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In the News:

1) South China Sea: Chinese jets intercept US spy plane
2) EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashes with 66 on board, officials say
3) US Senate OKs bill allowing 9/11 victims’ families to sue Saudi regime
4) Venezuela: Anti-government protesters clash with police
5) Philippines: Duterte to offer cabinet posts to rebels
6) TSA uproar spills into Congress
7) Millions to be eligible for overtime under new Obama regime rule
8) IL: Senate panel advances new victim disarmament scheme
9) CA: Grand jury urges tracking system for vote-by-mail ballots
10) Hacker puts up 167 million LinkedIn passwords for sale
11) Ben & Jerry’s develops a taste for “Empower Mint”
12) South Carolina: Legislature passes ban on abortion after 19 weeks
13) Trump unveils potential SCOTUS nominees
14) FIRA thugs demand $17 million bribe from William James: Firm didn’t spy on its customers enough
15) USDA releases results of new survey on honey been colony health
16) Ukrainian hacker admits stealing corporate press releases for $30 million profit
17) Democratic primaries: Sanders, Trump win Oregon; Clinton claims she wins Kentucky
18) WI: Former GOP staffer says senators were “giddy” over voter turnout suppression law
19) WHO: Zika virus expected in Europe by late spring
20) Judge rejects Mozilla’s bid to intervene in FBI hacking case

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Conscripting liberty
22) Shame on the US Supreme Court for making a mockery of the First Amendment
23) Trump and the abandonment of principle
24) Why voting for the lesser of two evils is a waste of your vote
25) Rich: A state of mind
26) The counterproductive politicization of transgender rights
27) What can gold do for our money?
28) How to render the police state powerless
29) For the farmers, the biofuel bubble has already burst
30) “Statistics”
31) Slouching toward Washington
32) Police and prison guard groups fight marijuana legalization in California
33) Indicting Hillary
34) The alt-right’s “demographic nightmare” is … Texas 2016
35) Parental choice: A better way to fulfill the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education
36) Healthcare reform and the candidates
37) In the refugee debate, both sides fear the masses
38) Indicting incumbency
39) Chasing 2 percent inflation
40) Crooked Hillary and the rape of Honduras
41) Economics, populist fads, and government
42) The Libertarian Angle, 05/17/16
43) The problem doesn’t stop with Amtrak
44) Free Talk Live, 05/17/16
45) End Selective Service!

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

1) South China Sea: Chinese jets intercept US spy plane
Source: NBC News

“Two Chinese military aircraft intercepted a U.S. military reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea Tuesday. Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza said that the U.S. maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft was flying in a ‘routine patrol’ in international airspace on May 17 when ‘two tactical aircraft from the People’s Republic of China’ intercepted the U.S. plane. … The incident is under investigation by U.S. Pacific Command. The U.S. has photos but they are classified.” [editor’s note: There are rules about what kind of information can be classified and for what reasons; photos of Chinese aircraft that are openly known to have been taken in an acknowledged incident would not seem to meet the criteria. Not that the US government ever bothers to follow its own laws when inconvenient, of course – TLK]

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/china/chinese-intercept-u-s-military-spy-plane-over-south-china-n576351

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2) EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashes with 66 on board, officials say
Source: Fox News

“An EgyptAir flight traveling to Cairo from Paris crashed early Thursday with 66 passengers and crew members on board, Egyptian aviation officials said. Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said it was too early to say whether a technical issue or a terror attack had cause the plane to crash. … Egyptian military aircraft and navy ships were searching for debris from the plane, which was carrying 56 passengers, including one child and two babies, and 10 crew members.” (05/19/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/05/19/egyptair-flight-from-paris-to-cairo-disappears-from-radar.html

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3) US Senate OKs bill allowing 9/11 victims’ families to sue Saudi regime
Source: NBC News

“The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed controversial legislation that would allow the families of September 11th victims to sue Saudi Arabia — one of America’s regional allies [sic] — if they are found to be responsible for helping support the terror attacks. … The White House strongly opposes the legislation and reiterated Tuesday that the administration feels that the bill would leave America vulnerable to similar suits. The Senate-passed legislation would clear the way for Americans to sue foreign nations if they are found to be responsible for terror attacks on U.S. soil — an attempt to support the 9/11 families’ efforts.” (05/18/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/senate-oks-bill-allow-9-11-victims-families-sue-saudi-n575511

