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In the News:

1) Japan: Ruling militarist coalition wins election, promises revival
2) Bitcoin reward for miners falls 50 per cent following Saturday’s halving
3) South Sudan: Capital rocked by heavy arms fire
4) US will send 1,000 rotating troops to Poland
5) MN: Police officers injured at St. Paul protest
6) Obama calls for mutual respect from Black Lives Matter & police
7) MO: Cops say armed robbers used Pokemon Go app to target victims
8) Bahamas: FM issues special notice for citizens visiting US
9) IL: Reporter shaves “budget beard” grown during impasse
10) Musk tweet hints at top-secret Tesla masterplan
11) Guantanamo: US frees Yemeni prisoner, sends him to Italy
12) Official: Demand for US arms exports set to keep growing
13) PA: Woman spends months in jail for having loud sex in her apartment
14) NSA labels Linux Journal readers, Tor/Tails users “extremists”
15) NY: Couple sues architect for copying custom dream home
16) Over 1000 Wendy’s restaurants hit by credit card hackers
17) Scientists find first instance of water clouds outside our solar system
18) Libertarian Party calls for an end to all violence
19) LA: Police abduct Black Lives Matter activist
20) Johnson: Drug war “root cause” of police shootings
21) GA: Shooter called 911, ambushed arriving officer
22) FL: Brown indicted for role in alleged fraud scheme
23) AZ: Mother fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies
24) Hundreds of British troops to be sent to Estonia, Poland
25) Antivirus firm Avast to buy its rival AVG for $1.3 billion

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Current events
27) Media freedom, markets, and political change
28) No federal power over guns, even if the 2nd Amendment never existed
29) The case for decriminalizing prostitution
30) Refusing to vote is vote for liberty
31) Andrew Cuomo’s “blacklist” for critics of Israel
32) Consequences of criminal incompetence
33) Could Fukushima happen here?
34) And so it begins … ?
35) The longest war
36) How education fares in the Democratic Party Platform
37) Comey’s Clinton probe is deja vu all over again
38) Unf*ck the police: Anarchy and the demilitarization of law enforcement
39) Easier to get parole, harder to buy bullets; feel safer?
40) See the precise moment when progress reducing poverty ended
41) In Venezuela, “meat and chicken are only eaten by the socialists”
42) Building a national people’s movement
43) Gingrich should just say no to Trump
44) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 86
45) The climate police crack-up
46) Seek ye first the protection of property rights …
47) Dangerous trend in US courts may have consequences for online speech
48) Thanks, FBI: We Real Worlders find Elite World inordinately annoying. Again
49) Note to media: Less Maine, more Socrates, please
50) Could Donald Trump lose the millennial vote to Gary Johnson?
51) So it begins: Dallas and the emerging 4GW in Vichy America
52) E-prescribing: A commonsense solution to opioid abuse that is being ignored
53) Free Thoughts Podcast, 07/08/16
54) Trump, Saddam, and the presumption of innocence
55) The Bible’s standard of liberty
56) We desperately need a trustworthy third party
57) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 66
58) Free Talk Live, 07/09/16
59) The establishment will use these tragedies to divide us — don’t let them start a race war
60) Amerexit from NATO

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

1) Japan: Ruling militarist coalition wins election, promises revival
Source: Rochester Post-Bulletin

“Japan’s ruling coalition was a clear winner in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, preliminary results and Japanese media exit polls indicated, paving the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to push ahead with his economic revival policies, but also possibly changing the nation’s postwar pacifist constitution. Half of the seats of the less powerful upper house were up for grabs. There had been no possibility for a change of power because the ruling coalition, headed by Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, already controls the more powerful lower house, but the balloting was a key gauge of how much support Abe’s coalition has among the public.” (07/10/16)

http://www.postbulletin.com/news/world/japan-s-ruling-coalition-wins-election-promises-revival/article_fa3c0252-656a-5e17-9165-47d95db7ceb2.html

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2) Bitcoin reward for miners falls 50 per cent following Saturday’s halving
Source: City AM

“The number of bitcoins generated by the digital process known as mining halved on Saturday. Rather than being issued by a central authority, bitcoins are “mined” by solving complex mathematical problems. These were previously released in blocks of 25, but this has now been halved to 12.5. There is a hard cap of 21m bitcoins, of which around 15m have been mined so far. The price of a single bitcoin had dropped by around three per cent on Sunday evening to $641 compared to the pre-halving day-average of $663 on Friday, according to market exchange Bitstamp.” (07/10/16)

http://www.cityam.com/245139/bitcoin-reward-miners-falls-50-per-cent-following-saturdays

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3) South Sudan: Capital rocked by heavy arms fire
Greenfield Daily Reporter

“South Sudan’s capital was rocked Sunday by heavy arms fire between forces loyal to the president and those of the vice president, causing widespread casualties and raising fears the country is returning to civil war. The fighting began in the morning and continued until about 8 p.m. local time, when a large thunderstorm seemed to put a damper on the violence, said U.N. mission spokeswoman Shantal Persaud. She confirmed that a U.N. armored personnel carrier was hit by a shell at a camp to protect civilians. U.N. peacekeepers in the vehicle were wounded, said witnesses.” (07/10/16

