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In the News:

1) Syria: Islamist rebels break siege of Aleppo in setback to Assad regime
2) Turkey: Erdogan backs return to premeditated state killing of prisoners at Istanbul rally
3) Thailand: Junta says voters overwhelmingly approve junta-backed constitution
4) Iran: Regime executes nuclear scientist for spying for US
5) Judge quashes Gary Johnson/Jill Stein debate lawsuit
6) Yemen: Peace talks on pause mode for a month
7) CT: Regime launches plan to hide absence of victims’ consent
8) Belgium: Islamic State claims machete attacks
9) Iraq: 14 Daesh Takfiris allegedly killed as Iraqi army jets strike areas in Anbar
10) Brazil: Man shot dead near famed Maracana Stadium after Rio Olympics opening ceremony
11) Brazil: Vietnam gets milestone gold
12) Leader of American Nazi Party: Trump win will be “a real opportunity” for us
13) Icahn declines to join Trump economic team
14) Thailand: Vote on new constitution could dilute democracy
15) Rubio: No abortions for pregnant women infected with Zika virus
16) OH: THC-laced candy causes overreactions at concert
17) Chinese fleet sails near Japanese Senkaku islands
18) First controlled study on marijuana and PTSD is set to begin
19) US regime discloses more conditions for lethal drone strikes
20) Global warming could thaw waste buried in old Greenland military base

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Obama’s forgotten victims
22) Proudly preaching to the choir since 1996
23) Vote if you must … then do what really matters
24) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 91
25) Statism is powerful drug: Not everyone is ready to discard their dogma
26) They take your assets, then let you beg to get them back
27) DRM: You have the right to know what you’re buying!
28) Sorry, Hillary, voting for the lesser of two evils is textbook blame-shifting
29) What Americans want from the world
30) Latest jobs data: The worst expansion in 30 years continues
31) Work or die
32) “Post-truth politics”: A smear on the masses
33) Mercy in the age of mandatory minimums
34) GOP has no reason to stick with Trump
35) The Russians are coming
36) The evil ruler as God’s servant
37) How many Americans will die because of the FDA’s vaping rule?
38) Actually, Trump has a point
39) As Republicans defect, will Clinton tack right?
40) Yet again: There’s nothing particularly unique about trade that is international
41) Mundane lives don’t matter, so don’t try to exercise your rights
42) Police violence: Peace isn’t the priority
43) The Tom Woods Show, episode 709
44) Suspicion confirmed
45) Money supply arguments are flawed
46) Gold revisited
47) Rio Olympics a reflection of our shared global crisis
48) Free Talk Live, 08/06/16
49) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 99
50) Free Thoughts Podcast, 08/05/16
51) 71th anniversary of the A-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
52) The new cable
53) Nationalism and soldier-worship are always bipartisan
54) All politics, laws lead to slavery
55) Obama expands ISIS bombing campaign to fourth country, media barely notice

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

1) Syria: Islamist rebels break siege of Aleppo in setback to Assad regime
Source: CNN

“After months of being pummeled from the air and by Syrian artillery, an Islamist-led rebel coalition has made a dramatic breakthrough in relieving the siege of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. Their assault — the first test for a new group born out of al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate — appears to have taken the exhausted Syrian army by surprise. … The rebel offensive has been led by Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly the al Nusra Front. Two weeks ago, al Nusra very publicly declared it was breaking its long-standing ties with al Qaeda to build closer alliances with other jihadist and rebel groups in Syria.” (08/07/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/07/middleeast/syria-aleppo-changing-landscape/

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2) Turkey: Erdogan backs return to premeditated state killing of prisoners at Istanbul rally
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told a vast rally in Istanbul that he would approve the return of the death penalty if it was backed by parliament and the public. He was speaking to at least a crowd of at least a million who had gathered in Turkey’s biggest city. The rally followed last month’s failed military coup. Mr Erdogan also said the state would be cleansed of all supporters of the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. The cleric is blamed by the Turkish government for the attempted uprising. He denies any involvement.” (08/08/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37003819

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3) Thailand: Junta says voters overwhelmingly approve junta-backed constitution
Source: Epoch Times

“Thai voters on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a new junta-backed constitution that lays the foundation for a civilian government influenced by the military and controlled by appointed — rather than elected — officials. In a referendum called by the military government, 62 percent of the voters said they approved of the new constitution, while 38 percent rejected it, Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn told reporters. He said that 91 percent of the ballots had been counted, and that the result was not expected to change much after all votes are in.” (08/07/16)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2133388-thai-voters-overwhelmingly-approve-junta-backed-constitution/

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4) Iran: Regime executes nuclear scientist for spying for US
Source: Reuters

