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Friday, September 22nd, 2017
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In the News:

1) Catalonia: Spanish invaders face resistance at ports
2) Russia: Regime threatens retaliatory strikes against US troops and their allies in Syria
3) Hurricane Maria continues on path of destruction
4) Samantha Power allegedly tried to “unmask” Americans on a daily basis
5) SEC: Hackers may have traded using stolen insider information
6) Harvard study: Two-party duopoly to blame for government dysfunction
7) Harvard alumni protest against Spicer, Lewandowski
8) Russia hack that wasn’t? Supposed breach of Dallas voter rolls might not have happened
9) Businessman put on notice after rant about Kathy Griffin
10) Philippines: Protesters slam martial law, killings under Duterte
11) President Trump’s “Nambia” remarks at UN prompt Twitter scorn
12) Trump tries to distract from failing domestic agenda with new sanctions on North Korea
13) FL: Teacher asks students to use gender-neutral pronouns, angering parents
14) UK: May seeks to unite divided cabinet before big Brexit speech
15) Fired Google engineer explains why he branded KKK titles as “cool”
16) Push to unseal the draft Whitewater indictment against Hillary Clinton gets court date
17) CA: Primary school suspended little boy, five, for making “terroristic threats” when he joked he had a bomb in his bag
18) Melania Trump mocked online for wardrobe-choice after anti-bullying speech
19) Pope Francis: No second chances for paedophile priests
20) LDS Church buys printer’s manuscript of Book of Mormon for record $35 million
21) Dr. Oz explains on Fox News how cannabis can help solve opioid crisis
22) Sweden: Trader files regulatory complaint over Dimon/JPMorgan’s Bitcoin poop and scoop
23) France: Wolf-whistling could become illegal under street harassment laws
24) Moon urges North Korea to abandon nukes, seek talks
25) Lawrence O’Donnell meltdown: MSNBC host apologizes for leaked profane tirade

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Still waiting on a peace dividend
27) You can’t go home again, but …
28) When the state tries the state, the state always wins
29) ICOs will not be defeated
30) Trump’s tightening legal noose
31) The real deal Trump has to make on Afghanistan
32) The great faction
33) Empire of madness: Fiddling through the smoke in 2025
34) Trump has filled, not drained, the swamp
35) How she lost
36) Is Tom Cotton’s inner realist struggling to get out?
37) Snowden’s EthiopiaLeaks: Reading between the lines
38) Spicer, Manning, Lewandowski: Harvard succumbs to clickbait
39) Quantum Vibe, 09/21/17
40) Rocket Man
41) “Uncle Tom” more destructive than the “N-word”
42) Trump at the UN: The politics of rodomontade
43) Once again the NHS is evidence of Baumol’s central contention
44) GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal ObamaCare surprisingly good
45) The Vietnam syndrome: How we lost it and why we need it back
46) McAfee at Shape The Future; “Pandora’s box has been opened”
47) Donald Trump’s foreign policy doctrine makes no sense
48) Apple does right by users and advertisers are displeased
49) Single payer healthcare is only good for government, not the people it serves
50) Superstition still plagues humanity
51) Donald Trump used the United Nations to threaten a massive violation of international law
52) Laura Kipnis’s second “Title IX Inquisition”
53) More holes in the Russiagate narrative
54) Trump as populist
55) Engadget is my go-to source for bad economic analysis. Today’s lesson: Apparently items are more valuable if you can’t resell them

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Muh Demolishing of Lauren Southern
57) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/21/17
58) Free Talk Live, 09/20/17
59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 95
60) Activism 101 Podcast, episode 16
61) Editor’s break, episode 33
62) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 653

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

1) Catalonia: Spanish invaders face resistance at ports
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“Spain’s deployment of boatloads of military police to Catalonia to prevent its independence referendum hit obstacles yesterday as dockers in two ports announced a boycott and a third denied them mooring. More than 4000 members of Spain’s Guardia Civil are being dispatched to Catalonia amid concerns over divided loyalties in the autonomous community’s own police force, the Mossos d’ Esquadra. They are to be accommodated on four cruise ships — two in the port of Barcelona, one in Tarragona and another in Palamos. … The Assembly of Stevedores of the Port of Barcelona announced that workers would not provide any services to boats carrying security forces, a decision it said was taken ‘in defence of civil rights.’ Dock workers in Tarragona quickly followed suit. The Catalan government meanwhile denied permission to dock in Palamos — which, unlike Barcelona and Tarragona, falls under regional rather than national control.” (09/21/17)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/21/boats-spanish-military-police-blocked-catalan-ports-unrest-grows/

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2) Russia: Regime threatens retaliatory strikes against US troops and their allies in Syria
Source: Washington Post

“Russia on Thursday raised the threat of a direct confrontation with U.S. forces in Syria, saying that the Russian military would target areas occupied by American units and U.S.-backed militia if Moscow’s troops come under fire. The warning came amid rising tensions in the Syrian desert between the United States and its Kurdish and Arab allies on the one hand, and Russia, the Syrian regime and Iranian-backed militias on the other as both converge on Islamic State-held territory in eastern Syria. Russian military spokesman Maj. General Igor Konashenkov said the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, had twice in recent days shelled Syrian government positions outside Deir el-Zour, a strategic city in the region.” (09/21/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/russia-warns-of-retaliation-if-facing-fire-from-us-led-coalitionin-syria/2017/09/21/00e3b81c-9eba-11e7-8ed4-a750b67c552b_story.html

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3) Hurricane Maria continues on path of destruction
Source: Otago Daily Times [New Zealand]

“Deadly Hurricane Maria caused flooding in the Dominican Republic as it brushed past the country after destroying buildings and knocking out power across the US territories of Puerto Rico and St. Croix.
The second major hurricane to rage through the Caribbean this month, Maria has killed at least 17 people and devastated several small islands, including St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and Dominica. Maria, carrying sustained winds of up to 195kmh,was expected to pass near the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas on Thursday night (local time) and Friday, the US National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.” (09/21/17)

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/world/hurricane-continues-path-destruction

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4) Samantha Power allegedly tried to “unmask” Americans on a daily basis
Source: New York Post

