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Thursday, August 9th, 2018
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In the News:

1) US Senate Intelligence Committee calls on Assange to testify
2) OH: Congressional race gets closer after county finds hundreds of uncounted votes
3) China: Regime slaps new taxes on consumers of US goods
4) Manafort trial judge taunts and torments Mueller team: “Tears in your eyes”
5) Trump administration faces lawsuit over pesticides in wildlife refuges
6) Report: Trump’s lawyers reject Mueller’s latest terms for interview
7) Zambia: Zimbabwean opposition official denied asylum, being deported
8) Collins charged with insider trading
9) SEC gang delays VanEck-SolidX Wrecked Bitcoin ETF decision into September
10) ICE gang raids in Nebraska, Minnesota target businesses
11) Italy: Regime may relax laws on mandatory childhood vaccinations; authoritarians brand the move “self-destructive”
12) Iran sanctions: US can’t stop our oil exports, says minister
13) ACLU sues Trump regime over restricting access for asylum seekers
14) “Tone-deaf” Jack in the Box teriyaki bowl ad sparks backlash for sexual innuendos
15) Study: Nearly one-fifth of Californians still buying marijuana from black market
16) MO: Voters send prosecutor who rigged Michael Brown case packing
17) US regime uses alleged UK nerve agent attack as excuse for new sanctions on Russia
18) China: Regime ignores Trump threat on Iran, says business there will continue
19) KS: GOP governor primary too close to call; Kobach, Colyer send supporters home
20) A giant floating trash collector will try to scoop up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Libertarian lessons: Immigration
22) Ten things more selfish, stupid and privileged than voting Green Party
23) “Excluding Indians not taxed …”
24) The man who bankrupted a legislature
25) Is more government the solution to attacks on free speech?
26) We’re all living in Trump’s kayfabe world
27) The opposite of Infowars
28) Booting Alex Jones from social media wasn’t wrong, but it could be dangerous
29) Fighting violent extremism by teaching tolerance
30) Producers have no right to consumer patronage
31) China’s plans to reshape the world
32) How liberal adoption laws helped Romania’s orphans
33) The Trump administration’s illegitimate and destructive Iran policy
34) Congress makes corruption too easy
35) The “arrest and alleged charges no longer exist — as if it never happened”
36) Laughing at the iron fist
37) The costs of Trump’s global gag rule
38) 3D printed guns might actually help
39) At Smith College, the racist incident that wasn’t
40) Despite El-Sayed loss, Left scored some huge wins
41) Quantum Vibe, 08/08/18
42) Gun control becomes speech control
43) Intel professionals plead for humanitarian asylum for Julian Assange
44) Lending on the blockchain: Problems and solutions
45) What does it mean to ban Alex Jones?
46) Socialist leader: Socialism dehumanizes the poor … and socialists
47) A Summary of the Philosophy of Spencer Heath
48) The First Amendment protects dirt
49) Comments submitted to US Census Bureau on citizenship question
50) Is Democratic senator Mark Warner the mastermind behind move to further 51) weaponize US tech giants?

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1211
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/08/18
53) Scott Adams Says, 08/08/18
54) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/08/18
55) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 230
56) Electric Libertyland, episode 84
57) Free Talk Live, 08/07/18
58) Bloggingheads.tv, 08/07/18
59) Humans of Bitcoin, 08/07/18
60) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 8

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

1) US Senate Intelligence Committee calls on Assange to testify
Source: CNN

“WikiLeaks announced in a tweet Wednesday the Senate Intelligence Committee called on its founder Julian Assange to testify on Russian interference in the 2016 election. ‘US Senate Intelligence Committee calls editor @JulianAssange to testify. Letter delivered via US embassy in London. WikiLeaks’ legal team say they are ‘considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard,’ the tweet said. The tweet also included a copy of the letter delivered to Assange. … Spokespeople for Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, and the top Democrat, Mark Warner of Virginia, declined to comment on the letter.” [editor’s note: Condition #1, complete immunity from prosecution in the US for any acts before the date of testimony; Condition #2, temporary appointment to a US diplomatic position with diplomatic immunity to cover his travel from Ecuador’s UK embassy to wherever he cares to testify from – TLK] (08/08/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/08/politics/senate-intelligence-committee-julian-assange-testify/index.html

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2) OH: Congressional race gets closer after county finds hundreds of uncounted votes
Source: USA Today

“The tight race between Democrat Danny O’Connor and Republican Troy Balderson just got tighter. Election officials in Franklin County found 688 previously uncounted votes in a Columbus suburb. The result: O’Connor had a net gain of 190 votes, bringing the race’s margin down to 1,564. ‘The votes from a portion of one voting location had not been processed into the tabulation system,’ according to a Franklin County Board of Elections news release. Balderson declared victory Tuesday night in the closely watched congressional district race in central Ohio. But O’Connor says he’s waiting for all votes to be counted. That includes 3,435 provisional ballots and 5,048 absentee ballots, which will be tabulated by Aug. 24.” (08/08/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/08/08/ohio-midterm-uncounted-votes-danny-oconnor-troy-balderson/941603002

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3) China: Regime slaps new taxes on consumers of US goods
08/09/2018 News, PND News No comments Edit This

Source: NBC News

“China struck back Wednesday at the U.S. with $16 billion in retaliatory tariffs, exactly matching President Donald Trump’s latest escalation in the ongoing international trade war. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce declared a 25 percent levy on certain U.S. goods, including coal, crude oil, automobiles, motorcycles and scrap metal. The move follows the U.S. Trade Representative’s office publishing its final list on $16 billion in Chinese goods, effective Aug. 23. That comes on top of $34 billion in tariffs against China already in effect, bringing the total to $50 billion. The White House has also released a list of $200 billion tariffs under consideration, with Trump saying he could go after the entire $500 billion worth of goods the U.S. imports from China annually.” (08/08/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/economy/china-slaps-retaliatory-tariffs-16-billion-u-s-goods-n898641

