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Volume XVI, Issue #3,988
Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
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In the News:

1) SCOTUS rules for baker in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
2) Jordan: Protests lead to ouster of prime minister Hani Mulki
3) Trump throws national anthem tantrum, won’t let fans meet Eagles at White House
4) McAfee to run for president (again) on pro-cryptocurrency platform
5) GAO: US black lung fund will need taxpayer bailout if coal tax falls
6) NV: MGM Resorts reaches tentative deal with Las Vegas unions
7) Sailor, pardoned by Trump, plans to sue Obama
8) Guatemala: Dozens die as Fuego volcano erupts
9) Poll: Most Americans oppose businesses refusing to serve gay people
10) NY: 30-year-old evictee leaves parents’ home with help from Alex Jones
11) Schultz to step down as Starbucks executive chairman
12) ME: Bush released from hospital
13) North Korea: Kim Jong Un’s firing of top military leaders could mean armed forces not happy about denuclearization
14) Gmail, which isn’t broken, will be fixed in July
15) Anti-poverty group denied access to Kentucky Capitol
16) Microsoft confirms it’s acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion
17) Australia: Commonwealth Bank agrees to $700 million fine for protecting customers’ privacy
18) SCOTUS throws out lower court decision that allowed immigrant teen to obtain abortion
19) Trump: “I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?”
20) Afghanistan: Islamic clerics hit by bomber right after suicide attack fatwa

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The celebrity pardoner
22) The limits of presidential self-criticism
23) The emergency destruction of American liberty
24) The moral infantilism of the pro-life lobby
25) Feds take credit but right to try was won in the states
26) It’s time to put Israel on trial
27) Six facts about the brewing US-EU trade war
28) Israel: The border is always ready to blow up
29) What the Supreme Court got wrong in its gay wedding cake decision
30) Decentralizing cryptocurrency is hard
31) Why Trump should worry about SCOTUS cakeshop ruling
32) Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling tastes good, but is empty calories
33) The euro isn’t dead (yet)
34) SCOTUS decision says my faith is welcomed back in America
35) Religious liberty wins small
36) Yes, Virginia, Medicaid expansion will harm the poor
37) The first (and most important) First Amendment
38) With cake-shop ruling, high court urges respect for both sides
39) How Trump’s tariffs will harm national security
40) Whoever controls the narrative controls the world
41) Costco execs owe workers a giant apology in addition to those raises
42) Latest thoughts on Brexit: Its decay, Italy (and Ireland), cars, and giving up British citizenship
43) The nasty surprises that plague our healthcare system
44) Quantum Vibe, 06/04/18
45) “Hell to pay” for hurricane death statistics in Puerto Rico
46) Is Trump using his pardon powers the right way?
47) Neoliberalism is the worst system, except for all the others
48) Why Trump’s higher tariffs now are unlikely to result in lower tariffs later
49) Free market capitalism as the antidote to the world’s ills
50) Cognitive estrangement

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 06/04/18
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/04/18
53) Scott Adams Says, 06/04/18
54) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 350
55) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 202
56) Free Talk Live, 06/03/18
57) Anarcho Agenda, episode 69
58) Freedom Feens Radio, 06/03/18
59) The Anarchist Experience, episod 167
60) The Bob Zadek Show, 06/03/18

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

1) SCOTUS rules for baker in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
Source: CNN

“The Supreme Court ruled narrowly in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake to celebrate the marriage of a same sex couple because of a religious objection. The ruling was 7-2. The court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed hostility toward the baker based on his religious beliefs. The ruling is a win for baker Jack Phillips but leaves unsettled the broader constitutional questions the case presented.” [editor’s note: Basically the court ruled that the Civil Rights Commission were openly/actively prejudiced against his beliefs and didn’t make an unbiased ruling. The court didn’t reach the actual issues involved e.g. freedom of association, freedom of religion, property rights, etc. So while it’s nice that Phillips prevailed, it doesn’t really settle anything foundational – TLK] (06/04/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/04/politics/masterpiece-colorado-gay-marriage-cake-supreme-court/index.html

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2) Jordan: Protests lead to ouster of prime minister Hani Mulki
Source: Newsweek

“In an attempt to quell the protests that have rocked one of the Middle East’s most stable countries over the past week, Jordan’s King Abdullah asked the country’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki to resign on Monday. Hundreds of thousands of Jordanians had taken to the streets in opposition to a proposed tax hike in what became the largest protests the country had seen in years. Jordan has remained a bulwark of peace and stability in a region rocked by armed conflict, but international economists claimed that the country still needed to make serious economic reforms. Jordan is heavily reliant on international aid and has a national debt equal to around 95 percent of its gross domestic product.” (06/04/18)

http://www.newsweek.com/jordan-protests-lead-ouster-prime-minister-956812

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3) Trump throws national anthem tantrum, won’t let fans meet Eagles at White House
Source: Fox News

“President Trump announced Monday the Philadelphia Eagles will not visit the White House this week to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl win amid the national anthem dispute. Trump, in a statement, said the team is ‘unable’ to visit the ceremony because they don’t agree with his belief that NFL players should ‘proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.’ The Eagles, who won Super Bowl LII in February, apparently wanted to send a smaller group of players — as a handful did not plan to attend — but Trump seemingly uninvited the entire team.” (06/04/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/04/trump-says-philadelphia-eagles-wont-attend-white-house-ceremony-amid-national-anthem-dispute.html

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4) McAfee to run for president (again) on pro-cryptocurrency platform
Source: CNet News

“Antivirus software pioneer. One-time fugitive. Cryptocurrency evangelist. And now US presidential candidate for 2020. John McAfee sure knows how to make a splash. McAfee announced his candidacy on Sunday and tied it to his current role in promoting cryptocurrencies. ‘I believe this will best serve the crypto community by providing the ultimate campaign platform for us,’ he said. … This isn’t McAfee’s first presidential rodeo. He also ran during the 2016 election cycle as a Libertarian Party candidate, though he lost the party’s nomination to former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson. ‘If asked again by the Libertarian party, I will run with them. If not, I will create my own party,’ McAfee said in his tweet.” (06/04/18)

https://www.cnet.com/news/john-mcafee-running-for-us-president-on-pro-cryptocurrency-platform/

