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Australia bans reporting of multi-nation corruption case involving Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam

Wikileaks

"Today, 29 July 2014, WikiLeaks releases an unprecedented Australian censorship order concerning a multi-million dollar corruption case explicitly naming the current and past heads of state of Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, their relatives and other senior officials. The super-injunction invokes 'national security' grounds to prevent reporting about the case, by anyone, in order to 'prevent damage to Australia's international relations.' The court-issued gag order follows the secret 19 June 2014 indictment of seven senior executives from subsidiaries of Australia's central bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)." [editor's note: So the Australian government is trying to suppress not just reportage on the case, but any mention of its attempt to suppress reportage on the case. If you think this isn't also happening in the US, Google "national security letter" - TLK] (07/29/14)


https://wikileaks.org/aus-suppression-order/press.html

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US House Republicans vote to sue Obama

Chicago Tribune

"The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday cleared the way for the launch of a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his signature healthcare law. The 225-201 vote, along party lines, to authorize the suit will allow House lawyers to draft legal documents over a five-week summer recess starting on Friday. The planned lawsuit is expected to generate months of bitter campaign rhetoric from both Republicans and Democrats ahead of November elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year." (07/31/14)


http://tinyurl.com/q7my42c

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Israel presses ahead with Gaza offensive; calls up 16,000 more reservists

Washington Post

"Israel pressed ahead with its Gaza offensive Thursday despite international pressure, calling up another 16,000 reservists, after some of the fiercest days of fighting in the 23-day old war that has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and more than 50 Israelis. Witnesses reported continued airstrikes and shelling overnight from Israeli forces on the tiny Palestinian seaside enclave, which is run by the militant Islamist group Hamas. And rockets from Gaza continued to be fired into Israel through the night Wednesday and early Thursday morning." (07/31/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ozqlqsr

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Iraq: Shi’ite militia murders, displays bodies of Sunnis

swissinfo [Switzerland]

"Iraqi Shi'ite militia forces executed 15 Sunni Muslims and then hung them from electricity poles in a public square in the town of Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, on Wednesday, police said. ... A police officer at the scene in Baquba, a mixed Sunni and Shi'ite town 65 km (40 miles) from Baghdad, said he believed the gruesome display of the bodies was designed to warn Sunnis off supporting the Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has seized swathes of land in an advance through northern Iraq. The victims, who had been kidnapped over the last week, were shot in the head and chest and then hung up by cables." (07/31/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pqn5xxr

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Syria: Kurdish-jihadist battle kills 49

The Peninsula Online [Qatar]

"A fierce battle between Syrian Kurds and Islamic State jihadists has killed nearly 50 fighters from both sides as the Kurds seized several IS positions, a monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported fighting in eastern Syria between a Sunni tribe and the IS, with members of the tribe tweeting about an 'uprising.' Wednesday's fighting in Ain al-Arab (Kobane in Kurdish) killed 14 members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and 35 jihadists. Dozens of fighters were wounded, said the Observatory." (07/31/14)


http://tinyurl.com/q3cbajp

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Australia: Leaders differ on Russian role in war

ABC News

"Australia's prime minister and foreign minister on Thursday sent mixed messages on whether Russia was frustrating Dutch and Australian police efforts to retrieve the bodies of victims of the Malaysian airliner disaster in war-torn east Ukraine. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she feared Russia was behind the daily artillery barrages blocking police, while Prime Minister Tony Abbott said it was too early to judge." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/jw2xyrp

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NY: Two infants diagnosed with herpes following ritual genital mutilation

Washington Post

"Two New York infants were diagnosed with herpes after undergoing an ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual, according to reports. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said both baby boys developed lesions on their genitals following the metzitzah b’peh, the practice where the mohel, or circumciser, uses oral suction to remove blood from the circumcision wound, the Jewish Daily Forward reported." (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ojdtoch

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Internet privacy service Tor warns users it was attacked

GMA News Online [Philippines]

