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In the News:

1) Federal court upholds FCC’s Internet power grab
2) Report: Federal grand jury weighing criminal charges against Orlando suspect’s wife
3) Argentina: Former official detained over bags of cash
4) Report: Russians hack DNC, steal Trump research
5) Bipartisan bill takes aim at Big Pharma market block on generic drugs
6) Bahrain: Regime suspends main Shiite opposition party amid crackdown
7) TX: Judge dismisses part of indictment against anti-abortion activist
8) Led Zeppelin appear in court over “Stairway” dispute
9) NY: NLRB smacks down union for threatening worker
10) SEC decision on new stock exchange nears
11) SCOTUS to consider whether to hear assault weapons [sic] ban challenge
12) Brazil: Congressional committee vote deals blow to former speaker
13) Clinton wins DC primary ahead of meeting with Sanders
14) CO: School plans to launch cannabis research institute
15) France: 26 people, mostly police, wounded in Paris protests
16) North Korea: Hackers steal thousands of military files from South Korea
17) European court backs UK curbs on child benefits
18) Trump lawyers: Suppress publication of deposition video so our client can be president
19) IL: Chicago PD probes apparent head stomping by officer after video emerges
20) US charitable giving rate tops $1 billion a day
21) MA: Federal Joyce probe reaches into legislature with subpoena
22) Afghan, Pakistani forces clash along border, killing three
23) Philippines: Abu Sayyaf gangsters murder second Canadian hostage
24) France: Man “claiming allegiance to Islamic State” stabs policeman to death
25) Chinese troops cross Indian border in show of force

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) The class rift behind the EU debate
27) When the law would leave you defenseless against the likes of Omar Mateen, carry a gun anyway
28) How not to design security
29) The media and the AR-15: Style over substance, fear versus fact
30) We’ll keep the Second Amendment and our guns
31) Who to scapegoat? Guns or Muslims?
32) Mass shootings erode US soft power
33) Ancient Greece’s legacy for liberty: The masks of Socrates
34) Orlando: The Reichstag fire
35) Trump running the country like a business? Heaven forbid
36) Orlando, gun control, and thanking the troops
37) China’s “planned capitalism” kills wealth
38) We can’t give up on nuclear plants
39) How the new overtime pay rule will hurt the middle class
40) The rape of the west
41) The war on workers’ comp
42) Is there a better way to build a stadium?
43) Gun rights — a not so modest proposal
44) Privilege, passion, and politics
45) Keeping, bearing, and wearing arms in Texas
46) Reality isn’t changed simply by renaming it
47) Teacher complaint about “entitled” students reveals own entitlement
48) The real heroes
49) The Libertarian Angle, 06/14/16
50) Charity needs markets
51) Secrecy, conspiracy, and the Sauds
52) Orlando: Asymmetric warfare in the age of ISIS
53) Free Talk Live, 06/13/16
54) Race, gender and the US presidential campaign
55) Heartland Daily Podcast, 06/13/16

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

1) Federal court upholds FCC’s Internet power grab
Source: Washington Post

“A federal appeals court has voted to uphold a series of strict new rules for Internet providers, handing a major victory to regulators in the fight over net neutrality and ensuring that one of the most sweeping changes to hit the industry in recent years will likely remain on the books. The 2-1 court ruling Tuesday forces Internet providers such as Verizon and Comcast to obey federal regulations that ban the blocking or slowing of Internet traffic to consumers. The regulations from the Federal Communications Commission also forbid carriers from selectively speeding up websites that agree to pay the providers a fee — a tactic critics have said could unfairly tilt the commercial playing field against startups and innovators who may not be able to afford it. More broadly, the decision affirms Washington’s ability to regulate Internet providers like legacy telephone companies.” (06/14/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/06/14/the-fcc-just-won-a-sweeping-victory-on-net-neutrality-in-federal-court/

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2) Report: Federal grand jury weighing criminal charges against Orlando suspect’s wife
Source: United Press International

“The wife of the suspect in the Orlando shootings may face criminal charges after reportedly telling the FBI that she knew about the planned attack, and even drove him to the site of the massacre on a previous occasion. Noor Salman, Omar Seddique Mateen’s wife, who FBI agents said was cooperating with the investigation, claimed to agents that she tried to talk him out of the attack. … Late Tuesday, Fox News cited a federal law enforcement source as saying prosecutors have convened a grand jury to consider charges against her.” (06/14/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/06/14/Federal-grand-jury-weighing-criminal-charges-against-Orlando-suspects-wife-report-says/5281465923911/

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3) Argentina: Former official detained over bags of cash
Source: Spartanburg Herald Journal

