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Volume XIII, Issue #3,232
Monday, July 6th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Greece: Voters reject bailout offer
2) Asian markets dive after Greek referendum
3) Pakistan: Six regime troops, 12 militants killed in Waziristan fighting
4) Afghanistan: Three dead, 13 hurt after bomb blast at checkpoint in Kandahar
5) Islamic State strongholds hit in major US-led airstrikes
6) CA: Electricity rates get biggest change in 15 years
7) NH: Clinton campaign ropes off reporters at parade
8) Trinidad: Joint unit of police, soldiers to combat gangs
9) Malaysia: PM faces risk of criminal charges over fund
10) AR: League of the South holds July 4th rally
11) Nigeria: Suicide bomber kills six at church
12) Windows 10 drops 29 July … but only for some
13) China: Emergency measures hope to prevent stock market crash
14) Christie bids to replace Trump as most batshit insane presidential candidate
15) Egypt: Currency drops to new low against the dollar

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) “National debt” is a scam. Repudiate it.
17) Punch a hippie in the face for freedom
18) Predicted marriage doomsday never comes
19) Happy Dependence Day, tovarishch
20) Practical anarchy: Lodge doctors, privacy and urban farmers
21) Hackers installed sophisticated malware on US computers. Why doesn’t anyone care?
22) Defending the Donald
23) Clarence Thomas’s confused notion of freedom
24) Bullies employ sleight of hand tricks
25) Blurred lines
26) Ron Paul on The Scott Horton Show
27) Former CNN anchor & husband alive … thanks to a gun
28) Operation Jade Helm 15
29) Beating swords into plowshares, poison gas into pesticides
30) Fracking: The upside of concentrated beneficiaries
31) What the new $10 bill should really look like
32) Production versus plunder, part 14
33) How to jump Greece’s next debt hurdle
34) Washington’s role in Puerto Rico’s mess
35) Gun control, which never worked, loses more ground
36) Five laws to repeal on Independence Day
37) Any publicity is good publicity for Donald Trump
38) Three crosses
39) Reformed Libertarian Podcast, 07/03/15
40) Regulating away Britain’s best teachers
41) Home education inspires a love of learning
42) The logic of interventionism, or how to wake up in a prison
43) A tale of two Independence Days
44) The lasting legacy of Antonin Scalia?
45) Why are we OED-ing on trans politics?
46) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 07/04/15
47) Thomas Jefferson’s legacy
48) The US government makes me gag
49) My police state, ’tis of thee
50) July 4, 2015
51) The only game worth playing
52) Everything Voluntary Podcast, 07/03/15
53) The Tom Woods Show, 07/03/15
54) The hidden script of US militarization in Honduras
55) A declaration of independence against big government

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

1) Greece: Voters reject bailout offer
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“With two-thirds of ballots counted, results from the Greek referendum show voters decisively rejecting the terms of an international bailout. Figures published by the interior ministry showed 61% of those whose ballots had been counted voting ‘No’ against 39% voting ‘Yes.’ Greece’s governing Syriza party campaigned for a ‘No.’ saying the bailout terms were humiliating. The ‘Yes’ campaign warned this could see Greece ejected from the eurozone. Some European officials had also said that a ‘No’ would be seen as an outright rejection of talks with creditors.” (07/05/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33403665

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2) Asian markets dive after Greek referendum
Source: USA Today

“Asian markets fell sharply Monday after voters in Greece rejected austerity plans demanded by international creditors, casting doubt on the country’s future in the euro zone. Tokyo stocks dropped nearly 340 points shortly after opening Monday. Losses worsened by early afternoon, with the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average down 455 points to 20,084.65, or about 2.2%. … In South Korea, the Kospi index fell 1.0% to 2,082.69. And in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index was down 3.2% to 25,234.75. Chinese shares bucked the trend, with the Shanghai Composite index gaining almost nearly 6% after the market opened.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/otb9hmh

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3) Pakistan: Six regime troops, 12 militants killed in Waziristan fighting
Source: The News International [Pakistan]

