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Friday, August 4th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Mueller convenes criminal grand jury for Russia investigation
2) WV: State’s top gangster switches factional affiliation
3) Former investigator: Pentagon suppressing book on interrogations
4) Judicial Watch clashes with DOJ over “talking points” from Lynch-Clinton tarmac meeting
5) Large-font texting on flight leads to child molestation arrests
6) Senate approves two FCC nominees as it reviews Obama rules
7) “This deal will make me look terrible”: Full transcripts of Trump’s calls with Mexico and Australia
8) Harvard University’s 2017 intake “majority non-white” for first time
9) Scientists repair genes in human embryos to prevent inherited diseases
10) Ozone in northern Utah hits worst levels in nearly 10 years
11) MA: Woman sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for sending unpopular text messages
12) NHS cyber-defender Marcus Hutchins charged with malware issues in US
13) Report: EPA to reject biofuel program tweaks in blow to refiners, Icahn
14) Flynn holdover Cohen-Watnick removed from National Security Council
15) ID: Health insurers request premium rate hikes up to 81 percent
16) Psychological analysis of Trump supporters shows five key traits
17) NAACP issues its first statewide travel advisory, for Missouri
18) Survey: Nearly half of CBD patients quit using traditional medicines
19) Oxford college treasurer and Black Death professor sought in US-wide murder manhunt
20) How the CIA came to doubt the official story of JFK’s murder
21) Fifth Trump judicial nominee confirmed, outpacing Obama, Bush
22) Iran: Regime say new US sanctions violate nuclear deal, vows “proportional reaction”
23) WannaCry ransomware: Hackers behind global cyberattack finally cash out Bitcoin windfall
24) Dumbo: WikiLeaks reveals CIA system to take over webcams, microphones
25) Brazil: Temer survives impeachment vote as debating lawmakers throw punches

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Shot down like dogs in the street
27) Growing tomatoes might get your home raided by the police
28) If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear, JFK assassination edition
29) Missouri Attorney General Hawley files desperate and deceptive motion to dismiss Backpage lawsuit
30) What would the Iron Lady do with the US Department of Education?
31) Let’s get real about the threat from Kim Jong Un
32) What exactly is property? Alt-right vs. liberty
33) In defense of “dark money”
34) And yet another open letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
35) Where are the single payer wonks?
36) Review: The New Jim Crow
37) Blame the anti-Russia brouhaha on the CIA and Pentagon
38) Trump critics praying that John Kelly fails
39) Why single payer will only make healthcare more expensive
40) The campus speech debate spends summer break in statehouses
41) Democratic “Better Deal” robs from the future
42) “We respect the referendum result, but …”
43) Jacinda Ardern and asking women about their childbearing in job interviews
44) Democrats don’t actually believe in democracy
45) The strange case of Imran Awan
46) A case for voluntary juries
47) How fast food chains [with government’s blessing] supersized inequality
48) Has bullet train been hoisted on its own petard?
49) Old benefit models don’t cut it in a world of contingent work
50) Why robots won’t cause mass unemployment
51) Stupid, ignorant, or both? Statists in 2017
52) Why doesn’t Trump just unmask the unmasking?
Source: National Review
53) The maze of consent
54) Which bus would you take?
55) Did Trump really end the CIA’s secret war in Syria?
56) SEZ ed
57) Internet censorship bill would spell disaster for speech and innovation
58) What if some spies are bad guys?
59) If Trump wins on steel, US manufacturers lose
60) A government healthcare alternative

The Sound and the Fury:

61) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 74
62) The Brion McClanahan Show, episode 99
63) $20 Trillion Reasons
64) Bitcoin.com Podcast, 08/03/17
65) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/03/17
66) Free Talk Live, 08/02/17
67) The Tom Woods Show, episode 966
68) PanAm Podcast, 08/02/17

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

1) Mueller convenes criminal grand jury for Russia investigation
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has convened a criminal grand jury to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and is focusing on Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting last year with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information about Democrats, according to a person familiar with the inquiry. The impaneling of a new grand jury in Washington indicates that the investigation into alleged links between President Trump’s campaign aides and Russian intelligence is entering a new stage that is likely to include calling witnesses to testify under oath, the person said. … The Wall Street Journal first reported Thursday that Mueller had convened a grand jury. It wasn’t immediately clear if it has taken over from a separate grand jury in northern Virginia that was known to be investigating contacts between Russia and Michael Flynn, who resigned as Trump’s national security advisor in February.” (08/03/17)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/la-na-pol-mueller-grand-jury-20170803-story.html

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2) WV: State’s top gangster switches factional affiliation
Source: ABC News

“Democratic Governor of West Virginia Jim Justice announced he is switching to the Republican Party at President Donald Trump’s rally in his state on Thursday evening. ‘Today, I tell you as West Virginians, I can’t help you anymore being a Democrat governor,’ said Justice. ‘So tomorrow, I will be changing my registration to Republican.’ Earlier in the day, Trump teased a ‘big announcement’ at the event in Huntington, West Virginia. Thursday night, he praised the 6-foot-7-inch governor he nicknamed ‘Big Jim’ for ‘show[ing] the country our agenda rises above left or right.’ News of Justice’s plans, which were first reported by The New York Times, surprised Republicans and Democrats alike in West Virginia.” (08/03/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/west-virginia-governor-expected-switch-parties-trump-rally/story?id=49021943

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3) Former investigator: Pentagon suppressing book on interrogations
Source: Reuters

“A former chief investigator at the Guantanamo Bay detention center is accusing the Pentagon of blocking publication of his book on the use of brutal interrogation techniques and top U.S. officials’ advocacy of what he calls ‘torture.’ Mark Fallon, a Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) veteran, said his book Unjustifiable Means reveals no classified information or new detainee abuse cases but details internal deliberations about interrogation methods, identifies officials who advocated ‘torture’ and describes how he and others objected. ‘This is more of an inside view of the fight to try to stop torture,’ he said in an interview this week with Reuters. ‘There was a tremendous opposition within the government itself believing these were war crimes, and I name names.’ The use of the brutal interrogation methods made the country less safe, he said. Fallon said that he was told it would take no more than six weeks for the Defense Department office that scrubs manuscripts for unauthorized information to review his book.” (08/03/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-torture-idUSKBN1AJ2NG

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4) Judicial Watch clashes with DOJ over “talking points” from Lynch-Clinton tarmac meeting
Source: Fox News

“Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch is clashing with the Trump Justice Department over access to ‘talking points’ the DOJ prepared under the Obama administration to explain the controversial tarmac meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton last year. Judicial Watch is seeking the documents as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The group complained late Wednesday that it had received ‘heavily redacted’ emails pertaining to the department’s internal preparations last year to press inquiries on the Lynch-Clinton meeting. ‘It’s jaw-dropping that the Trump administration is blacking out key information about how the Obama Justice Department tried to spin Loretta Lynch’s scandalous meeting with Bill Clinton,’ Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a written statement. The tarmac meeting fueled Republican complaints at the time that then-Attorney General Lynch had improperly met with the husband of an investigation subject, Hillary Clinton, just before the probe into her personal email use was completed with no charges filed. Fired FBI Director James Comey, in Senate testimony in June, described that tarmac meeting as problematic.” (08/03/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/03/judicial-watch-clashes-with-doj-over-talking-points-from-lynch-clinton-tarmac-meeting.html

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5) Large-font texting on flight leads to child molestation arrests
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight to San Jose was busted on suspicion of attempted child molestation after a woman sitting in a row behind him read suspicious large-font texts he was composing on his smartphone and tipped off the flight crew, officials said Thursday. The witness was sitting behind 56-year-old Michael Kellar of Tacoma, Wash., on the Southwest flight from Seattle to San Jose on Monday when she saw him texting about molesting young children on a large-screen smartphone with an enlarged font, according to the San Jose Police Department. The woman told the cabin crew, and when the flight landed at Mineta San Jose International Airport, one of the crew members contacted a police officer stationed inside the terminal, police said. Kellar was detained at the airport by police and investigators from the San Francisco FBI office, according to police. Investigators learned a woman in Tacoma, 50-year-old Gail Burnworth, was exchanging sexual texts about children with Kellar, and she was taken into custody by the FBI at her home, police said. Two children, ages 5 and 7, have been identified as victims, police report.” (08/03/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Large-font-texting-on-flight-leads-to-child-11732171.php

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6) Senate approves two FCC nominees as it reviews Obama rules
Source: Raw Story

“The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed two nominees to serve on the Federal Communications Commission as the Trump administration looks to reverse many Obama-era telecommunications regulations. Brendan Carr, a Republican who is general counsel at the FCC and Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, were both confirmed by voice vote, bringing the five-member FCC to full strength and giving Republicans a 3-2 majority. Rosenworcel served as a commissioner for the regulator until the end of 2016 when lawmakers failed to take up her renomination under former President Barack Obama. The FCC, which since January has been controlled by Republicans by a 2-1 margin, is working to reverse a number of Obama-era telecommunications regulations, including the landmark 2015 net-neutrality rules prohibiting broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others. The Senate did not immediately vote to reconfirm FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to another term, even though he appeared at a confirmation hearing in July with the other nominees. Pai would need to leave the commission by the end of the year if he were not reconfirmed.” (08/03/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/senate-approves-two-fcc-nominees-as-it-reviews-obama-rules

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7) “This deal will make me look terrible”: Full transcripts of Trump’s calls with Mexico and Australia
Source: Washington Post

“The Washington Post has obtained transcripts of two conversations President Trump had with foreign leaders: one with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and another with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The transcripts were prepared by the White House but have not been released. The Post is publishing reproductions rather than original documents in order to protect sources. The reproductions below also include minor spelling and grammatical mistakes that appeared in the documents.” [editor’s note: The whining and demands for heads to roll have already begun. But you know me, I celebrate EVERY leak – TLK] (08/03/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/politics/australia-mexico-transcripts/

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8) Harvard University’s 2017 intake “majority non-white” for first time
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“More than half of Harvard University’s next student intake will not be white, for the first time in its 380-year history, official figures show. The varsity, which has educated more US presidents than any other, will take 50.8% of its freshmen from minority groups. That compares to 47.3% last year. Asian Americans make up 22.2%, followed by African Americans at 14.6%, Hispanic or Latino students at 11.6%, and Native American or Pacific Islanders at 2.5%. The milestone figures come just days after Harvard was drawn into a row over affirmative action between the US justice department and the New York Times.” [editor’s note: I look forward to the day when this would not be “news” anymore, becaasue nobody cares – SAT] (08/03/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40812196

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9) Scientists repair genes in human embryos to prevent inherited diseases
Source: Fox News

“In a major scientific breakthrough, researchers have harnessed a gene-editing tool to correct a disease-causing gene mutation in human embryos, preventing the mutation from passing to future generations. In the stunning discovery, a research team led by Oregon Health and Science University reported that embryos can fix themselves if scientists jump-start the process early enough. There was no indication how soon ordinary patients could take advantage of this technique. The new technique, which was tested on clinical-quality human eggs, uses the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool to target a mutation in nuclear DNA that causes hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, according to the researchers. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a common genetic heart disease that can cause heart failure and sudden cardiac death. The disease affects approximately 1 in 500 people and is a common cause of sudden heart failure in young people, particularly young athletes.” (08/03/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/03/dna-breakthrough-scientists-repair-genes-in-human-embryos-to-prevent-inherited-diseases.html

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10) Ozone in northern Utah hits worst levels in nearly 10 years
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Ozone levels in northern Utah’s murky air have reached their worst levels in nearly 10 years this summer. Hot temperatures brought on by high-pressure systems have spiked the ozone levels, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Bo Call, who oversees air-quality monitoring for the Utah Division of Air Quality, said the last time the Wasatch Front saw levels this high was in 2008. ‘If you don’t have sun, you don’t have so much ozone,’ Call said. ‘And this year, there aren’t a whole lot of late afternoon clouds. In the last several years, we’ve had quite a few late afternoon thunder boomers. You might get a drop of rain, you might get nothing, but that cloud cover blocks the sun and turns off the ozone production.’ Ozone is a secondary pollutant, meaning it’s not emitted directly by one source or another. It forms in the atmosphere when sunlight causes other chemicals to react with one another.” (08/03/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ozone-in-northern-Utah-hits-worst-levels-in-11731789.php

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11) MA: Woman sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for sending unpopular text messages
Source: New York Daily News

“A Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages was sentenced to 2-1/2 years on Thursday. Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz said Michelle Carter only has to serve 15 months behind bars. He also sentenced her to five years of probation. Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Conrad Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014. She urged Roy to follow through on his suicide talk, including telling him on the day he died: ‘The time is right and you are ready … just do it babe.'” (08/03/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/michelle-carter-sentenced-2-1-2-years-suicide-texts-article-1.3381578

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12) NHS cyber-defender Marcus Hutchins charged with malware issues in US
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“The British cyber-security researcher who stalled the WannaCry cyber-attack that hit the NHS has been charged in a US cyber-crime case. Marcus Hutchins, 23, has been accused of involvement with Kronos, a separate piece of malware used to steal banking logins from victims’ computers. Fellow cyber-security researchers have expressed surprise at the indictment. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has said that it is aware of the situation. WannaCry spread rapidly through computer systems around the world, in an unprecedented outbreak that began on 12 May. Shortly afterwards, Mr Hutchins was thrust into the limelight after he found a way to stop it from spreading. He had been in Las Vegas attending the Black Hat and Def Con cyber-security conferences, but activity on his Twitter feed (usually highly active) ceased a day ago.” (08/03/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-40820837

