Monday, December 31, 2018

QUO VADIS, COUSIN SAM?

this page updated 5 January, A.U.C. 2769  [A.D. 2016]


Route 132, Candiac, Quebec, Canada
     The initial focus of this blog is the area of Eastern Washington encompassing the northern parts of the Big Bend Country and Northern Washington; and the people who have lived in the area; and particularly the ascendants and descendants of Thomas Brownfield Seaton (1843-1920),  Louis Joliet (1645-1700), Thomas-Jacques Taschereau (1680-1749), Maria Jane Beamish (1819-1889), Eleonore de Grandmaison (1620-1692), Andreas Peterson Longacre (1657-1718), and Col. George Eskridge (1660-1735), and many other direct ancestors; and James Alexander (1749-1835), Samuel C. Rinker (1844-1912), and Jasper Burton Norman (1892-1956), who are related, and many others to whom I am connected, and who explored and settled a continent and helped to build two great nations.  My extended family tree includes the Lee family of Virginia and all 44 presidents.  As this work progresses other parts of the United States and Canada will come into focus, including Cass County, Missouri; Pembina, North Dakota; Northern Virginia; and Quebec, to name a few.  I will also be following some lines of history back into Europe, including one line to 4th century Saxony.

      "People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors." - Edmund Burke in Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1793.

      "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana in Reason in Common Sense, 1905.

      "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - Attributed to George Santayana (1863-1952)


      This post is set to remain at the top of the blog as a home page, with a general table of contents and other information.  (Quo Vadis means "where are you going.")

COPYRIGHT, PERMISSIONS & BLOG POLICY



BLOG TABLE OF CONTENTS


IN THE NEWS
Indexes for the years 1850 to 2010 have been constructed. Content will be added as I get to it.

      About this section

      shortcut to current half:  JULY — DECEMBER, 2017


THIS DATE IN HISTORY
including fixed holy days, commemorations, birthdays, anniversaries, deaths, and other special occasions, as well as significant local, regional, national, and world events

Daily Quotations
From "Thought for today" postings on Facebook

Connections Index  [new section under construction]
How I'm Related or Connected to Famous People

PICTURE GALLERIES

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MANUSCRIPTS

FROM PIONEERS TO POWER
Having received permission, I have begun posting the book, FROM PIONEERS TO POWER, about the building of the Grand Coulee dam and the people who pioneered the area, including many members of my family.  TABLE OF CONTENTS

A HISTORY OF COULEE CITY, WASHINGTON
By Leslie Edwin Lillquist, WSU Dpt. of History, 1969

ROSS FAMILY RECORD
This is the book that really got me into blogging.  This unpublished manuscript, prepared by Henry Ross Wiggs in 1971, tells of the descendants of J. William Ross (d. 1824), his son Drummond Ross (1816-1856), his wife Maria Jane Beamish (1824-1889), and her second husband, Achille-Antoine Fleury Taschereau (1836-1886).  Maria and Fleury were my great grandparents.  Index


BOOKS

AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE BIG BEND COUNTRY
embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams, and Franklin counties, state of Washington
Western Historical Publishing Co. 1904; C. S. Blog edition
archive details:      Part 1 (pp. i - 520)      Part 2 (pp. 521 - 1024)

AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF STEVENS, FERRY, OKANOGAN AND CHELAN COUNTIES,
Western Historical Publishing Co. 1904.
archive details

CONQUEST of the COEUR D'ALENES, SPOKANES & PALOUSES
The Expeditions of Colonels E. J. Steptoe and George Wright against the "Northern Indians" in 1858.  By Benjamin Franklin Manring; Inland Printing Company, Spokane, Wash. 1912.
archive details
Col. Edward Jenner Steptoe was my 3rd cousin 5x removed.

