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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
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In the News:

1) FBI fires Strzok
2) China: Beijing denies detaining one million Uighurs
3) FDA weighing ban on flavored e-cigarette liquids
4) Trump signs “defense” bill with watered-down China measures
5) FL: Grandstanding prosecutors maliciously charge victim who shot his assailant with manslaughter
6) Trump-appointed judge upholds Mueller’s authoritah
7) A nearly cashless Zimbabwe tests the limits of mobile money
8) Revealed: Trump considered running for governor of New York before he ran for president
9) Congressman’s son rips him for “ruining” FBI agent’s career
10) Stunning sphinx discovery: Egyptian workers make incredible find while fixing road
11) CO: Four-year-old at risk of gang abduction despite parents being US citizens
12) Bill asks Pentagon to examine more options for stopping North Korean missiles
13) Hackers found a (not-so-easy) way to make the Amazon Echo a spy bug
14) Trump: Troops to see “biggest pay increase” in a decade
15) Steyer to spend $10 million on turning out voters who want Trump impeached
16) Afghanistan: About 100 regime troops, 20 civilians killed in battle for Ghazni
17) VT: Primary could pave way for US’s first transgender governor
18) Sources: Trump regime explores legal ways to shut up Omarosa Manigault Newman
19) NYC: Cops abduct reporter for questioning de Blasio in public
20) Ellison denies abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Censorship is what happens when powerful people get scared
22) First they came for the douche-bags
23) The case for permissionless everything
24) Pathetic Unite the Right, angry Antifa sputter: Still time to heed Rodney King
25) Trump’s cabinet of con artists
26) Many Americans don’t like free speech
27) The costs of reneging on the nuclear deal
28) Political borders are economically irrelevant
29) Both Republicans and Democrats responsible for rising political incivility
30) Trump’s war on Turkey for Pastor Brunson
31) Dreamers
32) On “real” socialism
33) Time for a Nancy Pelosi Farewell Victory Tour
34) Forfeiting common sense
35) Five myths about US aid to Egypt
36) How the term “social justice warrior” became an insult
37) The Democrats’ real Pelosi problem Is after the midterms
38) Rand Paul stands up for peace
39) Exploiting Styron’s ghost
40) The coordinated campaign to suppress criticism of Israel
41) The 1500 pound gorilla Mueller is hiding
42) Quantum Vibe, 08/13/18
43) An in-depth look at the cryptocurrency economy’s “stablecoin” trend
44) IMF produces another bogus Venezuela inflation forecast
45) Death to America?
46) The sick thug of Europe
47) China and the liberal vision of the Indo-Pacific
48) The truth behind Chicago’s violence
49) Venezuela is on the verge of a massive humanitarian and economic collapse. The culprit? Socialism.
50) MagicGate: Game culture’s new civil war

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/13/18
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/13/18
53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 232
54) Scott Adams Says, 08/13/18
55) One Free Family, episode 27
56) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 361
57) Sheldon Richman on The Scott Horton Show
58) Free Talk Live, 08/12/18
59) The Last Nighters, episode 32
60) The Anarchist Experience, episode 177

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

1) FBI fires Strzok
Source: Politico

“Peter Strzok, the FBI counterintelligence agent who came under withering criticism from Republicans for a series of anti-Trump text messages he sent during the 2016 campaign, was fired on Friday, his attorney said. According to Strzok’s lawyer, Aitan Goelman, an internal disciplinary review had recommended Strzok’s demotion and a 60-day suspension. But Goelman said Monday that the deputy director of the FBI overruled that determination and decided to fire him.” (08/13/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/13/fbi-fires-agent-who-sent-anti-trump-texts-775005

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2) China: Beijing denies detaining one million Uighurs
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“China has said reports it is holding a million Muslim Uighurs in detention in Xinjiang are ‘completely untrue.’ Uighurs enjoyed full rights but ‘those deceived by religious extremism… shall be assisted by resettlement and re-education,’ officials said. The rare admission from Beijing (at a UN meeting in Geneva) came in response to concerns that the region ‘resembles a massive internment camp.’ Xinjiang has seen intermittent violence, followed by crackdowns, for years. China accuses Islamist militants and separatists of orchestrating the trouble.” (08/13/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45173573

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3) FDA weighing ban on flavored e-cigarette liquids
Source: USA Today

“Teen vaping is at the tipping point before possible epidemic levels, federal officials and public health advocates agree, but they’re feuding over how fast and far to go to rein in the booming electronic cigarette industry. Some of the health groups that sued the Food and Drug Administration for delaying regulation of vape products by four years charged last week that the agency let several new devices similar to the youth-favored Juul hit the market without approval. Companies ‘have introduced new products at an alarming pace in total defiance of law, with no apparent concern for FDA enforcement,’ the groups wrote. More than 2 million middle school, high school and college teens use these battery-powered devices to heat liquid-based nicotine into an inhalable vapor. E-cigarettes were by far the most popular tobacco product among teens: Nearly 12 percent of high school students and 3 percent of middle school students used the device in the past 30 days, according to the 2017 National Youth Tobacco Survey released in June.” (08/13/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/08/13/teen-vaping-fda-weighs-ban-flavored-e-cigarette-liquid/890218002

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4) Trump signs “defense” bill with watered-down China measures
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Monday that authorizes military spending and includes watered-down controls on U.S. government contracts with China’s ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. Trump signed the law at the U.S. Army’s Fort Drum base in upstate New York on his way back to Washington after a 12-day working vacation at his golf club in New Jersey. The bill was named for one of Trump’s political critics, the ailing U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, but he did not mention McCain’s name. McCain said in a statement he was ‘humbled’ the bill was named after him, adding that it will address ‘a growing array of threats.’ Trump later made a reference to McCain at a political fundraiser in Utica, New York, knocking him (as Trump does repeatedly) for voting against a bill to repeal parts of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law last year.” (08/13/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump/trump-signs-defense-policy-bill-with-watered-down-china-measures-idUSKBN1KY249

