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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,233
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Report: Obama to pardon a few token drug POWs
2) EU bureaucrat: Greek voters “not legally correct” to tell us to go f–k ourselves
3) Iran pushes for end to UN arms embargo in nuclear deal
4) Security theater: “No indication” of shooting at Walter Reed after lockdown
5) Cosby admitted to getting drugs to use on women for sex
6) Former AG Holder still fantasizes about tricking Snowden into returning to US
7) Mali extremist traded for French hostage killed in attack
8) Amazon to face frivolous lawsuit over search results
9) Nigeria: Day of extremist violence kills more than 60
10) Mexico: Teachers shear hair of those who show up for exam
11) NC: Homophobe pastor wants Christian flag to fly above American
12) Report: China building two untested nuclear reactors on Pakistan coast
13) Report: Philae’s comet may host alien life
14) SC: Senate advances bill to remove Confederate flag
15) AZ: Ducey calls for probe of private prison unrest
16) Greece: Island of Lesbos coping with migrant influx
17) Singapore: Regime court sentences political prisoner Yee to time served
18) Hacking Team hacked: firm sold spying tools to repressive regimes, documents claim
19) TX: County clerk changes mind, decides to do her job after couple sues
20) More than 160,000 sign petition for Reddit chief’s ouster

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Think Greece can’t happen here? You’re wrong
22) We need to know: Did Saudis help fund 9/11 attacks?
23) The politically correct war on everything
24) Trump and the myth of immigrant crime
25) You’re a libertarian? So what?
26) Interview: Bernie Sanders speaks
27) Economic ignorance on teenage unemployment
28) For normal relations with Cuba, end US interventionism
29) Clarence Thomas deserves criticism. leave race out of it
30) Greece needs a radical transformation
31) Solving one of the most pernicious failures of the UK housing market
32) How Trump changed GOP debate on immigration
33) Respecting everybody’s rights requires compassion
34) Why won’t Hillary Clinton talk to reporters?
35) The Bob Zadek Show, 07/05/15
36) The only safe way to make a nuclear deal with Iran
37) Greek taxpayers facing a future of debt slavery
38) Of wedding cakes and puritanical collectivism
39) Probate judges and county clerks respond to SCOTUS ruling on marriage rights
40) After Obergefell ruling, love conquers faith
41) Marco Rubio invades the world
42) On the abolition of cash transactions
43) Pope chooses penury over plenty for the poor
44) Seven reasons to scrap the USA’s $1 billion aid package to central America
45) The choice ahead: Private health insurance monopoly or single payer
46) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/06/15
47) Shocking consequences
48) Greece: What are the markets telling us?
49) Amazon liberates readers
50) Ten years after 7/7, they still don’t get it
51) Abolition is the default state of being human
52) The NYT unintentionally presents evidence against the minimum wage
53) We need more treason, not less
54) Cruel compassion
55) Free Thoughts Podcast, 07/06/15

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

1) Report: Obama to pardon a few token drug POWs
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

“President Barack Obama plans to pardon dozens of non-violent drug offenders in coming weeks, likely commuting more sentences in one action than any president in almost 50 years, The New York Times reports. Obama’s administration has issued a call for clemency applications, as part of his attempt to undo political excesses of the past, in which people convicted of minor drug crimes were locked up for many years, according to the report. Some 30,000 people applied for clemency, but only a but more than 80 likely will be set free.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pa5oeh2

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2) EU bureaucrat: Greek voters “not legally correct” to tell us to go f–k ourselves
Source: The Telegraph [UK]

“Greece’s referendum was not ‘legally correct,’ the European Commission has declared. Valdis Dombrovskis, the Latvian-born EU vice president responsible for the euro, said the vote had ‘complicated’ the work of the creditors and had left the Greek government in a weaker, not stronger, negotiating position. A write-down of Greece’s [politicians’] €380 billion (£270 billion) debt mountain is now ‘off the table,’ he said.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ordt7vu

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3) Iran pushes for end to UN arms embargo in nuclear deal
Source: Greenfield Daily Reporter

“A day before the new deadline for a nuclear accord, Iran pushed on Monday for an end to the U.N. arms embargo on the country — a parallel deal that the United States opposes as it seeks to limit Tehran’s Mideast power and influence. Speaking on the eve of an already-extended target date for a complete agreement, a senior Iranian official and a U.S. official said Iran and the six world powers it is negotiating with are also working on a U.N. resolution that would endorse any future nuclear deal.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oedk27h

