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Volume XVI, Issue #4,054
Monday, September 10th, 2018
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In the News:

1) US regime officials secretly met with Venezuelan military officers plotting a coup against Maduro
2) North Korea: Regime marks 70th anniversary with parade, holds back on advanced missiles
3) Russia: Regime forces abduct hundreds protesting against Putin pension plan
4) Pence denies discussing invoking 25th Amendment
5) US prosecutors reverse claim that accused Russian agent traded sex for political access
6) “Predator” cast shuns Munn after her virtue-signaling bully tantrum results in scene cut
7) TX: Cop who shot man after mistaking his home for her own faces manslaughter charge
8) Iraq: Regime forces deploy in Basra following violence
9) China’s record “trade surplus” with US adds fuel to trade war demagoguery
10) NE: Sasse says he “regularly” mulls leaving GOP
11) MA: Jewelry store under fire after “take a knee” billboard backfires
12) Conway: Trump thinks NYT op-ed from someone on national security team
13) OH: “Morality test” on incest and puppy-killing judged “not OK” by students’ parents
14) NC: Elections board challenges “unreasonable” federal subpoenas for voter data
15) Study: Cannabis use among baby boomers is on the rise
16) Ocean Cleanup steams out to sea in test run to clean Great Pacific Garbage Patch
17) NJ: Charter school slammed for turning away students for minor dress code violations
18) Report: Manafort considering plea deal to avoid second trial
19) Syria: Illegal Obama/Trump invasion forces conduct live-fire exercise to intimidate Russians
20) Trump calls on Sessions to investigate who wrote “resistance” op-ed

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) A simple reform
22) The anonymous anti-Trump op-ed inadvertently(?) exposes real danger
23) Libertarian lessons: Free trade
24) Education is not a right
25) Nonprofits should leverage Big Data for bigger impact
26) Tax incentives needed to close workplace skills gap
27) That anonymous op-ed was about saving GOP, not the Republic
28) Government is to blame for America’s cost of living increase
29) Anonymous anti-Trump op-ed boosts democracy
30) Who ghostwrote the Times op-ed?
31) New York Times op-ed betrays Trump, voters
32) Until the fat lady offends
33) Seeking justice for Laquan McDonald, without relying on prisons
34) Roaming Charges: “I am not Spartacus!”
35) Trump, Spinoza, and the Palestinian refugees
36) It’s back-to-underfunding, charter-scandal school time
37) John of Salisbury: A politics of virtue
38) Quantum Vibe, 09/07/18
39) Amid warnings of Idlib massacre, a last try at diplomacy in Syria
40) Communist theory can’t account for crypto
41) There’s no law so minor that a law enforcer won’t murder you over it
42) Obama tries to demonize Trump voters, following Hillary’s losing strategy
43) Abstractions make for bad law
44) There is no patriot or Spartacus here — just politics
45) Higher education bubble bursting, and that’s a good thing
46) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 10, part 3
47) Trump minus narrative equals Bushbama
48) The Pentagon and the CIA are in charge
49) Anonymous op-ed from Trump’s White House shows the dangers of America’s imperial presidency
50) Interest rates need to tell the truth

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 120
52) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 13
53) Free Talk Live, 09/08/18
54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 243
55) Cato Daily Podcast, 09/07/18
56) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/08/18
57) Felony Friday, episode 140
58) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 11
59) Scott Adams Says, 09/08/18
60) Doug Bandow on The Scott Horton Show
61) The Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 229
62) Bloggingheads.tv, 09/07/18
63) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 09/07/18
64) In The Tank Podcast, episode 156
65) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 256

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

1) US regime officials secretly met with Venezuelan military officers plotting a coup against Maduro
Source: CNN

“US officials met secretly with Venezuelan military officers who were plotting a coup against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, both a current and a former US official confirmed to CNN. American officials met with the renegade Venezuelan military officers several times over the last year after the Venezuelan officers made contact, but Washington ultimately decided against supporting the coup, the two sources said. The US did not provide the Venezuelan officers with any support and the plans for the coup ultimately fell apart, the sources said.” (09/09/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/08/politics/trump-venezuela-officers-secret-meetings-maduro-coup/index.html

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2) North Korea: Regime marks 70th anniversary with parade, holds back on advanced missiles
Source: NBC News

“Tens of thousands of people gathered in Kim Il Sung Square on Sunday to watch as tanks and artillery rolled by next to goosestepping soldiers and marching bands in a major military parade to mark North Korea’s 70th anniversary. But it was the absence of any advanced missile systems that caught the eye. … The decision not to include the missiles came days after Kim expressed faith in Trump’s efforts to settle a nuclear impasse between the two countries, according to South Korean officials who met with the North Korean leader on Thursday. The trove of comments from Kim included a renewed commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and to the suspension of all future long-range missile tests. Kim presided over the parade on Sunday along with the head of the Chinese parliament and other high-level delegations from countries that have friendly ties with the North.” (09/09/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/north-korea-marks-70th-anniversary-huge-parade-emphasizing-diplomacy-economic-n907866

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3) Russia: Regime forces abduct hundreds protesting against Putin pension plan
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Police detained almost 300 people across Russia during protests against government plans to raise the national retirement age that have resulted in President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings slumping to a four-year low. Thousands of protesters took to the streets on Sunday in dozens of towns and cities after Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin critic, called for nationwide rallies against the pension reforms. Navalny was jailed for 30 days on 25 August on a separate protest-related charge in a move that he said was aimed at preventing him from leading the rallies on Sunday.” (09/09/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/09/google-pulls-youtube-ad-by-putin-critic-alexei-navalny

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4) Pence denies discussing invoking 25th Amendment
Source: CBS News

