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Volume XVI, Issue #4,037
Thursday, August 16th, 2018
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In the News:

1) White House: Brennan’s security clearance revoked
2) CO: Masterpiece Cakeshop owner sues Hickenlooper, claiming religious persecution despite SCOTUS ruling
3) Afghanistan: Dozens of regime troops killed in Taliban attack
4) Jury set to begin deliberations in Manafort trial
5) Mystery Russian satellite’s behaviour raises alarm in US
6) AZ: Police commander kept his body camera on during a “questionable time”
7) Senate study faults government care of migrant children
8) US applications for New Zealand citizenship jump 70% after election
9) MT: Pearl Jam skewered by Republicans over poster of burning White House
10) New Zealand: Regime bans most foreigners from buying homes
11) CT: School lunch ladies accused of stealing $500,000 from cafeteria
12) MN: Pawlenty loses comeback bid
13) VT: Hallquist, Scott win gubernatorial primaries
14) Twitter joins Alex Jones purge
15) KS: Colyer concedes primary a week after voting

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Social Security fails
17) Safety regulations could kill the scooter revolution (but they totally won’t)
18) What dictators can’t dictate
19) Plans to memorialize a war without end
20) How you can find socialism in a capitalist world
21) Capitalism? Democrats say, “Pfoo!”
22) Trump would be stupid to talk to Mueller
23) The recruitment problem the military doesn’t want to talk about
24) How to cure corporate America’s selfishness
25) Private enterprise can manage money production
26) Academic freedom is a bipartisan value
27) The new face of Afghanistan’s war
28) America could use more “out of the mainstream” judges
29) Andrew Cuomo’s accidental crime
30) Donald Trump is turning US economic sanctions into an empty threat
31) Meet the militant taxi drivers union that defeated Uber and Lyft
32) Why Scandinavia isn’t exceptional
33) Scary. Deeply, truly scary
34) Editorial collusion by dozens of newspapers proves Trump’s point: The media are biased
35) It’s time to free all speech again
36) Government-pushed ethanol harms people, environment
37) The Fed and interest rates
38) Russiagate and the men with glass eyes
39) Most outrageous negotiation strategy yet
40) California: A legacy of filth and evil, part 2
41) “Duhhh, stop defending Alex Jones! This will never hurt the left, derp duh!”
42) Quantum Vibe, 08/15/18
43) The tough economics of fuel economy standards
44) Here’s how Trump can end the whole Mueller investigation farce
45) Launch on what?

The Sound and the Fury:

46) We Are Libertarians, episode 307
47) As Twitter suspends Alex Jones, should we worry about Silicon Valley regulating speech?
48) Political Research Digest, 08/15/18
49) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/15/18
50) Scott Adams Says, 08/15/18
51) The Libertarian Angle, 08/14/18
52) Blockchain 2025, 08/15/18
53) Electric Libertyland, episode 85
54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 233
55) Free Talk Live, 08/14/18
56) Phil Weiss on The Scott Horton Show
57) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 9
58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1217
59) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/14/18
60) The Bob Zadek Show, 08/12/18

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

1) White House: Brennan’s security clearance revoked
Source: CBS News

“White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday that President Trump has ordered former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance to be revoked. Brennan served in the Obama administration. He was CIA director from 2013 to 2017. … Sanders brought into question why former government officials should maintain their security clearances, although these clearances are typically valid for five years. ‘More broadly, the issue of Mr. Brennan’s security clearance raises larger questions about the practice of former officials maintaining access to our nation’s most sensitive secrets long after their time in government has ended,’ Sanders said. ‘Such access is particularly inappropriate when former officials have transitioned into highly partisan positions and seek to use real or perceived access to sensitive information to validate their political attacks.’” (08/15/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/live-white-house-briefing-august-15-2018-live-stream/

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2) CO: Masterpiece Cakeshop owner sues Hickenlooper, claiming religious persecution despite SCOTUS ruling
Source: Denver Post

“The owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop has sued Gov. John Hickenlooper and state civil rights officials, claiming the state has renewed its ‘crusade’ by investigating him — in defiance of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision — for refusing to create a cake commemorating a gender transition. Jack Phillips of Lakewood brought the lawsuit late Tuesday night in U.S. District Court in Denver against Hickenlooper and members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. According to Phillips’ lawsuit, the commission ruled that he once again violated the state’s nondiscrimination law when he refused to bake a cake for an Arvada woman who wanted one to celebrate a gender transition.” [editor’s note: The SCOTUS ruling was “narrow” — it was about whether or not the state board was fair in its treatment of his specific belief, not about whether or not the law itself was constitutional. That “narrowness” runs both ways; they’re not “defying” SCOTUS by investigating a new complaint. That’s on SCOTUS for avoiding the real issues (freedom of association and speech) – TLK] (08/15/18)

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/08/15/masterpiece-cakeshop-hickenlooper-lawsuit/

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3) Afghanistan: Dozens of regime troops killed in Taliban attack
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“At least 40 Afghan soldiers and police were killed in a Taliban attack on a military outpost in a northern province, the latest in a series of deadly assaults on security forces. Nine policemen and 35 soldiers died in the attack in Afghanistan’s Baghlan province that began in the early hours of Wednesday, officials said. … The assault in Baghlan came as fighting between the Taliban and security forces raged in several areas of the war-torn country.” (08/15/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/afghanistan-dozens-security-forces-killed-taliban-attack-180815065025633.html

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4) Jury set to begin deliberations in Manafort trial
Source: CNN

