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In the News:

1) FBI: Hillary Clinton is above the law
2) Philippines: Duterte ready to talk to China after tribunal ruling
3) UK: Three still in race for Conservative helm
4) EgyptAir voice recorder indicates fire on doomed plane
5) Ryan: “No place” for anti-Semitic images in Trump campaign
6) Africa: All-Africa passports move a push toward Pan-African ideal?
7) CA report: Gig work isn’t changing job landscape
8) MI: Snyder to appeal return of $550 million to school workers
9) Brexit: Dual nationality on the table for Britons?
10) Panama Papers reveal yet another secretive aspect of hedge funds
11) GA: High court rules in favor of Ku Klux Klan in “Adopt-A-Highway” case
12) CA: Animal rights protesters tie up traffic along Embarcadero
13) Second “Fappening” hacker pleads guilty; facing up to five years in prison
14) Chinese ad firm infected 85 million Android users to get more clicks
15) Congress wants to force Pentagon to buy ships against its will
16) Report: FTC gang now investigating Ashley Madison
17) Abedin admits that Clinton burned daily schedules
18) WikiLeaks publishes more than 1,000 Hillary Clinton war emails
19) TX: Abbott shuns a “Texit” but buys UK ads after Brexit
20) FL: Man arrested after “stealing” sea turtle eggs

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The LAVA Flow Podscast, episode 40
22) Hillary Clinton and criminal intent
23) Patents: The next open access fight
24) The NHS needs to do more charging of patients
25) Heartland Daily Podcast, 07/05/16
26) Clinton needs a conscience for vice president
27) The method to Trump’s Twitter madness
28) Comey’s Hanoi confession
29) One line in the Bible they need you to ignore
30) What I saw at the People’s Summit
31) Constitution 101: The Ninth Amendment
32) Enough With the “optics” and the “narrative”
33) Why education matters
34) Leaker, Speaker, Soldier, Spy
35) “What difference does it make” — thoughts on the non-indictment of Hillary Clinton
36) About that Clinton-Lynch accidental meeting
37) Hospitals and insurers are dropping the ball
38) The forgotten story of the German economic “miracle”
39) The crucifixion of Tony Blair
40) For Vice President: Senator Jeff Merkley
41) Gentrify it all!
42) The fines and fees that keep former prisoners poor
43) Security tips every Signal user should know
44) Let the market standardize weights and measures
45) Successor
46) A plan to engender prosperity in Perfidious Albion — from pariah to paragon
47) New York City drives street vendors to operate illegally — century after century
48) Jefferson’s promise, Smith’s fulfillment: July 4th reflections on the 30th anniversary of the Covenant of Unanimous Consent
49) Nine points to ponder about the Fourth of July
50) Elizabeth Warren turns a blind eye to the central bank

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

1) FBI: Hillary Clinton is above the law
Source: USA Today

“The FBI recommended Tuesday that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges over her use of private e-mail as secretary of state, even though she and aides were ‘extremely careless’ in handling classified information. Though there is evidence Clinton acted improperly — and may have been hacked — no prosecutor would bring a case because there is no evidence she acted intentionally, FBI Director James Comey said.” (07/05/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/07/05/james-comey-fbi-hillary-clinton/86702072/

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2) Philippines: Duterte ready to talk to China after tribunal ruling
Source: ABC News

“The Philippines’ new president said Tuesday that Manila is ready to talk to China, not go to war, if an arbitration tribunal rules in its favor in a case it brought against Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea. President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines ‘remains optimistic that the tribunal will rule in our favor.’ But if the ruling is not favorable, then the Philippines will accept and abide by it, he added. ‘When it’s favorable to us, let’s talk,’ he said. ‘We are not prepared to go to war, war is a dirty word.'” (07/05/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/philippines-ready-talk-china-ruling-sea-claim-40342891

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3) UK: Three still in race for Conservative helm
Source: Fox News

“The race to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron as leader of the UK’s Conservative Party was reduced from five to three Tuesday after a single round of voting. With the British currency plunging to its lowest point in three decades as a result of last month’s vote to leave the European Union, Home Secretary Theresa May scored a substantial victory in the first round of voting to determine who will follow Cameron as prime minister. May was supported by 165 Conservative members of Parliament (MPs). Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom, a supporter of the so-called ‘Brexit’ from the EU, finished second with 66 votes. Justice Secretary Michael Gove, a fellow ‘Brexit’ backer, had 48 votes, MP Stephen Crabb had 34 votes, while former Defense Secretary Liam Fox had just 16 votes and was automatically eliminated.” (07/05/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/07/05/three-remain-in-race-to-be-uk-conservative-leader-as-two-lowest-vote-getters-drop-out.html

