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Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Trump vows “fire and fury” if North Korea regime continues threatening to defend itself
2) South Africa: Zuma survives no-confidence vote
3) Scientists call out New York Times for incorrect claim about climate report
4) WA pols: Sessions used “inaccurate facts” to criticize cannabis legalization
5) Kenya: Kenyatta leads in presidential election as votes counted
6) Australia: Abbot campaigns to save marriage apartheid
7) Disney to pull movies from Netflix, plans own streaming service
8) France: Macron to abandon plans for official first lady
9) Wildfire closes Oregon campsites, hiking for eclipse
10) Cole: “Clean” debt ceiling bill unlikely to pass House of Representatives
11) FL: Coast Guard unloads more than three tons of stolen cocaine worth $85 million
12) TX: Dating app may have been used to lure men to deaths
13) Family claims ICE creeps used child as bait to abduct dad
14) Trump retweets story containing info Nikki Haley called “classified”
15) The FBI booby-trapped a video to catch a suspected Tor sextortionist
16) US job openings hit record high in June at 6.2 million
17) China: Regime troops fire “dozens of missiles” in show of strength near North Korea
18) CA: ICE thugs abduct pastor
19) CA: Wealthy San Francisco residents lose private street over tax bill
20) Google fires employee for expressing divergent opinion on diversity

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Privatize the Afghan war?
22) Google to employees: Feel safe sharing your opinions, as long as they’re our opinions
23) Even the best government can’t predict the future — so why do we trust them to design it for us?
24) Trump is not the problem
25) Why AI could end up saving us, rather than killing us
26) The wealth of nations flows from free markets and immigration
27) Keystone XL: TransCanada may not even want to build it anymore
28) What’s in your bag?
29) Why the Google memo brings forward an overdue conversation, part 2 (“the firing”)
30) The conservative mantra
31) Fear
32) Signing new sanctions bill shouldn’t stop Trump trying to get closer to Putin
33) The coming age of genetic modification, part 1
34) Being earnest about socialism
35) Immigrant families make America great
36) What to expect when Congress returns
37) Reconsidering teacher pay
38) How climate change became a question of faith
39) Innovation drives the small manufacturing boom — if it can survive regulatory meddling
40) Some thoughts on pacifism
41) The growing world of libertarian transhumanism
42) Our obsession with Trump shows authoritarianism has arrived
43) Free to choose
44) Lena Dunham: The PC snitch
45) Chickenhawk in chief
46) How government invented our modern, inefficient prison system
47) The Democrats’ antitrust proposals aren’t A Better Deal
48) A psychopath’s responsibility
49) Figuring out the Kennedy assassination, part 2
50) Ripping asunder and incinerating children

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 637
52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 970
53) The Brion McClanahan Show, episode 100
54) Bitcoin.com Podcast, 08/08/17
55) PanAm Podcast, 08/08/17
56) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/08/17
57) Free Talk Live, 08/07/17

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

1) Trump vows “fire and fury” if North Korea regime continues threatening to defend itself
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump on Tuesday issued a stern warning to North Korea, saying that if its threats to the United States continue, the outcast nation will be ‘met with the fire and the fury like the world has never seen.’ Trump comments came as North Korea spurned a new round of sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council and pledged to continue to press forward with development of nuclear weapons that could reach the U.S. mainland. … The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, according to a confidential assessment by U.S. intelligence officials. … North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told diplomats that his country will never negotiate away what he called a rational ‘strategic option’ against the threat of attack from the United States.” [editor’s note: In my opinion, it would be a mistake to believe the claims of EITHER regimes concerning the North’s nuclear capabilities – TLK] (08/08/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/08/08/trump-vows-north-korea-will-be-met-with-fire-and-fury-if-threats-continue/

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2) South Africa: Zuma survives no-confidence vote
Source: CBS News

“South Africa’s parliament voted against a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma by just over 20 votes Tuesday. Despite the fact that Zuma remains president, the 177-198 vote sends a strong message that there is a crisis within the ruling African National Congress party, or ANC, and signals that his position within the party has been severely weakened. … This latest motion comes after Zuma fired his finance minister, the widely respected and fiscally responsible Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan is a veteran member of the ruling class but was openly critical of Zuma, accusing him of rampant corruption that has enriched both himself and his acolytes. The difference with Tuesday’s vote was that it was cast in secret. Members of the ANC were able to vote according to their conscience without fear of reprisal if they rebelled against the party’s instruction to support Zuma.” (08/08/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/jacob-zuma-survives-no-confidence-vote-south-africa/

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3) Scientists call out New York Times for incorrect claim about climate report
Source: Fox News

“Scientists appear to have debunked The New York Times’ claim it was leaked a secret, gloomy climate change report which it published amid fears President Trump would suppress it. On Monday, The New York Times published a story saying there are concerns that the Trump administration could suppress what’s known as the National Climate Assessment, a project of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The story, titled ‘Scientists fear Trump will dismiss blunt climate report,’ said the draft report ‘has not yet been made public’ but ‘a copy of it was obtained by The New York Times.’ The paper also said ‘those who challenge scientific data on human-caused climate change’ are worried the report will be publicly released. But those who worked on the report are pushing back against the claims, saying the version that was obtained and posted in full by the New York Times has actually been online and available to the public for months.” [editor’s note: Grey Lady down? – SAT] (08/08/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/08/scientists-call-out-new-york-times-for-incorrect-claim-about-climate-report.html