“Six soldiers were killed and eight others sustained injuries in two different attacks by militants in the North Waziristan and South Waziristan tribal regions on Sunday, security officials said. Security forces claimed to have killed 12 militants in retaliatory attacks.Four soldiers were killed and five others injured when their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Dattakhel area of North Waziristan near the Afghan border. Unconfirmed reports, however, said seven soldiers were killed in the attack.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owhlosf

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4) Afghanistan: Three dead, 13 hurt after bomb blast at checkpoint in Kandahar
Source: Bennington Banner

“An official says a bomb blast at a police checkpoint in the southern city of Kandahar has killed two civilians, one policeman and wounded 13 others. Samim Khpolwak, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the blast Sunday evening came from a bomb strapped to a motorcycle. The wounded included 11 civilians and two police.” (07/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7zrawb

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5) Islamic State strongholds hit in major US-led airstrikes
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“In one of the largest operations of the US-led coalition, airstrikes have targeted ‘Islamic State’ positions in Iraq and Syria. There were a total of 38 airstrikes reported in the operation on militant-held positions. … ‘The significant airstrikes tonight were executed to deny Daesh the ability to move military capabilities throughout Syria and into Iraq,’ according to coalition spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Gilleran, who used the Arabic acronym Daesh for the IS group.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nbxpp3a

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6) CA: Electricity rates get biggest change in 15 years
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“California regulators radically revamped the way electricity rates work in the state, approving changes Friday that will raise monthly utility bills for the most energy-efficient homeowners while giving many bigger energy users a break. The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to narrow the gap between prices paid by people who use very little electricity and those who consume more. Over time, that gap has grown so wide that the most efficient Californians now pay less for electricity than the utilities spend supplying it to them.” (07/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pj4quh8

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7) NH: Clinton campaign ropes off reporters at parade
Source: Fox News

“Campaign aides for Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Saturday roped off reporters from the candidate as she walked and talked with potential voters during a July Fourth parade in New Hampshire, sparking frustration from the press corps and outrage from the state Republican Party. ‘Hillary Clinton continues to demonstrate her obvious contempt and disdain for the Granite State’s style of grassroots campaigning,’ New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn said in a statement. ‘The use of a rope line at a New Hampshire parade is a sad joke and insults the traditions of our first-in-the-nation primary.’ Reporters were reportedly allowed to get close to Clinton but were later herded away by campaign aides concerned about crowd control.” (07/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q4ktsh5

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8) Trinidad: Joint unit of police, soldiers to combat gangs
Source: ABC News

“Trinidad and Tobago’s leader has created a combined national security force to combat gang violence in a crime-troubled community. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the initiative dubbed ‘Operation Restore’ will join together police officers and soldiers to ‘restore peace’ in the central area of Enterprise, where gun violence by feuding gangs has recently escalated.” (07/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ns9wceb

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9) Malaysia: PM faces risk of criminal charges over fund
Source: Biloxi Sun Herald

“Malaysia’s prime minister is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations. The country’s attorney general confirmed late Saturday that he had received documents from an official investigation that made the link between Prime Minister Najib Razak and the investment fund 1MDB.” (07/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pq88zcw

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10) AR: League of the South holds July 4th rally
Source: Raw Story

“Members of the League of the South rallied in Arkansas over the weekend to protest same-sex marriage and recent opposition to the Confederate flag, which they called ‘cultural genocide.’ Arkansas League of the South Chair Robert Miller told KLRT that an effort to banish Confederate flags flying at the South Carolina statehouse and at government buildings was ‘removing our heritage, removing our history. It’s cultural genocide and nothing less, Miller insisted. On the anniversary of America’s birth, League of the South members gathered alongside Highway 65 in Harrison for a combined rally for the Confederate flag and so-called ‘Christian marriage.'” (07/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o6s37ch

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11) Nigeria: Suicide bomber kills six at church
Source: Jamestown Sun

“A suicide bomber killed six people at a church in northeast Nigeria on Sunday at the end of a week in which suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed more than 200 people. The spate of bloodletting prompted renewed international outrage and French President Francois Hollande said he was ready to hold a summit with regional leaders to coordinate the fight against Boko Haram.” (07/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/negggwc

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12) Windows 10 drops 29 July … but only for some
Source: Business IT [Australia]