"Tor, the Internet privacy protecting service, said on Wednesday it discovered a compromise on its network that indicated somebody was trying to monitor the activity of its users. 'While we don't know when they started doing the attack, users who operated or accessed hidden services from early February through July 4 should assume they were affected,' Tor said in a blog entry." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/png4hxl

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UK to allow driverless cars on government roads in January

BBC News [UK state media]

"The UK government has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads from January next year. It also invited cities to compete to host one of three trials of the tech, which would start at the same time. In addition, ministers ordered a review of the UK's road regulations to provide appropriate guidelines. The Department for Transport had originally pledged to let self-driving cars be trialled on public roads by the end of 2013." (07/30/14)


http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28551069

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US economy heats up in Q2 after harsh winter

USA Today

"The U.S. economy posted better-than-expected growth in the second quarter, bouncing back from its worst performance in five years. U.S. gross domestic product, which measures the output of goods and services in the economy, expanded at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4% in the three months ended June 30, the Commerce Department said Wednesday." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/njvqnks

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PA: State police defend fitness test

Washington Post

"The head of the Pennsylvania State Police says he hopes the U.S. Justice Department will withdraw a lawsuit that claims the agency’s physical fitness standards for recruits discriminates against women. Commissioner Frank Noonan spoke Wednesday, a day after the federal government filed the lawsuit describing what it calls a pattern of discrimination. ... Noonan says the state police won't 'be bullied into changing and lowering our standards' and that it makes sense to have the same standards for women and men." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lo84944

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Groups argue Florida must hold statewide election

San Francisco Chronicle

"If a judge does not approve an interim map of Florida's congressional seats to replace one that has been deemed unconstitutional, officials could be forced to allow voters from across the state to choose candidates for two congressional seats, the coalition challenging the current districts said Tuesday. The League of Women Voters and other groups filed court papers arguing that if new districts are not approved this year, then federal law requires at-large elections for the seats added in 2012. Florida went from 25 to 27 seats after the 2010 census." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pwwgejw

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No deal in Spain’s attempt to talk Catalonia out of secession

The Independent [UK]

"The Spanish and Catalonian governments are no closer to preventing a crisis over a planned independence vote for the north-eastern region in November, after their two leaders failed to reach agreement following talks today. ... Spain’s Constitutional Court had reiterated in March that regional governments may not hold referendums on self-determination, and that in April the national parliament turned down a request by Catalonia to hold what it calls a 'consultation' on independence. ... The next step in the drive for independence is set for September, when the Catalonian parliament is due to pass a bill on holding consultations, which Mr Mas says will provide him with the legal basis to call for Catalans to vote on breaking away from Spain on 9 November." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m3zdwku

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CO: Court re-imposes marriage apartheid in Boulder County

Christian Science Monitor

"Boulder County must stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the Colorado Supreme Court considers an appeal from the state's attorney general, justices said in a ruling Tuesday. The court ruling was in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been trying for several weeks to get Boulder's clerk to stop giving marriage licenses to gay couples until there's a definitive ruling on same-sex unions from the U.S. Supreme Court." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mvgh5ql

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MD: Jury acquits killer cop

Burlington County Times

"Forty-one-year-old Joseph Walker, an investigator for the Hudson County, New Jersey, prosecutor's office, was found not guilty on all counts on Wednesday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. He had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 36-year-old Joseph Harvey of Landsdowne. ... Prosecutors say Walker shot Harvey after the two pulled over in Millersville on June 8, 2013 after some traffic jostling. Walker's lawyers have said their client thought he, his wife and three children were in danger when he fired his gun." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/krkb6qs

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Gaza: Israeli tank shells strike UN school, killing 15

New York Post

"Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school Wednesday sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency and a health official said. The relentless bombardment also killed 27 Palestinians elsewhere in the coastal territory Wednesday, further dimming hopes of a sustainable cease-fire." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pktbf9t

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US, Europe impose new sanctions on Russia

