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Monday, August 6th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Israel: Druze rally against new herrenvolk law
2) OR: Portland police charge Antifa & fire smoke bombs, claiming they “threw rocks and bottles”
3) Trump says tariffs are working, US and China are talking
4) Russia: Regime asks Steven Seagal to help advance US relations
5) Venezuela: “survives drone attack”
6) Google struggles to contain employee uproar over China censorship plans
7) Jane Seymour returns as Dr Quinn, Medicinal Marijuana Woman
8) Russia: LGBT activists detained during St Petersburg rally
9) Report: Vegans and vegetarians may think they’re “eating healthy;” they’re not
10) KS: Democrats try to end losing streak with rural appeal
11) US regime’s wildlife refuges end ban on neonics and GM crops
12) SC: County mayor booted from office by governor after spousal abuse conviction
13) CA: Girl says “hero” postal worker rescued her from world of sex trafficking
14) AZ: Guard charged with sexually molesting eight migrant children at concentration camp
15) Federal judge says Trump must fully restore DACA
16) Mark Chapman’s wife reveals she knew of plot to kill Lennon
17) GOP grumbles as Donald Trump reshapes midterm campaigns
18) 9th Circuit: “Constitution? Constitution?!? We don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution!!!”
19) Greenland: Meteor explodes with 2.1 kilotons of force above US Air Force base
20) China: Regime plans tariffs on $60 billion of US products

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Andrea Rich, RIP
22) After Snowden
23) The press doesn’t cause wars — presidents do
24) Code is speech
25) Democrats who smear WikiLeaks are assisting Trump’s war on the press
26) Trump administration should index capital gains to inflation
27) Is Trump’s China bashing vindicated if it leads to lower Chinese tariffs? No.
28) Silence on US meddling abroad
29) City council should bring public accountability to police surveillance
30) Who is fact-checking the fact checkers?
31) Why Hayek was wrong about American and European conservatism, part 2
32) Twitter rants against Russia probe: Obstruction or Trump being Trump?
33) Pandering [sic] to deficit hawks is a losing strategy
34) A basic income would crash on the rocks of politics
35) Without government who would artificially increase the cost of healthcare?
36) Transcendent Gray Lady
37) Social credit ratings won’t work
38) Let Putin and Russia rebuild Syria; US taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill
39) Donald Trump and the American left
40) A glimmer of hope in bleak Palestine
41) America is addicted to sanctions. Time for an intervention.
42) Voltaire didn’t say it but free speech isn’t limited by the truth — even about Nazis
43) How to ignore Rudy Giuliani
44) Wise words
45) Quantum Vibe, 08/03/18
46) The $717 billion defense bill just breezed through Senate should be a national scandal
47) Won’t You Be My Neighbor chronicles the life of one of the good guys
48) Conversation on democratic socialism
49) Brett Kavanaugh’s dangerous [sic] right-wing judicial activism
50) Internet publication of 3D printing files about guns: Facts and what’s at stake
51) Who owns your body?
52) Who’s left to employ? Tight job market scoops up those on the margin
53) You can’t run government “like a business”
54) Pro-life conservatives can’t win by dissing mothers
55) The case against antitrust

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Scott Adams Says, 08/05/18
57) Free Talk Live, 08/04/18
58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/03/18
59) Felony Friday, episode 135
60) AnCap Barber Shop, episode 47
61) Blast Off! With Johnny Rocket, episode 6
62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1208
63) In The Tank Podcast, episode 151
64) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 251
65) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/03/18

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

1) Israel: Druze rally against new herrenvolk law
Source: Reuters

“Tens of thousands of people gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday to protest against Israel’s new law declaring it the nation-state of the Jewish people, which has provoked outrage among the country’s most integrated minority, the Druze. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended the law, which says only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country and downgrades Arabic from an official language, from fierce criticism at home and abroad. But his right-wing government has been blindsided by the backlash from Israel’s Druze community which has voiced a deep sense of betrayal over a mostly declarative law that many felt cast them as second-class citizens.” (08/04/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-politics-law-protest/israeli-druze-rally-against-new-nation-state-law-idUSKBN1KP0PU

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2) OR: Portland police charge Antifa & fire smoke bombs, claiming they “threw rocks and bottles”
Source: Raw Story

“Police in Portland, Oregon have charged at anti-fascist protestors and fired flash-bangs and smoke bombs during a tense standoff at a ‘Free Speech’ rally. The police claimed they were acting defensively. ‘Police have observed protestors throwing projectiles, including rocks and bottles,’ the police are heard saying in video from the scene. Washington state Republican Senate candidate Joey Gibson, who leads a pro-trump extremist group from the Portland suburb of Vancouver, Washington, is leading a march of rightwing extremists.” (08/04/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/watch-portland-police-charge-antifa-fire-smoke-bombs-claiming-threw-rocks-bottles

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3) Trump says tariffs are working, US and China are talking
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that his strategy of placing steep tariffs on imports of goods from China is ‘working far better than anyone ever anticipated,’ and that Beijing was talking to the United States about trade. ‘Tariffs are working far better than anyone ever anticipated,’ Trump wrote on Twitter, citing losses in China’s stock market as he predicted the U.S. market could ‘go up dramatically’ once trade deals were renegotiated.” (08/04/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-trump/trump-says-tariffs-are-working-u-s-and-china-are-talking-idUSKBN1KP0P7

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4) Russia: Regime asks Steven Seagal to help advance US relations
Source: USA Today

“Actor Steven Seagal has been named a special representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to focus on humanitarian issues with the United States. An announcement by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Facebook said Seagal will be tasked with furthering ‘Russian-American relations.’ It’s unclear how he will go about accomplishing that goal. Seagal was given Russian citizenship in 2016. Fast forward to 2018, and we have an alleged Russian spy with apparent ties to a Donald Trump campaigner in the news and the U.S. Intelligence Community repeatedly stating that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election. The appointment is unpaid and will focus on ‘culture, arts, public and youth exchanges,’ according to the Facebook post. Seagal has vocally defended the Russian leader’s policies, including Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, and has criticized the U.S. government.” [editor’s note: Dennis Rodman with Korea, now Steven Seagal with Russia; who will be the next actor/athlete to make peace in the world? My money’s on a baseball player, or maybe Kevin Kostner! – SAT] (08/04/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/08/04/steven-seagal-gets-russian-appointment-us-relations/908052002

