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In the News:

1) Twitter announces it has helped the US regime censor 235,000 tweeters
2) Gawker, victim of malicious Thiel/Hogan lawsuit, to die next week
3) US DoJ says it will end use of private prisons
4) FL: Zika now spreading in Miami Beach, sources say
5) Brazil: US swimmers indicted after robbery claim
6) US State Department confirms $400 million owed to Iran was held until prisoners were released
7) US, Russia regimes to seek Syria deal in Geneva next week
8) Trump gives himself a new nickname: Mr. Brexit
9) OH: FOP to city — pay us to wear body cameras
10) IL: Chicago police head moves to fire seven involved in shooting cover-up
11) ID: Antlers taken by Hunter S. Thompson return to Hemingway home
12) Venezuela: Maduro spent $400,000 celebrating Castro’s birthday
13) Harley-Davidson to pay $12 million fine over motorcycle emissions
14) Scientists: Bronze Age “brain surgeons” used cannabis, ‘shrooms & dancing as painkillers
15) CA: Gun rights advocates file suit challenging open carry restrictions
16) Ecuadorians collect 1.2 million signatures for Correa’s reelection
17) MN: Candidate offers answers to questions about her marital history
18) PA: Uber’s first self-driving fleet to arrive in Pittsburgh this month
19) Ukraine: Poroshenko may introduce martial law if invasions of seceded republics keep ending in ass-whippings for regime troops
20) Turkey: Regime turns from taking political prisoners to open looting in guise of coup investigation

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Free Anjem Choudary
22) Free speech of the 21st century
23) Free culture benefits everyone but the middleman
24) Only the free market can stop government pollution
25) Private prisons
26) Hillary Clinton’s terrible tax plan
27) The most important question of our time
28) How government ruined American sodas
29) Heartland Daily Podcast, 08/18/16
30) Slaves of the law
31) Downward spiral into what?
32) So who fact-checks the fact-checkers?
33) Politics is most definitely downstream of culture
34) Teacher licensure screens will not improve public education
35) The anti-democratic urge
36) Freedom for Liberland: Celebrating “live and let live” nation’s first anniversary
37) Could Trump pull off a post-party coalition?
38) Will the “Fix the Debt” manipulators ever reform themselves?
39) Donald Trump and the national debt
40) Our media-driven epistemological breakdown
41) Want to expand Social Security? Look north
42) Why millennials have less faith in democracy
43) The Crypto Show, 08/17/16
44) Tell your university: Don’t sell patents to trolls
45) Freud and property rights
46) Can there be a party of the Left in Britain?
47) The big phony
48) The “right to shop” for health care
49) Persecuting Assange: The mainstreaming of neoliberal pathology
50) Rush Limbaugh: “Immorality on a large scale will ultimately implode”
51) NPR host demands that Assange do something its own reporters are told never to do
52) Seven reasons to vote for Gary Johnson
53) Why I favor limited government, part 2
54) Free Talk Live, 08/17/16
55) GMO labeling debate shows Tenth Amendment’s relevance for today

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

1) Twitter announces it has helped the US regime censor 235,000 tweeters
Source: CBS News

“Twitter has suspended 235,000 terror-linked accounts over the past six months, according to a new report from the social media giant. The announcement comes after the White House has mounted the pressure on Silicon Valley companies — including sending out intelligence chiefs to personally lobby California tech firms — to censor extremists from groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Earlier this year, Twitter revealed the suspension of 125,000 accounts related to terrorism since the middle of last year, bringing up the total number of deactivated accounts to 360,000 since mid-2015.” [hat tip — Angela Keaton] (08/18/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/twitter-announces-it-has-suspended-235000-terror-linked-accounts

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2) Gawker, victim of malicious Thiel/Hogan lawsuit, to die next week
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Gawker.com, the brash New York website that broke new ground with its gossipy, no-holds-barred coverage of media, culture and politics, is shutting down after 14 years, brought low by an unhappy, but deep-pocketed, subject. The news — appropriately enough, broken by Gawker itself — follows the sale of the site’s parent company to Univision. … the sale follows Gawker’s loss in a major invasion-of-privacy case brought by the former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan. … A Florida court awarded Hogan, whose lawsuit was secretly backed by an aggrieved Silicon Valley billionaire [Peter Thiel], $140 million in damages [sic]. Gawker Media went into bankruptcy protection after the verdict, and a judge has to approve the sale at a hearing Thursday.” (08/18/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-gawker-to-shut-down-20160818-story.html

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3) US DoJ says it will end use of private prisons
Source: The Hill

“The Justice Department plans to phase out its use of private prisons after they were determined to be less safe and less effective that government facilities, The Washington Post reports. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in a memo Thursday instructed officials to not renew contracts with private prison operators or instead to ‘substantially reduce’ the scope of such contracts. The goal is to ultimately end the department’s use of privately operated prisons.” (08/18/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/291842-justice-department-says-it-will-end-use-of-private-prisons

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4) FL: Zika now spreading in Miami Beach, sources say
Source: Miami Herald

“A new area of ongoing Zika transmission has been identified in Miami Beach, according to sources familiar with discussions that Florida health officials held with local public officials Thursday to alert them. … Starting early Thursday morning, Miami Beach public works officials and code compliance officers were dispatched to neighborhoods to inspect for mosquito breeding sites. City Manager Jimmy Morales said in a written statement that the city is in constant communication with the health department regarding the most effective approach to mosquito control.” (08/18/16)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article96420487.html

