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In the News:

1) Yemen: Aden suicide attack kills “dozens”
2) FDA recommends Zika testing for all blood donated in US
3) Finicum’s widow to sue FBI, Oregon police over killing
4) Iran: Regime arrests alleged nuclear spy
5) Syria: Turkish regime claims airstrikes kill 25
6) UK: May calls cabinet meeting to plan for Brexit
7) Australia: Plan for marriage plebiscite hits stumbling block
8) More than 30 US congressmen call for more sanctions against Venezuelan officials
9) Gary Johnson: Election cycle so “crazy” he might win
10) Court: Cops can’t pull over cars licensed from legal cannabis states
11) France: Paris restaurant “refuses to serve Muslim women”
12) CA: USPS employees accused of hoarding parcels, stealing veterans’ medication
13) TX: Boy, 15, “certified as adult” in slaying of pregnant mom
14) New study should have Coke and Pepsi terrified
15) Gabriel: EU-US trade talks have failed
16) WhatsApp to share your data with Facebook — you have 30 days to stop it
17) Trump vows to begin deportations immediately if sworn in
18) OH: Man jumps to death after receiving 13-year sentence
19) Pentagon weapons tester: F-35 boondoggle has “significant” problems
20) SpaceX Dragon splashes down with NASA research samples

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Permanent record
22) Five differences between the alt-right and libertarianism
23) Feeding the ducks
24) Epi-Pen prices soar as FDA makes life tough for its competitors
25) Bipartisan battering of freedom
26) Clinton campaign: Controversy versus corruption
27) Why do some people think that the First Amendment exists only for them?
28) Farm follies: The cheese stands alone (with its hand out)
29) The inflation conundrum
30) The revolution is NOT in Bernie’s hands
31) Crisis and opportunity
32) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad Special #3
33) Can Assange and Denton revive the Wikileaks-Gawker revolution?
34) Not a lot of people know this about insurance
35) Free Talk Live, 08/28/16
36) University of Chicago deemed “safe space” for disagreement
37) Right to protest also means freedom from militarized police
38) In defence of jury service
39) Why I’m screwed
40) Naked came the pickle
41) Where there’s smoke …
42) You used to be able to take them to court
43) Goodlatte online sales tax proposal is an “improvement” but still needs work
44) Don’t kill the death penalty in California
45) We don’t know if the Department of Defense is actually providing security
46) The fatal conceit of youthful idealism
47) Leave politics outside of national parks
48) Liberal-conservative hypocrisy on immigration
49) US should continue to accept Cuban refugees
50) Liberty at the movies: War dogs
51) Need for government crazy idea
52) Democracy — I hate that word
53) The martyrdom of Mary Surratt
54) Politicians and peanut pilfering
55) Government’s results on display again

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

1) Yemen: Aden suicide attack kills “dozens”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“At least 40 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a military facility in the southern Yemen city of Aden, officials say. A training camp, or compound used by the pro-government Popular Resistance militia, was hit, reports say. … It is unclear who was behind Monday’s attack, though bombings in the southern port city are often carried out by militants from al-Qaeda or so-called Islamic State (IS).” (08/29/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37212473

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2) FDA recommends Zika testing for all blood donated in US
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The agency said its decision to expand blood screening in the United States was based on concerns about more cases of local transmission in Florida, the growing number of travel-related infections and concerns that Zika-tainted blood could unwittingly be given to a pregnant woman, putting her unborn baby at risk of severe birth defects.” (08/27/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-zika-blood-idUSKCN1111ZD

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3) Finicum’s widow to sue FBI, Oregon police over killing
Source: USA Today

“The widow of Robert ‘Lavoy’ Finicum, the Arizona rancher killed last January during a standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge [sic], plans to sue the Oregon State Police and FBI agents involved in the shooting, her attorney said this weekend. Finicum, 54, was the de facto spokesman for a group of anti-government protesters who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for several weeks last winter in support of local ranchers Dwight and Steve Hammond, who were convicted of setting fire to federal land.” [editor’s note: Finicum was killed “during a standoff” in the same sense that he was killed “during January.” That is, true but irrelevant. He was killed away from the site of the “standoff” – TLK] (08/28/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/08/28/ranchers-widow-sue-fbi-oregon-police-over-standoff-death/89521178/

