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Volume XIII, Issue #3,208
Monday, June 1st, 2015
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In the News:

0) A Brief Note from the Publisher …
1) US political prisoner Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life
2) No deal: Legal fig leaf for NSA’s unconstitutional spy program will lapse
3) East African leaders call for Burundi to delay elections
4) Nigeria: Suicide bomber, rocket grenades kill 30
5) Libya: Five killed in Islamic State attack
6) Report: Police in United States shoot more than two people a day
7) MD: State removes parallel parking from driving test
8) Egypt: 2,600 killed after ouster of Islamist president
9) Solar Impulse plane begins Pacific crossing
10) Qatar extends travel ban on ex-Gitmo inmates; talks continue
11) Beau Biden, 1969-2015
12) Carter: China’s island-building erodes security
13) Russia: Lawmaker asks for EU blacklist to be made public
14) KY: State overhauling broken system of testing rape kits
15) US to bring Japan under its cyber defense
16) Odd-one-out Australia moves toward ending marriage apartheid
17) Seeking “edugalite,” France revamps secondary schools
18) Experiments at CERN’s LHC to restart next week
19) Turkey: Police seal off Taksim Square on anniversary of unrest
20) Kerry breaks leg in cycling accident, returns home

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Silk Road sentence sets dangerous precedent
22) Only “blue lives” really matter
23) Correct the record: Pardon William Lloyd Garrison!
24) The choice is between government and liberty
25) Hate and discrimination
26) Martin O’Malley attempts the politics of moral duty
27) The vocabulary of war criminals
28) Dread Pirate Roberts, beyond the law!
29) The $165 billion question for Hillary Clinton
30) Self defense a primary human right
31) The nutrition gap: Are doctors ready to think outside the pillbox?
32) Israel: The soldier’s story
33) “People can’t lead full lives if they’re dependent on the state”
34) National holidays should be on Fridays, not Mondays
35) Dems don’t really care about little guys & gals
36) Denny Hastert is contemptible, but his indictment exemplifies America’s over-criminalization pathology
37) In search of the Democratic soul
38) What’s so selfish about capitalism?
39) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/30/15
40) Don’t (just) let the sun go down on Patriot powers
41) The Berlin Wall: Those who refused to be caged
42) Production versus plunder, part 9
43) How to handle terrifying ideas: A modest proposal for college reform
44) Rather than make a bad bill look more like a good bill — just pass the good bill
45) Why we need school choice in New Hampshire
46) Chinese democracy isn’t inevitable
47) What about Chase? Circumcision and the right to bodily integrity
48) Hard truths about Iraq
49) Without government who would expose us to malware
50) Raise your hand, dry and secure
51) Iran’s criminal justice system looks like Gitmo’s
52) Laura Kipnis’s “Title IX Inquisition” reveals absurdity of the current campus climate
53) Daniel Hawkins: Anarchy never been tried and the history of anarchist societies
54) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 05/30/15
55) Everything Voluntary Podcast, 05/29/15

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

0) A Brief Note from the Publisher …

Hey, everyone —

Today is NOT a “web-only” day. The complete edition is going out by email as well. But it is going out seven hours or so early, as I have to be away this morning. As I related on Friday, my wife, Tamara, has a biopsy scheduled. For obvious reasons I will be making my schedule conform to that kind of thing instead of trying to have it the other way around.

THANK YOU to those of you who have already responded to our summer fundraising appeal. You haven’t received thank-you notes yet, but I’ll get them out to you as soon as I can. It’s a bit hectic at the moment 🙂

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I’ll do my best to keep to full email editions, rather than “web-onlies,” in the coming weeks. I trust you’ll be tolerant if that’s occasionally impossible.

Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Publisher
Rational Review News Digest/Freedom News Daily

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1) US political prisoner Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life
Source: Wired

“On Friday [Ross] Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in creating and running Silk Road’s billion-dollar, anonymous black market for drugs. Judge Katherine Forrest gave Ulbricht the most severe sentence possible. The minimum he could have served was 20 years.” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nf9zdsk

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2) No deal: Legal fig leaf for NSA’s unconstitutional spy program will lapse
Source: Bellingham Herald

“The National Security Agency is losing its authority to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk, after GOP Sen. Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the fiercely contested program in an extraordinary Sunday Senate session. But that program and several other post-Sept. 11 counter-terror measures look likely to be revived in a matter of days. With no other options, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in an about-face, reluctantly embraced a House-passed bill that would extend the anti-terror provisions that expire Sunday at midnight, while also remaking the bulk phone collections program.” (05/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/opy6ngv

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3) East African leaders call for Burundi to delay elections
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Burundi’s government should postpone parliamentary and presidential elections for a six weeks because of unrest triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office, an emergency meeting for the heads of state from the regional East African Community urged Sunday. Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, has been rocked by protests for the last five weeks since Nkurunziza’s candidature was announced.” (05/31//15)

http://tinyurl.com/nogaohc

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4) Nigeria: Suicide bomber, rocket grenades kill 30
Source: Fox News

“A suicide bomb blast outside a mosque and rocket-propelled grenades that exploded into homes as people slept killed at least 30 people in the Nigerian city Maiduguri on Saturday, residents and officials said. The explosion killed people who were prostrating themselves for afternoon prayers outside the mosque, including traders from the nearby crowded marketplace in the largest city in Nigeria’s troubled northeast, survivors said. … An intelligence officer said Boko Haram was firing the rocket-propelled grenades. Soldiers fired heavy assault rifles in response, said the officer, who insisted on anonymity because he is not supposed to give information to journalists. Civilian self-defense fighters patrolled until dawn to ensure the Islamic extremists did not get through barriers of sandbags and trenches, said one of the fighters, Abbas Gava.” (05/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nh89ftp

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5) Libya: Five killed in Islamic State attack
Source: Times of India [India]

“A pre-dawn suicide attack in northwest Libya Sunday claimed by the Islamic State group killed five members of the Fajr Libya militia alliance that controls the capital, a militia spokesman said. ‘A car suicide bomber blew himself up near a checkpoint at an entrance of Dafniya,’ between the town of Zliten and Libya’s third city Misrata, said the Fajr Libya spokesman.” (05/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/prjqjnj

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6) Report: Police in United States shoot more than two people a day
Source: United Press International

“A data analysis by The Washington Post suggests that police in the United States shot and killed an average of more than two people a day so far in 2015 — double the number suggested by federal data. The newspaper released a report on Saturday using interviews, police reports and local news accounts to compile a database of every fatal shooting by police in 2015. It concluded that police shot and killed 385 people nationwide in the first five months of the year — a rate of 2.6 per day.” (05/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nbu9pry

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7) MD: State removes parallel parking from driving test
Source: Fox News

“Maryland has become the most recent state to drop the parallel-parking requirement from its road test, sparking debate about whether the next generation of motorists will be adequately prepared to safely navigate streets. Buel Young, a Maryland Motor Vehicles Administration spokesman, said the requirement was officially removed May 19 after state officials had determined the maneuvers and skills required to parallel park (which include backing up, using mirrors and depth perception) were already being evaluated in other parts of the test.” [editor’s note: Having learned from a friend (well before the test) how to do this properly, I’m often amazed to watch people attempt the process; good thing cars are being made smarter so they can do it themselves? – SAT] (05/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pw47hoh

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8) Egypt: 2,600 killed after ouster of Islamist president
Source: ABC News

“At least 2,600 people were killed in violence in the 18 months after the military overthrew Egypt’s president in 2013, nearly half of them supporters of the Islamist leader, the head of a state-sanctioned rights body said Sunday. Mohammed Fayeq, head of the National Council for Human Rights, told reporters that the 2,600 included 700 policemen and 550 civilians who were killed in the period between June 30, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2014.” (05/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p4lfn8u

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9) Solar Impulse plane begins Pacific crossing
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg has begun his bid to cross the Pacific, from China to Hawaii, in the zero-fuel Solar Impulse aeroplane. The experimental aircraft, which has a wingspan bigger than a jumbo but weighs little more than a large car, left Nanjing at about 02:40 (18:40 GMT). It is likely to take Mr Borschberg five to six days of continuous flight to reach his central Pacific destination. He will try to stay awake for much of that time, taking only short catnaps. His progress will be monitored the entire way from a control room in Monaco. Meteorologists and flight strategists will constantly update him on the best route to follow.” (05/30/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32946874

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10) Qatar extends travel ban on ex-Gitmo inmates; talks continue
Source: Bradenton Herald

