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In the News:

1) Mexico: More than 200 dead in month’s second major earthquake
2) China: Regime orders Bitcoin exchanges in capital city to close
3) Trump skips morning Thorazine dose, delivers psychotic diatribe to UN
4) Iraq: Top court suspends Kurdish region’s independence vote
5) CA: Legislature calls on feds to reschedule marijuana
6) Federal judges suppress Roof’s right to fire appointed attorneys
7) Trump using RNC money to pay legal fees in Russia fishing expedition
8) Study: Cigarette smoke from clothes can damage brain and liver
9) Egypt: Regime says it will “host the reorganization” of Libyan army
10) Category 5 Hurricane Maria closes in on Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico
11) Kennedy battles “dead cops” Tweet professor: “You’re presenting a fallacious argument”
12) Twitter reports “progress” on weeding out users advocating violence
13) CA: Sanctuary state bill sent to Brown
14) Cuba: Regime delays municipal elections due to Irma devastation
15) Israel: IDF says it downed Hezbollah drone headed toward Golan
16) Defamation lawsuit vs Rolling Stone over rape article is revived
17) CO: “Mad Pooper” wanted by Colorado Springs police
18) Melania Trump threatens lawsuit over English class billboard
19) WA: Seattle neo-Nazi knocked out after being tracked down with Twitter
20) Woman’s idiotic complaint about Hobby Lobby decor goes viral
21) Kenya: Judges who nullified election face “savage” threats
22) WA: Purdue asks judge to dismiss city’s frivolous Oxycontin suit
23) Police vehicle set on fire, three arrested at Georgia Tech during “violent protests”
24) Toys “R” Us files for bankruptcy amid struggle to pay down billions in debt
25) Trump Jr., Conway to end Secret Service protection

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Nationalism is a farce that ends in tragedy
27) W3C turns back the clock on an open Web
28) Releasing the Kraken of political power
29) We could do better if America wasn’t the fussy superpower
30) Let’s lay off the 1930s reenactments
31) Rolling back the warfare state
32) Sessions should resign … after taking action against Clinton, Comey & Rice
33) Is China’s export success built on slavery?
34) Honor the Constitution by impeaching Jeff Sessions
35) Discarding the veil of legitimacy
36) No man is above the law — except on college campuses
37) Trump’s gentle-seeming UN reforms really an ultimatum
38) Cooperation, not sanctions, will make America great again
39) What good is a National Security Strategy?
40) Bureaucratic dark energy
41) Trump’s broken promises
42) Using mob rule to bypass due process
43) Clown revolt: Whoop! Whoop! comes to Washington
44) Sorry to break it to you …
45) Hey, it’s just money; or is it?
46) Where are the brave military voices against forever war?
47) Where have all the communes gone?
48) How we know eurozone monetary policy is working again
49) Rohrabacher versus the machine
50) The day Bitcoin was hacked
51) Convention of states: How the states meet to bypass Congress
52) The coming robot arms race
53) Quantum Vibe, 09/19/17
54) Did the CIA assassinate Letelier and Moffitt?
55) Can conservative journalism survive?
56) Aung San Suu Kyi: A childish obsession
57) The Trump nightmare: How it ends
58) Free the truck drivers
59) The Cybercrime Convention’s new protocol needs to uphold human rights
60) Toward cybersecurity without trade protectionism

The Sound and the Fury:

61) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 22
62) The Libertarian Angle, 09/19/17
63) Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show, 09/18/17
64) Liberty Lifestyle, episode 8
65) Cato Daily Podcast, 09/18/17
66) Free Talk Live, 09/18/17
67) Activism 101 Podcast, episode 15
68) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 651

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

1) Mexico: More than 200 dead in month’s second major earthquake
Source: Luxemburger Wort [Luxembourg]

“A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City, killing scores throughout the region, reducing buildings to rubble and sending thousands fleeing in panic during the second temblor this month. The quake ravaged the far-flung region of more than 20 million people, and images showed structures burning and exploding, some suddenly losing integrity and collapsing into billowing dust clouds. At least 200 people were confirmed dead, including 55 in Morelos, 49 in Mexico City and 32 in Puebla, National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said on Twitter.” ()9/20/17)

https://www.wort.lu/en/international/7-1-magnitude-more-than-200-killed-as-mexico-rocked-by-month-s-second-major-quake-59c2001356202b51b13c389d

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2) China: Regime orders Bitcoin exchanges in capital city to close
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“China is moving forward with plans to shut down Bitcoin exchanges in the country, starting with trading platforms in key cities. All Bitcoin exchanges in Beijing and Shanghai have been ordered to submit plans for winding down their operations by 20 September. The move follows the Chinese central bank’s decision to ban initial coin offerings in early September. Top exchange BTCC said it would stop trading at the end of the month. Chinese authorities decided to ban digital currencies as part of a plan for reducing the country’s financial risks.” (09/19/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41320568

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3) Trump skips morning Thorazine dose, delivers psychotic diatribe to UN
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump warned the United Nations in a speech Tuesday that the world faces ‘great peril’ from rogue regimes with powerful weapons and terrorists with expanding reach across the globe, and called on fellow leaders to join the United States in the fight to defeat what he called failed or murderous ideologies and ‘loser terrorists.’ … ‘The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,’ Trump said, before calling Kim by a nickname he gave the dictator on Twitter over the weekend. ‘Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself.’ … Trump also called the U.N.-backed Iran nuclear deal ‘one of the worst and most one-sided’ agreements ever, and ‘an embarrassment’ to the United States.” (09/19/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/19/in-u-n-speech-trump-warns-that-the-world-faces-great-peril-from-rogue-regimes-in-north-korea-iran/

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4) Iraq: Top court suspends Kurdish region’s independence vote
Source: New Jersey Herald

“Iraq’s top court on Monday temporarily suspended the northern Kurdish region’s referendum on independence that’s due next week, a decision that put further pressure on the Iraqi Kurds to call off the controversial vote. The Supreme Court in Baghdad released a statement saying it ‘issued a national order to suspend the referendum procedures … until the resolution of the cases regarding the constitutionality of said decision.’ The move is just the latest in a number of rulings from Iraq’s central government attempting to stop the vote.” (09/19/17)

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5) CA: Legislature calls on feds to reschedule marijuana
Source: Smell the Truth