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13) Report: EPA to reject biofuel program tweaks in blow to refiners, Icahn
Source: Reuters

“The Environmental Protection Agency will reject a proposed overhaul of the U.S. biofuels program that would have shifted blending responsibility away from refining companies further down the fuel supply chain, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. The decision is a blow to independent oil refiners like Valero Energy Corp and CVR Energy that have said the requirement costs them hundreds of millions of dollars every year, as well as to billionaire investor Carl Icahn who holds a majority stake in CVR and vocally supported the change. Online news site Politico was first to report the EPA’s decision, citing an unnamed senior administration official. One of sources who spoke to Reuters said agency will likely announce the move next week. An EPA official declined to comment. Efforts to reach Icahn were not successful.” (08/03/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-epa-biofuels-idUSKBN1AJ2H8

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14) Flynn holdover Cohen-Watnick removed from National Security Council
Source: United Press International

“Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior intelligence director of the National Security Council, has been removed from his post, the White House confirmed Wednesday. Cohen-Watnick, 31, was hired during the short tenure of Michael Flynn as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser. Flynn was dismissed by Trump in February after he misled administration officials, about his prior contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Current national security adviser H.R. McMaster sought to remove Cohen-Watnick from the NSC but was initially dissuaded from doing so by other senior White House advisers. … Cohen-Watnick’s removal on Wednesday is the third significant personnel shift at the White House this week.” (08/03/17)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/08/03/Flynn-holdover-Cohen-Watnick-removed-from-Natl-Security-Council/1051501759537/

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15) ID: Health insurers request premium rate hikes up to 81 percent
Source: Fox News

“Healthcare insurers in Idaho have requested premium rate hikes as high as 81 percent for next year, according to the state’s Department of Insurance. The five insurers serving the individual market in Idaho are Blue Cross of Idaho Health Service, Mountain Health Co-Op, PacificSource Health Plans, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, and SelectHealth. For all plans, insurers requested rates ranging from a low of 25 percent to a high of 51 percent for a combined average statewide rate increase of 38 percent. For Obamacare’s popular Silver plan, the average rate increase among all insurers was even higher at 50 percent, with one insurer requesting a high of 81 percent.” (08/03/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/03/health-insurers-in-idaho-request-premium-rate-hikes-as-high-as-81-percent.html

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16) Psychological analysis of Trump supporters shows five key traits
Source: Raw Story

“The lightning-fast ascent and political invincibility of Donald Trump has left many experts baffled and wondering, ‘How did we get here?’ Any accurate and sufficient answer to that question must not only focus on Trump himself, but also on his uniquely loyal supporters. Given their extreme devotion and unwavering admiration for their highly unpredictable and often inflammatory leader, some have turned to the field of psychology for scientific explanations based on precise quantitative data and established theoretical frameworks. Although analyses and studies by psychologists and neuroscientists have provided many thought-provoking explanations for his enduring support, the accounts of different experts often vary greatly, sometimes overlapping and other times conflicting. However insightful these critiques may be, it is apparent that more research and examination is needed to hone in on the exact psychological and social factors underlying this peculiar human behavior. In a recent review paper published in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Psychologist and UC Santa Cruz professor Thomas Pettigrew argues that five major psychological phenomena can help explain this exceptional political event.” [editor’s note: The diagnosis may be somewhat right, in limited cases; the conclusions are as usual “skewed left” – SAT] (08/03/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/a-psychological-analysis-of-trump-supporters-has-uncovered-5-key-traits-about-them

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17) NAACP issues its first statewide travel advisory, for Missouri
Source: CNN

“The NAACP is sending a strong message to people of color traveling through Missouri: Go at your own risk. The organization is circulating a travel advisory after the state passed a law that Missouri’s NAACP conference says allows for legal discrimination. The warning cites several discriminatory incidents in Missouri, included as examples of ‘looming danger’ in the state. The NAACP says this is the first travel advisory ever issued by the organization, at the state or national level.” (08/03/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/02/us/naacp-missouri-travel-advisory-trnd/index.html

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18) Survey: Nearly half of CBD patients quit using traditional medicines
Source: Smell the Truth

“A new survey suggests that a growing number of patients are finding more relief from CBD instead of pharmaceuticals. Researchers from the Brightfield Group and medical marijuana site HelloMD surveyed 2,400 of HelloMD’s 150,000 members, and found 42 percent of people who used cannabis-derived forms of cannabidiol (CBD) stopped using traditional medications, reports Forbes. ‘We are seeing an exponential rise in the interest of CBD products from our patient community — particularly among women,’ said Dr. Perry Solomon, Chief Medical Officer of HelloMD. ‘While we still have much to learn about CBD, we cannot ignore this one fact; the majority of those using CBD product today receive great benefit. This has the potential for far-reaching consequences.’ According to Solomon, the most common conditions treated by CBD are insomnia, depression, anxiety and joint pain. 80 percent of users believe CBD to be ‘very or extremely effective,’ while only three percent or less found it be ineffectual or only slightly effective.” (08/03/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/08/03/nearly-half-of-cbd-patients-quit-using-traditional-medicines-survey-finds

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19) Oxford college treasurer and Black Death professor sought in US-wide murder manhunt
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“A US-wide manhunt has been launched for an Oxford University employee accused of stabbing to death a hair stylist in Chicago. Police put out an all points bulletin for Andrew Warren, 56, a senior treasury assistant at Oxford’s Somerville College, warning that he and an alleged accomplice were ‘armed and dangerous,’ and officers were told to use ‘extreme caution’ if they were sighted. The pair were last seen driving a rented grey 2017 Hyundai car. Warren’s fellow suspect was named as Wyndham Lathem, 42, an expert researcher of the bubonic plague, and an associate professor of microbiology and immunology a[t] Northwestern University in Chicago. They were accused of killing Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, 26 and, according to a court-issued warrant, they allegedly ‘stabbed him multiple times thereby causing the death.'” (08/02/17)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/02/oxford-university-employee-black-death-professor-sought-us-wide/

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20) How the CIA came to doubt the official story of JFK’s murder
Source: Politico