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4) Venezuela: Anti-government protesters clash with police
Source: ABC News

“Police in riot gear clashed with thousands of protesters trying to reach the headquarters of Venezuela’s electoral body Wednesday to demand a referendum to recall unpopular President Nicolas Maduro. The anti-government protest was the third in a week, and came days after the socialist president declared a state of emergency in the economically struggling country. He gave himself decree powers for 60 days.” (05/18/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuelan-anti-government-protesters-clash-police-39200742

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5) Philippines: Duterte to offer cabinet posts to rebels
Source: Danbury News Times

“Presumptive Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he will reimpose the death penalty, offer Cabinet posts to communist rebels, and move to amend the constitution to give more power to the provinces, in some of his first policy pronouncements since winning last week’s election based on an unofficial count. In his first nationally televised news conference since the May 9 vote, Duterte also said he will launch a major military offensive to destroy Abu Sayyaf extremists on southern Jolo Island.” (05/18/16)

http://www.newstimes.com/news/crime/article/Philippine-president-elect-to-offer-Cabinet-posts-7470501.php

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6) TSA uproar spills into Congress
Source: The Hill

“Massive airport security lines across the country are frustrating travelers and creating pressure for Congress to do something about the problems at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). With summer travel season approaching, lawmakers have been scrambling to schedule hearings, meet with TSA officials and explore their legislative options. The uproar is being further fueled by a social media campaign, ‘I Hate the Wait,’ that has been drawing attention to overwhelmed security lines where passengers have at times waited for hours, missing their flights and getting stranded at airports overnight.” (05/18/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/280272-tsa-uproar-spills-into-congress

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7) Millions to be eligible for overtime under new Obama regime rule
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Millions more American workers will soon be eligible for overtime pay under a rule being finalized Wednesday by the Labor Department. The rule says anyone who makes less than $47,476 per year must receive time-and-a-half pay for hours worked beyond 40 hours a week. That’s roughly double the current threshold of $23,660. The measure is one of the most sweeping moves the Obama administration has made so far in its efforts to boost slow-growing incomes.” (05/17/16)

http://www.npr.org/2016/05/17/478463549/millions-to-be-eligible-for-overtime-under-new-rule-obama-administration-rule

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8) IL: Senate panel advances new victim disarmament scheme
Source: Chicago Tribune

“The Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday advanced a firearm trafficking bill designed to crack down on straw purchasers of weapons. House Bill 6303 now goes before the full Senate. Last month, the House advanced the measure. … [State Senator Christine] Radogno said the people the law would target are those who cannot be issued an Illinois Firearm Owners Identification card. The bill creates the offense of firearms trafficking, and makes it a Class 1 felony for trafficking the firearm alone, and a Class X for trafficking the firearm and ammunition.” (05/18/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-radogno-gun-legislation-st-0519-20160518-story.html

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9) CA: Grand jury urges tracking system for vote-by-mail ballots
Source: Stockton Record

“An allegation from the San Joaquin County civil grand jury that election officials waited nearly a year to acknowledge vote-by-mail ballots that were received after a 2014 election are simply not true, according to the San Joaquin County registrar of voters. Austin Erdman, registrar of voters for San Joaquin County, said his office did everything according to state law when collecting the vote-by-mail ballots during the 2014 gubernatorial primary. … The grand jury on Wednesday released its first report of 2016, recommending the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors order the registrar to develop written policies and procedures for daily tracking of the vote-by-mail ballots picked up by the U.S. Postal Service.” (05/18/16)

http://www.recordnet.com/article/20160518/NEWS/160519672

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10) Hacker puts up 167 million LinkedIn passwords for sale
Source: The Hacker News

“LinkedIn’s 2012 data breach was much worse than anybody first thought. In 2012, LinkedIn suffered a massive data breach in which more than 6 Million users accounts login details, including encrypted passwords, were posted online by a Russian hacker. Now, it turns out that it was not just 6 Million users who got their login details stolen.” (05/18/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/05/linkedin-account-hack.html