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4) Security theater: “No indication” of shooting at Walter Reed after lockdown
Source: New York Daily News

“Maryland officials put Walter Reed hospital on lockdown and suspended patient care Monday after a report of a single shot fired …. Police finished searching the 20-story medical complex by 1:30 p.m., police said. There were no reports of injuries. ‘There is no indication of any kind that there was a shooting, but we’re not leaving yet,’ Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks said at a Monday press conference. Bomb-sniffing K-9 units will now comb through the complex, Starks said. Police suspended all patient care at the hospital Monday.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pzmjsmr

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5) Cosby admitted to getting drugs to use on women for sex
Source: CNN

“Bill Cosby has admitted to getting prescription Quaaludes to try to drug women he wanted to have sex with, newly released documents show. The documents, dating back to 2005, stem from a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand — one of the dozens of women who have publicly accused the comedian of sexual assault. The records were made public Monday after The Associated Press went to court to compel their release.” (07/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qa4rrbo

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6) Former AG Holder still fantasizes about tricking Snowden into returning to US
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The ‘possibility exists’ that Edward Snowden could make a deal with the US Justice Department and return to his home country, former US attorney general Eric Holder says. … But a spokeswoman for Loretta Lynch, Holder’s replacement, told Yahoo News the Obama administration’s position had not changed.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p3p42oe

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7) Mali extremist traded for French hostage killed in attack
Source: ABC News

“A Malian special forces spokesman says an Islamic extremist who was released last year in exchange for the freedom of a French hostage in Mali has been killed. Modibo Nama Traore said Monday that French special forces killed Mohamed Ali Ag Wadossene in an early Sunday morning operation in the Tigharghar mountains in north Mali’s Kidal region. A dozen others were arrested, he said.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/psqh83m

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8) Amazon to face frivolous lawsuit over search results
Source: Reuters

“Amazon.com Inc must face a trademark lawsuit brought by a watchmaker which says the online retailer’s search results can cause confusion for potential customers, a federal appeals court ruled. … MTM Special Ops are a military style model of watches which are not sold on Amazon’s web site, according to the court ruling. If an Amazon shopper searches for it, however, Amazon the site will not say it does not carry MTM products. Instead, Amazon displays MTM Special Ops in the search field and immediately below the search field, along with similar watches manufactured by MTM’s competitors for sale. MTM alleged this could cause customers to buy from one of those competitors, rather than encouraging the shopper to look for MTM watches elsewhere.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/plcqgja

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9) Nigeria: Day of extremist violence kills more than 60
Source: Bismarck Tribune

“A day of extremist violence against both Muslims and Christians in Nigeria killed more than 60 people, including worshippers in a mosque who came to hear a cleric known for preaching about peaceful coexistence of all faiths. Militants from Boko Haram were blamed for the bombings Sunday night at a crowded mosque and a posh Muslim restaurant in the central city of Jos; a suicide bombing earlier at an evangelical Christian church in the northeastern city of Potiskum, and attacks in several northeastern villages where dozens of churches and about 300 homes were torched.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pdqudsq

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10) Mexico: Teachers shear hair of those who show up for exam
Source: New York Times

“Radical teachers opposing Mexico’s program for evaluating and testing teachers blocked exam sites and cut off the hair of some who showed up. The Education Departments says Sunday’s attacks were the work of ‘violent and intolerant groups.’ It pledged on Monday to push ahead with testing, which has been interrupted in the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Michoacan.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nllf8ct

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11) NC: Homophobe pastor wants Christian flag to fly above American
Source: Raw Story

“A North Carolina pastor is calling on churches across the United States to install flag poles so that they can fly the Christian flag above the American flag to protest same-sex marriage. In a video posted to YouTube last week, Pastor Rit Varriale of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Shelby explained that his church had installed a flag pole so it could hold a ‘special ceremony’ to raise the Christian flag above the American flag. That ceremony took place on Sunday.” [editor’s note: Can you say unclear on the concept? A God worthy of the name has neither want nor need of a frickin’ flag (and if, as is also claimed even in Christian lore, God.Is.All.That.Is, then whatever God is, every flag is already part of it! – SAT] (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nz7eh5d

