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Volume XVI, Issue #4,044
Weekend Special Edition, August 25th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Yemen: Saudi war criminals murder 22 more children
2) Australia: Turnbull ousted as PM in favor of illiberal Liberal Morrison
3) Report: Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg gets immunity to testify in Cohen case
4) IRS moves to block California, other states from fraudulently claiming state taxes as charitable contributions
5) VA: Two Charlottesville rioters sentenced to prison for attack

Everybody Has An Opinion:

6) Who benefits from our fears?
7) The astronomical price of America’s undeclared wars
8) The ongoing war on the American people
9) Americans are losing faith in free speech. Can two forgotten philosophers help them regain it?
10) Defining anti-semitism, threatening free speech

The Sound and the Fury:

11) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, Episode 143
12) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 9
13) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 237
14) Reason Podcast, 08/24/18
15) The JFK Assassination, episode 9

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

1) Yemen: Saudi war criminals murder 22 more children
Source: CNN

“Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed 30 people, including 22 children, in a rebel [sic]-held area in northwestern Yemen on Thursday, according to the Houthi-controlled Health Ministry. Four families were evacuating their homes in a vehicle when the airstrikes hit, according to Houthi-owned media. Earlier coalition airstrikes on Wednesday killed four people and injured two, according to two surviving family members who preferred to remain anonymous for security reasons. ‘Four people were killed in the strike before, that’s why they fled. They wanted to save their lives, their children’s lives. Is nowhere safe for us?’ one survivor said. … Earlier this month, a Saudi-led airstrike hit a school bus carrying scores of boys in Yemen. The attack killed 51 people, including 40 children, according to the Houthi-held Health Ministry. CNN has established that the bomb used in the attack was a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin, one of the top US defense contractors.” (08/24/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/24/middleeast/yemen-airstrike-kills-children-intl/index.html

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2) Australia: Turnbull ousted as PM in favor of illiberal Liberal Morrison
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Scott Morrison has become Australia’s new prime minister after Malcolm Turnbull was forced out by party rivals in a bruising leadership contest. Mr Turnbull had been under pressure from poor polling and what he described as an ‘insurgency’ by conservative MPs. Mr Morrison, the treasurer, won an internal ballot 45-40 over former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton — who had been Mr Turnbull’s most vocal threat. Mr Turnbull is the fourth Australian PM in a decade to be ousted by colleagues.[editor’s note: Morrison opposes immigration freedom and marriage freedom; he’s about as “liberal” as Francisco Franco – TLK] (08/24/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-45292637

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3) Report: Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg gets immunity to testify in Cohen case
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Allen Weisselberg, a longtime employee of the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer since 2000, has been granted criminal immunity in exchange for his testimony in federal investigators’ case against the president’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, according to multiple reports. … Cohen has admitted to paying women who alleged sexual encounters with Donald Trump for their silence during the 2016 presidential campaign. Deemed a ‘fixer’ for Trump, Cohen pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating campaign finance laws. Weisselburg, 70, has worked for the Trump Organization going back to the 1970s, starting under the president’s father, Fred Trump, as an accountant.” (08/24/18)

https://www.nola.com/national_politics/2018/08/trump_cfo_immunity_testify.html

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4) IRS moves to block California, other states from fraudulently claiming state taxes as charitable contributions
Source: Los Angeles Times

“The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department on Thursday moved to block efforts by lawmakers in California and other Democratic-controlled states to help their residents avoid a new limit on state and local tax deductions. The proposed rule, which is likely to face legal challenges, targets legislation in those states that would allow taxpayers to claim a charitable deduction for state and local tax payments above the $10,000 limit set in the tax cuts passed by Congress last year. The Treasury Department said the legislation being considered in various states amounts to a tax dodge for wealthier Americans.” [editor’s note: If these high-tax states want to help their residents out here, all they have to do is cap their own taxes at less than $10k. Problem solved. – TLK] (08/23/18)

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-state-local-tax-deduction-20180823-story.html

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5) VA: Two Charlottesville rioters sentenced to prison for attack
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Two men have been sentenced to prison for beating of a black man at a far-right rally in Charlottesville last year, local media reported. Jacob Scott Goodwin and Alex Ramos were sentenced to eight and six years respectively on Thursday for the beating of DeAndre Harris at the Unite the Right rally in August 2017. The confrontation took place after a friend of Harris attempted to take a Confederate flag away from one of the marchers. Pictures and a video of Harris’s beating by a group of white nationalists were shared widely online, leading to attempts to identify the perpetrators. Harris, 20, suffered a spinal injury and a broken arm in the attack, which took place in a car park close to a Charlottesville police station.” (08/24/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/prison-sentences-beating-black-man-charlottesville-rally-180824064043631.html

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6) Who benefits from our fears?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘Think of the children!’ I have daughters. And neighbors, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends with children. And friends who used to be children. But when the command to ‘think of the children’ is screamed out by freaked-out paranoiacs demanding more laws, more punishments, more prison time, more surveillance — and consequently less freedom — I try to think responsibly. As did one Corey Widen, when she ‘let her 8-year-old do the most normal, cheerful thing in the world — walk the dog around the block.’ Lenore Skenazy tells the tale in Reason. ‘After the girl returned home, the doorbell rang. It was the police.’” (08/24/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/08/24/who-benefits-from-our-fears/