“California will soon begin to regulate a voter-approved initiative to legalize recreational pot use in 2018, and is likely the reason why state lawmakers are now calling on the federal government to reclassify marijuana. A joint resolution approved by the California Assembly on Thursday presses the U.S. Congress to reschedule cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), reports Forbes'[s] Tom Angell. The Senate resolution passed with a 60-10 vote, and also implores the feds to amend restrictions on scientific research, open more banking options for businesses, and expand medical access. … Marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule I substance alongside harmful drugs such as heroin and LSD, while cocaine and meth are considered to have more medicinal value under the less restrictive Schedule II category. The resolution will not require the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown before it is sent to the President, Vice President, House Speaker, and Senate Majority Leader.” (09/19/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/09/18/california-lawmakers-call-to-federally-reschedule-marijuana

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6) Federal judges suppress Roof’s right to fire appointed attorneys
Source: The State

“The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals took just one day — and one sentence — to deny convicted white supremacist Dylann Roof’s request to fire his court-appointed lawyers, one of whom is Jewish and the other of whom is Indian. ‘The court denies the motion for substitution of counsel on appeal,’ said the order, filed Tuesday by 4th Circuit clerk Patricia Connor for the court. … In his letter, Roof added, ‘Because of my political views, which are arguably religious, it will be impossible for me to trust two attorneys that are my political and biological enemies.'” [editor’s note: Any claim to represent another necessarily includes a subsidiary implicit claim of trust on the part of that other. Irrationally or not, if Roof doesn’t trust “his” attorneys, any statements or filings by them on his alleged behalf should be considered void – TLK] (09/19/17)

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article174137256.html

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7) Trump using RNC money to pay legal fees in Russia fishing expedition
Source: The Hill

“President Trump is reportedly using money from the Republican National Committee (RNC) and his reelection campaign to pay some of the legal costs surrounding the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The payments, of unknown amounts have already been made, and would be disclosed on federal election forms, the RNC confirmed to The Hill. … Trump has also used money from his campaign coffers for lawyer costs associated with the Russia investigation being run by former FBI director Robert Mueller …” (09/19/17)

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/business-a-lobbying/351408-trump-using-rnc-money-to-pay-legal-fees-in-russia

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8) Study: Cigarette smoke from clothes can damage brain and liver
Source: Raw Story

“Cigarette smoke seeps into everything — clothing, furniture, rugs. Now, researchers at the University of California, Riverside, suggest that even this third-hand smoke (THS) can be harmful to our health. In the study, published in Clinical Science, researchers exposed mice to similar levels of smoke found in smokers’ homes. After six months, the mice showed cell damage in their liver and brains. They also had increased cortisol levels, a weakened immune system, and increased insulin resistance (all symptoms affiliated with the development of type 2 diabetes). Lead study author and cell biologist Manuela Martins-Green believes THS exposure is a stealth toxin — a silent killer. We can absorb the toxins through our skin and through breathing without knowing we are exposing ourselves to harm.” (09/19/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/cigarette-smoke-from-clothes-can-damage-brain-and-liver

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9) Egypt: Regime says it will “host the reorganization” of Libyan army
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Egypt said Tuesday it will host the ‘reorganization’ of Libya’s army, currently an eastern-based force led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter. A statement signed by the Egyptian Committee on Libya said that Libyan military officers who met in Cairo recently chose Egypt as a starting point for plans to unify the army. The group, chaired by Egypt’s chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazy, did not say which officials took part in the meeting, or provide further details. A Libyan officer welcomed the initiative, thanking the Egyptian army ‘for facilitating such an opportunity for army officers to meet and find common ground. … The army is open to discussion with all parties excluding terrorist organizations,’ he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to brief reporters. ‘The army doesn’t recognize any unofficial armed group but has opened discussions in the hope that militias will disband and join as individuals.'” (09/19/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Egypt-says-it-will-host-reorganization-of-12208613.php

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10) Category 5 Hurricane Maria closes in on Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico
Source: CNN

“Hurricane Maria’s destructive tear across the Caribbean is well underway, with the Category 5 storm obliterating parts of Dominica, killing at least one person in Guadeloupe and threatening ‘catastrophic’ damage to Puerto Rico within 24 hours. Maria strengthened once again Tuesday afternoon and is now hurling 165 mph (265 kph) winds as it moves in on St. Croix.” (09/19/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/19/americas/hurricane-maria-caribbean-islands/index.html

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11) Kennedy battles “dead cops” Tweet professor: “You’re presenting a fallacious argument”
Source: Fox News

“[During her eponymous Fox Business News program Monday night, (Lisa) Kennedy (Montgomery)] debated Mike Isaacson, a 29-year-old professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Brooklyn, N.Y., who was placed on leave after he made incendiary remarks about law enforcement. Isaacson haad previously appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight, and afterward viewers uncovered a tweet from last month in which he referred to ‘teaching future dead cops.’ Since then, John Jay College has placed him on paid leave. Kennedy said that Isaacson, as an Antifa leader in Smash Racism DC, is promoting violence for the simple reason that they disagree with their political rivals. Isaacson disagreed, saying that Antifa demonstrates in objection to ‘a movement that for decades has advocated violence.’ He later confirmed that he was talking about white nationalism and neo-Nazism. ‘What you are presenting is a fallacious argument,’ Kennedy said, noting that not all of the rallies Antifa has disrupted are racist or fascist conclaves.” [editor’s note: This was one of her better, more challenging interviews, though this nutball did not budge from his militarism, though his excuses for initiating force “defensively” (prison industry, law enforcement excesses, etc.) had some validity – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Sad to see Kennedy falling victim to the Antifa Derangement Syndrome epidemic – TLK] (09/19/17)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/09/18/kennedy-debates-dead-cops-tweet-antifa-professor-john-jay-college-mike-isaacson

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12) Twitter reports “progress” on weeding out users advocating violence
Source: Raw Story

