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Friday, August 11th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Trump cranks North Korea bluster to 11
2) Federal judge orders US State Department to search for more Clinton Benghazi emails
3) Keystone XL opponents vow long fight as Nebraska hearing concludes
4) Manafort switches legal teams
5) Google abruptly cancels all-hands meeting on manifesto flap
6) Uber’s Travis Kalanick sued for fraud
7) Watchdog files FEC complaint over alleged DNC-Ukraine meeting on Trump oppo
8) Trump thanks Putin, says fewer diplomats saves money
9) South African hostage assumed al Qaeda release was “a joke”
10) Cooking gas shortages force Venezuelans to turn to firewood
11) Postpone the 2020 election? Many GOP voters say yes
12) VA: College student gets 100 days in slammer for registering dead voters for Dems
13) Facebook launches YouTube competitor Watch
14) Cruise passengers told to sit in dark to avoid pirates
15) US regime expels Cuban diplomats over “medical incidents”
16) Insurers cite uncertainty in filing ObamaCare rate hikes
17) Vault 7: Wikileaks releases guide to CIA’s “CouchPotato” tool
18) Chinese satellite sends “hack-proof” message
19) Russian spy plane trolls Trump with flight over DC, New Jersey
20) GA: Owner bans cops from joining gym

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Immigration points and the fatal conceit of central planning
22) Sanctuary cities and the rule of law
23) Guess what? Donald Trump has a good foreign policy idea
24) Don’t trust Trump’s North Korea bluff, bluster, and brinksmanship
25) Resolving North Korea without “fire and fury”
26) Trump’s apocalyptic insecurity
27) Is Mike Pence the “Deep State” that Trump fears?
28) More Justice emails show reporters tried to ignore Lynch-Clinton scandal
29) Generals & cops, trained by Pentagon, staging coups all over the world
30) The shameful blackout of Thomas, Sowell and Williams
31) Reparations from historical slavery could be used to end modern slavery
32) The Cold War roots of a new Korean war
33) Soft despotism is the unique threat to American liberty
34) Revolutionary vote security — if government will allow it
35) Why “corporate responsibility” campaigns fail
36) Do criminals obey regulations?
37) Chelsea Manning changed the course of history. Now she’s focusing on herself.
38) Is the queer brigade fighting ISIS in Syria a force for liberation or alienation?
39) Not a “New Deal,” a “Fair Deal” or a “Square Deal,” but supposedly a “Better Deal”
40) Shutting out foreign workers would cost American jobs
41) Spoon-feeding statists
42) Why libertarians and conservatives should stop opposing the welfare state
43) More troubles with flatfeet
44) A flat tax is not more “efficient” than a tax system with loopholes
45) Excepting responsibility
46) The weakness of Trump’s plan to fight opioids
47) “The Palestine Exception”: War on BDS is now a war on American democracy
48) They keep using that phrase, “Net Neutrality.” I do not think it means what they think it means.
49) Sexual paranoia on campus
50) The American anti-Russia hysteria and sanctions bill

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Fresh Air, 08/10/17
52) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 639
53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 972
54) So to Speak Podcast, 08/10/17
55) The Libertarian Angle, 08/10/17
56) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 22
57) Electric Libertyland, episode 32
58) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/10/17
59) Free Talk Live, 08/09/17

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

1) Trump cranks North Korea bluster to 11
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump warned North Korea on Thursday that ‘things will happen to them like they never thought possible’ should the isolated country attack the United States or its allies. Trump told reporters here that his Tuesday statement warning of ‘fire and fury’ may not have been ‘tough enough,’ but even as he continued his brinksmanship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the president sought to reassure anxious people around the world that he has the situation under control.” (08/10/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-escalates-rhetoric-on-threat-from-north-korea/2017/08/10/ff49e018-7ded-11e7-83c7-5bd5460f0d7e_story.html

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2) Federal judge orders US State Department to search for more Clinton Benghazi emails
Source: WMUR 9 News

“A federal judge has ordered the State Department to search for any additional Benghazi-related emails then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have sent or received from aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills or Jake Sullivan at their state.gov addresses. Judge Amit Mehta, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama, ruled that the State Department should search the state.gov emails as well, noting ‘this matter is a far cry from a typical FOIA case. Secretary Clinton used a private email server, located in her home, to transmit and receive work-related communications during her tenure as secretary of state.’ The judge has ordered a status report by September 22. The order, signed Tuesday, came after conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch’s lawsuit for Benghazi emails.” (08/10/17)

http://www.wmur.com/article/federal-judge-orders-state-department-to-search-for-more-clinton-benghazi-emails/11664266

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3) Keystone XL opponents vow long fight as Nebraska hearing concludes
Source: Raw Story

“Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline vowed on Thursday to block construction of the controversial project if Nebraska regulators approve the proposed route later this year. The state’s regulators wrapped up a final public hearing a day early on Thursday on TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline after four days of contentious exchanges between lawyers. Nebraska’s Public Service Commission will make its final decision by Nov. 23. After the hearing, two dozen landowners and other pipeline opponents vowed non-violent civil disobedience if the commission rules in favor of TransCanada. The action, they said, would be similar to months-long protests in North Dakota led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against the Dakota Access pipeline. ‘Standing Rock was a dress rehearsal compared to what this will be,’ said Jane Kleeb, chair of Nebraska’s Democratic party and founder of the Bold Alliance anti-pipeline group, her voice cracking. ‘We are not going to let an inch of foreign steel touch Nebraska soil.'” (08/10/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/keystone-xl-opponents-vow-long-fight-as-nebraska-hearing-concludes

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4) Manafort switches legal teams
Source: Reuters

“Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, has tapped a new legal team to represent him as government lawyers examine possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, his spokesman Jason Maloni said. Law firm WilmerHale had been speaking on Manafort’s behalf to investigators, but that relationship has ended, Maloni said. ‘As of today, WilmerHale no longer represents Mr. Manafort,’ Maloni said in a statement. ‘Mr. Manafort is in the process of retaining his former counsel, Miller & Chevalier, to represent him in the office of special counsel investigation,” read the statement. Miller & Chevalier’s Richard Hibey has previously represented Manafort. His other clients have included CIA officer Clair George, who was convicted in 1992 of making false statements to Congress about the Reagan administration’s secret arms sales to Iran.” (08/10/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-manafort-idUSKBN1AQ2P8

