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Monday, August 20th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Pompeo: “Time for peace” as Afghan regime announces ceasefire with Taliban
2) Trump: Let “good and bad” voices speak on social media
3) Egypt: Sisi escalates regime’s Internet censorship efforts
4) DEA proposes more cannabis, fewer opioids in 2019
5) China: Regime forces arrest 26 over Tang Dynasty relic thefts
6) Netflix deletes all user reviews from its website, citing “declining use”
7) NY: Ocasio-Cortez bars media from campaign events
8) Study: Child passive smoking “increases chronic lung risk”
9) Clergy sex abuse has cost Catholic Church $3 billion in settlements
10) Mullen: CIA ex-Director Brennan’s anti-Trump comments “did damage” to intel community
11) Uganda: US missionary, veteran arrested for assaults on, racist slurs against hotel workers
12) Mangiante: Papadoulos should back out on plea agreement
13) HUD says Facebook ads let landlords discriminate
14) Ecuador: Regime tightens entry rules for Venezuelan migrants
15) Germany: No preparations made in case of alien landing
16) Box office: Film with Spacey in supporting role earns $126 on opening day
17) Mormon church leaders no longer want to be called “Mormon”
18) Report: White House counsel has spent 30 hours sharing details for Mueller probe
19) WA: Patriot Prayer, others hold dueling Seattle rallies marked by lots of yelling, three arrests
20) ICE thugs abduct man driving wife to hospital to deliver baby, claim he’s wanted in Mexico for acting like an ICE thug

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Land taxes: The return of Henry George
22) Omarosa Manigault Newman, public servant
23) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 9, part 7
24) Trump should take the Fifth
25) How to beat a manipulator
26) Trump, Manafort, and the company they keep
27) The barbarism of US immigration policy
28) Not so great … again
29) Kavanaugh confirmation fight is getting messy
30) Who wants you to pay more for prescription drugs? Some in Congress
31) America’s Facebook friend allies
32) With climate change, responses, it’s always compared to what
33) Warren reveals Democratic socialists’ hidden agenda
34) For the love of reason
35) Ethanol is terrible for health and the environment, but government keeps backing it
36) The compulsory society
37) How prison gerrymandering strips power from communities of color
38) The labeling problem in economic thought
39) Sorry, “Medicare for All” won’t save the taxpayers money
40) Your right to yell “FIRE!” in a theater
41) Trump’s botched Turkey policy
42) Seymour Hersh and the decline of knockdown journalism
43) James Madison’s instruction: Throw a fit!
44) The state and armed forces — in space
45) Elizabeth Warren proposes a second New Deal
46) Quantum Vibe, 08/17/18
47) The horrifying thought that people might do things without the man with a clipboard
48) Families first, taxpayers last
49) The media’s Trump crisis of the week
50) Would Jesus take an Uber?

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 10
52) Free Talk Live, 08/18/18
53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1220
54) Scott Adams Says, 08/18/18
55) In The Tank Podcast, episode 153
56) Felony Friday, episode 137
57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 234
58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/17/18
59) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 8
60) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/17/18
61) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 253
62) The Rob Kendall Show, 08/17/18
63) Leading Liberty Podcast, 08/17/17
64) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 101
65) Peter Van Buren on The Scott Horton Show

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

1) Pompeo: “Time for peace” as Afghan regime announces ceasefire with Taliban
Source: Reuters

“The United States is ready to support and facilitate direct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday, welcoming a Muslim Eid holiday ceasefire announced by President Ashraf Ghani. ‘The United States welcomes the announcement by the Afghan government of a ceasefire conditioned on Taliban participation,’ Pompeo said in a statement. ‘This plan responds to the clear and continued call of the Afghan people for peace.’ He said Washington was ready to back direct negotiations between the government and militant movement. ‘There is no obstacles to talks. It is time for peace,’ Pompeo said.” (08/19/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-ceasefire-usa/pompeo-says-time-for-peace-as-afghanistan-announces-ceasefire-with-taliban-idUSKCN1L40MT

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2) Trump: Let “good and bad” voices speak on social media
Source: The Hill

“President Trump on Saturday charged that social media is ‘totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices’ and argued that the platforms should allow ‘good & bad’ content online amid an ongoing debate over social media’s role in policing content online. ‘Let everybody participate, good & bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!’ he said.” (08/18/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/402449-trump-let-good-and-bad-voices-speak-on-social-media

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3) Egypt: Sisi escalates regime’s Internet censorship efforts
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Egypt has rolled out a new law that allows authorities, through a judge, to order the blocking of websites that ‘constitute a threat’ to the state, as well as jail or fine those who run them. The ‘cybercrime’ legislation, signed by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Saturday, is one of a series of measures that critics have deplored as attacks against freedom of speech in the country. The penalties also target those who intentionally or ‘in error without a valid reason’ visit the banned websites considered by the authorities as threatening to Egypt’s economic and national security interests, according to the official gazette.” (08/17/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/egypt-sisi-signs-law-tightening-government-control-online-180818144043935.html

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4) DEA proposes more cannabis, fewer opioids in 2019
Source: Smell the Truth

“Two federal agencies hope to reduce the nation’s opioid epidemic with the help of legal cannabis. In a news release issued by the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration, officials are calling to quintuple the cultivation of research-grade cannabis while reducing production of the nation’s most frequently abused opioids. The DEA specifically identified oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, morphine, and fentanyl as the pharmaceuticals that should reduce production in 2019. ‘We’ve lost too many lives to the opioid epidemic and families and communities suffer tragic consequences every day,’ said DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon in a press release. ‘This significant drop in prescriptions by doctors and DEA’s production quota adjustment will continue to reduce the amount of drugs available for illicit diversion and abuse while ensuring that patients will continue to have access to proper medicine.’ Forbes'[s] Tom Angell reports that the DEA would like to produce 5,400 pounds of research-grade marijuana in 2019, which would be a considerable increase from about 1,000 pounds in 2018.” (08/17/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/08/17/dea-proposes-for-more-marijuana-less-opioids-in-2019

