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Volume XVI, Issue #4,026
Wednesday, August 1st, 2018
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In the News:

1) US judge claims he has suspended First Amendment
2) Manafort trial opens with fiery charges from both sides
3) Zimbabwe: MDC Alliance says Chamisa beat Mnangagwa in presidential election
4) OR: ICE thugs whine that Portland’s mayor refused to order police to protect them from criticism
5) Sessions: Nuns “ordered to buy contraceptives”
6) Election meddling: Twitter bans US Senate candidate a week before Missouri primary
7) Greece: “Obese” tourists from US and UK blamed for crippling donkeys
8) Philippines: Army checkpoint targeted by deadly blast
9) Trump: Koch brothers are a “total joke”
10) Tajikistan: Islamic State claims attack on cyclists, releases video of purported cell
11) “No progress made”: Hollywood fails new diversity study
12) US Heimatsicherheitsdienst sets up new security theater hub
13) UT: Mormons clash over medical cannabis legalization
14) FDA warns companies about “deceptive” vaginal rejuvenation claims
15) Gay man accuses Alaska Airlines of discrimination
16) CO: Police fatally shoot man in his own home, moments after he killed an intruder
17) MN: Cops who murdered fleeing man will not be charged
18) Turkey: Court rejects appeal for US pastor’s release
19) World Bank warns some Lebanon projects might be cancelled
20) Latest from the guys who brought us “WMD in Iraq”: North Korea constructing new missiles

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Nine attorneys general, and Alyssa Milano, versus the First Amendment
22) Forget the wall already, it’s time for the US to have open borders
23) Have you gained or lost weight? Congrats, TSA is now tracking you for suspicious activity.
24) The monopolization of heroes by the state
25) Don’t blame Bitcoin for Russian hacking
26) If ObamaCare is an economic time bomb, Medicare for All would be a nuclear explosion
27) Reneging on the nuclear deal has consequences
28) From tear gas to tweets: Fifty years in the evolution of US activism
29) Can government make a business work “for the good of society?”
30) What can we actually say about the Market Choice Act?
31) Why NAACP’s anti-oil & gas report is hot air
32) What so fulsomely we hail
33) The Latin Americanization of the United States
34) Zuckerberg was right about how to handle Holocaust deniers
35) What are Republicans hiding about Brett Kavanaugh?
36) Dbl Standard Destruction Co.
37) We need more skeptics
38) NATO: The unexamined alliance
39) California says Starbucks has to stop stealing its workers’ wages
40) Meet VIAB: Virginia’s taxpayer-funded Israel lobby
41) William Jennings Bryan was surprisingly good on trade
42) US, not countries in the Paris climate agreement, cut fossil fuel emissions
43) UN eyes a world with less US
44) It is high time for the Spanish government to defend Uber
45) Amazon promises “unwavering” commitment to police, military clients using AI technology
46) The federal government as organized crime
47) Six reasons for hope in Trump times
48) President Trump’s bargaining prowess is a liability, not an asset
49) The most unnecessary federal spending
50) The stupid, it burns.

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 9
52) The Libertarian Angle, 07/31/18
53) Stossel: The end of tipping?
54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/31/18
55) Humans of Bitcoin, 07/31/18
56) Scott Adams Says, 07/31/18
57) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/31/18
58) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 66
59) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 171
60) Postcards from Somalia, episode 4
61) Reason Podcast, 07/30/18
62) Free Talk Live, 07/30/18
63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1205
64) The Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 228
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 07/30/18

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

1) US judge claims he has suspended First Amendment
Source: Yahoo! News

“A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked the imminent release of blueprints for 3-D printed guns, hours before they were set to hit the internet, after several states sued to halt publication of designs to make weapons that security screening may not detect. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle, Washington, said the blueprints’ publication could cause irreparable harm to U.S. citizens. The decision blocked a settlement President Donald Trump’s administration had reached with the Texas-based company, which planned to put files online on Wednesday.” (07/31/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-questions-3-d-gun-sales-u-states-123358352.html

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2) Manafort trial opens with fiery charges from both sides
Source: ABC News

“Lawyers in the case of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort offered opening arguments on Tuesday in the first major trial brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and both sides told jurors there was a liar at the heart of the case. The government’s lawyers argued that liar was Manafort, a man they alleged had been living an opulent lifestyle, as if he was ‘above the law.’ In his opening statement, federal prosecutor Uzo Asonye said the case, ‘boils down to one thing: Did Paul Manafort lie?’ Manafort’s defense team countered by pointing a finger at the prosecution’s star witness — and Manafort’s former deputy — Richard Gates.” [editor’s note: The US regime is one of only three that claim an absurd power tax income earned abroad. The other two are North Korea and Eritrea. The jury should hang the government’s lawyers from the ceiling by their most tender appendages and beat them like pinatas – TLK] (07/31/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/manafort-trial-opens-fiery-charges-sides/story?id=56949996

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3) Zimbabwe: MDC Alliance says Chamisa beat Mnangagwa in presidential election
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Zimbabwe’s opposition says its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, has won Monday’s presidential election. The MDC Alliance says the ruling Zanu-PF party is attempting to rig the vote to allow President Emmerson Mnangagwa to win, and the delay in releasing official results is unacceptable. The election commission has said there has been no cheating and it needed time to collate the votes. The polls were the first since long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted. Speaking at a press conference in the capital, Harare, the MDC Alliance’s Tendai Biti said there was a clear attempt by Zanu-PF to interfere ‘with the people’s will.’ Zanu-PF, which has been in power since 1980, has been accused of rigging elections in the past to keep Mr Mugabe in office.” (07/31/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45017383

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4) OR: ICE thugs whine that Portland’s mayor refused to order police to protect them from criticism
Source: Washington Times

“Portland’s mayor violated the Constitution by ordering his police officers to stand down, allowing protesters to menace ICE employees over the last six weeks, according to agency employees who sent a cease-and-desist letter to the city Monday. The Oregon city has been at the forefront of nationwide anti-ICE protests this summer, after Mayor Ted Wheeler encouraged Occupy ICE, saying he supported their cause and didn’t want Portland’s police to interfere with their demonstration. That left protesters free to shut down [sic] the building leased by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, build an encampment on nearby land, and mount a harassment campaign against employees to further the anti-ICE movement’s demands for the federal agency’s abolition.” (07/30/18)

