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In the News:

1) Venezuela: Regime crushes military rebellion, official says
2) MN: FBI investigators seek suspects in mosque bombing
3) Blockchain data suggests someone is trying to slow down Bitcoin Cash
4) US State Department “disturbed by irregularities” in Rwanda landslide vote
5) UN imposes tougher [sic] US-drafted sanctions on North Korea
6) AL: Controversial appointment clouds US Senate race
7) White House warns “potentially ambitious” Republicans about 2020
8) Leo Varadkar: Northern Ireland same-sex marriage “only a matter of time”
9) CA: Vegans bully butcher shop into hanging animal-rights sign
10) Report: Stock market could cripple Trump administration before Mueller does
11) Security theater: TSA phases in more intrusive domestic screening procedures
12) Trump vacation site sparks feud between New England, New Jersey
13) IN: Photos of sleeping officers spark investigation
14) VT: Norman Rockwell Museum could bedcome cannabis dispensary
15) Venezuela: Pro-government assembly fires dissident prosecutor
16) Fox News host Eric Bolling suspended after lewd photo accusation
17) Philippines: Breastfeeding event attracts 2,000 mothers
18) KY: McConnell to push bipartisan bailout for health insurers
19) White House “dump” getting a makeover
20) Delusional Dem activist: Maxine Waters next House speaker

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) 8:15am. 72 years, 140,000 souls.
22) Immigration and social engineering
23) Mueller v. Trump: Ain’t life grand?
24) The cure for medical socialism
25) Ban the bomb
26) Transgender people not a “burden;” massive military budget is
27) Local activism opportunities everywhere! But how do I do it?
28) Questions about Medicaid that are never asked
29) How doctors can stop the opioid crisis at its source: Quit overprescribing
30) Rent-seeking: One small example
31) The three paradoxes disrupting American politics
32) Suit, robe, or uniform: Does it matter what criminals wear?
33) Highway robbery
34) Someone just noticed that Trump is getting stuff done
35) California cancer: Best to excise or contain bad government
36) How a nice girl like me turned into a gun-toting survivalist prepper
37) Massachusetts: Ground Zero in the battle for the soul of the Democratic Party?
38) The Burkean lessons of children’s lemonade stands
39) The rhetoric of libertarians and the unfortunate appeal to the alt-right
40) No one could plan the cloud computing revolution
41) What’s worse: Trump’s campaign agenda or empowering generals and CIA operatives to subvert it?
42) Dawn of the dead: Why American politics can’t be reformed
43) Truman, A-bombs, and the killing of innocents
44) Trump’s trivial pursuit of New Hampshire’s opioid crisis
45) Locked in: The true causes of mass incarceration and how to achieve real reform
46) The frontlines of cyber repression: Thailand and the crop top king
47) Atomic bombs: What my momma (never) told me
48) Has Seymour Hersh debunked “Russiagate?”
49) Neil deGrasse Tyson is wrong; schools don’t cause science ignorance
50) A note on the “natural” rate of interest
51) Nietzsche for our times
52) Gatekeeping 2.0
53) Anti-populist coward Jeff Sessions threatens the First Amendment
54) Where Trump might be vulnerable
55) Europe’s leaders struggle over a Trump strategy

The Sound and the Fury:

56) A tale of two “fugitives” and copyright law
57) Free Talk Live, 08/05/17
58) Praise of Folly Podcast, 08/05/17
59) The Back Story, episode 23
60) We Are Libertarians, episode 220
61) Reason Podcast, 08/04/17
62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 75
63) Felony Friday, episode 83
64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 968
65) Anarcho Agenda, episode 30

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

1) Venezuela: Regime crushes military rebellion, official says
Source: Reuters

“Venezuelan authorities have suppressed a military rebellion near the central city of Valencia, a ruling official said on Sunday, days after President Nicolas Maduro formed a legislative superbody internationally condemned as a power grab. Socialist Party deputy Diosdado Cabello made the announcement shortly after the release of a video showing a group of men in military uniform announcing a rebellion and calling for a broad uprising against President Nicolas Maduro. One witness in the area of a military base in the town of Naguanagua reported hearing gunshots before dawn, but Cabello said the situation had been brought under control.” (08/06/17)

https://in.reuters.com/article/venezuela-politics-idINKBN1AM0HK

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2) MN: FBI investigators seek suspects in mosque bombing
Source: Detroit News

“FBI investigators are seeking suspects after an explosive device tore through part of a suburban Minneapolis mosque as people were preparing for morning prayers, damaging a room but not causing any injuries, authorities and witnesses said. The blast happened at around 5 a.m. Saturday at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, according to Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts. Windows of the imam’s office were shattered, either by the blast or by an object thrown through them, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. … Saturday’s bombing comes amid a rise in reports of anti-Muslim incidents in the U.S., including arson attacks and vandalism at mosques, harassment of women wearing Muslim head coverings and bullying of Muslim schoolchildren.” (08/06/17)

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/nation/2017/08/06/minnesota-mosque-explosion/104352554/

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3) Blockchain data suggests someone is trying to slow down Bitcoin Cash
Source: Bitcoin.com

“It’s been five days since the fork, and the Bitcoin Cash (BCH/BCC) blockchain is still on the move as 85 blocks have been processed by miners so far. The 85th block was mined by the mining pool Bitclub, a newcomer to the BCH network. The BCH chain is moving a bit more consistently now, but mining profitability and the gaming of the currency’s mining difficulty continues to be a struggle for the newly born network. … Miners who support the new chain want the difficulty to drop. The difficulty did eventually fall several times, but the price also dived into the low $200s as well, making it 311% more profitable to mine on the BTC chain. The next difficulty drop should lock in soon and the Bitclub pool entry may indicate more miners are becoming attracted to this chain. Some people think a ‘malicious’ miner might be gaming the network, to hinder further difficulty adjustments.” (08/06/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/blockchain-data-reveals-someone-is-trying-to-slow-down-bitcoin-cash/

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4) US State Department “disturbed by irregularities” in Rwanda landslide vote
Source: USA Today

