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In the News:

1) France: 84 dead in Bastille Day terror attack
2) Court: US government can’t make Microsoft reveal cloud data
3) FBI required Clinton Servergate investigators to promise secrecy
4) Impasse on Republican rules committee raises prospect of convention “floor fight”
5) FL: Mosque removed as polling site after anti-Islamic backlash
6) Pakistan: Militant with US bounty walks free
7) CA: Officers outnumber demonstrators at San Francisco vigil
8) For the first time, scientists to sequence genes in space
9) CA: Three children left in desert without water as punishment
10) IL: Lawsuit claims gun restrictions unfairly target foster parents
11) I’m warning you, don’t read this article. It’s a federal crime!
12) South Korea: Thousands protest US missile defense system as Seoul announces location
13) Peru: Bandits attack Amazon tourist boat of foreigners
14) EU extortionists take another run at Google
15) MI: State police to conduct roadside drug tests in pilot program
16) US Senate: Cornyn, Cruz introduce bill to make cops even more more equal than others
17) Jobless claims in US hold at lowest level since mid-April
18) US House approves anti-abortion “right of conscience” bill
19) WA: Bureaucrats unveil new operation to scare the public over marijuana
20) Assad: US is “not serious” about defeating Islamic State

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) English, and therefore sedate, but a revolution all the same
22) Tensions in early American political thought
23) Hillary Clinton never changes and always skates
24) The landmark case that destroyed economic liberty
25) The good news
26) Here’s a password: Crony crime fighting
27) The Trans-Pacific Partnership is essential to regional peace and global prosperity
28) Israel: The frenemies gambit
29) Suppose there were a gang …
30) The Minneapolis Police Department is a bit red in the face
31) Anarchism for a mainstream audience
32) Entrepreneurs are sowing seeds of hope in Burundi
33) No liberal: Hillary is pro multinational and pro military-industrial complex
34) The Lava Spurt, episode 5
35) Can we ever trust the Democrats?
36) By the numbers: How often do cops kill?
37) The wrong type of subsidy
38) Fallujah in ruins
39) Donald Trump is wrong; crime is down, way down
40) Student activism roundup highlights continued need for speech code reform
41) A call to the security community: The W3C’s DRM extension must be investigated
42) Classical liberalism and the nation state
43) Obama’s big flip-flop to save Obamacare
44) A new set of crises for the EU
45) Why you should believe in the digital afterlife
46) Hillary Clinton’s email absolution: Two parties, one criminal regime
47) The predictable and pathetic end of Sanders’s “political revolution”
48) Free Talk Live, 07/13/16
49) What if ISIS were to win?
50) Channeling Reagan by executive order

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

1) France: 84 dead in Bastille Day terror attack
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“A terrorist gunman has killed 84 people including at least ten children after he used a 25-tonne lorry to go on a mile-long killing spree by mounting pavements at high speed and ploughing through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice last night. The killer, a 31-year-old French Tunisian named by local newspaper Nice Matin as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, then got out and sprayed fleeing revellers with bullets before being shot dead by police after his 30 minute rampage, which has left 54 children injured alone. … The truck driver, who was known to police, was said to have shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ — God is great in Arabic — before being killed in a clear suicide mission. Pro-ISIS groups have been celebrating the attack, orchestrated to coincide with France’s most important national holiday.” (07/15/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3691019/Several-people-injured-truck-crashes-crowd-Bastille-Day-celebrations-Nice.html

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2) Court: US government can’t make Microsoft reveal cloud data
Source: The Olympian

“A federal appeals court has ruled that the government cannot force Microsoft to reveal content from a customer’s email account stored in Ireland. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Thursday, overturning a lower court decision. The appeals court says that Congress did not intend a U.S. law governing warrants to be enforced against a U.S.-based service provider storing contents of a customer’s electronic communications on servers outside the United States.” (07/14/16)

http://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article89565127.html

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3) FBI required Clinton Servergate investigators to promise secrecy
Source: New York Post

“In an unusual move, FBI agents working the Hillary Clinton email case had to sign a special form reminding them not to blab about the probe to anyone unless called to testify. Sources said they had never heard of the ‘Case Briefing Acknowledgment’ form being used before, although all agents must initially sign nondisclosure agreements to obtain security clearance. ‘This is very, very unusual. I’ve never signed one, never circulated one to others,’ said one retired FBI chief.” (07/14/16)

http://nypost.com/2016/07/12/fbi-agents-signed-nda-for-matters-involving-hillarys-emails/