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jul/30/ice-officers-demand-portland-mayor-apologize/

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5) Sessions: Nuns “ordered to buy contraceptives”
Source: Raw Story

“Attorney General Sessions made an announcement Monday that he has a new gig: head of his own ‘Religious Liberty’ Task Force. The announcement was made during the Department of Justice’s Religious Liberty Summit. Sessions said the group’s purpose will be to ensure that the Justice Department upholds the administration’s guidance for religious exemptions, which he released in October. … ‘ … Probably the best line from his speech was this one: ‘Many Americans have felt that their freedom to practice their faith has been under attack,’ he said. ‘And it’s easy to see why. We’ve seen nuns ordered to buy contraceptives.’ Right. Nuns. Ordered to buy contraceptives … Because that’s our goal, folks. You’ve figured the left out once and for all.” [editor’s note: This is barely presented as news, and the headline is not addressed until WAY down in the story, but it’s just silly enough to make the cut today – SAT] (07/31/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/jeff-sessions-says-nuns-forced-use-contraceptives-carry

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6) Election meddling: Twitter bans US Senate candidate a week before Missouri primary
Source: The Libertarian Republic

“It is one week until Missouri voters decide who their Republican nominee will be for the United States Senate. Every hour counts, and candidate Austin Petersen has been suspended by Twitter for 12 hours. The incident on Twitter started when Caroline O (Twitter handle @RVAwonk) who is a writer for for Shareblue Media authored a tweet trying to draw a connection between Petersen and the ‘Russian Conspiracy.’ Caroline attempted to draw a correlation between Russian hackers targeting Claire McCaskill and Petersen’s acceptance of Bitcoin as a political contribution method.” [editor’s note: The Libertarian Republic is Petersen’s own site, but the incident is being reported in other places. This just happens to be the most readable/informative version I’ve found – TLK] (07/30/18)

https://thelibertarianrepublic.com/twitter-bans-us-senate-candidate-one-week-ahead-of-primary-election/

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7) Greece: “Obese” tourists from US and UK blamed for crippling donkeys
Source: Fox News

“The donkeys of Santorini are reportedly not the only stubborn creatures on the Greek isle: Officials say that increasing numbers of overweight tourists are opting to ride, not walk, up the steep hills of the popular cruise ship destination, thus crippling the animals in the process. A representative for the animal rights group Help the Santorini Donkeys recently told the Mirror that locals have been forced to begin breeding their donkeys with stronger mules to make it easier for them to carry what the Mirror calls ‘fatter tourists.’ At present, overweight riders are leaving the animals with spinal injuries and open wounds, due in part to ill-fitting saddles, Express reports. ‘It’s recommended animals carry no more than 20 percent of their body weight. Obese and overweight tourists, combined with the lack of shade and water, heat and cobbled steps, is what’s causing such a problem,’ the spokesperson told the Mirror. ‘With donkeys it should be no more than eight stone [112 pounds], but how would that be imposed?’” [editor’s note: They need a freight-scale and a sign, “You must be UNDER THIS WEIGHT to go on this ride – SAT] (07/31/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/07/31/obese-tourists-from-us-and-uk-blamed-for-crippling-donkeys-in-greece-activists-say.html

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8) Philippines: Army checkpoint targeted by deadly blast
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“At least 11 people, including soldiers and civilians, have been killed and seven others wounded after a bomb exploded in a van in the island province of Basilan in the southern Philippines, the military said. The explosion occurred as a van with a single passenger approached an army checkpoint in Lamitan City on Tuesday. … There is no claim of responsibility yet, but the military and the provincial governor suspect the armed group Abu Sayyaf is behind Tuesday’s attack. Abu Sayyaf is accused of being allied with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.” (07/31/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/army-checkpoint-targeted-deadly-blast-southern-philippines-180731054826968.html

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9) Trump: Koch brothers are a “total joke”
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump railed Tuesday against billionaire conservative brothers Charles and David Koch, accusing them of being against key components of his populist agenda and suggesting they’re irrelevant in today’s Republican Party. Trump’s public attack, following a weekend in which he was criticized at a Koch network summer meeting, comes amid speculation that the Koch brothers are reconsidering their typically full-throated support for Republican candidates during the midterm elections. ‘The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade. I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas,’ Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.” (07/31/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/31/politics/trump-koch-brothers/index.html

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10) Tajikistan: Islamic State claims attack on cyclists, releases video of purported cell
Source: CBS News

“The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for an attack in Tajikistan that left four cycle tourists, including two Americans, dead over the weekend. The terror group released a video later on Tuesday purportedly showing the five men who carried out the attack pledging allegiance to its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Tajik police earlier issued a statement blaming a banned Islamist political party for the attack, in which a driver allegedly rammed his car into the group of foreign cyclists and then joined his passengers in going after them with knives. ISIS initially claimed responsibility for the attack in a generic statement late Monday, offering no proof of a connection, but on Tuesday the group disseminated the two-minute and 40 second video showing five young men sitting under a tree on a hilltop, speaking Tajik with Arabic subtitles, pledging allegiance to al-Baghdadi but saying nothing specific about any attack plot.” (07/31/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-claims-tajikistan-attack-cyclists-2-americans-dead-tajiks-blame-islamists/

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11) “No progress made”: Hollywood fails new diversity study
Source: USA Today

“The chants for equality in Hollywood are in need of a bigger megaphone. That’s because the film industry is still getting an ‘F’ for inclusion. No progress has been made in the past 10 years of popular movies in terms of including women and underrepresented groups, according to a new study from Stacy L. Smith and the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. ‘Despite all of the conversation and the activism around issues of inclusion in Hollywood, the needle hasn’t moved for women, people of color, the LGBT community or people with disabilities,’ says Smith, a professor at USC who authored the study. And that’s even with movies like ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Get Out’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ leading the box office last year.” (07/31/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2018/07/31/hollywood-fails-new-inclusion-study-no-progress-made/868377002

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12) US Heimatsicherheitsdienst sets up new security theater hub
Source: The Hill

