Commentary

“Brexit” could push Europe deeper into scapegoating and xenophobia

June 23, 2016
posted by

Murtaza Hussain The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain  

"On Thursday, millions of Britons will go to the polls to vote in a referendum that could see Britain exit the EU, or 'Brexit.' Not only would such a move deal a serious economic blow to the European Union, depriving it of its second largest economy and likely triggering an immediate recession, it could also set a dangerously compelling example for other anti-EU political parties on the continent, most of which are associated with the political far-right." (06/22/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/06/22/brexit-could-push-europe-deeper-into-scapegoating-and-xenophobia/  

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The TPP “lame duck” push insults democracy

June 23, 2016
posted by

Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"In the United States 'We the People' are supposed to have a say in how we are governed, right? So shouldn’t we have a say in how we are governed? President Obama, Wall Street and the giant, multinational corporations are pushing (and pushing hard) for a vote in Congress in the 'lame duck' congressional session after the election, to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The most recent pitch by Obama was on Monday at a summit of business leaders in Washington, where he said the TPP 'will do even more to lower the cost of exporting, eliminating taxes and custom duties, and raising intellectual property standards that protect data and ideas and jobs.' Here is why the push is on. The so-called 'lame duck' session of Congress is particularly unaccountable." (06/21/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160621/tpp-lame-duck-push-insults-democracy  

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When the police seize property, but the burden of proof is on you

June 23, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Adam Bates  

"Exuse me, ma'am. Can you prove that the money on your Starbucks gift card wasn't procured through a marijuana sale?” An odd, unanswerable question. And yet this is exactly the kind of question that Oklahoma police, armed with a new device, will soon be asking, with an eye toward seizing the cash on the cards. The device is known as an ERAD (Electronic Recovery and Access to Data) machine, and it can access the money on prepaid debit and gift cards that are swiped through it. The police insist the devices will only be used against drug traffickers and identity thieves, but the history of due-process-free civil seizures suggests otherwise." (06/22/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/when-police-seize-property-burden-proof-you  

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Remain: The left has lined up with the establishment

June 23, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Tom Slater  

"'Brexit is a fake revolt,' writes Paul Mason in the Guardian this week: ‘Working-class culture is being hijacked to help the elite.’ A withering article in Vice agrees. 'Brexit is the upper classes in revolt,' writes Sam Kriss. 'They see an undemocratic and unaccountable EU elite ruling by diktat and an unfounded sense of their own superiority, and they think: hey, that's our job.' Among nominally metropolitan, nominally left-wing Remainers -- or, in Mason's case, Abstainers -- this has become the overriding narrative: that Brexit is the establishment. It's also utter balls." (06/22/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/remain-the-left-has-lined-up-with-the-establishment-eu-brexit/  

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The climate Cassandra

June 22, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Thirty years ago, in June, 1986, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee met to consider the problems of ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect, and climate change. Present at those hearings was today’s climate Cassandra, James Hansen, then of the Goddard Institute of Space Studies. And he was predicting that 'global temperatures should be nearly 2 degrees higher in 20 years,' according to Associated Press reporting at that time." (06/22/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/06/22/the-climate-cassandra/  

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The real reason Congress can’t change gun laws

June 22, 2016
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Reuters Reuters
by Adam Skaggs  

"On Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court signaled again that the Constitution does not stand in the way of addressing gun violence. The court refused to hear a challenge to a Connecticut law that broadly restricts access to the kind of semi-automatic rifles used in the 2014 Sandy Hook shooting and, more recently, in San Bernardino, California, and Orlando, Florida. That lets the law stand. It was the latest confirmation that the Second Amendment does not impede most laws designed to reduce gun violence. The Supreme Court’s landmark Heller decision in 2008 established that a broad range of gun regulations are 'presumptively lawful.' The court has driven this point home repeatedly, leaving in place dozens of lower court decisions upholding a wide range of gun laws. Yet, just hours after the court’s action, the Senate reaffirmed another truth about American democracy: The likelihood of this Congress passing meaningful gun reform is close to zero." [editor's note: Go ahead, find a way to "pass meaningful gun reform" that does not abrogate the right to self-defense, and we're all willing to listen! - SAT] (06/21/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-florida-shooting-guns-senate-commenta-idUSKCN0Z71K6  

