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Volume XVI, Issue #4,072
Thursday, October 4th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Senators to view FBI report on Kavanaugh
2) Iraq: Parliament elects Kurdish moderate Barham Salih as new president
3) Groups representing Internet providers sue California over corporate welfare for Big Data
4) Trump regime terminates 1955 treaty with Iran after UN court ruling
5) Australia: Big Tech joins with rights groups to fight stupid, evil, fascist encryption bill
6) SCOTUS hears case of Alabama death row inmate
7) After more speculation about cause of ISS leak, NASA issues another statement
8) Ted Koppel mocks Brian Stelter: “CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump”
9) Two more prosecutors leave Mueller’s office
10) Pepsi looks to join Coca-Cola in creating cannabis-infused drinks
11) Scientists connect three people’s brains together in “BrainNet” social network
12) Booker: Ditch Kavanaugh, whether he’s “innocent or guilty”
13) Mexico: Veracruz pols vote to outlaw mocking Veracruz pols
14) “X-Men” star Fan Bingbing resurfaces, pledges to pay Chinese tax agency $130 million in fines
15) Congress-creature slams door on pro-cannabis freedom protester’s foot, whines that trying to talk to him is “aggression”
16) May: Tories must be a party for everyone
17) Chile: Cardinal goes before prosecutor in sex abuse probe
18) Bloomberg to cut $20 million check to Senate Democrats
19) Voters want a gas tax repeal; many California leaders call it a horrible idea
20) Report: Trump committed tax fraud [sic] to receive equivalent of $413 million from his father

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Is Trump downsizing or [just] redirecting regulations with tariffs?
22) Creating a suspect society
23) Why a federal minimum wage?
24) The one question you can ask to uncover a president’s economic principles
25) Under Trump, federal spending and debt follows in Obama’s footsteps
26) Donald Trump is a classic gaslighter in an abusive relationship with America
27) Are Americans united behind free speech and equality?
28) The new face of men’s rights
29) More of the same?
30) Remember FBI’s flawed record in Kavanaugh-Ford investigation
31) Settler anarchists should treat lightly around indigenous nationalism
32) Why Amazon raised its minimum wage
33) How the government fails to help the mentally ill
34) Wave of mobile tax hikes squeeze Africa’s poor to indulge governments
35) End government; improve health
36) The hidden hazards beneath Trump’s dismantling [sic] of the EPA
37) Lifting the cloak of secrecy from NYPD surveillance technology
38) Is America the most fearful country in the world?
39) Response to John Eastman on the limits of federal power
40) The Boris Johnson delusion
41) Today Amazon, tomorrow the railroad industry: The Fight for $15 rolls on
42) Judge Kavanaugh, judicial temperament, and the “circus”
43) Quantum Vibe, 10/03/18
44) MacArthur’s last stand against a winless war
45) Whose rights [sic] matter more before the Supreme Court: A man’s, or a frog’s?
46) North Korea: Nukes vs. war
47) Battle brews over banned books and evolution — but the solution is simple
48) Trade disaster averted for now
49) A foregone conclusion
50) Bezos’s decision to raise wages is largely a Machiavellian distraction

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 10/03/18
52) Blockchain 2025, 10/03/18
53) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/03/18
54) Remy: Banana
55) Scott Adams Says, 10/03/18
56) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 106
57) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 16
58) Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 10/03/18
59) Electric Libertyland, episode 92
60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 254
61) Free Talk Live, 10/02/18
62) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/02/18
63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1252
64) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 10/02/18
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 10/02/18

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

1) Senators to view FBI report on Kavanaugh
Source: The Hill

“Senators are being told that they will get to review a supplemental FBI background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, but only one copy is being made available to senators under restricted conditions. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said that preparations are being made to review the report on Thursday. Republicans are putting strict limits on the viewing. Only one copy is being made available to senators, and each party will take turns viewing it in one-hour increments, Durbin said.” [editor’s note: There isn’t even a BS “national security” excuse here — that report is “public property” if any such thing actually exists. My thanks to the first Senator with the guts to copy and release it – TLK] (10/03/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/409786-senators-will-view-fbi-report-on-kavanaugh-thursday

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2) Iraq: Parliament elects Kurdish moderate Barham Salih as new president
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Iraq’s parliament on Tuesday elected a new president despite a bitter dispute between the two main Kurdish parties, who for the first time put forward competing candidates. In Iraq, a Kurd holds the presidency — which is a largely ceremonial role — while the prime minister post is reserved for a Shiite and the speaker of parliament a Sunni. In Baghdad, parliament voted for Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) candidate Barham Salih, who previously served as the prime minister of the autonomous Kurdistan region and deputy prime minister of Iraq. Salih is considered a moderate, non-sectarian reformer with good ties with the West and neighboring Iran and Turkey.” (10/03/18)

https://www.dw.com/en/iraqi-parliament-elects-kurdish-moderate-barham-salih-as-new-president/a-45733912

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3) Groups representing Internet providers sue California over corporate welfare for Big Data
Source: Reuters

“Four industry groups representing major internet providers and cable companies on Wednesday filed suit seeking to block California’s new law to mandate net neutrality rules. The suit from the groups, which represent companies including AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Comcast Corp and Charter Communications Inc, came after the U.S. Justice Department on Sunday filed its own suit to block the new law. California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Sunday to restore open internet protections [sic] known as net neutrality in the state after the Trump administration repealed the rules in December 2017.” (10/03/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-internet/groups-representing-internet-providers-sue-california-over-net-neutrality-idUSKCN1MD25L

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4) Trump regime terminates 1955 treaty with Iran after UN court ruling
Source: New York Post