“An official in the former government of President Cristina Fernandez has been detained while apparently trying to hide millions of dollars in cash and jewels at a monastery. The government news agency Telam says nuns called police after seeing a man throwing plastic bags onto the property near Buenos Aires early Tuesday. Officers arrived and arrested a man who turned out to be former Public Works Secretary Jose Lopez.” (06/14/16)

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20160614/API/306149792

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4) Report: Russians hack DNC, steal Trump research
Source: Reuters

“Hackers believed to be working for the Russian government broke into the Democratic National Committee’s computer network, spied on internal communications and accessed research on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the committee and security experts said on Tuesday. Two separate groups entered the DNC’s system, and one read email and chat communications for nearly a year before being detected, according to the committee and CrowdStrike, the cyber firm that helped clean up the breach. Russian spies also targeted the networks of Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as the computers of some Republican political action committees, the Washington Post quoted U.S. officials as saying, although details were not available.” (06/14/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-hack-idUSKCN0Z0205

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5) Bipartisan bill takes aim at Big Pharma market block on generic drugs
Source: Raw Story

“Four U.S. senators (two Democrats and two Republicans) introduced a bill on Tuesday aimed at preventing big pharmaceutical companies from using safety rules to prevent generic drugs from coming to market. … The Food and Drug Administration, which ensures [sic] the safety of the country’s food and drug supply, has a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy program, called REMS, which is designed to ensure that the riskiest drugs are dispensed safely. But there have been complaints that the program has been misused by brand-name drug companies to prevent generic manufacturers from getting the drug samples needed to market cheaper versions. Generic companies also complain their drugs are not allowed to share a safety protocol, making it difficult to come to market.” (06/14/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/bipartisan-bill-takes-aim-at-big-pharma-market-block-on-generic-drugs

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6) Bahrain: Regime suspends main Shiite opposition party amid crackdown
Source: Spartanburg Herald Journal

“Bahrain suspended the country’s largest Shiite opposition group in a surprise court hearing Tuesday, intensifying its crackdown on dissent five years after Arab Spring protests rocked the island kingdom. The Al-Wefaq opposition group has been suspended before amid turmoil over the protests and lingering unrest. The small Shiite-majority island off the coast of Saudi Arabia is ruled by a Sunni monarchy, which has imprisoned several activists and deported others.” (06/14/16)

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20160614/API/306149825

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7) TX: Judge dismisses part of indictment against anti-abortion activist
Source: US News & World Report

“A misdemeanor charge accusing an anti-abortion activist of trying to buy human organs while making an undercover video looking into Planned Parenthood practices has been dismissed … David Daleiden, 27, and fellow activist Sandra Merritt, 63, were each indicted in January on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record for allegedly using fake driver’s licenses to conceal their identities while dealing with Planned Parenthood at a Houston clinic. Daleiden was also indicted on the misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs. … Harris County Criminal Court at Law Judge Diane Bull on Monday dismissed the misdemeanor count Daleiden faced, ruling the indictment was flawed because prosecutors had failed to make reference within the indictment to any exceptions to the law prohibiting the purchase or sale of human organs. Under the law, there are several exceptions including if fees were being paid to a doctor or hospital for their services.” (06/14/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2016-06-14/anti-abortion-activists-human-organ-purchase-charge-dropped

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8) Led Zeppelin appear in court over “Stairway” dispute
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Members of the rock band Led Zeppelin have appeared in court after being accused of borrowing from another song for their 1971 hit ‘Stairway To Heaven.’ Singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page appeared at the LA court ahead of the start of the trial on Tuesday. The lawsuit claims that the song’s opening chords were taken from Taurus, a 1967 track by the band Spirit. Plant, 67, and Page, 72, did not speak to each other or their lawyers in the courtroom, according to reports. A judge ruled in April that there was potential for a jury to find a ‘substantial’ similarity between the two recordings and approved the case.” (06/14/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36534469

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9) NY: NLRB smacks down union for threatening worker
Source: Fox News

“A New York City union violated federal labor law when it threatened to sue members petitioning to withdraw their membership. The New York regional office of the National Labor Relations Board, the top federal agency that oversees labor law and union elections, ruled that Communication Workers of America Local 1109 committed an unfair labor practice in reaction to an effort to decertify the union. ‘By threatening to sue employees for their activities in soliciting signatures for a decertification petition Respondent Communication Workers of America Local 1109, AFL–CIO has engaged in unfair labor practices affecting commerce,’ administrative law judge Mindy Landow said in the ruling.” (06/14/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/06/14/nlrb-smacks-down-union-for-threatening-worker.html

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10) SEC decision on new stock exchange nears
Source: USA Today

“A Washington decision on a new national stock exchange proposed by a prominent critic of high-frequency trading is drawing nearer. The Securities and Exchange Commission in March designated June 18 as the date by which the financial regulator would determine ‘whether to grant or deny’ the controversial application by Investors’ Exchange LLC, or IEX. … The SEC’s staff recommended full approval of the IEX application, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. SEC commissioners generally, but not always, follow staff recommendations in voting on final decisions.” (06/14/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/06/14/sec-decision-new-stock-exchange-nears/85877570/

