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Volume XVI, Issue #4,040
Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
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In the News:

1) Manafort trial day 15: Jury goes home without reaching verdict
2) NM: Poll finds Johnson running ahead of GOP Senate candidate
3) Frontier Airlines suspends pilot for threatening 12-year-old
4) Man sues over Google’s “location history” fiasco; case could affect millions
5) Trump vows “no concessions” to Turkey over US pastor
6) “Dreamers” make 1,300-mile West Coast bicycle trek to protest Trump policies
7) Venezuela: Regime lops five zeros off its currency in bid to tackle hyperinflation
8) TX: Man stabbing, beating his toddler is shot by neighbor trying to stop fatal attack, Lewisville police say
9) UC Berkeley suspends professor after “pattern of sexual harassment”
10) Pope Francis on clergy sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”
11) Trump “not thrilled” with Fed’s Powell for raising rates
12) Facebook apologizes for blocking Prager University’s videos
13) IL: Protest calls for release of videos after police say teen committed suicide during chase
14) KS: Democrats challenge independent bid for governor
15) PepsiCo is buying SodaStream for $3.2 billion
16) Catalonia: Police treat Barcelona assault as terror attack
17) CA: No soda for you! Bill would forbid restaurants to serve sugary drinks to kids
18) Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen reportedly investigated for bank fraud exceeding $20 million
19) TX: Doctor who raped heavily sedated patient gets no prison time
20) Brazil: Regime forces sent to Venezuela border after migrant clashes

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Elizabeth Warren, European corporatist
22) Protectionist trade policy picks winners and makes us all losers
23) The madness of the Academy
24) Federal bureaucrats behaving badly
25) Protectionism abroad and socialism at home
26) How pro sports became part of the US military’s war machine
27) Why do some libertarians support Social Security? part 2
28) Is democracy really dying?
29) Obama carbon colonialism and climate corruption continue, part 2
30) The philanthropic ogre
31) Don’t cheer Greece’s bailout exit just yet
32) The lies nuclear deal opponents tell
33) Did ridesharing kill the DC Metro? We crunched the numbers
34) “Holding a security clearance is a privilege”
35) Innocent until … part 1
36) Laughing at the misfortune of other traders is crypto’s fastest growing sport
37) MSM finally concedes defeat on Yemen, ceases blackout of coverage
38) Birthright citizenship is not a legal assumption; it’s the law
39) “Essure problems”: A contraceptive device creates an e-sisterhood of suffering
40) Quantum Vibe, 08/20/18
41) Not just Brennan: No former spy should have access to nation’s secrets
42) The real cost of national health care
43) Are perceptions of newsworthiness contaminated by a political usefulness bias?
44) Words mean things
45) An expert explains failure
46) Elizabeth Warren’s corporate catastrophe
47) Who would invest in a gold bond?
48) From Beijing to the Beltway: The revolt against the entitled
49) Is Trump a brand new weird existential threat? No.
50) It’s now the US v. Turkey

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 08/20/18
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/20/18
53) Focus on Freedom: Education
54) Scott Adams Says, 08/20/18
55) Punk Rock Libertarians, episode 174
56) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 362
57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 235
58) The Last Nighters, episode 33
59) Free Talk Live, 08/19/18
60) The Anarchist Experience, episode 178

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

1) Manafort trial day 15: Jury goes home without reaching verdict
Source: Politico

“Jurors failed to reach a verdict after a third day of deliberations Monday in Paul Manafort’s tax- and bank-fraud trial as questions swirled around their ability to ignore the politically charged cacophony enveloping them, including President Donald Trump’s public suggestion that his former campaign chairman’s trial is a miscarriage of justice. The six men and six women weighing Manafort’s fate had their longest work day yet — staying past 6 p.m. — in a trial that started in late July and has now stretched into its fourth week. U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III sent the jurors home with the same instructions as he has done each day of the trial and during their deliberations: do not conduct personal research and don’t discuss their work with anyone.” (08/20/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/20/manafort-trial-jury-trump-justice-788491

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2) NM: Poll finds Johnson running ahead of GOP Senate candidate
Source: The Hill

