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In the News:

1) US Senate Democrats demand more Orlando-style massacres
2) CIA documents detail torture of suspects after 9/11
3) China shadows US warships amid rising tensions in Asia
4) EgyptAir wreckage found, Egyptian regime says
5) AMA dances on Orlando victims’ graves, busks for return to using CDC as anti-gun-rights propaganda mill
6) Venezuela: Grave robbers target ex-president’s tomb
7) Hack the Pentagon: Hackers find over 100 bugs in US defense systems
8) US charges Chinese former IBM employee with espionage
9) Former agent claims FBI manufactures nearly all terrorist incidents
10) Switzerland: Mossack Fonseca worker arrested over data theft
11) NATO lays ground to give Obama an excuse for breaking his Afghanistan drawdown promise again
12) SpaceX launches satellites, narrowly misses rocket landing at sea
13) Iran: Regime announces deal worth billions to buy up to 100 Boeing aircraft
14) US Senate passes bill with provision to draft women
15) Japan’s largest bank tests digital currency

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Rights cannot exist in an environment of unequal power
17) Nicholas Sarwark on The Freedom Works, 06/15/16
18) The Libertarian Party goes Gestapo, supports mass surveillance and federal snitching
19) NEW CAMPAIGN! New Bill. Repeal draft registration
20) Why “I’m not as bad as the other two” won’t work for Gary Johnson
21) How Islamic State overtook al Qaeda
22) Linguistic redefinition happening in 3 … 2 … 1
23) Obama, Clinton, and Trump are wrong on Orlando
24) Petition: No US money or arms to foreign states with gay penalty
25) Neoliberalism: There is no alternative
26) To encounter hell on Earth, read The Gulag Archipelago
27) The split: 19 reasons the Democrats will remain divided
28) The economy is not a car and fiscal stimulus is not a gas pedal
29) Civil liberties keep Americans safe
30) The Jason Stapleton Program, 06/14/16
31) Gun control
32) Central bankers are wrong about inflation and deflation
33) The Tom Woods Show, episode 681
34) Improve access to capital & access to wealth creation with more crowdfunding deregulation
35) Should elections be mere formalities?
36) How to defy terror
37) Clinton, Warren, and the vice presidency
38) Orlando and religious fundamentalism
39) Heartland Daily Podcast, 06/14/16
40) Beggar thy philanthropist
41) Orlando has exposed the poison of identity politics
42) Republican Party becoming real danger to human survival
43) Orlando massacre and guns — a few thoughts
44) Free trade versus political fallacies
45) Free Talk Live, 06/14/16

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

1) US Senate Democrats demand more Orlando-style massacres
Source: Bloomberg

“Senate Democrats held the Senate floor for hours on Wednesday threatening to hold up a spending bill as they sought new gun restrictions, while vulnerable Republicans signaled willingness to compromise on proposals to [violate the right to keep and bear arms and deny Americans due process of law]. Three days after a shooter used an assault rifle [sic] to kill 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Connecticut Senator Christopher Murphy said he was prepared to stand ‘as long as I can’ to force consideration of two gun-related amendments. One would bar purchases of weapons by anyone on the terrorist watch list and another would aim to extend background checks to cover weapons sold at gun shows.” (06/15/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-15/democrats-press-for-gun-curbs-with-threat-to-halt-spending-bill

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2) CIA documents detail torture of suspects after 9/11
Source: CBS News

“The CIA has released once-classified documents from its ‘enhanced interrogation program,’ showing how it dealt with suspected terrorists after 9/11. The release was in response to a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union, which claims the CIA tortured suspects. The heavily censored documents give a real-time look into what the CIA was thinking when it began waterboarding senior al Qaeda captives.” (06/15/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cia-documents-detail-waterboarding-of-al-qaeda-suspects-after-september-11/

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3) China shadows US warships amid rising tensions in Asia
Source: USA Today

“When U.S. commanders kicked off a major international naval exercise this week, they found an uninvited guest: A Chinese Navy warship. But it was no surprise. Warships from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) have begun to routinely shadow U.S. Navy ships through much of the region. U.S. commanders said Wednesday Chinese warships closely followed the powerful USS John C. Stennis carrier strike group from nearly the minute it entered the disputed South China Sea on a regular patrol in early March.” [editor’s note: Like the US doesn’t “shadow” Chinese ships, too – TLK] (06/15/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/06/15/china-united-states-warships-asia/85928138/

