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Friday, 22 September


Mary Annette Pember: Native advocate can't trust Trump team due to instability Indianz.Com News

What is the Trump team doing about the Indian Health Service, which has suffered from chronic mismanagement and underfunding?


Giving Military Equipment to Police Will Not Lead to Safer Streets Filming Cops

It was the spring of 1992, and Rodney Kings LAPD assailants had just been acquitted. The beating wasnt an isolated incident. It was the culmination of a massive show of

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A Proper Lament for Fading Mid-Century Suburbia Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Addison Del Mastro is Assistant Editor for The American ConservativeThis guest article is republished from The American Conservative with permission.

Sunset Motel, Branchburg, NJ. (Source: Addison Del Mastro)

Sunset Motel, Branchburg, NJ. (Source: Addison Del Mastro)

When I visit my old home in New Jersey, I usually drive down a semi-rural stretch of U.S. Route 202. It used to be totally rural. I pass the Sunset Pancake House, boarded up for as long as I can remember, and the living anachronism next door, the Sunset Motel, its antique neon sign still lit and a station wagon or two parked out front.

There used to be two other motels along the same route: one was replaced by a shiny Holiday Inn Express; the other was torn down but never replaced, and only the signpost remains.

Along U.S. Route 22, closer in to New York City, theres a mediocre hibachi joint that replaced the somewhat famous Leaning Tower of Pizza restaurant. And my favorite theme park as a child, Bowcraft Playland of Scotch Plains, is slated to be razed and turned into another hulking apartment block with a pastel facade and fake balcony railings.

Mid-century buildings, and their futures, inspire a variety of opinions, to say the least. The historic preservation scholar Howard Mansfield wrote, in his book The Bones of the Earth, of the Americana that still lines Route 22: On days when you thought the Republic was rotted to its sills, these buildings stepped forward as exhibits.They were ugly; they were a dead end.

Others are more sanguine about the future of aging American sprawl. In a fascinating masters thesis titled The Death and Life of Great American Strip Malls, architecture student Matthew Manning suggests that strip malls and other popular roadside architecture are indeed of historical value and deserve to be treated seriously by preservationists. Nonetheless, preservationism usually...


Oklahoma City Cops Fatally Shoot Deaf Man As Witnesses Yell He Cant Hear You! Counter Current News

Oklahoma City police officers shot and killed a deaf man in front of his home even though witnesses were yelling to the cops that the man was deaf.

Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was tased and shot to death on Tuesday night, police Capt. Bo Mathews said at a news conference. He admitted witnesses were yelling he cant hear you before the officers fired, but the officers reportedly didnt hear the yells, according to ABC News. The officers reported that Sanchez had a stick in his hand, but Mathews described it as a metal pipe.

The officers were so overcome with fear, that they got locked in their tunnel vision. Mathews explains why he believes they were unable to hear:

In those situations, very volatile situations, you have a weapon out, you can get what they call tunnel vision, or you can really lock in to just the person that has the weapon thatd be the threat against you, Mathews said. I dont know exactly what the officers were thinking at that point.

Sanchez, who had no criminal history, died at the scene. The officer who fired the gun, Sgt. Chris Barnes, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

ABC reported on the details of the crime:

Mathews said the officers were investigating a reported hit-and-run at around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. He said a witness told Lt. Matthew Lindsey the address where the vehicle responsible for the hit-and-run had gone, and that Sanchez was on the porch when Lindsey arrived.

Mathews fails to mention that Sanchez reportedly always carried his pipe because of all numerous stray dogs in the area.

He said Sanchez was holding a metal pipe that was approximately two feet (0.6 meters) long and that had a leather loop on one end for wrapping ar...


Trumps speech to the UN was a perfect example of projection Freethought Blogs

When US presidents get on their high horse at places like the United Nations and start moralizing and criticizing whichever nation happens to be the current enemy, it provides perfect examples of psychological projection, the practice where people defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.

Here is Trump yesterday in his speech to the UN. He is lecturing Iran but I have changed the references to Iran to America.

The American government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. The longest-suffering victims of Americas leaders are, in fact, its own people.

It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Americas government end its pursuit of death and destruction. It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained. And above all, Americas government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors.

Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the American people will face a choice. Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed, and terror? Or will the American people return to the nations proud roots as a center of civilization, culture, and wealth where their people can be happy and prosperous once again?

The American regimes support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its financing.

And here is Trump on North Korea, where I have again changed the countrys name to the US

No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the wellbeing of their own people than the depraved regime in America.

If this is not twisted enough, now Americas reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.

It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict. No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.

Yep, thats projection alright.

Irans leader Hassan Rouhani as well as the other fine natio...


Pacific Northwest Resident Documents Metallic Fibers Falling From Sky Sheep Media

As the term geoengineering creeps evermore into public consciousness, people are being persuaded that weather modification schemes will play an important role in public safety as a response to climate change. Most people are behind the curve on this issue, though, as independent journalists and private individuals have for years been documenting what is is happening in our skies.

For the last several years, a Washington state resident has been documenting geoengineerinng activity in the skies over the Olympic Peninsula, reporting on unnatural cloud formations, atmospheric spraying, and electromagnetic warfare testing by the Navy. In addition to the obvious manipulations of the sky at large, she has documented an abundance of mysterious white fibrous materials falling from the sky.

In a post on September 6th, 2017, V. Susan Ferguson shares the following images along with an explanation of where her research in this matter has led to.

Regarding the above photo, she notes:

The above photo was taken by me a few months ago. Please note the patterns that look like spikes or limbs off a stem.  These remind me very much of the kind of cloud formations I often find on NASA Worldview now. This photo is enlarged and contrast enhanced to show the structural details. [...


Syrian War Report September 21, 2017: Al-Qaeda Failure In Northern Hama Veterans Today

from SouthFront On September 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) repelled a huge attack of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) on Maan in northern Hama. A fighting was also reported in Tulaysiyah, Tel Al-Aswad, Al-Qahira, Al-Zughbi and Al-Raya. In total, about 40 militants []


[WATCH] Man Sues Former Chattanooga Police Officer and City After Outrageous Arrest Filming Cops

Walking while black defendant Hanson Melvin has sued former city police officer David Campbell and city government over his arrest and jailing in a case that suggests a lax police

The post [WATCH] Man Sues Former Chattanooga Police Officer and City After Outrageous Arrest appeared first on Filming Cops.


I Have Seen The Moon [Draft 2]. Freethought Blogs

Click for full size. Watercolour, acrylic, and marker on Arches. Now, back to Draft 1.

C. Ford, all rights reserved.


Vanessa Beeley on Yemen: Saudi, US are Now Guilty of War Crimes 21st Century Wire

Yemen is by far the most intentionally down-played and grossly under-reported conflict in the world. The result of the western mainstream medias outright refusal to report this war properly has been tens of thousands dead from Saudi-led violence, leaving hundreds of thousands at risk, and with millions displaced.

21WIRE Associate Editor Vanessa Beeley speaks to host Patrick Henningsen about the current deteriorating situation in Yemen. Beeley gives a comprehensive breakdown and heart-felt analysis of the conflict during Episode #202 of the SUNDAY WIRE radio show. Whats become clear now after 2 and half years of an undeclared war of aggression on neighbouring Yemen, is that Saudi Arabia and its allies particularly the US and UK are now guilty of international war crimes for their illegal and sordid roles in targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, and generating mass suffering and death in the country.

Listen to this powerful segment:

READ MORE YEMEN NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Yemen Files



How the United Nations Supports the American Empire The Anti-Media

For decades the American Right has decried the U.N. for encroaching on American sovereignty, but the truth is that the U.N. is a chief U.S. accomplice in violating the sovereignty of other nations, notes J.P. Sottile.

(CN President Trump opened his big United Nations week and his famous mouth with a predictable plug for one of his properties and some playful glad-handing with French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump also scolded the U.N.s unwieldy scrum for not living up to its potential. He made a passing reference to the U.N.s wasteful use of American money. And he called for reform of the much-maligned international forum.

It was a stolid prelude to what will no doubt be must-see TV when he speaks to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday about North Korea and Iran. And it was a far cry from the way Americas leading America Firster spent the campaign lamenting how unfair the U.N. is to the poor schlemiel we call Uncle Sam.

He is likely to use his speech to throw a little bit of that same red meat to his base, but his call for reform falls well short of what his supporters want  which is an abrupt end of U.S. involvement in the international body. They are motivated by a grab-bag of reasons that point to the U.N. being a threat to their guns, their bank accounts and their God-given freedom.

Oddly enough, these conspiratorial narratives have been around for decades and they mostly center on a grand plan by U.N. elites to abscond American sovereignty and dissolve the U.S. into a U.N.-led world government. And the evidence of this is the way the U.N. harasses and restricts Uncle Sam while siphoning-off Americas wealth. At least, thats what some think.

Most ominously, many object to the way U.N. funds are being used to quietly deploy gun-grabb...


Cops are Breaking Into Cars & Trashing ThemTo Stop People from Breaking into Cars The Free Thought Project

breakingWhen a woman in Texas found that someone had broken into her car, she was shocked to learn it was the local police.


N**gers Live Here: Westfield State University Investigating Racist Message Written on Students Door Counter Current News

Westfield State University in Massachusetts has started an investigation into discriminatory and highly offensive language after someone wrote a racist slur on a black students dorm door.


The student, a senior at Westfield State, shared a photo on social media, saying someone wrote n**gers live here on a name tag on her door in New Hall, a housing complex on campus, reported The Root.

