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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,265
Friday, August 21st, 2015
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In the News:

1) North Korea: Kim orders frontline troops onto war footing
2) Greece: Tsipras resigns, calls early polls
3) Ignoring US sanctions, Russia to supply advanced S-300 missiles to Iran
4) Another study confirms it: Cannabis fights diabetes
5) Presidential candidate “Deez Nuts” is an Iowa 15-year-old
6) Brazil: House leader, ex-president hit with corruption charge
7) Facebook tells Catholic priest to lose his title onsite
8) Philippines: Two coast guard men escape from Abu Sayyaf extremists
9) Greece gets $14.5 billion to pay debts, part of new bailout
10) Turkey: Attack on palace guards in Istanbul, two arrested
11) Regal Cinemas introduces bag search after attacks
12) Brazil: McDonald’s grilled over labor, tax practices at hearing
13) TN: Nashville hotel cancels reservations for supremacist group
14) NJ: Supreme Court says leaving a child alone in a car not automatically abusive
15) Firm settles with FCC gang: $750k for running proprietary Wi-Fi spaces
16) Kazakhstan joins currency war as tenge plummets after float
17) Mutated “super lice” strike in Illinois and 24 other states
18) UK to reopen embassy in Tehran
19) IAEA pushes back against report on Iran inspections
20) Poland: Fortune hunters say they’ve found legendary Nazi treasure train

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) America as the Neo-British Empire
22) It’s Miller time! — Judy, that is
23) The defense of Hillary Clinton’s email server that she dare not utter
24) What the right to bear arms is all about
25) Republican-required referendum
26) Yet another subsidy for the big banks
27) My letter to The Times, London re: Legal tender laws protect unsound money
28) Corn wars
29) The Tom Woods Show, 08/20/15
30) Sanders and Trump: The populist and the demagogue
31) Donald Trump isn’t Herman Cain
32) Advances in technology creates new markets which creates new jobs which creates new wealth
33) Clinton email denial
34) Iran is not the greatest threat to world peace
35) Man down — blooded the brave
36) Welcome to the world of ZIRP zombies
37) Lincoln Chafee keeps ripping “delusional” neocons and Democrats who compromise with them
38) Nuclear attack? Duck & cover!
39) The banking oligarchs
40) Inspector Gotcha
41) Keep up with the culture of freedom
42) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/20/15
43) What seven hours of waiting will get you in Venezuela
44) Don’t be fooled by our current price stability
45) Why these crash programmes to build houses won’t work
46) Born in the USA
47) Game developers face final boss: The FDA
48) Who is Mordechai Vanunu and why should you care?
49) Policy affects levels, not growth rates (except in transition)
50) Heartland Daily Podcast, 08/19/15
51) The new Republican machismo
52) Clinton’s college plan: Reinventing a very old wheel
53) “Race” or culture?
54) Hillary Clinton continues to change her story
55) Capitalism or slavery

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

1) North Korea: Kim orders frontline troops onto war footing
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“Kim Jong-un has ordered front-line North Korean troops onto a war-footing as tensions on the border with South Korea soared following an exchange of artillery fire. South Korea fired dozens of artillery rounds towards North Korea during the day after the North shelled across the border to protest against anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Seoul — the first exchange of fire in 10 months. In the early hours of Friday morning, North Korea’s ‘Supreme Leader’ ordered his troops to be in a ‘wartime state.'” (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odp9pkt

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2) Greece: Tsipras resigns, calls early polls
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced he is resigning and has called an early election. Mr Tsipras, who was only elected in January, said he had a moral duty to go to the polls now a third bailout had been secured with European creditors. The election date is yet to be set but earlier reports suggested 20 September. Mr Tsipras will lead his leftist Syriza party into the polls, but he has faced a rebellion by some members angry at the bailout’s austerity measures.” (08/20/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34007859

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3) Ignoring US sanctions, Russia to supply advanced S-300 missiles to Iran
Source: St. Louis Star

