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In the News:

1) CA: At least ten beaten, stabbed as fascist factions feud at Capitol
2) Panama Canal officially reopens after $5.25 billion expansion
3) Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of “extremist” videos
4) Iceland turns to a historian for the post of president
5) Spain: New election fails to clarify political future
6) Israel and Turkey to restore full diplomatic ties
7) Nervous Greeks worry Brexit may lead to Grexit
8) Six more countries want referendums to exit EU
9) Report: George Will leaves the GOP over Trump
10) TX: Idiot pols vote to oust library cat
11) Report: Soros warns of EU disintegration
12) Self-steering ships likely to be in commercial use by 2020
13) “Whitey” Bulger’s possessions fetch more than $100k at auction
14) From Brexit to Texit: Texas secession movement targets 2018 ballot
15) Pentagon to end transgender ban for military in July

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Congratulations to Bolivarian socialism — Venezuela now faces imminent famine
17) This way to the egress
18) Feds shake down FedEx — and fail
19) Free world
20) Dump Trump hallucinations
21) Freedom is dangerous
22) Britain still torn between nationalism and global leadership
23) New York’s latest anti-Airbnb effort could violate First Amendment
24) Europe: The age of globalism, 1989-2016 (?)
25) Paul Krugman’s Democratic Party
26) Orlando shooting: The cold, cold monster strikes again
27) Should dissent be allowed in health care?
28) Party’s over, quarter billion dollars on Bernie, now what?
29) One who lives in a glass house …
30) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 84
31) Britain’s exit is a good thing for everyone
32) Corporate “free trade” IS zero-sum
33) Brexit is part of Internet Reformation building around the world
34) A blow for peace and democracy: Why the British said no to Europe
35) Incumbent politicians tend to HATE the First Amendment
36) No, the polls aren’t biased. Clinton really is leading Trump
37) Betraying Progressives: DNC Platform backs fracking, TPP, Israel occupation
38) Brexit and the new global rebellion
39) All political careers end in failure of course
40) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 95
41) Peaceful Anarchism interview: Alma Sommer
42) The Tom Woods Show, episode 688
43) Britain’s long, tortured relationship With Europe
44) No one has right to violate others
45) Violence begets violence: The Orlando shootings and the war on terror
46) First the UK, then Scotland … then Texas?
47) Do we really want war with Russia?
48) Immigration is a fundamental human right
49) STOP Rule 41 — FBI should not get legal power to hack computers worldwide
50) Democratic Party’s socialist Bernie Sanders is a libertarian?

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

1) CA: At least ten beaten, stabbed as fascist factions feud at Capitol
Source: Sacramento Bee

“A rally by a small group of neo-Nazi demonstrators at the state Capitol on Sunday erupted into a violent clash with protesters that left at least 10 people injured — five of them stabbed — and closed down streets as more than 100 police in riot gear and on horseback intervened to halt the mayhem. Demonstrators battled with sticks, protest signs and other weapons as the Traditionalist Worker Party group — which said it wanted to assist supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump — began setting up for scheduled noon rally on the west steps of the Capitol. … The first sign of violence came just before 11 a.m., when KCRA reporter Mike Luery and his cameraman were caught in an altercation with anti-fascist [sic] protesters shouting ‘no cameras’ and demanding they leave.” [editor’s note: There’s some argument as to whether or not Huey Long actually said “Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism.” But whoever said it was right. The “antifa” folks have become at least as authoritarian their opponents – TLK] (06/26/16)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article86099332.html

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2) Panama Canal officially reopens after $5.25 billion expansion
Source: CBC News [Canadian state media]

“With a band playing and flags waving, a Chinese ship carrying more than 9,000 containers on Sunday entered the newly expanded locks that will double the Panama Canal’s capacity in a multibillion-dollar bet on the future of international shipping. Several tug boats pulled Cosco Shipping Panama into the new locks at Agua Clara under a cloudy sky in Colon province, about 80 kilometres north of the capital. Thousands of Panamanians who gathered before dawn to witness the inauguration of the canal’s expansion waved the national flag as the band struck up a song.” (06/26/16)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/panama-canal-expanded-1.3653269

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3) Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of “extremist” videos
Source: Reuters

“Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from governments around the world as attacks by extremists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States. YouTube and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Islamic State videos and other similar material, the sources said.” [editor’s notes: I would note that the last time they tried to do this, it was about “porno” and deleted a lot of sex education films. Just sayin’ … – SAT] (06/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-internet-extremism-video-exclusive-idUSKCN0ZB00M

