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In the News:

1) Trump approves new “flawed” Russia sanctions
2) Coinbase customers could instigate class action lawsuit over Bitcoin cash
3) Dow ends above 22,000 milestone with help from Apple
4) Trump, GOP senators introduce unconstitutional bill to slash unconstitutional immigration quotas
5) Venezuela: Election company claims manipulation in vote turnout
6) Concealed handgun carry bill triggers pushback from coastal mayors, police chiefs
7) Obama reportedly urging Deval Patrick to run for president in 2020
8) Former Justice Department official joins Mueller team
9) NY: Democrats ask for lenient sentence for former CEO of male escort service website
10) Booker’s bill would free people behind bars for cannabis offenses
11) German carmakers bow to emissions-cutting deal
12) Coulter’s latest screed: Marijuana “destroying the country” by making “people retarded”
13) Report: US DoJ to probe affirmative action in college admissions
14) Trump wanted a cheaper Air Force One. So the US Air Force is buying a bankrupt Russian firm’s undelivered 747s
15) German court rules against “Spaghetti Monster church”
16) US private sector continues to see strong job gains in July, ADP says
17) Cambodia: Ancient statue unearthed at Angkor temple complex
18) Appeals court sides with ICE gang vs. American abducted and held for 3 1/2 years
19) O’Donnell: Women are robots who all have the same opinion on abortion
20) Comey has book deal, publication set for next spring
21) Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bomber strikes occupation convoy
22) Sources: Trump regime to take trade action against China
23) US regime does same thing US regime condemns North Korean regime for doing
24) Report: NSA unlawfully surveilled Kim Dotcom in New Zealand
25) NASA is looking for someone to protect Earth from aliens — and the job pays a six-figure salary

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Immigration hypocrisy, left and right
27) BTC-e closure: Clients are Mt Goxed by the US — a new front in crypto wars
28) Beware the lure of social engineering
29) Change happens one person at a time
30) Libertarians and collectivists: A failure to communicate
31) The “Trump budget”
32) Pass GOP tax cuts by Thanksgiving or get ready for Speaker Pelosi
33) Basil Khartabil, in memoriam
34) Brexit: What could it mean?
35) Land taken from freed slave’s descendants for Amazon Data Center?
36) The end of globalism
37) Hold the applause for Trump’s new chief of staff
38) Why technology will not solve our criminal justice problems
39) The FDA warms to vaping
40) Cryptocurrencies and governance, these things are happening
41) Review: Valerian entertains with focus on visual effects and personal dignity
42) Trump can’t save American Christianity
43) Millennials are kiilling the oil industry
44) Groupthink at the CIA
45) The junk bond state
46) The moral hazard of fuzzy contracts
47) Did Hillary scapegoat Russia to save her campaign?
48) Tilting at windmills: Why the green jobs promise is still unfulfilled
49) Why economists cannot forecast recessions
50) One-party immigration reform is not an option
51) The exit strategy of empire
52) Why ObamaCare repeal failed
53) The brooding baron of 20th century fascism
54) Wasserman Schultz can’t blame racism for her growing IT scandal
55) Is TIF failing the “but-for” test?
56) More NCAA discrimination against athletes with stupid amateurism rules
57) Stop policing women’s bodies
58) Can the UK’s Jacob Rees-Mogg put the Conservatives back on track?
59) Net Neutrality rollback is the real “right thing” for consumers
60) Obviously we want unilateral free trade in agriculture but not just there, equally obviously

The Sound and the Fury:

61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 74
62) Should we get rid of political parties?
63) Electric Libertyland, episode 31
64) The Libertarian Angle, 08/02/17
65) The Ancap Barber Shop, 08/02/17
66) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/02/17
67) Intercepted Podcast, 08/02/17
68) Free Talk Live, 08/01/17
69) Tenther Tuesday, episode 21
70) The Tom Woods Show, episode 965

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1) Trump approves new “flawed” Russia sanctions
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“President Donald Trump has signed into a law a bill which imposes new sanctions on Russia for their alleged meddling in the 2016 election. The bill, which was signed in private at the White House, also imposes sanctions on Iran and North Korea. The legislation ‘handcuffs’ the president from easing penalties on Russia without congressional approval. Russia denies interfering in the US election, and Mr Trump has denied colluding with Russia. In signing the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, Mr Trump attached a statement calling the sanctions ‘deeply flawed.’ He accused Congress, which last week overwhelmingly passed the measure and sent it to the White House, of overstepping its constitutional authority.” (08/02/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40806322

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2) Coinbase customers could instigate class action lawsuit over Bitcoin cash
Source: Bitcoin.com

“The bitcoin hard fork went off without a hitch, creating bitcoin’s new alter ego, bitcoin cash. Immediately following yesterday’s fork, individuals who protected their private keys gained access to bitcoin cash. However, those who stored their coins on an exchange, left that decision to the exchange. This caused tensions to flare between Coinbase and their customers. They are now angrily requesting their share of bitcoin cash from the company. … Even though Coinbase said they will not support bitcoin cash, their customers still believe they are entitled to it. They have been posting angry and accusatory messages on Coinbase forums. One legal scholar, Tim Wu, pointed out that Coinbase could be in serious legal trouble if they do not hand over the bitcoin cash. He tweeted, ‘In my opinion, @coinbase is courting serious, maybe ruinous legal trouble if it doesn’t give its users the full value of the Bitcoin fork.’ He also analogized the situation to a brokerage firm not giving stock splits to their customers.” (08/02/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/coinbase-customers-could-instigate-class-action-lawsuit-over-bitcoin-cash/

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3) Dow ends above 22,000 milestone with help from Apple
Source: MarketWatch

“The Dow traded and finished above the 22,000 threshold for the first time on Wednesday, with sharp gains for Apple helping the blue-chip index to notch its seventh straight daily rise as the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq struggled. Major indexes opened higher a day after Apple Inc. posted stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings and iPhone sales that met expectations. … Wall Street remains solidly higher for 2017, with major indexes having hit a series of records. However, the rally has left valuations stretched.” (08/02/17)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-rally-signals-dow-22000-at-the-open-nasdaq-to-surge-2017-08-02

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4) Trump, GOP senators introduce unconstitutional bill to slash unconstitutional immigration quotas
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump on Wednesday endorsed a new bill in the Senate aimed at slashing legal immigration levels over a decade, a goal Trump endorsed on the campaign trail that would represent a profound change to U.S. immigration policies that have been in place for half a century. Trump appeared with Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.) at the White House to unveil a modified version of a bill the senators first introduced in April to cut immigration by half from the current level of more than 1 million foreigners each year who receive green cards granting them permanent legal residence in the United States.” [editor’s note: Until and unless the Constitution is amended to give it such a power, the federal government has precisely zero legal authority to regulate immigration – TLK] (08/02/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/08/02/trump-gop-senators-to-introduce-bill-to-slash-legal-immigration-levels/

