Iraq: Rocket hits site of foreign oil firms in Basra, injuring two

Source: Dawn [Pakistan]

“A rocket landed at a residential and operations headquarters of several global major oil companies, including US giant ExxonMobil, near Iraq’s southern city of Basra early on Wednesday, wounding two Iraqi workers, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. It came after two separate attacks in as many days on bases housing US military personnel in Iraq, as tension increases between the United States and Iran.” (06/19/19)

The Doug Stanhope Podcast, episode 318

The Doug Stanhope Podcast

Source: The Doug Stanhope Podcast

“Doug and Olivia Grace take a break from their respective projects to discuss InCels, Thirst Traps, Murder Paranoia, Driving Panic Attacks & Joke Stripping.” [various formats] (06/19/19)

Reputation markets: Reality, dangers, and possibility

Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS)

Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Emmie Bevensee

“Trust is the backbone of not just economies, but also the social fabric more broadly. With it, new worlds are possible, and without it, collapse is inevitable. Trust is built on dynamic and complexly layered reputations. We each have our own methods of building trust, and different communities have their own systems for developing reputation. Mana in Maori culture maps and flows differently than social capital in western activist scenes, but they all point to the meaty question of how we can engage more deeply with each other. A healthy reputation system allows for these diverse and dynamic ecosystems to consensually co-mingle. When someone unknowingly engages with a person who has harmed people under similar circumstances in the past, this is a failure of information sharing around reputation. A whisper through informal networks that someone has an abusive past works similarly to a price signal in markets.” (06/18/19)

US Senate panel approves $4.5 billion for Trump’s fake border “emergency”

Source: The Hill

“The Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation on Wednesday that would give President Trump more than $4.5 billion in additional spending tied to the U.S.-Mexico border. The GOP-controlled panel voted 30-1 to approve the legislation, paving the way for a Senate vote before lawmakers leave for the July 4th recess. The panel provides a total of $4.59 billion to Trump in response to the administration’s request for emergency spending along the border. More than half — $2.88 billion — would go to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for unaccompanied children.” (06/19/19)

Electric Libertyland, episode 129

Electric Libertyland

Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland Brian can’t help but revel in the astounding raft of utter bullsh*t being peddled by the government and media in the past week. First it’s Iran and the oil tankers. Second Kellyanne Conway gets ‘Hatched.’ Next Alex Jones and kiddie porn. Then a black Boeing employee suing the company over a ‘noose over his desk.’ A rapper shot 55 times by cops sleeping in a Taco Bell drive-thru. A UK TV channel banning male-only writing teams. What a load. But that’s not all, after swimming through all that excrement Brian looks at the Hong Kong extradition protests, CA firefighters unions trying to make life hell for ex-felons, and knit-twits causing a social justice warrior riot in the yarn world.” [various formats] (06/19/19)

Debt, deficits, and the cost of free lunches

Source: Heartland Institute
by Richard M Ebeling

“It seems that every generation or two, fundamental economic ideas are questioned and challenged. The reasonable and important idea that governments should balance their budgets on an annual basis was challenged in the 1930s by the rise of Keynesian Economics and the counter-argument that deficit spending was desirable, if it was used to maintain full employment. Now it seems that any defense or desire for fiscal restraint and less government spending and borrowing are entirely out the window. Fiscal folly is the watchword of the day. It is not surprising that politicians care little about annual budget deficits and growing debt, since spending money is their way of buying votes from interest groups wanting to eat at the government trough. In America today, it is all a political game by which Democrats and Republicans pander to their respective voting blocs, especially in an upcoming presidential and congressional election year like 2020.” (06/18/19)

Trump should follow Washington, not Obama, on the use of force

Town Hall

Source: Townhall
by Terry Jeffrey

“Question: Would President George Washington have launched an offensive military action without prior authorization from Congress? Answer: no. Why? Because Washington understood and obeyed the original intent of the framers of the Constitution, who gave Congress, not the executive, the power to initiate war and control its scope. Question: Would President Barack Obama launch an offensive military action without prior authorization from Congress? Answer: Yes. He did in Libya. Why? Because Obama did not abide by the Constitution. He based his intervention in Libya’s civil war on a UN resolution. Will President Donald Trump follow in the footsteps Washington or Obama when it comes to the use of military force?” (06/19/19)

Pelosi rules out Trump censure if House can’t impeach him

Source: Aol News

“Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday ruled out censuring President Donald Trump if the House doesn’t impeach him, downplaying a less drastic censure as ‘a day at the beach’ for the president. Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor that censure would be ‘just a way out’ of House Democrats’ efforts to see if Trump has committed impeachable offenses. ‘If you’re going to go, you ought to go. In other words, if the goods are there, you must impeach,’ she said. Pelosi spoke as she tries restraining House Democrats from jumping quickly into a pre-election effort to impeach Trump. Several dozen of the 235 House Democrats have said they favor launching an impeachment inquiry.” (06/19/19)

Foreign Policy Focus, 06/19/19

Foreign Policy Focus

Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Scott Horton returns to FPF to discuss Will Grigg’s new book, hitting the 5,000 interview mark, and who may be behind the attacks on ships near the Persian Gulf.” [various formats] (06/19/19)

A decentralized look at the US-China trade war

Source: Notes On Liberty
by Tridivesh Singh Maini

“For the time being, it is highly unlikely that the Trade war between Beijing and Washington will be resolved. In May 2019, Trump increased tariffs on Chinese commodities (worth $200 billion) from 10% to a whopping 25%. So far, the US has imposed tariffs worth about $250 billion on China, while China has retaliated with tariffs on US goods estimated at well over $100 billion. It would be pertinent to point out that trade disputes have not been restricted only to Washington and Beijing. Imposition of tariffs has been a bone of contention with numerous US allies, including Japan.” (06/18/19)