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Volume XV, Issue #3,772
Thursday, August 10th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Venezuela: Maduro’s new assembly declares itself all-powerful
2) FBI agents raided former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s home in July
3) Disney sued for allegedly spying on children through apps
4) Segregated Witness (SegWit) locks in on Bitcoin
5) Freedom Foundation sues Seattle over controversial new income tax
6) NV: Primary complicates GOP Heller’s re-election bid
7) Giant chicken balloon with Trump-like hair seen near White House
8) Johnson: John McCain’s health may have affected his Obamacare vote
9) Judge: Lawsuit between Kentucky political rivals can continue
10) Operation Sanctuary: Newcastle child sex network defendants convicted
11) TX: Bill restricting insurance coverage for abortions nears approval
12) Army denies Dems’ demands to rename “Confederate” streets on historic base
13) ME: LePage sued for blocking Facebook comments
14) DC Metro sued over refusal to run some ads
15) In switch, DoJ backs Ohio regime’s vote suppression program
16) NH: Regime is latest to pursue frivolous litigation versus OxyContin manufacturer
17) North Korea: Regime releases jailed Canadian pastor
18) France: Man arrested after soldiers rammed by car
19) Airbnb declines to associate with people attending Virginia hate rally
20) Japan: Nagasaki’s mayor marks A-bomb anniversary with dire warning

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) In defense of the infamous Google memo
22) Public choice theory and the politics of good and evil
23) Accidents don’t deserve punishment
24) Anything goes when you’re a cop in America
25) Beware the ObamaCare bailout
26) Is Jeff Sessions still Attorney General?
27) Fiscal purgatory in New York
28) UBI proposals prove welfare critics have been right all along
29) The rise of zombie companies — and why it matters
30) To find alternatives to capitalism, think small
31) Mr. Trump, have you heard about democratic values?
32) Standing Rock spawned a generation of water protectors, now on the move
33) Conversation control
34) Nobody — including the Trump administration — knows what America’s North Korea policy is
35) Human dignity: The uniquely defining characteristic of the West
36) Democrats need to find their voice on tax reform
37) How captive portals interfere with wireless security and privacy
38) Is Missouri’s teacher pension system unfair?
39) Progressive Border Patrol
40) Are the Democratic Socialists of America for real?
41) Trump’s attack on voter privacy
42) Trump’s dysfunctional NSC a threat to national security
43) Sphere of influence: How American libertarians are remaking Latin American politics
44) See a little light
45) Global village idiots
46) Google: Search engine or Deep State organ?
47) America’s military cannot bring peace to Syria
48) The Google memo and the new blacklisting
49) The bourgeois argument for freer immigration
50) Google has the memo
51) Follow the money
52) A fairly safe prediction, I think …
53) Venezuela’s lessons for the United States
54) Sessions stays off the grass
55) Compensating bone marrow donors will close the supply gap and save lives

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Fresh Air, 08/09/17
57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 77
58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 971
59) Interview: Deirdre McCloskey
60) Intercepted Podcast, 08/09/17
61) Free Talk Live, 08/08/17

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

1) Venezuela: Maduro’s new assembly declares itself all-powerful
Source: CNBC

“The new constitutional assembly assumed even more power in Venezuela by declaring itself as the superior body to all other governmental institutions, including the opposition-controlled congress. That decree came Tuesday just hours after the assembly delegates took control of a legislative chamber and put up pictures of the late President Hugo Chavez, who installed Venezuela’s socialist system. … Leaders of congress, which previously voted not to recognize any of the new super-body’s decrees, said lawmakers would try to meet in the gold-domed legislative palace Wednesday, but there were questions whether security officers guarding the building would let them in. … Before its decree declaring itself all-powerful, the assembly ousted Venezuela’s outspoken chief prosecutor, established a ‘truth commission’ expected to target Maduro’s foes and pledged ‘support and solidarity’ with the unpopular president.” (08/09/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/09/venezuela-new-assembly-declares-itself-all-powerful.html

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2) FBI agents raided former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s home in July
Source: The Hill

“FBI agents late last month conducted a raid at the home of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager. The agents had a search warrant to seize materials from Manafort’s residence in Alexandria, Va., according to The Washington Post, citing people familiar with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into [alleged] Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The raid took place early on July 26. In a statement to ABC News, a spokesperson for Manafort confirmed the raid had taken place and said Manafort has been cooperating. … The raid happened the day after Manafort had a meeting with staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Russia.” (08/09/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/345870-fbi-agents-raided-manaforts-home-in-july

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3) Disney sued for allegedly spying on children through apps
Source: Raw Story

“A class action lawsuit filed last week alleges Disney violated privacy protections laws by collecting personal information from children through a number of mobile apps and games and sharing it with advertisers without parental consent. The lawsuit is directed at Disney and three software developers: Upsight, Unity and Kochava. According to the complaint, those companies developed apps designed for kids for Disney that could track and collect personal information and online behavior from users. Forty-two apps are listed in the lawsuit, which was brought by a San Francisco woman named Amanda Rushing. According to her, she was unaware that the mobile game ‘Disney Princess Palace Pets’ was collecting data from her child and selling that data to third-parties for targeted advertising. Disney and the other defendants named in the suit are accused of violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).” (08/09/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/disney-sued-for-allegedly-spying-on-children-through-apps

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4) Segregated Witness (SegWit) locks in on Bitcoin
Source: Coinjournal

“Segregated Witness (SegWit), a software improvement to the Bitcoin network, has reached its lock-in threshold, now heading towards the two-week ‘grace period’ before full activation. The upgrade reached the necessary threshold yesterday with a 100% of bitcoin mining pools signaling support for the proposal. The two-week waiting that follows will give users and mining pools the time to upgrade to the new software. After that period, which is set to end on August 21 or 22, SegWit will activate and miners will start rejecting blocks that do not support the change.” (08/09/17)

https://coinjournal.net/segregated-witness-segwit-locks-bitcoin-price-hits-new-time-high/