“Qatar has agreed to temporarily extend travel bans on five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday. The official said the ban would remain in place until diplomatic talks for a longer-term solution are completed.” (05/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nvm33ln

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11) Beau Biden, 1969-2015
Source: Boston Herald

“He was the privileged son of a longtime U.S. senator and two-term vice president, yet Joseph R. ‘Beau’ Biden III was no stranger to personal adversity. When he was only 3, just weeks after his father, Joe Biden, had been elected to the Senate, the younger Biden was seriously injured in a 1972 car crash that killed his mother and infant sister. His father was sworn into office at his hospital bedside. As a young college student, not long after his father’s 1987 presidential campaign imploded among allegations of plagiarism, he was back in the hospital, holding vigil with other family members as Joe Biden underwent surgery for a life-threatening aneurysm. And after launching his own successful political career, Beau Biden was dogged by health problems. In 2010, he suffered a mild stroke at the age of 41. On Saturday, Beau Biden died of brain cancer, less than two years after he was diagnosed. He was 46.” (05/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pdmljdd

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12) Carter: China’s island-building erodes security
Source: Reuters

“U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday that China’s island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific, drawing a scathing response from the foreign ministry in Beijing. Carter, speaking to top defense officials from the Asia-Pacific at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, acknowledged that several countries had created outposts in the region’s disputed islands, but he said the scope of China’s activity created uncertainty about its future plans.” [editor’s note: So far, you could almost imagine it WAS Ashton Kutcher (as Kelso) in that position; who’s this clown gonna piss off next? – SAT] (05/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/po7ohhc

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13) Russia: Lawmaker asks for EU blacklist to be made public
Source: Epoch Times

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov needs to explain why 89 politicians from 17 European countries have been banned from entering Russia and confirm their names, an opposition lawmaker said Sunday in a formal inquiry. Dmitry Gudkov, the sole member of Russia’s parliament who opposes the Kremlin, also told Lavrov that while he understood such a step might have been necessary, it should have been taken transparently and in consultation with parliament.” (05/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzgcfrf

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14) KY: State overhauling broken system of testing rape kits
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Michelle Kuiper remembers the cold table against her back, how she laid there so long the blood on her legs dried and cracked. The white box the doctor was filling, labeled “rape kit,” seemed impossibly small for its purpose. ‘That kit held every horrific moment of what happened to me,’ Kuiper says. Yet for more than a decade after she was dragged off her porch in Louisville and raped by a stranger, Kuiper had no idea what became of that box. Kentucky has no procedure for tracking rape kits. There is no standardized policy for getting them from hospitals to law enforcement to the Kentucky State Police crime lab. No one knows how many are sitting untested at agencies across the state. Estimates range from 2,000 to 10,000.” (05/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qhba7da

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15) US to bring Japan under its cyber defense
Source: Jamestown Sun

“The United States will extend its cyber defense umbrella over Japan, helping its Asian ally cope with the growing threat of online attacks against military bases and infrastructure such as power grids, the two nations said in a joint statement on Saturday. ‘We note a growing level of sophistication among malicious cyber actors, including non-state and state-sponsored actors,’ they said in a statement released by the U.S.-Japan Cyber Defense Policy Working Group, which was established in 2013.” (05/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/plegzma

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16) Odd-one-out Australia moves toward ending marriage apartheid
Source: Bloomberg

“Ivan Hinton-Teoh’s marriage to his partner Chris in 2013 lasted just five days before Australia’s government had the same-sex union quashed. The couple may soon get another chance. Spurred by Ireland’s vote in favor of gay marriage, lawmakers will introduce legislation on Monday in another bid for marriage equality. With Australia increasingly isolated among English-speaking nations on the issue, pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose own sister is gay, to drop his opposition.” (05/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/orczqg3

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17) Seeking “edugalite,” France revamps secondary schools
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“France has long prided itself on being a meritocratic system, where anyone, regardless of background. can get to the top with enough hard work. But for many, France’s education system is still highly elitist. Children of politicians and business leaders fill the seats of the country’s most prestigious schools with the most competent teachers and, eventually, enter into the country’s top companies and political circles. Meanwhile, kids in the more disenfranchised, outlying suburbs (often children of immigrants with no French at home) are taught by young, inexperienced teachers, and find their choices for top schooling limited. Last week, President Francois Hollande’s government proposed a series of measures to overhaul the country’s secondary education system.” (05/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nccxko3

