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The new ruralism: how the pastoral idyll is taking over our cities

The new ruralism: how the pastoral idyll is taking over our cities | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Meadows nestling beside tower blocks, children cavorting in rustic playgrounds, not to mention all those farmers' markets – these days, our cities can't seem to get enough of the countryside...  
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America is now only 45th in the world for press freedom

America is now only 45th in the world for press freedom | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it

The United States has dropped to the 45th spot in the World Press Freedom Index, down two places due in part to President Trump, the organization writes. "A media-bashing enthusiast, Trump has referred to reporters as 'enemies of the people,' the term once used by Joseph Stalin," the organization responsible for the list, Reporters Without Borders, writes as part of its justification.

There are 180 countries evaluated annually on press freedom by Reporters Without Borders, which notes a "growing animosity" worldwide towards journalists. "Hostility towards the media, openly encouraged by political leaders, and the efforts of authoritarian regimes to export their vision of journalism pose a threat to democracies," the World Press Freedom Index says in summary of 2017.

Norway is in first place on the list for the second year in a row, followed by Sweden. North Korea is in last place at 180th, with Russia (148), Turkey (157), and China (176) close behind.

"The U.S.'s decline in press freedom is not simply bad news for journalists working inside the country; the downward trend has drastic consequences at the international level," adds Reporters Without Borders. "'Fake news' is now a trademark excuse for media repression, in both democratic and authoritarian regimes."

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Ted Lowi's criticism in "The End of Liberalism" and "The End of the Republican Era" was that the bureaucracy had been marginalized: First, by a liberal Congress that over-promised and thereby invited an activist court; and, second, by conservative executives that castigated the bureaucracy as lazy and incompetent.  The net result was a polarization of political camps and an increased importance and role for both the aforementioned activist courts, but also the rise of the lobbyist and special interest.

All of this analysis might also be used to explain the crash of legitimate media.  The bureaucracy is the never-mentioned other player in the triumvirate of the legislature-executive-courts, but rarely claims an equal seat at that table; while the press has been more readily willing to claim "4th branch of government" status.  Given this, it's not surprising that one or more of the main three branches would lash out claiming abuse.

Of course, this could all be hogwash and the real issue may be that the press in America has been careless and allowed themselves to become too sensationalized, too willing to engage in fake news for ratings/profit, and too willing to allow media moguls to create media monopolies (see illustration where 6 companies control 90% of U.S. media in an age when FM radio and YouTube should have resulted in more media choice!).

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Starbucks to close 8,000 US cafés for an afternoon’s racial bias training | Euronews

Starbucks to close 8,000 US cafés for an afternoon’s racial bias training | Euronews | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
The move by the world’s biggest coffee company follows the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia café last week.
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If we follow this to it's logical end, Starbucks couldn't afford (nor could any company) afford to provide free services.

If the public wants to provide meeting space and public bathrooms, they should do so, but asking a private company to do so is a "taking".

Any parent of any skin color has experienced the annoyance of being told by a proprietor that they can't give up the bathroom key for your child who's about to have an "accident" unless you buy something.  It's terrible semantics of whether I wait in line and buy something now, or when I get back out of the bathroom with a relieved child, but you get it: the proprietor has been burned too many times and the "tragedy of the commons" means people don't take care of public bathrooms.  Given this, they build in the cost of providing a clean bathroom into the price of whatever they sell, so you stand in line and pay the price.  Never once have I thought "racist" when that happened.

This is someone using a common policy to collect "rent" at the expense of Starbucks.  Rent is an economic concept outside of the ideas of "labor" and "capital" (which is more like built up labor or even "dead" labor).  In contrast, Rent isn't something you work for as property is sometimes passed down over generations and, depending on the economics of the time, can be marked up too high.  See David Ricardo and more lately, Gordon Tullock for more on rent and rent-seeking behavior.

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Shania Twain apologizes for saying she would have voted for Donald Trump

Shania Twain apologizes for saying she would have voted for Donald Trump | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Country star, Canadian citizen and Swiss resident Shania Twain did not vote in the 2016 presidential election, but she would have voted for Donald Trump if she had the opportunity to do so.
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The quest to jail reasonable cops –

The quest to jail reasonable cops – | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Having completed a sheriff’s academy and reported on law enforcement work for nearly three decades, I thought I’d seen every deceptive spin possible regarding use-of-force incidents.

I was wrong.

Since the Stephon Clark shooting in Sacramento, the bar of journalistic integrity has reached a new low. Blatant omissions and obfuscations weave a stunningly false narrative that has generated dangerous repercussions.