“Iran has executed an Iranian nuclear scientist detained in 2010 when he returned home from the United States, after a court convicted him of spying for Washington, a spokesman for the judiciary said on Sunday. ‘Through his connection with the United States, (Shahram) Amiri gave vital information about the country to the enemy,’ Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei told a weekly news conference, state news agency IRNA reported. Mohseni Ejei said a court had sentenced Amiri to death and the sentence had been upheld by Iran’s Supreme court, IRNA said.” (08/07/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-scientist-idUSKCN10I0ES

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5) Judge quashes Gary Johnson/Jill Stein debate lawsuit
Source: Reason

“After sitting on the case for months, Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C. this morning shut down a legal challenge by Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson and presumptive Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein to be included in this fall’s presidential debates. In denying the plaintiffs’ appeal to the Commission on Presidential Debates’ motion to dismiss, Collyer ruled that Johnson and Stein have no standing to make antitrust and First Amendment challenges to the CPD’s rules (which require a third-party candidate to average 15 percent support in five national polls in the run-up to debates), because the ‘Defendants here are private parties.'” (08/05/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/08/05/judge-quashes-gary-johnsonjill-stein-deb

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6) Yemen: Peace talks on pause mode for a month
Source: Hawaii Telegraph

“Peace talks held by UN in Kuwait to bring an end to the civil war [sic] in Yemen have been stalled for a period of one month. UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said the consultations held in Kuwait had cleared the way for a deal ‘which we hope to see soon.’ That the talks saw contending parties sitting together at the negotiating table was ‘an accomplishment in itself,’ said Ahmed explaining that the major obstacle to the talks was the lack of confidence among the Yemeni parties.” (07/08/16)

http://www.hawaiitelegraph.com/index.php/sid/246519833

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7) CT: Regime launches plan to hide absence of victims’ consent
Source: WAMC [US state media]

“Connecticut residents will soon be automatically registered to vote when they apply for a driver’s license. Starting Monday, the state Department of Motor Vehicles says every application or renewal of a driver’s license or non-driver identification will also function as a voter registration application unless the customer opts out.” (08/07/16)

http://wamc.org/post/connecticut-dmv-begin-automatic-voter-registration

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8) Belgium: Islamic State claims machete attacks
Source: Irish Examiner [Ireland]

“Islamic State (IS) yesterday claimed responsibility for an attack by a machete-wielding man in Belgium that left two female police officers seriously injured, said the group’s Amaq news agency on Twitter. Shortly before the claim, Belgian prosecutors had identified the assailant as a 33-year-old Algerian, K B, who had lived in Belgium since 2012, saying that he may have been inspired by terrorism.” (08/08/16)

http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/islamic-state-behind-machete-attacks-on-belgium-officers-414650.html

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9) Iraq: 14 Daesh Takfiris allegedly killed as Iraqi army jets strike areas in Anbar
Source: PressTV [Iranian state media]

“More than a dozen Takfiri Daesh terrorists have been killed when Iraqi military aircraft carried out two separate airstrikes in the beleaguered province of Anbar. The Joint Operations Command, in a statement released on Sunday, announced that a senior Daesh executive for financial affairs, identified as Abu Bara’ al-Hamdani, and four of his close aides were killed as Iraqi F-16 fighter jets launched precision strikes against a militant hideout in the town of Qaim.” (08/07/16)

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/08/07/478892/Iraq-Anbar-Daesh-Fighter-jets-alQaim

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10) Brazil: Man shot dead near famed Maracana Stadium after Rio Olympics opening ceremony
Source: New York Daily News

“Spectators leaving the opening ceremony of the Olympics were confronted by the body of a man shot dead near Maracana Stadium. Eyewitnesses said early Saturday that blood poured from the body onto the road as medics tended to the man next to an ambulance. Loud multiple gun shots were heard earlier by photographers from The Associated Press, forcing games volunteers and others leaving Friday night’s ceremony to duck for cover behind cars. A shooter was seen running from the scene and fleeing in a car close to a university parking lot.” (08/06/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/man-shot-dead-maracana-stadium-rio-opening-ceremony-article-1.2740939

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11) Brazil: Vietnam gets milestone gold
Source: China Daily [Chinese state media]

“The 41-year-old veteran Hoang Xuan Vinh won the first-ever Olympic gold medal for Vietnam after claiming the men’s 10m air pistol event in the 2016 Rio Olympics here on Saturday. Brazilian marksman Almeida Felipe Wu finished with the silver and the bronze medal went to Chinese shooter Pang Wei. It was the second Olympics for Hoang. He wasn’t far from winning a medal four years ago in London, where he lost to the 50m pistol bronze medalist by a tiny margin of 0.1 point.” (08/07.16)

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/sports/2016rioolympics/2016-08/07/content_26373812.htm