“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the White House was terminating a 1950s treaty with Iran after a United Nations court ruled the accord prevented the US from imposing sanctions that would affect humanitarian aid. … The United Nations’ highest court ordered the US to ensure that sanctions against the Islamic Republic that will be strengthened next month do not imperil humanitarian aid or civil aviation in the country. The International Court of Justice, ruling in favor of Tehran, said the sanctions reinstated after President Trump pulled out of [sic] the Iran nuclear deal in May would violate the terms of a 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two countries.” [editor’s note: Since the US hasn’t “pulled out of” the nuclear deal and can only do so by “pulling out of” the United Nations itself, it’s still on the hook for violating that one – TLK] (10/03/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/10/03/trump-administration-terminates-1955-treaty-with-iran-after-un-court-ruling/

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5) Australia: Big Tech joins with rights groups to fight stupid, evil, fascist encryption bill
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Tech heavyweights Google and Facebook have joined civil and digital rights groups in an unusual alliance aimed at defeating Australia’s planned encryption laws. The Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet brings together the disparate groups in a plea for the government to ‘slow down’ and listen to ‘legitimate concerns’ about its encryption bill. The alliance includes rights groups such as the Human Rights Law Centre, Digital Rights Watch and Amnesty International, as well as the Communications Alliance — an industry group featuring telcos Optus and Telstra. It also features the Digital Industry Group Inc (Digi), an industry body including Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon as members. … The bill gives law enforcement new powers to conduct covert surveillance on electronic devices and compel technology companies to assist in decrypting private communications.” (10/03/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/oct/03/google-and-facebook-join-rights-groups-to-fight-australias-encryption-bill

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6) SCOTUS hears case of Alabama death row inmate
Source: AL.com

“After 33 years in solitary confinement and afflicted with vascular dementia, Vernon Madison can’t tell you the season, the day of the week or recite the alphabet beyond ‘G,’ his lawyers say. If reminded, he knows he might be executed for killing a police officer in 1985. But the next day, he’ll have to be reminded again. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court debated whether Madison belonged in the small but growing category of adults — the intellectually disabled, the mentally ill, those so impaired that they don’t comprehend their punishment — for whom the court has decided the death penalty is unconstitutional. … Madison, 68, has had two life-threatening strokes, brain injuries, a documented loss of IQ and an MRI that shows substantial brain damage.” (10/02/18)

https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/10/vernon_madison_us_supreme_cour.html

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7) After more speculation about cause of ISS leak, NASA issues another statement
Source: Ars Technica

“A thorough Russian investigation of a leak that occurred in August in the orbital module of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which is attached to the International Space Station, will not be completed until November. But this week, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos reignited …. speculation in some media reports that the hole was intentionally drilled by NASA astronauts in space. … After these latest comments and with an imminent Soyuz spacecraft launch on October 11 that will carry NASA astronaut Nick Hague to the International Space Station, the US space agency felt the need to put out a new statement on Wednesday.” (10/03/18)

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/nasa-issues-statement-on-iss-leak-investigation-cites-no-mal-intent/

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8) Ted Koppel mocks Brian Stelter: “CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump”
Source: Fox News

“Journalism legend Ted Koppel mocked CNN’s Brian Stelter to his face on Monday, telling the ‘Reliable Sources’ host that ‘CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump.’ While on stage for a National Press Club panel discussion, Koppel attempted to make a point that many media executives admit Trump is good for ratings, as viewers on both sides of the aisle tune in to see the round-the-clock drama unfold. Stelter responded by asking, ‘That means what? If ratings are up, that means what?’ Koppel (who anchored ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ for 25 years and has been a working journalist for over four decades) quickly answered. ‘The ratings are up, it means you can’t do without Donald Trump. You would be lost without Donald Trump,’ Koppel said as Stelter shook his head in disagreement. ‘Ted, you know that’s not true,’ Stelter said. ‘CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump,’ Koppel said as the audience laughed.” [editor’s note: Sic ’em, Ted! – SAT] (10/03/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/ted-koppel-mocks-brian-stelter-cnns-ratings-would-be-in-the-toilet-without-donald-trump

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9) Two more prosecutors leave Mueller’s office
Source: CNN

“Kyle Freeny and Brandon Van Grack, two prosecutors who worked on Paul Manafort’s criminal cases, are ending their tenure working for special counsel Robert Mueller. Van Grack left recently to return to his job in the National Security Division of the Justice Department, and Freeny will leave the office in mid-October to return to the Criminal Division. Both were detailed to Mueller’s office over the past year, said special counsel spokesman Peter Carr. Carr would not say whether this indicated that the office was winding down its efforts, as President Donald Trump’s lawyers have suggested and several others who’ve been in contact with the office have speculated. He said the departures were not for any disciplinary reason.” (10/03/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/02/politics/mueller-two-prosecutors-leave/index.html

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10) Pepsi looks to join Coca-Cola in creating cannabis-infused drinks
Source: Smell the Truth

“PepsiCo hopes to be the next soda baron to look into making beverages containing cannabis. The giant soft drink company’s chief financial officer, Hugh Johnston, hinted at creating marijuana-infused beverages in a recent interview with CNBC, according to an AFP report. ‘We will look at it very critically,’ Johnston said in the CNBC interview. ‘But I am not prepared to share any plans that we may have in the space right now.’ Johnston’s comments come weeks after nemesis Coca-Cola expressed interest in creating wellness drinks containing CBD. Pepsi would likely do the same, rather than looking into a beverage containing the psychoactive compound THC.” [editor’s note: So they would purvey their Aspartame- or HFCS-filled crap as “healthy” by adding some THC to the mix? Shrewd move. I’ll take the “real thing” – SAT] (10/02/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/10/02/pepsi-looks-to-join-coca-cola-in-creating-marijuana-infused-drinks

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11) Scientists connect three people’s brains together in “BrainNet” social network
Source: Yahoo! News

“Scientists have successfully transmitted thoughts between three people in a sort of ‘social network for brains.’ But while the idea sounds nightmarish, it involves no surgery — and could one day help people to share tasks, the researchers believe. Three people connected by brain-scanning EEG caps were able to transmit instructions for a simple Tetris-style game where one player couldn’t see the screen. The University of Washington researchers believe it could (one day) be used to allow groups of people to work together to solve problems. The so-called ‘BrainNet’ uses EEG sensors to ‘read’ thoughts in people’s heads, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to transmit simple signals into people’s heads.” (10/02/18)

