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In the News:

1) Afghanistan: More than 50 police killed in Helmand attacks
2) Iraq: Families flee as battle for Falluja rages on
3) Jordan: Abdullah dissolves parliament, appoints caretaker PM
4) Holder: Snowden’s actions a public service, but he must be punished
5) Uganda: Museveni to halt military, security ties with North Korea
6) US regime allows female World War 2 pilots to be buried in Arlington
7) Japan: Regime on alert after threat of potential North Korean missile launch
8) UAE: Two Americans acquitted of supporting militants
9) NY: Cuomo to visit prison guard hurt by exploding package
10) Striking Verizon workers to return Wednesday
11) Facebook ads now tracks you, even if you don’t have an account
12) Security theater: White House placed on lockdown after object thrown over gate
13) Australia: Regime to auction $11.5 million of stolen Bitcoin
14) MA: Parishioners vacate their church after 12-year protest
15) Habre convicted of crimes against humanity

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Healing our world is inevitable
17) Be careful who you call “boomer”
18) The party of polling inclusion
19) Hillary Clinton’s emails: Lying in plain sight
20) The costs of immigration are the price of liberalism
21) Revisionist History Day, 2016
22) My son and I are inspired by McDonald’s to discuss economics
23) Here’s how to honor the fallen this Memorial Day by exposing the warmongering lies of government
24) How excellent that people are trying to build houses where people want to live
25) The perverse moral standard of tax-funded charity
26) Politics creates anarchists (true or false?)
27) Bretigne Shaffer on Peaceful Anarchism
28) The Tom Woods Show, episode 670
29) Nullify federal control over what you eat
30) Abolish Memorial Day
31) Disneyland vs. politicians
32) Things that don’t make a libertarian
33) The state of the left: Many movements, too many goals?
34) Trump’s threat to judge is what authoritarianism looks like
35) Historical understanding versus moral appraisal
36) Free Talk Live, 05/29/16
37) Memorial Day is a fraud: The true meaning is worse
38) A two-thousand-foot view of President Obama at Hiroshima
39) Notes on the Libertarian Party convention
40) No, it’s NOT “the soldier”
41) Thank the troops for destroying our country
42) Defying convention
43) When two choices for president aren’t enough
44) Pulpit pandering
45) Regulation is radical extremism

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

1) Afghanistan: More than 50 police killed in Helmand attacks
Source: The Globe and Mail [Canada]

“More than 50 Afghan police have been reported killed over the past two days in heavy fighting around the capital of the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Monday. Helmand has been the scene of major offensives over the past year by Taliban insurgents seeking to overthrow the government, forcing the NATO-led military coalition to deploy hundreds of additional troops to shore up crumbling Afghan security forces.” (05/30/16)

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/more-than-50-afghan-police-killed-fighting-taliban-in-helmand/article30201590/

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2) Iraq: Families flee as battle for Falluja rages on
Source: CNN

“Suad had feared for so long that she would die. A mother in Falluja, Iraq, her city has been at the center of war for more than a dozen years and now it is the epicenter of a battle between ISIS and Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by the United States-led coalition. The coalition’s push to take Falluja from ISIS, which began late Sunday, prompted ISIS gunmen to go door to door in the city and yank men, their wives and children from their homes. … Hundreds of people like Suad and her family have fled the city and its surroundings since the Falluja offensive began last week. More than 500 families have arrived in displacement camps outside the city, the Norwegian Refugee Council said, including almost 300 since Sunday afternoon alone.” (05/30/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/30/middleeast/iraq-operation-falluja/

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3) Jordan: Abdullah dissolves parliament, appoints caretaker PM
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Jordan’s King Abdullah appointed veteran politician and economist Hani al-Mulqi as prime minister after dissolving parliament by royal decree, following the end of its four-year term. The monarch also charged al-Mulqi with scheduling new elections by October. Al-Mulqi, 65, previously served as Jordan’s foreign minister and ambassador to Egypt. The king also accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, as is customary under the constitution, before appointing an interim head of government.” (05/30/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/jordanian-king-appoints-caretaker-pm-to-oversee-new-elections/a-19292404