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5) FL: Grandstanding prosecutors maliciously charge victim who shot his assailant with manslaughter
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Prosecutors charged a white man with manslaughter Monday in the death of an unarmed black man whose video-recorded shooting in a store parking lot [during his surprise attack on the defendant] has revived debate over Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law. Michael Drejka, 47, has been charged with the July 19 death of Markeis McGlockton outside a Clearwater convenience store, Pinellas County State Attorney Bernie McCabe said. Drejka was being held at the county jail on $100,000 bail. It is unknown if he has an attorney.” (08/13/18)

https://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2018/08/man_charged_in_fatal_shooting.html

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6) Trump-appointed judge upholds Mueller’s authoritah
Source: CNN

“A federal district judge who was appointed by President Donald Trump has upheld Robert Mueller’s appointment and constitutional authority in the special counsel’s case against Russian social media propagandists. Judge Dabney Friedrich, who serves at the trial-court level in DC federal court, said Concord Management and Consulting could not have its case tossed on constitutional grounds. The Russian company accused of backing a social media effort to sway voters against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claimed Mueller didn’t have power to bring the case because he was not appointment [sic] by the President and confirmed by Congress.” (08/13/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/13/politics/robert-mueller-concord-management-and-consulting/index.html

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7) A nearly cashless Zimbabwe tests the limits of mobile money
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Imagine a world with no money. Or don’t imagine it. Just go to Zimbabwe instead. Here, grocery store cash registers still yawn open when a payment is processed, as if by instinct, but where cash should be there are only empty plastic slots. ATMs dot the city like relics of another era, their grey screens blinking a stream of apologies: Out of Order. No services available. We apologise for the inconvenience. Signs at gas stations, maternity hospitals, and even informal backyard bars implore customers to pay by EcoCash, a form of digital currency. Zimbabwe isn’t totally out of cash, but it’s close. Ninety-six percent of financial transactions here are now done by electronic payments. Exchanges as small as buying a single tomato and as large as purchasing a car are largely completed using mobile money, a form of currency stored and exchanged via cell phone. Today, mobile money is a global phenomenon, with 168 million active accounts worldwide. But its epicenter and origin story is indisputably African.” (08/13/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2018/0813/A-nearly-cashless-Zimbabwe-tests-the-limits-of-mobile-money

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8) Revealed: Trump considered running for governor of New York before he ran for president
Source: Raw Story

“Donald Trump told donors Monday afternoon that he considered running for governor of New York before landing on a presidential run. ‘@realDonaldTrump tells donors he thought about running for governor of New York, then decided to run for @POTUS,’ Reuters’ Jeff Mason tweeted. The New York Times’ Shane Goldmacher said Trump made the comment as a joke during a closed-door event in Utica, New York. At that same event, Trump also criticized Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand without using her name, calling her ‘very aggressive on contributions.’ Trump’s successful presidential bid in 2016 wasn’t his first time running for the nation’s highest office. He also ran in 2000 under Ross Perot’s Reform Party and claimed he considered running as a Republican in 1988.” (08/13/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/trump-considered-running-governor-new-york-ran-president

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9) Congressman’s son rips him for “ruining” FBI agent’s career
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The son of a powerful Republican congressman lambasted his father on Twitter on Monday for ‘ruining’ the career of a recently fired FBI agent who had sent anti-Trump text messages during the Russia investigation. The son of U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte also began soliciting campaign donations on Sunday for the Democrat who is running to replace his father, who is retiring. The Democratic campaign said more than $25,000 had flowed in from across the country in less than 24 hours. The elder Goodlatte, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, is leaving his seat in western Virginia after 13 terms. His son Bobby Goodlatte was an early designer at Facebook and is based in the San Francisco area. ‘I’m deeply embarrassed that Peter Strzok’s career was ruined by my father’s political grandstanding,’ the younger Goodlatte wrote on Twitter on Monday. ‘That committee hearing was a low point for Congress. Thank you for your service sir. You are a patriot.’” [editor’s note: So the koolaid got to the son but not the old man? – SAT] (08/13/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Congressman-s-son-rips-him-for-ruining-FBI-13153348.php

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10) Stunning sphinx discovery: Egyptian workers make incredible find while fixing road
Source: Fox News

“A mysterious sphinx has been discovered during roadwork in the Egyptian city of Luxor. Mohamed Abdel Aziz, director general of Luxor Antiquities, announced the find Sunday, according to Egypt Today. The sphinx was found at the site of a road connecting Luxor Temple and the Temple of Karnak, two vast ancient temple complexes on the east side of the Nile. Archaeologists are now working to carefully lift the mysterious statue, Egypt Today reports. Officials say that, because of its location, the statue cannot be directly extracted from the ground. While the famous Great Sphinx of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo is the best known, there are a number of smaller sphinx statues in Luxor. Ancient Egypt continues to reveal its secrets. Archaeologists recently opened a ‘cursed’ ancient black granite sarcophagus. In a separate project, experts also unearthed a 2,200-year-old gold coin depicting the ancient King Ptolemy III, an ancestor of the famed Cleopatra.” (08/13/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/08/13/stunning-sphinx-discovery-workers-make-incredible-find-while-fixing-road.html

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11) CO: Four-year-old at risk of gang abduction despite parents being US citizens
Source: The Week

Amy and Marco Becerra are both U.S. citizens, and while they were living in Marco’s native Peru — he has dual citizenship — they fostered then adopted an infant girl, Angela. They decided to move back to Colorado so Angela could ‘have the opportunities that are available here, the education that’s available here,’ Amy Becerra told Colorado’s KDVR News. But because it was a domestic adoption, not an international adoption, they had trouble getting Angela the proper immigration papers. They brought her to Colorado on a tourist visa, which expires at the end of August, and last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denied Angela’s application for citizenship.” (08/13/18)

http://theweek.com/speedreads/789914/4yearold-adopted-girl-colorado-risk-deportation-despite-both-parents-being-citizens

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12) Bill asks Pentagon to examine more options for stopping North Korean missiles
Source: Raw Story

