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Volume XVI, Issue #4,027
Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump: Sessions should “stop Rigged Witch Hunt right now”
2) US judge: No more psychotropic drugs to migrant children without consent
3) Augur prediction market hosts Trump assassination wagers
4) US prepares list of Turkey sanctions targets
5) Congressional auditors: 30 million tax slaves will “owe” more due to fatter paychecks
6) OH: Judge orders defendant’s mouth taped for sentencing
7) Trump: You need an ID to buy groceries
8) EPA chief: Proposed rule on fuel efficiency coming this week
9) PA: Frat member gets house arrest in hazing death
10) Canada: Regime says it is using DNA websites to identify some migrants
11) US Senate: Lee blocks Nelson’s attempt to destroy First Amendment
12) Obama jumps into the midterm battle with endorsement of 81 candidates
13) Kroger threatens ban on Visa cards at stores nationwide
14) Maxine Waters hit with FEC complaint over mailer money
15) Former lobbyist Tony Podesta, others under federal investigation over alleged foreign work
16) US regime to announce arrest of alleged Ukrainian hackers
17) Canada: Ontario government cuts basic income project short
18) Zimbabwe police invoke strict security act
19) Sweden: Thieves swipe crown jewels from cathedral
20) Google plans to launch censored search engine in China, leaked documents reveal

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) What we’ve lost
22) As long as Assange silenced, claims against him are illegitimate
23) Progressive designs
24) New tariffs nothing to cheer about
25) Stop bending the knee to Donald Trump
26) Pharmacy benefit managers: We’d be stuck in the middle without them
27) An engineer, an economist, and an ecomodernist walk into a bar and order a free lunch …
28) Why we need virtue education
29) Quantum Vibe, 08/01/18
30) Free stuff isn’t free
31) Trump should learn from Mideast history and stop promoting regime change in Iran
32) That EU solution for Greece is still failing
33) Why increased US pressure on Iran appears to be backfiring
34) An open letter to President Trump on trade and tariffs
35) The Libertarian Party’s “constitutional crisis”: A way forward
36) Ignorance of the tyrant: Maduro, without realizing, has already doomed new currency
37) Israel-Gaza’s risky brinkmanship
38) Paul Krugman is wrong again
39) Why population predictions bomb
40) Mind your own damn business
41) Charles Koch’s bipartisan delusion
42) Yemen: The damning silence of liberals leaves a legacy of shame
43) Some ideas to think about
44) Governmental overreach and comeuppance?
45) Film tax credits: Facts and fiction
46) Is “buy America” at risk?
47) “Court balancing” is just court packing by another name
48) U.S.-China trade war’s costs exceed its benefits; time to restart talks
49) Markets for Rules: The Promise and Peril of Blockchain Distributed Governance
50) Hiroshima revisited
51) Tariffs hurt long-run growth. Carbon taxes will spur it.
52) When the “cure” for homosexuality is torture
53) Mission: Impossible — Fallout and Deep State redemption
54) Stupid Patent of the Month: Unpaid sues “offending laundromats” for using prepaid cards
55) “Disaster” and construal level theory

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Blockchain 2025, 08/01/18
57) Political Research Digest, 08/01/18
58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/01/18
59) Scott Adams Says, 08/01/18
60) We Are Libertarians, episode 303
61) Electric Libertyland, episode 83
62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 227
63) Essential Libertarianism, episode 40
64) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/01/18
65) State of the Markets Podcast, episode 35
66) Free Talk Live, 07/31/18
67) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 7
68) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1206
69) Reason Podcast, 07/31/18
70) The Scott Horton Show, 07/30/18

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

1) Trump: Sessions should “stop Rigged Witch Hunt right now”
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

“President Donald Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end a special counsel’s investigation [sic] into [alleged] Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In a series of Twitter posts Wednesday morning (Aug. 1), Trump referred to the probe as a ‘Rigged Witch Hunt.’ … Sessions recused himself in early 2017 from the Russian election interference investigation [sic], citing to desire to avoid conflicts with Trump.” [editor’s note: Well, he is right as to the character of the “investigation.” But it’s going to continue for as long as he remains in office – TLK] (08/01/18)

https://www.nola.com/national_politics/2018/08/trump_sessions_end_witch_hunt.html

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2) US judge: No more psychotropic drugs to migrant children without consent
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A federal judge in California has ruled that the government may not administer psychotropic medication to migrant children in residential centers without first obtaining a court order or consent from a parent or guardian. The decision relates to a suit alleging that children under the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) were routinely given anti-anxiety and antidepressant drugs, sometimes by force, after being separated from their parents at the southern border.” (08/01/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/01/judge-california-psychotropic-medication-border

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3) Augur prediction market hosts Trump assassination wagers
Source: NewsBTC

“A prediction market application recently launched on the Ethereum network allows punters to place wagers on whatever they like. So far, among the bets made using the Augur platform have been predictions about whether the likes of Donald Trump, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffet will be murdered. Although the nature of some of the bets being placed on the Augur platform is questionable, the overall usage of the prediction market software remains negligible. Thus far, only around $1.53 million has been staked across some 800 betting markets. The largest of these markets have been World Cup results and cryptocurrency price predictions for some of the most popular coins and tokens.” (07/31/18)

https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/07/31/augur-prediction-market-hosts-trump-assassination-wagers/

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4) US prepares list of Turkey sanctions targets
Source: Bloomberg

“The U.S. has prepared a list of Turkish entities and individuals to target should it decide to impose sanctions on Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government for imprisoning U.S. citizens and employees of its diplomatic mission, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. The lira slid. While negotiations to release one of the people, evangelical Pastor Andrew Brunson, are ongoing, the preparation of the so-called ‘designation packages’ shows how close the U.S. has come to imposing unprecedented penalties against a NATO ally. The sanctions are modeled on those against the Russian government and oligarchs close to President Vladimir Putin, the people said, asking not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue. The U.S. has extended deadlines this week to release Brunson or face sanctions, according to Turkish and U.S. officials familiar with the talks.” (08/01/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-01/u-s-said-to-prepare-list-of-turkey-economic-sanctions-targets