ABC News

"Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. President Barack Obama swiftly followed with an expansion of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy." [editor's note: Recent events have made it clear that the US/EU are actively seeking a new Cold War; Russia doesn't have to do anything to "spur" the US/EU to "action" - TLK] (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/poufhwr

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Iraq: At least 147 killed

Antiwar.com

"Civilian and security forces suffered little today, but the Iraqi government reported that 147 militants were killed in various locations. Only one policeman was killed and 10 others were wounded. Meanwhile, ISIS released a video displaying part of their grim occupation. The Islamic State released video footage of hundreds of dead bodies. The exact number is unclear as when the video was taken." (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/qh5ss5t

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Afghanistan: Militants storm Pakistan check posts, six killed

The Daily Star [Lebanon]

"t least six militants were killed when Pakistan's military thwarted an attack on its check posts near the Afghan border, officials said Wednesday. 'About 70 to 80 terrorists physically attacked the posts, six terrorists were killed and nine injured due to an effective response by Pakistani troops,' a security official said." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mphq5pz

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Libya: Militants seize Benghazi special forces base

Los Angeles Times

"Islamist militants took control of the biggest special forces base in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday after a battle that killed 30 people. Soldiers abandoned their base after heavy shelling, according to Saiqa Special Forces officer Fadel Al-Hassi. ... Benghazi has become the epicenter of fighting between government special forces, who have teamed up with troops loyal to rogue former general Khalifa Haftar, and the coalition of Islamic groups Benghazi Shura Council and Islamist Ansar al Sharia." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nmq8kmh

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CA: Sex website seizure spurs San Francisco bid to decriminalize prostitution

Reuters

"The head of San Francisco’s Erotic Service Providers Union has been a sex worker for 24 years -- and 'I hope to be doing it for another 24,' says Maxine Doogan. But she dreams of a future when she won’t be treated like a criminal and could earn a little respect in the city that launched the fight for sex worker rights 41 years ago. Calls by Bay Area sex workers for decriminalizing consensual prostitution have been spurred anew following the FBI seizure of a West Coast sex services website that prosecutors say hooked up clients with prostitutes and which sex workers saw as a vital forum to screen dangerous clients." (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/l2wvoyr

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WA: State pols weigh “In God We Trust” plaque

Fox News

"Should 'In God We Trust' adorn the chambers of Washington state’s Pierce County Council? That’s the apparently controversial question facing councilmembers on Tuesday, a day after a council committee decided to bring the proposal to a vote of the full seven-member council, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Councilman Jim McCune, the Republican sponsor of the measure, said the national motto is inspiring and patriotic -- and he’s unclear why the proposal has created such controversy." (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mwcbhxc

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Brazil: Yanomami tribe’s Davi Kopenawa gets death threats

BBC News [UK state media]

"One of Brazil's most prominent indigenous leaders has called for police protection following a series of death threats. Davi Kopenawa of the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon rainforest said armed men had raided the offices of lawyers working with him. He said they were hired gunmen who had asked for him and wanted to kill him. In February a major operation began to evict hundreds of gold miners from Yanomami land." (07/29/14)


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-28554806

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Jury awards Ventura $1.8 million in defamation case

San Francisco Chronicle

"Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs. A federal jury sided with Ventura in his lawsuit against 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle, who was killed last year in Texas. Though Ventura honed a tough-guy reputation as a pro wrestler and action movie actor, he maintained the legal battle was about clearing his name among his beloved fellow Navy SEALs, not about losing a supposed fight." (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m8t4z7z

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China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

Fremont Tribune

"China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the highest-level official to be prosecuted since the 1981 treason trial of Mao Zedong's wife and other members of the 'Gang of Four,' who mercilessly persecuted political opponents during the chaotic 1966-76 Cultural Revolution." (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nv85f5j