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/19cad4a9dab840e4ab58a35fbd70906e/AF–South-Sudan-Shooting

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4) US will send 1,000 rotating troops to Poland
Source: USA Today

“The United States will send about 1,000 troops to Poland as part of what the alliance says is the biggest deployment of NATO personnel since the end of the Cold War. President Obama announced the troop movement at the NATO Summit in Warsaw Friday, saying the United States would rotate battalions into Poland ‘to serve shoulder to shoulder with Polish soldiers.’ An armored brigade will also move its headquarters to Poland, which Obama called one of the United States’ ‘most committed and important allies.’ Both moves are expected sometime next year.” (07/08/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/07/08/obama-nato-summit-poland-troops/86846264/

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5) MN: Police officers injured at St. Paul protest
Source: Fox 13 News

“Multiple officers with the Saint Paul Police Department have been reported as injured at a protest in St. Paul, Minnesota. Demonstrators in St. Paul began protesting Saturday in response to recent deaths associated with police encounters and police brutality. … The Star Tribune reported that as the demonstration continued protesters took to Interstate 94 and officers began to redirect traffic from there around 7 p.m. Participants in the protest included Black Lives Matter, an organization that works to raise awareness of and stop police brutality.” (07/10/16)

http://www.fox13memphis.com/news/trending-now/police-officers-injured-at-st-paul-minnesota-protest/394733484

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6) Obama calls for mutual respect from Black Lives Matter & police
Source: USA Today

“The Black Lives Matter movement that’s arisen in response to police shootings of black men is part of a long line of protest movements that have transformed America for the better, President Obama said Sunday, defending the protests amid renewed tensions over race and policing across the country. But he also acknowledged that those debates are often ‘messy and controversial,’ and urged protesters to ‘maintain a respectful, thoughtful tone’ after a week of deadly shootings — both of African-American men by police and of police officers by a Dallas gunman. Obama cut short his four-day trip to Europe and instead will go to Dallas Tuesday to speak an an interfaith prayer service, the White House announced Sunday. He’ll also devote most of the week working on police issues, aides said.” [editor’s note: His failure to also go to LA and MN would kill him off … if he were still campaigning for election – SAT] (07/10/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/07/10/obama-calls-mutual-respect-black-lives-matter-and-police/86917082

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7) MO: Cops say armed robbers used Pokemon Go app to target victims
Source: ABC News

“A string of armed robberies that took place Saturday night in Missouri were perpetrated by suspects who targeted their victims using Pokémon Go, a popular augmented reality game, according to police. … O’Fallon Police said the perpetrators of the robberies used the game by adding ‘a beacon to a PokeStop,’ referring to an aspect of the game that enables users to lure additional players.” (07/10/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/armed-robbers-pokemon-app-target-victims-cops/story?id=40474315

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8) Bahamas: FM issues special notice for citizens visiting US
Source: Knoxville Times

“In light of the recent attacks against law enforcement officers in U.S., Bahamas has issued a travel advisory for its citizens planning a trip to U.S. to take particular care of themselves in cities where the recent bout of attacks went down. The unusual advisory from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs comes amidst worries of ‘racial tensions in some American cities.’ The warning reportedly read, ‘The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has taken a note of the recent tensions in some American cities over shootings of young black males by police officers.'” (07/09/16)

http://www.knoxvilletimes.com/index.php/sid/245691829

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9) IL: Reporter shaves “budget beard” grown during impasse
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“It’s gone. A political reporter in Illinois has finally had his beard shaved after more than 13 months of growing the bushy facial hair to bring attention to the state’s budget impasse. Chris Kaergard of the Journal Star newspaper in Peoria promised not to shave until Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrat-dominated Legislature reached a deal. After an entire fiscal year without a budget, Rauner signed into law last week a stopgap spending plan to keep state government operating for six months. It was enough of a compromise for Kaergard to go under a barber’s blade Saturday.” [editor’s note: Sound like a cop-out to me; shoulda held out for a real budget! – SAT] (07/10/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Illinois-reporter-shaves-budget-beard-grown-8349984.php

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10) Musk tweet hints at top-secret Tesla masterplan
Source: Reuters

“Tesla Motors Inc CEO Elon Musk on Sunday tweeted his intention to soon publish part two of his ‘top secret Tesla masterplan’ following an embattled several weeks for the silicon valley heavyweight. The tweet, which read ‘Working on Top Secret Tesla Masterplan, Part 2. Hoping to publish later this week’ comes amid inquiries into two crashes of Tesla cars, as well as ongoing questions regarding Musk’s plans to combine his electronic vehicle company, Tesla, with his solar panel maker company SolarCity Corp. On July 1, a driver of a Tesla Model X in Pennsylvania crashed into a turnpike. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced last week it is investigating the crash ‘to determine whether automated functions were in use at the time of the crash.'” (07/10/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-musk-masterplan-idUSKCN0ZQ111

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11) Guantanamo: US frees Yemeni prisoner, sends him to Italy
Source: ABC News

