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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,206
Thursday, May 28th, 2015
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In the News:

1) US military accidentally shipped live anthrax to nine labs
2) NE: Legislators override governor’s veto, abolish death penalty
3) Yemen: Saudi-led airstrikes on police HQ kill 45
4) Obama regime won’t seek SCOTUS stay on immigration action block
5) Burundi urges citizens to donate money to pay for elections
6) China: Regime abducts artist who posted humorous photo of Xi
7) SpaceX certified by US Air Force for “national security” missions
8) SD: Former GOP Senate candidate convicted of violating election law
9) NV: Senate OKs bill allocating money for private school students
10) Report: Drinking more than four espressos a day can harm your health
11) Greece says deal close
12) Sources: IRS believes cyberattack originated in Russia
13) Russia moves to silence civil society and its “undesirable” contacts
14) Amnesty International: Hamas guilty of torture, summary executions
15) FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Microaggressions and microwonders
17) Why corporatists love the minimum wage
18) Let the clock run out on the NSA
19) Edward Snowden and the treason clause of the Constitution
20) How valuable is a human life?
21) Iraq will never be whole again, so what’s next?
22) Under their thumb
23) Fast Track vote ignores the public
24) Volunteer — or else!
25) Off switch
26) Is payday lending predatory?
27) The evolutionary roots of altruism
28) Allies against empire
29) Washington’s free-riding east Asian allies
30) Detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure
31) Welfare militarism and the rise of the Islamic State
32) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 05/27/15
33) Give the “bigot” bomb a break
34) Segregationists never went away: We just call them “small-government
35) ISIS: An inside job?
36) Madrid turns left — and Europe too?
37) Bernie to billionaires: “You can’t have it all!”
38) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/27/15
39) No, video games are not subsidized
40) Nuclear weapons proliferation: Made in the USA
41) Defining dishonesty downward
42) Gun rights, civil rights
43) A better Patriot Act
44) Heartland Daily Podcast, 05/26/15
45) After the election: Beware the politics of generationalism
46) Institutions of the state ARE institutions of slavery
47) The Freedom Report Podcast, 05/27/15
48) The price of Freedom[TM] 49) The Libertarian Angle, 05/27/15
50) Comebacks require leaving

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***** In the News *****

1) US military accidentally shipped live anthrax to nine labs
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The US military accidentally sent live Anthrax samples to as many as nine labs across the country. There were no public threats from the mishap, a defence official said on Wednesday. A US Defense Department laboratory in Utah had ‘inadvertently’ shipped the samples to commercial labs. Government health authorities are testing the samples. All Anthrax samples are believed to be secured, and there are no known exposures. Spokesman Col Steve Warren said the Defence Department is working with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get the samples, which were supposed to be dead or inactivated.” (05/27/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32910020

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2) NE: Legislators override governor’s veto, abolish death penalty
Source: Washington Post

“Nebraska lawmakers voted to abolish the death penalty Wednesday, overriding a veto from the governor and making that state the 19th in the country to ban capital punishment. The narrow vote in Lincoln on Wednesday made Nebraska the first state in two years to formally abandon the death penalty, a decision that comes amid a decline in executions and roiling uncertainty regarding how to carry out lethal injections.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oessvkd

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3) Yemen: Saudi-led airstrikes on police HQ kill 45
Source: San Jose Mercury News

“Saudi-led airstrikes struck a headquarters for police commandos in Yemen’s capital Wednesday, killing at least 45 people gathered there to prepare to fight against forces loyal to the country’s exiled president, Shiite rebels [sic] said. … The attacks are part a military campaign launched March 26 to try and restore [former] President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, now living in exile in neighboring Saudi Arabia.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oj834em

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4) Obama regime won’t seek SCOTUS stay on immigration action block
Source: Reuters

“The Justice Department will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay an appellate court ruling that President Barack Obama’s move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation should remain on hold, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday in favor of 26 states challenging Obama’s executive action on immigration. The immigration order was first put on hold by Texas Judge Andrew Hanen in February after the states, all led by Republican governors, argued that taking in migrants would be overly burdensome. The 5th Circuit will hear the administration’s appeal of the injunction in July.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p79twow

