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Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Iran: Regime informs UN of increase in nuclear enrichment capacity
2) Judge rules Trump must sit for deposition in defamation suit
3) SEC gang appoints cryptocurrency shot-caller
4) NC: Legislators consider decriminalizing cannabis
5) Sources: China’s ZTE signs preliminary agreement to lift US ban
6) Mexico retaliates with tariffs against US products
7) Social Security says system’s costs will exceed income this year
8) Man takes knee during national anthem at White House ceremony
9) Report: Here’s where Californians are moving to
10) David Koch is retiring from Koch Industries, AFP
11) Report: Rodman will be in Singapore during Trump-Kim summit
12) FL: Miami Beach mayor proposes major crackdown to benefit resort/hotel lobby at expense of residents
13) Snowden: “The people are still powerless, but now they’re aware”
14) US court: Only unreasonable people would perceive what’s clearly a religious endorsement as a religious endorsement
15) Saudi Arabia: Regime issues first driving licences to women
16) Pentagon watchdog officially launches investigation into White House doctor
17) CDC: Five dead, close to 200 sick in worst E. coli outbreak since 2006
18) Former DIA officer charged with trying to share secrets with China
19) Prosecutors seek to revoke Manafort’s bail
20) Pompeo calls on OAS to oust Venezuela

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Why the silence from libertarian immigration controllers?
22) Trump the politician: Anti-abortion vs. anti-immigration
23) How humanity could become impossible to propagandize
24) Czarist America looks to conquer crypto
25) Meet the new boss: Donald Trump, who wants to tell you what you can buy and sell
26) 50 years after 1968, can the young change politics?
27) Why Donald Trump disinvited the Eagles from the White House
28) Supreme Court decides very little in gay wedding cake case
29) Could we [sic] afford universal catastrophic health coverage?
30) A second American civil war?
31) 9/11: The greatest gift the status quo ever got
32) Sanctions will only make Iran’s regime worse
33) Homeschooling protects children from violence and Marxism
34) “State capacity” is sleight of hand
35) Red tape is what keeps housing unaffordable
36) From inside North Korea, clues about Kim’s agenda
37) Wouldn’t freedom be … easier?
38) Executive privilege may very well “Trump” all
39) How the summit with North Korea can succeed
40) Opioid addiction is evidence of our failure to address chronic pain
41) Preach less, live your values more
42) Of course sexbots will reduce sexual violence, don’t be silly
43) Team Mueller’s illegal, unethical hunt for the president’s scalp
44) [When] should lower courts try to predict Supreme Court rulings?
45) Does subjective valuation mean arbitrary valuation?
46) Welcome to police state America, weary traveler
47) Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling dodges the big question
48) Rise of the decadents
49) The why of religious freedom
50) San Francisco’s proposed flavor ban is a disservice to tobacco harm reduction

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 59
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/05/18
53) The Libertarian Angle, 06/05/18
54) Scott Adams Says, 06/05/18
55) Free Talk Live, 06/04/18
56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 06/04/18
57) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/04/18

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

1) Iran: Regime informs UN of increase in nuclear enrichment capacity
Source: Politico

“Iran has told the U.N. nuclear watchdog that it will increase its nuclear enrichment capacity within the limits set by the 2015 agreement with world powers. Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for Iran’s nuclear agency, was quoted by state TV on Tuesday as saying a letter was submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency detailing the move. … Iran has said it has the option of resuming industrial-scale enrichment now that the U.S. has [violated] the deal.” (06/05/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/05/iran-un-nuclear-enrichment-capacity-624173

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2) Judge rules Trump must sit for deposition in defamation suit
Source: The Hill

“President Trump must be deposed in a defamation lawsuit brought last year by a former contestant on ‘The Apprentice,’ a judge in Manhattan ruled Tuesday. In a court order, Judge Jennifer Schechter set a Jan. 31, 2019, deadline for both parties to be deposed in the lawsuit, the New York Post reported. The parties also now face a July 13 deadline to issue requests for documents in the case. The lawsuit brought by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on ‘The Apprentice,’ alleges that Trump defamed her by publicly claiming she had fabricated claims that Trump groped and kissed her without her consent in 2007.” (06/05/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/390795-judge-rules-trump-must-sit-for-deposition-in-summer-zervos-case

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3) SEC gang appoints cryptocurrency shot-caller
Source: CoinDesk

“One of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s leading officials on cryptocurrency and token sales has been named to a new senior advisory position. The agency said Monday that Valerie Szczepanik will serve as associate director of the Division of Corporation Finance and senior advisor for digital assets and innovation, reporting to division director Bill Hinman. According to the SEC, Szczepanik — who led its distributed ledger working group, as previously reported — will ‘coordinate efforts across all SEC Divisions and Offices regarding the application of U.S. securities laws to emerging digital asset technologies and innovations, including initial coin offerings and cryptocurrencies.’” [editor’s note: No thanks, SEC, not interested in the services you offer. Better luck with your next prospective customer. Hey, what’s with the gun? Nice crypto wallet I got here, be a shame if anything happened to it? – TLK] (06/05/18)

https://www.coindesk.com/sec-just-appointed-first-ever-crypto-czar/

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4) NC: Legislators consider decriminalizing cannabis
Source: Smell the Truth

“A new North Carolina bill would allow citizens to possess certain amounts of marijuana without having to face major legal consequences. The state’s Senate Bill 791 and companion House Bill 994 would allow adults to possess up to four ounces for personal use, the Winston-Salem Journal reports. The bill’s primary sponsor, Sen. Paul Lowe (D-Forsyth), introduced the bill in an effort ‘to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. This is heading in the right direction.’ Currently, North Carolina considers possession of half an ounce or less of a controlled substance to be a Class 3 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 20 days of jail or community service. The bills would consider possession of up to four ounces as a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 120 days of an active sentence.” (06/05/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/06/04/north-carolina-lawmakers-consider-decriminalizing-marijuana

