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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump: Google is suppressing positive news about me and “will be addressed”
2) Wilson/Defense Distributed sells plans for 3D-printed guns outside confines of “ban”
3) South Sudan: Machar refuses to sign peace deal
4) Judge delays opening statements in Manafort’s second trial
5) Social Security recipients could see their biggest raise in years
6) Iran: Rouhani questioned in parliament
7) Burning Man to sue feds over setting several traffic stops
8) MO: “Fake meat” producers challenge regime over new advertising law
9) Canada rejoins talks to stay in NAFTA
10) AZ: Five police cleared in viral beating of unarmed man
11) France: Hulot steps down as environment minister
12) NY: Nixon lashes out at Cuomo over “sexist” temperature of debate venue
13) Davis admits he just made stuff up as an anonymous source for Trump Tower story
14) PA: Jawn? Ocky? Philly kids school teachers with new handbook
15) NY: Kushner Companies fined for falsifying construction permits
16) AL: School’s “opt out” fundraising letter goes viral
17) GOP slows efforts to rename Senate building for McCain
18) Russia: Navalny jailed for 30 days
19) EU looking to sidestep US sanctions clout with payments system plan
20) NC: Court strikes down congressional map as unconstitutional

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) On the “participatory” part of “participatory fascism”
22) The free trader as a traitor
23) Fretting parents of today should keep in mind how dangerous childhood was a century ago
24) A built-in bias toward peace
25) Trump kills NAFTA, but is its replacement any better?
26) Andrew Cuomo’s war on the NRA
27) The new “public charge” rule will harm the rule of law, economic growth, and public health
28) CNN, credibly accused of lying to its audience about a key claim in its blockbuster Cohen story, refuses to comment
29) GOP, Dems switch roles 20 years after Clinton impeachment
30) How trustworthy does Facebook think you are?
31) Let middle class investors join the “accredited” club
32) Don’t just impeach Trump; annul his Presidency
33) Snail-mail your contribution
34) Protectionism is predation, pure and simple
35) How Fallout 76 can help us rebuild West Virginia
36) The offending tweets that got me banned for life from Twitter
37) Trust us, we’re secretly working for a foreign government: How Australia’s proposed surveillance laws will break the trust tech depends on
38) My family escaped socialism, now my fellow Democrats want to bring it here
39) Hero of the proglodytes
40) A millennial’s new perspective on home ownership
41) Elizabeth Warren is no Ted Kennedy; her plan to block Kavanaugh won’t work
42) Free trade speech
43) The tectonic plates of geopolitics are starting to shift
44) Spain learns investing in anti-western regimes has a cost
45) Is America’s distrust of “elites” becoming more toxic?
46) Don’t let the Fed end the Trump prosperity
47) Turkey now, America later?
48) Maduro’s economic “reform” is just more of the same crippling socialism
49) Why there is no accountability in US foreign policy
50) Perpetual abuse in the Catholic Church
51) The birth of Greek individualism
52) Why won’t conservatives pick a peach?
53) The new NAFTA
54) An Uber-like service might help patients escape Britain’s socialist health system
55) Notes from a Sputnik leftist

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Reason Podcast, 08/28/18
57) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/28/18
58) Scott Adams Says, 08/28/18
59) One Free Family, episode 29
60) Mason Tvert on The Scott Horton Show
61) Kick the Puppy, episode 2
62) Candidates of Liberty, episode 3
63) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 70
64) The Chris Spangle Show, episode 8
65) Free Talk Live, 08/27/18
66) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/27/18
67) Postcards from Somalia, episode 8
68) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1226
69) Bloggingheads.tv, 08/27/18
70) Humans of Bitcoin, 08/27/18

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

1) Trump: Google is suppressing positive news about me and “will be addressed”
Source: The Verge

“The perceived leftwing bias of big tech companies has become a major talking point for conservatives. And this morning on Twitter, President Trump escalated their claims. Trump suggested that not only was there a tendency for tech companies to suppress right-wing voices, but that Google has ‘rigged’ its search results to only show negative reporting about him. The president added that Google and others were ‘hiding information and news that is good,’ and said that this was ‘very serious situation’ that ‘will be addressed.’” (08/28/18)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/28/17790164/president-trump-google-left-wing-bias-claims

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2) Wilson/Defense Distributed sells plans for 3D-printed guns outside confines of “ban”
Source: MSN News

“A judge may have extended a ban preventing Defense Distributed from publishing plans for 3D-printed guns, but that isn’t stopping the company from finding loopholes [sic] to continue offering the weapons. Company owner Cody Wilson has started selling the plans to US customers through his website on his belief [sic] that the ban only rules out publishing the plans online, not selling them directly. Those who purchase the plans can receive them by email, secure file transfers or even USB thumb drives shipped by mail. Not surprisingly, that isn’t how officials interpret the ruling.” [editor’s note: The preliminary injunction reinstates the original State Department that posting the files on the web violates export regulations because they could be downloaded from abroad. So no, it is neither a “loophole” nor has it ever been a “violation” for Wilson/DD to sell the files directly to US customers – TLK] (08/28/18)

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/texas-company-sells-plans-for-3d-printed-guns-despite-ban/ar-BBMzGXc

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3) South Sudan: Machar refuses to sign peace deal
Source: Yahoo! News

“South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar on Tuesday refused to sign a final peace deal with the government, in a setback for a regional drive to end nearly five years of brutal civil war. Machar and President Salva Kiir have held weeks of talks in Khartoum in search of a comprehensive peace deal to end the conflict, which has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions since 2013 in the world’s youngest country. The warring parties have already inked several agreements, including a permanent ceasefire and a power-sharing deal that sees Machar returning as first vice president in the government. But on Tuesday the rebel leader refused to sign the final peace deal even as Juba inked it. … Officials said the rebel groups had differences over the functioning of a proposed transitional government, how many states the country should be divided into and on the writing of a new constitution.” (08/28/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/sudans-machar-refuses-sign-peace-deal-001242987.html

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4) Judge delays opening statements in Manafort’s second trial
Source: CNBC

“A federal judge on Tuesday said opening statements in the second trial of ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort will be held Sept. 24, one week after they were originally expected. But jury selection for Manafort’s trial on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller will still begin Sept. 17, said Judge Amy Berman Jackson in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. However, the public will be barred from the selection of jurors, Jackson said.” [editor’s note: If the public is barred, it’s not a public trial. Which means it’s not a legal trial – TLK] (08/28/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/28/judge-delays-opening-statements-in-paul-manaforts-next-trial.html

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5) Social Security recipients could see their biggest raise in years
Source: USA Today

