
41) What the left should like about public choice
42) Don’t trust tech industry billionaires to lead the way on immigrant rights
43) How to double your cryptocurrency (or, how to not lose half your cryptocurrency)
44) Discredited, the legend of mattress girl just won’t go away
45) A Scaramucci-watchers guide to Italian speech
46) Biofuel justifications are kaput
47) Cry havoc!
48) Protecting Superfunds: The polluter must pay
49) Trump Jamboree speech as Scouting antidote
50) The more we know, the less we know
51) The Justice Department works for you, and other myths
52) The only solution to America’s healthcare woes
53) We will defeat the authoritarian nationalists
54) The minimal use of a finger
55) Is the Bitcoin civil war over? Here’s how I’m thinking about Bitcoin Cash

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 129
57) Free Talk Live, 07/29/17
58) Anarcho Agenda, episode 29
59) In The Tank, episode 99
60) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 21
61) So to Speak Podcast, 07/27/17
62) The Brion McClanahan Show, episode 97
63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 962
64) Felony Friday, episode 82
65) Activism 101, episode 2

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

1) Venezuela: Deadly protests mar ballot as voters snub Maduro assembly
Source: Reuters

“Deadly protests rocked Venezuela on Sunday as voters broadly boycotted an election for a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro vowed would begin a “new era of combat” in the crisis-stricken nation. Anti-Maduro activists wearing hoods or masks erected barricades on roads, and scuffles broke out with security forces who moved in quickly to disperse demonstrators who denounced the election as a naked power grab by the president. Authorities said 10 people were killed in the confrontations, which made Sunday one of the deadliest days since massive protests started in early April.” (07/30/17)

https://in.reuters.com/article/venezuela-politics-idINKBN1AG09E

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2) Philippines: Cops gun down 14 people including mayor denounced by Duterte, arrest daughter in drug raid
Source: New York Daily News

“Philippine police said they fatally shot 14 people Sunday, including a city mayor who was among the politicians President Rodrigo Duterte publicly linked to illegal drugs, in the bloodiest assault so far under Duterte’s anti-drug crackdown. Officers were to serve warrants to Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. of Ozamiz city to search his houses for the suspected presence of unlicensed firearms when gunmen opened fire on the police, sparking clashes that killed the mayor and at least 14 other people, Ozamiz police chief Jovie Espenido said.” (07/30/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/philippine-cops-gun-mayor-daughter-drug-raid-article-1.3368520

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3) Russia: Putin orders US to cut 755 diplomatic employees
Source: NBC News

“Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that he was ordering the United States to reduce its diplomatic staff in the country by 755. In an interview with the state-owned broadcaster Russia 24, Putin said the move was in response to ‘illegal restrictions’ imposed by the United States. Putin claimed that more than a ‘thousand’ U.S. diplomatic employees are in Russia, but ‘755 will have to cease their activities in the Russian Federation.’ … The Russian order came days after Congress passed a new round of sanctions aimed at punishing Moscow for [allegedly] interfering in the United States’ presidential election and for its military aggression in [seceded territories formerly part of] Ukraine and Syria.” (07/30/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/putin-says-he-s-ordering-755-american-diplomats-out-russia-n787941

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4) Apple removes VPN apps from China App Store to comply with regime
Source: ZDNet

“Apple has pulled virtual private network (VPN) apps from its China app store available on iOS devices, developers reported over the weekend. Apple sent notifications to developers in China explaining their VPN app was removed from the App Store. The apps included ‘content that is illegal in China, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines,’ the letter stated. VPNs are popular in China, allowing users to get around the country’s internet filter dubbed the Great Firewall. It blocks access from sites including Facebook, Twitter, New York Times, and more.” (07/30/17)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-pulls-vpns-from-china-app-store/

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5) Hackers break into voting machines in minutes at competition
Source: The Hill

“Hackers at at a competition in Las Vegas were able to successfully breach the software of U.S. voting machines in just 90 minutes on Friday, illuminating glaring security deficiencies in America’s election infrastructure. Tech minds at the annual ‘DEF CON in Las Vegas were given physical voting machines and remote access, with the instructions of gaining access to the software. According to a Register report, within minutes, hackers exposed glaring physical and software vulnerabilities across multiple U.S. voting machine companies’ products.” (07/29/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/344488-hackers-break-into-voting-machines-in-minutes-at-hacking-competition

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6) US flies bombers over Korean peninsula after North Korea missile test
Source: Reuters

“The United States flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force on Sunday after Pyongyang’s recent tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), the U.S. and South Korean Air Forces said. North Korea said it conducted another successful test of an ICBM on Friday that proved its ability to strike America’s mainland, drawing a sharp warning from U.S. President Donald Trump. The B-1B flight was in direct response to the missile test and the previous July 3 launch of the ‘Hwasong-14’ rocket, the U.S. statement said.” (07/30/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN1AF02K

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7) Australia: Police say they’ve thwarted elaborate terrorist plot to bomb an airplane
Source: Washington Post

“Australian authorities said they thwarted an elaborate ‘Islamic-inspired’ terrorist plot to bring down an airplane and arrested four men during raids in four suburbs outside Sydney. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the developments in what he called ‘a major joint counterterrorism operation’ during a news conference Saturday.” (07/30/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/07/30/australian-police-say-theyve-thwarted-elaborate-terrorist-plot-to-bomb-an-airplane/

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8) TX: Border agency set to jumpstart Trump’s wall by building in wildlife refuge
Source: Raw Story