“The United States said Saturday it was ‘disturbed by irregularities observed during voting’ in Rwanda’s election, which longtime President Paul Kagame won with nearly 99% of the vote. A State Department statement reiterated ‘long-standing concerns over the integrity of the vote-tabulation process.’ Kagame easily won a third term in office in what he had called ‘a formality.’ He faces another seven years leading the small East African nation praised for its economic performance but criticized for its silencing of opponents. Electoral authorities said Kagame won 98.63% of the vote. Neither of his two challengers won a full percentage point. The U.S. statement also said it remains ‘concerned by the lack of transparency in determining the eligibility of prospective candidates,’ and it commended Rwanda’s media for reporting on complaints of harassment of some opposition candidates. Kagame faced two challengers, while three others were disqualified for allegedly failing to fulfil requirements including collecting enough signatures.” [editor’s note: So I guess the empire’s attempted coup there must have failed? – SAT] (08/05/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/08/05/rwanda-landslide-vote-united-states/542577001

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5) UN imposes tougher [sic] US-drafted sanctions on North Korea
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday including a ban on coal and other exports totaling more than $1 billion — a huge bite in its total exports, valued at $3 billion last year. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley praised the new sanctions, telling council members after the vote that it is ‘the single largest economic package ever leveled against the North Korean regime.’ The resolution also bans countries from giving any additional permits to North Korean laborers, another source of money for Kim Jong Un’s regime. And it prohibits all new joint ventures with North Korean companies and bans new foreign investment in existing ones. The U.S.-drafted measure, negotiated with North Korea’s neighbor and ally China, is aimed at increasing economic pressure on Pyongyang to return to negotiations on its nuclear and missile programs. The Security Council has already imposed six rounds of sanctions that have failed to halt North Korea’s drive to improve its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons capabilities.” (08/05/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/UN-imposes-tough-new-sanctions-on-North-Korea-11736648.php

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6) AL: Controversial appointment clouds US Senate race
Source: ABC News

“Alabama Sen. Luther Strange got his appointment to Congress earlier this year from a governor who later resigned under the cloud of an ethics scandal. The appointment by then-Gov. Robert Bentley gave Strange the advantage of incumbency in the race to replace Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate. It also became his chief liability since Strange, as state attorney general, oversaw the investigation of Bentley. ‘He’s got too many Bentley cooties on him. He can’t wash them off,’ said Kevin Spriggs, a Baldwin County voter. The sex-tainted scandal that ended Bentley’s political career is dragging into the U.S. Senate race as rivals try to capitalize on what they see as Strange’s Achilles heel.” (08/05/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/controversial-appointment-clouds-us-senate-race-alabama-49052885

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7) White House warns “potentially ambitious” Republicans about 2020
Source: The Hill

“The White House on Saturday sent a warning to any Republicans potentially looking to challenge President Trump in 2020. ‘The president is as strong as he’s ever been in Iowa, and every potentially ambitious Republican knows that,’ White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told The New York Times for a story about possible Republicans eyeing 2020. The newspaper reported on speculation that several top Republicans could be looking to challenge Trump, who has yet to achieve a major legislative accomplishment and is grappling with the ongoing probe into ties between his presidential campaign and Russia.” (08/05/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/345459-white-house-warns-potentially-ambitious-republicans-about-2020

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8) Leo Varadkar: Northern Ireland same-sex marriage “only a matter of time”
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Leo Varadkar has said it is “only a matter of time” before same-sex marriage is introduced in Northern Ireland. The Irish prime minister was speaking at a Belfast Pride breakfast event in the city on Saturday morning. The Republic of Ireland’s first openly gay leader, said he was attending the event as a ‘gesture of solidarity.’ Northern Ireland is the only place in the UK where a ban on same-sex marriage still exists. In 2015, the Republic of Ireland voted to legalise same-sex marriage in a referendum.” (08/04/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-40833700

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9) CA: Vegans bully butcher shop into hanging animal-rights sign
Source: Fox News

“Vegan extremists have bullied a mom-and-pop butcher shop in California’s most liberal city into hanging an animal-rights sign in the window that the shop owners say amounts to ‘ethical extortion.’ The Local Butcher Shop, of Berkeley, had been targeted for months by nearly naked protesters dripping in fake blood. The protests had been organized by the vegan group Direct Action Everywhere, or DXE, which said they would continue if the shop’s owners, Monica and Aaron Rocchino, didn’t cave in to their demands. ‘To be threatened and forced to abide by their beliefs just makes me sad,’ Monica Rocchino told The Guardian Wednesday. ‘Their tactics are really extremist … This is ethical extortion.’ The paper quoted Matt Johnson, a Direct Action Everywhere organizer, as saying that he and his group challenge places that market their businesses as humane to animals.” (08/05/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2017/08/05/vegans-bully-california-butcher-shop-into-hanging-animal-rights-sign.html

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10) Report: Stock market could cripple Trump administration before Mueller does
Source: Raw Story

“President Donald Trump has been trumpeting the roaring stock market over the last weeks as evidence of the effectiveness of his policies — in spite of the fact that he has yet to implement any economic legislation or pass any laws through Congress. According to Vanity Fair‘s William D. Cohan, the stock market is in fact a bubble that’s overdue for a significant ‘correction’ — an event that could sour the Republican Party on Trump even before Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation brings any charges or indictments. Cohan wrote that the Dow Jones Industrial Average ‘is up around 20 percent since Election Day. With few other accomplishments to boast about, Trump is more than happy to take credit for the market’s rise.’ However, the market is in fact actually moving slightly slower than it was this time last year and even so, it’s under economic laws and conditions put in place by the Obama administration.” [editor’s note: The continued growth of the stock market has more to do with expectations than with existing policies; they know there will either be pro-business moves made, or NONE – SAT] (08/05/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/trumps-beloved-stock-market-could-cripple-his-administration-before-mueller-does-report

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11) Security theater: TSA phases in more intrusive domestic screening procedures
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Those more stringent security inspection standards that the Department of Homeland Security recently stared requiring for overseas airports are being implemented for domestic travel as well. The Transportation Security Administration said this week that persons who use the regular (non-PreCheck) screening lanes will be required to remove all electronic devices larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and put them in a separate bin to go through the x-ray machines. This includes tablet-sized devices. The devices should have nothing else below or on top of them — the same way laptops have been handled for several years. TSA said the procedure will help its officers see a better x-ray image. The new requirement will not apply for persons using TSA’s PreCheck lanes, but be prepared for this for those times you don’t get selected, or your airline does not participate with PreCheck.” (08/05/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/cmcginnis/2017/08/05/tsa-phases-in-tougher-domestic-screening-procedures