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5) Venezuela: Election company claims manipulation in vote turnout
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The number of Venezuelans who participated in the election for an all-powerful constituent assembly was inflated by at least 1 million votes in an official count, the head of a voting technology company asserted Wednesday, a finding certain to sow further discord over the controversial super-body that has generated months of nationwide protests. Smartmatic CEO Antonio Mugica said results recorded by his systems and those reported by Venezuela’s National Electoral Council indicate ‘without any doubt’ that official turnout figure of more than 8 million participants was manipulated. The international software company has been providing electronic machines in Venezuela since 2004. ‘Even in moments of deep political conflict and division we have been satisfied with the voting process and the count has been completely accurate,’ Mugica told reporters in London. ‘It is, therefore, with the deepest regret that we have to report that the turnout figures on Sunday, 30 July, for the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela were tampered with.'” (08/02/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Venezuela-s-president-says-new-assembly-to-11726294.php

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6) Concealed handgun carry bill triggers pushback from coastal mayors, police chiefs
Source: Fox News

“Mayors and police in states like New York and California, which have relatively restrictive guns laws, are organizing against making concealed-handgun carry permits in one state valid in all states. Earlier this year, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow individuals with concealed-carry privileges in their state of residence to exercise those rights in any other state while abiding by that state’s laws. The controversial bill would thus function as does a driver’s license, where out-of-state operators can get behind the wheel in any state, though they must adhere to designated speed limits and signs of that jurisdiction, including obeying gun-free zones.” [editor’s note: States that have traditionally suppressed the Second Amendment right to self-protection, while their politicans all have armed bodyguards – SAT] (08/02/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/02/concealed-handgun-carry-bill-triggers-pushback-from-coastal-mayors-police-chiefs.html

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7) Obama reportedly urging Deval Patrick to run for president in 2020
Source: Raw Story

“Former President Barack Obama and his advisers are reportedly encouraging former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) to consider a 2020 run for president, according to POLITICO. Patrick and Obama are close personal friends, and he is one of the few people that the former president considers to have “political talent” and has privately encouraged him to run. Obama’s former adviser Valeria Jarrett also said that it would be her ‘heart’s desire’ to see Patrick make a run for the United State’s highest political office. ‘If you were to poll 100 notable Obama alumni, the only two people who would win that 2020 straw poll right now are [Joe] Biden and Patrick,’ one former senior White House aide said.” [editor’s note: By the time we get to 2019, with more disclosures, Obama’s blessing might well be the kiss of death that Hillary’s is now – SAT] (08/02/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/barack-obama-is-reportedly-urging-this-massachusetts-politician-to-run-for-president-in-2020

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8) Former Justice Department official joins Mueller team
Source: Reuters

“A former U.S. Justice Department official has become the latest lawyer to join special counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, a spokesman for the team confirmed. Greg Andres started on Tuesday, becoming the 16th lawyer on the team, said Josh Stueve, a spokesman for the special counsel. Most recently a white-collar criminal defense lawyer with New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, Andres, 50, served at the Justice Department from 2010 to 2012. He was deputy assistant attorney general in the criminal division, where he oversaw the fraud unit and managed the program that targeted illegal foreign bribery. Mueller, who was appointed special counsel in May, is looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election, among other matters. Congressional committees are also investigating the matter.” (08/01/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-lawyer-exclusive-idUSKBN1AH5F9

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9) NY: Democrats ask for lenient sentence for former CEO of male escort service website
Source: Fox News

“Some Democratic politicians are asking a federal judge to go easy on a former CEO of a once-popular male escort service website who pleaded guilty last year to promoting prostitution in a case that prompted accusations of anti-gay bias. Jeffrey Hurant, who ran the Rentboy.com site, is facing sentencing on Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors want him to serve at least a short term to deter operators of other escort services from similar misconduct, while his lawyers have argued that he deserves no more than probation. In letters to the court, the lawmakers, civil rights organizations and other supporters have cautioned that a tough sentence could send the wrong message to the gay community.” [editor’s note: Blackmail alert? – SAT] [additional editor’s note: The idea of “sentencing” someone for RUNNING A WEB SITE on which willing people did voluntary commerce is repugnant – TLK] (08/02/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/02/several-new-york-democrats-ask-for-lenient-sentence-for-ex-ceo-male-escort-service-website.html

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10) Booker’s bill would free people behind bars for cannabis offenses
Source: Raw Story

“On Tuesday Senator Corey Booker introduced a bill seeking to drop marijuana from America’s list of controlled substances, making pot legal across the U.S. Federal law right now considers weed as dangerous as heroin and more dangerous than cocaine. The proposal rides a wave of recreational legalization across America, but there’s another impact to Booker’s bill: it would free thousands of state and federal inmates incarcerated for possession and trafficking. ‘Descheduling marijuana and applying that change retroactively to people currently serving time for marijuana offenses is a necessary step,’ Senator Booker said, to correct an ‘unjust system.’ The bill would ‘automatically expunge federal marijuana use and possession crimes.’ Marijuana laws, Booker said, largely impact communities ‘of color.’ Out of federal prison inmates jailed for marijuana offenses between the fiscal years of 1994-2012, 59 percent were Hispanic or Latino and 13.9 percent black or African American, according to a 2015 Bureau of Justice Statistics analysis. White Americans are incarcerated for the same crimes at a much lower rate.” (08/02/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/weed-law-would-free-people-behind-bars-for-pot-offenses

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11) German carmakers bow to emissions-cutting deal
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“German carmakers have agreed with top politicians to cut harmful emissions by updating software in five million diesel vehicles. New engine management software will improve emission filtering systems and cut toxic nitrogen oxide levels by 25-30%, the industry association VDA said. The industry is under pressure since a diesel emissions scandal exposed cheating to manipulate test readings. Talks continued after the deal was announced, a source told Reuters. The deal was struck at a summit in Berlin. It was approved by Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen and Opel, VDA said in a statement (in German). Car firms are a crucial part of the German economy, providing more than 800,000 jobs.” (08/02/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40800587

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12) Coulter’s latest screed: Marijuana “destroying the country” by making “people retarded”
Source: Smell the Truth

“Americans are collectively dealing with a number of rising problems, but Ann Coulter believes the worst threat comes in the form of legal pot. The conservative columnist made some highly questionable remarks in opposition to marijuana law reform during a debate at this year’s bipartisan Politicon event held over the weekend. While debating pro-cannabis advocate Ana Kasparian of the progressive news outlet The Young Turks, Coulter offered her opinion that further U.S. pot legalization is ‘destroying the country,’ and also ‘makes people retarded.'” [editor’s note: At the risk of breaking Leary’s first law, someone needs to slip this silly bitch a brownie – SAT] (08/02/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/08/01/ann-coulter-says-marijuana-is-destroying-the-country-by-making-people-retarded

