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      In The News:

      0) RRND/FND Fundraiser -- 2nd Quarter 2007
      1) Iraq: Three US soldiers, two journalists killed
      2) Occupation officals: Taliban have Iran arms
      3) OH: Senate moves to curb land theft powers
      4) Scammers mimic IRS in email scheme
      5) Commission upholds whaling moratorium
      6) Plame sues CIA over memoir
      7) Bush unveils new climate strategy
      8) Sunnis revolt against al-Qaida in Iraq
      9) Friction intensifies between US and Russia
      10) Bush tells Talabani US firm on Iraq aid
      11) Baghdad embassy plans turn up online
      12) NH to ban smoking in bars, restaurants
      13) Thailand: Thaksin supporters rally over ban
      14) IL: City to seize cars over unrelated crimes
      15) UK: Alarm at sudden rise in schools failing inspections
      16) NYC: Taxi license hits record price
      17) VA: Man shoots suspected burglar
      18) Bush envisions 50 more years in Iraq
      19) MA: Heirs on hand, gerrymandering draws a nod
      20) Spammer king busted
      21) TN: Smoking ban passes state House, but exempts bars
      22) NH: Governor signs "civil unions" bill
      23) NASA Chief: What climate problem?
      24) WI: Musician canned for focus on wrong organ
      25) China: Soaring pork prices, no corn for ethanol

      Everybody Has An Opinion:

      26) Open markets, closed borders
      27) Which amendment matters most?
      28) Green Liberty: An idea worth considering, part 2
      29) Human beings are not chess pieces
      30) A new peril from the east?
      31) Lazy Fred
      32) Paying for carbon
      33) Conventional Wisdom strikes back
      34) Money is flooding the world markets
      35) The Genocide Group
      36) Better off Fred?
      37) Turning tar into oil
      38) The water in Ireland
      39) Paying more than ever for gas? Not by buying power
      40) We are all fiscal conservatives now
      41) The making of a gun believer
      42) CBS silences General Dissent
      43) Being hope
      44) Appropriate disillusionment
      45) Which ISPs are spying on you?
      46) "Like little puffs of smoke"
      47) Under pretense of care
      48) Government's War on Terror causes bad breath and "BO"
      49) Congress: Don't interfere with oil and gas ... please!
      50) Three national treasures
      51) Pelosi claims about global warming questionable
      52) In defense of scalping
      53) Silent alarmism: A centennial we could do without
      54) In praise of money
      55) Dying for an Iraq that isn't
      The American Prospect
      56) Compromise or capitulation?
      57) Return surplus to Tennesseans in food tax cut
      58) O'Connor departure from SCOTUS sets back women
      59) Defeating Afghanistan's drug fix
      60) Fearmongering, Bush-style

      See No Evil, Hear No Evil:

      61) Tony Ryan on The Sloan Ranger Show, 06/04/07
      62) The Tom deSabla Show, 06/01/07
      63) Has abundance made us impulsive?
      64) Freedomain Radio #778
      65) Free Talk Live, 05/31/07

      Weekly Symposium:

      66) What's in your wallet?

      What's Up In The Freedom Movement:

      67) Today's events

      WaYbAcK:

      68) The Iron Lady's ascent

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      * In The News
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      0) RRND/FND Fundraiser -- 2nd Quarter 2007

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      1) Iraq: Three US soldiers, two journalists killed
      MSNBC

      "The U.S. military on Thursday reported three U.S. soldiers killed in separate attacks in Baghdad and northwest of the capital. In separate incidents, gunmen broke into the home of a Sunni journalist and killed him and seven family members, while another reporter was slain in southern Iraq, police and medical officials said Wednesday." (05/31/07)

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18949683/

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      2) Occupation officals: Taliban have Iran arms
      CNN

      "Weapons crossing the border from Iran to Afghanistan may be winding up in the hands of the Taliban, the hard-line Islamic militia that is battling U.S.- and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, U.S. and British officials said. Coalition officials in Afghanistan said they have intercepted Iranian-made AK-47s, C-4 plastic explosives and mortars. One explosively-formed penetrator bomb (EFP) that was found can pierce American armor, a NATO official said." (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2rmfgg

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      3) OH: Senate moves to curb land theft powers
      Columbus Dispatch

      "Fearing potential abuse by local officials who might want to turn run-down properties into more-lucrative developments, the Ohio Senate yesterday passed a pair of proposals that would limit government's ability to take land through eminent domain. The measures include a proposed constitutional amendment that, if it passes the House and is approved by Ohio voters in November, would require all cities to adhere to new state private-property laws, regardless of local regulations. ... The House is expected to vote next week on its own eminent-domain proposal, which doesn't go as far as the Senate-passed version, sticking closer to changes recommended by a bipartisan task force." (06/01/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2dyvc7

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      4) Scammers mimic IRS in email scheme
      Houston Chronicle