“A Yemeni prisoner at Guantanamo Bay was released and sent to Italy after more than 14 years in custody, the Pentagon said Sunday. The release of Fayiz Ahmad Yahia Suleiman reduced the number of men held at the U.S. base in Cuba to 78. He was among about two dozen low-level Guantanamo prisoners expected to be released in the coming weeks.” (07/10/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-frees-yemeni-prisoner-guantanamo-sends-italy-40476337

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12) Official: Demand for US arms exports set to keep growing
Source: Raw Story

“International demand for U.S. weapons systems is expected to continue growing in coming years, a senior U.S. Air Force official said on Sunday, citing strong interest in unmanned systems, munitions and fighter jets. ‘The appetite just keeps getting bigger and bigger,’ U.S. Air Force Deputy Undersecretary Heidi Grant told Reuters in an interview on the eve of the Farnborough International Airshow. U.S. arms sales approved by the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency rose 36 percent to $46.6 billion in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2015, and are likely to remain strong this year, Grant said.” (07/10/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/demand-for-u-s-arms-exports-set-to-keep-growing-official-says

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13) PA: Woman spends months in jail for having loud sex in her apartment
Source: The Free Thought Project

“A dispute between neighbors ended with 25-year-old Amanda Warfel spending several months in jail, charged with having loud sex in her apartment. According to ABC 6, Warfel has been jailed since March 22 after she was arrested for disorderly conduct for having a loud sexual encounter that disturbed her neighbors. Warfel was ‘loudly fornicating and banging around her bedroom to the degree that the victims’ dresser and her own bed shook,’ court documents state. There was reportedly an ongoing feud between Warfel and the neighbors who reported her to the police.” (07/09/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/woman-spends-months-jail-loud-sex-apartment/

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14) NSA labels Linux Journal readers, Tor/Tails users “extremists”
Source: Digital Trends

“Documents leaked in connection with Edward Snowden purportedly included XKeyscore, a surveillance program that Snowden and anti-surveillance proponents criticized. Members of the Tor Project obtained the XKeyscore source code and reviewed it in detail. The Tor Project discovered that the NSA flagged members of the Tor community and their related IP addresses for surveillance. The program flags any IP address involved in any web search for the term Tails or its meaning. The program refers to Tails Linux distribution as ‘a comsec mechanism advocated by extremists on extremist forums,’ according to Techspot.” (07/10/16)

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/nsa-labels-linux-tails-users-extremists/

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15) NY: Couple sues architect for copying custom dream home
Source: Fox News

“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like … wait, that one’s pretty close! A Long Island couple says an architect ripped off the blueprint to their one-of-a-kind dream house — to build a carbon copy in the town next door. Rivka Fortgang, an interior and exterior home designer from Five Towns, and her husband, Seth, are now suing to block the mansion on Villa Place in Cedarhurst from being built because it will look nearly identical to their own home on Auerbach Lane in Lawrence, just a mile away. The Fortgangs ‘constructed their unique home from the ground up, creating a visually distinctive and unique exterior stucco façade’ in 2005 and copyrighted the original architectural drawings under the name ‘Fortgang Residence I,’ according to the suit, filed Thursday in Long Island federal court.” (07/10/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/10/couple-sues-architect-for-copying-custom-dream-home.html

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16) Over 1000 Wendy’s restaurants hit by credit card hackers
Source: The Hackers News

“The Popular fast-food restaurant chain Wendy’s on Thursday admitted that a massive cyber attack had hit more than 1,000 of its restaurants across the country. The burger chain did not speculate how many people may have been affected, though it did confirm that the hackers were able to steal its customers’ credit and debit card information. The data breach is more than three times bigger than initially thought.” (07/08/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/07/over-1000-wendys-restaurants-hit-by.html

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17) Scientists find first instance of water clouds outside our solar system
Source: Gizmodo

“A cloudy day here on Earth might be a sign for gloom, but elsewhere in the universe, to behold one is a scientific achievement. In this case, a team of researchers from UC Santa Cruz announced that they have detected water clouds for the first time outside our solar system on a brown dwarf known as WISE 0855, which is around 7.2 light-years away from Earth. The study was published back in May in Astrophysical Journal Letters by a team from UC Santa Cruz and NASA and updates what we currently know about the dwarf, which was discovered in 2014 by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).” (07/09/16)

http://gizmodo.com/scientists-find-first-instance-of-water-clouds-outside-1783390502

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18) Libertarian Party calls for an end to all violence
Source: Libertarian Party

“Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark issued this statement today in relation to the recent shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas: ‘The killing needs to stop. All of it. None of these shootings were justified — not the shootings by the police, not the shootings of the police. The Libertarian Party denounces all killing. No American should feel they’ve invited violence upon themselves because of their skin color, the uniform they wear in service to their communities, or their decision to exercise their Second Amendment rights. None of these factors should make you a target for murder in this country.'” (07/08/16)

http://www.lp.org/news/press-releases/libertarian-party-calls-for-an-end-to-all-violence

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19) LA: Police abduct Black Lives Matter activist
Source: WKYC 3 NBC

