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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
The Freedom Movement’s Daily Newspaper

Volume XIII, Issue #3,215
Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
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In the News:

0) From the Publisher: A Note on Privacy
1) Putin visits Italy, pope as US seeks more Vatican criticism
2) LA: Court blocks order to free Albert Woodfox
3) TX: Thug cop who assaulted 15-year-old girl resigns
4) Syria: Rebel forces seize major regime base
5) Burundi: Groups reject UN facilitator of crisis talks
6) Study: Many US hospitals have 1,000% price-markups
7) AR: Nurse arrested for “concealing pregnancy” & “abusing corpse”
8) MO: State employees kill prisoner
9) Russia: Implementation of Minsk agreements on Ukraine “still fragile”
10) NY: NYC officials want high-sodium warning on menus
11) Germany: Regime thugs raid Deustche Bank offices in pursuit of extortion avoiders
12) UN: Sex exploitation by peacekeepers strongly underreported
13) CO: Judge dismisses three jurors in Holmes trial
14) Administration nearing decision on improving Iraqi training
15) AR: Judge orders state to recognize in-state same-sex marriages
16) Libya talks endangered as Islamic State group advances
17) Security theater: White House, Capitol Hill sites evacuated
18) Federal appeals court upholds Texas abortion law
19) Hastert pleads not guilty in hush money case
20) OH: Cleveland community leaders to ask for arrest of cops’ who killed 12-year-old

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Un-Reasonable: Feds declare war on web commenters
22) The Washington intellectual gravy train
23) The LAVA Flow Podcast, 06/09/15
24) Free Talk Live, 06/09/15
25) On sainthood and the use of swimming pools
26) Bitcoin’s long-term viability threatened by block size limits
27) The IRS can still silence political dissent
28) How ice cream won the cold war
29) Who’s the traitor?
30) Continued G-7 sanctions against Russia, but does Russia have a perspective?
31) Last chance for Clinton on Fast Track
32) Economic automatons emerge to attack James Grant’s The Forgotten Depression
33) Uncooperative federalism: State resistance and noncompliance is essential
34) Five reasons Jeb Bush’s soon-to-be-announced campaign is already a mess
35) Russia sanctions’ unintended consequences
36) This is going to be a long election cycle
37) The Ex-Im Bank: By doing nothing, Congress sides with taxpayers and basic market principles
38) The tenure conundrum
39) Income inequality: More reasons not to care
40) Why did it take the Pentagon a month to figure out its files were compromised?
41) The US government’s not-so-secret support for al Qaeda and ISIS
42) The libertarian “fantasy”
43) How Obama went from Peace candidate to War President
44) Why are there fewer libertarian women? Because anarchist men are disgusting.
45) Freedom Feens Radio, 06/09/15
46) USA Freedom Act is anything but
47) The duopoly rules
48) A Chinese pivot to Latin America?
49) The tyranny of trigger words and college safe spaces
50) Want to pay for the roads? Sell the federal lands
51) Vaping bans: Irrational and illiberal
52) Prices are not arbitrary
53) A question for Krugman
54) The Libertarian Angle, 06/09/15
55) Free speech: RIP

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0) From the Publisher: A Note on Privacy

Dear readers,

You’ve probably been reading about the US Department of Justice’s subpoena to Reason magazine, demanding identifying information on individuals who commented at their web site (we’ve linked to several articles on the subject, including an op-ed of my own in today’s edition). Now seems like an appropriate time to talk with you about your privacy and RRND/FND.

The good news is that RRND/FND will never willingly turn over your personal information to anyone, including the government, for any purposes other than the legitimate and obvious ones involved with bringing you the freedom movement’s daily newspaper (e.g. giving your email address to our email list services provider).

The bad news is that because we use “off the shelf” software and third party providers for various services — content re-branding at the International Society for Individual Liberty, shared web hosting on HostGator, commenting by Disqus, mailing list services from TrafficWave, etc. — there are limits to what we can do to secure that information.

We simply don’t have complete control of everything associated with our newsletter and site. Nor are we likely to, unless I’m willing to get a degree in computer science, custom code everything we offer with an eye toward security, then move into a cave in Iceland and run everything off of a server I have 24/7 physical control over. That’s not going to happen, and even if it did there would still be potential vulnerabilities.

