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Thursday, May 31st, 2018
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In the News:

1) Reports: US military will leave Syria base in deal with Russia
2) Trump signs “right to try” drug bill
3) Fed votes to ease rule aimed at preventing big banks from making risky financial bets
4) Weinstein indicted in sex case; lawyer says he’ll fight it
5) TN: Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed, search for gunman underway
6) New York: Regime launches drills to thwart election hacking
7) Ukraine: Regime faked Russian journalist’s death
8) Yes, “Pele’s hair” is falling from the sky in Hawaii
9) Trump: Drug companies to announce “massive’ price cuts soon
10) Russia: Tor exit node admin acquitted of aiding terrorism
11) Study: Cannabis use not linked to reduced fertility
12) Papua New Guinea: Regime to ban Facebook for a month to get censorship plans in order
13) HI: Don’t roast marshmallows over erupting volcano, USGS warns
14) NC: Dam in “imminent danger” of failing, evacuations ordered
15) US report: Ethnic cleansing of Rohingya persists in Myanmar
16) SCOTUS limits warrantless vehicle searches near homes
17) TN: Idiot pol blames school shootings on porn
18) The US regime wanted this border wall mural taken down. Instead, a group of veterans repainted it.
19) Portugal: Parliament insists it owns everyone
20) UK: YouTube censors videos for regime

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Eric Greitens proves it again: Politics attracts sociopaths
22) The state in education, part 2: Social warfare
23) Out west, rules are made to be broken
24) “Nothing” is best government activity
25) Credentialed Experts: Protectors of the sacred dogma
26) Why the Mueller investigation is constitutional
27) How the Trump administration can stop the wild roller coaster of its China trade policy
28) The science [sic] of “Ambien tweeting”
29) Deja vu all over again
30) Central banks haven’t always been quite as bad as they are now
31) Why neutral, peaceful Sweden is preparing for war
32) Between Trump and the Deep State
33) Golden Deep State
34) Less Roseanne, more Tom Wolfe; Republicans need new celebrities
35) New federal anti-Semitism act, same First Amendment problem
36) Email Privacy Act comes back, hopefully to stay
37) Dems diss #MeToo, defend MS-13
38) All public forums should be open and uncensored
39) Government types
40) US CEOs: World’s best, for themselves
41) How Trump’s steel tariffs could harm national security
42) Effective altruism for open borders?
43) Lost children? Detention cages? Baby prison bus? Trump’s critics will believe anything
44) Radio Free America
45) Big Coal using this small Oklahoma town as a toxic waste dump
46) The real reason the cultural elite hates Roseanne
47) Roseanne’s wake-up call for the populist right
48) Feds lose and abuse massive numbers of immigrant children
49) A tale of three revolutions
50) The brilliance of Randolph Bourne
51) Are the culture wars unique to our times?
52) Quantum Vibe, 05/30/18
53) Here it comes, YouTube to be regulated under terrorism laws
54) ICE as education planners
55) Hidden horrors of “zero tolerance” — mass trials and children taken from their parents

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Scott Adams Says, 05/30/18
57) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/30/18
58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 200
59) Electric Libertyland, episode 74
60) Humans of Bitcoin Podcast, 05/28/18
61) Free Talk Live, 05/29/18
62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1167
63) One Free Family, episode 18
64) Cato Daily Podcast, 05/29/18
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 05/29/18

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

1) Reports: US military will leave Syria base in deal with Russia
Source: Newsweek

“The U.S. has reportedly considered abandoning one of its most significant military installations in Syria as it prepared to enter into talks with Russia and Jordan over a deteriorating security situation in the war-torn country’s restive south. The report, which first surfaced Sunday in Saudi Arabian newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, came as Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Tuesday that Moscow ‘supported the idea of holding a trilateral meeting at a level convenient for our partners’ …. The Saudi publication reported that, in order to prevent an escalation between longtime foes Iran and Israel, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield was attempting to draw up a proposal for the trilateral meeting that would include the withdrawal of all Syrian and non-Syrian militias up to 15-and-a-half miles from the Jordanian border. Insurgents would also be transferred to the rebel-held province of Idlib and the Syria-Jordan border crossing would be opened. In exchange, the U.S. would reportedly dismantle its military base in Al-Tanf, located in a pocket of Syrian rebel control near the Jordanian and Iraqi borders.” (05/30/18)

http://www.newsweek.com/us-military-will-give-major-syria-base-deal-russia-reports-say-948272

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2) Trump signs “right to try” drug bill
Source: The Hill

“President Trump signed a bill Wednesday allowing [sic] terminally ill patients access to experimental medical treatments not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dubbed ‘right to try,’ the law’s passage was a major priority of Trump and Vice President Pence, as well as congressional Republicans. ‘Thousands of terminally ill Americans will finally have hope, and the fighting chance, and I think it’s going to better than a chance, that they will be cured, they will be helped, and be able to be with their families for a long time, or maybe just for a longer time,’ Trump said at a bill signing ceremony at the White House, surrounded by terminally ill patients and their families.” [editor’s note: Good on Trump. Shame on the bill’s control freak opponents who would rather see patients dead than free – TLK] (05/30/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/389908-trump-signs-right-to-try-bill-for-terminally-ill-patients

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3) Fed votes to ease rule aimed at preventing big banks from making risky financial bets
Source: Washington Post

“Big U.S. banks snagged another big victory Wednesday as federal regulators voted to ease one of the industry’s most despised regulations. The Federal Reserve approved sweeping changes to the ‘Volcker Rule,’ which was established after the global financial crisis to prevent taxpayer-insured banks from making some risky financial bets. Banks, which have complained for years that the rule is too cumbersome and time-consuming, will gain new flexibility in deciding when a trade is too risky if the proposal is finalized. ‘Our goal is to replace overly complex and inefficient requirements with a more streamlined set of requirements,’ said Fed Chairman Jerome H. Powell. Consumer advocates [sic] worry that even a slight easing of the standards could open the door for the type of risky trading that contributed to the near collapse of the economy a decade ago.” (05/30/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/05/30/wall-street-is-about-to-snag-one-of-its-biggest-victories-of-the-trump-era/