“Most people who get retirement benefits from Social Security get the bulk of their income from their monthly benefits. Because they don’t have many other sources of money to pay for living expenses, the annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) that Social Security gives participants every January play a vital role in helping people make ends meet — especially as the expenses they have to pay inexorably rise. Over the past decade, Social Security has been pretty stingy in the COLAs it gives to retirees. But 2019 could be different. Early indications suggest Social Security benefits could go up by a greater amount than retirees and other participants have seen since 2012. Social Security calculates each year’s COLA by looking at the Consumer Price Index from July through September and comparing it to the previous year’s levels. So far, only the July figure is available, but if that reading were to stay flat in August and September, it would give retirees a 2.7 percent increase come January. If price levels rise this month and the next, then it’s conceivable the COLA could reach 3 percent.” (08/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/retirement/2018/08/28/social-security-recipients-could-see-big-raise-cola/37544173

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6) Iran: Rouhani questioned in parliament
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Iran’s parliament has declared its dissatisfaction with President Hassan Rouhani, voting to reject his answers after grilling him over the deteriorating economy. Rouhani’s appearance in parliament on Tuesday was the first time he had been summoned by parliament in his five years in power. Members of parliament demanded explanations for unemployment, rising prices and the sharp depreciation of the rial, which has lost more than half of its value since April. The MPs, who have already impeached his labour and economy ministers this month, were unimpressed with the answers. In votes at the end of the session, they expressed dissatisfaction with Rouhani’s responses to four of their five questions on the economy, which will now be referred to the judiciary for review.” (08/28/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/iranian-mps-refer-rouhani-judiciary-economy-180828075044691.html

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7) Burning Man to sue feds over setting several traffic stops
Source: Smell the Truth

“Burning Man organizers are fuming over a series of traffic stops slowing down vehicles coming to visit their annual celebration. The festival organization has threatened to file a lawsuit against top federal agencies for setting up several nearby traffic checkpoints throughout the duration of Burning Man, reports the Reno Gazette Journal. ‘It appears that the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) agents are unconstitutionally targeting attendees of the Burning Man event in violation of their First Amendment rights of free expression and of freedom to assemble,’ said Adam Belsky, special counsel to the Burning Man organization, to the Gazette Journal. Festival visitors have experienced a series of stops in Nixon, a small town halfway between Reno and the Burning Man grounds. Nixon contains a considerable stretch of State Route 447, which serves as the only main road to the site. The law enforcement operation is projected to continue until Sept. 5, according to Pyramid Lake Police Department Lt. Michael Durham. The Burning Man event lasts from Aug. 25 to Sept. 3.” (08/28/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/08/27/burning-man-to-sue-feds-over-setting-several-traffic-stops

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8) MO: “Fake meat” producers challenge regime over new advertising law
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Companies that sell meat substitutes like Tofurky and burgers made out of soybeans and other vegetables are crying foul over a new Missouri law that prohibits them from marketing their products as meat. In a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court, a coalition of groups and companies say a law approved by the Legislature in May and signed by former Gov. Eric Greitens violates the First Amendment and discriminates against out-of-state manufacturers to protect Missouri meat producers. … The meat provision states that if a product isn’t derived from an actual cow, chicken, turkey or some other animal with two or four feet, it can’t be marketed as meat. In arguing for its passage, supporters said the measure will protect ranchers, pork producers and the state’s chicken and turkey farmers. … Supporters of the lawsuit say the law has nothing to do with consumer protection. Rather, the law’s aim is to protect current meat producers from fair and honest competition from plant-based meat substitutes and clean meat.” (08/28/18)

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/fake-meat-producers-are-challenging-missouri-over-new-advertising-law/article_f56ec1c0-0f20-5177-bce6-bbb32858ade7.html

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9) Canada rejoins talks to stay in NAFTA
Source: Reuters

“Canada’s top trade negotiator joins her Mexican and U.S. counterparts in Washington on Tuesday in a bid to remain part of a revamped trilateral North American trade pact, as U.S. officials expressed optimism a deal could be reached this week. But Ottawa will be under pressure to accept new terms on auto trade and dispute settlement rules after the United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). U.S. President Donald Trump warned he could proceed with a deal with Mexico alone and levy tariffs on Canada if it does not come on board with the revised trade deal. A spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is due to arrive in Washington on Tuesday for the talks, said Canada would only sign a new agreement that is good for the country.” (08/28/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trade-nafta/canada-rejoins-talks-to-stay-in-nafta-deal-possible-this-week-idUSKCN1LD1T4

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10) AZ: Five police cleared in viral beating of unarmed man
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Five Arizona police officers who were shown on camera pummelling an unarmed man last May will not face any charges, authorities have announced. The beating of the 33-year-old man by Mesa Police Department officers was legally justified, investigators from another police force determined. A lawyer for Robert Johnson says the attack was not legally permitted and threatened to sue in civil court. Video shows Mr Johnson being hit repeatedly in the face and body. The ruling was made by the Scottsdale Police Department, which was asked by the Mesa police (20 miles east of Phoenix) to investigate the incident. Detectives reviewed eight body cameras worn by the officers, as well as the CCTV, consisting of over two hours of footage.” (08/28/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45323939

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11) France: Hulot steps down as environment minister
Source: Politico

“France’s environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, resigned from Emmanuel Macron’s government Tuesday, citing disappointing progress in tackling a number of environment and climate issues. The move will come as a major blow to the president, who loses a key ally and one of the most popular politicians in France, especially with younger voters, many of whom grew up watching a nature television program he presented in the 1990s. The decision is the result of an ‘accumulation of disappointments,’ Hulot said in an interview with France Inter, citing pesticides, climate change and biodiversity as areas where the government has failed to make significant progress.” (08/28/18)

https://www.politico.eu/article/frances-nicolas-hulot-steps-down-as-environment-minister/

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12) NY: Nixon lashes out at Cuomo over “sexist” temperature of debate venue
Source: Raw Story

“Former Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon is running for governor of New York on a progressive platform against longtime governor Andrew Cuomo. The two Democrats are slated to meet for their first debate on Wednesday, and are already battling — over the temperature of the room. According to the New York Times, Cuomo prefers chilly rooms. Nixon and her team are angry about that plan and have stepped forward to demand that the debate hall at Hofstra University on Long Island not be like ‘an ice rink.’ Nixon is demanding that the room be a balmy 76 degrees. Nixon’s spokesperson wrote an email saying that working conditions are ‘notoriously sexist when it comes to room temperature, so we just want to make sure we’re all on the same page here.’ The temperature of offices is sometimes cited as an example of institutional sexism. Cuomo was only willing to participate in one debate and will not shake Nixon’s hand. ‘This time we were finally given the opportunity to debate but only by his rules, including no handshake,’ Nixon’s spokesperson said.” [editor’s note: Meanwhile, as one of them moves to the final, Larry Sharpe awaits – SAT] (08/28/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/cynthia-nixon-lashes-andrew-cuomo-sexist-temperature-debate-venue

