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No, Cameron, you can never have “too much” tolerance

May 19, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Frank Furedi  

"If there is one genuine and powerful value associated with the British liberal-democratic tradition, it is tolerance. It was the seventeenth-century English philosopher John Locke who first put forward a clear argument for the liberal ideal of tolerance. Locke's call for tolerance sought to protect religious belief from state coercion. Over the centuries, this affirmation of religious tolerance has expanded to allow the free expression of opinions, beliefs and behaviour associated with individual conscience. Tolerance is intimately connected to the assertion of the most basic dimension of freedom: the freedom of belief and of conscience." (05/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kkxwh6f  

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The NLRB’s emerging, disastrous joint-employer cases

May 19, 2015
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Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Aloysius Hogan  

"Franchise businesses provide us food, tax preparation, daycare, and gasoline. Many of us have worked a temporary job or know someone who has. Businesses commonly outsource accounting, human resources, and cleaning. Our cars are manufactured with parts sourced from smaller businesses. Our homes are constructed with subcontractors plumbing the bathrooms and wiring the fixtures. All are at risk from Obama administration overreach to redefine who our employers are." (05/19/15)

https://cei.org/content/nlrbs-emerging-disastrous-joint-employer-cases  

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Equality

May 19, 2015
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Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"There are two levels where we can all be equal: dead or on life support. Everywhere else, we are going to have differences." (05/19/15)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2015/05/19/equality/  

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The Republican Party must evolve or die

May 19, 2015
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Josh Guckert  

"Voters, particularly those younger ones, were looking for something new when they voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Republicans had an opportunity to answer these complaints in 2012, but instead ran Mitt Romney, a candidate who epitomized the same failed Republican attempts of the Roosevelt era: a nominee who offered nothing novel or different. It is for this reason that Republicans must find a new path to the presidency in 2016. They must not attempt to merely resurrect Reagan’s 1980 platform and think that this will win the White House." (05/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/la8aq3x  

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Government regulation and economic stagnation

May 19, 2015
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Peter St. Onge Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Peter St. Onge  

"One of the more interesting economic debates in the past couple of decades is why the economy is slowing down. Since 2000, per capita GDP growth in the US has been 0.9 percent per year, compared to 2.3 percent per year in the previous fifty years. This is a big difference: at 2.3 percent growth we double in wealth every generation. At 0.9 percent it takes us close to a century to double. So why the slowdown?" (05/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mslslyl  

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The last defenders of the NSA

May 19, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf  

"The NSA program that logs the phone records of innocent Americans has reached a turning point. A federal appeals court has ruled that it was never authorized by Congress. The Patriot Act provision wrongly said to authorize it is also about to expire. And the House of Representatives passed a bill that would shutter the program. Its defenders are therefore pressed, as never before, to make their case." (05/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mc76a3z  

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The CIA and the myths of the bin Laden raid

May 19, 2015
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Peter Maass  

"If you read the sketchy New York Times article on the Delta Force raid into Syria a few days ago -- how an ISIS leader was killed when he 'tried to engage' American commandos while his fighters used women and children as shields, and an 18-year-old slave was freed with no civilian casualties thanks to 'very precise fire' -- you can be forgiven for thinking, 'Haven't I seen this movie before?' You probably have, and it was called 'Zero Dark Thirty,' the film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, written by Mark Boal and backed with gusto by the Central Intelligence Agency." (05/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k2tzwnz  

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The Libertarian Angle, 05/19/15

May 19, 2015
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by  

"Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger discusses the hot topics of the day. This week, Jacob and guest co-host Jefferson Morley discuss the JFK assassination and the files about the assassination that the U.S. government still keeps secret." [Flash video] (05/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lkcpeb7  

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Are Monsanto’s worst fears coming true?

May 19, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Jonathan Latham  

"The decision of the Chipotle restaurant chain to make its product lines GMO-free is not most people's idea of a world-historic event. Especially since Chipotle, by US standards, is not a huge operation. A clear sign that the move is significant, however, is that Chipotle's decision was met with a tidal-wave of establishment media abuse. ... A business deciding to give consumers what they want was surely never so contentious. The media lynching of Chipotle has an explanation that is important to the future of GMOs. The cause of it is that there has long been an incipient crack in the solid public front that the food industry has presented on the GMO issue." (05/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/le4qoz3  

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The EPA myth of “clean power”

May 19, 2015
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Alan Caruba Heartland Institute
by Alan Caruba  

"There are many things I do not like about the Environmental Protection Agency, but what angers me most are the lies that stream forth from it to justify programs that have no basis in fact or science and which threaten the economy. Currently, its 'Clean Power' plan is generating its latest and most duplicitous Administer, Gina McCarthy, to go around saying that it will not be costly, nor cost jobs." (05/18/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/05/the-epa-myth-of-clean-power/  