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5) China: Regime forces arrest 26 over Tang Dynasty relic thefts
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Chinese police have arrested 26 people suspected of stealing relics from an ancient burial site. The gang allegedly seized almost 650 objects, including gold and silver cutlery and jewellery, from the Dulan Tombs, which lie on the ancient Silk Road in northwest China. The stolen items date back to the 7th Century, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security said in a statement. The suspects allegedly tried to sell them for about $11 million. The objects were said to have been illegally excavated from the tombs, located in the north-western province of Qinghai.” (08/19/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45240298

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6) Netflix deletes all user reviews from its website, citing “declining use”
Source: USA Today

“If you are looking for a binge-worthy Netflix show to feast your eyes on, don’t bother looking at what other users had to say. The streaming service deleted all user reviews of TV shows and movies from its website on Friday. The company announced the move last month and stopped allowing customers to leave criticism or praise under a program title on July 30. ‘Netflix customers were able to leave reviews on Netflix.com until mid-2018, when reviews were removed due to declining use,’ the company’s help center says under the heading ‘How do I post reviews on Netflix?’ But don’t fret: The removal shouldn’t affect your Netflix experience. The reviews were visible only through the web, likely adding to the feature’s downfall.” (08/19/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2018/08/19/netflix-deletes-all-user-reviews/1036294002

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7) NY: Ocasio-Cortez bars media from campaign events
Source: Newser

“Seems President Trump isn’t the only one with media issues. Now rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has entirely banned reporters from two town-hall-style events, CNN reports. The congressional candidate hosted the ‘listening tour’ community meetings last week — one in the Bronx on Wednesday and one in Queens on Sunday — where reporters were apparently kept away so residents would feel comfortable. ‘Our community is 50% immigrant. Folks are victims of DV, trafficking, + have personal medical issues,’ she tweeted Friday. ‘This town hall was designed for residents to feel safe discussing sensitive issues in a threatening political time.’” (08/18/18)

http://www.newser.com/story/263506/rising-democratic-star-bans-all-media-from-2-events.html

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8) Study: Child passive smoking “increases chronic lung risk”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Non-smoking adults have a higher risk of dying from serious lung disease if they grew up with parents who smoked, according to US research. The researchers said childhood passive smoking was ‘likely to add seven deaths to every 100,000 non-smoking adults dying annually.’ The study of 70,900 non-smoking men and women was led by the American Cancer Society. Experts said the best way to protect children was to quit smoking. If participants lived with a smoker during adulthood, there were other health implications, the study found. Smoke exposure of 10 or more hours every week increased their risk of death from ischemic heart disease by 27%, stroke by 23% and chronic obstructive lung disease by 42% compared to those who lived with non-smokers. The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.” (08/19/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-45212448

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9) Clergy sex abuse has cost Catholic Church $3 billion in settlements
Source: New York Post

“Clergy sex abuse of children has rocked the Catholic Church not only in terms of trust and reputation, but also financially, to the tune of more than $3 billion, according to National Public Radio. The multibillion-dollar expense has gone to settlements in response to lawsuits filed by people abused by clergy, reports NPR. Nearly 20 Catholic dioceses and religious orders have filed for bankruptcy because of the scandals. … On Tuesday, a grand jury in Pennsylvania released a report that said that hundreds of Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s, and senior church officials, including a man who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., systematically covered up the abuse.” (08/19/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/08/19/clergy-sex-abuse-has-cost-catholic-church-3-billion-in-settlements/

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10) Mullen: CIA ex-Director Brennan’s anti-Trump comments “did damage” to intel community
Source: Fox News

“Former CIA Director John Brennan risked damaging the intelligence community with his anti-Trump comments, retired Adm. Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told ‘Fox News Sunday.’ Mullen’s comments came as several former intelligence officials appeared on Sunday talk shows, including Brennan — who floated the possibility of taking legal action against the president. ‘I think John’s an extraordinary servant of the country, but I think he has been incredibly critical of the president, and I think that has put him in a political place which actually does more damage for the intelligence community — which is apolitical,’ Mullen said.” (08/19/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/19/ex-cia-director-brennans-anti-trump-comments-did-damage-to-intel-community-mullen-says.html

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11) Uganda: US missionary, veteran arrested for assaults on, racist slurs against hotel workers
Source: USA Today

“A U.S. man claiming to be a missionary and Marine veteran was arrested and accused of assaulting a hotel staff member in Uganda after he hurled racist slurs at workers and threatened to kill one man. ‘Kampala Police has arrested an American citizen for allegedly assaulting a Grand Imperial Hotel Staff,’ the Kampala Metropolitan Police reported on its Facebook page. Police said footage from security television cameras showed ‘a foreigner, identified later as Mr. Jimmy L.Taylor punching and humiliating a hotel employee.’ Video footage of the incident posted by multiple people went viral, spurring widespread condemnation of the man’s actions and language. According to at least one news report, Taylor is an Arizona resident.” (08/19/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/08/19/american-arrested-uganda-physically-assaulting-hotel-staff/1036702002

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12) Mangiante: Papadoulos should back out on plea agreement
Source: Aol News