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13) Davis admits he just made stuff up as an anonymous source for Trump Tower story
Source: Axios

“In July, CNN reported that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen had privately claimed President Trump knew in advance about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russians — and now Lanny Davis, Cohen’s attorney, says he was an anonymous source for that story …. Davis … now says he doesn’t know whether Cohen has any new information about the Trump Tower meeting. … Davis, in an interview with the Washington Post, also backed away from his claim that Cohen has information suggesting Trump knew in advance about Russia hacking the DNC’s emails in 2016.” (08/27/18)

https://www.axios.com/lanny-davis-cnn-trump-tower-michael-cohen-85ba3734-cf29-448a-bc0d-f71008982bb8.html

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14) PA: Jawn? Ocky? Philly kids school teachers with new handbook
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Say you’re brand-new to teaching in Philadelphia, and a student drops a casual ‘sawty’ into conversation, as in ‘I thought I was going to make the bus, but I was sawty.’ Panic? Reveal yourself as an out-of-touch old? No way. The young bouls have you covered. (For the record, sawty is a word to express being wrong.) For the first time, the Philadelphia School District has presented its new teachers and counselors with a handbook written by high school students. It features sections on engaging students, equality vs. equity, and the all-important ‘Philly Slang’ component, a glossary of terms designed to ground school staff in the language their students actually use. As in jawn: a noun to describe anything. A jawn can literally be any person, place or thing. Ex: ‘Can you pass me that jawn?’” (08/28/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Jawn-Ocky-Philly-kids-school-teachers-with-new-13183427.php

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15) NY: Kushner Companies fined for falsifying construction permits
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Kushner Companies has been hit with $210,000 in fines by New York City regulators for filing false real estate paperwork over several years. President Trump’s son-in-law — and current adviser — Jared Kushner was still at the helm of the real estate company as CEO when the New York City Department of Buildings says the company routinely falsified construction applications at 17 sites. The city’s Building Department found the company frequently under-reported, and in some cases didn’t report any rent-regulated tenants living in its buildings, despite renting to hundreds of them. Developers are required to report the number of rent-controlled tenants they inherit when they buy properties and renovate them. The requirement is a safeguard to protect tenants from steep rental increases or from being driven out to make way for higher-paying tenants. On Monday, the city fined the Kushner family business for 42 violations at 12 addresses between January 2013 and September 2016.” (08/28/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/28/642451782/kushner-companies-fined-for-falsifying-permits-michael-cohen-also-accused

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16) AL: School’s “opt out” fundraising letter goes viral
Source: Fox News

“An Alabama mom is applauding her 16-year-old daughter’s high school for taking a unique approach to student fundraising this year — asking for donations directly instead of forcing parents and children to participate in bake sales, sell products or spend hours making cold calls. Briana Leggett Woods, a mother of two from Auburn, was preparing for another stressful year of ‘brown envelopes, emails and Sign Up Genius notices’ when she returned from her tenth-grade daughter’s ‘Back to School Night.’ But as the mom shuffled through all of Auburn High School’s orientation papers, one form, in particular, caught her eye. ‘Don’t want to sell anything, bake anything, buy anything or generally avoid fundraising of any kind? We feel the same way!!’ the form, titled the ‘opt out’ fundraiser, read. The letter explained to parents they can avoid participating in typical fundraisers by simply making a donation that will directly benefit the high school. Parents could give as much money as they wanted, though the school recommended at least a $15 donation.” (08/28/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2018/08/28/alabama-schools-hilarious-opt-out-fundraising-letter-goes-viral.html

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17) GOP slows efforts to rename Senate building for McCain
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A proposal to rename the Senate’s oldest office building for John McCain has received bipartisan support, but the effort appeared to slow Tuesday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he will form a bipartisan panel to solicit ideas on the best way to honor the late Arizona senator. McCain ‘meant so much to so many of us,’ inside the Senate and out, McConnell said, adding: ‘The Senate is eager to work on concrete ways to continue this momentum and provide a lasting tribute to this American hero long after this week’s observances are complete.’” (08/28/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Support-builds-for-plan-to-rename-Senate-building-13187023.php

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18) Russia: Navalny jailed for 30 days
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was jailed for 30 days on Monday on protest-related charges that he alleged were designed to prevent him organising demonstrations against unpopular government plans to raise the national retirement age. Navalny, 42, was arrested on Saturday outside his home in Moscow, and charged with organising an unsanctioned opposition rally near Red Square on 28 January. His arrest came shortly after he had called on Russians to take to the streets on 9 September to protest against proposed pension reforms that would raise the retirement age from 55 to 63 for women and from 60 to 65 for men.” (08/27/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/27/russian-opposition-leader-alexei-navalny-jailed-for-30-days

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19) EU looking to sidestep US sanctions clout with payments system plan
Source: Bloomberg

“Germany and France said they’re working on financing solutions to sidestep U.S. sanctions against countries such as Iran, including a possible role for central banks. The discussions, which also involve the U.K., are a signal that European powers are trying to get serious about demonstrating a greater level of independence from the U.S. as President Donald Trump pursues his ‘America First’ agenda. … German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also weighed in Monday, saying the EU is working to protect economic ties with Iran and keep payment channels open. Maas reiterated a proposal to make international payments systems like Swift more independent of the U.S.” (08/27/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-27/eu-looking-to-sidestep-u-s-sanctions-with-payments-system-plan

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20) NC: Court strikes down congressional map as unconstitutional
Source: The Hill

“A three-judge panel in North Carolina on Monday struck down the state’s Republican-drawn redistricting map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander for the second time this year. The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ruled Republicans had redrawn the map to unconstitutionally favor their party. The panel reached the same conclusion in January, and the case ultimately made its way to the Supreme Court. But the justices in June sent the issue back down to the lower court … The court said it has not yet decided if it’s going to give the General Assembly another chance to draw a constitutionally compliant redistricting plan. The court has given Republican state officials until Aug. 31 to file briefs arguing why it should.” (08/27/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/403890-judge-strikes-down-north-carolina-district-maps-as-unconstitutional

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

21) On the “participatory” part of “participatory fascism”
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“When I use ‘participatory fascism’ — for me a technical term in political economy, not an ideological or rhetorical cudgel — most people react to the ‘fascism’ part and disregard the ‘participatory’ part. Yet that part is critical to one’s understanding of how this system of rule proves so durable and resilient. In the modern world, many people demand a voice in how they are ruled. In reality, however, every actual system of rule in a large society is and must be an oligarchy.” (08/27/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/08/27/on-the-participatory-part-of-participatory-fascism/

