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Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump: Cohen payments to women weren’t illegal because they “came from me”
2) Hurricane Lane strengthens to a dangerous Category 5 storm on its way to Hawaii
3) Australia: Turnbull faces leadership challenge
4) NASA: Water ice exists on moon’s surface
5) TN: Waffle House shooting suspect, deemed unfit to stand trial, committed to mental hospital
6) Scotland disowns Canada’s first PM
7) Uber set to pay $34k-plus per person in settlement of harassment class action case
8) WI: Koch group spends $1.8 million in ads for political careerist Walker
9) Women’s rights organizations object to Kavanaugh nomination
10) FBI, Heimatsicherheitsdienst say Russians aren’t inside Florida election systems
11) Congo: Ebola death toll soars to 55 as regime announces crisis plan
12) Report: Saudi Arabia has called off Aramco float
13) Vietnam: Regime charges 12, including two Americans, with subversion
14) Oil boom may provide windfall to New Mexico’s politicians
15) AZ: Border Patrol thugs abduct 128
16) WA: Eight fast food companies agree to end “no-poach” agreements under threat of lawsuit from politician
17) American man sentenced to 17 years for traveling abroad
18) UN watchdog says North Korea has not halted nuclear program
19) Hunter, wife indicted for corruption
20) Schumer: Kavanaugh “lying” about time in White House, would overturn abortion rights

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Taking both parts of democratic socialism seriously
22) Stormy weather for Trump, but is sexual hush money a “campaign contribution?”
23) Society is made of narrative; realizing this is awakening from the Matrix
24) You can solve problems or play politics
25) Reminder: Manafort case had nothing to do with Russia
26) Here’s how the Chinese state is ruining soccer
27) How can US help its neighbors? Export more natural gas
28) Never trust a politician
29) Elizabeth Warren’s “New Deal” is closer to national socialism than democratic socialism
30) How Cohen, Manafort cases reshuffle global politics
31) They did what to those kids?
32) Winners and losers of the longest-ever bull market
33) Trump is no match for the First Amendment
34) Social media trickery
35) Did Russia really dump its US debt?
36) Trump’s fall: The end game
37) Innocent until … part 2
38) Does Michael Cohen’s guilty plea justify all the Trump impeachment talk?
39) Dial “N” for Mayhem: Wording our way to a new level of hell
40) Stop comparing Iran to the USSR
41) The philanthropy racket: How the people destroying the world anoint themselves its saviors
42) What happened to social media?
43) The truth about Turkey
44) School choice benefits teachers too
45) Italy: The problem is real
46) There are too many people in prison
47) Advancing liberty by adhering to principle
48) A utilitarian case for incompetent traffic cops
49) Democracy: Between anarchy and tyranny
50) Going the way of cable

The Sound and the Fury:

51) We Are Libertarians, episode 308
52) Reese Erlich on The Scott Horton Show
53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 236
54) The Libertarian Angle, 08/22/18
55) Scott Adams Says, 08/22/18
56) Electric Libertyland, episode 86
57) On Tom Woods’s interview of Joshua Smith
58) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 10
59) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 142
60) Free Talk Live, 08/21/18
61) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/21/18
62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1221
63) Constitutionally Speaking, episode 27
64) Humans of Bitcoin, 08/21/18
65) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/21/18

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

1) Trump: Cohen payments to women weren’t illegal because they “came from me”
Source: USA Today

“President Donald Trump told the Fox News Channel that Michael Cohen’s payments to two women who alleged affairs with Trump were not illegal because they ‘came from me’ and not his campaign. ‘They weren’t taken out of campaign finance, that’s the big thing,’ Trump said during an interview on FOX & Friends that will air Thursday morning. ‘That’s a much bigger thing. Did they come out of the campaign? They didn’t come out of the campaign; they came from me.’ Cohen, who is Trump’s former attorney and personal fixer, told a federal court on Tuesday that he had paid off two women to silence them before the 2016 election at Trump’s ‘direction,’ and admitted [sic] that the payments were illegal. But Trump told Fox that the payments weren’t a campaign violation since they came from his personal funds.” [editor’s note: And in any other dimension of reality, that would be the end of it. Is anyone else out there getting tired of this shit? – SAT] (08/22/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/08/22/donald-trump-payments-women-came-him-not-campaign-michael-cohen/1064933002

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2) Hurricane Lane strengthens to a dangerous Category 5 storm on its way to Hawaii
Source: CNN

“Hurricane Lane has strengthened into a Category 5 storm as it rolls toward Hawaii — just two weeks after Hurricane Hector passed the islands. Hurricanes rarely make landfall in Hawaii, as the Central Pacific does not see as many storms as the Atlantic or Eastern Pacific, and the Hawaiian Islands present a small target in the vast Pacific Ocean. Only four named storms — two hurricanes and two tropical storms — have made landfall in Hawaii since 1959. Even close calls are somewhat rare, with Hawaii getting a named storm within 60 miles of its coastline about once every four years on average. But Hurricane Lane looks poised to affect the Aloha State, and was about 480 miles southeast of Honolulu early Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, just above the Category 5 threshold. … A hurricane warning is in effect for Hawaii county while a hurricane watch has been issued for Maui county.” (08/22/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/22/us/hurricane-lane-hawaii-wxc/index.html

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3) Australia: Turnbull faces leadership challenge
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Australia’s Liberal Party was in flux Wednesday as opponents of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pushed for new party leadership. Turnbull remained in his job after Liberal Party members in Parliament backed him in a 48 to 35 vote Tuesday, though he could soon face a fresh challenge. … Ten government ministers offered to resign following the failed attempt to oust Turnbull, but the prime minister asked eight of them to remain in their jobs.” (08/22/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/22/640804739/australias-prime-minister-faces-leadership-challenge

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4) NASA: Water ice exists on moon’s surface
Source: AL.com

