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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
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In the News:

1) Cohen pleads guilty to illegal campaign contributions “at the direction of a candidate for federal office”
2) Venezuela “paralyzed” by launch of sovereign bolivar currency
3) Manafort convicted on eight counts
4) EPA moves to dramatically cut regulation of coal power
5) US inmates launch nationwide strike to end prison slavery
6) S&P 500 hits record high as earnings eclipse trade war fears
7) US regime deports 95-year-old former Nazi camp guard
8) Defamation case against Christopher Steele dismissed
9) FL: Wells Fargo strips bank account from pro-cannabis candidate
10) WY: Trump endorses Republican donor Friess in governor race
11) Iran: Regime unveils new domestic fighter jet
12) #MeToo figurehead Asia Argento denies sexual assault of minor
13) NC: Protesters knock down university’s Confederate statue
14) Trump: I won’t yank Barack Obama’s security clearance
15) GA: Backlash erupts over poll-closing plan in black county
16) Paul seeks to cut off Planned Parenthood’s corporate welfare checks via massive spending bill
17) Source: Russians preparing to search for lost nuclear-powered missile
18) Twenty-two state regimes ask US appeals court to reinstate corporate welfare for Big Data
19) Microsoft tries to revive Russiagate hysteria with new hack claims
20) Court: Man held by ICE gang for two years is US citizen

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) In Washington, the truth has refugee status
22) Democrats’ responsibility for America’s forever war
23) The Senate accused them of selling kids for sex. The FBI raided their homes. Backpage.com‘s founders speak for the first time.
24) Between anarchy and minarchism: The redistributive state
25) The security clearance racket
26) Elizabeth Warren’s #EndCorruptionNow blitz
27) It’s time to focus on localism, decentralization and community
28) United against the prison-industrial complex: Statement of solidarity with prison workers
29) If Democrats embrace socialism, they can kiss the midterms goodbye
30) Dear James Mattis: Why haven’t you quit yet?
31) Paul Krugman learns the wrong lesson from Denmark
32) Obedience and enlightenment
33) The “podcast bros” are doing more to inspire individuals than politics ever could
34) How young black radicals put the world on notice
35) Who cares about dirty brown genocide?
36) The right way to sanction Putin’s Russia
37) Greece’s turmoil: Still no end in sight
38) Who’s the cleanest of them all
39) Cryptocurrencies don’t behave like other assets
40) Adolph and the free sh*t model
41) Donald Trump and the securitization of trade
42) Hackers want to steal the midterms; blockchain can lock them out
43) Lots of axes to grind
44) The Russians did it (cont.)
45) Not one more American life should be expended for Afghanistan
46) What causes acceptance of paper money?
47) Sneaky lobbyists prefer sneakiness
48) Sword play: Centrists and right unite to support Saudi extremists
49) If universities aren’t producing the workers business wants then there’s no economic argument for universities
50) Trump vs. Erdogan: Bitcoin is the answer to Turkey’s financial chaos

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Non-interventionism: America’s founding foreign policy
52) Scott Adams Says, 08/21/18
53) Bernie’s digital media empire
54) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 69
55) Candidates of Liberty, episode 2
56) Free Talk Live, 08/20/18
57) Postcards from Somalia, episode 7
58) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/20/18
59) One Free Family, episode 28
60) Bloggingheads.tv, 08/20/18

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

1) Cohen pleads guilty to illegal campaign contributions “at the direction of a candidate for federal office”
Source: ABC News

“Michael Cohen, the former longtime fixer and personal attorney for Donald Trump, appeared in federal court in New York Tuesday afternoon, pleaded guilty to eight counts and said that he made illegal campaign contributions ‘in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office.’ The ‘candidate’ Cohen referred to was not named in court or in the criminal information charging document but one of Cohen’s lawyers, Lanny Davis, later said that Cohen had ‘testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime.’ The campaign finance violations are associated with Cohen’s role in alleged hush money agreements with two women, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, who claim to have had affairs with Trump.” (08/21/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/michael-cohen-president-trumps-longtime-personal-attorney-reaches/story?id=57310974

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2) Venezuela “paralyzed” by launch of sovereign bolivar currency
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Venezuela came to a standstill on Tuesday as the country tried to deal with its newly introduced currency. Thousands of businesses closed in order to adapt to the ‘sovereign bolivar,’ and many workers stayed at home. President Nicolas Maduro launched the new banknotes on Monday, revaluing and renaming the old bolivar currency. The government say this will tackle runaway inflation, but critics say it could make the crisis worse. The notes went into circulation on Tuesday. Maduro had declared Monday to be a bank holiday.” (08/21/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45262525

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3) Manafort convicted on eight counts
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes, a major victory for special counsel Robert Mueller. But jurors were unable to reach a verdict on 10 charges, and Judge T.S. Ellis declared a mistrial on those counts. Manafort was found guilty of five tax fraud charges, one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts and two counts of bank fraud. He was charged with 18 counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and hiding foreign bank accounts in the first case Mueller brought to trial as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.” (08/21/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/21/politics/paul-manafort-trial-jury/index.html

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4) EPA moves to dramatically cut regulation of coal power
Source: WRAL

“The Trump administration moved to dismantle another major piece of President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy on Tuesday, proposing to dramatically scale back restrictions on climate-changing emissions from coal-fired power plants even as it acknowledged that could lead to more premature deaths and serious illnesses. The Trump plan broadly increases the authority given states to decide how and how much to regulate coal power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency said the move ’empowers states, promotes energy independence and facilitates economic growth and job creation.’ Bill Wehrum, head of the EPA’s air office, said the administration rejects any suggestion the agency has a broad legal duty to combat climate change through regulation of power grids or promotion of cleaner energy.” (08/21/18)

https://www.wral.com/trump-plan-rolls-back-obama-s-coal-emissions-standards/17783774/

