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In the News:

1) Syria: MSF says a hospital it supports has been bombed, 13 killed
2) “US Marshals” gang to auction stolen Bitcoin
3) Japan: Military ordered to be ready for North Korea missile launch at any time
4) Kosovo: Court jails former guerrilla fighter for war crimes
5) Warning! Over 900 million Android phones vulnerable to new “QuadRooter” attack
6) AL: Idiot theocrat Moore to face ethics trial over marriage apartheid stunt
7) Peru: Minister says there is strong evidence of police death squads
8) Report: Trump to propose deduction on childcare spending
9) Barclays agrees to pay $100 million over state Libor probes
10) OH: State seeks pot-growing expert who adheres to drug-free policy
11) “Anti-Trump” Republican launches independent presidential bid
12) Japan: “Regulator” gangsters raid Amazon offices
13) NJ: Town rocked by charges of bigotry after rejection of mosque
14) Brazil: Second Olympic boxer arrested after sexual assault accusations
15) Passengers stranded after Delta flights grounded worldwide
16) Japan: Akihito signals desire to abdicate
17) Pakistan: Suicide bombing at hospital kills at least 63
18) UK: Boost for Corbyn as Labour members win court case
19) Afghanistan: American, Australian kidnapped, police say
20) CA: College student shot dead while playing Pokemon Go in San Francisco park

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Think twice on Turkey
22) #NeverNeverTrump: What’s Evan McMullin really after?
23) Regardless of the election, Americans can expect less privacy
24) Libertarian guide to the unsocial media lizard trolls
25) Can OpenBazaar make free trade unstoppable?
26) Black political establishment should never have given Hillary Clinton a blank check
27) Imagine a floating glass sphere filled with immutable information bits
28) A few thoughts on Machiavelli
29) Would liberals support a Donald Trump of the left?
30) Liberty today
31) The phony job recovery
32) Patriotism
33) Conservatives desperate to pretend Donald Trump never happened
34) Top five issues where Gary Johnson is more libertarian than Rand Paul
35) The Jason Stapleton Program, 08/08/16
36) A funny thing happened on the way to RFID chips
37) Arguments against the minimum wage
38) Here’s how a US-China war could play out
39) Facebook removes potential evidence of police brutality too readily, activists say
40) The disappearing gender pay gap
41) One at a time
42) The Bob Zadek Show, 08/07/16
43) Debates, free speech and forced association
44) Principled non-voting: The missing element
45) Trump tipping point could be upon us
46) Caught in the net
47) Another Sarajevo?
48) Will the bubble pop even if the Fed never raises rates?
49) American greed: Trump’s economic team a Who’s Who of what’s wrong
50) 2000 all over again?
51) Duke it out
52) Police state along the border
53) What are the solutions for police misconduct?
54) Free Talk Live, 08/07/16
55) People are still getting this climate change thing wrong

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

1) Syria: MSF says a hospital it supports has been bombed, 13 killed
Source: Fort Dodge Messenger

“A hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders and specializing in pediatrics in a rebel-held northern Syria province has been destroyed in a series of airstrikes over the weekend that killed 13 people, including four staff and five children, the international medical charity said Monday. The group, known by its French acronym MSF, said that two of four airstrikes directly hit the hospital in Millis, in the northern province of Idlib and put it out of service.” (08/08/16)

http://www.messengernews.net/page/content.detail/id/1262170/MSF-says-a-hospital-it-supports-in-Syria-bombed–13-killed.html?isap=1&nav=5022

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2) “US Marshals” gang to auction stolen Bitcoin
Source: The Daily Dot

“The U.S. Marshals Service plans on selling approximately 2,719 bitcoins obtained through a handful of [thefts], it announced Monday. The coins, currently valued at more than $1.6 million, are like tours through the recent history of cryptocurrency-related crime — all of which (or, at least, some of which) could be yours if you [have no ethics whatsoever and] decide to bid in the auction. Of the nine cases from which law enforcement officials have obtained the coins that are being auctioned, the most high-profile is [political prisoner] Ross Ulbricht.” (08/08/16)

http://www.dailydot.com/layer8/us-marshals-bitcoin-auction/

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3) Japan: Military ordered to be ready for North Korea missile launch at any time
Source: Reuters

“Japan ordered its military on Monday to be ready at any time to shoot down any North Korean missiles that threaten to strike Japan, putting its forces on a state of alert for at least three months, a defense ministry official and media said. Up to now, Japan has issued temporary orders when it had indications of an imminent North Korean missile launch that it has canceled after a projectile had been launched. However, because some test firings are hard to detect, it has decided to put its military on standby for a longer period. The order will be reviewed after three months, state broadcaster NHK said.” (08/08/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missile-japan-idUSKCN10J15M

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4) Kosovo: Court jails former guerrilla fighter for war crimes
Source: Iron Mountain Daily News

