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UN’s Pillay: “Strong possibility” of war crimes in Gaza, Israel

Deutsche Welle [Germany]

"Israel's airstrikes and military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes, the UN's high commissioner for human rights said in Geneva on Wednesday. Navi Pillay cited cases of Israeli airstrikes or shelling hitting houses and hospitals in Gaza. ... The indiscriminate nature of Hamas rocket fire, Pillay said, also clearly went against principles of distinction and precaution when identifying military targets. (07/23/14)


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Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine

Detroit News

"Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, bringing some consolation to grieving relatives who still must wait for positive identifications and answers about who caused the disaster. The Dutch government declared a day of national mourning as the country prepared for the arrival of the first bodies in the afternoon. The crash on Thursday killed all 298 people -- most of them Dutch citizens -- aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17." (07/23/14)


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China: Parts of city sealed for bubonic plague

ABC News

"Parts of a northern Chinese city have been quarantined after state media said a man there died of bubonic plague. China's official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday that 151 people were under observation in the city of Yumen in Gansu province after authorities determined they had come in contact with a man who died of the plague July 16. Investigators believe the man contracted the bacterial infection after contact with a marmot, Xinhua said." (07/23/14)


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Iraq: At least 21 dead in checkpoint car bombing

Iron Mountain Daily News

"A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in the Iraqi capital killing 21 people, including more than a dozen civilians en route to a Shiite shrine in the final days of the Islamic holy month. At least 13 people killed in the attack were civilians, according to police and hospital officials. At least 35 people were wounded -- more than half of them civilians." (07/22/14)


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Afghanistan: Six suicide bombers blown up by own explosives

The Peninsula Online [Qatar]

"At least six suicide bombers were killed in a premature explosion in eastern Logar province of Afghanistan. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement Wednesday that the incident took place in Pul-e-Alam, the provincial capital of Logar province. The MoI said the suicide bombers were looking to transport the suicide bombing vests in Pul-e-Alam city when the incident took place, according to the Afghavn (Khaama Press)." (07/23/14)


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NYC: Cops express anger at public reaction to Garner murder

USA Today

"Members of Internet sites that allow law enforcement to air out issues are expressing outrage and offense over public reaction to last week's death of a New York City man after police administered a chokehold, which is against police department policy. Saying that Eric Garner was overweight at 350-400 pounds and battling asthma, many posters on the sites TheeRant and PoliceOne.com said the Staten Island father and husband brought his death last Thursday upon himself."


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CA: Santa Clara water board unanimously votes for “water cops”

Contra Costa Times

"The Santa Clara Valley Water District voted Tuesday to hire up to 10 conservation staff members to aid water-saving measures during one of the worst droughts in California's history. Referred to by some as 'water cops' -- though they will not issue tickets or collect fines for the time being -- the new staff members will work in communities throughout Santa Clara County to educate those who are not making every effort possible to reduce their use of water, be it in their gardens or in their homes or businesses. The new hires are expected to cost the district about $500,000." (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/noz4zf4

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Ecuador: Physician detained for defaming president

ABC News

"Authorities in Ecuador say prominent physician Carlos Figueroa has been detained near Quito and sent to prison to serve a six-month sentence for defaming President Rafael Correa. The arrest was confirmed Tuesday on the Interior Ministry's Twitter account." (07/22/14)


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Petty: “No one’s got Christ more wrong than the Christians”

Raw Story

"Veteran rocker Tom Petty isn’t pulling any punches with his new song 'Playing Dumb.' In an interview with Billboard magazine, Petty said that he wrote the song about the decades of child sex abuse in the Catholic church and the elaborate lengths that priests and their leaders have gone to cover up the crimes. 'I’m fine with whatever religion you want to have,' Petty said, 'but it can’t tell anybody it’s OK to kill people, and it can’t abuse children systematically for God knows how many years.' Petty went on to say that he doesn’t understand why people continue to donate to the church, which has paid out millions of dollars in legal settlements to the victims of child-molesting priests." (07/22/14)