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5) US inmates launch nationwide strike to end prison slavery
Source: Newsweek

“Incarcerated Americans across the country are set to go on strike Tuesday, in what could become the largest industrial action by inmates in the history of the U.S. The strike, which is supposed to last until September 9 — the anniversary of the 1971 Attica Prison uprising in Upstate New York — calls for an ‘end to prison slavery,’ as well as for a number of prison reforms. For 19 days, inmates across at least 17 states plan to refuse to work, with some also refusing to eat, in order to draw attention to poor conditions and what advocates have deemed as exploitative labor practices in the prison system.” (08/21/18)

https://www.newsweek.com/us-inmates-launching-nationwide-prison-strike-end-prison-slavery-1082034

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6) S&P 500 hits record high as earnings eclipse trade war fears
Source: USA Today

“Wall Street got fresh proof that stock market bull markets don’t die of old age. The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index, a broad gauge of the U.S. stock market, hit a fresh all-time high Tuesday, topping its prior January 26 peak of 2872.87. Stocks have been in recovery mode ever since the early-year price run-up gave way to a major bout of market turbulence that pushed the market down more than 10% from a high for the first time in two years. The latest record extends a period of rising stock prices that began more than nine years ago and which puts the large-company stock index on track Wednesday to eclipse the 1990’s bull market as the longest in history at 3,453 days. It’s not uncommon for investors to fear a market top the longer a stock market advance extends. But, more often than not, bull markets end when a recession hits or some kind of financial shock strikes.” (08/21/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/08/21/stocks-hit-record-highs/922315002

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7) US regime deports 95-year-old former Nazi camp guard
Source: Axios

“The United States deported Jakiw Palij, 95, one of the last known former Nazi war crimes suspects on American soil, back to Germany on Tuesday …. Palij admitted to being a guard at the Trawniki camp during World War II, but denied having participated in any war crimes — though thousands of prisoners died there. He was granted U.S. citizenship after lying about his past, but it was stripped by a judge in 2003 when his true identity was revealed. Though a judge first ordered his deportation in 2004, it first required intense negotiations with Germany, led behind-the-scenes by the U.S Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell, per reporting from Axios’ Jonathan Swan.” (08/21/18)

https://www.axios.com/jakiw-palij-nazi-deported-germany-36c4a493-f95f-48de-bc3b-a56522d62c2b.html

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8) Defamation case against Christopher Steele dismissed
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A judge in Washington DC has dismissed a lawsuit against an ex-British spy who compiled a dossier alleging links between Donald Trump and the Kremlin. Christopher Steele was sued by three Russian oligarchs who claimed he defamed them by writing that they tried to influence the 2016 US election. Mr Steele’s lawyers argued that the legal action was frivolous and an attempt to silence him. On Monday a judge agreed, saying Mr Steele has a right to his opinion. Lawyers for Russian billionaires Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan had argued that Mr Steele was not entitled to free speech protections under the first amendment to the US constitution, because he is not a citizen of the United States.” (08/21/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45251255

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9) FL: Wells Fargo strips bank account from pro-cannabis candidate
Source: Smell the Truth

“A Democratic political candidate in Florida is switching banks after Wells Fargo closed her campaign account for supporting medical marijuana reform. Nikki Fried, a Democrat running for the state’s agriculture commissioner, was informed by her Wells Fargo bank that her account was terminated over her support for medical marijuana laws, reports the New York Times. Fried is currently running on a platform that prioritizes expansion of Florida’s medical marijuana services. She has also described herself as ‘one of most visible faces and key activists in Florida’s burgeoning medical cannabis industry.’ Despite the campaign informing Wells Fargo in advance that the campaign would be receiving donations from lobbyists and ‘executives, employees and corporations in the medical marijuana industry,’ the bank gave the campaign written notice last week informing Fried that the account would be closed, citing ‘banking risks’ as the reason.” (08/21/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/08/21/wells-fargo-strips-bank-account-from-pro-marijuana-candidate

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10) WY: Trump endorses Republican donor Friess in governor race
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump weighed in on Wyoming’s gubernatorial contest on Tuesday, urging voters to support Republican financier and mega donor Foster Friess, one of six candidates seeking the party’s nomination in that race. Friess, an evangelical Christian who gained national prominence for his support of conservative Rick Santorum’s failed presidential bid in 2012, is in a close battle with State Treasurer Mark Gordon and lawyer Harriet Hagman. Because Wyoming is a conservative stronghold, the winner of Tuesday’s primary election is likely to become the next governor when residents go to the polls for the general election in November.” (08/21/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election/trump-endorses-republican-donor-friess-in-wyoming-governor-race-idUSKCN1L625L

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11) Iran: Regime unveils new domestic fighter jet
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Iran has unveiled a new domestic fighter jet, with President Hassan Rouhani saying Tehran’s military strength was only designed to deter enemies and was aimed at creating ‘lasting peace.’ Images broadcast on state television on Tuesday showed Rouhani sitting in the cockpit of the new ‘Kowsar’ fourth-generation fighter at the National Defence Industry exhibition in Tehran. State media said it had ‘advanced avionics’ and multi-purpose radar, and it was ‘100-percent indigenously made’ for the first time.” (08/21/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/iran-unveils-domestic-fighter-jet-180821081012526.html