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5) Congressional auditors: 30 million tax slaves will “owe” more due to fatter paychecks
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“Congressional auditors say about 30 million people — 21 percent of U.S. taxpayers — will have to come up with more money to pay their 2018 taxes next year because their employers withheld too little from their paychecks under government tables keyed to the new tax law. New tax withholding tables for employers were put together by the government early this year. About 30 million workers received pay that was ‘under-withheld’ — making their paychecks bigger this year but bringing a larger bill at tax time next spring, according to the Government Accountability Office’s report.” [editor’s note: Nobody “owes” the government anything. Extortion demands from one party do not constitute legitimate debt obligations upon the other – TLK] (08/01/18)

https://triblive.com/usworld/world/13926797-74/auditors-30m-taxpayers-will-owe-more-due-to-fatter-paychecks

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6) OH: Judge orders defendant’s mouth taped for sentencing
Source: Fox News

“An Ohio judge ordered a defendant’s mouth taped shut during his sentencing on Tuesday after the man failed to heed repeated warnings to stop talking. The defendant, Franklyn Williams, was seen in court with red tape over his mouth after Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo got fed up with the 32-year-old’s interruptions, FOX8 reported. Williams (who was convicted in December of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft, misuse of credit cards and having weapons under a disability) refused to stop talking and kept interrupting his attorneys for about 30 minutes during his sentencing. Russo ordered six deputies to tape Williams’ mouth shut — but even then Williams continued chiming in. Williams was eventually sentenced to 24 years in prison.” (08/01/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/01/ohio-judge-orders-chatty-defendants-mouth-taped-for-sentencing.html

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7) Trump: You need an ID to buy groceries
Source: Yahoo! News

President Donald Trump’s latest head-scratching comment has lit up the internet. ‘You know, if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID. You go out and you want to buy anything, you need ID and you need your picture,’ Trump said at Tuesday night’s Tampa, Fla., rally to drum up support for GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis’ gubernatorial bid. … He deployed that claim as he was saying that the only time people don’t need to present their identification card is when they want to place a vote.” [editor’s note: Now that he knows you don’t need ID to buy groceries, I predict an announcement that that’s a “problem” he wants to “fix” – TLK] (07/31/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/president-trump-said-apos-id-010316447.html

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8) EPA chief: Proposed rule on fuel efficiency coming this week
Source: Raw Story

“The Trump administration’s proposal on vehicle fuel efficiency, which is expected to freeze emissions limits, will be released this week, Acting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler said on Wednesday. Wheeler told a U.S. Senate hearing he would welcome any deal between the auto industry and states like California on the emissions limits. ‘I would certainly welcome such a compromise,’ Wheeler said about the proposed rule. He said it would contain a range of scenarios on vehicle efficiency.” (08/01/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/us-epa-chief-says-proposed-rule-fuel-efficiency-coming-week

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9) PA: Frat member gets house arrest in hazing death
Source: Aol News

“A Penn State University fraternity member who plied a pledge with vodka the night he was fatally injured in a series of falls avoided jail time Tuesday when a judge sentenced him to three months of house arrest. Ryan Burke, the first frat brother sentenced in the case, apologized to the parents of Tim Piazza, who died in February 2017 after a night of drinking and hazing in the Beta Theta Pi house. Burke said he was ‘truly sorry’ and accepted responsibility for his role in the events that led to Piazza’s death from severe head and abdominal injuries he suffered the night he accepted a pledge bid. Judge Brian Marshall also gave Burke 27 months of probation, fined him more than $3,000 and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service.” (07/11/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/07/31/penn-state-frat-member-gets-house-arrest-in-hazing-death/23493402/

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10) Canada: Regime says it is using DNA websites to identify some migrants
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Canada is using DNA and commercial genealogical sites to help determine the nationality of migrants whose origin is in question. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has confirmed the use of DNA testing ‘when other avenues of investigation have been exhausted.’ The agency could not confirm how frequently such techniques are used. One Canadian immigration lawyer says he is personally aware of a handful of such cases. CBSA spokesman Jayden Robertson said the agency uses DNA testing to assist ‘in determining identity by providing indicators of nationality thereby enabling us to focus further lines of investigation on particular countries.’ ‘The CBSA obtains consent from the clients before submitting their information to DNA websites,’ he said in a statement to the BBC. Toronto-based immigration lawyer Subodh Bharati says he is concerned about how well the privacy of those whose DNA has been collected is being protected.” (08/01/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45023505

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11) US Senate: Lee blocks Nelson’s attempt to destroy First Amendment
Source: The Hill

“A Republican senator on Tuesday blocked legislation that would ban blueprints of 3D printed guns from being posted online. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) tried to pass a bill by unanimous consent that would make it illegal to intentionally publish a digital file that programs a 3D printer to manufacture a firearm. ‘The administration has surrendered to the crazed demands of a self-described anarchist who is going to put this up on the internet. He wants to sow chaos. He said so, in our country and across the world by making these blueprints widely available,’ Nelson said on the Senate floor. … GOP Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) objected to passing the legislation. He noted that while he had just seen the bill for the first time, he had concerns that it would infringe on the First Amendment.” [editor’s note: “Concerns?” There’s nothing ambiguous about it. Either Congress is attempting to infringe freedom of the press and speech or it isn’t, and in that’s exactly what Nelson was calling on it to do – TLK] (07/31/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/399759-gop-senator-blocks-bill-that-would-ban-release-of-3d-gun-blueprints

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12) Obama jumps into the midterm battle with endorsement of 81 candidates
Source: Raw Story

“President Barack Obama Wednesday announced his endorsement of dozens of candidates in advance of November’s midterm elections. This large, diverse contingent comprises 81 candidates from across the country in federal, state and down-ballot races. ‘I’m proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates — leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-hearted as the America they’re running to represent,’ said Obama. ‘I’m confident that, together, they’ll strengthen this country we love by restoring opportunity that’s broadly shared, repairing our alliances and standing in the world, and upholding our fundamental commitment to justice, fairness, responsibility, and the rule of law,” he added. ‘But first, they need our votes — and I’m eager to make the case for why Democratic candidates deserve our votes this fall.’ Obama believes our long-term challenges can be addressed best when we all take a more active role in our democracy. That’s why he is dedicating his post-Presidency efforts to identifying and elevating the next generation of leaders.” [editor’s note: Golden touch or kiss of death? You make the call! – SAT] (08/01/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/obama-jumps-midterm-battle-endorsement-81-candidates

