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Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
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In the News:

1) US regime declines to support closest neighbor versus threats from Middle East terror kingpins
2) MO: Voters reject “right to work” scam
3) US regime finalizes next China tariff list targeting American consumers for $4 billion in tax hikes on $16 billion in imports
4) Turkey: Crisis deepens as US sanctions threat sends lira to low
5) Iran: Crowds reportedly chant “death to the dictator!”
6) New details about Wilbur Ross’s business point to pattern of grifting
7) MO: “Comedy of errors” causes Missouri voting issues
8) SC: Company blames Trump’s tariffs for layoffs, possible plant closure
9) TN: Bear steals pizza from restaurant customers dining on patio
10) Ajit Pai admits FCC lied about “DDoS,” blames it on Obama administration
11) Study: Medical cannabis availability doesn’t increase teen use
12) UK: Indian ride-hailing firm Ola to take on Uber
13) FL: Man threatened to blow up lesbian’s house because she turned him down
14) Elon Musk: Going private is the best path forward
15) CA: Neo-Nazi former Senate candidate claims he plans to establish “regional capital” in Idaho
16) China’s hypersonic aircraft, Starry Sky-2, could be used to carry nuclear missiles at six times the speed of sound
17) Pentagon bars troops from using fitness trackers & geolocation services
18) SpaceX successfully retrieves block 5 Falcon 9, paving the way for third relaunch
19) Syria: Director of alleged chemical weapons plant killed in car bombing
20) CA: West Hollywood pols call for removal of Trump star from Walk of Fame

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) I didn’t join Facebook to “feel safe”
22) Open up off-label drug communication and let the market work!
23) Decentralized apps might be the future but they’re not the present
24) Downloadable guns are here to stay, whether politicians like it or not
25) Is Mike Pence really a hypocrite?
26) Where Trump sees foreign danger
27) The Tories should ditch the pro-business label and focus on being pro-market instead
28) Why the INFOWARS purge is nothing to celebrate
29) House Democrats launch challenge to Big Pharma
30) The problem with big denomination bills
31) The utter futility of gun control
32) In a corporatist system of government, corporate censorship is state censorship
33) Governments and central banks should look to gold not crypto
34) Big plans for the Jeddah Tower continue as asset prices boom
35) Nevada ballot initiative seeks to blow up [sic] the state’s election system
36) Even the FBI agrees: When undercover agents pose as journalists, it hurts real journalists’ work
37) The marketplace of ideas: Too much market, not enough ideas
38) Climate change and disappearing islands: Let’s return to reality
39) The significance of the Cato/Heritage intern debate
40) DC Transit wanted to give special transport for white supremacists, then union said “Hell no!”
41) The wacky and wonderful renaissance of urban transportation
42) Alarming [sic] new study: Nuke lab scientists question US weapons’ performance
43) It’s only money
44) The war before the Iran war
45) Life, liberty, and the pursuit of education: The homeschooling option
46) “Socialist” is the new “libertarian”
47) Alex Jones and the rise of corporate censorship
48) Stop complaining and just delete Facebook
49) The National Farmers’ Union is spouting drivel about food and Brexit
50) On Iran, the neocons are no Ronald Reagan

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Libertarian Angle, 08/07/18
52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1210
53) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/07/18
54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/07/18
55) The Scott Horton Show, 08/06/18
56) Scott Adams Says, 08/07/18
57) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 100
58) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 67
59) Free Talk Live, 08/06/18
60) Postcards from Somalia, episode 5

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

1) US regime declines to support closest neighbor versus threats from Middle East terror kingpins
Source: ABC News

“The U.S. is declining to take sides between Saudi Arabia and Canada after the Middle Eastern nation’s extraordinary reaction to Canada’s condemnation of the arrest of a Saudi Arabian human rights activist. Saudi officials reacted with fury to the criticism: expelling Canada’s ambassador and withdrawing their own ambassador from Canada, suspending flights from Saudi Arabia to Canada, halting all new Saudi business and investments in Canada, and issuing what to many Canadians appeared to be a veiled threat of terrorist violence. To critics, the diplomatic dispute over freedom of speech and human rights has underscored how the U.S. at times stays quiet on human rights issues in certain friendly countries. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Tuesday that the U.S. raises such issues privately with Saudi Arabia — and that it is up to the Saudis and Canadians to work this out, but she declined to condemn the activist’s arrest.” (08/07/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/us-declines-sides-heated-saudi-canadian-fight-human/story?id=57085103

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2) MO: Voters reject “right to work” scam
Source: KCTV 5 News

“Missouri voters delivered a resounding victory to unions Tuesday, rejecting a right-to-work [sic] law against compulsory union fees that had been passed by Republican state officials but placed on hold for more than a year after organized labor petitioned for a referendum. National and local labor unions spent millions of dollars to defeat Proposition A, hoping to reverse the momentum against them from a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling and the adoption of similar laws limiting labor powers in other historically strong union states.” [editor’s note: Looks like more than 2/3 voted “no” – TLK] (08/08/18)

http://www.kctv5.com/story/38835886/missouri-voters-reject-right-to-work-prop-a

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3) US regime finalizes next China tariff list targeting American consumers for $4 billion in tax hikes on $16 billion in imports
Source: Reuters

“The United States will begin collecting 25 percent tariffs on another $16 billion in Chinese goods on Aug. 23, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Tuesday as it published a final tariff list targeting 279 imported product lines. The action is the latest by U.S. President Donald Trump to put pressure on China to negotiate trade concessions after imposing tariffs on $34 billion in goods last month. China has vowed to retaliate to an equal degree. The latest $16 billion list will hit semiconductors from China, even though many of the basic chips in these products originate from the United States, Taiwan or South Korea. The 25 percent tariffs also will apply to a broad range of Chinese electronics, plastics, chemicals and railway equipment that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has said benefit from the ‘Made in China 2025’ industrial plan, aimed at making China competitive in high-technology industries. The Semiconductor Industry Association expressed disappointment at USTR’s decision to keep the sector on the tariff list.” (08/07/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china/u-s-finalizes-next-china-tariff-list-targeting-16-billion-in-imports-idUSKBN1KS2CB