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4) Impasse on Republican rules committee raises prospect of convention “floor fight”
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Grassroots conservatives alleged that the Republican National Committee pulled out from a deal to reform RNC rules at the last minute as a potential ‘floor fight’ — a contested vote on the floor — looms over next week’s Republican national convention. Former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, the leader of a bloc of social conservative activists, told reporters on Thursday night that he expected multiple minority reports to proposed rules of the Republican party. Any minority report, which requires the signatures of one quarter of the rules committee, would automatically be debated and voted upon on the floor of the convention. … The prominent conservative activist said that negotiations fell apart on the issue of ‘bonus delegates’ for states that held closed presidential primaries, open only to registered Republicans.” (07/14/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/14/republican-convention-rules-committee-deal-floor-fight

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5) FL: Mosque removed as polling site after anti-Islamic backlash
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A Florida mosque has been removed as a polling station for the 2016 election after local officials received complaints and threats of violence. The Islamic Center of Boca Raton had planned to host a polling site for the state’s primary in August and the general election in November. Officials rescinded the invite, drawing sharp criticism from Florida lawmakers who said it reinforced religious discrimination. The site was moved to a nearby library. County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher said she moved the site after receiving about 50 complaints from people who said they did not want to vote in a mosque.” (07/14/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36796493

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6) Pakistan: Militant with US bounty walks free
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“The United States has put a $10 million bounty on his head, labeling him a terrorist. He is one of the most wanted men in India. Yet, Hafiz Saeed walks free in his home country of Pakistan, denouncing Washington and New Delhi in public speeches. Now the man identified by the U.S. as a founding member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group is weighing in on the flare-up of violence in Kashmir, the mountainous region divided between Pakistani and Indian control, where dozens have died in clashes with protesters after Indian security forces killed a top rebel leader.” (07/14/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/ap-exclusive-militant-with-us-bounty-walks-free-in-pakistan/article_3862519c-3ca1-5d7c-afd8-63fbbfad4904.html

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7) CA: Officers outnumber demonstrators at San Francisco vigil
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“About three dozen police officers stood patrol in San Francisco’s Financial District Wednesday night, called out to monitor an ‘anti-police’ demonstration, according to a radio scanner. But what they found was seven middle-aged activists holding a vigil for people of color killed in officer-involved incidents. The group had set up a large black banner around 5:30 p.m. that read ‘Peace’ in pink letters and was accompanied by a pink, black and white peace flag. Under the banner, they displayed the names and faces of those involved in more high-profile shootings.” [editor’s note: Demonstrating for peace and no more murders? Call out the gendarmes – sAT] (07/14/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Officers-outnumber-demonstrators-at-SF-vigil-8377149.php

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8) For the first time, scientists to sequence genes in space
Source: Raw Story

“Given her background in researching some of the deadliest pathogens on Earth, including Ebola, colleagues of newly arrived astronaut Kate Rubins had expected her to want to do ‘crazy science fiction’ on the International Space Station. Instead, Rubins pushed for carefully controlled experiments with a mix of a bacteria, a common virus and mouse cells, all already repeatedly sequenced and safe for testing in the space station’s closed-loop environment. Rubins, a trained microbiologist who arrived at the space station on Saturday, will be using the samples to put Oxford Nanopore’s MinION sequencer (a pocket-sized DNA sequencer) through its paces.” (07/14/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/for-the-first-time-scientists-to-sequence-genes-in-space

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9) CA: Three children left in desert without water as punishment
Source: USA Today

“A mother and her boyfriend were arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse after a passerby discovered her three children had been left in the desert as punishment, according the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Mary Bell, 34 and Gary Cassle, 29, of Twentynine Palms were being held Thursday at the Morongo Basin Jail in Joshua Tree, Calif., in lieu of $100,000 bail, and are scheduled to appear Friday in San Bernardino County Superior Court. Around 11:30 a.m. PT Wednesday, deputies responded to a report of three children (a 7-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy) at the edge of Twentynine Palms. Bell and Cassle were ‘down the road from the children,’ sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman said. At the time, the temperature was just shy of 100 degrees.” (07/14/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/07/14/children-left-in-desert/87071034

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10) IL: Lawsuit claims gun restrictions unfairly target foster parents
Source: Fox News