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13) Kroger threatens ban on Visa cards at stores nationwide
Source: WISH TV

“The nation’s largest grocery store chain will no longer accept Visa credit cards at one of its subsidiaries and hasn’t ruled out a ban at all Kroger locations nationwide. The dispute is over Visa’s high annual swipe fees. Foods Co., a California’ subsidiary of the Ohio based grocery chain, says it will no longer accept Visa at its locations starting Aug. 14. ‘Visa’s rates and fees are among the highest of any credit card brand,’ Foods Co. said in a statement Monday. ‘The savings will be passed along to Foods Co. customers in the form of low everyday prices on the items shoppers purchase most.’ Bloomberg reports Kroger may expand the ban to some of its other 2,779 stores.” (08/01/18)

https://www.wishtv.com/national/kroger-threatens-ban-on-visa-cards-at-stores-nationwide/1338363019

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14) Maxine Waters hit with FEC complaint over mailer money
Source: Fox News

“Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, one of the most outspoken members of the anti-Trump ‘resistance’ in Congress, is facing fresh questions about a longstanding controversy regarding how her campaign raises money and how those funds have flowed to her daughter. The California congresswoman has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars each election cycle from some of her state’s biggest politicians paying to be listed on her slate mailers–sample ballots traditionally mailed out to about 200,000 voters in Los Angeles highlighting whom she supports. Since 2004, the campaign in turn reportedly has paid $750,000 to the congresswoman’s daughter, Karen Waters, or her public relations firm Progressive Connections for help producing them. A government watchdog in July filed the first of two complaints with the Federal Election Commission asking for a full audit of the Citizens for Waters campaign.” [editor’s note: Is it too early for “lock her up!” to have multiple meanings? – SAT] (08/01/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/01/maxine-waters-hit-with-fec-complaint-over-mailer-money.html

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15) Former lobbyist Tony Podesta, others under federal investigation over alleged foreign work
Source: NBC News

“Former lobbyist Tony Podesta, Mercury Public Affairs partner and former Minnesota Republican Rep. Vin Weber and former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig are all under federal investigation by prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, multiple sources with knowledge of the matter told NBC News on Tuesday. Those sources say this months-long investigation in New York follows a referral from the Special Counsel’s Office. The existence of this particular probe was first reported by CNN, which characterized the investigation as looking into whether lobbyists and operatives failed to register their work as foreign agents.” (07/31/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/former-lobbyist-tony-podesta-others-under-investigation-federal-prosecutors-over-n896396

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16) US regime to announce arrest of alleged Ukrainian hackers
Source: Reuters

“U.S. prosecutors have secured the arrests of several Ukrainians charged with stealing massive troves of payment card numbers and other data from American businesses, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters. The suspects are members of Carbanak, a hacking gang that law enforcement and private cyber investigators say is one of the world’s most prolific cyber crime organizations, according to the sources who were not authorized to discuss the matter ahead of a U.S. Justice Department announcement planned for later on Wednesday. The sources told Reuters about the arrests ahead of a 10 a.m. briefing in Seattle, where the Justice Department said representatives from credit card companies Mastercard Inc and Visa Inc would join prosecutors and the FBI to disclose arrests and indictments in a major international cyber investigation.” (08/01/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-arrests-ukraine/u-s-to-announce-arrest-of-ukrainian-hackers-sources-idUSKBN1KM5IU

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17) Canada: Ontario government cuts basic income project short
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A Canadian province has said it will scrap a basic income pilot project just months after its launch. Ontario’s newly elected centre-right government, led by Premier Doug Ford, announced the termination because it was ‘not going to be sustainable.’ The three-year project was initiated in April 2017 under a previous government. It was to test whether basic income is better than current social assistance programmes. Provincial Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod said on Tuesday that the Progressive Conservative (PC) government wanted to focus resources on ‘more proven approaches.’ How and when the pilot project will be wound down is to be announced at a later date. The decision was made as part of a commitment to reform the province’s social assistance system.” (08/01/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45023510

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18) Zimbabwe police invoke strict security act
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Zimbabwe’s police say they have invoked a strict security act that forbids public gatherings after security forces swept into the capital to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters angry over Monday’s election results. State broadcaster ZBC cites police spokeswoman Charity Charamba as saying police asked for the military’s help because they were ‘unable to cope.’ Police say the protesters caused ‘massive destruction of property’ in Harare. Meanwhile, many Zimbabweans have expressed shock at the military firing live ammunition.” (08/01/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/The-Latest-Zimbabwe-s-presidential-results-13122122.php

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19) Sweden: Thieves swipe crown jewels from cathedral
Source: New York Post

“It was a heist fit for Hollywood. Two royal crowns — both belonging to a former king and queen of Sweden — were swiped from a centuries-old cathedral on Tuesday afternoon, along with a royal orb. The thieves reportedly made their getaway in a motorboat, and were being chased by cops on water, land and air. … Cops were reportedly using helicopters, boats and cars to try and locate the motorboat — described by police as ‘small and open.’ The pieces of Swedish Royal Regalia that were stolen Tuesday belonged to King Karl IX and Queen Kristina. The couple ruled in the early 17th century and got buried with their crowns and orbs. The priceless pieces were later exhumed, though, and put on display at the ancient Strangnas Cathedral in Strangnas, Sweden.” (08/01/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/07/31/thieves-swipe-priceless-crown-jewels-from-swedish-cathedral/

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20) Google plans to launch censored search engine in China, leaked documents reveal
Source: The Intercept

“Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest, The Intercept can reveal. The project — code-named Dragonfly — has been underway since spring of last year, and accelerated following a December 2017 meeting between Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai and a top Chinese government official, according to internal Google documents and people familiar with the plans. Teams of programmers and engineers at Google have created a custom Android app, different versions of which have been named ‘Maotai’ and ‘Longfei.’ The app has already been demonstrated to the Chinese government; the finalized version could be launched in the next six to nine months, pending approval from Chinese officials.” (08/01/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/08/01/google-china-search-engine-censorship/