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4) Weinstein indicted in sex case; lawyer says he’ll fight it
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Harvey Weinstein was indicted Wednesday on rape and criminal sex act charges, furthering the first criminal case to arise from a slate of sexual misconduct allegations against the former movie mogul. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the indictment brings Weinstein ‘another step closer to accountability’ for alleged attacks on two women in New York. Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said he would ‘vigorously defend’ against the indictment and ask a court to dismiss it. He called the allegations ‘unsupported’ and reiterated that Weinstein strongly denies them. The indictment came hours after Weinstein’s lawyer said the film producer would decline to testify before the grand jury because there wasn’t enough time to prepare him and “political pressure” made an indictment unavoidable.” (05/30/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Weinstein-won-t-testify-before-grand-jury-in-rape-12954005.php

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5) TN: Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed, search for gunman underway
Source: Fox News

“A Tennessee sheriff’s deputy was killed Wednesday and a manhunt is on for the gunman, officials said. Sgt. Daniel Scott Baker, of the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office, got into an altercation with the suspect when the deputy responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in Kingston Springs. Officers said they lost contact with the deputy and were able to find him by tracking his vehicle, where they found him shot dead inside the car. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation identified the suspect as Steven Wiggins. He was described as a white male with thinning, brown hair. There was a $7,500 reward for information leading to his arrest, officials said. Officials said a female was being interviewed in connection with the incident but further details were not available.” (05/30/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/05/30/tennessee-sheriffs-deputy-shot-and-killed-search-for-gunman-underway-report.html

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6) New York: Regime launches drills to thwart election hacking
Source: Raw Story

“Federal and New York state officials say they will hold drills in the weeks leading up to primary elections for the U.S. House and Senate to prevent hacking and other cyber threats to voting systems, officials said on Wednesday. The exercises, which will begin in Albany on Thursday, come amid heightened scrutiny of the nation’s voting systems following Russian hacking in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. ‘[The people of New York deserve an open, transparent election process they can trust, and these exercises are an integral part of restoring voter confidence and the integrity of our election infrastructure,’ Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. Russian hackers probed systems in 21 states during the presidential race, but only a small number of networks were compromised, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said last year. There is no evidence any vote was altered. New York elections officials have said the state was not among those with compromised systems.” (05/30/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/new-york-launches-drills-thwart-election-hacking

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7) Ukraine: Regime faked Russian journalist’s death
Source: CBS News

“Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who was reportedly gunned down in Kiev, Ukraine, strolled into a news conference that authorities called Wednesday to discuss the investigation of his death. They revealed that the slaying had been staged to foil an alleged Kremlin hit plot. ‘I’m still alive,’ Babchenko, 41, told startled fellow reporters at the news conference held less than a day after police reported he had been shot and killed at his Kiev apartment building. … Details of the sting operation were not clear, including why authorities decided to go to such lengths to make it look as if Babchenko was dead. The head of the Ukrainian Security Service said the suspected organizer of the alleged hit plot was detained Wednesday, suggesting the bogus killing was aimed at flushing him out.” (05/30/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russian-journalist-arkady-babchenko-alive-today-alive-2018-05-30-live-updates/

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8) Yes, “Pele’s hair” is falling from the sky in Hawaii
Source: USA Today

“This isn’t your typical weather forecast: ‘Pele’s Hair is falling in Pahoa,’ the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory announced Tuesday in a forecast for the Kilauea volcano. The normally staid National Weather Service also got in on the act, warning that ‘Pele’s hair and other lightweight volcanic glass from high fountaining fissures are being transported downwind.’ This, of course, begs the questions: Who is Pele, and why is his (or her) hair falling from the sky? First of all, it’s not hair from the former Brazilian soccer star, but the Hawaiian fire and volcano goddess, Pele. ‘The goddess of fire (and volcanoes and lightning and wind), she has a reputation for being as fickle as she is fervent,’ the Atlantic noted earlier this month. ‘From her home in the Halemaʻumaʻu crater at the summit of the Kīlauea volcano, the legend goes, Madame Pele determines when and where the lava flows. She is the goddess who “shapes the sacred land.”‘” (05/30/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/05/30/hawaii-volcano-pele-hair-falling-sky/655812002

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9) Trump: Drug companies to announce “massive’ price cuts soon
Source: Reuters

“President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he expects major drug companies to slash prices on their products in two weeks, but did not provide details on which companies would do so or how such reductions would be made. Health care lobbyists in Washington said they were caught by surprise and had no idea what Trump was talking about. ‘You’re going to have some big news. I think we’re going to have some of the big drug companies in two weeks said they’re going to announce, because of what we did, they’re going to announce voluntary massive drops in prices,’ Trump said at a signing ceremony for a new law making it easier for seriously ill people to try experimental treatments. A Health and Human Services Department (HHS) spokeswoman said the agency had nothing else to share on Trump’s comments because it didn’t want to get ahead of any announcements. Earlier this month, Trump unveiled the administration’s plan to lower prescription drug prices, largely through regulatory authority, calling it ‘the most sweeping action in history’ to reduce the cost of medicines for consumers.” (05/30/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-drugpricing/trump-says-drug-companies-to-announce-massive-price-cuts-soon-idUSKCN1IV2B2

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10) Russia: Tor exit node admin acquitted of aiding terrorism
Source: Naked Security

“In 2017, Russian police detained a 26-year-old math teacher for allegedly calling for riots in Moscow’s Red Square. According to The Moscow Times, the police were after whoever posted under an alias to call for ‘rags, bottles, gas, turpentine, styrofoam and acetone’ to be brought to an unsanctioned protest. The posts also contained a link to a music video in which protesters launch Molotov cocktails at police. A year later, the teacher, Dmitry Bogatov, has been acquitted. Bogatov denied writing the posts: as the administrator of a Tor exit node, it could have been anyone who used his IP address. Bogatov hosts a Tor node, through which other internet users can surf anonymously. … According to the Tor Project, Tor relay operators have ‘no records of the traffic that passes over the network and therefore cannot provide any information about its origin.’ Nonetheless, exit node hosts have been subpoenaed or even charged with crimes in several cases, including the tech blog Boing Boing, which fought off a subpoena from the FBI with a sternly worded letter.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (05/30/18)

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/05/30/tor-exit-node-admin-acquitted-of-aiding-terrorism/

