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In the News:

1) Switzerland: Voters reject “basic income” plan
2) Peru: Center-right economist narrowly ahead in presidential election
3) Obama adds 42 commutations in push to free drug POWs
4) Philippines: President-elect urges public to kill drug dealers
5) Turkey: Protests against lifting of lawmakers’ immunity
6) Stem cell injections to the brain could help stroke patients regain mobility
7) Snowden did more to raise NSA concerns than officials claimed
8) Bitcoin price nears $600 amid sustained market rally
9) Trump changes tune on Libya
10) Elon Musk cheers as Norway moves toward ban on petroleum-powered cars
11) Medical report: Gum disease only harm linked to long-term cannabis use
12) Research: ADHD medications may lead to abnormal heart rhythm
13) Dog bites man: Key victim disarmament group endorses Clinton
14) The Pentagon spent $170K on a study called “Walking with coffee: Why does it spill?”
15) Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube sign pledge to suppress speech and promote “counter narratives”
16) Army chaplain quits over drone strike deaths in Afghanistan
17) These 1970s court cases give police your location data with no warrant
18) Pakistan: Kazmi handed 16-year jail term in Hajj corruption case
19) Insurer sues feds over shortfall in ObamaCare payments
20) Russia: Police arrest 50 hackers who stole $25 million from banks

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Muhammad Ali: A profile in moral courage
22) The insane barber
23) Reflections on visiting political prisoner Deo Odolecki
24) Will Japan nuke Pearl Harbor?
25) Statist public schools to students: Conform or else
26) The expulsion and the evidence
27) On every federal policy, answer the first question first
28) In God we don’t trust: Growing American secular movement rallies
29) The left’s political violence double standard
30) #NeverTrump Republicans have a new choice
31) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 81
32) Trump University shows why for-profit motives [sic] don’t belong in education
33) What made Muhammad Ali “unforgivably” black
34) Eugenics, immigration, and the end of open borders
35) Why Obama turned left on Social Security
36) China’s other Cultural Revolution
37) Government and … (examples of why “government is bad”)
38) The “hate crimes” lure
39) Hillary’s exploitation of Democratic institutions (including superdelegates) exposed
40) How to honor Ali: Abolish the draft
41) Open borders: The only moral and practical solution
42) On the Brazil coup
43) Blockchain and healthcare possibilities: Optional medical licensure and healthcare vouchers
44) Hillary comes out as the War Party candidate
45) Dangerous, incoherent
46) The Libertarian Party: So hot right now
47) Five ideas at the heart of socialism
48) The Tom Woods Show, episode 674
49) Trump is the greatest gift to the establishment in modern American politics
50) In Venezuela, Nazi-like tactics prevent popular uprising
51) The culture’s full embrace of radical environmentalism is not inevitable
52) Junk food stamps
53) The Rape of Nanking and the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
54) Awaiting Bernie’s plan to help the poor
55) Free Thoughts Podcast, 06/03/16

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

1) Switzerland: Voters reject “basic income” plan
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for all. Final results from Sunday’s referendum showed that nearly 77% opposed the plan, with only 23% backing it. The proposal had called for adults to be paid an unconditional monthly income, whether they worked or not. The supporters camp had suggested a monthly income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,555) for adults and also SFr625 for each child. The amounts reflected the high cost of living in Switzerland. It is not clear how the plan would have affected people on higher salaries.” (06/05/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36454060

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2) Peru: Center-right economist narrowly ahead in presidential election
Source: Beloit Daily News

“Economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski had a razor-thin lead over the daughter of an imprisoned former president in Peru’s presidential election, as Peruvians nervously awaited results still trickling in from remote parts of the Andean nation. With about half of polling stations counted late Sunday night, the 77-year-old Kuczynski had 50.6 percent of the votes compared to 49.4 percent for his rival Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of jailed former strongman Alberto Fujimori. While votes from Peru’s hinterland, where support for Fujimori is strongest, could take days to come in, Kuczynski supporters were optimistic they’d prevail after two unofficial quick counts showed him winning by at least 1 percentage point. … But Fujimori showed no sign of conceding defeat.” (06/05/16)

http://www.beloitdailynews.com/news/world/center-right-economist-narrowly-ahead-in-peru-election/article_d0ee3a04-77c1-54a7-8b71-f7f9bedf28a7.html

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3) Obama adds 42 commutations in push to free drug POWs
Source: Bloomberg

“President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 42 federal prisoners Friday, as the White House intensifies its push to free nonviolent drug offenders [sic] from prisons. The president has now shortened the sentences of 348 people during his presidency, more than the previous seven presidents combined. The White House has accelerated its efforts to release prisoners in the tail end of the president’s second term. The Obama administration asked the U.S. Sentencing Commission to allow imprisoned drug offenders to apply for reduced sentences in 2014, and began a program to expedite thousands of clemency requests.” (06/03/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-03/obama-adds-42-commutations-in-push-to-free-nonviolent-felons

