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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,224
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
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In the News:

1) WikiLeaks: NSA eavesdropped on the last three French presidents
2) Syria: Kurdish fighters push closer to Islamic State HQ
3) NM: Albuquerque cops face murder charges in shooting of homeless man
4) Armenia: Protesters renew march against electricity prices
5) Report: US military conducting large exercise over Alaska
6) Netherlands: Court orders 25% greenhouse gas emissions cut
7) White House lifts restriction on medical marijuana research
8) Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will have last chance to speak publicly at formal death sentencing
9) CA: Judge throws out “kill gays” ballot measure
10) Venezuela: Vet held over “drugs implanted into puppies”
11) MA: Boston’s faltering bid for 2024 Summer Games a warning for Olympics
12) Dad & daughter: 39 random acts of kindness to celebrate birthdays
13) Federal agencies are wide open to hackers, cyberspies
14) Cannabis is medicine, JAMA concludes
15) North Korea: Court sentences two South Koreans to life on spying charges
16) Far right surges in Croatia as economy struggles and dreams of EU riches fade
17) US Senate delivers victory for Obama on secret trade negotiations
18) OPM data hack may be four times larger than US regime admitted
19) Japan: Police raid Toyota offices after abducting American executive
20) FL: Scott vetoes record nearly $461 million in state budget

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Charleston and gun rights
22) The LAVA Flow Podcast, 06/23/15
23) Clinton or Bush? Liberal or conservative? What’s the difference?
24) The myth of the rule of law: An analysis
25) Henry Meulen, forefather of free banking
26) Are the Dems being sucker-punched on trade?
27) Here’s looking at you, kid
28) Does Hillary really believe in the Hillary Doctrine?
29) Obama won’t demilitarize police
30) Unsustainable: Little ways environmentalists waste the ultimate resource
31) Time to take down a symbol of white supremacy
32) What your student group should do over the summer
33) Christians forgive the unspeakable
34) Not just fiddling in Ferguson
35) Imagine being robbed by the Patriot Act
36) Elites still don’t understand white supremacy
37) Soft tyranny in Albuquerque: The politics of Better Call Saul
38) Blackness as being, whiteness as nothingness
39) Sensible regulation
40) The real world is better off than Pope Francis’s gloomy vision of it
41) Trickle down versus a pig
42) Confederate flag
43) ObamaCare-related mergers soar, number of health insurance carriers decline
44) Ten reasons we should be exploring space
45) The right to record Walter Scott’s death
46) Turmoil in the Middle East seems constant, and US military intervention only makes it worse
47) Freedom Feens Radio, 06/23/15
48) Will seizure of Russian assets hasten dollar decline?
49) A motel-sized victory for privacy at the US Supreme Court
50) Returning home to the US is to enter a police state
51) Shrink ObamaCare’s costs by removing rule driving up young people’s premiums
52) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 06/23/15
53) Boswell gets his due
54) The Libertarian Angle, 06/23/15
55) “Heritage not hate”: A lie with any flag

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

1) WikiLeaks: NSA eavesdropped on the last three French presidents
Source: ABC News

“WikiLeaks published documents late Tuesday that it says show the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on the last three French presidents, releasing material which appeared to capture officials in Paris talking candidly about Greece’s economy, relations with Germany — and, ironically, American espionage. The release caused uproar among French politicians, although it didn’t reveal any huge surprises or secrets.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2d6rqs

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2) Syria: Kurdish fighters push closer to Islamic State HQ
Source: NBC News

“Kurdish forces say they seized a military base from ISIS fighters just 30 miles from the self-declared caliphate’s capital city in Syria, another gain in an offensive that is pushing deeper into militant strongholds. U.S. airstrikes and allied rebel groups helped Kurdish fighters to conquer Base 93, which is located north of Raqqa. The military site’s fall to ISIS last summer provided a propaganda coup for the group.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pehnb5v

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3) NM: Albuquerque cops face murder charges in shooting of homeless man
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