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4) WA pols: Sessions used “inaccurate facts” to criticize cannabis legalization
Source: Smell the Truth

“Washington state officials are calling out Jeff Sessions for using questionable facts about marijuana. Recent statements from Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson say that Sessions used unreliable statistics to judge the impact of cannabis legalization in Washington, reports Vice News. ‘It is clear that our goals regarding health and safety are in step with the goals Attorney General Sessions has articulated,’ said Inslee in his personal statement. ‘Unfortunately, he is referring to incomplete and unreliable data that does not provide the most accurate snapshot of our efforts since the marketplace opened in 2014.’ Sessions incorrectly assumed in a July letter sent to Ferguson and Inslee that Washington’s medical marijuana program is in a legal ‘grey’ area due to a ‘lack of regulation and oversight.’ However, the state passed a law to regulate the medical market in 2015. Sessions also cited statistics from the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which has had issues with accuracy in past claims.” [editor’s note: “inaccurate facts” … is that a cousin of “alternative” ones? – SAT] (08/08/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/08/07/jeff-sessions-used-inaccurate-facts-to-criticize-pot-legalization-state-officials-say

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5) Kenya: Kenyatta leads in presidential election as votes counted
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Kenya’s incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken an early lead as votes are counted after Tuesday’s election. With three-quarters of results in he has 55% of the vote against 44% for his rival, Raila Odinga, figures show. However, the opposition coalition has rejected the partial results, saying election officials have not produced documents to prove their validity. ‘They are fictitious, they are fake,’ said Mr Odinga. The electoral commission is urging people to wait calmly for full results. Many fear a repeat of the violence that followed the disputed 2007 election when more than 1,100 Kenyans died and 600,000 were displaced.” (08/08/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40855040

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6) Australia: Abbot campaigns to save marriage apartheid
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A former prime minister on Wednesday began campaigning against gay marriage in Australia ahead of a promised public vote on the divisive issue that could begin next month. ‘I say to you: If you don’t like same-sex marriage, vote ‘no.’ If you worry about freedom of speech and freedom of religion, vote ‘no;’ and if you don’t like political correctness, vote ‘no’ because this is the best way to stop it in its tracks,’ Tony Abbott told reporters outside Parliament House. The conservative government has proposed two options to give Australians their say on same-sex marriage, both of which face hurdles and condemnation by gay-rights advocates. The government’s preferred option is a compulsory, non-binding and rare vote known as a plebiscite to be held on Nov. 25 at a cost of 170 million Australian dollars ($135 million). The Senate is likely to reject the plebiscite, as it did in November.” (08/08/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Australian-leader-says-gay-marriage-could-be-law-11741031.php

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7) Disney to pull movies from Netflix, plans own streaming service
Source: Reuters

“Walt Disney Co will stop providing new movies to Netflix Inc starting in 2019 and launch its own streaming service as the world’s biggest entertainment company tries to capture digital viewers who are dumping traditional television. Disney’s defection, announced on Tuesday alongside quarterly results showing continued pressure on sports network ESPN, is a calculated gamble that the company can generate more profit in the long run from its own subscription service rather than renting out its movies to services like Netflix. In turn, Netflix and rivals such as Amazon.com Inc and Time Warner Inc’s HBO are spending billions of dollars to buy and produce their own content and stream it straight to consumers. Disney’s entry into a crowded subscription streaming market and the cost of technology to support its own online services could weigh on earnings, Wall Street analysts said.” (08/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-walt-disney-results-idUSKBN1AO2C4

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8) France: Macron to abandon plans for official first lady
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“French President Emmanuel Macron is to abandon plans to create an official role of first lady for his wife Brigitte, according to reports. During his campaign, Mr Macron had said he wanted to create ‘a real status’ for his wife. But an online petition against the move has gained almost 290,000 signatures. French media report that Brigitte Macron’s position will be clarified in the coming days, but that the constitution will not be altered. In a TV interview during is presidential campaign, Mr Macron said that, if elected, he would want the role of first lady to be ‘defined. She [Brigitte Macron] will have a say on what she wants to be,’ he told TF1 in April. The French constitution gives no official status to a president’s spouse, although they are typically allocated an office in the Elysée Palace, an assistant or two, and security guards.” (08/08/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40867031

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9) Wildfire closes Oregon campsites, hiking for eclipse
Source: USA Today

“Just two weeks ago, the Mount Jefferson area was expected to be among Oregon’s most popular places to view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. But with the Whitewater Fire continuing to expand, U.S. Forest Service officials on Monday closed a large swath of land surrounding Oregon’s second tallest mountain through eclipse day. The closure includes almost 185 square miles of roads, trails and mountains in and around the Mount Jefferson Wilderness. It includes popular hiking destinations Jefferson Park, Pamelia Lake and 30 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Tens of thousands of backpackers were expected to visit the Jefferson and Detroit Lake areas because they are smack in the middle of the eclipse’s path of totality. Some had reservations to camp in the wilderness.” (08/08/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/08/08/wildfire-closes-oregon-campsites-hiking-eclipse/549361001

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10) Cole: “Clean” debt ceiling bill unlikely to pass House of Representatives
Source: Raw Story