“Samantha Power, who was the US Ambassador to the UN under former President Barack Obama, averaged more than one ‘unmasking’ request for every working day in 2016 — even going so far as to seek the names of Trump associates just before his inauguration, a report says. Sources told Fox News that Power tried to expose more than 260 people last year, most in the final days of the Obama administration. The 46-year-old is one of several officials who worked for the former president and are now facing congressional scrutiny for their ‘unmasking’ attempts. The process is ultimately carried out when one wants to reveal the identity of an individual whose name surfaced in foreign intelligence documents.” (09/21/17)

http://nypost.com/2017/09/20/samantha-power-allegedly-tried-to-unmask-americans-on-a-daily-basis/

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5) SEC: Hackers may have traded using stolen insider information
Source: Reuters

“The top U.S. markets regulator said on Wednesday that hackers accessed its corporate disclosure database and may have illegally profited by trading on the insider information stolen. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said the hack occurred in 2016 but that it had only discovered last month that the cyber criminals may have used the information to make illicit trades. The hackers exploited a software glitch in the test filing component of the system to gain access to non-public information, the agency said. The SEC hosts large volumes of sensitive and confidential information that could be used for insider-trading or manipulating U.S. equity markets. Its EDGAR database houses millions of filings on corporate disclosures ranging from quarterly earnings to statements on mergers and acquisitions.” [editor’s note: Just “hackers?” No allegations of “Russian spies” this time? – SAT] (09/21/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/legal-us-sec-intrusion/u-s-sec-says-hackers-may-have-traded-using-stolen-insider-information-idUSKCN1BW1K0

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6) Harvard study: Two-party duopoly to blame for government dysfunction
Source: Independent Voter News

“A groundbreaking new report was published last week by the Harvard Business School that could change the way we think about politics altogether. ‘Most people think of politics as its own unique public institution governed by impartial laws dating back to the founders. Not so. It is, in fact, an industry–most of whose key players are private, gain-seeking organizations,’ say authors Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter. So what do Gehl and Porter mean by “an industry,” a term generally reserved for sectors of economic activity like energy, technology, or banking? It means that, from an analytical standpoint, the Republican and Democratic Parties are just like the major players of any other private industry: they act out of their private and rational self-interest.” (09/20/17)

https://ivn.us/2017/09/20/harvard-study-two-party-duopoly-blame-government-dysfunction

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7) Harvard alumni protest against Spicer, Lewandowski
Source: Raw Story

“Harvard University alumni really don’t want Sean Spicer or Corey Lewandowski to be given fellowships at the institution. The Ivy League institution announced a controversial list of visiting fellows at the Institute of Politics at Harvard earlier in September. Besides former White House press secretary Spicer and Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Lewandowski, the list also included breakfast television host Joe Scarborough and Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst who spent seven years in prison for leaking classified documents. But Spicer and Lewandowski have attracted the most pushback from members of the university community. An online open letter asking Harvard President Drew Faust to rescind the offers of fellowships to the pair has been signed by more than 1,900 people claiming to be Harvard alumni.” [editor’s note: They already lost cred by failing ot protest the dropping of Manning from the list – SAT] (09/21/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/harvard-alumni-protest-against-spicer-lewandowski

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8) Russia hack that wasn’t? Supposed breach of Dallas voter rolls might not have happened
Source: Fox News

“A Dallas County election official claimed months ago that Russians tried to hack the county’s voter registration rolls — but a new report is challenging that account. According to internal Dallas County emails obtained by the ABC affiliate for the Dallas area, WFAA, the supposed Russian hack was not confirmed. ‘To our knowledge, there have been no such attempts,’ Dallas County Chief Information Officer Stanley Victrum reportedly said in an email on June 13 to the Dallas County Elections Administrator, Toni Pippins-Poole. Pippins-Poole had claimed at the time there was evidence of hack attempts from Russian IP addresses. In a separate email sent to his staff, Victrum asked for ‘insights’ on what Pippins-Poole could be referring to, saying ‘to our knowledge we haven’t been hacked.’ Despite Victrum’s email, Pippins-Poole again announced the supposed hack attempts.” (09/21/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/21/russia-hack-that-wasn-t-supposed-breach-dallas-voter-rolls-might-not-have-happened.html

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9) Businessman put on notice after rant about Kathy Griffin
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“One of the nation’s biggest homebuilders is putting its top executive on notice after a vulgar rant against comedian Kathy Griffin was caught on tape and went viral. KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger, who is a neighbor of Griffin’s in California, was recorded by a security camera hurling slurs against Griffin while in a heated argument with her boyfriend. Mezger was angered after Griffin or her boyfriend complained to police over a family get together at Mezger’s house. KB Home said in a regulatory filing Thursday that while Mezger has been ‘a great leader,’ his behavior was unacceptable and that he would be fired for any similar incidents in the future. It also cut his annual bonus by 25 percent.” (09/21/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Businessman-put-on-notice-after-rant-against-12217388.php

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10) Philippines: Protesters slam martial law, killings under Duterte
Source: Detroit News

“Thousands of protesters marked Thursday’s anniversary of the 1972 declaration of martial law by late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos with an outcry against what they say are the current president’s authoritarian tendencies and his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs. Hundreds of riot police were deployed to secure the marches and rallies, among the largest against President Rodrigo Duterte since he took power last year. Pro-Duterte followers also staged rallies in Manila. The rival demonstrations reflected deepening divisions sparked largely by the president’s brutal anti-crime style. Duterte warned he will use force or expand nationwide his declaration of martial law in the country’s south if the anti-government protesters threatened public order.” (09/21/17)

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/world/2017/09/21/philippines-duterte-martial-law/105840222/

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11) President Trump’s “Nambia” remarks at UN prompt Twitter scorn
Source: USA Today

“President Trump referred to a nonexistent country at a luncheon with African leaders during the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday — and Twitter wasn’t having it. Trump spoke of ‘Nambia’ in his opening remarks, before saying ‘Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient’ during the event, at the Palace Hotel in New York. ‘Nambia’ doesn’t exist; the name appeared to be a merger of Namibia in southwestern Africa and Zambia, located to the northeast of Namibia. Gambia, in west Africa, was also a contender. A White House transcript later clarified that Trump had in fact been referring to Namibia.” [editor’s note: Or he was confusing it with “nam(i)by-pamby” describing so many other things? Talk about non-news … – SAT] (09/21/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/09/21/president-trump-nambia/688012001