“A special prosecutor in New Mexico will seek second-degree murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers in the 2014 shooting death of a knife-wielding homeless man that triggered protests in the city, court papers showed on Monday. … Sandy and Perez shot 38-year-old James Boyd, who was white, after a four-hour standoff in the Sandia foothills. His killing prompted protests against the Albuquerque police department, which the federal government found has used excessive, even deadly, force against civilians.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ote7677

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4) Armenia: Protesters renew march against electricity prices
Source: Spartanburg Herald Journal

“Police in the Armenian capital on Tuesday forcefully dispersed demonstrators who blocked a central avenue as part of a protest against a hike in electricity prices, arresting more than 200 people. The scope of the protest and its dispersal represented the most serious unrest Armenia has seen in years, raising concerns about political stability in the impoverished ex-Soviet nation that hosts a Russian military base and is part of a Moscow-dominated economic alliance.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pdy5pl4

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5) Report: US military conducting large exercise over Alaska
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The sparse expanses above Alaska are a little more crowded this month as nearly 200 military aircraft are taking part in an annual training exercise. Nearly 6,000 military members from all four branches of the military are taking part in Northern Edge 2015, which includes naval exercises in the Gulf of Alaska and some operations involving ground troops. The U.S. Pacific Command exercise, coordinated by command leaders in Alaska, tests the readiness of the nation’s troops and isn’t in response to any increased tensions with any other nation, said Lt. Col. Tim Bobinsky, who is helping lead the exercise. Northern Edge is normally held every two years, but this is the first exercise since 2011.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pgab2ux

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6) Netherlands: Court orders 25% greenhouse gas emissions cut
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A Dutch court has ordered the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020, in a case environmentalists hope will set a precedent for other countries. Campaigners brought the case on behalf of almost 900 Dutch citizens. They argued the government had a legal obligation to protect its citizens from the dangers of climate change. Government lawyers did not immediately comment on the ruling at the court in The Hague.” (06/24/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33253772

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7) White House lifts restriction on medical marijuana research
Source: Raw Story

“The federal government has lifted a key restriction on medical marijuana that, to date, had made the substance difficult to research. A broad coalition of politicians supported the move, first proposed in a letter from bipartisan members of Congress to the secretary of health and human services in May of last year. Before now, any proposals for research on marijuana had to go through what’s called a Public Health Service review, which delayed and sometimes prevented the projects from ever coming to fruition due to the burdensome bureaucratic wrangling it involved. But in a notice published Tuesday, the White House has eliminated this step.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/opgo99j

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8) Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will have last chance to speak publicly at formal death sentencing
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returns to federal court Wednesday morning, likely for the last time, with one final chance to explain publicly why he and his older brother bombed the Boston Marathon two years ago. … A federal jury voted May 14 that Tsarnaev, 21, a Russian immigrant, should be put to death for the worst terrorist attack in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001.” (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nqtwuzw

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9) CA: Judge throws out “kill gays” ballot measure
Source: USA Today

“A California judge has thrown out a proposed ballot initiative that advocated killing anyone who engages in gay sex, calling the measure ‘patently unconstitutional.’ … The initiative sought to amend the California penal code to make sex with a person of the same gender an offense punishable by ‘bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.’ It also would have made the distribution of gay ‘propaganda’ punishable by a $1 million fine or banishment from the state.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ouudamt

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10) Venezuela: Vet held over “drugs implanted into puppies”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Spanish police have arrested a Venezuelan vet who allegedly tried to smuggle drugs from Colombia to the US by implanting them into puppies. The veterinarian, on the run for 10 years, is wanted by US authorities for extradition on drugs charges. He had been in charge of a veterinary clinic in the Colombian city of Medellin in which police found a number of puppies with bags of liquid heroin implanted into their stomachs. He was detained in north-western Spain. Colombian police found the Labrador and Rottweiler puppies with the drug implants in 2005 in a Medellin veterinary clinic.” [editor’s note: Drugs stuffed into puppies? Labs and Rotties? The death penalty is far too kind for this asshole – SAT] (06/23/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-33237391

