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Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
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In the News:

1) Bitcoin: Recap of the blockchain’s big split
2) Turkey coup trial: Nearly 500 in court amid protests
3) Venezuela: Jailed opposition leader urges resistance
4) Lawsuit claims Fox coordinated with White House on Seth Rich story
5) UK: Rudd babbles nonsense, says “real people” don’t care if she rifles through their stuff
6) AL: Abortion law putting minors on trial struck down
7) NC: Class action lawsuit filed in Outer Banks power outage
8) Claim: Awan brothers helped Wasserman Schultz threaten election fraud lawsuit attorneys
9) With repeal off the table, media suddenly “discover” ObamaCare in deep trouble
10) DHS eases environment laws for Berlin … er, border … wall near San Diego
11) Study: Pot smokers aren’t easily stressed
12) Coast Guard commandant signals he will resist Trump’s military transgender ban
13) Trump urged to declare national emergency over opioid crisis
14) Report: “Pharma Bro” Shkreli wants Scaramucci’s job
15) TN: Fake police officers pull over woman, rob her at gunpoint
16) TX: Woman shoots, kills home intruder
17) NM: Concealed carry gun bills prompt victim disarmament groups to curry hysteria
18) Kashmir: Anti-India protests after rebels, civilians killed
19) TN: Pistol-packing bride arrested for pointing gun at groom
20) Outback Steakhouse denies nationwide cult operation
21) TX: Big Oil weighs in against law letting bureaucrats feel up people who want to pee
22) Blood proteins linked to severity of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
23) Court tells EPA to enforce Obama methane pollution rule
24) Amazon suspends sales of BLU phones due to alleged spyware; BLU denies wrongdoing
25) Indonesia: Regime lifts threat to ban encrypted app Telegram

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) US foreign military bases aren’t “defense”
27) Hate income inequality? Blame intrusive government policies.
28) “Public-private partnerships”: Public cost, private profit
29) Recurring cast of characters complicate probe into Russian meddling
30) ObamaCare reform and paternalism’s pratfalls
31) On health reform, what do doctors and patients want?
32) Misused Espionage Act targets government whistleblowers
33) The failure to pair workers with work
34) Trump’s coming Saturday night massacre
35) Why the SEC is terrified of cryptocurrency
36) FDA’s new vision for tobacco harm reduction
37) Trump’s risky gamble on Iran
38) Dialectics and the art of communication
39) Graham’s deranged desire to start a war with North Korea
40) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 6
41) Give Wells Fargo the corporate death penalty
42) Congress finds consensus on free speech on campus
43) China: A Keynesian monster
44) North Korea: How did it come to this?
45) Guam: Gravest threat isn’t North Korea, but the United States
46) Five reasons Marxism has nothing to offer millennials
47) What do Core think of Bitcoin Cash?
48) With opioids, government is the problem, not the solution
49) Not OK, computer
50) Washington’s addictive foreign policy drug
51) Will Trump continue the CIA’s cover-up in the JFK assassination?
52) First alcohol, now tobacco
53) Reactionary America
54) War from the individual perspective
55) Urgent warning: Time to hit the reset button on US-Korean policy

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 67
57) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/01/17
58) Free Talk Live, 07/31/17
59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 964
60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 73
61) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/31/17

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

1) Bitcoin: Recap of the blockchain’s big split
Source: CoinDesk

“It wasn’t the first attempt to fork the bitcoin blockchain, but it was certainly the most memorable. As reported earlier today, Bitcoin Cash, a new cryptocurrency, was created when a group of miners ‘forked’ from the main bitcoin blockchain — in short, they switched to a new, incompatible software that changed the rules by which the network would function. Over the course of the day, miners backing the project succeeded in officially branching off, ultimately adding blocks to the separate blockchain, and in the process, building what they believe could come to be a growing economy centered around its development.” [editor’s note: The original Bitcoin block chain no longer exists. There are TWO forks in play. One, still calling itself BTC, is forking in one direction (“Segwit 2x”), Bitcoin Cash is forking in another (massive block size increase) – TLK] (08/01/17)

https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-forks-play-play-blockchains-big-split/

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2) Turkey coup trial: Nearly 500 in court amid protests
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Almost 500 people arrested after last year’s failed coup in Turkey have appeared in court accused of taking part in the plot. Some of the handcuffed defendants were jeered as they were individually escorted into court by police and armed guards in front of TV cameras. The trial focuses on events at the Akinci airbase which it is alleged was the plotters’ headquarters. It is taking place in a purpose-built courtroom outside the capital Ankara. The defendants face charges from attempting to assassinate the president to murder. As some arrived at court they were met by protesters chanting, ‘We want the death penalty!’ Some of the demonstrators had relatives killed or injured during the coup attempt and threw nooses towards the suspects. Rebel soldiers tried to grab power in July 2016, leaving 249 civilians dead.” (08/01/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40787520

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3) Venezuela: Jailed opposition leader urges resistance
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Supporters of Leopoldo Lopez have a released a video he taped a week before state security agents whisked him back to a military prison. It shows the opposition leader calling on Venezuelans to be firm in resisting President Nicolas Maduro. He also announces that his wife is pregnant. The 6-minute long video shared Tuesday shows Lopez rubbing his wife’s belly and saying he has ‘one more reason to fight for Venezuela.’ He calls the pregnancy ‘the best news I’ve received in the last 3 1/2 years’ — a reference to the time he spent behind bars. Lopez was released from the Ramo Verde prison in June and granted house arrest to serve out the remainder of his 13-year sentence for inciting violence at opposition rallies. The couple has at times been allowed conjugal visits. Lopez says he recorded the video knowing he might be imprisoned again — as he was early Thursday.” (08/01/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/The-Latest-Allies-say-Venezuelan-oppos-n-figures-11722376.php

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4) Lawsuit claims Fox coordinated with White House on Seth Rich story
Source: ABC News