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11) Study: Cannabis use not linked to reduced fertility
Source: Smell the Truth

“Using cannabis doesn’t impair the ability to conceive children, according to new medical data. In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health earlier this year, researchers found ‘little overall association between female or male marijuana use and fecundability.’ The study examined medical data from over 4,000 women and 1,000 men to determine any effects that cannabis use has on fertility. 12 percent of women and 14 percent of men were classified as marijuana users. ‘Given the increasing number of states legalizing recreational marijuana across the nation, we thought it was an opportune time to investigate the association between marijuana use and fertility,’ says lead author Lauren Wise, professor of epidemiology at Boston University. The researchers observed the subjects throughout 12 cycles of medical follow-ups, only to find that the probability of conception was no different among couples that used cannabis when compared to non-users. In fact, men who reported to smoke pot more than once a week actually exhibited a 24 percent increase in the probability of conceiving children.” [editor’s note: Well, shoot; I thought I could save the vasectomy cost, assuming I ever wish to resume sexuality with another human in the room – SAT] (05/30/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/05/30/marijuana-use-not-linked-to-fertility-study-finds

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12) Papua New Guinea: Regime to ban Facebook for a month to get censorship plans in order
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Papua New Guinea will ban Facebook for a month while the government identifies fake accounts and attempts to block fake news [sic]. Communications Minister Sam Basil said on Wednesday the one-month shutdown would ‘allow information to be collected’ about people using the social media site for nefarious purposes. Users who upload pornography and defamatory information will be identified and removed from the networking site, he said.” (05/30/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/papua-guinea-ban-facebook-month-180530053406737.html

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13) HI: Don’t roast marshmallows over erupting volcano, USGS warns
Source: New York Post

“Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano may be generating a lot of heat from bright orange lava and volcanic vents on the Big Island, but don’t even try to treat it like the biggest campfire and roast marshmallows over it. As the volcano continues to spew lava, clouds of ash and deadly laze, the US Geological Survey has been providing constant updates on Twitter on the status on lava and ash clouds. The agency has also been replying to questions from other users about the science behind the ongoing eruptions, all types of questions. On Tuesday, [a] Twitter user wrote, ‘Is it safe to roast marshmallows over volcanic vents? Assuming you had a long enough stick, that is? Or would the resulting marshmallows be poisonous?’ The USGS replied back, ‘Erm … we’re going to have to say no, that’s not safe. (Please don’t try!)’” (05/29/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/05/29/dont-roast-marshmallows-over-hawaiis-erupting-volcano-usgs-warns/

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14) NC: Dam in “imminent danger” of failing, evacuations ordered
Source: CBS News

“Authorities in western North Carolina have ordered evacuations in an area south of the Lake Tahoma Dam, which they say is in ‘imminent danger’ of failing after a landslide ‘compromised’ its structural ‘integrity.’ …. Local officials said a ‘class 1 emergency’ would be in effect until state inspectors could evaluate the dam in daylight hours. McDowell County Emergency Management confirmed 200 people from campgrounds and residential communities near the dam and lake were at shelters, and there may be more later since water levels were expected to rise.” (05/30/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lake-tahoma-dam-north-carolina-mminent-danger-of-failing-evacuations-ordered/

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15) US report: Ethnic cleansing of Rohingya persists in Myanmar
Source: ABC News

“Ethnic cleansing targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has not stopped despite growing condemnation from the international community, the Trump administration said Tuesday. In November, the United States declared that violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine state constituted ethnic cleansing, and the U.S. later imposed sanctions. Ambassador Sam Brownback, the U.S. envoy for global religious freedom, said the violence is continuing.” (05/29/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/us-120000-political-prisoners-held-korea-55503101

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16) SCOTUS limits warrantless vehicle searches near homes
Source: Yahoo! News

“The Supreme Court is putting limits on the ability of police to search vehicles when they do not have a search warrant. The court sided 8-1 Tuesday with a Virginia man who complained that police walked onto his driveway and pulled back a tarp covering his motorcycle, which turned out to be stolen. They acted without a warrant, relying on a line of Supreme Court cases generally allowing police to search a vehicle without a warrant. The justices said the automobile exception does not apply when searching vehicles parked adjacent to a home.” (05/29/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/supreme-court-limits-warrantless-vehicle-searches-near-homes-141606222–politics.html

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17) TN: Idiot pol blames school shootings on porn
Source: USA Today

“Rep. Diane Black, a Republican candidate to be the next Tennessee governor, said Tuesday that the decline of family support systems and the rise of pornography is the ‘root cause’ of school shootings. ‘How many of you when you were in school ever had an experience where a kid came to school with a gun? … Never happened,’ Black said during a listening session with ministers at Safe Harbor of Clarksville, Tenn. The audio recording was shared by HuffPost. ‘Why do we see kids being so violent? What’s out there? What makes them do that? Because as a nurse, I go back to root causes.’ … ‘Pornography, it’s available on the shelf when you walk in the grocery store. Yeah, you have to reach up to get it, but there’s pornography there,’ she said. ‘All of this is available without parental guidance. And I think that is a big part of the root cause that we see so many young people that have mental illness get caught in these places.’” [editor’s note: I’m 16 years younger than Black, and when I was a kid it was not at ALL uncommon for students to bring guns to school – TLK] (05/29/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/05/29/diane-black-pornography-root-cause-school-shootings/654049002/

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18) The US regime wanted this border wall mural taken down. Instead, a group of veterans repainted it.
Source: CNN

“A group of deported US veterans gathered Saturday at Friendship Park in Tijuana, Mexico, before Memorial Day to repaint a mural of an upside-down American flag. The mural, faded and covered in graffiti since it first went up in 2013, is the centerpiece of the park, which sits at the edge of the US-Mexico border, where a border wall juts out into the Pacific. An upside-down flag is a sign of distress, and the crosses in place of stars are symbols of those who die trying to cross the border, said Amos Gregory, the mural’s artist and a Navy veteran who works with the deported vets. … They planned to repaint it last month, but that was put on hold after the US Border Patrol indicated it was considering whether to remove or alter Gregory’s mural. Though on the Mexican side of the wall, it’s on US property, one of multiple layers of fences the United States has up around the area, and Border Patrol received a complaint.” (05/29/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/29/politics/border-wall-mural-repainted/index.html