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5) Venezuela: Maduro “survives drone attack”
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Venezuelan officials say explosive drones went off as President Nicolas Maduro was giving a live televised speech in Caracas, but he is unharmed. Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said this was an attempt on Mr Maduro’s life, and seven soldiers were injured. Mr Maduro was seen speaking at an outdoor military event when he and other officials suddenly looked upward — startled. The audio then went. Dozens of soldiers were seen running away before the broadcast was cut off. Loud bangs could also be heard in the footage.” (08/04/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45073385

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6) Google struggles to contain employee uproar over China censorship plans
Source: The Intercept

“Google bosses were scrambling to contain leaks and internal anger on Wednesday after the company’s confidential plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China was revealed by The Intercept. Just a few hundred of Google’s massive 88,000-strong workforce had been briefed on the project prior to the revelations, which triggered a wave of disquiet that spread through the internet giant’s offices across the world. Company managers responded by swiftly trying to shut down employees’ access to any documents that contained information about the China censorship project, according to Google insiders who witnessed the backlash.” (08/03/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/08/03/google-search-engine-china-censorship-backlash/

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7) Jane Seymour returns as Dr Quinn, Medicinal Marijuana Woman
Source: Smell the Truth

“”One of television’s most beloved fictional characters now believes in the healing qualities of cannabis. Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel spoofed a classic ’90s Western television drama with his own take (‘Dr. Quinn, Medicinal Marijuana Woman’) starring none other than the original star, Jane Seymour. ‘Frasier Crane isn’t the only TV doctor from the ’90s who deserves a comeback,’ the host joked on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday. ‘I have another one in mind who I think would be really perfect for another run on CBS right now.’ Kimmel then introduces a clip of Seymour settling back into her old character, only with a new bag remedies. ‘I was a pioneer. The first woman doctor in the Colorado territory,’ says the 67-year-old actress, in character. ‘But now I’ve found a higher calling, and trails are about to get blazed.’” [editor’s note: Watch the video; it’s cute! – SAT] (08/04/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/08/04/watch-jane-seymour-returns-as-dr-quinn-medicinal-marijuana-woman

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8) Russia: LGBT activists detained during St Petersburg rally
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Russian police have detained at least 25 LGBT rights activists during a protest in St Petersburg to promote the rights of sexual minorities. About 60 activists gathered at the main square in the city centre, despite a ban being placed on the rally. They held up placards and rainbow-coloured flags, and called for LGBT rights to be protected. In 2013, Russia passed legislation banning the spreading of what it described as gay propaganda. Organisers of Saturday’s rally said that each demonstrator had protested alone, to avoid the rally being classified as a gathering. There were no clashes between Russian police and the activists, but those holding up protest materials were pulled into a police van against their will.” (08/04/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45072583

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9) Report: Vegans and vegetarians may think they’re “eating healthy;” they’re not
Source: Fox News

“More than 7 million Americans are now vegetarian, and more and more are converting every year. The number of vegans in the U.S. increased by 600 percent between 2014 and 2017. And while it is true that predominantly plant-based diets have numerous benefits, they can also cause several underappreciated health problems. The reason? Those who avoid animal food products often do not get enough B-12, the much-needed vitamin found in animal products that helps build red blood cells, repair DNA, and protect the brain. That could be dangerous. Whether through more animal foods, including eggs and dairy, or a dietary supplement, Americans must ensure they get enough of this essential but scarce micronutrient.” (08/04/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/08/04/vegans-and-vegetarians-may-think-re-eating-healthy-re-not.html

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10) KS: Democrats try to end losing streak with rural appeal
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Kansas Democrats are riding an eight-year losing streak in statewide elections, and the pressure to break it has intensified a debate within the party over how to pull more votes from Republican-leaning rural areas to help win the governor’s race this year. Democrats nationally are hoping that dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump fuels victories in congressional races. In Kansas, they’re hoping to capitalize on ex-Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s unpopularity when he left office in January, the result of years of budget problems following income tax cuts that were ultimately rolled back. But they acknowledge that their lack of appeal outside urban and suburban neighborhoods is a problem. In the 2014 governor’s race, Democrat Paul Davis prevailed in both the eastern third of the state and three of its five most populous counties. But Brownback narrowly won re-election by winning rural counties, particularly in western Kansas — 30 of them with more than two-thirds of the vote.” (08/04/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Kansas-Democrats-try-to-end-losing-streak-with-13131841.php

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11) US regime’s wildlife refuges end ban on neonics and GM crops
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Trump administration has overturned bans on the use of pesticides linked to declining bee populations and the cultivation of genetically modified crops in US national wildlife refuges. The move, reversing a policy adopted in 2014, has attracted heavy criticism from environmentalists. It was announced in a memo by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Limited agricultural activity is allowed on some national wildlife refuges. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s deputy director, Greg Sheehan, said in the memo that the blanket ban on neonicotinoid pesticides and GM crops on refuges would end, with decisions about their use being made on a case-by-case basis. He said genetically modified organisms helped ‘maximise production,’ and that neonics might be required ‘to fulfil needed farming practices.’ Mr Sheehan added that the move on GM crops would improve the supply of food for migratory birds including ducks and geese, which are shot by hunters on many of the nation’s refuges. ” (08/04/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45068650

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12) SC: County mayor booted from office by governor after spousal abuse conviction
Source: Raw Story

“The mayor of Ware Shoals, South Carolina was removed from office on Friday after pleading guilty to domestic charges, The State reported Saturday. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster cited powers in the South Carolina Constitution that allow the removal for ‘moral turpitude.’ On Thursday, Judge Frank Addy, Jr. sentenced Hansen to a year of probation, anger management classes and singed a restraining order against him by his ex-wife, the Index Journal reported. Hansen was charged with pushing his ex-wife against a wall, pulling her hair, painting her face with house paint, and spitting in her face. He also allegedly took her cellphone after she said she would call 911. ‘He also said that if she called police he’d say she raised her hands and he thought she was going to hit him,’ prosecutor Carson Penny revealed in court. Victims advocate Sarah Parris read aloud a letter written by Hansen’s ex-wife.” (08/04/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/south-carolina-mayor-booted-office-governor-spousal-abuse-conviction

