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Monday, June 25th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Turkey: Erdogan victorious in election that grants him unprecedented power
2) Trump says remains of 200 US soldiers have been returned from North Korea
3) US Heimatsicherheitsdienst parasites warned of possible backlash from hosts/victims
4) McAfee hospitalized, claims assassination attempt
5) Amazon employees demand company cut ties with ICE
6) Syria: Regime forces pound rebel areas in south, thousands flee to border zone
7) 260,000 UPS workers were headed for a massive strike. But a new deal means they may avoid it
8) China: Central bank frees up US $100 billion in funding as trade war looms
9) After working overtime to encourage Iran to pursue nuclear weapons, Pompeo warns Iran not to pursue nuclear weapons
10) Finland: Spraying snake with gas leads to house blaze
11) Border Patrol gang ups road piracy rackets in New England
12) Housing abducted immigrant kids big business for “non-profit” paying CEO nearly $1.5 million
13) US military plans migrant tent camps amid Trump crackdown
14) France: Priest suspended after viral video shows him slapping baby during baptism
15) MD: Chappelle endorses pro-cannabis candidate for Maryland governor
16) VA: Restaurant owner allowed employees to vote on booting Huckabee Sanders. Sanders lost.
17) Netflix fires communications chief for using racial slur
18) Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa says he was “inches” from Bulawayo explosion
19) SC: Congressional candidate seriously injured in fatal car crash
20) AR: Thief tries to pay waitress with her own stolen card

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Negative social preferencing, ICE edition
22) The Supreme Court just increased your cost of living
23) The dollar dilemma: Where to from here
24) The state of food freedom around the globe
25) Anyone promoting regime change in Iran is an evil piece of shit
26) As Maine goes, so goes … the way Americans vote?
27) Imperial president or emperor with no clothes?
28) Anti-blasphemy laws are blasphemous
29) The Supreme Court cares about your digital privacy
30) A mythical micro meeting
31) What does Trump have against children?
32) What high court ruling may mean for future of digital privacy
33) Growing public employee benefits to force school cuts
34) The ruling class has split!
35) Private prison companies already profiting off Trump’s order on family separation
36) The shifting foundations of citizenship are increasing freedom of movement
37) Migrant misery, from Europe to the US
38) Don’t bring pepper spray to a gun fight
39) Understanding economic theory is essential for understanding the benefits of free trade
40) It’s time to think for ourselves
41) Towns must stop treating residents like ATMs
42) College alternatives, part 3
43) The military industrial complex’s assault on liberty
44) The Libertarian Party: Bringing good ideas to America since 1971
45) UN report faults Trump for Obama poverty, media “fall for it”
46) Quantum Vibe, 06/22/18
47) Should free speech be a little less free?
48) Are Europeans re-thinking gun control?
49) Supreme Court unleashes tax nightmare
50) Religion and government — secular views

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Anarchist Experience, episode 170
52) Free Talk Live, 06/23/18
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 06/23/18
54) Anarcho Agenda, episode 71
55) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/23/18
56) Scott Adams Says, 06/23/18
57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 210
58) Has the US Constitution lost its meaning? A debate
59) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/22/18
60) Felony Friday, episode 129
61) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 245
62) Deconstructed, 06/22/18
63) The troubled future of cryptocurrencies
64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1185
65) In The Tank Podcast, episode 145

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

1) Turkey: Erdogan victorious in election that grants him unprecedented power
Source: CNN

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has emerged victorious in a high-stakes election, seeing off the most serious challenge yet to his political dominance and tightening his grip on the nation he has ruled for 15 years. Defeating the twin threats of a reinvigorated opposition and a weakened currency, Erdogan declared himself the winner even before official results were confirmed. With 97.7% of the votes counted, Sadi Guven, chief of Turkey’s Supreme Election Board, said Erdogan had won an absolute majority, avoiding a runoff against his principal challenger, Muharrem Ince. ‘President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has received the majority of votes,’ Guven said. State media put Erdogan on 52.5%, well ahead of Ince on 31%.” (06/25/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/24/europe/turkish-election-results-intl/index.html

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2) Trump says remains of 200 US soldiers have been returned from North Korea
Source: The Hill

“President Trump said North Korea has returned the remains of 200 U.S. or allied service members lost in the Korean War following his summit with the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, earlier this month. Trump, speaking at the Nevada GOP convention in Las Vegas, touted his relationship with North Korea since taking office. … During this month’s summit with North Korea, Trump said Kim agreed to return U.S. war remains. The Associated Press reported earlier this week that the U.S. military command in South Korea is preparing to receive the remains of an unknown number of soldiers from North Korea.” (06/24/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/393801-trump-remains-of-200-us-soldiers-have-been-returned-from-north-korea

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3) US Heimatsicherheitsdienst parasites warned of possible backlash from hosts/victims
Source: CBS News

“The acting deputy secretary of homeland security warned employees Saturday that ‘there may be a heightened threat’ against them, according to a memo obtained by CBS News. The warning comes amid the increasing furor over the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy. ‘This assessment is based on specific and credible threats that have been levied against certain DHS employees and a sharp increase in the overall number of general threats against DHS employees — although the veracity of each threat varies,’ says the message from Claire M. Grady. ‘In addition, over the last few days, thousands of employees have had their personally identifiable information publically [sic] released on social media.’ The memo recommends numerous safety precautions, including not displaying work badges in public, being careful with public conversations and using caution on all social networks.” [editor’s note: Or they could give up the thug life and get honest jobs in the productive sector – TLK] (06/24/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/homeland-security-memo-today-increased-threats-2018-06-23/

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4) McAfee hospitalized, claims assassination attempt
Source: Gizmodo