“The Department of Homeland Security is forming a new center to better protect U.S. critical assets — from financial institutions to the energy grid — from cyber and physical threats. Officials will announce the creation of the National Risk Management Center at a cybersecurity summit in New York on Tuesday, The Hill has learned. Its establishment comes amid heightened [and carefully cultivated] fears of cyber threats to the U.S. energy sector and after officials revealed [fantasies about] a broad campaign by Russian hackers to breach organizations involved in powering the U.S. electric grid.” (07/31/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/399643-new-homeland-security-unit-will-battle-threats-to-critical-us-assets

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13) UT: Mormons clash over medical cannabis legalization
Source: Smell the Truth

“As Utah moves closer to voting on a medical marijuana ballot this November, members of the Mormon church and its leaders are split on the issue. Mormon church leaders have become increasingly more outspoken against Utah’s Proposition 2 initiative as the vote approaches, the Los Angeles Times reports. More than 60 percent of the state’s population identify as Mormon, and two-thirds of Utah voters support the medical marijuana proposal, according to a poll from the Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics. ‘We’re talking about medical marijuana, which science time and again has shown to have benefits for people in pain and suffering,’ DJ Schanz, a Mormon and the director of the legalization campaign, told the LA Times. ‘People are being prescribed pills but can’t use something natural.’ Under the church’s lifestyle guidelines called the ‘Word of Wisdom,’ marijuana is not mentioned specifically, leaving many associated with the faith to seek guidance from church officials regarding the status of medicinal cannabis.” (07/31/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/07/30/utah-mormons-clash-over-medical-marijuana-legalization

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14) FDA warns companies about “deceptive” vaginal rejuvenation claims
Source: NBC News

“Procedures marketed to improve a woman’s ‘intimate health’ using lasers or ultrasound are not only unapproved, but are also causing burns and other painful damage, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday. The FDA has warned seven companies that are promoting their devices for these procedures, and issued a general alert for patients and doctors. The laser and ultrasound equipment used in these unapproved procedures has FDA approval for removing genital warts, other growths and in operations such as hysterectomies. But they have not been shown to tighten up muscles, increase sexual pleasure or relieve pain during intercourse, the FDA said.” (07/30/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/fda-warns-companies-about-deceptive-vaginal-rejuvenation-claims-n895811

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15) Gay man accuses Alaska Airlines of discrimination
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Alaska Airlines has apologized to a gay couple after one of them was asked to give up his seat to allow a straight couple to sit together. Los Angeles restaurant owner David Cooley said his traveling companion was asked to give up his premium seat and sit in the economy section. Despite explaining they were a couple, they were given a choice of moving or getting off the plane — which they did. The airline said it had a ‘zero-tolerance policy for discrimination.’ In a post on Facebook, Mr Cooley said he had ‘never been so discriminated against while traveling before.’ After his experience on the New York to Los Angeles flight, he said he would never fly with Alaska Airlines again.” (07/31/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45022013

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16) CO: Police fatally shoot man in his own home, moments after he killed an intruder
Source: USA Today

“A Colorado man (who had just killed a home intruder moments before) was fatally shot by police after he was mistaken for a burglar. According to police in Aurora, Colo., officers responded to a call on Monday from a woman who said a man was breaking into her house. Described by police as a ‘very chaotic and violent scene,’ officers heard gunshots fired from inside the home before encountering an armed man. The man was shot and taken to the hospital where he later died of his injuries. Upon further investigation, Aurora police learned the armed man lived at the house, and had just shot and killed an intruder before encountering officers.” (07/31/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/31/police-fatally-shoot-colorado-man-who-killed-home-intruder/870416002

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17) MN: Cops who murdered fleeing man will not be charged
Source: New York Daily News

“Minneapolis police officers who repeatedly warned an armed man to put his hands up before he was fatally shot in June will not be charged, it was announced Monday. Thurman Blevins, who was 31, took off running as a police officer said, ‘he’s got a gun!’ As they pursued him, they yelled, ‘Stop, stop! Put your hands up! I will (expletive) shoot you!’ Officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly were responding to a 911 call of a man firing a gun into the air on June 23. Body-camera video released Sunday night shows them pulling up to Blevins, who was sitting on a curb near a woman and a child in a stroller. During the chase, Blevins yells back, ‘I didn’t do nothing bro,’ ‘Please don’t shoot’ and ‘Leave me alone.’ He was shot multiple times after the chase turned into an alley.” (07/30/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-news-minnesota-cops-video-20180730-story.html

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18) Turkey: Court rejects appeal for US pastor’s release
Source: Raw Story

“A Turkish court on Tuesday rejected an appeal to release from house arrest a US pastor whose detention on terror-related charges has strained relations between NATO allies Ankara and Washington, state media reported. The court in the Aegean region of Izmir rejected an appeal by the lawyer for Andrew Brunson, who ran a Protestant church, to have him released from house arrest and have his travel ban removed, state-run Anadolu news agency said. The court had last week ordered that Brunson, who had spent almost two years in jail after his initial detention in October 2016, be moved from jail to house arrest at his home in Izmir. But the move stoked tensions rather than defusing the crisis, with US media reports accusing Turkey of reneging on a deal to free him, which Ankara has denied. Last week US President Donald Trump threatened to impose ‘large sanctions’ on Turkey if the pastor was not freed, following similar warnings from his Vice President Mike Pence.” (07/31/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/turkey-court-rejects-appeal-us-pastors-release

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19) World Bank warns some Lebanon projects might be cancelled
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A senior World Bank official said Tuesday that the Lebanese economy is ‘not doing great’ and urged the country’s leaders to approve some $1.1 billion worth of projects put forward by the international lender, saying otherwise they could be cancelled. Ferid Belhaj, the bank’s vice president for the Middle East and North Africa, told reporters in Beirut that the economy is ‘in a state of fragility.’ Lebanon’s economy has suffered from the seven-year civil war in neighboring Syria, which has caused occasional spillovers of violence and has sent more than 1 million refugees across the border. Syrian refugees now make up about a quarter of Lebanon’s population. The refugees’ presence has been a burden on Lebanon’s already crumbling infrastructure. Power outages are common, and many residents must have water brought to their homes by tanker truck.” (07/31/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/World-Bank-warns-some-Lebanon-projects-might-be-13119722.php

