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Volume XVI, Issue #4,071
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
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In the News:

1) Political prisoner Ross Ulbricht marks fifth anniversary behind bars
2) Pompeo to meet with Kim Jong Un on Sunday, State Department announces
3) FDA seizes documents from Juul in latest e-cigarette crackdown
4) Powell says gradual rate hikes best approach
5) Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills at least 13 in election rally attack
6) Four arrested in connection with Charlottesville riot
7) US regime halting visas for same-sex partners of diplomats
8) Environmental groups question refinery near national park
9) US NATO envoy threatens attack on Russia
10) OR: FBI agent shot by booby-trapped wheelchair
11) Twitter meddles in US midterm elections
12) PA: Trebek gets booed at governor race debate
13) Frivolous Litigation Watch: easyJet founder sues Netflix over “Easy”
14) CA: San Francisco mayor weighs drug injection site, despite veto
15) IL: Pritzker reportedly “defrauded” taxpayers with “improper” property tax breaks
16) Amazon raises minimum wage to $15 for all US employees
17) Report: “Ricin poison” packages sent to Pentagon
18) IL: Cop takes stand in murder trial over black teen shot 16 times
19) CO: County bureaucrats are why we can’t have nice things
20) Searching for “Planet X,” scientists discover distant object billions of miles beyond Pluto
21) Kavanaugh says he won’t teach at Harvard Law this winter as student protests continue
22) UK: Hammond will introduce new “Digital Services” extortion scheme
23) “Weedcraft Inc.” lets gamers become legal cannabis tycoons
24) Uganda: Regime court postpones treason case against Bobi Wine
25) Congress allows Big Ag welfare bill to lapse before reauthorization deadline

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) The issues in Kavanaugh are assault and perjury, not booze and carousing
27) Sleep research shows how homework is harmful
28) Thanks to rising debt, Republican tax policy is now anti-growth
29) Britain’s Brexit process approaches roller coaster endgame
30) The Supreme Court and beyond: How partisan are America’s judges?
31) Amazon’s $15 minimum wage proposal is a brilliant way to get the government to hammer Amazon’s competition
32) America’s missing “labor party”
33) My spiritual anarchism
34) Theresa May’s vision-free approach is alienating us all
35) Whose economy is it, anyway?
36) How to prevent corruption, protect the rule of law and repair democracy
37) Why not abolish state marriage entirely and only have civil partnerships?
38) The cult of rules
39) Share the wealth? We can start now; here’s how
40) Why it’s time to end government-funded media
41) If you’re blind to the costs, all you see are the benefits
42) Mother Jones writer shows what happens when you apologize to a manipulator
43) No, we’re not on the brink of civil war — but the reasons why we’re not are far from entirely reassuring
44) Don’t endorse Bernie yet; make candidates compete for the left vote
45) Other people’s emotions
46) NAFTA is dead; did “free trade” die with it?
47) The problem of cubicles and the “open office”
48) German lessons for Great Britain on European workers
49) Lindsey Graham used to care about lying under oath
50) The poverty of protectionism
51) A trillion-dollar blunder
52) USMCA is basically just NAFTA under a new name
53) Seventeen years of getting Afghanistan completely wrong
54) Carol Bowne Right to Safety Act
55) Last week’s least credible answer

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The Libertarian Angle, 10/02/18
57) Humans of Bitcoin, 10/02/18
58) Texas says “pickles” only come from cucumbers. So this couple’s farm went out of business.
59) Scott Adams Says, 10/02/18
60) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/02/18
61) Constitutionally Speaking, episode 32
62) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 76
63) Kick the Puppy, episode 7
64) Candidates of Liberty, episode 8
65) Free Talk Live, 10/01/18
66) Punk Rock Libertarians, episode 181
67) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 233
68) Postcards from Somalia, episode 13
69) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1251
70) Bloggingheads.tv, 10/01/18

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

1) Political prisoner Ross Ulbricht marks fifth anniversary behind bars
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Alleged founder of Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, marked his fifth year in prison. October 1st, 2013, Mr. Ulbricht began a double life sentence without the possibility of parole for his alleged founding and running of the Silk Road online marketplace. On the occasion of his fifth full year, FreeRoss.org launched a new project to raise awareness of his story and how he might one day be released.” (10/02/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/ross-ulbricht-marks-fifth-anniversary-in-prison/

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2) Pompeo to meet with Kim Jong Un on Sunday, State Department announces
Source: Fox News

“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Sunday as part of his trip to Asia this week, the State Department announced Tuesday. Pompeo will also visit Japan, South Korea and China as part of his trip, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert announced. Pompeo is expected to attempt to set up a second summit between Kim and President Trump, who previously met face-to-face in Singapore this past June.” (10/02/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/pompeo-to-meet-with-kim-jong-un-on-sunday-state-department-announces

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3) FDA seizes documents from Juul in latest e-cigarette crackdown
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it seized more than a thousand pages of documents from Juul Labs related to the company’s sales and marketing practices after a surprise inspection, the latest clampdown on e-cigarette companies. The FDA said last month it was considering a ban on flavored e-cigarettes from Juul and others as the agency grapples with an ‘epidemic’ of youth e-cigarette use that threatens to create a new generation of nicotine addicts. Retail sales of Juul grew more than seven-fold from 2016 to 2017, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By December, Juul comprised nearly 1 in 3 e-cigarette sales nationally, it said. The CDC study of retail sales did not include online sales or sales at ‘vape shops.’ Juul has about 72 percent of the U.S. market for e-cigarette sales, according to Wells Fargo.” (10/02/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fda-ecigarettes/fda-seizes-documents-from-juul-in-latest-e-cigarette-crackdown-idUSKCN1MC26P

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4) Powell says gradual rate hikes best approach
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that he sees no need to drop the central bank’s current gradual approach to raising interest rates. Powell said the combination of steady, low inflation and very low unemployment shows the country is going through ‘extraordinary times.’ The central bank is trying to make sure it doesn’t raise rates too quickly and push the country into a recession, or move too slowly and set off higher inflation, he said. He added that the Fed’s goal of gradual increases in interest rates is an effort to balance those risks and extend the current expansion, now the second longest in U.S. history. Powell’s comments, delivered to the annual conference of the National Association of Business Economics, came a week after the central bank approved a third quarter-point hike in its benchmark policy rate, pushing it to a level of 2 percent to 2.25 percent.” (10/02/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Fed-Chair-Powell-says-gradual-rate-hikes-best-13275258.php

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5) Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills at least 13 in election rally attack
Source: Dawn [Pakistan]

“An Afghan official says a suicide bomber has struck an election rally in the country’s eastern Nangarhar province, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than 30. … The attack took place in the province’s Kama district on Tuesday afternoon where supporters of Abdul Naser Mohmand had gathered to back his campaign as an independent candidate in Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections scheduled for Oct. 20.” (10/02/18)

https://www.dawn.com/news/1436363

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6) Four arrested in connection with Charlottesville riot
Source: NBC News

“Four members of a militant white supremacist group who engaged in ‘street battle’ at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville last year were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the violent marches, according to federal prosecutors. The men, all part of the Rise Above Movement, or RAM, according to a criminal complaint, who flew from California to Virginia to take part in the rally, ‘assaulted an African-American man, two females and a minister wearing a clerical collar,’ among others, said the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, Thomas T. Cullen. The four men — Benjamin Daley, 25, and Thomas Gillen, 34, both of Redondo Beach, California; Michael Miselis, 29, of Lawndale, California; and Cole White, 24, of Clayton, California — have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the federal riots statute and one count of violating the statute.” (10/02/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-arrests-made-connection-violent-charlottesville-rallies-n915851

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7) US regime halting visas for same-sex partners of diplomats
Source: CNN

“Under new State Department requirements, the United States will only recognize marriages — not same-sex partnerships — when granting diplomatic visas to partners. The change, which took effect Monday, impacts the partners of United Nations officials, ambassadors, full-time embassy and consulate staff, and foreign military members stationed at US military bases or assigned to a foreign embassy or consulate in the US, among others. Since 2009, the US had accepted same-sex domestic partners as family members when granting certain classes of diplomatic visas. Under the new guidance, the US will only accept legally married spouses when granting new visa accreditations. Those in domestic partnerships who are currently in the US will have until the end of the year to get married. Partners who don’t get married by that deadline will have 30 days to leave the country.” (10/02/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/02/politics/same-sex-couples-diplomatic-visas/index.html

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8) Environmental groups question refinery near national park
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Environmental groups opposing the site of an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota want a judge to reconsider his recent recommendation that state regulators dismiss the groups’ challenge. Administrative Law Judge Patrick Ward in a nonbinding ruling last month said the Public Service Commission doesn’t have jurisdiction in the dispute because Meridian Energy Group is planning a refinery with a capacity below a threshold in state law that requires a site permit from the PSC. The Environmental Law and Policy Center and Dakota Resource Council in recent filings say Meridian didn’t update the state Health Department about its decision to lower the refinery’s capacity below the threshold, indicating the project might end up being larger than the company maintains. ‘Meridian’s failure to take steps to update or revise its (Health Department) permit to construct belies its claims,’ the groups’ attorneys wrote in documents imploring Ward to reopen the case and allow them to explore the veracity of the company’s stated plans.” (10/02/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Environmental-groups-question-refinery-near-13275590.php