“An investigator who worked on the Seth Rich case claims Fox News fabricated quotes implicating the murdered Democratic National Committee staffer in the WikiLeaks scandal and coordinated with the Trump administration as it worked on the story. The investigator, Rod Wheeler, sued Fox for defamation. His lawsuit, filed Tuesday in New York, lays out an explosive tale of Trump allies conspiring to push a false story to take the pressure of the Russian collusion investigation off the president, and a news organization willing to show the president its story before it was published. Fox called the accusation that reporter Malia Zimmerman’s story was published to detract from the Russian investigation ‘completely erroneous.’ Jay Wallace, Fox’s news president, said the story is still being investigated and that Fox has no evidence that Wheeler was misquoted.” (08/01/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/lawsuit-alleges-fox-news-made-part-seth-rich-48967314

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5) UK: Rudd babbles nonsense, says “real people” don’t care if she rifles through their stuff
Source: Yahoo! News

“Amber Rudd has said ‘real people’ do not want secure end-to-end encryption on messaging services. The Home Secretary will warn internet giants today that terrorists are misusing their platforms when she visits Silicon Valley. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Rudd said: ‘Who uses WhatsApp because it is end-to-end encrypted, rather than because it is an incredibly user-friendly and cheap way of staying in touch with friends and family? So this is not about asking the companies to break encryption or create so called ‘back doors.” … Renate Samson Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch said Rudd’s comments were ‘at best naive, at worst dangerous.’ ‘Suggesting that people don’t really want security from their online services is frankly insulting, what of those in society who are in dangerous or vulnerable situations, let alone those of us who simply want to protect our communications from breach, hack or cybercrime,’ she said.” (08/01/17)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/amber-rudd-claims-apos-real-092951414.html

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6) AL: Abortion law putting minors on trial struck down
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A judge has rejected an Alabama law that puts teenage girls seeking abortions through a court-like process with a lawyer representing the foetus. The 2014 law requires pregnant girls who want abortions without parental consent to notify a district attorney. But a federal judge sided with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ruled the law unconstitutional and a violation of a girl’s privacy. The state argued it was intended to determine a minor’s maturity. State lawyers also contended the law was still a ‘confidential, and expeditious option for a teenager who seeks an abortion without parental consent.’ The law granted judges the power to appoint a lawyer for the foetus, known as guardian ad litem, and allowed prosecutors to question the girl to decide whether she’s mature enough for an abortion during a trial-like proceeding.” (08/01/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40795120

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7) NC: Class action lawsuit filed in Outer Banks power outage
Source: USA Today

“A class-action lawsuit was filed Monday against the construction company that accidentally caused island-wide power outages in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The lawsuit, which was filed in a U.S. District Court, was put forth by businesses and visitors from the popular vacation destination that has been without power since Thursday and will likely stay that way for at least a week. The suit alleges that PCL Construction (the company that accidentally drove a steel pylon through two power transmission lines during bridge construction) acted negligently, according to court documents filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina.” (08/01/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/08/01/lawsuit-filed-against-company-knocked-out-outer-banks-power/527736001

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8) Claim: Awan brothers helped Wasserman Schultz threaten election fraud lawsuit attorneys
Source: Your News Wire

“The Awan Brothers aided former DNC chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz in making threatening voice modulated phone calls to attorneys suing the DNC for election fraud. Lt. Colonel Tony Schaffer told Fox News that Schultz ordered the Awan Brothers to scare off the lawyers due to the threat they pose in exposing widespread election fraud committed by the Democratic Party in 2016. Disobedientmedia.com reports: If substantiated, the claims may have significance for the DNC fraud lawsuit proceedings, and add to the growing controversy surrounding the recent arrest of Imran Awan on bank fraud charges.” (07/30/17)

http://yournewswire.com/awan-brothers-wasserman-schultz-threats

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9) With repeal off the table, media suddenly “discover” ObamaCare in deep trouble
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Now they tell us. After spending months pumping out stories about how great ObamaCare is, the news media are now admitting that, lo and behold, ObamaCare is unsustainable. What’s changed? On Saturday, The New York Times ran a big story that began this way: ‘Republicans have failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, can it be repaired?’ Repaired? Up until last week, the Times had been reassuring its readers that ObamaCare was doing just fine. In an April story, for example, it said that ‘growing evidence suggests that the markets are far from collapse. Several recent analyses argue that this year’s increase was a market correction, and that a smoother market would follow in the years ahead.’ … Now the Times is telling readers that ‘even people who rely on its coverage agree that it still has big problems.'” (07/31/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/with-repeal-off-the-table-media-suddenly-discover-that-obamacare-is-in-deep-trouble

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10) DHS eases environment laws for Berlin … er, border … wall near San Diego
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday it would waive environmental and related laws in order to expedite building security-related barriers and roads along the nation’s border with Mexico near San Diego. The projects would focus on about 15 miles (24 km) of the frontier extending eastward from the Pacific Ocean as part of President Donald Trump’s planned wall between the United States and Mexico, the DHS said in a statement. It said the area is one of the busiest U.S. border sections. ‘The sector remains an area of high illegal entry for which there is an immediate need to improve current infrastructure and construct additional border barriers and roads,’ the DHS said. Environmental impact studies generally are required under federal law for building on public lands but in this case the waiver will eliminate a study.” (08/01/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-sandiego-idUSKBN1AH49T

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11) Study: Pot smokers aren’t easily stressed
Source: Raw Story

“After a long and stressful day at work, some people enjoy coming home, kicking up their feet and savoring a full-bodied glass of red wine. Others might choose to loosen their collars with a stiff and sweet Brandy. And some adults would rather sit back and chill with a few puffs of a marijuana-packed joint. Now that marijuana is legal for adults 21 and older in eight states, more people can freely indulge in the herb that’s long been considered the ultimate relaxer among stoners. Now, thanks to a few researchers from Washington State University, we may finally have an inkling of scientific evidence that cannabis reduces stress. The study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology on Monday, found that regular marijuana users were significantly better at keeping their cool under stressful situations compared to those who did not use marijuana.” [editor’s note: They needed a study to show this? – SAT] (08/01/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/pot-smokers-arent-easily-stressed-study-says