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Commentary



Tolerance vs. relativism

Center for a Stateless Society
by David S

"Individuals are the social elements which actually exist. Culture, religion, politics -- all of these we as individuals have invented, exalting them to such a degree that we now make of them much more than the human lives they are there to preside over. Cultural relativists give all manner of potential genocidal maniacs and human rights violators a carte blanche, a cultural pretext to which they can point while devastating human lives. Doubtless we ought to respect other cultures, even to actively look for the unique contributions they make to overall human flourishing. We must not, however, pretend that the imprimatur of culture is capable by itself of redeeming savage acts such as FGM." (07/30/14)


http://c4ss.org/content/29644

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The NSA nation moves to the next level

The Dollar Vigilante
by Wendy McElroy

"The social sciences in America have been militarized to produce tools that assist the government in understanding and suppressing dissent. Anthropology, linguistic analysis and sociology now serve the police state." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/n7y8zb6

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Yes, freedom of speech should be absolute

spiked
by Tim Black

"Just think of the number of people who proclaim their support for free speech before reeling off a list of reasons why its exercise must be limited. In the UK, for instance, the head of civil-liberties group Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, is seemingly more concerned with the problems of free speech than its benefits -- hence she once talked of 'respecting freedom of conscience, thought and religion and free speech within such proportionate limits as are necessary to protect others.' Little wonder she ended up sat on the ‘panel of experts’ at the press-freedom-quashing Leveson Inquiry." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/q7dnngu

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Natural rights

The Daily Bell
by Tibor R. Machan

"In the history of political thought natural rights theory is most closely associated with John Locke, although as Brian Tierney has shown, the idea had been formed much earlier and some, for example Fred D. Miller, Jr., even hold that Aristotle was already considering certain issues in terms of them. The crucial function of the qualifier 'natural' is that these rights, however understood, are supposed to derive from an understanding of human nature." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nt4yh7p

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Borderlands: What’s happening to America?

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

"The U.S. government regards a large part of the country as close enough to a border or coast to justify treating individuals -- citizens or not -- as though they have no rights whatsoever. People have been beaten and had their personal belongings seized -- without warrant or charge -- just because they resented being treated like criminals. This should alarm anyone who thinks America is the 'land of the free.'" (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kpt7r2s

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Nonsense about Israel’s democracy

LewRockwell.com
by Michael S. Rozeff

"There has always been propaganda extolling Israel for being a democratic island in a sea of authoritarian regimes (although they also receive American aid). But a democracy can be as bloodthirsty or more and as callous with regard to human life or more than any other kind of nation-state, as the U.S. has shown in Iraq and Israel is showing in Gaza, again, and as it has been showing for a very long time." (07/31/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nmllylt

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Understanding Argentina’s coming default

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Nicolas Cachanosky

"At the time of this writing, Argentina is a few days away from formally defaulting on its debts. How could this happen three times in just twenty-eight years?" (07/30/14)


http://mises.org/daily/6825/Understanding-Argentinas-Coming-Default

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Clement Attlee’s lesson

Adam Smith Institute
by Dr. Madsen Pirie

"Atlee had a remarkable record in putting through his programme. In 6 years he achieved major structural reform of Britain’s economy and society. He is thus to be admired dispassionately as an effective Prime Minister. What he also did was to teach us all an important lesson: Socialism doesn’t work." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kzya5pr

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Don’t let police loot YOUR property

Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

"My cash or possessions can be taken by The State upon mere SUSPICION that they were used in a crime ... I must then PROVE my innocence to regain my property -- the exact OPPOSITE of 'innocent unless proven guilty.' This isn't a rare event. It's commonplace. Cops depend on it to fund their budgets and buy military equipment for their departments. This isn't 'law enforcement.' It's organized crime." (07/30/14)


https://secure.downsizedc.org/blog/dont-let-police-loot-your-property

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Dangerously demagoguing entitlements

Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner

"Question: How can you tell it’s a difficult campaign season for Democrats Answer: They are already running ads accusing Republicans of wanting to destroy Social Security and Medicare." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/qdjtjgg

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Keep them down, keep them dependent