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4) Manafort trial judge taunts and torments Mueller team: “Tears in your eyes”
Source: Fox News

“One of the most highly talked about cases of the year is taking place inside Judge T.S. Ellis'[s] courtroom — and he’s making sure Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team knows it. Mueller’s team has leveled multiple charges of tax and bank fraud against Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, particularly pertaining to his political work in Ukraine. But while Manafort is the one on trial, the prosecution has often been on the receiving end of Ellis'[s] rebukes. The judge has lashed out at them for a variety of alleged missteps, from how they address him to how they’ve sought to portray the defendant. … Ellis seemed to suggest a prosecutor was so discouraged he was crying in his courtroom. ‘I understand how frustrated you are. In fact, there’s tears in your eyes right now,’ Ellis said Monday, according to a Bloomberg-obtained transcript.” (08/08/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/08/manafort-trial-judge-ts-ellis-taunts-and-torments-mueller-team-tears-in-your-eyes.html

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5) Trump administration faces lawsuit over pesticides in wildlife refuges
Source: Reuters

“Conservationists on Wednesday notified the Trump administration that they would sue over its reversal of a 2014 decision prohibiting bee-killing pesticides and genetically modified crops on U.S. wildlife refuges. The reversal, issued on Aug. 2 in a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service memo, suggested that neonicotinoid pesticides, or neonics, were needed for ‘farming practices’ in refuge areas where that was allowed. Cultivation of biotech crops, engineered to resist pests and withstand herbicides, has helped maximize crop production on dozens of wildlife refuges. A certain amount of agricultural activity has been permitted on some refuges, where typically a share of the crops is harvested by farmers for profit while another share is left as food or habitat for animals.” (08/08/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-environment-lawsuit/trump-administration-faces-lawsuit-over-pesticides-in-wildlife-refuges-idUSKBN1KT2SH

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6) Report: Trump’s lawyers reject Mueller’s latest terms for interview
Source: The Hill

“President Trump’s legal team in the Russia investigation reportedly rebuffed special counsel Robert Mueller’s conditions for an interview on Wednesday, instead suggesting a more limited line of questioning. The New York Times reported that attorneys Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani did not completely reject an interview, but instead countered Mueller’s offer with another one of their own. The lawyers did not comment on the specifics of their proposal, but sources told the newspaper that it rules out potential questions about obstruction of justice.” [editor’s note: I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice, but in my opinion Trump should tell Mueller to go f–k himself, no interviews, period, end of discussion – TLK] (08/08/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/400936-trumps-lawyers-reject-muellers-latest-terms-for-interview-report

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7) Zambia: Zimbabwean opposition official denied asylum, being deported
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A top Zimbabwean opposition official fled to Zambia on Wednesday but was denied asylum and is expected to face arrest at home as concerns rose over a government crackdown after last week’s disputed presidential election. Tendai Biti, a former finance minister and a leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, said he is going to be deported, according to Dewa Mavinga, southern Africa director with Human Rights Watch. Mavhinga said Biti told him: ‘It looks like they have made a decision to hand us back to the junta. We are truly in God’s hands.’ Zambia’s foreign minister, Joseph Malanji, said the reasons Biti gave for seeking asylum ‘did not have merit, so he is being held in safe custody and we are trying to take him back to Zimbabwe.’ As legal and rights activists attempted to put together an urgent appeal, they questioned how an asylum case could be processed in mere hours.” (08/08/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Zimbabwe-authorities-arrest-opposition-leader-13140236.php

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8) Collins charged with insider trading
Source: The Hill

“[US] Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) has been arrested and charged with insider trading by the Justice Department. Collins, President Trump’s top defender on Capitol Hill, turned himself in to the FBI on Wednesday morning, according to multiple reports. An indictment from a grand jury also charges Collins’s son, Cameron Collins, and Stephen Zarsky, the father of his fiancee. The indictment relates to securities of Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biotechnology company where Rep. Collins served on the board. Prosecutors allege that Collins gave nonpublic information about drug trial results to his son to help him ‘make timely trades in Innate stock and tip others.’” (08/08/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/400864-gop-rep-chris-collins-charged-with-insider-trading

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9) SEC gang delays VanEck-SolidX Wrecked Bitcoin ETF decision into September
Source: CoinDesk

“The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has delayed a decision on a proposed bitcoin ETF, pushing its final determination ahead by more than a month. In an order published on August 7, officials at the agency wrote that they were giving themselves more time to deliberate on whether to approve what would be the first exchange-traded product of its kind in the U.S. It’s also perhaps unsurprising, given that in the past, SEC officials have used the agency’s statutory powers to push back decisions on bitcoin ETFs.” [editor’s note: As of this piece’s publication, Wrecked Bitcoin (BTC) was holding fairly steady on price, but it later fell – TLK] (08/07/18)

https://www.coindesk.com/sec-delays-vaneck-solidx-bitcoin-etf-decision-to-september/

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10) ICE gang raids in Nebraska, Minnesota target businesses
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A large federal law enforcement operation conducted Wednesday targeted businesses in Nebraska and Minnesota that officials say knowingly hired (and mistreated) immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally [sic]. The investigative arm of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (Homeland Security Investigations) led the operation that saw about a dozen businesses and plants raided and 17 business owners and managers indicted for fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. Of those, 14 were [abducted] Wednesday and three were still being sought. Authorities also [abducted] more than 130 workers at various businesses, busing them to Grand Island, Nebraska, to be questioned and processed. Most of the [abductions] occurred in northern Nebraska and southern Minnesota. Several of the businesses were in O’Neill, Nebraska, a town of about 3,000 about 160 miles (260 kilometers) northwest of Omaha. Officials said they were still looking to [abduct] three owners or managers … as part of the operation.” (08/08/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Immigration-raids-in-Nebraska-Minnesota-target-13141908.php