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12) Coast Guard commandant signals he will resist Trump’s military transgender ban
Source: Fox News

“The commandant of the Coast Guard said Tuesday he will not ‘break faith’ with transgender members following President Trump’s tweets about a total ban on their service in the military. Adm. Paul Zukunft said his first call after hearing of the ban last week was to one of 13 Coast Guardsmen who have come out as transgender under the Pentagon’s year-old policy of open service. ‘We have made an investment in you and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard and I will not break faith,’ Zukunft said, recounting the conversation during a talk at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. ‘And so, that is the commitment to our people right now.’ In the wake of Trump’s announcement, the admiral said his second call about the transgender ban was to retired Gen. John Kelly, then the director of Homeland Security, and then Kelly contacted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.” [editor’s note: These folks still seem to confuse a late-night tweet with a law change – SAT] (08/01/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/01/coast-guard-commandant-signals-will-resist-trumps-military-transgender-ban.html

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13) Trump urged to declare national emergency over opioid crisis
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“President Donald Trump’s commission to tackle opioid drug abuse is urging him to declare a national emergency. In a draft report, the cross-party group of lawmakers argue that doing so would force officials to prioritise attention and funding to the issue. ‘With approximately 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks,’ the authors write. One third of Americans were prescribed opioids in 2015, the group found. President Trump made addressing drug abuse a central campaign promise. The report also recommends that doctors curb excessive prescriptions of opioid medications, and improve access to pain management treatment techniques.” [editor’s note: Of course there is nothing from these idiots about curbing prescriptions or … legalizing cannabis – SAT] (08/01/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40793540

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14) Report: “Pharma Bro” Shkreli wants Scaramucci’s job
Source: Raw Story

“Disgraced former pharmaceuticals executive ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli has put himself forward as an unlikely candidate for the recently vacated White House communications director job. Shkreli, who is currently on trial for securities fraud in New York, wrote on his Facebook page amid the fallout from Scaramucci’s firing, ‘In for comms director.’ Shkreli is currently awaiting the verdict of his trial, in which he stands accused of using funds from a pharmaceuticals firm he ran to pay off investors in his falling hedge fund. Jurors ended their first day of deliberations Monday without returning a verdict. He gained notoriety in 2015 and was dubbed ‘the most hated man in America,’ for buying the rights to an AIDS drug and promptly hiking the price by 5,000 percent.” [editor’s note: As if there was any doubt abnout this guy’s stupidity – SAT] (08/01/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/pharma-bro-martin-shkreli-wants-scaramuccis-job

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15) TN: Fake police officers pull over woman, rob her at gunpoint
Source: Fox News

“Three police impostors in Memphis pulled over a woman and robbed her at gunpoint on Monday. Officers said the impersonators drove a blue cargo van and a black charger, both equipped with police lights in their front windows. Two of the suspects approached the woman’s vehicle after pulling her over and one of them grabbed her by her shirt sleeve. The woman then tried to reach for her gun in the center console, but another suspect stopped her and grabbed her gun, wallet and $452 in cash. Then one of the suspects pulled her out of her vehicle and threw her to the ground, holding her at gunpoint. The suspects were dressed in black baseball caps, black t-shirts (both with ‘Police’ written in white letters), black cargo pants, gun belts and badges, the victim told authorities.” [editor’s note: So one more reason not to stop if a cop flashes his lights at you? – SAT] (08/01/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/01/fake-police-officers-pull-over-woman-rob-her-at-gunpoint.html

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16) TX: Woman shoots, kills home intruder
Source: Fox News

“A 60-year-old Texas woman wasn’t taking any chances Monday morning when she heard two intruders enter her home, grabbing her pistol and shooting one of the would-be thieves dead, police said. The woman, who was not immediately identified, confronted the two armed men after they entered her Harris County home through an open garage door around 11:30 a.m., WTSP reported. Cathy Hanks, a neighbor, said it’s not surprising the woman fired her pistol when she saw a threat in her home, explaining: ‘That’s really how we are. That’s just Texas. It’s the state of Texas. If you’re going to go into someone’s home, you’re going to get shot,’ Hanks said. Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s spokesman Thomas Gilliland told WTSP that both intruders — neither of whom were identified — were armed with pistols when the woman confronted them. She fired several shots and struck at least one man, who collapsed and died in her front yard. Police found a gun next to the dead man’s body. His accomplice jumped over the fence and escaped, though it’s unclear if he was wounded in the incident.” (08/01/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/01/texas-woman-shoots-kills-home-intruder.html

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17) NM: Concealed carry gun bills prompt victim disarmament groups to curry hysteria
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A national gun-safety [sic] group on Tuesday stepped up pressure in New Mexico against proposed U.S. firearms legislation that would make states recognize concealed handgun permits from other states. With members of Congress returning home for August recess, Americans for Responsible Solutions on warned that concealed-carry ‘reciprocity’ legislation would undermine New Mexico’s rigorous training and screening standards for people seeking to obtain licenses so they can carry concealed handguns. Robin Lloyd, director of government affairs for Americans for Responsible Solutions, warned that as many as 25 other states do not meet New Mexico’s requirements for background checks and firearms safety training for people authorized to carry concealed weapons. New Mexico could be forced to allow unverified people from other states to carry concealed guns in public places under the proposed legislation, according to a flier distributed by the group.” (08/01/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Federal-concealed-carry-bills-prompt-warning-in-11722357.php

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18) Kashmir: Anti-India protests after rebels, civilians killed
Source: Washington Post