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18) Experiments at CERN’s LHC to restart next week
Source: Raw Story

“The event for which physicists across the world are waiting with bated breath is almost here. CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) — the world’s most powerful particle accelerator credited with the discovery of the ‘God particle’ Higgs boson in 2012 — will be back in action next week, the European research organization said in a statement. … As CERN explains, the particles are so tiny that the task of making them collide is ‘akin to firing two needles 10 kilometers [6.2 miles] apart with such precision that they meet halfway.'” (05/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/onn92nm

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19) Turkey: Police seal off Taksim Square on anniversary of unrest
Source: The Daily Star [Lebanon]

“Turkish police Sunday tightened security around Istanbul’s Taksim square, on the second anniversary of the mass anti-government protests that rocked the square in 2013. Police blocked major roads leading to the square and the adjoining Gezi Park, and public transport links in the area were suspended, an AFP photographer said. Riot police backed by water cannon trucks were deployed to quell any protests. The 2013 demonstrations began on May 31 after trees were unrooted as part of a government plan to redevelop Gezi Park. The demonstrations soon snowballed into mass protests, centered on Taksim, over the perceived authoritarianism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was premier at the time.” (05/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nmq3wc8

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20) Kerry breaks leg in cycling accident, returns home
Source: Day & Night News [India]

“US Secretary of State John Kerry broke his right leg in an accident while cycling in the Alps near Scionzier, France, today and is returning to the United States, his spokesman said. He has cancelled visits to Madrid and Paris. Kerry broke his right femur but the injury is not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery, the spokesman said.” (05/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/poblzo3

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

21) Silk Road sentence sets dangerous precedent
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W. Perry

“There are three simple facts of this case that help explain the dangerous precedent. Ross Ulbricht created a website. People used the website to sell things that other people wanted to buy. Ross Ulbricht goes to jail for life. When Philip Markoff arranged meetings with people through Craigslist and then killed them; the creator of the site wasn’t held liable. When people have been arrested attempting to hire prostitutes through various online classified sites, the owner of the website is not charged with being a pimp. The same rationale should apply to Ross Ulbricht, whose family has vowed to appeal the conviction and sentence.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (05/31/15)

http://fpp.cc/silk-road-sentence-sets-dangerous-precedent/

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22) Only “blue lives” really matter
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“When Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo mounted the hood of a Chevy Malibu and fired fifteen shots through the windshield, killing Timothy Russell and Melissa Williams, he behaved in an ‘unreasonable’ and ‘unconstitutional’ fashion. This was the testimony offered by W. Ken Katsaris, a nationally renowned expert witness on use-of-force issues, during Brelo’s bench trial for two counts of voluntary manslaughter. Brelo’s actions amounted to the execution-style murder of a terrified, unarmed couple whose vehicle had been immobilized following a 22-minute high-speed pursuit and a 137-round onslaught by police. This isn’t why Katsaris found Brelo’s behavior to be ‘unreasonable’ or ‘unconstitutional.’ The lives of the victims were not consequential in Katsaris’s constitutional calculations: Once the decision had been made to kill the Mundanes, the only relevant consideration was the safety of Officer Breloand his comrades on the scene.” (05/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pobnywa

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23) Correct the record: Pardon William Lloyd Garrison!
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Elwood Earl “Sandy” Sanders Jr.

“Should the governor of Maryland pardon 19th century abolitionist leader William Lloyd Garrison?” (05/31/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1554

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24) The choice is between government and liberty
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“In Smith’s framework a government that abstained from taxing and regulating people without renouncing the authority to do so would be respecting people’s freedom but not their liberty. But if it did renounce that authority, would that mean the government — or more precisely, the individuals who constitute it — respected people’s liberty? Would their freedom be more secure like Jack’s rather than less secure like Jill’s? Maybe we need not answer that question because a government that truly renounced the authority to tax and regulate would cease to be a government at all. The power to tax is a defining characteristic of the state. What is government without it? That’s why Ayn Rand’s idea of monopoly government without taxation is incoherent. ” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nlz3njj