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20) Latest from the guys who brought us “WMD in Iraq”: North Korea constructing new missiles
Source: The Hill

“U.S. intelligence agencies indicate North Korea is building new missiles, officials told The Washington Post on Monday, weeks after President Trump declared the nation is ‘no longer a Nuclear Treat’ [sic]. Satellite images taken in recent weeks appear to show that at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are being worked on at a large research facility in Sanumdong, outside of the capital of Pyongyang. This is the same facility where the country first produced intercontinental ballistic missiles that could [supposedly] reach the U.S., the newspaper noted.” (07/30/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/399604-us-intelligence-agencies-determine-that-north-korea-is-constructing

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

21) Nine attorneys general, and Alyssa Milano, versus the First Amendment
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“I’m not surprised that the anti-gun lobby is throwing in with other pro-censorship lobbies (such as the anti-sex-worker lobby which recently got its own Internet censorship law, FOSTA, passed in the name of combating ‘human trafficking’). Enemies of freedom may be evil, but they’re not stupid. They understand that freedom can only be successfully attacked by suppressing access to ideas and information. Fortunately, defenders of freedom understand that too. Even if today’s Comstocks manage to shut down Defense Distributed like they shut down Backpage, the genies are already out of the bottle.” (07/31/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13891

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22) Forget the wall already, it’s time for the US to have open borders
Source: USA Today
by Jeffrey Miron

“President Donald Trump’s recent tweets against open borders come as no surprise. Indeed, even fervent immigration advocates worry that open borders would lower the wages of low-skilled natives, erode national security, and overburden the social safety net. Trump doubled down, tweeting that he would be ‘willing to ‘shut down’ government’ unless Congress approves funding for a border wall with Mexico. Trump, however, has it exactly backwards: The solution to America’s immigration problems is open borders, under which the United States imposes no immigration restrictions at all. If the U.S. adopts this policy, the benefits will far outweigh the costs. Illegal immigration will disappear, by definition. Much commentary on immigration (Trump and fellow travelers aside) suggests that legal immigration is good and that illegal immigration is bad. So, legalize all immigration. Government will then have no need to define or interpret rules about asylum, economic hardship, family reunification, family separation, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and so on. When all immigration is legal, these issues are irrelevant.” (07/31/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/31/open-borders-help-economy-combat-illegal-immigration-column/862185002

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23) Have you gained or lost weight? Congrats, TSA is now tracking you for suspicious activity.
Source: USA Today
by James Bovard

“If you fall asleep or use the bathroom during your next flight, those incriminating facts could be added to your federal dossier. Likewise, if you use your laptop or look at noisy children seated nearby with a ‘cold, penetrating stare,’ that may be included on your permanent record. If you fidget, sweat or have ‘strong body odor’ — BOOM! the feds are onto you. Welcome to the latest profiling idiocy from the Transportation Security Administration. TSA’s Quiet Skies surveillance program is spurring federal air marshals to target dozens of Americans each day on the flimsiest of pretexts. The secret program, first exposed by Jana Winter in The Boston Globe, is security theater at its best.” (07/31/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/31/tsa-transportation-security-administration-secretly-watching-quiet-skies-surveillance-column/862810002

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24) The monopolization of heroes by the state
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Television and movies are full of heroes. Drama could hardly exist without them of course, but have you noticed that nearly every hero in modern dramas is associated with the state? … Certainly there are comedies and even the occasional exception among dramas, but the heroes of Hollywood are nearly all government authorized. Even when government agents are portrayed as wildly out of control and dangerous (as in Enemy of the State, for example), it’s good government agents who end up saving the day in the end. When was the last film you saw that featured a heroic doctor or businessman or (gasp) a philosopher or saint?” (07/31/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/monopolization-heroes-state

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25) Don’t blame Bitcoin for Russian hacking
Source: Reason
by Andrea O’Sullivan

“Whenever bitcoin is involved with any breaking news story, you can bet that it will get an outsized amount of attention in the media. This was the case with the Department of Justice’s recent indictment against 12 Russian intelligence agents accused of hacking into the online accounts of various U.S. political actors. Unfortunately and somewhat distractingly, some in the press have fixated on DOJ’s reports that Russian agents used bitcoin in the course of their activities to argue that the cryptocurrency is to blame for these dark deeds. In fact, it might be more correct to argue the opposite.” (07/31/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/07/31/dont-blame-bitcoin-for-russian-hacking

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26) If ObamaCare is an economic time bomb, Medicare for All would be a nuclear explosion
Source: Fox News Forum
by Alfredo Ortiz

“The so-called Medicare for All plan on which 60 Democrats are campaigning for Congress this year would cost $32 trillion over ten years, according to a new study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. That would require roughly $3 trillion in higher taxes every year to finance the program. How would the Democrats pay for it? Well, the bill, sponsored by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, calls for massive tax increases, including a 7.5 percent payroll tax on businesses, a 4 percent health care ‘premium’ assessed on households, much higher income taxes on wealthy Americans (up to 52 percent), higher death taxes, higher capital gains taxes, and fewer tax deductions. In other words, the Medicare-for-All Democrats would wipe out the tax cuts that took effect in January, and then add trillions more. Every one of them should be forced to explain on the record how that would affect the economy. Although the tax cuts have been in place for barely half a year, they’ve already sparked an economic boom.” (07/31/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/07/31/if-obamacare-is-economic-time-bomb-medicare-for-all-would-be-nuclear-explosion.html

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27) Reneging on the nuclear deal has consequences
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Reneging on the nuclear deal with Iran ensured that there would be no more negotiations between the U.S. and Iran for years to come. The limited goodwill and diplomatic channels that the nuclear negotiations created between Washington and Tehran were extinguished by Trump, and they can’t be suddenly restored. Trump spent years trashing the deal, then he violated it, and he has been seeking to cause its complete collapse ever since. You can’t toss aside a major diplomatic agreement, break all of your obligations, and then expect the other party to negotiate with you in the future.” (07/31/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/reneging-on-the-nuclear-deal-has-consequences/

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28) From tear gas to tweets: Fifty years in the evolution of US activism
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Jessica Mendoza