I have taken one proactive step toward at least helping you KNOW if the state is seeking access to your information via RRND/FND: I’ve installed a “warrant canary” at the top of our privacy policy/terms of service page at:

http://rationalreview.news-digests.com/privacy-policy-and-terms-of-service

What’s a warrant canary? It’s a message, updated monthly, stating that we have NOT been served with a warrant, subpoena, “National Security Letter” or any other government paperwork that’s accompanied by a “gag order” demanding we not tell you about it. The theory is that while they may be able to force us not to tell you that we HAVE been served with something like that, they can’t force us to falsely tell you that we HAVEN’T been so served. So if the “canary” is not updated in a timely manner, you’ll know something’s up.

If you run a web site, mailing list or other Internet-based service, you may want to consider installing a “canary” yourself. You can find out more about them at:

https://canarywatch.org/

Thanks, as always, for your continued attention and support.

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

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1) Putin visits Italy, pope as US seeks more Vatican criticism
Source: Beaumont Enterprise

“Russian President Vladimir Putin was meeting Wednesday with Italian officials and Pope Francis as the U.S. sought to encourage the Vatican to join the West in condemning Moscow’s actions in Ukraine [sic]. Putin was to speak with Premier Matteo Renzi in Milan before heading to the Vatican, fresh from his latest snub by the Group of Seven developed nations, which reaffirmed sanctions against Moscow at a summit this week. While the pope has deplored the loss of life in Ukraine and called for all sides to respect the cease-fire, he has not publicly placed any blame on Russia in an apparent bid to not upset relations with the Orthodox Church.” (06/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qyrk63b

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2) LA: Court blocks order to free Albert Woodfox
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Albert Woodfox, a Louisiana inmate who has been in solitary confinement for more than 40 years, remained incarcerated Tuesday after a federal appeals court, seeking to give the state time to appeal, temporarily blocked a judge’s order that said the ‘Angola 3’ member should be set free. Woodfox, now 68, was charged with murdering prison guard Brent Miller in 1972 and convicted twice, but both of those convictions were overturned. State prosecutors are hoping to try him a third time, although the judge barred it Monday, saying he lacks confidence in the state’s ability to provide a fair trial.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q7o4mya

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3) TX: Thug cop who assaulted 15-year-old girl resigns
Source: ABC News

“The police officer who was videotaped slamming a teen girl to the ground and raising his gun towards others during a fight at a Texas pool has resigned, his attorney tells ABC News. Cpl. Eric Casebolt’s resignation comes a day after hundreds of protesters marched near the pool in McKinney where the incident took place last weekend. The release of the video prompted national outcry after there were allegations that race played a factor in the way that the white officer treated the African-American teens.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o8maczx

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4) Syria: Rebel forces seize major regime base
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Syrian rebels have seized a sprawling military base in a lightning assault, marking the latest in a series of defeats for President Bashar al-Assad’s increasingly embattled forces, rebels and activists said. … The western-backed rebel alliance known as the Southern Front led the dawn assault on the army base in the southern Daraa province, known as Brigade 52, said Ahmad al-Masalmeh, an opposition activist in Daraa. It is the biggest Syrian military base in the province and lies near a major highway running from Jordan to the capital Damascus. He said the rebels also captured the nearby village of Mleiha al-Sharqiyeh.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p84z2y4

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5) Burundi: Groups reject UN facilitator of crisis talks
Source: ABC News

“Civic groups in Burundi on Tuesday rejected a U.N. facilitator of talks between the government and those opposed to a third term for President Pierre Nkurunziza, saying they feel he backs the president. Several civic groups have written a joint letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressing opposition to the role of Algerian diplomat Said Djinnit, according to Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a leading rights activist here.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/prrfhuh

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6) Study: Many US hospitals have 1,000% price-markups
Source: Fox News

“Even the astronomical price markups that consumers regularly pay for, say, wine in restaurants pale beside those in some U.S. hospitals: The price for procedures is often 10 times the cost, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Health Affairs. Of the 50 hospitals with the highest markups, 49 are for-profit, including 25 owned by Community Health Systems. Community Health and other for-profits did not respond to requests for explain their markups, but in the past hospitals have said list prices, as shown on a ‘chargemaster,’ are irrelevant, since ‘no one pays those.’ In fact, out-of-network patients and the uninsured are often charged list prices, said Dr. Renee Hsia of the University of California at San Francisco, who has studied hospital charges but was not involved in this research.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owvoaen

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7) AR: Nurse arrested for “concealing pregnancy” & “abusing corpse”
Source: Raw Story