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12) Trump vacation site sparks feud between New England, New Jersey
Source: Fox News

“President Trump’s choice of New Jersey for his 17-day vacation has sparked a snarky feud between some writers for the Boston Globe and defenders of the Garden State. Just as in the American Revolution, the first shot was fired in Massachusetts. Globe staffers Matt Viser and Annie Linskey wrote an essay questioning Trump’s taste in choosing to spend time in Bedminster, New Jersey, rather than various New England locales that have been favored by recent presidents. ‘It’s no Martha’s Vineyard or Kennebunkport,’ they sniffed about New Jersey. ‘It can’t compare to Hyannisport, to name the prominent New England playgrounds where modern presidents have gone to unwind.” (08/05/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/05/trump-vacation-site-sparks-feud-between-new-england-new-jersey.html

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13) IN: Photos of sleeping officers spark investigation
Source: USA Today

“A pair of Indiana police officers could face disciplinary action after photos of them sleeping in a local cemetery surfaced on social media Saturday morning. The post, which was also shared to at least one Facebook group, was captioned, ‘Check out what we just found at St. Andrew’s Cemetery.’ It includes several images of two officers with the Richmond Police Department, who have not yet been identified, sleeping in a police cruiser along one of the cemetery’s roads around 8 a.m. They appear to be in uniform. Richmond Police Chief Jim Branum said he plans to launch an internal investigation on the matter.” (08/05/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/08/05/richmond-indiana-police-officers-found-sleeping-car/542583001

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14) VT: Norman Rockwell Museum could bedcome cannabis dispensary
Source: Smell the Truth

“A building dedicated to the artwork of Norman Rockwell might soon be selling pot. Vermont’s Norman Rockwell Museum could be converted into a medical marijuana dispensary if sold to a father and son team of investors, reports the Rutland Herald. Daniel Reilly Sr. and Daniel Reilly Jr. are currently applying for state approval to purchase the museum located in Rutland Town. Gov. Phil Scott recently signed a bill to increase the number of state-approved medical dispensaries from four to five, despite vetoing a bill to legalize recreational use earlier this year. Rutland Town’s Select Board chairman Josh Terenzini said he has yet to form an opinion about the Reilly’s plans to open a pot shop.” [editor’s note: I wonder if Norman would have approved – SAT] (08/04/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/08/04/norman-rockwell-museum-could-end-up-as-a-marijuana-dispensary

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15) Venezuela: Pro-government assembly fires dissident prosecutor
Source: Reuters

“Venezuela’s chief prosecutor was fired on Saturday and ordered to stand trial, less than 24 hours after a newly elected legislative superbody was installed with sweeping powers to strengthen President Nicolas Maduro’s grip on power. The prosecutor, Luisa Ortega, had become Maduro’s main challenger from within the ruling socialist movement since the opposition started a round of protests in April. The street marches have left more than 120 people dead as rock-throwing protesters were met by rubber bullets, water cannon and tear gas. She accused him of human rights abuses and of exaggerating the turnout in last weekend’s election of the new 545-member constituent assembly. The opposition, in control of the country’s traditional congress, boycotted the vote. This guaranteed that all candidates for the new body would be Maduro allies.” (08/05/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-idUSKBN1AL0BG

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16) Fox News host Eric Bolling suspended after lewd photo accusation
Source: NBC News

“Longtime Fox News host Eric Bolling has been suspended amid allegations that he texted a lewd photo to multiple female colleagues in years past. A Fox News spokesperson confirmed Saturday that his suspension is ‘pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway.’ Law firm Paul Weiss, which has investigated complaints lodged against other high-profile network employees, is conducting the investigation, the spokesperson said. The suspension comes a day after HuffPost reported that he sent an unsolicited photo of male genitalia to at least two colleagues at Fox Business and one colleague at Fox News.” (08/05/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fox-news-host-eric-bolling-accused-sending-lewd-photo-colleagues-n789846

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17) Philippines: Breastfeeding event attracts 2,000 mothers
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Around 2,000 women came together to breastfeed their babies in the Philippines to promote the health benefits of breast milk.” (08/04/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-40837990/breastfeeding-event-attracts-2000-mothers-in-philippines

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18) KY: McConnell to push bipartisan bailout for health insurers
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A week after an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’d consider a bipartisan effort to continue payments to insurers to avert a costly rattling of health insurance markets. McConnell told reporters Saturday there is ‘still a chance’ the Senate could revive the measure to ‘repeal and replace Obamacare,’ but he acknowledged the window for that is rapidly closing. The Kentucky senator noted Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is working on “some kind of bipartisan approach” that would involve subsidies for insurance companies. Alexander recently said he will work with the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state, on a bill next month that would pay insurers through 2018. In exchange, Alexander wants Democrats to agree to make it easier for states to choose their own health coverage standards that insurers must provide rather than abiding by former President Barack Obama’s law.” (08/05/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/McConnell-tries-to-rally-voters-upset-by-health-11736527.php

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19) White House “dump” getting a makeover
Source: Raw Story

“The White House is set to undergo a major renovation as President Donald Trump left for a 17-day ‘working vacation’ at his golf course in New Jersey, reports said. David Scavino Jr., the president’s social media director Friday tweeted a photograph of an empty Oval Office with a caption that read: ‘One hour after Air Force One is wheels up the Oval Office is empty.’ The work to replace the West Wing’s 27-year-old heating ventilation and air conditioning system has already begun, a White House official told reporters Thursday, the Hill reported.” [editor’s note: So maybe right now it IS a dump, with the construciton in process – SAT] (08/05/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/white-house-to-get-a-makeover-soon

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20) Delusional Dem activist: Maxine Waters next House speaker
Source: Fox News