“A bill signed by President Donald Trump on Monday asks the Pentagon to pursue more options for defeating U.S.-bound North Korean missiles by using radar and more missiles to spot and shoot down inbound threats. The National Defense Authorization Act gives the Pentagon $716 billion, with almost $10 billion going to the Missile Defense Agency to fund the expansion of missile defenses, emphasizing the need to stop any North Korean or Iranian attacks. The military is already exploring whether the United States can add another layer to defenses to those already in place for intercepting incoming missiles in flight, Keith Englander, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s director for engineering, said at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, last week. The Missile Defense Agency’s head, Lieutenant General Samuel Greaves, has said he wants to integrate the Aegis Combat System into the current ICBM defenses of the U.S. homeland.” (08/13/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/bill-asks-pentagon-examine-options-stopping-north-korean-missiles

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13) Hackers found a (not-so-easy) way to make the Amazon Echo a spy bug
Source: Wired

“Since smart speakers like the Amazon Echo first began to appear in homes across the world, the security community has come to see them as a prime target. But that threat has remained largely hypothetical: No Echo malware has appeared in the wild, and even proof-of-concept attacks on the devices have remained impractical at best. Now, one group of Chinese hackers has spent months developing a new technique for hijacking Amazon’s voice assistant gadget. It’s still hardly a full-blown remote takeover of those smart speakers. But it may be the closest thing yet to a practical demonstration of how the devices might be silently hijacked for surveillance.” (08/12/18)

https://www.wired.com/story/hackers-turn-amazon-echo-into-spy-bug/

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14) Trump: Troops to see “biggest pay increase” in a decade
Source: Fox News

“President Donald Trump said Monday that the new beefed-up defense spending bill will provide U.S. soldiers with a significant pay increase and family housing. ‘We are proudly giving our troops the biggest pay increase in a decade,’ Trump said. The bill is aimed at rebuilding the U.S. military by authorizing a total of $717 billion for military funding over the next year. More than $11 billion is allocated for military construction, including family housing. ‘We will replace aging tanks, aging planes and ships with the most advanced and lethal technology ever developed,’ Trump said.” [editor’s note: It’s becoming more interesting each day how the media drops context in reporting his words. His speech also included the “hope [that] we never have to use them” — but of course not even Fox is going to report that – SAT] (08/13/18)

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/trump-troops-to-see-biggest-pay-increase-in-a-decade

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15) Steyer to spend $10 million on turning out voters who want Trump impeached
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“San Francisco billionaire activist Tom Steyer says he will spend another $10 million to get people to vote in the November midterm elections, focusing on a specific constituency: people who have signed his petition to impeach President Trump. Organizers with Steyer’s Need to Impeach organization have found that nearly two-thirds of the 5.5 million people who have signed the petition don’t have a history of voting regularly. But turnout among signers has been high in recent special elections, the Steyer group says, including the House race this year in which Democrat Conor Lamb defeated a Republican in a western Pennsylvania district that Trump won easily in 2016. Eighty percent of those who signed the impeachment petition in Lamb’s district voted in the election in March, Steyer said. Steyer’s organizers are going to concentrate on getting their petition-signers to the polls in November in 63 House districts identified as competitive by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. Steyer said 10,000 of his petition-signers live in those districts.” (08/13/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Tom-Steyer-to-spend-10M-on-turning-out-voters-13152990.php?t=61ce0e1f63

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16) Afghanistan: About 100 regime troops, 20 civilians killed in battle for Ghazni
Source: Philippine Inquirer [Philippines]

“Four days of ferocious fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over a key provincial capital has claimed the lives of about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers and at least 20 civilians, the defense minister said Monday. The staggering numbers provided by Gen. Tareq Shah Bahrami were the first official casualty toll since the Taliban launched a massive assault on Ghazni, the capital of Ghazni province, last Friday. The multi-pronged assault overwhelmed the city’s defenses and allowed insurgents to capture several parts of it.” (08/13/18)

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1020836/120-afghanistan-forces-civilians-killed-in-battle-with-taliban

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17) VT: Primary could pave way for US’s first transgender governor
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“If Christine Hallquist can win Tuesday’s Democratic primary, and go on to run for Vermont governor, it will be the first time in history that Americans will be able to vote for a transgender woman for such a senior political role. For Hallquist, it will cap a remarkable journey which has included decades of internal strife over how her family would accept her as Christine, the five-year transition process before she felt ready to present herself as a woman in her job as a high-powered CEO, and even dodging an exorcism attempt as a child. … Including Hallquist, there are four candidates running for the Democratic nomination. The winner will face the incumbent Republican governor Phil Scott, whose popularity in the state has tanked since the turn of the year.” (08/13/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/13/vermont-primary-christine-hallquist-candidate-governor

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18) Sources: Trump regime explores legal ways to shut up Omarosa Manigault Newman
Source: ABC News

“Omarosa Manigault Newman’s former White House colleagues are looking into legal options to stop her from releasing more tapes and to punish her for secretly recording her conversation with Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, White House officials tell ABC News. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders responded to Manigault Newman’s appearance on Meet the Press during which she played one of the recordings she made in the Situation Room when she was being fired after working as an assistant to President Donald Trump and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison.” (08/12/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/white-house-exploring-legal-options-omarosa-manigault-newman/story?id=57146994

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19) NYC: Cops abduct reporter for questioning de Blasio in public
Source: New York Post

“Mayor de Blasio is a such a big believer in the free press that he let two bodyguards physically remove a credentialed Post reporter who had the temerity to ask him a question in public on Sunday. The unusual muzzling unfolded at the start of the annual Dominican Day Parade in Manhattan, where the reporter sought de Blasio’s reaction to The Post’s front page story about his administration’s many meetings with lobbyists. It also came after Hizzoner appeared on national TV Sunday to proclaim, ‘I believe in a free, strong media with diverse views — I’ll defend it with all I’ve got.’” (08/12/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/08/12/de-blasio-lets-security-haul-away-post-reporter-for-asking-question/