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5) Brazil: US swimmers indicted after robbery claim
Source: ABC News

“Authorities in Rio de Janeiro have indicted U.S. Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen on charges of false reporting of a crime, the Federal Police of Brazil confirmed. The indictments follow assertions by Brazil’s police today that Lochte, Feigen and two other U.S. swimmers who said they were held up at gunpoint in Rio were not robbed. One or more of the U.S. Olympic swimmers vandalized a bathroom at a gas station after the four left a party early Sunday, according to Rio’s Civil Police Chief Fernando Veloso.” (08/18/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/ryan-lochte-james-feigen-indicted-rio-de-janeiro/story?id=41496292

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6) US State Department confirms $400 million owed to Iran was held until prisoners were released
Source: Politico

“Republicans are claiming vindication after the State Department confirmed on Thursday that the United States conditioned the release of a $400 million cash payment to Iran on the departure of American prisoners from Tehran. At a Thursday press briefing, State Department spokesman John Kirby addressed questions about a Wall Street Journal report by explaining that the U.S. held on to the $400 million cash payment until American prisoners were on a plane and safely away from Iran to ‘retain maximum leverage.’ Kirby said the arrangement did not in any way constitute a ransom payment, as President Barack Obama’s Republican critics have alleged.” [editor’s note: The US government owed the Iranian government the money. The scandal isn’t that they paid it when the prisoners were released, but that they didn’t pay it whether the prisoners were released or not – TLK] (08/18/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/iran-payment-hostage-release-227170

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7) US, Russia regimes to seek Syria deal in Geneva next week
Source: Iron Mountain Daily News

“The United States and Russia will try again to stop Syria’s civil war and forge a new counterterrorism partnership when their top diplomats meet next week in Geneva, U.S. officials said Thursday. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will gather on Aug. 26, with the talks possibly lasting for two days. At the meeting, officials said, the sides will try to secure a cease-fire between Syria’s government and rebels and a new U.S.-Russian arrangement to share intelligence and coordinate military to defeat the Islamic State group and al-Qaida.” (08/18/16)

http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/1281052/Officials–US–Russia-to-seek-Syria-deal-in-Geneva-next-week.html?isap=1&nav=5024

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8) Trump gives himself a new nickname: Mr. Brexit
Source: USA Today

“The king of nicknames has given one to himself. On Thursday, Donald Trump cryptically tweeted that soon people will be calling him ‘Mr. Brexit!’ … Brexit is an abbreviation for ‘British exit’ and refers to the referendum that was approved by voters in June for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. The approval of the referendum (which Trump supported) came as a surprise to many. While it is not immediately clear what Trump is referring to in his tweet, he could be talking about a comeback of sorts. Trump is currently behind Hillary Clinton in every national poll and in polls of battleground states.” (08/18/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/08/18/trump-gives-himself-new-nickname-mr-brexit/88947110

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9) OH: FOP to city — pay us to wear body cameras
Source: Cincinnati.com

“Cincinnati’s police union told city officials last week if they want officers to wear body cameras they’ll have to pay them extra. City leaders announced at a press conference last Wednesday that the first group of police would start wearing the body cameras a move that itself came just days after the city’s latest police-involved shooting. A lawyer for Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #69, Stephen Lazarus, sent the city a ‘cease and desist’ letter, saying until pay for wearing the equipment has been decided, officers shouldn’t wear them.” [editor’s note: Sounds reasonable, as long as they wear the cameras from the moment the clock in until the moment they clock out, said cameras streaming both to an evidentiary archive and a PUBLIC feed – TLK] (08/18/16)

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/08/15/fop-city-pay-us-wear-body-cameras/88763906/

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10) IL: Chicago police head moves to fire seven involved in shooting cover-up
Source: Washington Examiner

“Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson is moving to fire a group of officers accused of lying about what happened in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by Officer Jason Van Dyke. In a letter drafted and made public early Thursday, Johnson is seeking to fire seven of the 10 officers who City Inspector General Joe Ferguson had recommended for termination. Johnson, who has already stripped the officers of their powers, will submit his recommendations to the Chicago Police Board, which will make the final decision.” (08/18/16)

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/chicago-police-head-moves-to-fire-seven-involved-in-shooting-cover-up/article/2599648

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11) ID: Antlers taken by Hunter S. Thompson return to Hemingway home
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson went to Idaho to write about literary icon Ernest Hemingway and decided to take a piece of his hero home with him — a set of trophy elk antlers. More than half a century later, the antlers have been returned. ‘One of the stories that has often been told over the years is the story of Hunter S. Thompson taking the antlers,’ said Jenny Emery Davidson of Ketchum Community Library. ‘These are two great literary figures who came together over the item of the antlers.’ Davidson was there on Aug. 5 when Thompson’s widow, Anita Thompson, gave back the antlers she says her husband regretted taking. Hemingway’s house in Ketchum is owned by The Nature Conservancy, which has an agreement with the library to help catalog and preserve items in the residence where the author took his life.” (08/18/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Antlers-taken-by-Hunter-S-Thompson-return-to-9170664.php