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13) Report: US DoJ to probe affirmative action in college admissions
Source: Aol News

“The U.S. Justice Department is planning to investigate and possibly sue universities over admissions policies that discriminate against white applicants, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing a department document. The internal memo seeks lawyers in the department’s Civil Rights Division who are interested in working on a new project on ‘investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions,’ the Times reported.” (08/02/17)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/08/02/report-us-justice-department-to-probe-affirmative-action-college-admissions/23061168/

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14) Trump wanted a cheaper Air Force One. So the US Air Force is buying a bankrupt Russian firm’s undelivered 747s
Source: Defense One

“President Donald Trump said the projected cost of new Air Force One aircraft was too high, so the U.S. Air Force found a way to lower it: by buying a pair of Boeing 747 jetliners abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline. Air Force officials are now finalizing a contract with Boeing for the two planes, according to three defense officials with knowledge of the deal. The Pentagon could publicly announce the deal as soon as this week. … The 747s that will be transformed for Presidential transport were originally ordered in 2013 by Transaero, which was Russia’s second-largest airline until it went bankrupt in 2015. Boeing built two of the four jets in the order, but the airline never took ownership of them.” (08/02/17)

http://www.defenseone.com/business/2017/08/russian-air-force-one-boeing-trump-747/139872/

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15) German court rules against “Spaghetti Monster church”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A German court has ruled that local authorities are entitled to prevent a group calling itself the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster from advertising its ‘noodle Masses’ at the entrance to an eastern town. It’s standard practice in Germany for small signs at the entrance to towns to announce there’s a Lutheran or Catholic church and detail when it holds services. The ‘Spaghetti Monster’ group, an organization that criticizes religion as intolerant, wanted permission to do the same in Templin, northeast of Berlin. News agency dpa reported that the Brandenburg state court ruled Wednesday the group can’t claim the rights of a religious or philosophical community. Judges said its criticism of others’ beliefs doesn’t constitute a philosophy. The group says that it’s a humanist organization and plans to appeal.” [editor’s note: I hope they win this one; they’re not even arguing for tax breaks, just free speech – SAT] (08/02/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/German-court-rules-against-Spaghetti-Monster-11726741.php

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16) US private sector continues to see strong job gains in July, ADP says
Source: MarketWatch

“Private sector hiring remained strong in July as employers added 178,000 jobs ADP reported Wednesday. Economist polled by Econoday had forecast a July gain of 173,000 jobs compared with an original reported increase of 158,000 in June. On Wednesday, ADP revised June’s gain to 191,000. … conomists generally use ADP’s data to get a feeling for the Labor Department’s employment report, which will be released Friday and covers government jobs in addition to the private sector. But lately the ADP hasn’t been giving a clear signal.” (08/02/17)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/private-sector-continues-to-see-strong-job-gains-in-july-adp-says-2017-08-02

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17) Cambodia: Ancient statue unearthed at Angkor temple complex
Source: Raw Story

“Archaeologists have unearthed a large, centuries-old statue that is believed to have once stood guard over an ancient hospital at Cambodia’s world-famous Angkor temple complex. The nearly two-metre-tall artwork, which is thought to date from the late 12th to the early 13th century, was discovered during a dig on Saturday, said Long Kosal, a spokesman for Apsara Authority — the state agency charged with managing the complex. The new find is the most significant statue discovery at Angkor since two giant Buddha carvings were unearthed in 2011, he added. The Angkor Archeological Park, a world heritage site, contains the remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, dating from the 9th to the 15th centuries, and is Cambodia’s most popular tourist destination.” (08/02/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/ancient-statue-unearthed-at-cambodias-angkor-temple-complex

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18) Appeals court sides with ICE gang vs. American abducted and held for 3 1/2 years
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Davino Watson told the immigration officers that he was a U.S. citizen. He told jail officials that he was a U.S. citizen. He told a judge. He repeated it again and again. There is no right to a court-appointed attorney in immigration court. Watson, who was 23 and didn’t have a high school diploma when he entered ICE custody, didn’t have a lawyer of his own. So he hand-wrote a letter to immigration officers, attaching his father’s naturalization certificate, and kept repeating his status to anyone who would listen. Still, Immigration and Customs Enforcement kept Watson imprisoned as a deportable alien for nearly 3 1/2 years. Then it released Watson, who was from New York, in rural Alabama with no money and no explanation. … a district judge in New York awarded him $82,500 in damages, citing ‘regrettable failures of the government.’ On Monday, an appeals court ruled that Watson, now 32, is not eligible for any of that money — because while his case is ‘disturbing,’ the statute of limitations actually expired while he was still in ICE custody without a lawyer.” (08/01/17)

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/01/540903038/u-s-citizen-held-by-immigration-for-3-years-denied-compensation-by-appeals-court

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19) O’Donnell: Women are robots who all have the same opinion on abortion
Source: Fox News

“Rosie O’Donnell urged her female fans to start their own party if the Democratic Party backs candidates who don’t support abortion rights. ‘WOMEN SHOULD FORM OUR OWN PARTY IF DEMS DO THIS #dontYOUdare’ she tweeted Tuesday. … The 55-year-old’s Twitter rants are usually saved for her tirades against Trump.” (08/02/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/08/02/rosie-odonnell-women-should-form-their-own-party-if-democrats-dont-defend-abortion-rights.html

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20) Comey has book deal, publication set for next spring
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Former FBI Director James Comey has a book deal. Flatiron Books told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Comey is writing a book about leadership and decision making that will draw upon his career in government. Comey will write about experiences that made him the FBI’s best-known and most controversial FBI head in recent times, from his handling of the bureau’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server to allegations of ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump fired Comey in May and soon after told NBC News that he was angered by the FBI’s investigation into ‘this Russia thing with Trump and Russia,’ which he called a fake story. Comey has since testified before Congress that Trump asked him to end an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn and kept memos about his meetings with the president.” [editor’s note: (12) is he using Hillary’s ghostwriter? (2) Is the working title “What Coverup Happened”? – SAT] (08/02/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/James-Comey-has-book-deal-publication-set-for-11727325.php

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21) Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bomber strikes occupation convoy
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A suicide bomber struck a NATO convoy near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, adding that there were casualties but without providing more information. The Taliban promptly took responsibility for the attack, and a spokesman for the insurgents said the bombing allegedly killed 15 soldiers — a claim that appeared exaggerated as many similar Taliban claims have been in the past. Lt. Damien E. Horvath, a military spokesman, could not say how many casualties there were, or provide their nationalities. The NATO mission, known as Resolute Support, ‘can confirm that a NATO convoy was attacked in Kandahar. The attack did cause casualties,’ he said.” (08/02/17)

http://www.startribune.com/security-tight-ahead-of-burial-for-afghan-mosque-victims/438020083/