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/scientists-connect-three-peoples-brains-together-brainnet-social-network-101205203.html

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12) Booker: Ditch Kavanaugh, whether he’s “innocent or guilty”
Source: Fox News

“Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, amid the ongoing FBI probe into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, suggested the Senate needs to ‘move on’ to another Supreme Court nominee whether Kavanaugh is innocent or guilty. Booker, D-N.J., days earlier backed the FBI’s re-opened supplemental background investigation into Kavanaugh. But amid speculation that the probe could come to an end any day now, Booker indicated Tuesday that it’s too late for Kavanaugh. He said his ‘credibility’ has already been challenged and his ‘temperament’ revealed at last week’s heated hearing with him and accuser Christine Blasey Ford. ‘Ultimately, not whether he’s innocent or guilty (this is not a trial) but ultimately, have enough questions been raised that we should not move on to another candidate?’ Booker, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, said on Capitol Hill Tuesday.” [editor’s note: Again, his complicity in USAPATRIOT Act writing, and his positions on 4th Amendment issues, should be the concern here, but of course, they are almost ALL guilty of that – SAT] (10/03/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cory-booker-ditch-kavanaugh-whether-hes-innocent-or-guilty

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13) Mexico: Veracruz pols vote to outlaw mocking Veracruz pols
Source: PanAm Post

“The international wave of cyber censorship has now arrived in Latin America, via Veracruz state, in southern Mexico, this time under the guise of a new ‘anti-meme’ law. Both civil society organizations and users of social media have argued that the ‘gag’ strategy within the reform is an affront to the right to freedom of expression. The bill in question consists of a reform made to Article 196 of the local penal code that considers as ‘cyber-bullying’the dissemination of lascivious or malicious information about a person, which causes psychological, family, or work-related harm. Passed by unanimous consent, the bill, proposed by a deputy Jose Kirsch Sanchez, of the leftist PRD party, will impose ‘from six months to two years in prison, and up to one hundred days of work in favor of the community to whomever, using any means of digital communication, disseminate harmful or malicious information about another person, revealing, transferring, or transmitting one or more images, audio-visual recordings, or texts, which damage their reputation or self-esteem and cause them to be affected by psychological, family, or work situations, or in their daily environment.’” (10/02/18)

https://panampost.com/mamela-fiallo/2018/10/02/mexico-passes-new-anti-meme-law-that-restricts-criticism-of-politicians/

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14) “X-Men” star Fan Bingbing resurfaces, pledges to pay Chinese tax agency $130 million in fines
Source: USA Today

“Actress Fan Bingbing is apologizing after tax authorities in her native China ordered the ‘X-Men’ star to pay taxes and fines worth $130 million in order to avoid criminal prosecution. The official Xinhua News Agency’s announcement Wednesday ended months of speculation over the fate of the actress since she disappeared from public view in June amid reports she was being investigated for tax fraud. ‘I am unworthy of the trust of the society and let down the fans who love me,’ Fan wrote in the first update to official account on the social media site Weib.com since June 2. She added that she accepts the tax authorities’ decision and would ‘try my best to overcome all difficulties and raise funds to pay back taxes and fines.’ Xinhua cited tax authorities as saying Fan would not be held criminally accountable as long as she paid the fines and taxes on time. Their report gave no indication as to Fan’s whereabouts but indicated her agent was being held by police for allegedly obstructing the investigation.” (10/03/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2018/10/03/china-orders-x-men-actress-fan-bingbing-pay-130-million-tax-fine/1507103002

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15) Congress-creature slams door on pro-cannabis freedom protester’s foot, whines that trying to talk to him is “aggression”
“Republican Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland was headed to his office when two red-hatted protesters associated with DCMJ, the pro-marijuana group, attempted to follow him into his office. One of them was hit by the door, and stumbled back into the hallway. … When Capitol police arrived, another protester told an officer that Harris had slammed the door on the foot of one of the protesters who was lying down. … Harris released a statement later in the afternoon condemning the protesters’ actions. ‘Today’s aggression by protesters who disagree with my position on the legalization of recreational marijuana demonstrates the problem with political discourse today.’” (10/02/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/congressman-accosted-by-pro-pot-protesters/

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16) May: Tories must be a party for everyone
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Theresa May has told the Conservatives they must be the ‘party for everyone’ and said austerity was ending in her party conference speech in Birmingham. The prime minister said that a decade on from the financial crash, ‘there are better days ahead,’ signalling an increase in public spending. She also defended her under-fire Brexit strategy, saying she was ‘standing up for Britain.’ And she announced new borrowing powers for councils to build more homes. A cap on the amount councils can borrow to fund new developments ‘doesn’t make sense’ and would be scrapped, she said.” (10/03/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-45725615

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17) Chile: Cardinal goes before prosecutor in sex abuse probe
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The archbishop of the Chilean capital went before a local prosecutor Wednesday but declined to testify as a defendant about allegations he covered up years of child sex abuse committed by clerics and officials of the country’s Catholic Church. Television images showed a smiling Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati walking into the prosecutor’s office in the city of Rancagua wearing a Roman collar while heavily guarded by police officers and surrounded by journalists. His lawyer said Ezzati used his right to remain silent about allegations he covered up abuse committed by his top deputy, the Rev. Oscar Munoz. ‘The cardinal was summoned as a defendant accused of being part of covering up serious crimes,’ attorney Hugo Rivera said. ‘There is no serious element that prompted (prosecutors) to summon him as a defendant,’” (10/03/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Chilean-cardinal-goes-before-prosecutor-in-sex-13277725.php

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18) Bloomberg to cut $20 million check to Senate Democrats
Source: Politico

“Billionaire Michael Bloomberg will donate $20 million to the super PAC affiliated with Senate Democrats, two Bloomberg advisers said Tuesday, giving a major cash infusion to the party’s quest to win the Senate in November.” (10/02/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/02/bloomberg-donate-senate-democrats-862871