Sacramento Bee Associate Editor Erika Smith described Clark as having died “standing in his grandmother’s back yard.” But multiple videos show Clark wasn’t merely “standing.” He was followed by police as he hopped fences after allegedly breaking the window of a neighbor’s house. When confronted by officers in his grandmother’s driveway, he fled to her backyard. Then he came toward them. A video the Bee itself posted shows Clark was on the far side of a patio table from the officers, came around it, was shot and fell on the near side.

So why misrepresent indisputable facts? Shouldn’t this debate be built on integrity?

The Bee has run nine stories stating that Clark was in his grandmother’s backyard. While tragic, this fact could not have been known to the officers, given that he had already gone through several yards. It’s also irrelevant to a use-of-force decision.

Just two of the Bee articles reference Graham vs. Connor, the 1989 United States Supreme Court ruling that set the standard that police use of force decision must be “objectively reasonable.”

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow described the “objectively reasonable” standard as “subjective.” This is as obviously self-contradictory as it is false, but still made it into print nationally.

Worse, Assemblymember Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, recently stated on TV station KUSI that Clark was standing in his yard and given “no commands” before he was shot dead by officers “who weren’t even facing him.” Each of these statements is proven false by the videos. He was chased and given four commands over 17 seconds as he fled in defiance.


Yet Weber and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, have authored AB931 to revise the state’s use-of-force law away from the “objectively reasonable” standard to require that force be “necessary.”

Consider what that statement means: Reasonable will be insufficient. Actions that would now be deemed legal because they are reasonable may soon result in jailing cops because they were not “necessary.”

This is not splitting hairs. Weber and McCarty want to imprison reasonable cops.

Reasonable cops will face split-second dice rolls as to whether they prefer jail or death when confronting suspects whom they sincerely believe to be armed, as the officers who killed Clark did.

This is not hyperbole. Just a week before Clark’s death, Pomona police Officer Gregg Casillas was murdered during a foot pursuit resulting from a simple reckless driving incident. McCarty or Weber proposed no legislation as a result.

The Casillas and Clark incidents were tactically similar — foot pursuits of minor criminals at night into dark areas. That legislators are more outraged by the reasonable shooting of a resisting criminal than the cold-blooded murder of a community servant is disgusting.

And that, of course, is the real issue. Clark was not inexplicably shot at a barbecue in his grandmother’s backyard. He was actively resisting arrest in connection with a series of crimes.

But you would never know that from the media coverage or politicians.

The sad, simple fact is that Stephon Clark made many increasingly bad decisions in the final moments of his life. It appears he broke the window of a neighbor’s house, ran from officers, defied repeated commands, moved toward those officers and acted consistently with someone who would attack them. Their single error, mistaking an object held by a resisting suspect in dark of night for a gun, is not where the responsibility lies.

Californians must ask themselves: Who should pay the fatal price for such future mistakes? Criminals like Stephon Clark? Or cops like Gregg Casillas?
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I Was a Top Clinton Aide. Here’s What I Think About Comey’s Book.

I Was a Top Clinton Aide. Here’s What I Think About Comey’s Book. | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Jennifer Palmieri reviews the former FBI director’s blockbuster memoir.
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File this under the role of law enforcement and political theater.  The author, Jennifer Palmieri, asserts that Comey's Nov. 2016 memo caused Hillary Clinton to lose the election.  While there certainly had to be an impact, I think she overestimates what that memo did in terms of 3 key perceptions:

  1. The email investigation may not have been earthshaking, but Attorney General Lynch's meeting with Bill Clinton days before the announcement that the investigation was closed was too coincidental in many minds and was still lurking in the subconscious;
  2. The overall perception of a willingness to deceive in the Clinton camp; and
  3. Questions about Hillary Clinton's health, which were answered by her team, but weren't convincing given #2 above.

The early 20th century doctrine of the Politics-Administration Dichotomy, in other words Comey should have investigated and let Justice set policy and make announcements, is the crux of Palmieri's argument, but this has always been misunderstood.  The P-A Dichotomy has never been two mutually exclusive tasks, but shared tasks with primary locus of control understood to be Policy mostly held by the legislature and delegated to the executive branch where political appointees interpreted policy (mostly to the satisfaction of the President); and, the bureaucracy essentially dutifully carried out orders without question.  First, this means that Comey is part of the political side that Palmieri argues that he isn't part of; and, second, we've learned over the course of the next century that it's a mistake to ask followers for blind allegiance.  Whether it is low level bureaucrats and enforcement of Jim Crow laws, or high level politicos who aided and abetted Watergate, we now expect our citizens to blow the whistle on wrongdoing.  In this regard, Comey was living up to that unwritten expectation to answer to a "higher loyalty".

