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In the News:

1) Japan: TEPCO admits it lied about meltdown after Fukushima
2) Fattah found guilty on federal corruption charges
3) Swedish AG asks to question Assange at Ecuador’s UK embassy
4) SCOTUS: Law? That’s for the little people, not cops!
5) NYC: Council approves unisex bathroom requirement
6) Tesla offers $2.8 billion for SolarCity
7) Turkey: Protest after arrest of journalists, academic
8) Egypt: Court rejects transfer of islands to Saudis
9) SEC: Adviser scammed millions from pro athletes
10) South Korean news agency says North Korea fires new missile
11) Hacker Guccifer 2.0 claims Hillary Clinton “dossier” leak
12) CA: Newsom warns cannabis legalization no sure thing
13) LGBT gun rights group sees membership skyrocket after Orlando shooting
14) GA: Vandals deface church sign
15) Facebook investors OK new share class, Zuckerberg to remain in charge
16) West Bank: Israeli troops “mistakenly” kill Arab teen in car
17) South Africa: Riots hit Johannesburg over mayoral candidate
18) Jordan: Car bomb kills six “security officials”
19) Belgium: Man with cookie-filled “bomb belt” detained in Brussels
20) CO: Youth marijuana use hasn’t gone up since legalization

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Utah v. Strieff: SCOTUS fuels a dangerous fire
22) “If you’re living a normal life, you have nothing to worry about.”
23) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 39
24) What will gun controllers do when Americans ignore an “assault weapons” ban?
25) A week in the life of the American police state
26) Democrats’ war on due process and terrorist fearmongering long predate Orlando
27) The ghosts of Fukushima
28) FBI and ACLU agree: Senate acted appropriately
29) National partiality and the rights of foreigners
30) The Brexit vote and the future of the European Union
31) What glory that China is to eat less meat in the future
32) Britain doesn’t need the EU to thrive
33) For refugees, awkward truths about US asylum
34) Trump basically thinks the ocean is stealing our water
35) Where free speech dies
36) “Support him no longer” — how does it look and how does it change things
37) ObamaCare’s $250 million bribery scheme
38) The rise of the populists is bad news for Remain
39) How juries can refuse to convict people for breaking an unjust law
40) The Department of Justice and God [Arabic] be praised
41) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 65
42) The triviality of terrorism
43) A “parchment barrier” needs enforcement
44) Hysteria, assassination, and big government
45) Eco-Leviathan rangeland management: Lock it up, burn it down — then blame the ranchers
46) The European dead end
47) Virtue and the good life
48) The Netherlands’ upcoming money-for-nothing experiment
49) Defund REAL ID
50) Much at steak in EPA’s latest beef
51) Parental choice, not compulsory preschool, is “the way of the future”
52) An LGBTQ renunciation of state propaganda
53) The Libertarian Angle, 06/21/16
54) The “experts” are wrong in advocating escalation in Syria
55) Free Talk Live, 06/20/16

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

1) Japan: TEPCO admits it lied about meltdown after Fukushima
Source: CBC News [Canadian state media]

“The utility that ran the Fukushima nuclear plant acknowledged Tuesday its delayed disclosure of the meltdowns at three reactors was tantamount to a cover-up and apologized for it. Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Naomi Hirose’s apology followed the revelation last week that an investigation had found Hirose’s predecessor instructed officials during the 2011 disaster to avoid using the word ‘meltdown.’ ‘I would say it was a cover-up,’ Hirose told a news conference. ‘It’s extremely regrettable.'” (06/21/16)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/japan-fukushima-tepco-1.3645516

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2) Fattah found guilty on federal corruption charges
Source: The Hill

“A Philadelphia jury delivered a guilty verdict on Tuesday for Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) …. The jury convicted Fattah on money laundering charges related to his borrowing of $1 million from a donor during his unsuccessful campaign for Philadelphia mayor. Fattah later repaid part of the loan by using funds from charitable and federal grants received by his nonprofit, the Educational Advancement Alliance. The jury also found Fattah guilty of using funds from his mayoral and congressional campaigns to help pay off his son’s student loan debt. Fattah was also found guilty of accepting bribes while trying to secure an ambassadorship or appointment to the U.S. Trade Commission for former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Herbert Vederman. Additionally, Fattah was convicted of helping to award federal grant money to a political consultant in exchange for forgiving a $130,000 campaign debt.” (06/21/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/284280-rep-fattah-found-guilty-in-corruption-trial

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3) Swedish AG asks to question Assange at Ecuador’s UK embassy
Source: Firstpost [India]

“Swedish authorities have written to the Ecuadorean foreign office in UK seeking a meeting with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, as he began his fifth year holed out in the Ecuadoran embassy in London. It could prove to be a major breakthrough in the protracted standoff between the 44-year-old Assange and Sweden, where he is wanted [sic] in relation to a 2010 rape allegation. ‘Interviewing Assange inside the embassy has been Ecuador’s request for four years. Over 1,400 days we have been asking the Swedes to come and interrogate him in our embassy. So it is welcome there has been change of heart and some sign of political will,’ said Ecuador’s foreign minister, Dr Guillaume Long.” (06/21/16)

http://www.firstpost.com/world/sweden-to-question-julian-assange-in-ecuador-embassy-in-london-2847650.html