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4) Iceland turns to a historian for the post of president
Source: Baltimore Star

“Amidst years of uncertainties and disappointments from ineffective leaders, Iceland has reportedly chosen a lecturer at the University of Iceland, historian Gudni Johannesson as the President, on June 25. Johannesson is said to have won 39.1 percent of the votes and is the newest elected President who will replace Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who served for 20 years as head of state.” (06/27/16)

http://www.baltimorestar.com/index.php/sid/245313315

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5) Spain: New election fails to clarify political future
Source: ABC News

“Spain’s repeat election on Sunday failed to clarify the political future of the European Union’s fifth-largest economy, with the main parties placing roughly the same as in last December’s ballot, which brought six months of stalemate. The conservative Popular Party, which ruled for the past four years, again collected most votes in the election but still fell short of the majority of 176 seats it needs in the 350-seat Parliament to form a government on its own.” (06/26/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/spain-votes-attempt-break-government-stalemate-40137399

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6) Israel and Turkey to restore full diplomatic ties
Source: Wall Street Journal

“Israel and Turkey have agreed to restore full diplomatic ties after more than six years of animosity, clearing the way for renewed cooperation between U.S. allies and an easing of Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Officials of both countries said late Sunday that months of negotiations had produced a deal. An Israeli official said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Rome to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, would announce it on Monday.” (06/26/16)

http://www.wsj.com/articles/israel-and-turkey-to-restore-full-diplomatic-ties-1466965042?mod=e2fb

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7) Nervous Greeks worry Brexit may lead to Grexit
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“In many respects Greece has more reason than the UK to be angry with the European Union, and to want to leave. Its people and government are embittered by the imposition of harsh austerity measures by the EU and IMF. Those bailout conditions have brought years of deep recession and high unemployment, but have done little to reduce Greece’s huge debt burden. And as a frontline country in the migrant crisis, Greece feels let down by Brussels and EU member states, in its struggle to cope with the arrival of more than a million refugees and migrants over the past 18 months.” (06/26/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36629145

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8) Six more countries want referendums to exit EU
Source: Armstrong Economics

“Brussels simply went too far. They cross the line moving from an economic union to a political subordination of Europe. Now five more countries want to hold referendums to exit the EU — France, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Finland and Hungary all could leave. With Hollande approval rating at about 11%, Merkel lucky she is not tarred & feathered, the Front National leader Marine Le Pen has pledged to hold a French referendum. If she emerges victorious in next year’s presidential elections, that means the next major player in the EU after Germany is out and there goes the EU. This entire civil uprising in Europe is underway ever since two months ago when Dutch voters overwhelmingly rejected a Ukraine-European Union treaty.” (06/26/16)

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/europes-current-economy/five-more-countries-want-referendums-to-exit-eu/

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9) Report: George Will leaves the GOP over Trump
Source: USA Today

“Conservative columnist George Will has left the Republican Party, and he is urging others to make sure the GOP’s presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, doesn’t win. ‘Make sure he loses,’ Will told PJ Media, an online news company, in an interview Friday. ‘Grit their teeth for four years and win the White House.’ Will, a long-time columnist and commentator, spoke Friday at the Federalist Society luncheon. ‘This is not my party,’ he said during the speech. According to PJ Media, Will said he has changed his GOP registration in Maryland to ‘unaffiliated.’ Will, a Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist, has long been critical of Trump. The Washington Post columnist warned in a column in April that Trump’s damage to the party had only just begun.” [editor’s note: Next time some GOPer friend (yes I have a few) tells me I’m “voting for Hillary” by supporting the LP, I can say, “no, that would be George Will” – SAT] (06/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/06/25/george-leaves-repulican-party/86378010

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10) TX: Idiot pols vote to oust library cat
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A North Texas city council has started a cat fight by voting to oust the furry mascot of the city’s public library. The governing council of the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement voted 2-1 to give the library 30 days to find a new home for Browser the cat. The ex-shelter cat has been a library fixture for six years. But council member Elzie Clements moved at a June 14 council meeting for the tabby’s removal. Mayor Ron White, who has no vote on the council, tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the vote was a tit-for-tat after a city employee wasn’t allowed to bring a puppy to work at City Hall. Ex-council member Alan Price said Browser’s supporters will petition for a reprieve in November’s elections.” (06/25/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Texas-city-council-votes-to-oust-library-cat-8324009.php