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4) EgyptAir voice recorder indicates fire on doomed plane
Source: CNN

“Investigators trying to piece together what caused EgyptAir Flight 804 to plunge into the Mediterranean Sea now have another clue. The plane’s cockpit voice recorder indicates there was a fire on the aircraft before it crashed — and an attempt to put it out, a senior source from the airline told CNN on Tuesday. The revelation adds another detail to a picture that’s been slowly emerging since the May 19 crash. But investigators have said it’s still too soon to say what happened aboard the flight.” (07/05/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/05/middleeast/egyptair-cockpit-voice-recorder-fire/

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5) Ryan: “No place” for anti-Semitic images in Trump campaign
Source: USA Today

“Add this to Paul Ryan’s list of grievances with Donald Trump’s campaign. On Tuesday, the Speaker of the House told Wisconsin conservative radio host (and prominent anti-Trumper) Charlie Sykes that Trump and his team needed to improve his social media. ‘I really believe he’s gotta clean up the way his new media works,’ Ryan said in reference to a scandal that unfolded over the weekend on Trump’s Twitter account. ‘Anti-Semitic images … they’ve got no place in a presidential campaign. Candidates should know that. The tweet’s been deleted, I don’t know what flunky put this up there — they’ve obviously got to fix that. They’ve got to clean this thing up.'” (07/05/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/07/05/ryan-six-pointed-star-trump/86714990

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6) Africa: All-Africa passports move a push toward Pan-African ideal?
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“The African Union is set to launch a common electronic passport that would grant visa-free travel to all of its 54 member-states, a move that hits at the organization’s long-running goal of more closely linking nations from across the continent. The passport will first be issued to heads of state and senior officials at the AU’s summit in Kigali, Rwanda, later this month, with the Union saying it aims to provide passports to all African citizens by 2020. But the AU’s efforts to create a common passport, which observers say is in line with the organization’s mission dating back to its earlier iteration as the Organization of African Unity, comes as the European Union faces growing fissures in the wake of Britain’s landmark vote to leave.” (07/05/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2016/0705/In-move-toward-all-Africa-passports-a-push-toward-Pan-African-ideal

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7) CA report: Gig work isn’t changing job landscape
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Uber, Lyft, Postmates and other digital platforms aren’t transforming the workforce as much as we might think. That is one of the takeaways from a new report by the city’s chief economist that analyzes trends in San Francisco’s gig economy from 2000 to 2014. It is the first time the city has studied the prevalence of its alternative workforce. Drawing from a mix of census numbers and government labor and economic statistics, it concludes that 29 percent of employees are part of the gig economy — roughly the same percentage as in 2000. ‘What we are not seeing yet is that those platforms are leading to more people being part-time employed or self-employed than we have seen for 20 years,’ said Ted Egan, the city economist who wrote the report.” [editor’s note: And that would be a bad thing because … ? – SAT] (07/05/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Gig-work-isn-t-changing-job-landscape-SF-8340347.php

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8) MI: Snyder to appeal return of $550 million to school workers
Source: Detroit Free Press

“Gov. Rick Snyder will appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court the ordered return of more than $550 million collected from school employees to fund retiree health care, despite Attorney General Bill Schuette’s refusal to provide state attorneys to fight the case, a Snyder spokeswoman said Tuesday. ‘These payments are necessary for the long-term financial stability of the retirement system teachers rely on for health care benefits after their years of hard work come to a close,’ said Snyder spokeswoman Anna Heaton.” (07/05/16)

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/07/05/schuette-wont-continue-school-employee-court-fight/86710950/

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9) Brexit: Dual nationality on the table for Britons?
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“It is more than a week since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and there is still little certainty regarding the future status of EU citizens currently living in the UK, or of British people living elsewhere in the EU. While many British citizens are happy to potentially wave goodbye to freedom of movement within the EU, some Britons would like to hold on to the opportunity to live and work in the other 27 countries that make up the union.” (07/05/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36703037

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10) Panama Papers reveal yet another secretive aspect of hedge funds
Source: Raw Story

“The kinds of secret offshore companies that have hidden political corruption and tax evasion around the world are often used by Wall Street’s biggest money makers — the $2 trillion hedge fund industry. The now-famous Panama Papers leak offers rare insight into the workings of this exclusive investment club. Hedge funds accept individual investors with net worths of $1 million or more and worker pension funds with $5 million or more. They and their investors often locate in tax havens such as the Cayman Islands or the British Virgin Islands. The names found in the leaked files from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca include two now-imprisoned hedge fund managers, a major “feeder fund” that was part of the largest-ever Ponzi scheme run by Bernard Madoff, and several anonymous investors whose offshore companies became tangled in the Madoff web.” (07/05/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/panama-papers-reveal-yet-another-secretive-aspect-of-hedge-funds