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4) Holder: Snowden’s actions a public service, but he must be punished
Source: United Press International

“Edward Snowden’s revealing of documents about U.S. surveillance programs was a public service but he must still face punishment, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. … ‘We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made … Now I would say that doing what he did, and the way he did it, was inappropriate and illegal. I think he harmed American interests,’ Holder, who served as attorney general from 2009 to 2015, said.” (05/30/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/05/30/Holder-Snowdens-actions-a-public-service-but-he-must-be-punished/2321464622480/

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5) Uganda: Museveni to halt military, security ties with North Korea
Source: Reuters

“Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said his country would halt security and military cooperation with North Korea, a South Korean official said following a summit in Kampala between Museveni and South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Uganda hosted 45 North Koreans providing police training as recently as December, according to a February report by a United Nations panel of experts. Another report by the panel last year said North Koreans trained Ugandan police on the use of AK-47s and pistols.” (05/29/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-southkorea-uganda-idUSKCN0YK0E3

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6) US regime allows female World War 2 pilots to be buried in Arlington
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The cemetery is where US presidents, honoured military personnel and national heroes are buried. President Barack Obama has recently signed a law that allows the pilots from the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) to buried in the famous cemetery. This is not the first battle they have won in their fight for recognition.” (05/30/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36316118

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7) Japan: Regime on alert after threat of potential North Korean missile launch
Source: ABC News

“Japan’s military has been put on alert, and ordered to prepare to intercept a possible North Korean missile, a government source told Japan’s Kyodo News. Japan’s Defense Minister Gen Nakatani gave the order amid signs that Pyongyang may go ahead with a ballistic missile launch. Patriot Advanced Capability-3 surface-to-air guided interceptors in central Tokyo were readied as a response to Nakatani’s order, and surveillance activities were also stepped up.” (05/30/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/japan-alert-threat-potential-north-korean-missile-launch/story?id=39483016&cid=abcnp_fb

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8) UAE: Two Americans acquitted of supporting militants
Source: Washington Post

“Two U.S. citizens whose imprisonment in the United Arab Emirates had drawn criticism from human rights groups and the Obama administration were acquitted Monday on charges that they had supported militants in Libya, according to their family. Kamal Eldarat, 59, and his son, Mohamed Eldarat, 34, were not immediately released, but taken back to prison following the verdict in the UAE’s highest court, said Amal Eldarat, the daughter and sister of the defendants who heard of the ruling in a call from a U.S. embassy observer in the courtroom.” (05/30/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/two-american-businessmen-acquitted-in-the-united-arab-emirates-of-supporting-militants/2016/05/30/6fbbf5f8-6286-4bb1-8a0c-fd804450132f_story.html

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9) NY: Cuomo to visit prison guard hurt by exploding package
Source: ABC News

“Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to visit a hospital where a New York correction officer is recovering from injuries suffered when he opened a package that exploded at his home. … Authorities say the 52-year-old correction officer suffered serious burns to his hands and arms Sunday morning when he opened a package near his mailbox in the Oneida County town of Lloyd, about 35 miles east of Syracuse.” (05/30/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/gov-cuomo-visit-prison-guard-hurt-exploding-package-39486929

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10) Striking Verizon workers to return Wednesday
Source: USA Today

“Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon (VZ) workers are scheduled to return to work Wednesday after reaching a tentative agreement on a new contract that provides gains for both the communications giant and its employees. The timetable for restoring normal working scheduled was announced Monday, three days after both sides reached an agreement in principle to end a strike that began in April and became one of the broadest U.S. job actions in recent years.” (05/30/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/05/30/striking-verizon-workers-return-wednesday/85155184/

