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In the News:

1) US regime to boost Afghanistan occupation by almost 4,000 troops
2) Trump lashes out at Russia probe; Pence hires a lawyer
3) Bitcoin drops to three-week low on profit taking
4) Turkey: Erdogan vows to fight US arrest warrants for his entourage of thugs
5) Special counsel is investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings
6) Chinese satellite relays a quantum signal between cities
7) US Senate passes Russia sanctions bill, pushing back against Trump
8) China: Deadly blast hits students, parents at gates of kindergarten
9) Trump’s new Cuba policy restricts tourism, military business
10) Islamic State takes credit as suicide bombers hit Kabul Shiite mosque, kill four
11) Cosby jury still deadlocked after four days of deliberation
12) WA: Sex abuse lawsuit against Seattle mayor dropped
13) Georgia manhunt: Reward for escaped prison inmates increased to $90k
14) Bob Dylan accused of lifting parts of his Nobel lecture from a study guide website
15) Trump mulls US policy changes toward Cuba

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) The “global order” myth
17) Consent of the governed
18) Hotels want New Yorkers to narc on their neighbors for using Airbnb
19) Politics as a blood sport
20) Violence abroad leads to violence at home
21) Protecting private property: The road to sainthood?
22) Teens need less schooling and more apprenticeships
23) Democrats embrace banana republic tactics
24) Larry Summers, market monetarist?
25) When too little CO2 nearly doomed humanity
26) The American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act
27) The corporate media continues to torch its reputation. Good.
28) The Russia scandal is distracting Democrats from Trumpcare
29) Cuomo wants to privatize [sic] Penn Station, a bad Republican idea
30) More immigration does not mean less economic freedom
31) The left embraces political violence
32) Lynching free speech
33) Russia hacked our election! (So what?)
34) The postmodern roots of the alt-right
35) Four reasons why college degrees are becoming useless
36) Won’t pretend a weed isn’t a weed
37) Canadian interest rates set to rise?
38) As the Espionage Act turns 100, we condemn threats against WikiLeaks
39) Discrimination hypocrisy
40) A couple of notes on the Great Virginia Congressional Baseball Massacree of 2017
41) The shooter alone (not politics, nor rhetoric) is responsible
42) Sticks & stones
43) What you need to know about the strike that just swept Colombia’s largest port
44) Big Data is awesome, as long as the government stays out
45) Demolish the demos

The Sound and the Fury:

46) Freedom Feens Radio, 06/15/17
47) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 18
48) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/14/17
49) Reason Podcast, 06/14/17
50) Derek Davidson on The Scott Horton Show
51) Free Talk Live, 06/14/17
52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 931

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

1) US regime to boost Afghanistan occupation by almost 4,000 troops
Source: 570 News

“A Trump administration official says the Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third U.S. commander in chief. The deployment will be the largest of American manpower under Donald Trump’s young presidency. The official says the decision by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis could be announced as early as next week.” (06/15/17)

http://www.570news.com/2017/06/15/us-to-send-almost-4000-troops-to-afghanistan/

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2) Trump lashes out at Russia probe; Pence hires a lawyer
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A heightened sense of unease gripped the White House on Thursday, as President Donald Trump lashed out at reports he’s under scrutiny for obstructing justice, aides repeatedly deflected questions about the probe and Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged hiring a private lawyer to handle fallout from investigations into Russian election meddling. Pence’s decision to hire Richard Cullen, a Richmond-based lawyer who previously served as a U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, came less than a month after Trump hired his own private lawyer. The hiring of Cullen was made public a day after The Washington Post reported that special counsel Robert Mueller is widening his investigation to examine whether the president attempted to obstruct justice.” (06/15/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Trump-lashes-out-at-Russia-probe-Pence-hires-a-11223924.php

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3) Bitcoin drops to three-week low on profit taking
Source: Reuters

“Bitcoin fell to a three-week low on Thursday as investors took profits partly in response to a bearish report from Goldman Sachs as well as concerns about a Chinese bitcoin miner’s plan to undertake a ‘hard fork’ that will result in a split in the digital currency. … Bitcoin fell as low as $2,120 on the Bitstamp on Thursday and was last down 6 percent at $2,290. On the week, the currency has fallen about 22 percent, on track for its largest weekly slide since December 2013. On Monday, bitcoin hit a record just shy of $3,000. So far this year, bitcoin remains up 137 percent.” (06/15/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/markets-forex-bitcoin-idUSL1N1JC1HN

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4) Turkey: Erdogan vows to fight US arrest warrants for his entourage of thugs
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will fight US arrest warrants for his security team over a brawl last month in Washington. He said he would politically challenge a dozen arrest warrants issued by local police, CNN Turk quoted him as saying. Violence erupted between protesters and the president’s security personnel outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence during Mr Erdogan’s visit. … Eleven people were hurt in the fracas, nine of whom needed hospital treatment. The US complained to Turkey about the incident and confirmed that Turkish security guards were involved. However, the Turkish Embassy said protesters had provoked Turkish-Americans who were there to greet the president, and they in turn responded in self-defence.” (06/15/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40297392