“Jurors are set to begin deliberating Thursday morning whether to convict President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort of bank fraud and tax evasion. The high-stakes prosecution of Manafort by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team reached its conclusion with Wednesday’s closing arguments — with prosecutors accusing Mueller of ‘lies’ and defense lawyers questioning the credibility of key witnesses. … [T.S.] Ellis, the judge, instructed the jury not to consider the Manafort team’s characterizations of Mueller’s team’s motives.” (08/15/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/15/politics/paul-manafort-trial-closing-arguments/index.html

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5) Mystery Russian satellite’s behaviour raises alarm in US
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A mysterious Russian satellite displaying ‘very abnormal behaviour’ has raised alarm in the US, according to a State Department official. ‘We don’t know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it,’ said assistant secretary Yleem Poblete at a conference in Switzerland on 14 August. She voiced fears that it was impossible to say if the object may be a weapon. Russia has dismissed the comments as ‘unfounded, slanderous accusations based on suspicions.’ The satellite in question was launched in October last year. ‘[The satellite’s] behaviour on-orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before from on-orbit inspection or space situational awareness capabilities, including other Russian inspection satellite activities,’ Ms Poblete told the conference on disarmament in Switzerland. ‘Russian intentions with respect to this satellite are unclear and are obviously a very troubling development,’ she added, citing recent comments made by the commander of Russia’s Space Forces, who said adopting ‘new prototypes of weapons’ was a key objective for the force.” (08/15/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45194333

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6) AZ: Police commander kept his body camera on during a “questionable time”
Source: USA Today

“A former police commander using a department body camera filmed himself having sex in his office and stored pornography on a work computer, according to court and investigative records that portray a law-enforcement agency dominated by officers previously fired or suspended from other departments. The ex-commander, Anthony Doran, was the target of a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office administrative probe in March. A report from that investigation, obtained by The Arizona Republic, alleges a Superior police secretary discovered the sex video while conducting official business on Doran’s computer. The video, dated April 2017, apparently was stored on a jump drive that resembled a police radio and was attached to Doran’s computer. The sheriff’s report describes a nearly 4-minute video showing Doran, then the agency’s second in command, wearing a uniform shirt with the Superior police insignia but no pants or underwear. ‘Anthony is sitting in an office chair and straddling him is a naked adult female (who is not a police employee),’ the report states.” (08/15/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/08/15/sex-tryst-video-body-camera-arizona-police-commander/997560002

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7) Senate study faults government care of migrant children
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The government has made only incremental improvements to its troubled efforts to care for thousands of migrant children detained entering the U.S. without their parents, perpetuating a problem the Trump administration has aggravated with its ‘zero tolerance’ immigration crackdown, a bipartisan Senate report said Wednesday. The 52-page study said no federal agency takes responsibility for making sure children aren’t abused or used in human trafficking once the government places them with sponsors, who sometimes aren’t their parents or close relatives. Immigration judges are ordering the deportation of growing proportions of these children partly because the government does little to ensure they get to court, and officials haven’t provided sufficient mental health services for some of them, the report said. ‘Major deficiencies persist that leave the children at significant risk for trafficking and abuse and undermine our immigration system,’ said the report by the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s investigations subcommittee. It said a recent attempt at coordination between the departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security ‘does little to offer hope that federal agencies are working to improve’ children’s safety, and it called the situation ‘untenable.’” (08/15/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Senate-study-faults-government-care-of-migrant-13158994.php

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8) US applications for New Zealand citizenship jump 70% after election
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The number of Americans who applied for citizenship in New Zealand has jumped 70% in the three months since President Donald Trump was elected. There were 170 US applications during the first 12 weeks, compared with 100 a year earlier, say the Associated Press. So the total figure remains relatively low. But the deep divisions left by a bruising US election appear to make New Zealand (famous for its scenery) look more attractive than ever. In the two days after Mr Trump’s upset, New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs said the number of Americans visiting its website to learn about citizenship increased to 4,146 from 305 on the same two weekdays a month earlier. Alanna Irving, a 33-year-old technology start-up entrepreneur from San Francisco moved to New Zealand six years ago.” (08/15/18)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39270690

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9) MT: Pearl Jam skewered by Republicans over poster of burning White House
Source: USA Today

“Republicans are condemning a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump. But Pearl Jam’s bassist, Jeff Ament, is unapologetic, issuing a statement Wednesday saying he was the “sole conceptualist” for the poster. He said the role of an artist is to make people think and feel, and the current administration has people thinking and feeling. He says he welcomes all interpretations and discourse and ends with, ‘Love, from the First Amendment, Jeff Ament.’ But the National Republican Senate Committee and Montana Senate candidate Matt Rosendale both compared the poster to the now-infamous photo of the comedian Kathy Griffin holding a fake decapitated Trump head. The rock group’s Twitter account says the official poster from the rock group’s Missoula, Montana, show Monday is a collaboration between Ament and artist Bobby Brown, also known as Bobby Draws Skulls. The ‘Rock2Vote’ concert aimed to encourage young people to vote in the November midterm elections and support Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, who is from Ament’s hometown of Big Sandy.” (08/15/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2018/08/15/pearl-jam-republicans-poster-burning-white-house/999339002

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10) New Zealand: Regime bans most foreigners from buying homes
Source: ABC News