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19) Portugal: Parliament insists it owns everyone
Source: NBC News

“A proposal to make Portugal one of only a handful of countries allowing euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide was narrowly rejected by lawmakers Tuesday. … Euthanasia was forced onto the political agenda by a public petition urging its introduction in 2016. The deeply divisive issue is the latest point of friction between faith and politics in this predominantly Catholic country.” [editor’s note: It’s not complicated. Either you own yourself, or the politicians own you. If you own yourself, deciding whether or not you continue to live is your prerogative, not theirs – TLK] (05/30/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/portugal-s-parliament-rejects-euthanasia-doctor-assisted-suicide-n878456

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20) UK: YouTube censors videos for regime
Source: Metro [UK]

“YouTube has taken down drill music videos after police asked them to because they ‘incite violence.’ The music videos have been accused of glamourising violent crime in London, masked gangs threatening each other with violent lyrics, gestures and hand signals. Some of the videos still available online feature groups associated with the post code war linked to the murder of Tanesha Melbourne, 17, who was shot dead in Tottenham last month. The Met Police has asked YouTube to remove between 50 and 60 music videos in the past two years, providing evidence of why they are linked to violence. YouTube has complied with more than 30 of these requests.” (05/29/18)

https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/29/youtube-deletes-drill-music-videos-inciting-violence-after-requests-from-police-7584811/

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

21) Eric Greitens proves it again: Politics attracts sociopaths
Source: The Daily Beast
by Matt Lewis

“Let’s take a moment to reflect on the kind of personality disorder might make one attracted to politics. To be sure, there are people who have entirely noble aspirations about making the world a better place. But what kind of sane person thinks he can oust a four-term incumbent from his perch? What kind of normal person is especially good at getting on a phone and asking other people to send him thousands of dollars? And what kind of narcissist would you have to be to think that you — and you alone — can fix people’s problems? This is almost a self-selecting way to manufacture hubris. (These politicians are not people, they’re animals.) But politics isn’t content with merely attracting egomaniacs. It also creates them.” (05/30/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/eric-greitens-proves-it-again-politics-attracts-sociopaths

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22) The state in education, part 2: Social warfare
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Mary Lucia Darst

“By the 1830s, progressives, including Horace Mann, fell under the spell of the Prussian system. In the 1840s, Mann used his position as Secretary of the (Massachusetts) Board of Education to introduce public schooling. Post-Civil War, in the 1860s, he used his position as a US Congressman to make public schooling compulsory, while homeschooling his own children in a stunning display of ‘for thee but not for me’ hypocrisy. … Mann openly declared that the public school’s purpose is to render control to the state. … After Mann forced compulsory education on the American people, the literacy rate, previously rising, declined, an event which occurred in Europe as well when Great Britain and France followed Germany’s lead. When angry parents, appalled at the poor quality of the new ‘free’ education, withdrew their children to place them in private schools, Mann launched a media war against them, branding them un-American elitists and/or social malingerers and starting a social shouting match that continues to the present. Discovering that parents, naturally, disregarded name-calling when their children’s future was at stake, the progressives brought the state apparatus in the form of taxation to bear.” (05/30/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/05/30/the-state-in-education-part-ii-social-warfare/

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23) Out west, rules are made to be broken
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“The uncontrolled quality of the West can be overstated, if you take too seriously the reams of laws and regulations that claim to control people’s conduct off the beaten trail. The Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Park Service, and myriad state agencies are all fond of interpreting laws and issuing rules that dictate what you can’t do and where you can’t do it, subject to further elaboration. But the ‘no campfire’ signs are often found next to recent fire pits, the ‘no shooting’ signs are almost always peppered with bullet holes, and the ‘permit required’ signs decorate the periphery of areas that play host to many wonderfully unpermitted expeditions and activities. That’s as it should be — after all, one reason we’re out there is to flip the bird to the sort of people who post signs.” (for publication 06/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/05/30/out-west-rules-are-made-to-be

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24) “Nothing” is best government activity
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“There is one thing government could do that I will support. One thing I believe it needs to spend more time doing. It’s the one thing government can do best, the one thing government can do that will actually help, and the only thing that can justify taxation. What is this extraordinary government activity? Nothing. I support government doing nothing, and I believe it needs to spend more time doing nothing.” (05/30/18)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/05/30/voices/nothing-is-best-government-activity/157907.html

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25) Credentialed Experts: Protectors of the sacred dogma
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Isaac Morehouse

“Credentialed Experts are not at the forefront of innovation and discovery, driving truth forward. Their job is to tell a story about the past that doesn’t threaten the present and stymies the future. The process of winning the credential itself is a trial intended to prove how effectively you imbibe and re-enforce the dominant dogma of the academy, or ‘The Republic of Science.’ History gets re-written to credit them with breakthroughs, but practitioners are the innovators, usually in the face of tremendous resistance and persecution by The Experts.” (05/30/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/credentialed-experts-protectors-of-the-sacred-dogma

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26) Why the Mueller investigation is constitutional
Source: The American Prospect
by Steven Lubet & Andrew Koppelman

“‘Deep State! … Witch Hunt! … Swamp! … NO COLLUSION!’ Donald Trump’s Twitter harangues against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election have become so common that we are inured to them. Likewise, the denunciations of Mueller by Rudy Giuliani, Devin Nunes, and Sean Hannity can generally be ignored, even when they deliver them in lower-case letters. But when a noted scholar of constitutional law raises similar, though far more rational, arguments, attention must be paid. Steven Calabresi is chairman of the board of the Federalist Society and the Clayton J. and Henry R. Barber Professor of Law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law–and, we should add, a friend and colleague of ours.He recently published an op-ed in The Hill, purporting to explain why President Trump has behaved lawfully by demanding a Justice Department investigation of so-called FBI spying, and why Mueller’s own investigation is ‘unconstitutional.’ He is half right, but it is the lesser half.” (05/30/18)

http://prospect.org/article/why-mueller-investigation-constitutional

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27) How the Trump administration can stop the wild roller coaster of its China trade policy
Source: Cato Institute
by Simon Lester