      "The Internal Revenue Service warned computer users not to fall for phony e-mails that scare people into believing they are under tax investigation -- then give scammers access to their computer hard drives. The tax agency said Thursday that the e-mail claiming to be from IRS Criminal Investigation falsely states that the person is under a criminal probe for submitting a false tax return to the California Franchise Board. Opening up an attachment to learn more about the complaint allows those behind the scam to gain remote access to the computer. The IRS stressed that it does not send out unsolicited e-mails or ask for detailed personal and financial information, including PIN numbers, passwords or other credit card and bank information." [editor's note: Kind of like the local street gang impersonating the mafia, isn't it? - TLK] (06/01/07)

      http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/4851490.html

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      5) Commission upholds whaling moratorium
      CBS News

      "The International Whaling Commission passed a resolution Thursday that upholds a 21-year moratorium on commercial whaling. ... The ban, enacted in 1986, aims to protect several vulnerable species. Pro-whaling nations, including Japan, Norway and Iceland, say populations have rebounded and the ban is no longer necessary. Norway and Iceland do not recognize the ban and conduct commercial whaling." (06/01/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/28pkdu

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      6) Plame sues CIA over memoir
      USA Today

      "Valerie Plame, the former undercover CIA officer whose 2003 exposure touched off a leak investigation, is accusing the government of delaying publication of her new book. Plame and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, sued the CIA in a New York federal court Thursday. They accused the government of illegally refusing to let Plame write about the specific dates she worked for the agency." (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2ln2rn

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      7) Bush unveils new climate strategy
      MSNBC

      "Accused of dragging his feet on global warming, President Bush on Thursday proposed that by 2008 the countries that emit the most greenhouse gases come up with long-term goals to curb emissions. Critics dismissed the strategy as a diversion and a delaying tactic, but some European leaders and a U.N official expressed hope that it might be a first step to more action." (05/31/07)

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18959819/

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      8) Sunnis revolt against al-Qaida in Iraq
      Bozeman Daily Chronicle

      "U.S. troops battled al-Qaida in west Baghdad on Thursday after Sunni Arab residents challenged the militants and called for American help to end furious gunfire that kept students from final exams and forced people in the neighborhood to huddle indoors. Backed by helicopter gunships, U.S. troops joined the two-day battle in the Amariyah district, according to a councilman and other residents of the Sunni district." (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/yo4gz3

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      9) Friction intensifies between US and Russia
      CNN

      "Tensions between the United States and Russia ratcheted up another notch Thursday, with accusations flying over ballistic missiles and human rights. Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Washington of touching off a new arms race with its plans to set up a missile defense shield in Europe. Putin said Russia's testing of new intercontinental and cruise missiles earlier this week was 'aimed at maintaining the balance of forces in the world.'" (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2eolen

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      10) Bush tells Talabani US firm on Iraq aid
      Daytona Beach News-Journal

      "President Bush on Thursday assured Iraqi President Jalal Talabani that he is 'fully committed' to aiding the Iraqi government and dispatched a top aide to Baghdad to help leaders there make good on their promises. Talabani, whose visit to the United States has included medical treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., looked hearty as he sat in the Oval Office and defended his country's progress." (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2sqwph

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      11) Baghdad embassy plans turn up online
      Lebanon Democrat

      "Detailed plans for the new U.S. Embassy under construction in Baghdad appeared online Thursday in a breach of the tight security surrounding the sensitive project. Computer-generated projections of the soon-to-be completed, heavily fortified compound were posted on the Web site of the Kansas City, Mo.-based architectural firm that was contracted to design the massive facility in the Iraqi capital." (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/3ar3l2

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      12) NH to ban smoking in bars, restaurants
      Boston Globe

      "New Hampshire soon will be joining its New England neighbors in banning smoking in bars and restaurants. The House voted 224-117 Thursday to send a bill imposing the ban to Gov. John Lynch, who has said he will sign it. It will take effect 90 days later. ... More than a dozen states and hundreds of cities and counties around the country ban smoking in restaurants, bars or both. New Hampshire is the only state in New England that does neither." (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/yrre4p

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      13) Thailand: Thaksin supporters rally over ban
      BBC News [UK]

      "Supporters of Thailand's now outlawed Thai Rak Thai party have held protests in the capital Bangkok -- but the rally was smaller than expected. More than 1,000 demonstrators wearing yellow headbands called for an end to the military leadership that came to power after a coup last September. ... The party was banned and its leaders barred from politics for five years." (05/31/07)

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6707475.stm

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      14) IL: City to seize cars over unrelated crimes
      The Newspaper

      "Beginning next month, the city of Oak Forest, Illinois will give police the authority to seize the automobile belonging to anyone they accuse of committing an crime, even if it the offense is completely unrelated to the use of an automobile. People arrested for any of 37 different infractions ranging from forgetting your driver's license to vandalism, shoplifting and armed robbery will have their cars seized and held until a bond payment of $500 is made. If an accused individual is not able to come up with $500 in cash within sixty days, the city will sell the automobile at auction and keep the profits. If the accused has a trial and is found not guilty, the city may return the $500." (05/30/07)

      http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/17/1779.asp

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      15) UK: Alarm at sudden rise in schools failing inspections
      Independent [UK]