“The U.S. House of Representatives is unlikely to raise the country’s debt ceiling without conditions to rein in spending, a Republican lawmaker said on Tuesday, raising the specter of another potential clash even as Republicans control both Congress and the White House. The Trump administration has asked Congress to extend the federal borrowing capacity to meet U.S. payment obligations with a ‘clean’ bill that does not include any other provisions. Asked if the House would act to pass such a bill when lawmakers return to Washington next month, U.S. Representative Tom Cole said ‘probably not clean. … Most Republicans want to do something to lower the trajectory of the debt,’ Cole, a member of the House Appropriations and Budget committees, told MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ program. Disagreements over the country’s borrowing capacity have prompted skirmishes for years. The latest tussle among Republicans follows a fight over healthcare legislation that left the party unable to make good on years of promises to repeal and replace Obamacare, and has also raised concern among some investors.” (08/08/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/clean-debt-ceiling-bill-unlikely-to-pass-house-of-representatives-lawmaker

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11) FL: Coast Guard unloads more than three tons of stolen cocaine worth $85 million
Source: Fox News

“The Coast Guard unloaded 3.1 tons of cocaine worth about $85 million in Florida on Monday. The massive amount of drugs were [stolen] in the eastern Pacific before they were transported by Coast Guard cutters Escanaba and Decisive to Port Everglades, Local 10 News reported. ‘The offload represents the combined efforts of Escanaba’s crew, and those of our partners and allies,’ Escanaba Cmdr. Michael Turdo said. ‘Stopping the illicit flow of drugs to our shores not only keeps them off our street but also keeps money from getting to these criminal organizations.’ The massive amount of drugs were snatched in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The Coast Guard has bolstered its occupation in the eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin due to the Western Hemisphere Strategy, an effort that aims to ‘protect the Nation from threats delivered by sea; and protects the sea itself,’ according to a press release. The narcotics will be given to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.” (08/08/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/08/coast-guard-unloads-more-than-3-tons-cocaine-worth-85-million-in-florida.html

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12) TX: Dating app may have been used to lure men to deaths
Source: Fox News

“Two Texas men who were killed earlier this year may have been lured to their deaths by an online dating app used by the pair’s killers, investigators said Monday. Harris County sheriff’s investigators said the app, which was not named, might have been used to entice Glenser Soliman, 44, and An Vinh Nguyen, 26, The Houston Chronicle reported. Soliman, a nurse at St. Luke’s Medical Center, was found dead a few miles from his residence on Feb. 25 after being declared missing on Feb. 16. Nguyen, a student studying hotel and restaurant management at the University of Houston, has not been seen since March 31. Deputies believe the student is dead, but his body has not been found. The two victims’ cars were found in Spring, a census-designated place of Houston in Harris County. Nguyen’s credit cards were stolen but it was not clear if anything was taken from Soliman.” (08/08/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/08/dating-app-may-have-been-used-to-lure-men-to-deaths-texas-investigators-say.html

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13) Family claims ICE creeps used child as bait to abduct dad
Source: New York Daily News

“When Mynor Espinoza went down to an immigration office, he expected it would be to clarify some paperwork for his 9-year-old son. Federal immigration agents said the June 5 meeting was to discuss Anthony, who arrived from Guatemala last year, according to Espinoza’s lawyer, Yazmin Rodriguez. But it was really about clamping down on Espinoza. The 31-year-old father of four from West Haven, Conn., crossed the border illegally [sic] eight years ago with his wife, Dulce. At that June meeting, the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement [abducted] Espinoza.” (08/07/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/child-bait-ice-officers-detain-immigrant-article-1.3392210

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14) Trump retweets story containing info Nikki Haley called “classified”
Source: Washington Times

“President Trump retweeted a story Tuesday that UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said contained ‘classified information.’ When asked about the report from Fox News that U.S. spy satellites captured North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to patrol boats, Ms. Haley said she couldn’t comment. ‘I can’t talk about anything that’s classified. …’ she said on Fox News. … Trump retweeted the article from the ‘Fox & Friends’ twitter feed.” (08/08/17)

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/8/president-trump-retweets-story-containing-info-nik/

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15) The FBI booby-trapped a video to catch a suspected Tor sextortionist
Source: Motherboard

“Malware and hacking tools are established parts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s toolkit when it comes to unmasking criminal suspects on the Tor anonymity network. In a new case revolving around someone blackmailing children, FBI agents sent the suspect a digitally-poisoned movie file that obtained the target’s real IP address. … Monday, prosecutors announced charges against Buster Hernandez, 26, of Bakersfield, California. Hernandez is charged with threats to use an explosive device and sexual exploitation of a child. He is suspected of using the moniker ‘Brian Kil.’ Since 2015, Brian Kil has used social media, email, and VoIP to communicate with a number of underage female victims and extort sexual photos from them, according to the criminal complaint. Under duress, some victims sent explicit images and videos to Kil.” (08/08/17)

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/gyyxb3/the-fbi-booby-trapped-a-video-to-catch-a-suspected-tor-sextortionist

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16) US job openings hit record high in June at 6.2 million
Source: CNBC

“Monthly jobs openings — a gauge of the U.S. economy that’s closely watched by Fed Chair Janet Yellen — increased in June from May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Tuesday. The number of openings was at 6.2 million on the last business day of the month, a record high, the report from the Labor Department said. This represents an increase from 5.7 million on the last business day of May. The June number is the highest reported since the Labor Department began tracking the series in December 2000, according to Reuters.” (08/08/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/08/job-openings-hit-6-point-2-million-in-june.html