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin constructing the first segment of President Trump’s border wall in November through a national wildlife refuge, using money it’s already received from Congress. That’s what a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official recently told a nonprofit group that raises money to support two national wildlife refuges in South Texas, according to the group’s vice president. ‘I was alarmed,’ said Jim Chapman of Friends of the Wildlife Corridor. ‘It was not good news.’ For the past six months, CBP has been quietly preparing a site to build a nearly 3-mile border barrier through the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, according to The Texas Observer. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also has reportedly begun drilling and soil testing in California and New Mexico.” (07/29/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/border-agency-set-to-jumpstart-trumps-wall-by-building-in-a-texas-wildlife-refuge

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9) Billions in private student loans could be wiped away
Source: Fox News

“You may have heard that some private student loans are getting wiped away thanks to missing paperwork. Thousands of borrowers who are behind on at least $5 billion in private loans may see that debt disappear, according to the New York Times. National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts, a massive student loan entity comprising 15 trusts that own a total of $12 billion in private student loans, is at the center of the controversy. The company bought bundles of student loan debt from banks and financial institutions, and in the process, had trouble keeping track of proper files. The organization has filed an average of four cases a day on the 800,000 private student loans it holds, winning many of them because plaintiffs simply don’t respond or show up to court. But many of these lawsuits have been thrown out by judges, according to the Times, because debtholders like National Collegiate cannot actually prove they should be paid.” (07/29/17)

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/07/29/billions-in-private-student-loans-could-be-wiped-away-do-still-have-to-pay.html

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10) Poll: Majority [sic] of Americans want Congress to move on from healthcare reform
Source: Raw Story

“A majority of Americans are ready to move on from healthcare reform at this point after the U.S. Senate’s effort to dismantle Obamacare failed on Friday, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Saturday. Nearly two-thirds of the country wants to either keep or modify the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, and a majority of Americans want Congress to turn its attention to other priorities, the survey found. … The July 28-29 poll of more than 1,130 Americans, conducted after the Republican-led effort collapsed in the Senate, found that 64 percent said they wanted to keep Obamacare, either ‘entirely as is’ or after fixing ‘problem areas.’ That is up from 54 percent in January.” (07/29/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/majority-of-americans-want-congress-to-move-on-from-healthcare-reform

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11) Australian comedian Chris Lilley attacked over race video
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A leading Australian comedian has apologised after a video of him posing in blackface was posted on his Instagram account. Social media users had criticised Chris Lilley, the star of TV show Summer Heights High. In the video, taken from a 2009 show, Lilley poses as a black rapper and sings a song called Squashed N**ga. It was posted days after the end of a court case focusing on an indigenous boy who was run over and killed. Lilley did not apologise for the content of the video or for appearing in blackface. The character, a rapper named S Mouse, is from his mockumentary show Angry Boys, which has aired in the UK on BBC Three. Instead, he apologised for the timing of the post, saying on Twitter that it was ‘not connected in any way to current news stories.’ After the video was posted, Lilley’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages were closed. His Twitter account was later set up again for him to post his apology.” [editor’s note: Guy made a satirical video 8 years ago, so crucify him now for it … – SAT] (07/28/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-40764290

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12) Trump’s six-month stall sparks a White House shake-up
Source: Lakeland Ledger

“Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump is saddled with a stalled agenda, a West Wing that resembles a viper’s nest, a pile of investigations and a Republican Party that’s starting to break away. Trump on Friday indirectly acknowledged the troubled state of his unconventional White House when he abruptly replaced his chief of staff with hard-nosed retired Gen. John Kelly, until now the Homeland Security secretary. Kelly will take the desk of Reince Priebus, a Republican operative who was skeptical of Trump’s electoral prospects last year and ultimately came to be viewed by the president as weak and ineffective.” (07/29/17)

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170729/trumps-six-month-stall-sparks-white-house-shake-up

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13) AR: Federal judge blocks new abortion restrictions
Source: Little Rock Patch

“A federal judge has blocked Arkansas from enforcing four new abortion restrictions, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure and a fetal remains law that opponents say would effectively require a partner’s consent before a woman could get an abortion. U.S. District Court Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction late Friday night against the new restrictions, three of which were set to take effect Tuesday.” (07/29/17)

https://patch.com/arkansas/little-rock/arkansas-abortion-laws-federal-judge-blocks-new-restrictions

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14) Police claim after Trump speech: We don’t tolerate “roughing up” prisoners
Source: USA Today

“Law enforcement agencies condemned police violence Friday after President Trump advised New York officers “don’t be too nice” during arrests. New York City Police Department Commissioner James P. O’Neill, in a statement Saturday, said proposing police deviate from anything other than ‘reasonable and necessary’ use of force is ‘irresponsible.’ … ‘The NYPD’s training and policies relating to the use of force only allow for measures that are reasonable and necessary under any circumstances, including the arrest and transportation of prisoners,’ the statement said. ‘To suggest that police officers apply any standard in the use of force other than what is reasonable and necessary is irresponsible, unprofessional and sends the wrong message to law enforcement as well as the public.’ The commissioner’s remarks came a day after Trump seemed to encourage police violence while speaking to a group of officers on Long Island, N.Y. ‘Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head, I said, “You can take the hand away, OK?”‘ the president said.” [editor’s note: No, they just encourage shooting them before they’ve even been arrested – SAT] (07/29/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/07/29/police-trump-speech-violence/522561001

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15) Iran: US Navy warning shot in Gulf was “unprofessional,” regime says
Source: Fox News

“A U.S. Navy vessel fired a warning shot in an ‘unprofessional’ encounter with ships from Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard, Iran’s state news agency reported Saturday. The USS Nimitz, accompanied by another U.S. ship, fired the shot Friday as a helicopter hovered over the Iranian ships near an Iranian offshore oil-drilling platform in the Persian Gulf, the report said. The U.S. ships then left the area, according to the report.” [editor’s note: The Iranians can somewhat plausibly claim to have some legitimate business in the Persian Gulf, right off its coast; the US Navy has no reasonable excuse at all for its presence halfway around the world. In any and all encounters of the type described, therefore, the US are automatically and beyond a shadow of a doubt “bad guys” – TLK] (07/29/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/07/29/us-navy-warning-shot-in-gulf-was-unprofessional-iran-says.html

