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Volume XIII, Issue #3,242
Monday, July 20th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Greece: Banks reopen after three weeks but tax increase pushes up prices
2) US State Department sends Iran deal to Congress
3) US, Cuba set to “reboot” relations more than decades after split
4) Afghanistan: US airstrike kills eight regime troops
5) Yemen: Shiite shelling near Aden kills at least 45
6) US-led airdrops shower leaflets over Islamic State territory
7) Gaza: Islamic State blamed for bombings
8) Russia: Putin orders creation of reserve army
9) Moldova: 800 troops from US, Europe take part in exercises
10) China: Regime deports 20 foreigners for watching “terrorist” videos
11) Udall: Compensate residents near site of atomic bomb test
12) Japan: Mitsubishi to make prisoners of war apology
13) Taiwan: Two women to vie for presidency for first time
14) France: Hollande calls for creation of euro zone government
15) RI: Pioneer wind farm “breaks water” off coast
16) At least six US states move to arm National Guard offices
17) Overtime proposal to force hard choices at small businesses
18) Japan: At new hotel, robots run the show
19) SC: KKK, Black Panther group clash over Confederate flag
20) ICC judges demand reopening of probe into Mavi Marmara raid

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Compassion fatigue
22) Election 2016: Scott Walker vs. “government dependence”
23) The “liberal” police state: It’s here, it’s now
24) An Uber challenge in presidential race
25) Will Iran nuclear deal prevent future war?
26) Civil libertarian Rand Paul becomes the frontman for a notorious racial profiling and surveillance program
27) Government real chickens here
28) At Columbia, divestment is the new black
29) Monopoly and aggression
30) The market doesn’t care, and that’s a wonderful thing
31) Sold to the lowest bidder
32) Warren to Hillary: Stop the revolving door
33) Docs against your health
34) The financial crisis in Greece shows why we need Bitcoin
35) History rebukes getting into bed with dictatorship
36) How Goldman Sachs profited from Greek debt crisis
37) C is for curmudgeon
38) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/19/15
39) A newspaper bans its own Nick Cave story — the Twittermob strikes again
40) More European integration: The exact opposite of a solution
41) Removal of non-tariff barriers will benefit US small businesses
42) Secrecy, privacy and the future of American liberty
43) Tears for our society
44) The Tom Woods Show, 07/17/15
45) America’s first feminist was a radical libertarian
46) Who are the REAL violent extremists?
47) Production versus plunder, part 16
48) Carly Fiorina, the other woman
49) Trumpism: The ideology
50) No evidence of distortion?
51) Edict and oligarchy: The modern federal judiciary
52) Border authoritarianism is not only an institution of the outwardly racist
53) Monopolizing the marketplace of ideas
54) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 07/18/15
55) A vision for environmentalists
56) Rothbardian thoughts on strategy
57) How diversity policies harm women
58) My night in the Tombs: Mr. President, you don’t have to make a mistake to go to jail
59) Operation Jade Helm and Texas “paranoia”
60) The evolving urban form: Sprawling Boston

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

1) Greece: Banks reopen after three weeks but tax increase pushes up prices
Source: NBC News

“Greeks woke up Monday morning to a new era: banks were finally open after being closed down for three weeks but new taxes meant coffee, tea and even condoms all cost more. In downtown Athens, people lined up in an orderly fashion as the banks unlocked their doors at 8 a.m., taking a number and reading the paper as they waited for their turn at the till. Many restrictions on transactions, including cash withdrawals, remained, however.” (07/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/prpwa82

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2) US State Department sends Iran deal to Congress
Source: CNN

“The State Department transmitted to Congress on Sunday the nuclear agreement the United States and five other world powers struck with Iran. That move means the 60-day clock for lawmakers to review the deal — which Republicans have already criticized — starts on Monday.” (07/19/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/19/politics/john-kerry-iran-deal-congress/

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3) US, Cuba set to “reboot” relations more than decades after split
Source: Iron Mountain Daily News

“Cuba’s blue, red and white-starred flag is set to fly outside the country’s diplomatic mission in the United States for the first time since the countries severed ties in 1961. While no formal ceremony is planned Monday for the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, it too will become a full-fledged embassy just after midnight as the Cold War foes formally enter a new era of engagement despite what remains a deep ideological gulf.” (07/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qcued9p

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4) Afghanistan: US airstrike kills eight regime troops
Source: Washington Post