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12) Venezuela: Maduro spent $400,000 celebrating Castro’s birthday
Source: PanAm Post

“Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro reportedly spent more US $400,000 in less than a week while celebrating the 90th birthday of Fidel Castro, the former leader of Cuba. According to National Assembly member Carlos Berrizbeitia, Maduro — who was in Cuba Monday, August 8 through Sunday, August 14 — lived lavishly while celebrating on the island. According to calculations done by Berrizbeitia, the Venezuelan government has spent US $124 million on visiting other countries so far this year.” (08/17/16)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2016/08/17/venezuela-president-nicolas-maduro-spent-400000-celebrating-fidel-castros-birthday/

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13) Harley-Davidson to pay $12 million fine over motorcycle emissions
Source: Reuters

“Harley-Davidson Inc agreed to pay a $12 million civil fine and stop selling illegal after-market devices that cause its motorcycles to emit too much pollution, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. The settlement resolves government allegations that Harley sold roughly 340,000 ‘super tuners’ enabling motorcycles since 2008 to pollute the air at levels greater than what the Milwaukee-based company certified to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to the government, the sale of such ‘defeat devices’ violates the federal Clean Air Act. Harley was also accused of selling more than 12,600 motorcycles that were not covered by an EPA certification governing clean air compliance. The settlement calls for Harley to stop selling the super tuners by Aug. 23, and buy back and destroy all such tuners in stock at its dealerships. EPA said the modified settings increase power and performance, but also increase the motorcycles’ emissions of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides.” (08/18/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-harley-davidson-lawsuit-idUSKCN10T1JP

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14) Scientists: Bronze Age “brain surgeons” used cannabis, ‘shrooms & dancing as painkillers
Source: Raw Story

“Evidence of ancient surgery found in Siberia is causing feverish speculation about the nature of Bronze Age painkillers. This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter. A 3,000-year-old skull (found in the ‘Nefteprovod 2’ burial ground at the Anzhevsky archeological site near the city of Kansk in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region) shows markings that indicate some form of brain surgery. The individual was aged between 30 and 40, a fairly decent age by Bronze Age standards, when he died. What makes the skull remarkable is that though the man probably died from eventual complications of surgery, he did live long enough afterwards for the bone to start healing and for skin to cover the hole.” [editor’s note: I’m not sure how they came to this conclusion, since evidence of the substances would be long gone … and how do they get “dancing” on the list? – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Maybe they found pairs of tap shoes and leg warmers near the drug residue? – TLK] (08/18/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/scientists-think-bronze-age-brain-surgeons-used-cannabis-shrooms-and-dancing-as-painkillers

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15) CA: Gun rights advocates file suit challenging open carry restrictions
Source: Fox News

“Gun-rights advocates filed a sweeping new legal challenge Wednesday to California’s open-carry restrictions — arguing a recent court decision effectively denies residents ‘their fundamental rights to bear arms’ and contradicts a landmark Supreme Court ruling on the Second Amendment. Plaintiffs say the case, Flanagan v. Harris, is a ‘direct response’ to a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that preserved a California county sheriff’s restrictive policies on carrying a concealed weapon. Considering the state’s additional restrictions on carrying a gun openly in public, plaintiffs argued in their new lawsuit that they have been ‘completely barred from exercising their right to bear arms, in any manner.’ The suit contends, ‘the Supreme Court has made clear that the right to bear arms cannot be completely foreclosed.’ The plaintiffs include gun owner and resident Michelle Flanagan as well as the California Rifle & Pistol Association.” (08/18/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/08/18/gun-rights-advocates-file-suit-challenging-california-open-carry-restrictions.html

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16) Ecuadorians collect 1.2 million signatures for Correa’s reelection
Source: PanAm Post

“Ecuador managed to collect over 1.2 million signatures supporting the proposal for a referendum that would allow President Rafael Correa to run again in 2017. After 45 days of collecting signatures, the movement gave the National Electoral Council (CNE) the results in northern Quito. It reportedly exceeded the minimum percentage required for a referendum, which is eight percent, by about 930,000 signatures. CNE Secretary Fausto Holguin and his staff must make an official count of the signatures within 48 hours.” (08/17/16)

https://panampost.com/ysol-delgado/2016/08/17/ecuadorians-collect-1-2-million-signatures-for-correas-reelection/

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17) MN: Candidate offers answers to questions about her marital history
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Ilhan Omar, whose victory in a Minneapolis DFL primary last week means she likely will become the nation’s first Somali-American legislator, released a statement Wednesday that sought to clear up questions about her marital history. Omar married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009 in Hennepin County, but she identifies a different man, Ahmed Hirsi, as her husband in campaign literature. The discrepancy led to a raft of speculation on conservative news and websites …” [editor’s note: Exactly the kind and quality (“it’s not libel because we put WHAT IF in front of it!”) of speculation you’d expect from those sites – TLK] (08/18/16)

http://www.startribune.com/ilhan-omar-offers-answers-to-questions-about-her-marital-history/390512041/

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18) PA: Uber’s first self-driving fleet to arrive in Pittsburgh this month
Source: Bloomberg