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22) The free trader as a traitor
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“President Jefferson apparently believed that, in order to persuade the British government, at war against France, to stop interfering with American merchant ships, the only alternative besides actual war was a total trade embargo. … In order to control smuggling, which spread as time passed, the measures of ‘peaceable coercion’ were gradually strengthened up to the point where no American ship could leave port, even for coastal trade, without official clearance; exports over land were forbidden to prevent overseas exports via Canada; all ships could be searched and detained at will, in clear violation of the Fourth Amendment. And American ships could of course be fined or seized if found in violation of the embargo. Jefferson could not understand that Americans would disobey. He believed the embargo was only ‘a temporary evil’ and instructed his Treasury Secretary, Albert Gallatin, to ‘crush every example of forcible opposition to the law.’ … In a sense, the free trader is a traitor. He does not want his import or export activity to be controlled, including by his own government. He seems to think, strangely enough, that these are matters of individual not collective choice.” (08/28/18)

https://www.econlib.org/the-free-trader-as-a-traitor/

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23) Fretting parents of today should keep in mind how dangerous childhood was a century ago
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Chelsea Follett

“Before the age of five, 35 out of every 45 Victorian children had experienced either smallpox, measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough, typhus, or enteric fever — or some combination of those illnesses — and many of them did not survive. As late as 1899, more than 16 percent of children died before their first birthday; today in the United Kingdom that figure is 0.35 percent. What is less well known is that it was not just disease, but also primitive medicine that killed infants. Consider teething and one of its alleged cures. Today, teething is accepted as a routine stage of development. In Victorian England, it was not. According to the common wisdom of the age, teething was a potentially deadly disorder, sometimes involving convulsions, and should be treated with opium. Giving opium to an infant is a very bad idea, causing — you guessed it — convulsions and often death.” (08/28/18)

https://fee.org/articles/fretting-parents-of-today-should-keep-in-mind-how-dangerous-childhood-was-a-century-ago/

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24) A built-in bias toward peace
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“One of the reasons for the success of the American order is that it keeps the mob at bay, and one of its great failures has been its inability to keep the federal government from arrogating the powers of the state in matters that are not inherently federal, thereby foreclosing opportunities for informal national compromise and the emergence of a stable modus vivendi in the matter of divisive social issues. And that, of course, is one of the reasons for that poisonous political culture: If Wyoming has to do things the same way as New Jersey, then the battle over federal power — and especially the metastatic power of the ever-more-princely presidency — must be understood by partisans and culture warriors as existential. That, and not the endangered state of what remains of American federalism, is what most deeply ails the body politic. We have 50 states for a reason — and it is not collecting sales tax.” (08/28/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/economist-misunderstands-american-electoral-political-systems/

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25) Trump kills NAFTA, but is its replacement any better?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The new trade deal between the U.S. and Mexico may soothe financial markets’ rattled nerves, but it’s not really much better than the Nafta deal it replaced. And Canada still hasn’t signed on. For the record, IBD has always supported free trade. And by that we mean letting people buy what they want from wherever they want and sell what they want anywhere they want. It’s the healthiest trade policy. That said, the 1994 Nafta deal wasn’t free trade. It had some elements of free trade, and lowered many barriers, but it created others. Still, overall, it was an improvement over the status quo. But Nafta admittedly also created problems for major U.S. industries that were unprepared for competition from cheap imports. That includes Midwest factory workers, many of them now ardent Trump supporters, who lost jobs as investment migrated to low-cost Mexico.” (08/27/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/nafta-deal-free-trade

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26) Andrew Cuomo’s war on the NRA
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“The American Civil Liberties Union last week joined a closely watched court case, taking sides with a national advocacy organization against a powerful New Yorker who’s accused of enacting a retaliatory and unconstitutional policy. For once, this person wasn’t President Donald Trump. The ACLU’s latest opponent is Andrew Cuomo. In May, the National Rifle Association sued the New York governor on First Amendment grounds, alleging that he’s trying to force the gun-rights organization into financial ruin by pressuring banks and insurance companies into severing their business ties with it. Cuomo is far from the only Democratic politician who is openly hostile to the NRA. But the NRA believes the governor went too far by using New York’s regulatory agencies to intimidate the state’s financial sector into blacklisting the organization. The NRA says the move has caused ‘tens of millions of dollars in damages’ and could leave it ‘unable to exist’ or to ‘pursue its advocacy mission,’ as Rolling Stone first reported earlier this month.” (08/28/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150933/andrew-cuomos-trumpian-war-nra

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27) The new “public charge” rule will harm the rule of law, economic growth, and public health
Source: Niskanen Center
by Matthew La Corte

“The Trump administration will soon publish a new regulation that will dramatically alter the rules surrounding the provision of public benefits for nearly 27 million immigrants and citizens, and have significant consequences for the admission and permanent settlement of immigrants moving forward. Based on a draft of the proposal leaked earlier this year — which set off a public outcry at the time of its release — the rule would trigger the largest reform to the U.S. immigration system in 30 years. Instead of narrowly targeting welfare fraud for enhanced prosecution or tweaking the current five-year ban on welfare usage for legal immigrants, the leaked regulation — which may change when ultimately published — casts an enormous net, entangling those immigrants who legally used benefits and the U.S.-citizen children of immigrants, undermining the administration’s claims that the move is meant to combat fraud. Most alarmingly, the regulation is guaranteed to set off a public health crisis, as evidenced by similar consequences from confusion over the 1996 welfare reform law.” (08/28/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/the-new-public-charge-rule-will-harm-the-rule-of-law-economic-growth-and-public-health/

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28) CNN, credibly accused of lying to its audience about a key claim in its blockbuster Cohen story, refuses to comment
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“CNN’s blockbuster July 26 story — that Michael Cohen intended to tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller that he was present when Donald Trump was told in advance about his son’s Trump Tower meeting with various Russians — includes a key statement about its sourcing that credible reporting now suggests were designed to have misled its audience. Yet CNN simply refuses to address the serious ethical and journalistic questions raised about its conduct. The substance of the CNN story itself regarding Cohen … has now been retracted by other news outlets that originally purported to ‘confirm’ CNN’s story. That’s because the anonymous source for this confirmation, Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis, now admits that, in essence, his ‘confirmation’ was false. … CNN, however, has retracted nothing. All inquiries to the network are directed to a corporate spokesperson, who simply says: ‘We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it.’” (08/28/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/08/28/cnn-credibly-accused-of-lying-to-its-audience-about-a-key-claim-in-its-blockbuster-cohen-story-refuses-to-comment/

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29) GOP, Dems switch roles 20 years after Clinton impeachment
Source: Town Hall
Debra J Saunders