“John McAfee, the onetime chief of the security software company bearing his name and who has subsequently popped up in association with allegations of murder and rape in Belize, lying to the media, Securities and Exchange Commission investigations, bizarre presidential campaign videos, and of course cryptocurrency, says someone managed to ‘spike something that I ingested.’ But fortunately, he’s ‘more difficult to kill than anyone can possibly imagine.’ … McAfee provided some visual evidence for this supposed assassination attempt in the form of photos of him looking less-than-great in a hospital bed …. As the Independent noted, McAfee claims to be being hunted by ‘violent cartels’ after he fled his home in Belize in 2012 amid a police investigation into the murder of his neighbor. McAfee claims to have hacked documents showing the country’s government was colluding with organized crime before he left and now lives under armed guard in a ‘heavily fortified home in Lexington, Tennessee.’” (06/23/18)

https://gizmodo.com/hospitalized-john-mcafee-swears-wrath-on-whoever-manage-1827076088

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5) Amazon employees demand company cut ties with ICE
Source: Seattle Times

“Employees at Amazon.com are calling on chief executive Jeff Bezos to end the sale of facial recognition technology to law enforcement agencies and to discontinue partnerships with firms that work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In a letter, a group of Amazon workers said they are also troubled by a recent report from the ACLU, revealing the company’s sale and marketing of Rekognition, its facial recognition technology, to police departments and government agencies. Workers at Amazon are protesting the recently halted Trump administration policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. … The letter, which was first reported by Gizmodo, follows employee-driven campaigns at Microsoft and Google, where workers have denounced projects that provide technology to ICE and to military operations.” (06/22/18)

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon-employees-demand-company-cut-ties-with-ice/

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6) Syria: Regime forces pound rebel areas in south, thousands flee to border zone
Source: Reuters

“The Syrian army and allied forces pounded rebel-held areas of the southwest as thousands of civilians fled to safer opposition held areas along the border with Jordan and Israel, aid workers and rebels said. … The army’s offensive threatens to wreck a de-escalation zone agreed by the United States and Russia last year and risks drawing Washington deeper into the war. On Saturday, rebels said they had repelled several attempts to seize villages in the Laja region, a volcanic, rugged area that lies between Deraa and Sweida provinces, where most of the ground forces clashes have so far taken place.” (06/23/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syria-pounds-rebel-areas-in-south-thousands-flee-to-border-zone-idUSKBN1JJ13A

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7) 260,000 UPS workers were headed for a massive strike. But a new deal means they may avoid it
Source: Fortune

“UPS just avoided a close call. The massive package delivery company reached a handshake contract deal with Teamsters negotiators on Thursday. Teamsters members had earlier authorized a strike that could have started in August if a new contract was not in the works. The tentative agreement includes a new five-year contract and higher wages for existing workers. Hourly wage increases would total $4.15 over five years, while the part-time workers would receive a starting wage of $13 an hour as of Aug. 1, with increases in the years following, according to The Wall Street Journal. The deal also includes the creation of a separate class of weekend delivery workers, who would receive lower pay.” (06/22/18)

http://fortune.com/2018/06/22/ups-teamsters-reach-handshake-deal-avoid-strike/

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8) China: Central bank frees up US $100 billion in funding as trade war looms
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“China’s central bank said on Sunday it would unlock at least US$100 billion for the country’s lenders to bail out troubled state firms and to help small businesses, as Beijing tries to shore up growth under the shadow of a trade war with the United States. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said in a statement it would cut the reserve requirement ratio, the share of deposits lenders must put aside with the central lender, for commercial banks by half a percentage point from July 5.” (06/24/18)

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2152230/chinas-central-bank-frees-funds-lenders-trade-war-looms

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9) After working overtime to encourage Iran to pursue nuclear weapons, Pompeo warns Iran not to pursue nuclear weapons
Source: New York Post

“US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday warned Iran not to pursue nuclear weapons, saying it would face the ‘wrath of the entire world’ if it did so, but added that he hoped it would never be necessary [sic] for the United States to take military action against the country. In an interview with political columnist Hugh Hewitt conducted on Friday and broadcast the following day on MSNBC, Pompeo said that whatever the fate of the international nuclear deal with Iran, it would not be in Tehran’s interest to seek nuclear arms.” [editor’s note: If Pompeo doesn’t want Iran to pursue nukes, maybe he shouldn’t have worked so hard to destroy the agreement under which they committed to not pursuing the nukes they weren’t pursuing – TLK]

https://nypost.com/2018/06/23/mike-pompeo-warns-iran-about-pursuing-nuclear-weapons/

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10) Finland: Spraying snake with gas leads to house blaze
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“An improvised method of getting rid of a snake in a garden by spraying it with gasoline kicked off a chain reaction that ended up with a house on fire in southern Finland. Finnish public broadcaster YLE reported Tuesday that some of the flammable liquid spread by an ill-fated homeowner in Siuntio, west of Helsinki, landed on a nearby lawnmower that was warm enough to ignite a fire. Flames spread quickly Monday in extremely dry conditions to the wooden house, reaching the exterior wall and attic.” (06/21/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Spraying-snake-with-gas-leads-to-house-blaze-in-13006714.php

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11) Border Patrol gang ups road piracy rackets in New England
Source: CNN

“Far from ground zero in the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration [sic] along the southern border, US Customs and Border Protection checkpoints on highways in Maine and New Hampshire are catching the eye of civil liberties groups. On Interstate 95 near the remote northern Maine town of Lincoln this week, the Border Patrol said it made nine drug [thefts] and two [abductions] for immigration violations during an 11-hour checkpoint operation in which agents asked motorists about their place of birth and citizenship status.” (06/23/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/23/us/maine-new-hampshire-border-patrol-checkpoints/index.html

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12) Housing abducted immigrant kids big business for “non-profit” paying CEO nearly $1.5 million
Source: USA Today