“Twitter Inc said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for ‘promotion of terrorism’ earlier rather than responding to government requests to close them down. U.S. and European governments have been pressuring social media companies including Twitter, Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to fight harder against online radicalization, particularly by violent Islamist groups. Twitter said it had removed 299,649 accounts in the first half of this year for the ‘promotion of terrorism,’ a 20 percent decline from the previous six months. Three-quarters of those accounts were suspended before posting their first tweet. Less than 1 percent of account suspensions were due to government requests, the company said, while 95 percent were thanks to Twitter’s internal efforts to combat extremist content with ‘proprietary tools,’, up from 74 percent in the last transparency report. Twitter defines ‘promotion of terrorism’ as actively inciting or promoting violence ‘associated with internationally recognized terrorist organizations.'” [editor’s note: But I suppose the Antifa advocation of violence is ignored? – SAT] [editor’s note: Antifa Derangement Syndrome aside, shouldn’t every GOVERNMENT Twitter account be removed? – TLK (09/19/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/twitter-reports-progress-on-weeding-out-users-advocating-violence

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13) CA: Sanctuary state bill sent to Brown
Source: ABC 7 Eyewitness News

“A bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown seeks to make California a sanctuary state, but some demonstrators are urging the governor to veto the measure. The bill, SB 54, limits the cooperation and communication between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. Opponents in San Bernardino rallied Monday afternoon to urge the governor not to sign the bill. They argue it is an invitation to the world to enter and reside illegally [sic] in California.” (09/19/17)

http://abc7.com/politics/protesters-urge-gov-brown-not-to-sign-sanctuary-state-bill/2431194/

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14) Cuba: Regime delays municipal elections due to Irma devastation
Source: Reuters

“Cuba is postponing municipal elections by a month to Nov. 26 because of the devastation wrought on the Caribbean island by Hurricane Irma, its Council of State said in an electoral notice published in the ruling Granma Party newspaper on Tuesday. The elections were coming at an already difficult time for Cuba as an economic reform program appears stalled, aid from key ally Venezuela shrinks, and the Trump administration threatens. Then Irma swept across the island from east to west, tearing off roofs, damaging the power grid and crops, ripping up trees and bringing a violent storm surge to many coastal towns.” (09/19/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cuba-election/cuba-delays-municipal-elections-due-to-irma-devastation-idUSKCN1BU24M

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15) Israel: IDF says it downed Hezbollah drone headed toward Golan
Source: Washington Post

“The Israeli military said it shot down an Iranian-made spy drone operated by the Hezbollah militant group as it approached the Golan Heights on Tuesday, and vowed to take further tough action against any attempts by its archenemies to violate the country’s sovereignty. The aerial showdown took place as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was preparing to address the U.N. General Assembly, where his speech is expected to focus on concerns of Iran’s rising influence across the region, particularly in neighboring Syria. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said the drone took off from a Damascus military airport and was on a surveillance mission near Israel’s border. He said Israel decided to shoot it down after it entered the demilitarized zone between Syria and the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan.” (09/19/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-intercepts-drone-headed-toward-golan-heights/2017/09/19/d4557e92-9d2a-11e7-b2a7-bc70b6f98089_story.html

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16) Defamation lawsuit vs Rolling Stone over rape article is revived
Source: Raw Story

“A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived part of a lawsuit by three University of Virginia graduates who accused Rolling Stone magazine of defamation over a now-retracted article describing a gang rape. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said George Elias IV, Ross Fowler and Stephen Hadford plausibly alleged that they were defamed, in their capacity as former members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, by Rolling Stone, its publisher Wenner Media and the reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely. All three judges on the panel also agreed that Elias and Fowler could pursue similar claims as individuals, while other claims against the defendants were properly dismissed. A spokeswoman for Wenner did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Alan Frank, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, did not immediately respond to similar requests. The plaintiffs graduated in 2013.” (09/19/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/defamation-lawsuit-vs-rolling-stone-over-rape-article-is-revived

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17) CO: “Mad Pooper” wanted by Colorado Springs police
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

“The Budde family says it doesn’t know how it came to this. The Colorado Springs family has spent weeks trying to get a mystery woman they’ve dubbed ‘The Mad Pooper’ to stop defecating in their neighborhood, right outside their house near Briargate and Union boulevards. … Budde estimates the runner leaves behind human waste at least once a week. She says ‘The Mad Pooper’ has been at it for the last seven weeks.” (09/17/17)

http://gazette.com/mad-pooper-wanted-by-colorado-springs-police/article/1611351

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18) Melania Trump threatens lawsuit over English class billboard
Source: CBS News

“Billboards featuring Melania Trump and the slogan ‘just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English’ were removed Tuesday from the Croatian capital after her lawyer threatened a lawsuit. The billboards were part of a marketing campaign by a private English language school in Zagreb, which tried to persuade Croats to learn English by reminding them of the Slovenian-born U.S. first lady’s personal experience. But Mrs. Trump did not accept what was apparently meant to be a joke about her English, spoken with a heavy accent. Her Slovenian lawyer demanded that the billboards, showing Melania Trump delivering a speech standing before a fluttering American flag, be immediately removed.” (09/19/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/melania-trump-threatens-lawsuit-over-english-class-billboard/

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19) WA: Seattle neo-Nazi knocked out after being tracked down with Twitter
Source: GQ Magazine

“Here’s a tale of social media in the Trump era. On Sunday evening in Seattle, Twitter users reported seeing a man in a Nazi armband wandering the streets yelling at people. In just over 90 minutes, as more posts started to pop up and share sightings, the man was confronted by local anti-fascists and knocked out cold. The incident started with a post of the Nazi armband-wearing gentleman on a bus, where he reportedly had been harassing a black passenger …. From there, people shared the exact cross streets where the guy was yelling at passerby. Antifascists confronted and punched him (midway through an explanation of welfare, it seems) and that whole encounter was also documented on social media.” (09/18/17)

https://www.gq.com/story/seattle-nazi-twitter

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20) Woman’s idiotic complaint about Hobby Lobby decor goes viral
Source: KHOU News

“Last week, Daniell Rider posted a picture of a fake raw cotton plant on Facebook urging the craft store giant Hobby Lobby to take down its decor calling for ‘a little sensitivity.’ Rider takes issue with raw cotton, a commodity gained largely at the expense of black slaves, being used as a decoration. The post has over 15,000 shares and more than 166,000 comments. As expected, a debate has broken out in the comments as to whether this decoration is insensitive and unnecessary or whether its pleasing aesthetic has nothing to do race and the past at all.” [editor’s note: Does she think that raw cotton ceased to exist with slavery? Anyone who’s driven through the Missouri bootheel, eastern Arkansas or western Tennessee knows better – TLK] (09/18/17)

http://www.khou.com/news/womans-post-about-hobby-lobbys-decor-goes-viral/476813266