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19) Voters want a gas tax repeal; many California leaders call it a horrible idea
Source: Sacramento Bee

“No politician would ever promise to make our commutes longer. No voters beg for more crowded highways. Everybody hates traffic. The question is what should we do about it? And more specifically, how should we pay for it? … While the majority of them spoke against the measure, the wide range of opinions on the volatile topic provides a valuable framework for the campaign ahead. On one side, the state’s business and labor leaders have put aside their differences in order to oppose the gas tax repeal. … But most public opinion polls show that the opponents of Proposition 6 face an uphill fight, as large numbers of Californians support the repeal. Harmeet Dhillon, Republican National Committee member and partner in the Dhillon Law Group, summarized one of the strongest arguments in favor of the initiative.” (10/02/18)

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/influencers/article218823065.html

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20) Report: Trump committed tax fraud [sic] to receive equivalent of $413 million from his father
Source: Newsweek

“President Donald Trump reportedly built his vast business empire and immense wealth off of his father’s millions throughout the 1990s, fully turning back Trump’s long-cultivated narrative as a self-made billionaire. … The president, along with his siblings, were able to help their parents avoid taxes and thus build a treasure chest worth millions. But the Trump children reportedly engaged in some instances of tax fraud, according to the [New York] Times. … Trump and his siblings specifically tinkered with the valuation of their father’s real estate empire in order to avoid taxes, according to the report. They took over Fred Trump’s company in November 1997 and, the report claimed, intentionally lowered the value of the properties in order to avoid paying heavy taxes.” [editor’s note: “Fraud” is theft by deception. Lying to the government to keep more of your own stuff isn’t theft – TLK] (10/02/18)

https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-tax-fraud-fred-million-1149639

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

21) Is Trump downsizing or [just] redirecting regulations with tariffs?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Bruce Yandle

“With second-quarter GDP growth levitating at 4.2%, growth-enhancing tax cuts, and optimistic (though not sky-high) expectations for further growth in the year ahead, the Trump administration can take some credit for adding a shot of steam to the sleepwalking economy it inherited in 2016. Those who wanted less federal regulation also have a lot to celebrate … if they’re selective in their assessment. Trade policy is the new regulation growth industry. True, the White House has seemingly put the brakes on runaway regulation. The number of Federal Register pages issued daily, which records all newly proposed and modified rules and is therefore a good proxy for regulatory activity, has fallen significantly. The number of newly proposed major rules with an annual impact of $100 million or more has dropped toward zero. Regulatory cuts have sharply revised EPA’s treatment of coal-burning electricity producers and lightened the regulatory load carried by community banks and other financial institutions.” (10/02/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/trump-regulation-tariffs-economy

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22) Creating a suspect society
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“Having already used surveillance technology to render the entire American populace potential suspects, DNA technology in the hands of government will complete our transition to a suspect society …. No longer can we consider ourselves innocent until proven guilty. Now we are all suspects in a DNA lineup until circumstances and science say otherwise. Of course, there will be those who point to DNA’s positive uses in criminal justice, such as in those instances where it is used to absolve someone on death row of a crime he didn’t commit, and there is no denying its beneficial purposes at times. However, as is the case with body camera footage and every other so-called technology that is hailed as a ‘check’ on government abuses, in order for the average person — especially one convicted of a crime — to request and get access to DNA testing, they first have to embark on a costly, uphill legal battle through red tape and, even then, they are opposed at every turn by a government bureaucracy run by prosecutors, legislatures and law enforcement.” (10/03/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/creating-a-suspect-society/

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23) Why a federal minimum wage?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“I’m actually opposed to all minimum wage laws. But if I did favor minimum wages, I’d advocate they be determined at the state level, not the federal level. I can’t imagine why anyone would advocate a federal minimum wage. It would be like having a federal law against pot smoking. Actually worse, because with pot it’s plausible that the optimal law in all states is the same. There is no plausible argument that the optimal minimum wage in Massachusetts is the same as in Mississippi.” (10/03/18)

https://www.econlib.org/why-a-federal-minimum-wage/

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24) The one question you can ask to uncover a president’s economic principles
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Barry Brownstein

“If a president believes everyone is entitled to a certain level of health care, they may have an opinion guiding their actions. Such an opinion, as we shall soon see, is not a principle. If a president believes that international trade should be ‘fair’ according to his arbitrary standard, again, he has an opinion; but that opinion is not a principle. Principles apply in all places at all times; opinions do not. Those who have no principles are left with seat-of-the-pants judgments. The absence of principles allows them to make expedient deals.” (10/03/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-one-question-you-can-ask-to-uncover-a-president-s-economic-principles/

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25) Under Trump, federal spending and debt follows in Obama’s footsteps
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“Even before Trump was elected it was already clear that no one should expect him to cut spending and rein in annual budget deficits. Trump has always been about buying votes with more and more spending. Moreover, there is no evidence that Republicans are any more fiscally restrained than Democrats when in control of the federal government. After all, when the Republicans controlled both the White House and all of Congress, from 2003 to 2007, government spending grew at one of the fastest rates in decades. With the end of fiscal year 2018, and with Trump’s support for a historically large spending hike for defense-related departments, we’re getting a sense of Trump’s fondness for spending as president. While true that, so far, Trump doesn’t represent a sizable departure from the spending trends of the previous administration, he nevertheless is confirming for us that budget cutting is not part of his agenda.” (10/03/18)

https://mises.org/wire/under-trump-federal-spending-and-debt-follows-obamas-footsteps

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26) Donald Trump is a classic gaslighter in an abusive relationship with America
Source: USA Today
by Stephanie Sarkis