“A U.S. airstrike in eastern Afghanistan killed at least eight Afghan soldiers at a military outpost Monday morning, according to Afghan officials. The apparent ‘friendly fire’ incident unfolded at around 7 a.m. in Logar Province, south of the capital Kabul, targeting an Afghan national army outpost. The area, in the province’s Baraki Barak district, is believed to be infested with Taliban insurgents, said Halim Fedayee, the provincial governor in a telephone interview, adding that a U.S. Apache helicopter had bombed the post.” (07/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o62ybg5

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5) Yemen: Shiite shelling near Aden kills at least 45
Source: ABC News

“Shiite rebels [sic] and their allies in Yemen randomly shelled a town Sunday outside of Aden after losing control of some the port city’s neighborhoods, killing at least 45 people and wounding 120, officials said. The violence highlighted the bloody chaos of the civil war [sic] gripping the Arab world’s poorest country, which also has been the target of Saudi-led, U.S.-backed airstrikes since late March.” (07/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ovxgafy

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6) US-led airdrops shower leaflets over Islamic State territory
Source: Beloit Daily News

“A U.S.-led coalition dropped new leaflets over the de facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria, promising those below that ‘freedom will come’ to the region, activists said Sunday. An anti-Islamic State group called Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the leaflets had drawings showing dead extremists and their flag turned upside down.” (07/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nnwb8fh

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7) Gaza: Islamic State blamed for bombings
Source: Independent [UK]

“Isis has been linked to at least four bombings that ripped through Gaza City, targeting cars belonging to key Hamas officials. No one was killed in the attacks outside the homes of local officials in Gaza City’s Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood but an official from a nearby hospital said a young woman and a man were slightly injured. … Isis has stepped up its attacks on the ruling faction Hamas in recent months after it launched a fierce crackdown on alleged supporters of the terrorist group.” (07/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qdmkyb4

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8) Russia: Putin orders creation of reserve army
Source: Chicago Chronicle

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a new reserve armed force to be created to improve training and military readiness at a time of increased tensions with the West over Ukraine. The new reserve force has been in discussion for several years and was first ordered by Putin in 2012 shortly after his re-election as President, with the latest decree published late on Friday.” (07/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/or8cv4n

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9) Moldova: 800 troops from US, Europe take part in exercises
Source: Omaha World

“Some 800 troops from Moldova, the U.S., Romania, Poland and Georgia are taking part in joint military exercises in Moldova, a former Soviet republic that borders Ukraine. The ‘Joint Effort 2015’ exercises began Sunday and will run until July 25 at a military base in Moldova’s second-largest city of Balti, where many ethnic Russians live.” (07/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/px2smxk

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10) China: Regime deports 20 foreigners for watching “terrorist” videos
Source: Virginia Gazette

“China has deported 20 foreigners from Britain, South Africa and India for watching video clips that advocated terrorism and religious extremism, the official state media reported, while two of the tourists reportedly blamed their detentions on a documentary about Genghis Khan. Xinhua News Agency said late Saturday that the foreigners watched an unspecified documentary in a hotel room and later some of them watched video clips that advocated terrorism.” (07/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nkttw3p

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11) Udall: Compensate residents near site of atomic bomb test
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“People who lived near the site of the first atomic bomb test in the New Mexico desert and later developed cancer and other health problems need to be compensated, a U.S. senator said Thursday. The federal government neglected residents of the historic Hispanic village of Tularosa near the Trinity Site, where the weapon was detonated on July 16, 1945, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) said in a speech on the Senate floor on the 70th anniversary of the test. ‘The rest of the world didn’t know about the tragedies that happened in the Tularosa Basin. For a long time, the government denied that anything happened at all,’ Udall said. ‘Attention was not paid then. It must be paid now.'” (07/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ornjasu

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12) Japan: Mitsubishi to make prisoners of war apology
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Mitsubishi corporation is to make a landmark apology for using American prisoners of war (POWs) as forced labour during World War Two. An executive from the Japanese company will make the apology to former POW James Murphy, 94, and the relatives of other one-time prisoners. The executive will express remorse at a ceremony at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles, officials there say. Campaigners say it is the first formal apology by a Japanese firm to POWs.” [editor’s note: Hmm, a corporation admits responsibility for something done during a war; will the USA Inc empire ever follow their lead? – SAT] (07/19/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33584704

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13) Taiwan: Two women to vie for presidency for first time
Source: Greenfield Daily Reporter