“The federal government’s fight against illegal immigration [sic] has led to booming business for a non-profit housing program that cares for migrant children separated from their parents. Southwest Key Programs was paid at least $458 million in fiscal 2018 to house unaccompanied children, as President Donald Trump’s administration has enforced its ‘zero-tolerance’ policy of prosecuting all who cross the border illegally. President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order calling for an end to his policy of separating children from families caught illegally crossing the border. About 2,000 children have been separated from their parents over two months, and some have been brought to Arizona. Southwest Key, which issued a statement Wednesday denouncing family separations, houses about 1,600 kids at 26 shelters in Arizona, California and Texas. Eight of its Arizona shelters house migrant children, primarily from Guatemala, according to the non-profit.” (06/23/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/23/housing-immigrant-children-big-business-southwest-key-programs/727980002

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13) US military plans migrant tent camps amid Trump crackdown
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“The US Navy is reportedly planning to build sprawling [sic] immigrant detention centres on military bases, amid a Trump crackdown at the US-Mexico border. A draft memo obtained by Time magazine outlines plans to build ‘austere’ tent camps to house 25,000 migrants. The memo says the camps would be built on abandoned airfields in California, Alabama, and Arizona. Another camp near San Francisco is being designed for as many as 47,000 people, the memo says. A Pentagon spokesman said the military had not been asked by the Department for Homeland Security (DHS) to draw up the specific plans, but was engaging in ‘prudent planning… should the DHS ask for assistance in housing adult illegal immigrants.’” [editor’s note: Somehow, “sprawling” (the writer’s word) and “austere” (the quote seem in conflict here; which is it? (And will there be enough “playgrounds and teddy bears” to satisfy NPR?) – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Unless Navy regs have changed, the US Navy is supposed to adhere to the same Posse Comitatus restrictions as the Army and Air Force, under which this is illegal. Not to mention creepy and Third Reichish – TLK] (06/23/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44585716

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14) France: Priest suspended after viral video shows him slapping baby during baptism
Source: Fox News

“A French priest has been suspended from ‘all baptism and marriage celebrations’ after a viral video showed him slapping a baby on the face during a baptism ceremony, the diocese said. Father Jacque Lacroix, 89, a priest who belonged to the Meaux Diocese, became a viral sensation after a YouTube video showed him giving a baby a slap on the cheek. The video, which has been viewed more than 5 million times, sparked backlash from viewers. The diocese released a statement on Friday regarding the viral video, saying that Lacroix has been suspended.” [editor’s note: So molesting choirboys is okay, but slapping crying babies is not? Got it – SAT] (06/23/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/06/23/priest-suspended-after-viral-video-shows-him-slapping-baby-during-baptism.html

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15) MD: Chappelle endorses pro-cannabis candidate for Maryland governor
Source: Smell the Truth

“Dave Chappelle has given his first ever political endorsement to Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous. Chappelle joined Jealous in an interview with MSNBC’s Ari Melber this week to explain why he believes Jealous is the right candidate to legalize cannabis in D.C. ‘I look at the legalization of marijuana as an inevitability nationally, not just in the state of Maryland,’ Chappelle told Melber, which can be viewed in the video below. ‘If you look at Ben’s resume, his entire professional resume has been focused on equity. He’s trying to right the playing field and I’ve watched him work tirelessly to that end. There’s nothing in this for me, I just think this guy can make a difference for Maryland.’ The famous comedian has joined Jealous in his campaign trail leading to the upcoming Democratic primary for governor on June 26. Jealous told voters at a campaign stop in Largo, MD last week that Chappelle convinced him to eventually change his mind on reforming cannabis laws.” (06/21/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/06/21/dave-chappelle-endorses-pro-cannabis-candidate-for-maryland-governor

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16) VA: Restaurant owner allowed employees to vote on booting Huckabee Sanders. Sanders lost.
Source: Raw Story

“The owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia explained why she ejected White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders from the establishment on Friday evening. Speaking with The Washington Post, owner Stephanie Wilkinson acknowledged that she may have threatened the economic health of her small business with her principled stand, but said she would do it again. ‘I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,’ Wilkinson said. ‘I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals.’ … Wilkinson explained that she queried her employees about what to do, knowing several employees were gay and all the staff had all watched the press secretary evade questions while defending Trump’s border separation policy. ‘Tell me what you want me to do. I can ask her to leave,’ she told her employees. ‘They said yes.’” [editor’s note: and Sarah was asked to leave and did, and then was “complaining about her ejection on Twitter” (which she did not do, if you read the tweet) – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Read the tweet. Complaining. – TLK] (06/23/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/red-hen-owner-reveals-allowed-employees-vote-booting-huckbee-sanders-restaurant-sarah-lost

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17) Netflix fires communications chief for using racial slur
Source: Fox Business News

“Netflix fired top communications executive Jonathan Friedland on Friday after he used a racial slur on multiple occasions during meetings with company employees. In a memo to staffers obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said Friedland used the N-word ‘several months ago’ during a meeting with the company’s public relations team about sensitive words. Within days, Friedland purportedly used the word again while discussing the previous incident with human resources employees. Some of the company employees who witnessed Friedland use the racial slurs reported the incident, Hastings said. Friedland joined the company in 2011 and had served as the streaming giant’s chief communications officer since 2012. ‘I’ve made a decision to let go of Jonathan Friedland,’ Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in a memo to employees obtained by the Hollywood Reporter. ‘Jonathan contributed greatly in many areas, but his descriptive use of the N-word on at least two occasions at work showed unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity, and is not in line with our values as a company.’” [editor’s note So I guess they DO censor the “N-word” from “Blazing Saddles?” – SAT] (06/23/18)

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/netflix-fires-communications-chief-for-using-racial-slur