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11) Italy: Regime may relax laws on mandatory childhood vaccinations; authoritarians brand the move “self-destructive”
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Italy is [moving toward] relaxing its child vaccination laws, leaving scientific and medical communities worldwide baffled and appalled. The populist Italian government made an amendment to a law which requires all parents to prove their child has had 10 obligatory vaccinations, including polio, measles, and chickenpox, among others. Under the new law, parents will be able to offer verbal confirmation of the completed immunisations without being required to provide concrete evidence. … It was approved late last week by the upper house in Italy’s parliament by a vote of 148 to 110 votes and will now be put in front of the lower house.” (08/08/18)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6038571/Italy-relaxes-laws-mandatory-childhood-vaccinations.html

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12) Iran sanctions: US can’t stop our oil exports, says minister
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Iran’s foreign minister has said the United States will not be able to prevent the country from exporting oil. Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Iran newspaper that President Donald Trump’s goal of forcing the rest of the world not to buy Iranian oil was impossible. He also mocked what he called Mr Trump’s ‘tantrums and CAPPED TWEETS.’ The US leader took to Twitter on Tuesday to issue a strong warning to anyone doing business with Iran, after he reimposed sanctions on the country. He is seeking to compel Iran to agree to a new nuclear accord, but the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China have pledged to abide by the deal they negotiated along with the US in 2015, and continue trading with Iran.” [editor’s note: TRUMP: Hold my diet Coke! – SAT] [additional editor’s note: TRUMP: While I fail some more! – TLK] (08/08/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-45115743

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13) ACLU sues Trump regime over restricting access for asylum seekers
Source: Time

“The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. government Tuesday over its efforts to prevent immigrants from seeking asylum due to domestic and gang violence in their home countries. The ACLU’s lawsuit asks a judge to invalidate Attorney General Jeff Sessions'[s] June 11 decision to restrict the kinds of cases that qualify for asylum. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 12 parents and children who the ACLU says were wrongly found not to have a credible fear of return. If Sessions'[s] memo stands, the lawsuit argues, people ‘desperately seeking safety will be unlawfully deported to places where they fear they will be raped, kidnapped, beaten, and killed.’” (08/07/18)

http://time.com/5360568/aclu-sues-us-asylum-seekers/

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14) “Tone-deaf” Jack in the Box teriyaki bowl ad sparks backlash for sexual innuendos
Source: Fox News

“Jack in the Box has come under fire for a sexually suggestive advertisement for the chain’s new teriyaki bowls. The ad features Jack, the brand’s fictional CEO, discussing the new bowls by using them as a pun for a part of the male anatomy. In the commercial, Jack walks into a room and explains he’s the only one with ‘the bowls to serve something different.’ The spot continues with more bowl-based innuendo. At one point Jack says to an employee, ‘You’ve got some pretty nice bowls there, and so does Dan.’ A female employee also comments on how nice Dan’s ‘bowls’ are.” [editor’s note: Oh for crissakes get a life, snowflakes! This has been a part of Madison Avenue “creativity” since before we were born, and who can say if it’s his butt-cheeks or his balls they are referring to anyway? – SAT] (08/08/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2018/08/08/tone-deaf-jack-in-box-teriyaki-bowl-ad-sparks-backlash-for-sexual-innuendos.html

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15) Study: Nearly one-fifth of Californians still buying marijuana from black market
Source: Smell the Truth

“Some cannabis consumers are still buying their products on a criminal level, despite California’s newly regulated legal market. A report published by the Bay Area-based cannabis delivery company Eaze found that 18 percent of California’s marijuana consumers are buying from unlicensed suppliers, reports Marijuana Moment. The report comes over a month after California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) implemented a list of guidelines that all legal distributors must meet in order to sell products legally. The move towards a regulated market has also left few legitimate products on the shelves of lawfully-run shops at the moment.” (08/08/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/08/08/nearly-one-fifth-of-californians-are-still-buying-marijuana-from-black-market-study-finds

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16) MO: Voters send prosecutor who rigged Michael Brown case packing
Source: US News & World Report

“A county prosecutor who gained national attention in his handling of the investigation of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson has lost a primary challenge to a black Ferguson councilman, according to the county’s unofficial results. Wesley Bell’s win over St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch in the Democratic primary on Tuesday means he’s all but certain to become prosecutor; no Republicans were on the ballot. McCulloch, who is white, was seeking an eighth term.” [editor’s note: Yes, rigged. Regardless of the facts of the case, instead of either prosecuting or not prosecuting the case, McCulloch pretended to prosecute it by taking it to a grand jury, then acted as the cop’s defense attorney instead of as prosecutor before that grand jury. He should have been removed and disbarred at the time – TLK] (08/08/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/missouri/articles/2018-08-07/the-latest-missouri-voters-deciding-fate-of-right-to-work

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17) US regime uses alleged UK nerve agent attack as excuse for new sanctions on Russia
Source: Yahoo! News

“Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia by the end of August after it [decided to claim] that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain. A senior State Department official said it had notified the Kremlin of the sanctions earlier in the day. Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found slumped unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March after a liquid form of the Novichok type of nerve agent was [allegedly] applied to his home’s front door.” (08/08/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-says-russia-behind-nerve-attack-uk-impose-192307837.html

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18) China: Regime ignores Trump threat on Iran, says business there will continue
Source: CNBC

“China has become the latest country to say it will ignore the United States and continue to conduct business with Iran. U.S. sanctions against Iran came into effect Tuesday and President Donald Trump has warned that countries who trade with Tehran will not be able to do business with the U.S. Trump also said he will expand the punitive measures in the coming weeks to include tougher ones related to oil production. … The U.S. has re-imposed sanctions on Iran after it left [sic] the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran nuclear deal) in May.” [editor’s note: The US regime did not “leave” the JCPOA. The only way for it to do that is to withdraw from the United Nations or convince the UN Security Council to repeal its JCPOA resolution. Otherwise, it’s just violating the JCPOA (and, by extension, both US and international law), not “leaving” anything – TLK] (08/08/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/08/china-ignores-trump-threat-on-iran-says-business-there-will-continue.html