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16) US government ordered to solve “incredible shrinking airline seat”
Source: Reuters

“U.S. aviation authorities were ordered back to the drawing board on Friday to solve what a federal appeals judge called ‘The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat.’ Judge Patricia Millett told the Federal Aviation Administration to take another look at an advocacy group’s assertion that shrinking airline seats are imperiling passenger safety. The judge rejected the FAA’s argument that seat size was unimportant to getting off the plane in an emergency. ‘That makes no sense,’ she wrote for the three-judge panel, likening the rationale to doing ‘a study on tooth decay that only recorded participants’ sugar consumption’ but did not look at brushing and flossing. All three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed the FAA must conduct a new review of the request for regulations setting a minimum airline seat size, but Judge Judith Rogers dissented from part of the court’s rationale.” [editor’s note: I fly rarely, but if I can go 3000 miles round-trip, in about 4-5 total hours, for $200 or less, I really don’t expect luxury accommodations, just get me there and back; If I drove it, the gas alone (not to mention the almost-week of driving, or the stress of all that roadwork) costs more! – SAT] (07/28/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-planes-idUSKBN1AD28Y

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17) HI: Honolulu bans texting while crossing streets in bid to curb injuries
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Honolulu has become the first major US city to ban pedestrians from looking at mobile phones, texting or using digital devices while crossing the road. The measure, which will take effect in Hawaii’s largest city in October, is aimed at reducing injuries and deaths from ‘distracted walking.’ First offenders caught gazing at devices, including laptops and digital cameras, face $15-$35 fines. Urgent calls to the emergency services are exempt from the ban. The bill, also known as the Distracted Walking Law, was signed off by the mayor of Honolulu, Kirk Caldwell, on Thursday after the city council approved the measure by a vote of 7-2. The new legislation, which will come into effect on 25 October, states that ‘no pedestrian shall cross a street or highway while viewing a mobile electronic device.’ Repeat offenders face fines of up to $99. The new law has met opposition from some members of the public, who accuse the government of over-regulation.” [editor’s note: Yes, it is over-regulation, but if idiots are gonna idiot … – SAT] (07/28/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40765087

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18) Trump declares war on rival gang
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump delivered a fiery law-and-order speech in Long Island on Friday, calling [rival] gang members ‘animals’ and praising law enforcement [gangs] for being ‘rough.’ Trump traveled to the New York suburb to discuss efforts to combat the violent MS-13 gang, which he pledged to dismantle and deport. ‘Together we’re going to restore safety to our streets and peace to our communities and we’re going to destroy the vile, criminal cartel MS-13 and many other gangs,’ Trump said. Long Island has been particularly affected by the brutal street gang, with recent high-profile murders gripping the community there.” [editor’s note: Brooklyn and Queens are on Long Island. I wonder if they are as negatively affected by the MS-13 gang as they are by the NYPD gang? – TLK] (07/28/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/28/politics/donald-trump-ms-13/index.html

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19) OK: State official arrested for throwing water on family member
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A state agency director was arrested in Florida earlier this month after throwing a cup of water on a family member during a confrontation, but her case was dismissed because prosecutors and the family member decided not to pursue charges, the official said Saturday. Terri White, the commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, was jailed July 21 on a misdemeanor battery complaint after calling police in attempts to deescalate the dispute. White, who didn’t identify the family member, said in a statement that the quarrel happened during a family vacation. White said the dispute reached the point ‘that it was overwhelming,’ before she tossed the cup of water. She said the family member then shoved her into a wall, prompting White to call authorities.” (07/28/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Official-Arrest-came-after-throwing-water-on-11717692.php

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20) Study suggests link between sugar and mood disorders
Source: Raw Story

“The thought of a cupcake, skillfully frosted with fluffy vanilla icing, may put a smile on your face, but research suggests that, in the long term, a sweet tooth may turn that smile into a frown — but not for the reasons you think. [A] new study, published in Scientific Reports, … found a link between a diet high in sugar and common mental disorders. The World Health Organisation recommends that people reduce their daily intake of added sugars to less than 5% of their total energy intake. However, people in the UK consume double (in the US, triple) that amount of sugar. Three-quarters of these added sugars come from sweet food and beverages, such as cakes and soft drinks. … At the same time, one in six people worldwide suffers from a common mental disorder, such as a mood or anxiety disorder. Could there be a link between high sugar consumption and common mental disorders?” (07/29/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/a-large-new-study-has-found-a-link-between-sugar-and-mood-disorders

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21) US Senate panel votes to protect medical marijuana from Jeff Sessions
Source: Smell the Truth

“Lawmakers have initially decided against Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ request to crack down on legal cannabis. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a budget bill amendment on Thursday to extend protections on state medical marijuana programs from federal interference, reports the Hill. The amendment, introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), adds a clause to the 2018 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill that prevents any federal funds to be used against ‘state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana. We have more important things for the Department of Justice to do than tracking down doctors or epileptics using medical marijuana legally in their state,’ said Leahy. The decision goes against a request Sessions made earlier this year not to renew similar protections implemented by the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment.” (07/27/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/07/27/senate-panel-votes-to-protect-medical-marijuana-from-jeff-sessions

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22) Report: Trump “considered sacking Steve Bannon”
Source: Raw Story

“President Donald Trump considered firing his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, as part of a staff shake-up at the White House, according to a White House insider. With the White House roiled by the Russia scandal, struggling to push key aspects of its agenda through Congress, and beset by internal feuds, Trump considered firing his controversial strategist but was dissuaded by allies, who said Trump would risk alienating his support base, reported the New York Times. On Friday, Trump pushed out his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, who reportedly clashed with Bannon in the early weeks of the administration, and failed to impress Trump following Trump’s attempted bid to overturn the Affordable Care Act.” (07/29/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/trump-considered-sacking-steve-bannon-report