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5) Google abruptly cancels all-hands meeting on manifesto flap
Source: USA Today

“Google abruptly canceled a town hall meeting late Thursday afternoon amid concerns over employee safety. Google CEO Sundar Pichai was to address employees at the company’s headquarters here and over a live-stream worldwide about fallout from former employee James Damore’s gender manifesto and his subsequent firing. But minutes before the meeting was to start, Pichai said in an email to Googlers it was scotched over concern over online harassment of employees whose names and questions were published on alt-right websites. ‘Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall,’ Pichai wrote. His email message was first reported by Recode. Google confirmed the email to USA TODAY. The last-minute cancellation is the latest twist in a saga that began last Friday with a few tweets about a long memo by a Google engineer quickly became a publicity inferno, calling into question Google’s focus on increasing the number of women, African-Americans and Hispanics in its technical and leadership ranks, as well as the company’s commitment to free speech and the limits of internal debate.” (08/10/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/08/10/google-gears-up-all-hands-meeting-manifesto-flap/557046001

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6) Uber’s Travis Kalanick sued for fraud
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Travis Kalanick, the former Uber chief executive who was ousted in June, is being sued by one of the company’s biggest investors. Benchmark Capital, which owns 13% of the ride-sharing firm, has accused Mr Kalanick of fraudulently attempting to fill board seats with loyal allies. They said that Mr Kalanick was paving the way for his potential return as chief executive. A spokesman for Mr Kalanick called the lawsuit ‘completely without merit.’ In a legal filing obtained by Axios, Benchmark’s lawyers alleged that Mr Kalanick sought to ‘entrench himself on Uber’s board of directors and increase his power over Uber for his own selfish ends.’ It goes on to say: ‘Kalanick’s overarching objective is to pack Uber’s Board with loyal allies in an effort to insulate his prior conduct from scrutiny and clear the path for his eventual return as CEO.'” (08/10/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40895219

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7) Watchdog files FEC complaint over alleged DNC-Ukraine meeting on Trump oppo
Source: Fox News

“A watchdog group is urging the Federal Election Commission to investigate the Democratic National Committee and a former consultant for allegedly soliciting illegal contributions from the Ukrainian government by seeking information about then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) filed a complaint with the FEC on Wednesday, accusing the DNC and former Ukrainian-American consultant Alexandra Chalupa of breaking federal law. Chalupa was brought into the broader debate regarding Russia’s 2016 election meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign when Politico published a report months ago revealing she met with officials in the Ukrainian Embassy last year. According to FACT’s complaint, a political officer in the Ukrainian Embassy was instructed to help Chalupa conduct opposition research on Trump’s campaign — specifically, to help expose ties between Manafort and Russia.” (08/10/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/10/watchdog-files-fec-complaint-over-alleged-dnc-ukraine-meeting-on-trump-oppo.html

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8) Trump thanks Putin, says fewer diplomats saves money
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump on Thursday brushed off Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to expel hundreds of U.S. diplomatic employees from Russia, instead thanking Putin and insisting it would save the U.S. significant cash. In remarks to reporters at his golf course in central New Jersey, Trump dismissed Putin’s move, saying he ‘greatly’ appreciated Putin’s help cutting down the payroll at the U.S. State Department. ‘I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down on payroll,’ Trump said, adding: ‘As far as I am concerned, I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll. There’s no real reason for them to go back. So, I greatly appreciate the fact that they’ve been able to cut our payroll for the United States. We’ll save a lot of money.’ It was unclear whether the president was joking at all in his remarks, which were made following a security briefing held during an extended working vacation at Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course.” [editor’s note: Smaller government, less involved in foreign affairs? Time for dancing and cake yet? – SAT] (08/10/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Brushing-off-Putin-Trump-says-fewer-diplomats-11748920.php

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9) South African hostage assumed al Qaeda release was “a joke”
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A man held hostage by al-Qaeda for nearly six years has said he thought it was a ‘joke’ when he was freed. Stephen McGown, 42, who has South African and UK nationality, was kidnapped from a hotel in Timbuktu, in Mali, along with two others in 2011. He was released on 29 July following ‘efforts’ from South Africa’s government and other authorities. Mr McGown told a press conference he had tried to keep up routines while in captivity to stay positive. Speaking for the first time since his release, Mr McGown said he had been in a car with one of his captors when he was told he could leave. He said he had assumed the man was ‘joking’ and was still not convinced he was free after leaving the vehicle and getting into a second car that was waiting for him. It was only later in the journey that it sunk in that he was free.” (08/10/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-40890886/south-african-hostage-stephen-mcgown-describes-release

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10) Cooking gas shortages force Venezuelans to turn to firewood
Source: Reuters

“Venezuelan homemaker Carmen Rondon lives in the country with the world’s largest oil reserves, but has spent weeks cooking with firewood due to a chronic shortage of home cooking gas – leaving her hoarse from breathing smoke. Finding domestic gas cylinders has become increasingly difficult, a problem that oil industry analysts attribute to slumping oil output in the OPEC nation – which is struggling under an unraveling socialist economy. State oil company PDVSA says the problem is due to difficulties in distributing tanks amid four months of anti-government protests in which its trucks have been attacked. ‘I’ve spent three weeks cooking with wood and sometimes the food does not even soften properly, I can’t stand it anymore,’ said Rondon, as she lined up to buy a cylinder under the scorching sun in the city of San Felix in southern Venezuela. More than 100 people were ahead of her in line.” (08/10/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-gas-idUSKBN1AQ23Q

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11) Postpone the 2020 election? Many GOP voters say yes
Source: US News & World Report