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11) GA: High court rules in favor of Ku Klux Klan in “Adopt-A-Highway” case
Source: Fox News

“Dismissing an appeal on a technicality, Georgia’s highest court granted a victory to a Ku Klux Klan group that has been seeking for years to participate in a highway cleanup program. The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the state’s appeal of a lower court decision that the state had violated the KKK group’s free speech rights. The Department of Transportation filed its appeal incorrectly, leaving the high court without authority to consider its merits, the opinion said.” (07/05/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/05/georgias-high-court-rules-in-favor-ku-klux-klan-in-adopt-highway-case.html

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12) CA: Animal rights protesters tie up traffic along Embarcadero
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Animal rights activists tied up traffic and baffled tourists Monday in San Francisco as they marched in pursuit of a ‘pig independence day.’ The group of about two dozen protesters and two dogs walked north on the Embarcadero from the Ferry Building to Pier 39, prompting some angry motorists to drive dangerously close to the banner-wielding crowd and a police squad car following the marchers. Samer Masterson, who led some of the group’s chants over a megaphone, said they wanted to bring attention to their investigation of a Hormel Foods farm. Masterson said he personally sneaked onto the farm and rescued a pig that he said was on the verge of death. ‘The pigs on that farm are no different than our dogs and cats,’ said Masterson, 22, a vegan. ‘We have no right to kill them. It’s not normal to eat other animals.'” (07/05/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Animal-rights-protesters-tie-up-traffic-along-8340366.php

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13) Second “Fappening” hacker pleads guilty; facing up to five years in prison
Source: The Hackers News

“A second man has pleaded guilty for his role in ‘The Fappening’ breach of 2014, in which the Internet was flooded with thousands of nude photographs of popular celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst. Edward Majerczyk (28) of Chicago, Illinois agreed to plead guilty last Friday to hacking into the Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts of more than 300 victims, including 30 celebrities, between November 2013 and August 2014, federal prosecutors said.” (07/05/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/07/celebgate-fappening-hacker.html

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14) Chinese ad firm infected 85 million Android users to get more clicks
Source: The Hacker News

“An Android-based malware campaign has been found to control as many as 85 million Android devices globally and is making its gang an estimated $300,000 per month in fraudulent ad revenue. A Chinese advertising company called Yingmob is responsible for distributing the malware on a massive scale and would appear to be the same firm behind Yispecter iOS malware, cybersecurity company Check Point revealed. Yingmob, based in Chongqing, China, markets itself as an advertising firm, claiming to provide easy-to-deploy ads support (text, pictures and video ads), without affecting the user experience.” (07/04/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/07/android-malware-china.html

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15) Congress wants to force Pentagon to buy ships against its will
Source: Reason

“Since its commission in November 2008, the Littoral Combat Ship has received a mixed reception. The Navy, select lawmakers, and the ship’s producers — Austal USA and Lockheed Martin — have thrown support behind the ship, while the Pentagon has been more than critical toward produced models. Voyages marred by cracked hulls, technical failures and rusting are only a selection of the ship’s issues. The ship has also faced criticisms regarding how vulnerable it is to an attack. As the Pentagon’s test and evaluation director bluntly put it in January, ‘The ship is not reliable.'” (07/05/16)

https://reason.com/blog/2016/07/05/congress-wants-to-force-pentagon-to-buy

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16) Report: FTC gang now investigating Ashley Madison
Source: Fox News

“Things have apparently gone from bad to worse for Ashley Madison. Following the now-infamous cheating site’s very public breach and dump of user data last year, Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media is now being investigated by the US Federal Trade Commission, according to Reuters. … Reuters suggests the probe may have to do with the so-called fembots Avid used to impersonate real women and talk to paying male customers. US users reportedly exchanged messages with these bogus babes until the end of last year, when Avid shut down all the fake profiles. Another dating site reportedly paid more than $616,000 to settle with the FTC for similar practices in 2014.” [editor’s note: Okay let me get this straight – FTC has no problem with the site until fraud involved; dang, FTC actually doing its legit job (if it has one)? – SAT] (07/05/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/07/05/ftc-investigating-ashley-madison-report-says.html

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17) Abedin admits that Clinton burned daily schedules
Source: New York Post

“Hillary Clinton’s closest aide revealed in a deposition last week that her boss destroyed at least some of her schedules as secretary of state — a revelation that could complicate matters for the presumptive Democratic nominee, who, along with the State Department she ran, is facing numerous lawsuits seeking those public records. Huma Abedin was deposed in connection with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit into Clinton’s emails — but her admission could be relevant to another lawsuit seeking Clinton’s schedules.” (07/04/16)

http://nypost.com/2016/07/04/huma-abedin-admits-that-clinton-burned-daily-schedules/