“A Kosovo court with international judges has convicted a former ethnic Albanian guerrilla fighter of war crimes against civilians after the Kosovo war ended. A statement Monday from the rule of law mission, known as EULEX, said Xhemshit Krasniqi was sentenced to eight years in prison for the ‘arrest, illegal detention, violation of bodily integrity, health and torture of several witnesses and unknown civilians.’ He was also handed a 1,500 euro ($1,660) fine.” (08/08/16)

http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/1262158/Kosovo-court-jails-ex-guerrilla-fighter-for-war-crimes.html?isap=1&nav=5024

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5) Warning! Over 900 million Android phones vulnerable to new “QuadRooter” attack
Source: The Hacker News

“Android has Fallen! Yet another set of Android security vulnerabilities has been discovered in Qualcomm chipsets that affect more than 900 Million Android smartphones and tablets worldwide. What’s even worse: Most of those affected Android devices will probably never be patched. Dubbed ‘Quadrooter,’ the set of four vulnerabilities discovered in devices running Android Marshmallow and earlier that ship with Qualcomm chip could allow an attacker to gain root-level access to any Qualcomm device. The chip, according to the latest statistics, is found in more than 900 Million Android tablets and smartphones.” (08/07/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/08/hack-android-phone.html

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6) AL: Idiot theocrat Moore to face ethics trial over marriage apartheid stunt
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A state judicial panel on Monday refused to dismiss an ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, saying that Moore will go to trial in September on accusations that he urged 68 probate judges to defy the federal courts on same-sex marriage. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary, a state panel that disciplines judges, refused dueling requests to either dismiss the complaint against Moore outright or remove him from office. Chief Judge Michael Joiner said the case would go to trial Sept. 28. The panel of nine judges will hear the case and decide whether Moore violated judicial ethics and, if so, what punishment he will face.” (08/08/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-chief-justice-ruling-20160808-snap-story.html

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7) Peru: Minister says there is strong evidence of police death squads
Source: ABC News

“Peru’s new interior minister says there is strong evidence that police officers ran death squads in 2011-2015 and prosecutors are investigating. Interior Minister Carlos Basombrio’s comments were published in a newspaper interview confirmed by his press office. He took office July 28. The newspaper La Republica first published the allegations four days earlier.” (08/08/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/peru-minister-strong-evidence-police-death-squads-41217448

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8) Report: Trump to propose deduction on childcare spending
Source: Raw Story

“Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will propose allowing parents to deduct childcare spending from U.S. income taxes in an economic policy speech on Monday, a campaign aide said. The aide, who asked not to be identified, said on Sunday in outlining the plan: ‘We don’t want it to be an economic disadvantage to have children.’ The aide said the campaign would have a more detailed childcare plan in the future. Trump will also propose stronger protections for American intellectual property and a temporary moratorium on new regulations, the aide said. ‘We’re going to give people a period of regulatory certainty where they know that if they start something today, the situation is not going to change tomorrow,’ the aide said.” (08/08/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/trump-to-propose-deduction-on-childcare-spending-aide

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9) Barclays agrees to pay $100 million over state Libor probes
Source: Bloomberg

“Barclays Plc agreed to pay $100 million to 44 U.S. states to resolve an investigation into interest-rate manipulation by the British bank. Its the first lender to settle state probes into false rate submissions that inflated borrowing costs linked to the London and U.S. dollar interbank offered rates. The scheme to manipulate rates from 2005 to 2009 masked Barclays’s poor health during the global financial crisis at the expense of government entities and not-for-profits whose contracts were linked to the rates, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday in a statement. … entities with Libor-linked swaps or other investment contracts with Barclays will be notified if they’re eligible to tap the settlement fund.” (08/08/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-08/barclays-agrees-to-pay-100-million-to-settle-state-libor-probes

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10) OH: State seeks pot-growing expert who adheres to drug-free policy
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Ohio is looking for an expert in growing marijuana, who must adhere to its drug-free workplace policy as the state implements a new medical marijuana law. Cleveland.com reports the new hire by the Ohio Department of Commerce would help write rules for medical marijuana cultivators. The chosen contractor would be held to Ohio’s drug-free workplace policy, which currently doesn’t allow for medical marijuana use. A commerce department spokesman couldn’t say Friday whether the contractor’s employees would have to clear a pre-employment drug test. The contractor would research best practices and recommend how they would work with Ohio’s patient needs in the new Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.” (08/08/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ohio-wants-pot-growing-expert-to-adhere-to-9128914.php

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11) “Anti-Trump” Republican launches independent presidential bid
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Former CIA agent Evan McMullin is set to announce his independent presidential bid as an alternative to Republican nominee Donald Trump, US media reports. Mr McMullin, the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, is backed by an anti-Trump group. He is likely to face challenges in appearing on some state ballots just three months before Election Day. The 40-year-old Mormon has never held elected office. Mr McMullin is an outspoken critic of Mr Trump on social media, calling the businessman an ‘authoritarian.'” [editor’s note: “He is likely to face challenges in appearing on some state ballots just three months before Election Day.” Yes, if “challenge” means “impossibility” and “some” means “all but one or two at most;” he might even be too late for the Utah ballot! – SAT] [editor’s note: The Utah petition due date is August 15th — and the group he’s running with may have already been gathering signatures – TLK] (08/08/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37012626

