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In the News:

1) Saudi Arabia: Suicide attackers strike three times in 24 hours
2) Corrupt federal agent charged in Silk Road theft accused of stealing another $700,000
3) Indonesia: Suspected militant dies in suicide bombing
4) Iraq: Security ordered tightened as death toll in Baghdad hits 157
5) UK: Farage resigns as leader of UKIP in wake of Brexit vote
6) NATO to exploit central Europe’s fears of Russia
7) NYC: Officials believe blast that injured man in Central Park was a fireworks “experiment”
8) Durbin admits he ordered the FBI to purge words deemed “offensive” to Muslims from manual
9) “Babes of Liberty” want to break the Internet, too
10) Mexico: Sexual violence routinely used as torture to secure “confessions” from women
11) WY: Cops serve warrant on unarmed man at his dad’s funeral — kill him in front of entire family
12) Apple patents technology to remotely disable your iPhone camera at concerts
13) Hundreds of safety incidents with bioterror germs reported by secretive labs
14) Canada: Regime to send troops to Latvia for new NATO brigade
15) Austria: Presidential election result overturned and must be held again

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Why is Hillary Clinton still a hawk?
17) No, it’s not just you. Politics really does drive people nuts.
18) Never waste a crisis: Merkel peddles a superstate
19) Free Talk Live, 07/04/16
20) Decisive Brexit referendum: What happens next? Part 2, the disunited kingdom
21) Can the Democratic Party kick its celebrity habit?
22) Anti-Trump conservatives putting power over principle
23) Latest TSA outrage should be a call to action
24) The Tom Woods Show, episode 691
25) Song for an unsung hero
26) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 85
27) It’s the Fourth of July! Why am I sad?
28) After Brexit, what’s N(H)ex(i)t?
29) Trying our souls
30) In-duh-pendence Day
31) Making green jobs good jobs
32) No flag memes for Baghdad, no hope for terror war respite
33) Big Sugar has a sweet tooth for subsidies
34) Virtue and the limits of knowledge
35) On July 4th demand freedom, don’t celebrate the state
36) Timid GOP postal reforms
37) Philadelphia’s forgotten Spirit of 1776
38) After the referendum: Sorting through the rubble
39) Restoring “diversity” to the Supreme Court
40) Marriage for fun and for profit
41) Elementary speech crimes in New Jersey
42) Yet another failed Republican health care plan
43) The Somme, Canada Day, and the second and fourth of July
44) When did America’s obsession with Islam begin?
45) Total regime, total propaganda

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

1) Saudi Arabia: Suicide attackers strike three times in 24 hours
Source: CNN

“A wave of suicide bombings hit three Saudi Arabian cities over a 24-hour period. The attacks came on the heels of massive jihadi assaults in the Muslim world last week that have been been tied to ISIS; analysts believe that this string of assaults in Saudi Arabia could be the work of the terror group. There has been no claim of responsibility. Two of the attacks failed but four people were killed in the third, all of which appear to be coordinated — targeting both Saudi security forces and Western interests.” (07/04/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/04/middleeast/saudi-arabia-jeddah-bomb/index.html

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2) Corrupt federal agent charged in Silk Road theft accused of stealing another $700,000
Source: The Hacker News

“A former United States undercover agent who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoins during an investigation into the underground drug marketplace Silk Road is now suspected of stealing even more of the cryptocurrency from two other cases. Shaun Bridges is one of two former US agents who pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced in December to almost six years in prison for stealing over $800,000 in Bitcoin while investigating the Darknet marketplace. Bridges and his partner stole money from Silk Road accounts and framed someone else for it, which [allegedly] lead the [alleged] Silk Road chief Ross Ulbricht to plan a murder, for which he is now serving life in prison sentence.” [editor’s note: Ulbricht was neither tried for nor convicted any alleged planned murders — the prosecutor threw those charges in to poison the jury pool, then dropped them before trial – TLK] (07/04/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/07/bitcoin-silk-road.html

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3) Indonesia: Suspected militant dies in suicide bombing
Source: ABC News