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11) SCOTUS to consider whether to hear assault weapons [sic] ban challenge
Source: USA Today

“Fresh off the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history [sic], the Supreme Court will consider whether to hear a challenge to the assault weapons ban passed in Connecticut after the Newtown elementary school massacre of 2012. A petition from gun rights groups is on the high court’s list for consideration at Thursday’s private conference, but the justices are unlikely to take the case. Just last December (five days after a terrorist attack killed 14 people in San Bernardino, CA) they refused to hear a challenge to a Chicago suburb’s ban on such semi-automatic weapons. The Connecticut law was signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy in April 2013, four months after 20 students and six educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Expanding on an earlier assault weapons ban in the state, it banned more than 100 types of firearms along with magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.” [editor’s note: Sigh … No, “the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history” was Wounded Knee, followed by Waco – SAT] ((06/14/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/14/supreme-court-connecticut-guns-assault-weapons-newtown-orlando/85867644

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12) Brazil: Congressional committee vote deals blow to former speaker
Source: ABC News

“An ethics committee in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies has voted in favor of a motion to strip the former speaker of the lower house of Congress of his mandate over allegations he lied when he denied possessing foreign bank accounts. Eduardo Cunha was once among the most powerful men in Brazil’s Congress, and with the Rio de Janeiro representative still wielding considerable influence Tuesday’s 11-9 vote was a nail-biter.” (06/14/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/brazil-congressional-committee-vote-deals-speaker-blow-39858819

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13) Clinton wins DC primary ahead of meeting with Sanders
Source: Reuters

“Democrat Hillary Clinton won the District of Columbia primary on Tuesday, CNN projected on Twitter, capturing the party’s last presidential nominating contest as Democrats turn their focus to the Nov. 8 election against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. … Sanders is under pressure to give up his campaign and help unite the party. But the U.S. senator from Vermont has vowed to push on to next month’s convention to gain more converts to his agenda of reducing income inequality, curbing big money in politics and reining in Wall Street.” (06/14/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-democrats-idUSKCN0Z0290

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14) CO: School plans to launch cannabis research institute
Source: Smell the Truth

“A Colorado university hopes to become one of the few schools to conduct marijuana research. Colorado State University-Pueblo was approved by county officials on Monday to receive $270,000 in funding for medical marijuana research and impact studies, ABC Denver reports. The funding will come from the county’s marijuana excise tax, and will allocate $220,000 for medical research and $50,000 for studies on the marijuana industry’s impact on the local community. ‘This is a momentous day,’ said Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace in a statement. ‘I am incredibly excited to have real quantifiable data about how cannabis is affecting our community.’ The university will also receive $900,000 from Colorado’s Marijuana Tax Cash Fund to aid their research, due to a new law signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper earlier in June.” (06/14/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/06/14/colorado-school-plans-to-launch-cannabis-research-institute

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15) France: 26 people, mostly police, wounded in Paris protests
Source: Seattle Times

“Some 20 police officers and 6 protesters were injured in Paris Tuesday as demonstrators protesting a contested French labor reform threw projectiles at police officers, who responded with tear gas. Seven unions and student organizations planned the protests against the proposed law to loosen labor rules which saw crowds in central Paris swell into the tens of thousands.” (06/14/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/eiffel-tower-shut-transport-snarled-by-french-strikes/

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16) North Korea: Hackers steal thousands of military files from South Korea
Source: The Hacker News

“Hackers aligned with North Korea have always been accused of attacking and targeting South Korean organizations, financial institutions, banks and media outlets. Recent reports indicate that North Korean hackers have hacked into more than 140,000 computers of at least 160 South Korean government agencies and companies, and allegedly injected malware in the systems. The cyber attack was designed to lay for a long term period against its rival, authorities in Seoul said.” (06/13/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/06/north-korean-hackers.html

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17) European court backs UK curbs on child benefits
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A challenge to the UK’s right to deny some EU migrants child benefit and child tax credits has been rejected by European judges. The European Court of Justice said it was lawful for the UK to withhold family benefits to EU migrants who were not working if they did not have the right to reside in the UK. It said it was justified on the basis of ‘protecting’ a state’s finances. The ruling was welcomed by the government and EU remain campaigners.” (06/14/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36526158

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18) Trump lawyers: Suppress publication of deposition video so our client can be president
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