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4) EgyptAir wreckage found, Egyptian regime says
Source: CNN

“The Egyptian government says it has found wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea last month. Images taken of the wreckage were provided to an Egyptian investigative committee, the Civil Aviation Ministry said Wednesday. Wreckage was found in several places. The ministry did not specify the size or the location of the parts that were found. The Airbus A320, which had 66 people aboard, crashed in the Mediterranean on May 19 on a flight from Paris to Cairo.” (06/15/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/15/middleeast/egyptair-wreckage/

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5) AMA dances on Orlando victims’ graves, busks for return to using CDC as anti-gun-rights propaganda mill
Source: CBS News

“On the heels of yet another senseless gun massacre in the United States, the nation’s leading physicians’ organization is urging more research [sic] into gun violence. Specifically, the American Medical Association (AMA) said Tuesday that a long-standing ban on federal government research [sic] into gun violence must be lifted to better understand and tackle the problem. The AMA is now pledging to lobby Congress to overturn 20-year-old legislation that has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching [sic] the issue.” [editor’s note: Tax-funded propaganda disguised as epidemiology is not “research” – TLK] (06/15/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gun-violence-research-ban-must-be-lifted-american-medical-association/

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6) Venezuela: Grave robbers target ex-president’s tomb
Source: ABC News

“Vandals have desecrated the tomb of Venezuela’s most-beloved novelist turned president in the latest and most-shocking case of grave robbery in the increasingly lawless nation. The destruction of ex-President Romulo Gallegos’ grave in a Caracas cemetery was reported Wednesday by his granddaughter. She said that with the tomb’s destruction a piece of Venezuela’s history had been stolen. It’s unclear if the ex-president’s remains had been taken.” (06/15/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/grave-robbers-venezuela-target-presidents-tomb-39887468

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7) Hack the Pentagon: Hackers find over 100 bugs in US defense systems
Source: The Hackers News

“The ‘Hack the Pentagon’ bug bounty program by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) has been successful with more than 100 vulnerabilities uncovered by white hat hackers in Pentagon infrastructure. In March, the Defense Department launched what it calls ‘the first cyber Bug Bounty Program in the history of the federal government,’ inviting hackers to take up the challenge of finding bugs in its networks and public faced websites that are registered under DoD.” (06/14/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/06/hack-pentagon.html

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8) US charges Chinese former IBM employee with espionage
Source: The Hacker News

“The United States federal authorities have boosted charges against a former IBM Corp. software developer in China for allegedly stealing valuable source code from his former employer in the US. Chinese national Xu Jiaqiang, 30, was arrested by the FBI in December last year, when he was charged with just one count of theft of a trade secret. However, Jiaqiang has been charged with six counts: three counts of economic espionage and three counts of theft of a trade secret, as US prosecutors accused him of selling the stolen information to other companies, according to the Justice Department indictment.” (06/15/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/06/chinese-hacker-charged.html

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9) Former agent claims FBI manufactures nearly all terrorist incidents
Source: Your News Wire

“A former FBI agent has claimed that the agency manufacture nearly all of the major terrorist plots they claim are carried out by terror groups. According to Michael German, the FBI routinely entrap vulnerable individuals who would never have committed any violence, and brainwash them into committing terrorist acts so they can be ‘caught’ and ‘punished’ by the FBI. Businessinsider.com reports: ‘They’re manufacturing terrorism cases,’ Michael German, a former undercover agent with the FBI who now researches national-security law at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, told The Times. ‘These people are five steps away from being a danger to the United States.'” (06/11/16)

http://yournewswire.com/former-agent-claims-fbi-manufactures-nearly-all-terrorist-incidents/

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10) Switzerland: Mossack Fonseca worker arrested over data theft
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A computer technician at Mossack Fonseca has been arrested on suspicion of removing large amounts of data from the company, the BBC understands. The employee was arrested at the law firm’s Geneva offices after the company provided information to prosecutors. The employee is accused by the firm of theft of data, unauthorised access and breach of trust. Thousands of documents were leaked from Mossack Fonseca in April, revealing systematic offshore tax evasion.” [editor’s note: Highly unlikely that any data was stolen. Copied, maybe, but that’s not quite the same thing – TLK] (06/15/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36541252

