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Greece: Tsipras prevails over rebels at party meeting

Arizona Daily Star

"Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has defeated a bid by dissenters in his left-wing Syriza party to push for an end to bailout talks and an exit from the euro currency. Syriza's governing central committee early Friday backed a proposal by Tsipras to hold an emergency party conference in September, after the talks have been concluded." (07/30/15)

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OH: Cincinnati cop Ray Tensing pleads not guilty in murder of Samuel Dubose

NBC News NBC News

"The University of Cincinnati officer indicted for murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed motorist pleaded not guilty Thursday morning and is being held on $1 million bond. Ray Tensing, 25, appeared briefly in Cincinnati court shackled and wearing a prison jumpsuit. The judge told him he faces a life sentence for one count of murder and a lesser charge of one count of voluntary manslaughter -- a second option for jurors at trial." (07/30/15)

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Venezuela: Government occupies food warehouse of biggest private company

ABC News ABC News

"Venezuela's largest food distributor on Thursday denounced the government occupation of a Caracas warehouse amid accusations that the company is hoarding goods. Soldiers took over the warehouse complex used by Empresas Polar late Wednesday just as Venezuela's federation of brewers announced that Polar's beer manufacturing subsidiary is shutting two of its six plants because of a lack of imported barley." (07/30/15)

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NY: Court dismisses lawsuit seeking personhood for two chimps

Fox News Fox News

"Two chimpanzees will not be freed from a New York state university where they're used in locomotion studies after a court decision Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that had sought to afford them legal personhood rights. While the Nonhuman Rights Project had standing to bring the lawsuit on behalf of 8-year-old chimpanzees Hercules and Leo, a higher court decision last year that found a chimpanzee named Tommy was property, not a person, necessitated the lawsuit be tossed, State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe wrote in her decision." (07/30/15)

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Court gags anti-abortion group, bans release of new Planned Parenthood videos

Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor

"The Los Angeles Superior Court has issued a temporary restraining order preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video from a sting investigation of the company StemExpress, which provides fetal tissues for research in conjunction with Planned Parenthood. Videos from a similar undercover investigation conducted by same organization has sparked recent controversy around Planned Parenthood's tissue donation practices. ... The order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of surreptitiously recorded conversations with three high-ranking StemExpress officials. The temporary restraining order will remain in place until a hearing on Aug. 19." (07/30/15)

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Scientist: Oil slick likely from natural seafloor seepage

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

"Coast Guard officials say it will likely be a couple more days before they can definitively say what caused a miles-long oil slick to materialize off the Santa Barbara County coast this week, but an expert said Thursday it was more than likely the result of ocean-floor seepage. Beaches all along the coast remained open and crowded Thursday, with health officials saying the 3-mile sheen is harmless to people. That's in contrast to the mass closure that occurred in the same area in May when a broken pipeline spilled 100,000 gallons of crude oil, fouling sands, seabirds and fishing areas for miles. Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrea Anderson said samples of the spill were collected Wednesday and Thursday and were being sent to a lab for analysis." (07/30/15)

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US Attorney Melinda Haag steps down, medical cannabis dispensaries rejoice

San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth

"Federal prosecutor Melinda Haag won’t be bothering more medical marijuana dispensaries any time soon, as she announced her resignation Wednesday. Haag, 53, announced her plans to step down as of Sept. 1, reports the SF Gate. 'The reality is, at some point, the job ends, and I feel it’s the right time,' Haag said to the Contra Costa Times. ... Haag will be remembered for her overuse of federal resources to seize and shut down state-approved lawful marijuana dispensaries, such as the Berkeley Patient’s Group and Oakland’s Harborside Health Center." (07/30/15)

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Report: Trump trademarked “Trumpocrat” and ‘Trumpublican”