“Kenneth and Colleen Shults want to permanently welcome a foster child into their Fairmount, Ill., family, but claim in a federal suit filed this week they are being forced to surrender their Second Amendment rights to do it. Already parents of three, the couple is in the process of formally adopting a daughter through the state foster care system and is fighting Department of Children and Family Services rules they say severely restrict their gun rights. The couple charges that the firearm restrictions aimed at safeguarding foster children violate their constitutional rights and threaten their ability to keep their family safe. ‘Our family has always owned and used firearms,’ said Kenneth Shults, 37, who is a firearms safety instructor and a machine shop manager. ‘No foster parent should have to forfeit their constitutional rights in order to be a foster parent.'” (07/14/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/14/illinois-gun-restrictions-unfairly-target-foster-parents-lawsuit-claims.html

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11) I’m warning you, don’t read this article. It’s a federal crime!
Source: The Hacker News

“Yes, you heard it right. If I tell you not to visit my website, but you still visit it knowing you are disapproved, you are committing a federal crime, and I have the authority to sue you. Wait! I haven’t disapproved you yet. Rather I’m making you aware of a new court decision that may trouble you and could have big implications going forward. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has taken a critical decision on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA): Companies can seek civil and criminal penalties against people who access or visit their websites without their permission.” (07/13/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/07/oops-federal-crime.html

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12) South Korea: Thousands protest US missile defense system as Seoul announces location
Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“South Korea’s military has announced the location of its THAAD anti-missile defense system, intended to deter threats from North Korea. The plan, which greatly angered regional powers, has led thousands of Koreans on to the streets in protest. Seoul and Washington say the system is intended to both counter threats in the region and defend US troops stationed there. It forms the core element of the America’s multilayered defense program. But the local residents fear it will lead to deteriorating health and will negatively impact the agricultural economy.” (07/13/16)

https://www.rt.com/news/350910-thaad-missile-defense-korea/

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13) Peru: Bandits attack Amazon tourist boat of foreigners
Source: Lompoc Record

“Peruvian authorities say bandits have attacked an Amazon tourist boat and robbed more than two dozen tourists from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. Oscar Garrido-Lecca is the port captain in the river city of Iquitos and he says police are hunting through the area to find the robbers. He says the attackers used a small craft to reach the Amazon Discovery tour cruise, boarded it and then robbed passengers and crew of goods worth about $20,000 early Thursday.’ (07/14/16)

http://lompocrecord.com/news/world/bandits-attack-amazon-tourist-boat-of-foreigners-in-peru/article_be5101ec-66a9-550a-b5dc-89e1512e654c.html

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14) EU extortionists take another run at Google
Source: Yahoo! Tech

“The European Union filed new anti-trust charges against Google on Thursday, piling pressure on the US tech giant over the alleged abuse of its market dominance. Brussels targeted the Silicon Valley firm’s advertising business, saying it had restricted some websites from displaying ads from Google’s competitors. The EU also beefed up its charge sheet in an earlier case against Google which alleges that the firm abused the dominance of its search engine for online shopping. There are now three EU cases against Google in total, with the EU having also filed charges in April against it for its Android mobile phone operating system.” (07/14/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/eu-files-fresh-antitrust-charges-against-google-102130893.html

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15) MI: State police to conduct roadside drug tests in pilot program
Source: CBS Detroit

“A one-year pilot program set up in five counties will allow Michigan State Police to conduct roadside drug tests. First Lt. Michael Shaw says if a driver is pulled over for a traffic offense and shows signs of being under the influence of drugs –specially trained ‘drug recognition experts’ will conduct traditional field sobriety tests. Next, the officers will use a saliva-based testing to check drivers to see if they’ve smoked marijuana or used heroin or cocaine.” (07/13/16)

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2016/07/13/michigan-state-police-to-conduct-roadside-drug-tests-in-pilot-program/

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16) US Senate: Cornyn, Cruz introduce bill to make cops even more more equal than others
Source: McClatchy DC

“After the tragedy in Dallas that cost five members of law enforcement their lives, Texas GOP Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz introduced legislation Wednesday increasing penalties on anyone who targets police. Called the ‘Back the Blue Act,’ the bill makes it a federal crime to kill, attempt or conspire to kill anyone in law enforcement, including federal judges, subject to the death penalty, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years for murder and a minimum sentence of 10 years for attempted murder.” (07/13/16)

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article89339472.html

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17) Jobless claims in US hold at lowest level since mid-April
Source: Bloomberg

“The number of applications for U.S. unemployment benefits last week held at the lowest level since mid-April, further evidence of a strong labor market. Jobless claims were unchanged at 254,000 in the week ended July 9, according to a Labor Department report released Thursday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey called for filings to increase to 265,000. In April, applications dropped to a four-decade low of 248,000.” (07/14/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-14/jobless-claims-in-u-s-hold-at-lowest-level-since-mid-april

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18) US House approves anti-abortion “right of conscience” bill
Source: The Hill