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11) Report: Soros warns of EU disintegration
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Billionaire investor George Soros has warned that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union makes the disintegration of the bloc ‘practically irreversible.’ However, he called for thorough reconstruction of the EU in an attempt to save it. Before Thursday’s UK referendum, Mr Soros had warned of financial meltdown if Britain voted to leave. In his latest comments, he said the effects of the decision would damage Britain. ‘Britain eventually may or may not be relatively better off than other countries by leaving the EU, but its economy and people stand to suffer significantly in the short-to-medium term,= he wrote on the Project Syndicate website.” (06/25/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36630468

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12) Self-steering ships likely to be in commercial use by 2020
Source: Raw Story

“Rolls-Royce this week unveiled a white paper on autonomous ships at an Amsterdam symposium, predicting the commercialization of the technology by the end of the decade. ‘This is happening. It’s not if; it’s when,’ Oskar Levander, Rolls-Royce’s vice president for marine innovation, told the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium 2016 Tuesday as the company issued its white paper, ‘Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative,’ … ‘The technologies needed to make remote and autonomous ships a reality exist. The AAWA project is testing sensor arrays in a range of operating and climatic conditions in Finland and has created a simulated autonomous ship control system which allows the behavior of the complete communication system to be explored. We will see a remote-controlled ship in commercial use by the end of the decade,’ he added.” (06/25/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/its-not-if-its-when-self-steering-ships-likely-to-be-in-commercial-use-by-2020

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13) “Whitey” Bulger’s possessions fetch more than $100k at auction
Source: Fox News

“Former Boston mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s belongings fetched more than $100,000 in a court-ordered auction Saturday, with the proceeds benefitting families of his victims. Bulger, who was recently portrayed by the actor Johnny Depp in the film ‘Black Mass’ was convicted in 2013 of committing or ordering 11 murders, among other crimes, and was sentenced to two life terms in federal prison. According to the Boston Globe, some of the items up for sale included Bulger’s boxing mannequin (sold for $4,900), size 9 1/2 Asics sneakers (never worn, $55), a rat-shaped pencil holder ($3,600), and the white bucket hat Bulger was wearing when federal agents captured him in 2011 ($6,400).” (06/25/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/06/25/gangster-whitey-bulgers-possessions-fetch-more-than-100g-at-auction.html

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14) From Brexit to Texit: Texas secession movement targets 2018 ballot
Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“While Britain’s vote to leave the European Union shocked even some ‘Brexit’ supporters, the Texas Nationalist Movement is confident Texans will vote for independence in 2018. Now Governor Greg Abbott is being asked to answer their ‘Texit’ appeal. The last state to secede from the US was Texas 155 years ago, but history does repeat itself from time to time. That time is now, or at least will be in 2018, if the Texas Nationalist Movement gets its way.” (06/25/16)

https://www.rt.com/usa/348303-brexit-texit-texas-secession/

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15) Pentagon to end transgender ban for military in July
Source: ABC News

“The Pentagon is set to end the ban on transgender people serving openly in the military in July, according to Defense official. One official says the lifting of the ban could be announced by Defense Secretary Ash Carter as soon as July 1, though final details remain to be worked out, which could delay the announcement. Defense officials confirm that there will be a meeting Monday involving top personnel officers from all of the military services to discuss the transgender ban.” (06/24/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/pentagon-end-transgender-ban-military-july/story?id=40117600&cid=abcn_fb

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

16) Congratulations to Bolivarian socialism — Venezuela now faces imminent famine
Source: Forbes
by Tim Worstall

“Venezuela has been held up for years as a glorious example of what socialism could do for a country. And of course now we can still hold up Venezuela as a glorious example of what socialism can do for a country. Which is, if current reports are to be believed, manage to create actual famine in a middle income country. It’s really a quite extraordinary result for any economic policy at all, to be able to manage that. And it does need to be put down to that Bolivarian socialism, not to anything that has happened to the oil price. And it’s most certainly not because of any conspiracies by the US nor even any domestic opposition. This is simply what happens when gargantuanly stupid economic policies are imposed upon a place.” (06/26/16)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2016/06/26/congratulations-to-bolivarian-socialism-venezuela-now-faces-imminent-famine/#5401520f81c0