FROM SEA TO SEA (chapters 22-37)
In Vol. 16 of THE WRITINGS IN PROSE AND VERSE OF
RUDYARD KIPLING ©1899
NEW YORK.  CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS.  1906.
An account of Kipling's visit to America in 1889

HISTORY OF THE CITY OF SPOKANE AND SPOKANE COUNTRY, WASHINGTON
From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, By N. W. DURHAM
The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1912.
archive details:      VOLUME I      VOLUME II      VOLUME III

SPOKANE AND THE SPOKANE COUNTRY, PICTORIAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL
De Luxe Supplement.  The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1912.
archive details:      VOLUME I      VOLUME II

Illustrated history of Spokane County
Rev. Johathan Edwards, W. H. Lever, Publisher, 1900
archive details

Early Okanogan History
by William Compton Brown
archive details

History of Old Walla Wall County
embracing Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin Counties
W. D. Lyman, S. J. Clarke publishing co. 1918
archive details:     VOLUME I      VOLUME II

History of the Yakima Valley, Washington
comprising Yakima, Kittitas, and Benton Counties
W. D. Lyman, S. J. Clarke publishing co. 1919
archive details:      VOLUME I      VOLUME II

An illustrated history of north Idaho
embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho
Western Historical Publishing Co. 1903
archive details      full text


OTHER

COULEE CITY INDEX

BIG BEND CEMETERIES

ANCESTRY INDEX

OBITUARY INDEX
(family tree members):

FAMILY TREE RESEARCH INDEX

FAMILY SCRAPBOOK INDEX
Grand Coulee Dam, Coulee City, Military Service, Spokane

JUDITH BURDACK ARTICLES

THE LEES OF VIRGINIA

SCRAPBOOK MISCELANEOUS INDEX

INDIANS (NATIVE AMERICANS) INDEX

RAILROADS INDEX
Many of the settlers in the Big Bend area, including many members of my family tree, came from their previous homes in the Railroad Migration after the completion of those lines in the late 1880's and early 1890's.  These railroads were and continue to be essential to the region.

WASHINGTON FAMILY INDEX

COMING EVENTS
[not currently being  maintained]

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COUSIN SAM'S LIBRARY
On July 12, 2011, I opened this blog as a reference library for much of the source material related to research for my other blogs, as well as other material, such as collections of quotations, web links, Archive links, and such, so that I can keep the  focus of this blog on family and place.

COUSIN SAM'S FAITH
On July 13, 2011, I opened this blog on religion, politics, and opinion, which are matters of faith, with faith being understood as not merely believing, but what we believe and why.  These subjects are not well suited for inclusion in my other blogs, which are concerned with who, what, when, and where. This blog is about the fifth "w", why.

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CONTRIBUTIONS


     It takes a lot of time to research and transcribe the kind of information going into this blog. Donations using the PayPal Donate button at the top right are most welcome.  Donations in the form of checks made out to Samuel Taschereau will also be accepted at the snail mail address.

     If you have articles, stories, letters, or documentation that you think may be of interest to this blog, you may send it to me either by e-mail or snail mail.

e-mail: rfsamt@gmail.com

snail mail:  S. F. Taschereau
                 4822 N Nelson, Apt 5
                 Spokane, WA 99217

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Ancestry Research Web Sites & Links:     http://cousinsam.blogspot.com/2011/06/web-sites-links-ancestry-research.html  Including Open Library selections

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages. http://www.archive.org/index.php

state history publications:
http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications.aspx


University of Idaho Historic Photograph Collection List


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Friday, December 28, 2018

THIS DATE IN HISTORY INDEX


JANUARY


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JULY


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sources:

This Day in History — History.com — What Happened Today in History

On This Day - NYTimes.com

This Day in History: October 24 — Infoplease.com
www.infoplease.com/dayinhistory

On-This-Day.com - The best source for daily historical events ...
www.on-this-day.com/

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History – Facts Of The ...
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Gaston gazette


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

JULY — DECEMBER, 2017


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JULY


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

In the news, Friday, August 4, 2017


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AUG 03      INDEX      AUG 05
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Information from some sites may not be reliable, or may not be vetted.
Some sources may require subscription.