“The House on Wednesday approved a controversial abortion bill that supporters say would help shield healthcare providers who refuse to perform the procedure on religious grounds. Anti-abortion lawmakers, including the bill’s chief sponsor, Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), say it would bar state or local governments from penalizing healthcare providers who decline to offer abortions. Republicans say it would make clear that healthcare workers have a ‘right of conscience’ that allows them to take legal action for any alleged discrimination, such as the withholding of funds.” (07/13/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/287637-house-approves-bill-to-shield-anti-abortion-healthcare-workers

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19) WA: Bureaucrats unveil new operation to scare the public over marijuana
Source: KOMO News

“It’s a label meant to help save your child’s life [sic] if they get a hold of those edible goodies you bought from a marijuana store. Registered nurse Joan Gibson has been taking calls for the Washington Poison Center for more than two decades. She has received several calls from kids who accidentally ate their parents’ marijuana-baked goodies — the kind that look like cakes, and cookies, candy or brownies. On average, Gibson says she’ll get one to two of those calls each month. ‘They’re too drowsy, too affected by it,’ said Gibson. Sometimes she can advise parents what to do over the phone, and other times the children need [sic] to be rushed to a hospital for emergency care.” [editor’s note: A 19-year-old jumped to his death from a balcony after eating cannabis edibles. Were the two things connected? If so, that’s the only death associated with them that I’ve seen reported – TLK] (07/13/16)

http://komonews.com/news/local/new-marijuana-warning-label-aims-to-keep-kids-from-eating-edibles

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20) Assad: US is “not serious” about defeating Islamic State
Source: NBC News

“A defiant Bashar al-Assad expressed confidence that Syria’s bloody war could be won within months, saying Russia’s intervention has helped tip the scales toward victory. Assad spoke exclusively to NBC News on Wednesday at his office in Damascus in a wide-ranging interview about the Syrian war, ISIS, the U.S. and his legacy. He was unruffled by the State Department branding his vow to retake every inch of Syria as ‘delusional,’ saying it was only a matter of time until he regained full control of his country. … according to Assad, the ‘very frank’ relationship he has with [Vladimir] Putin is rooted in their shared values and common interest: defeating terrorists. The Syrian president claimed that’s far from true of the U.S., which he accused of not truly wanting to see ISIS'[s] defeat. ‘They’re not serious,’ Assad said.” (07/14/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/bashar-al-assad-says-u-s-not-serious-about-defeating-n609036

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

21) English, and therefore sedate, but a revolution all the same
Source: The Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“What the English delivered last month had nothing to do with worries about subsidiarity in the regulation of the sheepmeat sector. It was a vote of no confidence in how our country has been governed for at least the past half century. Unless we lose our nerve — always, I grant, a possibility — those who fail to carry the revolution forward will be discarded. They will be replaced by others whose names may as yet be unknown. We have asked for our country back, and we now find ourselves in the best position I have seen in my lifetime to get for ourselves and our children the most noble status of free citizens of an independent country.” (07/14/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/14/english-and-therefore-sedate-but-a-revolution-all-the-same/

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22) Tensions in early American political thought
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Joseph R Stromberg

“Republicans idealized the independent armed proprietor as citizen and basis of the social balance, which in turn preserves the constitution. They worried little about the origin and justification of the state (which Locke sought to supply), but provided a world-outlook and language useful to various property-owning opposition movements. If pressed, a knowledgeable republican thinker might have fallen back on Aristotle, who rooted the political community in man’s social nature. For liberalism (by which we mean classical liberalism) the point of departure is different. The liberal begins with the ‘natural’ individual in full ownership of his natural rights who cooperates with others in ‘civil society’ before the creation of any government (state). The liberal is not unaware — as is so often suggested — that families and social relations exist, but has noticed that only individuals can act.” (07/14/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/publications/essays/tensions-early-american-political-thought

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23) Hillary Clinton never changes and always skates
Source: Reason
by Andrew P Napolitano

“When FBI Director James Comey publicly revealed his recommendation to the Department of Justice last week that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton not be prosecuted for espionage, he unleashed a firestorm of criticism from those who believe that Clinton was judged by different standards from those used to judge others when deciding whether to bring a case to a grand jury. … Nevertheless, Clinton’s persistent problems with personal honesty have brought her face to face with three more criminal investigations. One is for public corruption. The second is for perjury. And the third is for misleading Congress.” (07/14/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/14/hillary-clinton-never-changes-and-always

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24) The landmark case that destroyed economic liberty
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by David S D’Amato