“Democrats have ‘no reason’ to try to make bipartisan legislative deals with President Trump and should instead wait until next year when outspoken Democrat Maxine Waters leads the House and Chuck Schumer leads the Senate, Democratic activist Robert Patillo said Saturday. ‘Democrats looking at a president hovering around a 30 percent approval rating have no reason to run into a burning building and try to put it out, when they should instead just wait for 2018 when they have Speaker of the House Maxine Waters and Senate leader Chuck Schumer,’ Patillo, an attorney, civil rights activist and Atlanta radio host, told Fox News’ ‘America’s News Headquarters.’ Waters, a California congresswoman, has been one of Trump’s most outspoken Democratic critics, with her calls to impeach him creating buzz about a possible 2020 presidential bid.” [editor’s note: Predicting that (a) the Dems somehow steal back the House, and (b) this dingbat replaces the other CA dingbat as Speaker, is just too silly for comment. … – SAT] (08/05/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/05/maxine-waters-next-house-speaker-dem-strategist.html

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

21) 8:15am. 72 years, 140,000 souls.
Source: Rad Geek People’s Daily
by Rad Geek

“It is worth remembering that the atomic bombing of the Hiroshima city center — the first use of atomic weapons against human targets in the history of the world — a bombing in which the United States government’s forces deliberately targeted a civilian center — a bombing that the United States government carried out with the explicit intention of obliterating an entire city in seconds, in order to ‘break enemy morale’ — an attack in which that government’s forces deliberately turned weapons on civilians that destroyed 90% of an industrial metropolis, and killed between a third and a half of all the people living in it — was, and remains, the deadliest act of terrorism in the history of the world.” (08/06/17)

http://radgeek.com/gt/2017/08/06/815am-72-years-140000-souls/

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22) Immigration and social engineering
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Immigration brings out the social engineers and central planners across the political establishment. We see this clearly in the debate over Donald Trump’s support for legislation that would cut legal immigration in half while tilting it toward well-educated English-speakers and against low-skilled non-English-speakers. Even establishment opponents of Trump’s position believe ‘we’ must update the immigration system to better serve ‘the economy.’ But they disagree on particulars. … Contrary to this establishment view, the economy is not a mechanism. It is, rather, hundreds of millions of American producers and consumers, who also happen to be embedded in a global marketplace. Why can’t they be trusted, without the direction of politicians, to decide for themselves what they need and to engage in social cooperation — that is, among other things, to trade goods and services — to obtain it?” (08/04/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/daily-featured-articles/tgif-immigration-social-engineering/

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23) Mueller v. Trump: Ain’t life grand?
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The Wall Street Journal reports that ‘Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections.’ That report diverges from reality when it comes to purpose. Mueller’s aim (and therefore the grand jury’s real purpose) is to ‘get’ US president Donald Trump and key members of his administration. ‘Russian meddling’ is just the pretext. Trump’s true crime in the eyes of the establishments of both major political parties is that he beat them. First he whipped a large field of certified establishment Republicans in the primaries, then he shut down the ‘inevitable’ Hillary Clinton in last November’s general election. For this he cannot be forgiven. But, well, winning a presidential election isn’t against the law. So they have to find something else to nail him on. It won’t be hard.” (08/06/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11134

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24) The cure for medical socialism
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“I’m a great believer in American exceptionalism, the concept that ‘America is the best idea that anyone ever had for a country.’ As a people, we haven’t always measured up to that idea, but most of us have tried. What makes America exceptional isn’t its people, who are pretty much like people everywhere. It isn’t its spectacular geography or its abundant resources, equivalents to which can be found other places in the world. What makes America different is its Bill of Rights, the idea that it’s We The People who allow the government to exist (a proposition that needs to be reexamined now and again), not the other way around, its embrace of individualism and freedom, and its rejection of collectivism and tyranny. Socialist medicine belongs to the latter category and can accomplish nothing but drag America down.” (08/06/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle934-20170806-02.html

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25) Ban the bomb
Source: Students For Liberty
by Cory Massimino

“Because of the incomprehensible destructive capacity of the weapons the U.S. is trying so desperately to prevent the spread of, it’s not just the citizens of North Korea and the U.S. that are left in this chilling uncertainty about their future, but the entire world. All we citizens of the world do know is that somehow, someway, the fate of over 7 billion people lies in the hands of Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump. That’s part of why nuclear weapons are so damn scary. It’s not just that those two unhinged megalomaniacs are playing a high-stakes game of chicken, gambling the lives of millions and billions in the process. It’s that while nuclear weapons exist, the fate of the world is in someone’s hands.” (08/06/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/08/06/ban-the-bomb/

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26) Transgender people not a “burden;” massive military budget is
Source: In These Times
by Tamara Nassar & Jake Valente

“President Donald Trump recently announced an unofficial ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military, describing their service as a financial ‘burden,’ plagued with ‘tremendous medical costs and disruption.’ Trump’s announcement was followed by a debate within queer communities about what this ban means for the transgender movement as it intersects with an anti-imperialist agenda. Despite dissenting voices, the current discourse on the Left seems to be dominated by cheerleading for the marginal victory of transgender inclusion in the military, sidelining the queer community’s historic resistance to dependence on exploitative institutions, exemplified through the Against Equality organization and The Sylviaa Rivera Project. Let us make one thing clear: The Department of Defense (DOD) should not be celebrated as an economic provider for the marginalized. Instead, we should reimagine a more socio-economically just distribution of resources that does not depend on an institution that enforces war and occupation. Instead of looking to the U.S. military to preserve our rights, we should be dismantling it.” [editor’s note: I love it when “progresssive” pundits remember what they claim to stand for (peace and justice above all else) – SAT] (08/04/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20391/transgender-military-veterans-queer-liberation-war-occupation

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27) Local activism opportunities everywhere! But how do I do it?
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Maharrey

“Last week, I took a long weekend and drove down to Florida with my son to meet my new niece, and visit with my mom and sister. While I was there, I saw something that got me pretty riled up. My mom and sister live in the small island town of Fernandina Beach. It has a population of about 12,500 people. As, I was driving to the grocery, a Fernandina Beach Police Department vehicle went zooming past. And what do I see perched on the roof? Automatic licence plate reader cameras. Of course, this raises a glaring question: Why in the world do cops in a town of less than 13,000 people need ALPRs? And that leads to even more questions. How did this small-town police department pay for this sophisticated technology? What policies do they have in place governing their use? How long do they keep the data? Do they share it with the feds? Did the city council approve the ALPRs? This is the perfect opportunity for some local activism.” (08/05/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/08/local-activism-opportunities-everywhere-but-how-do-i-do-it/