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17) China: Regime troops fire “dozens of missiles” in show of strength near North Korea
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“China’s navy and air force flexed their muscles in live-fire drills close to North Korea amid escalating tension over Kim Jong-un’s nuclear test. The drill included the firing of missiles and according to the ministry aimed to hone the military’s abilities to conduct coastal assaults. It comes as China announced it was prepared to face the consequences of backing a US-drafted UN Security Council resolution on sanctions against North Korea.” (08/08/17)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4771190/China-fires-dozens-missiles-strength.html

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18) CA: ICE thugs abduct pastor
Source: CNN

“The Rev. Noe Carias shuffles into the cramped room, his face immediately pleasant upon seeing strangers. He’s well practiced in his pastoral craft of comforting parishioners. But the pastor isn’t in ministerial clothes. He sits down, wearing a blue prison uniform. Carias’ name is printed on a plastic band attached to his left wrist. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer tells Carias he has 20 minutes before he needs to return to detention. ‘I think first my lord, Jesus Christ,’ says the pastor, ‘then my wife, my children, my church. I think God is going to make a miracle to release me, set me free from this place.’ Carias, 42, is being held at the Adelanto Detention Facility, in California’s high desert, for crossing the border illegally in the 1990s. The Guatemalan native had been trying to correct his immigration status since 2014, and ICE had granted him yearly stays. That ended this year at his most recent ICE check-in, when Carias was informed he would be arrested and deported.” (08/07/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/07/us/california-pastor-ice-detainee-noe-carias/index.html

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19) CA: Wealthy San Francisco residents lose private street over tax bill
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Residents of an illustrious San Francisco private street where homes sell for millions have had the street itself bought from under them. Presidio Terrace is now owned by two investors, Tina Lam and Michael Cheng, who snapped up the private road for about $90,000 (£69,039, €76,203). The street — parking, pathways and all — was sold by the city over a $14-a-year tax which went unpaid for decades. Wealthy residents say they knew nothing about the sale until it was done The result is that residents no longer own the road, pavements, trees, or any of the common land — and might have to pay its new owners for parking.” (08/08/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40861145

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20) Google fires employee for expressing divergent opinion on diversity
Source: CNet

“Google has fired an employee who penned a controversial memo that argued biology prevents women from being as successful as men in the tech industry. James Damore, the Google engineer identified as the memo’s author, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for ‘perpetuating gender stereotypes,’ according to Bloomberg, which reported the news late Monday. Google representatives declined to comment on the report, citing employee confidentiality.” (08/08/17)

https://www.cnet.com/news/author-of-controversial-google-diversity-memo-reportedly-fired/

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

21) Privatize the Afghan war?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“After sixteen years of fighting what is by now the longest war in our history, American policymakers are out of ideas when it comes to Afghanistan. The Bush administration was all about nation-building: if only we built schools so that Afghan women could be educated and ‘liberated,’ a grateful people would abandon terrorism and the war would be won. The Obama administration — which came to power on the strength of candidate Obama’s contention that the Iraq war was ‘the wrong war,’ and that we had neglected the Afghan front — instituted a ‘surge’ of some 40,000 more US troops, and then declared victory in 2014. Now the Trump administration is confronted with the reality of the Taliban in charge of nearly half the country, and the dysfunctional Afghan government barely able to hold Kabul, the capital. What to do?” (08/08/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/08/08/privatize-afghan-war/

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22) Google to employees: Feel safe sharing your opinions, as long as they’re our opinions
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Former Google engineer James Damore is suddenly between jobs. He’s been fired, Bloomberg reports, for writing ‘an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies.’ Google has long cultivated a reputation for hiring smart people, turning them loose, and listening to them. This firing puts a giant dent in that reputation. Media reports describe Damore’s memo as a rant, a tirade, a screed, sexist, anti-diversity, and a whole bunch of other bad things. I was almost afraid to read the 10-page document. Might it traumatize or trigger me in some way, perhaps turn me into a raving ax murderer? Perhaps, but for you, my dear readers, I took the risk. My reaction … Really? People are upset about THIS?” (08/08/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11200

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23) Even the best government can’t predict the future — so why do we trust them to design it for us?
Source: Heartland Institute
by David S D’Amato

“Predicting the future, even in a game with simple rules and few players is incredibly difficult, even for experts. We might imagine that convincing people of the truth of this apparently uncontroversial proposition would be easy. (Consider how frequently the predictions of the best and brightest fail.) But we would be wrong. Politicians, bureaucrats, and other governmental actors regularly, if indirectly, claim the ability to predict the future, and we readily believe them. They claim to be able to see the future when they purport to know what will happen when they intervene in the operation of that most complex of all complex systems, society itself.” (08/08/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/08/even-the-best-government-cant-predict-the-future-so-why-do-we-trust-them-to-design-it-for-us/

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24) Trump is not the problem
Source: TomDispatch
by Andrew J Bacevich