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4) Iran: Regime arrests alleged nuclear spy
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Iran has arrested a ‘spy’ involved in the nuclear negotiations with world powers but has not yet formally charged the suspect, according to the judiciary’s spokesman. Iranian media outlets reported on Sunday that a dual national identified as Abdolrasoul Dorri Esfahani, a senior accountant involved in banking-related aspects of the nuclear talks, had been arrested for alleged espionage.” (08/29/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/iran-arrests-nuclear-spy-for-giving-secrets-to-west-say-reports

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5) Syria: Turkish regime claims airstrikes kill 25
Source: Business Insider

“Turkish air strikes in north Syria killed 25 Kurdish militants, the Turkish military said on Sunday, the fifth day of a cross-border campaign launched alongside its Syrian rebel allies that aims to strike at Kurdish forces and Islamic State. The military said the militants were killed in the area of Jarablus, a Syrian town on the border with Turkey. The army said it was taking all measures to avoid any civilian deaths.” (08/28/16)

http://www.businessinsider.com/turkish-air-strikes-in-syria-reportedly-kill-25-kurdish-militants-2016-8

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6) UK: May calls cabinet meeting to plan for Brexit
Source: Evening Standard [UK]

“Theresa May has ordered her Cabinet ministers to Chequers on Wednesday to discuss her plans for Brexit. The Prime Minister has charged her top team with setting out the opportunities that leaving the European Union will create in each of their portfolios. The Cabinet will meet at the Prime Minister’s country retreat to discuss the next steps in the process. The move comes amid speculation that Mrs May will implement Article 50 — triggering the two-year period leading to Brexit — without seeking the backing of Parliament.” (08/28/16)

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-may-calls-cabinet-meeting-to-plan-for-brexit-a3331436.html

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7) Australia: Plan for marriage plebiscite hits stumbling block
Source: New York Times

“The government’s plan to hold a popular vote on whether Australia should allow same-sex marriage has suffered a setback when a political party announced it will not support the proposed plebiscite. The Nick Xenophon Team supports marriage equality, but the party says its senators will not support legislation to authorize the plebiscite. The party says it would effectively become an opinion poll without legal weight. Another party that favors gay marriage, the Greens, announced last week that it would also oppose the plebiscite.” (08/28/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/08/28/world/asia/ap-as-australia-gay-marriage.html

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8) More than 30 US congressmen call for more sanctions against Venezuelan officials
Source: PanAm Post

“More than 30 US lawmakers called for sanctions against Venezuelan officials Thursday, August 25, for having allowed the country’s democracy to fail. Thirty-three congressmen on both sides of the aisles [sic], as well as Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lewmponer released a letter demanding ‘immediate action’ against the ‘terrible economic crisis, political and human rights suffered by Venezuela.’ In the letter, addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry, they argued the United States has previously sanctioned as many as 62 Venezuelan officials since 2014.” (08/26/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/08/26/us-congressman-more-sanctions-venezuela-officials/

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9) Gary Johnson: Election cycle so “crazy” he might win
Source: USA Today

“Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson has his sights set on qualifying for the first presidential debate on Sept. 26 in Hempstead, N.Y., but in an interview with Fox News Sunday, he made clear he thinks he can do much more than that in this unpredictable campaign. As his interview wrapped up, Johnson told host Chris Wallace: ‘You know how crazy this election cycle is. I might be the next president. You know that, right?’ Few would argue with the former New Mexico governor’s assessment of the election, but his path to the White House is a steep one, nonetheless — to say the least. In the most recent rolling average of polls from RealClearPolitics, Johnson is at 8%, well behind Democrat Hillary Clinton at 42% and Republican Donald Trump at 38%. Green Party candidate Jill Stein is at 3%.” (08/28/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/08/28/gary-johnson-election-fox-news-sunday/89508628

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10) Court: Cops can’t pull over cars licensed from legal cannabis states
Source: Smell the Truth

“Cops are not allowed to pull over out-of-state motorists from states with legal weed, a federal appeals court rules. In a 2-1 decision, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled that it’s unconstitutional for law enforcement officials to profile motorists based on their license plates, reports the Associated Press. The ruling was handed in a case dealing with a lawsuit filed by Colorado resident Peter Vasquez, who was detained by two Kansas Highway Patrol officers while driving on Interstate 70.” (08/25/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/08/25/cops-cant-pull-over-cars-licensed-from-legal-marijuana-states-court-rules