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17) This way to the egress
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“When I was a kid in the late 1950s, European governments, suffering from the usual stultifying effects of fat-cat socialist taxation and regulation, were already doing their best to congeal. An early forerunner to the European Union was the European Common Market. When I first heard of it, I said, ‘Oh, the people of Europe are pooling their incompetence.’ I have often said ‘There’s never any good political news.’ Once in a great while, it’s pleasant to be wrong. If you believe in such things, there are a lot of souls at rest in Britain tonight, Unless you’ve been living under your own doormat, you know that our English cousins have voted to pull the ripcord on that vile, collectivist snakepit called the European Union.” (06/26/16)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle878-20160626-02.html

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18) Feds shake down FedEx — and fail
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Showtime’s ‘Billions’ is probably 2016’s most intriguing dramatic series, precisely because its nastiest villain is Chuck Rhoades, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Played by actor Paul Giamatti, Rhoades is a ruthless bully who wants to bury hedge fund big shots, whether he has the goods on them or not. Rhoades is so righteous about upholding the law that he is willing to break it to destroy his prey. A version of ‘Billions’ played out at the federal courthouse in San Francisco this month as the Justice Department pursued a 2014 criminal indictment against FedEx that could have cost the overnight-delivery giant $1.6 billion in fines. Except, FedEx shocked the legal world by fighting back. Even better, FedEx won because, as U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer observed, the corporation was ‘factually innocent’ and had operated without criminal intent.” (06/23/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/06/23/feds-shake-down-fedex–and-fail-n2182436

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19) Free world
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“I’m a libertarian. I’m entirely for doing away with national borders that restrict the free movement of people and trade goods. But I understand entirely why the British people thought the European Union tyrannical. My own country came to that same conclusion in 1776 regarding a British monarch and parliament. Today when governments make trade agreements it’s called ‘free trade.’ It isn’t free trade. It’s an expansion of mercantilism, by which one national power historically used troops and warships to install economic monopolies on other nations. The European Union is a trade cartel and an aggressive multinational bureaucracy with a fiat currency not backed by any real commodity.” (06/25/16)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2016/06/free-world/

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20) Dump Trump hallucinations
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“I’m disappointed but fascinated all the same to watch the insane lengths to which some hallucinating Republican morons will go to get Hillary Clinton elected President of the United States simply because they don’t like Donald Trump. Politics is indeed a blood sport and many participants are willing to dishonestly abase and embarrass themselves in public if that will satisfy their impossible fantasies. Now there are reportedly hundreds of delegates to the Republican convention who openly seek to disavow their solemn legal obligation to vote for Trump on the first ballot.” [editor’s note: No such “legal obligation” exists – TLK] (06/26/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/06/dump-trump-hallucinations.html

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21) Freedom is dangerous
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In the ideal world of those Americans who oppose the libertarian concept of open borders, there would be a 50-foot wall all around America, manned and patrolled by an enormous army of well-armed military troops prepared to do whatever is necessary to prevent any foreigner from getting through. Additionally, in their minds they envision a federal planning agency that finally, after decades of planned chaos in the area of immigration, consists of bureaucrats who have the knowledge and expertise to come up with a perfect immigration central plan in which no one crosses the border and enters the United States without governmental permission.” (06/24/16)

http://fff.org/2016/06/24/freedom-is-dangerous/

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22) Britain still torn between nationalism and global leadership
Source: Reuters
by Harold Evans

“Political forecasters are smart about everything except the future. At 7.30 a.m. on the not-so-bright Brexit morning, the polling site Populus had 55 percent of Britons planning to cast their ballots for continued union with Europe — 10 percent more than those predicted to be quitters. YouGov predicted a European margin of 4 percent. The betting markets had been on a binge for Remain. Now please estimate how many Remain voters, seeing their side so far ahead and weather nasty in places, decided to take a rain check. Then consider the effect of the same Thursday morning polls on Leavers who felt impelled to get out their umbrellas and vote down the Europeans and the ‘faceless bureaucrats’ and refugee ‘hordes’ of Daily Mail phantasmorgia.” (06/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-leave-commentary-idUSKCN0ZB05Y

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23) New York’s latest anti-Airbnb effort could violate First Amendment
Source: Reason
by Eric Boehm