The student, who tagged Westfield State President Ramon Torrecilha and the college itself in the post, quickly received a response and support from the university community.

Torrecilha immediately sent out a message to the campus community, blatantly stating, This is unacceptable & will not be tolerated. Those responsible will be held accountable. This is not the Westfield I know.

As we conduct a thorough investigation of this hateful activity, please know that we have increased our security and have put our residence hall staff on alert to be vigilant, Torrecilha added in another statement.

People also started rallying on social media under the hashtag #OwlsFightBack.




Just Do It for Writersby Carolyne Van Der Meer QWF Writes

The thing about writing fiction is you need to know what kind of writer you are. The kind who needs


What Puerto Rico Teaches Us About Being Prepared Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show


They say preppers should wear tin foil hats. However, preppers may be the only people that survives what is coming. I recently interviewed Bob Griswold of about surviving whaat is coming. This is a riveting interview that the readers should help go viral.

They say preppers should wear tin foil hats. However, preppers may be the only people that survives what is coming. 

Please read this carefully: One hundred percent of the power is offline this morning in Puerto Rico. If we want to know what the effects of an EMP would be, Puerto Rico is an excellent laboratory. At least in Puerto Rico there is the hope that power will be quickly restored to critical services (eg hospitals, etc.). The only reason thatthe people of Puerto Rico can expect tohave power restored is because they are being served by Americans who have power. However, if and EMP attack were to take out the national grid, there would be no resuce and the effects could las as long as a generation or longer.

Paul Martin

Paul Martin has infrmation, from a high-level, deep-cover source that private government contractors are feversihly preparing for an EMP attack, presumably from North Korea. The crews are reportedly working 14 hour days an are not evenmaking a significant dent. Their primary mission is to harden military assets. The expectation is that if the US was struck by an EMP, an invasion, presumably from China or China/Russia would follow. As an aside, if America wants to know what it is like to be attacked and occupied, I suggest watching Amazon Primes, The Man in the High Castle.

I am process the Martin interview at the end of this week and this interview will be published on both the Youtube and the website of The Common Sense Show.

Since you are not considered to be necessary to national security, your life and your resources will not be shielded from the effects of an EMP. Therefore, what can you expect happen in the event of an EMP attack? More importantly, is there anything that c...


The Pentagon Is Actively Poisoning Americans Across The US & Its 100% Legal Sheep Media

This article by Rachel Blevins was originally published at The Free Thought Project

There are 61 active military sites in the US that are used to burn hazardous explosives, making the Pentagon the largest source of pollution in the country.

The idea that a government is actively poisoning its citizens may sound like the perfect propaganda plot to send the mainstream media into a feeding frenzy, and to make American neoconservatives beg for the invasion of a sovereign nationunless it is happening in the United States.

The Department of Defense and its contractors are currently using at least 61 active military sites across the country to burn and detonate unused munitions and raw explosives in the open air with no environmental emissions controls, according to a series of bombshell reports from ProPublica that give insight into the largest source of pollution in the country: The Pentagon.

One of those sites is located at an army ammunition plant in Radford, Virginia. The town consists of around 17,000 people, and it is home to an elementary school that has been ranked by researchers as facing some of the most dangerous air-quality hazards in the country.

The rate of thyroid diseases in three of the surrounding counties is among the highest in the state, provoking town residents to worry that emissions from the Radford plant could be to blame. Government authorities have never studied whether Radfords air pollution could be making people sick, but some of their hypothetical models estimate that the local population faces health risks exponentially greater than people in the rest of the region. 

Congress banned American industries from using open burns to dispose of hazardous waste in 1984, with the land disposal restrictions program for the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency was instructed to specify either concentration levels or methods of trea...


Revolutionary Medicine: The Change We Need OpEdNews

Revolutionary Medicine: The Change We Need - Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists - Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists


Will the Mythinformation Conference Destroy the Atheist Community? Latest Splice Today Article Freethought Blogs

Im relatively new to atheist/secular conferences, but the ones Ive attended have been great. Last years Women in Secularism conference was a blast; I found family at this past Aprils ReasonCon3, and made my conference speaking debut at this past Junes American Humanist Association conference. I love connecting with fellow humanist activists, making new friends, and meeting online friends for the first time at these conferences, and hope to do the same at next months PASTAHcon. However, theres one I wont attend, next weeks Mythinformation conference.

The annual Mythinformation event is hosted by Mythicist Milwaukee. Some of their past guest speakers include Dan Barker from the Freedom of Religion Foundation, Hemant Mehta of the Friendly Atheist blog, Mandisa Thomas from Black Nonbelievers, and scholar Richard Carrier. This years conference, however, includes three infamous YouTube personalities: Armoured Skeptic, Shoe0nHead, and Sargon of Akkad.

Armoured Skeptic, aka Gregory Fluhrer, began his career debunking creationism and pseudoscience, but has since turned his attention to anti-feminism. Fluhrer makes a living stirring YouTube drama. His girlfriend Shoe0nHead, aka June Lapine, was always a YouTube nuisance who makes fun of everyone she doesnt like, including non-binary trans people. Neither so-called skeptic cites sources for their claims and their rhetoric boils down to No, youre an idiot. And then theres Sargon of Akkad, aka Carl Benjamin, whos anti-feminist, a 9/11 truther, a Brexit supporter, and a professional asshole. Hes also a hypocrite; he loves to critique safe spaces on campus, yet once started a petition to ban social justice college courses. Not exactly in the Christopher Hitchens range of intellectualism.

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Notre Dame De Paris. Freethought Blogs

Notre Dame De Paris. William T. Horton, A Book of Images.


Trump Makes Up African Country And Tells African Leaders His Friends Are going to your countries trying to get rich Counter Current News

During a feast at the United Nations on Wednesday, President Trump told African leaders, Africa has tremendous business potential, and he has so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich.

Given the long history of rich Europeans and Americans exploiting African countries by stealing their resources and enslaving and slaughtering their people, Trump chooses not to give details on how hie friends are getting rich or how they have used these countries to get rich in the past.

He also referenced the health system of the non-existent country of Nambia. He may have been referring to Zambia or Namibia, but there is no Nambia.


(Article By Jeremiah Jones)


This is What the Establishment Fears: Watch Black Lives Matter & Trump Supporters Come Together The Free Thought Project

black lives matterPeople are resisting the divide and conquer propaganda and this video of Black Lives Matter and Trump supporters coming together shows how to do it.


Police Arrest 8 Year Old Boy Put Him in Restraints and Inject Him With Sedatives On First Day of School Filming Cops

A Toronto-area mother is searching for answers after she says her son was taken to a hospital alone in the back of a police car, placed in restraints and injected

The post Police Arrest 8 Year Old Boy Put Him in Restraints and Inject Him With Sedatives On First Day of School appeared first on Filming Cops.


Counter Current News

Trumps Federal judicial nominee is a religious extremist that claims gay marriage leads to polygamy and bestiality, and that transgender children are evidence of Satans plan.

Jeff Mateer, Trumps nominee to be a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman division, rejects the separation of church and state according to Michael Stone of Patheos.

During his campaign, Trump claimed he supported gay and transgender rights. Unfortunately, since his election, he has shown his true colors as a liar. He now does not support their restroom rights and has banned transgender people from military. He also has nominated this notoriously anti-gay and anti-transgender potential district judge.

In a May 2015 speech, titled The Church and Homosexuality, Trumps judicial nominee says that transgender children are proof that Satans plan is working.

In Colorado, a public school has been sued because a first grader and I forget the sex, shes a girl who thinks shes a boy or a boy who thinks shes a girl, its probably that, a boy who thinks shes a girl. And the school said, Well, shes not using the girls restroom. And so she has now sued to have a right to go in. Now, I submit to you, a parent of three children who are now young adults, a first grader really knows what their sexual identity? I mean it just really shows you how Satans plan is working and the destruction thats going on.

In the same speech, Mateer opposed equal marriage...


Nursing Home Where 9 Died In Scorching Heat Was Just Shut Down By The State TIP

[MH] The Hollywood Hills nursing home that became a sweltering deathtrap for nine seniors after Hurricane Irma was shut down Wednesday.

A statement released by the Agency for Health Care Administration said the centers license was suspended, and unveiled new details about the nursing home, which has a history of poor inspections by state regulators.

Hurricane Irma knocked out power to the facilitys central air-conditioning on Sept 10. Three days later, police and fire rescue evacuated the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, located next door to Memorial Regional Hospital, after they got received several distress calls about the patients. All told, nine people from the nursing home died.

AHCA outlined how tthe nursing home administrators added several late entries to patients medical records.

This includes a facility nurse recording a patients temperature at 101.6 degrees, but the patient was actually no longer at the facility, and had a recorded temperature 108.3 by the hospital. In a second, and very egregious case, a late entry was added that stated the patient was resting in bed with respirations even and unlabored, however, this resident had already died before this entry was made, said AHCA in a statement.

The agency said that several residents suffered respiratory or cardiac distress, and at least eight of those patients ultimately died as a result of not receiving the proper medical attention, the agency noted.

Prior to Wednesdays move, AHCA had already ordered a moratorium on new patients and suspended its participation in Medicaid and Medicare, the financial lifeblood of most long-term care facilities.