“NASA scientists have confirmed ice created by water on the moon’s surface, a discovery that could play a significant role in future space missions. A team of scientists, led by Shuai Li of the University of Hawaii and Brown University, used data from NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper to confirm the water ice at the moon’s dark and cold north and south poles. … Previous observations found possible signs of surface ice on the lunar south pole. This latest discovery could mean water is more easily accessible, however, clearing the way for future expeditions.” (08/22/18)

https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/08/water_ice_exists_on_moons_surf.html

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5) TN: Waffle House shooting suspect, deemed unfit to stand trial, committed to mental hospital
Source: Fox News

“Travis Reinking, the man who allegedly killed four people at a Waffle House in Tennessee last spring, is not fit to stand trial, a judge has ruled. Reinking, 29, appeared in court in Nashville on Wednesday, where it was revealed he suffers from schizophrenia, the Tennessean reported. ‘He is not competent to stand trial,’ Rena Isen, a psychologist who evaluated the suspected murderer, said. Reinking reportedly will be committed to a mental hospital for treatment until he’s fit to stand trial. The judge added that Reinking — who Isen said isn’t taking his medication — poses a substantial threat of harm to the public, if not himself. Police said Reinking opened fire on April 22 at a Waffle House restaurant in Antioch, which is roughly 11 miles southeast of Nashville. He allegedly used an AR-15-style rifle, and killed four people (DeEbony Groves, 21; Joe Perez, 20; Akilah DaSilva, 23; and Taurean Sanderlin, 29) and injured three others.” (08/22/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/22/travis-reinking-waffle-house-shooting-suspect-deemed-unfit-to-stand-trial-committed-to-mental-hospital.html

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6) Scotland disowns Canada’s first PM
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Canada’s first prime minister has been scrubbed — at least for now — from government websites in Scotland due to his treatment of indigenous people. References to Glasgow-born Sir John A Macdonald have recently been removed from Scotland.org sites. The change comes amid an ongoing debate in Canada over his legacy and how he should be remembered. In the late 19th Century, Macdonald’s government initiated the creation of the residential school system. For over a century, starting in the 1800s, more than 150,000 indigenous children were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to state-funded boarding schools, where children were forbidden to speak their language or practise their own culture. Some students died, many children experienced abuse.” (08/22/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45275651

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7) Uber set to pay $34k-plus per person in settlement of harassment class action case
Source: USA Today

“Uber may have a new CEO and potential plans for a 2019 public stock offering, but it remains in the shadows of cultural scandals that wracked the ride-hailing company in 2017. The San Francisco-based company announced Wednesday that it will pay $1.9 million, or about $34,000 per person, to 56 former and current employees who say they were harassed or discriminated against while working at the ride-hailing company. That settlement is part of a $10 million overall settlement announced in March as part of a class-action discrimination suit against Uber. That suit, filed in October 2017, involves claims from 487 female and minority engineers going back to 2013. Long a high-flying tech startup fueled by the bravado of its onetime co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick, Uber hit rough waters in February 2017 with a blog post by former engineer Susan Fowler. Her bombshell account detailed a toxic, sexist work environment where discrimination complaints were often brushed aside.” (08/22/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2018/08/22/uber-pay-more-than-34-k-harassment-class-action-settlement/1061176002

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8) WI: Koch group spends $1.8 million in ads for political careerist Walker
Source: ABC News

“More than $7 million in advertising has flooded into the Wisconsin governor’s race in the week since Democrats chose their candidate to try to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. The spending shows the race is living up to expectations that it will be one of the most expensive and hardest fought in the country, as Democrats try to knock off one of their top targets in an Upper Midwestern state that was integral to President Donald Trump’s victory in 2016. Walker has repeatedly warned of a possible blue wave in November as he tries to excite Republicans who backed him three times, including in a 2012 recall election, and delivered the state to Trump. But polls show Walker and Trump’s support is lagging as Democratic enthusiasm builds following a series of election victories this year.” (08/21/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/koch-group-spends-18-million-ads-wisconsins-walker-57302583

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9) Women’s rights organizations object to Kavanaugh nomination
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Women’s rights advocates rallied in the rain Wednesday in opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, saying he had a discouraging track record on issues that matter to women. Standing outside the Supreme Court for more than an hour in periods of rain, the demonstrators chanted for equal pay and the protection of women’s rights. Some clutched signs that read “Kava-nah” as speakers expressed their disapproval of Kavanaugh’s record on equal pay, abortion rights and other issues. Lilly Ledbetter, whose fight to close the pay gap between women’s and men’s wages led to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, said that voting for Kavanaugh’s confirmation would be ‘a vote against equal pay. It’s time to stand with working men and women and vote ‘no’ on Judge Kavanaugh,’ she said.” [editor’s note: It gets harder and harder to take “feminism” seriously these days – SAT] (08/22/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Women-s-rights-organizations-object-to-Kavanaugh-13175625.php

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10) FBI, Heimatsicherheitsdienst say Russians aren’t inside Florida election systems
Source: Bradenton Herald

“The two federal agencies tasked with informing state and local officials about ongoing interference in Florida’s election systems say they have not seen any new or ongoing Russian attempts to compromise local election infrastructure. ‘Although we have not seen new or ongoing compromises of state or local election infrastructure in Florida, Russian government actors have previously demonstrated both the intent and capability to conduct malicious cyber operations,’ said a letter from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner. ‘DHS and the FBI will continue to notify any victim of a successful cyber intrusion into their election network in any jurisdiction nationwide.’ The letter comes two weeks after Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson first mentioned that Russians ‘penetrated’ Florida’s election systems ahead of the 2018 election. He declined to go into further detail, arguing that the basis of his assertion was classified.” (08/21/18)

https://www.bradenton.com/news/politics-government/article217071925.html

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11) Congo: Ebola death toll soars to 55 as regime announces crisis plan
Source: The Daily Star [UK]