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11) France: Paris restaurant “refuses to serve Muslim women”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A video showing a restaurateur in a Paris suburb apparently refusing to serve two Muslim women has sparked anger in France and calls for protest. In the video, widely shared on social media, the man tells the hijab-wearing women: ‘Terrorists are Muslims and all Muslims are terrorists.’ The incident took place at Le Cenacle restaurant in Tremblay-en-France on Saturday night. On Sunday, the man apologised to a group who had gathered outside. He said he had ‘got out of hand’ due to the current tensions around the issue of wearing burkinis on French beaches, but also because he had a friend who had died at the Bataclan concert centre attack last November, Le Parisien reported (in French). The local prosecutors’ office told the paper that it had opened an investigation into racial discrimination.” (08/28/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37209605

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12) CA: USPS employees accused of hoarding parcels, stealing veterans’ medication
Source: Raw Story

“Several authorities have charged dozens of Southern California postal workers and their associates with mail theft, embezzlement and an array of other crimes as part of a sweeping investigation into criminal activity at the U.S. Postal Service. A total of 33 defendants were charged in 28 cases, including one individual who was found to have had had tens of thousands of pieces of mail in her possession, according to a statement released Friday by the United States attorney’s office for the Central District of California. Arrest warrants were issued for six of the 33 defendants, officials said. In addition to mail theft and embezzlement by postal workers and contractors, some of the cases involve bank fraud and false statements; a few allege crimes by people who are not USPS employees.” (08/28/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/usps-employees-accused-of-hoarding-parcels-and-stealing-veterans-medication

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13) TX: Boy, 15, “certified as adult” in slaying of pregnant mom
Source: Fox News

“A judge has certified a 15-year-old Texas boy to stand trial as an adult in the fatal stabbing and strangling of his mother at their Houston-area home. … Nita Moseley, who was about five months pregnant, was stabbed more than 20 times. Chance Moseley was later located in Houston and charged as a juvenile. Prosecutor Kevin Petroff says a juvenile court judge last week certified Moseley as an adult.” [editor’s note: No mention of what higher office Petroff is running, or planning to run, for, triggering his lust for human sacrifice – TLK] (08/28/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/28/texas-boy-15-certified-as-adult-in-slaying-pregnant-mom.html

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14) New study should have Coke and Pepsi terrified
Source: AOL News

“People in Berkeley, California significantly cut back on soda after the city introduced a tax on sugary beverages. That’s according to a study of two low-income neighborhoods that was published in the American Journal of Public Health on Tuesday. The study found that soda consumption dropped an impressive 22% after Berkeley imposed a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The city’s tax passed in 2014 and went into effect in May 2015. The new tax made a 20-ounce bottle of Coke 20 cents more expensive for distributors, or stores. This extra cost is passed on to consumers. Researchers tracked changes in soda consumption after the tax went into effect, comparing surveys of Berkeley residents’ reported beverage consumption from April to July of 2014 against survey results from April to August of 2015.” (08/28/16)

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/08/25/a-new-study-should-have-coke-and-pepsi-terrified/21458776

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15) Gabriel: EU-US trade talks have failed
Source: ABC News

“Free trade talks between the European Union and the United States have failed, Germany’s economy minister said Sunday, citing a lack of progress on any of the major sections of the long-running negotiations. Both Washington and Brussels have pushed for a deal by the end of the year, despite strong misgivings among some EU member states over the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. Sigmar Gabriel, who is also Germany’s Vice Chancellor, compared the TTIP negotiations unfavorably with a free trade deal forged between the 28-nation EU and Canada, which he said was fairer for both sides.” (08/28/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/german-economy-minister-eu-us-trade-talks-failed-41699000

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16) WhatsApp to share your data with Facebook — you have 30 days to stop it
Source: The Hacker News

“Nothing comes for Free, as ‘Free’ is just a relative term used by companies to develop a strong user base and then use it for their own benefits. The same has been done by the secure messaging app WhatsApp, which has now made it crystal clear that the popular messaging service will begin sharing its users’ data with its parent company, Facebook. However, WhatsApp is offering a partial opt-out for Facebook targeted ads and product related purposes, which I will let you know later in this article, but completely opting out of the data-sharing does not seem to be possible.” (08/25/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/08/facebook-whatsapp.html

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17) Trump vows to begin deportations immediately if sworn in
Source: Yahoo! News

“Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump linked illegal immigration [sic] and employment Saturday, pledging to start deporting offenders as soon as he is sworn in should he become the White House’s next occupant. Trump all the while courted the black vote, claiming that the shooting of basketball star Dwyane Wade’s cousin will make African Americans support him, but the move instead triggered a firestorm of criticism.” (08/27/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-vows-begin-deportations-immediately-sworn-221742050.html