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4) Philippines: President-elect urges public to kill drug dealers
Source: Fox News

“The Philippine president-elect has encouraged the public to help him in his war against crime, urging citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who resist arrest and fight back in their neighborhoods. In a nationally televised speech late Saturday, Rodrigo Duterte told a huge crowd in the southern city of Davao celebrating last month’s presidential victory that Filipinos who help him battle crime will be rewarded. ‘Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support,’ Duterte said, warning of an extensive illegal drug trade that involves even the country’s police.” (06/05/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/06/05/philippine-president-elect-urges-public-to-kill-drug-dealers.html

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5) Turkey: Protests against lifting of lawmakers’ immunity
Source: ABC News

“Thousands of people participated in rallies organized by a pro-Kurdish, opposition party on Sunday to protest against the abolition of immunity of some Turkish members of parliament. More than 1,000 demonstrators gathered in Istanbul and around 3,000 others convened in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in protests organized by the People’s Democratic Party, or HDP. Demonstrations in other cities were banned by authorities.” (06/05/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/protest-turkey-lifting-lawmakers-immunity-39621231

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6) Stem cell injections to the brain could help stroke patients regain mobility
Source: Vice News

“When researchers at Stanford University injected stem cells into the brains of stroke victims for a recent study, they were surprised to see that some patients regained mobility, a stunning development since stroke damage is usually permanent. But experts — including the study authors themselves — caution ‘overselling’ these results. Dr. Gary Steinberg, chair of neurosurgery and the co-director of the Stanford Stroke Center, and his colleagues were only testing to see whether the injections were safe, which is how phase one clinical trials usually work. Efficacy trials come later, but the researchers found that more than half of the chronic stroke patients in their small study showed improvement in mobility, according to findings published this week in the medical journal Stroke.” (06/04/16)

https://news.vice.com/article/stem-cell-injections-to-the-brain-could-help-stroke-patients-regain-mobility

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7) Snowden did more to raise NSA concerns than officials claimed
Source: Engadget

“For the longest time, US officials denied that Edward Snowden made serious attempts to raise concerns about NSA surveillance activities before he took off with classified data. There was only evidence of one not-so-worrisome email, they said. However, it’s now clear that this isn’t the whole story. Documents obtained by Vice News (and published by the NSA) show that Snowden likely did more to raise concerns with the NSA than officials claimed. … Internal conversations also show that there was a rush to put out the one-email story, even when it wasn’t certain that this was the extent of Snowden’s contact.” (06/05/16)

http://www.engadget.com/2016/06/05/snowden-did-more-to-raise-nsa-concerns/

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8) Bitcoin price nears $600 amid sustained market rally
Source: CoinDesk

“Bitcoin prices have risen sharply in the past week, nearing the key psychological level of $600 after lingering close to $450 for most of the last several weeks. Bitcoin has established a new trend over the last week or so, with markets seeing prices surpass $590 this weekend, according to data from the CoinDesk Bitcoin USD Price Index. Overall, the digital currency has surged roughly 30% from its opening price of $453.82 on 27th May to $591.03 on 4th June, the highest since 10th August 2014.” (06/05/16)

http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-price-600-rally/

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9) Trump changes tune on Libya
Source: USA Today

“After bashing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton over the 2011 invasion of Libya, it turns out that Donald Trump also supported the removal of the late dictator Moammar Gadhafi. ‘I was for something, but I wasn’t for what we have right now,’ Trump said on CBS'[s] Face The Nation. The CBS program showed a video blog from 2011 in which Trump said of Libya and Gadhafi: ‘Now we should go in. We should stop this guy.’ On the campaign trail this year, Trump has criticized then-Secretary of State Clinton for the 2011 invasion, saying it de-stabilized Libya and made the nation a haven for Islamic State terrorists.” [editor’s note: At this rate, by November they might agree on everything! Johnson/Weld 2016 looking better and better – SAT] (06/05/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/06/05/donald-trump-libya-moammar-gadhafi-cbs-face-the-nation/85446392

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10) Elon Musk cheers as Norway moves toward ban on petroleum-powered cars
Source: MarketWatch

“Norway’s top political parties have reportedly reached a tentative deal that would ban the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-powered cars within the next decade — prompting a nod of approval from Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk. Energy blog electrek, cited a report in a Norwegian business newspaper that said the country’s four main political parties reached a long-sought understanding on a new energy policy that would ban sales as early as 2025. That’s particularly remarkable, electrek noted, since Norway is one of the world’s biggest oil exporters.” ()6/04/16)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/elon-musk-cheers-as-norway-reportedly-plans-ban-on-petroleum-powered-cars-2016-06-04

