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STOP Rule 41 — FBI should not get legal power to hack computers worldwide

June 25, 2016
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The Hacker News
by Mohit Kumar  

"We have been hearing a lot about Rule 41 after the US Department of Justice has pushed an update to the rule. The change to the Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure grants the FBI much greater powers to hack legally into any computer across the country, and perhaps anywhere in the world, with just a single search warrant authorized by any US judge. However, both civil liberties groups and tech companies have blasted the proposed change, saying it is an affront to the Fourth Amendment and would allow the cops and Feds in America to hack remotely into people's computers and phones around the world." (06/23/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/06/fbi-hack-rule-41.html  

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Democratic Party’s socialist Bernie Sanders is a libertarian?

June 24, 2016
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"During this slog toward Election 2016 many people seem to find it even more difficult to understand and apply definitions to seemingly easy to understand words. As an example, The Baltimore Sun recently published an opinion piece in which someone named Nancy Spies referred to Bernie Sanders as a 'libertarian.' 'Sanders suddenly had a change of heart last year and became a born-again Democrat,' she wrote. 'It seems a rather sneaky way to get one's lifelong Libertarian views more exposure but you have to say, Well played, Senator Sanders.'" (06/24/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/democratic-party-s-socialist-bernie-sanders-is-a-libertarian  

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Magic wands aren’t an option

June 23, 2016
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Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"Statists desperately want a magic wand. They insist on being handed one. Reality doesn't make them happy, and they don't want to hear it. If they are to consider letting go of the cult of Statism, they insist on everything being magically fixed in its absence. Fixed in a way they can understand and approve of. Instantly. You can point out the failures of statism, but because you admit that Utopia isn't going to come about in its absence, they refuse to budge. As has been pointed out, government could never live up to the standard they insist on imposing on a free society." (06/23/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/06/magic-wands-arent-option.html  

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Jim Crow is alive and well and attending the University of Texas

June 23, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"When the expression 'race-conscious' crosses my field of view, it's usually a safe bet that the person using it is a 'white supremacist' or 'white separatist' chiding those of similar skin tone for not joining him in his dislike of those of darker hue. And usually the vast majority of us see that for what it is and reject it, as we should. Usually. But not when racial quotas and set-asides come up for consideration in the courts. Then racism suddenly becomes not just acceptable but mandatory, or at least de rigueur, in stark contrast to Dr. Martin Luther King's call for a society where we are judged on the content of our characters rather than on the color of our skins." (06/23/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6460  

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Should Congress legally require every American to OWN a gun?

June 23, 2016
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Perry Willis  

"This chart suggests that increased gun ownership could lead to fewer murders. There's even a cause-and-effect theory to account for this ... As bad people learn that good people have guns the bad people become more cautious. It makes sense. But is it true? Who knows? There are way too many variables ... just as there are too many variables unaccounted for in the stats the gun controllers like to use. But ... What if we used stats the way statists do? In that case, we would argue that ... Our chart justifies a law requiring all Americans to OWN a gun." (06/23/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/should-congress-legally-require-every-american-to-own-a-gun  

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The black market prevails

June 23, 2016
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Agorism, unlike political action, works as a strategy for weakening the State because it relies on activities people do already. While the State can increase its efforts to stop unapproved transactions it is still an organization of a few people trying to outwit the entirety of humanity. Needless to say, the odds of the State effectively thwarting the black market are approximately zero." (06/23/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/06/23/the-black-market-prevails-2/  

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“No fly, no buy” means no freedom

June 23, 2016
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Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano  

"The people in the government who want to control our personal choices are the enemies of freedom. And the enemies of freedom can be very clever and seductive. Last week, these folks, manifesting their lust to keep us dependent upon the government by rejecting the natural right to self-defense, coined a clever phrase: 'No fly, no buy.' It sounds rational, yet it rejects core American values." (06/23/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/andrew-p-napolitano/no-fly-no-buy/  

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Reboot the world

June 23, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Paul Ford  

"First a refresher: Ashley Madison is a web site that helps you have affairs. You enter your personal information and the site lets you look at other people who have also entered their information. Then you can make arrangements to have sex with these other people. And because it is digital, it felt anonymous, which meant you could structure the social interactions so that no one in your immediate vicinity (spouse, children) would ever know. Ashley Madison is a heavily advertised digital product, and until the leak it was doing pretty well. Roughly 35 million people had signed up, and presumably more than one of them had sexual intercourse without the knowledge of their spouses (by which I mean wives -- the users were overwhelmingly men). Then it all went pear-shaped. One day last summer, an individual or individuals known as 'The Impact Team' determined that all of the information in the Ashley Madison database should be made public." (06/22/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/133889/reboot-world  

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Taking the low road on free trade