“An effort backed by unions and the hotel industry might succeed in shutting down Airbnb in New York. Doing so might require the state government to violate the First Amendment. The New York State Senate voted last week to approve a bill banning online advertising for short-term apartment rentals. The measure makes it possible for Airbnb hosts to rent rooms or part of their living space, but would make it illegal to rent an entire apartment on the website, or on any of its competitors. Renting an apartment for less than 30 days is already against the law in New York, and this new proposal is really an enforcement mechanism designed to make it more difficult for anyone who was already ignoring that ban.” (06/25/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/25/new-yorks-latest-anti-airbnb-effort-coul

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24) Europe: The age of globalism, 1989-2016 (?)
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“I spoke earlier with a friend who lives in Bath. He told me how, in 1989, he sat on the Berlin Wall as it was being torn down, and how, last Thursday, he went and voted to leave the European Union. Writing history before it has happened is particularly unwise. We have not left the European Union. We have not even notified our intention to leave, and no one knows what settlement will eventually be reached, or if other member states will decide to leave as well. This being said, it may be that future historians will regard the time bounded by these two events as forming a distinct epoch, different in its tone and assumptions from what went before and what came after.” (06/26/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/06/26/europe-the-age-of-globalism-1989-2016/

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25) Paul Krugman’s Democratic Party
Source: Town Hall
by John C Goodman

“Paul Krugman may understand the Democratic Party better than most Democrats do. The New York Times editorial writer describes Democrats as a ‘coalition of social groups, from teachers’ unions to Planned Parenthood, seeking specific benefits from government action.’ More often than not, what these groups want from government is at someone else’s expense. That isn’t just a characteristic of the party. That’s what the Democratic Party is.” [editor’s note: Please feel free to pass this along to your intelligent “progressive” friends; we all have them! – SAT] (06/25/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/johncgoodman/2016/06/25/paul-krugmans-democratic-party-n2183273

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26) Orlando shooting: The cold, cold monster strikes again
Source: LewRockwell.com
by James Ostrowski

“I could write a book about the Orlando shooting, its antecedents and its exploitation by the Progressive State of America. Alas, that won’t be necessary. If you understand two key concepts, you can unravel the whole puzzle very quickly. If you don’t understand them, you will be quickly swept out to sea by a progressive rip tide, not ever knowing what hit you. First, the government creates its own demand. Second, once you understand what progressivism is, you then immediately understand how progs robotically react to each new crisis.” (06/25/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/james-ostrowski/cold-cold-monster-strikes/

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27) Should dissent be allowed in health care?
Source: Independent Institute
by John R Graham

“An eminent physician has tentatively proposed that published treatment guidelines be accompanied by dissenting expert opinions, much like U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Daniel Musher, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine, served on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which considered guidelines for a dual vaccine approach for pneumococcal vaccination for adults. He disagreed strongly with the published recommendation, but was prevented from publishing his opinion alongside the recommendation.” (06/24/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/06/24/should-dissent-be-allowed-in-health-care/

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28) Party’s over, quarter billion dollars on Bernie, now what?
Source: OpEdNews
by David Swanson

“Well meaning people just spent a quarter billion dollars on the Bernie Sanders campaign which continues operations while its candidate says he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president. Let’s put that in a little perspective. Iraqis fleeing Fallujah yet again, as wars that Hillary Clinton pushed for roll on, are in need, according to the United Nations, of $17.5 million for survival. I work for an organization opposing war, called World Beyond War, which runs on less than $50,000 a year. Many good organizations pursuing just what this world needs run on less than that, but you could fund 5,000 organizations at the level of World Beyond War’s current funding for what’s been spent on Bernie. Has Sanders for President been a wise investment or not?” (06/26/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Party-s-Over-Quarter-Bill-by-David-Swanson-Bernie-Or-Bust_Bernie-Sanders_Bernie-Sanders_Bernie-Sanders-2016-Presidential-Candidate-160626-375.html

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29) One who lives in a glass house …
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Jared Bernstein rightly bemoans the hostility to immigrants that is helping to fuel the political rise of Donald Trump (‘Brexit and Trump: When politicians light xenophobic fires, everybody gets burned,’ June 22). And Mr. Bernstein correctly blames this hostility of many Americans on ‘years of conservative rhetoric about how the ‘others’ are ripping them off.’ Yet Mr. Bernstein is in no position to point accusing fingers. He has a long record of blaming international trade for inflicting economic harm on ordinary Americans — meaning that he himself has been a chief contributor to years of ‘Progressive’ rhetoric about how the ‘others’ are ripping Americans off.” (06/25/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/06/41010.html