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5) Freedom Foundation sues Seattle over controversial new income tax
Source: Fox News

“The Freedom Foundation sued Seattle Wednesday over its controversial new income tax on the rich, which critics call ‘an assault’ on the law that sets a dangerous precedent. The tax, passed by the Seattle City Council last month, targets high-income earners as part of what local lawmakers describe as ‘a new formula for fairness.’ The tax measure requires residents to pay a 2.25 percent tax if they are a single filer and make more than $250,000 annually or file jointly and make more than $500,000. Its passage prompted a court challenge from the Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank that considers the tax a slippery slope that could open the door to more taxes in the future. The outrage over the tax even prompted the Washington Republican Party to call for ‘civil disobedience’ and urged its members to ‘refuse to comply, file or pay.'” (08/09/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/09/exclusive-freedom-foundation-sues-seattle-over-controversial-new-income-tax.html

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6) NV: Primary complicates GOP Heller’s re-election bid
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“On the same day a Republican challenger jumped in the race against Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, dozens of mostly Democratic protesters were rallying outside his Reno office to denounce his latest position on healthcare. The attacks illustrate the angst on both the right and the left that Heller has to navigate to win re-election next year in his role as arguably the most vulnerable incumbent Republican in the U.S. Tuesday’s protesters wore ‘Health Care Voter’ t-shirts and buttons backing Planned Parenthood. They questioned Heller’s principles and characterized him as ‘wishy washy’ for voting both ways on healthcare.” (08/09/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Primary-complicates-GOP-Sen-Heller-s-Nevada-11746182.php

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7) Giant chicken balloon with Trump-like hair seen near White House
Source: USA Today

“A giant, inflatable chicken that has Trump-esque hair was spotted near the White House on Wednesday. Yes, seriously. The chicken balloon, designed by Seattle artist Casey Latiolais and produced in China, was placed on the Ellipse, just south of the White House and near the Washington Monument. Balloon owner and documentary filmmaker Taran Singh Brar said he wanted to make a statement about the president being a ‘weak and ineffective leader. … He’s too afraid to release his tax returns, too afraid to stand up to Vladimir Putin and playing chicken with North Korea,’ he said. And yes, Brar secured the permits for the balloon from the National Park Service and the Secret Service.” (08/09/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/08/09/chicken-balloon-trump-esque-hair-seen-next-white-house/553974001

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8) Johnson: John McCain’s health may have affected his Obamacare vote
Source: USA Today

“Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin suggested in a radio interview that colleague John McCain’s cancer and the very late hour might have played a role in McCain’s dramatic and decisive vote last month against a GOP bill to roll back Obamacare. Johnson was asked on ‘Chicago’s Morning Answer’ Tuesday about the vote McCain took that effectively ended a Republican push this summer to repeal Obamacare. ‘I am not going to speak for John McCain. You know, he has a brain tumor right now. That vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning. Some of that might have factored in,’ Johnson said on AM-560 in Chicago in comments first reported Wednesday by CNN. ‘Really?’ asked co-host Amy Jacobson, referring to McCain’s surgery for a blood clot and subsequent flight to Washington for the late July Senate health care debate. It was McCain’s surgery that revealed the presence of brain cancer.” (08/09/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/09/ron-johnson-suggests-john-mccains-health-may-have-affected-his-obamacare-vote/553185001

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9) Judge: Lawsuit between Kentucky political rivals can continue
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A lawsuit by Kentucky’s Democratic attorney general against the Republican governor can go forward, a judge ruled Wednesday in the first of two cases reaching court this month that could shape the state’s future in politics and policy. Attorney General Andy Beshear has sued Gov. Matt Bevin over his executive order overhauling several state boards that oversee public education. Bevin’s attorneys asked Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate on Wednesday to dismiss the lawsuit, but Wingate said he intends to rule on its merits after giving both sides more time to craft their arguments. Next week, the two sides go before the state Supreme Court to argue over whether Bevin has the authority to abolish and replace boards of trustees at public universities, specifically the University of Louisville. A spokesman said Beshear plans to personally argue that case. Beshear has sued Bevin four times since taking office last year. The lawsuits have extra weight since Beshear could challenge Bevin for re-election in 2019.” (08/09/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Kentucky-s-top-elected-officials-prepare-to-meet-11744184.php

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10) Operation Sanctuary: Newcastle child sex network defendants convicted
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Eighteen people have been convicted of abusing girls in Newcastle who were plied with alcohol and drugs before being forced to have sex. The vulnerable victims, some as young as 14, were exploited by a ‘cynical organisation,’ a court heard. The 17 men and one woman were convicted of rape, supplying drugs and conspiracy to incite prostitution. Over the course of four trials, 20 young women gave evidence covering a period from 2011 to 2014. These trials involved 26 defendants, who were mostly Asian, facing a total of more than 100 charges and 22 victims. Those prosecuted were from the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish communities and mainly British-born, with most living in the West End of Newcastle. Of the 26, three people have been jailed. The rest will be sentenced next month.” (08/09/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-40879427

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11) TX: Bill restricting insurance coverage for abortions nears approval
Source: Reuters

“A Texas bill that would restrict insurance coverage for abortions was approved by the state’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday, a move critics called cruel and damaging to women’s health. The House measure would ban insurance coverage for abortions and require women who wanted coverage to purchase a supplemental plan for an abortion, the latest effort by the most-populous Republican-controlled state to place restrictions on the procedure. If enacted, the bill would take effect on Dec. 1 and make Texas the 11th state to restrict abortion coverage in private insurance plans written in the state. The Republican-dominated Senate has passed a similar bill, and Republican Governor Greg Abbott has shown support for the measures. The bill’s backers say it would protect abortion opponents from subsidizing the procedure. A Democratic critic decried it as forcing people to buy ‘rape insurance.'” [editor’s note: If you want to support abortion there are places you may donate to do so; I just wish to opt out of paying for ALL government programs of which I disapprove (starting with wars at home and abroad) – SAT] (08/09/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-abortion-idUSKBN1AP2FQ