“After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, the CIA appeared eager, even desperate, to embrace the version of events being offered by the FBI, the Secret Service and other parts of the government. The official story: that a delusional misfit and self-proclaimed Marxist named Lee Harvey Oswald killed the president in Dallas with his $21 mail-order rifle and there was no evidence of a conspiracy, foreign or domestic. Certainly, the CIA’s leaders told the Warren Commission, the independent panel that investigated the murder, there was no evidence of a conspiracy that the spy agency could have foiled. But thousands of pages of long-secret, assassination-related documents released by the National Archives last week show that, within a few years of Kennedy’s murder, some in the CIA began to worry internally that the official story was wrong — an alarm the agency never sounded publicly.” (08/03/17)

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/03/jfk-assassination-lone-gunman-cia-new-files-215449

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21) Fifth Trump judicial nominee confirmed, outpacing Obama, Bush
Source: Fox News

“President Donald Trump has outpaced his immediate predecessors when it comes to having his choices for federal judgeships confirmed. The Senate this week approved a fifth Trump nominee, placing Trump on a faster pace for approvals than either President Barack Obama or President George W. Bush. Most recently, Alabama lawyer Kevin Christopher Newsom was confirmed to a seat on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, on a 66-31 vote, with 16 Democrats joining the GOP on the affirmative side, the Washington Times reported.” (08/03/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/03/5th-trump-judicial-nominee-confirmed-outpacing-obama-bush.html

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22) Iran: Regime say new US sanctions violate nuclear deal, vows “proportional reaction”
Source: CNBC

“Iran said new sanctions imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday break the terms of its nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, and vowed an ‘appropriate and proportional’ response. Trump, who during his election campaign called the nuclear agreement — negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama — ‘the worst deal ever,’ signed the new sanctions into law along with measures against Russia and North Korea.” (08/03/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/03/iran-says-new-us-sanctions-violate-nuclear-deal-vows-proportional-reaction.html

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23) WannaCry ransomware: Hackers behind global cyberattack finally cash out Bitcoin windfall
Source: ZDNet

“Almost three months on from the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, those behind the global cyberattack have finally cashed out their ransom payments. The WannaCry epidemic hit organisations around the world in May, with file-encrypting malware powered by a leaked NSA exploit attacking Windows systems, infecting over 300,000 PCs and crippling systems across the Americas, Europe, Russia and China. … In the weeks since the attack, the wallets containing the money extorted by WannaCry were left untouched, but August 3 saw the bitcoin wallets containing the ransoms suddenly start to be emptied. At the time of withdrawal, the value of the wallets totalled $140,000 thanks to changes in the valuation of bitcoin.” (08/03/17)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/wannacry-ransomware-hackers-behind-global-cyberattack-finally-cash-out-bitcoin-windfall/

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24) Dumbo: WikiLeaks reveals CIA system to take over webcams, microphones
Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“Details of the CIA’s Dumbo project, a system that manipulates devices such as webcams and microphones on Microsoft Windows-operating systems, have been published by WikiLeaks. The program also corrupts video recordings, according to the leaked documents. The whistleblowing organization released the files as part of its Vault 7 series on the CIA’s hacking capabilities.” (08/03/17)

https://www.rt.com/viral/398411-cia-wikileaks-webcam-surveillance/

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25) Brazil: Temer survives impeachment vote as debating lawmakers throw punches
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Brazilian President Michel Temer came out unscathed Wednesday after the lower house of Congress voted against his removal from office amid a heated debate that saw punches thrown and money tossed in the air as a symbol of the corruption accusations against him. By a 263-227 vote, the Chamber of Deputies voted against having Temer face a corruption trial in the Supreme Court. Had the charges against him moved forward, he would have also been suspended from his post for six months, with Speaker Rodrigo Maia stepping in as interim president until indirect elections were called. The trial could have seen Temer removed permanently. If impeachment proceedings had begun, Temer would have become the third consecutive Brazilian president to be ensnared in legal trouble.” (08/02/17)

http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-brazil-temer-20170802-story.html

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

26) Shot down like dogs in the street
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“Day after day, the government’s crimes against the citizenry grow more egregious, more treacherous and more tragic. And day after day, the American people wake up a little more to the grim realization that they have become captives in a prison of their own making. No longer a free people, we are now pushed and prodded and watched over by twitchy, hyper-sensitive, easily-spooked armed guards who care little for the rights, humanity or well-being of those in their care. The death toll is mounting. The carnage is heartbreaking. The public’s faith in the government to do its job — which is to protect our freedoms — is deteriorating. With alarming regularity, unarmed men, women, children and even pets are being gunned down by police who shoot first and ask questions later, and all the government does is shrug and promise to do better. Things are not getting better.” (08/03/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/shot-like-dogs-street/

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27) Growing tomatoes might get your home raided by the police
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“The word ‘hydroponic’ is often associated with the cultivation of marijuana plants, but it is not mutually exclusive to that end. In fact, any crop or plant can be considered ‘hydroponic’ so long as it follows the method of growing plants without soil using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. Unfortunately, Johnson Country representatives either didn’t know this, or didn’t take the time to investigate into the matter, which is how the officers came to be at the Harte’s door in the first place. The family took great pride in their hydroponic tomato garden, but they never thought for a moment that it would result in a police raid. In fact, Bob found it incredibly hard to believe when his wife suggested to him that all the fuss was probably in response to their garden. But much to Bob’s surprise, this was exactly why the police had been summoned to his family’s home.” (08/03/17)

https://fee.org/articles/growing-tomatoes-might-get-your-home-raided-by-the-police/

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28) If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear, JFK assassination edition
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act, passed by Congress in 1992, requires the release of the last of those documents no later than this October unless US president Donald Trump intervenes to keep them secret on grounds of ‘national security.’ Politico reports that ‘Congressional and other government officials have told us in confidence that at least two federal agencies — likely the CIA and FBI — are expected to appeal to Trump to block the unsealing of at least some of the documents.’ The Politico report focuses on a document release in late July which is intriguing because it reveals CIA skepticism of the official narrative. No, no ‘smoking gun’ revelations of additional assassins on the grassy knoll, nor even hints at a wider conspiracy, but rather fear that Oswald’s motives, if fully explored, might badly embarrass the agency.” (08/03/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11124

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29) Missouri Attorney General Hawley files desperate and deceptive motion to dismiss Backpage lawsuit
Source: Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley claimed he has ‘new evidence’ showing that the classifieds site ‘Backpage has directly and actively promoted illegal sex trafficking.’ But the only thing new is Hawley’s level of desperation and deceit. Hawley, who was elected attorney general last November and has U.S. Senate ambitions, is the latest in a long line of state law-enforcement authorities to seek attention by scapegoating an online ad platform and subjecting it to unconstitutional demands. Craigslist was the test case, but Backpage has become the enduring target of state prosecutors because it hasn’t been hesitant to fight back — and in almost all cases, win.” (08/03/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/08/03/hawley-moves-to-dismiss-backpage-suit

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30) What would the Iron Lady do with the US Department of Education?
Source: Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger