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4) Turkey: Crisis deepens as US sanctions threat sends lira to low
Source: Bloomberg

“Turkey’s lira sank to a record low and bonds tumbled as heightened concern over a diplomatic spat with the U.S. overshadowed the central bank’s attempt to support the currency. The lira slumped as much as 6.3 percent Monday before rising 1.1 percent Tuesday after a report Turkish officials will head to the U.S. The rate on 10-year bonds hovered just below 20 percent after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey will respond in kind to U.S. sanctions over a detained American pastor. The iShares MSCI Turkey exchange-traded fund plunged 7.5 percent — the lowest level since 2009. As the currency tumbled, Turkish policymakers changed reserve rules to boost banks’ foreign-exchange liquidity — a measure seen by analysts as insufficient to prop up the lira.” (08/06/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-06/turkey-crisis-deepens-as-sanctions-threat-sends-lira-to-new-low

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5) Iran: Crowds reportedly chant “death to the dictator!”
Source: Fox News

“Days of unprecedented protests aimed at Iran’s sluggish economy along with ‘biting’ sanctions imposed by President Trump are ramping up pressure Tuesday on the Islamic Republic’s ruling class and causing many analysts to wonder if regime change could be on the horizon. Videos circulating on social media purportedly taken from inside Iran show thousands of protesters marching through the streets. In one video, crowds leaving a soccer match are heard yelling ‘death to the dictator! Death to Khamenei! Death to Rouhani!’ and ‘Islamic regime must get lost!’ according to a translation tweeted by a Middle East analyst. Another video said to be taken in Tehran shows idle buses lined up as far as the eye can see, with the same analyst reporting Iran’s government has refused to pay back its debts to a contractor that gives the drivers fuel, leaving them (and the thousands of Iranians they would have been transporting) stranded.” [editor’s note: regime change by any means, I guess; at least there are no “boots on the ground” (at least not officially) – SAT] (08/07/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/08/07/iran-crowds-reportedly-chant-death-to-dictator-as-us-sanctions-increase-economic-unrest.html

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6) New details about Wilbur Ross’s business point to pattern of grifting
Source: Forbes

“A multimillion-dollar lawsuit has been quietly making its way through the New York State court system over the last three years, pitting a private equity manager named David Storper against his former boss: Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The pair worked side by side for more than a decade, eventually at the firm, WL Ross & Co. — where, Storper later alleged, Ross stole his interests in a private equity fund, transferred them to himself, then tried to cover it up with bogus paperwork. Two weeks ago, just before the start of a trial with $4 million on the line, Ross and Storper agreed to a confidential settlement, whose existence has never been reported and whose terms remain secret. … Over several months, in speaking with 21 people who know Ross, Forbes uncovered a pattern: Many of those who worked directly with him claim that Ross wrongly siphoned or outright stole a few million here and a few million there, huge amounts for most but not necessarily for the commerce secretary. At least if you consider them individually. But all told, these allegations — which sparked lawsuits, reimbursements and an SEC fine — come to more than $120 million.” (08/07/18)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2018/08/06/new-details-about-wilbur-rosss-businesses-point-to-pattern-of-grifting/

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7) MO: “Comedy of errors” causes Missouri voting issues
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A St. Louis County election official blames a ‘comedy of errors’ for some voters being turned away in one Missouri town. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that turnout in the St. Louis region for Tuesday’s primary election was brisk, with about 35 percent of registered voters going to the polls. But there were sporadic problems, most notably at Holman Elementary School in Berkeley.” [editor’s note: That’s my old congressional district — the problems are probably due to the Clay machine’s ballot-stuffing activities – TLK] (08/07/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/The-Latest-Voting-underway-in-bellwether-Ohio-13138133.php

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8) SC: Company blames Trump’s tariffs for layoffs, possible plant closure
Source: USA Today

“A South Carolina television-making company says it might be forced to shut down a plant and lay off its employees because of the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. The Element Electronics plant in Winnsboro, one of the biggest employers in Fairfield County, said unless its parts are removed from the tariff list, it will be forced to close down and layoff 126 people. President Donald Trump has beefed up his war with China over trade, threatening to more than double tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. A 25 percent tariff on $16 billion in Chinese imports is set to go into effect later this month. The new tariffs will take effect on Aug. 23 and will impact 279 product lines, down from the original 284 that were proposed on June 15, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said. Products to be impacted include electronics, plastics and railway freight cars.” (08/07/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/08/07/south-carolina-element-electronics-plant-close-layoffs-trump-tariffs/927203002

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9) TN: Bear steals pizza from restaurant customers dining on patio
Source: Fox News

“A Tennessee restaurant had a wild run in with a young bear cub who apparently had a hankering for pizza. Carolyn Ball, a waitress at Howard’s Steakhouse in downtown Gatlinburg, said a black bear cub came up from the creek near the restaurant and helped himself to a customer’s pizza ‘Last week, we had a bear climb up a tree from the creek and onto the patio where some customers were eating. The bear surprised them. They obviously got up and left the food on the table. The bear stood on the table and ate a pizza,’ said Ball to WBIR.” (08/07/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2018/08/07/bear-steals-pizza-from-tennessee-restaurant-customers-dining-on-patio.html

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10) Ajit Pai admits FCC lied about “DDoS,” blames it on Obama administration
Source: Ars Technica

“Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai yesterday acknowledged that the FCC lied about its public comment system being taken down by a DDoS attack during the net neutrality repeal proceeding. Pai blamed the spreading of false information on employees hired by the Obama administration, and said that he isn’t to blame because he ‘inherited … a culture’ from ‘the prior Administration’ that led to the spreading of false information. Pai wrote: ‘I am deeply disappointed that the FCC’s former Chief Information Officer [David Bray], who was hired by the prior Administration and is no longer with the Commission, provided inaccurate information about this incident to me, my office, Congress, and the American people. This is completely unacceptable.’ … The FCC claimed it was hit by the DDoS attack just after comedian John Oliver asked his viewers to submit comments opposing Pai’s net neutrality repeal.” (08/07/18)