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11) MA: Boston’s faltering bid for 2024 Summer Games a warning for Olympics
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Boston’s faltering bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics is in danger of becoming a cautionary tale — both for cities bidding to host the games and for the entire Olympic movement. Even when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) selected Boston as its bid city in January, only 51 percent of Boston-area voters supported the idea. By the end of March, that number had sunk to less than 40 percent, where it remains. The tepid support throws Boston’s bid into doubt, since it is subject to a statewide public referendum. Indeed, the USOC could drop the city’s bid, according to a document obtained by Boston.com, and choose a different city before Sept. 15. Paris’s decision Tuesday to throw its hat in the ring for 2024 raises the stakes.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nqunqzc

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12) Dad & daughter: 39 random acts of kindness to celebrate birthdays
Source: AOL News

“Birthdays are the one day of the year that you can be the center of attention and be showered with gifts from friends and family. But for one daddy-daughter duo, their birthdays were the perfect occasion to give back. Lee Beck and his daughter Amelie of Oxford, England decided they’d celebrate their May birthdays, his 32nd and her 7th, doing random acts of kindness — 39 in total. For two weeks, the pair performed the 39 random acts all over Oxford, and Beck posted the video of their good deeds on his YouTube page last week. Highlights from their 39 acts included leaving money on some vending machines, writing a letter to a restaurant manager to compliment their server, leaving a $20 Toys R Us gift card in the mailbox of someone who they thought could use it, donating books to the Oxford Children’s Hospital, and even leaving pennies at their favorite wishing bridge for people to enjoy. Beck also became an organ donor.” (06/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfgqoh3

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13) Federal agencies are wide open to hackers, cyberspies
Source: Beloit Daily News

“Passwords written down on desks. Outdated anti-virus software. ‘Perceived ineptitude’ in information technology departments. The federal government, which holds secrets and sensitive information ranging from nuclear blueprints to the tax returns of hundreds of millions of Americans, has for years failed to take basic steps to protect its data from hackers and thieves, records show.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pxpxbyw

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14) Cannabis is medicine, JAMA concludes
Source: Smell the Truth

“Marijuana [sic] is 100% a form of medicine, researchers conclude in a bombshell series of reports released today by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Cannabis (which has been used medicinally for thousands of years) reduces nausea, vomiting and pain, as well as spasticity, a panel of researchers have concluded, after reviewing a total of 79 trials. ‘Use of marijuana for chronic pain, neuropathic pain, and spasticity due to multiple sclerosis is supported by high-quality evidence,’ one of the reports found. Researchers bemoan the lack of high-quality trials of marijuana, which can be laid at the feet of cannabis prohibition. … Researchers must cut through more red tape to research a pot plant than any other substance on the planet, doctors say.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oshhpb4

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15) North Korea: Court sentences two South Koreans to life on spying charges
Source: Idaho Press-Tribune

“North Korea’s Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced two South Koreans to life in prison with labor after finding them guilty of spying for Seoul. Kim Kuk-gi and Choe Chun-gil were convicted of state subversion and, under North Korean law, their sentences are final and cannot be appealed.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/neb5234

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16) Far right surges in Croatia as economy struggles and dreams of EU riches fade
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“It was one of the biggest nights in Croatia’s sporting calendar: a European Championship soccer qualifying match with Italy. Seconds after kick-off in a game beamed around the world, a gigantic swastika materialized on the pitch under the shocked gaze of European soccer officials. The swastika, sprayed by an unknown vandal with a chemical that became visible only when floodlights went on to start the game, has become the most potent symbol of a rise in ultra-nationalist sentiment that appears to be bleeding into the mainstream population in the European Union’s newest member state.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5pkads

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17) US Senate delivers victory for Obama on secret trade negotiations
Source: Washington Post