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12) Leader of American Nazi Party: Trump win will be “a real opportunity” for us
Source: Raw Story

“The leader of the American Nazi Party said on his radio show that a Trump presidency would be a great victory and a ‘real opportunity’ for white nationalists to expand and build their coalition in the United States. BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski posted audio on Saturday night of American Nazi Party Chairman Rocky Suhayda declaring that a win for Trump is a win for racist whites. ‘I believe that Trump is going to win the election this November, for various reasons which I don’t want to go into again,’ Suhayda said in July.” (08/06/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/leader-of-american-nazi-party-trump-win-will-be-a-real-opportunity-for-us/

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13) Icahn declines to join Trump economic team
Source: Reuters

“Billionaire investor Carl Icahn turned down an invitation to join Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s economic advisory council because Icahn is considering funding a Super PAC focused on regulatory reform, Icahn’s general counsel told Reuters on Friday. This would be his second Super PAC. Technically known as independent expenditure-only committees, Super PACs may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to advocate for or against political candidates. The first Super PAC Icahn formed had an initial commitment of $150 million and was targeted at ‘tax inversions,’ which occur when a company moves its headquarters outside the United States to take advantage of lower tax rates elsewhere.” (08/05/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-trump-icahn-idUSKCN10G1W0

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14) Thailand: Vote on new constitution could dilute democracy
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Thais voted Sunday in a referendum on a new constitution that critics say is tailor-made for the military government to stay in control for several years and entrench a new, quasi-democratic system that gives vast powers to appointed officials. The junta, which came to power in a May 2014 coup and ordered the constitution rewritten, says the new version will usher in a new era of clean politics and stable democracy in a country chronically short of both in recent years. Over the years, Thailand has sometimes slid into violent internal political conflict. The government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a retired army general, used its sweeping powers to ban political rallies and independent campaigns against the draft constitution, and allowed virtually no debates on it. Opponents say this was done to ensure that people would have little knowledge about the constitution’s provisions, even though officials say 1 million copies have been distributed in a nation of 64 million people. More than 100 people who tried to campaign against the referendum on social media have been thrown in jail, and open criticism has been made punishable by up to 10 years in prison.” (08/06/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Thais-vote-on-new-constitution-that-could-dilute-9127339.php

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15) Rubio: No abortions for pregnant women infected with Zika virus
Source: Raw Story

“Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) said on Saturday that pregnant women who are infected with the Zika virus — which is believed to cause severe and debilitating birth defects like microcephaly — should not be allowed to terminate their pregnancies. In an interview with Politico‘s Mike Caputo, Rubio said, ‘I understand a lot of people disagree with my view — but I believe that all human life is worthy of protection of our laws. And when you present it in the context of Zika or any prenatal condition, it’s a difficult question and a hard one. But if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of life.’ Microcephaly involves severe deformities of the brain and skull and babies born with the condition begin their lives critically ill. Their care can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in the first year of life alone.” (08/06/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/marco-rubio-no-abortions-for-pregnant-women-infected-with-zika-virus

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16) OH: THC-laced candy causes overreactions at concert
Source: USA Today

“At least 24 people experienced bad reactions Saturday at a concert here after ingesting a substance laced with THC, the mind-altering substance found in marijuana, authorities say. Richland County sheriff’s Maj. Joe Masi said there were no fatalities. The victims were at Ohio Dreams, an action sports camp about 70 miles northeast of Columbus, for a weekend concert. Police Lt. Joe Petrycki said earlier reports that the concertgoers had overdosed were too strong. ‘They didn’t lose consciousness,’ he said. ‘They just felt different.’ Those who had a bad reaction were taken to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. ‘Everybody appears to be OK,’ Masi said.” (08/06/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/08/06/concertgoers-overdose-thc-ohio/88345428

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17) Chinese fleet sails near Japanese Senkaku islands
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Japan says China has sailed a fleet of 230 vessels near Japanese-controlled waters in the East China Sea. The fleet included fishing boats and coastguard ships, Japan says, and three vessels appeared to be armed. Officials have protested to Chinese diplomats. The reported incident occurred near the Senkaku Islands. They are administered by Japan but also claimed by China, which calls them the Diaoyu Islands. Beijing has been increasingly assertive about waters it believes are Chinese. In a separate incident on Saturday, Chinese state media said fighter jets and bombers had completed a patrol of airspace above islands in the South China Sea, as part of combat training.” (08/06/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36996534

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18) First controlled study on marijuana and PTSD is set to begin
Source: Best Buds