“If you’ve reserved your copy of Windows 10 and are keenly awaiting its 29 July release, don’t get too excited, because you may have to wait a little longer. … the company warned last week that everyone won’t be getting Windows 10 at the same time. First off the rank will be Windows Insiders — people who have been running the pre-release versions of Windows 10. They’re in line for access to the release version on 29 July. Then the new operating system will be pushed out in ‘waves’ to those who have reserved copies, but only once ‘our compatibility work confirms you will have a great experience.'” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nlb4hky

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13) China: Emergency measures hope to prevent stock market crash
Source: Reuters

“China’s stock markets face a make-or-break week after officials rolled out an unprecedented series of steps at the weekend to prevent a full-blown stock market crash that would threaten the world’s second-largest economy. The government is anxiously awaiting the market opening on Monday to see if the new measures will halt a 30 percent plunge in the last three weeks, or if panicky investors who borrowed heavily to speculate on stocks will continue to sell. In an extraordinary weekend of policy moves, brokerages and fund managers vowed to buy massive amounts of stocks, helped by China’s state-backed margin finance company which in turn would be aided by a direct line of liquidity from the central bank.” (07/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o6s37ch

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14) Christie bids to replace Trump as most batshit insane presidential candidate
Source: New York Post

“The Chris Christie and Rand Paul feud just got more fired up. Christie, the newest GOP presidential candidate, lashed out against the Kentucky Senator Sunday for fundraising during his nearly 11-hour Senate speech against US national surveillance programs. ‘He’s wrong and what he’s done has made American weaker and more vulnerable,’ Christie said on Fox News Sunday. … The New Jersey governor offered a full-throated defense of the Patriot Act and the surveillance tools it affords law enforcement, whereas Paul, a civil libertarian, has been an outspoken advocate for more restrictions on surveillance of Americans’ data.” (07/05/15)

http://nypost.com/2015/07/05/chris-christie-says-rand-paul-has-made-us-weaker/

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15) Egypt: Currency drops to new low against the dollar
Source: Rochester Post-Bulletin

“The Egyptian pound has fallen to a new low against the U.S. dollar, the second such drop in days, the country’s central bank said Sunday, in a move that could help boost much-needed foreign investment. The central bank set a cutoff rate of 7.73 Egyptian pounds per dollar in an auction that sold $39.6 million on Sunday, compared to a previous low of 7.63 on Thursday.” (07/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njsfnc9

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

16) “National debt” is a scam. Repudiate it.
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Suppose I’m perpetually short on cash, and so every week I break into your house and rob you at gunpoint. But I always need $200 and you usually only have $100 on you. So I go to the local loan shark every week and borrow the other $100 from him, on the supposition that I’ll keep on robbing you weekly forever and that sooner or later either you will cough up more money or I will need less, so the loan shark will get paid back. Question: Are you in any way morally responsible for my debt? Answer: Not even a little. What I just described is government finance in a nutshell, stripped of the propaganda.” (07/05/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2004

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17) Punch a hippie in the face for freedom
Source: Rad Geek People’s Daily
by Rad Geek

“There are no enforceable laws against flag desecration in the United States. There have been no such laws for over twenty five years. But bring up flag burning and a lot of American nationalists — especially, it seems, political conservatives — will get pretty heated about their right to beat people up who express Patriotically Incorrect political views, or to beat people up just for being a dirty hippie. This kind of appeal to crude instinctual violence only goes so far however, so if the conversation goes on, many of them (more, it seems, in the last few years) will come around to make a claim that it is actually illegal to burn a U.S. flag, and that people can be arrested for doing it. They are completely mistaken about that claim. But it’s interesting, and a bit scary, that they are so pervasively and repetitively and insistently mistaken.” (07/03/15)

http://radgeek.com/gt/2015/07/03/punch-hippie-freedom/

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18) Predicted marriage doomsday never comes
Source: USA Today
by Steven Horwitz

“The debate around the recent Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision, overturning state bans on same-sex marriage, generated a lot of commentary, including a large number of doomsday predictions from people on the political right, especially religious conservatives. … To those of us who know something about the history of marriage and gender in the United States, this is drjs vu all over again. These predictions of imminent social disaster and the end of Civilization As We Know It have been made every time that marriage and gender roles have undergone legal or social changes.” [editor’s note: A nice MSM-site piece by “one of our guys” – SAT] (07/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pkvnokz