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

21) What we’ve lost
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“Last spring I sat down to create a third edition of The Freedom Outlaws Handbook. I knew major updates would be needed, particularly in the areas of freedom technology and privacy. Eleven years had passed. Tech changes. Ventures fail. Laws tighten. Rarely, laws loosen (but it does happen). I was prepared for that. I wasn’t prepared for devastation. But devastation confronted me as I attempted to revise item after item. Mere rewrites were futile. Mere replacements didn’t exist. … It’s now clear that no one will ever halt the surveillance state (or even temporarily push back against it as Congress did in the 1970s), and that even the most hopeful forms of privacy tech are either compromised from the get-go, too complicated for Ordinary Joe and Josie to use, or (worse) both. It’s also clear that Joe and Josie either don’t care or have given up.” (07/31/18)

https://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2018/07/31/what-weve-lost/

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22) As long as Assange silenced, claims against him are illegitimate
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“As attempts to evict Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London get more and more aggressive, we are seeing a proportionate increase in the establishment smear campaign against him and against WikiLeaks. This is not a coincidence. The planned campaign to remove Assange from political asylum and the greatly escalated smear campaign to destroy public support for Assange are both occurring at the same time that Assange has been cut off from the world without internet, phone calls or visitors, completely unable to defend himself from the smear campaign. This, also, is not a coincidence. The ability to control the narrative about what is going on in the world is of unparalleled importance to the plutocrats who use governments as tools to advance their agendas.” (08/01/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/08/01/as-long-as-assange-is-silenced-claims-against-him-are-illegitimate

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23) Progressive designs
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“In February 1979, Professor George Rathjens called the editors of The Progressive, urging them not to publish a story in the works, which included a journalistic best guess as to the design of a hydrogen bomb. The Progressive refused to squelch the story, and the professor of poli-sci (not nuclear physics) contacted the Department of Energy, which sued to suppress the article. The Progressive defended itself on free speech grounds. Fast forward to today, with progressives screaming to squelch the freedom of speech and press of Defense Distributed, an Austin, Texas, organization, which expressed its intention to publish easily downloadable plans to print plastic guns using 3D printing technology.” (08/01/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/08/01/progressivemag/

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24) New tariffs nothing to cheer about
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Some American workers are cheering President Trump’s new tariffs. They know not what they cheer. Tariffs are as bad for you and me — economically — as taxing corporations. It’s a great plan — if your goal is to economically cripple America. No one who truly understands economics would ever try to make the case otherwise.” (08/01/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/08/01/voices/new-tariffs-nothing-to-cheer-about/158605.html

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25) Stop bending the knee to Donald Trump
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“In Westeros, the fictional realm where Game of Thrones is set, common men and women are expected to bend the knee to kings, queens, lords, and ladies, pledging their fealty ‘from this day till my last day.’ Americans are citizens, not servile subjects. After voting for a public servant, there is no obligation of abiding loyalty. Indeed, the right to critique all shortcomings is enshrined in the Constitution’s First Amendment. I’ve always felt that a good citizen exercises that right. … Unfortunately, many Americans impose an obligation of loyalty to presidents on themselves. Today, Trump supporters are more likely to behave like the servile loyalists of a monarch than like citizens with the right — and the ongoing responsibility — to hold their leader accountable.” [editor’s note: Nice try, but fatally flawed. A “citizen” is defined as a “legally recognized subject of a state or commonwealth.” It is by definition a servile designation, so why WOULDN’T a “citizen” bend the knee to the supposed “leader?” It’s the whole pile of bad ideas that’s the problem, not this one instance – TLK] (08/01/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/stop-bending-the-knee-to-donald-trump/566312/

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26) Pharmacy benefit managers: We’d be stuck in the middle without them
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Jared Whitley

“The term ‘middleman’ does not have a good connotation — he’s a profiteer who’s exploiting his position to hurt two other parties in an economic exchange. There’s even one episode of ‘The Office’ where visiting children denounce the company’s practice of buying paper and re-selling it for a profit as ‘unfair.’ One kid cries out, ‘You’re just a middleman!’ But it’s frequently the term ‘middleman’ itself that’s unfair. That unfairness is particularly true with regards to Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs). They serve an essential role in the health care supply chain, but they’ve become the target of criticism and even proposed regulation that could backfire to actually increase drug costs. PBMs are third-party administrators of prescription drug programs for insurance companies, businesses, self-insured employers, and government health plans. They run the plan’s drug formulary, process prescription claims, and negotiate discounts with drug manufacturers.” (08/01/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/pharmacy-benefit-managers

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27) An engineer, an economist, and an ecomodernist walk into a bar and order a free lunch …
Source: CounterPunch
by Stan Cox

“Humanity’s and the Earth’s prospects have been dimming for the past year and a half. But they’ve been bleak for a long time; as little was being done about the global ecological crisis before January 2017 as has been done since. Neither then nor now has the national or world power structure acknowledged that deep reductions in human resource use and economic activity, but with sufficiency for all, are necessary. Instead, the most popular proposed ‘solutions’ would double down on human ingenuity and market forces, the two factors that have been central to creating our predicament in the first place.” (08/01/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/01/an-engineer-an-economist-and-an-ecomodernist-walk-into-a-bar-and-order-a-free-lunch/

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28) Why we need virtue education
Source: Acton Institute
by Josh Herring

“Since time immemorial, the Western tradition has considered true education to encompass not just instruction in a given subject matter but the cultivation of students’ virtue. Aristotle considered the acquisition of virtue to be a life’s goal which, if achieved, would result in the greatest happiness. The virtuous man, he wrote, ‘is his own best friend … whereas the man of no virtue or ability is his own worst enemy.’ The biblical tradition instructs parents to ‘train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.’ Even American pragmatic educational philosopher John Dewey had room for some level of virtue; since the factory worker must obey, students must learn the virtue of obedience. The wider culture needs virtue education, because a free society relies on certain bedrock moral principles being inculcated and incarnated.” (08/01/18)

https://acton.org/pub/commentary/2018/08/01/why-we-need-virtue-education

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29) Quantum Vibe, 08/01/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (08/01/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1828

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30) Free stuff isn’t free
Source: National Review
by Michael Tanner

“For fiscal conservatives, the Trump presidency has been more than a little disappointing. Yes, much of the tax cutting and deregulation has been a plus, but tariffs have offset part of the tax reduction, and spending has exploded. Trillion-dollar deficits stretch as far as the eye can see. The national debt is expected to hit $28 trillion within a decade. Entitlement reform is off the table. All of which raises the question of whether Democrats are ready to step up and seize the mantle of fiscal responsibility. Um, no. In fact, the Democratic platform currently seems to be ‘free stuff for everybody.’” (08/01/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/democrat-spending-plans-outrageous-and-unrealistic/