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18) WikiLeaks publishes more than 1,000 Hillary Clinton war emails
Source: The Independent [UK]

“WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website, has released more than 1,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email server pertaining to the Iraq War. The website tweeted a link to 1,258 emails on Monday that Clinton sent during her time as secretary of state. According to the release, the emails were obtained from the US State Department after they issued a Freedom of Information Act request. The emails stem from a State Department release back in February, The Hill reports.” (07/05/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/wikileaks-publishes-more-than-1000-hillary-clinton-war-emails-a7120011.html

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19) TX: Abbott shuns a “Texit” but buys UK ads after Brexit
Source: WJLA

“Texas Gov. Greg Abbott isn’t on board with a ‘Texit’ but is seizing a chance to take advantage of Brexit. Abbott announced Saturday the state will run digital ads on British websites over the July 4th weekend urging companies to ‘declare independence from high taxes’ and relocate to Texas. The campaign follows Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and is funded through Texas One, the state’s quasi-governmental marketing arm. Abbott spokesman John Wittman said he didn’t have specifics on how much the ads cost.” (07/03/16)

http://wjla.com/news/offbeat/texas-governor-shuns-a-texit-but-buys-uk-ads-after-brexit-07-03-2016

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20) FL: Man arrested after “stealing” sea turtle eggs
Source: Miami Herald

“A man was arrested in Palm Beach County over the holiday weekend after state wildlife officers caught him stealing [sic] more than 100 loggerhead turtle eggs. Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said they found Glenn Robert Shaw, 49, taking the protected eggs on Saturday morning from a female loggerhead turtle, Local10 reported. … Shaw, 49, was found with 107 eggs and was arrested immediately. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail, where he faces third-degree felony charges of destroying, selling or molesting turtles or eggs or nests.” [editor’s note: How can something that isn’t owned be “stolen?” And if he was “stealing,” why wasn’t he charged with “stealing?” – TLK] (07/05/16)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article87676567.html

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

21) The LAVA Flow Podscast, episode 40
Source: The LAVA Flow

“In this fortnight’s episode, The Secession Edition, we talk secession and why it is so important, What’s in the News with stories on blowback, guns, corrupt government, TSA beating a teenager with cancer, medical cannabis, zero tolerance, and liberty greats lost, and a Statist Gonna State segment on Johnson/Weld’s recent appearances on TV.” [various formats] (07/05/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/secession-edition-tlf040/

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22) Hillary Clinton and criminal intent
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“If I shoot you in the head, the prosecutor isn’t going to ask whether or not I read Revised Statute BR-549, Criminal Homicide, and said to myself ‘hey, I really like violating laws, I think I’ll violate that one today!’ He’s going to ask whether or not I intended to shoot you in the head. If I did, that was criminal intent because it was an intentional action that happened to violate Revised Statute BR-549. Secretary Clinton and her colleagues didn’t accidentally do the things they did. It’s not like she and her staff tripped over the dog, got up off the floor and suddenly realized they had inadvertently set up a private email server and illegally conducted sensitive State Department business on and illegally passed classified information through that server. They did those things on purpose and since those things are against the law they clearly had criminal intent in doing them.” (07/05/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/07/hillary-clinton-and-criminal-intent.html

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23) Patents: The next open access fight
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Elliot Harmon

“There’s been a lot of talk lately about the state of publicly funded research. Many, including EFF, have long called on Congress to pass a law requiring that publicly funded research be made available to the public. With strong support for FASTR (the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act) in both parties, Vice-President Biden making open access a major component of his Cancer Moonshot initiative, and presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton including access to research in her platform, signs are looking good that Congress will finally pass an open access mandate. It’s just a matter of when. Even if we pass an open access law this year, though, there’s still a major obstacle in the way of publicly funded research fully benefiting the public: patent trolls.” (07/05/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/07/patents-next-open-access-fight

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24) The NHS needs to do more charging of patients
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Yes, of course, The Wonder of the World it is, our National Health Service. Free at the point of use for all … well, except for things like drugs, spectacles or teeth of course. And being free at the point of use it has the usual problem of anything that’s free at the point of use. That’s it’s free at the point of use means there’s excessive demand upon its services. Thus there should be more charging …. Those Nordic systems we’re all supposed to admire so much do exactly this. There’s a charge for seeing a doctor. Sure, the seriously sick pay only a few times a year as there’s a cap on the number of payments you can be charged in any one year. The French system, the one that is routinely rated number 1 in the world, charges for everything. You might get the money back, from the government, from an insurance company, but you’ve got to pay it.” (07/05/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-nhs-needs-to-do-more-charging-of-patients