“A nurse in Arkansas has been criminally charged for performing an abortion, and her patient was charged with concealing her pregnancy and abusing a corpse. Karen Collins, a 32-year-old Drew County nurse, is accused of two counts of performing an abortion without being licensed to do so and performing an unlawful abortion. She allegedly gave drugs to 37-year-old patient Anne Bynum, who was 33 weeks pregnant, inducing an abortion, ArkansasOnline reports.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhwcgk6

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8) MO: State employees kill prisoner
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A Missouri man who killed his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter with a butcher knife was [killed by state employees] Tuesday. Richard Strong, 48, was [killed by state employees] at the state prison in Bonne Terre for the deaths of Eva Washington and her daughter, Zandrea Thomas, more than 14 years ago. He was the fourth [prisoner killed with premeditation by state employees] in Missouri this year and the 16th since November 2013. Only Texas has [killed] more inmates over that span.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njsymfz

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9) Russia: Implementation of Minsk agreements on Ukraine “still fragile”
Source: Reuters

“The implementation of the Minsk agreements aimed at ending the conflict in east Ukraine is still fragile, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. ‘It was stated that process of implementation of Minsk agreements is largely still fragile,’ the ministry said, after phone talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Both also discussed ‘some aspects’ of relations between Russia and the European Union. The West accuses Moscow of actively supporting pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine, where over 6200 people have been killed in fighting since last year. Russia denies that.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pjmnokp

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10) NY: NYC officials want high-sodium warning on menus
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“New York could become the first U.S. city. to require warning labels on high-salt dishes at chain restaurants, taking campaigns to cut down on salt into new territory, health officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The city’s Department of Health will propose Wednesday that all chain restaurants add a salt-shaker-like symbol on menus next to products that contain more than the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium, about 1 teaspoon of salt.” [editor’s note: Having just come off a 2-month low sodium diet as part of a study, I can recommend a closer look at labels when shopping, and some cutting back on those over-the-top prepared foods — but no panic is required for most of us – SAT] (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p7dp4nt

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11) Germany: Regime thugs raid Deustche Bank offices in pursuit of extortion avoiders
Source: Gulf Times [Qatar]

“Deutsche Bank said its offices in Frankfurt were searched yesterday as part of an investigation into securities transactions by clients. The shares slumped. Prosecutors in Frankfurt are conducting the raids, Christian Streckert, a spokesman for Deutsche Bank, said by telephone yesterday. Bank employees are not accused of wrongdoing, he said. A spokesman for the prosecutors’ office declined to immediately comment. … Criminal investigators and tax authorities searched bank properties in Frankfurt, London and Paris as well as other parts of Germany, Germany’s Bild Zeitung reported, without saying how it obtained the information. The searches are part of a probe into a tax lawyer from Hesse and others suspected of being involved in tax evasion and fraud.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pebjuqy

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12) UN: Sex exploitation by peacekeepers strongly underreported
Source: Winona Daily News

“Members of a U.N. peacekeeping mission engaged in ‘transactional sex’ with more than 225 Haitian women who said they needed it for things like food and medication, a sign that sexual exploitation remains significantly underreported in such missions, according to a new report obtained by The Associated Press. The draft by the Office of Internal Oversight Services looks at the way U.N. peacekeeping, which has about 125,000 people in some of the world’s most troubled areas, deals with the persistent problem of sexual abuse and exploitation.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ntlvfcr

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13) CO: Judge dismisses three jurors in Holmes trial
Source: USA Today

“A judge dismissed three jurors dismissed [sic] Tuesday in the Colorado theater shooting trial after one woman said she overheard another juror talking about information gleaned in news reports. The trial came to a halt as the information was presented and lawyers on both sides deliberated about the next step. In the end, Judge Carlos Samour Jr. of the 18th Judicial Circuit decided that Juror 872, whose husband asked her in a speakerphone call about information he saw on Facebook and Twitter; and Jurors 412 and 495, whom the judge determined heard the phone call, had to go to preserve the jury’s impartiality.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q4z9zyz

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14) Administration nearing decision on improving Iraqi training
Source: Statesville Record & Landmark

“The Obama administration is nearing a decision on how to improve and accelerate the training of Iraqi security forces in light of recent setbacks against the Islamic State, including the possibility of setting up new training camps in Anbar Province, U.S. officials said Tuesday. U.S. officials said the administration was considering sending up to 500 additional U.S. troops. The changes are aimed at bolstering the participation of Sunni tribes in the fight, but the plan is not likely to include the deployment of U.S. forces closer to the front lines to either call in airstrikes or advise smaller Iraqi units in battle, officials said.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o267oyu