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5) Special counsel is investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings
Source: Washington Post

“Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, as part of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to officials familiar with the matter. FBI agents and federal prosecutors have also been examining the financial dealings of other Trump associates, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Carter Page, who was listed as a foreign-policy adviser for the campaign. The Washington Post previously reported that investigators were scrutinizing meetings that Kushner held with Russians in December — first with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and then with Sergey Gorkov, the head of a state-owned Russian development bank. At the time of that report, it was not clear that the FBI was investigating Kushner’s business dealings.” (06/15/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/special-counsel-is-investigating-jared-kushners-business-dealings/2017/06/15/5d9a32c6-51f2-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html

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6) Chinese satellite relays a quantum signal between cities
Source: Wired

“On a clear night at the end of last year, a green dot appeared on the horizon near the Chinese-Myanmar border. ‘It was like a very bright green star,’ says physicist Chao-Yang Lu. Lu, a professor at the University of Science and Technology of China, saw it from an observing station on the outskirts of the Chinese city of Lijiang. He and his colleagues had to act fast. The green star was actually a laser, beamed from a satellite orbiting over 300 miles overhead, like a lighthouse beacon advertising the spacecraft’s location. The laser dot was streaking across the sky, and would disappear beyond the horizon in just 10 minutes. So the team, made up of researchers from multiple science institutions in China, locked their telescope onto the green laser in search of the real prize within: delicate, single infrared photons produced by a special crystal on the satellite. Filtering out the green light, they latched on to their quarry, a quantum signal the likes of which has never been sent. This experiment was a crucial test for a budding technology called quantum cryptography, which uses quantum particles like photons to send secure information.” (06/15/17)

https://www.wired.com/story/chinese-satellite-relays-a-quantum-signal-between-cities/

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7) US Senate passes Russia sanctions bill, pushing back against Trump
Source: CNN

“The Senate was nearly unanimous on Thursday passing a bill that would slap Russia with new sanctions and give Congress the power to review any White House attempts to roll them back. The Senate approved the bill 98-2, with Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky and Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont voting against the measure. The bill, which includes both Russian and Iranian sanctions, now heads to the House, which still needs to pass it before it goes to President Donald Trump’s desk. The measure is widely seen as a rebuke to Trump, as it hits Russia with new sanctions to punish Moscow for its [alleged but so far evidencelessly] interference in US elections, as well as over Moscow’s aggression in [areas seceded from] Ukraine and Syria.” (06/15/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/15/politics/russia-sanctions-senate-trump/index.html

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8) China: Deadly blast hits students, parents at gates of kindergarten
Source: CBS News

“A city government said seven people were killed and 59 injured Thursday in an explosion at the front gate of a kindergarten in eastern China as relatives were picking up their children at the end of the school day. The Xuzhou city government in Jiangsu province said the blast at the Chuangxin Kindergarten in Fengxian, which struck at 4:50 p.m. Thursday, was under investigation. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the explosion was deliberately set or the result of an accident. The newspaper Xiandaikuaibao on its website cited an unidentified witness as saying the explosion appeared to have originated at a bottle of cooking gas.” (06/15/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/china-explosion-kindergarten-leaves-dead-wounded-xuzhou-jiangsu/

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9) Trump’s new Cuba policy restricts tourism, military business
Source: The Hill

“President Trump will announce increased restrictions toward Cuba on Friday after a nearly five month review of U.S. policy toward the island nation, delivering on a campaign promise he made to crack down on the communist regime. Trump’s new restrictions are aimed toward restricting tourism and stemming funds directed toward the Cuban military but he won’t be fully reversing diplomatic and commercial ties with the country.” (06/15/17)

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/338059-trump-to-ban-individual-educational-trips-to-cuba

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10) Islamic State takes credit as suicide bombers hit Kabul Shiite mosque, kill four
Source: Japan Times [Japan]

“Suicide bombers struck a crowded Shiite mosque in Kabul late Thursday, killing four people in the latest in a series of militant attacks to rattle the Afghan capital during the holy month of Ramadan. The assault claimed by Islamic State jihadis left eight others wounded when the bombers blew themselves up in the kitchen of Al Zahra mosque after police prevented them from entering the prayer hall packed with worshippers.” (06/16/17)

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/06/16/world/islamic-state-takes-credit-suicide-bombers-hit-kabul-shiite-mosque-kill-four/

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11) Cosby jury still deadlocked after four days of deliberation
Source: Variety

“After saying it was deadlocked on all three charges against Bill Cosby, the jury in the entertainer’s sexual assault trial were sent home on day four of deliberation, hours after the judge ordered jurors to try to resolve the impasse. The jury is set to return for a fifth day of deliberation on Friday at 9 a.m. … The jury, selected last month in Pittsburgh and sequestered here for the duration of the trial, is considering three aggravated indecent assault charges against the legendary entertainer. If convicted of all three charges, Cosby could be sentenced to up to 10 years on each count.” (06/15/17)

http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/bill-cosby-jury-deadlocked-deliberations-continue-1202468357/