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9) US NATO envoy threatens attack on Russia
Source: The Daily Star [Lebanon]

“Russia must halt its covert development of a banned cruise missile system or the United States will seek to destroy it before it becomes operational, Washington’s envoy to NATO said Tuesday. The United States believes Russia is developing a ground-launched system in breach of a Cold War treaty that could allow Russia to launch a nuclear strike on Europe at short notice, but Moscow has consistently denied any such violation. U.S. ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison said Washington remained committed to a diplomat solution but was prepared to consider a military strike if Russian development of the medium-range system continued.” (10/02/18)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2018/Oct-02/465130-us-would-destroy-banned-russian-warheads-if-necessary-nato-envoy.ashx

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10) OR: FBI agent shot by booby-trapped wheelchair
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A man has been charged with assault after fortifying his Oregon home ‘like a scene from ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.” FBI agents found a circular hot tub linked up to a tripwire, a fortified front door and animal traps laid around the property, local media report. But they were not able to prevent a wheelchair, fitted with a fishing line and shotgun bullets, from firing on and hitting an agent in the leg. Gregory Rodvelt, 66, was reportedly trying to prevent his home being sold. Federal officers found the fortifications when they entered the property in Williams, Josephine County.” (10/02/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45718600

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11) Twitter meddles in US midterm elections
Source: ZDNet

“Twitter has made three major changes to its site rules in an attempt to prevent foreign actors from using its platform to meddle in the upcoming US midterm elections …. for accounts such as the ones of DCLeaks, a website that was established in June 2016 and which was responsible for publishing email leaks from multiple prominent figures in the US government and military ahead of the 2016 US presidential election. It is unclear what amount of those leaks were legitimate, but Twitter plans to use the new rules to prevent such type of data from making the rounds on its platform and possibly influencing election outcomes.” (10/02/18)

https://www.zdnet.com/article/twitter-bans-distribution-of-hacked-materials-ahead-of-us-midterm-elections/

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12) PA: Trebek gets booed at governor race debate
Source: USA Today

“Alex Trebek did his homework before moderating the only debate to be held in the Pennsylvania governor’s race. But that was only part of the problem. Twitter users jeered Trebek, the host of ‘Jeopardy!,’ for showing how much he knew about the state. But there was a bigger issue at hand: In Monday’s debate between two candidates vying for Pennsylvania’s top job, too much time was spent on the moderator. The debate was the only time Pennsylvania voter’s got to see the two candidates for governor debate the issues. The Pennsylvania governor’s race usually includes at least three debates. That’s been a precedent, but not a rule, since 1990. This year, Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat who is ahead by 22 points in the latest Franklin & Marshall College poll, agreed to only one debate. His challenger, Republican Scott Wagner, wanted to debate in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Trebek pointed out that debating in 67 counties was an unrealistic goal, but Wagner disagreed. That exchange drew ire toward Trebek.” (10/02/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/02/alex-trebek-booed-pennsylvania-governor-debate/1497999002

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13) Frivolous Litigation Watch: easyJet founder sues Netflix over “Easy”
Source: Yahoo! News

“Two seasons in, UK budget airline magnate Stelios Haji-Ioannou is suing Netflix over the title of its Chicago-based show ‘Easy,’ arguing it infringes on more than a thousand trademarks he has registered using the word in Europe. Under the lawsuit filed in a UK court, the founder of budget flights pioneer easyJet (EZJ.L) seeks to ban the streaming giant from showing or promoting the show under its current name. Stelios, 51, the son of a shipping magnate, also owns the easyHotel (EZH.L), easyBus, easyCar, easyProperty, easyOffice, easyFoodstore, easyCoffee, easyMoney and easyGym brands through his company easyGroup based in Monaco and London.” (10/01/18)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/easyjet-founder-sues-netflix-over-165303738.html

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14) CA: San Francisco mayor weighs drug injection site, despite veto
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Driven in part by family tragedy, San Francisco Mayor London Breed has long pledged to open what could be the first supervised drug injection site in the country. However, California Gov. Jerry Brown made the promise tougher to keep when he vetoed legislation over the weekend that would have given San Francisco some legal cover to open a site under a pilot program. The veto leaves Breed, who was elected in June, in the position of going it alone to deliver on a promise that she says will save lives and taxpayer money, as well as clean up streets littered with used syringes and slumped-over addicts. ‘We’re not going to give up, but at the same time, what’s most important is there are other people who are involved,’ she said Tuesday. ‘I want to make sure I’m not putting other folks at risk if I do this.’ The site would provide space for people to inject drugs and a ‘chill’ room where they could recover. Medical care, counseling and treatment services would also be available.” (10/02/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/San-Francisco-mayor-weighs-drug-injection-site-13275337.php

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15) IL: Pritzker reportedly “defrauded” taxpayers with “improper” property tax breaks
Source: Fox News

“Billionaire J.B. Pritzker, the Democratic nominee for governor in Illinois, improperly received more than $300,000 in property tax breaks in a ‘scheme to defraud’ taxpayers, according to a new watchdog report. Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard found Pritzker was able to receive more than $331,000 in property tax breaks on a mansion he owns in Chicago as ‘part of a scheme for obtaining money by means of false representations.’ The county, Blanchard said, ‘ultimately fell victim to a scheme to defraud.’ The inspector general’s report included an email from a project manager who said M.K. Muenster Pritzker, his wife, requested workers remove all toilets from the house in order for it to be considered an ‘uninhabitable structure’ in 2015. Then, after the house was to be reassessed, a toilet was to be put back in on the first floor, according to the email’s instructions.” (10/02/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/illinois-governor-hopeful-jb-pritzker-defrauded-taxpayers-with-improper-property-tax-breaks-watchdog-says

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16) Amazon raises minimum wage to $15 for all US employees
Source: CNBC

“Amazon announced Tuesday it’s raising the minimum wage for all U.S. employees to $15, effective next month. The new minimum wage will benefit more than 250,000 Amazon employees — including part-time and temporary employees — as well as another 100,000 seasonal employees, the company said. Some employees who already make $15 per hour will also see a pay increase. … Amazon’s starting pay varies by location — $10 an hour at a warehouse in Austin, Texas, for example, and $13.50 an hour in Robbinsville, New Jersey. For 2017, the median Amazon employee earned just under $28,500, according to company filings.” (10/02/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/02/amazon-raises-minimum-wage-to-15-for-all-us-employees.html

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17) Report: “Ricin poison” packages sent to Pentagon
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Two packages containing a suspicious substance have been found at a Pentagon mail screening facility and sent to the FBI analysis, officials say. The envelopes, which contained the deadly poison ricin according to officials cited by US media, were discovered on Monday. The screening area is not inside the main building, which contains offices of high ranking military officials. The facility is now under quarantine, defence officials said on Tuesday. The packages were detected by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, according to Pentagon Col Rob Manning. All mail delivered on Monday is currently under quarantine, and ‘poses no threat to Pentagon personnel,’ he said. The envelopes were addressed to Defence Secretary James Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson, US media report. Ricin is made from the leftover by-products of castor oil.” (10/02/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45725535

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18) IL: Cop takes stand in murder trial over black teen shot 16 times
Source: Fox News

“Jason Van Dyke, the white Chicago police officer accused of fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times in less than 15 seconds, took the stand Tuesday afternoon in his first-degree murder trial. The trial over the 2014 killing has polarized Chicago and drawn national attention to the debate over how best to police minority communities. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder, 16 counts of aggravated battery and one count of official misconduct in McDonald’s death. He was suspended without pay and has pleaded not guilty to murder. Van Dyke joined of Chicago police force in June 2001, at the age of 23; he started his testimony by telling jurors about his early assignments as a beat cop. Van Dyke, who was wearing a tie of light blue, matching the color of the department uniform, testified he had never fired his weapon before the night he shot McDonald. ‘I’m very proud of that,’ he said.” (10/02/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/white-officer-van-dyke-takes-stand-in-murder-trial-over-black-teen-shot-16-times

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19) CO: County bureaucrats are why we can’t have nice things
Source: ABC 7 News

“A Colorado couple says they were defrauded by the people involved in selling them their dream home by failing to disclose that it never received a final certificate of occupancy more than a decade ago. Now, they can’t find anyone willing to buy it in Colorado’s red-hot real estate market. Christina Mansfield and her husband moved from New York to Colorado roughly a year ago. The home is northwest of Fairplay at 11,000 feet in elevation. ‘We love winter and we love snow,’ she said in an interview with Contact7. Several months after they moved in, they decided to do some small renovations. Upon checking to see if permits were necessary to do the work, a Park County Building Department worker delivered some sobering news. ‘She’s like, ‘What are you doing living in this house?’ I’m like, ‘What do you mean what are we doing living in this house?’ And she’s like, ‘Your house doesn’t have a certificate of occupancy,” Mansfield explained.” [editor’s note: First mistake — asking these jackals for permission to do renovations – TLK] (10/01/18)

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/investigations/couple-sold-legally-unlivable-mountain-home-in-alleged-fraud-case

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20) Searching for “Planet X,” scientists discover distant object billions of miles beyond Pluto
Source: USA Today