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22) Sources: Trump regime to take trade action against China
Source: Politico

“The Trump administration is preparing to take action against China over trade as soon as this week, two administration officials familiar with the issue told POLITICO. President Donald Trump will soon call on U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to open an investigation against China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 for violations of U.S. intellectual property rights and forced technology transfers. As POLITICO reported earlier this week, senior Trump aides held a series of high-level meetings in recent days to finalize the decision, which is the culmination of three months of regular huddles on trade.” (08/01/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/01/trump-china-trade-241233

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23) US regime does same thing US regime condemns North Korean regime for doing
Source: NBC News

“The U.S. military successfully test-launched an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from California early Wednesday, according to an Air Force spokesman — just days after North Korea’s second test of an ICBM. The unarmed Minuteman III missile was launched at 2:10 a.m. PT from Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles. An Air Force statement said that the test was not a response to recent North Korean actions, but shows that America’s nuclear enterprise is ‘safe, secure, effective and ready to be able to deter, detect and defend against attacks on the United States and its allies.'” (08/02/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/us-test-icbm-tensions-rise-north-korea-n788481

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24) Report: NSA unlawfully surveilled Kim Dotcom in New Zealand
Source: The Hill

“The National Security Agency (NSA) illegally used technology to spy on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, according to new documents from New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB). The New Zealand Herald first reported that the GCSB told the nation’s high court that it ceased all surveillance of Dotcom in early 2012, but that ‘limited’ amounts of communications from Dotcom were later intercepted by its technology without the bureau’s knowledge. Dotcom was surveilled by the NSA and the GCSB in a joint intelligence operation named Operation Debut. According to the Herald, that surveillance was scheduled to end in January 2012, but the United States continued to use New Zealand’s technology.” (08/01/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/344867-kellys-challenge-bringing-stability-to-trump-white-house

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25) NASA is looking for someone to protect Earth from aliens — and the job pays a six-figure salary
Source: CNBC

“Ever fancied yourself as a bit of a hero? How about the protector of mankind? Well now NASA is looking for just that — and it’ll pay a six-figure salary for the honor. The U.S. space agency is currently in search not of life on other planets but of a ‘Planetary Protection Officer,’ who can protect Earth and its inhabitants from alien invasion. The job, which is offering a salary of between $124,406 and $187,000 per year, involves preventing alien microbes from contaminating the Earth, as well as ensuring human space explorers do not damage other planets, moons and objects in space.” (08/02/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/02/nasa-is-looking-for-someone-to-protect-earth-from-aliens–and-the-job-pays-a-six-figure-salary.html

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

26) Immigration hypocrisy, left and right
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“One of the best examples of the deep hypocrisy that pervades the liberal and conservative movements is immigration. It is here that one finds liberal-conservative hypocrisy in its purest form. Consider liberals, who are currently crying crocodile tears over the deportation of immigrants who have been here illegally for many years. Liberals exclaim, ‘It’s just not fair. It’s so draconian. Trump should let those poor people stay here.’ Yet, when we ask those crocodile-tear-shedding liberals whether they are now prepared to join up with us libertarians and call for open immigration, whereby it would no longer be illegal for foreigners to enter the United States without official permission, they respond, ‘Oh, no! That’s too radical.’ … Consider the favorite mantras of conservatives, who have long been fierce supporters of immigration controls: free enterprise, free markets, private property, limited government, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bible, the Golden Rule, America’s heritage, and compassionate conservatism. Yet, immigration controls violate every single one of those mantras.” (08/02/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/08/02/immigration-hypocrisy-left-right/

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27) BTC-e closure: Clients are Mt Goxed by the US — a new front in crypto wars
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“For the first time, the U.S. government attacked a foreign exchange on foreign soil. It closed down the Russian-based exchange BTC-e. (Russian-based refers to ownership, not location.) BTC-e reported, ‘On July 25 … the FBI staff came to the data center … and seized all equipment, the servers contained databases and purses of our service.’ BTC-e is charged with 21 violations of U.S. financial law; the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network also hit it with a $110,003,314 penalty. The move was stunning not only because BTC-e is one of the oldest and largest exchanges but also because many now locked accounts are owned by U.S. citizens, non-residents.” (08/01/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/btc-e-closure-clients-are-mt-goxed-by-the-u-s-a-new-front-in-crypto-wars/

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28) Beware the lure of social engineering
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“A common criticism of the free market is that it subjects individuals to impersonal forces beyond their control. The solution, according to the critics, is a representative democratic government, which gives people control over their own economic fate. We find such an argument in the work of political scientist Alan Wolfe, whose interesting writings I’ve examined previously. Another way to put this criticism is to say, as Mark Linsenmayer says in his critique of libertarian magician Penn Jillette, that ‘the task of social engineering itself is unavoidable: We’re already being engineered by social forces, and it’s much better to try to steer these for good rather than just people’s lives be determined by the market or other so-called ‘natural’ forces’ (emphasis added).” (08/02/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/beware-lure-social-engineering

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29) Change happens one person at a time
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“The world has plenty of problems and something needs to change. Just about everyone agrees on this point, even if the details they’d like to change differ. Everyone probably believes they have some of the solutions, too. Assuming the change you want is actually good, and your solution would work, how do you put it in motion? How do you make sure you don’t make things worse if the change you want, or your path to get there, turns out to be disastrous? How about not trying to beat other people into going along with you? Instead, change yourself according to what you’d like to see the world become.” (08/02/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/08/02/voices/change-happens-one-person-at-a-time/153383.html

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30) Libertarians and collectivists: A failure to communicate
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“Whenever a collectivist and a libertarian attempt to communicate with one another on any social media platform it’s often like Elmer Fudd (speech impediment) and Porky Pig (stutterer) trying to converse intelligently. Accusations of ‘Contrived Social Constructs’ and similar pseudo-philosophical phrases begin flying flatulently about while never solving or resolving anything; they just keep flying like Angry Birds, dropping their droppings on everyone. Collectivists and libertarians come from two entirely different space warping black hole time twisted universes. Collectivists see the human world as community-based while libertarians see it as individual-based, making any basis for basing basic baselines basically baseless.” (08/01/17)

https://hubpages.com/politics/Libertarians-and-Collectivists-A-Failure-to-Communicate