“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently delivered an address at the 44th Annual Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Denver, Colorado. In her remarks DeVos insisted that ‘education is best-addressed at the state, local and family levels’ and recalled some words of wisdom from Lady Margaret Thatcher, who served as the United Kingdom’s first woman Education Secretary from 1970 to 1974. … Like DeVos, Thatcher supported parental choice in education, and believed that ensuring students receive a quality education shouldn’t require dictating a curriculum to teachers. DeVos, however, is in a much better position than Thatcher was when it comes to restoring local control over education.” (08/03/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/08/03/what-would-the-iron-lady-do-with-the-u-s-department-of-education/

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31) Let’s get real about the threat from Kim Jong Un
Source: Reuters
by Andray Abrahamian

“We need to put North Korea’s missile tests in perspective. Yes, they’re worrying. But the U.S. mainland is not in imminent danger. I’ve been in North Korea twice during periods of escalating tensions. As a member of a non-profit that trains North Koreans, I was there in the spring of 2013 when Pyongyang tested a nuclear device and sanctions followed, and the spring of 2016, when it happened again. I twice heard people there say that it was ‘too much, let’s get it over with.’ That harrowing phrase reflects how good North Korea is at keeping its population geared for conflict. During previous mini-crises that have flared up on the Korean peninsula, I’ve also been in South Korea, where such ‘tensions’ don’t perk much interest. You know the photo you see on the news of South Koreans huddled around TVs, watching the news about the latest missile launch or nuclear test? That shot is almost always taken at Seoul Station. The viewers aren’t engrossed or tense. They’re just waiting for a train. If soccer was on, they’d be huddled around watching that. (And many more of them.)” (08/02/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-abrahamian-northkorea-commentary-idUSKBN1AI1UT

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32) What exactly is property? Alt-right vs. liberty
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Zack Sorenson

“Comedians feel like they ‘own’ the jokes they create. But do they? According to strict libertarian theory, comedians don’t own jokes, because jokes can’t be owned. A joke is an idea, and ideas aren’t scarce resources which can only be possessed by one person at a time. A thousand comedians can all tell the same joke all at once, in a thousand different clubs around the world — there’s no initiation of force. But, libertarians might be sympathetic to the idea that comedy audiences could decline the services of joke-stealers as an act of solidarity with their ‘victims.’ Why would this sentimental act be valid, if no actual property is stolen? Why is there a moral imperative where libertarian ethics have already settled the legal question?” (08/03/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/exactly-property-alt-right-vs-liber

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33) In defense of “dark money”
Source: The American Prospect
Nan Aron & Abby Levine

“On May 10, 2013, Lois Lerner, then a senior IRS official, took a planted question from the audience at a meeting of the American Bar Association. Lerner, who managed the office of tax-exempt organizations, revealed that an audit of IRS practices showed that since 2010, some nonprofit organizations applying for tax-exempt status had been singled out for deeper scrutiny simply based on the name of the organization and what that indicated about its political orientation. The revelation set off a firestorm of controversy in the media, Congress, and conservative organizations, especially since news reports indicated that Tea Party–linked groups were the main targets of the probes. Lerner’s bombshell subjected the IRS to intense criticism, but her revelations also spotlighted the broader issue of the legitimacy and behavior of nonprofit groups known as ‘social welfare’ organizations, or 501(c)(4)s, shorthand for the section of the tax code that defines these groups. For progressives, the media frenzy around Lerner’s disclosure also confirmed fears of an enormous ‘dark money’ threat from the right, and opposition to ‘dark money’ groups became a rallying cry on the left.” [editor’s note: These writers struggle to find consistency on this issue; they want protection for their side and condemnation of what they don’t like – SAT] (08/03/17)

http://prospect.org/article/defense-dark-money

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34) And yet another open letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Do you believe that a physician — who earns income by supplying an output classified as a service — suffers economically because, when it comes to trade in goods, he has a ‘deficit’ with supermarkets, department stores, and hardware stores? Do you believe that a town that is home to many physicians suffers economically because, when it comes to trade in goods, that town has a ‘deficit’ with towns that are home to lots of farmers, carpenters, and welders? Assuming that your answer to each question is ‘no,’ why do you assume that the United States — which is overwhelmingly home to people with comparative advantages at service-sector tasks such as IT innovation, pharmaceutical research, higher education, and financial services — suffers economically because, when it comes to trade in goods, we have a ‘deficit’ with countries that are home to people with comparative advantages at producing tangible items such as shoes, shirts, and roofing shingles?” (08/03/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/08/yet-another-letter-commerce-secretary-wilbur-ross.html

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35) Where are the single payer wonks?
Source: The New Republic
by Clio Chang

“In the heat of the 2016 Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders released one of his signature proposals: Medicare-for-All. In response, economists, policy experts, and the liberal media all hammered the plan: Vox’s Ezra Klein called it ‘puppies-and-rainbows’ and Paul Krugman wrote at The New York Times that ‘Sanders ended up delivering mostly smoke and mirrors.’ The Urban Institute released an analysis that contended that Sanders’s proposal would have cost twice what the campaign had projected. Sanders’s plan was dragged for being vague, unrealistic, and light on the nuts and bolts. Now, Sanders is gearing up for another go. Following the latest death of the zombie-like Trumpcare, he has stated that he will introduce single-payer legislation to the Senate. A lot is riding on the hope that Sanders’s new bill will be a robust piece of legislation.” [editor’s note: Fortunatley so far they are as absent as GOPers offering a real way out of the mess – SAT] (08/03/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144180/single-payer-wonks

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36) Review: The New Jim Crow
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by James C Wilson

“Michelle Alexander’s 2010 book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, argues mass imprisonment and related policies have created a racial caste system for black Americans, which parallels the Jim Crow laws of the late 19th to mid 20th century. Alexander is a civil rights litigator and advocate, and she has more recently received attention for her public criticism of Hillary Clinton, who, alongside her husband, has supported policies which have decimated black America, according to Alexander.” (08/03/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/49700

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37) Blame the anti-Russia brouhaha on the CIA and Pentagon
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“There is really nothing new about the U.S. national-security establishment’s anti-Russia crusade. The crusade goes back to when the Pentagon and the CIA were called into existence and even before. The only difference is that back then the crusade was against godless Russian (or Soviet) communism while today it’s just against Russia itself.” (08/03/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/08/03/blame-anti-russia-brouhaha-cia-pentagon/