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4) SCOTUS: Law? That’s for the little people, not cops!
Source: Denver Post

“The Supreme Court ruled Monday that courts need not throw out evidence of a crime even if the arresting police officer used unlawful tactics to obtain it. … The court voted 5 to 3 to reverse a decision of the Utah Supreme Court that threw out drug-possession evidence seized from Edward Strieff in 2006. Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court majority agreed that South Salt Lake police officer Douglas Fackrell did not have reasonable suspicion to stop Strieff as he exited a house being watched for drug activity. But once Fackrell radioed in and found that there was an outstanding warrant on Strieff for a traffic violation, he was able to arrest and search him, and the discovery of the drugs was legitimate, the justices ruled.” (06/20/16)

https://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/20/supreme-court-rules-5-3-that-mistakes-by-officer-dont-undermine-conviction/

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5) NYC: Council approves unisex bathroom requirement
Source: Raw Story

“The New York City Council on Tuesday approved a law requiring single-stall public bathrooms to be gender neutral in a show of support for transgender people, the bill’s main sponsor said. The council voted 47-2 for the measure, which will take effect Jan. 1. Many New York City restaurants already mark their single-stall bathrooms without gender designations or as apt for both sexes, but the new law is meant to make the practice standard and recognize transgender people, Councilman Daniel Dromm said.’This sends a message that New York City supports the transgender community and understands the issue,’ Dromm said. A law passed by North Carolina that requires people to use the public bathroom matching their gender assigned at birth rather than their gender identity triggered wide criticism and led a parade of celebrity performers to boycott the state.” (06/21/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/new-york-approves-unisex-bathrooms-in-nod-to-transgender-people

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6) Tesla offers $2.8 billion for SolarCity
Source: Reuters

“Elon Musk on Tuesday sought to build a clean energy powerhouse as his electric car maker, Tesla Motors Inc, made an offer to buy his solar installation firm SolarCity Corp in a stock deal worth as much as $2.8 billion. Tesla shares plunged more than 13 percent to $189.99 in extended trading — amounting to a loss in value of about $4.3 billion, or more than the value of the offer for the other company. Shares of SolarCity rose about 18 percent to $25.02. Musk, who is the chairman of SolarCity, CEO of Tesla and the largest shareholder of both companies, described the deal as a ‘no brainer’ in a call with reporters. The company could sell customers an electric car, a home battery and a solar system all at once, he said.” (06/21/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-solarcity-m-a-tesla-idUSKCN0Z72WP

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7) Turkey: Protest after arrest of journalists, academic
Source: Beaumont Enterprise

“Dozens of Turkish demonstrators gathered in Istanbul on Tuesday to protest the arrests of two journalists and an academic on charges of disseminating ‘terrorist propaganda.’ A fourth journalist was released after a brief detention. Protesters chanted ‘a free press cannot be silenced’ and ‘arrests, oppression cannot intimidate us.’ Others held up a banner that read: ‘Thinking cannot be jailed.’ The demonstration comes a day after a Turkish court ordered the pre-trial arrest of Reporters Without Borders’ Turkey representative Erol Onderoglu, journalist Ahmet Nesin and academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci.” (06/21/16)

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/crime/article/Protest-in-Turkey-after-arrest-of-journalists-8315162.php

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8) Egypt: Court rejects transfer of islands to Saudis
Source: Altoona Mirror

“An Egyptian court on Tuesday struck down an agreement to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, delivering a rare rebuke to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s government over a decision that sparked the biggest street protests of his two-year rule. The government, which is appealing the ruling, insists the islands always belonged to Saudi Arabia, which has provided billions of dollars in aid to Egypt since el-Sissi led the military’s 2013 ouster of the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president.” (06/21/16)

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/1197518/Egyptian-court-rejects-transfer-of-islands-to-Saudis.html?isap=1&nav=760

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9) SEC: Adviser scammed millions from pro athletes
Source: USA Today

“Denver Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez and other professional athletes were scammed out of millions of dollars by an investment adviser who gained their trust by stressing his Christian faith and claiming to be a certified public accountant, a newly unsealed federal lawsuit charges. Sanchez, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy and Roy Oswalt, a retired pitcher who starred with the Houston Astros and other teams, were among those defrauded in the alleged scheme, according to the civil lawsuit filed in Texas by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The three were clients of investment adviser Ash Narayan, managing partner of the California office of Texas-based RGT Capital Management.” (06/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/06/21/sec-adviser-scammed-millions-pro-athletes/86182934

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10) South Korean news agency says North Korea fires new missile
Source: ABC News

“South Korea’s Yonhap news agency says North Korea has fired what appears to be a powerful new mid-range missile from its east coast. The report couldn’t be immediately confirmed. The agency cited the Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying Wednesday’s firing appears to be the latest attempt to launch a Musudan missile, whose potential 3,500-kilometer (2,180 mile) range puts U.S. military bases in Asia and the Pacific within its striking distance.” (06/21/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/south-korean-news-agency-north-korea-fires-missile-40029614

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11) Hacker Guccifer 2.0 claims Hillary Clinton “dossier” leak
Source: Fox News