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15) AR: Judge orders state to recognize in-state same-sex marriages
Source: San Francisco Examiner

“A judge ordered Arkansas officials on Tuesday to recognize more than 500 same-sex marriages performed in the state last year, a move that will let the couples enjoy a host of benefits such as filing taxes jointly and enrolling together in state health insurance plans. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen validated marriage licenses that were issued to same-sex couples after another judge struck down the state’s gay marriage ban. The state Supreme Court halted the distribution of marriage licenses to gay couples after a week in May 2014 and is considering the appeal over a voter-approved same-sex marriage ban.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pmtyxsl

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16) Libya talks endangered as Islamic State group advances
Source: Roanoke Times World

“U.N.-brokered negotiations aimed at stemming Libya’s collapse into a failed state threatened to fall apart after the country’s internationally recognized parliament on Tuesday dropped out of the talks in protest over a plan that would mean sharing power with its rivals. The wrangling over the U.N. draft plan came as militants from the North African nation’s Islamic State affiliate seized new territory, inching closer to a major city and oil terminals, virtually Libya’s sole source of state revenues.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2awzhn

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17) Security theater: White House, Capitol Hill sites evacuated
Source: CNN

“A series of security threats [panicked Capitol Police and the Secret Service into closing] portions of the White House and Capitol Hill on Tuesday. In the middle of White House press secretary Josh Earnest’s daily briefing, officials told all reporters to evacuate the briefing room. The North Lawn of the White House was also cleared. The Secret Service said a bomb threat had been called in to the DC Metropolitan Police Department targeting the briefing room specifically. The evacuation at the White House came just hours after U.S. Capitol Police received a bomb threat that forced [sic] the evacuation of a hearing on the TSA in the Dirksen Senate office building.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nfbcv4u

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18) Federal appeals court upholds Texas abortion law
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A federal appeals panel has decided to uphold nearly all of the provisions of a Texas law that will force the closure of most of the state’s abortion clinics, according to an opinion published on Tuesday. … The measure, which first cleared the Texas Legislature nearly two years ago, was part of a wide-ranging bill that limited access to abortions and put restrictions on when they could be conducted.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pf52627

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19) Hastert pleads not guilty in hush money case
Source: Fox News

“Dennis Hastert appeared in court Tuesday for the first time since he was indicted, pleading not guilty to charges that he violated banking rules and lied to the FBI in a scheme to pay $3.5 million in hush money to conceal misconduct from his days as a high school teacher. Defense attorney Thomas C. Green entered the pleas on Hastert’s behalf. The 73-year-old Republican has not spoken publicly about the accusations that emerged two weeks ago and raised questions about possible sexual abuse by a man who was once second in the line of succession to the presidency.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oyxzuwl

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20) OH: Cleveland community leaders to ask for arrest of cops’ who killed 12-year-old
Source: Reuters

“Community leaders said they planned to ask a judge on Tuesday to issue arrest warrants for two Cleveland policemen in the 2014 fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy carrying a replica handgun even as prosecutors mull charges against the officers. The move, a signal of distrust in the community toward the authorities handling the case, represents an attempt to bypass the local prosecutor’s office by using an obscure Ohio state law that allows citizens to request an arrest.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pjaaj74

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

21) Un-Reasonable: Feds declare war on web commenters
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“I’ve previously written about Ross Ulbricht, an American political prisoner sentenced to life for the ‘crime’ of running a business without the US government’s permission. Among libertarians, the response to Ulbricht’s abduction and show trial has been, in some cases, less than polite and temperate. Now, the state is moving against its critics.” (06/09/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1624

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22) The Washington intellectual gravy train
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“Intellectuals have long been glorified as champions of truth and defenders of society’s highest values. But in Washington, they serve as Leviathan’s Praetorian Guard. Intellectuals are thriving in DC thanks in large part to the ruinous policy advice they proffer.” (06/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ojxkmgp

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23) The LAVA Flow Podcast, 06/09/15
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“In this fortnight’s episode, Ross Ulbricht gets life in prison, cops are really pissing me off, and why don’t you just move to Somalia?” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/09/15)

http://thelavaflow.com/tlf013-the-silk-road-to-hell-edition-2/

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24) Free Talk Live, 06/09/15
Source: Free Talk Live