“Indonesian police said a suspected militant has died in a suicide bombing attack Tuesday outside police headquarters in the city of Solo. The attack at about 7.30 a.m. local time also injured one policeman. Maj. Gen. Condro Kirono, chief of Central Java Police, said a bomb squad is combing the area around the police headquarters in Solo for explosives. He said authorities believe the attack was carried out by a militant network that targets police and other security forces.” (07/04/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/suspected-militant-dies-indonesia-suicide-bombing-40339757

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4) Iraq: Security ordered tightened as death toll in Baghdad hits 157
Source: Albany Democrat-Herald

“As the death toll from the weekend truck bombing in Baghdad climbed to 157, Iraq’s embattled prime minister ordered new security measures, including abandoning the use of bomb-detection wands that U.S. experts pronounced worthless years ago. But security forces were still using the devices Monday evening, as a string of smaller bombings in the capital killed 16 people and wounded dozens more. Sunday’s suicide attack by the Islamic State group was the single deadliest bombing to hit Baghdad in more than a decade of war and insurgency.” (07/04/16)

http://democratherald.com/news/world/security-ordered-tightened-as-death-toll-in-baghdad-hits/article_7685aa1c-222b-582d-be5f-9d8e49afabbe.html

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5) UK: Farage resigns as leader of UKIP in wake of Brexit vote
Source: Washington Post

“Right-wing firebrand and populist politician Nigel Farage resigned as leader of his U.K. Independence Party on Monday morning, the latest political bombshell to hit the nation as it grapples with fallout from last month’s vote to leave the European Union. ‘I have never wanted to be a career politician. That is why I now feel that I’ve done my bit,’ Farage, who helped spearhead the campaign to leave the E.U., said Monday in a televised press conference. … Also on Monday, energy minister and parliamentarian Andrea Leadsom, announced her intention to run for the leadership of the ruling Conservative Party — and, by extension prime minister.” (07/04/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/british-politician-nigel-farage-resigns-as-leader-of-right-wing-ukip-in-wake-of-eu-vote/2016/07/04/ec22a450-ff1d-4fe3-b513-29f6015298be_story.html

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6) NATO to exploit central Europe’s fears of Russia
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Decisions to be approved at this week’s NATO summit in Warsaw will build a deterrence force that should make Russia ‘forget about threatening Poland’ and other nations, Poland’s defense minister said Monday. Antoni Macierewicz spoke to The Associated Press just four days before about 2,000 delegates from the 28 NATO members and some partner nations meet to approve decisions to station a few thousand troops in Poland and the Baltic states.” (07/04/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/ap-interview-nato-to-end-central-europe-s-fears-of/article_57df828f-ab15-5856-9fc0-7f2a80843353.html

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7) NYC: Officials believe blast that injured man in Central Park was a fireworks “experiment”
Source: Fox News

“Officials believe an ‘explosive hobbyist’ may have left behind the device that detonated when an 18-year-old man’s foot landed on it in New York’s Central Park on Sunday morning, creating a blast that resulted in a severe leg injury for the man. Connor Golden was in surgery at Bellevue Hospital on Sunday evening with a grisly left leg wound that authorities said earlier in the day could require ‘possible amputation.’ Officials said there was no evidence the incident was terror-related, and the working theory revolved around a person testing explosives, perhaps in advance of the Fourth of July holiday. … Golden and the two friends who were with him are not suspected of planting the device, [NYPD Inspector John] O’Connell said.” (07/04/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/04/officials-believe-blast-that-injured-man-in-new-yorks-central-park-was-experiment.html

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8) Durbin admits he ordered the FBI to purge words deemed “offensive” to Muslims from manual
Source: BizPac Review

“Illinois Senator Dick Durbin has now admitted he was the one who ordered the FBI to remove words he deemed ‘offensive’ to Muslims that were found in the Bureau’s training documents all at the behest of Muslim advocacy groups claiming to be offended by words such as ‘jihad’ and other words linked to incessant Muslim terrorism. Senator Durbin, the Democrats’ Senate Minority Whip, admitted he ordered the purge of nearly 900 pages of FBI training manuals because they contained the ‘offensive’ words.” (06/30/16)