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5) Sources: China’s ZTE signs preliminary agreement to lift US ban
Source: Reuters

“ZTE Corp has signed an agreement in principle that would lift a U.S. Commerce Department ban on buying from U.S. suppliers, allowing China’s No. 2 telecommunications equipment maker to get back into business, according to sources familiar with the matter. ZTE ceased major operations since the seven-year ban was imposed on the company in April for breaking a 2017 agreement reached after it was caught illegally shipping goods to Iran and North Korea. A Commerce Department spokesman said on Tuesday that ‘no definitive agreement has been signed by both parties.’ ZTE did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The preliminary deal includes a $1 billion fine against ZTE plus $400 million in escrow to cover any future violations, sources said, adding that the terms were in line with Reuters reporting on the U.S. demands on Friday. The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.” (06/05/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-zte-exclusive/exclusive-zte-signed-u-s-agreement-in-principle-to-put-chinese-firm-back-in-business-sources-idUSKCN1J12RP

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6) Mexico retaliates with tariffs against US products
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Mexico has announced new tariffs on US products in response to Donald Trump’s decision to impose steep duties on imports of steel and aluminum. The list includes whisky, cheese, steel, bourbon, and pork. Analysts say the tariffs are designed to hit US Republican strongholds ahead of mid-term elections in November. Mr Trump last week levied tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Mexico, Canada and the European Union, riling key US allies. The move has also dismayed some domestic businesses, including pork producers, who now face a 20% tariff on exporting leg and shoulder to Mexico. Mexico is the largest market for US pork exporters. Other products affected by the new tariffs include apples and potatoes. Certain cheeses and bourbon will be hit with 20% to 25% duties.” [editor’s note: Not seeing tequila on that list; maybe margaritas are still safe – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Mexico probably doesn’t import much US tequila – TLK] (06/05/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44378660

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7) Social Security says system’s costs will exceed income this year
Source: CBS News

“The Social Security program’s costs are expected to exceed its income this year, marking the first time that has happened since 1982 and forcing the U.S. government to dip into the retirement system’s trust fund to pay benefits to participants. The program’s trustees said the shortfall trend could worsen in the decades to come. Indeed, the trustees of Social Security and Medicare forecast the program’s reserves will be depleted by 2034, at which point it won’t be able to pay full benefits on a timely basis. The report said that if the funds are depleted, the program could pay about three-quarters of benefits.” (06/05/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/social-security-says-costs-will-exceed-income-this-year/

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8) Man takes knee during national anthem at White House ceremony
Source: USA Today

“Instead of welcoming the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House on Tuesday, President Donald Trump held an event to ‘celebrate America’ and play the national anthem. And, according to video and a photo posted to social media, at least one of the attendees at that celebration decided to take a knee. A television reporter for SVT, Sweden’s national public television broadcaster, posted a video of the event Tuesday in which a man in a light-blue shirt is kneeling as the United States Marine Band plays The Star-Spangled Banner. The man, who could not immediately be identified by USA TODAY Sports, applauds and stands as the song ends. Jesper Zolck of TV 2 Denmark reported that the man left shortly after kneeling and did not give his name or say anything.” (06/05/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2018/06/05/man-kneels-national-anthem-donald-trump-white-house-nfl/674505002

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9) Report: Here’s where Californians are moving to
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“As the cost of living in coastal California continues to soar, there’s lots of talk about people fleeing the Golden State. But where are they going? According to a new report, Las Vegas is at the top of their list, before New York City and Phoenix. The report from real estate site Trulia reveals that people are leaving for three main types of areas: large metropolitan cities like Chicago and N.Y. that always have a gravitational pull, less expensive housing markets in the Sun Belt such as Vegas and Phoenix, and high job-growth centers including Denver and Dallas.” (06/05/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/California-migration-where-moving-Census-data-12957171.php

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10) David Koch is retiring from Koch Industries, AFP
Source: Washington Post

“David Koch, one of the two billionaire brothers at the helm of the powerful conservative political network, is retiring from his family’s conglomerate, Koch Industries, and stepping down as chairman of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation. His brother, Charles Koch, announced in a letter to employees of Koch Industries on Tuesday that David Koch’s health has been in decline since he was hospitalized last October. He was not specific about the illness. … Koch’s departure will change the makeup of one of the most active and well-funded political forces in the country that has been a bulwark in supporting the Republican agenda –– although not necessarily President Trump’s.” (06/05/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2018/06/05/david-koch-is-leaving-koch-industries-stepping-down-from-americans-for-prosperity/

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11) Report: Rodman will be in Singapore during Trump-Kim summit
Source: Fox News

“Former NBA star Dennis Rodman and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will reportedly continue their unusual bromance at the much-anticipated summit in Singapore. Rodman, who struck up a relationship with the strongman during a visit in 2013, will be traveling to Singapore a day before the June 12 sitdown between President Trump and Kim, the New York Post reported Tuesday. ‘No matter what you might think about his presence, one thing’s for sure the ratings will be huge,’ a source told the Post. ‘A lot of times in situations that involve complex diplomacy, countries like to identify ambassadors of goodwill, and whether you agree with it or not, Dennis Rodman fits the bill.’ The Hall of Famer is also reported to be playing ‘some sort of role in the negotiations.’” (06/05/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/05/dennis-rodman-will-be-in-singapore-during-trump-kim-summit-report-says.html