“In an interview airing Sunday on ‘Face the Nation,’ Vice President Mike Pence denied being a part of discussions to invoke the 25th Amendment, removing President Trump from office. … The vice president was responding to claims made this week in a rare anonymous op-ed published by The New York Times. The op-ed’s author, identified as a ‘senior administration official,’ claims to be part of a ‘quiet resistance’ working to thwart President Trump’s ‘occasionally reckless decisions’ from within the administration. In it, the official describes ‘early whispers within the cabinet’ to invoke the 25th Amendment, prompted by the president’s apparent ‘instability.’ The 25th Amendment empowers the vice president and a majority of the cabinet to replace the president, in the case he is deemed ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.’” (09/08/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mike-pence-face-the-nation-denies-discussing-invoking-25th-amendment/

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5) US prosecutors reverse claim that accused Russian agent traded sex for political access
Source: The Hill

“Prosecutors say they were ‘mistaken’ about the meaning of text messages sent by Maria Butina, a Russian woman accused of acting as an unregistered agent of the Russian government, that purported to show Butina offering sex in exchange for political access. The acknowledgement by U.S. prosecutors came in court filings late Friday, CNN reported. The government, in July, claimed in a court filing that Butina offered ‘sex in exchange for a position within a special interest organization.’ Prosecutors, however, conceded on Friday that they misunderstood text messages sent by Butina, which were a significant part of their case against her. Butina’s lawyer, Robert Driscoll, said in a statement to The Washington Post, that the admission represented ‘an unfortunate example of the misuse of that power.’” (09/08/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/405738-prosecutors-misunderstood-butina-text-supposedly-offering-sex-for

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6) “Predator” cast shuns Munn after her virtue-signaling bully tantrum results in scene cut
Source: USA Today

“Olivia Munn says she’s getting the cold shoulder from ‘The Predator’ cast after flagging 20th Century Fox that an actor in the reboot of the franchise is a registered sex offender. The news resulted in Fox cutting a scene from the film with actor Steven Wilder Striegel, who pleaded guilty in 2010 for trying to entice a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship on the Internet. (Striegel is a longtime friend of ‘The Predator’ director Shane Black). … Munn, 38, has continued to promote ‘The Predator’ since blowing the whistle on Striegel, but her fellow cast members haven’t been supportive. During a scheduled interview with The Hollywood Reporter, all of Munn’s co-stars bailed on her, with the exception of 11-year-old actor Jacob Tremblay.” (09/09/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2018/09/09/olivia-munn-shunned-predator-cast-after-flagging-sex-offender/1248252002/

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7) TX: Cop who shot man after mistaking his home for her own faces manslaughter charge
Source: CBS News

“Investigators are still determining whether an off-duty Dallas police officer who mistakenly went inside the wrong apartment and killed a man inside should be criminally charged. Dallas Police chief Renee Hall said earlier that her department was trying to get a warrant for a manslaughter charge against the still-unnamed officer. But on Saturday, Ms Hall said that investigators needed more time to decipher what they described as an unusual case of police-involved shooting that led to the death of 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean. The officer, a five-year veteran, has been placed on administrative leave. After her shift ended Thursday night, the officer entered what she thought was her apartment near downtown Dallas. Mr Jean, who lived there, was home. Authorities have not said what they believe transpired inside, only saying that the officer fired her weapon. The officer called 911, and Dallas Fire Rescue rushed the man to a hospital. He died shortly after.” (09/09/18)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/america-dallas-police-shooting-manslaughter-botham-jean-a8529636.html

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8) Iraq: Regime forces deploy in Basra following violence
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Iraqi security forces deployed on the streets of Basra on Saturday, a day after protesters in the southern city stormed the Iranian consulate and torched government buildings in violence that rocked the oil-exporting Shiite heartland and sparked alarm across a conflict-weary country. Masked troops in combat fatigues set up checkpoints and rode through the city center in black pickup trucks with heavy weapons mounted in the back. Security forces in Humvees deployed at intersections. The deployment came after an alliance of powerful Shiite militias, many of them backed by Iran, vowed to respond to the violent protests that have gripped the city for the past week, raising the threat of further violence. At least 15 people were killed and 249 injured in clashes between protesters and security forces this week, health officials say.” (09/08/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Official-Katyusha-rockets-fired-at-Basra-airport-13214389.php

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9) China’s record “trade surplus” with US adds fuel to trade war demagoguery
Source: Reuters

“China’s trade surplus with the United States widened to a record in August even as the country’s export growth slowed slightly, an outcome that could push President Donald Trump to turn up the heat on Beijing in their cantankerous trade dispute. The politically sensitive surplus hit $31.05 billion in August, up from $28.09 billion in July, customs data showed on Saturday, surpassing the previous record set in June. Over the first eight months of the year, China’s surplus with its largest export market has risen nearly 15 percent, adding to tensions in the trade relationship between the world’s two largest economies. China’s annual export growth in August moderated slightly to 9.8 percent, the data showed, the weakest rate since March but only slightly below recent trends. The number missed analysts’ forecasts that shipments from the world’s largest exporter would rise 10.1 percent, slowing only slightly from 12.2 percent in July.” [editor’s note: All that a “Chinese trade surplus with the US” means is that Americans think they’re getting pretty good deals on Chinese stuff. Working againstthat is working against both markets and American consumers – TLK] (09/08/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-economy-trade/chinas-august-exports-rise-9-8-percent-year-on-year-imports-up-20-percent-idUSKCN1LO068

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10) NE: Sasse says he “regularly” mulls leaving GOP
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A Republican who’s among President Donald Trump’s most vocal critics in the Senate says he ‘regularly’ considers leaving his party and becoming an independent. That’s what Nebraska’s Ben Sasse writes on Twitter in response to a commenter who said she believed changing her Democratic affiliation to ‘no-party’ would be ‘part of the solution.’ She then asked the first-term senator whether he might follow suit. His response: ‘yep — regularly consider it (except the ‘from Dem’ part)’ Just before that, Sasse wrote of his fear that ‘we’re headed toward a place where hefty majorities of both sides of the electorate are going to regularly embrace unsupported and blatantly false assertions.’” [editor’s note: He’d have a tough road convincing anyone he was a libertarian, but as an “independent” he might gain some juice in the Senate – SAT] (09/08/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Nebraska-Sen-Sasse-says-he-regularly-mulls-13214893.php