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21) Kenya: Judges who nullified election face “savage” threats
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Attempts to intimidate Kenya’s Supreme Court judges after they nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election have been ‘unlawful and savage in nature,’ the nation’s judiciary said Tuesday, as police used tear gas on ruling party supporters who protested outside the court demanding the judges’ removal. The protests came a day after three petitions were filed asking the Judicial Service Commission to remove Chief Justice David Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and Justice Isaac Lenaola. The petitions claim misconduct and bias. Maraga and three other justices ruled 4-2 to annul Kenyatta’s re-election and call for a new election, which is set for Oct. 17. Ruling Jubilee Party supporters also burned tires and blocked one of the major highways into the capital, Nairobi.” (09/19/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Kenya-protests-seek-removal-of-judges-who-12208644.php

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22) WA: Purdue asks judge to dismiss city’s frivolous Oxycontin suit
Source: King 5 News

“A federal judge in Seattle is deciding whether to allow Everett’s suit against Purdue Pharma to continue. The suit involves accusations that Purdue knew its highly addictive painkiller Oxycontin was making its way to specific clinics and dealers in Everett but didn’t do anything about it. The implication is that the company made huge sums of money while allowing people to get hooked on their painkiller. … Attorneys for Purdue refused requests for an interview. In court, they testified there are a lot of steps that happen between the company providing legal pharmaceuticals to a legal wholesaler and the drugs then making their way into an addicts [sic] bloodstream in Everett. They argued the company cannot be held responsible for that totality. The City of Tacoma recently filed a similar suit against Purdue.” (09/19/17)

http://www.king5.com/news/local/everett/purdue-asks-judge-to-dismiss-everetts-oxycontin-suit/476805167

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23) Police vehicle set on fire, three arrested at Georgia Tech during “violent protests”
Source: ABC News

“Three people were arrested and students were ordered to shelter in place at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta on Monday as violent protests erupted in response to the police shooting death of a student who allegedly had a knife, the university. The protests broke out after a peaceful vigil for Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz, 21, who was fatally shot by police late Saturday night after [they] called 911 to report an armed and possibly intoxicated suspicious person, authorities said. A police vehicle was set on fire, two officers suffered minor injuries and one officer was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries during the ‘violent protests on campus,’ according to the university.” (09/19/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/police-vehicle-set-fire-arrested-georgia-tech-violent/story?id=49943492

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24) Toys “R” Us files for bankruptcy amid struggle to pay down billions in debt
Source: Washington Post

“Iconic toy store chain Toys ‘R’ Us filed for bankruptcy Monday night after struggling for years to pay down billions of dollars in debt and remain relevant in an era of online shopping. The company said its 1,600 Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us locations would operate ‘as usual,’ and that it would work with its investors to address roughly $5 billion in debt. … The 60-year-old company was for decades the country’s preeminent toy retailer, with a towering flagship in New York’s Times Square and a ubiquitous icon, Geoffrey the Giraffe. In 2006, it purchased competitor FAO Schwarz, but eventually closed its iconic New York store on Fifth Avenue, citing high costs.” (09/19/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2017/09/19/toys-r-us-files-for-bankruptcy-amid-struggle-to-pay-down-billions-in-debt/

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25) Trump Jr., Conway to end Secret Service protection
Source: Fox News

“Donald Trump Jr., his wife Vanessa Trump, and Kellyanne Conway are dropping Secret Service protection, Fox News has confirmed. The move to get rid of round-the-clock protection came after Trump Jr. wished to have more privacy. … White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway has also dropped Secret Service protection, sources told Fox News. She was given Secret Service protection following threats in the early days of the administration, but the threat level that has since changed, The New York Times reported.” (09/19/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/19/donald-trump-jr-conway-to-end-secret-service-protection.html

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

26) Nationalism is a farce that ends in tragedy
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Mark Malvasi

“In their political offensive against socialism and democracy, many European statesmen, generals, aristocrats, entrepreneurs, clergymen, and intellectuals had, by the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, found in nationalism a convenient doctrine to electrify and exploit the masses. Until after the Revolutions of 1848, nationalism had been a liberal initiative. Liberal nationalists, such as the Italian Giuseppe Mazzini, sought to create a Europe composed of free and independent states each peopled by free and independent citizens. During the second half of the nineteenth century, nationalism severed its relations with liberalism and became the incubator of dictatorship and war. Militant nationalists rejected the emphasis on individual liberty in favor of national unity.” (09/19/17)

https://fee.org/articles/nationalism-is-a-farce-that-ends-in-tragedy/

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27) W3C turns back the clock on an open Web
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“W3C is the Web’s ‘international standards organization.’ Simply put, its recommendations are the reason you can load almost any web page in almost any browser and expect to see the same things on your screen. When W3C recommends something, it’s a lead pipe cinch that all the major browser creators will incorporate that recommendation in their products ASAP. In this case, W3C’s recommendation is the equivalent of a printing standards body deciding that henceforth printing presses should only emboss cuneiform characters in clay tablets. That is, it calls for universal adoption of an obsolete — to the point of silliness — way of doing things.

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11437

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28) Releasing the Kraken of political power
Source: Strike the Root
by Lawrence Samuels

“What to make of Trump? Never has someone with so little political experience offended so many with so few words. This has aggravated almost everyone, but especially those who did not even vote for him. For instance, the founder of antiwar.com in San Francisco recently remarked that after he told his left-wing friends that he had voted for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for President, he was treated like a leper. The same goes for the other minority parties and for Bernie supporters who refrained from voting. This attitude recalls George W. Bush’s war cry when drumming up support for the 2003 Iraq invasion, declaring: ‘Either you’re with us, or you’re with the enemy.’ Why such hateful responses to non-Trump voters? Trump’s time in the Oval Office will eventually expire, but Hillary’s supporters treat his presidency like an eternity. It seems as if Hillary’s cheerleaders are experiencing withdrawal pangs, as if their cache of political power had been forever stolen.” (09/19/17)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/releasing-kraken-of-political-power