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18) OH: Man jumps to death after receiving 13-year sentence
Source: NBC News

“An Ohio man convicted of attempted murder escaped from a courthouse guard and jumped to his death shortly after being sentenced to 13 years in prison Friday, authorities said. Jason Binkiewiz, 42, was pronounced dead after jumping over a banister on the third floor of a Steubenville courthouse, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla told NBC affiliate WTOV. Binkiewiz had just been sentenced for shooting a man in the face in 2015, and was being escorted by a sheriff’s deputy when he broke free and ran towards the banister, Abdalla said.” (08/28/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/convicted-ohio-man-jumps-death-after-being-sentenced-13-years-n638881

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19) Pentagon weapons tester: F-35 boondoggle has “significant” problems
Source: CNN

“The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is drawing sharp criticism from the Pentagon’s top weapons tester, who warns the aircraft is ‘on a path of failing to deliver’ its full combat capability. The sobering review of the US military’s $400 billion program comes despite its achieving several major development milestones this month. The single-engine, fifth-generation F-35 fighter jet is touted as the future of military aviation: A lethal and versatile aircraft to replace the aging fleet currently used by all three military branches.” (08/26/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/26/politics/f-35-fighter-jet-problems-gilmore-memo/

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20) SpaceX Dragon splashes down with NASA research samples
Source: Imperial Valley News

“SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:47 a.m. EDT Friday, southwest of Baja California with more than 3,000 pounds of NASA cargo, science and technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station. The Dragon spacecraft will be taken by ship to a port near Los Angeles, where some cargo will be removed and returned to NASA immediately. Dragon then will be prepared for a return trip to SpaceX’s test facility in McGregor, Texas, for processing.” (08/27/16)

http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/8-news/10660-spacex-dragon-splashes-down-with-crucial-nasa-research-samples.html

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

21) Permanent record
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

‘”As children, we were told that serious infractions might go on our ‘permanent record’ which certainly sounds ominous to a misbehaving ten-year-old. But despite being the subject of jokes by generations of comedians, there really was no such thing until some alliance of sociopaths decided it was a good idea to put armed thugs in grammar schools to arrest children too young to spell the word ‘arrest’ for offenses that when I was a lass might’ve been punished by writing lines, staying after school or (at worst) having one’s parents called by the principal. … in recent years, we’ve seen the schoolchild’s ‘permanent record’ nightmare become a reality.” (08/26/16)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/permanent-record/

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22) Five differences between the alt-right and libertarianism
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Every ideology has a theory of history …. Whereas libertarianism speaks of individual choice, alt-right theory draws attention to collectives on the move. It imagines that despite appearances, we all default in our thinking back to some more fundamental instinct about our identity as a people, which is either being shored up by a more intense consciousness or eroded by a deracination and dispossession from what defines us. To criticize this as racist is often true but superficial. What’s really going on here is the depersonalization of history itself: the principle that we are all being buffeted about by Olympian historical forces beyond our control as mere individuals. It takes something mighty and ominous like a great leader, an embodiment of one of these great forces, to make a dent in history’s narrative.” (08/26/16)

https://fee.org/articles/five-differences-between-the-alt-right-and-libertarians/

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23) Feeding the ducks
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“Robert Heinlein said that the smaller any unit of government happens to be, the harder it is to move. It’s relatively easy to make enough fuss to alter the course of a federal government, for example, but everybody ‘knows’ you can’t fight City Hall and that the most viciously dictatorial level of government is the school board. My daughter’s home schooled. And generally, I ignore my city government because I have far bigger fish to fry (or I’m taking the coward’s way out, you may decide for yourself which). But because I’m willing to bet that one city government across this country is pretty much like another (they should all be given 24 hours to get out of town) and the trends they set have a regrettable tendency to spread upward and outward, I think it’s appropriate to discuss them from time to time, so that we’ll all have an idea of what we’re up against.” (08/28/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle887-20160828-02.html

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24) Epi-Pen prices soar as FDA makes life tough for its competitors
Source: Ruwart.com
by Mary J Ruwart

“Teva had submitted an application for a generic version of the Epi-Pen to the FDA. However, the agency felt ‘certain major deficiencies’ needed to be addressed. Marketing of Epi-Pen’s new competitor will be delayed until at least 2017. Adamis wants to market a syringe prefilled with epinephrine, the active drug in the Epi-Pen. Some diabetics must inject themselves with insulin, so use of a syringe, rather than an Epi-Pen-like device, is not unprecedented. The FDA wouldn’t approve it without more studies on patient usability and product stress testing. Mylan is protected from still another competitor by regulatory delays.” (08/26/16)

http://www.ruwart.com/blog/epi-pen-prices-soar-as-fda-makes-life-tough-for-its-competitors.html

