Hate Crime Laws Don’t Work as Their Supporters Intended

Source: The Atlantic
by Avlana Eisenberg

“[M]ost Americans appear to agree that crimes are more harmful if committed because of prejudice, and that they thus deserve additional punishment. Nevertheless, hate-crime laws do have their critics. Some on the left argue that criminal law is the last thing that will help communities of color, and that hate-crime laws will be applied disproportionately against the most marginalized, serving only to worsen our mass-incarceration crisis. Others on the right insist that hate-crime laws penalize people for protected speech and scapegoat individuals for systemic racism. However, there may be a more basic reason hate-crime statutes might not work as their framers intended: Few of these laws are ever actually enforced.” (06/22/21)


Cryptocurrency Isn’t All [sic] Bad

Source: Foreign Policy
by Mark Leon Goldberg

“Over the last year, there has been an explosive growth in the research and development of blockchain technologies known as decentralized finance. DeFi, as it is called, will enable an entire financial ecosystem without conventional intermediaries like banks. Using DeFi blockchains, money can be transferred cheaply and efficiently around the world, access to capital will be broad, identity documents secure, supply chains verified, and financial contracts self-executing, among many other uses. These technologies are no longer theoretical. They are coming online at an increasingly rapid clip and are now positioned to provide financial services to populations long excluded from financial systems, particularly in the developing world.” (06/22/21)


Germany: Lawmakers fault finance minister, auditor on Wirecard

Source: KRQE News

“German lawmakers presenting a report Tuesday into the collapse of the payment processing company Wirecard accused the country’s finance minister and auditors Ernst & Young of numerous oversight failings. Wirecard filed for protection from creditors through insolvency proceedings last year after admitting that 1.9 billion euros ($2.3 billion) supposedly held in trust accounts in the Philippines probably didn’t exist. The company’s former chief executive, Markus Braun, is being investigated on suspicion of criminal fraud. Interpol has issued a red notice for Wirecard’s former chief operating officer, Jan Marsalek, on allegations of ‘violations of the German duty on securities act and the securities trading act, criminal breach of trust (and) especially serious case of fraud.'” (06/22/21)


Retrospective Praise for the Boss

Source: Liberty
by Gary Jason

“The election of Donald Trump — the Boss — drove me out of the Republican Party. Fair enough — the populists, nativists, protectionists, isolationists, and their fellow travelers in organized labor successfully took over the party, and I felt that they were entitled to their prize. I wrote to the RNC, resigning, and asking if they would refund the money I donated to them over 40 years. But of course there was no refund. However, during the four long years of the Boss’[s] reign, I tried to give credit when credit was due. I want to discuss a particular example.” (06/21/21)


Biden Economic Strategy: Put America Last

Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“President Joe Biden’s performance at the meeting with foreign leaders in Britain last week was a disgrace. Biden cut deals with Britain that sold out America’s interests, and for doing so, he won the worshipful accolades of the Europeans, the Brits and the Canadians. It’s amazing how popular you are at a party when you pay everyone’s bills. Except Biden isn’t spending his own money, of course. He’s spending ours. It would be an understatement to say that the Euroland leaders weren’t big fans of former President Donald Trump. Trump went to the G-7 meetings and told his international peers that there was a new sheriff in town and that his foremost mission was to put America first. He canceled bad trade deals in which other countries were cheating.” (06/22/21)


Bumble closes to give “burnt-out” staff a week’s break

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Bumble, the dating app where women are in charge of making the first move, has temporarily closed all of its offices this week to combat workplace stress. Its 700 staff worldwide have been told to switch off and focus on themselves. One senior executive revealed on Twitter that founder Whitney Wolfe Herd had made the move ‘having correctly intuited our collective burnout.’ Bumble has had a busier year than most firms, with a stock market debut, and rapid growth in user numbers. The company announced in April ‘that all Bumble employees will have a paid, fully offline one-week vacation in June.’ A spokeswoman for Bumble said a few customer support staff will be working in case any of the app’s users experience issues. These employees will then be given time off to make sure they take a whole week of leave.” (06/22/21)


Monarchy: Cause of Prosperity — or Consequence?

Source: Cato Unbound
by Rok Spruk

The institutional advantages of the constitutional monarchies should not be left to the empiricist’s neglect. Some of the richest and most successful countries in Europe, such as Denmark and the Netherlands, are constitutional monarchies enjoying high levels of social trust and envious living standards. However, the fact that rich constitutional monarchies have evolved over centuries in a handful of countries located in Northern Europe does not per se comprise a plausible case for preserving monarchies in general.” (06/21/21)


Report: Trump asked whether the DOJ and the FCC could investigate “SNL” after it mocked him

Source: Business Insider

“President Donald Trump asked advisors and lawyers to look into how ‘Saturday Night Live’ and other late-night shows could be punished after they mocked him, The Daily Beast’s Asawin Suebsaeng and Adam Rawnsley reported on Tuesday. Two sources told the outlet that Trump had asked aides in 2019 to look at what the Federal Communications Commission, US courts, and the Department of Justice could do about ‘SNL’ and other shows, like ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’ Trump tweeted in March 2019 that he wanted federal agencies to investigate ‘SNL.’ … The Daily Beast report is the first indication that Trump took further action on the matter. Sources told the outlet that Trump had to be repeatedly advised that the shows are satire, meaning they’re protected. They added that Trump seemed disappointed that there was no way he could legally challenge them.” (06/22/21)


Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 06/21/21

Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“Ernest Hancock and Mike Swatek (Agorist.Market) talk with Matthew Raymer (CEO ContentSafe.co) on preserving your content from being deplatformed, and the solution in case your content has been removed.” [MP3] (06/21/21)