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19) Happy Dependence Day, tovarishch
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert
“I took a stab at modifying the 1776 American Declaration of Independence to present standards of governance, moral malpractice and cowardice; I discovered that much would be left out on the cutting floor and severe alterations to verbiage would be necessary to keep the Homo Sovieticus Booboisie in America from filling their pants and gibbering in abject fear at the prospect of freedom with risks and costs not underwritten by their neighbors. I had to erase over half of it and wipe out any reference to any behavior absent government permission. So I had to move on to the more fitting document for human bondage and perpetual government, the Constitution.” (07/03/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4274

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20) Practical anarchy: Lodge doctors, privacy and urban farmers
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“B wrote: Here are some of my wishes about what to work on for practical anarchy:
Affordable medical care for blue collar workers in America 100 years ago used to be provided by the Lodge Doctor, until the AMA agitated to suppress it. How does one locate a medical doctor willing to be a Lodge Doctor, full time or part time? What words does one use to advertise a Lodge Doctor to club members without stepping into any legal traps, for instance, the doctor being accused of selling medical insurance without an insurance license? What words does one use to advertise that the Lodge Doctor is not going to be sending your blood test results into a national recordkeeping system? Today’s hackerspaces are the right kind of clubs to be philosophically compatible with a Lodge Doctor.” (07/04/15)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.6525

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21) Hackers installed sophisticated malware on US computers. Why doesn’t anyone care?
Source: Reason
by Andrea Castillo

“Duqu 2 is noteworthy for the unparalleled number of victims it intentionally infected, having compromised computer systems owned or used by Western heads of state, European telecommunications providers, American corporations, and Kaspersky Labs itself. During that time, hackers could freely explore comprised systems for a pervasive surveillance operation on the multilateral nuclear negotiations. Yet the scant and nonactionable details gleaned from this paranoid bugging scheme are surely not worth the tremendous geopolitical cost that comes with it. By targeting a trusted security research center and U.S. computer systems, the Duqu 2 attackers have dangerously crossed an unspoken barrier preventing an all-out global cyber war.” (07/04/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/07/04/hackers-installed-duqu-2-malware

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22) Defending the Donald
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“In an ideal world there would be no borders. As a Libertarian I believe that people everywhere should be free to go anywhere, live anywhere, earn a living anywhere, anytime on this planet. Passports, visas and personal identification should not be necessary. No authority should be empowered to ask to ‘see your papers.’ The world belongs to everyone and should be free. But this is not and never has been an ideal world. Perhaps a time will come when the entire world will be free, and all people will be privileged to go and stay wherever they like. There would be no such thing as an ‘illegal immigrant.’ But for now, that concept is a pipe dream. There are far too many people amongst us who would abuse that privilege — criminals, takers, terrorists and such.” (07/04/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/07/defending-donald.html

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23) Clarence Thomas’s confused notion of freedom
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Compared to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, his colleague Clarence Thomas is well regarded by at least some devotees of liberty. This is not totally unjustified. Thomas has demonstrated a familiarity with the philosophy and history of natural law and natural rights, which he (at times) sees rooted in individual persons. For this reason, in some areas he has opposed expansion of government power; for example in U.S. v. Lopez, he broke long precedent and held that the commerce clause of the Constitution is not a blank check to the government. However, this background knowledge has not kept him from taking positions abhorrent by libertarian standards.” (07/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o5eu22k

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24) Bullies employ sleight of hand tricks
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“If you enjoy watching people flailing around over different ways to control each other, the past couple of weeks has probably been entertaining for you. I’m talking about the conflicting reactions coming from Terribly Sincere People over a spate of recent events. It would be comedy gold if people didn’t take these silly things so seriously and then use them against each other.” (07/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oa93vkx

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25) Blurred lines
Source: Independent Institute
by Aaron Tao

“In America, there are no sacred cows, no one is above criticism, and no one has the final say on any issue. It is worth emphasizing that today, the United States stands virtually alone in the international community in upholding near-absolute freedom of personal expression, largely thanks to the constitutional protections provided by the First Amendment. But without certain internalized values and principles, the legal bulwark of the First Amendment is nothing more than a parchment barrier. As cliche as it may sound, it is important to recognize that our cherished freedom to think, speak, write, and express ourselves should not be taken for granted.” (07/02/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7437