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Google, IEEE launch $1 million “Little Box” power inverter challenge

ZDNet

"Google is offering $1 million for you to come up with a solution to transform a power inverter into something suitable for home use. ... Google wants someone to build a kW-scale inverter with a power density greater than 50W per cubic inch. In return, the tech giant and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Power Electronics Society will give you $1 million as a reward." (07/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m3yues8

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Iraq: 100 candidates vie for presidency in sign system is out of control

Macon Telegraph

"Iraq’s parliament will meet Wednesday to elect a new president, a crucial step toward naming a new prime minister and government, but questions are growing about whether anyone can save the country after the collapse of its army and the loss of as much as half its territory to the radical Islamic State. In a sign of the erosion of political order, 100 people are competing in Wednesday’s vote -- for a post whose occupant in past years was determined in advance by the top power brokers." (07/22/14)


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TN restaurant owner: “Business exploded” since welcoming guns

Fox News

"A Tennessee restaurant owner has placed a sign in the window of her business welcoming gun owners -- a move she says has brought in more customers and saved her business from closing. Shiloh Brew and Chew owner Sharma Floyd says put up the sign after seeing a news account of a business being robbed after posting a sign saying guns were not allowed in the building. The Maryville restaurant owner opted to go in the opposite direction." (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/l2e6cvk

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ND: Race for agriculture commissioner “all about oil”

Reuters

"North Dakota's biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state's agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines. With a legislature that meets only every two years, North Dakota has given an unusual amount of power to the agriculture commissioner and two other members of the state's Industrial Commission, charging the triumvirate with oversight of permitting and other issues critical to the oil industry, which hopes to drill 35,000 new wells within 15 years. North Dakota produces 1 million barrels of oil each day -- more than any state except Texas and even some OPEC members." (07/22/14)


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Appeals courts split on whether ObamaCare subsidies are legal

The Hill

"A pair of federal appeals courts delivered conflicting rulings Tuesday on ObamaCare, putting the law’s premium subsidies at risk in more than two dozen states. In the first decision, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 decision that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not permit the IRS to distribute premium subsidies in the federal ObamaCare exchange, meaning those consumers must bear the full cost of their insurance. ... Hours later, a separate appeals court came to a far different conclusion in King v. Burwell, ruling that the IRS had the discretion to issue subsidies given 'ambiguity' in the language of the law." (07/22/14)


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YouTube star Michelle Phan sued over copyright

BBC News [UK state media]

"A leading YouTube entrepreneur is facing legal action for alleged copyright infringement in her videos. Ultra Records, which has musicians Kaskade, deadmau5 and Calvin Harris on its books, is suing Michelle Phan. The label and its publishing arm claim she has used about 50 of their songs without permission in her YouTube videos and on her own website. But one of the artists whose work she is alleged to have used has said he supports Ms Phan." (07/22/14)


http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28418449

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EU readies possible capital, tech sanctions on Russia

Yahoo! News

"The European Union threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine that could inflict wider damage on its economy following the downing of a Malaysian airliner, but it delayed action for a few days. Efforts to forge a united front were hampered by a French announcement that the planned delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead despite U.S. and British pleas to halt it. At a meeting in Brussels, EU foreign ministers for the first time raised the possibility of restricting Russian access to European capital markets, defence and energy technology, asking the executive European Commission to draft proposals this week." (07/22/14)


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Judge: Google must face frivolous lawsuit from irresponsible parent(s)

Reuters

"Google Inc must face a class action lawsuit filed by a U.S. woman whose son had bought online videogame items without her consent, a federal judge ruled late on Monday as he turned down the company's request to dismiss the action. ...In the lawsuit, the parent said she had created a Google Play account for her Samsung Galaxy tablet and connected it to her debit card. She then used her password to download and pay for a 99-cent game known as 'Marvel Run Jump Smash.' But her password remained open for 30 minutes after the download and during that time, her child, whose age was not disclosed, racked up $65.95 in purchases within apps, the lawsuit said." (07/22/14)


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PA: Man shoots two intruders, kills one