“At the very edge of our solar system, scientists have discovered a new, extremely distant object billions of miles beyond Pluto. Even more interesting: The object has an orbit that hints of an even-farther-out ‘Super-Earth’ or larger ‘Planet X’ that could be lurking out there. The findings were announced Tuesday by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center. The object was discovered as part of astronomy’s ongoing hunt for unknown dwarf planets and Planet X (aka ‘Planet Nine’) an as-yet-undiscovered world that could have a mass about 10 times that of Earth. According to NASA, ‘the existence of this distant world is only theoretical at this point, and no direct observation of the object nicknamed have been made.’ The new research, led by the Carnegie Institution for Science, is the largest and deepest survey ever conducted for distant solar system objects. ‘These distant objects are like breadcrumbs leading us to Planet X,’ said astronomer Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution, in a statement.” (10/02/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2018/10/02/planet-x-newly-discovered-object-hints-mysterious-distant-world/1491022002

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21) Kavanaugh says he won’t teach at Harvard Law this winter as student protests continue
Source: USA Today

“Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh won’t return to Harvard Law School to teach this winter, the university said in an email Monday night. ‘Today, Judge Kavanaugh indicated that he can no longer commit to teaching his course in January Term 2019, so the course will not be offered,’ Catherine Claypoole of the school’s curriculum committee wrote to students, according to multiple news outlets including the Harvard Crimson. Whether Kavanaugh withdrew out of anticipation of a position on the Supreme Court remained unclear as of Tuesday. Kavanaugh’s decision to withdraw from the commitment comes as Harvard students and alumni protest his involvement with the school after three women publicly accused him of sexual misconduct. More than 800 graduates signed a letter calling for Kavanaugh’s position as a lecturer to be fully rescinded.” (10/02/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/10/02/brett-kavanaugh-harvard-law-school-teaching/1498850002

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22) UK: Hammond will introduce new “Digital Services” extortion scheme
Source: The Sun [UK]

“Tax-dodging tech giants will be forced to stump up more under the Chancellor’s 21st-century blueprint to defeat Corbynism. Philip Hammond delighted Tory conference activists with his surprise vow to introduce a Digital Services Tax. The levy on international profits made from users in Britain by California-based giants such as Facebook and Google will recoup [sic] hundreds of millions of pounds. Mr Hammond wants it in place in one to two years if a global agreements on taxing tech firms still cannot be reached.” [editor’s note: To “recoup” something is to “regain (something lost or expended).” Extorting stuff from others that was never yours in the first place isn’t “recouping” it – TLK] (10/02/18)

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7394076/philip-hammond-crackdown-web-giants/

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23) “Weedcraft Inc.” lets gamers become legal cannabis tycoons
Source: Smell the Truth

“Smoking weed and playing video games are about to become even more synonymous with each other with the upcoming release of Weedcraft Inc. The new game published by Devolver Digital allows gamers to build their own legal marijuana empire, Polygon reports. ‘Weedcraft Inc. explores the business of producing, breeding and selling weed in America, delving deep into the financial, political and cultural aspects of the country’s complex relationship with this troublesome and promising plant,’ Devolver states. ‘Would-be Mary Jane moguls will need to prioritize resources carefully as they manage the production and distribution of their weed. Cultivate killer plants, cross-breed them to create unique strains of the devil’s lettuce, hire and manage a growing staff, and be prepared to take on the competition.’ The tycoon simulator draws inspiration from games like Roller Coaster Tycoon and Cities: Skylines, and allows gamers to build their very own cannabis businesses from humble beginnings.” (10/01/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/10/01/weedcraft-inc-lets-gamers-become-legal-marijuana-tycoons

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24) Uganda: Regime court postpones treason case against Bobi Wine
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“A court in Uganda has adjourned the treason case brought against music star and opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi, local media reports. Kyagulanyi, widely known by his stage name Bobi Wine, is being accused of involvement in an incident in August during which President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy was pelted with stones. The case against Kyagulanyi and more than 30 others accused of treason has been postponed to December. The magistrate court in the northern Gulu district adjourned the case to December 3 following a request by state prosecutors for more time for investigations.” (10/01/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/uganda-court-adjourns-treason-case-bobi-wine-181001143108513.html

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25) Congress allows Big Ag welfare bill to lapse before reauthorization deadline
Source: The Hill

“Congress quietly allowed the farm bill to expire over the weekend despite House Republicans’ hopes they would come to a consensus and pass a reauthorization ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline. The expiration was blamed on discrepancies between the House and the Senate, as well as the parties over key provisions, including most prominently over a House provision to attach work requirements to the food stamp benefits in the current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).” (10/01/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/409368-congress-allows-farm-bill-to-lapse-before-reauthorization-deadline

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

26) The issues in Kavanaugh are assault and perjury, not booze and carousing
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Liz Swisher gets it. And she’s not a lawyer. She is a prominent physician in Seattle. She is also a University of Washington professor and director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. She is a graduate of Yale. She is also a former classmate of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Swisher understands what Trump, Kavanaugh, many Republicans, and even a few libertarians do not understand. The issue involving Kavanaugh’s nomination is not about whether he was a boozer or carouser in college. The issue is whether he lied under oath — that is, whether he committed perjury — when he testified last Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee.” (10/02/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/10/02/the-issues-in-kavanauh-are-assault-and-perjury-not-booze-and-carousing/

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27) Sleep research shows how homework is harmful
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“[T]he average public high school student works a full 40-hour week plus 10.7 hours of overtime — without pay, of course, and on a uniform schedule taking no heed of individual kids’ natural sleep cycles. If you’re like me, you’ve probably worked some overtime in your career. And when working overtime on an extended basis, you’ve probably cut down on your sleep hours in favor of the other things that make life worth living. Now, think about your teen years. What was important to you and how important was it? Dating, or at least trying to find a date? Music? Sports? How many times did you rush through dinner to be on time to an event, or just to get over to a friend’s house for movie night? When you were that age, everything was the most important thing ever, and it was important NOW NOW NOW. Except when you wanted to sleep in. Which was, admit it, every morning. Is it any wonder our kids are tired?” (10/02/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13983

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28) Thanks to rising debt, Republican tax policy is now anti-growth
Source: Reason
by Peter Suderman

“Over and over again, Republicans have claimed that their tax plans will reduce the deficit by increasing economic growth. But the promised deficit reductions have never materialized, thanks in part to the fact that the GOP has repeatedly paired revenue-reducing tax cuts with federal spending increases. Just last week, in addition to the tax bill, the House GOP passed an $853 billion spending bill. Under Republican control, Congress added $2.4 trillion to the national debt during the 2018 fiscal year.” (10/02/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/10/02/tax-cuts-2-gop-gdp-deficits-growth

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29) Britain’s Brexit process approaches roller coaster endgame
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“If Britain genuinely wanted a good last-minute Brexit deal, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt should probably not have compared the European Union to the USSR. His comments, at the autumn conference of Prime Minister Theresa May’s ruling Conservative Party on Monday, sparked predictable outrage from other European leaders. That was probably his intention: Hunt is one of several seen positioning to run for party leadership. Like his predecessor Boris Johnson and Donald Trump before him, Hunt looks to have calculated that outrageous language grabs attention and internal party support, even if it makes what the government needs to do increasingly impossible. Almost everywhere one looks in Western politics this autumn, one finds ambitious politicians deliberately frustrating policymaking in the hope of personal or partisan gain.” (10/02/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-brexit-commentary/commentary-britains-brexit-process-approaches-roller-coaster-endgame-idUSKCN1MC2A8

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30) The Supreme Court and beyond: How partisan are America’s judges?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Henry Gass

“One September Saturday, Judge Wendell Griffen swaps his robes and courtroom for a crisp suit and a stage at a conference about mass incarceration. He’s the penultimate speaker, and he’s about to talk about the death penalty. ‘But first a disclaimer,’ he says, and brings up a slide. The crowd, full of like-minded activists, laughs. ‘No opinion, statement, or conclusion in this presentation,’ the slide reads, ‘represents the position of the Arkansas judiciary or any other person serving in the judiciary — whether in Arkansas or elsewhere.’ Judge Griffen, who serves in Arkansas’ 6th Judicial District, doesn’t occupy the most glamorous or powerful position in the US judiciary. Still, his decision to join an anti-death penalty rally last year understandably raised eyebrows, not least at the state supreme court, which permanently banned him from hearing death penalty cases last year. But Griffen points out that judges have free speech rights too — and in an ongoing lawsuit, he claims the state supreme court has violated them.” (10/02/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2018/1001/The-Supreme-Court-and-beyond-how-partisan-are-America-s-judges

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31) Amazon’s $15 minimum wage proposal is a brilliant way to get the government to hammer Amazon’s competition
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“Here is the cynical view of this: Amazon likely is being pressured by the tightening labor market to raise wages anyway. But its call for a general $15 minimum wage is strategically brilliant. The largest employers of labor below $15 are Amazon’s retail competitors. If Amazon is successful in getting a $15 minimum wage passed, all retailers will see their costs rise but Amazon’s competition will be hit much harder. The reason is that due to its internet sales model, Amazon’s revenue per employee is MUCH higher than for most retailers …” (10/02/18)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2018/10/amazons-15-minimum-wage-proposal-is-a-brilliant-way-to-get-the-government-to-hammer-amazons-competition.html

