A note from the publisher

Hey, everyone …

I’m leaving for Washington, DC this morning, to attend the 2024 Libertarian National Convention over Memorial Day weekend. If you’re there too, say hi!

Because I am in travel mode, fair warning: Friday’s edition will be “web-only,” it probably won’t be “FIREHOSE FRIDAY” in size, and there MAY not be an email notification (that’s dependent on things like whether the hotel’s wifi works, etc.). You can always find the day’s feed at:


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Have a great weekend, and we’ll be back to normal (or something like normal) on Tuesday.

Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Rational Review News Digest / Freedom News Daily

US House passes crypto bill despite whining from SEC

Source: Reuters

“The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that aims to create a new legal framework for digital currencies, despite an unusual warning from the U.S. securities regulator it could create new financial risks. The Republican-sponsored Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act passed in a bipartisan 279-136 vote. It is not clear if the Senate will take up the measure. The bill’s supporters in the U.S. Congress argue that the bill will provide regulatory clarity and help promote the industry’s growth. … SEC Chair Gary Gensler said in a statement that the bill ‘would create new regulatory gaps and undermine decades of precedent regarding the oversight of investment contracts, putting investors and capital markets at immeasurable risk.’ The bill was backed by crypto supporters and industry organizations who have long viewed Gensler’s SEC as an impediment to the wider adoption of digital assets.” (05/23/24)


Assange Wins Delay, but “Punishment by Process” Continues

Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“The good news is that Julian Assange’s lawyers blocked his extradition to the United States, where he would face a kangaroo court hearing and life in prison. The bad news is that Assange remains locked up in Britain’s Belmarsh maximum security prison. ‘Punishment by process’ is the term that his wife, Stella Assange, uses to describe his plight. Almost five years ago, Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, concluded after examining Assange that he showed all the signs of prolonged psychological torture. Two judges on Britain’s High Court ruled on Monday that Assange can file a full appeal against the U.S. government’s attempts to extradite him. He is accused of violating the Espionage Act via his 2010 Wikileaks disclosures of American military war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.” (05/22/24)


New Caledonia: Macron says French occupation troops will stay “as long as necessary” to re-establish imperial control

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatari state media]

“French President Emmanuel Macron has said French soldiers will remain in New Caledonia ‘as long as necessary’ after more than a week of unrest triggered by French plans to change electoral rules in the Pacific island territory. Macron arrived in New Caledonia’s capital Noumea on Thursday, amid continuing protests over voting reforms the Indigenous Kanak people say would dilute their vote and undermine their struggle for independence. … About 3,000 soldiers have been sent from Paris since the violence began and could stay until the Olympic Games in Paris, which begin on July 26, Macron said. Six people, including three young Kanaks, have been killed and about 280 people arrested since the protests broke out and a state of emergency was declared.” (05/23/24)


Fake News Conveniently Trivializes Supreme Court Ethics Violations

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“It doesn’t bother me if Samuel Alito takes a loss on stock because he doesn’t like a company’s politics, or if his wife flies a flag upside down over a supposed argument with a neighbor. Nor do I think it’s reasonable to expect Alito or [Clarence] Thomas to control their spouses’ actions just because those actions are or might be ‘political.’ It does bother me that the over-the-top whining about such things obscures the real story: These two Supreme Court justices put their jurisprudence up for sale and got caught doing it. They should have been impeached and removed by now.” (05/22/24)


Mexico: Nine killed in stage collapse at campaign event

Source: USA Today

“A stage collapsed at a Mexican election campaign rally on Wednesday, killing nine people and injuring dozens as high winds tore apart the large, concert-style structure, scattering politicians and attendees. Around 50 people were injured at the rally for the Citizens’ Movement party in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, Samuel Garcia, the state’s governor, said on social media. … Jorge Alvarez Maynez, the presidential candidate for the centrist Citizens’ Movement party, said a gust of wind caused the stage to collapse at the event in the city of San Pedro Garza Garcia, a wealthy enclave near the industrial hub of Monterrey.” (05/23/24)


The Dragnet State: How Geofence Warrants Turn Everyone into a Suspect

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“Imagine drawing a box on a map and declaring that every person who was within that area during a given time is a suspect in a crime. That is the effect of a surveillance tool called a geofence warrant. In practice, a geofence warrant allows law enforcement agencies – federal, state and local – to require big tech companies, like Google, to disclose every electronic device within a given area at a given time. … They claim this investigative tactic helps break cases open. But in fact, it unwittingly sweeps hundreds or even thousands of innocent people into a single criminal investigation. These individuals suddenly find themselves in government crosshairs merely for the simple act of walking or driving through a given location at a given time.” (05/22/24)


UK: Sunak calls snap general election for July

Source: Semafor

“In an unexpected move, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a July 4 general election. The announcement comes as his Conservative party, which has trailed Labour in the polls for months, remains 20 points behind in the polls. … Under UK law, Sunak was required to hold a vote by January 2025 but has been cagey about timing, with most political analysts expecting an October or November date. The snap decision comes on the heels of a promising Wednesday inflation report that showed inflation dropping to 2.3% — its lowest level in nearly three years, and close to the Bank of England’s target — which had been one of the prime minister’s top priorities.” (05/22/24)


The Supreme Court makes a dangerous ruling, delighting progressives

Source: Washington Post
by George F Will

“Last week, ‘the least dangerous’ branch (Alexander Hamilton’s description of the judiciary) did something dangerous. By ratifying the unprecedented structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Supreme Court incentivized additional slipshod congressional work that will feed the executive branch’s sense of entitlement to unaccountable discretion in making laws and policies. The decision, which some progressives will praise as ‘judicial restraint,’ demonstrates that this anodyne phrase often denotes a dereliction of the judicial duty to compel the other branches to act constitutionally. … Critics often call today’s court ‘imperial’ — guilty of institutional aggrandizement. Actually, when the court insists that Congress use the powers vested only in it, such as control of public moneys and oversight of executive agencies, the third branch is telling the first branch to defend its primacy.” (05/22/24)