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5) GAO: US black lung fund will need taxpayer bailout if coal tax falls
Source: Reuters

“A federal fund to help U.S. coal miners disabled by black lung disease will require a multibillion-dollar taxpayer bailout if Congress does not extend or increase the tax on coal production that funds it, according to a government report on Monday. Coal companies are currently required to pay a $1.10 per ton tax on underground coal production to finance the federal Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, which pays medical and living expenses for eligible miners, but that amount is scheduled to revert to the 1977 level of 50 cents. … Cases of black lung, an incurable illness caused by inhaling coal dust, are rising to levels not seen in decades as miners plumb the depths of played-out coal seams using heavy blasting equipment, according to government health officials. The fund that helps them is already roughly $6 billion in debt, as revenue since it was created in the 1970s has failed to keep up with outflows.” (06/04/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-coal-blacklung/u-s-black-lung-fund-will-need-taxpayer-bailout-if-coal-tax-falls-gao-idUSKCN1J029I

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6) NV: MGM Resorts reaches tentative deal with Las Vegas unions
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

“With the two largest employer groups on the Strip reaching tentative labor agreements over the weekend, Las Vegas tourists can rest assured that service at resorts won’t be disrupted. MGM Resorts International, the state’s largest hotel operator by employees, late Saturday joined Caesars Entertainment Corp. in approving new five-year contracts with Culinary Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165.” (06/04/18)

https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/casinos-gaming/mgm-resorts-reaches-tentative-deal-with-las-vegas-unions/

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7) Sailor, pardoned by Trump, plans to sue Obama
Source: The Hill

“A former Navy sailor who was pardoned by President Trump is planning to sue former President Obama and other members of his administration for subjecting him to what he calls unequal protection under the law. A lawyer for Kristian Saucier, who was pardoned by Trump in March, told Fox News on Monday that he plans to file a lawsuit accusing Obama, former FBI Director James Comey, the Justice Department and others of improperly handling the former sailor’s case. Saucier, who served one year in prison for mishandling classified information by taking photos onboard a nuclear submarine, alleges that Obama administration officials treated his case differently than how they handled Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as secretary of State.” (06/04/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/390631-ex-navy-sailor-who-used-clinton-defense-and-was-pardoned-by-trump

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8) Guatemala: Dozens die as Fuego volcano erupts
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Guatemala’s most violent volcanic eruption in more than a century has killed 62 people, officials say. Dozens more are missing, the country’s disaster agency says, and it is feared the death toll could rise. Villages on the slopes of Fuego volcano were buried in volcanic ash, mud and rocks during Sunday’s 16-hour eruption. Pyroclastic flows, which are fast-moving mixtures of very hot gas and volcanic matter, rushed down the mountainside and engulfed villages. President Jimmy Morales has declared three days of national mourning.” (06/04/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44350974

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9) Poll: Most Americans oppose businesses refusing to serve gay people
Source: Raw Story

“Nearly three quarters of U.S. adults believe that businesses should not have the right on religious grounds to deny services to customers based on their sexual orientation, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday showed. The findings of the poll, conducted Friday to Monday, were issued on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a baker from Colorado who had refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, citing his Christian beliefs. In the poll, 72 percent of respondents said business owners, because of their religious beliefs, should not be allowed to refuse to serve customers based on sexual orientation, while 14 percent said they do have that right. Another 9 percent said businesses have the right ‘only in certain circumstances’ and 6 percent said they do not know. ” [editor’s note: And they have a perfectly good right to oppose, boycott, organize social-media campaigns, and peacefully put those other people out of business; they do NOT have the right (no matter what the law says) to decide how those other people should conduct their own private business dealings – SAT] (06/04/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/americans-oppose-businesses-refusing-serve-gay-people-reuters-ipsos-poll

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10) NY: 30-year-old evictee leaves parents’ home with help from Alex Jones
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The 30-year-old man whose eviction from his parents’ suburban home drew national attention finally left Friday, hours before a court-ordered deadline, with financial help from right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Michael Rotondo honked and waved to reporters as he pulled out of the driveway of his parents’ split-level ranch in Camillus, New York, 2 ½ hours before the noon deadline set by a judge last week. He said his parents had said goodbye, ‘more or less,’ and got his rumbling station wagon running after some false starts, according to the Post-Standard of Syracuse. Rotondo had avoided TV crews staked out on the upstate New York road earlier Friday morning by leaving from the back, but returned around 9:30 a.m. in the passenger seat of a pickup truck. He loaded a cooler and garbage bags full of items into the truck then dealt with the station wagon, which has a broken coolant system, according to the newspaper.” (06/04/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/30-year-old-evicted-by-parents-meets-deadline-to-12959977.php

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11) Schultz to step down as Starbucks executive chairman
Source: Fox Business News

“Howard Schultz, the Starbucks executive who oversaw the Seattle coffeehouse chain’s global expansion, will step down as the company’s executive chairman of the board on June 26, the company confirmed on Monday. Schultz, 64, spent four decades working at Starbucks. He served as the company’s CEO from 1987 to 2000 and returned to the role for a second stint from 2008 to 2016, when he was replaced by current CEO Kevin Johnson. ‘I set out to build a company that my father, a blue-collar worker and World War II veteran, never had a chance to work for,’ Schultz wrote in a letter to Starbucks employees. ‘Together we’ve done that, and so much more, by balancing profitability and social conscience, compassion and rigor, and love and responsibility.’ Starbucks shares slid in after-hours trading on the announcement.” (06/04/18)

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/howard-schultz-to-step-down-as-starbucks-executive-chairman

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12) ME: Bush released from hospital
Source: New York Post