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11) NATO lays ground to give Obama an excuse for breaking his Afghanistan drawdown promise again
Source: Winona Daily News

“NATO allies will likely agree next month to extend the Afghanistan training mission and keep troops in all four sections of the country next year, a senior NATO diplomat said Wednesday, leaving the door open for the U.S. to maintain current troops levels if the Obama administration decides it’s necessary. Under current plans, the U.S. will cut its troop numbers from 9,800 to 5,500 by the end of 2016. But in the face of a resurgent Taliban, former commanders have urged President Barack Obama to keep 9,800 there into next year.” (06/15/16)

http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/world/diplomat-nato-poised-to-extend-afghanistan-mission/article_8d865145-a4c4-5faf-b9c4-6436be79ec34.html

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12) SpaceX launches satellites, narrowly misses rocket landing at sea
Source: Space.com

“SpaceX successfully launched two satellites to orbit today (June 15) but couldn’t quite pull off its fourth consecutive rocket landing at sea in the process. The first stage of the California-based company’s Falcon 9 rocket Falcon 9 rocket managed to hit its target — a robotic ‘droneship’ stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, a few hundred miles off the Florida coast — but wasn’t able to stick the landing.” (06/15/16)

http://www.space.com/33172-spacex-misses-rocket-landing-after-satellite-launch.html

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13) Iran: Regime announces deal worth billions to buy up to 100 Boeing aircraft
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Iran has announced that it has reached a deal worth billions of dollars with Boeing for the purchase of as many as 100 airplanes, in what would be a historic business agreement with the US. Abbas Akhondi, the minister for roads and urban development, was quoted by local media as saying that Iran had already struck the deal which is aimed at renovating the country’s ageing air fleet after years of sanctions. … Barack Obama lifted the United States’ ban on selling aircraft parts to Iran almost exactly six months ago, though approval by the US government will still be required before the deal can take place.” (06/15/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/15/iran-boeing-deal-worth-billions-aircraft

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14) US Senate passes bill with provision to draft women
Source: Antiwar.com

“In a 85-13 vote [Tuesday], the US Senate passed its $602 billion military spending bill, setting the stage for what will likely be an intense committee battle to reconcile it with the already passed House version. Unlike the House version, which removed the proposal, the Senate’s version included a provision requiring women to register for the military draft. As with the House version, this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) hides a good chunk of the year’s war funding to give the appearance of a spending ‘cut.'” (06/14/16)

http://news.antiwar.com/2016/06/14/senate-passes-defense-bill-with-provision-to-draft-women/

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15) Japan’s largest bank tests digital currency
Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ confirmed on Tuesday it is conducting experiments using its own digital currency, Reuters reported. Last week Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper said the bank plans releasing its virtual currency as soon as autumn 2017. According to the newspaper, the conversion rate of one MUFG [Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group – Ed.] coin will be equal to one Japanese yen. Users will be able to withdraw money from their bank accounts into an app on their smartphones. The money will then be converted to the digital currency. … The Japanese government has passed bills officially recognizing digital currencies as money. Last month, it also passed a bill to regulate digital currency exchanges in the country.” (06/15/16)

https://www.rt.com/business/346787-japan-bank-tests-cryptocurrency/

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

16) Rights cannot exist in an environment of unequal power
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“The people who most need to be armed are those who are most marginalized. While members of the LGBT community are finally gaining much deserved acceptance within our society, they are still targets of a great deal of violence from both the State and non-governmental entities. This is the very reason why the Pink Pistols exists. By advocating for gun control, George Takei is advocating for the continued oppression of the LGBT community. Rights cannot exist in an environment of unequal power. Whether it be the State or non-governmental entities, if an oppressor enjoys a superior capacity for force it will use that capacity to inflict its will on its targets.” (06/15/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/06/15/rights-cannot-exist-in-an-environment-of-unequal-power/

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17) Nicholas Sarwark on The Freedom Works, 06/15/16
Source: Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show

“Nicholas Sarwark, chairman of the Libertarian Party, on gun-free zones.” [MP3] (06/15/16)

 

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18) The Libertarian Party goes Gestapo, supports mass surveillance and federal snitching
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Shane Trejo