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20) Ellison denies abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend
Source: Yahoo! News

“Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison on Sunday denied an allegation from an ex-girlfriend that he had once dragged her off a bed while screaming obscenities at her — an allegation that came just days before a Tuesday primary in which the congressman is among several Democrats running for state attorney general. The allegation first surfaced Saturday night from Karen Monahan after her son alleged in a Facebook post that he had seen hundreds of angry text messages from Ellison, some threatening his mother. He also wrote he had viewed a video in which Ellison dragged Monahan off the bed by her feet. … Ellison, who is divorced, is a six-term congressman and a leader within the Democratic Party. He became deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee last year after falling just short of the top job. He announced this summer he would leave Congress after six terms representing the Minneapolis area and run for the state’s open attorney general’s office.” (08/12/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ellison-denies-abuse-allegations-ex-girlfriend-185404044–election.html

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

21) Censorship is what happens when powerful people get scared
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Anyone who tells you the recent escalation of censorship by U.S. tech giants is merely a reflection of private companies making independent decisions is either lying or dangerously ignorant. In the case of Facebook, the road from pseudo-platform to willing and enthusiastic tool of establishment power players is fairly straightforward. It really got going earlier this year when issues surrounding egregious privacy violations in the case of Cambridge Analytica (stuff that had been going on for years) could finally be linked to the Trump campaign. It was at this point that powerful and nefarious forces spotted an opportunity to leverage the company’s gigantic influence in distributing news and opinion for their own ends. Rather than hold executives to account and break up the company, the choice was made to commandeer and weaponize the platform. This is where we stand today. Let’s not whitewash history though. These tech companies have been compliant, out of control government snitches for a long time.” (08/13/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/08/13/censorship-is-what-happens-when-powerful-people-get-scared/

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22) First they came for the douche-bags
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“Censorship has never been more hip. All the kids are doing it, all the cool ones anyway. Someone tweets something spicy and they go running to Big Brother to set things straight. And why not? The adults are doing it too, or at least the people who call themselves adults in the legacy media do. After centuries of covering civil wars, Red Scares, and Nixonian scandals, our gilded Fourth Estate has rendered themselves to the status of a bunch of snot-nosed, apple snitching kids crying foul whenever some pedestrian steps on their feelings or questions their inalienable right to zeitgeist supremacy. I speak of coarse [sic] of the latest Stalinist purges being undertaken on social media juggernauts like Facebook and Twitter in the name of protecting our precious bodily fluids from a dastardly Slavic midterm conspiracy that everyone is apparently too terrified to prove exists.” (08/13/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/08/first-they-came-for-douche-bags.html

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23) The case for permissionless everything
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Veronique de Rugy

“The recent restrictions the Trump administration has placed on American consumers of foreign steel and various Chinese products make me think about all of the many state-imposed restrictions on our freedom and choices that we have come to tolerate over the years. … there are no grounds for the administration to punitively tax American consumers with tariffs in the name of protecting us from any real or alleged behaviors by foreign governments. But truth be told, from a libertarian point of view, this anti-tariff argument actually misses the core point. The bigger and more important issue is that even if European governments are nothing but a bunch of protectionists, we shouldn’t tolerate our own government’s restricting our consumption of Fiat Fullback pickup trucks, Chinese steel, Caribbean sugar, or any other good or service. Period. No ifs. No ands. No buts. No exceptions. We should strongly reject these restrictions. And yet they are everywhere.” (08/12/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/case-permissionless-everything

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24) Pathetic Unite the Right, angry Antifa sputter: Still time to heed Rodney King
Source: USA Today
by Jim Bovard

“Media hype had it that Unite the Right protesters would storm into Washington on Sunday and march down Pennsylvania Avenue like the giant Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters, smashing federal icons left and right. Instead, there was a pathetic rabble of two dozen racists who likely would have been hard-pressed to capture a chicken coop. Historian Henry Adams observed a century ago that politics is ‘the systematic organization of hatreds.’ The hubbub around yesterday’s protests illustrates how Adams'[s] axiom is more true than ever. ‘I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!’ President Donald Trump tweeted the day before the protest. Despite some kvetching over his comment, it was much closer to the American mainstream than the views of most of the protesters in D.C. parks and on the streets. The scattering of Unite the Right 2 protesters could have been delivered straight from Liberal Central Casting. Even though the white nationalists, especially after Charlottesville, are a political nonentity, they can still serve as a profitable bogeyman.” (08/12/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/08/12/unite-right-sputters-antifa-fails-hopeful-signs-america-column/971952002

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25) Trump’s cabinet of con artists
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“During the 2016 campaign, and from time to time afterward, Donald Trump would regale his crowds with a dramatic reading of a song called ‘The Snake,’ in which a snake begs a woman to take him into her home, and then when he bites her and she expresses her shock, he says, ‘You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.’ In Trump’s telling, it was a parable about immigration: that foreigners were inherently untrustworthy and if we let them come to our country they might just kill us. But at times he almost seemed to be talking, with a wink, about himself. The country knew who he was, and made him president anyway. That may explain Trump’s unusual ability to survive scandals that would have destroyed other politicians (along with the fact that there are so many of them that it can be hard to focus on any one for long). Think about Trump’s various misdeeds. Were there any that were actually surprising? That revealed something about him you didn’t already know?” (08/13/18)

http://prospect.org/article/trumps-cabinet-con-artists

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26) Many Americans don’t like free speech
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“One worrisome result in a recent Ipsos opinion poll is how many Americans don’t believe in freedom of the press. It is true that 85% agree (strongly or somewhat) that ‘freedom of the press is essential for American democracy,’ but 4% disagree (strongly or somewhat, disregarding again those who neither agree nor disagree or who don’t know). The answers to the question of whether freedom of speech ‘is one of the values that makes America great’ are roughly similar.” (08/13/18)

https://www.econlib.org/many-americans-do-not-like-free-speech/

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27) The costs of reneging on the nuclear deal
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“There was never any reason to think that Iran would be interested in negotiating with the U.S. after Trump reneged on the nuclear deal, and Khamenei’s statements confirm that there won’t be any talks as long as Trump is in office. Violating our government’s obligations under this agreement has a cost for the U.S., and part of that cost is that the possibility of negotiating with Iran about anything is dead for the foreseeable future. It isn’t possible to trash one of the most significant diplomatic agreements of the last several decades and then get the other parties that you just betrayed to come back to the table.” (08/13/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-costs-of-reneging-on-the-nuclear-deal-2/