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13) CA: Girl says “hero” postal worker rescued her from world of sex trafficking
Source: Fox News

“A California girl who claims she was trapped in a world of sex trafficking until recently credits a South Sacramento postal worker with her rescue. In June, Ivan Crisostomo, a postal carrier, heard a ‘desperate crying’ coming from behind a tree. When he looked around, he saw 16-year-old Crystal Allen. ‘She started to point to her arm, saying: ‘They were putting things in me. They were putting things in me. ‘They are coming to get me,’ Crisostomo recalled Allen telling him, according to FOX 40. She then told Crisostomo that she was able to escape her captors by jumping out of the car as they were driving through a neighborhood, managing to grab a cellphone on her way out. Crisostomo and Allen used the phone to call the teen’s mother, Stacy Ohman. Officials with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department were also called.” (08/04/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/04/california-girl-says-hero-postal-worker-rescued-her-from-world-sex-trafficking.html

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14) AZ: Guard charged with sexually molesting eight migrant children at concentration camp
Source: People

“An immigration worker who is HIV-positive has been charged with sexually abusing at least eight unaccompanied immigrant boys at an Arizona detention center. … Pacheco was indicted in August 2017 and the case is now proceeding through U.S. District Court in Phoenix. Pacheco has pleaded not guilty and denied the charges in court documents, ProPublica reports. Pacheco’s attorney, Benjamin Good, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Pacheco was employed as a youth care worker at Casa Kokopelli, a Southwest Key detention center in Mesa, Arizona, that was cited by the Arizona Department of Health Services in 2017 for failing to run background checks on employees.” (08/03/18)

https://people.com/crime/immigration-worker-charged-sexually-molesting-8-migrant-children/

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15) Federal judge says Trump must fully restore DACA
Source: The Hill

“A federal judge ruled Friday that the Trump administration must fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In his 25-page opinion, Judge John Bates said the Trump White House had again failed to provide justification for its proposal to end the Obama-era program, under which nearly 800,000 people brought to the country illegally as children, known as ‘Dreamers,’ have received work permits and deferral from deportation. The judge also said in his opinion that he has agreed to delay his ruling to give the Trump administration 20 days ‘to determine whether it intends to appeal the Court’s decision and, if so, to seek a stay pending appeal.’” (08/03/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/400332-federal-judge-says-trump-must-fully-restore-daca

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16) Mark Chapman’s wife reveals she knew of plot to kill Lennon
Source: Fox News

“John Lennon’s assassin told his wife his plans to murder the Beatle two months before shooting him dead in 1980, according to new reports. Gloria Hiroko Chapman, wife of killer Mark Chapman told The Daily Mirror that her homicidal hubby revealed his plot after returning to Hawaii from a trip New York. ‘He came home scared, telling me that to make a name for himself he had planned to kill Lennon. But he said my love had saved him,’ Hiroko, 67, told the British tabloid. But the wife claims she had no idea Chapman, now 63, was on a murder mission when he returned to New York two months later. ‘The only reason I was OK with Mark making another trip was because I had believed him when he said he needed to grow up as an adult and husband, and needed time to think about his life,’ she said. ‘He wanted me to sacrifice being alone for a short time so that we could have a long, happy marriage together.’ Chapman also ‘lied’ to Hiroko about getting rid of his gun.” (08/04/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/08/04/john-lennons-assassins-wife-reveals-knew-plot-to-murder-beatles-star.html

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17) GOP grumbles as Donald Trump reshapes midterm campaigns
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump’s strategy of becoming aggressively involved in the midterm elections is prompting concern among some Republicans who worry he’s complicating the political calculus for GOP candidates trying to outrun his popularity. Those Republicans worry their statewide candidates may rise or fall based on Trump’s standing, muddling their path to maintain control of Congress. But Trump has no plans to step out of the spotlight. He will hold a rally Saturday in Ohio and plans to host two fundraisers at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey, next week for House and Senate candidates, according to a campaign official with knowledge of the president’s events. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details about the fundraisers that haven’t yet been publicly released. The president is casting himself as the star of the midterms, eagerly inserting himself into hotly contested primaries, headlining rallies in pivotal swing states and increasing his fundraising efforts for Republicans. Last week, Trump agreed to donate a portion of his reelection fund to 100 GOP candidates running in competitive House and Senate races.” (08/04/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/GOP-grumbles-as-Trump-reshapes-midterm-campaigns-13131422.php

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18) 9th Circuit: “Constitution? Constitution?!? We don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution!!!”
Source: Reuters

“A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the constitutionality of two California laws restricting the ability of people to buy and carry firearms, rejecting appeals by gun rights advocates. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected challenges to Unsafe Handgun Act requirements that new semiautomatic pistols have chamber load indicators and magazine detachment mechanisms, both meant to limit accidental discharges, and microstamp their makes, models and serial numbers onto fired shell casings. A different panel of the same court upheld a 2015 amendment to California’s Gun-Free School Zone Act that forbade concealed carry permit holders from possessing firearms on school grounds, while letting retired police and other ‘peace’ officers do so. Gun rights advocates [correctly] said the handgun law violated their Second Amendment rights, and that both laws violated their Fourteenth Amendment equal protection rights.” (08/03/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-guns/us-appeals-court-rejects-challenges-to-california-gun-laws-idUSKBN1KO1XU

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19) Greenland: Meteor explodes with 2.1 kilotons of force above US Air Force base
Source: Epoch Times

“A meteor exploded with 2.1 kilotons of force above a U.S. Air Force base in July, but the military has made no mention of the event, according to reports. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said that a meteor exploded 26 miles above U.S. Air Base Thule on July 25. It was detected by the U.S. government. Namely, the explosion was above the early missile warning radar at Thule Air Base, The Aviationist reported on Aug. 3. The Director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists, Hans Kristensen, wrote about the incident on Twitter on Aug. 1. ‘We’re still here, so they correctly concluded it was not a Russian first strike. There are nearly 2,000 nukes on alert, ready to launch,’ he said. The Aviationist’s Tom Demerly, who reported on the incident, wrote in an analysis that it’s concerning because there was no public warning from the U.S. government about the meteor blast. ‘Had it entered at a more perpendicular angle, it would have struck the earth with significantly greater force,’ he wrote. The Air Force has remained silent about the incident.” (08/03/18)

https://www.theepochtimes.com/2-1-kiloton-meteor-hits-greenland-just-25-miles-north-of-us-air-force-base_2614008.html

