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In the News:

1) Yemen: Shiites retake ground from Saudi puppet forces
2) Turkey: Erdogan regime recalls ambassador to Germany after genocide vote
3) Feds seek strict new rules to ensure poor people can’t borrow money
4) 427 million Myspace passwords leaked in major security breach
5) Venezuela: Maduro plans to sue congress for “treason”
6) Report: Prince died of painkiller overdose, “fentanyl toxicity”
7) Watchdog blasts bureaucrats for blocking ICE agents from San Bernardino terror suspect
8) Guantanamo Bay: Prisoner tells of “mental torture” in secret camp
9) Medicine: Prostate cancer aggression “linked to waist size”
10) CA: State’s high school students graduating at record rate
11) IL: Judge agrees to appoint special prosecutor in Laquan McDonald killing
12) MO: No charges against St. Louis police in black teen’s death
13) Peru: US hedge fund files claim against over defaulted bonds
14) AL: More than 100k told not to use tap water after provider finds contamination
15) Venezuela: Police repel rare protest near presidential palace
16) Yahoo releases national security letters after FBI drops gag order
17) Mali: UN chief seeks 2,500 more peacekeepers
18) IL: Exelon to shut down two nuclear plants after legislature refuses subsidies
19) Peru: Protests erupt against Fujimori ahead of elections
20) Bangladesh: Judge grants delay in Zia graft trial

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Trump’s dangerous war on freedom of speech
22) Payday loans and unintended consequences
23) Bitcoiners who use Tor — be warned!
24) Inspector General’s report refutes all of Hillary Clinton’s defenses for using private email server
25) Did Dirty Dancing dunce discredit the Libertarian Party?
26) Sacramento: Let felons vote in jail
27) Is Jill Stein the next Ralph Nader?
28) Cybercrime isn’t the only reason cash remains king
29) The case for a one-person, one-vote national primary
30) Hire outsider president at your own risk
31) Fatal Fentanyl: What to know about the drug that killed Prince
32) NATO America’s other cold war dinosaur
33) Does the division of labor make us stupid?
34) The keys to human prosperity: Individual liberty and rule of law
35) Whore’s Day 2016
36) With Trump or Hillary, the crisis in Syria will only worsen
37) How prison debt ensnares offenders
38) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 62
39) Waiting for California and the FBI
40) Tattoo recognition research threatens free speech and privacy
41) We’re going deeper into debt as real incomes fall
42) The long road to Citizens United
43) An open letter to Las Vegas judge who handcuffed a defense attorney in court
44) David French and the cult of the soldier
45) The EU’s relentless attack on free speech
46) The Jason Stapleton Program, 06/01/16
47) Clinton’s foreign policy predicament
48) By the numbers: Is the US under-policed?
49) Organic food is worse for the environment
50) The dumb consumer fallacy
51) The shocking truth about stun guns
52) Why Trump is our best option, part 2
53) The Libertarian Angle, 06/02/16
54) Presidential prelude
55) Free Talk Live, 06/01/16

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

1) Yemen: Shiites retake ground from Saudi puppet forces
Source: Greenfield Daily Reporter

“The country’s Shiite rebels [sic] have retaken ground from forces loyal to the internationally recognized government in two central provinces, with at least 85 fighters killed on both sides over the past three days, Yemeni officials said Thursday. The fighting has been taking place in Marib and Shabwa provinces, the officials said, adding that in Shabwa’s region of Bihan, along with the 85 killed, about 100 fighters have been wounded on both sides.” (06/02/16)

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/0975e54aa6e648bda5165ff5815b502e/ML–Yemen

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2) Turkey: Erdogan regime recalls ambassador to Germany after genocide vote
Source: Washington Post

“The German Parliament overwhelmingly voted Thursday to label the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide, prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador to Germany. The motion, which was put forward by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition of right and left and the opposition Greens, passed with support from all the parties in Parliament. In a show of hands, there was one abstention and one vote against. … Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I, an event viewed by many scholars as the 20th century’s first genocide. Turkey denies that the killings that started in 1915 were genocide and contends the dead were victims of civil war and unrest. Ankara also insists the death toll has been inflated.” (06/02/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/german-parliament-to-vote-on-armenian-genocide-motion/2016/06/02/25472dea-2893-11e6-8329-6104954928d2_story.html

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3) Feds seek strict new rules to ensure poor people can’t borrow money
Source: CBS News

“Federal regulators are proposing a significant clampdown on payday lenders and other providers of high-interest loans, saying borrowers need to be protected from practices that wind up turning into ‘debt traps’ for many. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed regulations, announced Thursday, seek to tackle two common complaints about the payday lending industry.” (06/02/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/feds-seek-strict-new-rules-to-combat-payday-lenders-debt-traps/