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28) Political borders are economically irrelevant
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Economically, countries are just aggregations of individuals who live under a common legal and political order. (Politically, of course, Portugal and England are meaningful entities; that, however, is another story that also needs unpacking.) What follows from this is that in terms of the nature of the exchange and the specialization that results, there is absolutely no difference between trade across a geopolitical border and trade within such a border. If someone in Chicago consumes a steak from a steer raised in Texas, he is trading with a person or persons in Texas; if he consumes an Argentine steak, he is trading with a person or persons on the Argentinean Pampas. The nature of the exchange and consumption is the same in both cases; economically, they are identical. The difference between them is political and reflects the fact that political power has placed barriers to some kinds of trade and not others.” (08/12/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/08/political-borders-economically-irrelevant.html

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29) Both Republicans and Democrats responsible for rising political incivility
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
by Mark Theissen

“Recently, a New York man, Carlos Bayon, was arrested after leaving threatening messages for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., promising to go after their families and ‘feed them lead.’ When police raided his home, they found 200 rounds of ammunition as well as receipts for an assault rifle and handgun and books with titles such as ‘How to create a foolproof new identity,’ ‘Middle Eastern Terrorist Bomb Designs’ and ‘Silent But Deadly,’ instructions for making homemade silencers. This is the same Steve Scalise who barely survived an assassination attempt last year when James Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer, fired at least 70 rounds in his attack on Republicans practicing on an Alexandria, Va., field for the annual congressional baseball game. It’s worth keeping these episodes in mind as we listen to the rising chorus of warnings that the president’s irresponsible attacks on the media will result in violence.” (08/12/18)

https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/commentary-both-republicans-and-democrats-responsible-for-rising-political-incivility

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30) Trump’s war on Turkey for Pastor Brunson
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Every year, thousands of American citizens are incarcerated in foreign countries. Yet, President Trump has decided to go to war to secure the release of only one of them. What gives with that? The citizen who is receiving the privileged treatment is Andrew Brunson, an American pastor incarcerated in Turkey. He is charged with participating in an attempted coup in 2016 against Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. … when an American citizen travels abroad, he takes his chances. Arrest and incarceration, even on bogus charges, is always a risk. If an American doesn’t want to take that risk, he should stay at home.” (08/13/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/08/13/trumps-war-on-turkey-for-pastor-brunson/

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31) Dreamers
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“People try to tell me that there is no hope. That the status quo is too fully locked in. That the sociopathic manipulators who are driving our species toward war, ecocide and Orwellian dystopia are just too powerful and too good at what they do. That people are too stupid, lazy and deeply asleep to ever have any hope of waking up to what’s going on and throwing off the mechanisms of manipulation and control so that they can turn things around before it’s too late. Every day people try to tell me this. I talk every day about how fucked things are, and people seldom if ever have any problem with the general gist of that message. But whenever I suggest that we’ve still got a fighting chance, I get quite a bit of pushback from readers with a special attachment to the song of doom. … I get the appeal of that perspective. … It feels good. It’s ego candy. But it’s also childish nonsense. The only thing holding the status quo in place is mass media propaganda.” (08/13/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/08/12/dreamers/

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32) On “real” socialism
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman

“If we define socialism in terms of a moral ideal, then a greedy political regime with little concern for equality and the common good can never, by definition, qualify as socialist. But as Jason has pointed out, we shouldn’t build moral principles into the very concept of socialism. For one, this move makes arguments about the moral status of socialist institutions completely uninteresting. To evaluate socialism, we need not look at the real-world outcomes produced by (ostensibly) socialist regimes; we need only check the words Merriam-Webster uses in its entry titled ‘socialism.’ But I want to make a different point. Socialists who play the ‘not real socialism’ card when real-world regimes fail to produce a worker’s paradise are thereby deprived of their right to criticize fascism.” (08/13/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/08/on-real-socialism/

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33) Time for a Nancy Pelosi Farewell Victory Tour
Source: USA Today
by Linda Killian

“It isn’t on Rolling Stone’s list of 2018’s biggest farewell tours, but it’s time. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Assistant Minority Leader Jim Clyburn should announce that for the next three months, they are going to travel the country and campaign like heck, raise lots of money and make sure Democrats win a majority of House seats in November — and that after the election, all of them will step down from their positions to make room for a new generation of Democratic leaders. Pelosi is 78, Clyburn is 78, Hoyer is 79, and it’s time for their Farewell Victory Tour. Pelosi has been Democratic House leader for 16 years. She said Sunday that ‘I think I am the best person for the job.’ Yet her record is mixed at best. Democrats have been in the House majority for only four of Pelosi’s 16 years. On her watch, their number has been among the lowest since Herbert Hoover was president.” (08/13/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/08/13/nancy-pelosi-farewell-tour-win-house-leave-leadership-column/959018002

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34) Forfeiting common sense
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“[M]ost of us common-sensibly understand that evil does not magically become good when perpetrators are not stopped or punished. Thrasymachus was wrong to contend, in Plato’s Republic, that justice is merely the ‘interest of the stronger.’ When it comes to crimes like bank robberies, muggings and car jackings, we have no doubts about this. In such blatant cases, we suffer nothing like the legitimate confusion to which we may be prone regarding the exact border between adjacent parcels of land or the niceties of intellectual property law. Well, somebody tell the New Hampshire state police. Some of them apparently believe it’s okay to steal if you can evade laws against the stealing.” (08/13/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/08/13/forfeitcash/

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35) Five myths about US aid to Egypt
Source: Reuters
by Andrew Miller