“International sanctions banning the arms shipments to Iran notwithstanding, Russia has said it will go ahead with its plan to sell advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles to the Islamic republic because the embargo is Moscow’s ‘no concern.’ Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol that Moscow stands only by its own international commitments and ‘the US sanctions are no concern of ours.'” (08/21/15)

http://www.stlouisstar.com/index.php/sid/235972969

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4) Another study confirms it: Cannabis fights diabetes
Source: Smell the Truth

“A study in the February issue of the journal Obesity found that regular cannabis users had a lower body mass index, lower fat percentages, and lower fasting insulin, adding to the growing body of research debunking the ‘fat, munchie-chomping stoner’ stereotype. Canadian researchers looked at 786 adults in the an Inuit community where more than half the population used cannabis. They found that cannabis use was statistically associated with lower BMI, and other metrics of obesity. The study mirrors findings of several others, including a French study in 2011, and a U.S. study in 2012 that concluded ‘marijuana use was independently associated with a lower prevalence of diabetes mellitus.’ The active ingredients in marijuana can spur appetite, but they also seem to confer a better, more efficient carbohydrate metabolism, researchers suspect.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pv37ol2

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5) Presidential candidate “Deez Nuts” is an Iowa 15-year-old
Source: United Press International

The 15-year-old Iowa boy behind the presidential campaign of ‘Deez Nuts’ said he plans to take his practical joke ‘as far as America wants to take it.’ Brady Olson, a Wallingford teenager whose identity as Deez Nuts was confirmed by a tweet from his father, told Rolling Stone magazine he is a 15-year-old incoming high school sophomore with ‘no day job, no kids, no marriage.’ … Olson, whose fictional candidate was found to be polling at 9 percent in North Carolina by the latest Public Policy Polling data, said his parents have been supportive about his campaign, which he said was born out of ‘half trying to break the two-party system, half frustration with the front-runners.’ The teenager, who said he tends to ‘side more with the Libertarian Party,’ said he isn’t a fan of the Democratic or Republican front-runners.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nklmzer

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6) Brazil: House leader, ex-president hit with corruption charge
Source: ABC News

“Brazil’s attorney general filed corruption charges Thursday against the speaker of the lower house of congress and against a current senator who was impeached while serving as president in the early 1990s. The Attorney General’s Office said Chamber of Deputies speaker Eduardo Cunha and Sen. Fernando Collor took part in the sprawling corruption scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras, which ran for over a decade and in which billions in bribes were allegedly paid.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ob4clzn

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7) Facebook tells Catholic priest to lose his title onsite
Source: Fox News

“Monsignor Charles Pope has held his title in the Catholic Church for 10 years. ‘More people call me ‘Monsignor” than call me ‘Charles,” the soft-spoken Washington, D.C.-area priest told FoxNews.com on Thursday. So Pope was perplexed earlier this week when Facebook informed him, after six years using the social-networking service, that they didn’t think he was using his real name. ‘I thought it was a scam,’ Pope said. It wasn’t.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oj2br9l

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8) Philippines: Two coast guard men escape from Abu Sayyaf extremists
Source: Omaha World

“Two Philippine coast guard personnel who were threatened with beheading escaped from their Abu Sayyaf extremist captors when hundreds of troops stormed the militants’ jungle base in the country’s south, military officials said Thursday. Government forces attacked the base on Wednesday in an attempt to rescue the two kidnapped coast guard personnel and other hostages in a mountainous area in Sulu province, sparking a clash in which up to 15 gunmen may have died, Army Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado said, adding there has been no military casualties.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pxmwal3

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9) Greece gets $14.5 billion to pay debts, part of new bailout
Source: Epoch Times

“Greece was receiving the first 13 billion-euro ($14.5 billion) payment of its new bailout Thursday, with 12 billion euros earmarked for repaying debts and the remainder for settling arrears to public sector suppliers. Athens was using the funds to repay a 3.2 billion euro ($3.5 billion) debt installment due Thursday to the European Central Bank — an amount it could not have afforded to repay without the bailout from 18 other European nations that share the euro currency with Greece.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pd4jkfh

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10) Turkey: Attack on palace guards in Istanbul, two arrested
Source: Cincinnati Sun