“Enrollment is almost underway for the first controlled U.S. study to test marijuana’s effect on post-traumatic stress disorder. The two-year study will take place at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and Sisley’s Scottsdale Research Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, according to the Military Times. It will cost $2.2 million, which was supplied by the state of Colorado to the California-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) via grant. The participants will be 76 veteran volunteers who have previously taken medication or participated in therapy for PTSD but still suffer from symptoms.” (08/04/16)

http://bestbuds.com/first-study-marijuana-ptsd/

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19) US regime discloses more conditions for lethal drone strikes
Source: Fox News

“The White House has released a version of President Barack Obama’s 3-year-old guidance on the use of lethal force against terrorists overseas, laying out what it says are safeguards to minimize civilian deaths and errant strikes while preserving the capability to take quick action with drone attacks and other means. The ‘presidential policy guidance’ stipulates that the U.S., when operating outside areas of active hostilities, will only take direct action when there is ‘near certainty’ that the terrorist target is present and that noncombatants won’t be killed or injured. Lethal force can also be undertaken only against a lawful target that poses a ‘continuing, imminent threat’ to Americans.” (08/06/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/08/06/us-discloses-more-conditions-for-lethal-drone-strikes.html

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20) Global warming could thaw waste buried in old Greenland military base
Source: USA Today

“Global warming is slowly thawing out a once top-secret subterranean U.S. nuclear base in northern Greenland, potentially exposing the environment to radioactive coolant, PCBs, and raw sewage that the military originally believed would stay entombed for millennia. The hazardous waste could emerge by the end of the century, according to a new, peer-reviewed study published Thursday in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. The melting seems likely to bring modern-day environmental and political headache.” (08/05/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2016/08/04/global-warming-greenland-ice-sheet-hazardous-waste-military-base/88116442/

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

21) Obama’s forgotten victims
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“The White House kept one seat vacant in the gallery during Obama’s State of the Union Address in January ‘for the victims of gun violence who no longer have a voice.’ This was part of Obama’s crusade for new federal restrictions on firearms ownership. But shouldn’t there have also been chairs left empty to memorialize other casualties — including those ‘who no longer have a voice’ thanks to Obama administration policies?” (08/05/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/obamas-forgotten-victims/

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22) Proudly preaching to the choir since 1996
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“Right from the beginning, I never had any desire to Convert the Statist Heathen. I knew my job was preaching to the freedomista choir. And I didn’t care how the choir members identified themselves politically. My job was to encourage, inform, cheer on, and give new inspiration. Maybe stir up a bit of happy trouble — for those already so inclined. Oh, a few people have told me I’ve changed their views or even their lives. One did, just this week, in the most kind way. And that’s always gratifying. But the people who’ve been changed by my writings were already on the path.” (08/05/16)

http://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2016/08/05/proudly-preaching-to-the-choir-since-1996/

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23) Vote if you must … then do what really matters
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“The heat of a presidential election campaign is a good time to reflect on the old Howard Zinn quote about voting: ‘Would I support one candidate against another? Yes, for two minutes — the amount of time it takes to pull the lever down in the voting booth.’ But what really matters, for building a genuinely just and democratic society, is what we do with our time before and after pulling that lever. Zinn’s observation has never been more true than in this election year, when the two candidates running under major party banners have the fewest redeeming features of any presidential candidates in my lifetime.” (08/07/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45859

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24) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 91
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: The KN@PP Stir’s first ever interview — Paul Stanton, Libertarian for US Senate!; Thanks For Asking! (Songs that Trump Might Choose as the Next National Anthem; Darrel Castle, Ted Cruz, Austin Petersen, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and debates; My recommended cryptocurrency wallet; Professional wrestlers and third party politics); Thoughts on CryptoNote and Minergate; In closing …” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/07/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-91-kin.html

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25) Statism is powerful drug: Not everyone is ready to discard their dogma
Source: Steemit
by Sterlin

“”Even though I have been an anarchist for 7 years, the religious quality of statism still manages to surprise me and catch me off guard. A lot of the time, when I am in public, I just observe people in my vicinity. In many of these situations, people banter ceaselessly about politics, presidential campaigns, voting possibilities, and as many intimate details of their political masters as they can muster. They do it in a Jim-Jones-is-speaking kind of way, and I can tell that they do not even consider their words. Verbiage seeps out of their mouth as if they were speaking in tongues and running on autopilot—like they just drank the Kool-Aid.” (08/07/16)

https://steemit.com/anarchism/@sterlinluxan/statism-is-powerful-drug-not-everyone-is-ready-to-discard-their-dogma

