The Anti-Commandeering Doctrine Isn’t About Constitutionality

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“State and local governments can legally refuse to cooperate with the enforcement of federal laws and the implementation of federal programs. And this is key — whether those laws or programs are constitutional or not. Refusal to cooperate with federal enforcement rests on a well-established legal principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine based primarily on five Supreme Court cases dating back to 1842. Under this legal doctrine, the federal government cannot require states to expend resources or provide personnel to help it carry out its acts or programs.” (08/05/21)

Munchausen by Internet: Are chronic illness influencers faking it?

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“With 15m people in England alone living with a long-term condition, and numbers rising, it’s no surprise the chronically ill community has exploded online in the last few years. Celebrities like Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez and Lena Dunham are opening up about their conditions, and chronic illness influencers are attracting huge social media followings. But as visibility has grown, so have accusations of fakery. A new BBC documentary, Sickness & Lies, explores whether the accusers are right. Are some influencers faking illnesses for fame, money and attention? Journalist Octavia Woodward, who is disabled herself, meets both accusers and their targets, and discovers a new condition, Munchausens by Internet, describing people who fake illnesses online — with sometimes fatal results.” [editor’s note: Having known several women over the years who have indeed suffered from legitimate chronic pain issues, I question claims that this is a scam – SAT] (08/05/21)

Hawaii: Homeless man arrested in case of mistaken identity spent years in mental hospital

Source: Fox News

“Hawaii officials wrongly arrested a homeless man for a crime committed by someone else, locked him up in a state hospital for more than two years, forced him to take psychiatric drugs and then tried to cover up the mistake by quietly setting him free with just 50 cents to his name, the Hawaii Innocence Project said in a court document asking a judge to set the record straight. A petition filed in court Monday night asks a judge to vacate the arrest and correct Joshua Spriestersbach’s records. The filing lays out his bizarre plight that started with him falling asleep on a sidewalk. He was houseless and hungry while waiting in a long line for food outside a Honolulu shelter on a hot day in 2017. When a police officer roused him awake, he thought he was being arrested for the city’s ban on sitting or laying down on public sidewalks.” (08/05/21)

Emergencies Need an Expiration Date

Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“Since federal emergency-powers law took its modern form during the presidency of Gerald Ford, there have been 71 national emergencies declared — an average of 1.6 every year. Incredibly, 37 of those national emergencies — more than half — are still in effect. Those dozens of semi-permanent emergencies include the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, six crises declared by Bill Clinton touching everything from the business dealings of Colombian narco-traffickers to the development of weapons of mass destruction by the no-longer-extant government of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, eleven emergencies declared by George W. Bush, ten declared by Barack Obama, and three declared by Donald Trump, including the famous ‘National Emergency With Respect to Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election.’ … There is one relatively small procedural tweak we could make that would improve this situation greatly: forcing Congress to vote to maintain states of emergency.” (08/05/21)

“Band Aid Over a Bullet Wound”: Moratorium Leaves Organizers Relieved, But Braced for New Battles

Source: In These Times
by Bryce Covert

“After the national moratorium on evictions for people who haven’t paid all of their rent during the pandemic lapsed on Saturday, the Biden administration took action on Tuesday, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issuing a more limited version until October 3. Organizers who have been working directly with tenants at risk of eviction hailed the extension as better than nothing. But they are also ringing the alarm that it has severe shortcomings that mean many will still face the loss of their homes in a pandemic.” (08/04/21)

Mexico: AMLO confirms plan to host Venezuela talks

Source: Reuters

“Mexico will host talks between the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the political opposition, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters on Thursday, the first time a Mexican official has confirmed the negotiations. … Maduro, who has overseen an economic collapse in the once-prosperous South American nation, has said he is willing to negotiate with opposition leader Juan Guaido. But Maduro has insisted that the agenda must focus on lifting U.S. sanctions, most of which were created by former U.S. President Donald Trump two years ago in an ultimately unsuccessful bid to force the socialist president from power. Guaido has said the opposition wants to use the talks to push for guarantees of free and fair elections, following broad criticism that past elections have been stacked in favor of the ruling socialists.” (08/05/21)

Government “Stimulus” Keeps Having a Diminishing Effect

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Daniel Lacalle

“The United States economy recovered at a 6.5 percent annualized rate in the second quarter of 2021, and gross domestic product (GDP) is now above the prepandemic level. This should be viewed as good news until we put it in the context of the largest fiscal and monetary stimulus in recent history. With the Federal Reserve purchasing $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and $80 billion in Treasurys every month, and the deficit expected to run above $2 trillion, one thing is clear: the diminishing effect of the stimulus is not just staggering, but the increasingly short impact of these programs is alarming.” (08/05/21)

A Hard Rain Did Fall: a Big Win in Court for Hiroshima Victims

Source: CounterPunch
by Linda Pentz Gunter

“Just weeks before the 2021 commemoration of the August 6, 1945 US atomic bombing of the city of Hiroshima, a Japanese court ruled that victims of the radioactive ‘black rain’ who were living beyond the officially recognized contamination zone at the time, should be included in the group considered bomb ‘survivors’ or ‘Hibakusha’ and receive the same benefits. A Hiroshima high court acknowledged in its July 14, 2021 ruling that many more people suffered as a result of exposure to ‘black rain’ than have hitherto been recognized as victims.” (08/05/21)