“Like it or not, the president of the United States embodies America itself. The individual inhabiting the White House has become the preeminent symbol of who we are and what we represent as a nation and a people. In a fundamental sense, he is us. It was not always so. Millard Fillmore, the 13th president (1850–1853), presided over but did not personify the American republic. He was merely the federal chief executive. Contemporary observers did not refer to his term in office as the Age of Fillmore. … when Chester A. Arthur (1881–1885) or William Howard Taft (1909–1913) left the White House, there was no rush to immortalize them by erecting gaudy shrines (now known as ‘presidential libraries’) to the glory of their presidencies. In those distant days, ex-presidents went back home or somewhere else where they could find work. Over the course of the past century, all that has changed. Ours is a republic that has long since taken on the trappings of a monarchy, with the president inhabiting rarefied space as our king-emperor.” [editor’s note: I have been trying to point this out to friends for about 30 years now; this is a Constitutional republic, not a monarchy – SAT] (08/08/17)

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176316/tomgram%3A_andrew_bacevich%2C_

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25) Why AI could end up saving us, rather than killing us
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“When I wrote The Breaking Dawn, I avoided mentioning artificial intelligence (AI). Big Data became an important part of the story, but self-aware machines were not. You can”t include everything in a novel and still keep it moving. But here is the story I had in mind for AI — why the tyrannical elites (‘the Order’) shut it down. It illustrates why it may not be the disaster some people are claiming.” (08/08/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/ai-end-saving-us-rather-killing-us/

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26) The wealth of nations flows from free markets and immigration
Source: The Jack News
by Gary Johnson

“Let’s assume for a moment that ‘illegal’ immigration is as much a crisis as President Trump wants us to believe. And let’s consider the reality that the majority of all those undocumented immigrants who are such a problem didn’t sneak across the border. They came here legally, found jobs, joined family members or otherwise found it worth the risk to overstay their visas or work permits. So what does our president propose? He says: Let’s cut legal immigration in half. And let’s do it by making it more difficult for aspiring immigrants to join family members in the United States and ratcheting down the arbitrary and unworkable caps on employment-based visas. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Let’s take the major reasons undocumented immigrants are undocumented — and make them worse. What are they thinking?” (08/08/17)

https://thejacknews.com/commentary/gary-johnson-wealth-nations-flows-free-markets-immigration

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27) Keystone XL: TransCanada may not even want to build it anymore
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“As a week of hearings over the fate of the Keystone XL Pipeline began today, there was an elephant in the room: Does TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, actually want to build it? TransCanada representatives, environmental advocates, tribal members, ranchers and other Nebraskans gathered today in Lincoln’s Cornhusker Marriot Hotel to argue before the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) as to whether TransCanada should receive permits to build the pipeline across the state. Without a route through Nebraska, there’s no Keystone XL at all. The infrastructure project has become a priority for the Trump administration, which revived it back in March. However, the company won’t formally decide whether it will continue investing in Keystone until December, as TransCanada executive vice president Paul Miller announced last month. Part of that choice will depend on the PSC’s ruling, which could come as late as November. But just as important are the dramatic changes in the oil market since the Canadian pipeline operator first dreamed up the project in 2008. Oil prices collapsed in late 2014, and a lingering oversupply problem means there may not be enough demand to justify the massive building project.” (08/08/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20413/keystone-xl-hearings

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28) What’s in your bag?
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“As a consumer, my experiences are exceedingly pleasant. I don’t just receive endless great products for reasonable prices. I routinely receive gracious, flexible service with a smile. Small snapshot: When I buy baked goods or produce at Wegmans, the cashiers don’t even bother to look in the brown paper sack. They simply ask me, ‘What’s in your bag?’ — and ring up whatever I declare. How can profit-maximizing businesses treat me so well? The easy answer is ‘competition’ – if any one business offered worse terms, I’d take my business elsewhere. That makes a lot of sense, but dodges the deeper question: Why is gracious, flexible service with a smile the market equilibrium in the first place?” (08/08/17)

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

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29) Why the Google memo brings forward an overdue conversation, part 2 (“the firing”)
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Incredibly, people are calling this guy (who has a masters degree in Systems Biology from Harvard) a Nazi because he has a different opinion than the dogmatic prevailing consensus within what clearly is a Google echo chamber culture. He was politely trying to have a discourse about a topic he feels passionately about and did so in a respectful way. For that unforgivable act, he’s been deemed a misogynist Nazi and fired. I’m not the first person to note that by firing him for writing this, Google essentially proved his point regarding the company’s closed cultural and ideological environment.” (08/08/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/08/08/why-the-google-manifesto-brings-forward-an-overdue-conversation-part-2-the-firing/

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30) The conservative mantra
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Conservative godfather Russell Kirk (1918–1994) wrote lengthy philosophical treatises on ‘the six canons of conservative thought’ and ‘ten conservative principles.’ Throughout his writings on conservatism he praised natural law, order, virtue, restraint, custom, convention, continuity, tradition, prudence, permanent things, an enduring moral order, property, and voluntary community, while he disdained hasty innovation, collectivism, uniformity, egalitarianism, utilitarianism, and those who would ‘reconstruct society upon abstract designs.’ Present-day conservatives take a much different and simpler approach than that of Kirk. It has been said by numerous people in a variety of ways that if you repeat something loudly enough and often enough, people will eventually come to believe it, whether it is true or not. That is certainly the case of conservatives in the Internet Age.” (08/08/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-conservative-mantra/

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31) Fear
Source: Strike The Root
by Paul Hein

“Back in the Christian era, one sometimes encountered the phrase ‘fear of the Lord.’ The fear referred to was not so much a fear of punishment at the hands of powerful but capricious and spiteful gods, but rather a sense of awe and respect towards someone you loved, not feared. It was the ‘fear’ that you might feel for neglecting a lover; a guilt-inducing fear of not living up to expectations, of rejecting a gift. Of course, that was then, and this is now. Fear of the Lord, which was regarded as the beginning of wisdom, has been replaced with fear of The Rulers, which is the beginning of servitude.” (08/08/17)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/fear