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12) #MeToo figurehead Asia Argento denies sexual assault of minor
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Italian actress Asia Argento, a leader of the #MeToo movement, has strongly denied an allegation of sexual assault. Legal documents seen by the New York Times were reported to show she paid former co-star Jimmy Bennett $380,000 after he accused her of sexually assaulting him when he was 17. In a statement, she says: ‘I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.’ The actress says she strongly denies the contents of the NYT article. Quoting documents exchanged between lawyers for Bennett and Argento, the paper details an incident alleged to have taken place in 2013 in a California hotel room when he had just turned 17 and she was 37. She is alleged to have performed oral sex before engaging in full intercourse with Bennett, a successful child actor and rock musician. The age of consent is 18 in California. Argento was one of the first to speak out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women.” (08/21/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-45261188

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13) NC: Protesters knock down university’s Confederate statue
Source: CNN

“A crowd of about 250 protesters on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s campus knocked over the controversial Silent Sam Confederate statue, according to the university. Video footage from CNN affiliate WRAL-TV shows protesters putting up poles and banners around the statue during daylight. By nightfall, video from WRAL shows the statue falling down and students cheering. Protesters could also be seen kicking Silent Sam’s head and putting dirt on the statue.” (08/20/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/20/us/unc-silent-sam-confederate-statue/index.html

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14) Trump: I won’t yank Barack Obama’s security clearance
Source: USA Today

“While conducting a rhetorical war with members of Barack Obama’s administration, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is not reviewing the national security clearance of the former president himself. ‘Never discussed or thought of,’ Trump said in a tweet. Trump made the claim while decrying a New Yorker article that he said ‘falsely reported that I was going to take the extraordinary step of denying Intelligence Briefings to President Obama.’ The article focused on the conflict between Trump and former CIA Director John Brennan, who has accused Trump of acting improperly on issues ranging from Russia to his criticism of Obama. Brennan has also accused Trump of colluding with Russians who sought to influence the 2016 election by hacking Democrats.” [editor’s note: Barack Obama no longer works for the US government and never will again. What on Earth would entitle him to a security clearance? – TLK] (08/21/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/08/21/donald-trump-barack-obama-security-clearance/1049907002

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15) GA: Backlash erupts over poll-closing plan in black county
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A predominantly black county in rural Georgia is facing a nationwide backlash over plans to close about 75 percent of its voting locations ahead of the November election. County officials say the locations are inaccessible to those with disabilities; critics say the closures will disenfranchise black voters ahead of an election in which a black candidate is running for governor for the first time. The Randolph County elections board is considering a proposal to eliminate seven of nine polling places in the county. The seven precincts in question don’t comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, county officials and an independent consultant say. Longtime Randolph County attorney Tommy Coleman acknowledged in a phone interview with The Associated Press that the timing of the move could appear strange. The polling places were used during the May 22 primary election and July 24 primary runoff, and officials have known about ADA compliance problems in the county for at least six years.” (08/21/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Plan-to-close-polling-places-in-black-county-13172093.php

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16) Paul seeks to cut off Planned Parenthood’s corporate welfare checks via massive spending bill
Source: The Hill

“Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants to tie a fight over funding for Planned Parenthood to a massive government spending bill currently being debated by the Senate. Paul has filed an amendment that would prevent federal funding from going to the organization and others that perform abortions. … Paul wants to attach his proposal to a massive Defense, Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and Education funding bill that is currently being debated on the Senate floor. Despite Republicans’ having control of the White House and both houses of Congress, they’ve been unable [sic] to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood.” (08/20/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/402759-paul-seeks-to-cut-off-planned-parenthood-funds-via-massive-spending-bill

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17) Source: Russians preparing to search for lost nuclear-powered missile
Source: CNBC

“A nuclear-powered Russian missile remains lost at sea after a failed test late last year, and Moscow is preparing to try to recover it, according to people with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report. Crews will attempt to recover a missile that was test launched in November and landed in the Barents Sea, which is located north of Norway and Russia. … Russia tested four of the missiles between November and February, each resulting in a crash, people who spoke on the condition of anonymity previously told CNBC. The U.S. assessed that the longest test flight lasted just more than two minutes, with the missile flying 22 miles before losing control and crashing. The shortest test lasted four seconds and flew for five miles. Russia has denied the missile test failures.” (08/21/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/21/russias-nuclear-powered-missile-that-putin-claimed-had-infinite-range-is-currently-lost-at-sea.html

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18) Twenty two state regimes ask US appeals court to reinstate corporate welfare for Big Data
Source: Raw Story

“A group of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia late Monday asked a U.S. appeals court to reinstate the Obama administration’s 2015 landmark net neutrality rules and reject the Trump administration’s efforts to preempt states from imposing their own rules guaranteeing an open internet [sic]. The states, led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, filed a lawsuit in January after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in December along party lines to reverse rules that barred internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering paid fast lanes, also known as paid prioritization. Several internet companies filed a separate legal challenge on Monday to overturn the FCC ruling, including Mozilla Corp, Vimeo Inc, Etsy Inc, and numerous [corporate welfare queens and dupes thereof].” (08/21/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/twenty-two-states-ask-us-appeals-court-reinstate-net-neutrality-rules/

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19) Microsoft tries to revive Russiagate hysteria with new hack claims
Source: Yahoo! News

“Microsoft said Tuesday it has uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The company said that a hacking group tied to the Russian government created fake internet domains that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Three other fake domains were designed to look as if they belonged to the U.S. Senate. Microsoft didn’t offer any further description of the fake sites. The revelation came just weeks after a similar Microsoft [claim] led Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who is running for re-election, to [allege] that Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate her Senate computer network.” (08/21/18)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-uncovers-more-russian-attacks-040636840.html

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20) Court: Man held by ICE gang for two years is US citizen
Source: The Hill

“Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reportedly detained a U.S. citizen for nearly two years and tried to have him deported. Levy Jaen, a father of four, was held in a New Jersey ICE detention facility as his attorneys argued with federal prosecutors over how immigration is passed from parent to child and how ICE determines ‘family,’ BuzzFeed News reported Monday, the same day the White House held an event honoring immigration agents. … ICE tried to have him deported for overstaying a visa and his drug charges. His attorneys argued that he was born into a marriage where one of his parents — the man he always considered to be his father — was a U.S. citizen, so he was as well. ICE attorneys said that his father could not pass on citizenship to Jaen without a biological relationship.” (08/20/18)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/402725-ice-detained-us-citizen-for-almost-two-years

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

21) In Washington, the truth has refugee status
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“‘Truth isn’t truth,’ declared Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, on Meet the Press on Sunday. Giuliani’s comment — the weirdest absolution yet proffered for Trump — is the ‘Trump era’s epitaph,’ according to a Washington Post columnist. But truth really is defined differently inside the Beltway. Trump could face a ‘perjury trap’ from Special Counsel Robert Mueller because of the unique way that the FBI defines reality — and the truth. The FBI rarely records interviews and instead relies on written summaries (known as Form 302s) which ‘are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations,’ the New York Times noted last year. Though defense attorneys routinely debunk the accuracy and credibility of 302s, prosecutors continue touting FBI interview summaries as the voice of God. Even if Trump made factually correct comments to Mueller, he could still face legal peril if his statements failed to harmonize with FBI ‘trust me on what I heard’ memos containing contrary assertions.” (08/21/18)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2018/08/21/the-hill-in-washington-the-truth-has-refugee-status/

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22) Democrats’ responsibility for America’s forever war
Source: The New Republic
by Sarah Jones

“Earlier this month, 40 Yemeni schoolchildren and 11 adults were killed by a bomb — one that has a legible genealogy. As CNN reported, it was a 500-pound laser-guided MK 82 bomb. And while Saudi Arabia was responsible for dropping it on a school bus, the United States was responsible for providing it: Lockheed Martin built the MK 82, which the U.S. sold to Saudi Arabia as part of an arms deal. America began assisting Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen in 2015, a policy approved by President Barack Obama, and there have been several mass atrocities since then. CNN said the bomb used on August 9 was ‘very similar’ to one dropped on a funeral in October 2016, killing 155 people. … In March 2016, a Saudi attack on a Yemeni market killed 97 people. That bomb came from the U.S., too. Saudi Arabia’s rationale for intervention is straightforward: The Sunni royal family backs the Yemeni government against the Shiite Houthi rebels, who allegedly are backed by Iran. … Nevertheless, both major political parties in America maintain an overall commitment to the policy, though their justifications for doing so differ.” (08/21/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150799/democrats-responsibility-americas-forever-war

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23) The Senate accused them of selling kids for sex. The FBI raided their homes. Backpage.com‘s founders speak for the first time.
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“The first time I met Backpage.com co-founder Michael Lacey it was January 2017, and he had just been grilled by a Senate subcommittee over allegations that he and his publishing partner James Larkin had, in the words of the committee report, ‘knowingly facilitated the criminal sex trafficking of vulnerable women and young girls.’ The second time, at his Arizona home in July of this year, he was wearing an ankle monitor. Both men had been fitted with the trackers three months earlier following an FBI raid on their homes, an experience Lacey likens to the ‘intense emotional violation’ he felt having his house burglarized when he was young. The raid was the culmination of years of legal and political battles between them and both state and federal authorities, including the National Association of Attorneys General, the notorious anti-immigrant sheriff Joe Arpaio, Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, and John and Cindy McCain. Now, Lacey and Larkin, ages 69 and 70, respectively, are confined by court order to Maricopa County and stuck wearing homing devices under their pant legs to ensure it.” (08/21/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/08/21/backpage-founders-larkin-and-lacey-speak

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24) Between anarchy and minarchism: The redistributive state
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Bill Rein

“While sometimes we think of ideologies in strict terms of left and right, more frequently we look at political schemes that incorporate a statism dimension. Big government is possible for both conservatives and progressives; so, maybe, is minarchy. If minarchy is possible, and achievable, it must attain popular support less it be thwarted by revolution or contrarian voting. From this, maybe it makes sense that a minarchism utilize fundamental values from each side, in order to be pragmatic and achieve democratic (and thereby stable) ends. Here there may even be room for an ultraminarchy. … The tratitional ultraminimal and minimal state are concerned with, as stated, traditionally libertarian public functions such as police, the judiciary, and possibly roads and maybe even national defense. The problem with these utilities is that they feel wildly inadequate to the modern American used to entitlements, welfare, or a president.” (08/21/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/08/21/between-anarchy-and-minarchism-the-redistributive-state/

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25) The security clearance racket
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The national-security branch is the most powerful and influential of the four branches of the federal government. It consists not only of all of the members of the military establishment, CIA, and NSA but also the thousands of contractors and subcontractors that feed off the national-security trough. We are talking about trillions of dollars in U.S. taxpayer money going into this massive government-private-contractor racket. After milking the taxpayers for 20 years or so by being on military-intelligence dole, national-security personnel retire, at which point many of them immediately go into the warfare state’s private contractor sector to receive, indirectly, even more taxpayer largess for another 10-20 years. But here’s the kicker: Many of those former military-intelligence people need security clearances to enable them to get paid big bucks at these national-security state contracting companies. That’s one reason why security clearances are so important to these people. If Trump begins cancelling them, that means that some of them might not be able to fleece American taxpayers as effectively as they could with the security clearance.” (08/21/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/08/21/the-security-clearance-racket/

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26) Elizabeth Warren’s #EndCorruptionNow blitz
Source: The American Prospect
by Emily Erdos

