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Volume XVI, Issue #4,045
Monday, August 27th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Former Vatican official calls for Pope’s resignation over sex abuse scandal
2) US, Mexican regimes poised to reach NAFTA deal as soon as Monday
3) John McCain, 1936-2018
4) Trump blasts Sessions, media and FBI: “I did NOT know about the meeting”
5) Venezuela migrant crisis: Peruvian regime tightens border controls
6) Iranian: Parliament removes finance minister from office
7) Afghanistan: US occupiers claim killing of Islamic State leader
8) FL: Four dead, at least nine wounded in mass shooting at video game tournament
9) As Trump administration tightens screws on Iran, top UN official cries foul
10) Italy migrant row: Interior minister under investigation
11) CA: Legislators approve bill to dismiss old cannabis convictions
12) Judge deals blow to Trump effort to overhaul bureaucracy
13) Musk drops pursuit of $72 billion deal to take Tesla private
14) Democrats strip superdelegates of power, reform caucuses
15) Turkey: Police fire tear gas at mothers’ protest
16) Sources: Much detail, little progress in US-China talks
17) NC: Seven arrests as protesters clash over toppled “Silent Sam” statue
18) Former Trump doorman releases contract with National Enquirer publisher that silenced illegitimate child story
19) US regime cuts more than $200 million in Palestinian Arab aid
20) US regime calls foreign mail system unfair in surprise win for Amazon

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Conservatives would use Mollie Tibbetts’s murder to build the police state they once denounced
22) Open speech is essential to correcting the bad behavior of Alex Jones
23) The Supreme Court should say no to patents that take old ideas away from the public
24) Chapter 16: The biplane general
25) President Trump didn’t violate campaign finance law
26) Would Trump’s impeachment crash the stock market?
27) Anti-conspiracy theorists in the JFK assassination
28) It’s, yawn, “worse than Watergate” again
29) Middle East diplomacy didn’t save Nixon; it won’t save Trump
30) Why so little inflation?
31) Community alternatives to the drug war: An anarchist guide to harm reduction
32) Picturing a post-Putin Russia
33) Elizabeth Warren wants even more crony capitalism
34) Why do corporate boards so overpay US CEOs?
35) Leftists are trying to muddy the waters on falling global poverty
36) Jordan Peterson is a conservative, not a classical liberal
37) John Brennan is a hack; Donald Trump turned him into Spartacus
38) The exquisite sensibilities of the outrage industry
39) No, Cohen and Manafort do not put Trump on the brink of impeachment
40) History of impeachment
41) Purging the Church’s predatory priests
42) Quantum Vibe, 08/24/18
43) The key to the crypto revolution’s success is overlooked
44) Climate alarmists get two strikes in court
45) SALT shakeup: So much for “their fair share”
46) In the 1968 DNC protests, did the left self-sabotage?
47) Is there actually such a thing as a “pink tax?”
48) New York’s Uber crackdown impoverishes the many for the benefit of the few
49) The puzzle of money and the lessons of history
50) Bernie Sanders aims at Amazon and gets millions of low wage workers fired

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Scott Adams Says, 08/26/18
52) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 11
53) The Chris Spangle Show, episode 7
54) The Anarchist Experience, episode 179
55) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/25/18
56) Felony Friday, 08/24/18
57) Danny Sjursen on The Scott Horton Show
58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1224
59) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 254
60) In The Tank Podcast, episode 154

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

1) Former Vatican official calls for Pope’s resignation over sex abuse scandal
Source: RT [Russian state media]

“A former Vatican ambassador to the US says that he told Pope Francis about allegations of sexual abuse against a prominent priest in 2013 and claims the pontiff did nothing to act on the information. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano made the shocking revelation in a lengthy statement released on Sunday, one day after the pope met with survivors of clerical abuse in Dublin, Ireland. Vigano, 75, said he told Francis about claims of sexual abuse against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington DC, on June 23, 2013, shortly after he became pope. McCarrick resigned last month over claims he sexually abused seminary students and an alt[a]r boy. Vigano ended his statement with a call for the head of the Catholic church to step down …” (08/26/18)

https://www.rt.com/news/436888-pope-clerical-abuse-mccarrick/

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2) US, Mexican regimes poised to reach NAFTA deal as soon as Monday
Source: Bloomberg

“The U.S. and Mexico are close to resolving bilateral differences on Nafta and may wrap up as soon as Monday, said three people familiar with the progress, clearing the way for Canada to possibly return to talks to update the three-nation trade pact. The nations achieved significant breakthroughs in the past several days on the critical issues of automobiles and energy, according to the people, who asked not to be named discussing private talks. President Donald Trump said Saturday on Twitter that the U.S. could have a ‘big Trade Agreement’ with its southern neighbor soon. The terms of any deal struck by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer would need Trump’s final approval. Talks are continuing Sunday at the USTR’s offices in Washington.” (08/26/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-26/u-s-mexico-said-poised-to-reach-nafta-deal-as-soon-as-monday

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3) John McCain, 1936-2018
Source: The Arizona Republic

“John McCain, who endured more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before becoming the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and serving Arizona for more than 30 years on Capitol Hill, died Saturday at age 81. Destined to be remembered among the political giants of Arizona history, the six-term U.S. senator disclosed in July 2017 that he had been diagnosed with a deadly form of brain cancer called glioblastoma. McCain was a two-time presidential candidate, losing the GOP nomination in 2000 to then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush and the general election in 2008 to then-Sen. Barack Obama.” (08/25/18)

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2018/08/25/john-mccain-dead-arizona-senator-republican-maverick-obituary/538330001/