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4) 427 million Myspace passwords leaked in major security breach
Source: The Hacker News

“MySpace has suffered a major data breach in which hundreds of millions of users have had their account details compromised. You may have forgotten Myspace and have not thought of it in years after Facebook acquired the market, but Myspace was once-popular social media website. On Tuesday, Myspace confirmed that the company was hacked in 2013 and that the stolen Myspace username and password combinations have been made available for sale in an online hacker forum.” (06/01/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/06/myspace-passwords-leaked.html

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5) Venezuela: Maduro plans to sue congress for “treason”
Source: PanAm Post

“Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro announced he will sue the National Assembly, the country’s legislature, for allegedly usurping the functions of the Presidency in its request to activate the Democratic Charter proposed by the Organization of American States (OAS). On Tuesday, May 31, the President said on national television that the President of the National Assembly Henry Ramos Allup ‘usurped’ his duties.” (06/02/16)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2016/06/02/maduro-fights-back-against-oas-democratic-charter-with-lawsuit/

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6) Report: Prince died of painkiller overdose, “fentanyl toxicity”
Source: USA Today

“Prompted by leaks, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota released the long-awaited autopsy report on Prince Thursday, declaring the cause was accidental Fentanyl toxicity. Fentanyl is a powerful painkiller. The official cause of death thus bolsters previous reports that Prince died from a opioid overdose, and that investigators were examining how he might have obtained the drug. The press release on the autopsy said that the medical examiner would not be making further comment, and the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the investigation of Prince’s April 21 death, is continuing its inquiry.” [editor’s note: Anyone stupid enough to mess with this deadly Big Pharma poison (who is NOT suffering from chronic, incurable “breakthrough” pain at that very instant) deserves (and will most likely receive) the full “Darwin’s waiting room” treatment – SAT] (06/02/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2016/06/02/ap-prince-died-opioid-overdose/85029998

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7) Watchdog blasts bureaucrats for blocking ICE agents from San Bernardino terror suspect
Source: Fox News

“A federal report released Thursday details a shocking turf battle that broke out when immigration officials blocked law enforcement agents from interviewing a person of interest in the San Bernardino terror attack last December. Just one day after a radical Muslim couple opened fire on office workers at a Christmas party, the FBI asked Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain the man later determined to have supplied guns used in the attack. When Homeland Security Investigations agents went to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office where Enrique Marquez and his wife were being interviewed, they were turned away, according to the report.” (06/02/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/06/02/watchdog-blasts-bureaucrats-for-blocking-ice-agents-from-san-bernardino-terror-suspect.html

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8) Guantanamo Bay: Prisoner tells of “mental torture” in secret camp
Source: ABC News

“A Somali prisoner at Guantanamo Bay told a military judge Thursday that he has experienced what he believes are intentional noises and vibrations inside the high-security section of the prison known as Camp 7, echoing the complaints of a defendant in the Sept. 11 war crimes case who alleges he has been subjected to sleep deprivation while in custody. Hassan Guleed, an alleged member of East Africa Al-Qaida making his first appearance in a U.S. court since his 2004 capture, portrayed the sounds and vibrations as well as chemical odors in testimony at the U.S. base in Cuba as ‘a kind of [sic] pressure’ intended to make detainees cooperate with authorities.” (06/02/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/prisoner-tells-mental-torture-secret-guantanamo-camp-39556311

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9) Medicine: Prostate cancer aggression “linked to waist size”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Men with larger waistlines could be at higher risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer, a study has suggested. Research on 140,000 men from eight European countries found that a 4in (10cm) larger waist circumference could increase the chances of getting the cancer by 13%. Men were most at risk when their waist was bigger than 37in (94cm), the University of Oxford study found. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. The study, which was presented at the European Obesity Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden, looked at the association between body measurements in men in their 50s and prostate cancer risk over 14 years.” (06/02/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36433403

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10) CA: State’s high school students graduating at record rate
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“High school graduation rates hit a record high across California, with the biggest gains made by students most at risk of dropping out, according to statewide figures released [recently]. More than 82 percent of students who started high school in 2011 graduated four years later, up from 81 percent a year earlier and marking the sixth consecutive year of growth in the state. The 2015 data showed increases among all demographics, with the largest strides made by student groups with the lowest historical graduation rates: African American and Hispanic students, English learners, and migrant students. More than 69 percent of English learners graduated with their class, up four percentage points from a year earlier.” (06/02/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/California-high-school-students-graduating-at-7539713.php

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11) IL: Judge agrees to appoint special prosecutor in Laquan McDonald killing
Source: Chicago Tribune