“President Obama scored a long-sought victory for his trade agenda on Tuesday when legislation that would give the administration expanded powers to negotiate international deals cleared a key hurdle in the Senate. The Senate voted 60 to 37 to begin considering the bill, getting around opposition from Democrats concerned about the impact of trade pacts on U.S. workers. Thirteen Democrats joined 47 Republicans to advance the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill to a final vote, which is likely to occur Wednesday afternoon.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o78uzfo

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18) OPM data hack may be four times larger than US regime admitted
Source: CNN

“The personal data of an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were affected by a cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) — more than four times the 4.2 million the agency has publicly acknowledged. The number is expected to grow, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. FBI Director James Comey gave the 18 million estimate in a closed-door briefing to Senators in recent weeks, using the OPM’s own internal data, according to U.S. officials briefed on the matter.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nnsp4vo

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19) Japan: Police raid Toyota offices after abducting American executive
Source: Fox Business

“Police have raided Toyota Motor Corp.’s headquarters and its Tokyo office in connection with the arrest of a senior American executive on suspicion of drug law violations. Tokyo police said they carried out the raids Tuesday. Toyota said they could not comment because the investigation is ongoing. Julie Hamp, Toyota’s newly appointed head of public relations and its highest female executive ever, was arrested June 18 on suspicion of importing oxycodone, a narcotic pain-killer, into Japan.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qeba93l

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20) FL: Scott vetoes record nearly $461 million in state budget
Source: Miami Herald

“Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a record $461.4 million from the new state budget Tuesday, quickly wiping out many spending priorities of his fellow Republicans in the Legislature. … Among the more notable items slashed was a controversial $2.05 million earmarked for sports facility IMG Academy in Bradenton, a project added to the budget by lawmakers without any public vetting just before a budget deal was reached.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/okhj9t8

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

21) Charleston and gun rights
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Advocates of gun rights argue that the best way to prevent such atrocities is for would-be victims to arm themselves; killers will break gun laws without hesitation (though Roof obtained his .45-caliber handgun legally), so legal obstacles to gun ownership only impede the innocent. Relying on the police for defense is futile — or worse. This argument persuades few who are committed to ‘gun control’ (a misnomer because law-abiding people, not guns, are subject to control). But those who demand it while grieving over the racist massacre at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, S.C., ought to understand that ‘time and again, guns have proven pivotal to the African American quest for freedom.'” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pexhbcf

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22) The LAVA Flow Podcast, 06/23/15
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“In this fortnight’s episode, we need to ‘be nice,’ What’s in the News, Statists Gonna State with Uncle Bernie Sanders, and How to Live A LAVA Lifestyle by defending yourself.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/23/15)

http://thelavaflow.com/tlf014-the-be-nice-edition/

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23) Clinton or Bush? Liberal or conservative? What’s the difference?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“There are no philosophical differences between liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans. The only differences are over the particular reforms or ‘policies’ that they each embrace to address the never-end crises and chaos that their political and economic philosophy produces. Here’s the basic philosophical question: What should be the role of government in a free society? Both liberals and conservatives are on the same page when it comes to answering that question.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p4rhbhp

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24) The myth of the rule of law: An analysis
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“America is not a free country. Its government labors under the illusion that the more laws that exist, the more secure and hence the more free a people. What intellectual rubbish. This is nothing but a shabby justification for a state that grasps power at every turn and applies a tired Marxoid notion of Sovietizing every human transaction to make it transparent to the government (the reverse transparency is no where to be found) and use its ample resources of initiated violence to cajole, fine, kidnap, cage, maim or kill the alleged malefactors depending on their level of resistance to perceived state authority.” (06/23/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4232

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25) Henry Meulen, forefather of free banking
Source: Libertarianism.org
by David S D’Amato

“Though few today are aware of his many valuable contributions to the libertarian heritage, Henry Meulen was a skillful advocate of the philosophy of liberty and an innovative, yet underappreciated, economic theorist.” (06/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgz67d8