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/08/ajit-pai-admits-fcc-lied-about-ddos-blames-it-on-obama-administration/

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11) Study: Medical cannabis availability doesn’t increase teen use
Source: Smell the Truth

“Neighborhoods with medical cannabis dispensaries near schools have not seen an increase in illegal teen use, according to new findings. In a recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers found no increase in the rate of adolescent marijuana use in areas where dispensaries are accessible within three miles of a school. Experts from UC San Diego’s Department of Family Medicine and Public Health surveyed over 46,000 students from 117 randomly selected schools in California to determine their results. ‘We reported null associations of the proximity and density of medical marijuana dispensaries in school neighborhoods with adolescents’ use,’ the study concluded. ‘However, competition from medical marijuana dispensaries could have reduced the price of marijuana on the street and adolescents’ marijuana use may be influenced indirectly. This possible mechanism is worth further investigation.’ 2016 data from the Centers for Disease Control found that adult use is on the rise, while this particular study found that the rate of teen marijuana use is steadily dropping.” (08/06/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/08/06/medical-marijuana-availability-doesnt-increase-teen-use-study-finds

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12) UK: Indian ride-hailing firm Ola to take on Uber
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“India’s biggest ride-hailing firm, Ola, is taking on Uber in the UK with plans to roll out its service across the country by the end of the year. The firm is to launch in Cardiff, Newport and Vale of Glamorgan in south Wales within the next month, followed by Greater Manchester, after obtaining operating licences, and is working with local authorities to expand nationwide. Ola will be the first company in Britain to offer a choice of private hire vehicles or black cabs through the same app. Fares are expected to be similar to those charged by Uber, but Ola says its drivers will earn more.” (08/07/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/aug/07/indian-ride-hailing-firm-ola-to-take-on-uber-with-launch-in-uk

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13) FL: Man threatened to blow up lesbian’s house because she turned him down
Source: Raw Story

“A Florida man has been arrested for threatening to blow up a woman’s house after she turned down his proposition for a sexual encounter. The Miami Herald reports that 41-year-old Florida Keys resident Nicholas Kevin Chew was arrested for sending a threatening text message to a woman who is a friend of Chew’s girlfriend. According to police, Chew asked the 37-year-old woman to have sex with him, and she refused while asking him if he knew she was a lesbian. Chew eventually responded by texting her back, ‘I will blow your f*cking house up.’ The woman then went to police and told them she was scared to return home because of the threat that Chew made to destroy her home. Chew subsequently told police that his threat was merely a ‘joke and a misunderstanding,’ the Miami Herald reports. Chew was arrested on a felony charge of committing written threats to kill or do bodily injury.” (08/07/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/florida-man-threatened-blow-womans-house-turned-sex-police

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14) Elon Musk: Going private is the best path forward
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Tesla boss Elon Musk is considering taking the electric-car firm private, a move he claimed was the ‘best path forward’ for the company. Mr Musk said de-listing from the stock exchange meant Tesla would no longer be pressured into making short-term decisions to appease investors. In an unusual move, Mr Musk first made the announcement on Twitter rather than via an official regulatory disclosure. Mr Musk said investors backed the plan which requires a shareholder vote. He said shareholders would be offered $420 per share – around a fifth higher than the current price. Mr Musk claimed to have secured funding to buy out shareholders, but did not offer any further detail. However, he also warned that ‘a final decision has not been made’ about the move.” (08/07/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45105674

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15) CA: Neo-Nazi former Senate candidate claims he plans to establish “regional capital” in Idaho
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Patrick Little’s Senate campaign against incumbent Diane Feinstein failed in April. Now Little is reportedly taking his message of anti-Semitism and white nationalism to North Idaho, where he claims he plans to establish a ‘regional capital’ intended to fight ‘the nation-wrecking plans of leftists and their Jewish controllers who aim to ruin people forever.’ Little espoused his message of hate and segregation via robocalls he allegedly left on the voicemails of residents of Sandpoint, Idaho. Playing in the background is The Rembrandts’ hit 1995 single ‘I’ll Be There for You,’ otherwise known as the theme song of the sitcom, ‘Friends.’ … ‘America has a Jewish problem,’ a chipper Little says to begin the call, audio of which was obtained by the Spokesman-Review. He goes on to announce his plans to make Sandpoint ‘one of my new regional capitals throughout the country’ when he arrives in mid-August.” (08/07/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/patrick-little-voicemail-robocall-neo-nazi-idaho-13138419.php

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16) China’s hypersonic aircraft, Starry Sky-2, could be used to carry nuclear missiles at six times the speed of sound
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“China has successfully tested a new hypersonic aircraft that could one day be used to carry missiles at such speeds as to make them unstoppable, according to scientists involved in the project. The Starry Sky-2, which is an experimental design known as waverider — for its ability to ride on the shock waves it generates — completed its first test flight on Friday at an undisclosed location in northwest China, the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics said in a statement issued on Monday. The aircraft was carried into space by a multistage rocket before separating and relying on its own power. During independent flight it conducted extreme turning manoeuvres, maintained velocities above Mach 5.5 (five-and-a-half times the speed of sound) for more than 400 seconds, and achieved a top speed of Mach 6, or 7,344km/h (4,563mph), the statement said.” (08/07/18)

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2158524/chinas-hypersonic-aircraft-starry-sky-2-could-be-used

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17) Pentagon bars troops from using fitness trackers & geolocation services
Source: RT [Russian state media]