“Senator Elizabeth Warren made a powerful case for her new Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Her cheeks flushed as she launched into a full-throated condemnation of deep-seated corruption in government, especially under President Donald Trump. At one point, she lost her voice and had to stop for a sip of water, saying, ‘I get a little wound up on this.’ … ‘This’ is what she called the ‘most ambitious’ anti-corruption legislation since Watergate. Her proposal would make ethics–instead of profits–the guiding principle of the corporate world, a move that would drastically alter the relationship between government officials and business chieftains. Anticipating criticisms that the plan is naïve, over-optimistic, and unattainable, Warren said that she was ‘not giving in to cynicism.’” [editor’s note: To be fair there are aspects of this that even hardcore libertarians would approve of (ending the “revolving door” between government officials and corporate players, for one?); too bad most of it is New Deal government intervention on steroids – SAT] (08/21/18)

http://prospect.org/article/elizabeth-warrens-endcorruptionnow-blitz

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27) It’s time to focus on localism, decentralization and community
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“In the Western world, we tend to justify centralized superstates because they’re ostensibly based on democracy, but this doesn’t hold water for a variety of reasons. First, you’d have to be living under a rock to look at U.S. policy during the 21st century and think it reflects the ‘will of the people.’ Second, if you try to create one-size fits all solutions to problems in a geographically and culturally diverse nation of 325 million people, you tend to make everyone unhappy. This is particularly true within the extremely polarized political space that characterizes America in 2018. In such an environment, centering important decision-making in D.C. devolves into a national winner takes all battle between opposing forces fighting for the power to impose their vision on tens of millions of others who want nothing to do with it. Third, when you overly centralize power you streamline systemic corruption. All the big money donors have to do is buy-off a few hundred representatives who conveniently all gather in the same place, far from their constituents, to pass legislation which is often written by lobbyists.” (08/21/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/08/21/its-time-to-focus-on-localism-decentralization-and-community/

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28) United against the prison-industrial complex: Statement of solidarity with prison workers
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Logan Marie Glitterbomb

“The cages are rattling again all across the nation. Today marks the launch of yet another nationwide prison strike. Following the wave of strikes this year, from the MLK Day strike to the Juneteenth strike, prisoners are once more organizing to have their demands heard and things only look to get louder and more organized as time progresses.” (08/21/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/51215

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29) If Democrats embrace socialism, they can kiss the midterms goodbye
Source: USA Today
by Jon Gabriel

“President Donald Trump is a divisive, unpopular president. This year, his disapproval rating has remained above 50 percent, sometimes topping his approval rating by more than 16 points. Republican voter enthusiasm is lagging, independents want to see a Democratic-run Congress by a margin of more than 20 points, and the Washington press corps hammers the president relentlessly. Given this unprecedented opportunity for the midterms, it seems like all the Democratic Party has to do is sit back, remain calm, and not screw this up. Well, about that. Trump is known to charge up his supporters at his pro-wrestling-style rallies, but the fact that he even exists charges up his critics even more. Whether it’s a bizarre tweet, an offensive comment or just an abrupt change in White House personnel, many Democrats have come unglued. To be fair, it’s hard to blame them.” (08/21/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2018/08/21/democrats-moving-left-trump-socialism-lose-midterm-elections-column/1049990002

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30) Dear James Mattis: Why haven’t you quit yet?
Source: The Intercept
by Mehdi Hasan

“Dear Secretary James Mattis, What on earth are you still doing in the Trump administration? Why haven’t you quit yet? ‘Mattis is out of the loop and Trump doesn’t listen to him, say officials.’ That was the headline to an online scoop from NBC News in late June. ‘The president,’ reported NBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald, ‘has cooled on Mattis, in part because he’s come to believe his defense secretary looks down on him and slow-walks his policy directives, according to current and former administration officials.’ One colleague of yours from the Pentagon confirmed to NBC News that you’re ‘not in the inner decision-making circle anymore.’ So let me ask you this: What is the point of being the self-styled ‘adult in the room’ if you’re no longer in the damn room?” (08/21/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/08/21/james-mattis-resignation-trump/

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31) Paul Krugman learns the wrong lesson from Denmark
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Daniel J Mitchell

“Paul Krugman has butchered numbers when writing about fiscal policy in nations such as France, Estonia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Today, we’re going to peruse his writings on Denmark.” (08/21/18)

https://mises.org/wire/paul-krugman-learns-wrong-lesson-denmark

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32) Obedience and enlightenment
Source: Cato Institute
by Mustafa Akyol

“This week, the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha, a four-day feast that usually includes communal prayer, presents for children and visits to family members and cemeteries. But the key ritual will be what gives the holiday its name: ‘Adha’ means ‘sacrifice’ in Arabic. Most families who can afford to do so will slaughter an animal — perhaps a sheep, goat, cow or camel. The animal will be blindfolded, gently put down and then slaughtered while the name of God is praised. The meat is consumed by the family and also distributed to neighbors and to the needy. For some non-Muslims, it may seem puzzling that Muslims engage in such a bloody ritual. But Jews and Christians should be able to relate to the holiday’s origin: the biblical story of the sacrifice of Isaac.” (08/21/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obedience-enlightenment

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33) The “podcast bros” are doing more to inspire individuals than politics ever could
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“Everyone has that one friend who is obsessed with self-improvement. In addition to posting inspirational Tony Robbins or Ram Dass quotes to Facebook on a regular basis, they might also routinely preach to you about the health benefits of putting butter in your coffee, or insist that daily meditation has ‘changed their entire life.’ And in between running their startup and going to CrossFit, they never miss an episode of podcasts like The Tim Ferriss Show, The Joe Rogan Experience, or former NFL player Lewis Howes'[s] The School of Greatness. And if your ‘woke’ friend is anything like me, who is admittedly guilty of committing every action mentioned above, these podcasts have changed their lives. In fact, these podcasters have been making such a dramatic impact on American culture, it’s caused a few journalists to scratch their heads in wonder as they try to figure out why it is that suddenly all the young people are obsessed with self-improvement.” (08/21/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-podcast-bros-are-doing-more-to-inspire-individuals-than-politics-ever-could/

