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In the News:

1) Turkey: Police detain 13 in connection with Istanbul airport attack
2) US Senate passes bailout for Puerto Rico pols
3) Italy, Netherlands regimes agree to split seat on powerful UN Security Council
4) Iraq: US official claims airstrikes kill at least 250 Islamic State fighters
5) Obama regime removes GE Capital’s “too big to fail” label
6) China replaces top Internet regulator and censor with deputy
7) Two transgender Democrats nominated in Western GOP strongholds
8) World War 2 Jewish escape tunnel uncovered in Lithuania’s Ponar forest
9) Mexico: President explains comparing Trump to Hitler, Mussolini
10) Obama: Trump ideas “nativist or xenophobic … or worse”
11) NJ: Third-grader’s comment on baked goods triggers 911 call
12) EgyptAir 804 wreckage, flight data show heat damage and smoke, investigators say
13) CIA weapons for Syrian rebels sold to arms black market
14) Rights groups: Saudis should not be on Human Rights Council
15) KY: Massie leads charge for “Amexit” from UN
16) Haiti: Bickering lawmakers avoid vote on interim leader
17) China: Regime orders Apple to monitor app store users and track their identities
18) Here’s what the State Department gives you if their convoy runs over your 7-year-old son
19) IL: Chicago to fall to Nicotine Nazis on Friday
20) Malaysia: Opposition leader detained by anti-graft commission
21) Australia: As election approaches, politicians try to avoid disclosing positions on marriage apartheid
22) Tusk: EU 27 agree “no single market a la carte” for UK
23) Mediterranean: Italian navy raises wreck of migrant boat that sank, killing hundreds, in 2015
24) UK: Men arrested after assaulting, berating American
25) Two congresscritters urge FDA to lift blood ban for gay men

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Channeling Karl Marx
27) Surveillance paranoia and my London bust
28) “We the prisoners”: The demise of the Fourth Amendment
29) Yes, a GOP delegate revolt is possible
30) Cigarettes hazardous, but some lawmakers worse
31) The Supreme Court is moving left, here’s why
32) Equal means color blind — not
33) Gary Johnson, the choice for the morally conflicted
34) Venezuela should abolish its worthless currency
35) Economics not great at Orthodox council
36) The first post-middle-class election
37) The hot land
38) Is the ACLU’s lawsuit against bad anti-hacking law ingenious or terrifying?
39) An alternative to the madness of proving police injustice
40) Elizabeth Warren, Hillary’s most rational choice for VP
41) The 2,000-year, ongoing fight for democracy
42) Brexit: What now?
43) The glories of central planning
44) Banning the box is not nearly enough
45) Hillary Clinton’s easy choices
46) To my less-evilism haters: A rejoinder to Halle and Chomsky
47) A bullet train to the head
48) Surrendering power: Duke students speak out about free speech
49) Is Brexit national suicide?
50) Heartland Daily Podcast, 06/28/16
51) The Syria “dissent” memo and US bureaucratic pressure strategy
52) Apocalypse mindset: Don’t let it get you killed
53) The case against raising the US minimum wage
54) Federal drug enforcement tyranny in Colorado and Washington
55) Free Talk Live, 06/28/16

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

1) Turkey: Police detain 13 in connection with Istanbul airport attack
Source: Washington Post

“Turkish police have detained at least 13 people in connection with the triple suicide bombing that killed 42 people at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Tuesday, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Counterterrorism units raided 16 addresses in Istanbul on Thursday and launched operations in the coastal city of Izmir, the agency said. … There has been no claim of responsibility for Tuesday night’s airport attack. But Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in a televised speech late Wednesday that the government’s assertion that the Islamic State is responsible ‘continues to gain weight.'” (06/30/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/turkish-police-conduct-raids-on-suspected-islamic-state-hideouts-after-deadly-airport-attack/2016/06/30/2b91d61a-3e5e-11e6-9e16-4cf01a41decb_story.html

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2) US Senate passes bailout for Puerto Rico pols
Source: The Hill

“The Senate late Wednesday approved legislation to address Puerto Rico’s [politicians’] growing debt crisis, stepping in to help the ailing territory[‘s politicians] just ahead of a daunting deadline. By a vote of 68-30, senators cleared a bill that would let the island[‘s politicians] restructure [their] massive debt load, while establishing an outside control board to police [their] troubled finances. The bill now heads to President Obama, who has been a vocal proponent of the measure and is expected to sign it in short order.” (06/29/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/286026-senate-passes-puerto-rico-debt-relief-bill

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3) Italy, Netherlands regimes agree to split seat on powerful UN Security Council
Source: Fox News

“Sweden and Kazakhstan won contested elections for coveted seats on the Security Council on Tuesday and the Netherlands and Italy ended a battle for another seat by agreeing to split the two-year term on the U.N.’s most powerful body. The U.N. General Assembly met to choose five new council members and it overwhelmingly elected Ethiopia and Bolivia, who faced no opposition for seats earmarked for Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. But after five rounds of voting, the Netherlands and Italy who belong to the Western group of countries were deadlocked with each receiving 95 votes — and needing 127 votes to win.” (06/29/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/06/29/italy-netherlands-agree-to-split-seat-on-powerful-un-security-council.html