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from Anglican Journal

Anglican-run shelter for trafficked children to open in Ghana
A new Anglican-run community shelter to provide a home for trafficked children is on course to open next year in Accra, Ghana. The bishop of Accra, Daniel Mensah Torto, told journalists this week that Hope Community would resettle and educate trafficked children who had been rescued. The refuge, funded by the diocese of Accra in partnership with the U.S. embassy in Ghana, is part of a five-year anti-trafficking program.

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from CNSNews.com (& MRC & NewsBusters)
[Information from this site may not be reliable.]

W.V. Governor's Switch To the GOP Lands Democrats At a New Low
At a GOP rally in Huntington, West Virginia on Thursday, Democratic Governor Jim Justice announced that he will be changing his party affiliation to Republican. Justice appeared at a rally with President Donald Trump at his side, where he publicly declared his registration change to a crowd of around 9,900 people.

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from First Things

STOP ASSISTED-SUICIDE OPIOID ABUSE
Doctors are prescribing opioids for patients' use in committing suicide—federal law should put an end to it. If we want people to stop abusing opioids, we cannot continue allowing doctors to prescribe overdoses intentionally.

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from The Guardian (UK)
[Information from this site may be unreliable.]

It was our agonising job as Charlie Gard's care team to say: enough
My Great Ormond Street colleagues and I did what we believed to be in Charlie’s best interests. We do not deserve abuse.

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from The Heritage Foundation
[Information from this site may be unreliable.]

Why the Justice Department’s Affirmative Action Fight Is What America’s Colleges Need
The U.S. Department of Justice plans to investigate and potentially sue universities that intentionally discriminate against certain applicants based on race. This is welcome news. For too long, the federal government has allowed schools to put a thumb on the scales and admit certain races over others. It's high time that the Justice Department joined this effort. Colleges shouldn’t let race color their decisions as to whom they will let inside their ivied walls.

At Last, U.S. Tackling Russian Belligerence Head On
In the last week or two, we’ve seen some significant steps in which the Congress and the White House are putting the Kremlin on notice about its bad behavior. Washington, D.C., is pushing back on Moscow’s attempts to muscle us around. For starters, President Trump signed a punitive economic sanctions bill yesterday. If there’s one thing Moscow has always — and will always — understand and respect, it’s strength. Let's make sure we continue to show it.

Strong Jobs Report for July Gives Trump Momentum for Tax Reform
The U.S. economy created 209,000 jobs last month, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report, exceeding expert predictions by nearly 30,000 jobs. This gives the Trump administration momentum to continue pushing for meaningful reforms that help grow the economy and increase prosperity. These numbers signal that Americans are seeing reasons and motivation to jump back into the labor force to seek employment, and are actually finding jobs. There is no question that if significant tax reform is passed, other jobs reports in the near future will make this one look insignificant.

Why America Must Capitalize On Its Alliances in the Asia-Pacific Region
North Korea is the single largest threat emanating from the Asia-Pacific region today. This aggressive behavior makes our Asia-Pacific alliances critically important. President Trump seems to recognize this. Going forward, the United States should take heed of its past “powerplays” and use them to capitalize on the strength of its alliances in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Continuing Threat to Religious Liberty
Colorado baker Jack Phillips declined to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex-wedding reception because with every cake he designs, he believes he's serving Christ. The progressive movement gave us the administrative state and government began to regulate more areas of life, and the infringement on religious liberty increased. Religious-liberty protections help preserve the conditions that make peaceful coexistence possible. They acknowledge man's dignity and the reality of pluralism. All of America is better off when these freedoms are protected, as they allow room for all of us to live according to our consciences — and to appeal to other people’s consciences in seeking to persuade them of what we regard as the truth in matters of faith.