“If the Supreme Court’s 1905 holding in Lochner v. New York is the widely reviled embodiment of the constitutional right to freedom of contract, then West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish is its celebrated antithesis. The New Deal era case has been identified with the beginning of a ‘Constitutional Revolution’ that freed progressive social policy to march triumphantly onward. But the official, approved story of West Coast Hotel, a case almost uniformly lauded by legal scholars, has it quite wrong. Far from heralding an enlightened era of reform, West Coast Hotel signals a break from traditional liberal values of freedom and individualism, a move in the direction of social engineering and control by political elites.” (07/14/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/landmark-case-destroyed-economic-liberty/

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25) The good news
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“These are dark days for the Republic — and the world — what with war clouds looming on every horizon and a miasma of menace hanging over us in our everyday lives. The other day as I considered going to the Sonoma County Fair I was suddenly struck by the not unreasonable fear that Something Might Happen — a deranged shooter, perhaps, out to prove an utterly deranged point. I checked myself: what am I thinking? Is life now totally crazy? Do I want to live in a society where it’s not paranoid to have such thoughts? And yet … And yet this morning, as I wondered what I’d be writing about today, I scanned the headlines and saw a number of bright spots in otherwise darkening skies. Perhaps they’re underscored by the general bleakness, but in any case they’re there. Here are a few …” (07/15/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/07/14/the-good-news/

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26) Here’s a password: Crony crime fighting
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“When is it a crime (punishable with time behind bars) for citizens to access a company’s database with someone else’s password? For years, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has wrestled with that question. This month, a three-judge panel ruled that under a 1986 federal law, using other people’s work passwords with their permission, but not their employers’ authorization, could land you in prison. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Judge Margaret McKeown wrote, ‘does not make the millions of people who engage in this ubiquitous, useful, and generally harmless conduct into unwitting federal criminals.’ In a dissenting opinion, Judge Stephen Reinhardt submitted that if the court does not overturn the conviction of headhunter David Nosal for using other employees to tap into his former firm’s database, then the federal government will have criminalized a practice used by spouses and friends everywhere.” (07/14/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/07/14/heres-a-password-crony-crime-fighting-n2192514

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27) The Trans-Pacific Partnership is essential to regional peace and global prosperity
Source: Cato Institute
by Daniel J Ikenson

“What world-changing behemoth that begins with the letter ‘C’ presents the greatest threat to U.S. commercial and strategic interests in the Asia-Pacific region? Wrong. Even in the wake of this week’s potentially provocative tribunal ruling against Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, the greatest threat remains Congress, not China. The alarmingly likely failure of Congress to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year would do more to subvert U.S. regional and global interests than anything China is capable of doing.” [editor’s note: To give Ikenson credit, at least he doesn’t even bother to PRETEND that TPP is about “free trade” – TLK] (07/14/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/the-trans-pacific-partnership-is-essential-to-regional-peace

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28) Israel: The frenemies gambit
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“When a human-rights group points to government abuses, what should the country’s leaders do? Let’s see. They could ignore it. They could debate the facts. They could even investigate and change policies. Or they could label it a tool of foreign powers. I’m sorry, but not surprised, to report that the last option is the one being taken by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his closest coalition partners. The smear campaign has gone on for years. Sometime late on Monday night, rhetoric turned into legislation, as Netanyahu’s coalition pushed the so-called Transparency Law through parliament. More widely known as the NGO Law, ostensibly it merely tightens financial reporting rules for nongovernmental organizations in Israel. In reality, the law is a transparent bid to mark some of the country’s main human-rights groups (including those that report on and challenge government actions in the West Bank and Gaza) as borderline treasonous.” (07/14/16)

http://prospect.org/article/frenemies-gambit

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29) Suppose there were a gang …
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“… A gang which required members to rape, pillage, and attack people as a condition of membership. A gang which financed all its activities, and bought all its clothing and equipment, with money it stole from the local population. A gang which bragged about driving nice cars stolen from people they attacked. Any member who didn’t commit those acts on a regular basis would be kicked out, and quite probably be subject to revenge by the other members. As a condition of gang membership, you are agreeing to pretend other people’s property rights can’t apply to you. You pretend no one has the right of association where you are concerned — if someone tries to walk away when you insist on talking to them, the gang’s rules say you can murder them. If someone tries to defend themselves from unwanted physical contact — or from even worse — the gang’s rules say you can murder them. The rules you impose on others don’t apply to you.” (07/14/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/07/suppose-there-were-gang.html