WTAE News

"Two men who allegedly forced their way into an apartment overnight were shot by a person who lives there, and one of them was killed, authorities said. ... Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said two men entered the first-floor apartment with guns and fired shots into the residence before pushing the tenant from the living room into the bedroom and saying, 'We want your stuff.' The 19-year-old man who lives in the apartment with his 17-year-old girlfriend grabbed a shotgun that he keeps in his bedroom and fired three shots, striking both of the alleged intruders, Toler said." (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lhrsyjp

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LA: Common Core supporters sue Jindal

ABC News

"Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards are suing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says the Republican governor and his Division of Administration 'have sown chaos in the education system' and violated the Louisiana Constitution by issuing a series of executive orders aimed at undermining Common Core." (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ldmj4ha

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FAA to US airlines: Don’t fly to Tel Aviv

San Francisco Chronicle

"The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines Tuesday they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby. The ban began 12:15 p.m. EST on Tuesday, the agency said in a statement. 'Due to the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza, all flight operations to/from Ben Gurion International Airport by U.S. operators are prohibited until further advised,' the FAA said in its notice to airlines. The rocket strike landed about one mile from the airport." (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lxg2w5u

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Gaza: Death toll rises as truce effort intensifies

ABC News

"A high-level attempt by the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start Monday: Gaza's Hamas rulers signaled they won't agree to an unconditional cease-fire, Israel's prime minister said he'll do whatever is necessary to keep Israelis safe from Hamas attacks and the overall Palestinian death toll surpassed 560." (07/21/14)


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TX: Perry plans border security theater production with cast of 1,000 National Guard troops

Fox News

"Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally. ... He rejected suggestions that Texas was militarizing local communities by putting National Guard troops on the ground or that crime data along the border doesn't justify additional resources. The deployment will cost Texas an estimated $12 million a month." (07/21/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kqaouaz

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Philippines: Army says 18 killed in rebel clashes

Northwest Indiana Times

"Breakaway Muslim rebels attacked army troops in two towns in the southern Philippines, sparking clashes that left 17 guerrillas and a soldier dead in a region where the government and the main Muslim rebel group were to enforce a new peace deal. Regional military spokesman Col. Dickson Hermoso said Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement fighters assaulted the soldiers in two adjacent towns in Maguindanao province Monday, prompting government forces to retaliate in fighting that also wounded three soldiers." (07/21/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kwalk2y

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Iraq: Ten killed in airstrike north of Baghdad

The News International [Pakistan]

"Ten people were killed, including a mother and three children, in a government air strike on a militant-controlled town north of Baghdad on Monday, hospital sources and witnesses said. The attack targeted the town of Hawija, 230-km from the capital, which is controlled by Muslim insurgents from the Islamic State and other groups opposed to Iraq’s government." (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kbwqxc5

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Afghanistan: Suicide blast kills four

Deutsche Welle [Germany]

"An explosion near Kabul International Airport has killed four people, including three foreign advisers. Police said a counter-narcotics department was the target. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Police said the explosion in central Kabul on Tuesday killed at least four people close to the capital's civilian and military airport." (07/22/14)


http://www.dw.de/suicide-blast-near-kabul-airport/a-17799298

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Commentary



Are we sliding into Idiocracy?

Adam Smith Institute
by Ben Southwood

"[Idiocracy is] a fairly enjoyable film on its own merits, but the interesting question is whether it says anything about the real world we live in. Arguably it does. Behavioural genetics tells us, as the film suggests, that intelligence is 50-90% driven by genes. And the extent to which intelligence is linked to genes increases through life (suggesting the impact of school & upbringing wears off quickly). This is true for any given socioeconomic class (unless they are exposed to lots of lead pollution or malnutrition or similar big negative environmental shocks). This is true across the world." (07/23/14)


http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/education/are-we-sliding-into-idiocracy/