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12) Army denies Dems’ demands to rename “Confederate” streets on historic base
Source: Fox News

“The U.S. Army denied requests from several New York Democrats to rename streets on the city’s Fort Hamilton military installation. The Bay Ridge, Brooklyn property is a base for the New York Army National Guard and Reserves and was a key U.S. battery during the Revolution and World War II. Fort Hamilton (which sits at the foot of the Verrazano Bridge) combined with Fort Wadsworth on the Staten Island side to serve as a crucial defense of New York Harbor. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D) of Brooklyn was one of several city Democrats who demanded that streets on the base like ‘General Lee Avenue’ and ‘Stonewall Jackson Drive’ be renamed. Clarke joined Nydia Velazquez, Hakeem Jeffries and Jerrold Nadler in sending a letter of protest to the Army over the Confederate names.” (08/09/17)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/08/09/democrats-confederate-robert-lee-stonewall-jackson-street-names-renamed-fort-hamilton

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13) ME: LePage sued for blocking Facebook comments
Source: Raw Story

“The Maine chapter of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is taking Gov. Paul LePage to court for deleting comments and blocking users from his verified Facebook account. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in a federal court in Maine on behalf of two residents (who say they were blocked) is asking the court to deem the action unconstitutional. It sought the Republican governor be stopped from ‘censoring’ Facebook users and the restoration of posting privileges of those blocked. Similar lawsuits were filed on behalf of residents in Kentucky and Maryland, who say they were blocked by their governors on social media, by the ACLU. In a press release Tuesday, the ACLU announced it was filing the lawsuit after the governor did not respond to their request to stop illegally ‘censoring’ constituents on his account, Boston.com reported.” (08/09/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/maine-governor-sued-for-blocking-facebook-comments

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14) DC Metro sued over refusal to run some ads
Source: Raw Story

“Washington, D.C.’s transit system is being sued over its refusal to feature ads for Milo Yiannopoulos, an abortion provider and PETA. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday announced the lawsuit, which asks the court to order the agency to accept and run the ads in its trains and stations and in and on its buses. ‘This case highlights the consequences of the government’s attempt to suppress all controversial speech on public transit property,’ Arthur Spitzer, legal director of the ACLU-DC and lead counsel in the case, said in a statement. ‘The First Amendment protects the speech of everyone from discriminatory government censorship, whether you agree with the message or not,’ he added. Among the ads the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority refused to display was one from women’s healthcare collective Carafem that features a picture of a white pill along with the text ’10-Week-After Pill’ and ‘For abortion up to 10 weeks. $450. Fast. Private.'” [editor’s note: I’m just chuckling at the range of the cast of characters – SAT] (08/09/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/dc-metro-sued-over-refusal-to-run-some-ads

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15) In switch, DoJ backs Ohio regime’s vote suppression program
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“The Justice Department has reversed its position in a high-profile voting case in Ohio, siding with the state in its effort to purge thousands of people from its rolls for not voting in recent elections. The move is part of a broader campaign by the Trump administration to support restrictions on who is eligible to vote, a radical change in philosophy from the previous Justice Department, which sued a number of states over voting laws that it deemed discriminatory against minorities.” (08/09/17)

http://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/12600425-74/in-switch-justice-department-backs-ohio-voter-purge

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16) NH: Regime is latest to pursue frivolous litigation versus OxyContin manufacturer
Source: Washington Post

“The attorney general’s office sued Purdue Pharma on Tuesday, alleging that the drug manufacturer has continued its deceptive marketing of OxyContin in a state that has been called the ‘ground zero’ of the opioid epidemic [sic]. In a civil complaint, the state alleges that Purdue Pharma has downplayed the drug’s risk of addiction, overstated its effectiveness, claimed it is nearly impossible to abuse and failed to report suspicious prescribers. It’s the latest in a string of lawsuits by state, county and local governments accusing prescription opioid manufacturers of fraud and deceptive marketing.” (08/08/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/new-hampshire-is-latest-state-to-sue-oxycontin-manufacturer/2017/08/08/6c280466-7c96-11e7-b2b1-aeba62854dfa_story.html

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17) North Korea: Regime releases jailed Canadian pastor
Source: USA Today

“North Korea has released a Canadian pastor who was imprisoned for allegedly attempting to overthrow the regime of Kim Jong Un on humanitarian grounds, state media reported Wednesday. Rim Hyon Su, also known as Hyeon Soo Lim, was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labor in Dec. 2015. His release came a day after Canadian officials said a delegation led by the country’s national security adviser had traveled to North Korea to discuss his jailing, Canada’s Global News website reported.” (08/09/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/08/09/state-media-north-korea-releases-jailed-canadian-pastor-humanitarian-grounds/551685001/

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18) France: Man arrested after soldiers rammed by car
Source: CNN

“French police hunting a man who rammed a car into a group of soldiers in Paris early Wednesday morning have arrested a suspect in the case. The man was shot and wounded as he was being apprehended on a highway north of Paris, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor told CNN. A Lille policeman was also injured by gunfire during the arrest, she said. France’s counter-terror unit is investigating the attack, in a suburb of northwest Paris, which left six soldiers injured, three seriously, according to Paris police. The soldiers’ injuries are not life threatening.” (08/09/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/09/europe/paris-soldiers-hit-vehicle/index.html

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19) Airbnb declines to associate with people attending Virginia hate rally
Source: Time

“Airbnb has deleted the accounts of some users affiliated with far-right political groups planning to attend a ‘Unite the Right’ rally organized by white nationalists this week in Charlottesville, Virginia. A spokesperson for the popular home-sharing platform confirmed via email that some users were removed from the platform after it was determined that they planned to use booked properties for activities viewed as ‘antithetical’ to the service’s community guidelines.” (08/08/17)

http://time.com/4890986/airbnb-alt-right-virginia-rally/

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20) Japan: Nagasaki’s mayor marks A-bomb anniversary with dire warning
Source: CBS News