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18) Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa says he was “inches” from Bulawayo explosion
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has survived an apparent bomb attack at a rally in the city of Bulawayo. Mr Mnangagwa said an object ‘exploded a few inches away from me — but it is not my time.’ Video footage from White City Stadium shows an explosion happening close to Mr Mnangagwa as he was leaving the stage having addressed supporters. While the president was unhurt, state TV reports that Vice-President Kembo Mohadi has suffered a leg injury. Mr Mnangagwa says he has visited the injured in hospital. He condemned the violence as senseless and pleaded for unity. Mr Mnangagwa came to power last November, ousting his former mentor Robert Mugabe. The president was in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city and an opposition stronghold, to campaign for his Zanu-PF party ahead of nationwide elections taking place on 30 July.” (06/23/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-44586218

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19) SC: Congressional candidate seriously injured in fatal car crash
Source: Reuters

“South Carolina Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington, who ousted incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in a primary this month, was seriously injured in a car crash that killed the driver of a second vehicle, her campaign said on Saturday. Arrington, 47, was the passenger in a car driven by a friend on Friday night when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction struck them on Highway 17 in Charleston County as they were going to Hilton Head where Arrington was to receive an award from a state medical organization, the campaign said on Twitter. ‘Katie sustained a fracture in her back and several broken ribs, as well as injuries that required Katie to undergo major surgery including the removal of a portion of her small intestine and a portion of her colon,’ the statement said.” (06/23/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-arrington/south-carolina-congressional-candidate-seriously-injured-in-fatal-car-crash-idUSKBN1JJ0RE

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20) AR: Thief tries to pay waitress with her own stolen card
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Authorities say an Arkansas thief got his just deserts when he tried to pay for a meal using the waitress'[s] stolen credit card. Police spokesman Lt. David De Foor said in a news release that officers arrested 21-year-old Shamon West on Tuesday at Shannon’s Restaurant in Pine Bluff. He says that ‘having no desire to pay for the fellow’s meal,’ waitress Flora Lunsford called to report that the man had tried paying for his meal with her stolen credit card. De Foor says officers found other items on West that had been in Lunsford’s purse when it was stolen from her car Sunday at a nearby gas station while she was inside, including her Social Security card and driver’s license. West is being held at the Jefferson County jail in lieu of $2,840 bond on forgery and theft by receiving charges. Jail records don’t list an attorney.” [editor’s note: Of all the places to go have a meal, he picks the restaurant where his victim works? No producer in Hollywood would buy that premise! – SAT] (06/23/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Police-Thief-tried-paying-waitress-with-her-own-13011120.php

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

21) Negative social preferencing, ICE edition
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On June 19, New York based artist, programmer, and activist Sam Lavigne published a list of 1,595 Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees and publicly available information about them (remember those two words: ‘publicly available’). Lavigne provided a public service that in anything resembling a free society would be completely uncontroversial. Instead, moral panic ensued.” (06/24/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13829

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22) The Supreme Court just increased your cost of living
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“The price of that custom one-of-kind handmade Canadian maple end table that you can get on Etsy for $229 just increased between $4 and $22, depending on where you live. The U.S. Supreme Court just ruled that online merchants must charge the applicable sales tax wherever merchandise is sold, regardless of whether the merchant has a physical presence in that state. … Since the Libertarian Party was founded in 1971, it has advocated the elimination or reduction of taxes, particularly sales taxes, which take a bigger percentage of income from low-income people than from the wealthy.” (06/22/18)

https://www.lp.org/the-supreme-court-just-increased-your-cost-of-living/

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23) The dollar dilemma: Where to from here?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ron Paul

“It’s a fallacy to believe the US has a free market economy. The economy is run by a conglomerate of individuals and special interests, in and out of government, including the Deep State, which controls central economic planning. Rigging the economy is required to prevent market forces from demanding a halt to the mistakes that planners continuously make. This deceptive policy can last only for a limited time. Ultimately, the market proves more powerful than government manipulation of economic events. The longer the process lasts, the greater the bubble that always bursts. The planners in charge have many tools to perpetuate confidence in an unstable system, but common sense should tell us that grave dangers lie ahead. Their policies strive to convince the unknowing that the dollar is strong and its status as the world’s reserve currency is secure, no matter how many new dollars they create of out of thin air. It is claimed that our foreign debt is always someone else’s fault and never related to our own monetary and economic mismanagement.” (06/22/18)

https://mises.org/wire/dollar-dilemma-where-here

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24) The state of food freedom around the globe
Source: Reason
by Baylen Linnekin

“If you’ve read more than a handful of my six-plus years of weekly columns here, you know that food freedom does not happen in a linear fashion. Laws and regulations get better in some parts of America, while worsening in others. It will likely come as no surprise that international food laws reflect this same frustrating dichotomy. There’s the good, which oftentimes takes the form of deregulation. In Poland, for example, a bill would let local farmers sell their produce directly to grocers, restaurants, and other food businesses. And in Quebec, lawmakers recently passed a law that will legalize the service of alcohol by restaurants to customers who don’t order food. … Then there’s the bad. In France, for example, lawmakers are pushing for mandatory GMO labeling of animal feed. And there’s the truly awful. Perhaps the most unsettling recent international food-law news comes out of Hungary, where the country’s anti-immigrant government is threatening to imprison people who provide food to refugees.” (06/23/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/06/23/the-state-of-food-freedom-around-the-glo

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25) Anyone promoting regime change in Iran is an evil piece of shit
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“I have been saying all year that the 8chan phenomenon known as ‘QAnon’ is bogus, and as time has gone on the evidence has become overwhelming that it is an establishment psyop designed to herd the populist right into accepting the narratives and agendas of the establishment orthodoxy. Whether they’re claiming that every capitulation the Trump administration makes to longstanding neoconservative agendas is actually brilliant 4-D chess strategy, or saying that Julian Assange isn’t really trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy, QAnon enthusiasts are constantly regurgitating talking points which just so happen to fit in very conveniently with the interests of America’s defense and intelligence agencies. A recent ‘Q drop’ (a fancy name for an anonymous user posting text onto a popular internet troll message board with zero accountability) makes this more abundantly clear than ever. … Once you’re cheering for a longtime neoconservative agenda to be accomplished in one of George W Bush’s ‘Axis of Evil’ countries, you are cheering for the establishment. Or, to put it more clearly to Q followers, you are cheering for the deep state.” (06/23/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/06/23/anyone-promoting-regime-change-in-iran-is-an-evil-piece-of-shit