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5) Burundi urges citizens to donate money to pay for elections
Source: ABC News

“Burundi’s government is asking Burundians to donate money to pay for elections as some foreign donors warn of aid cuts if President Pierre Nkurunziza runs for a third term, a presidential spokesman said Wednesday. Demonstrators were in the streets again Wednesday, holding leafy tree branches as peace symbols, confronting soldiers and demanding that Nkurunziza withdraw from the elections.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/opog72s

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6) China: Regime abducts artist who posted humorous photo of Xi
Source: USA Today

“Authorities have detained an obscure Chinese artist after he posted online a humorous portrait of President Xi Jinping, his wife said Thursday. Judy Zhu said police accused her husband, Dai Jianyong, of ‘creating a disturbance’ after detaining him Tuesday near their Shanghai home. Dai is known for posting eclectic photos on social media, including some showing himself and others scrunching up their lips and eyes. Dai posted images of Xi with the same expression while wearing a mustache.” (05/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njzcq4o

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7) SpaceX certified by US Air Force for “national security” missions
Source: IGN

“The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) certificated SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch system for national security space missions, such as launching military satellites. The successful conclusion of the two-year-long certification process means the private space transport company is now eligible to bid on national security missions against United Launch Alliance (ULA) and its Atlas 5.” (05/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qd5j4rw

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8) SD: Former GOP Senate candidate convicted of violating election law
Source: Fox News

“A South Dakota jury on Wednesday convicted former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth of election law violations. The 43-year-old Sioux Falls physician had been charged with six counts each of perjury and filing false documents stemming from the mishandling of her candidate petitions. Jurors convicted her on all of those counts after deliberating for more than 3 hours.” (05/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nrqytmu

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9) NV: Senate OKs bill allocating money for private school students
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Nevada senators have approved a bill that would allow students to use the state funds designated for their public education at a private school. Senators voted to approve SB302 on an 11-8 vote on Wednesday, and the measure now moves to the Assembly. The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Scott Hammond and would allow students a grant equal to 90 percent of their per-pupil state funding allotment. Students could use the state money deposited in the education savings account for tuition, textbooks and tutoring. Students would have to be enrolled in a public school for at least 100 days before receiving the grant — a provision that ensures the money doesn’t just support students who have long been enrolled in a private school.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odevf9k

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10) Report: Drinking more than four espressos a day can harm your health
Source: Raw Story

“Drinking the caffeine equivalent of more than four espressos a day is harmful to health, especially for minors and pregnant women, the EU food safety agency said on Wednesday. ‘It is the first time that the risks from caffeine from all dietary sources have been assessed at EU level,’ the EFSA said in a statement, recommending that an adult’s daily caffeine intake remain below 400 milligrammes a day. Deciding a recommended limit was a request of the European Commission, the EU’s powerful executive body, in an effort to find a Europe-wide benchmark for caffeine consumption.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5sy9k5

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11) Greece says deal close
Source: Danville Register & Bee

“Greece’s cash-strapped government insisted Wednesday it was ‘very close’ to reaching a vital deal with bailout lenders, but the optimism in Athens was swiftly shot down by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. Greece’s four-month-old government is days away from loan repayments to the International Monetary Fund it says it may not be able to honor.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ndef8e7

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12) Sources: IRS believes cyberattack originated in Russia
Source: Fox News

“The IRS believes that criminals behind a major security breach that allowed them to access tax information from more than 100,000 U.S. households were based in Russia, sources confirmed to Fox News Wednesday. A well-placed cyberintelligence source familiar with the investigation into the breach told Fox News that the attack, which breached the IRS system, originated out of Russia. Additionally, the IRS alerted the Department of Homeland Security following the breach, a federal law enforcement official said. … The IRS said thieves targeted the system from February to mid-May. The service has been temporarily shut down.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pzch5hx