“Police in Baton Rouge arrested a prominent Black Lives Matter activist Saturday night during a protest along Airline Highway in Baton Rouge, and he captured it on the live streaming service Periscope. DeRay Mckesson, a civil rights activist who is active in social media and police reform projects, was taken into custody while walking along the shoulder of the major road and live streaming the protest, including an arrest made by several officers. ‘The officers won’t give their names,’ Brittany Packnett, one of Mckesson’s co-founders of the activist group Campaign Zero, told the Washington Post. ‘He was clearly targeted.'” (07/10/16)

http://www.wkyc.com/ext/news/nation-now/black-lives-matter-activist-deray-mckesson-arrested-in-baton-rouge/95/50xoiMccgg00mSMuCOOgOs

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20) Johnson: Drug war “root cause” of police shootings
Source: Politico

“Gary Johnson believes the tensions between police and minorities that led to two high-profile police shootings and the deaths of five Dallas police officers has a root cause: The long-running war on drugs. The Libertarian [sic] nominee for president did not directly tie the drug war to the shooting deaths in Minnesota and Louisiana by police or the sniper killings of five officers in Texas this week. But poor relations between police and African-Americans stems from the criminalization of drug use, he said.” (07/08/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/gary-johnson-dallas-shooting-225294

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21) GA: Shooter called 911, ambushed arriving officer
Source: WALB 10 ABC

“The man who shot a Valdosta police officer several times was the same person who called 911 to summon authorities in the first place, investigators announced Friday. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation identified the suspect as Stephen Paul Beck, 22. According to a report, Beck told police that his car had been broken into and needed officers to respond. It was when the first officer did respond Friday morning that Beck opened fire, hitting officer Randall Hancock several times.” (07/08/16)

http://www.walb.com/story/32400652/gbi-georgia-shooter-called-911-ambushed-arriving-officer?sf30576939=1

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22) FL: Brown indicted for role in alleged fraud scheme
Source: CNN

“Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown and her chief of staff were indicted Friday for their roles in a conspiracy and fraud scheme involving a fraudulent education charity, the Justice Department announced. Brown, of Jacksonville, Florida, and her chief of staff, Elias ‘Ronnie’ Simmons, of Laurel, Maryland, were charged in a 24-count indictment, included charges of participating in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, concealing material facts on required financial disclosure forms, theft of government property, obstruction of the due administration of the internal revenue laws, and filing false tax returns, the Justice Department said in a news release.” (07/08/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/08/politics/rep-corrine-brown-indicted-for-alleged-role-regarding-fraudulent-education-charity/index.html

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23) AZ: Mother fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies
Source: The Root

“A 24-year-old Arizona mother was shot and killed by Yuma County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday after officers showed up in response to a report of a domestic disturbance, the Yuma Sun reports. According to Yuma Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Lori Franklin, the incident unfurled Tuesday evening. Deputies knocked on the front door, intending to speak to Melissa Ventura. However, upon opening the door, the young mother allegedly attacked the deputies with a knife, which resulted in deputies firing their weapons. Ventura was rushed to a nearby medical center, but was later pronounced dead.” (07/08/16)

http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/2016/07/ariz-mother-fatally-shot-by-sheriffs-deputies/

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24) Hundreds of British troops to be sent to Estonia, Poland
Source: The Herald [Scotland]

“Hundreds of British troops are to be sent to the border with Russia as David Cameron battles to assure allies and enemies alike that Brexit will not damage the UK’s defences. The Prime Minister will today tell other Nato countries that they have Britain’s ‘steadfast’ support, including boots on the ground. At his final Nato summit in Warsaw, Mr Cameron will announce a 500-strong battalion will be sent to Estonia.” (07/08/16)

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14606032.Hundreds_of_British_troops_to_be_sent_to_border_with_Russia/?ref=fbshr

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25) Antivirus firm Avast to buy its rival AVG for $1.3 billion
Source: The Hacker News

“Antivirus company Avast Software is planning to acquire Dutch rival AVG Technologies for $1.3 Billion in cash. Avast announced today that it would buy Amsterdam-based AVG Technologies for $25 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $1.3 Billion in an aim to expand its presence in the emerging markets. With more than 230 Million users worldwide, Avast provides free and paid security software packages for both PCs as well as mobile devices to businesses and individuals.” (07/06/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/07/antivirus-avast-avg.html

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

26) Current events
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“The safety and effectiveness of personal weaponry is improving every day. Guns keep getting smaller, lighter, and more powerful. Some folks are still trying to remain sweet and orderly about it all, legally purchasing their firearms and nicely applying for concealed carry permits. But those statistics alone frighten the living excrement out of our self-appointed socialist sheep-herders, Other people, having finally observed that the only reason vile creatures like Obama and Hillary want to take your guns away is so that they can be free to do things to you that they couldn’t do if you kept your guns, have simply decided for themselves that they have obeyed their last gun law. Take heed, you would-be gun-grabbers, you did this all to yourselves.” (07/10/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle880-20160710-02.html

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27) Media freedom, markets, and political change
Source: EconLog
by Emily Skarbek