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12) Trump tries to distract from failing domestic agenda with new sanctions on North Korea
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump announced a new set of sanctions on North Korea Thursday and praised China for taking action to limit financial transactions with the isolated communist nation. The effort to project forward momentum in his bid to isolate Pyongyang came at the end of Trump’s four-day visit to the United Nations General Assembly, where the crisis has taken prominence in rapid-pace meetings with more than a dozen world leaders. … The executive order Trump inked just ahead of the lunch enhances US Treasury Department authorities to target individuals who provide goods, services or technology to North Korea, Trump said.” (09/21/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/21/politics/donald-trump-north-korea-sanctions/index.html

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13) FL: Teacher asks students to use gender-neutral pronouns, angering parents
Source: Fox News

“A Florida elementary school teacher’s letter asking fifth-grade students to use gender-neutral pronouns in the classroom reportedly concerned some parents in the district, with one asking ‘what would your reaction be?’ Chloe Bressack, a math and science teacher recently hired at Canopy Oaks Elementary in Tallahassee, wrote the letter to parents as a way of introducing herself and her classroom methods, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. ‘One thing that you should know about me is that I use gender-neutral terms. My prefix is Mx. [pronounced Mix],’ Bressack wrote in the letter. ‘My pronouns are ‘they, them, their’ instead of ‘he, his, she, hers.’ I know it takes some practice for it to feel natural, but students catch on pretty quickly.’ … The note caused a divide among some parents.” [editor’s note: This woman should not be teaching; her personal agenda is blurring any actual learning of something of value – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Steve, does that opinion also apply to teachers who want to be called Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr., professor, sir, ma’am, he, she, etc.? Or is it only this particular set of preferences you have a problem with? – TLK] (09/21/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/21/florida-teacher-asks-students-to-use-gender-neutral-pronouns-angering-parents.html

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14) UK: May seeks to unite divided cabinet before big Brexit speech
Source: Washington Post

“Prime Minister Theresa May tried to unite her fractious Cabinet behind her plan to reboot faltering Brexit negotiations Thursday, as senior European Union officials suggested British hopes of moving the divorce talks on to a new phase next month might be dashed. May gathered ministers to reveal details of a speech she will deliver in Florence, Italy on Friday. The British leader has chosen one of the historic hearts of Europe as the location for an address that the government says will stress Britain’s desire for a close and special relationship with the bloc after Brexit. EU leaders want more than warm words — they want details.” (09/21/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/may-seeks-to-unite-divided-cabinet-before-big-brexit-speech/2017/09/21/d8c3e70a-9ecb-11e7-b2a7-bc70b6f98089_story.html

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15) Fired Google engineer explains why he branded KKK titles as “cool”
Source: Raw Story

“James Damore, an engineer who was fired from Google after writing a memo filled with anti-diversity and sexist rhetoric, landed in another controversy when he tweeted Wednesday that the white supremacist group Ku Klux Klan gives their members ‘cool’ names. After receiving flak for his comment, Damore later tried to explain why he did so in a series of tweets, but the damage had already been done. Damore made it clear in the first half of his tweet that he considered the KKK ‘horrible’ and in no way supported it, but it was the second half, that made people angry. It was in the form of a poll which asked whether the titles that the members of KKK confer on each other were ‘cool’ or not.” [editor’s note: Somebody maybe needs to give this guy a crash course in good taste – SAT] (09/21/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/fired-google-engineer-explains-why-he-branded-kkk-titles-cool

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16) Push to unseal the draft Whitewater indictment against Hillary Clinton gets court date
Source: McClatchy

“A federal appeals court will hear a case brought by Judicial Watch on Friday to make public draft indictments of Hillary Clinton from the Whitewater scandal in the 1990s. Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that files Freedom of Information Act requests, wants copies of the documents that the National Archives and Records Administration has declined to release. … The documents in question are alleged drafts of indictments written by Hickman Ewing, the chief deputy of Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel appointed to investigate Bill and Hillary Clinton’s alleged involvement in fraudulent real estate dealings. Although others were sentenced for their role in the matter, neither Clinton was ever prosecuted.” (09/20/17)

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article174454791.html

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17) CA: Primary school suspended little boy, five, for making “terroristic threats” when he joked he had a bomb in his bag
Source: The Sun [UK]

“A five-year-old boy who joked that he had a bomb in his school backpack has been suspended from class. Jackson Riley is accused of ‘intentionally engaging in harassment, threats of intimidation’ by making the quip to teachers at Great Valley Academy in Modesto, California. His parents have slammed the school for sending him home for the day after their son told them he couldn’t take his backpack off because there was a bomb inside. Despite finding nothing threatening inside his schoolbag, school officials sent him home with a suspension letter.” (09/21/17)

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4516267/primary-school-suspends-boy-5-terroristic-threats-california/

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18) Melania Trump mocked online for wardrobe-choice after anti-bullying speech
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Melania Trump has found herself being relentlessly mocked online — after giving a speech on the dangers of cyber-bullying. The US First Lady had set out combating cyber-bullying as one of her main priorities before entering the White House, although she is not believed to have set up a defined programme as yet. Wednesday’s speech to the spouses of dozens of world leaders during the UN General Assembly was another chance to set out her agenda and focus for the next few years. ‘No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorised, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn,’ she said, urging others to heed her call for action. Unfortunately, that message was lost somewhat as social media’s attention turned to her choice of outfit.” [editor’s note: And this continues to be why media (social or otherwise) needs to get a life; I guess she was supposed to show up in jeans and a t-shirt? – SAT] (09/21/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41346457

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19) Pope Francis: No second chances for paedophile priests
Source: Zee News [India]