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Beyond left and right

EconLog
by Scott Sumner

"Is British public policy more left wing or right wing, compared to Scandinavian countries like Sweden and Denmark? The Heritage rankings suggest they are about the same, with Denmark coming in at number 10 in the world (at 76.1), Britain number 14 (at 74.9), and Sweden number 20 (at 73.1). And yet the two models differ in many respects." (07/23/14)


http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/07/beyond_left_and.html

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The economics of liberation theology

Acton Institute
by Carroll Rios De Rodriguez

"How did dependency theory with its socialist-like proposals to solve poverty and the Marxist influence on liberation theology fuse together? One often hears disclaimers to the fact that not all dependency and liberationist writings were Marxist. This is of course true. Novak himself argued that 'liberation theology forms a tapestry much broader than its Marxist part and is woven of many colors.' It is worth stating that the work of carefully distinguishing between the various theoretical foundations suited to liberation theology, as Novak and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) did at the time, is not the same as trivializing the broader Marxist influences. There are some subtle differences between the Ratzinger-Novak caveat and other claims concerning the impact of Marxism." (07/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m2q2pbz

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The new meaning of “isolationism”

Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

"The recent rash of attacks on 'isolationism' by leading Republican warmongers is doing nothing but making us isolationists more popular than ever -- and is turning what is supposed to be a marginalizing epithet into a compliment and a political asset for politicians like Sen. Paul. I have news for the Majority Leader: Americans want to be isolated from the violence and chaos of a wacked-out world. Not only that, but they resist the superior 'wisdom' of Washington know-it-alls who say such a policy is neither practical nor possible." (07/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mkcmny6

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How “crazy negroes” with guns helped kill Jim Crow

Reason
by Thaddeus Russell

"I have a dream that one day children in seventh grade will have an American history textbook that is not like my son's. Its heroes will not just be people from the past who upheld the middle-class values of modesty, chastity, sobriety, thrift, and industry. The rebels it celebrates will include not only abolitionists, suffragists, labor unionists, and civil rights leaders who confined their protests to peaceful and respectable writing, speaking, striking, and marching. In my dream, schoolchildren will read about people like C.O. Chinn. Chinn was a black man in Canton, Mississippi, who in the 1960s owned a farm, a rhythm and blues nightclub, a bootlegging operation, and a large collection of pistols, rifles, and shotguns with which he threatened local Klansmen and police when they attempted to encroach on his businesses or intimidate civil rights activists working to desegregate Canton and register black residents to vote." (for publication 08/14)


http://reason.com/archives/2014/07/22/how-crazy-negroes-with-guns-he

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An abortion act that’s fast-tracked to nowhere

The Hill
by Wendy McElroy

"Senate Democrats wish to eliminate almost every legislative gain made on the state level by pro-life activists in recent years. But the bill they propose as a solution is an attempt to federalize abortion and an unconstitutional attack on states' rights. It is also doomed to fail except, of course, in the goal of rousing the Democratic voting blocks of liberals and women." (07/21/14)


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ISIS: Yes, Mr. Blair, you did build this

Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

"Last month, in a tone which might best be called unlikely insistence, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair reassured the public that 'we' -- the UK and United States -- 'have to liberate ourselves from the notion that we caused' the destabilization of Iraq by the ISIS insurgency. Well, actually you did." (07/21/14)


http://c4ss.org/content/29482

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Tax inversion freedom vs. fiscal Berlin Wall

The Daily Bell
by Richard Ebeling

"The Obama Administration has proposed its latest form of collectivist control over the American people. In a letter to Congress, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has called for punishment and prohibition of any company that tries to move its headquarters overseas to avoid higher taxes in the United States. Plus, Mr. Lew has the audacity to call his proposed territorial imprisonment of American business 'economic patriotism.'" (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/jvrbpru

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Blood, treasure and soul: The exorbitant price of the American empire

Come Home America
by Mike Marion

"It is probably safe to assume that most Americans do not think of their country as an empire. As a conservative in my younger years, I might have even labeled the suggestion as anti-American, rationalizing to myself: Sure, we may have strategic military bases around the world and we may use force at times, but it is only for benevolent purposes. We get the bad guys, give the country back to the good guys, and we leave. The US does not try to rule the world. I was wrong." (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pugafwa

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Should doctors and dentists regulate their competitors?