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4) Iraq: US official claims airstrikes kill at least 250 Islamic State fighters
Source: Fox News

“A series of American airstrikes killed at least 250 ISIS fighters driving in a convoy outside Fallujah on Wednesday, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News. The strikes occurred on the outskirts of the Iraqi city in ‘southern Fallujah,’ a second U.S. defense official told Fox News. ‘There was a strike on a convoy of ISIS fighters trying to leave a neighborhood on the outskirts of southern Fallujah that we struck,’ the official said. At least 40 vehicles were destroyed in the airstrikes, a U.S. official told Reuters, which was first to report the air assault.” (06/29/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/06/29/us-airstrikes-kill-at-least-250-isis-fighters-in-convoy-outside-fallujah-official-says.html

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5) Obama regime removes GE Capital’s “too big to fail” label
Source: USA Today

“A U.S. oversight board has voted to remove the ‘too-big-to-fail’ designation from GE Capital, which had requested the move after its decision to shed billions in assets. The Financial Stability Oversight Council voted Tuesday to remove the label, which had subjected GE Capital to additional scrutiny from the Federal Reserve, including certain financial controls. The panel’s unanimous decision, revealed Wednesday morning, reflects a determination that a collapse of GE Capital would no longer represent a systemic threat to the U.S. financial system [or, more likely, that enough council members have received enough favors from GE Capital].” (06/29/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/06/29/financial-stability-oversight-council-ge-capital/86505334/

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6) China replaces top Internet regulator and censor with deputy
Source: Billings Gazette

“China has replaced its internet regulator, Lu Wei, the hard-liner responsible for leading the government’s efforts to tighten control over domestic cyberspace and export the ruling Communist Party’s philosophy of web control. Lu wielded expansive powers as head of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs since 2014, dictating what 700 million Chinese internet users may view online and acting as gatekeeper for technology companies wishing to do business in China.” (06/29/16)

http://billingsgazette.com/news/world/china-replaces-top-internet-regulator-and-censor-with-deputy/article_4b501402-54b9-5dc3-a45c-04ad9c58247c.html

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7) Two transgender Democrats nominated in Western GOP strongholds
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Democrats in some of the reddest pockets of the interior West have nominated transgender women for Congress, sending a message of inclusivity in races many consider unwinnable for the party. Misty Snow was nominated Tuesday in Utah to challenge GOP U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, and Misty Plowright won a primary to challenge Republican Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn in the state’s most conservative congressional district. Both candidates are downplaying gender identity in their primary contests. ‘Yeah, I’m trans, but the simple fact of the matter is that a lot of people just don’t care,’ said Plowright, 33, a first-time candidate who decided to run after attending Democratic presidential caucuses earlier this year and being inspired by the presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.” (06/29/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/2-transgender-Democrats-nominated-in-Western-GOP-8332670.php

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8) World War 2 Jewish escape tunnel uncovered in Lithuania’s Ponar forest
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A tunnel dug out with spoons by Jewish prisoners escaping Nazi captors in World War Two has been uncovered in Lithuania’s Ponar forest. The prisoners were from the so-called Burning Brigade, who were forced to burn corpses to cover up Nazi atrocities as the Soviets advanced. Knowing they too would be killed, they dug a tunnel in a pit where they were kept. Eleven escapees survived the war. A research team used a ground-scanning system to map out the tunnel. The exact location of the 34m (112ft) tunnel had been lost since the end of the war, but the international team, including the Israel Antiquities Authority and researchers from the US, Canada and Lithuania, have now located it.” (06/29/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36664806

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9) Mexico: President explains comparing Trump to Hitler, Mussolini
Source: Reuters

“Pena Nieto warned of the dangers of populism in a globalized world. ‘Hitler, Mussolini, we all know the result,’ he said when asked to explain the comparison. ‘It was only a call for reflection and for recognition, so that we bear in mind what we have achieved and the great deal still to achieve.’ The presumptive Republican nominee for the Nov. 8 election, Trump has sparked outrage in Mexico with his campaign vow to build a wall along the southern U.S. border to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs, and to make Mexico pay for it. In March, Pena Nieto likened Trump’s ‘strident tone’ to the ascent of dictators like Hitler and Mussolini, attacking the ‘populism’ of the Trump campaign, which he said sought to put forward simple solutions for complicated problems.” (06/29/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-canada-pena-nieto-idUSKCN0ZF2JD

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10) Obama: Trump ideas “nativist or xenophobic … or worse”
Source: USA Today

“Donald Trump was not at the ‘Three Amigos’ summit of North American leaders Wednesday, but his presence hung over the continental conference anyway. The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico took turns rebutting the Republican presidential candidate’s proposals on trade and immigration. As they met in Ottawa, Trump was 340 miles away in Bangor, Maine, promising to build a wall at the Mexican border and get the United States out of the North American Free Trade Agreement that forms the basis of economic cooperation among the three countries. In what he himself called a press conference-ending ‘rant,’ President Obama took a whack at Trump’s populist credentials, painting the billionaire real estate mogul as part of the global elite.” (06/29/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/29/three-amigos-trump-trade-immigration-north-american-summit/86525134