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26) As Maine goes, so goes … the way Americans vote?
Source: The American Prospect
by Amy Fried & Robert W Glover

“Is Maine going to change the way Americans vote? Last Tuesday, voters in Maine primaries picked candidates using ranked-choice voting (RCV) in which they were able to rank candidates rather than vote for just one of the candidates. Voters also weighed in on a referendum related to RCV for the second time in two years. This was after a Maine Supreme Judicial Court advisory opinion deemed some parts of the prior referendum unconstitutional, and the Maine State Legislature voted to delay and potentially repeal RCV. In the end, voters supported RCV and struck down the legislation, although a constitutional amendment would still be necessary for ranked choice to be used according to the 2016 referendum’s design. Over a dozen American cities currently use RCV, also known as ‘instant-runoff voting,’ but Maine is the first state to adopt this system.” [editor’s note: Wake me when “None of the Above” can force a new election with all new candidates, because nobody convinced a majority to choose anybody – SAT] (06/22/18)

http://prospect.org/article/maine-goes-so-goes-way-americans-vote

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27) Imperial president or emperor with no clothes?
Source: Salon
by Nomi Prins

“Leaders are routinely confronted with philosophical dilemmas. Here’s a classic one for our Trumptopian times: If you make enemies out of your friends and friends out of your enemies, where does that leave you? What does winning (or losing) really look like? Is a world in which walls of every sort encircle America’s borders a goal worth seeking? And what would be left in a future fragmented international economic system marked by tit-for-tat tariffs, travel restrictions, and hyper-nationalism? Ultimately, how will such a world affect regular people? Let’s cut through all of this for the moment and ask one crucial question about our present cult-of-personality era in American politics: Other than accumulating more wealth and influence for himself, his children, and the Trump family empire, what’s Donald J. Trump’s end game as president?” (06/24/18)

https://www.salon.com/2018/06/24/imperial-president-or-emperor-with-no-clothes_partner/

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28) Anti-blasphemy laws are blasphemous
Source: The American Spectator
by Doug Bandow

“The profane long has coexisted with the sacred. During earlier ages the secular authorities often sought to protect established faiths by punishing blasphemy. Even where organized religion is dying, the rule sometimes lives on. In October Ireland will vote on whether to eliminate a clause banning blasphemy from its constitution. The provision, and the corresponding criminal law, have not been enforced for years. But they are not without support. Five years ago the Catholic Order of the Knights of Saint Columbanus and Islamic Cultural Center both argued for retention of the measure at a constitutional convention. But almost certainly the poll will doom even the theoretical possibility of blasphemy prosecutions. However, as the Islamic Cultural Center’s support might suggest, similar prohibitions are alive, well, and badly abused throughout the Muslim world.” (06/24/18)

https://spectator.org/anti-blasphemy-laws-are-blasphemous-and-threaten-religious-liberty/

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29) The Supreme Court cares about your digital privacy
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“The Supreme Court handed down a major decision on digital privacy on Friday, ruling in Carpenter v. United States that Fourth Amendment protections from ‘unreasonable searches and seizure’ apply to cell-phone location data. In short, police need a warrant to electronically retrace a cell phone owner’s steps in a criminal investigation. ‘We decline to grant the state unrestricted access to a wireless carrier’s database of physical location information,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the 5-4 majority, citing the ‘deeply revealing nature of [cell-site location information], its depth, breadth, and comprehensive reach, and the inescapable and automatic nature of its collection.’ Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan joined the opinion. Friday’s ruling extends what’s become a theme for the Roberts Court: ensuring that Americans’ privacy rights keep pace with technological advances.” (06/22/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/149328/supreme-court-cares-digital-privacy

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30) A mythical micro meeting
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“I recently discussed the teaching of Ph.D. Microeconomics with a noted professor in a top five econ department. His bottom line: The curriculum is virtually the same as it was when I took Ph.D. Micro a quarter century ago. Among active researchers, the status of pure theory has dramatically fallen during that period, but pure theorists retain a stranglehold over the first-year curriculum. This surpasses even my pessimistic expectations for the education system; I would have thought that top schools would have at least marginally decreased pure theory in favor of empirical work. But at least according to my source, this hasn’t happened.” (06/22/18)

https://www.econlib.org/a-mythical-micro-meeting/

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31) What does Trump have against children?
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Finally, a tweet we can believe. Trump does seem to hate those immigrant children; he must because they’re part of the ‘infestation’ he’s so alarmed about. But now he’s relented. Or has he? A cursory reading of Trump’s executive order seems to indicate it. But in the immortal words of Admiral Ackbar in The Return of the Jedi, ‘It’s a trap!’ — a trick to save Republican bacon in the November congressional mid-term elections.” (06/22/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/tgif-trump-against-children/

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32) What high court ruling may mean for future of digital privacy
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Henry Gass

“In a 5-to-4 decision today, the US Supreme Court updated privacy protections in the digital age, ruling that historic location data collected by from individual cellphones is protected by the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. Given the routine advancement in communications technologies, especially in recent years with the proliferation of smartphones, the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches by the government has been one of the most routinely reinterpreted constitutional amendments. The decision this morning (in which Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s four left-leaning justices) continues that trend, and reinforces suspicions the high court has voiced in the past about how rapid technological advancements could implicate personal privacy.” (06/22/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2018/0622/Cell-signal-What-high-court-ruling-may-mean-for-future-of-digital-privacy

