Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying (Maybe much more than “improper”)

“Improper”? Is that the correct word?

The prior administration still has much to account for, which may be why so many from the Obama years are freaking out in government and out.

(From The Hill)

The National Security Agency and FBI violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama administration by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules.

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The case for free-market anticapitalism (“it takes a government to do a death camp”)

“As Deirdre McCloskey put it:

“Anyone who after the 20th century still thinks that thoroughgoing socialism, nationalism, imperialism, mobilization, central planning, regulation, zoning, price controls, tax policy, labor unions, business cartels, government spending, intrusive policing, adventurism in foreign policy, faith in entangling religion and politics, or most of the other thoroughgoing 19th-century proposals for governmental action are still neat, harmless ideas for improving our lives… is not paying attention.”

This is an excellent essay.

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Zerohedge: Former CIA Director Calls For A Coup If Trump Fires Mueller

It is disappointing to see these fellows on the same stage as Wolf Blitzer given all that CNN has done, but it’s not a surprise. Sadly.

It should be noted that Mr. Brennan, head of the CIA under Obama, in 1976 voted for the Communist candidate for president. We all have youthful indiscretions but that a former head of the CIA once voted for Gus Hall is pretty crazy. Jimmy Carter wasn’t “liberal”

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“Participatory Fascism” is the future?

By Robert Higgs

“Socialism with Chinese characteristics” = Chinese fascism
“American capitalism” = American fascism
“Post-Communism in Russia” = Russian fascism
“Scandinavian Third Way” = Scandinavian fascism
“Italian fascism” = Italian fascism
“German fascism” = German fascism
“European corporatism” = European fascism

Are you starting to see a pattern?

Many people continue to perceive the presence or impending advent of socialism here, there, and everywhere. But full-fledged socialism is almost extinct.

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German media failed to report refugee crisis honestly, study finds

This is a shocker.

In Germany, like in the USA, there is an official narrative handed down from the wonks running the government, which is then repeated as truth by those in the media who have partnered with the government and want to get invited to the right cocktail parties.

Of course many people realize that it’s all BS, many more than in the past, but the media and the state are still very powerful and as such can pummel those who offer up an alternative analysis.

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Reporters Without Borders: Russian bill is copy-and-paste of Germany’s (terrible) hate speech law

Across the world states are trying to lock down speech. China is leading the way but Europe and the US are increasingly restrictive.

Of course it’s all an effort at restricting “hate speech.” Right.

Speech is speech, and “hate speech” as defined by the state is often just something someone somewhere in the state aparatus doesn’t want to hear.

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Student loan debt has grown 250% in the last 10 years—here’s where grads owe the least

Right about now reality is hitting 2017 grads.

By the way, the only way to really get at the heart of the problem is to cut student loan programs. All the easy money has inflated the cost of education. But the universities don’t want that and prospective students are afraid they’ll be left out in the cold. So I guess we’ll keep on with the current silliness.

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(Best story of the day?) Toronto man builds park stairs for $550, irking city after $65,000 (to $150,000) estimate

Image: NewsOK

Let’s hope that we see more and more of this sort of thing. On the ground. Doing the right thing. Outmaneuvering the bureaucratic beast.

Good on this guy.

$65,000 – $150,000 dollars for these steps according to the city. Wonder who gets that contract?

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