“Lawyers for Donald Trump say there is ‘no legitimate reason’ to release videos of the businessman testifying at a deposition in one of two class-action lawsuits filed against his real estate investing program, Trump University. A terse, four-page motion filed Monday in federal court in San Diego is aimed at blocking lawyers for the plaintiffs from putting into the court records excerpts from videotaped depositions Trump gave in the case …. The motion focuses on legal arguments against releasing the videos, noting that transcripts of the depositions are already available, and arguing that seeking the release of the video is an ‘obvious attempt’ to create prejudice against Trump. … Lawyers for the plaintiffs who are seeking to release the videos said that they contain ‘many spontaneous and ad hominem remarks that are not reflected in the paper transcript’ of Trump’s testimony.” (06/14/16)

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jun/13/trump-motion/

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19) IL: Chicago PD probes apparent head stomping by officer after video emerges
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson asked Monday for an investigation into the actions of two officers after a video showed one officer struggling with a man and the other telling bystanders to back off, then appearing to stomp the struggling man in the head. The video, showing an arrest that took place in the 3900 block of West Grenshaw Street, was posted on Facebook Monday afternoon, apparently soon after the incident. By about 10 p.m., the video posted by someone using the name Terrance Hustlehard had been viewed more than 300,000 times and had been shared about 14,000 times.” (06/14/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-lawndale-stomping-video-investigation-20160613-story.html

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20) US charitable giving rate tops $1 billion a day
Source: Omaha World-Herald

“Americans are now donating to charities and nonprofits at a record-high rate of more than $1 billion a day, according to the latest comprehensive report on the nation’s charitable giving. The Giving USA report, released Tuesday, said giving from individuals, estates, foundations and corporations reached an estimated $373.25 billion in 2015, setting a record for the second year in a row. The total was up 4 percent from $359 billion in 2014.” (06/14/16)

http://www.omaha.com/news/nation/u-s-charitable-giving-rate-tops-more-than-billion-a/article_048c4f5a-320b-11e6-883c-afb59d10e89f.html

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21) MA: Federal Joyce probe reaches into legislature with subpoena
Source: New Boston Post

“U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz subpoenaed records from the Massachusetts House of Representatives as part of an investigation into whether state Sen. Brian Joyce, a Milton Democrat, illegally used his office to bolster his law practice, House officials confirmed on Monday. Joyce has denied all wrongdoing, and earlier this year announced he wouldn’t seek re-election to the Senate. But since that time, federal prosecutors have delivered subpoenas to the state Senate and local government officials as part of their probe, which included a raid of Joyce’s Canton law offices.” (06/13/16)

http://newbostonpost.com/2016/06/13/federal-joyce-probe-reaches-into-state-house-with-subpoena/

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22) Afghan, Pakistani forces clash along border, killing three
Source: The Sun Daily [Malaysia]

“Afghan and Pakistani forces clashed in an escalation of tensions between the neighbouring countries, killing at least three people and forcing the closure of the main border crossing, officials said Tuesday. The fighting erupted along the Torkham border on Sunday night and continued erratically over the next two days, apparently after Afghan forces objected to the construction of a gate on the Pakistani side.” (06/14/16)

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1838651

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23) Philippines: Abu Sayyaf gangsters murder second Canadian hostage
Source: CNN

“A Canadian national has been beheaded in the Philippines by Islamist militant group Abu Sayyaf after a ransom payment deadline passed, the Philippines government confirmed Tuesday. Robert Hall was one of four people kidnapped by the group last September in the southern Philippines. His execution follows that of fellow Canadian hostage John Ridsdel on April 25 when the militants did not receive the requested ransom.” (06/14/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/13/asia/philippines-canada-abu-sayyaf/

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24) France: Man “claiming allegiance to Islamic State” stabs policeman to death
Source: France 24 [France]

“A man who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group stabbed a senior French police officer to death on Monday night before he was killed in a dramatic police operation, officials have said. The attacker repeatedly stabbed the officer before taking the officer’s partner and their son hostage in their home in Magnanville, near Paris. He was shot dead by members of an elite police unit after negotiations failed. The partner was found dead but the child was rescued.” (06/14/16)

http://www.france24.com/en/20160614-islamic-state-group-kills-french-policeman-hostage-paris-attack

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25) Chinese troops cross Indian border in show of force
Source: Firstpost [India]

“In what the Chinese termed as ‘temporary transgression,’ about 250 China’s Peoples Liberation Army soldiers entered Arunachal Pradesh’s east district of Kameng four days ago, defence sources said. The incident happened in Yangste, East Kameng district on 9 June is yet another instance of Chinese incursion. The soldiers, however, went back within hours, said the defence sources. Incidentally, the Chinese crossing-over happened at a time when Beijing had hardened its opposition against India’s bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). … According Harsh V Pant of BBC, such incursions tend to take place between the two countries before major bilateral meets.” (06/14/16)

http://www.firstpost.com/world/china-transgresses-indian-borders-for-the-first-time-this-year-nsg-scuffle-likely-reason-2833384.html