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11) MA: Jewelry store under fire after “take a knee” billboard backfires
Source: Fox News

“A jewelry store in Massachusetts has come under fire after their billboard showing a man proposing to a woman on the football field was called ‘racist.’ The billboard advertising Garieri Jewelers in Sturbridge, Mass., reads: ‘If you’re going to take a knee this season, please have a ring in your hand!’ The billboard, which was located on Route 20 in Charlton, was set up on Saturday. Scott Garieri, the owner of the store, said the advertisement was meant to be ‘attention-getting’ and was a ‘play on words’ regarding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality, racial inequality and other issues.” [editor’s note: In another time that would be considered hysterical and an Obie winner; it’s still pretty clever – SAT] (09/08/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/08/massachusetts-jewelry-store-under-fire-after-take-knee-billboard-backfires.html

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12) Conway: Trump thinks NYT op-ed from someone on national security team
Source: USA Today

“President Trump has narrowed down who he believes wrote The New York Times op-ed that skewers him as being amoral and said his own team was frustrating his agenda. Trump believes it is ‘somebody in national security,’ Kellyanne Conway told CNN Friday. ‘The President just, just today said he believes it’s somebody in national security,’ Conway told Christiane Amanpour for her show which premiers on CNN International and PBS on Monday. Trump earlier Friday said the identity of the author was something Attorney General Jeff Sessions ‘should be investigating who the author of that piece was, because I think it’s national security.’ Trump said the senior administration official probably has a security clearance and has access to high-level meetings on national security strategy. ‘I don’t want him in those meetings. We’re looking at it very strongly from a legal standpoint,’ he said aboard Air Force One.” [editor’s note: Gee ya think? Assuming it was not just written by someone at the Times (would not be the first time!), someone within deep-state spookdom is pretty obvious – SAT] (09/08/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/09/08/new-york-times-op-ed-donald-trump-author-national-security/1238152002

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13) OH: “Morality test” on incest and puppy-killing judged “not OK” by students’ parents
Source: Fox News

“A ‘morality test’ distributed to students at an Ohio high school — featuring questions on topics like incest and puppy-killing — has outraged parents and resulted in the teacher’s suspension. Sarah Gillam, a 35-year-old Language Arts instructor at Hilliard Bradley High School, was placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation, the Columbus Dispatch reported. ‘Last night, we were made aware of a classroom activity that should never have taken place,’ school district officials said in a statement obtained by the paper. ‘We absolutely share the outrage of our parents and community.’ The 36-question online test was taken from the website IDRlabs.com, run by MBTI Trust Inc., run by Myers & Briggs, a familiar name in research. It asked students to make moral judgments on a series of situations, responding with one of seven choices — ranging from ‘Not OK’ in red on the left to ‘OK’ in green on the right, the paper reported.” [editor’s note: How do these “teachers” find time for this crap? I thought they were supposed to be “teaching to the test” so their “students” can pass what other “educators” think are proper “standards of learning” – SAT] (09/08/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/08/morality-test-on-topics-like-incest-and-puppy-killing-judged-not-ok-by-students-parents.html

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14) NC: Elections board challenges “unreasonable” federal subpoenas for voter data
Source: Raw Story

“North Carolina’s elections board voted on Friday to challenge federal subpoenas seeking years’ worth of voter information from state and local officials, saying the timing, scope and unknown nature of the inquiry were cause for concern. The U.S. Justice Department on Aug. 31 issued the subpoenas on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the state board and as many as 44 county elections boards in eastern North Carolina. The demand was ‘overly broad, unreasonable, vague, and clearly impacts significant interests of our voters,’ said Joshua Malcolm, vice chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. ‘This Board will … not stand idly by and consent to any agency attempting to obtain records and documents that violate the principles of overreach by the federal government, as in this circumstance,’ Malcolm said before Friday’s vote during a telephone meeting of the bipartisan board. A transcript of the vote was posted online by the state elections board.” (09/08/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/north-carolina-challenges-unreasonable-us-subpoenas-voter-data/

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15) Study: Cannabis use among baby boomers is on the rise
Source: Smell the Truth

“The Baby Boomer generation is using cannabis at a rapidly growing rate, according to new findings. In a study published this week in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers found that the percentage of marijuana use among adults aged 50-64 has doubled in the past decade, while the percentage of users 65 and over has increased seven-fold. Researchers analyzed responses from 17,608 adults aged 50 and older from the 2015-2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. They found that nearly 9 percent of US adults between the ages of 50 and 64 have used marijuana at least once during the survey year, while 3 percent of adults over 65 report cannabis use. The recent findings were compared to figures from 2006-2007, when only 4.5 percent of 50-64 year-olds and a paltry 0.4 percent of 65-plus adults reported marijuana use.” [editor’s note: In other “news” the sun is likely to rise again tomorrow (I was never aware that most of “my generation” had ever really stopped “using” it) – SAT] (09/07/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/09/06/marijuana-use-among-baby-boomers-is-on-the-rise-study-finds

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16) Ocean Cleanup steams out to sea in test run to clean Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Source: USA Today

“With millions of dollars in backing, some from tech giants, the brainchild of a 23-year-old Dutch college dropout steams out to sea Saturday afternoon, ready to take on the seemingly overwhelming problem of plastic pollution in the oceans. The hope is that vessel, the first of a planned fleet or 60 or more, can strain out the millions of pounds of plastic trash that collects in slow-moving ocean whirlpools called gyres, which can be hundreds of miles across. The ungainly vessel will start out as a long line of linked floating booms (2,000 feet of them) that will be towed out from the dockyard where it’s been built in Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco. It will motor under the Golden Gate Bridge and out to a testing area about 275 miles off the coast of California.” (09/08/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2018/09/08/ocean-cleanup-steam-out-sea-saturday-plastic-pollution-quest/1229694002

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17) NJ: Charter school slammed for turning away students for minor dress code violations
Source: Fox News