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26) They take your assets, then let you beg to get them back
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Republican political consultant Mike Madrid isn’t used to getting calls from the ACLU, and yet he has found himself working with the civil liberties group because some practices are so egregious that Republicans and Democrats should have no trouble finding common cause. The issue is civil asset forfeiture — also known as ‘policing for profit.’ The federal government can seize your property, and the only way you can get it back is to prove you are not guilty of a crime. California law prohibits local authorities from permanently seizing most property without a conviction, but there’s a loophole in the law — called ‘equitable sharing.’ Local police can seize your property, hand jurisdiction over the feds, and get rewarded with up to 80 percent of the goodies even if prosecutors fail to convict — or even charge — an offender.” (08/07/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/08/07/they-take-your-assets-then-let-you-beg-to-get-them-back-n2202354

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27) DRM: You have the right to know what you’re buying!
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cory Doctorow

“Today, the EFF and a coalition of organizations and individuals asked the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to explore fair labeling rules that would require retailers to warn you when the products you buy come locked down by DRM (‘Digital Rights Management’ or ‘Digital Restrictions Management’). Companies that put digital locks on their products — ebook, games and music publishers, video companies, companies that make hardware from printers to TVs to cat litter trays — insist that DRM benefits their customers, by allowing the companies to offer products at a lower price by taking away some of the value …. We’ve written the Commission a letter, drafted and signed by a diverse coalition of public interest groups, publishers, and rightholders, calling on the agency to instruct retailers to inform potential customers of the restrictions on the products they’re selling.” (08/05/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/08/drm-you-have-right-know-what-youre-buying

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28) Sorry, Hillary, voting for the lesser of two evils is textbook blame-shifting
Source: CounterPunch
by Ben Debney

“Of all the redundant and generally loathesome reasons for continuing to support the two-party duopoly that constitutes the electoral oligarchy upon which the global corporate empire we know and love maintains the most threadbare pretenses of democratic legitimacy, surely none are relied on more heavily than the old lesser-of-two-evils argument: which is to say, we must support the candidate we find the least hateful to reason and basic decency. As it happens, this is not only a repulsive line of thinking, it is also textbook blame shifting. Referring to the textbook, we find that blame shifting typically involve psychological strategies like playing the victim, victim blaming, demonizing our enemies, refusing to admit responsibility for wrongdoing, and articulating self-defenses in absolute terms, typically by refusing to acknowledge any difference between criticism of our behavior or policies and attacks on our person and rights.” (08/05/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/05/sorry-hillary-voting-for-the-lesser-of-two-evils-is-textbook-blame-shifting/

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29) What Americans want from the world
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“When it comes to foreign policy, American voters have always been a mass of contradictions. The majority still believes their country is the most powerful in the world, but they see that position slipping. In many cases, they just seem to wish the rest of the planet would go away. Clearly, that’s not going to happen. While the 2016 presidential election looks set to offer American voters a choice of foreign-policy viewpoints on a scale unseen in recent political history, recent experience seems to have dashed any hope that current challenges might have easy answers. That’s hardly surprising. In the 15 years since the 9/11 attacks, the United States has plowed colossal human, political and economic effort into trying to keep itself safe, particularly through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Neither seems to have made things significantly better—indeed, quite the opposite. The wider geopolitical picture continues to look ever more complex, with the European Union deeper in crisis than ever after Britons voted to withdraw in June.” (08/05/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/magazine-global-apps-idUSKCN10D2HH

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30) Latest jobs data: The worst expansion in 30 years continues
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released new employment data, with the BLS reporting 225,000 new jobs created, according to the Establishment Survey. A survey of economists by Bloomberg had predicted an increase of 180,000 jobs, so this report beats expectations. The press, not surprisingly, is gushing over the good economic news. To get a better sense of the jobs situation in context, though, we need to look beyond the headline data and delve more deeply into what the BLS is reporting.” (08/05/16)

https://mises.org/blog/latest-jobs-data-worst-expansion-30-years-continues

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31) Work or die
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Douglas French

“The Federal Reserve is giving us a choice — work forever, or make sure to die before running out of money. … Here in America, Baby Boomer men are aging into a dangerous time. Suicide risk is highest amongst males over 65. ‘They lose friends on a continuous basis. Their heart and blood pressure medications [can] cause symptoms of major depression,’ says Lara Schuster Effland, a clinical therapist. She also mentions that loss of money due to poor financial decisions, lack of savings or social security, and chronic illness, as negatively impacting quality of life.” (08/07/16)

https://fee.org/articles/work-or-die/

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32) “Post-truth politics”: A smear on the masses
Source: spiked
by Patrick West

“The ‘post-truth’ hypothesis rests upon three assumptions. The first is that truth is being subjectively created and subjectively received. Nothing new here. ‘Truth’ has been contested for as long as human beings have been speaking. … The second assumption is that people are being swayed and misled by politicians and demagogues. Again, nothing to see here. This goes back to antiquity and transcends left and right (Stalin was history’s greatest political fabricator and today’s greatest conspiracy theorists are left-wing anti-Zionists). The third is that people are being irrational and are now as much governed by emotion as reason. Well, well, who’d have thunk it? So why is there this fanciful notion that we live in a uniquely post-truth era? It’s because every generation likes to think that they are living in a critical epoch — either at the end of times or the beginning of something new.” (08/05/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/post-truth-politics-a-smear-on-the-masses-brexit/