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30) The Minneapolis Police Department is a bit red in the face
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“The Minneapolis Police Department is well known for its high speed, low drag attitude. Instead of deescalation and conflict avoidance the MPD prefers throwing down with anybody it can create an excuse to throw down with. In fact the department is so cocksure that it didn’t even try to hide its love of violence in its recent recruiting video. However, many people weren’t amused by the video so the MPD was a bit red in the fact and decided to abuse the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in an attempt to erase the video from the Internet …” (07/14/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/07/14/the-minneapolis-police-department-is-a-bit-red-in-the-face/

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31) Anarchism for a mainstream audience
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Logan Glitterbomb

“If anarchism is to get anywhere as a movement, it requires us to build the world we wish to see. To paraphrase the classic wobbly mantra, our goal is and should be to ‘build a new world within the shell of the old.’ In order to do this we must actually create the structures which will meet the needs of our communities once the state and capitalism are out of the picture. This is the reasoning behind many anarchist projects. … Anarchists have started farms, collectively run businesses, community defense groups, domestic abuse shelters, libraries, alternative energy systems, and a myriad of other useful elements of the ‘new world.’ One of the most famous of such institutions — and certainly one of the longest lasting — is surprisingly Alcoholics Anonymous.” (07/14/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45683

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32) Entrepreneurs are sowing seeds of hope in Burundi
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Joe Ware

“Farmers in southern Burundi are some of the poorest people in the world. High population density, small land holdings, unpredictable climate and decreasing soil fertility make conditions in the landlocked East African country pretty desperate. Not to mention dubious democratic institutions, political violence and a refugee crisis. With 90 per cent of Burundians being small scale farmers, ensuring the rural economy works is vital to the nation’s prosperity. By spreading the word about the cash to be made from sunflowers, Warubizi has helped to trigger a series of money making ventures. In one part of the country, the entrepreneurial spirit of — largely women — farmers has started to change their fortunes and created a mini business boom. Remarkably, the source of this transformation, sunflowers, has been sitting in their gardens all along.” (07/14/16)

https://fee.org/articles/entrepreneurs-are-sowing-seeds-of-hope-in-burundi/

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33) No liberal: Hillary is pro multinational and pro military-industrial complex
Source: The Daily Bell
by staff

“TIME magazine among other publications gives Hillary Clinton a lot of positive coverage. It recently reproduced a full speech of hers which dealt mostly with ‘unification and community,’ two favorite themes of hers. But in this article, we’ll show clearly that Hillary is pro-multinational and pro-military-industrial complex. Those are her main planks, even if she rarely talks about them. The speech as presented by TIME provides us with a vision of Hillary as a peaceful person whose main focus as president will be the greater good of America’s poor and middle-classes. The propaganda surrounding Hillary’s political stances is much different than the truth.” [various formats] (07/14/16)

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/no-liberal-hillary-is-pro-multinational-and-pro-military-industrial-complex/

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34) The Lava Spurt, episode 5
Source: The LAVA Flow

“This is the fifth episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Murder is Murder Edition, where we talk about the violence that we’ve seen lately on our streets.” [various formats] (07/14/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/murder-murder-edition-tls005/

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35) Can we ever trust the Democrats?
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Congressman Steny Hoyer, D-Md., wants to make some changes to promote trust in government. It’s a good idea, but his changes (which mostly have to do with campaign finance and a laundry list of things Democrats have been trying to do for a while anyway) aren’t likely to accomplish much. The truth is, if you want trust, you need to be trustworthy, and you need to show it. On the trustworthiness front, Hoyer’s already lost the battle. He, like the rest of his party, will be supporting Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee, and she’s one of the least-trusted figures in politics. In the wake of her email scandals, 66% of voters say she’s not honest and trustworthy, and even a third of Democrats feel that way. Add to this the Clinton Foundation’s shady goings-on, the Clintons’ famous parsing of the meaning of ‘is,’ and Hillary’s tendency to accuse anyone disagreeing with her of being part of a ‘vast right-wing conspiracy,’ and you don’t exactly have the poster-candidate for restoring trust.” (07/14/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/07/14/hillary-democrats-trust-hoyer-corruption-emails-doj-column/87030304

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36) By the numbers: How often do cops kill?
Source: The Skeptical Libertarian
by Daniel Bier

“How many people are killed by police? It’s a simple and important question, but, until this year, the shocking answer was ‘we have no idea.’ There is no central authority systematically keeping track of killings by police, and police in most states are not required to report the use of lethal force to anyone.” (07/14/16)

http://blog.skepticallibertarian.com/2016/07/13/by-the-numbers-how-often-do-cops-kill/