“Amid growing tension between Washington and North Korea, the mayor of Nagasaki said Tuesday that the fear of another nuclear bomb attack is growing at a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of his city. Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue urged nuclear states to abandon such weapons and criticized Japan’s government for not taking part in the global effort toward a nuclear ban. … Taue sharply criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government for what he said were empty promises about working to achieve a nuclear-free world. He said Japan’s absence even during diplomatic negotiations for the U.N. Nuclear Prohibition Treaty, adopted in July, is ‘incomprehensible to those of us living in the cities that suffered atomic bombings.'” (08/09/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/north-korea-nagasaki-mayor-tomihisa-taue-nuclear-attack-anniversary-atomic-bomb/

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

21) In defense of the infamous Google memo
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“The internet has given us limitless possibilities when it comes to sharing different worldviews and opinions with each other. But instead of this spread of ideas making society more well-rounded and open-minded, it has caused individuals to section off into smaller echo chambers where contrary opinions are resisted or even thought of as immoral. Is this due to algorithmic factors only? Or is there a problem with the way we look at ideas that are different from our own? It’s probably both, but a recent incident suggests that we could all improve in our willingness to consider different points of view.” (08/09/17)

https://fee.org/articles/in-defense-of-the-infamous-google-memo/

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22) Public choice theory and the politics of good and evil
Source: Niskanen Center
by Jeffrey Friedman

“So now we finally know. Libertarians aren’t the ditzy bumblers exemplified by 2016 presidential candidate Gary (‘What is a leppo?’) Johnson. Nor are they ideological extremists, like the proprietor of the Ayn Rand School for Tots. In reality, the libertarian movement is a cabal of racist plutocrats engaged in ‘a fifth-column assault on American democratic governance’ at the behest of their billionaire paymasters, the Koch brothers. Or so Nancy MacLean, the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, tells us in her widely discussed book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.” (08/09/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/public-choice-theory-politics-charity/

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23) Accidents don’t deserve punishment
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“When an innocent person falls victim to a tragic accident, I hurt along with everyone else. Yet I part ways with most others when they start calling for the blood of the person who caused the accident. Or the modern version of calling for blood — punishment imposed by the government’s laws and justice system. This isn’t justice. Accidents are never crimes. It doesn’t matter how much harm was done. It doesn’t matter how they make you feel. Accidents lack a key component of a real crime. A crime requires an intent to violate an individual.” (08/09/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/08/09/voices/accidents-dont-deserve-punishment/153462.html

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24) Anything goes when you’re a cop in America
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“President Trump needs to be reminded that no one is above the law, especially the police. Unfortunately, Trump and Jeff Sessions, head of the Justice Department (much like their predecessors) appear to have few qualms about giving police the green light to kill, shoot, taser, abuse and steal from American citizens in the so-called name of law and order. Between Trump’s pandering to the police unions and Sessions’ pandering to Trump, this constitutionally illiterate duo has opened the door to a new era of police abuses.” (08/09/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/anything-goes-youre-cop-america/

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25) Beware the ObamaCare bailout
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“For seven years Republicans have solemnly promised to abolish the financially crumbling ObamaCare law. But now that they have struck out, many in the GOP are working behind closed doors to bail out the very program they say they hate. If they moderate wing of the party prevails and rescues the ObamaCare entitlement, the law will be permanently enshrined into the federal budget only to eat up more tax dollars year after year. What is worse, the deal the Republican surrender caucus is negotiating does almost nothing to actually roll back ObamaCare, provide consumers with more choices, or lower insurance costs. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate cannot believe his good fortune — which is why he is grinning ear to ear like a Cheshire Cat. One of the Republicans who has fallen into the bipartisanship trap is Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who runs the Health Committee. He has announced that he is working behind closed doors with the Democrats to ‘stabilize the insurance market.’ This is a euphemism for a taxpayer-funded bailout.” (08/09/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/beware-the-obamacare-bailout

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26) Is Jeff Sessions still Attorney General?
Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

“A few weeks ago I was hopeful that Jeff Sessions was on his way out as Attorney General, because President Trump didn’t like his recusing himself on the Russia investigation or the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. But that has nothing to do with my hopes for a short tenure for the attorney general. The two big issues I have with Sessions is his intention to escalate the so-called war on drugs, and his support for civil asset forfeiture.” (08/09/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/08/09/is-jeff-sessions-still-attorney-general/

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27) Fiscal purgatory in New York
Source: The American Prospect
by James Parrott

“Fortunes made in finance, real estate, and media give New York City more billionaires than any other single locale worldwide. With nearly half its population either in poverty or near poverty, it is not surprising that New York has the greatest income inequality among the 25 largest U.S. cities. Generally, inequality goes hand in hand with low mobility, but paradoxically, New York is the exception. Certain of the city’s public institutions and its tax policies provide opportunities for those starting in the lower income range. New York City has among the highest rates of upward mobility among all U.S. cities. Research by the Equality of Opportunity Project shows that the publicly supported City University of New York has one of the highest bottom-to-top mobility rates of any university, public or private, in the country. The city has one of the highest earned income tax credits of all cities, as well as extensive public hospital and mass-transit systems, and subsidized child care. These policies reflect a long tradition of expansive and egalitarian local government. New York’s liberal political order has also created a hospitable environment for immigrants and strivers from the world over. This legacy came under severe assault during the 1975 fiscal crisis, as Kim Phillips-Fein makes abundantly clear in her masterful new book, Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics.” [editor’s note: We libertarians may find more positives in this history lesson than either TAP or the author did, though at first glance she might have as little regard for truth as that Maclean woman – SAT] (08/09/17)

http://prospect.org/article/fiscal-purgatory-new-york

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28) UBI proposals prove welfare critics have been right all along
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Parrish Miller

