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Monday, June 18th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Colombia: Duque beats Petro in presidential election
2) Leading Republicans join Democrats in pushing Trump to halt child abductions
3) Elizabeth Holmes indicted on wire fraud charges, steps down from Theranos
4) NY: Assembly passes single-payer universal health care legislation
5) CDC: Less sex, fewer drugs, more depression among teens
6) AZ: Video shows member of “Border Patrol” gang in hit and run
7) Afghanistan: Taliban say ceasefire will not be extended, as suicide attack kills 18
8) VA: Manafort serving pretrial detention as “VIP” in jail
9) Turkey: Leaked Erdogan video stokes vote-rigging fears
10) Pope: Abortion is “white glove” equivalent to Nazi crimes
11) UK: Regime returns boy’s stolen epilepsy medication
12) Bernie Sanders won’t endorse own son’s US House candidacy
13) France: Folk icon Joan Baez can’t get past Paris nightclub doorman
14) Thailand: King takes control of some $30 billion in crown assets
15) AZ: Republicans brush off talk about McCain Senate seat

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Ross Ulbricht is serving a double life sentence
17) Child abductions: A conversation it’s hard to believe we’re even having
18) The gun culture’s dirty little secret
19) The DACA “compromise” bill is the worst immigration legislation in a century
20) Justice Department email report proves anti-Trump/pro-Hillary bias
21) How conservatives conned James Comey
22) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 8, part 6
23) Gold appears quiescenta
24) The outsized power of Hungary’s Viktor Orban
25) They broke the law
26) Degrading expectations
27) The gates of hell are closing behind us: US-Saudi horror show heats up in Yemen
28) Optimism
29) Donald Trump makes all Americans poorer with 25% tariffs on Chinese goods
30) Unschooling has no “last day”
31) Why can’t Democrats give Trump credit on North Korea?
32) Gold payment systems provide an alternative to government money
33) How Dodd-Frank stole the recovery by killing small-business growth
34) Why Gustavo Petro’s newfound faith in free markets won’t fool Colombia
35) Yes, Hillary should have been prosecuted
36) “Windfall profits” aren’t a problem
37) Apple is making it harder for government to invade privacy
38) Republicans can pass another tax cut: Killing ethanol mandate
39) Crime.Gov.Con
40) The big obstacle to peace in Korea
41) 100 years ago, Socialist leader Eugene Debs gave this speech that landed him in prison
42) Trump, North Korea, and Iran
43) Trump grows as his critics shrink
44) Google should tell Congress to mind its own business
45) Inspector general’s report on FBI and Clinton’s emails shows secrecy threatens democracy
46) Why a state typically promotes its own official language
47) What is identity, anyway?
48) Some questions for Jacob Mchangama
49) Wage theft: To fight the crime, address the motive
50) Quantum Vibe, 06/15/18

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Scott Adams Says, 06/16/18
52) Reason Podcast, 06/15/18
53) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/15/18
54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 207
55) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/15/18
56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1180
57) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 244
58) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 150
59) Felony Friday, episode 128
60) Deconstructed, 06/15/18

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

1) Colombia: Duque beats Petro in presidential election
Source: Miami Herald

“Ivan Duque, a 41-year-old political newcomer, won Colombia’s presidency Sunday promising to revitalize the country’s economy, overhaul a historic peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and bring together a polarized nation. A U.S.-educated lawyer, Duque worked at the International Development Bank in Washington, D.C., before becoming a senator in 2014. A virtual unknown just a few years ago, he rose to prominence thanks to the support of former President Alvaro Uribe and his Centro Democratico political party. Electoral authorities said Duque beat Gustavo Petro, the leftist former mayor Bogota, by more than 2 million votes.” (06/17/18)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/colombia/article213271039.html

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2) Leading Republicans join Democrats in pushing Trump to halt child abductions
Source: New York Times

“Leading figures of both parties pressured President Trump on Sunday to halt his administration’s practice of [abducting] children from their parents when apprehended at the border, as the issue further polarized the already divisive immigration debate in Washington. Republican lawmakers, the former first lady Laura Bush and a onetime adviser to Mr. Trump joined Democrats, including former President Bill Clinton, in condemning the [abductions] that have removed nearly 2,000 children from their parents in just six weeks. The administration pushed back, arguing that it was just enforcing the law — a false assertion that President Trump has made repeatedly. … The furor over the [abduction] policy seemed to grow even as the president planned to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday in advance of votes on immigration legislation that has divided his party.” (06/17/18)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/17/us/politics/melania-trump-family-separation.html

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3) Elizabeth Holmes indicted on wire fraud charges, steps down from Theranos
Source: CNN

“Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been indicted on federal wire fraud charges, the office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California announced Friday. Holmes and former Theranos COO and president Ramesh ‘Sunny’ Balwani allegedly engaged in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud investors, as well as a scheme to defraud doctors and patients, according to a release from the US Attorney’s office. Holmes and Balwani are charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and nine counts of wire fraud. The indictments happened Thursday and were unsealed on Friday. If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, plus restitution for each count of wire fraud and each conspiracy count, according to the US Attorney’s office.” (06/16/18)

http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/15/technology/elizabeth-holmes-indicted-theranos/index.html

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4) NY: Assembly passes single-payer universal health care legislation
Source: Washington Times

“The New York state Assembly has again endorsed a single-payer universal health care system. The Democrat-led chamber passed the measure last week for the fourth year in a row. Passage of the legislation is largely symbolic, however. The Republican-led Senate is not expected to take up the measure before lawmakers adjourn for the year next year.” (06/17/18)

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/17/new-york-assembly-passes-single-payer-universal-he/

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5) CDC: Less sex, fewer drugs, more depression among teens
Source: Deseret News