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37) The wrong type of subsidy
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“We’ve pointed out a number of times here that the basic policy about climate change is simply wrong. Given that everyone has got so excited about the subject that something is going to be done we have been pointing out that what should be done is the least damaging and most effective thing. A simple carbon tax, revenue neutral by preference. Instead, as a result of Ed Miliband’s misunderstandings of how the universe works, we’ve ended up with a ludicrous subsidy system. Which continues to get worse …” (07/14/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-wrong-type-of-subsidy

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38) Fallujah in ruins
Source: The American Conservative
by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

“To watch young amputee Mustafa Ahmed swing from his crutches into a dirty tent in the middle of the desert — no clean water or food, no mattress to sleep on — is to see the failure of U.S. policy in Iraq. According to a grim report on PBS Newshour by foreign correspondent Jane Arraf, Ahmed lost a kidney and his leg when he was a baby during an American airstrike in Fallujah in 2004. (She doesn’t say whether it was during the first Battle of Fallujah or the second.) Now a handsome yet serious-faced child of 12 or 13, he has fled his city on crutches for eight miles before becoming trapped in one of the desperate camps outside. He told Arraf he once had a prosthetic leg, fitted for him in Oregon — likely as a form of restitution for being collateral damage. But he has since outgrown it. Now he doesn’t even have catheter tubes.” (07/14/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/fallujah-in-ruins/

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39) Donald Trump is wrong; crime is down, way down
Source: Our Future
by Bill Scher

“Directly lifting from Richard Nixon’s 1968 campaign, Donald Trump has declared himself the ‘law and order’ candidate. At a Virginia rally Monday he said, ‘American police and law enforcement are all that separate civilization from total chaos and the destruction of our country as we know it.’ On Tuesday he tweeted, ‘Crime is out of control, and rapidly getting worse.’ Painting a picture of an America drowning in crime-fueled anarchy serves to rationalize incidents of racial bias in policing. While Trump has not defended the actions of the police offers in the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, he has spent more time in their aftermath talking about the need to support police officers in an age of rampant crime, and no time on proposals for police reform. But Trump’s picture is a false one. Crime is down. Way down.” (07/14/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160713/donald-trump-is-wrong-crime-is-down-way-down

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40) Student activism roundup highlights continued need for speech code reform
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Alex Morey

“Debates on America’s college campuses should be remarkable for their substance alone — not because they were allowed to happen in the first place. Yet, when we at FIRE hear that students — at one campus or another, on one issue or another, in one way or another — successfully voiced their opinion on a controversial matter, it is a welcome break from the reports of censorship that typically fill our days. It shouldn’t be that way.” (07/13/16)

https://www.thefire.org/student-activism-roundup-highlights-continued-need-for-speech-code-reform/

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41) A call to the security community: The W3C’s DRM extension must be investigated
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cory Doctorow

“A large community of security researchers and public interest groups have been alarmed by the security implications of baking DRM into the HTML5 standard. That’s because DRM — unlike all the other technology that the W3C has ever standardized — enjoys unique legal protection under a tangle of international laws, like the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Canada’s Bill C-11, and EU laws that implement Article 6 of the EUCD. Under these laws, companies can threaten legal action against researchers who circumvent DRM, even if they does so for lawful purposes, like disclosing security vulnerabilities.” (07/13/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/06/call-security-community-w3cs-drm-must-be-investigated

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42) Classical liberalism and the nation state
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Edwin van de Haar

“Liberalism is the political expression of individualism, yet cooperation of individuals in groups is valued positively. For classical liberals the nation, or the country, is the largest group in society which is the object of human passion, both positive in the sense of national pride and negative in the sense of shame and humiliation. Hume noted that there are few men entirely indifferent to their country, and both he and Adam Smith underlined that humans sympathise more with people to whom they are close than with strangers or foreigners. Feelings for the nation are strong, natural motivational forces for individuals.” (07/13/16)

https://notesonliberty.com/2016/07/13/classical-liberalism-and-the-nation-state/

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43) Obama’s big flip-flop to save Obamacare
Source: The New Republic
by David Dayen

“The real sign of how Bernie Sanders changed the Democratic Party can be seen not just in shifts in the Democratic Party platform, but in how the party’s current leader, Barack Obama, has altered his own posture. Last month he endorsed the expansion of Social Security, a huge victory for activists pushing the party to improve retirement benefits. And this week, in a special communication to the Journal of the American Medical Association, Obama endorsed a public health insurance option to enhance the Affordable Care Act, his signature legislative achievement.” (07/13/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/135040/obamas-big-flip-flop-save-obamacare