Yes: Trump Policy Would Mitigate Real Risks
All who desire to serve their country in uniform are to be commended. That includes transgender individuals. Too few Americans wish to serve. But every soldier must be ready at a moment's notice to deploy to a distant hostile battlefield, with no guarantee of a continued supply of medical treatment. Such caution and prudence exercised by Trump seems to be the best policy option until the complete impact on readiness can be determined.

Conservatives Must Demand Spending Controls in Exchange for Raising Debt Ceiling
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has indicated that the federal borrowing limit must be raised by Sept. 29, or the U.S. could run out of money to pay its bills. Congress should not abdicate that authority by writing Mnuchin a blank check and getting nothing in return for American taxpayers. Congress should insist on substantial spending controls in exchange for more deficit spending.

Recommendations for the Next Ballistic Missile Defense-and-Defeat Review
The Trump Administration must advance U.S. missile defense capabilities, including ballistic missile defense interceptors located in space. It should also acknowledge the unique contributions of missile defense to U.S. and allied security in the face of threats like those posed by the large and growing North Korean and Iranian ballistic missile arsenals. By emphasizing steps ranging from ensuring that our current interceptors are optimized, to positioning the United States to address future threats by funding defense technologies and interceptors in space, the ballistic missile defense-and-defeat review provides a unique opportunity to put the U.S. missile defense policy on a sounder footing than its predecessors have done.

The EU Must Not Threaten the Sovereignty of Poland
The European Union, which has long interfered in the affairs of sovereign European nations, looks to be meddling in the political affairs of Poland. The European Union came close to stripping Poland of its voting rights in the Council over an internal debate about judicial reform.

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from The Living Church

UNPLANNED PARENTHOOD
Whatever you think about Planned Parenthood, I suspect that most of even the most vociferously pro-life conservatives agree with this basic principle, tantamount to one of the core assumptions of modern democratic life, that pregnancies should be, for the most part, with rare and rarely charming exceptions, planned. There are two categories of pregnancy: wanted and unwanted; planned and unplanned. We seem to have forgotten about the existence of a complicated middle ground that probably includes most babies born in history, i.e., pregnancy that is wanted but not precisely planned, expected but still unexpected, welcomed but not precisely wanted, wanted but wanted with fear, trepidation, and a great deal of uncertainty. There’s a lot that we can and should work on. But no policy change — even a dramatic reversal of Roe v. Wade — is going to make us into a culture of life. Neither will having lots of babies. It has to start with us refusing to put babies next to video games and fur coats on the list of things that we want or don’t want.

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from Reason Magazine
[Information from this site may not be reliable.]

5 Cities That Got F**ked By the Olympics
The Olympics are an awful deal for the cities that host them. Take it from the organizers in these five cities. You might be certifiably insane to want to host an Olympics.

Harvesting Roadkill Now Legal in at Least Half of U.S. States
Oregon is the latest. Let's welcome this tasty trend.

Do Too Many Libertarians Celebrate a False 'Perfection of the Market'?
[Podcast]  Michael Munger on the radicalism of public-choice economics, the failure of Democracy in Chains, and how the libertarian movement needs to evolve.

America's Cities Double Down on Trolley Follies
Streetcars continue to see cost overruns while failing to produce promised economic development. A rash of recent streetcar developments have run into cost overruns and delays, thanks to faulty economic reasoning and an open faucet of federal dollars.

The Justice Department Is Asking Legal Marijuana States to Do the Impossible
Sessions wants Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to do something that can't be done. Laws themselves will not eradicate forbidden behaviors. Laws discourage those behaviors and punish people who engage in them.

Individualism Increasing Across the World
The richer people become, the more eagerly they throw off the shackles of collectivism.

Donald Trump Should End the Afghanistan War
Donald J. Trump has an opportunity to fulfill his predecessor's promise and to secure a real legacy builder—he should take it. He should resist efforts within his administration to escalate it instead.