“For better or worse, George Papadopoulos'[s] wife is doing her best to torpedo the plea deal her husband struck with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office last year. A day after Mueller recommended a short sentence of six months for the former Trump campaign adviser, his better half took to Twitter to vent her frustration with the probe into Russian election meddling. ‘George wasn’t ‘cooperative enough’ in the Muller’s recommendation,’ Simona Mangiante wrote. ‘He cooperated for 1 year and helped his country. He has been loyal to the truth and not to anyone’s agenda. His cooperation is considered pointless as it didn’t reveal any wrongdoing by the campaign?’ Prosecutors suggested Friday that Papadopoulos should spend some time in prison after [allegedly] lying to the FBI during their investigation into possible coordination between the Kremlin and President Trump’s campaign.” [editor’s note: Mueller’s people want jail time so they can say they “got” someone. Papadoulos’s wife is right. He should move to withdraw his plea and make them prove their allegations, if they can – TLK] (08/18/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/08/18/papadopoulos-wife-sentencing/23504781/

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13) HUD says Facebook ads let landlords discriminate
Source: Yahoo! News

“The US Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday accused Facebook of breaking the law by letting landlords and home sellers use its ad-targeting system to discriminate against potential buyers or tenants. A formal complaint filed by HUD said that Facebook advertisers were able to target offers of homes available for rent or sale based on factors such as race, religion, gender, nationality, or disabilities. That precision allowed landlords or home sellers to discriminate against certain groups of people in violation of the US Fair Housing Act, according to the claim.” [editor’s note: Even assuming the justice of the anti-discrimination laws, which we shouldn’t, why would Facebook be responsible for the actions of its advertisers? If anything, ease of discrimination-facilitating advertising would help HUD find the people who are ACTUALLY DISCRIMINATING. Apparently HUD is willing to give up a great investigative tool for an opportunity to publicly posture against Facebook – TLK] (08/17/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-agency-says-facebook-ads-let-landlords-discriminate-001703800.html

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14) Ecuador: Regime tightens entry rules for Venezuelan migrants
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Ecuador has brought in new rules to stop Venezuelan migrants entering the country without a passport, leaving many stranded in neighbouring Colombia. Thousands of Venezuelans fleeing their country’s economic and political crisis have been crossing into Ecuador from Colombia using only identity cards. Most are heading south to join family members in Peru and Chile. Colombia has protested against the move, saying vulnerable people will be trapped on its side of the border. In a separate incident, residents of a Brazilian town attacked a Venezuelan migrant camp on Saturday and drove the occupants back across the border. Venezuela has suffered for years from high inflation and the chronic shortage of food and medicines.” (08/19/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45237368

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15) Germany: No preparations made in case of alien landing
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The German government says it has made no preparations for the possibility that aliens might land in the European country. In a response to questions from opposition Green Party lawmaker Dieter Janecek, the government said ‘there are no protocols or plans for a possible first contact with alien life.’ Justifying that stance, the government added it believes ‘a first contact on German territory is extremely unlikely, based on today’s scientific knowledge.’ Janecek linked the government’s responses to a media article Saturday. Separately, German news agency dpa reported Saturday the classic children’s book ‘The Little Prince’ has been translated into Klingon — the fictitious language of the eponymous space race in the science fiction franchise ‘Star Trek.’ Dpa quoted Saarbruecken-based translator Lieven L. Litaer as saying the book, titled ‘ta’puq mach,’ will be published in October.” (08/19/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Germany-No-preparations-made-in-case-of-alien-13165546.php

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16) Box office: Film with Spacey in supporting role earns $126 on opening day
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

“The ensemble crime-drama Billionaire Boys Club quietly opened Friday in eight theaters scattered in select states across the U.S. The indie film earned an abysmal $126 for the day and another $162 on Saturday for a two-day total of just $287 following its release on premium VOD last month, according to those with access to theater grosses. … Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton share top billing in Billionaire Boys Club, followed by Spacey. Emma Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, Cary Elwes, Judd Nelson and Billie Lourd also star in the movie, which is based on the real-life club of the same name that made headlines in Southern California in the 1980s. Spacey plays real-life Beverly Hills high-roller Ron Levin. The fate of the film was left in serious question after Spacey was accused last fall of sexual assault by a number of men in the U.S. and England.” [editor’s note: May have to catch this on demand. Sounds less like a Spacey problem than like an “it’s already available on demand and didn’t have a real theater distribution/promotion effort” problem – TLK] (08/18/18)

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-kevin-spaceys-billionaire-boys-club-earns-126-friday-1135816

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17) Mormon church leaders no longer want to be called “Mormon”
Source: New York Daily News

“Mormons don’t want to be called Mormons anymore. Leaders of the Utah-based church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called on people to no longer refer to their faith as Mormonism, despite the fact that one of the church’s central texts will still retain the name, ‘The Book of Mormon.’ An updated style guide posted online Thursday also asked that people to no longer use the name ‘LDS’ as a shorthand way to describe the religion. Instead, it recommends using phrases like ‘the Church’ or the ‘Church of Jesus Christ’ in place of just the initials.” (08/17/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny-news-dont-call-mormons-mormon-anymore-20180817-story.html

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18) Report: White House counsel has spent 30 hours sharing details for Mueller probe
Source: The Hill

“White House counsel Donald McGahn has been cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller in his probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to an explosive New York Times report published Saturday. McGahn has reportedly discussed accounts of multiple episodes at the center of Mueller’s probe into whether President Trump obstructed justice. Sources told the Times that McGahn has had three voluntary interviews with Mueller’s team totaling 30 hours. Among the episodes McGahn reportedly discussed with investigators [are] Trump’s firing last year of former FBI Director James Comey and the president’s repeated urging of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to claim oversight of the special counsel despite his recusal from Russia probes.” (08/18/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/402478-white-house-counsel-has-spent-30-hours-sharing-detailed-accounts-with