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

26) The class rift behind the EU debate
Source: by Neil Davenport

“This is the conceit of much of the Remain camp: that supporting the EU is a marker for tolerance, open-mindedness, decency and niceness. The divisions over the EU are often posed as a generational war, between cosmopolitan twentysomethings and older white proles, or a cultural war, between fresh-faced hipster creatives and the unattractive plebs. Are you on the side of open-minded ‘us’ or are you bunking up with backward ‘them’ — that has been the conformist cry of leading Remain backers. This is why even left-wingers who instinctively understand that the EU is an elitist, anti-democratic institution don’t have the guts to come out for Brexit. Because to do so would mean associating yourself with modern-day untouchables: the riff-raff, the unsophisticated, the possibly racist.” (06/14/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-class-rift-behind-the-eu-debate-brexit/

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27) When the law would leave you defenseless against the likes of Omar Mateen, carry a gun anyway
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Despite social media jabber, the 49 dead at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub weren’t killed by their sexual orientation, or by disapproval of the same, or by the collective adherents of Islam, or by the National Rifle Association. They all died in an act of terrorism committed by one evil man, named Oscar Mateen, and his accomplices, if any. Nor were Mateen’s victims directly killed by gun control, though their ranks were certainly swelled by restrictions that forbade most patrons of the nightclub from carrying the means of self-defense. Unburdened by any scruples about breaking the law, Mateen was not only unhindered by Florida’s ban on carrying firearms in bars and nightclubs, he was enabled by its guarantee of a bonanza of relatively defenseless victims once he’d shot his way past the establishment’s sole armed defender.” (06/14/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/14/when-the-law-would-leave-you-defenseless

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28) How not to design security
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“As is common after a violent tragedy, a great deal of electrons are being annoyed by people who are calling for prohibitions. Some want to prohibit firearms, ammunition, and body armor while others want to prohibit members of an entire religion from crossing the imaginary line that separates the United States from the rest of the world. All of this finger pointing is being done under the guise of security but the truth is that any security system that depends on an attacker acting in a certain way is doomed to fail.” (06/14/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/06/14/how-not-to-design-security/

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29) The media and the AR-15: Style over substance, fear versus fact
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Oh, the poor, maligned AR-15. The American media seem to keep thick files full of disinformation on this ‘assault rifle’ available for instant use. Anti-AR-15 filler went up on the web and out on the airwaves before law enforcement had even named Omar Matteen as the perpetrator of the June 12 attack on The Pulse, a nightclub serving Orlando, Florida’s LGBTQ community. Here are a few problems with that filler.” (06/14/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6270

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30) We’ll keep the Second Amendment and our guns
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

“An article at CounterPunch titled ‘Eliminate the Second Amendment and Keep Your Guns’ by Tom H. Hastings offers more of the same flawed gun-control arguments we’ve come to expect from the opposition. Here, we’ll refute them, point by point.” (06/14/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/06/14/well-keep-the-second-amendment-and-our-guns/

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31) Who to scapegoat? Guns or Muslims?
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“A terrorist shot and killed 49 innocent Americans in Orlando Sunday morning. After the carnage, the political food fight started. On the right, people fault Islamic extremism. When President Obama refuses to use the term ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ that gives conservatives a chance to pounce. … Donald Trump drew water from that well in a statement Sunday. … Democrats go after gun owners the way Trump targets Muslims. Clinton pronounced Monday as ‘not a day for politics.’ Then she called for a ban on ‘assault weapons.’ The Orlando shooter did use an AR-15 rifle, but … a ban on one weapon only steers gun aficionados to weapons with similar firepower. Calls for such bans do not hinder criminals and do radicalize resourceful gun enthusiasts. Congratulations go to Clinton. She just sold thousands of AR-15s.” (06/14/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/06/14/who-to-scapegoat-guns-or-muslims-n2177807

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32) Mass shootings erode US soft power
Source: Reuters
by Richard Beales

“The mass shooting in Orlando, Florida early on Sunday is eliciting sympathy the world over for the dozens of victims and their families. It’s too early to know the attacker’s precise motives. But as in similar tragedies, the death toll — the highest in a U.S. mass shooting — mounted as a result of the type of weapon involved. Washington’s failure to control access to increasingly lethal armaments is a blind spot that hurts America’s reputation. The event is already attracting rationalizations colored by politics.” (06/13/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2016/06/13/mass-shootings-erode-u-s-soft-power

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33) Ancient Greece’s legacy for liberty: The masks of Socrates
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Roderick T Long

“Why should we behave justly, if we can get away with being unjust? So asked many of the Sophists. One answer, known today as classical eudaimonism (from eudaimonia, the Greek word for well-being), was first developed by Socrates, and then elaborated in different ways by such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, and later on the medieval Scholastics. But who was the founder of this tradition, and what do we really know about his teachings?” (06/14/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/ancient-greeces-legacy-liberty-masks-socrates