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38) Trump critics praying that John Kelly fails
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Even before Gen. John Kelly found the chief of staff’s office in the White House, the Washington establishment was predicting his failure. Most likely that’s because the thing they fear most is a successful President Trump. It was immediately clear that Kelly (a four star Marine Corps general who headed the U.S. Southern Command before retiring from the military) was not to be trifled with. On his first day as Trump’s chief of staff, he fired Anthony Scaramucci, the communications director Trump had just hired 10 days before. The news site Axios reports that Kelly ‘has taken control in dramatic fashion, is already imposing unmistakable signs of order after just a few days on the job.’ Meetings are shorter and stay on point, access to the Oval Office has been seriously tightened, ‘overt shenanigans stopped overnight,’ and everyone is being deferential to Kelly. Even Trump ‘appears to be trying to impress his four-star handler.’ Almost as quickly, however, partisans and pundits started predicting that Kelly would ultimately lose the battle to bring order to the White House.” (08/02/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trumps-critics-are-praying-that-john-kelly-fails

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39) Why single payer will only make healthcare more expensive
Source: Heartland Institute
by Scott Ehrlich

“Why do single-payer health care supporters treat it like an unassailable good? Even if you can point to a place like Denmark, with 5 million people and little ethnic diversity, why do people think we can transport that into a country of 330 million ethnically diverse individuals with the same results? After all, we couldn’t even get Americans to buy into the infinitely easier metric system, but they are going to enjoy higher taxes to pay for rationed health care? I’m not here to bash single-payer because it’s European. I’m also not a fan of socialism in principle, but if there is a way to provide better care at a cheaper price, then I’d be all for it, even if that would make me an awful libertarian. But the arguments I hear for single-payer nationwide are full of ridiculous extrapolations, economically illiterate assumptions, and pie in the sky dreams of willing, abundant, qualified providers to treat these hundreds of millions of patients. I’m willing to listen, but the arguments need to be better.” (08/03/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/08/why-single-payer-will-only-make-health-care-more-expensive/

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40) The campus speech debate spends summer break in statehouses
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Until this summer, the debate about free speech on college campuses was shaped by small groups of student activists, forcefully protesting an ever-expanding list of controversial speakers, and their critics and defenders, who were mostly reactive. The clearest conflict, amid many shades of gray, concerned the subset of those activists who went beyond mere protest and tried to shut down events. … Those most extreme activists succeeded in denying campus platforms to some speakers, generated a lot of media attention, and seemed for a while to suffer no consequences, even as observers like the socialist activist and academic Freddie deBoer cautioned that, for few if any gains, they were courting an inevitable backlash. That backlash is now upon them.” (08/03/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/the-campus-speech-debate-is-summering-in-statehouses/535608/

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41) Democratic “Better Deal” robs from the future
Source: USA Today
by staff

“Having performed dreadfully in the past two elections, and hoping to improve their lot in 2018, Democrats have unveiled a package of legislative proposals they hope will attract voters. Dubbed ‘A Better Deal,’ their package focuses on such areas as corporate mergers, drug prices and infrastructure spending. That the Democrats are offering this now reflects the realization that that they will need more than an anti-Trump platform to gain at the polls. Although Trump is doing a pretty good job of self-destructing, history provides numerous examples of how simply running against the other party doesn’t work. In 1998, for example, Republicans were dumbfounded when they lost seats with what they considered a can’t-lose agenda of tormenting President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal. The Democrats’ plan, released last week, contains an odd mixture of the good, the bad and the puzzling.” (08/02/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/02/democratic-better-deal-robs-from-future-editorials-debates/517655001

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42) “We respect the referendum result, but …”
Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

“The continuing battle over Brexit raises the question of how far Britain ‘really is a democracy.’ We may not have fixed elections and state repression as in, say, Venezuela or Turkey. But we do have a political elite plotting to betray the popular vote for Brexit — which, as even Lord Hague concedes, was ‘higher than the number of votes cast for any government in our history.’ This looks more like a demock-racy, where our rulers pay lip service to democratic politics in principle while trying to undermine and sideline them in practice. It is true that, at the June General Election, more than 80 per cent of votes cast were for parties formally committed to ‘respecting’ the vote to leave. Yet, with every week that passes, it becomes clearer that no major UK political party really believes in Brexit.” (08/03/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/we-respect-the-referendum-result-but/

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43) Jacinda Ardern and asking women about their childbearing in job interviews
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“We do indeed insist that — as we should perhaps — employers provide time off for those employees of theirs who give birth. … The price, that is the wages, on offer to someone who is known to be about to do that will be lower than to someone who is known to be not about to do that. No, do not demand that this should not be so, it is going to be so. Reality does not accord to your thoughts upon how the universe should be. Now institute a system in which it is not permissible to ask about this. OK. What happens now? Anyone who might do this is now made that lower offer, perhaps tempered by the likelihood of it happening. Our ban on the asking has moved that lower value from those who actually have that lower value to all of those who might possibly have that lower value. That is, the lower wages resultant from the costs of maternity leave are now applied to all women who might possibly take maternity leave.” (08/03/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/jacinda-ardern-and-asking-women-about-their-childbearing-in-job-interviews

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44) Democrats don’t actually believe in democracy
Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

“Yeah, we’re a republic, but we also have democratic rules, norms, and traditions. Too bad the Democratic Party doesn’t believe in them. Case in point: their bizarre embrace of illegal aliens. Democrats seem to think that foreigners who violate our laws have a greater right to determine what will be America’s laws than actual Americans. After all, that’s their argument when they whine because some illegal is getting shipped back to his Third World hellhole-of-origin. They seem to think that just because some uninvited, unwanted, unlegal trespasser (we’re not supposed to call them ‘illegal,’ right?) has been violating our laws for an exceptionally long period of time makes his offense less offensive. Huh? That’s like saying getting slugged in the gut once is a no-no, but being pounded in the pancreas a couple dozen times is cool.” [editor’s note: While I am adamantly on the other side of the issue he presents (“borders” and walls are anti-liberty), his headlined premise is still quite correct – SAT] (08/03/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/08/03/democrats-dont-actually-believe-in-democracy-n2363433

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45) The strange case of Imran Awan
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“On July 25, Pakistani-American IT specialist Imran Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport for bank fraud while he was allegedly fleeing to Pakistan. The reports predictably produced some press coverage before the story died. Yet the speed at which the news vanished has prompted some observers to suggest that there might actually be something more to the disappearance than the operation of the normal media-reporting cycle. A number of conservative websites, including Breitbart, have been sounding the alarm over a possible cover-up that just might even be linked to what we are now calling Russiagate. To be sure, the tale is a strange one with plenty of unsavory links.” (08/03/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-strange-case-of-imran-awan/

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46) A case for voluntary juries
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Ian Tartt