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11) Ben & Jerry’s develops a taste for “Empower Mint”
Source: WUNC

“North Carolina Central University was the back-drop for the unveiling of a new flavor of ice cream by Ben and Jerry’s. It’s called ‘Empower Mint.’ Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield stood side-by-side with North Carolina NAACP’s the Reverend William Barber to reveal the new flavor, with a voting rights theme. Barber led the crowd in a chant: ‘Vote, Empower Mint! March, Empower Mint!'” (05/18/16)

http://wunc.org/post/ben-jerrys-develops-taste-empower-mint#stream/0

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12) South Carolina: Legislature passes ban on abortion after 19 weeks
Source: MSN

“The South Carolina legislature on Tuesday passed a bill banning most abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother’s life was at risk, making it the 17th U.S. state to approve such a ban. The bill will head to Republican Governor Nikki Haley’s desk, who indicated in March that she would likely sign the legislation. Her office could not be immediately reached for comment.” (05/18/16)

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/south-carolina-bans-abortion-after-19-weeks/ar-BBtbcXj?ocid=sf

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13) Trump unveils potential SCOTUS nominees
Source: CNN

“Donald Trump on Wednesday unveiled a list of 11 judges he would consider nominating to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, an unusual move for a presidential candidate that underscores his efforts to appeal to conservatives. The list includes: [a bunch of people you never heard of]. … Five of the 11 names were floated in March by the conservative Heritage Foundation, which Trump said was assisting him in compiling a list of potential nominees.” (05/18/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/18/politics/donald-trump-supreme-court-nominees/

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14) FIRA thugs demand $17 million bribe from William James: Firm didn’t spy on its customers enough
Source: Marysville Appeal-Democrat

“Industry regulators have fined Raymond James $17 million, accusing the financial services firm of widespread failures in its controls against money laundering. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said Wednesday it was the biggest fine it has imposed related to deficiencies in anti-money laundering programs. FINRA said that Raymond James failed over several years to detect suspicious activity in client investment accounts and to report it to government authorities. The brokerage industry’s self-policing organization said the firm’s failure was especially serious because it already had been censured and fined $400,000 in March 2012 for the same problems.” (05/18/16)

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/business/national/raymond-james-fined-m-for-anti-money-laundering-lapses/article_22aae467-263d-5ad4-b4ac-c91c16c71416.html

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15) USDA releases results of new survey on honey been colony health
Source: Rapid City Journal

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) first ever Honey Bee Colony Loss survey queried more than 20,000 honeybee-keepers about the number of colonies, colonies lost, colonies added, and colonies affected by certain stressors and gleans state-level estimates on key honeybee health topics. … This report, which is used by USDA, producers, economists, agribusiness and others, found that U.S. honey production in 2015 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 157 million pounds, down 12 percent from 2014. There were 2.66 million colonies from which honey was harvested in 2015, down 3 percent from 2014. Honey prices were 209.0 cents per pound, down 4 percent from a record high of 217.3 cents per pound in 2014.” (05/18/16)

http://rapidcityjournal.com/usda-releases-results-of-new-survey-on-honey-bee-colony/article_74517f74-9ac4-5dc7-bec2-06c5824b3cc1.html

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16) Ukrainian hacker admits stealing corporate press releases for $30 million profit
Source: The Hacker News

“A 28-year-old Ukrainian hacker has pleaded guilty in the United States to stealing unpublished news releases and using that non-public information in illegal trading to generate more than $30 Million (£20.8 Million) in illicit profits. Vadym Iermolovych, 28, admitted Monday that he worked with two other Ukrainian hackers to hack into computer networks at PR Newswire, Marketwired and Business Wire, and steal 150,000 press releases to gain the advantage in the stock market.” (05/17/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/05/hacking-press-release.html

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17) Democratic primaries: Sanders, Trump win Oregon; Clinton claims she wins Kentucky
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Bernie Sanders won Oregon’s presidential primary and battled Hillary Clinton to a razor-thin margin in Kentucky, vowing to stay in the race until the end as Clinton aimed to blunt his momentum and prepare for a fall campaign against Republican Donald Trump. Tuesday’s primary in Kentucky was too close to call with Clinton leading Sanders by less than one-half of 1 percent. Closing in on the Democratic nomination, Clinton declared victory in Kentucky nonetheless …. Trump won the GOP’s Oregon primary, the only Republican contest Tuesday.” (05/18/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-kentucky-primary-20160518-story.html

