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Volume XVI, Issue #4,004
Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
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In the News:

1) SCOTUS upholds Trump’s Muslim ban
2) US political prisoner Reality Winner pleads guilty to informing the American public
3) SCOTUS supports First Amendment versus California regime’s compelled abortion speech rules
4) Mueller allegedly poised to stop fucking around and begin investigation he was actually appointed for
5) UK: Uber wins appeal, gets provisional London license
6) FL: Homeowner has some regrets after killing thousands of swarming honeybees
7) New study once again disproves marijuana gateway theory
8) OK: Democrat caught removing congressional opponent’s campaign signs ahead of primary
9) Virginia Republican Party starts boycott of the Red Hen
10) Trump to award Medal of Honor to World War Two Kentucky soldier
11) UK protesters inflate snarling orange Trump blimp to mock US president
12) CA: One victim in San Francisco “Chinese Embassy Scam” lost $3 million
13) Asgardia: “World’s first space nation” inaugurates head of state
14) Philippines: Duterte calls God “stupid,” angers Catholics
15) Paul files civil suit against neighbor who tackled him
16) SCOTUS throws out case against florist who refused to do arrangement for gay wedding
17) Cohen legal team completes review of documents seized by feds, claims 12,000 files privileged
18) Trump blasts Harley-Davidson’s decision to try and save its business from his dumb ass
19) As protesters rally, border thugs abandon “zero tolerance” for immigrant families
20) SCOTUS backs American Express in credit card fee case; shares pop

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Civilians around the world become better armed
22) Immigration is actually becoming more popular
23) Is the US national debt finally coming home to roost?
24) The broken childcare market is a classic government failure
25) FBI still stonewalls Congress on Russia investigation
26) Where do you draw the line in today’s crazed political environment?
27) Red Hen mess feeds uncivil Donald Trump era
28) The last person in the room must close the door: Hayek in the age of computing
29) Will feds foil foolish licensing?
30) Kidnapper Trump as symptom
31) For immigrant children, empathy is not enough
32) A new day, a new chance to be wonderful
33) SCOTUS ruling on sales tax a gift for in-state retailers
34) The futility of standing athwart language yelling “stop!”
35) Five Questions: “Turkey is no longer a democracy”
36) Federal wrecking ball destroying American healthcare system
37) Deutsche Bank’s troubles raise worries about the future of the euro zone
38) Propaganda 101
39) Down with false democracy, up with true self-government
40) No more memes? The EU’s latest threat to the Net
41) Three cheers for Trump’s peace trifecta
42) “Demonizing” the IRS to protect tax evaders
43) No (Internet sales) taxation without representation!
44) Why “Permit Patty” called police on an 8-year-old girl selling water
45) Would you serve a cheeseburger to Sarah Huckabee Sanders? Where’s your line in the sand?
46) Planned Parenthood’s union busting could have chilling effect for workers everywhere
47) More NAFTA nonsense
48) Trump’s executive branch restructuring: What if the federal government is beyond streamlining?
49) Immigration enforcement comes with immigration controls
50) Why does the alt-right extol North Korea?

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Libertarian Angle, 06/26/18
52) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 62
53) One Free Family, episode 21
54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/26/18
55) Humans of Bitcoin, 06/26/18
56) Scott Adams Says, 06/26/18
57) Reason Podcast, 06/25/18
58) Editor’s Break, episode 87
59) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/26/18
60) Free Talk Live, 06/25/18

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

1) SCOTUS upholds Trump’s Muslim ban
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Trump administration’s travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries. Lower courts had deemed the ban unconstitutional, but the US top court has reversed this decision in a 5-4 ruling announced on Tuesday. The ban prohibits most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the US. It has been criticised by refugee and human rights groups.” (06/26/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44619976

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2) US political prisoner Reality Winner pleads guilty to informing the American public
Source: New York Times

“Reality L. Winner, a former Air Force linguist who was the first person prosecuted by the Trump administration on charges of leaking classified information, pleaded guilty on Tuesday as part of an agreement with prosecutors that calls for a sentence of 63 months in prison. Ms. Winner, who entered her plea in Federal District Court in Augusta, Ga., was arrested last June and accused of sharing a classified report about Russian interference in the 2016 election with the news media. Ms. Winner, who is now 26, has been jailed since her arrest and wore an orange prison jumpsuit and white sneakers to the hearing. Her decision to plead guilty to one felony count allows the government both to avoid a complex trial that had been scheduled for October and to notch a victory in the Trump administration’s aggressive pursuit of leakers.” (06/26/18)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/26/us/reality-winner-nsa-leak-guilty-plea.html

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3) SCOTUS supports First Amendment versus California regime’s compelled abortion speech rules
Source: ABC News

“The Supreme Court ruled California cannot require clinics that serve pregnant women to provide information about the availability of abortion services elsewhere in the state, a move in favor of anti-abortion clinics that claimed the state law violated their First Amendment rights. The case was brought by two ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ who challenged a California law called the ‘California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency Act,’ otherwise known as the FACT Act. The law required the clinics to notify pregnant women seeking services that California provides free or low-cost abortion services and tell the women if staff at the center are licensed healthcare professionals.” (06/26/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/supreme-court-rules-anti-abortion-clinics-amendment-rights/story?id=56167466

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4) Mueller allegedly poised to stop fucking around and begin investigation he was actually appointed for
Source: Bloomberg