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33) Mercy in the age of mandatory minimums
Source: Cato Institute
by Erik Luna and Mark Osler

“Absent a doctrinal reversal by the Supreme Court (don’t hold your breath), any meaningful safeguard against misapplication of mandatory minimums will have to come in the form of legislation from Congress or from the president through the application of the clemency power. As for the former, lawmakers are considering several bills that would, among other things: lower some mandatory minimums involving guns and drugs; make retroactive those changes and also a previous reduction in crack cocaine sentencing; expand the so-called ‘safety valve’ exception for nonviolent drug offenders; and allow some inmates who complete rehabilitation programs to be eligible for early release to an alternative form of supervision, such as a halfway house. These reforms are entirely laudable, but they are also quite modest.” (08/05/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/mercy-age-mandatory-minimums

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34) GOP has no reason to stick with Trump
Source: USA Today
by Christian Schneider

“‘Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory,’ Winston Churchill wrote in 1897. ‘He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king. I know words, I have the best words,” Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would say in 2015. Trump later reinforced this indisputable point when he declared himself to have ‘a very good brain.’ (And to think over a century ago Churchill would warn of the ‘decline of rhetoric.’) In the past week or so, the brain of this verbal virtuoso has insulted the mother of a Muslim soldier killed while fighting for the United States, has publicly humiliated a mother who brought her crying baby to hear him speak and punked the congressional leader of his own party by not reciprocating his endorsement.” (08/05/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/08/05/trump-clinton-conservatives-khan-veterans-baby-ryan-mccain-churchill-column/88045496

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35) The Russians are coming
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“There’s no accounting for taste, especially regarding humor. For instance, the 1966 film ‘The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming’ is, to me, a classic. And I think Donald Trump’s recent sarcasm — ‘Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.’ — was funny. And surprisingly appropriate to the situation.” (08/05/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/08/05/the-russians-are-coming/

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36) The evil ruler as God’s servant
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by C Jay Engel

“When looking at Romans 13, particularly the part which refers to the ‘ruler’ as God’s servant, there are two common mistakes that I’ve noticed most people fall into. The first mistake is common among those who consider Romans 13 as more ‘prescriptive,’ that is, they think Romans 13 is talking about the ‘ideal’ government ‘as God intended.’ The second mistake is more common among those that consider Romans 13 as being more ‘descriptive,’ that is, these folks think that Romans 13 is talking about any government as it exists historically and in the real world.” (08/05/16)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/blog/the-evil-ruler-as-gods-servant/

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37) How many Americans will die because of the FDA’s vaping rule?
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Michelle Minton

“E-cigarettes could lead to a 21 percent decline in deaths from smoking-related diseases for people born after 1997, according to a study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Even accounting for harms people might suffer from vaping who would have otherwise not smoked at all, the researchers found a net public health gain from the presence of e-cigarettes. So why is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration putting up big regulatory barriers for e-cigarettes starting in August? The reason is simple: regulator over-caution.” [editor’s note: Well, yes, the reason is simple — but it’s not regulator over-caution, it’s regulatory capture by Big Tobacco, which can afford to get over those barriers that drive the smaller, newer, market entrants out of business – TLK] (08/04/16)

https://cei.org/content/how-many-americans-will-die-because-fda%E2%80%99s-vaping-rule

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38) Actually, Trump has a point
Source: Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

“Although the intense criticism over Donald Trump’s personal, intolerant, and wrongful criticism of the family of a fallen American soldier in Iraq has taken center stage, the media coverage — typically focusing on the sensational — misses important issues that only Trump has had the political courage to bring forward to the American people. The reality is that by injecting themselves into the American presidential campaign by criticizing a candidate in the highly political arena of the Democratic National Convention, the Khan family opened itself up to some pushback from the target of their criticism. As usual, where Trump erred was by going personal in his criticism, bringing up the irrelevant and stereotypic criticism of Ghazala Khan that she had to let her husband, Khizr Khan, do all the talking during the convention speech.” (08/05/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8839

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39) As Republicans defect, will Clinton tack right?
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“The sense of panic among elite Republicans is palpable. They’re beginning to understand that when they look at Donald Trump they’re staring into the orange-hued face of their party’s potential demise. The GOP defections to Team Hillary were already well underway by the time of last week’s Democratic National Convention, which featured endorsement speeches from billionaire ex-mayor Michael Bloomberg and other Republicans. Since then Hewlett-Packard executive and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has come out for Clinton. So has Republican-leaning hedge fund billionaire Seth Karman and Republican Congressman Richard Hanna. A CNN poll showed that nearly one in four self-identified conservative voters said they would support Clinton over Trump.” [editor’s note: Do bears shit in the woods? – SAT] (08/05/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160805/as-republicans-defect-will-clinton-be-tempted-to-tack-right