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2016/06/30/dick-durbin-admits-he-ordered-the-fbi-to-purge-words-deemed-offensive-to-muslims-from-manual-358992

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9) “Babes of Liberty” want to break the Internet, too
Source: Reason

“Their message is simple: Vote Libertarian. Inspired by the trending ‘Trump Girls’ who ‘broke the internet’ this week, a bevy of liberty-minded women have been snapping and sharing selfies that support peace, freedom, and the Libertarian Party presidential ticket. These ‘babes of liberty’ — that’s the name you can find them under on Twitter and Instagram–join a growing number of Gary Johnson and William Weld supporters across the country.” (07/02/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/02/babes-of-liberty-for-gary-johnson#slide17

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10) Mexico: Sexual violence routinely used as torture to secure “confessions” from women
Source: Amnesty International

“An unprecedented Amnesty International investigation of 100 women arrested in Mexico reveals that they are routinely sexually abused by the security forces who want to secure confessions and boost figures in an attempt to show that they are tackling rampant organized crime. All of the 100 women held in federal prisons who reported torture or other ill-treatment to Amnesty International said they had experienced some form of sexual harassment or psychological abuse during their arrest and interrogation by municipal, state or federal police officers or members of the Army and Navy. Seventy-two said they were sexually abused during their arrest or in the hours that followed. Thirty-three reported being raped.” (06/28/16)

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/06/mexico-sexual-violence-routinely-used-as-torture-to-secure-confessions-from-women/

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11) WY: Cops serve warrant on unarmed man at his dad’s funeral — kill him in front of entire family
Source: The Free Thought Project

“On Thursday, Scott Ramirez was attending his father’s funeral when he was shot and killed by undercover police officers, according to multiple eye-witnesses and local police. According to the Douglas Budget, Ramirez'[s] cousin, who asked not to be named, told the Budget that Ramirez was confirmed dead about 30 minutes after the shooting in the emergency room at Memorial Hospital of Converse County. According to witnesses, the funeral for Joe Ramirez, Scott’s father, had just ended, and people were giving their condolences. All of the sudden, a half dozen shots rang out; all of them fired into Scott Ramirez.” (07/01/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/douglas-police-kill-man-funeral/

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12) Apple patents technology to remotely disable your iPhone camera at concerts
Source: The Hacker News

“Here’s something you’ll not like at all: Apple has been awarded a patent for technology that would prevent you from snapping pictures and shooting videos with your iPhone or iPad at places or events, like concerts or museums, where it might be prohibited or inappropriate. The patent, granted on Tuesday by the United States Patents and Trademark Office, is highly technical. Apple’s latest patent describes an iPhone or iPad camera receiving coded infrared signals beamed from emitters in public places would temporarily disable device camera functionality, preventing any photography or recording for as long as the signal is on.” [editor’s note: Sounds like a giant “don’t buy our product” advertisement to me – TLK] (07/01/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/07/apple-iphone-camera.html

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13) Hundreds of safety incidents with bioterror germs reported by secretive labs
Source: USA Today

“Laboratories reported more than 230 safety incidents with bioterror viruses and bacteria last year, hundreds of workers were monitored for potential exposures and a handful of labs had their permits suspended because of violations that raised ‘significant concerns for imminent danger,’ according to a report released Thursday by federal lab regulators in response to a White House call for greater public transparency. Background checks by the FBI stopped 16 individuals that posed security risks — including six convicted felons, two fugitives and a person found to be a ‘mental defective’ — from working in labs where they’d have access to pathogens such as those that cause anthrax, Ebola, plague and botulism, the report said.” (07/01/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/06/30/lab-safety-transparency-report/86577070/?csp=dailybriefing

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14) Canada: Regime to send troops to Latvia for new NATO brigade
Source: CBC News [Canadian state media]

“The Trudeau government has decided it will send troops to join a NATO high-readiness brigade preparing to deploy in Eastern Europe. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada will take a leadership role and establish one of the battle group formations requested by the alliance. The impending dispatch of forces builds on the former Conservative government’s placement of troops in Eastern Europe for training exercises and to reassure governments in the region that western nations were serious about holding Russian expansionism in check.” (06/30/16)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/nato-canadian-troops-baltics-1.3659814