“August 14 marks the fifth anniversary of the massacre at Cairo’s Rabaa and Nahda Squares, in which Egyptian security forces killed at least 800 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi and injured thousands more. The Obama administration responded by reviewing military assistance to Egypt and withholding delivery of fighter jets, attack helicopters, tanks, and missiles. Yet Barack Obama eventually yielded to Egyptian complaints and lifted the arms holds, despite the growing repression of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (minister of defense at the time of the killings) in order ‘to address the shared challenges to U.S. and Egyptian interests in an unstable region.’ Five years later, the Trump administration has backed down in its own military aid standoff with Egypt. Last August, amid concerns over Egyptian cooperation with North Korea and Sisi’s crackdown against civil society, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson froze $195 million in military assistance to Cairo.” (08/13/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-miller-egypt-commentary/commentary-five-myths-about-u-s-aid-to-egypt-idUSKBN1KY1WJ

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36) How the term “social justice warrior” became an insult
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Abigail Herbst

“Virtually everyone has heard of the term social justice warrior by now. The term has become quite popular the past few years — so big in fact, that the Oxford Dictionary added it to their dictionary in 2015. Most people by now know that when someone is accused of being a social justice warrior, it is probably not a compliment. But people who have not heard of social justice warriors may be a bit mystified by this insult. The name itself — social justice warrior — seems to refer to people who fight on behalf of society’s downtrodden. How can calling someone a social justice warrior be an insult? The answer to this question has a lot to do with connotation — the ideas or feelings attached to a word.” (08/13/18)

https://fee.org/articles/how-the-term-social-justice-warrior-became-an-insult/

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37) The Democrats’ real Pelosi problem Is after the midterms
Source: The New Republic
by Sarah Jones

“In 2006, just before Nancy Pelosi became speaker of the House of Representatives, Republican strategist Dan Schnur told NPR that ‘if you’re a Republican trying to warn voters against a Democratic vote, even for one of these more moderate candidates, you can say ‘San Francisco values,’ you can mention Nancy Pelosi, and the point you can make in almost a verbal shorthand is to say, ‘Hey, look, these are tax-raising, terrorist-loving, same-sex marriage supporting, ultra-liberal Democrats who aren’t like you and me.” So it’s been for the last 12 years. Pelosi’s name has become a shibboleth, brandished in countless Republican attack ads against Democratic candidates for the House. This year, ahead of the fall midterms, the strategy has only intensified. As USA Today reported in April, a third of all GOP broadcast ads for House races this year featured the Democratic leader — up from 9 percent in 2016 and 13 percent in 2014. Some Democrats fear the strategy is working, costing the party votes and possibly endangering the predicted ‘blue wave’ in November.” (08/13/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150651/democrats-real-pelosi-problem-midterms

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38) Rand Paul stands up for peace
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Libertarians are largely lost in the wilderness of the present era: wandering without a compass, either moral or ideological, and without a clue as to how to get home, never mind reach their ultimate goal of ‘freedom in our time.’ Yes, that was the old slogan that we libertarians started out with: an optimistic battle-cry that, today, seems unrealistic, at best. But is it? And if it isn’t, who can show us the way forward? My answer is simple: look at what Sen. Rand Paul is doing, and take a lesson. Instead of weeping and wailing about the loss of a ‘libertarian moment’ that never really happened, Sen. Paul is making a difference.” [editor’s note: I suppose so, if “making a difference” means “talking about doing something kinda-sorta libertarianish, then folding like a cheap tent the instant any pressure at all is put on him” – TLK] (08/13/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/08/12/rand-paul-stands-up-for-peace/

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39) Exploiting Styron’s ghost
Source: CounterPunch
by Fred Gardner

“Lilly’s peer-reviewed publicists determined that shame was preventing millions of Americans from getting a Depression diagnosis (and proper medication). ‘Overcome your shame’ worked as a sales pitch then and it’s working still– witness the publication in the New York Times August 5 of ‘The Great God of Depression,’ an article about the novelist William Styron by a woman named Pagan Kennedy. It begins: ‘Nearly 30 years ago, the author William Styron outed himself in these pages as mentally ill. ‘My days were pervaded by a gray drizzle of unrelenting horror,’ he wrote in a New York Times Op-Ed article …. Pain is pain, whether it’s in the mind or the body. So why, he asked, were depressed people treated as pariahs? A confession of mental illness might not seem like a big deal now, but it was back then …’ That’s Big PhRMA’s line and it’s false. Discussion of melancholy has always been acceptable among those who could afford to discuss it. The reason people didn’t make ‘a confession of mental illness’ until Prozac came along is that they didn’t define their sadness as mental illness.” (08/13/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/13/exploiting-styrons-ghost/

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40) The coordinated campaign to suppress criticism of Israel
Source: In These Times
by Azadeh Shahshahani

“A new law introduced in the U.S. Congress seeks to clamp down on criticism of Israel at the expense of First Amendment rights. The unconstitutional bill, titled the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018, conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. This U.S. legislation coincides with Israel’s own efforts to crack down on its critics. As Israel continues to engage in gross human rights violations against Palestinians, Israel and its allies in U.S. Congress are trying to prevent Americans from traveling to Palestine to see the situation with their own eyes — and from speaking out about it. As activists, we cannot sit back quietly and allow this to happen. One of the latest targets of Israel’s attempt to prevent further exposure of its systematic human rights abuses was Omar Shakir, the director of Human Rights Watch in Israel-Palestine, who came close to being deported by Israel on May 24, in a blatant attempt to clamp down on criticism of its human rights record.” (08/13/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21379/israel_palestine_suppression_congress_protests_occupation_apartheid

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41) The 1500 pound gorilla Mueller is hiding
Source: OpEdNews
by Don Scotten