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12) WA: Sex abuse lawsuit against Seattle mayor dropped
Source: Raw Story

“A man has dropped a sexual abuse and child prostitution lawsuit against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray that claimed the Democrat paid him for sex when he was a teenager in the 1980s, the man’s attorney said on Wednesday. In a series of Twitter messages, Lincoln Beauregard, a lawyer for accuser Delvonn Heckard, wrote that his client was ‘delaying’ his lawsuit until the mayor was out of power, saying ‘Delvonn wants to finish counseling and spare the city more theatrics with the sitting mayor.’ In April, Heckard, 46, sued Murray, claiming the mayor paid him for sex when Heckard was a homeless, drug-addicted teenager, according to the lawsuit. The explosive allegations caused Murray, the top elected official in the largest city in U.S. Pacific Northwest, to scrap his campaign for re-election, potentially ending the political career of a lawmaker praised as a champion of gay rights.” (06/14/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/sex-abuse-lawsuit-against-seattle-mayor-dropped

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13) Georgia manhunt: Reward for escaped prison inmates increased to $90k
Source: Fox News

“The extensive manhunt for two escaped Georgia inmates who overpowered and killed two prison guards continued into Wednesday as a reward for them was increased to $90,000. Donnie Russell Rowe, serving life without parole, and Ricky Dubose are still on the run from law enforcement after disarming and killing Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue at around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said. The two men carjacked a driver of a green Honda Accord and escaped. On Wednesday afternoon, Sills said the two suspects also stole a 2008 white Ford F250 truck with the license place #BCX5372. He said the truck, which has toolboxes on both sides, has not been spotted and it was stolen about 9 miles east of Madison, Georgia sometime between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. He said law enforcement are looking for both vehicles; however, they believe the suspects are using the white truck.” (06/14/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/14/hunt-intensifies-for-escaped-inmates-called-dangerous-beyond-belief.html

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14) Bob Dylan accused of lifting parts of his Nobel lecture from a study guide website
Source: Raw Story

“Bob Dylan has been accused of stealing a number of sentences about the novel Moby-Dick from an online study guide and dropping them into his recent Nobel Prize lecture. Inspired by commentary by writer Ben Greenman, who noted that Dylan appeared to have invented a quote from the sizable book, Slate’s Andrea Pitzer analyzed the portion of the lecture pertaining to Herman Melville’s book and found that ‘more than a dozen’ of Dylan’s 78 sentences about it ‘appear to closely resemble lines from the SparkNotes site. Most of the key shared phrases in these passages (such as ‘Ahab’s lust for vengeance’ …) do not appear in the novel Moby-Dick at all,’ Pitzer said Tuesday. In his lecture, Dylan also named All Quiet on the Western Front and The Odyssey as books that had stuck with him since childhood. Greenman, in noticing the apparently invented Moby-Dick quote (‘Some men who receive injuries are led to God, others are led to bitterness’) seemed to chalk it up to Dylan being Dylan, and had no problem with it.” (06/14/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/bob-dylan-accused-of-lifting-parts-of-his-nobel-lecture-from-a-study-guide-website

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15) Trump mulls US policy changes toward Cuba
Source: Fox News

“James Williams, president of a coalition that works for normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations, was busy on Capitol Hill this week trying to persuade administration officials not to reverse travel and trade policies with Cuba that were eased by President Obama two years ago. Williams, who heads Engage Cuba, said it seems inevitable that the White House (which has not made any announcement about changing America’s Cuba policy) will roll back some steps his predecessor took in 2014 toward full-scale relations with Cuba. So Williams is working to contain the expected reversal of Obama’s policies. ‘This is the last thing the Cuban people need, a return to this hostility,” Williams told Fox News. “The people in Cuba are starting to see their lives change, they want it to go faster. At the end of the day, there are hardliners in both governments who are out for blood toward each other, and it’s everyday people whose lives are going to be destroyed.’ In Miami, a Bay of Pigs veterans group, Brigade 2506, sent out a statement expressing hope that when Trump appears before them on Friday in a scheduled visit to the city, he will announce major changes to Obama’s U.S.-Cuba policy.” (06/14/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/14/trump-mulls-us-policy-towards-cuba-may-curb-obama-detente-with-island-nation.html

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16) The “global order” myth
Source: The American Conservative
by Andrew J Bacevich