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28) Questions about Medicaid that are never asked
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Who actually pays for Medicaid? Unlike Social Security, which is mostly funded by a payroll tax of 6.2 percent on both employers and employees, and Medicare, which is partially funded by a payroll tax of 1.45 percent on both employers and employees, there is no special tax that funds Medicaid. Funding comes out of the general federal budget that is funded by income taxes. But recipients of Medicaid aren’t the ones who pay for it with their income taxes. Since Medicaid is a means-tested program limited to low-income persons who are usually not paying any income tax in the first place, it is the taxpayers who are not on Medicaid who are actually paying for it. And since someone else is paying the bill, Medicaid recipients are more likely to use the health-care system than Americans who have to pay out of pocket.” (08/04/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/questions-medicaid-never-asked/

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29) How doctors can stop the opioid crisis at its source: Quit overprescribing
Source: USA Today
by Marty Makary

“For most of my surgical career, I gave out opioids like candy. My colleagues and I were unaware that about one in 16 patients become chronic users, according to new research by doctors at the University of Michigan. Even more alarming, research shows that relapse rates after opioid addiction treatment could be as high as 91%. In addition to expanding treatment, it’s time we address the root of the problem: overprescribing. My own aha moment came recently after my father had gallbladder surgery and recovered comfortably at home with a single ibuprofen tablet. Wow. It directly contradicted my residency training 15 years ago, when I was taught to give every surgical patient a prescription for 30-90 opioid tablets upon discharge. Some of my mentors told me that overprescribing prevents late night phone calls asking for more. The medical community at that time ingrained in all of us that opioids were not addictive and urged liberal prescribing. So that’s exactly what we did.” (08/04/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/04/doctors-stop-opioid-crisis-quit-overprescribing-marty-makary-column/504860001

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30) Rent-seeking: One small example
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Economists have long understood that people with special privileges — say, producers protected from foreign competition by tariffs — act in ways that generate outcomes that are less valuable than are the outcomes that would be generated in the absence of such privileges. But in 1967 Gordon [Tullock] said, in effect, ‘The costs of those long-understood inefficiencies, while real and regrettable, are small in comparison with the wastes of resources used when people strive to get such privileges — that is, to seek rents.’ If, say, U.S. tire producers expect that their profits will rise by $200 million if Uncle Sam slaps a punitive tax on Americans who buy non-American-made tires, these tire producers won’t sit around twiddling their steel belts hoping that Uncle Sam will impose such a tariff. These tire producers will actively seek such a tariff; they’ll lobby for it. Yet lobbying requires resources …” (08/05/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/08/rent-seeking-one-small-example.html

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31) The three paradoxes disrupting American politics
Source: The Atlantic
by Amy Zegart

“It is comforting to think that Trump is the only thing standing between us and the good old dysfunctional ways of Washington. But I have my doubts. The president’s disruption engine is powered by three paradoxes. Each was made possible by technological innovations. All will endure long after this ringmaster moves his circus to another town.” (08/05/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/08/trump-paradox-fake-news/536037/

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32) Suit, robe, or uniform: Does it matter what criminals wear?
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Every voluntaryist knows that most people who comprise government are actively committing acts of aggression, directly or indirectly, against innocent people. Government, the state, would not be what we know it to be if this were not the case. Monopolizing the provision of law and order, and stealing from people, are crimes in the voluntaryist sense. Most governments go far beyond this, however, and so they are rightfully considered criminal organizations of varying size and scope. They aren’t the only criminal organizations, though. Cartels, mafias, and street gangs, all of which threaten or commit acts of aggression against innocent people, are likewise illicit. And yes, when businesses engage in crime, they too are criminal organizations. Often businesses will team up with governments to do so.” (08/05/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/suit-robe-uniform-matter-criminals-wear

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33) Highway robbery
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco Den Ouden

“Recently our daughter got married. The wedding was held in Maple Ridge and we had guests from as far away as Australia, Britain and California. My sister-in-law drove out for the wedding from Camrose, Alberta. The wedding was a great success. Unfortunately, the return home for my sister-in-law was not. She was accosted and robbed by armed thugs on the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and the Great Bear Snowshed. These were not your ordinary everyday robbers. They hid behind a badge and pretended their actions were moral and just. They most certainly were not. My sister-in-law fell victim to two laws that jointly were used to extort money from her and provide revenue for a couple of businesses in Hope. Both laws on the surface seem reasonable. But the way they were applied is nothing short of criminal.” (08/04/17)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2017/08/highway-robbery.html

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34) Someone just noticed that Trump is getting stuff done
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“After weeks and months of fixating on tweets and Russia, someone in the press decided to have a look at what the Trump administration has been up to since January. Lo and behold, they discovered that it’s getting a lot done. ‘Trump Has Quietly Accomplished More Than It Appears’ reads the headline in the Atlantic. ‘With the Trump administration’s chaos sucking up all the attention,’ the article begins, ‘it’s been able to move forward on a range of its priorities. … It is remaking the justice system, rewriting environmental rules, overhauling public-lands administration, and greenlighting major infrastructure projects. It is appointing figures who will guarantee the triumph of its ideological vision for decades to come.’ It goes on to detail these achievements, many of which we’ve highlighted on these pages.” (08/04/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/someone-just-noticed-that-trump-is-getting-stuff-done

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35) California cancer: Best to excise or contain bad government
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“What’s ‘Calexit,’ you ask? That is an already-surprisingly-strong move on the part of California — to secede from the United States. A development anyone in the remaining forty-nine who likes less government and winning presidential elections — should wholeheartedly and resoundingly endorse. Of course the Golden State (now Pyrite, actually) isn’t the only bad government growth on our body politic. There are several states and many cities and municipalities who are engaged in California Awful. We obviously can’t count on all of them to excise themselves — so the key is containment.” (08/05/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/08/california-cancer-best-to-excise-or-contain-bad-government/

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36) How a nice girl like me turned into a gun-toting survivalist prepper
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Daisy Luther

“Everyone has heard of those crazy folks who are all ready to hunker down in a bunker with some buckets of freeze-dried food and a bunch of guns – it’s the fodder of quirky news stories and the avatar of many a deranged serial killer in the movies. So how does a perfectly normal person end up turning into a survivalist prepper? I get asked this a lot because I come across as fairly normal and sane. But, despite my average-mom exterior, I’ve been a prepper for more than 20 years and there’s most likely a gun tucked away in my girlie-looking purse. So, let’s dispel a few myths and answer a few questions, shall we?” (08/05/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/08/daisy-luther/became-gun-toting-survivalist-prepper/