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Jeb Bush learned nothing from Iraq

May 19, 2015
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Among Republicans, there has never been much interest in acknowledging what a catastrophe the Iraq war was. In 2012, Rick Perry said the U.S. should send troops back to Iraq. In 2008, Mike Huckabee was still insisting Hussein might have had WMDs .... In 2012, Mitt Romney affirmed, 'It was the right decision to go into Iraq.' Some current candidates have been a bit less enthusiastic. Ted Cruz tiptoed, noting that WMDs were the reason for our invasion. 'Without that predicate, it is difficult to imagine the decision would have been made to go into Iraq, and that predicate proved erroneous,' he said, in a masterpiece of sterile verbosity. Marco Rubio said he would not have attacked Iraq based on today's knowledge -- though in March, he defended the invasion. But neither they nor any of the others -- with the obvious exception of Rand Paul -- have renounced the basic worldview that produced it. The Republicans almost unanimously favor an aggressive stance based on brawny slogans and an assumption of American omnipotence." (05/1815)

http://bit.ly/1S1uSLz  

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Pity the poor stormtroopers: Baby Bou-Bou ambushed them

May 19, 2015
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"Bou-Bou Phonesavanh was barely a year and a half old, just learning to walk, and unable to speak, but those limitations didn't stop him from engaging in 'deliberate, criminal conduct' that justified the 2:00 a.m. no-knock SWAT raid in which he was nearly killed. The act of sleeping in a room about to be breached by a SWAT team constituted 'criminal' conduct on the part of the infant. At the very least, the infant was fully liable for the nearly fatal injuries inflicted on him when Habersham County Sheriff's Deputy Charles Long blindly heaved a flash-bang grenade -- a 'destructive device,' as described by the ATF, that when detonated burns at 2,000-3,500 degrees Fahrenheit -- into the crib. ... This is the defense presented by Haberham County Sheriff Joey Terrell and his comrades in their reply to a federal lawsuit filed last February on behalf of Bou-Bou Phonesavanh and his family." (05/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l59fjav  

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Why soldiers lie

May 19, 2015
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by William S Lind  

"Since the year began I have had opportunities to visit several American military units and schools. What I found was encouraging. A growing number of officers and staff NCOs accept the painful fact that we have lost two wars. They know we need to change if we are not to lose more. Finally, they have come to understand that their services' senior leaders, their top generals, do not much care about winning or losing. To them, military defeat is irrelevant because the money keeps flowing. The only war the generals care about is the budget war. The senior military leadership is facing a crisis of legitimacy and does not know it." (05/18/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-soldiers-lie/  

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Shame on you! How self-righteous voters create silent majorities

May 19, 2015
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by BK Marcus  

"'Believe it or not,' the gym teacher told me, 'I voted for Reagan.' 'You did what!' said my young teenage self. He looked sheepish. 'Yeah, that really tells you how awful the economy is.' I couldn't make sense of his answer. Mr. Z, my gym teacher throughout middle school, seemed to be saying that, while he preferred to vote for Democrats, the Republicans were right about economic policy." (05/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lenufx7  

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Free Talk Live, 05/18/15

May 19, 2015
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Free Talk Live Free Talk LIve
by  

"CIA Whistleblower out of Prison, Says Torture Continuing :: Young Men and Video Games and Porn :: Controversial School Outreach Back in Keene Area :: Pledge of Allegiance Controversy Continues :: Meaning of the Flag :: School Newspaper Weighs In, Waves Flag :: Boston Bombing :: Bad Activism?" [Flash audio or MP3] (05/18/15)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2015-05-18  

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Why everyone wants military budget to be bigger

May 19, 2015
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Now that we've finally (almost) clarified who would have invaded Iraq and who wouldn't have, it's time for a little perspective. Yes, it's a good thing that elite Republicans are moving toward agreeing with the rest of us that invading Iraq was a mistake, even if they base their argument on the myth of 'faulty intelligence.' But there's another consensus in Washington, one that says that our military should never be anything short of gargantuan, ready to start more wars whenever a future George W. Bush wants to." [editor's note: Or Ted Cruz, or Hillary Clinton, or JEB Bush ... or pretty much anyone running? - SAT] (05/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n5tlyxv  

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How to reclaim Iraq’s Ramadi from Islamic State

May 19, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Hayder Al-Khoei  

"The fall of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest province, is a major defeat for the Iraqi security forces. It follows a period in which a number of strategic advances have been made by Iraqi forces elsewhere in the north and east of the war-torn country. Dreams of an offensive to defeat Islamic State in Mosul this year will now be crushed. Iraq will instead focus its resources and attention on liberating Ramadi, which lies just 60 miles to the east of Baghdad. The complex realities on the ground will also lead to difficult choices being made on all sides of the conflict." (05/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lql836p  