“Robin Hooders Vindicated by Supreme Court :: Father’s Rights Activist Threatened :: Private Parking :: Derrick J Makes Bloomberg! :: Sanders and Paul :: Rand Paul on Edward Snowden :: Defending a Liar :: Bankers :: Alcohol Sales Up in CO? :: Altering Consciousness :: Yuccies and Hipsters.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/09/15)

[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/209628793″]

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25) On sainthood and the use of swimming pools
Source: Raw Story
by Amanda Marcotte

“The go-to argument on the right to defend police brutality these days is that black people have to ‘earn’ basic human rights that white people take for granted, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that Megyn Kelly went there in response to that horrible video from McKinney, TX, where you see a cop named Eric Casebolt wrestling a bikini-clad teen girl to the ground and sitting on her to hold her there. ‘The girl was no saint, either,’ Kelly says … pretty standard rhetoric in right wing circles these days, to argue that anyone, so long as they are black, who fails to achieve sainthood by age 15 is therefore eligible to be treated however some sadistic white asshole wants, or even killed. ” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oxuqf3s

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26) Bitcoin’s long-term viability threatened by block size limits
Source: Reason
by Andrea Castillo

“The popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin is fast approaching a critical technical challenge that will fundamentally shape the course of its future. If unaddressed, an arbitrary protocol quirk implemented by Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto as a short-term security measure could soon undermine Bitcoin’s scalability, usability, and even its long-term viability — although, as always, opinions differ. It’s a bit of a complex issue, but one that Bitcoin enthusiasts should pay attention to. The final outcome of this Bitcoin block size limit debate will affect how easy it will be to use Bitcoin for common everyday transactions and complex experimental transfers alike.” (06/09/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/06/09/bitcoin-block-size-limit-debate

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27) The IRS can still silence political dissent
Source: USA Today
by Allison R. Hayward

“Two years ago, Lois Lerner of the IRS revealed that it unfairly targeted and delayed Tea Party applications for tax exemption. While the IRS has apologized and promised reform, the agency has not fixed the vague rules that allowed this scandal to happen. As we enter the 2016 election cycle, political activists remain in danger of selective IRS audits, penalties and approvals. As troubling as this is, we have seen this before. The tax regulation of non-profit advocacy groups has not had a happy history. One pattern repeats: Congress passes a tax law, often to score short-term political points. The IRS then interprets the law aggressively, often against groups with controversial views.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qyhx765

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28) How ice cream won the cold war
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by BK Marcus

“It is appropriate that the Kitchen Debate over luxury versus necessity took place among high-end American refrigerators. Refrigeration, as a luxury, is ancient. ‘There were ice harvests in China before the first millennium BC,’ writes Wilson. ‘Snow was sold in Athens beginning in the fifth century BC. Aristocrats of the seventeenth century spooned desserts from ice bowls, drank wine chilled with snow, and even ate iced creams and water ices. Yet it was only in the nineteenth century in the United States that ice became an industrial commodity.’ Only with modern capitalism, in other words, does the luxury reach so rapidly beyond a tiny elite.” (06/09/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/how-ice-cream-won-the-cold-war

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29) Who’s the traitor?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“A few days ago, Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Max Boot authored an article in Commentary entitled ‘The Traitor’s Triumph’ in which Boot accused NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden of being a traitor for revealing the NSA’s illegal and unconstitutional super-secret surveillance scheme to the American people and to the people of the world. Boot’s article raises one of the great debates of our time: Who is a patriot and who is a traitor. In fact, it’s a debate that has taken place throughout history.” (06/09/15)

http://fff.org/2015/06/09/whos-traitor/

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30) Continued G-7 sanctions against Russia, but does Russia have a perspective?
Source: Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

“Russia was iniquitous to have violated international law and snatched Ukraine and is also wrong to be militarily stirring up an insurgency in eastern Ukraine. However, the Western media, in their usual self-righteous manner, avoid any discussion of the Russian perspective or motives for Russia’s actions. Although despite my first name, I have no Russian blood and do not favor Vladimir Putin’s autocracy; however I think some exploration of the Russian side of things is in order.” (06/09/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7410

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31) Last chance for Clinton on Fast Track
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“The ‘fast track’ trade promotion authority vote in the House of Representatives could come this Thursday. If it passes, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is pretty much a done deal, even though it is still secret from the public. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has so far chosen to remain silent on fast track, refusing to take a position. This is her last chance. Clinton’s campaign has said the candidate is on a ‘listening tour’ and will outline her positions and proposals in due time. Her campaign website so far does not even have an issues page.” (06/09/15)

http://ourfuture.org/20150609/last-chance-for-clinton-on-fast-track

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32) Economic automatons emerge to attack James Grant’s The Forgotten Depression
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Christopher Westley