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26) Are the Dems being sucker-punched on trade?
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“Thanks to a last-minute deal last Thursday between President Obama and the Republican leadership in Congress, the fast-track bill is still alive. Its passage depends on whether a handful of Senate Democrats can be persuaded to go along. Quick recap: The trade negotiating authority that Obama needs to complete his cherished Trans-Pacific Partnership has been linked to passage of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). The House at first voted down assistance in order to kill the whole deal, but then Republicans promised a separate vote on adjustment assistance; and so the House on Thursday narrowly approved fast track, 218-208, with 28 Democrats in support. Now the Senate has to concur.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2cq5fa

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27) Here’s looking at you, kid
Source: Strike the Root
by Paul Hein

“The conversation around the lunch table got around, not surprisingly, to the NSA and its surveillance activities. Nobody liked it. It was Virgil who said what many were probably thinking: ‘I don’t like it either, but if you’re doing nothing wrong, what’s so bad about it?’ There were nods of assent, and a few murmured ‘It’s for national security, after all.’ ‘Do you need to go to the men’s room?’ I asked Virgil. He looked surprised. ‘No, why do you ask?’ ‘I’ve got my camera with me; I thought I’d go with you and get some pictures.'” (06/23/15)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/heres-looking-at-you-kid

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28) Does Hillary really believe in the Hillary Doctrine?
Source: The New Republic
by Jordan Michael Smith

“In the run-up to her official 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton spoke at the Women in the World Summit in New York City in April. Some interpreted Clinton’s remarks as evidence of her commitment to feminism. ‘The choice of the location in itself sends a strong signal,’ wrote Slate’s Amanda Marcotte; ‘If there was any doubt that Clinton intends to run a woman-centric campaign, her speech erased it.’ Others viewed the speech as just another calculated exercise. ‘Hillary Unveils Her Plan to Advance Women’s Rights (and Her Own Campaign)’ read the headline of an article on New York magazine’s website. Such is the ambiguous nature of Clinton’s image: Even more than most politicians, she inspires contrasting views about her authenticity. Does she really mean what she says?” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ncwcua7

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29) Obama won’t demilitarize police
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“The heavily armed police on display during the recent riots in Ferguson, Missouri prompted Obama to establish in January a working group — headed by the attorney general and secretary of defense — seeking to find a middle ground between legitimate police needs and the widespread perception that law enforcement has become an occupying army. It focused on procurement, training, inventory control, and potential civil-rights violations. The group’s 50-page report, ‘Recommendations Pursuant to Executive Order 13688 Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition,’ was released to coincide with Obama’s Camden visit. The White House declared that it had taken major steps to demilitarize the police, and the media largely endorsed that narrative. But was that what really happened?” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/opurall

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30) Unsustainable: Little ways environmentalists waste the ultimate resource
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Timothy D Terrell

“The memo told me to get rid of my printer — or the college would confiscate it. The sustainability director — let’s call him Kermit — is an enthusiastic and otherwise likable fellow whose office is next door to mine. Kermit had decided it would be better if the centralized network printers in each department were used for all print jobs. He believed that the environment was going to benefit from this printer impoundment.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qj7ou5f

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31) Time to take down a symbol of white supremacy
Source: Reuters
by Peniel E. Joseph

“The removal of the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds, as Republican Governor Nikki Haley called for on Monday, would be a major victory for racial justice — though it required the blood of nine black innocents martyrs whose senseless murder at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church has galvanized the nation. Surrounded by an interracial group of SC’s elected legislators (most notably Representative James Clyburn [D] and Senators Tim Scott [R] and Lindsey Graham [R]) Haley announced the bipartisan decision on Monday afternoon. … [Her] words were culled from the mass carnage allegedly committed by Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist whose online posting of blood-soaked fantasies of race war have spurred a week of national mourning, political outrage and community organizing.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ppn4ct8

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32) What your student group should do over the summer
Source: Students For Liberty
by Anne Butcher