“After a brief interlude of ‘trade peace,’ the Trump administration is once again threatening to impose tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports. So far, the Trump administration’s trade policy on China is like a wild roller coaster ride, and it is not clear the administration has a plan for how to get off. The administration may find a better approach in a place it is unlikely to look: Nafta, which Trump has been so critical of and is trying to renegotiate. While Mexico 30 years ago and China today aren’t in identical situations, there are important parallels between the U.S. trade relationship with Mexico then and China now.” (05/30/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-trump-administration-can-stop-wild-roller-coaster-its-china-trade-policy

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28) The science [sic] of “Ambien tweeting”
Source: The New Republic
by Emily Atkin

“Roseanne Barr went from being the star of television’s most-watched series to being unemployed this week, and blamed her demise partly on a popular sleep drug. The Trump-supporting actress said on Wednesday that she was under the influence of Ambien when she tweeted racist comments about former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, which caused ABC to cancel Barr’s show. ‘It was 2 in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting,’ she wrote. Barr took some considerable heat for the excuse. ‘I am an expert of Ambien abuse,’ tweeted Mother Jones senior editor Ben Dreyfuss, who said he went to rehab twice for the drug. ‘Ambien doesn’t make you say racist shit.’ Even drugmaker Sanofi, which manufactures Ambien, weighed in. ‘Racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication,’ the company tweeted. Barr eventually said she only had herself to blame for comparing Jarrett (a black woman [sic]) to the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ and ‘Planet of the Apes.’ Ambien was ‘just an explanation,’ she wrote, ‘not an excuse.’ At that point, though, it was too late. ‘Ambien made me racist’ had already entered meme territory.” (05/30/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148603/roseanne-barr-science-ambien-tweeting

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29) Deja vu all over again
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“One of the stand-bys of the post-2008 mortgage finance bust, at least from left-of-center policy mavens, has been to ask: why has no banker gone to prison? They played a game of fraud and got rich. What a protected class — Cronyism! Plutocracy! Capitalism! The why is much easier to understand if you read up on Round Two of the aughts’ boom-bust scenario, as in Prashant Gopal’s coverage in Bloomberg, ‘Getting Rich on Government-Backed Mortgages.’ Gopal spotlights a non-bank mortgage broker, Angelo Christian, who is making a killing selling houses to people with horrible credit, just as happened before 2008.” (05/30/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/05/30/deja-vu-all-over-again/

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30) Central banks haven’t always been quite as bad as they are now
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna

“The early Fed founders took their cues from the central banks of the British and the French — in particular, those banks’ stringent codes of monetary conduct. Without wanting to romanticize the era, one may say that fiscal conservatism was indeed the international order of the day and the models of the mighty Bank of England and the Bank of France made high reserve ratios the imperative of the early Federal Reserve. Before the days of those Fed banks, no agency existed to lead banks in attempting to avoid undue credit expansion such as preceded the crisis of 1907. The general economic situation at the time was comparatively sound and the crisis was largely a result of the excessive inflation caused by the banks.” (05/30/18)

https://mises.org/wire/central-banks-havent-always-been-quite-bad-they-are-now

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31) Why neutral, peaceful Sweden is preparing for war
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“Over the last two weeks, every household in Sweden received a booklet of instructions on how to prepare for war. Issued by the government and including instructions for every Swedish resident to resist an invader by all means necessary, it was a dramatic sign of just how quickly the recently unthinkable has become something Europe’s Nordic governments in particular feel they must address. … For most of the continent, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and war in Ukraine four years ago was seen as a wake-up call, but not a potentially existential threat. Countries like Germany, Britain and France have reconsidered their defense postures, often also lightly increasing military spending. By and large, however, even within their security establishments, few see a genuine imminent risk of overwhelming Russian conventional military attack on their homelands. Moscow’s military might be at its most active since the Cold War, but its tanks and troops remain a comfortingly long way away.” (05/30/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-sweden-commentary/commentary-why-neutral-peaceful-sweden-is-preparing-for-war-idUSKCN1IV27N

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32) Between Trump and the Deep State
Source: CounterPunch
by Manuel E Yepe

“In the political lexicon of the United States, since the presidency of Donald Trump, the mysterious concept of a ‘Deep State’ has become fashionable. It’s understood as a kind of mystical adversary that the president’s cabinet must face. The term has been used to refer to an allegedly secretly operating network of public officials working to prevent Trump from pursuing his policies. The expression is also used to allude to a de facto power of public employees whose stay in office is beyond the control of the president. But its definition varies according to who uses it.” (05/30/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/30/between-trump-and-the-deep-state/

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33) Golden Deep State
Source: Independent Institute
by Lloyd Billingsley

“On his first watch, [California governor Jerry] Brown made it a priority to expand collective bargaining for government employees. These unions implement government policy and function as a kind of deep state that remains in place, whatever the administration. So politicians tend to give the government employee unions what they want. On Brown’s second watch, the SEIU demonstrates outside the capitol chanting ‘this is our house!’ That is in fact the case, and the governor has sweetened the deal.” (05/29/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/05/29/golden-deep-state/

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34) Less Roseanne, more Tom Wolfe; Republicans need new celebrities
Source: USA Today
by Christian Schneider

“Aside from the fact that the world would never see any more of his stunning works, the recent passing of author Tom Wolfe represented a deeper cultural shift. While he didn’t consider himself a political ‘conservative,’ Wolfe reached the top of the American literary world by exposing liberal snobbery through wit and erudition, as opposed to many of today’s right-leaning ‘celebrities’ who traffic in crass insults. Upon his death, he was feted by conservatives and liberals alike, as his skill was undeniable and his targets timeless. Yet gone is the day where ‘conservatives’ like Wolfe or P.G. Wodehouse or T.S. Eliot can sit atop the world of popular entertainment and be judged by the quality of their work and not its political content. Today’s famous conservatives are almost always famous for being conservative, with their talents considered only secondarily.” (05/30/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/30/roseanne-barr-racist-tweet-tom-wolfe-republican-celebrity-column/656274002

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35) New federal anti-Semitism act, same First Amendment problem
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Will Creeley