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11) Facebook ads now tracks you, even if you don’t have an account
Source: The Hacker News

“There’s nowhere to hide across the web, especially from the marketing and advertising companies. If you are paranoid about your privacy, you may get upset to know that Facebook will now track and deliver targeted Ads on other apps and websites for everyone, even if you do not have Facebook accounts. Until now, Facebook was showing targeted ads only to its users, but now the social networking giant says it needs extra data to make its ads better.” (05/27/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/05/facebook-ads.html

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12) Security theater: White House placed on lockdown after object thrown over gate
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

“The White House has been placed on lockdown after a woman threw something over the north fence along Pennsylvania Avenue. Reporters were not allowed to venture out of the White House press room and a call to the Secret Service was not immediately returned. However, a woman was detained.” (05/30/16)

http://gazette.com/white-house-placed-on-lockdown-after-object-thrown-over-gate/article/1577175

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13) Australia: Regime to auction $11.5 million of stolen Bitcoin
Source: Newsweek

“Auditors will sell off $11.5 million worth of [stolen] bitcoin in Australia in June, the first such auction to be held outside the United States. Financial services group Ernst and Young announced the auction on Monday, saying it would involve 24,518 bitcoins that had been ‘confiscated as proceeds of crime’ without elaborating further on where the cryptocurrency came from, the BBC reported. The firm did not identify the vendor, but it is believed to be an arm of the Australian government.” (05/30/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/australia-auction-115-million-confiscated-bitcoin-464776

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14) MA: Parishioners vacate their church after 12-year protest
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“A nearly 12-year, round-the-clock protest by the parishioners of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in Scituate, Mass. will come to an end late Monday, when church members will finally leave their church. On Sunday, about 200 parishioners of the Roman Catholic church in the coastal New England town held their last mass after years of protesting the Archdiocese of Boston over its 2004 decision to close their sanctuary. For more than a decade they took turns keeping a vigil, 24/7, to make sure that at least one person was in the church at all times.” (05/30/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2016/0530/Nearly-12-year-protest-over-Mass.-parishioners-vacate-their-church

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15) Habre convicted of crimes against humanity
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Chad’s ex-ruler Hissene Habre has been convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison at a landmark trial in Senegal. The judge convicted him of rape, sexual slavery and ordering killings during his rule from 1982 to 1990. Victims and families of those killed cheered and embraced each other in the courtroom after the verdict was given. It was the first time an African Union-backed court had tried a former ruler for human rights abuses.” (05/30/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36411466

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

16) Healing our world is inevitable
Source: Ruwart.com
by Mary J Ruwart

“Slavery, at least in its most blatant forms, is no longer acceptable in ‘civilized’ society. Women are no longer considered the property of their husbands in developed nations; most people there also consider torture barbaric. The desire to end our own suffering and experience better health and more happiness drives each of us to become Good Neighbors. Truly, it can be — and will be — a win-win world!” (05/30/16)

http://www.ruwart.com/blog/healing-our-world-is-inevitable-from-the-cliff-notes-version-of-healing-our-world.html

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17) Be careful who you call “boomer”
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“Let’s make it as simple as possible: the very heart and soul of libertarianism is the Zero Aggression Principle, which is all about the fundamental human right not to be physically attacked — or threatened with attack — if you have not attacked anybody else. Compared with that, everything else in libertarianism is trivial. Without it, what you have is not libertarianism. but some pale, sickly imitation. Put succinctly, within the ethical bounds of the Zero Aggression Principle, you cannot drop atomic bombs on people’s cities without harming thousands who haven’t harmed you. Nuclear weapons are not special in this context. Even massive fire-bombings, like those of Dresden or Tokyo, are out of the question.” (05/29/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle874-20160529-02.html

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18) The party of polling inclusion
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad

“This is plumbing new depths of pathetic: choosing a candidate not because ‘we need him to win the election,’ or even because ‘we need him to win some polls,’ but because ‘we need him to be included in some polls.’ But hey, it’s going to be all hunky-dory …” (05/30/16)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7150

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19) Hillary Clinton’s emails: Lying in plain sight
Source: The American Spectator
by Debra J Saunders

“Speaking in San Francisco Thursday, Hillary Clinton told supporters that Donald Trump is not fit to be president. ‘He roots for himself,’ the former Secretary of State proclaimed, ‘and that’s the type of person who should not be president of the United States.’ By that standard, Clinton herself has no business running to win the White House.” (05/29/16)

http://spectator.org/hillary-clintons-emails-lying-in-plain-sight/

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20) The costs of immigration are the price of liberalism
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Chris Freiman and Javier Hidalgo

“The worry that immigrants will consume more in government services than they pay in taxes and thus increase citizens’ tax burden is a common one, particularly among libertarians. Suppose for argument’s sake the empirical claim is correct (we doubt that it is, but we won’t press the point). This doesn’t clinch the case for immigration restriction — after all, an increase in the tax burden is a predictable consequence of the exercise of lots of liberal freedoms. You have the right to enroll in any philosophy Ph.D. program that accepts you. But this choice puts you at risk of long-term unemployment and raises your odds of needing unemployment benefits.” (05/30/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/05/the-costs-of-immigration-are-the-price-of-liberalism/

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21) Revisionist History Day, 2016
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Today is Revisionist History Day, what others call Memorial Day. Americans are supposed to remember the country’s war dead while being thankful that they protected our freedom and served our country. However, reading revisionist history (see a sampling below) or alternative news sites (start with Antiwar.com and don’t forget to listen to the Scott Horton Show) teaches that the fallen were doing no such thing. Rather they were and are today serving cynical politicians and the ‘private’ component of the military-industrial complex in the service of the American Empire.” (05/30/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/05/revisionist-history-day-2016.html

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22) My son and I are inspired by McDonald’s to discuss economics
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Thomas knows enough history to know that today’s commercial behemoths — the firms that today seem destined to survive forever, unbeatable, blessed with the touch of Midas — are tomorrow’s pathetic also-rans. That’s the nature of market competition. Think Pullman, Western Electric, Woolworth’s, K-Mart, Sears, Kodak, PanAm, RCA, and General Foods — to name only a few, and only national American, once-giants. (Investors in these firms somehow missed out on the miraculous ‘capital-grows-automatically-and-all-by-itself’ formula that features so prominently in Thomas Piketty’s work.) Anyway, Thomas and I predicted that the day will come when leftists rise up to lament the demise of McDonald’s and of Wal-Mart. My son and I expressed to each other our bemusement at the fact that leftists are as predictably nostalgic for dying firms as they are apoplectic with hostility to whatever firms are today thriving and most profitable.” (05/30/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/05/40894.html

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23) Here’s how to honor the fallen this Memorial Day by exposing the warmongering lies of government
Source: The Free Thought Project
by Claire Bernish

“It’s time, beginning with Memorial Day 2016, to prevent any further unnecessary deaths by exposing the lies of the American empire in corporate and defense profiteering as the now-exclusive driving factors behind its push for war on all fronts. Before jumping to assert this would somehow disrespect those who have died, understand it is precisely because the lives of U.S. troops are precious that we should not allow anyone to die for less than the most noble cause. And the imperialist goals of a crumbling empire simply do not embody a laudable reason to put lives on the line. Exposing mendacious pro-war propaganda for what it is could swiftly change the minds of future soldiers considering devoting their lives to military service.” (05/30/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/honor-fallen-memorial-day-exposing-warmongering-lies-govt/

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24) How excellent that people are trying to build houses where people want to live
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Here is a complaint about something, a complaint about something that we rather cheer. Indeed it cheers us to see this thing happening. The complaint is that builders and developers are trying to build housing where people want to live. It is this thing which we both cheer and cheers us …” (05/30/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/how-excellent-that-people-are-trying-to-build-houses-where-people-want-to-live