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15) Austria: Presidential election result overturned and must be held again
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Austria’s constitutional court has annulled the result of the country’s presidential election, which saw a narrow defeat in May for rightwing populist Norbert Hofer. The court president, Gerhart Holzinger, announced on Friday that the run-off vote between Hofer of the Freedom party and Green-backed Alexander Van der Bellen would have to be repeated across the whole country after an investigation revealed irregularities in the count of the vote in several constituencies. The unprecedented ruling comes a week before Van der Bellen was due to be sworn into office.” (07/01/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/01/austrian-presidential-election-result-overturned-and-must-be-held-again-hofer-van-der-bellen?CMP=fb_gu

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

16) Why is Hillary Clinton still a hawk?
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“According to Gallup, 68 percent of Democrats think the Iraq War was a mistake — compared with just 31 percent of Republicans. Two in three reject the use of ground combat troops against Islamic State. Then there is Hillary Clinton, who will be this year’s nominee. Few Democrats have more consistently favored the use of military force. She voted for the Iraq War. As secretary of state, she urged President Obama to escalate the war in Afghanistan.” (07/04/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/04/why-is-hillary-clinton-still-a-hawk

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17) No, it’s not just you. Politics really does drive people nuts.
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“To my mind 1993-2001 is the period during which [insert name here] Derangement Syndrome metastasized from a persistent but flu-like malady into the (unfortunately not mercifully fatal) equivalent of Ebola — acute at the time, chronic ever since. Poor George W. Bush. Poor Barack Obama. And there’s no end in sight. Even having (thankfully) set aside such questions as ‘is Ted Cruz the Zodiac Killer, and was his dad Lee Harvey Oswald’s sidekick?’ I don’t see any future in which the next president of the United States doesn’t call forth the same emotional reactions and the same wild theories as the last three.” (07/04/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6581

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18) Never waste a crisis: Merkel peddles a superstate
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Whither the euro so, too, the European Union. That’s why the paragraph after the preceding quote vows to ‘safeguard the irreversibility of the euro.’ The quotes are from a stunning nine-page proposal drawn up by the foreign ministers of Germany and France. ‘A strong Europe in a world of uncertainties’ sketches out a harmonized Superstate that envisions the joining of 27 current EU members. (See Reuters ‘German, French ministers plan for ‘strong Europe in uncertain world”) The UK is not included because, even if it opted to stay, some EU leaders are in a vengeful mood.” (07/04/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/never-waste-crisis-merkel-superstate/

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19) Free Talk Live, 07/04/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“NHexit Rally in Keene :: Fireworks and Freedom :: Open Carry :: Google vs Microsoft :: Constitution Party Presidential Candidate :: Running Redlights :: Non-Voting :: Is voting violence? :: TJ’s Border Crossing :: US Border Patrol :: Fireworks Injuries.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/04/16)

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20) Decisive Brexit referendum: What happens next? Part 2, the disunited kingdom
Source: Independent Institute
by Kevin Dowd

“At a deeper level, the fundamental reason for supporting Brexit is that the best way forward for Europe (and for much of the rest of the world) is with smaller, more loosely associated political entities that have greater freedom to pursue their own different ‘models’ and help discover those that work best; the processes of competition, co-operation and imitation then raise everyone’s game. There is no good future with centralized behemothic superstates led by corrupt elites who have no time for the views of their subject peoples. I would go further: barring some catastrophe like a major war or financial crisis that derails everything — and these can never be ruled out, especially in the current world environment — I am confident that the Brexit vote will come to be seen as the beginning of the end of the big state.” (07/04/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/04/decisive-brexit-referendum-what-happens-next-part-2-the-disunited-kingdom/

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21) Can the Democratic Party kick its celebrity habit?
Source: Reuters
by Kathryn Cramer Brownell