“Lanny Davis became a TV news staple during President Bill Clinton’s second term as the White House lawyer who battled a Senate investigation into Clinton fundraising practices, with a focus on suspected Chinese attempts to influence the 1996 election. Davis left the White House only to rail against independent counsel Kenneth Starr as he homed in on Clinton’s false testimony about his relations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Twenty years later, as President Donald Trump is under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, Davis is back — but on the side of prosecutors and partisan critics he once derided. Then as now, there’s indignation over a special counsel straying from his original mandate, surreptitiously recorded audiotapes of conversations and an old-school regard for men who lie about sex. The arguments are the same, but now Republicans are taking umbrage and Democrats are on the attack.” (08/28/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2018/08/28/gop-democrats-switch-roles-20-years-after-clinton-impeachment-n2513508

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30) How trustworthy does Facebook think you are?
Source: Reason
by Andrea O’Sullivan

“With stories about misinformation, data usage, and censorship dominating the news, online platforms are scrambling to re-engineer their policies and algorithms in a way that pleases critics and users alike. Facebook in particular has been in the hot seat in America following the election of President Donald Trump and the Cambridge Analytica scandal. CEO Mark Zuckerberg was wheeled into Congress earlier this year to answer for his company’s purported peccadilloes. The social media giant has pledged to continue promoting ‘fact-checking’ on its platform to please regulators. But might some of the ‘cures’ for ‘fake news’ end up being worse than the disease? One new tool in Facebook’s bag of anti-‘misinformation’ tricks definitely ticks the ‘creep box’: Last week, the Washington Post reported that Facebook has been planning to assign a ‘trustworthiness score’ for users on their platform for around a year.” (08/28/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/08/28/how-trustworthy-does-facebook-think-you

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31) Let middle class investors join the “accredited” club
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by John Berlau

“With the increasing focus on inequality and cronyism on both Left and Right, one would think that politicians and bureaucrats would rush to get rid of any policy that explicitly reserves privileges for the rich. Yet when it comes to the ability to invest in promising private companies, this is exactly what federal securities law does. Under current rules, an adult must be an ‘accredited investor’ to buy shares of stock in most of these firms. And the sole qualification for becoming ‘accredited’ is being a millionaire or earning hundreds of thousands per year. So only wealthy Americans have the opportunity to grow even wealthier with the startup that could become the next Uber or Facebook.” (08/27/18)

https://cei.org/content/let-middle-class-investors-join-accredited-club

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32) Don’t just impeach Trump; annul his Presidency
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Reich

“The only way I see the end of Trump is if there’s overwhelming evidence he rigged the 2016 election. In which case impeachment isn’t an adequate remedy. His presidency should be annulled. Let me explain. Many people are convinced we’re already witnessing the beginning of the end of Trump. In their view, bombshell admissions from Trump insiders with immunity from prosecution, combined with whatever evidence Robert Mueller uncovers about Trump’s obstruction of justice and his aide’s collusion with the Russians, will all tip the scales. Democrats will take back the House and begin an impeachment, and the evidence of impeachable offenses will put enough pressure on Republican senators to send Trump packing. I don’t believe this for a moment. First, the Senate has never in history convicted a president of impeachment. Second, even if Democrats flip the House in November, Republicans will almost certainly remain in control of the Senate — and so far they’ve displayed the integrity of lizards.” [editor’s note: Here is your daily dose of (unintentional?) humor; too bad, since Mr. Reich used to exhibit some bits of sanity – SAT] (08/28/18)

http://prospect.org/article/don%E2%80%99t-just-impeach-trump-annul-his-presidency

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33) Snail-mail your contribution
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“In the dystopian world of the future, all financial transactions will be made by credit card. In this dark world, the people who run credit-card firms must be appeased. If they dislike what you’re doing, they will have the power to prevent you from receiving financial support for your work — however normal and legal that work may be. And whom will such financial institutions be, in turn, appeasing? Politicians. The politicians won’t have to pass a law to get firms to do their bidding. They need merely grumble ominously. Perhaps the politicians will cooperate with ideological organizations bearing ironically unrevealing names like Media Matters and Southern Poverty Law Center, dedicated to shutting down anybody they disagree with. Is that future far away? No.” (08/28/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/08/28/snail-mail-your-contribution/

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34) Protectionism is predation, pure and simple
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“What the Trump administration celebrates as its accomplishments in renegotiating NAFTA are nothing other than special privileges granted to select domestic producers that will necessarily come at the larger expense of all American consumers and of those many American producers who aren’t among the select to be favored …. It’s a damn shame that such government actions are not seen as the thuggery that they are. Suppose that the Crips take over Westchester County. The actions that Crip leaders would take on the trade front differ in no essential respects from those that the Trump administration are taking today.” (08/27/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/08/protectionism-predation-pure-simple.html

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35) How Fallout 76 can help us rebuild West Virginia
Source: In These Times
by Elizabeth Catte

“It is easy to bring down a mountain if you use brute force. Ten percent of West Virginia’s mountains have met this fate, pulverized by coal companies into particles so small that those living or working in proximity breathe them in. What was once an ancient, living thing becomes a clog in someone’s vascular system, tiny crystals of silica and other minerals invisible until they transform into a dark spot on a chest X-ray. Mountaintop removal can be a death sentence for both people and land. … A different end of the world is coming soon to West Virginia. In June, Bethesda Game Studios announced that Fallout 76, the latest installment of its postapocalyptic video game franchise, is set in the mountain state. In this ninth game, designed as a prequel, you play as a member of the first generation of nuclear-war survivors to explore the world outside radiation-protected vaults.” (08/28/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21368/fallout-76-west-virginia-appalachia-post-apocalyptic-video-game

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36) The offending tweets that got me banned for life from Twitter
Source: Antiwar.com
by Peter Van Buren

“A leaky little ‘bird’ inside Twitter tells me these are the tweets that got me banned for life. I have no way of verifying this; official Twitter will not respond to my inquiries. I stand accused of dehumanizing several reporters (‘targeted abuse’), using words to offend them into silence. It seems now you can judge for yourself, as it should be.” (08/28/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/peter_van_buren/2018/08/27/the-offending-tweets-that-got-me-banned-for-life-from-twitter/

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37) Trust us, we’re secretly working for a foreign government: How Australia’s proposed surveillance laws will break the trust tech depends on
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Dannie O’Brien