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23) IL: Judge OKs Cook County soda tax, but start date is unclear
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Shoppers may see Cook County’s penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax on their grocery receipts in the not-so-distant future after a judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday that called the tax unconstitutional. Cook County Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak also dissolved the temporary restraining order that had halted implementation of the tax, which originally had been set to take effect July 1. It was not immediately clear when the tax will take effect. The tax, which applies to a vast array of sugar- and artificially sweetened drinks, was championed by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and approved by commissioners last fall — one of several so-called soda taxes popping up in municipalities across the country. But last month, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association sued the county, arguing the tax ordinance is vague and unconstitutional.” (07/28/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-cook-county-soda-pop-tax-lawsuit-20170728-story.html

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24) UK: Charlie Gard, sentenced to death by regime, dies
Source: ABC News

“Charlie Gard, the terminally ill British baby at the center of a legal and ethical battle that attracted the attention of Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump, died Friday. He was one week shy of his first birthday. Charlie suffered from a rare genetic disease, mitochondrial depletion syndrome, which left him brain damaged and unable to move his limbs or breathe unaided. A family spokeswoman, Alison Smith-Squire, confirmed Charlie’s death on Friday, a day after a judge ordered that he be taken to a hospice for his final hours. … Charlie’s parents raised more than 1.3 million pounds ($1.7 million) to take him to the United States for an experimental medical therapy they believed could prolong his life. But Charlie’s doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London objected, saying the treatment wouldn’t help and might cause him to suffer.” (07/28/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/family-spokeswoman-british-baby-charlie-gard-died-48911099

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25) FDA looks to move smokers toward e-cigarettes
Source: NBC News

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration aims to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes while exploring measures to move smokers toward e-cigarettes, in a major regulatory shift announced on Friday that sent traditional cigarette company stocks plunging. The move means FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has thrown his regulatory weight on the side of those advocating for e-cigarettes in the debate over whether they potentially hold some public health benefits. Shares of major tobacco companies in the United States and UK slumped in heavy trading volume, with the world’s biggest producers poised to lose about $60 billion of market value.” (07/28/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/fda-looking-move-smokers-toward-e-cigarettes-n787491

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

26) Drugs are the health of the state
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“If you’ve been listening to the soon-to-be former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ blather for any length of time at all, then you know that he believes that an increasing number of states like Colorado and Washington must be brought firmly to heel for having legalized marijuana over the past several years without federal government permission. It doesn’t matter to him that the states created that federal government in the first place, or how the people of those states, more than weary of the War On (Some) Drugs have voted. He says it’s a matter of federal law and of various treaties that the government has signed (without our permission, by the way) with other governments. Any way you slice it, then it’s all about the law, right? Well, not exactly.” (07/30/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle933-20170730-02.html

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27) Privacy: J. Edgar’s not the Hoover you need to worry about anymore
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Is your vacuum cleaner spying on you? Hamza Shaban of the Washington Post reports that iRobot, maker of the ‘autonomous’ Roomba vacuum, may eventually sell the internal maps of your home the device builds to facilitate its work to the makers of other ‘smart home’ devices. In the latest phase of our frenzied technological advancement, it’s clear that yes, our gadgets do collect and use more and more information about us, and that that information progressively ramifies across more, bigger, and more integrated networks. The bigger question: Is it worth it? The answer: It depends.” (07/30/17)

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28) Do not help US cops seize your assets
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“A new Department of Justice (DOJ) directive from Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes it more important than ever to own cryptocurrency and to do so outside of digital exchanges which function like traditional banks; translation, they will rush to obey law enforcement agencies. The new directive expands the power of civil asset forfeiture for federal agents, allowing them to sidestep laws in the 20 states that currently restrict the practice.” (07/28/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/do-not-help-u-s-cops-seize-your-assets/

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29) Macron, economic nationalist
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“Monsieur Macron has won the recent elections in France as, I would say, the more ‘market-friendly’ option available, vis-a-vis the rampant economic nationalism of Madame Le Pen. Certainly, he won the election as the most ‘europhile’ option available. And yet, economic nationalism is a well established feature of French politics and perhaps a more or less safe way to build further electoral consensus. After a spectacular, and quite unexpected, victory in the legislative contest in addition to his election as President of the French Republic, Monsieur Macron’s popularity went down by 10 points recently. I won’t dare to say that this explains his recent moves concerning the shipyard of Saint-Nazaire, which he is threatening to nationalise, but he certainly doesn’t believe that flexing his nationalist muscles will hurt his popularity.” (07/30/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/07/macron_economis.html

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30) Occupational licensing harms consumers and producers
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“The Trump and Obama administrations agree on at least one point: occupational licensure harms Americans both as consumers and as producers. In 2015 the Obama administration released ‘Occupational Licensing: A Framework for Policymakers,’ arguing: ‘There is evidence that licensing requirements raise the price of goods and services, restrict employment opportunities, and make it more difficult for workers to take their skills across State lines.’ … Licensing violates people’s freedom to work, raises consumer prices, hikes incomes in protected occupations, and lowers incomes in unprotected occupations as people locked out of licensed jobs flock to unlicensed jobs. Licensing is especially hard on low-income and less-educated people, who are barred, often by design, from occupations because the cost of required lengthy and often pointless schooling is prohibitive.” (07/28/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/occupational-licensing-harms-consumers-and-producers