“Pope Francis said today that paedophile priests should have no right of appeal against being kicked out of the Church and that he would never pardon any of them. Francis said he had ‘learned my lesson’ after allowing an Italian bishop to not defrock a priest who had been found guilty of acts of abuse, and who then committed similar offences two years later. ‘The abuse of a minor, if it is proven, is sufficient for there to be no possibility of appeal. If the proof is there, the punishment is definitive,’ the pope said in improvised comments to his child abuse advisory panel. ‘And as for requests for papal pardons, I will not sign anything for these crimes.'” (09/21/17)

http://zeenews.india.com/europe/pope-francis-says-no-second-chances-for-paedophile-priests-2044420.html

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20) LDS Church buys printer’s manuscript of Book of Mormon for record $35 million
Source: Deseret News

“The LDS Church paid a record-setting $35 million Monday to buy the printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon from the Community of Christ. Donors provided all of the money for the purchase made by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The two churches jointly announced the sale Wednesday night. Both faiths treasure the document, which is the most complete copy of the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon dictated by Joseph Smith to several scribes. The printer’s manuscript is a handwritten copy of the original manuscript. Smith provided it to the printer, E. B. Grandin, in Palmyra, New York, in 1830, and Grandin used it to set the type for the first edition of the Book of Mormon.” (09/21/17)

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865689273/LDS-Church-buys-printers-manuscript-of-Book-of-Mormon-for-record-35-million-from-Community-of.html

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21) Dr. Oz explains on Fox News how cannabis can help solve opioid crisis
Source: Smell the Truth

“Dr. Mehmet Oz made an appearance on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning to promote his upcoming televised interview with Ivanka Trump, but ended by exposing the ‘hypocrisy around medical marijuana.’ The television host, better known as Dr. Oz, sat in with the conservative morning talk show to tease the Trump interview set to air this Thursday on the Dr. Oz Show, which reveals that she suffers from postpartum depression. Co-host Ainsley Earhardt used Trump’s condition as a barometer for the American outrage against President Trump, suggesting that the nation’s anger does not promote good health. … ‘Can I just say something? The real story is the hypocrisy around medical marijuana,’ said Oz to the surprise of the Fox & Friends hosts. ‘People say marijuana is a gateway drug to narcotics; it may be the exit drug to get us out of the narcotic epidemic.'” [editor’s note: Go get ’em, Ozzie! – SAT] (09/20/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/09/20/watch-dr-oz-explains-on-fox-news-that-marijuana-can-help-solve-opioid-crisis

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22) Sweden: Trader files regulatory complaint over Dimon/JPMorgan’s Bitcoin poop and scoop
Source: CryptoCoinsNews

“Did Jamie Dimon have an ulterior motive when he trashed bitcoin last week? Florian Schweitzer, managing partner for a bitcoin market trading firm, has filed a complaint with a Swedish regulator against JPMorgan’s chief executive for calling bitcoin a ‘fraud’ a week ago after learning that JPMorgan began buying into a bitcoin tracker fund shortly after Dimon made his comments, according to Quartz. … Bitcoin’s price dropped 24% from the day Dimon recently criticized bitcoin and the day the company made its XBT trades. The Zero Hedge finance blog accused JPMorgan of buying bitcoin on the cheap. JPMorgan told Reuters it was serving as a broker for clients who wanted to buy into the bitcoin tracker fund and that the purchase orders were for clients, not for JPMorgan.” (09/21/17)

https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/bitcoin-trader-asks-swedish-regulator-to-investigate-dimon-for-trashing-bitcoin/

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23) France: Wolf-whistling could become illegal under street harassment laws
Source: USA Today

“Wolf-whistling could become illegal in France, as the country’s new gender equality minister vowed to criminalize street harassment. Marlene Schiappa has set up a working party of five lawmakers who will come up with a legal definition of street harassment, and decide what punishments to impose, according to the Times of London. ‘The idea is to characterize street harassment so that the police can impose fines on men who follow women on the streets, intimidate them and harass them in public,’ Schiappa said. She is also on a mission to close France’s gender pay gap, which the government says is 25 percentage points.” (09/21/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/09/21/wolf-whistling-could-become-illegal-france/688358001/

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24) Moon urges North Korea to abandon nukes, seek talks
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“South Korea’s president is urging North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons and seek dialogue. President Moon Jae-in voiced support at the United Nations for stronger sanctions in response to the North’s recent weapons tests. Moon said the North ‘must immediately cease making reckless choices that could lead to its own isolation and downfall and choose the path of dialogue.’ He said the North Korean nuclear issues need to be ‘managed stably’ to prevent a spike in tensions and military clashes. The liberal South Korean leader also offered a message of peace in his address Thursday at the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N.” [editor’s note: Did it take Trump’s sabre-rattling at the UN to provoke this response? – SAT] (09/21/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/South-Korea-urges-North-Korea-to-abandon-nukes-12217664.php

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25) Lawrence O’Donnell meltdown: MSNBC host apologizes for leaked profane tirade
Source: USA Today

“MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell apologized on Twitter Wednesday for a leaked off-air rant during which he swore at his crew because of ‘insanity in my earpiece.’ … ‘A better anchorman and a better person would’ve had a better reaction to technical difficulties,’ The Last Word host wrote in a tweet. The apology comes after earlier Wednesday Mediaite released a more than eight-minute long clip that showed O’Donnell cursing and yelling at his staff over an apparent earpiece malfunction. In the video, O’Donnell’s frustration seemed to stem from a voice discussing ‘a Labor Day run down’ leaking into in his earpiece. ‘Someone in that control room is out of control,’ O’Donnell said as he muttered expletives and banged his fists on his desk before returning to air.” [editor’s note: I’d say he was being human (which is of course a crime if you are on-mike) – SAT] (09/20/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/09/20/lawrence-odonnell-msnbc-host-explodes-during-profane-leaked-tirade-later-apologized/687695001

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

26) Still waiting on a peace dividend
Source: National Review
by Michael Brendan Dougherty