The more we learn about this facilitys reckless behavior, the more concerning it becomes that the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center made the decision not to immediately call 911 or evacuate to one of the states largest hospitals located across the street which never lost power, said Florida Gov. Rick Scott in a statement Wednesday. We will not stop demanding answers to these questions on behalf of every family who lost a loved one.

The nursing home filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state, appealing its suspension from Medicaid and requesting an injunction.

Calling the home devastated by the lives lost, the Rehabilitation Center asked a judge in Tallahassee to prevent health regulators from halting new admissions, and a suspension of the rehab centers reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid, federal insurance programs for elderly and poor people.

Dawn Schonwetter stops to look at a memorial of flowers and messages left on the sidewalk of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hill...


[WATCH] Yankton Sioux Tribe Decries Excessive Force Against Elder by Wagner Police Department Filming Cops

The Attorney Generals Office is investigating an incident outside a Wagner nursing home after an excessive force claim from the family of a Yankton Sioux Tribal member who had rushed

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Missing JFK Files WhoWhatWhy

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Batch of Oswald CIA Records Missing from New JFK Files (Trevin)

By law, all seven volumes of the agencys Office of Security files on Lee Harvey Oswald must be released by October 26. But Volume 5 has been missing since 1997.

Military Spending Bill Gives Unprecedented Sums to Israel and Ukraine (Jimmy)

The author writes, Buried deep in the text of the mammoth National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a gargantuan money dump into the Israeli defense industry, with $705 million specifically earmarked for US-Israel missile defense cooperation. the NDAA budgeted unprecedented funding for supposedly defensive weapons for the Ukrainian military, which has been locked in a destabilizing conflict with Russian-backed separatists since a U.S.-backed coup toppled its democratically elected government in


Paul Manaforts New Job (Dan)

The infamous Paul Manafort is again in a position of power. This time, its advising the Iraqi Kurdish leader in a push for Kurdish independence. Unsurprisingly, Manaforts goal is at odds with US policy.

Trumps Quiet Civil Rights Pick (Reader Steve)

During the hoopla over Charlottesville, Trump picked Cameron Quinn to oversee relations with minority communities for the Department of Homeland Security. Reading about Quinn exposes just why the pick was made with little publicity.

 Koch Network Piggy Banks Closed Until Republicans Pass Health and Tax Reform (Jimmy)

The Guardian writes, Koch officials said that the networks midterm budget for policy and politics is between $300m and $400m, but donors are demanding legislative progress.

The post...


Who Rules America? THE INTERNET POST

In the last few months, several competing political, economic and military sectors linked to distinct ideological and ethnic groups have clearly emerged at the centers of power. We can identify some of the key competing and interlocking directorates of the power elite: 1. Free marketers, with the ubiquitous presence of the Israel First crowd. 2. []


Admin Note. Freethought Blogs

A recent fix resulted in a glitch comments in open threads are no longer showing in the recent comments on sidebars. So, while it may appear that TNET is dead, its alive and well, along with other open threads on FTB. Right now, no idea if this is fixable, I guess we shall all see.


Witnesses Yell He Cant Hear You as Oklahoma City Cops Fatally Shoot Deaf Man Filming Cops

Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man in front of his home as he approached them holding a metal pipe didnt hear witnesses yelling that he was

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Report: US Airstrikes Killed 433 Civilians in Raqqa in August The Anti-Media

Airwars: US coalition airstrikes even heavier than in Mosul.

(ANTIWAR.COM A new report from British NGO Airwars estimates that US airstrikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa in August killed at least 433 civilians. They reported 5,775 bombs, shells, and missiles dropped in the city in that period.

Airwars said that the level of US-led coalition airstrikes against Raqqa is even higher than in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where US airstrikes killed massive numbers of civilians. They added that the effects on Raqqas trapped civilians have been equally devastating.

While the Pentagon announced that more strikes were dropped on Raqqa in August than any other time in the war, they have yet to offer a figure on civilians killed in August. They instead offered a generic statement on how tey are conducting the most accurate campaign ever.

An estimated 20,000 civilians are believed to still be trapped in Raqqa, which is being invaded by US-backed Kurdish forces. Though US officials have claimed at times the Kurds have gained major territory in the fight, there is still no estimate of how much longer it will last, and US airstrikes are going to continue to be a deadly reality for Raqqa for the foreseeable future.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

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Foals. Freethought Blogs

New life all over! Foals, from David.

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There must be a word for making a fool of yourself to get attention Freethought Blogs

It should also start with a K. You may have heard that James Damore is continuing to discredit himself further with some weird musings on Twitter.

Here are some internal title names for the Klan. Still cool?


You can call yourself whatever you want. But lets not forget that the KKK is all about terror, bigotry, and murder, and all the cool names in the world wont change that.

Damore also has an explanation for why people join the KKK. Its not racism. Its not even economic insecurity. Its because they want to be called a Klokard.

Jebus. The question is no longer about why Damore was fired from Google, its how did he get the job there in the first place?

Also, is he aware that there are pages and pages and pages on the web that are all about how stupid some of the names and creatures in D&D are?

I still dont have a good word for Damore, so Im going to have to invent one. Klaggart. Or maybe Klook.


A UN Force for Ukraine: Beware the Trojan Horse Global Research

Russia has proposed that a UN peacekeeping force be placed in Ukraine to protect Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) representatives, who are supposed to be monitoring adherence to the Minsk agreements. But already the problems with the


I Think There Will Be War: Iraqi Kurds Fear Conflict After Referendum The Anti-Media

Official fears violence after 25 September independence vote, as disputes grow in areas controlled by Kurd forces outside original KRG borders.

(MEE)  Fears of fresh conflict in northern Iraq are bubbling to the surface weeks before Iraqi Kurds hold a contentious vote on independence, with warnings of war over disputed, ethnically mixed border regions and reports of Shia forces pushing Kurd officials from a town to prevent voting.

The Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, has refused repeated requests from Baghdad, the US and regional powers to postpone its 25 September referendum, saying it would only do so if an alternative was presented by Iraqs central government.

Tensions have risen in areas liberated by KRG forces outside the regions original 2003 borders, including the city of Kirkuk. On Monday the KRGs president, Massoud Barzani, said any attempt to change the reality using force in Kirkuk should expect that every single Kurd will be ready to fight.

Dr Jutyar Mahmoud, a member of the regions independence referendum commission, told Middle East Eye that disputed territories such as Kirkuk were the focus of fears of a new conflagration after the referendum.

We will face border problems in the near future and I definitely think there will be another war, and soon, he said.

He described Iraq as militarily weak, after three years of battling the Islamic State (IS), during which time forces have suffered extensive losses, particularly in the recent nine-month fight to liberate Mosul.

A greater threat, he said, was posed by Iraqs other army the Iranian-backed paramilitary Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilisation force.

The Hashd are another threat and maybe Iran will push them to fight us, Mahmoud said, adding that Iraqs prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, doesnt control the Hashd, but Iran can.

Jutyar Mahmoud considered the Hashd a greater threat than Iraqs regular army (AFP)
Hostile acts

His comments preceded bouts of recent unrest in some of the contested border regions. O...


U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Weighs Using Kinetic Weapon On North Korea Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted at using a kinetic weapon on Tuesday while discussing tensions with North Korea when he made...


The Daily Bird #479. Freethought Blogs

Mother and babies, Purple Swamphens, from David. So cute!

David, all rights reserved.


Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Is Open for Signatures Global Research

What a day! 

At 08:00 EST this morning, we surpassed our donation campaign goal and reached a total of $18,410 for our work to get states to sign and ratify the treaty. Wow!! 

A few moments later, Antonio Guterres,


Why you should consider ordering The Matrix Revealed Jon Rappoport's Blog

Why you should consider ordering The Matrix Revealed

by Jon Rappoport

September 21, 2017

My mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, contains interviews with two men who go farther in explaining how Matrix Reality is built, brick by brick, than anything Ive ever encountered.

The first man is Ellis Medavoy (pseudonym), a retired propaganda master who, for many years, served the Deep State/ shadow government. Over a series of interviews (28 interviews, 290 pages), Ellis reveals how the space, time, and rhythm of the mind is shaped by operators who know more about REAL psychology than all the academics at all the colleges in the world.

The second man is brilliant hypnotherapist, Jack True. Jack and I researched together for several years. In 43 interviews (320 pages), Jack lays bare his experiences with patients, and how he discovered mechanisms of the mind that could be manipulatedor used to liberate the mind from its own traps and diversions and deeply ingrained habits.

Together, these two men showed me more about the Matrix than I had found in decades of investigation. Their insights are as much about liberation as they are about mind control.

The Matrix Revealed also contains my logic course, designed to immerse people with a high-school reading level in the first waves of rational thinking and analysis.

You can watch me briefly discuss The Matrix Revealed here:

And here are the full contents of my mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed:

* 250 megabytes of information.

* Over 1100 pages of text.

* Ten and a half hours of audio.

The 2 bonuses alone are rather extraordinary:

* My complete 18-lesson course, LOGIC AND ANALYSIS, which includes the teachers manual and audio to guide you. I was previously selling the course for $375. This is a new way to teach logic, the subject that has been missing from schools for decades.

* The complete text (331 pages) of AIDS INC., the book that exposed a conspiracy of scientific fraud deep within the...


Let There Be Ignorance! Freethought Blogs

After playing an unbelievably bad atheist philosophy professor in Gods Not Dead, Kevin Sorbo is going to stretch his range by playing an unbelievably bad atheist doctor of medicine in Let There Be Light. Watch the trailer and be in awe of Jerkules acting chops!