“Summer is a weird time to be a college student. The friends who are usually on the same campus are scattered all over the country, if not the world. Your student liberty group that meets regularly suddenly can’t. So what can you, the leaders of your group do to make sure that you can hit the ground running in the fall? You don’t want to spend all of September and October getting your club up and running again because by that time, people will find other clubs to join, and then the statists win. Don’t let that happen. Follow these simple tips.” (06/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o8cmhkn

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33) Christians forgive the unspeakable
Source: USA Today
by Kirsten Powers

“When Christians are in the news, it’s usually because they have done something wrong: they’ve gotten on the wrong side of a culture war or cheated on their wife, or worse. What the world rarely gets to see is the powerful grace that flows from a deep faith predicated on the belief that we are all sinners in need of forgiveness. The family members of those slain at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church bore witness to this central tenet of Christianity last week as the nation gasped in awe. ‘I forgive you,’ one after another told the stone-faced and unrepentant alleged killer, Dylann Roof, at his bond hearing.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p235dsz

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34) Not just fiddling in Ferguson
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“This afternoon, a committee of seven Ferguson, Missouri, citizens, led by Nick Kasoff, will file a ballot measure to require on-duty Ferguson police to wear body cameras. The charter amendment also mandates greater transparency for criminal justice information, while providing privacy protections. Liberty Initiative Fund, where I work as president, is proud to have provided the Ferguson group with model language. We’ll also work with Kasoff on gathering the roughly 2,500 signatures of Ferguson voters on petitions required to place the issue on the ballot and win early next year.” (06/23/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/06/23/not-just-fiddling-in-ferguson/

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35) Imagine being robbed by the Patriot Act
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“The Patriot Act was sold as an anti-terror bill. That was a LIE. If it was about terrorists, Americans like convenience store owner Lyndon McLellan would have nothing to worry about. Instead … The IRS invoked the Patriot Act’s banking laws to take $107,000 — 13 years of savings — from his store’s bank account.” (06/23/15)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/imagine-being-robbed-by-the-patriot-act

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36) Elites still don’t understand white supremacy
Source: In These Times
by Chris Lehmann

“The thwarted talk of race in America is testimony to the myth of progress. When those in the white citadels of cultural power aren’t declaring racism dead, they are, with a stunning lack of self-awareness, perpetuating the crudest kinds of racial reaction. In the immediate wake of the anti-police brutality protests in Baltimore in April, when Michelle Obama delivered a relatively anodyne commencement speech at Tuskegee University (pointing out the countless ways she and her husband had been perceived throughout their lives as reflexively angry, dangerously uppity … or just plain dangerous) she was greeted by a deafening chorus of chidings from the pundit caste, declaring how sadly counterproductive her dour observations were. Not since Dan Quayle tried to tie the depiction of single motherhood in a Candice Bergen sitcom to the root causes of the 1992 Rodney King riots, had the American political establishment so concertedly and grandiosely missed the fucking point.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qfzbc93

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37) Soft tyranny in Albuquerque: The politics of Better Call Saul
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Paul A Cantor

“In Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan created one of the best shows in television history. He has followed it with a prequel, Better Call Saul!, which traces how the ethically-challenged lawyer featured in the earlier show — Saul Goodman — developed out of a perennial loser named Jimmy McGill. Breaking Bad fans are overjoyed that Gilligan has struck gold twice, and Better Call Saul! looks to become another television classic. And, although the show is not overtly libertarian, libertarians can learn from it.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p78r6ba

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38) Blackness as being, whiteness as nothingness
Source: The Nation
by Greg Grandin

“Last week, in the aftermath of the Rachel Dolezal revelations and the Charleston massacre (the trivial and tragic, a very American dialectic) the historian Nell Irvin Painter, professor emerita at Princeton University and author of a great many great books, wrote an essay in The New York Times, “What is Whiteness?” In it, Painter defined ‘whiteness’ as an existential choice: ‘Whiteness,’ Painter writes, ‘is on a toggle switch between “bland nothingness” and “racist hatred”‘To back up that point, Painter runs through the social history of the emergence of whiteness, by now a familiar story (among academics if not the broader public).” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/orsstpt