“Two top Hollywood figures (George Clooney and Harvey Weinstein) recently hosted lucrative fundraisers for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. It’s not just Hollywood. The cast of the Broadway hit Hamilton has added a special matinee for Clinton supporters on July 12. As the former secretary of state amasses her war chest for the national election against her mega-rich rival, she is capitalizing on a long tradition of harnessing star power to raise money for Democrats. It goes back almost 60 years, when John F. Kennedy elevated the political status of a beleaguered Hollywood left, which was still recovering from congressional investigations into allegations of communism. Kennedy first emulated the Hollywood Dream Machine to transform himself into a celebrity to gain political power. Then he relied on his celebrity supporters to foot the bill — and they did.” (07/01/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-election-democrats-celebrities-commen-idUSKCN0ZH5V8

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22) Anti-Trump conservatives putting power over principle
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“#NeverTrump has always meant different things to different conservatives. But the proximity of the Republican convention is bringing a key division within the campaign to stop Trump into sharp focus. That division is between those who believe Trump should be denied the presidency, and those who believe Trump should be denied the GOP nomination altogether; it’s between those who recognize that Trump has forced the party to confront massive problems before it can responsibly stand for the presidency again, and those who seem to believe everything in the Republican Party was fine until Trump came along.” (07/01/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/134782/anti-trump-conservatives-putting-power-principle

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23) Latest TSA outrage should be a call to action
Source: OpEdNews
by Donn Marten

“The harrowing story of a nineteen-year-old disabled woman who had the hell beaten out of her by uniformed government goons should be the final straw for Americans. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been subjected to a wave of bad publicity as of late. Airport checkpoints — which more fittingly belong an old Soviet bloc country than the USA — have led to excessive waiting lines, often causing travelers to miss their flights. The Obama regime offered up a sacrificial lamb by firing Kelly Hoggan, who had served as TSA assistant administrator in what was an effort at public relations but the underlying problem has never been dealt with. Quite simply that an agency so openly fascist doesn’t belong in what is still advertised as a ‘free’ country. Now comes the news of the outrageous attack on poor Hannah Cohen who last year was brutally assaulted by a pack of TSA thugs in Memphis while returning from treatment for a brain tumor.” (07/04/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Latest-TSA-Outrage-Should-by-Donn-Marten-Dept-Of-Homeland-Security_Fascism_Fascism-Cant-Happen-Here_Terrorism-160704-895.html

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24) The Tom Woods Show, episode 691
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Jim Hale served as media relations director for the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, a key pro-war organization that boasted such members as John McCain, George Shultz, and Bob Kerrey (senator from Nebraska). He is now a Tom Woods Show listener and a convert to noninterventionist foreign policy.” [various formats] (07/03/16)

http://tomwoodsshow.libsyn.com/ep-691-key-promoter-of-iraq-war-now-embraces-ron-paul-and-nonintervention-a-tom-woods-show-exclusive

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25) Song for an unsung hero
Source: The American Prospect
by Peter Dreier

“In 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown inducted community organizer Fred Ross Sr. posthumously into the California Hall of Fame, where he joined a long list of other luminaries that includes the likes of Amelia Earhart, Cesar Chavez, Steve Jobs, and Jackie Robinson. Ross may be the least-known figure among the inductees, but he is certainly one of the most influential. This anonymity was intentional on Ross’s part. He believed that organizers should always be behind the scenes.” (07/01/16)

http://prospect.org/article/song-unsung-hero

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26) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 85
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Guccifer 2.0, Gun Craziness, I Want to Ride My Bicycle, The Other Independence Day (the one with Will Smith); You didn’t think you’d get away without a lecture on The MITE, did you?; The Usual Close. Yes, this episode is disjointed — recording problems, fireworks in the background, dog scared of fireworks in the background, phone calls in the middle of recording … But hey, it’s in the can now.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/04/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-85-4th-of.html

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27) It’s the Fourth of July! Why am I sad?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Shawn Ritenour

