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Monday, June 19th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Iran: Regime troops fire missiles at Islamic State positions in eastern Syria
2) UK: One dead, ten injured in attack on London mosque
3) Syria: US aircraft shoots down regime fighter jet
4) Six resign from presidential HIV/AIDS council because Trump “doesn’t care”
5) Missing sailors found dead in flooded compartments on US Navy destroyer
6) Trump’s lawyer disagrees with him on whether or not he’s under investigation
7) Nugent on violent political rhetoric: “We must all unite”
8) Patagonia CEO putting her money behind resistance to Trump’s public land giveaway
9) Secret Service relaxes cannabis restrictions for new recruits
10) North Korea: Regime says US “mugged” its diplomats in New York
11) VT: Groups help bees & butterflies with flowers & grass
12) Illinois congressman displays shrapnel, urges, “tone down this rhetoric”
13) Cosby prosecutor undeterred by mistrial, vows to try again
14) Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion
15) MA: Idiot in black dress finds woman guilty of manslaughter — for text messaging
16) China: Regime to launch four more probes before 2021
17) Afghanistan: Six killed in attack on regime police HQ
18) Colombia: Three killed in mall bombing
19) Iraq: Regime troops move into Mosul’s Old City, last Islamic State stronghold
20) WI: Milwaukee’s village idiot isn’t leaving for DC after all

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Wrong lessons from the congressional shootings
22) Central banks are driving many to cryptocurrencies
23) A conversation between voluntaryists: What’s with IP?
24) Cashing in on the rise of the “alt right”
25) War on leakers about to get worse
26) Trump tweets, states churn
27) Jeff Sessions’s reefer madness
28) Out of prison means out of work
29) Winning power & advancing a radical agenda aren’t mutually exclusive
30) Millions died thanks to the mother of environmentalism
31) Washington bullets
32) The problem with Oliver Stone and other Putin friends
33) How much did poverty rise under Reagan?
34) For New York City’s municipal workers, a supplementary welfare state
35) Infighting good for the Democratic Party
36) Scrap the Border Adjustment Tax
37) Bound to break
38) Ignore critics, Amazon/Whole Foods deal good for consumers
39) Who’s afraid of free speech?
40) The many tentacles of the Trump-Russia investigation
41) A right is not an obligation
42) Signature nonsense
43) Family planning: Trump’s trollish housing pick part of dystopian plan
44) It doesn’t matter who controls the military
45) Death by government housing (policy)
46) Barbarians at the gate
47) Reminder: The H1-B visa is not exclusively a “tech visa”
48) Thank you for your killing
49) Anarchism as radical liberalism: Radicalizing markets, radicalizing democracy

The Sound and the Fury:

50) Free Talk Live, 06/17/17
51) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 126
52) Flagship Freedom interviews Danilo Cuellar on Peaceful Parenting
53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 933
54) In The Tank, episode 93
55) Video: The Putin interviews
56) spiked podcast, 06/16/17
57) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 615
58) Schrodinger’s Podcast, episode six
59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 54
60) Anarcho Agenda, episode 23
61) Felony Friday, episode 76

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

1) Iran: Regime troops fire missiles at Islamic State positions in eastern Syria
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says it has fired several missiles at ISIL positions in Syria’s Deir Az Zor province in retaliation for two deadly attacks in Tehran earlier this month that were claimed by the armed group. ‘Medium-range missiles were fired from the (western) provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdestan, and a large number of terrorists were killed and weapons destroyed,’ the Guard said in a statement published on its Sepahnews website on Sunday. … The firing of the missiles, the first in 30 years outside Iran’s own territory, came hours after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a statement on his website, vowed Iran would ‘slap its enemies’ in honour of the victims’ families, including those killed in Syria and Iraq.” (06/18/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/iran-fires-missiles-isil-positions-eastern-syria-170618193251349.html

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2) UK: One dead, ten injured in attack on London mosque
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“One man has died and 10 others are injured after a van was rammed into worshippers in a terror attack near a London mosque, before the driver is said to have screamed: ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims.’ The van driver — described by witnesses as a large white man — was detained by members of the public after the incident in Finsbury Park early on Monday that police said had ‘all the hallmarks of terrorism.’ The white van ploughed into pedestrians as the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers in Seven Sisters Road at 12.20am.” (06/19/17)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/19/finsbury-park-mosque-latest-terror-attack-london-live/

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3) Syria: US aircraft shoots down regime fighter jet
Source: NBC News

“U.S.-backed coalition forces shot down a pro-Syrian regime fighter jet on Sunday after it bombed the Syrian Democratic Forces-held town of Ja-Din, the coalition said. An initial attack by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad occurred at 4:30 p.m. local time (9:30 a.m. ET), causing an unknown number of casualties and driving out SDF fighters, the coalition said in a statement. About two hours later, a Syrian jet dropped bombs and was ‘immediately’ shot down by a U.S. war plane, the coalition said.” (06/18/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/coalition-forces-shoot-down-pro-regime-fighter-jet-syria-n773876

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4) Six resign from presidential HIV/AIDS council because Trump “doesn’t care”
Source: The Hill

“Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS have angrily resigned, saying that President Trump doesn’t care about HIV. Scott Schoettes, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados publicly announced their resignations in a joint letter published in Newsweek titled, ‘Trump doesn’t care about HIV. We’re outta here.’” (06/17/17)

http://thehill.com/news-by-subject/healthcare/338296-six-resign-from-presidential-hiv-aids-council-because-trump-doesnt