“A hacker who goes by the name ‘Guccifer 2.0′ claims to have published a dossier of Hillary Clinton-related documents accessed during the recent attack on the Democratic National Committee’s computers. In a blog post Tuesday, Guccifer 2.0 described the haul as ‘a big folder of docs devoted to Hillary Clinton that I found on the DNC server.’ The files include a ‘HRC Defense Master Doc’ outlining criticism and defense points on issues such as U.S. military intervention in Libya, the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack and the Clinton email server controversy. ‘The DNC collected all info about the attacks on Hillary Clinton and prepared the ways of her defense, memos, etc., including the most sensitive issues like email hacks,’ the hacker explained.” (06/21/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/06/21/after-dnc-attack-hacker-guccifer-2-0-releases-hillary-clinton-dossier.html

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12) CA: Newsom warns cannabis legalization no sure thing
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Leading cannabis activists, including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, warned Tuesday that if California voters don’t support legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use in November it could set momentum on the issue back at least a decade. ‘It’s not a done deal by any stretch of the imagination,’ Newsom told a meeting of legalization supporters. ‘Any of you think this is done in California, you couldn’t be more wrong.’ With the Adult Use of Marijuana Act expected to qualify for the California ballot in the next week or so, and the possibility of cannabis measures going before voters in eight other states this fall, ‘we’ve never had so much at stake in one election night,’ Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association told those attending the opening of the organization’s convention Tuesday in Oakland.” (06/21/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Newsom-warns-marijuana-legalization-in-California-8316140.php

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13) LGBT gun rights group sees membership skyrocket after Orlando shooting
Source: USA Today

“The Senate has blocked four gun measures, two from each party, in the wake of the Orlando massacre. Here’s what each measure would have done. Dylan West says the Pink Pistols gun club in Atlanta has been a stagnant group since he joined a year ago. But that’s all changed now. The gun club for LGBT people has roughly doubled in size to 230 members following this month’s nightmarish shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub that left 49 dead and 53 injured.” (06/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/06/20/lgbt-gun-rights-group-sees-membership-skyrocket-after-orlando-shooting/86147114/

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14) GA: Vandals deface church sign
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Don Flint says his church’s sign — ‘Satan made gays & transgender’ it said, in part — wasn’t meant to ‘preach hate.’ But the minister has no doubt the message, and the recent media attention it garnered, are why neighbors found the marquee covered in black paint Monday morning. … Church representatitives [sic] told police they had ‘not received any complaints about the message prior to the damage,’ and Flint said the sign had been up for about three weeks — well before the shooting that left 49 people dead at a gay dance club in Orlando, Florida.” [editor’s note: Morality says the vandals should have respected others’ property; practicality says it’s better to leave a sign like that alone so that passersby see it and identify and ostracize the evil among them – TLK] (06/20/16)

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/satan-made-gays-sign-vandalized-gwinnett-church/nrjqR/

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15) Facebook investors OK new share class, Zuckerberg to remain in charge
Source: Indian Express [India]

“Facebook Inc shareholders approved a proposal to create a new class of non-voting shares, a move aimed at letting Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg give away his wealth without relinquishing control of the social media company he founded. The company’s plan to issue two ‘Class C’ shares for each Class A and Class B share held by shareholders, in what is effectively a 3-for-1 stock split, was approved by Facebook shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting on June 20. … Shareholders also approved the continued tenure of all the eight board members, including billionaire investor Peter Thiel, who were up for re-election.” [editor’s note: Zuckerberg owns a controlling interest in Facebook, so it should be “shareholder” singular – TLK] (06/21/16)

http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/tech-news-technology/facebook-investors-ok-new-share-class-zuckerberg-to-remain-in-charge-2866612/

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16) West Bank: Israeli troops “mistakenly” kill Arab teen in car
Source: CBS News

“Israeli troops shot and killed a 14-year-old Palestinian boy early on Tuesday and wounded four others, a Palestinian official said. Wajih Ahmad, head of the Beit Ur al-Tahta local council in the West Bank, said the teen, Mahmoud Badran, was killed when the car he was traveling in was fired upon by an Israeli military patrol. The hospital in the West Bank city of Ramallah said another person was moderately wounded and three others were lightly wounded. Israeli’s military and media said the shooting was aimed at rioters at the scene of a rock-hurling incident toward Israeli vehicles on a busy road.” (06/21/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/israeli-troops-mistakenly-kill-palestinian-teen-car-west-bank/

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17) South Africa: Riots hit Johannesburg over mayoral candidate
Source: Omaha World-Herald

“Some residents in several poor areas of South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, blocked roads, looted shops and burned vehicles on Tuesday in riots attributed to discontent over the selection of the ruling party’s mayoral candidate. … Some residents complained that they had not been adequately consulted over the selection of Thoko Didiza, a former Cabinet minister from the coastal city of Durban, as mayoral candidate for the African National Congress in local elections on Aug. 3. They want incumbent Kgosientso Ramokgopa to stay, though Ramokgopa has backed Didiza as his replacement, according to the African News Agency. On Sunday, a member of the African National Congress was fatally shot in Pretoria in a dispute coinciding with the party’s announcement of its mayoral candidates, authorities said.” (06/21/16)

http://www.omaha.com/news/world/riots-hit-south-african-capital-over-mayoral-candidate/article_83f08330-b151-54f4-a68e-489e2d050f19.html