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller is preparing to accelerate his probe into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russians who sought to interfere in the 2016 election, according to a person familiar with the investigation. Mueller and his team of prosecutors and investigators have an eye toward producing conclusions — and possible indictments — related to collusion by fall, said the person, who asked not to be identified. He’ll be able to turn his full attention to the issue as he resolves other questions, including deciding soon whether to find that Trump sought to obstruct justice.” (06/26/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-26/mueller-poised-to-zero-in-on-trump-russia-collusion-allegations

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5) UK: Uber wins appeal, gets provisional London license
Source: TechCrunch

“After failing to secure a renewal for a license to operate a private hire vehicle service in London last September, Uber — the controversial transportation startup valued at around $62 billion — has finally had a short reprieve. Today, a judge hearing the Uber appeal (appearing as Uber London Limited, or ULL) against the city’s transportation regulator, Transport for London, said that the company would provisionally get a 15 month license, so that it could continue to work on satisfying the conditions that TfL said that it had failed to meet previously, ahead of potentially applying for a regular, five-year license after it demonstrated that it was now [bowing and scraping with sufficient vigor].” (06/26/18)

https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/26/uber-wins-appeal-and-gets-a-provisional-15-month-license-to-operate-in-london/

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6) FL: Homeowner has some regrets after killing thousands of swarming honeybees
Source: USA Today

“Heather Rivera is having regrets two days after having pest control eradicate a swarm of honeybees. ‘I just wish it could have been different,’ she said. ‘Bees are valuable. I wish I knew about free bee removal. I wouldn’t have made the decision to kill them.’ The Florida resident had been running errands when she returned Saturday afternoon to the duplex she shares with her father. She parked in her father’s garage and went to her side, seeing about seven or eight bees flying around. ‘Two or three hours later, I came into the garage and there were thousands of bees,’ she said. ‘The air was thick with bees — I’ve only seen stuff like that in the movies.’ She said they covered the garage wall, the garage floor and the SUV.” (06/25/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/06/25/florida-woman-kills-thousands-honey-bees/733294002

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7) New study once again disproves marijuana gateway theory
Source: Smell the Truth

“As if the marijuana gateway theory hasn’t been debunked several times over, a new study suggests that using cannabis does not raise the probability of using harder drugs. In a new report issued by LiveStories, founder Adnan Mahmud concluded that ‘We haven’t found any strong correlation that suggests increased marijuana use leads to increases in other substance abuse.’ Researchers drew data from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They examined drug use in legal states such as Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, and compared it to national averages.” (06/26/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/06/25/new-study-once-again-disproves-marijuana-gateway-theory

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8) OK: Democrat caught removing congressional opponent’s campaign signs ahead of primary
Source: Fox News

“An Oklahoma congressional candidate has apologized after he was caught taking his opponent’s campaign signs from a street corner — just before the state’s primary election. Tom Guild, who bills himself as a progressive Democrat vying for Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district seat, was accused in a Facebook post of taking the signs of Kendra Horn, also a Democratic candidate. The Facebook post, which has been shared more than 100 times, included photos of Guild allegedly caught in the act.” (06/26/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/26/oklahoma-democrat-caught-removing-congressional-opponents-campaign-signs-ahead-primary.html

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9) Virginia Republican Party starts boycott of the Red Hen
Source: Raw Story

“The party that nominated a man who calls an anti-Semitic white supremacist ‘one of my personal heroes,’ to become a U.S. Senator has just started a boycott of the local restaurant that asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave. The Republican Party of Virginia, in a grammatically-challenged post on its website, says: ‘The liberal owner of the ‘Red Hen’ restaurant in Lexington threw out Sarah Huckabee [sic] in the middle of dinner just because she works for President Trump! Once again the intolerant left has shown its true colors. Sign the boycott petition below so we can show the Red Hen and it’s [sic] liberal supporters that patriotic Trump supporters are the silent majority in Virginia!’ The Virginia GOP’s chosen nominee who is running against Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is Corey Stewart. His personal hero is Paul Nehlen. Of course, practically none of what the Virginia GOP wrote is accurate. The owner of the Red Hen (no quote marks necessary) asked to talk with the White House press secretary outside the restaurant, and explained that her employees felt uncomfortable serving Sanders.” (06/26/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/virginia-republican-party-starts-boycott-red-hen

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10) Trump to award Medal of Honor to World War Two Kentucky soldier
Source: USA Today

“President Donald Trump will posthumously honor a Kentucky soldier with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday for his actions in World War II. First Lt. Garlin M. Conner, a native of Albany, Kentucky, and a longtime farmer of the commonwealth soil, has been celebrated as one of the most decorated in soldiers in U.S. history. His honors include the Distinguished Service Cross, four Silver Star medals, a bronze star and three Purple Hearts for injuries suffered in combat. But to his widow, Pauline Lyda Wells Conner, the only thing missing was the nation’s highest military award for valor. ‘He was my hero,’ Pauline Conner said at a Department of Defense roundtable Monday. ‘And he still is since he has been gone for the last 20 years … I didn’t think this would happen, I never thought it would happen.’ Tuesday marks the end of more than a two-decade campaign to award him the Medal of Honor since Galin Conner’s death in November 1998.” (06/26/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/26/trump-giving-wwii-kentucky-soldier-garlin-conner-medal-honor/733955002

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11) UK protesters inflate snarling orange Trump blimp to mock US president
Source: Reuters