“The share of high school students who had sex or used drugs decreased between 2007 and 2017. At the same time, the share who said they felt sad or hopeless increased. So did the share who said they did not attend school for fear of bullying and violence. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control’s latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey report, which asks students about their experiences across six categories of topics, including tobacco and substance use, sexual behaviors, behaviors that could contribute to injuries and violence, and their exercise and dietary habits.” [editor’s note: Well, duh — who ISN’T depressed when having less sex and using fewer drugs? – TLK] (06/16/18)

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900021857/fewer-high-school-students-are-using-drugs-and-having-sex-but-experts-warn-theres-still-plenty-of-room-for-concern.html

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6) AZ: Video shows member of “Border Patrol” gang in hit and run
Source: The Hill

“A Native American man was struck by a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle Thursday on a reservation in Arizona, according to footage recorded by the man on his cell phone. The incident, captured by Paulo Remes, a resident of the Tohono O’odham Nation, fueled tensions between the tribe and federal immigration authorities after the video spread rapidly on social media. In the video, Remes is standing on what appears to be a dirt road as the vehicle barreled toward him, knocking him to the ground. Remes can then be heard reading out the vehicle’s license plate number as it drives away.” (06/16/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/392643-video-shows-border-patrol-car-hitting-native-american-man-and-driving-away

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7) Afghanistan: Taliban say ceasefire will not be extended, as suicide attack kills 18
Source: Times of India [India]

“A suicide attack in restive eastern Afghanistan today killed at least 18 people in a crowd celebrating the Eid holiday, the second assault in as many days to mar an unprecedented ceasefire. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the suicide attack in Jalalabad city, outside the office of the Nangarhar provincial governor. The Islamic State group, which was not part of the truce, had claimed an even deadlier blast near the city a day earlier. … Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced the decision to resume fighting after President Ashraf Ghani said Saturday a government truce with the militants would be extended. He asked the group to reciprocate. ‘The ceasefire ends tonight and our operations will begin, inshallah (God willing). We have no intention to extend the ceasefire,’ Mujahid told AFP in a WhatsApp message.” (06/17/18)

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/taliban-says-ceasefire-with-afghan-forces-will-not-be-extended/articleshow/64622315.cms

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8) VA: Manafort serving pretrial detention as “VIP” in jail
Source: New York Daily News

“Paul Manafort gets to enjoy his pre-trial stint behind bars as a VIP. The former Trump campaign chairman was booked into Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, just before 8:30 p.m. Friday, according to jail records. Earlier in the day, Judge Amy Berman Jackson revoked Manafort’s bond amid allegations of witness tampering. Records listed his housing unit at the 500-bed facility, located about 90 miles south of Washington, D.C., as VIP. … The sprawling facility, expanded three times since it was established in the 1980s, is tucked just behind the welcome sign to the rural city Warsaw, which has a population of about 1,500. It’s surrounded by loops of barbed wire and boasts amenities like a recreation yard where inmates like Manafort are allowed to keep in shape and play sports.” (06/16/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-news-manafort-virginia-jail-vip-20180616-story.html

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9) Turkey: Leaked Erdogan video stokes vote-rigging fears
Source: Voice of America [US state media]

“A leaked video of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vote sparked fears of possible vote rigging ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for June 24. The video shows Erdogan telling party officials to secure majorities on ballot box monitoring committees to ‘”finish the job in Istanbul before it has even started.’ In the video, Erdogan also comments on the pro-Kurdish HDP: ‘I can’t speak these words outside [publicly]. I am speaking them with you here. Why? Because if the HDP falls below the election threshold, it would mean that we would be in a much better place.’ The HDP is hovering around the 10 percent electoral threshold needed to enter parliament. Failure to pass the threshold would result in HDP votes being transferred to the party’s chief rival in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, the ruling AKP.” (06/15/18)

https://www.voanews.com/a/leaked-erdogan-video-stokes-turkish-vote-rigging-fears/4440931.html

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10) Pope: Abortion is “white glove” equivalent to Nazi crimes
Source: Yahoo! News

“Pope Francis denounced abortion on Saturday as the ‘white glove’ equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them. Francis spoke off-the-cuff to a meeting of an Italian family association, ditching his prepared remarks to speak from the heart about families and the trials they undergo. He lamented how some couples choose not to have any children, while others resort to pre-natal testing to see if their baby has any malformations or genetic problems. … Francis recalled that as a child he was horrified to hear stories from his teacher about children ‘thrown from the mountain’ if they were born with malformations. ‘Today we do the same thing,’ he said. ‘Last century, the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves,’ Francis said.” (06/16/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/pope-denounces-abortion-modern-day-white-glove-eugenics-144852202.html

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11) UK: Regime returns boy’s stolen epilepsy medication
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A boy with severe epilepsy has been given back medicinal cannabis oil that was confiscated from his mother at customs, the home secretary has said. Billy Caldwell, 12, received the oil after doctors made clear it was a ‘medical emergency,’ Sajid Javid said. Billy’s mother, Charlotte Caldwell, from County Tyrone, said they had ‘achieved the impossible’ but called for the oil to be freely available. Billy began using cannabis oil in 2016 to control his seizures. The cannabis oil, which contains a substance called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is illegal in the UK but available elsewhere. Billy’s most recent supply (which Ms Caldwell had tried to bring into the UK from Canada) was confiscated at Heathrow Airport on Monday and he was admitted to hospital before Mr Javid said it would be returned.” (06/16/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-44507135

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12) Bernie Sanders won’t endorse own son’s US House candidacy
Source: Fox News