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37) Massachusetts: Ground Zero in the battle for the soul of the Democratic Party?
Source: The New Republic
by Graham Vyse

“The headline at The Boston Globe on Wednesday was incredulous: ‘Could 3 people from Massachusetts really run for president?’ Yet it was a question the hometown paper had to ask this week, with news that Barack Obama is urging former Governor Deval Patrick to consider a White House bid and that Representative Seth Moulton plans to attend an Iowa steak fry this September. If either Patrick or Moulton wants to take on President Donald Trump in 2020, they could be entering a Democratic primary field ‘the size of an Iowa cornfield,’ as New York magazine’s Ed Kilgore put it. They could also be facing a fellow Bay Stater who’s a national leader of the ascendent populist-progressive movement: Senator Elizabeth Warren. But if Warren, 68, is a natural heir to the Senator Bernie Sanders wing of the party (if he stays out of the race), both Patrick and Moulton represent different stylistic and substantive paths the party could take. Each also has vulnerabilities that mirror those of other White House hopefuls on the left.” (08/04/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144176/massachusetts-ground-zero-battle-soul-democratic-party

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38) The Burkean lessons of children’s lemonade stands
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Every year when the air turns warm and green leaves bud, the same story seems to repeat itself: A motivated young person opens a lemonade stand, only to have police or a local zoning authority close it down because it lacks a business license. This holds true across the transatlantic sphere, from North America to Europe, summer after summer, like a nightmarish version of Groundhog Day. The most recent case of prominence took place in London last month. Police fined a five-year-old girl £150 (about $195 U.S.) for ‘trading without a permit,’ because she sold lemonade at £1 for a large glass, or 50p for a small.” (08/04/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/08/04/burkean-lessons-childrens-lemonade-stands

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39) The rhetoric of libertarians and the unfortunate appeal to the alt-right
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Steve Horwitz

“The paleo-libertarian seed that Ron Paul, Murray Rothbard, and Lew Rockwell planted in the 1990s has come to bear some really ugly fruit in the last couple of years as elements of the alt-right have made appearances in various libertarian organizations and venues. Back in February, alt-right hero Richard Spencer stirred up a fuss at the International Students for Liberty Conference in DC after being invited to hang out by a group of students calling themselves the ‘Hoppe Caucus.’ Hans-Hermann Hoppe, long associated with the Ludwig von Mises Institute as well as a panoply of racists and anti-Semites, is perhaps the most popular gateway drug for the alt-right incursion into libertarianism. And within the last couple of weeks, Jeff Deist, president of the Mises Institute delivered a talk to students at Mises University entitled ‘For a New Libertarian.'” (08/04/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/08/rhetoric-libertarians-unfortunate-appeal-alt-right/

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40) No one could plan the cloud computing revolution
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Robert Colville

“The availability of cloud computing is not just speeding up innovation, but making it possible. Much of the recent wave of tech innovation — the explosive growth of firms like Airbnb, Lyft or Spotify — would not be possible, or would have been exponentially harder, had those firms had to bolt together their own computer systems, still less had to replicate that capacity in every new market they entered. Access to cloud computing, in other words, is becoming like electricity, or gas, or water, or transport — one of the basic prerequisites for a functioning modern economy. But AWS’s story points to something else. I’ve written quite a lot recently about the way the modern economy — especially the digital bit of it — tends towards monopoly. But those monopolies are a problem of success: they exist, at least in tech, because those companies are so damn good at giving the customers what they want.” (08/056/17)

https://fee.org/articles/no-one-could-plan-the-cloud-computing-revolution/

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41) What’s worse: Trump’s campaign agenda or empowering generals and CIA operatives to subvert it?
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“The last several weeks have ushered in more open acknowledgment of — and cheerleading for — a subversion of Trump’s agenda by unelected military and intelligence officials. Media accounts have been almost unanimous in heralding the arrival of retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as White House Chief of Staff (pictured, top photo), widely depicted as a sign that normalcy is returning to the Executive Branch. … It is certainly valid to point out that these Generals didn’t use tanks or any other show of force to barge into the White House; they were invited there by Trump, who appointed them to these positions. And they only have the power that he agrees that they should exercise. But there’s no denying that Trump is deluged by exactly the kinds of punishments which Schumer warned Trump would be imposed on him if he continued to defy the intelligence community.” (08/05/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/05/whats-worse-trumps-campaign-agenda-or-empowering-generals-and-cia-operatives-to-subvert-it/

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42) Dawn of the dead: Why American politics can’t be reformed
Source: CounterPunch
by Rob Urie

“Soon after he entered office Donald Trump abandoned the populist rhetoric that got him elected and began pushing programs that benefit connected plutocrats. Soon after he entered office Barack Obama abandoned the populist rhetoric that got him elected and began pushing programs that benefit connected plutocrats. Soon after he entered office Bill Clinton abandoned the populist rhetoric that got him elected and began pushing programs that benefit connected plutocrats. Astute readers may detect a pattern here. Populism in each of these cases was the purposeful mischaracterization of class struggle as resentment of the hands that nature and the faux opposition party have dealt working people.” (08/04/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/04/dawn-of-the-dead-why-american-politics-cant-be-reformed/

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43) Truman, A-bombs, and the killing of innocents
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“The U.S. government never needed atomic bombs to commit mass murder, but it dropped them anyway. (Remember this when judging the official U.S. moralistic stance toward Iran.) Its ‘conventional’ weapons have been potent enough. (See the earlier firebombing of Tokyo.) Nor did it need the bombs to persuade Japan to surrender; the Japanese government had been suing for peace. The U.S. government may not have used atomic weapons since 1945, but it has not yet given up mass murder as a political/military tactic.” (08/06/17)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2017/08/truman-bombs-and-killing-of-innocents.html

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44) Trump’s trivial pursuit of New Hampshire’s opioid crisis
Source: The American Prospect
by Gabrielle Gurley