“The 2016 election cycle brought accusations of fake news and phony polls. But are voters really ready to put Democracy itself on hold? Research by two professors finds that 52 percent of Republicans would be OK with postponing the 2020 elections if President Donald Trump told them it was the only way to ensure that only eligible American citizens voted. … The poll’s authors, Yeshiva University psychology professor Ariel Malka and University of Pennsylvania assistant professor Yphtach Lelkes, aren’t sounding too many alarm bells. The situation is highly hypothetical, the two acknowledge in a write-up of their survey, and it’s likely there would be a small-d democratic backlash if anyone indeed seriously discussed postponing the next presidential election. Nor has anyone in the Trump administration publicly suggested delaying the 2020 election is up for discussion.” (08/10/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-08-10/postpone-the-2020-election-many-gop-voters-say-yes

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12) VA: College student gets 100 days in slammer for registering dead voters for Dems
Source: Fox News

“A Virginia college student was sentenced this week to 100 days incarceration for submitting fraudulent voter registration forms listing the names of dead people and other faulty information for a political organization connected to the Democratic Party. Andrew J. Spieles, 21, was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for knowingly transferring false Virginia voter registration forms during the 2016 election, according to the Justice Department. Spieles, a student at James Madison University, worked as a staffer for Harrisonburg Votes — a group affiliated with the Democratic Party — and was paid to register voters in the area during the weeks leading up to the 2016 election. Spieles’ job was to register as many voters as possible; he reported to Democratic campaign headquarters in Harrisonburg, Va., according to the DOJ. After filling out a registration form, Spieles entered the voter information into a computer system used by the Virginia Democratic Party. Each week, someone would hand-deliver paper copies to the Registrar’s Office in Harrisonburg.” [editor’s note: Okay, now let’s see them blame that one on “the Russians” – SAT] (08/10/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/10/college-student-gets-100-days-in-slammer-for-registering-dead-voters-for-dems.html

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13) Facebook launches YouTube competitor Watch
Source: PC Magazine

“When you visit Facebook, it’s Mark Zuckerberg’s intention that you never have to leave the social network to interact or be entertained with images and video. But there are still plenty of reasons to visit other services, and that’s especially the case with video. So this week Facebook launched Watch. Watch is Facebook’s new platform for watching shows on desktop, mobile, or through Facebook’s TV apps.” (08/10/17)

https://www.pcmag.com/news/355508/facebook-launches-youtube-competitor-watch

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14) Cruise passengers told to sit in dark to avoid pirates
Source: Raw Story

“Passengers on a luxury cruise ship were told to turn their lights off and keep quiet after dark for 10 days to avoid the threat of pirates. The 1,900 passengers onboard the Sea Princess were informed by Captain Gennaro Arma that they faced a very real threat, and that they ‘must be prepared for a pirate attack,’ with guests also ordered to perform a compulsory pirate drill. Apologizing for the situation, the captain told passengers they must turn off music and draw their curtains at night as the ship crossed the Indian Ocean after departing from Sydney, Australia, for its first stop in Dubai, UAE. Having paid [almost $39,000] for a ticket for a 105-day world cruise, the passengers were dismayed to discover the beginning of their trip did not have quite the luxurious atmosphere they had been promised. ‘No lights, no party atmosphere, no lapping up tropical breezes on their balconies,’ one passenger, Carolyne Jasinski, wrote for news.com.au.” (08/09/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/cruise-passengers-told-to-sit-in-dark-to-avoid-pirates

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15) US regime expels Cuban diplomats over “medical incidents”
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“The United States government has expelled two Cuban diplomats after a number of American embassy staff were forced to leave Havana because of mysterious medical symptoms that were first reported last year, the State Department said. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the Cuban diplomats were informed of the US government’s decision on May 23. The Associated Press (AP) reported on Wednesday that the American diplomats suffered severe hearing loss attributed to a covert sonic device. … After months of investigation, US officials concluded that the diplomats were exposed to an advanced device that operated outside the range of audible sound and was deployed either inside or outside their residences.” (08/10/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/expels-cuban-diplomats-medical-incidents-170810042238933.html

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16) Insurers cite uncertainty in filing ObamaCare rate hikes
Source: The Hill

“Insurers’ requests for premium increases in 2018 varied widely amid uncertainty surrounding how the Trump administration will implement ObamaCare, a new analysis finds. The Kaiser Family Foundation analyzed initial premium requests from 21 major cities, and found the rate requests ran the gamut from a 5 percent decrease in Providence, R.I., to a 49 percent increase in Wilmington, Del. Some areas saw more modest increases or virtually no change. … The insurance plans took different approaches to crafting their rate requests. Some factored in the uncertain environment. Some states asked insurers to file two sets of rates, with the second including a big increase if the federal government discontinued critical payments to insurance companies.” (08/10/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/345954-insurers-cite-uncertainty-in-filing-obamacare-rate-hikes

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17) Vault 7: Wikileaks releases guide to CIA’s “CouchPotato” tool
Source: Wikileaks

“Today, August 10th 2017, WikiLeaks publishes the the User Guide for the CoachPotato project of the CIA. CouchPotato is a remote tool for collection against RTSP/H.264 video streams. It provides the ability to collect either the stream as a video file (AVI) or capture still images (JPG) of frames from the stream that are of significant change from a previously captured frame.” (08/10/17)

https://wikileaks.org/vault7/#CouchPotato

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18) Chinese satellite sends “hack-proof” message
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“China has successfully sent ‘hack-proof’ messages from a satellite to Earth for the first time. The Micius satellite beamed messages to two mountain-top receiving stations 645 km (400 miles) and 1,200 km away. The message was protected by exploiting quantum physics, which says any attempt to eavesdrop on it would make detectable changes. Using satellites avoids some limitations that ground-based systems introduce into quantum communication. … The Micius satellite was launched in August 2015 and the first tests of its laser-based communications system were carried out in June this year.” (08/10/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40885723

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19) Russian spy plane trolls Trump with flight over DC, New Jersey
Source: Politico