National Center for Policy Analysis
by Devon M. Herrick

"Medical licensure and the state medical boards that govern the practice of medicine within each state has often been described as a self-regulating cartel. Nobel laureate Milton Friedman and many other economists have argued state licensure restricts the supply of physicians and stifles competition. Medical licensure is purportedly maintained for the protection of the public. But, what should be done when, while in the process of protecting the public from providers of dubious quality, the industry also protects itself from competition?" (07/21/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mrf52fk

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Rand Paul: Less government, more sharing economy

San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders

"Who will be the GOP nominee in 2016? I don't know, but I have a pretty good idea who the running mate will be: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Unless Paul is the nominee. A new NBC/Marist poll found Paul would be the top GOP vote-getter against Hillary Rodham Clinton in the critical early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Political reporter Chuck Todd duly has proclaimed Paul the Republican front-runner. So I had to see the libertarian-leaning darling Saturday." [editor's note: Been kinda waiting for Ms. Saunders (who's more libertarian than GOPservative, despite her claims to the contrary?) to assess this one ... - SAT] (07/21/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m8rctzm

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Why Putin’s proxy war is an abject failure

Cato Institute
by Christopher A. Preble

"Vladimir Putin is having a bad week. Someone among the pro-Russian groups in Eastern Ukraine that he has been supporting is likely responsible for the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 with 298 innocent civilians onboard. The grim details that have emerged since Thursday have merely added to his shame. Putin’s response, so far, has been to 1) ostentatiously mourn the tragic loss of life, 2) deflect attention, and 3) obfuscate. It isn’t working." (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lgob8ag

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Have you done your “anarchist calisthenics” today?

LewRockwell.com
by Robert Wenzel

"Quiet, unassuming, quotidian insubordination, because it usually flies below the archival radar, waves no banners, has no officeholders, writes no manifestos and has no permanent organizations, escapes notice. And that's what the practitioners of these forms of subaltern politics have in mind: to escape notice, You could say that historically, the goal of peasants and subaltern classes has been to stay out of the archives ... More regimes have been brought piecemeal, to their knees by what was once called 'Irish democracy,' the silent, dogged resistance, withdrawal, and truculence of millions of ordinary people, than by revolutionary vanguards or rioting mobs ..." (07/23/14)


http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/07/robert-wenzel/anarcho-calisthenics/

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Gold as an inflation hedge

Liberty Chat
by Robert P. Murphy

"When he’s not bashing Austrian economics, economist Noah Smith likes to mock the allegedly paranoid contributors to ZeroHedge. For example, in a recent post at Bloomberg, Smith argued that the goldbugs were full of it and that the yellow metal offered poor protection against an irresponsible Federal Reserve. In this post I’ll explain the actual case for gold, because plenty of people (not just Noah Smith) seem to think its virtues have been exaggerated." (07/22/14)


http://www.libertychat.com/2014/07/gold-inflation-hedge-robert-murphy/

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How Silicon Valley millionaires stole progressivism

The Nation
by Zelda Bronstein

"On a Saturday afternoon in early February, more than 600 residents of San Francisco gathered at the Tenderloin Elementary School for a citywide tenants’ convention. The attendees (an eclectic mix of old and young, veteran activists and political newcomers) came from neighborhoods all over town. They joined together to fight the soaring rents and mounting evictions that have accompanied the tech incursion into San Francisco, and that are threatening to turn a city famed for its inclusive, liberal character into an enclave of wealth and privilege." [editor's note: What? Somebody has co-opted a movement -- just as the socialists co-opted the peace effort some 40-50 years ago? I am truly shocked - SAT] (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pj8dz9e