“New Hampshire can be safely added to the encyclopedia of people, places, and things that the 45th president of the United States has publically insulted or, in the case of the Granite State, denigrated on the phone with foreign leaders. In his continuing desire to remind the world that Americans elected him and not Hillary Clinton to put his business acumen to work on drug abuse and trafficking across the southern border, he told Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in late January, ‘I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den.’ (As usual, Trump has a tenuous acquaintance with verifiable facts. He did win the first-in-the-nation Republican presidential primary but Clinton inched to victory in New Hampshire in November 2016.)” [editor’s note: Her point about him winning the primary there (which mattered), but losing in the election (irrelevant to the EC), is as trivial as the rest of this article; read my lips: the opioid crisis is the fault of Big Pharma and the AMA (as the USA Today article in this same issue clearly states), with DEA/CIA collusion after the fact – SAT] (08/04/17)

http://prospect.org/article/trump%E2%80%99s-trivial-pursuit-new-hampshire%E2%80%99s-opioid-crisis

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45) Locked in: The true causes of mass incarceration and how to achieve real reform
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Jason Lee Byas

“Of all the State’s activities, incarceration — especially on a mass-scale — is probably one of the most brutal, disruptive, and inhumane. Of all the state’s activities, the census is probably one of the most… boring. But if we care about the former, we should care about the latter. As it stands, the census counts prisoners as residing where they’re currently situated — the prison. That matters, because while prisoners can’t vote, they drive up the census numbers for the communities where they’re counted. Those communities (often otherwise very small) tend to see their prisons as major sources of economic opportunity, and will do anything to keep them there. What all this means is that the way the state takes its census gives wildly disproportionate power to those with strong incentives to block decarceration efforts.” (08/04/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/49824

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46) The frontlines of cyber repression: Thailand and the crop top king
Source: Niskanen Center
by Allison Pytlak and Brandon Valeriano

“Thailand is known for its beautiful beaches, where tourists flock in droves searching for relaxation and culture. But it’s beginning to gain a more notorious reputation for human rights abuses. Digital freedom is receding as governments ramp up cyber repression against activists and critics, and Thailand is quickly gaining notoriety as one of these aggressors. In June, a man was sentenced to 35 years in prison, though originally faced 75 years, for sharing Facebook posts that were insulting to the Thai monarchy. In May, authorities threatened to shut down Facebook if it did not find a way to remove ‘inappropriate’ content posted by users. In an era where elections are being hacked and cyber crime is a regular occurrence, why is one man going to prison because of Facebook?” (08/04/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/frontlines-cyber-repression-thailand-crop-top-king/

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47) Atomic bombs: What my momma (never) told me
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall

“Some 72 years ago this month, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. An estimated 60,000 to 80,000 people were killed instantly in Hiroshima and another 40,000 were immediately killed when Nagasaki was bombed. In the coming days, weeks, months, and years, thousands more would die as a result of the blast, many from the effects of radiation. I remember the first time I learned about the dropping of the atomic bombs — likely because I thought I was in trouble.” (08/04/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/08/04/atomic-bombs-what-my-momma-never-told-me/

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48) Has Seymour Hersh debunked “Russiagate?”
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Journalist Seymour Hersh has given us good reason to believe what many have long suspected: that the ‘hacking’ of the Democratic National Committee, which supposedly delivered the White House to Donald Trump, was an inside job. In a recorded phone conversation (here’s a transcript) with Ed Butowsky, a Republican operative who has been financing an investigation of the Seth Rich affair, Hersh told Butowsky that Seth Rich, who worked for the DNC and was murdered on July 10, 2016, was in contact with WikiLeaks, and wanted money for access to the DNC emails.” [editor’s note: Hersh hasn’t “debunked Russiagate,” because he hasn’t journalistically addressed “Russiagate.” We have no idea whether or not he holds himself to the same standards of evidence, honesty, etc. in private phone conversations as he does when writing for publication – TLK] (08/04/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/08/03/seymour-hersh-debunked-russia-gate/

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49) Neil deGrasse Tyson is wrong; schools don’t cause science ignorance
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“It’s true that a lot of Americans don’t have a very good grasp of science. Only about half of Americans believe that human beings evolved over time, fewer parents are vaccinating their children, and while most people accept that climate change is happening, they don’t think it will affect their lives. But are public schools to blame for this? That’s what astrophysicist and ‘Cosmos’ star Neil deGrasse Tyson seemed to say when he recently tweeted, ‘The rise of flat-Earthers in society provides some of the best evidence for the failure of our educational system.’ Tyson also told an interviewer for the Huffington Post, ‘I blame the education system that can graduate someone into adulthood who cannot tell the difference between what is and is not true about this world.’ Tyson was likely reacting to news stories about the dramatic growth in the flat Earth movement. Yes, there really are people who believe the Earth is flat.” [editor’s note: This guy will die defending government schooling with his last breath, even when the charge is correct – SAT] (08/03/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170803/neil-degrasse-tyson-is-wrong-schools-dont-cause-science-ignorance

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50) A note on the “natural” rate of interest
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“The term ‘natural’ has multiple meanings and even more connotations. It often means something like free from human interference, and sometimes comes with a connotation of better or healthier. When economists refer to a ‘natural rate of interest,’ however, those definitions don’t work. Obviously no interest rate can be free of human interference. It might mean something like ‘free of government interference,’ but economists have given the term an entirely different meaning.” (08/04/17)

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

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51) Nietzsche for our times
Source: spiked
by Patrick West

“Since his death in 1900, there have been three central falsehoods, myths or profound misunderstandings about the meaning of the work of Friedrich Nietzsche. Without doubt the most grievous is that he was the inspiration for Nazism and godfather of the Third Reich. In reality, he loathed anti-Semites for their petty resentment, and he deplored German nationalism for having such a deleterious effect on German culture. The herd mentality of the mass rallies later seen at Nuremberg epitomised what he deplored. … A second falsehood is that this ultra-radical self-proclaimed ‘anti-Christ’ was ultimately responsible for his own madness, which consumed him in 1889. This is what happens when you reject God and his morality, said the Christians. The more prosaic truth was that his madness was caused by syphilis. A third, more recent myth is that he is responsible for postmodern, nihilist relativism.” (08/04/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/nietzsche-for-our-times/

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52) Gatekeeping 2.0
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“There once was opinion hegemony, almost a monopoly. Official gatekeepers kept unwanted ideas –– including some of mine, including many I strongly oppose — out of public consideration. Then came the online media revolution, which switched influence from corporate, academic-approved media outlets to truly new media, like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. And now? The counter-revolution.” (08/04/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/08/04/gatekeeping-2-0/