Should Comey have reopened the investigation in November? Maybe not, but I'm not sure we'd have had any different outcome.  I think the real question about different outcomes should be from the primary and whether the DNC made a mistake in putting their thumb on the scale and helping Hillary box out Bernie Sanders.  Had this been a race between Sanders and Trump, all three factors above would have been neutralized and we may very well have had a different outcome.

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GAB

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 "David Hogg "uses" democracy." by @VeryBusey https://gab.ai/tv/watch/9863
NWO INFOWARS  GUN CONTROL RIGHTS GRAB 2A FALSE FLAG PARKLAND SHOOTING HOAX PATRIOT MILITIA NRA 
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Google's 'Project Owl' -- a three-pronged attack on fake news & problematic content

Google's 'Project Owl' -- a three-pronged attack on fake news & problematic content | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Google hopes to improve by better surfacing authoritative content and enlisting feedback about suggested searches and Featured Snippets answers.
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This type of response just makes the whole online community better.  Maybe one day we won't need snopes.
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FACT CHECK: Did Congress Designate Confederate Soldiers as United States Veterans?

FACT CHECK: Did Congress Designate Confederate Soldiers as United States Veterans? | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
It’s no coincidence that many of these changes in attitude and law, and the erection of so many Confederate monuments and memorials, occurred around the turn of the 20th century. They followed the federal withdrawal from the South in 1877, a strategic retreat from the failed policies of reconstruction.
When a debate over Confederate monuments and flags came under the national spotlight in June 2015, codified changes in burials and pensions enacted in 1929 and 1958 were puffed up to suggest that a nebulous act of Congress, either in the 1920s or the 1950s, officially declared that Confederate soldiers were the same as United States veterans in the eyes of the federal government. However, no legislation either explicitly or implicitly granted Confederate soldiers status as United States veterans. Survivors of dead Confederate soldiers often took offense at measures appearing to equate them to Union soldiers, objections that died off as Southerners from the Civil War era did.
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Paula Simons: Removing Frank Oliver's name would whitewash Edmonton's history

Paula Simons: Removing Frank Oliver's name would whitewash Edmonton's history | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Instead of whitewashing our history, it's more honest and instructive to leave Frank Oliver's monuments up.

Via Mr. MacCollum
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I agree.  There's value in having "frank", no pun intended, discussions about the cultural attitudes that existed previously and how that deprived society of valuable cultural and other benefits of having these immigrant voices in the community.  This discussion might save future generations from making, or tolerating, the same mistakes.
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To what extent should can we correct the mistakes of our past? This led in some part to the confrontations in Charlottesville last month, but this question still reverberates much more locally. Here is a look at the Edmonton debate.
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FACT CHECK: Johns Hopkins Scientist Exposes Flu Vaccine Danger

FACT CHECK: Johns Hopkins Scientist Exposes Flu Vaccine Danger | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Did a Johns Hopkins scientist issue a 'blistering report' on flu vaccines in the British Medical Journal?
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Vaccines: a modern Moral Panic.
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Fake Polls Are A Real Problem

Fake Polls Are A Real Problem | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it

Whoever is behind Delphi Analytica, the group’s lack of transparency about who they are is its own indictment; it’s hard to trust information when you don’t know who’s providing it, or what their motives or incentives are.
 

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Noam Chomsky Crushes Left's Antifa Narrative

Noam Chomsky Crushes Left's Antifa Narrative | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
MIT linguistics professor, anti-capitalist activist and leftist icon Noam Chomsky disrupted the narrative being pushed by his colleagues on the Left about the "anti-fascist" Antifa movement. Rather than being the heroic defenders of the disenfranchised against the forces of fascism, as the left-leaning media is attempting to portray them, Chomsky described the group as a "major gift to the Right," "often wrong in principle," and "generally self-destructive."

The frequently violent, free speech-suppressing Antifa has become the darling of the left-wing media after the horrific events in Charlottesville and President Trump's insistence on blaming both the alt-right and the "alt-Left" for the violence. The famous professor talked with the Washington Examiner about the movement and pointed out several ugly realities that many liberals are willfully ignoring.
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Chomsky's the other name you need to know (besides Cohen) in the Moral Panic topic.
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VIDEO: Boston's 'Peaceful Protest' Shows Attacks On Police And Free Speech - What Media Isn't Showing

VIDEO: Boston's 'Peaceful Protest' Shows Attacks On Police And Free Speech - What Media Isn't Showing | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Boston Police said they arrested 33 people at the Boston free speech rally Saturday that resulted in violence against police more than two hours after the rally ended.