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40) Yet again: There’s nothing particularly unique about trade that is international
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“I agree that regulations and taxes are too many and too high. But I disagree that this fact justifies protectionism. First, it’s odd (to say the least) to point to excessively high taxes and government regulations as reasons to raise taxes further and to impose more government regulations. After all, tariffs are taxes and import restrictions are government regulations. Second, even if we grant that today’s regulations and taxes overwhelm firms’ and workers’ abilities to adequately adjust to changes in trade patterns, there is absolutely no reason to single out international trade as uniquely exacerbating this problem. Any changes in consumer spending would spark the same problem that you believe is sparked uniquely by international trade.” (08/06/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/08/41195.html

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41) Mundane lives don’t matter, so don’t try to exercise your rights
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“In every encounter between a police officer and a citizen, only one life matters to the former — and it isn’t the latter. ‘Follow the commands of a police officer or risk dying,’ snarled Major Travis Yates of the Tulsa Police Department in a recent essay for Law Officer. Requiring police officers to respect the rights of the citizens they detain, or to practice de-escalation when citizens assert their rights, would be tantamount to asking that ‘police stop being police’ — that is, commissioned ministers of violence acting on behalf of the divine State. Whenever a police officer inflicts himself on a citizen, every consideration is made for officer safety, despite the fact that the citizen is the one facing an immediate, known risk of lethal violence.” (08/05/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/08/mundane-lives-dont-matter-so-dont-try.html

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42) Police violence: Peace isn’t the priority
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Baltimore County police chief James Johnson characterizes his department’s desire for ‘peace’ as the overriding priority justifying the concealment operation [to hide the police killing of Korryn Gaines from public view]. Social media contacts needed to be stopped from urging her ‘not to comply with negotiators’ request that she surrender peacefully,’ he says. ‘For hours, we pleaded with her to end this peacefully.’ Let’s dispense with the risible claim that ‘peace’ was the priority here. Had that been the case, Johnson could have just called it a night and directed his officers to get in their cars and drive away. Problem solved. Easy, peace-y. If the priority was not ‘peace,’ then what was it?” (08/05/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7046

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43) The Tom Woods Show, episode 709
Source: The Tom Wood Show

“The consequences of the US government’s interventions in Libya and Syria have been pretty grim. Jim and Michael Ostrowski make a methodical lawyers’ case against them, and lay bare the disasters that have resulted.” [various formats] (08/05/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-709-obama-hillary-and-the-disasters-in-libya-and-syria/

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44) Suspicion confirmed
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“The first time I heard on the news the revelation that Hillary Clinton, while U.S. Secretary of State, had surreptitiously deleted more than 30,000 emails from her unauthorized home based private server in order to hide them from public scrutiny, I suspected that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) had most likely collected them all in the same way it has collected all of everyone’s emails just like Edward Snowden told us. Well, now my suspicion has been confirmed. According to William Binney, the man who designed the NSA’s clandestine computer surveillance program, now turned whistleblower, the agency does indeed have all of Hillary’s deleted emails and the FBI could access them if it wanted to. But it doesn’t want to.” (08/06/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/08/suspicion-confirmed.html

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45) Money supply arguments are flawed
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Keith Weiner

“n the real economy, people don’t factor the quantity of dollars into their economic calculations. If you are in the grocery store to buy apples, you do not think about M0 money supply. Whether you are a farmer or miner, whether you operate a factory or trucking company, or even a bank or insurer, the money supply is irrelevant to you. By contrast, the interest rate figures in every economic calculation in the economy. How much to borrow, how much to save, and how to assess the tradeoff between consumption and investment are all dependent on interest. The rate of interest is a factor in every price and the relationship between all prices in the economy.” (08/05/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/08/money-supply-arguments-are-flawed/

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46) Gold revisited
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Colin Combs

“Why Do People Care About Gold? For thousands of years, gold has been used as a means of exchange and a store of value. In 1900, the Gold Standard Act guaranteed the convertibility of the U.S. dollar into gold. In 1933, the United States banned private ownership of gold, a prohibition that was not lifted until 1974. Since 1971, the United States has had a pure fiat money system. Today, central banks around the world still hold 18 percent of all the gold ever mined, though no currency is tied to it.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (08/05/16)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26585

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47) Rio Olympics a reflection of our shared global crisis
Source: In These Times
by Laura Orlando