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31) Trump should learn from Mideast history and stop promoting regime change in Iran
Source: USA Today
by James Dobbins

“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech on Iran in May was widely interpreted as a call for regime change. President Trump reinforced that last week with an all-caps tweet warning ‘NEVER EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.’ This week, Trump offered to meet his Iranian counterpart with ‘no preconditions.’ Ostensibly these threats and inducements are designed to bring Iran back to the negotiating table. But Pompeo showed his hand, and the administration’s when he said after his speech: ‘At the end of the day, the Iranian people will get to make a choice about their leadership.’ Insanity is sometimes described as doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. Promoting regime change in Iran would fit this definition.” (08/01/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/08/01/regime-change-iran-takes-more-than-donald-trumps-all-caps-tweets-column/874147002

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32) That EU solution for Greece is still failing
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Another proof that friends don’t let friends stay within the European Union. That rescue of the Greek economy, as planned by the European Union and the eurozone, is still failing. And it’s doing so for a reason that was identified way back when, right when the first proposals were put before us. The costs to the well being of the Greek people are just too large. Actually, they’re at levels that no democracy will support over the long term. So it’s not just that the costs are too high, it’s that they won’t be carried for the length of time required.” (08/01/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/brexit/that-eu-solution-for-greece-is-still-failing/

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33) Why increased US pressure on Iran appears to be backfiring
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Scott Peterson

“President Trump’s escalation of anti-Iran rhetoric and increased US pressure against the Islamic Republic have been a boon to Iran’s noisy minority of hard-line, America-obsessed flag burners. But the US campaign is doing more than strengthen the hard-liners. Amid a broader administration effort to deepen instability among Iranians torn by their own political and social divides, there are signs the Trump-led targeting of Iran may be backfiring, as Iranians coalesce against a foreign enemy. One result is a newly belligerent anti-American tone from Iran’s centrist President Hassan Rouhani, who has advocated outreach to the West. Another is reconsideration by a sizeable portion of Iranians who (quietly, but unmistakably, for decades) have professed admiration for the American people and have long viewed America as a beacon of hope.” (08/01/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2018/0731/Why-increased-US-pressure-on-Iran-appears-to-be-backfiring

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34) An open letter to President Trump on trade and tariffs
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by William Poole

“Dear Mr. President: With your July 10 announcement of $200 billion in new tariffs on Chinese goods, doubling down on tariff increases announced earlier, it is clear you seek an aggressive trade war. This is unacceptable treatment for a country with which the United States has increasingly improved relations over a period of almost five decades prior to 2018. These trade restrictions will damage China, but also average Americans. A common tactic of war is to cut off supplies to enemies. Your tariffs will cut off supplies, or raise prices, for American consumers — effectively treating them as enemies.” (08/01/18)

https://mises.org/wire/open-letter-president-trump-trade-and-tariffs

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35) The Libertarian Party’s “constitutional crisis”: A way forward
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“The [Libertarian Party’s 2018 national] convention adjourned after a first round of balloting to elect the party’s new Judicial Committee. The election was held by a form of modified approval voting: Vote for as many of the candidates as you like (there were a bunch, including me), the top seven are elected so long as they receive votes from a majority of delegates. None of the top seven vote recipients got such a majority, but no further balloting could be done, as the convention had adjourned by the time the first-round ballots were counted. And since the former Judicial Committee was dissolved as of the convention’s adjournment, there is now no ‘appeals court’ for actions of the Libertarian National Committee.” (08/01/18)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-libertarian-partys-constitutional.html

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36) Ignorance of the tyrant: Maduro, without realizing, has already doomed new currency
Source: PanAm Post
by Marcelo Duclos

“Although Maduro suggested that having a robust and abundant supply of bank notes is a sign of strength, what he actually did when he said that they have printed ‘ten times more than they need,’ is to seriously attack the credibility of the new bolivar. Although he said that the new currency would have an ‘anchor’ to the laughable state-sponsored cryptocurrency the ‘petro,’ by publicly recognizing that there is ridiculous surplus of Venezuelan bank notes, Maduro acknowledged that this convertibility is worth nothing at all.” (07/31/18)

https://panampost.com/marcelo-duclos/2018/07/31/ignorance-of-the-tyrant-maduro-without-realizing-has-already-doomed-new-currency/

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37) Israel-Gaza’s risky brinkmanship
Source: Reuters
Michael J Armstrong

“Israel and Gaza are increasingly alternating between ceasefires and gunfire. This violent instability (the worst in four years) isn’t surprising, as each side inches closer to war while hoping their provocations will make the other side back down. It’s a classic form of brinkmanship — and understanding this strategy means understanding just how easy it is for the situation to unintentionally spin out of both sides’ control. Relations between Israel and the Gaza Strip have become increasingly violent since the Palestinian ‘Great March of Return’ protests began in March. Since then, Palestinian authorities say that 157 Gazans have been killed and thousands injured. The firepower employed by both parties has steadily escalated while purported truces have crumbled more quickly. The ceasefire announced May 30 perhaps seemed promising, but those of July 14 and July 21 seemed like aspirations rather than expectations. After the last one, a senior U.N. official said another war had appeared ‘just minutes away.’ This skirmishing basically represents bargaining moves by Israel and Gaza over the terms of their relationship. But their demands regarding military security, economic activity, and prisoner exchanges appear mutually incompatible.” (08/01/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-armstrong-israel-commentary/commentary-israel-gazas-risky-brinkmanship-idUSKBN1KM5I7

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38) Paul Krugman is wrong again
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Paul Krugman

“Paul Krugman, the famed economist who’s made a career out of being wrong about things, is wrong again. That in itself is no more surprising than the fact that his latest op-ed takes aim at his favorite bete noire — bitcoin. The surprising part is that Krugman has resorted to the same hackneyed arguments he always uses to attack cryptocurrency. It’s an odd decision from such a learned scholar when there are far more lethal lines of attack for a crypto sceptic to take.” (07/31/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/paul-krugman-is-wrong-again/

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39) Why population predictions bomb
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Michael Munger