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26) Ron Paul on The Scott Horton Show
Source: The Scott Horton Show

“Former Republican congressman Ron Paul discusses the sustainability of US empire while under the strain of an enormous national debt, and his preference for individual liberty instead of statism and endless war.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/03/15)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2015/07/03/7315-ron-paul/

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27) Former CNN anchor & husband alive … thanks to a gun
Source: Fox News Forum
by John R Lott

“Lynne Russell and her husband, Chuck de Caro, believe they would be dead if she hadn’t been carrying a gun. Late Wednesday night, Russell was forced at gunpoint from a motel parking lot into her room. The robber, not satisfied with merely taking her husband’s briefcase, started shooting at him. Fortunately, Russell had handed de Caro her purse, with her handgun inside it. De Caro shot the attacker, who later died at the hospital. This story made national news. ABC News, NBC News, Fox News, People Magazine and even such foreign publications as the UK Guardian newspaper mentioned that Russell, a CNN anchor from 1983 to 2001, and de Caro both had concealed handgun permits.” [editor’s note: Read this one to see a list of other cases not involving celebrities – SAT] (07/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oulnxwv

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28) Operation Jade Helm 15
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“Given the crumbled state of our civilization, when I first heard of Jade Helm 15, I thought only the Idiot-In-Chief could launch such a moronic, destabilizing program. But the more I cogitated on it, the more sense it made for his handlers. If you’re an enemy of America, and everything American, what better way to subdue Americans and bring them to heel than put some stupid and violent flubadub troops, drawn from the same dull population as the TSA, in front of them with heavy weapons, and wait for somebody who doesn’t want his house burned down, his car stolen, or his daughter raped to be provoked into pulling the trigger.” (07/05/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle828-20150705-02.html

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29) Beating swords into plowshares, poison gas into pesticides
Source: In These Times
by Dayton Martindale

“Environmental historian Edmund Russell uses a simple word for ‘everything other than people and their creations,’ a category into which Kipling might have placed the Germans: ‘Nature.’ By casting the Germans as a ‘natural threat,’ Russell writes, propagandists were able ‘to transform killing from a moral issue into a natural response.’ In his 2001 book, War and Nature: Fighting Humans and Insects with Chemicals from World War I to Silent Spring, Russell documents the interconnected rise of chemical warfare and chemical insecticides, and compares the power structure and priorities of American society at war and at peace.” (07/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pwuvcs3

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30) Fracking: The upside of concentrated beneficiaries
Source: EconLog
by David Henderson

“When explaining why various subsidy programs, tariffs, import quotas, and domestic restrictions on entry into various industries and occupations exist, public choice economists lean heavily on the concentrated benefits/dispersed costs paradigm. The idea is that the beneficiaries of such regulations and subsidies tend to be concentrated — they are in the industry, for example, so each of them stands to gain thousands or tens of thousands of dollars annually — and the losers are dispersed. The losers tend to be taxpayers who will pay, say, $100 or less annually each for a given subsidy or consumers who will pay, say, $30 more annually for the good whose imports are restricted. The paradigm isn’t perfect but it explains a lot. But occasionally there is an upside to the fact of concentrated beneficiaries: they are a ready-to-go group that can quickly organize to fight off a restriction that causes losses.” (07/04/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/07/fracking_the_up.html

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31) What the new $10 bill should really look like
Source: The New Republic
by Madison Johnson

“The U.S. Department of Treasury is asking for public input on its plans to put a woman on the $10 bill in 2020. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has taken the government up on its offer by redesigning the bill to reflect the fact that the average woman still only makes 78 percent of what a man makes — and that black and Latina women make even less. Their video, ‘#TheNew10 Submission,’ shows an artist turning Alexander Hamilton’s face into a portrait of a woman, but then asks if it is appropriate ‘to celebrate 100 years of gender equality’ that haven’t actually happened.” (07/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q4qsqvk

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32) Production versus plunder, part 14
Source: The Daily Bell
by Paul Rosenberg