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12) FL: Miami Beach mayor proposes major crackdown to benefit resort/hotel lobby at expense of residents
Source: CNBC

“Miami Beach, Florida, one of the most popular resort cities for short-term rentals, is cracking down on illegal listings by proposing strict requirements on how properties are advertised. The sweeping changes to an existing law, if approved, could have a major impact on the short-term rental market. ‘I wish Airbnb and some of these other home-sharing platforms would be responsible and simply say, ‘We’re not going to send people into neighborhoods which forbid this kind of behavior,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, who is proposing the changes. Miami Beach prohibits rentals for less than six months and one day unless the property is in a legally permissible zone, such as most of tourist-dense South Beach. Short-term rentals are largely illegal in the residential areas of the city.” (06/05/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/04/miami-beach-proposes-major-crackdown-on-short-term-rental-platforms.html

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13) Snowden: “The people are still powerless, but now they’re aware”
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Edward Snowden has no regrets five years on from leaking the biggest cache of top-secret documents in history. He is wanted by the US. He is in exile in Russia. But he is satisfied with the way his revelations of mass surveillance have rocked governments, intelligence agencies and major internet companies. In a phone interview to mark the anniversary of the day the Guardian broke the story, he recalled the day his world — and that of many others around the globe — changed for good. He went to sleep in his Hong Kong hotel room and when he woke, the news that the National Security Agency had been vacuuming up the phone data of millions of Americans had been live for several hours. … One of the most visible effects of the Snowden revelations was the small yellow bubble that began popping up on the messaging service WhatsApp in April 2016: ‘Messages to this chat and calls are now secured with end-to-end encryption.’ Before Snowden, such encryption was for the targeted and the paranoid.” (06/05/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/04/edward-snowden-people-still-powerless-but-aware

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14) US court: Only unreasonable people would perceive what’s clearly a religious endorsement as a religious endorsement
Source: Chicago Tribune

“A Chicago man who is a self-described Satanist has lost his latest round in court to have ‘In God We Trust’ stripped from U.S. currency. Kenneth Mayle, 36, filed a federal lawsuit in May 2017 against the U.S. government, arguing that carrying around the currency forces him and others like him to spread a religious message that conflicts with his beliefs; according to court papers, he is a practitioner of ‘non-theistic Satanism.’ A judge tossed the case and Mayle appealed. But last week a federal appeals court backed the lower court’s decision, explaining in part that ‘a reasonable observer would not perceive the motto on currency as a religious endorsement.’” (06/05/18)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-god-we-trust-money-religion-chicago-lawsuit-20180604-story.html

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15) Saudi Arabia: Regime issues first driving licences to women
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Saudi Arabia started issuing its first driving licences to women weeks before the kingdom lifts a ban on female drivers. The general traffic directorate on Monday began replacing internationally recognised driving licences held by women with Saudi ones across the country, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Ten Saudi women were issued national licences after they swapped their foreign ones at the General Department of Traffic in multiple cities, the government said.” (06/05/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/saudi-arabia-issues-driving-licenses-women-180604160750686.html

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16) Pentagon watchdog officially launches investigation into White House doctor
Source: The Hill

“The Pentagon’s inspector general has officially launched an investigation into allegations of misconduct by former physician to the president Ronny Jackson, a spokeswoman confirmed Monday. … Jackson faces a slew of allegations that he drank on the job, overprescribed medications and created a hostile work environment. The unconfirmed accusations came to light after President Trump nominated Jackson to become secretary of Veterans Affairs. Jackson withdrew his nomination in late April amid the allegations, which were detailed in a memo released by Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee ranking member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) that was based on interviews with 20 current and former colleagues of Jackson’s.” (06/05/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/390606-pentagon-watchdog-officially-launches-investigation-into-white-house-doctor

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17) CDC: Five dead, close to 200 sick in worst E. coli outbreak since 2006
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Four additional people have been killed and hundreds have fallen ill due to an E. coli outbreak from romaine lettuce, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. The deaths occurred in California, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Minnesota and New York, according to the CDC. One person was reported to have died from the outbreak in early May. The update from the CDC comes two weeks after the center said that any romaine lettuce now available for sale should be safe. The CDC said that the newest cases were likely people who had eaten romaine lettuce while produce from the Yuma region was still available in stores.” (06/05/18)

https://www.ajc.com/news/cdc-dead-close-200-sick-worst-coli-outbreak-since-2006/jBXBWO7DngQGfCzpjcFw8O/

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18) Former DIA officer charged with trying to share secrets with China
Source: USA Today

“FBI agents arrested a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer Saturday as he was about to board a plane to China on charges that include attempting to share defense secrets with the Chinese government. Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58, was seized by federal agents on his way to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. He faces a number of federal charges, including the attempted transmission of national defense information to the People’s Republic of China, acting as an unregistered foreign agent for China, bulk cash smuggling, structuring monetary transactions and smuggling goods from the United States. Assistant Attorney General Demers said Hansen, ‘allegedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars while illegally acting as an agent of China.’” (06/05/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/04/ex-defense-intelligence-agency-officer-accused-spying-china/671246002/

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19) Prosecutors seek to revoke Manafort’s bail
Source: NBC News