“The day was dying. We watched it go, the sun streaking the sky pink and orange as it sank behind the red clay mountains that rule the Arizona landscape. We had just hiked to the top of Mares Bluff here in Clifton, a mining town of 4,500 near the New Mexico border. The steep, rocky path is marked by gold plaques commemorating every conflict involving the United States since World War I. On the cliff’s edge, flags representing each of the branches of the armed forces stand billowing over the town’s buildings and bungalows. The Stars and Stripes towers above them all. The memorial had been built in 1999 by a group of local veterans, most of whom had served in Vietnam at the height of antiwar fervor. The place is a physical display of advocacy — a silent salute to fellow soldiers by service members who for decades had felt scorned by the country for which they had fought.” (07/31/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2018/0727/From-tear-gas-to-tweets-50-years-in-the-evolution-of-US-activism

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29) Can government make a business work “for the good of society?”
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Antony Sammeroff

“Earlier this year, Starbucks corporation settled a lawsuit with Simon Property Group of the closure of many of Starbucks’s Teavana stores. As the New York Post reported in late 2017, a judge in Indiana had barred Starbucks from closing 77 Teavana stores that were failing because ‘the very profitable Starbucks could absorb the financial hit.’ Industry experts said the ruling will send a chill down the spines of distressed retailers, and with good reason. The prospect of not being able to shut down an outlet that is bleeding the rest of the business dry may have countless unintended consequences that will affect not just owners, but consumers in general. Firms are likely to take this as a signal to be more cautious about opening up new stores, and become reluctant to invest, take risks, and employ people in the first place. Customers stand to lose.” (07/31/18)

https://mises.org/wire/can-government-make-business-work-good-society

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30) What can we actually say about the Market Choice Act?
Source: Niskanen Center
by Nader Sobhani

“The unveiling of Representative Carlos Curbelo’s Market Choice Act (MCA) has ended the decade long hiatus of a Republican sponsored carbon-pricing bill. The introduction of the MCA bill has been praised by environmental and energy groups, economists, and has even been commended by industry leaders. But the bill has also been deemed by some as a measure that will harm the economy without noticeable environmental benefit.” [editor’s note: Well, the first thing we can say is that any time a politician uses the words “market” and “choice,” he’s almost certainly touting something that’s the opposite of both … – TLK] (07/31/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/what-can-we-actually-say-about-the-market-choice-act/

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31) Why NAACP’s anti-oil & gas report is hot air
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Stacy Washington

“The NAACP recently published a paper with a dramatic claim: ‘African-Americans face a disproportionate risk of health problems from pollution caused by the oil and gas industry.’ It generated many headlines. But it’s deeply misleading. Instead of acknowledging the complex factors that cause health problems in minority communities, the paper’s authors point a collective finger at energy firms. Health issues among the African-American community deserve our best research and full-attention, not a sloppy attempt at scapegoating. By failing to establish a causal link between energy facilities and health issues, the NAACP study breaks the first rule taught in ‘Statistics 101.’ The authors claim that because oil and gas facilities are located near many African American communities, the facilities must be responsible for these communities’ health issues. But proximity doesn’t prove causation. The report fails to account for other potential culprits. It doesn’t use the phrase ‘control group’ once.” (07/31/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/naacp-anti-oil-and-gas-report

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32) What so fulsomely we hail
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“[Sean] Hannity is perhaps the biggest timewaster in ‘public life.’ He is a man who is virtually incapable of making a simple statement or asking his guests a simple question. If he seems to ask a question and they try to answer it, he breaks in to let them know what he would say if anyone put the question to him. The processional and recessional to every segment of these agonizing conversations is a list of the top ten crimes of the Democratic Party, often interrupted by the reminder that he’s ‘said this again and again.’ Hannity could easily get the news into an hour, but there aren’t enough hours in anybody’s day for whatever he thinks he’s doing. The subject of this month’s column is extras, add-ons, timewasters, and verbal extensions of all kinds. If you like today’s political and cultural discourse, you should be grateful for these things, because without them, that discourse would hardly exist.” (07/31/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1877

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33) The Latin Americanization of the United States
Source: Attack The System
by Keith Preston

“The traditional class system of Latin America is one where the very rich plutocratic elites live in opulence and luxury, and rule over an impoverished working class, an extraordinarily large underclass of the extreme poor and permanently unemployed, and a small middle class of professionals and technocrats. This is precisely the same kind of class system that the United States is developing, particularly in California which is widely considered to be the bellwether of the nation. In traditional Latin American societies, the elite rule for the sake of pursing their own class interests, without any pretense of interest in the needs of the masses. To the degree that elections are held at all, the candidates are merely functionaries of the plutocracy. US politics is rapidly coming to resemble this model. The police and the army are the traditionally dominant force in Latin American societies, and there can be no reasonable doubt that the military industrial complex and police state have assumed a comparable role in the United States.” (07/30/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/07/30/the-latin-americanization-of-the-united-states/

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34) Zuckerberg was right about how to handle Holocaust deniers
Source: Cato Institute
by Flemming Rose

“Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg got into trouble recently when he said he wouldn’t remove Holocaust deniers from his platform, claiming some aren’t ‘intentionally getting it wrong.’ In response, the Anti-Defamation League charged that Facebook has a ‘moral and ethical obligation’ to prevent the ‘dissemination’ of Holocaust denial. Others attacked Zuckerberg for not taking growing anti-Semitism seriously. Zuckerberg later clarified that he wasn’t defending the intent of Holocaust deniers. The free-speech challenge that Facebook and similar platforms with global reach face is immense. Since World War II and especially since the Cold War, more countries have enacted legislation — with references to history, religion, culture, social peace and security concerns — that undermines a common understanding of what free speech entails. This has made free speech advocacy increasingly difficult on the international level. This is a paradox.” (07/30/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/zuckerberg-was-right-about-how-handle-holocaust-deniers

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35) What are Republicans hiding about Brett Kavanaugh?
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