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30) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 84
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Kasich/Dukakis 2020?, Brexit, Spoilers, Boxers, Briefs or Commando?, Citizen Schlosberg); The Week in Stupid (Gary Johnson vs. the Libertarian Party).” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/26/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-84-gary.html

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31) Britain’s exit is a good thing for everyone
Source: USA Today
by Nile Gardiner

“Thursday’s Brexit vote is a momentous step for the British people. For the first time in more than 40 years, they will be able to shape their own destiny as a world power. Brexit frees Great Britain from the shackles of the supra-national European Union, which has evolved into a big-government super-state — one that restricts and constrains the sovereignty and freedom of individual nation-states. This is a political earthquake that will send shockwaves across Europe and across the Atlantic. Brexit will lead to other EU members holding their own referendums. Indeed, this could be the beginning of the end for the European Project. Throughout Europe, there are growing calls for greater sovereignty and decentralization of political power. Brexit is just the start of sweeping changes across Europe.” (06/24/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/06/24/brexit-great-britain-nato-editorials-and-debates/86335202

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32) Corporate “free trade” IS zero-sum
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“A global corporation uses its patents and trademarks to contract out actual production to independent firms, but retains a legal monopoly on disposal of the product. As a result it can bargain unilaterally with foreign sweatshops on a take-it-or-leave-it basis, and sell the finished goods in Western domestic markets at a markup many times the actual cost of production. And it can use the same ‘intellectual property’ to prevent indigenous Third World producers from manufacturing identical goods for their own domestic market at a price near actual production cost. That is a ZERO-SUM game in which the corporations benefit at the expense of both Third World workers and American consumers.” (06/25/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45463

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33) Brexit is part of Internet Reformation building around the world
Source: The Daily Bell
by Anthony Wile

“After years of struggle against the EU, which we documented at The Daily Bell, anti-EU forces have finally removed Britain from the European Union. The tribes of Britain were the first to make the jump back into fuller nationhood. But there will be other countries trying as well. It’s a great day for Britain and a good day for The Daily Bell that has had as one of its main missions analysis of the ‘Internet Reformation’ and the freedom building because of it.” [editor’s note: Odd — I had always assumed Wile was a libertarian, not a nationalist; this seems to indicate he’s the latter – TLK] (06/25/16)

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/anthony-wile-brexit-is-part-of-internet-reformation-building-around-the-world/

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34) A blow for peace and democracy: Why the British said no to Europe
Source: CounterPunch
by John Pilger

“The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media. This was, in great part, a vote by those angered and demoralised by the sheer arrogance of the apologists for the ‘Remain’ campaign and the dismemberment of a socially just civil life in Britain.” (06/24/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/24/a-blow-for-peace-and-democracy-why-the-british-said-no-to-europe/

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35) Incumbent politicians tend to HATE the First Amendment
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“People create organizations to express their conscience. They publish their views, in an attempt to persuade others. What can be more American than that? Clearly you and I have these rights. But incumbent politicians disagree. They believe you lose these rights once you discuss their record in office. Wait, WHAT? How does that fit with ‘Congress shall make no law?’ It doesn’t. But it does fit with the desire for incumbents to protect themselves against challengers.” (06/24/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/incumbent-politicians-tend-to-hate-the-first-amendment

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36) No, the polls aren’t biased. Clinton really is leading Trump
Source: Cato Institute
by Emily Ekins

“The blogospherian argument goes something like this: Clinton is leading Trump by 5 to 7 points in certain polls because the pollsters oversampled or over-weighted Democrats by about 5 to 7 points. If the polls are ‘corrected’ to include fewer Democrats then the race is actually tied, they say. … These accusations of polling bias are strikingly similar to what happened in 2012 with ‘UnSkewedPolls.com’ where some folks claimed the polls were unfairly sampling too many Democrats and thus giving an unmerited advantage to Barack Obama over Mitt Romney. But at the end of the day, the polls were largely correct and Obama handily won.” (06/24/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/no-polls-arent-biased-clinton-really-leading-trump

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37) Betraying Progressives: DNC Platform backs fracking, TPP, Israel occupation
Source: In These Times
by Lauren McCauley