“British opponents of Donald Trump on Tuesday inflated a six-meter, snarling orange inflatable baby blimp, complete with tiny hands and a nappy, that they hope to launch over London to mock the U.S. president when he visits next month. Trump will meet Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Theresa May, who was the first foreign leader to visit Trump after his inauguration in January 2017. Britain regards its close ties with the United States, which it calls the special relationship, as a pillar of its foreign policy as it prepares to leave the European Union. But some Britons see Trump as crude, volatile and opposed to their values on a range of issues. British officials have also been dismayed by some of Trump’s pronouncements, particularly a U.S. entry ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.” (06/26/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-blimp/uk-protesters-inflate-snarling-orange-trump-blimp-to-mock-u-s-president-idUSKBN1JM1W8

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12) CA: One victim in San Francisco “Chinese Embassy Scam” lost $3 million
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Yet another phone scam is targeting San Francisco’s Chinese-American community, and one local resident fell victim to the tune of $2.86 million over the course of 11 wire transfers, authorities said Monday. Dubbed ‘The Chinese Embassy Phone Scam,’ victims receive calls in Mandarin from people purporting to be from the Chinese Embassy, according to the San Francisco district attorney’s office. The scammers convince targets that they have committed financial fraud, and in order to clear their name they must wire money overseas. Once sent, the money is immediately withdrawn, making it impossible to recover. ‘The Chinese Embassy Phone Scam is a complex scheme designed to scare people into turning over their money,’ District Attorney George Gascón said. ‘Once someone sends their money to scammers overseas, it becomes incredibly hard to recover. Preventing the scam before it occurs is our best tool to combat these ploys.’” (06/25/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/DA-One-victim-in-SF-Chinese-Embassy-Scam-13025144.php

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13) Asgardia: “World’s first space nation” inaugurates head of state
Source: Newsweek

“Asgardia, a proposed [sic] ‘space nation,’ inaugurated its first head of state Monday during a ceremony at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, which was attended by diplomats, researchers, engineers and legal experts from around the world. The new head of nation, Igor Ashurbeyli — a Russian scientist, billionaire and philanthropist — took an oath of office during an event with no shortage of pomp and circumstance. He went on to unveil ambitious goals for the first space nation: notably, to have permanently inhabited space stations in low Earth orbit and stationary settlements on the Moon within the next 25 years. ‘We have established all branches of a nation,’ Ashurbeyli said in a speech at the ceremony. ‘I can declare that Asgardia has been born.’” (06/25/18)

http://www.newsweek.com/asgardia-worlds-first-space-nation-inaugurates-head-state-994555

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14) Philippines: Duterte calls God “stupid,” angers Catholics
Source: Zee News [India]

“Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, well known for his outrageous statements and unfiltered attacks on his rivals, has sparked anger in the largely Catholic country by calling God ‘stupid.’ In a televised speech in Davao, he slammed the story of Adam and Eve’s fall from grace in the Bible and the logic behind the Christian concept of original sin, the BBC reported on Tuesday. While the church and many citizens condemned his remarks, his office said he was expressing personal beliefs. Duterte has in the past also criticised the Pope in crude language and has given statements widely deemed as highly offensive, cruel or misogynist.” (06/26/18)

http://zeenews.india.com/asia/philippines-president-duterte-calls-god-stupid-angers-catholics-2120182.html

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15) Paul files civil suit against neighbor who tackled him
Source: CBS News

“Sen. Rand Paul is suing his neighbor who admitted to tackling Rand as he mowed his yard. The Bowling Green Daily News reports the Friday complaint seeks compensatory and punitive damages from neighbor Rene Boucher for ‘physical pain and mental suffering’ from the November assault. Boucher says his actions were brought on by Paul repeatedly stacking yard debris near a shared property line.” (06/26/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sen-rand-paul-files-civil-suit-against-neighbor-who-tackled-him/

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16) SCOTUS throws out case against florist who refused to do arrangement for gay wedding
Source: The Hill

“The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling that found a Washington state florist had intentionally discriminated against a same-sex couple for refusing to make flower arrangements for their wedding. The justices vacated the ruling and sent the case back down to the Washington Supreme Court, giving the florist, Barronelle Stutzman, another chance to make her case in light of their decision earlier this month in favor of a Colorado baker, who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage.” (06/25/18)

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/393922-supreme-court-throws-out-case-against-florist-who-refused-to-do

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17) Cohen legal team completes review of documents seized by feds, claims 12,000 files privileged
Source: ABC News

“Attorneys for Michael Cohen, the longtime personal attorney of President Donald Trump, said Monday that they had completed a review of more than 4 million files seized by the government during an April 9 raid on Cohen’s apartment, office, and hotel room, meeting the court-ordered deadline. In a letter to Judge Kimba Wood in the Southern District of New York, attorneys for Cohen claimed Monday that more than 12,000 of the 4 million files should be protected under attorney-client privilege. According to the letter, Cohen’s legal team scoured files pulled from 13 different mobile devices and iPads and 20 digital media devices. Cohen is under federal investigation for his business dealings and for his role in an alleged hush-money payment to adult film-star Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels.” (06/25/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/cohen-legal-team-completes-review-documents-seized-feds/story?id=56155159

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18) Trump blasts Harley-Davidson’s decision to try and save its business from his dumb ass
Source: Politico

“President Donald Trump sharply criticized American motorbike manufacturer Harley-Davidson’s decision today to shift some of its production overseas, a move the company said it is making in order to avoid the president’s tariffs. ‘Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag,’ Trump wrote on Twitter. The post came after the company earlier today said it will be shifting production to its international facilities of motorcycles that are headed to Europe in order to avoid paying a 25 percent tariff on its way into the European market. Brussels levied that penalty in response to Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Harley-Davidson said the duties mean an increased cost of $2,200 on each motorcycle heading into Europe, which is the company’s largest market.” (06/25/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/25/donald-trump-harley-davidson-production-tariffs-670740