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11) NJ: Third-grader’s comment on baked goods triggers 911 call
Source: Fox News

“Police were called to a New Jersey elementary school after a 9-year-old boy made a disparaging comment about the brownies he was eating at an end-of-year class party. According to the Philadelphia Enquirer, another student interpreted the comments as ‘racist’ and — instead of just punishing the student with detention, or calling his parents, or just explaining what he did wrong (if anything at all) — the school turned to law enforcement. The cops didn’t press charges but still reported the incident to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection. This is not an isolated incident in the school district. The police were called about five times a day in the past month for a district of 1,875 students.” (06/29/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/06/29/third-graders-innocent-comment-on-baked-goods-triggers-911-call.html

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12) EgyptAir 804 wreckage, flight data show heat damage and smoke, investigators say
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Egyptian investigators said Wednesday that wreckage from the EgyptAir flight that crashed in May shows ‘signs of damage because of high temperature’ and that a flight data recorder indicates there was smoke on board. The flight from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean on May 19 for reasons that remain unknown. The pilots made no distress call, and no militant group has claimed to have brought down the plane. … French authorities opened a manslaughter inquiry on Monday, but said there is no evidence so far to link the crash to terrorism.” (06/29/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-egyptair-crash-20160629-story.html

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13) CIA weapons for Syrian rebels sold to arms black market
Source: Reuters

“Weapons shipped into Jordan for Syrian rebels by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia were stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, the New York Times reported, citing American and Jordanian officials. Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman, according to a joint investigation by the New York Times and Al Jazeera.” (06/26/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-arms-idUSKCN0ZD01J

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14) Rights groups: Saudis should not be on Human Rights Council
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Saudi Arabia should be suspended from the U.N.’s top human rights organization because of indiscriminate airstrikes by the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen that have killed hundreds of civilians, including women and children, human rights groups said Wednesday. Officials with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch told reporters at a joint news conference that their investigators documented 69 unlawful airstrikes by the U.S.-backed coalition that killed at least 913 civilians — including about 200 children. They said airstrikes hit homes, markets, hospitals, schools and mosques.” (06/29/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/ap/rights-groups-saudis-should-not-be-on-human-rights-council/article_cab31cc7-c7b5-5f7f-a97c-66ede79f4107.html

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15) KY: Massie leads charge for “Amexit” from UN
Source: The Libertarian Republic

“Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) is pushing for the United States to leave the United Nations. Dubbing the proposal ‘Amexit,’ Massie has signaled his desire for the House to vote on a bill which he has cosponsored. That bill, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act, would allow for the United States to leave the United Nations. First, the bill would stop United States payments to the United Nations. Currently, the United States spends around $8 billion on the United Nations through mandatory and voluntary contributions. The bill would only allow those funds to be used to ‘facilitate termination of United States membership and withdrawal of United States personnel and equipment.'” (06/28/16)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/thomas-massie-leading-charge-for-amexit-from-the-un/

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16) Haiti: Bickering lawmakers avoid vote on interim leader
Source: ABC News

“Haiti’s fragmented Parliament failed again Wednesday to decide what to do about the caretaker president whose term has expired but remains in office in the absence of a vote resolving the latest leadership disorder. A joint National Assembly session adjourned after grandstanding speeches, arguments over agenda items and breaks for closed-door negotiations went on for hours. No vote was taken.” (06/29/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/haitis-bickering-lawmakers-avoid-vote-interim-leader-40233221

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17) China: Regime orders Apple to monitor app store users and track their identities
Source: The Hacker News

“China has long been known for its strict censorship which makes it difficult for foreign technology companies to do business in the world’s most populous country of over 1.35 billion people. Now, the new law issued by the Chinese government will expand its strict Internet monitoring efforts into mobile apps, targeting operators including Apple. However, Google currently doesn’t operate its app store in China. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has imposed new regulation on distributors of mobile apps that requires both app stores and app developers keep a close eye on users and maintain a record of their activities for at least 60 days.” (06/29/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/06/china-mobile-app-store.html

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18) Here’s what the State Department gives you if their convoy runs over your 7-year-old son
Source: Foreign Policy

“In April, a convoy of vehicles carrying Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the United Nations, was cruising along a highway in northern Cameroon when 7-year-old Birwe Toussem darted in front of an armored jeep. Before the local driver could brake, he hit Toussem and killed him. On Wednesday, more than two months later, the State Department confirmed the family will be reimbursed for the accidental death. And according to the Associated Press, that package will include $1,700 cash — $400 more than the central African country’s GDP per capita — in addition to contributions from the Cameroonian government, the United Nations, and aid agencies, bringing the payment to a grand total of around $10,000.” (06/29/16)

http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/06/29/heres-what-the-state-department-gives-you-if-their-convoy-runs-over-your-7-year-old-son/

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19) IL: Chicago to fall to Nicotine Nazis on Friday
Source: Washington Post