“Former President George H.W. Bush has been released from a hospital in Maine after receiving treatment for low blood pressure, family spokesman Jim McGrath said on Monday. … Bush, 93, was taken to Southern Maine Health Care on May 27 shortly after he arrived at Kennebunkport, the coastal Maine town where the Bush family spends the summer months. Bush, the father of former President George W. Bush, was also hospitalized in Houston for an infection in April a day after his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, was buried.” (06/04/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/06/04/george-h-w-bush-released-from-maine-hospital/

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13) North Korea: Kim Jong Un’s firing of top military leaders could mean armed forces not happy about denuclearization
Source: USA Today

“Kim Jong Un’s overhaul of his top military leadership a week before a planned summit with President Trump may be a sign that the North Korean leader is worried about opposition from the country’s powerful armed forces as he heads into the talks, some analysts said Monday. All three of North Korea’s top military officials have been replaced, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Sunday, citing an unnamed intelligence official. ‘He’s probably got fairly broad pushback from his military,’ said Bruce Bennett, an analyst at RAND Corp. ‘He is still facing some real threats.’ The level of those threats could have a direct impact on the summit scheduled for June 12 in Singapore and raise questions about how independent Kim can be in negotiating with Trump. Opposition from the country’s powerful armed forces could limit how far Kim is willing to go in dismantling his nuclear arsenal. At a minimum Kim could cite those concerns to Trump as an excuse for moving slowly with denuclearization, Bennett said.” (06/04/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/06/04/kim-jong-un-north-korea-fires-military-leaders/669245002

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14) Gmail, which isn’t broken, will be fixed in July
Source: Engadget

“Google made it clear from the outset that it was merely matter of time before the new Gmail design reached everyone, and now we know when that’s happening. The internet giant has promised ‘general availability’ of the reworked Gmail in July, with G Suite administrators having options to stagger the transition by either letting users opt-in on their own schedule or making them wait four weeks. Don’t think you can cling to the old ways forever, though. Google notes that it’ll automatically transition users to the new Gmail about eight weeks after the general release. You’ll still have an opt-out choice for another four weeks, but after that it’s lights out — you’ll switch to the new version with no choice to revert to the old client.” (06/04/18)

https://www.engadget.com/2018/06/04/gmail-redesign-reaches-everyone-in-july/

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15) Anti-poverty group denied access to Kentucky Capitol
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Anti-poverty activists were denied group access into Kentucky’s Capitol on Monday following an outdoor rally where the nation’s first work requirements for Medicaid were denounced. About 400 people demonstrated in front of the statehouse, and many then marched to the front doors of the Capitol in hopes of entering. They were greeted by uniformed officers, and the group’s leader was told only two demonstrators could enter at a time. When those two exited, another two would be allowed inside, rally members were told. ‘So you’re going to literally block us from our constitutional right?’ asked the Rev. William Barber, co-chairman of the Poor People’s Campaign, which helped organize the rally.” (06/04/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Group-protests-Medicaid-work-requirements-in-12965971.php

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16) Microsoft confirms it’s acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion
Source: The Verge

“After reports emerged that the software giant was in talks to acquire GitHub, Microsoft is making it official today. This is Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s second big acquisition, following the $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn two years ago. GitHub was last valued at $2 billion back in 2015, and Microsoft is paying $7.5 billion in stock for the company in a deal that should close later this year. GitHub is a large code repository that has become very popular with developers and companies hosting entire projects, documentation, and code. Apple, Amazon, Google, and many other big tech companies use GitHub. There are 85 million repositories hosted on GitHub, and 28 million developers contribute to them.” (06/04/18)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/4/17422788/microsoft-github-acquisition-official-deal

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17) Australia: Commonwealth Bank agrees to $700 million fine for protecting customers’ privacy
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The Commonwealth Bank has agreed to pay $700m to settle civil proceedings relating to breaches of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws. If the federal court accepts the offer it will be the largest civil penalty in Australia’s corporate history. The announcement follows court-ordered mediation between CBA and the government’s financial intelligence agency, Austrac. The deal would close civil proceedings against CBA, which began 10 months ago. In August Austrac announced it was suing CBA for 53,700 alleged breaches of money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws. The case related to CBA’s use of intelligent deposit machines, a type of ATM launched in 2012, which let customers anonymously deposit and transfer cash. The investigation, undertaken in partnership with federal police, NSW police and Western Australia police, found that the machines were being used to launder the illicit proceeds of crime.” (06/04/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jun/04/commonwealth-bank-agrees-to-pay-700m-to-settle-money-laundering-lawsuit

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18) SCOTUS throws out lower court decision that allowed immigrant teen to obtain abortion
Source: Washington Post

“The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a lower court’s decision that allowed an undocumented immigrant teenager to obtain an abortion over the protests of the Trump administration. The action, which came in an unsigned opinion without noted dissents, throws out a precedent that might allow other teenagers in the same circumstance to obtain an abortion. But the court did not agree with a request by the president’s lawyers that American Civil Liberties Union lawyers who represented the girl be disciplined for their actions in the case. Justice Department lawyers said they thought they had a deal with the girl’s lawyers last year that would have given them time to appeal a ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that allowed the abortion. Instead, the girl was able to have an abortion before the government lawyers filed, making their request moot and opening the administration to criticism from antiabortion groups that the Justice Department moved too slowly. … The Trump administration has enacted a policy of preventing access to abortion services — even though the government is not asked to pay for the procedure — for pregnant teens held in government-funded centers after crossing the border illegally.” (06/04/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-throws-out-lower-court-decision-that-allowed-immigrant-teenager-to-obtain-abortion/2018/06/04/50a59ba4-67f5-11e8-bea7-c8eb28bc52b1_story.html

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19) Trump: “I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?”
Source: Chicago Tribune