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32) Signing new sanctions bill shouldn’t stop Trump trying to get closer to Putin
Source: Reuters
by Josh Cohen

“The U.S.-Russian relationship is in a downward spiral. President Donald Trump just grudgingly signed a bill imposing additional sanctions on Russia, while Russian President Vladimir Putin angrily ordered 755 U.S. diplomats to leave the country. The additional sanctions will have two effects. For one thing, they are likely to harm Russia’s economy by chilling the country’s investment climate. (Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev promptly called them ‘a declaration of a full-fledged trade war on Russia.’) Perhaps more importantly, it will now become even more difficult for Trump — unable to remove the sanctions without Congressional approval — to achieve his oft-stated desire to improve relations between Moscow and Washington. Nonetheless, Trump is right. Russia and the United States should be able to work together. And in spite of the acrimony over the latest sanctions, there are ways that to get that done.” (08/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cohen-russia-commentary-idUSKBN1AO1RP

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33) The coming age of genetic modification, part 1
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ryan Hagemann

“Last week, Dr. Shoukhrat Mitalipov and a team of researchers at Oregon Health and Science University announced they had successfully altered human embryos with a mutation of the MYBPC3 gene — a defect that causes hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in 1 out of every 500 people, and is among the leading causes of sudden death for young athletes. If true (the research is still pending publication), this could be a revolutionary development in the field of genetics. It would mark the first time such a modification was conducted using the CRISPR gene editing technology, demonstrating the technology’s ability to both safely and effectively excise abnormalities in an embryonic genome. The thorny ethical debates probably won’t be far behind, but we shouldn’t be talking about ‘designer babies’ just yet. Rather, Mitalipov’s experiment shines a light on a more nuanced subset of the genetic modification debate: the ethical difference between editing somatic cells versus germ cells.” (08/08/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/coming-age-genetic-modification-part/

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34) Being earnest about socialism
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“So what is this thing we call class, in Wilde’s time and our own? It is real but hard to pin down. It’s all about social signaling. And this in turn comes down to tiny issue. In Importance, Jack Worthing wants to marry Gwendolen Fairfax, but her mother Lady Bracknell refuses on grounds that Jack cannot produce any relations with social standing; indeed, he seems to be an orphan. He then goes to work to discover the identity of his parents. In the course of events, Jack’s class status moves from high to low to high again based on nothing more than knowledge discovery of a point over which he has no control. The story is called a satire, and it is a decent description. It is a satirical account of the herculean efforts of the late Victorian Age to preserve what growing freedom was rapidly destroying.” (08/08/17)

https://fee.org/articles/being-earnest-about-socialism/

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35) Immigrant families make America great
Source: USA Today
by Ali Noorani

“In America, we care about and support strong families, no matter where you were born. The RAISE Act, introduced by Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga., with resounding applause from President Trump, would have you think otherwise. It is based on the faulty assumption that immigrant families merit minimal consideration. Ending the emphasis on family relationships as a basis for immigration — deprioritizing the unity, values and strength that a supportive family provides — undermines the prosperity of American workers and their families. Studies have found that social networks, such as family, help immigrants find jobs and facilitate economic integration. Family members are crucial to helping newcomers navigate American culture, norms and institutions. As is true for those born in America, immigrants’ families help with housing, financial capital, health care access, transportation, school enrollment, child care, elder care and more.” (08/08/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/08/immigrant-families-make-america-great-editorials-debates/104412280

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36) What to expect when Congress returns
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“Yesterday the House leadership announced that when the House comes back from August recess it will consider a ‘consolidated’ appropriations bill. The bill will contain the 8 appropriation bills that have yet to pass the House. The idea is to get this bill to the Senate in time to avoid another end of year, big spending budget deal rammed through Congress. I’m skeptical that this will work.” (08/08/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/expect-congress-returns

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37) Reconsidering teacher pay
Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.

“Teacher compensation is an important policy discussion. Yet, too often the mere suggestion of change is met with hostility by teachers. As a former teacher myself, I understand that there is safety in salary schedules along with uncertainty about what they might be replaced with. Indeed, one retired teacher took to the newspaper’s pages to make this point. Although she didn’t argue specifically for salary schedules, it was clear that she was averse to change. But many people are examining how we pay teachers, and they often reach the same conclusion I reached — we need to change how we do business. But what should that change look like?” (08/08/17)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/public-pensions/reconsidering-teacher-pay

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38) How climate change became a question of faith
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Harry Bruinius

“Every four years, the nation’s scientists from myriad federal agencies come together to release a comprehensive report synthesizing the current state of climate science. It’s become a routine affair, with a predictable process involving extensive analysis of studies, numerous drafts, and eventual approval from the White House before the public release of the latest National Climate Assessment. But this year was different. Rather than follow traditional protocols and await approval from the Trump administration, these scientists urged The New York Times to release the document in draft form out of fear that the White House might suppress the findings. That fear likely stems from a general skepticism of climate science that runs through the Trump administration. The report, these scientists say, is too important to be sidelined by politics. ‘It’s the most comprehensive and up to date report on climate science in the world at this point,’ says Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University who was one of the authors of the report. ‘This report covers the entire gamut of the science we need to know to make sound decisions about our future.’ Citing analysis from thousands of studies, the nation’s climate assessment offers not just a dire warning about what climate change may bring in future years, but a detailed account of effects that are already occurring and of human contributions to those changes.” (08/08/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0808/How-climate-change-became-a-question-of-faith