“If Bernie Sanders doesn’t receive a Father’s Day card on Sunday, the reason might not be hard to figure out. The U.S. senator from Vermont has declined to endorse his son Levi Sanders, 49, a candidate for a U.S. House seat in New Hampshire, according to reports. ‘He’s on his own,’ the elder Sanders told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday night, adding that he doesn’t like ‘dynastic politics.’ Some say they are not surprised, because the elder Sanders has a long history of being stingy with political endorsements.” (06/16/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/17/bernie-sanders-wont-endorse-own-sons-us-house-candidacy.html

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13) France: Folk icon Joan Baez can’t get past Paris nightclub doorman
Source: Raw Story

“After giving a concert in Paris on Thursday night, American folk singer Joan Baez headed to a night club for some dancing — only to be told by a doorman that she wasn’t allowed in. ‘Guess what? I was with a friend after my 8th Olympia concert in Paris. We wanted to go dancing at the posh Pachamama club in Bastille but were refused entrance because of my shoes,’ the 77-year-old posted on Twitter with a picture of her feet. ‘For once I was wearing shoes!’ Baez, who was at the vanguard of the antiwar movement in the 1960s, remains popular in France, where she has performed regularly over the years. Her residency this month at the storied Olympia music hall ends with sold-out concerts on Saturday and Sunday. The South American-themed club, housed in a building designed by Gustave Eiffel, quickly issued an apology.” (06/16/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/folk-icon-joan-baez-cant-get-past-paris-nightclub-doorman

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14) Thailand: King takes control of some $30 billion in crown assets
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been granted full, personal ownership of royal assets thought to be worth at least $30 billion. The Crown Property Bureau, which controlled the royal fortune on behalf of the monarchy, said it transferred ownership of the assets following a change in the law last year. It means taxes are liable on royal assets for the first time. Maha Vajiralongkorn, 65, became king in December 2016. He succeeded his much-revered father King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was the world’s longest-reigning monarch when he died in October 2016. Thailand has strict lese majeste laws, which ban criticism of the monarchy. The laws have also shielded the royal family from public view and scrutiny.” (06/16/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44507590

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15) AZ: Republicans brush off talk about McCain Senate seat
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Sen. John McCain’s legacy was thrust into focus nearly one year ago when he announced his brain cancer diagnosis. The six-term Senator and decorated Vietnam War veteran is now fighting the illness from his beloved Arizona, and filling the role of one of the few Congressional Republican voices to publicly rebuke Trump administration decisions. Yet the question of what happens if McCain steps down from office before 2022 is a lingering one, casting an uncomfortable haze around the future of a seat that can’t quite ever be filled. ‘John McCain is a one-of-a-kind politician, and there’s no replacing him,’ said Stan Barnes, an Arizona Republican consultant. ‘No one serving in political office today remembers a time when John McCain was not representing us in Washington.’ Some Arizona Republicans have criticized conversations about the future of McCain’s seat as inappropriate. But reflections around the 81-year-old statesman’s life, legacy and status as a national political figure have resurfaced via a new HBO documentary, ‘John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls,’ and his new memoir, ‘The Restless Wave.’” (06/16/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Despite-cancer-McCain-s-maverick-ways-press-on-13000215.php

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

16) Ross Ulbricht is serving a double life sentence
Source: Reason
by Katherine Mangu-Ward

Interview with Lyn Ulbricht. “Reason: Since Ross'[s] conviction, there have been quite a few revelations about prosecutorial misconduct and other questionable practices related to his case. Can you describe what has happened? Lyn Ulbricht: Even pretrial, there were so many issues. For example, the government deprived Ross of bail, based partially on allegations of murder for hire, then two months later dropped those charges. And those charges were never brought to trial. He was never tried or convicted for those charges, and yet Judge Forrest used those charges to enhance a very unreasonable sentence for all nonviolent charges. That is one of the questions that [we’re bringing to the Supreme] Court: Is it constitutional for a judge to use uncharged, unproven allegations to enhance an unreasonable sentence? That deprives Ross of his jury trial rights.” (for publication 07/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/05/31/ross-ulbricht-is-serving-a-dou

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17) Child abductions: A conversation it’s hard to believe we’re even having
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“As jaded as we’ve become since 9/11 — as accustomed to the government’s violations of our own rights and the rights of those abroad, whether it’s TSA thugs groping Americans at airports or the CIA torturing foreigners at foreign ‘black sites’ — surely we can all agree that this time Washington has finally gone too far, right? Well, no. The President of the United States, his chief of staff, the Attorney General, and even some members of Congress are actively defending the abduction of children. Not as an emergency measure for kids in immediate danger, but as policy for the purpose of punishing parents who cross an imaginary line on the ground without politicians’ permission. It’s an evil policy. Officials who order it are loathsome creatures whose appeals to God in its defense are nothing short of blasphemy. They and those who enforce it are criminals. Both deserve short trials and long sentences.” (06/16/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13785

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18) The gun culture’s dirty little secret
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“Here’s the dirty little secret even the ‘good guys’ are keeping from you, the truth that most pro-gun organizations lack the gonads to express and defend. Since those days in the 1930s, not a single gun law in this country, at any level, federal, state, county, or municipal, is legal, consistent with the original intentions of the Founding Fathers, or effective in preventing crime. To be brief, in the United States, laws against automatic weapons, semi-automatics, ‘bump stocks,’ silencers, and so on, are themselves illegal. Both sides, Democrats and Republicans alike, deeply fear ordinary people and will do absolutely anything they can to avoid the real solution to problems like school shootings — which is to arm everybody, even responsible kiddies — and kill the shooters as quickly and neatly as possible.” (06/17/18)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle978-20180617-02.html

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19) The DACA “compromise” bill is the worst immigration legislation in a century
Source: Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh

“Republicans have for years claimed that they oppose only illegal immigration, and President Trump, as a candidate said he wanted immigrants ‘to come in, but they’ve got to come in like you: legally.’ The [Securing America’s Future Act’s] sponsors are clearly not on the same page. It’s misleading to even call the SAF Act an immigration bill. As a matter of rhetoric, it’s an anti-immigration piece of legislation. If a Democratic politician sponsored a bill to cut legal gun ownership by 40%, Republicans would rightly call it an anti-gun bill. The same rules ought to apply here.” (06/15/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/daca-compromise-bill-worst-immigration-legislation-century

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20) Justice Department email report proves anti-Trump/pro-Hillary bias
Source: USA Today
by James S Robbins

“When is political bias not political bias? When it is directed against Donald Trump. The long-awaited Justice Department Office of the Inspector General (IG) report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation concluded that ‘there was no evidence of bias or other improper considerations affecting the handling’ of the investigation. The hunt for bias was central to the IG’s inquiry. The word appears 120 times in the document. But though they refused to admit it, the IG team found bias wherever they looked. The most shocking statement was from the Peter Strzok/Lisa Page texts. ‘[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!’ Page wrote, to which Strzok replied, ‘No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.’ The IG report noted that this is ‘not only indicative of a biased state of mind,’ but ‘even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact [Donald Trump’s] electoral prospects.’” (06/15/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/15/justice-department-inspector-general-donald-trump-hillary-clinton-email-fbi-column/704815002

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21) How conservatives conned James Comey
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“Back in early October 2016, about a month before the presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials were about to release a statement on what appeared to be a concerted Russian effort to interfere in the American democratic process. But FBI Director James Comey, in an email to James Clapper, the director for national intelligence, and John Brennan, the director of the CIA, counseled against it. ‘I think the window has closed on the opportunity for an official statement, with 4 weeks until a presidential election,’ Comey wrote. ‘I think the marginal incremental disruption/inoculation impact of the statement would be hugely outweighed by the damage to the [intelligence community’s] reputation for independence.’ Thanks to media reports, he explained, most Americans were already aware of Moscow’s meddling. ‘Our “confirming” it (1) adds little to the public mix, (2) begs difficult questions about both how we know that and what we are going to do about it, and (3) exposes us to serious accusations of launching our own “October surprise,”‘ he wrote. ‘That last bit is utterly untrue, but a reality in our poisonous atmosphere.’” [editor’s note: This is ALMOST as stupid a claim as Rachel Maddow’s warmongering about Korea – SAT] (06/15/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/149138/conservatives-conned-james-comey

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22) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 8, part 6
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“The perfect society is embodied by the institutions that individuals create and through which they function. The same is true of a dystopian society. That’s why institutional analysis is essential to understand how freedom and totalitarianism work. One institution is cryptocurrency, which profoundly affects other institutions of society, and reaches far beyond the financial ones.” (06/16/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-crypto-can-create-a-perfect-political-system/

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23) Gold appears quiescenta
Source: Heartland Institute
by Edmund Contoski

“Gold news has not received much media coverage lately. That’s not because what’s been happening is unimportant. Rather it has been eclipsed by sensational stories of the latest school shooting, the eruption of a Hawaiian volcano, the on-again-off-again summit plans with North Korea, tariffs on steel and aluminum, Italian political problems, the price of bitcoin, the latest on who’s been raped or suffered other sexual abuse. Thus few people know that central banks have been huge buyers of gold. In the 4th quarter 2017, central bank reserves increased by 73.1 metric tons, bringing the total for the year to 372t.” (06/15/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/06/gold-appears-quiescent/

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24) The outsized power of Hungary’s Viktor Orban
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Closing a major university is a big deal. Created, staffed and maintained at large, usually public, expense, universities serve both a utilitarian and an idealistic purpose: to provide the highly-educated workforce modern economies require, and to uphold and further civilized values through the understanding of the world the various academic disciplines claim to provide. Yet one of Europe’s academic gems trembles on the verge of closure. The Central European University in Budapest, which had hoped to be spared earlier this year, will, according to its rector, be forced to largely cease operations in Hungary if, by the beginning of next year, it does not receive the government’s permission to continue — a permission long awaited, but so far denied. Relatively small (with some 1500 graduate students) CEU teaches a range of subjects, including social sciences, law, management and mathematics. Consistently ranked among the top 100 universities of the world, it is also one of the most multinational, with students from over 100 countries, including many from Hungary itself. Thanks to a privately-provided and secure endowment, CEU is also one of the richest universities in Europe.” (06/15/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-hungary-commentary/commentary-the-outsized-power-of-hungarys-viktor-orban-idUSKBN1JB2LI

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25) They broke the law
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

“Consider this dialogue: A. ‘They broke the law.’ B. ‘So, your view is that government agents may permissibly do whatever they damn well please when you break the law? Like if you, say, misreported some of your income to the IRS, it would be fine to forcibly separate you from your kids because you broke the law?’ A. ‘No, because I’m a citizen.’ B. ‘Okay, so if you were to, say, jaywalk in Amsterdam, then the Dutch cops could take your kids from you? Or, if you were to show up in Rio but you forgot to get a Visa head of time, the Brazilian police could take your kids away?’ A. ‘No … I mean … You do know these people aren’t white, right?!’” (06/16/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/06/they-broke-the-law/

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26) Degrading expectations
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Expect racism to come from the Right … we are told by the Left. On Wednesday, I considered the sad case of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, pushing racial resentment in a black church, asking for an ‘amen’ after telling the parishioners that there was something very wrong with Asian students dominating that most meritocratic of institutions, Stuyvesant High. Giving up on meritocracy is quite bracing, as is de Blasio’s lack of commitment to the culture of individual achievement. His assumption? Black and Hispanic Americans just cannot compete on merit alone.” (06/15/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/06/15/degrading-expectations/