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5) Missing sailors found dead in flooded compartments on US Navy destroyer
Source: CNN

“Seven missing sailors from the USS Fitzgerald were found dead in flooded berthing compartments following the warship’s collision with a merchant vessel, a US military official said. The Navy’s 7th Fleet said searchers found the bodies Sunday morning, Japan time, after the guided-missile destroyer returned to its base in Japan. … The 10,000-ton guided-missile destroyer and the ACX Crystal, a 29,000-ton container ship flagged in the Philippines, collided early Saturday local time off Japan’s Izu Peninsula, officials said. The area sees heavy maritime traffic, with 400 to 500 vessels crossing it daily. The destroyer suffered severe damage to its starboard side, while the container ship sustained light damage.” (06/17/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/17/us/missing-sailors-found/index.html

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6) Trump’s lawyer disagrees with him on whether or not he’s under investigation
Source: New York Daily News

“When President Trump tweeted the exact words ‘I am being investigated’ last week, he did not actually mean that he is being investigated, his lawyer claimed Sunday. In a series of baffling TV interviews, attorney Jay Sekulow denied that Trump was speaking literally when he seemed to confirm on Twitter that he is now a focus of the special counsel probe into his campaign. Sekulow even asserted that Trump is not under investigation at all, despite reports and tweets from days ago that signified he is being probed for possible obstruction of justice. … The Washington Post reported last week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is running the federal investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential Russia ties, was now focusing on Trump himself for obstruction of justice over the firing of FBI Director James Comey.” (06/18/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-not-investigation-lawyer-article-1.3257078

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7) Nugent on violent political rhetoric: “We must all unite”
Source: Fox News

“Rocker Ted Nugent said he plans to tone down commentary during his shows that some observers may see as violent. He said his widely-referenced riff telling his political opponents to ‘suck on my machine gun’ was a metaphor for those opposed to Second Amendment rights. ‘I have never projected hate,’ he said. ‘That was a metaphor… but the left is so dishonest that they misrepresented that.’ The ‘Motor City Madman’ apologized for any ‘Detroit street slang’ that may have come across as threatening in the past, saying America must unite against violence. ‘I’m saying we must all unite to bring no violence, no harm to any of our fellow Americans.’ He said he will even join ideological opponent Bill Maher in a show of solidarity on his HBO program.” (06/18/17)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/06/18/ted-nugent-steve-scalise-shooting-violence-donald-trump-gun-control-stabenow-2018

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8) Patagonia CEO putting her money behind resistance to Trump’s public land giveaway
Source: Raw Story

“In a HuffPost interview, Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said she’s prepared to sue President Donald Trump over his administration’s rollbacks of public land protections ‘We have to fight like hell to keep every inch of public land,’ the 52-year-old CEO told HuffPost. Marcario, who took over the popular outdoors outfitting firm in 2014, said she doesn’t ‘have a lot of faith in politics and politicians right now,’ and is putting her money where her mouth is:0 first by closing down all their stores on Election Day to make sure their employees and customers voted, then by donating all $10 million of their Black Friday profits to environmental groups. Now, she’s prepared to sue the Trump administration for what she considers their mishandling of the Bears Ears National Monument, a national park designated by President Barack Obama that Republicans have opposed due to its potential for precious mineral mining.” (06/18/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/fight-like-hell-patagonia-ceo-is-putting-her-money-behind-resistance-to-trumps-public-land-giveaway

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9) Secret Service relaxes cannabis restrictions for new recruits
Source: Smell the Truth

“The Secret Service is looking for qualified professionals to add to their ranks, regardless if they smoke weed. In a press briefing held earlier this month, the agency’s newly appointed director Randolph Alles announced a looser drug policy regarding marijuana use, reports CNN. The agency’s new policy will no longer automatically disqualify candidates for past marijuana use. Instead, the applicant’s age and the amount of time between the last time they used pot will be used to determine their qualifications.” [editor’s note: one more chink in the armament of the insane war on some drugs – SAT] (06/16/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/06/15/the-secret-service-relaxes-marijuana-restrictions-for-new-recruits

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10) North Korea: Regime says US “mugged” its diplomats in New York
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“North Korea has accused the US authorities of ‘literally mugging’ its diplomats at a New York airport. A spokesman for the secretive state said its officials had been ‘robbed’ of a diplomatic package at John F Kennedy Airport on Friday. North Korea’s state news agency KCNA said the incident proved the US was a ‘lawless gangster state.’ The White House (which considers ‘solving’ the North Korea crisis a priority) has yet to comment.” [editor’s note: Perhaps the TSA goons mistook it for hand lotion? – SAT] (06/18/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40320638

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11) VT: Groups help bees & butterflies with flowers & grass
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“In a backyard vegetable garden at a Burlington middle school, students made sure to plant flowers like deep pink sweet william, a bushy sage plant with purple blossoms and zinnias, and marigolds that will bloom this summer. They’ve also left a section unplanted where grass and wildflowers can grow unmowed, in an effort to help bees and other pollinators that have been sharply declining in population. Hunt Middle School is one of more than 100 schools, businesses and individuals in the state helping to protect pollinators by planting flowers and letting grass grow long. An estimated 30 acres has been designated since the Wild for Pollinators initiative was launched in Vermont late last year by national nonprofit KidsGardening.org, the Vermont Community Garden Network and the Intervale Center. It’s all linked to the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to create pollinator-friendly landscapes.” (06/18/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Groups-help-bee-butterfly-populations-with-11228481.php