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11) Medical report: Gum disease only harm linked to long-term cannabis use
Source: Smell the Truth

“The only thing pot users should be concerned about is flossing their teeth, researchers say. A new study has found gum disease to be one of the few physical health problems linked to long-term marijuana use, Fox News reports. In findings published on Wednesday by JAMA Pyschiatry, researchers studied over 1,000 marijuana users born in New Zealand and tracked their health history over 20 years. The only health concern researchers could associate with long-term use was poor periodontal health. … Cannabis was also found to be relatively safe when compared to tobacco users over the same period of time.” (06/05/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/06/03/gum-disease-only-harm-linked-to-long-term-marijuana-use

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12) Research: ADHD medications may lead to abnormal heart rhythm
Source: Raw Story

“Public health experts are at odds over the safety of prescribing drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. For example, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends medication be used in conjunction with behavior therapy to treat children over the age of 6. The American Academy of Neurology, on the other hand, published a position paper in March 2013 that discouraged doctors from writing these prescriptions. Now new research seems to have added to the growing evidence of the dangers of overprescribing ADHD medication. Researchers from Australia, Canada, and South Korea have concluded a study examining the use of the drugs and patient risk for an abnormal heart rhythm, also known as arrhythmia, immediately after receiving the prescription.” (06/05/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/adhd-medications-may-lead-to-abnormal-heart-rhythm-researchers

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13) Dog bites man: Key victim disarmament group endorses Clinton
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A major [victim disarmament] group has endorsed Hillary Clinton, offering a lift to her campaign in a tighter-than-expected primary race in California and as she tries to pivot to a general election matchup with Donald Trump. The group, Everytown for Gun Safety [sic], announced its endorsement Friday, the day after its National Gun Violence Awareness [sic] Day campaign. … Everytown was founded in 2014 by Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, who put in $50 million of his own money in an effort to form a group that could rival the National Rifle Association.” (06/03/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Key-gun-control-group-endorses-Clinton-in-2016-7962511.php

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14) The Pentagon spent $170K on a study called “Walking with coffee: Why does it spill?”
Source: The Week

“If you walk carrying an uncovered cup of coffee, it will probably spill. To unravel the great mysteries of this phenomenon, the Pentagon gave $170,000 to researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The grant was made through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, whose mission is ‘to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security.'” (06/02/16)

http://theweek.com/speedreads/627724/pentagon-spent-170k-study-called-walking-coffee-why-does-spill

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15) Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube sign pledge to suppress speech and promote “counter narratives”
Source: The Free Thought Project

“Facebook, already increasingly known for widespread censorship of controversial content, just joined Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft in agreeing to a European Commission ‘Code of Conduct’ that’s even more Orwellian in scope than it sounds. Under the guise of battling hate speech, illegal in the European Union, these incredibly popular online platforms have agreed not only to take down content considered to incite violence or hate, but to institute ‘re-education’ programs seemingly pulled straight from the text of 1984.” (05/31/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/facebook-twitter-youtube-sign-pledge-suppress-speech-promote-counter-narratives/#l3VxJzIrOMPdHYLj.99

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16) Army chaplain quits over drone strike deaths in Afghanistan
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“A military chaplain has resigned after witnessing the carnage created by U.S. drone strikes on civilians in the Middle East. Army Chaplain Christopher John Antal told ABC News he can’t remember a time he performed a ceremony while receiving a fallen troop that he didn’t hear drones humming overhead. Last month, the chaplain left his position as an officer in the Army due to the drone strikes. He penned a letter to president Obama saying: ‘The executive branch continues to claim the right to kill anyone, anywhere on Earth, at any time, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified officials. I refuse to support this policy of unaccountable killing.'” (05/28/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3614064/Army-chaplain-quits-drone-strike-deaths-Afghanistan-U-S-s-lack-accountability.html

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17) These 1970s court cases give police your location data with no warrant
Source: Learn Liberty

“Should cases from the 1970s, when technology was much more limited, really set today’s rules for government’s ability to breach your privacy? With cell phones as powerful computers, police can learn vast amounts of your private information—all without a warrant. It’s unclear where this precedent draws the line. As Judge James Wynn wrote in his dissent: ‘It is not bounded by the relative precision of location data, by the frequency with which it is collected, or by the statutory safeguards Congress has thought it prudent to enact.’ This lack of clarity means your phone’s privacy is also uncertain.” (06/03/16)

http://www.learnliberty.org/blog/these-1970s-court-cases-give-police-your-location-data-with-no-warrant/

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18) Pakistan: Kazmi handed 16-year jail term in Hajj corruption case
Source: The Express Tribune [Pakistan]