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12) Japan: “Regulator” gangsters raid Amazon offices
Source: USA Today

“Japanese regulators raided Amazon’s offices in Tokyo as part of a probe into possible antitrust violations there, according to the Nikkei Business Review. The Japanese Fair Trade Commission has alleged that the Seattle-based company may require vendors to price their product lower on Amazon’s site than on other popular Japanese online sites. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has not said when the raid took place. Amazon’s largest market is the United States, followed by Germany, the United Kingdom and then Japan.” (08/08/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/08/08/japan-amazon-raid-antitrust-fair-trade-commission-japanese/88394008

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13) NJ: Town rocked by charges of bigotry after rejection of mosque
Source: Fox News

“A New Jersey suburb known for its tree-lined streets and stately, multimillion-dollar homes has been transformed into a battleground over both a proposed mosque and the free speech rights of residents who oppose the project. Bernards, a township of about 27,000 an hour west of New York City, has been cleaved by controversy since 2011, when its Planning Board took up a proposal for a 4,250-square-foot mosque in a residential neighborhood known as Liberty Corner. The applicant, Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, is led by a former Bernards mayor and has filed a federal civil rights suit accusing members of the board of religious discrimination in ultimately rejecting the project. Some 33 residents who spoke out against the project at dozens of public meetings have been subpoenaed in an effort by the plaintiffs to prove bigotry drove the decision.” [editor’s note: The “planning board” should never have existed, let alone have had power to “reject” anyone’s proposed use of their justly acquired property – TLK](08/08/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/08/nj-town-rocked-by-charges-bigotry-after-rejection-mosque.html

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14) Brazil: Second Olympic boxer arrested after sexual assault accusations
Source: 9 News

“A second Olympic boxer has been accused by a housekeeper in the athletes’ village of sexual assault, according to a local report which cited the police chief in charge of the case. A 22-year-old boxer from Namibia was accused by a chambermaid of grabbing her, kissing her forcefully, and then offering her money to have sexual relations with him, according to a report from Globo. Brazilian police arrested him after the maid reported him to the police.” (08/08/16)

http://www.9news.com/sports/olympics/second-olympic-boxer-arrested-after-sexual-assault-accusations/290766762

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15) Passengers stranded after Delta flights grounded worldwide
Source: USA Today

“Tens of thousands of people were stranded Monday after Delta Air Lines flights were grounded around the globe due to a system outage. Delta said that systems were back online by 8:40 a.m. ET, but warned disruptions would continue amid a ‘limited’ resumption of departures. ‘Customers heading to the airport should expect delays and cancellations,’ Delta warned in a statement. ‘While inquiries are high and wait times are long, our customer service agents are doing everything they can to assist.'” (08/08/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/08/08/passengers-stranded-after-all-delta-flights-grounded/88385034/

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16) Japan: Akihito signals desire to abdicate
Source: United Press International

“Japan’s Emperor Akihito hinted in a televised speech that he wants to abdicate, saying age and health are impairing his abilities. The speech was only the second given by the 82-year-old emperor and he did not actually say he wanted to abdicate, because it is not legal for an emperor to step down. Akihito would have to wait for the Japanese parliament to change the law first. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government is ‘seriously’ considering a solution. Akihito has been emperor since the death of his father, Hirohito, in 1989.” (08/08/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/08/08/Japans-Emperor-Akihito-signals-desire-to-abdicate/1361470641922/

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17) Pakistan: Suicide bombing at hospital kills at least 63
Source: New York Post

“A suicide bomber killed at least 63 people and wounded dozens in an attack that struck a gathering of Pakistani lawyers on the grounds of a government-run hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday, police and doctors said. Witnesses described horrifying scenes of bodies being scattered about and the wounded screaming out and crying for help. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.” (08/08/16)

http://nypost.com/2016/08/08/suicide-bombing-at-pakistani-hospital-kills-at-least-63/

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18) UK: Boost for Corbyn as Labour members win court case
Source: Politics Home

“Around 130,000 new Labour members could be able to vote in the party’s leadership contest following a successful legal challenge against the ruling National Executive Committee. The decision is a huge boost to Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election campaign, as the majority of those who have signed up since the beginning of the year are believed to support him. The party have been granted permission for an appeal, which will be heard on Thursday at the Court of Appeal.” [editor’s note: A political party’s “leadership” appealing against its own membership? That doesn’t sound like something likely to end well for the “leadership” – TLK] (08/08/16)

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/labour-party/news/77980/boost-jeremy-corbyn-labour-members-win-court-case

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19) Afghanistan: American, Australian kidnapped, police say
Source: CNN