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19) KS: GOP governor primary too close to call; Kobach, Colyer send supporters home
Source: Fox News

“Hours after the polls closed in Kansas on Tuesday night, the state was still awaiting the results of the GOP primary nomination in the heated race between Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer. So both candidates decided to send their supporters home for the night. The race was still too close to call and results were still trickling in from the state’s most populous county in the Kansas City area — where Colyer initially was leading. The Kobach-Colyer race was considered a key test of whether President Trump’s late endorsement would prove decisive for Kobach.” (08/08/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/08/kansas-gop-gubernatorial-race-too-close-to-call-as-schuette-wins-michigan-gop-primary.html

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20) A giant floating trash collector will try to scoop up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Source: USA Today

“On Sept. 8, an ungainly, 2,000-foot-long contraption will steam under the Golden Gate Bridge in what’s either a brilliant quest or a fool’s errand. Dubbed the Ocean Cleanup Project, this giant sea sieve consists of pipes that float at the surface of the water with netting below, corralling trash in the center of a U-shaped design. The purpose of this bizarre gizmo is as laudable as it is head-scratching: to collect millions of tons of garbage from what’s known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which can harm and even kill whales, dolphins, seals, fish and turtles that consume it or become entangled in it …. The Ocean Cleanup Project’s passive system involves a floating series of connected pipes the length of five football fields that float at the surface of the ocean. Each closed pipe is 4 feet in diameter. Below these hang a 9-foot net skirt. The system moves more slowly than the water, allowing the currents and waves to push trash into its center to collect it.” (08/07/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2018/08/07/giant-floating-trash-collector-heads-pacific-garbage-patch/831803002/

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

21) Libertarian lessons: Immigration
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Scott McPherson

“Like London and Amsterdam in preceding centuries, American cities in the 19th and 20th centuries teemed with foreign peoples and their odd habits, engaging in commerce and adding to the stock of manpower and wealth. Not since the Roman Empire has so large an area existed over which people could freely move about, no documents or official authorization required. With the exception of slaves, anyone could buy property, start a business, or seek employment. Immigration hawks argue that immigrant labor hurts the economy — forgetting that poor immigrants flooded here virtually unchecked for eight decades, a period which corresponded with the tripling of the average American’s purchasing power. Free movement within and into the country helped make everyone better off. … If the country today fails in many respects to reflect the freedom found in this earlier period, it is not immigrants who deserve scorn, but instead the paternalism and statism embraced by generations that have abandoned liberty.” (08/08/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-lessons-immigration/

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22) Ten things more selfish, stupid and privileged than voting Green Party
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“‘Green Party’ is trending on Twitter right now, which always means that Democrats are having a meltdown over something that is entirely their own fault. Apparently a few people voted Green in a close congressional election in Ohio with low turnout due to uninteresting and uninspiring candidates, which according to Hollywood celebrities like Alyssa Milano and Kathy Griffin is proof of the Green party’s selfishness, stupidity, hypocrisy, privilege, and, of course, proof of a secret Russian conspiracy. … Never mind how everyone knows on some level that the Democrats are a novelty joke party which doesn’t even have real primaries and only serves to corral progressives into supporting plutocratic agendas instead of moving America to the left in any meaningful way. … Well I can think of a few things off the top of my head that are a lot more selfish, stupid, hypocritical and privileged than voting for a Green Party candidate when that seems like the right thing to do. Here are ten of them.” (08/08/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/08/08/ten-things-that-are-more-selfish-stupid-and-privileged-than-voting-green-party

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23) “Excluding Indians not taxed …”
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“A popular sentiment leading up to the American Revolution was ‘no taxation without representation.’ This text, by codifying the reverse of that — no representation without taxation — affirms the original. Indians living within the claimed jurisdiction of the US who were not taxed were not to be counted in the census … and everyone who paid taxes was to be counted in the census. Non-citizens might not be able to participate in choosing their (supposed) representation (by voting), but they still got that (supposed) representation by being counted in the census such that their numbers were reflected in the apportionment of US Representatives. And, as the now vestigial text on slave counting indicates, they got full representation. QED, there’s no constitutional reason for the census to ask a citizenship question, because a non-citizen counts exactly as much toward congressional apportionment as a citizen does.”

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2018/08/excluding-indians-not-taxed.html

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24) The man who bankrupted a legislature
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“The name ‘William Sharon’ meant nothing to me until I recently read Irving Stone’s 1956 masterpiece, Men to Match My Mountains: The Opening of the Far West, 1840-1900. The book has been appropriately lauded as ‘an unforgettable pageant of giants’ — men who scaled the Rockies, made deserts bloom, dug deep for gold and silver and surveyed territories west of the Mississippi into 22 states in the continental U.S. Those men (and yes, the women too) weren’t all saints; Stone recounts the exploits of more than a few rascals. The tale of William Sharon comprises but a few pages of Stone’s book but it was enough for me to search additional sources. It turns out that Sharon was the quintessential ‘crony capitalist.’ Perhaps his one saving grace was that he taught a painful lesson to his cronies in government.” (08/08/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-man-who-bankrupted-a-legislature/

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25) Is more government the solution to attacks on free speech?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“As I understand it, Apple, Facebook, Spotify, Twitter, and Google (including YouTube), and even Pinterest(!) have attacked InfoWars and [Alex] Jones'[s] own website, suspended his accounts, and in essence are denying him their services as an outlet for his news and views. Or, if you prefer, his rants. … Both [Paul Craig] Roberts and [Joel] Pollock point out that what is being done is NOT a ‘violation of the First Amendment’ but is an attack on the right of free speech. Pollock offers no clear solution except a general effort to defend free speech. Roberts, however, claims that the problem is that these organizations are powerful monopolies. They dominate the market. His solution? Make anti-trust laws tougher and make government enforce them more effectively. So he argues for MORE government power. That is not just ALWAYS a bad idea, but misses a critical point. … the major cause that we see in history for the development of monopolies and trust is government. Not government inaction (failing to prohibit and control such things), but government action.” (08/08/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/08/08/is-more-government-the-solution-to-attacks-on-free-speech/