“The worst Libertarian Party Presidential ticket in history is at it again. This time, infamous globalist gun-grabber and LP Vice Presidential candidate Bill Weld is doubling-down on mass surveillance and the federal police state to supposedly solve the problems of mass shootings and radical Islam.” (06/15/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/06/15/the-libertarian-party-goes-gestapo-supports-mass-surveillance-and-federal-snitching/

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19) NEW CAMPAIGN! New Bill. Repeal draft registration
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis and Jim Babka

“We’ve created a new campaign to promote this legislation. The hardwired message to Congress reads … I want my House Rep to co-sponsor HR 4523 and my Senators to co-sponsor S. 3041. These bills would repeal draft registration.” (06/15/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/new-campaign-new-bill-repeal-draft-registration

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20) Why “I’m not as bad as the other two” won’t work for Gary Johnson
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“Purity is not possible in politics. But Johnson has to be principled if he wants to hang onto his natural constituency while expanding his appeal to other voters. His gay wedding cake capitulation will alienate religious Libertarians without gaining any MSNBCers, the vast majority of whom are already in the tank for Hillary. … ‘we stink less than the other two’ isn’t the kind of message that will excite the refugees of the two main parties to make the schlep to the polls and vote Libertarian on election day.” (06/15/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/15/why-im-not-as-bad-as-the-other-two-wont

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21) How Islamic State overtook al Qaeda
Source: Reuters
by Mohamad Bazzi

“On June 12, a gunman stormed a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others. During the massacre and ensuing three-hour standoff with police, the shooter, Omar Mateen, called 911 and declared his allegiance to Islamic State. The group claimed responsibility the next day, proclaiming Mateen ‘one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America.’ But U.S. officials cautioned that even if Mateen was inspired by Islamic State to undertake the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there was still no evidence he had a direct link to the group — that he had been trained or instructed by its terror planners. Rather, Mateen might have heeded the call of Islamic State leaders to carry out ‘lone wolf’ attacks in the West, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.” (06/14/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-islamic-state-commentary-idUSKCN0YZ2DF

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22) Linguistic redefinition happening in 3 … 2 … 1
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Milton Friedman warned us that there’s nothing so permanent as a temporary government program. Or we might cast it as old bureaucracies never die they just change the language. And we are privileged, privileged, to see this happening before our very eyes. It’s entirely true that the correct meaning of malnutrition is badly nourished. But it’s been used for decades to talk about people starving or being damaged by simple lack of food and nutrients. So, we went and did something about that: we globalised, started buying things made by poor people in poor countries and global poverty, along with the malnourishment associated with it, is plummeting. Excellent news of course but perhaps not if you are a bureaucrats whose income depends upon there being malnourishment for you to monitor and berate people about.” (06/15/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/linguistic-redefinition-happening-in-321

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23) Obama, Clinton, and Trump are wrong on Orlando
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. officials bamboozled the American people (and the troops) into believing that the terrorist attacks made it necessary for the U.S. government to go abroad in self-defense — in order to kill the terrorists (and the Muslims or the radicalized Muslims) before they could come to America and commit more acts of terrorism. The strategy was ingenious because the average American had no idea that the terrorists were retaliating for what the U.S. death machine had done to them over in their countries. Why are Clinton, Obama, and Trump being so disingenuous on this point? Why were George W. Bush and the neocons the same way? Because the last thing the U.S. national-security establishment wants is for Americans to figure out that terrorist attacks on Americans have been committed in retaliation for what the U.S. death machine has done in the Middle East.” (06/15/16)

http://fff.org/2016/06/15/obama-clinton-trump-wrong-orlando/

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24) Petition: No US money or arms to foreign states with gay penalty
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“It’s unusual for any libertarian to write and circulate a petition like this since begging political officials for anything isn’t exactly radical or revolutionary. But in this particular case I’m taking an opportunity to reach beyond the libertarian movement. The left is trying to make the narrative regarding the shootings at Pulse about the need for more gun-control and bigotry against both the LGBT community and Muslims. The right is trying to make the narrative regarding the shootings at Pulse about the need to go to war against ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ — and fuck any inconvenient liberties and due process that gets in the way. Libertarians are largely either trying to avoid the political crossfire (Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, for example) or just be reactionary to the assaults from both sides. The purpose of my petition is to combat both left-wing and right-wing hypocrisy.” (06/14/16)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2016/06/petition-no-us-money-or-arms-to-foreign-states-with-gay-death-penalty/