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31) Healthcare is a system, not a goal
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“Senator McCain cast the deciding vote to kill the ‘skinny’ version of a proposed healthcare bill. Notice how he explains it as a failure of process, not a problem with the bill itself. … Love him or hate him, McCain did what heroes do. He took a bullet to prevent Congress from ignoring the wishes of half the country. Now we have a chance to do it right. Let in some new voices. Consider some new options. Make it a team effort. My optimism for a good healthcare outcome just hit its peak. … Now, for the first time, the public and perhaps Democrats can contribute some ideas and broaden the options. Today is a very good day disguised as a bad one. If you think in terms of goals, Congress failed to pass a bill. But if you think in terms of systems, our options for solving healthcare just went from limited to plenty. We’re in the best position yet.” [editor’s note: Once again, big-picture thinking; nobody should be wanting anything like the present mess – SAT] (07/28/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/163526404616/health-care-is-a-system-not-a-goal

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32) A jury in Minneapolis has blood on its hands
Source: OpEdNew
by Marc Ash

“An American jury was assembled to judge St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer Jeronimo Yanez of firing seven shots into the chest of an unresisting and compliant Philando Castile as he sat in a car doing exactly what Yanez told him to do. The jury graciously gave Yanez what Yanez did not give Philando Castile, the benefit of the doubt, the full benefit of the doubt. Who could know, they reasoned, that Police Officer Yanez did not in fact fear for his life? But what if Philando Castile, fearing for his life — which was in fact about to be unjustly taken — had drawn his legally possessed weapon first and saved his life by shooting Yanez first? Who really believes any jury in America would have afforded Castile the same beneficial doubt the Yanez jury afforded him?” (07/30/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/A-Jury-in-Minneapolis-Has-by-Marc-Ash-Injustice_Juries_Justine-Damond_Killing-170730-173.html

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33) How many of your ideas are your ideas?
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“How much of what you know is the product of rational thought and how much of what you know was programmed into you by others? This is a question that I have been tossing around for quite some time. There are many things that I have believed over the years that I eventually realized weren’t the product of rational thought but simply things somebody else told me. This question is especially relevant when discussing political matters. Take the debate over government controlled healthcare for instance. Most people living in countries with state controlled healthcare believe that the only alternative is no healthcare whatsoever (unless you’re rich). Here in the United States the idea of government controlled healthcare is catching on more every day. But did most of the people arguing in favor of government controlled healthcare conclude that it was the best option after a great deal of research and thought or are they just parroting what they were programmed to parrot[?]” (07/28/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/07/28/how-many-of-your-ideas-are-your-ideas/

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34) Trump, “Mooch” and the rise of the New York douchebag
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Normally, a president under siege would not hire someone like Anthony Scaramucci, the loudmouth financier known as ‘the Mooch’ who joined the White House last week as communications director. Donald Trump’s strife-ridden administration already has more than its share of troubles, with the Russia collusion investigation escalating, the president feuding with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the Republican discord over Obamacare repeal (RIP, for now). In the midst of this turmoil, Scaramucci created his own drama by calling up New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza and insulting his White House colleagues in the crudest possible terms. … In most administrations, Scaramucci’s public badmouthing of his colleagues would be a major liability, likely a fireable offense. But Trump operates from a different set of rules — the same rules, it would seem, that Scaramucci operates from. … Indeed, Scaramucci is a sort of mini-Trump: brash, hyper-masculine, bro-loyal, sexually crass, and street smart, perhaps, but not actually smart.” (07/28/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144103/trump-mooch-rise-new-york-douchebag

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35) Are bank capital requirements really ten times higher than before the crisis?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Prof Kevin Dowd

“A major theme in Bank of England speeches over the last three years has been the ‘Ten Times’ story: bank capital requirements are now 10 times higher than what they were at or before the time of the GFC. … At first sight, these claims are very reassuring. After all, if bank capital requirements are now ten times greater than they were before the GFC, that must mean that our banks are now much more resilient, right? Wrong.” (07/28/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/07/are-bank-capital-requirements-really-ten-times-higher-than-before-the-crisis/

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36) Can Wal-Mart serve both politicians and the marketplace?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Maybe you didn’t see it, but Wal-Mart (WMT) has just released a ‘policy road map to renew U.S. manufacturing’ that it says will lead to more than a million jobs. We’re all for more jobs, of course, but it’s not entirely what it seems. With President Trump in office, and liberal Democrats always ready to pounce, big companies are eager to please the political gods by showing they’re enthused about creating more jobs to ‘Make America Great Again.’ Nothing wrong with creating jobs, of course, but we’re a little wary of companies doing politicians’ bidding. In Wal-Mart’s case, it’s proposed a 10-step policy road map, crafted in conjunction with The Boston Consulting Group, that it says will ‘recapture’ $300 billion in consumer goods from foreign suppliers and create 1.5 million new manufacturing jobs over 10 years, 250,000 of those on the factory floor.” (07/28/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/can-wal-mart-serve-both-politicians-and-the-marketplace

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37) Poland: Time for liberals to fight back
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Poland is in an uproar. The decision of its ruling Law and Justice Party to bring the judiciary under political control has been partially blocked by President Andrezj Duda after large street demonstrations in most major cities. But this is not a government which brooks denial. The Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, responding on Wednesday to a complaint against the bill filed by the European Union, said the government wouldn’t succumb to ‘blackmail, threats and intimidation.’ … ‘No threats will stand in our way. We won’t let anyone from the outside treat us this way,’ he told reporters. ‘Outside’ in this instance is a Union whose democratic and civic norms Poland enthusiastically embraced whenit joined the EU in 2004 with nine other states, eight of which were formerly Communist-ruled.” (07/28/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-poland-commentary-idUSKBN1AD27Q

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38) Collateral damage: US sanctions aimed at Russia strike western European allies
Source: CounterPunch
by Diana Johnstone

