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In the News:

1) UK: Brexit thrown into doubt as May’s election gamble backfires
2) Full text: James Comey testimony transcript on Trump and Russia
3) US House passes bill aimed at reversing Dodd-Frank financial regulations
4) Qatar: Al Jazeera TV combating hack, “all entities operational”
5) “Mom, he hit me back first!” — US DoD claims drone fired at puppet forces in Syria
6) NASA had record pool of 18,000 applicants to be an astronaut
7) IN: Mom sues principal, teacher after son “forced” to recite Pledge of Allegiance
8) Australia: Muslim “safe space” plan sparks row
9) Virginia imam placed on leave after endorsing female genital mutilation
10) NJ: Video shows cops kicking burning innocent bystander after chase
11) UT: Tiny firm regenerates skin, hair in pigs
12) China: Police arrest 22 Apple contractors for selling customer data
13) WI: Jury awards $6.7 million to inmate raped by guard, shackled during childbirth
14) WA: Good Samaritans pay off school district’s complete lunch debt
15) FL: Climate deal pull-out may speed up damage to Trump property
16) Syria: Regime warplanes strike Islamic State near Raqqa
17) Germany: Civil rights group asks regime to arrest CIA deputy director over torture claims
18) Norway: Supreme Court will not examine Breivik’s human rights appeal
19) Tor 7.0 released
20) MT: Gianforte apologizes to reporter for assault, to donate $50,000 to press group

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Once in a while, a good leak
22) Bitcoin: Riding high, but in crisis
23) James Comey’s “shock and awe” testimony
24) James Comey’s testimony doesn’t make the case for impeachment or obstruction against Donald Trump
25) Manchester liberalism is the answer to terrorism
26) The jobs conundrum
27) Prepare for SB1241’s pit bull assault on Bitcoin freedom
28) The Comey fog
29) We won’t stop terror by sacrificing Internet privacy
30) Actually, hate speech is protected speech
31) ObamaCare’s “guaranteed issue” another big lie
32) The evils of the drug war
33) Letter of record to Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection
34) How states can fight climate change on their own
35) Trump’s Iran obsession and the Tehran attacks
36) The lumpenproletariat as class vanguard
37) At FBI, promising new chief
38) At someone else’s expense
39) Chelsea Clinton and the Democrats’ dullard dynasty
40) The new paranoia
41) The carbon tax rebate scam
42) How political competition made Europe rich
43) The simple case against Trump
44) Identity & conflict
45) No one should be surprised the Portland attacker felt the Bern
46) Stop lying to us
47) The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement just won’t die
48) Epochs, evolution, nationalism, and synthesis: What gives anarchists the best chance at reaching AnCapistan?
49) If Zuckerberg wants a universal basic income, he should pay for it
50) Sin, soda and Say
51) The NAIRU (Non-Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment) with multiple monies
52) Comey and Mueller: Russiagate’s mythical heroes
53) Prosperity, not soda taxes, fosters good health
54) The Iranian question (and the same old answers)
55) Theresa May: The mummy dissolves?

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Editor’s Break, episode 27
57) War College Podcast, 06/08/17
58) Freedom Feens Radio, 06/08/17
59) Free Talk Live, 06/07/17
60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 50

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

1) UK: Brexit thrown into doubt as May’s election gamble backfires
Source: Independent [UK]

“British politics and Brexit are in disarray after all the signs suggested Theresa May’s election gamble has gone catastrophically wrong. Updated forecasts indicated the country heading for a hung parliament, with Tories admitting the result would blow the Prime Minister’s Brexit strategy to pieces. Ms May’s position was also in question with Labour calling for her to quit and senior Tories distancing themselves from the leader, amid reports of potential successors on manoeuvres. … Ms May would have the right to try and form a coalition first if the Tories are the biggest party, but with rivals ruling out a deal it looks unlikely. Any attempt to rule with a minority would leave her in an impossibly difficult position — needing the votes of parties who have roundly rejected her approach to Brexit.” (06/08/17)

http://www.independent.co.uk/News/uk/politics/election-results-brexit-doubt-theresa-may-gamble-backfires-what-happens-next-a7780566.html

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2) Full text: James Comey testimony transcript on Trump and Russia
Source: Politico

[editor’s note: Instead of trying to pick a story on the topic that’s either unbiased — ha! — or matches my own biases, I’m just going to dump the actual transcript on you. I’m sure there will be plenty of commentary over the next few days. If it’s opinion you want, find it there instead of getting spoon-fed it as “news” – TLK] (06/08/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/08/full-text-james-comey-trump-russia-testimony-239295

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3) US House passes bill aimed at reversing Dodd-Frank financial regulations
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“House Republicans voted Thursday to deliver on their promise to repeal Dodd-Frank — the massive set of Wall Street regulations President Obama signed into law after the 2008 financial crisis. In a near party-line vote, the House approved a bill, dubbed the Financial CHOICE Act, which scales back or eliminates many of the post-crisis banking rules. The legislation is the brainchild of House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.” (06/08/17)

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/08/532036374/house-passes-bill-aimed-at-reversing-dodd-frank-financial-regulations

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4) Qatar: Al Jazeera TV combating hack, “all entities operational”
Source: Reuters

“Pan-Arab satellite network Al Jazeera is combating a large-scale cyber attack on its media platform, but all its entities remain operational, a company source said on Thursday. ‘There were attempts made on the cyber security of Al Jazeera but we are combating them and currently all our entities are operational,’ said a senior employee who declined to be named. Al Jazeera is the flagship broadcaster for Qatar, which is in a stand-off with fellow Arab states accusing it of ties to terrorism, in a row that is endangering stability in the region. Al Jazeera’s English- and Arabic-language channels and its websites appeared to be still functioning on Thursday after the network tweeted it was ‘under cyber attack on all systems, websites & social media platforms.’ A later tweet said Doha-based media platforms were undergoing ‘continual hacking attempts.’” (06/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-gulf-qatar-jazeera-cybercrime-idUSKBN18Z2FP