“Health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DNC), southern Africa, announced five new victims in the town of Mabalako-Mangina, close to the epicentre of the outbreak in Beni, North Kivu province. The government has announced free treatment for all victims against the disease for the next three months as they desperately try to control the outbreak. Beni’s mayor Jean Edmond Nyonyi Masumbuko Bwanakawa said locals would not have to pay for treatment in the towns of Beni, Mabalako-Mangina and Oicha starting this week.” (08/22/18)

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/724842/ebola-outbreak-africa-democratic-republic-of-congo-warning-death-toll-vaccines-borders

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12) Report: Saudi Arabia has called off Aramco float
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Saudi Arabia is reported to have cancelled its plans to sell shares in state oil giant Aramco, which had been billed as the largest flotation ever. The group of financial advisers working on a plan to sell 5% of the company domestically and internationally has been disbanded, Reuters reports. The wire service quoted a source suggesting the decision was taken some time ago but is not being announced. Neither Saudi Aramco nor the Saudi Royal Court has commented on the story. Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, first proposed the share sale early in 2016 as part of his economic reform agenda, to bring western regulation and scrutiny to the company, as well as raising cash to reduce the country’s large budget deficit. At the time he predicted the sale would value Aramco at around $2 trillion (£1.55 tn). The plan was to float shares on both the local stock market in Riyadh, and one of the world’s leading international financial centres.” (08/22/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45275862

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13) Vietnam: Regime charges 12, including two Americans, with subversion
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“Vietnam on Wednesday jailed two American citizens and 10 others from an outlawed US-based ‘terrorist’ group for attempting to overthrow the state after they spread anti-government leaflets and tried to incite protests last year. Critics of the communist regime are routinely jailed in the one-party state. Most are loosely-linked bloggers, activists and rights lawyers, with few groups designated as ‘terrorist organisations.’ One of those groups is the California-based Provisional National Government of Vietnam (PNGV), an anti-communist organisation with its own self-appointed prime minister that pledges allegiance to the former South Vietnam regime. Twelve of their members were jailed for between five and 14 years after a two-day trial in Ho Chi Minh City for ‘attempting to overthrow the state,’ according to Phap L uat newspaper, the mouthpiece of the city’s justice department.” (08/22/18)

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2160744/vietnam-puts-12-people-trial-alleged-subversion

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14) Oil boom may provide windfall to New Mexico’s politicians
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A surge in New Mexico’s income linked to an oil boom may give legislators an extra $1.2 billion to work with as they craft the next annual budget, state economists announced Wednesday. The windfall comes as New Mexico officials grapple with a court order to shore up funding for public schools to meet basic educational standards and a recent downgrade to the state’s credit rating based on mounting public pension liabilities. Economists from three state agencies and the Legislature reported a nearly 15 percent increase in general fund revenues for the fiscal year that ended June 30 — a growth rate the state has not seen in more than a decade. Oil production gains on relatively high energy prices are expected to continue, driving continued growth in state government income, the forecast stated. Tax revenue and other government income is expected to surpass annual spending obligations by $1.2 billion during the fiscal year that begins in July 2019, according to a report from staff at the Legislature’s lead budget-writing committee. General fund spending for the current fiscal year is set at $6.3 billion.” (08/22/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/New-Mexico-state-government-is-awash-in-money-13174141.php

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15) AZ: Border Patrol thugs abduct 128
Source: Washington Examiner

“Border Patrol agents [abducted] a caravan of 128 people shortly after it illegally [sic] crossed from Mexico to Arizona, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday evening. Agents working near the Lukeville Port of Entry, located about 100 miles west of Tucson, Ariz., spotted a large group of Central American people on the north side of the border fence. CBP said the illegal [sic] immigrants were ‘presumably brought to the border by human smugglers who remained in Mexico.’” (08/21/18)

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/border-patrol-arrests-128-person-caravan-that-crossed-into-arizona

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16) WA: Eight fast food companies agree to end “no-poach” agreements under threat of lawsuit from politician
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Eight restaurant chains have agreed to drop the use of agreements that prevent their workers from finding higher-paying jobs at other locations of the same chain, Washington state’s attorney general said this week. Applebee’s, Church’s Chicken, Five Guys, IHOP, Jamba Juice, Little Caesars, Panera and Sonic agreed to end the ‘no-poach’ agreements immediately at all of their locations nationwide and to stop using the language in future franchise contracts in order to avoid lawsuits over the practice, according to the office of Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. The eight locations join seven others — Arby’s, Auntie Anne’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carl’s Jr., Cinnabon, Jimmy John’s and McDonald’s — who earlier agreed to end the practice under the threat of a lawsuit from Ferguson’s office. ‘Businesses can’t rig the system to avoid competition,’ Ferguson said in a statement. ‘My goal is to eliminate no-poach clauses in the fast-food industry nationwide.’” (08/22/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/22/640776195/8-fast-food-companies-agree-to-end-no-poach-agreements-under-threat-of-lawsuit

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18) American man sentenced to 17 years for traveling abroad
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“An American man who admitted to jetting off to the Dominican Republic to have sex with underage girls has been sentenced to 17 years in prison. Theodore Symonds, 51, traveled to Puerto Plata in March 2017 to have sex with an at-the-time 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl, according to the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of Florida on Friday. Prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic, but 60 percent of the 25,000 to 35,000 prostitutes in the country start out as minors, according to the International Labour Organization.” [editor’s note: If he committed a crime in the Dominican Republic, that’s the business of the Dominican Republic’s authoritahs. From this end, the only “crime” he committed was getting on a plane and leaving the United States … which means leaving the jurisdiction of the United States – TLK] (08/21/18)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6084273/US-man-51-sentenced-17-years-traveling-Dominican-Republic-sex-teen-girls.html

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19) UN watchdog says North Korea has not halted nuclear program
Source: CNN