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18) Jordan: Car bomb kills six “security officials”
Source: Los Angeles Times

“An explosion ripped near a Syrian refugee camp in the remote northeastern corner of Jordan on Tuesday, killing at least six security officials and wounding 14 others, army officials said. A statement released Tuesday by the Jordanian army quoted an unnamed military official as saying that a car bomb exploded in the early morning at a sand berm few hundred yards from the Rukban refugee camp, 8 miles southwest of where the borders of Jordan, Iraq and Syria converge. The explosion, the statement said, targeted a ‘forward military post’ manned by army soldiers, civil defense officials and Jordanian border guard forces offering assistance to the refugees.” (06/21/16)

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syrian-refugee-camp-20160621-snap-story.html

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19) Belgium: Man with cookie-filled “bomb belt” detained in Brussels
Source: ABC News

“A man is in custody in Belgium after police said he allegedly claimed to have been kidnapped and strapped with a bomb belt, which resulted in shutting down a section of downtown Brussels Tuesday morning. The Brussels prosecutor’s office said the bomb squad discovered the belt was a fake and contained only salt and cookies. Once police concluded there was no explosion threat they lifted the security cordon. Authorities said the man, identified only as ‘J.B.’ was taken in for questioning. Police are investigating whether the incident had any links to terrorism or if it was a hoax.” (06/21/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/brussels-high-alert-bomb-scare-shopping-center/story?id=40008449

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20) CO: Youth marijuana use hasn’t gone up since legalization
Source: CBS Denver 4

“Marijuana use among Colorado high schoolers has not increased since legalization, the state Health Department reported Monday in a new batch of youth survey results. The 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado survey of about 17,000 middle and high school students across the state showed that 21.2 percent of high school students reported that they currently use pot. That’s just a hair below the national average, which was 21.7 percent.” (06/20/16)

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/06/20/colorado-marijuana-youth-use-legalization/

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

21) Utah v. Strieff: SCOTUS fuels a dangerous fire
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“The US Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Utah v. Strieff, issued on June 20, is the latest in a long line of rulings expanding the powers of police at the expense of everyone else. Such expansions represent a clear and present danger to the public … and when resistance to the abuses they encourage explodes into open violence, as it surely will sooner or later, to police themselves.” (06/21/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6431

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22) “If you’re living a normal life, you have nothing to worry about.”
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“Whether we are ‘living a normal life’ (‘normal’ by some standards other than our own) increasingly determines whether we can get a job, rent an apartment, be accepted into an educational program, or get financing. In the future, if there’s no iron will to change the stupidity, data and the way it’s parsed will determine even more about how we are ‘allowed’ to function — or not function. Yes, this sort of covert social engineering has been going on for some time. Obscenities like TSA profiling and denying various must-have functions to anyone without government ID have been obvious, longstanding ways of sujugating and manipulating us. But now we are talking about the private sector — banks and apartment owners and schools and prospective employers having, thanks to data-pedlars, an even more pervasive and unjust control over our lives.” (06/21/16)

http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/ClaireWolfe/2016/06/21/if-youre-living-a-normal-life-you-have-nothing-to-worry-about/

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23) he LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 39
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“In this fortnight’s episode, The Unfit to Exist Edition, we talk about why the Constitution is useless at protecting gun rights, What’s in the News with stories on the shooting in Orlando, e-cig update, prison, TSA, and legalized theft, and an Ancap App segment on a pretty cool cryptocurrency wallet, Jaxx.” [various formats] (06/21/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/unfit-exist-edition/

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24) What will gun controllers do when Americans ignore an “assault weapons” ban?
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Prohibition was kneecapped by Americans’ widespread refusal to stop producing, selling, and drinking booze. Millions of Americans smoked marijuana decades before majority sentiment creeped toward legalizing the stuff. Gays and lesbians not only surreptitiously lived and loved when they were targeted by the law — they also famously (and righteously) stomped cops who raided the Stonewall Inn, ultimately precipitating liberalization. And restrictions on exporting encryption were eased only after cryptographers illegally exported code — even printing it on T-shirts as an act of civil disobedience. But in the wake of Omar Mateen’s bloody rampage in Orlando, gun control advocates think that overcoming the passionate opposition of firearms owners and imposing a ban on a difficult to define class of ‘assault weapons’ is a swell idea whose time has come. This prohibition will somehow be different.” (06/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/21/what-will-gun-controllers-do-when-americ

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25) A week in the life of the American police state
Source: LewRockwell.com
by John W Whitehead

“If you’ve been caught up in the circus that is the presidential election, you’ve likely missed the latest news about all the ways in which the government continues to erode our freedoms, undermine our sovereignty, abuse our trust, invade our homes, invade our privacy, destroy our property, hijack our bank accounts, and generally render itself above the law. Then again, this is all par for the course from a militaristic government that is armed to the teeth, wages war against its own people, imprisons its citizens for profit, marches in lockstep with the corporate elite, and treats human beings as little more than cattle to be branded, bought, sold and butchered. The following incidents constitute a typical week in the life of the American police state.” (06/21/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/john-w-whitehead/us-copstapo/