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Hillary’s foreign policy is scarier than Trump’s

June 22, 2016
posted by

Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"The senseless murder of forty-nine revelers at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub has amplified our need for a long overdue national conversation this election season about the overall direction of U.S. foreign policy and our proper role in the world. With the party nominating conventions just weeks away, now is a good time to start." (06/21/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8800  

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If “fiduciary rule” goes through, the joke is on American savers

June 22, 2016
posted by

John Berlau Competitive Enterprise Institute
by John Berlau  

"Recently on his HBO show, 'Last Week Tonight,' [John] Oliver praised the Department of Labor for issuing its 'fiduciary rule,' which mandates a vast swath of financial professionals to only serve the 'best interest' of IRA and 401(k) holders -- with 'best interest' defined by the government. The rule is needed, said Oliver sidekick Billy Eichner while looking at a random young woman in the segment, because 'idiots like Karen here make shitty choices when it comes to what to do with their money.' The upshot? Karen's and other Americans' retirement choices must be sharply restricted, according to Oliver, Eichner, and the Obama administration." (06/22/16)

https://cei.org/content/if-fiduciary-rule-goes-through-joke-american-savers  

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Endangered hawks

June 22, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"The 2016 presidential election has been a dispiriting one for Americans interested in a having a more restrained and responsible foreign policy. The Republican field was overflowing with hawkish candidates, and Hillary Clinton arguably has the most aggressive foreign policy of any Democratic nominee since Lyndon Johnson. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, offers the public a jumbled, incoherent mix of nationalist bluster, support for torture, yet an apparent wariness of new wars, combined with a shaky grasp of international affairs. A Clinton win will ensure at least another four years of the failed conventional Washington consensus, and no one really knows what a Trump administration would do overseas. That's the bad news. The good news this year is that the election may bring a few important changes to the make-up of the Senate that could have a salutary effect on the quality and direction of our foreign-policy debates." (06/22/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/endangered-hawks-senate-foreign-policy-2016-election/  

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Hillary Clinton can pick any Veep she pleases, but …

June 22, 2016
posted by

The New Republic The New Republic
by Brian Beutler  

"Elizabeth Warren’s emergence as Hillary Clinton’s most effective surrogate has apparently unnerved Democratic donors on Wall Street, who are threatening to withhold campaign cash if Clinton selects Warren as her running mate. 'If Clinton picked the Massachusetts senator, her whole base on Wall Street would leave her,' one top Democratic donor told Politico. 'They would literally just say, "We have no qualms with you moving left, we understand all the things you’ve had to do because of Bernie Sanders, but if you are going there with Warren, we just can’t trust you, you’ve killed it."' Clinton will either select a Wall Street-friendly running mate or she won’t, but these donors are acting as if she’s running for her old Senate seat from New York rather than the presidency." (06/21/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/134481/hillary-clinton-can-pick-veep-pleases  

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Our Revolution rises to smite Trump and make the world safe for bipartisan oligarchy

June 22, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by John Stauber  

"This year of course the GOP candidate is Donald Trump, and he is opposed by everyone from the GOP oligarchs he ousted from their own party, to leaders of the bipartisan neocons, to the Koch Brothers, to the Wall Street firms, to the mainstream media, and of course he is opposed most of all by Hillary and especially the progressive wing of her Party, rebranded by Bernie as Our Revolution. To make sure Our Revolution doesn't stray into the hands of the Green Party, the Democrats progressive leaders were very careful not to invite Dr. Jill Stein to speak at their People's Summit held the day after Bernie's address. That sent a message loud and clear: Our Revolution, Bernie's revolution, is one with the Party, so Unite Blue!" (06/22/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/22/our-revolution-rises-to-smite-trump-and-make-the-world-safe-for-bipartisan-oligarchy/  

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Donald Trump, the gold standard, Maynard Keynes, and our madmen in authority

June 22, 2016
posted by

The Cobden Centre
by Ralph Benko  

"June 5th was the anniversary of the birth of John Maynard Keynes, once upon a time the great foe of the gold standard. Today also, coincidentally, happens to be the anniversary of the date celebrated of FDR's 'taking America off the gold standard.' These events are not mere historical curios. The current presidential campaign, and underlying political climate, shows we are finally, maybe definitively, emerging from the academic economists' anathema on the gold standard. Considering how badly the economy is doing -- and has been doing for 16 years -- this is a very good thing." (06/22/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/06/donald-trump-the-gold-standard-maynard-keynes-and-our-madmen-in-authority/  