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18) WI: Former GOP staffer says senators were “giddy” over voter turnout suppression law
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“A trial over Wisconsin’s voting laws kicked off Monday with a former aide to a Republican state senator testifying that GOP senators were ‘giddy’ over the prospect the state’s 2011 voter ID law could keep some people from voting. Todd Allbaugh, who worked at the time for then-Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center), said some senators expressed a lack of enthusiasm to take up the voter ID legislation early that year during a private meeting of Republicans. Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) then made the case for the bill, he testified.” (05/18/16)

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/challenge-to-wisconsin-voter-id-law-begins-in-federal-court-b99726100z1-379657961.html

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19) WHO: Zika virus expected in Europe by late spring
Source: CNN

“The Zika virus is expected to reach Europe by late spring, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), but the risk of an outbreak across the region will be low to moderate. The risk will be greatest in countries where the mosquitoes spreading the disease, Aedes aegypti, are found naturally. In the first risk assessment of Zika transmission in Europe, published Wednesday, WHO investigated the risk of an outbreak in the region’s 53 member states and identified the highest likelihood of transmission to be on the island of Madeira and the north-eastern coast of the Black Sea.” (05/18/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/18/health/zika-virus-low-moderate-risk-in-europe-by-summer/

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20) Judge rejects Mozilla’s bid to intervene in FBI hacking case
Source: Reuters

“A federal judge has rejected Mozilla Corp’s request to force the U.S. government to disclose a vulnerability related to its Firefox web browser that the company says was exploited by the FBI to investigate users of a large child pornography website. U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan in Tacoma, Washington, on Monday rejected Mozilla’s bid to intervene in a case against a school administrator charged in the investigation, Jay Michaud. … Mozilla in a statement said it would argue to the government ‘that the safest thing to do for user security is to disclose the vulnerability and allow it to be fixed.’ A Justice Department spokesman declined comment. Colin Fieman, Michaud’s lawyer, said he would seek the indictment’s dismissal due to prosecutors electing against disclosure.” [editor’s note: No problem, I guess — as long as no evidence collected either primarily secondarily using the flaw is admissible in court, and as long as all FBI personnel engaged in discovering and exploiting the flaw personally reimburse the US Treasury for every dime spent doing so, including their paychecks – TLK] (05/18/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-mozilla-idUSKCN0Y82A8

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

21) Conscripting liberty
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“I thought we put an end to military conscription more than 40 years ago after the disastrous conclusion to Vietnam War; I thought we had a volunteer military today; but no, we didn’t do that exactly because young men between the ages of 18 and 25 are still required to register for the draft just in case their statist overlords want more warm bodies for sacrifice. And now for the very first time in United Statists history the authorities that be are scheming to do the same with women.” (05/18/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/05/conscripting-liberty.html

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22) Shame on the US Supreme Court for making a mockery of the First Amendment
Source: LewRockwell.com
by John W Whitehead

“Basically, the Supreme Court has historically had no problem with radical and reactionary speech, false speech, hateful speech, racist speech on front lawns, offensive speech at funerals, anti-Semitic speech in parades, anti-abortion/pro-life speech in front of abortion clinics, inflammatory speech in a Chicago auditorium, political speech in a private California shopping mall, or offensive speech in a state courthouse. So when activist Harold Hodge appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend his right to stand on their government plaza and silently protest the treatment of African-Americans and Hispanics by police, it should have been a no-brainer, unanimous ruling in favor of hearing his case. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court is not quite as keen on the idea of a robust First Amendment as it used to be, especially when that right is being exercised on the Court’s own front porch.” (05/18/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/05/john-w-whitehead/shame-supreme-creeps/