“It’s just never going to happen for us, is it? It seemed like there were a few weeks of peace dividend in the 1990s. They must have happened sometime between withdrawing from Mogadishu and accidentally bombing the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. Maybe it was the week Princess Diana died, and that’s why it seemed so short to me. Since then, of course, we’ve elected three consecutive presidents who campaigned on promises of withdrawing America from needless conflicts of choice. Bush’s humble foreign policy. Obama’s end to the ‘distraction’ in Iraq, so we could finish the job in Afghanistan. And then Donald the Dove. The last one was always a bit of a myth. What Trump offered was a sale-job. … Trump inherited conflict in half a dozen wars in Islamic nations. And the safe bet is that if he is president for two terms, he’ll hand on conflict in that many to his successor — and probably more.” (09/21/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451565/trump-un-speech-foreign-policy-endless-war-new-normal

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27) You can’t go home again, but …
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“I grew up on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, on a ranch about eight miles east of a little town called Firebaugh, which is itself about 45 miles or so west of Fresno. When I was growing up there, Firebaugh called itself the ‘Cantaloupe Capital of the World.’ … During the summers of several years in the late 1950s and early 1960s, I worked at General Box Company’s facility just outside Firebaugh, where materials were prepared for the shipping of cantaloupes packed in wooden crates loaded into iced-down railroad cars. … today, when I buy a cantaloupe brought to me in the far reaches of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, I immediately feel a link to my boyhood and relive at least for a few moments the youthful joys of that long-ago time and place. I recognize, too, with immense gratitude the debt I owe, along with many others, to the entrepreneurs who make the world of commerce serve the needs of consumers so beautifully.” (09/21/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/09/21/you-cant-go-home-again-but/

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28) When the state tries the state, the state always wins
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Jennifer Maffessanti

“On Friday, Jason Stockley was acquitted of first-degree murder charges stemming from the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Many of the people of St. Louis have responded to the verdict with protests that have turned violent. Mr. Stockley, who was a St. Louis police officer at the time of the shooting, was accused of premeditated murder almost six years after a high-speed chase ended with his shooting Mr. Smith, a black man, to death. … Regardless of any personal feelings or opinions I might have about the case, I think we can all agree that the not-guilty verdict is hardly surprising. Indeed, in the last four months alone, in addition to Mr. Stockley, officers in Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Wisconsin were all acquitted of charges relating to shooting deaths they were involved in.” (09/21/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/state-tries-state-state-always-wins/

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29) ICOs will not be defeated
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Absolutely nothing — no amount of regulation, no number of belligerent articles, no plethora of hectoring denunciations by big shots — is going to stop ICOs from completely disrupting the way companies raise funding in the future. The crypto market has been too wonderfully successful without the slightest help from government or the financial establishment. We already know. We’ve seen. The idea is out there. It’s already worked. The deed is done. But now the counter-revolution is underway, with governments leaning in, establishment spokesmen trying to spook markets, and incumbent financial institutions decrying all disruption to their industry. It’s a coordinated attack. So it’s about time that people know precisely what an ICO is.” (09/21/17)

https://fee.org/articles/icos-will-not-be-defeated/

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30) Trump’s tightening legal noose
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“The Donald Trump I know is a smart guy who often thinks a few steps ahead of those whose will he is trying to bend. But I lately wonder whether he grasps the gravity of the legal peril that is beginning to show up around him. In the past week, we learned of an unfiltered public confession of frustration and weakness among his lawyers and we learned that his former chief confidant and campaign manager is about to be indicted. This is very bad news for President Trump. Here is the back story.” (09/21/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/09/andrew-p-napolitano/trumps-tightening-legal-noose/

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31) The real deal Trump has to make on Afghanistan
Source: Reuters [UK] by Maysam Behravesh

“Donald Trump mentioned Afghanistan just once in his speech to the United Nations Tuesday. His ‘new strategy for victory’ there, he said, would help ‘crush the loser terrorists and stop the reemergence of safe havens they use to launch attacks on all of our people.’ Trump outlined that new strategy on August 21, in an address that was a curious mixture of the vague and the specific. Speaking at Fort Myer, the U.S. president announced plans to deploy additional American troops, but did not give details about numbers, policy specifics or an exit strategy. He mentioned Pakistan 12 times (criticizing it for ‘housing the very terrorists that we are fighting’) but did not make a single mention of the two other countries ramping up resistance to the U.S. presence in the region: Russia and Iran. That was a serious omission on Trump’s part. No U.S. plan for Afghanistan can accomplish even its most minimal objective of destroying militant groups like al Qaeda or the Taliban unless it factors in the mounting evidence that Tehran and Moscow are playing a more aggressive role in resisting the American presence in the region.” (09/21/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-behravesh-afghanistan-commentary/commentary-the-real-deal-trump-has-to-make-on-afghanistan-idUSKCN1BV28K

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32) The great faction
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Politics isn’t a pretty business. Frederic Bastiat called the beast it serves ‘that great fiction’ not because it doesn’t exist — intrusive state power sure persists — but rather because what it promises cannot really happen: ‘everyone living at the expense of everyone else.’ What can we do? How do we counteract a game that is rigged to increase the insanity, not reduce it? Last week I indicated one thing a minor party with that goal in mind could do: use its power of spoiling elections to change major party behavior, and thus give citizens a fighting chance to restrain governmental metastasis.” (09/21/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/09/21/the-great-faction/

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33) Empire of madness: Fiddling through the smoke in 2025
Source: TomDispatch
by Tom Engelhardt

“It’s January 2025, and within days of entering the Oval Office, a new president already faces his first full-scale crisis abroad. Twenty-four years after it began, the war on terror, from the Philippines to Nigeria, rages on. In 2024 alone, the U.S. launched repeated air strikes on 15 nations (or, in a number of cases, former nations), including the Philippines, Burma, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, the former Iraq, the former Syria, Kurdistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Mali, and Nigeria. In the weeks before his inauguration, a series of events roiled the Greater Middle East and Africa. Drone strikes and raids by U.S. Special Operations forces in Saudi Arabia against both Shiite rebels and militants from the Global Islamic State killed scores of civilians, including children.” (09/21/17)

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176329/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_tweeting_while_the_planet_burns