“A Russian military spy plane cruised the skies over Washington and New Jersey on Wednesday — in a perfectly legal bit of aerial reconnaissance that nonetheless appeared to be an attempt to troll President Donald Trump. A 1992 agreement known as the Treaty on Open Skies allows each country to conduct surveillance flights over the other’s territory, something the U.S. and Russia have done a combined 165 times over the past 15 years, according to the State Department. But Russia’s choice of targets this go-round have a decidedly Trumpian flavor, taking the spy plane over Trump’s current hometown of Washington, D.C., and past Bedminster, N.J., where the president is vacationing at one of his golf clubs, according to a flight-tracking website monitored by POLITICO.” (08/09/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/09/russia-military-spy-plane-dc-241455

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20) GA: Owner bans cops from joining gym
Source: CBS 46 Atlanta

“An Atlanta gym owner is defending himself over his policy of not allowing police officers to join his gym. A sign recently posted on the door of EAV Barbell Club in East Atlanta Village read ‘No Cops.’ Gym owner Jim Chambers says police intimidate his clientele, which he calls mostly minority. He does not allow active military personnel either. … The sign has since been taken down. Still, it has generated a huge backlash on social media.” [editor’s note: Actually, the sign read “No Fucking Cops.” Social preferencing in action! – TLK] (08/10/17)

http://www.cbs46.com/story/36104473/owner-bans-cops-from-joining-gym

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

21) Immigration points and the fatal conceit of central planning
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

“Most of you recognize government is too stupid to plan shoe production. You need price signals and competitive mechanisms to tell you what, where, and how to produce. You can’t make a five-year plan for the whole economy because the economic problem constantly changes. But many people who recognize that flip around say, ‘Oh, but no worries. We can figure out exactly how many and what kind of laborers the economy needs for the next five years using this artificial points scale.’ The best way to know whether ‘the economy needs an immigrant’ is simple: If we allow people to hire the immigrant, do they choose to do so?” (08/10/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/08/immigration-points-fatal-conceit-central-planning/

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22) Sanctuary cities and the rule of law
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“The concept of a sanctuary city does not mean it is a place where federal law is unenforced by the feds. Rather, it is a place where local authorities have elected not to spend their tax dollars helping the feds to enforce federal law. The term ‘sanctuary city’ is not a legal term but a political one. … Can local authorities refuse to help the feds enforce federal law? In a word, yes. There is no legal obligation on the part of local authorities to help the feds with manpower or resources or data to enforce federal law within the jurisdiction of those local authorities. During the Clinton administration, when Congress passed legislation that directed local law enforcement to enforce a federal gun registration scheme, the Supreme Court invalidated the statute. It ruled that the feds cannot commandeer local and state officials and compel them to enforce federal laws; the feds can enforce their own laws.” (08/10/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/08/andrew-p-napolitano/must-cities-enforce-federal-laws/

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23) Guess what? Donald Trump has a good foreign policy idea
Source: USA Today
by James Bovard

“The Trump administration’s foreign policy often resembles a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party or a loose cannon on a ship deck. But every now and then, a good idea emerges from the fracas. Such is the case with a reform that could sharply reduce America’s piety exports. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is revising the State Department mission statement to focus on promoting ‘the security, prosperity and interests of the American people globally.’ Washington pundits are aghast that ‘democracy promotion’ is no longer trumpeted as a top U.S. foreign policy goal. Elliott Abrams, George W. Bush’s ‘democracy czar,’ complained, ‘We used to want a just and democratic world, and now apparently we don’t … the message being sent will be a great comfort to every dictator in the world.’ But this is like presuming that any preacher who fails to promise to eradicate sin is a tool of the devil. Instead, it is time to recognize the carnage the U.S. has sown abroad in the name of democracy.” (08/10/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/10/end-democracy-promotion-balderdash-james-bovard-column/543442001

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24) Don’t trust Trump’s North Korea bluff, bluster, and brinksmanship
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“US president Donald Trump put much of the world atwitter and ajitter Tuesday with his comment to the press: ‘North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.’ Trump’s certainly proving himself Kim Jong Un’s equal at foreign affairs smack talk. Is he serious? I believe so. I expect some sort of major military confrontation — possibly even outright war — between the US and North Korea before August ends. Naturally I hope I’m wrong, but matters do seem to be coming to a head. With that in mind, it’s worth examining some of the US government’s claims about North Korea and how they stack up against reality.” (08/10/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11230

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25) Resolving North Korea without “fire and fury”
Source: The American Conservative
by Scott Ritter

“‘They that sow the wind, shall reap the Whirlwind’ is a proverbial phrase taken from the Old Testament, the Book of Hosea 8:7, which alludes to the notion that those who pursue false idols shall face the severity of God’s judgment. There is no better phrase that captures the current reality of American arms control policy with North Korea, which for decades has been built on the dual objectives of containment and regime change. This policy has collapsed in the face of sustained North Korean recalcitrance and defiance; North Korea today has a strategic nuclear weapons capability that is firmly attached to the survival of its regime. Any effort to remove the North Korean regime will result in the employment of these weapons in its defense; any effort to forcefully eliminate these weapons through military force will likewise result in their employment. Given the horrific consequences of any such action, that awful truth is that there simply is no military solution worthy of the name.” (08/10/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/resolving-north-korea-without-fire-and-fury/

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26) Trump’s apocalyptic insecurity
Source: Los Angeles Times
by Matt Welch

“The apocalyptic style is hardly new to American politics: We’re used to such howls from wilderness figures such as Pat Buchanan and 1992-era Jerry Brown. More heretofore successful pols, however, found ways to signal to their friends in the media that populist demagoguery is just a mask to be worn during primary season. Sure, the Hillary Clintons of the world would campaign against free trade, but in our hearts we knew they’d flip-flop. Part of the collective shudder of revulsion you can experience daily from the national press comes from the fact that Trump and the Bannonites appear to actually mean it. The style is also thriving on the left. Bernie Sanders, with his daily calls for ‘revolution’ and relentless barking about ‘oligarchy,’ amply demonstrates that apocalyptic politics is not just for the alt-right. Insincere base-pandering is out, apologetics for true-believer hyperbole is in. It’s not hard to see why.” (08/10/17)