“Starting later this month, Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from their phones, crossing an important milestone that no automotive or technology company has yet achieved. Google, widely regarded as the leader in the field, has been testing its fleet for several years, and Tesla Motors offers Autopilot, essentially a souped-up cruise control that drives the car on the highway. Earlier this week, Ford announced plans for an autonomous ride-sharing service. But none of these companies has yet brought a self-driving car-sharing service to market. Uber’s Pittsburgh fleet, which will be supervised by humans in the driver’s seat for the time being, consists of specially modified Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicles outfitted with dozens of sensors that use cameras, lasers, radar, and GPS receivers.” (08/18/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-08-18/uber-s-first-self-driving-fleet-arrives-in-pittsburgh-this-month-is06r7on

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19) Ukraine: Poroshenko may introduce martial law if invasions of seceded republics keep ending in ass-whippings for regime troops
Source: WHTC 1450 News

“Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he did not rule out introducing martial law and a new wave of military mobilization if the conflict with pro-Russian separatists [sic] worsened. Poroshenko made his comments as fresh tension with Russia over Crimea reignited fears that a fragile ceasefire deal hammered out in the Belarussian capital Minsk in February 2015 could collapse following the deadliest month of fighting in a year. … Since 2014, Ukraine’s pro-Western leadership has announced several waves of mobilization, calling up Ukrainian men to join the military in its [invasions of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics]. Earlier on Thursday, the Ukrainian military reported that three servicemen had been killed and six wounded in fighting over the past 24 hours.” (08/18/16)

http://whtc.com/news/articles/2016/aug/18/ukraine-could-introduce-martial-law-if-eastern-fighting-worsens-poroshenko/

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20) Turkey: Regime turns from taking political prisoners to open looting in guise of coup investigation
Source: Reuters

“Turkish authorities ordered the detention of nearly 200 people, including leading businessmen, and seized their assets as an investigation into suspects in last month’s failed military rebellion shifted to the private sector. President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to choke off businesses linked to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom he blames for the July 15 coup attempt, describing his schools, firms and charities as ‘nests of terrorism.’ … In dawn raids on Thursday, police from a financial-crimes unit entered some 200 homes and workplaces after a chief prosecutor issued 187 arrest warrants, state-run Anadolu news agency said. TV channel CNN Turk said 60 people were detained.” (08/18/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-raids-idUSKCN10T0HH

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

21) Free Anjem Choudary
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“In Britain in 2016, a man faces jail for what he thinks. For what he says. His crime was not to harm another person or damage property, but to subscribe to a warped ideological view of the world. That is, he committed a thoughtcrime, and he’s being punished for it. His name is Anjem Choudary, the infamous imam, finger-wagger extraordinaire at what he sees as the sinful West and its decadent kuffar inhabitants, and however much it sticks in our craw we must demand that he not be sent to jail, and that his conviction be overturned. Not so much for his benefit as for ours, and for the hard fought-for principle that individuals should never — but never — be punished by the state for what they think and say.” (08/18/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/free-anjem-choudary/

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22) Free speech of the 21st century
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“What is the status of free speech in the 21st Century? I’d say that speech is freer, but people are not. On the one hand, it’s easier than ever for people to share their thoughts. I started my blog, InstaPundit, over 15 years ago, when new online platforms made it really easy to run a weblog (we still mostly called them ‘me-zines’ back then) without having to fiddle with things like DreamWeaver and FTP. Now, while lots of people still have blogs, other platforms, like Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, InstaGram, etc. make it even easier to express yourself. (And if hyperlocal expression is your thing, there’s always YikYak.) So the old gag line that ‘freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns one’ is out of date. Or, maybe it’s a case of back-to-the-future here: In Colonial times, a printing press was a comparatively inexpensive investment before newspaper publication became an industrial scale operation.” (08/18/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/08/18/free-speech-citizens-united-obama-twitter-glenn-reynolds/88893556

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23) Free culture benefits everyone but the middleman
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“Swiss photographer Samuel Zeller has discovered the benefits — to his livelihood! — of putting his work in the public domain. He’s put a lot of his work into the public domain via Creative Commons CC0 licenses, and published it on the Unsplash hosting site. The resulting 63 million views and 613,000 downloads have driven enormous traffic to his online portfolio and given him all the new business he can handle. In short, ‘giving away’ your past work for free amounts to free advertising for your paid services. That’s a fairly common — and successful — strategy: giving away free content, but bundling it with other paid services. … Trying to make money by paywalling your content and punishing those who share it is a guaranteed strategy for reducing sales.” (08/18/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45961

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24) Only the free market can stop government pollution
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“Some people are immersed in the conviction that if government doesn’t do everything nothing will possibly get done. When libertarians try to explain how private sector solutions work they immediately cherry-pick their way to the most seemingly impossible concepts they can imagine. Old people will die, the poor will be thrown into the streets, there will be no cops, no courts, no national defense, and that granddaddy cliche of all: ‘Who will build the roads?’ The slightly more thoughtful statist will insist that big corporations will pollute us into oblivion without government to stop them. What they fail to confront is that all governments everywhere on the planet and throughout history are run at the very top of the power structure by psychopaths.” (08/17/16)

http://hubpages.com/politics/Only-the-Free-Market-Can-Stop-Government-Pollution

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25) Private prisons
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jacob T Levy