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32) America’s missing “labor party”
Source: The New Republic
by David Sessions

“For nearly half a century, an air of inevitability has clung to the decline of the American labor movement. As union density has fallen to near 10 percent and strike activity has reached historic lows, labor has often fumbled in its response to political attacks. Since 2012, five states have passed anti-union ‘right-to-work’ [sic] laws, after campaigns funded lavishly by right-wing billionaires. In June, the Supreme Court dealt another blow, ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees that public employees cannot be required to pay fees to a union. With this decision, public-sector unions are now set to go the way of the once-great industrial unions–institutions that underwrote the creation of middle-class wealth and crystallized a still-powerful image of American prosperity.” (10/02/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151119/americas-missing-labor-party-book-review-erik-loomis-history-ten-strikes

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33) My spiritual anarchism
Source: Medium
by James Leroy Wilson

“I’d describe myself as a philosophical anarchist. I have no opinion on what society should look like and have no strategy of getting there, I just view the modern State as inherently unjust. I reject in theory that society should be based on coercion and violence, and in practice I abhor the State out of empathy and compassion for those it persecutes and kills. But all I can really do is express my opinion. I may succeed or fail at persuasion, but I don’t see the benefits of angry confrontation. That’s why I clarify my anarchism as philosophical. That said, I’d also describe my position as spiritual anarchism. I view it as the bread of the sandwich; if I changed my mind on spiritual matters, I’d still have the meat of philosophical anarchism. My spiritual anarchism flows from this: I believe love is real, that love is God, and therefore the human is divine.” (10/02/18)

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34) Theresa May’s vision-free approach is alienating us all
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“An opening day Conservative conference speech by former CBI Director-General Digby Jones might not have been expected to diagnose the Prime Minister’s key weakness. But defending Theresa May’s Brexit approach, the former Labour minister unwittingly exposed the reason that the Prime Minister has alienated much of her party: she is a vision-free zone. Riffing off Theresa May’s earlier Marr interview, Jones warned politicians and party members about the consequences of division over Chequers. ‘You need to come together. Leave the ideology at the door, and understand what works,’ he demanded. This, it is fair to say, is how the Prime Minister likes to perceive herself — as a modifying force that deals in the ‘real world,’ restraining the excesses of left and right, and tackling problems as they arise with achievable solutions. The truth is that, unmoored from any substantial vision for Britain, May stands for little. And as a result, her government falls for much.” (10/02/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/theresa-mays-vision-free-approach-alienating-us-all

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35) Whose economy is it, anyway?
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Peter C Earle

“Any time there is positive economic news, politicians and their supporters feverishly attempt to take credit. It’s unsurprising; political incentives are strongly aligned toward claiming responsibility for beneficial social outcomes while deflecting or redirecting the negative or questionable ones. Despite predictions for all manners of economic apocalypse if the current President were to be elected (a handy compendium can be found here), at the current rate of expansion — near ‘full’ employment, estimated GDP growth at 4.2% (2nd qtr 2018), and business confidence soaring — a fierce battle has been joined to claim responsibility for the current economic boom. A litany of resolutely partisan sources have entered the fray on either side. Yet for no less than five reasons the entire exercise is moot, while nevertheless valuable both as a sort of political Rorschach test and as a gauge of general economic education.” (10/02/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/whose-economy-it-anyway

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36) How to prevent corruption, protect the rule of law and repair democracy
Source: USA Today
by Preet Bharara & Christine Todd Whitman

“You could read it as a blessing or a curse: ‘May you live in interesting times.’ If last week’s will-he-or-won’t-he drama over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s fate is any indicator (not to mention the Supreme Court confirmation spectacle playing out right now), times just keep getting more interesting. Behavior that we once expected from our public officials is being ignored time and again. Presidents have overreached before, members of Congress have engaged in inappropriate behavior before, but we have reached a point where something needs to be done to keep the public’s trust in our institutions of government. History teaches, time and again, that abuse produces a response. Reform follows abuse — but not automatically, and not always.” [editor’s note: Preet Bharara and rule of law in the same text space? Sorry, I must have wandered into a comedy club by mistake … – TLK] (10/02/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/02/prevent-corruption-protect-rule-law-restore-faith-america-column/1491771002

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37) Why not abolish state marriage entirely and only have civil partnerships?
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“It’s worth disassembling marriage into its component parts in order to work out what the law should be about it. For given that Theresa May has just announced that heteros will be allowed to have civil partnerships — as those not hetero have the choice of civil partnerships or marriage — why don’t we simply abolish the intrusion of the state itself into marriage? … Time was when even the Church had very little to do with it, let alone the State. But that changed, what state marriage is really is a model contract. Sure, it’s bound up with varied bits of statutory law and so on but it most certainly started out as a registration of a common law practice.” (10/02/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/law/why-not-abolish-state-marriage-entirely-and-only-have-civil-partnerships/

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38) The cult of rules
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Doubtless you’ve seen or heard stories about religious cults and the people born into them. They all focus upon the same set of writings and explanations, all repeat the same phrases, and all approve or disapprove of the same things. If you’re inside such a structure, it makes sense and holds together. Stepping outside the structure, however … that becomes terrifying. And so I’ll ask you to think, please, of the place rules hold in our world. They are everywhere. They are everything. No one would try to imagine anything else. Rules are, were, and ever shall be. Only a crazy person would think otherwise. And so the walls of our cult stand, and it is we who maintain them.” (10/02/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/the-cult-of-rules/

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39) Share the wealth? We can start now; here’s how
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“In the United States, back during the Great Depression, three simple words animated a grassroots upsurge that would help make this nation the world’s first mass middle-class society: Share the wealth! And the nation did. By the end of the 1960s, the top one percent’s share of America’s national income had dropped by more than half. The bottom 90 percent share, meanwhile, had jumped from half the nation’s total income to over two-thirds. Redistribution (via the tax code) drove this dramatic egalitarian shift, as high incomes faced high tax rates throughout the middle decades of the 20th century. But these high tax rates, levies that topped 90 percent on income over $200,000, would have no staying power. The relentless assaults of America’s wealthiest would over time grind them down.” (10/02/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20181002/share-the-wealth-of-course-but-when

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40) Why it’s time to end government-funded media
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Bill Wirtz

“In the effort of maintaining ‘quality journalism,’ publishers and journalists around the world make the case for press subsidies. In Europe, this phenomenon is largely present, with many papers completely dependent on, or even owned by, the government. But is the state really needed to produce quality content? … In the United States, broadcasters such as PBS and NPR receive their funding through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which requests and receives appropriations from the federal government of almost half a billion dollars. However, public television receives 40 percent of its funding privately; for public radio, the figure is 60 percent. PBS and NPR actually wouldn’t disappear if government funding were cut. They simply would be forced to operate under the same economic pressures as other U.S. media.” (10/02/18)

https://fee.org/articles/why-it-s-time-to-end-government-funded-media/

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41) If you’re blind to the costs, all you see are the benefits
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Roger Kimball’s praise for President Trump’s new trade deal with Canada and Mexico is riddled with fallacies (‘Donald Trump’s US-Canada-Mexico trade deal is YUGE,’ Oct. 1). Here are two. First, Mr. Kimball mistakes the benefits enjoyed by a handful of American workers — especially those who work in the U.S. automobile and dairy industries — as benefits for American workers generally. Like Trump, Mr. Kimball is blind both to the reality that trade restrictions lower the purchasing power of all Americans’ dollars, and to the fact that, because these restrictions artificially divert capital and resources into protected industries, jobs saved in those industries are matched by jobs destroyed, or never created, in other U.S. industries. … Second, like Trump, Mr. Kimball is mistaken to complain ‘that US trade with Mexico has gone from a modest surplus in the early years of Nafta to a $68 billion deficit now.’ … if Trump and Mr. Kimball insist — as protectionists do — on reading economic meaning into that which has none, then they should be pleased rather than appalled by this U.S. trade deficit with Mexico.” (10/02/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/10/youre-blind-costs-see-benefits.html

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42) Mother Jones writer shows what happens when you apologize to a manipulator
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Have you ever noticed how rare sincere apologies are in politics? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Normal people apologize to each other every day, for accidentally interrupting someone or standing in their way, for being inconsiderate or forgetful, for being unable to satisfy a customer’s needs; it’s just a part of life we take for granted at work and at home. But in the highest levels of the most powerful governments on earth, where thousands of human lives can be snuffed out by a single unwise decision and ecosystems and economies destroyed on a whim, apologies are almost unheard of. You only ever see them when a leader is cornered in a complete political checkmate with no other options available to them. This is because the highest levels of the most powerful governments in the world are dominated by highly manipulative people. If you serve truth, humanity and the world, you are almost certainly delightful to be around and you will almost certainly never have a career in federal politics.” (10/02/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/10/02/mother-jones-writer-shows-what-happens-when-you-apologize-to-a-manipulator

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43) No, we’re not on the brink of civil war — but the reasons why we’re not are far from entirely reassuring
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“The reasons for optimism about a potential civil war are far from reassuring when it comes to their implications for other aspects of American politics, however. As [Morris] Fiorina emphasizes, the biggest factor tamping down war fever is that most Americans simply aren’t that interested in politics, and don’t follow it closely. This is actually rational behavior for most voters: if your only reason to keep track of government and public policy is to be a better voter, that’s not much of an incentive to do so, since the chance your vote will make a different to the outcome of an election is extremely small. Widespread political ignorance of this kind reduces the quality of government policy, and renders voters vulnerable to deception and demagoguery, of the sort that we often see on both right and left.” (10/01/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/10/01/no-were-not-on-the-brink-of-civil-war-bu