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4) Trump blasts Sessions, media and FBI: “I did NOT know about the meeting”
Source: USA Today

“President Donald Trump unloaded on the media, the FBI and his own attorney general in a Saturday morning Twitter rant — saying he ‘may have to get involved’ in the investigations into the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump’s latest tweets come after a week of stunning developments in two investigations into Trump’s political campaign and businesses. Two top associates were found guilty of tax evasion and bank fraud charges — and one of campaign finance violations. And two other associates (his accountant and a publisher) reportedly reached immunity deals with prosecutors. In recent days, Trump has turned his ire to Attorney General Jeff Sessions — even leading Sessions to put out a statement saying he ‘will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.’ Trump shot back Saturday that Sessions only said that because he ‘doesn’t understand what is happening underneath his command position.’” (08/25/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/08/25/donald-trump-blasts-attorney-general-jeff-sessions-media-and-fbi/1097164002

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5) Venezuela migrant crisis: Peruvian regime tightens border controls
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Peru has brought into force new entry requirements to control the numbers of Venezuelan migrants. Venezuelans will no longer be admitted with just an identity card, although children, pregnant women and the elderly are exempted. Similar rules were introduced in Ecuador last week, only to be overturned by a court. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans are fleeing their country amid chronic shortages of food and medicines. The country’s longstanding economic crisis has seen more than two million citizens leave since 2014, causing regional tensions as neighbouring countries struggle to accommodate them. The UN is setting up a special team to co-ordinate the regional response. However, the UN’s migration agency has warned that the continent faces a refugee ‘crisis moment’ similar to that seen in the Mediterranean in 2015.” (08/25/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45307003

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6) Iranian: Parliament removes finance minister from office
Source: Reuters

“Iran’s parliament sacked the minister of economic affairs and finance on Sunday, state media said, amid a sharp fall in the rial currency and a deterioration in the economic situation. The Iranian economy is dogged by high unemployment and the rial has lost half its value since April. The United States reimposed some sanctions in early August and a second set targeting Iran’s oil industry is due to take effect in November. … The Iranian parliament backed the removal from office of Masoud Karbasian, minister of finance and economic affairs, by 137 votes to 121 against, state media said.” (08/26/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-zarif/america-is-waging-psychological-war-against-iran-foreign-minister-idUSKCN1LB04M

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7) Afghanistan: US occupiers claim killing of Islamic State leader
Source: NBC News

“The leader of ISIS in Afghanistan was killed in an airstrike on Saturday along with 10 other fighters, officials said. U.S. forces conducted a counter-terrorism strike in Nangarhar province targeting a senior leader of a terrorist group, said a spokesperson for Operation Resolute Support, a NATO-led mission which trains and advises Afghan forces. Spokesman Lt. Colonel Martin L. O’Donnell referred NBC News to a statement from Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani’s deputy spokesperson which confirmed that Abu Sayeed Orakzai, Islamic State’s leader in Afghanistan, had been killed.” (08/26/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-strike-kills-isis-leader-afghanistan-n903956

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8) FL: Four dead, at least nine wounded in mass shooting at video game tournament
Source: News4Jax

“At least four people are dead and several others wounded Sunday afternoon in a mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing. Jacksonville police said one suspect is dead. News4Jax sources say he killed himself. … Early reports say the shooting began during a Madden 19 tournament at the Good Luck Have Fun Video game room inside Chicago Pizza.” (08/26/18)

https://www.news4jax.com/news/mass-shooting-at-jacksonville-landing

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9) As Trump administration tightens screws on Iran, top UN official cries foul
Source: Fox News

“A top U.N. expert is taking aim at the Trump administration’s efforts to tighten the screws on Iran’s theocratic regime, saying that U.S. sanctions are “illegitimate” and are driving Iranians into poverty. The Trump administration has been criticized by members of both the U.N. and E.U. leaders for its decision this month to reimpose sanctions of the Islamic regime. The sanctions targeted Iran’s financial, automotive and precious metals industries and will also target its oil and banking system in November. A senior administration official told Fox News this month that the restored sanctions are designed to constrict the revenue Iran uses to fund ‘terrorists, dictators, proxy militias, and the regime’s own cronies.’ But Idriss Jazairy a former Algerian ambassador who was appointed by the controversial U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as the special rapporteur ‘on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures on enjoyment of human rights,’ chose to direct his criticism at the U.S.” (08/25/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/25/as-trump-administration-tightens-screws-on-iran-top-un-official-cries-foul.html

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10) Italy migrant row: Interior minister under investigation
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Sicilian prosecutors are investigating Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini over his refusal to allow migrants off a coastguard vessel. The Diciotti docked in the Sicilian port of Catania on Monday. The Italian government is refusing to most of the migrants disembark until a solution is reached regarding their relocation with other European states. Prosecutors have now opened an inquiry into possible illegal confinement, illegal arrest, and abuse of power. Mr Salvini responded to the news by shrugging of the threat, saying those still on board would be allowed off ‘in the coming hours.’” (08/24/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45310479

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11) CA: Legislators approve bill to dismiss old cannabis convictions
Source: Smell the Truth