“A special court hearing the Hajj corruption case has sentenced former religious affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi to 16 years in prison. His two ministry lieutenants have been also jailed for massive irregularities during Hajj operations between 2009 and 2012. … According to the charge-sheet, the men were indicted for fraud, cheating, misuse of authority and causing losses to the exchequer and the public at large. The men were also accused of hiring a substandard building on an exorbitant rent for housing the pilgrims in Makkah and receiving kickbacks as well.” (06/04/16)

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1115956/hajj-corruption-case-ex-minister-hamid-kazmi-handed-16-year-jail-term/

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19) Insurer sues feds over shortfall in ObamaCare payments
Source: The Hill

“Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is suing the federal government over certain ObamaCare payments it says it is owed. The move is a sign of growing calls from insurers to recoup the funds they say they are owed under ObamaCare’s ‘risk corridor’ program. That program was designed to cushion insurers from heavy losses in the early years of the law by redistributing money from insurers with low claims costs to those with high claims costs. But not enough money came into the program, and the government was only able to pay out 12.6 percent of what insurers should have received.” (06/03/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/282102-insurer-sues-feds-over-shortfall-in-obamacare-payments

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20) Russia: Police arrest 50 hackers who stole $25 million from banks
Source: The Hacker News

“Russian authorities have arrested a gang of 50 hackers suspected of stealing more than 1.7 Billion Rubles (over US$25 Million) from banks and other financial institutions in the country since 2011. The same criminal gang had tried to steal a further 2.273 Billion Roubles by issuing false payment instructions, but that were blocked. The group allegedly used a Trojan called ‘Lurk’ to set up a network of bots on infected computers to carry out the attacks, according to Russia’s FSB (Federal Security Service).” (06/03/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/06/russian-bank-hackers.html

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

21) Muhammad Ali: A profile in moral courage
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“No one ever seriously doubted the physical courage of Muhammed Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. in 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky). An Olympic gold medalist and winner of eight Golden Gloves titles, he became the youngest man ever to unseat a reigning heavyweight boxing champion at 22. … But his singular act of MORAL courage — a prominent black American at the pinnacle of youthful fame, standing firm against an immoral war in the face of disapproval from World War 2’s ‘Greatest Generation,’ head unbowed to forced military service more than a century after his nation put an end to formal chattel slavery — remains by far his greatest legacy.” (06/04/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6102

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22) The insane barber
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“Question, Governor Gary Johnson: if a ‘Fair Tax’ were established as the law of the land, what would happen to an individual who refused to pay it? Taxation, this individual might protest, is theft. Taxation is slavery. Taxation is the fuel of war. Would he be arrested and thrown in jail? Would his personal possessions, his home, and his car, be seized by the state that you aspire to lead? Would he be shot down and killed if he resisted? Question, Governor Johnson: exactly what the hell kind of libertarian are you, anyway? And tell us about your ‘running mate,’ that once-and-future tax-devouring, gun-grabbing socialist scumbag William Weld? How in the hell was that a libertarian choice? I sometimes think that human politics is governed by the Stockholm Syndrome, the survival-oriented unconscious process in which hostages come to love and defend their captors.” (06/05/16)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle875-20160605-02.html

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23) Reflections on visiting political prisoner Deo Odolecki
Source: Cop Block
by Pete Eyre

“Deo is caged because he encouraged others to question the ideas and institutions that manifest as two classes of people — masters and slaves. That’s why Deanna O’Donnell — the person who said Deo was to be caged for 240 days — said, ‘I don’t have the power to make it end, but I have the power to make it stop for a little while.’ O’Donnell and the political/parasitic/predatory class rely on the perception that they have rights others do not. When someone questions that statist quo, and especially when someone encourages others to question it, their legitimacy is threatened.” (06/04/16)

http://www.copblock.org/161092/reflections-on-visiting-political-prisoner-deo-odolecki

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24) Will Japan nuke Pearl Harbor?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“We hear much about how our allies are horrified by the prospect of Trump in the White House, and this isn’t hard to understand: after all, he’s saying their free ride will come to an end if he has anything to say about it. But in going after Trump, Mrs. Clinton and her journalistic camarilla are sending a rather odd message to Tokyo, Seoul, and Riyadh: they’re telling them that they are irresponsible children and aren’t to be trusted with nuclear weapons, and that only the adults in Washington can possess such fearsome weaponry. And of course saying this to the Japanese is not only insulting, it is brazenly hypocritical: it was the evil Harry Truman who dropped the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, murdering hundreds of thousands of innocents against the advice of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, his advisor Paul Nitze, and a whole platoon of military heavyweights.” (06/06/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/06/05/will-japan-nuke-pearl-harbor/

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25) Statist public schools to students: Conform or else
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“It was public high school graduation time again in America this year and the statist education administrators couldn’t let the hapless captive students go on with their lives without reminding them once more that they still enjoyed no constitutional rights at school.” (06/05/16)

https://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/06/statist-public-schools-to-students.html