“Taiwan’s top two political parties have each nominated a woman for president in 2016, a historic first signaling acceptance of female leadership and kicking off a campaign highlighted so far by clashing views on ties with rival China. The ruling Nationalist Party on Sunday picked as its candidate Hung Hsiu-chu, a former teacher and the current deputy legislative speaker.” (07/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/of36bfn

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14) France: Hollande calls for creation of euro zone government
Source: Reuters

“French President Francois Hollande called on Sunday for the creation of a euro zone government and for citizens to renew their faith in the European project, which has been weakened by the Greek crisis. Reviving an idea originally put forward by former European Commission chief Jacques Delors, Hollande proposed ‘a government of the euro zone (with) a specific budget as well as a parliament to ensure its democratic control.’ The French president said the 19 member states of the euro zone had chosen to join the monetary union because it was in their interests and no one had ‘taken the responsibility of getting out of it. This choice calls for a strengthened organization, an advance guard of the countries who will decide on it,’ he said.” (07/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q9n5ee6

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15) RI: Pioneer wind farm “breaks water” off coast
Source: USA Today

“Plans for offshore wind farms have fallen flat for years in the U.S. But a Rhode Island-based company is about to begin installation of what promises to be the first such venture in the nation. Deepwater Wind expects delivery this week of foundations that will support five wind turbines off Block Island, a small tourist destination 12 miles from Rhode Island’s shore.” (07/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oujkwem

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16) At least six US states move to arm National Guard offices
Source: Raw Story

“The governors of Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana on Saturday ordered National Guard members at offices and other facilities to be armed in the wake of attacks that left five servicemen dead in Tennessee. ‘It is painful enough when we lose members of our armed forces when they are sent in harm’s way, but it is unfathomable that they should be vulnerable for attack in our own communities,’ Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said in a statement.” (07/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o9mwx9y

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17) Overtime proposal to force hard choices at small businesses
Source: AOL News

“A proposal to give millions of U.S. workers a raise is forcing restaurant owner Michelle Shriver to make some hard choices. The Obama administration’s proposed change in overtime regulations could lead Shriver to put salaried managers on shifts, limiting their hours and making it more difficult to run her six Tropical Smoothie Cafes. Shriver says she can’t afford the overtime she’d have to pay under the proposal. ‘Anything you do that relates to wages or salaries is going to cause us to re-evaluate how we staff or run our business,’ says Shriver, who has cafes in Nevada and Colorado.” [editor’s note: As this stumbles toward passage, smart businesspeople will offer their most trusted managers a new choice: A (negotiable) percentage of the profits … or a pink slip! – SAT] (07/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ok7fxwv

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18) Japan: At new hotel, robots run the show
Source: Denver Post

“From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s an automated trolley taking luggage up to the room, this hotel in southwestern Japan, aptly called Weird Hotel, is ‘manned’ almost totally by robots to save labor costs. Hideo Sawada, who runs the hotel as part of an amusement park, insists using robots is not a gimmick but a serious effort to use technology and be efficient. Japan is a world leader in robotics technology, and the government is trumpeting robotics as a pillar of its growth strategy. Robots have long been used here in manufacturing. Interest is also high in exploring the potential of robots in human interaction, including helping care for the elderly.” (07/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ocy3olc

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19) SC: KKK, Black Panther group clash over Confederate flag
Source: NBC News

“A sea of Confederate flags held by screaming Ku Klux Klan members fluttered in front of the South Carolina Statehouse Saturday, just as a counter rally featuring African flags on the other side of the Capitol wrapped up. The Loyal White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan, based in North Carolina, vowed to protest the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse last week — and made good on that promise. … At least one physical scuffle broke out, and some people who got a hold of a Confederate flag tore it into several pieces. About 2,000 people were at the Statehouse at the peak of the two rallies, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. The department said five people had been arrested after the KKK members showed up for offenses including disorderly conduct, simple assault and breach of peace.” (07/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzwtfyb

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20) ICC judges demand reopening of probe into Mavi Marmara raid
Source: Times of Israel [Israel]

“The International Criminal Court on Thursday requested that chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda reopen a probe into the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla incident, in which nine Turkish activists died in clashes with Israeli forces on a ship attempting to break the Gaza blockade. Israel condemned the decision, and said the judges had been mobilized by Palestinian ‘incitement.'” (07/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qh3oq4t

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

21) Compassion fatigue
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine

“Compassion fatigue sets in not because we’re lacking in that particular quality, but because it gets exhausted. We’re shamed into genuflecting before a political altar, but that is hardly the same as feeling solidarity with our fellow human beings. This is the bitter fruit of statism. As individuals, the state considers us useless. We matter to it only as a herd, so we’re conditioned to behave, and to treat each other, like livestock.” (07/16/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1436