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33) Growing public employee benefits to force school cuts
Source: Independent Institute
by Craig Eyermann

“By and large, Americans support spending more money on public education and schools. That general rule of thumb comes, however, with a caveat. Americans expect that when they give public schools more money, this will help to fund the education of their children and to support programs that promote their children’s development, such as athletics or the arts. What they don’t expect is for the money they give to be siphoned off in ways that will either never show up in a classroom or that will never benefit their children.” (06/22/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/06/22/growing-public-employee-benefits-to-force-school-cuts/

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34) The ruling class has split!
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Wayland Hunter

“For many decades, libertarians — in common with traditional conservatives and many antiwar liberals — have identified the Great Satan as the imperial presidency. This now appears to have been an overly optimistic view. It’s not that the presidency isn’t dangerous. It’s that the leading opponents of the presidency are equally so. They are almost as potent, and they are even more tenacious about holding onto power. I refer to the professional bureaucrats, the secret police, and the ministry of propaganda.” (06/22/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1863

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35) Private prison companies already profiting off Trump’s order on family separation
Source: In These Times
by David Dayen

“The southern border has been a site of mass confusion since June 20, when President Trump released his executive order ostensibly ending the practice of family separation for undocumented immigrants. Senior Customs and Border Protection officials said they would stop referring parents crossing illegally for criminal prosecution. The Justice Department denied that shift, but also dropped charges on 17 migrant parents in McAllen, Texas before a sentencing hearing. Whether prosecuting or not, the Trump administration still has the goal, expressed in the order, of detaining families together indefinitely, until their immigration cases are complete. That goal is contingent on convincing a federal judge to rip up the Flores settlement, a 1997 agreement that says migrant children can only be kept up to 20 days in non-secure, licensed facilities. On June 21, Trump’s Department of Justice asked a judge to change the rules, but the Obama administration asked for the same changes in 2016 and was rebuked.” 06/22/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21234/private-prison-trump-family-separation-immigration-ice

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36) The shifting foundations of citizenship are increasing freedom of movement
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Ryan Ferguson

“Nation-states have less of a hold on citizens than ever before in the history of the nation-state. Costs have dropped dramatically and are continuing to drop, meaning it is easier than ever for people to vote with their feet and move to a new country. This is true across many different areas …” (06/23/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-shifting-foundations-of-citizenship-are-maximizing-freedom-of-movement/

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37) Migrant misery, from Europe to the US
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“It’s an increasingly hard world for those seeking a better life in richer countries. Immigrants aren’t welcome in most states, even where demographic trends reflect the need to expand the labor force to levels able to sustain and support aging populations. While both Europe and the United States will have to face the need for younger workers in the coming decades, citizens in the wealthy nations, no matter what their ethnic backgrounds, dislike mass immigration and punish politicians who allow it. In Europe especially, immigration is the main driving force for nationalism, for the rise of populist parties and for the decline of the center left. There are exceptions. Spain, which has had relatively low immigration from North Africa, accepted over 600 migrants from a stranded ship, the Aquarius, that Italy and Malta had turned away. Ireland has been notably more sympathetic than most to the plight of Syrian refugees … The devolved administration of Scotland … has for some years proclaimed itself more welcoming to immigrants than the British government in London.” (06/23/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-migrants-commentary/commentary-migrant-misery-from-europe-to-the-u-s-idUSKBN1JI2A5

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38) Don’t bring pepper spray to a gun fight
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Since 2013, FASTER Saves Lives has trained teachers and other school employees to carry and shoot firearms. Although many lawmakers and school officials around the country oppose letting teachers bear arms in the classroom, a growing number sanction the practice. It makes sense. Is there any better way to prepare for the possibility of having to defend your life and your students’ lives against an armed assailant bent on mass murder? (We can set aside the notion that aspiring murderers will scrupulously respect gun-control laws.) People do have counterproposals. Congressional candidate Levi Tillman urges arming teachers with pepper spray. Well … there are problems, as blogger Tom Knighton elaborates. How do you get close enough to use the pepper spray before the killer squeezes the trigger again? What if he sees you coming?” (06/22/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/06/22/dont-bring-pepper-spray-to-a-gun-fight/

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39) Understanding economic theory is essential for understanding the benefits of free trade
Source: Mises Canada
by Patrick Barron

“It seems that everyone is in favor of free trade, as long as it is the other guy who must compete with foreign products. When it comes to their own products, the most typical response from American manufacturers begins with the caveat that ‘although free trade is beneficial most of the time, it causes harm under certain circumstances.’ There follows a convoluted chain of cause-and-effect purporting to prove that lower priced foreign goods would hollow out America’s key manufacturing industries and turn America into a second class nation. The purpose of this brief response is to counter these claims and explain why understanding economic theory is vital to the argument in favor of free trade.” (06/23/18)

https://www.mises.ca/understanding-economic-theory-is-essential-for-understanding-the-benefits-of-free-trade/

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40) It’s time to think for ourselves
Source: PanAm Post
by Jose Azel

“The news media presents a pervasive atmosphere of negativity, but that conflicts with the amazing progress made by humanity in modern times, across every important indicator.” (06/22/18)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2018/06/22/its-time-to-think-for-ourselves/

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41) Towns must stop treating residents like ATMs
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Ricard Pochkhanawala

“In their quest for cash, municipalities across the nation are trampling individual rights and human dignity by imposing arbitrary and abusive fines on residents. In some cities, if you walk on the left side of the sidewalk rather than the right, you could be fined. BBQ in the front lawn? Face a fine. Have mismatched window treatments? Face a fine. But this past month, a federal judge approved a major settlement that should create a model for reining in abusive practices at municipal courts. Pagedale, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis, used ticketing as a source of revenue. With just 3,000 residents in one square mile, Pagedale wrote more than 32,000 tickets in less than seven years. That flood of citations turned the municipal court into a cash register. It churned through a staggering 241 cases per session in 2013, as fines and fees accounted for nearly a quarter of Pagedale’s budget in some years, becoming its second-largest source of revenue.” (06/22/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/town-fines-municipal-governments-abuse