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25) Bipartisan battering of freedom
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“For more than 40 years, Republicans have been promising to cut federal spending. In the same period, federal outlays have inched up by a few trillion dollars. But the Grand Old Party continues singing the same song — though voters may finally be losing confidence in the opposition team. The latest pratfall occurred last December, once again illustrating that Republican congressional leaders are like a football coach who believes the secret to winning is to punt early and often.” (08/26/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/bipartisan-battering-freedom/

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26) Clinton campaign: Controversy versus corruption
Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

“This summer’s never-ending Democratic email disclosures have shed an increasingly unflattering light on the privileged relationship that big donors enjoy with Hillary Clinton and with party officials. Major Clinton Foundation contributors sought and in some cases received expedited meetings with Clinton when she served as secretary of state, according to the latest batch of emails released by the conservative group Judicial Watch. The July WikiLeaks release of Democratic National Committee emails also detailed the special rewards, such as VIP roundtables and receptions, that party officials showered on top-tier contributors. The disclosures have been jarring on several fronts.” (08/25/16)

http://prospect.org/article/controversy-versus-corruption

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27) Why do some people think that the First Amendment exists only for them?
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Is the USA a free country? If it is then why all the fuss about conscientious objectors, and those who choose to sit out the national anthem, or pledge of allegiance? Why do some people think that the First Amendment exists only for them?” (08/28/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/08/why-do-some-people-think-that-first.html

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28) Farm follies: The cheese stands alone (with its hand out)
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Farming 101: When so many people produce so much of the same thing that the supply of that thing exceeds the demand for it, prices fall. When prices fall far enough that not all the producers can turn a profit, the producers claim that farming is extra super special and that it’s the government’s job to make it profitable so that no one who wants to farm must instead go build houses, drive trucks or mop floors to make ends meet. That’s why each and every American pays more than $300 to farmers each and every year before actually getting any edible farm goods — and then pays artificially high prices for those goods.” (08/26/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7344

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29) The inflation conundrum
Source: Mises Canada
by Emile Woolf

“As an economic term, ‘inflation’ is shorthand for ‘inflation of the money supply.’ The general public, however, usually takes it to mean ‘rising prices’ which is not surprising since one of the common effects of an increase in the money supply is higher prices. However, supporters of government policy often say, ‘If quantitative easing (QE) and its terrible twin, fractional reserve banking, are so awful, why have we got no inflation?’ To address this conundrum, there are six related factors that are noteworthy …”

https://www.mises.ca/the-inflation-conundrum/

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30) The revolution is NOT in Bernie’s hands
Source: The New Republic
by David Dayen

“When Bernie Sanders stepped to the stage on Wednesday to announce the launching of ‘Our Revolution,’ a political organization dedicated to keeping the momentum of his presidential campaign going by supporting candidates at all levels of government, he inadvertently admitted that it wouldn’t do much good. ‘Real change never ever takes place from the top on down. It’s not some guy signing a bill,’ Sanders said at the live-streamed launch event. ‘It always takes place from the bottom up when millions of people come together and demand fundamental change in the country.’ Sanders surely knows that a revolution of the kind he deems necessary isn’t likely to unfold through independent-expenditure TV ads on behalf of down-ballot candidates.” (08/26/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/136352/revolution-not-bernies-hands

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31) Crisis and opportunity
Source: CounterPunch
by Rob Urie

“Left unstated in the competitive lesser-evilism of Party politics is the incapacity for political resolution in any relevant dimension. Donald Trump is ‘dangerous’ only by overlooking how dangerous the American political leadership has been for the last one and one-half centuries. So the question becomes: dangerous to whom? Without the most murderous military in the world, public institutions like the IMF dedicated to economic subjugation and predatory corporations that wield the ‘free-choices’ of mandated consumption, how dangerous would any politicians really be? And with them, how not-dangerous have liberal Democrats actually been? Candidates for political office are but manifestations of class interests put forward as systemic intent.” (08/26/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/26/crisis-and-opportunity/