“The minimum age in Chicago for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products goes up to 21 at the end of the week. The city on Friday joins about 170 local jurisdictions around the country that have made the change, including New York City and Boston. Health advocates have pushed the policy to discourage teenagers from starting a harmful habit [read: To increase their fundraising mojo and get increased budgets for their allies in enforcement bureaucracies].” (06/29/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/age-to-buy-tobacco-in-chicago-increasing-to-21-this-week/2016/06/29/4d37e484-3dec-11e6-9e16-4cf01a41decb_story.html

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20) Malaysia: Opposition leader detained by anti-graft commission
Source: Bloomberg

“Malaysia’s anti-graft agency detained an opposition leader amid an investigation into a property purchase, throwing rivals of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s ruling coalition further into disarray after recent election losses and infighting. The country’s Anti-Corruption Commission arrested Lim Guan Eng, chief minister of Penang state and secretary-general of the Democratic Action Party, his father and party leader Lim Kit Siang said in a post on Twitter. He was held on two charges of graft, the elder Lim said. … With one leader already in jail, and Lim facing charges that could potentially put him behind bars, it’s becoming more challenging for the opposition to mount a coherent front against Najib, who has weathered graft allegations of his own and efforts by a former leader to remove him.” (06/29/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-29/malaysia-opposition-leader-detained-by-anti-graft-commission

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21) Australia: As election approaches, politicians try to avoid disclosing positions on marriage apartheid
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Same-sex marriage has become a front-page issue in the final days of Australia’s election campaign. The ruling conservative Liberal Party has promised to hold a plebiscite on the issue if it returns to power at this weekend’s election. But questions remain over whether the party would abide by a result in favour of same-sex marriage. … Two senior Australian ministers have refused to say if they would support same-sex marriage in parliament. In an interview, Treasurer Scott Morrison refused six times to say how he would vote. … In a separate interview, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop echoed the treasurer’s comments, refusing to be drawn on the ‘hypothetical’ issue.” (06/29/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/36659051

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22) Tusk: EU 27 agree “no single market a la carte” for UK
Source: The Daily Star [Lebanon]

“EU leaders agreed Wednesday that Britain cannot have access to the single market after leaving the union without accepting the bloc’s rules on free movement, president Donald Tusk said. ‘There will be no single market a la carte,’ Tusk told a news conference in Brussels after the 27 leaders met without British Prime Minister David Cameron. ‘Leaders made it crystal clear today that access to the single market requires acceptance of all four freedoms including freedom of movement,’ Tusk added. The 27 EU leaders will also hold a summit — without Britain — in Bratislava on September 16 to discuss further the fallout from Britain’s decision to leave the bloc, Tusk said.” (06/29/16)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Jun-29/359663-eu-27-agree-no-single-market-a-la-carte-for-uk-tusk.ashx

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23) Mediterranean: Italian navy raises wreck of migrant boat that sank, killing hundreds, in 2015
Source: Reuters

“Italy has begun raising the wreck of a fishing boat that sank in April 2015, drowning hundreds of migrants packed on board, its navy said on Wednesday. The disaster is feared to have killed up to 800 people, making it one of the deadliest shipwrecks in decades of seaborne migration from North Africa towards Europe. The navy has recovered 118 bodies, but hundreds of corpses are believed to be trapped below deck, where survivors said migrants including many women and children were locked.” (06/29/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-shipwreck-recovery-idUSKCN0ZF0Y7

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24) UK: Men arrested after assaulting, berating American
Source: New York Daily News

“Two British men and a teen boy tossed beer in an American military veteran’s face and demanded he ‘get back to Africa’ during a Tuesday morning train ride, police said. … They announced later in the day that they had arrested two men aged 20 and 18 years old and a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of affray, a crime which refers to fighting in a public place to disturb the peace. ‘F–king immigrant!’ one of them shouted at the man, who spoke with an American accent and later said he’d served in the military. ‘Get off the tram now! Don’t chat s–t or get deported.'” [editor’s note: What the hell do the guy being a veteran, or the content of any insults incident to a physical attack, have to do with anything? – TLK] (06/29/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/british-teens-man-back-africa-article-1.2691077

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25) Two congresscritters urge FDA to lift blood ban for gay men
Source: CNN

“Two Democratic lawmakers joined the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and others Tuesday in urging the Food and Drug Administration to change its blood donation policy. The FDA restricts gay men who have had sexual contact with another man in the past 12 months from giving blood. One of the lawmakers to speak Tuesday, Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, who is openly gay, has been fighting to overturn this policy. Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, who represents Orlando, suggested using this month’s Pulse nightclub shootings to show renewed respect for people’s rights. He said blood donation screening should be based on science and a donor’s safe and monogamous sexual behavior, no matter their orientation.” [editor’s note: Hey, here’s an idea — how about shutting down the FDA? Blood banks, not bureaucrats or politicians, should make decisions for blood banks – TLK] (06/28/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/28/health/fda-gay-men-blood-donation/