“US military personnel have been banned from using fitness trackers, smartphones and other devices over fears that geolocation features might jeopardize the secrecy of American operations abroad, the Pentagon has announced. Following several incidents in which US military bases and patrol routes have been compromised by fitness trackers used by soldiers deployed to sensitive locations abroad, the Pentagon banned the use of any gadgets that can pinpoint the location of US personnel across the globe.” (08/07/18)

https://www.rt.com/usa/435273-pentagon-bans-geolocation-devices/

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18) SpaceX successfully retrieves block 5 Falcon 9, paving the way for third relaunch
Source: CNet News

“They say ‘third times a charm,’ but that expression is usually reserved for success after failure. Not so for SpaceX, which Monday relaunched and retrieved its block 5 Falcon 9 rocket for the first time. That marks the second successful launch and retrieval for this particular model, which had previously launched just under three months ago, in May 2018. This is not the first time SpaceX has successfully relaunched one of its rockets, but it is the first time that the uber-reusable ‘block 5’ rocket blasted off. This rocket was used to place Indonesia’s Merah Putih satellite into orbit and that payload was offloaded 32 minutes after launch, heralding the mission a complete success.” (08/06/18)

https://www.cnet.com/news/spacex-successfully-retrieves-block-5-falcon-9-paving-way-for-third-relaunch-elon-musk/

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19) Syria: Director of alleged chemical weapons plant killed in car bombing
Source: Newsweek

“A Syrian scientist who led a research facility alleged to be part of the country’s chemical weapons program was killed in a car bombing over the weekend. Aziz Asber, who directed the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre in Masyaf, near the city of Hama, was killed when an explosion targeted his car, pro-government Syrian newspaper al-Watan reported. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the explosion happened on Saturday night. The Syrian newspaper, which is owned by President Bashar al-Assad’s cousin Rami Makhlouf, said that Israel’s Mossad espionage agency carried out the attack. But a Syrian rebel group linked to militant group Tahrir al-Sham claimed responsibility for the bombing.” (08/06/18)

https://www.newsweek.com/head-alleged-syrian-chemical-weapons-program-killed-1059375

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20) CA: West Hollywood pols call for removal of Trump star from Walk of Fame
Source: CBS News

“The West Hollywood City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday night urging the removal of President Trump’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, reports CBS Los Angeles. The resolution calls on the Los Angeles City Council and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove Mr. Trump’s star ‘due to his disturbing treatment of women and other actions that do not meet the shared values of the City of West Hollywood, the region, state, and country.’ Mr. Trump received the star in 2007 for his work producing the Miss America Pageant and before he starred in TV’s ‘The Apprentice.’ Since then, the street plaque has been vandalized several times and completely destroyed twice, most recently last month by a man with a pickax.” (08/07/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/west-hollywood-city-council-remove-donald-trumps-star-from-hollywood-walk-of-fame/

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

21) I didn’t join Facebook to “feel safe”
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Why on Earth would Facebook’s users require protection from Alex Jones? He’s loud and red-faced and nuts, but it’s not like he can pop out of the screen and grab us. We don’t have to watch him. We don’t have to press the play button, we don’t have to turn the volume up from mute, and we can even block other users who try to push him at us. Business note to Facebook: These ‘I don’t feel safe’ people will never ‘feel safe’ enough to stop demanding that you reduce the content options other Facebook users enjoy. It’s not about their actual safety. It’s about their compulsion to run everyone else’s lives.” (08/07/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13901

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22) Open up off-label drug communication and let the market work!
Source: Independent Institute
by Raymond March

“The Food and Drug Administration determines which drugs can be prescribed in the United States. However, the FDA does not tell physicians how to prescribe drugs. When physicians prescribe drugs for uses other than their FDA-approved use, they engage in off-label drug prescription. Off-label drug prescription is extremely common. By some estimates, 25 percent of all prescriptions are for off-label uses. These rates can be exceptionally higher for conditions with few available treatments. Cancer, HIV/Aids, many mental illnesses, and large sections of pediatrics heavily depend on off-label drug prescriptions. Although how to prescribe drugs is left to the physician, the FDA heavily regulates information distribution about off-label uses. Unfortunately for physicians and drug providers, restrictions on what information is allowed to be distributed, as well as how it is distributed, are mind-bogglingly complex.” (08/07/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/08/07/open-up-off-label-drug-communication-and-let-the-market-work/

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23) Decentralized apps might be the future but they’re not the present
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“To their proponents, dapps — decentralized applications — are the future of internet. To their critics, they’re multi-million dollar sinkholes, with huge development costs, poor UI, and no users. Are dapps like Augur and IDEX early test cases for the web to come, or impractical experiments that are destined to fail?” (08/07/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/decentralized-apps-might-be-the-future-but-theyre-not-the-present/

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24) Downloadable guns are here to stay, whether politicians like it or not
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“It would be nice if the courts were to acknowledge that sharing the designs for firearms online is just like printing them up and distributing them in a book–that is, an act of free speech protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It would be nice, and it’s a point even conceded by at least one of the state attorneys general trying to stop Defense Distributed from sharing such plans online, but the legal nod is hardly necessary. The internet is a nearly perfect medium for distributing information no matter what the law says, which is something that politicians should have learned when they declared war on Napster almost two decades ago without making a dent in file-sharing. Just like shared music and movie files, downloadable gun plans are here to stay.” (08/07/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/08/07/downloadable-gun-designs-here-to-stay

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25) Is Mike Pence really a hypocrite?
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“It’s not every day that you read the vice president’s case for impeaching a president. On Tuesday, CNN resurfaced two columns written by Mike Pence in the 1990s in favor of the push to impeach Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair. ‘For America to move on, and we must, the Clintons must move out of the White House,’ Pence, an Indiana talk-radio host at the time, wrote. ‘Either the President should resign or be removed from office. Nothing short of this sad conclusion will suffice to restore the institution of the presidency to its former and necessary glory.’ Pence’s argument was multifold, with some parts more convincing than others. He detailed how Clinton had broken the law–a matter of fact, given that the president lied to a grand jury about his sexual relationship with Lewinsky. ‘The President’s responsibility to faithfully execute the laws of the land begins in his own administration,’ Pence wrote. ‘The President committed perjury. Perjury is a crime. President’s who commit crimes should resign or be impeached.’” (08/07/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150512/mike-pence-really-hypocrite