Raw Story Raw Story

"Trump for President LLC trademarked two particularly Trump-y phrases earlier this year: Trumpocrat and Trumpublican, as first discovered by the Washington Post. Though both trademarks have now been abandoned, the intended use was for 'bumperstickers; campaign buttons; pennants; decals; coffee mugs; banners; baseball caps; t-shirts; bookends; salt and pepper shakers; posters; shirts; ties; cufflinks; colognes; chocolate; nameplates; key rings; eyewear; playing cards; surfboards; editions of automobiles; other items susceptible to be used as political advertising; membership organizations; all manner of political paraphernalia; all designed to augment the candidacy of Donald Trump.' Both trademarks were first filed on January 25 of this year and were abandoned less than two months later on March 11." (07/30/15)

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Study: More Millennials living at home than in Great Recession

Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor

"Although there are now almost 3 million more young adults in the United States than there were in 2007, fewer young people are heading their own households than at the height of the economic crisis, data from the Pew Research Center revealed Wednesday. The labor market is rebounding with decreasing levels of unemployment and increasing wages, but these trends have not translated into more Millennials living independently, the discovery of which has baffled pundits. In the first third of 2015, around 42.2 million 18-34-year-olds lived away from their families, while in 2007, shortly before the Great Recession began, 42.7 million did." (07/30/15)

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White House opposes cutting off corporate welfare for Planned Parenthood

Reuters Reuters

"The White House said on Thursday that U.S. President Barack Obama would oppose any efforts by Congress to divert money from Planned Parenthood, a health organization that performs abortions at its clinics. Republicans in Congress have threatened to pull $500 million in federal funding a year from Planned Parenthood after a group that opposes abortions released videos that suggest the organization profits from supplying aborted fetal tissue for medical research. Planned Parenthood said it broke no laws, because abortion providers are allowed to charge costs to cover expenses associated with fetal tissue donation." (07/30/15)

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Science: HIV flushed out by cancer drug

BBC News BBC News [UK state media]

"HIV can be flushed out of its hiding places in the body using a cancer drug, researchers show. The cornerstone of treatment, anti-retroviral therapy, kills the virus in the bloodstream but leaves 'HIV reservoirs' untouched. The study, published in PLoS Pathogens, showed the drug was 'highly potent' at reactivating hidden HIV. Experts said the findings were interesting, but it was important to know if the drug was safe in patients. ... A strategy known as 'kick and kill' is thought to be key to curing HIV; the kick would wake up the dormant HIV, allowing the drugs to kill it." (07/30/15)

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Nigeria: New general to head multinational Boko Haram fight

Altoona Mirror

"Nigeria's Defense Ministry has appointed a new general to head the multinational army it is hoped can defeat the Boko Haram Islamic uprising that has killed 20,000 people and driven nearly 2 million from their homes. Thursday's appointment comes as the West African nation's new president promised deeper collaboration with neighboring states in the fight against Islamic extremism." (07/30/15)

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China: Former top general suspected of corruption

Beaumont Enterprise

"China has expelled a former top general from the ruling Communist Party over corruption accusations as President Xi Jinping's campaign to root out graft in the military churns onward. The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday that Guo Boxiong, a former vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission, will be prosecuted under the military." (07/30/15)

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AP investigation prompts new round of slave rescues

Bennington Banner

"Authorities in Papua New Guinea have rescued eight fishermen held on board a Thai-owned refrigerated cargo ship, and dozens of other boats are still being sought in response to an Associated Press report that included satellite photos and locations of slave vessels at sea. Two Burmese and six Cambodian men have been removed from the Blissful Reefer, a massive quarter-acre transport ship now impounded in Daru, Papua New Guinea, about 120 miles (200 kilometers) north of Australia." (07/30/15)

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China, Russia to hold joint naval, air drills

Economic Times [India]

"China and Russia will hold joint military drills in the waters and airspace of the Sea of Japan, Beijing said Thursday, the latest defence cooperation between the countries. ... The drills come as Beijing and Moscow intensify cooperation in military, political and economic spheres. In May they conducted their first joint naval exercises in European waters in the Black Sea and Mediterranean. It was China's farthest ever naval exercise from its home waters." (07/30/15)