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12) Report: China building two untested nuclear reactors on Pakistan coast
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Pakistan’s largest city and financial hub has given China a green light to build two nuclear power stations on a beach about 15 miles from downtown, raising public alarm over both the location (the coastline is vulnerable to tsunamis) and the fact that the reactors are new and untested. Karachi approved the plan in late June when the city’s environmental agency deemed, ‘after careful review,’ that the project was safe. Yet the impact assessment on the reactor site, at a popular beach known as Paradise Point, remains secret.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p77rpoe

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13) Report: Philae’s comet may host alien life
Source: Fox News

“The icy surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, home to the famous Philae lander, may also host alien life, according to astrobiologists. Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, director of the U.K.’s Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, and Max Wallis of the University of Cardiff say that the comet could be home to living microbes. The scientists presented their research at the Royal Astronomical Society’s National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno, Wales on Monday.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/op9xpex

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14) SC: Senate advances bill to remove Confederate flag
Source: Reuters

“South Carolina lawmakers took a major step on Monday toward passing legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies at the state capitol in Columbia and has long been denounced by critics as a symbol of slavery. A bill to remove the flag from the state grounds passed a crucial second reading by an overwhelming vote of 37-3 after an emotional debate in the state Senate. It faces a final reading on Tuesday before it is taken up by the lower House of Representatives.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oaxucsp

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15) AZ: Ducey calls for probe of private prison unrest
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Days of unrest at a privately run prison in Arizona became a nightmare scenario as inmates rioted, trashed housing units and injured guards, prompting the governor to order an investigation Monday into the problem at the facility. Gov. Doug Ducey told state prisons Director Charles Ryan to initiate the probe at Arizona State Prison-Kingman, which has a history of security issues. ‘It is critical that we understand how these incidents occurred and how we prevent them in the future,’ Ducey said in a letter to Ryan. ‘The public also needs to know the facts and have assurances that prisons in our state — both state-run and privately run — are under control.’ The unrest began July 1 in a minimum security unit when private corrections officers tried to stop an inmate-on-inmate assault.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ogrglaf

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16) Greece: Island of Lesbos coping with migrant influx
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Record-breaking numbers of migrants are arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos, overwhelming local authorities, local police say. About 1,600 landed on the island on Saturday alone, the island’s chief of police said. Police said they were working 24 hours a day to process the new arrivals but can only manage 300-500 per day. More migrants landed on the island in June than in the whole of the previous year, according to the UN. There were approximately 15,000 arrivals in June, compared with 12,187 in 2014. Lesbos has a population of just over 86,000.” [editor’s note: I’m gonna resist the urge to make jokes here; some are so tempting! – SAT] (07/06/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33413051

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17) Singapore: Regime court sentences political prisoner Yee to time served
Source: Al Jazeera America

“A Singapore teenager who posted online a video that was deemed offensive to Christians, and an obscene image of late leader Lee Kuan Yew, will be released after a court sentenced him on Monday to jail time already served. The case has reignited concerns about censorship and social controls in the Southeast Asian financial hub, and has drawn criticism from human rights activists. Amos Yee, 16, was sentenced to four weeks of imprisonment from June 2, which means he could be released immediately after spending 50 days in custody.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ops2468

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18) Hacking Team hacked: firm sold spying tools to repressive regimes, documents claim
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The cybersecurity firm Hacking Team appears to have itself been the victim of a hack, with documents that purport to show it sold software to repressive regimes being posted to the company’s own Twitter feed. The Italy-based company offers security services to law enforcement and national security organisations. It offers legal offensive security services, using malware and vulnerabilities to gain access to target’s networks. According to the documents, 400GB of which have been published, Hacking Team has also been working with numerous repressive governments — something it has previously explicitly denied doing.” [editor’s note: If Hacking Team works for governments, and it does work for governments, it works for “repressive” governments – TLK] (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5qlbkl

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19) TX: County clerk changes mind, decides to do her job after couple sues
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A gay couple has received a marriage license after filing a federal lawsuit against a North Texas county clerk who previously cited her religious opposition to gay marriage in denying the license. Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton filed the lawsuit Monday against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang, saying they repeatedly had been turned away when trying to obtain a license last week. The couple was quickly granted a license later in the morning in Granbury, the county seat.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ouhl23w

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20) More than 160,000 sign petition for Reddit chief’s ouster
Source: Time