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22) Election 2016: Scott Walker vs. “government dependence”
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Google returns more than 5,000 results on Walker’s name and the phrase ‘government dependence.’ He seems to have focused on it for many years. And on a quick read of his biography, I doff my cap to his stature as world-class expert on the topic. Apart from some part-time sales work in college and a short stint at the Red Cross, Scott Walker seems to have spent his entire adult life as a ‘government dependent.'” (07/19/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2208

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23) The “liberal” police state: It’s here, it’s now
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Wesley Clark, the retired general who almost started World War III with Russia, has a bright idea: why not set up internment camps for ‘radicalized’ Americans in order to stanch the threat of domestic terrorism? Yes, he actually said this, and, what’s more, MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts didn’t even raise a well-manicured eyebrow.” (07/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ngpz429

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24) An Uber challenge in presidential race
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“The American presidential election is in full swing, and one campaign topic stands out as worthy of early attention: What will the next president do about the economy’s rapid shift toward ‘worker-entrepreneurs,’ or people who offer their skills, assets, or labor in temporary stints, often through a digital broker? Various terms try to capture this historic change: the gig economy (as in music gigs), Uberization, a distributed workforce, or the ‘precariat,’ as in precarious proletariat. Old words such as worker or capitalist don’t seem to always apply. It is easier to describe people in metaphors like ‘task rabbits,’ or those who regularly forage for their prosperity.” [editor’s note: As someone who has mostly played this role his entire life, I find this trend-prediction of great interest – SAT] (07/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pukd2mh

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25) Will Iran nuclear deal prevent future war?
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“It’s theoretically possible that after fifteen years of producing 3.67% energy-grade uranium, that Iran will suddenly begin enriching uranium to 90% and produce a nuclear weapon, however, it seems unlikely. It’s also theoretically possible that a Republican President could decide that the P5+1 deal is not harsh enough on Iran and re-institute sanctions, or simply invade based on the Bush Doctrine, which seems more plausible given the fact that most of the GOP Presidential hopefuls have come out against the deal. Without seeing the full details of the deal, I reluctantly support it because it lifts sanctions which only serve to harm the people of a country, not the government.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (07/19/15)

http://fpp.cc/will-iran-nuclear-deal-prevent-future-war/

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26) Civil libertarian Rand Paul becomes the frontman for a notorious racial profiling and surveillance program
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“Even the most ardent supporters of more open immigration policies would concede that the government has a legitimate interest in keeping out folks who pose a genuine security threat to the country. So Rand Paul’s comments yesterday to Breitbart.com in the wake of the tragic Chattanooga shooting that there needs to be ‘heightened scrutiny’ of those entering America are not indefensible. However, what is indefensible is just how blase Paul is about some of the solutions he is proposing. He has made opposition to government surveillance his signature issue. Only about a month ago he was spouting sentences like the government should not be ‘forcing us to choose between our rights and our safety.’ That ‘is a false choice and we are better than that as a nation and as a people.’ So one would have thought that he would not try and do Lindsey Graham’s job for him and position himself as the frontman for the notorious National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) that is nothing if not surveillance-on-steroids.” (07/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzrolnp

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27) Government real chickens here
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“Many places impose rules forbidding even the most basic of livestock: the common chicken. Throughout recent history where there were people, there have been chickens. If you believe anyone has a right to forbid their neighbors raising chickens you’ll find a way to justify anything. When the same bullies who believe they can criminalize chicken raising by their slaves — pardon me, ‘residents’ — keep fowl on their own questionably claimed property, you have a severe case of cognitive dissonance and hypocrisy. It’s amazing to me what people will tolerate — or even support — once they have been fooled into thinking they need someone else to run their life.” (07/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nnba2j9

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28) At Columbia, divestment is the new black
Source: In These Times
by Dayton Martindale

“On June 22, after 16 months of student pressure, the Columbia University board of trustees announced it would sell its holdings in private prison corporations. A handful of churches and companies have divested from private prisons in recent years; Columbia is the first university. In December 2013, Asha Rosa, an activist in the prison abolitionist group Students Against Mass Incarceration, asked an administrator for a list of Columbia’s investments, claiming it was for a thesis paper. She discovered that Columbia had $10 million invested in two of the largest private prison contractors in the world: the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and G4S. CCA operates for-profit prisons throughout the United States, and G4S supplies technology, security personnel and other services to governments around the world, including the U.S. and Israel.” (07/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qzfvj8c