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29) We could do better if America wasn’t the fussy superpower
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“The long-running (and highly productive) Cassini mission to Saturn came to an end last week, with the Cassini probe gathering data until the last on a fiery plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere. People are already talking about sending another probe, but that’s not likely to happen for a decade, at best. But as interesting as Cassini was, thinking about it kind of makes me sad. Because we could have been to Saturn a lot sooner, if we’d done things differently. Over the weekend I was rereading The Curve of Binding Energy, John McPhee’s book about nuclear weapons designer Ted Taylor. Taylor was a renowned designer of nuclear devices, with a particular expertise for making them ever smaller and more reliable. But for a while, as McPhee’s book reminded me, Taylor spent some time working with other famed physicists such as Freeman Dyson on something peaceful: The Orion spacecraft, a rocketship designed to be powered by nuclear explosions. Yes, you read that right.” (09/18/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/09/18/we-missed-opportunity-put-americans-saturn-1970-glenn-reynolds-column/675060001

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30) Let’s lay off the 1930s reenactments
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“We can be forgiven, I think, for wondering if historical reenactors are looking to the 1930s for inspiration and excitement. Two groups of losers (to borrow a favorite pejorative of the moment) — white supremacists/neo-Nazis and antifa/neo-communists — have revived the hoary collectivist ideologies of that era in a seemingly conscious effort to live out their Weimar dreams of heroic street fighting. It would be bad enough if the 1930s reenactments were confined to bloody clashes in the streets, but they’re not. Then, as now, those clashes were the outcome of a larger loss of faith in individualism, tolerance, and the sort of open, unbossy, relatively live-and-let-live society that we sum up, within broad parameters, as liberal democracy.” (09/19/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/09/19/lets-lay-off-the-1930s-reenactments

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31) Rolling back the warfare state
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ron Paul

“Last week, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reminded Congress that in matters of war, they have the authority and the responsibility to speak for the American people. Most Senators were not too happy about the reminder, which came in the form of a forced vote on whether to allow a vote on his amendment to repeal the Afghanistan and Iraq war resolutions of 2001 and 2002. It wasn’t easy. Sen. Paul had to jump through hoops just to get a vote on whether to have a vote. That is how bad it is in Congress! Not only does Congress refuse to rein in presidents who treat Constitutional constraints on their war authority as mere suggestions rather than as the law of the land, Congress doesn’t even want to be reminded that they alone have war authority.” (09/19/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/paul/2017/09/18/rolling-back-warfare-state/

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32) Sessions should resign … after taking action against Clinton, Comey & Rice
Source: Fox News Forum
by Gregg Jarrett

“Jeff Sessions should never have accepted the position of Attorney General of the United States. His leadership has proven unproductive and ineffectual. There are two reasons for this. First, he deceived President Trump by concealing his intent to recuse himself from the federal investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Second, Sessions appears either incapable or incompetent. He has resisted producing the documents relevant to the anti-Trump dossier which were subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee.” [editor’s note: This guy got the first part right; elf on shelf NOW! Anti civil-liberties fascist has no business as an AG – SAT] (09/19/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/09/19/gregg-jarrett-sessions-should-resign-but-not-before-taking-action-against-clinton-comey-and-rice.html

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33) Is China’s export success built on slavery?
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

China’s workforce today is nearly 803 million — a number that, I’ll assume to make my argument here weaker than otherwise, does not include the 15.5 million slaves. Thus, even according to figures given by the ILO, percentage of Chinese workers who are slaves is ‘only’ 1.9. Again, if this number is correct, that’s 1.9 percent of workers too many. But this small percentage makes unbelievable the often-repeated assertion that China’s modern export success is built on slavery. Indeed, even if we make the overly ‘generous’ assumption that all 25 million slaves in Asia and the Pacific are Chinese workers, the percentage of the Chinese workforce who are slaves remains tiny; it’s 3.1 percent. Bottom line: Even on assumptions most generous to those who contend that modern China’s economic success generally, and its export success specifically, is the product of slavery in China, the numbers simply do not support the contention.” (09/19/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/09/chinas-export-success-built-slavery.html

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34) Honor the Constitution by impeaching Jeff Sessions
Source: The Nation
by John Nichols

“Two hundred and thirty years ago this week, delegates to the convention that drafted the US Constitution signed the document into being. In so doing, they afforded the legislative branch the power to remove presidents, vice presidents, and attorneys general. This was an essential act in the distinguishing of the American experiment. As George Mason said in that summer of 1787, ‘No point is of more importance than that the right of impeachment should be continued. Shall any man be above justice?’ Impeachment is not a legal mechanism. It is a political act. The founders employed the catch-all phrase ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ to provide leeway for the future generations who would hold errant officials to account. An impeached and convicted official is not jailed or fined. He is simply removed from office. This is the appropriate remedy, as the point of impeachment is not punishment or vengeance but, rather, protection of the republic from lawless and dangerous individuals who have claimed positions of power.” [editor’s note: Elf on shelf ASAP; even the “progressives” know this – SAT] (09/18/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/honor-the-constitution-by-impeaching-jeff-sessions

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35) Discarding the veil of legitimacy
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Since their inception, government law enforcers here in the United States have pretended to be servants of the people. That facade is finally being discarded as more law enforcers begin to show their true colors. For example, in the past law enforcers might respond to questions about arresting protesters by citing their duty to protect the community. Now, at least in St. Louis, their responses are almost indistinguishable from statements one might expect from nongovernmental criminal gangs …” (09/19/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/09/19/discarding-the-veil-of-legitimacy/

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36) No man is above the law — except on college campuses
Source: OpEdNews
by Ted Rall

“The weird alternative universe of law on campus is in the headlines again due to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos'[s] announcement that the Trump Administration plans to rewrite Obama-era Title IX rules to give male students accused of rape on college campuses more rights to defend themselves. Under a 2011 directive university administrators were advised that their institutions could lose federal education funding unless they reduce the evidentiary standard for finding a defendant student guilty of sexual misconduct from ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ (the same as in criminal courts, in which jurors are asked to be roughly 90% or more certain of guilt to convict) to the lower ‘based on the preponderance of the evidence’ standard used in civil courts (50% or more). … Though largely well-intentioned, and despite the fact that it is opposed by the despicable Donald Trump, this Title IX-based paternalism has no place in a society that purports to respect the concept of equal justice under the law.” (09/19/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/No-Man-is-Above-the-Law–by-Ted-Rall-College_Guilt_Law-Enforcement_Misconduct-170919-134.html