“Federal prosecutors asked a judge Monday night to revoke bail for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, alleging that he tried to tamper with potential witnesses while on pretrial release. If the judge agrees, Manafort would likely have to go to jail pending his trial in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Attorneys for Manafort said they had no immediate comment. According to an FBI affidavit included with the motion, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Manafort used encrypted messaging applications in February to try to reach two unnamed business partners who could be witnesses to his alleged fraud and money laundering. One of the potential witnesses said he believed Manafort’s outreach was an attempt to ‘suborn perjury’ or to instruct him to lie after a superseding indictment was filed in February against Manafort.” (06/05/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/prosecutors-ask-judge-revoke-paul-manafort-s-bail-mueller-investigation-n880031

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20) Pompeo calls on OAS to oust Venezuela
Source: CNN

“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the Organization of American States to expel Venezuela and squeeze the country with more sanctions. ‘There is no greater challenge today than the full-scale dismantling of democracy and the heartbreaking humanitarian disaster in Venezuela,’ Pompeo told a meeting of the organization Monday in Washington. ‘We seek only what all the nations of the OAS want for our people,’ he said, listing ‘a return to the constitutional order, free and fair elections with international observers and the release of political prisoners.’” [editor’s note: Anyway we can get those things for the US, too? – TLK] (06/05/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/04/politics/pompeo-oas-venezuela-expel/index.html

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

21) Why the silence from libertarian immigration controllers?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“There are two reasons for the silence. First, as I repeatedly emphasized for almost 30 years, no immigration plan is ever going to work. … There is a second reason for the silence of those conservative-oriented libertarians who favor immigration controls: the nature of all these enforcement measures. Such advocates are obviously reluctant to come out in favor of violent, militaristic raids on privately owned establishments, or detaining Americans for daring to speak Spanish inside the United States, forcibly separating children from their parents, official beatings of citizens at highway checkpoints, warrantless searches of ranches and farms, roving Border Patrol checkpoints, the Berlin Fence, eminent domain to steal people’s property to construct the Berlin Fence, turning American employers into felons, and other immigration-enforcement measures. Why the reluctance of libertarian immigration controllers to openly endorse such enforcement measures? They all violate the libertarian non-aggression principle, the principle that holds that people should be free to live their lives the way they want so long as their conduct is peaceful — the principle that holds that the initiation of force is morally wrong.” (06/05/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/06/05/why-the-silence-from-libertarian-immigration-controllers/

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22) Trump the politician: Anti-abortion vs. anti-immigration
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Donald Trump has spent considerable time railing against, and his administration has tirelessly worked to find, detain, and deport, immigrants who don’t get permission slips from politicians before coming here to enrich America’s culture and boost its economy. In particular, we’ve heard plenty of invective from Trump about ‘chain migration,’ ‘anchor babies,’ and ‘birthright citizenship.’ When it comes to abortion, on the other hand, Trump has been much less consistent. He went from sponsoring National Abortion Rights Action League (1989) to declaring himself ‘very pro-choice’ (1999), to suddenly becoming ardently ‘pro-life’ during his failed first presidential campaign …. His administration holds, as a matter of policy so important that it deserves escalation to the Supreme Court if necessary, that pregnant immigrants absolutely, positively, must be forced to deliver shiny new ‘birthright citizens,’ even if they’re willing to pay for their own abortions.” (06/05/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13758

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23) How humanity could become impossible to propagandize
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“I’ve been writing a lot about how the ability to control public narratives is the only real power in this world, and how the need of the ruling elites to wield that power explains everything from the feigned panic about ‘Russian propaganda’ to Wikipedia’s bizarre editing policies to why Joy Reid still has a job. In my opinion it is impossible to overemphasize the impact that narrative and the myriad agendas to control it has on human life. Indeed, if a critical mass of individuals experienced a deep enough insight into the nature of mental narrative, all of our challenges as a species could be resolved very easily. A search for the word ‘narrative’ on the WikiLeaks website turns up tens of thousands of results. This is because the manipulators who work for the institutions that tend to have documents leaked to that outlet are well aware that the actual raw information about a government, a political campaign, event, etc. have far less impact on the way the public thinks about them than the sparkly, simplified, tweet-sized stories (narratives) that get circulated about those things on a large scale.” (06/05/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/06/05/how-humanity-could-become-impossible-to-propagandize

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24) Czarist America looks to conquer crypto
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Max Gulker, PhD

“We Americans have lived under the thumb of the czars for over eighty years. It is time to throw off the shackles of their cronyism and incompetence. While they sit in their palatial office buildings in the capitol, giving orders from on high, many of the problems they claim to solve only get worse. Before you think I’ve gone more than a little crazy, recall all the times you’ve heard some executive-branch employee referred to as a czar. To be fair, that’s never been an official title, but it’s been in common usage since it was originated by executive-power enthusiast Franklin D. Roosevelt. Even if the term is informal, it confirms our reflexive tendency toward top-down control. We have a problem? There’s a czar for that. Get ready, crypto community, because the czars are coming for you” (06/05/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/czarist-america-looks-conquer-crypto

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25) Meet the new boss: Donald Trump, who wants to tell you what you can buy and sell
Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

“I’m old enough to remember when the Republican Party claimed to be the party of free trade and free markets. So are you, if you can recall any year prior to 2016. To be sure, the GOP’s commitment to laissez faire was always more aspirational than actual, but Republicans and high-profile conservatives aren’t even faking it anymore. When it comes to defending and promoting basic capitalist ideas such as free trade, allowing workers to move and employers to hire them freely, and ending subsidies that distort market forces while paying off politically connected interests, Trump-era Republicans and conservatives are all wet. Over the weekend, the president displayed his ignorance about what matters in trade with this statement bemoaning all the cheap imports Americans have chosen to buy when given the opportunity.” (06/05/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/06/05/meet-the-new-boss-donald-trump-who-wants