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25) Neoliberalism: There is no alternative
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Margaret Thatcher coined the phrase; ‘The[re] is no alternative’ back in the 1980s. Of course this is not literally true, as the unfortunate residents of Venezuela are now discovering. But the alternative is so unpleasant that Thatcher’s claim contains more truth than many people suspect, especially in the long run. In other words, I have pretty good idea as to the direction the next government of Venezuela will take. And the next government of North Korea.” (06/15/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/06/neoliberalism_t.html

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26) To encounter hell on Earth, read The Gulag Archipelago
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Art Carden

“A few months ago I read Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s epic The Gulag Archipelago, which is three volumes and about 2,000 pages of sordid memoir recounting one of history’s darker examples of man’s inhumanity to man. Excused by enthusiasts for socialism as the tragic excesses of Stalin’s rule, Solzhenitsyn shows that the Archipelago predated Stalin and continued after his demise. To read The Gulag Archipelago is terrifying. It is to be immersed in a world turned upside down, a nightmare in which right is left, black is white, freedom is slavery, war is peace, and ignorance is strength.” (06/15/16)

https://fee.org/articles/to-encounter-hell-on-earth-read-the-gulag-archipelago/

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27) The split: 19 reasons the Democrats will remain divided
Source: The New Republic
by staff

“Throughout most of the 2016 presidential primaries, the media focused on the noisy and reactionary rift among Republicans. Until the battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders turned acrimonious in the home stretch, far less attention was paid to the equally momentous divisions within the Democratic Party. The Clinton-Sanders race wasn’t just about two candidates; instead, it underscored a series of deep and growing fissures among Democrats, along a wide range of complex fault lines–from age and race to gender and ideology. And these disagreements won’t fade with a gracious bow-out from Sanders, or a victory in November over Donald Trump. For all the talk of the Democrats’ need for ‘unity,’ it would be a serious mistake to paper over the differences that came to the fore in this year’s primaries. More than ten million Democrats turned out in force this year to reject the party establishment’s cautious centrism and cozy relationship with Wall Street. Unless Democrats heed that message, they will miss a historic opportunity to forge a broad-based and lasting liberal majority.” (06/14/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/133776/split

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28) The economy is not a car and fiscal stimulus is not a gas pedal
Source: Cato Institute
by Arnold Kling

“Ever since World War II, the economics profession has gravitated toward the pseudo-science of mathematical and statistical modelling. As a result, economists have made policy recommendations in some areas, such as fiscal stimulus, with unwarranted overconfidence. Meanwhile, they have failed to persuade the public of economic insights that are indeed robust. People who have never taken an economics course, or who have not absorbed the most important lessons from such a course, have economic ideas that are too concrete. They extrapolate from what they experience in their immediate circle, without appreciating the complexity of the economy as a whole. Academic economists, on the other hand, have drifted into habits of analysis that are too abstract. Their mathematical models also mischaracterize the economy.” (for publication 06/30/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/economy-not-car-fiscal-stimulus-not-gas-pedal

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29) Civil liberties keep Americans safe
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“After the September 11 attacks, the U.S. government changed its domestic policies …. Air travelers endured years taking off their shoes and throwing away their water bottles at the behest of an incompetent TSA bureaucracy that still misses most guns. The NYPD sent undercover officers to profile Muslim American students, even going on a river rafting trip to spy on them, only to generate zero leads. The NSA built a domestic system of mass surveillance that affects all U.S. residents. There is no evidence that any of it made Americans safer. The nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida, has prompted renewed calls from prominent figures for new infringements on the civil liberties of law-abiding American citizens and residents. Their suggestions would do little if anything to keep anyone safer, and would assist jihadists in further chipping away at freedoms and protections against government abuses. For these reasons and more, their alarmist responses to Sunday’s attack should be rebuked by cooler heads.” (06/15/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/terror-civil-liberties/487115/

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30) The Jason Stapleton Program, 06/14/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Well, it’s playing out just how I suspected. Talk radio and the Right are circling the wagons around the terror issue and violent extremism while the Democrats are calling for more gun restrictions.” [various formats] (06/14/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/omar-mateen-and-the-gun-control-myth/

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31) Gun control
Source: The Cagle Post
by Yaakov Kirschen