“Large anti-India protests and clashes spearheaded mostly by students erupted in disputed Kashmir on Tuesday after government forces killed two senior militants in a gunbattle and fatally shot a protester during an ensuing demonstration demanding an end to Indian rule. The protests following the killings spread across the region and were led mostly by students, after which authorities ordered the closure of educational institutions.” (08/01/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/protests-erupt-in-kashmir-after-troops-kill-rebels-civilian/2017/08/01/5a2f3f4e-7693-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html

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19) TN: Pistol-packing bride arrested for pointing gun at groom
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A Tennessee bride was arrested hours after saying ‘I do’ when authorities say she pointed a gun at her groom. Murfreesboro police Sgt. Kyle Evans told WTVF-TV on Monday that 25-year-old Kate Elizabeth Prichard was still in her wedding dress when she was arrested on an aggravated domestic assault charge. Evans says officers responded to a report of Prichard and her husband arguing at a Clarion Inn motel a few hours after they were married. Police say witnesses reported that Prichard pulled a 9 mm pistol out of her dress, pointed it at her husband’s head and pulled the trigger. The gun wasn’t loaded. Police say Prichard then loaded a round in the chamber and fired a shot in the air.” [editor’s note: Crikey! On the honemoon? I wonder what she asked for, that he refused (and that’s about 30 miles from where I am sitting) – SAT] (08/01/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Pistol-packing-bride-arrested-for-pointing-gun-at-11723225.php

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20) Outback Steakhouse denies nationwide cult operation
Source: USA Today

“It started, as occult conspiracy theories do, with a question: ‘WTF is Outback Steakhouse planning?’ The musing, posted by Twitter user @eatmyesthetics, came with maps of major U.S. cities all showing one thing: The Outback Steakhouse locations in those metro areas could connect to form pentagrams, the five-sided stars sometimes tied to occultism. Could the purveyor of the Bloomin’ Onion be a front for a Satanic cult? Virtually no one actually thought this. Still, more than 100,000 users republished the maps, igniting unserious investigation into the worlds of the occult and casual dining. Soon, another user selectively cropped a map of a Bloomin’ Pentagram over Philadelphia. … Similar discoveries took place in California’s Bay Area. … One user found not a pentagram, but a kindly tortoise.” [editor’s note: Gotta watch out for dem Aussies, mate! – SAT] (08/01/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/08/01/outback-steakhouse-denies-cult-operation/528790001

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21) TX: Big Oil weighs in against law letting bureaucrats feel up people who want to pee
Source: Los Angeles Times

“In a significant blow to Texas cultural conservatives, some of the nation’s most powerful oil and gas companies on Monday joined the chorus of business voices opposing Republican lawmakers’ contentious ‘bathroom bill’ targeting transgender people. Leaders of more than 50 Houston-based businesses, including BP America, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and Halliburton, signed a letter to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott urging him not to sign a so-called bathroom bill that would harm their ability to attract and retain talent from around the world. … The state’s staunchly conservative Senate passed controversial legislation, Senate Bill 3, last week. It would restrict access to bathrooms, showers and changing facilities in government buildings and public schools based on the sex listed on a person’s birth certificate.” (07/31/17)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-texas-bathroom-bill-oil-20170731-story.html

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22) Blood proteins linked to severity of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Source: United Press International

“Chronic fatigue syndrome has no cure and reliable treatments remain elusive, but new research links it to changes in 17 immune-system signaling proteins called cytokines. That suggests inflammation plays a part in the disease, which can persist for years, according to researchers at Stanford University Medical Center. They said their findings could help doctors diagnose chronic fatigue and gauge its severity.” (07/31/17)

https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/07/31/Blood-proteins-linked-to-severity-of-Chronic-Fatigue-Syndrome/8261501553985/

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23) Court tells EPA to enforce Obama methane pollution rule
Source: The Hill

“A federal court told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday that it has to enforce an Obama administration methane pollution rule. The order from Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit came after the judges gave the agency a two-week reprieve from its ruling earlier in July that the EPA broke the law when it tried to delay enforcement earlier. Despite the reprieve, the Trump administration has not asked for the entire 11-judge court to rehear its case, the standard next step for appealing a ruling for a three-judge panel.” (07/31/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/344705-court-tells-epa-to-enforce-obama-methane-pollution-rule

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24) Amazon suspends sales of BLU phones due to alleged spyware; BLU denies wrongdoing
Source: Android Police

“BLU is one of many low-end phone manufacturers, known for its dirt-cheap unlocked Android phones. But back in November, a security firm discovered spyware on some BLU phones sold in the United States, prompting Amazon to stop selling the affected devices until the issue was resolved. But it looks like BLU is, once again, in trouble with Amazon. The retailer is ceasing sales of some BLU devices (there are still some available for purchase, at the time of writing) following an announcement from security firm Kryptowire at the recent Black Hat security conference. You might remember Kryptowire — it’s the group that found spyware on BLU phones last year. The firm revealed that the original spyware, developed by Chinese company Adups Technology, is still present on BLU phones.” (07/31/17)

http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/07/31/amazon-suspends-sales-blu-phones-due-alleged-spyware-blu-denies-wrongdoing/

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25) Indonesia: Regime lifts threat to ban encrypted app Telegram
Source: Bloomberg

“The Indonesian government has lifted its threat to ban the encrypted messaging app Telegram because it’s taking steps to address ‘negative’ content that includes forums for Islamic State group supporters, the information technology minister said Tuesday. Ahead of a meeting in Jakarta with Telegram co-founder Pavel Durov, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Rudiantara, announced that ‘we have agreed to keep Telegram accessible.’ Earlier this month, the ministry said it was preparing to shut down Telegram in Indonesia, where it has several million users, if it didn’t develop procedures to block unlawful content including pro-Islamic State group discussion groups.” (08/01/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-01/indonesia-lifts-threat-to-ban-encrypted-app-telegram