“Empires beyond their limits do their best to enforce ‘austerity’ upon their populace, but never agree to curtail their very expensive grandeur. This afflicted Rome, much the same as it afflicts today’s European powers. Today we’ll see how one Roman emperor found a way out of this predicament.” (07/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ou4fuyp

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33) How to jump Greece’s next debt hurdle
Source: Reuters
by Hugo Dixon

“Greece’s debt issues are acute. They could explode on July 20. Some way needs to be found to defuse the dangers. At the heart lies a 3.5 billion euro bond owned by the European Central Bank that Athens is due to repay on July 20. Failure to do so could trigger the bankruptcy of the country’s entire banking system. If the Greeks vote ‘No’ in Sunday’s referendum, the euro zone authorities may just shrug their shoulders and think that Athens had it coming. But if the people vote ‘Yes,’ the euro zone authorities will surely want to avoid such a catastrophe.” (07/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q2pm93a

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34) Washington’s role in Puerto Rico’s mess
Source: Cato Institute
by Nicole Kaeding

“Puerto Rico’s governor announced this week that the small island territory would be unable to repay its $70 billion in outstanding debt. The commonwealth is in its tenth year of a depression and is losing its tax base as thousands of residents relocate to the mainland for better economic opportunities. The Puerto Rican government, which has spent wildly, is principally at fault for the crisis. But Washington, D.C. deserves a large portion of the blame for Puerto Rico’s mess.” (07/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nmz8x9h

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35) Gun control, which never worked, loses more ground
Source: Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

“In keeping with the federal Second Amendment, Vermont has allowed its citizens -– and even visitors -– to carry concealed weapons without a permit for as long as anyone can remember. For just as long, Vermont has also been one of the most peaceful, violence-free states in the union. (You’d think members of any group supposedly devoted to ‘stopping gun violence’ would want to give that a little thought.) In recent years, Arizona, Alaska, Arkansas and Wyoming have joined Vermont in trusting their adult citizens to go armed, as was common nationwide during the nation’s first century-and-a-half, when most communities didn’t even see the need for a police department … until the rise of the socialists. Kansas now makes six.” (07/03/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2511

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36) Five laws to repeal on Independence Day
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“Unfortunately, Independence Day has become a day for many to celebrate the United States government. The actual historical event behind the day, however — the adoption of the Declaration of Independence — was an illegal act of political defiance that led to secession and the overthrow of an entire system of mercantilist government in North America. Moreover, it is quite anachronistic to connect the modern unified nation-state known as ‘the United States’ to this event, nor does it make sense to invoke anything having to do with the Constitution of 1787.” (07/04/15)

https://mises.org/library/five-laws-repeal-independence-day

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37) Any publicity is good publicity for Donald Trump
Source: The Canal
by Pedro Garcia Otero

“We have to credit Salvador Dali for coining the phrase ‘what’s important is that people talk about you, even if they only say good things,’ but it’s safe to assume Donald Trump did not have the Spanish surrealism master in mind on June 16 when he announced he was running for president of the United States. Although his campaign launch was itself surreal — he even had his grandson there with the same hairstyle, as some sort of ‘mini-me’ that has become the butt of jokes on social media — the difference with Dali is that the Republican hopeful thinks what’s important is that people talk about you, even if they only speak bad things.” (07/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nlj2lhq

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38) Three crosses
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Larry Arnold

“Back in the day the swastika was just another artistic graphic. Native Americans had used versions of it, so Boy Scouts beaded it into costumes. It was common in architectural embellishment, particularly for decorative borders. Then the National Socialist Party adopted it as one of their symbols, started the most costly war in world history, and flew it over Auschwitz and Dachau. After Germany’s defeat the Allies blew up, tore down, painted over, and plowed under the cross with bent arms because it had been used as a symbol of hatred and holocaust. The swastika was so evil it was necessary to ban it from ever appearing again. Unfortunately, as history has repeatedly shown, banned symbols don’t fade away. Hating them simply adds hate, and instead, they gain power.” (07/05/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1676

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39) Reformed Libertarian Podcast, 07/03/15
Source: Reformed Libertarian

“Dr. Bill Anderson against progressivism.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/03/15)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/blog/4/