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26) We’re all living in Trump’s kayfabe world
Source: National Review
by Jonah Goldberg

“President Trump’s demonization of the media as the ‘enemy of the people’ is mostly kayfabe. A professional wrestling term, ‘kayfabe’ means presenting staged events as if they’re real. Pro wrestling is theater, not sport. But it thrives on the illusion that it is the latter, not the former. This twilight realm is Trump’s bailiwick. His business empire was built on the maxim ‘fake it till you make it,’ feeding bogus stories to copy-hungry tabloids. His gift partly stems from believing his own bull. When asked under oath how he measures his net worth, he explained that it depends on his personal feelings. Trump also believes in the kayfabes of others. He reportedly once called the headquarters of the WWE to find out if CEO Vince McMahon was okay after seeing McMahon’s limo explode in an episode of Monday Night RAW. Trump is a bit like one of the shackled mortals in Plato’s cave: He thinks the shadows on the wall, or his TV, are the real thing.” (08/08/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/donald-trumps-actions-contradict-words/

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27) The opposite of Infowars
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“It should also go without saying that private platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Apple, who are the main players to kick Jones to the curb of the Information Super-Highway, have the right to include or exclude anyone they want. As Robby Soave at Reason put it, these ‘companies are under no obligation to provide a platform to Sandy Hook conspiracy theorizing, 9/11 trutherism, or any of the other insane ideas Jones has propagated.’ But Soave does worry about the goofy rationales provided for the exclusion. As do I. And it is not just that the proffered reason, ‘hate speech,’ is, as Soave explains, vague, unanchored to any offered specific offenses. But it’s worse. This whole exclusionary move is not about hate speech. Everyone knows this. It’s about suppressing ideas that are (a) popular and (b) despised by the dominant culture.” (08/08/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/08/08/alexjones/

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28) Booting Alex Jones from social media wasn’t wrong, but it could be dangerous
Source: USA Today
by Cathy Young

“On Monday, the Internet was rocked by bombshell news: Alex Jones, the Edward R. Murrow of far-right tinfoil-hat crankery, had been booted from Facebook, YouTube, Apple and Spotify, potentially limiting his access to his massive following. Is this a welcome move by private corporations to refuse to provide a platform for toxic garbage, or a disturbing step toward censorship of unpopular expression? While cries that Jones’s banishment is a terrifying assault on speech are ludicrously over the top, the actions of the tech companies do point to some real causes for concern. To state the obvious: there are no constitutional issues involved, since the First Amendment protects speech only from intervention by the government. Some, including Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), have argued that since today’s big tech companies wield virtual monopoly power in the marketplace, they should be treated as public utilities when it comes to speech — an ironic stance that puts conservatives in the position of calling for more government regulation.” (08/08/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/08/08/alex-jones-infowars-tech-companies-social-media-censorship-column/929471002

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29) Fighting violent extremism by teaching tolerance
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“Although terrorism understandably has become the focus of U.S. foreign policy, the problem of religious intolerance and violence is far broader. As Islamic extremism has erupted throughout the Middle East, most dramatically in Iraq and Syria, Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities are being driven from their historic homes. What to do? U.S. ‘public diplomacy’ has been ineffective, essentially attempting to put lipstick on a pig in terms of selling American foreign policy. Washington has spent millions on foreign aid to promote education and provide social services for supposedly at-risk Islamic youth, without any evident impact on violent behavior. … the fact that there is no simple, quick answer doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. Education can work, but of a unique kind. The group Hardwired, run by Tina Ramirez, a former Capitol Hill staffer, engages in what it calls ‘rights-based education,’ which has had notable if small-scale success in building support for religious tolerance and liberty.” (08/07/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/fighting-violent-extremism-teaching-tolerance

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30) Producers have no right to consumer patronage
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Suppose that a majority of Texans so dislike Californians that they voluntarily refuse to buy anything made in California. Many business owners and workers in California are thereby negatively affected. But are these California-hatin’ Texans acting unjustly? Do their voluntary spending decisions violate any rights of producers in California? Should legislators in Sacramento ‘retaliate’ by putting tariffs on goods and services imported into California from Texas? If — as I hope and expect — your answer to each of these questions is ‘no,’ how can it be acceptable for legislators in Sacramento to ‘retaliate’ with tariffs on imports from Texas if, instead of acting purely voluntarily, the California-hatin’ majority of Texans convince legislators in Austin to impose state-wide tariffs in Texas on imports from California?” (08/08/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/08/producers-no-right-consumer-patronage.html

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31) China’s plans to reshape the world
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“Ten years ago on Wednesday, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics showcased a fast-growing, economically powerful China with unmistakable ambitions to be a major global player. Just a few days ago, the Chinese authorities demolished the studio of artist Ai Weiwei, designer of the iconic ‘bird’s nest’ stadium and now an exiled dissident in Germany. It was the latest sign of how the world’s most populous country has evolved under President Xi Jinping — simultaneously more self-confident yet paranoid, and no longer nearly so bothered what the rest of the world thinks. While once China’s leaders openly flirted with copying the West, they now see themselves on a different route — even if that brings real risks of confrontation. In Johannesburg at the BRICS summit of leaders of the world’s largest emerging economies last month, Xi outlined his robust worldview that China (with its unashamed focus on economic growth and disregard for electoral choice and civil rights) offered a different vision than Western capitalist democracy.” (08/08/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-china-commentary/commentary-chinas-plans-to-reshape-the-world-idUSKBN1KT213