Can you spot the Christian tropes in the plot summary?

After suffering the traumatic loss of his youngest son to cancer, Dr. Sol Harkens (Kevin Sorbo) loses faith and heads down a path of darkness. Distancing himself from his ex-wife Katy (Sam Sorbo) and their two remaining sons, Sol turns to alcohol to numb his pain. Soon his bad habits catch up to him, and Sol is involved in a serious car accident that leaves him dead for four minutes before he is resuscitated. What Sol experiences during this time changes his outlook on life and brings him closer to his family and faith.

I see

  • Atheists are angry at the gods because of some trauma.

  • Leaving the gods sends you down a path of darkness.

  • Youll lose all your friends and family if you dont follow the gods.

  • When youre near death, boy will you regret not believing in the gods.

  • Dreams and the confabulations of the unconscious mind are objective evidence of the existence of the gods.

Poor Kevin seems to be making a career of playing a caricature of an atheist, poorly, who then undergoes a miraculous conversion, unconvincingly. The most persuasive part of the trailer for me is when Sorbo accepts Christ into his life after suffering a traumatic brain injury, and as a reward, Satan (played by Sean Hannity) shows up to offer him a chance to appear on Fox News. Nope, Im convinced. No way will I ever drink the Christian Kool-Aid.


Benjamin Netanyahu: Donald Trump is Israels best puppet thus far Veterans Today

We can say with certainty that Benjamin Netanyahu was lying when he said that Iran was spreading its tyrannical and terrorist wings over Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. And this is not the first that he has lied.


Trumps Mein Kampf Tirade at the United Nations Global Research

The speech delivered Tuesday by Donald Trump to the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York was without precedent either for the UN or the American presidency.

Speaking before a world body ostensibly created to


Trumps Straight Talk At The United Nations Disturbs Global Elite The Federalist

President Trump made his debut at the United Nations on Tuesday, addressing the U.N. General Assembly at its annual opening. Afterward, media headlines and news coverage of the speech focused on Trumps absurd (but admittedly amusing) new nickname for Kim Jong Un, Rocket Man, and his threat that the United States is willing to totally destroy North Korea to protect itself and its allies.

The mainstream media, liberal elites, and the international community have been doing a lot of handwringing about Trumps rhetoric and his talk of going it alone. They also had a lot to say about his comments concerning the Iran nuclear deal, whose dissolution the president has long desired.

Although the focus was on Trumps supposedly dangerous isolationism and nationalism, whats really upsetting them is that he dared to say what no one is supposed to say: that the U.N. is broken and that it is unrealistic and dangerous to have a world without borders and without national sovereignty. In other words, Trump violated the Emperor Has No Clothes rule.

The Importance of Governments Serving Their People

One of the major themes of Trumps U.N. speech was national sovereignty, both of the United States and of foreign countries: Our governments first duty is to its people, to our citizens, to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. As president of the United States, I will always put America first. Just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first.

Although the international community gives lip service to the idea of national sovereignty and the U.N.s role in defending it, this concept fundamentally conflicts with the liberal belief that the world should be progressing toward a kind of borderless global nationalism, in which no one country can claim superiority over another. Thats the real reason Trump was so roundly criticized for saying that hes willing to go it alone on North Korea.

Trump also dared to praise America for its enduring legacy as a free democracy. His speech was devoid of the kind of America-bashing that President Obama was fond of, especially in front of international audiences. Instead, Trump asserted that the United States should shine as an example for everyone to watch, which indeed it should. He also praised the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution as the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom for Americans and millions around the world who have embraced it as a model of good government.

No doubt, this kind of talk disturbs the American Left and international bureaucracies, both of which have grown comfortable with the idea that American exceptionalism is a myth based on an ugly and misguided sense of supremacy and pseudo-colonialism. This goes hand-in-hand with nationalism becoming a dirty word that can only be interpreted as a form of fascism. Thus i...


If You Want Medicare For All, Get Used To Eating Rabbit Now The Federalist

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders recently rolled out his Obamacare fixer-upper plan, called Medicare for all. He wants to extend Medicarecurrently a federal government-run health insurance for seniors and the disabledto all Americans.

But the socialist from Vermont doesnt just want to increase the number enrolled in Medicare. He wants more. Under his plan, in additional to medical care, all Americans would receive extended coverage such as dental and vision, with no more co-pays, no more deductibles and no more fighting with insurance companies when they fail to pay for charges.

Such a push for socialized medicine used to be considered too wacky an idea to warrant any serious discussion. Yet 16 Democratic Senatorssome of whom harbor potential presidential ambitions, such as Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warreneagerly lent Bernie their support.

Its time for a reality check for Bernie and his supporters. All we need to do is look to Venezuela, the socialist country that once received high praise from Senator Sanders because it implemented things the American left is craving, such as free healthcare.

Venezuela Once Offered A Lot Of Free Stuff

Once upon a time, Venezuela was the richest country in Latin America. Its wealth wasnt simply the result of an abundant supply of natural resources such as oil; Venezuelans in 1950s enjoyed a great deal of economic and political freedom. There was universal suffrage, protection of private property rights, and freedom of the press. As a matter of fact, The Index of Economic Freedom for Venezuelaon a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 is the freestwas 1.5 in 1950 and 1.6 in 1955. In this environment, Venezuelas private sectors flourished.

Unfortunately, Venezuela had the bad luck of electing a string of terrible and corrupt leaders who were determined to take the country down the road to socialism. First, there was Romulo Betancourt, who was elected president in 1959. Romulo was a onetime communist who later posed as a social democrat. Some of his signature socialist policies included using land reform to strip away landowners property rights, creating a national oil company, tripling the income tax rate, and introducing price control measures such as rent control. The countrys pivot to socialism was continued by Betancourts successors.

In 1999, Hugo Chavez rode the public outrage against the establishment to power. Although he campaigned against corrupted policies in the last 40 years, Chavez not only continued the same disastrous policies, he went further under a movement called Chavismo.

Hugo Chavezs Free Education And Free Health Care

Chavez firmly believed that government must manage the economy through central planning. So he drastically increased state c...


Ken Burns New Vietnam War Documentary Speaks For Silent Soldiers Like My Father The Federalist

Ken Burns much anticipated, newly released Vietnam War documentary is receiving high praise from practically everyone, including George Will, who has called it a masterpiece and a fine example of how to calmly assess episodes fraught with passion and sorrow.

Thus far through the series, I have certainly been inspired to contemplate many of our contemporary culture war battles through the lens of Vietnam. But the documentary especially makes me think of my now-deceased father, who was himself a Vietnam War veteran.

Why My Father Fought

My father grew up practically at ground zero of the 1960s southern segregation fight, desegregation coinciding with his junior year at Huntsville High School in Alabama. He was disgusted by the racism pervasive among his many white classmates, and became a liberal hippy, experimenting with drugs, drinking with Black Panthers, and loudly vocalizing his opposition to the Vietnam War. Yet in order to help pay for college at Auburn University, he joined the universitys ROTC program.

He ultimately dropped out of Auburn, only to have his draft number called. He promptly answered, and spent four years as a U.S. Army medic, two of which were spent serving in South Korea, including participating in the medevacs to retrieve and care for soldiers wounded in Vietnam. In the few anecdotes he told about his experience in that theater, I never got the impression that his liberal politics obstructed his ability to serve his country, the country his father and grandfather had also served in World Wars I and II.

The virtue of patriotism also stands out in my knowledge of my fathers service. He remained adamant throughout his life that Vietnam was the wrong war: a tremendous waste of life, money, and American goodwill. But this never meant he wasnt proud to serve. Every 4th of July at our church, the pastor would ask military servicemen to stand during the services national anthem. My dad reluctantly but dutifully stood, his head held high. His personal political opinions never obstructed his patriotism, his love for his country, or his loyalty to the flag and what it stood for. He remained ever proud to be a U.S. Army medic.

Grappling With Grief

My fathers military service was also marked by an intense suffering and isolation. He loved to tell stories about his wayward youth, but offered few details about his war experience. A close family friend died from cancer when I was in eighth grademy mother and father were both there at her deathbed. Afterwards my mother wept, but my father never shed a tear. I asked him why. Ive seen too much death in my life, he replies. I dont think Im capable of crying anymore.

Sometimes my mother would ask me to wake my father from his weekend naps. I was terrified to do it. If I came too close to him, trying to quietly speak his name, hed violently grab my arm, his eyes portraying some mad, primal readiness to kill.



Im A Conservative Harvard Student, And Rescinding Mannings Invite Worries Me The Federalist

Last Wednesday, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where I am currently a student, selected Chelsea Manning as a 2017-2018 visiting fellow for its Institute of Politics. On Thursday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo abruptly cancelled a scheduled speech to be delivered at the Schools John F. Kennedy Forum to protest Mannings fellowship. At 12:32 a.m. on Friday, Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf sent an email to students indicating that Harvard would withdraw Mannings fellowship.

The decision to grant Manning a fellowship was a major mistake and has damaged the Kennedy Schools brand. Mannings reckless leaking of military classified documents put the lives of both American soldiers and foreign allies in danger. President Obamas decision to commute Mannings sentence sent a dangerous message to leakers and will go down as one of his administrations greatest moral failings. Elmendorfs decision to extend an invitation to Manning was thus an affront to the spirit of public service that the Kennedy School claims to promote.