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37) Trump’s gentle-seeming UN reforms really an ultimatum
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“President Trump will present a set of wide-ranging reforms for the United Nations this week that will actually force the dysfunctional organization to begin living up to its lofty ideals. This may be the corrupt, badly disorganized U.N.’s final chance at survival. Trump had harsh things to say about the U.N. during last year’s election. Sadly for the U.N., none of them was fake news or an exaggeration. The U.N. is corrupt. The U.N. is ineffective. The U.N. is wasting billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars. Trump (and his able ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley) have proposed a 10-point reform plan that could be the last chance for the U.N. to ditch its legacy of failure and actually become a responsible global organization.” (09/18/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trumps-gentle-seeming-u-n-reforms-are-really-an-ultimatum-reform-or-die

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38) Cooperation, not sanctions, will make America great again
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Rahul D Manchanda

“Someone needs to tell President Donald Trump that his own U.S. Treasury Department chief, Steve Mnuchin, mass purveyor of reckless and short-sighted economic trade sanctions, is undermining his ability to truly make America great again. While the rest of the world trades freely, now in multiple currencies, the constant bullying, threats and intimidation by the neo-cons begging for more violent and destructive ‘foreign interventions,’ resulting in countless millions dead all over the world, sovereign nations ruined, and new state led enemies vowing to destroy America for ending their existence, the United States is becoming more and more isolated, hated and reviled, while its people and small businesses get choked to death because they can no longer trade with the new, countless, and ever growing list of ‘enemies.'” (09/19/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/cooperation-not-sanctions-will-make-america-great/

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39) What good is a National Security Strategy?
Source: Niskanen Center
by Matthew Fay

“Sebastian Gorka, a former White House adviser with questionable credentials whose responsibilities seemed to mostly involve Fox News appearances, told Breitbart in July that the new NSS will try to bridge the gap between isolationism and internationalism. It’s unclear what that means, but Gorka did promise that the new strategy would lack something — political correctness. Because what has obviously stopped various would-be George Kennans from crafting the successor to ‘Containment’ was the need to appease social justice warriors. Despite Gorka’s crowing about its potential lack of political correctness, Trump’s NSS will likely be a conventional document.” (09/19/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/good-national-security-strategy/

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40) Bureaucratic dark energy
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Robert J Hanrahan, Jr.

“There are thousands of felonies committed every day in Washington, D.C. Not in the places one might imagine, but in federal office buildings throughout the nation’s capital. The crime? Circumventing the power of Congress and the president to control the bureaucracy. The U.S. civil service’s growth is limited by the budgets enacted by Congress and executed by the president. But many federal agencies do an end run around any hiring freeze by hiring contractors instead of federal employees to perform government work. Bureaucracy expands rather than shrinks, congressional oversight is lost, ethical restrictions do not apply, and government expansion continues in defiance of the laws.” (09/19/17)

https://cei.org/content/bureaucratic-dark-energy

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41) Trump’s broken promises
Source: Town Hall
by George Mano

“Last week President Trump sat down with left-wing Democratic Party politicians Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and tried to work out a deal on the border wall. Mr. Trump, a former businessman, fashions himself a great deal-maker, so he should have had them eating out of his hands. … So, if this deal is signed, Schumer and Pelosi get what they want (amnesty for the offspring of illegals [sic]) and Trump gets a promise for ‘massive border security,’ but no wall. It would be like going to a car dealership and handing over $20,000 for a new car, and the dealer gives you some candy for your kids and says, ‘You can talk to us about the car later, but we’re never going to give it to you.’ We have seen this before.” [editor’s note: Just like most “progressive” pundits, this “conservative” misses the point: If this results in an actual bill and then a law, addressing this issue with Congress on board, it will be a “yuuuge” step forward for all concerned, and maybe a sign that “gov’t by Executive order” is no longer the norm – SAT] (09/19/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/georgemano/2017/09/19/trumps-broken-promises-n2383036

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42) Using mob rule to bypass due process
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“There’s nothing wrong with forming groups and creating rules and procedures for how the group will operate and handle disputes. But I do take issue with forming groups and creating rules and procedures for how other people will operate and handle disputes. The latter is called ‘government.’ We know that this is how government operates because when legislators, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and bureaucrats are challenged to provide facts and evidence to support their jurisdictional claims, they can’t. All they can provide are their opinions and willingness to use violence to hurt us and take our stuff in accordance with their rules and procedures. And herein lies the dilemma for the supporter of due process. Because people who call themselves ‘government’ have no basis in factual reality for their claims of jurisdiction, when they do use violence to hurt us or take our stuff, they do it in total violation of due process.” (09/18/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/using-mob-rule-bypass-due-process

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43) Clown revolt: Whoop! Whoop! comes to Washington
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“Despite being billed as a showdown of competing political protests and rallies, the only political action on the streets of Washington this past weekend were the raging clowns. They did not come to beat Nazis or chase Pro-Trumpers off the Mall, the way the mainstream media suggested on Friday. Instead, thousands of Juggalos — ardent fans of the Insane Clown Posse (ICP) duo — assembled near the Lincoln Memorial to protest their vilification by Uncle Sam. They came to defend their honor — or at least try to get their record expunged.” (09/19/17)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/09/18/clown-revolt-whoop-whoop-comes-to-washington/

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44) Sorry to break it to you …
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“… but there are freelance bad people out there. If you believe everything is a ‘false flag’ you’re as gullible as those who believe everything the mass media reports. If everything’s a false flag, then nothing ever occurs outside of government control. And that’s obviously absurd.” (09/19/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/09/sorry-to-break-it-to-you.html

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45) Hey, it’s just money; or is it?
The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“NOTHING in life is free: someone pays for everything, even if it is ‘free’ to the recipient. But even the person receiving the ‘free’ gift (whether it is education or something else) pays for it. In the case of ‘free public education’ it is time, liberty, and the incredible web of lies fed to the children that those children pay, just as their parents and everyone else in their communities (and across the Fifty States) pay in property and income and other taxes. It is ‘free money’ to the unions and the bureaucrats (even the retired school administrator in the second article). But that ignores the fact that ANY money spent on government-run, tax-funded ‘education’ is wasted. Not just the waste from fraud or collusion or corruption. ALL of it is wasted.” (09/19/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/09/19/hey-its-just-money-or-is-it/

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46) Where are the brave military voices against forever war?
Source: The American Conservative
by Maj. Danny Sjursen, USA