“One New Jersey charter school’s decision to turn away students on the first day of classes for seemingly minor dress code violations has outraged many, both within and beyond the school community. On August 27, reportedly ‘half’ of the high schoolers enrolled at Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark were dismissed upon arrival for their first day of classes for being ‘out of uniform,’ NJ.com reports. As the students proceeded to gather at a nearby park, local basketball coach Ma’at Mys spotted the group and paused the youth basketball camp he was running to investigate what happened. ‘Marion P Thomas locked their doors to students who don’t have belts or all black shoes,’ Mys wrote in a Facebook post with footage he captured at the time of conversations between himself and the Thomas students. ‘This is how charter schools help high risk children. If you have a child at the school, reach out to them.’ The clip has since gone viral with over 121,000 views and sparked great debate on the social platform.” [editor’s note: Solution would be letting the kids go play until the dickheads in charge get a clue – SAT] (09/08/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2018/09/08/new-jersey-charter-school-slammed-for-turning-away-students-for-minor-dress-code-violations.html

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18) Report: Manafort considering plea deal to avoid second trial
Source: The Hill

“Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is reportedly considering an agreement with prosecutors that would involve him pleading guilty on some charges in exchange for avoiding a second trial set to begin this month in Washington, D.C. A source close to Manafort’s negotiations told Bloomberg News that the former Trump associate’s lawyers have discussed the number of charges Manafort may admit to and the length of a sentence to be recommended by prosecutors. He faces seven separate charges in Washington, D.C., including conspiracy to launder money and failing to register as a foreign lobbyist. Manafort is also accused of acting as an unregistered foreign agent of Ukraine and obstructing justice.” (09/08/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/405661-manafort-considering-plea-deal-to-avoid-second-trial-report

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19) Syria: Illegal Obama/Trump invasion forces conduct live-fire exercise to intimidate Russians
Source: Washington Post

“U.S. Marines conducted a live-fire aerial assault exercise in southern Syria on Friday designed to warn Russian and other military forces to stay away from an American base there. The exercise, involving a company-size unit, came amid rising U.S.-Russia tensions across the Syrian battlespace. The Trump administration has warned both Russia and the Syrian government against a planned offensive in Idlib province in northwest Syria, the largest remaining pocket of rebel fighters who have tried, and failed, over the past seven years to oust President Bashar al-Assad.” (09/07/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-forces-conduct-live-fire-exercise-in-syrian-desert-in-warning-to-russia/2018/09/07/406c3b30-b2dc-11e8-a20b-5f4f84429666_story.html

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20) Trump calls on Sessions to investigate who wrote “resistance” op-ed
Source: New York Post

“President Trump said Friday that he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to flush out the identity of the author of an unflattering column penned by an anonymous administration official. ‘I think it is national security. I would say Jeff should be investigating who the author of that piece is because I really believe it is national security,’ the president told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to a campaign appearance in Fargo, ND. … The Justice Department had no immediate comment on the op-ed piece published Wednesday in The New York Times and it’s unclear what, if any, laws would apply to warrant a federal investigation. The Times issued a statement saying it was confident the Justice Department ‘would not participate in such a blatant abuse of government power.’” (09/07/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/09/07/trump-calls-on-sessions-to-investigate-who-wrote-resistance-op-ed/

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

21) A simple reform
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by William Gillis

“If the problem with taxation is the coercion, then surely the priority of any coherent and consistent libertarian reformism on taxes should be to minimize the number of people who are robbed at all. Of course this would mean entirely abolishing taxes on the poorest. By the non-aggression principle, a mugger drawing a gun on you to take your wallet is a crime, regardless of how much you subjectively value your wallet’s contents. Thus the government’s armed thug taking $20 from a poor person is in a certain sense categorically the same crime as said armed thug taking $2,000,000 from a rich person. The biggest problem by far, the NAP says, is the stickup, the aggression, the threat of bodily injury, less so the particular thing obtained by it. Abolishing taxes entirely on say the bottom 50% would not only be the most consistently libertarian incremental tax reform — in that it would stop the largest number of violent robberies for the lowest cost — it would also have the benefit of forcing the statist left to defend their paternalist claims to know better than the poor how their money should be spent.” (09/06/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/51277

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22) The anonymous anti-Trump op-ed inadvertently(?) exposes real danger
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The op-ed itself was a jejeune and mediocre example of a time-honored American pastime, talking smack about one’s boss behind his back. On its own terms, it deserved at most a brief period of public mockery before fading away to something less than an historical footnote. But then Trump responded swiftly and decisively from his favorite bully pulpit, Twitter. ‘TREASON?’ he thundered. ‘If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!’ In a few short outbursts, Trump managed to confirm all the op-ed’s worst characterizations of his temperament and mental state. … Worse, key administration figures, including vice-president Mike Pence and presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, are doubling down on Trump’s initial take. They’re softening the risible ‘treason’ line to mere ‘criminal activity,’ but still pushing the line that this whole episode may involve ‘national security.’” (09/09/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13952

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23) Libertarian lessons: Free trade
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Scott McPherson

“Trade is commonly understood to be an economic activity carried on between countries, which is incorrect. Trade takes place between individuals, or groups of individuals, both domestically and across international boundaries. At its core it is the voluntary exchange of private property.” (09/07/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-lessons-free-trade/

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24) Education is not a right
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jose Nino

“Academics and politicians assert that education is a ‘right,’ thus compelling the state to step in and maintain a monopoly on the service. Education, despite what conventional wisdom says, is an economic good, not a right. By definition, economic goods are scarce and satisfy the necessities and desires of consumers. Unfortunately, myopic elected officials often ignore this inconvenient truth.” (09/08/18)

https://mises.org/wire/education-not-right

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25) Nonprofits should leverage Big Data for bigger impact
Source: Independent Institute
by Nathaniel Bennett