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39) Sensible regulation
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Dr Madsen Pirie

“Regulation involves compliance costs that large businesses can afford more readily than can small firms. Indeed, big business sometimes colludes with government and bureaucracy to have regulations that make market entry difficult for start-up and small competitors. Regulation should be cost-effective, doing as little economic damage as possible, limiting competition or increasing prices as little as it can while achieving its objectives.” (06/23/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/regulation-industry/sensible-regulation/

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40) The real world is better off than Pope Francis’s gloomy vision of it
Source: Cato Institute
by Marian L Tupy

“In Laudato Si’, which was released officially on Thursday, Pope Francis draws a grim, even apocalyptic picture of humanity’s future. No doubt, his views on anthropogenic global warming will be hotly debated. But his gloom is unwarranted.” (06/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p6xjp2h

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41) Trickle down versus a pig
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Alex Rantwell

“The term ‘trickle down’ economics is now almost a pejorative in itself. The idea that promoting growth and allowing people to be wealthy is a benefit to all is as fashionable as a mullet and a neon Swatch. Guardian economics editor Larry Elliot wrote recently that the theory has been disproven since 2008 by the growing gap between the super rich and the rest, citing Chistine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF presenting a report showing rising inequality, and the need to boost the incomes of the poor to achieve overall economic growth. However the term ‘trickle down’ economics is not a piece of right wing dogma from the 1980s. The term was first used by Democratic Presidential hopeful William Jennings Bryan in his 1896 campaign for the White House.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pawka8l

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42) Confederate flag
Source: The Cagle Post
by Nate Beeler

Cartoon. (06/22/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/06/confederate-flag-5/

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43) ObamaCare-related mergers soar, number of health insurance carriers decline
Source: Heartland Institute
by Gene Koprowski

“Mergers among Medicare providers are decreasing competition in the health insurance market — yet another adverse outcome of Obamacare. According to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal, 75% of Medicare Advantage customers only have one health carrier to choose from in their market. The market for health insurance may, moreover, be reduced from five to three major carriers nationally, quite soon.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nbkjby9

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44) Ten reasons we should be exploring space
Source: spiked
by Elisabetta Intini

“Space exploration involves great economic investment, massive risks and seemingly impossible objectives. So why should we commit ourselves to it? Because it can benefit us, as individuals and as a species, in unexpected ways.” (06/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nvdu8sp

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45) The right to record Walter Scott’s death
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Although the First Amendment right to record the police as they perform their duties in public is well established, cops often violate that right by ordering people to turn off their cameras, confiscating their cellphones, or arresting them on trumped-up charges. The shooting of Walter Scott, which led to Slager’s arrest thanks to the details revealed by Santana’s video, illustrates both the prevalence of this contempt for constitutional rights and the importance of counteracting it.” (for publication 07/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/06/23/the-right-to-record-walter-sco

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46) Turmoil in the Middle East seems constant, and US military intervention only makes it worse
Source: Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

“The American media report on all of this turmoil with great hype, as if most of these faraway conflicts impinge greatly on U.S. security. Most of them don’t. Of course, this nationalist media coverage always makes it seem natural that the U.S military should be intervening in all of these countries to ‘do something’ about their problems to prevent jihadist groups from arising or expanding. … Yet radical Islamists existed for decades before 9/11, posing little or no threat to the distant United States. In fact, during the Cold War, the United States fueled Islamist jihadism to battle communism — for example, aiding the Mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan, which would morph into the original al Qaeda group.” (06/22/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7422