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44) A new set of crises for the EU
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Brendan Brown

“European monetary union and free movement of peoples from impoverished East to the rich West will likely be twins in death as they were at birth. It has been a slow but steadfast journey from the Paris-Berlin accords on monetary union and EU enlargement in the 1990s to the biggest symptom yet of disintegration — the UK referendum win for Brexit. Now the train is set to speed up with a high likelihood of crashing along the way. The fantastic bubble in government bond markets which has just got larger will likely add to the severity of the crash and of the related global damage.” (07/14/16)

https://mises.org/blog/new-set-crises-eu

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45) Why you should believe in the digital afterlife
Source: The Atlantic
by Michael Graziano

“Imagine scanning your Grandma’s brain in sufficient detail to build a mental duplicate. When she passes away, the duplicate is turned on and lives in a simulated video-game universe …. herself as the same person that she always was, with the same memories and personality — the same consciousness — transferred to a well regulated nursing home and able to offer her wisdom to her offspring forever after. And why stop with Granny? You could have the same afterlife for yourself in any simulated environment you like. But even if that kind of technology is possible, and even if that digital entity thought of itself as existing in continuity with your previous self, would you really be the same person?” (07/14/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/07/what-a-digital-afterlife-would-be-like/491105/

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46) Hillary Clinton’s email absolution: Two parties, one criminal regime
Source: CounterPunch
by Eric Draitser

“What was your reaction when you heard FBI Director James Comey announce to the world that the Bureau would not be recommending that charges be filed against Hillary Clinton over her handling of emails while she was Secretary of State? … Chances are you weren’t the least bit surprised that no charges were recommended. But what does that tell you about our political system? That millions of Americans weren’t remotely caught off guard by the exculpation of Hillary Clinton is less a commentary about American attitudes than it is a clear indication of the all-pervasive criminality that is at the heart of America’s political ruling class. And the fact that such criminality is seen as par for the course demonstrates once again that the rule of law is more a rhetorical veneer than a juridical reality.” (07/14/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/14/hillary-clintons-email-absolution-two-parties-one-criminal-regime/

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47) The predictable and pathetic end of Sanders’s “political revolution”
Source: OpEdNews
by Patrick Martin

“Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign Tuesday, not with a bang but a whimper. The Vermont senator formally endorsed his rival in an undignified prostration before the Democratic Party establishment and Wall Street’s favored presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The unity rally featuring Sanders and Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, had all the spontaneity and enthusiasm of a going-out-of-business sale. The funereal atmosphere was perhaps fitting, because with the demise of the Sanders campaign, the Democratic Party has demonstrated, for the thousandth time, its historical role as the graveyard of progressive movements and efforts to achieve reform through the capitalist two-party system.” (07/13/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-predictable-and-pathet-by-Patrick-Martin-Bernie-Sanders_Hillary-Clinton_Political-Values_Revolution-160713-788.html

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48) Free Talk Live, 07/13/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Judge Throws Out Stingray Evidence :: Selective Service Registration :: Drones and Wildfires :: Why People Hate Police :: Disorderly Conduct for Flipping Off Cop :: Bench vs Jury Trial :: Commonwealth Nonsense :: Old Man Shoots Up Red Light Cameras? :: People Arrested for Speech on Facebook :: Martha and the Millenials.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/13/16)

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49) What if ISIS were to win?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

‘We have no choice,’ U.S. officials effectively say. ‘It’s regrettable that our intervention gave rise to ISIS but now we have to continue intervening in the Middle East to stop ISIS. If we don’t, ISIS could win and take over Iraq, Syria, and Libya.’ But no asks the critical question: What if ISIS were to win? What would happen if ISIS were to take over Iraq, Syria, and Libya? That would certainly be bad for people in those regions. There is no doubt that they would be suffering under brutal tyranny. But let’s face it: People live in tyranny in all parts of the world, and U.S. forces are not helping them.” (07/14/16)

http://fff.org/2016/07/14/what-if-isis-were-to-win/

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50) Channeling Reagan by executive order
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Clyde Wayne Crews

“President Obama famously boasted that he would use his ‘pen and phone’ to enact his agenda if Congress did not go along. Indeed, the Obama administration has been characterized by aggressive executive actions that blur the lines of the separation of powers — and not just according to Republicans. Yet, if the ‘pen and phone’ can expand government, there are also aggressive steps that can be taken to check the regulatory state’s expansion.” (07/14/16)

https://cei.org/content/channeling-reagan-executive-order

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R. Lee Wrights
Steve Trinward

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