“The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency says it has ‘grave concern’ that North Korea continues to develop its nuclear weapons program. A report Monday from the International Atomic Energy Agency noted that without direct access to North Korean weapons sites its information is limited, though it is monitoring the program through ‘more frequent collection of satellite imagery.’ The report includes a detailed list of nuclear-related activities the agency believes have been underway in recent months mainly at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, one of the country’s major nuclear sites.” (08/21/18)

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/21/politics/un-iaea-north-korea-nuclear/

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20) Hunter, wife indicted for corruption
Source: Bloomberg

“Duncan Hunter, a Republican congressman in California, and his wife were indicted for using campaign funds to pay for personal expenses and for filing false campaign records. The Hunters illegally used campaign money to pay for family vacations, school tuition and dental work, as well as smaller purchases including fast food and movie tickets, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. Hunter represents California’s 50th congressional district, covering parts of San Diego and Riverside counties. ‘Congressman Hunter believes this action is purely politically motivated,’ Michael Harrison, a spokesman for Hunter, said in an emailed statement. The San Diego-based Marine combat veteran is facing a November challenge from Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar, with recent polls showing his lead narrowing to single digits.” (08/21/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-21/gop-rep-duncan-hunter-indicted-in-california-for-corruption

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

21) Taking both parts of democratic socialism seriously
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Steven Horwitz

“In the wake of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent primary victory, many writers have made the cases for and against democratic socialism. Both its defenders and its critics have tried to insist, quite rightly, that those who support democratic socialism are serious about the ‘democratic’ part. And it is important that critics take this point seriously: arguing that someone like Ocasio-Cortez is just a Stalinist wannabe is not an effective counter-argument. Those making the case for democratic socialism really do wish to avoid the totalitarianism of the 20th century history of socialism. Whether they can avoid that outcome, despite their good intentions, is an issue I will return to in what follows. Critics and supporters should also take the ‘socialism’ part of democratic socialism seriously.” (08/22/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/taking-both-parts-democratic-socialism-seriously

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22) Stormy weather for Trump, but is sexual hush money a “campaign contribution?”
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Yes, it was stupid for Trump to pay hush money for silence from Clifford/Daniels. Yes, it was even dumber for him to have a third party make that payment on his behalf. And beyond being stupid, it was politically unnecessary. Everyone who cared about Donald Trump’s marital infidelities and sexual peccadilloes already had enough — more than enough — information on the subject to reach the same conclusion that they would have reached from this particular incident. And it was therefore clear that nobody who still intended to vote for him as of late October 2016 DID care. Which leads me to question the claim that the purpose of the payment was political (that is, intended ‘to influence the election’) as such.” (08/22/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13934

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23) Society is made of narrative; realizing this is awakening from the Matrix
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“In the movie The Matrix, humans are imprisoned in a virtual world by a powerful artificial intelligence system in a dystopian future. What they take to be reality is actually a computer program that has been jacked into their brains to keep them in a comatose state. They live their whole lives in that virtual simulation, without any way of knowing that what they appear to be experiencing with their senses is actually made of AI-generated code. Life in our current society is very much the same. The difference is that instead of AI, it’s psychopathic oligarchs who are keeping us asleep in the Matrix. And instead of code, it’s narrative. Society is made of narrative like the Matrix is made of code. Identity, language, etiquette, social roles, opinions, ideology, religion, ethnicity, philosophy, agendas, rules, laws, money, economics, jobs, hierarchies, politics, government, they’re all purely mental constructs which exist nowhere outside of the mental noises in our heads.” (08/22/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/08/22/society-is-made-of-narrative-realizing-this-is-awakening-from-the-matrix

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24) You can solve problems or play politics
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“When you imagine solving some problem, what kind of solution do you envision: permanent or political? Win-win or win-lose? How would you rather fix things? Permanently and where everyone wins, or politically where someone wins at the expense of others who are harmed? If you choose the political option, those you harm will keep trying to turn the tables. They may claim to only want to stop the harm they are suffering; but when they get the chance, they’ll repay everything they suffered, with interest, and the problem will keep coming back. This shows the difference between using the economic method to fix things or the political method to kick the can down the road a ways.” (08/22/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/08/22/voices/you-can-solve-problems-or-play-politics/158842.html

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25) Reminder: Manafort case had nothing to do with Russia
Source: USA Today
by Robert Romano

“The jury has reached its verdict in the trial of Paul Manafort, finding him guilty of eight counts of tax evasion and bank fraud, with the judge declaring a mistrial on the other 10. But this outcome was unrelated to the reason special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in the first place — to investigate the plot to assist Russia with hacking the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta emails and putting them on WikiLeaks during the 2016 election. The appointment of Mueller as special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May 2017 was to investigate, mainly, ‘the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election’ and ‘any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.’ Manafort wasn’t charged with any of those things. Nothing implicating Russia, the 2016 election or the hack.” (08/22/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/08/21/manafort-case-had-nothing-do-russia-editorials-debates/1057706002

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26) Here’s how the Chinese state is ruining soccer
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by William Hongsong Wang

“The 2018 soccer World Cup just ended a few weeks ago. In addition to the strong performance of the European teams in the World Cup, Asian teams have also made progress in this event. … Looking at the progress that the Japanese and Korean teams have made in recent years, we’re prompted to ask: where are the Chinese players? Since the 1949 Communist Revolution, the soccer industry has been controlled entirely by the Soviet-style central planning system. Although China began market-oriented reforms in 1978 and launched a nominal professional soccer league in 1994, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) and the entire soccer industry still must obey the executive orders of the General Administration of Sport of China (GAS). Therefore, the government retains an outsized amount of control over the soccer leagues, and corruption and bribery has emerged.” (08/22/18)

https://mises.org/wire/heres-how-chinese-state-ruining-soccer

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27) How can US help its neighbors? Export more natural gas
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Paul Steidler