Researchers Highlight the Government's Complicity in Heroin Deaths
The more drug warriors crack down on opioids, the more dangerous they become.

From Bork to Willett: Is the Conservative Legal Movement Going Libertarian?
Libertarian legal ideas are gaining ground.

Crazy Pet Anti-Vaxxers Provoke My Canine Lyme Disease Vaccine Envy
Lyme disease vaccine has been available for dogs since the 1990s; humans may get it next year. Anti-vax madness has taken hold among Brooklynite hipsters who are refusing to get their dogs and cats inoculated.

Will All Seriously Ill Americans Be Granted the ‘Right to Try’ Experimental Meds?
Senate approves bill giving some earlier access to treatment. A state-level movement to allow Americans who are seriously and potentially terminally ill to access medication earlier in the approval process may successfully be going national.

Jeff Sessions Is Taking Law Enforcement Back to the 1980s
On asset forfeiture, prison sentences, and police oversight, Trump’s beleaguered attorney general is rolling back decades of progress. Jeff Sessions' view of criminal justice policy is out of line with the moves of his own party in states and localities around the country, and it really revives policies that run counter to evidence that exists now.

The Democrats' 'Better Deal' Means More Government Control Over American Businesses
Dems are pushing economic protectionism, giving more power to unelected officials, and public shaming of American businesses.

Police, Teachers Unions Protect Workers at Expense of Public
It's how their rules were made to work. Legislators have put union protections above public protections.

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from Religion News Service

Britain’s first Anglican same-sex marriage celebrated in a Scottish church
The first gay marriage in an Anglican church in Britain took place this week, a day after Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby described the continuing squabbles over same-sex marriage in the worldwide Anglican Communion as “intractable.”

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from The Spokesman-Review

Todd Hudson, Hudson Hamburgers, RIP
Huckleberries has confirmed, thanks to Adam Mayer/KHQ, that co-owner Todd Hudson of Hudson's Hamburgers has died. Adam confirmed the news with the family moments ago. Todd was stricken recently with aggressive cancer. A Facebook post from Nate's New York Pizza alerted us to Todd's death today: "Last night we lost a great person in our local community Todd Hudson, one of the owners of Hudson's Hamburgers. You will be missed my friend! Thoughts and Prayers to the Hudson Family."

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from Tribal Tribune (Nespelem, WA)

In a shot at entering a $600 million hemp production industry, the Colville Tribes planted a 60-acre test plot, planning to research the marketability of hemp seed and fiber projects. Colville Business Council member Michael Marchand announced the new project, July 28.

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from Washington Policy Center (State)

A dollar buys more in right-to-work states
A study released by the respected Tax Foundation yesterday ranks Washington among the top 10 most expensive states in which to live. The study calculates the real buying power of $100 in each state to measure the true cost-of-living.  Once again, Hawaii, New York, California, New Jersey and Maryland rank as the top five highest-cost-of-living states, with Washington rounding out the top ten.  States in the south--Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, followed by South Dakota and Kentucky--boast the five lowest costs-of-living.  In these states a worker’s raw income may be lower, but he can buy more with it.

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from Anglican Communion News Service

A working group set up explore how different strands of thinking on sexuality could be kept together in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has published its interim report. The group was established after the May 2016 meeting of the province’s General Synod agreed to “let lie on the table” a motion on the blessings of same-sex relationships. The Synod instead called for a working group to look at structural arrangements to keep the different sides of the debate together. In their interim report, the working group recommends that there should be “no alteration to the formularies of this Church” and that dioceses and bishops should be allowed “to authorise individual clergy within their ministry units to conduct services blessing same gender relationships.”

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from BBC News (UK)

The actor Robert Hardy, star of TV series All Creatures Great and Small, has died aged 91, his family has said. Hardy, they said, had a "tremendous life" and "a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years". He was also known for numerous portrayals of Winston Churchill. In more recent years, he appeared as Cornelius Fudge, the Minister for Magic, in four of the Harry Potter films. Most recently, he took the lead role in Winston Churchill: 100 Days That Saved Britain in 2015.