“Turkish police have arrested two suspected gunmen after an attack on police guarding Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace, a popular tourist attraction, where the prime minister has an office. One police officer was slightly injured in the shooting on Wednesday, Turkey’s state-run news agency said.” (08/20/15)

http://www.cincinnatisun.com/index.php/sid/235954907

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11) Regal Cinemas introduces bag search after attacks
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“One of America’s largest cinema chains, Regal, is now searching bags of film-goers following several attacks on movie theatres across the US. Regal’s updated policy says it wants customers and staff ‘to feel comfortable and safe’ in its cinemas. It is not clear when it began, but reports say some people had their bags checked at some of the company’s 570 cinemas this week. Earlier this month, a man attacked cinema-goers in Tennessee with an axe. He was shot dead by Nashville police, but no-one else was killed.” [editor’s note: Nor would they have been, since the only ‘firearm’ he had was pellet gun; “blue suicide” is the term for this one – SAT] (08/20/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34010790

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12) Brazil: McDonald’s grilled over labor, tax practices at hearing
Source: Reuters

“McDonald’s Corp, the world’s biggest fast-food chain, was accused of mistreating its employees and dodging taxes on Thursday during a Senate hearing in Brazil, where politicians, union leaders and workers from five continents voiced allegations. McDonald’s has come under increasing scrutiny worldwide for allegations of labor abuses, health and safety violations, plus tax evasion in Europe, and Brazilian Senator Pablo Paim called a hearing to allow both sides to make their cases. McDonald’s deferred comment to its regional operator.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nkff5md

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13) TN: Nashville hotel cancels reservations for supremacist group
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

“A Nashville hotel has canceled reservations for a white supremacist organization this weekend. Guesthouse Inn director of sales Michelle Jameson told The Tennessean the hotel made the decision three days ago after learning about the Council of Conservative Citizens.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oadau7j

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14) NJ: Supreme Court says leaving a child alone in a car not automatically abusive
Source: Raw Story

“Leaving a young child alone in a vehicle is not automatically abuse or neglect, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in the case of a New Jersey woman who was arrested for shopping while her 19-month-old daughter slept in her car. In a unanimous 7-0 decision, New Jersey’s highest court reversed an appeals court ruling last year that found the woman guilty of child endangerment because even though her daughter wasn’t harmed, simply leaving a child alone in a vehicle — even briefly — was enough to constitute abuse or neglect.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ptx8sxn

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15) Firm settles with FCC gang: $750k for running proprietary Wi-Fi spaces
Source: The Island Packet

“Regulators have reached a $750,000 settlement with Smart City Holdings for blocking consumers’ Wi-Fi signals at convention centers around the country, including Cincinnati and Columbus. Federal regulators announced the settlement this week. A statement from Las Vegas-based Smart City says the company admitted no wrongdoing and wasn’t found to have violated any laws. Officials say the Internet and telecommunications provider blocked personal mobile hotspots of convention visitors who used their own data plans instead of paying Smart City’s fees for Wi-Fi signals.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nljy8lk

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16) Kazakhstan joins currency war as tenge plummets after float
Source: The Globe and Mail [Canada]

“The tenge lost more than a quarter of its value on Thursday as Kazakhstan fired the latest salvo in an emerging market currency war, ditching a trading band stretched to breaking point by sharp falls in crude and commodities prices. Prime Minister Karim Masimov said floating the tenge would recover ground that oil-dependent Kazakhstan has lost to declines in the currencies of some of its major trading partners and rivals. … The float was welcomed by Kazakh oil and mining sector firms. But analysts warned it might prompt similar action by others in the region, and it dismayed ordinary Kazakhstanis, who had already seen the tenge devalued three times since 1999.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q9jdxc2

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17) Mutated “super lice” strike in Illinois and 24 other states
Source: Patch

“As school kids prepare for those first school bells next week, researchers are warning parents about a pest that may await them: super lice. Scientists who study lice populations across the country have reported that the bugs found in at least 25 states — including Illinois — have developed into creatures quite resistant to common over-the-counter treatments. The researchers reported those findings to the American Chemical Society this week.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4amc27