“New Zealand has banned most foreigners from buying homes as it tries to tackle runaway housing prices. Previously the housing market was open to investors worldwide, but the government on Wednesday passed legislation that allows only New Zealand residents to buy homes. In recent years, there have been many anecdotal stories of wealthy foreigners from Silicon Valley and beyond buying ranches in picturesque rural New Zealand as a ‘bolt hole’ or escape option from a turbulent world. There have also been stories of wealthy Chinese buyers outbidding New Zealanders on suburban homes in the main city of Auckland.” (08/15/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/zealand-bans-foreigners-buying-homes-57187192

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11) CT: School lunch ladies accused of stealing $500,000 from cafeteria
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“For four years, nearly half-a-million dollars quietly vanished from cafeteria registers at two schools in Connecticut. No one noticed the money was missing from the schools in New Canaan until 2017, when the school district installed an enhanced accounting system, authorities said. Now two sisters are accused of allegedly pocketing $478,000 in cash from New Canaan Public Schools in a scalm that authorities say dates back to 2013. Joanne Pascarelli, 61, and Marie Wilson, 67, both worked at cafeterias at Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School during that time. They were arrested this week and charged with larceny and defrauding a public community, the school district said.” (08/15/18)

https://www.stltoday.com/news/school-lunch-ladies-accused-of-stealing-from-cafeteria/article_6ffbd091-f9d9-55d2-a117-ed64a0c3a7a6.html

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12) MN: Pawlenty loses comeback bid
Source: The Hill

“Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) failed on Tuesday in his comeback bid for a third term, as state Republicans chose Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson (R) as their nominee to replace the state’s term-limited governor. With 68 percent of precincts reporting, Johnson was projected as the winner by The Associated Press with 53 percent of the vote compared to Pawlenty’s 44 percent. The Republican primary became unexpectedly contested in the final weeks before voters headed to the polls. Johnson, who was the party’s nominee for governor in 2014, cast himself as President Trump’s ideological compatriot. … Johnson will face Rep. Tim Walz (D), the winner of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party nomination, in November in the race to replace Gov. Mark Dayton (D).” (08/14/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/401886-pawlenty-loses-comeback-bid-in-minnesota

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13) VT: Hallquist, Scott win gubernatorial primaries
Source: Burlington Free Press

“Vermont Democrats made history Tuesday by nominating Christine Hallquist as the first transgender individual to be a major party candidate for governor. Meanwhile, preliminary results showed that Gov. Phil Scott survived a challenge animated by his former Republican allies in the gun-rights movement. The general election matchup pits Hallquist, a former utility executive who has never held statewide elected office, against Scott, a former construction company owner seeking a second term.” [editor’s note: There aren’t any declared Libertarian candidates, and the story omits any mention of Progressive or Liberty Union Party contests – TLK] (08/14/18)

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/politics/2018/08/14/vermont-primary-christine-hallquist-wins-democratic-primary-phil-scott-republican/991259002/

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14) Twitter joins Alex Jones purge
Source: CNN

“Twitter has suspended far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform for one week. The news was first shared by an InfoWars personality, who tweeted a screenshot of Jones'[s] Twitter account — indicating the company limited some of Jones'[s] account features temporarily. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the screenshot. The spokesperson said the content which prompted Twitter to suspend Jones was a video published Tuesday in which he said, ‘Now is time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag.’ … Twitter is one of the only major social media companies that has not scrubbed its platform of Jones or InfoWars.” (08/14/18)

https://money.cnn.com/2018/08/14/media/twitter-alex-jones/index.html

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15) KS: Colyer concedes primary a week after voting
Source: New York Post

“Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer conceded the GOP gubernatorial primary on Tuesday night to immigration hardliner Kris Kobach. Colyer made the concession after provisional ballots in the state’s largest county made his victory less likely, according to The Washington Post. The election was held on Aug. 7. The candidates had been separated by just a few hundred votes. … Kobach, who is Kansas’ secretary of state, was backed by President Trump for the primary contest.” (08/14/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/08/14/kansas-gov-concedes-primary-to-trump-backed-gop-candidate/

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

16) Social Security fails
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“Social Security is running out of money. You may not believe that, but it’s a fact. That FICA money taken from your paycheck was not saved for you in a ‘trust fund.’ Politicians misled us. They spent every penny the moment it came in. This started as soon as they created Social Security. They assumed that FICA payments from young workers would cover the cost of sending checks to older people. After all, at the time, most Americans died before they reached 65. Now, however, people keep living longer. There just aren’t enough young people to cover my Social Sedurity checks. So Social Security is going broke. This year, the program went into the red for the first time. Presidents routinely promise to fix this problem. George W. Bush said he’d ‘strengthen and save’ Social Security. Barack Obama said he’d ‘safeguard’ it, and Donald Trump said that he’ll ‘save’ it. But none has done anything to save it.” (08/15/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2018/08/15/social-security-fails-n2509758

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17) Safety regulations could kill the scooter revolution (but they totally won’t)
Source: Everything Voluntary
by James Walpole

“I may be a rule-follower, but I’ve been around long enough to know that the world needs rule-breakers. And while Bird and Lime may be taking the legally sound route of strict terms of use, their early adopters are taking the technologically-sound route of doing whatever the hell they want. This is the great secret behind Bird and Lime’s success: no one is following the restrictive helmet and sidewalk rules, and few people ever have. Without much of a conversation, I think we have all realized that the safety regulations that would attempt to constrain the scooter revolution are ridiculous. And this is why the safety regulations won’t succeed. In choosing to ignore them, we consumers have given fuel to a new industry that will soon be here to stay.” (08/15/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/safety-regulations-could-kill-the-scooter-revolution-but-they-totally-wont