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32) How liberal adoption laws helped Romania’s orphans
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Chris Calton

“In the 1990s, Romanian adoption laws were among the most liberal in the world. An American Consul in Romania at the time, Virginia Carson Young, gave an interview on the subject. ‘In early 1990,’ she said, ‘people began coming in quite large numbers to Romania. At one point, they were allowed entry into virtually any orphanage. They could just roam through and say, ‘I like that one and that one.’ Then there began to be some really awful stories of almost auctions, bidding wars. Nationality was pitted against nationality and couple against couple. But, for the most part, there were plenty of children and adoptions proceeded relatively quickly.’ Of course, the ‘awful stories’ were simply that voluntary parties were negotiating the exchange of children between parents who could not care for them and adoptive couples who could. Heartbreaking as it may be (especially for those of us in wealthier countries) that some parents would let their poverty put a price on the custody of their child, these adoption practices benefited every party involved.” (08/08/18)

https://mises.org/wire/how-liberal-adoption-laws-helped-romania%E2%80%99s-orphans

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33) The Trump administration’s illegitimate and destructive Iran policy
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Other governments have every reason to resist the Trump administration on this issue. Secondary sanctions are obviously a threat to their economic interests, but they are especially obnoxious because they are an attempt to impose our government’s policy preferences on other states and to treat them as if they are U.S. vassals. The U.S. has no legitimate grounds for sanctioning Iran over its nuclear program, so that makes the attempt to coerce other states into helping the U.S. strangle Iran’s economy even worse. The administration is effectively trying to punish all of the other parties to the JCPOA for adhering to an agreement that our government is violating, and it is threatening all of Iran’s other trading partners for engaging in legal commerce.” (08/08/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-trump-administrations-illegitimate-and-destructive-iran-policy/

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34) Congress makes corruption too easy
Source: The New Republic
by David Dayen

“Six years ago, Congress passed the STOCK Act, which for the first time made members of Congress liable for insider trading, just like any other investor. On Wednesday, the Justice Department issued the very first indictment under that law when it arrested Representative Chris Collins, Trump’s earliest supporter in Congress, and accused him of sharing inside information about an Australian pharmaceutical company with his son and other investors. Last year, Collins allegedly learned, before the public did, about the failure of a clinical trial for a multiple sclerosis drug by Innate Immunotherapeutic. He told Cameron Collins, his son and a fellow shareholder, who dumped his stock. Cameron then distributed the information to at least six other investors, who also sold the stock before news broke about the failed trial, dropping the stock price by 92 percent. All told, the defendants and their friends avoided over $768,000 in losses, according to the indictment.” (08/08/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150557/congress-makes-corruption-easy

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35) The “arrest and alleged charges no longer exist — as if it never happened”
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Eugene Volokh

“Expungement laws let people who have been arrested — and often even ones who have been convicted — get their records removed from government databases, or sometimes sealed so that some government agencies can access them but the public can’t. There’s an interesting and important policy debate about whether this should happen, and when it should happen. But the expungement laws do not require private organizations, such as newspapers, to delete information about the arrest or conviction from their archives…. Nor does an expungement make the original report of the arrest or conviction libelous; it may change what facts the government keeps in its files, or what facts the criminal justice system can later use about the arrest, but it doesn’t change reality of the original arrest, and it doesn’t bar people from keeping up articles about the arrest. Yet some lawyers’ demand letters, unsurpisingly, argue the contrary …” (08/08/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/08/08/the-arrest-and-alleged-charges-no-longer

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36) Laughing at the iron fist
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Ben Lee

“Laughter rejects power. If the good guy in a movie instead angrily screams and kicks and yells at the villain, there is an affirmation of the bad guy’s power. The hero would be saying: ‘I am upset because you have power, and I don’t like it.’ When he chuckles a long, hearty laugh towards the villain, he says: ‘Your power is a joke.’ While outspoken hatred, mass protests, and political opposition implicitly acknowledge the power of the authoritarian, comedy turns it into the butt of a joke — all but daring it to take action. It is for this reason that the authoritarian, who craves and requires power over everything, fears laughter the most.” (08/07/18)

https://www.thefire.org/laughing-at-the-iron-fist/

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37) The costs of Trump’s global gag rule
Source: The American Prospect
by Natalie Rowthorn

“‘When are you coming back? Why have you left? Why aren’t you coming to our community?’ These are the questions that women and girls in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and other developing countries ask in desperate phone calls to their healthcare providers after a local health clinic shuts down. The women are at a loss to understand why these clinics, often the only facility accessible to them in small towns and remote rural villages, have suddenly stopped providing much-needed services. The reason for these life-endangering cutbacks? President Trump’s resurrection of the global gag rule. The expanded rule has been in effect for a little over a year, and several international health organizations have detailed how the anti-abortion policy, originally dreamed up by the Reagan administration in 1984, has led to major losses in health services, especially for hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations across the globe.” (08/08/18)

http://prospect.org/article/costs-trump%E2%80%99s-global-gag-rule

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38) 3D printed guns might actually help
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Why all the uproar over 3D printed guns? It has always been fairly easy to make guns at home. Having the computer code available online won’t change anything. People enjoy weeping, wailing, and gnashing their teeth over the silliest things. For now, 3D printers are too expensive for common muggers to bother with; guns are cheaper to buy and easier to steal. Even if thieves start stealing 3D printers as well as guns, I doubt it will be much of a problem.” (08/08/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/08/08/voices/3d-printed-guns-might-actually-help/158679.html

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39) At Smith College, the racist incident that wasn’t
Source: Town Hall
by Jeff Jacoby