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Three University of Virginia graduates sue Rolling Stone, author over retracted campus rape article

Fox News Fox News

"Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity who were portrayed in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article's author, court records show. The three men, George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford and Ross Fowler, filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New York. They are also suing Wenner Media, publisher of Rolling Stone, which has covered American pop culture and politics since the 1960s. ... Separately, Wenner Media said in a news release that Will Dana, Rolling Stone's managing editor, will be leaving the magazine next month." (07/30/15)

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Number on Reunion Island debris corresponds to Boeing 777 component


"Boeing investigators are confident that debris found on a remote island in the Indian Ocean comes from a 777 aircraft, according to a source close to the investigation. An international team of aviation experts is trying to determine if that airplane part comes from Malaysia Airlines flight 370, a Boeing 777 that disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board. A match might help solve the mystery of what happened to that that airplane, since no other 777s in the world are unaccounted for, according to the Aviation Safety Network, an online database of flight incidents." (07/30/15)

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Clinton exploits Islamic State panic in call for Internet censorship

The Washington Post Washington Post

"Hillary Rodham Clinton is drawing a line in the sand when it comes to the Islamic State: She wants to kick them off Twitter. 'We have got to shut down their Internet presence, which is posing the principal threat to us,' Clinton said during a campaign stop in Nashua, N.H., according to the Wall Street Journal. 'Clinton was unequivocal that access to social media should be blocked,' the Journal wrote." (07/30/15)

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NYC: Outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease sickens 31

ABC News ABC News

"An outbreak of Legionnaire's disease has infected at least 31 in New York City and health officials are racing to figure out the cause. The deaths of two patients who also had Legionnaire's disease are being investigated by health officials. ... Caused by a bacteria called Legionella, the infection causes a type of pneumonia that can be damaging or even fatal for those with compromised immune systems or underlying health conditions. It's contracted when a person inhales small droplets of air or water with the bacteria and can be spread from contaminated hot tubs, fountains, cooling units for air conditioners and large plumbing systems." (07/30/15)

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US GDP rises 2.3% in second quarter; first quarter revised upward


"The world's largest economy expanded at a faster pace in the second quarter and managed to eke out a gain at the start of the year, painting a picture of incremental progress consistent with the Federal Reserve's view. Gross domestic product rose at a 2.3 percent annualized rate, and a revised 0.6 percent advance in the first quarter wiped out a previously reported contraction, Commerce Department data showed Thursday in Washington." (07/30/15)

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OH: Cop indicted on murder charge in traffic stop shooting

The Washington Post Washington Post

"A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge, with a prosecutor saying the officer 'purposely killed him' and 'should never have been a police officer.' Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters announced the grand jury indictment at a news conference to discuss developments in the investigation into the July 19 shooting of motorist Samuel DuBose by Officer Ray Tensing." (07/29/15)

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Afghanistan: Regime says Taliban leader dead, urges peace talks

euronews [EU]

"Afghanistan said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, the elusive leader of the Taliban movement fighting to topple the government, died more than two years ago. The announcement came a day or so before a second round of peace talks had been tentatively scheduled, and news of the fate of the one-eyed Omar could deepen Taliban divisions over whether to pursue negotiations with Kabul and who should replace him." (07/30/15)

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India: State employees kill man convicted in 1993 bombings

Fox News Fox News

"An Indian accountant and the only person sentenced to death for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people -- the country's worst terrorist attack -- was hanged Thursday on his birthday, after the president rejected a last-minute mercy plea amid a debate over the capital punishment. Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, 53, was [killed] inside a prison in western India where he had been incarcerated since 1994. His lawyers mounted a last-ditch effort to save him, including arguments at the Supreme Court just two hours before the sentence was carried out." (07/30/15)

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MH370: Wreckage on Reunion “matches Malaysia Airlines flight”

Telegraph [UK]