“Californians with prior marijuana-related criminal convictions could see their history erased, thanks to a newly approved bill. The state’s Senate passed Assembly Bill 1793 on Wednesday, requiring California’s Department of Justice to review all records of pot convictions eligible for ‘recall or dismissal of sentence, dismissal and sealing, or re-designation,’ reports the Cannifornian. An estimation from the state DOJ found that almost 220,000 cases are eligible for a dismissal or reduced punishment. FBI data from 2017 revealed that more Americans are arrested for marijuana than all violent crimes. California’s voter-approved marijuana legalization initiative in 2016 supposedly eliminated retroactive pot convictions, although no guidance was provided to individuals seeking to do so. AB 1793 was approved by 22-8 with bipartisan support, and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval. The state’s DOJ would then have until July 1, 2019, to gather all the eligible cases and send them to the appropriate district attorney’s office.” (08/24/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/08/23/california-lawmakers-approve-bill-to-dismiss-old-marijuana-convictions

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12) Judge deals blow to Trump effort to overhaul bureaucracy
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A federal judge dealt a blow Saturday to President Donald Trump’s efforts to ‘promote more efficient’ government, ruling that key provisions of three recent executive orders ‘undermine federal employees’ right to bargain collectively’ under federal law. U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said Trump had ‘exceeded his authority’ in issuing the orders. The White House had no comment and referred questions to the Justice Department, which said it was reviewing the judge’s ruling and considering options. Federal worker unions that had sued to block Trump’s use of his executive authority in this area applauded the outcome.” (08/25/18)

http://www.startribune.com/judge-deals-blow-to-trump-effort-to-overhaul-bureaucracy/491714831/

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13) Musk drops pursuit of $72 billion deal to take Tesla private
Source: Reuters

“Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said late on Friday he would heed shareholder concerns and no longer pursue a $72 billion deal to take the luxury electric car maker private, abandoning an idea that stunned investors and drew regulatory scrutiny. The decision to leave Tesla as a publicly listed company raises new questions about its future. Tesla shares have been trading well below their Aug. 7 levels, when Musk announced on Twitter that he was considering taking Tesla private for $420 per share, as investors wondered what this meant for Musk’s ability to steer the company to profitability.” (08/25/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-musk-board/tesla-to-remain-public-board-says-after-meeting-with-musk-idUSKCN1LA02P

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14) Democrats strip superdelegates of power, reform caucuses
Source: NBC News

“The Democratic National Committee voted Saturday to significantly curtail the power of superdelegates and make presidential caucuses more accessible, overcoming objections from a vocal minority of its membership. The reform package, pushed by DNC Chairman Tom Perez and allies of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, among others, passed overwhelmingly by voice vote at the DNC’s summer meeting here — two years after the process started. Perez and others hailed the outcome as momentous, saying the reforms will help welcome new people into the party by reassuring them that their vote will never be overruled by the party leaders who can vote for whomever they want for the presidential nomination. … The change will prohibit superdelegates from voting for president at the party’s 2020 convention, unless the outcome is already assured or it deadlocks, which hasn’t happened in decades. The vast majority of superdelegates sided with Hillary Clinton over Sanders in their primary fight two years ago.” (08/25/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/democrats-vs-trump/democrats-strip-super-delegates-power-reform-caucuses-historic-move-n903866

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15) Turkey: Police fire tear gas at mothers’ protest
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Police in the Turkish city of Istanbul have forcefully broken up a regular protest by mothers remembering relatives who disappeared during violence in the 1990s. Officers used water cannon and tear gas and detained about 50 people, including veteran protester Emine Ocak, said to be in her 80s. The group, called the Saturday Mothers, have met in central Istanbul since 1995 and this was to be their 700th protest. Rights groups condemned the crackdown. It was ‘shameful, cruel treatment of families seeking justice for state crimes,’ said Emma Sinclair-Webb from Human Rights Watch. The sit-in was banned by the authorities because it had been publicised on social media accounts linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a local government statement said.” (08/25/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45311134

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16) Sources: Much detail, little progress in US-China talks
Source: Raw Story

“U.S-China trade talks this week were heavy on details but short on progress as U.S. negotiators outlined cases of American firms harmed by Chinese practices and China argued it was meeting its WTO obligations, people familiar with contents of the discussions said. The two days of talks in Washington led by mid-level officials did little to resolve a worsening trade spat between the world’s two biggest economies and ended on Thursday without a joint statement. Washington separately held hearings during the week on another round of proposed tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that appear increasingly likely to take effect in late September or early October. And while factions on the U.S. side have given conflicting signals on how hard to press Beijing during the trade dispute, officials from the Treasury Department, which led the talks, and the U.S. Trade Representative, which has taken a harder line, were aligned in their messaging, the people said.” (08/25/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/much-detail-little-progress-us-china-talks-sources-say

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17) NC: Seven arrests as protesters clash over toppled “Silent Sam” statue
Source: Fox News

“At least seven people have been arrested as opposing groups clashed at the University of North Carolina Saturday over a century-old Confederate statue that was torn down earlier this week. Three arrests were for assault, the fourth for destruction of property and the fifth for resisting an officer, Fox 8 North Carolina reported. The sixth arrest was for assault, destruction of property and inciting a riot. There is no current information on the seventh arrest. One person was recorded by the station stomping on a Confederate flag and then being led away by police. Protesters gathered at the spot where the statue was torn down and held signs and chanted ‘racists go home,’ according to the station. Several other people in support of the statue were seen holding Confederate flags.” (08/25/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/25/seven-arrests-as-protesters-clash-at-unc-over-toppled-silent-sam-statue.html

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18) Former Trump doorman releases contract with National Enquirer publisher that silenced illegitimate child story
Source: The Hill