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20) China: Regime plans tariffs on $60 billion of US products
Source: CNN Money

“China has announced plans to put tariffs of up to 25% on US products worth $60 billion, the latest salvo in an escalating trade war. The Chinese government said Friday that it would impose duties of 25%, 20%, 10% and 5% on the products if the Trump administration follows through on threats to tax $200 billion of Chinese goods. … Products in line for tariffs include meat, coffee, nuts, alcoholic drinks, minerals, chemicals, leather products, wood products, machinery, furniture and auto parts.” (08/03/18)

https://money.cnn.com/2018/08/03/news/economy/china-us-tariffs-retaliation/index.html

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

21) Andrea Rich, RIP
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“In 2011, Laissez Faire Books, the direct mail service that built the libertarian literary world as it was known in the 1970s, was being operated by a different company that contacted me to be executive editor. … In the year I first began, I contacted my friend Andrea Rich who had been a co-founder of the service, and we talked for hours about the challenges and triumphs of the past and the prospects for the future. … She was of two minds. She was happy for the growth. But she was wary about the new populism. She had devoted her life to serious ideas. She knew that libertarianism would always be more than a meme, could not be summed up in a slogan, is less intuitive than the converted and convinced believed. In her view, libertarianism certainly cannot and should not be instantiated and centralized in a political movement. So far as she was concerned, there was no obvious case for optimism about the movement as it was developing in 2012, and we would have to wait to see what became of the new energy in the future.” (08/03/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/andrea-rich-rip

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22) After Snowden
Source: OpEdNews
by John Kiriakou

“Five years have passed since Edward Snowden told Americans that our government was spying on us. Before he said anything, most of us believed that it was illegal for the NSA (or the CIA or any of the other myriad intelligence agencies) to spy on Americans. Indeed, the NSA’s charter expressly forbids it. But Snowden came forward with the proof. And it was damning. The revelations began a national debate on what, exactly, Americans want their three-letter agencies to do to keep them safe. Nobody wants to see another day like September 11, 2001. We all want security. But we also want to maintain our civil rights and civil liberties. Personally, I would rather face another terrorist attack than give up my right to privacy. But that’s just me. Where does the rest of America stand after five years? And where is Congress in all this?” (08/05/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/After-Snowden-by-John-Kiriakou-Edward-Snowden_Intelligence_NSA_Privacy-180805-366.html

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23) The press doesn’t cause wars — presidents do
Source: The Atlantic
by Julian E Zelizer

“President Trump escalated his battle against the news media this weekend. ‘The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE,’ he wrote. ‘I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!’ Some of these claims are no less alarming for Trump’s frequent repetitions. But the last of these claims is not only novel, but simply wrong. Political leaders cause wars, not the news media. Although the press has routinely been blamed for some of the United States’s most controversial conflicts, the historical evidence demonstrates that the power to make wartime decisions rests in the Oval Office and on Capitol Hill — not in the newsroom.” (08/05/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/the-press-doesnt-cause-warspresidents-do/566834/

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24) Code is speech
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by John Walker

“There is a fundamental principle at stake in the current controversy, ignorantly reported and heavily spun, over the recent U.S. State Department settlement with Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation in which Defense Distributed essentially won the case it had been pursuing since 2015, clearing it to distribute design files for the manufacture of firearms and components which can be used to produce them via additive manufacturing (‘3D printing’). This principle is much simpler and more fundamental than the cloud of confusion and ignorance spread like squid ink by the slavers who prefer a disarmed and dependent population at their mercy. It goes to the heart of free speech, and we’ve been here before.” (08/05/18)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle984-20180805-02.html

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25) Democrats who smear WikiLeaks are assisting Trump’s war on the press
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“You can’t throw a rock in establishment media circles these days without hitting a hand-wringing empire loyalist who is in the middle of an existential crisis about the US president hurting Jim Acosta’s feelings. They act like Trump saying mean words about mainstream media outlets worth billions of dollars is some kind of horrible, horrifying threat to the very fabric of society against which everyone should be marching in the streets and protesting. Meanwhile this same administration is taking actual steps toward imprisoning a journalist for practicing journalism, and these same empire loyalists are either ignoring it or cheering it on. And I’d just like to have a quick rant about how absolutely deranged that is. The journalist in question is of course WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange. This administration has reportedly been scheming to find a way to charge Assange with crimes since shortly after Trump took office, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirming that Assange’s arrest is a priority and President Trump confirming that he’d support Sessions in that endeavor.” (08/04/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/08/04/democrats-who-smear-wikileaks-are-assisting-trumps-war-on-the-press

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26) Trump administration should index capital gains to inflation
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Adam Brandon

“In 2016, economists scoffed at the notion made by then-candidate Donald Trump that he wanted ‘to establish a national goal of reaching 4% economic growth.’ One economist responded, ‘Donald Trump is dreaming.’ Another claimed that candidate Trump’s ‘growth expectations are not realistic.’ Fast-forward to the present. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has had a tremendous positive impact on the economy. Unemployment is at 4%. The economic growth rate in the second quarter of 2018 was 4.1%, putting America on the path to 3% annual growth for the first time since 2005. Combined with the roll back of excessive Obama-era regulations that negatively impacted both businesses and consumers, the Trump administration’s economic agenda has been a success. Challenges remain, of course, such as the administration’s unwise penchant for protectionism and excessive spending from Congress. The House Ways and Means Committee is seeking to build off the success of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and the committee have rolled out a second phase of tax reform that would make the individual tax rates and the pass-through deduction permanent.” (08/03/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/trump-administration-capital-gains-inflation

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27) Is Trump’s China bashing vindicated if it leads to lower Chinese tariffs? No.
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by John Tamny