“Investigators in Afghanistan are searching for an American and an Australian who were kidnapped in western Kabul, the city’s police chief told CNN. The two men, lecturers at the American University of Afghanistan, were kidnapped Sunday evening when two gunmen stopped the car they were riding in, an Afghan security official told CNN. One assailant broke the passenger-side window with his gun and took the two men away. A driver and bodyguard were left unhurt, the official said. There has been no claim of responsibility.” (08/08/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/08/asia/afghanistan-foreigners-kidnapped/

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20) CA: College student shot dead while playing Pokemon Go in San Francisco park
Source: New York Daily News

“A 20-year-old man was shot dead while playing Pokemon Go at a dark San Francisco park late Saturday, relatives said. The armed assailant allegedly watched San Joaquin Delta College student-athlete Calvin Riley from afar as he and his friend played the popular game in the Aquatic Park near Fisherman’s Wharf at around 10 p.m., according to KGO-TV. The duo paid no mind to the suspicious person and went back to catching the fanciful creatures on their phones. Moments later, the San Mateo, Calif., man was fatally shot after wandering ahead of his friend, said John Kirby, who spoke to the television station on behalf of the victim’s parents.” [editor’s note: Not sure why it makes any difference that he was playing Pokemon Go as opposed to throwing a frisbee or walking his dog … -TLK] (08/08/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/calif-college-student-shot-dead-playing-pokemon-article-1.2742201

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

21) Think twice on Turkey
Source: Cato Institute
by Christopher A Preble

“The abortive coup in Turkey and its aftermath are putting a severe strain on U.S.–Turkish relations. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States and the West of complicity in the coup, a charge that he repeated last Tuesday. Unsurprisingly, given the vehemence of Erdogan’s claims, anti-American sentiment in Turkey is rising. What happens next will test a number of core principles that are at the heart of U.S. foreign policy, including respect for the rule of law and respect for human rights.” (08/08/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/think-twice-turkey-erdogans-purges-are-warning-washington

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22) #NeverNeverTrump: What’s Evan McMullin really after?
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“For months, voices from the #NeverTrump movement have confidently promised Americans a fifth credible presidential candidate …. Echoing those promises, a shadowy group calling itself ‘Better For America,’ funded by Mitt Romney associate John Kingston III, has been doing prep work for that unnamed candidate. On August 8 the suspense, such as it was, came to an end. The candidate is David Evan McMullin, a name unfamiliar to voters but well-known on Capitol Hill. Starting as an adviser to congressional Republicans on national security issues, he rose to the position of GOP House policy chief. Now he’s running for president. Why? The conventional wisdom says that he’s there to keep Trump out of the White House — even at the cost of a Hillary Clinton presidency — by giving anti-Trump Republican voters somewhere else to go. I think the conventional wisdom is wrong.” (08/08/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7055

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23) Regardless of the election, Americans can expect less privacy
Source: Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory

“As far back as we can trace the American surveillance state, its defenders and detractors have transcended any consistent partisan divide. Republican president Theodore Roosevelt created what became the Federal Bureau of Investigation, against warnings from both parties. Democrat Woodrow Wilson oversaw a massive expansion of foreign and domestic intelligence during World War I. For forty-eight years, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI conducted spying on behalf of both parties’ presidents, who were often eager for his assistance targeting political enemies. Both Republicans and Democrats targeted foreigners, allies, the far right, and the radical left.” (08/08/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8842

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24) Libertarian guide to the unsocial media lizard trolls
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“A little over a year ago Students For Liberty posted Anne Butcher’s ‘The Unofficial Guide to Libertarian Facebook Debates’ for interacting with non-libertarians on Facebook. Her recommendations included picking your fights carefully, steering clear of the closed-minded, avoiding insulting anyone, being positive and never expecting you’ll ever change anyone’s mind about anything. She could have said ‘Just laugh at the loonies and move on or don’t get on at all!’ If that wasn’t true in 2015 when Butcher wrote her guidelines it’s certainly true now that Facebook, and virtually every other discussion site on social media, has become the sole domain of the Internet Troll.” (08/06/16)

http://hubpages.com/politics/Libertarian-Guide-to-the-Unsocial-Media-Lizard-Trolls

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25) Can OpenBazaar make free trade unstoppable?
Source: Reason

“The mission of OpenBazaar is to give everyone in the world ‘the ability to directly engage in trade with anyone in the world for free,’ says Brian Hoffman, the project’s 33-year-old project leader. A peer-to-peer network for selling goods online, OpenBazaar runs on open source software that users download and install on their computers, which is similar to a BitTorrent client. The client connects them to the OpenBazaar network, where they can trade with other users. It’s like eBay without eBay.” [Flash video] (08/08/16)

http://reason.com/reasontv/2016/08/08/is-open-bazaar-the-new-silk-road

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26) Black political establishment should never have given Hillary Clinton a blank check
Source: In These Times
by James Thindwa