"A French aviation expert believes he may have found the wreckage of MH370 – the Malaysia Airlines flight which disappeared off the coast of Malaysia in March 2014. Xavier Tytelman, a former military pilot who now specialises in aviation security, was contacted on Wednesday morning by a man living on the island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean. The man sent Mr Tytelman a series of photos showing wreckage of a plane, which the Frenchman said could possibly be the missing jet." (07/29/15)

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Monsters of Ukraine: Made in the USA

Justin Raimondo
by Justin Raimondo

"Yes, your tax dollars are going to arm, train, and feed neo-Nazis in Ukraine. That's what we bought into when Washington decided to launch a regime change operation in that bedraggled corner of southeastern Europe. Your money is also going to prop up the country's war-stricken economy -- albeit not before corrupt government officials rake their cut off the top. Dmytro Korchynsky, who heads a group of several far-right 'volunteers' gathered together in 'St. Mary's Battalion,' declares his goal of organizing a 'Christian Taliban' that will put Ukraine in the forefront of an effort to 'lead the crusades,' adding: 'Our mission is not only to kick out the occupiers, but also revenge. Moscow must burn.' That's a goal American neocons and their liberal enablers can get behind, but Korchynsky's invocation of the Taliban ought to make the rest of us step back from that precipice." (07/31/15)

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Planned Parenthood: If you have to ask why, the answer is usually “money”

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

"I'm not interested in re-litigating the issue of abortion per se here (that argument will never end), but I do think it's important for all of us -- 'pro-choice' and 'pro-life' alike -- to understand what Planned Parenthood is and how it operates. ... Planned Parenthood boasts more than 800 local franchises and knocks down a billion dollars a year. Its CEO's salary and benefits top half a million dollars annually; other executives and franchise managers also earn low- to mid-six-figure salaries. It IS a business, full stop. More to the point, Planned Parenthood is a 'politically connected' enterprise which games government to subsidize it and protect its business turf." (07/30/15)

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Corruption abounds!

Strike The Root
by Paul Hein

"All taxation is theft, but the most egregious of these thefts must surely be the property tax. Other taxes/thefts can be avoided or minimized, but if you own a house or other tangible real estate, you will be taxed forever, and after you are gone, your heirs will continue to pay tribute to the property tax collector. A number of years ago I asked the local collector how my property could be evaluated in terms of 'dollars,' when no value is attached to the 'dollar,' and the term itself is undefined. He avoided the question by informing me of the rules by which I could appear before some commission and argue for a lower tax rate. My question remains unanswered." (07/30/15)

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What’s wrong with this picture?

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

"School administrators and employees of the Rankin Mississippi public school district have been intentionally, knowingly, openly and notoriously violating the First Amendment constitutional rights of parents and students by proselytizing Christianity in the classrooms for many decades. ... The innocent taxpayers of Rankin Mississippi are getting stuck with financial consequences for the intentional wrongdoing of individual school district administrators and employees -- that’s what's wrong! Why should the taxpayers be paying for this?" (07/30/15)

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Free Talk Live, 07/30/15

Free Talk Live Free Talk Live

"Cecil the Lion :: Rights, where do they come from? :: Borders :: Libertarian purity :: Trans-folks and potties :: Trophy hunters :: Pig Talk Live." [Flash audio or MP3] (07/30/15)

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Pope Francis against the world

The New Republic The New Republic
by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig

"Peak Pope, a condition of exhaustion with Pope Francis and his public presence, has come and gone a couple of times during his short papacy. The first came back in the spring of 2014, when, after a year of homilies, sermons, and impromptu speeches, casual Francis fans in the media seemed to feel they had heard all they wanted to out of the pontiff. But Francis appeared set to maintain the enthusiasm of his media audience for just a little longer with the announcement and subsequent release of his encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si, in June. Whatever honeymoon may have issued from Francis’s bold treatment of climate change through the lens of Catholic moral theology has, however, ended." (07/30/15)

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Media portrayal of Iran deal implies US imperialism a good thing