“People ask if there’s a silver lining to Trump’s China and Europe bashing. In particular, they ask if Trump will have been vindicated if his tariff threats result in various nations reducing existing tariffs levied on goods produced in the United States. The answer to the question is no. What Trump is doing is wholly superfluous, and worse, risky. It’s risky because wars of any kind rarely go according to plan. Because they don’t, Trump’s jawboning risks something much worse as witless politicians in the U.S. and elsewhere start introducing all manner of tax barriers to exchange. Lest we forget, politicians are expert at making the 99.9% pay for the protection of the very few, but very well connected special interests. Washington is a favor factory, as are the capitals of other countries. Once politicians start handing out the false favors, it’s hard to take them back. And we all suffer.” (08/05/18)

https://fee.org/articles/is-trumps-china-bashing-vindicated-if-it-leads-to-lower-chinese-tariffs-no/

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28) Silence on US meddling abroad
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Among the most fascinating aspects of the brouhaha over supposed Russian meddling in America’s electoral system is the total silence in the U.S. mainstream press about U.S. meddling in the political affairs of other countries. Consider the mass outrage and indignation among the mainstream press that Russia would actually want to help a U.S. presidential candidate who favors normalizing relations with Russia over a candidate that was determined to do the opposite. Why not the same outrage against the U.S. national-security establishment for helping its favorite people come to office in foreign countries?” (08/03/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/08/03/silence-on-u-s-meddling-abroad/

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29) City council should bring public accountability to police surveillance
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The city of Lexington sued me because I asked some questions about its surveillance technology. It sounds crazy, but in effect, that’s what happened. Now, after both the attorney general and a circuit court judge ruled against it, the LFUCG has decided to take the case to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. … The city claims divulging information about surveillance cameras could jeopardize officer safety and hinder future investigations. This may sound plausible, but the city has failed to convince both the AG’s office and Judge Reynolds that their concerns outweigh the public’s right to know. This leads to a bigger point. We should have had this discussion before the LPD ever bought these surveillance cameras.” (08/04/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/08/04/city-council-should-bring-public-accountability-to-police-surveillance/

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30) Who is fact-checking the fact checkers?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Newspaper fact checkers were once a rarity. Now they’re in a position to determine what people can read online, despite their own checkered past. So, who keeps the fact checkers honest? In the past, fact checkers tended to focus mainly on debunking urban myths or clearly false claims made by political leaders. But lately, fact checkers have appointed themselves as arbiters of the credibility of news outlets. And now, giant tech companies like Google and Facebook have enlisted these ‘experts’ to weed out ‘fake news.’ If a fact-checking outfit deems a story not entirely true, for example, Facebook can limit its reach on its News Feed. Google now includes a ‘fact check’ box on its main search results page to help ‘people make more informed judgments.’ The problem is that fact checkers themselves can be unreliable sources for what’s true or not. Fact checkers make their own mistakes. They sometimes change ratings based on new information. Or they make determinations based on arbitrary standards that can change from one review to the next.” (08/02/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/fact-checkers-big-media

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31) Why Hayek was wrong about American and European conservatism, part 2
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Barry Stocker

“The first post in this series concentrates on the more radical authoritarian populist side of conservatism in Europe. Before getting on to American conservatism and other aspects of European conservatism, I will respond to requests in the comments for definitions of what I mean by liberalism and conservatism. The shortest class definition I am aware of is that of David Hume in his essay ‘Of the Parties of Great Britain’ where he suggests that Whigs (liberals) favour liberty with a monarchy and that Tories (conservatives) favour monarchy with liberty. This can be expanded with little, if any controversy, to be taken as: liberals advocate liberty with order; conservatives favour order with liberty.” (08/04/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/08/04/why-hayek-was-wrong-about-american-and-european-conservatism-ii/

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32) Twitter rants against Russia probe: Obstruction or Trump being Trump?
Source: The American Spectator
by Debra J Saunders

“Trump has used Twitter to ask valid questions about the Russian probe. Why couldn’t Mueller have found a Trump donor to join the many Clinton donors in his stable of lawyers? The Democratic National Committee and Clinton bankrolled the unverified ‘dossier’ cited by prosecutors — is that collusion? Alas, Trump being Trump means not leaving well enough alone. Wednesday the president took to Twitter to urge Sessions, who recused himself from the Russian probe, to ‘stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now.’ He brought himself back to the dark days of May 2017 when Washington waited to see if he would try to impede a federal investigation. While D.C. Democrats slammed the Twitter rant as another attempt to obstruct justice, many in the usual chorus of cable news Trump boosters were eerily silent.” (08/05/18)

https://spectator.org/twitter-rants-against-russia-probe-obstruction-or-trump-being-trump/

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33) Pandering [sic] to deficit hawks is a losing strategy
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“The House Democratic leadership’s obsession with asserting a ‘centrist’ (that is, fiscally conservative) fiscal ideology threatens to put the party at odds with its base. It endangers the party’s chances of retaking the House, and will make it difficult for Democrats to offer a credible alternative to the failed conservatism of Trump and his party should they win in November. Nancy Pelosi recently spoke to a forum hosted by the Peterson Foundation, which was founded by conservative billionaire Peter G. Peterson to promote his own obsession with reducing the federal deficit. Before his death earlier this year, Peterson spent hundreds of millions of dollars inculcating his brand of debt-fixated fiscal conservatism in politicians, journalists, and policy advisors. ‘Democrats believe that you must pay as you go,’ the House Minority Leader told the forum audience. ‘Whatever you want to invest in, you must offset.’” [editor’s note: Despite the BS rhetoric about “investing” this is Economics 101; in real life, you cannot spend what you do not have, or you go deep into debt very quickly – SAT] (08/03/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180803/pay-now-or-pay-later-democratic-house-leaders-wage-ideological-war

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34) A basic income would crash on the rocks of politics
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“Only the gold standard or a land value tax are comparable in the way UBI’s zealots believe this one policy would sweep away most economic ills. We are told poverty would be eliminated, job-killing automation protected against, innovation would flourish, and working improve dramatically. Opponents aren’t much less hyperbolic. A UBI would supposedly blow up the public finances, drive mass worklessness, and undermine families. But this polarised debate hides the messy truth: the UBI as an idea exposes the current welfare state’s flaws. And any simple UBI would be crushed on the rocks of politics and its inherent trade-offs.” (08/03/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/basic-income-would-crash-rocks-politics