“The United States is in an abusive relationship with the president. As a therapist in clinical practice, I’m trained to spot the signs and offer strategies to help people cope. Abusive relationships are extremely dangerous, and this is no exception. Donald Trump’s gaslighting has led the country into a spiral of doubt, anger and despair. Gaslighting behavior has always been present in history, to a degree. It is par for the course whenever a person or entity wants to exert as much control as possible over others. But we haven’t seen this level of gaslighting since the Axis powers of World War II. Consider Trump’s statement: ‘What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not happening.’ Or this from Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney: ‘Truth isn’t truth.’ This is a classic gaslighting technique: telling victims that others are crazy and lying, and that the gaslighter is the only source for ‘true’ information. It makes victims question their reality, becoming even more dependent on the gaslighter for ‘truth.’” [editor’s note: As usual, a good definition of the term, followed by sketchy “evidence” – SAT] (10/03/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/03/trump-classic-gaslighter-abusive-relationship-america-column/1445050002

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27) Are Americans united behind free speech and equality?
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“As a close observer and frequent commentator on speech-related controversies, I would counsel cautious optimism about the status of free expression as a shared value. The First Amendment has survived 227 years, it protects whole categories of speech today that few Americans would’ve fought to protect in 1789 when it was ratified or in 1791 when it went into effect, it is valued by both competing factions on the Supreme Court, and its enemies are likely weaker than in many bygone eras. Attacks on the First Amendment are not historically anomalous: There have always been elements opposed to free speech, in American society and elsewhere.” (10/03/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/are-americans-united-behind-free-speech-and-equality/571933/

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28) The new face of men’s rights
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“The Trump men are very worried about the fate of their kind. Before he boarded Air Force One on Tuesday, President Donald Trump was asked by a reporter, ‘What do you say to young men in America?’ He replied, ‘Well, I’d say that it’s a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of.’ Asked if he had a message for young women, he said, ‘Women are doing great.’ Trump was echoing the words of his eldest son, who the previous day told an interviewer, ‘I’ve got boys and I’ve got girls and when I see what’s going on now, it’s scary for all things.’ Asked if he feared more for his daughters or his sons, Trump Jr. said, ‘Right now, I’d say my sons.’ The context of these comments is the increasingly fraught nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. In addition to the multiple accusations of sexual assault against him, there are now other objections that are less severe, but perhaps enough to sink his bid.” (10/03/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151509/brett-kavanaugh-new-face-mens-rights

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29) More of the same?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“For those who hated NAFTA, and have supported Donald Trump in his complaints about ‘the very bad deal’ that the North American Free Trade Agreement [allegedly] has been, I ask: what was bad about NAFTA that isn’t in Donald Trump’s new version, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement? Actual question. I am not in the least bit interested in gotchas, here. I am willing to celebrate USMCA when (a) I can make sense of it and (b) it proves not just more of the same.” (10/03/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/10/03/freetrade/

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30) Remember FBI’s flawed record in Kavanaugh-Ford investigation
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“After last week’s explosive congressional hearing, the Senate and the Trump administration agreed to reopen the FBI background check into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Former FBI chief James Comey wrote Sunday that ‘the F.B.I. is up for this’ because it is ‘full’ of ‘people who just want to figure out what’s true.’ But truth has often been a scarce commodity in FBI investigations.” (10/02/18)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2018/10/02/usa-today-remember-fbis-flawed-record-in-kavanaugh-ford-investigation/

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31) Settler anarchists should treat lightly around indigenous nationalism
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Emmi Bevensee

“To be an anarchist is to be anti-nationalist. It is no coincidence that national-anarchists have so often turned out to be white supremacists — the movement itself is crypto-fascist. However, our critique of nationalism and related critiques of things like tribalism must deeply understand the different strategies behind different forms of nationalism if we are to not alienate our allies and relegate our dynamic movement to the ethical pit of genocide apologism. The nationalism that we oppose is Westphalian. It is neoliberal. It is authoritarian communist. It is anti-cosmopolitan. Its roots are in the sociopathic protection of geographic kin at the expense of those deemed ‘other’ as a means of justifying colonial exploitation and expansionism. The nationalism we oppose is predominantly settler and colonial even if its ideological roots and practices are much older than the modern nation-state. Historical indigenous nationalism must be disentangled from this. The ideology behind indigenous nationalism isn’t always completely distinct from imperialist nationalism, but its differences are dramatic enough to warrant much greater nuance than the discourse currently has.” (10/02/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/51335

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32) Why Amazon raised its minimum wage
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“It’s not every day that Bernie Sanders praises the richest man alive. But on Tuesday, Sanders did exactly that, tweeting props to Jeff Bezos for Amazon’s decision to raise its minimum wage to $15, a move that will affect a quarter-million Amazon workers and 100,000 seasonal employees. … The friendship surely won’t last, given Bezos’s immense wealth and Sanders’s lefty politics, but it was nevertheless a stunning moment for Sanders, who has made Bezos the face of stark income inequality and America’s new Silicon Valley aristocracy. … But Amazon’s decision to raise its minimum wage was influenced by a number of other factors, and says a great deal about the political complexity of running an enormous corporation.” [editor’s note: I’ll try once more … Mega-corp with huge size and scope adds a relative pittance to its operation (boosting labor cost by a few dollars per worker) and then pushes to make it a LAW, thereby pushing its smaller competitors to close their doors – SAT] (10/03/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151521/amazon-raised-minimum-wage

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33) How the government fails to help the mentally ill
Source: Reason
by John Stossel

“They live on the street, often foraging through dumpsters. Some threaten us. Occasionally, they assault people. Thousands of mentally ill people cycle in and out of hospital emergency rooms. They strain our medical system, scare the public, and sometimes harm themselves. Most, says DJ Jaffe, are schizophrenic or bipolar and have stopped taking their medication. Jaffe gave up a successful advertising career to try to improve the way America deals with such people. … Community treatment made sense. Care would be easier and cheaper in the patients’ own neighborhoods. Patients would be closer to their families, who could visit. But community treatment never really happened. Politicians didn’t fund it. Neighborhood mental health facilities were not popular with their constituents. Many mentally ill people now end up in prison.” (10/03/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/10/03/how-the-government-fails-to-help-the-men

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34) Wave of mobile tax hikes squeeze Africa’s poor to indulge governments
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jeffrey Gogo