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18) UK to reopen embassy in Tehran
Source: Reuters

“Britain will reopen its embassy in Iran this weekend nearly four years after protesters ransacked the elegant ambassadorial residence and burned the British flag. The move marks a thawing of ties with Iran since it reached a nuclear deal with the United States, China, Russia, Germany, France and Britain.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pcsbx5x

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19) IAEA pushes back against report on Iran inspections
Source: CBS News

“The international watchdog agency charged with monitoring nuclear activity is pushing back against a report that it would let Iran use its own inspectors to report on one particular site. … On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that the IAEA would let Iran use its own inspectors to monitor the Parchin nuclear site. The site was suspected of nuclear weapons development in the past, but it is not presently a suspected weapons development site. … While [IAEA director general Yukiya] Amano suggested the AP report is inaccurate, he added that the separate arrangements the IAEA has with Iran over Parchin and other nuclear issues is confidential, ‘and I have a legal obligation not to make them public.'” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ow3axdv

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20) Poland: Fortune hunters say they’ve found legendary Nazi treasure train
Source: Fox News

“Two men say they’ve found a legendary Nazi train that vanished during the last weeks of World War II and was rumored to contain gold, gems, and precious metals. … The ghost train is believed to have been dispatched by the Nazis from the then-German city of Breslau (now called Wroclaw and part of Poland) as the Soviet Red Army made its final march toward Berlin. Local legend has it that the train vanished somewhere in the mountains near the present-day border between Poland and the Czech Republic.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o8cy6hd

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

21) America as the Neo-British Empire
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Joseph R Stromberg

“Foreign-policy realists and relative noninterventionists, among others, want to commit Americans to offshore balancing, an idea drawn from various English political-economic sources. After the Glorious Revolution (1688) securing the Protestant succession, influential English statesmen sought to make European balance-keeping central to their foreign strategy. Another view, deducible from 19th-century British practice (and formally called Hegemonic Stability Theory), wants the leading power of the day to impose free trade as a global ‘public good.’ This self-justifying mission also entails someone’s keeping some sort of Balance. Most writers nominate the United States as world balancer.” (08/20/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/america-neo-british-empire/

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22) It’s Miller time! — Judy, that is
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“I assume a good proportion of my readers aren’t old enough to remember the beer commercial referenced in the title of this column, this one for Miller beer: ‘If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the beer.’ Speaking of another Miller, one with the first name Judith, we might imagine an ad for the newspaper she used to work for: ‘If you’ve got the war, we’ve got the war propaganda!’ More intoxicating than any alcoholic beverage, war propaganda is the stuff of which human catastrophes are made: think of the resulting wars as huge auto accidents, with bodies strewn all over the road — except there’s no ambulances to tend to the wounded and not a cop in sight.” (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q7umljk

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23) The defense of Hillary Clinton’s email server that she dare not utter
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Perhaps it will turn out that documents on her server compromised national security or otherwise did harm to U.S. interests. But I am not convinced. Let’s consider another possibility. Think of it as the defense of ‘Servergate,’ which the candidate herself wouldn’t dare make, even if she believed that parts of it were true. (Clinton’s campaign said Wednesday that emails on the server contained material that had been retroactively classified.) But it’s fun to imagine her saying it anyway …” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p4u6jdg

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24) What the right to bear arms is all about
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Boris Karpa

“To be clear, what the anti-gunners oppose is not guns as such. They are not lying, in that sense. What they oppose is the notion of people owning weapons. To an anti-gunner, there is no legitimate application, in modern society, of private armed force. He intends to take it from you, either by outright banning the ownership of weapons, or by making it as bothersome and complicated as possible.” (08/20/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1976

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25) Republican-required referendum
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Last November, Nevada Republicans scored a ‘stunning’ political sweep. The party’s incumbent governor rolled up a 40-point win, while the GOP gained majorities in both the Assembly and Senate — the first time Republicans have controlled all three since before the Great Depression. At the same time, voters crushed a ballot measure to create a 2-percent gross receipts tax on businesses taking in over $1 million, by a whopping 78–22 percent. Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) and GOP legislators opposed the tax. My tax-fighting friend Chuck Muth, president of Citizen Outreach, must be happy as a clam, living the easy life. No? Mere months after that vote, the solidly Republican state legislature passed — you guessed it — a gross receipts tax.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nmkfm65