“If there is anything positive to be said about the growing chorus of voices advocating a ‘Universal Basic Income’ or UBI, it’s that the long-term critics of the welfare state have at last been proven correct. The flowery language of ‘safety nets’ and ‘a hand up, not a handout’ has always been a lie, and the proof is indisputable in this latest notion. This grandiose scheme for massive redistribution strips away the pretexts of ‘assistance’ or ‘aid.’ Its advocates have abandoned such pretenses. The growing parasitic class wants to forego the charade of ‘looking for work’ and instead proudly embrace its role as perpetual leeches on the shrinking minority of producers.” [editor’s note: Miller seems not to have noticed that the prominent advocates for this schemes have, and would under a UBI scheme presumably keep, jobs. QED, their motive is something other than the base greed Miller asserts – TLK] (08/09/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/ubi-proposals-prove-welfare-critics-right-along

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29) The rise of zombie companies — and why it matters
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Daniel Lacalle

“What is a zombie company? It is — in the BIS definition — a listed firm, with ten years or more of existence, where the ratio of EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) relative to interest expense is lower than one. In essence, a company that merely survives due to the constant refinancing of its debt and, despite re-structuring and low rates, is still unable to cover its interest expense with operating profits, let alone repay the principal.” (08/09/17)

https://mises.org/library/rise-zombie-companies-%E2%80%94-and-why-it-matters-0

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30) To find alternatives to capitalism, think small
Source: The Nation
by David Bollier

“Since at least the 1980s, Democrats have accepted, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, the free-market ‘progress’ narrative: the idea that constant economic growth with minimal government involvement is the only reliable way to advance freedom and improve well-being. Dependent on contributions from Wall Street, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and Big Pharma, the Democratic Party remains incapable of recognizing our current political economy as fundamentally extractive and predatory. The party’s commitment to serious change is halfhearted, at best. While the mainstream resistance to Trump is angry, spirited, and widespread, its implicit agenda, at least on economic matters, is more to restore a bygone liberal normalcy than to forge a new vision for the future. The impressive grassroots resistance to Trump may prove to be an ambiguous gift. While inspiring fierce mobilizations, the politicization of ordinary people, and unity among an otherwise fractious left, it has thus far failed to produce a much-needed paradigm shift in progressive thought.” [editor’s note: If you’re thinking this is a positive piece about how free markets can evolve out of decentralization and smaller government … you’re more than half right! – SAT] (08/09/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/to-find-alternatives-to-capitalism-think-small

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31) Mr. Trump, have you heard about democratic values?
Source: OpEdNews
by John Dean

“I have been talking with political professionals who, like me, are concerned about the potential threat the Trump presidency poses to our country. These discussions have been with people of all political persuasions — right, center and left. And there has been a recurring theme, for no one can avoid noticing President Trump’s persistent distorting, destroying or abandoning democratic norms and values, the unwritten traditions and expectations that provide guard-rails for our system. Remove these protections and democracy is in peril. It’s unclear whether Trump’s actions are the result of arrogance or ignorance; maybe his behavior is attributable to his authoritarian disposition, or it might be his over-the-top narcissism at work. Whatever the cause, it is clear he is not operating by America’s traditional rules.” (08/09/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Mr-Trump-Have-You-Heard-by-John-Dean-Trump-Idiot-in-chief_Trump-Lies_Un-american_Unconstitutional-170809-169.html

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32) Standing Rock spawned a generation of water protectors, now on the move
Source: In These Times
by Joseph Bullington

“Forty miles north of where the Standing Rock resistance camps once stood, Matt Lone Bear and Carter Gunderson crouch on the curb, changing the brakes on a Chevy Blazer. As they wrestle a worn rotor off the axle, they discuss their plans. They’ll stick around until their court dates later in June, then hit the road for a tour of the Standing Rock diaspora — camps that have sprung up across the country to oppose fossil fuel projects, living on after the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). To the east, in Huntingdon County, Penn., the Gerhart family and their supporters have formed Camp White Pine on family property, which lies in the path of the Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline. The pipeline’s owner, Energy Transfer Partners–the same company behind DAPL–hasinvoked eminent domain to cross the property, but construction faces resistance in the form of tree sits and other direct actions. Farther east, in Mahwah, N.J., the Native-led Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp stands in the way of the Pilgrim pipeline. The camp’s Facebook page declares ‘solidarity with Standing Rock & all who resist the black snake worldwide.'” (08/09/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/standing_rock_dapl_tacoma_water_protectors.html

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33) Conversation control
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“If we are to be free, we must stop allowing the government and other institutional authorities to set the agenda, to set the tone of the conversation, and to set the topic of the conversation. Last week — if you can believe it was only a week ago — it was Trump’s tweet about banning transgender and transsexual people from military service. This week, it’s North Korea and the prospect of nuclear war. It should be interesting to note that both issues received similar levels of reactions: many Facebook posts, articles, and tweets, very little real activism. In fact, it’s just a lot of reactionism. We’re letting the government and other institutions decide what we’re talking about. Instead of advocating libertarian principles, we set aside what we want to discuss so that we can jump on the bandwagon and join the conversation that the government wants us to have.” (08/09/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/08/09/conversation-control/

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34) Nobody — including the Trump administration — knows what America’s North Korea policy is
Source: Libertarian Institute
by James Holbrooks

“A day after President Donald Trump warned that the military would unleash ‘fire and fury’ on North Korea if it continued to threaten the United States, two top Trump administration officials delivered conflicting messages regarding the Hermit Kingdom on Wednesday. ‘North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,’ Trump said Tuesday, responding to a reporter’s question while vacationing at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey. ‘They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.’ In response, Pyongyang did exactly what the president warned against.” (08/09/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/nobody-including-trump-administration-knows-americas-north-korea-policy/

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35) Human dignity: The uniquely defining characteristic of the West
Source: Acton Institute
by Josh Herring

“Over the course of four years studying high school history, my students encounter the full vista of human history and the richness of the Western tradition. After learning about ancient cultures, they invariably point to one attribute that sets Western civilization apart from any other: the unique value the West places upon human dignity.” (08/09/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/08/09/human-dignity-uniquely-defining-characteristic-west

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36) Democrats need to find their voice on tax reform
Source: Our Future
by Robert Borosage