“The data revolution is a trend that no organization or enterprise can afford to ignore. Every minute Google conducts nearly 4 million searches, YouTube plays over 4 million videos, Twitter adds almost 500,000 new tweets, and Americans use over 3 million gigabytes of internet data. While business decision-makers use the deluge of data sets to transform the for-profit world, nonprofit leaders can take advantage of big data analytics to further their charitable missions.” (09/07/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/09/07/nonprofits-should-leverage-big-data-for-bigger-impact/

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26) Tax incentives needed to close workplace skills gap
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Peter Murphy

“The need to increase the workplace skills of the American workforce has become more urgent as the economy grows at a 4% annual clip. Companies are hiring, but can’t find enough workers to fill available positions. The most recent job numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tell the story: there are nearly 6.7 million available, unfilled jobs — a number that exceeds the number of unemployed Americans (at just under 6.3 million) by 400,000. Traditionally ‘blue collar’ jobs, long seen as evaporating, are among the subset of unfilled positions. For example, there are nearly 500,000 manufacturing jobs available, but no one filling them; and more than 260,000 unfilled construction jobs — all of which require some degree of skills lacking among too many Americans.” (09/07/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/workplace-skills-gap-tax-incentives

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27) That anonymous op-ed was about saving GOP, not the Republic
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

“There’s a whole lot of news absorbing Washington these days. Normally, the confirmation hearings for a cagey Supreme Court nominee would be the end-all and be-all, while the spectacle of a foaming-at-the-mouth conspiracy theorist in the halls of the Senate would make for a robust sideshow. But the anonymous September 5 op-ed run in The New York Times, written by a person described by the Times as a senior administration official, has the chattering classes rapt. In the op-ed, the senior official strikes a pose as one of the ‘adults’ he says are ‘in the room,’ and casts her or himself as a member of an internal ‘resistance’ to President Donald J. Trump that exists within the administration. The person frames the essay as an effort to assure readers that inside Trump’s government, there are people bent on saving the republic from a morally unmoored president ruled by contradictory impulses. In the official’s telling, he or she is one of a handful of secret heroes.” [editor’s note: So nice to see a “progressive” noticing this – SAT] (09/07/18)

http://prospect.org/article/anonymous-op-ed-was-about-saving-gop-not-republic

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28) Government is to blame for America’s cost of living increase
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“Even with the US labour market tightening, concern about working- and middle-class living standards has left politicians reaching for radical solutions. In the past year, mainstream politicians have advocated federal job guarantees, universal basic income, huge minimum wage hikes, attempts to boost union power and membership, expanding tax credits, co-determination laws, universal single-payer healthcare and much else besides. Putting aside the legion risks of such policies, these proposals have one major thing in common: they could be described as ‘income-based approaches’ to trying to raise living standards. They all assume that markets, left to their own devices, cannot provide adequate living standards, necessitating interventions to raise households’ disposable incomes (through affecting income via pay or transfers directly, or reducing household payments for certain goods or services).” (09/07/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/government-blame-americas-cost-living-crisis

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29) Anonymous anti-Trump op-ed boosts democracy
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“The good news was well disguised in the anonymous cry of warning against the ‘amorality’ of Donald Trump. A senior administration official, writing as an unnamed columnist in the New York Times, described how he and like-minded colleagues ‘are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of (the U.S. president’s) agenda and his worst inclinations.’ The message is that democratic habits (and, crucially, civic decency and responsibilit) can, in step with free journalism, win out over degraded administrations. Democracy worldwide is in need of a fillip — and this column, if properly understood, delivers it.” [editor’s note: Funny to see this commentator extolling the virtues of what I call “demoncrazy” as if it were inherently a good thing (it’s not), though correctly seeing that it (and not liberty) is being positively affected by this nonsense – SAT] (09/07/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-democracy-commentary/commentary-anonymous-anti-trump-op-ed-boosts-democracy-idUSKCN1LN26Y

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30) Who ghostwrote the Times op-ed?
Source: The American Spectator
by Anonymous

“As a former ghostwriter and press secretary, I would say almost surely the article was ghostwritten. It does not have a personal style. I also think it probably was shopped to the New York Times op-ed page by a person experienced in media relations and with a close, even confidential, relationship with the Gray Lady. This makes a prime suspect Kristol’s good friend Peter Wehner. Wehner is a veteran, Triple-A utility player in the leagues of neoconservative think tanks and journals. He is a sidekick of the Washington Post’s Church Lady, Michael Gerson, whom he assisted on the White House speechwriting staff during the presidency of George W. Bush. The article closely matches what Wehner and Gerson have been saying forever about President Trump and his administration. The whole litany is there, offering the Wehner/Gerson/Bill Kristol/Eliot Cohen version of right and wrong approaches to Russia, trade, international democracy, and the sanctity of John McCain. Most of all, the article is bathed in the self-righteous moralism for which Gerson and Wehner are famous.” (09/06/18)

https://spectator.org/who-ghostwrote-the-times-op-ed/

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31) New York Times op-ed betrays Trump, voters
Source: USA Today
by Ari Fleischer

“During the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, I was asked on a TV show what advice I would give then-candidate Donald Trump or if I would ever work for him if he became president. I said he wouldn’t want to hire me, and I wouldn’t want to work for him. That’s because if you’re going to work for the president, you need to believe in the president. Not just his policies, but the man (or one day the woman). Which is why the anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times is a shocking betrayal of how a White House staffer should conduct him or herself. It’s also a piece whose importance is impossible to gauge, given that no reader knows how ‘senior’ the author truly is. But whoever the author is, he or she is out of line.” (09/07/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/09/06/new-york-times-author-betrays-trump-voters-staffers-dont-steer-america-column/1212823002

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32) Until the fat lady offends
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“We live in a new Age of Offense. A whole lot of people make a whole lot of fuss about what other people say and listen to, view and experience. Then again, some things are enormously offensive. One of the latest offense-takings takes place in Israel, where a classical music station played music by Richard Wagner. And so of course had to apologize.” (09/07/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/09/07/wagner/

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33) Seeking justice for Laquan McDonald, without relying on prisons
Source: In These Times
by Benji Hart