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44) Don’t endorse Bernie yet; make candidates compete for the left vote
Source: In These Times
by Sean McElwee

“Bernie Sanders stands out among potential 2020 candidates as having the strongest and longest-standing commitment to left principles. But the question at hand is strategy. Should leftist organizations immediately endorse Sanders and begin preparing to campaign for him? The answer is no. There are strategic benefits to waiting. All politicians are fundamentally actors bound in a complex decision matrix of power and influence. Our first priority should be to change the matrix rather than pick our favorite actors. For one, there are reasons to believe that endorsements don’t create meaningful accountability. [For other perspectives on this debate, read Peter Frase and Brihana Gray.] [editor’s note: I chose this one to show that some “progressives” are seeing beyond their cocoons – SAT] (10/02/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21420/dont-endorse-bernie-sanders-potential-2020-candidates-election

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45) Other people’s emotions
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I mentioned my own emotional reaction when exposed to nasty anti-liberty ideas, but there’s another kind of idea which can cause a negative reaction. Some people get angry when exposed to the truth. Angry enough they advocate using government violence to make people shut up. If you speak a truth these people don’t want to hear, they want to make sure you suffer for it. That’s evil and stupid. If you make it painful for people to speak the truth, you will get more lies.” (10/02/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/10/other-peoples-emotions.html

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46) NAFTA is dead; did “free trade” die with it?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“President Donald Trump’s deal with Canada and Mexico has been met with a sigh of relief by the financial markets and businesses. Not because it’s a radical shift from the flawed former North American Free Trade Agreement, but because it isn’t. Immediately after reaching a deal late Sunday, the U.S. and Canadian negotiators said the deal would ‘result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region.’ That’s likely true. But it has some drawbacks, too. And lost in all the words spent by the two governments and the media in describing the new trade deal is the question of whether the agreement, which replaces Nafta, will change our $1.2 trillion in trade with Canada and Mexico all that dramatically. The answer is not really. Some of the changes will be for the better. Unfortunately, U.S. consumers will pay for it with higher prices. Yes, the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, as it’s now called, does loosen some trade rules. But it’s a mixed bag. It’s no mystery why President Trump, in renaming the trade deal, left out the words ‘free trade.’ That was never the goal.” (10/01/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/nafta-free-trade-usmca

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47) The problem of cubicles and the “open office”
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton

“The open office concept of no office walls and door with employees sitting in relatively cramped space is often lauded as a way to encourage employee interaction and collaboration. In high tech companies the concept is thought to encourage group problem solving and group creativity. However, studies suggest just the opposite.” (10/01/18)

https://mises.org/wire/problem-cubicles-and-open-office

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48) German lessons for Great Britain on European workers
Source: The American Prospect
by Denis MacShane

“One of the knottiest problems for British politicians struggling with Brexit is their insistence, as much by Labour as by the Conservatives, that Britain has to set up a giant new immigration bureaucracy to issue work and residence permits for any European citizen who is offered a job in Britain. Undoubtedly, the main factor in swinging the Brexit vote was that it gave white English men and women their chance to vote against immigrants. Fifty years ago, a racist but very senior Tory politician, Enoch Powell, said Britain was ‘mad, literally mad, as a nation’ to allow immigrants into the country. Powellism sunk deep roots very fast, even if it was repudiated by the party leaders of the day. Powell was also hostile to Britain joining the European Community. That fusion of two English phobias (against immigration and against Europe) never went away.” (10/02/18)

http://prospect.org/article/german-lessons-great-britain-on-european-workers

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49) Lindsey Graham used to care about lying under oath
Source: The Atlantic
by Julian E Zelizer

“Should [Brett] Kavanaugh’s alleged perjury matter? It should — if lawmakers follow the Graham Rule. Senator Lindsey Graham is among Kavanaugh’s most ardent defenders and will likely vote to confirm the judge no matter how many lies he may have told. Back in the 1990s, however, when he was in the House, Graham was at the head of the Republican brigade that came close to bringing down President Clinton for having lied about his affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. Graham blasted those who dared to pretend that perjury didn’t rise to the level of a ‘high crime or misdemeanor,’ and strongly suggested that lying under oath merited removal for any high-level government official, not just a president. … Graham insisted that the upper chamber not let Clinton off the hook. In the past, he said, when the Senate had determined that federal judges had committed perjury, they concluded that, ‘you couldn’t in good conscience send him back in a courtroom, cause everybody that came in that courtroom thereafter would have a real serious doubt.’” (10/02/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/lindsey-graham-wont-care-if-kavanaugh-lied-under-oath/571885/

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50) The poverty of protectionism
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“The renegotiated NAFTA–rechristened USMCA (U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement) presumably to allow Donald Trump to tell his followers that he has abolished what he had called the ‘single worst trade deal ever’ — illustrates the poverty of protectionism as well as the dilemma of free trade supporters in matters of trade treaties. The dilemma is that whatever is good in ‘free trade’ agreements is not what they are officially meant to do. They are good to the extent that they liberate importers and lead to lower consumer prices through comparative advantage and specialization. But they are sold as government interventions in favor of domestic producers for whom ‘concessions’ are obtained from foreign governments by taking domestic consumers hostage.” (10/02/18)

https://www.econlib.org/the-poverty-of-protectionism/

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51) A trillion-dollar blunder
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“I have spent some three decades railing against faulty budgetary scoring of tax bills, but the latest charade from the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Tax Committee takes the cake. The story of fiscal phony math is so indefensible when it comes to the Trump tax cut that you may not believe it could be true. Alas, it is. The story starts with the CBO forecast in 2017 that over the next decade the national debt will double to 150 percent of GDP in about 20 years. Those are debt numbers that don’t have a happy ending — just ask the citizens of Puerto Rico, Detroit and Greece. This pessimistic forecast was based on a CBO prediction before President Barack Obama left office that economic growth would average over 20 years between 1.7 percent and 1.8 percent. Growth that low doesn’t come close to generating the tax revenues to keep pace with shoot-the-moon federal spending trends. But President Donald Trump’s economic program was always predicated on getting pedal-to-the-metal growth of 3 percent to 4 percent each year.” (10/02/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/10/02/a-trilliondollar-blunder-n2524534

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52) USMCA is basically just NAFTA under a new name
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“On Oct. 1, President Donald Trump announced the negotiation of The United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The trade deal was conveniently announced to provide Trump a trade ‘win’ just ahead of the midterm elections, changing the subject from the Supreme Court nomination hearings, but it won’t take effect until ratified by Congress and the Canadian and Mexican legislatures well after the midterms. Although USMCA differs from NAFTA in detail, the broad terms of managed trade remain remarkably consistent.” (10/01/18)

https://www.lp.org/usmca-is-basically-just-nafta-under-a-new-name/

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53) Seventeen years of getting Afghanistan completely wrong
Source: CounterPunch
by David Swanson

“We expect 17-year-olds to have learned a great deal starting from infancy, and yet full-grown adults have proven incapable of knowing anything about Afghanistan during the course of 17 years of U.S.-NATO war. Despite war famously being the means of Americans learning geography, few can even identify Afghanistan on a map. What else have we failed to learn?” (10/02/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/02/17-years-of-getting-afghanistan-completely-wrong/

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54) Carol Bowne Right to Safety Act
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“In 2015, Carol Bowne had a restraining order against an abusive ex-boyfriend. But she was wise enough to know paper isn’t a good shield, so she tried to lawfully obtain a defensive firearm. She waited. And waited. For New Jersey to deign to grant her permission to protect herself. Carol Bowne was murdered while awaiting government permission to obtain a defense firearm. The murderer killed himself later … with a firearm that he possessed unlawfully as a convicted felon. Unlike Carol, he simply ignored the government’s edicts; those just for honest people. Carol Bowne tried trusting the government. She died.” (10/02/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=5537

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55) Last week’s least credible answer
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“So, who was lying, last week, at America’s big show trial — er, Senate Judiciary Committee hearing? Professor Christine Blasey Ford or Judge Brett Kavanaugh? Many Americans took sides. I cannot. Both said believable as well as scarcely believable things, but I’m with that minority who admits not to know what to believe. Except for one thing: I am pretty sure I know who told the biggest whopper. Senator Dianne Feinstein.” (10/02/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/10/02/feinstein-liar/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

26) The issues in Kavanaugh are assault and perjury, not booze and carousing
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Liz Swisher gets it. And she’s not a lawyer. She is a prominent physician in Seattle. She is also a University of Washington professor and director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. She is a graduate of Yale. She is also a former classmate of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Swisher understands what Trump, Kavanaugh, many Republicans, and even a few libertarians do not understand. The issue involving Kavanaugh’s nomination is not about whether he was a boozer or carouser in college. The issue is whether he lied under oath — that is, whether he committed perjury — when he testified last Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee.” (10/02/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/10/02/the-issues-in-kavanauh-are-assault-and-perjury-not-booze-and-carousing/