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27) The gates of hell are closing behind us: US-Saudi horror show heats up in Yemen
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“The Saudi attack has been a monstrous war crime since its beginning. It was approved and assisted at every step for two years by President Barack Obama; it simply could not have happened without him. Obama’s policies of arming, funding, guiding and — on occasion — directly participating in the Saudi invasion have been carried on, and extended, by Donald Trump, who has launched more direct military incursions and bombings in Yemen. Trump’s involvement has bestirred a bit of criticism from Democrats, who with very few exceptions did not raise the slightest objection to Obama joining extremist religious tyrants in invading a foreign country and driving its people into starvation and ruin. And you will search high and low in what is laughingly called the ‘liberal media’ — MSNBC, CNN, the NYT, the WP and the gaggle of comedy TV hosts whose smarmy, shallow ‘hot takes’ have somehow become the vanguard of ‘Resistance’ — without finding any critique (or even acknowledgement) of the direct, personal complicity of Obama and the Democratic ‘foreign policy establishment’ in this wanton act of mass murder.” (06/15/18)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/the-gates-of-hell-are-closing-behind-us-us-saudi-horror-show-heats-up-in-yemen-15062018.html

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28) Optimism
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Off the top of my head I have a hard time thinking of anything sleazier than smearing peace talks in order to gain partisan political points, but that has indeed been the theme of the last few days when it comes to the Singapore summit. Liberal pundits everywhere have been busily circulating the narrative that Kim Jong-Un ‘played’ Trump by getting him to temporarily halt military drills in exchange for suspended nuclear testing. It was the most fundamental beginning of peace negotiations and a slight deescalation in tensions on the Korean Peninsula, but the way they talk about it you’d think Kim had taken off from Singapore in Air Force One with the keys to Fort Knox and Melania on his lap. I’m not sure how far up the military-industrial complex’s ass one’s head needs to be to think that one single step toward peace is a gigantic take-all-the-chips win for the impoverished North Korea, but many of Trump’s political enemies are taking it even further.” [editor’s note: Discovering this woman’s work has been one of the true highlights of 2018 for me – SAT] (06/15/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/06/15/optimism

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29) Donald Trump makes all Americans poorer with 25% tariffs on Chinese goods
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Donald Trump has just decided to make all Americans poorer through the imposition of tariffs of 25% on certain goods from China. And yes, afraid so, this makes all Americans poorer, even though some will gain relative to others. For there are two effects to tariffs — the imported goods themselves become more expensive, but also domestic production of those goods and their close substitutes do so as well. That’s enough to affect everyone, make all poorer.” (06/15/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/politics/donald-trump-makes-all-americans-poorer-with-25-tariffs-on-chinese-goods/

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30) Unschooling has no “last day”
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Kerry McDonald

“When I was a child, I remember counting the days until the end of the school year. Once June hit, I would mark off on the calendar the field trip day to a museum and ‘field day,’ with its tug-of-war and potato sack races. Those days wouldn’t ‘count’ in my total remaining days of the school year because they wouldn’t actually be school days. They would be fun. And I loved school! Yet, today I wonder: If I loved school so much, why was I always so eager for it to end? … For unschoolers, learning is woven into the continuous, year-round, natural process of living. It is not separated into certain subject silos or reserved for a specified number of hours or days. It is not orchestrated by a linear, sequential curriculum determining how, when, and in what ways a human will learn. It is not pre-determined. It is not forced.” (06/17/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/unschooling-has-no-last-day

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31) Why can’t Democrats give Trump credit on North Korea?
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“For congressional Democrats, it’s payback time. Ever since 2015, when Barack Obama struck a nuclear deal with Iran, prominent Republicans — including Donald Trump and his top foreign policy advisers — have accused Obama and his Democratic supporters of, in Mike Pompeo’s words, ‘surrender.’ They’ve accused Obama of signing a deal that doesn’t meaningfully restrain Iran’s nuclear ambitions and, by seeking a warmer relationship with its regime, of betraying Iran’s long-suffering people. The irony, therefore, is nearly irresistible. In his nuclear summit this week in Singapore, Trump gave up more — and got less — than Obama did with Iran. He flattered Kim Jong Un in ways Obama never flattered Hassan Rouhani or Ayatollah Khamenei. And so, having been offered a free shot on goal, congressional Democrats are taking it. It’s satisfying to expose your political adversaries as frauds. But the Democrats are wrong.” (06/15/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/06/trump-kim-jong-un-summit/562934/

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32) Gold payment systems provide an alternative to government money
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The federal government tries to maintain a monopoly on money, but you don’t have to use it. You can use an alternative. It’s just like the US Post Office. You don’t have to use the government option. You can ship a package with FedEx or UPS. In the same way, you can use an alternative to government money — you can use gold or silver. Last week, the Texas Bullion Depository opened for business. The facility will not only provide a secure place for individuals, business, cities, counties, government agencies and even other countries to store gold and other precious metals, the law also creates a mechanism to facilitate the everyday use of gold and silver in transactions. In short, a person will eventually be able to deposit gold or silver — and pay other people through electronic means or checks — in sound money.” (06/15/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/06/15/gold-payment-systems-provide-an-alternative-to-government-money/