“Early in his campaign for president, Bernie Sanders faced criticism (much of it valid) from Black Lives Matter activists for not being expressly attuned to the specific and distinctive political grievances of African Americans. To his credit, the Vermont senator learned quickly and began incorporating the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement in his speeches and eschewing ‘All Lives Matter,’ the saccharine slogan favored by those who avoid the topic of race. Sanders also produced a racial justice platform addressing issues of mass incarceration and other black grievances. … But it wasn’t just young activists who called out Sanders. Black political leaders joined the fray. … They were stumping for Clinton. This rush by black leadership to endorse Clinton was an unforced strategic blunder.” (08/08/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19361/the-black-establishments-blank-check-for-hillary

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27) Imagine a floating glass sphere filled with immutable information bits
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey Tucker

“When I first encountered Bitcoin, I was incredulous. You can’t just pound together some code on the Internet and expect it to be money. Money has certain features and it has to have a pre-money history. Otherwise it can’t be valued like money and can’t function like money. And yet by late 2009, Bitcoin was already trading at a positive market value. By 2011, it was used by a community as a means of exchange, and clearly it was functioning as a store of value. By 2013, you could spend Bitcoin on many consumer products. And today, it is an indispensable means of payment in many countries in the world. The experience reminds me of the Groucho Marx line: ‘Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?'” (08/08/16)

https://fee.org/articles/imagine-a-floating-glass-sphere-filled-with-immutable-information-bits/

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28) A few thoughts on Machiavelli
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Joseph R Stromberg

“Devotees of power politics from Left to Right admire Machiavelli. Historian Joseph Femia observes that Italian fascists failed to embrace Machiavelli rhetorically only because ‘their liberal and democratic enemies had already laid claim to his legacy.’ The once-famous American writer Max Lerner (New Dealer and Cold War liberal) admired Machiavelli, writing in 1950 that Machiavelli was ‘the first modern analyst of power,’ who discovered ‘a grammar of power’ and embraced ‘tough-minded methods’ and ‘unsentimental realism.'” (08/08/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/a-few-thoughts-on-machiavelli/

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29) Would liberals support a Donald Trump of the left?
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“We all like to think of ourselves as principled, thoughtful, and courageous. So ask yourself this: If the Democrats nominated their own version of Donald Trump, what would you do? When we’re not horrified by the Republican nominee for president, those of us on the left have been soaking in schadenfreude this year, watching the Republican Party reap what they’ve spent the last eight years (and more, depending on how you look at it) sowing. All the race-baiting, all the immigrant-bashing, all the establishment-vilifying, all the government-delegitimizing has come to its logical fruition in Trump’s nomination. So over on this side we say they deserve every bit of what Trump has reduced them to—and we pay respect to the few with the guts to stand up and say that they will not be party to this abomination of a candidacy. The greatest scorn is reserved for those like Paul Ryan or John McCain, who make sure we understand their disagreements with Trump and their dismay at the fact that he leads their party, but who nonetheless endorse his candidacy. I’d never do that, it’s tempting to say. But is it true?” (08/08/16)

http://prospect.org/article/would-liberals-support-donald-trump-left-end-they-probably-would

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30) Liberty today
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Liberty, for Americans, and for most of the rest of the world, didn’t fare too well in the last few years. A few places, here and there, lost everything. Most places got liberty nibbled at, in large or small bites. In a very few places, liberty increased for the people who are there. (Despite the terrific efforts of tyrants and would-be tyrants.) What IS liberty, though? There can obviously be degrees of liberty: some people, some societies, some communities can have more liberty, be more free than others. Google defines liberty in two ways: 1. the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views, and 2. the power or scope to act as one pleases.” (08/08/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=3398

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31) The phony job recovery
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Last Friday saw the release of a bombshell jobs report, with headlines exclaiming that the US economy added over 250,000 jobs in July, far in excess of any forecasts. The reality was far more grim. Those ‘jobs’ weren’t actually created by businesses — they were created by the statisticians who compiled the numbers, through the process of ‘seasonal adjustment.’ That’s a bit of statistical magic that the government likes to pull out of its hat when the real data isn’t very flattering. It’s done with GDP, it’s done with job numbers, and similar manipulation is done with government inflation figures to keep them lower than actual price increases. In reality there are a million fewer people with jobs this month than last month, but the magic of seasonal adjustment turns that into a gain of 255,000.” (08/08/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/phony-job-recovery

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32) Patriotism
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Blind patriotism is bizarre to me. And, I think all patriotism is blind. ‘My country, right or wrong’ is a great example of this. It means the person uttering this phrase values a ‘country’ more than rightness. It means they are willing to overlook wrong — evil — just because of who is committing it. It is totally devoid of reason or ethics. It’s like supporting a person to the point of covering for that person, even if he is a mass-murdering psychopath.” (08/08/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/08/patriotism.html