“Over the years, alas, my enthusiasm became dampened so that now, if I am exposed to any mainstream media celebrations of Independence Day, I do not feel the joy I once did. Instead I feel more like Charlie Brown at the beginning of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Remember in that childhood classic how, when Christmas approaches, Charlie Brown tells Linus that he knows he should be happy, but instead he always ends up feeling depressed. I increasingly get the same feeling as people gear up for 4th of July celebrations.” (07/04/16)

https://mises.org/blog/it%E2%80%99s-fourth-july-why-am-i-sad

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28) After Brexit, what’s N(H)ex(i)t?
Source: Free Press Publication
by Darryl W Perry

“Some activists in New Hampshire are calling for an NHexit, with the first rally for the cause being held on June 26 — just 4 days after the Brexit vote. Other NHexit rallies are planned for Independence Day across the state. With NHexit gaining momentum, it seems rather fitting for the Startup Societies Summit, hosted the International Coalition for Human Action, to be held in Portsmouth, NH over Independence Weekend. The Summit featured speakers advocating for everything from intentional community and economic development zones to using decentralized alternatives to government issued currency and regulations. Between speakers, the conversations were on the various ways to achieve more freedom and independence from larger more oppressive governments.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (07/03/16)

http://fpp.cc/after-brexit-whats-nhexit/

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29) Trying our souls
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“In Common Sense, his incredible hit pamphlet of 1776, Tom Paine appealed to ‘the inhabitants of America:’ ‘O ye that love mankind! … Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia, and Africa, have long expelled her. Europe regards her like a stranger, and England hath given her warning to depart. O! receive the fugitive, and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.’ Today … well, our country might be mistaken for an asylum. Just not the type envisioned by Mr. Paine. Worse still, freedom in America is under consistent attack.” (07/04/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/04/29537/

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30) In-duh-pendence Day
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I am depressed that almost everyone has turned the day into a celebration of government ‘allowing’ them to have (a teeny tiny bit of) ‘freedom,’ and worshiping the military. While proudly obeying the ‘laws’ against ‘open containers,’ smoking pot, open carry, and whatever else the bullies dream up ‘laws’ about, of course. While law enforcement thugs swagger through the crowd looking to cause trouble. It’s sickening, really. I’d be thrilled to see some displays of independence instead of fireworks.” (07/04/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/07/in-duh-pendence-day.html

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31) Making green jobs good jobs
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“Jobs versus the environment — it’s an old dilemma that pits unions seeking work for their members against activists rallying against projects like the Keystone XL. An expanding renewable energy sector might provide a way out of this quandary. Solar and wind energy projects can put people to work without imperiling the planet. But will these jobs be friendly to workers, as well as the environment? The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the United Steelworkers (USW) want to ensure that unions have a place in the emerging low-carbon economy. After decades of organizing workers in the fossil-fuel-intensive mining, refinery and utility sectors, they see the winds shifting.” (07/01/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19199/making-green-jobs-good-jobs

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32) No flag memes for Baghdad, no hope for terror war respite
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Christopher Floyd

“JeSuisBaghdad? Iraqi flag colors on the Eiffel Tower, the White House? No? Wrong sort of victims, I guess. The responsibility for Sunday’s carnage in Baghdad — and countless other killings around the world — goes directly to George W. Bush and Tony Blair, who willingly, even eagerly, launched a war of aggression on false evidence and tore the entire region apart. ISIS was spawned in the brutal prisons Bush & Blair set up after the invasion, and has thrived in the chaos that US/UK policies have fomented in all the years since, particularly in Libya and Syria. But these two men walk free, honored and enriched, while thousands upon thousands of innocent people continue to die for their ignorant, arrogant, murderous folly. And there is no end in sight.” (07/03/16)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/no-flag-memes-for-baghdad-no-hope-for-terror-war-respite-03072016.html

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33) Big Sugar has a sweet tooth for subsidies
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Barry Brownstein

“Algae blooms are impacting Florida’s Treasure Coast just in time to ruin the Fourth of July holiday weekends of visitors. A state of emergency has been declared. If the bloom doesn’t clear, summer vacations will be canceled; those who make their living in resort areas have already been impacted. Is this merely the vagaries of Mother Nature? It is not. Instead, this is a case of government-subsidized destruction that is supported by both political parties. Government subsidies for the domestic sugar industry have helped to create the algae blooms. The blooms have been going on for years and have killed wildlife such as dolphins, manatees, and pelicans, as well as causing beach closings.” (07/03/16)

https://fee.org/articles/big-sugar-has-a-sweet-tooth-for-subsidies/

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34) Virtue and the limits of knowledge
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Daniel Shapiro