“In 2017, it’s near impossible to remember that today’s professional, volunteer army is less than half a century old, a product of epic failure in Vietnam. Most of America’s Founding Fathers, after all, scorned standing armies and favored a body of august, able citizen-soldiers. Something more akin to our National Guard. Deploy these men to faraway lands, so the thinking went, and each town would lose its blacksmith, carpenter, and cobbler too. Only vital interests warranted such sacrifice. Alas, it is no longer so. In truth, the ‘citizen-soldier’ is dead, replaced — to the sound of cheers — by self-righteous subalterns hiding beneath the sly veil of that ubiquitous corporate idiom: professionalism. Discipline, motivation, teamwork — these are all sleek, bureaucratic terms certain to mold terrific middle managers, but they remain morally bare. And, ultimately, futile. So today, my peers are silent.” (09/19/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/where-are-the-brave-military-voices-against-forever-war/

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47) Where have all the communes gone?
Source: In These Times
by Jessa Crispin

“In the early winter of 1967, Kommune 1 was born in the West Berlin apartment of author and poet Hans Magnus Enzensberger. (He was out of town at the time.) It was an era of great upheaval, and the Kommune’s founders glommed onto some of the ideas floating around. From Wilhelm Reich, they took the idea that fascism was born of the nuclear family (as he wrote, ‘The authoritarian state has a representative in every family, the father; in this way he becomes the state’s most valuable tool’), and declared they wanted to abolish marriage, monogamy and the single-family home. From the pre-war Dada movement, they learned that absurdity can be a form of protest, and so while their revolutionary brothers and sisters were taking up guns and bombs, they shat on government buildings and planned an ‘assassination’ attempt on U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey by pelting him with pudding, flour and yogurt.” (09/18/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20491/where-have-all-the-communes-gone-left-wing-melancholia-kommune-tumult

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48) How we know eurozone monetary policy is working again
Source: Cobden Centre
by Benn Steil

“In 2013, I showed that the ECB’s monetary transmission mechanism had broken down in the crisis-hit periphery countries. ECB rate cuts were not being passed on to rate cuts on new loans to businesses. Perhaps the strongest sign that the crisis has ended is that this mechanism has now been restored in the periphery countries. In fact, the link between ECB rates and the rates banks charge on new business loans is now, on average, considerably stronger in the periphery than in the core …. The turning point was the ECB’s June 2014 announcement of a negative deposit rate and cheap long-term loans to banks–known as targeted longer-term refinancing operations, or TLTROs. This is because these new measures have disproportionately benefited periphery banks.” (09/19/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/09/benn-steil-how-we-know-eurozone-monetary-policy-is-working-again/

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49) Rohrabacher versus the machine
Source: CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney

“Does Dana Rohrabacher really think he’s tough enough to take on the combined power of the US Intelligence Community, the Washington political establishment and the mainstream media? Good luck with that. The California Congressman stepped into the limelight last week when he called White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to request a meeting with President Donald Trump. Rohrabacher, it seems, has some important information to pass along to the president, mainly that he has come across some hard evidence that the Russia hacking story is, to put it mildly, a crock. … Naturally, the Intelligence honchos are not going to sit quietly and twiddle their thumbs while Rohrabacher blows holes in their fake narrative about Russia espionage and presidential collusion. Oh, no. They’re going to act preemptively and do whatever it takes to discredit Rohrabacher, even if it means making him out to be a Putin puppet or a Kremlin stooge.” (09/19/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/19/rohrabacher-vs-the-machine/

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50) The day Bitcoin was hacked
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

Fiction: “In the ninth year of Satoshi, at 9:30am UTC on a cold February morning, Bitcoin was hacked.”
(09/19/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/day-bitcoin-hacked/

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51) Convention of states: How the states meet to bypass Congress
Source: Heartland Institute
by Rob Natelson

“Each convention of states is a temporary task force of duly authorized state representatives convened to address and propose solutions to one or more specific issues. A convention results when states accept an invitation (referred to as a ‘call’) sent by a state, a prior convention, or, occasionally, Congress. The 2017 Phoenix convention was called by Arizona’s state legislature to prepare for the likelihood that a convention will soon meet to propose an amendment requiring Congress to balance the federal budget. The Phoenix convention is not the first to be held since the Constitution was adopted. In fact, some of the most interesting conventions of states met in the 19th and 20th centuries.” (09/18/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/09/convention-of-states-how-the-states-meet-to-bypass-congress/

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52) The coming robot arms race
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“Russia’s latest ‘Zapad’ military exercise is under way on NATO’S eastern border. Tens of thousands of soldiers are taking part in the massive four-yearly war games that are both a drill as well as a show of strength for the West. Next time around, in 2021, those troops might be sharing their battle space with a different type of force: self-driving drones, tanks, ships and submersibles. Drone warfare is hardly new; the first lethal attack conducted by an American unmanned aerial vehicle took place in Afghanistan in October 2001. What is now changing fast, however, is the ability of such unmanned systems to operate without a guiding human hand. That’s a truly revolutionary shift, and one every major nation wants to be leading. Critics have long feared countries might be more willing to go to war with unmanned systems. Now, some see a very real risk control might pass beyond human beings altogether.” (09/19/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-robots-commentary/commentary-the-coming-robot-arms-race-idUSKCN1BT1XN

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53) Quantum Vibe, 09/19/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (09/19/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1688

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54) Did the CIA assassinate Letelier and Moffitt?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Ever since the assassination of former Chilean official Orlando Letelier in 1976, the official position, promoted by both the mainstream press and the Washington establishment, was that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who the U.S. helped install into power, ordered the hit on Letelier. Yet, as I pointed out in my 3-part article ‘The Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt,’ which was published in the January, February, and March 2017 issues of FFF’s monthly journal, Future of Freedom, that position is problematic.” (09/19/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/09/19/cia-assassinate-letelier-moffitt/

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55) Can conservative journalism survive?
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Donald Trump’s rise to power put National Review, The Weekly Standard, and the sorts of journalists who work there in a distressing bind. Neither the president nor the #MAGA loyalists who staff his White House adhere to conservative principles. Yet many donors, subscribers, and readers who sustain their publications prefer Trump’s blustering, bombastic project, massively shifting the center of gravity on the right. Tribalist populism is ascendant — and conservative publications no longer thereby benefit, in part because newer magazines and web sites are more closely aligned with it.” (09/19/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/09/can-conservative-journalism-survive/539181/