In These Times In These Times
by Gregory Shupak

"Under the recently negotiated deal between Iran, the United States, and five other world powers, Iran will remove two-thirds of its centrifuges and reduce its supply of enriched-uranium in exchange for an easing of sanctions, a return of frozen assets and an eventual lifting of the arms embargo against Iran. U.S. media reaction to this arrangement has been revealing. To say that elite American opinion makers are hostile to Iranians is obvious enough. But examining the exact forms of this can provide insight into how the imperialist mindset operates in contemporary America. A broad spectrum of U.S. media commentary on the accord portrays U.S. global military supremacy as natural and desirable, and treats Iran as a nation that belongs under the control of the U.S." [editor's note: It would be hard to say this any better - SAT] (07/30/15)

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We won’t get great teachers by treating them badly

Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

"An article by Alia Wong for The Atlantic this week caused quite a stir by pointing to a recent survey of teachers that found one of the main stresses they have during their busy days is getting a potty break. Wong looked at results from a poll about the work conditions of teachers conducted by the American Federation of Teachers and the Badass Teachers Association, a grassroots teacher-led movement resisting current education policies. ... But 'the biggest takeaway' Wong got was that 'of the various everyday workplace stressors educators could check off, among the most popular was, ‘Lack of opportunity to use restroom.'” [editor's note: Well, of course, they might use that free moment to deflate a playground football or something! - SAT] (07/30/15)

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Flogging the flag where there is none

Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

"When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to boot the Confederate flag from State House grounds earlier this month, it was a beautiful moment -- if decades late. State lawmakers finally acted out of revulsion from images of a confessed shooter posing with the Civil War relic before he shot to death nine African-American church parishioners June 17. Flag apologists lost their stomach for defending the banner as an emblem of states' rights. The best part was that South Carolinians themselves had decided it was time for the bad flag to go. The worst part is what is happening now as politicians in other states try to repeat that unique moment by passing their own anti-Confederate flag legislation." (07/30/15)

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Bernie learns his lesson, but have the rest of us?

The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

"'We want a nation where a young black man or woman can walk down the street without worrying about being falsely arrested, beaten, or killed,' Bernie Sanders told some 8,000 supporters in Dallas on July 19, the day after his contentious encounter with protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement at Netroots Nation. While Sanders, the socialist U.S. senator from Vermont who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, appeared to have learned his lesson quickly, the same cannot necessarily be said for some of his most ardent followers, or for the progressive movement more broadly, where power rests primarily in the hands of white men." (07/29/15)

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Republicans need to get over stubborn opposition to helping poor

USA Today USA Today
by Sherrod Brown & Tim Kaine

"Many called it socialized medicine. A rising Republican warned that we’d 'spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.' Donald Trump talking about Obamacare in 2015? No, Ronald Reagan urging Congress to vote against the creation of Medicare. This week marks 50 years since the passage of Medicare. If addressing inequality is a real priority for Republicans officials (particularly those in the South) they should take a cue from history, embrace the health law, and expand Medicaid." [editor's note: No, what they really should do is separate this and the disability portion of Medicare, call it an "entitlement," and then let people decide whether or not to contribute to it any further - SAT] (07/30/15)

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Persuasion, reason, and markets

Skyler J Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

"Those who desire to see the grip of statism released from our world, the abolition of coercive monopoly government, to be replaced by a peaceful and rulerless social and legal order, must decide for themselves how best to achieve it. Unless we are to be discovered as hypocrites, it is my opinion that we anarchists must embrace tools and strategies consistent with our ends, a peaceful and rulerless social and legal order. That is, we must embrace persuasion over force, reason over aggression, and free markets over control." (07/29/15)

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Why the GOP will never defund Planned Parenthood