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19) WA: Patriot Prayer, others hold dueling Seattle rallies marked by lots of yelling, three arrests
Source: Seattle Times

“Dueling rallies outside Seattle City Hall remained largely peaceful Saturday afternoon, even as heavily armed right-wing protesters traded verbal barbs with bandanna-clad anti-fascist protesters across the street. The two groups were separated by metal barricades along Fourth Avenue and a sea of Seattle police officers, many of them on bicycles. Three men were arrested, all for misdemeanor assault, said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, a Seattle police spokesman. At one point, a scuffle broke out on the corner of Cherry Street and Fourth Avenue. A man dressed in black, with a black bandanna, was taken away in handcuffs. A man in a red Donald Trump hat knelt on the street, bleeding from his forehead. But mostly, the two sides just hurled insults and sneers at each other.” (08/18/18)

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/largely-peaceful-dueling-rallies-at-seattle-city-hall-marked-by-lots-of-yelling-3-arrests/

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20) ICE thugs abduct man driving wife to hospital to deliver baby, claim he’s wanted in Mexico for acting like ICE thug
Source: CBS News

“A California woman says her husband was [abducted] by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents while he drove her to the hospital to deliver their baby this week. ICE said in a statement Friday that Joel Arrona-Lara was [abducted] for being in the country illegally [sic], and the federal agency said Saturday that he was wanted for murder charges in Mexico. … An attorney representing Arrona-Lara on behalf of the nonprofit San Bernardino Community Service Center said those charges are unconfirmed. Emilio Amaya Garcia told CBS Los Angeles he has been in contact with the Mexican consulate who said it currently has no information about ICE’s claim.” (08/18/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ice-detains-joel-arrona-lara-driving-pregnant-wife-hospital-deliver-baby-san-bernardino-california-2018-08-18/

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

21) Land taxes: The return of Henry George
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“As attractive as a Georgist tax or other similar land-value taxes appear, there are many issues to explore. Let me mention a few. (The more I talked to Fred [Foldvary], the fewer issues I was left with! Perhaps I am, like it has been said of Donald Trump, overly influenced by the last person I talked to?) First, even taxing the whole rent would not produce enough government revenues to replace all existing taxes. … A second issue is that a new land tax expropriates, at least partly, the current owners of land, who paid for the capitalized value of future non-taxed (or lightly taxed) rents when they purchased their land. … A third issue–or perhaps a complex of issues–is whether land-value taxes should tax away the whole rent (or more) as George wanted, or only part of it as Friedman probably envisaged. A related issue is whether confiscation of the whole rent by government means the same as the nationalization of land.” (08/17/18)

https://www.econlib.org/land-taxes-the-return-of-henry-george/

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22) Omarosa Manigault Newman, public servant
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The sustaining fiction of American government is that citizens and taxpayers are the real employers — the ultimate bosses — and that even the top-most government employees are answerable to us. Fictions like that can only be stretched so far. The idea that Donald Trump can legally interpose himself between Omarosa’s desire to dish on White House life and our desire to listen to her do so stretches this particular tale to the breaking point. A shift manager at McDonald’s doesn’t get to swear the cooks and cashiers to silence should the corporation’s CEO happen along with questions for them.” (08/18/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13921

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23) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 9, part 7
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“The Japanese martial art of jiu-jitsu is a method of defeating an armed opponent in close combat, even though the defender is unarmed. The attacker’s force and power are used against him. The defender never directly confronts the attacker with opposing force. Jiu-jitsu is an art of self-defense in which the attacker is not the opponent; his movements are. Bitcoin defeats the central banking system even though crypto has no force of law or standing military with which to directly confront the attacking banks. Instead, crypto feeds off the backlash of discontent created within society by the corruption of the financial system. Crypto’s strength as a freedom tool lies in its role as a parallel system, which revolutionizes payment and monetary systems to eliminate the state and banks as trusted third parties.” (08/18/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-the-jiu-jitsu-of-crypto-personal-freedom-vs-social-change/

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24) Trump should take the Fifth
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Obviously frustrated by President Trump’s refusal to comply with Special Counsel (and former FBI Director) Robert Mueller’s conditions for an interrogation of Trump, Mueller is now threatening to subpoena Trump to testify before a federal grand jury. A subpoena is a formal judicial order requiring a person to appear before the grand jury, without his lawyer present, to answer questions posed to him by a prosecutor. For his part, Trump has signaled that he will appeal the subpoena all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The ground for his appeal would most likely be ‘executive privilege,’ a ground that the federal judiciary would almost certainly reject. However, Trump has another way to avoid testifying, a way that undoubtedly would cause the U.S. mainstream press, as well as Trump critics, to go absolutely ballistic. Trump should refuse to testify before the grand jury on the basis of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states in part as follows: ‘No person shall … be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.’” (08/17/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/08/17/trump-should-take-the-fifth/

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25) How to beat a manipulator
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Humans are hackable. Ask any conman. Our desire to think we have control over our lives often hides this from ourselves, but most of us are highly suggestible and hypnotizable. If you think you’re not, you’re in more danger of being hacked than someone who has humbled themselves enough to see how this works in them. … There’s no need to be ashamed of being conned. Realizing that you’ve been, or are being, conned will naturally bring up feelings of embarrassment, but it’s never your fault that someone’s taken you for a ride. Get clear: conning someone is the crime; being conned is being a victim of that crime. … Because of the reach of mass media, every single one of us is in an abusive relationship with plutocratic manipulators. Many of us are in personal relationships with manipulators too. Conveniently, the strategies for dealing with sociopathic manipulators is the exact same, from plutocrats to your live-in partner: 1. Get Clear On Your Own Will … 2. Watch Where All The Resources Are Going … 3. Watch Actions And Not Words … 4. Don’t Try To Out-Manipulate Them … 5. Apply The Manipulator’s Rules In Reverse …” (08/17/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/08/17/how-to-beat-a-manipulator