“After crashing and burning in their quest to repeal Obamacare, Republicans have turned to their perennial passion: corporate and personal tax cuts. President Donald Trump has promised ‘the biggest tax cut in history,’ and the GOP is ready to help him deliver. According to early outlines of various Republican plans, the party will push for (wait for it …) tax cuts skewed to the very rich along with deep cuts in corporate taxes. Trump wants the corporate tax rate to go from a nominal rate of 35 percent to 15 percent. The Republican sales pitch invokes notions of magical tax-cut created growth, competitiveness, and other fantasies that will supposedly ‘cover’ the cost of the tax cuts, or not. The Trump administration has at times floated plans that would simply enact deficit-financed tax cuts for 10 or even 20 years, which would in turn put tremendous pressure on safety-net programs.” (08/08/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170808/democrats-need-to-find-their-voice-on-tax-reform

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37) How captive portals interfere with wireless security and privacy
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Gennie Gebhart and Jacob Hoffman-Andrews

“Captive portals are to blame for a number of security issues, especially when it comes to HTTPS websites. HTTPS is meant to prevent traffic interception, alteration, and impersonation by a third party. But captive portals work by doing exactly that: they intercept and alter the connection between the user and the site they are trying to visit. On an unencrypted HTTP connection, the user would not even notice this. But for sites secured with HTTPS, the web browser detects something or someone hijacking the connection (similar to a man-in-the-middle attack). This causes ‘untrusted connection’ warnings about fake certificates for websites that users otherwise expect to be safe. Those copious unexplained ‘untrusted connection’ warnings on a network with captive portals — essentially false-positive warnings about websites that are actually safe — can train users to adopt the dangerous habit of ignoring security warnings.” (08/09/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/08/how-captive-portals-interfere-wireless-security-and-privacy

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38) Is Missouri’s teacher pension system unfair?
Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.

“Teachers who participate in Missouri’s Pubic School Retirement System (PSRS) throughout a lengthy career will end up with fairly generous retirement benefits. And while it’s good to know that long service at a demanding job is rewarded, we need to remember that not everyone who embarks on a teaching career will stay at the job for decades. For teachers who leave the profession after 5 or even 15 years, it’s worth asking how the benefits they receive match up with the amount they contribute to the system during their time on the job.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (08/09/17)

http://showmeinstitute.org/publication/public-pensions/missouris-teacher-pension-system-unfair

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39) Progressive Border Patrol
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Abbey Bee

“Border Patrol has recently set about rebranding itself as a humanitarian organization. This is much to the disdain of anyone who actually does humanitarian work in the borderlands or has ever been forced to interact with Border Patrol when they thought they were undocumented. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are occupying armies intent on criminalizing movement and killing or kidnapping anyone unfortunate enough to be caught in their snares. It is no wonder that they are fueling a missing persons crisis. Many agents wholeheartedly believe the lies even when their own direct experience contradicts them. After all, they do sometimes apprehend truly horrible individuals, and they do also occasionally offer nominal acts of kindness such as allowing a dehydrated person water prior to shipping them off to the Operation Streamline deportation pipeline.” (08/09/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/49833

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40) Are the Democratic Socialists of America for real?
Source: The New Republic
by Kate Aronoff

“‘A powerful figure looms behind Marx’s hunter, fisherman, shepherd, and critic,’ Michael Walzer wrote in 1968, ‘the busy citizen attending his endless meetings. Life,’ he predicted of socialism, ‘will become a succession of meetings.’ Walzer, a longtime editor of the legacy socialist organ Dissent, was riffing on Marx’s description of day-to-day life in a leftist utopia. It is also an apt way to describe the Democratic Socialists of America’s convention held this past weekend in Chicago, the first since the group’s membership exploded into the tens of thousands following Donald Trump’s election. As it builds on this momentum, there are several big questions facing DSA. What is its relationship to the Democratic Party? Should central leadership serve as administrators or ideological tone-setters? And how can its membership (which skews white and male) come to represent an increasingly diverse country?” (08/07/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144229/democratic-socialists-america-real

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41) Trump’s attack on voter privacy
Source: The American Conservative
by Lili Carneglia

“‘In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions who voted illegally,’ tweeted Donald Trump on November 27, following his win. Perhaps in an effort to prove social media blather correct, Trump has issued an executive order creating the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity. The goals of the committee include ‘studying vulnerabilities in the voting systems that could lead to voter fraud,’ which requires collecting a large amount of personal voter information from the states. After facing serious legal pushback, even his supporters are wondering about its legitimacy. While the purity of the democratic process should be every citizen’s concern, the committee’s latest crusade, in violating privacy, has gone too far. In early July, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a suit against the committee claiming that the group collected personal data without securing a system in which to store that sensitive information — a direct violation of the E-Government Act of 2002.” (08/09/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trumps-attack-on-voter-privacy/

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42) Trump’s dysfunctional NSC a threat to national security
Source: Reuters
by Daniel R DePetris

“The White House National Security Council (NSC) has no shortage of crises at the moment. Nuclear and missile proliferation on the Korean Peninsula, Islamic State-inspired attacks in western countries, the political and economic crisis in Venezuela and Russian military intervention in Ukraine, Georgia and Syria, to name just a few. The NSC is where all of these incredibly dangerous and ever-evolving issues collide, an inter-agency coordinating body where national security professionals across the U.S. government are responsible for providing recommendations to the president. The people who staff the NSC are chronically sleep-deprived, but managing U.S. foreign policy and containing crises that could quickly spiral out of control require nothing less. As Loren DeJonge-Schulman, a former senior director in President Barack Obama’s NSC described the experience, the NSC melds ‘existential terror with physical deprivation and feats of strength.'” (08/09/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-depetris-nsc-commentary-idUSKBN1AP1T2

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43) Sphere of influence: How American libertarians are remaking Latin American politics
Source: The Intercept
by Lee Fang