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33) Conservatives desperate to pretend Donald Trump never happened
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“In many ways, Donald Trump’s mesmerizing self-destruction last week seemed almost rehearsed, like a building implosion in human form. His fixation with settling the score against the Khan family was the primer charge, which triggered a series of connected explosives, resulting in this, from FiveThirtyEight’s polls-only forecast: The process unfolded too rapidly for Republicans to cycle through the stages of grief over one explosion before another went off. In the crude overlap of anger, bargaining, and denial that resulted, some anti-Trump conservatives clung to the hope that Trump would leave the campaign, either voluntarily or through public pressure, and the party could press ahead to November with a new and not altogether unhinged nominee. This isn’t contingency-planning so much as the kind of prayer an atheist might resort to in an earthquake.” (08/08/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/135871/conservatives-desperate-pretend-donald-trump-never-happened

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34) Top five issues where Gary Johnson is more libertarian than Rand Paul
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Josh Guckert

“Since his time as Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson has proven himself to be a friend to libertarian causes. He first ran for President in 2012 as a Republican, before finally settling in as a Libertarian. Rand Paul has served as the face of libertarianism [sic] since his father’s retirement from the House in January 2013. However, is large part due [sic] to his Republican label, he is in many ways less libertarian than Johnson. These are the top five issues where Gary Johnson is more libertarian than Rand Paul.” (08/08/16)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/gary-johnson-libertarian-rand-paul/

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35) The Jason Stapleton Program, 08/08/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“The media has gone into full attack mode on Trump. I’m reminded of 2008, the year John McCain ran for president. During the primary the media had a lovefest with McCain, calling him the ‘Maverick’ and suggesting he was the perfect candidate for Republicans. Then the primary ended. The love affair between McCain and the media came to a quick end, and the attacks started. Is anyone else noticing a pattern?” [various formats] (08/08/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/new-york-times-defends-media-attack-on-trump/

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36) A funny thing happened on the way to RFID chips
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“A funny thing happened on the way to RFID chips, long about 2009. All of a sudden, everybody stopped writing about them. Tech journals slowed their coverage. The mainstream media dropped the whole subject. And out here on the fringes, people quit writing new works predicting the disasters spychips would bring upon us. Now, that’s not to say that either RFID chips or the subject went away completely. On the contrary …” (08/07/16)

http://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2016/08/07/a-funny-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-rfid-chipss/

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37) Arguments against the minimum wage
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Vishal Wilde

“Arguing against the Minimum Wage has often been the preserve of the ‘right’ (presuming the simplistic and problematic left-right dichotomy that we impose as a conceptual framework to make sense of contemporary politics); however, the ‘left’ also suffers heavily from the Minimum Wage and, despite it purporting to be a pro-poor law, it works to harm them. In this article, I seek to revisit some arguments that well-intentioned peoples make when they advocate (increasing) a Minimum Wage.” (08/08/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45935

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38) Here’s how a US-China war could play out
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“For all the focus on terrorism, one of the most striking features of the last decade is that the risk of war between the world’s major countries has returned. For the first time since the fall of the Berlin wall, military thinkers in the United States, Europe and Asia are putting serious thought into what such a conflict might look like. For a world with no shortage of nuclear weapons, that’s alarming. As I wrote last month, there is now not just a credible (if still limited) risk of conflict between Russia and NATO states, but also a real risk any such war would go nuclear.” (08/08/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-commentary-china-apps-idUSKCN10I0WB

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39) Facebook removes potential evidence of police brutality too readily, activists say
Source: The Intercept
by Alice Speri and Sam Biddle

“So far, Facebook seems to have struggled with its role at the heart of the national conversation on race and policing. Just last month, the site removed live video posted by the girlfriend of Philando Castile, a 32-year-old African-American man who was shot during a traffic stop in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, started livestreaming and narrating his death seconds after police shot him, garnering nationwide attention. On that occasion, Facebook said the video’s disappearance, which lasted about an hour, was due to a ‘technical glitch.’ It later reinstated the post, with an added graphic-content warning, and the video has since been viewed 5.7 million times. Then last week, before [Korryn] Gaines was killed, Facebook deactivated her accounts in response to a request by Baltimore County police — drawing criticism that it censored free speech and even accusations that it was complicit in her death. The accounts have since been reinstated, but most of the videos have not.” (08/08/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/08/08/facebook-removes-potential-evidence-of-police-brutality-too-readily-activists-say/

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40) The disappearing gender pay gap
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Colin Combs

“The claim that women only make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes is usually followed by a call for a whole new wave of regulations and pay mandates to stop this discrimination. The gender pay gap is undeniably real; men earn more than women, on average, writes NCPA Research Associate Colin Combs. The question is ‘Why?'” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (08/08/16)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26586

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41) One at a time
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Remember, how something gets done determines, in part, what gets done. The checks and balances that were written into our Constitution are there to regulate the how of government, the better to limit the what. But it’s obvious our federal government is out of control, and in need of some additional … controls. Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Mia Love have introduced just such legislation. It’s not a constitutional limitation, but a legislative change of procedure. The title of their bills pretty much explains the idea: the ‘One Subject at a Time Act,’ initialized as OSTA.” (08/08/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/08/08/one-at-a-time/