“The full-fledged push by the Trump administration to make America a major exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) will provide benefits throughout the world. For America’s neighbors, it will mean much cleaner power and be a major economic stimulant. One of the dirty little secrets for picturesque Caribbean and nearby countries is that their fuel sources for electricity are antiquated and filthy. This is because large amounts of electricity are produced by oil and diesel fuels. Although oil was once a common source for electricity in the United States, pollution concerns and the push for lower-cost power have reduced it to being primarily a back-up power on the coldest winter days. Even oil rich countries in the Mideast are averse to using oil for electricity.” (08/22/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/liquid-natural-gas-exports

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28) Never trust a politician
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“One of my more persistent critics on this site asked, last week, why I might believe anything the current president says — considering all the lies. For reasons of decorum I won’t repeat his exact wording. The odd thing about the comment was not the vulgarity, though (unfortunately). It was the idea that I was relying upon belief in Donald Trump’s veracity. The whole point of my commentary regarding Trump’s handling of trade and foreign policy was to read between some lines. I try never to believe anything … er, everything … any politician says.” (08/22/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/08/22/saltylies/

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29) Elizabeth Warren’s “New Deal” is closer to national socialism than democratic socialism
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Barry Brownstein

“In an episode of the HBO comedy series Crashing, libertarian Penn Jillette offered this provocative opinion: ‘The most important revolution in human history, more important than agriculture, more important than writing, is the scientific revolution. The scientific revolution came down to these three words: I don’t know.’ Jillette added, ‘No institution, no church, no king, no power structure had ever said in history, I don’t know.’ The Greek historian Thucydides put it this way: ‘Ignorance is bold, knowledge reserved.’ It’s hard to find a politician willing to say, ‘I don’t know.’ Senator Elizabeth Warren is no exception. Her ignorance is bold. Recently she proposed The Accountable Capitalism Act. Under her proposed law, Warren and others in government will pretend to know much about that which they know nothing — running every large business in America.” [editor’s note: FDR’s original “New Deal” was closer to national socialism than to democratic socialism too. Not that any kind of state socialism is a reasonable proposition – TLK] (08/22/18)

https://fee.org/articles/elizabeth-warren-s-new-deal-is-closer-to-national-socialism-than-democratic-socialism/

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30) How Cohen, Manafort cases reshuffle global politics
Source: Reuters
by David Eckels Wade

“Tuesday’s judicial bombshells [sic] will scramble political calculations not just in the United States, but in capitals around the world. In the span of a few hours, we witnessed first the conviction of Donald Trump’s campaign manager and longtime associate Paul Manafort on eight charges of tax evasion and bank fraud in connection to his work for a pro-Putin Ukrainian strongman. Then we saw the president’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen plead guilty to campaign finance violations and say that Trump had directed him to pay hush money to two women during the 2016 campaign to stop them from speaking out about affairs they said they’d had with him. The American political deck has been reshuffled — and with it the geopolitical one as well. The ripples will be felt anywhere Trump engages in high-stakes negotiations, but especially in five capitals: Washington, Moscow, Kiev, Beijing and Pyongyang. Let’s consider this tale of five cities.” (08/22/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wade-manafort-commentary/commentary-how-cohen-manafort-cases-reshuffle-global-politics-idUSKCN1L71V7

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31) They did what to those kids?
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“The first day of college can be daunting. Will people like me? Will I fit in? That didn’t seem to be a problem when one young man began his first day at New York’s Sullivan College back in 1980. Everyone seemed to know him. ‘Hey, Eddy!’ one guy said, clapping him on the back. ‘Welcome back, Eddy!’ said several others. One girl even greeted him with a big smooch. But there was one problem: his name was Bobby, not Eddy. Meeting one of Eddy’s best friends, Bobby soon realized that he had a twin brother who, like himself, was adopted as a baby. When a New York paper published an article with the two of them smiling from the front page, a third brother, David, recognized himself in the photograph …. Three Identical Strangers, a documentary about these men, is a fairytale story with the makings of Shakespearean comedy.” (08/22/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1885

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32) Winners and losers of the longest-ever bull market
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“Six months ago, people were very worried about the stock market. In January, it was rocketing upwards, thanks in part to a $1.5 trillion Republican tax bill that gave away hundreds of billions of dollars to the wealthy and to corporations. And then, on February 5, it all seemed like it was going to fall apart: The Dow Jones plunged 1,175 points, the largest single-day drop in history. Was this the beginning of the end of a near-decade-long bull market? Not quite. While the Dow Jones hasn’t quite recovered from February’s plunge — it currently sits about 1,000 points lower than it did before the drop — the bull market persists. On Wednesday, it became (by some measures, anyway) the longest in United States history, having begun on March 9, 2009, and lasted 3,453 days. There are warning signs — including an escalating trade war and the possibility of a recession on the horizon — and some analysts believe that losses are imminent. But there’s also a strong case to be made that the bull market isn’t ending anytime soon.” (08/22/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150827/winners-losers-longest-ever-bull-market

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33) Trump is no match for the First Amendment
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“When 400 or so news outlets ran editorials chastising Donald Trump for his anti-press demagoguery last week, they made an important point about freedom of speech in America: Journalists may be mad at the president, but they are not afraid him, which is no small accomplishment in a world where reporters who offend powerful people can end up behind bars or below ground. Americans owe their freedom of expression to the quasi-magical powers of words written more than two centuries ago. Combined with an independent judiciary, those words continue to provide robust protection for people who annoy the government.” (08/22/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/08/22/trump-is-no-match-for-the-first-amendmen