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31) The “Trump budget”
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“Remember President Trump’s ‘terrible’ budget cuts? ‘Promises Little but Pain,’ warned The New York Times. ‘Harsh and shortsighted,’ cried The Washington Post. Then Congress passed a budget. President Trump signed it. Do you notice the ‘pain’? I follow the news closely, but until I researched this column, I didn’t know that Congress actually raised spending on the very agencies Trump wanted to cut. Trump called for a $4.7 billion dollar cut to the Agriculture Department. Congress increased the department’s appropriation by $12.8 billion. He called for a $15 billion cut to Health and Human Services. Congress instead gave them $2.8 billion more. Trump wanted a $6.2 billion cut to Housing and Urban Development. Congress gave HUD a half-billion-dollar increase. Trump wanted the Commerce Department’s budget cut by $1.4 billion. Congress made no cut. And so on. Why wasn’t that news? Because in Washington, and in the media’s eyes, spending increases are expected. And cuts are always ‘terrible.’ America continues on its road to bankruptcy.” [editor’s note: And yet he signed it, despite it doing nothing he asked for; bidness as usual goes on inside the Beltway – SAT] (08/02/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2017/08/02/the-trump-budget-n2363013

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32) Pass GOP tax cuts by Thanksgiving or get ready for Speaker Pelosi
Source: USA Today
by Newt Gingrich & Brad Anderson

“The specter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is looming. Following Republicans’ failure to fix the country’s health care system, polls show Americans are increasingly flirting with Democratic governance in Congress next year. This means Republicans must change their game plan. The next six months must not be the same as the last six months. To regain their legislative momentum and keep their majority, Republicans must clearly demonstrate they are fighting for the country’s hardworking taxpayers. This means passing a major tax cut by Thanksgiving — and making it retroactive to the start of this year. By 2018, the tax cuts will have spurred economic growth and wage increases, giving Republicans substantial momentum and a popular record of success to tout during their campaigns.” (08/02/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/02/pass-gop-tax-cuts-thanksgiving-get-ready-speaker-nancy-pelosi/529438001

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33) Basil Khartabil, in memoriam
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Danny O’Brien

“Bassel Khartabil, the Syrian open source developer, blogger, entrepreneur, hackerspace founder, and free culture advocate, has been executed by the Syrian authorities. Noura Ghazi Safadi, his wife, received confirmation of her husband’s death by the Assad-led Syrian government yesterday. The execution took place in secret in November 2015. It has taken the Syrian government nearly two years to officially communicate that fact to his friends and family. Bassel had been imprisoned by the Syrian authorities since his abduction from the streets of Damascus on March 15, 2012.” (08/01/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/08/bassel-khartabil-memoriam

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34) Brexit: What could it mean?
Source: Mises UK
by Andy Duncan

“In Thomas More’s ‘Utopia,’ in Karl Marx’s ‘Das Kapital,’ and most recently in Francis Fukuyama’s ‘The End of History and the Last Man,’ there exists a constant idea from the left that ‘history’ exists as a living entity outside the lives of men, women, and children. This concept, in a nutshell, forms historicism. This external entity — sort of like the Man in Black in the TV series, ‘Lost’ — has somehow struggled for centuries to manipulate mankind into achieving its own independent goals. Socialists imagine that this entity constantly strives towards societal perfection. Sometimes the ratchet slips and goes backwards, as in the decade of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. However, they believe the general progress of this ratchet remains inexorable, unavoidable, and unstoppable.” (08/02/17)

https://misesuk.org/2017/08/02/brexit-what-could-it-mean/

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35) Land taken from freed slave’s descendants for Amazon Data Center?
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“This is a story about property: real and imagined, legitimate and illegitimate. It’s a story about who gets to decide who can own what, and whom. It’s a story of reality, both physical and virtual. It’s a story that begins with humans in chains, moves through Disney’s desire to make a theme park out of our most painful history, and ends with the descendants of slaves dispossessed by a company owned by one of the richest people in the world, a company named for a river. That river runs through the churning electrical heart of the American internet. It’s also the story of eminent domain gone wrong. We live in a nation that seizes the property of working people while helping the wealthiest among us to carry out some of the greatest property grabs in history.” [editor’s note: “It’s also the story of eminent domain gone wrong.” Nice to see a “progressive” pundit opposing government power abusem, though the last two words are redundant – SAT] (08/02/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170802/land-taken-from-freed-slaves-descendants-for-amazon-data-center

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36) The end of globalism
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Progress is slow. That’s what I’ve learned — and come to expect — after twenty-plus years at this post, commenting on world events and swimming against the tide. However, after all this time, it looks to me as if the tide is turning — slowly, unevenly, yet surely — against the War Party. Oh yes, the times they are a changin’, as Bob Dylan once put it, and here’s the evidence …” (08/02/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/08/01/the-end-of-globalism/

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37) Hold the applause for Trump’s new chief of staff
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

Within hours of John Kelly’s swearing in as Donald Trump’s second White House chief of staff, the retired general and former Homeland Security secretary had guaranteed himself good opening night reviews by firing the president’s self-obsessed communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, who had been on the job for just ten days. ‘Today was a major day for the Trump presidency,’ Brent Budowsky, a former Democratic aide, opined in The Hill after Scaramucci was sacked. ‘Kelly was a good choice for chief at a difficult time for the Trump presidency.’ In any other professional environment, firing someone like Scaramucci, who is essentially hair gel in human form, would be treated less as a triumph than a bare-minimal requirement of effective management. For those who will read this article upon return from a two-week vacation beyond the reach of newspapers and modern technology, Scaramucci ended his fifth day on the job by phoning up New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza to threaten the lives and legal freedom of his White House colleagues and accuse one of them of engaging in auto-fellatio.” [editor’s note: “engaging in auto-fellatio” … Note to NYT: THAT is how you describe something both unsavory and physically challenging, without pissing off yours readers – SAT] (08/01/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144140/hold-applause-trumps-new-chief-staff

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38) Why technology will not solve our criminal justice problems
Source: CounterPunch
by Lennifer L Lieberman

“Technological and scientific interventions in criminal justice are not always newsworthy enough to draw our attention away from urgent and sensational issues on Capitol Hill. But when a jail in Tennessee promotes sterilization by offering reduced sentences to men who volunteer to have vasectomies, we have to pay attention. The problem is not that one jail implemented a terrible eugenicist policy; it is that stakeholders in the criminal justice system are consistently looking for scientific and technological solutions to social problems, forgetting that — as fivethirtyeight contributor Laura Hudson writes — ‘technology is biased too.’ In the context of criminal justice, America’s faith in technological interventions is worse than misplaced; it is dangerous.” (08/02/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/02/why-technology-will-not-solve-our-criminal-justice-problems/

