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America’s new brutalism: The death of Sandra Bland

July 26, 2015
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OpedNews
by Henry Giroux  

"Bland's death over a routine traffic stop is beyond monstrous. It is indicative of a country in which lawlessness is now integral to the police state, and extreme violence is the new norm for a society fed by the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, the incarceration state, the drug wars, and the increasing militarization of everything, including the war on black youth." (07/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2sdooe  

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Uber wins a battle with New York, now it’s war

July 26, 2015
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Michelle Chen The Nation
by Michelle Chen  

"When New York Mayor Bill De Blasio talked of a Tale of Two Cities on the campaign trail, promising to address an epidemic of social inequality, he probably wasn’t expecting a viral app to drive a multibillion-dollar wedge through Gotham’s fault-lines of race and class. But now De Blasio and city lawmakers have been blindsided by Uber’s corporate surge, forced to stall an attempt to cap the company’s expansion. The City Council has reportedly shelved for at least four months a proposal to limit Uber’s rate of growth (that is, slowing, not stopping, the expansion) for an assessment of its environmental and traffic impacts. Now the smartphone ridesharing app that traditional cabbies deem an 'existential threat' will keep pouring thousands more cars and part-time drivers onto the streets, angling for digital ride-hailers." (07/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/obwjq5c  

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People still can’t breathe. Police still don’t care.

July 26, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Calhoun  

"Little more than a year after the death of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD, another man with a family and a case of asthma has been killed by a reckless police force. Troy Goode was visiting Mississippi for a concert. As many concert goers do, Goode got drunk. Goode's wife, who was sober, began the drive home with Goode in the passenger seat. At some point, Goode exited his vehicle and began 'acting erratically.' The police were called. Upon their arrival, Goode continued his drunken behavior opening up the door to the police K9 car, exciting their dog. The police subdued Goode and hogtied him, putting him face down onto a stretcher. Much like the Garner case, Goode informed police he couldn't breathe and a bystander exclaimed what a bad idea the face down hogtie was. Two hours later the Goode family was informed Troy was dead." (07/24/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/39125  

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How safe is your drinking water and can the EPA really be trusted?

July 26, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Nancy Thorner  

"Shouldn’t safety be the ultimate goal for the water we use and drink daily, which local water companies provide for residents in every state in this nation? But can the public be certain that the water provided is all that it’s reported to be?" (07/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p7nfkx7  

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Sheldon’s stooges: Netanyahu and the King of Vegas

July 26, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Uri Avnery  

"In Japan in the good old days, Binyamin Netanyahu would by now have committed hara-kiri. In England at that time, the monarch would have appointed him governor of the most remote little island in the Pacific Ocean. In Israel, his popularity rating is bound to go up. Because in our country, the old adage is getting a new twist: Nothing Succeeds Like Failure." (07/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nh75ecj  

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You can’t keep a good man down

July 26, 2015
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Lawrence W. Reed Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed  

"Great movements are marked by the dedication and accomplishments of steadfast individuals who make the most of every moment, every opportunity, and every available resource. When those great men and women pass from the scene, they leave behind untold numbers of friends and followers who derive comfort from their memory and inspiration from their deeds. Such a man was James U. Blanchard III, who died on March 20, 1999, at the age of 56." (07/24/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/you-cant-keep-a-good-man-down  

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Rand Paul supports having a powerful federal government

July 26, 2015
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A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"It's no secret that I'm not a fan of Rand Paul. Unlike his father, Rand is an inconsistent man that sways whatever way the political winds are blowing. His supporters, or the Rand Rapid Response Team as I like to call them, are always quick to claim he is just playing politics to win the presidency so he can beat Americans in the head with liberty. They never seem to have an answer as to why Rand, upon winning office (which he'll never do), don't continue to play politics to get a second term but I digress. From an anarchist point of view Rand is a tyrant through and through. But even from a small government point of view Rand is a tyrant. For example, his latest tirade was against so-called sanctuary cities." (07/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/noftbtu  

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Global thug state

July 26, 2015
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Matthew Harwood  

"'A shadow government has conquered twenty-first-century Washington. We have the makings of a thug state of the first order.' No two sentences more clearly and disturbingly summarize what Tom Engelhardt's Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World is about: a Leviathan national-security state rampaging around the world in pursuit of perfect security and creating chaos wherever it puts its grotesque girth down." (07/24/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/global-thug-state/  