“The Department of Justice report seems to provide enough evidence to justify ending federal contracting with private prison firms. But the gaps it identifies between public and private prisons are very, very much smaller than the gaps between the American public carceral state and either a) normal conditions (including the prevalence of incarceration itself) in other liberal democracies, or b) a morally tolerable and decent state of affairs. And DOJ — through the US Attorneys, through the Bureau of Prisons — is itself an actor in that morally intolerable state of affairs. So I can’t help but see an element of deflecting blame in deciding to start with the particular symptom that is intolerable private prisons.” (08/18/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/08/private-prisons/

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26) Hillary Clinton’s terrible tax plan
Source: Reason
by Veronique de Rugy

“Hillary Clinton recently laid out her plan for the economy, which boils down to more government, more spending, more taxes, more regulations, and more red tape. It translates into more debt and less growth. Some of the most outrageous provisions of her plan are those that target U.S. corporations abroad. To be fair, Clinton’s policies are very similar to those of President Barack Obama. They both want to prevent U.S. companies from leaving the country through a process called inversion. They both also fundamentally misunderstand the reasons behind inversions and try to fix the perceived problem by treating the symptoms rather than the causes.” (08/18/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/08/18/hillary-clintons-terrible-tax-plan

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27) The most important question of our time
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Amidst the interesting chaos of a presidential race involving two candidates who a vast number of Americans don’t like, it would be wise for the American people to take their thinking to a higher level, one that involves what was is arguably the most important question of our time: What should be the role of government in a free society?” (08/18/16)

http://fff.org/2016/08/18/important-question-time-2/

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28) How government ruined American sodas
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Max Raskin

“The tongue is a discerning instrument; in the hands of a traveled soda aficionado, it is capable of leading to insightful truths about politics. To the drinker who has imbibed foreign sodas, this truth stems from the peculiar, yet incontrovertible fact that American soda is not so hot. Though some blame this phenomenon on the use of aluminum cans over glass bottles, even the most elegant dress won’t make a homely girl comely. Instead, to the trained tongue, the answer is clear: American soda is sweetened with artificial-tasting high fructose corn syrup, while foreign sodas are made with natural cane sugar. Why would the American public accept such a mediocre substitute? Whenever the public doesn’t get what it wants and consumer demand is subservient to corporate interest, the most likely culprit is government policy.” (08/18/16)

https://mises.org/blog/how-government-ruined-american-sodas

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29) Heartland Daily Podcast, 08/18/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“Patients save on expenses and anxiety when they visit Dr. Kathleen Brown’s clinic, Oregon Coast Dermatology. Brown converted her practice almost entirely to a cash business in 2011, after 16 years of diverting her own and her patients’ time and money to satisfy cumbersome requirements foisted upon doctors by the federal government and insurance companies. Now Brown, who says only a few of her patients have a lot of money, posts her prices online — $35 for 5 minutes, $60 for 10, etc. — and deals almost entirely in cash. She devotes more time to patients, offers them better care, and has never had a patient question her transparency. Brown shares her (and her patients’) success story with Health Care News Managing Editor Michael Hamilton on this episode of the Health Care News podcast.” [various formats] (08/18/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/08/heartland-daily-podcast-dr-kathleen-brown-opt-in-for-a-cash-practice-opt-out-of-medicare-and-insurance/

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30) Slaves of the law
Source: Strike The Root
by Paul Bonneau

“It’s been noted many times, that to obtain liberty, the first and most important thing that must be freed is one’s own mind. I don’t know who first recognized and stated it. Of course the reverse is true as well; the most important thing for the ruling class to do is to enslave people’s minds. And the way that is done is to make those people imagine they have no choices — that ‘the law is the law.’ Self-enforcement of laws is infinitely more important to the state than physical force; without it, the state would immediately collapse. What may be less obvious, though, is how the enforcement of mala prohibita turns those slaves into victimizers, into evil people.” (08/18/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/slaves-of-law

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31) Downward spiral into what?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“These days, it is easy to be pessimistic. When you see how some of the more dire predictions of various observers seem to be coming to pass, it doesn’t take much to decide that we are rapidly plunging into the chasm. It isn’t just the attacks and ‘mass murders,’ and not just the current political campaign. There is a sense of malaise. Things seem to be breaking down. But we’ve been here, as a people, as the Fifty States (or some part of them) before: the 1850s and the 1960s both come readily to mind, but so do a few other eras …” (08/18/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9322

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32) So who fact-checks the fact-checkers?
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“In 2009, the fact-checking organization PolitiFact, run by the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), won a Pulitzer for its coverage of the 2008 election. But I don’t think PolitiFact is likely to emerge from 2016 with its credibility intact. A recent NBC News poll shows that a mere 11 percent of voters would describe Clinton as ‘honest and trustworthy.’ Yet in a complete repudiation of public sentiment, PolitiFact’s rating for Hillary Clinton finds her statements are true or mostly true half the time, half-true 22 percent of the time and false or mostly false 26 percent of the time — but ‘pants-on-fire’ false 2 percent of the time. Donald Trump did not fare so well. PolitiFact rated 19 percent of his statements ‘pants-on-fire’ false. Given Trump’s cavalier approach to facts, I assume he earned the bad rating. But I cannot say the same for Clinton and PolitiFact’s generous assessment of her veracity.” (08/18/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/08/18/so-who-factchecks-the-factcheckers-n2206793