      "The number of schools failing their inspections has shot up five per cent in the past term. Ofsted, the education standards watchdog, revealed that the number of schools 'in special measures' -- which means they face closure or replacement by a city academy -- had risen from 243 to 256. ... Meanwhile, the Government announced plans to tackle the number of 'invisible children' who fall behind in maths and English between the ages of seven and 11. Ministers are urging teachers not to ask children to put their hands up to answer questions because it means shy pupils are never called upon in class." (06/01/07)

      http://education.independent.co.uk/news/article2600481.ece

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      16) NYC: Taxi license hits record price
      Yahoo! News

      "The price of a license to operate a New York taxi cab hit a record $600,000 in May, according to a lending company which financed the purchase. Medallion Financial Corporation said it had financed the purchase of two medallions -- the license to operate a yellow cab in New York -- for a total of $1.2 million by a large corporate fleet operator." (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2t79e5

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      17) VA: Man shoots suspected burglar
      Manassas Journal Register

      "A suspected burglar was shot in the head Wednesday after police say the unknown man tried to break into a house in Woodbridge, according to Prince William County police. ... The first burglary attempt was around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Hernandez said. Police responded to the house and found that a rear window had been tampered with. Then around noon Wednesday, police say a man tried to break into the same residence by breaking the window that had been tampered with the day before, Hernandez said. Police said the homeowner fired a handgun at the burglar, striking him in the head, Hernandez said. When police arrived, the burglar was gone." (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2n8awn

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      18) Bush envisions 50 more years in Iraq
      Reuters

      "President George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the White House said on Wednesday. The United States has had thousands of U.S. troops in South Korea to guard against a North Korean invasion for 50 years. Democrats in control of the U.S. Congress have been pressing Bush to agree to a timetable for pulling troops from Iraq, an idea firmly opposed by the president. White House spokesman Tony Snow said Bush would like to see a U.S. role in Iraq ultimately similar to that in South Korea in which 'you get to a point in the future where you want it to be a purely support model.'" (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/32uklm

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      19) MA: Heirs on hand, gerrymandering draws a nod
      Boston Globe

      "Even in a city that loves history, this marker stands out. It does not honor the home of a fiery Colonial preacher, ancient burial ground, or beloved 19th-century brewery. It commemorates a less exalted and often vilified milestone: In 1812, on the corner of Summer and Arch streets, Governor Elbridge Gerry and State Senator Israel Thorndike drew state senatorial districts, with one shaped like a salamander, to keep their party in power. Gerrymandering was born. And so yesterday, the great-great-great-grandsons of Gerry and Thorndike posed for photographs and applauded as they unveiled an official plaque. A dozen of their relatives cheered." (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2ol9rf

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      20) Spammer king busted
      San Francisco Chronicle

      "A 27-year-old man described as one of the world's most prolific spammers was arrested Wednesday, and federal authorities said computer users across the Web could notice a decrease in the amount of junk e-mail. Robert Alan Soloway is accused of using networks of compromised 'zombie' computers to send out millions upon millions of spam e-mails. 'He's one of the top 10 spammers in the world,' said Tim Cranton, a Microsoft Corp. lawyer who is senior director of the company's Worldwide Internet Safety Programs. 'He's a huge problem for our customers. This is a very good day.'" (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/388qc9

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      21) TN: Smoking ban passes state House, but exempts bars
      Tennessean

      "Most indoor smoking, including in restaurants but not in bars, would be banned under a bill passed by the state House today. The measure passed on an 84-10 vote isn't as strict as a version passed earlier by the Senate. ... Rep. John Litz, a tobacco farmer, has railed against the measure since the beginning of the session. 'This is an assault on the property rights of the people of Tennessee,' said Litz, D-Morristown. 'We've come in here and told them they can't make the decision for themselves in their own businesses.' Rep. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains, said lawmakers are picking on smokers because they are a minority. 'If 80 percent of people in Tennessee smoked, we wouldn't be so eager to jump on them because it would get us beat next election,' he said." [editor's note: This is indeed a (minor) victory for (some) property rights, and over "majoritarian tyranny;" the fact that restaurant-owners are being oppressed is still wrong, though - SAT] (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2yrfps

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      22) NH: Governor signs "civil unions" bill
      USA Today

      "Gay couples in New Hampshire can start applying for many of the rights and responsibilities of marriage as early as January under a law Gov. John Lynch signed Thursday establishing civil unions. 'We in New Hampshire have had a long and proud tradition taking the lead in opposing discrimination,' Lynch said. 'Today that tradition continues.' Couples who enter civil unions will have the same rights, responsibilities and obligations as married couples. Same-sex unions from other states also would be recognized if they were legal in the state where they were performed." (05/31/07)

      http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-05-31-civil-unions_N.htm

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      23) NASA Chief: What climate problem?
      Fox News

      "Hours before President Bush called on 15 nations Thursday to set greenhouse gas emission standards, the head of the U.S. space program went on national radio and questioned whether global warming really is a problem. 'I have no doubt that global -- that a trend of global warming exists,' NASA administrator Michael Griffin told National Public Radio's Morning Edition in an interview that aired early Thursday. 'I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with.' Bush later called for a series of meetings in the fall to set a target goal for greenhouse emission standards." [editor's note: One more person, presumably with some scientific expertise (though with Bush appointments this may be suspect?), saying the 'GW fear campaign' is just that - SAT] (05/31/07)