“Last Wednesday, a bipartisan group of federal legislators introduced the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018. Sponsored by Senators Bob Casey and Tim Scott, and Representatives Doug Collins, Ted Deutch, Jerrold Nadler, and Peter Roskam, the legislation seeks to address anti-Semitic harassment in our nation’s schools. Unfortunately, because it relies on the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism, the bill presents the same basic First Amendment problem that it did in December 2016, when functionally similar legislation passed the U.S. Senate by voice vote before failing to advance further.” (05/29/18)

https://www.thefire.org/new-federal-anti-semitism-act-same-first-amendment-problem/

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36) Email Privacy Act comes back, hopefully to stay
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by David Ruiz

“The House of Representatives passed a bill this week called the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes the nation’s military and defense programs. Earlier in the week, scores of Representatives offered amendments to this must-pass bill in hopes of ensuring that their ideas get a chance to become law. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) used this opportunity to include as an amendment the Email Privacy Act, a piece of legislation long-favored by EFF. The Email Privacy Act would codify the rule announced by the Sixth Circuit — and now followed by providers nationwide — that requires government agents to first obtain a probable cause warrant when seeking the content of communications stored by companies like Google, Facebook, Slack, Dropbox, and Microsoft. On Thursday night, the House approved the NDAA — including the amendment with the Email Privacy Act — in a 351-66 vote.” (05/29/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/05/email-privacy-act-comes-back-hopefully-stay

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37) Dems diss #MeToo, defend MS-13
Source: Town Hall
by Deroy Murdock

“‘Kill, rape, control.’ Not even these words (the actual mission statement of the notorious MS-13 street gang) could trigger the Democratic Left’s unanimous and unconditional disdain. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, a guest at a May 16 White House roundtable on the dangers of California’s fugitive cities, complained to President Donald J. Trump: ‘There could be an MS-13 member that I know about,’ but Golden State law prohibits her from alerting Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ‘You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are,’ a frustrated Trump replied. ‘These aren’t people. These are animals.’ Democrats and their sentries in the Left-wing media raced to their battle stations. They immediately lied about Trump’s comment and claimed that he referred to immigrants in general as ‘animals.’ Of course, the president did no such thing.” (05/30/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/deroymurdock/2018/05/30/dems-diss-metoo-defend-ms13-n2485667

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38) All public forums should be open and uncensored
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“President Trump may not block even rude or obnoxious criticism from his Twitter account, because it is a public forum that is protected by the First Amendment, US District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald has ruled. … Free speech proponents hailed the ruling as a groundbreaking decision, saying it expands constitutional protections deep within the realms of social media. The executive director of Georgetown Law School’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection called it ‘a critical victory in preserving free speech in the digital age.’ Blocking people from responding critically to presidential tweets is unconstitutional, because it prevents them from participating personally and directly in that forum, others said. The Justice Department said it disagreed with the decision and was considering its next steps. Here’s another option: Embrace and expand on the decision. Assess how these District Court principles and free speech guidelines can be applied in other vital free speech arenas. Take it as far as you can.” (05/29/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/05/all-public-forums-should-be-open-and-uncensored/

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39) Government types
Source: Strike the Root
by Paul Hein

“Several decades ago I joined an organization of my fellow physicians called, appropriately, Iatros. It was an ideal group, having neither meetings, dues, nor by-laws. We were simply individuals with a common concern for the growing role of government in medical care, or, more specifically, medical financing. There was a monthly newsletter carrying articles by the members, to which I occasionally contributed. We were invited, at some point, to attend a meeting to be held, in of all places, Helsinki, and to present a paper, if so inclined. I was. In my remarks I pointed out that although fascism was considered defeated with the end of World War II, it was, in fact, still among us, and thriving. The definition of fascism is so-called free enterprise under government control — a sort of private/government joint endeavor. From the point of view of the Ruling Class, it is an ideal arrangement.” (05/30/18)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/government-types

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40) US CEOs: World’s best, for themselves
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“No single statistic, in isolation, tells us particularly much. Numbers only gain real meaning when we compare them. Take, for instance, the figure for the increase in CEO pay last year at major American corporations. A statistic for this increase (6.4 percent) appears in the just-released 2018 edition of the AFL-CIO’s annual PayWatch report on corporate compensation. Does that 6.4 percent increase rate as a big deal — or nothing to get worked up about? We can’t reasonably answer that question without putting the 6.4 percent figure into some sort of broader perspective. The new PayWatch report, thankfully, provides that context: Average worker pay in the United States last year increased just 2.6 percent.” (05/30/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180530/to-grasp-the-horror-of-ceo-pay-in-america-today-look-global

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41) How Trump’s steel tariffs could harm national security
Source: National Review
by Benjamin Zycher

“If ‘national security’ is the justification for protectionism in the steel market, then we must consider all the national-security effects that tariffs would have, recognizing the applicability of that rationale to a very large number of sectors. Consider energy, for example, a sector of the economy that involves not only producing energy products, but also transporting crude oil to refineries, refined products to users, natural gas to power plants, and on and on. Those industrial activities are clearly important to our national security, and higher costs could result in a reduced ability to ‘meet [petroleum] demands for national defense and critical industries in a national emergency.’ The cost of steel represents roughly 10 to 20 percent of the overall cost of constructing and operating an oil field. Pipelines often are made of specialty steels not currently produced in the U.S., and replacing that foreign output domestically will raise prices.” (05/30/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/trump-steel-tariffs-undermine-national-security/

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42) Effective altruism for open borders?
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Javier Hidalgo

“Effective altruists say that, if you devote your time and resources to helping others, you ought to do the most good that you can. You should rely on rigorous evidence to identify the most effective interventions and donate your time and money to them. It sounds somewhat grandiose to say it, but I’m an effective altruist. Although I’m not a utilitarian, I do think you ought to try to help others in an effective way. I’m also a partisan for more open borders. Immigration restrictions are, on my view, a monstrous injustice. Even if it turns out that 100% open borders are a bad idea for some reason, existent immigration restrictions are a prime example of man’s inhumanity to man. But is there a way of uniting my open borders advocacy with effective altruism?” (05/30/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/05/effective-altruism-for-open-borders/