“Libertarian Party Senate candidate Gary Johnson is polling at 21 percent in New Mexico, behind Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) but with nearly twice the support shown for GOP candidate Mick Rich in the poll. An Emerson College poll released Monday showed Heinrich winning 39 percent on the sample ballot while Rich only took 11 percent. Thirty percent of those polled were undecided. Johnson has high name recognition in the state. He’s a former governor and won attention for his presidential run in 2016.” (08/20/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/402715-poll-gary-johnson-at-21-in-senate-race-nearly-twice-as-much-as-gop-nominee

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3) Frontier Airlines suspends pilot for threatening 12-year-old
Source: Chicago Sun-Times

“Frontier Airlines says it has suspended a pilot accused of threatening on Facebook to harm a 12-year-old transgender girl for using the girls bathroom at her Oklahoma school. Frontier spokesman Jonathan Freed said in a statement Monday that the pilot was suspended Aug. 13 pending an investigation into the alleged threats against the student in Achille, a community about 160 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.” (08/20/18)

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/frontier-airlines-pilot-transgender-student-suspended-threat/

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4) Man sues over Google’s “location history” fiasco; case could affect millions
Source: Ars Technica

“Google is facing new scrutiny in the wake of revelations that it stores users’ location data even when ‘Location History’ is turned off. Last Friday, Google quietly edited its description of the practice on its own website — while continuing said practice — to clarify that ‘some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps.’ As a result of the previously unknown practice, which was first exposed by the Associated Press last week, Google has now been sued by a man in San Diego. Simultaneously, activists in Washington, DC are urging the Federal Trade Commission to examine whether the company is in breach of its 2011 consent decree with the agency.” (08/20/18)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/08/did-google-violate-users-privacy-when-it-secretly-kept-location-data/

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5) Trump vows “no concessions” to Turkey over US pastor
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US President Donald Trump has insisted he will not back down in a standoff with Turkey over a detained US pastor. ‘I think it’s very sad what Turkey is doing,’ he said. ‘I think they’re making a terrible mistake. There will be no concessions.’ He said he had thought Turkey would release pastor Andrew Brunson after the US helped persuade Israel to free a detained Turkish citizen. Mr Brunson denies allegations he was in a plot against Turkey’s president. Mr Trump has imposed tariffs on imports of Turkish steel and aluminium in response to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s refusal to free Mr Brunson. The US president brushed aside concerns that the row between the two Nato allies could cause serious economic damage in Europe and emerging market economies.” (08/20/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45254325

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6) “Dreamers” make 1,300-mile West Coast bicycle trek to protest Trump policies
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“It’s not easy riding a bike for 1,300 miles with one eye on the road and the other on the lookout for immigration agents. But that’s exactly what a dozen young activists have been doing since they pedaled south out of Seattle.” (08/20/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Dreamers-make-1-300-mile-West-Coast-bicycle-13169755.php?t=ec35f05b06

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7) Venezuela: Regime lops five zeros off its currency in bid to tackle hyperinflation
Source: Independent [UK]

“Venezuela is launching a new currency that slashes five zeros off the country’s fast-depreciating bills, in a bid to tackle the country’s accelerating hyperinflation. President Nicolas Maduro has also announced a 3,000 per cent hike in the minimum wage and a rise in the price of fuel to international levels, in changes that will be implemented from Monday. But critics say the measures will only make conditions worse in Venezuela, which has already seen hyperinflation at more than 40,000 per cent and a rapidly contracting economy. Opposition leaders seized on tension among residents, calling for a nationwide strike and protests on Tuesday.” (08/20/18)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/venezuela-hyperinflation-economy-nicolas-maduro-sovereign-bolivar-money-socialism-a8499241.html

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8) TX: Man stabbing, beating his toddler is shot by neighbor trying to stop fatal attack, Lewisville police say
Source: Dallas Morning News