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5) “Mom, he hit me back first!” — US DoD claims drone fired at puppet forces in Syria
Source: Washington Post

“A drone likely connected to Iranian-supported militias fired on U.S.-backed troops near a military camp in southern Syria on Thursday, near where the U.S.-led coalition is training Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group, an American military spokesman said. The weapon fired by the drone did not detonate and no one was hurt, but Army Col. Ryan Dillon told reporters at the Pentagon that it was considered a direct threat and that a manned U.S. aircraft shot it down. The attack came just hours after the U.S. bombed Syrian government and allied troops inside a protected zone in that area, and marked a sharp escalation in the skirmishes between the coalition and those pro-Syrian government forces there.” (06/08/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-drone-fired-on-us-backed-forces-near-syrian-rebel-camp/2017/06/08/ff23bdca-4c6a-11e7-987c-42ab5745db2e_story.html

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6) NASA had record pool of 18,000 applicants to be an astronaut
Source: USA Today

“Talk about the ‘right stuff.’ NASA on Wednesday named a dozen new astronauts (seven men and five women) selected from a record pool of more than 18,000 applicants, more than double the previous high of 8,000. ‘You are the 12 who made it through, you have joined the elites, you are the best of us,’ Vice President Mike Pence said during a ceremony at Johnson Space Center in Houston. ‘You carry on your shoulders the hopes and dreams of the American people.’ NASA’s diverse Class of 2017 includes six military officers, two of them doctors. It includes a marine biologist involved in Antarctic expeditions, a geologist who has worked with NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover, and a SpaceX engineer who might ride a rocket and capsule he helped design.” (06/08/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2017/06/08/nasa-had-record-pool-18-000-applicants-these-12-astronaut-candidates-made-it/379989001

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7) IN: Mom sues principal, teacher after son “forced” to recite Pledge of Allegiance
Source: Fox News

“An Indiana mom filed a lawsuit on Friday against an elementary school teacher and principal for allegedly forcing her son to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Jamie Porter said her son’s first grade teacher removed the boy from class when he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance back in March, according to Fox 59. The lawsuit, filed by the ACLU on behalf of the family, alleged that the boy refused to recite it because he was ‘protesting’ the government. ‘He was doing it to protest the government of the United States, as it was racist, greedy and does not care about people,’ the lawsuit stated.” [editor’s note: Not sure how many first-graders would care either way, but this seems like an abuse of any child – SAT] (06/08/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/08/indiana-mom-sues-principal-teacher-after-son-forced-to-recite-pledge-allegiance.html

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8) Australia: Muslim “safe space” plan sparks row
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A proposal by an Australian Islamic group to allow ‘safe spaces’ for young Muslims to discuss ‘inflammatory’ issues has sparked a row.’The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) said such forums enabled young people’s opinions to be ‘respectfully and intelligently debated and challenged.’ But State Premier Daniel Andrews said he was ‘very troubled’ by the idea of a space where people ‘could be radical.’ Victoria was rocked by a suspected terror attack earlier this week. Gunman Yacqub Khayre killed a man, wounded three police officers and took a woman hostage during a siege at an apartment building on Monday night. He was later shot dead by police. Australia has prevented a number of extremist attacks on home soil in recent years, and has been on alert amid fears over the return of Australians fighting for Islamist militant groups in Syria.” (06/08/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-40198145

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9) Virginia imam placed on leave after endorsing female genital mutilation
Source: Fox News

“A Virginia imam has been placed on leave after advocating for the controversial practice of female genital mutilation. Imam Shaker Elsayed of the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, made the controversial comments on a video, posted to the center’s YouTube page, that has since been removed. It was first picked up by Middle East Research Media Institute (MEMRI), a non-profit that monitors and translates Iranian and Arab television channels, as well as sermons in the West. ‘We thought it important to publish this sermon on the topic of FGM [female genital mutilation] because it has been in the news recently,’ MEMRI Executive Director Steven Salinsky told Fox News.” [editor’s note: How many rabbis and Christian ministers — not to mention doctors — are on leave for endorsing male genital mutilation? – TLK] (06/08/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/08/virginia-imam-placed-on-leave-after-endorsing-female-genital-mutilation.html

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10) NJ: Video shows cops kicking burning innocent bystander after chase
Source: Hoboken Patch

“A video shows New Jersey cops kicking a burning man who was determined to be an innocent bystander following a police chase this weekend …. Referring to the video, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez thanked those who filmed the incident she would ‘like the public to know that we welcome their help.’ … She said investigators have reviewed the video and believe ‘with certainty’ that the man is a bystander from West New York who suffered burns — not Leo Pinkston, the individual pursued by police.” (06/08/17)

https://patch.com/new-jersey/hoboken/video-shows-jersey-city-cops-kicking-burning-man-innocent-bystander-after-chase

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11) UT: Tiny firm regenerates skin, hair in pigs
Source: Raw Story

“A small U.S. biotech has successfully regenerated skin and stimulated hair growth in pigs with burns and abrasions, paving the way for a scientific breakthrough that could lead to the regeneration of fully functional human skin. Salt Lake City-based PolarityTE Inc’s patented approach to tissue engineering is designed to use a patient’s own healthy tissue to re-grow human skin for the treatment of burns and wounds. Despite recent advances in reconstructive surgery, plastic surgeons cannot give burn victims what they require the most: their skin. Current approaches to treat serious burns are ‘severely limited’ in their effectiveness and in some cases, are rather expensive, PolarityTE’s founder and CEO Denver Lough said in an interview.” (06/08/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/in-major-breakthrough-tiny-utah-firm-regenerates-skin-hair-in-pigs