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26) Yet another subsidy for the big banks
Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“When Mitch McConnell wanted to pay for a transportation bill this summer, he targeted a subsidy the Federal Reserve automatically pays to banks. All 2,900 banks who purchase stock in the Federal Reserve system (a kind of membership fee for using services like check-clearing and the discount window) get a 6% annual dividend, costing the government $16.3 billion over ten years. … But there’s a bigger risk-free payout the Fed makes to big banks, one set to rise exponentially as the economy improves. … If Congress needs to find money to pay for new programs, they could cancel the Fed’s recent practice of paying interest on bank reserves.” (08/19/15)

http://prospect.org/article/yet-another-subsidy-big-banks

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27) My letter to The Times, London re: Legal tender laws protect unsound money
Source: Mises Canada
by Patrick Barron

“Dear Sirs: I will not take the time required to refute point-by-point Mr. Ed Conway’s latest attack upon a gold-backed currency. It is obvious that he is completely ignorant of monetary theory and history. Rather, I will ask Mr. Conway why governments must erect legal tenders laws around their fiat currencies, using the police power of the state to force citizens to use their currencies? The answer is obvious: were it not for legal tender laws, sounder private monies would drive governments’ fiat monies out of the market.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/prgvfuy

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28) Corn wars
Source: The New Republic
by Ted Genoways

“On September 30, 2012, agents from the FBI contacted U.S. Customs and Border Protection at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago with an urgent request. They wanted bags from two passengers on an outbound flight to Beijing pulled for immediate inspection. The passengers didn’t track as dangerous criminals: Li Shaoming, president of Beijing Kings Nower Seed Science & Technology, a large Chinese agricultural company that develops corn, rice, cotton, and canola seeds, and Ye Jian, the company’s crop research manager. In Li’s luggage, agents found two large Pop Weaver microwave popcorn boxes. Buried under the bags of unpopped snack kernels were roughly 300 tiny manila envelopes, all cryptically numbered—2155, 2403, 20362. Inside each envelope was a single corn seed.” (08/20/15)

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122441/corn-wars

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29) The Tom Woods Show, 08/20/15
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Wind and solar power are at the heart of Bernie Sanders’ energy policy, as is a tax on carbon emissions. We uncover the truth about all this in today’s episode.” [various formats] (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qaoa8bo

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30) Sanders and Trump: The populist and the demagogue
Source: Our Future
by Robert Borosage

“Donald Trump is rocking. Polls show him consolidating his lead over Republican presidential rivals and closing in hypothetical run-offs with Hillary Clinton. He crows about crowds bigger and more raucous than his rivals can draw. He dominates the news in the dog days of August. When Trump released a racist, fantastical immigration posture, his rival scrambled to embrace one or more of its noxious elements: the wall, the armed border, the stripping of birthright citizenship. The Republican conservative establishment, sensibly concerned that Trump’s excesses will besmirch their ‘brand,’ is weighing in against him.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nmz6pjx

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31) Donald Trump isn’t Herman Cain
Source: The American Conservative
by Jonathan Coppage

“There are many good and sound reasons to expect that Trump’s summer surge will soon enough pass away, and few good or sound reasons to expect that he will ever get within shouting distance of actual nomination. But there is one comparison often being made to dismiss Trump’s candidacy that doesn’t quite hold, and which perhaps obscures full understanding of the Trump phenomenon more than it illuminates: Herman Cain.” (08/20/15)

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32) Advances in technology creates new markets which creates new jobs which creates new wealth
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“One of the most idiotic claims I hear, usually from members of the labor movement, is that automation is taking American jobs. They get made when I use self-checkout kiosks at the grocery store because they think that mindless machine is eliminating a human worker permanently. Ironically they rant at me as they’re demanding the minimum wage be increased. If anything encourages a business owner to seek a way to automate labor it’s forcing them to pay a laborer more than they make for the company. Another irony is they often post their rants online using a machine that has done more to wipe out manual labor than anything else. Here’s the thing, when automation obsoletes human labor the people who are displaced aren’t eliminated from the workforce forever. Us humans are adaptable. In fact we wouldn’t be the dominant species on this planet if we weren’t. When our set of skills is obsoleted by automation we can learn new skills.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/orjvx75