Obituary: Robert Hardy

Unity and division as Justin Welby visits Africa
The Archbishop of Canterbury's trip to Africa has raised the plight of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, but has also highlighted divisions within the Church of England over same-sex relationships.

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from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
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I Don't Want Anyone Forced to Bake Me a Cake
Being a gay libertarian is like being a black conservative: you are a pariah among your peers. It couldn’t be clearer in the Charlie Craig and David Mullins V. Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which the Supreme Court will hear soon. The ACLU's reasoning implies that, once you start selling a product or service, you automatically lose your right to freely and voluntarily interact with other people. It’s opened to the public, so it suddenly becomes public “property” and the business owner loses any say in who he or she does business with. Once the government decides what business must do, it can decide what all businesses must do. So instead of having government force businesses to serve anyone, I want it to let them discriminate in the open. This way, I know exactly where not to do business.

Growing Tomatoes Might Get Your Home Raided by the Police

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from The Heritage Foundation
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The Second Amendment Has Won (Again) in Washington. So Why Won't the Supreme Court Fully Enforce It?
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently threw out a D.C. ordinance that denied concealed-carry permits to anyone without a “special” need for self-defense. The constitutional analysis that should be applied to gun regulations is that they must allow “gun access at least for each typical member” of the American public. The Supreme Court needs to follow Justice Thomas’s admonition and finally settle this issue.

Democrats’ ‘Better Deal’ Proposals Would Make Americans Worse Off
On July 24, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi unveiled proposals by House Democrats to create “a better deal” for American families and workers. Unfortunately, the press releases accompanying the launch of the “better deal” initiative outline general policies that would undermine economic opportunities for Americans and harm American consumers. In other words, this initiative flunks basic truth in labeling standards. More accurately, it constitutes “a worse deal” for Americans. The problem is not that government is doing too little to spark the economy, but rather that it is stifling the economy through overregulation and overtaxation.

The World Must Turn Back Venezuela's Growing Dictatorship
Venezuela succumbed to dictatorship. President Trump has recognized that Maduro crossed an irreversible line. The good news is: the number of other nations on the side of the Venezuelan people is growing. The U.S. must ratchet up the pressure on Maduro more than ever—and we cannot do this alone. It will take a coordinated effort of many nations.

Global Antitrust, International Trade, and Regulatory Reforms: Tools to Promote American Economic Welfare and Economic Freedom
In recent years, some governments have used competition law to advance goals other than the preservation of a strong competitive process—and at times have denied private parties fundamental due process in applying that law. The U.S. government should use its antitrust policy expertise to promote regulatory reforms here and overseas designed to reduce barriers to competition and promote economic welfare. It should do this by pushing for the elimination of regulatory barriers to commerce in international trade negotiations. It should also use a variety of regulatory review tools to pursue far-reaching beneficial regulatory reforms. Sound U.S. international antitrust, international trade, and regulatory policy reforms, pursued in tandem, will significantly benefit the American economy.

Cooperation with China and Russia Is Not the Solution for Cyber Aggression
The U.S. has been the victim of cyber aggression for far too long with far too small a response. Cyber cooperation with likeminded countries can and should be vigorously pursued, but U.S. leaders are fooling themselves if they believe that malicious cyber nations will agree to cease aggressive acts merely because of a new working group. Indeed, the potential costs of such cooperation outweigh any feasible returns. As such, policymakers should seek to significantly limit cyber cooperation with bad actors. China and Russia have proven through their actions in cyberspace and elsewhere that they will ignore norms, laws, and treaties when such behavior suits them. Entering into cybersecurity cooperation with malicious cyber nations continues to show that the U.S. is not serious about handling such threats. Policymakers should seek to significantly limit cyber cooperation with bad actors, while expanding it with partners and allies.