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12) Illinois congressman displays shrapnel, urges, “tone down this rhetoric”
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Four days after shots rang out while he stood at home plate at a congressional baseball practice, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis used a tiny chunk of metal to make a point. ‘This is a reminder that all of us … have to take a step back in this country,’ Davis told Fox News on Sunday, holding a piece of shrapnel he said fell from his sports gear bag the day after an Illinois man opened fire on the practice in Alexandria, Va. Four people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a Capitol Police officer, a lobbyist and a congressional aide, were wounded. ‘We have to tone down this rhetoric,’ Davis said, ‘and we’ve got to come together as a nation, as Americans, and say enough is enough.’” (06/18/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rodney-davis-fox-interview-20170618-story.html

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13) Cosby prosecutor undeterred by mistrial, vows to try again
Source: Hollywood Reporter

“Bill Cosby, the comedian once known as ‘America’s Dad’ for his TV role as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable, is declaring victory this Father’s Day after a jury deliberated 52 hours without reaching consensus on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004. No one from Cosby’s real or TV families was in court Saturday when the case ended in a mistrial. Instead, Cosby emerged from the courthouse with his publicity team, which read a statement from his wife that accused the judge likely to retry him of arrogance and collusion with prosecutors. District Attorney Kevin Steele vowed to try the 79-year-old Cosby a second time, saying accuser Andrea Constand supported the decision.” (06/18/17)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cosby-prosecutor-undeterred-by-mistrial-vows-try-again-1014495

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14) Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion
Source: Reuters

Amazon.com Inc said on Friday it would buy Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7 billion, in an embrace of brick-and-mortar stores that could turn the high-end grocer into a mass-market merchant and upend the already struggling U.S. retail industry. Amazon used aggressive pricing to become an e-commerce retail juggernaut and has recently been experimenting with brick-and-mortar outlets. It will take over a natural and organic grocer pioneer with 456 stores, a mecca for young, high-end shoppers, that has been struggling to rein in prices and integrate technology. The deal represents a dramatic turn in strategy for Amazon, which has offered food delivery through its Fresh service for a decade but has not made a major dent in the $700 billion grocery market.” (06/17/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-whole-foods-m-a-amazon-idUSKBN1971QJ

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15) MA: Idiot in black dress finds woman guilty of manslaughter — for text messaging
Source: ABC News

“Michelle Carter, who as a teenager sent texts urging her then-boyfriend to commit suicide three years ago, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by a Massachusetts judge, who described her behavior as ‘reckless.’ … Involuntary manslaughter is defined as an unintentional killing resulting from recklessness or criminal negligence. Conrad Roy was 18 when he died in July 2014 of carbon monoxide poisoning after locking himself in his truck. During the trial, the prosecution claimed Carter, then 17, was reckless and caused his death by telling Roy to get back in the car even though they say he didn’t want to die.” (06/16/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/judge-announce-verdict-today-texting-suicide-case/story?id=48003147

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16) China: Regime to launch four more probes before 2021
Source: Space Daily

“China will launch a further four space probes before 2021 as part of the efforts to develop space science, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence Friday. The China-Italy Electromagnetic Monitoring Experiment Satellite will be launched this August to study phenomena related to earthquakes from space. The China-France Oceanography Satellite is expected to be launched in 2018. … An astronomical satellite jointly developed by China and France will be launched in 2021 to study gamma rays and provide data for research in dark energy and the evolution of the universe. China plans to launch the country’s first Mars probe in 2020, which is expected to orbit the red planet, land and deploy a rover in just one mission.” (06/19/17)

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_to_launch_four_more_probes_before_2021_999.html

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17) Afghanistan: Six killed in attack on regime police HQ
Source: Reuters

“At least six police were killed and dozens of people wounded when as many as six gunmen and a suicide bomber attacked a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday morning, officials said. It took Afghan security forces most of the day to kill the last gunmen, who had barricaded themselves in a kitchen in the compound, according to police. The attack, claimed by the Taliban, began around 6:30 a.m. (0200 GMT) when one bomber detonated a car packed with explosives at the gate of the police headquarters in Gardez city, capital of Paktia province, said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.” (06/18/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-security-police-idUSKBN19905G

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18) Colombia: Three killed in mall bombing
Source: CBS News

“A homemade bomb placed in a women’s bathroom rocked one of the busiest shopping centers in Colombia’s capital Saturday, killing three people, including a French woman, and wounding nine others. Witnesses told of being evacuated from movie theaters and stores after the blast at the upscale Centro Andino in the heart of Bogota’s tourist district. Ambulances and firetrucks rushed to the scene and the injured were taken to a hospital, where two later died. Police said a potent explosive, possibly made of ammonium nitrate, had caused the destruction.” (06/18/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bombing-colombia-mall-kills-3-including-french-woman/

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19) Iraq: Regime troops move into Mosul’s Old City, last Islamic State stronghold
Source: US News & World Report

“U.S.-backed Iraqi troops pushed into the last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul on Sunday, an Iraqi commander said, formally launching the final major battle of an eight-month campaign to drive the militants from Iraq’s second largest city. The IS group captured Mosul when it swept across northern and central Iraq in the summer of 2014. Iraq launched a massive operation to retake the city last October, and has driven the militants from all but a handful of neighborhoods. The extremists are expected to make their last stand in the Old City, a densely populated quarter with narrow, winding alleys.” (06/18/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-06-18/iraqi-troops-move-into-mosuls-old-city-last-is-stronghold