In Brett Kavanaugh’s long and distinguished career in law, one period stands out as especially important to him. ‘People sometimes ask what prior legal experience has been most useful for me as a judge,’ Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, wrote in Marquette Law Magazine in 2016. ‘And I say, “I certainly draw on all of them,” but I also say that my five-and-a-half years at the White House and especially my three years as staff secretary for President George W. Bush were the most interesting and informative for me.’ Six years earlier, he made a nearly identical statement. Given these remarks, it’s understandable that U.S. senators would be interested in his work and writings during his tenure in the Bush White House. After all, in the coming months they will be voting on whether to confirm Kavanaugh to a lifetime post on the Supreme Court. From there, he will spend the next three to four decades interpreting the Constitution and shaping the future of American law.” (07/31/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150301/republicans-hiding-brett-kavanaugh

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36) Dbl Standard Destruction Co.
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Addison Barnes has just won a court case against Liberty High School of Hillsboro, Oregon. The court ruled that the school acted wrongfully when, early this year, it suspended him for wearing a ‘disruptive’ T-shirt heralding a ‘Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.’ Addison was awarded $25,000 for legal expenses, and the school has apologized to him, sort of, for the suspension. … Ideally, all schools would be privately owned, privately run. Then they could openly promulgate whatever silly policies they wished about what students may display on T-shirts, if anything. Market pressures would tend to discourage indefensible rules. But today’s schooling system is not ideal. Have you noticed?” (07/31/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/07/31/dbl-standard-destruction-co-paul-jacob-espies-progress-in-a-less-than-ideal-world/

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37) We need more skeptics
Source: National Review
by JJ McCullough

“Skepticism, in the formal sense, is a proud American intellectual tradition that has been associated with everyone from Thomas Jefferson to Harry Houdini to Issac Asimov. Broadly speaking, it is simply a disposition of caution towards the overconfident, an attitude of instinctive suspicion of those who truck in simple, sweeping explanations and solutions. It is, in its own way, an often profoundly conservative instinct, arguing, as it does, against radical, revolutionary theories of life and society in favor of that which is tested and confirmed. It is a logic inclined to remind that man’s culture and institutions are neither as good nor as bad as some insist, with a wary eye offered to claims both miraculous and demonic.” (07/31/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/07/skeptics-provide-useful-service-for-modern-age/

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38) NATO: The unexamined alliance
Source: CounterPunch
by Conn Hallinan

“The story goes back more than three decades to the fall of the Berlin Wall and eventual re-unification of Germany. At the time, the Soviet Union had some 380,000 troops in what was then the German Democratic Republic. Those forces were there as part of the treaty ending World War II, and the Soviets were concerned that removing them could end up threatening the USSR’s borders. The Russians have been invaded — at terrible cost — three times in a little more than a century. So West German Chancellor Helmet Kohl, U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev cut a deal. The Soviets agreed to withdraw troops from Eastern Europe as long as NATO did not fill the vacuum, or recruit members of the Soviet-dominated Warsaw Pact. Baker promised Gorbachev that NATO would not move ‘one inch east.’ The agreement was never written down, but it was followed in practice. NATO stayed west of the Oder and Neisse rivers, and Soviet troops returned to Russia. The Warsaw Pact was dissolved in 1991. But President Bill Clinton blew that all up in 1999 …” (07/31/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/31/nato-the-unexamined-alliance/

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39) California says Starbucks has to stop stealing its workers’ wages
Source: In These Times
by Michael Arria

“California’s Supreme Court has ruled against Starbucks in a wage theft case that could have vast implications throughout the state. The July 26 decision established that employees throughout California should be paid for every minute that they work, including any tasks that they do after punching out. Although Starbucks was at the center of the opinion, the ruling applies to all employers and could lead to an increase in wage theft lawsuits. The court’s decision is the culmination of a lawsuit that dates back to 2012. That year, a former Starbucks shift supervisor named Douglas Troester filed a lawsuit against the company, on behalf of himself and all non-exempt Starbucks employees in the state. Troester claimed that workers were regularly expected to perform a number of tasks after they were already off the clock and no longer being paid. These tasks included entering data, bringing outdoor furniture into the store and activating the store’s alarm.” (07/30/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21331/starbucks_california_workers_wage_theft_howard_schultz_supreme_court

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40) Meet VIAB: Virginia’s taxpayer-funded Israel lobby
Source: Antiwar.com
by Grant Smith

“The Virginia-Israel Advisory Board VIAB has one key difference with scores of privately funded state chambers of commerce created to foster closer economic integration between the United States and Israel while supporting the Israeli government’s policy agenda. Originally created by an uncodified act in 2001, VIAB has been funded by Commonwealth of Virginia taxpayers. Its charter is to ‘advise the Governor on ways to improve economic and cultural links between the Commonwealth and the State of Israel, with a focus on the areas of commerce and trade, art and education, and general government.’ VIAB is a pilot for how Israel can quietly obtain taxpayer funding and official status for networked entities that advance Israel from within key state governments.” (07/31/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/smith-grant/2018/07/30/meet-viab-virginias-taxpayer-funded-israel-lobby/

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41) William Jennings Bryan was surprisingly good on trade
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“I’ve always regarded Bryan as a delusional crank. He was probably an honest man of good personal character but often dead-wrong on the big issues of his day. Until I delved into his record recently, my impression was that he was right to oppose Wilson on American entry into World War I but that was all. It turns out that he was right on something else too — an issue raging in the country right now. That issue was trade. The silver-tongued orator from Nebraska eloquently supported the longstanding Democratic position in favor of lower tariffs. On this, he was in the right and on [Grover] Cleveland’s side. On the floor of the House, Bryan delivered his first major speech as a congressman on March 16, 1892. It stands as a compelling case against the high tariffs of the Harrison administration. It helped Cleveland beat Harrison in November and return to the White House the following year. With trade and tariffs so much in the news today, we can learn a few things from the man who was otherwise misguided most of the time.” (07/30/18)

https://fee.org/articles/william-jennings-bryan-was-surprisingly-good-on-trade/

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42) US, not countries in the Paris climate agreement, cut fossil fuel emissions
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“Any way you cut it, other countries are hypocrites when it comes to criticizing President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Paris agreement, and calling America a carbon dioxide villain. I’m, like most Americans according to recent polls, am not overly concerned about climate change, but if I was results would speak louder than platitudes and words and by that measure, if one truly believes human carbon dioxide emissions are causing climate change it is Paris participants, not the U.S. that are the climate scoundrels. BP’s recent analysis of countries carbon dioxide emissions show the while the U.S. leads the way in cutting emissions — sans participation in the Paris climate agreement — other countries, whose leaders have critiqued Trump for pulling America out of the agreement, while patting themselves and each other on the back for committing to tough emission reductions, are backsliding, meaning rather than reducing emissions they are increasing them.” (07/30/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/07/u-s-not-countries-in-the-paris-climate-agreement-cuts-fossil-fuel-emissions/