“Private ownership of media outlets like Facebook allow for people have access to information that would otherwise not be possible because of the ability to hide behind state power. Today police and politicians routinely attempt to shelter themselves from scrutiny and evade responsibility by denying access to information. Even in countries with almost full press freedom, new evidence suggests that journalists are killed for corrupt reasons. The video of [Philando] Castile’s death has been viewed millions of times, placing people as close as possible to being in the moment of an experience that no one would wish on another human being. Such technology is made possible and protected by capitalism, however imperfectly. Personally, I was literally sickened by watching the video. But I chose to share it on my twitter feed because I felt an moral obligation to stand witness the reality of the situation.” (07/10/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/07/media_freedom_m.html

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28) No federal power over guns, even if the 2nd Amendment never existed
Source: Tenth Amendment Foundation
by Mike Maharrey

“[F]or the sake of argument, let’s accept a narrow interpretation of the Second Amendment. Let’s assume it only relates to service in the militia. The federal government still has no authority to regulate firearms. As I explained in my Constitution 101 article on the Second Amendment, the Constitution only delegates specific powers to the federal government. The enumeration of certain powers logically excludes all powers not listed. Designato unius est exclusio alterius is a legal maxim meaning, ‘the designation of one is the exclusion of the other.’ You will find no authority to regulate firearms or ban certain types of weapons in the Constitution.” (07/09/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/07/09/no-federal-power-over-guns-even-if-the-2nd-amendment-never-existed/

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29) The case for decriminalizing prostitution
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco

“The idea behind continuing the ban on prostitution is straightforward. Governments, women’s rights groups and others argue that prohibition severely limits the market for sex work. Unfortunately, prohibition has not done this. It only works to push consensual prostitution underground and create opportunities for sex traffickers, who force women into sex work. Black markets are bad news for sex workers. Because their actions are illegal, they have little recourse when they are wronged. A prostitute, for example, cannot go to the police or the courts about an abusive client or pimp without incriminating herself and risking her own freedom. This means crimes against sex workers are committed with practical impunity. … But prohibition is wonderful for one group: the sex traffickers who use the black market for sex to coerce individuals into the industry.” (07/08/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8816

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30) Refusing to vote is vote for liberty
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“Many people view the refusal to vote as ‘doing nothing,’ when nothing could be further from the truth. Back when most doctors believed bloodletting was an effective treatment, those who declined the disastrous procedure weren’t doing nothing, they were refusing to make matters worse. It’s an important distinction. Don’t make matters worse by doing the wrong thing. The refusal to sanction a politician, or an office for a politician to hold, is voting for liberty and independence in the most effective way. It is the individual withdrawal of consent.” (07/07/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/07/07/mcmanigal-refusing-to-vote-is-vote-for-liberty/

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31) Andrew Cuomo’s “blacklist” for critics of Israel
Source: In These Times
by Alex Kane

“‘If you boycott against Israel, we will boycott you,’ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a crowd of supporters on June 5 as they gathered to kick off the city’s annual Celebrate Israel parade. The same day, Cuomo issued a first-of-its-kind executive order prohibiting state agencies from doing business with groups that back the pro-Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. This is a chilling development for BDS activists who, for the past decade, have sought to advance Palestinian rights by exerting economic pressure on Israel, a tactic inspired in part by the worldwide divestment campaign that helped topple apartheid in South Africa. Cuomo’s plan to track which entities support BDS, and to prohibit them from receiving state funding, also sends a shiver down the spine of civil liberties groups, who deride the measure as a ‘blacklist’ that endangers free speech and political activity.” (07/08/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19271/cuomos-blacklist-for-critics-of-israel

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32) Consequences of criminal incompetence
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“FBI director James Comey and his army of G-men have discovered a mountain of evidence indicating beyond any reasonable doubt that Democrat Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is a serially incompetent dishonest criminal having feloniously violated federal statutes prohibiting the mishandling of classified information during her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State. Democrat Clinton, however, won’t face trial and be convicted for her many crimes because Comey, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and the Democrat Obama Administration have refused to prosecute her. That’s because, as I posted last week, the case against her has been Fixed! She’s guilty as sin but the fix is in.” (07/09/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/07/consequences-of-criminal-incompetence.html

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33) Could Fukushima happen here?
Source: The New Republic
by Jacob Silverman

“We all live in the shadow of Fukushima. Together with Three-Mile Island and Chernobyl, the March 2011 disaster in Japan completes the holy trinity of modern nuclear horror. For the last five years, American anti-nuclear activists and nuclear industry officials alike have wondered: For many of those who make appearances in Indian Point, a new documentary about the nuclear power plant that looms 30 miles north of New York City, the answer is a terrified ‘yes.’ There are differences, of course, between the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and the one operated by Entergy in Buchanan, near Peekskill. But Indian Point is also an aging power point that happens to sit on two tectonic faults, and a recurrent feature of nuclear plant meltdowns seems to be that nuclear officials are focused on learning lessons from the last disaster, rather than anticipating the next one.” (07/08/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/134961/fukushima-happen-here

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34) And so it begins … ?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“How many people today remember the year 1968, and the violence which wracked the Fifty States (then, still, the United States, even if in a downward spiral of a century’s duration)? The protests and riots, the ‘barbeque’ in DC, the shootings and killings and assassinations? Probably time to brush up on history and remember it … and learn from it. Thursday, 07 July 2016, is the next step onto the path that was followed in 1968, when society was ‘stronger’ and there was a lot more trust.” (07/08/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9293