[Editor’s note — Yes, this is ALL editor’s note, including a headline changed to include the full sentence from the tweet containing “PARDON myself” for context, unlike most MSM headlines. Here’s some more context: “The President … shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” That’s from Article 2, Section 2, and while there’s more in that section, there’s nothing saying “except that he can’t use that power with respect to himself.” So laugh if you want, but on a plain reading, yes, he could one-up Nixon and pardon himself if accused of a crime instead of trusting Pence to do so. In fact, I predict that if he or any of his close family members are indicted, he’ll issue a stack of pardons, including one for himself, right before resigning – TLK] (06/04/18)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-self-pardon-20180604-story.html

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20) Afghanistan: Islamic clerics hit by bomber right after suicide attack fatwa
Source: CBS News

“An attack targeting a meeting of Afghanistan’s top religious body on Monday left at least seven people dead and nine others wounded, according to Kabul police. Ghafor Aziz, the police chief of Kabul’s 5th District, said officers were working to secure the area after the attack. A suicide bomber struck at one of the entrances of the compound where the meeting of the religious body, known as the Afghan Ulema Council, was taking place in the traditional tent of the Loya Jirga, or the council of elders. … Around 2,000 members of the council had gathered for the Loya Jirga, which earlier on Monday issued an Islamic ruling, or a fatwa, declaring that suicide attacks ‘haram,’ or forbidden under Islamic law. The explosion struck as the gathering was ending and the participants were about to leave. ” (06/04/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/afghanistan-loya-jirga-suicide-bomb-attack-kabul-islamic-clerics-fatwa/

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

21) The celebrity pardoner
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Cast your memory back to the bygone presidential campaign when a young, freshmen senator named Barack Obama was filling up stadiums with people chanting ‘Yes, we can.’ His supporters saw an inspiring leader. For his detractors, the spectacle was absurd. The nation needed a statesman. And here were Democrats treating their nominee as if he was a celebrity. That negative perception ultimately became the subject of a John McCain television ad …. Now Donald Trump is in the White House after victories in the Republican primaries and the electoral college inseparable from his longstanding celebrity. He spent years as a reality-TV star. But his supporters saw no contradiction. He repeatedly promised that he would side with the common man against lawless elites in order to Make America Great Again. What’s amazing is how many still believe him, even as he illustrates that the common man is nothing to him compared to lawbreaking celebrities.” (06/04/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/the-celebrity-pardoner/561872/

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22) The limits of presidential self-criticism
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“‘What if we were wrong?’ That’s a statement from President Obama in the days following the election of Donald Trump, as reported in what looks like a fascinating new book by Benjamin Rhodes, a longtime advisor to the former president. The book is reported to be a coming to terms, a much-needed reckoning, a dust-settling account of how so many could have been so spectacularly wrong. The statement itself sounds promising. … For [Obama] and his class of public intellectuals, politicians, advisors, and managerial elites, there was no problem in the world that couldn’t be corrected with the right combinations of carrots and sticks as created through legislation, administrative edict, or some other government intervention. The idea of just letting things alone to fix themselves, or observing or even celebrating the productive power of freedom, has been essentially inconceivable to this class of people, whose thought on public life has been shaped by an echo chamber of pseudo-scientific theories of public management pushed in academia for most of these last 100 years.” (06/04/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/limits-presidential-self-criticism

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23) The emergency destruction of American liberty
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Emergencies are the time-honored method by which people lose their freedom. That’s because public officials use emergencies as a way to acquire totalitarian powers, under the rationale that they need such powers to keep people ‘safe.’ Of course, officials usually make it clear that the totalitarian powers will only be ‘temporary.’ As soon as the emergency is over, they say, the powers will be canceled and things will return to normal. … the people who crafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights declined to insert an emergency exception to the prohibition on the federal government to adopt and exercise totalitarian powers.” (06/04/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/06/04/the-emergency-destruction-of-american-liberty/

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24) The moral infantilism of the pro-life lobby
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“The core belief of the pro-life lobby is that where it is serious and moral, its opponents, the pro-choice people, care only for convenience. We have been got at by the cult of consumerism, apparently, and now we treat even babies as throwaway objects. Our god is expedience. We want the easy life, free of both moral depth and the burden of responsibility, while the pro-life lobby elevates what is right over what is easy, and what is good over what makes people feel good. This is a self-delusion. Arguably it is the opposite of the truth. The morality of the pro-life lobby is in fact incredibly wanting. There is a moral infantilism, even moral cretinism, to their sanctification of fetal life at the expense of a woman’s exercise of her individual autonomy. They speak in the language of morality and responsibility and consequence, but their willingness to sanction coercion to make individuals continue pregnancies they do not want suggests they have no serious understanding of these moral categories.” (06/04/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-moral-cretinism-of-the-pro-life-lobby/

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25) Feds take credit but right to try was won in the states
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“On May 30, Pres. Donald Trump signed a federal Right to Try Act into law. The new law will allow terminally ill patients to access investigational treatments that have not received final FDA approval. During the signing ceremony, Trump said, ‘With the ‘Right to Try’ Law I am signing today, patients with life-threatening illnesses will finally have access to experimental treatments that could improve or even cure their conditions.’ But Trump’s victory speech was a bit tardy. In reality, patients in 40 U.S. states already had access to experimental treatments thanks to state Right to Try laws. The federal Right to Try Act is an example of the feds arriving late to a party.” (06/04/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/06/04/feds-take-credit-but-right-to-try-was-won-in-the-states/

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26) It’s time to put Israel on trial
Source: In These Times
by Joel Bleifuss

“In December 1948, the New York Times published a letter by 27 American Jewish intellectuals, including Albert Einstein and Hannah Arendt, warning of ‘the dangers to Israel’ posed by the far-right Freedom Party (Herut). The letter described how the party’s militia had killed ‘most of the inhabitants–240 men, women and children’ of the Arab village of Deir Yassin, except for a few that were kept ‘alive to parade as captives through the streets of Jerusalem.’ The signatories denounced Herut leader Menachem Begin and urged ‘all concerned not to support this latest manifestation of fascism.’ In 1973, Herut merged with other parties to form Likud, the party now chaired by current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu, who governs in coalition with other right-wing parties, has proven every bit as violent as the Herut thugs of yesteryear. This year, from March 30 to May 15, tens of thousands of Palestinians demonstrated at the barbed wire fence that surrounds Gaza to protest the Israeli blockade, the moving of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and their confinement to the crowded and immiserated Gaza Strip.” (06/04/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21180/israel_palestine_likud_icc_hague_protest