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43) UN eyes a world with less US
Source: The Nation
by Barbara Crossette

“On July 13, after more than a year of negotiations, United Nations member governments agreed on a plan to tackle the nightmare of uncontrolled global migration in an organized and humane way. It wasn’t easy to bring everyone on board, but, in the end, 192 nations concurred: There had to be concerted action. The UN, however, has 193 member countries. While the rest of the world moves toward formalizing and implementing the ambitious if clumsily named Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, the United States has laid claim to a position as a UN outlier. Trump’s refusal to join in a global attempt to deal with a global problem was not a great surprise; the administration had not been part of negotiations since late last year. Instead (as the other nations met in a spirit of compromise on July 13) the Trump administration was busy trying to locate the approximately 3,000 children it had snatched from their desperate families in an orgy of immigration ‘enforcement’ along the Mexican border. As July draws to a close, the message from the UN seems clear: The world will go ahead as best it can without the United States.” (07/31/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/un-eyes-world-less-us

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44) It is high time for the Spanish government to defend Uber
Source: PanAm Post
by David Unsworth

“The state exists as a legitimate and definitive monopoly on violent force. Great political thinkers have always understood this principle, and the Western liberal tradition has placed specific constraints upon the use of the state’s force. In general, those who believe in the secular, democratic, and liberal tradition agree that the state has a right to use violent force in order to protect the right to life, the right to liberty, and the right to property. The Spanish government now faces a clear choice: they can use their authority to protect the right of Uber and Cabify to operate as legitimate business concerns, and they can use their authority to protect Uber and Cabify drivers’ and passengers’ right to liberty and property. On the contrary, they can cave to the demands of the taxi unions, and take away the right of the Spanish people to make their own decisions about transportation.” (07/30/18)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2018/07/30/it-is-high-time-for-the-spanish-government-to-defend-uber/

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45) Amazon promises “unwavering” commitment to police, military clients using AI technology
Source: The Intercept
by Lee Fang

“Amazon workers recently circulated a letter to chief executive Jeff Bezos protesting the sale of Amazon’s facial recognition software, called Rekognition, to law enforcement; the letter cited the Department of Homeland Security’s ‘increasingly inhumane treatment of refugees and immigrants.’ The American Civil Liberties Union raised concerns about the sale of Amazon’s technology, charging that Rekognition could allow police to constantly monitor and harass ethnic minorities and political dissidents. Microsoft and Salesforce have similarly faced internal pressure from employees to end work on behalf of DHS, with workers outraged that their companies enable U.S. immigration policies. … [Teresa Carlson, vice president of the worldwide public sector of Amazon Web Services, said] ‘We are unwaveringly in support of our law enforcement, defense, and intelligence community.’ She went on to admit that Amazon often doesn’t ‘know everything they’re actually utilizing the tool for,’ but insisted that the U.S. government should have the most ‘innovative and cutting-edge tools’ available so that it isn’t bested by its ‘adversaries.’” (07/30/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/07/30/amazon-facial-recognition-police-military/

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46) The federal government as organized crime
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“The FBI began as J. Edgar Hoover’s glorified vigilante death squad during the outlaw years of the Great Depression, hunting down rival gangsters like John Dillinger and lighting them up with Tommy guns in cold blood (America continues this proud tradition of gang-on-gang violence south of the border with operations like Plan Colombia). During the Cold War, Hoover used his near unchecked power to snoop on the White House and launch a racist jihad against those secret communists in the Civil Rights Movement as part of his Cointelpro operation. The nasty old chickenhawk targeted everyone from virtue signalling pacifists like Martin Luther King to bomb-throwing radicals like Fred Hampton (a personal hero), both of whom and many more ended up dead under highly suspect circumstances before the Cointelpro war had ran it’s coarse. Hoover’s boys spend most of their time these days at the same troth of the anti-terror gravy train as their fellow Gestapo in ICE.” (07/30/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-federal-government-as-organized.html

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47) Six reasons for hope in Trump times
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Reich

“In these darkest of days, here’s what gives me hope: First, Donald Trump has been a giant wake-up call that we can’t take democracy for granted. The young people of America get this. I’ve been teaching for 40 years and I don’t recall a generation as committed to social justice, reforming this country, and making it work for all and not just a few. Look at those kids in Parkland, Florida. Or the millions more who are getting involved in their communities and in politics. They are America’s future, and they won’t give up. The second thing that makes me optimistic is occurring at the grassroots of America, where there’s more activism than I remember in half a century. The #MeToo movement, Time’s Up, #BlackLivesMatter, #Neveragain, the Poor People’s Campaign, Indivisible.orgswingleft.org. They and thousands of other groups and millions of Americans are united by a commitment to end abuses of power — whether by sexual predators, or the police, the National Rifle Association, or billionaires out to undermine our democracy.” (07/31/18)

http://prospect.org/article/six-reasons-hope-trump-times

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48) President Trump’s bargaining prowess is a liability, not an asset
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Donald J Boudreaux

“[T]he overriding economic intention driving each government that participates in these trade negotiations is to arrange for its citizens to produce as much as possible for the enjoyment of foreigners and to receive in exchange as little as possible for their own enjoyment from foreigners. But global tariffs nevertheless fall and international trade expands because each and every government must grant the ‘concession’ of tariff reductions to induce other governments to lower their tariffs. The mistaken notion at the heart of this topsy-turvy process of reducing trade barriers is that the ultimate goal of trade is to enrich producers. Each government treats consumers as bargaining chips — as hostages to be held for the benefit of home-country producers and to be freed only on the condition that other governments free from captivity a like number of their consumers. Every word out of President Trump’s mouth regarding trade reveals that he deeply believes this mistaken notion to be valid.” (07/30/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/president-trumps-bargaining-prowess-liability-not-asset