“A man is accused of fatally stabbing and beating his 16-month-old son before a neighbor at his Lewisville apartment complex attempted to stop the attack by shooting him in the leg, police said Sunday. Witnesses reported that a man was stabbing or beating a child about 12:40 p.m. in a courtyard at the Oak Forest Apartments on South State Highway 121 Business near Bellaire Boulevard. A neighbor heard screaming, grabbed a gun and fired three shots, striking the father once in the leg and ‘effectively ending the assault on the child,’ police Captain Jesse Hunter said. During the attack, the father was yelling ‘Jesus is coming,’ a witness told police. The toddler had severe injuries, including stab wounds, and was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.” (08/19/18)

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/08/19/16-month-old-boy-stabbed-death-man-thought-father-lewisville-apartments

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9) UC Berkeley suspends professor after “pattern of sexual harassment”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“UC Berkeley has suspended a renowned architecture professor for three years without pay for sexually harassing a graduate student and abusing his power for personal gain, The Chronicle has learned.” (08/20/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/UC-Berkeley-suspends-professor-after-pattern-13167314.php?t=c82d6d57af

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10) Pope Francis on clergy sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Nearly a week after a Pennsylvania grand jury released its roughly 900-page report on sexual abuse by clergy, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church has penned a letter condemning the alleged misconduct and pledging repentance. ‘The heart-wrenching pain of these victims, which cries out to heaven, was long ignored, kept quiet or silenced. But their outcry was more powerful than all the measures meant to silence it, or sought even to resolve it by decisions that increased its gravity by falling into complicity,’ Pope Francis wrote in the letter Monday, which is addressed to ‘the People of God.’” (08/20/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/20/640161471/pope-francis-on-clergy-sex-abuse-we-showed-no-care-for-the-little-ones

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11) Trump “not thrilled” with Fed’s Powell for raising rates
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he was ‘not thrilled’ with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for raising interest rates and accused China and Europe of manipulating their respective currencies. Trump, who spooked investors in July when he criticized the U.S. central bank’s monetary policy tightening, told Reuters in an interview that he believed the Fed should be more accommodating. ‘I’m not thrilled with his raising of interest rates, no. I’m not thrilled,’ Trump said in the interview, referring to Powell. Trump nominated Powell last year to replace former Fed Chair Janet Yellen. American presidents have rarely criticized the Fed in recent decades because the independence of the Fed is seen as important for economic stability. U.S. stocks dipped after Trump’s comments to Reuters and the dollar edged down against a basket of currencies.” (08/20/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-fed-exclusive/exclusive-trump-says-not-thrilled-with-feds-powell-for-raising-rates-idUSKCN1L5207

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12) Facebook apologizes for blocking Prager University’s videos
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Facebook has apologised for removing several videos posted to its platform by a US right-wing non-profit group. Prager University had said some of the clips had been falsely accused of containing hate speech. The conservative organisation specialises in publishing short lectures and discussions, but is not an accredited academic body. Facebook said it had made a mistake, but PragerU claimed the ‘deliberate’ act should concern every American. The Los Angeles-based institution has previously clashed with Google. Last year, it sued the firm for placing age restrictions on some of its YouTube clips — a move it described as being an ‘attack’ on conservative ideas. However, a judge dismissed the complaint in March. The latest incident follows bans and restrictions imposed by several social media firms on right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. And it coincided with President Trump accusing the tech firms of discriminating against his administration’s supporters.” (08/20/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45247302

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13) IL: Protest calls for release of videos after police say teen committed suicide during chase
Source: WGN 9 News

“Family, activists and community members marched on Chicago’s West Side Sunday to call for an investigation into the death of Steven Rosenthal, a teen who police say committed suicide after a foot chase Friday night. According to CPD, officers saw Rosenthal Friday night near 15th and Keeler. Police say they suspected he had a gun and wanted to questions him, but Rosenthal ran away. After a foot chase, police say he shot and killed himself. The Cook County Medical Examiner later ruled Rosenthal’s death was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Rosenthal’s family is rejecting the official story, claiming witnesses saw officers shoot the 16-year-old, but a spokesperson for CPD said they never fired a shot.” (08/19/18)

https://wgntv.com/2018/08/19/protest-calls-for-release-of-videos-after-police-say-teen-committed-suicide-during-chase/

