George and Amal Clooney give $1 million "to combat US hate groups"

Source: Raw Story

"Actor George Clooney and his humanitarian lawyer wife, Amal Clooney, have donated $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a U.S. non-profit that monitors extremists and domestic hate groups, in response to protests in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month. An Aug. 12 rally in the town organized by neo-Nazis and other white supremacists led to counter-protests and the death of a woman when a car plowed into the crowd. The street battles triggered a political crisis for President Donald Trump, who praised 'very fine people' on both sides of the fight. 'What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate,' the Clooneys said in a joint statement. The donation comes from the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which the couple established in 2016 to promote justice in classrooms and courtrooms around the world." (08/22/17)

So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 08/22/17

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

"On today's episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, [former ACLU president Nadine] Strossen discusses the fallout from Charlottesville and argues forcefully that, yes, even neo-Nazis deserve free speech and assembly rights — and yes, the ACLU should defend those rights. She believes the best way to preserve a free society is to not compromise the rights guaranteed by a free society. She is authoring a book on this very topic due out next year titled, 'HATE: Why we should resist it with free speech, not censorship.'" [Flash audio or MP3] (08/22/17)

Donald Trump's new Afghanistan plan promises more killing — and little else

Source: The Intercept
by Alex Emmons

"President Donald Trump was set to announce an escalation of 4,000 troops in Afghanistan during a primetime address Monday night where he planned to clarify his policy on the 16-year war he inherited from the two previous presidents. Trump, however, did neither. His audience was left with nothing but excuses and contradictions. Trump refused to say how many troops he was sending, or set any goals or timetables for their withdrawal. 'We are not nation-building again,' he stressed, boasting that 'we are going to participate in economic development to help defray the cost of this war to us.' Amid all the contradictions, though, Trump did make one aspect of his policy absolutely clear: The U.S. would kill more people in Afghanistan." (08/22/17)

AZ: Trans woman attacked at Phoenix pool party, days after sharing video of herself beating a black girl

Source: Raw Story

"A transgender teen who was attacked by a group of people at a pool last week had uploaded a video of herself pummeling a black girl just days before. A group of up to 20 people attacked the 18-year-old transgender woman, Dakota Kern, at a pool party in Phoenix on August 16 — and the brutal beating was shared on social media by the perpetrators. On August 12, just four days earlier, Kern had shared a video of herself pulling a black teen by the hair and pummeling her in the head. The Facebook video shows Kern calling the black girl a 'b*tch' as she drags her across pavement. Kern also says in the video not to call her a 'dude.' The two incidents appear to be related. One Facebook user commented 'That’s why you got what you got the other night' on the video August 20. 'Well u beat up my grandaughter last week Karma ain’t no joke,' another Facebook user wrote on Kern’s page." (08/22/17)

The Chinese economy's fatal flaws

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by William Hongsong Wang

"Dr. Per Bylund’s recently published article poignantly states one of the core problems in the Chinese economy and its the state-manipulated Keynesian foundation. I do agree with his opinion. And if we dig deeper into the exact situation of Chinese economy, we will find that it’s a typical failing of the Keynesian, cronyist system. By using the perspective of Austrian business cycle theory, lets take a look at China’s real estate industry, which is suffering more and more painfully from artificial credit issued by China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBC)." (08/22/17)

Joe Arpaio doesn't deserve a pardon

Source: USA Today
by staff

"Fresh from pouring gasoline on the fires of intolerance in Charlottesville, Va., President Trump arrives for a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday weighing a pardon for a man who systematically persecuted people of color. Invoking the presidential pardon power for this man (former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio) at this time would further shred whatever semblance of moral authority the president retains, not to mention Republican hopes of making inroads among Hispanic voters. A pardon would also have a potentially chilling effect on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation by signaling targets of that inquiry that the president might let them off the hook, even if they refuse to cooperate." (08/21/17)

Study: Cannabis could reduce risk of suffering stroke

Source: Smell the Truth

"Pot smokers could have a greatly reduced risk of stroke, a new study finds. In findings published by the medical journal Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas found that cannabis use enhances the flow of blood and oxygen, effectively reducing the possibility of stroke and blood clots. The study’s lead author, Dr. Francesca Filbey, and her team claims the 'primary psychoactive ingredient present in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), relaxes arterial walls resulting in lower blood pressure and increased blood flow to tissues. Past marijuana research has shown changes in cognitive functions such as memory and executive functioning. Our study seeks to understand the possible neurophysiological mechanisms that may drive these cognitive changes,' Filbey wrote in a statement." (08/22/17)

Syria: US, allied strikes allegedly kill 170 civilians in a week

Source: CBS News

"Syrian state media, opposition activists and an outside monitoring group say U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on the northern city of Raqqa have killed dozens of civilians. U.S.-backed Syrian opposition fighters have been trying to capture the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) since June 6, and have been marching under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) now hold more than half of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS." (08/22/17)

Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 18


"By the 1720s, the Americas' radicals existed adrift at sea; stateless people who turned their very existence into an act of rebellion." [various formats] (08/22/17)

Just how bad are the Republicans in Congress?

by Laurence M Vance

"The last time the Republicans had absolute control of the government was during the presidency of George W. Bush when they had a majority in the House and Senate for over four years. And what did they do when they were in charge? They almost doubled the federal budget and the national debt, created the monstrous Department of Homeland Security, greatly expanded the Department of Education, passed the Patriot Act, let the government begin spying on Americans, started two senseless wars, and instituted the Republican version of Obamacare (the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act). Democrats could not have done any worse. But things are different now. Really?" (08/22/17)