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

26) US foreign military bases aren’t “defense”
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“‘U.S. foreign military bases are the principal instruments of imperial global domination and environmental damage through wars of aggression and occupation.’ That’s the unifying claim of the Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases (noforeignbases.org), and it’s true as far as it goes. But as a signer of the Coalition’s endorsement form, I think it’s worth taking the argument a bit further. The maintenance of nearly 1,000 US military bases on foreign soil isn’t just a nightmare for peaceniks. It’s also also an objective threat to US national security.” (08/01/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11117

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27) Hate income inequality? Blame intrusive government policies.
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“‘Income inequality in the United States has increased significantly in the last four decades,’ Leilani Barnett of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco wrote last week for the California Economic Summit. And, it turns out, the activist government interventions in the economy favored by the people most concerned about the increasing gap between rich and poor are probably making things a hell of a lot worse.” (08/01/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/08/01/hate-income-inequality-blame-intrusive-g

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28) “Public-private partnerships”: Public cost, private profit
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“Reason periodically hand-waves its opposition to something it calls ‘crony capitalism,’ but gives no indication of having any coherent definition of crony capitalism aside from it being a category that includes the Export-Import Bank, publicly financed sports stadiums and apparently not much else. If the phrase ‘crony capitalism’ is to have any substantive content at all, ‘public-private partnerships’ sums up what it’s about as well as anything. But — as with ‘school choice’ (aka charter school cronyism) — Reason loves anything that involves contracting government functions out to for-profit corporations. … Supporters of the ‘public-private partnership’ approach, perhaps understanding that the quickest way to con someone is to appeal to their greed, frame it as using a relatively small amount of taxpayer money to leverage much larger investments from the private sector. But as Robert Reich shows, it’s really just the opposite.” (08/01/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/49709

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29) Recurring cast of characters complicate probe into Russian meddling
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“‘This whole story reads like some kind of novel that nobody would buy,’ Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC] marveled at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday. The committee focused on foreign agents working inside the United States, as the intelligence community maintains that Russia tried to tilt the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the White House. And the same cast of characters kept bubbling up. When Trump’s eldest son, Don Jr., released a chain of emails that led up to a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, Democrats seized on the subject line, ‘Russia — Clinton — private and confidential,’ as proof that the campaign had colluded with Russians. Then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner also attended the half-hour meeting.” [editor’s note: I’ve been calling this Deflategate III (the “Trump Dossier” was II) for months now, noting that CSI would reject the script-pitch for vagueness of “chain of custody” – SAT] (08/01/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/08/01/recurring-cast-of-characters-complicate-probe-into-russian-meddling-n2362575

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30) ObamaCare reform and paternalism’s pratfalls
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“One of Donald Trump’s first actions as president was to issue an executive order to reduce the regulatory burden of the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare has been intensely controversial since it was enacted in 2010. The battle over its reform or replacement will very likely continue for most of this year, if not most of Trump’s term in office. It remains to be seen how much effort the Trump administration will make to repeal, replace, or reform Obamacare.” (08/01/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/obamacare-reform-paternalisms-pratfalls/

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31) On health reform, what do doctors and patients want?
Source: USA Today
by Marc Siegel

“I have fallen into the same trap that many of my fellow doctors have: I have analyzed the potential options for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act from the same place that politicians and policy wonks do — choosing and arguing about alternatives that may have no real bearing on the day to day functioning or dysfunctioning of the doctor’s office. Democrat or Republican, Liberal or Conservative, this was the same mistake we all made back in 2009 and we are making it again today. So as the so-called debate over health care continues in the Senate, let me take a step back and look at actual health care reform through the lens of my daily experience as a physician, and yours as a patient. Not theory but practicality.” (08/01/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/01/health-care-reform-what-doctors-patients-want-marc-siegel-column/525078001

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32) Misused Espionage Act targets government whistleblowers
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by David Greene

“This week we celebrated National Whistleblower Appreciation Day — an appropriate time to speak out against the U.S. government’s continued use of the Espionage Act to prosecute government leakers, and in so doing, restrict the flow of important information to the press. As we wrote on the 100th anniversary of the Act’s passage, the Espionage Act was designed to prosecute spies who disclosed military secrets to foreign nations, not sources who disclose newsworthy information to the press. Unfortunately, the Espionage Act has been misused throughout its existence, from silencing left-wing speech during the Red Scare days of its origin to the indictments of whistleblowers such as Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden.” [editor’s note: Perhaps Greene and EFF misunderstand the Act’s true purpose? – TLK] (08/01/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/08/misused-espionage-act-targets-governnent-whistleblowers

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33) The failure to pair workers with work
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“Ridiculous amounts of work are going undone in the United States. Bridges and road signs are covered in graffiti, streets are littered with trash and refuse; storefront windows are smudged with fingerprints and streaks of rain, buildings need to be repainted, countless yards need to be cut, and statues and monuments throughout the nation are covered in bird droppings and graffiti. If you simply begin looking for it, you will see thousands of things, just on your daily commute to work, that need to be done — things that could be done. Things that, you would think, someone would be willing to pay to have done. … If there is work to be done, why isn’t it being done? The answer is just as simple: the Minimum Wage.” (08/01/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/08/01/the-failure-to-pair-workers-with-work/

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34) Trump’s coming Saturday night massacre
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“Donald Trump’s vendetta against Attorney General Jeff Sessions has gone underground for a few days, as the president deals with the serial firings of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Anthony Scaramucci. But Trump’s rancor at Sessions has not gone away. His obvious motive in wanting Sessions out is getting an attorney general willing to do Trump’s bidding and fire the special counsel, Robert Mueller. In this chess game, key Republican senators have indicated their support for Mueller, even warning Trump that they would refuse to confirm a successor and that they would block a recess appointment by keeping the Senate technically in session during the August break. But the string of recent firings reinforces the sense that Trump, even when he knows the stakes, is incapable of restraining himself when he wants someone fired. In the case of Scaramucci, Trump made the mistake of auditioning the Mooch for the communications director job in real time, as in reality TV. Scaramucci evidently failed the test, making the calamitous error of thinking that the White House had room for two Trumps.” [editor’s note: Political theater is so entertaining, as much for the pundit responses as anything else (as long as Sessions is gone soon) – SAT] (08/01/17)

http://prospect.org/article/trump%E2%80%99s-coming-saturday-night-massacre

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35) Why the SEC is terrified of cryptocurrency
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Josie Wales