“An online petition calling for Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao to step down has gained more 160,000 signatures. While the petition was started weeks ago, it’s gained significant traction after a popular employee, Victoria Taylor, who was Reddit’s director of talent and a facilitator of the Ask Me Anything feature, was removed from her position. The news resulted in the shut down of several popular message boards in protest.” (07/06/15)

http://time.com/3946626/ellen-pao-reddit-petition/

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

21) Think Greece can’t happen here? You’re wrong
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“Most Americans look at the rerun of the Greek euro crisis with something between smug amusement and condescending disapproval. When will those profligate Greeks get their economic house in order and stop looking to others to bail them out? But, should people living in glass economic houses really throw stones? After all, just like Greece, the United States government has been living beyond its means, running up an enormous debt that will eventually need to be repaid.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qjk22cg

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22) We need to know: Did Saudis help fund 9/11 attacks?
Source: USA Today
by James Bovard

“Do Americans have the right to learn whether a foreign government helped finance the 9/11 attacks? A growing number of congressmen and senators are demanding that a 28-page portion of a 2002 congressional report finally be declassified. The Obama administration appears to be resisting, and the stakes are huge. What is contained in those pages could radically change Americans’ perspective of the War on Terror.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nqqtdby

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23) The politically correct war on everything
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“Why do so many people seem to have the burning desire to control the lives of others, dictating even what they must THINK? None of those would-be controllers seem to want someone else to dictate to them! Funny how the shoe doesn’t fit the other foot. I wonder what would happen if everyone simply minded their own business, associated freely with those they felt comfortable with, traded freely with anyone agreeable to the trade, and spent their time and efforts improving their own thinking and understanding of life and whatever they believe, rather than focus on trying to change everyone else to agree with them.” (07/05/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7390

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24) Trump and the myth of immigrant crime
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“In 2011, El Paso, Texas, had the lowest crime rate ranking of any city with 500,000 or more residents. That is despite being just across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico — which in 2011 had the second highest murder rate of any city on Earth. The same pattern shows up away from the border as well. In his extensive research on Chicago — a city Trump cited for its violent crime — Harvard sociologist Robert Sampson has found ‘a significantly lower rate of violence among Mexican-Americans compared to blacks and whites.’ Here, he says, ‘increases in immigration and language diversity over the decade of the 1990s predicted decreases in neighborhood homicide rates in the late ’90s and up to 2006.’ If Trump wants to avoid rapists, here’s some advice: Head for areas with lots of residents who were born in Mexico.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nlw58eq

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25) You’re a libertarian? So what?
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Adam Kokesh

“One of the great contradictions of our movement is that we want government to have as small a role in our lives as possible, but some of us want to talk about it all the time! It’s not been an easy transition, but I feel much better having let go of my daily news production. In hindsight, I think it was somewhat disingenuous of me to ask people to listen to three hours of podcast five days a week. In my case, I seem to have solved this problem for myself by focusing on what actually wakes people up and what creates more freedom. I don’t miss spending hours every day reading the news. My life is far more fulfilling now. I have more time to spend on my health, my hobbies, and the ones I love.” (07/05/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle828-20150705-03.html

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26) Interview: Bernie Sanders speaks
Source: The Nation
by John Nichols

“When Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told The Nation last year that he was ‘prepared to run for president,’ he said he would do so only if it was clear that progressives were enthusiastic about a movement campaign seeking nothing less than ‘a political revolution.’ It was an audacious proposal — but after traveling the country for a year, Sanders decided that the enthusiasm was there and announced in late April as a candidate for the Democratic nomination. There were plenty of doubters then. Two months into the campaign, however, everything about this candidacy (the crowds, the poll numbers, the buzz) is bigger than expected. That says something about Sanders. But it also says something about the prospects for progressive politics.” [editor’s note: Whether you think he’d be a far less damaging option than either Hillary or any of the GOP theocrat/warmongers, or just want to know what you might be up against, this is worth reading – SAT] (07/06/15)

http://www.thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-speaks

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27) Economic ignorance on teenage unemployment
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Do you ever read an article and just shake your head as you’re getting through it? That happened to me a couple of days ago when I read an article in the New York Times entitled ‘It’s Summer, but Where Are the Teenage Workers?’ by two reporters (yes, two!) named Patricia Cohen and Ron Lieber. … Wouldn’t you think that Cohen and Lieber would think to go to just one single libertarian think tank or educational foundation to get a clue as to solving this mystery? Surely everyone has heard of libertarianism by now, right?” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pc9lgc2