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25) The perverse moral standard of tax-funded charity
Source: PanAm Post
by Maria Marty

“Imagine this scenario: You arrive home after a hard day’s work, sit down, get off your feet a little while — and then you hear a knock at the door. It’s a stranger, claiming to be your neighbor. Before you can say hello, he asks for what you owe him. You look at him blankly for a second, confused. ‘I don’t understand what you’re talking about,’ you say. So he responds on clearer terms, asking for his share of your income.” (05/30/16)

https://panampost.com/maria-marty/2016/05/30/the-perverse-morals-of-charity-taxes/

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26) Politics creates anarchists (true or false?)
Source: Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

“My (dear, departed) father was active for some time — a few years, perhaps — with the LP, decades ago. Later, he declared himself (at least quietly, to me) an anarchist. He was a peace loving man, and never quite grokked the vital importance of guns in peaceful hands to a free society. But, aside from that … I guess I’m a chip off the old block, since I repeated precisely the same pattern years after he did it — got actively involved with the L.P.; collecting signatures, stuffing envelopes, delivering yard signs, waving signs on street corners, making phone calls, the whole shebang — and ultimately I came face to face with the hideous nature of politics.” (05/27/16)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=3175

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27) Bretigne Shaffer on Peaceful Anarchism
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Bretigne Shaffer. Herein we discussed Urban Yogini and why she wrote it, Batman similarities, order followers and the belief in authority, is Batman a Statist, legal plunder, law enforcement, Detroit Threat Management Center, Uber for Healthcare, Uber for Massage Therapists, Soothe, Josh Umbehr with Atlas MD, First They Came For The Anti-Vaxers, Bought — Vaccine Documentary, vaccine lunacy, aggression by disease, Gerson Therapy, a gymnastics story, healthy skepticism and more!” [MP3] (05/30/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/bretigne-shaffer-author-of-the-urban-yogini-a-superhero-that-cannot-use-violence/

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28) The Tom Woods Show, episode 670
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The American people give vastly more in philanthropic donations on a percentage basis than anyone in the world. This is the best-kept secret in American textbooks. Any schoolboy would have the impression that government intervention is required in order to get things done — after all, who else is going to do it? The suppressed history of American philanthropy is fascinating and compelling, and our expert guest takes us through this important part of American history and culture.” [various formats] (05/27/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-670-private-philanthropy-the-subject-your-history-textbook-left-out/

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29) Nullify federal control over what you eat
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“Constitutionally, food safety falls within the powers reserved to the states and the people. The feds have no authority to enforce food safety laws within the border of a state. Nevertheless, federal agencies still want more control over America’s food supply, and they go great lengths to get it.” (05/30/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/05/30/nullify-federal-control-over-what-you-eat/

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30) Abolish Memorial Day
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The abolition of historical memory is one of the worst aspects of modernity: it is certainly the most depressing. For the modern man, it’s an effort to recall what happened last week, never mind the last century. The news cycle spins madly and ever-faster, and the result is that we are lost in the blur of Now: for all intents and purposes, we are a people without a history, who recall past events — if we remember them at all — as one would summon a vague and confusing dream.” (originally published 2012; posted 05/30/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/05/29/abolish-memorial-day-2/

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31) Disneyland vs. politicians
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Do congressmen wait months to get a medical appointment? No. Then why not close the VA and give veterans the same healthcare coverage as our (pardon the term) representatives?” (05/30/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/05/30/disneyland-vs-politicians/

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32) Things that don’t make a libertarian
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by C Jay Engel

“Gary Johnson, who doesn’t believe business owners should be able to discriminate their customers, just today became the Libertarian Party nominee. Yes, this individual who couldn’t even define the libertarian framework, is the nominee of a party that has the label ‘libertarian’ on it.” [editor’s note: On the other hand, Engel seems to want to re-define “libertarian” to mean “paleo-conservative” in line with the defections of the formerly libertarian Mises Institute et. al – TLK] (05/29/16)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/blog/things-that-dont-make-a-libertarian/