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35) The longest war
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“President Obama announced, Wednesday, that he would leave more troops in Afghanistan when he exits office than previously planned. Instead of cutting the current troop deployment of 10,000 down to 5,500 soldiers, Obama will now keep 8,400 ‘in country,’ continuing our longest war. Entering the 15th year of armed conflict and military occupation, thousands of lives lost along with hundreds of billions in treasure spent to equip and train Afghan forces and build infrastructure — and buy off warlords — recent U.N. estimates find the tyrannical Taliban controlling more actual territory in Afghanistan today than before the 2001 U.S. invasion.” (07/08/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/08/the-longest-war/

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36) How education fares in the Democratic Party Platform
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Although education policy has not been a prominent issue in the current presidential race, the Democratic Party’s platform gives the subject some of its just due with a fairly extensive treatment. In the current draft, which will be finalized on June 8 and 9, there are numerous mentions of education and a special section with over 1,000 words devoted to the topic. Many are saying this platform ‘may be most progressive platform the Democratic Party may have ever had.’ But is it progressive on education? Let’s weigh the evidence. First let’s examine how the Democratic Party platform differs from what’s proposed in the Republican Party’s platform.” (07/08/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160708/how-education-fares-in-the-democratic-party-platform

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37) Comey’s Clinton probe is deja vu all over again
Source: Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff

“When James Comey announced his decision not to recommend the prosecution of Hillary Clinton for the misuse of classified information, it was not his first investigation of Clinton that ended without the filing of criminal charges. It was his third investigation of Clinton, and the second in which he personally decided not to charge her with a crime. For Comey, in the words of Yogi Berra, it must have seemed ‘like deja vu all over again.” (07/08/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/comeys-clinton-probe-deja-vu-all-over-again

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38) Unf*ck the police: Anarchy and the demilitarization of law enforcement
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Gary “Z” McGee

“I know what you’re probably thinking, here at the outset: ‘Not all cops are bad.’ To which I say, ‘Pull your head out of authority’s ass!’ Yes. Do exactly that. Saying, ‘Not all cops are bad’ is a red herring. Fuck your red herring! It doesn’t matter that all cops are ‘not bad.’ What matters is that all cops represent ‘the state,’ and the state is bad, wrong, unhealthy, evil.” (07/09/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/09/unfck-the-police-anarchy-and-the-demilitarization-of-law-enforcement/

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39) Easier to get parole, harder to buy bullets; feel safer?
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic Legislature have a unique plan to enhance public safety in California. They have reduced the state prison population from close to 150,000 in 2010 to 113,000 now by downgrading what crimes put an offender in prison. Now they are pushing a ballot measure that would enable repeat serious and violent offenders to qualify for early release — to further reduce the state prison population. No worries, though, because they also are passing laws that make it harder or costlier for everyone to buy guns and ammunition.” (07/10/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/07/10/feel-safer-easier-to-get-parole-harder-to-buy-bullets-n2190227

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40) See the precise moment when progress reducing poverty ended
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka and Perry Willis

“It’s time to eliminate all federal poverty programs. My argument is powerful and brief. First, assistance can be given at the state or local level, or even better, by voluntary institutions. Federal programs aren’t close enough to the problem. We’re spending a lot of money on unnecessary, distant bureaucracies. Two, federal poverty programs don’t work. I can prove it.” (07/08/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/see-the-precise-moment-when-progress-reducing-poverty-ended

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41) In Venezuela, “meat and chicken are only eaten by the socialists”
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Samuel Bryan

“In the United States, Bernie Sanders has built a political movement selling the glories of Democratic Socialism. Young Americans eager for the handouts promised by Sanders have flocked to the Vermont Senator in droves. Meanwhile, Venezuelans labor under the realities of Bernie’s economic vision. VICE News put together a short video showing the realities of life in the socialist utopia: … Even those with cash are finding it hard to find food. Manuel Guevara wanders through grocery stores hoping to find something to eat.” (07/09/16)

https://fee.org/articles/in-venezuela-meat-and-chicken-are-only-eaten-by-the-socialists/

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42) Building a national people’s movement
Source: The American Prospect
by Andrew Friedman

“Over the past year, millions of workers have earned a raise as a result of the growing boldness of workers and organizers across the country. The success of the Fight for 15 and similar movements is no accident. Rather, it is the product of years of experimentation, perseverance, and creativity — and today, organizers may have finally hit on a powerful formula for helping workers take back some measure of power. This success stems first and foremost from a basic reality: The economy in its current state is just not working for Americans. Nearly a decade after the 2008 recession, millions of families around the country have yet to be even touched by the recovery. Wages have stayed flat even as worker productivity has soared. Too many are stuck in jobs that don’t pay the bills, working hard and failing to even stay afloat.” (07/08/16)

http://prospect.org/article/building-national-people%E2%80%99s-movement

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43) Gingrich should just say no to Trump
Source: USA Today
by Andrew Weinstein