“OMG, the Russians are coming — or are they? How long can the deep state and our government convince us of the need for a trillion dollar a year military (every year) if the Russians are not in fact a threat. Consider two boxers in a ring and one weighs 150 lbs and the other weighs 1500 lbs. If you were the larger of these two would you be concerned? The Russian military is ten percent the size of ours and clearly does not represent a clear and present danger to the American people. There is a full court press by our government, the deep state and Mueller to convince the dumbed-down American citizenry that that we need to spend such exaggerated sums on a bloated military when we have no enemy to justify this. The Russians are not coming and it is Mueller’s job to convince otherwise.” (08/13/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-1500-lb-Gorilla-Muelle-by-Don-Scotten-Drought_Election_Fear_Flood-180813-836.html

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42) Quantum Vibe, 08/13/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (08/13/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1833

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43) An in-depth look at the cryptocurrency economy’s “stablecoin” trend
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“Back in the early days, cryptocurrency enthusiasts used to laugh at the thought of a stable cryptocurrency pegged to a specific fiat currency like the US dollar. Although nowadays things have changed and the digital currency tether (USDT) captures more cryptocurrency trade volume than most of the leading nation-state issued fiat currencies like the USD and JPY. Moreover, the past year or so more ‘stablecoins’ have been entering the crypto-economy, and some individuals think stablecoins are necessary elements for the future of this technology.” (08/12/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/an-in-depth-look-at-the-cryptocurrency-economys-stable-coin-trend/

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44) IMF produces another bogus Venezuela inflation forecast
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Steve H Hanke

“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has done it again. In an attempt to garner some press, the head of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department Alejandro Werner forecasted that Venezuela’s annual inflation rate will reach 1,000,000% by year’s end. By my calculations, this inflation forecast implies that the exchange rate will reach 923 million VEF/USD by December 2018. To put this into context, the exchange rate at the end of July was 3.3 million VEF/USD, and at the end of June it was 3.1 million VEF/USD. The IMF’s most recent inflation forecast is, to put it mildly, stunning. It is also bogus. No one can forecast the course or duration of a hyperinflation with any degree of accuracy. Never mind. The IMF just keeps on making forecasts of Venezuela’s inflation. And the press keeps on uncritically reporting the IMF’s bogus numbers as if they were credible.” (08/13/18)

https://mises.org/wire/imf-produces-another-bogus-venezuela-inflation-forecast

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45) Death to America?
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Sean Gabb

“The difficulty with looking ahead is partly that most of the facts are unknown, but partly that the facts already established will be seen out of focus. We always tend to see the world through the twin lenses of unreasonable fear and of wishful thinking. For the world as it is, facts already established provide some correction. For the world as it may be, the only correction is to wait and see. I will, therefore, not predict the decline of American world power. On the one hand, the country does appear to be in decline. It suffers internally from an increasingly predatory and freakish system of government, and from a national culture that is malign in its values and intrinsically worthless. … On the other hand, the bulk of scientific and technological and economic progress remain concentrated in the United States. No other country approaches America in these respects. Nor is there any reason to suppose that any other country will. Also, every country that ever rose to greatness has combined tendencies to further progress and to disintegration.” (08/12/18)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle985-20180812-04.html

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46) The sick thug of Europe
Source: The American Spectator
by Jed Babbin

“Turkey was once the heart of the Ottoman Empire, an Islamic caliphate that included Hungary, the Balkans, Greece and much of the Middle East. In the years leading up to World War One, the Ottoman Empire was known as the ‘sick man of Europe’ because its decay and decline were plain for all to see. Modern Turkey has now succeeded its Ottoman forebear and is wheezing its financial distress. Our most reliable newspaper, the Wall Street Journal, seems confused by the rapid demise of the Turkish economy. It wonders why the United States, which usually intervenes to calm global markets, isn’t doing so to save Turkey from itself. The answer is so simple that even the media ought to understand. Turkey, a NATO ally, has for over a decade treated us as an enemy instead of a friend. President Trump is beginning to return the favor. What Turkey has done, and Mr. Trump is starting to do, is all the result of the actions of Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan who has created an Islamic quasi-dictatorship where a secular democracy once stood.” (08/13/18)

https://spectator.org/the-sick-thug-of-europe/

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47) China and the liberal vision of the Indo-Pacific
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Tridivesh Singh Maini

“Mike Pompeo’s recent speech (titled ‘America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision’) at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC, has been carefully observed across Asia. Beijing has understandably paid close special attention to it. Pompeo emphasized the need for greater connectivity within the Indo-Pacific, while also highlighting the role which the US was likely to play (including financial investments to the tune of $113 million in areas like infrastructure, energy, and digital economy). The US Secretary of State, while stating that this vision was not targeted at anyone, did make references to China’s hegemonic tendencies, as well as the lacunae of Chinese connectivity projects (especially the economic dimension). The Chinese reaction to Pompeo’s speech was interesting. Senior Chinese government officials were initially dismissive of the speech, saying that such ideas have been spoken in the past, but produced no tangible results.” (08/12/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/08/12/china-and-the-liberal-vision-of-the-indo-pacific/

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48) The truth behind Chicago’s violence
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“The bloodletting in Chicago last weekend, with 74 people shot, 12 fatally, was enough to horrify even locals, who are relatively inured to chronic slaughter at the hands of gun-wielding felons. ‘Unbelievable,’ said state Rep. La Shawn Ford, a black Chicago Democrat who went so far as to call on President Donald Trump for help. The shock was also evident beyond Chicago. Rudy Giuliani blamed Democrats in general and Mayor Rahm Emanuel in particular. The mayor’s legacy, he tweeted, is ‘more murders in his city than ever before.’ Everywhere, there was agreement that the city’s mayhem is out of control and in urgent need of measures to contain it. But don’t believe the hype. There are not, in fact, more murders in Chicago than ever before. The number of homicides peaked at 920 in 1991. The death toll last year was 674 — and that was down 15 percent from 2016. This year, even with the latest frenzy of shootings, the number of homicides is 25 percent lower than it was at this point in 2017.” (08/13/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/08/13/the-truth-behind-chicagos-violence

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49) Venezuela is on the verge of a massive humanitarian and economic collapse. The culprit? Socialism.
Source: Cato Institute
by Juan Carlos Hidalgo