“A Cook County judge on Thursday said he will appoint a special prosecutor to try Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke for the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, a case that has created a firestorm of controversy since a court-ordered release of the videotaped shooting. Judge Vincent Gaughan had little choice but to take the action after State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez withdrew last month from the case in the face of her resounding re-election loss in the Democratic primary in March. Gaughan said the law requires that he first contact the Illinois attorney general’s office to determine whether it will take on the prosecution.” (06/02/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-laquan-mcdonald-shooting-special-prosecutor-hearing-20160602-story.html

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12) MO: No charges against St. Louis police in black teen’s death
Source: Reuters

“Two St. Louis police officers will not face charges for the shooting death of a black teenager in August 2015, a Missouri prosecutor said on Thursday. Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce said there was not enough evidence to show that the plainclothes officers did not shoot Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, in self-defense, as they contend they did. ‘This is a tragedy in every aspect of the word. I’m sorry for the pain that the Ball-Bey family is experiencing right now,’ Joyce said in a statement. St. Louis and its suburb of Ferguson have drawn protests over police treatment of minorities after a white Ferguson officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in 2014. That and other fatal incidents ignited protests around the United States. Ball-Bey was killed as police were trying to execute a search warrant at a home in a crime-ridden neighborhood.” (06/02/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-missouri-police-shooting-idUSKCN0YO2VY

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13) Peru: US hedge fund files claim against over defaulted bonds
Source: Greenfield Daily Reporter

“A Connecticut hedge fund has filed a $1.6 billion claim against Peru in a decades-old dispute over bonds issued by the nation’s former dictator. In the claim filed Thursday, Gramercy Funds Management accuses Peru of indirectly expropriating its investment in bonds in violation of a bilateral free trade agreement.” (06/02/16)

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/1519fb3bc1e54ef1a32da5a0526ae249/LT–Peru-Defaulted-Bonds

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14) AL: More than 100k told not to use tap water after provider finds contamination
Source: Raw Story

“A water provider in northern Alabama warned more than 100,000 customers on Thursday not to drink or cook with tap water, saying it could be contaminated with potentially dangerous levels of a chemical that federal health officials have linked to cancer, according to local media reports. The warning issued by the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority, 40 miles south of Alabama’s border with Tennessee, comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an advisory on May 19 that lowered the safe level for compounds known as PFOA and PFOS in drinking water. The manmade compounds can be found in nonstick cookware, waterproof clothes, carpet sealants and firefighting foams, according to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, which is monitoring the situation. Direct exposure to unsafe levels of the chemicals could result in developmental deficiencies including skeletal variations and low birth weights in fetuses or breastfed infants, according to the EPA advisory.” (06/02/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/more-than-100000-told-not-to-use-tap-water-after-alabama-provider-finds-contamination

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15) Venezuela: Police repel rare protest near presidential palace
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“A throng of protesters demanding food made a run for the Venezuelan presidential palace Thursday in a rare, apparently spontaneous outburst of anger at the socialist administration within the heart of Caracas. More than 100 people charged down the main thoroughfare in central Caracas chanting ‘No more talk. We want food.'” (06/02/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/ap/venezuela-police-repel-rare-protest-near-presidential-palace/article_26388dc2-55cb-5438-ae01-68d665950a68.html

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16) Yahoo releases national security letters after FBI drops gag order
Source: Tech Times

“Yahoo is being transparent when it comes to the subpoenas it received from the government. On June 1, the company publicly announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) previously issued national security letters to obtain information, and published these letters. This marks the first time a company has been able to address and release national security letters (NSL) because these demands have come with a gag order to prevent it from doing so in the past. However, Yahoo is now able to go public with the letters because of changes made to the USA Freedom Act.” (06/02/16)

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/162449/20160602/yahoo-releases-national-security-letters-fbi-drops-gag-order-what.htm

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17) Mali: UN chief seeks 2,500 more peacekeepers
Source: ABC News

“Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is seeking some 2,500 more peacekeepers to reinforce the United Nations mission in Mali, which has seen 12 of its members killed in May alone. Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Thursday the troops would include a rapid reaction force, an aviation unit and specialists in high security convoys among other things. ‘I think it’s clear to everyone that the security situation in parts of Mali have deteriorated. I think the U.N. staff have paid for it in blood,’ he said.” (06/02/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/chief-seeks-2500-peacekeepers-mali-39568206

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18) IL: Exelon to shut down two nuclear plants after legislature refuses subsidies
Source: Bloomberg

“Exelon Corp., the largest U.S. generator of power from nuclear energy, said it will close two money-losing Illinois plants as competition from renewable energy and low-cost natural gas continues to pressure generators. The Clinton Power Station will shut June 1, 2017 and the Quad Cities Generating Station will close June 1, 2018 after the state failed to pass legislation that would stem their financial losses, Exelon said Thursday in a statement.” (06/02/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-02/exelon-closing-2-illinois-nuclear-plants-after-legislation-fails