“Perhaps the most famous Malthusian doomsayer is Paul Ehrlich, who famously said, ‘The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970’s and 1980’s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.’ That was in his extremely influential 1968 book, The Population Bomb. … In a sense, Ehrlich has been consistent: every ten years or so he just adds another decade to his fatuous ‘predictions’ and barfs up a new batch of nonsense. And he has managed to get paid a fortune to do it. The point is that it’s not surprising that a seller of ideological snake oil would continue to sell the same useless concoction of nonsense, as long as people want to line up to buy it. But that raises the real question: why would anyone buy this nonsense? How could a fake scientist continue to be listened to, and even respected, when not one of his specific predictions are even in the correct direction?” (07/31/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/why-population-predictions-bomb

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40) Mind your own damn business
Source: The American Spectator
by Melissa Mackenzie

“We are a nation of meddlesome Americans. It was not always thus. There was a time when Americans did not nark on their neighbors. They didn’t inform on their coworkers. They have not, historically, been the comrades in a communist regime whispering, seeking favor from the authorities, and sending hated enemies to the gulag for minor infractions just for spite. Something in the last generation has changed. Americans have turned into a nation of busybodies, harassing strangers on the web, calling the police or their places of business, and generally feeling entitled to destroy someone with whom they disagree. Who needs Big Brother when anonymous strangers will seek to silence, defame, shame, and ruin innocent people when their target violates their personal moral code, not the law and not good sense?” (07/31/18)

https://spectator.org/americans-need-to-mind-their-own-damn-business/

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41) Charles Koch’s bipartisan delusion
Source: The New Republic
by Emily Atkin

“One of the richest, most powerful forces in Republican politics has grown disappointed with the return on its investment. On Sunday, billionaire oil mogul Charles Koch said he regretted his vast political network’s past support of some GOP candidates who, since taking office, have not lived up to his libertarian ideals. ‘They say they’re going to be for these principles that we espouse and then they aren’t,’ the 82-year-old told reporters at a three-day donor conference in Colorado. ‘So, we’re going to be much stricter,’ he added. ‘We’re going to more directly deal with that and hold people responsible for these commitments.’ But Koch also said he would be ‘happy’ to work with Democratic candidates who shared his values. ‘I don’t care what initials are in front or after somebody’s name,’ he said. The announcement marks a significant shift for the Koch network, which includes influential groups like Americans for Prosperity and the American Legislative Exchange Council.” (07/31/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150277/charles-kochs-bipartisan-delusion

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42) Yemen: The damning silence of liberals leaves a legacy of shame
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“In the US and UK, the war in Yemen is only ever mentioned (and that rarely) as a ‘humanitarian crisis’: ‘Oh, those poor people starving and suffering and dying from epidemics. Hey, what did Trump tweet? What’s Mueller up to?’ There is no acknowledgement that the US & UK are directly involved in the prolonged mass slaughter of civilians in Yemen and the destruction of the nation’s infrastructure, which has led to famine and epidemic on a horrendous scale. No mention that the US & UK are supplying weapons, logistics, military intelligence and supplies (along with occasional bombings and ground raids) to one of the most tyrannical regimes on earth, Saudi Arabia, led by extremist sectarian tyrants. No mention that this horrific and obscene atrocity, this unholy alliance for mass murder, began under Barack Obama and has worsened under Donald Trump. The ‘Resistance’ says nothing — nothing — at all about it, ever.” (07/31/18)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/yemen-the-damning-silence-of-liberals-leaves-a-legacy-of-shame-31072018.html

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43) Some ideas to think about
Source: Town Hall
by Walter E Williams

“Poverty is no mystery, and it’s easily avoidable. The poverty line that the Census Bureau used in 2016 for a single person was an income of $12,486 that year. For a two-person household, it was $16,072, and for a four-person household, it was $24,755. To beat those poverty thresholds is fairly simple. Here’s the road map: Complete high school; get a job, any kind of a job; get married before having children; and be a law-abiding citizen. How about some numbers? A single person taking a minimum wage job would earn an annual income of $15,080. A married couple would earn $30,160. By the way, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than 4 percent of hourly workers in 2016 were paid the minimum wage. That means that over 96 percent of workers earned more than the minimum wage. Not surprising is the fact that among both black and white married couples, the poverty rate is in the single digits. Most poverty is in female-headed households.” (08/01/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2018/08/01/some-ideas-to-think-about-n2505043

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44) Governmental overreach and comeuppance?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Even conservative shows like Glenn Beck’s have been talking a lot about the legal advent of open-source, 3D-printed, ‘unidentifiable’ firearms — mostly favorably. Frankly, I suspect that Defense Distributed was trying not to laugh as they ‘agreed to block PA internet users’ — since such efforts are difficult even for Red China. I am not sure how any such block would be effective with Tor, or even the fact that PA’s subjects can readily travel to NY, NJ, MD, WV, OH, and probably even Ontario and Quebec to be free from such a block. To say nothing of satellite ISPs. Fortunately, sometimes (a LOT of the time) government goons are incredibly stupid. Shapiro’s probably NOT laughing up his sleeve as he lies about the ‘immediate and irreversible’ harm to the people living under his boots in Pennsylvania.” (07/31/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/07/31/governmental-overreach-and-comeuppance/

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45) Film tax credits: Facts and fiction
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“Over the weekend, the St. Louis Post Dispatch published a piece about yet another Missouri-based television program that is being filmed in Georgia. While some lament that Missouri has stopped offering tax credits to film makers, it remains the right decision. … A recent study from the Beacon Center of Tennessee found that ‘using available box office data, over 40 percent of films that receive grants made less at the box office than they received in incentives.’ That is a stunningly bad track record.” (07/31/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/subsidies/film-tax-credits-facts-and-fiction

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46) Is “buy America” at risk?
Source: The American Prospect
by Gabrielle Gurley