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25) Heartland Daily Podcast, 07/05/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Cedric Keith, author of The Dying Fish: A Sojourn to the Source, joins Managing Editor of Environment & Climate News H. Sterling Burnett to talk about his 4,000-mile walk through the wilds of the east.” [various formats] (07/05/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/07/heartland-daily-podcast-cedric-keith-the-dying-fish/

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26) Clinton needs a conscience for vice president
Source: USA Today
by Jill Lawrence

“The top requirements for a vice presidential candidate are first, do no harm and second, be able to lead the country if you must. In Hillary Clinton’s case, there’s a third, equally pressing need in a running mate, and it’s not carrying a state or reeling in Bernie Sanders’ holdouts or demonstrating a gift for skewering Donald Trump. Now that she knows she won’t be indicted, the presumptive Democratic nominee needs a vice president who can function as an ethical compass and early warning system. In short, a conscience. This watchdog would have to be a person the Clintons respect and would heed — a confident, unabashed political peer with clout and nerve, someone they trust to have their best interests at heart. Not someone who depends on the Clintons for a paycheck.” (07/05/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/07/05/fbi-comey-hillary-clinton-prosecution-ethics-blind-spots-loretta-lynch-email-server-column/86670268

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27) The method to Trump’s Twitter madness
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“The scandal that broke out over the weekend when Donald Trump tweeted an anti-Semitic image of a six-pointed star, a pile of cash, and Hillary Clinton, has to be seen as not an isolated incident but as part of disturbing pattern where the candidate freely borrows images from the racist far right and circulates them on Twitter. To tweet out such an image and then clumsily walk it back, as Trump did, might seem like a slip-up. But this whole farce is actually in keeping with the candidate’s remarkably successful strategy of playing footsie with the most extremist elements of American society.” (07/05/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/134841/method-trumps-twitter-madness

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28) Comey’s Hanoi confession
Source: The American Spectator
by Scott McKay

“Viewed under the standard of legal interpretation required of any law school class or even jury instruction in America today, FBI director James Comey’s press conference Tuesday recommending no prosecution be undertaken of Hillary Clinton resulting from the large-scale investigation into her emails would make no sense. … if you want to understand Comey’s statements you might have to recall those messages the downed pilots at the Hanoi Hilton occasionally would record for the folks back home — and particularly the one Rear Adm. Jeremiah Denton offered up, in which amid his happy statements about humane treatment by the North Vietnamese were obscured by what looked like unnatural blinking. When Denton’s off-putting tics were matched with Morse code, it was obvious he was spelling out the word ‘torture’ to the American public.” (07/05/16)

http://spectator.org/comeys-hanoi-confession/

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29) One line in the Bible they need you to ignore
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“There’s one particular line in the Bible that is conspicuously shunned. It sits openly in Luke’s gospel, but it is nearly always glossed over … mentioned briefly and grudgingly at best. On one hand, I condemn this on grounds of intellectual honesty, but on the other, I can very well understand why people run away from it. … The verse I’m referring to is found in Luke 16:15 of the New Testament, and here’s how it reads in the King James translation: … that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. … It’s quite possible to roll right past this line, but only if you never ask, ‘What is most highly esteemed among men?’ If we dare ask that question, we run into trouble — big, ugly, hairy trouble.” (07/05/16)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/one-line-bible-need-ignore/

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30) What I saw at the People’s Summit
Source: In These Times
by Bhaskar Sunkara

“I felt like I was at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and it felt pretty good. Not that I’ve ever been invited to CPAC, but the People’s Summit was a bit like what I’ve always imagined right-wing gatherings to be: better funded and organized than the usual left affair, with great sizzling appetizers. With more than 3,000 people in attendance, the conference managed to fill an impressive chunk of Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center. There were big screens broadcasting plenary sessions, fancy lanyards and an interactive app for conference goers, and the catering was on point. No open bar — but, hey, this isn’t full communism yet.” [editor’s note: In between the offputting perspectives, this is actually quite entertaining; I wonder how he would have covered the Orlando convention – SAT] (07/05/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/people-summit-bernie-sanders-political-revolution.html

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31) Constitution 101: The Ninth Amendment
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“Generally, Americans treat the Ninth Amendment like the Bill of Rights'[s] unwanted stepchild. They mostly ignore it, and when they do talk about it, they often misunderstand it. In reality, the Ninth Amendment serves a very simply but crucial purpose. It expands the limits on the federal government — at least in a manner of speaking. More accurately, it makes the implied limits on federal authority explicit.” (07/05/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/07/05/constitution-101-the-ninth-amendment/