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34) Social media trickery
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“YouTube just added an ‘information panel’ to all my videos about climate change. We at Stossel TV do weekly videos on many controversial topics, but apparently YouTube thinks climate change is special. The information panel seems benign — just a link to a Wikipedia page about global warming — and YouTube puts it on all climate change videos. But Wikipedia’s page was captured by activists. It’s biased in favor of desperate alarmism. You’d have to read carefully to know that the billions we’re spending now to fight climate change will make little difference. The YouTube information panel doesn’t mention the Climategate scandal in which scientists were accused of skewing data, ignores climate models that over-predicted warming, etc. It basically says the science of climate change is settled. Only near the very end does the YouTube information panel briefly mention skepticism from conservative and libertarian think tanks. But the editors don’t let skeptics give reasons for their skepticism.” (08/22/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2018/08/22/social-media-trickery-n2511793

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35) Did Russia really dump its US debt?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Benn Steil

“‘Russia dumped 84% of its American debt,’ blared a July CNN headline. Russian central-bank head Elvira Nabiullina said the sales were just part of ‘diversifying the entire structure of currencies.’ But with the U.S. dollar accounting for two-thirds of global foreign-exchange reserves and most (non-intra-eurozone) international trade, dumping this much dollar debt goes well beyond prudent diversification. Many commentators have therefore speculated that the government was actually protecting itself against future U.S. economic attacks. ‘It looks like Russia was worried about sanctions and their ability to trade Treasuries,’ said one head bond trader, ‘so they sold.’ Still, the Russian central bank needs dollars, which it has always held mainly in the form highly liquid interest-bearing U.S. Treasuries, to stabilize the ruble through market intervention and to help its banks manage liquidity. Furthermore, Russian president Vladimir Putin has stated that ‘Russia is not rejecting the dollar’ and is ‘not planning any sudden moves.’ This doesn’t jibe with the media headlines. We therefore decided to explore another possibility: that the headlines are just plain wrong, and that Russia has not sold anywhere near that many Treasuries.” (08/22/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/08/benn-steil-did-russia-really-dump-its-u-s-debt/

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36) Trump’s fall: The end game
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“It’s now clear that President Donald Trump cannot survive. Personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen’s blunt admission before a federal judge that candidate Trump directed him to commit an illegal act — paying and then covering up hush money — is just the beginning. Cohen and former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who both face long prison terms, are likely to cooperate with the special counsel and provide further damaging information in exchange for recommendations of leniency that will come at their sentencing. The revelations of Cohen and Manafort, both part of Trump’s inner circle, are plenty damaging. But they are just a warm-up for special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings on even more explosive matters: likely fraudulent behavior in Trump’s business dealings, which could include tax evasion; his collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 election; and his efforts to obstruct justice in undermining the special counsel. Much of this has been hidden in plain view. Mueller will simply provide many more of the gory details.” (08/22/18)

http://prospect.org/article/trumps-fall-end-game

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37) Innocent until … part 2
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Surveillence cameras and their complex and sometimes amazing software are a modern fact of life. In many cities, and even suburban areas, we and our vehicle may be in the view of dozens of cameras, all recording our presence, actions, and even our identity and vehicle identification. When we pull out a credit card, or an ID and check, the cameras may be recording our personal information. In order to ‘protect against identity theft,’ in reality the cameras and their recordings may make identity theft even easier and more profitable. And if we have enemies or even dishonorable opponents who can get access to them, we may be facing even greater problems.” (08/21/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/08/21/innocent-until-part-2/

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38) Does Michael Cohen’s guilty plea justify all the Trump impeachment talk?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Talk of impeaching President Trump is everywhere. But Democrats have been pining for Trump’s impeachment since before he even set foot in the White House. Michael Cohen’s guilty plea is just the latest excuse to bring it up. A Politico headline that ran soon after the Cohen plea went public read: ‘Legal blows fuel impeachment fears.’ A more accurate headline would have been: ‘Legal blows fuel impeachment hopes.’ For Trump haters, it’s always been about impeachment. The only challenge has been to find something to impeach Trump with. Even before Trump secured the Republican Party nomination, some Democrats were talking about impeaching him. And throughout his presidency, every twist and turn of various investigations and every breathless (and often faulty) ‘bombshell’ news story, every alleged foreign policy misstep, has sparked a new round of impeachment talk.” (08/22/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/michael-cohen-guilty-plea-trump-impeachment

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39) Dial “N” for Mayhem: Wording our way to a new level of hell
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“It’s odd. A few months ago, I made a prediction that Donald Trump would bring the ‘n-word’ back into public use by the end of this year, or next year at the latest. At the time, I thought it would play out like this: some right-wing figure would use the insult, and Trump would come to his defense, e.g. ‘Bad word choice by X, but it’s just a word. He’s no racist, he’s a great guy, loves all Americans. No need for this lynching by the PC brigade!’ And then we’d see ‘serious’ discussions in the ‘serious’ media about whether the use of the word should automatically banish someone from public discourse or get them fired, or if there is ‘perhaps some room for nuance and context on this issue.’ … I still believe that’s going to happen, but it looks as though the mechanics — and timing — of the scenario might be a little different. It seems more likely now that some instance of Trump himself using the word will emerge …” (08/22/18)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/mobile/articles/dial-n-for-mayhem-wording-our-way-to-a-new-level-of-hell-22082018.html

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40) Stop comparing Iran to the USSR
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The silliness of comparing Iran and the Soviet Union ought to be self-evident, but for various reasons Iran hawks love to use this comparison in their arguments for regime change. The vast differences between the two states make the comparison useless for thinking about what the best policy towards Iran should be, and it is clear that the comparison is being made purely for rhetorical and ideological reasons. [Frederick] Kagan himself spends most of his essay detailing the significant differences between the two states, but still assumes that a variant of the same ‘strategy’ is appropriate now. The question that Kagan never asks or answers is why the U.S. needs a ‘victory strategy’ against Iran in the first place. He simply takes for granted that seeking regime change in Iran is desirable and advances U.S. interests without bothering to explain how or why that is the case.” (08/21/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/stop-comparing-iran-to-the-ussr/

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41) The philanthropy racket: How the people destroying the world anoint themselves its saviors
Source: In These Times
by Chris Lehmann