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26) Trump, Manafort, and the company they keep
Source: The American Specator
by Debra J Saunders

“Rick Gates is to political consultant Paul Manafort what Omarosa Manigault Newman is to President Donald Trump. Gates is the 46-year-old former right-hand man to Manafort, who, in exchange for a lesser sentence, testified against his former boss during the first jury trial resulting from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. … Manigault Newman, of course, is the former contestant on Trump’s reality TV show The Apprentice, whose first name, Omarosa, became a household word before Trump hired her to a high-level White House position. … There are honest business people who have hired unscrupulous employees who betrayed them in unexpected ways. Maybe jurors will decide that Paul Manafort is one such person. Unfortunately for Manafort and Trump, however, their staff choices gone wrong do not appear to have been flukes.” (08/19/18)

https://spectator.org/trump-manafort-and-the-company-they-keep/

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27) The barbarism of US immigration policy
Source: CounterPunch
by Ron Jacobs

“Since Donald Trump took over the White House, many US residents have been repeatedly shocked by the cruelty of his immigration policy. From the detention of returning relatives at US airports when his Muslim ban was announced to the separation of children from their parents seeking asylum on the southern border, the cries of alarm have finally focused attention on US immigration policies. As should have been expected, Trump’s supporters have pointed out that his policies are just an extension of those in place since at least 2001. The acknowledgement of this is supposed to somehow absolve Trump from his harsh enforcement of the policy. Similar criticism has come from the left, where the point being made is that much of the Democratic Party is also implicit in the atrocity that is US immigration policy. When all is said and done, the important aspect to this is that many more US citizens are becoming aware of the way Washington’s agencies treats humans crossing US borders and their newfound knowledge is making them angry.” (08/17/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/17/the-barbarism-of-us-immigration-policy/

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28) Not so great … again
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘We’re not going to make America great again,’ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proclaimed at a bill-signing ceremony this week. And then, further poking the president, the governor added, to gasps from the audience: ‘It was never that great.’ America — for all its faults, failings, and wrongdoings — has been a tremendous force for good, for freedom. At the same time, talking about how great we are really seems … what’s the word? Boastful.” (08/17/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/08/17/sogreat/

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29) Kavanaugh confirmation fight is getting messy
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“Replacing Anthony Kennedy should have been easy for Republicans. His retirement in June gave the party a historic opportunity: to replace the Supreme Court’s swing justice with a more doctrinaire conservative jurist. The party’s prime directive — to appoint like-minded justices on the highest bench in the land–is what helped President Donald Trump guarantee the GOP’s fealty through every twist and turn of the 2016 election. All that Trump had to do was select a nominee who would be well qualified for the post, have a relatively minimal paper trail, and have never expressed any views whatsoever on abortion rights. Neil Gorsuch met all these qualifications last year when Trump nominated him to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in 2016. Senate Democrats cried foul over the Republican blockade of Judge Merrick Garland and raised their usual ideological concerns about conservative Supreme Court nominees, but they otherwise failed to slow Gorsuch’s momentum towards confirmation.” (08/18/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150765/kavanaugh-confirmation-fight-getting-messy

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30) Who wants you to pay more for prescription drugs? Some in Congress
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“One thing that always amazes me is how protective some normally free-market Congressmen are of the prescription drug industry. Any legislation that reduces drug prices through promoting free market principles in the drug industry — such as those facilitating free trade, or reducing big companies’ ability to game the system (like the CREATES Act) — have been met with opposition from members of Congress who claim that the increased costs to Big Pharma hurt their ability to develop new drugs. Of course, the easy way to address concerns about the cost of development and the price of prescription drugs is to reduce regulations and make it easier to bring new drugs to market, but until the necessary sweeping reforms to the FDA are made, preserving what free market competition there is in the pharmaceutical market is essential. Sadly, there are still lawmakers who promote government intervention in the marketplace to protect pharmaceutical companies’ profits.” (08/17/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/wants-pay-prescription-drugs-congress-2

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31) America’s Facebook friend allies
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“Washington has been supremely embarrassed-by a nominal ally, as usual. After the Trump administration insisted that its involvement in Yemen helped reduce civilian casualties there, Saudi Arabia promptly launched an air attack that slaughtered a bus full of school children. It was a demonstration of how America’s allies often cause more trouble than her enemies do.” (0/17/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/americas-facebook-friend-allies

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32) With climate change, responses, it’s always compared to what
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“True believers in the theory humans are causing dangerous climate change propose costly, liberty restricting, fixes to reduce or mitigate the supposedly disastrous harms that are supposed to result from it. What they almost always scrupulously avoid discussing, however, are the trade offs, that is the negative impacts of the climate fixes — primarily the end of, or sharp restrictions on, the use of fossil fuels — that are likely to result from their mitigation proposals. All actions have benefits and costs and the truth is the actions proposed to halt or slow purported dangerous climate change are almost always projected, when such projections are honestly undertaken, to cause orders of magnitude more damage to human well being and prosperity, now and in the future, than the harms they are meant to prevent.” (08/19/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/08/with-climate-change-responses-its-always-compared-to-what/

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33) Warren reveals Democratic socialists’ hidden agenda
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Kerry Jackson

“Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders has defended his statist agenda by claiming that the democratic socialism he supports isn’t the brutal, murdering socialism of Cuba, the Soviet Union, Red China, and North Korea. His inspiration, he says, is the velvet democratic socialism of Scandinavia. In the early stages of the 2016 election, Sanders insisted that ‘we should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway, and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people.’ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democrats’ newest political star whose light oftentimes doesn’t shine so brightly, recently told one late-night television clown that Democratic Socialism means ‘in a modern, moral, and wealthy society, no person in America should be too poor to live.’ So no government seizure of property, no expropriating the means of production. Just a delightful commune of 330 million who are ever gracious to, and lovingly care for, their fellow man. But that’s not what socialists truly want. Their ultimate goal is to rule their fellow man.” (08/17/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/warren-democratic-socialist-agenda/

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34) For the love of reason
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Far be it from me to divide humankind in two, but were I so inclined, I’d divide it into those who love reason and those who are indifferent if not outright hostile to it. Members of the first group adore the reasoning process and their own reasoning faculties. The others find the process burdensome and discomforting, something that threatens long-held beliefs and intuitions. When I say the members of the first group adore their own reasoning faculties, I do not mean that they are arrogantly confident in their intelligence or immunity from error. Quite the contrary: a Spinozist love of reason contains within it humility, doubt, an awareness of one’s limits and fallibility, and a recognition of the inherently social nature of reason (and language) and the growth of knowledge.” (08/17/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-for-the-love-of-reason/

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35) Ethanol is terrible for health and the environment, but government keeps backing it
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
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.” (08/19/18)

https://fee.org/articles/ethanol-is-terrible-for-health-and-the-environment-but-government-keeps-backing-it/

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36) The compulsory society
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“Vox may still be keeping up its risible just-the-facts posturing, but it is tendentious to the point of dishonesty: ‘Colorado baker who refused to serve gay couple now wants to refuse to serve transgender person,’ it says. That is not true, of course. (But everybody knows that.) Phillips serves customers of all sorts, including homosexual customers. What he declines to do is to make cakes for certain events, participation in which, even as a vendor, would violate his conscience. As he put it: ‘I serve everybody. It’s just that I don’t create cakes for every occasion.’ Phillips has been prosecuted under a civil-rights law, but this is not really a case about civil rights: It is a case about compulsion.” (08/19/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/masterpiece-cakeshop-case-about-compulsion-not-civil-rights/

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37) How prison gerrymandering strips power from communities of color
Source: In These Times
by Grace Dixon

“Russian interference, compromised voting machines and voter ID laws have been at the center of debate about the integrity of the 2018 midterm elections. Yet largely missing from the conversation is discussion over the practice of using incarcerated felons to gerrymander white rural districts at the expense of minority urban districts–a tactic called prison gerrymandering. Prison-based gerrymandering distorts representation within states by counting prisoners as residents of the location where they are incarcerated when drawing state district maps, rather than at their permanent residences. This imbalance results in a simultaneous transfer of both residents and political power, disproportionately denying minority communities equal representation.” (08/17/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21388/prison-gerrymandering-communities-of-color-voting-rights-2018-lawsuit

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38) The labeling problem in economic thought
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Peter Boettke

“Labels are often useful shorthands, but labels can also confuse and distort. Consider discussions of economists and their various views about the way the world works. In the grand scheme of the economics profession, it used to be commonplace to describe various thinkers as ‘freshwater’ and ‘saltwater’ economists. This was after years in which the divide was between ‘monetarists’ and ‘Keynesians.’ The term ‘Chicago school economics’ was long used as a shorthand for a host of ideological presumptions that were in fact not widely accepted by the thinkers in question. To them, they were just doing price theory, while others were ignoring the lessons of price theory for economic analysis. On a more personal level, in a critical newspaper account I was labeled a ‘doctrinaire free market economist.’ The source for this label though was myself.” (08/17/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/labeling-problem-economic-thought

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39) Sorry, “Medicare for All” won’t save the taxpayers money
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by TJ Roberts

“There is a hint of truth in Jacobin’s claim: Medicare for All would cut $2.054 trillion in administrative expenses and drug costs. In exchange for this $2.054 trillion dollar cut in costs over ten years, however, the United States would see a significant increase in the cost of health care, costing taxpayers $32.6 trillion over the span of ten years. These ‘savings,’ however, do not account for the nationalization of industry. While it is estimated that the US spent $3.3 trillion on health care last year (with $1 trillion coming from the federal government), it is important to realize that most of this spending comes from the private sector. If the US adopts Medicare for All, the federal government would assume the burden of all health expenses in the US. With this in mind, the government would entirely nationalize the market for health insurance. The people aren’t actually saving money. Rather, they are being forced to fund a government monopoly on healthcare.” (08/18/18)

https://mises.org/wire/sorry-medicare-all-wont-save-taxpayers-money

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40) Your right to yell “FIRE!” in a theater
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“In almost any rant calculated to justify any government violation of a natural human right (especially those specifically mentioned in the Bill of Rights; in particular the right to own and to carry weapons) someone will invariably bring up the belief that rights can be limited because ‘you can’t yell ‘FIRE!’ in a crowded theater.’ This belief is based on one Supreme Courtjester’s tired old lie, used to justify another lie. Yes, you actually can yell ‘FIRE!’ in a crowded theater, especially if it’s on fire.” (08/17/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/08/your-right-to-yell-fire-in-theater.html

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41) Trump’s botched Turkey policy
Source: Reuters
by Howard Eissenstat