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13) Russia moves to silence civil society and its “undesirable” contacts
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Russia’s largest grassroots election watchdog, Golos, has been almost driven out of existence by a law passed three years ago that saddled it with a ‘foreign agent’ label — which connotes ‘spy’ in Russian. Since then, the organization has been subject of an ongoing wave of tax and criminal investigations, including an official ban on carrying out its primary mission of monitoring elections. Now a new law could finish Golos off. The legislation, signed by President Vladimir Putin last weekend, criminalizes any contact with ‘undesirable’ nongovernmental groups or individuals (as determined by a blacklist compiled by Russia’s chief prosecutor) no matter where in the world they might be. Violation would lead to closure of local offices and up to six years in prison for any Russian cooperating with the group, and will not be subject to appeal.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oxvfrtw

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14) Amnesty International: Hamas guilty of torture, summary executions
Source: Washington Post

“The human rights group Amnesty International charged Wednesday that Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist militant organization that controls the Gaza Strip, used the cover of last summer’s war with Israel to abduct, torture and carry out extrajudicial executions with impunity. … Amnesty International said the killing of Palestinians alleged to have collaborated with Israel constituted war crimes. The group also extended blame beyond Hamas to include the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, saying it failed to stop or investigate the executions.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q8lulh3

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15) FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges
Source: USA Today

“Federal prosecutors allege that ‘two generations of soccer officials’ used partnerships with sports marketing executives to solicit $150 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for, among other things, their support for the sites of FIFA World Cup events, from qualifiers to the 2010 World Cup. … With soccer officials from all over the world congregating in Zurich this week to attend the annual FIFA Congress, Swiss authorities arrested seven suspects charged in the indictment.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q8fo9jp

***** Everybody Has An Opinion *****

16) Microaggressions and microwonders
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Steven Horwitz

“Having steadily pushed back the more overt and damaging forms of inequality, and having stigmatized them as morally offensive, we have less tolerance for the smaller bits that remain. As a result, we take small behaviors that are often completely unintended as offenses and attempt to magnify them into the moral equivalent of past racism or sexism. Even the co-opting of the word ‘aggression’ to describe what is, in almost all cases, behavior that is completely lacking in actual aggression is an attempt to magnify the moral significance of those behaviors.” (05/27/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/microaggressions-and-microwonders

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17) Why corporatists love the minimum wage
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

“Big corporations can easily spread a small rise in labor costs across their entire operation, often absorbing it without any of the problems faced by small companies with razor thin profit margins. What this does for corporations is kill off the millions of small businesses and mom-and-pop ventures that make up the bulk of their competition. Being that politically-created corporations and corporate-owned politicians are obviously buried deep under the bedcovers together, the minimum wage is great PR for both and a national disaster for everyone else.” (05/27/15)

http://www.examiner.com/article/why-corporatists-love-the-minimum-wage

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18) Let the clock run out on the NSA
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Regarding the feverish effort either to reauthorize, ‘reform,’ or abolish the National Security Agency’s collection of our phone and email data, two things need to be said: First, thank you, Edward Snowden. Second, isn’t it great to see the ruling elite panicking?” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2x3qng

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19) Edward Snowden and the treason clause of the Constitution
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

“In light of revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, made thanks to Edward Snowden, many politicians, pundits and sections of American society are eager to brand him a traitor to his country. But what does the Constitution have to say?” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pcxxfuc

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20) How valuable is a human life?
Source: Daily Anarchist
by Seth King

“We often hear people repeat the platitude that ‘a human life is priceless.’ But how true is that? Maybe in some spiritual sense, where resources and time are infinite, is a human soul also infinitely valuable in the eyes of the creator. But we live in the physical world where time and resources are not infinite. And since resources and time in the real world are not infinite it only follows that the value of an individual life is also not infinite, at least in terms of time and resources. This, then, begs the question: How much is a human life worth? The answer, of course, is that it depends.” (05/27/15)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2015/05/27/how-valuable-is-a-human-life/

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21) Iraq will never be whole again, so what’s next?
Source: Reuters
by Peter Van Buren