“Five years ago, a retired Georgia congressman and former House speaker announced his campaign for president on a Reaganesque platform of optimism, inclusiveness, fiscal responsibility, and global gravitas. Today, that same man is considering joining the ticket of another candidate who makes a mockery of those principles. If he gets an offer, he should turn it down. In his 2011 announcement speech, Newt Gingrich called for collaborative solutions to our problems, saying Americans ‘will have to talk together, work together, find solutions together,’ because ‘no one person in the Oval Office can get it done.’ Donald Trump, however, has built his campaign on the politics of division, referring to Mexicans as rapists and criminals, women as menstruating ‘dogs; and ‘pigs; who should be sanctioned for abortions, the disabled as objects of mockery, and Muslims as terrorist sympathizers who should be tracked (if here) and banned (if not).” (07/10/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/07/10/newt-gingrich-donald-trump-vice-president-say-no-column/86921468

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44) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 86
Source: The KN@PP Stir Podcast

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Fergie, Me, and Jill Stein — it’s not what it looks like!); Hey, I watched Trumbo.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/10/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-86-happy.html

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45) The climate police crack-up
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Mollie Dreisbach

“Free-speech advocates have reason to cheer as two state attorneys general have walked back their subpoenas against Exxon Mobil Corp., tacitly admitting that their climate-change harassment lacks a legal basis. Virgin Islands AG Claude Walker recently withdrew his subpoena of Exxon Mobil. He was a leader among the 17 AGs charging that the oil giant defrauded shareholders by hiding the truth about global warming. That’s hard to prove when the company’s climate-change research was published in peer-reviewed journals. … Meantime, Massachusetts AG Maura Healey filed court documents declaring she won’t enforce her subpoena against Exxon until the oil giant’s countersuits against the AGs are settled.” (07/07/16)

https://cei.org/content/climate-police-crack

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46) Seek ye first the protection of property rights …
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“In an unfree but relatively civilized society, religious institutions (and non-religious charities) would be tax-immune, rather than tax-exempt. The Regime dispenses exemptions in the service of the true purpose of the income tax system, which is social engineering. … For corporate churches, tax exemption defines the length of their leash. Digested to its essence, the Utah Compromise — which is being presented as a model for other states — treats the public expression of ‘religious liberty’ in the ‘Love Wins’ age in purely institutional terms. Religious individuals are free to believe in traditional views of marriage, sexuality, and ‘gender’ — but only to the extent that those beliefs have no tangible impact on their public conduct, beyond the occasional Facebook post or letter to the editor.” (07/10/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/07/seek-ye-first-protection-of-property.html

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47) Dangerous trend in US courts may have consequences for online speech
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jamie Williams

“One of our most valuable tools for protecting freedom of expression and innovation on the Internet — a law that shields websites and other Internet service providers from being held responsible for content that comes from users or third parties — has been under fire in recent years. The law, 47 U.S.C. § 230, a provision of the Communication Decency Act, was designed to encourage the development of new communication technologies and to protect free speech and the open exchange of ideas online. Just like you can’t hold a library liable for defamation for a statement written in a book you check out, or for hacking after someone breaks into a computer after learning how to do so from a library book, under Section 230, you can’t hold a website liable for the speech of others. But a dangerous trend has emerged over the last few years in lawsuits involving the statute: courts carving out various categories of behavior as beyond the scope of the statute’s immunity.” (07/08/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/07/dangerous-trend-us-courts-may-have-consequences-online-speech

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48) Thanks, FBI: We Real Worlders find Elite World inordinately annoying. Again
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“How about that FBI no-indictment announcement yesterday? Makes perfect sense to you, I bet. Ok — I don’t bet that. At all. What does make sense to us Real Worlders — is seeing yet another Elite get yet another Get-Out-of-Reality-Free card. It is all growing quite tiresome.” (07/08/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/07/thanks-fbi-we-real-worlders-find-elite-world-inordinately-annoying-again/

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49) Note to media: Less Maine, more Socrates, please
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

‘”When I search for the phrase ‘here’s what we know,’ Google returns 9.4 million results. A depressing proportion of those results are the headlines or ledes of news stories about then-current events. For example (I’m writing this on July 8, 2016), ‘Here’s What We Know About Confirmed Dallas Shooter Micah Xavier Johnson.’ Too often, ‘what we know’ turns out to be ‘what someone told our reporter,’ or ‘what we heard at a press conference,’ or ‘what we read in a press release.’ And ‘what we know’ (again too) often turns out not to have been true at all and to instead have just been ‘what we thought we knew at the time, and now what you will go on thinking because you don’t have time to keep up forever with our changing versions of every story.'” (07/08/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6609

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50) Could Donald Trump lose the millennial vote to Gary Johnson?
Source: Washington Post
by Aaron Blake

“An interesting nugget from the big new Pew Research Center poll of the 2016 election: Among voters under age 30, Donald Trump is at 21 percent … and Gary Johnson is at 22 percent. Yes, Trump is in danger of finishing third among young voters — at least according to this one poll. But it’s not the only one showing him struggling with them. Similarly, a Quinnipiac University poll last week showed Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee, and Jill Stein, the presumptive Green Party nominee, combining to take slightly more millennials (defined as ages 18 to 34 in this case) than Trump.” (07/09/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/09/could-donald-trump-lose-the-millennial-vote-to-gary-johnson/