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18) What dictators can’t dictate
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“Recep Tayyip Erdogan is learning a lesson that history has taught, sometimes harshly, to many men of his kind in the past: Tyrants have power, but markets have more power. If you are a tyrant, you can declare a ‘state of emergency’ to give yourself special powers. … But capital in the 21st century is slippery. It is restless, and it will not sit still for abuse. It is difficult to seize. The iron fist of tyranny is no good against 21st-century capital, which slips between the tyrant’s grubby little fingers like water. Turkey’s currency, the lira, lost half its value as the world’s investors discovered themselves having second thoughts about exposing themselves to the caprices of a vicious autocrat. Erdogan, for all his sultanic pretense, is nearly defenseless against the power of simple preference.” (08/15/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/recep-erdogan-turkey-markets-stronger-than-dictators/

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19) Plans to memorialize a war without end
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald & Jerrod Laber

“In June, it was announced that a monument for soldiers who fought in the first Gulf War was approved for construction on the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial, by the US Commission of Fine Arts. Elizabeth K. Meyer, a professor at the University of Virginia and member of the commission, expressed concern over ‘the proliferation of war memorials on the National Mall,’ according to the Washington Post. ‘The Mall is a public space that symbolizes our collective national identity, and we’re more than wars. We’re more than commemorating the dead …’ Her worry is due to plans for four other war memorials on or around the Mall in the near future: dedications to World War I, Native American Veterans, African-American Veterans in the Revolution, and the most off-putting, yet inevitable of all, a Global War on Terror Memorial, scheduled for construction in 2024. A Global War on Terror Memorial is objectionable for many reasons, but the most obvious is that the war is not over — and in fact, by the letter of the law, can never be over.” (08/15/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2018/08/14/plans-to-memorialize-a-war-without-end/

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20) How you can find socialism in a capitalist world
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Before and after my ‘Capitalism vs. Socialism’ Debate with Elizabeth Bruenig, we had quite a while to chat. While I was nonplussed by her case for socialism, she was quite gracious in person. There are probably plenty of socialists like her: Nice people who find capitalism disgusting. Which gets me thinking: If capitalism made my flesh crawl and I knew socialism wasn’t coming anytime soon, how would I cope? What is the best way for a can-do socialist to find socialism in a capitalist world?” (08/15/18)

https://www.econlib.org/how-you-can-find-socialism-in-a-capitalist-world/

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21) Capitalism? Democrats say, “Pfoo!”
Source: The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

“The biennial Gallup poll on Americans’ sentiments toward capitalism and socialism came out this week, and the numbers tell us a lot, particularly about today’s Democrats. As in the 2016 poll, the share of Democrats who have a favorable view of socialism remains both high and essentially unchanged: 58 percent two years ago, 57 percent today. In this year’s poll, however, for the first time the share of Democrats who view socialism favorably has taken a non-trivial lead over the share who feel the same way about capitalism. Two years ago, 56 percent of Democrats had a positive view of capitalism, essentially tying it with socialism. … This year, by contrast, the share of Democrats viewing capitalism positively tumbled to 47 percent — a full ten points beneath the share looking kindly on socialism. It’s easy to read too much into these numbers …. When many Democrats hear the word ‘socialism,’ they think of such popular social democratic programs as Social Security and Medicare, or the single-payer systems and free public universities that exist in Western Europe. When many Republicans hear [it] they think of Joseph Stalin.” (08/15/18)

http://prospect.org/blog/tapped/capitalism-democrats-say-pfoo

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22) Trump would be stupid to talk to Mueller
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“[I]ncreasingly desperate over the passage of 15 months and still no charges by Mueller against Trump, the mainstream press is doing its best to pressure and manipulate Trump into agreeing to be interviewed by Mueller. The New York Times, for example, titles its August 13 editorial with ‘There’s No Need to Fear Mueller, Mr. President — if You Have Nothing to Hide.’ Oh, but there is something to fear! It’s called a ‘perjury trap.’ It’s a favorite tactic of federal prosecutors, especially ones who want to punish people but have insufficient evidence to convict them of what they want to convict them of. … That’s why Mueller wants to interview Trump. He’s hoping that Trump slips up and tells a lie, which will then enable him to go after Trump for the lie rather than supposedly ‘colluding’ with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton. Let’s get one thing clear: Trump has no obligation whatsoever to help Mueller with his investigation. If Mueller can’t get enough evidence to charge Trump with unlawfully ‘colluding’ with Russia, that’s his problem. He can’t expect Trump to sit down and assist him with his investigation of Trump.” (08/15/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/08/15/trump-would-be-stupid-to-talk-to-mueller/

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23) The recruitment problem the military doesn’t want to talk about
Source: The American Conservative
by Mark Perry

“Back in September 2016, candidate Trump promised he would not only increase the Pentagon’s budget, he would add more soldiers, sailors, and airmen (and women) to the military’s ranks. In April, Trump followed up on his pledge by signing a defense bill that not only ended the spending caps, but called for an increase in the military’s size in 2018 by adding 20,000 new personnel … [O]ne in three potential recruits are disqualified from service because they’re overweight, one in four cannot meet minimal educational standards (a high school diploma or GED equivalent), and one in 10 have a criminal history. In plain terms, about 71 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds (the military’s target pool of potential recruits) are disqualified from the minute they enter a recruiting station …. while the military takes pride in attracting those who are fit, educated, law abiding, and drug-free, they’re having difficulty finding them …. Then too, of the pool of remaining potential recruits, only one in eight actually want to join the military, and of that number, fully 30 percent of those who have the requisite high school diploma or GED equivalent fail to pass the Armed Forces Qualification Test …” (08/15/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-recruitment-problem-the-military-doesnt-want-to-talk-about/