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19) Peru: Protests erupt against Fujimori ahead of elections
Source: PanAm Post

“Sunday, June 5 begins Peru’s runoff election, prompting thousands of Peruvians to march on Tuesday, May 31 while chanting ‘Keiko Won’t Go’ in protest of Fujimori’s candidacy. It was one of the last demonstration before the election that will decide the next president of Peru. Students, unions and citizens will meet at six at night in the San Martin Square in Lima to protest the return of another Fujimori to office.” (06/01/16)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2016/06/02/protests-erupt-keiko-fujimori-peru-elections/

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20) Bangladesh: Judge grants delay in Zia graft trial
Source: Fox News

“The trial of former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has been postponed until later this month while she asks the country’s top court to stop her prosecution in a graft and abuse of authority case. Prosecutors say shady sources supplied $400,000 Zia and her aides used to set up a charitable trust named after her late husband and former President Ziaur Rahman while she was prime minister from 2001 to 2006. Zia is currently the main opposition leader.” (06/02/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/06/02/judge-grants-delay-in-graft-trial-for-bangladesh-ex-pm-zia.html

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

21) Trump’s dangerous war on freedom of speech
Source: Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff

“‘I like scrutiny,’ Trump told journalists at a press conference this week, before repeatedly maligning them as ‘dishonest,’ ‘sleazy,’ ‘disgusting’ and ‘not good people’ who ‘make me look very bad.’ Trump’s outrageous attacks are only the latest assault in a war on press freedom he has waged throughout his campaign, and which he told a journalist at the press conference he intends to carry on into the White House. … ‘We’re going to open up libel laws and we’re going to have people sue you like you’ve never got sued before,’ Trump told journalists at one rally, promising to punish the publication of ‘purposely negative stories.'” (06/02/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trumps-dangerous-war-press-freedom

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22) Payday loans and unintended consequences
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“In 2010, Congress passed and president Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Dodd-Frank created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and authorized it, among other things, to regulate ‘payday lending.’ Six years later, the CFPB has finally issued new rules proposals pursuant to that power. The proposals are bad news for both lenders and borrowers.” [editor’s note: As someone who has availed himself of such loans more than once (including one time a year ago pawning my car title, which I will never do again), I can attest that although the interest is high, they are far more comprehensive of the reality of financial histories than any bank or credit union. When you need the money now to pay some bills, and have at least a chance of digging out with future influx, it is truly a godsend to have these people around! – SAT] (06/02/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6067

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23) Bitcoiners who use Tor — be warned!
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Bitcoiners love the anonymity of Tor. The FBI hates it even though Tor is run by a government-backed American nonprofit. Even imperfect anonymity cripples the agency’s war on ‘crime’ — especially on victimless crimes like when people mind their own fiscal business. That’s why agents tried to interview one of Tor’s main software developers, Isis Agora Lovecruft (pseudo), over the last Thanksgiving holidays. Lovecruft jumped a fast plane to Germany to avoid being grilled for information that could have compromised the Tor system. A self-described ‘anarchist, hacker and physicist,’ Lovecruft claims the FBI has been harassing her ever since. Now a game changer could further blacken Tor’s horizon … and that of Bitcoiners.” (06/02/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/bitcoiners-use-tor-warned/

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24) Inspector General’s report refutes all of Hillary Clinton’s defenses for using private email server
Source: Reason
by Andrew P Napolitano

“Clinton and her former aides declined to cooperate with the inspector general, notwithstanding her oft-stated claim that she ‘can’t wait’ to meet with officials and clear the air about her emails. The inspector general’s report is damning to Clinton. It refutes every defense she has offered to the allegation that she mishandled state secrets. It revealed an email that hadn’t been publicly made known showing Clinton’s state of mind. And it paints a picture of a self-isolated secretary of state stubbornly refusing to comply with federal law for venal reasons; she simply did not want to be held accountable for her official behavior.” (06/02/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/02/hillary-clinton-email-defenses-refuted

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25) Did Dirty Dancing dunce discredit the Libertarian Party?
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

So a guy gets the tiny idea in his tiny brain to strip dance down to the tiny G-string girding his tiny loins during the national TV airing of the Libertarian Party Presidential Nominating Convention and it dominates every theme, meme, stream, tweet and twaddle forever, or at least until some kardashian displays yet another body part. (We haven’t seen Caitlyn Jenner’s transgender member remember.) This is absolutely the worst thing to befall the Party of Principle. Or is it? Now that the pixel dust has settled after a few days it’s worth putting the puerile prancing into perspective. The online reaction to the LP pants peeler was more childish than the groin grinder himself.” (06/02/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/did-dirty-dancing-dunce-discredit-the-libertarian-party