“President Trump sent European Union leaders reeling with his demands that their countries ‘buy American’ during his combative mid-July tour of the continent. But in the president’s continuing quest to contradict himself and discombobulate opponents, federal transit officials back home are going through an elaborate show of garnering public feedback on a potentially explosive topic that could undermine the Reagan-era Buy America program that helps protect certain American industry jobs. ‘What is a Federal Project?’ is a seemingly innocuous question posted in the Department of Transportation’s ‘Ideas’ online forum, which solicits feedback on prospective initiatives. In this case, the Federal Transit Administration wants to speed up the conception, construction, and delivery of transit projects by recasting how ‘federal projects’ are defined.” (08/01/18)

http://prospect.org/article/buy-america-risk

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47) “Court balancing” is just court packing by another name
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and his likely replacement by a more conservative justice has stimulated liberal interest in the once-taboo strategy of ‘court-packing’ — increasing the the size of the Supreme Court in order to get more ideologically favorable justices. If the Democrats can win the presidency and both houses of Congress in 2020, they can potentially increase the size of the Supreme Court from nine justices to eleven or more, and then use the new appointees to transform a 5-4 conservative majority into a 6-5 liberal one (or perhaps an even bigger one). Ironically, the recent revival of interest in court-packing was first triggered by prominent conservative law professor Steven Calabresi’s proposal for the GOP to pack the lower federal courts, last year, in a paper coauthored with Shams Hirji …. Since Kennedy’s retirement, however, the idea has, for understandable reasons, become popular in many quarters on the left.” (07/31/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/07/31/court-balancing-is-just-court-packing-by

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48) U.S.-China trade war’s costs exceed its benefits; time to restart talks
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The U.S. and China want to restart trade talks to avert a possible trade war, a new report says. It’s a good idea. Those who think a trade war with China will cost us nothing are very wrong. We understand the logic behind President Trump’s move: By threatening massive tariffs on Chinese goods, he got Chinese leaders’ attention, in particular President-strongman Xi Jinping. China no doubt would suffer most from the tariffs, since it exports more to us than we do to China, but the U.S. would suffer too. That’s called leverage. But China likely made things worse. One of the most astute assessments came from Zhang Lin, writing in the South China Morning Post. Lin, a researcher at the Unirule Institute of Economics in Beijing, faults China’s leadership, who ‘misjudged U.S. President Donald Trump.’” (07/31/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/u-s-china-trade-war-costs

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49) Markets for Rules: The Promise and Peril of Blockchain Distributed Governance
Source: Social Science Research Network
by Nick Cowen

“Classical liberals seek the paradoxical: government powerful enough to protect individuals from preying off each other, but limited enough to prevent it becoming a fierce predator itself. The emergence of blockchain technology heralds a potential revolution in our collective capacity to implement limited government. Blockchains offer a more secure and transparent way of implementing rules while permitting individual choice between rulesets that can co-exist at the same time and place. What this could ultimately mean is that a great deal of what we have traditionally conceived to be governance might be disintermediated from the territorially defined monopolistic coercive authorities that classically define states.” [abstract — full paper available as PDF download] (07/31/18)

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3223728

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50) Hiroshima revisited
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“Nearly 73 years ago, the United States unleashed atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 200,000 individuals, many of whom were civilians. Fast forward to the present day, and the U.S. military under President Trump’s leadership is dropping a bomb every 12 minutes. This follows on the heels of President Obama, the antiwar candidate and Nobel Peace Prize winner who waged war longer than any American president and whose targeted-drone killings continued to feed the war machine and resulted in at least 1.3 million lives lost to the U.S.-led war on terror. America has long had a penchant for endless wars that empty our national coffers while fattening those of the military industrial complex.” (08/01/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/hiroshima-revisited/

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51) Tariffs hurt long-run growth. Carbon taxes will spur it.
Source: Niskanen Center
by Joseph Majkut

“In response to the introduction of the MARKET CHOICE Act (MCA), the first Republican-sponsored carbon pricing bill to be introduced in Congress since 2009, several commentators have argued that the economic harms from the carbon tax portion of that bill should make it a nonstarter and, more generally, that carbon taxes are akin to tariffs and should be opposed with equal vigor by free-marketers. While carbon taxes and tariffs superficially resemble each other, they are different in important ways — and those differences explain the case for carbon taxes and the case against tariffs.” (07/31/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/tariffs-hurt-long-run-growth-carbon-taxes-will-spur-it/

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52) When the “cure” for homosexuality is torture
Source: In These Times
by Kimberley Brown

“When Donato Sanchez, a transgender man, walked into a ‘gay rehab’ clinic for the first time, he didn’t know he was going to stay. His father had convinced him to ‘check out the facilities,’ nothing more. Sanchez had been told that if he chose to enter the clinic, it would ‘be of my own free will.’ At the time, Sanchez identified as a gay woman, which his parents never accepted. He had run away from home at 16, returning only because he had no money. But as he and his father walked through the clinic’s cold, sterile hallway, he was seized with fear — and when he turned, he saw his father was gone. A large guard appeared and grabbed him. Sanchez struggled and tried to scream, but the guard seized him by his throat and squeezed. Two nurses dragged him to a bathroom, stripped him, threw him in a cold shower and dressed him in a hospital gown. ‘I didn’t see my family until four months later,’ Sanchez says. ‘Not a call, not a message, nothing.’ He was 18 at the time.” (08/01/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21271/gay-cure-homosexuality-LGBTQ-torture-Ecuador

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53) Mission: Impossible — Fallout and Deep State redemption
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“Mission: Impossible movie fans are leaving theaters satisfied with Tom Cruise’s newest addition to the franchise and for good reason. Mission: Impossible — Fallout is packed with action, leveraging character arcs and themes that keep audiences on edge. Yet, at the same time, the story’s content seems somewhat out of whack as the story defaults toward glorifying the so-called ‘deep state.’” (07/31/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/07/31/mission-impossible-fallout-and-deep-state-redemption/

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54) Stupid Patent of the Month: Unpaid sues “offending laundromats” for using prepaid cards
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Joe Mullin

“Upaid says that laundromats are infringing U.S. Patent No. 8,976,947. Claim 1 of the patent describes a computer system that performs ‘pre-authorized communication services and transactions,’ after checking an account to see if a user ‘has a sufficient amount currently available for the … transaction.’ It’s essentially a patent on having a prepaid account for — well, anything.” (07/31/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/07/stupid-patent-month-upaid-sues-offending-laundromats-using-prepaid-cards