“Liberalism, along with norms, rules, openness, and internationalism: these ostensibly define the postwar and post-Cold War tradition of American statecraft. Allow Trump to scrap that tradition and you can say farewell to what Stewart Patrick refers to as ‘the global community under the rule of law’ that the United States has upheld for decades. But what does this heartwarming perspective exclude? We can answer that question with a single word: history. Or, somewhat more expansively, among the items failing to qualify for mention in the liberal internationalist, rules-based version of past U.S. policy are the following: meddling in foreign elections; coups and assassination plots in Iran, Guatemala, the Congo, Cuba, South Vietnam, Chile, Nicaragua, and elsewhere; indiscriminate aerial bombing campaigns in North Korea and throughout Southeast Asia; a nuclear arms race bringing the world to the brink of Armageddon; support for corrupt, authoritarian regimes in Iran, Turkey, Greece, South Korea, South Vietnam, the Philippines, Brazil, Egypt, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and elsewhere — many of them abandoned when deemed inconvenient; the shielding of illegal activities through the use of the Security Council veto; unlawful wars launched under false pretenses; ‘extraordinary rendition,’ torture, and the indefinite imprisonment of persons without any semblance of due process.” (06/15/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-global-order-myth/

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17) Consent of the governed
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“Prior to the Watergate era of the mid-1970s, the generally accepted theory of management of the executive branch of government was known as the unitary executive. This theory informs that the president is the chief executive officer of the federal government and is the sole head of the executive branch. He is also the only person in the executive branch who is accountable to the voters, as he, and he alone (along with the vice president, who is largely a figurehead), has been elected by the voters. As such, this unitary executive theory informs, everyone in the executive branch of the federal government works at the pleasure of the president. Were this not the case, then vast areas of governance could occur and vast governmental resources could be spent by people who are unaccountable to the voters. And when the government is unaccountable to the voters, it lacks their consent.” (06/15/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/06/andrew-p-napolitano/consent-of-the-governed-2/

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18) Hotels want New Yorkers to narc on their neighbors for using Airbnb
Source: Reason
by Eric Boehm

“Hotel chains, unions, and their allies persuaded New York lawmakers last year to pass a bill banning Airbnb and other forms of roomsharing in the state. New Yorkers proceeded to ignore the law. On New Years’ Eve, for example, more people booked Airbnbs in New York City than anywhere else on the planet. Data provided by the company show that 55,000 people used Airbnb on December 31, 2016 — up from 47,000 people on the final night of 2015, before the ban was enacted. What’s the hotel industry to do? The answer, it seems, is to encourage New Yorkers to narc on their neighbors.” (06/15/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/06/15/hotels-want-new-yorkers-to-narc-on-their

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19) Politics as a blood sport
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Yesterday’s incredible display of poor marksmanship fortunately seems to have resulted in just one death – that of the perp. Maybe. I and many people are grateful for that, and have prayed for those hit and their families and coworkers. Based on the initial information (which of course, as is common in these things, will be buried and replaced by a ‘legitimate’ narrative), it was probably an assassination attempt. And based on the usual definitions (despite the FBI’s waffling), it seems to be an act of terrorism.” [editor’s note: Terrorism consists of attacking civilians for the purpose of creating terror. This was an attack on regime officials for the purpose of killing them. So no, not terrorism – TLK] (06/15/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/06/15/politics-as-a-blood-sport/

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20) Violence abroad leads to violence at home
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The mainstream media is publishing the standard, predictable explanations for the latest shooting rampage, this one against Republicans playing baseball in a park in Alexandria, Virginia. The two most popular are the right of people to own guns and political rage. As with every other act of random killings here in the United States, the media misses the big one: The culture of ongoing violence that the national-security establishment has made a permanent part of America’s governmental structure. For 27 continuous years, the Pentagon and the CIA have been killing people in the Middle East and Afghanistan. That is a long time to be killing people. And not just a few people.” (06/15/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/06/15/violence-abroad-leads-violence-home/

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21) Protecting private property: The road to sainthood?
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“The decision to protect private property from state control played a pivotal role in the upcoming beatification of a Catholic martyr. On June 25 in Vilnius, the Roman Catholic Church will beatify Archbishop Teofilius Matulionis. The ceremony will mark the first time the Vatican has recognized a Soviet-era martyr from Lithuania, and the first Lithuanian beatified in his native land, according to the local bishops’ conference. Archbishop Teofilius was born in 1873 in the village of Kadariškiai. He was ordained in 1900 and served in Latvia before taking up a parish in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1910. He was said to have a profound devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. But seven years later, the Bolshevik Revolution would change the character of the nation and put him on the path to martyrdom.” (06/15/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/06/15/protecting-private-property-road-sainthood

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22) Teens need less schooling and more apprenticeships
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kerry McDonald

“Apprenticeships at any life-stage can be valuable, especially for college students; but creating a pathway for learning separate from schooling should begin much earlier. High school-age young people crave real, meaningful experiences that can lead to useful skills and hands-on knowledge. Expanding apprenticeship programs to adolescents can not only address socially-constructed teenage turmoil, but also create a critical pathway for career success and personal fulfillment.” (06/15/17)

https://fee.org/articles/teens-need-less-schooling-and-more-apprenticeships/

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23) Democrats embrace banana republic tactics
Source: The American Spectator
by Steven Greenhut