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26) Where Trump sees foreign danger
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Reich

“What’s the most worrisome foreign intrusion into the United States–unauthorized immigrants, Chinese imports, or interference in our democracy? For Trump, it’s immigrants and imports. He doesn’t care much about the third. ‘Border security is national security,’ Trump said last week, as he threatened a government shutdown if Congress didn’t come up with money to build a wall along the Mexican border (at an estimated cost at least $25 billion). Meanwhile, Trump has ordered his administration to consider raising tariff rates on $200 billion of Chinese goods, prompting China to threaten higher tariffs on $60 billion more of American goods. Yet Trump continues to assert that talk of Russian meddling in American elections is ‘a big hoax.’ And his White House still has no coordinated plan for dealing with it. Trump has it backwards.” (08/07/18)

http://prospect.org/article/where-trump-sees-foreign-danger

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27) The Tories should ditch the pro-business label and focus on being pro-market instead
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“The great and good of the commentariat fear that Brexit will mean the Tories’ abandoning the terrain as the ‘pro-business’ party. But is that even a label worth fighting for and a good guide to how the party should approach policy? Those who self-define as free-marketeers or libertarians have long argued that politicians should aim to be ‘pro-market’ rather ‘pro-business.’ This distinction might appear trivial or meaningless for most issues — but it’s an important one to make. Being pro-market implies a starting point of considering consumer welfare, competition, and ease of exit and entry of firms (including those that do not even exist yet). It’s about getting the institutions right, and then allowing businesses to do their thing. Being pro-business, on the other hand, inevitably means a tendency toward the status quo and government favouritism.” (08/07/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/tories-should-ditch-pro-business-label-focus-being-pro-market-instead

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28) Why the INFOWARS purge is nothing to celebrate
Source: CounterPunch
by JP Sottile

“Obviously, I am enthusiastic about the competition of ideas. And yes, I do know that we might end up with a bad product because a lot of people haven’t the foggy idea how to shop for a thought or fact or sound analysis. But open competition also makes it likelier that there will be a backlash and shame and other organic, dialectical responses that could create new ideas and even produce some change. I know it is a dangerous game. It could all go wrong in a hurry. But so could your trip to the supermarket. … I get why many are celebrating and why Jones may even be a little dangerous by potentially stoking violence. Then again, the only thing this has really accomplished is to make him into a martyr who can use the purge to ‘prove’ he is telling the truth AT THE VERY TIME his presence on various media platforms is making him look more and more like a bullshitting huckster who is yelling about the DEEP STATE because he really just wants to sell you special boner pills so you can still get it up after the apocalypse.” (08/07/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/07/why-the-infowars-purge-is-nothing-to-celebrate/

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29) House Democrats launch challenge to Big Pharma
Source: The Nation
by Richard Eskow

“A bill from Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) has the potential to start a new national conversation about the federal government’s relationship to intellectual property, monopoly power, and human needs. The bill, HR 6505, would allow Medicare to negotiate with drug companies to secure reasonable prices for medications — and, if pharmaceutical companies refuse, the bill permits the government to suspend exclusivity for drug patents and authorize other companies to offer generic competition. The measure has already picked up more than 80 co-sponsors, including Representatives Keith Ellison, Raul Grijalva, John Garamendi, and Jan Schakowsky, and is backed by a broad coalition of progressive organizations. Representatives Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Peter Welch (D-VT) helped craft the bill, according to Doggett staffers. Drug prices in the United States are nearly twice what they are in the rest of the world; the 20 top-selling drugs cost three times more in the United States than they do in Great Britain.” (08/07/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/house-democrats-launch-challenge-big-pharma

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30) The problem with big denomination bills
Source: Cato Unbound
by JP Koning

“Banks and credit card networks are processing a growing proportion of society’s transactions. These financial institutions are privy to an ever-expanding slice of our lives. Do we trust banks to do a good job guarding this information? Perhaps they may accidentally allow hackers access to it, or they may be forced to give the government a quick glance at what we’ve purchased over the last month. Cash, on the other hand, leaves no trace of what we’ve bought or sold. No other payments medium allows us to be 100% sure that our personal information can never be seen by someone else. Not only does cash protect our data, it provides us with irrevocable access to the payments system. Electronic payments systems are run by central authorities with the power to censor users.” (08/07/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/08/07/j-p-koning/big-problems-big-denomination-bills

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31) The utter futility of gun control
Source: The American Spectator
by George Parry

“[Defense Distributed’s] software is only the tiniest tip of the iceberg. Not only is it and other similar software already in the public domain and readily available for use by one and all, there is no way to recall it. That fight was over in 2013. Moreover, individuals have been making their own firearms in this country since the founding of the Republic. Today it is possible to make high quality, fully functioning lower receivers for firearms such as AR-15s, AK-47s, and handguns using simple hand tools. As long as they are not sold to others, it is perfectly legal to make firearms with no serial numbers and no means of tracing them. This state of affairs exists because there is no way that the government could ever hope to effectively regulate or prevent such private manufacture of firearms that is ongoing in homes, garages, and machine shops across the nation.” (08/06/18)

https://spectator.org/the-utter-futility-of-gun-control/

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32) In a corporatist system of government, corporate censorship is state censorship
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Last year, representatives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google were instructed on the US Senate floor that it is their responsibility to ‘quell information rebellions’ and adopt a ‘mission statement’ expressing their commitment to ‘prevent the fomenting of discord.’ … ‘Civil wars don’t start with gunshots, they start with words,’ the representatives were told. ‘America’s war with itself has already begun. We all must act now on the social media battlefield to quell information rebellions that can quickly lead to violent confrontations and easily transform us into the Divided States of America.’ Yes, this really happened.” (08/07/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/08/07/in-a-corporatist-system-of-government-corporate-censorship-is-state-censorship