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

26) Channeling Karl Marx
Source: La Bocca della Verita
by Gene Callahan

“The globalist elites have a problem they must continually solve: there are a lot more of us then there are of them, and they have to keep us from noticing that. A tried-and-true strategy for doing this is divide and conquer: if they can convince half of the poor and lower middle-class population that their real problem is the other half of the poor and lower middle-class population, and vice a versa, they are good to go. And thus we get the twin memes of ‘white privilege’ and ‘welfare parasites.’ The function they serve is to help convince poor black families in the South Bronx that their real problem is poor hillbilly families in Kentucky, and vice a versa. To the extent these two memes take hold, they block the possibility of a true populist revolt against the rule of the current elite.” (06/29/16)

http://gene-callahan.blogspot.com/2016/06/channeling-karl-marx.html

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27) Surveillance paranoia and my London bust
Source: JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard

I arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport, coming in from Hamburg, Germany and saw an immigration line that was surprisingly short. … The clerk who was working glanced listlessly at the American passport I passed over to her. ‘Is this your first visit to the UK?’ ‘No, I visited England in 1977.’ ‘Are you here for business or pleasure?’ ‘Business.’ ‘What is your occupation?’ she asked. ‘Journalist,’ I replied. I had carefully printed that out in the immigration form under the category ‘Occupation.’ But since this woman worked for the government, maybe she didn’t read so good. Or maybe she was trying to catch me disavowing what I wrote 10 minutes earlier. ‘What will you be doing in the U.K.?’ ‘I am going to be interviewed by a television network.’ She showed a flicker of response. ‘Which one?’ she asked, as her monotone waned. ‘Al Jazeera,’ I replied. Boom.” (06/29/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/06/29/surveillance-paranoia-london-bust/

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28) “We the prisoners”: The demise of the Fourth Amendment
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

In a carceral state — a.k.a. a prison state or a police state — there is no Fourth Amendment to protect you from the overreaches, abuses, searches and probing eyes of government overlords. In a carceral state, there is no difference between the treatment meted out to a law-abiding citizen and a convicted felon: both are equally suspect and treated as criminals, without any of the special rights and privileges reserved for the governing elite. In a carceral state, there are only two kinds of people: the prisoners and the prison guards. With every new law enacted by federal and state legislatures, every new ruling handed down by government courts, and every new military weapon, invasive tactic and egregious protocol employed by government agents, ‘we the people’ — the prisoners of the American police state — are being pushed that much further into a corner, our backs against the prison wall.” (06/29/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/prisoners-demise-fourth-amendment/

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29) Yes, a GOP delegate revolt is possible
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, is heading toward July’s national party convention with a majority of delegates (as ‘bound’ by state primaries and caucuses) in hand. But ever since it became clear that he would garner that majority, both he and the GOP leadership have spent a good deal of time trying to snuff out talk of a floor revolt by those delegates against his nomination and in favor of some other candidate’s. ‘The Republican National Committee put out a statement ‘you can’t do it, it’s not legal, you can’t do it, you’re not allowed to do it,” says Trump. Is Trump right? Is it ‘illegal’ for the delegates to do what they want instead of what Trump and the RNC claim the rules demand? In a word, no.” (06/29/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6495

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30) Cigarettes hazardous, but some lawmakers worse
Source: Town Hall
by Jeff Jacoby

“In Hawaii and California, the minimum age for buying cigarettes was raised recently to 21. Now Massachusetts lawmakers, addicted to the rush that comes from limiting other people’s choices, are keen to jump on the bandwagon. A bill banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone younger than 21 (and, for good measure, making it a crime to sell cigarettes in drugstores) passed the state Senate by an overwhelming vote last month. The bill is now before a House committee; it could reach the full House for a vote in a matter of days. Soon after the Fourth of July, adults in Massachusetts who smoke or who do business with smokers can expect to have less freedom than they have right now. Happy Independence Day. … Today, smoking is at an all-time low in the United States, down to just 14.9 percent in a Centers for Disease Control survey released in November. Among teens, smoking is rarer still.” (06/29/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/jeffjacoby/2016/06/29/cigarettes-are-hazardous-but-some-lawmakers-are-worse-n2185422

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31) The Supreme Court is moving left, here’s why
Source: Reuters
by William Yeomans

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s strange 2015 term ended this week in a flurry of dysfunction on difficult issues (the inability to rule on President Barack Obama’s immigration orders), interspersed with predictable decisions (the unanimous stay-out-of-jail pass for the unethical but no longer felonious former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell). Most intriguingly, though, the term marked the emergence of a leftward-leaning Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy, soon to be 80 years old, has sat at the center of the nine-member conservative court since the resignation of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2005. He still retains his status as the deciding vote — but on this new, more liberal, if diminished court. We may also be witnessing a phenomenon that conservatives have railed against for years: the gradual liberalization of justices as they age. In recent years, Justices Harry Blackmun, John Paul Stevens and David Souter, all Republican appointees, moved consistently left with advancing age.” (06/28/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-supreme-court-commentary-idUSKCN0ZE2LR

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32) Equal means color blind — not
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“[E]very SCOTUS justice should, by the mandate of his or her sworn oath to uphold the Constitution, vote to strike down any state law which does not protect all persons in the jurisdiction equally, right? Wrong, say Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Anthony Kennedy, in a 4 to 3 decision upholding a Texas affirmative action policy which blatantly takes the race of student applicants for admission to the University of Texas into account, and thereby denies equal protection of the law to whites.” (06/29/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/06/equal-means-color-blind-not.html