“With voluntary jury selection, courts could issue a request for jurors, including possible pay or other benefits (which would have to be appealing enough to persuade someone to take time off work or cancel whatever plans they had for that day) as well as the time and location of the evaluation; this would replace the summons, which demands the recipient show up or face the consequences. Under such a system, anybody who shows up late or doesn’t show up at all would simply be disqualified from the jury rather than be treated like a criminal. To further entice people to show up and join the jury, courts would have to move efficiently in evaluating prospective jurors. No longer would they be able to keep people waiting all day for the verdict. Additionally, negative word-of-mouth could turn prospective jurors off, so court workers would have to be friendly and hospitable instead of cold and forceful.” (08/02/17)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/the-case-for-voluntary-juries/

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47) How fast food chains [with government’s blessing] supersized inequality
Source: The New Republic
by Max Holleran

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans there was a brief moment of shocked compassion before racial anxieties flooded the Internet. Victims of the disaster were quickly recast as looters, criminals, and layabouts. They were government ‘dependents’ seeking even more entitlements now that they were bona fide survivors. Some of these hideous opinions drew on the physical ‘evidence’ of the bad character of hurricane survivors: their size. … African Americans are more likely to be obese in the United States than their white counterparts. The same is true for Hispanics. For some conservatives, that may be an indictment. For the rest of us, it is a public health problem. The rise in obesity in the U.S. is an epidemic and much of the root causes lie in poverty, a condition more prevalent in communities of color.” [editor’s note: I added the insert to the headline, to indicate the actual story here; just like with crack cocaine from the CIA, fedgov was complicit in this travesty – SAT] (08/02/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144168/fast-food-chains-supersized-inequality

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48) Has bullet train been hoisted on its own petard?
Source: The American Spectator
by Steven Greenhut

“California officials are notorious for ladling on one environmental regulation after another, forcing developers to spend years or even decades producing waist-deep environmental-impact reports and dealing with endless regulatory hassles and litigation. The main tool environmentalists use to stop growth is the 1970s-era California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). It’s the equivalent of placing a ‘sue me’ sign on every job site. … There’s no project that Gov. Jerry Brown seems to care about more than the $64-billion-plus high-speed rail system that is designed to link Los Angeles to San Francisco. It’s an amazing boondoggle in the making, the largest state-created infrastructure project ever built in the United States. … in late July, the California Supreme Court did something quite astounding. In a 6-1 ruling, it decided that this state infrastructure project must live under state environmental law.” (08/03/17)

https://spectator.org/has-bullet-train-been-hoisted-on-its-own-petard/

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49) Old benefit models don’t cut it in a world of contingent work
Source: Niskanen Center
by Katy Li

“Though usage varies, ‘contingent workers’ is generally defined to include independent contractors, freelancers, and temporary, seasonal, and part-time workers. The imprecise definition of contingent work makes tracking the exact number of individuals in the contingent sector a tricky task. Best estimates find that anywhere between 20 and 33 percent of the U.S. workforce today consists of independent workers, which encompasses contractors, freelancers, and temps. When part-time workers are added, the proportion of the labor force engaging in contingent work rises to 40.4 percent, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. … Due to their classification, many contingent workers lack access to both employer and government-provided benefits tied to full-time employment, including health insurance, paid leave, and unemployment insurance. Compared to standard full-time employees, contingent workers also experience lower pay, more job instability, higher levels of poverty, and greater dependence on government assistance.” (08/02/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/old-benefit-models-dont-cut-world-contingent-work/

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50) Why robots won’t cause mass unemployment
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jonathan Newman

“Say’s Law of markets is a particularly potent antidote to worries about automation, displaced workers, and the so-called ‘economic singularity.’ Jean-Baptiste Say explained how over-production is never a problem for a market economy. This is because all acts of production result in the producer having an increased ability to purchase other goods. In other words, supplying goods on the market allows you to demand goods on the market.” (08/03/17)

https://mises.org/blog/why-robots-wont-cause-mass-unemployment

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51) Stupid, ignorant, or both? Statists in 2017
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“ZDNet reports that Russian President Putin signed an Internet censorship law, prohibiting the use of technology that provides access to websites banned in the country. The law will come into effect on November 1, 2017. It will ban the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies, known as anonymisers, that allow people to surf the web anonymously. History demonstrates that prohibition virtually always fails. And usually sooner than later. I suspect that even Putin understands this (and perhaps much more than American politicians do). This law passed by the Duma (the equivalent of Congress) is almost certainly a dead letter: unenforceable.” (08/03/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/08/03/stupid-ignorant-or-both-statists-in-2017/

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52) Why doesn’t Trump just unmask the unmasking?
Source: National Review
by Andrew C McCarthy

“Is ‘unmasking’ the Republican version of ‘collusion’: dramatic huffing and puffing in lieu of something truly worth huffing and puffing about? I wonder. I’ve watched the story closely but I haven’t written about it for a while because I can’t get past a nagging question: Why must we speculate about whether the Obama administration abusively exploited its foreign-intelligence-collection powers in order to spy on Donald Trump’s political campaign? After all, Trump is president now. If he was victimized, he’s in a position to tell us all about it. The president is in charge of the executive branch, including its intelligence agencies. He has the authority to decide what intelligence information, and intelligence abuses, can be declassified and made public.” (08/03/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450113/obama-administration-unmasking-trump-should-declassify

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53) The maze of consent
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“Every free-willed being has the right to consent, to refuse to consent, or to revoke consent to any request or action of another, and nobody has the right either to force consent via threat or violence, or to overrule anyone else’s consent. And yet, the evil, confused and morally retarded claim this right over others every single day; modern states have a vast apparatus of surveillance designed to spy on the private, consensual acts of sane adults and inflict violence upon them if those acts conflict with the diktats of the State. And there is a vast and growing cult which plays a Kafkaesque game with the very concept of consent, attempting to turn it from the free exercise of free will by free beings into a convoluted and bureaucratic prison, in which ‘authorities’ impose their will on individuals and negate their consent by pretending that it wasn’t ‘true’ consent under byzantine, ever-changing and ever-expanding rules determined, naturally, by the ‘authorities.'” (08/03/17)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2017/08/03/the-maze-of-consent/

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54) Which bus would you take?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“You are about to take a bus from Zurich to Milan, right over the Alps. You have three buses to choose from: 1. Bus A is a self-driving machine, fitted with a rear-mounted camera and the latest automatic steering mechanism, designed by noted Swiss engineer Johan Taylor. When the camera sees that the bus has deviated too far to the right of the road, it automatically steers the bus to the left, and vice versa. 2. Bus B is driven by Johanna Yellen, widely regarded as one of Switzerland’s best bus drivers. 3. Bus C is a complicated human/machine hybrid. It has forward looking cameras, that feed road images into a large building, in real time. About 10,000 bus drivers sit at the controls of a simulator, and steer the bus as they think is appropriate. The average of all of their steering decisions is fed back to the bus in real time, in order to adjust the steering mechanism.” (08/03/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/08/which_bus_would.html