“In the last few years, we’ve discovered just how much trust — whether we like it or not — we have all been obliged to place in modern technology. Third-party software, of unknown composition and security, runs on everything around us: from the phones we carry around, to the smart devices with microphones and cameras in our homes and offices, to voting machines, to critical infrastructure. The insecurity of much of that technology, and increasingly discomforting motives of the tech giants that control it from afar, has rightly shaken many of us. But latest challenge to our collective security comes not from Facebook or Google or Russian hackers or Cambridge Analytica: it comes from the Australian government. Their new proposed ‘Access and Assistance’ bill would require the operators of all of that technology to comply with broad and secret government orders, free from liability, and hidden from independent oversight.” (08/27/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/08/australia-proposed-surveillance-law

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38) My family escaped socialism, now my fellow Democrats want to bring it here
Source: USA Today
by Giancarlo Sopo

“Cuba’s socialist revolution was supposed to work for workers — like my grandparents who lived in Miami during Fulgencio Batista’s dictatorship. In January 1959, just two weeks after Fidel Castro seized power, they returned to the island to care for my grandmother’s ailing mother. For the next 20 years, they remained prisoners in their own country. As Cuba’s political and economic situation worsened, my grandfather told a friend he wanted to return to the United States. Someone overheard the conversation and reported him to the authorities. For this, the Castro regime threw him in jail. He was later stripped of his job and salary as an accountant and assigned to feed zoo animals. In addition to the emotional distress it caused, this made my family’s financial circumstances even more precarious. To understand my grandparents’ desperation to flee socialism, imagine leaving everything behind and starting anew at almost 60 years old.” (08/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2018/08/28/democrat-family-escaped-socialism-ocasio-cortez-worries-me-column/1106307002

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39) Hero of the proglodytes
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“The ONLY reason the dead dirtbag anti-liberty bigot John McCain is being treated like he was some kind of hero is because he was vocally anti-Trump. That’s it. If he hadn’t come out of that particular closet none of the national mass media proglodytes would have spent the past couple of days praising his corpse’s ‘legacy.’ In fact, they would probably have taken the position that his being dead is a good thing. But because he was anti-Trump while being ‘Republican’ he is praised.” (08/28/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/08/hero-of-proglodytes.html

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40) A millennial’s new perspective on home ownership
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Rick Weber

“The last few years I’ve loudly protested that home ownership is overrated; it’s a bad investment plus lots of responsibility. And yet, this summer my fiance and I bought a 100 year old house on the south shore of Long Island. Yes, I have lost my mind. I basically stand by my earlier position, but with greater nuance. Owning a home is a complicated undertaking. But it’s given me a greater appreciation for the nuance involved in managing real estate.” (08/27/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/08/27/a-millennials-new-perspective-on-home-ownership/

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41) Elizabeth Warren is no Ted Kennedy; her plan to block Kavanaugh won’t work
Source: Fox News Forum
by William McGurn

“Is there anything sadder than the sight of progressives solemnly going through their borking rituals when nobody cares? That’s what happened Sunday, when activists sought to mobilize the public to keep Brett Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court. From Toledo to San Francisco, protesters dutifully showed up with ‘Kava-NOPE’ placards, ‘Unite for Justice’ T-shirts and, of course, their signature ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ red frocks, meant to symbolize Judge Kavanaugh as an instrument of the patriarchy. The website Common Dreams called the protest ‘the largest of its kind in U.S. history.’ But it barely registered a blip. All that sound and fury signifying one thing: They don’t have the votes. Former clerk for Judge Kavanaugh weighs in as confirmation battle nears. How different this is from the original performance three decades back. Say what you will about Ted Kennedy, but when a demagogue was needed he was the man for the job.” (08/28/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/08/28/elizabeth-warren-is-no-ted-kennedy-her-plan-to-block-kavanaugh-wont-work.html

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42) Free trade speech
Source: Cobden Centre
by John Phelan

“The last time the U.S. imposed steel tariffs in 2002, it cost an estimated 200,000 jobs among steel using businesses. What the steel producer gains, the steel consumer loses. What about losers from trade. This isn’t to say that trade doesn’t negatively affect anybody. In his 1963 song North Country Blues, Bob Dylan sings about a mining town on Minnesota’s iron range which was put out of business because iron was ‘much cheaper down in a south American town, where the miners work almost for nothing.’ As a kid in Sheffield in England, I saw both the mining and steel industries battered when government support was removed and they were left to face foreign competition. The answer here is not to close off trade. Remember, what the American coal or steel producer gains by doing so is lost by the American consumer of that coal or steel.” (08/28/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/08/free-trade-speech/

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43) The tectonic plates of geopolitics are starting to shift
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“The peak of American empire has already come and gone, a reality not yet widely appreciated due to the continued dominance of the global financial system by the U.S. dollar, still the world’s preeminent reserve currency. U.S. leaders have always used the USD as a weapon, but it’s only in recent years that geopolitical rivals and long-standing allies alike have started to come to an increasingly vocal understanding that the unipolar role played by the U.S. in the world’s centralized financial system is well past its expiration date. I think history will show Trump’s decision to unilaterally scrap the Iran deal (JCPOA) was the catalyst that caused much of rest of the world to get serious about creating alternative financial rails on which to conduct global business. Nation-states the world over are coming to the obvious conclusion that it’s virtually impossible to execute independent foreign policy in the content of a global financial system so completely dominated by the U.S.” (08/27/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/08/27/the-tectonic-plates-of-geopolitics-are-starting-to-shift/

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44) Spain learns investing in anti-western regimes has a cost
Source: Acton Institute
by Angel Manuel Garcia Carmona

“Spain has significantly invested in Turkey’s public debt. Now, an economic downturn may be the price my nation pays for partnering with a nation demonstrating its progressively intensifying contempt for Western values. … Among the main reasons for Turkey’s economic difficulties are its credit expansion, artificially low interest rates, a politicized central bank, and a public debt nearly equal to 30 percent of GDP (and growing). In the midst of this crisis, some Western banks loaned hefty sums of money to Turkish entities. Some $8 billion came from Spanish banks. At this time, nearly a quarter of all Spanish investment in Turkey goes to finance the public debt.” (08/28/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/08/28/spain-learns-investing-anti-western-regimes-has-cost

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45) Is America’s distrust of “elites” becoming more toxic?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Harry Bruinius

“There’s a not-so-subtle side-eye tradition in America when it comes to its credentialed elites. The muckety-mucks who make a mess of things, the ‘pointy-headed college professors who can’t even park a bicycle straight,’ the Ivy-educated class of experts and government bureaucrats who pull the levers of power from afar. It often stands hand-in-hand with a reciprocal tradition of heroism for the self-made man who, armed with instinct, self-reliance, and force of will, forgoes the Ivy towers and makes a fortune through a more native creativity, unrestrained and unadulterated. ‘I think it’s almost baked into the American character,’ says Wendy Rahn, a professor of political science the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, noting that historians have long traced a mindset of social egalitarianism that distinguished Americans from European distinctions based on birth and class.” (08/28/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0827/Who-made-you-an-expert-Is-America-s-distrust-of-elites-becoming-more-toxic