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26) Sacramento: Let felons vote in jail
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“California lawmakers seem intent on making Sacramento the place where reasonable reforms, much like runaway trains, jump the tracks. In that no-speed-limit spirit Tuesday, the California Assembly voted 41-37 to allow convicted felons to vote in jail. (Yes, you read that correctly.) If Assembly Bill 2466 becomes law, the American Civil Liberties Union estimates that 50,000 adults will be able to vote behind bars. The state doesn’t trust these people on the streets, but they are welcome in the voting booth. When individuals commit crimes that endanger public safety, they forfeit their civil rights upon conviction. The National Conference of State Legislatures notes that the concept of ‘civil death’ goes back to the Greeks and Romans.” [editor’s note: When “felon” only describes someone who has willfully abused the rights of another person, through robbery, murder, rape or other aggressive or fraudulent action, I will endorse this position fully; As long as it also describes those convicted of victimless crimes, I have to disagree – SAT] (06/02/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/06/02/sacramento-let-felons-vote-in-jail-n2172092

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27) Is Jill Stein the next Ralph Nader?
Source: The New Republic
by Laura Reston

“Back in early February, on the night of the Nevada Democratic caucuses, Bernie Sanders backer Ranald Adams was watching CNN while scrolling through liberal blogs like Current Affairs and Jacobin. A month earlier, Adams had decided to skip his spring semester at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and drive to New Hampshire to join the legions of young volunteers knocking on doors and making phone calls for the Vermont senator. When Bernie won big, Adams says, it felt like he’d blown ‘a breath of fresh air into political discourse.’ Now it was ten days after that exhilaration, that glimmer of hope that, yes, Bernie could win.” [editor’s note: I give this writer credit for at least mentioning the OTHER longshot contender for the throne, who might garble the results just as much – SAT] (06/02/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/133836/jill-stein-next-ralph-nader

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28) Cybercrime isn’t the only reason cash remains king
Source: Reuters
by Alfred Rolington

“When the world’s reserve banks need to create more money, they don’t turn to printing presses, anymore. With a few keystrokes, trillions can pop into circulation, as happened after the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Cash, it seems clear, is dead. Or not. New research from the Cambridge Security Initiative shows that although exchange and currency markets are changing, secure, government-printed notes and minted coins remain hugely important. The group is run by former UK foreign intelligence chief Richard Dearlove. Despite the invention of electronic currency, cash in circulation has still been growing at exceptional rates in markets covered by this research; Australia, Canada, the euro zone, Japan and the United States. In 2015, eight of every 10 transactions used cash as the payment method of choice, even 50 years after the invention of plastic cards.” (06/02/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cash-commentary-idUSKCN0YO25T

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29) The case for a one-person, one-vote national primary
Source: In These Times
by Rob Richie

“All across the United States, candidates for Senate, Congress and state offices are winning primaries to represent their parties on the November ballot. In every case, they are one-person, one-vote contests where the candidate with the most votes wins. But that’s not how we nominate candidates for the office that matters most to Americans: the presidency. The rules that govern the parties’ selection process currently aren’t doing them any favors. The GOP’s controversial presumptive nominee has yet to earn the support of its last two presidential nominees, its two living former presidents or its Speaker of the House. Democrats have new divisions and growing concerns about their likely nominee’s viability in November.” (06/02/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19163/the-case-for-a-one-person-one-vote-national-primary-to-elect-our-presidenti

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30) Hire outsider president at your own risk
Source: USA Today
by Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool

“Donald Trump and his supporters argue that his success in business gives him exactly the experience he needs to run the country effectively. They contend that having made billions of dollars in real estate, casinos and other enterprises, he has proved that he knows how to run a large, complex organization, how to manage people, and how to negotiate significant deals. The premise of their case rests on the assumption of transferability” that skills developed in one area can be successfully applied to a different area. But that is not necessarily the case. Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire business magnate himself, put it tactfully in a recent interview on the BBC’s Newshour. ‘We need to have people that have had the kind of executive experience that is useful in running the government,’ he said.” [editor’s note: Yes, someone who has actually had “executive experience” in governing from some level; now who might fit that description? – SAT] (06/02/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/06/02/trump-outsider-president-risk-column/84506096

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31) Fatal Fentanyl: What to know about the drug that killed Prince
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
by Sabrina Perry