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24) How to cure corporate America’s selfishness
Source: The New Republic
by David Dayen

“Corporations have always been ‘creatures of the State,’ as Teddy Roosevelt once called them. But they have become a kind of Frankenstein’s monster, unmoored from their creators to wreak havoc on the countryside. Corporations no longer consider the broad public interest in making decisions, nor do they worry that the state will ever revoke their license to operate. They only consider the desires of their shareholders, which has led to record corporate profits, stagnant wages, soaring inequality, and a shrinking middle class. On Wednesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren proposed a counterweight to this relatively recent phenomenon in American business. Her bill, the Accountable Capitalism Act, revolves around a simple idea: The government would grant corporations the right to exist through a public charter, and could use that power to put obligations on corporations to benefit the broader public rather than a small handful of shareholders. A federal corporate charter, required for all companies with over $1 billion in annual revenue, would be granted through a new Office of United States Corporations in the Commerce Department.” (08/15/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150695/cure-corporate-americas-selfishness

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25) Private enterprise can manage money production
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“‘The avarice and injustice of princes and sovereign states.’ This is Adam Smith’s phrase. He said that this was what is been behind the destruction of money through the ages. Two-hundred years later, F.A. Hayek, after a career of pleading with governments to stop destroying the quality of money, said that the only way to protect money as a good from the avarice of governments was total separation. Money should be produced privately. The debate is alive again today, with digital-age monetary inventions that are attempting to compete with government money. Debunkers are everywhere. Money can’t be left to the market to produce and manage. It is a thing for the state to do. Governments have been in the money business for thousands of years. It must always be so. Georg Friedrich Knapp proved this more than one hundred years ago! Let’s consider.” (08/15/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/private-enterprise-can-manage-money-production

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26) Academic freedom is a bipartisan value
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman

“I agree that academics ought not to be targeted for their political views. We should debate those with whom we disagree rather than intimidate them into silence. However, this is not a uniquely ‘right-wing’ problem. Consider, for instance, that the left-leaning group ‘UnKoch My Campus’ also lists and targets professors for political reasons. Partisans on all sides are happy to target academics whose research they dislike.” (08/15/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/08/academic-freedom-is-a-bipartisan-value/

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27) The new face of Afghanistan’s war
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“On the streets of the city of Ghazni this week, Afghan troops and Taliban fighters battled for the future of Afghanistan. It was a savage fight. Several hundred Taliban insurgents attacked the town on Friday, and at the height of the battle they dominated the city, pushing back Afghan security forces to only a few key strongpoints while residents cowered in their homes. The Taliban said Wednesday it was pulling back its fighters from the city, but the government said an attack on an army base nearby killed at least 44 police and soldiers. Should the Taliban have captured Ghazni, it would have been the first major urban victory since a short-lived 2015 takeover of Kunduz. Instead, they demonstrated once again their limitations. The insurgents remain adept at savage, one-off attacks, grabbing headlines and continuing to seize control of rural areas — this week they overrun several countryside districts in the broader Ghazni Province. But they have proved unable to grab control of Afghanistan’s key urban areas from a government with access to U.S. and Western airpower as well as its own increasingly capable security forces.” (08/15/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-afghanistan-commentary/commentary-the-new-face-of-afghanistans-war-idUSKBN1L01MJ

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28) America could use more “out of the mainstream” judges
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Gary M Galles

“Brett Kavanaugh’s impending confirmation hearings have sustained what has been over a decade-long Democrat ‘go to’ Supreme Court strategy — calling nominees they don’t like ‘out of the mainstream.’ In 2007, incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer asserted that any Bush nominee ‘must prove … they are in the mainstream rather than we have to prove that they are not.’ In 2018, Schumer has been joined by many other Democrat colleagues in the ‘out of the mainstream’ accusation, with the only important change being the name of the nominee. So what is the point of all the mainstream rhetoric? To be in the mainstream sounds good; to be out of it sounds bad. But it rests on a distortion.” (08/15/18)

https://fee.org/articles/america-could-use-more-out-of-the-mainstream-judges/

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29) Andrew Cuomo’s accidental crime
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“During a visit to the Adirondacks last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recalled retrieving a feather shed by an eagle that ‘swooped down right next to us with this beautiful, graceful glide’ as he was canoeing with his family on Lake Saranac. Cuomo did not realize he was confessing to a crime. As the Associated Press pointed out, picking up that feather was a federal offense, punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and up to a year in prison. Cuomo, who said he would remedy the situation by returning the feather to the lake or surrendering it to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, clearly does not expect to be punished for a crime he committed inadvertently, and therein lies a lesson he should take to heart. … Cuomo’s position on mens rea seems clear. He believes criminal intent should be required for a criminal conviction, but only when he’s the person breaking the law.” (08/15/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/08/15/andrew-cuomos-accidental-crime

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30) Donald Trump is turning US economic sanctions into an empty threat
Source: USA Today
by Edward Fishman