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25) Hate and discrimination
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“Do you like anchovies? How about girdles, tight neckties, a leak in your shoe? Personally, I hate them, and quite a few other things. Or is ‘hate’ too harsh a word? Maybe so. What does the word ‘hate’ mean to you? Hate means different things to individuals, but there is a widespread campaign to impose ever changing and increasingly destructive political correctness on everyone, both with and without the force of law. So, it seems important to start with definitions.” (05/31/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7175

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26) Martin O’Malley attempts the politics of moral duty
Source: The Nation
by John Nichols

“Martin O’Malley must say that he believes he can win the 2016 Democratic nomination and the presidency. That’s how it works. The former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland who formally announces his candidacy this weekend cannot get caught suggesting that he is mounting an uphill race against front-runner Hillary Clinton in order to make enough of a name for himself so that Clinton will consider him as a vice presidential running mate — or perhaps as a cabinet member in the next administration. But could O’Malley really be a contender?” [editor’s note: Is this life imitating art again? I thought Peter Florreck was already doing this on “The Good Wife” – SAT] (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q89urdd

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27) The vocabulary of war criminals
Source: CounterPunch
by Rev. William E. Alberts

“In the land of American exceptionalism, bipartisan political leaders make ‘mistakes’ in foreign policy; they do not commit war crimes. The invasion of Iraq offers a much needed case study; and the brother of the president who launched the invasion sets the stage.” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oou7k8d

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28) Dread Pirate Roberts, beyond the law!
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Calhoun

“Ross Ulbricht has been sentenced to die inside a cage. We call this a ‘life sentence,’ but it is a death sentence. His fate is quite literally to die in a cage in order to punish him for operating the online drug market known as the Silk Road. But truly, that is not his crime. His crime is defiance, or really, his crime is truth telling. The truth is, there is life beyond the law. When sentencing him, that is what the judge justified her sentence with — he lived without regard to what she wished he would believe. We are told none of us are ‘beyond the law,’ but this is merely a catch phrase. People like Judge Katherine Forrest depend on this fable of dependence to the law, but in what remains of this article I wish to propose a different story to you.” (05/31/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/38000

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29) The $165 billion question for Hillary Clinton
Source: In These Times
by David Sirota

“Among all the rivers of money that have flowed to the Clinton family, one seems to raise the biggest national security questions of all: the stream of cash that came from 20 foreign governments who relied on weapons export approvals from Hillary Clinton’s State Department. Federal law designates the secretary of state as ‘responsible for the continuous supervision and general direction of sales’ of arms, military hardware and services to foreign countries. In practice, that meant that Clinton was charged with rejecting or approving weapons deals — and when it came to Clinton Foundation donors, Hillary Clinton’s State Department did a whole lot of approving. While Clinton was secretary of state, her department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to Clinton Foundation donors. That figure from Clinton’s three full fiscal years in office is almost double the value of arms sales to those countries during the same period of President George W. Bush’s second term.” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qyrhhjj

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30) Self defense a primary human right
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“If someone is violating your personal rights — through aggression or by violating your property — you have the right to stop them. Nothing, no justifications or excuses, can abolish or alter your right to defense of self or property. The right of defense is the primary human right; all others come from that one.” (05/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pktd9ux

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31) The nutrition gap: Are doctors ready to think outside the pillbox?
Source: The New Republic
by Dr. Sushrut Jangi

“Nutrition has a role in today’s medicine, but it’s nothing compared to pharmaceutical therapy’s. Doctors favor drugs over everything else. The average older adult in this country is on four medications a day, which helps explain why, in the past few years, companies like Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and GlaxoSmithKline have enjoyed profit margins of 20 percent or more. But the never-ending rise of drug costs is shaking our already buckling healthcare system.” (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o278dua

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32) Israel: The soldier’s story
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“Corporal Shachar Berrin’s commander in the Israeli army sentenced him to a week in prison. His brother emailed me to let me know so I wouldn’t be surprised when the story eventually broke in the news. Shachar’s offense, as handwritten on a disciplinary form, was participating ‘in a political meeting, while in uniform, in the presence of the media.’ That’s partly true: He was in uniform, and TV cameras were recording. But it wasn’t a political meeting. And judging from circumstances, the real reasons for his quick trial and sentence were the presence of right-wing activists and what he said about serving in the West Bank in daily interaction with Palestinians.” (05/28/15)

http://prospect.org/article/soldiers-story

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33) “People can’t lead full lives if they’re dependent on the state”
Source: spiked
by Neil Ross