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19) As protesters rally, border thugs abandon “zero tolerance” for immigrant families
Source: Chicago Tribune

“The Trump administration has scaled back a key element of its zero-tolerance immigration policy amid a global uproar over the separation of more than 2,300 migrant families, halting the practice of turning over parents to prosecutors for charges of illegally entering the country. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Monday that President Donald Trump’s order last week to stop splitting immigrant families at the border required a temporary halt to prosecuting parents and guardians, unless they had criminal history or the child’s welfare was in question. He insisted the White House’s zero tolerance policy toward illegal entry remained intact.” (06/25/18)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-sessions-immigration-20180625-story.html

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20) SCOTUS backs American Express in credit card fee case; shares pop
Source: CNBC

“American Express shares jumped after the Supreme Court sided with it in a credit card fee lawsuit. In a five to four ruling, the Supreme Court said Amex rules regarding its services for merchants don’t violate federal antitrust law. Shares jumped 2.2 percent. The case centered on the fees that credit card companies charge retailers for processing transactions. Amex doesn’t allow merchants to offer promotions or discounts on rival cards that charge them lower fees. The government had argued that the practice sticks merchants with higher fees for Amex transactions, which are passed on to consumers whether or not an Amex card is used. … The Justice Department originally brought the case against Amex and its larger rivals Mastercard and Visa. The argument was that merchants had no real bargaining power when it came to using their payment services. A lower court had ruled that Amex’s ‘anti-steering’ rules stifled competition. Mastercard and Visa settled with the government before trial.” (06/25/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/25/supreme-court-backs-amex-in-credit-card-fee-case-shares-pop.html

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

21) Civilians around the world become better armed
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“A note to the folks obsessed with somehow disarming all civilians: You may want to find a new hobby. This particular horse isn’t just out of the barn, it’s in the field shooting skeet. Worldwide, there are about 857 million firearms in civilian hands — up 32 percent from the last Small Arms Survey estimates in 2006. For comparison, there are about 133 million firearms controlled by the world’s militaries and 22.7 million in the hands of law enforcement across the planet. That means a growing numbers of civilians around the world are in a position to push back against police and militaries that serve often-abusive governments, and that are already outmatched in terms of raw weaponry. In the wake of the murderous, state-sponsored horrors of the 20th century, this latest report from the respected, Geneva-based Small Arms Survey represents good news to many people (albeit not the usual suspects you’ll see quoted on the news).” (06/26/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/06/26/civilians-becoming-better-armed

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22) Immigration is actually becoming more popular
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Alex Nowrasteh

“The most fascinating phenomenon of American politics is the increasingly anti-immigration opinions of politicians like Donald Trump that contrasts with an increasingly pro-immigrant public opinion. Gallup has asked the same poll question on immigration since 1965: ‘In your view, should immigration be kept at its present level, increased, or decreased?’ Gallup’s question does not separate legal from illegal immigration, likely meaning that answers to this question undercount support for increasing legal immigration. They recently released their 2018 poll results. The support for increasing legal immigration is at 28 percent–the highest point ever.” (06/26/18)

https://fee.org/articles/immigration-is-actually-becoming-more-popular/

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23) Is the US national debt finally coming home to roost?
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“In March and April, CNBC reports, foreign governments started cutting back on the amount of US government debt they buy and hold. Russia’s government cut its holdings by 50%, from $96.1 billion to $48.7 billion. China (the single biggest holder of US debt) dumped $5.8 billion. Japan (the second biggest), $12.3 billion. Disclaimer: I’m no expert in finance generally or in government debt specifically, and those matters are complex. But I don’t think it’s controversial to say that when large creditors stop buying and start start dumping someone’s debt, it’s a bad sign for future borrowing: A de facto reduction in the borrower’s credit rating.” (06/26/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13835

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24) The broken childcare market is a classic government failure
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“Last week came further warning signs about the strains and challenges in the broken childcare sector. A survey for the Professional Association for Childcare and Early years (PACEY) warned that nursery closures were up almost 50 per cent last year, and that providers were struggling to retain good staff because of funding pressures. In the not-too-distant future, childcare policy will be taught as a case study in government failure. Well-intentioned interventions are having perverse consequences and rapidly leading to more and more state control.” (06/26/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/broken-childcare-market-classic-government-failure

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25) FBI still stonewalls Congress on Russia investigation
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Russia Investigation: After Congress threatened impeachment, the Department of Justice and FBI reluctantly handed over classified documents related to the Russia investigation. But they still haven’t fully complied with Congress’ request. Is this just more deep-state obstruction? Of course, that’s a loaded question. Sure, the bureaucrats at DOJ and the FBI have a responsibility to keep the nation’s secrets and to maintain the integrity of their own investigations. But they don’t have a right to hold back information legitimately requested by Congress for its investigation into the highly questionable behavior of both the DOJ and FBI during the Russia-Trump investigation. ‘A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said Saturday that the department (of Justice) has partially complied with subpoenas from the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees after officials turned over more than a thousand new documents this week,’ the Associated Press reported.” (06/26/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/fbi-stonewalls-congress