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from The Living Church

TOP 10 REASONS NOT TO BOAST IN ANGLICANISM
For those who take pride in being Episcopalian, I offer the following “Top 10 reasons not to boast in Anglicanism,” inspired by the Princeton Proposal for Christian Unity (In One Body through the Cross) and The Gospel and the Catholic Church by Archbishop Michael Ramsey. These are not intended as a replacement meal, but rather an ecumenical entrĂ©e and counterbalance to our enthusiasm and zeal for desserts, upon which we have overindulged.

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from Open Culture

89 Essential Songs from The Summer of Love: A 50th Anniversary Playlist
The Summer of Love was not just a season of great music and the zenith of the flower child, but the culmination of a movement that started back on a chillier Bay Area day, on January 14, 1967. Tune in and turn on to some White Rabbit, Purple Haze, and more.

How Leonard Cohen & David Bowie Faced Death Through Their Art: A Look at Their Final Albums
When Leonard Cohen released You Want it Darker in late 2016, some suspected that it would be his last album. When the 82-year-old singer-songwriter died nineteen days later, it felt like a reprise of David Bowie's passage from this mortal coil at the beginning of that year in which we lost so many important musicians: just two days after the release of his album Blackstar, Bowie shocked the world by dying of an illness he'd chosen not to make public. Both Cohen and Bowie's fans immediately doubled down their scrutiny of what turned out to be their final works, finding in both of them artistic interpretations of the confrontation with death.

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from The Sacramento Bee

Boss tells state workers: Kick ICE out of California labor offices
California’s top labor law enforcer wants federal immigration agents to stay away from offices where state investigators weigh claims about underpaid employees and workplace retaliation. Labor Commissioner Julie Su last month directed her staff to turn away Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless the federal officers have warrants.

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from The Spokesman-Review

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from Sputnik
(Russian government-supported propaganda channel)

Jordanian Parliament Repeals ‘Marry-Your-Rapist’ Escape Clause
The Jordanian parliament has thrown out a much-maligned article in the national penal code that allowed convicted rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victim and stay together for at least five years. The controversial article has long been under fire from activists.

Cheers to That! Heavy Drinkers Likely to Live to 85 and Avoid Dementia
Adults who consume alcohol at moderate levels on a regular basis are more likely to reach the age of 85 without suffering dementia, a new study reports.

Search and Rescue Operation for US Sailor in South China Sea Expands
Additional US ships have joined the search for a sailor reported missing in the South China Sea on August 1, according to US Naval Institute News. Chinese vessels are contributing to the humanitarian mission as well. US Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ships and aircraft started the rescue mission for a sailor stationed on the USS Stethem who reportedly went overboard on Tuesday. By Wednesday, People’s Liberation Army Navy ships had joined the effort. Officials said the cooperation pointed to the benefits of having sound protocols between foreign navies in place. "I would say that this is a good example of what benefits come from increased positive interaction with the Chinese," an official told USNI News.

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from The Toronto Star

We now know how the Trump presidency will end. Let's hope we survive: Burman
The outlines of the end are becoming more clear, as Robert Mueller’s investigators dig away. Expect things to be vicious.

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from Zero Hedge
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India's Economy Crashes After "Mind-Bogglingly Inane" Tax System Strikes Back
With just a hint of schadenfreude, we note that, following our discussion of "how to destroy an economy", India's Composite PMI collapsed to 46.0 in July - its lowest on record (well below the kneejerk lows after demonetization in November) as the "mind-bogglingly inane" new tax system and demonetization efforts continue to crush the poor and feed the wealthy. As Goldman Sachs notes India's Nikkei Markit services PMI contracted in July after reaching a 8-month high in June, following a decline of manufacturing PMI on Tuesday. The fall was led by a significant decline in new business, suggesting a worsened business sentiment after the GST implementation on July 1.

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