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Liberty or “security”: An old debate, a familiar straw man

July 26, 2015
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Notes on Liberty
by Brandon Christensen  

"Ho hum. Jacques wants his government to do three things in the name of fighting Muslim terrorism (not to be confused with other, more numerous kinds of terrorism): 1) allow for an armed, perpetually-on-alert military to be active on US soil, 2) allow for a surveillance state that can do as it pleases in regards to Muslims only, and 3) initiate ideological quotas for Muslim immigrants." (07/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ndypsng  

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Nothing great about the welfare state

July 26, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Dave Clements  

"In The Welfare of Nations, the decade-later follow-up to his The Welfare State We’re In, James Bartholomew -- former leader writer for the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail -- takes us on a tour of the world’s welfare states. It’s fair to say he isn’t a fan. He argues that the welfare state undermines old values and ‘crowds out’ both our inner resourcefulness and our sense of duty to one another -- including our own families." (07/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q3ocgqm  

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Free Thoughts Podcast, 07/24/15

July 26, 2015
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Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
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"Michael C. Munger joins us for a discussion on the nature of voluntary choice in economics. What counts as voluntary? Is it possible to be coerced by circumstance?" [various formats] (07/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q9qo3av  

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Thought crimes, domestic “terrorism,” and police bullying

July 26, 2015
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Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"Dylann Roof, who murdered nine black parishioners because they were black has been charged by the central government with committing hate crimes. Words cannot adequately express the evil of Roof's actions at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and no decent person would want to say anything that be could possibly be construed as sympathetic to this despicable human being. Still this must be said: the concept thought crime has no place in a proper system of law." (07/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pqcl4qf  

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The Rand Paul tax plan

July 26, 2015
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Jacob Kohlhepp  

"Senator Rand Paul's (R-KY) comprehensive tax reform titled, 'fair and flat,' is an improvement in comparison to the status quo with respect to investment, simplicity and growth. The plan is expected to boost GDP growth by slightly less than one percent per year, according to research associate Jacob Kohlhepp at the National Center for Policy Analysis." (07/24/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25887  

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The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 07/26/15

July 26, 2015
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The KN@PP Stir KN@PPSTER
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"In this episode: Thanks for Asking! (can Rush Limbaugh talk down Donald Trump?); NYT calls for minor, cosmetic military cuts ... hey, how about REAL cuts?" [Flash audio or MP3] (07/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nmymmv8  

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Peter Beinart’s fantasy

July 24, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Does Beinart really believe the media complex that gives the War Party a guaranteed platform suffers from amnesia? I hardly think so. And as for the historians, surely they'll be a bit more perceptive than Beinart gives them credit for. The answer to Beinart's conundrum is that there’s no difference whatsoever between the media and 'the political-intellectual complex that made the Iraq War possible.' As writers like Glenn Greenwald have demonstrated again and again (and again) the 'mainstream' media functions as the regime's Praetorian Guard." (07/24/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/07/23/peter-beinarts-fantasy/  

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Police violence: An anti-obscenity proposal

July 24, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"In a July 14 column for the New York Post, [police union president Ed] Mullins decries the city's $5.9 million settlement with the family of Eric Garner, who died at the hands -- literally, from a 'chokehold' -- of officer Daniel Pantaleo. The settlement, wrote Mullins, is 'obscene.' I agree with Mullins. It IS obscene. The taxpayers of New York City should never have been forced to compensate Garner's family for his death. Those taxpayers didn't kill Eric Garner. Daniel Pantaleo did." (07/23/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2286  

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The pragmatic case for radical libertarianism

July 24, 2015
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Jason Byas  

"La Corte writes as if radicals oppose reformism because it falls short of perfection. He's right that libertarians shouldn't let the perfect be the enemy of the good, but this is a misrepresentation of anti-reformist worries. The real concern is whether or not the good we're talking about actually is a good in the first place." (07/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nf5zsau  

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Sandra Bland’s arrest and the expectation of meek subservience