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28) For normal relations with Cuba, end US interventionism
Source: The Daily Bell
by Ron Paul

“Last week we saw an encouraging sign that the 50 year cold war between the US and Cuba was finally coming to an end. President Obama announced on Wednesday that the US and Cuba would restore full diplomatic relations and that embassies could be re-opened in each country by the end of the month. For this achievement, which was resisted by vested interests in the US, Obama should be praised. However we shouldn’t be too optimistic about truly establishing normal relations until we understand how relations became so abnormal in the first place.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njsw23m

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29) Clarence Thomas deserves criticism. leave race out of it
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a worthy target of criticism from the left: His reactionary jurisprudence, if carried out to its logical conclusion, would invalidate much of the socially progressive legislation of the last century. But liberals’ attacks on Thomas also have a tendency to focus impertinently and offensively on his person. The frequent jokes about Thomas not asking questions in court or being Justice Antonin Scalia’s ‘sock puppet’ imply the justice is an unqualified quota hire. Last week the actor George Takei, best known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the original ‘Star Trek’ series, made the subtext of this sort of criticism explicit when, while protesting Thomas’s rejection of marriage equality in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, he described Thomas as ‘a clown in blackface.'” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pshwnr9

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30) Greece needs a radical transformation
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Fred Foldvary

“Having rejected austerity with the ‘no’ vote on the referendum, Greece now sits on the edge of an even worse recession and economic collapse, unless the lenders write off or postpone the debt payments even further. The problem is that the Greek politicians have not provided a program of major policy reforms. Only with radical changes could Greece rise like a phoenix from its economic mess. These are the measures which could quickly make Greece the most prosperous economy on earth.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ow64bmu

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31) Solving one of the most pernicious failures of the UK housing market
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“It appears that George Osborne intends to solve one of the most pernicious failures of the UK housing market. Which is that once you have, through whatever temporary circumstances, gained access to housing subsidies then you get them for life. This is of course a nonsense: there’s a huge difference between receiving a helping hand when needed and gaining permanent access to the wallets of the rest of the population.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oklg4wc

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32) How Trump changed GOP debate on immigration
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“Here’s how the immigration issue was supposed to play out for Republicans in the 2016 presidential campaign. During the pre-primary period and into the initial wave of voting, the candidates would tell voters how tough they’ll be on undocumented immigrants, talking about building fences and enhancing border security. Then, as a likely nominee emerged, he’d begin to use a more welcoming rhetoric in the hopes of winning back the Hispanic general election voters who were alienated by what had happened before. … Then along came Donald Trump. In his very first appearance as a candidate, Trump went on an extended riff about the criminality of Mexicans who come to the United States, from which he has not backed down since. And at least some Republican primary voters have decided that unlike those spineless politicians, Trump speaks for them.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ouh3d46

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33) Respecting everybody’s rights requires compassion
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Avens O’Brien

“[R]egardless of how many data points you throw at a problem, we’re still each human beings who may or may not fit neatly into the statistical narratives, or they may not reflect our own individual experiences. We may just want to reach out, human to human, to express our vulnerabilities, to feel less alone, and more united with others who can understand. Whether we’re a gay kid hoping it gets better, or a woman speaking of the ways she’s felt her agency is threatened, or a man trying to remind you that things are hard for men too — we do not owe each other taxpayer dollars or protected classifications.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5bsmx5

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34) Why won’t Hillary Clinton talk to reporters?
Source: The Atlantic
by David Frum

“The unwillingness of the former secretary of state to take questions from the press contrasts sharply with Jeb Bush’s marked affinity for public disclosure.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q835g34

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35) The Bob Zadek Show, 07/05/15
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“[Thomas] Fleming joins Bob for a special Fourth (Fifth) of July episode.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ndros95

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36) The only safe way to make a nuclear deal with Iran
Source: Reuters
by Elizabeth Rosenberg & Peter Harrell

“In the concluding week of nuclear talks among the United States, other members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany and Iran, negotiators are struggling with key details on one of the most contentious matters: How sanctions would be re-imposed, or quickly snapped back into place, if Iran cheated. Critics of the emerging deal contend that re-imposing sanctions is unlikely, and thus Iran will have little incentive to adhere to a deal. But snapback could be a credible deterrent to cheating if the United States and the other international negotiators insist on four key principles: disproportionality, autonomy, automatic response and innovation. A successful agreement is by far the best way to reduce Iran’s nuclear threat. But for any deal to work, Tehran needs to know that if it cheats, economic pain will return in full force.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pym5xft