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33) Governments and central banks should look to gold not crypto
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“There will be no Fedcoin. That’s according to Fed chairman Jerome Powell, in testimony given before the House Committee on Financial Services. ‘We’re not looking at this at the Fed, that the Fed would do a digital currency,’ he said. ‘That’s not something we’re looking at.’ My own view: this is the right answer. The Fed should focus entirely on the soundness of the dollar and the banking system. Innovations like cryptocurrency and the growing infrastructure associated with it are the business of private enterprise, not government and official institutions. Apparently, however, the European Parliament has a different idea.” (08/07/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/governments-and-central-banks-should-look-gold-not-crypto

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34) Big plans for the Jeddah Tower continue as asset prices boom
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton

“The Skyscraper Index is a chronicle of world record-setting skyscrapers that culminate in a major economic crisis — the Skyscraper Curse. The Index has a remarkable record from the late 19th century to the present. The Index is described historically and theoretically in my new book, The Skyscraper Curse, and How Austrian Economists Predicted Every Major Economic Crisis of the Last Century. In a 2005 article I first explained how otherwise unrelated events — skyscrapers and business cycles — are connected. Of course skyscraper construction does not actually cause business cycles and economic crises. Both phenomenons are caused by monetary expansion and artificially low interest rates. On January 1, 2016 I published a ‘skyscraper alert.’ A skyscraper alert occurs when a new world record-setting skyscraper project is underway and highly likely to be completed.” (08/07/18)

https://mises.org/wire/big-plans-jeddah-tower-continue-asset-prices-boom

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35) Nevada ballot initiative seeks to blow up [sic] the state’s election system
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
by staff

“Electoral politics are an inherently contentious — but they’ve become even more so given the intense rancor surrounding today’s discourse. But is it really desirable to blow up the entire process and start over? Doug Goodman, executive director of Nevadans for Election Reform, proposes precisely that. Mr. Goodman is the driving force behind the Greater Choice-Greater Voice initiative, which would drastically remake the state’s election process. The proposal, among other things, would eliminate primary balloting and institute a system of ranked-choice voting. Under this version of ranked choice, voters would, in any given race, list their top three candidates in order of preference. Any contender who is ranked No. 1 on more than half the ballots wins. But if nobody reaches that level, the votes are recalculated after the candidate who received the least support is dropped from the equation. The process continues until a single hopeful crosses the 50 percent threshold.” (08/06/18)

https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-nevada-ballot-initiative-seeks-to-blow-up-the-states-election-system

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36) Even the FBI agrees: When undercover agents pose as journalists, it hurts real journalists’ work
Source: The Intercept
by Trevor Aaronson

“The FBI doesn’t want the public to know more about how its agents pose as journalists during undercover investigations. But, in a federal court case, Justice Department lawyers confirmed the most significant criticism of the controversial practice. The government acknowledged in a court filing that FBI agents who pretend to be journalists create a chilling effect, making it harder for real journalists to gain trust and cooperation from sources. The astonishing admission came as the FBI attempted to fend off litigation from Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which has filed requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act. The Reporters Committee’s litigation involves documents related to an FBI undercover operation in which agents posed as documentary filmmakers from a fake company called Longbow Productions to investigate Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters.” (08/07/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/08/07/fbi-undercover-journalist-documentary-bundy-longbow-chill/

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37) The marketplace of ideas: Too much market, not enough ideas
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Ian Duke

“he foundations of most every argument advocating for free speech resonate with formulations from John Stuart Mill’s ‘On Liberty.’ From case law to the larger cultural understanding of First Amendment protections, it’s hard to escape Mill’s notion that ideas operate like capital — subject to the competition of the market. Through ‘collision with error,’ competing ideas give people with mistaken beliefs a ‘livelier impression of truth[.]’ Perhaps Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes contextualized this best in his dissent in Abrams v. United States, arguing that ‘the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out.’ But what happens when the free marketplace of ideas doesn’t produce the best ‘truth?’ What happens when the marketplace does not result in multifarious discourse, but rather an imbalance between who is and is not heard?” (08/06/18)

https://www.thefire.org/the-marketplace-of-ideas-too-much-market-not-enough-ideas/

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38) Climate change and disappearing islands: Let’s return to reality
Source: Town Hall
by Vijay Jayaraj

“New Scientist says that south Pacific sea levels are rising rapidly due to climate change, bringing slow death to small island nations. NBC reported that this sea-level rise will wipe out major metropolitan coastal cities around the world, causing mass migration of displaced people. Are these claims true? Sea level rise was not a major issue during the past 2000 years. The media’s current attention has been due mainly to claims that climate change is accelerating sea-level rise and causing permanent damage to life in small islands and coastal regions. The popular claim goes like this: Carbon dioxide emission from human sources has caused an unnatural and rapid increase in global temperatures. This in turn has accelerated ice melt in the poles, which in turn contributes to rising sea levels, which threaten human life. Before we address the role of humans in sea-level increase, it is important to examine, from a geological and historical perspective, what exactly is happening to sea levels.” (08/07/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/vijayjayaraj/2018/08/07/climate-change-and-disappearing-islandslets-return-to-reality-n2507643

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39) The significance of the Cato/Heritage intern debate
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Mark Houser

“Which is the superior political philosophy: libertarianism or conservatism? This question animates a vigorous and closely-watched annual debate between Cato Institute and Heritage Foundation interns. Many people are confused by the concept of a ‘libertarianism vs. conservatism’ debate: Isn’t libertarianism just a fringe form of conservatism? What’s there to argue over, really? The debate even prompts anger from some who view libertarians and conservatives as natural allies. They ask, ‘Why fight each other when we could be fighting ‘the Left?!” The prevalence of those attitudes is the reason why it’s important for libertarians to debate conservatives and distinguish libertarianism from conservatism.” (08/06/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/significance-cato-heritage-intern-debate