“Do they know what they are doing? When the U.S. Congress adopts draconian sanctions aimed mainly at disempowering President Trump and ruling out any move to improve relations with Russia, do they realize that the measures amount to a declaration of economic war against their dear European ‘friends?’ Whether they know or not, they obviously don’t care. U.S. politicians view the rest of the world as America’s hinterland, to be exploited, abused and ignored with impunity.” (07/28/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/28/collateral-damage-u-s-sanctions-aimed-at-russia-strike-western-european-allies/

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39) Meet John Kelly, Donald Trump’s new enabler in chief
Source: The Nation
by John Nichols

“Reince Priebus was a miserable White House chief of staff. A political hack who was lousy on television, ineffectual on Capitol Hill, and disrespected by the president who hired him, Priebus devolved into such a sad case that the highlight of his six-month tenure came when he was allowed to share the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference with someone who actually enjoyed the respect of Donald Trump: Steve Bannon. But at least Priebus had a measure of self respect. There was evidence to suggest there were some things he would not do and some people (starting with Anthony Scaramucci) to whom he would not bend. That was part of what prevented Trump (who, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has learned, demands absolute loyalty) from bonding with the man who on most White House organization charts should have been the president’s right-hand man. There will be no such ‘problem’ with the man who on Monday will replace Priebus. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the retired United States Marine Corps general who will become the second White House chief of staff in the first year of Trump’s presidency, is an absolute apologist for this president.” (07/28/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/meet-john-kelly-donald-trumps-new-enabler-in-chief

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40) Judicial activism: Here’s a core reason for it you’ve never heard about
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Robe Natelson

“Whenever a court issues a highly publicized liberal activist decision, constitutionalists understandably become upset. They cast around for ways to stop this kind of overreaching. But if you want to devise a viable solution to misconduct, you have to understand the reasons for the misconduct. And constitutionalists almost invariably overlook one of the core reasons.” (07/28/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/07/28/judicial-activism-heres-a-core-reason-for-it-youve-never-heard-about/

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41) What the left should like about public choice
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Although the public choice school of political economy has been demonized in a new work of putatively progressive fiction masquerading as intellectual history, good-faith leftists (if they don’t already regard themselves as libertarians) may be surprised by how their cause could benefit from the insights of James Buchanan et al.” (07/28/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/daily-featured-articles/tgif-left-should-like-public-choice/

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42) Don’t trust tech industry billionaires to lead the way on immigrant rights
Source: In These Times
by Julianne Tveten

“Earlier this month, the administration of Donald Trump postponed the enactment of the International Entrepreneur Rule, a program that would grant foreign businesspeople the temporary ability to found companies in the United States. The ultimate goal, the administration announced, is to rescind the rule. The move rankled the tech industry, which owes much of its plenitude to the work of enterprising immigrants. ‘Steve Jobs might never have been born,’ many doting technocrats have ruminated, if his father hadn’t been able to come to the United States from Syria. AOL co-founder Steve Case lambasted the decision as a ‘big mistake,’ and venture capitalist Bobby Franklin told the Los Angeles Times the development stems from ‘a fundamental misunderstanding of the critical role immigrant entrepreneurs play in growing the next generation of American companies.’ … Since Trump’s xenophobic ascent, the industry’s efforts to preserve its workforce have grown more visible, galvanized by the shock of such unprecedented threats to its talent as the travel ban targeting Muslim-majority countries. … Yet, when sifted through the Silicon Valley filter, immigration reform takes a disingenuous turn.” (07/28/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20365/tech-industry-workers-immigrants-rights-donald-trump

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43) How to double your cryptocurrency (or, how to not lose half your cryptocurrency)
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“On August 1st, what you now know as ‘Bitcoin’ will become two currencies: Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCC). This is happening because most of the Bitcoin community has agreed to implement something called Segwit 2x, while a minority have decided to go in a different direction by increasing the block size. When this ‘hard fork’ happens, under certain circumstances, your Bitcoin will ‘double’ in a sense. That is, if you currently have one Bitcoin (1.0 BTC), you will suddenly have one Bitcoin (1.0 BTC) and one Bitcoin Cash (1.0 BCC). Here’s the under certain circumstances …” (07/29/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/07/how-to-double-your-cryptocurrency-or.html

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44) Discredited, the legend of mattress girl just won’t go away
Source: Reason
by Cathy Young

“Emma Sulkowicz, the infamous ‘mattress girl,’ surfaced this week on National Public Radio talking about her efforts to get a serial predator, ‘a sadist in the truest meaning of that word,’ off the Columbia University campus. Sulkowicz, referred to in the story as an ‘activist and survivor,’ mentioned that the subject of her efforts won a settlement from Columbia this month in a lawsuit charging that Sulkowicz’s activism amounted to gender-based harassment. When a disciplinary hearing in late 2013 cleared Paul Nungesser of charges that he raped Sulkowicz, she refused to accept the outcome. Her protest — which included carrying a mattress on campus for most of her senior year to represent the ‘weight’ of her victimization — made her the heroine of a new feminist revolution. It also made him the campus pariah after she outed him as her alleged rapist. While the terms of the settlement are unknown, Columbia issued a statement effectively reaffirming Nungesser’s exoneration.” (07/28/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/07/28/discredited-the-legend-of-mattress-girl

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45) A Scaramucci-watchers guide to Italian speech
Source: USA Today
by Jonathan Turley

“After the new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci went on a profanity laced tirade in a conversation with New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza, Scaramucci explained that he sometimes uses ‘colorful language,’ and many noted that this was part of his Italian heritage. Indeed, Italians are known for their passionate speech, but there are a couple of useful lessons in this scandal. Consider it my own Rosetta Stone language program for those who want to understand casual Italian. Like Scaramucci, I come from a large Italian family. Both of our grandfathers came to his country around the same time.” (07/28/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/07/28/anthony-scaramucci-here-guide-italian-speech-jonathan-turley-column/519901001