      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,276722,00.html

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      24) WI: Musician canned for focus on wrong organ
      San Francisco Chronicle

      "A Catholic priest has removed his church's organist and choir director from her duties saying her sale of sex toys was not 'consistent with Church teachings.' Linette Servais, 50, played the organ and sung with the choir for 35 years. Much of her work as choir director and organist was done without pay. When her parish priest asked to meet with her, she thought it was to say thank you. Instead, she was told to quit her sales job with company known as Pure Romance or she would lose her position in the church." (05/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/yu292m

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      25) China: Soaring pork prices, no corn for ethanol
      Christian Science Monitor

      "Ethanol production has put the Chinese government in an unpleasant bind, as fears rise that the environmentally friendly gasoline additive is also fueling politically dangerous increases in the price of food -- particularly pork, a key staple. With the ethanol industry gobbling up a growing share of China's corn harvest, authorities have stomped on the brakes to slow what one official report calls 'blind' investment in distilleries. 'China cannot sacrifice food security for energy: that seems to be the majority view in the government now,' says Zhang Zhongjun, deputy head of the Beijing bureau of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)." [editor's note: One of the few times when "expensive pork" is a good thing? - SAT] (05/31/07)

      http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0531/p01s04-wosc.html

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      * HEALTH-OF-THE-STATE-O-METER, 06/01/07
      *
      * Reported Civilian Deaths in Iraq: Min - 64,698 ... Max - 70,849
      * (source: www.iraqbodycount.org)
      *
      * American Military Deaths in Iraq: 3,475
      * (source: www.antiwar.com/casualties/)
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      * Everybody Has An Opinion
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      26) Open markets, closed borders
      Reason
      by Kerry Howley

      "At present, 500,000 undocumented immigrants come into the country annually, finding employment at above native rates. The Labor Department projects that the economy will create 400,000 or more low-skilled service sector jobs every year, while the number of Americans without a high school education continues to fall. How will the immigration bill meet this challenge? The 790-page bill as amended creates a guest worker program for 200,000 workers, a number the Cato Institute's Dan Griswold calls 'woefully inadequate.' The trade-off is not insubstantial; the bill's provisions include a stretch of wall, 105 surveillance towers, 18,000 more border agents, and billions of dollars. Most disturbingly, the bill includes the Electronic Employment Verification System, which would require that every single worker, American or otherwise, seek the Department of Homeland Security's permission to work legally." (05/31/07)

      http://www.reason.com/news/show/120490.html

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      27) Which amendment matters most?
      Independent Institute
      by Charles Pena

      "Inevitably, the issue of guns and gun ownership hinges on the Second Amendment (which some would argue is cryptically worded): 'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.' So -- in a sentiment shared by many gun owners -- it is not surprising that Donald Harkrader, a gun dealer located just a few miles from the Virginia Tech campus, would say, 'There is a reason we got the Constitution. I'd hate to see what this country was like if we started ignoring the Constitution.' The implication is that the Second Amendment is the Constitution, or that it's the single most important right enumerated therein. The question for Harkrader, the NRA, and especially presidential hopefuls who support gun ownership by law-abiding citizens is: where do you stand on the other amendments?" (05/31/07)

      http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1976

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      28) Green Liberty: An idea worth considering, part 2
      Liberty For All
      by Joey B. King

      "In the last essay we discussed some commonality between Libertarians and Greens on the issue of wealth. I would like to add some additional insights in this segment. Stress ... is it worth it? Trust me, I will make a Green-Liberty connection with this one. I recently attended a party with 3 of my oldest and dearest friends. During the course of the evening I became aware of the fact that I was the only one who was not on a daily prescription medication." (written 10/02; posted 05/31/07)

      http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=685

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      29) Human beings are not chess pieces
      Free Market News Network
      by Michael Cloud

      "'Millions of employees are being paid far too little,' argues the Union Organizer. 'We need to raise the minimum wage to $7 or $8 an hour.' 'Thousands of Americans are needlessly dying in traffic accidents because they aren't wearing their seat belts,' sa[y]s the Safety Advocate. 'We urgently need mandatory seat belt laws for all drivers and passengers.' 'Millions of Americans do NOT have health care insurance,' says the politician. 'We must pass laws requiring employers to provide medical insurance for all employees.' This simplistic approach might work -- IF human beings were chess pieces. It might work -- IF human beings were powerless, passive, obedient pieces who always do exactly what the great and wise government chess masters order them to do. But human beings are NOT chess pieces. We can reason and choose. Each of us controls his own actions. Wisely or unwisely." (05/31/07)

      http://www.fmnn.com/Analysis/232/7713/cloud.asp?nid=7713&wid=232

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      30) A new peril from the east?
      AntiWar.Com
      by Doug Bandow