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12) China: Police arrest 22 Apple contractors for selling customer data
Source: BleepingComputer

“Chinese authorities announced yesterday they arrested 22 people on accusations of stealing private information on Apple customers and selling the data online. According to a statement from police in the Chinese province of Zhejiang, 20 of the 22 arrested suspects work as authorized Apple iPhone distributors. Police say the suspects used their access to Apple’s database to steal data on iPhone customers, which they later sold online for prices that ranged between 10 yuan ($1.50) and 180 yuan ($26.50).” (06/08/17)

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/apple/chinese-police-arrest-22-apple-contractors-for-selling-customer-data/

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13) WI: Jury awards $6.7 million to inmate raped by guard, shackled during childbirth
Source: USA Today

“A federal jury Wednesday awarded $6.7 million to a woman who was raped repeatedly by a guard when she was being held in a Wisconsin jail four years ago. The guard, Xavier Thicklen, was acting under his scope of employment when the sexual assaults occurred and therefore Milwaukee County is liable for the damages amount, the jury determined. The jury also found there was ‘no legitimate government purpose’ to shackle the woman during childbirth, but jurors did not find she was injured and therefore awarded her no monetary damages, said Theresa Kleinhaus, a Chicago attorney who litigated the case.” (06/08/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/06/08/inmate-raped-shackled-childbirth-jury-award/379904001/

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14) WA: Good Samaritans pay off school district’s complete lunch debt
Source: Fox News

“It’s not often that a retired Boeing couple can get in on hot fads even before celebrities and rock stars make them go viral. But, that’s exactly what happened with the end-of-school-year trend of paying off the lunch debt of school kids. ‘We made a New Year’s resolution that we were going to make a difference this year,’ retired Boeing employee Tom Lee said Wednesday. It was around tax time that Tom and his wife, Christy, who also worked for Boeing for more than 30 years, realized they weren’t giving to charities as much as they used to. ‘I looked at the stuff we had donated to last year, like Stand Up to Cancer, Meals on Wheels. And boy, this isn’t anything like when we used to when we used to work at Boeing.’ They’re a couple of modest means in a modest two-story Marysville home, but they’re ramping up giving generously again — and then some.” (06/08/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/08/good-samaritans-pay-off-school-districts-complete-lunch-debt.html

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15) FL: Climate deal pull-out may speed up damage to Trump property
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement could accelerate damage to his family’s real estate empire in the coming decades, especially his properties that lie just feet from the encroaching sea in low-lying South Florida. The president’s Mar-a-Lago estate, the soaring apartment towers bearing his name on Miami-area beaches and his Doral golf course are all threatened by rising seas, according to projections from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the South Florida Regional Climate Change Compact. Severe damage could come sooner rather than later if the U.S. abandons the international agreement aimed at curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause climate change.” [editor’s note: This “news story” is an opinion (aka “news covfefe?”); the only mitigation of pure speculation is the word “may” (instead of “will”), describing the unfounded correlation between climate change and a meaningless agreement among politicians – SAT] (06/08/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Climate-decision-could-accelerate-damage-to-Trump-11204522.php

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16) Syria: Regime warplanes strike Islamic State near Raqqa
Source: NDTV [India]

“Syrian government warplanes struck ISIS positions west of Raqqa city on the southern bank of the Euphrates river on Thursday, state media said. ‘The air force destroyed positions and armored vehicles’ in the western Raqqa countryside, about 70 km (44 miles) from the city, state-run news agency SANA said. US-backed militias have separately been pushing into the edges of Raqqa city in the first days of their attack to seize ISIS’s base of operations in Syria.” (06/08/17)

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/syrian-government-warplanes-strike-isis-near-raqqa-city-state-media-1709542

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17) Germany: Civil rights group asks regime to arrest CIA deputy director over torture claims
Source: New York Daily News

“A civil rights group is asking German authorities to issue an arrest warrant for the recently appointed deputy director of the CIA over claims she oversaw the torture of terrorism suspects 15 years ago. The nonprofit European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights submitted a legal brief to German federal prosecutors Tuesday, alleging that Gina Haspel allowed the waterboarding of prisoners at a secret U.S. detention center in Thailand. The prosecutor’s office confirmed Wednesday the complaint had been received and was being reviewed. Similar complaints against senior U.S. officials in the past haven’t resulted in arrest warrants.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/world/civil-rights-group-asks-germany-arrest-cia-deputy-director-article-1.3229315

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18) Norway: Supreme Court will not examine Breivik’s human rights appeal
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“The Norwegian Supreme Court will not take up the appeal lodged by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik protesting his prison conditions, the court said on Thursday. Breivik was seeking to overturn a March decision by a Norwegian appeals court that ruled his near-isolation in a three-room cell respected human rights.” (06/08/17)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-4584096/Norway-Supreme-Court-not-examine-mass-murderer-Breiviks-human-rights-appeal.html

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19) Tor 7.0 released
Source: Fossbytes

“The Tor Project has announced the next major release of their anonymity browser in the name of Tor 7.0. The famous browser lets users connect to the Tor network with the help of a modified Firefox ESR web browser which includes add-ons such as TorButton, TorLauncher, NoScript, and HTTPS-Everywhere. Tor 7.0 finds ESR 52.1.2 as its base and leverages the Firefox’s performance and security improvement features like multiprocess mode and content sandbox. The development team says that sandboxing is enabled by default for Linux and MacOS variants of Tor 7.0 while they haven’t finished adding the same for Windows machines.” (06/08/17)

https://fossbytes.com/tor-browser-7-released-available-for-download/

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20) MT: Gianforte apologizes to reporter for assault, to donate $50,000 to press group
Source: ABC News