“The crisis between the United States and Turkey, a NATO ally and traditional bulwark of American policy in the Middle East, is serious. While the relationship between them has often been fraught, the two countries have generally managed to keep difficulties within acceptable limits. No longer. Most of the blame lays at the feet of Turkey’s irascible President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has led a lurching foreign policy that has estranged all of Turkey’s traditional allies and most of its neighbors. In a recent New York Times column, Erdogan offered a long list of grievances his country has against the United States. The American list of grievances is equally long.” (08/18/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eissenstat-turkey-commentary/commentary-trumps-botched-turkey-policy-idUSKBN1L2263

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42) Seymour Hersh and the decline of knockdown journalism
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“He won a Pulitzer for My Lai and cracked Abu Ghraib wide open. But this reporter is still a lonely breed.” (08/17/18)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2018/08/17/seymour-hersh-and-the-decline-of-knockdown-journalism/

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43) James Madison’s instruction: Throw a fit!
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“What should the average person do when the federal government oversteps its constitutional bounds? Throw a fit! That’s what James Madison recommended when he laid out a blueprint for dealing with unconstitutional federal acts in Federalist #46. He wrote that when the federal government enacts an ‘unwarrantable measure,’ or even a ‘warrantable measure’ that happens to be unpopular, ‘the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand.’ One of those means of opposition involves ‘the disquietude of the people.’” (08/18/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/08/18/james-madisons-instruction-throw-a-fit/

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44) The state and armed forces — in space
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“The Fifty States are (and have been) a militarized society (using the term to include both naval and military traditions). The high level of military involvement by a very wide range of the population is considered evidence of the willingness of Americans to sacrifice for each other and the common good, and a key part of having a free nation. It is of course easy to see the fallacy of these ideas — especially given the political climate and the imperial ambitions of the Presidency and Congress for generations. But for many who believed (and believe) the lies of the politicians about sacrificing time, wounds, and lives to ‘protect our freedom,’ this is a very real factor. As a result, the lies and attacking without mercy enemies (and those who might be enemies), together with bullying, profiteering, and other evils continue to get worse. So do we need yet ANOTHER armed service? To spread the American war on the world into the depths of space?” (08/18/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/08/18/the-state-and-armed-forces-in-space/

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45) Elizabeth Warren proposes a second New Deal
Source: The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

“When Bernie Sanders offered up his definition of socialism in a speech at Georgetown University in 2015, he basically equated it with the governmental programs created by the New Deal. Sanders cited Social Security, and New Dealer Lyndon Johnson’s three-decades-later follow-up, Medicare, as the primary U.S. examples of publicly funded universal programs that provided older Americans with income and access to health care. That, said Sanders, was a tradition he sought to renew, by creating single-payer health care for all, free public university educations, and a host of other programs. The historic ground on which Sanders took his stand was the experience of the United States when New Deal programs were most effectual. Before they’d been eroded by the financialization and globalization that commenced in the 1970s, FDR’s New Deal gave the nation its one and only period of broadly shared prosperity.” (08/17/18)

http://prospect.org/article/elizabeth-warren-proposes-second-new-deal

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46) Quantum Vibe, 08/17/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (08/17/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1835

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47) The horrifying thought that people might do things without the man with a clipboard
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“The current mantra is that we should reuse where possible, recycle where not. Reuse is obviously going to be more efficient where transport of the items is less if not least. Swapping a sofa between neighbours is going to be more efficient than transporting it off to the town dump, there for it to be carried back to said neighbour. But such simplicity threatens that caste of those with pencils to wield. The point being not that of efficiency at all from their point of view. The objection being that, well, if people do and can just get on with it themselves then what of the religious functions of those who oversee the rulz?” (08/18/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/environment/the-horrifying-thought-that-people-might-do-things-without-the-man-with-a-clipboard/

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48) Families first, taxpayers last
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“It is taxpayers who foot the bill so that parents, children, families, and students can have ‘school choice’ — that is, giving one group of Americans the choice of where to spend other Americans’ money to educate their children. Taxpayers have no choice in the matter. In this respect, vouchers are no different from regular funding of public schools. The government forcibly takes money from some people through compulsory taxation and uses it to pay for the education of other people’s children.” (08/17/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/families-first-taxpayers-last/

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49) The media’s Trump crisis of the week
Source: Town Hall
by Michael Reagan

“What’s the mainstream liberal [sic] media’s most overblown Trump crisis of the week? First, it was the president’s tweet calling former staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman a ‘dog’ for betraying him and his administration with her new book, Unhinged, and her stash of secret White House recordings. Then on Wednesday came the president’s revocation of the security clearance of John Brennan, Obama’s former CIA director and full-time Trump basher. From the liberal [sic] media’s reaction, you’d have thought President Trump had sentenced Brennan to death and declared himself dictator for life. The New York Times called it ‘a striking act of retaliation against an outspoken critic.’ Poor hysterical Andrea Mitchell of NBC, who pretended to worry that the president was ‘denying his own CIA … access to the wise counsel of Brennan,’ said the action was ‘akin to the Nixon enemies list.’” (08/18/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/michaelreagan/2018/08/18/the-medias-trump-crisis-of-the-week-n2510713

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50) Would Jesus take an Uber?
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“New York City has enacted the first-ever government cap on the number of vehicles licensed to ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft. On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the bill imposing a one-year moratorium on new licenses, establishing a minimum wage for drivers — and touching off an international debate among Christians and others about the morality of Uber. ‘As the council was considering the legislation, some in my church circles discussed avoiding ride-sharing as a way to love your lower-income neighbor,’ writes Emily Belz at World magazine. Some of her Christian friends argued ‘that taking a car diverts money away from public transit, the lifeblood of New York.’ … Are they correct that ride-sharing services harm the poor? Would Jesus take an Uber? First, we should challenge the idea that public transport serves low-income people better than ride-sharing.” (08/16/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/08/16/would-jesus-take-uber

