The black market prevails

June 23, 2016
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)  

Marc Allan Feldman, 1959-2016

June 23, 2016
Cleveland Plain Dealer    

"A Cleveland Clinic doctor who recently lost a bid for the Libertarian Party's nomination for president was found dead Wednesday in a Brook Park motel, the party confirmed. Marc A. Feldman, 56, of Beachwood was found at the America's Best Value Inn in the 14000 block of Brookpark Road. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office has not released an official cause of death." (06/23/16)  

UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile launches

June 23, 2016
swissinfo [Switzerland]    

"The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned North Korea's most recent ballistic missile launches as a grave violation of an international ban and called on the 193 U.N. member states to enforce toughened sanctions on the Asian state. North Korea, or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, launched what appeared to be an intermediate-range missile on Wednesday to a high altitude in the direction of Japan before it plunged into the sea about two hours after a similar test failed." (06/23/16)  

NSG: Great Wall of China holds on despite Modi pressure

June 23, 2016
The New Indian Express [India]    

"India's calibrated diplomatic manoeuvre to generate consensus in Seoul via Tashkent for entry into the elite club of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on Thursday was thwarted by a group of countries led by China despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging Beijing to support the emerging consensus. According to government sources, Brazil, Austria, New Zealand, Ireland and Turkey along with China resisted the entry of Non-NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) members into NSG during the three-hour-long special session in the South Korean capital." (06/23/16)  

Trump campaign says candidate will forgive millions in loans

June 23, 2016
ABC News     ABC News

"Donald Trump is promising to say goodbye to all the money he's loaned his campaign. Trump has largely self-funded his presidential bid, to the tune of $45.7 million as of the most recent filings. That money was given to the campaign as zero-interest loans, and the prospect has loomed that Trump could be repaid by the campaign, with money raised elsewhere. That won't happen, his campaign said today. ... Financial disclosures covering this month haven't yet been released, but Trump's campaign hinted indirectly in its statement that the candidate has invested more money since Jun 1. Trump will have to file a signed statement to the FEC to officially forgive the loans." (06/23/16)  

Germany: Movie theater attacker shot dead by police

June 23, 2016
New York Daily News    

"German police shot and killed a gun-toting man Thursday after the masked attacker stormed a movie theater and opened fire, police said. None of the moviegoers was shot, although as many as 25 people may have been injured by tear gas, local media reported. ... Officials have not released the attacker’s identity or detailed his possible motive, but German security agents said the attack was not likely tied to terrorism." (06/23/16)  

Volkswagen to pay $10 billion to US diesel owners

June 23, 2016
Detroit News    

"Volkswagen will reportedly pay up to $7,000 apiece to owners of its diesel cars that were rigged to cheat U.S. emission standards under a $10 billion settlement that is scheduled to be submitted to a federal judge next week. The payouts will go to 482,000 owners of U.S. diesel vehicles on which the automaker installed software to skirt federal emission rules, according to Bloomberg News and the Associated Press, which cited unnamed sources. Payments reportedly will range from $1,000 to $7,000, depending on the vehicle's age and other factors. Prices for used VW diesels have fallen 19 percent since the scandal broke, according to Kelley Blue Book. And it's expected that some cars can't be retrofitted to meet emission standards." (06/23/16)  

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