“Oumou Kanoute is a black student at Smith College with a summer job on campus.This is what happened after she ate lunch in a mostly empty dining hall one day last week: A college employee saw her ‘laying on the couch’ alone, mistook her for an unfamiliar male who ‘seem[ed] to be out of place,’ and phoned the campus police. An unarmed officer was sent to check things out. He spoke politely to Kanoute, saw that nothing was amiss, and left her in peace. Here’s what didn’t happen: Kanoute wasn’t threatened, attacked, or restrained. No weapon was brandished. No voices were raised. No racial slur was uttered — in fact, according to the transcript of the police call, there was no racial reference of any kind. No one picked a fight with Kanoute, accused her of wrongdoing, or denied her right to be where she was. A minor misunderstanding by a cautious employee was quickly resolved, and never escalated into anything dangerous.” (08/08/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/jeffjacoby/2018/08/08/at-smith-college-the-racist-incident-that-wasnt-n2507960

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40) Despite El-Sayed loss, Left scored some huge wins
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“The elections advanced several plot points that are key to the progressive movement’s fate in the general elections — and its prospects well beyond November. Tuesday’s primaries were like the midpoint of a novel. There was plenty of plot development without much resolution — but you can see where things are heading. A number of the highest-visibility races were either a draw or a disappointment for progressives and Democrats. Left challenger Abdul El-Sayed lost his Democratic primary race for governor in Michigan. And Democrat Danny O’Connor narrowly lost his special election for the House of Representatives in Ohio. Yet the elections did advance several plot points that are key to the progressive movement’s fate in the general elections — and its prospects well beyond November.” (08/08/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21367/el-sayed-michigan-elections-abdul-left-james-thompson-oconnor

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

Cartoon. (08/08/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1831

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42) Gun control becomes speech control
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“In a recent editorial demanding censorship of legal, unclassified information about firearms, The Washington Post mentioned freedom of speech in passing but immediately dismissed its relevance. That’s par for the course among gun controllers terrified by the thought of Americans using 3D printers or computerized milling machines to make firearms with the help of software provided by Defense Distributed. People who are convinced that the Austin, Texas, company’s computer code will ‘put carnage a click away’ (as the Post put it) tend to overlook the fact that they have moved from regulating guns to regulating speech.” (08/08/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/08/08/gun-control-becomes-speech-control

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43) Intel professionals plead for humanitarian asylum for Julian Assange
Source: Antiwar.com
by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

“Collectively, the governments of Sweden, the UK, the US, Ecuador (recently) and, through its silence, Assange’s home country of Australia have imposed six years of suffering on Assange and possibly lifelong damage to his health. With their proxies, they pound Assange with threats, ad hominem attacks and misleading statements. He cannot defend himself because the government of Ecuador terminated his access to communications systems. This may have a temporary effect of confusing the public; but as more legal experts and human rights authorities hazard coming to his defense, the public may recognize these assaults as the desperate flailings of governments that lack credible defenses for their actions.” (08/08/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/veteran-intelligence-professionals-for-sanity2/2018/08/07/intel-professionals-plead-for-humanitarian-asylum-for-julian-assange/

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44) Lending on the blockchain: Problems and solutions
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by James L Caton

“Innovations in blockchain technology are enabling lending on the blockchain. This can enable holders of cryptocurrency to use their holdings as collateral for loans. Participants can even borrow in cryptocurrency itself while using other assets recognized by the blockchain as collateral. But blockchain technology and cryptocurrency are still in their infancy, and blockchain lending still has problems that will only be solved by experimentation.” (08/07/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/sound-money-project/lending-blockchain-problems-and-solutions

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45) What does it mean to ban Alex Jones?
Source: The Atlantic
by Alexis C Madrigal

“On Monday, Apple, Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify ‘banned’ the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his media company, Infowars, from their platforms. Jones has seized on the moment, selling his show Monday as a ‘world exclusive’ responding to ‘being banned on the internet,’ hashtagged #MondayMotivation as well as #Censorship. But if you went to Apple’s App Store, you could find his company’s app, which contains Jones’s podcasts and shows, and which has been ‘rocketing’ up the App Store charts. Or, if you went to Facebook today and shared an Infowars link, it’d post. YouTube still hosts various Infowars associates such as Paul Joseph Watson, along with dozens of Jones’s appearances on other outlets. And unlike in the case of the neo-Nazi publication The Daily Stormer, which was actually banned from the web by a variety of hosting and internet companies, anyone who wants to can go to Infowars.com and watch Jones sweat. So if this is a ban, it’s an intentionally porous one.” (08/07/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/08/what-does-it-mean-to-ban-alex-jones/566960/

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46) Socialist leader: Socialism dehumanizes the poor … and socialists
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Socialism claims that its collectivist economic plans ‘put people first.’ But even the philosophy behind socialism dehumanizes everyone involved — according to one of the foremost socialist leaders. Marxism is rooted in the concept of dialectical materialism, the pseudo-scientific assertion that the endless churning of class conflict between the rich (bourgeoisie) and the poor (proletariat) eventually produces a worker’s paradise. But to see ‘poverty as a force in a historic [dialectic], is not only the dehumanization of the poor, it is the dehumanization of him who thinks it. The reaction to this poverty should be partly one of calculation, of how can it be eradicated, but it must also be of the Beatitudes, of hunger and thirst for Justice, of love and grief for what goes on before our eyes.’ The man who wrote those words was Michael Harrington, future democratic socialist leader and activist whose book The Other America is credited with launching Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty.” (08/07/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/08/06/socialism-dehumanizes-poorand-socialists

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47) A Summary of the Philosophy of Spencer Heath
Source: Libertarian Papers
by Spencer Heath McCallum & Alvin Lowi