“So far, 2016 has seen an alarming number of Fentanyl-related deaths, and late popular musician Prince was confirmed Thursday as another victim of this dangerous opioid. A report from the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office identified Fentanyl overdose as the cause of his untimely death on April 21. Though the details surrounding this event remain scarce (such as whether he was prescribed the drug or not), we already know a lot about this potent and fast-acting painkiller. Using data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, OpenFDA and recent news events, HealthGrove compiled important information you should know about Fentanyl.” [editor’s note: Anyone stupid enough to mess with this deadly Big Pharma poison (while NOT suffering from chronic, incurable “breakthrough” pain at that very instant) deserves (and will most likely receive) the full “Darwin’s waiting room” treatment – SAT] (06/02/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/hottopics/2016/06/02/fatal-fentanyl-what-to-know-about-the-drug-that-killed-prince

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32) NATO America’s other cold war dinosaur
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“NATO was brought into existence as part of the Cold War to protect Western Europe from a supposed attack by the Soviet Union, which had been America’s and Britain’s wartime partner and ally. But the chances that the Soviet Union, which had suffered an estimated 27 million dead, countless wounded, and the entire country decimated by war, desired to go to war against the West were nil, especially given that the U.S. government had nuclear bombs (and had shown a willingness to use them against cities) and the Soviet Union didn’t. But the Cold War ended more than 25 years ago. So, why is NATO still in existence? Why wasn’t it dismantled?” (06/02/16)

http://fff.org/2016/06/02/nato-americas-cold-war-dinosaur/

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33) Does the division of labor make us stupid?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Sarah Skwire

“No one can look at the Industrial Revolution, or at Henry Ford’s assembly lines, and not see the enormous productive increases that come with the division of labor. But [Adam] Smith was also worried that all this increasing specialization — this dividing up of jobs into their smallest components — would render us stupid. Someone whose work used to be making pins becomes a person whose job is straightening wire or cutting wire. That’s a major decrease in the intellectual demands of an occupation. If the division of labor means we no longer need to do a wide range of diverse jobs as part of our work, won’t we become turgid and dull?” (06/02/16)

https://fee.org/articles/does-the-division-of-labor-make-us-stupid/

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34) The keys to human prosperity: Individual liberty and rule of law
Source: Heartland Institute
by Richard M Ebeling

“We live at time when, increasingly, the U.S. government operates in arbitrary and discretionary ways. Government regulatory agencies seemingly have unrestrained powers over land-use, business manufacturing and enterprise, the workplace and the environment under broad legislative mandates. And proposals are now frequently being made for ad hoc restrictions and prohibitions on freedoms of speech, press, religion and association. The principle and practice of individual liberty, therefore, is under serious attack.” (06/02/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/06/the-keys-to-human-prosperity-individual-liberty-and-the-rule-of-law/

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35) Whore’s Day 2016
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“Forty-one years ago today, the sex worker rights movement began in earnest with the occupation of the Church of St. Nizier in Lyon, France. And though our momentum was destroyed when the anti-sex feminists took over the mainstream feminist movement during the initial AIDS crisis, support for sex workers’ rights slowly increased; by the turn of the century legal restrictions were being loosened in many countries, and decriminalization became an attainable goal in others.” (06/02/16)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/whores-day-2016/

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36) With Trump or Hillary, the crisis in Syria will only worsen
Source: CounterPunch
by Joshua Frank

“No-fly zones, American troops on the ground, thousands more dead — that’s the future of Syria if Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have their way. Either will surely make us miss Barack Obama’s subtle restraint, at least when it comes to how he’s handled the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad, our former ally in torture.” (06/02/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/02/with-trump-or-hillary-the-crisis-in-syria-will-only-worsen/

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37) How prison debt ensnares offenders
Source: The Atlantic
by Juleyka Lantigua-Williams

“Even after serving time for a felony conviction, former inmates can remain legally bound to the judicial system for the rest of their lives due to court-imposed fines and fees related to their crime. In some counties in Washington State that adds up to an average of $9,204, according to Alexes Harris’s new book A Pound of Flesh.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/how-prison-debt-ensnares-offenders/484826/

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38) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 62
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Eric July, Statism Music Video.” [MP3] (06/02/16

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-62-eric-july-statism-music-video/

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39) Waiting for California and the FBI
Source: OpEdNews
by Robert Parry

“Two Washington insiders — Democratic pollster and political adviser Douglas E. Schoen and famed Watergate investigative reporter Carl Bernstein — have described panicky meetings of top Democrats worried over Clinton’s troubled campaign, with Schoen also describing private talks about possible last-minute alternatives. As far-fetched as this might seem, some senior Democrats, including reportedly White House officials, are giving serious thought to how the party can grab the wheel at the last moment and avoid the collision of two historically unpopular political figures, a smash-up where Trump might be the one walking away, damaged but victorious. I’ve heard similar tales of hushed discussions — with the fill-in options including Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry or Sen. Sanders — but I still believe these fretful leaders are frozen by indecision and don’t have the nerve to pull Hillary Clinton’s hands off the steering wheel even to avoid disaster. But at least I’m not alone hearing these frightened whispers.” (06/02/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Waiting-for-California-and-by-Robert-Parry-Bernie-Sanders_California-Primary-2016_Email_Hillary-Clinton-160601-929.html

