Liberty Links 7/21/18 – A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns

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A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns (Wired)

Tony Podesta Offered Immunity To Testify Against Paul Manafort (If this is true, people will go nuts, Zerohedge)

The Blue Pill Presidency (Excellent piece, Counterpunch)

Russiagate Is Like 9/11, Except It’s Made Of Pure Narrative (Caitlin Johnstone, Medium)

Tucker Carlson Interviews Russia Expert NYU Professions Stephen Cohen (YouTube)

Detente Bad, Cold War Good (Craig Murray)

Amazon Gets Tax Breaks While Its Employees Rely on Food Stamps(The Intercept)

Marijuana May Help Fight Cancer (The New York Post)

Bourdain Confidential (Lengthy interview of the late Anthony Bourdain, Popula)

500-Pound Goliath Grouper Eats Shark as Shocked Florida Fishermen Watch (Fox News)

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Lunatic Politics (Part 2) – It’s Becoming Impossible to Have a Conversation

More and more people are becoming aware of and concerned about the level of political dialogue going on right now. We’ve gotten to a point where I’m seeing almost no intelligent debate about any serious issue. Russiagate now consumes such a massive amount of our collective energy, it feels we’ve become nearly incapable of discussing anything else. Even worse, Russiagate has morphed into a creepy D.C. establishment religion where merely demanding evidence for the wild claims being made gets you labeled a traitor or Putin agent. Ironically, average Americans don’t care about the issue.

When Gallup recently asked Americans what the most important (non-economic) problem facing the country today is, the amount of people saying Russia was so low they couldn’t even attribute a number to it.

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Lunatic Politics (Part 1) – Russiagate is a Religion

As the Snowden documents and David Sanger’s great new book and other books make plain, and as U.S. officials are wont to brag, the U.S. intelligence services break into computers and computer networks abroad at an astounding rate, certainly on a greater scale than any other intelligence service in the world.  Every one of these intrusions in another country violates that country’s criminal laws prohibiting unauthorized computer access and damage, no less than the Russian violations of U.S. laws outlined in Mueller’s indictment

It is no response to say that the United States doesn’t meddle in foreign elections, because it has in the past—at least as recently as Bill Clinton’s intervention in the Russian presidential election of 1996 and possibly as recently as the Hillary Clinton State Department’s alleged intervention in Russia’s 2011 legislative elections. And during the Cold War the United States intervened in numerous foreign elections, more than twice as often as the Soviet Union. Intelligence history expert Loch Johnson told Scott Shane that the 2016 Russia electoral interference is “the cyber-age version of standard United States practice for decades, whenever American officials were worried about a foreign vote.”  The CIA’s former chief of Russia operations, Steven L. Hall, told Shane: “If you ask an intelligence officer, did the Russians break the rules or do something bizarre, the answer is no, not at all.” Hall added that “the United States ‘absolutely’ has carried out such election influence operations historically, and I hope we keep doing it.”

LawfareUncomfortable Questions in the Wake of Russia Indictment 2.0 and Trump’s Press Conference With Putin

Nothing gets the phony “Resistance,” corporate media and neocons more hysterical than when Trump isn’t belligerent enough while meeting with foreign leaders abroad. While the pearl clutching was intense during the North Korea summit, the reoccurring, systematic outrage spectacle was taken to entirely new levels of stupidity and hyperbole during yesterday’s meeting with Putin in Finland.

The clown parade really got going after compulsive liar and former head of the CIA under Barack Obama, John Brennan, accused Trump of treason on Twitter — which resistance drones dutifully retweeted, liked and permanently enshrined within the gospel of Russiagate.

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Liberty Links 6/30/18 – 72% Think Traditional Media Reports Fake News

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72% Think Traditional Media Reports Fake News (Axios)

California Has 48 Hours to Pass This Privacy Bill or Else (Important article on the tool of direct democracy/referendums, Gizmodo)

Pro-Trump Conspiracy-Monger “QAnon” Calls for Regime Change in Iran (QAnon is one of the most idiotic things I’ve ever encountered, MintPress News)

Meet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Millennial, Socialist Political Novice Who Beat Her Establishment Democratic Rival in a Huge Electoral Upset (Business Insider)

The Coming Collapse (Chris Hedges, TruthDig)

U.S., Ecuador Coordinating About Future Of Assange Asylum (Caitlin Johnstone, Medium)

BOJ Is Now A Top-10 Shareholder In 40% Of All Japanese Companies; Owns 42% Of All Government Bonds (And they tell us Bitcoin is the absurdity, Zerohedge)

Head of Prominent Charity That Campaigns Against Child Abuse Is Arrested for ‘Trying to Arrange to Rape Multiple Children as Young as Two’ (Typical, The Daily Mail)

The Beginning Of The End Of The Bilderberg Era (Very good read of the geopolitical situation, The Strategic Culture Foundation)

The Remaking of Class (The New Republic)

How My Unschooled Child Learned to Read Financial Statements (FEE)

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Where Do You Draw the Line in Today’s Crazed Political Environment?

