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White House: Russian Military Action Against ISIS in Syria Would be 'Destabilizing'

Today's lesson in how propaganda works: The rumor mill turns a trickle of a story early this week about "thousands" of Russian soldiers deploying to Syria any day -- a wholly unsourced story originating on an Israeli website -- into a torrent of hyperventilating about the "Russian invasion" of Syria. 

Today neocon convicted felon Eliot Abrams took to the Council on Foreign Relations website to amplify the Israeli article (again with no sources or evidence) to a whole new and more dramatic article ominously titled "Putin in Syria." Abrams adds "reporting" by Michael Weiss, who has long been on the payroll of viscerally anti-Putin oligarch Michael Khodorkovsky, without revealing the obvious bias in the source. Never mind, all Weiss adds to Abrams' argument is that the Pentagon is "cagey" about discussing Russian involvement in Syria before again referencing the original (unsourced) Israeli article.

See how this works? Multiple media outlets report based on the same totally unsourced article and suddenly all the world's writing about the Russian invasion of Syria.
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The War on Cash

Governments across the globe seek ways to more effectively consolidate their power over those they govern. One of the most effective and insidious ways of gaining control of citizens and their habits is to forbid the use of cash in commercial transactions. Forcing all transactions to be electronic allows the government to know everything you purchase -- and how much of it. It allows the government to better manipulate your spending habits through negative interest rates. It is also a war on the poor and those with fixed incomes. The war on cash is a war on liberty. Today's Ron Paul Liberty Report is joined by Mises Institute Academic Vice President Joseph Salerno, a well-known expert on the implications of the war on cash...
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Families Choose Homeschooling to Escape Draconian California Vaccination Mandates

There is an “out” for Californian parents and children dreading the July 2016 implementation of the state’s recently adopted Senate Bill 277 — draconian legislation eliminating exemptions to child vaccination mandates. That out is homeschooling, and many Californian parents are spending this year exploring homeschooling and preparing for a homeschooling future.

While children attending government and private schools, as well as other entities including daycares, in the state will be mandated starting next summer to submit to a state-set vaccination schedule with virtually all exemption means eliminated, the new law does not apply to children in homeschool.
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Judiciary Branch Has Self-Abolished

The US no longer has a judiciary. This former branch of government has transitioned into an enabler of executive branch fascism. Privacy is a civil liberty protected by the US Constitution. The Constitution relies on courts to enforce its prohibitions against intrusive government, but if the executive branch claims (no proof required) “national security,” courts kiss the Constitution good-bye.
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Sexual Assault by the TSA is OK, Except in the Airport Bathroom

Here is some welcome news for travelers. There seems to be a limit to where Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees can sexually assault travelers — at least at the New York City LaGuardia Airport. WABC-TV reports that a TSA agent was arrested Thursday for sexually assaulting an individual in a LaGuardia Airport bathroom.

At checkpoints in airports across America, TSA employees regularly subject travelers to friskings (termed “pat-downs” by the TSA) that would justify arrest and prosecution if done by someone without government-granted legal immunity. The United States government admitted as much when it threatened in 2011 to close down all airports in Texas when the state government was on the verge of passing legislation that would subject TSA employees to fines and jail time for offensive friskings.
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Telling Your Child to Call 911 in an Emergency Can Be Dangerous

Cop Block co-founder Pete Eyre released a new video this week that, in just four minutes, explains clearly why telling children just to dial 911 is not the best means to ensure children’s safety in emergencies. Just as important, Eyre presents in the video several suggestions of other actions parents can take to prepare their children to deal with emergencies.
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NY Times: Why Isn't Obama Backing Al-Qaeda in Syria?

undefinedJust fourteen years after al-Qaeda attacked New York, the New York Times is wondering why the Obama Administration is not cooperating more closely with al-Qaeda. 

Of course they don't put it quite that way. In an article posted yesterday, the "paper of record" first builds up an impressive new fighting group in Syria that is, as they say, a "potential ally" of the United States, but that the Administration has for some reason found "challenging" to openly embrace:
A rebel group with thousands of fighters, political clout and close ties to key regional powers has emerged as one of the most powerful opposition forces in Syria in recent months. It has vowed to fight the Islamic State and called for engagement with the West.

But despite a long struggle by the United States to find a viable opposition in Syria to counter President Bashar al-Assad and fight the Islamic State, the Obama administration has shown no interest in working with the group, Ahrar al-Sham, or the Free Men of Syria.
A powerful force, ties to key regional powers, vows to fight both ISIS and Assad, calls for "engagement" with the West, and it even has a name straight out of Hill & Knowlton: the "Free Men of Syria." What's not to like? The New York Times presents it as a dream come true. 
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Idaho School Bans Confederate Flag On Student’s Car

We have previously discussed the ongoing controversy over the confederate flag as well as past cases of student speech being curtailed. This story combines those themes after Jordan Beattie, a student at Cossa Academy in Wilder, Idaho was banned from flying the confederate flag that his girlfriend had given him. He was told that the flag was interpreted to be a gang symbol.

Schools officials said that they found an image of the flag on a gang site used by the local police, but the Caldwell Police Department Gang Unit told the media that it was unsure as to where the school received that information. Caldwell Police Department Captain Frank Wyant said “We don’t look at the Confederate flag as a gang symbol. We don’t encourage anybody to take it down. Those are their rights and that’s what we’re here for is to protect and uphold those rights.”
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Hear Ron Paul, Andrew Napolitano, and Tom Woods from Paul’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Were you unable to make it to Ron Paul’s 80th birthday celebration on August 15? Did you attend the party and now want to hear again the speeches Paul, Andrew Napolitano, and Tom Woods delivered that afternoon to the 675 people who had gathered together in Paul’s hometown of Lake Jackson, Texas?

If you answer “yes” to either of those questions, then you are in luck: Lew Rockwell has posted on his podcast at lewrockwell.com the audio of the speeches of all three of these renowned liberty communicators.
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Syria: Is Israel Planning To Escalate?

Yesterday four rockets or mortars fired from the Syrian side of the Golan heights landed on Israel occupied parts of the Syrian Golan without causing any damage. A recent report cited the Israeli defense expert Tzvi Yechezkieli:
He noticed that all terrorist activity directed at Israel on the Golan Heights is the work of Hezbollah and not of Jabhat al-Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate that is in control of the border with Israel.
If al Qaeda is in control of the Golan border how would Hizbullah fire small, short ranged missiles over it?
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