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40) Tattoo recognition research threatens free speech and privacy
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Dave Maass and Aaron Mackey

“Tattoos are inked on our skin, but they often hold much deeper meaning. They may reveal who we are, our passions, ideologies, religious beliefs, and even our social relationships. That’s exactly why law enforcement wants to crack the symbolism of our tattoos using automated computer algorithms, an effort that threatens our civil liberties. Right now, government scientists are working with the FBI to develop tattoo recognition technology that police can use to learn as much as possible about people through their tattoos. But an EFF investigation has found that these experiments exploit inmates, with little regard for the research’s implications for privacy, free expression, religious freedom, and the right to associate. And so far, researchers have avoided ethical oversight while doing it.” (06/02/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/06/tattoo-recognition-research-threatens-free-speech-and-privacy

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41) We’re going deeper into debt as real incomes fall
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Victor Xing

“New York Fed President Dudley recently commented that ‘real consumer spending growth appears to have moderated somewhat from the relatively robust pace of the second half of 2015.’ While this may suggest headwinds from cyclical economic conditions, there are emerging signs that ultra-accommodative policy also acts as a constraint on consumer spending via income effects. Instead of inducing savers to spend and borrow, rapid asset price appreciation as a result of monetary easing have outpaced wage growth, and pass-through services inflation subsequently reduced discretionary income and forced already-levered consumers to save instead of spend.” (06/02/16)

https://mises.org/blog/we%E2%80%99re-going-deeper-debt-real-incomes-fall

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42) The long road to Citizens United
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Everybody is familiar with the standard theory regarding the Citizens United decision. Former comedian and current earnest socialist Sarah Silverman puts it this way: ‘Every politician takes money from Big Money, ever since it was made legal with Citizens United.’ Like most folks who talk this way, she doesn’t give a squeak of context. She barely even indicates that it was a Supreme Court case, 2010’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. She does not mention at all that the ruling overturned the FEC’s act of suppressing a political movie.” (06/02/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/06/02/the-long-road-to-citizens-united/

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43) An open letter to Las Vegas judge who handcuffed a defense attorney in court
Source: Cop Block
by Allison Jackson

“Dear Conrad, Is it ok if I call you Conrad? I noticed that you refer to the attorneys appearing before you by their first names, so I thought, since we’re all officers of the court here, that it would be ok to leave off your honorifics. … As a judge, you have a history of degrading attorneys in your courtroom, including telling male attorneys without ties that they could either put on a children’s clip-on tie provided by you or have their case put at the end of the docket or rolled to the next day. I’m sure you thought that was a cute trick, but for a client who is missing work to make a court appearance, that isn’t funny. And what you did to public defender Zohra Bakhtary isn’t funny, either. Reading through the transcript, the prosecutor barely says a word because he doesn’t have to. You’re better at his job than he is.” (06/02/16)

http://www.copblock.org/160949/open-letter-las-vegas-judge-who-handcuffed-defense-attorney-in-court/

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44) David French and the cult of the soldier
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“I have no idea what French is like in person, or how he treats his friends. The same with Kristol. Perhaps they are kind, charming, and intelligent at parties. And though French and his wife’s bizarre-sounding agreement about her keeping off of social media while he was in Iraq sounds icky — and commentary on your marriage is invited when you publicly write about your marriage — it is not my concern. Friends of French are forgiven for being annoyed by the portrayal of this apparent agreement as some kind of abusive one, even if, again, this was not private information leaked. The larger point, however, is that it is not only politicians who deserve scorn and backlash. We needn’t wait for a person with dreadful opinions to win power before expressing horror that they are even considering trying to gain it.” (06/02/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2016/06/01/david-french-cult-soldier/

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45) The EU’s relentless attack on free speech
Source: spiked
by Paul Coleman

“To paraphrase Humpty Dumpty, hate speech means just what those in power choose it to mean — neither more nor less. And now, continent-wide censorship has been forced upon us by the powerful, and they will decide what the rest of us can and cannot say and can and cannot hear, all with the aim of dictating what we can and cannot think.” (06/02/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-eus-relentless-attack-on-free-speech/

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46) The Jason Stapleton Program, 06/01/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“The French government is trying to combat stubbornly high unemployment by reducing regulation and making the country more business friendly. How have the French unions responded? Listen to today’s episode for all the details.” [various formats] (06/01/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/france-riots-to-prevent-unemployment-from-falling/