Moreover, Elmendorfs explanation of the reversal was weak. Elmendorf commented that he was unaware that many people viewed the title of visiting fellow as honorific. Anyone with half a brain can discern the statement to be nonsense. Harvards ability to attract such important fellows is mainly due to the prestige associated with the Crimson brand. Why else would Elmendorf expect Manning to come to Harvard? The weather?

With all that being said, I remain nervous about the decision to rescind Mannings fellowship because it will set a dangerous precedent that could impair Republican presence on the campus in the future. Based on conversations with my more liberal classmates, which tends to be everyone, they are already greatly frustrated that Republican figures, such as Corey Lewandowski and Sean Spicer, were provided fellowships given their work for Donald Trump. I have heard on several occasions over the past week that Harvard should not be providing a platform to Trumps enablers.

Students Need to Hear a Wide Range of Ideas

Not addressing this hyperbole, I have defended these invitations on the grounds that these fellows would represent perspectives generally not found at the Kennedy School and could provide unique insights into the American political landscape. As someone who opposed Trumps candidacy in 2016, I think students of public policy must better understand what caused Trumps political ascendency and how it impacts the current American political landscape.

I have also contended that the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forums requirement that speakers must take questions was an appropriate measure that enforced some degree of intellectual standards on the fellows, as they would be required to publicly explain and defend their positions.

I fear setting a precedent of removing a visiting fellow due to political pressure will cause liberal and progressive groups t...


What Happened Is The Love Song Of Hillary Rodham Clinton The Federalist

It was common last year to say that the 2016 presidential campaign was awful. That it was the worst in living memory, that it was an endless, unceasing march into the worst scenario that American politics had to offer. Voters turned away in disgust. Journalists and pundits, forced to stare into the soul-destroying void, longed for release. Even the politicians themselves seemed sickened by the poison to which they had once been immune.

If you miss this experience and want more than anything to relive it, then walkno, runto your nearest bookstore and get a copy of Hillary Clintons What Happened. As for the rest of us, for whom 2016 was a nightmare from which we have, at last, awoken, nearly anything is preferable to going back into that awful reverie.

It is understandable that Hillary Clinton is unable to shake the nightmare. Her life is built around preparation and hard work, studying and following rules, practicing until you get it right. For her to live through a campaign in which she checked all the right boxes according to all the right people but saw it all inexplicably slip away must seem like an anxiety dream come to life.

She ran the campaign she wanted against the opponent everyone said could never win. She had all the proper endorsements and all the advantages. But Trump happens. Even for those who will never agree with Clintons politics, it is possible to sympathize with the human element of the story. This book appears designed in part to elicit and enhance that sympathy. Instead, it reminds the reader why she lost in the first place.

Reliving History

The ten months since the 2016 election feels, in some ways, like ten years. The Democratic Party has a lot of that time screaming about Trumps unacceptability and awfulness. They have spent a little of it, more recently, exploring compromises and making deals with him. But all the while they have searched, as all defeated parties do, for a new direction. Even Clinton acknowledges this. In explaining why she skipped the massive protest march that followed Trumps inauguration, she explained I believed it was important for new voices to take the stage, especially on this day.

And yet, this book. Clinton can understand the need to move on, but cannot bring herself to cede her place in the partys firmament. One reason: Shes got a lot of axes to grind. No one expects this book to have the cool remove of history, and it is not intended as a historical work, nor even as an impartial one. Still, it is surprising how much of the work is spent in the airing of grievances.

It is, at times, surprisingly petty. On viewing the Womens March, Clinton calls it awe-inspiring, but says Yet I couldnt...


5 Factors That Could Interfere With Graham-Cassidys State Health Care Waivers The Federalist

Some conservative writersincluding others who write for this publicationhave opined that the legislation written by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) offers states the ability to innovate and reform their health care systems. Most conservatives, including this one, consider state flexibility an admirable goal.

Certainly reforming Medicaidthrough a block grant or per capita cap, coupled with additional flexibility to allow states to manage their programs more freelywould go a long way towards improving care, and reducing health care costs.

But does Graham-Cassidy as written deliver on its promise regarding Obamacare insurance regulations? On the two critical questions surrounding the legislationwill it lower insurance premiums, and will it generate a system that works for states?a textual analysis of the bill yields significant doubts. At least five issues could hinder the results its sponsors have promised, and which all conservatives hope for.

1. Subsidizing Moral Hazard

The language on the top of page 15 explicitly links waivers to funding from the new system of block grants the bill creates. Any waiver will only apply to 1) coverage provided by an insurer receiving block grant funding and 2) coverage provided to an individual who is receiving a direct benefit (including reduced premium costs or reduced out-of-pocket costs) under the block grant.

This requirement that each and every person subjected to a non-Obamacare-compliant plan must receive a direct benefit subsidized by federal taxpayers has several potential perverse consequences. By definition, it encourages moral hazard. Because individuals will know that if they are subjected to health underwriting, or an otherwise noncompliant plan, they must receive federal subsidies, it will encourage them not to buy health insurance until they need it.

It means that either states will have to extend taxpayer-subsidized benefits to highly affluent individuals (allowing them to buy noncompliant plans), or have to permit only low- and middle-income families to buy noncompliant plans (to restrict the subsidies to low-income families). Both scenarios seem politically problematic to the point of being untenable.

If states try to provide a de minimis direct benefitsay, a $1 monthly premium subsidyto some enrollees to minimize the two problems described above, they would face high overhead costs, and a complex system to administer.

When considering the two cons...


Watching The 1950s Whats My Line? Will Challenge Your Assumptions About Humanity The Federalist

The popular guessing game Whats My Line? ran from 1950 to 1967, and most episodes are now available for free on YouTube. The format is simple: four show-business panelists meet three or four guests and are challenged to guess what each does for a living (their line, you see).

They can only ask yes-no questions, and the guest earns $5 for every no answer. If he gives ten no answers, or if enough time goes by without the panel guessing it, he wins. Each episode also has a special mystery guest, where the panel dons blindfolds and tries to guess the identity of a celebrity contestant, who often disguise their voices in humorous ways (have you ever wanted to see Ronald Reagan talking in a goofy doofus voice? You do now).

The game part of the show was very loosely enforced: half the time moderator John Daly would give the contestant the whole $50 on some pretext just for coming onto the program. The panelists often engaged in humorous debates with Daly, or disputations about how their questions ought to be taken. It was less about winning or losing than entertaining the audience.

Its All in Good Fun

The whole thing was a lot of fun. Since the audience is told upfront what the contestants line is, the panelists searching questions often create unintentionally hilarious images. For instance, when a woman who repairs zippers was a contestant, the panel asked such unfortunate questions such as Would one or more of this product be found in a well-equipped office? and Would an efficient secretary know how to operate one?

This shows just how misleading their questions can be, since, of course, the answer to both those questions would be yes. This prompted the follow-up, When you reach the end, does a bell ring? which nearly brought down the house.

The show opens with the panel introducing each other, usually ornamented with numerous compliments about their accomplishments, talents, and (in the case of the women) beauty. They frequently banter amid the segments, playfully teasing one another and cracking jokes while they try to figure out their guests line, all with the air of genuine affection and mutual respect. The effect is more like watching a group of friends playing games at a party than a real serious competition.

Adding to the charm is that the whole point of the show is looking at different types of people doing different types of jobs, many of which you would never guess from simply looking at them. An ordinary-looking little man turns out to be the voice of Donald Duck. A beautiful blonde young woman turns out to be a rocket scientist. A handsome, well-dressed man cleans sewers. Many of the jobs are things you would never even think of, such as a man who fits mens corsets, or a girl who does stunts on the wing of a plane.

All different occupations are represented, and each is treated with a level of respect. Its assumed that every line of work is interesting in i...


UK Unions Call for Energy to be Returned to Public Ownership Global Research

The annual congress of the UK Trades Union Congress (TUC) has passed a historic composite resolution on climate change that supports the energy sector being returned to public ownership and democratic control.

The resolution carried unanimously calls upon


Why Handmade Western Boots Will Never Go Out Of Style The Federalist

The first time I walked into my brothers custom boot shop, I noticed the row of leather hanging near the wall. Different animals, different colorsI was mesmerized by the possibilities they presented.

Many love the smell of leather, but I never cared for it until I was in a room full of earthly hide. For the first time since my brother opened his business, I was genuinely curious as to how he could take one of those pieces of leather and create a pair of western boots by hand. What I learned was more than how he does it, but why, and that turned out to be the most important part.

Years after my brother, Zephan Parker, apprenticed under some of the most well-known boot makers in Texas, he opened Parker Custom Boots. It was an American dream he never thought was his, but through the process showed me an American past that I was forgetting. I realized it wasnt a good thing to forget how things used to be doneand how things should still be.

Machines Cant Beat Trained Hands

Leatherwork is a craft that takes time and patience to learn, as well as the willingness to use your hands constantly. Unlike many business ventures that tend to be a survival of the fittest, the craftsman masters of the western world willingly take in newcomers to the craft. They show them different techniques to stitching the panels, how each curve of the stitch must be perfectin the kind of way thats completely imperfect, but because of how a hand guides the leather through the sewing machine, it becomes humanly perfect. Newer craftsmen are taught to create their own patterns, a kind of signature that can be recognized years down the road by other craftsmen. Theyre keeping a tradition alive through hard work rather than replacing it with cheaper means.

I saw more than rows of leather when I walked into his shop. I heard a sound that echoed from the past. Vintage machines lined the walls, ticking and rumbling the same way they did decades ago in some other boot makers shop in some other part of America. Boot making is an American tradition that requires the hard-working hands of a craftsman, but hands also keep integrity in the process of creating a product.