“A former Trump Tower doorman who claimed to have information about an alleged affair of President Trump’s that he said resulted in a child is now reportedly free to speak about a deal with the National Enquirer publisher that silenced him. An attorney for Dino Sajudin, who was employed as a doorman at Trump World Tower, told CNN that his client was ‘recently’ released from his contract with American Media Inc. (AMI). Sajudin had entered what’s known as a ‘catch-and-kill’ agreement with the publisher in 2015. … In the contract between Sajudin and AMI, a copy of which was obtained by CNN, the company obtained indefinite exclusive rights to Sajudin’s story, and barred him from breaking the contract at the penalty of $1 million. AMI never published a story on Sajudin’s claims and an executive told the AP they lacked credibility.” (08/25/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/403570-ex-trump-doorman-releases-contract-with-national-enquirer-publisher

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19) US regime cuts more than $200 million in Palestinian Arab aid
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“The United States, a major ally of Israel, has cut more than $200m in economic aid to Palestinians, in a move that comes months after also drastically cutting its contribution to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA). A senior US official said on Friday that President Donald Trump had ordered the State Department to ‘redirect’ the funding for programmes in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip to unspecified ‘high-priority projects elsewhere.’” (08/24/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/cuts-200m-aid-palestinians-180824200738805.html

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20) US regime calls foreign mail system unfair in surprise win for Amazon
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. State Department on Friday said it would push for foreign postal carriers to pay the U.S. Postal Service more to deliver small parcels within the United States, taking up a longtime complaint by Amazon.com (AMZN.O), UPS (UPS.N) and others who have alleged the current system is unfair. The State Department also said it would push foreign postal services to furnish data that would help customs officials detect opioids and other illegal shipments entering the United States. That task could also add to their costs. If successful, the effort would benefit U.S. merchants and shippers who say they are undercut by foreign postal services’ access to low rates. U.S. shoppers could see higher bills for foreign goods ordered online.” [editor’s note: They’re targeting the cheap “wait a little while for it” packets that Chinese drop shippers use. No answer in the piece to the big question … does USPS make money on the deal? If so, the recommendation is just protectionism for Amazon et al. – TLK] (08/24/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-mail-fees/u-s-calls-foreign-mail-system-unfair-in-surprise-win-for-amazon-idUSKCN1L91W2

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

21) Conservatives would use Mollie Tibbetts’s murder to build the police state they once denounced
Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

“[I]n the mid-1990s, as Matt Welch has pointed at Reason, it was the Democrats who got tough on immigration, with Bill Clinton sounding Trumpian with promises to build a wall and deport as many Mexicans as he could find (while running for Senate in New York in 2007, Hillary Clinton was staunchly against giving illegals driver licenses). There are many reasons why the parties have changed rhetoric on immigration (for all the love he showed late in his term, Barack Obama was no friend of immigrants). Some of them are geographic, some are demographic, some are economic (with the effective end of private-sector unionism, Dems no longer fear the wrath of the anti-immigrant AFL-CIO and others they once did), etc. One major point is to recognize and combat the conservatives such as Richard Viguerie, who back in the day was the sort of guy who saw one-world government in every UNICEF box and a police state in every attempt to pass a national I.D. card. They are using a terrible crime to push an agenda they once abhorred.” (08/25/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/08/25/conservatives-would-use-mollie-tibbetts

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22) Open speech is essential to correcting the bad behavior of Alex Jones
Source: We Are Libertarians
by Chris Spangle

“America is now stuck in hell between a corrupt and incompetent President and Democrats that can’t get over that they actually lost to him by running the least likable candidate in political history. Democrats refuse to accept the lousy candidate theory, so they’ve spent two years looking for a conspiracy under every rock. The repetition of hysteria and hyperbole (not witnessed since the 2010 Tea Party) by the Resistance and their sympathizers in the media gives us the impression that something must be done when nothing is the best course of action. Unhinged rhetoric has emboldened politicians like Sen. Mark Warner and Sen. Ron Wyden to float federal policy governing political speech on social media platforms. They are crafting legislation that will ‘protect’ Americans from hate speech pushed by Jones and the like.” (08/26/18)

https://wearelibertarians.com/open-speech-is-essential-to-correcting-the-bad-behavior-of-alex-jones/

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23) The Supreme Court should say no to patents that take old ideas away from the public
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Alex Moss

“There is room to debate what makes an invention patentable, but one thing should be uncontroversial: patentable inventions should actually be new. That’s what EFF and the R Street Institute told the Supreme Court this week in an amicus brief urging it to grant certiorari and reverse the Federal Circuit’s decision in Ariosa v. Illumina. We explained that the Federal Circuit’s decision is wrong on the law and bad for innovation, access to knowledge, and the patent system. In Ariosa, the Federal Circuit departed from more than a century of case law to uphold a patent that claimed an ‘invention’ that someone else had already described in a published patent application. … Patents claiming advances made by others deplete from, rather than contribute to, the stock of public knowledge. The teachings of the earlier patent would be free for the public to use if not for the second-comer’s efforts at the Patent Office.” (08/24/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/08/supreme-court-should-say-no-patents-take-old-ideas-away-public

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24) Chapter 16: The biplane general
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith

Fiction. (08/26/18)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle987-20180826-02.html

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25) President Trump didn’t violate campaign finance law
Source: USA Today
by Dan Backer

“In light of Michael Cohen’s plea deal, Democrats and the liberal news media are out for blood. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., called for a congressional hearing to ‘obtain sworn testimony directly from Mr. Cohen.’ Time magazine proclaimed: ‘Trump is in trouble. Here’s how much worse it can get.’ Except he’s not, and it won’t get ‘worse.’ Actual campaign-finance experts, outside the liberal outrage mob, generally agree: Even if Cohen’s activities were campaign-related (though they probably aren’t), they amount to a Federal Election Commission speeding ticket. President Donald Trump didn’t violate campaign-finance law; the payments made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal came from his personal finances, not campaign funds, for something he believed was unrelated to the campaign. As the president told Fox News, ‘They didn’t come out of the campaign; they came from me.’” (08/24/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/08/23/president-donald-trump-didnt-violate-campaign-finance-law-editorials-debates/1078757002