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53) Anti-populist coward Jeff Sessions threatens the First Amendment
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“When you take a look at which issues Jeff Sessions gets most passionate about (asset forfeiture, drug war foolishness, cracking down on media), there’s one thing that ties it all together. He has a very deep-seated and visceral disdain for the American public. He’s your typical cowardly prosecutor looking to make a name for himself by picking on the weak and dispossessed, while never targeting elite criminals. One thing you’ll always notice about Sessions is how much of a thug he is. He’d never dare take on a bank executive or powerful politician, but prefers to marshal resources toward the most anti-populist crusades possible. His latest move to target freedom of the press is no exception.” (08/04/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/08/04/anti-populist-coward-jeff-sessions-threatens-the-first-amendment/

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54) Where Trump might be vulnerable
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Ordinarily, a special prosecutor would have evidence that a certain crime has been committed and would be investigating whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant an indictment for that crime. That’s not what Mueller is doing. It’s clear that he is on a giant wide-ranging fishing expedition in which he and his cohorts are examining evidence in which they hope to find a crime — any crime — on which to get Trump. And that’s where Trump is likely to be in danger, especially given that he is a businessman and a builder. One of the biggest benefits of the regulated economy is that it provides federal officials with the ability to prosecute businessmen, builders, and bankers for economic crimes.” (08/04/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/08/04/trump-might-vulnerable/

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55) Europe’s leaders struggle over a Trump strategy
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“‘We have to understand, that we Europeans must fight for our own future and destiny,’ said Angela Merkel. This was the German chancellor speaking to a crowd of supporters in May, after a testy few days of a G7 summit that included reports in German news media that Donald Trump had called her country ‘very bad’ for selling so many cars to the United States — and which saw the U.S. president emerge as the only G7 dissenter on combating climate change. If her comments were colored with dislike for her fellow leader (she has had a strained, occasionally insulting relationship with Trump from their first meeting in March), Merkel was also attempting to turn a bad transatlantic relationship into a win for Europe. It’s a new situation for Europe’s politicians. As the director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, Mark Leonard, notes: ‘Trump is the first American president since the EU was created not to be in favor of deeper European integration.’ Merkel’s subtext now is that the Union must come together not with the support of the U.S., but because of its hostility.” (08/04/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-europe-commentary-idUSKBN1AK1YD

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

56) A tale of two “fugitives” and copyright law
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Last Summer, Artem Vaulin, the alleged operator of KickassTorrents, was arrested in Poland and the website was taken down. The US Department of Justice has sought to extradite Vaulin, who is still in a Polish jail. According to the Hollywood Reporter Vaulin has retained some of the attorneys working on behalf of Kim Dotcom, the alleged operator of another file sharing website Megaupload. Like Vaulin, Dotcom is not an American citizen and does not live in the United States. Dotcom has also not been extradited to face trial.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (08/06/17)

http://fpp.cc/a-tale-of-two-fugitives-and-copyright-law/

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57) Free Talk Live, 08/05/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Boats and Drug Smuggling :: Man of the Earth Arrested in Boat :: Merger of Church and State? :: Birth Control :: ACLJ :: Faith-Based Initiatives :: Bitcoin and Gold :: Bitcoin’s Incredible Week :: Police and Respect :: Enforcing Laws :: Quotas :: Social Security :: War on Drugs :: Prison System :: Plea Deals :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/05/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-08-05

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58) Praise of Folly Podcast, 08/05/17
Source: Attack The System

“Todd Lewis is joined by Keith Preston to analyze whether the thesis of Thaddeus Russell that true freedom is embodied in libertinism.” [Flash video] (08/05/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/08/06/vice-vs-virtue-which-is-the-best-foundation-for-liberty/

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59) The Back Story, episode 23
Source: Everything Voluntary

“The Back Story 023 looks at what really happened with Japanese internment during World War II.” [various formats] (08/05/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/back-story-023-americas-dirty-secret-3m

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60) We Are Libertarians, episode 220
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle, Gregory Lenz, Cat Anagnos, and Tad Western discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of the Trump Administration.” [various formats] (08/05/17)

http://wearelibertarians.com/220-president-trump-good-bad-ugly/

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61) Reason Podcast, 08/04/17
Source: Reason

“In the latest Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie talks with Michael Munger of Duke’s political science department, who has written a caustic, fair, and even generous review of [Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains for the Independent Institute.” [various formats] (08/04/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/08/04/michael-munger-podcast

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62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 75
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #75, I discuss wars across the Middle East and the roles Saudi Arabia and Iran play. The split between Iran and Saudi Arabia has prolonged conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Israel, Afghanistan, and Qatar. I break down the role each side plays in the different conflicts. I also update Trump, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria.” [various formats] (08/04/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-75-war-across-the-middle-east-iran-v-saudi-arabia

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63) Felony Friday, episode 83
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday host John Odermatt unveils a unique format for the show. Instead of being joined by a guest, this is a special, first of a kind solo show hosted by John. As always on Felony Friday, there are some incredible topics to analyze. First, John talks about a couple criminal justice stories that you should be sharing and discussing with your friends. Next, he weighs in on some stories that have been discussed in the mainstream media, but as per usual the main stream media has missed the most important takeaway. And lastly, John weighs in on a controversial topic and asks if ‘it’s a crime, and if they should do time.'” [various formats] (08/04/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/08/04/felony-friday-083-it-is-time-to-legalize-marijuana/

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64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 968
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“You’d think ‘I want to free you’ would be an easy message to sell — and yet it isn’t. Why is that? This episode is the talk I gave at LibertyFest 2014 in Brooklyn, New York.” [various formats] (08/04/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-968-why-liberty-is-so-hard-to-sell-and-can-we-do-anything-about-it/

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65) Anarcho Agenda, episode 30
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“A Canadian app rewards users for making government-approved choices, but invades privacy, Police are lying and planting drugs, and visitors to this year’s Edinburgh Tattoo will see a Jacobite ambush reenactment.” [various formats] (08/04/17)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-30-2017-08-04

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Thomas L. Knapp
Steve Trinward

Editors Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
R. Lee Wrights
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