Christopher Cantwell
by Christopher Cantwell

"Across America, demonstrators took to the streets Tuesday to demand Congress stop giving upwards of $540 million of taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood each year. The rallies came just as the Center for Medical Progress released the third of what is likely to be many videos showing the morbid practice the corporation engages in, of selling baby parts to medical research companies. Following that, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) assigned Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to come up with a plan to defund the abortion clinic. The vote will fail, everybody who is paying attention knows that, and like so many other things which go on in Congress, this is little more than a publicity stunt." (07/29/15)

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The Chappaqua case: The feds muscle in on local zoning laws

National Review
by Howard Husock

"Here's a question for Hillary Clinton: Should a U.S. attorney threaten a county with more than $1 million in fines if it refuses to pressure local officials to approve a housing development? The issue is not at all hypothetical. It's front and center right now in Westchester County, N.Y. -- and the housing development in question would be built in Chappaqua, the hamlet where Hillary and Bill Clinton live." (07/30/15)

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Freedom Feens Radio, 07/30/15

Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio

"Lousander Feen, Randy England and Diana Davison talk about freedom, and anarchy. Topics include the upcoming Kick-Spit music fest in Michigan (Liberty Fest), and guerrilla pothole care." [various formats] (07/30/15)

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Deep state America

Philip Giraldi The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

"It has frequently been alleged that the modern Turkish Republic operates on two levels. It has a parliamentary democracy complete with a constitution and regular elections, but there also exists a secret government that has been referred to as the 'deep state,' in Turkish 'Derin Devlet.' The concept of 'deep state' has recently become fashionable to a certain extent, particularly to explain the persistence of traditional political alignments when confronted by the recent revolutions in parts of the Middle East and Eastern Europe. For those who believe in the existence of the deep state, there are a number of institutional as well as extralegal relationships that might suggest its presence." (07/30/15)

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Former national security officials now see the peril of weakening encryption

Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"FBI Director James Comey, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and NSA Director Mike Rogers continue to lament the ability of people to secure the privacy of their communications with end-to-end encryption that even governments cannot break. But the push for laws mandating 'backdoor access,' or built-in security flaws for the state to exploit, has run into some unexpected opponents: former national-security officials on the other side of the revolving door." (07/30/15)

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Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 07/30/15

Peaceful Anarchism

"Please enjoy my recent conversation with Demelza Hays. Herein we discussed how she became an Anarcho-Capitalist, Stefan Molyneux, appeal to antiquity, women strongly influence the next generation, Bitcoin and naked shorts, decentralizing Wall Street, most expensive pizza ever bought, Greece, Cyprus bail in, Bitcoin and hacking, Bitcoin cold storage, if printing currency created wealth, free banking, reverse Gresham’s Law, plummeting Rupee, gold smuggling in India, monetary shift every 30-40 years, how gold and silver are created and much more!" [MP3] (07/30/15)

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Donald Trump is ruining everything for the GOP: The five stages of Republican grief explained

by Marcy Wheeler

"While once thought of as a flash in the pan, Trump's candidacy has proven to be a far bigger problem for the Republican Party than establishment figures ever expected. In coping with such a colossal headache, the Party seems to be following the Kubler-Ross model of grief -- the model frequently used to describe how people come to grips with the death of a loved one." (07/30/15)

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Nowadays, health insurance isn’t really insurance

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jim Fedako

"Due to Obamacare, my health plan has become something other than insurance. It is now, for the most part, nothing other than a wealth transfer scheme to benefit the politically connected over others." (07/30/15)

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Ring the curtain down on EPA ozone rules

James H. Rust Heartland Institute
by James H Rust

"In its war against fossil fuels, the EPA has a variety of tools of which one powerful help is the ability to give grants to a variety of organizations such as governments, businesses, Indian tribes, education institutions, and non-profit organizations called non-government organizations (NGOs). The database show grants for the past ten years, including earlier grants that started before that time and still continuing, are 33,069 for a total cost of $56.087 billion. In spite of Americans being numbed by annual federal deficits exceeding one half trillion dollars, $56 billion is a lot of money. Using a conservative estimate of $100,000 grant money equaling one man-year of effort, this sum represents 560,000 man-years employment. Many of these workers do the bidding of EPA on supporting its policies." (07/30/15)