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26) Democrats’ war on due process and terrorist fearmongering long predate Orlando
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“Before the bodies were removed from the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last week, Democrats began eagerly exploiting that atrocity to demand a new, secret ‘terrorist watchlist’: something that was once the domestic centerpiece of the Bush/Cheney war-on-terror mentality. Led by their propaganda outlet, Center for American Progress (CAP), Democrats now want to empower the Justice Department — without any judicial adjudication — to unilaterally bar citizens who have not been charged with (let alone convicted of) any crime from purchasing guns. Worse than the measure itself is the rancid rhetoric they are using. To justify this new list, Democrats, in unison, are actually arguing that the U.S. government must constrain people whom they are now calling ‘potential terrorists.’ Just spend a moment pondering how creepy and Orwellian that phrase is in the context of government designations.” (06/21/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/06/21/democrats-war-on-due-process-and-terrorist-fear-mongering-long-pre-dates-orlando/

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27) The ghosts of Fukushima
Source: The New Republic
by Steve Featherstone

“Hisao Yanai, a one-armed, chain-smoking, retired yakuza boss, stands alone behind the bar at Ippei, the restaurant he owns in the Japanese town of Naraha. There are no customers today. The streets outside the restaurant are deserted. Five years ago, on March 11, 2011, a powerful earthquake and tsunami triggered a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, located ten miles north of Naraha, forcing the evacuation of roughly 160,000 people. Half of them still cannot go home. Last fall, Naraha became the first town in Fukushima’s mandatory evacuation zone to reopen fully, allowing all 7,400 residents to return. Nothing like it had ever been attempted before. Could a town despoiled by radiation be summoned back to life?” (06/20/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/133890/ghosts-fukushima

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28) FBI and ACLU agree: Senate acted appropriately
Source: TimSlagle.com
by Tim Slagle

“After the Senate voted down four gun bills, the Desktop Demagogues hit social media in numbers unseen since Harambe the Gorilla was killed. Many are hyperbolically suggesting that Senate Republicans are responsible for the murders in Orlando. The other culprit is the NRA who (according to the Bills’ supporters) has been funneling money from Gun Corporations, into the pockets of Senators. But here’s a point that everyone is missing: It’s not just the Gun Lobby that wanted to see those Bills defeated, the FBI and the ACLU thought they were bad ideas as well.” (06/21/16)

http://timslagle.com/blog/fbi-and-aclu-agree-senate-acted-appropriately.html

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29) National partiality and the rights of foreigners
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Chris Freiman and Javier Hidalgo

“We claim that immigration restrictions and liberalism are incompatible. One response to our argument is that states have stronger obligations to their citizens than they have to foreigners. For example, a public official in the U.S. government could argue: ‘It’s true that immigration restrictions limit the freedom of foreigners. But the U.S. government isn’t obligated to protect the liberties of foreigners. It is only obligated to protect the liberties of our citizens. Thus, immigration restrictions don’t interfere with liberties that we are obligated to protect.’ This argument is wrong. For one thing, it is false that immigration restrictions only interfere with the liberty of foreigners. In practice, immigration restrictions interfere with the freedom of citizens too. … Anyway, we deny that governments lack strong obligations to foreigners. Immigration restrictions are coercive. We have weighty obligations to refrain from coercing other people, including foreigners.” (06/21/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/06/national-partiality-and-the-rights-of-foreigners/

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30) The Brexit vote and the future of the European Union
Source: In These Times
by Jane Miller

“We’re frighteningly close to June 23 and the referendum to decide whether the UK stays in the European Union or leaves. It’s been a nasty fight, and it’s getting nastier. The result is extremely important for us and for Europe, yet at least a third of the population seems indifferent to the outcome, while the other two-thirds are split along lines of enmity and alliance that make little sense and rely on wild speculation on both sides, straight lies and a shared refusal to discuss what really matters. A visitor from Mars would see it as primarily a struggle within the cabinet. Several of his own ministers want to replace the Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.” (06/21/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19236/european-union-referendum

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31) What glory that China is to eat less meat in the future
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“There is a dancin’ an’ a singin’ as China announces that the country will eat less meat in the future. At least that’s what we would think is happening from the reports of this matter this morning. … About which we might say two things. The first being that the Chinese government has not laid out any such plans. What has happened is that the usual health wowsers have released a report saying that they think it might be a good idea if China’s meat eaters didn’t eat quite so much as they are projected to. … The second is that of course this is not how to deal with climate change, attempting to monitor the rice bowls of 1.3 billion people.” (06/21/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/what-glory-that-china-is-to-eat-less-meat-in-future

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32) Britain doesn’t need the EU to thrive
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Hollenbeck