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26) Would Trump’s impeachment crash the stock market?
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“Cornered criminals have been known to take hostages. In an interview that aired on Thursday morning on Fox & Friends, President Donald Trump appeared to take one worth more than $30 trillion. ‘If I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash,’ Trump boasted in an interview that was supposed to distance himself from the convictions of his personal attorney Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. ‘I think everybody would be very poor. Because without this thinking,’ here Trump paused to point at his brain, ‘you would see numbers you wouldn’t believe — in reverse.’ Trump inherited a strong and growing economy and a roaring bull market. And yet, he has boasted throughout his presidency that he alone is responsible for the market’s continued success, thanks to the trifecta he mentioned in the Fox & Friends interview: cuts in regulations, a $1.5 trillion corporate tax cut, and his own unparalleled smarts.” (08/24/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150882/trumps-impeachment-crash-stock-market

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27) Anti-conspiracy theorists in the JFK assassination
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“One of the most fascinating aspects of the Kennedy assassination has been ‘anti-conspiracy theorists,’ especially within the mainstream press. People are so scared of being labeled a ‘conspiracy theorist’ that they will do everything they can to avoid making a careful examination of the circumstantial evidence pointing toward a national-security regime-change operation in Dallas on November 22, 1963.” (08/24/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/08/24/anti-conspiracy-theorists-in-the-jfk-assassination/

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28) It’s, yawn, “worse than Watergate” again
Source: The American Spectator
by Daniel J Flynn

“Like Michael Cohen, [John] Dean repulsed Democrats for his association with the president and Republicans for his eagerness to turn against his former benefactor (at least he did not tape the president — then again, he did not need to). But in the decades since the scandal that made his name infamous he has rehabilitated himself through a time-tested method: by mouthing liberal talking points whenever a Republican occupies the Oval Office. This invariably involves Dean, speaking as though he was the authority on Watergate rather than a convicted felon and conspirator in the break-ins, judging the Republican controversy of the moment as even more serious than Watergate.” (08/24/18)

https://spectator.org/its-yawn-worse-than-watergate-again/

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29) Middle East diplomacy didn’t save Nixon; it won’t save Trump
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“In a week of political earthquakes, Donald Trump’s riff at a rally of the faithful about the ‘higher price’ that Israel will one day pay for moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem didn’t move the seismograph needle much in America. For obvious reasons, in Israel it created more headlines and inspired more commentary. In part, that’s because no one knows what Trump meant, or knows if he knew what he meant–as is so often the case. Still, I think it’s worth attention in Trump’s home territory, if only because it adds to the sense that Trump is working from the script of The Tragical History of Richard Nixon — but performing it as farce. For practical purposes, Trump is now an unindicted co-conspirator. And he is playing with the delusion that he’ll save himself with brilliant Middle East peacemaking.” (08/24/18)

http://prospect.org/article/middle-east-diplomacy-didnt-save-nixon-it-wont-save-trump

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30) Why so little inflation?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Tyler[ Cowen]’s right that we are no longer in a liquidity trap. And he’s right that this fact has often been ignored and that this ignorance is unfortunate. But he’s wrong about the specific problem. When you are in a liquidity trap, the reason big monetary injections are not highly inflationary is that the interest rate on base money is roughly equal to the interest rate on other risk-free assets. But that’s still true, even after 2015. So one would not expect the recent inflation outcome to be much different than what we saw under the 7-year long liquidity trap (December 2008 to December 2015.)” (08/26/18)

https://www.econlib.org/why-so-little-inflation/

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31) Community alternatives to the drug war: An anarchist guide to harm reduction
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Logan Marie Glitterbomb

“The War on Drugs is a failure. This seems more and more to be the modern consensus among the population as incarceration rates skyrocket only to line the pockets of a few greedy corporations feeding off of cheap prison slave labor. The opioid crisis rages on. Doctors push pills for profits while state crackdowns force corporate-made junkies to find alternate fixes on the streets. There’s no denying that many of the so-called problems with drug use are actually problems caused by the state, capitalism, and social attitudes towards drug use. However it is also just as naive to think that drug use does not have its inherent risks. As anarchists, we believe that people should be able to consume whatever they wish, but as people who wish to see a society built upon mutual aid, we also wish to engage in harm reduction.” (08/26/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/51240

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32) Picturing a post-Putin Russia
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“It’s not the week to say it, but Donald Trump has a point. It isn’t original and what it proposes will be hard to do, yet when he says that ‘getting along with Russia is a good thing,’ as he did before his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last month, he isn’t wrong. Russia isn’t a country whose enmity to the West should be shrugged off. Rather than copy its aggressive attitudes, democratic countries should remain vigilant and tough on its egregious moves on Ukraine and its intimidation of the NATO members in the Baltic states. But they should also try harder to promote cultural links, open debates with Russians of all opinions, promote educational exchanges and give platforms to Russian commentators, intellectuals and politicians. One of the many downsides of the fateful Hopeless in Helsinki dialogue was that it made Putin, in contrast to his American interlocutor, look good (potent, coherent, in command) something the Russian media stressed with evident relish.” (08/24/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-putin-commentary/commentary-picturing-a-post-putin-russia-idUSKCN1L91YH