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33) Clinton email denial
Source: The Cagle Post
by Jeff Darcy

Cartoon. (08/20/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/08/clinton-email-denial/

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34) Iran is not the greatest threat to world peace
Source: The Nation
by Noam Chomsky

“Throughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the UN Security Council and Germany. Most of the world apparently shares the assessment of the US Arms Control Association that ‘the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action establishes a strong and effective formula for blocking all of the pathways by which Iran could acquire material for nuclear weapons for more than a generation and a verification system to promptly detect and deter possible efforts by Iran to covertly pursue nuclear weapons that will last indefinitely.’ There are, however, striking exceptions to the general enthusiasm: the United States and its closest regional allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia.” (08/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p93wbzf

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35) Man down — blooded the brave
Source: Peaceful Anarchism
by Danilo Cuellar

“When I discuss police brutality with some apologists, some of them assert, ‘Not all officer[s] are abusive and that there are actually good officers.’ Now I did not claim that all officers are abusive and that there are no good officers but like anything in order to understand the kernel we must examine the incentives. The fact is ‘government’ is a monopoly on initiated aggression financed by the stolen funds of taxation and propped up by the belief in authority. Law enforcement is the agency that gives teeth and claws to every piece of politician scribble that Washington DC hemorrhages, regardless of how inane the law is.” (08/20/15)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/man-down-blooded-the-brave/

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36) Welcome to the world of ZIRP zombies
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“Initially zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) was a temporary measure to counter the price deflation that immediately followed the crisis, but since then interest rates have been kept suppressed at the zero bound. It had been hoped that the stimulus of close-to-zero interest rates would also guarantee economic recovery. It has failed in this respect and the low bond yields that result have only encouraged the rapid expansion of government debt.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owmm6gn

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37) Lincoln Chafee keeps ripping “delusional” neocons and Democrats who compromise with them
Source: OpEdNews
by John Nichols

“Lincoln Chafee has no taste for neoconservative fantasies, or for the politicians of both major parties who entertain them. That may not make him the winner of the Democratic presidential contest that the former Rhode Island senator and governor has entered — Chafee’s poll numbers are low, and his campaign has a quirky, do-it-yourself feel that tends to earn him marginal media coverage at best. But it could make him a duly disruptive voice in the Democratic debates that are scheduled to begin in October.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o6plrfr

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38) Nuclear attack? Duck & cover!
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“If you see an indescribably bright flash of light, drop immediately to the ground and get under whatever cover you can find. Once the blast has passed, find somewhere to shelter from the fallout for a few days. The more stuff between you and the outside, the safer you’ll be. Remember the Rule Of Seven: Seven hours after the nuclear explosion, the radiation will be 1/10 of its peak; seven times seven (49 hours, or two days) it will be 1/100, and seven times that (basically, two weeks) it will be 1/1000.” (08/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nnk4aan

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39) The banking oligarchs
Source: The Daily Bell
by Nelson Hultberg

“Can anyone stop the overweening lunacy of the banking oligarchs? No more than anyone can stop pythons from devouring rabbits at play. Our bankers are not honorable. They are not farsighted. And they have set in motion forces that no human effort can avert. Moreover they long ago formed a deathly co-op with history’s most deplorable criminal element — the state. This has given them a free pass to indulge in ugly asset corpulence and hideous irresponsibility.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ows3ljz

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40) Inspector Gotcha
Source: Cato Institute
by Walter Olson

“Beyond the confines of Washington, D.C., the attorney general of the State of New York is, in some ways, the public official most feared by America’s business community, and for reasons that go beyond the famous tenure of hyperactive AG Eliot Spitzer. … While New York may now be only the fourth-largest state by population, it remains the nation’s center of finance and marketing. What’s more, unlike any other state’s attorney general, New York’s AG can draw on the uniquely prosecutor-empowering Martin Act of 1921, aimed primarily at financial fraud …” (08/20/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/inspector-gotcha