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27) Sleep research shows how homework is harmful
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“[T]he average public high school student works a full 40-hour week plus 10.7 hours of overtime — without pay, of course, and on a uniform schedule taking no heed of individual kids’ natural sleep cycles. If you’re like me, you’ve probably worked some overtime in your career. And when working overtime on an extended basis, you’ve probably cut down on your sleep hours in favor of the other things that make life worth living. Now, think about your teen years. What was important to you and how important was it? Dating, or at least trying to find a date? Music? Sports? How many times did you rush through dinner to be on time to an event, or just to get over to a friend’s house for movie night? When you were that age, everything was the most important thing ever, and it was important NOW NOW NOW. Except when you wanted to sleep in. Which was, admit it, every morning. Is it any wonder our kids are tired?” (10/02/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13983

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28) Thanks to rising debt, Republican tax policy is now anti-growth
Source: Reason
by Peter Suderman

“Over and over again, Republicans have claimed that their tax plans will reduce the deficit by increasing economic growth. But the promised deficit reductions have never materialized, thanks in part to the fact that the GOP has repeatedly paired revenue-reducing tax cuts with federal spending increases. Just last week, in addition to the tax bill, the House GOP passed an $853 billion spending bill. Under Republican control, Congress added $2.4 trillion to the national debt during the 2018 fiscal year.” (10/02/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/10/02/tax-cuts-2-gop-gdp-deficits-growth

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29) Britain’s Brexit process approaches roller coaster endgame
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“If Britain genuinely wanted a good last-minute Brexit deal, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt should probably not have compared the European Union to the USSR. His comments, at the autumn conference of Prime Minister Theresa May’s ruling Conservative Party on Monday, sparked predictable outrage from other European leaders. That was probably his intention: Hunt is one of several seen positioning to run for party leadership. Like his predecessor Boris Johnson and Donald Trump before him, Hunt looks to have calculated that outrageous language grabs attention and internal party support, even if it makes what the government needs to do increasingly impossible. Almost everywhere one looks in Western politics this autumn, one finds ambitious politicians deliberately frustrating policymaking in the hope of personal or partisan gain.” (10/02/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-brexit-commentary/commentary-britains-brexit-process-approaches-roller-coaster-endgame-idUSKCN1MC2A8

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30) The Supreme Court and beyond: How partisan are America’s judges?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Henry Gass

“One September Saturday, Judge Wendell Griffen swaps his robes and courtroom for a crisp suit and a stage at a conference about mass incarceration. He’s the penultimate speaker, and he’s about to talk about the death penalty. ‘But first a disclaimer,’ he says, and brings up a slide. The crowd, full of like-minded activists, laughs. ‘No opinion, statement, or conclusion in this presentation,’ the slide reads, ‘represents the position of the Arkansas judiciary or any other person serving in the judiciary — whether in Arkansas or elsewhere.’ Judge Griffen, who serves in Arkansas’ 6th Judicial District, doesn’t occupy the most glamorous or powerful position in the US judiciary. Still, his decision to join an anti-death penalty rally last year understandably raised eyebrows, not least at the state supreme court, which permanently banned him from hearing death penalty cases last year. But Griffen points out that judges have free speech rights too — and in an ongoing lawsuit, he claims the state supreme court has violated them.” (10/02/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2018/1001/The-Supreme-Court-and-beyond-how-partisan-are-America-s-judges

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31) Amazon’s $15 minimum wage proposal is a brilliant way to get the government to hammer Amazon’s competition
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“Here is the cynical view of this: Amazon likely is being pressured by the tightening labor market to raise wages anyway. But its call for a general $15 minimum wage is strategically brilliant. The largest employers of labor below $15 are Amazon’s retail competitors. If Amazon is successful in getting a $15 minimum wage passed, all retailers will see their costs rise but Amazon’s competition will be hit much harder. The reason is that due to its internet sales model, Amazon’s revenue per employee is MUCH higher than for most retailers …” (10/02/18)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2018/10/amazons-15-minimum-wage-proposal-is-a-brilliant-way-to-get-the-government-to-hammer-amazons-competition.html

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32) America’s missing “labor party”
Source: The New Republic
by David Sessions

“For nearly half a century, an air of inevitability has clung to the decline of the American labor movement. As union density has fallen to near 10 percent and strike activity has reached historic lows, labor has often fumbled in its response to political attacks. Since 2012, five states have passed anti-union ‘right-to-work’ [sic] laws, after campaigns funded lavishly by right-wing billionaires. In June, the Supreme Court dealt another blow, ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees that public employees cannot be required to pay fees to a union. With this decision, public-sector unions are now set to go the way of the once-great industrial unions–institutions that underwrote the creation of middle-class wealth and crystallized a still-powerful image of American prosperity.” (10/02/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151119/americas-missing-labor-party-book-review-erik-loomis-history-ten-strikes

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33) My spiritual anarchism
Source: Medium
by James Leroy Wilson

“I’d describe myself as a philosophical anarchist. I have no opinion on what society should look like and have no strategy of getting there, I just view the modern State as inherently unjust. I reject in theory that society should be based on coercion and violence, and in practice I abhor the State out of empathy and compassion for those it persecutes and kills. But all I can really do is express my opinion. I may succeed or fail at persuasion, but I don’t see the benefits of angry confrontation. That’s why I clarify my anarchism as philosophical. That said, I’d also describe my position as spiritual anarchism. I view it as the bread of the sandwich; if I changed my mind on spiritual matters, I’d still have the meat of philosophical anarchism. My spiritual anarchism flows from this: I believe love is real, that love is God, and therefore the human is divine.” (10/02/18)

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34) Theresa May’s vision-free approach is alienating us all
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“An opening day Conservative conference speech by former CBI Director-General Digby Jones might not have been expected to diagnose the Prime Minister’s key weakness. But defending Theresa May’s Brexit approach, the former Labour minister unwittingly exposed the reason that the Prime Minister has alienated much of her party: she is a vision-free zone. Riffing off Theresa May’s earlier Marr interview, Jones warned politicians and party members about the consequences of division over Chequers. ‘You need to come together. Leave the ideology at the door, and understand what works,’ he demanded. This, it is fair to say, is how the Prime Minister likes to perceive herself — as a modifying force that deals in the ‘real world,’ restraining the excesses of left and right, and tackling problems as they arise with achievable solutions. The truth is that, unmoored from any substantial vision for Britain, May stands for little. And as a result, her government falls for much.” (10/02/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/theresa-mays-vision-free-approach-alienating-us-all

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35) Whose economy is it, anyway?
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Peter C Earle

“Any time there is positive economic news, politicians and their supporters feverishly attempt to take credit. It’s unsurprising; political incentives are strongly aligned toward claiming responsibility for beneficial social outcomes while deflecting or redirecting the negative or questionable ones. Despite predictions for all manners of economic apocalypse if the current President were to be elected (a handy compendium can be found here), at the current rate of expansion — near ‘full’ employment, estimated GDP growth at 4.2% (2nd qtr 2018), and business confidence soaring — a fierce battle has been joined to claim responsibility for the current economic boom. A litany of resolutely partisan sources have entered the fray on either side. Yet for no less than five reasons the entire exercise is moot, while nevertheless valuable both as a sort of political Rorschach test and as a gauge of general economic education.” (10/02/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/whose-economy-it-anyway

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36) How to prevent corruption, protect the rule of law and repair democracy
Source: USA Today
by Preet Bharara & Christine Todd Whitman

“You could read it as a blessing or a curse: ‘May you live in interesting times.’ If last week’s will-he-or-won’t-he drama over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s fate is any indicator (not to mention the Supreme Court confirmation spectacle playing out right now), times just keep getting more interesting. Behavior that we once expected from our public officials is being ignored time and again. Presidents have overreached before, members of Congress have engaged in inappropriate behavior before, but we have reached a point where something needs to be done to keep the public’s trust in our institutions of government. History teaches, time and again, that abuse produces a response. Reform follows abuse — but not automatically, and not always.” [editor’s note: Preet Bharara and rule of law in the same text space? Sorry, I must have wandered into a comedy club by mistake … – TLK] (10/02/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/02/prevent-corruption-protect-rule-law-restore-faith-america-column/1491771002

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37) Why not abolish state marriage entirely and only have civil partnerships?
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“It’s worth disassembling marriage into its component parts in order to work out what the law should be about it. For given that Theresa May has just announced that heteros will be allowed to have civil partnerships — as those not hetero have the choice of civil partnerships or marriage — why don’t we simply abolish the intrusion of the state itself into marriage? … Time was when even the Church had very little to do with it, let alone the State. But that changed, what state marriage is really is a model contract. Sure, it’s bound up with varied bits of statutory law and so on but it most certainly started out as a registration of a common law practice.” (10/02/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/law/why-not-abolish-state-marriage-entirely-and-only-have-civil-partnerships/

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38) The cult of rules
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Doubtless you’ve seen or heard stories about religious cults and the people born into them. They all focus upon the same set of writings and explanations, all repeat the same phrases, and all approve or disapprove of the same things. If you’re inside such a structure, it makes sense and holds together. Stepping outside the structure, however … that becomes terrifying. And so I’ll ask you to think, please, of the place rules hold in our world. They are everywhere. They are everything. No one would try to imagine anything else. Rules are, were, and ever shall be. Only a crazy person would think otherwise. And so the walls of our cult stand, and it is we who maintain them.” (10/02/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/the-cult-of-rules/