“This week, the landmark trial of officer Jason Van Dyke began in Chicago, raising critical questions about what justice for police killings can–and will–ultimately look like. In October 2014, Van Dyke lethally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, an act that was recorded by the police department’s own dash cam. The city refused to release the tape for 400 days–long after mayor Rahm Emanuel’s reelection–leading to widespread protests and accusations of a coverup. As a result of the scandal, police superintendent Gary McCarthy (who is currently running for mayor) was fired, and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was voted out, after a meticulously-led community campaign known as #ByeAnita. On Tuesday, the day before jury selection for the trial, mayor Emanuel announced that he would not be seeking a third term — a shock to many of his political allies. Whatever heat is about to emerge as a result of the Van Dyke trial, Emanuel doesn’t want to be around to catch it.” (09/07/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21424/seeking-justice-for-laquan-mcdonald-without-relying-on-prisons

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34) Roaming Charges: “I am not Spartacus!”
Source: CounterPunch
by Jeffrey St. Clair

“We have endured our share of demented executives in the recent past. Surely, Harry Truman was psychotic the moment he gave the order to nuke Nagasaki, after having witnessed the atomic horrors inflicted on Hiroshima. LBJ staffer Richard Goodwin argued that Johnson suffered from paranoid delusions and that his ‘mental disintegration’ led the president plunge the nation deeper and deeper into the Vietnam War. James Schlesinger, Secretary of Defense during the final months of the Nixon administration, instructed the Chiefs of Staff to ignore any orders for military action given by the president that didn’t contain Schlesinger’s own signature. Schlesinger feared that Nixon might summon the Marines to the White House grounds or launch nuclear weapons to save his presidency. As Reagan’s mind began to melt in his second term, chief of staff Don Regan fought furiously with Nancy Reagan, and her astrologer Joan Quigley, over running day-to-day operations at the White House …” (09/07/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/09/07/roaming-charges-i-am-not-spartacus/

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35) Trump, Spinoza, and the Palestinian refugees
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“As though we had any ground for doubt heretofore, we can now clearly see — in light of his end to $350 million in annual humanitarian assistance to five million Palestinian refugees — Donald Trump’s cruel and spiteful nature. It was not enough to stack the so-called peace process against the Palestinians in every possible way, not least by appointing unabashed Israeli partisans as his envoys. It was not enough to give Israel a pass when it murdered noncombatants in Gaza and practiced apartheid in the West Bank. It was not enough to rub the Palestinians’ noses in their powerlessness by mocking their dream of East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestine. No, he also had to deny the hapless and homeless refugees — victims of the Nakba, Israel’s systematic ethnic cleansing and expulsion of the Palestinians from their ancestral home in 1948 and again in 1967 — food, medicine, and, for their children, education through the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, UNRWA.” (09/07/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-trump-palestinian-refugees/

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36) It’s back-to-underfunding, charter-scandal school time
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Some of the most memorable education news stories from the 2017-18 school year were the photos spreading online virally showing Baltimore school children bundled up against the cold in unheated classrooms, the enormous outpourings of teachers walking out of schools and protesting at their state capitols, and the seemingly endless litany of scandals from the charter school industry coming from Arizona, California, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. With a new school year starting across the nation, families, teachers, and communities may be feeling a sense of renewal and possibility, but much of the news from schools is still mired in negative reports of underfunded buildings, beleaguered teachers, and charter school corruption.” [editor’s note: More whining and half-truths from this source; he is rapidly losing appeal – SAT] (09/07/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180907/back-to-school-season-marred-by-underfunding-charter-school-scandals

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37) John of Salisbury: A politics of virtue
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Paul Meany

“John of Salisbury would surely have been an eccentric figure by today’s standards. He could be described as a poet, moralist, political thinker, speculative philosopher, or indeed a combination of all of these things at once. He has been described as ‘the finest flower of the twelfth century Renaissance’ and was one of the most learned men of the Middle Ages. His political philosophy is marked by commitment to the promotion of virtue. According to John, the best way to promote virtue is to promote liberty.” (09/07/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/john-salisbury-politics-virtue

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38) Quantum Vibe, 09/07/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (09/07/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1844

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39) Amid warnings of Idlib massacre, a last try at diplomacy in Syria
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Nicholas Blanford & Scott Peterson

“The possibility that Syria’s Idlib province would provide the setting for a tragic coda to the humanitarian catastrophe of the country’s seven-year civil war seemed enhanced Friday after a last-ditch summit meeting in Tehran of the main outside powers. Even as Turkey, long a bitter foe of President Bashar al-Assad, urged a cease-fire in the northwestern Syrian province and warned of a massacre, Russia and Iran, Mr. Assad’s two main backers, pressed for government forces to begin their assault on the last refuge of rebel forces in the country. Fresh Russian and Syrian airstrikes on Idlib were reported Friday morning. The widely anticipated offensive has drawn international concern. At United Nations headquarters in New York, the Security Council met to discuss Idlib Friday at the request of the United States. UN Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura said there were ‘all the ingredients for a perfect storm,’ Reuters reported.” (09/07/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2018/0907/Amid-warnings-of-Idlib-massacre-a-last-try-at-diplomacy-in-Syria

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40) Communist theory can’t account for crypto
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“A number one fallacy in the history of economics is the labor theory of value. The idea here is that things and actions are made valuable by how much work we put into making them. Sounds intuitively right. It’s completely wrong. Things have value because you and I value them, regardless of labor inputs. It turns out that the crypto intellectual space is replete with this simple mistake. A widespread view is that Bitcoin is valuable only because of the proof-of-work method that demands some CPU power be applied to solving complex algorithms. That’s how the network establishes both access to the ledger and the authority to change it. Because of this work, Bitcoin obtains value as a reflection. Again, this is completely wrong.” (09/07/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/communist-theory-cant-account-crypto