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7) The astronomical price of America’s undeclared wars
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“According to a study by the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University, since 2001, America’s wars have cost $5.6 trillion. That equates to $23,000 per taxpayer. This is more than three times the Pentagon estimate — which still comes in at a staggeringly high $1.5 trillion. Study author, Neta Crawford said the Pentagon’s failure to account for much of the cost of waging war accounts for the discrepancy between official numbers and the study. … According to Newsweek, the study includes costs for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, along with support for allies in the battle against extremist groups, mostly eastern European countries such as Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. It also factors in a trillion dollars for the care of veterans who may have received injuries in the conflicts. But the study did not account for U.S. military assistance outside of these countries against ISIS, such as Tunisia, the Philippines or Egypt. So, war has cost you even more than $23,000 over the last two decades. I wonder how many people would support these military interventions if they had actually had to write a $1352.94 check every year for the last 17 years?” (08/24/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/08/24/the-astronomical-price-of-americas-undeclared-wars/

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8) The ongoing war on the American people
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“‘We the people’ have now come full circle, from being held captive by the British police state to being held captive by the American police state. In between, we have charted a course from revolutionaries fighting for our independence and a free people establishing a new nation to pioneers and explorers, braving the wilderness and expanding into new territories. Where we went wrong, however, was in allowing ourselves to become enthralled with and then held hostage by a military empire in bondage to a corporate state (the very definition of fascism). No longer does America hold the moral high ground as a champion of freedom and human rights. Instead, in the pursuit of profit, our overlords have transformed the American landscape into a battlefield, complete with military personnel, tactics and weaponry.” (08/24/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-ongoing-war-on-the-american-people/

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9) Americans are losing faith in free speech. Can two forgotten philosophers help them regain it?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Bill Rein

“The United States is facing some serious doubts about free speech. On top of that, politics is becoming more partisan. The American experiment is facing more political agonism, extremism, and a general lack of mutual understanding. That space between conservatism and progressivism that Arthur Schlesinger called ‘the dead center,’ has really become a dead center: a no man’s land, where political vagabonds struggle for a ceasefire or at least a line of communication. Not only does it seem that neither side wants to understand each other, but it seems they can’t even if they wanted to. There are two totally different worldviews. What is the right way to understand the division? Maybe insights from the bowels of modern philosophy can help.” (08/24/18)

https://fee.org/articles/americans-are-losing-faith-in-free-speech-can-two-forgotten-philosophers-help-them-regain-it/

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10) Defining anti-semitism, threatening free speech
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“In May the benign-sounding Anti-Semitism Awareness Act appeared before the U.S Congress ‘to provide for consideration a definition of anti-Semitism for the enforcement of Federal antidiscrimination laws concerning education programs or activities.’ No big deal? Let us see. … Right off the bat, the legislation seems odd: under what Republican Party theory of limited government does Congress propose definitions of words simply for consideration for educational purposes? And I thought Republicans don’t like federal involvement in education. We’ll see that the answer is steeped in irony: the stated purpose is to help education agencies to combat racial discrimination. While the act is directed at education, the resulting law would reach beyond that realm because it would officially stigmatize as anti-Semitic any speech and activity, public and private, said to fall within the definition. Since this would at least chill the open marketplace of ideas, advocates of free speech should be concerned about the content of the definition and its revealing support material.” (08/24/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-defining-anti-semitism/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

11) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, Episode 143
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks for Asking! (cryptocurrency advice and Bob Dylan fandom plea); Politicizing the murder of Mollie Tibbetts.” [various formats] (08/24/18)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-143-not.html

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12) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 9
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Judd Weiss joins Johnny Rocket and Raylene to talk about: the spirit of entrepreneurship, being a visionary and the pitfalls of politics and campaigning. When not brokering real estate deals or taking pictures of economics nerds, he is working on his newest venture, Lit.club, who looks to revolutionize the future of cannabis and inspire the creation of bold new experiences.” [various formats] (08/24/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-9-exit-politics-wjudd-weiss/

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13) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 237
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #237, Will Porter and Pat McFarlane join the show to discuss why we are anti-war. Will gives his take on how the war state is destroying journalism. Pat explains how the war state is eroding the checks on government power. The Libertarian Institute is asking #WhyImAntiWar on Twiter, we give out answers.” [various formats] (08/24/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-237-whyimantiwar-guests-will-porter-pat-mcfarlane

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14) Reason Podcast, 08/24/18
Source: Reason

“In the latest Reason Podcast, I [Nick Gillespie] talk with [Elizabeth Nolan] Brown about the flimsiness of the federal case against [Backpage.compublishers] Lacey and Larkin, the problems with conflating prostitution among consenting adults with the trafficking of children, and why the media seem incapable of telling the difference.” [various formats] (08/24/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/08/24/enb-talks-backpage-podcast

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15) The JFK Assassination, episode 9
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“In this series of short videos, FFF president Jacob Hornberger summarizes and details the circumstantial evidence pointing toward the U.S. national-security state as the orchestrator of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” [Flash video] (08/24/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-jfk-assassination-episode-9/

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Steve Trinward

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