“I’m glad we are having this discussion about virtue and libertarianism. In general outline, I’m fine with the general thesis Sorens and Ruger propound that virtue and liberty are compatible and synergistic. But I don’t see how they can claim to know that the activities they say are incompatible with virtue or living a good life are in fact that. Since Sorens and Ruger say that libertarians have the ‘unfortunate reputation of focusing on drugs and sex’ — thank goodness, rock and roll wasn’t on the list — let’s focus on those activities.” (07/02/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/07/virtue-and-the-limits-of-knowledge/

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35) On July 4th demand freedom, don’t celebrate the state
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ron Paul

“It is often said — and surely it will be repeated many times today — that our nation’s wars have preserved our freedoms. That is not true. Aside from our fight to secede from British rule, America’s wars have one-by-one diminished our freedoms. They have not been fought to bring us liberty, but have most often been fought at the behest of deceitful and evil people to no benefit but their own. Thousands have died in vain on the lies of the war-promoters. Much of our freedom has died as well. We should ask ourselves whether the last 15 years of the war on terror have benefited the rest of us. Are we safer? More free? Is any end in sight? No to all the above.” (07/04/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/paul/2016/07/03/july-4th-demand-freedom-dont-celebrate-state/

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36) Timid GOP postal reforms
Source: Cato Institute
by Chris Edwards

“The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has lost more than $50 billion since 2007, even though it enjoys legal monopolies over letters, bulk mail, and access to mailboxes. The USPS has a unionized, bureaucratic, and overpaid workforce. And as a government entity, it pays no income or property taxes, allowing it to compete unfairly with private firms in the package and express delivery businesses. The USPS needs a major overhaul. It should be privatized and opened to competition. But instead of reform, congressional Republicans are moving forward with legislation that tinkers around the edges.” (07/01/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/timid-gop-postal-reforms

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37) Philadelphia’s forgotten Spirit of 1776
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“Later this summer, just a few weeks after this year’s Fourth of July celebrations, Democrats will be gathering in Philadelphia to make some presidential nomination history. Democrats (small-d variety) gathered in Philadelphia soon after the original Fourth of July, too. Those democrats, all Pennsylvanians, also had some history to make. In September 1776, they would go on to adopt their new nation’s most egalitarian state constitution. Before the Revolution, only men of property in Pennsylvania could vote and hold office. The new state constitution, notes historian Clement Fatovic in his recently published ‘America’s Founding and the Struggle over Economic Inequality,’ totally removed property qualifications for voting and office-holding.” (07/01/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160701/philadelphias-forgotten-spirit-of-1776

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38) After the referendum: Sorting through the rubble
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“What more to say about the past eight days? They began with a referendum vote that sent a shock across the world. They have now settled into something like business as usual. The shape of the British Constitution will be determined by the internal politics of the Conservative Party. Here, then, are some thoughts on how things might proceed between now and Christmas.” (07/02/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/02/after-the-referendum-sorting-through-the-rubble/

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39) Restoring “diversity” to the Supreme Court
Source: Heartland Institute
by Rob Natelson

“Liberals talk a great deal about ‘diversity’ these days, so it is ironic that so many have lined up in favor of President Barack Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. On important measures, Garland would render the Court less diverse than it is now. One measure of diversity among justices is where they received their legal education. The Supreme Court hears cases nationwide. Because an attorney’s law school training affects his or her outlook as a lawyer and as a judge, it makes sense for the justices to come from a range of different law schools, but they do not. When Justice Antonin Scalia was alive, eight of the nine justices had attended only two of the nation’s more than 200 law schools.” (07/03/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/07/restoring-diversity-to-the-supreme-court/

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40) Marriage for fun and for profit
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Logan Glitterbomb