      "The United States dominates the globe, but analysts who make a living proclaiming America to be the essential nation, the unipower, the global rulemaker and policeman, are nervous. China refuses to remain supine and is increasingly investing in its military. U.S. policymakers who believe in inevitable and unending American global hegemony can glimpse the emergence of a very different world, one in which Washington no longer even try to unilaterally impose its will on friend and foe alike. In its newly-released assessment of Chinese military spending, the Pentagon was too diplomatic to call Beijing an enemy. However, the Defense Department warned that 'much uncertainty surrounds the future course China's leaders will set for their country, including in the area of China's expanding military power and how that power might be used.' A number of conservative analysts forthrightly predict war between these two great nations of East and West." (06/01/07

      http://www.antiwar.com/bandow/?articleid=11054

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      31) Lazy Fred
      Slate
      by John Dickerson

      "In turning his lack of executive experience into a campaign theme, Thompson is promising to run a different kind of race as an outsider. Never mind that he's lining up a class of political veterans and pollsters to work for him -- he'll slice through the cynicism and traditional ways of Washington. 'This is not a corporate campaign,' says one of his backers. He'll take it to the Internet! As he told USA Today, the Web has already 'allowed me to be in the hunt, so to speak, without spending a dime.' Thompson's outsider strategy also gives his opponents an opportunity. One of the biggest (and longstanding) knocks against the former senator is that he doesn't have the heart for the race or the job. In short: He's lazy." (05/31/07)

      http://www.slate.com/id/2167411/

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      32) Paying for carbon
      The American Spectator
      by Iain Murray

      "When it comes to "doing something" about global warming, two approaches are usually trotted out. One is trading permits to emit carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases. Yet it now appears that most existing carbon trading schemes are vastly inefficient, open to fraud, or both. Thus, it is worth looking at the other option, a tax on carbon emissions, to be levied on gasoline and most electricity use. A quick survey of the realities of carbon taxes reveals that the game might not be worth the candle." (06/01/07)

      http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=11516

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      33) Conventional Wisdom strikes back
      The Free Liberal
      by Jonathan David Morris

      "Dear Conventional Wisdom, Who do you think would make a better president: Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama? Sincerely, John Edwards ... Dear Ambulance Chaser, The answer is 'Neither.' Unfortunately, he isn't running." (05/31/07)

      http://www.freeliberal.com/archives/002782.html

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      34) Money is flooding the world markets
      LewRockwell.Com
      by Hans F. Sennholz

      "Central banks live by a simple financial principle: Whenever economic activity stagnates or declines, they quickly lower their interest rates and expand their credits. But when business seems to improve, they hesitate and vacillate in removing the rate cuts. The consequence is a permanent addition to liquidity. According to calculations of the German central bank, between the end of 1997 and September 2006 the stock of world money nearly doubled, but nominal economic production rose only by some 60 percent. Such an imbalance is bound to either cause consumer prices to rise or create price bubbles in stock, loan, or real estate markets. When they finally burst they are likely to inflict many personal losses and force businesses to repair and readjust." (06/01/07)

      http://www.lewrockwell.com/sennholz/sennholz18.html

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      35) The Genocide Group
      Mother Jones
      by Mark Fiore

      Cartoon. [Flash] (05/31/07)

      http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/fiore/2007/05/group.html

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      36) Better off Fred?
      National Review
      by Jonah Goldberg

      "[T]here's no denying that Fred Thompson has one of the most profound personality cults we've seen in politics for a long time. While traveling around the country in recent months, I've been amazed at how many rank-and-file Republicans see Thompson as a secular savior, as if Thompson were designed by GOP-friendly alien scientists as some sort of Super Candidate. For some skeptical observers, this has resulted in comparisons to retired General Wes Clark, the Democrats' onetime man on a white horse." (06/01/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2ppr3g

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      37) Turning tar into oil
      AlterNet
      by Naomi Klein

      "It is possible to turn Alberta's crud into crude, but it's awfully hard. One method is to mine it in vast open pits: First forests are clear-cut, then topsoil scraped away. Next, huge machines dig out the black goop and load it into the largest dump trucks in the world (two stories high, a single wheel costs $100,000). The tar is diluted with water and solvents in giant vats, which spin it around until the oil rises to the top, while the massive tailings are dumped in ponds larger than the region's natural lakes. Another method is to separate the oil where it is: Large drill-pipes push steam deep underground, which melts the tar, while another pipe sucks it out and transports it through several more stages of refining, much of it powered by natural gas. Both techniques are costly: between $18 and $23 per barrel, just in expenses. Until quite recently, that made no economic sense." (06/01/07)

      http://www.alternet.org/environment/52745/

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      38) The water in Ireland
      The Weekly Standard
      by Jonathan V. Last

      "Only 4.2 million people live in Ireland. That's 0.063 percent of the world's population, and, if the climate really is changing, then it's highly improbable that Ireland's handful of residents can do anything about it. (Incidentally, despite the traditionally muddled election results, Ahern is now set for his third straight term.) The only thing the Irish might do for the environment is slaughter the 6 million cows and sheep that dot their countryside. A 2006 U.N. report suggested that livestock account for 18 percent of the greenhouse gases that 'cause' 'global warming.' That's more than cars, trucks, buses, and planes put together. What makes this all particularly interesting is that, while the Irish were fussing this way and that over what non-solutions they could offer to a problem that may or may not exist, they glossed over one very real and pressing environmental problem: the water in Galway." (06/01/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2kzv4n