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29) Monopoly and aggression
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

“The concepts monopoly and aggression are intimately related, like lock and key, or mother and child. You cannot fully understand the first without understanding the second.” (07/17/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/monopoly-aggression/

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30) The market doesn’t care, and that’s a wonderful thing
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Jason Kuznicki

“The market doesn’t care one bit about your feelings. By the same token, it doesn’t care about your political beliefs. It doesn’t care about your favorite baseball team either, except that it will be happy to sell you some merchandise thereof. (It will even do the same for Yankees fans.) The market only cares about what you have, about what you want, and about what your various price points are. For the most part, the market’s blithe indifference is a quiet, almost unnoticed blessing. It lets each of us get what we want, with relative ease and efficiency, despite our many disagreements about imponderables.” (07/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pk3zwwv

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31) Sold to the lowest bidder
Source: Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap

“The banksters loaned the socialist rulers $34,267 per Greek worker — or a bit over three times what each of them take home in a year — and this is on top of whatever each Greek is in debt for, like mortgages, vehicles, consumer debt, etcetera. When you or I go to borrow money, the questions revolve around ability to pay it back. Few would bet on the poor Greeks’ abilities to service a triple-their-income debt. Were the wealthiest men on the planet spectacularly stupid or was there another plan? Well, let’s see how it played out for them.” (07/16/15)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2015/07/16/sold-to-the-lowest-bidder/

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32) Warren to Hillary: Stop the revolving door
Source: The New Republic
by David Dayen

“At the Netroots Nation convention on Friday, Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered a direct challenge to Hillary Clinton and all Democratic presidential campaigns to support legislation that would end the ‘revolving door’ between top government positions and corporate America. ‘Anyone who wants to be president should appoint only people who have already demonstrated they are independent,’ Warren said to the progressive convention-goers. … This is the first time Warren has decided to engage in the presidential election, which activists tried for months to get her to enter. Instead of asking candidates to endorse one of her particular policies on bank reform or student loans, Warren is focusing on the personnel who will implement those policies.” [editor’s note: Libertarians have been pointing this out for decades if not longer, regarding FDA, FTC, and similar fiefdoms – SAT] (07/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oec8jpr

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33) Docs against your health
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Bradley Harrington

“Comparing the world’s deaths caused by air pollution to those caused by the disease, filthy living conditions or starvation that have characterized the thousands of years before the Industrial Revolution is like comparing thimbles to buckets. Or have we forgotten that, prior to the invention of fossil-fuel technology, the average life-expectancy for a human being was 30 years? To call for the abolition of coal, therefore, without having any functional plan for energy creation to replace that usage with, is to condemn millions of people to lowered life expectancy and higher infant mortality rates. Whatever you want to call that, it sure isn’t ‘science.'” (07/18/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7530

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34) The financial crisis in Greece shows why we need Bitcoin
Source: Students For Liberty
by Elias Garcia

“By no means is Bitcoin a perfect money. If used poorly, a determined assailant can trace your activity online. If you do not use an online service for storage and unintentionally lose the hard drive storing your Bitcoins, you lose the money forever. But for all of its flaws, it provides an outlet for the high pressure situation found in Greece, and for all those prone to government and private theft alike.” (07/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nqnvvp2

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35) History rebukes getting into bed with dictatorship
Source: The Canal
by John Suarez

“Unfortunately, it seems that on more than one occasion individuals of good will have confused a people with a particular party and a culture with a particular political ideology. This can be a slippery slope that ends up empowering and prolonging the life of a dictatorship, which is the antithesis of helping people. In the current debate over engagement with Cuba, it is important to differentiate between Cubans and the dictatorship that oppresses them. Furthermore, if one wants to be a force for real and lasting change, then one should remember that truth, memory, and justice are necessary elements for a real and lasting national reconciliation that involves forgiveness.” (07/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olb7nlm

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36) How Goldman Sachs profited from Greek debt crisis
Source: The Nation
by Robert Reich