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26) Where do you draw the line in today’s crazed political environment?
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“With each passing day, Trump’s hardcore supporters and detractors become more deeply entrenched in their respective corners and grow more hysterical. With every turn of the news cycle, we see two groups increasingly and equally convinced that only they and their allies can save the nation from total ruin. As someone who isn’t a cheerleader for any politician or political party, it’s fascinating to watch. It’s also made me consider where to draw the line when it comes to political action or commentary. First off, we need to understand that an increasingly centralized, corrupt and unaccountable government making decisions for 325 million people will be inherently and systemically abusive toward the citizenry. To confront this reality we need resistance, but it can’t be the superficial, purely partisan kind.” (06/26/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/06/26/where-do-you-draw-the-line-in-todays-crazed-political-environment/

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27) Red Hen mess feeds uncivil Donald Trump era
Source: USA Today
by the editorial board

“President Donald Trump’s multitude of foes must find it delicious that his spokeswoman was summarily denied dinner at a Virginia restaurant and that his Homeland Security secretary was hounded from a Washington dining spot by protesters. But no matter how momentarily satisfying such ‘public shaming’ might be, the country surely doesn’t need more exclusion and incivility in response to the nastiness already spewing from the White House. For one thing, going low simply descends to Trump’s level and spawns more meanness. For another, excluding people from public accommodations has an ugly history in this nation that no American should want to revisit. Yet in recent days, as the Trump administration was separating immigrant children from their parents, some high-profile administration officials found themselves in the middle of the nation’s political food fights.” (06/25/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/25/red-hen-mess-feeds-uncivil-donald-trump-era-editorials-debates/731810002

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28) The last person in the room must close the door: Hayek in the age of computing
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Jocheved Matt

“There is a common joke in computing circles to announce at the beginning of a course that “The last person in the room must close the door.” Though at first blush the request seems reasonable, this is an example of an uncomputable function. The last person to enter the room has no way of knowing (computing) whether or he or she will, in fact, be the last to enter. Many believe that the calculation problems inherent in centralized systems can be solved by simply increasing the possible computing power. However, the existence and persistence of uncomputable functions highlights the limits of computation. Though Hayek addresses the calculation debate throughout his work, updating the Hayekian argument for liberalism with the modern language of computability and complexity can translate the knowledge problem and the liberal conclusions to a new generation. Computing power, no matter how capable, will never be able to appropriately manage resource allocation nor plan the economy.” (06/26/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/50986

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29) Will feds foil foolish licensing?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Democrat Elizabeth Warren are the unlikely duo who may interrupt the now-common practice of depriving delinquent borrowers of student loans of their right to earn a living from certain trades. Rubio recently admitted on Twitter that as a Florida lawmaker, he once voted to allow the state ‘to suspend professional licenses of those who defaulted on student loans. I WAS WRONG. … How can they pay back if they can’t work?’ Yes, Rubio was wrong. Senator Warren, for her part, agrees that the practice is ‘wrong and counterproductive.’ The bi-partisan duo’s bill would prohibit states from denying driver’s licenses and occupational licenses to borrowers who default on student loans.” (06/26/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/06/26/will-feds-foil-foolish-licensing/

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30) Kidnapper Trump as symptom
Source: CounterPunch
by Paul Street

“Trump the Terrible is terrible indeed. Still, on the racialized border issue as in so many political and policy areas, he remains a symptom — albeit a remarkably noxious one — of deeper national, historical, and systemic diseases, He embodies in an unusually open and unadorned way maladies that have long poisoned U.S. policy and politics across party lines.” (06/26/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/26/kidnapper-trump-as-symptom/

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31) For immigrant children, empathy is not enough
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“There’s no ‘civil’ way to say it: The Trump administration is torturing immigrant children. A liberal television personality wept openly for these children a few days ago, and I’m glad she did. But it’s important to remember that these terrible events reflect more than the profoundly amoral nature of the Trump administration. The suffering of these children aren’t an isolated incident. Their fate is shaped by decades of precedents, through forces that were too often shaped by the same government that torments them today. As I write these words, my family is welcoming its newest member into this world. The joy of a new child’s birth heightens our natural human instinct for empathy. It makes it even more shocking that we now witness the brutality of a government (our government) as it takes children, some as young as eighteen months old, from their parents.” (06/26/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180626/for-immigrant-children-empathy-is-not-enough-we-need-to-understand-and-atone

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32) A new day, a new chance to be wonderful
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Most people fail to appreciate the fresh opportunity that each day brings them. Their programming requires them to snort derisively at concepts like the one above. After all, the systems of this world are built upon the assumption that mankind is weak, stupid, and generally inadequate to a moral existence. As a result, most people have become addicted to bad news. Nonetheless every day is a fresh start, a situation created by nature itself. ” (06/26/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/a-new-day-a-new-chance-to-be-wonderful/

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33) SCOTUS ruling on sales tax a gift for in-state retailers
Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

“Regardless of how sales tax laws are worded, sales taxes are in fact collected and paid by sellers to the sellers’ state governments. If a resident of another state decides to take a vacation to South Dakota and buys things while there, the vacationer will pay South Dakota sales tax, collected by South Dakota sellers and remitted to the state of South Dakota. Why should it be any different if someone from another state buys online from a South Dakota seller rather than buying in person? Normally, sales taxes are paid to the seller’s government, not the buyer’s. The new ruling says that if someone from California visits South Dakota and buys things, sales tax should be paid to South Dakota, but if someone from California buys something online from a South Dakota seller, sales tax should be paid to California. There is no logic to that asymmetry. Why should the seller’s state receive sales tax payments in the first case, but the buyer’s state in the second?” (06/26/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/06/26/scotus-ruling-on-sales-tax-a-gift-for-in-state-retailers/