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32) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad Special #3
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“This week we feature our own Johnny Rocket interview which was recently featured on The Remso Republic Podcast! The libertarian king of rock and roll, Johnny Rocket, from the Johnny Rocket Launch Pad joins the program to discuss everything comics, science fiction, and of course culture and politics. This is an explicit episode, so here is your courtesy trigger warning.” [various formats] (08/27/16)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-special-3-radio-rock-star-johnny-rocket-strikes-again/

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33) Can Assange and Denton revive the Wikileaks-Gawker revolution?
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Two of journalism’s most radical figures are now silenced, or shunned. Nick Denton, the Brit whose Gawker website has whipped away the lace curtains that covered (mainly) sexual privacy since 2002, has been bankrupted by vengeful and wealthy men. Julian Assange, the Australian whose Wikileaks organization has revealed (mainly) U.S. secrets, has been left alone and friendless. dropped even by one-time allies after dumping troves of unredacted information taken from the files of U.S. and Turkish political parties. Both men tried to create new standards for investigative journalism; both have failed so far.” (08/26/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-commentary-wikileaks-lloyd-idUSKCN11106B

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34) Not a lot of people know this about insurance
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“It’s generally true that we expect, in a competitive market, insurers to lose money by writing insurance. That’s something which not a lot of people know nor realise. But understanding the point will aid in understanding what the latest complaint about the market is for car insurance. … we expect insurers to lose on their underwriting books, the actual process of writing insurance, the difference between premiums paid in and claims paid out. The reason for this is that there’s a timing difference between the two. That gives the insurance company a large pile of money to play with. And play with it they do. The go and invest it in nice, safe, and short term, investments in The City. This brings them an income, of course.” (08/27/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/not-a-lot-of-people-know-this-about-insurance

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35) Free Talk Live, 08/28/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Heroic WA Bar Owner Defies Liquor Regulators over Cannabis :: Private Club Freedoms :: Civil Disobedience and the Liquor Commission :: Voting System :: Frankie Schnarr, the heroic bar owner, calls in. :: Buraucracies vs Political Parties :: Chinese Muslims :: Go Topless Day :: Proving Femaleness.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/28/16)

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36) University of Chicago deemed “safe space” for disagreement
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Avens O’Brien

“A number of people have commented on the illiberal activities on college campuses regarding speech and ideas, as there have been protests over speakers and ‘safe spaces’ created in response to controversial figures. The critics of these college campus activists include feminist activists and vocal leftists. ‘Safe spaces’ and trigger warnings have become a popular demand among college students over the past few years, and I’ve always found it ironic because my five years in college over a decade ago taught me that college was a safe space — a safe space to explore new ideas and question things and argue and be wrong without it negatively impacting things like our employment or our lives out in the world. Experiencing different points of view, getting offended and learning how to get over it, were all things I learned in my time in college.” (08/26/16)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/university-chicago-deemed-safe-space/

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37) Right to protest also means freedom from militarized police
Source: USA Today
by Lindsey Allen, Annie Leonard & Erich Pica

“On Aug. 1, the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 50 groups, released a sweeping and comprehensive platform that many news organizations and policy networks are still digesting. This Vision For Black Lives arrived almost two years to the day that a police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., sparked a newly framed national conversation about race and police-community relations in America. One of the earliest policy impacts of that movement was a May 2015 federal ban on transferring certain militarized equipment to local police departments. The ban largely began in response to startling images of police officers with weapons raised confronting unarmed protesters. Those images shocked not only the general public but military experts as well.” (08/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/policing/2016/08/25/right-protest-also-means-freedom-militarized-police-column/89365026

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38) In defence of jury service
Source: spiked
by Patrick West

“This is how truth is created: through negotiation, debate and evidence, all at the behest of imperfect human beings who strive for objectivity. Empiricists have always accepted it thus. I recommend jury service highly for anyone who thinks truth is a conceit or a mere point of view. Jury service reminds us that life-changing truth is arrived at by subjective agents who seek it, but is no less real for that. It’s a reminder, too, that common sense transcends social boundaries.” (08/26/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/in-defence-of-jury-service/

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39) Why I’m screwed
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“I recently posted on Facebook, then as a web page, a request for voluntary compensation (‘donation’ implies I’ve done nothing to merit it) for the content I’ve given away free for many years. My request for financial support during a life crisis when I can’t pay my bills hasn’t brought in a dime. I conclude I’m unpopular. I conclude I’ve been rejected. It’s logical and not all that surprising.” (08/27/16)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2016/08/why-im-screwed/