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33) Gary Johnson, the choice for the morally conflicted
Source: USA Today
by Matthew Tully

“America is peppered with conflicted Republicans — loyal members of the Grand Old Party who simply cannot tolerate the notion of voting for Donald Trump, but who also find the idea of casting a ballot for Hillary Clinton unimaginable, if not sacrilegious. It’s a quandary for many of you. If you’re among those in this political black hole, I feel for you. And, so, today I am here to help. I’ll do that by introducing my troubled Republican friends to Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee for president. He’s a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico and, thanks to this year’s political discontent, he notched a head-turning 10% in a recent national poll.” [editor’s note: We libertarians have an interesting dilemma, whether to object to the limited aspects of Johnson’s libertarian parts, or to offer the general public an option far beyond what they think they have – SAT] (06/29/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2016/06/29/gary-johnson-libertarian-republican-party-candidate-column/86504536

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34) Venezuela should abolish its worthless currency
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Steve H Hanke

“With the arrival of President Hugo Chavez in 1999, Venezuela embraced Chavismo, a form of Andean socialism. In 2013, Chavez met the Grim Reaper and Nicolas Maduro assumed Chavez’s mantle. Chavismo has not been confined to Venezuela, however. A form of it has been adopted by Rafael Correa — a leftist economist who became president of a dollarized Ecuador in 2007. Even though the broad outlines of their economic models are the same, the performance of Venezuela and Ecuador are in stark contrast with one another.” (06/29/16)

https://fee.org/articles/venezuela-should-abolish-its-worthless-currency/

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35) Economics not great at Orthodox council
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Dylan Pahman

“We Orthodox who are especially nerdy followed the remnants of what was planned as a ‘Great and Holy,’ ‘Pan-Orthodox’ council of the Orthodox Churches, which concluded Sunday in Crete. The sad reality, however, is that for various reasons Antioch, Russia, Bulgaria, and Georgia decided not to attend. Antioch, especially, had unique and legitimate grievances. So ‘Pan-Orthodox’ is a bit of a misnomer at this point, and ‘Great and Holy’ was probably overly aspirational to begin with. But despite its questionable importance and authority, the council marched on.” (06/29/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/06/29/economics-not-great-orthodox-council

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36) The first post-middle-class election
Source: The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

“Two years ago, a pollster for Democratic candidates told me he’d begun advising his clients to cease emphasizing ‘the middle class’ when speaking of those Americans whose interests they were defending. Many Americans who once thought of themselves as middle-class, he argued, no longer did. Last year, a Pew Research Center survey confirmed those Americans’ assessment. The share of income going to middle-class Americans declined from 62 percent in 1970 to 43 percent in 2014, while the share going to upper-income households rose from 29 percent to 49 percent. The erosion of middle-class America has been afoot for 40 years, but it was the financial crisis of 2008 and the tepid recovery that followed it that have shaken American politics to its foundations.” [editor’s note: This long, rather didactic history lesson lacks perspective beyond the War Party’s two wings (no mention of either LP or GP, or their possible effect), but is otherwise readable – SAT] (06/29/16)

http://prospect.org/article/first-post-middle-class-election-0

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37) The hot land
Source: The Intercept
by Ryan Devereaux

“When Enrique Pena Nieto assumed office as president of Mexico in 2012, he did not want to talk about the drug war. He had staked his candidacy on promises of reform; on the possibility of a Mexico freed from depictions in the international press of a nation defined by violence. That was an attractive idea. After all, the loss of life under Pena Nieto’s predecessor, Felipe Calderon, who sent the military into the streets to do battle with organized crime, had been historic, with even the most conservative estimates of the dead and disappeared soaring well into the six-figure range. Pena Nieto avoided references to a sweeping, militarized campaign against drug cartels — the defining feature of Calderon’s tenure — instead favoring more generalized references to public security. Unfortunately, avoiding the subject didn’t make it go away. Within two years, Mexican security forces at all levels would be implicated in a series of grisly crimes.” (06/29/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/06/29/after-uprising-in-mexico-return-of-narco-warlords/

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38) Is the ACLU’s lawsuit against bad anti-hacking law ingenious or terrifying?
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“The vague language of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) has made it prone to abuse by federal prosecutors. This law’s alleged purpose is to fight cybercrimes and hackers. But the law is far more expansive, making it a federal crime to violate a web site’s ‘terms of service’ as a user or to access a computer or network in an ‘unauthorized’ fashion. Yes, the law is used to fight hackers trying to get into people’s bank accounts to steal their money. But it has also been used to put journalist Matthew Keys in prison for giving a password to a member of Anonymous, who then vandalized the website for the Los Angeles Times by changing a single headline.” (06/29/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/06/29/is-the-aclus-lawsuit-against-bad-anti-ha

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39) An alternative to the madness of proving police injustice
Source: The Atlantic
by Vann R Newkirk II