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34) How young black radicals put the world on notice
Source: In These Times
by Salim Muwakkil

“As a member of the baby-booming ’60s generation, I’ve been nostalgic for the days when America’s youth filled the streets with protest–and not just for nostalgia’s sake. Society has only made incremental alterations to the status quo that provoked our protests. There have since been occasional explosions of civil disobedience, but the impulse toward social protest that energized the black movements of the past has seemed lacking. Perhaps that energy was siphoned off by black America’s embrace of electoral activism and channeled into campaigns like those of Harold Washington, Jesse Jackson and Barack Obama. But that changed sometime in the late 2000s. Charlene A. Carruthers, one of this new movement’s precipitators, tries to sketch its trajectory in her new book, Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements. Did it start in 2007, with the Jena Six protests? Or with Troy Davis in 2011? Trayvon Martin in 2012? Mike Brown in 2014? Regardless of when, ‘we must come to terms with the context in which it exists,’ Carruthers writes.” (08/21/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21334/young-black-queer-radicals-unapologetic-carruthers-liberation-movement

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35) Who cares about dirty brown genocide?
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“A civil war requires two sides on the same playing field. Whats going on in Yemen ceased to be a war at all long ago. This is a slaughter, a genocide, a holocaust. Its latest victims were children on a school bus, coming home from a picnic, miles away from anything resembling a military installation. Over 40 dead, scores injured, many if not most of them under 10. This was a deliberate act of terrorism perpetrated by our ‘ally’ Saudi Arabia with the full aid and support of these fine United States. We supplied the weapons. We fueled the planes. We provided the precise logistics that told our proxies exactly who they were murdering. We did everything but pull the goddamn trigger. And as usual nobody in this timezone or the next could be bothered to really give a shit. The sickest thing about this grotesque display of collective imperial cruelty is how normal it’s all become.” (08/20/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/08/who-cares-about-dirty-brown-genocide.html

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36) The right way to sanction Putin’s Russia
Source: Reuters
by William Courtney

“The United States and its allies are increasingly frustrated over malign activities by Russia. Moscow wages war in Ukraine, abets brutality in Syria, interferes in elections, and poisons opponents. In response, Washington has imposed sanctions and closed Russian consulates in San Francisco and Seattle and vacation estates in Maryland and New York, all believed to be used by Vladimir Putin’s government for intelligence purposes. This week the U.S. unveiled new sanctions, and is expected to impose even more in the future. Choosing sanctions requires care. Their purpose should be to penalize Russia for misbehavior, such as by restricting access to Western finance and energy technology, but not to isolate Russians, such as by limiting activities such as ‘people-to-people’ ties or political dialogue with the West. Russia is too important to isolate, and America’s allies would oppose this. Russia is the world’s largest natural gas and wheat exporter, second biggest oil exporter, and third largest coal exporter. It is Europe’s largest and least expensive gas supplier. Russia is the main land and overflight route between China and Europe, and a nuclear superpower.” (08/21/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-courtney-russia-commentary/commentary-the-right-way-to-sanction-putins-russia-idUSKCN1L61YZ

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37) Greece’s turmoil: Still no end in sight
Source: spiked
by Nikos Sotirakopoulos

“Yesterday was supposed to be a day of celebrations for Greece: after eight years of painful economic patronage by the Troika of the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, Greece concluded its latest support programme and is now apparently ready to stand on its own feet. … The reality of the situation exposes the hypocrisy of the EU and SYRIZA’s pompous words. Here are the numbers for the ‘success story of Greece’: after eight years of the Troika’s patronage, and a total of €288.7 billion in bailouts, Greece’s GDP has shrunk by a quarter, and the Greek debt is higher than it was in 2010, in real terms and as a proportion of GDP. Unemployment is still above 20 per cent, with youth unemployment around 40 per cent.” (08/21/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/greeces-turmoil-still-no-end-in-sight/

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38) Who’s the cleanest of them all
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“Take a wild guess what country is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions the most? Canada? Britain? France? India? Germany? Japan? No, no, no, no, no and no. The answer to that question is the U.S. of A. Wow! How can that be? This must be a misprint. Fake news. America never ratified the Kyoto Treaty some two decades ago. We never enacted a carbon tax. We don’t have a cap-and-trade carbon emission program. That environmental villain Donald Trump pulled America out of the Paris climate accord that was signed by almost the entire rest of the civilized world. Yet the latest world climate report from the BP Statistical Review of World Energy finds that in 2017, America reduced its carbon emissions by 0.5 percent, the most of all major countries. That’s especially impressive given that our economy grew by nearly 3 percent — so we had more growth and less pollution — the best of all worlds. The major reason for the reduced pollution levels is the shale oil and gas revolution that is transitioning the world to cheap and clean natural gas for electric power generation. (08/21/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/08/21/whos-the-cleanest-of-them-all-n2511468

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39) Cryptocurrencies don’t behave like other assets
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Brian C Albrecht

“Bitcoin — and other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum or Ripple — has been compared to traditional currencies, gold, stocks, and even shell beads. But do cryptocurrencies really behave like these other assets? A new NBER working paper by Yukun Liu and Aleh Tsyvinski shows that although cryptocurrencies can be analyzed as an asset class using simple finance tools, that asset class is radically different from others. Cryptocurrencies do not react to the normal factors that drive stock markets, gold, broad macroeconomic movements, or major currencies like the U.S. dollar. Liu and Tsyvinski’s evidence supports the view that cryptocurrencies are a hedge against standard macroeconomic risks, and opposes the view that cryptocurrencies are a substitute for other assets. If cryptocurrencies don’t respond to the factors that drive traditional assets, what do they respond to?” (08/21/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/sound-money-project/cryptocurrencies-dont-behave-other-assets