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40) Naked came the pickle
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Last week, Donald Trump’s enemies staged an ’emperor has no clothes’ gag in full view of the public. It was a caricature of Trump, and featured him fat, old, and nude … and gave us a full view of the pubic. Titled ‘The Emperor Has No Balls,’ it failed to qualify as highbrow. Kristin Tate, author of Government Gone Wild, was one of many non-left commenters to take note of the double standard in plain sight: while media folk chuckled and even gloried in the short-lived art placements, their reaction to a similar graven image of Hillary Clinton would almost certainly have been viewed with horror and outrage. This week, the real (non-effigy) Hillary proffered another stunt.” (08/26/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/08/26/naked-came-the-pickle/

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41) Where there’s smoke …
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Michael Highsmith

“Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation, but with two ballot initiatives coming up this November, that might change. Rather than considering the issue by comparing ourselves to our neighbors, shouldn’t we evaluate any tax increase according to the impact it will have on Missouri’s well-being? I think so.” (08/26/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/budget/where-there%E2%80%99s-smoke

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42) You used to be able to take them to court
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“If a company does something bad to you, you can sue them, right? Actually, thinking that is so 1970s. These days, gimmicks called ‘arbitration clauses’ in contracts you are forced to sign basically let companies do what they want and keep you from taking them to court. But the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed a new rule to protect us from forced arbitration clauses in consumer financial contracts. These days, before you can use an electronic device or software, get a loan or credit card, or do so many other basic things of modern life, you are handed (or have to click on) what seems like a 300-page contract. You have to because if you don’t agree to the terms (written in incomprehensible language that no one has time to read) you can’t get the loan, download the software or use the product.” [editor’s note: The concept of “forced arbitration” can be a good thing, IF you have as say in who the arbitrator is – SAT] (08/26/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160826/you-used-to-be-able-to-take-them-to-court

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43) Goodlatte online sales tax proposal is an “improvement” but still needs work
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by staff

“Today, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., released a discussion draft of his plan to tackle remote online sales taxes. A vast improvement over competing proposals in the House and Senate, the Online Sales Simplification Act still leaves room for improvement in fostering interstate tax competition.” (08/25/16)

https://cei.org/content/goodlatte-online-sales-tax-proposal-%E2%80%98improvement%E2%80%99-still-needs-work

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44) Don’t kill the death penalty in California
Source: Town Hall
by Debra . Saunders

“Opponents of California’s death penalty have been highly successful at thwarting executions since the state resumed executions in 1992 after a 20-year hiatus. Their latest ploy is Proposition 62, which would repeal the death penalty and resentence death row inmates to life without parole. Measure sponsors argue that capital punishment presents the risk of executing an innocent person, but also state that California’s death penalty is ‘simply unworkable.’ That’s a cheeky stand, coming from the corner that has been throwing monkey wrenches into the criminal justice system to subvert death penalty law. Over the years, appellate attorneys have introduced endless time-sucking, frivolous appeals that have jammed the courts, largely on technical grounds that have nothing to do with guilt or innocence (e.g., the trial lawyer wasn’t top-drawer; the defendant’s parents were abusive; lethal injection may not be painless, etc.).” [editor’s note: Ms. Saunders might consider some of the many times convicted criminals have later been found not guilty via forensic or DNA evidence; the State is notorious for these “errors” – SAT] (08/28/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/08/28/dont-kill-the-death-penalty-in-california-n2210701

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45) We don’t know if the Department of Defense is actually providing security
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland

“The U.S. Army has been falsifying its accounting records to the tune of $6.5 trillion for the year, according to a recent report by Department of Defense auditors. And the Department of Defense has been falsifying its accounting on a massive scale for years, as was reported by Reuters in 2013 and others stretching back to at least 2001. A private company or individual would have probably been arrested years ago for such practices, but the government will never arrest itself. Yet the taxpayers need to penalize this flagrant behavior. Other government departments regularly pass audits, but the sacrosanct DOD, shielded by ‘national security,’ is apparently exempt from such annoyances.” (08/27/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2016/08/26/dont-know-department-defense-actually-providing-security/

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46) The fatal conceit of youthful idealism
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Lauren Hall

“J.K. Rowling came down hard on Twitter two days ago, destroying the bona fides of orphanage volunteering programs (from here on out to be known as the ‘orphan industrial complex’), whereby wealthy college students volunteer to ‘help’ at orphanages in the developing world. Rowling rightly calls such interventions ‘voluntourism,’ created not to actually help impoverished children but to provide feel-good experiences for idealistic elites. The problem is not just the poverty-voyeurism involved, but that such experiences harm the very children they were meant to help.” (08/26/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/08/fatal-conceit-youthful-idealism/