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34) Orlando: The Reichstag fire
Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“Hold your Godwins, please. The term ‘Reichstag fire’ refers to the 1933 arson at the German parliament building, committed by at least one communist. Hitler, the new chancellor, did not let this crisis go to waste. He took advantage of the outrage over the attack to push for sweeping laws suppressing communists, the Nazis’ political rivals. In this sense, Orlando is a ‘Reichstag fire’ event, I predict, because it is a genuine and appalling atrocity that will lead to the demonization, in law and in custom, of orthodox Christians and any who disagree with whatever LGBTs and their allies want.” (06/14/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/orlando-the-reichstag-fire/

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35) Trump running the country like a business? Heaven forbid
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Donald Trump touts his business ‘success’ as a major qualification for running the country. So how does Trump run his businesses and what does this mean for the country? And what about this idea that government should be run like a business, anyway? The Republican presidential presumptive nominee’s mouth makes it difficult to rationally discuss the important issues of the 2016 campaign. Nonetheless, voters will need to know what the country and economy will be like after the election. The candidate’s core philosophy of government is a core issue. So how would Trump run the government? Any search for policy or issue specifics or detailed proposals, whether on Trump’s website or in his speeches, comes up short on specifics or proposals of any kind.” [editor’s note: Like his own businesses? I fully agree with Mr. Johnson here; as a business that actually succeeds? Not so sure – SAT] (06/14/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160614/trump-promises-to-run-the-country-like-a-business

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36) Orlando, gun control, and thanking the troops
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“There are two aspects of the Orlando massacre that are predictable. One, the massacre has generated the customary calls for gun control. That always happens after every terrorist attack. … Two, officials and the mainstream press refrain from addressing the obvious big elephant in the room — blowback from U.S. interventionism in the Middle East. It’s just a topic they always avoid at all costs after every terrorist attack.” (06/14/16)

http://fff.org/2016/06/14/orlando-gun-control-thanking-troops/

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37) China’s “planned capitalism” kills wealth
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Sandy Ikeda

“Sometimes, prosperity is an illusion. The massive building boom in the People’s Republic of China is creating outer signs of affluence, but there isn’t enough demand to put residents in the new homes. … China’s central planners haven’t even begun to appreciate, let alone practice, the lessons of the great urbanist Jane Jacobs, who viewed cities and the socioeconomic processes that go on in them as largely the result of spontaneous, unplanned entrepreneurial development.” (06/14/16)

https://fee.org/articles/chinas-planned-capitalism-kills-wealth/

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38) We can’t give up on nuclear plants
Source: USA Today
by Ronald Kirk & Christine Todd Whitman

“Illinois is the latest example of a state losing nuclear energy facilities (a major component of our clean energy mix) when we most need zero-carbon electricity to cut pollution and meet our climate change goals. The premature closure of the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear power plants means that Illinois, like California before it, is about to face increased carbon emissions and harmful air pollution. Illinois’ Clean Power Plan obligation for reducing carbon emissions by 2030, already 30 million metric tons of carbon, will now increase by an additional 20 million metric tons. These reasons should be enough for us to continue a long-term investment in nuclear energy.” [editor’s notes: 1) Consider the source of this; 2) as long as the Price Anderson Act is intact, severely limiting the full liability for a nuke accident, that form of energy will always be a subsidized scam cartel – SAT] (06/14/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/06/14/nuclear-reactor-closures-illinois-greenhouse-gases-clean-air-act-column/85595364

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39) How the new overtime pay rule will hurt the middle class
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Daniel Zaychik

“Recently the White House updated Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations, raising the threshold at which salaried employees are exempt from overtime pay, effective December 1, 2016. Salaried employees making up to $913 per week ($47,476 annually) will qualify for overtime compensation at one-and-a-half times their normal pay. … An Oxford Economics case study of the restaurant and retail industry outlined three possible ways employers may offset increased costs: lowering hourly wages, cutting benefits and bonuses, and reducing workers’ hours.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (06/14/16)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/how-the-new-overtime-pay-rule-will-hurt-the-middle-class

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40) The rape of the west
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Right now, people who can fairly be called the ‘ruling elite’ are bleeding the West dry, and many of them are fully aware of what they’re doing. Others are simply ‘doing what works’ and hiding behind slogans like ‘it’s all legal’ that help them bypass morality. These people are doing this rather urgently at the moment, because the financial system is poised for a collapse. The system has been propped up with many trillions of dollars, but the debts within it will never be repaid. Once the reality of that can no longer be evaded, the hypnotic confidence people have in the system will break.” (06/14/16)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/the-rape-of-the-west/

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41) The war on workers’ comp
Source: In These Times
by Stephen Franklin