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      39) Paying more than ever for gas? Not by buying power
      Cato Institute
      by Jerry Taylor and Peter van Doren

      "[I]f we adjust gasoline prices in 1949 -- 27 cents a gallon -- for inflation, it works out to $1.90 per gallon in today's terms. And if we adjust for changes in mean disposable income, we find that gasoline prices would have to be $6.68 per gallon before they took the same bite out of our wallets. In 1962 -- a year writ large in popular imagination (thanks to 'American Graffiti') as the quintessential year of muscle cars and cheap gas -- gasoline prices averaged 31 cents per gallon. But changes in disposable income suggest that prices would have to be $4.48 to inflict the same degree of economic pain today as then." (06/01/07)

      http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=8263

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      40) We are all fiscal conservatives now
      Fairfield Weekly
      by Phil Maymin

      "Politicians nowadays of all stripes like to call themselves 'fiscal conservatives,' meaning they believe in less taxes, less spending, and less debt. Each Republican presidential candidate is clamoring to position himself as 'the' fiscal conservative candidate. After the primaries, the Democratic nominee will start to use that term as well. Democrats use it to try to draw some Republican support. Republicans use the term to appeal to their conservative base. Our own Congressman Christopher Shays has long claimed to be a fiscal conservative. But what does the term mean?" (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2vnddg

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      41) The making of a gun believer
      WorldNetDaily
      by Sandy Froman

      "I'm the last person you would ever expect to own a gun, let alone become a gun rights activist. I'm often asked how a Jewish woman, a native of San Francisco and a graduate of Stanford and Harvard Law became president of the NRA. My story is not unique but it may remind us, around this Memorial Day, of the value of the right to own a firearm, and it may help you explain that right to someone else." (05/31/07)

      http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55929

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      42) CBS silences General Dissent
      Truthdig
      by Amy Goodman

      "Listening to retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste, you sense his intense loyalty to the military. He commanded the Army's 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, capping a 31-year Army career. So why did CBS News fire him as a paid news consultant? A straight answer from CBS seems as elusive as those Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. The short answer: Batiste appeared in a television advertisement sponsored by VoteVets.org, a nonpartisan group that advocates for veterans." (05/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2v4lmz

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      43) Being hope
      Common Dreams
      by Kathy Kelly

      "Earlier this week, the American Friends Service Committee asked me to speak about finding hope in hard times as part of an interfaith service to conclude their 'Eyes Wide Open' display in Chicago's Grant Park. The display arranged 3,438 soldiers' boots to commemorate U.S. military people killed in Iraq, along with life sized pictures of Iraqi civilians and a collection of numerous civilian shoes to remember hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have been killed in Iraq since 2003. I asked the audience to join me in recalling experiences I had while imprisoned at the Pekin Federal prison for 'crossing the line' at Fort Benning, Georgia." (05/31/07)

      http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/05/31/1565/

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      44) Appropriate disillusionment
      CounterPunch
      by Gary Leupp

      "I have in front of me two documents of despair, of disillusionment with the American political system that allows this criminal war to continue. Andrew J. Bacevich in his Washington Post op-ed column and Cindy Sheehan in her statement on her blog express despair over the failure of the Democrats placed in power by an antiwar electorate to take firm measures to end the war in Iraq. ... If there is a positive aspect to this despair, it is this very realization: the system is the problem. It has not so much 'failed' us as we have failed to understand what Sheehan and Bacevich are concluding: it isn't designed to work for us but for but for them." (05/31/07)

      http://www.counterpunch.org/leupp05312007.html

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      45) Which ISPs are spying on you?
      Wired
      by Ryan Singel

      "The few souls that attempt to read and understand website privacy policies know they are almost universally unintelligible and shot through with clever loopholes. But one of the most important policies to know is your internet service provider's -- the company that ferries all your traffic to and from the internet, from search queries to BitTorrent uploads, flirty IMs to porn." (05/30/07)

      http://www.wired.com/politics/onlinerights/news/2007/05/isp_privacy

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      46) "Like little puffs of smoke"
      Pittsburgh Tribune Review
      by Donald J. Boudreaux

      "Politicians and their bureaucratic appointees are much like bomber crews: They wreak much havoc but seldom experience firsthand the destructive consequences of their actions." (05/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2olchm

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      47) Under pretense of care
      Strike the Root
      by Retta Fontana

      "Cops actually smile at me. By my appearance, they assume I'm not packing or using. Sometimes I smile back. If they only knew what easy targets they make of themselves; that my keyboard packs heat and I don't hesitate to wield it at any opportunity. Luckily, the keystroke is mightier than the sword. If they were smart enough to understand that, my guess is they'd look for some other profession that would bestow upon them a gun, a badge of impunity and the cover of darkness for dastardly, depraved deeds and the world's largest standing army covering their backs. But alas, these prizes can only be obtained by selling one's soul to the Beelzebub, government." (05/31/07)

      http://www.strike-the-root.com/71/fontana/fontana16.html

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      48) Government's War on Terror causes bad breath and "BO"
      Liberty For All
      by Donna Mancini