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23) Trump and the abandonment of principle
Source: May 19, 2016
Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“[T]hat old conservative bromide — ‘free enterprise, private property, and limited government’ — has been bogus, false, and deceptive for a long time. The fact is that in their quest to become credible and respectable and to garner votes to win political office, Republicans and conservatives became full-fledged statists a long time ago. Thus, it’s no surprise to libertarians to read yesterday in the New York Times that the Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump, plans to outflank Hillary Clinton on the left …. Despite the handwringing among some Republicans, it can’t really surprise them.” (05/18/16)

http://fff.org/2016/05/18/trump-abandonment-principle/

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24) Why voting for the lesser of two evils is a waste of your vote
Source: Reason
by Jeffrey A Singer

“I still wish to participate in the electoral process. Choosing not to vote is always an option. But I prefer to express my opinion in a less passive manner. Not voting certainly provides the satisfaction of knowing that I did not sanction or legitimize the offerings of the two major parties. But that satisfaction is only personal and private. I want to more actively make my views known. Using the following chain of logic, I have found a positive way to express myself through, what I believe, is the most effective allocation of my vote in November …” (05/18/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/05/18/why-voting-for-the-lesser-of-two-evils-i

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25) Rich: A state of mind
Source: Strike The Root
by Paul Hein

“Many years ago, when I was young and foolish enough to believe that the truth mattered, I would lecture interested groups about our money, or, rather, what passes for money today. In the question and answer period following my remarks, one of the attendees would invariably raise the question: What does it matter what we use for money? The other attendee, waving a dollar bill, would cackle his disbelief of my assertion that we had no actual money, claiming he could get stuff for his piece of paper, thus, it must be money. It became tiresome responding to these questions, especially since my answers convinced no one. What difference does it make what we use for money? Not much difference at all, except that it should be SOMEthing!” (05/18/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/rich-state-of-mind

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26) The counterproductive politicization of transgender rights
Source: The Atlantic
by Ron Fournier

“The United States'[s] two major political parties don’t know how to balance a budget. They can’t seem to curb economic anxiety, modernize the social safety net, or restore the public’s faith in government. But they do one thing really, really well: The Democratic and Republican parties pit people against each other. They stoke animus in America. The latest example is the fight over transgender people in public restrooms. While protecting the rights of transgender Americans is a cause I support — from cradle to grave, including public toilets — much of the outrage strikes me as being manufactured by politicians who’d rather create a wedge issue than solve a problem.” (05/18/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/democrats-republicans-transgender-rights/483330/

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27) What can gold do for our money?
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Stefan Gleason

“One of the chief virtues of a gold standard is that it serves as a restraint on the growth of money and credit. It makes runaway government deficit spending and major monetary catastrophes such as hyperinflation practically impossible. Opponents of a gold standard can’t defend the political malpractices that are enabled by a fiat currency regime. So instead they spin a narrative about how gold supposedly hampers the economy.” (05/18/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/05/18/what-can-gold-do-for-our-money/

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28) How to render the police state powerless
Source: Cop Block
by Jules Manson

“[T]here is one place where the average citizen is endowed with enough power to make policy makers salivate with jealousy. If we are ever to serve on a jury for a defendant charged with having committed any crime for any reason against any gun carrying agents (police, sheriff, FBI, ATF, Secret Service, DEA, etc.) of the state, it is our duty to always vote ‘not guilty’ despite the evidence or their motivation to make certain such defendants walk out of court with their now anemic liberties intact.” (05/18/16)

http://www.copblock.org/160302/how-to-render-the-police-state-powerless/

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29) For the farmers, the biofuel bubble has already burst
Source: Heartland Institute
by Isaac Orr

“It’s planting season, and farmers are taking to the fields to put food on our tables. Even though Ted Cruz has withdrawn from the presidential race, his victory in the Iowa Caucuses caused political pundits of all stripes to speculate about the future of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and the corn ethanol mandate, largely because someone, Cruz, had finally campaigned against the ethanol mandate and managed to win in Iowa. While some wonks in Washington, DC may talk about a political end for the ethanol mandate, for the nation’s farmers, the biofuel bubble has already burst.” (05/18/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/05/for-the-farmers-the-biofuel-bubble-has-already-burst/