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34) Trump has filled, not drained, the swamp
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“There is no campaign promise that Donald Trump has failed to honor more flagrantly than his oft repeated pledge to ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington, D.C. He has violated the letter of his promise and trampled all over its spirit. His supporters ought to be furious. But few perceive the scale of his betrayal or its brazenness. Are they skeptics of the Russia investigation? Forget the Russia investigation. Even if no wrongdoing is proved on that matter, the Trump Administration’s behavior would still be epically swampy.” (09/21/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/09/meet-the-new-swamp/540540/

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35) How she lost
Source: The American Prospect
by Stanley Greenberg

“Hillary Clinton’s tragic 2016 campaign faced withering criticism in the press, social media, and now, in Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s inside account, Shattered. From my vantage point as lead pollster for the Democratic nominees in 1992 and 2000, part of the closing clutch of pollsters in 2004, and invited noodge in 2016, I have little quarrel with the harshest of these criticisms. Malpractice and arrogance contributed mightily to the election of Donald Trump and its profound threat to our democracy. So did the handling of the email server, paid Wall Street speeches, and the ‘deplorables’ comment. And her unwillingness to challenge the excesses of big money and corporate influence left her exposed to attacks first by Bernie Sanders and then by Donald Trump and unable to offer credible promise of change.” [editor’s note: At last, an analysis (by someone who seems to know a bit) that does not exculpate Hillary from her own failings – SAT] (09/21/17)

http://prospect.org/article/how-she-lost

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36) Is Tom Cotton’s inner realist struggling to get out?
Source: The American Conservative
by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

“It was just a few lines in an hour-long speech before the conservative Hillsdale College annual Constitution Day dinner, but for a brief, possibly illuminating moment, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) sounded like he might be a regular subscriber to The American Conservative. After two years of pushing for an expansion in the drone war, staying in Afghanistan indefinitely, engaging in military action in Syria (even if that meant shooting down Russian planes), arguing to keep Gitmo open, and doing everything to maintain current, if not increased budgets for the Military Industrial Complex, the Arkansas Republican sounded like, well, a foreign policy realist, if not the majority of people in America today.” (09/21/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/is-tom-cottons-inner-realist-struggling-to-get-out/

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37) Snowden’s EthiopiaLeaks: Reading between the lines
Source: CounterPunch
by Thomas Mountain

“Snowden’s EthiopiaLeaks follows in the footsteps of Wikileaks Ethiopia File where we find now Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Donald Yamamoto way back in 2007 saying that Eritrea’s involvement in Somalia was ‘insignificant’ (‘Wikileaks Exposes UN Eritrean Sanction Lies’). Later Wikileaks exposed how the UN Security Council Sanctions against Eritrea passed on Christmas Eve, 2009 were crafted by, amongst others, the US State Department’s Economic Sabotage office aimed as preventing international funding for Eritrea’s mining industry start up gold mine in Bisha and had nothing to do with any alleged support for terrorism as in Al Shabab in Somalia. Now we have Snowden’s EthiopiaLeaks showing that no matter the lies told in public by the US State Department and their allies at HRW and Amnesty International, the US military wasn’t buying any of it and didn’t waste any time in wild goose chases concerning Eritrea and support for terrorism, i.e. Al Shabab. End of Story? No …” (09/21/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/21/snowdens-ethiopialeaks-reading-between-the-lines/

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38) Spicer, Manning, Lewandowski: Harvard succumbs to clickbait
Source: USA Today
by Kathy Kiely

“Who says Harvard is a bastion of the intellectual elite? Just like the rest of us, the blue chippiest of American educational institutions is a sucker for clickbait. How else to explain the excruciatingly embarrassing contretemps that started last week when the university’s prestigious Institute of Politics announced the addition of an eye-poppingly odd couple of fellows: former White House spokesman Sean Spicer and formerly imprisoned whistle-blower Chelsea Manning. As the geniuses who dreamed up this pairing undoubtedly intended, the news earned Harvard a lot of buzzy headlines. Then came the blowback from partisans on the right, who see Manning as a traitor who endangered national security. That resulted in Harvard ungallantly pulling the crimson carpet out from under Manning’s feet. Now there’s the inevitable counter-blowback from the left. If a former Army intelligence specialist is considered unworthy for violating public trust, Manning supporters wonder, why is Harvard having no second thoughts about Spicer?” (09/21/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/09/21/spicer-manning-lewandowski-harvard-succumbs-clickbait/686119001

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39) Quantum Vibe, 09/21/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (09/21/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1691

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40) Rocket Man
Source: Cagle Cartoons
by Nate Beeler

Cartoon. (09/20/17)

http://www.cagle.com/nate-beeler/2017/09/rocket-man-5

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41) “Uncle Tom” more destructive than the “N-word”
Source: Town Hall
by Larry Elder

“The pejorative ‘Uncle Tom’ causes more damage than does the word ‘n––.’ The “N-word,” when used by a white person as an epithet against a black person, is an insult, designed to convey to the recipient that he or she is a second-class citizen. It is designed to make one feel inferior. But it hasn’t worked. My parents, as did the parents of my friends, said no one can make you feel inferior without your permission. Lesson learned. For decades, tests measuring self-esteem show that teenage black boys and girls test higher than do white boys and white girls. ‘Uncle Tom,’ on the other hand, when used by a black person as an epithet against another black person, is designed to do one thing and one thing only: to label that person as a traitor, a sellout, as a black person who colludes with white racists to undermine the success of black people.” (09/21/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/larryelder/2017/09/21/uncle-tom-is-more-destructive-than-the-nword-n2384247

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42) Trump at the UN: The politics of rodomontade
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“In any case, Trump isn’t going to attack North Korea unless the North Korean leader strikes first — and despite Trump’s characterization of Kim as being on a ‘suicide mission,’ the little despot is way ahead of the game by maintaining a stalemate with the United States. Trump’s sustained attack on the Iran deal also has many quite nervous, despite the fact that nothing he said at the UN is any different than what he told us during the 2016 presidential race.” [editor’s note: Raimondo seems to be making some progress. In the final paragraph, he implicitly admits that libertarianism is both leftist and anti-Trump – TLK] (09/20/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/09/20/trump-un-politics-rodomontade/