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35) Without government who would artificially increase the cost of healthcare?
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Advocates of government monopolized healthcare (they usually call it ‘national’ or ‘universal’ healthcare) argue that their favored system is necessary because market actors have an incentive to constantly increase the cost of healthcare. The opposite is true. Market actors have an incentive to provide cheaper and more effective services because doing so will attract new customers by both attracting customers who formerly couldn’t afford their services and siphoning customers away from their competitors. However, government has an incentive to increase healthcare costs because doing so protects its favored providers …” (08/03/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/08/03/without-government-who-would-artificially-increase-the-cost-of-healthcare/

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36) Transcendent Gray Lady
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“How far are we away from a completely vindictive, murderous madness like The Terror of revolutionary France? I know, almost no one is talking of guillotines. But a lot of people seem determined to destroy others’ lives publicly. We are all too familiar with Twitterstorms where worked-up outrage forces someone out of a job or a deal — usually for making jokes. But it’s not just jokes.” (08/03/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/08/03/nytterror/

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37) Social credit ratings won’t work
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Financial credit rating systems have existed for quite some time, and serve the very important function of tracking a person or business’s loan repayment history in order for future lenders to gauge risk. At their core, these credit rating systems are based on objective, verifiable facts. Sure, mistakes are made, and can be corrected, but for the most part, everything on your financial credit report shows exactly what happened in the real world. Social credit rating systems like those portrayed in Black Mirror and The Orville are not built on objective, verifiable facts. Quite the contrary; they are built on subjective, unverifiable opinions. Take two popular individuals, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Depending on your subjectively-derived opinion, one of these men should have a 5-star rating, and the other a 1-star. If everyone in the world voted, both of these men would probably sit around 2.5-stars, which tells you exactly nothing about either men.” (08/03/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/social-credit-ratings-wont-work

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38) Let Putin and Russia rebuild Syria; US taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill
Source: USA Today
by Daniel DePetris

“The civil war in Syria is continuing, though at a less intensive pace, but it has been abundantly clear for months that President Bashar Assad and his government have won. Countries like Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia (three nations that once transferred money, supplies, intelligence support and arms to armed opposition groups fighting to displace Assad) have changed their priorities and are now operating on the assumption that the Assad regime (as corrupt and inhumane as it is) will continue to rule for the foreseeable future. After three years of military intervention, Moscow has solidified its proxy position. Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, is now confronted with a different set of problems: resettling the nearly six million Syrian refugees who were pushed out of the country over the last seven years and financing a post-conflict reconstruction package that will reach gargantuan proportions.” (08/03/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/08/03/syria-not-american-responsibility-let-russia-putin-rebuild-column/873499002

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39) Donald Trump and the American left
Source: CounterPunch
by Rob Urie

“The election of Donald Trump fractured the American Left. The abandonment of class analysis in response to Mr. Trump’s racialized nationalism left identity politics to fill the void. This has facilitated the rise of neoliberal nationalism, an embrace of the national security state combined with neoliberal economic analysis put forward as a liberal / Left response to Mr. Trump’s program. The result has been profoundly reactionary. What had been unfocused consensus around issues of economic justice and ending militarism has been sharpened into a political program. A nascent, self-styled socialist movement is pushing domestic issues like single payer health care, strengthening the social safety net and reversing wildly unbalanced income and wealth distribution, forward. Left unaddressed is how this program will move forward without a revolutionary movement to act against countervailing forces.” (08/03/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/03/donald-trump-and-the-american-left/

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40) A glimmer of hope in bleak Palestine
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“The Palestinians’ deteriorating conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip makes even long-term optimism difficult. Neither a one-liberal-state nor two-state resolution seems in the offing because (if for no other reason) either would seem to spell political suicide for any foreseeable Israeli government. The one-staters have a good argument against the two-staters and vice versa. Would it really be easier for an Israeli prime minister to evict 400,000 Israeli Jews from the West Bank (leaving aside the more than 200,000 in formally annexed East Jerusalem) than it would be to agree to one secular democratic state in which non-Jews would soon outnumber Jews if they don’t already? I don’t see it.” (08/03/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-a-glimmer-of-hope/

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41) America is addicted to sanctions. Time for an intervention.
Source: The Atlantic
by Neil Bhatiya & Edoardo Saravalle

“In March 2016, shortly after the United States lifted sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, then–Treasury Secretary Jack Lew gave a speech reflecting on the lessons Barack Obama’s administration had learned. Sanctions, he said, had ‘become a powerful force in service of clear and coordinated foreign policy objectives,’ but the United States should be sure to use them ‘only to address significant threats to national security.’ Overusing them, he warned, could dull their effectiveness. … Both the executive and legislative branches seem to have ignored Lew. … These days, policy makers not only impose sanctions with greater frequency — they’re also considering ever more extreme measures, and paying less and less attention to the drawbacks. At their most effective, sanctions are the product of multilateral efforts to solve clearly articulated, shared global-security concerns. Now they are becoming strident expressions of displeasure from an isolated United States, often wielded in service of domestic partisan priorities — a careless approach that may well neutralize the effectiveness of these powerful tools.” (08/05/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/08/when-sanctions-go-too-far/566771/

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42) Voltaire didn’t say it but free speech isn’t limited by the truth — even about Nazis
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Voltaire didn’t in fact say that line about not agreeing with you but defending to the death your right to say it. That was actually a line in a play about Voltaire, with his character saying it. But still, it’s a useful definition of what it is all supposed to be about. There are always those who would limit our right to say whatever comes into our pretty little heads and for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes because it’s just inconvenient if we do randomly splutter something true but unfashionable. Sometimes simply because there are always those who insist that some things just shouldn’t be said.” (08/05/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/civil-liberty/voltaire-didnt-say-it-but-free-speech-isnt-limited-by-the-truth-even-about-nazis/

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43) How to ignore Rudy Giuliani
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“Earlier this week, Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman reported that Rudy Giuliani, who has served as one of President Donald Trump’s lawyers since April, is falling out of favor in the White House because of a ‘series of erratic television interviews’ this week. ‘Trump thinks he’s saying too much,’ an unnamed source told Sherman. This is a story we’ve heard before: Back in May, the Associated Press reported that Trump was ‘growing increasingly irritated with lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s frequently off-message media blitz.’ And it is a story we’ll probably hear again. It’s all noise. The Russia investigation’s myriad threads can be overwhelming to follow, even for the most dedicated observer. The intense secrecy surrounding special counsel Robert Mueller’s work, while giving him a degree of insulation from political attacks, has also made it hard for the public to discern where his investigation stands and where it’s headed. After all, it’s not just Mueller and his team who aren’t talking; few of his targets are, either. Into that epistemic void leaped Giuliani, who gives journalists a steady streams of quotes and comments about the investigation.” (08/03/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150399/ignore-rudy-giuliani