“A smart robber fleeces you with a pen and a handshake. From Zimbabwe to Kenya, Uganda to Benin, African governments are on a tax-raising spree, looking for easy money, ostensibly to help fund successive revenue shortfalls and budget deficits. Often, the money ends up being misappropriated by corrupt public officials. The best weapon in government hands is now your mobile phone — the closest thing most citizens in the continent have to a functional bank account.” (10/03/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wave-of-mobile-tax-hikes-squeezes-africas-poor-to-indulge-governments/

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35) End government; improve health
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Have you seen there are people who are blaming their health problems on the results of the most recent presidential election? Not just their mental health and happiness, as with the widespread ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome,’ but their physical health, too. They believe politics, of a particular sort, is making them sick. If so, it’s because they have chosen to get sick over politics. In which case they take politics much too seriously.” (10/03/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/10/03/voices/end-government-improve-health/159405.html

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36) The hidden hazards beneath Trump’s dismantling [sic] of the EPA
Source: The American Prospect
by Scott Frickel & James R Elliott

“The Trump administration has been taking steps, some quietly, some very publicly, to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One such quiet step was the administration’s proposal earlier this year to speed up agency efforts to remediate and redevelop former industrial and other hazardous sites known as Superfund sites and brownfields. On its face, the proposal might seem like a bright spot. But EPA officials actually envision using public funds to clean up private lands owned by developers like President Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner to prepare these sites for massive redevelopment projects. It’s an old but deceptive approach, cleaning up a handful of highly visible, hazardous sites and creating the appearance that the EPA is keeping the public safe, while leaving the vast majority of potentially toxic sites untouched, their risk to the public unaddressed.” (10/03/18)

http://prospect.org/article/hidden-hazards-beneath-trump%E2%80%99s-dismantling-epa

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37) Lifting the cloak of secrecy from NYPD surveillance technology
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Nathan Sheard

“For too long, the New York Police Department has secretly deployed cutting-edge spy tech, without notice to the public. Many of these snooping devices invade our privacy, deter our free speech, and disparately burden minority and immigrant communities. Fortunately, a proposed ordinance (‘the POST Act’) would lift the cloak of secrecy, and help the people of New York City better control police surveillance technology.” (10/03/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/10/lifting-cloak-secrecy-nypd-surveillance-technology

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38) Is America the most fearful country in the world?
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Natalie Dowzicky

“In the first chapter of Psychology of a Superpower, author Christopher Fettweis claims, ‘People of the 21st century are likely to be much safer and more secure than any of their predecessors (even if many of them do not believe it).’ Why are Americans so fearful if they are the safest they have ever been? The answer to this question lies in the psychological impact of American exceptionalism. … increasingly, America seems to act out of fear. With increasing power comes increasing paranoia associated with losing that power. A loss of power ultimately equates to a loss of control, which for many Americans is seen as harmful to the international legitimacy of the United States.” (10/02/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/is-america-most-fearful-country-world

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39) Response to John Eastman on the limits of federal power
Source: Cato Unbound
by Ilya Somin

“In his discussion of the Naturalization Clause, Professor Eastman correctly points out that some of the Founders thought that naturalization law would influence the decisions of potential migrants. But that is not the equivalent of giving the Congress the power to actually ban immigration itself. As described in my lead essay, the Founders recognized that power over naturalization is not equivalent to a power to exclude immigrants entirely. If giving the federal government a power that influences X were the equivalent of giving it total control over X, then the federal power would be effectively unlimited. … he assumption that the federal government has any power that might have been considered a standard attribute of sovereignty in the 18th century would render superfluous many of the powers specifically enumerated in the Constitution, such as the power to declare war, raise armies, and imposes taxes. … If we can infer the existence of a power so important as authority to ban immigration, despite the absence of any enumerated grant of authority, one wonders what other previously unknown federal powers can be created by the same means.” (10/02/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/10/02/ilya-somin/response-john-eastman-limits-federal-power

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40) The Boris Johnson delusion
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“‘You need a populist to beat a populist.’ That has been the argument for a Boris Johnson Tory leadership ever since Theresa May’s disastrous snap election proved that a slogan-repeating husk just wasn’t going to cut it. But leaving aside the question of whether Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn — the dreariest orator the British left has ever produced, who is far more popular in gentrifying Stoke Newington than in struggling Stoke-on-Trent — qualifies as a populist, it is not clear the public agrees with Team Boris. … following his incendiary speech at Tory conference yesterday, in which Boris all but launched a leadership challenge and demanded the government ‘chuck Chequers,’ BoJo-backers need a bit of a reality check. Even after the snap election, last year’s humiliating conference, the Windrush scandal, the Chequers betrayal, and the fallout from the Chequers betrayal, the British public still seem to be at least as wary of Boris as they are sick of the feeble May.” (10/03/18)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/10/03/the-boris-johnson-delusion/

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41) Today Amazon, tomorrow the railroad industry: The Fight for $15 rolls on
Source: In These Times
by Jeff Schuhrke

“After being called out by labor activists and progressive politicians like Bernie Sanders for paying poverty wages despite receiving tax breaks and raking in billions of dollars, Amazon has caved to the pressure and announced it will offer all its workers a $15-per-hour minimum wage starting next month. Now, a new coalition of workers and community leaders is taking aim at another major player in the logistics industry: the railroads. Class I railroads like CSX, Norfolk Southern and BNSF benefit from billions in taxpayer subsidies and are reporting high profits. Yet the people who transport their rail crews between trains, cities, hotels and homes are paid low wages and receive few benefits. To keep costs down and evade liability, the railroads use subcontractors like Hallcon and Professional Transportation Inc. (PTI) to hire their crew drivers.” (10/03/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21474/amazon-railroad-industry-wages-poverty-unions-labor-ue-workers

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42) Judge Kavanaugh, judicial temperament, and the “circus”
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by David Post