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40) DC Transit wanted to give special transport for white supremacists, then union said “Hell no!”
Source: In These Times
by Michael Arria

“The Washington, D.C. metro system ditched a potential plan to provide separate trains for white nationalists attending a ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Lafayette Square after its largest union refused to participate. That rally is scheduled for August 12 and is organized by the same racist group behind last summer’s Charlottesville protest, an event where dozens were injured and Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal, was killed after purposely being run over by a car. The Metro’s alleged plans were exposed by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 (ATU 689) after sources informed the union that an idea was being floated to provide three private rail cars and a police escort to the white nationalists. ‘More than 80 percent of Local 689’s membership is people of color, the very people that the Ku Klux Klan and other white nationalist groups have killed, harassed and violated,’ said union president Jackie Jeter in an August 3 statement. ‘The union has declared that it will not play a role in their special accommodation.’” (08/07/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21365/washington-dc-transportation-amalgamated-transit-union

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41) The wacky and wonderful renaissance of urban transportation
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by James Walpole

“Lyft and Uber have inspired a new renaissance of ways of getting around — but much of it is happening off the road. This afternoon as I ran through Atlanta’s Piedmont Park and on the Atlanta Beltline, I could see people getting around in countless ways. I saw Bird and Lime scooters, electric motorbikes, and rented bicycles cruising their way around. There were traditional push scooters and roller blades and skateboards. There was one electric unicycle and some really odd-looking (and surely avant-garde) electric miniature dune buggy things. In some cities, people are still trying to make Segways a thing, too. And don’t forget the guy who commuted to work one time in Manhattan on a paddleboard. Set aside driving cars and the future of traditional roadways for now — it’s the sidewalks and side streets that are becoming more relevant in modern urban environments as cities become pedestrian-friendly.” (08/06/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-wacky-and-wonderful-renaissance-of-urban-transportation/

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42) Alarming [sic] new study: Nuke lab scientists question US weapons’ performance
Source: Investor’s BUsiness Daily
by Robert R Monroe

“A just-released and about-to-be-published scientific report, authored by two respected Los Alamos nuclear experts, raises serious questions about the reliability and performance of U.S. nuclear weapons! This is important. In today’s nuclear weapons era, America’s existence [sic] depends on our nuclear weapons stockpile. The instant readiness of these weapons for launch by our deployed submarines, bombers, and intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the absolute, unquestioned ability of the weapons themselves to perform meticulously to their certified military characteristics, are our nation’s only guarantee of survival. This is what the Cold War was all about, avoiding global thermonuclear war. For 46 years, the Soviet Union and the United States each had tens of thousands of high-yield nuclear weapons poised for instant launch. If there had been any hint of incipient U.S. weapons failure, our nation would have ceased to exist.” [editor’s note: Am I the only one smelling the ginning up of the Deep State wargame here? – SAT] (08/07/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/u-s-nuclear-weapons-performance

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43) It’s only money
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘If we can put a man on the moon,’ went the old 1970s saw, we can do … well, fill in the blank. Anything! Man, can that ‘anything’ get really expensive. And when promoters of big government drive the program, anything quickly serves as a first-stage rocket to everything.” (08/07/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/08/07/lunacy/

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44) The war before the Iran war
Source: Antiwar.com
by John Feffer

“Since Trump entered the White House, [Tucker] Carlson has occasionally disagreed with the president, but usually for not being sufficiently tough and reactionary, for instance on immigration. ‘I think President Trump is interesting, and I agree broadly with his agenda,’ he recently told the Heritage publication The Daily Signal. That’s why his commentary last week on Iran is so important. Carlson initially supported the Iraq War but then became disenchanted about a year later, along with many others who’d ordered a cakewalk and received a quagmire instead. Now Carlson is warning Trump not to go down the same road as George W. Bush.” (08/06/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/feffer/2018/08/06/the-war-before-the-iran-war/

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45) Life, liberty, and the pursuit of education: The homeschooling option
Source: Heartland Institute
by Liam Sigler

“Americans have lost faith in the public school system. Only 36 percent of U.S. parents have a ‘great deal’ of support for public schools, according to a 2017 study by Gallup. But despite this dismal reality, more than 90 percent of American children remain enrolled in public schools. There is, however, a growing contingent of parents who are rejecting government schools and instead choosing to educate their own children at home. Although homeschoolers only currently make up about 3.4 percent of the total student population, homeschooling is a shining example of what education freedom can deliver.” (08/06/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/08/life-liberty-and-the-pursuit-of-education-the-homeschooling-option/

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46) “Socialist” is the new “libertarian”
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“A large part of our political discourse consists of arguing about the meanings of words: Republicans should support the Affordable Care Act, Vox-style lefties argued, because Obamacare is a ‘conservative’ program. (The three most important words in political economy are: ‘Compared to what?’) ‘Racist’ and ‘sexist’ mean whatever the Left needs them to mean at any given moment, as do ‘extremist,’ ‘radical,’ ‘risky,’ and ‘reckless.’ … Republican thought leaders, in between the ads for gold coins and doggie vitamins, denounce as ‘socialist’ everything from Hillary Rodham Clinton to the USDA to preschool programs. But cut them some slack: The Democrats don’t do much better on ‘socialist,’ the magic word of the moment. Senator Bernie Sanders sometimes calls himself a socialist, and every now and again he hits on a genuinely socialist theme, but his particular blend of yahooistical union-hall nationalism, nostalgic corporatism, and central planning went by a different name back in the 1930s.” (08/07/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/socialism-fad-a-fixation-on-exciting-words/