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20) WI: Milwaukee’s village idiot isn’t leaving for DC after all
Source: Fox News

“Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a tough-on-crime conservative Democrat, will not accept a post with the Department of Homeland Security. It had been announced last month that he was taking a job as assistant secretary in DHS’s Office of Public Engagement. He was to serve as a liaison between DHS and local and state law enforcement agencies, according to The Daily Caller.” (06/17/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/17/milwaukee-sheriff-david-clarke-rescinds-acceptance-homeland-security-post.html

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

21) Wrong lessons from the congressional shootings
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“The response of officialdom and the news media to the shootings of Rep. Steve Scalise and others this week completely missed the irony that at its core government is violence. Virtually every day members of Congress vote to authorize and promote violence: through weapons sales to other governments, the financing of war (overt and covert), the mislabeled war on drugs (it’s a war on people), border ‘security,’ the equipping of the police, and so on. Congressional action is financed via the threat of violence — taxation — and armed state officials may, if they deem it necessary, use deadly force to compel the recalcitrant to comply with their orders, regardless of whether the “crime” charged is victimless. Violence is Congress’s business, its only business.” (06/16/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/daily-featured-articles/tgif-wrong-lessons-congressional-shootings/

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22) Central banks are driving many to cryptocurrencies
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Demelza Hays

“Two years ago, Bitcoin was considered a fringe technology for libertarians and computer geeks. Now, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, such as Ethereum, are gaining mainstream adoption. However, mainstream adoption has been propelled by financial speculation instead of by demand for a privately minted and deflationary medium of exchange. After the Fed’s rate hike this week, Bitcoin and alternative cryptocurrencies, such as Ethereum and Dash dropped in value instantly. Bitcoin, for example, dropped by approximately 16% in value while other coins dropped by approximately 25%. However, Bitcoin’s price recovered to the previous high within 18 hours. The reaction of the cryptomarket to the Federal Reserve announcement provides evidence that cryptocurrencies are seen as a safe-haven investment during times of significant fiat currency dilution.” (06/16/17)

https://mises.org/blog/central-banks-are-driving-many-cryptocurrencies

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23) A conversation between voluntaryists: What’s with IP?
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Kenny Kelly & Kilgore Forelle

“Kilgore and I have had another discussion. This time about intellectual property (IP) laws and their role, if any, in a free society. This topic is not as much of a debate as the last, but still worth having.” (06/17/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/covnersation-between-voluntaryists-whats-with-ip

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24) Cashing in on the rise of the “alt right”
Source: Mother Jones
by Josh Harkinson

“Crowdfunded media ventures were until recently mostly a phenomenon on the left, which has long been skeptical of relying on wealthy individuals and corporate patrons. Though there are plenty of reasons to be skeptical that the right can sustain the same interest from small donors, the populist surge that swept Donald Trump into office has clearly given its media entrepreneurs a tailwind. It’s a trend that Trumpworld has happily promoted by granting praise, high-level access, and White House press credentials (if just temporary ones) to fringe sites such as Gateway Pundit, Infowars, and Rebel Media. … Some far-right media figures claim to have attracted megadonors — Yiannopoulos reportedly landed $12 million from an anonymous patron. Yet calls for small donations appear prominently on sites popular with the alt-right such as the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer and the social network Gab.” (06/17)

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/06/kyle-chapman-based-stickman-alt-right/

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25) War on leakers about to get worse
Source: The New Republic
by Margot Susca

“In October 1969, a national security official named Daniel Ellsberg began secretly photocopying 7,000 classified Vietnam War documents. He had become increasingly frustrated with the systematic deception of top U.S. leaders who sought to publicly escalate a war that, privately, they knew was unwinnable. In March 1971 he leaked the documents (what would become known as the Pentagon Papers) to a New York Times reporter. The newspaper ended up publishing a series of articles that exposed tactical and policy missteps by three administrations on a range of subjects, from covert operations to confusion over troop deployments. In the decades since, the Pentagon Papers helped shape legal and ethical standards for journalistic truth-telling on matters of top secret government affairs in the United States. Openness, in the eyes of the public and the courts, would usually prevail over government secrecy. In this sense, the transparency that came from the papers’ release shifted power from politicians back to citizens and news organizations.” (06/167/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/143362/war-leakers-get-worse

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26) Trump tweets, states churn
Source: The American Prospect
by Gabrielle Gurley

“Last month, the Pew Charitable Trusts released its ‘Rainy Day Funds and State Credit Ratings’ report, which explored how state policymakers can avoid damaging credit rating downgrades. ‘In times of economic expansion, the agencies will reward states that deposit growing revenue as a cushion against future budget gaps when the economic cycle declines,’ Pew noted. Pew spotlighted Massachusetts, where Republican Governor Charlie Baker and state legislative leaders steered $200 million’s into the state’s stabilization or ‘rainy-day’ fund in fiscal 2016 in the hope of staving off a black mark from Wall Street’s powerful credit ratings agencies. … In the latest budget, administration officials also noted that since the first Wall Street warnings, the rainy-day fund had grown by about 20 percent, from $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion. The state spending plan also included a new proposal to build up the fund. But Massachusetts apparently did not do enough.” (06/16/17)

http://prospect.org/article/trump-tweets-states-churn

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27) Jeff Sessions’s reefer madness
Source: Cato Institute
by Trevor Burrus