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33) How Dodd-Frank stole the recovery by killing small-business growth
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Possibly the biggest reason for the Obama administration’s failure to reignite normal economic growth following the Financial Crisis was the Dodd-Frank law. It not only didn’t make the financial system safer, it all but killed small business growth. A new study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the quasi-private think tank that serves as the referee for deciding U.S. upturns and downturns, shows the damage done by Dodd-Frank to small businesses was severe. The study, ‘The Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on Small Business,’ by economists Michael D. Bordo and John V. Duca, goes a long way toward explaining why GDP growth under Obama was a mere 2%, a full third slower than the long-term average. It’s based on a long-term and well-known dynamic. Small businesses grow faster than large ones, and account for over two-thirds of all U.S. jobs growth. Dodd-Frank’s damage was substantial and persistent.” (06/15/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/dodd-frank-killed-small-business-growth

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34) Why Gustavo Petro’s newfound faith in free markets won’t fool Colombia
Source: PanAm Post
by David Unsworth

“Gustavo Petro’s recent play, ostensibly in conjunction with his major backers Antanas Mockus and Claudia Lopez, is a classic move out of the campaign book. After a lengthy career as a socialist firebrand, run to the center, and run just as fast as you can. … Petro, as polls have demonstrated and political analysts have discussed, has a difficult path for convincing a majority in Colombia; perhaps even more difficult than Sanders would have had, had he won the nomination. Half of Colombians, for virtually the entire course of the campaign, have told pollsters that the one candidate they would never consider supporting is Petro. There is good reason for that. Petro is a former member of the notorious M-19 guerrilla group whose audacious attack on the Colombian Supreme Court in 1985 left 98 people, including more than half of Colombia’s Supreme Court members, dead. Even worse, it has been alleged that the assault was at the behest of Pablo Escobar.” (06/15/18)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2018/06/15/why-gustavo-petros-newfound-faith-in-free-markets-wont-fool-colombia/

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35) Yes, Hillary should have been prosecuted
Source: National Review
by David French

“The IG indicated that State Department security procedures were lax, and that if the DOJ were to prosecute Hillary, it would have to prosecute many other employees. Well, if the employees are sharing TS/SAP information on unclassified systems, then let the prosecutions commence. But I’m dubious that it’s common to share information that highly classified. In fact, when the IG outlined allegedly ‘similar’ cases where the DOJ declined to prosecute, they weren’t similar at all. Moreover, it’s important to remember that one can’t generally simply copy/paste or forward emails from classified to unclassified systems. (That’s likely why the emails on her homebrew system didn’t contain classified headers.) A person has take information from one source and summarize it or painstakingly type it out on another platform. All of that takes effort. All of it requires intention. And it’s one reason why I have confidence that if Hillary had been Captain Clinton, United States Army, instead of Secretary Clinton, Democratic nominee for president, then the consequences would have been very different indeed.” (06/15/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/hillary-clinton-should-have-been-prosecuted/

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36) “Windfall profits” aren’t a problem
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Robert G Anderson

“Of all aspects of the free market economic system, the role of profit-making by individuals is the one most subject to controversy. An air of apology seems to permeate any discussion of profit-making, even among those who generally commend the market society. Companies seem duty-bound to defend their latest financial reports. Any increase in profits is contrasted with earlier periods of losses or ‘inade­quate’ profits. The relative smallness of profits is demonstrated in terms of capital invested, annual sales, or total wages. Public relations departments tremble over reported company success and gear themselves for the inevitable onslaught such fa­vorable reports will bring. Among the charges most feared is the accusation that the firm has reaped windfall profits. While ‘normal’ profits might be tolerated, anything above so-called normalcy is invariably subject to public charges of exploitation.” (06/16/18)

https://mises.org/wire/windfall-profits-arent-problem

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37) Apple is making it harder for government to invade privacy
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“The largest computer company in the world, Apple, is about to make it more difficult for government agents to unreasonably search or seize your person, papers, home, and effects. Apple’s newest iPhone software update will prevent transfer of data from the phone’s charging and data port one hour after the phone is locked. This will make it more difficult for law enforcement to skirt Fifth Amendment prohibitions against self-incrimination by gaining access to personal phones and the massive quantity of texts, phone numbers, contacts, email, location history, and Internet browsing history contained on it.” (06/15/18)

https://www.lp.org/apple-is-making-it-harder-for-government-to-invade-privacy/

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38) Republicans can pass another tax cut: Killing ethanol mandate
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Peter J Ferrara

“The Scientific American reports that roughly 40% of America’s corn crop goes to manufacture ethanol added to gasoline. That is more than the second largest use of corn (as feed for cattle, pigs and chickens) which consumes 36% of the annual corn crop. Is it wise to burn food for fuel, more than for feeding a hungry world? Using so much of the corn crop for fuel has already caused world corn prices to rise sharply. That is not noticed in rich countries, but it has caused food riots in poor, Third World countries, where poor families consequently suffer hunger. This is particularly outdated in a world flooded by oil and natural gas, due to the effects of modern fracking. That flood has already caused world prices of oil and gas to sink. Contributing to these perverse effects is the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). That policy requires all transportation fuels sold in the U.S. to contain a minimum level of renewable fuels, such as ethanol.” (06/15/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/ethanol-mandate-environment-energy-tax-gas-prices

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39) Crime.Gov.Con
Source: Independent Institute
by K Lloyd Billingsley

“As NBC reported in February, ‘San Francisco’s nearly 30,000 car break-ins last year shattered previous crime records,’ a veritable ‘epidemic.’ Of the nearly 30,000 car break-ins the police department made arrests in just 1.7 percent of cases, totaling 790 arrests and ‘of those taken into custody, most were never sentenced to jail time.’ That is due to Proposition 47, the 2014 measure that, as the Associated Press reports, ‘lowered sentences for drug possession, theft, shoplifting, identity theft, receiving stolen property, writing bad checks and check forgery from felonies that can bring prison terms to misdemeanors that often bring minimal jail sentences.’ Or as NBC noted, no jail time at all. The measure’s implicit message is ‘do the crime, don’t do the time.’” (06/15/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/06/15/crime-gov-con/