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39) Innovation drives the small manufacturing boom — if it can survive regulatory meddling
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Contrary to the claims of certain politicians, lots of stuff is still made in the United States. Enough stuff that it hit a new peak in output as of the first quarter of this year, in fact. Even more surprising is that, despite the automation that reduces costs and makes much domestic production possible, there’s even some growth in manufacturing jobs (though the numbers remain far below their past heights). That small resurgence in jobs may be because of the recent boom in small, urban-based manufacturers. It’s an encouraging trend, but don’t get too attached to those new businesses and their employees. Regulators are busy trying to kill them off.” (08/08/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/08/08/innovation-drives-the-small-manufacturin

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40) Some thoughts on pacifism
Source: Mises UK
by Neil Lock

“Christian Michel has posed the question: ‘Is pacifism not only inept, but also morally abhorrent (evil everywhere should always be fought)?’ This question isn’t as simple as it sounds. For a start, my dictionary gives three different meanings of the word ‘pacifism.’ (1) Opposition to war or violence as a means of settling disputes. (2) More specifically, refusal to bear arms on moral or religious grounds. (3) An attitude or policy of non-resistance.” (08/08/17)

https://misesuk.org/2017/08/08/some-thoughts-on-pacifism/

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41) The growing world of libertarian transhumanism
Source: The American Conservative
by Zoltan Istvan

“So why are so many people jumping on the transhumanist bandwagon? I think it has to do with the mishmash of tech inundating and dominating our daily lives. Everything from our smartphone addictions to flying at 30,000 feet in jet airplanes to Roombas freaking out our pets in our homes. Nothing is like it was for our forbearers. In fact, little is like it was even a generation ago. And the near future will be many times more dramatic: driverless cars, robotic hearts, virtual reality sex, and telepathy via mind-reading headsets. Each of these technologies is already here, and in some cases being marketed to billions of people. The world is shifting under our feet — and libertarian transhumanism is a sure way to navigate the chaos to make sure we arrive at the best future possible.” (08/08/17)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-growing-world-of-libertarian-transhumanism/

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42) Our obsession with Trump shows authoritarianism has arrived
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“Bernie Sanders has joined the chorus of politicians and pundits who warn that the U.S. is sliding into authoritarianism under Trump. But he’s kind of wrong about how. There are indeed reasons to worry that civilian and constitutional rule are giving way to institutional post-democracy. Trump’s cabinet and top White House staff contain enough military generals to give Pakistan a run for its money. Trump’s party controls both the House and Senate yet the president prefers to dash off executive orders rather than making the necessary effort to shepherd legislation through Congress. And of course there’s his police-state rhetoric, like when he ‘joked’ that cops should bash their suspects’ heads into the sides of their squad cars. But the most reliable indicator of looming authoritarianism can be found in the media, specifically in its obsession with the president.” (08/08/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/08/our-obsession-with-trump-shows-authoritarianism-has-arrived/

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43) Free to choose
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘I think that the most effective way one could possibly move toward greater freedom in the United States, toward a smaller role of government, would be if we could only have a more democratic society.’ Who said that? A Democrat? No. The speaker quickly added, ‘I don’t mean a capital-D, I mean a small-d.’ ‘That is, I mean if we could have referenda,’ the late Milton Friedman explained back in 1987. The Nobel Prize winning economist — and co-author with wife Rose of the bestselling Free to Choose — was referring to the initiative and referendum process, whereby citizens vote on laws, and in the case of initiatives directly place measures onto the ballot.” (08/08/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/08/08/free-to-choose/

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44) Lena Dunham: The PC snitch
Source: spiked
by Ella Whelan

“No one likes a grass. Especially one who snitches to an international audience. This is the news that, last week, Lena Dunham, writer, actress and perpetual PC warrior, eavesdropped on two flight attendants at the airport and snitched on them online. What was their crime? Engaging in ‘transphobic talk.'” [editor’s note: When you’re an airline employee, in an airline uniform, standing in a public space in an airport, there’s no reasonable expectation that whatever comes out of your yapper is, as Whelan claims, “private,” especially with respect to the employer whom you are publicly representing at the moment – TLK] (08/08/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/lena-dunham-the-pc-snitch/

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45) Chickenhawk in chief
Source: The Atlantic
by James Fallows

“The simplest way to think of this is to imagine that favorite of business school courses, a two-by-two matrix. We can classify Vietnam-era figures on two criteria: 1. Did they think anybody in the United States should be going to fight in Vietnam, Yes or No? This is a proxy for the question: Are you for or against the war? 2. Did they think that they personally should go to fight in the war? For three of the positions in the matrix, you can imagine moral and character defenses. (The arguments would start when you say which one should rank above the others.) Not for the fourth. … These are the people who thought: Someone should be over there fighting. But it shouldn’t be me. Until recently Dick Cheney, he of the pro-war views and the multiple deferments, had been the most politically prominent representative of this category. Now of course it is Donald Trump: star high school athlete, spared from service because of unspecified foot problems, now criticizing other public figures for their war records.” (08/08/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/what-did-you-do-in-the-twitter-war-daddy/536184/