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26) 50 years after 1968, can the young change politics?
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“Fifty years ago, in the dust and fire of global youth activism, everything seemed possible. The political world was a cloud filled with chaos and opportunity, pain and promise. The young were a powerful force, even a world-changing one. Could they become that force again? As many Millennials vote for the first time today in state primaries from New Jersey to Iowa and California, a new poll of their views offers some intriguing glimpses into the future. The survey finds that most Millennials want ‘a strong government’ to manage the economy, and that most millennial Democrats have a favorable view of socialism. What do this poll, and the past, say about our political future?” [editor’s note: Nothing good, if it is about “socialism” as a paradigm; very good, if it about moving toward choice, consensus, contract and (voluntary) community as the models for societal and political change – SAT] (06/05/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180605/50-years-after-1968-can-the-young-change-politics-a-striking-new-polls-findings

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27) Why Donald Trump disinvited the Eagles from the White House
Source: The Nation
by Dave Zirin

“In a year of irredeemably stupid statements from this White House, it is difficult to imagine one more fraudulent and cowardly than what was belched from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue yesterday evening. Donald Trump has disinvited the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to the White House, less than 24 hours before their scheduled visit. … Like so much that comes from this White House, it is difficult to know where to begin correcting the lies. These players don’t ‘disagree with their President’ because he wants them to stand for the anthem and honor the military. That is nonsense. The truth is that most of this highly politicized team was not going to go to the White House because they see ‘their President’ as a racist, sexist bottom feeder and they don’t want to be used as political props for a photo op to further his agenda of division and demonization.” (06/05/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/donald-trump-disinvited-eagles-white-house

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28) Supreme Court decides very little in gay wedding cake case
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“Should religious bakers be forced to bake cakes for gay weddings? The U.S. Supreme Court has finally ruled on a case that’s been winding through the judicial system since 2012. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado, representing a 7-2 decision that rules in favor of the cake shop’s owner to decline service based on his religious views, because the state of Colorado did not give him a fair hearing. This case was so narrowly decided, though, that it fails to set precedent for the larger issue of whether a business owner who has sincere religious beliefs can refuse service to customers in a protected class if serving them would conflict with those religious beliefs.” (06/05/18)

https://www.lp.org/supreme-court-decides-very-little-in-gay-wedding-cake-case/

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29) Could we [sic] afford universal catastrophic health coverage?
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ed Dolan

“Universal catastrophic coverage (UCC) is a health care plan that aims to protect all Americans against financially ruinous medical expenses, while preserving the principle that those who can afford it should contribute toward the cost of their own care. It offers a potentially attractive compromise between the current system, which leaves millions of people uninsured or underinsured, and more expensive, ‘first dollar’ proposals that would cover all health care costs for everyone. Skeptics often ask whether such a plan is affordable. The short answer is ‘Yes,’ but I would prefer to frame the question differently. Rather than asking how much any given health care plan would cost, it is more useful to ask, ‘What is the best plan we could design for what we are politically willing to spend?’” [editor’s note: Actually, it’s more useful to ask who this hypothetical “we” is and why its members think they’re entitled to seize and spend other people’s money on anything (including things they have decided those other people “need” whether they want it or not) – TLK] (06/05/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/could-we-afford-universal-catastrophic-health-coverage/

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30) A second American civil war?
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Reich

“Imagine that an impeachment resolution against Trump passes the House. Trump claims it’s the work of the ‘deep state.’ Fox News’s Sean Hannity demands every honest patriot take to the streets. Right-wing social media call for war. As insurrection spreads, Trump commands the armed forces to side with the ‘patriots.’ Or it’s November 2020 and Trump has lost the election. He charges voter fraud, claiming that the “deep state” organized tens of millions of illegal immigrants to vote against him, and says he has an obligation not to step down. Demonstrations and riots ensue. Trump commands the armed forces to put them down. … The United States is premised on an agreement about how to deal with our disagreements. It’s called the Constitution. We trust our system of government enough that we abide by its outcomes even though we may disagree with them. Only once in our history (in 1861) did enough of us distrust the system so much we succumbed to civil war. But what happens if a president claims our system is no longer trustworthy?” [editor’s note: Seems like last time, it ended with an assassination – SAT] (06/05/18)

http://prospect.org/article/second-american-civil-war

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31) 9/11: The greatest gift the status quo ever got
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“I’m not saying that 9/11 was anything but a sick, evil disaster. Nor am I placing blame for it on any person or group; I’m not interested in wasting time in that quagmire. What I am saying is that the status quo in America — compliance without question, shutting our eyes to abuse, and forever finding reasons to believe — was aided by the 9/11 event more than anything else in our lifetimes. This has had consequences and will continue to have consequences, and not good ones. A compliant populace is an open doorway to abuse, and the American populace has set an all-time record for compliance since the event.” (06/05/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/911-greatest-gift-status-quo-ever-got/

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32) Sanctions will only make Iran’s regime worse
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“The academic literature is clear: Far from promoting liberal democracy, sanctions tend to make the countries subject to them more authoritarian and repressive. In 2009, University of Memphis political scientist Dursen Peksen found that, between 1981 and 2000, sanctions contributed to a significant erosion of human rights in the countries on which they were imposed. The following year, in a study co-authored with the University of Missouri’s Cooper Drury, he found that sanctioned countries grew less democratic too. The reason is that sanctions shift the balance of power in a society in the regime’s favor. As sanctions make resources harder to find, authoritarian regimes hoard them. They make the population more dependent on their largesse, and withhold resources from those who might threaten their rule.” (06/05/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/06/iran-sanctions-nuclear/562043/