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33) Politics is most definitely downstream of culture
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Paul Gottfried

“[M]odern public administration and its judicial and educational arms should not be equated with any government at any time. A specifically modern Western state has behind it vast coercive power and the capacity to socialize its subject-citizens. Moreover, since elections are scheduled at regular intervals and since rotation is supposed to take place between two parties or party blocs, citizens assume that government operates ‘democratically.’ Never mind that entrenched parties and politicians by their presence and activities serve to strengthen the status quo or that representation becomes more distant and vaguer as both population and bureaucratic centralization continue to grow. Despite occasional complaining, most of the population take on face value what is presented as ‘democratic’ representation. Being free to manage their lives matters less to them than other things, such as not giving actionable offense in the workplace, making sure that government provides social services and not having to fork over ‘too much’ to other state clients.” (08/18/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/08/paul-gottfried/democratic-total-state/

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34) Teacher licensure screens will not improve public education
Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.

“The problem with bad public policy is that it often sounds like good public policy. These ideas have enough of a rational basis for us to buy into them. Upon closer inspection, however, we realize that they aren’t what we had hoped for. This lesson hit home with me as I was reading about the new certification requirements for public school teachers.” (08/18/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/local-control/teacher-licensure-screens-will-not-improve-public-education

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35) The anti-democratic urge
Source: The New Republic
by Astra Taylor

“Not all that long ago, everybody seemed to be cheering the rowdy resurgence of democracy. Social media was hailed for making our politics more inclusive and participatory. Opinion makers were praising “the wisdom of crowds” and the creativity of the ‘hive mind.’ Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party uprising had unleashed a flowering of political protest, from left and right, that America hadn’t seen in decades. We were entering a fascinating, albeit messy, new age of political contestation — of protesters, hackers, whistle-blowers, rioters, and radical challenges to both Republican and Democratic politics as usual. But over the past few months, this revival of democratic spirit appears to have worn out its welcome. The crowd is quickly being reconfigured back into its historical double, the mob. And the hive is increasingly viewed, by liberals and conservatives alike, as a hornet’s nest, a threat to democracy itself.” (08/18/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/135757/anti-democratic-urge

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36) Freedom for Liberland: Celebrating “live and let live” nation’s first anniversary
Source: PanAm Post
by Orlando Avendano

“Near the border of Serbia, in a small field located northeast of Croatia, Czech politician Vit Jedlicka proclaimed the founding of a microstate, more than one year ago. In that space, a motto now prevails: live and let live. It is a land that now fights for permanence, autonomy and independence: Liberland.” (08/18/16)

http://panampost.com/orlando-avendano/2016/08/18/freedom-for-liberland-celebrating-live-and-let-live-nations-first-anniversary/

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37) Could Trump pull off a post-party coalition?
Source: OpEdNews
by Pepe Escobar

“Hillary Clinton, Queen of Chaos, Queen of War, Golden Goldman Girl, for all practical purposes is by now the official bipartisan candidate of US neocons and neoliberalcons alike. … That does leave Donald J. Trump in the astonishing position of egomaniac billionaire outsider who somehow dreams he can game the whole system on his own, moved by his inexhaustible chutzpah. … Underneath all this sound and fury, something else is (quietly) going on. Powerful business interests discreetly supporting Trump — and away from the media circus — are convinced he’s got the road map to victory. The question is whether he may be able to tame his erratic behavior to seal the deal.” (08/18/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Could-Trump-Pull-Off-a-Pos-by-Pepe-Escobar-Donald-Trump_Hillary-Clinton_Neocons_Oil-160818-15.html

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38) Will the “Fix the Debt” manipulators ever reform themselves?
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“I’ll say this for them: The Wall Street billionaires and corporate CEOs behind the ‘Campaign to Fix the Debt’ have a lot of nerve. Once again they’re using cheap scare tactics, along with some manipulative ‘nudging,’ to drum up support for cutting Social Security benefits. The money behind the latest scare campaign (‘How Old Will You Be When Social Security’s Funds Run Out?’) also funds a TV ad that shows jobs, teachers, and roads and bridges vanishing, supposedly because the national debt wasn’t brought under control. That’s pretty cynical, since their own ideas have led to lost jobs, teacher layoffs, and a lack of funds to repair roads and bridges.” (08/18/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160818/will-the-fix-the-debt-tricksters-ever-reform-themselves

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39) Donald Trump and the national debt
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“Imagine that your family was so deep in debt that your credit-card bills exceed your entire paycheck. Every week you spend more than you take in, with no respite in sight. And you still haven’t figured out how you are going to fulfill your promise to send your kids to college. But in today’s mail comes one of those credit-card offers with a low introductory rate. Sounds like the perfect time to borrow some more and take that Caribbean vacation you’ve been dreaming of, right? Paul Krugman thinks so — and, unfortunately, so does Donald Trump.” (08/17/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/donald-trump-national-debt

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40) Our media-driven epistemological breakdown
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Bill Frezza