“The federal government is no match for innovation. This is something lawmakers have always known, and it is the reason state and federal regulations exist. But innovation, by its very nature, will always find a way around those regulations, resulting in the implementation of more regulations for creative minds to learn to evade — which they will. This results in the over-regulation we see in America today. Nothing scares the government more than something it can’t control, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed this week that it is terrified of cryptocurrencies — as well it should be.” (08/01/17)

https://fee.org/articles/why-the-sec-is-terrified-of-cryptocurrency/

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36) FDA’s new vision for tobacco harm reduction
Source: Heartland Institute
by Brad Rodu

“U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on July 28 fully endorsed tobacco harm reduction. In a speech (here), he clearly defined the problem: ‘[I]t’s cigarettes that are the primary cause of tobacco-related disease and death.’ Dr. Gottlieb cited facts about nicotine, emphasizing its addictive qualities and the need to keep children away from all tobacco products. He also made one critical distinction: ‘[T]he nicotine in cigarettes is not directly responsible for the cancer, lung disease, and heart disease that kill hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Yes, it got them all addicted and kept them addicted for the long term. And it got most of them addicted when they were still teenagers. But it’s the other chemical compounds in tobacco, and in the smoke created by setting tobacco on fire, that directly and primarily cause the illness and death, not the nicotine.’ This has been one of my principle themes for over two decades.” (08/01/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/08/fdas-new-vision-for-tobacco-harm-reduction/

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37) Trump’s risky gamble on Iran
Source: Reuters
by Amir Handjani

“Tensions between Iran and the United States are escalating rapidly. Over the weekend, Iranian and U.S. navy warships engaged in yet another round of shadow boxing in Persian Gulf. Last week Congress slapped additional sanctions on individuals and companies associated with Iran’s ballistic missile program and support for terrorism. Iran, in response, test-fired a rocket into space. Forces backed by Washington and Tehran continue to wage proxy wars across the Middle East from Syria to Yemen. There is, however, one area where pressure has eased between Iran and the West: Tehran’s nuclear program. To date, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported seven times that Iran has met its commitments under the deal. America’s partners in the negotiation, the EU, Russia and China, have affirmed Iranian compliance as well. So has Trump’s own administration — twice. But Trump wants to abandon the deal – regardless of whether Iran continues observing the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He was reluctant to certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal, and the New York Times reported last week that he told his advisers that he would like to find a reason to scuttle the multilateral agreement.” (08/01/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-handjani-iran-commentary-idUSKBN1AH4NT

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38) Dialectics and the art of communication
Source: Notablog
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

“In order to master the art of communication, it is extremely important to try to understand the context of the audience (be it one person or a group): their knowledge, their needs, their interests. Epstein drives home the point that by bridging your context and the context of your audience, you increase the odds of being understood and of persuading your audience. He gives some very good techniques (e.g., coming up with one-sentence condensations of your point of view; providing three concrete examples by which to illustrate your point; and bridging the differences between your point of view and the opinions of others, by what he calls ‘addition, subtraction, and modification.’).” (08/01/17)

https://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/notablog/archives/002323.html

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39) Graham’s deranged desire to start a war with North Korea
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“This isn’t the first time that Graham has blithely talked about starting a war with North Korea, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Graham has never seen a war — preventive or otherwise — that he couldn’t support, but it is a measure of how fanatical he is that he won’t even shy away from what would be a major, very costly war that could potentially involve the use of nuclear weapons. Perversely, he justifies an illegal attack on North Korea as though it is an act of self-defense, which it clearly is not, but the result of such an attack would be to make the U.S. and all of our regional allies less secure.” (08/01/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/grahams-deranged-desire-to-start-a-war-with-north-korea/

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40) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 6
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“In the back room of the sanitarium, young Esther showed me a handmade plaque, about the size of a typical award plaque, which it may have been originally. ‘Everyone here has gone through this,’ she said. ‘Even me.’ I’m pretty well used to dark things (having read lots of nasty history), but this was a dark perspective that was new and slightly jarring.” (08/01/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/rosc-6-rise-scarred-people/

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41) Give Wells Fargo the corporate death penalty
Source: The New Republic
by David Dayen

“Wells Fargo continues to tangle itself in scandal. Last week, the bank admitted it forced redundant car insurance on more than 800,000 car-loan borrowers, earning the company $73 million in ill-gotten gains while causing a quarter-million delinquencies and 25,000 wrongful auto repossessions. This comes as Wells tries to manage the fallout of its 2016 fake account scandal, where it generated 3.5 million unauthorized accounts to meet high sales goals. In the past month, Wells has also been accused of secretly changing the loan terms of mortgage borrowers in bankruptcy, falsifying records to charge mortgage applicants for its own delays in application processing, and stealing from mortgage bond investors to pay legal fees in lawsuits filed by those very same investors. If Wells Fargo wanted to rehabilitate its image, it failed miserably.” (08/01/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144144/give-wells-fargo-corporate-death-penalty

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42) Congress finds consensus on free speech on campus
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“If you’ve been following the debate about free speech among administrators, faculty, and students on college campuses, this congressional hearing may be most striking as a reminder that, in Washington, D.C., almost no elected official in the Republican or Democratic Party agrees with the most censorious parts of the campus Left. Republican legislators emphasized the least defensible efforts to shut down speech, while Democratic legislators cautioned against passing any laws that might chill the speech of protesters and emphasized the threat white supremacists pose to minority students. But there was no support for the philosophy of Herbert Marcuse, or for censoring Heather Mac Donald, or for the idea that the safety of students is threatened by microaggressions, or even for denying open bigots the right to speak.” (08/01/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/highlights-from-a-congressional-hearing-on-campus-speech/535515/

