Court upholds “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli’s conviction

Source: NBC News

“A federal appeals court upheld the securities fraud conviction against former drug company CEO Martin Shkreli, known as ‘Pharma Bro,’ on Thursday, along with a $7.3 million forfeiture of assets. A judge sentenced Shkreli to seven years in prison last year for his conviction on charges he looted a drug company he founded, Retrophin, of $11 million in stock and cash to pay back investors in two failed hedge funds he ran.” (07/18/19)

Facebook’s Libra Yields Before Congress. Bitcoin Can Never Be Controlled.

Source: Reason

“Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez will never get to interrogate Satoshi Nakamoto.” [Flash video] (07/18/19)

Limited Wars Are Forever Wars

Source: Foreign Policy
by Eoin Higgins

“Once the public is sold on a war with a limited aim, goal, and scope — unless things go disastrously wrong in a way that can’t be ignored or swept under the rug — the initial perception of a limited war remains, but one goal after another is substituted for the last, with the war itself never changing. When goals are always evolving, not changing or reassessing the military approach seems guaranteed to continue the conflict forever.” (07/17/19)

Trump says he wanted to but won’t address NAACP convention

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump says he won’t address the NAACP convention because of changes in the date and format of an appearance. Trump says Thursday that ‘I very much wanted to go’ to speak to the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization as members gather next week in Detroit. He says an agreed-upon date for his appearance was changed and ‘unfortunately, they want to do it in the form of a question and answer.’ Trump says he had agreed to deliver a speech.” (07/18/19)

The Law with DK Williams, episode 42

The Launch Pad Media

Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In this 5-4 decision [Dept of Commerce v NY (2019)], the SCOTUS held last month that the Trump administration can not inquire about citizenship during the 2020 census. The court held that the administration offered only pretext and did not offer a genuine justification for reinserting the citizenship question, even though the question has been asked throughout most of the country’s history. The administration’s attempt did not violate any constitutional provisions but was a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. Without the APA violation, there is nothing to prevent the citizenship question from being asked in the future.” [Flash audio or MP3] [editor’s note: The Constitution permits the census to ask one, and only one, question — how many people live at this address? – TLK] (07/18/19)

Truth Squad

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘I hesitate to contribute to this freak show,’ Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night. I know the feeling. ‘I don’t think President Trump is a racist,’ added the senator. ‘I don’t think his original tweet was racist.’ While I haven’t peered into the president’s soul, I didn’t see racism in his tweet, either. But I did catch a whiff of other wrongs. Xenophobia, for instance. And nastiness.” (07/18/19)

Trump’s attack on congresswomen was “racist,” but House Dems shouldn’t censure him

Source: Fox News
by Andrew P Napolitano

“During the past week, President Trump excited two bitter public controversies by sending and publishing two highly inappropriate and offensively incendiary tweets. The first of these was aimed at four female members of Congress — each a person of color, and, as members of Congress, each an American citizen. Yet the president said they should go back to the countries from which they came. The second tweet was aimed at Google, which the president argued should be investigated for treason. The first of these tweets was xenophobic, racist and hateful. The second was just plain ignorant. Together they revealed a level of misguided thinking not heard from the Oval Office since President Richard Nixon’s tapes were revealed. … Now, the House Democrats want to add fuel to this fire by using the power of office to censure the president because of his tweets about the Squad. They have no business doing so. The president’s words — backed up by his incessant repetitions — are condemnable, but they are only words. As Thomas Jefferson once argued, mere words ‘neither pick my pocket nor break my leg.'” (07/18/19)

Judge: Screw the Eighth Amendment, no bail for Epstein

Source: New York Post

“Multimillionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was denied bail Thursday pending trial on child sex-trafficking charges. ‘Starting with my conclusions, the government’s application for continued remand is hereby granted and the defense’s application for pretrial release is respectfully hereby denied,’ Manhattan federal Judge Richard Berman said at the start of a hotly anticipated hearing. … Epstein’s defense lawyers declined to comment following the 11-minute hearing. They had asked that Epstein be released to electronically monitored house arrest on a bond secured by his townhouse at 9 E. 71st St., which the feds have valued at $77 million, and a private jet. Epstein’s brother, Mark, and pal David Mitchell were also willing to co-sign the bond and pledge properties they own as collateral, the defense said. Prosecutors argued that Epstein posed an ‘extreme’ risk of flight, citing his immense wealth, which they said included ‘piles of cash’ and ‘dozens of diamonds’ stashed inside a locked safe in his townhouse.” (07/18/19)

Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/18/19

Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The media is reporting today that the US will send 500 troops to Saudi Arabia to confront the Iran “threat” to the region. Just over a decade ago, the US pulled its troops out of Saudi Arabia after acknowledging what Bin Laden had said about his motivation for the 9/11 attack: US troops on Saudi soil. Is it really a good idea to put troops back in?” [Flash video] (07/18/19)

Bitcoin and Voluntaryism — Where Libertarian Philosophy Meets Crypto

Graham Smith

by Graham Smith

“For the uninitiated, voluntaryism is a philosophy based on consent. In the simplest terms it says: ‘If it’s not voluntary, it’s not moral.’ This basic statement is often countered with ‘Yes, but not everyone agrees on that, some people use violence to get what they want.’ This is 100% true. And this is why voluntaryists are not pacifists, but believe in and support self-defense. Self-defense as per voluntaryism is defined as protecting one’s property, which begins with the self. As such, the philosophy and its adherents have taken a remarkable interest in bitcoin, thanks to the non-violent nature of peer-to-peer, decentralized currency.” (07/18/19)