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51) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 10
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Culture and conflict.” [Flash audio] (08/19/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/ngff-episode-10-culture-and-conflict/

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52) Free Talk Live, 08/18/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Satanic Temple Reveals Arkansas Baphomet Statue :: Catholic Pedophile Priests :: Freedom of Religion :: School Vouchers :: In God We Trust :: Hobo vs Bub :: David Hogg Hypocrisy :: Charity :: Christian Nation? :: Christianity and Morality :: Helping Others :: Chinese Muslim Reeducation Camps :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Riley.” [Flash audio] (08/18/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-08-18

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53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1220
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Joshua Smith, who secured a spot on the Libertarian National Committee at the party’s recent convention, joins me to discuss the party’s present and future, the controversy with ‘libertarian socialists,’ and much more.” [various formats] (08/18/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1220-the-present-and-future-of-the-lp-and-the-problem-of-libertarian-socialism/

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

“Scott Adams talks about the Manafort jury, ‘punishing’ Brennan, black support for Trump, and coffee.” [Flash video] (08/18/18)

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

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55) In The Tank Podcast, episode 153
Source: Heartland Institute

“Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft present episode #153 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country.” [various formats] (08/17/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/08/in-the-tank-ep153-forest-fires-effects-of-minimum-wage-and-corporate-income-taxes/

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56) Felony Friday, episode 137
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday Lyn Ulbricht joins John Odermatt to discuss her son Ross Ulbricht’s case. Ross, of Silk Road fame, was convicted of money laundering, computer hacking, conspiracy to traffic fraudulent identity documents, and conspiracy to traffic narcotics by means of the internet in February 2015. He is currently serving a double life sentence plus forty years without the possibility of parole. Lyn has been working tirelessly, doing media and giving speeches to raise awareness of the injustice Ross experienced at the hands of federal agents, prosecutors and the judge. The case and the trial were rampant with corruption and rights violations. Essentially, Ross’s defense wasn’t permitted to present a defense!” [various formats] (08/17/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/08/17/lyn-ulbricht-presents-the-case-for-clemency-for-her-son-ross-ulbricht/

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57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 234
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Scott Horton returns to FPF to discuss the first year of Trump’s policy for the Afghan War. Scott explains how the drug war in Afghanistan has been a failure. He looks at the US goal of securing the capital Kabul and how the additional US troops have been unable to curb violence in the city. Scott gives his analysis of the recent talks between the US and Afghanistan. Scott argues that the US efforts in the Afghan War are futile and we should just come home.” [various formats] (08/17/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-234-trumps-afghan-war-guest-scott-horton

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58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/17/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Back in the 1990s, global debt was $40 Trillion. Today it’s at an astounding $250 Trillion! The dishonest monetary system is a massive bubble looking for a pin. The ideas in favor of sound money are more important now than ever before.” [Flash video] (08/17/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/beware-debt-is-our-nemesis

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59) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 8
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“On this episode, Johnny plays on the Ruff! This week we interview Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Kimberly Ruff! Kim’s wicked sense of humor is dark, witty and bold, which had Johnny and Raylene in stitches. Kimberly always brings the party but never ignores the principles, while pragmatically promoting her radical positions. Not just brains and beauty, Kim Ruff is the real deal! Get to know Kimberly Ruff and John Phillips 2020.” [Flash audio] (08/17/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-8-bottoms-up-w-kimberly-ruff/

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60) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/17/18
Source: Cato Institute

“How best to reconcile faith with the common good and libertarian thinking poses challenges. Stephanie Slade of Reason argues that those challenges are often merely in how other people perceive libertarian approaches to maximize human flourishing.” [various formats] (08/17/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/faith-libertarianism-common-good

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61) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 253
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Rob Schenck joins us to discuss how his career in the evangelical world morphed into continued political engagement.” [various formats] (08/17/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/moral-collapse-evangelical-america

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62) The Rob Kendall Show, 08/17/18
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle of We Are Libertarians joins Rob Kendall on WIBC’s The Rob Kendall Show to discuss Alex Jones, social media censorship, and the job Governor Eric Holcomb is doing.” [Flash audio] (08/17/18)

https://wearelibertarians.com/css-002-rob-kendall-and-chris-spangle-on-alex-jones-and-social-media-censorship/

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63) Leading Liberty Podcast, 08/17/17
Source: Leading Liberty

“On the literal grounds of the American Revolution, police told Navy veteran Jeff Lyons he couldn’t pass out pocket Constitutions on his college campus — and now he’s leading a fight for free speech that’s restored the rights of hundreds of thousands of students in Massachusetts.” [various formats] (08/17/18)

http://heyjenngray.com/almost-arrested-passing-constitutions-navy-veteran-jeff-lyons/

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64) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 101
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Socialism has completely wrecked Venezuela. What’s the latest in that country? What’s in the News with stories on Steven Segal, collateral damage, the cost of war, ridesharing regulations, and false arrests. And, finally, a new Ask Me Anything segments, where I answer your burning questions!” [various formats] (08/16/18)

https://thelavaflow.com/socialism-in-venezuela-tlf101/

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65) Peter Van Buren on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Peter Van Buren is interviewed on his recent twitter ban, and also his books ‘We Meant Well’ and his time in Iraq as a foreign service officer. Van Buren talks about the drama surrounding his book’s publication while he was still employed at the State Department, and discusses at length his experiences in Iraq.” [various formats] (08/16/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/8-12-18-peter-van-buren-on-iraq-twitter-and-more/

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