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37) Greek taxpayers facing a future of debt slavery
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ian Daily

“The problems Greece and the world face now are manifold. For Greeks, capital controls and bank closures have left people without access to the funds in their accounts. ATMs have lines stringing away from them at all hours, even though daily withdrawals are limited to €60. The next weapon in the financial warfare: deposit seizures. While it may be easy to dismiss these afflictions as the result of socialist policy, but that wouldn’t be an accurate characterization of what’s transpired.” (07/06/15)

https://mises.org/library/greek-taxpayers-facing-future-debt-slavery

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38) Of wedding cakes and puritanical collectivism
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“By declining to make a wedding cake for Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, Aaron Klein and his wife Melissa saved the lesbian couple roughly $350. This is a case in which discrimination on the part of a business materially benefited the supposed victims — even before a Soviet-grade ‘civil rights’ bureaucrat in Oregon ordered the business owners to pay $135,000 to the aggrieved couple.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q3yk4ud

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39) Probate judges and county clerks respond to SCOTUS ruling on marriage rights
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“With all of the litigation surrounding who is and who is not allowed to exercise a fundamental right, which had limited governmental involvement until approximately 160 years ago, I’m hoping it’s only a matter of time before governments are once again not involved in personal relationships. Though I’m not going to hold my breath.” [text, Flash video or MP3] (07/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nj49qoo

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40) After Obergefell ruling, love conquers faith
Source: USA Today
by Katrina Trinko

“When love wins, it doesn’t take prisoners. It has been more than a week since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, and already those with religious objections to same-sex marriage are facing punishment. Aaron and Melissa Klein, an Oregon Christian couple who refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013 (before gay marriage was legal in Oregon) were ordered Thursday to pay $135,000 by a state labor commissioner because of their refusal. … There is a better, and more loving, way: tolerance, coexistence.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oq4wbo8

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41) Marco Rubio invades the world
Source: The American Conservative
by AJ Delgado

“There is a war brewing on the right, one arguably more fierce — and fateful — than the usual ‘conservative vs. liberal’ contests. In the summer of 2004, Christopher Hitchens wrote in Vanity Fair of a ‘Rumble on the Right’ among the interventionists and realists. That rumble continues in the form of a proxy war, largely between those who support Sen. Rand Paul’s sensible [sic] approach to foreign policy and those who support Senator Rubio’s. But before examining Rubio’s foreign-policy stances, one must ask: is he even much of a conservative? For those who define conservatism as big business, big government, and war-happy, sure. For the rest of us? We’re not buying it.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o34abuf

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42) On the abolition of cash transactions
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by IanB

“The abolition of cash transactions is a very worrying near future scenario and one that should be of great concern to libertarians, or anyone who wants monetary privacy. The problem is that for most purchases, electronic really is very quick and easy and naturally advantageous. The days of pay packets bulging with twenty pound notes are sadly already long gone. I argued a long time ago among friends and those who could not get away from me that the obligation to accept one’s wages into a bank account is fundamentally unjust — since the money is being paid not to oneself, but to a third party — but it fell on largely deaf ears. But then I think monthly pay is a ludicrous injustice too, but most people don’t give a damn about that either.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q8azvgk

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43) Pope chooses penury over plenty for the poor
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“Judging by the company he has been keeping, it seems the Pope either dislikes capitalism more than he loves the poor, or he simply doesn’t understand all the good that has flowed from capitalism and the horrors that have resulted throughout history under every other economic system.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ovdh39x

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44) Seven reasons to scrap the USA’s $1 billion aid package to central America
Source: CounterPunch
by Adrienne Pine, Richard Johnston, Fiona Wilmot, et al.