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40) Adolph and the free sh*t model
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“I really don’t like invoking Adolph, and I don’t like ‘swear words,’ especially in headlines. But today I’m hard pressed to avoid either, and so I’ll just go with it. I can’t avoid Adolph because he said something more clearly than anyone else I’m able to quote. Here’s the passage: ‘I have not come into this world to make men better, but to make use of their weaknesses.’ And that’s precisely what he did. It’s also what Google, Facebook, and other ‘free sh*t’ providers are doing. They are amassing power by using human weaknesses … and the bosses know it quite well.” (08/21/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/adolph-and-the-free-sht-model/

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41) Donald Trump and the securitization of trade
Source: Niskanen Center
by Trey Fields

“On May 31, when President Donald Trump levied tariffs on steels and aluminum imports from the European Union, Mexico, and Canada, most observers were less by his actions than by his justifications for the move. Under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, Trump asserted that he was issuing the tariffs on national security grounds — the first usage of this power since 1983. What does this move say about the Trump administration’s view of trade strategy? Does the president seriously view international trade as a security threat to the United States?” (08/20/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/donald-trump-and-the-securitization-of-trade/

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42) Hackers want to steal the midterms; blockchain can lock them out
Source: Investors Business Daily
by T Richard Stroupe, Jr.

“Russian hackers appear likely to try to tamper with this November’s elections — and there’s a chance they’ll succeed. Two years ago, hackers infiltrated seven states’ computerized voter databases, according to a widely circulated NBC report. Hackers changed no votes then. But we may not be so lucky this time around. State and local government officials have primary responsibility for running elections in this country. So it will be up to them to ensure that every ballot is counted accurately and securely — without foreign interference. New ‘blockchain’ technologies, which are behind popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether, can help them do so. That’s right, blockchain. Few tech buzzwords have become as popular (or overused) as blockchain. But it actually has legitimate, promising applications for election security.” (08/21/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/hackers-elections-blockchain

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43) Lots of axes to grind
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Just how communist is Mainland China? The answer seems to depend on the ideology of the observer: 1. (Non-Chinese) Marxists see China as an example of Dickensian laissez-faire capitalism, with private companies owned by billionaires that operate highly polluting factories employing workers at slave wages with poor working conditions. 2. Libertarians agree that China has poor living standards, but attribute its problems to a communist dictatorship that utilizes heavy regulation and other controls, including outright state ownership of the commanding heights of the economy. 3. Some mercantilists are dazzled by double-digit growth rates, and see a successful example of an intelligently planned economy. Given that I’m a libertarian, you might not be surprised to learn that my view is closest to #2. But I don’t fully align with even that view, as it’s best to divorce one’s ideological preferences from one’s view of the state of the world.” (08/20/18)

https://www.econlib.org/lots-of-axes-to-grind/

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44) The Russians did it (cont.)
Source: CounterPunch
by William Blum

“Each day I spend about three hours reading the Washington Post. Amongst other things I’m looking for evidence — real, legal, courtroom-quality evidence, or at least something logical and rational — to pin down those awful Russkis for their many recent crimes, from influencing the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election to use of a nerve agent in the UK. But I do not find such evidence. … I have no doubt that the great majority of Americans who follow the news each day believe the official stories about the Russians. They’re particularly impressed with the fact that every US intelligence agency supports the official stories. They would not be impressed at all if told that a dozen Russian intelligence agencies all disputed the charges.” (08/21/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/21/the-russians-did-it-cont/

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45) Not one more American life should be expended for Afghanistan
Source: The American Conservative
by Robert W Merry

“[T]he United States still seems as committed to this folly as ever, perhaps more so as dodging defeat becomes more and more imperative for the officials who perpetrated the war in the first place. But there can be no dodging the inescapable reality that, after 17 years, we have very little to show for our efforts. The United States has 14,000 troops in the country today, mostly advisors and airstrike personnel. At one point, under President Obama, there were 100,000 troops there. The number never seems to affect the trajectory of events. When Obama, early in December 2009, sent 30,000 new troops to Afghanistan to get to that 100,000 soldier deployment, he said the mission would be to ‘target the insurgency and secure key population centers.’ He told cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point that ‘I owe you a mission that is clearly defined, and worthy of your service.’ Yet here we are, eight years later, with the key population center of Ghazni hardly secure and a mission that remains ill-defined and unworthy of the sacrifice of America’s military.” (08/21/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/not-one-more-american-life-should-be-expended-for-afghanistan/

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46) What causes acceptance of paper money?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

“Demand for a good arises because of its perceived benefit. For instance, people demand food because of the nourishment it offers them. This is however not so, with regard to the pieces of paper we call money — why do we accept them? Following the view of Plato and Aristotle, economists regard the acceptance of money as an historical fact introduced by the government decree. It is government decree, so it is argued, that makes a particular thing accepted as the general medium of the exchange i.e. money. In his writings, Carl Menger raised doubts about the soundness of the view that the origin of money is a government proclamation.” (08/21/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/08/what-causes-the-acceptance-of-paper-money/

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47) Sneaky lobbyists prefer sneakiness
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The Arkansas Chamber of Commerce’s CEO and chief lobbyist, Randy Zook and Kenneth Wall, have formed Arkansans for Common-Sense Term Limits. The Chamber has a burning hatred for term limits — Common-Sense or otherwise — just like every other lobbyist and special interest. But Zook and Hall are fibbing in their name because they realize that voters love term limits.” (08/21/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/08/21/sneaky-lobbyists-prefer-sneakiness-paul-jacob-feels-just-terrible-that-chamber-of-commerce-lobbyists-cant-have-it-their-way/