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-welch-trump-insecurity-20170810-story.html

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27) Is Mike Pence the “Deep State” that Trump fears?
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“Last summer, the idea of being Donald Trump’s running mate was so fraught and distasteful that Trump was forced to choose from a shortlist of Republican Party mediocrities, has-beens, and hangers-on — including ethical basket-cases like Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Among up-and-coming Republicans, Trump was still an object of derision and scorn: vulgar, ignorant, embarrassing, and destined to lose to Hillary Clinton. Hitching one’s wagon to Trump would entail enormous, potentially career-ending risks, with only far-fetched upsides. Trump’s optimistic or desperate supplicants had to hope that Trump would shape up and lose in a somewhat dignified manner; or that he’d win unexpectedly and (just as unexpectedly) govern well; or that he’d win unexpectedly and then self-destruct so thoroughly that the vice president would enjoy a short cut to history.” [editor’s note: Short answer … it appears so, at least a part of it – SAT] (08/10/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144278/mike-pence-deep-state-trump-fears

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28) More Justice emails show reporters tried to ignore Lynch-Clinton scandal
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Journalists rushed to the defense of two reporters after President Trump accused them of being ‘reluctant to cover’ the scandalous tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton. But a review of the entire cache of email exchanges inside the Justice Department at the time shows that Trump has it right. Trump was referring to email exchanges between Justice public affairs officials and reporters from the New York Times and the Washington Post. The emails were among the 400-plus pages of internal emails that flew around at Justice soon after a local Phoenix reporter happened to get wind of the off-the-books Lynch-Clinton meeting on June 27, 2016 — just days before the FBI decided to drop its investigation of Hillary Clinton. In one email, Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky writes that ‘my editors are still pretty interested in it, and I’m hoping I can put it to rest.’ In another, New York Times reporter Mark Landler appears to complain that he’s been ‘pressed into service’ to cover the story. Reporters have been quick to say that those emails don’t mean anything, because both newspapers carried stories about the meeting on their front pages.” (08/10/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trump-is-right-justice-dept-emails-prove-media-were-reluctant-to-cover-lynch-clinton-scandal

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29) Generals & cops, trained by Pentagon, staging coups all over the world
Source: In These Times
Nick Turse

“Winning! It’s the White House watchword when it comes to the U.S. armed forces. ‘We will give our military the tools you need to prevent war and, if required, to fight war and only do one thing: You know what that is? Win! Win!’ President Donald Trump exclaimed earlier this year while standing aboard the new aircraft carrier U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford. Since World War II, however, neither preventing nor winning wars have been among America’s strong suits. The nation has instead been embroiled in serial conflicts and interventions in which victories have been remarkably scarce, a trend that has only accelerated in the post-9/11 era. From Afghanistan to Iraq, Somalia to the Philippines, Libya to Yemen, military investments (in lives and tax dollars) have been costly and enduring victories essentially nonexistent. But Amadou Sanogo is something of a rare all-American military success story, even if he isn’t American and his success was fleeting. Sanogo learned English in Texas, received instruction from U.S. Marines in Virginia, took his intelligence training in Arizona, and underwent Army infantry officer basic training in Georgia. Back home in his native Mali, the young army officer was reportedly much admired for his sojourn, studies, and training in the United States.” (08/10/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20419/foreign-policy-pentagon-U.S-coup-military-power-FMT

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30) The shameful blackout of Thomas, Sowell and Williams
Source: Town Hall
by Larry Elder

“Clarence Thomas, one of nine members of the Supreme Court and the second black to ever join the Court, is not in the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Asked to explain Thomas’ absence, the chief spokeswoman for the Smithsonian said, ‘The museum’s exhibitions are based on themes, not individuals.’ Yet the museum plans to add a popular local D.C. television news broadcaster. The museum’s founding director, Lonnie Bunch, said the broadcaster ‘symbolized that it was really important that America was changing and his presence was a symbol of that change.’ And Thomas, raised in poverty to become only the second black to sit on the Supreme Court, is not ‘a symbol of that change’? Left-wing blacks (and that’s the overwhelming majority) feel that black conservatives like Thomas do not just have different or wrongheaded or illogical views. Thomas’ views, to them, damage the black community. Never mind that most Clarence Thomas-haters could not identify a single case Thomas decided with which they disagree.” (08/10/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/larryelder/2017/08/10/the-shameful-blackout-of-thomas-sowell-and-williams-n2366642

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31) Reparations from historical slavery could be used to end modern slavery
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Vishal Wilde

“One of the most emotive and difficult topics in contemporary discourse is the history of slavery and its lingering legacy. A common proposal for addressing slavery is reparations, or compensatory payment to the descendants of Africans who had been enslaved as part of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The arguments for reparations are regularly met with two difficulties — firstly, upon whom does the responsibility of payment fall and, secondly, how can we identify the descendants of slaves with absolute certainty? I briefly examine each of these difficulties before proposing that some form of reparations can (and should) be paid but, due to the second difficulty, these reparations should be earmarked for ending modern slavery.” (08/10/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/49845

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32) The Cold War roots of a new Korean war
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“While President Trump’s impulsiveness and erratic behavior is clearly bringing America closer to war with North Korea, the real root of the Korean crisis lies not with him but rather with the Pentagon and the CIA, whose overwhelming power within the federal governmental structure is what really governs foreign policy, especially with respect to Korea. Who would have ever thought that the national-security state’s anti-communist crusade in the 1940s and 1950s would lead to the possibility of another war in Korea in 2017, one that could lead to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, including tens of thousands of Americans?” (08/10/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/08/10/cold-war-roots-new-korean-war/

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33) Soft despotism is the unique threat to American liberty
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Joey Clark