“‘This is a circus. The consequences will extend long past my nomination. The consequences will be with us for decades.’ Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 9-28-2018 … He was right. It has been, like much of our political life these days, a ‘circus.’ But here’s the thing: the hearings were not a circus — at least, not until Judge Kavanaugh took the stand. Quite the opposite, I thought. The first portion of the event had real dignity to it; I would rate it one of the Senate’s finer moments in many years (a low bar, but still …). … then Kavanaugh brought the circus into the hearing room from outside. I thought it was a shameful performance. … There was a high road: He could have made his case, on the merits, without the fire-breathing and the invective and the anger. … He could have elevated the discussion; instead, he made it a circus. He could have kept all of that anger and rage to himself, for the sake of the process and for the sake of the institution he’s trying to join. But he didn’t.” (10/02/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/10/02/judge-kavanagh-judicial-temperament-and

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43) Quantum Vibe, 10/03/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (10/03/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1855

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44) MacArthur’s last stand against a winless war
Source: The American Conservative
by Mark Perry

“[A] decade after General Douglas MacArthur was fired for defying Harry Truman on Korea — the controversial commander hosted President John F. Kennedy at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where MacArthur and his wife lived in a suite on the 37th floor. The contrast between the two could not have been more obvious: MacArthur, then in his early eighties, was mottled, frail, and walked with a slight stoop, while the newly inaugurated Kennedy was young, fit, and vibrant. … Kennedy’s memo of the Waldorf Astoria meeting …. offers not only a glimpse of how the young president intended to navigate the treacherous waters of the Cold War, but suggests how one of America’s most celebrated military officers viewed what might be called the grand strategy of the American Republic: that is, whether and how the U.S. might win its dangerous struggle against the Soviet Union. Finally, the Waldorf Astoria meeting tells us how MacArthur’s most famous warning — to ‘never fight a land war in Asia’ — has come down to us, what he meant by it, and whether, in an age of American troop deployments in at least 133 countries, it retains its meaning.” (10/03/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/macarthurs-last-stand-against-a-winless-war/

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45) Whose rights [sic] matter more before the Supreme Court: A man’s, or a frog’s?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Suppose for a moment you owned 1,500 acres of land that your family had owned and worked for generations. Then, out of nowhere, the federal government said you could no longer use that land as you wished. Why? Because of a frog. Would that anger you? It sure angered Edward Poitevent, a Louisianian whose lawyers stood before the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week to argue his case. Poitevent, a tree farmer, is part of the Weyerhaeuser Co. V. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service case the high court is now considering. Obama administration officials labeled Poitevent’s spread in St. Tammany Parish, La., a ‘potential backup habitat’ for the endangered dusky gopher frog. Here’s the rub: The land in question doesn’t have the frog living on it, and the land isn’t even suitable for the frog. Nonetheless, in 2011 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared his land ‘critical habitat’ because, with modifications, it could potentially serve as a home for the endangered dusky gopher frog.” (10/02/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/property-rights-frog-supreme-court

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46) North Korea: Nukes vs. war
Source: Antiwar.com
by John Feffer

“The United States has expended a great deal of energy to prevent other countries from acquiring nuclear weapons. It hasn’t eliminated its own arsenal, nor has it of late vigorously pursued arms control agreements with Russia that would achieve global disarmament any time soon. Meanwhile, the United States has initiated or supported a disproportionate number of wars around the world, including ones in Afghanistan and Iraq, Syria and Yemen. In general, the United States has prioritized nuclear non-proliferation over the prevention of war. That helps to explain the muted U.S. reactions to the recent Pyongyang summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. But it doesn’t make those reactions any less frustrating.” (10/03/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/feffer/2018/10/02/north-korea-nukes-vs-war/

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47) Battle brews over banned books and evolution — but the solution is simple
Source: Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey

“There’s been a battle brewing in Arizona over what public schools will teach about the origins and development of all living things. Last week was also Banned Books Week, in Arizona and nationwide. And in the midst of all this, Arizonans have been debating Proposition 305, which with a ‘no’ vote would kill expansion of the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program that gives parents unprecedented control over education funding. These things are not disconnected, and what applies to Arizona applies to any state: Embracing school choice — in the case of Arizona, keeping the expansion — may well be the key to defusing destructive science and book battles, and providing equality for all.” (10/03/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/battle-brews-over-banned-books-evolution-solution-simple

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48) Trade disaster averted for now
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico has a new name: USMCA. It’s the replacement for Nafta and arguably worse from an economic point of view. If Nafta was managed trade, not free trade, the new agreement includes provisions that mandate even more government management. It’s a step further from free trade than the agreement it replaces. Still, it is an agreement of sorts, which means that the ultimate disaster, a full-on shutdown of trade between the US and Canada, has been averted.” (10/02/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/trade-disaster-averted-now

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49) A foregone conclusion
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“As predicted, our pro-RKBA president — who would never put our rights under siege — is going ahead with the bump-fire ban. As urged by the NRA. That is despite 193,297 comments, of which 85% opposed the rule. Mostly based on physical reality. So why is something this blatantly wrong — morally, constitutionally, and physically — going ahead? ‘Why’ is easy. 1) It’s the perfect lead-in for a complete ban on semiautomatic firearms. 2) Progressive Democrats and police-statist Republicans think they can get away with it. The ‘how’ do they think they can do this, how did a yammering pack of ignorami come to screech for it, is trickier.” (10/03/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=5539

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50) Bezos’s decision to raise wages is largely a Machiavellian distraction
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“This is how Bezos rolls, he’s willing to take short-term hits to dominate a market. What sacrifice is a wage hike if he assumes everyone else will have to do it as well? He knows Amazon’s got the resources and capability to automate in a way others simply can’t. Bezos see this as a win-win if he can also get everyone to pay $15 an hour. He gets to look like a leader, while also positioning Amazon for even greater market dominance in the long-run. You really think Bezos is advocating for a national minimum wage increase because he’s suddenly a Bernie Sanders populist? Don’t be stupid.” (10/02/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/10/02/bezos-decision-to-rasie-wages-is-largely-a-machiavellian-distraction/

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51) Reason Podcast, 10/03/18
Source: Reason