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48) Sword play: Centrists and right unite to support Saudi extremists
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“A nation led by violent extremists is moving to behead a woman for taking part in peaceful demonstrations for human rights. It’s not Iran, not North Korea, not Syria, not Russia. It’s Saudi Arabia, the firm and friendly ally of the US & UK. The same nation we are supplying with bombs, planes, targeting and intelligence to kill thousands upon thousands of innocent people in Yemen. Now our good friends are going to cut off a woman’s head for talking about freedom. Where is the right-wing outrage machine over these Islamic extremists committing an atrocity? (Oh, that’s right; for years, Fox News was partly owned by a Saudi prince.) Where are our angry centrists, so quick to rightly condemn human rights abuses in other countries? They’re too busy feasting with and celebrating the ruthless Saudi crown prince who wants to cut off this woman’s head, too busy praising him in the New York Times for his ‘reforms.’” (08/21/18)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/mobile/articles/sword-play-centrists-and-right-unite-to-support-saudi-extremists-21082018.html

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49) If universities aren’t producing the workers business wants then there’s no economic argument for universities
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“There’s a standard Stalinist mistake made in the education sector these days. It is to assume that more capital makes us all richer, without considering what sort of capital it is which makes us richer. That some half or so of university graduates end up not using their degrees in their job — while business complains bitterly about not being able to find the skills it desires — is that real world unpleasantness which tells us this.” (08/21/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/education/if-universities-arent-producing-the-workers-business-wants-then-theres-no-economic-argument-for-universities/

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50) Trump vs. Erdogan: Bitcoin is the answer to Turkey’s financial chaos
Source: Bitcoin.com
by C Edward Kelso

“[Turkey’s] fiatcurrency, the lira, is down some 40% against the greenback, inflation is out of control, and its politicians are using the tussle to ramp up nationalism in an effort to avoid widespread calls for basic economic reform — raising interest rates, seeking International Monetary Fund assistance, etc. The lack of diplomatic agreement could bring about yet another round of US economic sanctions against Turkey. One immediate refuge for locals appears to be moving Turkish lira into bitcoin core (BTC), and recent weeks have seen a virtual flood of such activity on exchanges such as Localbitcoins. Though the government has made appeals to the populace to get out of foreign currency, especially the dollar, locals seem to be quietly ditching theirs for cryptocurrency. That trend seems to only increase as politics remains answerless and the probability of the country defaulting on its debt inches above a 50% likelihood.” (08/21/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/trump-erdogan-battle-turkey-in-financial-chaos-bitcoins-answer/

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51) Non-interventionism: America’s founding foreign policy
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“This speech was part of a program entitled ‘Non-Interventionism: America’s Founding Foreign Policy’ that was presented in Charleston, South Carolina on April 29, 2018 and co-sponsored with The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.” [Flash video] (08/21/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/jacob-hornberger-non-interventionism-americas-founding-foreign-policy/

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52) Scott Adams Says, 08/21/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about who is crazier — President Trump or his critics. With coffee.” [Flash video] (08/21/18)

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

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53) Bernie’s digital media empire
Source: Reason

“Bernie Sanders is all over the internet. His videos are everywhere and, unfortunately, millions watch. How have his socialist ideas reached so many people? John Stossel explores.” [Flash video] (08/21/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/08/21/bernies-digital-media-empire

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54) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 69
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Our conversation about how all history is revisionist and open to creativity with Michael Douma continues this week.” [various formats] (08/21/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/more-creative-historical-thinking

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55) Candidates of Liberty, episode 2
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In the second episode of ‘Candidates of Liberty,’ John interviews the Candidate for Congress in the 2nd District of Colorado, Roger Barris!” [various formats] (08/21/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/08/21/candidates-of-liberty-ep-02-roger-barris/

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56) Free Talk Live, 08/20/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Attorney Targets Cake Maker :: DCYF Protest Led by LPNH Gubernatorial Candidate :: Libertarian Gubernatorial Primary :: Tipping :: Straws :: Expired Medication :: Another Police Accountability Site is Gone :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/20/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-08-20

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57) Postcards from Somalia, episode 7
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“On this episode Sherry and Alan discuss the idea that some folks have that libertarians must run for office as Libertarians.” [Flash audio] (08/21/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/postcards-from-somalia-episode-7-shoot-the-messenger/

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58) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/20/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The sharing economy has the potential to create massive disruption. How we handle that disruption is of critical importance. Michael Munger is author of Tomorrow 3.0: Transaction Costs and the Sharing Economy.” (08/20/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/tomorrow-30-transaction-costs-sharing-economy

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59) One Free Family, episode 28
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“The idealized family that never disagrees about anything simply doesn’t exist. Given that disagreements at home WILL happen, how can we help them to be as productive and healthy as possible? In this episode, Taylor and James share their ideas for how we can have fewer unproductive and recurring disagreements while working through the healthier disagreements more effectively. Disagreements are a great time to help everyone in the family feel seen and heard, and they don’t always have to be painful!” [Flash audio] (08/20/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/having-healthier-disagreements-off028/

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60) Bloggingheads.tv, 08/20/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Will Menaker (Chapo Trap House) … Will’s blockbuster podcast, Chapo Trap House … Chapo’s new book, The Chapo Guide to Revolution … Celebrity dumbasses, liberal hawks, and neocons … How the Iraq war radicalized Will … Why Matt Yglesias and Ezra Klein are in Chapo’s crosshairs … Critiquing the Resistance from the left … Are Trump voters racist? Economically anxious? … Will: There is no decent conservatism in America.” [Flash video] (08/20/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53448

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