“While people worry and wait for the next totalitarian in our midst, raising the specter of Hitler or Mussolini or Stalin or Mao to slander their political opponents, the country has not yet transformed into some totalitarian fresh hell. America is not Stalinist Russia or Hitler’s Nazi Germany or Cromwell’s England or Robespierre’s France. America isn’t even Maduro’s socialist Venezuela or Putin’s autocratic Russian Federation or Duterte’s Philippines. No, as many Americans look to history or overseas for analogs to help glean some future American despotism, the United States has been crafting its own unique despotism right under their hysterical noses.” (08/10/17)

https://fee.org/articles/soft-despotism-is-the-unique-threat-to-american-liberty/

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34) Revolutionary vote security — if government will allow it
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“Remember the overtime-session, hanging chad, 2000 George W. Bush v Al Gore presidential election? Where it all came down to Florida — and Gore unsuccessfully sued to overturn the Sunshine State’s certification of Bush as its winner? … The hanging chads — left the Left going nuts. Well, it afforded the Left another opportunity to again demonstrate that they’ve all along been nuts. They screeched about the antiquated paper ballots with the punch holes (partial punching of which resulted in the aforementioned hanging chads.) They demanded that these antiquated technologies be eschewed …. So we nationwide spent hundreds of millions of dollars (or more) purchasing electronic voting machines. Then came 2004 — when Democrat John Kerry lost the presidency to incumbent Bush. During said campaign the Left screeched that — brace yourselves, else their sudden, dramatic change of position might cause whiplash — the electronic machines were susceptible to hacking … and we should use paper ballots.” (08/10/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/08/revolutionary-vote-security-if-government-will-allow/

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35) Why “corporate responsibility” campaigns fail
Source: The Nation
by Michelle Chen

“Oddly, in an age of global cosmopolitanism, ‘corporate social responsibility’ campaigns, and technocratic regulations, we haven’t evolved out of medieval labor practices like enslavement and child labor. But could technology hold the key to cleaning up the global supply chain? The tech-driven research organization Verite has been working on tools for both consumers and industry policy-makers to improve corporate accountability in the supply chain, and provide the public with a global view of the root causes of exploitation and abuse. Verite’s latest project, Know the Chain (KTC), a collaboration of a coalition of human-rights NGOs, connects industry supply-chain data with policy changes aimed at curbing corporate abuse. In addition to assessing different global industries, including food and beverage, electronics, apparel and footwear, KTC scores individual companies according to benchmarks for progress.” (08/10/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/why-corporate-responsibility-campaigns-fail

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36) Do criminals obey regulations?
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“Is deregulation helping terrorists? So thinks The Independent, which points out that ‘changes made in the Deregulation Act 2015 scrapped an obligation on sellers of dangerous substances’ which made ‘it easier to buy dangerous acids that have been used in a spate of attacks in recent weeks.’ … [R]egulations impact law abiding citizens and businesses. You need to be committed to play by the rules, that is, for rules to influence your behaviour. If you decided to be an outlaw, you’re very unlikely to be brought in another direction by controls on substances you can or you cannot legally buy. Our experience with outright prohibition (not even ‘controls’) of certain substances is that, if there is demand for them, people will find a way to get hold of them.” (08/10/17)

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

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37) Chelsea Manning changed the course of history. Now she’s focusing on herself.
Source: Vogue
by Nathan Heller

“One hot, humid early-summer evening in New York, a hired car slows on Bleecker Street, and a young woman inside prepares for her first party out in years. She is wearing a midnight-colored semiformal dress by Altuzarra and Everlane ankle boots with heels. Her hair is trimmed into a pixie cut; her makeup softens, but won’t hide, a dust of freckles. ‘I don’t know if I’ll know anybody,’ she fretted earlier, but she seems to have quelled what nerves remain. She is accompanied by a couple of men who surround her like guards. For the first time in a long time, that’s a welcome thing. Chelsea Manning — graceful, blue-eyed, trans — smiles and prepares herself. Since her release from the Fort Leavenworth prison, on May 17, Manning has been living in New York, with a low profile. Tonight she will make her social debut in her own skin.” (for publication 09/17)

http://www.vogue.com/article/chelsea-manning-vogue-interview-september-issue-2017

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38) Is the queer brigade fighting ISIS in Syria a force for liberation or alienation?
Source: The Intercept
by Anna Lekas Miller

“Last month, A rag-tag group of foreign fighters announced the creation of the first LGBTQ brigade fighting against the Islamic State in Syria. Their name? The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army, or TQILA (yes, pronounced ‘tequila’). … Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied their affiliation with the foreign brigade, but TQILA quickly became an internet sensation. Newsweek and the Independent praised the LGBTQ battalion for their courage and the YPG for their inclusive politics. Twitter ran with it, using the news of the LGBTQ battalion to condemn ISIS and slam Donald Trump’s recent ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military. But while TQILA’s rainbow flags and catchy banners may have been clickbait for certain parts of left Twitter, other activists and people with experience on the ground argue that masked foreign fighters are not the way to advance the rights of LGBTQ people in the war-torn region.” (08/10/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/10/is-the-queer-brigade-fighting-isis-in-syria-a-force-for-liberation-or-alienation/

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39) Not a “New Deal,” a “Fair Deal” or a “Square Deal,” but supposedly a “Better Deal”
Source: Independent Institute
by William Shughart

“Towards the end of July, eight months after losing the White House to Donald Trump, leading figures of the Democratic Party launched their crusade to regain control of the U.S. Congress in next year’s midterm elections. Announcing his party’s ‘Better Deal,’ U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wrote that ‘Rather than having a government that benefits the special interests and very wealthy, Democrats believe that government should work on behalf of the middle class and those struggling to get there.’ A Better Deal? Better hold onto your wallet. Clearly taking a few pages out of President Trump’s campaign playbook, the Democrats’ policy agenda contains three interrelated promises (‘Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future’), almost none of which is a proper function of the federal government in the first place or is within its powers actually to fulfill in today’s hyper-partisan atmosphere.” (08/09/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/08/09/not-a-new-deal-a-fair-deal-or-a-square-deal-but-supposedly-a-better-deal/