“After reinstating sanctions against Iran last week, President Donald Trump touted them as ‘the most biting sanctions ever imposed.’ The move comes just as the Trump administration is beginning to acknowledge that another target of U.S. sanctions — North Korea — has made no progress toward denuclearization. It seems only a matter of time before Trump is compelled to make good on the sanctions threat he made after his summit with Kim Jong Un back in June: the ‘three hundred very big ones, powerful ones’ ready to go should Pyongyang backtrack on its commitments. But there is one major problem with all of Trump’s sanctions bluster: his actions have so weakened U.S. sanctions that they are rapidly ceasing to be a credible threat. The strength of U.S. sanctions is partly rooted in the power and reach of the American economy. But two other ingredients (international support and clarity of purpose) are essential for the most complicated sanctions campaigns to work.” (08/15/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/08/15/donald-trump-turning-american-sanctions-into-empty-threat-column/945745002

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31) Meet the militant taxi drivers union that defeated Uber and Lyft
Source: In These Times
by Chris Brooks

“The New York Taxi Workers Alliance knows how to throw a punch. On August 14, the scrappy but militant 21,000 member union representing taxi and for-hire vehicle drivers in New York City won a landmark legislative victory establishing the country’s first cap on ride-sharing company vehicles and essentially forcing them to pay their drivers a minimum wage. This fight pitted the Taxi Workers Alliance against corporate giants Uber and Lyft, which together employ more lobbyists than Amazon, Walmart and Microsoft combined. Uber alone spent $1 million between January and June of this year trying to put the brakes on the Taxi Workers Alliance’s efforts. There is little wonder why. New York City is Uber’s largest U.S. market and the number of Uber and Lyft vehicles on the streets have exploded in recent years, from 25,000 in 2015 to 80,000 in 2018.” (08/15/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21386/militant_taxi_drivers_union_uber_lyft_alliance_new_york_city

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32) Why Scandinavia isn’t exceptional
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Per Bylund

“The Scandinavian countries, and primary among them Sweden, are commonly referred to as anomalies or inspirations, depending on one’s political point of view. The reason is that the countries do not appear to fit the general pattern: they are enormously successful whereas they ‘shouldn’t’ be. Indeed, Scandinavians enjoy very high living standards despite having very large, progressive welfare states for which they pay the world’s highest taxes.” (08/15/18)

https://mises.org/wire/why-scandinavia-isnt-exceptional

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33) Scary. Deeply, truly scary
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Companies Shouldn’t Be Accountable Only to Shareholders’ (August 15) is one of the most frightening displays of economic ignorance and intellectual arrogance that I’ve ever read from a high U.S. government official. … In effect, Sen. Warren’s aim is to confiscate a large chunk of the property of equity owners (those whose economic welfare is most directly tied to the quality of corporate decision-making) and transfer it to a largely nebulous set of ‘stakeholders’ (those who, having directly risked nothing of their own on the performance of corporations, will nevertheless get a say in how corporations are run simply because politicians, bureaucrats, and judges declare them — according to what criteria we do not know — to be ‘stakeholders’).” (08/15/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/08/scary-deeply-truly-scary.html

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34) Editorial collusion by dozens of newspapers proves Trump’s point: The media are biased
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The Boston Globe had the great idea to get 100 newspapers around the country to publish editorials Thursday to ‘push back’ against President Trump for his critical remarks about the press. In doing so, they’ve only confirmed that he is dead right. The idea is to counterbalance Trump’s effective recent jabs at the press for their ‘fake news’ and his clearly inflammatory remark that the news media are the ‘enemy of the people.’ … ‘We have some big newspapers, but the majority are from smaller markets, all enthusiastic about standing up to Trump’s assault on journalism,’ Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe’s deputy editorial page editor, told CNN. Though the number of participating newspapers was initially estimated at 100, it now appears it will be about 70. Still, that’s a lot. And even the American Society of Newspaper Editors has disgraced itself by supporting it.” (08/15/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/editorial-collusion-media-bias

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35) It’s time to free all speech again
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Last week, some of the biggest social media corporations colluded to silence a voice they didn’t like. No matter how you feel about Alex Jones and his Infowars media brand, this wasn’t good for free speech. It was the escalation of a war that has been building for some time, where voices running counter to the political biases of the dominant social media empires are being silenced. If your argument is so weak you feel the need to silence the other side rather than respond with your own well-thought-out points, then your opinions are probably wrong. Censorship is a loser’s move. It’s not just voices from the political right that have been silenced. Libertarian activists are being targeted as well. Private companies have the right to kick anyone off their platform for any reason. However, is a corporation, which has sought and received special privileges from government, still a ‘private company?’” (08/15/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/08/15/voices/its-time-to-free-all-speech-again/158748.html

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36) Government-pushed ethanol harms people, environment
Source: Independent Institute
by Craig Eyermann

“When the elected officials and bureaucrats who run a government want to stack the deck in favor of a politically connected special interest, they have three main ways that they can go about it: 1. They can subsidize the special interest, often using taxpayer cash. 2. They can penalize the competition of the special interest, often through tariffs. 3. They can mandate that people do business with the special interest. Each of these actions is economically harmful as government-backed subsidies, penalties and mandates all impose unnecessary costs on regular people. Worse, they often lead to predictable, if often unintended, consequences that do serious damage beyond what they do to personal finances. In the case of ethanol in the United States, the federal government has employed all three measures over the years, frequently with bipartisan political support.” (08/14/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/08/14/government-pushed-ethanol-harms-people-environment/

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37) The Fed and interest rates
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

“Most experts agree that through the manipulation of short-term interest rates, the central bank by means of expectations regarding future interest rate policy can also dictate the direction of long-term interest rates. On this way of thinking expectations regarding future short-term interest rates are instrumental in setting the long-term rates. (Note the long-term rates are an average of short-term rates on this way of thinking). Given the supposedly almost absolute control over interest rates, the central bank by correct manipulations of short-term interest rates could navigate the economy along the growth path of economic prosperity, so it is held. (In fact, this is the mandate given to central banks).” (08/15/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/08/the-fed-and-interest-rates/