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26) The expulsion and the evidence
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“The report is 44-years-old, typed in Hebrew, copied by mimeograph for a few high officers and officials. It describes, in dry military language, how the Israeli army came to evict thousands of Beduin from their homes in the Sinai Peninsula, then under Israeli occupation. It took a legal battle before the Israeli Supreme Court for me to be allowed to see it. What it proves decisively is that before the same court, 44 years ago, a senior government lawyer presented an argument for the state that (let me put this delicately) has no connection to the facts, and the court accepted it. Army and government papers show that the same happened in two other key Supreme Court rulings early in the occupation.” (06/03/16)

http://prospect.org/article/expulsion-and-evidence

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27) On every federal policy, answer the first question first
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrrey

“When it comes to federal government policy, Americans generally begin the discussion without first answering the most basic question: is this or that federal action authorized by the Constitution? Federal gun control provides us with the perfect example.” (06/05/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/06/05/on-every-federal-policy-answer-the-first-question-first/

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28) In God we don’t trust: Growing American secular movement rallies
Source: In These Times
by Art Levine

“They may be the most invisible interest group in American politics: secular Americans who now make up nearly a quarter of the American population, according to recent Gallup and Pew Research polls. But attendees of the ‘Reason Rally’ at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, where as many as 30,00 atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and their allies are expected to attend, want to see that change. The rally will feature dozens of entertainers, authors, scientists and even a few members of Congress (everyone from comedian Margaret Cho and NASA scientist Carolyn Porco to Bill Nye and members of the Wu-Tang Clan) and will promote scientifically-based policies in public life. … The rally aims to celebrate the growth in numbers of the ‘nones’ (secular and unaffiliated Americans) to almost 60 million and their potential political clout, joined with calls to return scientific evidence to public life.” (06/03/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19164/in-god-we-dont-trust-growing-american-secular-movement-rallies-in-d.c.-this

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29) The left’s political violence double standard
Source: National Review
by Jonah Goldberg

“When Trump encouraged violence at his rallies — and he did — the media rightly condemned him for it. They went further than that, actually. They openly fretted about the health of our political system and the threat Trump posed to it. Personally, I think the rhetoric of those concerns was at times overblown, but the underlying concerns were entirely valid. I think Trump is an irresponsible demagogue and his supporters who use violence are goons. But the social-justice-warrior shock troops attacking Trump’s supporters are no better. And yet, the response from the same media figures has been, shall we say, more muted.” (06/04/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/436195/donald-trump-rally-riots-lefts-double-standard

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30) #NeverTrump Republicans have a new choice
Source: USA Today
by David Boaz

“Not since the nomination of arch-conservative Barry Goldwater in 1964 have so many Republicans been so dissatisfied with the presumptive nominee of their party. Almost all observers, including me, dismissed Donald Trump’s announcement of his presidential candidacy last summer as a stunt that would go nowhere. ‘Performance art,’ I told friends. Then he started talking: he called Mexican immigrants rapists, disparaged John McCain’s experience as a prisoner of war, mocked a disabled reporter, called for a ban on Muslim immigration. With each new utterance, we assumed his campaign would tank. We were wrong.” (06/03/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/06/03/gary-johnson-william-weld-libertarian-ticket-third-party-2016-column/85306178

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31) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 81
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Back from the 2016 Libertarian National Convention; Thanks For Asking! (Questions from a New Jersey Whackjob, etc.); Hopefully my final little rant on Johnson/Weld 2016 and so forth; The usual monthly wrap-up.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/05/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-81.html

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32) Trump University shows why for-profit motives [sic] don’t belong in education
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Revelations from documents connected to Trump University are generating outrage across the political spectrum, from my colleague Terrance Heath, who called it ‘a scheme to transfer wealth from people who had little,’ to the conservative journal National Review, which carried an editorial proclaiming it ‘a massive scam.’ Much of the commentary has focused on the ‘playbook’ that guided sales reps for Trump U in how to coerce prospective students to sign up for the bogus degree program. A review of the document by CBS News highlights the hard-sell tactics Trump U staffers used to push prospects into committing many thousands of dollars (upwards of $35,000) to a course of study that many of those students now concede turned out to be ‘useless information.'” [editor’s note: What Bryant calls “for-profity motives” is better defined as “wilfull fraud” but otherwise he has this one nailed – SAT] (06/03/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160603/trump-university-shows-why-for-profit-motives-dont-belong-in-education

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33) What made Muhammad Ali “unforgivably” black
Source: Reuters
by Peniel E Joseph