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32) Enough With the “optics” and the “narrative”
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“When an important news story breaks, Americans turn to journalists for answers. Answers to questions like: Does this story ‘play into a narrative?’ And what are the ‘optics’ of the story? Because that’s what really matters, right? Or so you might have thought if you had been reading or watching the news for the past few days. Journalists and pundits were all in a tizzy because when Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch crossed paths recently at an Arizona airport tarmac, Clinton jumped on Lynch’s plane to chat with her for a half hour, about such shocking topics as Clinton’s grandchildren and their mutual friend Janet Reno.” [editor’s note: Mr Waldman may have his head so far up HRC’s ass (assuming there is room beside Ms. Maddow), he thinks this is all nonsense, but the history of the Clintonian dynasty would say otherwise – SAT] (07/03/16)

http://prospect.org/article/enough-optics-and-narrative

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33) Why education matters
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Rik W Hafer

“Does more education help predict higher future income? In a study to be published by the Show-Me Institute, my co-author, Gail Heyne Hafer, and I compare educational attainment by adults 25 years ago to median family incomes in 2015 across all Missouri counties. What we find is that, yes, past education is a good predictor of future income.” (07/05/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/employment-jobs/why-education-matters

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34) Leaker, Speaker, Soldier, Spy
Source: The American Conservative
by Nick Turse

“Watching the retired general in action, I was reminded of the peculiarity of this peculiar era — an age of generals whose careers are made in winless wars; years in which such high-ranking, mission-unaccomplished officers rotate through revolving doors that lead not only to top posts with major weapons merchants, but also too-big-to-fail banks, top universities, cutting-edge tech companies, healthcare firms, and other corporate behemoths. Hardly a soul, it seems, cares that these generals and admirals have had leading roles in quagmire wars or even, in two prominent cases, saw their government service cease as a result of career-ending scandal. And Citizen David Petraeus is undoubtedly the epitome of this phenomenon.” (07/05/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/leaker-speaker-soldier-spy/

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35) “What difference does it make” — thoughts on the non-indictment of Hillary Clinton
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“[T]here seems to be a clear correlation between [Hillary Clinton’s] proximity to power and the blatantly corrupt and shady decisions she’s willing to make. Amongst other things, as Secretary of State she attempted to appoint a wealthy high frequency trading donor with no experience to an expert nuclear panel, she was routinely caught in wide-ranging Clinton Foundation-related conflicts of interest, and she orchestrated one of the biggest foreign policy blunders in a modern U.S. history with her Libya intervention. Then, upon leaving office, she immediately sold herself to the highest bidder on the speech circuit, earnings millions from Wall Street banks and then refusing to release the transcripts. Then came the email scandal. An episode which exhibited such clear criminal incompetence many people actually believed she might be held to account.” (07/05/16)

http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2016/07/05/what-difference-does-it-make-thoughts-on-the-non-indictment-of-hillary-clinton/

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36) About that Clinton-Lynch accidental meeting
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“So this past weekend, while most Americans were lounging by the pool, shooting off fireworks and eating hot dogs, Democratic Party presidential candidate (and presumptive nominee) Hillary Clinton was being questioned by the FBI. For three and a half hours. The questions, reportedly, had to do with her unapproved and illegal private email server. Hillary, in an apparent effort to emulate Henry Kissinger’s successful maneuvers to keep his documents from coming under Freedom of Information Act requests, had used her own email service instead of the official, and more secure, State Department service. This was not an occasional, incidental use (like sending a message via Gmail because you couldn’t reach the official account), but a very deliberate scheme to make sure that her emails weren’t available under open records laws.” [editor’s note: Mr. Reynolds has posted an updated intro to this column since the FBI made its “nothing to see here” announcement – SAT] (07/05/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/07/05/email-scandal-loretta-lynch-investigation-bill-clinton-hillary-column/86669526

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37) Hospitals and insurers are dropping the ball
Source: Independent Institute
by John R Graham

“An advocate of consumer-driven health care, who makes the case that individuals should control most of our health spending directly, will not get very far before hearing the rebuttal: ‘When you have a heart attack or get hit by a bus, you won’t be in any condition to negotiate which hospital you go to.’ Fair enough, which is why we advocate insurance for catastrophic events, just like for houses or automobiles. However, in the current system, insurers and hospitals are dropping the ball on even that …” (07/05/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/05/hospitals-and-insurers-are-dropping-the-ball/

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38) The forgotten story of the German economic “miracle”
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Samuel Gregg