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41) There’s no law so minor that a law enforcer won’t murder you over it
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Whenever I point out that laws are violence and that law enforcers will escalate even minor transgressions against the law to lethal force, some statist will rebut by asking, ‘When’s the last time somebody was killed over a traffic ticket?’ The answer to that is, just a few months ago …” (09/07/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/09/06/theres-no-law-so-minor-that-a-law-enforcer-wont-murder-you-over-it/

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42) Obama tries to demonize Trump voters, following Hillary’s losing strategy
Source: Fox News Forum
by Kayleigh McEnany

“Former President Obama gave the nation some insights into the Democratic Party’s midterm election strategy Friday with a political speech demonizing Americans who elected Donald Trump as president and doubling down on the failed liberal ideology that devastated our economy. In a moment reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s outrageous characterization of Trump voters as ‘deplorable’ and ‘irredeemable,’ President Obama said: ‘I have to say this … Over the past few decades, the politics of division and resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican Party.’ Labeling the 63 million Trump voters [that way] didn’t work out for Hillary Clinton when she ran a failed presidential campaign against Trump in 2016. Labeling the same voters as divisive, resentful and paranoid will not work for Democrats in the November midterm elections. Democrats continually demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding and active demonization of Trump voters. They are clearly wrong but don’t realize they’re wrong.” (09/07/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/09/07/obama-tries-to-demonize-trump-voters-following-hillarys-losing-strategy.html

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43) Abstractions make for bad law
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Jackson Pemberton

“One of the interesting things the human mind can do is to use abstractions. We can think and talk of carrots and crops. Carrots are real physical things. You can eat one. The word ‘crops,’ on the other hand, means plants grown to be harvested. ‘Crops’ is an abstract idea that covers all kinds of things. But you can’t eat an idea. It may seem silly to pry carrots and crops apart from one another when they are so closely related. However, there are important issues at stake here.” (09/08/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/09/08/abstractions-make-for-bad-law/

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44) There is no patriot or Spartacus here — just politics
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“The anonymous New York Times op-ed writer inside government thwarting Trump’s plans does not understand how government works. Amplified by worn accusations in Bob Woodward’s new book, the op-ed is nonetheless driving calls for Trump’s removal under the 25th Amendment to save America. But look closer: there are no patriots here, and little new; it’s all nasty politics. You don’t join government to do whatever partisan thing you think is right; you serve the United States, and take an oath to a Constitution which spells out a system and chain of command. There is no Article 8 saying ‘but if you really disagree with the president it’s OK to just do what you want.’” (09/08/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/there-is-no-patriot-or-spartacus-here-just-politics/

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45) Higher education bubble bursting, and that’s a good thing
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“A good indication of a tightening labor market is the fact that several major corporations have dropped their college degree requirements. College just became an even bigger waste of time and money for many. Job recruiting site Glassdoor recently reported that companies like Google, Apple, IBM, Bank of America no longer require that applicants have a college degree. Neither do companies like Costco, Whole Foods, Publix, Chipotle, Home Depot, Starbucks. (Does it really take a college degree to know how roll a burrito, pour coffee, or stack giant jars of mayonnaise?) When jobs were scarce and unemployed workers plentiful, requiring a college degree might have made some sense, if only to easily weed out most applicants. When workers are scarce, companies can’t be so picky. But in any economy, there’s a downside to college requirements. Limiting the worker pool to graduates feeds into the notion that everyone has to go to college, when many kids shouldn’t. It also eliminates opportunities for the two-thirds of people without a degree, many of whom would probably be better workers than pampered graduates holding a degree in sociology and lugging a mountain of debt.” (09/07/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/college-bubble-tuition-job-requirements

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46) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 10, part 3
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. When the idea has a deep and broad political impact, it is unstoppable. The printing press shattered censorship; 3D printers make gun control obsolete; crypto cracks the dominance of fiat and the global banking system. Crypto does so through a flash of brilliance called the blockchain and an act of defiance called digital currency. But crypto could not be a social phenomenon without millions of people who are willing to try something new, despite the risks; it has succeeded because people hope.” (09/08/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-crypto-is-a-revolution-of-hope-which-is-why-it-succeeds/

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47) Trump minus narrative equals Bushbama
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Barack Obama is making headlines today. In a speech at the University of Illinois, Obama called out the ‘politics of fear’ which are used by his successor and criticized an insufficient denunciation of ‘Nazi sympathizers’ by the current administration. ‘How hard can that be?’ asked the former president. ‘Saying Nazis are bad?’ Also in the news, getting far less attention than the sparkly spectacle of Fauxgressive Jesus wagging his finger at Orange Hitler for being too nice to Nazis, is a report from the Washington Post (open it in a private browser to get around the paywall) that the Trump administration has done a complete 180 degree reversal of its prior position on Syria. And before you jump on me about believing anonymously sourced reports from an establishment outlet that is fully owned by a CIA contractor, this isn’t one of those: the sources are senior State Department officials who are named in the article.” (09/07/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/09/08/trump-minus-narrative-equals-bushbama

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48) The Pentagon and the CIA are in charge
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“What business does the U.S. government have in Syria? None. Just as it has no business in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Vietnam, Korea, Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, and countless others. But that is what life is like under a governmental structure in which the military-intelligence establishment is in control. It calls the shots. Everyone else — the president, the Congress, the judiciary, and the American people — are expected to yield to its overwhelming power within the federal governmental structure and within American society.” (09/07/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/09/07/the-pentagon-and-the-cia-are-in-charge/

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49) Anonymous op-ed from Trump’s White House shows the dangers of America’s imperial presidency
Source: The Intercept
by Jon Schwarz

“The first reviews of ‘Fear,’ Bob Woodward’s new book about Donald Trump’s presidency, came out Tuesday. Woodward, they reported, depicts Trump as a dangerous 5-year-old who must be constantly manipulated by his staff to stop him from setting America on fire. Then, on Wednesday, in a New York Times op-ed, an anonymous administration official said: Yes, that’s exactly right. … One potential reaction to this is: Oh my god, Trump truly does want to launch Armageddon, and we’re all forever in debt to the non-lunatics in the administration that are trying to restrain him. Another potential reaction is: It’s unbelievably bad for America when government officials for whom no one voted secretly defy the guy who actually was elected. Both reactions are legitimate and understandable, and there’s no reason to choose between them. But we should feel an additional, even more profound fear: The official resistance, by turns inept and unwilling, to Trump’s administration demonstrates a political rot that goes way deeper than the president.” (09/08/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/09/08/anonymous-op-ed-new-york-times/