“The Greek debt crisis offers another illustration of Wall Street’s powers of persuasion and predation, although the Street is missing from most accounts. The crisis was exacerbated years ago by a deal with Goldman Sachs, engineered by Goldman’s current CEO, Lloyd Blankfein. Blankfein and his Goldman team helped Greece hide the true extent of its debt, and in the process almost doubled it. And just as with the American subprime crisis, and the current plight of many American cities, Wall Street’s predatory lending played an important although little-recognized role. ” (07/16/15)

http://www.thenation.com/article/goldmans-greek-gambit

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37) C is for curmudgeon
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Every writer can count among his loyal readers at least one curmudgeon. I have several. Today we consider the criticism of one special curmudgeon. Let’s call him ‘Mr. C.’ Mr. C. agrees with my last several invokings of Common Sense. But he wonders, ‘Sure the [insert expletive here] of Republican presidential candidates are annoying, but never forget: the best Democratic candidate is worse than the worst Republican candidate.'” (07/17/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/07/17/c-is-for-curmudgeon/

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38) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/19/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Randy England … and Ben Stone discuss the article; The Coming Civil Disobedience by Pat Buchanan. Then they give some practical examples of how and when a moral person must take a stand and refuse to participate in an immoral situation.” [various formats] (07/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ozqk8v2

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39) A newspaper bans its own Nick Cave story — the Twittermob strikes again
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“The power of the Twittermob has officially crossed the line from ‘worrying’ to ‘terrifying.’ Yesterday, these ready offence-takers, these always primed chest-beaters over words and images that don’t gel with the moral outlook of the Twitterati, managed to get a newspaper article expunged from the internet, shoved down the memory hole, made into an un-article so that it would never again offend their sensibilities. And they destroyed the article with such swiftness that many people won’t even have noticed that it happened. But it did happen, and we need to talk about it.” (07/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pscgxrl

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40) More European integration: The exact opposite of a solution
Source: ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

“By the EU’s reasoning, an institution which fails to centrally plan the economies of a single political unit, will somehow be able to centrally plan the economies for an entire continent and beyond. The search continues for a one-handed economist. Some know-it-all guru who can figure out how a policy change from a single city will impact the economic behaviors of hundreds of millions of people with diverse interests over millions of miles of territory. The problem with such a strategy should seem obvious. There are just too many variables for any man or group of men to even attempt to contemplate.” (07/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5783ls

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41) Removal of non-tariff barriers will benefit US small businesses
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Gene Lattus

“With Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) signed into law June 29, 2015, the Obama administration now has the authority it needs to complete high profile trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that is among 12 Pacific Rim countries, and the less controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with all 28 European Union countries. The TTIP will strengthen an already substantial trade relationship with Europe, says research associate Gene Lattus of the National Center for Policy Analysis.” (07/17/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25863

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42) Secrecy, privacy and the future of American liberty
Source: Cato Institute
by Patrick G Eddington

“The generation of the Revolution rejected the very idea that one must trade basic rights for physical security. Instead, they created a form of government designed to promote and protect individual liberty as the very foundation of security — for the individual and society as a whole. The Founders understood that true security only comes from the establishment of absolute liberty for the individual — the certain freedom from arbitrary search and seizure, arrest, detention, coercion or death at the hands of the government. Indeed, they used encryption to not only conceal their activities and intentions from British officials, but to maintain the security of their private correspondence on political and family matters as well.” (07/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nspv8lp

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43) Tears for our society
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon

“Police consistently advise bystanders not to intervene. Call the police, they say. Do not confront the violent savages, they say. Translation: let the victim die! Rely on us! We’ll protect you. My aching arse. And you know what? Most of these sheep do exactly that.” (07/17/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1816

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44) The Tom Woods Show, 07/17/15
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The Iran nuclear deal is being heartily denounced by the GOP presidential field, Rand Paul included. What does the deal say, and why does Rand Paul oppose it? How does he distinguish himself from the field now? Scott Horton returns to discuss these and other important questions.” [various formats] (07/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qcjouku

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45) America’s first feminist was a radical libertarian
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“Opinions of Anne Hutchinson have, shall we say, covered the waterfront. In his masterful tome, Conceived in Liberty, 20th-century economist and libertarian historian Murray Rothbard cast her as a staunch individualist and the greatest threat to the ‘despotic Puritanical theocracy of Massachusetts Bay.’ John Winthrop, the 2nd, 6th, 9th, and 12th governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, thought she was a ‘hell-spawned agent of destructive anarchy’ and ‘a woman of haughty and fierce carriage, a nimble wit and active spirit, a very voluble tongue, more bold than a man.’ The state of Massachusetts apparently agrees with Rothbard.” (07/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pq3wwoj