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46) Don’t let the Fed end the Trump prosperity
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“There’s an old cliche that the Federal Reserve likes to take away the punch bowl just when the party is getting going. That’s what President Trump suspects that Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is doing now by raising interest rates at a time of a booming economy. Last week, Trump took a shot at the Fed when he complained to Reuters that ‘I’m not thrilled with them raising interest rates.’ When asked if he believed that the Fed should be ‘independent,’ Trump said, ‘I believe in the Fed doing what’s good for the country.’ In response to these comments, many in the media and on Wall Street have been suffering heart palpitations. The president is trying to bully the Fed into keeping interest rates low, they protested. Others claim that Trump is trying to politicize the Fed. Of course, we don’t want the Fed’s monetary decisions to be based on politics or the election cycle.” (08/28/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/08/28/dont-let-the-fed-end-the-trump-prosperity-n2513520

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47) Turkey now, America later?
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report
by Ron Paul

“President Trump recently imposed sanctions on Turkey to protest the Turkish government’s detention of an American pastor. Turkey has responded by increasing tariffs on US exports. The trade war is being blamed for the collapse of Turkey’s currency, the lira. While the sanctions may have played a role, Turkey’s currency crisis is rooted in the Turkish government’s fiscal and (especially) monetary policies.” (08/27/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/turkey-now-america-later

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48) Maduro’s economic “reform” is just more of the same crippling socialism
Source: PanAm Post
by Guillermo Rodriguez Gonzalez

“It cost Maduro nothing to announce on Friday, August 17, that he would reactivate the Venezuelan economy, and make it grow again. Francisco de Quevedo said that ‘nobody offers as much as he will not fulfill.’ Maduro offered a double lie to the long-suffering Venezuelan people. He spoke of a new economic policy and promised economic growth that his socialism, populism, and repression had already reduced to a quarter of what it was. And then came the hyperinflation. But what Maduro has announced is merely more of the same: repeat what you have already done. With more of what caused this material and moral destruction, only more material and moral destruction is to be expected.” (08/27/18)

https://panampost.com/guillermo-rodriguez/2018/08/27/maduros-economic-reform-is-just-more-of-the-same-crippling-socialism/

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49) Why there is no accountability in US foreign policy
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“There is no accountability in U.S. foreign policy. Policymakers commit horrendous blunders and crimes, and they go on to suffer no meaningful consequences for what they have done. Virtually nothing is learned, and U.S. foreign policy carries on much as it did before. Foreign policy pundits routinely advocate for the most destructive and reckless actions, and their advocacy contributes to enormous and costly disasters, and yet they keep their positions and reputation. When the next crisis or conflict appears on the horizon, the same people that cheered on the last disaster are still there to urge us on to the next one. Members of Congress that make the loudest calls for U.S. intervention and ‘leadership’ are almost never punished at the ballot box, and they are more likely to be lauded than condemned for their belligerence. Representatives and senators that support endless war are returned to Congress almost automatically, and most of them never have to fear paying a political price for sending Americans to fight and die in unnecessary wars. We all know this to be true, but why is it so?” (08/28/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/why-there-is-no-accountability-in-u-s-foreign-policy/

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50) Perpetual abuse in the Catholic Church
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“By now you’ve probably heard about the big new scandal: Some 300 priests abused some 1000+ boys and girls in Pennsylvania. … so long as celibacy requirements remain, this will continue and nothing will stop it. Consider this, please: 1. Celibacy weaponizes sexual urges. It also drives normal young men away from the priesthood, leaving a high percentage of damaged or corruptible young men in their wake. 2. If the Church cracks down too hard on abusive clergy, they may run out of priests (there’s already a significant shortage in the US), and the continuation of the Church comes into question. Like it or not, that’s the situation, and it has been this way since celibacy became required (in stages, from about 305 AD to 1139 AD). And it continues unabated. It will not stop so long as celibacy is required for Catholic priests. And for those who didn’t know, celibacy was not promoted by Jesus.” (08/28/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/perpetual-abuse-catholic-church/

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51) The birth of Greek individualism
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“[Isaiah] Berlin considers it a paradox that notions of truth and falsity are fairly clear cut in the natural sciences but not so in the social sciences. All too often, in fact, committed ideologues of whatever persuasion do have a sense of truth and falsity about their fondly held beliefs and this has led to, as Steven Pinker discusses in Enlightenment Now, a growing irrationality, especially in politics. ‘When issues are not politicized,’ Pinker avers, ‘people can be altogether rational.’ Which brings us back to the three great turning points in Western political thought that Berlin writes about — ‘three great crises in Western political theory’ in which ‘at least one category was transformed beyond redemption so all subsequent political thought was altered.’ One of these categories was ‘that man has a discoverable, describable nature, and that this nature is essentially, and not merely contingently, social.’” (08/28/18)

https://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-birth-of-greek-individualism.html

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52) Why won’t conservatives pick a peach?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The favorite slogan of conservatives has long been ‘free enterprise, private property, and limited government.’ Another conservative favorite is the term ‘personal responsibility.’ Since personal responsibility is so important to conservatives, one must ask: Why hasn’t even one conservative taken personal responsibility by traveling to the Midwest and helping farmers pick their crops, given that conservatives are responsible for the massive crop losses that farmers are incurring. … farmers are losing their crops owing to an inability to secure workers to pick them. The labor shortage is so severe that [farmer Bill] Talbott has lost 40,000 pounds of peaches because his 57 workers were unable to pick them fast enough. According to Talbott, ‘But we’re fortunate by comparison: Two farmers down the road had to walk away from entire orchards because their peaches had grown too soft to harvest.’ The reason for the crisis? America’s system of immigration controls, which conservatives have long supported.” (08/28/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/08/28/why-wont-conservatives-pick-a-peach/

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53) The new NAFTA
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Spike

“The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) drastically reduced trans-border barriers, amplifying commerce even as it disrupted specific jobs. (However, see Tim’s recent article on things that threaten jobs.) President Trump falsely argued that NAFTA was dramatically bad, presumably on the grounds that Clinton-Bush-era negotiators favored commerce while Trump favors workers. Regardless of that, Trump won election, surprisingly carrying the ‘rust belt’ states such as Michigan. To carry them again in 2020, he needs an electoral base — at Ford Motor Company.” (08/28/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/business/the-new-nafta/

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54) An Uber-like service might help patients escape Britain’s socialist health system
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by George Pickering