“A rightward shift is afoot in Latin American politics. Triumphant socialist governments had once swept the region for much of the 21st century — from Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to land reform populist Manuel Zelaya in Honduras — championing new programs for the poor, nationalizing businesses, and challenging U.S. dominance in hemispheric affairs. In recent years, however, leftist leaders have fallen one after another, sometimes in spectacular fashion. Zelaya was led from the presidential palace in his pajamas in a military coup; in Argentina, a real-estate baron swept to the presidency and Kirchner was indicted for corruption; and in Brazil, the ruling Workers’ Party, facing a growing corruption scandal and a mass protest movement, was swept out of office via impeachment over charges of budget chicanery. This shift might appear as part of a larger regional rebalancing, merely economic circumstances taking hold. And yet the Atlas Network seems ever-present, a common thread nudging political developments along.” (08/09/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/09/atlas-network-alejandro-chafuen-libertarian-think-tank-latin-america-brazil/

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44) See a little light
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“About 70 percent of Google’s staff, and about 80 percent of its technical employees, are male. There are many other characteristics they share as well: They disproportionately didn’t major in English or gender theory, and they disproportionately knocked the stuffing out of the math section of the SAT. The Justice Department naturally is suing Google for this. The reality is that the talents and drive needed to work at a firm such as Google are distributed in a way that is neither random or even nor organized with an eye toward pleasing the diversity police — and that reality must, as a political matter, be denied. Indeed, Google’s apologists point to such lawsuits in trying to justify its dismissing an employee for his social views. We might call that the Corporate Nuremberg Defense, a corollary to Christopher Buckley’s Yuppie Nuremberg Defense, described in his classic novel Thank You for Smoking: ‘I was only paying the mortgage!'” (08/09/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450296/st-teresa-benedicta-of-the-cross-legacy-hope

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45) Global village idiots
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Steve Murphy

“Blunderdale, a fictitious village located on a river bank, decided to build a levee to save its people (and their homes and businesses) from the devastation of flooding. After an exhaustive ‘100-year flood’ analysis, world-renowned flood scientists informed the flood task force (village leaders appointed to save the village) that a 4′ levee would be required for protection against most floods, but that an 8′ levee would be required to ensure village safety against all floods. Armed with this sobering advice, the village leaders sprang into action. After a series of deep brainstorming sessions, they decided that a 2′ levee would be their goal — not 8″, not 4′, but 2′. And, since its construction would depend on labor contributed by villagers on a voluntary basis, they hammered out a plan to construct one from costly and unreliable materials instead of much cheaper and much more available proven materials. When completed, the exorbitantly expensive structure would be 0.17′ high. Having bamboozled the credulous villagers, they celebrated their victory.” (08/08/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1744

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46) Google: Search engine or Deep State organ?
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“I don’t believe that the ‘deep state’ is a monolithic entity by any means, but what seems to unite these various people and institutions is an almost religious belief in U.S. imperial dominance, as well as the idea that this empire should be largely governed by an unaccountable oligarchy of billionaires and assorted technocrats. We see the results of this worldview all around us with endless wars, an unconstitutional domestic surveillance state and the destruction of the middle class. These are the fruits of deep state ideology, and a clear reason why it should be dismantled and replaced by genuine governance by the people before they lead the U.S. to total disaster. From my own personal research and observations, Google has become very much a willing part of this deep state, with Eric Schmidt being the primary driving force that has propelled the company into its contemporary role not just as a search engine monopoly, but also as a powerful and undemocratic tech arm of the shadow government.” (08/09/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/08/09/google-search-engine-or-arm-of-the-deep-state/

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47) America’s military cannot bring peace to Syria
Source: CounterPunch
by Walter Weis

“America must decide what it wants to do about Syria. Does it want to get rid of Bashar al-Assad? Or is defeating ISIS its most important priority? Morally, it should do neither. America’s first priority should be to stop the war so that Syrian people do not have to die anymore.” (08/09/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/09/americas-military-cannot-bring-peace-to-syria/

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48) The Google memo and the new blacklisting
Source: spiked
by Sean Collins

“Google’s campus is a playground: employees ride multicoloured bikes, play volleyball and walk dogs in the bright California sunshine. But this week we learned it’s not all fun and games at Google. In an internal memo that went viral, software engineer James Damore accused Google of being an ‘ideological echo chamber,’ a place where you cannot openly discuss issues such as the company’s approach to diversity. ‘As soon as we start to moralise an issue’ like diversity, he wrote, we ‘dismiss anyone that disagrees as immoral, and harshly punish those we see as villains to protect the ‘victims.” And as if determined to prove his point, Google fired him for saying so.” (08/09/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-google-memo-and-the-new-blacklisting/

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49) The bourgeois argument for freer immigration
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Fernando Teson

“Donald Trump wants to make immigration merit-based. While many people will reject that view on a variety of grounds, some nonetheless think that admitting educated, wealthier persons is preferable to admitting folks who will take low-end jobs. This idea, however, is mistaken for empirical and moral reasons. Educated middle-class immigrants are not the only ones that create wealth. The economies of California and Arizona, for example, are literally sustained by millions of immigrants who perform low-paid, low-level jobs in farms, restaurants, and factories. Immigrants who take low-end jobs are as beneficial to the United States as those who take high-end jobs.” (08/08/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/08/bourgeois-argument-freer-immigration/

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50) Google has the memo
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“A Google employee, James Damore, internally distributed a memo, reprinted by Gizmodo to widespread (if inch-deep) horror. The memo controversially takes apart Google’s efforts to increase its number of female employees. Per the memo, it is surely unjust to discriminate against members of some groups in the cause of opposing alleged discrimination against members of other groups. But Damore (who has now been fired for his temerity) undermines this case. In the opening gambit we hear a note of appeasement: ‘I value diversity and inclusion. …’ Sounds harmless. Yet …” (08/09/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/08/09/google-has-the-memo/

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51) Follow the money
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair Macleod