June 23, 2016
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Chris Baecker  

"Resistance to free trade has typically been found in the Democratic Party. Its union supporters fret about their jobs being 'shipped overseas,' and environmentalists express concerns about trading with countries that lack 'adequate' protections thereof. A few decades ago, that bloc was countered by the relatively more market-friendly Democratic Leadership Council, whose influence peaked with the election of Bill Clinton as president. Remaining democratic opposition was joined by a couple of protesters from the center-right, H. Ross Perot and Patrick Buchanan. ... Nowadays, the DLC is defunct (2011) while the spirit of Messrs. Perot and Buchanan has morphed into this election season's wild card, Donald Trump." (06/23/16)

https://fee.org/articles/taking-the-low-road-on-free-trade/  

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Nice guys finish third: Gary Johnson’s awkward night

June 23, 2016
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Reason Reason
by Matt Welch  

"In order to be 'likable,' the LP candidate threw away opportunities to define himself better and to explain the differences between libertarian pragmatism and idealism." (06/23/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/06/23/nice-guys-finish-third-gary-johnsons-awk  

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Digs at the gig economy

June 23, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"P2P online cooperation is revolutionary. And 'progressives' are stuck in the past, itching to suppress that revolution. ... Par for the course: the Internet provides more opportunity than ever, and all some progressives see are the old socialist fears of 'exploitation' and 'greed' ... while they greedily suck up to unions and special interests." (06/23/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/06/23/digs-at-the-gig-economy/  

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War: True conservatism’s mortal enemy

June 23, 2016
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Reformed Libertarian
by Ben Lewis  

"What do conservatives believe in? Ask a conservative today, and you’ll likely hear words like freedom, faith and family. But usually at the top of the list will be something like 'a strong military' or 'national defense.' Boiled down to their essence, these terms embody a single idea: war. Conservative believe in war. They regard it highly, not only as a method of defense but also as a tool for molding the world in America's image. Hence the talk in conservative circles of using force to crush ideologies or to 'bring democracy to the world.' The irony of conservatives' attitudes toward war is that war is inherently unconservative." (06/23/16)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/articles/philosophy/war-true-conservatisms-mortal-enemy/  

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Trump’s vote-winning strategy: Attack Muslims

June 23, 2016
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Reuters Reuters
by Mohamad Bazzi  

"Donald Trump prides himself on not backing down from any fight or controversial position. Hours after the Orlando nightclub mass shooting on June 12, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee doubled down on his plan to ban Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. He also renewed his call for U.S. law enforcement agencies to use greater racial profiling, especially of Muslim Americans. ... In December, Trump shocked the world when he called for the ban on all Muslim travelers entering the United States -- until American leaders 'can figure out what the hell is going on.' Throughout the campaign, Trump has advocated increased surveillance of Muslim American communities and mosques. He also said he would consider registering Muslim Americans in a database, or requiring Muslims to carry special identification cards." (06/22/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-islam-commentary-idUSKCN0Z82H4  

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How they could confiscate your AR-15

June 23, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Anyone who thinks it would be difficult for U.S. officials to confiscate people's AR-15s and other semi-automatic weapons forgets how they confiscated everyone's gold coins in the 1930s. It would be as easy to confiscate guns as it was to confiscate gold coins. To get people's gold coins, they didn't send swarms of federal agents across the land to conduct warrantless searches of people's homes, businesses, and safety deposit boxes. Instead, they simply made it a felony offense to own gold coins, notwithstanding the fact that under the U.S. Constitution gold coins had been the official money of the United States for more than a century." (06/23/16)

http://fff.org/2016/06/23/confiscate-ar-15/  

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Will Bernie Sanders voters support Hillary Clinton?

June 23, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Clare Foran  

"Democratic Party power brokers are rallying around Hillary Clinton, calling for unity and a focus on defeating Donald Trump. Are Bernie Sanders supporters willing to do the same? A Bloomberg article published Wednesday warns that 'nearly half of Sanders supporters won't support Clinton.'" [editor's note: I'm surprised that more than half WILL support her - TLK] (06/23/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/bernie-or-bust-clinton/488276/  

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I don’t want a gun. That has nothing to do with whether you should own one

June 23, 2016
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National Review
by Andrew Badinelli  

"I'm not a gun nut. I have never fired a gun, nor do I own one, and I don't intend to ever do either. Guns never fascinated me as a super hero-loving kid, and they certainly don't interest me now. In fact, I happen to be repulsed by the idea of hunting for sport. On paper, I might seem likely to be an enthusiastic cheerleader for Chris Murphy, my senator from Connecticut, as he leads the charge in the Senate for stricter gun control. But I'm not. That's because my personal feelings about whether I want to own a gun are not pertinent to that debate." (06/23/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/436972/gun-control-arguments-second-amendment-orlando-terror-watch-list  

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Clinton e-mail on Libyan conquest: We came, we saw, we got oil

June 23, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ann Garrison  

"Most anyone paying serious attention knew that there was a lot of blood for oil involved in the NATO War on Libya but now we have confirmation in the Wikileaks searchable database of Hillary Clinton's private e-mails, which were made available in response to a Freedom of Information Act request." (06/23/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/23/clinton-e-mail-on-libyan-conquest-we-came-we-saw-we-got-oil/  

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The Tom Woods Show, episode 686