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43) Once again the NHS is evidence of Baumol’s central contention
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Or as we should put it, the NHS is evidence of both of Baumol’s central contentions. The first is that one that many know, the Cost Disease. As technology marches on it is easier to increase productivity in manufacturing rather than services. But wage rates are set by average productivity across the economy thus services will rise in price as against manufactures over time. The NHS is largely a service and this then explains the NHS having an inflation rate above that of the general economy. We’re perfectly happy with that basic analysis by the way, we just don’t think that it explains all of the NHS’ higher inflation rate. However, here’s the other of Baumol’s major contentions coming into view …” (09/21/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/once-again-the-nhs-is-evidence-of-baumols-central-contention

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44) GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal ObamaCare surprisingly good
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“After nine fruitless months, Republicans have finally come up with an ObamaCare replacement plan that is simple and appealing, and that should easily pass the Senate. Will the GOP blow it again? Put together by Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsay Graham, the plan would take the money being spent on ObamaCare’s insurance subsidies and Medicaid expansion, and give it to states in the form of fixed block grants. States would then have wide latitude in how they spend the money — for example, they could use it to set up high-risk pools, reduce out-of-pocket costs, pay providers or subsidize premiums. They’d also be able to get out from under ObamaCare’s disruptive and costly market regulations and benefit mandates.” [editor’s note: Correct, there are some valid ideas in there, but it’s still only a bandaid on a seeping wound – SAT] (09/18/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/the-gops-last-ditch-effort-to-repeal-obamacare-is-surprisingly-good

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45) The Vietnam syndrome: How we lost it and why we need it back
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“The Vietnam War was the greatest U.S. military catastrophe of the 20th century. A conflict begun under false pretenses, based on ignorance and hubris, it killed 58,000 Americans and as many as 3 million Vietnamese. It ended in utter failure. Never in our history have so many lives been wasted on such monumental futility. It was a national trauma worse than any since the Great Depression, and it left deep gashes in the American psyche. It instilled an aversion to wars of choice that became known as the Vietnam syndrome. The allergy might have lasted for generations. It didn’t. In 2001, just 26 years after the fall of Saigon, the United States invaded Afghanistan. American troops have been fighting there twice as long as we fought in Vietnam. Once again we find ourselves mired in an incomprehensible land, amid people who distrust us. Once again we are aligned with a corrupt regime that couldn’t survive without our help as we incur casualties in the pursuit of goals we never reach.” [editor’s note: Who’s this “we” Chapman speaks of? Does he have a mouse in his pocket? – TLK] (09/21/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/09/21/the-vietnam-syndrome-how-we-lost-it-why

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46) McAfee at Shape The Future; “Pandora’s box has been opened”
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Marcel Chuo

“‘Pandora’s box has been opened.’ John McAfee’s words echoed through the halls of the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong. The several hundreds of us that had gathered together on the 20th September were hanging on to his every word. McAfee had perfectly captured the crypto enthusiasts’ sentiment. Blockchain technology has begun to erode governments’ control over money and will continue to do so. These governments ha[ve] responded by lashing out in a form of crypto inquisition that parallels the American prohibition. We also learned that many bitcoin exchange executives were not allowed to leave China amidst the recent regulation rulings. Surprisingly, McAfee’s comments did not encourage fear, but inspired a strong sense of community among the crowd. He walked off the stage to a thunderous applause.” (09/20/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/mcafee-at-shape-the-future-pandoras-box-has-been-opened/

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47) Donald Trump’s foreign policy doctrine makes no sense
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“In the lead-up to President Donald Trump’s maiden speech before the United Nations General Assembly, there were whispers that we would see a new Trump. After weeks of being schooled by Chief of Staff John Kelly, the White House’s own Henry Higgins, our nativist president would renew America’s commitment to upholding the world order. With reports that the administration was also considering renewing the U.S.’s commitment to the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal, it had the possibility to be a momentous event: A normalization of relations between the U.S. and the rest of the world, after months of upheaval. It was not to be. Instead, Trump gave a dark and tempestuous speech in which he referred to Kim Jong Un as ‘Rocket Man’ and threatened to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea.” [editor’s note: He did preface this with, IF North Korea and “Rocket Man” were to attack “the US or its allies”; the context dropping is as usual deceptive – SAT] (09/20/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144899/donald-trumps-foreign-policy-doctrine-makes-no-sense

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48) Apple does right by users and advertisers are displeased
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Andres Arrieta & Alan Toner

“With the new Safari 11 update, Apple takes an important step to protect your privacy, specifically how your browsing habits are tracked and shared with parties other than the sites you visit. In response, Apple is getting criticized by the advertising industry for ‘destroying the Internet’s economic model.’ While the advertising industry is trying to shift the conversation to what they call the economic model of the Internet, the conversation must instead focus on the indiscriminate tracking of users and the violation of their privacy.” (09/20/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/09/apple-does-right-users-wrong-advertisers

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49) Single payer healthcare is only good for government, not the people it serves
Source: Heartland Institute
by Peter Ferrara

“There is no competition for the single-payer. So there are no incentives for the single-payer to serve consumers; it’s financed by taxes. So, single-payers do not go out of business, just like governments do not go out of business. Bottom line, single-payer is only good for the government — which gains massive power and control over doctors, hospitals, and consumers as a result, dictating what health care doctors and hospitals can provide, and what health care consumers can get. It is a testament to how out of touch Democrats have become to think that would appeal to the American people. Yet, this reflection on the thinking of Bernie Sanders is sweeping the Democratic Party right now.” [editor’s note: Ferrara seems to be somewhat confused as to just who government serves. Hint: It’s not “the people” in general – TLK] (09/20/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/09/single-payer-health-care-is-only-good-for-government-not-the-people-it-serves/

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50) Superstition still plagues humanity
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“I think each of us can identify the many superstitions that plague humanity today. Here are some that I have identified …. Many similar superstitions of the past, such as the beneficial nature of human chattel slavery or the detrimental nature of the scientific method, have nearly disappeared in this day and age. I am hopeful that all of the above will eventually be identified for what they are by most of my fellow humans. Is that hope rational? I think so, considering the progress humanity has made over the thousands upon thousands of years of our existence.” (09/20/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/superstition-still-plagues-humanity