“Is there hope for Iraq? It depends on what you are hoping for. It is becoming clearer that there is little hope of destroying Islamic State in Iraq. Islamic State has no shortage of new recruits. Its fighters capture heavy weapons with such ease that the United States is forced to direct air strikes against equipment abandoned by the Iraqis — even as it ships in more. Islamic State holds territory that will allow it to trade land for time, morph into an insurgency and preserve its forces by pulling back into Syrian territory it controls even if Iraq’s government, with Iranian and American help, launches a major assault.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p8eg24p

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22) Under their thumb
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Can we really live in the ‘Land of the Free’ and our children not be free to walk in public? What kind of freedom is that?” (05/27/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/05/27/under-their-thumb/

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23) Fast Track vote ignores the public
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Remember the study that showed that Congress doesn’t take what the public wants into account at all when passing legislation? That’s what happened last week when the Senate passed Fast Track. ‘Fast Track’ Trade Promotion Authority is in front of the Congress. The Senate passed Fast Track last week. The House could vote as soon as early next week. What is Fast Track? If Congress passes Fast Track, it means they set aside Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and give the power to regulate commerce with foreign nations over to the administration.” [editor’s note: I find it a delight to see this “progressive” pundit consistently opposing this travesty, and now even citing its Constitutional issues – SAT] (05/27/15)

http://ourfuture.org/20150527/fast-track-vote-ignores-the-public

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24) Volunteer — or else!
Source: Strike the Root
by Paul Hein

“The waiter informs you that there is a special, off-menu item available. ‘Today we have a special: blackened snapper with a mango chutney, served on a bed of wild rice.’ It sounds good, but you have your heart set on a meat entree. So you tell him, ‘Sounds good all right, but I think I’ll have the one-inch thick pork chops, with green beans and a house salad.’ The waiter stiffens; his smile disappears. ‘You’ll have WHAT?’ he exclaims. ‘Didn’t I just tell you about the special?’ ‘Well, yes, you did, but I’m just not in a mood for fish.’ ‘Your MOOD? You think I care about your MOOD?’ He signals to his fellow-waiters, who join him in discreetly removing you to the parking lot and beating you to within an inch — Oh! Sorry! Wrong story. That’s not what happened at all. When you ordered the chops the waiter smiled and said, ‘Very good, sir,’ and headed for the kitchen.” (05/27/15)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/volunteer-or-else

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25) Off switch
Source: The Cagle Post
by Steve Greenberg

Cartoon. (05/27/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/05/off-switch/

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26) Is payday lending predatory?
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by Brian Jacobson

“[T]he Faith for Just Lending Coalition claims these Payday loan companies are preying on the poor by charging unjust interest rates and fees. Of course this begs the questions, what is the just interest rate for a loan? We must look to the basics, what is the interest rate and why do people get loans? The interest rate may be rightly described as the price of money. In the case of a loan it is the cost of money now versus money in the future.” (05/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nd6jelu

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27) The evolutionary roots of altruism
Source: The American Prospect
by Melvin Konner

“David Sloan Wilson opens his new book, Does Altruism Exist?, with an old conundrum that has animated many late-night dormitory debates: If helping someone gives you pleasure, gains you points for an afterlife, and enhances your reputation, is it really altruism? Wilson wisely decides to put acts before motives: ‘When Ted benefits Martha at a cost to himself, that’s altruistic, regardless of how he thinks or feels about it.’ Great. But what does ‘cost’ mean in that sentence? Does it mean ‘cost’ after considering all those benefits, or not?” [editor’s note: Even a casual reading of the Introduction to The Virtue of Selfishness will show you how “not new” this concept is; “altruism” as truly defined comes, not “from the heart,” but via outside compulsion (aka “force”) based on fear, guilt or other manipulated mechanism. Doing it ’cause ya wanna is acting from “self-interest” – SAT] (05/27/15)

http://prospect.org/article/evolutionary-roots-altruism

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28) Allies against empire
Source: The American Conservative
by Richard Drake