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40) Shutting out foreign workers would cost American jobs
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Donald Trump is a businessman who has routinely hired foreign guest workers to staff his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, claiming it’s impossible to find Americans to do the work. But his administration now wants to shut out foreigners who fill comparable jobs, which he now insists Americans would be happy to take. Consistency is not a Trump obsession. Nor is economics.” (08/10/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/08/10/shutting-out-foreign-workers-would-cost

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41) Spoon-feeding statists
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I need more patience with people who have just run across unfamiliar ideas relating to liberty. Yes, I may have been explaining it for a decade. Others may have been explaining it for millennia. I may not feel like explaining it again, in detail, for the hundredth time. But the new guy doesn’t know this. It’s brand new to him. He hasn’t been along for the ride, but just now noticed the saddled horse waiting for him to hop on. And he’s suspicious.” (08/10/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/08/spoon-feeding-statists.html

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42) Why libertarians and conservatives should stop opposing the welfare state
Source: Niskanen Center
by Brink Lindsey

“For radical libertarians who believe that only a minimal state or outright anarchy is consistent with our natural rights to property, the matter could not be simpler: taxing rich Peter to pay poor Paul is theft, full stop. Few conservatives go this far. Most grudgingly recognize a government role in helping the poor and insuring against various hazards of life. Nevertheless, small-government, libertarian-leaning conservatives regularly argue that the welfare state has grown out of control and is in bad need of serious pruning. Indeed, this is the position more than any other that adds the modifiers ‘small-government’ and ‘libertarian-leaning’ to conservatives of the Tea Party/Freedom Caucus stripe. As a self-described ‘liberaltarian,’ I have come to a different point of view. I believe that, in the world we live in, a robust welfare state is a necessary element of a healthy free society. … I do not seek here, though, to convince my anti-welfare-state friends that they are wrong. Rather, I only want to persuade them that, for now and for the foreseeable future, opposition to the welfare state — in particular, pursuit of policy changes that reduce benefits provided — is self-defeating.” (08/10/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/libertarians-conservatives-stop-opposing-welfare-state/

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43) More troubles with flatfeet
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Say that you or I (ordinary folks, or ‘muggles,’ ‘mundanes’ or ‘peons’), were to hold a drawn pistol pointed at someone for nine minutes, locked and loaded. During that time, the person did nothing, said nothing, and was in fact in a position to be able to do nothing to resist or threaten us without giving plenty of warning. We’d be in trouble: facing a judge and trying to come up with 10% or 20% of a $100,000 or $200,000 bail and facing charges of felony menacing or some other serious crime. Even if I, in line with official duties, as a veteran Army officer, were to do that. I’d be relieved of duty and facing a court martial board. Not so for the brave boys (and/or girls) in blue, at least not in the People’s Republic of California.” (08/10/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/08/10/more-troubles-with-flatfeet/

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44) A flat tax is not more “efficient” than a tax system with loopholes
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Per Bylund

“A frequently repeated claim is that loopholes in the tax code are ‘inefficient.’ A more efficient tax, economists say, is a flat and all-encompassing tax that is inescapable. Why? Because this means no one will waste resources on tax planning and thus tax avoidance. In other words, more resources will be used in production, which is better for the ‘economy.’ Leaving the moral and ethical argument about tax avoidance aside, the efficiency argument too is completely wrong. It shows how much economists have deviated from understanding what they supposedly try to learn about: the market.” (08/10/17)

https://mises.org/blog/flat-tax-not-more-efficient-tax-system-loopholes

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45) Excepting responsibility
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Yesterday I wrote about the bizarre Google Memo case, wherein an employee was fired for (basically) warning of a groupthink ideological monoculture at Google … thus proving him right. Last weekend I wrote about racial quotas in college entrance. In both cases, there’s this idea that moderns in general and white males in particular must ‘accept responsibility’ for the past.” (08/10/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/08/10/excepting-responsibility/

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46) The weakness of Trump’s plan to fight opioids
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“When voters elected Donald Trump, they knew that he lacked governing experience. But many felt an outsider was needed to shake up a failed status quo. The calculation was especially understandable for folks hit hardest by the opioid epidemic. Under the status quo, they saw addiction and death ravaging their communities. Why wouldn’t they favor radical change? But President Trump hasn’t brought an outsider’s perspective to the opiate crisis. He hasn’t challenged the entrenched assumptions of career politicians in Washington, D.C., or proposed sweeping changes to America’s approach to narcotics. Instead, he convened a panel to study the matter, then announced he is doubling down on ‘law and order.’ He promised an increase in federal drug prosecutions and longer sentences for convicts. Is there anything more Washington, D.C., than doubling down on the War on Drugs? I’ve criticized literally every president since Nixon for extending this failure. A portion of the public trusted Trump to solve this crisis. And all he has to offer is weak appeals to policies that have failed for six decades.” (08/10/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/the-weakness-of-trumps-plan-to-fight-opioids/536292/

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47) “The Palestine Exception”: War on BDS is now a war on American democracy
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ramzy Baroud

“There is something immoral in Washington D.C., and its consequences can be dire for many people, particularly for the health of US democracy. The US government is declaring war on the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. … The First Amendment to the US Constitution has been the pillar in defense of people’s right to free speech, freedom of the press, ‘the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.’ This right, however, has often been curtailed when it applies to Israel. The Center for Constitutional Rights refers to this fact as ‘The Palestine Exception.’ S.720, however, if it passes, will cement the new US status, that of ‘flawed democracy’ as opposed to a full democratic nation that legislates and applies all laws fairly and equally to all of its citizens. The law would make it a ‘felony’ for Americans to support the boycott of Israel.” (08/10/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/ramzy-baroud/2017/08/09/palestine-exception-war-bds-now-war-american-democracy/