We live in a world where efficiency comes before quality, and consumerism before value. I dont believe this is inherently bad, but through the process of understanding the custom boot world, Ive seen that the less we use our hands to create the more we lose well-made things and the less we are able to give to the future in antiques and heirlooms.

A human hand touches every single part of the custom boot. Taking a customers measurements, building the last, designing and stitching the side panels, creating the toe box so the toe doesnt cave in, sewing on the welt, and many other things are required to create this wearable art.

Whats More American than Work Ethic?

More importantly, these human hands shake the customers as he or she walks into the...


Westerners Who Hate On Christianity Have No Idea How It Shapes Their Thoughts The Federalist

It has been almost 70 years since Hank Williams recorded one of his most well-known songs, Lost Highway. Thus it has been nearly 70 years since the term rolling stone has infiltrated the American vernacular. This expression has been used by musicians including Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones (naturally), Emmy Lou Harris, and even Green Day.

Although the expressions genesis goes much further back than Williams song, the meaning it has come to represent can be found in the lyrics. Im a rollin stone all alone and lost. For a life of sin I have paid the cost. In other words, a rolling stone is a lonesome traveler not anchored to any one place.

So when we hear Dylan ask, How does it feel to be a rolling stone? We already know what this means, even if we have never heard Williams sing his ever so dark lullaby. The phrase has taken hold in this culture and now carries its own weight in our lexicon.

This is how language evolves. A word or phrase comes to represent a series of ideas, then those ideas are given life with as little effort as saying a few words. If an American traveled to the Middle East and told the locals he was a rolling stone, the response might be confusion. The same thing can be said for a phrase like love is love. When an acquaintance uses this to end a discussion, we know what he or she means. We also know the phrase is not being used to its extreme conclusions. But if it was said in a Greek townwhere they have six different words for lovethe people in that community may wonder how much lead Americans drink.

Christianity in America has had a similar effect in underpinning our public life. This seems to go without saying, but examples abound of people from every social class who seem to not have a clue. Even if a person does sincerely believe the role of religion in our lives is anachronistic, he still draws deeply from Judeo-Christian beliefs to make value judgments.

The Residue Is Still Here

We are long past the days where citizens would spend an afternoon at the Circus Maximus to watch gladiators fight to the death, in no small part through Christian ethics. The Bill of Rights were written by proponents of natural law, a system conceived by the Greeks but developed by Christian thinkers, who believed a well-functioning government does not grant human rightsGod does thatrather, it ensures them. The effect of Christian thought in our lives is so ubiquitous that, even as controversial as they are in our public discourse, the injunctions of the Ten Commandments appear obvious. This includes the ever-controversial first and second commandments. T...


A Health Care Solution So Simple, Even Congress Could Pass It The Federalist

After seven years of promising to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senate Republicans have yet to settle on legislation that would appease both the moderate and conservative wings of the party. With every attempt by the Senate leadership to satisfy the demands of one faction, it has simultaneously pushed the other further away.

Meanwhile, the embattled President Donald Trump, who is eager to move on from health care and in need of a major legislative victory, has grown frustrated with Congress, routinely chastising their failures via social media and even demanding the Senate change its rules so it can pass comprehensive reform without approval from Democrats.

Lost in the political drama is why health-care reform legislation is so difficult to pass in the first place and why the solution to the problem, which is exceedingly simple, is being ignored.

America Wasnt Designed for National Consensus

On the first point, its worth remembering what Congress is: a representative legislative body meant to bring together the widely diverse voices of a vast nation to solve important national problems and concerns, which are clearly enumerated in the Constitution. When the American people generally agree on an issue, such as whether human trafficking should be tolerated, its easy for Congress to pass legislation. But the more diversity within an issue, the more difficult the task becomes.

This is, of course, by design. The framers of the Constitution never desired a system in which complex problems that manifest themselves in a variety of ways would be tackled by a national legislature, with the only exceptions being issues that must by their nature be addressed in this way, such as tariffs and immigration. The reason the Senate has failed to reach an agreement is because the American people have passionate and unique perspectives on health care, and they often differ substantially by region and are driven by local customs and concerns.

The only way legislation in the Senate will ever be passed under the current philosophy is if people everywhere are willing to live under a system they consider to be less than ideal. When it comes to taxes, regulations, and other problems, thats an easier sell. On health care, which quite literally deals with life and death issues, its far more difficult to find common ground. This problem is exacerbated because it is Republicans in control, and many in the party refuse to accept that the federal government should have a role in health care at all.

Interestingly, the more difficult it has become for Republicans in the Senate to resolve their differences, the more apparent the solution has become: Dont resolve the differences. Rather than try to get virtually all the Republican senators to agree to something they mostly dislike, it would be far simpler to take the pressure off Congress entirely, by giving as much health-care funding as possibleincluding cash for Medicai...


Why Women Will Feel More Fulfilled If They Ditch Womens Magazines The Federalist

Today if a woman wants to read a magazine that celebrates femininity, her best bet is Maxim. There she can find praise for mothers who prioritize wellness, female entrepreneurship, and ladies in the arts.

Granted, this praise usually includes a fleshy photo-op, but it still beats Cosmopolitans lecture about gendered baby showers. And Marie Claires disdain for men who serve in the military. And Elles diagnosis that independent-thinking women are a problem.

Although once an effective tool to foster sorority, womens magazines are slowly dismantling womanhood, one feminist idea at a time. These publications have yanked distinct femininity from womens loving arms, creating a painful loneliness in American female culture.

The Struggle Is Real, But No Help for You

To start with, womens magazines have a lot of demands about motherhood. Cosmo made a list of 10 Things You Should Never Say to New Moms. This piece so generously insists that visitors should never burden mothers with more than one hour of company. New mothers should also expect any visitor to bring some baked goods and make it snappy.

In addition, any friend who utters the word part-time to a pregnant woman is not a friend at all. To imply that new-mom responsibilities might be more easily balanced with fewer work hours is gross. These tips are, of course, only for fellow women.

An expecting mother should require anyone with XY chromosomes to abstain from all joking commentary on her changing physicality, even if he means to comfort or celebrate her. As one Cosmo writer says of her own husband, He cant and will never understand what it feels like to have someone pass judgment, with good humor or not, on his body. Its not something that happens to men.

This Cosmo-girl persona doesnt value fellowship, advice, or her husbands opinion. She is not a true feminist. Shes an isolationist in matters of t...


No Drama Merkel: Leader of Free World Cruises to Reelection WhoWhatWhy

Chancellor Angela Merkel now looks unstoppable in Germanys national election as she seeks to add another term to her 12 years in power.

The United States has much at stake in the electoral fate of the longest serving and most experienced head of state in the Western world. Polls reveal more Americans have confidence in Merkel than in their own president (56% to 46%); a survey of 37 nations shows people see her, rather than Trump, as the leader of the free world.

Merkel is running a huge lead over her Social Democratic (SPD) rival Martin Schulz ahead of the Sept. 24 ballot. Many political observers, claiming the race for first place is already over, are focused on Merkels next coalition government. Will her Conservative Democratic Union (CDU) party join forces with the Social Democrats, pro-business Free Democratic Party, or Greens?

Like Americans in 2016, German voters are confronted with questions about immigration, the challenge of fake news, the threat of hacking attacks and leaks, and the rise of white nationalism. But with one of the strongest economies in the world, driven largely by exports, Germans do not see globalization as a threat. Political parties representing most of the electorate largely agree on fundamentals like a formidable social safety net.

The political abyss that Merkel nearly fell into after she gambled vast political capital on a decision to open the German border in 2015-16 to a million refugees has been camouflaged by a campaign full of sunshine and devoid of substance.

The US media has shown limited interest in the uneventful reelection campaign of the worlds most powerful woman, which Germans themselves call boring.

Martin Schulz

Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.
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Trump Falls in Line with Interventionism Global Research

Featured image: President Trump speaking to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19, 2017. (Screenshot from

In discussing President Trump, there is always the soft prejudice of low expectations people praise him for reading from a


Georgia Tech President responds to protests Freethought Blogs

Georgia Tech President G.P. Bud Peterson sent a message to the main GT listserv Tuesday. Im not sure I buy the bit about outside agitatorsone of the three people arrested was a Georgia Tech studentbut all in all I think its a pretty evenhanded response. Heres the whole message:

The events of the past few days have been incredibly difficult and challenging for the entire Georgia Tech community. Consistent with our traditions and values, it is especially important that during times like these we come together and support one another.

One of our student leaders, Scout Schultz, has died and we all bear the tremendous weight of that loss. I met Scout last year at the Lavender Graduation ceremony, and our entire Georgia Tech community is mourning the tragic loss of this smart and passionate young person. Losing a student, friend, colleague, and campus leader is one of the most difficult experiences that any of us will have to face.

Georgia Tech has gained national attention as a result of this incident, and while todays communications technologies provide us with almost instantaneous coverage, we must rely on professional investigation and evaluation, and not draw conclusions too quickly. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is currently investigating the incident and reviewing all of the circumstances surrounding Scouts death. Details will be revealed by the GBI as they become available.