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51) So it begins: Dallas and the emerging 4GW in Vichy America
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“To use the fatuous utterings of the boy king and pretender; let me be clear. The only lives that don’t matter are the ones who initiate violence against another human being whether a private criminal or government employee. How in the world is that so hard to grok? Violence is a tool of the State. Anyone proposing initiating violence is probably a government agent, government provocateur and/or government informant. This is not to say private violence doesn’t occur. Of course it does but let’s remember that most private crime in America is a result of government prohibitions and regulations.” (07/08/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4786

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52) E-prescribing: A commonsense solution to opioid abuse that is being ignored
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Devon Herrick

“Transmitting prescriptions electronically is a way for doctors to directly communicate with pharmacies — rather than handing patients a paper form ripped from a pad. E-prescribing facilitates detection of doctor shopping. In addition, once a prescription for a chronic condition has been prescribed, refills should require less effort by doctors and patients. Ironically, most doctors have been using electronic prescribing of noncontrolled substances for a few years now. But until recently, federal regulations prohibited e-prescribing of controlled substances due to the perceived risks of drug abuse and diversion. Electronic prescribing of controlled substances is now permitted in all 50 states. Yet, not all pharmacies — and even fewer physicians’ offices — are prepared to transmit prescriptions for controlled substances electronically.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (07/11/16)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26565

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53) Free Thoughts Podcast, 07/08/16
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Arnold Kling joins us to talk about his new book, Specialization and Trade, which was recently published by Libertarianism.org.” [various formats] (07/08/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/specialization-trade-re-introduction-economics

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54) Trump, Saddam, and the presumption of innocence
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“The securing of due process was the result of a nearly thousand-year struggle against western tyrants. It is certainly true that due process has been badly eroded, especially since 9/11. But this is the first time I can recall a presidential candidate celebrating a dictator’s freedom from due-process constraints at a campaign rally. This certainly distinguishes Trump from his predecessors and opponents. That the throng, wearing their Make America Great Again caps, responded enthusiastically is ominous indeed.” (07/07/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/07/tgif-trump-saddam-and-presumption-of_7.html

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55) The Bible’s standard of liberty
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“The Bible provides one of the most concise and accurate warnings ever written about the corrupting power of monarchy. In just nine short verses, the first book of Samuel describes what happens when a king comes to power. I’ve thought about those verses a good deal during the Fourth of July, and indeed throughout this election season.” (07/08/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1575

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56) We desperately need a trustworthy third party
Source: OpEdNews
by Jack Dresser

“A 20-year study of 1,779 federal policy decisions throughout the Reagan, Bush-41 and Clinton administrations, published by Princeton and Northwestern political scientists, found that public opinion in surveys and organized citizen interest groups had virtually zero influence, while the economic elite and corporate business interests called the shots entirely. These data validate what people widely sense — their helplessness and invisibility between election seasons. With the electorate identifying as only 21% Republican and 29% Democrat, half are up for grabs.” (07/10/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/We-Desperately-Need-a-Trus-by-JACK-DRESSER-Change_Democracy_Democrat_Democratic-160710-424.html

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57) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 66
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we had friend of the show, Bodhi, sitting in for Jeremy and we were joined by Christopher Deojee, a libertarian from the UK. Herein Danilo channels his inner Jeremy, and there was a discussion about Brexit, a breakdown of the types of voters in the UK, Unregister to vote? Incomprehensible!, how working for the State can lead to libertarianism, the growing worldwide secessionist movement, the City of London, France as the next domino, how Trump is winning ‘Murica, and more!” [various formats] (07/09/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-66-christopher-deojee-brexit-or-bust/

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58) Free Talk Live, 07/09/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Federalizing Police Proposed :: Nazi Feds? :: Dallas Cops on Lockdown After Threats :: Bad News :: Heroin Epidemic :: Accountability :: Gary Johnson :: Resisting Arrest :: Packing Uber Driver :: Scary Cops :: Afghanistan :: Young Black Men Gunned Down By Police :: Felons and Guns :: People Coming Together :: Profiling.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/09/16)

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59) The establishment will use these tragedies to divide us — don’t let them start a race war
Source: The Free Thought Project
by Claire Bernish

“Don’t fall for it. As you might have heard — even countless times before — those in power would have plenty of interest in starting a race war in America. And if we carelessly succumb to their lurid divisive tactics — allowing racial differences to define us instead of uniting in shared humanness against those powers — they will succeed. Fury, anger, frustration, and despair over the unjust dearth of accountability for police who perpetrate murder and violence in unprovoked or unreasonable circumstances is not only natural, it’s human.” (07/09/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/divide-conquer-establishment-race-war/

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60) Amerexit from NATO
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“NATO was brought into existence in 1949, two years after the United States was converted into a national-security state to wage the Cold War against its World War II partner and ally, the Soviet Union. Its mission was ostensibly to protect Western Europe from an invasion by the Soviet Union, which had lost some 20-30 million people in WW II, had been entirely destroyed, and was mired in severe economic distress, especially given its socialist economic system. But as well all know, the Cold War is over. It ended more than 25 years ago. Why didn’t NATO end as well?” (07/08/16)

http://fff.org/2016/07/08/amerexit-from-nato/

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