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38) Russiagate and the men with glass eyes
Source: CounterPunch
by Jason Hirthler

“Not capable of bringing real proof in an American court of law, corrupt as it is, Robert Mueller’s special counsel cleverly — or perhaps transparently — choose to indict Russians who will never see the inside of a North American courtroom, as well as a handful of Trumpian associates who he is able to convict for crimes uncovered in his borderless troll through Trump’s nefarious real estate backrooms, but which have nothing to do with the so-called ‘collusion’ suspicion for which Mueller has been engaged. (Mueller had already proven his fealty to the deep state with his pathetic lies about Iraqi WMDs. Add to that his lantern-jawed image of probity and gravitas and he fits the role. Shakespeare could have wielded him well in a production of Henry VI.) Not only this, but like the anti-Gloucester posse, the Democrats make a great theater out of exhibiting their all-consuming desire to ‘”protect our democracy’ a phrase that economically conveys two falsehoods in three words.” (08/15/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/15/russiagate-and-the-men-with-glass-eyes/

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39) Most outrageous negotiation strategy yet
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The best defense of Donald Trump’s presidency, so far? He is smarter than the rest of us, and knows how to negotiate with bad guys and insider players. We have to discount what he is saying, the theory goes, because he is not telling truths … obviously. He is negotiating. Take nothing at face value, including Trump’s professed beliefs.” (08/15/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/08/15/negotiationstrat/

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40) California: A legacy of filth and evil, part 2
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“‘You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.’ Obi-Wan was wrong. The writers that penned those words knew it. Because they lived in a worse, more wretched hive. It is called California.” (08/14/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/08/14/california-a-legacy-of-filth-and-evil-2-of-3/

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41) “Duhhh, stop defending Alex Jones! This will never hurt the left, derp duh!”
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“In the controversy surrounding the coordinated corporate censorship of Alex Jones’ notorious Infowars franchise across multiple online platforms, journalist Glenn Greenwald made an under-appreciated tweet in response to the various leftists and Democrats who’ve attacked anyone objecting to the censorship as ‘defending Alex Jones.’ … ‘The world’s dumbest and/or most deceitful people have always been those who equate ‘I defend X’s right to speak’ with ‘I defend X and their ideas,” wrote Greenwald. ‘It’s the scummiest tactic there is. They did it to Chomsky when he opposed prosecuting a Holocaust denier.’ The tweet got mostly lost in the shuffle of warring opinions at the time, but it so perfectly summed up the general gist of the debate. Principled leftists have objected to the way a handful of Silicon Valley plutocrats have been handed unlimited authority to determine what ideas and information are suitable for public consumption and coordinate to remove the online audiences of any speaker deemed unsuitable.” (08/15/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/08/15/duhhh-stop-defending-alex-jones-this-will-never-hurt-the-left-derp-duh

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42) Quantum Vibe, 08/15/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (08/15/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1834

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43) The tough economics of fuel economy standards
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ed Dolan

“The EPA has released a proposed rule that would freeze corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards at 37 miles per gallon, rather than allowing them to rise to the Obama administration’s target of 54 MPG, as currently scheduled. The administration’s proposal has the cute name of Safer and Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule, or ‘SAFE Vehicle Rule,’ for short. The proposed rule has been widely panned by environmentalists, and rightly so. However, the critics of the rule are wrong simply to defend the existing CAFE standards. The EPA’s analysis of the flaws of those standards is justified. But neither the EPA nor its critics are reaching the right conclusion, which is that we should repeal CAFE standards and replace them with a carbon tax — one tough enough to reduce carbon emissions by as much, or more, without the unintended consequences.” (08/14/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/the-tough-economics-of-fuel-economy-standards/

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44) Here’s how Trump can end the whole Mueller investigation farce
Source: Fox News Forum
by Robert Charles

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller seems determined to press forward with some version of the Spanish Inquisition — an increasingly indefensible, apparently groundless, objectively debilitating inquiry into what was initially one question: Did the Trump campaign knowingly coordinate with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election? Barring something that has remained hidden for more than 20 months, Americans know the facts: Mueller’s inquisition was triggered by several Obama-Clinton partisans, including anti-Trump appointees at the FBI and CIA. The names of these partisans now trigger nausea: Fired FBI Director James Comey; former CIA Director John Brennan; former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok (whose firing was announced Monday); former FBI lawyer Lisa Page (who was carrying on an extramarital affair with Strzok); and several others. Even the story line is now nauseating. Comey, despite holding clearances as head of the FBI, contradicted himself before Congress, leaked documents through a secret cutout, proudly triggered Mueller’s appointment, and then cashed in with a big-money book.” [editor’s note: Had a chat with a work colleague, a former “Company” employee who finds this “swamp draining” long overdue – SAT] (08/14/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/08/14/heres-how-trump-can-end-whole-mueller-investigation-farce.html

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45) Launch on what?
Source: OpEdNews
by Craig K Comstock

“[T]he inability to protect land-based missiles in silos from nuclear blasts led to a dangerous option (or de facto policy) called ‘launch on warning.’ If the other side can disable enough of these missiles before our launch, we’d fail to ‘prevail.’ A problem has been that some of the warnings have been false, the falsity so far discovered in time. We don’t know how many warnings have been false, but the documented cases are terrifying.” (08/15/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Launch-on-What-by-Craig-K-Comstock-Bullying_Disabled_Doomsday_Einstein-180815-907.html