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46) Who are the REAL violent extremists?
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“Homeland Security is wasteful and futile. But Congress keeps thinking of more stuff for it to do. The latest example is HR 2899, the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Act. It assumes that criticizing the American government will lead to violence. But the BEST way to counter ‘violent extremism’ is if the ‘government’ would … Stop being so extremist itself!” (07/16/15)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/who-are-the-real-violent-extremists

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47) Production versus plunder, part 16
Source: The Daily Bell
by Paul Rosenberg

“Of course, Constantine hoped that his money problem would be partly solved by the Emperor gaining legitimacy as a Christian ruler. This did not occur immediately, however, since the changeover was difficult and very divisive, far more so than Constantine had planned. It seems that Constantine was sincerely surprised by the divisions among Christians. It is certainly true that he worked long and hard to reconcile the various groups. He expended great effort to reconcile the Donatists and the catholics, an effort that ultimately failed and required death sentences upon the Donatists.” (07/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q2larfs

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48) Carly Fiorina, the other woman
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Hillary Clinton is fond of saying that if she’s elected, she’ll be the first woman president. But there’s someone else who can say that as well. Her name is Carly Fiorina, and she’s running for the Republican presidential nomination. With her history as a high-powered CEO (at Hewlett-Packard) and with cheeky videos (at BuzzFeed), Fiorina is in it to win it, just like Clinton. But because she’s not as well known as Clinton, I asked her a few questions.” [editor’s note: Assuming this is a good representation of her positions, I leave it to the readers to decide which seat in the GOP clown car she occupies – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Her resume consists of getting fired at HP and losing the only election she’s ever contested; she’s not running for president, she’s just hoping to grab a big enough bloc to have something to trade for a cabinet position promise – TLK (07/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ogcbmyb

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49) Trumpism: The ideology
Source: Liberty.me
by Jeffrey Tucker

“[Donald Trump’s] speech at FreedomFest lasted a full hour, and I consider myself fortunate for having heard it. It was a magnificent exposure to an ideology that is very much present in American life, though hardly acknowledged. It lives mostly hidden in dark corners, and we don’t even have a name for it. You bump into it at neighborhood barbecues, at Thanksgiving dinner when Uncle Harry has the floor, at the hardware store when two old friends in line to checkout mutter about the state of the country. The ideology is a 21st century version of right fascism — one of the most politically successful ideological strains of 20th century politics. Though hardly anyone talks about it today, we really should. It is still real. It exists. It is distinct. It is not going away.” [h/t Michael Krieger] (07/14/15)

https://tucker.liberty.me/trumpism-the-ideology/

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50) No evidence of distortion?
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Suppose that, say, Bob Higgs or George Will or Richard Epstein or Holman Jenkins or Deirdre McCloskey or David Boaz — or, really, any well-respected public intellectual known to favor free markets — wrote the following in a major publication: ‘There’s just no evidence that raising the minimum wage fails to destroy some jobs, even when the starting point is as low as it is in modern America.’ What would be the political left’s reaction to this assertion? Almost certainly a reaction from the political left would occur quickly and be full of indignation and accusations about how libertarians and free-market conservatives lie. And if any free-market writer were today really to write such a thing as above, it would indeed likely be either a lie or evidence that the writer is inexcusably uninformed about the subject that he or she has chosen to write about.” (07/18/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/07/no-evidence-of-distortion.html

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51) Edict and oligarchy: The modern federal judiciary
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Dave Benner

“In the aftermath of the recent Supreme Court decisions, many in the liberty movement have come to a vexing realization — the fact that most people have no problem with edicts, as long as they find favor with the edict in question. Edicts, which are governmental mandates by official proclamation, are much more reminiscent of a powerful monarchy than a limited republic. Instead of relying on an executive to bring about the will of the legislature, Americans have come to accept commandments brought about by a small group of people at the United States Supreme Court. This is the exact system of governance that Americans bring upon themselves when they allow five unelected political appointees to place binding mandates upon 320 million people. Their deference is their doom.” (07/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ntfb22f

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52) Border authoritarianism is not only an institution of the outwardly racist
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by TJ Scholl

“A serial candidate with no realistic shot of winning who screams his incendiary beliefs on live television is called out as a fringe rider, but a serious contender who hides what are essentially the same beliefs behind an appeal to the working class is left relatively unchallenged. As an anarchist and radical critic of state authority, I reject outright the idea that Scott Walker’s preferred expression of border authoritarianism is any less reactionary than Donald Trump’s. The systematic racism, misogyny, queerphobia, and transantagonism that fuels immigration restrictions is not rendered less appalling when those who favor ramping-up security at the border articulate their stance in a way that doesn’t ring too many bells. Nothing less than the complete and total abolition of state created borders Will curb these problems.” (07/18/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/38961