Foundation for Economic Education
by Isaac M. Morehouse

"Let’s face it. I’m not that young anymore. I’m also not poor anymore, and I live a comfortable middle-class American life. Most older, better off middle-classers like me got where we are through the dynamic market process. The trouble is, now that we’re doing pretty well, that same dynamic process is a threat. I don’t want some young whippersnapper or poor immigrant to outwork me. What if they succeed faster than I do? What if they create more value than I can, and so outcompete me for a job?" (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mee7og9

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“Three lost decades” — How the American middle class is 20% poorer now vs. 1984

A Lightning War for Liberty
by Michael Krieger

"Like so many other things in popular American culture, this quaint notion of a 'middle class' in the U.S. is at this point nothing more than a myth; a rapidly fading fantasy from a bygone era. As myself and many others have noted for quite some time, the decimation of the middle class began long ago. It really got started in the early 1970′s after Nixon defaulted on the gold standard and financialization began to take over the American economy. Median real wages haven’t increased since that time and the rest is history." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lqnmvpm

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Christianity, socialism and wealth creation

Acton Institute
by Brian Griffiths

"Throughout the years, the dominant social concern of Christian churches in the West was focused on the redistribution of income rather than the creation of wealth. Some form of socialism or social democracy was perceived as the inevitable outcome of taking seriously the teaching of Jesus in the Gospels concerning love of the poor. Thus, the Protestant theologian Paul Tillich declared that 'every serious Christian must be a socialist.' Likewise, many on the British left believed that 'Christianity is the religion of which socialism is the practice.' In policy terms, this translated into high taxation, an increasing government share of GDP, and the steady growth of the welfare state. Theologian and philosopher Michael Novak's great contribution -- and he was really the first to do so -- was to challenge this view, root and branch." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kbze86t

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Carbon rebates: Better than carbon regulations?

Reason
by Ronald Bailey

"Given that the bastards in Washington and various statehouses are going to 'do something' about climate, this proposal could be thought of as a least bad policy alternative policy. After all, our policymakers have already screwed up the economy with ethanol mandates, EPA coal regulations, CAFE standards, feed-in tariffs, renewable portfolio standards, tax credits for solar, wind, and electric cars, and on and on and on. So what about a deal? Get rid of all of those regulations, mandates and requirements in exchange for this straigtforward carbon dividend plan." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kdnjkwb

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The war on poverty and the war on drugs

Independent Institute
by Lonnie Holcombe

"As an apparently war-minded people, Americans (or at least, our American political leaders) have been comfortable framing parts of the domestic policy agenda as wars for decades. Two of the most prominent have been the War on Poverty and the War on Drugs. Despite the similarity in their names, there is an important difference between the two. The War on Poverty is not a real war. The War on Drugs is." (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lmz8bl5

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Mercantilist myths lead to the most bizarre conclusions

Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

"So your view is that, by artificially increasing the amount of valuable goods owned and enjoyed by foreigners (through a policy of paying foreigners to acquire goods made with scarce resources in America -- resources that would, in many instances, otherwise be used to produce goods for Americans to own and enjoy), Uncle Sam weakens foreign countries and strengthens America. How bizarre. Do you also, then, believe that Uncle Sam would strengthen foreign countries by, say, bombing their people’s homes?" (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/n7ttvvk

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Bitcoin’s undiscovered potential

Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Matt Powers

"A recent piece in American Banker magazine explores how Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can help the underprivileged, particularly the millions of unbanked people who do not have bank accounts. This is an area where digital currency could do much good. In fact, the online microfinancing platform Kiva has already begun a peer-to-peer service, known as Kiva Zip, whose model resembles some of the features in Bitcoin." (07/28/14)


http://cei.org/blog/bitcoin%E2%80%99s-undiscovered-potential

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Two realities

Everything Voluntary
by Norman Imberman

"Basically, there are two groups of people that exist in the world, when it comes to metaphysics and epistemology. The basic premises they maintain are at odds and determine how they conduct their lives and the conclusions they come to when it involves moral and political issues. They see reality differently -- one hundred eighty degrees of difference. This is an attempt to verbalize those reality differences." (07/29/14)


http://www.everything-voluntary.com/2014/07/two-realities.html

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Religious toleration versus religious freedom