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27) Six facts about the brewing US-EU trade war
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Late last week, President Donald Trump announced he would impose steel and aluminum tariffs against U.S. allies across the transatlantic sphere. Here are the facts you need to know …” (06/04/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/06/04/6-facts-about-brewing-us-eu-trade-war

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28) Israel: The border is always ready to blow up
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“The sirens screamed at 7 a.m. one morning last week in Israeli communities near the Gaza border. A few seconds later mortar shells started falling. One landed in a kindergarten playground, empty because of the early hour. All around Israel, through the day and into the night, cell phones flashed news of red alerts in the region around Gaza as shells and rockets came in. And into the night, Israeli Air Force jets bombed Hamas and Islamic Jihad arms stores in the coastal strip. Unusually, there were no reports of people killed. But bulletins pointed out, in case you weren’t already thinking it, that this was the fiercest exchange of fire between Gaza and Israel since 2014. You knew the script, from 2014 and before that 2008: mortar shells or rockets, followed by air strikes, followed by mortars, and so on. Followed by war. The next morning, Wednesday, at 5:15, the last salvo came from Gaza. Then quiet. You woke up to the news of an unofficial ceasefire and felt knots in your shoulders that you hadn’t noticed earlier unknot.” (06/04/18)

http://prospect.org/article/border-always-ready-blow

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29) What the Supreme Court got wrong in its gay wedding cake decision
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“The US Supreme Court today ruled 7-2 in favor of a Denver small business owner who has been threatened, sanctioned, and ultimately driven out of business by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The controversy arose when the cake shop owner, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, claiming to be motivated by religious beliefs. … Unfortunately, the Supreme Court’s ruling does not address the central problem with ‘anti-discrimination’ laws and other ‘public accommodation’ requirements. At their core, such laws and regulations are fundamentally based on eliminating the private property rights of business owners who ought to be free to dispose of their property as they see fit.” (06/04/18)

https://mises.org/wire/what-supreme-court-got-wrong-its-gay-wedding-cake-decision

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30) Decentralizing cryptocurrency is hard
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“‘Decentralization shaming’ is a popular way for cryptocurrency tribes to laud their anointed altcoin at the expense of the rest. The degree to which a cryptocurrency is free from control by any one entity has become a stick with which to beat projects that don’t measure up to bitcoin, which is all of them. Such arguments are fallacious though, because when you look closely, it becomes evident that all cryptocurrencies are centralized to some degree.” (06/04/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/decentralizing-cryptocurrency-is-hard/

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31) Why Trump should worry about SCOTUS cakeshop ruling
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an otherwise lawful exercise of the government’s power because the officials who carried it out had made hostile public remarks toward a person’s religious beliefs. No, the justices didn’t strike down President Donald Trump’s travel ban that targeted several Muslim-majority countries. A decision in that case is still pending before the court’s term wraps up later this month. Instead, the court issued a judgment in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which focused on whether the government could penalize a baker who refused on religious grounds to sell wedding cakes to gay couples. The Masterpiece Cakeshop case looked like it would force the justices to choose between a Christian baker’s religious faith and a gay couple’s right to buy goods and services without facing discrimination. But in a 7–2 decision, the court resolved the dispute on narrower grounds by focusing on biased statements made by civil-rights commissioners in Colorado. In doing so, the justices ruled in favor of the baker without setting a broader precedent on the underlying matter.” [editor’s note: Like most “progressives” he misses the point; this was supposed to be about freedom of association – SAT] (06/04/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148706/trump-worry-supreme-courts-cakeshop-ruling

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32) Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling tastes good, but is empty calories
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Ilya Shapiro

“Today’s exceedingly narrow decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop kicks all the big questions down the road. … can an artistic professional be compelled to produce something for an event he disagrees with? How do we decide what kinds of professions get that kind of First Amendment protection? Does it matter that, unlike in the Jim Crow era, gay couples can get cakes, flowers, and other wedding products and services without having to travel too far? How do religious objections work in cases where the government hasn’t displayed anti-religious animus? All of these questions are left for some future case — when potentially Justice Kennedy will no longer be the swing vote.” (06/04/18)

https://fee.org/articles/masterpiece-cakeshop-ruling-tastes-good-but-is-empty-calories/

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33) The euro isn’t dead (yet)
Source: Cato Institute
by Diego Zuluaga

“People have been forecasting the end of the euro since the currency came into being in the late 1990s. Yet the euro has survived five sovereign bailouts — including three successive ones of Greece (the continent’s most troubled economy) — and two bank rescues aimed at Spanish and Cypriot banks. The Eurozone debt crisis reached a climax in the summer of 2012, when European Central Bank Chairman Mario Draghi defused it with his vow to do ‘whatever it takes’ to preserve the single currency. Regardless of one’s views on the prudence of the ECB’s subsequent monetary easing, Draghi’s promise succeeded in calming financial markets. Yet six years on, political uncertainty in Italy and Spain has people pondering the imminent demise of the euro again …” (06/04/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/euro-isnt-dead-yet

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34) SCOTUS decision says my faith is welcomed back in America
Source: USA Today
by Jack Phillips