“When Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson Jr., was acquitted Thursday of all charges related to the death of Freddie Gray, the one emotion absent from the courtroom, social media, and the crowds of protesters in the city was surprise. The cases of all six officers alleged to be involved in Gray’s April 2015 death have been tossed about in a sea of strange legal wrangling and reshuffling, but without much real suspense. The trial of Officer Edward Nero ended in a judge’s acquittal, and that of Officer William Porter in a hung jury. All six officers charged in the case remain on administrative, drawing full salaries, pending the outcome of an internal investigation. But it’s likely that these officers will share the fate of most officers accused of killing black people in the line of duty: a return to police work.” (06/29/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/restorative-justice-police-violence/489221/

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40) Elizabeth Warren, Hillary’s most rational choice for VP
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“Nearly all reports from the Hillary Clinton brain trust suggest Senator Tim Kaine is the runaway favorite to be the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee in 2016. There are soft spots in this consensus. For instance, the Clinton campaign is apparently not 100 percent convinced that Donald Trump will walk away from next month’s convention in Cleveland as the Republican nominee. Clinton’s allies think there’s a small but real chance she’ll be running against a candidate who isn’t fatally flawed himself (or mortally wounded for having deposed Trump). If that did happen, a more electric candidate might rocket to the top of her short list.” [editor’s note: Some say this would destroy the last vestige of credibility for Warren for a 2020 run; I frankly don’t give a crap either way – SAT] (06/29/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/134726/elizabeth-warren-hillary-clintons-rational-choice-vp

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41) The 2,000-year, ongoing fight for democracy
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“The vote to leave the European Union was the biggest democratic mandate in British political history. Those 17.5 million Leave votes represented a decisive, democratic choice that, in terms of individual voters, outstripped that made in any past referendum or General Election. And the result has sparked horror. … We have been told voters were misled, played and duped. That, in effect, voters are so stupid, so plagued by prejudice, that consulting them on this profound political question was a mistake. Democracy itself has been called into question in a bald, unashamed way. But we shouldn’t be surprised. Those who support the EU, a body designed to protect politics from the people, can hardly be relied upon to defend popular sovereignty. What’s more, the response was also entirely in keeping with a disdain for democracy that has existed for millennia. Democracy has always been fragile.” (06/29/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-2000-year-ongoing-fight-for-democracy/

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42) Brexit: What now?
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“The short-term shock and turmoil of Brexit will eventually pass. Markets will stabilize as investors realize that the scare campaign by the anti-Brexit establishment was vastly overblown. The Britain of today is largely the same as the Britain of a week ago. The big question, though, remains unanswered: Will Britain seize on this opportunity to fundamentally remake its economic policies in a way that will increase economic growth? Or will it simply substitute British bureaucracy, taxes, and regulations for European ones?” (06/29/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/brexit-what-now

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43) The glories of central planning
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Socialists often criticize the market for allowing people to starve. They often say it’s unfair that somebody with surplus food is allowed to keep it while others starve to death. They also lambast the idea of property rights because the concept allows a person with a surplus of food to defend it against a starving thief. These are valid criticisms, mind you. But they also ignore an important fact. Markets and private property rights may allow some people to starve but you really need a centrally planned economy if you want to starve everybody …” (06/29/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/06/29/the-glories-of-central-planning/

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44) Banning the box is not nearly enough
Source: In These Times
by Lewis M Steel

“At last, the United States is taking steps to reduce its enormous prison population. With 2.5 million people behind bars, we are the world’s largest jailer. Sentencing reform to reduce mandatory minimums for nonviolent crimes starts to address this problem. But for those who have been incarcerated, punishment doesn’t end with prison: 70 million Americans are burdened with some form of criminal record that jeopardizes their ability to find a job and re-enter society. When employers learn applicants have prison records, rejection is often swift. Because African Americans and Latinos suffer a disproportionately high percentage of arrests and convictions, their rejection rates are even higher.” (06/29/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19188/banning-the-box-is-not-nearly-enough

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45) Hillary Clinton’s easy choices
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David Gordon

“Few books have as misleading a title as Hard Choices. For Hillary Clinton, as this tedious memoir of her years as Secretary of State makes evident, there are no hard choices. The Solutions to all political and economic problems are easy. We must always rely on the directing hand of government, guided by the superior wisdom of our moral and intellectual betters, Hillary Clinton foremost among them.” (06/29/16)

https://mises.org/library/hillary-clintons-easy-choices

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46) To my less-evilism haters: A rejoinder to Halle and Chomsky
Source: CounterPunch
by Andrew Smolski

“If you advocate that third parties should be abandoned in contentious states, then you are advocating that third parties should be abandoned. We can call this the ‘risk nothing, win nothing’ political strategy. When there is a left flank, Chomsky and Halle have advocated that it should be abandoned if it threatens the Democratic contender against a Republican. Why should the Democrats care about progressive demands when the Congressional Progressive Caucus is only 29% of the party and there is no left flank to apply pressure? And why should they feel threatened by a left flank that will abandon itself as soon as there is anything substantial at risk?” (06/29/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/29/to-my-haters-a-rejoinder-to-halle-and-chomsky/