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33) Homeschooling protects children from violence and Marxism
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“The February mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida prompted many parents to consider homeschooling. This is hardly surprising, as the misnamed federal ‘Gun-Free Schools’ law leaves schoolchildren defenseless against mass shooters. Removing one’s children from government schools seems a rational response to school shootings. School shootings are not the only form of violence causing more parents to consider homeschooling. Many potential homeschooling parents are concerned about the failure of school administrators to effectively protect children from bullying by other students. Of course many parents choose homeschooling as a means of protecting their children from federal education ‘reforms’ such as Common Core. Other parents are motivated by a desire to protect their children from the cultural Marxism that has infiltrated many schools.” (06/05/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/homeschooling-protects-children-violence-marxism

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34) “State capacity” is sleight of hand
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Suppose I proposed the following theory of economic development: ‘The root cause of economic development is social capacity. Highly-developed societies have immense social capacity, as evidenced by their countless achievements. Backwards societies lack social capacity, as evidenced by their countless problems.’ You’d probably be unimpressed. At first glance, this is a circular theory that explains nothing: Why are things so good in X? Because X has great social capacity. How do we know X has great social capacity? Because things are so good in X! On closer consideration, though, the social capacity theory is not utterly empty. It makes one grand empirical prediction: Good social outcomes correlate. Income, wealth, happiness, health, culture, entertainment, leisure, and safety will all go together.” (06/05/18)

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

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35) Red tape is what keeps housing unaffordable
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Art Carden

“‘I’d love to live in San Francisco, but I don’t want to pay $750,000 to live in a closet.’ That’s what I tell my introductory economics students when I discuss housing prices. I probably need to update it to $2 million or something like that. Why? Why is housing so expensive in cities like San Francisco, Boston, New York? It’s expensive because demand is high and rising. It’s insanely expensive to live in San Francisco because practically everyone wants to live in San Francisco. But that’s only half the story. Housing is also insanely expensive because supply isn’t rising very quickly. When you have demand rising quickly and supply changing slowly, you get rising prices. So, how do we fix it? First, we need to take a very hard look at the rules making it very hard to supply new housing.” (06/05/18)

https://fee.org/articles/red-tape-is-what-keeps-housing-unaffordable/

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36) From inside North Korea, clues about Kim’s agenda
Source: Reuters
by Katharine Moon

“It’s been a roller coaster ride for anyone following plans for a June 12 summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. The actors were contradictory, the stage sets numerous and the messages chaotic. Within days of Trump’s May 24 cancellation of the Singapore meeting (and then the withdrawal of his withdrawal), President Moon Jae-in of South Korea met with the U.S. president in Washington and with the North Korean leader on the northern side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) to help keep the summit alive. Meanwhile, U.S. officials flew to the DMZ and Singapore and a top North Korean official came to New York to plan (again) for the encounter. As riveting as this turbulent drama may be, such external events are not the drivers of Pyongyang’s decision-making. Since the beginning of 2018, when Kim began his active campaign to portray his regime as a serious international player and hypothetically cooperative partner, analysts and commentators have been obsessed with whether Kim is sincere or staging an elaborate hoax. No one can know what Pyongyang’s ‘real’ intentions are. But we can look inside the North Korean society for clues.” (06/05/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-moon-korea-commentary/commentary-from-inside-north-korea-clues-about-kims-agenda-idUSKCN1J02TF

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37) Wouldn’t freedom be … easier?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“It sure would be easier were we to stick to freedom of association. Wouldn’t that dredge up less animus? States should not engage in invidious discrimination. Sure. Vital. But businesses? Must they serve anyone and everyone? Even when it requires the baker or florist to create something custom — or the pianist to perform? Especially when customers can easily go to a competitor?” (06/05/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/06/05/wouldnt-freedom-be-easier/

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38) Executive privilege may very well “Trump” all
Source: USA Today
by Jennifer Kerns

As the nation debates President Trump’s legal argument that he possesses unfettered power to not only oversee the Russia probe but perhaps even pardon himself, one must give the White House credit for at least changing the narrative to showcase the view that executive privilege may very well ‘trump’ all. Trump is hardly the first president to invoke such powers. Both Democrats and Republicans have done so. In 1998, President Clinton invoked presidential privilege in the Monica Lewinsky investigation to limit the questioning of two top White House aides. President Richard Nixon invoked similar powers in the 1974 showdown over Watergate. According to Article II of the Constitution, the president has wide authority to issue executive orders, call up the National Guard and, according to Trump’s team, oversee federal investigations. It is here that Trump’s legal team rightfully asserts the Constitution grants broad powers to the president to, ‘if he wished, terminate the (special counsel’s) inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon.’” (06/05/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/05/executive-privilege-may-trump-all-editorials-debates/35730809

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39) How the summit with North Korea can succeed
Source: Antiwar.com
by Michael Haas

“Negotiations between adversaries are difficult but can be overcome if the parties are sincere and employ unilateral reciprocated confidence-building measures, as is common in human interactions within Asia. Summits in Asia are quite different from contract-oriented Western summits. As Kim said, the purpose of the summit was to build ‘mutual trust with the United States,’ which would be followed by ‘frequent meetings.’ Everything was going well between North Korea and the United States until monkey wrenches were thrown into the process. Their removal will enable Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to have the productive summit they want.” (06/05/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/michael_haas/2018/06/04/how-the-summit-with-north-korea-can-succeed/

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40) Opioid addiction is evidence of our failure to address chronic pain
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Dr. Amar Setty