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46) Biofuel justifications are kaput
Source: Town Hall
by Paul Driessen

“The closest thing to earthly eternal life, President Ronald Reagan used to say, is a government program. Those who benefit from a program actively and vocally defend it, often giving millions in campaign cash to politicians who help perpetuate it, while those who oppose the program or are harmed by it are usually disorganized and distracted by daily life. Legislative inertia and obstruction of the kind so graphically on display in the Senate over the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) also help to perpetuate program life. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), created under the 2005 Energy Policy Act and expanded by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, is a perfect example. It has more lives than Freddy Krueger. The laws require that refiners blend steadily increasing amounts of ethanol into gasoline, and expect the private sector to produce growing amounts of ‘cellulosic’ biofuel, ‘biomass-based diesel’ and ‘advanced’ biofuels. Except for corn ethanol, the production expectations have mostly turned out to be fantasies. The justifications for renewable fuels were scary exaggerations then, and are absurd now.” [editor’s note:> This is maybe the least justifiable government program of all, first fostered during the “gas crisis” of the 1970s, and only made worse since – SAT] (07/29/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/pauldriessen/2017/07/29/biofuel-n2361752

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47) Cry havoc!
Source: Liberty Unbound

“I’ve always been puzzled about the idea of mass hysteria. Is it true that normally sane people suddenly start shouting and screaming and seeing Martians, just because their neighbor, or somebody on the radio, has been talking about the subject? Or is mass hysteria just one of those pop-psychology labels that tells you nothing more than the unmysterious things you’d already noticed yourself? I mean, you hear Mr. Smith saying goofy things; you hear Mrs. Jones and Mr. Green saying similarly goofy things; then somebody calls it mass hysteria, and you’re supposed to believe you’ve learned something. But you haven’t, because you still don’t know why anybody would want to say those things.” (07/28/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1741

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48) Protecting Superfunds: The polluter must pay
Source: Our Future
by Lois Gibbs

“The toxic legacy of Love Canal means we must protect the power of communities to hold polluters accountable. It has been almost 40 years since the nation heard the cries for help from Love Canal, where a school and neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York, was built on a toxic dump filled with 21,000 tons of chemical waste. Children were sick, parents were scared and families lost their homes. I know, because my children, my family and my home were among them. The Love Canal crisis created public awareness and a scientific understanding that the chemicals people are exposed to in their everyday environment can cause serious harm to their health, especially to pregnant women and young children. This understanding of the serious risks of living near pollution was the impetus to creating the Superfund program in 1980. … Today, a pending action by Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt threatens to strip that power away.” [editor’s note: If property rights, and tort action against polluters, had not been thrown out by the courts in the 1930s, this would never have become an issue – SAT] (07/28/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170728/protecting-superfunds-the-polluter-must-pay

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49) Trump Jamboree speech as Scouting antidote
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“Much of the media was shocked and horrified by President Trump’s Boy Scout Jamboree speech on Monday. Many commentators are talking as if Trump’s raucous, free-wheeling spiel exposed underage children to political pornography. Instead of railing against Hillary Clinton and boasting of his victory in last year’s election, Trump supposedly should have delivered the usual ‘our wonderful political system’ speech. Some people will never forgive Trump for telling Scouts that Washington is a ‘sewer.’ Actually, that message could be an antidote to much of what Scouts hear. Trump’s speech, insofar as it spurs doubts about political authority, could be far more salutary than prior presidential Jamboree speeches.” (07/28/17)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/07/28/usa-today-trump-jamboree-speech-scouting-antidote/

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50) The more we know, the less we know
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Logan Albright

“The growth of human knowledge is a wonderful thing that can bring great happiness as it advances. We know more now than we did a hundred years ago, and this knowledge has allowed for countless improvements in the standard of living all over the world. But while everyone recognizes the benefits of knowledge, there are those who misinterpret our collective advancement as an invitation to exert control over society, and to impose a centralized structure onto the masses of people doing their own things, working, living, and pursuing happiness in their own ways.” (07/30/17)

https://fee.org/articles/the-more-we-know-the-less-we-know/

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51) The Justice Department works for you, and other myths
Source: The American Prospect
by Gabrielle Gurley

“Though few blacks believed that the much-vaunted post-racial America was anything more than media hyperbole, a black president nonetheless left the White House with a health-care legacy, a healthy approval rating, and a rock star patina that the hyper-partisanship of the nation’s capital failed to tarnish. His presidency may have contained few Rooseveltian moments but history will likely record that the country was stronger for his travails. … Which is why, after the Obama interregnum, Donald Trump’s assault on civil rights has set many African Americans back on their heels. Nowhere was that sentiment more evident than at the NAACP’s annual convention in Baltimore this week. … With Trump’s unsurprising decision to decline an invitation to speak to country’s oldest civil-rights organization, it fell to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general and a former Maryland U.S. attorney, to carry the president’s banner into a very skeptical audience.” (07/28/17)

http://prospect.org/article/justice-department-works-you-and-other-myths

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52) The only solution to America’s healthcare woes
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“When President Franklin Roosevelt revolutionized America’s economic system by enacting Social Security, he knew that it would be a permanent change. He knew that once he got people dependent on the system, he would have them. Sort of like how a heroin dealer feels about getting a new customer hooked on heroin. That’s what President Obama and his acolytes were undoubtedly thinking about when they enacted Obamacare. Get it passed, get people dependent on it, and you have them. The program becomes permanent. That’s what has now happened with Obamacare. With Republicans running scared for fear of adverse voter reaction if they follow through with their 8-year ‘Repeal Obamacare’ mantra, the conservative movement to repeal Obamacare is now finished. What now?” (07/28/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/07/28/solution-americas-healthcare-woes/