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30) “Statistics”
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“You’ve heard that ‘polls show that 90% of Americans want …’ garbage; usually universal preemptively-prove-your-innocence checks, but often any other infringement of your human/civil rights the gun grabbers can dream up. And you’ve wondered where the heck they found that many idiots. In New Hampshire, the claim by UNH was 93% in favor of UPPYI checks. But I could never find a single person who would admit to participating in the survey. At all. Responding pro or con. The university refused to released their raw polling data. Actual voting (as in electing pro-gun politicians) doesn’t reflect that claim.” (05/18/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3144

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31) Slouching toward Washington
Source: CounterPunch
by James McEnteer

“The corrupt, interminable 2016 presidential primary process has revealed terrible flaws in United States democracy. The biggest takeaway is that our two-party monopoly system is outmoded and inadequate to represent our diverse U.S. population. We need a fresh start, with more, and more open, parties, more closely resembling other western democracies. Too many Americans are now excluded for various reasons, with no say in their own governance.” (05/18/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/18/slouching-toward-washington/

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32) Police and prison guard groups fight marijuana legalization in California
Source: The Intercept
by Lee Fang

“Roughly half of the money raised to oppose a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in California is coming from police and prison guard groups, terrified that they might lose the revenue streams to which they have become so deeply addicted. Drug war money has become a notable source of funding for law enforcement interests. Huge government grants and asset-seizure windfalls benefit police departments, while the constant supply of prisoners keeps the prison business booming.” (05/18/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/05/18/ca-marijuana-measure/

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33) Indicting Hillary
Source: OpEdNews
by William Boardman

“It’s not yet clear whether Hillary Clinton will be indicted. It’s not even clear in the broader sense whether Hillary Clinton should be indicted. But it’s crystal clear that, even on the limited amount of credible evidence now available, Hillary Clinton could be indicted. She could be indicted for what might be characterized as privatizing her government office. That, in effect, is what the Secretary of State did when she moved pretty much all her public government communication to a private email server at her home in Chappaqua, New York. That deployment of a private server for a government official is, as far as we know, unprecedented. The public business of the Secretary of State does not belong in anyone’s private domain. It’s a gross violation of sane and honest public policy. And it’s also illegal.” (05/18/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Indicting-Hillary-by-William-Boardman-Communications_Communications_Evidence_Government-160517-223.html

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34) The alt-right’s “demographic nightmare” is … Texas 2016
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Scott Sumner

“Neoreactionaries seem to think the America of 2060 will be a particularly inhospitable place for white people. And yet white folks are moving to Texas in droves. Indeed the only other state that comes close (in terms of absolute population growth) is Florida, which also has lots of blacks and Hispanics (but not very many Asians). … The alt-right’s looming demographic nightmare is best represented by Texas, a state that is economically quite successful, draws in lots of white migrants from other states, and votes conservative. I wonder what their ideal state looks like? Maybe West Virginia, which is America’s least Hispanic state.” (05/18/16)

https://fee.org/articles/the-alt-rights-demographic-nightmare-is-texas-2016/

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35) Parental choice: A better way to fulfill the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education
Source: Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger

“This month marks the 62nd anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, Oliver Brown et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, which struck down the notion of ‘separate but equal’ public schooling for black students. In spite of the civil rights advances we’ve realized over the past several decades, equal educational opportunities remain out of reach for far too many American school children.” (05/18/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/05/18/parental-choice-a-better-way-to-fulfill-the-legacy-of-brown-v-board-of-education/

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36) Healthcare reform and the candidates
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“No one really expects this year’s presidential campaign to be decided on issues. But in fact, we are heading toward a new record for vacuousness. To see how far we’ve drifted from any connection with the real world, consider just one issue: health-care reform.” (05/18/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/health-care-reform-candidates

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37) In the refugee debate, both sides fear the masses
Source: spiked
by Sadhvi Sharma

“Two opposing views on the EU’s migration crisis made headlines this week. Actress and UN special envoy for refugees Angelina Jolie Pitt and former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove both spoke about migration at the BBC’s ‘World on the Move’ day. Jolie Pitt ‘blasted’ the EU over the refugee crisis, berating heads of state for creating a ‘race to the bottom’ and accusing them of neglecting their responsibilities. Dearlove, meanwhile, warned that the EU faced a ‘populist uprising’ if migration was not kept in check. While it may appear that Jolie Pitt and Dearlove were taking two very different views on the refugee crisis, they were in fact expressing a shared sentiment — a contempt for ordinary people.” (05/18/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/in-the-refugee-debate-both-sides-fear-the-masses-jolie-dearlove/