“California’s Democrats control just about everything in the state. They own every statewide constitutional office and have supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature. Heck, a news report this week revealed that Republicans have a majority of voters in only 14 of the state’s 482 cities. In other words, the majority party can pretty much do as it pleases wherever it chooses. Yet the usually hapless Republican opposition has managed to inspire enough fear in the majority party that Democrats have resorted to the kind of cheating one would expect in some third-world backwater.” [editor’s note: The US in general and California in particular have been banana republics for decades. Why NOT use tactics appropriate to the milieu? – TLK] (06/15/17)

https://spectator.org/democrats-embrace-banana-republic-tactics/

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24) Larry Summers, market monetarist?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Summers is right that inflation usually declines during recessions. That’s a positive statement. But he also favors NGDP targeting, which implies that monetary policy should be conducted in such a way as to produce above average inflation during recessions and below average inflation during booms. Indeed, I’m quite confident that during the next recession Summers will be calling for above 2% inflation, on standard NGDP targeting grounds. So Larry Summers has not quite gotten beyond the hawk/dove trap. He’s still a dove. True enlightenment occurs when one realizes that policymakers should be neither hawks nor doves, but rather should follow a rules-based approach.” (06/15/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/06/larry_summers_m.html

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25) When too little CO2 nearly doomed humanity
Source: Heartland Institute
by Dennis Avery

“Aside from the expected protests of Al Gore and Leonard Di Caprio, the public didn’t seem to raise its CO2 anguish much above the Russians-election frenzy the media already had going. Statistician Bjorn Lomborg has already pointed out that the Paris CO2 emissions cuts would make only a 0.05 degree C difference in earth’s 2100 AD temperature. And that’s in the unlikely event that all parties actually kept their pledges. During the last Ice Age, however, too little CO2 in the air almost eradicated mankind.” (06/15/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/06/when-too-little-co2-nearly-doomed-humanity/

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26) The American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act
Source: Niskanen Center
by Joshua Hampson

“Last week, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee marked up the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act. The bill intends to overhaul the U.S. government’s oversight of commercial activities in outer space, both in terms of existing operations and in addressing potential future missions. On both of these fronts, this bill is a major step in the right direction. It strikes at some of the major issues facing America’s commercial space industry, and opens the door for new missions.” (06/15/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/american-space-commerce-free-enterprise-act/

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27) The corporate media continues to torch its reputation. Good.
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“In a pathetic attempt to reinflate the discredited and failed neoliberal/neocon status quo political bubble it supports, corporate media has been relentless in its attacks on anyone or anything that offers an alternative vision. These attacks more often than not focus on Donald Trump, but it’s important to note that contempt for Bernie Sanders and his supporters is not far behind. It doesn’t matter what the alternative vision is, if it falls outside the neoliberal/neocon status quo, it must be demonized and destroyed by the likes of billionaire-owned media properties such as The Washington Post and The New York Times.” (06/15/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/06/15/the-corporate-media-continues-to-torch-its-reputation-good/

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28) The Russia scandal is distracting Democrats from Trumpcare
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Earlier this year, as the Russia scandal heated up, a number of commentators bemoaned Washington’s ‘obsession’ with the story. The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe, noting that ‘there remains no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the election,’ wrote that ‘the Siberian Candidate theory is so dangerous is that it is a distraction from more pressing issues. Based on Trump’s first weeks in office, it is clear he is a threat to many things that Americans value.’ That complaint persists on the left–and, in a different form, on the right. “Right now the distraction of all things Russia, and all things Trump-Russia, is distracting us from everything right now,” Senator Rand Paul told Reason last week. ‘I think it has been overplayed.’ Both Buncombe and Paul are right, to a point. Consider the news of late.” [editor’s note: I just love seeing a “progressive” pundit citing Reason as a news-source – SAT] (06/14/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/143321/russia-scandal-distracting-democrats-trumpcare

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29) Cuomo wants to privatize [sic] Penn Station, a bad Republican idea
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“New Yorkers face a ‘summer of hell’ as Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie seek to hand over the city’s historic Penn Station to private investors. This ‘hell’ is the result of our leaders’ ‘bipartisan’ reluctance to invest in needed government infrastructure. Donald Trump is working with his fellow Republicans in Congress to enact a ‘privatization’ program that could become the largest giveaway of public resources to private corporations in our nation’s history. Why wouldn’t they? Republicans claim to hate ‘big’ government, and privatization (the dismantling of government and giveaway of publicly owned resources to corporate interests) has been a core part of the Republican agenda for years. Unfortunately, a number of corporate-friendly Democrats have also embraced the idea.” [editor’s note: Once more, Mr. Eskow shows his delusion of significant difference between the War Party wings, while confusing crony-corporatist “privatization” wi9th free market moves – SAT] (06/14/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170613/cuomo-wants-to-privatize-penn-station-thats-a-bad-republican-idea

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30) More immigration does not mean less economic freedom
Source: Independent Institute
by Benjamin Powell