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47) A bullet train to the head
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Romanticism. The yearning for greatness; the need for speed. Efficiency! It’s all there in California’s high-speed rail project — hopes and dreams and a sense of the grandeur of progress. And yet the bullet train project, approved by voters in 2008, is a fiasco. One can blame the voters, I suppose. At least the 53.7 percent who said yes to a referendum authorizing a 9.95 billion bond. Just to get the project started. But we shouldn’t, really.” (06/29/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/06/29/a-bullet-train-to-the-head/

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48) Surrendering power: Duke students speak out about free speech
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Caroline Wang

“More than 50 years ago, the student-led Free Speech Movement took place at the University of California, Berkeley. This movement remains one of the greatest examples of students’ recognition that the right to free speech is what gives them the ability to challenge the status quo and make their opinions heard. After all, as the Supreme Court noted in the landmark decision Healy v. James, 408 U.S. 169, 180 (1972), freedom of speech is what allows students to ‘examine and discuss all questions of interest to them.’ Unfortunately, it seems some of today’s student activists are choosing to use their speech to advocate for freedom from speech.” (06/28/16)

https://www.thefire.org/surrendering-power-duke-students-speak-out-against-free-speech/

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49) Is Brexit national suicide?
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Jenkins

“Over the past week, I have often been asked what I think about the British referendum vote to leave the European Union, or to seek ‘Brexit.’ My standard response is that I would be happy to explain, provided the sight of me ranting and shrieking obscenities does not bother my listeners. In my view, Brexit is quite literally nothing short of national suicide. It is a cataclysm that that country must and can avert, at all costs. In saying this, I run contrary to the view of many conservative writers who seem delighted by the vote.” (06/29/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/is-brexit-national-suicide/

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50) Heartland Daily Podcast, 06/28/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Julie Kelly, one of the leading, non-scientist, voices in the contentious debate over America’s food system, joins the show to talk about Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs).” [various formats] (06/28/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/06/heartland-daily-podcast-julie-kelly-gmo-crops-are-perfectly-safe/

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51) The Syria “dissent” memo and US bureaucratic pressure strategy
Source: Antiwar.com
by Gareth Porter

“The memorandum by 51 State Department officials calling for US military intervention in Syria last week has been treated in news media coverage as a case of dissent from existing Syria policy by individual officials involved in Syria policy. But the memo has all the earmarks of an initiative that had the blessing of the most senior officials in the department — including Secretary of State John Kerry himself — rather than having been put together by individual officials entirely on their own. And it may mark the beginning of an effort to take advantage of the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton.” (06/29/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/porter/2016/06/28/syria-dissent-memo-us-bureaucratic-pressure-strategy/

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52) Apocalypse mindset: Don’t let it get you killed
Source: Zero Gov
by John Meyers

“Tactical Fantasy Band Camp simply does not prepare you for operating in the totally un-sexy street clothes on your back instead of your Kryptek Highlander, with the pistol in your waistline and yourself alone as your team. In our daily lives we are not wearing all our kit, a RACK with 18 magazines and a Team Wendy Exfil. We don’t have a rifle in our back pocket in aisle 18 of the local Wally World. I can assure you asking your favorite instructor on Facebook what pants he is wearing in the latest Firelance Media photo array, will not make you more combat effective in the fight. I’m sure the ones you are wearing will work just fine. You have what you have on you. You have your EDC. You are much more likely to be accosted in the local mall than you are by invading Soviets in the Fourteener’s of the Rocky Mountains. Focus on the most likely, then work to the least likely.” (06/28/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4774

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53) The case against raising the US minimum wage
Source: PanAm Post
by Jose Azel

“When it comes to a mandated minimum wage, politicians irrationally trip over themselves in a classic case of good intentions, bad policy. President Obama has called for raising the minimum wage to USD $10.10 an hour. Hillary Clinton favors a $12.00 minimum wage, and Mr. Sanders supports the labor union call to raise the wage to $15.00 an hour. Many believe that minimum wage laws are necessary to insure that low-skilled workers, especially new entrants, teens and minorities earn a living wage and are not exploited by greedy capitalists. But do minimum wage laws produce the desired results?” (06/28/16)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2016/06/28/the-case-against-raising-the-us-minimum-wage/

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54) Federal drug enforcement tyranny in Colorado and Washington
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Although Colorado and Washington have legalized the sale and possession of marijuana for recreational purposes, possession and distribution of the drug remain a crime under federal law. However, the U.S. government, including the DEA, has been exempting the residents of those two states from federal drug law enforcement. That is obviously a good thing for people selling or consuming marijuana in those two states. However, it is not a good thing when it comes to the rule of law and the principle of equal treatment under law.” (06/29/16)

http://fff.org/2016/06/29/federal-drug-enforcement-tyranny-colorado-washington/

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55) Free Talk Live, 06/28/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“4chan Spams Brexit Re-Do Petition, Fools BBC :: Scary Court Decision About Online Privacy :: DAO Tokens :: Electoral College :: Running Down Pedestrians :: EU Superstate Proposal? :: Psychological Distance :: Flat Earth Nutjob :: Anxiety :: Rude Canadian Staples :: Game of the Week Update.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/28/16)

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R. Lee Wrights
Steve Trinward

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