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    • Injustice for Trump … and for Hunter Biden

      Source: Eastern New Mexico News
      by Kent McManigal

      “Last column, I pointed out the injustice of Donald Trump’s conviction for violating nonsensical, arbitrary legislation. If such legislation even exists. Last week, it happened to someone else. Once again someone prominent has been convicted of a victimless ‘crime’ while those in Congress and other government positions continue to victimize Americans with their felonious regime. Hunter Biden, the president’s son, has been convicted of breaking a federal gun rule — they wish we’d call it a ‘law’ — that the federal government is explicitly prohibited from making or enforcing. This is tied in with him breaking drug prohibition rules government has no authority to make up or enforce. This is what injustice looks like. The jury involved in this verdict should be ashamed, as should the jury that convicted Trump.” (06/16/24)


    • SCOTUS Gives Trump’s Anti-Gun-Rights Record an Inconvenient Election-Year Bump

      Source: Garrison Center
      by Thomas L Knapp

      “On June 14, the US Supreme Court overturned former US president Donald Trump’s 2018 ‘bump stock ban.’ Like many SCOTUS rulings, this outcome turned on neither the plain text and meaning of the US Constitution (under which the ban was clearly illegal) nor common sense (under which the ban was clearly idiotic — everyday objects as mundane as belt loops and rubber bands can be used as ‘bump stocks’). Instead, the court ruled (in the negative) on the question of whether the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has the power to magically change the definition of the term ‘machine gun’ on the whim of the president. … close enough for government work, I guess. Perhaps the most useful outcome of the ruling is its tendency to highlight Donald Trump’s actual record on gun rights as he seeks a second term in the White House.” (06/15/24)


    • Home-testing boom leaves worriers clutching their pearls

      Source: Orange County Register
      by Steven Greenhut

      “Thanks to clever inventions and investments from venture capitalists, the average American can head to CVS and purchase kits to test for drug use, sexually transmitted diseases, AIDs, diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol. This should strike normal people as a blessing. But this remarkable development has upset the professional worriers. The Washington Post recently spotlighted a ‘shadow system’ of such tests. ‘Buoyed by regulatory vacuums, Silicon Valley is building a booming online wellness market that aims to leave the doctor’s office behind,’ it explained. … This sounds so, well, ominous, but there’s no reason DIY tests will cause anyone to avoid a doctor. I had recent health concerns and made a doctor’s appointment. Given our overburdened system, the soonest appointment I could get was months away. I bought test strips at the pharmacy, which helped alleviate my worries.” (06/14/24)


    • Government Subsidies Keep Your Food Boring

      Source: Reason
      by C Jarrett Dieterle

      “The feds’ focus on large-scale crops hinders the resurgence of heritage grains and results in less food diversity.” (06/15/24)


    • Crowdleak: A Secure Whistleblower Concept

      Source: Underthrow
      by Max Borders

      “The thing that tripped up Julian Assange is that he was a single attack vector — a middleman between a sender and the media. Get that middleman and stop the project, they thought. And that’s just what they did. What’s insidious about Assange’s treatment is that he was always the recipient of sensitive government secrets and unseemly private emails (Hilary Clinton) but never the sender. Yet he rots in Belmarsh prison, awaiting a miracle pardon. What if there were a decentralized version of Wikileaks that would allow anonymous whistleblowers to upload sensitive or embarrassing information directly to a viewable blockchain?” (06/16/24)


    • We Approach State Singularity

      Source: Brownstone Institute
      by Bruce Pardy

      “We are approaching state singularity: the moment when state and society become indistinguishable. In physics, a ‘singularity’ is a single point in space-time. Inside black holes, gravity crushes volume to zero and mass density is infinite. In computer science, ‘technological singularity’ is unitary artificial superintelligence. At the singularity, everything becomes one thing. Data points converge. Normal laws do not apply. At state singularity, the state becomes society and society is a product of the state. Legal norms and expectations become irrelevant. The state’s mandate is to do as it judges best – since everything and everyone are expressions of its vision.” (06/15/24)