“It is no secret that many within libertarian, anarchist, radical socialist, feminist, and queer liberationist circles are critical of the institution of marriage at best. Its roots as a patriarchal ceremony based on, among other things, a warped view of property rights, its historical ties with the authoritarianism of the church and state in deciding whom is fit to marry including historic ‘racial purity’ laws here in America, and its unsavory track record of trapping some in long term abusive relationships, all leave plenty to criticize so this is no surprise that such radicals would serve up such analyses. But what we’re going to discuss today are the numerous benefits and privileges tied to marriage as an institution and what that means when navigating and trying to survive in our current political reality.” (07/04/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45529

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41) Elementary speech crimes in New Jersey
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Statist elementary school masters, police and prosecutors in Camden County New Jersey have clamped down hard on the fundamental First Amendment rights of all the captive kids in the school district. Teachers and administrators were recently given a strict directive by the prosecutor’s office to call the police and report to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection ‘just about every incident’ of even the slightest most minor of ‘speech infractions,’ such as name calling, committed by the children at school. Since then, in this district of only 1,875 students, the cops and Child Protection Services have been called five times on average per day in the past month over the most trivial of incidents imaginable.” (07/03/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/07/elementary-speech-crimes-in-new-jersey.html

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42) Yet another failed Republican health care plan
Source: USA Today
by Ezekiel J Emanuel & Topher Spiro

“About seven years after the Republicans promised to ‘Repeal and Replace’ the Affordable Care Act, we have their ‘replacement’ plan. It is not a coherent policy alternative but a mishmash of recycled ideas. It increases costs for Americans with pre-existing conditions, increases costs for the middle-class, and guts the Medicaid and Medicare program. Consider core elements of the plan. The Republican plan strips away important consumer protections and standards for health insurance. It eliminates the 10 essential benefits of the ACA allowing insurers to go back to the days when they did not have to cover benefits such as prescription drugs, maternity care, and mental health care. It also repeals limits on out-of-pocket costs. What’s more, the plan subsidizes high-deductible plans, leading to increases in the average deductibles by more than $2,700. Because the plan eliminates subsidies for out-of-pocket costs for low-income Americans, their cost increase would be even greater.” (07/01/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/columnist/2016/07/01/yet-another-failed-republican-health-care-plan-column/86527150

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43) The Somme, Canada Day, and the second and fourth of July
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“As I am always wont to point out, the REAL Independence Day was the 2nd of July of 1776, when the Declaration was actually voted on and passed. The historical bumbling which led to the Fourth of July (and yes, dear children, both England AND Canada have a 4th of July, and a 5th and so on) is one of those disgusting things that just happen. But whether it is the 2nd or the 4th, to celebrate Independence Day now IS a mockery: we have, as a people, as a society, as a culture, sold that independence, that freedom, that liberty, for even less than Esau’s bowl of porridge. We have, as have Her Majesty’s subjects in the UK (and Canada and Australia and elsewhere), traded our liberty for a bogus security.” (07/03/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9259

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44) When did America’s obsession with Islam begin?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Let’s face it: Islam has become America’s national obsession. What’s interesting though is that no one ever asks when this obsession began. Maybe figuring out that will enable us to see why Americans have become so obsessed with this particular issue. Let’s start with 1989. We know that prior to that year, there was no preoccupation with Islam at all among the American people. How do we know that? Because from 1945 to 1989, the national obsession was with communists and communism. No one talked about Islam, except perhaps some college professors who were teaching some sort of comparative religion class.” (07/01/16)

http://fff.org/2016/07/01/americas-obsession-islam-begin/

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45) Total regime, total propaganda
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason

“Over the last couple of years I have devoted most of my all-too-limited time for research to the study of propaganda — what it is, how it works, and why it works. How can irrational propaganda persuade people of even high intelligence to believe absurd or silly things, much less do evil things? I have focused on Nazi Germany, because it was arguably the most successful dictatorial regime in modern history at rapidly consolidating political power and maintaining popular support, support that remained fairly widespread even as the country got pummeled in the last two years of the war. The reason for the Nazi Regime’s large basis of support is, I believe, in great measure the power of its propaganda machine.” (07/03/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1574

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