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43) China: A Keynesian monster
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Per Bylund

“I recently spent two weeks traveling in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), a vast country with many contrasts: old vs. new, poor vs. rich, traditional vs. modern, East vs. West. While it is a strange experience with many impressions, what’s most striking is the obvious and contradictory economic contrast between wealth and waste.” (08/01/17)

https://mises.org/blog/china-keynesian-monster

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44) North Korea: How did it come to this?
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“With North Korea’s demonisation, its transformation into something almost unspeakably evil, has come its ever deepening isolation. After all, for another state to have cordial relations with Pyongyang would be to associate with evil. And so, with assorted economic sanctions imposed by the UN, the EU, Japan and South Korea virtually entombing North Korea, it has to do more and more to get noticed, to be treated as a state with which the world still has to deal. That’s why North Korea seems at points to be mirroring the US’s existential need for a global threat, acting out the role of the demented Communist minipower, rich in neo-Stalinist kitsch, and writ large in choreographed military and civilian spectaculars. And that’s why it gives pride of place during public events to the figure of the missile itself, which it parades through the streets of Pyongyang like a homecoming queen, a symbol of all that is beautiful and great about North Korea. Which, in the West, is all that is evil and rotten about North Korea.” (08/01/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/north-korea-how-did-it-come-to-this/

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45) Guam: Gravest threat isn’t North Korea, but the United States
Source: In These Times
by Leilani Ganser

“This past Fourth of July, while I listened to the fireworks outside the Capitol building, my phone started buzzing with news alerts. North Korea, they said, had tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. Headlines emphasized that it could supposedly reach Alaska. But much closer than Alaska is the tiny island of Guam, a U.S. colonial possession in the Pacific long exploited as a military base. My grandmother was born there, and much of my family remains. At just 30 miles long and 8 miles wide, Guam is often called ‘the unsinkable aircraft carrier,’ as a third of the island is covered in military bases. That’s long made it a strategic target for enemies of the United States. In fact, during the Cold War, it was said that the Soviets were the only ones who could point out Guam on a map. For as long as the West has been aware of Guam’s existence, it’s been a target.” (07/31/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20373/Guam-North-Korea-United-States-Military-Pacific-Colony

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46) Five reasons Marxism has nothing to offer millennials
Source: Students For Liberty
by Ibrahim B Anoba

“For millennials looking to shake off a dull weekend with a good economics or philosophy book, Marxism is one topic you might want to avoid. Anyone who has taken the time to read either Karl Marx or Friedrich Engels would, hopefully, realize just how lucky they are to live in a relatively free society. But for those who do manage to find some merit in Marxism, here are five things every millennial should consider before subjecting their minds to the oft-appealing ideology.” (08/01/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/08/01/5-reasons-marxism-nothing-offer-millennials/

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47) What do Core think of Bitcoin Cash?
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Eli Afram

“The question in the title is misleading. Because what Core think, and what Core and Blockstream want you to think and believe, are two entirely separate things. … the new agenda by Core and Blockstream is to attack ‘Bitcoin Cash’ as an altcoin, and to discredit its position as the true Bitcoin. But anyone reading Satoshi’s whitepaper and other writings will instantly recognise that ‘Bitcoin Cash’ is indeed the coin the inventor and creator desired. But this isn’t about doing it for ‘Satoshi.’ It is about recognising that there was nothing ever wrong with the original roadmap for Bitcoin. The derailment by Blockstream into Segwit isn’t for Bitcoin’s benefit, it is actually for the benefit of Blockstream and its many investors.” (08/01/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/core-think-bitcoin-cash/

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48) With opioids, government is the problem, not the solution
Source: USA Today
by Jeffrey A Singer

“To paraphrase President Reagan, in this present opioid crisis, ‘government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.’ The never-ending War on Drugs has led to a proliferation of counterfeit opioids widely available on the black market. Oftentimes, these drugs are laced with more dangerous and powerful opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil that cause death by cessation of breathing. Many times, the actual strength of the dose of opioids purchased from illegal drug dealers is unknown or greater than expected. The federal government has encouraged pharmaceutical companies to develop ‘tamper-resistant’ prescription opioids, so that recreational users who illegally obtain them cannot crush them and snort them. An example is when oxycodone and Oxycontin tablets were made crush-proof starting in 2010. Some users found a way to illegally boil and inject the drugs, spreading HIV and hepatitis C with dirty needles. Others just decided to switch to the easier-to-obtain and user-friendlier heroin, available for a fifth of the price of ‘street prescription opioids.’ Meanwhile, state and federal regulators pressure health care providers to curtail the prescription of opioids, often making genuine acute and chronic pain patients suffer needlessly.” (08/01/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/01/opioid-government-problem-not-solution-editorial-debates/527160001

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49) Not OK, computer
Source: Niskanen Center
by Nicholas Ciuffo

“Fears surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems often stem from what happens when the software is confronted with a no-win ethical dilemma. For example, does an autonomous vehicle prioritize the safety of its passengers, or the lives of innocent pedestrians on the sidewalk? This is the classic trolley problem, which distracts from more realistic concerns about AI such as managing bias and developing transparent systems. Focusing on trolley problem scenarios also has the effect of eroding public trust in AI and autonomous systems. While ethics should be considered when building AI systems, it’s not the job of ethicists to solve the problems inherent in the development of new AI technologies.” (07/31/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/not-ok-computer/