“Muhammad Ali’s Black Power activism may not fit neatly into the outpouring of grief, respect and reflection in the coming days and weeks after his death Friday at age 74. But its one of the most crucial and enduring parts of a legacy that shaped the world. By the late 1960s, Ali’s unforgiveable blackness helped him emerge as a transcendent and global figure of black liberation. He became more ‘black’ than James Brown, the godfather of soul, who shouted to the world that he was ‘proud’ to be black. He possessed more charisma than his friend Stokely Carmichael, who tutored the heavyweight champion on the nuances of his own groundbreaking anti-war activism. He proved more accessible than Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad, who gave Ali his name as part of a successful effort to pry the young champion from the grips of his most important mentor, Malcolm X.” (06/04/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-race-ali-commentary-idUSKCN0YQ0TZ

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34) Eugenics, immigration, and the end of open borders
Source: FEE
by Alex Nowrasteh

“Last week marked the 92nd anniversary of the passage of the Immigration Act of 1924, also known as the National Origins Act. This bill marked the permanent end of America’s nearly open borders policy with Europe. Other previously passed laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Literacy Act of 1917, and the Page Act restricted immigration from elsewhere. The Immigration Act of 1924 limited the annual number of new immigrants by country to just 2 percent of the number of immigrants from that country who were already living in the United States in 1890.” (06/04/16)

https://fee.org/articles/eugenics-immigration-and-the-end-of-open-borders/

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35) Why Obama turned left on Social Security
Source: The New Republic
by Scott Lemieux

“In a speech this week in Indiana, President Barack Obama announced a major shift in his position on Social Security. ‘It’s time we finally made Social Security more generous and increased its benefits,’ Obama declared, ‘so today’s retirees and future generations get the dignified retirement that they have earned.’ This is a welcome change from Obama’s past support for a so-called Grand Bargain that likely would have included cuts to Social Security benefits. It is tempting to view it as evidence of how Obama ‘really’ thinks about the issue, in the same way that his support for gay marriage, after years of opposing it, was seen as a reflection of his real views. But the shift on Social Security isn’t about Obama per se. Rather, it’s an excellent example of how political pressure from below can facilitate change.” (06/02/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/133914/obama-turned-left-social-security

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36) China’s other Cultural Revolution
Source: Reason
by Frank Dikotter

“Set amid dusty sandstone-colored hills in northern Shaanxi, Yan’an is a hallowed place. Taken over by Communists at the end of the Long March in 1936, it served as the temporary Red Capital during the Second World War. Decades later, Yan’an had become the symbolic home of the ideal Communist man, one who merged with the collective in war and work alike. The ‘Yan’an spirit’ heralded selfless dedication to the greater good, as people fused into a force powerful enough to move mountains. But when a team of propaganda officials arrived in Yan’an in December 1974, they were shocked to find a thriving and sophisticated black market. The country was eight years into the Cultural Revolution, a massive effort to purge Chinese society of bourgeois influences and move it closer to communist purity. But beneath the surface, something rather different was underway.” (for publication 07/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/05/chinas-other-cultural-revoluti

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37) Government and … (examples of why “government is bad”)
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“History demonstrates that government and its actions have violently killed and caused directly or indirectly more premature deaths of humans in the six thousand or so years of recorded history than ANY other cause. From Nimrod and the various kings of Mesopotamian and Canaanite cities through Pharaoh and Assyrian and Babylonian and Persian kings right down to the present regimes in places like DC and Kiev and Peking, governments are bad. Bad for people and society and other institutions and technology and health and everything else.” (06/04/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9081

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38) The “hate crimes” lure
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Like others who pretend that government has a legitimate role in policing individual attitudes, Brady insists that hate crimes laws are necessary because ‘some people’s minds are still so laced with hate that we [meaning sexual minorities] may not be safe in our own communities.’ No evidence has been produced that the cretins accused of murdering Steven Nelson were animated by anti-gay hatred. If this were prosecuted as a federal hate crime, as ‘Better Idaho’ and similar groups have demanded, any violent crime against any individual identified as a member of a ‘specially protected class’ would qualify for the same treatment. Liberal Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter correctly observed that ‘Law is concerned with external behavior and not with the inner life of man.’ The explicit purpose of hate crimes prosecution is to use state coercion, and the threat thereof, to reform the inner life — not of the offender, but of individuals who compose the non-offending public.” (06/04/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-hate-crimes-lure.html

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39) Hillary’s exploitation of Democratic institutions (including superdelegates) exposed
Source: OpEdNews
by Veena Trehan

“Having superdelegates choose the more competitive nominee at the Democratic National Convention in late July is an almost impossible-to-ignore call for a substantive political discussion as to the merits of Clinton’s candidacy. She’s already employed numerous institutions to fight against open debate when she was on stronger ground. The freefalling candidate (Carl Bernstein reflecting White House views) isn’t having it now either. Her weak policy positions — except those recently stolen from Sanders — are losers. … So the Secretary of State and her surrogates have amped up efforts to shut down public access to Sanders’ issue- and record-based campaign. It’s surprising to hear a woman running for president who has manipulated levers of power, bringing violence and suppression to millions, being portrayed as the victim for having to defend her political and financial records. But it’s consistent with her entire campaign strategy.” (06/04/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Hillary-s-Exploitation-of-by-Veena-Trehan-Democratic_Democratic-Convention_Democratic-National-Committee_Democratic-Primary-160604-545.html