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38) Indicting incumbency
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“How does that old, pithy anti-term limits slogan go, again? ‘We already have term limits, they’re called indictments!’ Wait … is that it? Must be. This election year — the year of the outsider, the year of unbridled contempt for establishment, Washington, D. C., politicians — has seen only one incumbent congressman defeated by the voters. Just one. It came late last month in the wake of a 29-count felony indictment charging Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) with bribery, theft, bank and mail fraud, racketeering, and more.” (05/18/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/05/18/indicting-incumbency/

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39) Chasing 2 percent inflation
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by John Chapman

“In just two years, inflation targeting (namely, the quest for 2 percent inflation) has gone from the lunatic fringe of economics to mainstream dogma. Much of the allure springs from notions that a little inflation motivates people to speed up spending, thereby greatly increasing the efficacy of central bank stimulus. It is touted as a cure for sagging demand and a defense against the (overly) dreaded deflation.” (05/18/16)

https://mises.org/blog/chasing-2-percent-inflation-really-bad-idea

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40) Crooked Hillary and the rape of Honduras
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The history of US-Honduran relations is the story of endless meddling by Washington on behalf of crony capitalists, notably United Fruit, now known as Chiquita. A series of invasions and military occupations in the early part of the twentieth century — seven between 1903 and 1925 — ensured that American investors would get good returns on their investments, while keeping the restless natives under the boot of local oligarchs. During the cold war era, the Jeanne Kirkpatrick doctrine of preferring ‘pro-American’ dictators to left-wing democrats prevailed, and the Reagan administration used the country as a base for undermining the leftist Sandinista regime …. In 2006, however, change was in the air.” (05/18/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/05/17/crooked-hillary-rape-honduras/

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41) Economics, populist fads, and government
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Governments are organizations where ‘group-think’ is a large part of how they do things. They are unaccountable to the mechanisms of the free market. And they are made up of people (both the elite who supposedly control it and the bureaucrats who exist in and because of it) who are greedy and unable to really comprehend what is in their best interest in the long run. Therefore, government does stupid, bad things to the economies of the societies in which the governments exist. Actually, they often kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. Like many parasites, they are too blind and stupid to realize what they are doing, most of the time.” (05/18/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9018

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42) The Libertarian Angle, 05/17/16
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling continue their discussion about the horrible results stemming from the foreign policy interventions of World War I and World War II.” [various formats] (05/17/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-interventionism-two-world-wars-part-2/

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43) The problem doesn’t stop with Amtrak
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Roderick Long

“This phenomenon of regulatory capture is by no means anomalous, nor is it something that can be fixed by a few simple reforms. On the contrary, it’s the virtually inevitable result of the state’s power to regulate. The interests that benefit from regulatory favoritism tend to be concentrated; the interests that are harmed by it tend to be dispersed. Hence the proponents of regulatory favoritism have more incentive, and opportunity, to lobby for it than its opponents have to lobby against it. So long as the state retains its regulatory powers, then, the weight of economic incentives will continue to push toward policies of cronyism. Indeed, the root of the problem lies within the institution of the state itself.” (05/18/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45002

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44) Free Talk Live, 05/17/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Coming to Liberty Smoking Cannabis :: George Carlin :: Crazy Caller Believes in Civilizations on the Moon :: Moon Landing Conspiracy Theory :: Mirrors on the Moon :: Finding the Libertarian Party :: Tom Leykis :: Who Decides? :: Collective :: Anarchists Endorsing Presidential Candidates :: Agorism :: Blood and Guts Novels :: Austin Ridesharing Crackdown?” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/17/16)

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45) End Selective Service!
Source: Come Home America
by Joey B King

“There is a move in Congress at this time to require 18 year-old women to register for Selective Service. Some say it is about equal rights. I say, the time has come to end the Selective Service System (SSS) altogether.” (05/17/16)

https://comehomeamerica.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/end-selective-service/

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