Cartoon. (06/15/16)

http://www.cagle.com/dry-bones/2016/06/gun-control

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32) Central bankers are wrong about inflation and deflation
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak

“The majority of economists view deflation as a general decline in prices of goods and services. This is viewed as a major threat to the public’s well-being for deflation is seen as a major factor that plunges the economy into an economic depression. Most of them are of the view that central banks and governments’ worldwide must aggressively fight the possible emergence of deflation. This way of thinking stems from an erroneous view of what deflation is. As a result, it is overlooked that it is not deflation but rather monetary pumping which is the root of economic hardship.” (06/15/16)

https://mises.org/blog/central-bankers-are-wrong-about-inflation-and-deflation

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33) The Tom Woods Show, episode 681
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“If libertarians are going to take the nonaggression principle seriously, they have to oppose the doctrine of ‘public accommodation,’ even though 99.999% of the public supports it. Ryan McMaken’s work on the true history of minority advancement makes our job here a lot easier.” [various formats] (06/14/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-681-public-accommodation-antidiscrimination-and-how-minority-groups-really-advance/

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34) Improve access to capital & access to wealth creation with more crowdfunding deregulation
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by John Berlau

“While millionaires constitute a small minority of the U.S. population, there are still literally millions of them who could be potential investors. It used to be illegal for entrepreneurs to market or advertise their firms in search of accredited investors, so only the well-connected could reach them. Title II of the JOBS Act changed all this for the better, by repealing the SEC’s 80-year-old ban on ‘general solicitation’ of private securities. Now, websites like OurCrowd.com allow startup firms to make their pitches. But while these potential deals are now visible to everyone, the investors who sign up still have to be deemed ‘accredited’ by the SEC. But that may change ever so slightly for the better.” (06/14/16)

https://cei.org/content/improve-access-capital-access-wealth-creation-more-crowdfunding-deregulation

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35) Should elections be mere formalities?
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“‘We can’t let just anyone on the ballot, otherwise it would be cluttered with too many choices and lead to voter confusion,’ is often said by those who advocate for laws that burden minor party and independent candidates. However, in many cases anyone wishing to run for office as a Republican or Democrat can obtain a spot on the ballot with a minimal filing fee or turning in a very small number of petitions. Many advocates for controlling who gets on the ballot will say, ‘but they still have to win their primary.’ Which in a lot of cases is simply a formality.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (06/14/16)

http://fpp.cc/should-elections-be-mere-formalities/

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36) How to defy terror
Source: The American Conservative
by Gracy Olmstead

“It is true that ideology fosters a certain demeanor or outlook on the world. Islamic extremism does this, just as atheism or Christianity do. G.K. Chesterton once said, ‘A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon.’ What we believe fosters our character, our conception of the world, and our reactions to events in that world. Thus, the shooter’s beliefs cannot be separated entirely from his acts. Extremism may have helped foster his mental instability, or perhaps the instability fostered the extremism. Either way, it played a role. Many — some on the left, some from the Muslim faith — have acknowledged this. Their attitude, however, is more balanced and accurate than that of Donald Trump.” (06/15/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/olmstead/how-to-defy-terror/

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37) Clinton, Warren, and the vice presidency
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“Quiz: Who is the one member of the president’s cabinet who can’t be fired? A. Attorney General; B. Secretary of State; C. Director of Central Intelligence; D. Vice President … The answer, of course, is D. Elizabeth Warren is an attractive candidate for Hillary Clinton’s running mate on several grounds, but the potential deal breaker is item D. What president would want a vice president with her own fixed constitutional office, her own national power base, and the willingness to use it to possibly defy her president? But overriding even that concern is the fact that Clinton may conclude she needs Warren to assure her own election. Only on that basis is she likely to turn to Warren. All other considerations pale in comparison with that one. Warren will get the nod if and only if Clinton decides that Warren will make a major difference in November. Would Warren take the job? Yes.” (06/14/16)

http://prospect.org/article/clinton-warren-and-vice-presidency

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38) Orlando and religious fundamentalism
Source: CounterPunch
by Eric Tweel