For now, we are focusing on mourning the loss and remembering Scouts many contributions to the Georgia Tech community over the past four years. Last nights vigil at the Campanile that was coordinated by the Pride Alliance and the Progressive Student Alliance was attended by almost 500 community members including Scouts family. Unfortunately, they were also joined by several dozen others intent on creating a disturbance and inciting violence. We believe many of them were not part of our Georgia Tech community, but rather outside agitators intent on disrupting the event. They certainly did not honor Scouts memory nor represent our values by doing so.

Rest assured that our campus community is responding to these recent events in a positive and constructive manner, in spite of the many challenges they represent. I am grateful for our students, faculty, staff, campus leaders, and for our campus police. The response by our students to last nights events is particularly heartwarming they were on Facebook and Twitter through the night trying to find ways to show support and to say this is not who we are.

In closing, I want to convey to you how proud I am of the Georgia Tech community. I know the true character of our community and am confident that we can wo...


The Illegal Occupation of Palestine: UN Must Take a Leaf From the Global Grassroots BDS Movement Global Research

Among ongoing outrageous actions and in defiance of international law, Israels HabayitHayehudi party has just approved a plan for annexing the remaining occupied Palestinian territory while either facilitating the exit of Palestinian residents or allowing them to remain but without


Cops Kill Deaf Man Holding a Stick, Despite Neighbors Telling Them He was Deaf The Free Thought Project

Police ignored the warnings from neighbors that he couldn't hear them, and killed a deaf man for holding a stick that he always carries to fend off dogs.


E.U. to Trump: Were Not Renegotiating Iran Nuclear Deal Israel Not Happy 21st Century Wire

BFFs: Netanyahu instructing the US President on what to do, what to say.

Patrick Henningsen
21st Century Wire

After this weeks UN General Assembly, its pretty clear that the Iran nuclear deal may be in jeopardy. Not from a European perspective, but from Washingtons end of things.

As I pointed out at the time, from the beginning of the agreement in 2015, the main resistance in Washington was coming from only two places the Republican Congress and Senate and the Israeli Lobby. In the words of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, No deal is better than a bad deal. In reality, any deal was a bad deal for Israel, and whats bad for Israel is meant to be bad for the United States of America, or so were told constantly by FOX News.

Despite Israels vehement opposition and Bibis grandstanding in front of the US Congress, the P5+1 nations successfully ratified a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Irans nuclear program that summer. In US terms, this was generally hailed as a success at the time and a major foreign policy success benchmark for the Obama Administration.

IMAGE: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, together with John Kerry, Federica Mogherini, Phillip Hammond in Lausanne, Switzerla...


Silver-lining-in-genocide Senator wants to assimilate you Freethought Blogs

If there was ever an argument for abolishing Canadas appointed Senate, Lynn Beyak is it. After defending the first genocide of the continents first nations by European colonials, then the second genocide through the residential school program by bonafide Canadians, Beyak spent her summer months supposedly meeting with Indigenous communities. Her takeaway? Give up your culture and assimilatealso, apply for citizenship that you already have.

Trade your status card for a Canadian citizenship, with a fair and negotiated payout to each Indigenous man, woman and child in Canada, to settle all the outstanding land claims and treaties, and move forward together just like the leaders already do in Ottawa, she said in an open letter published Sept. 1 on her Senate website.

(Indigenous people born in this country are Canadian citizens, and were given full voting rights in 1960.)

Like the leaders already do in Ottawa is an interesting euphemism, considering the outstanding criticism is that we flout our treaties. Perhaps Beyak is unaware, but a federal government dishonouring its agreements is generally perceived as a high-risk partner in diplomacy, and it severely damages your governments ability to bargain. Theres a reason North Korea has exactly zero friends, with their supposed ally mostly using NK as a proxy to undermine the United States. The fact that Trudeau is undermining fewer of these treaties isnt exactly progress.

Also, shes apparently unaware that status first nations are still citizens? Why is this twit being paid with my tax money?

None of us are leaving, so lets stop the guilt and blame and find a way to live together and share, she wrote. All Canadians are then free to preserve their cultures in their own communities, on their own time, with their own dime.

Great! So were de-funding the Catholic systems then! (Somehow I doubt thats what she actually means)

How about, instead of paying this leaking ass-pimple her salary, we use the money to fire her into the fucking sun.




Deface Columbus Day: A Call to Action It's Going Down

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The battles lines have been drawn and white supremacists are on notice. White nationalist statues are crumbling all over the US as our collective revolutionary power is growing. As the monuments of white supremacist society fall we must continue to make it clear that their reign of terror is coming to an end.
For the occasion of Columbus Day, October 9th, one of the most vile holidays of the year, the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement is calling for collectives all over the country to take action against this day and in support of indigenous people in the US and abroad who have been victims of colonialism and genocide.
We are calling for groups to decorate their neighborhoods as they see fit: put up murals, wheatpaste posters, drop a banner, etc. On October 9th put a picture of your action on social media and use the hashtags below. With these actions multiplied around the country, we will make it unequivocally clear that revolutionaries will always stand with the indigenous!
Revolutionary greetings to the insurgent Zapatista communities, the Lakota warriors, the Mapuche fighters, and all of our indigenous comrades in the struggle. With these actions, we renew our commitment to building a revolutionary movement strong enough to turn the tide permanently.
Resistance is life!


False Choices in American Transportation Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

In my last article, I talked about my home state of Missouri, a state whose road budget relies on a super-low gas-tax, and our Department of Transportation's (MoDOT) counter-intuitive proposal to patch a budget shortfall by charging higher registration fees on fuel-efficient vehicles who fail to pay their fair share.

For every person whos profiting in the short term from our countrys self-destructive obsession with constant growth, there are thousands who simply cant imagine the world another way, and have no idea that we cant afford the things we build.

I was a little tough on MoDOT in that piece, and I want to be clear about something: I dont think that every last state transportation department employee is a supervillain who wants nothing more than to destroy our towns through senseless, expensive, quality-of-life destroying suburban-style development. Supervillains like that do existdont get me wrongbut the reason our current transportation system has become so convoluted isnt all about evil, or even about greed. For every person whos profiting in the short term from our countrys self-destructive obsession with constant growth, there are thousands who simply cant imagine the world another way, and have no idea that we cant afford the things we build.

And that failure of imagination is something we can change.

MoDOT recently released a survey to get the publics take on our states long range transportation priorities. Im going to go ahead and be blunt: from a Strong Towns perspective, its a bit of a mess. And its important to note that its likely not a deliberate mess, as much as its a result of a culture of transportation that is convoluted, painfully unimaginative, and deeply entrenched. MoDOT notes that this survey was the result of an extensive outreach process that put them in conversation with thousands of Missourians, who ostensibly have never known (and may not even have the tools to consider) another way of building. Not surprisingly, this approach generated a survey that asks residents to cast their vote for exactly the kinds of "changes" we're all used toadd more lanes, raise more highway bridges, speed up those roads, spend, spend, spend. And there's no mention of the fact that these approaches just don't work. 

But the thing is: we can change the world we live in so much more than this. And we will, incrementally, through small actions that slowly break the dominant approach. I want to give you the tools, if youre a Missourian, to take this survey righ...


Young mens minds: Looking beyond mood and feelings Freethought Blogs

Last week the latest UK suicide statistics reminded us of the grim reality of the depths of teenage despair. Out of every 100,000 boys aged 15 to 19, more than seven took their own lives last year. The equivalent figure for girls was less than half that, at 2.9.

With that in mind, perhaps there should be no surprise that a government-funded study into mental health in teenagers has concluded that

Policy makers should take into account the differences between boys and girls in their experiences of mental ill-health at different ages.

And so say all of us. The only issue is that the very same recommendation continues like this:

Policy makers should take into account the differences between boys and girls in their experiences of mental ill-health at different ages. The report shows that between the ages of 11 and 14 girls are significantly more likely than boys to experience poor mental health.   

The study, from UCL and University of Liverpool and apparently co-sponsored by a charity called the National Childrens Bureau is entitled Mental ill-health among children of the new century.  Here is how it reported in the Guardian today:

One in four girls have depression by the time they hit 14, study reveals.

Before we go any further let me spell out my premise here, indeed, pretty much my entire point:


I am not for a moment denying or disputing that somewhere up to a quarter of 14-year-old girls have severe depressive symptoms and I am not for a moment minimising the seriousness of that or the necessity for our society to take note of it and hopefully do something about it. I actively applaud all efforts to address these issues and alleviate the suffering it causes.

On the other hand I do have a bloody huge issue with government-funded research which goes out of its way to mimimise and misrepresent the evidence of mental ill-health among boys and which produces policy recommendations which more or less explicitly demand that fewer resources be devoted to boys in need than to girls.

The study concerned uses data from the longitudinal Millenium Cohort study and used something called the Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire. This tool asks subjects to self-report whether they have felt each of 13 symptoms of depression. From this, the study established that girls (at age 14) are much more likely to be depressed than boys. Alongside the childrens self-report symptom inventory, t...


Jims Final Interview Jim Marrs The Illuminati: The Secret Society That Hijacked The World Sheep Media

One the most famous JFK investigators, author and researcher Jim Marrs died suddenly on August 2nd 2017 at the age of 74.

This was his last interview before his death.