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47) Clinton’s foreign policy predicament
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“There are a few pitfalls for Clinton in emphasizing foreign policy during the general election. First, it draws attention to her generally lousy record and bad judgment on foreign policy. Strong partisans and other liberal hawks think her record is fine, but no one else believes that. Trump isn’t all that well-positioned to exploit her weaknesses on these issues because he knows so little and holds jumbled, scattershot views himself, but any time spent during the campaign in which Clinton is trying to tout foreign policy as one of her strengths is time poorly spent.” (06/02/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/clintons-foreign-policy-predicament/

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48) By the numbers: Is the US under-policed?
Source: The Skeptical Libertarian
by Daniel Bier

“What does it mean that the US has (actually, and at least) 288 police per 100,000 people, compared to the Middle East average of 435? Or the Central Asian average of 326? What does it mean that Italy has 485, Germany 303, Canada 191? Some countries have a lot of police per capita because they are tiny, and you just need a certain absolute number of cops to keep order anywhere. Some combine their army and militia and police as ‘security services.’ Some have few police because they are very peaceful, some because they are too poor to afford them. Some countries have a lot of police because they are very violent, some to keep them peaceful. Some are corrupt and dangerous, some are safe and efficient.” (06/01/16)

http://blog.skepticallibertarian.com/2016/06/01/is-the-us-under-policed-compared-to-what/

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49) Organic food is worse for the environment
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“It is true that there seem to be certain health benefits to organic milk: this is not a result of it being organic though. Rather, organic farmers sow clover into their grass as a fertiliser and it is the cows eating that which raises the Omega-3 content. Conventional farming which used clover in the same manner would achieve exactly the same result. And then of course there is that pesky fact that organic yields are lower, meaning that more land must be used for any particular level of output. And that, of course, means less land available to be enjoyed by all those other little beasties out in said countryside.” (06/02/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/organic-food-is-worse-for-the-environment

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50) The dumb consumer fallacy
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Chris Shaw

“In invoking the need for stringent economic regulations, their proponents regularly bring up the case that without these regulations the dumb consumer would fall prey to food poisoning, faulty production and all other sorts of calamities and disasters. In effect, they are saying that the consumer is far too stupid to have the capacity to actually choose, and instead needs the guiding hand of the coercive state to do it for him. I call this the dumb consumer fallacy.” (06/02/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45175

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51) The shocking truth about stun guns
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco

“After the string of police shootings over the past year and a half, the Huffington Post reports that police departments in more than 20 American cities are now testing ‘less lethal’ weapons. Things like pepper spray, stun guns and beanbag projectiles are all intended to cause suspects intense pain, but prevent police from having to use lethal force. Proponents of these weapons say they will help prevent tragedies. Opponents claim that the shift from bullets to beanbags only masks a much larger issue regarding how police treat individuals in custody. But missing from this debate is recognition that widespread adoption of these technologies may create new problems–ones that may exacerbate current issues surrounding the police and create new ones.” (06/01/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8786

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52) Why Trump is our best option, part 2
Source: La Bocca della Verita
by Gene Callahan

“There you have it folks: Bill Kristol cares about more war, and only more war. If he is willing to break with the GOP to try to get Clinton elected, that means Kristol, a Trump opponent, is convinced that Trump won’t give him the amount of belligerence he wants.” (06/02/16)

http://gene-callahan.blogspot.com/2016/06/why-trump-is-our-best-option-part-ii.html

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53) The Libertarian Angle, 06/02/16
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“In this segment, Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling continue their discussion about the horrible results stemming from the foreign policy interventions of World War I and World War II.” [various formats] (06/02/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-interventionism-two-world-wars-part-4/

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54) Presidential prelude
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Andrew Ferguson

“If you got a bunch of people together and asked them, in an average week, what day and time would be the best for picking a presidential nominee, chances are they wouldn’t say ‘Sunday morning.’ Yet here we were, 9:30 ante meridiem, waiting in a hotel ballroom in Orlando resortland, waiting for the assembly to come to order and select a champion.” (05/31/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1560

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55) Free Talk Live, 06/01/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Dr. Marc Allan Feldman Joins Us to Discuss the Libertarian Presidential Nomination :: Federal Matching Funds :: Porcfest Deliberations :: Darryl to Join Johnson Campaign? :: Paid Petitioner :: False Flag :: NH Elections Season Kicks Off :: Lost Disc :: Darryl’s Campaign :: Anthony Di Iorio Etherium Founder and Jaxx’s Creator Joins Us :: Objection to the Distributed Autonomous Organization.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/01/16)

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