“Greg Gianforte — the Republican U.S. representative-elect who won a Montana congressional seat 24 hours after allegedly ‘body-slamming’ Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs — sent a letter to Jacobs Wednesday apologizing for his actions. Gianforte also agreed to donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a non-profit organization that promotes press freedom and protects the rights of journalists, according to both his office and the Guardian. The donation was made ‘in the hope that perhaps some good can come of these events.’ … The letter is part of a settlement with Jacobs in which he agrees not to object to Gianforte entering a plea of ‘no contest’ to a misdemeanor assault charge. Gianforte still faces criminal charges.” (06/08/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/gianforte-apologizes-reporter-donate-50000-press-group-settle/story?id=47904086

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

21) Once in a while, a good leak
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“The remedy for the revelation of truth should consist in the truth’s ability to flourish in the marketplace of ideas rather than in the punishment of the revealer. The core principle of democracy is that the people have consented to the government. When the government keeps vital secrets from us — particularly secrets that embarrass it, secrets that cause us to view it differently, secrets of failure — we end up with a government that we do not know or trust. And one that ultimately lacks our consent.” (06/08/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/06/andrew-p-napolitano/a-good-leak/

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22) Bitcoin: Riding high, but in crisis
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Any currency, digital or otherwise, has to function well as a ‘medium of exchange’ if people are going to use it. That is, they need to be able to actually buy and sell stuff with it. If they can’t, it’s also not going to be something they trust as a “store of value” to save for later buying and selling. Bitcoin has come up against the problem of more transactions than the network can handle quickly. Transaction costs in the form of mining fees have gone through the roof, while transaction speed has slowed to a crawl. It’s a train wreck as a medium of exchange and if that’s not fixed it will soon cease to be a viable store of value.” (06/08/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/10811

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23) James Comey’s “shock and awe” testimony
Source: The Atlantic
by Amy Zegart

“Imagine that two years ago, you sequestered a jury of 12 Americans, kept them in a news-free zone, and brought them today to hear former FBI Director James Comey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Chances are that all of them — no matter what their political beliefs — would be stunned and outraged. From the perspective of one of these Americans, Comey dropped bombshell after bombshell: The Russians are mucking around in American democratic elections, trying to change how we think, how we act, how we vote–and they will be back. The attorney general cannot be trusted to ensure impartial enforcement of the law. The president fired the FBI director and then lied about why he did it. Yet by the time Comey said these things in an open hearing, all of it was old news. It should have been more shocking than it was, but on some level, Americans were used to it.” (06/08/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/06/comey-testimony-fbi/529746/

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24) James Comey’s testimony doesn’t make the case for impeachment or obstruction against Donald Trump
Source: USA Today
by Jonathan Turley

“The release of former FBI director James Comey’s testimony on Wednesday was received with the same breathless reactions that have long characterized coverage of the Russian investigation. CNN ran comments that the Comey testimony was nothing short of the Watergate tapes. The desire for some indictable or impeachable offense by President Trump has distorted the legal analysis to an alarming degree. Analysts seem far too thrilled by the possibility of a crime by Trump. The legal fact is that Comey’s testimony does not establish a prima facie (or even a strong) case for obstruction. It is certainly true that if Trump made these comments, his conduct is wildly inappropriate. However, talking like Tony Soprano does not make you Tony Soprano.” (06/07/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/06/07/comey-testimony-no-obstruction-no-impeachment-jonathan-turley-column/102603050

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25) Manchester liberalism is the answer to terrorism
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matthew McCaffrey

“Many in Manchester are still reeling from the May 22nd suicide bombing that killed 23 people and left dozens more injured. Since then, thousands have come to visit a memorial in St. Ann’s square, a short distance from the site of the attack, to place flowers or to offer prayers for the victims and their loved ones. Such a peaceful response is inspiring, but the St. Ann’s memorial carries a deeper significance as well: many visitors likely do not realize they are placing their flowers at the foot of a statue of Richard Cobden (1804-1865), the great 19th-century liberal and Manchester political economist. Although the location of the memorial is unintentional, it is entirely appropriate. Cobden was a tireless advocate of peace and free trade, and his philosophy, now known as ‘Manchester liberalism’ or ‘Manchesterism,’ deeply influenced many liberals, including Mises, who considered himself a member of the tradition. Today, Cobden’s work continues to inspire the advocates of a free society, and more importantly, it also provides an antidote to the violence and war that plague the world.” (06/08/17)

https://mises.org/blog/manchester-liberalism-answer-terrorism

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26) The jobs conundrum
Source: Cato Institute
by Gerald P O’Driscoll Jr.

“At next week’s FOMC meeting, the state of the labor market will play a key role in policy deliberations. But there’s a lot more going on underneath top line unemployment numbers that make them a bad tool for monetary policy decision-making.” (06/08/17)

https://www.cato.org/blog/jobs-conundrum

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27) Prepare for SB1241’s pit bull assault on Bitcoin freedom
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“The power of parallel institutions is also seen through what happens when the two merge their interests and become, in effect, one institution. Instead of offsetting each other’s power, they buttress and increase it at the expense of individual freedom. When church and state speak with one voice, both become more oppressive; it was precisely because the Anglican Church was the state church of England that religious dissenters felt impelled to flee. In extreme cases, the melding of church and government can lead to an Inquisition. When capitalism and government blend their interests, the results are no less devastating. Crony capitalism is established; government and favored businesses grant each other privileges by which both grow rich by picking the pockets of average people. This bastardization of the free market is an efficient engine of oppression. S1241 is the federal government’s attempt to merge its power with that of the states and to homogenize that power under laws it enforces.” (06/08/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/prepare-for-sb1241s-pit-bull-assault-on-bitcoin-freedom/