“As Anand Giridharadas argues in his new book, Winners Take All, ‘There is no denying that today’s elite may be among the more socially concerned elites in history. But it is also, by the cold logic of numbers, among the most predatory.’ As wages stagnate and decline, and income and housing supports are viciously winnowed away, a new brand of philanthropic do-goodism aims to transform social relief into entrepreneurial opportunity. In big-name corporate consultancies like McKinsey, at global meeting grounds like Davos, Aspen and Doha, within the warm self-admiring glow of the Clinton Global Initiatives (CGI), the very class profiting from global inequality convenes in search of ways to ameliorate its symptoms — profitably, of course, via a stable of ‘disruptive’ market-driven interventions in healthcare, transportation, housing and other spheres that are sold to investors as ingenious ways of hacking society. The perverse dogma behind such initiatives is the mantra ‘win-win’ — the notion that social reform need never entail any cost to corporate bottom lines.” [editor’s note: I’ll leave the cynicism in labeling “win/win” in this way for the readers to digest – SAT] (08/22/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21346/philanthropy-global-elite-neoliberal-marketworld-economy

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42) What happened to social media?
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“[T]he network effect led to an unsustainable centralization of the product. Facebook displaced everyone else and began to rule all. Every user began to believe that he or she should be in charge, forgetting that the core model is that every user is being asked to provide content that the enterprise then sells to advertisers. Today, the revolt against centralization is on. The social-media world of the future will not be centralized. It will take many different forms, and the replacement for Facebook is not likely to be a copy. It will be something else entirely, and we can see this already happening.” (08/21/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/what-happened-social-media

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43) The truth about Turkey
Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

“Turkey has everybody worried. An economic or financial crisis in a major emerging country can quickly destabilize other emerging regions and send shockwaves throughout the rest of the world. The Turkish lira has collapsed since the beginning of the year (falling 45 percent so far) and its stock exchange, measured by its main index, has lost more than 10 percent of its value, dragging down many other stocks, particularly in Europe, with it. The perception is that the main culprit is the Trump administration’s decision to punish Turkey with a doubling of the tariffs on steel and aluminum. The reality is that this silly and counterproductive trade war, though it has the potential to make things worse, is not the main problem.” (08/21/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/08/21/the-truth-about-turkey/

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44) School choice benefits teachers too
Source: Cato Institute
by Corey A DeAngelis

“It’s back-to-school season, which unfortunately means it’s time for the vast majority of public school teachers to use their own salaries to stock and supply their classrooms. And because private and charter schools compete with traditional public schools for students, teachers may be inclined to believe that school choice programs divert education dollars away from their classrooms. That could explain why teachers are less likely to support school choice than the general public. But that’s only half of the story. Economic theory and scientific evidence suggest that school choice actually leads to higher salaries for public school teachers.” (08/21/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/school-choice-benefits-teachers-too

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45) Italy: The problem is real
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Broadly speaking, there are three types of economists. Those who believe the real problems in the world are due to real factors, those who think the real problems in the world are due to a lack of aggregate nominal spending, and those who put roughly equal weight on both factors. Over the past decade, I’ve often done Powerpoint presentations of the Great Recession, entitled ‘The Real Problem was Nominal.’ Today, I’ll describe where the real problem is real. Consider the path of RGDP in Spain and Italy, since 2000 …” (08/21/18)

https://www.econlib.org/italy-the-real-problem-is-real/

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46) There are too many people in prison
Source: spiked
by Fraser Myers

“Prior to Birmingham, Clarke, the chief inspector, said the publicly run Liverpool prison had the ‘worst conditions inspectors had seen.’ But irrespective of their ‘performance,’ the outsourcing of prisons to private entities is wrong. Prison ought to be a punishment imposed by society at-large, via the justice system and the courts. That punishment should not be overseen by private bodies. But by far the biggest problem is the fact that there are so many prisoners in the first place. There are currently 83,000 prisoners in England and Wales — the highest prison population in Western Europe. This is nearly double the 44,000 inmates of 25 years ago, despite National Crime Survey data showing lower levels of crime.” (08/22/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/there-are-too-many-people-in-prison/

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47) Advancing liberty by adhering to principle
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The great German thinker Johann Goethe lived during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Goethe stated: ‘None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.’ Although those words were expressed back then, they perfectly capture the plight of American Democrats, Republicans, progressives (i.e., liberals), and conservatives today.” (08/22/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/08/22/advancing-liberty-by-adhering-to-principle/

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48) A utilitarian case for incompetent traffic cops
Source: Everything Voluntary
by James Walpole

“Benign signage aside, it still seems that more and more technology is making it hard to break the law. In the case of traffic legislation, we’ll likely see within our lifetimes cars manufactured with built-in speed limits. At the very least, police will acquire more thorough and far-reaching speed detection devices. No more driving 80 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone. In traffic and beyond, we’re heading toward a future of perfectly efficient law enforcement — and a lot of Atlanta drivers who will be late for work. A change like this is all well and good if you assume your government has discovered the optimal maximum speed for cars (or the optimal medical regulations, or the optimal housing rules, etc). In a broader legal sense, a goal for full efficiency in law enforcement assumes that current legislation is fully correct. And that is a dangerous idea.” (08/21/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/a-utilitarian-case-for-incompetent-traffic-cops

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49) Democracy: Between anarchy and tyranny
Source: PanAm Post
by Jose Azel

“Democracy may be defined in many descriptive ways such as, government by the people, rule of the majority, a belief in freedom and equality, and more. But I find it conceptually helpful to reflect on democracy as a form of government between the violence of anarchy and the violence of tyranny. … It follows that, not having a ruler, and enjoying maximum individual freedoms would be preferable if we could avoid the violence of anarchy. But human history shows chaos to be deadlier than tyranny, and thus we have invented a form of government ‘that threads the needle’ between the violence of anarchy and the violence of tyranny. Today, by some metrics, over 50 percent of the world’s population lives in democratic nations. In practice, however, some of those nations may be more autocratic than democratic.” (08/21/18)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2018/08/21/democracy-between-anarchy-and-tyranny/