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British police: Enforcers of the therapeutic state

spiked spiked
by Neil Davenport

"This week, Sara Thornton, head of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), said the police needed to shift their focus away from 'traditional' offences, such as burglary and car theft. She admitted that, under this new regime, officers may not even attend the scene of a reported burglary. According to Thornton, the police should focus on 'sexual offences, concerns about terrorism and cybercrime.' No doubt she was stoking fears about home security as a way of highlighting budget cuts to the police. But, logically, a tighter budget should mean prioritising key services and responsibilities -- namely protecting the public -- rather than spending money on, say, high-profile trawling exercises aimed at nabbing historical sex criminals or offensive tweeters." (07/30/15)

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The NSA’s 9/11 cover-up: General Hayden told a lie, and it’s a whopper

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Bill Blunden

"Magicians wield secrecy on the theater stage in the service of illusions. Spies likewise wield illusion on the world stage in the service of secrecy. So it is with the events behind the attacks of 9/11 where those who question the official story are derided as conspiracy theorists. Thanks to the investigative digging of reporter James Bamford, with the assistance of NSA whistleblowers like Thomas Drake and Kirk Wiebe, the 9/11 crowd can now point to a conspiracy fact: an incredible cover-up that goes all the way to the top of the American intelligence community." (07/30/15)

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An even greater stagnation

Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner

"President Obama has done almost nothing (outside trade) to improve the supply-side of the economy, and lots of things to worsen it. Most other recent presidents, of both political parties, make some effort to improve the supply-side fundamentals. On the other hand I think we tend to overrate the importance of presidents, and thus I doubt things would have been much better with another president. The greatest barriers to growth may well be increasing restrictions on immigration and increasing restrictions on property development." (07/30/15)

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Spooner lives! Monkeywrenching the state

Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

"Lysander Spooner is the patron saint of this site. Months ago, I was amused to be with friends and at one point one of the fellows was haranguing us about 'getting back to the Constitution.' As if we ever left that wretched compact with leviathan government. At one point, another worthy said that maybe we should pay more attention to Lysander Spooner. Indeed. For plenty of freedom advocates, it begins with Rand or von Mises or Rothbard and a host of other luminaries who saw through the collectivist sham. For me, Spooner was a primary gateway to abolitionism." (07/30/15)

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The IMF experts flunk, again

Steve H. Hanke Cato Institute
by Steve H Hanke

"My Globe Asia column in May was titled 'Greece: Down and Probably Out.' Well, it's out. Yes, Greece descended from drama to farce rapidly." (07/30/15)

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Rand Paul’s Statue-of-Liberty-sized immigration contradiction

Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

"Those who think that Rand Paul is some heroic champion of civil liberties thanks to his filibusters against drone strikes and NSA surveillance ought to think again. There is no functional difference between the war on drugs and the war on immigration. Both use the power of the state to go after the supposed perpetrators of victimless 'crimes' (actually, in the case of immigration, the 'crimes' are not only victimless, but have only beneficiaries) while running roughshod over civil liberties and decimating minority communities. Yet Paul opposes the drug war and supports the immigration war ..." (07/30/15)

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JFK, McGeorge Bundy, and the continuity of government

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Michael Swanson

"The assassination of President Kennedy was an unnerving event for the people of the United States and the world. Contradictory news stories that followed, as well as the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby, caused many people to wonder what was really going on. Many people suspected a conspiracy, and rumors spread that perhaps the president was killed by his successor, or as part of a communist plot, or by mysterious forces inside the U.S. government. President Lyndon Johnson established the Warren Commission to suppress such rumors and the American media played its part in supporting the commission's findings when it released its report in September 1964. The report was an official government document presented to the world and the public at large. However, Lyndon Johnson’s national-security advisor, McGeorge Bundy, who also had that position in the Kennedy administration, wrote a long and unnoticed article in the Council of Foreign Relations journal Foreign Affairs to reassure elite opinion." (07/30/15)