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28) The Comey fog
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“Ex-FBI Director Comey released a statement ahead of his appearance before Congress, and it has heads spinning. I’ll tell you how things look through what I call the Persuasion Filter. There are several related stories swirling around the news that involve Russia, Trump, Trump’s campaign staff, and Comey. All together, the stories are beyond the capacity of the human brain to hold the details and keep them from automatically conflating in our minds and becoming more soup than individual ingredients. When you have this level of complexity, humans reflexively default to using bias over reason. Our capacity for reason isn’t up to the job in this case because all the Russia-Comey-Trump stuff has started to run together in our minds. … Could a trained lawyer sort out this complexity and at least tell you whether or not a law has been broken? Apparently not. Otherwise the lawyers on both sides would agree. They don’t. So what we are seeing is a super-clean example of what I call two movies on one screen.” (06/08/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/161585486426/the-comey-fog

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29) We won’t stop terror by sacrificing Internet privacy
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by John Bianchi

“The internet is not some animate being that aids or promotes terrorism. Facebook and Twitter don’t wake up in the morning and, over tea, decide to aid radical Islamic terror. Would we blame an ax for the crime committed with it and ban all axes from society? The logging industry just might have something to say about that. Likewise, with any tool, it is sheer foolishness to think that the regulation of its use will lead to reduced crime if we do not deal with the true root and cause of the crimes themselves. But this is not surprising from governments today that have a basic disregard for human freedoms.” (06/08/17)

https://fee.org/articles/we-wont-stop-terror-by-sacrificing-internet-privacy/

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30) Actually, hate speech is protected speech
Source: Los Angeles Times
by Ken White

“Free speech and its limitations are on Americans’ minds. In the past year we’ve seen Nazis and white supremacists rally in our cities, angry protesters chase provocateurs off of college campuses, a comedian wield a bloody effigy of the president’s severed head, and slurs and overt racial animus made a staple of political discourse. Controversial speech has people talking about what restrictions, if any, society can enforce on words we despise. That inquiry isn’t inherently bad. It’s good for citizens to want to learn more about the contours of our constitutional rights. The dilemma is that the public debate about free speech relies on useless cliches, not on accurate information about the law.” (06/08/17)

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-white-first-amendment-slogans-20170608-story.html

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31) ObamaCare’s “guaranteed issue” another big lie
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“As Republicans try to figure out how to replace ObamaCare, they are getting viciously attacked by Democrats who claim the GOP plan would take away the law’s guarantee to those with pre-existing conditions. But what use is ObamaCare’s ‘guarantee’ if there aren’t any insurance plans at all? This week, Anthem (ANTM) announced that it will drop out of the ObamaCare market in Ohio. Since Anthem was the only insurer offering plans in 20 of the state’s counties, this means more than 10,000 people will face the prospect of having no insurance options next year. This news comes on top of Medica’s announcement that it might exit Iowa’s ObamaCare exchange, after Aetna (AET) and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield decided to pull out. That would leave more than 70,000 Iowans without any insurance options. Anthem, meanwhile, is considering whether to drop out of ObamaCare entirely, which would leave hundreds of thousands more nationwide with zero insurance options.” (06/07/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/now-we-know-obamacares-guaranteed-issue-is-another-big-lie

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32) The evils of the drug war
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“If several adults went into a school and sexually assaulted 900 children most people wouldn’t even wait for a trial, they would grab the pitchforks and torches. But when the adults are wearing badges the behavior is suddenly seen as excusable in many people’s eyes. Oftentimes when officers commit such heinous crimes they receive no punishment, which encourages more wicked people to seek a job in law enforcement.” (06/08/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/06/08/the-evils-of-the-drug-war/

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33) Letter of record to Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by John Berlau

“The FinTech, or financial technology, boom, has much in common with the ascent of ‘sharing economy’ platforms like Uber and Airbnb. Just as these services have vastly improved consumers’ transportation and lodging options, Fintech products can offer more choice and convenience and lower costs to consumers, entrepreneurs and investors. Scholars have noted in particular the potential for FinTech to advance the well-being of lower-income Americans and be part of a path to their inclusion into the financial system. But regulatory barriers — some fairly new and some almost a century old — are hindering FinTech’s ability to deliver. Fortunately, the U.S. House is set to vote this very week on a bill containing many provisions that eliminate or reduce this red tape.” (06/08/17)

https://cei.org/content/letter-record-subcommittee-digital-commerce-and-consumer-protection

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34) How states can fight climate change on their own
Source: Our Future
by Michelle Chen

“Confronting the climate crisis shouldn’t be rocket science; to push society to decarbonize, just treat greenhouse gases the way governments treat liquor and cigarettes: Raise the price. With the climate-change movement at an impasse as the Paris climate treaty clashes with Trump’s anti-science agenda, the bottleneck around carbon policy today is more political than technological. And despite Trump’s rejection of the Paris Treaty, the global backlash shows that even the economics are coming around. A new state-by-state analysis by the Carbon Tax Center (CTC) shows that carbon taxation, while often dismissed as a political nonstarter, could actually be a common-sense policy measure for local communities. A carbon tax could build on global momentum toward decarbonization while at the same time boosting public coffers, reducing inequality and providing a democratic mechanism for a public reckoning with the true cost of pollution.” (06/08/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170608/how-states-can-fight-climate-change-on-their-own

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35) Trump’s Iran obsession and the Tehran attacks
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The White House’s insulting response to the Tehran attacks has not been well received by most Iranians or by the Iranian government. Coupled with the 92-7 Senate vote to advance Iran sanctions legislation yesterday, it went over very badly …. Common decency would have told most people that there is no ‘quandary’ here at all. Just express sympathy and support for victims of terrorism, no matter who they happen to be, and save other political messages for another occasion. A condolence message is not the time to make a point or deliver an insult to a foreign government, and it certainly isn’t the time to suggest that the victims or their government brought it upon themselves. This would not be a hard thing for most people to understand, but I suppose it shouldn’t be surprising that Trump and his advisers can’t summon up much empathy for innocent people from a country they are determined to loathe.” (06/08/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trumps-iran-obsession-and-the-tehran-attacks/