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34) The futility of standing athwart language yelling “stop!”
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“In American culture these days, the linguistic terrain is constantly shifting, says the Columbia University linguistics professor John McWhorter. Even people who think of themselves as enlightened, morally scrupulous actors feel that there are constant demands to adopt new, unfamiliar linguistic habits or to jettison words or constructions they’ve grown used to their entire lives. … First, consider the singular they. It’s long been a common construction, if one upon which pedants look down, as in the sentence, ‘Tell each student that they can hand in their paper a day late.’ That’s natural for most speakers. But lately, an effort by individuals to use ‘they’ as their singular gender pronoun rather than he or she has taken off.” (06/26/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/the-futility-of-standing-athwart-language-yelling-stop/563612/

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35) Five Questions: “Turkey is no longer a democracy”
Source: Reuters
by Arlene Getz

“Turkey’s polarizing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a decisive victory in the June 24 elections. He will serve his latest term as a more powerful head of state, wielding extensive executive powers approved in a controversial referendum last year. Howard Eissenstat, an associate professor of Middle East history at St. Lawrence University and a non-resident senior fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy, spoke to Reuters editor Arlene Getz about the implications of the poll outcome. GETZ: Given the curbs on opposition access to the media, changes to some electoral rule and allegations of intimidation, can this be described as a free election? EISSENSTAT: On the day of voting there were reports of violence, intimidation by security services, and irregularities in voting procedures. These issues were serious, but do not seem to have been on a large enough scale to fundamentally alter the outcome of the elections.” (06/26/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-getz-turkey-commentary/commentary-five-questions-turkey-is-no-longer-a-democracy-idUSKBN1JL2SN

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36) Federal wrecking ball destroying American healthcare system
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“It’s not just Obamacare that’s the problem. Now federal regulations are interfering in the direct primary care market too. The federal government is a giant wrecking ball destroying the American healthcare system. Obamacare jacked up the price of healthcare and made it difficult for those who don’t qualify for subsidies to afford insurance. Now the feds are going after the one business model that promises to inject some measure of price control into the U.S. healthcare system. The direct primary care model provides a way for people to bypass the onerous and expensive Obamacare system by entering into direct relationships with a primary care provider.” (06/26/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/06/26/federal-wrecking-ball-destroying-american-healthcare-system/

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37) Deutsche Bank’s troubles raise worries about the future of the euro zone
Source: Cobden Centre
by Thorsten Polleit

“The euro banking sector is huge: In April 2018, its total balance sheet amounted to 30.9 trillion euro, accounting for 268 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in the euro area. Unfortunately, however, many euro banks are in lousy shape. They suffer from low profitability and carry an estimated total bad loan exposure of around 759 billion euro, which accounts for roughly 30 per cent of their equity capital. Share price developments suggest that investors have lost quite some confidence in the viability of euro banks’ businesses: While US bank stocks are up 24 per cent since the beginning of 2006, the index for euro-area bank stocks is still down by around 70 per cent. Perhaps most notably, ‘Germany’s two largest banks, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, have lost 85 and 94 per cent, respectively, of their market capitalization.” (06/26/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/06/deutsche-banks-troubles-raise-worries-about-the-future-of-the-euro-zone/

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38) Propaganda 101
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“What makes for good propaganda? Ideally good propaganda appeals to emotion. The goal is to manipulate the emotions of individuals to win them over to your cause. However, better propaganda is also based on some amount of truth. If your propaganda is entirely fictitious, it will likely be discovered at some future point and the people you won over may not to happy with you. The best propaganda is not only based on some amount of truth but the lies, when discovered, can be waved away with deniability. The girl on the cover of Time Magazine’s latest issue is an example of excellent propaganda …” (06/26/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/06/26/propaganda-101/

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39) Down with false democracy, up with true self-government
Source: The American Conservative
by Alexander William Salter

“It’s become commonplace to bemoan the lack of civility in American public discourse. Whether or not political coarseness is at an all-time high is debatable — much of the campaign material from, say, the Election of 1800 is certainly no-holds-barred — but the perception matters more than the substance. Certainly, for those in the political fray, compromise is far less feasible than it used to be. But what is the fight actually about? The Right and the Left are really contesting over irreconcilable visions of self-government, but they don’t realize this is so because they use that word to mean different things.” (06/26/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/down-with-false-democracy-up-with-true-self-government/

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40) No more memes? The EU’s latest threat to the Net
Source: spiked
by Fraser Myers

“It has been dubbed the end of the internet as we know it. Inventor of the world wide web Tim Berners-Lee, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and 70 other tech figures have penned an open letter, warning of the ‘imminent threat’ to the internet’s future, which would turn it ‘from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users.’ This threat to the net comes from the EU’s new copyright directive, which was passed narrowly by its Legal Affairs Committee, with 13 votes in favour and 11 against in a secret ballot. (A great deal of EU law-making occurs in secret.) The law is intended to crack down on the streaming of pirated films and music. But the actual scope is so large that it covers all and any copyrightable material.” (06/26/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/no-more-memes-the-eus-latest-threat-to-the-net/21532

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41) Three cheers for Trump’s peace trifecta
Source: Antiwar.com
by John V Walsh

“In the short space of five days, June 8-12, President Trump took three steps that upended the old post WWII global order and moved us a few steps toward a more peaceful world. Two of those steps are undeniable; the third is perhaps not so obvious.” (06/26/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/john-v-walsh/2018/06/25/three-cheers-for-trumps-peace-trifecta/