“Given many Americans’ apparent enthusiasm for socialism today, it’s hard not to conclude that we live in an age in which millions know little about history or aren’t inclined to learn from it. There are lessons to be learned from the collapse of command economies in Central-Eastern Europe in 1989, Argentina’s economic disintegration throughout the twentieth century, and the present-day implosion of ‘twenty-first century socialism’ in Venezuela. We can also learn from cases in which countries abandoned planned economies and saved their societies from economic misery. One important but often forgotten example of such a transformation is West Germany’s turn to free markets in 1948.” (07/05/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/07/05/forgotten-story-german-economic-miracle%E2%80%99

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39) The crucifixion of Tony Blair
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“The politically subconscious point of the Chilcot report, the reason why it has been fetishised, lies not in the tedious 12 volumes themselves, but in a massive act of political-class projection — a projection of their political and moral failure to oppose the invasion of Iraq on to the figure of Tony Blair specifically, and New Labour generally. The Chilcot report promises nothing less than absolution for this political class. In its attribution of blame and responsibility, in its identification of official errors and decision-making flaws, it promises to exculpate the political class, to absolve it of responsibility for failing to make the case against the war, for failing to recognise, as spiked did 13 years ago, that appealing to the UN for a legal sanction to invade Iraq was not actually an objection to intervention on principle. In Chilcot, a political establishment, in which an overwhelming majority of MPs voted in favour of invading Iraq in 2003, sees its redemption.” (07/05/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-crucifixion-of-tony-blair-chilcot-iraq/

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40) For Vice President: Senator Jeff Merkley
Source: Our Future
by Robert Borosage

“Who will Hillary Clinton choose as her running mate? She enjoyed the biggest crowds of her campaign when she appeared with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, setting progressive hearts aflutter. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, the insiders’ favorite, has begun pre-emptive disclosure of dealings ($160,000 in gifts while serving as Governor) that could be grist for oppo research. The Great Mentioner has bruited about other names: senators Al Franken, Sherrod Brown and Cory Booker; Labor Secretary Tom Perez; Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro; Rep. Xavier Becerra; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; and more. Too often absent from these lists is the one person most qualified to serve as vice president and most likely to contribute to victory in the fall: Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon.” (07/05/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160705/for-vice-president-senator-jeff-merkley

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41) Gentrify it all!
Source: CounterPunch
by Ron Jacobs

“Neoliberal capitalism is universal in its domination, if nothing else. From the fast-growing tent cities in Portland, Oregon to the hideaway camps in Burlington, Vermont; from the men living in boxes in Baltimore to the folks living next to garbage dumps in Manila, the results of property speculation motivated by a neoliberal dream of easy wealth are everywhere. One can go to any city in the capitalist world and see some edifice being built where there were once homes or small shops. After a little bit of research, one will usually discover this construction is some kind of so-called public-private venture which in reality will benefit the private investors in the equation considerably more than the public side. Indeed, the likely results for the public will be higher housing costs, less public space and more police (private and public) whose job is to regulate the public’s use of the private space.” (07/05/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/05/gentrify-it-all/

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42) The fines and fees that keep former prisoners poor
Source: The Atlantic
by Alana Semuels

“Life after prison can be a huge challenge — and this is definitely true when it comes to money. The formerly incarcerated often have trouble finding work and stable housing because of prohibitions against people with criminal records. But some of the biggest financial challenges for the formerly incarcerated may stem directly from their crimes. Increasingly, jurisdictions across the country are assessing hefty court fines and fees, called legal financial obligations (LFOs), on defendants, requiring them to pay thousands of dollars or face more jail time, according to Alexes Harris, the author of A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions for the Poor.” (07/05/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/07/the-cost-of-monetary-sanctions-for-prisoners/489026/

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43) Security tips every Signal user should know
Source: The Intercept
by Micah Lee

“There are dozens of messaging apps for iPhone and Android, but one in particular continues to stand out in the crowd. Signal is easy to use, works on both iOS and Android, and encrypts communications so that only the sender and recipient can decipher them. It also has open source code, meaning it can be inspected to verify security. You can download Signal from the Android Play Store and the iPhone App Store. Although Signal is well-designed, there are extra steps you must take if you want to maximize the security for your most sensitive conversations — the ones that could be misinterpreted by an employer, client, or airport security screener; might be of interest to a snooping government, whether at home or abroad; or could allow a thief or hacker to blackmail you or steal your identity.” (07/05/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/07/02/security-tips-every-signal-user-should-know/

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44) Let the market standardize weights and measures
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Clifford Thies