“The progressive statesman Robert La Follette and the libertarian writer Albert Jay Nock epitomized the polar extremes in early 20th-century American politics on all issues having to do with the role of the federal government in society. Yet from different premises they reached the same conclusion about the evils of imperialism and agreed that the United States should follow the counsel of George Washington in his Farewell Address by shunning militarism, staying home, and minding the country’s own business. Their shared views about the danger posed by the American Empire constitute a historical lesson in need of remembrance today.” (05/27/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/allies-against-empire/

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29) Washington’s free-riding east Asian allies
Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Washington’s allies tend to have two features in common. They embrace increasingly assertive nationalistic agendas — often directed against China. That are reflected in several bitter territorial disputes [sic]. The other feature is that despite a few modest moves to improve their own military capabilities, the East Asian allies continue to be security free riders — depending heavily on the United States for their defense. America thus confronts a situation in which assorted allies have bold policy agendas but lack the credible military power to achieve their ambitions without substantial US assistance. That creates a dangerous situation in which an overly assertive security partner could drag the United States into a quarrel that has little relevance to America’s own legitimate interests.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njm8wk2

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30) Detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure
Source: In These Times
by Jane Miller

“There are 13 detention centres in the UK, where migrants may be sent while waiting to hear the fate of their applications or waiting to be deported when they’ve been denied asylum. According to the Home Office, there are at least 30,000 such people detained at the moment. There is nothing illegal about such detention. However, the UK is the only EU member state that does not set a time limit on detention. Some of those detained are employed in the centres themselves at much less than the minimum wage. And the centres are home to pregnant women, children, older people and disabled people, who get poor medical care and little educational or cultural assistance.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ol49xaq

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31) Welfare militarism and the rise of the Islamic State
Source: ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

“Imagine the United States sent in an army of auto mechanics, to repair every Iraqi vehicle on demand, at no cost to the consumer, for over a decade. Imagine every auto mechanic already living in Iraq, were given a mechanic shop, and a biweekly paycheck despite not performing any services. What might happen to the skills of those auto mechanics in that period of time? What might become of the auto service industry as those skills faded from memory in that society, once the United States withdrew their mechanics? It is no different with military defense. Iraqis join the military because they are paid, and granted a certain social status in the society. They are government employees, with job security. When the enemy approaches, they have a choice. They can risk their lives fighting against radical ideologues who are prepared to die, or they can run away, and live to see their next paycheck.” (05/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ofmp7yw

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32) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 05/27/15
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“This week we were joined by Luis Fernando Mises, creator of Emancipatedhuman.com and writer for dollarvigilante.com Herein we discussed how Luis became a voluntaryist, using the Libertarian Party to repeal laws, attacking the State from all angles, Discordianism, good intentions losing out to the addiction to power, socialized money, using the Libertarian Party for education and outreach, misunderstandings about greed, the driving force behind most businesses, Starbucks: it’s not about the coffee, and more!” [Flash audio] (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oslg53t

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33) Give the “bigot” bomb a break
Source: USA Today
by Kirsten Powers

“A lesbian couple purchased engagement rings from a Christian jeweler.They were so pleased with the service, they referred a friend to the shop to purchase a ring for his girlfriend. Said friend spied a sign that read: ‘The sanctity of marriage is under attack. Let’s keep marriage between a man and a woman.’ Offense was taken. Once upon a time, this would have led to, in ascending order: an eye roll, daggered glares or an inquiry about the sentiment with perhaps a few words exchanged ending in an agreement to disagree. That is no longer the world in which we live. The sign was reported to the lesbian couple. Now they want their money back. There’s no problem with the rings. The problem is that the jeweler disagrees with the couple on the definition of marriage.” (05/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q2ujtc8

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34) Segregationists never went away: We just call them “small-government conservatives” now
Source: Salon
by Brittney Cooper

“The continuing decline of public sector jobs at local, state, and federal levels is having an abysmal economic impact on African Americans, for whom steady, stable government employment opportunities have provided a sure path into the middle class. The New York Times reported yesterday that ‘roughly one in five black adults works for the government, teaching school, delivering mail, driving buses, processing criminal justice and managing large staffs.’ Because Black people hold a disproportionate number of government jobs, cutbacks that affect everyone hit Black communities even harder.” [editor’s note: If one out of five black adults works for the government, that means four out of five black adults are among those robbed to pay the salaries of the one in five – TLK] (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oshrq7t