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41) Keep up with the culture of freedom
Source: Students For Liberty
by Alex McHugh

“One mistake libertarians often make is thinking that political institutions are all that matters in the fight for a freer world. Political theory is indeed a great place to start, but it’s not the totality of a society. Much of what it means to belong to a particular community, be it a city, a club, or even a nation, has less to do with the bureaucratic particulars of that society, and much to do with the underlying culture.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q9ednhb

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42) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/20/15
Source: Freedom Feens

“Choke Chain Lou, Just Doing Muh Job Jim, and Davi The Window Czar tell us how great government is and why we should appreciate government so much more than we do. They also review the candidates for the 2016 presidential election and explain why all of the candidates are their favorites.” [various formats] (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nuygpwz

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43) What seven hours of waiting will get you in Venezuela
Source: The Canal
by anonymous

“On Saturday morning, my sister-in-law decided to go to one of these events [a “community provision day”] in a poor neighborhood in the heart of Caracas. She did it because organizers had announced that meat, fish, deli meats, and chicken would be available. She arrived at 6 in the morning, was given number 250, and waited in line for seven hours. To appease my curiosity, I joined her for the final two-hour stretch. The following is an attempt to describe what the common Venezuelan experiences at this type of event nowadays. I say it’s an ‘attempt,’ because finding the precise words is no easy task. And I haven’t been able to find a better description, a better title, than one that pretty much works for nearly all — if not all — Chavista initiatives: an atrocity wallpapered in propaganda.” (08/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/polhn3w

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44) Don’t be fooled by our current price stability
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak

“Stability in the yearly rate of growth of the PCE less food and energy price deflator is regarded as a very important thing for most economists. It is held that a stable price level will make the movement in the relative prices of goods and services more visible, thereby allowing a more efficient allocation of resources. There is the danger that focusing on so-called price stability may cause economists to overlook the underlying factor that is likely to set in motion an economic bust.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njwgnvy

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45) Why these crash programmes to build houses won’t work
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“There’s any number of plans out there to create massive housebuilding programmes. There’s even that lovely Corbynite idea that the Bank of England should just print lots more money to pay for them: along with an insistence that this simply won’t be inflationary. Nope, not at all. Because there’s slack in the economy, you see? And yes, there is most certainly slack in the economy. But spraying money around and the inflationary effects of doing so does rather depend upon whether there’s slack in that part of the economy that you’re spraying money at …” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oz9mdsv

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46) Born in the USA
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“GOP presidential candidate, Donald Trump, is right about a lot of things he says. I appreciate his candor. But when he says that so-called ‘anchor babies,’ i.e. children born in the USA of undocumented immigrant mothers, are not US citizens, he’s flat out wrong according to the 14th Amendment. They acquire their citizenship status the same way I did and rightfully so. If Mr. Trump and others want to change that fact, there is, in my opinion, only one way to accomplish it — ratify a Constitutional Amendment. He’ll have to change the Constitution. Good luck with that, Donald.” (08/20/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/08/born-in-usa.html

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47) Game developers face final boss: The FDA
Source: Independent Institute
by Aaron Tao

“As I drove to work the other day, I heard a very interesting segment on NPR that featured a startup designing video games to improve cognitive skills and relieve symptoms associated with a myriad of mental health conditions. … In recent years, many observers (myself included) have expressed deep concerns that we are living in the ‘medication generation,’ as defined by the rapidly increasing numbers of young people (which seems to have extended to toddlers and infants!) taking psychotropic drugs. As experts and laypersons continue to debate the long-term effects of these substances, the news of intrepid entrepreneurs creating non-pharmaceutical alternatives to treat mental health problems is definitely a welcome development. But a formidable final boss stands in the way …” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olakfcb

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48) Who is Mordechai Vanunu and why should you care?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Will Porter