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42) The Bob Zadek Show, 08/07/16
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“While former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson may not be the political savior many are hoping for, he is getting a hearing from a large swath of the electorate who otherwise would never have considered backing a third party candidate — let alone a libertarian. Jeff Singer, a general surgeon and libertarian from Arizona, has voted for the lesser of two evils for most of his life — but now he’s had enough, and is casting his lot in with Johnson. Is it true that a vote for Johnson is a throwaway, or that it makes a victory of the greater of two evils more likely? Bob and Jeff spend the hour on the intricate question of how one can still vote smart, and on principle, in the unusual times we find ourselves in.” [various formats] (08/07/16)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2016/8/7/dr-jeffrey-singer-on-gary-johnson-vs-the-lesser-of-two-evils

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43) Debates, free speech and forced association
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“To my knowledge, of the many challenges to the CPD monopoly on Presidential debates involving the two major candidates, no challenge has alleged the in-kind contributions to the campaigns violated contribution limits. And my limited understanding of law is that this point will not be able to be brought up on appeal because it was not brought up originally by the Plaintiffs in the case. The decision, while being legally correct, also has some flawed reasoning and factual inaccuracies.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (08/07/16)

http://fpp.cc/debates-free-speech-and-forced-association/

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44) Principled non-voting: The missing element
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“If all you do vis a vis voting is not vote, it doesn’t bother statists nor does it really negatively affect the state. There’s a certain amount of immunity there in the form of the claim/perception that people who don’t vote aren’t voting because they’re apathetic rather than because they have a problem with the system, and that in turn buttresses the whole ‘if you don’t vote, don’t complain’ / ‘not voting is consent to abide by whatever the people who do vote decide’ consensus. … In order for not voting to be an effectual statement, or to be or become the tactic of a movement, the people who don’t vote have to say why they’re not voting, and some non-trivial portion of them have to agree, at least roughly, on why that is.” (08/08/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/08/principled-non-voting-missing-element.html

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45) Trump tipping point could be upon us
Source: USA Today
by Robert A Strong

“Edwin Edwards, the flamboyant Louisiana politician who was investigated and indicted on multiple occasions, once boasted, ‘The only way I can lose this election is if I get caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy.’ That was in 1983, the year he won the third of his four terms as governor. Even if you didn’t like what Edwards had to say, you had to admire his willingness to offend media monitors and refined opinion. He was a little like Donald Trump with a career that defied the conventional rules of politics. Trump, like Edwards, routinely says and does things that should destroy his political prospects. He could be about to self-destruct — but we’ve said that many times before.” (08/06/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/08/06/donald-trump-tipping-point-upon-us-column/88302592

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46) Caught in the net
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Christina Slater

“Walking in the door, he looked to his left to see a twenty-something woman behind a desk. He remembers a black dress and a red bra, that she was very clear in both words and hand gestures what she was offering, that she didn’t show any signs of abuse or coercion or of being underage, and that as soon as she offered sex, he knew that was what he wanted. … ‘Hi. I’d like a massage.’ ‘OK, but extras cost more.’ ‘What kind of extras?’ ‘A handjob, or sex for a hundred.’ ‘Sex.’ He handed over his 100$ and she showed him down a hall into a dimly lit room with a massage table and pleasant but forgettable decorations in it. He waited for her but before long, and much to his surprise, two plainclothes detectives entered the room and cuffed him.” (08/08/16)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/guest-columnist-christina-slater/

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47) Another Sarajevo?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The elected President of the Republic of Luhansk in what used to be eastern Ukraine barely survived an assassination attempt when a bomb exploded underneath his car. He has been seriously injured. There seems little doubt that this was the work of the SBU, the notorious Ukrainian secret police outfit that has been implicated in a series of mysterious attacks and ‘suicides’ that have killed opposition journalists and politicians in recent months. Unable to put down the popular rebellion in the east, the coup leaders in Kiev have resorted to terrorism — which is fitting, since fighters formerly affiliated with ISIS are now in their ranks. Just as the Serbian ‘Black Hand’ murdered the Archduke and set off World War I, so the ultra-nationalist Ukrainians — just as crazy as their Serbian counterparts of a century ago — may have sparked World War III.” (08/08/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/08/07/another-sarajevo/

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48) Will the bubble pop even if the Fed never raises rates?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Brendan Brown