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53) Monopolizing the marketplace of ideas
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Dani Dichter

“The point of defending free speech is ensuring that the minority has the right to express their views without being silenced by the majority. This principle of allowing unpopular opinions to be voiced is upheld when groups stage protests, but the right to free speech does not extend to protests that prevent discourse.” (07/17/15)

https://www.thefire.org/monopolizing-the-marketplace-of-ideas/

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54) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 07/18/15
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (space exploration, Austin Petersen’s libertarian stereotyping, beer and podcast recommendations) Riffing on the Austin Petersen/Libertarian Republic question, a rant about monetization of Internet content; and The wrap-up where I hit you up for support.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oj5fge4

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55) A vision for environmentalists
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Rick Weber

“The sun is setting and people start settling in for bed instead of staying up late and watching TV. As fast as battery technology advances, it’s imperfect so we deal with it by using less electricity at night. Similarly, on windy days, people stay inside, but leave once the wind calms down and it’s nicer to be outside. This is a world where people are in tune with the weather and adjust their behavior accordingly. How can we get such a world? Education won’t be enough (though it will be necessary) because, let’s face it, people are creatures of habit, and lazy people (i.e. 80%+ of the population) would rather leave any given habit alone. We could try to mandate behavior, but that will be costly and the Law of Unintended Consequences promises ironic blow-back. Luckily there’s a fairly simple way to effectively nudge people in the direction we (environmentalist-types) would like to see: flexible prices!” (07/17/15)

http://notesonliberty.com/2015/07/17/a-vision-for-environmentalists/

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56) Rothbardian thoughts on strategy
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“In thinking about libertarian strategy, I find it useful to revisit the framework set out by Murray Rothbard in For a New Liberty (FNL). What counts here is not that Rothbard, a builder of the modern libertarian movement, was the author, but that it is an eloquent statement of a reasonable position on how libertarians should grapple with political reality as they strive for a totally free society.” (07/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pnreoe2

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57) How diversity policies harm women
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall

“A robust literature shows that preferences for minorities in college admissions, jobs, etc., result in mismatches; that is, because students and workers are admitted and hired due to their racial or ethnic backgrounds, as opposed to their qualifications, they are more likely to fail. Black students, for instance, are more likely to enter college than their white counterparts with similar upbringings. However, these students are much more likely to drop out, earn lower grades, and rank at the bottom of their class — not because they are inherently inferior to their colleagues, but because they were poorly prepared. Placing women into school or work positions based on gender as opposed to qualification sets women up for similar mismatches. Gender preference may help us get our foot in the door, but it sets women up to fail.” (07/17/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7449

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58) My night in the Tombs: Mr. President, you don’t have to make a mistake to go to jail
Source: CounterPunch
by Ishmael Reed

“President Obama is to be commended for tackling the country’s satanic criminal justice system, but he seems to believe that those in prison are there because they have made a mistake. I would suggest that probably half of those in jail are there because of lying cops and their partners, corrupt prosecutors and judges. I spent a night in a New York jail, the notorious medieval Tombs. It wasn’t because I had made a mistake.” (07/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pxtu5fp

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59) Operation Jade Helm and Texas “paranoia”
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Mainstream statists are yucking it up over the so-called paranoia of Texas citizens who are concerned about the U.S. military’s giant training exercise in the Southwest called Operation Jade Helm. ‘Yuck, yuck,’ the statists are exclaiming. ‘Those paranoid Texans!’ The statist idea, of course, is that the military is our friend — our protector — our god.” (07/17/15)

http://fff.org/2015/07/17/operation-jade-helm-texas-paranoia/

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60) The evolving urban form: Sprawling Boston
Source: Heartland Institute
by Wendell Cox

“Few terms are more misunderstood than ‘urban sprawl.’ Generally, it refers to the spatial expansion (dispersion) of cities and has been use to describe urbanization from the most dense (least sprawling) in the world (Dhaka, Bangladesh), the most dense in the United States (Los Angeles) and also the least dense in the world (such as Atlanta and Charlotte, low density world champions in their population categories). The discussion of density and dispersion is often confused, a prisoner of pre-conceived notions about various urban areas. Boston is in a class by itself in this regard.” (07/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q9cdmhu

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