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33) The state of the left: Many movements, too many goals?
Source: CounterPunch
by Ron Jacobs

“The Sanders campaign has proven a couple of important things about today’s political reality in the United States. 1) A substantial number of Americans are interested in redistributing wealth and making government work for the 99 percent 2.) That is impossible within the current electoral system in the United States. The only way a genuine redistribution of wealth will occur in the United States is when there is a Left broad enough and grand enough to force the hand of the capitalists who run this land.” (05/30/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/30/the-state-of-the-left-many-movements-too-many-goals/

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34) Trump’s threat to judge is what authoritarianism looks like
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Walter Olson

“Last night, before a convention center filled with his followers in San Diego, presidential candidate Donald Trump chose to launch a lengthy diatribe against the local federal judge hearing the case against his Trump University. Trump said Judge Gonzalo Curiel, of the Southern District of California, should recuse himself, but cited no reasons for why other than that he had been appointed by Obama and had repeatedly ruled against Trump’s lawyers. In his rambling remarks, Trump also referred to Judge Curiel as ‘Mexican’: the jurist, previously the chief federal prosecutor for drug cases in southern California, was born in Indiana.” (05/30/16)

https://fee.org/articles/trumps-threat-to-judge-is-what-authoritarianism-looks-like/

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35) Historical understanding versus moral appraisal
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“To understand history, we must, as it were, enter into the minds of people in the past — a task that we can never accomplish except in a very incomplete way. We must try to understand how they viewed the choices they made, what various actions and categories of action meant to them. By looking at their world through their eyes, understanding their motives, incentives, and constraints as they understood them, we may construct a warranted historical interpretation of why they acted as they did.” (05/30/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/05/30/historical-understanding-versus-moral-appraisal/

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36) Free Talk Live, 05/29/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Libertarian Party Post-Mortem :: Republican Takeover of the Libertarian Party :: Taxpayer Funding to Ruin the LP? :: Darryl W Perry Calls In :: Mark Doesn’t Get It :: Attacking Political Competition :: Baking Cakes :: SaveatPurse.com Abusive :: Bad Meat for Poor People? :: Will Coley Reflects on the LP VP Nomination :: Republican Infiltrators :: Raising Pigs.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/29/16)

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37) Memorial Day is a fraud: The true meaning is worse
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“The celebration of Memorial Day should not be about the soldiery, it should be a mass wake and reflection on the untold millions of innocents detained, kidnapped, injured, napalmed, fire-bombed, incinerated, shot, mutilated, tortured and murdered by the barbaric and naked grasping of the American central government for ever-increasing power and control at home and abroad.” (05/28/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4738

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38) A two-thousand-foot view of President Obama at Hiroshima
Source: Fox News
by Gillian Turner

“I applaud President Obama’s decision to visit Hiroshima, Japan, the site of the world’s first atomic blast, which occurred 71 years ago in the midst of the Second World War. We as Americans can debate the merits of the messaging that accompanied his visit — was it appropriate? Was it implicitly apologetic? Was it timely? (It is Memorial Day weekend, after all) — from now until eternity, but his decision to undertake this trip is categorically a smart one and deserves a solid defense.” (05/27/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/05/27/gillian-turner-two-thousand-foot-view-president-obama-at-hiroshima.html

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39) Notes on the Libertarian Party convention
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jeff Deist