“There is no ready-made answer in Austrian business cycle theory (ABCT) to the multi-trillion dollar question now looming over the global economy and markets. Is the present virulent asset price inflation disease likely to enter any time soon its final phase of bust and recession? Will this happen even though the Federal Reserve has flip-flopped on even token steps toward policy normalization and leading foreign central banks (i.e., the Bank of Japan, ECB, and Bank of England) to pursue experiments with negative interest rates and novel forms of mega-balance sheet expansion?” (08/08/16)

https://mises.org/blog/will-bubble-pop-even-if-fed-never-raises-rates

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49) American greed: Trump’s economic team a Who’s Who of what’s wrong
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“‘I hear America singing,’ Walt Whitman wrote, ‘the varied carols I hear.’ Donald Trump hears America singing, too. But where Whitman heard men and women, masons and carpenters, Trump hears only the unvarying monotone of rich white males like himself. Trump’s tone-deafness was in full effect last week, when he announced his team of economic advisers in advance of what is being billed as ‘a major economic address’ in Detroit on Monday. Trump’s team isn’t just monochromatic and male. At least four, and perhaps as many six, of the men are billionaires. They range in age from 50 to 74 (or, from ‘younger old white guy’ to ‘older old white guy’). Five team members are named Steve — which means that eight of them are not. For diversity, that will have to do. There are only two economists on the team — and one of them believes in the flat tax. But hedge funds are represented. So is fracking. And tobacco. And guns. And banking. And steel. And there’s the guy who mismanaged Chrysler before it was rescued by a government intervention.” (08/08/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160808/american-greed-trumps-team-is-a-whos-who-of-whats-wrong

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50) 2000 all over again?
Source: CounterPunch
by Elliot Sperber

“History, it seems, reached its zenith eight years ago, in 2008, and has been traveling backward since. How else can one account for the fact that, just as in 2000, the incumbent Democrats are running a highly unlikable former senator, who also served in the outgoing administration, and whose major selling point (aside from her gender, that is) is wonkishness and experience? … Hardly limited to the Democrats, though, this distorted, double-effect holds for the challenger, too. Like the nominee in 2000, who was also born into wealth and privilege, the current Republican nominee is also regarded as a monstrous buffoon.” (08/08/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/08/2000-all-over-again/

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51) Duke it out
Source: The Atlantic
by Michelle Cottle

“Picture this: It’s the morning after Election Day. The presidential circus is over, but control of the Senate has been thrown into the balance. One state holds the chamber’s fate in its hot little hands: Louisiana. In Louisiana’s ‘jungle primary,’ all Senate candidates, regardless of party, had appeared on the ballot on November 8. But because none cracked 50 percent, a runoff between the top two vote-getters will now take place on December 3. This year, with 24 (!) candidates chasing an open seat, Democrats and Republicans alike had anticipated such a runoff. What they had not foreseen was that one of the two finalists would be Republican candidate David Duke, ex-grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Holocaust denier, and all around creep. … Now the GOP faces an excruciating decision: Back the perennial poster boy for white supremacy or cede its Senate majority to the Democrats.” (08/08/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/duke-it-out/494855/

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52) Police state along the border
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Most everyone is accustomed to encountering an immigration-drug-war checkpoint when he crosses from Mexico into the United States. But let’s say that you fly into Laredo and decide to rent a car and drive back. It’s your first time to the border area. You never enter Mexico. You start driving back on IH 35 north toward San Antonio. Just as you go over the crest of a hill, you see up ahead a big permanent immigration checkpoint, just like the one at the international bridge that is located on the border, only not as large. I’ll guarantee: It will be a surreal sight for anyone not expecting it. The traveler’s first thought is: Am I in Mexico? Remember: This checkpoint is not for people crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States. This is a checkpoint about 25 miles inside the United States. It is a domestic passport/drug-war checkpoint, just like they have in communist and other totalitarian countries.” (08/08/16)

http://fff.org/2016/08/08/police-state-along-border/

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53) What are the solutions for police misconduct?
Source: Cop Block
by Dylan Donnelly

“1. Get rid of police unions. Police unions (fraternities) protect the guilty, and are responsible for the massive whitewashing of questionable police behavior that is presently being committed. 2. Eliminate both ‘absolute’ and ‘qualified’ immunity for all public officials. This includes, prosecutors and judges, police and firefighters, code enforcement and child protective services officials, and others who deal with the citizenry. The threat of being sued personally would encourage them to behave themselves. Require police officers to be ‘bonded’ by an insurance company, with their own funds. No bond = no job. 3. Any public funds disbursed to citizens as a result of police misconduct should come out of police pension funds — NOT from the taxpayers.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/07/16)

http://www.copblock.org/164262/real-solutions-for-police-misconduct/

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54) Free Talk Live, 08/07/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Not Voting :: Lesser of the Evils :: Plague on Libertarianism? :: Innocent Until Proven Guilty :: Libertarian Book Recommendations :: Same Day Voter Registration :: PA the South? :: Drones :: Insane War on Drugs in the Philippines :: Inhuman Jail Conditions :: One Person to a Cell :: Restaurant Goes Bitcoin :: Snitch.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/07/16)

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55) People are still getting this climate change thing wrong
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“[W]e insist that people are not taking this whole thing seriously at all. For we have spoken directly with the people who investigated seeding the oceans with iron. It works, there’s no doubt at all that it works. It’s also startlingly cheap. It’s not a complete solution but it’s an entirely viable one. It’s also one that it’s illegal to carry out, even illegal to do further testing upon it.” (08/08/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/people-are-still-getting-this-climate-change-thing-wrong

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