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40) Regulating away Britain’s best teachers
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Sophie Sandor

“The latest report from The Sutton Trust looks at a topic it last visited in 2003: how the backgrounds of state school teachers compare to those of independent school teachers. Its finding is that there is still a significant difference between the proportion of teachers at state and independent schools that have studied at the UK’s best universities. Independent school teachers were also found to be the most likely to have a degree in the main subject that they teach.” (07/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p6nkxl2

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41) Home education inspires a love of learning
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“The hero in this story is not any one person but rather nearly two million Americans — moms and dads who go the extra mile and who, often at great sacrifice to themselves, are rescuing children in a profoundly personal way. They are the homeschoolers, parents who give up time and income to directly supervise the education of their children. They teach, they arrange learning experiences within their home and elsewhere in cooperation with other parents, and they inspire an appetite for learning.” (07/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/okrmwt7

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42) The logic of interventionism, or how to wake up in a prison
Source: Mises Canada
by Pater Tenebrarum

“The mainstream press is still full of articles about the alleged evils of cash, which we regard as a typical ‘trial balloon’ launched by the powers-that-be. The way this works is that they get a repressive measure they indent to implement out there, not only to propagandize in its favor, but also to gauge the reaction of the serfs. Is there an outcry? Does anyone care? If not, they quietly go forward with putting the measure into practice. If there is a great deal of pushback, they will simply wait for a better opportunity. A useful emergency always comes along after all.” (06/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/on6fduz

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43) A tale of two Independence Days
Source: The American Conservative
by Gracy Olmstead

“What I’ve missed most on the east coast, perhaps, is that rich tapestry of inter-generational history and context that gives permanence and meaning to one’s celebration. Washington’s Fourth of July revelers are a less rooted bunch — many of them interns and recent college graduates, who scan the homepages of the Washington Post and Washingtonian for the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants and rooftop bars from which to watch fireworks and drink booze. They have no family get-togethers to attend. Even my husband’s close-knit family members are immigrants to this area, originally from the midwest. Yet there is an aura to Washington’s Fourth that is distinctive and interesting: it involves a sense of intellectual camaraderie and depth that is very different from the Independence Days of my past.” (07/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ombte3q

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44) The lasting legacy of Antonin Scalia?
Source: The Atlantic
by Emma Green

“In the latest round of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the country got a doozy’s worth of linguistic throwdowns from Antonin Scalia, the Court’s longest-serving and possibly most-crotchety justice. His dissenting opinion in King v. Burwell, a ruling on a clause in the Affordable Care Act, referred to the majority’s reasoning as both ‘jiggery-pokery’ and ‘pure applesauce.’ His objection, he wrote, was that the majority relied on an interpretation of the legislative intent behind the law, instead of relying on the text of the law itself. As Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the Court’s opinion, ‘It is implausible that Congress meant the Act to operate in this manner,’ to which Scalia replied, in brief, ‘Words no longer have meaning.'” (07/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ozxe8t4

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45) Why are we OED-ing on trans politics?
Source: spiked
by Chrissie Daz

“The word ‘cisgender’ has been included in the most recent update of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). For those who don’t know what it means, it ‘[designates] someone whose sense of personal identity corresponds to the sex and gender assigned to him or her at birth … Contrasted with transgender.’ The OED’s inclusion of cisgender has already provoked a great deal of media attention. But while most leading news outlets have covered the story in a largely neutral fashion, their comments sections have been throwing up a strange mix of celebration, anger and nitpicking.” (07/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q24ayca

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46) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 07/04/15
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Blood The Brave. Herein we discussed how he became a Voluntaryist, we are born anarchists, Statism is taught and artificially infused, Banksters music video, Icelandic financial revolution, good politician, Monetary Economics, high school economics, the most powerful man in the world …”
[MP3] (07/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o5a8svn

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47) Thomas Jefferson’s legacy
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Dave Benner

“Recently, many Americans observed April 13th as the birthday of Thomas Jefferson. However, the fact that some chose this day to remember the man is actually quite ironic. This is because Jefferson did what he could to conceal this date from the public, celebrating instead only on July 4th. After all, that is the date he considered ‘the epoch of American independence’ and the ‘great birthday of our republic.’ While it may seem strange, Jefferson’s birthday omission was a classic move that perfectly captured essence of the man and the legacy he left behind.” (07/04/15)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2015/07/04/thomas-jeffersons-legacy/