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49) The most unnecessary federal spending
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“The budget for the U.S. military is $716 billion this year, an increase of $82 billion from last year. The extra $82 billion will ‘bring us back to a position of primacy,’ said Defense Secretary James Mattis in February. To put this in perspective, Russia’s entire military budget totals only $61 billion — and it must ‘defend a vast territory from the Baltic to the Pacific.’ And while Donald Trump claims that Europe is not paying its fair share of NATO expenses to defend Europe against Russia, ‘Britain and France combined together spend more on their military forces than Russia.’ U.S. defense spending dwarfs the rest of the world. The United States spends more on national defense than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, United Kingdom, and Japan combined.” (07/31/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-most-unnecessary-federal-spending/

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50) The stupid, it burns.
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“Gun controller dimwits are going nuts over the possibilty of DefDist putting its 3D printer files back online. A group of technologically-ignorant idiots tried to get an injunction to block the release; it was denied for lack of standing since no one has ever demonstrated being injured by a 3D-printed gun used in crime. I’m tempted to point them at the gun plans on Amazon just to watch all of their little pointy heads explode. And maybe at Lowes. And then the merchants of death of the plumbing industry can lobby for a Protection of Lawful Commerce in Pipe Act.” (07/30/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=5367

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51) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 99
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“The government wastes a lot of your money on a regular basis, but here are some examples in Afghanistan that are beyond the pale. What’s in the News with stories on good news for Ross Ulbricht, civilians killed by the US government, and three city governments banning employee cafeterias, banning plastic straws, and tearing down a 91-year-old woman’s wheelchair ramp. Also, an Ancap Apps segment on one of the best charity apps around, DonorSee.” [various formats] (07/31/18)

https://thelavaflow.com/government-waste-tlf099/

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52) The Libertarian Angle, 07/31/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“What is a fiat currency and how does the state benefit from controlling the money supply? FFF president Jacob G. Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss.” [various formats] (07/31/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-end-the-fed/

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53) Stossel: The end of tipping?
Source: Reason

“Celebrities, union activists, and politicians demand that the government raise the minimum wage for restaurant workers. They are upset that in 43 states, tipped workers can be paid a lower minimum wage than other workers. The logic behind the lower minimum is that the tips make up the difference. That’s not good enough for people like Buffalo University law professor Nicole Hallett. She tells John Stossel that, ‘the problem with tips is that they’re very inconsistent.’ She wants to ‘require restaurant owners to pay the same hourly wage that all other employers have to pay.’ But many restaurant workers like the current system.” [Flash video] (07/31/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/07/31/the-end-of-tipping

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54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/31/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“US and Taliban officials met in Qatar last week to gently move toward ceasefire and possibly peace talks. Meanwhile a US government report on US spending on Afghan reconstruction has found more than $15 billion wasted in just the past 11 years! Someone got rich, many more are poorer. And many are dead. For what?” [Flash video] (07/31/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/war-is-a-racket-after-17-years-and-billions-wasted-us-seeks-peace-with-taliban

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55) Humans of Bitcoin, 07/31/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“How to Build a Crypto Exchange — Konstantin of Changelly.” [various formats] (07/31/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e331-How-to-Build-a-Crypto-Exchange-Konstantin-of-Changelly

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56) Scott Adams Says, 07/31/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about North Korea, Iran, Twitter, healthcare, 3D guns, and coffee.” [Flash video] (07/31/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1rmxPNRejZQGN

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57) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/31/18
Source: Cato Institute

“An agreement struck between the European Union and the United States over trade is less substantive than fans of free trade would hope. Simon Lester comments.” [various formats] (07/31/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/euus-ceasefire-trade-war-not-really

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58) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 66
Source: Libertarianism.org

“1848 changed American politics forever, and early Libertarianism was at the center of it.” [various formats] (07/31/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/1848-its-aftermath

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59) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 171
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Shrimping Shitley.” [various formats] (07/30/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-171-shrimping-shitley/

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60) Postcards from Somalia, episode 4
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Alan and Sherry talk about why shame matters, and how it can be used positively.” [Flash audio] (07/30/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/postcards-from-somalia-episode-4-shame-is-good/

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61) Reason Podcast, 07/30/18
Source: Reason

“President Donald Trump’s current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, spent the weekend calling Trump’s previous lawyer, Michael Cohen, a liar, while Trump continued to make false statements about the Russia investigation. On today’s podcast, Reason’s Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Christian Britschgi try to sort out who and what, if anything, we should believe. In the moderator’s chair, Peter Suderman — that’s me! — fills in for Matt Welch, who is still on vacation.” [various formats] (07/30/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/07/30/talk-show-7-30-podcast

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62) Free Talk Live, 07/30/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Midlife Crisis :: Luke’s History :: New Car Value :: Cop Fired After Outing Corrupt Chief, Mayor :: Two of Final Three BLOCKBUSTER Stores to Close :: Bitcoin Buying Frustrations :: No Charges Against Cop For Shooting Drunk Man in Back :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/30/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-07-30

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63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1205
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“With libertarians being called ‘fascists’ and even ‘Nazis’ by so-called progressives, I thought it might be useful to review what Adolf Hitler himself believed about economic theory. You’ll never guess: it turns out he prefers government control over a free market.” [various formats] (07/30/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1205-hitler-didnt-like-the-free-market/

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64) The Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 228
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“Our guest for the Cyberlaw podcast interview is Noah Phillips, recently appointed FTC Commissioner and former colleague of Stewart Baker at Steptoe. Noah fields questions about the European Union, privacy, and LabMD, about whether Silicon Valley suppression of conservative speech should be a competition law issue, about how foreign governments’ abuse of merger approvals can be disciplined, and much more.” [various formats] (07/30/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/07/30/the-best-idea-yet-for-derailing-judge-ka

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 07/30/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Kathleen Belew (University of Chicago) … Kathleen’s new book on the white power movement, Bring the War Home … How some veterans of Vietnam and the Gulf War turned to white nationalism … Did the 1990s militias’ plan to overthrow the federal government make any sense? … The causes and consequences of the Oklahoma City bombing … Does PTSD explain the veteran-turned-militiaman? … ‘ISIS-associated’ Islamist terrorists and ‘lone-wolf’ white nationalists.” [Flash video] (07/30/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53321

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