“Storms, whether the actual or figurative kind, are a common but difficult part of life. One of the longest and most trying storms of my life came to an end Monday with the Supreme Court’s ruling in my case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. As a cake artist who owns my own shop, I have always been willing to serve everyone who walks through my doors. But that doesn’t mean that I create every cake requested of me. If asked to design a cake that celebrates an event or expresses a message in conflict with my faith, I’m obliged as a matter of conscience to decline. But I still offer those customers anything else in my shop and tell them that I’d gladly create them a cake for a different occasion. That is exactly what I did in July 2012, when I was asked to create a custom wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage. But even though I offered to design the couple a cake for another event, they filed a lawsuit against me, commencing a six-year legal storm.” [editor’s note: step one in pulling back from the overreach of 1964 – SAT] (06/04/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/04/colorado-baker-jack-phillips-supreme-court-masterpiece-cakeshop-column/669557002

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35) Religious liberty wins small
Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“Religious liberty advocates are so used to losing in cases involving gay rights that we have learned not to expect victories. But the US Supreme Court gave us a win today, voting 7-2 to support the free speech rights of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips. … Fantastic. But before we religious liberty advocates get too excited about it, let us ask: How would this ruling have gone if the Colorado commissioners had not been so blatantly bigoted in their comments about the Masterpiece case? In other words, what if they had cloaked their prejudice in politeness, in bland bureaucratese? Masking your bigotry in that way is not hard to do, you know. NPR’s headline on its first report called this ruling ‘narrow’ — something I took to be an expression of the broadcaster’s bias. How is a 7-2 ruling ‘narrow?’ But I was wrong: it is a narrow ruling, in terms of its constitutional scope. The ruling leaves unaddressed all, or nearly all, of the basic constitutional questions having to do with the clash between gay rights and religious liberty.” (06/04/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/religious-liberty-wins-small-masterpiece-cakeshop/

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36) Yes, Virginia, Medicaid expansion will harm the poor
Source: The American Spectator
by David Catron

“Last week, Virginia’s general assembly voted to expand Medicaid under the auspices of Obamacare. The commonwealth’s legislators had wisely resisted doing so for years, but four GOP state senators broke ranks to vote for this bill in exchange for a provision stipulating an anemic work requirement. The ‘news’ media have, of course, touted this betrayal as a victory for the poor. It is however, precisely the reverse. Expansion will consign thousands of truly poor and disabled Virginians to purgatorial Medicaid waiting lists while advancing able-bodied adults with incomes above the federal poverty level (FPL) to the front of the line. Why would Virginia pursue such an obviously unjust policy? Like all Democratic programs, it’s about power and money.” (06/04/18)

https://spectator.org/yes-virginia-medicaid-expansion-will-harm-the-poor/

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37) The first (and most important) First Amendment
Source: Town Hall
by Paul Jacob

“Last week’s most consequential story was not covered by a single television network or cable outlet. Nor was it discussed on talk radio. The major newspapers took no note of it, and not a single voice in the universe of blogs and news sites on the worldwide web uttered even a syllable of comment. But last Tuesday, Eugene M. LaVergne filed a motion, pro se, before a federal three-judge panel convened in the D.C. Circuit to hear his challenge to ‘the validity and Constitutionality of the 2010 Apportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives.’ He and four other rabble-rousing citizens of New Jersey want an order from the judges ‘immediately fixing an expedited briefing schedule on the pending motion for Summary Judgement and a decision on that motion from this Three Judge Court on an expedited basis.’ Their lawsuit makes a straightforward, but rather seismic claim for the judges to consider: We have another constitutional amendment you haven’t been told about. A new First Amendment. Huh? Well, actually, it is the old, original first amendment.” (06/04/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/pauljacob/2018/06/04/the-first-and-most-important-first-amendment-n2486974

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38) With cake-shop ruling, high court urges respect for both sides
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Henry Gass & Patrik Jonsson

“The US Supreme Court today ruled in favor of a Colorado bakeshop owner who had been punished for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Both parties (Jack Phillips, the bakeshop owner, and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which enforces the state’s anti-discrimination law) warned of the dire consequences of a broad decision favoring either side. The court’s 7-to-2 decision limited itself to Mr. Phillips’s case, siding with the baker but reaffirming the broader right of states to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people. The narrow decision represents the high court’s latest attempt to navigate tensions between the rights of same-sex people to marry and the religious freedom rights of individuals who may object to such marriages. Support for the decision (albeit lukewarm) from left-leaning justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, and the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented the same-sex couple, suggests a way for states to successfully balance those tensions moving forward, experts say.” (06/04/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2018/0604/With-cake-shop-ruling-high-court-urges-respect-for-both-sides

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39) How Trump’s tariffs will harm national security
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“The Trump administration has begun an investigation to determine whether imported passenger vehicles undermine national security. It argues that when Toyota or Volkswagen sells you a car that was built abroad, it puts Americans at risk. Wrong. In the first place, we don’t require a domestic supply of RAV4s to fight the next wars. In the second, we don’t go begging our enemies for shipments of passenger sedans and crossovers. We buy them from our allies, who have a stake in our well-being. The only way Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross can treat auto imports as a national security matter is to claim that they damage our economy. ‘Without a strong economy,’ he claims, ‘you can’t have a strong national security.’ Oh? The Soviet Union was a superpower even though it was notorious for making shoddy consumer goods — and never enough of them. … But the bigger flaw in Ross’ argument is the assumption that imports harm the economy. In fact, they enlarge it and invigorate it while improving the welfare of consumers and businesses. A nation that produced everything for itself would be a materially poor one.” (06/04/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/06/04/how-trumps-tariffs-harm-national-securit

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40) Whoever controls the narrative controls the world
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“MSNBC host Joy Reid still has a job. Despite blatantly lying about time-traveling hackers bearing responsibility for bigoted posts a decade ago in her then-barely-known blog, despite her reportedly sparking an FBI investigation on false pretenses, despite her colleagues at MSNBC being completely fed up with how the network is handling the controversy surrounding her, her career just keeps trundling forward like a bullet-riddled zombie. To be clear, I do not particularly care that Joy Reid has done any of these things. I write about war, nuclear escalations and the sociopathy of US government agencies which kill millions of people; I don’t care that Joy Reid is or was a homophobe, and I don’t care that she lied to cover it up. The war agendas that MSNBC itself promotes on a daily basis are infinitely worse than either of these things, and if that isn’t obvious to you it’s because military propaganda has caused you to compartmentalize yourself out of an intellectually honest understanding of what war is. What is interesting to me, however, is the fact that Reid’s bosses are protecting her career so adamantly.” (06/04/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/06/04/whoever-controls-the-narrative-controls-the-world