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51) Donald Trump used the United Nations to threaten a massive violation of international law
Source: The Intercept
by Jon Schwarz

“The United States has never cared much about international law. But most U.S. presidents had at least made an effort to pretend that they did. Based on President Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly, this is yet another American tradition that he’s discarding. Trump’s overturning of this American norm came during his blusterous threats against North Korea …. To clarify the legal significance of Trump’s words, here’s a quick explanation of the rules that purportedly govern the U.S.’s use of force.” (09/20/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/09/20/donald-trump-un-speech-north-korea/

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52) Laura Kipnis’s second “Title IX Inquisition”
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Nico Perrino

“In May 2015, Laura Kipnis was famously the subject of a Title IX investigation by Northwestern University for an essay she wrote suggesting there are too many Title IX investigations. Today, Jeannie Suk Gersen reports for The New Yorker that Kipnis was the subject of yet another Northwestern Title IX investigation earlier this year — this time for writing ‘Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus,’ a book about being investigated for saying there are too many Title IX investigations.” (09/20/17)

https://www.thefire.org/breaking-laura-kipnis-second-title-ix-inquisition/

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53) More holes in the Russiagate narrative
Source: OpEdNews
by Ray McGovern & William Binney

“The ongoing U.S. media campaign against Russia has been so effective that otherwise intelligent people have been unable even to entertain the notion that they may have been totally misled by the intelligence community. The last time this happened in 2003, after a year of such propaganda, the U.S. attacked Iraq on fraudulent — not ‘mistaken’ — intelligence. Anticipating resistance from those allergic to rethinking ‘what everybody knows’ about Russian ‘meddling,’ we based our VIPS analysis on forensic investigations that, oddly, the FBI had bent over backwards to avoid. In other words, we relied on the principles of physics and the known capability of the Internet in early July 2016. We stand by our main conclusion that the data from the intrusion of July 5, 2016, into the Democratic National Committee’s computers, an intrusion blamed on ‘Russian hacking,’ was not a hack but rather a download/copy onto an external storage device by someone with physical access to the DNC.” (09/20/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/More-Holes-in-Russia-gate-by-Ray-McGovern-Computers_HACKED_Intelligence_NSA-170920-625.html

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54) Trump as populist
Source: Niskanen Center
by Jeffrey Friedman

“Almost everyone, including President Trump and the vast majority of his supporters, would agree that he is a populist. Usually, this is thought to entail that he, and they, are opponents of the status quo (which he portrays as ‘rigged’ by ‘elites’). This is too flattering, both to Trump and to the status quo. It’s convenient for Trump to pose as a rebel. Who doesn’t love a little rebellion? And it’s all too tempting for his critics to go along with the act — not only objecting to his odious policies and questionable sanity, but denying any continuities between him and ‘us.’ Everyone is happy if Trump is treated as the ‘other.’ But in many crucial respects, he isn’t. In fact, Trumpist populism may best be seen as a caricature of the fundamental impulses of modern government.” (09/20/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/trump-as-populist/

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55) Engadget is my go-to source for bad economic analysis. Today’s lesson: Apparently items are more valuable if you can’t resell them
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“[The] view of scalpers as leeching middlemen with no economic value but rather as rent-seekers who merely mark up tickets and pocket the money is unfortunately common. But they are in fact a perfectly normal functioning of markets. They perform at least two economic functions … 1. Events often are mispriced for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they charge too much, as in the recent McGregor-Mayweather fight, and the arena is half-empty. The market can’t do much to fix this. But sometimes events are under-priced, and the demand far exceeds the available supply of tickets. When this happens, some method of rationing must occur. … 2. If you cannot resell a ticket to the person you want for the price you like, you lose some of your property rights in that ticket and it is less valuable to you.” (09/20/17)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2017/09/engadget-is-my-go-to-source-for-bad-economic-analysis-todays-lesson-apparently-items-are-more-valuable-if-you-cant-resell-them.html

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56) Muh Demolishing of Lauren Southern
Source: Muh Tube

“We respond to Lauren Southern’s video about Libertarians.” [Flash video] (09/20/17)

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57) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/21/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou, Randy, and James discuss The Mormon Extinction Order, freedom of information act lawsuits,and the pro wrestling version of stopping a robbery. From the ‘Here … Have Some Government Files’: they discuss football players going to Europe for treatments prohibited in the US and the devastation of Florida by bureaucrats after the devastation of a hurricane.” [various formats] (09/21/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15068

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58) Free Talk Live, 09/20/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Spanish central government has taken over Catalan government offices ahead of secession vote :: Spanish government declares Catalan vote ‘illegal’ :: Police shoot deaf man for not following :: A call from Ricky :: ‘A few bad apples’ :: Sanctuary cities :: Sarah has thughts on salt :: Health benefits of salt, fat & MSG :: HOSTS — Darryl, Matt & Jay.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/20/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-09-20

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59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 95
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to breakdown Trump’s speech to the UN General Assembly. Trump’s speech was hawkish and full of lies. Will debunks Trump’s lies. Will also provides key insights into the real situation in Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Yemen.” [various formats] (09/20/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-95-trumps-un-speech-breakdown-with-will-porter

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60) Activism 101 Podcast, episode 16
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“In the last episode, I talked about putting on events. So, what do you do if you plan a great rally, advertise it all over social media and hardly anybody shows up? Yes. This happened. But we were able to make some lemonade out of lemons.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/20/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/09/activism-101-podcast-16-what-do-i-do-when-my-event-flops/

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61) Editor’s break, episode 33
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 033 explains why immigration raids and arresting other nonviolent ‘criminals’ are major violations of due process.” [various formats] (09/20/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/immigration-raids-violate-due-process-9m-editors-break-033

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62) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 653
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“When the housing bubble burst, the Fed responded by creating trillions of dollars out of thin air. All that money has created bubbles in stocks, bonds, corporate debt, even art and real estate have been affected. So what happens to the economy when the Fed finally says, ‘We’re done, and we’re going to start pulling the money back.’ My hunch is we’re going to see an economy that wakes up from its heroin-induced coma and falls apart.” [various formats] (09/20/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/653-what-happens-when-the-fed-stops/

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