“On today’s Reason Podcast, I [Nick Gillespie] talk with [economist Mark J.] Perry both about his findings and why we don’t feel richer, happier, or more secure than we do. Perry isn’t a Trump booster by any means, but he suggests that some of the president’s policies — particularly the reductions in certain taxes and regulations — are helping to keep an economic expansion that started under Barack Obama moving along.” [various formats] (10/03/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/10/03/mark-perry-record-high-median-income

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52) Blockchain 2025, 10/03/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Exciting season 4 finale. We paint the picture of credit scoring and talk about a world where everyone, including the unbanked, can participate in a global credit scoring system.” [various formats] (10/03/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e475-Credit-Scores-Goodbye-to-Equifax-and-FICO-Bloomco

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53) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/03/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Annoyed that the Saudis refuse to increase oil production, President Trump yesterday threatened Saudi Arabia that US military protection could be withdrawn and that the Saudi regime wouldn’t last without it. Is the US military a mercenary force? And what’s really behind spiking oil prices?” [Flash video] (10/03/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/trump-to-saudi-king-pay-up-for-us-military-protection

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54) Remy: Banana
Source: Reason

“Remy brings back the banana industry with protective tariffs.” [Flash video] (10/03/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/10/03/remy-banana

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55) Scott Adams Says, 10/03/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Kavanaugh, taxes, Chinese Fentanyl, the anti-male party, and coffee.” [Flash video] (10/03/18)

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

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56) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 106
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“A girl kicked out of school for not praising the state with the Pledge of Slavery, and now the Texas AG is doubling down. What’s in the News with stories on a killer cop update, Memphis PD spying, drug arrests up, government debt, disaster relief disaster, and a Cody Wilson update. And, finally Yet Another Bad Cop on a deputy in Florida who planted evidence dozens of times.” [various formats] (10/03/18)

https://thelavaflow.com/pledge-of-slavery-tlf106/

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57) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 16
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie look at Take Back The Power by The Interrupters. Which side of the anarchist divide does it fall on?” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/03/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/sounds-like-liberty-episode-16-hip-hop-theatre-with-bob-murphy/

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58) Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 10/03/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: If the Democrats retake the House, Rep. Hank Johnson will be the chair of a subcommittee that has subpoena power to continue the investigation of Kavanaugh. Johnson could pose a real threat to Kavanaugh whether he gets confirmed or not. He explains his position on Kavanaugh and also Justice Clarence Thomas and his history of alleged sexual harassment of Anita Hill. Former White House lawyer and Supreme Court clerk and current constitutional law professor Kate Shaw and Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman offer an in-depth analysis of the battle over Kavanaugh. The Intercept’s Peter Maass got a copy of Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge’s novel about their drunken high school years. We made a radio drama of some of the scenes from the book, including a character named Bart O’Kavanaugh. We hear brand new music from musician and radical indigenous queer feminist Katherine Paul, aka Black Belt Eagle Scout. Plus, Donald Trump says he has never had a drink, but how different would he be if he liked beer as much as Brett Kavanaugh?” [various formats] (10/03/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/10/03/raging-bullshit-the-injustice-of-brett-kavanaugh-and-his-enablers/

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59) Electric Libertyland, episode 92
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian is once again forced to talk about the Kavanaugh hearing (what else is there these days?), the reactions from the left and Cory Booker’s taking on the mantle of ‘The Greatest Showman.’ Brian also looks at allegations of abuse against Minnesota Democratic Representative Keith Ellison that mimic the Kavanaugh case in many ways, yet is being ignored by the left, a hypothetical curfew for men of 9pm, and finally a new study that suggests depression is a driver for women leaving STEM careers.” [various formats] (10/03/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/10/03/electric-libertyland-92-endless-kavanaugh-cory-booker-americas-greatest-showman/

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60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 254
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #254, I discuss a close call between US and Chinese Navy ships. The US ship was conducting a ‘freedom of navigation’ mission in waters claimed by China. The Chinese ship carried out maneuvers that brought it very close to the US ship. I review the history of the US and Chinese tensions over the region. I explain how similar operations for the US turned deadly.” [various formats] (10/03/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-254-close-call-in-the-south-china-sea

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61) Free Talk Live, 10/02/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Cali to Mandate Women on Boards :: Trans vs Women for Board Seats :: Bump Stock Ban Coming from Trump? :: Gun Confiscation :: Avoiding Being Alone With Women :: MeToo Movement :: Bernie Sanders Old Rape Fantasy Essay :: Police Helicopter Dangerously Swoops Tailgaters :: Riots Caused By Cops :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/02/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-10-02

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62) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/02/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Why are Canadians considering prohibiting other Canadians from being paid for providing blood plasma? Peter Jaworski comments.” [various formats] (10/02/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/canada-mulls-banning-domestic-paid-blood-plasma

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63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1252
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Dave Smith, the popular comedian and host of the Part of the Problem podcast, joins me to try to get to the bottom of the situation with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford.” [various formats] (10/02/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1252-the-brett-kavanaugh-ordeal-with-dave-smith/

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64) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 10/02/18
Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“Andrew Henderson (Nomad Capitalist) updates us on how he helps successful entrepreneurs legally reduce taxes, grow their wealth, and build a freedom lifestyle free from any one government — Dr. Phranq Tamburri, NMD = Trump Report In Studio …” [MP3] (10/02/18)

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/248554-2018-10-02-10-02-18-andrew-henderson-dr-phranq-tamburri-nmd-trump.htm

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 10/02/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Maha Rafi Atal (Copenhagen Business School) and Samuel Hammond (Niskanen Center) … Nine years later, two Bloggingheads commenters reunite … Maha reports from the socialist dystopia of Sweden … Varieties of capitalism … Why most European democratic socialists are really social democrats … Assessing Matt Bruenig’s plan for a social wealth fund … The radical implications of Elizabeth Warren’s corporate governance plan.” [Flash video] (0/02/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53777

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Thomas L. Knapp
Steve Trinward

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Mary Lou Seymour
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