“[O]fficial spokespeople of both Christian fundamentalism and Islamic fundamentalism publicly expressed their approval that LGBT people of primarily Latino and African American descent had been slaughtered and maimed. Never before has the ideological link between the Christian Right and Islamic fascism been so clear. The singular face of religious fundamentalism was predictably laid bare in the wake of this abominable tragedy. It is twisted, violent, and cruel. What has not been emphasized enough, even on the left, is that Christian fundamentalism and Islamic fundamentalism are manifestations of the same essential impulse. This is the impulse to impose an archaic and oppressive worldview on others through violence and terror.” (06/15/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/15/orlando-and-religious-fundamentalism/

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39) Heartland Daily Podcast, 06/14/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of the Heartland Daily Podcast, we listen in as … Lennie Jarratt speaks before the Illinois Christian Home Educators Conference in Naperville, Illinois. Jarratt was there to talk about Common Core and its effects on Homeschooling.” [various formats] (06/15/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/06/heartland-daily-podcast-lennie-jarratt-common-core-and-homeschooling/

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40) Beggar thy philanthropist
Source: Paul Jacob
by Common Sense

“Making up petty rules and enforcing them is one thing governments do well. On Monday I warned about the dangers of asking too much from government. I think, today, I’ll make the opposite warning: of not asking enough. Mandatory seatbelt laws were enacted (sometimes by citizens initiative and referendum) to save people’s lives. But the reason many police and local jurisdictions like these laws is that it gives them a chance to engage in shakedowns, entrapping citizens into non-compliance, and then socking them with fines.” (06/15/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/06/15/beggar-thy-philanthropist/

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41) Orlando has exposed the poison of identity politics
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“There has been something deeply disturbing in the Western response to the Orlando massacre. There has been an instinct, actually a concerted effort, to estrange the 49 victims from the broader human family, to prevent their being talked about as part of humanity. Across the media, and in gay-rights circles, observers have insisted we refer to them as ‘queers’ first and avoid turning them into ‘disembodied, undifferentiated and abstract ‘human’ lives,’ as one academic put it. To talk about these people in the same breath as ‘Western values’, to allow their murder to be ‘generalised,’ to refer to their slaughter as ‘an attack on humanity,’ is wrong, commentators insist, because doing this erases their specific identities and the specific reason they were killed: their gayness. This is all meant to sound PC, and gay-friendly, an attempt to uphold the truth about what happened in Orlando; but in fact it exposes the profound anti-humanism of identity politics.” (06/15/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/orlando-has-exposed-the-poison-of-identity-politics/

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42) Republican Party becoming real danger to human survival
Source: In These Times
by Noam Chomsky

[Note: This piece first appeared in TomDispatch. It is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World? (Metropolitan Books).] ‘In January 2015, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced its famous Doomsday Clock to three minutes before midnight, a threat level that had not been reached for 30 years. The Bulletin’s statement explaining this advance toward catastrophe invoked the two major threats to survival: nuclear weapons and ‘unchecked climate change.’ The call condemned world leaders, who ‘have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe,’ endangering ‘every person on Earth [by] failing to perform their most important duty: ensuring and preserving the health and vitality of human civilization.’ Since then, there has been good reason to consider moving the hands even closer to doomsday.” (06/13/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19201/noam-chomsky-who-rules-world-nuclear-weapons-climate-change

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43) Orlando massacre and guns — a few thoughts
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“What do the events leading up to, and the Orlando Massacre itself, teach us? Self-defense is both a right and a responsibility. Defense against violence is a need that cannot and will not be met by government. And government is both instigating and enabling such massacres. Indeed, most mass killings of this size in American history have been done by government: it is NOT the solution.” (06/14/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9145

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44) Free trade versus political fallacies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Listening to the presumptive Republican and Democratic candidates for the White House, the average voter would think that international trade and investment is a zero sum game in which there is a ‘winner’ and a ‘loser.’ Their economic policy assumption is that other countries are gaining at the international trade game at the expense of the United States. The fact is America is economically interconnected and interdependent with the rest of the world. About 20 percent of the American work force is employed in foreign trade and investment related jobs, and represents more than 25 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.” (06/15/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/free-trade-versus-political-fallacies/

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45) Free Talk Live, 06/14/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Orlando Shooter a Regular at Victim Bar? :: Questioning the Media :: Was he insane? :: Death Statistics :: Mateen an Agent? :: Running the Numbers :: Facebook Pushing ANOTHER App :: Silencers :: Inheriting Money :: Puerto Rico Bankrupt.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/14/16)

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