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44) Wise words
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Whatever unknown genius in China or Persia or Europe invented the first crude firearm would give, indirectly, the gift of liberty to millions if not billions of people. Texans had a saying, ‘God created man, but Colonel Colt made ’em equal.’ But like all other tools of human history, from rocks and axeheads and shillelaghs, to electricity and drugs and aircraft, firearms are eagerly g[r]asped by the controllers. Those who want no liberty but their own. No power for anyone but themselves. At the same time as they put the weapons into service of their own greed and lust for power, they seek to denigrate and vilify those very same devices. They try to convince people that only an elite can master and use them. That only the powers-that-be can safely have them, wield them, use them for ‘good.’ It is, of course, a giant scam, that no doubt started with Cain.” (08/04/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/08/04/wise-words/

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45) Quantum Vibe, 08/03/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (08/03/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1829

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46) The $717 billion defense bill just breezed through Senate should be a national scandal
Source: In These Times
by Lindsay Koshgarian

“The military authorization bill must become a place for dissent and discussion. With little debate or public attention, the Senate just followed the House in approving $717 billion for the nation’s military, meaning the bill is headed for the president’s signature. The passage is no surprise. The National Defense Authorization Act is one of the few pieces of federal budget legislation that sails through every year, without fail, on a bipartisan basis. Yet, the bill deserves fierce debate — and dissent. At $717 billion, the package provides a historically high military budget. By my calculations based on numbers from the Office of Management and Budget, in 1997, after Cold War spending was ratcheted down from its Reagan-era peak, military spending was $386 billion after adjusting for inflation. By the height of spending during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, it had more than doubled to $799 billion. Yet today, despite massive troop drawdowns and multiple declarations of victory from the war on terror, military spending in 2019 will remain $268 billion more than it was before the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.” (08/03/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21359/defense_bill_senate_house_nuclear_economy_jobs

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47) Won’t You Be My Neighbor chronicles the life of one of the good guys
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“Fred Rogers (1928–2003) became an iconic symbol of the ‘do-good’ vision of PBS during his long run as creator, star, and producer of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. For many critics, the show was simplistic and naive, whitewashing harsh realities and taking a simplistic approach to complex phenomena and events such as the Vietnam War. Others believed he was brainwashing children with liberal or progressive values. Both critics should come away with a different impression of Rogers’ contributions to television and civil society after watching Won’t You Be My Neighbor, the documentary chronicling the development and long run of his television show.” (08/03/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/08/03/wont-you-be-my-neighbor-chronicles-the-life-of-one-of-the-good-guys/

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48) Conversation on democratic socialism
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“An excerpt from my novel in progress, The Metronome Misnomer.” (08/03/18)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2018/08/conversation-on-democratic-socialism/

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49) Brett Kavanaugh’s dangerous [sic] right-wing judicial activism
Source: The American Prospect
by Elliot Mincberg

“During his tenure as judge on the D.C. Circuit Court, Brett Kavanaugh has consistently ruled in favor of corporations and against workers, consumers, civil rights, and the environment. But is there an underlying theme or approach in American jurisprudence that explains Kavanaugh’s record? Although Kavanaugh would no doubt deny it, his judicial record makes clear that he is a conservative judicial activist who would pose serious dangers to our country if he joins the Supreme Court. Ultra-conservatives like Antonin Scalia and others have described judicial activists as possessing three primary characteristics. First, in key cases, a judicial activist judge’s decisions will correspond closely to his or her political or policy preferences. Second, in order to promote those preferences, a judicial activist will vote to overturn laws passed by democratically elected legislatures, relying on broad interpretations of the Constitution. Finally, in pursuit of those objectives, a judicial activist judge will ignore, distort, or even overrule precedent that stands in the way. Although the concept of judicial activism was popularized by conservatives accusing liberal judges of such behavior, it’s actually right-wing judges like Kavanaugh who meet those criteria.” (08/03/18)

http://prospect.org/article/brett-kavanaughs-dangerous-right-wing-judicial-activism

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50) Internet publication of 3D printing files about guns: Facts and what’s at stake
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Kit Walsh

“When it comes to guns, nearly everyone has strong views. When it comes to Internet publication of 3D printed guns, those strong views can push courts and regulators into making hasty, dangerous legal precedents that will hurt the public’s ability to discuss legal, important, and even urgent topics ranging from mass surveillance to treatment of tear gas attacks. Careless responses to 3D-printed guns, even those that will do little to limit their availability, will have long-lasting effects on a host of activities entirely unrelated to guns.” [editor’s note: A disappointingly weak response from EFF. Their position seems to be that censorship is maybe OK sometimes, if done by the “right” people, for the “right” reasons, and via the “right” process – TLK] (08/02/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/08/internet-publication-3d-printing-files-about-guns-facts-and-whats-stake

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51) Who owns your body?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Why doesn’t Norma Brickey just offer to pay someone to give one of his kidneys to her son? Why doesn’t she just offer to purchase a kidney from the family of someone who recently died? Why doesn’t she just offer to pay someone to have his kidneys harvested from his body when he dies? The first successful kidney transplant was done in 1954. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have undergone a kidney transplant. More than 670,000 people in the United States live with end-stage renal disease. More than 34,000 kidney transplants were performed last year. It’s not exactly rocket science to transplant a kidney. The problem is that Norma Brickey can’t make those offers. And money has nothing to do with it. She isn’t allowed to make such offers. No one is allowed to sell her any of the organs in his body — not while he’s alive and not after he’s dead. Why? Because the federal government has so decreed it.” (08/03/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/who-owns-your-body/

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52) Who’s left to employ? Tight job market scoops up those on the margin
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Laurent Belsie