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47) Freedom Feens Radio, 06/23/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Derrick J Freeman, Davi Barker, Ian Freeman, Ben Stone, Caity and Dan Greene, Michael W. Dean and Sangeeta discuss tax collectors descend on Porcfest, cops killing dogs, Corporal Josh Coleman killed a cop, can cops eat dogs?, what are Davi’s secret powers?, and the odd plastic lung purring device thing Michael Dean bought on Amazon that is making his health and overall life better.” [various formats] (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pszym7p

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48) Will seizure of Russian assets hasten dollar decline?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“The United States government is desperately trying to cling to the notion of a unipolar world, with the United States at its center dictating foreign affairs and monetary policy while its client states dutifully carry out instructions. But the world order is not unipolar, and the existence of Russia and China is a stark reminder of that. For decades, the United States has benefited as the creator and defender of the world’s reserve currency, the dollar. This has enabled Americans to live beyond their means as foreign goods are imported to the US while increasingly-worthless dollars are sent abroad. But is it any wonder after 70-plus years of a depreciating dollar that the rest of the world is rebelling against this massive transfer of wealth?” (06/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nndkehg

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49) A motel-sized victory for privacy at the US Supreme Court
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“[In Los Angeles, hotel] registration information must be stored for 90 days. Front desk employees must be trained to record it per municipal regulations. And they must turn it over to authorities when given a lawful subpoena or search warrant. But what if an LAPD officer comes to the lobby, sans warrant, and demands to inspect these records? The city has sought to force innkeepers to comply with any such request from any police officer. A law declared any failure to make guest records available for police inspection a misdemeanor punishable by 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. …The innkeeper could not refuse. The nosy cop could arrest the innkeeper immediately if he dared try. On Monday, the Supreme Court declared that law unconstitutional.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p64yc3b

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50) Returning home to the US is to enter a police state
Source: CounterPunch
by Dave Lindorff

“We are both US citizens traveling back from home from a visit to a country that is about as close an ally to the US as a country can be. There is no reason why an immigration official, having looked at our passports, should be asking us about our activities while in Canada. Hell, I could have said I was attending a conference on promoting world socialist revolution, or a global meeting of some white supremacist organization. It wouldn’t matter. He’d still have to grant us entry. I have every right to attend such political meetings in the US with impunity if I want to, and I have the same right as a US citizen to attend them abroad too.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/opo8twg

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51) Shrink ObamaCare’s costs by removing rule driving up young people’s premiums
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham

“The decision on King v. Burwell will determine whether tax credits being paid in 34 states without their own exchanges are legal. If the Supreme Court makes the administration follow the letter of the law, billions of dollars of federal tax credits will continue to flow to 16 states, but not the rest. … Here is one suggestion: Remove Obamacare’s rule forbidding accurate premiums by age.” (06/23/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25781

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52) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 06/23/15
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“This week we were joined by Ben Stone, better known as the Bad Quaker, who owns BadQuaker.com and is a frequent co-host of the Freedom Feens Radio Show.” [MP3] (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n9s4clt

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53) Boswell gets his due
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Allen Mendenhall

“Robert Zaretsky, a history professor at the University of Houston and the author of Boswell’s Enlightenment, spares us tiresome critiques or defenses of the Enlightenment by Foucault and Habermas and their progeny. He begins his biography of James Boswell, the great 18th-century biographer, with a historiographical essay on the trends and trajectories of the pertinent scholarship. He points out that the Enlightenment may have begun earlier than people once believed, and in England rather than France.” (06/22/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1426

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54) The Libertarian Angle, 06/23/15
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger discusses the hot topics of the day. This week, the gun massacre in Charleston.” (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nbrn46w

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55) “Heritage not hate”: A lie with any flag
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“The American state, like every other state in history, serves the interests of the class coalition that controls it. The ideological myths of patriotism, of a ‘national interest’ uniting exploiters and exploited, serve a powerful legitimizing function for class exploitation. And they are insidious, because we absorb them unconsciously from our earliest years. But if this is true of all states and flags, it’s even more true of the Confederacy than of most.” (06/22/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/38349

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R. Lee Wrights
Mary Lou Seymour
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