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reefer madness. It was revealed this week that Sessions personally asked Congress for the authority to prosecute medical marijuana providers in the 25 states and three additional jurisdictions (D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico) where some form of medical marijuana is legal. Sessions wanted Congress to repeal the broadly supported Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which prohibits the Justice Department from using federal funds to go after medical marijuana providers and users in those states where it has been made legal. Oddly enough, this week is also the 80th anniversary of the House floor vote on the first major piece of federal marijuana legislation, the Marihuana [sic] Tax Act of 1937. That was when the whole country officially caught reefer madness. In the following decades, a series of misguided government policies made the problem worse, and prejudice toward marijuana and myths about the drug still abound.” (06/16/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/jeff-sessionss-reefer-madness

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28) Out of prison means out of work
Source: Reason
by Eric Boehm

“One of the biggest and most important challenges facing the estimated 600,000 Americans who will be released from prison this year is the prospect of finding a job. Employment can be the difference between putting their lives together again or ending up back behind bars. In many states, though, government makes it harder for the formerly incarcerated to find work, thanks to arbitrary restrictions written into state licensing laws that prohibit anyone with a criminal record from getting a professional license — even if his conviction had nothing to do with the occupation, and even if he’s been out of prison for years.” (for publication 07/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/06/18/out-of-prison-out-of-work

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29) Winning power & advancing a radical agenda aren’t mutually exclusive
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“This year’s People’s Summit, the second annual confab for progressives from around the country, kicked off with a bang. On Thursday, the night before the weekend’s events began, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party unexpectedly kneecapped British Prime Minister Theresa May’s outright Conservative majority in the U.K. Parliament. For many of the conference’s 4,000 attendees, Labour’s upset was validating, and proof-positive that a radical agenda along the lines of that party’s ambitious manifesto can form the backbone of a winning strategy. ‘The lesson for Democrats coming out of the U.K. election should be pretty plainly clear,’ says the Working Families Party’s (WFP) Joe Dinkin, ‘which is that the way to take the right wing out of the majority is to give people a platform to believe in and a politics that will actually improve their lives.’” [editor’s note: This headline (though little of the agenda being put forth) is good advice for liberartians who would claim that hardcore presentation of liberty is futility defined – SAT] (06/15/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20235/winning-power-and-advancing-a-radical-agenda-arent-mutually-exclusive

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30) Millions died thanks to the mother of environmentalism
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Paul A Offit

“Rachel Carson was an American hero. In the early 1960s, she was the first to warn that a pesticide called DDT could accumulate in the environment, the first to show that it could harm fish, birds, and other wildlife, the first to warn that its overuse would render it ineffective, and the first to predict that more natural means of pest control — like bacteria that killed mosquito larvae — should be used instead. Unfortunately, the PBS documentary neglected to mention that in her groundbreaking book, Silent Spring, Carson had made one critical mistake — and it cost millions of people their lives.” (06/17/17)

https://fee.org/articles/millions-died-thanks-to-the-mother-of-environmentalism/

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31) Washington bullets
Source: CounterPunch
by Jeffrey St Clair

“A few hours after the shooting, Bernie Sanders rushed to the well of the senate to apologize unnecessarily for any association with the shooter, which only served to reinforce their tenuous and irrelevant connection. Hillary hacks howled that the shooter proved their deranged belief that the Bernie Bros are violent misogynists. The Republican terror-monger Peter King denounced the violence of the Left. Even the normally sober-minded Justin Raimondo of Antiwar.com lashed out at the rhetorical violence of the ‘NeverTrump’ crowd. But real violence always trumps verbal violence and America is awash in it, especially at the level of the State. We’ve been in a state of near permanent war for 16 years, many more years than that if you’ve been paying attention. The State kills people and then labels their corpses terrorists. Cops shoot people on the streets of America with impunity, 549 in 2017 alone (See today’s appalling verdict in the Philando Castile case.). We live surrounded by violent death and Washington’s bullets have exacted a psychic toll on all of us.” (06/16/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/16/washington-bullets/

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32) The problem with Oliver Stone and other Putin friends
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Tens of thousands of anti-Putin protesters took to the streets this week, chanting ‘Russia will be free’ as they demonstrated in major cities and medium-sized towns. Hundreds (many in their teens) were arrested; some were beaten. Alexei Navalny, the organizer and now undisputed leader of street-level opposition, was sentenced to 30 days in prison. These were the most widespread protests since Moscow put down the last lot in 2012, and passed tougher laws to stop them happening again. Since then, Russian President Vladimir Putin won another presidential election, invaded Crimea and saw his approval rating soar above 80 percent in spite of a falling Russian economy. The difference from those marches of five years ago is that they are directed more precisely at Putin in particular and corruption in general.” [editor’s note: Wise words from a British moderate, who has a firm grasp on this dichotomous issue – SAT] (06/16/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-putin-commentary-idUSKBN197219

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33) How much did poverty rise under Reagan?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“The poverty rate was 11.6% when Carter took office in 1977. The poverty rate rose to 14% in 1981, when Reagan took office. The poverty rate fell to 12.8% in 1989, when Reagan left office. So how can the NYR of Books say ‘it rose under Reagan to approximately 15 percent?’ That’s because in Reagan’s second year there was a very serious recession, and the poverty rate reached 15%. But the NYR of Books creates the impression that it rose during the 8 years that Reagan was in office, which is simply not true. Poverty fell under Reagan. it was Jimmy Carter who presided over a surge in poverty.” (06/17/17)