“America’s worst drug epidemic shifted into high gear ten years ago when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned fatal drug overdoses in 2008 were poised to overtake the numbers of deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes. Today, the most recent data show over 42,000 annual deaths caused by opioid abuse, which surpasses the mortality rate of car accidents by several thousand. How is it that car crash fatalities peaked at over 51,000 in 1979 and in recent years are less than 40,000 despite more drivers? Innovations such as airbags and three-point seatbelts among other technologies engineered into modern vehicles account for life-saving improvements in automotive safety. Yet we have relatively few visible signs of similar advances in treating pain, which is what caused this drug epidemic.” [editor’s note: About time someone addressed the real issue here; proper (limited) use of these deadly painkillers (and “legalization” of other options) could have eliminated this “crisis” before it began – SAT] (06/05/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/opioid-addiction-chronic-pain

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41) Preach less, live your values more
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“In case you haven’t noticed, very few people on social media are out there talking about how much they love exploitation, or admit that they’d unflinchingly put aside all ethical considerations in the pursuit of money and power. In contrast, everyone’s ranting and raving about how great they are, how right about everything their political tribe is, and how morally superior they are to the evil and corrupt ‘other side.’ The problem is someone has to be wrong in a world where everyone’s convinced they’re right. Much of the political conversation out there, if we can call it that, revolves around demonizing the other side. Diehard Trump supporters show very little inclination for introspection, nor does the rabid anti-Trump crowd. In such an environment, people spend very little time actually discussing the big, existential issues of the day in a rational manner. Instead, we’re reduced to incessant tribal bickering which more closely resembles sports team fanaticism than productive debate.” (06/05/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/06/04/preach-less-live-your-values-more/

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42) Of course sexbots will reduce sexual violence, don’t be silly
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“It’s entirely possible that the arrival of sexbots will not solve any loneliness problems people are having. But the idea that they won’t reduce sexual violence is truly ridiculous. For we already know about this, we know that sex not with people is a substitute for sex with people, not a complement to it. That is also true of that portion of sexual violence — like rape say — which is about sex and not so much the violence. This isn’t supposition any more, this is something we really do know. For we’ve observed the spread of broadband internet and the fall in rape.” (06/05/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/sex/of-course-sexbots-will-reduce-sexual-violence-dont-be-silly/

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43) Team Mueller’s illegal, unethical hunt for the president’s scalp
Source: The American Spectator
by George Parry

“[C]ounsel reference the October 16, 2000 Memorandum Opinion for the Attorney General by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel titled A Sitting President’s Amenability to Indictment and Criminal Prosecution. This long-accepted and well-established opinion, which is binding on all elements of the Justice Department including Team Mueller, states unequivocally that the indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting president would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. In other words, as a matter of fundamental constitutional law, a sitting president cannot be criminally charged or prosecuted. Certainly as a former FBI Director and long-time denizen of the Justice Department, Mueller must have been aware of this prohibition. Accordingly, it is more than fair to ask this fundamental legal question: just what in the hell does Mueller think he’s doing? Why is he pretending to run a criminal investigation of the president when he must know that it cannot result in an arrest or prosecution?” (06/05/18)

https://spectator.org/team-muellers-illegal-unethical-hunt-for-the-presidents-scalp/

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44) [When] should lower courts try to predict Supreme Court rulings?
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Will Baude

“It is largely eclipsed by some of its other rulings and non-rulings of the day, but one of the most interesting things that the Supreme Court failed to decide yesterday was how lower courts are supposed to read a 4-1-4 Supreme Court decision with no majority opinion. The case is Hughes v. United States, and Richard Re, who wrote an excellent amicus brief and underlying article, has some typically interesting thoughts over at Prawfsblawg. Towards the end of his post, Richard brings up an interesting related issue that arose during arguments in the case, which is the extent to which lower courts ought to follow ‘the ‘predictive model’ of precedent, whereby lower courts strive to predict the decisions of their judicial superiors.’ As Richard notes, Chief Justice Roberts forcefully asserted this model, which ‘was eyebrow-raising at the time’ given the Supreme Court’s own statements. And I think enlightened opinion has generally suggested that there is something problematic about substituting ‘what the Supreme Court will do’ for lower courts’ duty to apply the law as it stands.” (06/05/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/06/05/should-lower-courts-try-to-predict-supre

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45) Does subjective valuation mean arbitrary valuation?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

“Why do individuals pay much higher prices for some goods versus other goods? The common reply to this is the law of supply and demand. However, what is behind this law? To provide an answer to this question economists refer to the law of diminishing marginal utility. Mainstream economics explains the law of diminishing marginal utility in terms of the satisfaction that one derives from consuming a particular good. For instance, an individual may derive vast satisfaction from consuming one cone of ice cream. However, the satisfaction he will derive from consuming a second cone might also be big but not as big as the satisfaction derived from the first cone.” (06/05/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/06/does-subjective-valuation-mean-arbitrary-valuation/

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46) Welcome to police state America, weary traveler
Source: CounterPunch
by Dave Lindorff

“My wife Joyce and I came home last week from a three-week trip to Manila in the Philippines, and to Hong Kong and Beijing in China. … there was only one place on that jaunt where I personally felt like I was entering a police state at the immigration checkpoint: the USA. At the Manila airport, the woman checking our passports was polite and friendly … and unarmed. … In Hong Kong the process was typically swift and efficient, even when the officer, also unarmed, asked about Joyce’s work visa …. At the Beijing International Airport, where we were entering a full-blown police state, there were fingerprints and photos taken by an immigration officer who was professional, but friendly enough … and unarmed. But when we got home and back to US immigration after landing at Newark, the scene was altogether different. Every immigration agent had a sidearm as well as a taser on her or his belt. Signs everywhere said phone, cellphone and computer use while in the interminable lines was barred, and hostile-sounding loudmouthed immigration officers were quick to scold anyone who violated that rule …” (06/05/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/05/welcome-to-police-state-america-weary-traveler/