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The death of empires

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Martin Morse Wooster

"At its zenith under the rule of Emperor Trajan (ruled AD 98–117), the Roman Empire was the largest free-trade zone ever created. Moreover, the empire had two hidden strengths: cities were ruled with a light hand and were largely self-governing without interference from distant authorities; and the chief Roman coin, the mostly silver denarius, was a trusted piece of sound money whose worth was unchanged from one generation to the next. But Roman decline, Hubbard and Kane observe, was due to 'an ongoing inability to match its fiscal outlays with available revenues. ...'" (07/22/14)


http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-death-of-empires/

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Politics online: All tweet and no light

spiked
by Patrick West

"As anyone who has tried to have a sensible discussion on Twitter, or who has trawled through the sometimes deranged comments under political blogs, will testify: the internet as a forum for political discussion isn’t always a happy or useful place. On social media, it’s hardly ever. Last week’s events, what with Michael Gove’s exit from his education post in the Cabinet and reaction to Israel’s behaviour in Gaza, have once more showed why." (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/k7qq7aa

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Note to TW stockholders: Listen to Murdoch’s muzzled minorities

Reuters
by Rob Cox

"Time Warner shareholders pondering whether to surrender to Rupert Murdoch would be well advised to listen to the media mogul’s muzzled minorities. Most Twenty-First Century Fox believers are relegated to owning non-voting stock in the entertainment conglomerate, the same second-tier paper on offer as part of the $80 billion takeover bid for the owner of HBO, CNN and Warner Bros. studios. Despite broad investor overlap in the two companies, the record shows a clear distaste for Murdoch’s imperialism." (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m27t257

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Worshiping at the Churchstate … or is it the Statechurch?

Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"The State -- by which I mean the bad guys who try to control your life while claiming they are 'government' -- has used religion as a tool, a wedge, against people like you and me for as long as there has been both church and state. Rulers figured out they could do all sorts of horrible things to individuals and, as long as the violations were what religious people thought their church and/or deity wanted, they faced no serious opposition." (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/puv6ydx

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Walking the red light district

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Cathy Reisenwitz

"On the last day of my recent trip to Germany, I’d wanted to check out Deutschland’s brothels. The focus of my writing on sex work has been U.S.-centric thus far. So I wanted to speak to someone participating in sex work in a country where it’s legal. I was running out of time and euros, but it just so happened that the quickest route to my hotel after drinks with locals included an area known for its ladies of the night." (07/22/14)


http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/walking-the-red-light-district

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“Prize grants” or patents for pharmaceutical innovation?

Independent Institute
by John R. Graham

"Pharmaceutical enterprises are corporate bureaucracies that blend R&D functions with sales and marketing, regulatory affairs, government relations, and other non-research functions. Licensing can overcome some of the managerial diseconomies of scope in such an organization. However, if there were a new system of pharmaceutical innovation that would allow more specialization in R&D versus other functions, that would be an exceedingly beneficial public-policy achievement." (07/21/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nvpd4gq

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What price are YOU now charging to supply the drug?

Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

"Thanks for alerting me to Joe Nocera’s article on the cystic-fibrosis wonder drug Kalydeco -- a drug that now costs each patient more than $300,000 annually .... You ask how my 'free market principles justify a private business charging sick people this extortionate price.' While admitting that this price is unusually high .... let me answer your question by first asking some of my own. How much would each person suffering from cystic fibrosis have to pay you to devote the time and resources necessary for you to supply him or her with a drug such as Kalydeco?" (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/q9f5bv9

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A brief history of progressivism

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Andrew Syrios

"Assuming progress is one way and reaction the other is a kind of two-dimensional thinking that breaks down very quickly. For example, the progressives of the early twentieth century generally believed things that would abhor progressives of today. Those progressives were the ones who rammed through Prohibition against those 'economic conservatives who ... pushed so hard for repeal' as historian Daniel Okrent put it. The famous progressive William Jennings Bryan was a staunch supporter of Prohibition." (07/22/14)


http://mises.org/daily/6819/A-Brief-History-of-Progressivism

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Eric Margolis on The Scott Horton Show

The Scott Horton Show
by

"Eric Margolis, author of American Raj, discusses Israel’s slaughter of Palestinian civilians in another 'mowing the lawn' operation, and Israel’s role in creating Hamas in the first place." [Flash audio or MP3] (07/22/14)


http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/07/21/072114-eric-margolis/