“A recent poll showed that if the UK could keep free trade with EU nations, the British people would vote overwhelmingly to leave the EU. To drum up support for staying in the EU, the UK government and quasi-government agencies, like the IMF and OECD, have issued continuous warnings about the costs of such a divorce. The IMF recently reiterated its forecasts that Brexit would have a significant negative effect on the UK economy with a drop in GDP anywhere between 1% and 9% over the long term. The reality is that Brexit would probably only have a minor initial impact on trade or GDP and, on the contrary, would open up vast possibilities for the UK to exploit trade relations with other faster growing regions of the world without having to reach complex trade agreements that satisfy the vested interests of the other 28 members of the EU.” (06/21/16)

https://mises.org/blog/britain-doesn%E2%80%99t-need-eu-thrive

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33) For refugees, awkward truths about US asylum
Source: Reuters
by Eric Tang & Raj Patel

“Today is World Refugee Day, the most contentious one in recent memory. Refugee resettlement once enjoyed bipartisan support in the United States, but in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and Orlando there are few issues more polarizing in this election year. At the center of the storm are Syrian refugees fleeing persecution, many of them making the deadly passage across the Mediterranean. Fear-mongering conservatives demand that all Syrians be kept out of the United States. Liberals call for granting entry to a select few, albeit under strict guidelines. But the debate overlooks an uncomfortable truth. Once they’re admitted to the United States, refugees rarely experience peace and economic stability. To see why, let’s consider the fate of a previous group of boat people: the refugees admitted to the United States after the Vietnam war and Cambodian genocide, most of whom struggled through decades of poverty and social marginalization after being resettled.” (06/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-refugees-asylum-commentary-idUSKCN0Z6014

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34) Trump basically thinks the ocean is stealing our water
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Stewart Dompe

“Donald Trump believes he can solve California’s water problems; he even went as so far as to claim, ‘There is no drought.’ If elected, he promised, he would solve the water problem by reducing the water that flowed into the ocean, thereby increasing the amount appropriated by municipalities and businesses. For a political outsider, Mr. Trump has mastered the politicians’ habit of promising solutions that actually worsen the fundamental problem.” (06/21/16)

https://fee.org/articles/trump-basically-thinks-the-ocean-is-stealing-our-water/

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35) Where free speech dies
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“Many countries with constitutions, and several without, have adopted the principle of freedom of speech, but just how free one actually is varies from place to place. In practice, even many nations where speech is notionally protected nevertheless have laws that define lines that should not be crossed. For example, Turkey”s constitution promises free speech, but there is also a law that makes criticizing the head of state a criminal act, an exception that is currently being strictly enforced under President Erdogan. In Western Europe a number of countries have legislation defining ‘hate crimes,’ laws intended to establish a level of civility among the various constituencies that make up the citizenry.” (06/21/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/where-free-speech-dies/

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36) “Support him no longer” — how does it look and how does it change things
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I am still as polite to a cop I pass on the street as I am to any other aggressive gang member wearing his colors. I’m not looking for trouble, and don’t ever intend to start it. But I don’t pretend they are the good guys or somehow legitimate in the counterfeit rules they enforce. They are the same as any mobster or MS-13 gang member, except that they believe you owe them gratitude for existing. It’s pretty funny if you think about it. … I can only tell you how it has changed things in my life. I am much less frustrated. I don’t expect government to act differently than it is designed to act. I don’t expect it to rescue me, or protect me. I don’t get angry when it gets in my way any more than I get angry at the wind or mosquitoes.” (06/21/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/06/support-him-no-longer-how-does-it-look.html

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37) ObamaCare’s $250 million bribery scheme
Source: The American Spectator
by David Catron

“Shortly following last week’s revelation that Obamacare premiums will spike yet again in 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would offer $22 million in grants to state insurance officials to enforce ‘compliance with Affordable Care Act key consumer protections.’ The Obama administration will, in other words, bribe state regulators to impose price controls on insurers selling coverage through Obamacare exchanges. Where did CMS get the $22 million? From a multi-million dollar slush fund the federal government has quietly used to control state insurance departments over which it has no legal authority. This money, as CMS puts it, ‘is part of $250 million in state rate review grants the Affordable Care Act provided to improve the process for how states review proposed health insurance rate increases and hold insurance companies accountable for unjustified hikes.'” (06/21/16)

http://spectator.org/obamacares-250-million-bribery-scheme/

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38) The rise of the populists is bad news for Remain
Source: spiked
by Bill Durodie

“Right across Europe and beyond — including in the US with the rise of both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders — mainstream political parties are being challenged by movements described variously as populist or anti-establishment. … The lazy approach is to sneer at these new populists, and especially their current leaders, with a view to dismissing the entire enterprise. That would be a grave error. As we see now in Italy, these movements are all placed to achieve significant breakthroughs — if not now, then at some point in the not-too-distant future. So, what does this mean for Britain’s Remain campaign? It means that their very aim — for Britain to remain in the EU as it is — is erroneous.” (06/21/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/populists-are-bad-news-for-remain-eu-referendum-five-star-italy/

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39) How juries can refuse to convict people for breaking an unjust law
Source: Libertas Institute
by staff

“In the legal system, there are many parties involved who have a vested interest in a certain outcome. Really, the only independent party in the courtroom is the jury — or, if you prefer, each individual juror. The judge obviously is paid by and works for the government; judges often come from the ranks of prosecutors. They have an interest in keeping business rolling by keeping the courtroom full. Prosecutors, of course, are often elected officials whose livelihood depends on getting prosecutions and whose continued employment often depends on appearing to be tough on crime.” (06/21/16)

https://libertasutah.org/interview/how-juries-can-refuse-to-convict-people-for-breaking-an-unjust-law/