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41) Costco execs owe workers a giant apology in addition to those raises
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Costco Wholesale Corp. announced late last week that it’s giving raises to 130,000 employees, thanks to the Trump tax cuts. This is the company, mind you, whose founders openly backed tax-hiking Hillary Clinton for president. Why not admit that they picked the wrong horse? Costco (COST) boosted its minimum wage $1 an hour — to $14 — and gave its other hourly employee wages raises of up to 50 cents an hour. That’s an annual increase of up to $2,000. Crumbs to Nancy Pelosi, but real money to a middle-class family on a budget. The company said it was funding the $100+ million in raises with savings from the sharp cut in the corporate tax rate. That rate cut was part of the Trump tax reform plan — which not a single Democratic lawmaker supported. Since then, hundreds of companies announced bonuses, raises, increased benefits because of the money they’re saving on taxes. Costco’s employees aren’t the only ones benefiting. Since the November election, Costco stock has rocketed up by 32%. In the two years before the election, it climbed 8%.” (06/04/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trump-tax-cuts-costco-employee-raises

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42) Latest thoughts on Brexit: Its decay, Italy (and Ireland), cars, and giving up British citizenship
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Barry Stocker

“I don’t mean that the UK will stay in the EU. I fully expect it to formally depart next year. If the poor performance of the UK economy compared with the Eurozone continues, I also expect the UK to rejoin in a few decades, when the growth divergence is not just in figures, but felt in everyday life, such as when people find it too expensive to travel in Europe or buy goods from Europe; if they do travel they notice that everything seems expensive and there are more nice things abroad than at home, while European tourists will seem to have huge amounts of money to throw around. It might or might not work out like that, but the point here is that the UK, behind headlines about soft versus hard Brexit, is moving towards an ‘alignment’ with the single market and the customs union: not formal membership but keeping nearly all the rules.” (06/04/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/06/04/latest-thoughts-on-brexit-its-decay-italy-and-ireland-cars-and-giving-up-british-citizenship/

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43) The nasty surprises that plague our healthcare system
Source: National Review
by Charles Silver & David A Hyman

“If you’ve ever been in a collision, you’ve probably dealt with a body shop. In all likelihood, the process went smoothly. You paid your deductible, your insurer paid the rest, and that was the end of the financial side of the repair. Health care works differently. After eight-year-old Ben Millheim injured himself during a camping trip, his family was stuck with a $32,000 bill from the sky-ambulance company that flew him 88 miles to a hospital in St. Louis. That was the balance that remained after the Millheims’ insurer paid $12,000 for the service. Elizabeth Moreno was stuck with a bill for $17,850 because a physician asked her to provide a urine sample. She didn’t know that the doctor’s testing lab was out of her insurance network. … Nothing prevents hospitals from doing what auto-body shops do. Hospitals, too, could bring all providers in-house and send out all-inclusive bills at reasonable prices. In fact, some hospitals do just that. But other hospitals seem to go out of their way to create opportunities for surprise bills.” (06/04/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/06/health-care-surprise-billing-enrichs-hospitals-at-patient-expense/

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44) Quantum Vibe, 06/04/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (06/04/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1803

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45) “Hell to pay” for hurricane death statistics in Puerto Rico
Source: Independent Institute
by Craig Eyermann

“In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday, May 31, 2018, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said that there would be ‘hell to pay’ if officials in the U.S. territory’s government were suppressing the reporting of statistics about the magnitude of the death toll stemming from the devastation of Hurricane Maria on the Carribbean island in September 2017. … The problem with that statement is the long track record that Governor Rossello and Puerto Rico’s government officials from both his administration and from previous administrations have in seeking to undermine transparency in the reporting of accurate statistics that the territorial government produces, which have greatly contributed to Puerto Rico’s massive problems.” (06/04/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/06/04/pending-hell-to-pay-for-hurricane-death-statistics-in-puerto-rico/

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46) Is Trump using his pardon powers the right way?
Source: CounterPunch
by Anthony Papa

“President Trump and the use of presidential pardons is all over the news. Earlier this week the President met with Kim Kardashian to discuss the case of Alice Marie Johnson, a grandmother who has spent more than 20 years behind bars on a drug charge. And Friday he used his power to pardon to grant relief to Dinesh D’Sou[z]a, who was convicted of campaign finance violations and has never spent a day in prison. Some critics have said this was a signal to his lawyer Michael Cohen, who is under investigation for the same crime, to be quiet and not help in the investigation of the president. Trump has said he also might grant relief to former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich who was sentenced to 14 years and Martha Stewart who spent five months in prison for lying to government investigators about stocks. Trump described their cases as ‘really unfair.’ For the most part President Trump has ignored the pending 10,000 or so applications for pardon relief from regular prisoners and has focused on granting pardons to prominent public figures whose cases aligned with his politics.” (06/04/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/04/is-trump-is-using-his-pardon-powers-the-right-way/

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47) Neoliberalism is the worst system, except for all the others
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

It’s increasingly fashionable for left wing progressives to view free speech advocates as being defenders of a neoliberal system that favors the fortunate. We are told that ‘there need to be rules to restrict hate speech.’ The use of passive voice makes it all seem quite simple. Less often do progressives say, ‘The government needs to create and enforce laws against hate speech.’ Even less often do you hear ‘Government leaders such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions need to seek out and punish people engaged in hate speech.’ The Devil is in the details. Ever since the Great Recession, we’ve been repeatedly told that neoliberalism went too far, and that there needs to be a swing back toward more government interference into markets. So let’s see how that backlash against neoliberalism is working out.” (06/03/18)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/06/neoliberalism_i_1.html