“It is not easy to maintain a society’s commitment to freedom and limited government. The social consensus on which these values are based requires constant work. And many conservative intellectuals fear that large-scale immigration, especially from poor and unfree countries, makes this job much harder because immigrants bring with them the attitudes and beliefs of their home country that have an impact on their destination countries. However, new research shows that the fear that immigration undermines economic freedom may be overblown.” (06/14/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9096

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31) The left embraces political violence
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“The violence at Berkeley and Middlebury did not lead to the shooting in Alexandria — they are part of the same phenomenon: The American Left has embraced political violence. More precisely, the Left has embraced ‘anarcho-tyranny.’ (Yes, I know what kind of man Sam Francis became; his phrase remains useful.) The anarcho part: Progressives including mainstream Democrats have embraced the sort of violence that has been directed against the likes of Charles Murray as an instrument of liberationist politics. Representative Val Demings, a Democratic congressman from Florida, shared her view that the riots greeting Milo Yiannopoulos at Berkeley were ‘a beautiful sight.’ After a physical attack on white nationalist Richard Spencer, Jeremy Binckes of Salon wrote: ‘Maybe the question shouldn’t be, ‘Is it okay to punch a Nazi?’ but, ‘If you don’t want to be punched in the face, maybe you shouldn’t preach Nazi values to the public?” A lively debate about the ethics of using violence to suppress certain political views ensued. Short version: Free speech did not experience a runaway victory.” (06/15/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448660/alexandria-shooting-political-violence-left-berkeley-middlebury

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32) Lynching free speech
Source: CounterPunch
by John W Whitehead

“My hometown of Charlottesville, Va., has become the latest poster child in a heated war of words — and actions — over racism, ‘sanitizing history,’ extremism (both right and left), political correctness, hate speech, partisan politics, and a growing fear that violent words will end in violent actions. In Charlottesville, as in so many parts of the country right now, the conflict is over how to reconcile the nation’s checkered past, particularly as it relates to slavery, with the present need to sanitize the environment of anything — words and images — that might cause offense, especially if it’s a Confederate flag or monument.” (06/15/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/15/lynching-free-speech/

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33) Russia hacked our election! (So what?)
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“I see a consensus forming that Russia attempted to influence our election with fake news and other social media shenanigans. But why? If you start with the assumption that Russia is an enemy of the United States, you probably assume they do bad things to us, simply to weaken our power and effectiveness. … I guess that hypothesis sort-of-almost makes sense. But I wouldn’t say it passes my personal sniff test. Then there’s the more popular theory that the Russians were colluding with the Trump campaign, because Putin thought he could somehow control President Trump via blackmail, or business ties, or something else we’re imagining. I guess that could be true. Sort of. But that doesn’t pass my sniff test either. … I suppose any one of the versions of reality I described could be true. But my brain has to work hard to make sense of any of those explanations. The pieces fit, but only when I hammer them. That raises a red flag for confirmation bias.” (06/13/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/161777338226/russia-hacked-our-election-so-what

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34) The postmodern roots of the alt-right
Source: spiked
Maren Thom

“Just as the counterculture of the Sixties was pitted against the authoritarianism of the socially conservative, so the alt-right is pitted against the authoritarianism of the the liberal establishment …. On the liberal side, there are the increasingly hysterical online activists driven by the ideas of third-wave feminism, and focusing on representation, emotional hurt and personal feelings of alienation. All this is expressed in the form of, as Nagle puts it, an ‘obscure call-out culture … emanating from Tumblr-style campus-based identity politics … in which everything from eating noodles to reading Shakespeare was declared ‘problematic,’ and even the most mundane acts ‘misogynist’ and ‘white supremacist.” On the alt-right side comes the reaction to this overbearing public demonstration of virtuous sensitivity, which often involves performing acts of transgression for transgression’s sake — or, in other words, ‘trolling.’ Trolling is therefore best grasped as the baiting of the professionally offended.” (06/15/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-postmodern-roots-of-the-alt-right/

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35) Four reasons why college degrees are becoming useless
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jonathan Newman

“There is extensive literature on two mechanisms by which college graduates earn higher wages: actually learning new skills or by merely holding a degree for the world to see (signaling). The [College Learning Assessment Plus test] results indicate that many students aren’t really learning valuable skills in college. As these graduates enter the workforce and reveal that they do not have the required skills to excel in their jobs, employers are beginning to discount the degree signal as well. Google, for example, doesn’t care if potential hires have a college degree. They look past academic credentials for other characteristics that better predict job performance. … College dropouts are doing just fine, bucking the stereotype. Some determined young people are skipping college altogether to pursue their business ideas. Many are also choosing trade schools, which require less time and tuition money, but graduates end up with a specific set of skills.” (06/15/17)

https://mises.org/blog/four-reasons-why-college-degrees-are-becoming-useless

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36) Won’t pretend a weed isn’t a weed
Source: Eastern New Mexico News