Libertarianism.org
by

"George H. Smith distinguishes 'tolerating' religious difference from recognizing a genuine right to religious freedom." [Flash audio or MP3] (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ncm2cr8

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College: Not the be all, end all we’re led to believe

The Canal
by Gannon LeBlanc

"The average starting salary for the class of 2013 was $45,259 a year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. While such earnings are certainly enough to get by, a graduating member of the class of 2013 also owed an average of US$35,200 in student loans. Meanwhile, salary growth is only at 2.4 percent and barely keeping up with annual inflation of 2.1 percent. With these deflating facts in mind, young people need to start looking at themselves in the mirror and asking if college is what’s truly right for them." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lxqlhg5

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Old news

Cagle Post
by Mark Streeter

Cartoon. (07/29/14)


http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/old-news/

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Glacial melt and its politics

CounterPunch
by Robert Hunziker

"Congress may dawdle while climate change surges ahead, but the price to pay is already registering in glacial melt, which challenges the world’s food supply, electric power supply, drinking water, agricultural irrigation, seawater rise, and navigable commercial waterways. And, if that’s not enough, it’ll kill Alpine skiing." (07/30/14)


http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/30/glacial-melt-and-its-politics/

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The state’s greatest success story

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

"Amidst the endless series of disasters, debacles and crises produced by America’s welfare-warfare state, there is one huge success story that should not go unnoticed: the state’s educational system, specifically the extent to which the state has succeeded in indoctrinating so many Americans into believing they actually live in a free society." (07/30/14)


http://fff.org/2014/07/30/the-states-greatest-success-story/

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Bleeding heart minarchist eugenics

ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

"Want to reduce the size and scope of government? Just create a new bureaucracy that will snatch babies from the arms of unlicensed mothers. This is not a parody. This is actually being proposed by Andrew Cohen at BleedingHeartLibertarians.com. The article reads as though Stefan Molyneux had co authored it with Hillary Clinton. Cohen rightly points out that bad parenting is a rather serious problem. That bad parents can, and do, violate the rights of children, and that those children grow up to violate the rights of others. He then makes the leap to say that the solution to this problem is to make it a crime to raise a child without permission from government in the form of a license." (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pz2vhve

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Ethanol mandates go from bad to worse

Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon

"President Obama, and his administration, has enacted so many foolish and cost-increasing energy policies, it is easy to think that they are his purview alone. But in 2007, Republicans were just as guilty. Seeds were planted and a garden of bad legislation took root in a totally different energy environment. At the time, the growth seemed like something worthy of cultivation. However, what sprouted up more closely resembles a weed that needs to be yanked out." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mh99zr4

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A hundred years of war

Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory

"The worst regimes and cataclysms of the first half of the twentieth century had roots in the international war that began a hundred years ago today. It was the beginning of three decades of unspeakable suffering, what some scholars collectively call the hemocylsm -- World War I, the Soviet atrocities, World War II and its atrocities from the Holocaust to the atomic bombings. These terrors of course gave way to the Cold War, the fears of MAD, the mutually reinforcing cycle of violence between Islamic fundamentalism and Western imperialism." (07/28/14)


http://blog.independent.org/2014/07/28/a-hundred-years-of-war/

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America’s Game of Thrones

Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

"American politics is a real life Game of Thrones orchestrated by a cryptic self-serving ruling class of politicians, corporatists and bankster kingmakers. It's why libertarians loathe them all. Based on evidence from both the Left and Right media, Hillary Clinton is a stone cold psychopath who seeks personal power above all else. Her fellow narcissistic collaborator, Bill Clinton, is a master rationalizer driven by his own desires for power, wealth and ego gratification. Together they are codependent enablers." (07/29/14)


http://www.examiner.com/article/america-s-game-of-thrones

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Human smuggling “crackdown” a drop in an ocean of policy failure