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47) Leave politics outside of national parks
Source: Independent Institute
by Ryan M Yonk

“Over the last year, celebrations of the National Park Services’ 100th Anniversary have been ongoing, and the Park Service as well as individual parks have rightly celebrated the national treasures our parks are. As August 25th comes and goes, there are reasons, however, for concern about the future of those very parks.” (08/26/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8854

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48) Liberal-conservative hypocrisy on immigration
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“There is no area that is more rife with hypocrisy among both liberals and conservatives than immigration. When it comes to immigration, it seems that liberals and conservatives are competing against other for title of ‘Most Hypocritical.’ For months, liberals have been condemning Donald Trump for his plan to build a gigantic wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. They say it shows how cruel, heartless, and inhumane he is. Really? Take a look at this page on the Internet. It displays various images of the fence that both liberals and conservatives constructed years ago along the U.S.-Mexico border …” (08/26/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/08/26/liberal-conservative-hypocrisy-immigration/

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49) US should continue to accept Cuban refugees
Source: Cato Institute
by David Bier

“More Cubans will arrive at America’s borders this year than at any time in decades. By year’s end, probably close to 60,000 Cuban immigrants will have entered the country — the most in one year since 1980. Like the waves of Cuban refugees in years past, these immigrants should be welcomed.” (08/25/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/us-should-continue-accept-cuban-refugees

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50) Liberty at the movies: War dogs
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“‘War is about economics’ is the observation made in the opening montage of the movie War Dogs. As the quote suggests, despite what you may think from the title, this is not a war picture. The War Dogs of this movie are arms dealers — specifically Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz — two twenty-somethings who scammed the Pentagon on a multi million-dollar contract, and yes this is based on a true story.” (08/26/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/liberty-movie-war-dogs

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51) Need for government crazy idea
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“Of all the crazy ideas humans have come up with over the centuries, one of the most destructive is the idea that government — or more accurately, the state — is necessary. What gives people this idea? What makes them believe that without the state society would collapse? The 12-plus years of indoctrination by employees of this organization, beginning in early childhood, to view it as something other than a criminal gang plays a part.” (08/25/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/08/25/mcmanigal-need-for-government-crazy-idea/

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52) Democracy — I hate that word
Source: Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap

“‘US wealth inequality — top 0.1% worth as much as the bottom 90%’ … Democracy brought you this. The ability of the masses to vote takings from selected groups, granting favors to other groups. Notice that the political class, many who never worked an honest job in their lives, fare quite well in this situation. … Possibly worse than the wealth transfer is the effect acceptance of that foul word has had on individual liberty. Our incredible incarceration rate, the possibility of getting scooped up at any time for any or no reason at all, and the wondering if your number may someday be up. These are also the rule of law when the masses allow cheap bread and circuses to muddle their minds while the special class write and administer self-serving rules upon them all.” (08/26/16)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2016/08/26/democracy-i-hate-that-word/

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53) The martyrdom of Mary Surratt
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Jack Perry

“Stalin had show trials to lend some type of legitimacy to his executions. Our government doesn’t need a show trial. They just need a secret piece of paper ordering the execution and a drone takes off from some secret airbase and carries it out. Then the government gloats about it in the news. The American people might be uncomfortable, but hey, we’ve learned from the mistake we made with Mary Surratt, right? The government gloated about that execution, too. As if some poor woman posed a threat to the collective war machine that had just laid waste an entire swath of the nation. All that has changed are the names. We’ve gone from ‘Mary Surratt’ to names that are very conveniently foreign so we don’t have to face up to the murders of human beings.” (08/27/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/08/jack-perry/martyrdom-mary-surratt/

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54) Politicians and peanut pilfering
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“The history of federal peanut policy is the perfect antidote to anyone who still believes that Congress could competently manage a lemonade stand. Federal spending for peanut subsidies will rise eight-fold between last year and next year — reaching almost a billion dollars and approaching the total value of the peanut harvest. This debacle is only the latest pratfall in a long history of horrendous federal mismanagement.” (08/26/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/08/25/wash-times-politicians-peanut-pilfering/

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55) Government’s results on display again
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“The recent swarms of tornadoes across the eastern Great Plains and the record-setting flooding in Louisiana have once again showcased the benefits of depending on government for assistance in times of disaster and emergency. And at the same time, showing just how bad the private sector is in providing aid in those same times of crisis. Yes, I am being sarcastic.” (08/26/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9590

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