“Rational epistemology holds that reason is the chief test and source of knowledge, and that each of us is not just capable of practicing it, but is responsible for doing so. Reason flowered when the Enlightenment overturned the ancient wisdom of holy books, undermining the authority of clerics and the divine right of kings. Wherever reason is widely practiced and healthy skepticism is socially accepted, error becomes self-correcting (rather than self-amplifying, as under a system based on superstition), as new propositions are tested, while old propositions get reexamined as new facts come to light. Yet, reason’s primacy is a fragile thing. As increasingly potent electronic media confer influence on new voices, formerly-dominant media and governing elites fight a rearguard action to regain their status as ultimate arbiters of knowledge and what matters. Goebbels proved that a lie repeated loudly and frequently in a culture that punished skepticism became accepted as truth. We all know how that turned out.” (08/18/16)

https://fee.org/articles/our-media-driven-epistemological-breakdown/

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41) Want to expand Social Security? Look north
Source: The American Prospect
by Daniel Block

“To American progressives, this retirement story should sound familiar. After decades of pension cutbacks and declining unionization, many retiring seniors depend increasingly on underfunded government-run programs. Amid rising inequality, some wealthy seniors can afford to retire, while others must keep working lest they lose their toehold in the middle class. The notion that seniors are entitled to a comfortable retirement is fading, and fast. But this retirement security saga is unfolding not in the United States, but in Canada. The difference is that Canada, which confronts virtually all the same problems that plague the U.S., has decided to act. On June 20, Canada’s federal and provincial governments agreed to expand what’s known as the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP), a program analogous to American Social Security and one of three in Canada that supports retirees. The agreement, which officials expect to finalize by the end of the summer, could add thousands of dollars to the yearly retirement incomes of Canadian workers.” [editor’s note: No, look to a “floor” on FICA, as part of a true reform – SAT] (08/18/16)

http://prospect.org/article/want-expand-social-security-look-north

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42) Why millennials have less faith in democracy
Source: The American Conservatives
by Donald Devine

“A quarter century ago only one-sixth of those between 16 and 24 years of age said democracy was ‘fairly bad’ or ‘very bad.’ But today that has increased to almost one-quarter among millennials, according to the World Values Survey as reported by Roberto Stefan Foa and Yascha Mounk in a recent edition of the Journal of Democracy. The main reason was that millennials do not think they can influence policy under democracy. Why the surprised reaction? If the national candidates refuse to discuss the most important issues and keep repeating similar inanities to avoid unpopular realities, wouldn’t cynicism be the proper response?” (08/18/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-millennials-have-less-faith-in-democracy/

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43) The Crypto Show, 08/17/16
Source: The Crypto Show

“The first hour is spent talking with Paul Puey of Airbitz on the new API plug in to integrate Airbitz into other apps. We also touch on Edge Security and the Arcade City, Airbitz partnership. The second hour is spent talking with Travis County Republican Chair Robert Morrow who is also a Presidential hopeful as an Independent write in. Robert lays it all out against Hillary and Trump with some pretty wild accusations. We don’t necessarily endorse anything he says but it’s pretty entertaining at times.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/17/16)

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44) Tell your university: Don’t sell patents to trolls
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Elliot Harmon

“When universities invent, those inventions should benefit everyone. Unfortunately, they sometimes end up in the hands of patent trolls — companies that serve no purpose but to amass patents and demand money from others. When a university sells patents to trolls, it undermines the university’s purpose as a driver of innovation. Those patents become landmines that make innovation more difficult.” (08/17/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/08/tell-your-university-dont-sell-patents-trolls

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45) Freud and property rights
Source: Notes On Liberty
by William Rein

“The question of property comes up in an infinite number of discussions. If I own a Sharpie, acquiring it through monetary transaction, I can legally prohibit another from using it. Isn’t this more of an intrusion on another’s freedom to explore the world than it is a utility of my freedom to protect this object? Why is this Sharpie mine such that I may disallow others its use? How is it within my freedom to prohibit it from others? Where property rights actually come from, and what concerns, aside from economic or consequentialist, validate their protection, is a fundamental question. Here is a perspective from a Freudian dissection of ego relations, and historical-technological advance.” (08/17/16)

https://notesonliberty.com/2016/08/17/freud-and-property-rights/

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46) Can there be a party of the Left in Britain?
Source: In These Times
by Jane Miller

“We may be watching the Labour Party’s death throes. It gets harder by the day to recall that heady time less than 20 years ago when Labour won the General Election (after 18 years of Tory rule) with a huge majority. So what’s happened? Paradoxically, given its title, Richard Seymour’s Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics charts a history of the party’s decline. It’s a long story of successful efforts by the Labour Party establishment to keep its left wing under control and as far as possible from power. Under Tony Blair, the party was firmly centre-right. Yes, there were a few improvements on welfare and taxation, but Blair was in thrall to Thatcherism, and his government did little to reduce inequality and nothing to return privatised industries and utilities to public ownership. Manufacturing had taken an enormous blow under Thatcher, as had unions. Neither revived under Blair. Some say it was Blair’s 2003 decision to join Bush in invading Iraq and the war’s disastrous aftermath, followed by ‘the expenses scandal’ (MPs were caught getting fat at the public trough) that inspired this country’s current scepticism about politics, as demonstrated by the fact that the electorate has shrunk across all parties.” (08/18/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19368/can-there-be-a-party-of-the-left-in-britain