“Despite its claims to want to unify voters ahead of November’s election, the Democratic party appears to be pushing for an agenda that critics say ignores basic progressive policies, ‘staying true’ to their Corporate donors above all else. During a 9-hour meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, members of the DNC’s platform drafting committee voted down a number of measures proposed by Bernie Sanders surrogates that would have come out against the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), fracking, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. At the same time, proposals to support a carbon tax, Single Payer healthcare, and a $15 minimum wage tied to inflation were also disregarded.” [editor’s note: Please feel free to pass this along to your “progressive” friends; we all have them – SAT] (06/25/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19247/betraying-progressives-dnc-platform-backs-fracking-tpp-and-israel-occupatio

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38) Brexit and the new global rebellion
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“Things are changing. A major crack has appeared in the edifice of globalization, and the neoliberal order that has dominated the world’s economy since the end of World War II is now in danger. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, by any means. But poisonous weeds are just as likely as green shoots to grow up through those cracks. To paraphrase John F. Kennedy: Those who make constructive evolution impossible may be making destructive devolution inevitable. We now know that Great Britain, itself an amalgam of older nations, is divided. England and Wales voted to leave Europe, while Scotland, Northern Ireland, and ethnically diverse London voted to remain. This vote was a stunning rejection of Great Britain’s political establishment. ‘Leave’ prevailed, despite opposition from all three major political parties. … The uprising has begun. The question now is, who will lead it going forward?” (06/24/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160624/brexit-and-the-new-global-rebellion

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39) All political careers end in failure of course
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“But this is something of a new one on us, a move that is doomed to failure before it even starts. It appears that George Osborne is considering trying to replace Cameron as PM: ‘George Osborne’s allies are taking soundings this weekend among Tory MPs on whether the chancellor should stand against Boris Johnson to be the new Tory leader.’ We’re really pretty sure that’s not one of those things that is going to work. And rightly so too.” (06/26/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/all-political-careers-end-in-failure-of-course

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40) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 95
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“Can we expect some diverse real world experience and leadership in a candidate? Yes! This week we interview the inspiring Larry Sharpe! Not the wrestler, but the awesome guy who almost won the Vice-Presidential nomination by 30 votes! Yeah that guy! Is Larry Sharpe a bad-ass? We bet your beer he is! In this episode we talk about: safety nets for the poor, pragmatists, anarchists, and everything in between!” [various formats] (06/25/16)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-95-larry-sharpe/

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41) Peaceful Anarchism interview: Alma Sommer
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Alma Sommer. Herein we discussed having an undocumented human, regulations strangulating midwives, outbreed the evil folk, her journey to Voluntaryism, Jackalope Freedom Festival evolution, living on the water, Michael Fielding, Sailboat Diaries, Undocumented Human, Idiocracy the future, overpopulation myth, Watch My Bit, Periscope, Bitcoin fallacies, Airbitz, Dash cryptocurrency, making Voluntaryism more attractive, morality is not a numbers game, making State laws unenforceable and more!” [MP3] (06/25/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/alma-sommer-founder-of-jackalope-freedom-festival-and-undocumented-human/

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42) The Tom Woods Show, episode 688
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Tenth Amendment Center founder and executive director Michael Boldin discusses successes, failures, and what he’s learned from both, on the occasion of the center’s tenth anniversary.” [various formats] (06/24/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-688-from-leftist-to-nullification-champion-michael-boldin-and-the-tenth-anniversary-of-the-tenth-amendment-center/

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43) Britain’s long, tortured relationship With Europe
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“If Great Britain leaves the European Union, it will be the end of a particularly tormented relationship, one bedeviled by passive-aggressive hostility. Britain has never really loved the EU. As the European Union was forming in the 1950s, Britain looked on from the outside as an arrogant and ambivalent partner. It ultimately found itself forced by circumstances to join a club it felt it was too good for. The roots of Britain’s wariness of Europe are manifold. It is an island nation at the periphery of the continent with a historical mythology that emphasizes thwarting continental invasions, from the Spanish Armada to Napoleon to Hitler. Britain has never really thought of itself as being a part of Europe. Major British holidays, notably Guy Fawkes Day, celebrate the resisting of continental plots against the island’s splendid freedom.” (06/24/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/134642/britains-long-tortured-relationship-europe

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44) No one has right to violate others
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“In the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre, popular opinion seemed to blame either guns or the murderer’s religion. It’s good neither is subject to popular opinion, because opinion is fickle. You have a right to choose and exercise your own religion, and you have a right to own and to carry any weapon you see fit, whether the majority agrees or not. In fact, you have a natural human right to not be prevented from doing whatever you want as long as you aren’t violating any other person’s equal and identical rights while doing so. This is an infinite number of rights; more than could possibly be listed in one lifetime.” (06/23/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/06/23/mcmanigal-no-one-has-right-to-violate-others/