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36) The lumpenproletariat as class vanguard
Source: Attack The System
by Keith Preston

“The conflicts between myself and the mainstream leftist-anarchist movement are well-known. When I am asked about the source of this conflict by outsiders to the anarchist milieu, my usual response is that what they are observing is a continuation of the historic battle between the anarchists and the Marxists. Fundamental to this conflict is a contending view of the concepts of state and class. For Marxists, the principal target of revolutionary conflict is capital. However, for anarchists it is the state that is the primary enemy. … Similarly, the anarchists and Marxists disagreed fundamentally on the class basis of the revolutionary struggle. For the Marxists, the advanced industrial proletariat is the class vanguard, i.e. what amounts to the respectable working class. Marx was as virulent as any right-wing conservative in his opposition to the lumpenproletariat.” (06/07/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/06/07/the-lumpenproletariat-as-class-vanguard/

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37) At FBI, promising new chief
Source: USA Today
by staff

“After considering some wildly inappropriate choices for FBI director, President Trump on Wednesday settled on Christopher Wray, a former federal prosecutor and current defense lawyer. Given that Trump had threatened to be the first president to nominate a politician to the post, this latest move should prompt considerable sighs of relief. After last month’s abrupt firing of FBI chief James Comey, who at the time of his ouster was investigating Russia’s ties to the Trump campaign, a political appointment would have further intensified questions about whether the president was trying to obstruct a criminal inquiry. Wray, 50, a former head of the criminal division at the Justice Department and member of the task force that prosecuted fraudulent accounting at Enron, has the type of background that equips him to become an FBI director.” [editor’s note: Given what it could have been this guy seems a wise choice, but maybe he should be replacing Sessions instead? – SAT] (06/08/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/06/07/fbi-promising-christopher-wray-editorials-debates/102603448

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38) At someone else’s expense
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I have mentioned the book Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, at least once before. Here is another point he makes that really struck me. He says if we could see people’s innermost private thoughts and motivations, we would see that their wishes and hopes are almost invariably at someone else’s expense. For most people, operating under the most common systems of belief, that’s probably true. But, there’s a big exception. The principled stance of libertarianism (particularly, once all contradictions and inconsistencies are stripped away) doesn’t come at anyone else’s expense. It doesn’t cost anyone else.” (06/08/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/06/at-someone-elses-expense.html

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39) Chelsea Clinton and the Democrats’ dullard dynasty
Source: Reason
by Matt Welch

“The donkeys may be picking themselves up off the mat, but don’t confuse that for voter enthusiasm. Political self-identification as measured by Gallup was stuck down at 30 percent for Democrats (and 26 percent for Republicans) as of March; the party has failed to attract even one-third of Americans to its label for four long years now. Why the reticence? For one of the main reasons, just consult any recent edition of The Hill. There, since the beginning of the year, the Washington, D.C., political newspaper has published scores of items noodling on the relentlessly banal musings of a person who has never held a job remotely near government: Chelsea Clinton. … Like former first lady Michelle Obama, whose name has also been whispered fervently by would-be queenmakers, Chelsea Clinton could exist as a hypothetical candidate only in a party that has run out of both ideas and talent.” (for publication 07/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/06/08/the-democrats-dullard-dynasty

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40) The new paranoia
Source: The New Republic
by Colin Dickey

“Late on Election Night in 2012, the nation watched as Karl Rove panicked on live television. Fox News, his post–Bush administration sinecure, had just called Ohio (and, by extension, the country) for Barack Obama. While the network broadcast images of jubilant crowds in Chicago, Rove refused to concede. ‘This is premature,’ he insisted, ticking off various precinct figures from Ohio counties and warning that everyone needed to be ‘very cautious about intruding into this process.’ For an embarrassingly long half-hour, Rove argued with the entire network, demanding that Fox retract its call on Ohio, to no avail. What did Karl Rove know that no one else did? Why was he so certain that the numbers from Ohio were wrong? The left-wing web site Truthout thought it had the answer.” (06/08/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/142977/new-paranoia-trump-election-turns-democrats-conspiracy-theorists

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41) The carbon tax rebate scam
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“A group of old-guard, ‘swamp’ Republicans calling themselves the Climate Leadership Council (CLC) has joined climate alarmists, including failed Democratic Party presidential candidate Al Gore, in calling for a tax on carbon-dioxide emissions. The group claims increasing CO2 emissions pose a threat for Earth’s people, animals, and plants. Economic analyses of various carbon-tax proposals consistently show they would harm all Americans and would be detrimental for the U.S. economy. A carbon tax would burden businesses with unnecessary costs, making them less competitive in the global marketplace. All this, and much more, is why Congress passed a resolution in 2016 rejecting carbon taxes.” (06/08/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/06/the-carbon-tax-rebate-scam/

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42) How political competition made Europe rich
Source: Students For Liberty
by Louis Rouanet

“Commercial institutional competition was a key factor in the development of the institutional framework that led to modern capitalism. To this extent, the history of Europe is unique. Contrary to other regions, there was no single uniform authority in Europe that could halt commercial development, no universal plundering of the entrepreneurs and workers by the state. As the historian Paul Kennedy notices in The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, ‘there were always some princes and local lords willing to tolerate merchants and their ways even when others plundered and expelled them.’” (06/08/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/06/08/political-competition-made-europe-rich/

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43) The simple case against Trump
Source: The American Prospect
Eliza Newlin Carney