“I love liberty, and try to scatter seeds of liberty whenever I have the chance. I appreciate the efforts of everyone who does the same. Most liberty seeds will wither and die, but a few sprout. I’ve watched it happen, and it’s a beautiful sight. I will do my best to water and fertilize the liberty seedlings I encounter. Sometimes I run across liberty sprouts that were sown years ago by persons unknown. Yet, there they are, struggling for life in someone’s mind. I want to help them thrive. Sometimes this means having to pull some weeds that took root in the garden; noxious weeds that were mistaken for liberty. This is my least favorite part of spreading liberty.” (06/14/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/06/14/voices/wont-pretend-a-weed-isnt-a-weed/152808.html

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37) Canadian interest rates set to rise?
Source: Mises Canada
by Caleb McMillan

“Is the Bank of Canada going raise its overnight benchmark rate? Since rising interest rates are decreed by the central bank, the real scarcity of capital in which major financial institutions can borrow and lend out overnight amongst themselves is unknown. Disconnected from any real savings, we expect the Bank of Canada to manually raise rates when the going gets good. This is flawed thinking. Clearly, the rag-tag team at the BoC have confused cause and effect once again. Through experience and logic, the idea that central banks can provide a free lunch is rebuffed by a hefty dose of reality. You need capital to have capitalism. Savings and production come before consumption. This is a priori true.” (06/14/17)

https://www.mises.ca/canadian-interest-rates-set-to-rise/

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38) As the Espionage Act turns 100, we condemn threats against WikiLeaks
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by David Greene

“[T]he Espionage Act remains the most common grounds upon which leakers of U.S. governmental information are prosecuted. Indeed, the recent charges against the alleged source of the NSA Russian Election Systems Phishing documents are based on the Espionage Act. To date, however, the United States has never sought to prosecute a journalistic entity under the Espionage Act for either receiving secret government documents from a source or further disseminating the documents themselves or information from them in the course of reporting. There is nothing in the language of the law that prevents its use against a news organization, but it has been unofficially accepted that it should not apply to the press. So it is alarming that the Justice Department is reportedly taking a serious look at bringing criminal charges against Wikileaks and Julian Assange for disclosing classified information. In so doing, the Trump administration is threatening to step over a never-crossed line — applying the secret documents provisions of the Espionage Act to journalistic practices.” (06/14/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/06/espionage-act-turns-100-we-condemn-threats-against-wikileaks

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39) Discrimination hypocrisy
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Since both liberals and conservatives seem to have trouble with the concept of discrimination, and because even Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson is confused about it, perhaps it is time to review the libertarian perspective on discrimination. Here are twelve maxims.” (06/15/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/discrimination-hypocrisy/

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40) A couple of notes on the Great Virginia Congressional Baseball Massacree of 2017
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“A supporter of one of the two most prominent street gangs in the US took some shots at prominent members of the other one. That’s life in the big city. Can’t say I like it, but when you choose the thug life it comes with potential consequences of that kind. … If this had happened in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or even St. Louis, and if the gangs involved had been e.g. Bloods, Crips, Latin Lords, MS-13 or whatever instead of Democrats and Republicans, it would likely have not made the front page of the following day’s newspaper even in the city where it occurred.” (06/15/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/06/a-couple-of-notes-on-great-virginia.html

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41) The shooter alone (not politics, nor rhetoric) is responsible
Source: Town Hall
by Guy Benson

“When Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot and seriously wounded outside of a supermarket in her Arizona district six years ago, some on the Left raced to pin the blame on conservatives. It was our vitriolic rhetoric against President Obama and his party. It was Sarah Palin’s Congressional ‘targets’ map. And it was the right-wing’s ‘climate of hate,’ fomented almost exclusively by one political movement, according to a prominent New York Times columnist. … This was, and is, nonsense. Ironically, the same column could be rewritten today, just with the party roles reversed.” (06/14/17)

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2017/06/14/not-politics-not-rhetoric-the-shooter-alone-is-to-blame-n2341150

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42) Sticks & stones
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, came to Alexandria, Virginia …. Yesterday, he wielded an assault rifle, attempting to massacre Republican congressmen at a park practicing for tonight’s annual charity Congressional Baseball Game. He shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who remains in critical condition; a lobbyist also in critical condition; a staffer, hit in the leg and released from the hospital; and two Capitol Police officers, who still shot and captured the shooter. Hodgkinson later died in custody. Politically, the down-on-his-luck, 66-year-old assailant was a big fan of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and volunteered for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. So, what does his act of violence say about Maddow? Nothing. How much is it Sen. Sanders’ fault? Zero.” (06/15/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/06/15/sticks-stones/

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43) What you need to know about the strike that just swept Colombia’s largest port
Source: In These Times
by Isaías Cifuentes & Neil Martin