July 24, 2015
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Some of the reaction to my post about Sandra Bland's arrest leads me to believe I was not sufficiently explicit in criticizing Texas Trooper Brian Encinia's actions. It seems to me he had no legitimate reason to order Bland out of her car after stopping her for a minor traffic violation (changing lanes without signaling), let alone to arrest her for failing to obey that unjustified command. Judging from the dashcam video of the traffic stop, his actions were motivated by anger at Bland's insufficiently submissive attitude -- in particular, her insistence that she had a right to smoke a cigarette in her own car, even if he preferred that she put it out. The escalation that ensued -- which was driven, as I said, by Encinia's need 'to assert his authority for its own sake"—was completely unnecessary and unprofessional. But that does not necessarily mean it was illegal.'" (07/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgnr5ze  

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Why the ISIS threat is totally overblown

July 24, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by John Mueller  

"Outrage at the tactics of ISIS is certainly justified. But fears that it presents a worldwide security threat are not. Its numbers are small, and it has differentiated itself from al Qaeda in that it does not seek primarily to target the 'far enemy,' preferring instead to carve out a state in the Middle East for itself, mostly killing fellow Muslims who stand in its way. In the process, it has alienated virtually all outside support and, by holding territory, presents an obvious and clear target to military opponents." (07/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ock76p3  

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Breaking down the legal issues in Sandra Bland’s arrest

July 24, 2015
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Reuters
by Helen Coster  

"On July 10 Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, was pulled over by a state trooper in Prairie View, Texas, after allegedly failing to use a turn signal. The confrontation turned violent, and Bland was arrested and charged with assaulting an officer. She died three days later in her jail cell, after hanging herself. On Tuesday authorities in Texas released dashboard camera footage showing the arrest. The video shows how the traffic stop quickly escalated. After pulling Bland over, the state trooper, Brian Encinia, who is white, wrote up a ticket and returned to Bland’s car. He then asked Bland to put out her cigarette." [editor's note: This is a very good overview of your rights when a cop stops you, for ANY reason (hint: he has to begin by telling you why) - SAT] (07/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5rlml7  

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There shouldn’t be a law

July 24, 2015
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"If I received a dime every time somebody said, 'There ought to be a law,' I would be sitting on my mega yacht in some tropical location drinking expensive booze and watching the world lose its collective shit from my overpriced satellite Internet connection. But I don't so it's an entirely worthless phrase. I know somebody is out there right now saying that phrase in the sincere hope some political body will pass some law in a futile attempt to fix some perceived problem and it pisses me off. Why? Because legislation doesn't accomplish anything other than wasting time and resources that could be put towards far better things." (07/23/15)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2015/07/23/there-shouldnt-be-a-law/  

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Don’t some libertarians favor immigration controls?

July 24, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"I recently received a good question about libertarianism and open borders: Aren't there some libertarians who favor immigration controls? If so, doesn't that preclude anyone from saying that libertarians favor open borders? The answer to the first question is yes, and the answer to the second question is no. The fact that some libertarians favor immigration controls is irrelevant in determining whether this particular government program is libertarian in nature." (07/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qc3enpq  

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Statist idiocy in Iowa

July 24, 2015
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Some statist idiots in Iowa, including police officers, the state Attorney General's office, prosecutors, and a District Judge, got it into their deluded minds that the front porch of a person's private home is actually a public place. Your front porch is a public place because it is 'plainly accessible and visible to any passers-by,' they reasoned. So they prosecuted a woman for public intoxication, i.e., the 'crime' of being intoxicated on her own front porch." (07/24/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/07/statist-idiocy-in-iowa.html  

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Free Talk Live, 07/23/15

July 24, 2015
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"Clinton vs The Bern :: Is it OK to vote for Bernie in the Primary? :: The Minimum wage hurts minorities most :: Whites talking about Black issues :: Spanking convicts :: Yelling at other people's kids :: Spanking." [Flash audio or MP3] (07/23/15)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2015-07-23  

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A deficit of debt discussion

July 24, 2015
posted by

USA Today USA Today
by Tom Coburn  

"The 2016 presidential race is beginning in earnest with new candidates entering the crowded field weekly. The Republican Party boasts a host of compelling and well qualified aspirants, many of whom I have known and served with for years. They bring a wealth of experience and policy savvy to a nation sorely in need of a rebound following the many failures of the federal government during the Obama presidency. Yet despite their numbers, none of them is addressing in a meaningful way the greatest threat to our republic: our gigantic and rapidly growing national debt." [editor's note: No sure how they could, considering every one of them wants to start at least one more war, has no interest in ending the domestic ones, won't push to stop crony-corporate welfare, and has no plan to pay for any of it! - SAT] (07/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5edxep  

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