“A global spotlight is on Brazil and it is not looking good. The 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro this week amid political scandal, social upheaval and environmental catastrophe. The media’s impulse has been to point a finger at the country and waggle. But as the global tribe gathers, maybe we should take this opportunity to see in Brazil a reflection of us. Name a country out of the 206 competing that has been spared the convulsions Brazil is experiencing today. Sure, some are in better shape, some worse, but few of the 11,000 athletes are representing a place without economic inequalities or life-threatening pollution. These are shared conditions resulting in global distress.” (08/05/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19357/the-rio-olympics-are-a-reflection-of-our-shared-global-crisis

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48) Free Talk Live, 08/06/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Libertarian Radio Networks :: What is a libertarian? :: Nationalism :: Taxes and Violence :: National Defense :: Helping the Poor :: Bill Cosby :: Media Accountability :: Anarchy :: Bitcoin :: James, Ralph, Ricky :: Constitution :: Taking Calls :: Chicago :: Vote Them Out? :: Meth Mayor.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/06/16)

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49) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 99
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“This week, we talk to Robin Koerner, and about one of the most important political books of our time, ‘If You Can Keep It.’ Robin Koerner’s profound new book captures the spirit of liberty and classical liberalism. Not only does Robin illustrate what the liberty movement is doing wrong, but he also gives sound solutions to fix the marketing of our message.” [various formats] (08/06/16)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-99-if-you-can-keep-it-w-robin-koerner/

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50) Free Thoughts Podcast, 08/05/16
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Steven Horwitz joins us for a discussion on family and how it has changed over the years. Where does classical liberalism fit into the conception of a family?” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/05/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/hayeks-modern-family-classical-liberalism-evolution-social-institutions

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51) 71th anniversary of the A-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Some people still see the A-bombs as the only alternative to invasion, which would have cost many more civilian lives. Now there’s the fallacy of the false alternative in dying color. Why couldn’t the U.S. military have called it a day and gone home? Why the assumption that the state must destroy and conquer its ‘enemy?’ Why demand unconditional surrender?” (08/06/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/08/71th-anniversary-of-a-bombing-of.html

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52) The new cable
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“If you’re tired of the endlessly inane sitcoms, crime dramas, talent shows and trashy pseudo-reality shows offered by CBS, NBC, and ABC, turn off your networks and turn on your Netflix. There you will find well-scripted shows with movie-quality production values streamed to you on your phone, your computer, or your Smart TV. And it won’t cost you the nearly $200 a month many are paying now for cable television throughout their homes. My Netflix account costs $9.99 a month — and I can even carry it with me when I travel and share it with family members in other states at no extra charge.” (08/04/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1590

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53) Nationalism and soldier-worship are always bipartisan
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“Yes, Muslims, Muslim-Americans, trans soldiers, female soldiers, any possible demographic you can mention can die in service of an American military cause. It’s absurd that the right seems to need to be reminded of this fact. It’s more absurd that the Democratic Party — under arch-hawk Hillary Clinton — has taken the angle that the best response to accusations that Muslims can’t love America is to cheer for a dead Muslim soldier. This advocacy for a rainbow tribe of nationalism and militarism is arguably much more cynical than the Republicans’ pure, ostensibly sincere flag-waving. On the other hand, they invariably amount to the same thing in the end, so who is counting?” (08/05/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2016/08/04/nationalism-soldier-worship-always-bipartisan/

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54) All politics, laws lead to slavery
Source: Clovis News Journals
by Kent McManigal

“All politics comes down to slavery; mainstream politics being pro-slavery, regardless of any denials. The ‘right’ and the ‘left’ may quibble over details, and whether you are owned by ‘society’ or ‘the state’ (usually conflating the two), but they never question that you are owned.” (08/04/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/08/04/mcmanigal-all-politics-laws-lead-to-slavery/

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55) Obama expands ISIS bombing campaign to fourth country, media barely notice
Source: The Nation
by Adam H Johnson

“The Obama administration announced on Monday the beginning of US air strikes in Libya against ISIS targets, marking the fourth country the United States is currently bombing with the goal of ‘degrading and destroying’ the terror group. A campaign that began two years ago this Sunday has now, 50,000 bombs and 25,000 dead ISIS fighters later, expanded to a whole new continent. You’d hardly notice, however, if you followed US media. While the air strikes themselves were reported by most major outlets, they were done so in a matter-of-fact way, and only graced the front pages of major American newspapers for one day. The New York Times didn’t even find the news important enough to give it a front-page headline, instead relegating it to a quick blurb at the far-bottom corner of the page, next to a teaser about the G train ‘having a moment.’ ” (08/05/16)

https://www.thenation.com/article/obama-expands-isis-bombing-campaign-to-fourth-country-media-barely-notices

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