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14) KS: Democrats challenge independent bid for governor
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Kansas Democrats launched a legal challenge Monday in hopes of removing Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman from the November ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor after Orman stoked fears that his bid would imperil Democrats’ chances of winning. Attorney Will Lawrence filed a formal objection to Orman’s candidacy Monday with the Kansas secretary of state’s office. Lawrence is lawyer and chief of staff for Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, of Topeka, but has hired a prominent Topeka lawyer to pursue the challenge. Many Democrats fear that Orman could siphon votes from their nominee, state Sen. Laura Kelly, of Topeka, helping the Republican, conservative Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The objection will be considered by a state board made up of Kobach’s top deputy, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann, all Republicans.” [editor’s note: I’m loving this one, watching the likely sabotage between war-party wings – SAT] (08/20/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Democrat-challenges-independent-s-bid-for-Kansas-13169706.php

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15) PepsiCo is buying SodaStream for $3.2 billion
Source: CNN Money

“Indra Nooyi isn’t done yet. The PepsiCo chief executive announced Monday that Pepsi is buying SodaStream, one of the world’s top sparkling water brands. Pepsi will take over the Israeli company known for its DIY seltzer makers in a deal worth $3.2 billion. Nooyi said this month said she’ll step down in October after more than a decade as CEO. She has steered Pepsi toward healthier offerings, saying it’s important for the company’s future because of consumers’ increasing attention to health. SodaStream’s products, marketed as a healthy alternative to sugary sodas, fit Pepsi’s goal of ‘making more nutritious products while limiting our environmental footprint,’ Nooyi said in a statement.” (08/20/18)

https://money.cnn.com/2018/08/20/investing/pepsico-sodastream/index.html

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16) Catalonia: Police treat Barcelona assault as terror attack
Source: Raidio Teilifis Eireann [Irish state media]

“A man, wielding a knife and shouting ‘Allah is great,’ lunged at an officer in a police station near Barcelona, Spain [sic], in what police said was a terrorist act, and was shot dead. Police said the man entered the station in Cornella, in the [former Spanish region, now independent state] of Catalonia, shortly before 4am, seeking information. He then leapt towards an officer, brandishing a large knife they said. The attacker, identified only as living in Cornella, was shot dead.” (08/20/18)

https://www.rte.ie/news/europe/2018/0820/986297-barcelona-spain-attack/

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17) CA: No soda for you! Bill would forbid restaurants to serve sugary drinks to kids
Source: RT [Russian state media]

“A California bill wants [sic] to curb the amount of sugary drinks consumed by children by having restaurants provide two default choices — water or milk. Some parents are angry, saying the state shouldn’t interfere in the matter. The bill, which is aimed at tackling childhood obesity, would require that children are served milk or water unless a parent explicitly asks for something else. In that case, a child would still be allowed to drink soda or juice. The bill has passed the California State Assembly and is now making its way to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. If it passes, it will make California the first state to have such a law.” (08/20/18)

https://www.rt.com/usa/436342-california-soda-bill-children-restaurants/

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18) Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen reportedly investigated for bank fraud exceeding $20 million
Source: CNBC

“Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, is under investigation for bank and tax fraud, and investigators are looking at more than $20 million in loans to a taxi company he owns with his family, The New York Times reported on Sunday. The value of those scrutinized loans had not been previously reported. The report, which cited multiple sources familiar with the matter, said authorities are additionally looking into whether the former fixer broke any laws by arranging financial deals with women claiming to have had affairs with Trump. The Times said two of its sources indicated that prosecutors could file charges by the end of August.” [editor’s note: The general Mueller & Co. prosecutorial strategy seems to be “these people have money, and we can ALWAYS find laws that are violated vis a vis money, so it’s a win-win — either we threaten to crush them and they say anything we tell them to say, or we get to tout convictions that few will notice are completely unrelated to our supposed mandate.” The wheels may come off that strategy with Manafort, though – TLK] (08/20/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/20/former-trump-lawyer-michael-cohen-investigated-for-bank-fraud-report.html

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19) TX: Doctor who raped heavily sedated patient gets no prison time
Source: New York Post

“A former Houston doctor convicted of sexually assaultin