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

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34) For New York City’s municipal workers, a supplementary welfare state
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“New York City’s population is growing, up about 4 percent since 2010. But its city work force is growing much more quickly: In 2014, the city had one municipal worker for every 32 residents, while today it has one for every 28 residents, or a work force that is about 12 percent larger relative to the population. Many of those workers are doing work that needs to be done. Some of them … well, from the Times again: ‘Sanitation workers are now flanked by civilian outreach teams in blue dress shirts with expertise in project management and mulch, helping New Yorkers make sense of its new composting plan.’ New York’s ratio of city workers to residents is much higher than was Detroit’s (1:60) when that unhappy city went into a financial crisis, and it is much, much higher than the ratio of such pleasant and well-administered cities as San Diego (1:130).” (06/18/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448741/new-york-city-municipal-workers-public-employees-inflated-payroll-salaries-redistribution

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35) Infighting good for the Democratic Party
Source: Our Future
by Robert Borosage

“The populist uprising championed by Senator Bernie Sanders, now America’s most (only?) popular politician, just gathered at the People’s Summit in Chicago. Over 4,000 activists redoubled their commitment to move from ‘resistance to power.’ That commitment poses a direct challenge to the Democratic party’s leaders. A front-page report in The New York Times (‘Democrats in Split Screen: The Base Wants it All; the Party Wants to Win’) summarized the perspective of the party’s political establishment. The party’s elected leaders and operatives have ‘a cold-eyed recognition’ of the need to ‘scrounge for votes in forbidding districts’ if Democrats are to take back a gerrymandered Congress. Their model is 2006, when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, headed by Rahm Emanuel, purposefully recruited centrist challengers who focused on raising money and ran by tailoring their views to fit their district.” (06/16/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170616/infighting-is-good-for-the-democratic-party

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36) Scrap the Border Adjustment Tax
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“Adam Smith wisely pointed out what should have already been obvious: ‘Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production.’ Regrettably, many have not learned this truth. Observe: Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady favor a border-adjustment tax as part of a plan to reform the corporate income tax. This tax ostensibly would tilt the economic playing field in favor of exports and against imports, allegedly to help American workers. But whenever the government impedes imports, it raises prices and penalizes consumers — and American workers are consumers. A pro-worker policy that reduces consumer welfare is like a square circle: impossible.” (06/16/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/scrap-border-adjustment-tax

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37) Bound to break
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“[L]ast week I was reading about female prisoners being shackled while giving birth, and a friend of mine wrote about being forced into shackles for a court appearance. And in both cases I experienced weird, highly unpleasant, deeply disturbing feelings with sexual undertones, as I often do when reading about the subject. And that started me thinking: does being turned on by bondage make nonconsensual shackling worse than it would be for vanilla people? What if being bound by someone I do not trust and to whom I have not given consent, someone who deliberately intends to harm & terrify me, makes the feeling of being restrained by pigs that much more terrifying, appalling & violative than it would to a vanilla woman?” (06/16/17)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/bound-to-break/

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38) Ignore critics, Amazon/Whole Foods deal good for consumers
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Consumer groups are challenging Amazon’s buying Whole Foods on antitrust grounds. They have it wrong. This isn’t a case of a monopolist gobbling up a competitor, but an innovator trying to stay one step ahead of the competition. The same day that Amazon announced its plans to acquire the struggling Whole Foods grocery store chain for $13.7 billion, Wal-Mart announced that it was buying online menswear company Bonobos for $310 million. While the prices are wildly different, both acquisitions are equally important. On the one hand, Amazon is making clear that it needs a presence in the real world to keep competing. It has been busy opening physical bookstores, and now has stores in eight different states. Last year, it started talking about Amazon Go, a grocery store that would let you shop without ever going through a checkout lane using ‘just walk out technology.’ It’s supposed to debut sometime this year. If Amazon disrupts the staid grocery business, that will likely mean more choices, better prices, and improved service.” (06/17/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/amazon-steps-into-the-physical-world-and-thats-a-good-thing

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39) Who’s afraid of free speech?
Source: The Atlantic
by Thomas Healy

“Middlebury College’s decision to discipline 67 students who participated in a raucous and violent demonstration against conservative author Charles Murray brings closure to one of several disturbing incidents that took place on college campuses this semester. But larger disputes about the state of free speech on campus — and in public life — remain unresolved.” (06/18/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/whos-afraid-of-free-speech/530094/

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40) The many tentacles of the Trump-Russia investigation
Source: USA Today
by Gregory Korte

“It started with her emails. Hillary Clinton’s emails were hacked (through both Democratic National Committee servers and the private account of her campaign chairman) and released on the website Wikileaks. The intelligence community pointed the finger at Russia, and officials later said they believed the operation was part of a deliberate effort to sway the 2016 presidential election. There is, as of yet, no direct, public evidence that President Trump knew anything about the hacking, though he did say last July that he hoped Russia would be able to find official emails missing from Clinton’s home server. But as tends to happen in Washington (see Watergate, 1972-1974 and Whitewater, 1993-1998), one controversy can beget another until the central question becomes not what the president did, but whether he obstructed the investigation. … Here’s a guide to the Russian hacking investigation and its many offshoots.” [editor’s note: continues to be Deflategate III, with no evidence yet presented; finding “obstruction” now would be as spurious as Capone getting caught on tax-evasion – SAT] (06/18/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/17/trump-russia-investigation-has-many-tentacles/102888184