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40) The big obstacle to peace in Korea
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The media has conveniently forgotten that it was Trump who started this entire brouhaha in the first place. North Korea was never threatening to attack the United States. It also wasn’t threatening to attack South Korea. Its position was very clear: Our nuclear weapons are not intended to start a war with the United States. Instead, we have them for one reason only: to deter the U.S. government, specifically the Pentagon and the CIA, from attacking North Korea or, in the event of an attack, to have them at our disposal as a way to defend ourselves. … everyone is now hailing Trump for sitting down and meeting with the communist dictator. They’re saying that talking is better than war. What they are ignoring is that if Trump had never started his series of angry outburst, insults, and threats, there never would have been a crisis to resolve.” (06/15/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/06/15/the-big-obstacle-to-peace-in-korea/

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41) 100 years ago, Socialist leader Eugene Debs gave this speech that landed him in prison
Source: In These Times
by Eugene Debs

[In his famous 1918 ‘Canton’ speech, Debs declared that “The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles.”] “Comrades, friends and fellow-workers, for this very cordial greeting, this very hearty reception, I thank you all with the fullest appreciation of your interest in and your devotion to the cause for which I am to speak to you this afternoon. … I realize that, in speaking to you this afternoon, there are certain limitations placed upon the right of free speech. I must be exceedingly careful, prudent, as to what I say, and even more careful and prudent as to how I say it. I may not be able to say all I think; but I am not going to say anything that I do not think. I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a sycophant and coward in the streets.” [editor’s note: Lovers of liberty need to take some time to read this one, and then ask what this man said that (in a land where free speech is sacrosanct) justifiably put him in jail – SAT] (06/15/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21218/eugene-debs-socialist-ohio-speech-100-years

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42) Trump, North Korea, and Iran
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“I can’t be sure why Trump turned around and did what he did. Maybe he thought it through carefully and concluded what many had: an agreement that includes a cessation of the provocative U.S. rehearsals of aggressive war and ‘security guarantees’ (a peace treaty and nonaggression pledge?) was the only way to avoid an unimaginable calamity. Or maybe he just figured this is his best shot at a Nobel Peace Prize. Who cares? Peace is the priority. If Trump’s legendary ego can be harnessed in its service, I say let’s do it. I’ll up the ante. On the day they award Trump (and Kim and Moon) the Nobel Prize, they should take Obama’s away. He could have done what Trump did, but he wouldn’t. The so-called progressives who bad-mouthed Trump in the months before the summit and who must not have consulted the hopeful South Koreans should be ashamed of themselves.” (06/15/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/tgif-trump-north-korea-and-iran/

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43) Trump grows as his critics shrink
Source: Town Hall
by Deroy Murdock

“Promisekeeper. Peacemaker. President. Say what you will about Donald J. Trump. The president of the United States is focused on big things. He is keeping his promises to restore prosperity to a nation that endured eight years of economic stasis under Obama. Trump is making America competitive again, in part through robust deregulation. He is slashing taxes and launched a game-changing 21 percent corporate levy. The commander-in-chief is giving veterans broader choices in healthcare and making it easier to sack VA staffers who fail them. Trump is freeing terminally ill patients to try experimental drugs that the FDA previously denied them. The president is filling the federal courts with constitutionalist jurists. One statistic epitomizes President Trump’s domestic achievements: Adult female unemployment is at its lowest level since 1953 — during the Korean War. In an almost poetic parallel, Trump has spent this week trying to cool the embers of that very conflict, which, 65 years later, endures, at least on paper.” (06/15/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/deroymurdock/2018/06/16/untitled-n2491300

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44) Google should tell Congress to mind its own business
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by John Tamny

“When we remember the quantity of supercomputers being shipped by Huawei, it’s only logical that Google would have a relationship with the Chinese company. To not have one would be self-defeating. At the same time, it doesn’t really matter why Google has dealings with Huawei. As a profit-seeking corporation, it should be able to do as it wishes subject to shareholder approval. The problem is certain politicians. Republican or Democrat, some don’t care about shareholder rights when they see an opportunity to demagogue an issue. And so they’re harassing Google. In shameful fashion. ‘China’ is now a ‘serious’ issue for politicians who aren’t serious.” (06/15/18)

https://fee.org/articles/google-should-tell-congress-to-mind-its-own-business/

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45) Inspector general’s report on FBI and Clinton’s emails shows secrecy threatens democracy
Source: USA Today
by James Bovard

“The 500-page inspector general’s report released Thursday reveals how unjustified secrecy and poor decisions helped ravage the credibility of both Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the FBI.” (06/15/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/15/inspector-general-report-clinton-emails-secrecy-column/704890002/

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46) Why a state typically promotes its own official language
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“When a national subject — call him a citizen if you wish — speaks one or many foreign languages and especially a lingua franca like English is today, he gains an improved ability to move to other countries if he wants to escape obligations or prohibitions that his own government imposes on him. The cost of exit is lower. If, on the contrary, he speaks only his own state’s official language and it is not the lingua franca, the cost of exit is higher; the national state thus gains a powerful means of keeping its clientele captive. Language is a sort of invisible Berlin Wall enhancing the national state’s capacity to levy taxes and mold society as it wishes. Hence, we would expect national states — or regional quasi-states such as Quebec — to promote their languages at the expense of other languages. This theory seems to fit reality better than the romantic theory of the language-loving state.” (06/15/18)

https://www.econlib.org/why-a-state-typically-promotes-its-own-official-language/

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47) What is identity, anyway?
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine