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56) Aung San Suu Kyi: A childish obsession
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“[T]the wailing about Aung San Suu Kyi — this fallen idol, this saint-turned-sinner, this colossal moral let-down — is itself testament to a profound problem with the way global affairs are approached today. That is to say, too often they are boiled down to baddies versus goodies, as if the driving forces of conflicts, struggles and tyrannies around the world can be reduced to the moral character of particular individuals. As a result the complexities of local situations, the material forces involved — social, political and economic — cease to exist. All that matters is the seeming evilness or goodness of individual leaders. We’ve seen this shallow, childish approach underwrite the disastrous interventions against assorted international Darth Vaders, from Saddam Hussain to Colonel Gadaffi; we’ve seen it firewall international heroes, from Nelson Mandela to the most absurd Nobel Peace Prize Winner of all, Barack Obama; and now we’re seeing it break up on the reef of Aung San Suu Kyi’s descent into politics.” (09/19/17)

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57) The Trump nightmare: How it ends
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“I don’t have a crystal ball, but I find the following scenario increasingly plausible. Let me begin by giving away the punch-line: When Robert Mueller’s report comes out, the Republican leadership will quickly huddle, and tell Trump that he needs to resign or face impeachment. Why is this prediction other than wishful thinking? For starters, Trump could not do a better job of alienating the Republicans in Congress, whom he needs to save his bacon, if it were his deliberate plan. He insults Mitch McConnell personally. Then he makes separate deals with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, first on the debt extension, then on the Dreamers, and next quite likely on taxes, and perhaps on climate change. The far-right base is enraged at Trump as never before.” [editor’s note: Mr. Kuttner’s “crystal ball” becomes a joke, as promising things continue to happen around the cracks of this “doomed” regime (and as for the “Mueller report” … still just crickets and Deflategate III there) – SAT] [additional editor’s note: I’d say the odds are better than even that Kuttner will be proven right – TLK] (09/19/17)

http://prospect.org/article/trump-nightmare-how-it-ends

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58) Free the truck drivers
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Should our government liberate truck drivers from the country-wide prison in which they’re incarcerated? You say I’m exaggerating. Being metaphorical. Yes. Maybe metaphors and hyperbole are not to your taste, but suggesting an analogy, at least, is more than justified. The government does treat truck drivers like inmates … with no right to plan their own schedules.” (09/19/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/09/19/free-the-truck-drivers/

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59) The Cybercrime Convention’s new protocol needs to uphold human rights
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Katitza Rodriguez

“As part of an ongoing attempt to help law enforcement obtain data across international borders, the Council of Europe’s Cybercrime Convention — finalized in the weeks following 9/11, and ratified by the United States and over 50 countries around the world — is back on the global lawmaking agenda. This time, the Council’s Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) has initiated a process to draft a second additional protocol to the Convention — a new text which could allow direct foreign law enforcement access to data stored in other countries’ territories. EFF has joined EDRi and a number of other organizations in a letter to the Council of Europe, highlighting some anticipated concerns with the upcoming process and seeking to ensure civil society concerns are considered in the new protocol. This new protocol needs to preserve the Council of Europe’s stated aim to uphold human rights, and not undermine privacy, and the integrity of our communication networks.” (09/18/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/09/cybercrime-conventions-new-protocol-needs-uphold-human-rights

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60) Toward cybersecurity without trade protectionism
Source: Cato Institute
by Daniel J Ikenson

“Information and communications technology (ICT) products are to the modern economy what iron and coal were to the industrial revolution: building blocks essential to innovation and progress. But with this productivity-enhancing, living standards-boosting technology comes parallel potential for nefarious goals. Protecting critical economic and national security infrastructure from cyber-malfeasance is a legitimate responsibility of government. But, as with other areas in which governments are obligated to protect the public, success requires proper identification of the sources and nature of the threats, as well as recognition that risk mitigation brings its own set of costs.” (09/18/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/toward-cybersecurity-without-trade-protectionism

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61) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 22
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Spanish America was part of an empire in name. Missionaries expanded the frontier zone, but they never really controlled it.” [various formats] (09/19/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/illusion-empire-spanish-texas

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62) The Libertarian Angle, 09/19/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling join the conversation on Vietnam following the release of the Ken Burns documentary.” [various formats] (09/19/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-vietnam-war-video/

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63) Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show, 09/18/17
Source: Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show

“Frank Buckley author and professor on Trump’s deal with Dems.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/18/17)

http://internetradiopros.com/freedomworks/?p=episode&name=2017-09-18_zfws091817.mp3

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64) Liberty Lifestyle, episode 8
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Liberty Lifestyle 008 has Tyler sitting down with Adam Kokesh, author, podcaster, and liberty activist.” [various formats] (09/18/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/adam-kokesh-29m-liberty-lifestyle-008

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65) Cato Daily Podcast, 09/18/17
Source: Cato Institute

“It’s not even clear that ‘Medicare for Some’ is a good idea, let alone ‘Medicare for All.’ Michael F. Cannon comments.” [various formats] (09/18/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/medicare-some-isnt-exactly-great

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66) Free Talk Live, 09/18/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Pharma Bro :: Common Law :: Digital Cash :: Mark’s Boat :: Kid Tazed in His Testicles to Death :: Mental Illness :: Google Bots :: Homelessness :: Cop Shootings :: HOSTS — Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/18/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-09-18

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67) Activism 101 Podcast, episode 15
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“Putting on live events like rallies or educational seminars are a great way to raise awareness, educate the community and even help fund your activism efforts. In this episode of the Activism 101 podcast, I talk about putting on live events. I discuss some different event ideas, things to think about as you plan and some pitfalls to avoid.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/18/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/09/activism-101-podcast-15-putting-on-events/

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68) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 651
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Great article out of Zero Hedge today covering the current pension crisis in America. If you’ve listened to this show for any length of time, you know the public pension system is wrecked. … I’ve got a lot of social stuff in the stack today. I want to talk a little about Brown University’s decision to start segregated dinners after the recent clash with White Nationalists. Depending on who you listen to you’ll get very different opinions on this. I’d like to give you a practical one. We’ll also discuss the Republicans attempt to revive their Obamacare lite proposal.” [various formats] (09/18/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/651-this-time-its-different-really/

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