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Let’s get our politics above the snake line

Our Future
by Dave Johnson

"We’ve got to make our way to higher ground. We’ve got to get our politics above the snake line. People came to Netroots Nation to see Senator Elizabeth Warren speak, and discovered Rev. William Barber when they got here. If you are not yet tuned in to Rev. Barber you absolutely have to watch this speech (or a speech the prior week, at the American Federation of Teachers convention; I actually recommend watching both. After you watch this you will want to watch the other.)" (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/krl3rmz

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9/11 Commission: 10th anniversary of a bootlicking national disgrace

JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard

"Ten years ago, the 9/11 Commission released its report on the challenges to the nation. Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, the chairman and vice chairman of the commission, have a platitude-laden piece this morning in USA Today: 'The 'generational challenge' against terrorism we anticipated 10 years ago has entered a new and dangerous phase. America cannot afford to let down its guard.' But the 9/11 Commission let down its guard for the American people long before they issued their final report." (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nucoqrs

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The Federal Reserve overreaches

Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray

"Is the Federal Reserve after your debit and credit cards? In a move little noticed except by those in the payments industry, the Federal Reserve last fall issued a consultation document about 'payment system improvement.' This suggests a desire by the Fed to introduce a new payments system, ostensibly to allow faster payments and reduce transaction costs. The Fed worries that other countries have moved ahead of the U.S. in payments efficiency, but their suggestion might mean that the central bank will compete with the entities it regulates." (07/21/14)


http://cei.org/content/federal-reserve-overreaches

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A few notes on utilitarianism

EconLog
by Scott Sumner

"The hypotheticals where utilitarianism seems to give the wrong answer are based on the fact that our moral intuitions evolved under very different circumstances. For instance, organ transplant was not possible until recently. On the other hand, warfare was already well understood in ancient times. Thus we are willing to force 1000s of young men to die on the beaches of Normandy for the benefit of the folks back home, but we are not willing to require organ transplants that might pass a cost/benefit test. This moral repugnance is based on a sort of cognitive illusion." (07/21/14)


http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/07/a_few_notes_on.html

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The birth control manipulation

Liberty Chat
by "libertarian James"

"A few days ago, democrats tried to pass a law that would overturn Burwell V. Hobby Lobby by forcing employers to cover birth control. Does anyone else see the problem? The Supreme Court just ruled that this very principle is unconstitutional. Do the democrats really not understand how our system of government works? I’m certain some don’t, but the real reason this bill was proposed -- even though democrats knew it wouldn’t get anywhere -- was to agitate their supporters in what has become a massive manipulation surrounding 'the pill.'" (07/21/14)


http://www.libertychat.com/2014/07/birth-control-manipulation/

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Glazed over

The Libertarian Enterprise
by CD Michel

"No matter how you spin it, the 'mismatch' between gun banning policies and solutions to gun violence remains an admission of abject failure. And significantly, it's a failure based on the public dismissing their policy prevarications as ineffective." (07/20/14)


http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle780-20140720-04.html

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Are the media reporting the Gaza war fairly?

The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

"Are the media finally getting the Israeli-Palestinian story right? It's a difficult question to answer, particularly when it would be hard to agree on what 'right' means. But it does look like we're seeing and hearing more about what's happening to Palestinian civilians than we have in previous flare-ups of this endless conflict. That's what Benjamin Wallace-Wells argues in a piece saying that Israel is losing the PR war in the American media." (07/21/14)


http://prospect.org/article/are-media-reporting-gaza-war-fairly

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The comforts of blame

CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark

"What MH17 reveals is that the Cold War allusions, the secrecy dogmas, and the desire to make abundant hay from the information battles, has emptied the deaths of the victims of poignancy and reflective grief. A cruel atmosphere prevails, and it is proving toxic."


http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/22/the-comforts-of-blame/

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The threat to the scientific method