“Not everyone is capable of striking as strong a blow to the menace of nuclear weapons as Mordechai Vanunu, but libertarians, peaceniks, humanitarians — humans — should reject them on principle.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nvgda7d

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49) Policy affects levels, not growth rates (except in transition)
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Both Japan and France were much poorer than the US after WWII. Both engaged in ‘catch-up growth’ until about 1990, at which point their per capita GDPs (PPP) had risen to about 70% of US levels. At that point they stopped gaining on the US. I would argue that this 30% gap is caused by policy differences, although I can imagine there might be other minor factors as well, such as land constraints in Japan. In any case, the US had a policy regime capable of producing modestly higher per capita GDP. But there is no reason for that gap to widen, unless the policy gap widens.” (08/20/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/08/policy_affects.html

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50) Heartland Daily Podcast, 08/19/15
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, H. Sterling Burnett, managing editor of Environment & Climate News speaks with William Yeatman. Yeatman is a senior fellow specializing in environmental policy and energy markets at the Competitive Enterprise. Burnett and Yeatman discuss his analysis of Obama’s Clean Power Plan for new and existing power plants, including what Yeatman calls the plan’s dirty secret.” [various formats] (08/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nz22drs

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51) The new Republican machismo
Source: CounterPunch
by Vijay Prashad

“In the olden days, campaigning for the United States presidential election would begin in the small States of New Hampshire and Iowa. These are the States that still have early primary elections for the two major parties (Democratic and Republican) to select their nominee for the general election. Iowa conducts its election through the caucus system, where registered voters of the parties gather in small meetings to vote for their nominee. New Hampshire allows it residents to vote. But the scale of the State is so small that they might as well gather in school cafeterias and cavernous barns to discuss their way to a decision. This is called retail politics. One would not have been able to understand a U.S. election cycle without a visit to these States, it was the only way to get a whiff of what was to come. Things have changed dramatically in U.S. politics. Now the presidential campaign is non-stop, with potential nominees calibrating handshakes and comments with an eye to focus groups and the eventual election.” (08/20/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/20/the-new-republican-machismo/

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52) Clinton’s college plan: Reinventing a very old wheel
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“In the farcical, technocratic future society of Vonnegut’s Player Piano, you have to have at least a bachelor’s degree to do even the most menial service jobs — of which there aren’t a lot left. The great majority of jobs have been automated out of existence, and the ranks of the still employed are dominated by high-IQ, doctorate-wielding managers and engineers who run the society. The unemployable, degreeless majority either go into the armed forces, tens of millions strong, which police America’s post-WWIII global empire, or join a massive public works project called the Reconstruction and Reclamation Corps (‘Reeks and Wrecks’). … Hillary Clinton’s higher education policy proposals are the perfect next step on the century-long road to building such a society in real life.” (08/20/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/39897

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53) “Race” or culture?
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I don’t know if there are real differences between the ‘races’ — or if ‘race’ is even an actual thing. I suspect what most people call ‘racial’ differences are actually differences in culture. There are definitely cultural differences, and some cultures are simply better than others. You can tell by how they look upon aggression and theft. Statism is a degenerate culture which cuts across all other cultural lines.” (08/20/15)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2015/08/race-or-culture.html

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54) Hillary Clinton continues to change her story
Source: Reason
by Andrew Napolitano

“When asked why she chose to divert government emails through her own server, Clinton stated she believed it would enable her to carry just one mobile device for both personal and governmental emails. She later admitted she carried four such devices. … she changed her explanation from ‘I did not send classified material’ to ‘I never sent or never received any email marked classified.’ Not only is she continually changing her story, but she is being deceptive again. Emails are not ‘marked classified.’ They are marked ‘top secret’ or ‘secret’ or ‘confidential.’ Her explanations remind one of her husband’s word-splitting playbook.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ocwtg3t

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55) Capitalism or slavery
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Paul Rosenberg

“Some people say that the search for profit is abusive, heartless, evil, and so on. I’m not particularly in love with profit for its own sake (and I certainly don’t think it justifies abuse), but a reflexive condemnation of profit is deeply ignorant. The truth is, ‘profit’ killed the ancient abomination of human slavery.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/npunbcl

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