“The less time patients have to wait before seeing their local G.P., the better their chances of getting the specialist care they need before their conditions have progressed to a more dangerous stage. However, given that the NHS’s free-at-the-point-of-use structure necessitates rationing of scarce G.P. appointment time, this vital area is likewise afflicted by lengthy waiting lists, with patients having to wait an average of two weeks before even being allowed a first meeting with a doctor. However, new technologies are increasingly enabling consumers to bypass these sorts of sluggish bureaucracies entirely; following the trail blazed by apps like Uber, which allowed people to avoid the quasi-governmental monopoly behind the taxi industry. One such example recently emerged in the form of a new app named ‘Qured,’ which aims to offer anyone in the Greater London area the ability to summon a doctor to their door within two hours.” (08/28/18)

https://mises.org/wire/uber-service-might-help-patients-escape-britain%E2%80%99s-socialist-health-system

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55) Notes from a Sputnik leftist
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“Russophobia has become America’s new favorite form of bigotry. You can’t jaywalk in this goddamn country without being accused of first degree Putin puppetry. This cold borscht of xenophobia has been brewing for some time but it has taken on a whole new spiciness with Robert Mueller’s blockbuster witch trials and the alleged pervasive Putinist conspiracy to subvert our so-called democracy. The shocking thing, to me at least, is that even stalwart elements of the radical left have been effected by the fumes of the latest Red Scare. One of my favorite writers, CounterPunch’s Jeffrey St. Clair, has taken to referring to Russiagate critics such as myself as the Sputnik Left.” (08/27/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/08/notes-from-sputnik-leftist.html

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

56) Reason Podcast, 08/28/18
Source: Reason

“Defense Distributed Lawyer Josh Blackman on 3D-Printed Guns and Free Speech.” [various formats] (08/28/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/08/28/defense-distributed-lawyer-josh-blackman

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57) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/28/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“President Trump’s resident neocons, chiefly Mike Pompeo at State and National Security Advisor John Bolton, are determined to scuttle any moves toward peace with North Korea. With this week’s cancellation of a Pompeo trip to Pyongyang, will they succeed in derailing Trump’s big peace initiative?” [Flash video] (08/28/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/south-korea-seeks-peace-with-north-will-us-sanction-seoul

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58) Scott Adams Says, 08/28/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about flag-lowering, Chinese hacking, NAFTA, and Google searches. With coffee.” [Flash video] (08/28/18)

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

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59) One Free Family, episode 29
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“James and Taylor welcome their first guest ever onto One Free Family — their first son, the 8-year-old Ollie! They ask Ollie what it’s like to be unschooled, how he learns without formal instruction, what’s hard about being self-directed all the time, and what we could do better as parents. Ollie then turns the tables and interviews us for a bit! Enjoy!” [Flash audio] (08/28/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/ollie-off029/

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60) Mason Tvert on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Mason Tvert from the Marijuana Policy Project is on the show to update Scott about all the topics surrounding the Marijuana Policy Project’s efforts to get marijuana legalized in Colorado. Tvert talks about how they tried to re-educate Coloradans about the true nature of the harms of marijuana, and the publicity fueled efforts around the ballot initiative to legalize pot in Colorado.” [various formats] (08/28/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/8-24-18-mason-tvert-on-marijuana-policy-project/

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61) Kick the Puppy, episode 2
Source: Attack the System

“McCain finally dies, guns and oil with Israel and Saudi Arabia, Jill Stein VS everybody, people actually read the National Enquirer, media gone tribal, atheist mega churches, underground assemblies, having something to belong to, Yemen retaliates against Saudi Arabia, another desecrated statue, blood accusation, big breasts, more and more non-professional types are reporting to CPS, when we were kids, nearly half the population is poor, educated conspiracy theorists, Silicon Valley is weird, bottled water anxiety, Aryan aliens.” [Flash audio] (08/28/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/08/28/kick-the-puppy-episode-2/

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62) Candidates of Liberty, episode 3
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Brian interviews Candidate for Senate in Virginia, Matt Waters!” [various formats] (08/28/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/08/28/candidates-of-liberty-ep-03-matt-waters/

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63) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 70
Source: Libertarianism.org

“The Loco-Focos were out there leading the young America cultural movement: integrating Whigish abolitionism, even when Van Buren had left them behind.” [various formats] (08/28/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/free-soil-after-van-buren

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64) The Chris Spangle Show, episode 8
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle shares his thoughts on the legacy of Sen. John McCain, and two lose their life in a shooting in Jacksonville.” [various formats] (08/27/18)

https://chrisspangleshow.fireside.fm/68

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65) Free Talk Live, 08/27/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Discord Purge :: McCain Grave Dancing :: Penn Jillette :: Psychedelic Mushrooms’ Effects :: Harm Reduction :: Psilocybin Approved for Medical Trials :: Open Carry Litter Pickup :: Activist Publicity Fail :: McCain Torture :: Petard :: Family Leave :: So-Called Sovereign Citizens and Freedom to Travel :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/27/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-08-27

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66) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/27/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Conservationists usually have one lever to pull to alter federal land use: lobbying. Why shouldn’t those who want to conserve species be able to lease federal lands for that purpose? Holly Fretwell of the Property and Environment Research Center comments.” [various formats] (08/27/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/let-conservationists-lease-federal-lands

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67) Postcards from Somalia, episode 8
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“On this somber episode Sherry and Alan discuss the death of John McCain with the respect he deserves.” [Flash audio] (08/28/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/postcards-from-somalia-episode-8-ding-dong-the-warmonger-is-dead/

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68) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1226
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Libertarian worlds collided earlier this month when Reason magazine editor-at-large Matt Welch joined me on Michael Malice’s program. as you no doubt realize, there has been plenty of infighting among Libertarians and libertarian institutions over the years, and I think we hashed quite a bit of that out in a very productive conversation. In today’s episode, Michael and I review and assess that mini-summit.” [various formats] (08/27/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1226-michael-malice-on-healing-libertarian-rifts/

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69) Bloggingheads.tv, 08/27/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Glenn Loury (Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University) and Douglas Lain (Zero Books, douglaslain.net) … Does Glenn belong in the Intellectual Dark Web? … Glenn: Why is ‘Fuck Trump’ an acceptable slogan? … How black is the American narrative? … How to reform community under capitalism … Is the left afraid of Jordan Peterson? … Finding the positive takeaways from capitalism … Is identity politics stifling ‘race science?’ … What does society owe the unskilled? … Is the IDW a right-wing brand?” [Flash video] (08/27/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53491

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70) Humans of Bitcoin, 08/27/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Cody Wilson goes way back in Bitcoin. His current work with digital blueprints for firearms could impact crypto in a big way. Learn about his mission to be a defense contractor (for the people).” [various formats] (08/27/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e401-Freedom-of-Code-Cody-Wilson-EXCLUSIVE

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