Three of the people arrested had knives and another one had a firearm. WCVB TV reported that three people arrested were wearing bulletproof vests and one of the vest-wearing people had a firearm.

The vast majority of the arrests were for causing a disturbance and resisting arrest. Six people were charged with assault and battery. There were 23 people arrested at the Charlottesville rally on July 8.
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Watch Hank Azaria Address Apu Controversy on 'Colbert'

Watch Hank Azaria Address Apu Controversy on 'Colbert' | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
"I wanted to spread laughter and joy with this character. And the idea that it's brought pain and suffering in any way ... it's upsetting, genuinely"
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As a guy who likes to do voices in his classes (mostly poorly), my first gut reaction is "ah, it'd be nice to get someone of the correct ancestry to do this voice in my class, but that's just not practical".  I also would hate America to get so bad that I can't make some war stories more engaging by doing voices (that's my narrative, but I'm also vaguely aware that it may actually just be pathetic).

On the other hand, James Buchanan's idea that every generation gets their rules a little better as long as the system is open, fair, plural....(of course that last caveat is the deal breaker because open, fair, plural is pretty difficult to achieve).  Yet, if America is at least getting an approximation of open, fair, plural, then maybe that's what we're seeing here with Indian-Americans finally achieving enough success in America to demand equal presence in American culture and entertainment.

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Chef suggests white customers pay more to highlight racial wealth disparity in US | Euronews

Chef suggests white customers pay more to highlight racial wealth disparity in US | Euronews | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Would you pay over double the price for your food in a restaurant as the person next to you because of your race? That's what chef Tunde Wey is suggesting.
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So, Starbucks fires a manager for enforcing a bathroom/customer only rule and the same week a Black chef suggests that there should be discrimination in pricing, but hears no blow back for that action?

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Kremlin-backed fake news targets Britain - Anglichanka strikes again

Kremlin-backed fake news targets Britain - Anglichanka strikes again | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Earlier this year the Russian embassy in the Netherlands tweeted a suggested slogan to describe its foreign policy: “Russia’s strength is in truth”. It was unclear whether the nod to George Orwell was intentional. But Russian officials have barely hidden their engagement in information warfare, claiming that Russia is under attack from the Western media, which wants to stir trouble. In so doing, they project Russia’s own tactics onto other countries.

Thus, Britain and France staged a chemical attack in Douma, Syria, and used a fake YouTube video to justify their strikes with America on April 14th. “This is an established fact,” asserted Dmitry Kiselev, the anchor of Russia’s main weekly TV news show. The media first said that there was no evidence of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, before adopting the line that the evidence was fabricated by Britain.

Both the poisoning of the Skripals and the attack on Syria, Mr Kiselev claimed, were “Anglo-Saxon provocations”, led by “petty Britain” with America participating in its “devilish plot”. (The world, he added, was lucky to have so sober and restrained a leader as Vladimir Putin.) The studio backdrop showed Big Ben and an old Russian saying, Anglichanka gadit (an Englishwoman makes mischief), which was first applied to Queen Victoria after she humiliated Russia in the Crimean war of 1853-56.

Victoria is not the only Anglichanka said to have made mischief in Russia. The largest pro-Kremlin tabloid, Komsomolskaya Pravda, last month ran a long interview with a “historian of intelligence services”, who claimed that Elizabeth I dispatched her physicians to the “noble and kind” Tsar Ivan IV (better known as Ivan the Terrible), to poison him and his wife with mercury. “The English had every reason to poison Ivan the Terrible. He started to display independence, stripped English merchants of their privileges and contradicted the queen herself,” the historian explained. English spies, disguised as merchants, were also behind the so-called time of troubles, a spell of famine and uprising in the early 17th century, he added.

All this is framed as a historical precedent to the supposed plot by another Anglichanka,Theresa May, to poison the image of Russia’s modern tsar, Mr Putin, by unleashing a nerve agent on the Skripals. But the real history is somewhat different, and perhaps telling. In his letters to Elizabeth I, Ivan proposed to marry the English queen, and asked her for shelter in case he met trouble at home. She turned him down.
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Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries 'lawful lynching'

Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries 'lawful lynching' | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice that launched a sports movement and might have cost him his job.