“The book’s thesis is well-known to Austrians, at least since Tom Woods’s 2009 Intercollegiate Review article. In a nutshell, it states that the economic downturn the US experienced in the beginning of the 1920s was quite similar to the one witnessed at the end of that decade. The key difference between the two downturns was the policy response. In the early 1920s, the explicit policy was to avoid intervention in market forces so that they could correct as quickly as possible, differing from what took place following Black Thursday in 1929, when the interventionists were large and in charge. Whereas much of the 1920s recovery was based on real factors resulting from real adjustments made during the correction, recovery in the 1930s was thwarted and delayed for the entire decade, as interventions hindered markets’ normal correcting processes, causing unintended secondary problems that served to justify further interventions.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pj5sgan

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33) Uncooperative federalism: State resistance and noncompliance is essential
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

“Is the idea of federalism dead? Does the concept have no relevance in the modern world? Not according to Ernest Young, who addressed the topic in an essay titled ‘Federalism as a Constitutional Principle.’ The essay was given as the William Howard Taft Lecture on Constitutional Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law on October 28, 2014. In fact, Young believes that federalism, and understanding its concepts, is needed more than ever.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/our5p4b

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34) Five reasons Jeb Bush’s soon-to-be-announced campaign is already a mess
Source: Salon
by Sophia Tesfaye

“Jeb Bush is expected to announce his candidacy for president in less than a week, but promises of a campaign juggernaut have already given way to a hapless rollout and campaign reshuffling after a series of befuddling blunders. Below, Salon looks at five reasons Jeb’s yet-to-be-announced campaign is already a mess.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p2r9gwf

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35) Russia sanctions’ unintended consequences
Source: Reuters
by Rob Cox

“Here’s a pronouncement to rekindle nostalgia for the Soviet Union’s once-formidable propaganda machine: the 180,000 tonnes of cheese produced in Russia in the first four months of this year was 30 percent more than in the same period of 2014. The increase, reported by state statistics service Rosstat, is one of the few appetizing unintended consequences to emerge from the West’s sanctions against Russia. The penalties followed last year’s annexation of Crimea and President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing support of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pspq2um

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36) This is going to be a long election cycle
Source: The American Spectator
by William Murchison

“They don’t want the wrong people voting. They’re ‘scared of letting citizens have their say.’ They’re engaged in ‘a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people, and young people from one end of our country to the other.’ Don’t you just want to kick ’em? Don’t you just want to vote for Hillary Clinton? Which after all is the point of Clinton’s demagogic tirade last week — getting you to vote for her so she can launch new and better demagogic tirades. Moving up the road from this latest Clinton tour de force shouldn’t be hard. The Clinton view of the right to vote is that it exists to put Clintons in office, rather than to affirm faith in the power of free, unimpeded voter choice.” [editor’s note: What the author leaves out is that demagoguery works best when the demagogue has a real issue to work with. And Clinton does. The GOP has spent the last 15 years busting its ass to make it as hard to vote as possible, especially if you’re poor or black. That’s just a fact. Who can blame Clinton for using that fact to her own advantage? – TLK] (06/09/15)

http://spectator.org/articles/63007/going-be-long-election-cycle

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37) The Ex-Im Bank: By doing nothing, Congress sides with taxpayers and basic market principles
Source: Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon

“The Ex-Im Bank has become a key talking point in the 2016 presidential campaign, but most people don’t even know what it is or why it exists. They surely don’t know that it is a New-Deal era government program that takes our tax dollars and gives them to big businesses — like Boeing, ExxonMobil, and General Electric — to make it easier to sell their products overseas. This little-known entity is making news because it is about to go away — but Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) don’t want it to, while most Republican presidential candidates do.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o34z2xb

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38) The tenure conundrum
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, thinks he’s hit political pay dirt with his proposal to gut faculty tenure protections at his state’s public universities, notably the flagship University of Wisconsin, long one of the nation’s best state universities. His idea is to remove tenure protection from state law, and leave the actual policy to the Board of Regents, his political appointees. For Walker, this is a three-fer. It’s another attack on a public institution, in the wake of his successful campaign to weaken collective bargaining rights for Wisconsin public employees. It is a thinly disguised assault on a university perceived as a hotbed of liberals and liberalism. And it continues Walker’s faux-populist theme by seemingly going after a bastion of privilege—the elite, pointy-headed professoriate.” (06/08/15)

http://prospect.org/article/tenure-conundrum

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39) Income inequality: More reasons not to care
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Ben Southwood

