Mr. President, declassify documents on Russia collusion now

Source: The American Spectator
by R Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.

“I think President Trump has subtly brought the left and the right in this country together, at least on one point. The time has come for the citizenry to see all the documents held by the government in the so-called Russian collusion scandal. Was there collusion? Who was involved? The President has it in his power to declassify the documents. Use your faithful weapon, Mr. President, your trusty black felt pen. Sign the declassifying order now.” (07/18/18)

Blockchain 2025, 07/18/18


“Obviously, we’re huge fans of distributed, decentralized ledger technology. But it has to be said that probably the vast, vast number of blockchain-related projects are outright scams, utter bullshit.” [various formats] (07/18/18)

Illegal abortion will mean abortion by mail

Source: The Atlantic
by Olga Khazan

“With the prospect of a more conservative Supreme Court on the horizon, some progressive women have begun to fear what will happen if Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion, is overturned. Some of these prophecies have centered on a popular meme in the pro-choice community: The coat hanger. During a recent rally, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon held up a wire coat hanger as a warning that we should not return to the previous generation’s means of obtaining illicit abortions. And Representative Lois Frankel, a Democrat from Florida, banged a coat hanger on the table at a briefing while discussing the latest Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. … But medical technology has progressed significantly since Roe was decided in 1973, and we — realistically, fortunately — won’t see a return to women using coat hangers or other implements to self-abort. Instead, it’s more likely that more and more women will turn to shady online pharmacies to buy abortion pills through the mail — a practice that is already occurring with surprising frequency and effectiveness around the world.” (07/18/18)

Democrats’ “sudden” hard-left turn has been years in the making

Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Long-time political watchers have been shocked in recent months to see formerly powerful Democratic Party leaders ousted by far-left challenges within their own party. The once-proud centrist party of the working class, the Democrats are now a party of the hard left. Recent events show just how far things have gone: * 28-year-old Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes beat New York Rep. Joe Crowley, the No. 4 ranking Democrat in the House, in a primary challenge. Despite a series of embarrassing gaffes in just over a week, the Democrat-safe New York district she’s in guarantees she’ll win. * In California, far left state Senator Kevin de Leon challenged four-term incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein for the endorsement of the state’s Democratic Party and won hands down, 65% to just 7%. Feinstein, 85, whose liberal credentials are impeccable, wasn’t far left enough, even though she trounced de Leon in the actual primary, 44% to 12%.” [editor’s note: The Democrats are a center-right party, its upstarts perhaps a millimeter to the left of center. There isn’t anything close to a “hard left” in mainstream US politics – TLK] (07/18/18)

When code is speech, tech like 3D-printed guns sees greater protection from censorship

Andrea O'Sullivan

Source: Reason
by Andrea O’Sullivan

“Can a gun be protected by our rights to free speech? According to a recent settlement by the Department of Justice, when the gun is a schematic written in computer code, it can. Reason readers will be familiar with the saga of Cody Wilson and his gun rights collective, Defense Distributed. Disturbed by the rising tide of anti-gun sentiment in the cultural discourse, Wilson and his comrades set out to secure Americans’ rights to defend ourselves against government abuse. But they took a different tack than Second Amendment advocates before them. Rather than spending billions on lobbying and public persuasion campaigns, Defense Distributed bound their fate to the mast of technological determinism. They put guns on the internet.” (07/18/18)

Study: Early dinner time associated with lower risk of cancer

Source: USA Today

“A new study might encourage you to put down that late night snack. Researchers at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health found people who eat dinner early or wait at least two hours before going to sleep have a lower risk for cancer. The study focused on whether our meal timing could lead to a higher risk of breast or prostate cancer. It included data from more than 1,800 cases of breast and prostate cancer, as well as more than 2,000 random healthy participants. Participants took questionnaires asking about when they ate, their sleep habits, and chronotype — basically whether they’re more of a morning or evening person. The study showed an association between eating earlier (before 9 p.m.) and a 20 percent lower risk for breast and prostate cancers compared to people who ate a late dinner (after 10 p.m.) or went to bed right after eating.” (07/18/18)

Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/18/18

Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Just when it seemed that much of the US intelligence community was on the ropes over its role in the 2016 US presidential election, lo and behold the Rosenstein indictments days before the Trump-Putin summit has much of America demanding that we never question our spy agencies. If we do, they say, we are traitors. Is this the kind of America we want to live in?” [Flash video] (07/18/18)

An odd, non-linear game

Source: Cobden Centre
by Tim Price

“For historians, there are primary sources and secondary sources. Primary sources are the original documents that point to the raw history, like the original Magna Carta, for example. Secondary sources are effectively historical derivatives — they incorporate interpretation and analysis. In financial markets, the equivalent of primary sources are prices — the only raw data that speak unequivocally of what occurred by way of financial exchange between buyer and seller. Everything else amounts to interpretation and analysis, and must by definition be regarded as subjective. So-called fundamentals, therefore, are subjective. There is the price — and everything else is essentially chatter.” (07/18/18)

Trump challenged status quo during Helsinki summit with Putin

Source: USA Today
by US Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ)

“I am bemused by those who are judging the success or failure (the pundits claiming the latter) of the Helsinki summit based on a few sentences in a news conference. The complainers should take a step back and reassess. The media event may not have been a perfect 10, but it wasn’t a zero either. What did we learn? That President Donald Trump is consistent in his shakeup of the status quo. He promised to be a change agent, someone who consistently puts America’s interests ahead of other nations. The lesson here is that he meant what he said. We are seeing the rapprochement with Russia that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pursued [sic], and former President Barack Obama surreptitiously hoped for.” (07/18/18)

Iran nuclear chief: Regime opens new centrifuge rotor factory

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“An Iranian factory has started to produce rotors for up to 60 centrifuges a day, upping the stakes in a confrontation with the United States over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme. The announcement by the head of Iran’s atomic agency on Wednesday came a month after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered agencies to prepare to increase uranium enrichment capacity, if the nuclear deal with world powers falls apart after Washington’s withdrawal [sic]. … Iran has said it will wait to see what the other powers will do, but signalled it is ready to get its enrichment activities back on track. It has regularly said its nuclear programme is just for electricity generation and other peaceful projects.” (07/18/18)