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The problem is the state not the standard

May 19, 2015
posted by

Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance  

"The Federal Denture Act (18 USC 1821), enacted in 1942 and amended in 1996 (PL 104-294) and 2002 (PL 107-273), prohibits the interstate transport 'by mail or otherwise' of 'any set of artificial teeth or prosthetic dental appliance or other denture' made by an unlicensed dentist. Violators are subject to a fine and/or imprisonment of not more than one year. But it's not just Americans' false teeth that the federal government is concerned about." (05/18/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/problem-state-not-standard/  

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Morsi death sentence: A judgment on western liberals

May 19, 2015
posted by

spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"In June 2012, Mohamed Morsi, a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood and then chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party, became Egypt's first freely elected president. The significance of this moment shouldn't be downplayed. If the Egyptian uprising in early 2011 brought an end to decades of often brutal military dictatorship, then the presidential elections the following year were meant to be the start of a freer, more democratic future. Morsi may have been far from a universally popular candidate, but, with 52 per cent of the vote, there was no doubt he was the legitimate victor. Now, less than three years on from what was meant to be Egypt's democratic dawn, Morsi has been sentenced to death." (05/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kwsh5zm  

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Why US spent billions on army that conscripted children

May 19, 2015
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In These Times In These Times
by Nick Turse  

"I didn’t really think he was going to shoot me. There was no anger in his eyes. His finger may not have been anywhere near the trigger. He didn’t draw a bead on me. Still, he was a boy and he was holding an AK-47 and it was pointed in my direction. It was unnerving. I don’t know how old he was. I’d say 16, though maybe he was 18 or 19. But there were a few soldiers nearby who looked even younger -- no more than 15. When I was their age, I wasn’t trusted to drive, vote, drink, get married, gamble in a casino, serve on a jury, rent a car, or buy a ticket to an R-rated movie. It was mandatory for me to be in school. The law decreed just how many hours I could work and prohibited my employment in jobs deemed too dangerous for kids (like operating mixing machines in bakeries, or repairing elevators). No one, I can say with some certainty, would have thought it a good idea to put an automatic weapon in my hands." (05/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k6dc27z  

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Freedom Feens Radio, 05/18/15

May 19, 2015
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Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio
by  

"Derrick J lies down on the Feen Couch and pours his heart out while Dr. Chandler psychoanalyzes and cures him of his fear of love and commitment. They also talk about Chandler St. Pierre’s recent trip to a Saul Williams show where he was moved by the power of art and the spoken word. What should you put in a bug-out bag? The Feens have you covered. We give you the knowledge and survival tips you need to weather any disaster. Don't forget your guns! Keep your gat intact!" [Flash audio or MP3] (05/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ksqbczr  

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Bosses turning poverty-wage workers into “managers” … with no overtime

May 19, 2015
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Michelle Chen The Nation
by Michelle Chen  

"If you’re one of the millions working in retail, some days you might work late at the register or do the store opening in hopes of clocking a little overtime pay. And you might hope to eventually rise to a higher-ranked managerial position. But did you know that promotion might just mean a smaller paycheck for the same job? Welcome to the promotion from hell: Federal law says time-and-a-half is for ordinary laborers, and management is exempt from overtime provisions. So congratulations, as a shop 'manager,' you no longer qualify for overtime -- but still end up doing basically the same work for less." (05/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/laf6fsf  

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Shocking data on wealth inequality

May 19, 2015
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Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner  

"Imagine living in a country where the top 30% of the population had roughly 25 times as much wealth per person as the bottom 30% of the population. That seems pretty unequal, doesn't it? Now suppose the same statistics applied, but every person at any given age had exactly the same wealth. All 18 year olds had the same wealth as other members of their cohort, as did all 60 year olds. But 18 year olds had much less wealth than 60 year olds. Now how would you feel about the data? Does that sort of society seem highly unequal? Not to me, indeed in a sense there'd be no inequality at all; each person would experience the exact same wealth trajectory over the course of their life." (05/18/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/05/shocking_new_da.html  

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Tubman belongs on $20 bill

May 19, 2015
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USA Today USA Today
by DeWayne Wickham  

"Let's do this. Put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. It's time for the face of this nation's currency to catch up with the great changes this country has undergone since the end of the Jim Crow era. Putting the no-nonsense image of Tubman, a black woman who served her people as a conductor of the Underground Railroad -- and served her country as a Union Army spy during the Civil War -- would be a powerful reflection of that change. With the exception of Abraham Lincoln, the white men on the face of every denomination of our nation's paper currency, from the $1 to $100 bills, had a hand in slavery." (05/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m4p6y9b  

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Jeb Bush and Dubya

May 19, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by John Cole  

Cartoon. (05/17/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/05/jeb-bush-and-dubyah/  

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