If you vote for Trump, then you the voter, you, not Donald Trump, are standing at the border like Nazis going ‘you here, you here’.

– Donny Deutsch on MSNBC last week

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

With each passing day, Trump’s hardcore supporters and detractors become more deeply entrenched in their respective corners and grow more hysterical. With every turn of the news cycle, we see two groups increasingly and equally convinced that only they and their allies can save the nation from total ruin. As someone who isn’t a cheerleader for any politician or political party, it’s fascinating to watch. It’s also made me consider where to draw the line when it comes to political action or commentary.

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Liberty Links 6/23/18 – Leaked Internal Memo Reveals the ACLU Is Wavering on Free Speech 

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Leaked Internal Memo Reveals the ACLU Is Wavering on Free Speech (This is a travesty, Reason)

Businesses Have Made Millions Off Trump’s Child Separation Policy (Yahoo)

Amazon Hires “Army Of Lobbyists” As Political Spending Outpaces WalMart, ExxonMobil (Amazon is not your friend, Zerohedge

Democracy Dies in Amazon’s Warehouses (The Daily Caller)

Detainees Held Without Charges Decry Emiratis’ Sexual Abuses (Will Rachel Maddow cry for them? Reuters)

Yanis Varoufakis: Why Germany Neither Can Nor Should Pay More To Save the Eurozone (Excellent, Naked Capitalism)

Bring Julian Assange Home(Counterpunch)

How Europe’s Proposed Copyright Laws Could Ruin Your Search Engines (Yahoo)

Canada Legalizes Recreational Cannabis Use (BBC)

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Congress Prepares to Give Jeff Sessions More Power to Ban Whatever Substance He Doesn’t Like

Allowing government to arbitrarily determine which substances human beings can put into their own bodies is one of the most idiotic things a society can do. As such, its no surprise Congress is salivating at the prospect of furthering this travesty by giving additional discretion on the matter to drug war-crazed loon, Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Reason published an excellent article on the topic in yesterday’s piece: Congress Wants To Give Jeff Sessions Unprecedented New Drug War Powers.

Here are some key excerpts:

If you think the Department of Justice has more than enough tools to wage the war on drugs, a bill passed by the House would create a fast-track scheduling system that could lead to the criminalization of kratom, nootropics, and pretty much anything that gives you a buzz and isn’t already illegal.

The House of Representatives voted on Friday to create a new schedule of banned drugs under the Controlled Substances Act, called “Schedule A,” and to give Attorney General Jeff Sessions broad new powers to criminalize the manufacturing, importation, and sale of substances that are currently unregulated, but not illegal. The bill is now headed to the Senate, where co-sponsors Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R–Iowa) will likely have little problem whipping votes.

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Here’s What Happened When Open the Books Tried to Get Details on Wyoming State Spending

Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of OpenTheBooks, has written a interesting article at Forbes detailing what happened when the non-profit government transparency organization tried to get details about Wyoming state spending.

Here’s what we learned from the piece, Wyoming State Auditor Charged Us $8,000 And We’ll Finally Receive The State Checkbook By 2048:

On February 18, 2018, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud made us refile our open records request for the Wyoming state checkbook and then charged us $8,000 in fees. But production has been slow – and at this pace, we’ll receive all the records by 2048.

Why would it take 30 years to produce just five years of state spending?

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The Myths We Tell Ourselves

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”

Your average mass media pundit regularly decries the fact Americans no longer have trust in the country’s institutions, yet simultaneously refuse to take any sort of responsibility for the situation. Government bureaucrats and other assorted supporters of our decrepit status quo tend to do the same thing. As is typically the case, I’ll take the other side.

Not only do I think it’s completely sane for Americans to have zero faith in their institutions, including but certainly not limited to the three-letter agencies, Congress and the Federal Reserve, I’ll take it a step further and argue we as citizens remain far too naive and trusting for our own good. If nothing else, the recent Justice Department Inspector General’s (IG) report on the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server should underscore the point.

First, there’s the now infamous text exchange between between Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page. The following excerpt is from the Executive Summary of the IG report:

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Liberty Links 6/16/18 – Your Phone Is Listening and It’s Not Paranoia

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Your Phone Is Listening and It’s Not Paranoia (How many people are aware of this reality? Vice)

Top Agent Said F.B.I. Would Stop Trump From Becoming President (The New York Times)

South Koreans Are Still Hopeful After the Trump-Kim Summit (Who cares what South Koreans think, what does Rachel Maddow think? The New Yorker)

The Mueller Indictments Still Don’t Add Up to Collusion (Must read, The Nation)

Some Bankruptcy Judges Finding Ways to Give Desperate Student Borrowers Relief (Naked Capitalism)

SEC Announces Cryptocurrency Ether Is Not a Security (Yahoo Finance)

The Legendary, Fraud-Sniffing Short Seller – Marc Cohodes (Phenomenal interview, The JollySwagmen)

Cody Wilson Philosophy – Part I (Interesting discussion from 2012, YouTube)

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