      "I'm mad as hell and I just can't take it anymore! Have you ever been so mad you could say ... well ... a really bad word? Well, I am. Hey, I'm cheap! I hate waste. I work hard. I save all I can. I don't litter. My creed is, 'Waste not, want not.' That's one of the many reasons I deplore government!" (05/31/07)

      http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=686

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      49) Congress: Don't interfere with oil and gas ... please!
      National Center for Policy Analysis
      by staff

      "Congress could take concrete steps to help consumers at the pump by removing roadblocks to new oil production, reducing restraints on refining capacity, and improving the investment climate, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis. Congress bears far more blame than private oil companies for high gas prices, explains Burnett." (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/365tj4

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      50) Three national treasures
      Ludwig von Mises Institute
      by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

      "I wrote this article on commission in 1986. It celebrates the work of Rothbard, Hazlitt, and Hutt. All three economists were living but largely and tragically forgotten at the time. Today, their books are selling and their influence is wide indeed. It's not appeared online before: To most Americans, economists don't leap instantly to mind as treasures, let alone national treasures." (written 1986; posted 05/31/07)

      http://www.mises.org/story/2584

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      51) Pelosi claims about global warming questionable
      Heartland Institute
      by James M. Taylor

      "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claims she saw first-hand evidence of global warming in Greenland (May 28). She must have brought a pretty powerful microscope with her. Science magazine reported in November 2005 that Greenland was losing just 0.004 percent of its ice mass per year. At that pace, even 200 years from now Greenland would still have more than 99 percent of its ice sheet intact. Pelosi must have brought a new time machine with her, as well." (05/31/07)

      http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=21298

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      52) In defense of scalping
      Foundation for Economic Education
      by William H. Peterson

      "I submit that it's not disingenuous for the Broadway producers of The Producers to say they're trying to 'strike a blow at the heart of the scalping operation' by setting aside at least 50 seats for each performance and charging a cool $480 a ticket. That price is almost five times the $100 charged for its best seats, itself a Broadway record -- yet one still too low, I further submit, as evidenced by the long lines at the box office." (written 02/02; posted 05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/3cq3g6

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      53) Silent alarmism: A centennial we could do without
      Competitive Enterprise Institute
      by Iain Murray

      "Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, the 1962 book that launched the modern environmental movement, was born a century ago this week, and it is no wonder that green activists are celebrating her legacy. She practically invented the environmental alarmist strategy that has been so successful in pushing a radical environmental agenda. ... Her paradigm has been disastrous for rational political discourse. It is a template for bypassing debate and ignoring consequences." (05/31/07)

      http://www.cei.org/gencon/019,05943.cfm

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      54) In praise of money
      Acton Institute
      by Samuel Gregg

      "Perhaps the world's most misquoted Biblical verse is 'money is the root of all evil.' The actual words are 'the love of money is the root of all evil' (1 Timothy 6:10). But this has not stopped people from demonizing money and those who exchange and loan it. Throughout history, bankers and those involved in finance -- ranging from the Medici family, the Rothschilds, to modern hedge funds -- have received a generally negative press." (05/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2ydvg3

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      55) Dying for an Iraq that isn't
      The American Prospect
      by Harold Meyerson

      "Of all the absurdities attending our unending war in Iraq, the greatest is this: We are fighting to defend that which is not there. We are fighting for a national government that is not national but sectarian, and has shown no capacity to govern. We are training Iraq's security forces to combat sectarian violence though those forces are thoroughly sectarian and have themselves engaged in large-scale sectarian violence. We are fighting for a nonsectarian, pluralistic Iraq, though whatever nonsectarian and pluralistic institutions existed before our invasion have long since been blasted out of existence. In the December 2005 parliamentary elections, the one nonsectarian party, which ran both Shiite and Sunni candidates, won just 8 percent of the vote. Every day, George W. Bush asks young Americans to die in defense of an Iraq that has ceased to exist (if it ever did) in the hearts and minds of Iraqis." (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2m63t4

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      56) Compromise or capitulation?
      Tom Paine
      by Glenn Hurowitz

      "You can almost hear the triumphant cackling at the White House. Despite almost six months at the helm in Congress, Democrats have almost completely failed to affect President Bush's conduct of the war in Iraq or his ability to deliver legislative goodies to his corporate backers. Indeed, the Democratic leadership's agreement to pass an Iraq funding bill without a timeline for withdrawal is only the latest in a string of White House wins. ... Meanwhile, many of the top items on the Democratic agenda languish unpassed in the face of vehement Republican opposition and the threat of President Bush's veto pen." [editor's note: He may not think it so, but the last sentence shows at least some silver lining in the cloud; the Ds have not been able to impose their agenda, either - SAT] (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2z4woz

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      57) Return surplus to Tennesseans in food tax cut
      Tennessean
      by Rep., Glen Casada