Cato Institute
by Patrick J. Michaels

"At the end of World War II, President Roosevelt asked Vannevar Bush, who oversaw the explosively successful Manhattan Project, if there was a way that the horde of scientists recruited to produce The Bomb could somehow be kept in government employment. Within eight months, Bush sketched out a blueprint in which the Universities, not the government, would be the employers, but that the pay, either for faculty or for hired researchers, would actually originate from federal science agencies, cabinet departments, or the clandestines. The consequences were obvious." (07/21/14)


http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/threat-scientific-method

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All aboard for net neutrality

In These Times
by Cole Stangler

"The future of net neutrality (the idea that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should treat all content equally) has never been so uncertain. In the absence of new federal action, telecom behemoths like Verizon and Comcast could soon ask deep-pocketed websites to pony up for speedier delivery of their content, leaving everyone else in the dust. Smaller sites could suffer from frustratingly slow loading speeds. Technically, there’s nothing on the books to stop this." (07/22/14)


http://inthesetimes.com/article/16935/all_aboard_for_net_neutrality

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Ahhrgh! Terror! The robots are coming to take our jobs!

Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

"We’ve another one of those little horror stories that the robots are coming to take all our jobs. This is a follow up, concerning Europe, on a US report that decided that near half of all jobs could simply disappear to the robots (who are coming to take all our jobs, recall) in the next couple of decades. Sadly, both reports fail to note one obvious and simple fact ..." (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/myen8jj

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EPA clean power plan? The market has it covered

The Canal
by Pierre-Guy Veer

"About a month ago, the Obama Administration published its Clean Power Plan, which aims at cutting carbon emissions from the electric power sector by 30 percent below the 2005 levels. In addition, the plan aims at reducing pollution that creates soot and smog by over 25 percent by the year 2030. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) argues that these reductions will lead to public health and climate benefits worth an estimated US$55 billion to $93 billion in 2030, while also maintaining an affordable and reliable energy system. The EPA claims the plan’s implementation will prevent 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks in children. Despite these laudable goals, there is one question that is worth asking: are these claims realistic?" (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nlp6f2e

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Measured responses in Israel-Gaza conflict

Cagle Post
by Dave Granlund

Cartoon. (07/21/14)


http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/israel-vs-gaza/

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Dirty dealing to pass the Internet Tax Mandate this week?

Campaign for Liberty
by Norm Singleton

"Unless you act NOW, the National Internet Tax Mandate could sail through the Senate this week! You see, Campaign for Liberty members have been so successful in keeping the National Internet Tax Mandate from even being considered by the U.S. House that the powerful interests behind it are being forced to 'get creative.' Now, a 'bipartisan' group of Senators -- led by Big Government Republican Lamar Alexander and acting on behalf of pro-Mandate special interests -- is working with Harry Reid to ram the Mandate into law by attaching it to legislation preventing governments from taxing you whenever you go online!" (07/21/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mjpw422

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When privatization isn’t privatization

Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

"Joe Kent, a Hawaiian Libertarian running for US Congress, recently wrote a glowing report for the International Society for Individual Liberty on a town that privatized 'everything.' In 2005 Sandy Springs, Georgia hired a private company that now runs virtually every function of city government except police and fire. The town is 'run very efficiently' and most people 'are happy with the change.' But this isn't privatization by libertarian standards. It's what even Kent admits is 'outsourcing,' or even worse, 'the public private partnership platform.'" (07/21/14)


http://www.examiner.com/article/when-privatization-isn-t-privatization

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How Bitcoin can stop war

Antiwar.com
by Roger Ver

"[W]hat has me so incredibly excited about Bitcoin, is it’ll prevent governments from being able to just print money at will and then use that to buy tanks and guns and bombs to murder people around the world. And so I see a world in which everybody is using Bitcoin and interacting with each other on a voluntary basis as just a much, much, much happier and peaceful and safer world for every single human being on the planet. And when I realized that Bitcoin has the potential that to become the currency used all around the world, and would have the ability to basically undermine every government on the entire planet’s ability to wage war, I knew I had to get involved and start promoting Bitcoin full-time." (07/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/o4sdaqy

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