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42) College alternatives, part 3
Source: Strike the Root
by Steve Seachman

“Defenders of the college system will often pose the statement in the form of a question: ‘What about the ‘proven value’ of a college degree!?!’ This is a loaded question, so let’s unpack some excess baggage. When looking at any official study of ‘college value,’ we should remember that such studies are prepared by the college industry to convince people into buying their expensive product. That may be shrewd marketing, but it’s not ‘science.’ A pseudo-scientific equivalent would be like me paying for a ‘study’ of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs to prove that skipping college makes you a billionaire.” (06/22/18)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/college-alternatives-part-3-addressing-some-common-misconceptions-and-avoiding-obstacles-to-progress

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43) The military industrial complex’s assault on liberty
Source: The American Conservative
by Michael Shindler

“Last week, the House Appropriations Committee advanced a lavish $674.6 billion Pentagon spending bill for fiscal year 2019. That means Congress is preparing to spend even more on defense, which isn’t at all shocking. To even marginally decrease defense spending, according to its champions, would be disastrous. After Senator Rand Paul proposed a ‘penny plan’ to balance the budget with minor cuts, Senator Lindsey Graham warned his peers that the initiative ‘creates the one thing we can’t afford, which is unpredictability.’ This attitude shapes Congress’s treatment of the defense budget, even though ‘unpredictability’ is intrinsically inescapable and feverishly spending in an effort to evade it costs us the very liberty that our military ostensibly protects.” (06/22/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-military-industrial-complexs-assault-on-liberty/

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44) The Libertarian Party: Bringing good ideas to America since 1971
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Like most Libertarians, I’m amused when our ideological opponents see a parade forming around one of our ideas and try to hustle their way to the front to ‘lead’ it. Unlike some Libertarians, I don’t follow up amusement with getting down in the mouth about being ‘co-opted.’ I’m just happy to see good ideas gain steam from any source. The Libertarian Party has supported same-sex marriage rights since its founding in 1971. Hillary Clinton finally joined us on that one in 2013. Better late than never.” (06/22/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13800

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45) UN report faults Trump for Obama poverty, media “fall for it”
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Amid all the immigration hoo-ha, maybe you missed the uncritical mainstream media reports of a United Nations study faulting President Trump for poverty in America. Turns out, it’s just more fake news. An uncritical Reuters headline says it all: ‘America’s poor becoming more destitute under Trump: U.N. expert.’ The Hill’s equally blase headline: ‘UN poverty official: Trump exacerbating inequality.’ The report (really a first-person narrative) released earlier this month, ripped President Trump for his ‘contempt’ and ‘hatred of the poor.’ The report cited 18.5 million Americans who live in extreme policy, and massive U.S. defense spending at the expense of social programs. Only one problem: As Chuck DeVore, vice president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, points out, the data on which the study was based came from 2016. That’s right, President Obama’s last year. So does that make it ‘fake news?’” (06/22/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/u-n-poverty-report

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46) Quantum Vibe, 06/22/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (06/22/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1811

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47) Should free speech be a little less free?
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Should free speech be a little less free? The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is beginning to think so …. The ACLU has advertised itself as a bulwark of rights since its inception. Moreover, the ACLU generally cites the Bill of Rights when it discusses the matter. However, anybody who has seen the ACLU’s lack of zeal in defending the Second Amendment knows that the organization, like most Americans, has been selective in regards to what is considers rights for ages now. It should come as no surprise that the organization is now less zealous about defending the First Amendment as well. If the Bill of Rights is the source of rights, as the ACLU generally acts, then it admitted that rights can be infringed whenever convenience requires it as soon as it decided that the Second Amendment wasn’t worth defending.” (06/22/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/06/22/should-free-speech-be-a-little-less-free/

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48) Are Europeans re-thinking gun control?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Scott McPherson

“In Europe, in the early 1990s, no one, in polite company or otherwise, spoke approvingly of the liberalized gun laws found in much of the United States. … While attitudes are changing, Europeans typically still believe that private firearm ownership should be heavily regulated, e.g., by licensing and mandatory training. But a shift of some proportions is taking place; the distance between Americans’ and Europeans’ views on guns and self-defense is certainly narrowing. As the estimable Rufus E. Miles Jr., aide to three presidents, observed, where one stands on an issue is often determined by where he sits. Rising crime, mass migration, and the threat of terrorism have many people in Europe on edge and reflexively reaching out for the best means of personal defense available: a gun.” (06/22/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/are-europeans-re-thinking-gun-control/

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49) Supreme Court unleashes tax nightmare
Source: Town Hall
by Grover Norquist

“The Supreme Court decision allowing state and local governments to tax internet sales will damage American businesses nationwide. Now politicians from over 10,000 state and local taxing jurisdictions are empowered to tax out-of-state businesses, and these tax powers could be retroactive. Smaller businesses will find themselves threatened with audits and tax liens by counties they cannot pronounce. Imagine the paperwork. The number of potential tax returns is mind-boggling. Every business large and small will be responsible for knowing the sales tax rates in all the counties, towns, cities and states in the nation. The ruling is a Pandora’s box for expansive state taxing authority. This court decision is not limited to expanding the targets of the state sales tax. Politicians will use this court decision as a green light to export their income tax to individuals and companies in other states.” (06/22/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/21/grover-norquist-supreme-court-unleashes-tax-paperwork-nightmare-editorials-debates/36253577