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46) We Are Libertarians, episode 307
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle and Harry Price break down the cost of Bernie Sander’s Medicare for All and fact check if the Koch Brother’s proved $2 Trillion in savings, cover a man that died a gruesome death from an execution in Tennessee, Gina Haspel’s torture memos get released, and we debut Undercovered News.” [various formats] (08/15/18)

https://wearelibertarians.com/307-cost-of-bernie-sanders-medicare-for-all-death-penalty-torture/

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47) As Twitter suspends Alex Jones, should we worry about Silicon Valley regulating speech?
Source: The Intercept

“Last Friday, Sam Biddle, Glenn Greenwald, and [Briahna Gray] debated how the left should consider free speech issues in the context of online platforms.” [Flash video] (08/15/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/08/15/alex-jones-twitter-infowars-ban-free-speech/

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48) Political Research Digest, 08/15/18
Source: Niskanen Center

“Big money groups and donors have long played a role in our elections, but court decisions have opened the floodgates to more unlimited & anonymous contributions through new funding vehicles. How much is that changing our politics? Stan Oklobdzija finds that networks of dark money groups like those funded by the Koch brothers are helping move our political parties to the extremes in primary elections. But Anne Baker finds traditional Political Action Committees are responding to the flow of new money and holding up surprisingly well because candidates still need hard money to compete.” [Flash audio] (08/15/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/how-campaign-money-has-changed-elections-after-citizens-united/

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49) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/15/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Ron Paul Classic: Socialism & War Will Not Prevail.” [Flash video] (08/15/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/ron-paul-classic-socialism-war-will-not-prevail

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50) Scott Adams Says, 08/15/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams discusses dogs, enemies of the people, proving negatives, Embassy mass hysteria, and coffee.” [Flash video] (08/15/18)

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

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51) The Libertarian Angle, 08/14/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Insider trading is a felony. Should it be? Is insider trading wrong at all? FFF president Jacob G. Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss.” [various formats] (08/14/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-insider-trading/

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52) Blockchain 2025, 08/15/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Blockchain has the potential to get more people to vote. Time and money can be saved. And accuracy should increase. Listen to find out how the future of voting might look.” [various formats] (08/15/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e369-Voting-and-Elections

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53) Electric Libertyland, episode 85
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland host Brian McWilliams welcomes in fellow comedian Laura Crawford. Laura co-hosts ‘Up Close & Political,’ a podcast which Brian appeared during episode #6, ‘Oh Great, What Now?’ Today Laura and Brian discuss the failed Unite the Right rally, the FBI firing Peter Strzok, and actor Vincent D’Onofrio polling his Twitter followers on whether he should take a role as an unapologetic racist.” (08/15/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/08/15/comic-laura-crawford-on-unite-the-right-actors-afraid-to-play-racists/

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54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 233
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #233, I discuss Trump signing the 2019 John McCain National Defense Authorization Act. The overly costly and hawkish Pentagon spending bill is a perfect reflection of John McCain’s horrific foreign policy record. I explain how parts of the bill will move the US towards more war. I also update the Syrian Civil War and recent US reports on the strength of ISIS.” [various formats] (08/15/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-233-john-mccains-ndaa

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55) Free Talk Live, 08/14/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Save At Purse Risk :: Cryptocurrency and Freedom :: Krugman Attacks Bitcoin :: Friction of Money Transactions :: Libertarians and Minorities :: Barefoot Gen :: Open Source Journalism :: Ralph :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Vin.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/14/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-08-14

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56) Phil Weiss on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Phil Weiss of Mondoweiss.net talks Israeli occupation of Palestine and why so many American Jews, particularly on the political left, are willing to go along with it. In large part, he explains, it’s because the collective memory of Jewish persecution is too raw to conceive of Israel as an aggressor. There’s also a lot of influence from the Israel lobby in the democratic party, so average voters just toe the line. Weiss sees reason for optimism in Trump’s presidency, however, because it may allow liberals to credibly oppose his policies in support of Israel.” [various formats] (08/14/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/8-13-18-phil-weiss-on-american-jewish-support-for-israel/

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57) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 9
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie start out looking critically looking at ‘Just A Girl’ by No Doubt. Is it an SJW anthem or an individual appeal to autonomy? Find out!” [Flash audio] (08/14/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/sounds-like-liberty-episode-9-a-technical-beating-with-scott-mcdonald/

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58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1217
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“JW Weatherman joins me to discuss the problems with state education — particularly in math, a subject people are essentially taught to hate — and a thrilling way the private sector has just made it vastly better, more accessible, more effective, and more fun.” [various formats] (08/14/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1217-how-the-state-sucks-the-life-out-of-education-and-how-the-private-sector-just-made-a-great-leap-forward-in-math/

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59) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/14/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Distributing plans for 3-D printed guns and the attempt to restrain that distribution is a clear First Amendment issue. Josh Blackman is an attorney for Defense Distributed, the company currently mired in legal wrangling over gun blueprints.” [various formats] (08/14/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/3-d-printed-guns-freedom-speech

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60) The Bob Zadek Show, 08/12/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Jessica Flanigan joined the show (8/12) to dispel common fears around deregulating pharmaceuticals — from Thalidomide babies to designer drugs that would give their users unfair advantages.” [various formats] (08/12/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/8/10/the-other-war-ondrugs

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