“Over the last few years, people have been getting very het up about socio-economic inequality. You’ve got the academics looking at the causes and effects; the newspaper articles detailing its contours; and even the everyday discourse whose central feature seems to be Russian/Arab super-wealthy oligarchs. The most popular narrative, among those characters you might see writing in The Guardian, the New York Times, and Vox — what you might call ‘the smart centre-left’ — focuses on neoliberal policy reforms.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o39krzp

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40) Why did it take the Pentagon a month to figure out its files were compromised?
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“A systems administrator with broad access to state secrets announced to the world that he had fled abroad with countless highly sensitive documents. And even after that, it took the Department of Defense another month to figure out that some of their highly sensitive documents were implicated. … Once DoD knew its documents were compromised, a task force was set up with 200 to 250 people working on a typical day to assess the damage done. ‘By mid-November,’ the DIA document states, ‘we had enough understanding of the problem to produce an initial assessment.’ That’s five months after the leak.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o6cl8qt

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41) The US government’s not-so-secret support for al Qaeda and ISIS
Source: Antiwar.com
by Dan Sanchez

“In spite of all its admissions concerning the risks and limitations of intervention, the Obama administration, along with the US Congress, still pushed for increasing support for the Syrian opposition in 2013. In May 2013, the Senate tried to pass a law authorizing the direct arming of the Syrian opposition, leading Rand Paul to point out: ‘This is an important moment. You will be funding, today, the allies of al Qaeda. It’s an irony you cannot overcome.’ And in the summer and fall of 2013, the administration sought to launch air strikes on the Syrian government, leading Dennis Kucinich to ask: ‘So what, we’re about to become al-Qaeda’s air force now?'” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qdurhev

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42) The libertarian “fantasy”
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Advocates of statism suffer the biggest fantasy of all. Not only do they believe a handful of people who know best must be given ultimate power over the ignorant (their word) masses but they believe that their advocacy of statism qualifies them to hold one of those positions of power. Libertarianism is the belief that nobody is qualified to hold power over another. It is the antithesis of power fantasies.” (06/09/15)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2015/06/09/the-libertarian-fantasy/

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43) How Obama went from Peace candidate to War President
Source: The Nation
by Sherle R Schwenninger

“When it comes to his administration’s foreign policy, Barack Obama must feel a little like Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part III: ‘Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.’ Upon entering office, the president promised to end the wars of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, reset American relations with Russia, and give priority to rebuilding the American middle class. Now, after being ‘pulled back in’ by liberal interventionists and neoconservative hawks, both inside and outside his administration, he finds himself pursuing a new open-ended war against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), prosecuting an expanded counterterrorism campaign from Central Asia to North Africa, overseeing a new Cold War with Russia, and pivoting toward what could become one with China in East Asia. It’s worth noting that many of the people pulling Obama into these strategic choices are the same ones who cheered us into the war in Iraq.” (06/09/15)

http://www.thenation.com/article/208953/obamas-quiet-war-doctrine

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44) Why are there fewer libertarian women? Because anarchist men are disgusting.
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Lily Goldberg

“So I really wasn’t planning on writing something like this, but as a woman who’s been in the libertarian scene for sometime, it’s something that I finally have to get off my chest, especially now that so many people are wondering why more women aren’t libertarian. It’s a bullshit question, of course, because many of us are. But there is a real problem that might prevent a lot of us who otherwise think libertarianism is awesome from openly saying so. No, it’s not that libertarianism is predominantly masculine (sorry, Mother Jones). The issue isn’t the quantity of men in the movement; it’s the quality.” [editor’s note: I’ve read some sexist and misogynist screeds in my time, but this one takes the cake, at least lately. Its essential premise is that women are either too stupid to differentiate between a philosophy and some of its adherents, or too ego-fragile to publicly identify with that philosophy because that might in turn get them identified with those other adherents – TLK] (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgjtymd

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45) Freedom Feens Radio, 06/09/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Dan Greene, Caity Greene and Michael W. Dean are the Freedom Feens who drop mad memes and rhymes about the KLF burning a million quid, Michael’s meeting in France with the talented and unfortunately named Paul Haggis, how to snort NeilMed Sinus Rinse, all politicians are square and want to ban pleasure, and will the E.U. ever have sensible drug policies?” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/prvrd3x