“A simple but seldom asked question may prove surprisingly central to the Russia investigation that’s consuming Capitol Hill this week: Did Donald Trump violate the campaign-finance laws? The case that Trump and his team broke the rules that ban foreign involvement in American elections is ‘more or less hiding in plain sight,’ argues Democratic election lawyer Bob Bauer in a recent analysis. For all the speculation swirling around whether Trump team members met with foreign officials, notes Bauer, Trump’s own public statements may already put him on precarious legal territory.” [editor’s note: Show me one FACT among all this; rumors, allegations, hearsay and politically motivated “reports” are “fake news” posing as “covfefe” – SAT] (06/08/17)

http://prospect.org/article/simple-case-against-trump

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44) Identity & conflict
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“Recently, Caryn Harlos has called me a revisionist making the party look silly because I say that [David] Nolan was, and always was, an anarchist, even if he identified in the past as a minarchist. Speaking as a transgender person, I know exactly how this goes, and that’s why I bring all of this up. There is a lot of truth to the idea that a M2F trans person will embrace the most masculine aspects of being a male. It’s not an accident that I shaved my head, had a goatee, lifted weights, wore muscle shirts, and all the other shit. One might say I was overcompensating. Yet the truth always bled through, often unbidden and without conscious intent, and I wondered about it for years.” (06/07/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/06/07/identity-conflict

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45) No one should be surprised the Portland attacker felt the Bern
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“On Friday, May 27, Jeremy Joseph Christian accosted a Muslim woman, then stabbed three men in Portland. Two have died — one a 23-year-old, the other a veteran and father of four. The third victim’s injury reportedly missed being fatal by one millimeter. This morning at his arraignment, the grand jury returned a 15-count indictment that could grow longer — and could include the death penalty. Some are surprised to learn that this white supremacist supports Bernie Sanders, opposes the free market, and hates Christianity. Those familiar with the teachings of fascism, or the modern racialist movement, should not be jolted.” (06/07/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/06/07/no-one-should-be-surprised-portland-attacker-felt-bern

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46) Stop lying to us
Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

“The most significant revelation that came out of the most recent London massacre of disarmed British subjects was not the bloodshed itself, but the pathetic sissy whining, in the midst of throats being slashed, at the Brit who refused to adhere to the comforting lie that the Muslims doing the slashing in the name of Allah were not Muslims doing the slashing in the name of Allah. The left would rather you lie and die than tell the truth and live. It’s exhausting being lied to 24/7 about the big issues, and don’t start with the ‘but what about Trump?’ nonsense because … well, what about Trump? Does Trump pretend that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam because to admit the Islamic State has something to do with Islam is an admission that the unquestionable idea underlying multiculturalism … is an utter fraud?” (06/08/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/06/08/stop-lying-to-us-n2337434

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47) The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement just won’t die
Source: In These Times
by Branko Marcetic

“Months ago, the just-inaugurated President Trump signed a memorandum pulling the United States out of the agreement, following an election season in which the TPP had served as a bipartisan whipping boy. News outlets the world over proclaimed the deal dead. The leader of the largest remaining signatory, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, appeared to sum up the prevailing sentiment when he told reporters after Trump’s win that ‘the TPP would be meaningless’ without the world’s largest economy. Never count a good neoliberal trade deal out. The agreement’s architects have been determined to electrify the TPP’s moribund body back to life, and appear to have succeeded — complete with a plan to get the United States’ elusive signature.” (06/08/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20201/the-trans-pacific-partnership-just-wont-die

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48) Epochs, evolution, nationalism, and synthesis: What gives anarchists the best chance at reaching AnCapistan?
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Chris Baker

“Various historians, philosophers and political scientists (Kuhn, Hegel, Marx, Fukuyama, etc. …) have noticed an interesting series of historical patterns that repeatedly pop up over the course of human events. And that is that humans move, collectively, in stages, shift from one societal set of thoughts to others. But one thing that I have noticed with my 20/20 vision is that while these epochs produce largely different outcomes, at their core, they are similar enough, if not even practically the same.” (06/07/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/epochs-evolution-nationalism-synthesis-gives-anarchists-best-chance-reaching-ancapistan

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49) If Zuckerberg wants a universal basic income, he should pay for it
Source: PanAm Post
by David Unsworth

“During his recent commencement address at Harvard University, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made national headlines by calling for a universal basic income. ‘Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it’s time for our generation to define a new social contract. We should have a society that measures progress not by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful.’ It is rather amusing to see the head of one of the world’s largest corporations, a quintessential capitalist if you will, extolling the virtues of a socialist pipe dream. I, for one, would like to encourage Zuck to practice what he preaches, by putting his own philosophy into practice at Facebook.” (06/07/17)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2017/06/07/zuckerberg-universal-basic-income/

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50) Sin, soda and Say
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Government policy in Seattle, Washington, is being driven by an outright socialist on the city council. The mayor, apparently starving for attention, proposed a goofy new sin tax last year. Now, writes Reason’s Baylen Linnekin, ‘Seattle lawmakers are expected to vote early next week on a citywide soda tax that would add more than $2.50 to the cost of a twelve-pack of soda.’ The tax’s proponents’ rationale is too familiar: sugary sodas are bad for us, so we must be discouraged from drinking them. Besides, politicians want to spend our money.” (06/08/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/06/08/sin-soda-say/

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51) The NAIRU (Non-Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment) with multiple monies
Source: Cobden Centre
by Vishal Wilde

“The Nonaccelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment (NAIRU) is the lowest rate of unemployment at which the inflation rate will not increase because, if it goes any lower (i.e below the ‘natural rate’), then it will increase for various reasons. Although many economists dispute the existence of a ‘natural rate of unemployment’ because it means that full employment is inherently undesirable, let us presume for the purpose of this argument that it does exist and, therefore, the worst-case scenario of full employment being intrinsically, normatively undesirable is true. It is argued here that, in this scenario, the NAIRU could actually be significantly lower in a regime where multiple monies are available to and used by agents for the purpose of optimising diverse expectations-management preferences.” (06/08/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/06/the-nairu-non-accelerating-inflation-rate-of-unemployment-with-multiple-monies/