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39) The FDA warms to vaping
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“On the face of it, the decision that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Friday, extending by four years a crucial deadline for e-cigarette manufacturers to seek approval of their products, was no more than a stay of execution. But the FDA also signaled a new receptiveness to vaping as a harm-reducing alternative to smoking, which suggests this reprieve could turn into a commutation. That would be good news for smokers who want to quit and for anyone sincerely interested in helping them. For too long American public health officials have been unreasonably hostile to e-cigarettes, which are far less hazardous than the conventional kind and offer a closer simulation of the real thing than nicotine gum or patches do.” (08/02/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/08/02/the-fda-warms-to-vaping

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40) Cryptocurrencies and governance, these things are happening
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“It’s a marvel to me to witness what is happening on planet Earth as it regards cryptocurrencies. Satoshi Nakamoto, whoever or whatever he/she/zhe is, began a revolution as big as the wheel and the printing press and the Internet that came before it, or so it seems to me. Over $93 billion dollars, and counting, have poured into the cryptocurrency market since Bitcoin was released in 2009. Millions of individuals have come together without central direction to build this worldwide phenomenon. Changes are happening every day that have global ramifications, all of which are happening without permission by governments, and often in spite of governments’ supposed authority to control other people.” (08/01/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/cryptocurrencies-governance-things-happening

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41) Review: Valerian entertains with focus on visual effects and personal dignity
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“Sometimes the box office is not a good indicator of a film’s quality, and such is the case with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The movie’s aesthetic is a satisfyingly conscious blend of space opera, fantasy, and action with a European flare. Throw in deep-seated government corruption that leads to planetary and species genocide, and the core of the film adds in a substantive message about dignity, self-respect, and trust.” (08/01/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/08/01/valerian-entertains-with-visual-effects-and-focus-on-personal-dignity/

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42) Trump can’t save American Christianity
Source: New York Times
by Rod Dreher

“Is there anything Donald Trump can do to alienate evangelicals and other conservative Christians who support him? By now, it’s hard to think of what that might be. These are people who would never let men with the morals and the mouths of Mr. Trump and Mr. Scaramucci date their own daughters. And yet, Team Trump has no more slavishly loyal constituency. This is not only wrong, but tragically so. The most pressing problem Christianity faces is not in politics. It’s in parishes.” (08/02/17)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/opinion/trump-scaramucci-evangelical-christian.html

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43) Millennials are kiilling the oil industry
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“Depending on who you ask, millennials are either lazy, trophy-weaned basement dwellers or ruthlessly efficient killing machines, taking down everything from Buffalo Wild Wings to department stores. But unless you peruse the business press and semi-obscure trade publications, you may have missed the news about our latest mark: the fossil fuel industry. A handful of articles have pointed out that the workforce of the oil industry is rapidly aging, and companies are having trouble attracting younger workers into their folds. According to a recent report by pollsters EY, 57 percent of teens now see the fossil fuel industry as bad for society, and 62 percent of those aged 16 to 19 say working for oil and gas companies is unappealing. Other findings suggest that millennials dislike the oil industry the most of any potential employer, with only 2 percent of college graduates in the United States listing the oil and gas industry as their first-choice job placement.” (08/01/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20372/oil-industry-millennials-climate-change-socialism-capitalism

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44) Groupthink at the CIA
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Philip Giraldi

“Long ago, when I was a spear carrying middle ranker at CIA, a colleague took me aside and said that he had something to tell me ‘as a friend,’ that was very important. He told me that his wife had worked for years in the Agency’s Administrative Directorate, as it was then called, where she had noticed that some new officers coming out of the Career Trainee program had red tags on their personnel files. She eventually learned from her boss that the tags represented assessments that those officers had exceptional potential as senior managers. He added, however, that the reverse appeared to be true in practice as they were generally speaking serial failures as they ascended the bureaucratic ladder, even though their careers continued to be onward and upward on paper. My friend’s wife concluded, not unreasonably, that only genuine a-holes had what it took to get promoted to the most senior ranks. I was admittedly skeptical but some recent activity by former and current Directors and Acting Directors of CIA has me wondering if something like my friend’s wife’s observation about senior management might indeed be true.” (08/02/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/08/phil-giraldi/are-you-a-us-spy/

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45) The junk bond state
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“What a pleasure — comparing notes with Nick Tomboulides, executive director of U.S. Term Limits, my old job. Speaking on a panel last week at the Young Americans for Liberty National Convention, Illinois came up. Nick agreed that if the Land of Lincoln had a term-limited legislature, we would never have heard the end of it: ‘Term limits are a failure!’ Illinois, you see, is a failed state, confessing the lowest credit rating in history.” (08/02/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/08/02/the-junk-bond-state/

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46) The moral hazard of fuzzy contracts
Source: Acton Institute
by Victor V Claar

“You may already be aware that many state and local public pensions are in trouble. By one estimate, the nation’s state, county, and municipal governments face a combined funding shortfall of about $5 trillion. How did this happen? It depends on who you ask, but one can point to various culprits that include roller-coaster stock prices since 2001, the fact that baby boomers are moving into retirement, a drop in tax revenues driven by the Great Recession, and the nation’s recent household and business migration patterns–including the exit of both from historically vibrant cities like Detroit.” (08/02/17)

https://acton.org/pub/commentary/2017/08/02/moral-hazard-fuzzy-contracts

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47) Did Hillary scapegoat Russia to save her campaign?
Source: OpEdNews
by Mike Whitney

“The ‘Russia hacking’ flap has nothing to do with Russia and nothing to do with hacking. The story is basically a DNC invention that was concocted to mitigate the political fallout from the nearly 50,000 emails that WikiLeaks planned to publish on July 22, 2016, just three days before the Democratic National Convention. That’s what this is really all about. Russia didn’t hack anything, it’s a big diversion that was conjured up on-the-fly to keep Hillary’s bandwagon from going down in flames.” (08/02/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Did-Hillary-Scapegoat-Russ-by-Mike-Whitney-Hillary-Clinton_Hillary-Clinton-Emails-And-Server_Russia-And-Us-Conflict_Russia-Bashing-170802-345.html

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48) Tilting at windmills: Why the green jobs promise is still unfulfilled
Source: The American Prospect
by Joan Fitzgerald