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41) A right is not an obligation
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Ash Navabi

“Precision of language in matters of science is important. Speaking recently with some fellow libertarians, we got into an argument about the nature of rights. My position: A right does not obligate anyone to do anything. Their position: Rights are the same thing as obligations. My response: But if a right is the same thing as an obligation, why use two different words? Doesn’t it make more sense to distinguish them?” (06/17/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/06/17/a-right-is-not-an-obligation/

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42) Signature nonsense
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Did anyone really need this? Last year, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill No. 1570, which concerns collectibles, particularly signed-by-author or artist books. But it doesn’t mention books, and is confusingly written. What a mess. Who asked for it? It certainly wasn’t the struggling booksellers who have come to depend on signed authors’ copies.” (06/16/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/06/16/signature-nonsense/

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43) Family planning: Trump’s trollish housing pick part of dystopian plan
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“So: Trump appoints his son’s wedding planner to head NYC’s massive federal housing agency. She has no experience in housing; she falsely claims to have a law degree; she falsely claims to have gone to Yale. This is very much in line with most of Trump’s appointments. People look at the series of gormless courtiers and fox-in-henhouse given important posts and say, ‘What’s going on?’ I think two things are happening. First, Trump is trying to turn the US into a thuggish authoritarian state run by a corrupt family (such as Kazakhstan), with incompetent kinfolk and sleazy cronies taking over government offices, while the ruling family milks the country like a cash cow. Second, his vizier Steve Bannon has been explicit about his intention to use Trump’s presidency to destroy the state — ‘dismantling the administrative state,’ as he puts it; that is, a state that administers the laws and regulations of a democratically elected government. Instead he wants to see a strongman government free from all restrictions of law and dedicated to the imposition of harsh, exclusionary nationalist ethos on the whole population.” (06/16/17)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/family-planning-trump-s-trollish-housing-pick-part-of-dystopian-plan-16062017.html

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44) It doesn’t matter who controls the military
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“There are more than 8,000 troops still fighting in America’s longest war. According to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, we need about 3,000 more. The idea that 3,000 troops will change a decade and a half long stalemate seems dubious, but that’s the number Mattis suggests. Others in the administration are reportedly arguing that that number is too small. The war in Afghanistan seems to be never-ending, but now something is a little different. The military is making the calls more directly. That’s not how it generally works. The Constitution specifies that civilians will control the armed forces. This has been laid out more overtly in subsequent legislation.” (06/17/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2017/06/16/doesnt-matter-matter-controls-military/

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45) Death by government housing (policy)
Source: Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux

“The AP reports that ‘grief turned to outrage’ yesterday, as survivors of the London high-rise inferno learned that their government landlord’s ‘green’ retrofitting of the building last year included the installation of exterior insulation panels that fueled the quick spread of fire from floor to floor. Survivors’ outrage is now directed at the current government, the individuals in which may or may not be the same as those whose policies produced the housing shortage that made the building’s tenants dependent on government housing in the first place — or those responsible for the climate models feeding ‘green’ building theories leading to the retrofitting — or, most proximately, those who chose to use non-flame retardant insulation panels.” (06/17/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/06/17/death-by-government-housing-policy/

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46) Barbarians at the gate
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Mike Holmes

“As a libertarian I am firmly against violence directed at functionaries of the State, as a strategy or tactic to produce positive change. This doesn’t work (like killing cockroaches with your shoe, there’s always many more) and causes a tremendous blowback. Nearly everyone in the US believes in democratic voting for change rather than victory by killing your opponents. Violence can only intimidate, not convince. This is why the recent anti-Trump/GOP, progressive Democrat shooter in Virginia was totally wrong-headed for his attack. Any similar acts should be condemned regardless of who or why committed. That is clear. Nonetheless, it is hard to miss the irony. There is dramatic fuss over the (thus far) nonlethal act by one deranged individual against members of a body which — as a whole — directs millions of armed killers who daily inflict thousands of grievous wounds upon others.” (06/16/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/06/mike-holmes/barbarians-at-the-gate/

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47) Reminder: The H1-B visa is not exclusively a “tech visa”
Source: Niskanen Center
by Jeremy L Neufeld

“News outlets all too often give the misleading impression that H-1Bs are exclusively used to fill computer-related positions. Politico’s big scoop last week on plans to cut back the H-1B referred to it as the ‘high-tech visa,’ as if that were its name. In reality, the H-1B is a high-skilled visa for workers in any industry — both inside and outside the IT sector. While many H-1B holders are in the tech industry, many are not. Thousands are employed by universities, financial institutions, and hospitals.” (06/16/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/reminder-h-1b-visa-not-exclusively-tech-visa/

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48) Thank you for your killing
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“One of the most interesting bromides to enter the American political lexicon after the 9/11 attacks has been the line that Americans have been taught to say to American soldiers: ‘Thank you for your service.’ Yet, hardly anyone ever makes a critical examination of what exactly the ‘service’ for which they are expressing gratitude actually consists. It’s just automatically assumed that the service consists of ‘defending our country’ or ‘protecting our rights and freedom.’” (06/16/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/06/16/thank-you-for-your-killing/

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49) Anarchism as radical liberalism: Radicalizing markets, radicalizing democracy
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Nathan Goodman