The Canal
by Laura Weiss

"For the DHS to brag about capturing human traffickers is hypocritical at best. It is the United States’ own prohibitive migration policies and complicity in exacerbating the effects of the drug war that have resulted in the upsurge of human trafficking. This 'crackdown' barely addresses this problem, and will do nothing to change the inhumane legal immigration process. Coupled with the vicious drug war, this process forces thousands of people to cross the border in life-threatening, criminal conditions." (07/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lcumwz3

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Jaron Lanier, “intellectual property” and parasitism on the system of violence

Center for a Stateless Society
by William Gillis

"Over-35s seem to love nothing more than being told that the Internet — and the rapid cultural developments that have paralleled it — have been a terrible mistake with huge downsides that will surely doom us. And there’s no end to the opportunistic hacks lining up to dress this generational reactionary spasm as the contrarian voice of reason. We’re told that we need elites, that people talking about injustice in their own online communities has gone on long enough, that decentralized systems are surely too complicated to figure out, that Chelsea Manning and activists who care about a free Internet are a false front for the Koch brothers, et cetera. The arguments are inevitably as preposterous as they are haughtily presented. But Jaron Lanier’s recent declaration in the pages of Quartz really takes the cake." (07/29/14)


http://c4ss.org/content/29842

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Stop! Thief! Stop!

LewRockwell.com
by Anne Williamson

"Kiev’s hastily assembled, post-coup coalitions couldn’t hold, and Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk threw in the towel last Thursday. On his way out, news stories said, the PM expressed his 'disappointment with Ukrainian parliament's decision to reject a bill that allows the government to hand over up to 49 percent of the country's gas transport system to investors from the European Union and the United States.' In other words, what the U.S. and the E.U. have got themselves up to in Ukraine isn’t so much a demented, madhouse mirror set of policies built on bluster and gross deceit as it is a high-powered burglary." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kzbxdvd

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Marijuana prohibition doesn’t work

San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders

"The New York Times has seen the light. On Sunday, the paper editorialized in favor of an end to the federal ban on marijuana. According to Tony Newman of the Drug Policy Alliance, the Gray Lady has become the first major national newspaper to support legalizing marijuana. The Times did not celebrate marijuana use; it simply addressed the downside of prohibition: 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, with a disproportionate representation of young black men. The editorial also laid out a rational view of marijuana. ... Apparently, it took marijuana to get Democrats to find a policy area that states should decide." [editor's note: Oh, snap! Get 'em, Debra J.! Any time you can show how hypocritical the Ds are on civil liberties, brava! - SAT] (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kzvkdzz

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Making money shouldn’t be the purpose of a college education

The New Republic
by David A. Bell

"As a Princeton professor, I really ought to love college rankings. The most famous of them, by U.S. News and World Report, currently places my employer first among national universities, nudging out Harvard and Yale. Forbes’s list of 'America’s Top Colleges' has us at a respectable third. While Money’s brand-new 'Best Colleges' ranking takes us down a notch to fourth, it still puts us ahead of the other Ivies. Go, Tigers! In fact, as with most of my colleagues, what was once mild amusement at this Game of Lists is fast turning into serious annoyance." [editor's note: I fully agree, it should not be the ONLY purpose of one! In my case, it sure wasn't ... - SAT] [additional editor's note: What's this thing about choosing other people's purposes for them? - TLK] (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kx4ubx9

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Is immigration control unconstitutional?

Downsize DC
by James Wilson

"Do you support the Constitution? Most of our readers do. They want its plain spoken words followed. They believe the Ninth and Tenth amendments limit federal powers to those specifically listed. This is called the Enumerated Powers Doctrine. But ... When it comes to immigrants, the Constitution only gives Congress the power to make rules for their naturalization. Naturalization is the process whereby a person becomes a citizen. But there's no enumerated power to restrict travel." [editor's note: I've been harping on that for awhile ... nice to see Downsize DC taking up the cudgel! - TLK] (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mav6hwk

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In turbulent Iraq, children bear the brunt of war