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45) Violence begets violence: The Orlando shootings and the war on terror
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“We can rail against ISIS, hate crimes, terror threats, Islamic radicalization, gun control and national security. We can blame Muslims, lax gun laws, a homophobic culture and a toxic politic environmental [sic]. We can even use the Orlando shooting as fodder for this year’s presidential campaigns. But until we start addressing the U.S. government’s part in creating, cultivating and abetting domestic and global terrorism — and hold agencies such as the FBI and Defense Department accountable for importing and exporting violence, breeding extremism and generating blowback, which then gets turned loose on an unsuspecting American populace — we’ll be no closer to putting an end to the violence that claimed 50 lives at an Orlando nightclub on June 12, 2016, than we were 15 years ago when nearly 3,000 individuals were killed on Sept. 11, 2001.” (06/24/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/violence-begets-violence-orlando-shootings-war-terror/

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46) First the UK, then Scotland … then Texas?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“That didn’t take long. Only hours after the final results came in for a British exit from the EU, political leaders in Scotland are talking about renewing their drive to secede from the United Kingdom. Pointing to the fact that a large majority of Scots voted to remain in the EU, Scottish advocates for independence are now claiming (convincingly) that Scotland is leaving the EU against its will. … When Americans indulge in thought experiments about the possible secession of American states, it is often assumed that most US states are too small ‘to go it alone.’ Indeed, most Americans greatly underestimate the size of many American states in relation to numerous independent and prosperous existing nation-states.” (06/24/16)

https://mises.org/blog/first-uk-then-scotland-then-texas

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47) Do we really want war with Russia?
Source: Ron Paul Institute
by Eric Margolis

“The war party in Washington, backed by the military-industrial complex, the tame media, and the neocons, are agitating hard for war. US and NATO combat forces are being sent to Russia’s western borders in Ukraine, the Baltic and Black Sea. NATO is arming, financing ($40 billion so far) and supplying Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. Prominent Americans are calling for the US to attack Russian forces in Syria. US warships are off Russia’s coasts in the Black Sea, Baltic and Pacific. NATO air forces are probing Russia’s western air borders.” (06/25/16)

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2016/june/25/do-we-really-want-war-with-russia/

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48) Immigration is a fundamental human right
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Sandy Ikeda

“A basic tenet of liberalism is that every person, regardless of what country she happens to live in, has the same basic human rights. If it doesn’t apply to everyone, everywhere then it can’t be a basic human right. And among those rights is the right of free association. Free association simply means that Jack is free to peacefully associate with Jill, as long as Jill wishes to peacefully associate with Jack. Indeed, Jack can’t exercise that right unless Jill can also, which is another characteristic of a basic human right. It applies broadly to all forms of association, related but not limited to political activity, religious observance, and commerce.” (06/25/16)

https://fee.org/articles/immigration-is-a-fundamental-human-right/

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49) STOP Rule 41 — FBI should not get legal power to hack computers worldwide
Source: The Hacker News
by Mohit Kumar

“We have been hearing a lot about Rule 41 after the US Department of Justice has pushed an update to the rule. The change to the Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure grants the FBI much greater powers to hack legally into any computer across the country, and perhaps anywhere in the world, with just a single search warrant authorized by any US judge. However, both civil liberties groups and tech companies have blasted the proposed change, saying it is an affront to the Fourth Amendment and would allow the cops and Feds in America to hack remotely into people’s computers and phones around the world.” (06/23/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/06/fbi-hack-rule-41.html

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50) Democratic Party’s socialist Bernie Sanders is a libertarian?
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

“During this slog toward Election 2016 many people seem to find it even more difficult to understand and apply definitions to seemingly easy to understand words. As an example, The Baltimore Sun recently published an opinion piece in which someone named Nancy Spies referred to Bernie Sanders as a ‘libertarian.’ ‘Sanders suddenly had a change of heart last year and became a born-again Democrat,’ she wrote. ‘It seems a rather sneaky way to get one’s lifelong Libertarian views more exposure but you have to say, Well played, Senator Sanders.'” (06/24/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/democratic-party-s-socialist-bernie-sanders-is-a-libertarian

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Editors:
Thomas L. Knapp
R. Lee Wrights
Steve Trinward

Editor Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
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