Onetime San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid presented Kaepernick with the award during a ceremony in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

In his acceptance speech, the award-winner described police killings of African Americans and Latinos in the United States as lawful lynchings.

"Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation -- the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex," Kaepernick said.

Kaepernick first took a knee during the pre-game playing of the American national anthem when he was with the 49ers in 2016 to protest police brutality.

"How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates, `freedom and justice for all,' that is so unjust to so many of the people living there?" he said at Saturday's award ceremony.

Other players joined his protest in the 2016 season, drawing the ire of President Donald Trump, who called for team owners to fire such players.

In response to the player demonstrations, the NFL agreed to commit $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a plan.

Kaepernick wasn't signed for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco.

Reid, a safety who is now a free agent, continued Kaepernick's protests by kneeling during the anthem last season. Reid has said he will take a different approach in 2018.
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After Florida deputies shot dead at Chinese restaurant, sheriff says law enforcement has been 'demonized'

After Florida deputies shot dead at Chinese restaurant, sheriff says law enforcement has been 'demonized' | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
"What do you expect happens when you demonize law enforcement to the extent it's been demonized? Every type of hate, every type of put-down you can think of," Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said at a news conference.

This shooter was a "coward," the sheriff said.

"The only thing these men were guilty of is wanting to protect you and me. They just wanted to get something to eat, and they just wanted to do their job," he said.

Trump called the slain deputies "HEROES" in a tweet sharing his condolences with their friends, families and colleagues.
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Why The Simpsons' response to the Apu controversy was so heartbreaking: Essay

Why The Simpsons' response to the Apu controversy was so heartbreaking: Essay | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it

Debate rages about Apu's character being representative of Indians in America and the fact that he is voiced by Hank Azaria, a White man. 

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Proof that investigating Trump is starting to backfire for Democrats

Proof that investigating Trump is starting to backfire for Democrats | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
There’s a lot going on in the Hillary Clinton/Donald Trump/Russia investigation that all the highfalutin’ newspapers that cover politics ar
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Comey drafted Clinton exoneration before finishing investigation, GOP senators say

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Former FBI Director James Comey drafted a statement exonerating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for running her government emails through a private email server before completing the investigation, according to two Republican senators.
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Alaska Supreme Court says attorney’s claim against Legislature was ‘creative advocacy,’ not frivolous

Alaska Supreme Court says attorney’s claim against Legislature was ‘creative advocacy,’ not frivolous | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a lower court's sanction against an Anchorage attorney who sought a whistleblower payment for saving the state millions of dollars though a lawsuit.

Though no state law provides for such a payment, the Supreme Court ruled that attorney Jim Gottstein's claim against the state amounted to "creative advocacy" and was not "frivolous."

The 4-1 ruling, written by Justice Peter Maassen, stems from a lawsuit filed in 2015 by Gottstein challenging a no-bid lease extension by the Alaska Legislature for its downtown Anchorage office space on West Fourth Avenue.
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The power of the sword; the power of the purse; the power of the word.  We worry so much about the power of coercion (rightly so, because of the excesses of the past), but the power of influence through persuasion and reciprocity/exchange is also formidable and subject to abuse.  See Gordon Tullock's "rent-seeking behavior" and William Ker Muir's discussion of power.
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Robert Lee: ESPN under fire for taking announcer off UVA game

Robert Lee: ESPN under fire for taking announcer off UVA game | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
By trying to avoid an embarrassing ordeal, ESPN has embarrassed itself. 
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Boston ‘antifa’ group lists pro-police symbol with hate symbols

Boston ‘antifa’ group lists pro-police symbol with hate symbols | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it

The Boston “antifa” group lumped the thin blue line pro-police symbol with a list of white nationalist, neo-nazi and alt-right logos, enraged NYPD union officials said Monday.

The thin blue line symbol is used to show support for law enforcement and commemorate fallen members who died in the line of duty and has become a symbol of police pride across the country and abroad. However, during the antifa protests in Boston over the weekend, it was shown on one of their posters as a symbol of hate to watch out for, next to images of an alt-right flag and a neo-nazi flag.

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The first groups that are censured are always the legitimate public administration and the legitimate law enforcement.
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WATCH: Former NBA Star Charles Barkley Tells Confederate Statue Protesters There Are More Important Things For Them To Tackle

WATCH: Former NBA Star Charles Barkley Tells Confederate Statue Protesters There Are More Important Things For Them To Tackle | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Former NBA star Charles Barkley had a few choice words for those obsessed with removing statues of Conderate figures, telling the black community they should focus on getting an education and economic opportunity instead.
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