“The recent and bizarre alleged assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, complete with exploding armed drones, remains mostly a mystery. Regardless of who perpetrated it or why, however, the controversy is already allegedly being used by the regime to persecute political enemies and distract from the serious economic crisis besieging that country. Despite constant condemnation from outside observers, the situation in Venezuela continues to worsen. A top U.N. official recently warned that the country is on the verge of turning into ‘an absolute disaster in unprecedented proportions for the Western Hemisphere.’” (08/13/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/venezuela-verge-massive-humanitarian-economic-collapse-culprit-socialism

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50) MagicGate: Game culture’s new civil war
Source: spiked
by Alexander Adams

“Magic: the Gathering (MTG) is a game produced by Wizards of the Coast (WOTC), encompassing trading cards, merchandise, online gaming and organised tournaments. A number of vlogging channels have sprung up to discuss MTG products and culture. Jeremy Hambly’s UnsleevedMedia channel has become prominent in part due to his criticism of WOTC’s incorporation of identity and sexual politics: WOTC has reduced the attractiveness of female character designs, uses ‘they’ as the second-person singular pronoun in official texts, and uses explicitly ‘inclusive’ language and tone-policing at MTG events. After Hambly made negative comments about a female cosplayer (someone who dresses up as a fictional character at public events), he was accused of ‘harassment’ and banned for life from participating in WOTC-sanctioned tournaments and online play. He became the first MTG player to be banned for life without the possibility of appeal without having cheated or committed a crime. It seems that Hambly’s severe punishment was due not to a violation of MTG guidelines, but to his unpopularity among some fans and his criticism of WOTC policies.” (08/13/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/magicgate-game-cultures-new-civil-war/

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51) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/13/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Some in Congress seem mystified that the Jones Act, a law to stifle competition in shipping, is making recovery more difficult for Puerto Rico. Colin Grabow explains.” [various formats] (08/13/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/jones-act-hampers-puerto-rico-recover-congress-remains-confused

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/13/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Facebook has ‘hired’ the Atlantic Council — a NATO, US government, and foreign funded ‘think tank’ to determine whether posts or members are authentic or whether they are ‘agents of a foreign power.’ How is it possible that US government’s directly funded entities are collaborating with corporations to decide what speech is to be prohibited?” [Flash video] (08/13/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/why-does-facebook-use-nato-to-help-censor-users

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53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 232
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss a Saudi massacre of Yemeni children on a school bus. The US continues to back Saudi’s slaughter of Yemen children. Will discuss his updated numbers of Yemenis killed in the civil war. Will and Kyle also debunk the most common myths of the Yemen Civil War.” [various formats] (08/13/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-232-yemeni-children-massacred-guest-will-porter

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54) Scott Adams Says, 08/13/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about how SPLC defines hate, Iran negotiating, urban housing, and fizzled protests. With coffee.” [Flash video] (08/13/18)

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

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55) One Free Family, episode 27
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Last week James and Taylor took their kids to the sleepaway summer camp they co-founded — Camp Stomping Ground — and now they are back and full of thoughts. They talk about what it’s like to be in community with 100+ kids who are all free to do basically whatever they want, what they learned about their own kids, and a lot of the child-development issues that are present themselves when you get so many kids of all different ages together in community. Are kids ‘lazy’ when left to choose what they want to do? Can people of different backgrounds and ages get along without strict rules? How does Stomping Ground resolve conflict when it arises? Tune in and find out!” [Flash audio] (08/13/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/seeing-child-freedom-in-action-at-camp-stomping-ground-off027/

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56) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 361
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode, Marc is joined by long-time friend of the show, the former host of the Remso Republic and author of the new book, ‘Stay Away from the Libertarians!’ the one and only Remso W. Martinez! Remso catches us up on everything from how the Lions of Liberty influenced him as a libertarian to why he ended the Remso Republic podcast to his ghost hunting adventurous and of course, what inspired his new book. Marc and Remso dive into Remso’s claim that anarchists aren’t libertarians, and why is Remso a Republican?” [various formats] (08/13/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/08/13/remso-w-martinez-on-stay-away-from-the-libertarians/

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57) Sheldon Richman on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Sheldon Richman joins the show to talk about the many abuses of the Palestinians at Israeli hands, including displacement through settlements on the West Bank and even targeted killing of civilians, both of which the Israeli government does with impunity. Richman explains that the Palestinian Authority is just an enforcer of these policies, and is often complicit in carrying them out. Finally, Scott and Sheldon discuss Western sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians and why it’s often lacking.” [various formats] (08/12/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/8-10-18-sheldon-richman-on-israels-mistreatment-of-the-palestinians/

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58) Free Talk Live, 08/12/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Unite the Right un-Rally :: The War on Drugs :: Rising Household Income :: Good attitudes result in good outcomes :: Gamer doesn’t play with women :: Sexism in gaming :: Mark and Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/12/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-08-12

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59) The Last Nighters, episode 32
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Based on a suggestion by a listener and to highlight the recent anniversary of the atom bombs being dropped on Japan, we cover ‘Barefoot Gen’ and also briefly contrast it with ‘Grave of the Fireflies.’ Demanding unconditional surrender and using the pretense of invasion as political maneuvering while showing the destructive capacity now wielded to brewing adversaries, an entire generation of innocent civilians are murdered in cold blood with the wrong answer to the philosophical trolley problem. The movies both show the horror of war at home that is then amplified at the dawn of the nuclear age.” [Flash audio] (08/12/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/the-last-nighters-episode-32-barefoot-gen/

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60) The Anarchist Experience, episode 177
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“MC’s out at a conference, So Rich flies solo, reading the news after a brief update on his Adventure in LegalLand. HEADLINES: The Free Market Will Take Care of Companies That Censor Content … Welfare Spending Did Not Decrease Poverty, Capitalism Did … Why farm subsidies hurt small farmers.” [various formats] (08/13/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/08/13/the-anarchist-experience-177/

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