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50) Interest rates need to tell the truth
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Richard M Ebeling

“In the middle of July 2018, President Donald Trump said in an interview that he was ‘not happy’ with the Federal Reserve nudging up interest rates and threatening economic growth in the United States. At the recent Jackson Hole, Wyoming, meeting of global central bank leaders, the Federal Reserve chair, Jerome (‘Jay’) Powell, said the Fed board would continue to act independently of politics and move interest rates up to ensure a stable economy with limited price inflation. Lost in the exchange was one simple question: should it be the business of any central bank to be targeting or setting interest rates, or should this be the business of the market forces of supply and demand, as with any other price in the economy?” (09/07/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/09/interest-rates-need-to-tell-the-truth/

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51) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 120
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Twitter, Afghanistan War, Cameroon Military, Prisoners’ Calls, November Event.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/09/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/09/five-minutes-five-issues-twitter-afghanistan-war-cameroon-military-prisoners-calls-november-event/

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52) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 13
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Love, Hate and Liberty.” [Flash audio] (09/09/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/nice-guys-finish-free-episode-13-love-hate-and-liberty/

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53) Free Talk Live, 09/08/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Gentrification activists squat in Google building :: Kids today! :: Evicting squatters :: Immigrant kids strapped to chairs and hooded :: Trump Russian POTUS :: New World Order :: Indian Plague :: Mega Millions Lotto :: What about the roads! :: FTL’s vast BTC holdings :: Mark and Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/08/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-09-08

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54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 243
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #243, I discuss the UK announcement that 2 Russians have been identified as suspects in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. I review the development of the evidence and accusations related to the poisoning. I break down an article published on Moon of Alabama that questions the new allegations made by the UK. I also update the Afghan War, the Syrian Civil War, and Israel.” [various formats] (09/07/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-243-who-poisoned-the-skripals

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55) Cato Daily Podcast, 09/07/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Short-term health plans have been freed from many restrictions, but now states are moving to restrict or outright prohibit this kind of coverage. Michael Cannon says by outlawing the plans, states will expose their own residents to high bills, poor access, and bankruptcy.” [various formats] (09/07/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/states-push-hobble-short-term-health-plans

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56) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/08/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Randy England and Jeremy Hizenkitten drop mad scientists about where the world’s going, and what REALLY happened in Jeremy vs. the Man.” [various formats] (09/08/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=16078

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57) Felony Friday, episode 140
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday Catherine Hoke joins John to discuss her extensive work creating programs that teach inmates about entrepreneurship, business and forgiveness. Catherine is the founder of two groundbreaking incredible effective nonprofits: Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) and Defy Ventures.” [various formats] (09/07/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/09/07/catherine-hoke-shares-why-entrepreneurship-is-key-to-prisoner-rehabilitation/

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58) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 11
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“You won’t want to miss this episode of Blast Off! with Sarah Daggers, founder of Libertarian Sluts and the co-author of the Sex Work plank in the Libertarian Platform adopted at the Libertarian convention.” [Flash audio] (09/07/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-11-attack-of-the-libertarian-sluts-w-sarah-daggers/

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59) Scott Adams Says, 09/08/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Nike, Dark, and the WH Mole hunt. With coffee.” [Flash video] (09/08/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1lDxLXrqARPxm

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60) Doug Bandow on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Cato’s Doug Bandow discusses the recent anonymous op-ed in the New York Times, which claims that a devoted resistance movement inside the White House works to undermine President Trump’s agenda at every turn. Bandow explains how troubling it is to have an unelected cabal within our government that wields this much power, especially one that opposes all the aspects of Trump’s presidency we should actually be applauding, namely his willingness to negotiate with Russia and North Korea.” [various formats] (09/08/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/9-6-18-doug-bandow-on-deep-state-resistance-to-trump/

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61) The Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 229
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“Alan Cohn hosts the 229th episode of The Cyberlaw Podcast. He takes a deep dive into all things blockchain and cryptocurrency discussing recent regulatory developments and best practices for users of exchanges.” [various formats] (09/07/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/09/07/blockchain-law-and-regulation-roundup

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62) Bloggingheads.tv, 09/07/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Bill Scher (Real Clear Politics, Politico) and Matt K. Lewis (The Daily Beast, MattLewis.org)… Matt’s new microphone and the creative benefits of dialogue … Matt takes issue with Kamala Harris’s interrogation of Brett Kavanaugh … Are Harris and Cory Booker eroding democracy with their grandstanding? … Bill: The anonymous NYT op-ed doesn’t say anything new … How will Republicans woo ‘Alex Jones conservatives’ post-Trump? … Should social media be treated like a utility? ‘Deplatformed’ conservatives think so.” [Flash video] (09/07/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53567

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63) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 09/07/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Iranian monetary policies, coupled with crippling U.S. sanctions, have caused a massive fall in the Iranian rial. Some Iranians are using gold to pay their rent, along with other financial transactions. Real money like gold always makes its return, but must we constantly wait for financial crisis in order to do the right things?” [Flash video] (09/07/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/inflation-in-iran-will-gold-come-to-the-rescue

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64) In The Tank Podcast, episode 156
Source: Heartland Institute

“Donny Kendal presents episode #156 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. This week’s episode features work from the California Policy Center, the Reason Foundation, and The Heartland Institute.” [various formats] (09/07/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/09/in-the-tank-ep156-shock-and-kavan-awe-sanders-bezos-act-and-voices-of-vapers/

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65) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 256
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Do enough people benefit from public transit considering the amount of money poured into these politically-driven transportation endeavors?” [various formats] (09/07/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/is-public-transportation-worth-it-peter-van-doren

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