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53) We will defeat the authoritarian nationalists
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Darian Worden

“Authoritarians are typically not interested in rational discourse. Their pronouncements are power plays. The message in their statements is that they can define the terms of discussion and they will not be challenged. Their subjects are expected to accept reality as the rulers define it or accept a state of confusion and helplessness that prevents them from challenging the regime. Challenge their statements, boldly, repeatedly, and truthfully. Challenge them in public spaces. Challenge them in spaces where the ruling ideology is comfortable to say what it wants. Deny them control of discourse. Advance a narrative of truth and inclusive liberty.” (07/28/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/49646

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54) The minimal use of a finger
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Drivers in Washington State have a new law to … swerve from? ‘New distracted driving law starts Sunday, July 23,’ the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) tweeted last week. ‘The law forbids,’ Washingtonians were told, ‘virtually all use of handheld gadgets such as phones, tablets, laptop computers and gaming devices while driving.’ The idea is to prevent accidents. Though distracted driving’s danger has been contested, texting while driving certainly seems a kind of crazy. Thankfully, it’s possible to talk ‘hands free.’ Which, it turns out, the new law does allow. Drivers may activate and de-activate hands-free devices (and apps) with the ‘minimal use of a finger.'” (07/28/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/07/28/the-minimal-use-of-a-finger/

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55) Is the Bitcoin civil war over? Here’s how I’m thinking about Bitcoin Cash
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg

“Today’s post is about an alt-coin that is about to fork from Bitcoin, led by a contingency in the civil war known as the big blockers. This piece is not meant for newbies, but is written for people who own Bitcoin and already have a good understanding of all the drama that’s been going on, and may continue to periodically resurface after August 1. If you aren’t already up to speed on these things you should probably stop reading. The post will just sound confusing and won’t have much impact on your decision making anyway. First of all, I don’t think there will be any debate around what the ‘real Bitcoin’ is following the fork and creation of an alt-coin called Bitcoin Cash (BCC). This coin will be a pet project of big blockers wanting to both save face, and also potentially hurt the original Bitcoin (BTC).” (07/28/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/07/28/is-the-bitcoin-civil-war-over-heres-how-im-thinking-about-bitcoin-cash/

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56) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 129
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“This week we the Launch Pad blasts off with the controversial vice chair of the national Libertarian Party Arvin Vohra! Arvin discusses his viewpoints on education, and how he wants to dismantle the Department of Education. Arvin also gives his controversial viewpoints on the military.” [various formats] (07/29/17)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/%E2%80%8Bjohnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-129-end-the-ed-interview-w-arvin-vohra/

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57) Free Talk Live, 07/29/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Roger Ver Joins Us to Discuss the Upcoming Potential Bitcoin Fork :: How did Bitcoin catch on? :: Bitcoin Cash :: Bitcoin Cash to Be Attacked? :: Fears of Bitcoin Price Changes :: Bitcoin Geek War :: Silver-Backed Government Money :: Bitcoin Newbie :: Activism Types and Effectiveness :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/29/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-07-29

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58) Anarcho Agenda, episode 29
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Sex is happening less and less, and a Scottish battle has done little to teach us about war.” [various formats] (07/28/17)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-29-2017-07-28

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59) In The Tank, episode 99
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #99 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country.” [various formats] (07/28/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/07/in-the-tank-ep99-new-hampshire-responds-to-climate-alarmism-donor-disclosure-and-right-to-work/

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60) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 21
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“We discuss seasteading and determinism this week. And, how to do drugs with Scott and Adam starting with cocaine.” [various formats] (07/28/17)

http://www.ancapbarbershop.com/seasteading-determinism-cocaine-abs21/

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61) So to Speak Podcast, 07/27/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we explore the life and legacy of [U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis] Brandeis with National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/27/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-the-life-and-legacy-of-supreme-court-justice-louis-brandeis-with-jeffrey-rosen/

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62) The Brion McClanahan Show, episode 97
Source: The Brion McClanahan Show

“I would be surprised if many of my listeners have heard of the Richmond Junto, but after hearing this podcast I hope you’ll 1) agree that they are an important part of American constitutional thought, and 2) purchase How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America so you can read more about them. If you want slashing attacks on Hamiltonian nationalism, they are your guys. All were principled defenders of the original Constitution and all have been largely forgotten by the American public. Their resurrection starts here.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/27/17)

https://www.brionmcclanahan.com/blog/podcast-episode-97-the-richmond-junto/

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63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 962
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The Austrian School of economics, the school of thought that includes Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, and Murray Rothbard — and which influenced Ron Paul, of course — is the subject of the Mises Institute’s week-long Mises University summer program, which I’m attending right now. In the course of taking notes on my computer to help my 14-year-old daughter understand the concepts better, I realized there were some foundational parts of Austrian economics that some listeners may enjoy hearing clarified. So in this episode I actually show how we can derive economic laws from the apparently sterile axiom that ‘human beings act.’ I also discuss where prices come from, and what the fundamental problem with socialism is.” [various formats] (07/27/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-962-austrian-economics-the-basics-you-secretly-crave/

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64) Felony Friday, episode 82
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this episode of Felony Friday Michael Krawitz joins host John Odermatt to discuss how international treaties are vital to advancing drug reform worldwide.” [various formats] (07/28/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/07/28/felony-friday-082-michael-krawitz-international-drug-treaties-obstruct-reform/

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65) Activism 101, episode 2
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“You’ve probably heard the Department of Homeland Security slogan ‘If you see something, say something.’ Well, the same principle applies to local activism. First you have to identify the problem — see something. Next you have to let people know the problem exists so you have some allies in your efforts — say something. In this installment of the Activist 101 Podcast, I explain exactly what I saw, and the first steps I took to get the word out.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/27/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/07/activism-101-podcast-2-see-something-say-something/

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