“Cleveland has been trying to develop offshore wind turbines on Lake Erie since 2004. After many false starts, construction on a pilot program will start in 2018, helped along by Project Icebreaker, which will allow year-round production in the partly frozen lake. Should this six-turbine wind farm on Lake Erie be successful, a new wind-powered energy grid could be developed along the southern shores of all the Great Lakes. The government’s National Renewable Energy Lab estimates that more than 100,000 megawatts of wind energy could be generated on the Great Lakes. That, in turn, offers the potential for thousands of good jobs in the manufacturing supply chain for turbines, their components, and maintenance. The American Wind Energy Association estimates that wind power has already stimulated 3,000 jobs and $900 million in wind investment in Ohio. But a closer look suggests how offshore wind epitomizes the unrealized promise of economic redevelopment policies for America’s heartland based on renewable energy. For starters, China has a serious industrial and targeted trade policy for capturing global markets and supply chains in wind (and solar), and the United States doesn’t. China subsidizes production of turbines, plays hardball with parts suppliers, and does whatever it takes to capture market share. European government policy is more consistent than ours in creating a market both for wind energy and for wind-turbine producers.” (07/31/17)

http://prospect.org/article/tilting-windmills

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49) Why economists cannot forecast recessions
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“The purpose of this article is to draw the widest attention to the chronic inability of the economic establishment to forecast recessions. Next time you hear an economist make a prediction on mainstream media, your default assumption should be he or she is simply wrong. Why do I allege this? An IMF economist, Prakash Loungani, did some interesting research in 2000 about the accuracy of economists’ forecasts. Using data taken from a publication called Consensus Forecasts (published by Consensus Economics), which is widely used as a source of independent estimates of economic growth by individual governments, Loungani found that of the 60 recessions recorded since 1989 in the 63 countries sampled, only two were forecast in April the year before and two-thirds remained undetected in the April of the year they occurred.” (08/02/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/08/why-economists-cannot-forecast-recessions/

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50) One-party immigration reform is not an option
Source: Niskanen Center
by Jeremy L Neufeld

“Democrats and Republicans both want immediate congressional action on immigration. For this to happen, they each need to come to terms with current practical political realities. The only way any bill could move in Congress is if Republicans recognize that an immigration bill will need more than enforcement provisions, and if Democrats realize that it would be more productive to support a feasible bill like the Republican Recognizing America’s Children Act than committing to the Dream Act. Only then could a mutually agreeable package move forward.” (08/02/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/one-party-immigration-reform-not-option/

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51) The exit strategy of empire
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“The first step in creating Empire is to morally justify the invasion and occupation of another nation even if it poses no credible or substantial threat. But if that’s the entering strategy, what is the exit one? One approach to answering is to explore how Empire has arisen through history and whether the process can be reversed. Another is to conclude that no exit is possible; an Empire inevitably self-destructs under the increasing weight of what it is — a nation exercising ultimate authority over an array of satellite states. Empires are vulnerable to overreach, rebellion, war, domestic turmoil, financial exhaustion and competition for dominance. In his monograph Rise of Empire, the libertarian journalist Garet Garrett (1878–1954), laid out a blueprint for how Empire could possibly be reversed as well as the reason he believed reversal would not occur.” (08/01/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.8230

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52) Why ObamaCare repeal failed
Source: Mises Canada
by Taylor Lewis

“Republicans lost, big league. On the one solid promise they’ve repeated ad nauseam for seven years and running, the party of Reagan came up short. The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, is here to stay. Congressional Republicans, despite a million vows to the contrary, failed to repeal it. Disagreement within the ranks proved too much; members couldn’t find a way to reconcile their rhetoric with practice.” (08/02/17)

https://www.mises.ca/why-obamacare-repeal-failed/

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53) The brooding baron of 20th century fascism
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The history of fascist ideology extends from the early 19th century though our own times: from Fichte to Hegel to Carlyle to List to Ruskin to Spengler to Grant to Spann to Gentile to Schmitt and (skipping a half century) finally to thousands of meme-posting sock puppets on Twitter. These thinkers are united in their loathing of capitalism but also opposition to communism, which is the feature of their identity that is considered right-wing. Things were never as weird with this camp as during the interwar period, particularly among the intellectuals (or pseudo-intellectuals) that rallied political movements toward violence and state centralization. The main thinkers in this tradition had been largely forgotten until their relatively recent revival in European and American politics. They had unmistakable and consistent ideological traits. They were socialists (and nationalists) who decried capitalism as decadent anomy, but railed against communism too, on grounds that it was too universalist and deracinating of the people’s identity.” (08/02/17)

https://fee.org/articles/the-brooding-baron-of-20th-century-fascism/

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54) Wasserman Schultz can’t blame racism for her growing IT scandal
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Not surprisingly, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is trying to dismiss the increasingly strange and troubling case involving Pakistani IT staffers, now under criminal investigation, as a right-wing conspiracy and Islamophobia. It is neither. Pressure is rising for Schultz to explain why it is that she kept Imran Awan on her staff for months while he was under criminal investigation for stealing equipment and improperly accessing the House computer networks. Every other Democratic member had fired Awan soon after the Capital Police announced the probe back in February. But Schultz didn’t fire him until after he was arrested by the FBI trying to flee the country in late July. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., is pushing for a briefing from the Capitol Police with the House Oversight Committee, calling this ‘one of the all-time congressional scandals in the last 30 years.’ The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, meanwhile, filed an ethics complaint against Schultz saying that ‘it was contrary to House Ethics Rules’ for her to keep Awan on the payroll when he ‘could not perform his duties.'” (08/01/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/wasserman-schultz-cant-blame-racism-for-her-growing-it-scandal

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55) Is TIF failing the “but-for” test?
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Graham Renz

“Tax-increment financing (TIF) is a development subsidy program abused all over Missouri, and especially in Saint Louis. See exhibit A: the Boulevard development in Richmond Heights, just east of the Galleria. The development has been awarded more than $30 million in TIF over the years for the construction of high-end shopping, office, and luxury residential spaces in one of the most economically successful areas in the region. Just read this developer overview, which claims this part of Richmond Heights ‘forms the metropolitan area’s most successful and dynamic commercial and residential district.’ The area hardly looks like the ‘urban blight’ TIF was originally designed to remedy. But there’s a recent development, beyond the (ahem) questionable use of subsidies in this area, worth touching on. The most recent phase of the development was originally estimated to cost just shy of $80 million. Back then, developers claimed the project was financially infeasible without TIF and other subsidies. But now the project’s costs are up $20 million and it’s still moving forward. But how can this be? How can a project that was infeasible at $80 million be moving ahead when it is now $100 million?” (08/01/17)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/subsidies/tif-failing-%E2%80%9C-%E2%80%9D-test

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56) More NCAA discrimination against athletes with stupid amateurism rules
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“When I was a senior at Princeton, Brooke Shields was a freshman. At the time of her matriculation, she was already a highly paid professional model and actress (Blue Lagoon). No one ever suggested that she not be allowed to participate in the amateur Princeton Triangle Club shows because she was already a professional. When I was a sophomore at Princeton, I used to sit in my small dining hall (the now-defunct Madison Society) and listen to a guy named Stanley Jordan play guitar in a really odd way. Jordan was already a professional musician (a few years after he graduated he would release an album that was #1 on the jazz charts for nearly a year). Despite the fact that Jordan was a professional and already earned a lot of money from his music, no one ever suggested that he not be allowed to participate in a number of amateur Princeton music groups and shows. … And then there are athletics. ‘A football player for the University of Central Florida has lost his place in the team, and hence his scholarship, due to his YouTube channel.'” (08/01/17)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2017/08/more-ncaa-discrimination-against-athletes-with-stupid-amateurism-rules.html