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33) Elizabeth Warren wants even more crony capitalism
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by James Ketler

“The Accountable Capitalism Act would ultimately put the federal government in control of the largest firms of the economy, micromanaging them so that they conform to its plans and work for its benefit. It would be, essentially, a system of centrally planning the economy, or more accurately: centrally chartering it. Worse still, imagine the state of the market after the Office of United States Corporations inevitably became infested with corporate lobbyists; each large firm would be warring for survival in the congressional coliseum. Such a scenario would be economically ruinous, affecting firms not only at the corporate level, but also affecting the entire balance of the rest of the economy.” (08/25/18)

https://mises.org/wire/elizabeth-warren-wants-even-more-crony-capitalism

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34) Why do corporate boards so overpay US CEOs?
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“Back in 1999, near the dizzying height of the dot-com boom, no executive in Corporate America personified the soaring pay packages of America’s CEOs more than Jack Welch, the chief exec at General Electric. Welch took home $75 million that year. What explained the enormity of that compensation? Welch didn’t claim any genius on his part. He credited his success, instead, to the genius of the free market. ‘Is my salary too high?’ mused Welch. ‘Somebody else will have to decide that, but this is a competitive marketplace.’ Translation: ‘I deserve every penny. The market says so.’ Top U.S. corporate execs today, on average, are doing even better than top execs in Welch’s heyday. In 1999, notes a just-released new report from the Economic Policy Institute, CEOs at the nation’s 350 biggest corporations pocketed 248 times the pay of average workers in their industries. Top execs last year averaged 312 times more.” (08/24/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180824/why-do-corporate-boards-so-overpay-ceos-the-market-made-them-do-it

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35) Leftists are trying to muddy the waters on falling global poverty
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“World Bank data show the number and proportion of people in dire poverty worldwide has plummeted over the past two decades. In 1990, 35.5pc of the world’s population (1.9bn people) lived below the equivalent of $1.90 (£1.47) per day. By 2013, this had fallen to 10.9pc, or just 782m. That’s the most rapid fall in poverty in global history. Viewed from our lofty opulence, it’s easy to downplay this statistic as indicative of a different poverty — that of ambition. Yet viewed in isolation it is surely good news. Unless, of course, you are a left-wing academic keen to decry the effects of globalisation and capitalism. Numerous commentators and intellectuals with precisely these ambitions are trying to muddy the waters and confuse the public on this unadulterated positive development.” (08/24/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/leftists-are-trying-muddy-waters-falling-global-poverty

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36) Jordan Peterson is a conservative, not a classical liberal
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Megan Arnold & Kelly Wright

“In speaking of the distinction between conservatives and [classical] liberals in his essay ‘Why I Am Not a Conservative,’ Nobel laureate F.A. Hayek notes that ‘the conservative attitude is a fear of change’ and ‘a timid distrust of the new as such.’ By contrast, Hayek says that a liberal like himself can ‘accept changes without apprehension even though he does not know how the necessary adaptations will be brought about.’ Conservatives only feel safe ‘if [they are] assured that some higher wisdom watches and supervises change.’ It almost seems as though Hayek had Jordan Peterson in mind when he wrote the essay.” (08/24/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/jordan-peterson-is-conservative-not-classical-liberal

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37) John Brennan is a hack; Donald Trump turned him into Spartacus
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
by Marc A Thiessen

“Many in the intelligence community have been quietly dismayed by the hyperbolic partisan behavior of former CIA Director John Brennan since Donald Trump took office. But by revoking Brennan’s security clearance, the president has managed to turn Brennan from an embarrassment into a martyr. The response to Trump’s action has been like the scene in the 1960 movie ‘Spartacus’ when a Roman general announces to a group of rebel slaves that they will be spared crucifixion — but only if they turn in Spartacus, the leader of the revolt. One by one, the slaves stand up and shout, ‘I am Spartacus!’ As former CIA Director Michael Hayden has pointed out, a similar scene is playing out today in the intelligence community. The first to yell ‘I am Spartacus!’ was retired Adm. William H. McRaven, former head of U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, who declared in a Post op-ed, ‘I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.’” (08/24/18)

https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/commentary-john-brennan-is-a-hack-donald-trump-turned-him-into-spartacus

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38) The exquisite sensibilities of the outrage industry
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“My colleague Kat Timpf keeps a pretty good catalogue of all the things deemed ‘problematic’ in these thin-skinned days: hoop earrings and nameplate necklaces on white women, a television show about eating spicy chicken wings, etc. It is a never-ending project. There isn’t that much organic outrage in the world; it is by necessity manufactured. If only there were some easy way to distinguish between the decent and well-intentioned and the callous and hateful. Perhaps we should consider the philosophical maxim of Raylan Givens: ‘If you get up in the morning and you meet an a**hole, you met an a**hole. If you meet nothing but a**holes all day, you’re the a**hole.’” (08/26/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/crazy-rich-asians-awkwafina-controversy-outrage-industry/

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39) No, Cohen and Manafort do not put Trump on the brink of impeachment
Source: PanAm Post
by David Unsworth

“Despite the dual disaster, neither of these criminal cases relate to the original intent of the Mueller investigation: collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. In that sense, they bear an eerie resemblance to another high-profile investigation of the executive branch a generation ago. The Whitewater proceedings were intended to shine light upon questionable financial dealings on the part of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Although they were never implicated directly, several associates and business partners, including Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, and Clinton business partners Jim and Susan McDougal, faced criminal charges. Clinton, of course, was impeached by the House of Representatives for a perjury charge, after lying to Kenneth Starr about a sexual relationship with a White House intern. Sounds rather familiar, does it not?” (08/24/18)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2018/08/24/no-cohen-and-manafort-do-not-put-trump-on-the-brink-of-impeachment/