“Almost like clockwork, a growing US economy cranks out new jobs. In July, it added 157,000 positions, the US Labor Department reported Friday; in June, 248,000. But with unemployment near 20-year lows and some analysts touting ‘full employment,’ are there enough available people to keep filling them? Population growth can account for about a third to a half of the new hires. But to keep the economy growing, people not currently working need to come off the sidelines to reenter the workforce. And that’s what’s happening. The story of who and how is a sometimes messy process, with people struggling with issues from health to criminal backgrounds getting jobs, losing them, and then gaining the courage to try again. It’s also a tale of progress and hope. Down the corridor from a law office, 10 floors above Boston’s bustling financial district, a dozen men and women are seated around tables shaped in a U. They’re taking an intensive two-week course here at JVS CareerSolution, learning how to find work despite a background of addiction or criminal activity.” (08/03/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2018/0803/Who-s-left-to-employ-Tight-job-market-scoops-up-those-on-the-margin

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53) You can’t run government “like a business”
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Brian Balfour

“For several decades a growing chorus of voices has been insisting that government can become more efficient and effective if it were ‘run like a business.’ For instance, former New York mayor Fiorello La Guardia in 1938 promised to ‘run [the government] as any honest man attempts to run his business,’ while many of us remember 1992 presidential candidate Ross Perot injecting the ‘like a business’ promise virtually every time he spoke. More recently, many invested hope that Donald Trump’s business experience would enable him to govern more efficiently, while his senior advisor (and son-in-law) Jared Kushner declared ‘the government should be run like a great American company’ and that ‘our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.’ Such notions, however well worn, are completely misguided. Business and government are far too different, and the differences help reveal the dangers of state control growing into further reaches of society.” (08/03/18)

https://mises.org/wire/you-cant-run-government-business

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54) Pro-life conservatives can’t win by dissing mothers
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“These are bittersweet times for pro-life conservatives. On the one hand, once President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed (and he will be), for the first time in 45 years conservatives will have enough strength on the bench to overturn Roe v. Wade. On the other hand, since Trump was elected, the pro-life movement’s gains over the last decade or so in turning public opinion against abortion have evaporated into thin air. Poof! This startling change suggests that conservatives can’t hang a simple morality tale on abortion (Abortion = Murder!) in their quest to severely restrict reproductive rights. They will need to take the full complexity of this issue into account if they want to truly convince a majority of Americans of their cause’s righteousness. Whatever they do, they should resist the temptation to demonize women in an ill-fated effort to turn Americans against abortion.” [editor’s note: “Conservatives” on SCOTUS are about as likely to overturn Roe as I am to succeed Elizabeth II to the throne – TLK] (08/03/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/08/03/pro-life-conservatives-cant-win-by-dissi

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55) The case against antitrust
Source: Cobden Centre
by Jai Khemani

“Supporters of antitrust and regulation of monopoly power cite the perfect competition theory as a justification for their views. Those that support antitrust, see market structures with many firms as the goal. Some go further by making the mistake that free markets can be considered ‘free markets’ if there is perfect competition. However, both claims are unconvincing. A free market does not necessarily mean lots of competition and low price making power. It is entirely possible that a firm in free market conditions could take 90% share of an industry.” (08/03/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/08/the-case-against-antitrust/

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56) Scott Adams Says, 08/05/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Q, racism, LeBron, and slow news August. With coffee.” [Flash video] (08/05/18)

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

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57) Free Talk Live, 08/04/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Glenn Jacobs Wins Mayoral Election in TN :: Apocalypse Civil War? :: Economics :: The Rock :: Nicolas Maduro Admits Failure :: China, Tariffs, and Free Trade :: People Clueless About Tariffs :: Trade Deficit :: 2-Party System :: Power and Corruption :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/04/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-08-04

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58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/03/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Nothing is more expensive than something provided by government for ‘free.’ But there is more than a crippling monetary burden to their schemes. Endless waiting lists, rationing, black markets, and a whole host of new problems await Americans if they let government put the final nail in the healthcare coffin.” [Flash video] (08/03/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/who-is-victimized-by-free-healthcare-stolen-goods-are-very-expensive

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59) Felony Friday, episode 135
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Today on Felony Friday Michael Maharrey joins host John Odermatt to talk about police surveillance and how we can fight back.” [various formats] (08/03/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/08/03/fighting-local-police-surveillance-with-michael-maharrey/

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60) AnCap Barber Shop, episode 47
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Hey everyone, in this episode we’re talking about Jacob Anders, a local politician who is under fire for some leaked questionable posts in a secret incel group, as well as the Libertarian Party in Cuba. Me (Scott) and Dave are bringing the funk tonight. Hope you guys enjoy!” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/03/18)

https://www.ancapbarbershop.com/rapey-politicians-and-cuban-libertarians-abs047/

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61) Blast Off! With Johnny Rocket, episode 6
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“On this episode we interview the controversial Arvin Vohra! Arvin is running for President in order to downsize, defund, and eliminate damaging federal government programs. After seeing the negative effects of government on business, education, and more, Arvin spent more and more time working for the causes of liberty. Sounds like a solid plan to us! Check out this amazing episode!” [Flash audio] (08/03/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-6-methods-w-arvin-vohra/

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62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1208
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Janice Fiamengo, a professor of English at the University of Ottawa and an outspoken opponent of feminism, found herself brought before the Ottawa Human Rights Commission in a two-year ordeal related to alleged discrimination. She gives us a flavor of what these commissions are like, and how universities deal with accusations like this.” [various formats] (08/03/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1208-she-was-brought-before-the-ottawa-human-rights-commission/

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63) In The Tank Podcast, episode 151
Source: Heartland Institute

“Donny Kendal is joined by Heartland Executive Editor and Research Fellow Justin Haskins in episode #151 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Empire Center for Public Policy and the Mercatus Center.” [various formats] (08/03/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/08/in-the-tank-ep151-socialism-is-evil/

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64) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 251
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Adam Bates joins us this week to talk about how the Muslim ban inspired him to change his work focus from criminal justice to refugee relief.” [various formats] (08/03/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/helping-refugees-era-nationalism

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65) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/03/18
Source: Cato Institute

“‘Quiet Skies’ monitors American travelers who are on a secret watchlist. Are you on the list? Matthew Feeney discusses the problems with this unwarranted surveillance.” [various formats] (08/03/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/tsa-spying-americans-quiet-skies-program

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