June 23, 2016
posted by

The Tom Woods Show The Tom Woods Show
by  

"John Tamny and I discuss the Fed and its record, along with money, credit, and the economy in general. We also get into a dispute over fractional-reserve banking. Check it out!" [various formats] (06/22/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-686-we-dont-need-the-fed-a-central-planning-agency/  

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Trump, Guns & Lies, Incorporated

June 23, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan  

"In the aftermath of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, it shouldn't surprise us that Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, responded with a lie. Or two, depending how you measure. After all, Trump’s entire campaign is built on lies, whether about the number of undocumented immigrants (11 million, not 34 million, as Trump claims), his Democratic opponent's position on the Second Amendment or the reaction of Jersey City Muslims to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In fact, it could be said that Trump's 2016 campaign began with his Big Lie in 2011, when he threw in with the birthers who claim, against copious evidence to the contrary, that Barack Obama was not born in the United States." (06/22/16)

http://prospect.org/article/trump-guns-and-lies-incorporated  

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Brexit: Individualism > Nationalism > Globalism

June 23, 2016
posted by

Jeff Deist Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jeff Deist  

"Globalism, championed almost exclusively by political and economic elites, has been the dominant force in the West for a hundred years. World War I and the League of Nations established the framework for multinational military excursions, while the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank set the stage for the eventual emergence of the US dollar as a worldwide reserve currency. Progressive government programs in Western countries promised a new model for universalism and peace in the aftermath of the destruction of Europe. Human rights, democracy, and enlightened social views were now to serve as hallmarks of a post-monarchical Europe and rising US. But globalism was never liberalism, nor was it intended to be by its architects." (06/23/16)

https://mises.org/blog/brexit-individualism-nationalism-globalism-0  

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The uneasy relationship between progressivism and freedom

June 23, 2016
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Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"The United States was founded on an ideology that viewed the role of government as the protection of individual rights. That view of government was pushed aside by the ideology of Progressivism toward the end of the 1800s. The Progressive ideology envisions a government that not only protects individual rights but also looks out for people's economic well-being." (06/22/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/06/22/the-uneasy-relationship-between-progressivism-and-freedom/  

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How fear won in Britain

June 23, 2016
posted by

The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Freddy Gray  

"It now looks as if the killing of Jo Cox has tipped wavering voters decisively toward the Remain campaign. The pro-EU side looks all but certain to win tomorrow. Perhaps that is wrong. Perhaps Leave will surprise the pundits and pollsters by pulling off a shock victory. Or perhaps single events, however disturbing, do not really swing elections, and Remain was always bound to win. They have maintained a consistent overall advantage in the polls all year, after all. Within hours of Jo Cox being killed ... Leave was tarred as hate-peddling and racist, and the Remainians were energized. They were the forces of tolerance and progress. The speed and cynicism with which Remain has taken advantage has been breathtaking." (06/23/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-fear-won-in-britain/  

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Throwing money at a problem? OCR shouldn’t get a budget increase for breaking the law

June 23, 2016
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Alex Morey  

"Last week, The Huffington Post's Tyler Kingkade took a look at why the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) fails to regularly report schools being investigated for mishandling sexual harassment cases under Title IX. Kingkade reported that only those cases which deal with sexual assault, a more severe Title IX violation, make the case list OCR gives to the media. He also noted the extreme backlog of Title IX investigations and its impact on students. Certainly, Kingkade's concern over whether sexual misconduct on America's campuses is being adequately addressed is not misplaced. However, he seems to agree with several of his sources who think the solution is increasing OCR's funding for more people and for additional, faster investigations. That assertion extends from the flawed premise that what OCR is doing when it comes to investigating Title IX violations is an appropriate way of addressing sexual assault on campus." (06/22/16)

https://www.thefire.org/throwing-money-at-a-problem-ocr-shouldnt-get-a-budget-increase-for-breaking-the-law/  

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Why today is a great day for democracy

June 23, 2016
posted by

Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"Today is a really good day for democracy. For British voters have been entrusted to make a real decision. A decision that could have a massive impact on both British politics and the global order. Where in recent years voting in General Elections has come to feel routine, and possibly even a little pointless, given you couldn't squeeze so much as a beermat between the policy programmes of the main parties, today's vote feels heavy, solid, like we've been given real democratic responsibility." (06/23/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-today-is-a-great-day-for-democracy/  

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You can’t polish a Trump

June 23, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Jeet Heer  

"With his long-touted anti-Clinton speech on Wednesday morning, Donald Trump came closer than ever to becoming the polished and restrained candidate that the Republican elite have been longing for. What the world saw was, if not a new Trump, at least a more restrained Trump, sticking to the prepared remarks with occasional ad-libs (which often amounted to just repeating some key words for emphasis.) Thematically, the script was tight. It hit hard on the argument that Hillary Clinton 'may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency.' The recycled allegations of corruption (Benghazi, email, Chinese money) were deftly linked to a populist nationalist message about how America is being betrayed by the corporate elite through trade deals that hurt workers." (06/22/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/134549/cant-polish-trump  

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