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40) History of impeachment
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Joe Wolverton II

“Every day an article is published calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Many desired the same fate for Trump’s White House predecessor, Barack Obama. Apparently, we live in a day much like that in which the eminent jurist Samuel Pufendorf lived, a world so full of distrust and disorder in politics that he described all government officials as being ‘led away by a private Interest, which is opposite to that of the State; or else, being divided into Factions, they are more concern’d to ruin their Rivals, than to follow the Dictates of Reason.’ Of course, it is the likelihood of such abuse of power and position that impeachment was included in our governing document and in the constitution of Great Britain, from which the Framers took many of their constitutional cues. Accordingly, our review of the history of impeachment will begin with a quick trip across the pond, where the power of impeachment was established in order to protect the people from the dangers of despotism.” (08/26/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/08/26/history-of-impeachment/

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41) Purging the Church’s predatory priests
Source: Town Hall
by Michael Reagan

“Am I the only Catholic who thinks the church needs to consider getting rid of the old guard — all the way up to the pope? That may be the only way to finally purge the predatory priests who have been allowed to exist within the bowels of the Catholic Church for so long. The church has been rocked in recent years by sexual abuse scandals in Ireland, Australia, Chile, Boston, LA … Then two weeks ago we got the shocking results of the country’s largest investigation ever into the sex crimes of Catholic priests. A grand jury in Pennsylvania identified more than 300 ‘predator priests’ in six dioceses who over the course of 70 years had molested and raped nearly 1,000 children, mostly boys. The bombshell report named the priests who had been caught abusing kids, and in graphic and sordid detail it described what they did — again and again, even after their superiors learned of their molesting.” (08/24/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/michaelreagan/2018/08/25/purging-the-churchs-predatory-priests-n2512728

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42) Quantum Vibe, 08/24/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (08/24/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1838

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43) The key to the crypto revolution’s success is overlooked
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“A political or cultural revolution is a fundamental and often sudden change in how society functions. There are several forms of revolution, including violent, nonviolent, technological, ideological, or issue-driven. Cryptocurrency is an ideological and a technological revolution. It is also trustless, which is why it will continue to succeed. Those who view crypto as nothing more than an investment or a fiat substitute seem to delight in deriding and denying that crypto is either ideological or revolutionary. They demean or dismiss those who champion the political power of private money, contracts, and communication. To crypto enthusiasts, these characteristics of crypto do not constitute strategies for freedom; they are freedom, and not merely for individuals. The borderless flow of finance, business, and information opens up the world.” (08/25/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-the-key-to-the-crypto-revolutions-success-is-overlooked/

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44) Climate alarmists get two strikes in court
Source: Investors Business Daily
by H Sterling Burnett

“In July, federal Judge John F. Keenan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed New York City’s lawsuit against five major oil companies. The lawsuit sought to force the oil companies to help pay NYC’s alleged costs associated with climate change. Keenan’s ruling was the second victory against municipal governments seeking to use the judiciary to address problems purportedly caused by climate change. The first triumph came in June, when Judge William H. Alsup of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco threw out a similar lawsuit against the same five companies (BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell) in a case brought by Oakland and San Francisco. In the 23-page decision dismissing New York City’s lawsuit, Keenan wrote climate change must be addressed by the executive branch and Congress, not by the courts. Although climate change ‘is a fact of life,’ Keenan wrote, ‘the serious problems caused thereby are not for the judiciary to ameliorate. Global warming and solutions thereto must be addressed by the two other branches of government.’” (08/24/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/climate-change-alarmists-court

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45) SALT shakeup: So much for “their fair share”
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On August 23, the Internal Revenue Service announced new rules on the federal income tax’s State and Local Tax deduction. The rules are intended to thwart an interesting scam several state governments worked up to ‘save’ that deduction. It’s an interesting reversal of the two major parties’ usual talking points.” (08/25/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13937

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46) In the 1968 DNC protests, did the left self-sabotage?
Source: In These Times
by staff

“In the wake of the April 4 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Black communities rose up in more than 100 cities and towns. Opposition to the Vietnam War, which would ultimately claim millions of lives in Southeast Asia, grew, as did U.S. casualties. Of the more than 58,000 Americans who died from 1956 to 1975, more than 14,000 were killed in 1968. In April of that year, police savagely attacked anti-war protesters in Berkeley, Calif., and Chicago, giving the country a preview of what was to come August 26–29, when the Democratic Party held its national convention in Chicago. The convention attracted more than 10,000 demonstrators from across the country who came to protest the Democratic establishment that had led the country into war. They were welcomed by thousands of members of the Chicago Police Department who met them with tear gas, mace and billy clubs. Unlike the civil rights movement’s nonviolent protests, in which police attacked Black citizens engaging in civil disobedience, the optics of the Chicago demonstrations were very different.” (08/24/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21369/chicago-1968-DNC-protests-nixon-humphrey-democratic-party

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47) Is there actually such a thing as a “pink tax?”
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Do women unfairly pay more for some things than men — sometimes called a ‘pink tax?’ Some say yes. The federal government even investigated. The real reason for such price differentials is basic economics. Because it apparently has nothing better to do these days, the Government Accountability Office spent months investigating retail prices set for such things as perfumes, razors, shaving cream, and deodorants. Why was the GAO (which normally devotes its time routing out billions of dollars in federal waste, fraud and abuse) doing price checks on toiletries? Because two Democrats asked it to investigate whether retailers were charging women more than men for comparable items — something commonly described as the ‘pink tax.’ The GAO found that there are price differentials. But they’re not one sided. Out of the 10 items they studied, only half had significantly higher prices for women. Two had higher prices for men, and the others showed no difference.” (08/24/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/pink-tax-gender-bias