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40) How to honor Ali: Abolish the draft
Source: Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

“To: President Obama and All Members of Congress … I write this in the early morning hours following the news of Muhammad Ali’s death. I have yet to hear or read statements from public figures, but I know most of you will say nice things about his life and legacy. In addition to his greatness in the boxing ring, you will honor his courage in standing up for his convictions. But I’ll know you are sincere if and only if you do one thing: support a bill to abolish Selective Service.” (06/03/16)

http://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2016/06/how-to-honor-ali-abolish-draft.html

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41) Open borders: The only moral and practical solution
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Open borders simply mean freedom, free markets, and free enterprise. Libertarians know that free markets and free enterprise work. They enable people to pursue happiness in their own way. They provide a peaceful means by which people can harmonize their interests and pursuits with others. They raise people’s standard of living. Then there are socialism and interventionism. The world now recognizes that they don’t work. They produce economic crises. They distort people’s plans. They generate chaos.” (06/03/16)

http://fff.org/2016/06/03/open-borders-moral-practical-solution/

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42) On the Brazil coup
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“Recent events in Brazil have been framed as something of a morality play by both sides. For partisans of Dilma Rousseff and the Workers Party, her impeachment and the installation of Michel Temer as acting President was a neoliberal coup by corporate and landed interests in Brazil, backed by Washington. For those supporting her impeachment, on the other hand, it’s a straightforward case of removing a corrupt official from power. Among right-leaning libertarians in the United States, the second narrative tends to be more popular. … But on examination, I can’t avoid concluding the left-wing narrative is a lot closer to the truth.” (06/04/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45192

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43) Blockchain and healthcare possibilities: Optional medical licensure and healthcare vouchers
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Vishal Wilde

“The rationale behind (medical) licensure is sound in the sense that it is designed to ensure quality of the product. In the case of healthcare services in particular, the licensing body (whether that be the American Medical Association in the USA that Milton Friedman takes aim at or the British Medical Association in the UK) ensures that healthcare practitioners are up to a certain standard in a field where the patients most often have lesser information than their treating physicians. Nevertheless, this has evolved in all jurisdictions into something more malign because these medical licensure bodies are one and the same as trade unions that impose a monopoly upon healthcare services within their respective jurisdictions.” [editor’s note: The monopoly has always been the design. Any putative quality improvements are the EXCUSE – TLK] (06/03/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/06/blockchain-and-healthcare-possibilities-optional-medical-licensure-and-healthcare-vouchers/

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44) Hillary comes out as the War Party candidate
Source: CounterPunch
by Diana Johnstone

“On June 2, a few days before the California primary, Hillary Clinton gave up trying to compete with Bernie Sanders on domestic policy. Instead, she zeroed in on the soft target of Donald Trump’s most ‘bizarre rants’ in order to present herself as experienced and reasonable. Evidently taking her Democratic Party nomination for granted, she is positioning herself as the perfect candidate for hawkish Republicans.” (06/03/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/03/hillary-and-the-military-industrial-complex/

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45) Dangerous, incoherent
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Hillary Clinton came out swinging against Donald Trump yesterday. She said electing the man would be an ‘historic mistake.’ As opposed to her past career in politics, which I would call an historical mistake. Mrs. Clinton focused in on Mr. Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements. ‘She ran through Mr Trump’s foreign policy points and rejected each one,’ reported the BBC, ‘calling him thin-skinned, irrational and unprepared.’ Funny, though: I wouldn’t exactly call Mrs. Clinton the opposite: thick-skinned, rational, or prepared.” (06/03/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/06/03/dangerous-incoherent/

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46) The Libertarian Party: So hot right now
Source: Washington Post
by Callum Borchers

“Summer is here, and the season’s hottest trend is … Libertarians! Largely ignored by the mainstream media for most of the presidential campaign, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson is suddenly racking up headlines in The Washington Post and New York Times and on CNN and NPR. Volume of coverage is a difficult thing to quantify comprehensively, but consider one striking metric: Lexis-Nexis, which logs articles and transcripts from thousands of news outlets, tallied 452 stories related to Johnson in U.S. media between May 18, the day he tapped former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld as his running mate, and June 3. That’s more attention in a 17-day span than he had received in 4 1/2 months of campaigning to that point.” (06/04/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/06/04/the-libertarian-party-so-hot-right-now/

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47) Five ideas at the heart of socialism
Source: FEE
by Lawrence W. Reed