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48) They keep using that phrase, “Net Neutrality.” I do not think it means what they think it means.
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“If Verizon had reduced its speeds only for particular content — say, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video only got 10Mbs speeds while Bing, Gmail, and the Hamster Dance got 20Mbs speeds — well, that would be a violation of ‘Net Neutrality.’ But simply moving all data from all sources in the same way and presumptively at the same speeds is precisely what ‘Net Neutrality’ calls for. And if that means that someone streaming Rogue One in high definition gets a choppy picture? Well, that’s how it goes …. suck it, ‘Net Neutrality’ megalomaniacs. You demanded it, you got it.” (08/10/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/08/they-keep-using-that-phrase-net.html

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49) Sexual paranoia on campus
Source: spiked
by Ann Furedi

“Full disclosure: Reader, I married him. In December 1982, six months after graduating, I married a member of the academic faculty at the university that had awarded my degree. There was no scandal, no allegations of abuse. … How times have changed. For today’s female students, male faculty members are totally off-limits. It’s not simply to do with rules about professional conduct and definitions of moral turpitude. Any male professor would have to be out of his mind to take the chance that my husband took with me. It matters not who makes the first move, or whether consent is freely given — because consent can be withdrawn and willing behaviour redefined as assault years later.” (08/10/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/sexual-paranoia-on-campus/

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50) The American anti-Russia hysteria and sanctions bill
Source: CounterPunch
by Dennis Morgan

“Recently, the US House of Representatives voted 419-3 and the US Senate voted 98-2 to lump North Korea, Iran, and Russia together in a massive, sweeping sanctions bill. Does it not strike anyone as strange that these quite different, hardly connected countries would be lumped together in one huge sanctions bill, and for no apparent or specific reason except that: ‘We don’t like you. We think you are evil. Therefore, we take it upon ourselves with great moral authority to punish you.’ Furthermore, this bill includes a provision that the President of the United States cannot violate or change it without notifying Congress first. Essentially, in the case of Russia in particular, what this means is that even if President Trump would like to mend relations with Russia, his hands will be tied.” (08/10/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/10/the-american-anti-russia-hysteria-and-sanctions-bill/

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51) Fresh Air, 08/10/17
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Investigative reporter Philip Shenon tells us about newly-declassified documents which shed light on Lee Harvey Oswald’s trip to Mexico weeks before the assassination. He met with Cuban officials and may have boasted about planning to kill the President Kennedy. ‘It’s remarkable to discover that the CIA itself describes what happened after the Kennedy assassination as being a cover up,’ Shenon says.” [editor’s note: See the “JFK assassination” tag at Rational Review for alternative takes on the subject, including those of Future of Freedom Foundation president Jacob Hornberger – TLK] [Flash audio] (08/10/17)

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

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52) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 639
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I know that most of you listening to the show today will be against subsidies but do you understand why? It’s one thing to say ‘taxation is theft’ and then support that statement with an understanding that stolen money shouldn’t be appropriated as a form of corporate welfare. But do you really understand WHY we shouldn’t prop up a company, market or industry? Do you know what happens in the economy when you do? That’s what I want to talk about today. We’ve got a great example in the news that illustrates the problem perfectly.” [various formats] (08/10/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/639-lets-talk-about-subsidies/

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53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 972
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“As you likely know by now, Google fired James Damore after he wrote an internal memo questioning the assumption that all human differences are due to social conditioning. There is no ‘libertarian position’ on this per se; Google obviously may hire and fire as it pleases. But man was there a lot of libertarian confusion about this. Some said his firing was ‘the market’ speaking. Some called me a ‘thick’ libertarian for being critical of Google. Some appeared to suggest that libertarians aren’t allowed to criticize private entities. In this episode I clear up all of these unfortunate (and persistent) confusions.” [various formats] (08/10/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-972-james-damores-firing-at-google-and-libertarian-confusion/

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54) So to Speak Podcast, 08/10/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Last month, Fredrik deBoer wrote a piece for The Los Angeles Times arguing that recent efforts to shut down conservative speakers on campus have contributed to an environment where 58 percent of Republicans say colleges have a negative effect on the country. On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we ask deBoer how this distrust threatens the future of higher education, and why he believes his colleagues on ‘the left’ contribute to it. We also review common arguments against free speech, and deBoer explains how anti-communist purges targeting his grandfather sparked his early appreciation for academic freedom.” [various formats] (08/10/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-fredrik-deboer-on-the-growing-distrust-of-higher-ed/

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55) The Libertarian Angle, 08/10/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling answer questions from viewers on open borders.” [various formats] (08/10/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-qa-open-borders/

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56) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 22
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“We talk about moral foundations and useful diversions with Alan Barksdale.” [various formats] (08/10/17)

http://www.ancapbarbershop.com/moral-foundations-alan-barksdale-abs022/

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57) Electric Libertyland, episode 32
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian McWilliams welcomes in old friend and Lion of Liberty Howard Snowdon to review the progressive outrage over a quickly infamous Google engineer’s ‘anti-diversity’ internal memo that resulted in his firing. Following that is a riveting round of the game sweeping the nation: Trump or Dump, looking at the latest Trump actions on North Korea, Trump TV and the immigration point system. Brian and Howie then round the show off with a very, very taboo discussion of a new prescription child sex doll in the UK.” [various formats] (08/09/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/08/09/electric-libertyland-32-googles-opinion-echo-chamber-trump-or-dump/

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58) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/10/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou and Shane talk about Agorism and how a sheriff’s department is like the KGB trying to stomp out the last vestiges of capitalism. Michael makes a cameo appearance and tries to hire robots for $15 per hour, and spoon theory. Finally they wrap up with a discussion on Game of Thrones and the allure of power.” [various formats] (08/10/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14900

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59) Free Talk Live, 08/09/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Bitcoin Seller In Prison, Charged With Money Laundering :: Don’t Sell to Drug Dealers :: Is Fed Gov Targeting Bitcoin Sellers? :: Change :: Russian Air Force Jet Flies Over Washington DC :: Woman Sentenced to Prison for Texting Suicidal Man :: Freedom of Speech :: NH Hempfest Documentary Released Free Online :: Mark Opposes Free Speech :: Trump Campaign Guy Raided by FBI :: HOSTS — Mark, Ian.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/09/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-08-09

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