“For nearly a century, millions of workers have endured punishing jobs in construction, mining and factory work–jobs with high levels of work-related disability and injury. As a tradeoff for the dangers, they’ve had the assurance of workers’ compensation if injured permanently on the job. Employers accepted this deal, albeit sometimes grudgingly, because it removed the possibility of being sued over work-related injuries. But as labor has weakened and Republicans have won control of more and more statehouses, states have slowly chipped away at workers’ compensation benefits. Since just 2003, more than 30 states have passed laws that have ‘reduced benefits for injured workers, created hurdles for medical care or made it more difficult for workers to qualify,’ according to a recent investigative series by ProPublica and NPR. Some of the harshest cuts came in California, Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Kansas, Indiana and Tennessee.” (06/14/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/19206/the_war_on_workers_comp

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42) Is there a better way to build a stadium?
Source: The Atlantic
by Alana Semuels

“It has become widely accepted that publicly-financed sports stadiums are a bad deal for cities.Yet in Milwaukee, located in a state that recently cut $250 million from its higher-education system, the state has agreed to to pitch in $250 million for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. The new building, to be built just a few feet from the current arena — the BMO Bradley Center — will break ground in late June. There are plenty of examples to suggest that this might be a bad idea.” (06/14/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/06/a-better-kind-of-stadium-deal/486596/

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43) Gun rights — a not so modest proposal
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Nic Leobold

“Since Chicago, Detroit, New York City and California are drenched in the blood of gun control-fueled violence, I venture to say our great leaders’ gun control has been a dismal failure. Violence in gun control areas is far worse than it was before the 1930s when there was no gun control. Funny how a free society has a way of being self- regulating. Smirk. My proposal and ambition is simple: Re-legalize ALL guns, muskets, semi-automatic ‘assault rifles,’ fully-automatic rifles and sub- machine guns, and all varieties of pistols, in these four politician-failed cities. It couldn’t get any worse than it already is, and we have the historical evidence that these cities were relatively peaceful when guns traded freely.” (06/12/16)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle876-20160612-03.html

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44) Privilege, passion, and politics
Source: The American Prospect
by Arthur Goldhammer

“Because my parents-in-law had the foresight to acquire an abandoned farm for a few thousand dollars more than 60 years ago, I enjoy the privilege of being able to sojourn in a Thomas Hardy landscape merely by driving south 90 miles and taking a ferry. But it’s no longer possible, if it ever was, to ‘get away from it all.’ Successive waves of technology (newspapers, radio, television, internet) ensure that we are all too connected, always and everywhere. And so it was that on Sunday morning, shortly after awakening to the chirping of birds at the feeder and the familiar sight of the Block Island Sound beyond the declivity defined as in an Impressionist painting by subtle variations on the theme of green, I learned from my tablet that the worst shooting massacre in the history of the United States had taken place in the wee hours of the morning at a gay bar in Orlando, Florida.” [editor’s note: Correction, the “worst shooting massacre in the history of the United States” was Wounded Knee (followed by Waco) – SAT] (06/14/16)

http://prospect.org/article/privilege-passion-and-politics

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45) Keeping, bearing, and wearing arms in Texas
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“For more than a century, Texas'[s] constitution specifically did not recognize the right to carry a concealed weapon. And the legislature failed to fix some bad laws, and the judicial system, the Nazgul, failed to protect the rights of Texans by failing to act against the legislature, while continuing to send innocent men and women to jail and prison for committing a ‘crime’ that was not. The Texan Supreme Court, in a case called Masters v State, in essence said the same thing as the Ninth has regarding California. It is valuable to understand that, and how Texans were denied their God-given liberty for so many years.” (06/14/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9130

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46) Reality isn’t changed simply by renaming it
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Even with a perfectly inelastic supply of rental housing, rent control causes a shortage of such housing (by increasing the quantity of rental housing demanded). This fact means that some method of allocation, other than explicit monetary price, must be used to determine who are the people who will actually get rental housing and who will not get it. At best this method will be pure chance — a random lottery — which of course does not guarantee that the rich will not get a disproportionate share of rental housing. But to suppose that pure chance — some sort of blind lottery — will determine who does and who doesn’t get available stocks of rental housing is naive.” (06/14/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/06/40953.html

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47) Teacher complaint about “entitled” students reveals own entitlement
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“Despite all her complaints of entitlement, it’s Hudgens herself who displays it. She feels entitled to students who cheerfully eat whatever is put on their plates with gusto, even though they had zero say in it, and she expects parents and society at large to send her students who are properly enthusiastic, despite the fact that they have been conscripted into attendance and the entire curriculum is designed by people who consider the students to be a raw material to be processed, graded, and sorted for corporate Human Resources departments. Apparently it’s some kind of moral defect not to be enthusiastically positive about subject matter that was imposed on you based on someone else’s priorities.” (06/14/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45307