“Little-noticed by the English-language media, the Colombian city of Buenaventura was brought to a standstill by a weeks-long civic strike, in which Afro-Colombian communities won major commitments from the Colombian government. Waged from May 16 through June 6, the mass protest was organized by people demanding that the government declare a state of social and economic emergency and provide basic quality-of-life improvements for a population that has been targeted by systematic human rights violations for decades. Buenaventura’s ports generate $1.8 billion in yearly revenue, but most of it its 400,000 residents (90 percent of whom are Afro-Colombian) live in poverty. The mass protest was organized by religious figures, social justice groups, unions, students, community councils and Indigenous people. The first several days of the strike resembled a city-wide block party, with dancing and music concentrated around dozens of peaceful roadblocks. Representatives of the departmental and national governments began to negotiate with the Strike Committee.” (06/14/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20232/what_you_need_to_know_about_the_general_strike_that_just_swept_colombias_la

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44) Big Data is awesome, as long as the government stays out
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by David Chavez Salazar

“The term Big Data refers to the collection and analysis of huge and complex datasets through advanced digital technology. This concept promises to substantially change the way we live, by converting data into tools for efficiency, productivity and innovation. … It is possible to observe two major objectives in the policy of Big Data (although the term is not explicitly found in the Programme presented by Prime Minister Theresa May for the next five years): first, to strengthen the UK’s data infrastructure channelling investment resources through a new ‘Productivity Investment Fund’ which will include £740 million for that purpose by the end of 2020; and second, to promote the application of Big Data at all levels of government in order to produce quality public goods and services. At first glance, these objectives seem harmless. However, by adopting a free-market vision we can realise their inherent flaws.” (06/15/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/06/15/big-data-is-awesome-as-long-as-the-government-stays-out/

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45) Demolish the demos
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Grayson English

“There has long been a certain kind of democratic spirit in anarchism. … to speak about anarchism publicly requires speaking to public interests, and calling for the severance of society from the state in public language fits most naturally with calls for democracy, the independent self-government of society. It is probably easy to understand, then, why so eminent an anarchist thinker as David Graeber would content himself with the conclusion that ‘anarchism and democracy are — or should be — largely identical (Possibilities, 330).’ If we wish to maintain society without the state, isn’t self-organization and self-governance the obvious solution? Such an approach might be sensible if equality of authority were our only demand.” (06/14/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/49345

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46) Freedom Feens Radio, 06/15/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou, Neema, Knight and MWD discuss the upcoming Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest and some current events. Then they go old school with a back-to-basics, dropping-mad-scientists discussion on first principles and why the Anarcho-Statist Bordertarians are wrong.” [various formats] (06/15/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14672

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47) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 18
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“We are talking about the ethics of voting on episode eighteen of the Ancap Barber Shop!” [various formats] (06/15/17)

http://www.ancapbarbershop.com/ethics-of-voting-abs018/

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48) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/14/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Is the value of a college degree declining? Neal McCluskey comments.” [various formats] (06/14/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/big-ed-value-college-degree

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49) Reason Podcast, 06/14/17
Source: Reason

“In a wide-ranging conversation with Nick Gillespie, [David] Weigel weighs in on politics in the Trump era. ‘There is not a lot of space for libertarianism in politics right now … except on the issues where libertarianism intersects with the donors who have done the most for Donald Trump. I feel like my friends at the Competitive Enterprise Institute are pretty happy about Trump’s positions on climate. [CEI’s] Myron Ebell [has] literally joined the administration,’ he says. ‘But the criminal justice reform side of libertarianism has kind of retreated to the states, where it’s doing okay but has no clout in DC anymore.’” [various formats] (06/14/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/06/14/dave-weigel-reason-podcast

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50) Derek Davidson on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Derek Davidson, formerly of the Rand Corporation, Middle East and Iran specialist and writer at lobelog.com, on his article from June 5th, ‘What’s Happening in the Persian Gulf.’ Davidson explains the complex situation between the Whabbi Qataris and rival Saudis, the rest of the Gulf States, Turkey, and Iran, and the consequences of the recent diplomatic row between the states in the Persian Gulf.” [various formats] (06/14/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/61417-derek-davidson-whats-happening-persian-gulf/

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51) Free Talk Live, 06/14/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Peaceful Parenting :: Eating Animals :: Dog Meat Festival :: Animal Overpopulation :: 170 Yorkies Found in Hoarder Home :: Bernie Supporter Shoots Up Republican Baseball Game :: Sidewalk Taxes :: Ending Government Education :: North Korea’s US Captive Released in Coma :: Psycho Cops :: Texting and Driving :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/14/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-06-14

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52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 931
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“We’re supposed to believe that taxes are ‘contributions,’ or that government rests on the ‘consent’ of the people, even when virtually no one has ever granted consent in a non-trivial way. Well, here’s another phony government idea, and one a lot of us have probably never really taken the time to examine: political representation. What does it really mean to say so-and-so ‘represents’ me in Congress? We’re certainly not using that word in its ordinary usage, any more than a tax could be called a contribution. Today’s episode is drawn from my Government course for the Ron Paul Curriculum.” [various formats] (06/14/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-931-political-representation-another-bogus-government-concept/

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