Antiwar.com
by Chau Ngo

"Iraq has now become one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a child. UNAMI said it has also documented 'systematic and egregious violations' by the Islamic State against children, including sexual violence and rape, killing and physical violence, forced recruitment. The newly reported violence and casualties are the continuation of children’s suffering in Iraq in the past decade. More than 7,800 civilians were killed last year, the highest since the U.N. started a systematic count of civilian casualties in the country in 2008, according to a UN report." (07/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/qdnpyhy

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The problem with both “pro-Israel” & “anti-Israel”

The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

"In a typically thoughtful piece today, Jonathan Chait explains why he has 'grown less pro-Israel over the last decade.' I want to push back on this a bit, not because I disagree with any of the particular points Chait makes, but because of the broad framing. The idea of 'pro-Israel,' like its mirror 'anti-Israel,' is the enemy of rational thought and debate on this topic. Unless you're talking about whom you're rooting for in the Olympics, talking about who's pro-Israel and who isn't, and to what degree, almost never helps illuminate anything." [editor's note: Not until you at least separate "antisemitic" from "anti-imperialist" ... - SAT] (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kn3mxu8

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Conservatives would do well to resurrect Ronald Reagan’s Middle East policy

Cato Institute
by Gene Healy

"It's not obvious that channelling a president who left office more than a quarter century ago is the best way for Republicans to craft sound policy for the 21st century Middle East. But if you think the Reagan legacy holds lessons for today, why not start with a question we can actually answer, like: 'WDRD?' -- that is, 'what did Reagan do' in the region? The man had a record, after all -- and when you look at that record, it’s obvious that most of today’s conservatives, [Texas governor Rick] Perry included, would hate Reagan’s Middle East policies." (07/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ng86znc

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Astoundingly legal corporate tax thievery

Our Future
by Jim Hightower

"Did you scramble to get your taxes done this year at the last minute? Yeah, me too. I really didn’t mind paying what I owe -- but I hate having to pay the taxes owed by the likes of JPMorgan Chase, ExxonMobil, and Amazon. They’re just a few of the astonishingly profitable corporations adept at minimizing their tax tabs. That shifts more of the cost of everything from the military to national parks onto our shoulders." [editor's note: Aside from ignoring the simple fact that corporations don't pay taxes, their customers do ... this is a pretty good analysis - SAT] (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/moh9a8g

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Jason Ditz on The Scott Horton Show

The Scott Horton Show
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"Jason Ditz, editor at Antiwar.com, discusses President Obama’s efforts to change the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) so he can dramatically broaden the war on terror." [Flash audio or MP3] (07/28/14)


http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/07/28/072814-jason-ditz/

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How partisanship could save Iran diplomacy

The Nation
by Ali Gharib

"Over the past two weeks, on the heels of an announced extension to nuclear talks with Iran, Republicans in the Senate introduced two measures that could erect obstacles in reaching and implementing a final agreement with the Islamic Republic. One of the efforts, led by Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, would mandate congressional approval before a nuclear deal could be struck. Another, spearheaded by the Senate’s most ferocious Iran hawk, Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, would strip President Barack Obama of his ability to waive Iran sanctions -- something the president might need to do in order to hold up the American end of the bargain and give Iran relief. What’s most notable about these efforts, however, is their distinctly Republican nature. Both are co-sponsored by a bevy of GOP hawks, with no Democrats having yet signed on." (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/k2s7asb

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Oliver, Chappelle & Rock: Hard truths

Reuters
by Chloe Angyal

"Until a few weeks ago, I’d met very few Americans who could name the prime minister of my homeland, Australia. But that was before John Oliver’s show Last Week Tonight, on HBO, ran a short segment about him. Suddenly, Americans I met were joking about Tony Abbott, the social conservative best known for being photographed in Speedos and telling people to vote for him because his daughters are so good-looking. Oliver’s recurring segment, 'Other Countries’ Presidents of the United States,' profiles various world leaders (France’s Francois Hollande has also received the Oliver treatment) and handles them with the same comic contempt with which the show treats American politicians." (07/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kakkww4

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