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40) The Department of Justice and God [Arabic] be praised
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J. Saunders

“‘I pledge allegiance to [omitted] … may God protect him … [Arabic] on behalf of [omitted],’ said the man who killed 49 innocent people in an Orlando gay bar on June 12. Or so reported a redacted transcript of phone conversations between the shooter and police. The transcript airbrushed all reference to Islam and the Islamic State. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told ABC’s ‘This Week’ that her department was releasing a partial transcript ‘because we’re not going to be, for example, broadcasting his pledges of allegiance. We are trying not to revictimize those who went through that horror.’ After House Speaker Paul Ryan chided the administration for its ‘preposterous’ selective editing, the Department of Justice realized its error and released a transcript that included the words ‘Islamic State.’ It was no surprise.” (06/21/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/06/21/the-department-of-justice-and-god-arabic-be-praised-n2181359

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41) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 65
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we had Jared Howe sitting in for Danilo again, and we were joined by Mike Shipley of the Outright Libertarians. Herein we discussed creating two-way bridges to freedom, why the acronym GSM is more inclusive than the ever growing LGBT acronym, the ‘Get Your Laws Off Our Back’ list, forced gender reassignment surgeries, the political radicals of the 1970’s, how it’s not wise to run across the bridge screaming ‘bigotry is free speech!,’ the gayest political quiz, politicians pushing the gay button, staying grounded in the NAP, keeping heart, and more!” [MP3] (06/20/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-65-mike-shipley-from-the-outright-libertarians/

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42) The triviality of terrorism
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“In the general scheme of manmade disasters, terrorism is trivial. That’s not even debatable, as I’ll itemize below. Westerners who’ve been consuming televised fears for 15 years straight may object, but fear has nothing to do with truth … and very much the opposite. And I’ll skip through the obvious fact that I’m opposed to people being murdered by maniacs and the equally obvious acknowledgment that terrorism is a very big thing to the people involved.” (06/21/16)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/the-triviality-of-terrorism/

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43) A “parchment barrier” needs enforcement
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“People often quote Lysander Spooner to make the case that constitutional limits on federal power mean nothing. ‘But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain — that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.’ But I find a very odd assumption buried in this line of thinking – this idea that the Constitution can or should somehow enforce itself.” (06/20/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/06/20/a-parchment-barrier-needs-enforcement/

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44) Hysteria, assassination, and big government
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The biggest political story of the month? Brexit. The people of Great Britain will vote, this week, whether to remain in, or exit, the European Union. (Britain+exit=’Brexit,’ you see.) Establishment forces in Britain have engaged in hysterical, hyperbolic overkill, warning of grave disaster were Britain to leave the union. America’s President Barack Obama contributed to this, recently, when he warned that an independent Britain might find itself placed ‘at the back of the queue’ in trade talks. Tragically, things got more troubling last week when anti-Brexit, pro-union campaigner Jo Cox, a Member of Parliament and prominent Labour Party activist, was brutally slain last week in front of her local library.” (06/21/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/06/21/hysteria-assassination-and-big-government/

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45) Eco-Leviathan rangeland management: Lock it up, burn it down — then blame the ranchers
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“For decades, [Don] Barnhill has raised cattle on the Silver City Allotment in Owyhee County — which means that he has become intimately acquainted with the BLM and the implacable eco-totalitarian activists who are collaborating with the agency to shut down ranching throughout the western states. Among that unsavory cohort, a cynical extortion syndicate called the Western Watersheds Project (WWP) has distinguished itself by its resourceful dishonesty and its unalloyed malice. The WWP has been admirably candid in expressing its intention to abolish all cattle and sheep ranching on ‘public’ lands — meaning the millions of acres unlawfully claimed by the Regime in Washington as federal territory.” (06/21/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/06/eco-leviathan-rangeland-management-lock.html

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46) The European dead end
Source: CounterPunch
by Jean Bricmont

“European construction began as the dream of European elites and has become the nightmare of European peoples. For a number of European intellectuals and politicians, the dream was to transform Europe into a sort of Superstate, capable of rivaling the United States. For others, the idea was to get rid of the Nation-State once and for all, since it was considered chiefly to blame for the woes of the 20th century. However, aside from the fact that this dream always enjoyed strong United States support, which casts doubts on its claim to constitute an alternative to American domination, it suffers from a fatal flaw: the nonexistence of a European people. That is, an overwhelming majority of European citizens feel part of their respective Nation-States, or of even smaller entities (Scotland, Catalonia, Flanders, etc.), much more than they feel ‘European.'” (06/21/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/21/the-european-dead-end/

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47) Virtue and the good life
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Neera K. Badhwar

“In my book Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life (Oxford University Press, 2010), I offer a modest defense of the ancient view that virtue is necessary for eudaimonia, or well-being. My defense is modest in that I take into account the lessons of psychology regarding the limitations of human virtue and our vulnerability to conditions beyond our control. This is not to say that ancient philosophers were completely unaware of these limitations or this vulnerability. Aristotle presents us with an ideal of the virtuous individual, but he also has quite a bit to say about how two virtuous friends should deal with their own and each other’s moral shortcomings. In other words, as many scholars now recognize, he presents us with two pictures of virtue: virtue as an ideal and virtue as it exists in virtuous people.” (06/21/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/virtue-good-life-introducing-well-being-happiness-worthwhile-life