“This summer, Congress will decide whether to support the $1 billion aid package to Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras. Prompted by the surge of children and family to the US’s southern border last year, the ‘Strategy for Engagement in Central America’ aims to attack the ‘root causes’ of unauthorized migration. Promoted by Vice-President Biden, the plan has been endorsed by commentators across the political spectrum. Biden’s plan would invest in border security, law enforcement, economic development, and the UN’s new human rights initiatives in the region. These measures will purportedly keep Central Americans at home, busy with new jobs in safer communities under more transparent, responsive governments. At the same time, tighter border enforcement is intended to discourage migration. What’s the likelihood that US aid will achieve these outcomes?” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nn2z3vt

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45) The choice ahead: Private health insurance monopoly or single payer
Source: Our Future
by Robert Reich

“The Supreme Court’s recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation’s biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths. The result will be good for their shareholders and executives, but bad for the rest of us — who will pay through the nose for the health insurance we need. … The problem isn’t Obamacare. The real problem is the current patchwork of state insurance regulations, insurance commissioners, and federal regulators can’t stop the tidal wave of mergers, or limit the economic and political power of the emerging giants.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o6cx92c

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46) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/06/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“James Babb, Derrick J Freeman, Chandler St. Pierre, and Michael W. Dean wonder ‘What would happen if there were a libertarian worldwide organization that operates like ISIS?'” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pwyuz8f

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47) Shocking consequences
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Five years into (the latest phase of) the Greek debt crisis, a former bureaucrat who was unable to withdraw her money from an ATM when the government declared a bank holiday had this to say: ‘How can something like this happen without prior warning?’ It’s always a surprise — to some people — when blatant causes lead to blatant effects.” (07/06/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/07/06/shocking-consequences/

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48) Greece: What are the markets telling us?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“The Greeks have voted no in today’s referendum, which makes it more likely (though not certain) that Greece will leave the euro. Some economists believe that this action would help the Greek economy. Devaluation would be an expansionary monetary shock, raising both nominal and real GDP. I have some sympathy for this view, although in the end I favored a yes vote, out of fear of where Syriza was taking Greece.” (07/05/15)

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

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49) Amazon liberates readers
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Stewart Dompe

“If the literary world is a garden, then Amazon would be a gardener whose liberal use of fertilizer, [Ursula K.] Le Guin contends, has encouraged the growth of weeds. But her anger is misplaced. There is no gardener — and the garden is more beautiful than ever.” (07/06/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/amazon-liberates-readers

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50) Ten years after 7/7, they still don’t get it
Source: spiked
by Frank Furedi

“Increasingly, a key part of the ‘war on terror’ is the battle for moral authority. Looking around us today, especially at the discussion about terrorism, is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the West’s political and cultural elites feel less than confident about conducting a successful campaign on the battlefield of ideas. Their concern about the powerful attraction of radical ideas to sections of Western populations often betrays a belief that they cannot convince others of the superiority of their own way of life.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ncp2xhz

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51) Abolition is the default state of being human
Source: Zero Gov
by Doug Cook

“Liberty is about one thing: Self Determination, or to put it another way, people are the sovereign and it is we who decide what is good or not good for us. That is all there is to it. That is the nature of our sovereign power, It is what makes us sentient beings, and by default makes each of us the master of our individual destiny.” (07/05/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4278

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52) The NYT unintentionally presents evidence against the minimum wage
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Reporting on the decline in teenage employment in the U.S. you write that ‘[e]xperts are struggling to figure out exactly why’ (‘It’s Summer, but Where Are the Teenage Workers?’ July 4). Hmmm. Apparently none of the experts interviewed for your report offered the most obvious explanation: minimum-wage legislation.” (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzpe638

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53) We need more treason, not less
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“One of the more disturbing trends on the American Center-Left (which sees itself, entirely without justification, as ‘the Left’) is the increasing popularity of the right-wingers as ‘seditionists’ or ‘traitors’ meme. The most notable recent example, in the wake of the racially-motivated massacre in Charleston, is the identification of the Confederate battle flag with ‘treason.’ The Confederate flag is evil, and the people who wave it are wrong, for a whole lot of reasons; but insufficient respect for authority isn’t one of them.” (07/06/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/38679

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54) Cruel compassion
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by George Leef

“Free-market critics of programs supposedly meant to help struggling people have long argued that those programs are counterproductive. They actually harm the intended ‘beneficiaries,’ or at least most of them. Such arguments are almost always ignored by key politicians and opinion shapers. Frequently, they are dismissed out of hand with the insinuation that anyone who would make such claims must harbor some racial animosity. So, what will be the reaction to Wall Street Journal writer Jason Riley’s new book Please Stop Helping Us?” (07/06/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/cruel-compassion/

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55) Free Thoughts Podcast, 07/06/15
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Jacob T. Levy says a tension exists in liberal political thought between a rationalist suspicion of localized power and a pluralism favoring intermediate groups.” [various formats] (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oalooz8

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