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46) How government invented our modern, inefficient prison system
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Chris Calton

“In the modern legal system, the victim of the crime gets punished twice. In the case of a robbery, for example, the victim gets robbed by the thief and then, if the criminal is actually arrested and imprisoned, the victim gets robbed again by the government to fund the incarceration. This makes the case for a prison industry suspect in a free market legal system. But many libertarians make the case that in a libertarian society, free market prisons would emerge. As with so many things, history is able to offer some insights into the issue.” (08/08/17)

https://mises.org/blog/how-government-invented-our-modern-inefficient-prison-system

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47) The Democrats’ antitrust proposals aren’t A Better Deal
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Rohan Shah

“In the US, the Democrats are gradually starting to make some noise regarding the direction in which they would take the US were they to regain power at some point. As part of this they have released a short note setting out their views on the form that competition (or ‘antitrust’) policy should take.” (08/08/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-democrats-antitrust-proposal-arent-a-better-deal

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48) A psychopath’s responsibility
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“I’ve been asked repeatedly my thoughts on the girl who cajoled her boyfriend into killing himself, and I’ve been hesitant to really say much on the subject, but I’ve given the matter enough thought now. So strap in — we’re going to cover many different angles very quickly. Prison? Whether the girl is guilty of murder or not, prison is not the answer, because two wrongs don’t make a right. Whatever the girl may or may not be guilty of, prison is not the answer. So it goes without saying that, whatever my thoughts on what the girl did, I am not saying that she should be kidnapped and imprisoned against her will by the state. With That Said … I’m frankly stunned by the number of libertarians I’m seeing who express the sentiment that the girl bears absolutely no responsibility for the guy’s death, and, without being overly generalizing, I suspect that most of these people have never witnessed nor experienced psychological abuse.” (08/07/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/08/07/a-psychopaths-responsibility/

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49) Figuring out the Kennedy assassination, part 2
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The official story of the Kennedy assassination is that he was killed by a former U.S. Marine, lone-nut, communist assassin named Lee Harvey Oswald. The big problem, however, is that the official story has never comported with much of the circumstantial evidence in the case nor with common sense, reason, and logic. That’s why no one has ever been able to come up with a credible motive for Oswald to kill Kennedy.” (08/08/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/08/08/figuring-kennedy-assassination-part-2/

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50) Ripping asunder and incinerating children
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Robert Higgs

“Wading through the hideous comments posted on others’ Facebook pages about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I am struck once again by the reality that I live in a world with a lot of individuals whom I cannot regard as anything but moral monsters, people who not only consider the bombings as not especially regrettable, but actually take great pleasure in their having been made. How does one have a civilized conversation with people who see nothing wrong with ripping asunder or incinerating tens of thousands of children who happened to be living in those cities?” (08/07/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/ripping-asunder-incinerating-children

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51) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 637
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Over the last couple of months, we’ve been following the North Korea situation closely. Despite what you may have heard, the likelihood that North Korea could hit a U.S. mainland target is slim. What I said several weeks ago was to look for a significant escalation in news stories talking about the imminent threat from North Korea. If the government wants a war, they’ll start by using the media to exaggerate the threat North Korea poses. Today we see signs they are doing just that.” [various formats] (08/08/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/637-the-u-s-moves-one-step-closer-to-war-with-north-korea/

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52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 970
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“George Orwell has been a mystery to a great many readers. What did he truly believe? Was he a thoroughgoing socialist yet anti-totalitarian? David Ramsay Steele, author of a new book on Orwell, joins me to get to the bottom of it.” [various formats] (08/08/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-970-the-real-george-orwell/

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53) The Brion McClanahan Show, episode 100
Source: Brion McClanahan

“People are always asking me what they can do to help correct the biases of the mainstream academy and media. This podcast is for you, and it’s two words: popular history.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/08/17)

https://www.brionmcclanahan.com/blog/podcast-episode-100-popular-history/

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54) Bitcoin.com Podcast, 08/08/17
Source: Bitcoin.com

“This week’s Bitcoin.com podcast features Jeff Berwick of The Dollar Vigilante and the organizer of the anarcho-capitalist conference ‘Anarchapulco’ in Mexico.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/08/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/new-bitcoin-com-podcast-episode-jeff-berwick-dollar-vigilante/

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55) PanAm Podcast, 08/08/17
Source: PanAm Post

“Thomas Peters, CEO of uCampaign, has taken the political world by storm with his smartphone apps which seek to cultivate online communities and motivate followers, using the phenomenon of ‘gamification’ … where points and badges serve as a road map for participation in political campaigns, and allow everyday people to compete for credibility and prestige within official campaign channels, and organize.” [Flash video] (08/08/17)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2017/08/08/thomas-peters-app-revolutionize-politics/

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56) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/08/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Darrell Becker and Jeremy Heisenberg get personal on vaccinations, co-parenting, spanking, peaceful parenting, and a literal whooping at the hands of the State.” [various formats] (08/08/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14896

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57) Free Talk Live, 08/07/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Maine Increases Minimum Age for Purchase of Cigarettes :: Bitcoin Software :: Bitcoin Shoppe :: Fed Gov Opinions on Bitcoin :: The Last Blockbuster on Twitter :: The Last Ten Blockbusters :: Mail Checking Safety Sarah :: Fed Gov Falsely Imprisons Man :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/07/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-08-07

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