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47) Alex Jones and the rise of corporate censorship
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“We live in strange times. On one hand it is fashionable to hate capitalism these days. No middle-class home is complete without a Naomi Klein tome; making memes of Marx is every twentysomething Corbynistas’ favourite pastime. But on the other hand we seem content to trust Silicon Valley, the new frontier in corporate power, to make moral judgements about what kind of content people should be able to see online. Radicals and liberals declared themselves ‘very glad’ that these business elites enforced censorship against Jones and Infowars. We should be ‘celebrating the move,’ said Vox, because ‘it represents a crucial step forward in the fight against fake news.’ Liberals for capitalist censorship! The world just got that bit odder, and less free.” (08/07/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/alex-jones-and-the-rise-of-corporate-censorship/

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48) Stop complaining and just delete Facebook
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Put aside what you think of Alex Jones for a moment. If they can do this to him and not fear the repercussions, they can do it to anybody. This is about power, and these platforms together account for a massive share of content distribution in the U.S. Ultimately, this is just a particularly muscular and in your face example of what’s known as Silicon Valley’s cultural imperialism. I know a lot of people think the answer is to get Congress to do something, as if those monumentally corrupt donor puppets have any interest in helping the public. I’d also like to point out that Facebook’s stock was up over 4% today, completely shrugging off any potential backlash from users. Executives assume its users are all addled junkies unwilling to give up convenience and their addiction no matter what the company does. Are they right?” (08/06/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/08/06/stop-complaining-and-just-delete-facebook/

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49) The National Farmers’ Union is spouting drivel about food and Brexit
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“It’s not greatly difficult to work out what the National Farmers’ Union wants out of Brexit. More of our money. But then the NFU’s reason for existence is to argue that farmers should gain more of our cash. The problem they’ve got is that membership of the European Union means they’re showered with that cash. But also that food is more expensive than if we were outside the EU. They want to preserve access to the money, obviously enough, but it’s a bit difficult to do so when we all should know that leaving is going to make food more affordable. But, you know, still they try …” (08/07/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/brexit/the-national-farmers-union-is-spouting-drivel-about-food-and-brexit/

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50) On Iran, the neocons are no Ronald Reagan
Source: The American Conservative
by Barbara Slavin

“In their pursuit of a policy of maximum pressure on Iran, America’s neoconservatives have pushed a nostalgic narrative: the Trump administration can bring down Iran’s theocracy the way that the Reagan administration helped defeat and dissolve the Soviet Union. … The strategy to confront and collapse the Soviet Union included military and economic pressure coupled with a focus on human rights abuses and corruption, as well as U.S. support for indigenous dissidents. The comparison to Iran is flawed on a number of levels, and even in those areas where some overlap exists, such a plan is unlikely to be successfully implemented by the Trump administration.” (08/07/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/on-iran-the-neocons-are-no-ronald-reagan/

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51) The Libertarian Angle, 08/07/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“What would a free market in education look like? FFF president Jacob G. Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss.” [various formats] (08/07/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-college-socialism/

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52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1210
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Alex Jones just got decapitated by Apple and other platforms, so I spend some time in today’s episode unpacking what that means. I also take on left-liberals who think the problem with the Fed and the military is lack of diversity, and right-wingers who think capitalism is based on ‘materialism.’ Plenty of fun!” [various formats] (08/07/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1210-apple-vs-alex-jones-plus-my-replies-to-left-and-right/

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53) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/07/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Congress can protect investors from bad fiscal and monetary policy changes by indexing capital gains taxes to inflation. Why won’t they do it? Mattie Duppler of the National Taxpayers Union comments.” [various formats] (08/07/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/should-investors-pay-inflation-tax

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54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/07/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“A blockbuster new investigative report on mainstream news outlet AP uncovers the disturbing fact that the US is in a de facto coalition in Yemen with al-Qaeda — who we have been told for 17 plus years are our arch-enemy. What’s going on here?” [Flash video] (08/07/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/shocker-ap-reports-on-usal-qaeda-coalition-in-yemen

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55) The Scott Horton Show, 08/06/18
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Jonathan Fenton-Harvey journalist at Middle East Eye is interviewed on his article ‘How the UAE is Destroying Yemen.’ The UAE’s role in the expanding Yemeni war, and how the Saudis, UK and USA support the war against the Yemenis is discussed in detail. The UAE’s rift with Saudi Arabia, and their support for rival groups in Yemen, including al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).” [various formats] (08/06/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/uncategorized/8-06-18-jonathan-fenton-harvey-on-uaes-destruction-of-yemen/

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56) Scott Adams Says, 08/07/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Blight Authority, Antigua, police shootings, InfoWars, and coffee.” [editor’s note: For libertarians who think Adams is one of us, this episode features him musing that his next big project might be getting the government to regulate the media, and calling anyone who offers a law forbidding people to wear masks “my new hero” – TLK] [Flash video] (08/07/18)

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

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57) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 100
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Trump is gearing up for his new Space Force, which I like to call his Space Farce. Let’s break this down a bit. What’s in the News with stories on wrestler Kane wins again, your vote is useless, MDMA studies, TSA still sucks, and a fine for trash in a car. Finally, Statists Gonna State talking about Defense Distributed and their continuing battle against statists.” [various formats] (08/07/18)

https://thelavaflow.com/space-farce-tlf100/

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58) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 67
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Tim Sandefur joins us this week to discuss how Frederick Douglass does not align perfectly into the accepted political factions of today.” [various formats] (08/07/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/self-made-frederick-douglass-tim-sandefur

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59) Free Talk Live, 08/06/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Alex Jones Banned from Multiple Platforms Simultaneously :: School Shooting Conspiracy Kookery :: Jones Sued By Former Anarchist :: Alleged Reasons Jones Banned from Facebook :: Libertarian Socialism :: Property Rights, Homesteading, and Morality :: Non Disclosure :: Alex Jones and Fetus Eating :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/06/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-08-06

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60) Postcards from Somalia, episode 5
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Alan and Sherry talk about NeoCon extraordinaire, Ben Shapiro, his monstrous “enemy civilians” comment, and his general lack of respect.” [Flash audio] (08/06/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/postcards-from-somalia-episode-5-ben-shapiro-is-a-monsterous-ass/

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