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48) The Netherlands’ upcoming money-for-nothing experiment
Source: The Atlantic
by Tracy Brown Hamilton

“In medieval myth, Cockaigne was a land of plenty, where work was outlawed, houses were made of pie and sausages, rivers of wine flowed, and ready-roasted geese and grilled fish followed villagers around, eager to be eaten. To the poor of the Middle Ages, according to the Dutch historian Herman Pleij, Cockaigne was a well-known paradise, a fantastical escape from the harshness of everyday life. Nowadays, the Dutch city of Utrecht is about to see if such a place, where citizens’ fundamental needs are met without any obligations to work, need not be pure fantasy. There, the local government is planning to conduct an experiment that would give 250 Dutch citizens currently receiving government benefits a guaranteed monthly income.” (06/21/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/06/netherlands-utrecht-universal-basic-income-experiment/487883/

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49) Defund REAL ID
Source: Cato Institute
by Jim Harper

“When the House Appropriations Committee meets tomorrow to mark up fiscal year 2017 spending legislation for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), among many nominal security measures the committee will fund is the REAL ID Act, our U.S. national ID law. A national ID has no proximate role in securing the nation from terrorism, but Congress is better at controlling political risks than controlling spending. In the wake of the terror-connected killings in Orlando, Florida, appropriators will feel under pressure to continue the flow of money to the national ID program. They should resist that pressure and defund the REAL ID Act.” (06/21/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/defund-real-id

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50) Much at steak in EPA’s latest beef
Source: Heartland Institute
by Bette Grande

“Climate change alarmists are busy building their case against cattle farmers. A combination of scholarly sounding studies, environmental nonprofit research, and the green media are compiling the data EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will use as they turn their attention to your hamburger. The United Nations and the World Bank are already behind the effort. The scary numbers cited vary significantly from article to article — which is not surprising since the ‘data’ is mostly made up in the first place — but the solutions offered by the methane police are always the same: Make no mistake, your food is next.” (06/20/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/06/much-at-steak-in-epas-latest-beef/

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51) Parental choice, not compulsory preschool, is “the way of the future”
Source: Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger

“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claims that compulsory preschool is ‘the way of the future.’ Along with Nancy Pelosi, President Obama, and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, de Blasio claims universal, public preschool will improve high school graduation rates, as well as college and job preparation. The ineffectiveness of the largest and longest-running federal preschool program Head Start is well documented, including the fact that any positive effects begin fading out as early as first grade and were largely dissipated by third grade — hardly the basis for the long-term future benefits politicians keep promising.” (06/20/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/06/20/parental-choice-not-compulsory-preschool-is-the-way-of-the-future/

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52) An LGBTQ renunciation of state propaganda
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Joe Szymanski

“Those on the mainstream right will likely use this event to attack Muslim extremists, as well as Muslims in general, on why we must continue to use force and militarism to combat the threat of ISIS in the Middle East, who supposedly took responsibility for the attack. The right will also likely use this act to dismantle civil liberties …. Those on the mainstream left will use this event as an acknowledgment that the government must enforce gun control legislation to prevent those willing to do harm from obtaining tactical weapons, which will likely affect gun-owners who have no intention of committing violence. The left may also acknowledge this as a hate-crime against the gay community, but are as willing as the right to use this as an excuse to promote and enact whatever legislation to continue their war on the right to self-defense, whether you are a peace-loving Muslim or nonviolent gun-owner.” (06/21/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45394

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53) The Libertarian Angle, 06/21/16
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling talk about the disastrous policies of the Federal Reserve.” [various formats] (06/21/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-fed-2008-housing-crash/

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54) The “experts” are wrong in advocating escalation in Syria
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland

“Given what has happened in Iraq and Libya when ‘undesirable’ leaders were overthrown using American force — chaos and mayhem leading to havens for ISIS and other bad groups — one can scarcely believe that seasoned diplomats want to topple yet another Middle Eastern despot with no plan for what comes next. Assad is surely a brutal autocrat, but he at least keeps the portion of Syria he still controls out of the hands of the even more brutal ISIS and al Nusra, the al Qaeda affiliate. The diplomats claim that attacking Assad will shore up support for ‘moderate’ Sunni rebels, who are U.S. allies against ISIS and al Nusra. Yet the moderate rebels have always been relatively weak and would probably not win another civil war with those ruthless groups if Assad no longer ruled Syria.” (06/21/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2016/06/20/experts-wrong-advocating-escalation-syria/

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55) Free Talk Live, 06/20/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Supreme Court Makes Major Ruling in Favor of Police State :: Police Asking for or Demanding ID :: Smoking at Bus Stop :: Use of Force Rules for Police :: Refugee Rape Conspiracy Theory :: Reasonable Person :: Detention vs Contact :: Grizzly Man :: Shaquille O’Neal Stomped in Head by Cop :: What to do about police abuse?” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/20/16)

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