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48) Why Trump’s higher tariffs now are unlikely to result in lower tariffs later
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“On Friday I was browsing the AM dial looking for a sports talk radio station discussing Game 1 of the NBA Finals when I ran into Rush Limbaugh. … I heard something that really shocked me. No, this is not faux public shock at some Conservative taking a position one would fully expect him to take, but just the opposite — Limbaugh was at least partially defending Trump’s tariffs despite the fact that I am absolutely positive he knows better. In fact I am sure he knows better because he made a very good 60-second case for exactly why tariffs were bad. Couldn’t have done a better job in that short time myself. But then he did what many Conservatives have been doing of late — he tried to justify the tariffs as part of some hypothetical long game of Trump’s to negotiate a better deal in the future.” (06/03/18)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2018/06/why-trumps-higher-tariffs-now-are-unlikely-to-result-in-lower-tariffs-later.html

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49) Free market capitalism as the antidote to the world’s ills
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“In following the daily news events both in the United States and around the rest of the world, it is easy to get lost in the detail and not step back once and awhile and remind ourselves what the really important issues are. Under the anxiety of a possible nuclear war in Korea, actual terrorist attacks in the Middle East and by seemingly ‘lone wolves’ in other countries, threats of trade wars, and polarizing trends in politics in many places, the real underlying issue is and remains, how should people live together? Clearly people are not living as harmoniously, peacefully and prosperously as they could, and many of us believe they should. The question is, why?” (06/04/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/free-market-capitalism-as-the-antidote-to-the-worlds-ills/

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50) Cognitive estrangement
Source: Liberty Unbound
by SH Chamber

Cartoon. (06/02/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1857

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51) Reason Podcast, 06/04/18
Source: Reason

“The gay wedding cake saga was one of several culture-war conflicts discussed on today’s editor-roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and me [Matt Welch]. Others included: Bill Clinton’s #MeToo moment, the Roseanne Barr/Bill Maher/Samantha Bee cycle of outrage, Kim Kardashian’s bizarrely derided White House visit, and the desultory trade-war apologia from Larry ‘I should totally know better’ Kudlow. Along the way we also allow editorial overlord Katherine Mangu-Ward take victory lap about Reason’s sensational new ‘Burn After Reading’ issue, which you can get a special first-class delivery of if you click this link right the hell now!” [various formats] (06/04/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/06/04/reason-totally-called-the-masterpiece

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/04/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Reports are circulating that the US is considering sending its THAAD missile defense system to Germany to, they claim, guard against the Iranian threat. Are the Iranians — or the Russians — about to attack Berlin? Or is this another big win for the US defense contractors?” [Flash video] (06/04/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/us-missiles-to-germany-defense-or-warmongering

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53) Scott Adams Says, 06/04/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about bad pattern recognition. Grab your coffee.” [Flash video] (06/04/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1BdGYRqeebYJX

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54) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 350
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode, Marc Clair is joined by Steven Clyde, host of ‘The Peace and Liberty Podcast.’ Steven explains how he became a libertarian, what its like to discuss libertarian ideas on a college campus, why he started a five-day-per-week podcast, and describes his first foray into ‘live trolling!’” [various formats] (06/04/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/06/04/peace-liberty-and-live-trolling-with-steven-clyde/

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55) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 202
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #202, I discuss Trump decision to recommit to the Summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12th. A North Korean official, Kim Yong Chol, traveled to the US to meet with Mike Pompeo, then met with President Trump. After the meeting, Trump said he planned to attend the Summit, and North Korea can have fast or slow denuclearization. I update the war in Yemen. Saudi backed forces continue to advance towards the critical port in Hodeida as the humanitarian crisis in Yemen continues to worsen.” [various formats] (06/04/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-202-trumpkim-summit-revived

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56) Free Talk Live, 06/03/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Unemployment numbers :: Dow at all-time highs :: America is crumbling :: Bomb Threat :: Gun Talk :: One World Government :: Albanian family robbed by US Customs :: Mark, Jonny Ray and Chris.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/03/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-06-03

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57) Anarcho Agenda, episode 69
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“How can taxation be theft if it’s for the common good? Plus, New York City wants to ban straws?” [various formats] (06/04/18)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-69-2018-06-03

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58) Freedom Feens Radio, 06/03/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“MurderDawg and MWD explain what’s wrong with Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and governments. Then they talk about Jeremy’s many problems, and how there IS a solution. Part 2 of 2.” [various formats] (06/03/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15893

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59) The Anarchist Experience, episod 167
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss whether or not you should assert your right to be left alone when confronted by police, or if its safer to acquiesce to their demands — this is based off the video of a brutal beating of a beachgoer who had committed no crime. Rich also gives an update on his current Adventure in Legalland, and how to be an example for other fellow Legalland travelers, and this HEADLINE: Cronyism Feeds on the Success of Capitalism–but It Should Not Be Confused with Capitalism Itself.” [various formats] (06/03/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/the-anarchist-experience-167/

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60) The Bob Zadek Show, 06/03/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Hollywood loves to dramatize stories involving corporate bad guys — lawyered up multinational behemoths who plunder the land just to make a buck. Bestselling author and screenwriter Joel Engel could have taken this well-worn path, and written another clear-cut good guys and bad guys story. However, his latest book — Scorched Worth: A True Story of Destruction, Deceit, and Government Corruption — flips the script. Engel tells of a 65,000-acre forest fire in the Sierra Nevadas in 2007 that led to the aggressive prosecution of Sierra Pacific Industries. After botching the investigation protocol, the Federal government accused SPI of starting the fire based on flimsy evidence. … Joel joined the show on Sunday 6/3 to unravel what would have resulted in one of the largest wrongful settlements in forestry history (if it weren’t for those meddling kids).” [various formats] (06/03/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/6/3/joel-engel-on-scorched-worth-a-true-story-of-destruction-deceit-and-government-corruption-63

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