“The good news is that more millennials are skeptical of economic intervention than trust the government to improve anything. The bad news is that a growing minority of young voters embrace the term socialism, which has an increasingly positive connotation even with those who don’t identify as socialist. The popular candidacy of Bernie Sanders has fueled the S-word’s redemption, but the process was already well underway in the last presidential election. A 2012 Gallup poll found that 53 percent of Democrats and 39 percent of Americans more generally had a positive reaction to the word socialism.” (06/03/16)

https://fee.org/articles/5-ideas-at-the-heart-of-socialism/

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48) The Tom Woods Show, episode 674
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Why do you suppose the officer asks, ‘Do you know why I stopped you today?’ Why doesn’t he just say, ‘Hey, you were speeding?’ He’s looking to get you to volunteer information. That’s the kind of thing we discuss in today’s episode.” [various formats] (06/03/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-674-when-the-police-pull-you-over/

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49) Trump is the greatest gift to the establishment in modern American politics
Source: The Daily Liberator
by Nick Bernabe

“‘It can’t be. Donald Trump is an outsider! Washington hates him!’ I can already predict the comments on this article before I even begin to make my case. And that’s exactly what the establishment wants. It doesn’t want you to ingest new information and perhaps change your point of view; it wants you to be loyal to The Party, regardless of which one of the two monoliths it hopes you belong to. There’s a reason the political establishment is made up of two parties, and for that reason Donald Trump is the greatest gift to that establishment in recent memory.” (06/04/16)

http://www.thedailyliberator.com/trump-greatest-gift-establishment-modern-american-politics/

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50) In Venezuela, Nazi-like tactics prevent popular uprising
Source: PanAm Post
by staff

“Some analysts have predicted a popular uprising in Venezuela that could eventually topple the corrupt regime of strongman Nicolas Maduro. … These analysts have not come to terms with the fact that, hiding behind an electoral facade, Maduro is the head of a military regime with totalitarian control over the populace. If at any time a group of people gather or protest, they will almost immediately be violently attacked by Chavista ‘colectivos’ — the local euphemism for Brownshirts — with full support from the para-military Bolivarian National Guard. The main streets of every major barrio in the country are controlled by these modern-day, nazi-style Brownshirts.” (06/03/16)

https://panampost.com/panam-staff/2016/06/03/venezuela-nazi-tactics-prevent-uprising/

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51) The culture’s full embrace of radical environmentalism is not inevitable
Source: Heartland Institute
by Joe Bast

“I guess I’m past the point of taking essays like Steven Cohen’s ‘The Culture of Environmentalism and Sustainability’ at the Huffington Post at face value. Yes, we are all environmentalists now. We cringe when someone throws trash out of a car window. I’m old enough to remember my dad tossing cigarette butts out the car window without a second thought and us kids yelling at him not to do it. He probably felt like the schools were brainwashing his kids. But Cohen’s article makes some dishonest, or at least disingenuous, claims …” (06/03/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/06/the-cultures-full-embrace-of-radical-environmentalism-is-not-inevitable/

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52) Junk food stamps
Source: Cato Institute
by Chris Edwards

“The main food-related health problem for low-income households today is not hunger, but obesity. CDC data shows that, on average, people with low incomes are more obese than people with high incomes. Children age 6 to 11 in low-income families are almost twice as likely to be obese than children in high-income families. In general, low-income Americans are suffering not from too little food, but from too much of the wrong kinds of food. Food stamps can be used to purchase just about any edible item in grocery and convenience stores other than alcohol, vitamins, and hot food. So it is likely that many billions of taxpayer dollars for food stamps are being spent on junk food.” (06/03/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/junk-food-stamps

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53) The Rape of Nanking and the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“Question: In what way do the atrocities committed by soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army in China in 1937-38, especially those included under the rubric of ‘the Rape of Nanking,’ justify the U.S. government’s atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945? Answer: In no way whatsoever.” (06/02/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/06/02/the-rape-of-nanking-and-the-u-s-atomic-bombings-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki/

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54) Awaiting Bernie’s plan to help the poor
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“It’s a rare thing for me to agree with a presidential candidate — and rarer still for me to agree with an avowed socialist. Bernie Sanders recently said it is ‘unacceptable’ that nearly 47 million Americans live in poverty. Assuming his numbers are right — not that it matters even if he’s off by an order of magnitude or two — that’s too many. I agree with him. It is completely unacceptable. So, does Bernie have an actual plan to fix it, or does he believe he can magically lift the poor by bringing down everyone else with taxes and regulations?” (06/02/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/06/02/mcmanigal-awaiting-bernies-plan-to-help-poor/

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55) Free Thoughts Podcast, 06/03/16
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Jason Bedrick joins us to talk about school choice in the United States. What’s wrong with our current public schooling model and how will more choice fix it?” [various formats] (06/03/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/teaching-school-choice-american-education-system

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