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42) “Demonizing” the IRS to protect tax evaders
Source: The American Prospect
by David Cay Johnston

“For decades, Republicans have pounded the Internal Revenue Service, initially on the advice of pollster Frank Luntz, whose focus group interviews revealed that exploiting popular resentment of taxes and widespread fear of getting tripped up by the worsening complexity of tax law is an easy way to win votes. Taking this advice, the party that claims the mantle of law and order set out to demonize the tax police. At the same time, Congress has enacted bill after bill that makes the Internal Revenue Code ever more maddeningly complex through devices that overwhelmingly benefit the political donor class — which is to say the wealthiest among us, and the corporations they own or control. … Meanwhile, Congress keeps cutting the Internal Revenue Service budget. Combine demonization of the tax collector with mind-numbing complexity and you provide the perfect political prescription for massive tax evasion with little risk of detection while gathering votes from disaffected ordinary taxpayers.” [editor’s note: He says tax evasion like it’s a bad thing – TLK] (06/26/18)

http://prospect.org/article/demonizing-irs-protect-tax-evaders

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43) No (Internet sales) taxation without representation!
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Last week the United States Supreme Court, in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, ruled that the Constitution’s Commerce Clause allows state governments to force out-of-state businesses to collect state sales taxes. This decision overturns the court’s precedent that a state could require only businesses with a ‘physical presence’ in the state to comply with state tax laws. Unless Congress exercises its authority under the Commerce Clause to counter this decision with legislation, retailers will have to calculate sales taxes on every online purchase. An error in calculating sales taxes could cause a small retailer to undergo a costly and time-consuming audit, or even audits by multiple state governments. The compliance costs, along with the sales taxes themselves, will raise the cost of online commerce, burdening consumers and limiting the growth of internet business.” (06/25/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/no-internet-sales-taxation-without-representation

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44) Why “Permit Patty” called police on an 8-year-old girl selling water
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Jennifer Fisher

On Saturday, July 23rd, Alison Ettel called police on a young girl selling water without a permit in Oakland, CA. The girl’s relative caught a video of Ettel, tweeted it out, and an Internet rage mob had identified her and her business within hours. Twitter quickly dubbed the then-unidentified woman in the video #PermitPatty. … Most of the discussion around #PermitPatty (and her metaphorical accomplice, #BBQBecky, another Oakland woman who called police on a black man using a charcoal grill in a public park) focuses on the racial element at play. Patty and Becky are well-educated white women calling the police on black people committing what are, at-best, nonviolent infractions of municipal code. Permit Patty may be a racist, I don’t know. She is indicative of a deeper and less-obvious problem in American society. This deeper problem comes from years of cultural and economic stagnation, decades of drilling a permission-based mindset into the lives of young Americans, and a slow decay of American civil society.” (06/25/18)

https://thelibertarianrepublic.com/why-permit-patty-called-police-on-an-8-year-old-girl-selling-water/

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45) Would you serve a cheeseburger to Sarah Huckabee Sanders? Where’s your line in the sand?
Source: The Intercept
by Shaun King

“How evil does someone have to be before you’d find it generally acceptable for a restaurant or business to refuse them service? Where’s your line in the sand? What if they killed the owner’s children? What if they burned your house down? Stole from your mother and punched her in the face? Should the owner, just out of good, old-fashioned decency, still serve them? What if they were known to drop bombs on innocent people — ripping bones from flesh and leaving only fragments of families behind? Should you still cook and serve them a cheeseburger? What if they were a rapist? What if they raped a family member of yours? Or a stranger? What if they were known to have kidnapped children? Your children? Other people’s children? And they are still missing? Where’s your line in the sand? Would you cook dinner for Hitler? How about Osama bin Laden?” (06/25/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/06/25/sarah-huckabee-sanders-virginia-restaurant/

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46) Planned Parenthood’s union busting could have chilling effect for workers everywhere
Source: In These Times
by Rebecca Burns

“When Ashley Brink accepted a job at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in April 2016, she knew it would mean taking a $3 an hour pay cut. It also entailed relocating from Wichita, Kansas, among the cheapest U.S. cities to live in, to Denver, one of the most expensive. But Brink was passionate about Planned Parenthood’s mission. … As a traveling health center assistant for PPRM, Brink works at multiple clinics across three states. … So Brink was dismayed when, in May 2017, PPRM announced that it was closing six of its clinics, including one in Casper, Wyoming — Planned Parenthood’s only facility in the entire state. That was the moment when Brink says she and many of her co-workers decided they needed a union.” (06/25/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21237/planned_parenthood_union_busting_trump_labor

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47) More NAFTA nonsense
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason

“President Trump’s irrational and infantile war on America’s NAFTA geopolitical allies and trading partners is heating up. Two recent articles illustrate this slow-motion train wreck. First is a report on how vulnerable our agricultural sector is to Mexican tariff retaliation. The report is about how frightened American farmers are these days. Besides losing sales to China — what with its recent retaliatory tariffs on our export crops (especially soybeans) — the farmers are facing a major hit from South of the Border. … Trump is not uniquely ignorant of economics. After all, Obama waged trade wars early on (and stopped when he saw the results). Even George Bush — generally quite solid on free trade — stupidly put a tariff on steel imports. But Trump is more of a protectionist than Obama and Bush combined — by far. And as another article notes, he has a narcissistic hair-trigger temper that leads him to freely insult allies, often by means of infantile tweets.” (06/25/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1864