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50) Washington’s addictive foreign policy drug
Source: The American Conservative
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Congress has overwhelmingly passed legislation imposing new economic sanctions on North Korea, Russia and Iran. There was some speculation that President Trump might veto the measure, both because of concerns that it would prevent an improvement in America’s troubled relations with Moscow and because of stringent limitations imposed on the president’s ability to wave sanctions in the name of national security. However, the White House announced that the president would sign the bill — perhaps reflecting just how much proponents of a new cold war with Russia have intimidated the Trump team. The extent and virulence of anti-Russia sentiment has reached alarming levels.” (08/01/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/washingtons-addictive-foreign-policy-drug/

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51) Will Trump continue the CIA’s cover-up in the JFK assassination?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Why are there still CIA records relating to the Kennedy assassination being kept secret? After all, the assassination occurred more than 50 years ago. By any standard of reasonableness, the CIA should have released everything at least 25 years ago — that is, during the 1990s, when the JFK Records Act mandated the release of such documents and when the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) was enforcing the law. It turns out that when the JFK Records Act was being written, someone in Congress — perhaps one of the CIA’s friends or assets — slipped a provision into the law permitting the CIA and other agencies another 25 years in which to keep their JFK-assassination records secret. At the time, that must have felt like a long time for the CIA to continue keeping things under wraps. But those 25 years are now expiring. The gig is finally up. With one possible exception: The CIA can request President Trump to continue the secrecy on grounds of ‘national security.'” (08/01/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/08/01/will-trump-continue-cias-cover-jfk-assassination/

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52) First alcohol, now tobacco
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance

“The problem with a minimum age of 21 to purchase tobacco is the same problem with a minimum age of 21 to purchase alcohol: the age of majority is generally 18. This means that a legal adult in the United States who has not turned 21 can buy a gun, enter into binding contracts, vote, sue or be sued, serve on a jury, get a tattoo, marry, engage in consensual sex with other adults, donate plasma, get a credit card, change his name, open a bank account, adopt children, go to jail or prison, work at or go to a strip club, purchase lottery tickets, join the military, be subject to a military draft, purchase fireworks, rent a car or hotel room, and purchase pornography — but not buy a beer or, depending on where one lives, a pack of cigarettes. And Americans think they live in a free society?” (08/01/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/08/laurence-m-vance/america-isnt-free/

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53) Reactionary America
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“With the meteoric transit of Anthony Scaramucci — into the Trump Administration and then, in an eye-blink, out of it — I have never been more convinced of the vital importance of state and local activism.” (08/01/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/08/01/reactionary-america/

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54) War from the individual perspective
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“I went to Dunkirk expecting to learn about the strategic significance of the battle that was waged there, when nearly 400,000 Allied troops were stranded near the beaches of France, waiting either for reinforcement or evacuation. Much has been written about the decision of German leaders not to press forward to annihilate the Allied troops, and British leaders’ hesitation to send a full barrage of support. It is considered the greatest defeat and the greatest triumph of the Second World War. I’ll be on the beaches of Dunkirk and Normandy next month, and I thought that watching this movie would enhance my appreciation of visiting the site. But that’s not what the movie is about.” (07/31/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1742

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55) Urgent warning: Time to hit the reset button on US-Korean policy
Source: CounterPunch
by Medea Benjamin

“Trump has few options. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has warned that a pre-emptive strike on the North’s nuclear and missile capabilities could reignite the Korean War. Trump had hoped that Chinese President Xi Jinping could successfully rein in Kim Jong-un, but the Chinese are more concerned about the collapse of North Korea’s government and the chaos that would ensue. They are also furious about the deployment of THAAD in South Korea, convinced that its radar can penetrate deep into Chinese territory. But the Chinese do have another proposal: a freeze for a freeze. This means a freeze on North Korean missile and nuclear tests in exchange for a halt on U.S.-South Korean war games.” (08/01/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/01/urgent-warning-time-to-hit-the-reset-button-on-u-s-korean-policy/

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56) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 67
Source: The LAVA Flow

“Charlie Gard has died, and it is the state’s fault. Do you hate the state yet? What’s in the News with stories on losing the right to freedom of speech and guns, paying child support for someone who is not your child, e-cigarette regulations update, and Trump on police brutality. Also, and Ancap App segment on an update on Swarm City and a The Next Generation segment on homeschool savings, but not for homeschoolers.” [various formats] (08/01/17)

http://thelavaflow.com/do-you-hate-the-state-tlf067/

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57) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/01/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“James Weeks II and Jeremy Heisenberg talk about being dragged through government court bureaucracy, James being physically removed from an LP event, an idiotic mainstream view of homesteading, how heroin dealers being blamed for others’ choices, how a Twitterbot was keeping Comcast honest, and some redemption regarding Joe Arpaio hopefully going to jail.” [various formats] (08/01/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14875

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58) Free Talk Live, 07/31/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Venezuela Vote Disputed, Spiraling Toward Dictatorship :: Voter Fraud :: Bitcoin Fork :: Silver Fork :: Border Patrol Makes Teen Drink Liquid Meth, Leading to Death :: State Migrations and Red Light Cameras :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/31/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-07-31

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59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 964
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Whether it’s ‘monopoly,’ child labor, the Depression of 1920-21, the New Deal, or World War II’s impact on the economy, our views and interpretations run counter to the conventional wisdom. Here’s a defense of our position. I delivered these remarks at the 2017 Mises University program.” [various formats] (07/31/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-964-austrian-economics-vs-conventional-wisdom/

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60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 73
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #73 I give all the latest news on the Sanctions Bill. The bill passed the House and Senate with a combined five no votes, and now Trump plans to sign it. The bill will drive a larger divide in the Russia/USA relationship. I examine how the sanctions bill fits into Trump’s Russia policy. I also update Pakistan, North Korea, Venezuela, Syria, and Yemen.” [various formats] (07/31/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/trumps-russia-policy

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61) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/31/17
Source: Cato Institute

“How should the U.S. respond to the arrival of true dictatorship in Venezuela? Juan Carlos Hidalgo comments.” [various formats] (07/31/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/dictatorship-schedule-venezuela

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