“Former governor Gary Johnson managed to win the nomination handily, despite coming into the convention with no momentum and facing a loud #neverJohnson contingent. His curious choice of another former governor in William Weld, the distinctly illibertarian darling of Beltway Republicans in the 80s and 90s, now makes sense — the establishment want to their man to oversee things and temper the LP’s excesses. But to overcome the ‘two old white men’ obstacle, they will both need to work overtime to establish their social justice warrior bona fides. And Johnson himself doesn’t seem very libertarian at all, either when speaking or in his stated policy beliefs (e.g. gay cake baking, freedom of association, even Hiroshima!). His Achilles heel will be the perception that he represents libertarian-lite, driving away many libertarian votes as a result.” (05/29/16)

https://mises.org/blog/notes-libertarian-party-convention

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40) No, it’s NOT “the soldier”
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“Every Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, Americans are subjected to endless reruns of an ‘inspirational’ (cringingly stupid) poem by Charles Province, written in 1970: ‘The Soldier.’ ‘It is the Soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion.’ The poem restates the same basic principle in regard to a series of other freedoms: It’s not the reporter who gave us freedom of the press, or the campus organizer who gave us freedom to protest, or the lawyer who gave us the right to a fair trial; in every case, it is — you guessed it — the Soldier ‘who has given us’ our freedoms. To see what nonsense this is, we need only consider who the rights to freedom of religion, press, assembly and a fair trial are supposed to protect us against.” (05/30/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45009

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41) Thank the troops for destroying our country
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“While Americans are expected to thank the troops for their service all year long, today — Memorial Day — we are called upon to thank them even more profusely. The idea is that since the troops are defending our country and protecting our rights and freedoms, we should express our gratitude to them. But there is just one big problem with that picture: In actuality, the troops are destroying our country and our fundamental rights and freedoms. That’s not something any American should be grateful for.” (05/30/16)

http://fff.org/2016/05/30/thank-troops-destroying-country/

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42) Defying convention
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Andrew Ferguson

“In Party news of actual note, if there were any GOP takeover on the cards, it proved abortive on the day. The Radical Caucus was in full force at the bylaws and platform meetings, with several members patrolling the ballroom aisles with neon lightsabers and signs emblazoned with thumbs — if the caucus supported a motion, the sabers glowed green and the thumbs turned up; if not, then a red gleam and thumbs down. Their biggest success on the day was defeating an effort to delete the ‘personal conscience’ abortion plank in the LP platform — led, many suspected, by Republican refugees, although there was also a group seeking to delete that plank in order to replace it with one more explicitly supporting a pro-choice position.” (05/27/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1557

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43) When two choices for president aren’t enough
Source: In These Times
by Joel Bleifuss

“If you rank the 34 industrialized nations that are members of the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) by the percentage of the voting-age citizens who cast ballots in their latest national elections, the United States comes in fourth-to-last. In the 2012 general election, 47 percent of voting-age Americans stayed home. One way to increase turnout would be to switch to a voting system that actually encourages participation, such as ranked choice voting (RCV).” (05/30/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19131/when-two-choices-arent-enough

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44) Pulpit pandering
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“[T]he President of the United States along with every other official, elected or otherwise, of the federal and all state governments are required to support the Constitution, but none of them shall ever be required to submit to any religious test as a qualification for office. Why is it then that a large group our nation’s most prominent Evangelical leaders, (including Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd, James Dobson, Ralph Reed, Penny Nance, Bob McEwen, Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association, Kelly Shackleford of First Liberty, and mega-church pastors Jack Graham and Ed Young), have successfully talked Donald Trump into meeting with them privately before the GOP convention? I’ll tell you why. It’s because they’re going to subject Trump to their own private religious test as a qualification for giving him their political support in the 2016 presidential election.” (05/30/16)

https://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/05/pulpit-pandering.html

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45) Regulation is radical extremism
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“I am driven by a love of personal responsibility, individual rights, free enterprise, and private property rights. At one time these values would have labeled me a conservative. The conservative preference of an earlier era was to keep the tentacles of the state out of life. This doesn’t seem to be what mainstream political conservatives want anymore.” (05/26/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/05/26/mcmanigal-regulation-is-radical-extremism/

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