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Gold medal worthy

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"The 2024 Summer Olympics will not be held in Boston. Beantown abandoned its bid to host the games after Mayor Marty Walsh refused to sign a contract that would have left the city responsible for billions in possible cost overruns. Did I say possible? Call it seemingly inevitable. 'I cannot commit to putting the taxpayers at risk,' declared Walsh." (07/30/15)

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The Marshallian synthesis

Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

"Alfred Marshall, the founder of the so-called neoclassical school, was also the first prominent economist to attempt a reconciliation of Ricardo with the marginalists. Following the Senior-Longfield school, as interpreted by Mill, Marshall treated the 'abstinence' of capital (or 'waiting') as another form of disutility alongside labor. He thus fused them into a unified subjective theory of 'real cost,' as the determining factor in supply price. As Mill said, profits were remuneration for the capitalist's abstinence, in the same sense that wages were the remuneration of labor. This Marshallian synthesis adopted virtually the entire apparatus of marginalism, but was much closer in spirit to the cost of production theories of Ricardo and Mill." (07/30/15)

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Is politics obsolete?

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Max Borders and Jeffrey A Tucker

"Whether it's the leftists, the rightists, or everyone in between, all of these politicians seem to be blathering about a world gone by -- one that has little to do with the 21st century. If they're not tapping into people's baser instincts of fear and nativism, they're dusting off 20th-century talking points about creating 'good jobs.' Maybe there was a time when the political culture seemed to keep up with the pace of innovation. If so, those times are long gone. The rhetoric of electoral politics is exposing the great rift in civic life." (07/29/15)

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Celebs vs. Amnesty: Do the entertainment elite hate women?

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

"There's no sex work without sex workers. Pimps can't broker transactions in, nor can 'Johns' purchase, something that isn't for sale. And as the public-facing part of the business, the workers are the easy ones to detect and to persecute. Where prostitution remains illegal, it is they who suffer. On the other hand, if prostitution is legal, the specter of 'human trafficking' will inevitably decline." (07/29/15)

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Why do libertarians pay taxes?

Laurence M. Vance
by Laurence M Vance

"It never fails. Every time I write anything about taxes I get long, rambling e-mails from tax trolls who scour the Internet looking for articles about taxes so they can contact the writers and impress them with their knowledge of the tax code. These tax trolls usually call themselves 'non-taxpayers.' They say things like: paying taxes is voluntary, the Sixteenth Amendment was not properly ratified, most Americans aren't required to pay income tax, many Americans have gotten refunds of all the money withheld from their paychecks, and the income tax is a classical liberal tax on federal employments, offices, and privileges. Sometimes they boast that they haven't paid taxes for 10, 15, or 20 years and the IRS hasn't done anything about it. Let's review the libertarian view of taxes." (07/29/15)

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Free Talk Live, 07/29/15

Free Talk Live Free Talk Live

"Are the troops obedient welfare recipients? :: NH Calendar :: Facebook :: What happened to John Cantlie? :: Nonaggression and Allocating Resources :: Buying Up Properties Paranoia :: Portland Art Tax :: Jihadi John and Beheading Videos :: Offensive Meme Counterproductive? :: Lion Hunter." [Flash audio or MP3] (07/29/15)

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Perfect American nuclear horror

Lucy Steigerwald
by Lucy Steigerwald

"We love nuclear horror stories in America. We love them whether they're somber like the film On The Beach, soapy-dramatic like the cult show Jericho, or retro-future like the Fallout series of video games. We laugh at the lunatic optimism of duck and cover, and marvel at the strangeness of the (perhaps exaggerated) all-encompassing fear of The Bomb. The Cold War was a treasure trove of fascinating bits of culture. And sometimes that culture had real world consequences. On November 20, 1983, one hundred million people tuned into ABC to watch the nuclear apocalypse-themed TV movie The Day After." (07/30/15)

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