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48) New York’s Uber crackdown impoverishes the many for the benefit of the few
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Nicholas Anthony

“As originally reported by Janet Burns of Forbes, the New York City Council has denied city residents access to additional ride-sharing services. In a 39-6 vote, the bill caps the current supply of New York City Uber and Lyft drivers for the next 12 months and implements a minimum wage of 17 dollars per hour. In what City Council Speaker Corey Johnson referred to as reforming an industry ‘without any appropriate check or [government] regulation,’ Councilman Eric Ulrich argued, ‘This is like putting a cap on Netflix subscriptions because Blockbusters are closing.’ Ulrich is correct, but senile industries are not known to go out without a fight.” (08/24/18)

https://fee.org/articles/new-yorks-uber-crackdown-impoverishes-the-many-for-the-benefit-of-the-few/

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49) The puzzle of money and the lessons of history
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Stephen Davies

“Money is something everyone thinks they know something about. We think about it a lot, and most people think they know what it is. However economists will tell you that the question ‘What is money?’ is actually one of the most difficult and tricky in economics while monetary policy is one of the most slippery and troublesome areas of economic policy, where confident expectations are regularly disappointed — on all ideological sides.” (08/24/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/puzzle-money-and-lessons-history

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50) Bernie Sanders aims at Amazon and gets millions of low wage workers fired
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“OK. So, here’s Amazon or any other plutocratic, capitalist and thus hard hearted employer. There’s the single male looking for a job at $10 an hour. There’s the single mother looking for a job at $10 an hour. Currently they both cost the employer the same amount of money, $10 an hour. However, we out here, society, we say the single mother needs $600 a month (just to entirely invent a number but not far off reality) to feed her three children. On top of her wages. We do this because the children shouldn’t go hungry. Now Bernie Sanders brings in his thoroughly sensible and well thought out plan. Amazon must pay a $600 a month tax for hiring the single mother. Amazon pays no tax for hiring the single male. Who gets the job? Well, one of them costs Amazon $10 an hour plus nothing, the other $10 an hour plus $600. It’s not going to be Ms. $600 extra who gets hired, is it?” (08/24/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/economy/bernie-sanders-aims-at-amazon-and-gets-millions-of-low-wage-workers-fired/

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51) Scott Adams Says, 08/26/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about President Trump’s mutually assured destruction strategy.” [Flash video] (08/26/18)

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

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52) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 11
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Inequality.” [Flash audio] (08/26/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/nice-guys-finish-free-episode-11-inequality/

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53) The Chris Spangle Show, episode 7
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle discusses the ‘big fish’ that Mueller is chasing, and it isn’t good that his CFO, Allen Weisselberg, is cooperating. FiveThirtyEight makes Gary Johnson his poll of the week. We ask, ‘Why is Republican Mick Rich is playing spoiler in the New Mexico Senate race? He has so much in common with Gary Johnson. Should he drop out since he cannot win?’” [various formats] (08/26/18)

https://chrisspangleshow.fireside.fm/67

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54) The Anarchist Experience, episode 179
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“MC returns to discuss his trip to Poland and the Liberty International conference, Rich goes into Facebook battle with man who doesn’t respect Property Rights, and these Headlines: Government-Pushed Ethanol Harms People, Environment … A Feeble Defense of the Jones Act.” [various formats] (08/26/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/08/26/the-anarchist-experience-179/

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55) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/25/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Phil Wormuth and Michael W. Dean discuss audio mastering as an analogy for improving liberty in your life time. A good time is had by all. Also discussed is the new BipTunia album, ‘Fanfare for the Common Worm.’” [various formats] (08/25/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=16061

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56) Felony Friday, 08/24/18
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Today on Felony Friday Ashley Hunter joins John to talk about how she overcame her struggles with addiction, which caused her to stumble into the criminal justice system. Today Ashley has turned her life around. She is the Community Liason for BluePrints for Addiction Recovery. Although she is a felon, she has since made her way through the justice system and is now working for positive change.” [various formats] (08/24/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/08/24/you-would-never-guess-shes-a-felon/

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57) Danny Sjursen on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Danny Sjursen is interviewed on his service in the Terror Wars, how he became antiwar, and how he wants his service and the service of others to be honored.” [various formats] (08/25/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/8-22-18-danny-sjursen-on-terror-wars-and-becoming-antiwar/

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58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1224
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The media went berserk recently over Cody Wilson and his Stoic defense of the publication of open-source gun designs suitable for 3D printing. We go beneath the surface and talk social media deplatforming, free speech, and Cody’s ideological influences.” [various formats] (08/24/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1224-cody-wilson-on-liberty-the-state-and-open-source-gun-designs/

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59) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 254
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Chris Edwards joins us to discuss the politics that goes into attempting to streamline the federal budget to minimize the federal deficit.” [various formats] (08/24/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/can-we-ever-downsize-government-chris-edwards

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60) In The Tank Podcast, episode 154
Source: Heartland Institute

“Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft present episode #154 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. This week’s episode features work from the Cato Institute, the Center of the American Experiment, and the Nevada Policy Research Institute.” [various formats] (08/24/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/08/in-the-tank-ep154-2018-freedom-in-the-50-states-unearthing-prosperity-and-employee-freedom/

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