“Since 2009, equities and other financial assets have climbed a wall of worry. Initially, it was recovery from the threat of a complete financial collapse, before the Fed saved the system once again. Systemic collapse continued to be on the cards, with European banks at risk of bankruptcy. We still talk about this today. More walls of worry to climb. The global economy has not imploded, as the bears have consistently warned. Systemic and other dangers still exist. The bears now point to excessive valuations as the reason for staying out of the market. But this misses the point: the general level of asset valuations depends not on fundamentals, but on credit flows.” (08/09/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/08/follow-the-money/

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52) A fairly safe prediction, I think …
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“Open US military operations versus North Korea within ~30 days. Why I think so: First, while it’s easy to discount Trump’s outbursts, his ‘fire and fury and frankly power’ ‘if [North Korea] does not stop threatening the United States’ statement yesterday is coupled with the leaking of ‘intelligence’ — actually preparatory propaganda — intended to justify just that. … It’s worth noting the content of the ‘threats’ Trump cites as reason for his own threats. To wit (WaPo op. cit.): ‘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. Bombast notwithstanding, the North’s ‘threat’ is that it will defend itself if attacked and that it will build and maintain a nuclear arsenal as a deterrent to attack.” (08/09/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/08/a-fairly-safe-prediction-i-think.html

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53) Venezuela’s lessons for the United States
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Lesson 1: Socialism doesn’t work. Free schooling. Free health care. Free retirement. Free welfare. Free everything. It just doesn’t work. Taking from the rich and giving to the poor ultimately makes everyone poor — i.e., the total equality of wealth that leftists love. Socialism produces economic crises, which then produce calls for more socialism and interventionism, which produce more crises. The cycle continues until there is a complete government takeover of economic activity, which necessarily entails a complete takeover of people’s lives and resources. Lesson 2: Democracy is not freedom.” (08/09/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/08/09/venezuelas-lessons-united-states/

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54) Sessions stays off the grass
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has moved swiftly to encourage the use of mandatory minimum sentences and civil asset forfeiture, two major weapons of a war on drugs he seems bent on escalating. But six months after taking office, Sessions, despite his well-known anti-pot prejudices, has not challenged the legalization of marijuana in any serious way, and it is starting to look like he may never do so. Last week the Associated Press reported that an advisory panel Sessions charged with studying the issue ‘has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general’s aggressively anti-marijuana views.’ While that may seem surprising, there are sound practical and political reasons for Sessions to think twice before trying to shut down the state-licensed marijuana businesses that blatantly violate federal law every day.” (08/09/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/08/09/sessions-stays-off-the-grass

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55) Compensating bone marrow donors will close the supply gap and save lives
Source: Niskanen Center
by Samuel Hammond

“The Wall Street Journal editorial board reported yesterday that the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) regulation which sought to ban compensation for blood-forming stem cell donors has been defeated. This represents a small but significant victory for advocates of compensating organ donors — a practice that remains outlawed by the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA). The crux of HRSA’s rulemaking was a move to redefine blood-forming stem cells drawn from the bloodstream as an organ, no different from the bone marrow found within the bone, and thus under NOTA’s purview. Our friends at the Institute for Justice (IJ) rightly argued for years that such a move was nonsensical and illegal. Blood and plasma are explicitly exempt from NOTA’s ban on donor compensation, and as such donations of some subpart of the blood, including stem cells, should also be exempt.” (08/08/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/bone-marrow-victory/

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

56) Fresh Air, 08/09/17
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“California physician Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter is grappling with when to implement her state’s new End of Life Option Act — which allows certain terminally ill patients to receive medical assistance to hasten death. Her book is ‘Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life.” [Flash audio] (08/09/17)

http://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444908/fresh-air

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57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 77
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #77, I discuss the recent developments in the US/North Korean relations. Trump threatened to bomb North Korea, and Kim Jung Un threatened to nuke Guam. I review the relationship between the US and North Korea and how it has broken down. I also update Syria, Philippines, and Afghanistan.” [various formats] (08/09/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-77-will-trump-nuke-north-korea

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58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 971
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Dennis Fusaro, a longtime political consultant and grassroots activist, found himself in a legal battle for over a year because of what he considers the erratic application of unjust laws that curtail freedom of speech. The jury found him not guilty, in what appears to have been a case of jury nullification.” [various formats] (08/09/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-971-jury-nullification-at-work-free-speech-trumps-statute-jury-concludes/

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59) Interview: Deirdre McCloskey
Source: Reason

“McCloskey sat down with Nick Gillespie at Freedom Fest, the annual convention for libertarians in Las Vegas, for a wide-ranging conversation on topics including the roots of ‘The Great Enrichment,’ why her gender reassignment surgery was an ‘expression of [her] libertarianism,’ and the importance of advocating policies that ‘actually help the poor’ instead of just ‘making people feel good about helping the poor.'” [Flash video] (08/09/17)

http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/08/09/deirdre-mccloskey-bourgeois-equality

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60) Intercepted Podcast, 08/09/17
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: As Erik Prince peddles his plan to privatize the war in Afghanistan on major news networks, Jeremy gives an update on the aftermath of Blackwater’s 2007 massacre of Iraqi civilians at Nisour Square in Baghdad. Intercept reporter Lee Fang lays out how a network of libertarian think tanks called the Atlas Network is insidiously shaping ideological and political infrastructure across the world, especially in Latin America. As the Trump administration has ratcheted up its hostile rhetoric toward Venezuela, we speak with attorney and former Hugo Chavez adviser Eva Golinger about the country’s political turmoil. And we hear Claudia Lizardo of the Caracas-based band, La Pequeña Revancha, talk about her music and hopes for Venezuela.” (08/09/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/09/intercepted-podcast-atlas-golfed/

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61) Free Talk Live, 08/08/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Government Schools :: Ignorant Students :: Lost Potential :: Blockbuster Video :: Bad Parents :: Racism and Government Schools :: Educating Your Children :: Against the State :: Religious Schools Worshiping the State :: Ideal Relationship Gaps :: Red Light Cameras and Death Penalty :: HOSTS — Mark, Ian, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/08/17)

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

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