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from BBC News (UK)

HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth for first time
The Royal Navy's new £3bn vessel visits her home port for the first time.


from The Daily Bell
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There are 8 stages which lead up to a genocide. Not all 8 stages always occur before a genocide, nor does any one necessarily signify an impending genocide. By recognizing these 8 steps, we can stop the madness before it starts.


from Breitbart

Seattle’s Statue of Communist Dictator Vladimir Lenin Under Fire
A growing number of people on social media are calling for the removal of Communist dictator Vladimir Lenin’s statue in Seattle.


from CBS News (& affiliates)

Pastor Wants Presidents’ Names Removed From Washington, Jackson Parks Over Ties To Slavery
A Chicago pastor has asked the Emanuel administration to remove the names of two presidents who owned slaves from parks on the South Side, saying the city should not honor slave owners in black communities. A bronze statue of George Washington on horseback stands at the corner of 51st and King Drive, at the northwest entrance to Washington Park. Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park.


from The Guardian (UK)
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End of the checkout line: the looming crisis for American cashiers
Donald Trump is fixated on a vision of masculine, blue-collar employment. But the retail sector has long had a far greater impact on American employment – and checkout-line technology is putting it at risk.


from The Heritage Foundation
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Some Bad Ideas, Like Zombies, Never Die. A ‘No First Use’ Nuclear Policy Is One of Them
Some argue that the United States should declare a “no first use” nuclear weapons policy. This would mean that the United States would only use a nuclear weapon in response to another country’s nuclear attack. Proponents of this idea generally argue that an adoption of this policy would get the world closer to a world without nuclear weapons. Such optimism couldn’t be further away from the truth. A no first use nuclear weapons policy would make the United States and allies less safe from devastating attacks.


from Mises Institute
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The Attack on Marijuana During the 1930s
How did Americans fall for the government's reefer madness? Chris Calton explains how junk science, overt racism, and myths of bloodthirsty soldiers all played a role in the criminalization of marijuana in America.

Decentralize the Gun Laws
Having the feds impose nationwide reciprocity of gun licensing might sound like a good idea. But it really is just a scheme to federalize gun policy.


from The New American Magazine
RIGHT BIAS: John Birch Society

Member of “Revolutionary Marxist-Leninist Party” Arrested for Role in Destroying Confederate Statue
Takiyah Fatima Thompson, a member of Workers World Party (WWP) and a student at N.C. Central University, was arrested on August 15 for playing a leading role in toppling a statue of a Confederate soldier that had stood in front of a county administrative building in Durham, North Carolina, since 1924. On its own website, the WWP describes itself as “a revolutionary Marxist-Leninist party dedicated to organizing and fighting for a socialist revolution in the United States and around the world.”


from New Statesman
"The leading voice of the British left, since 1913."

Here’s why a statue of confederate president Jefferson Davis still stands in Washington DC today

Is it OK to punch a Nazi?
There are moral and practical reasons why using force to stop a far-right march is justified.

When heritage becomes hate: why my home town of Charlottesville needs to address its complex past
After an invasion of white supremacists, we need to see what our history means today.


from Newsweek

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has said that people who murdered white farmers during a government-sanctioned purge in the 2000s will never be prosecuted.


from Open Culture
Education Website

Ralph Steadman’s Surrealist Illustrations of George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1995)
As a novelist, George Orwell did not traffic in subtleties, but then neither did the authors of Medieval morality plays. The allegorical Animal Farm performs a similar, if secular, function, giving us unambiguous villainy and clear didactic intent.

F.D.R. Proposes a Second Bill of Rights: A Decent Job, Education & Health Care Will Keep Us Free from Despotism (1944)
It’s difficult to appraise the complicated legacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt. His New Deal policies are credited for lifting millions out of destitution, and they created opportunities for struggling artists and writers, many of whom went on to become some of the country’s most celebrated. But Roosevelt also compromised with racist southern senators like Mississippi’s Theodore Bilbo, and underwrote housing segregation, job and pay discrimination, and exclusions in his economic recovery aimed most squarely at African-Americans. He is lauded as a wartime leader in the fight against Nazism. But he built concentration camps on U.S. soil when he interned over 100,000 Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor. His commitment to isolationism before the war and his “moral failure—or indifference” to the plight of European Jews, thousands of whom were denied entry to the U.S., has come under justifiable scrutiny from historians. Both blame and praise are well warranted, and not his alone to bear. Yet, for all his serious lapses and wartime crimes, FDR consistently had an astute and idealistic economic vision for the country. In his 1944 State of the Union address, he denounced war profiteers and “selfish and partisan interests,” saying, “if ever there was a time to subordinate individual or group selfishness to the national good, that time is now.”


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Trump congratulates Moore and Strange for advancing in Alabama's Senate race
President Donald Trump congratulated former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and Sen. Luther Strange for advancing to a September run off in the race to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had endorsed Strange, who received 32 percent of the votes, while Moore received almost 40 percent. A third GOP candidate, Rep. Mo Brooks, received 20 percent. A candidate would have needed to receive 50 percent of the vote to outright win the primary.


from Reason Magazine
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Virginia State Police Say They Didn't Find Caches of Weapons in Charlottesville
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said police found weapons stashed by white nationalists. Police say they didn't. What happened in Charlottesville was bad enough. Why does Terry McAuliffe have to keep making stuff up?

Taliban, Russia Want U.S. to Withdraw From Afghanistan
If it’s what they really want they’re going about it in the wrongest way.
The Taliban released an open letter urging President Trump to end the war in Afghanistan at the same time Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov suggested that if the U.S. is "unable to do anything serious" in Afghanistan, it should leave. Neither Kabulov nor the unidentified Taliban author are wrong in principle—16 years of war in Afghanistan have produced almost nothing. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to eliminate one of the few safe havens for terrorists in the world. Safe havens have proliferated since then. But their statements could have the opposite effect, toughening the resolve of forces within the Trump administration who want to extend the Afghan war.

African Americans Are Eight Times More Likely to Be Victims of Homicide Than Whites, Says CDC
The murder rate fell from 9.8 per 100,000 residents in 1991 to 4.5 in 2014; it's estimated at 5.3 for 2016.

Reason Foundation Supports Florists, Bakers in Gay Wedding Case Before Supreme Court
Brief argues custom-made cakes, flowers are expressive acts protected by First Amendment.


from The Spokesman-Review


from Zero Hedge
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FBI Investigator Who Led Hillary Email Case Suddenly Resigns From Mueller's Team
After being appointed to Special Counsel Mueller's team just over a month ago, ABC is now reporting that Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who oversaw the botched investigation of Hillary Clinton's email case, has now decided to step down.  ABC reports that their anonymous sources have yet to discover the reasons for Strzok's sudden departure.


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