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35) ISIS: An inside job?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“‘Your brother created ISIS!’ Well, not quite. While it’s true that ISIS would never have succeeded in setting up an Islamic State in the heart of the Levant if we hadn’t gone to war in Iraq, the real parents of this mutant offspring of American policymakers are Hillary Clinton and her co-thinkers in the Obama administration. So intent were they on overthrowing Assad that they funded and armed our mortal enemies. This whole episode dramatizes, in the most vivid way imaginable, the principle of ‘blowback’ in the conduct of foreign affairs.” (05/27/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/05/26/isis-an-inside-job/

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36) Madrid turns left — and Europe too?
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“Spain voted on Sunday in a number of administrative jurisdictions. These were local elections, so one should not underestimate the local peculiarities that may have influenced the outcome. However, the big news is that the Popular (Christian-Democrats) and the Socialist Parties, gained respectively 27% and 25% of the votes in the national projection. This is not quite a debacle, but certainly something is changing in Spain, which has long been basically a two party system.” (05/26/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/05/spain_for_whom.html

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37) Bernie to billionaires: “You can’t have it all!”
Source: The Nation Blog
by John Nichols

“The campaign signs all say: ‘Paid for by Bernie 2016 (Not the Billionaires).’ That is a given with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the proud democratic socialist who decries plutocracy and oligarchy and proposes to tax Wall Street. Sanders is the presidential contender who is not looking to win the favor of the hedge-fund managers, bankers and CEOs who define and dominate American politics. The whole point of the audacious bid that Sanders has now formally launched for the Democratic presidential nomination is to upset the calculus of American politics. … The senator attracted more than 100,000 contributions in the average amount of $42, along with hundreds of thousands of volunteer commitments, in his first days as a contender.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q56x9gx

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38) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/27/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Chandler St. Pierre, Randy England and a little bit of Michael W. Dean. Topics include the upcoming Feens shows at Porcfest, audio improvement, caching Feen microphones in PVC tube buried on State land marked via GPS coordinates kept in separate encrypted files, is Michael Dean actually MarkEdgeGooglin?, property rights, search warrants, cops arresting people for things that aren’t illegal, and why you should never ‘fix it in the mix.'” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oejbeeu

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39) No, video games are not subsidized
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matt McCaffrey

“There’s a popular misconception that giving tax breaks to industries is the same as subsidizing them. Sadly, like many economic myths, this one just won’t die. The video game industry offers a recent example. Critics have been arguing for years that US game developers are given unfair advantages and ‘subsidies’ through a range of state and federal tax breaks that lower the cost of game design and artificially prop up production.” (05/27/15)

https://mises.org/library/no-video-games-are-not-subsidized

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40) Nuclear weapons proliferation: Made in the USA
Source: CounterPunch
by John LaForge

“The United States is perhaps the principle nuclear weapons proliferator in the world today, openly flouting binding provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Article I of the treaty forbids signers from transferring nuclear weapons to other states, and Article II prohibits signers from receiving nuclear weapons from other states. As the UN Review Conference of the NPT was finishing its month-long deliberations in New York last week, the US delegation distracted attention from its own violations using its standard Red Herring warnings about Iran and North Korea — the former without a single nuclear weapon, and the latter with 8-to-10 (according to those reliable weapons spotters at the CIA) but with no means of delivering them.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pgoc845

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41) Defining dishonesty downward
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by Donald J Boudreaux

“Kathleen Parker’s May 15 Washington Post column is headlined ‘Jeb Bush’s unfortunate honesty.’ The subhead reads ‘He needs to emulate Hillary Clinton.’ Parker’s point is that if Bush wants a serious chance of winning the presidency, he must master the dark arts of dissembling and lying.” (05/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oe2h37r

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42) Gun rights, civil rights
Source: Reason
by Zach Weissmueller