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48) The US government makes me gag
Source: Disloyal Opposition
by JD Tuccille

“The beating heart of worries about free speech and the danger of overreaching government enjoyed a shock from the old defibrillator on June 8. That’s when attorney Ken White of prominent legal blog Popehat.com revealed that libertarian online publication Reason.com, where I was managing editor until June 30 (I left for unrelated family reasons) had received a grand jury subpoena dated Jun 2, demanding that the publication turn over identifying information about six of its readers. Even as that conversation got a jolt, though, few people knew just how desperate the federal government was to slap legal duct tape over the mouths of those who would criticize its officials and policies.” (07/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ntdz8br

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49) My police state, ’tis of thee
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“I’m always a little astonished when I encounter someone, online or off, who says something like ‘The United States is becoming a police state’ or ‘may become a police state’ or the like; I can only assume it’s because the realization that what was once called ‘The Land of the Free’ has been a full-blown police state for over a decade now is too terrible for many people’s minds to accept.” (07/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q3k5jh7

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50) July 4, 2015
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“As we approached the Fourth of July weekend, I found myself in a pessimistic mood, and cursing myself for my pessimism. But I learned to enjoy it. Of course, the mood itself isn’t hard to explain. Probably you feel it too. The presidential campaign has produced candidates ranging from the dismal to the palpably evil. The Supreme Court, in its Obamacare decisions, has reached new depths of sophistry. The current president is one of the worst in history, and would be still worse if not for his fecklessness. Virtually all members of Congress appear to have abandoned, or never to have entertained, the idea that there could be any just or even natural limits to their power to decide things for other people. So are there grounds for pessimism? Yes, plenty. Yet pessimism per se is always suspect.” (07/04/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1431

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51) The only game worth playing
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Tim Price

“Bastiat showed that what we think we see is often dwarfed by the impact of things we cannot see and in some cases cannot even begin to understand. The tectonic plates of the global debt market, we suspect, are starting to shift, in what may become some very uncomfortable ways, that are likely to hugely imperil the capital of bondholders, creditors and others not necessarily directly linked to the bond market at all.” (07/03/15)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2015/07/the-only-game-worth-playing/

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52) Everything Voluntary Podcast, 07/03/15
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Episode 062 is the fourth part of the sporadic Parent Effectiveness Training mini-series. This episode is the recording of a recent workshop conducted by Phil on ‘active listening.'” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nd9ynyr

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53) The Tom Woods Show, 07/03/15
Source: The Tom Woods

“The incomparable Scott Horton discusses ISIS, the neocons’ strategy of allying with al Qaeda, the GOP claim that Obama is responsible for ISIS because of the Iraq withdrawal, and much more.” [various formats] (07/03/15)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-438-what-should-be-done-about-isis/

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54) The hidden script of US militarization in Honduras
Source: CounterPunch
by Laura V Natera

“On June 2, the United States announced that 180 Marines would be deployed to Honduras as a preventative measure primarily concerning the upcoming hurricane season. Both the U.S. Marines and the White House affirmed that the military mobilization will be temporary and that its functions will only be to protect local citizens in the case of a natural disaster. Regional specialists, however, fear that the presence of sophisticated U.S. military and surveillance equipment, as well as the sheer number of Marines that the United States brought to the Soto Cano Base Area in Palmerola, signal that this mobilization is the beginning of a new round of expansion of the United States presence in Central America reminiscent of Washington’s practices during the 1980s.” (07/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nckhym2

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55) A declaration of independence against big government
Source: Heartland Institute
by Richard M Ebeling

“Never before in history had a people declared and then established a government based on the principles of the individual’s right to his life, liberty, and property. Never before was a society founded on the ideal of economic freedom, under which free men may peacefully produce and exchange with each other on the terms they find mutually beneficial without the stranglehold of regulating and planning government. Never before had a people made clear that self-government meant not only the right of electing those who would hold political office and pass the laws of the land, but also meant that each human being had the right to be self-governing over his own life.” (07/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p2b62xj

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