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Defying the Health Nazis’ edicts

June 22, 2016
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"The June 3 Pahrump Valley Times -- on the front page, no less -- declared 'Nevada senior citizens' health near bottom.' I had not realized our emaciated oldsters are so near death they can barely crawl to the phone to call for help -- apparently suffering from a lack of proper nutrition and medical care at a level only slightly better than such notoriously impoverished corners of the Hookworm Belt as Holmes County, Mississippi. (Are we at least still doing better than the chronic alcoholics of that 'Workers' Paradise,' the former Soviet Union?) In fact, reading further, we learn the report in question actually found 'a low prevalence of falls among seniors and a low rate of preventable hospitalizations.'" (06/21/16)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=3231  

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New York state’s Airbnb ban demonstrates how regulation actually works

June 22, 2016
posted by

Cathy Reisenwitz Foundation for Economic Education
by Cathy Reisenwitz  

"The New York State Senate recently effectively banned Airbnb in the state. SB S6340A makes advertising short-term rentals (less than 30 days) of entire homes illegal. Short-term rentals definitely raise legitimate safety and nuisance concerns for neighbors. But these can easily be dealt with privately with homeowners' associations and lease agreements. Unfortunately, legal restrictions on short-term rentals are, in practice, pure rent seeking on the part of the hotel industry and leave consumers considerably worse off." (06/22/16)

https://fee.org/articles/new-york-state-s-airbnb-ban-demonstrates-how-regulation-actually-works/  

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“No fly, no buy” proposal takes away gun rights first, asks questions later (maybe)

June 22, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Yesterday Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) supposedly unveiled her compromise bill aimed at stopping suspected terrorists from buying guns. I say 'supposedly' because as I write the text of her Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act is not available on her website yet, and the summary she is offering adds little to what we knew before her press conference. In particular, it does not say what the government must do to permanently deprive someone of his Second Amendment rights, which is the central issue raised by legislation of this kind." (06/22/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/06/22/no-fly-no-buy-proposal-takes-away-gun-ri  

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The Tom Woods Show, episode 685

June 22, 2016
posted by

The Tom Woods Show The Tom Woods Show
by  

"Today four guests of varying perspectives -- Jeff Deist, Dr. Mary Ruwart, Tom Mullen, and Jason Rink -- join me to discuss the Libertarian Party and the prospects for the Johnson/Weld ticket." [various formats] (06/21/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-685-roundtable-the-libertarian-party-its-present-and-future/  

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The Jason Stapleton Program, 06/21/16

June 22, 2016
posted by

The Jason Stapleton Program
by  

"I'm light on show notes this today. I have to work quick so I can get out of the studio at a decent time but today we're going to be talking about a couple of court decisions that further illustrate the show erosion of our constitutional liberty." [various formats] (06/21/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/supreme-court-says-its-ok-to-use-illegal-evidence-to-convict-criminals/  

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They can’t keep you safe

June 22, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"By now Americans should realize that the federal government cannot keep them safe from a terrorist attack. Despite all the emergency, totalitarian, police-state measures U.S. officials have taken since 9/11, there are all those people in Orlando who are dead or injured. Same with Boston, San Bernardino, and Ft. Hood. The USA PATRIOT Act. The telecom felony scandal. The NDAA. The power to assassinate Americans. The power to torture Americans. The power to incarcerate Americans without trial or due process of law. The NSA's massive secret surveillance schemes. The quest to kill all the terrorists in the world before they can come and get us. All these 'emergency' powers are characteristic of totalitarian, police-state regimes, including communist ones. They have all been adopted by the U.S. national-security state, with the aim of keeping Americans safe from the terrorists. What good were they to the victims in Orlando and elsewhere? No good at all." (06/22/16)

http://fff.org/2016/06/22/cant-keep-safe/  

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Free Talk Live, 06/21/16

June 22, 2016
posted by

Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"Teen Sues Cops Over Breathalyzer :: Red Light Cameras :: Sarah Lies Again :: Porcfest :: Arcade City Drivers' Cars Targeted in Sting in Austin :: Young People's Knowledge About Rights :: Drinking Too Much :: Managers Destroying Meaningfullness :: Robots and Rights :: Laws of Robotics." [Flash audio or MP3] (06/21/16)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2016-06-21  