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55) Did Trump really end the CIA’s secret war in Syria?
Source: CounterPunch
by Jeff Mackler

“General Tony Thomas, head of the military’s Special Operations Command, provided, according to The New York Times, ‘the first public confirmation by an American official that the Trump administration had ended a secret C.I.A. program to arm Syrian rebels.’ … In point of fact, yesterday’s ‘covert’ operations in Syria have at least in part been replaced by the Trump administration’s overt ‘no fly zone’ war over Syria today. Utilizing their massive air-power superiority in the region, U.S. fighter jets now routinely attack Syrian government troops and those of its allies from Iran and Hezbollah from Lebanon whenever they move to challenge U.S.-backed and still existing ‘rebel’ positions in areas where the U.S. contemplates a long-term, if not permanent presence.” (08/03/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/03/did-trump-really-end-the-cias-secret-war-in-syria/

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56) SEZ ed
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The great barrier to educational advance in our time is the federal government. The second great barrier? Your state government. The third great barrier? Your local government. Proposals to break up government-subsidized and -enforced school monopolies have ranged from tax credit proposals and voucher programs to charter schools and (the biggest success so far) home schooling. But it may be time to advance something a little … more daring. Break the stranglehold of government on dysfunctional schooling. How? Apply the ‘free trade zone’ (FTZ) idea to education.” (08/03/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/08/03/sez-ed/

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57) Internet censorship bill would spell disaster for speech and innovation
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Elliot Harmon

“There’s a new bill in Congress that would threaten your right to free expression online. If that weren’t enough, it could also put small Internet businesses in danger of catastrophic litigation. Don’t let its name fool you: the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA, S. 1693) wouldn’t help punish sex traffickers. What the bill would do is expose any person, organization, platform, or business that hosts third-party content on the Internet to the risk of overwhelming criminal and civil liability if sex traffickers use their services.” (08/02/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/08/internet-censorship-bill-would-spell-disaster-speech-and-innovation

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58) What if some spies are bad guys?
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“What if the federal government captures in real time the contents of every telephone call, email and text message and all the fiber-optic data generated by every person and entity in the United States 24/7/365? What if this mass surveillance was never authorized by any federal law? What if this mass surveillance has come about by the secret collusion of presidents and their spies in the National Security Agency and by the federal government’s forcing the major telephone and computer service providers to cooperate with it? What if the service providers were coerced into giving the feds continuous physical access to their computers and thus to all the data contained in and passing through those computers?” (08/03/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/08/andrew-p-napolitano/us-spies-enemies-freedom/

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59) If Trump wins on steel, US manufacturers lose
Source: Cato Institute
by Daniel R Pearson

“President Trump and his trade policymakers have made no secret of their desire to restrict steel imports as part of their focus on US manufacturing. But the broad US manufacturing community will not be well-served by such a move. What those limitations will actually do is increase US steel prices above their already high levels.” (08/02/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trump-wins-steel-us-manufacturers-lose

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60) A government healthcare alternative
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“Everyone keeps talking about a goal of having coverage — coverage even if you don’t have money or don’t have pre-existing conditions. But that is not, I think, the real human need here. The real need is to be protected from catastrophe, a personal health-care crisis so expensive it might bankrupt you, or even worse, might deny you the ability to get the full range of life-saving care. Everything else in the health care debate and rolled up in Obamacare is secondary to this need. Sure there are many other ‘asks’ out there for things people would like to have or wish they had or might kind of like to have, but satisfy this need and the majority of Americans will be satisfied.” (08/02/17)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2017/08/a-government-healthcare-alternative.html

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

61) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 74
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J. Collins

“Episode 074 welcomes Russ Fugal to the podcast in a two part conversation with Skyler and Morgan. The topics covered in this first part include smartphones, career moves, Russ’s childhood homeschooling, his unchanging degree of conservatism during the 9/11 crisis period, Ron Paul and the 2008 and 2012 elections, environmentalism, his evolution toward libertarianism and anarchism, ‘Who would Jesus incarcerate?,’ voluntary prisons, and the country’s Wizard of Oz moment c/o of Donald Trump.” [Flash audio] (08/03/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/episode-074-russs-journey-part-one-politics-51m

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62) The Brion McClanahan Show, episode 99
Source: Brion McClanahan

“You’ve probably heard this before from a half-witted modern academic: ‘The only difference between the CSA Constitution and the USA Constitution was slavery.’ Right. No one thought about anything else, except they did. I discuss the Confederate Constitution and the difference between the two documents as part of the American constitutional tradition in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/03/17)

https://www.brionmcclanahan.com/blog/podcast-episode-99-the-confederate-states-constitution/

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63) $20 Trillion Reasons
Source: Reason

“Lady Gaga parody written and performed by Remy.” [Flash video] (08/03/17)

http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/08/03/remy-20-trillion-lady-gaga-parody

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64) Bitcoin.com Podcast, 08/03/17
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Chris Kline the COO of Bitcoin IRA tells the Bitcoin.com podcast how the company got started offering a retirement plan based off of bitcoin.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/03/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/new-bitcoin-com-podcast-episode-with-bitcoin-iras-chris-kline/

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65) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/03/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou, Shane, and Knight discuss how to deal with a week long power outage and a second case of Baltimore cops manufacturing evidence in drug cases. They also discuss how political action does not bring freedom because cops in Colorado are now locking people in cages for regulations instead of prohibition. With numerous police raids at the wrong houses and botched investigations, a mainstream, conservative journal calls for getting tough with cops.” [various formats] (08/03/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14883

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66) Free Talk Live, 08/02/17
Source: Free Talk Live

Rentboy.com CEO Sentenced to Prison :: Male Escorts :: Legalize Prostitution :: Govt Destroys Family :: Punishing Children :: Racist Ralph :: Student in Gorilla Suit’s Offensive Counter-Protest is Free Speech :: FDA Considering Nicotine Reduction :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/02/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-08-02

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67) The Tom Woods Show, episode 966
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Mises Institute president Jeff Deist, who was Ron Paul’s last chief of staff, delivered an excellent and well-received talk at the Corax libertarian conference in Malta last week. As usual, though, emotional hypochondria got the better of a small group of left- and establishment libertarians, who are denouncing the speech in hysterical terms.” [various formats] (08/02/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-966-left-libertarians-and-their-endless-moral-outrage/

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68) PanAm Podcast, 08/02/17
Source: PanAm Post

“Polish Artist Agnieszka Pilat Discusses Growing Up Under Communism.” [Flash video] (08/02/17)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2017/08/02/panam-podcast-at-freedomfest-polish-artist-agnieszka-pilat/

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