“Over the past few years, the tired, old political duopoly of red vs blue has become increasingly coloured by yellow. No, I’m not talking about the rise and fall of the Liberal Democrats and their shortlived foray into British government. Rather, I am talking about the revival and growth of libertarianism in US politics, often symbolised by a bright yellow ‘Don’t tread on me’ flag, which is increasingly visible on lawn flagpoles and bumper stickers across the US.” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/opb55k4

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34) National holidays should be on Fridays, not Mondays
Source: Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

“One of my favorite holiday experiences was on a 4th of July that fell on a Friday. I had a wonderful time, and the next day was a Saturday. That was the best part. I had the holiday, and THEN I had the weekend. It doesn’t work the other way for Mondays.” (05/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njt25ks

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35) Dems don’t really care about little guys & gals
Source: USA Today
by James S. Robbins

“It’s funny how preachy politicians and activist groups can be when it comes to pet issues like ‘economic justice.’ Yet when it involves their private interest,s it turns into a case of ‘do as we say, not as we do.’ Case in point crusading Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who said in her 2006 book All Your Worth that the idea that ‘you can make big money buying houses and flipping them quickly’ is a myth. If so, then in the 1990s Warren and her husband were myth-busters. According to a new report in National Review making hundreds of thousands of dollars buying a handful of houses at deflated prices and reselling them months or years later at a substantial markup.” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgtt8e4

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36) Denny Hastert is contemptible, but his indictment exemplifies America’s over-criminalization pathology
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“Hastert is about the least sympathetic figure one can imagine. Beyond his above-listed sins, he shepherded the 2001 enactment and 2005 renewal of the Patriot Act, whose banking provisions, in sweet irony, seemed to have played a key role in his detection and in creating the crime of which he stands accused. His long record in Congress involved, among many things, denying equal rights to people based on the ‘Family Values’ tripe, as well as continually supporting ever-increasing penalties and always-diminished rights for criminal defendants. So he’s reaping what he sowed. Moreover, because Hastert is rich, well-connected and white, he’s highly likely to receive extremely favorable treatment from the U.S. justice system, as David Petreaus among many others will be happy to explain to you.” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ox748ul

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37) In search of the Democratic soul
Source: Our Future Blog
by Richard Eskow

“A Google search for the phrase ‘soul of the Democratic Party’ yields thousands of hits, because the struggle for that soul has been a perennial subject of debate. I’ve probably used the phrase myself. But after a week spent tracking the independent left’s political progress, I’ve become even more convinced that politicians should seek the soul of the country instead. Tap into that, and the rest will follow. Still, the debate over the Democratic soul continues. Political strategist Robert Creamer said this week that progressives have already won it. He dismisses the notion of a split between the party’s ‘Hillary Clinton’ and ‘Elizabeth Warren’ wings, and says Democrats now largely agree on economic problems and their solutions.” (05/29/15)

http://ourfuture.org/20150529/in-search-of-the-democratic-soul

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38) What’s so selfish about capitalism?
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Barry Loberfeld

“The fear that freedom of charity — ending redistributive taxation, thereby completing the separation of state and charity — will mean not a diversification, but the utter death of charity, proceeds from the premise that the one thing everyone will do under capitalism is nothing — for or with anyone else. But this contention that individual liberty entails an abject disregard for others corresponds to no social reality.” (05/27/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1416

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39) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/30/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Ben Stone, MK Lords, and James Babb talk about liberty. Whee!” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nr6e7kt

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40) Don’t (just) let the sun go down on Patriot powers
Source: Cato Institute
by Julian Sanchez

“Some legislators and activists are now so fixated on the symbolism of sunsetting ‘the Patriot Act’ that they’re even urging opposition to broader reforms. The pivot to viewing sunset as a big win for privacy advocates is relatively recent. For months, civil libertarians had rallied behind the latest version of the USA Freedom Act, a modest but significant reform bill with broad bipartisan support, as the best realistic hope to begin reining in our ballooning surveillance state. But surveillance reform plans, like indie rock bands, seem to alienate many of their early core fans just as they achieve mainstream popularity.” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pm8au7o