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47) Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling dodges the big question
Source: Cato Institute
by Walter Olson

“In the end, the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling was narrow without being close. Justice Kennedy won over liberals Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer into a 7-2 majority to rule that Colorado had improperly shown contempt for Jack Phillips’s religious views while considering the case against him brought by wedding-cake hopefuls Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins. By deciding the case on those grounds, Kennedy sidestepped the broader question that has dominated public discussion of the case all year: When does it violate the First Amendment to require business people to accept work they believe implicates them in expression contrary to their beliefs? Dodged today, that question will assuredly be back in future.” (06/04/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/masterpiece-cakeshop-ruling-dodges-big-question

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48) Rise of the decadents
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“In spite of my Freudo-Marxian syndicalist roots I pride myself on being something of a cafeteria philosopher, taking a little influence here, there, and everywhere, even from the fringes. Fuck, who am I kidding, especially from the fringes. Wack-jobs make the best visionaries. But as far as the far right is concerned you’ll be hard pressed to find any work of philosophy with anything resembling intellectual depth. Even the non-racial shit (few and far between) is plagued with the kind of half-baked mysticism that’s only fascinating to a pre-teen metal-head (been there, done that). I make an [ex]ception, however, for the work of German Conservative Revolutionary Oswald Spengler, in particular his World War era magnum opus Decline of the West, which is more than worth thumbing through, even for a genderfuck anarchist derelict like me.” (06/04/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/06/rise-of-decadents-notes-from.html

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49) The why of religious freedom
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Ethan Blevins

“When a major religious-rights case hits the news, I’ve noticed a pattern. The outrage extends not to just the individual case but to the concept of religious freedom generally. Angry bloggers and tweeters love to insert scare quotes around the phrase ‘religious freedom,’ as if wearing latex gloves to handle toxic sludge. And the Colorado judge below certainly showed deep disdain for Mr. Phillips’ religious beliefs, which is perhaps the major reason that Phillips won. This pattern of skepticism toward religious freedom writ large signals that we should perhaps retreat to first principles. Why do religious practices and beliefs receive special treatment?” (06/04/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/06/04/the-why-of-religious-freedom/

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50) San Francisco’s proposed flavor ban is a disservice to tobacco harm reduction
Source: Heartland Institute
by Lindsey Stroud

“On June 5, voters in San Francisco will vote whether the city should ban flavors, including menthol, in tobacco and vaping products. Proposition E comes a year after the San Francisco city council unanimously voted to ban flavored tobacco products in June 2017. Since then, opponents and proponents of Prop. E have spent millions of dollars campaigning against and for the ban. Erroneously, proponents of the measure are relying on fear mongering tactics, twisting campaign finance data to purport that ‘big tobacco’ has raised $11.5 million to counter the campaign, whereas supporters have received only $4.2 million. Unfortunately, this is incorrect. In April, the California Department of Health launched a $75 million campaign exaggerating the risks of vaping and has produced television ads featuring children vaping since January 2018. Groups lobbying for Prop. E including Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society have also spent millions on the issue. While these extensive campaigns claim that banning flavors will ‘protect the children,’ there is much evidence that is contrary to their claims.” (06/04/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/06/san-franciscos-proposed-flavor-ban-is-a-disservice-to-tobacco-harm-reduction/

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51) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 59
Source: Libertarianism.org

“We often learn that Manifest Destiny was created by racists and imperialists and there’s truth to that, but the first libertarians were also responsible.” [various formats] (06/05/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/world-wide-revolution

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/05/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The US Supreme Court ruled more or less in favor of the Masterpiece Cake Shop’s owner refusing to bake wedding cakes for same-sex couples on religious grounds. While conservatives may view this as a victory, in fact the ruling may end up hurting conservatives and libertarians more than helping them.” [Flash video] (06/05/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/supremes-miss-the-point-on-bake-the-cake-ruling

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53) The Libertarian Angle, 06/05/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“If you own yourself, shouldn’t you be free to ingest what you wish? FFF president Jacob G. Hornberger and Richard M. Ebeling discuss the immorality of the drug war.” [various formats] (06/05/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-opioids-and-the-drug-war-video/

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54) Scott Adams Says, 06/05/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about what’s dividing the country, and the placebo effect while drinking from an empty glass.” [Flash video] (06/05/18)

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

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55) Free Talk Live, 06/04/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Communist Manifesto Analysis :: Fractional Reserve Banking :: Regulation of Transport and Communications :: Conservatives, Immigration, and Property :: FBI Agent Drunkenly Dances, Fires Gun into Crowd :: Supreme Court Cake Ruling :: Aviation Regulation :: Zencash Hit By 51% Attack :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/04/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-06-04

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56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 06/04/18
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“No wonder my listeners demanded this episode. Saifedean Ammous takes an economic perspective informed by the Austrian School and applies it to Bitcoin and why it matters. He discusses the various roles Bitcoin can play, and parries common objections. (We also take an animated detour into the BCH/BTC discussion, for those of you interested.)” [various formats] (06/04/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1171-the-bitcoin-standard-the-decentralized-alternative-to-central-banking/

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57) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/04/18
Source: Cato Institute

“A new podcast from Libertarianism.org digs into the twin issues of civil forfeiture and eminent domain. Tess Terrible is the host and producer of the show.” [various formats] (06/05/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/pursuit-eminent-domain-civil-forfeiture

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