      "This year, the legislature is in a unique position. We have nearly $1.5 billion of new dollars to spend. Unlike in years past, when we were trying to find more money to fund the most basic things, this year is different. This year we have too much money. ... We don't have a revenue problem in this state, we have a spending problem, and this year's budget will only lead to a tax increase in a few years. In a year with such unprecedented growth, we should not even be contemplating a tax increase. We should be discussing how to return some of this money to the hardworking men and women in this state in the form of food tax relief." [editor's note: I snipped out the partisan party stuff in this, which you may read in the original - SAT] (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2faen2

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      58) O'Connor departure from SCOTUS sets back women
      Fox News
      by Susan Estrich

      "Sandra Day O'Connor is no longer a hero of mine. Yes, she was the first woman on the bench. Yes, she was the swing vote who kept Roe v. Wade alive when the administration was hell-bent on killing it. Yes, she was getting on, her husband was sick, and she was ready to lead a different kind of life. But how many awards does a woman who quit at a time when she was desperately needed really deserve?" [editor's note: So it's her fault that she decided she had done what she could, as a true states(wo)man, it was time to retire, and time for others to step up? Only an advocate of career political hacks would say that - SAT] (05/31/07)

      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,276574,00.html

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      59) Defeating Afghanistan's drug fix
      Christian Science Monitor
      by Nick Grono & Joanna Nathan

      "It's spring in Afghanistan, and poppy farmers are smiling. Heavy rains this winter portend a bumper opium harvest. Afghanistan already produces nine times the total opium output of the rest of the world combined, and while last year's crop was the largest the country has ever produced, this year's crop is likely to be even bigger. The exploding drug trade is both a symptom and a source of instability and corruption. It is not just a case of evil drug traffickers taking advantage of a good but ineffective government to facilitate terrorism and insurgency -- as frequently portrayed. ... There are no quick solutions to tackling this growing plague. But that doesn't mean policymakers can't make progress in undercutting the drug trade." [editor's note: As usual the analysis of problem is solid, tho the conclusions (but good lord, don't "legalize it"!) are fatally flawed - SAT] (05/31/07)

      http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0531/p09s02-coop.html

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      60) Fearmongering, Bush-style
      Boston Globe
      by Joan Vennochi

      "George W. Bush complaining about political fear mongering is like Lindsay Lohan complaining about out-of-control celebrities. Look in the mirror, and either one would see the object of their disdain. Despite the irony, the president is criticizing opponents of his immigration proposal for taking a page out of the Bush political playbook. 'If you want to scare the American people, what you say is the bill's an amnesty bill,' Bush griped. 'That's empty political rhetoric trying to frighten our citizens.' He is obviously blind to yet another consequence of the Bush doctrine. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Live by fear mongering, die by fear mongering." (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/32khz6

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      61) Tony Ryan on The Sloan Ranger Show, 06/04/07
      The Sloan Ranger Show

      Tony Ryan of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition joins host Lloyd Sloan. 6:15pm Central on WGNU 920 AM, St. Louis, MO or live on the web. [live radio or stream] (06/04/07)

      http://www.sloanrangershow.com

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      62) The Tom deSabla Show, 06/01/07
      The Tom deSabla Show

      "Traffic-Gridlock-Enforcement-Death / Hillary Clinton's Free Lunch Plan! er ... we mean Technology Plan! (and you thought we only picked on Obama!) / Sticky international TB issues ... or just another government failure? / Government Panda fails too!" 1-3pm Eastern on WMET 1160 AM, Washington, DC or live on the web. [live radio or stream] (06/01/07)

      http://tomdesabla.com/

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      63) Has abundance made us impulsive?
      Cato Institute

      Cato Daily podcast, featuring Tom G. Palmer. [MP3] (05/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2fd7gd

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      64) Freedomain Radio #778
      Freedomain Radio

      "Praxeology and Politics: A debate with a learned listener." [MP3] (05/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2uum2c

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      65) Free Talk Live, 05/31/07
      Free Talk Live

      "NH Smoking Ban / Anarchist Voting Showdown / Tom the Fed? / Working Together for Liberty / Contracts / Persuading Others / Lew Rockwell on the state, libertarianism, and Ron Paul / Ron Paul's Internet Legitimacy." [MP3] (05/31/07)

      http://media.libsyn.com/media/ftl/FTL2007-05-31.mp3

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      66) What's in your wallet?

      E-gold? Liberty Dollars? What "alternative currencies" do you use, and why? Open discussion of alternatives to the Federal Reserve Note -- what ones are better, what ones are worse, and why. Feel free to discuss everything from digital gold to labor-based "time currencies," and the current legal battles between the state and both "alternative currencies" and digital transaction providers.

      http://www.rationalreview.com/content/29961

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      67) Today's events

      Check our sidebar calendar for this week's freedom movement events. Don't see your event? Drop us a line at info@... .

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      68) The Iron Lady's ascent

      Details, and the "quote of the day," from Leon's Political Almanac at:

      http://perspicuity.net/cgi/hypercal.cgi



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