American Foreign Policy, episode 3

Source: Attack The System

"Tonight I will be joined by Keith Preston to discuss the implications of the US Indian Wars and Spanish-American War." [Flash video] (07/21/17)

Brennan, Rice, Power — lock them up!

David Stockman

by David Stockman

"We frequently hear people say they have nothing to hide — so surrendering privacy and constitutional rights to the Surveillance State may not be such a big deal if it helps catch a terrorist or two. But with each passing day in the RussiaGate drama we are learning that this superficial exoneration is dangerously beside the point. We are referring here to the unrelenting witch hunt that has been unleashed by Imperial Washington against the legitimately elected President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. This campaign of lies, leaks and Russophobia is the handiwork of Obama’s top national security advisors, who blatantly misused Washington’s surveillance apparatus to discredit Trump and to effectively nullify America’s democratic process." (07/22/17)

US Senate parliamentarian says some major BCRA elements subject to 60-vote threshold

Source: CBS News

"The Senate parliamentarian has determined that certain provisions of the Senate Republicans' original plan to repeal and replace Obamacare violate the 'Byrd Rule,' meaning that they don't qualify for passage under reconciliation's 51-vote majority. Instead, they would be subject to a 60-vote point of order during a floor vote. The list of violations was released Friday evening by the Senate Budget Committee, which a Republican aide said are guidance on the earlier draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The aide said it will 'help inform action on the legislation going forward.'" (07/21/17)

PanAm Podcast, 07/21/17

Source: PanAm Post

"Helen Raleigh Discusses How Trump Should Reform American Immigration Policy." [Flash video] (07/21/17)

Have we reached peak AI hysteria?

Source: Niskanen Center
by Ryan Hagemann

"In the preface to his book Superintelligence, Nick Bostrom contends that developing AI 'is quite possibly the most important and most daunting challenge humanity has ever faced. And — whether we succeed or fail — it is probably the last challenge we will ever face.' Even Stephen Hawking has jumped on the panic wagon. These concerns aren’t uniquely held by innovators, scientists, and academics. A Morning Consult poll found that a significant majority of Americans supported both domestic and international regulations on AI. All of this suggests that we are in the midst of a full blown AI techno-panic." (07/21/17)

Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democrat Kamala Harris are teaming up to seek bail reform

Source: Rare

"Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are working together on a new criminal justice effort aimed at reducing the size of jails. Harris and Paul are reintroducing the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act, a bipartisan effort aimed at encouraging states to reform or replace the current bail system. In an op-ed for The New York Times, Paul and Harris discuss the tragic case of Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old New Yorker who spent three years in jail for stealing a backpack because his family could not afford the $3,000 bail. The charges were later dropped, and a 'haunted' Browder committed suicide in 2015." (07/21/17)

TN: Judge offers inmates 30 days off sentence if they get sterilized

Source: United Press International

"Prisoners at a small county jail in Tennessee are being given an opportunity to get 30 days removed from their sentence — if they agree to be sterilized. Sam Benningfield, the only judge in White County, Tenn., introduced the program as a way to prevent repeat drug offenders and other criminals to abstain from having children. … Although Benningfield is excited about the program and says it can encourage responsibility and reduce recidivism, District Attorney Bryant Dunaway believes it is unethical. 'It's concerning to me. My office doesn't support this order,' Dunaway said. Some question the concept's constitutionality." (07/21/17)

In The Tank Podcast, episode 98

Source: Heartland Institute

"With John Nothdurft MIA, Heartland’s Justin Haskins joins Donny Kendal to present episode #98 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country." [Flash audio] (07/21/17)

Suicide is not for the coward

Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

"So the lead singer of alternative rock band Linkin Park is in the news, because he killed himself by hanging. While I haven’t liked Linkin Park since their first album, and since I was in the 9th grade, a lot of people are coming forward to call Chester a coward for committing suicide, primarily because it means he left six children behind. Regardless of whether you approve of his choice, it is stupid, and a horrific misrepresentation of the situation, to call someone a coward because they killed themselves." (07/21/17)

Trump regime will attempt to ban US citizens from traveling to North Korea

Source: Los Angeles Times

"The State Department said Friday it will prohibit U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea starting late next month, citing the risk of arrest and imprisonment by the authoritarian regime in Pyongyang. The decision by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson bars use of U.S. passports 'to travel in, through, or to North Korea,' spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. … The State Department long has warned Americans not to visit North Korea, as it does for conflict zones and other countries with governments seen as hostile — but did not forbid it outright. It thus will become the only country off-limits to U.S. passport holders." [editor's note: Get over yourself, Tillerson. You don't GET to decide where I may or may not travel – TLK] (07/21/17)