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55) “Disaster” and construal level theory
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Was the French Revolution a disaster? Well, it did send Europe into 26 years of horrific bloodshed and misery. Standard estimates put the body count of the Napoleonic era alone in the vicinity of 5 million victims. Yet even well-informed people will often furrow their brows and muse that it was, on the whole, a good thing. Or at least too complex to confidently condemn. Ask people about the Russian Revolution, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the partition of India, or the decolonization movement, and you’ll get similarly mixed-to-positive reactions. You might think these non-condemnations reflect a healthy aversion to hyperbole. Strangely, though, it is pretty easy to get people — even well-informed people — to name clear-cut ‘disasters.’ Just read last year’s top five headlines aloud.” (07/31/18)

https://www.econlib.org/disaster-and-construal-level-theory/

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56) Blockchain 2025, 08/01/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Zug, Switzerland. Dubai. The UK. Wyoming. Australia. Estonia. Governments around the world are talking about implementing blockchain tech. Matt and Kelso debate how it will all play out.” [various formats] (08/01/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e336-Blockchain-for-Better-Fairer-Government

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57) Political Research Digest, 08/01/18
Source: Niskanen Center

“We already know that Brett Kavanaugh will be a strong conservative on the Supreme Court, just like Neil Gorsuch, but not because of confirmation hearing vetting. Both were handpicked by the Federalist Society, giving conservatives the assurances they need and making liberals want to ask tough questions that may not get answered. Amanda Hollis-Brusky finds that the Federalist Society engineered a conservative counterrevolution through scholarly exchange and a farm system for future justices. But Paul Collins, Jr. finds that nominees do often share their views on settled law during the hearings; it was Gorsuch who stood out as much less forthcoming. Preview what Kavanaugh will say at his hearings and understand why he can avoid saying much.” [various formats] (08/01/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/how-the-federalist-society-changed-the-supreme-court-vetting-process/

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58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/01/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“No sooner did President Trump announce that he would meet his Iranian counterpart ‘without conditions’ than his Secretary of State began putting out conditions for such a meeting. The Iranians, unsurprisingly, backed off. Is Trump in control?” [Flash video] (08/01/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/president-pompeo-neocons-nix-trumprouhani-meeting

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59) Scott Adams Says, 08/01/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about apologists, CNN in cages, and coffee.” [Flash video] (08/01/18)

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

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60) We Are Libertarians, episode 303
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle and Mark Warner discuss homelessness in America. Warner worked for a homeless shelter for nearly a decade before going into politics. They discuss why someone becomes homeless and how local communities can manage populations without government intervention.” [various formats] (08/01/18)

https://wal.fireside.fm/419

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61) Electric Libertyland, episode 83
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland Brian takes on the Trump/Cohen tapes, 3D Printed Guns, UVA professors resigning whimpily, Bernie Sanders'[s] $32T Medicare country-killer, and questions what the baby of Peter Strzok and the SPLC would look like.” [various formats] (08/01/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/08/01/is-donald-trump-batboys-dad-plus-bernies-32trillion-country-killing-health-plan/

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62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 227
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #227, I discuss Trump’s foreign policy. It appears Trump is using the same plan with Iran that he believes brought North Korea to agree to denuclearize. I explain how Trump misunderstands how the peace process developed in North Korea and why a similar US policy in Iran will have far different results. I break down recent talks between the US and the Taliban and how Pakistan’s new prime minister may impact the Afghan War.” [various formats] (08/01/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-227-trumps-foreign-policy-playbook

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63) Essential Libertarianism, episode 40
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Abstain From Beans,” by Robert LeFevre. [various formats] (08/01/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/08/01/abstain-from-beans-el040/

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64) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/01/18
Source: Cato Institute

“A new estimate puts the cost of ‘Medicare for All’ at more than $32-trillion over ten years. Charles Blahous says that estimate assumes that the program works according to plan. He and Michael Cannon discuss how it probably wouldn’t go according to plan.” [various formats] (08/01/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/even-32-trillion-price-tag-would-edicare-all-save-money

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65) State of the Markets Podcast, episode 35
Source: Cobden Centre

“What magic trick keeps the market going?; Austrian economics explored.” [various formats] (08/01/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/08/state-of-the-markets-podcast/

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66) Free Talk Live, 07/31/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Massive Taxi Strike Paralyzes Spain :: Health Care Costs :: Leftists :: UBER and Tipping :: Cops Shoot Man in Back :: Hospital Administrative Costs :: YouTube Restores Video Mark Tookdown, Thankfully :: Edgington Post — Stephan Kinsella on DMCA Takedowns :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/31/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-07-31

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67) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 7
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie get provocative talking about the Kendrick Lamar track XXX. The analysis is part 2 Of 3 in a serious on the ‘most important political songs of the Trump era.’” [Flash audio] (07/31/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/sounds-like-liberty-episode-7-sksnkin-writing-with-will-porter/

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68) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1206
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Opponents of the free market had a field day in 2007/8: why, this collapse goes to show how unstable capitalism is! That’s why I wrote my book Meltdown, which (thankfully) wound up spending 10 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. We needed an Austrian (and not just generic free-market) response to this conventional wisdom. In this episode, I discuss the book with Lew Rockwell on his podcast.” [various formats] (07/31/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1206-the-crisis-of-08-truth-vs-propaganda/

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69) Reason Podcast, 07/31/18
Source: Reason

“[Nick Gillespie] sat down to talk with [Bari] Weiss at FreedomFest, the annual gathering of libertarians held every July in Vegas. She was in town to attend the Reason Media Awards because she was a finalist for the Bastiat Prize which ‘honors writing that best demonstrates the importance of freedom with originality, wit, and eloquence.’ Indeed, she took home the top prize …. We talked about Israel and Jewish identity in America and her work, why she considers herself a liberal (among other things, she’s pro-marriage equality and abortion), how to avoid becoming the cartoon version of your most-outspoken critics, and more. She’s no libertarian, but she’s also nobody’s conventional liberal or conservative either.” [various formats] (07/31/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/07/31/bari-weiss-podcast

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70) The Scott Horton Show, 07/30/18
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Daniel Davis, retired Lt. Col. from the US Army, and veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq War 2, discusses his new article for the American Conservative Magazine, ‘Time to Talk to the Taliban.’ The history of the US’s involvement in Afghanistan, Obama’s surge, and Trump’s escalation is discussed in detail.” [various formats] (07/30/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/7-30-18-daniel-davis-on-time-to-talk-to-the-taliban/

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