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2017-06-06

■ Graphic dietary advice from Proverbs 25:16:

16 If you find honey, eat just enough—
    too much of it, and you will vomit.

No doubt written from experience. But wait, it's probably also metaphorical! Too much of a good thing, like that? Did you know that phrase is Shakespearean?

■ At Reason, Scott Shackford notes that Theresa May’s Call for Internet Censorship Isn't Limited to Fighting Terrorism.

You'd think Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg himself was the driver of the van that plowed into pedestrians on London Bridge Saturday, the way U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is talking about the attack. He isn't, but everybody across the world, not just in the United Kingdom, needs to pay close attention to how May wants to respond to the assault.

May believes the problem is you and your silly insistence that you be permitted to speak your mind and to look at whatever you want on the internet. And she means to stop you. And her attitude toward government control of internet speech is shared by President Donald Trump (and Hillary Clinton), so what she's trying to sell isn't isolated to her own citizenry.

As I noted yesterday: we're going to see proposals for, essentially, TSA for the Internet.

■ James Freeman notes that news about Surveillance in the Obama Era is drawing yawns from the watchdog media. And when it is covered, well…

Not that it’s easy, even now, for consumers of news to understand when exactly these violations occurred. The New York Times, for example, has managed to run at least two recent stories that described Obama-era abuses of intelligence powers without ever mentioning the word “Obama.”

■ Let's see some good news: Trump Proposes Major Overhaul of Outdated U.S. Air Traffic Control System.

President Trump, in a speech Monday, promised to replace the current government-owned and operated air traffic control system with a private "self-financing, non-profit organization" relying on user fees, not taxes, to fund itself.

Lest you think this is another free-market-ideologues-gone-wild scheme:

The idea is not new. Canada, the U.K. and Germany are among the roughly 50 countries that privatized air traffic control.

Nav Canada has been around since 1996. It's time we caught up.

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