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50) Religion and government — secular views
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying that these people (statists) don’t believe in God — even in the true Creator. It is just that they believe in ‘God and the State His prophet’ …. (We are sometimes told that Ba’al and Moloch were just different names for YHWH, so that they had the ‘right person’ to worship, just the wrong form. Minor little details like building idols and sacrificing infants to them.) Let me tell you, I’d much rather be neighbors with Tom Paine or some other Deist (or an outright agnostic or atheist) who submits to the Golden Rule (Zero-Aggression Principle), than with a statist who believes in God but worships Him with human sacrifices — whether it is cooking live babies on the bronze arms of an idol or unborn babies getting their skulls drilled out so their brains can be sucked out — or dropping smart bombs on the villages and cooking the babies that way in service of the state.” (06/23/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/06/23/religion-and-government-secular-views/

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51) The Anarchist Experience, episode 170
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss more issues with Management theft, the current state of Crypto, Rich’s ongoing Adventures in LegalLand, and this HEADLINE: Jogger who accidentally crossed U.S. border from B.C. detained for 2 weeks.” [various formats] (06/24/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/06/24/the-anarchist-experience-170/

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52) Free Talk Live, 06/23/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Internal Border Patrol Checkpoints :: Narcan and Drug War :: Zoning and Property Taxes :: Admitting Employing Undocumented Workers :: Private Prisons vs Free Market :: Mark’s Immigration Proposal :: Immigrant Children and Welfare :: Clog the Courts :: Border Patrol vs Forkfesters :: ACLU of NH Rebukes Checkpoints :: Class Oppression in Mexico :: Stand Up to Border Patrol :: Tyranny :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/23/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-06-23

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 06/23/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“MWD talks about the problems with government, sovereign citizens, and left libertarians. Also why you should thank people when they help you.” [various formats] (06/23/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15931

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54) Anarcho Agenda, episode 71
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Seattle is no longer robbing businesses, migrant children are separated from their parents with possibly harmful effects, plus much more.” [various formats]

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-71-2018-06-23

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55) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/23/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, announced this week that the US would be quitting the UN Human Rights Council. Haley cited bias against Israel as a prime factor in the US decision. Is this a good move … or more politics?” [Flash video] (06/23/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/us-quits-un-human-rights-council-should-we-cheer

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56) Scott Adams Says, 06/23/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams teaches you how to solve immigration and lots more. Bring coffee.” [Flash video] (06/23/18)

Scott Adams teaches you how to solve immigration and lots more. Bring coffee

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57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 210
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #210, I discuss a brief ceasefire in Afghanistan. The ceasefire held for three days at the end of the Islamic holy month. After the ceasefire expired, fighting resumed with the Taliban killing as many as 50 Afghan soldiers. I address the massive Department of Defense. The DoD will grow as Trump announced the creation of the Space Force. Amazon is a front-runner for getting a $10 billion contract to provide cloud services to the Pentagon. The Pentagon has expanded and is carrying out more offensives in cyber warfare.” [various formats] (06/22/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-210-afghan-ceasefire-the-space-force

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58) Has the US Constitution lost its meaning? A debate
Source: Reason

“Law professors Randy Barnett and Michael Dorf argued over ‘originalism’ at an event hosted by the Soho Forum.” [Flash video] (06/22/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/06/22/randy-barnett-originalism-constitution

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59) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/22/18
Source: Cato Institute

“If the police want your cell-based location, they’ll need to first get a warrant, at least most of the time. Cato’s Ilya Shapiro and Julian Sanchez comment on the Supreme Court’s decision in Carpenter v. United States.” [various formats] (06/22/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/cops-need-warrant-usually-cell-data

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60) Felony Friday, episode 129
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday host John Odermatt welcomes three liberty activists from Boulder Colorado. Lance Cayko, Jason Boros and Lesley Hollywood are three of the liberty activists who are leading the charge in the fight against the Boulder City Council’s quest to trample the individual rights of residents.” [various formats] (06/22/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/06/22/bipartisan-coalition-leads-way-in-defense-against-boulder-gun-grabbers/

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61) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 245
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Joe Quirk joins us to discuss the possibilities of seasteading for the future of civilization.” [various formats] (06/22/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/244

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62) Deconstructed, 06/22/18
Source: The Intercept

“With Trump now in office, is it time to recognize that Obama wasn’t as bad as we thought, or did Obama’s excesses, whether in the Middle East or at the Mexico border, lead the way to Trump’s? Ben Rhodes, who was Obama’s foreign policy speechwriter and later rose to become his deputy national security adviser, joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss Obama’s legacy and whether it has seeped into the Trump administration.” [various formats] (06/22/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/06/22/is-it-time-to-reckon-with-obamas-foreign-policy-legacy/

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63) The troubled future of cryptocurrencies
Source: American Institute for Economic Research

“As entrepreneurs explore all the ways that blockchain can revolutionize entire industries, governments are scrambling to regulate it. The media has taken notice too, churning out stories, films, and even entire outlets to cover the crypto sphere. So it was almost expected that Netflix and Vox would devote an episode of their joint Explained series to cryptocurrencies. Instead of addressing misconceptions and increasing public understanding, however, they double down on the scare-mongering that has been the staple of shallow tech journalism.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/22/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/vox-netflix-pull-fast-one-cryptocurrencies

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64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1185
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“My guest today is known on social media by her pseudonym The Pholosopher. She’s been very successful at spreading the message of voluntaryism, so we discuss what’s been working.” [various formats] (06/22/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1185-her-family-fled-three-communist-countries-now-shes-an-ancap/

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65) In The Tank Podcast, episode 145
Source: Heartland Institute

“Donny Kendal, Jim Lakely and Justin Haskins present episode #145 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Reason Foundation, The Heartland Institute, and the Illinois Policy Institute.” [Flash audio] (06/22/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/06/in-the-tank-ep145-ig-report-exposes-depth-of-the-swamp-climate-hysteria-california-split-into-3-states/

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