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41) The Berlin Wall: Those who refused to be caged
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“For the 28 years from 1961 to 1989, the ghastly palisade known as the Berlin Wall divided the German city of Berlin. It sealed off the only escape hatch for people in the communist East who wanted freedom in the West. No warning was given before August 13 when East German soldiers and police first stretched barbed wire and then began erecting the infamous wall, not to mention guard towers, dog runs, and explosive devices behind it. By one estimate, 254 people died there during those 28 years — shot by police, ensnared by the barbed wire, mauled by dogs, or blown to bits by land mines — most of them in the infamous ‘death strip’ that immediately paralleled the main barrier.” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nd9eosf

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42) Production versus plunder, part 9
Source: The Daily Bell
by Paul Rosenberg

“Rome deviates from the cultural pattern we have been examining in that their creativity was not home grown and they did not simply overrun nearby creative peoples. Instead, they gathered to themselves the good ideas of distant peoples and made use of them, without trying to subjugate the creators. This may sound contrary, since Rome is known as a conquering state, but it should be stated, on Rome’s behalf, that they didn’t originally go about to conquer everything in sight, as Alexander had when he ruled Greece. There were simply competitors who would have gladly conquered Rome if they could. So, Rome conquered them first. Naked acquisition was an issue late, but not early.” (05/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ndn5s7r

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43) How to handle terrifying ideas: A modest proposal for college reform
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

“The New Campus Censorship[TM] seems to be based on a travesty of Mill’s On Liberty. Mill is often read as saying you should be free to do whatever you like so long as you don’t harm others. (FWIW, Dan Jacobson has convinced me this is a misreading, that Mill has a Liberty Principle, not a Harm Principle.) In response, those who want to censor others and shut down debate no longer claim that ideas they dislike are bad or vile or evil. Instead, they claim that being exposed to these ideas threatens them. They are ‘terrified.’ They are excluded and harmed. They happily describe open debate as ‘violence,’ and then are willing to use literal violence to shut down debate. … Joseph McCarthy claimed to be shutting down a conspiracy, but at least he had the decency not to portray himself as a victim when he went around victimizing others.” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nwnlpdl

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44) Rather than make a bad bill look more like a good bill — just pass the good bill
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“Some in government are yet again using a tiny private sector problem to allegedly justify a massive government private sector invasion. Proposed is a huge government hammer. To obliterate — a gnat. The gnat in question is the ‘patent troll’ — a term the Theft Coalition loves (and likely coined). Theft Coalition? These are people who steal intellectual property — and are now looking to have government legalize their heists.” [editor’s note: I was hoping Heartland’s support for the eminent-domain enabled corporate welfare “Keystone XL” project was some kind of bizarre brain fart, rather than the developing rule; this paean to fake property rights seems to indicate that the anti-libertarian rot is unfortunately even more advanced than was obvious – TLK] (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njtyf7w

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45) Why we need school choice in New Hampshire
Source: Manchester Union-Leader
by Bill Walker

“Everyone in the United States already has school choice … if they can afford it. The rich and upper-middle class go to private schools or select schools in wealthy suburbs. Middle-class parents can afford many private schools, or home-school their children. What the new education bill will do is extend those same choices to lower-income families.” (05/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/obmyyzh

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46) Chinese democracy isn’t inevitable
Source: The Atlantic
by Daniel A Bell

“The flaws in China’s political system are obvious. The government doesn’t even make a pretense of holding national elections and punishes those who openly call for multiparty rule. The press is heavily censored and the Internet is blocked. Top leaders are unconstrained by the rule of law. Even more worrisome, repression has been ramped up since Xi Jinping took power in 2012, suggesting that the regime is increasingly worried about its legitimacy. Some China experts — most recently David Shambaugh of George Washington University — interpret these ominous signs as evidence that the Chinese political system is on the verge of collapse. But such an outcome is highly unlikely in the near future.” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oxc4xqs

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47) What about Chase? Circumcision and the right to bodily integrity
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Avens O’Brien

“I’m generally opposed to routine infant circumcision, as I believe bodily autonomy is essential to liberty. However, in the event a circumcision or other alteration is medically necessary due to a number of real complications that could potentially arise, I have no issue with parents making these sorts of decisions for a minor child. This is, however, another case in which Americans are beginning to be made aware of how unnecessary routine infant circumcision is, and questioning whether or not a parenting agreement should be allowed to make this sort of decision for a child in the first place. We have a federal ban on female circumcision in this country. In fact, we refer to it as ‘female genital mutilation,’ which I think we should. How long until we begin, in common usage, to refer to male circumcision as the same?” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q369nqy