“There is no denying the advantages of standardization. In a word, it reduces transaction costs. With lower transaction costs, more mutually-advantageous specialization and trade can occur. In the case of the conversion of the American stock markets to decimals, people relatively unfamiliar with fractions are able, more easily, to deal with stock prices. Who, after all, immediately recognizes whether eleven-thirty-secondths is greater or less than three-eighths? With continuing standardization, and the necessary political arrangements, people from all over the world are increasingly able to trade, contract, partner and in other ways cooperate with each other. According to the U.S. Constitution, it is for Congress to set weights and measures. Yet, the truth is, over the years, more — and better! — standardization has occurred through the market process than by government decree.” (07/05/16)

https://fee.org/articles/let-the-market-standardize-weights-and-measures/

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45) Successor
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“Some astute readers have pointed out that it sometimes seems as though I’m contradicting myself when talking about the future. On the one hand, I am optimistic that sex work will eventually be decriminalized, that prohibition as a concept will be tossed onto the ash-heap of history, and that future historians will look back at our ugly, warped, fear-haunted culture with wonder and pity. On the other hand, I say that the United States is a decaying fascist empire which has already passed the point at which future historians will declare it a different entity than the American republic which came before …. But these two points aren’t contradictory at all; I think the confusion derives from a kind of chauvinism which can’t conceive of a future in which the US either does not exist or doesn’t play a major role.” (07/04/16)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/successor/

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46) A plan to engender prosperity in Perfidious Albion — from pariah to paragon
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Colin Lloyd

“The first French use of the term ‘Perfidious Albion’ dates from the 13th century; that we voted to leave the EU seems almost natural in this, historical, context. It was, nonetheless, a shock and one which the Brussels elite are unlikely to forget: hopefully they may learn to forgive. Now that the die is cast and the UK has crossed the Rubicon, rather than regret, we should look ahead to navigate the fen of stagnant waters …. Change is seldom without its challenges but we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to engender prosperity, increase productivity and reduce inequality, if we embrace the liberal virtues of self-reliance and smaller government.” (07/05/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/07/a-plan-to-engender-prosperity-in-perfidious-albion-from-pariah-to-paragon/

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47) New York City drives street vendors to operate illegally — century after century
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Dirty water dogs bought from a cart aren’t just a gut-busting lunchtime treat — they’re a living for the vendor slapping on the mustard and onions and taking your cash. Pushcarts are a traditional entry-level business in the United States, as elsewhere. They have relatively low startup costs and allow sellers to go to where the customers are, rather than counting on buyers to seek them out. But it’s a tough business, and long hours, sparring over locations, and dragging a cart from place to place are only half the story. Places like New York City have created their own cottage industries out of lassoing entrepreneurs — often immigrants — with obstructionist rules that make it ever-harder to make a buck while driving cart operators underground and into the clutches of illegal facilitators who can navigate through a sea of red tape.” (07/05/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/05/new-york-city-drives-street-vendors-to-o

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48) Jefferson’s promise, Smith’s fulfillment: July 4th reflections on the 30th anniversary of the Covenant of Unanimous Consent
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Dennis Wilson

“L. Neil Smith’s Covenant of Unanimous Consent actually FULFILLS the promise of individual freedom in Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. The Covenant is simple, rational, personal, easy to understand and even short enough to memorize. It easily fits on one side of a single piece of paper– and is currently available in English, Spanish, French and German! The Covenant also satisfies the objections noted by Lysander Spooner in 1870. Instead of being a document that describes how the government shall act, and a document YOU did NOT sign, the Covenant is a document that describes how YOU will act and is a document that YOU VOLUNTARILY SIGN, IF YOU AGREE.” (07/03/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle879-20160703-02.html

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49) Nine points to ponder about the Fourth of July
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“If the troops had prevailed against the British rebels, the men who signed the Declaration would have gone down in history as nothing more than criminals, terrorists, brigands, and traitors. Even today, the British still do not honor such former British citizens as George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Nathan Hale for their courage and patriotism. For the British, citizens who refuse to support the troops, refuse to thank them for their service, and do their best to shoot and kill them are not worth honoring.” (07/05/16)

http://fff.org/2016/07/05/eight-points-ponder-fourth-july/

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50) Elizabeth Warren turns a blind eye to the central bank
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Patrick Trombly

“Senator Elizabeth Warren is perhaps best known for advancing the narrative that the 2000s housing bubble, collapse, and Great Recession, from which much of the US and the world have yet to fully recover, were the result of ‘unfettered Wall Street bankers tanking the economy’ by ‘tricking borrowers’ into bigger homes and debts than they could afford. This, she asserts, was helped along by the banks’ dramatically increasing lending to ‘subprime’ borrowers, thereby fueling a real estate bubble and then ushering in a ‘subprime foreclosure crisis’ that ‘spread to’ the rest of the economy. Based on this thesis, she has proposed numerous new regulations, some of which happen to address other legitimate concerns, but none of which address the root cause of the housing and foreclosure crises in the US and around the world.” (07/05/16)

https://mises.org/blog/elizabeth-warren-turns-blind-eye-central-bank

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