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48) Trump’s executive branch restructuring: What if the federal government is beyond streamlining?
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Clyde Wayne Crews

“Can the federal government shrink? Or is the situation like the waistlines that paradoxically parallel the growth of the diet and fitness industry? Over a year ago, the White House announced executive order 13,781 on executive branch reorganization, targeting ‘where multiple Federal agencies interact in fragmented or duplicative ways.’ Reform proposals included ‘merging agencies, components, programs, or activities that have similar missions.’ … The emphasis on the whole is more on operational efficiencies and digitizing agencies operations and services, and enhancing ‘cybersecurity.’ But a government more ‘efficient’ at things it shouldn’t be doing in the first place would be a step back, not forward.” (06/25/18)

https://cei.org/content/trumps-executive-branch-restructuring-what-if-federal-government-beyond-streamlining

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49) Immigration enforcement comes with immigration controls
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“People are up in arms over President Trump’s decision to separate children from foreign parents who have entered the United States without official permission. The outrage has been so vocal and passionate that the president has been compelled to abandon the policy. What most everyone fails to notice, however, is that this is just one more measure, albeit an extremely cruel and brutal one, to make the system known as ‘immigration controls’ work. And that is a system that most critics of Trump’s child-separation policy do not want to confront: that Trump is simply doing his best to make the statist system of immigration controls that they themselves favor finally succeed.” (06/25/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/06/25/immigration-enforcement-comes-with-immigration-controls/

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50) Why does the alt-right extol North Korea?
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“North Korea may seem like an odd choice for a white nationalist’s utopia, but then these are odd times. A significant portion of the Alt-Right has become enchanted with, or at least willing to defend, the world’s foremost bastion of Stalinism. In North Korea, racialists believe they have spied a model of their own nationalism, anti-Americanism, and hatred of free enterprise. ‘North Korea is the only ethno-nationalist state opposing the current world order, and as long as it exists, it will stand as an example (and a possible future ally) for ethnic and racial nationalists everywhere,’ wrote Greg Paulson at the online journal Counter Currents, which styles itself an intellectual powerhouse of the Alt-Right, ‘especially those of us in the West who see the only hope for our people in the destruction of the current world order.’” (06/25/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/06/25/why-does-alt-right-extol-north-korea

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51) The Libertarian Angle, 06/26/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“If the free movement of goods is beneficent and desired, does that not also hold true for people? And more importantly, don’t people have the right of free movement? FFF president Jacob G. Hornberger and Richard M. Ebeling discuss.” [various formats] (06/26/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-trade-and-immigration-controls-video/

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52) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 62
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Dr. Nima Sanandaji joins us this week to explain how and why ancient Middle Easterners invented capitalism and entrepreneurship.” [various formats] (06/26/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/middle-easterners-invented-entrepreneurship-nima-sanandaji

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53) One Free Family, episode 21
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“What we put into our bodies is one of the most personal decisions we make each and every day. It can be tricky to figure out how to approach food with our kids when we’re trying to honor their autonomy and also help support them to be healthy in the short and long term. Taylor and James talk about their own uncertainty around this and share their experiences and how they currently approach food with their family.” [Flash audio] (06/26/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/food-freedom-off021/

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54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/26/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Do we need the government to intervene in the case of a Virginia restaurant owner who kicked out Trump Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders because she did not like her politics? Ron Paul explains how understanding property rights helps solve such seemingly complicated problems.” [Flash video] (06/26/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/sarah-sanders-booted-from-red-hen-what-to-do-about-this-discrimination

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55) Humans of Bitcoin, 06/26/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Bryan Micon knew playing online poker wouldn’t help humanity or solve any real-life problems. When the USA banned online poker — his world changed. The answer? Crypto.” [various formats] (06/26/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e253-Bryan-Micon-The-King-Of-All-Degenerates

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56) Scott Adams Says, 06/26/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about the ‘fake’ racist story, analogies, Strzok, and immigrant kids without phones.” [Flash video] (06/26/18)

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

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57) Reason Podcast, 06/25/18
Source: Reason

“Will the Red Hen episode lead to a ‘Red Wedding’-style breakdown of the American political family? It’s been an unavoidable conversation these last 52 hours in American politics, so it kicks off this week’s editor-roundtable version of the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, and Matt Welch.” [Flash video] (06/25/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/06/25/is-civility-possible-in-trumps-america

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58) Editor’s Break, episode 87
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 087 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: his family’s recent travels and worldschooling; the many features of what constitutes a voluntaryist ethnicity; why the family can be viewed as a totalitarian institution and a call for voluntaryists to parent consistently with their principles; and more.” [various formats] (06/25/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/worldschooling-voluntaryist-ethnicity-statist-parenting-36m-editors-break-087

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59) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/26/18
Source: Cato Institute

“How much security are we getting for a more-than $80 billion increase in military spending? Caroline Dorminey examines the new Pentagon budget.” [various formats] (06/26/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/massive-increase-military-spending

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60) Free Talk Live, 06/25/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Dash Force News’ Marc Mason and Joel Valenzuela Join FTL :: Libertarians in Cryptocurrency :: Political Primaries :: Living Exclusively on Crypto :: Converting Businesses to Crypto :: Gun and Knife Control in the UK :: Two Dollar Bill :: Old Money :: Cryptotip.org :: Gun on Campus Protest :: HOSTS — Ian, Joel, Marc.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/25/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-06-25

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