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47) The big phony
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“In 2014, Bruce Rauner won the top job in Illinois politics leading a term limits ballot initiative. The initiative garnered 600,000 voter signatures, more than enough to go to voters. But House Speaker Michael Madigan, the one man running Illinois (into the ground), recruited a henchman to file suit. After an appellate court struck the issue from the ballot, a cowardly state supreme court refused to even hear the case. That didn’t stop Rauner. As governor, he tried to force a compromise that would get legislators to put term limits on the ballot for voters. But legislators are not going to budge until they, including Mr. Madigan, feel threatened by voters.” (08/18/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/08/18/the-big-phony/

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48) The “right to shop” for health care
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham

Anyone who has undergone a medical procedure knows it is very difficult to figure out how much an insured patient will pay out-of-pocket. It is often not clarified for months after the procedure, after a flurry of incomprehensible paperwork from insurers, doctors, labs, et cetera, has landed in the patient’s mailbox. … This problem has led to a bunch of state laws attempting to impose ‘price transparency’ on medical providers. As discussed previously, they do not work, because relationships between insurers and providers inhibit transparency. Medical providers’ ‘customers’ are insurers, which pay most of their claims, not patients. Further, the real problem with medical prices is not that they are opaque, but that they are not formed in a normal market process. Instead, they are negotiated by third-party bureaucracies.” (08/17/16)

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/the-right-to-shop-for-health-care/

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49) Persecuting Assange: The mainstreaming of neoliberal pathology
Source: CounterPunch
by Simon Wood

[A]fter four years of stalling, Swedish prosecutors have this week expressed their intention to question Assange within the embassy, something they could have easily done at any time. Indeed, those believing that (Swedish prosecutor) Marianne Ny really has at heart the best interests of the two women involved in the case must now ask themselves why she would therefore allow some of her investigations into allegations of sexual assault to be dropped — as they were last year — because the deadline for bringing charges expired. Given that Sweden is now willing to interview Assange in the embassy, why could they have not done this sooner for the sake of the women involved? The only possible conclusion is that this — as long stated by several serious analysts — is a purely political investigation and that Assange is right to fear for his security.” (08/18/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/18/persecuting-assange-the-mainstreaming-of-neoliberal-pathology/

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50) Rush Limbaugh: “Immorality on a large scale will ultimately implode”
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“So to review Limbaugh’s beliefs: 1. Immorality is an existential threat to America. 2. While the country is not quite lost, we’re seeing the sort of behavior that should make us very concerned. 3. That behavior is exemplified by people who see immorality as a ticket to wealth, violate accepted norms to gain notoriety, and find themselves egged on by the public rather than condemned, fueling even more fame-seeking immoral acts. As ever, the talk radio host is attacking the political and cultural left here. And that’s why I found his remarks worth passing along. It is extraordinary that a news junkie of some intelligence could utter that theory of politics and immorality, with apparent earnestness, in the middle of this election … and support Donald J. Trump.” (08/18/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/rush-limbaugh-immorality-on-a-large-scale-will-ultimately-implode/496406/

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51) NPR host demands that Assange do something its own reporters are told never to do
Source: The Intercept
by Naomi LaChance

“In a ten-minute interview aired Wednesday morning, NPR’s David Greene asked Wikileaks founder Julian Assange five times to reveal the sources of the leaked information he has published on the internet. A major tenet of American journalism is that reporters protect their sources. Wikileaks is certainly not a traditional news organization, but Greene’s persistent attempts to get Assange to violate confidentiality was alarming, especially considering that there has been no challenge to the authenticity of the material in question.” (08/17/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/08/17/npr-cant-accept-assange-protect-sources/

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52) Seven reasons to vote for Gary Johnson
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“Seeing as this is the Internet and the vast majority of people have lost the ability to recognize and process sarcasm, I should point out, for the sake of my own sanity, that this video is facetious. These are the arguments I’ve had Gary Johnson supporters put forward in favor of Gary Johnson.” [Flash video] (08/18/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/08/18/7-reasons-to-vote-for-gary-johnson/

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53) Why I favor limited government, part 2
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“[Is] the concept of limited-government … fatally flawed because it requires taxation to fund it, as anarchists maintain? Not at all! The solution is voluntarily funded limited government. If people are free to decide for themselves whether or not to fund limited government, no one’s rights are being infringed. Anarchists respond that voluntarily funded limited government is an impossibility. They say that government inherently involves taxation. If there is no taxation, they say, there can be no government. But a close analysis shows that their assertion is without foundation.” (08/18/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/favor-limited-government-part-2/

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54) Free Talk Live, 08/17/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Big Court Decision in Favor of Medical Cannabis Providers :: Amish for Trump? :: Amish vs Mennonite :: MacGyver :: Comparing Amish Sects :: Does Trump Drink? :: Asset Forfeiture :: Violence :: NH Exit :: Unions and Libertarians :: Skulker.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/17/16)

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55) GMO labeling debate shows Tenth Amendment’s relevance for today
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by PA Deacon

“Many Washington elites or power hungry centralizers argue the Tenth Amendment is an anachronism that was only used to oppress American minority groups. But the debate over a GMO labeling bill that passed Congress earlier this summer reveals the importance and relevance of the Tenth Amendment in today’s political environment.” (08/18/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/08/18/gmo-labeling-debate-shows-tenth-amendments-relevance-for-today/

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Editors:
Thomas L. Knapp
R. Lee Wrights
Steve Trinward

Editor Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
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