“Classical liberalism emerged as a radical ideology, challenging the status quo of monarchy, mercantilism, religious tyranny, and the ancien regime. The liberals promoted two ideals, markets and democracy, as alternatives to the old despotisms. Yet markets and democracy seemed to be at odds, leaving liberals advocating a middle of the road compromise between the two. Left-liberals favored a broader role for democracy and a narrower role for markets, while right-liberals (more often called conservatives or libertarians) favored a broader role for markets and a narrower role for democracy. Across the spectrum, they agreed that democracy and markets were at odds to at least some extent. This left an opening for radicals to propose radicalizing the commitment to one liberal ideal by abolishing the other.” (06/16/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/49379

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50) Free Talk Live, 06/17/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Shirefest/Somaliafest Day Two :: Roger’s Campground :: Shire Dude and Shire Fest :: NH Freedom Migration :: Bitcoin Civil War Rages On :: Censorship? :: Somaliafest and the Pirate Party :: Darknet Markets :: :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/17/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-06-17

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51) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 126
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“This week we rock out with the hilarious Chris Spangle from ‘We are Libertarians!’ Chris discusses his ideas on liberty, and what he thinks of the Libertarian Party. Chris also expresses his opinions on spreading liberty with a more pragmatic approach.” [various formats] (06/17/17)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/%E2%80%8B%E2%80%8Bjohnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-126-we-are-libertarians-interview-w-chris-spangle/

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52) Flagship Freedom interviews Danilo Cuellar on Peaceful Parenting
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Danny and Michael recruit Peaceful Anarchism’s Danilo Cuellar to take on the infamous chapter 14 of Ethics, a portion of Rothbard’s philosophy dealing with children’s rights that has received a considerable amount of attention since its publication. Along the way, they touch upon Kinsella’s body/property ownership distinction, Child Protective Services, spanking, and animal rights.” [Flash audio] (06/17/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/flagship-freedom-interviews-danilo-cuellar-on-peaceful-parenting/

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53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 933
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Now James Madison is under attack, because slavery. We’re going to have to rename an awful lot of places if this catches fire. Madison biographer Kevin Gutzman joins me for some background into Madison and his achievements, and what we should think about the effort to erase him.” [various formats] (06/16/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-933-now-james-madison-is-targeted-by-the-iconoclasts/

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54) In The Tank, episode 93
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #93 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the John Locke Foundation, the Reason Foundation, the Platte Institute, and the Alaska Policy Forum.” [Flash audio] (06/16/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/06/in-the-tank-ep93-john-locke-foundation-economic-impact-study-flaws-and-driverless-car-privacy/

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55) Video: The Putin interviews
Source: Aim For Truth

[with English subtitles] [editor’s note: I cannot fully vouch for the news source; I only recently began to monitor their stories (some made the cut, listed as being from the original source). This was the first place I saw links to the interviews themselves – SAT] [Flash video] (06/16/17)

https://aim4truth.org/2017/06/18/the-putin-interviews

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56) spiked podcast, 06/16/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast: Tom Slater on the new threat to Brexit; Pauline Hadaway on the panic over the DUP; and Daniel Ben-Ami on Israel, anti-Semitism and the Six-Day War.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/16/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/softening-brexit-means-betraying-brexit/

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57) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 615
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Free speech right? But what if someone died because of what you said? More precisely what if you encouraged someone to kill themselves and then they did it? That is exactly what happened to Michelle Carter. When she was 17, she convinced her boyfriend to commit suicide by sitting in his car and pumping fumes into the cab. Her boyfriend died, and text messages revealed what a sinister black widow Michelle really is. Today Michelle was convicted of manslaughter and faces 20 years in prison. Should she?” [various formats] (06/16/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/615-should-you-go-to-jail-over-something-you-said/

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58) Schrodinger’s Podcast, episode six
Source: Schrodinger’s Podcast

“Join Avens O’Brien, Yaakov Markel and Carlos Morales for an hour of conversation on topics including: Antiwar.com, people we don’t want to talk about, Porcfest, music, being libertarian Californians, why to stop calling yourself a libertarian (unless you’re a woman), bastardized telepathy, favorite psychology books, shooting people who grab your pussy, and why it’s enough to be wrong, among many other topics.” [Flash video] (06/16/17)

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59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 54
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #54, I look at how a recent shooting exposes Congress. After the shooting of Steve Scalise, members of Congress rushed to get in front of the cameras to tell Americans how much they care about human life. The day before the shooting, 53 members of the Senate voted to continue to support Saudi Arabia’s slaughter of the people of Yemen. Those 53 members of Congress exposed themselves as hypocrites who only care about human life when it benefits their political ambitions. I also update Philippines, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, and Iraq.” [various formats] (06/16/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-54-shooting-exposes-congressional-hypocrisy

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60) Anarcho Agenda, episode 23
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Gun rights are becoming a hot topic in some parts of Europe, and an update on the U.K. elections.” [various formats] (06/16/17)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-23-2017-06-16

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61) Felony Friday, episode 76
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode journalist Ralph Cipriano joins host John Odermatt to discuss two sex scandal that have rocked the state of Pennsylvania, the Penn State/Sandusky scandal and the Archdiocese Sex Abuse Trial.” [various formats] (06/16/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/06/16/felony-friday-076-ralph-cipriano-parallels-catholic-church-penn-state-sandusky-sex-scandals/

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