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52) Comey and Mueller: Russiagate’s mythical heroes
Source: CounterPunch
by Coleen Rowley

“Mainstream commentators display amnesia when they describe former FBI Directors Robert Mueller and James Comey as stellar and credible law enforcement figures. Perhaps if they included J. Edgar Hoover, such fulsome praise could be put into proper perspective. Although these Hoover successors, now occupying center stage in the investigation of President Trump, have been hailed for their impeccable character by much of Official Washington, the truth is, as top law enforcement officials of the George W. Bush Administration (Mueller as FBI Director and James Comey as Deputy Attorney General), both presided over post-9/11 cover-ups and secret abuses of the Constitution, enabled Bush-Cheney fabrications used to launch wrongful wars, and exhibited plain vanilla incompetence.” (06/08/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/08/comey-and-mueller-russiagates-mythical-heroes/

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53) Prosperity, not soda taxes, fosters good health
Source: Independent Institute
by William Shughart & Josh Smith

“Berkeley’s soda tax is being trumpeted as a success because a new study finds that purchases of sugary soft drinks fell by 10 percent in the city from March 2015 to February 2016. Of course, soda-tax advocates claim that the penny-per-ounce excise tax, which took effect in 2015, is fully responsible for the drop. We could make many criticisms of the study and the tax advocates’ use of it, but more fundamentally, it’s wrong to think that bludgeoning (not just ‘nudging’) people with taxes is the best way to improve their diets. Those who are worried about soda’s health effects have identified a real problem — sugary beverages are not good for you — but they’ve yet to find a solution consistent with the principles of liberty. Economic theory and empirical research suggest instead that health can best be promoted by removing the barriers to wealth creation in low-income communities, which are plagued by obesity, Type II diabetes, and tooth decay.” (06/07/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/06/07/prosperity-not-soda-taxes-foster-good-health/

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54) The Iranian question (and the same old answers)
Source: Antiwar.com
by JP Sottile

“When was the last time you heard of an Iranian running down people on a London bridge? Or stabbing Parisians? Or attacking Canadians? Or murdering American club-goers? What was the last terrorist plot you can recall being ‘inspired’ by Iran or by an Iranian proxy or by Shia Islam? How many of the 9/11 hijackers were Iranian? How much money have Iranians given Al-Qaeda? Or ISIS? Now ask yourself why US officials and politicians and the news media reflexively label Iran as ‘the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism?’” (06/08/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/jp-sottile/2017/06/07/iranian-question-old-saudi-answers/

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55) Theresa May: The mummy dissolves?
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“Because Jeremy Corbyn is hated by virtually the whole of the political and media class, she was cried up, through her first ten months in office, as some kind of political giant. She was urged into calling the present election, because everyone important thought it would be a disaster for Mr Corbyn. She obviously believed what she was told, and spent the first week of the campaign smirking at the prospect of a three-figure majority. Then, even the combined BBC and media oligarchs were unable to prevent us from taking a good look at the woman, and concluding that she was probably unfit to run a jumble sale. I doubt she will lose. Bad as she is, she is our best chance of leaving the European Union, and that will surely be enough to get the Conservatives another majority. The prospect of a Labour-Scottish Nationalist coalition may also bring out the votes in England. But, unless the opinion polls are more unreliable than usual, she will emerge from this election personally humiliated.” (06/07/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/06/07/theresa-may-the-mummy-dissolves/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

56) Editor’s Break, episode 27
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 027 looks at the recent trend in decrying so-called ‘cultural appropriation’ and why its really just [bogus] intellectual property in a cultural dress.” [various formats] (06/08/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/editors-break-027-cultural-appropriate-based-bogus-intellectual-property-12m

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57) War College Podcast, 06/08/17
Source: Reuters

“The Pentagon lost track of equipment worth more than a billion dollars, according to a now declassified Department of Defense audit obtained by Amnesty International last month. The F-35 program has already cost $100 billion to develop, and may not even be ready for combat according to an ex-director. The Justice Department has charged at least 20 U.S. Navy flag officers in the ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal — one of the biggest corruption scandals in American military history. What’s going on? America operates the best and most well funded fighting force on the planet. It’s also the most expensive, and that much cash can breed corruption, waste, fraud and abuse. But this is more than just a financial problem. This week on War College, former Marine Corps captain Dan Grazier walks us through how bloated budgets and blank checks hurt military readiness.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-warcollege-8june-idUSKBN18Z2A2

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58) Freedom Feens Radio, 06/08/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou, Dianna,and Phil discussed Socialist Seattle, Cash Freeman saves babies, Libertarians disappearing in Cuba, the mother that built a house learning from You Tube videos,and college students that get angry when they reject their own socialist ideals.” [various formats] (06/08/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14638

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59) Free Talk Live, 06/07/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Huge News for Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Business Freedom in New Hampshire :: Punishing Children and the Non-Aggression Principle :: Christian Anarchist :: Speeding Vans and Red Light Cameras :: Young Woman Charged for Man’s Suicide :: Lumber Mill Attacked by EPA :: :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Jay.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/07/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-06-07

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60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 50
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Foreign Policy Focus Episode #50 is here!! On FPF #50, I talk about several current events in foreign policy. One story is a terror attack in Iran. I look at the possibility of Western sympathy for Iran. I break down the Qatar/Saudi Arabia split. I look at the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. I also give updates on Ivory Coast, Libya, and the Philippines.” [various formats] (06/07/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-50-empathy-for-iranians

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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST

Editors:
Thomas L. Knapp
Steve Trinward

Editors Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
R. Lee Wrights
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