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48) Hard truths about Iraq
Source: Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

“Perhaps the fall of Ramadi will be similar to the Tet Offensive in Vietnam in 1968. The Viet Cong, backed by the North Vietnamese, invaded South Vietnam. U.S. and South Vietnamese forces defeated the Viet Cong militarily, but politically the war effort lost much steam at home because the U.S. government had assured Americans that the United States was winning there. The massive enemy offensive belied that claim. Up until Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria were overrun by ISIS, the U.S. government was once again telling Americans that the enemy was on the run. This time, the enemy didn’t just win politically, but militarily, too.” (05/28/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7390

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49) Without government who would expose us to malware
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“When the state confiscates a domain name do they have to renew it until the investigation concludes? Apparently not. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) seized a series of domains related to Megaupload when it decided to go after Kim Dotcom. What were once legitimate sites service the wants of users are now service up malware and porn. This didn’t happen as a result of somebody compromising the account used to register the domain names, it was only made possible because the FBI allowed the domains to expire …” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pqpnt9l

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50) Raise your hand, dry and secure
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a splash last week with an off-the-cuff comment. ‘You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country.’ The candidate whose initials are ‘B. S.’ doesn’t call himself a Socialist for nothing. The Democratic-caucusing ‘Independent’ Senator from Vermont was expressing a tired old sentiment.” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q4puvoz

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51) Iran’s criminal justice system looks like Gitmo’s
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is being prosecuted in Iran for ‘espionage for the hostile government of the United States.’ He was initially arrested and incarcerated without any charges being filed against him. He is now being tried in a secret trial before an unsympathetic judge. Sound familiar? It should. It’s the same type of ‘judicial’ system that the U.S. government employs at Guantanamo Bay.” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p7bpepj

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52) Laura Kipnis’s “Title IX Inquisition” reveals absurdity of the current campus climate
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Susan Kruth

“In late February, Kipnis prompted a heated debate with an essay she penned for The Chronicle of Higher Education titled ‘Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe.’ The article addressed student-professor relationships, issues of consent, the language with which we talk about sexual assault, purported emotional ‘triggers,’ and the messy lawsuits that arise out of alleged sexual encounters with little evidence and hearings with few procedural safeguards, among other topics. In response, Northwestern students protested the piece and asked the university to officially condemn it. Of course, students are free to criticize the essay. Student responses could have led to an open discussion on the topic. Instead, Kipnis was hit with Title IX complaints filed by two students over the essay and a subsequent tweet she had posted from her personal account.” (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pcmpvhq

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53) Daniel Hawkins: Anarchy never been tried and the history of anarchist societies
Source: Peaceful Anarchist

“Please enjoy my [Danilo Cuellar’s] recent conversation with Daniel Hawkins. Herein we discussed how he became a Voluntaryist, Anarchy amongst the younger generation, government school grind, appeal to antiquity, using “government” biased history to refute Voluntaryism, McGraw-Hill conflict of interest, 1984 censoring of history, the epitome of irony, the essence of democracy, secession, Scottish Independence, safety net before welfare, Anarchy never been tried, past Anarchist societies, Congress of Vienna, Anarchy in Ireland, the Anarchist party favor, the appeal to emotion, talking to family about Voluntaryism, opposing the idea of government, Statism is for self-righteous cowards, the crumbling Socialist welfare states of Europe, college/healthcare is free fallacy, government is the largest mafia, government doesn’t create anything of value, economic and Voluntaryism, without government the corporations would take over fallacy and much more!” [Flash audio, MP3 or Flash video] (05/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/powk9oo

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54) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 05/30/15
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Rand Paul and the USA PATRIOT Act re-authorization fight); brief Garrison Center update; periodic appeal for support, with family medical situation sprinkles.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pbn7o7t

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55) Everything Voluntary Podcast, 05/29/15
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Episode 060 features an interview of Skyler by Marc Stevens of the No State Project on LRN.fm. They talk about voluntaryism, evidence of jurisdiction, moral outrage and ethics, blowback, pacifism, cops, and a host of other topics.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oyuvr58

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R. Lee Wrights
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