“Americans have gone senseless about ‘identity.’ Though I’m not sure very many of us realize what that word means. It hints at genealogy but seems to have more to do with political tribalism. Do I feel any different, now that I know I share some DNA with people who steam the frigid winters away in saunas, drink far too much vodka, and wear bearskin hats? I must admit that I don’t. But then again, I’ve never understood why people should define themselves by any circumstance they can neither change nor control.” (06/16/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1861

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48) Some questions for Jacob Mchangama
Source: Cato Unbound
by Jeremy Waldron

“Jacob Mchangama’s essay is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. The first few paragraphs give us a sort of historical overview of free speech in the world since the days of Athenian democracy and the Roman republic. I am not sure how much guidance we can draw from this or how much we should want to. But we should certainly be interested in the present-day study whose results Mchangama reports in the body of his essay — a study he conducted with the help of political scientist Rasmus Fonnesbaek Andersen. As I understand it, the study shows that there is a negative relationship between free speech protections and social conflict: the more free speech there is in a society, the less conflict there is likely to be.” (06/15/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/06/15/jeremy-waldron/some-questions-jacob-mchangama

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49) Wage theft: To fight the crime, address the motive
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“The American economy rests ultimately on trust, a mutual understanding between employers and employees that each side, in the end, will behave honorably. A fair day’s wage, as the classic formulation puts it, for a fair day’s work. This covenant gets broken, of course, on a regular basis. The most damaging betrayals? They come when employees put in that fair day’s work and don’t get paid a full fair day’s pay. Labor market analysts today have come to call these betrayals ‘wage theft,’ and this thievery is thriving. The employer culprits include the predictable fly-by-night operators we would expect. But the culprits also include, as an alarming new report details, veritable pillars of Corporate America, billion-dollar companies that can clearly afford to honor their side of our core employer-employee bargain. These corporate pillars are committing their thievery on many fronts. They’re not paying employees for work performed ‘off the clock.’ They’re stiffing workers on overtime and violating minimum wage laws. They’re requiring employees to buy particular work clothes and not compensating them for their outlays.” [editor’s note: One more reason I am glad I left the workaday world, decades ago – SAT] (06/15/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180615/wage-theft-to-fight-the-crime-address-the-motive

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50) Quantum Vibe, 06/15/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (06/15/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1808

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51) Scott Adams Says, 06/16/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about the children in cages, with coffee.” [Flash video] [editor’s note: Begin with agreeing that “Yes, it is horrible!” Then ask “What is the alternative? How would you solve this immigration problem?” [editor’s note: Note also that even Trump has said he would sign a bill if Congress gave him one … – SAT] [additional editor’s note: The alternative is to stop pretending there’s an immigration “problem” other than the problem of politicians thinking that immigration is any of their business and of thugs willing to enforce those politicians’ wills – TLK] (06/16/18)

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

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52) Reason Podcast, 06/15/18
Source: Reason

“This podcast was recorded live at FEEcon, the annual gathering in Atlanta sponsored by the Foundation for Economic Education.” [various formats] (06/15/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/06/15/elizabeth-nolan-brown-sex-trafficking

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53) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/15/18
Source: Cato Institute

“A case recently decided at the Supreme Court again chips away at the Contracts Clause in the Constitution. Roger Pilon discusses Sveen v. Melin.” [various formats] (06/15/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/contracts-clause-sveen-v-melin

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54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 207
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #207, Brian Saady returns to the show to help us understand Colombia. The Colombian government is in the process a peace process to end a decades-long war with the FARC and is in the middle of a presidential election. The first round of voting has narrowed the field, and a new president will be elected Sunday. Brian explains the history of the conflict with the FARC, the role of the US in the civil war, and the current peace agreement. Brian gives his analysis of what the outcome of the election will have on peace in Colombia.” [various formats] (06/15/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-207-understanding-colombia-guest-brian-saady

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55) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/15/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“As the Saudis attack the Yemeni port town of Hodeidah, the stated goal is to starve the residents into opposing the Houthi forces controlling the city. The US is actively participating in what is clearly a war crime against civilians. Why?” [Flash video] (06/15/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/why-is-washington-backing-saudi-starvation-policy-in-yemen

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56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1180
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Jorg Guido Hulsmann, a senior fellow of the Mises Institute and a professor of economics at the University of Angers in France, discusses those aspects of inflation most people overlook, involving how it changes the very texture of life.” [various formats] (06/15/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1180-inflation-its-cultural-and-political-consequences/

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57) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 244
Source: Libertarianism.org

“John Glaser joins us again to discuss his new paper; Status, Prestige, Activism and the Illusion of American Decline.” [various formats] (06/15/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/243

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58) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 150
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“Don’t be alarmed this isn’t the last Johnny Rocket Show, but it is the final LaunchPad. Johnny is celebrating the final Launch with none other than one of the greatest libertarian thinkers and podcast hosts of all time. Mr. Thomas E. Woods Jr.!” [various formats] (06/15/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-150-goodbye-farewell-and-cheers-wtom-woods/

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59) Felony Friday, episode 128
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Brian [Saady] is a politically-independent author who writes about corruption, crony capitalism, human rights, and civil liberties. He has published a three-book series, Rackets, which is about the legalization of drugs and gambling, as well as the decriminalization of prostitution.” [various formats] (06/15/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/06/15/prostitution-gambling-and-liberty-with-brian-saady/

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60) Deconstructed, 06/15/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week, Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to meet with a North Korean head of state, raising the prospect that the repressive dictatorship might finally take steps toward dismantling its nuclear program. But there’s something missing from this whole conversation about ‘disarmament’ and ‘denuclearization’: the fact that the United States itself is sitting on the world’s most powerful stockpile of nuclear weapons.” [various formats] (06/15/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/06/15/will-the-u-s-ever-give-up-its-nukes/

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