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39) Share the wealth? We can start now; here’s how
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“In the United States, back during the Great Depression, three simple words animated a grassroots upsurge that would help make this nation the world’s first mass middle-class society: Share the wealth! And the nation did. By the end of the 1960s, the top one percent’s share of America’s national income had dropped by more than half. The bottom 90 percent share, meanwhile, had jumped from half the nation’s total income to over two-thirds. Redistribution (via the tax code) drove this dramatic egalitarian shift, as high incomes faced high tax rates throughout the middle decades of the 20th century. But these high tax rates, levies that topped 90 percent on income over $200,000, would have no staying power. The relentless assaults of America’s wealthiest would over time grind them down.” (10/02/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20181002/share-the-wealth-of-course-but-when

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40) Why it’s time to end government-funded media
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Bill Wirtz

“In the effort of maintaining ‘quality journalism,’ publishers and journalists around the world make the case for press subsidies. In Europe, this phenomenon is largely present, with many papers completely dependent on, or even owned by, the government. But is the state really needed to produce quality content? … In the United States, broadcasters such as PBS and NPR receive their funding through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which requests and receives appropriations from the federal government of almost half a billion dollars. However, public television receives 40 percent of its funding privately; for public radio, the figure is 60 percent. PBS and NPR actually wouldn’t disappear if government funding were cut. They simply would be forced to operate under the same economic pressures as other U.S. media.” (10/02/18)

https://fee.org/articles/why-it-s-time-to-end-government-funded-media/

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41) If you’re blind to the costs, all you see are the benefits
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Roger Kimball’s praise for President Trump’s new trade deal with Canada and Mexico is riddled with fallacies (‘Donald Trump’s US-Canada-Mexico trade deal is YUGE,’ Oct. 1). Here are two. First, Mr. Kimball mistakes the benefits enjoyed by a handful of American workers — especially those who work in the U.S. automobile and dairy industries — as benefits for American workers generally. Like Trump, Mr. Kimball is blind both to the reality that trade restrictions lower the purchasing power of all Americans’ dollars, and to the fact that, because these restrictions artificially divert capital and resources into protected industries, jobs saved in those industries are matched by jobs destroyed, or never created, in other U.S. industries. … Second, like Trump, Mr. Kimball is mistaken to complain ‘that US trade with Mexico has gone from a modest surplus in the early years of Nafta to a $68 billion deficit now.’ … if Trump and Mr. Kimball insist — as protectionists do — on reading economic meaning into that which has none, then they should be pleased rather than appalled by this U.S. trade deficit with Mexico.” (10/02/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/10/youre-blind-costs-see-benefits.html

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42) Mother Jones writer shows what happens when you apologize to a manipulator
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Have you ever noticed how rare sincere apologies are in politics? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Normal people apologize to each other every day, for accidentally interrupting someone or standing in their way, for being inconsiderate or forgetful, for being unable to satisfy a customer’s needs; it’s just a part of life we take for granted at work and at home. But in the highest levels of the most powerful governments on earth, where thousands of human lives can be snuffed out by a single unwise decision and ecosystems and economies destroyed on a whim, apologies are almost unheard of. You only ever see them when a leader is cornered in a complete political checkmate with no other options available to them. This is because the highest levels of the most powerful governments in the world are dominated by highly manipulative people. If you serve truth, humanity and the world, you are almost certainly delightful to be around and you will almost certainly never have a career in federal politics.” (10/02/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/10/02/mother-jones-writer-shows-what-happens-when-you-apologize-to-a-manipulator

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43) No, we’re not on the brink of civil war — but the reasons why we’re not are far from entirely reassuring
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“The reasons for optimism about a potential civil war are far from reassuring when it comes to their implications for other aspects of American politics, however. As [Morris] Fiorina emphasizes, the biggest factor tamping down war fever is that most Americans simply aren’t that interested in politics, and don’t follow it closely. This is actually rational behavior for most voters: if your only reason to keep track of government and public policy is to be a better voter, that’s not much of an incentive to do so, since the chance your vote will make a different to the outcome of an election is extremely small. Widespread political ignorance of this kind reduces the quality of government policy, and renders voters vulnerable to deception and demagoguery, of the sort that we often see on both right and left.” (10/01/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/10/01/no-were-not-on-the-brink-of-civil-war-bu

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44) Don’t endorse Bernie yet; make candidates compete for the left vote
Source: In These Times
by Sean McElwee

“Bernie Sanders stands out among potential 2020 candidates as having the strongest and longest-standing commitment to left principles. But the question at hand is strategy. Should leftist organizations immediately endorse Sanders and begin preparing to campaign for him? The answer is no. There are strategic benefits to waiting. All politicians are fundamentally actors bound in a complex decision matrix of power and influence. Our first priority should be to change the matrix rather than pick our favorite actors. For one, there are reasons to believe that endorsements don’t create meaningful accountability. [For other perspectives on this debate, read Peter Frase and Brihana Gray.] [editor’s note: I chose this one to show that some “progressives” are seeing beyond their cocoons – SAT] (10/02/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21420/dont-endorse-bernie-sanders-potential-2020-candidates-election

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45) Other people’s emotions
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I mentioned my own emotional reaction when exposed to nasty anti-liberty ideas, but there’s another kind of idea which can cause a negative reaction. Some people get angry when exposed to the truth. Angry enough they advocate using government violence to make people shut up. If you speak a truth these people don’t want to hear, they want to make sure you suffer for it. That’s evil and stupid. If you make it painful for people to speak the truth, you will get more lies.” (10/02/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/10/other-peoples-emotions.html

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46) NAFTA is dead; did “free trade” die with it?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“President Donald Trump’s deal with Canada and Mexico has been met with a sigh of relief by the financial markets and businesses. Not because it’s a radical shift from the flawed former North American Free Trade Agreement, but because it isn’t. Immediately after reaching a deal late Sunday, the U.S. and Canadian negotiators said the deal would ‘result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region.’ That’s likely true. But it has some drawbacks, too. And lost in all the words spent by the two governments and the media in describing the new trade deal is the question of whether the agreement, which replaces Nafta, will change our $1.2 trillion in trade with Canada and Mexico all that dramatically. The answer is not really. Some of the changes will be for the better. Unfortunately, U.S. consumers will pay for it with higher prices. Yes, the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, as it’s now called, does loosen some trade rules. But it’s a mixed bag. It’s no mystery why President Trump, in renaming the trade deal, left out the words ‘free trade.’ That was never the goal.” (10/01/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/nafta-free-trade-usmca

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47) The problem of cubicles and the “open office”
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton

“The open office concept of no office walls and door with employees sitting in relatively cramped space is often lauded as a way to encourage employee interaction and collaboration. In high tech companies the concept is thought to encourage group problem solving and group creativity. However, studies suggest just the opposite.” (10/01/18)

https://mises.org/wire/problem-cubicles-and-open-office

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48) German lessons for Great Britain on European workers
Source: The American Prospect
by Denis MacShane

“One of the knottiest problems for British politicians struggling with Brexit is their insistence, as much by Labour as by the Conservatives, that Britain has to set up a giant new immigration bureaucracy to issue work and residence permits for any European citizen who is offered a job in Britain. Undoubtedly, the main factor in swinging the Brexit vote was that it gave white English men and women their chance to vote against immigrants. Fifty years ago, a racist but very senior Tory politician, Enoch Powell, said Britain was ‘mad, literally mad, as a nation’ to allow immigrants into the country. Powellism sunk deep roots very fast, even if it was repudiated by the party leaders of the day. Powell was also hostile to Britain joining the European Community. That fusion of two English phobias (against immigration and against Europe) never went away.” (10/02/18)

http://prospect.org/article/german-lessons-great-britain-on-european-workers

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49) Lindsey Graham used to care about lying under oath
Source: The Atlantic
by Julian E Zelizer

“Should [Brett] Kavanaugh’s alleged perjury matter? It should — if lawmakers follow the Graham Rule. Senator Lindsey Graham is among Kavanaugh’s most ardent defenders and will likely vote to confirm the judge no matter how many lies he may have told. Back in the 1990s, however, when he was in the House, Graham was at the head of the Republican brigade that came close to bringing down President Clinton for having lied about his affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. Graham blasted those who dared to pretend that perjury didn’t rise to the level of a ‘high crime or misdemeanor,’ and strongly suggested that lying under oath merited removal for any high-level government official, not just a president. … Graham insisted that the upper chamber not let Clinton off the hook. In the past, he said, when the Senate had determined that federal judges had committed perjury, they concluded that, ‘you couldn’t in good conscience send him back in a courtroom, cause everybody that came in that courtroom thereafter would have a real serious doubt.’” (10/02/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/lindsey-graham-wont-care-if-kavanaugh-lied-under-oath/571885/