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48) The real heroes
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance

“It doesn’t matter where the troops go, why they go, how long they stay, whether they should go, or what they do when they are there — the troops are all heroes. It doesn’t matter how many widows and orphans the troops make, how many bombs they drop, how many civilians they kill, how much infrastructure they destroy, how many bullets they fire, how many missiles they launch, or how many of ‘the enemy’ they injure, maim, or kill — the troops are all heroes. It doesn’t matter how much hatred toward Americans the troops incite, how many terrorists they recruit by their actions, or how much blowback they cause — the troops are all heroes. At the opposite end of the spectrum are those Americans who refused to be heroes — like ‘draft dodger’ Muhammad Ali.” (06/14/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/laurence-m-vance/dont-thank-killers-like-chris-kyle-john-mccain-service/

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49) The Libertarian Angle, 06/14/16
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling dissect the presidential ticket for the Libertarian Party and its impact on the future of the libertarian movement.” [Flash video] (06/14/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-johnson-weld-ticket/

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50) Charity needs markets
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jorg Guido Hulsmann

“Even if everyone were totally charitable, we still could not build a complex economy without the price mechanism provided by markets. Although it is sometimes imagined that a world based on gift-giving rather than market exchange would be a world without scarcity or want, we are still left with the problem of manufacturing and producing complex goods that require markets to allocate resources. Moreover, if we remember that the act of gift-giving requires both the giver and the recipient to agree to the exchange, we quickly find that the situation is more complex than we initially thought.” (06/14/16)

https://mises.org/library/charity-needs-markets

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51) Secrecy, conspiracy, and the Sauds
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The U. S. cleaves to some bizarre security standards. That is, about secrecy. Critics have been complaining for years about how ‘liberal’ the federal government is in classifying information as secret. Or, put another way, how stingy the government is in providing us with information. Not liberal at all. This problem inhabits every nook and cranny of official Washington. But it’s most obvious in the case of 2002’s 9/11 report, from which 28 pages were removed. For reasons of state secrets. And that, as the BBC related this weekend, is the likely cause of much suspicion against Saudi Arabia.” (06/14/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/06/14/secrecy-conspiracy-and-the-sauds/

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52) Orlando: Asymmetric warfare in the age of ISIS
Source: CounterPunch
by Barry Lando

“The horrific terrorist attacks in Orlando — and before that in San Bernardino, Brussels, and Paris — exploded out of nowhere with the same terrifying destructive force as a missile strike from an almost invisible U.S. drone. There is no way, of course, that ISIS could come any where near matching America’s martial sophistication nor its mammoth $600 billion annual military budget. Instead, following in Osama bin Laden’s steps, ISIS has developed its own very low-budget but devastating weapon: Asymmetric warfare of the Internet age.” (06/14/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/14/orlando-asymmetric-warfare-in-the-age-of-isis/

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53) Free Talk Live, 06/13/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Update on Rich Paul’s Cannabis Charge :: Religious Exemption to Cannabis Laws :: Flat Eather Movement? :: Bilderberg :: Psychedelic Church :: Church Membership Form :: Suicide Bus :: Assisted Suicide :: Cameras on Buses :: Private Light Rail in FL? :: Bitcoin Crash Fears :: Spirit Airlines :: Liberland’s Early Court Victories :: Versailles Treaty :: Secession Demonstration.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/13/16)

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54) Race, gender and the US presidential campaign
Source: OpEdNews
by Patrick Martin

“Up to this point, the most significant element of the election campaign has been the manifestation of deep popular opposition to social inequality and growing anti-capitalist sentiment. This took the form of support for Bernie Sanders, who describes himself a ‘democratic socialist’ and based his campaign on denunciations of the ‘billionaire class’ and calls for a ‘political revolution.’ The major driving force of this political radicalization is the impact of the 2008 economic crash, which has been followed by a restructuring of class relations with devastating consequences for the lives of millions of people. The ruling class, and, in particular, the Democratic Party establishment, is far less concerned about the rise of Donald Trump than it is about the broad support for Sanders, which created a political crisis for Clinton and seriously jeopardized her planned coronation.” (06/13/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Race-gender-and-the-US-pr-by-Patrick-Martin-Campaign-Rhetoric_Gender-Bias_Krugman_Politics-160613-598.html

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55) Heartland Daily Podcast, 06/13/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In this episode of The Heartland Institute’s weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, managing editor and research fellow Jesse Hathaway talks with Mercatus Center at George Mason University’s State and Local Policy Project scholar Adam Millsap about a new study ranking each US state’s financial health, based on factors such as short- and long-term debt, fiscal obligations, unfunded pensions and entitlement spending.” [various formats] (06/13/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/06/heartland-daily-podcast-adam-millsap-ranking-the-financial-health-of-the-states/

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