“A virtually unknown philosopher of the twentieth century, Spencer Heath (1876-1963) was nevertheless well-known as a pioneer in the early development of commercial aviation. He retired from business in 1931 to devote the last thirty years of his life to his long-time interest in the philosophy of science and human social organization. He developed a comprehensive philosophy of creative capitalism and outlined an authentic natural science of society (a society that would be capable of generating dependable technology). In his philosophy Heath correlated three fields: the natural sciences with their uniform laws; the established uniform practices, productive and creative, that constitute the business system; and the realm of non-necessitous activities pursued for their sake alone, which he called the spiritual life.” [abstract — full paper available as PDF download] (08/08/18)

http://libertarianpapers.org/heath-lowi-philosophy-spencer-heath/

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48) The First Amendment protects dirt
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“One of the most ludicrous aspects of the Trump-Russia brouhaha is the infamous meeting in Trump Tower between Trump campaign officials and Russian lobbyists. The Russians had promised to reveal campaign ‘dirt’ about Hillary Clinton. That meeting has caused Trump critics to go ballistic. Why is that? Because, they are saying, the ‘dirt’ constituted an illegal contribution to the Trump campaign. Federal law prohibits foreigners from making campaign contributions to U.S. candidates, and it prohibits U.S. candidates from receiving, soliciting, or accepting a campaign contribution from foreigners. The controversy only goes to show how desperate the Trump critics are to remove Trump from office before the 2020 presidential elections.” (08/08/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/08/08/the-first-amendment-protects-dirt/

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49) Comments submitted to US Census Bureau on citizenship question
Source: Niskanen Center
by Kristie de Pena

“An accurate count of every living person in the United States is required to adhere to our constitutional requirements. The purpose of the decennial census is to enumerate the total U.S. population; enumeration includes both citizens and noncitizens. Citizenship is immaterial to the goal of enumerating the population. Adding the citizenship question, therefore, bears no reasonable relationship to the goal of the taking the census — and may in fact harm efforts — and runs contrary to the Constitution” (08/07/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/comments-submitted-to-u-s-census-bureau-on-citizenship-question/

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50) Is Democratic senator Mark Warner the mastermind behind move to further weaponize US tech giants?
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Let’s be clear about something up front because it’s extremely important. This narrative that three tech giants, Apple, Google and Facebook all decided independently and simultaneously to de-platform Alex Jones without any threats or pressure from U.S. politicians and other powerful forces behind the scenes is pure fantasy. This isn’t private companies doing that private company thing, this is Silicon Valley oligarchs making a decision to appease politicians and the status quo system which made them billionaires in order to avoid regulation.” (08/07/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/08/07/is-democratic-senator-mark-warner-the-mastermind-behind-move-to-further-weaponize-u-s-tech-giants/

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51) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1211
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Historian Phil Magness joins me to discuss the controversy over Nancy MacLean’s book Democracy in Chains, which claims to trace a massive racist, right-wing conspiracy back to — of all people — academic economist James Buchanan, who is associated with Public Choice economics. The book is so rife with error that MacLean finally had to respond to her critics.” [various formats] (08/08/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1211-major-smear-job-on-libertarians-one-year-later-nancy-maclean-sort-of-responds/

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/08/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“A leaked memo from Sen. Mark Warner’s office details a plan for the US government to massively interfere in the Internet. They want to ‘protect’ us from ‘fake news’ and from foreign influence. Will the US government acting more like the Chinese or Iranian governments really protect us from ‘bad guys?’” [Flash video] (08/08/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/senate-moves-to-seize-the-internet-do-we-need-more-government-censorship

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53) Scott Adams Says, 08/08/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks with Bill Pulte about The BlightAuthority.com/ideas/ forum to help urban areas. And coffee.” [Flash video] (08/08/18)

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

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54) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/08/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Several changes to the terms of the Affordable Care Act have enabled more substantial health care choices for millions of Americans. Michael F. Cannon explains.” [various formats] (08/08/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/is-obamacare-now-truly-optional

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55) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 230
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #230, I discuss Senator Rand Pau’s recent trip to Russia. Rand’s trip to Russia is a good thing and could help lawmakers in both countries realize their common goals. I also break down Saudi’s diplomatic split with Canada. The Saudis have kicked the Canadian ambassador out of the kingdom and announced that Saudi students would be moved out of Canada.” [various formats] (08/08/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-230-rand-goes-to-russia

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56) Electric Libertyland, episode 84
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian looks at San Fran banning employee meals, Venezuela’s Prez admitting socialism has failed, Wilbur Ross, Candace Owens and more before losing his F’ing mind over computer issues.” [various formats] (08/08/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/08/08/madness-in-sf-maduro-admits-socialism-fails-brians-computer-wins/

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57) Free Talk Live, 08/07/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Free Talk Live Fires Skype :: Cell 411 :: Crack Cocaine :: Alex Jones Has More Accounts Shut Down :: Jones’ Rant About Drag Queens :: Candace Owens Suspended Over Twitter Posts :: Crazy Weapon Ideas :: Getting to Anarchy :: Sarah Jeong and Skin Color :: Racism and Individuals :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/07/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-08-07

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58) Bloggingheads.tv, 08/07/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and David Kirkpatrick (Into the Hands of the Soldiers, New York Times) … David’s new book, Into the Hands of the Soldiers … How David wound up witnessing the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 … Al Jazeera as the ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Arab Spring … Varieties of Islamism, from ‘conservative’ to ‘liberal’ … The Muslim Brotherhood as a bourgeois movement … Mohamed Morsi’s election, brief tenure, and removal from power in July 2013 … Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s post-coup struggle for legitimacy … The Obama administration’s muddled pre-coup messaging to coup-master Sisi … Did the coup give fuel to Islamist extremists?” [Flash video] (08/07/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53365

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59) Humans of Bitcoin, 08/07/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Mr. Liechtenstein — Andreas Kohl Martinez.” [various formats] (08/07/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e349-Mr-Liechtenstein-Andreas-Kohl-Martinez

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60) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 8
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie spend a silly amount of time discussing various themes in I’m Not Racist by Joyner Lucas. The analysis is part 3 of 3 in a serious on the ‘most important political songs of the Trump era.’” [Flash audio] (08/07/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/sounds-like-liberty-episode-8-liberty-like-a-well-drink-with-zach-kincaid/

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