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46) USA Freedom Act is anything but
Source: CounterPunch
by Alfredo Lopez

“To get to the point: there is nothing — nothing at all — in any recent law or legislative action that will in any way weaken the police state structure our government has put into place for rapid deployment. You are not any more free than you were last week and, no matter what the Congress has done with the expired provisions of the Patriot Act or the newly developed and Orwellian-named /USA Freedom Act,’ you are not going to be any more free next week.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qz5dbwl

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47) The duopoly rules
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“In 1987, after the League of Women Voters displeased the two major parties, the duopoly’s respective chairmen cooked up the [Commission on Presidential Debates]. Both men indicated that including non-R-or-D candidates was not part of the plan. Thirteen years later, to keep the CPD’s tax-exempt status, the CPD established a ‘non-partisan’ rule to ‘fix’ an opportunity for minor parties: candidates must garner 15 percent support in the polls for inclusion in the debates. Fast forward to today, and we witness a new group pushing the CPD to drop that requirement.” (06/09/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/06/09/the-duopoly-rules/

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48) A Chinese pivot to Latin America?
Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Washington’s attempts to meddle in the South China Sea territorial disputes and discourage its allies from joining the new, Chinese-promoted Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank likewise suggest mounting U.S. involvement in China’s neighborhood. Moreover, that expanded involvement has the implicit objective of curbing Chinese influence in the political, economic, and military arenas. There are now subtle signs that China may be countering the U.S. strategic pivot by becoming more deeply involved in Washington’s long-standing geopolitical backyard: Latin America.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pbtpa7j

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49) The tyranny of trigger words and college safe spaces
Source: The Daily Bell
by Richard Ebeling

“Only in authoritarian or totalitarian societies are words, concepts and ideas banned, restricted or prohibited. It is done precisely to prevent people from expressing and conveying their thoughts on, especially, political, economic, social and philosophical ideas that those in power view as dangers to their own ideological and governmental control over society. Those in academic and other circles in America who wish to impose ‘trigger word’ prohibitions and restrictions on public discourse, in the classroom and in the wider social marketplace of ideas, wish to isolate and insulate their ideas and ideological agendas from the public arena of debate and discourse.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pspfkcy

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50) Want to pay for the roads? Sell the federal lands
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“Last month, the Senate passed legislation extending the authorization of the Highway Trust Fund for two months. Extending the trust fund is considered must-pass legislation because without the federal government, who would build the roads?” (06/08/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/want-pay-roads-sell-federal-lands

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51) Vaping bans: Irrational and illiberal
Source: spiked
by Rob Lyons

“E-cigarettes are widely acknowledged to be safer than tobacco cigarettes. But in an era of health-inspired control freakery, even something that merely looks like smoking must be stamped out. The result will be more deaths and less freedom.” (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/puhltt7

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52) Prices are not arbitrary
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“One of the greatest services that economics offers to humankind is the demonstration that prices set on markets are not arbitrary dictates. Instead, prices (1) reflect underlying realities and, in doing so, (2) inform producers and consumers about how best to coordinate their actions with each other and (3) give incentives to countless producers and consumers to adjust their actions to each other in coordinating ways.” (06/09/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/06/prices-are-not-arbitrary.html

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53) A question for Krugman
Source: EconLog
by David Henderson

“Paul Krugman has a post today about how badly some Republican governors have been doing with their budget policies. His basic criticism is that they have cut taxes. But he also has, at various times recently, complained about austerity. What, to Paul Krugman, is austerity? He has often been vague about whether it means raising taxes or reducing government spending, but he seems to mean a combination of those.” (06/09/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/06/a_question_abou.html

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54) The Libertarian Angle, 06/09/15
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger discusses the hot topics of the day. This week, the continuing scandal at the NSA.” [Flash video] (06/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nslrthd

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55) Free speech: RIP
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Robert Ringer

“In the United States, free speechers and anti-free speechers have long been at odds. But lately, the battle has been getting more and more intense — and the anti-free speechers appear to be winning. But why is free speech such a big deal anyway? Answer: because it’s supposed to be a safeguard against tyrannical government. So as the anti-free speechers gain momentum, tyrannical government also wins.” (06/09/15)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/06/robert-ringer/free-speech-rip-2/

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