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43) Lost children? Detention cages? Baby prison bus? Trump’s critics will believe anything
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Over the long weekend, President Trump’s critics were in a sputtering rage over his supposedly losing 1,500 illegal immigrant children, sticking them in cages, and putting others on specially equipped prison buses. Turns out, it was all 100% bogus. On Sunday, photos of children laying inside a chain-link fence cage starting flying around the internet. New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein forwarded it to his followers, saying that ‘all of these photos are disturbing, but the first two are especially awful.’ CNN’s Hadas Gold described the pictures as ‘First Photos of separated migrant children at holding facility.’ Outrage quickly followed.” (05/30/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/illegal-immigrant-cages-bus-for-babies-lost-children

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44) Radio Free America
Source: The American Conservative
by Bill Kauffman

“When the mellowly wry Richard Beatty asked me to help him spin platters — well, touch buttons — as a guest-host on his streaming ‘Geezer Radio’ show, I accepted the invitation, after making it clear that I was a relative whipster and in no sense a codger, dotard, or anywhere near geezerdom. Our theme was ‘Forgotten Songs of the 1960s,’ so my thoughts turned immediately to two obscure singer-songwriters once hailed by hopeful blurb-writers as ‘the next Bob Dylan.’” (05/29/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/radio-free-america/

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45) Big Coal using this small Oklahoma town as a toxic waste dump
Source: In These Times
by Valerie Vande Panne

“On the edge of Bokoshe, population less than 500, sits a hill about 60 feet high, covered partly with soil. From a distance, it could be a natural part of eastern Oklahoma’s rolling hills. But this mound isn’t like the others: It’s made of toxic fly ash, a coal byproduct from electricity production, generated by power company AES. The fly ash fills in an unlined, abandoned strip mine at a site also used to dump wastewater from fracking. When it rains, the waste runs into nearby lakes and tributaries of the Arkansas River. According to Physicians for Social Responsibility, fly ash contains a range of heavy metals, from arsenic to lead to mercury, some of which are linked to cancer. Residents of Bokoshe have been trying to stop the pollution for years, only to meet with denial at the corporate and state levels. No one in power, it seems, will admit it’s a problem.” (05/30/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21109/Bokoshe-Oklahoma-toxi-coal-ash-pollution-rain

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46) The real reason the cultural elite hates Roseanne
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Here are three things about the Roseanne Barr storm that are simultaneously true. 1) Her tweet was racist as hell. It wasn’t a joke. It wasn’t ‘un-PC.’ It wasn’t a political remark that got a bit too spicy. It was racist. … 2) ABC is within its rights to cancel shows. This is what has happened to Barr: her recently resurrected sitcom Roseanne has been pulled. … 3) The unrestrained glee with which the liberal media and Twitterati have greeted the cancellation of Roseanne is not about Barr’s comments on Jarrett. Or more accurately, it isn’t only about that. They’re delighted primarily because they hate Barr. They loathe that she is an extraordinarily popular comedienne who bristles at and mocks the liberal elite.” (05/29/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-real-reason-the-cultural-elite-hates-roseanne/

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47) Roseanne’s wake-up call for the populist right
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“[Donald Trump’s] mere words as a candidate and as president have been something like a three-alarm fire for bigoted demagoguery, so Barr’s outburst seems unlikely to serve as a wake-up call to the populist right that its coalition has a serious racism problem. Still, it is worth noting that the social-injustice warriors of the populist right are as frequently determined to treat absolutely nothing as beyond the pale as the left’s most catastrophizing fringe is to declare that most everything is problematic. … At least Barr’s apologies acknowledge that opposition to racism should always be among one’s principles, unlike some of the people defending her.” (05/30/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/roseanne-and-the-deplorable-style-in-american-politics/561503/

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48) Feds lose and abuse massive numbers of immigrant children
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“Hopelessly complex immigration laws make it nearly impossible for people seeking a better life to live and work legally in the United States, and deprive our country of the economic expansion that immigrants bring. As several recently publicized cases demonstrate, these draconian immigration restrictions also lead to widespread negligence and abuse within the enforcement system, violating the fundamental individual rights of children and parents who are at their most vulnerable.” (05/29/18)

https://www.lp.org/feds-lose-abuse-massive-numbers-immigrant-children/

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49) A tale of three revolutions
Source: PanAm Post
by Jose Azel

“There is an extensive literature that compares and contrasts the American and French Revolutions, but a recent article by Patrick Estebe titled ‘A tale of Two Revolutions’ made me think of the influence of those revolutions on the Cuban Revolution of 1959. As an adolescent in pre-1959 Cuba, I remember studying extensively the French Revolution and the influence thereof on Enlightenment Era philosophers like Jean-Jacques Rousseau. However, I do not recall my teachers discussing the American Revolution or the corresponding inspirational role of John Locke in the thinking of the Founders. I was puzzled as to whether this teaching disparity was due to my faulty memory, so I consulted with Dr. Eugenio Yanez and other learned colleagues. They reassured me that my memories were correct. In Cuban education, the French Revolution was emphasized and the American Revolution was not studied as a revolution at all. It was mostly considered a war for independence of little worldwide sociopolitical intellectual consequence.” (05/30/18)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2018/05/30/a-tale-of-three-revolutions/

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50) The brilliance of Randolph Bourne
Source: Antiwar.com
by Jeff Riggenbach

“Randolph Bourne was an American intellectual journalist who flourished for a few years in the second decade of the 20th century — in the Teens, the decade that ran from 1910 to 1920. Bourne wrote mostly for magazines during this period. His byline was particularly familiar to readers of The New Republic — until his radically antiwar views on the eve of the US government’s intervention in World War I got him fired. He moved over to The Seven Arts, a newly launched magazine with a smaller circulation than The New Republic and one less well suited to Bourne’s particular talents and interests, since its primary focus was the arts, rather than social and political issues. He was able to publish only six antiwar articles in The Seven Arts before its doors were closed by an owner fearful of the Wilson administration and its Sedition Act of 1918, which made it a crime to criticize the Constitution, the government, the military, or the flag.” (05/30/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/riggenbach/2018/05/29/the-brilliance-of-randolph-bourne-2/

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51) Are the culture wars unique to our times?
Source: Acton Institute
by John D Wilsey