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50) Going the way of cable
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Cable companies have been feeling pressure from Internet streaming services. Every day more people appear to be waking up to the fact that paying money to watch a bit of interesting content between commercials isn’t a great proposition. The glory days of ad-free subscription streaming services may be coming to and end though. Last week Netflix began experimenting with display ads to customers …. I’m always amused by how marketing departments try to spin the fact that their customers will be paying the same amount and receiving less.” (08/21/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/08/21/going-the-way-of-cable/

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51) We Are Libertarians, episode 308
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle and Harry Price break down a fake news story on the NBC Nightly News about Alex Jones and explain why this matters. We then explain why all punches are equal and what is the Non-Aggression Principle?” [various formats] (08/22/18)

https://wearelibertarians.com/308-lyin-lester-holt-and-the-creation-of-a-smear/

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52) Reese Erlich on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Reese Erlich is interviewed on the latest Taliban offensive in Afghanistan in Ghanzi city. The city was taken and the Taliban then withdrew, after killing many policeman and accepting the surrender of many Afghan forces. Also discussed is the history of the conflict, and whether or not the US will finally withdraw.” [various formats] (08/22/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/08-17-18-reese-erlich-on-the-taliban-and-afghanistan/

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53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 236
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #236, I discuss Senator Rand Paul’s effort to ease tensions between the US and Russia. Rand has taken a trip to Russia and is now asking Trump to remove sanctions from Russia lawmakers so they can enter the US. Senator Paul is also making an effort to halt NATO expansion. I also update North Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.” [various formats] (08/22/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-236-senator-paul-stands-tall

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54) The Libertarian Angle, 08/22/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Social Security is theft. There is no trust fund. You have no rights to the money funding it. It is simply a transfer mechanism to get money from the young to the old. FFF president Jacob G. Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss.” [various formats] (08/22/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-abolish-social-security/

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55) Scott Adams Says, 08/22/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about the ‘worse than Watergate’ guy. With coffee.” [Flash video] (08/22/18)

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

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56) Electric Libertyland, episode 86
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Comedian Owen Benjamin joins Brian McWilliams on this week’s Electric Libertyland to discuss a wide range of issues including Race, Religion, Hollywood and Censorship in the way that only Owen Benjamin can.” [various formats] (08/22/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/08/22/the-return-of-owen-benjamin/

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57) On Tom Woods’s interview of Joshua Smith
Source: Attack The System

“Joe Kopsick comments on Tom Woods’s August 18th, 2018 interview of Joshua Smith, at large delegate of the Libertarian National Committee. I talk about the efforts of Smith and right-libertarians to attempt to silence the debate on libertarian socialism which is happening within the Libertarian Party.” [Flash video] (08/22/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/08/22/on-tom-woodss-interview-of-joshua-smith/

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58) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 10
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie begin by hopping into the wayback machine and digging into the Roggers And Hammerstein song I Enjoy Being A Girl from the Flower Drum Song soundtrack. What are the cultural implications of a song that celebrates an appreciation for stereotypically American gender roles. How do those factor into a voluntary society? Is Lizzie actually leading the conversation?” [Flash audio] (08/22/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/sounds-like-liberty-episode-10-careers-in-color-with-andrew-horner/

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59) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 142
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Could Tom Be Blackmailed?); Support US Prisoners’ Strike.” [various formats] (08/22/18)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-142-how.html

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60) Free Talk Live, 08/21/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“New Hampshire Drops to #2 on Freedom Rankings? Rachael Goldsmith, Executive Director of the Free State Project, Joins Us to Discuss :: NH is Most Improved :: Futile New York Libertarians :: Police Killings of Innocents :: Throwing Blood on Cops :: Internal Immigration Checkpoints :: Least Free States :: Black Powder Shooting :: Content Moderation Frustrations :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/21/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-08-21

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61) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/21/18
Source: Cato Institute

“How free is your state? The Cato Institute’s new Freedom in the 50 States report details how states fair when it comes to fiscal, regulatory, and personal freedom. William Ruger and Jason Sorens are the report’s authors.” [various formats] (08/21/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/freedom-50-states-2018

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62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1221
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Dedra Birzer of Hillsdale College joins me to discuss the works and views of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, who was an important libertarian writer in her own right. Wilder recently had her name removed from an important children’s literature award by the American Library Association, so we begin with a discussion of that.” [various formats] (08/21/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1221-laura-ingalls-wilder-erased-by-library-association-deserves-her-place-in-literary-history/

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63) Constitutionally Speaking, episode 27
Source: National Review

“In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the rise of the political parties. Though they are not mentioned in the Constitution, parties quickly became an essential part of republican government in the United States. Right from the start, parties served three major purposes: organizing allies in the government, nominating candidates and formulating governing agendas, and informing and mobilizing voters.” [various formats] (08/21/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/constitutionally-speaking/episode-27-the-rise-of-the-political-parties/

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64) Humans of Bitcoin, 08/21/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“We continue our conversation with Paul [Sztorc], focusing on decentralized prediction markets. Listen to see how politics and democracy could be forever changed.” [various formats] (08/21/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e378-Prediction-Markets-Decision-Making-and-Politics-Paul-Sztorc-Part-2

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65) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/21/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“After 17 years of fighting, the US continues to lose the war in slow motion. Each year the Taliban gains ground. Meanwhile the US spends billions of dollars, kills untold numbers of civilians, and makes negative progress. Blackwater founder Erik Prince wants the US to privatize the war and hire his company to fight it. Is that a viable solution?” [Flash video] (08/21/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/afghan-war-a-total-failure-should-we-privatize-it

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