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57) Stop policing women’s bodies
Source: spiked
by Naomi Firsht

“When it comes to pregnancy and breastfeeding a disturbing orthodoxy of opinion is promoted, and woe betide anyone who questions it. Earlier this month, skincare brand Baby Dove was vilified for an ad campaign challenging the breastfeeding orthodoxy. The ‘What’s Your Way?’ campaign showed a baby being breastfed alongside the caption ’75 per cent say breastfeeding in public is fine, 25 per cent say put them away. What’s your way?’ There were numerous complaints that the campaign encouraged the stigmatisation of breastfeeding in public. Unilever, which owns Baby Dove, rightly defended itself, saying the campaign ‘simply aims to celebrate the different approaches and opinions around parenting.’ Nonetheless, Unilever eventually pulled the campaign. Apparently, suggesting there is more than one way to think about breastfeeding is no longer acceptable.” (08/02/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/stop-policing-womens-bodies/

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58) Can the UK’s Jacob Rees-Mogg put the Conservatives back on track?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Kai Weiss

“What has happened in British politics in the last year has to be one of the most shocking turnarounds in history. After Brexit, the Tories seemed unstoppable, while Labour with Jeremy Corbyn at the helm seemed close to falling apart — some even predicted the end of the party. Despite an absolutely horrendous campaign by the Conservatives for the June election, they still seemed confident that they could easily get the majority again and even increase their lead. Then June 8 came around and changed everything.” (08/02/17)

https://mises.org/blog/can-uks-jacob-rees-mogg-put-conservatives-back-track

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59) Net Neutrality rollback is the real “right thing” for consumers
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jesse Hathaway

“FCC began work in May to undo net neutrality, putting consumers back in charge of how the internet — and the businesses responsible for building and maintaining the countless millions of internet connections and switches powering the web — should operate. In 2015, Wheeler used net-neutrality rules to gain regulatory control over the internet, putting five unelected government regulators between consumers and internet service providers.” (08/01/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/08/net-neutrality-rollback-is-the-real-right-thing-for-consumers/

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60) Obviously we want unilateral free trade in agriculture but not just there, equally obviously
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“A good little report out from Policy Exchange making the same point that we’ve been making here. Unilateral free trade is a good thing, Brexit allows us to have it again, therefore we should have unilateral free trade post-Brexit. The only slight flaw with this report being that it concentrates upon agriculture rather than adamantly insisting, as we do, that the logic covers everything — not that that’s a vice, we as usual are just doing a little more of that table thumping.” (08/02/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/obviously-we-want-unilateral-free-trade-in-agriculture-but-not-just-there-equally-obviously

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

61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 74
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #74 I look at the crisis in Venezuela. The government is arresting political leaders as opposition protests continue. Several people have been killed in the latest protesting that started after Sunday’s election. I give a brief history of Venezuela and highlight important current events. I also update Trump, North Korea, Yemen, and Afghanistan.” [various formats] (08/02/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-74-chaos-in-venezuela

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62) Should we get rid of political parties?
Source: The Atlantic

“Mickey Edwards was a Republican congressman for 16 years, but now he argues for shaking up the system. ‘It’s a dumb way to try to run a government,’ he says, reflecting on the current gridlock and polarization between Democrats and Republicans during this interview at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival.” [editor’s note: So long as politics exists, political parties will exist. They may be less overt and formal, but they’ll be there – TLK] [Flash video] (08/02/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/535647/former-congressman-mickey-edwards-wants-to-get-rid-of-political-parties/

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63) Electric Libertyland, episode 31
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s Electric Libertyland, Brian McWilliams recaps his experience at Day 2 of Politicon 2017, where he took in various conversations with the libertarians in attendance, chatting with members of the Taliesin Nexus and the CA Libertarian Party booth buds, and also hopping through various panels and talks during the day.” [various formats] (08/02/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/08/02/electric-libertyland-31-reactions-politicon-2017-cenk-vs-shapiro/

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64) The Libertarian Angle, 08/02/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss paternalism and how it fosters a fear of individual liberty.” [various formats] (08/02/17)

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65) The Ancap Barber Shop, 08/02/17
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Scott interviews medicinal cannabis advocate Seth Green of Greener Pastures Tennessee in this bonus episode.” [various formats] (08/02/17)

http://www.ancapbarbershop.com/bonus-greener-pastures-tennessee/

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66) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/02/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Randy England, Bradon X, and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about how not to plant drugs, a whiny opinion piece about the phrase ‘government schools,’ and Jeff Deist’s recent speech at the Mises Institute.” [various formats] (08/02/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14880

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67) Intercepted Podcast, 08/02/17
Source: The Intercept

“With spiking tensions between the United States and North Korea, we reflect on the history of the region with author and foreign policy expert John Feffer. And The Intercept’s Naomi Klein talks to U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn about the Reagan-Thatcher era of privatization policies and lessons the Democratic Party could learn from Corbyn’s unexpected electoral success.” [various formats] (08/02/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/02/intercepted-podcast-pyongyang-and-the-white-house-gang/

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68) Free Talk Live, 08/01/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“The Great Bitcoin Fork :: Competing Bitcoin :: Steemit and IOTA :: Splitcoin :: Bitcoin Core Attacks :: The True Bitcoin :: Alaskan Town Eliminates Police :: Cop Caught on Body Camera Planting Evidence :: Abusive Police Dad :: Testosterone Reduction :: James in AZ :: HODL :: Knife-Wielding Man Shot by Cops :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/01/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-08-01

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69) Tenther Tuesday, episode 21
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“A couple of weeks ago, at the behest of Jeff Sessions, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a directive meant to ramp up asset forfeiture across the country — even in states that require criminal convictions first. In this episode of Tenther Tuesday, Michael Boldin and Mike Maharrey talk about asset forfeiture, what the directive does and how states can stop it.” [Flash video] (08/01/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/08/tenther-tuesday-episode-21-the-new-doj-asset-forfeiture-scheme-and-how-to-stop-it/

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70) The Tom Woods Show, episode 965
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“It somehow became fashionable among young people to wear shirts depicting a murderer. One supposes the same indulgence would not be extended to shirts depicting non-leftist murderers (if such shirts existed, which they don’t). Federico Fernandez is behind an effort to take down the statue of Che Guevara in the latter’s home town in Argentina, and to spread the truth about the man. We also discuss the ongoing fiasco in Argentina.” [various formats] (08/01/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-965-take-off-that-che-guevara-shirt-plus-venezuela/

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