“For the past five decades, Americans have waged what has been commonly referred to as a ‘culture war.’ A number of authors have examined the culture wars from philosophical, historical, and sociological standpoints, especially since the early 1990s — Charles Murray, Robert Putnam, James Davison Hunter, Philip Gorski, and Andrew Hartman to name a few. It is tempting to see the culture wars as being the defining characteristic of American history since the 1960s. How central are the culture wars to American life at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and is there anything unusual about the presence of cultural conflict in America when we think historically about the subject?” (05/29/18)

https://acton.org/pub/commentary/2018/05/29/are-culture-wars-unique-our-times

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52) Quantum Vibe, 05/30/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (05/30/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1801

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53) Here it comes, YouTube to be regulated under terrorism laws
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“A useful and basic concept is never allow the bastards to pass laws against them that you wouldn’t want to be used upon you. Because as sure as eggs are bird spawn they will be used upon you and me, given time. That’s one of the slippery slopes which might still be a logical fallacy but a basic fact about reality. … Coming soon, the anti-terrorism laws will be applied to waacism, misogyny and sayingthingsthatwokebaepeopledon’tlike online. Not for any particular reason other than that having gained the power to do so they’ll use it.” (05/30/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/civil-liberty/here-it-comes-youtube-to-be-regulated-under-terrorism-laws/

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54) ICE as education planners
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Rick Weber

“Yale recently reclassified economics as a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and other schools may follow suit. It’s a public-spirited regulatory arbitrage — by reclassifying to ‘Econometric and Quantitative Economics’ they make it easier for international students to continue working in the U.S. after graduation. But by capitulating to regulatory nonsense, they’re sacrificing the long-run vitality of the field. Here’s how this whole classification thing works: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a ‘STEM Designated Degree Program List’ that specifies which programs on the Department of Education’s list of degree programs qualify as STEM. Students with degrees in these fields get special status as far as immigration.” (05/29/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/05/29/ice-as-education-planners/

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55) Hidden horrors of “zero tolerance” — mass trials and children taken from their parents
Source: The Intercept
by Debbie Nathan

“Federal Magistrate Judge Ronald G. Morgan is in his 60s, with a bright-pink face and a crisp, friendly manner — though lately he has been making disconcerting little mistakes in court. He has spent eight years on the bench in Brownsville, a small Texas city on the U.S.-Mexico border. Morgan knows how to run a court smoothly, but during a morning session I attended in early May, he announced that he’d just dealt with 35 defendants — all at one time — when the actual number was 40. And after the proceedings, he forgot to pronounce their guilt. Marshals had already led them out, so Morgan sheepishly had to call the 40 defendants back to the courtroom to correct his error. These days, he seems distracted and troubled. That is understandable. In late April, magistrates’ courts in Brownsville suddenly turned into ‘zero tolerance’ factories for criminalizing migrants, many of whom have no prior criminal record.” (05/29/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/29/zero-tolerance-border-policy-immigration-mass-trials-children/

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56) Scott Adams Says, 05/30/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Roseanne’s Ambien defense.” [Flash video] (05/30/18)

https://www.pscp.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1OwGWENrbaexQ

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57) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/30/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The US European Commander wants more US troops in Europe ‘to deter Russian aggression.’ Meanwhile, Poland is offering the US $2 billion to build a permanent US base on its territory. And the US is moving 2,500 new tanks and fighting vehicles into Europe. Does Russia really want to invade Europe? Or is this a fantasy of the US military-industrial complex?” [Flash video] (05/30/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/us-commander-in-europe-we-need-more-troops-to-fight-the-russians

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58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 200
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Scott Horton returns to Foreign Policy Focus to discuss the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Scott breaks down Iraqi Shia politics and how the recent Iraqi election played out. Scott explains the connections between the Shia leaders, Iran, and the US. Scott also updates the status of the war in Afghanistan. Scott demonstrates the futility of the war and why the US policy continues to fail.” [various formats] (05/30/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-200-scott-horton

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59) Electric Libertyland, episode 74
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian McWilliams reflects on Memorial Day and the role of our military. He also examines the military’s support of the NFL following the NFL’s new rules on player actions for the National Anthem before turning to the cancellation of ABC’s ‘Roseanne’ following questionable tweets from the show star. Following the break Brian goes into GDPR, Homeland Security ‘losing’ 1500 immigrant children and the state of affairs in Italy.” [various formats] (05/30/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/05/30/ell-74-roseanne-we-hardly-knew-ye/

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60) Humans of Bitcoin Podcast, 05/28/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Vin Armani, star of Showtime’s reality show ‘Gigolos,’ gets personal with Matt on social engineering, escorting in Vegas and why he is making Bitcoin Cash useable off-line.” [various formats] (05/28/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e205-Retired-Vegas-Gigolo-Turned-Crypto-Innovator

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61) Free Talk Live, 05/29/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Johnson’s T-Shirt Printer Refuses to Print New Shirt :: Fair Use :: Raw Milk Raid :: Incel Witch Hunt? :: Chelsea Manning Threatens Suicide :: Incel Caller Tells All :: :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/29/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-05-29

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62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1167
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“As Michael Malice prepares to start his evening news recap show and moves his existing show to another network, I offer suggestions on how to build an audience: what works, what doesn’t, how you can exploit your enemies to increase your popularity, and a lot more. Plenty of lessons here for business and for life.” [various formats] (05/29/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1167-michael-malice-and-i-on-how-to-get-people-to-listen-to-you/

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63) One Free Family, episode 18
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Sleep deprivation is not a joke for new parents and kids. James and Taylor give out tips and other strategies to cope with this common problem.” [Flash audio] (05/29/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/making-sense-of-sleep-struggles-off018/

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64) Cato Daily Podcast, 05/29/18
Source: Cato Institute

“ZTE, Trump Tariffs, and Creeping Cronyism.” [various formats] (05/29/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/zte-trump-tariffs-creeping-cronyism

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 05/29/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Nikita Petrov (MeaningofLife.tv) … ‘The harshness of Russian law is softened by its optionality’ … Nikita’s briefly successful escape from a paddy wagon at a political rally … It’s not always Putin who kills Russian journalists (Meet Chechnya’s leader) … A look inside Russia’s supposedly fearsome troll factory … Support for Putin and Russia’s intimate relationship with suffering … ‘Monstration’: a mock rally investigating the absurd.” [Flash video] (05/29/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/52890

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