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Just another day in regulated Europe

June 22, 2016
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Louis Rouanet  

"It had been a peaceful night in Europe where all the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the children are above average. Martin woke up on his EU regulated bed and looked through his EU regulated window. This night, Martin had slept like a baby thanks to the 109 EU regulations concerning pillows, the 5 EU regulations concerning pillow cases, and the 50 EU laws regulating duvets and sheets. Martin went to brush his teeth with his toothbrush regulated by 31 EU laws. After that, our EU-regulated man went to his EU regulated kitchen to grab a Class 1 EU regulated apple." (06/22/16)

https://mises.org/blog/just-another-day-regulated-europe  

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Utah v. Strieff: SCOTUS fuels a dangerous fire

June 22, 2016
posted by

Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The US Supreme Court's majority opinion in Utah v. Strieff, issued on June 20, is the latest in a long line of rulings expanding the powers of police at the expense of everyone else. Such expansions represent a clear and present danger to the public ... and when resistance to the abuses they encourage explodes into open violence, as it surely will sooner or later, to police themselves." (06/21/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6431  

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“If you’re living a normal life, you have nothing to worry about.”

June 22, 2016
posted by

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"Whether we are 'living a normal life' ('normal' by some standards other than our own) increasingly determines whether we can get a job, rent an apartment, be accepted into an educational program, or get financing. In the future, if there's no iron will to change the stupidity, data and the way it's parsed will determine even more about how we are 'allowed' to function -- or not function. Yes, this sort of covert social engineering has been going on for some time. Obscenities like TSA profiling and denying various must-have functions to anyone without government ID have been obvious, longstanding ways of sujugating and manipulating us. But now we are talking about the private sector -- banks and apartment owners and schools and prospective employers having, thanks to data-pedlars, an even more pervasive and unjust control over our lives." (06/21/16)

http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/ClaireWolfe/2016/06/21/if-youre-living-a-normal-life-you-have-nothing-to-worry-about/  

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The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 39

June 22, 2016
posted by

The LAVA Flow Podcast The LAVA Flow Podcast
by  

"In this fortnight's episode, The Unfit to Exist Edition, we talk about why the Constitution is useless at protecting gun rights, What's in the News with stories on the shooting in Orlando, e-cig update, prison, TSA, and legalized theft, and an Ancap App segment on a pretty cool cryptocurrency wallet, Jaxx." [various formats] (06/21/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/unfit-exist-edition/  

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What will gun controllers do when Americans ignore an “assault weapons” ban?

June 22, 2016
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Prohibition was kneecapped by Americans' widespread refusal to stop producing, selling, and drinking booze. Millions of Americans smoked marijuana decades before majority sentiment creeped toward legalizing the stuff. Gays and lesbians not only surreptitiously lived and loved when they were targeted by the law -- they also famously (and righteously) stomped cops who raided the Stonewall Inn, ultimately precipitating liberalization. And restrictions on exporting encryption were eased only after cryptographers illegally exported code -- even printing it on T-shirts as an act of civil disobedience. But in the wake of Omar Mateen's bloody rampage in Orlando, gun control advocates think that overcoming the passionate opposition of firearms owners and imposing a ban on a difficult to define class of 'assault weapons' is a swell idea whose time has come. This prohibition will somehow be different." (06/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/21/what-will-gun-controllers-do-when-americ  

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A week in the life of the American police state

June 22, 2016
posted by

John W. Whitehead LewRockwell.com
by John W Whitehead  

"If you've been caught up in the circus that is the presidential election, you've likely missed the latest news about all the ways in which the government continues to erode our freedoms, undermine our sovereignty, abuse our trust, invade our homes, invade our privacy, destroy our property, hijack our bank accounts, and generally render itself above the law. Then again, this is all par for the course from a militaristic government that is armed to the teeth, wages war against its own people, imprisons its citizens for profit, marches in lockstep with the corporate elite, and treats human beings as little more than cattle to be branded, bought, sold and butchered. The following incidents constitute a typical week in the life of the American police state." (06/21/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/john-w-whitehead/us-copstapo/  

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