“When a cop shot teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer, the death sparked protests, a militarized law enforcement response, and finally looting and destruction. But the Huey P. Newton Gun Club was ready. The Dallas-based group had formed in June 2014, more than two months before the shooting. Charles Goodson, the club’s founder, started recruiting members after he learned that Dallas police officers had shot at 40 unarmed citizens over the past 12 years. ‘We are proposing armed self-defense as it relates to the situation with black people here in America when it comes to dealing with police departments,’ he explains.” (for publication 06/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/04/30/gun-rights-civil-rights

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43) A better Patriot Act
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall

“Critical parts of the USA Patriot Act are about to expire. The reauthorization bill moving through Congress, the USA Freedom Act, has sparked controversy on both sides of the political aisle and within the civil-libertarian community, rekindling debates that began more than a decade ago. Now is the chance to implement much-needed reforms, including reforms to a provision not expiring: the one authorizing National Security Letters (NSL).” [editor’s note: I usually find Hall very perceptive, but on this issue I have to disagree — the only worthwhile “reform” of the USA PATRIOT Act is complete repeal – TLK] (05/26/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7383

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44) Heartland Daily Podcast, 05/26/15
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Managing Editor of Environment & Climate News H. Sterling Burnett speaks with Lindsay Leveen. Leveen runs a groundbreaking, award-winning, news blog called Green Explored. Burnett and Leveen discuss Bloom Energy.” [Flash video] (05/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2adn7f

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45) After the election: Beware the politics of generationalism
Source: spiked
by Jennie Bristow

“While I cringed along with everyone else at Miliband’s hubris, what most intrigued me about the ‘Ed Stone’ was the content of these six pledges — in particular, pledge five, which promised Labour voters ‘a country where the next generation can do better than the last.’ This pledge seemed simultaneously banal and inflammatory. In any society that considers itself progressive, or even vaguely dynamic, of course people want life for their kids to be better. But making the generation question so central to political pledge-making presumes a conflict between the older generations, who had it quite good, and the younger ones, who can only hope for better. The other political parties sang from the same hymn sheet.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nomcvwe

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46) Institutions of the state ARE institutions of slavery
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“It is increasingly obvious that all the institutions of the state, from the smallest special district’s organizations to those at the state and federal level (and increasingly at the international level), are nothing but institutions of slavery: organized gangsterdoms that exercise control over people to some degree similar to that of traditional slavery in America before 1865 and in societies throughout ancient history. Stories this week demonstrate this.” (05/27/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7156

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47) The Freedom Report Podcast, 05/27/15
Source: The Libertarian Republic

“Today’s episode of the Freedom Report discusses what happens when someone wants the law to save them from their stupid decisions.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p53x76g

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48) The price of Freedom[TM] Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Somehow, and I had no idea how, I found myself face to face with a man I first mistook as a mobile home salesman. But he wasn’t trying to sell me a double-wide; he was trying to sell me a gaudy package labeled Freedom[TM]. He stood in front of me, smiling too much and waiting for me to comment on the beauty of his product. ‘Tell me about this Freedom of yours,’ I finally squeezed out. ‘And why does it have the trademark symbol on it?’ ‘That’s because our freedom is the best kind.’ ‘So, freedom isn’t just freedom?’ ‘Heavens no,’ he assured me.” (05/26/15)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/the-price-of-freedom

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49) The Libertarian Angle, 05/27/15
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
“Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger discusses the hot topics of the day. This week, Jacob talks about Memorial Day and motivation behind U.S. foreign policy.” [Flash video] (05/27/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/76471/

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50) Comebacks require leaving
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Brian Nicholson

“For as much as empire persists, it goes rather unmentioned by virtually anyone outside of Left opposition to it, which has (unfortunately) little weight in the US at all. Those who support US hegemony & keep it going have learned over time to use code words & feelgood lies to avoid having to actually discuss the intended outcomes they shoot for. Well, today Robert Kaplan of the Center for a New American Security (really) decided to ignore that memo, putting a piece at Foreign Policy titled ‘It’s time to bring imperialism back to the Middle East.'” (05/26/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/37932

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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST

Editors:
Thomas L. Knapp
R. Lee Wrights
Mary Lou Seymour
Steve Trinward
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