Cosby drops lawsuit against sexual assault accuser

July 28, 2016
USA Today     USA Today

"Bill Cosby has dropped his lawsuit against Andrea Constand, whose accusations led to his pending criminal trial outside Philadelphia. The Canadian woman, an ex-Temple University employee, has accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting her in 2004 in suburban Philadelphia. Cosby has maintained the encounter was consensual. Cosby sued Constand in February for breach-of-contract, saying Constand violated a confidentiality agreement they reached in 2006, after she filed a civil suit against him the year prior." (07/28/16)  

Free speech and political conventions

July 28, 2016
by Andrew P Napolitano  

"Though the political parties are private entities with their own rules, they have invited their members and supporters to these quadrennial conventions for the purpose of engaging in public political conversations. Yet if the Republicans wanted only pro-Trump sentiments to be expressed in the hall in Cleveland and if the Democrats wanted only pro-Clinton sentiments to be expressed in the hall in Philadelphia, since neither entity is the government, both are free to abridge the freedom of speech without legal consequences. The consequences of such abridgments would presumably be political; those whose speech is silenced and those who oppose silencing public political speech would cast their votes against the silencers. Yet this summer, the heavy hand of government was involved in silencing speech." (07/28/16)  

12 crazy conspiracy theories that really happened

July 28, 2016
Capitalism Is Freedom
by Charlie Roark  

"Ever get the feeling that someone is out to get you? What about several someones, some group made up of influential and powerful figures, set on ruining your life, or maybe even on world domination? The culture of seeing conspiracies at work in every part of society has been around forever, and while we laugh at most conspiracy theories, there's a somewhat chilling point that must be made about them: Conspiracy theories have often proved to be true." (07/28/16)  

Peru gets new president and pro-business cabinet

July 28, 2016
Florida Statesman    

"Peruvian Presidential elect, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski assumed office on Thursday. Peru’s Foreign Ministry has stated that foreign delegations from 80 countries are expected to attend Kuczynski’s inaugural ceremony. Guests who have confirmed their participation include the Presidents of Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico and Paraguay. Spanish King Emeritus Juan Carlos I also arrived in Peru for the occasion. With decades-long experience in the private sector, this will be Kuczynski’s first major public role." (07/28/16)  

FCC gang seeks bribe from AT&T for skimming from subsidy scheme

July 28, 2016
Ars Technica     Ars Technica

"AT&T overcharged two Florida school districts for phone service and should have to pay about $170,000 to the US government to settle the allegations, the Federal Communications Commission said yesterday. AT&T disputes the charges and will contest the decision. The FCC issued a Notice of Apparently Liability (NAL) to AT&T, an initial step toward enforcing the proposed punishment. The alleged overcharges relate to the FCC's E-Rate program, which funds telecommunications for schools and libraries and is paid for by Americans through surcharges on phone bills. The FCC said AT&T should have to repay $63,760 it improperly received from the FCC in subsidies for phone service provided to Orange and Dixie Counties and pay an additional fine of $106,425. AT&T prices charged to the districts were almost 400 percent higher than they should have been, according to the FCC." (07/28/16)  

Aren’t they always? part 2 — Nazgul

July 28, 2016
The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"Just as political parties are always screaming about how evil their opponents are, so too are Nazgul constantly finding reasons to steal away rights, often for their own perceived self-interest. Ammoland talks about how Ruth Ginsburg, the infamous Nazgul who trashed Trump and STILL hasn't moved to New Zealand (well, give her the benefit of the doubt: the election is still three months away). She continues to make it clear that Americans (and everyone else) should be disarmed and the Second Amendment's protection of our liberties gutted even more than it is today, much as other protections have been rendered ineffective. It is no surprise." (07/28/16)  

The Economist and Star Trek Beyond

July 28, 2016
by Alberto Mingardi   Alberto Mingardi

"Of course, 'Star Trek' is renowned for being more than a mere 'space opera.' It was a product of Cold War anxiety and the enduring memory of World War II. Its creator, Gene Roddenberry, imagined a spaceship in which an American captain could trust a Russian navigator. A black woman was the indispensable communication officer, and a bizarre Vulcan a much respected and authoritative aide to the ship's captain. 'Star Trek' is a plea to understanding and brotherhood among different peoples, seeking peace all together after much strife. Alas, not unlike many others, Roddenberry apparently saw economic life as a main driver of tension and conflict. Therefore, in the pacified Federation of Planets he imagined there is no use of money -- and exchanges and transactions happen somehow like magic, clearly helped by bountiful technology." (07/28/16)  

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