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50) The poverty of protectionism
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“The renegotiated NAFTA–rechristened USMCA (U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement) presumably to allow Donald Trump to tell his followers that he has abolished what he had called the ‘single worst trade deal ever’ — illustrates the poverty of protectionism as well as the dilemma of free trade supporters in matters of trade treaties. The dilemma is that whatever is good in ‘free trade’ agreements is not what they are officially meant to do. They are good to the extent that they liberate importers and lead to lower consumer prices through comparative advantage and specialization. But they are sold as government interventions in favor of domestic producers for whom ‘concessions’ are obtained from foreign governments by taking domestic consumers hostage.” (10/02/18)

https://www.econlib.org/the-poverty-of-protectionism/

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51) A trillion-dollar blunder
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“I have spent some three decades railing against faulty budgetary scoring of tax bills, but the latest charade from the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Tax Committee takes the cake. The story of fiscal phony math is so indefensible when it comes to the Trump tax cut that you may not believe it could be true. Alas, it is. The story starts with the CBO forecast in 2017 that over the next decade the national debt will double to 150 percent of GDP in about 20 years. Those are debt numbers that don’t have a happy ending — just ask the citizens of Puerto Rico, Detroit and Greece. This pessimistic forecast was based on a CBO prediction before President Barack Obama left office that economic growth would average over 20 years between 1.7 percent and 1.8 percent. Growth that low doesn’t come close to generating the tax revenues to keep pace with shoot-the-moon federal spending trends. But President Donald Trump’s economic program was always predicated on getting pedal-to-the-metal growth of 3 percent to 4 percent each year.” (10/02/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/10/02/a-trilliondollar-blunder-n2524534

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52) USMCA is basically just NAFTA under a new name
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“On Oct. 1, President Donald Trump announced the negotiation of The United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The trade deal was conveniently announced to provide Trump a trade ‘win’ just ahead of the midterm elections, changing the subject from the Supreme Court nomination hearings, but it won’t take effect until ratified by Congress and the Canadian and Mexican legislatures well after the midterms. Although USMCA differs from NAFTA in detail, the broad terms of managed trade remain remarkably consistent.” (10/01/18)

https://www.lp.org/usmca-is-basically-just-nafta-under-a-new-name/

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53) Seventeen years of getting Afghanistan completely wrong
Source: CounterPunch
by David Swanson

“We expect 17-year-olds to have learned a great deal starting from infancy, and yet full-grown adults have proven incapable of knowing anything about Afghanistan during the course of 17 years of U.S.-NATO war. Despite war famously being the means of Americans learning geography, few can even identify Afghanistan on a map. What else have we failed to learn?” (10/02/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/02/17-years-of-getting-afghanistan-completely-wrong/

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54) Carol Bowne Right to Safety Act
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“In 2015, Carol Bowne had a restraining order against an abusive ex-boyfriend. But she was wise enough to know paper isn’t a good shield, so she tried to lawfully obtain a defensive firearm. She waited. And waited. For New Jersey to deign to grant her permission to protect herself. Carol Bowne was murdered while awaiting government permission to obtain a defense firearm. The murderer killed himself later … with a firearm that he possessed unlawfully as a convicted felon. Unlike Carol, he simply ignored the government’s edicts; those just for honest people. Carol Bowne tried trusting the government. She died.” (10/02/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=5537

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55) Last week’s least credible answer
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“So, who was lying, last week, at America’s big show trial — er, Senate Judiciary Committee hearing? Professor Christine Blasey Ford or Judge Brett Kavanaugh? Many Americans took sides. I cannot. Both said believable as well as scarcely believable things, but I’m with that minority who admits not to know what to believe. Except for one thing: I am pretty sure I know who told the biggest whopper. Senator Dianne Feinstein.” (10/02/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/10/02/feinstein-liar/

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56) The Libertarian Angle, 10/02/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Richard Ebeling is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel. He became a libertarian while still in high school and has been involved in the libertarian movement for many decades. Who did he look up to? What books have influenced him the most?” [various formats] (10/02/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-ebelings-favorite-authors-ludwig-von-mises/

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57) Humans of Bitcoin, 10/02/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“In Johannesburg, Sibo aka the BCH Wolf and ambassador tirelessly works to help increase adoption of bitcoin. What does she think Nelson Mandela would think about bitcoin?” [various formats] (10/02/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e469-The-BCH-Wolf-of-Johannesburg

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58) Texas says “pickles” only come from cucumbers. So this couple’s farm went out of business.
Source: Reason

“Anita and Jim McHaney are retirees who moved from Houston to the Texas countryside in 2013. Their plan was to live well and grow food on a 10-acre homestead, earning extra money selling produce at the local farmers market. They grew okra, carrots, kale, swiss chard, and beets. Lots and lots of beets. ‘That soil out there is very sandy, and those beets just grew like mad,’ says Anita. ‘Now the obvious thing to do when you have more beets than you can sell, is to make pickled beets and can them.’ And this is where the McHaneys ran into trouble. Like most states, Texas has a so-called ‘cottage food law’ that exempts certain items sold at farmers markets from the state’s commercial food manufacturing regulations — foods like bread, produce, nuts, jams, popcorn, and, of course, pickles. But what constitutes a ‘pickle,’ and who gets to decide?” [Flash video] (10/02/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/10/02/texas-pickle-regulations

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59) Scott Adams Says, 10/02/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Chinese fentanyl, proxy revenge, hypnosis and memory, abortion, and coffee.” [Flash video] (10/02/18)

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

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60) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/02/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“As often happens, the US trade war with China is heating up and spilling over to the military realm. Recent skirmishes in the South China Sea are just part of the increasing militarization of the dispute. How hot will the dispute get? Is there anyone in the Trump Administration who will cool it down?” [Flash video] (10/02/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/the-militarization-of-the-uschina-trade-war

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61) Constitutionally Speaking, episode 32
Source: National Review

“In this week’s episode the guys talk guns. It’s the Second Amendment episode, and we’re digging in to the right to bear arms: Where did it come from, what did it mean, how was it implemented, and does it still make sense? From James II and the Glorious Revolution to Little Turtle’s War in the Ohio Valley, we walk through America’s unique and fascinating history with firearms, the right to bear arms’s relationship to both ancient and modern concepts of liberty, and why everybody wanted a militia even though they were terrible at actually fighting.” [various formats] (10/02/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/constitutionally-speaking/episode-32-lawyers-guns-and-money/

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62) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 76
Source: Libertarianism.org

“How did Justice Abram Smith of Wisconsin challenge the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850?” [various formats] (10/02/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/great-nullifiers

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63) Kick the Puppy, episode 7
Source: Attack The System

“Nearly a third of US voters expect civil war within 5 years, ignorance is a problem, red vs blue, the real issue with Kavanaugh, Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison …” [Flash audio] (10/02/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/10/02/kick-the-puppy-episode-7/

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64) Candidates of Liberty, episode 8
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Candidates of Liberty Tim Silfies joins the show. Tim is running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 7th District. Tim comes to politics from a prior career in television where he had the chance to work with some of the biggest names at Fox Business. Tim has an impressive background in television.” [various formats] (10/02/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/10/02/candidates-of-liberty-ep-08-tim-silfies-makes-the-move-from-tv-to-politics/

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65) Free Talk Live, 10/01/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“DEA To Put Up License-Plate Reading Speed Displays Around United States :: Mass Police Surveillance :: Pledge of Allegiance Refusal in School :: Ripple Xrapid :: Homeschooling :: Amazon to Open 3,000 Cashierless Stores? :: Burden of Proof :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/01/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-10-01

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66) Punk Rock Libertarians, episode 181
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Don’t Stick Your Dick in Crazy.” [various formats] (10/01/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-181-dont-stick-your-dick-in-crazy/

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67) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 233
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“In this news-only episode, Nick Weaver and I [Stewart Baker] muse over the outing of a GRU colonel for the nerve agent killings in the United Kingdom. I ask the question that is surely being debated inside MI6 today: Now that he’s been identified, should British intelligence make it their business to execute Col. Chepiga? On a lighter note, Uber is paying $148 million to state AGs for a data breach that apparently had no adverse consequences and might not even have been a breach. That’s a lot to pay just to show that the company is now under new and more responsible management.” [MP3] (10/01/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/10/01/outing-col-chepiga-or-worse

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68) Postcards from Somalia, episode 13
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“On this episode Sherry and Alan tell you they’re gonna talk about what the punishment should be for those who lie about rape, and then we basically don’t talk about that at all. It’s our show. That’s how we roll.” [Flash audio] (10/01/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/kavanaw-ep13-postcards-from-somalia/

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69) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1251
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Michael Huemer is a professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the author of the outstanding libertarian book The Problem of Political Authority. Today he discusses his work in ‘ethical intuitionism,’ which holds that (1) there are objective moral truths; (2) we know these through an immediate, intellectual awareness, or ‘intuition;’ and (3) knowing them gives us reasons to act independent of our desires.” [various formats] (10/01/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1251-are-there-objective-moral-truths/

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70) Bloggingheads.tv, 10/01/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Phoebe Maltz Bovy (The Perils of ‘Privilege,’ What Would Phoebe Do?, The New Republic) and Kat Rosenfield (Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, Vulture) … Men on Twitter proudly declare that they didn’t rape anyone in high school … Examining Kavanaugh’s and Ford’s testimony … Reasons to believe Ford … Does it make sense to apply the privilege critique to Kavanaugh? … Is Kavanaugh vs. Ford turning into a contemporary Dreyfus Affair? … When a putative male feminist treats women badly.” [Flash video] (10/01/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53768

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