Via Veritas Radio:


Russian Warplanes Kill 850 U.S. Israeli ISIS Terrorists In Idlib Governorate In Syria Political Vel Craft

Russian warplanes and Syrian forces have repelled an offensive by jihadists [ISIS] in a de-escalation zone in Idlib governorate in Syria. The forces killed some 850 militants [terrorists] and destroyed 11 tanks and other assets, Russias General Staff reported. The offensive was launched by the militant group formerly called Al-Nusra Front and its allies on []


Trump at the United Nations. Global Research

The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all. US president Donald Trumps speech to the United


A Half Century of Occupation: Israel, Palestine, and the Worlds Most Intractable Conflict Global Research

It is with trepidation that I read books published under the rubric of the social sciences or humanities finding most of them poorly written, often self-serving, and filled with the jargon of the associated field of study (i.e. political science,


Senate Approves Massive Funding for Endless US Wars of Aggression Global Research


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In Honor of Scout: Support Rebellion at Georgia Tech It's Going Down

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On the night of September 16th, Scout Schultz, a 21 year old queer activist and anti-fascist, was murdered by police on Georgia Tech campus. In their honor, hundreds gathered for a vigil at Georgia Tech before marching to the police headquarters on campus. There, clashes between attendees and campus police broke out. In the midst of these clashes, a police SUV was torched, multiple police officers were injured, and three arrests were made.

The arrestees are now facing trumped up felony charges, some of which carry a minimum of multiple years in prison. This atrocious act by the police and administration is an obvious attack on the self-organization of students and queer partisans in the city: the arrests and charges function as a tool to divide students by spreading fear as well as to purge the outside agitators, i.e. Scouts friends and loved ones, from the movement.

If you want to get involved, heres how:

  • If youre not able to make it to Atlanta, organize in solidarity on your local university campus, a park downtown, or in the privacy of your neighborhood punk house.

The United States is fraying at the seams. Though even as we witness the death of people we care about, between the anti-police struggles of Black Lives Matter, the undocumented struggles against ICE terror, various pipeline struggles all over the country, anti-fascist resistance, and so many other movements, a different conception of life is growing.


Video: US-led Coalition Seeks to Stop Syrian Army Advance Near Deir Ezzor Global Research

On September 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) repelled a huge attack of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) on Maan in northern Hama. A fighting was also reported


All The News You Didnt Even Know Was Going Down It's Going Down

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It hasnt even been a week but already it feels like there needs to be a roundup and collection of news before it slips through our fingers. In the last several days, riots and clashes with the police have kicked off in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech University in the wake of the police killing of student organizer, anarchist, and antifascist Scout Schultz as well as in St. Louis against the police acquittal of Jason Stockley in the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. Meanwhile, more storms are headed directly towards both the Caribbean, Puerto Rico will be without power for months, and in the United States Republicans are pushing for health care reform yet again as Trumps base cracks apart.

As we go forward, both the media and the State are going to ramp up calls for a crack down on left-wing violence, against anarchists, antifa, Black Lives Matter, and the black bloc, and anything else that is autonomous and combative that they can demonize. As with youth and people of color in general or recently with Juggalos, the point will not be to criminalize just one set group, but instead entire broad populations. For the State, the drive is to attack the relationships that people have outside of the framework of power and cripple them through making them illegal. This demonization will not be logical; unless you believe that the State holds the only legitimacy to violence in our society.

We need to use this moment to articulate clearly to as many people who will listen exactly what we are about, what we want, and the kinds of strategies we see at our disposal to get there. As always, IGD remains a resource in that struggle, but we also encourage people to grow and develop their own counter-information and grassroots media infrastructure and platforms. There more of it we have, the better off we will be.

It is also time to articulate that beyond Trump, this entire system is illegitimate, it isnt helping us, and it serves its own interests and those of a set elite class. We can see this in the mass anger directed at the police, who only serve and protect private property and the interests of those in power. We can see this in the governments response to hurricane victims, telling them they are on their own, as they come back to homes that are destroyed with little hope of reb...


Cronkite News: Republicans in Senate aim for vote on Obamacare replacement Indianz.Com News

Sen. John McCain, a key vote in the failure of the last Obamacare repeal attempt, refused to say how he will vote on a new Republican bill to overhaul the nation's health care system.


BRICS Potential and Future in an Emerging New World Economy Global Research

1. Global Economy and BRICS

Peter Koenig: Lets put the BRICS in perspective: The BRICS are of course Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Together they make up for almost 50% of the world population and close to one


Mark Trahant: Indigenous community in Dominica takes major hit from hurricane Indianz.Com News

The Kalinago Territory in Dominica took a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, with all communications wiped out during the storm.


Unmasked: Trump Doctrine Vows Carnage for New Axis of Evil Global Research

Featured image: Paul Delaroche, Napolon Fontainebleau, 1840. With other global powers increasingly at odds with US foreign policy under Donald Trump, the nations hegemony on the world stage may soon face its own crisis point. Photo: Wikimedia Commons



Archaeologists Discover Something Truly Bizarre in an Isolated Medieval Graveyard TIP

[SA] A three-week archaeological dig in the English Channel took a bizarre, inexplicable turn, after researchers chanced upon a carefully cut grave hidden in the soil the contents of which were definitely not human.

The discovery, made on the small island of Chapelle Dom Hue off the coast of Guernsey, revealed the ancient remains of a medieval porpoise buried in the earth, and scientists are at a loss to explain the story behind this mysterious animal tomb.

Its very peculiar, I dont know what to make of it, archaeologist Philip de Jersey from Oxford University in the UK told The Guardian.

Why go to the trouble of burying a porpoise in what looks like a grave?

The mystery is all the greater due to the way the animal was buried, which doesnt suggest the dead porpoise was simply disposed of underground.

Instead, it looks like its been laid to rest, with the body aligned east to west per Christian tradition, and the careful digging of the grave itself suggests it was intended as a solemn resting place.

For that reason, de Jersey expected to find the remains of a medieval monk in the tomb, as the island is thought to have been a religious retreat for monks seeking refuge.

But after noticing changes in the soil, which indicated the likely existence of a grave underneath, the researchers uncovered the skull of a juvenile porpoise, which they think has been entombed alongside the graves of other monks since some time in the 14th century.

Its possible that the porpoise was killed for food, since these mammals were eaten in medieval times.

But if thats the case, the researchers say it would have made a lot more sense for people to have disposed of the remains in the sea located just 10 metres from the site, and the small island is surrounded by water on all sides.

If we were in a church and we found something like this, based on the shape, we would think it was a grave cut, de Jersey told the Guernsey Press.

That is what puzzles me. If they had eaten it or killed it for the blubber, why take the trouble to bury it?

One possibility is that the animal may have been killed for food and carefully stored until it was needed,...


Where No Flatworm Has Gone Before: Doctors Find Wriggling Parasite in Teens Eyeball TIP

[SA] When a 17-year-old guy in Mexico presented at the hospital with complaints about serious eye pain, the doctors were in for a squirmy surprise when they examined him.

Shining a light into the eyeball, they saw inflammation, blood, and several holes in the iris. And a worm darting in and out of those holes, travelling around the front of the eyeball at its leisure.

The teenager, who lived in a rural town, had been suffering from decreased vision in his right eye for about three weeks. By the time he got to the doctors, he could barely see through that eye, only able to detect movement when someone waved a hand in front of him.

Doctors identified the eye invader as a type of trematode a class of parasitic flatworms commonly referred to as flukes and easily identified by the suckers they use to burrow holes in the hosts body.

Flukes are a ubiquitous parasite in vertebrates, and theres even one type that specialises in attacking fish eyeballs.

In humans though, flatworm infections are typically internal, with the worms setting up shop in places like liver, lungs, the intestines or perhaps blood. So, not in the eyes. Definitely not in the eyes.

It is not common for trematodes to infect eyes; it is not common for any kind of worm to infect eyes, ophthalmologist Pablo Guzman-Salas, who treated the patient at the Institute of Ophthalmology in Mexico City, told LiveScience.

People can get a parasitic fluke infection in various ways, depending on the life cycle of the particular flatworm. Swimming in worm-egg tainted waters or ingesting the parasite through food will usually do the trick.

But its a mystery as to how this particular teen got his extremely rare infection, because neither blood tests nor stool samples revealed any signs of a flatworm infestation.

The patient reported no relevant food exposures, history of swimming in lakes, or other water exposure, the team writes in the case report.

They still gave the patient praziquantel tablets first-line treatment for trematode infections and then set about surgically removing the worm from the damaged eye.

To tackle the squirming menace, doctors cut open and lifted away the lens, and then removed the vitreous the gel-like substance that fills our eyeballs, giving them shape.

The worm, which was only about 3 millimetres (0.12 inches) long, had to be chopped into smaller pieces to be removed, so the team didnt manage to identify the species.

Unfortunately, the surgery also revealed the parasite had man...


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Oh *ehem* my apologies

So its Rosh Hashanna, the Jewish new year. The year is 5778. For two days, we celebrate and eat far too much delicious food, so that the week after, on Yom Kippur, we can fast for around 24 hours or so to atone for our sins (because unlike Catholics, we only have to feel guilty once a year, instead of year round we spend the rest of the year making everybody else feel guilty. BOOM! [I can make that joke because Im Jewish you cant unless youre Jewish]).

Of course, as an atheist and part-time anti-theist, I really only participate because I live with my parents and, as Ive said many times in the past already, Dad is a Hazzan. Plus, I do still identify culturally as a Jew (Im what Israelis call a Secular Jew), although I admittedly dont keep kosher or even keep the Sabbath and I probably wont be fasting on Yom Kippur this coming weekend or maybe I will if Im too tired to do anything other than sleep. Well see

Oh and yes according to Jewish tradition, this means all of existence is only 5,778 years old. Luckily, the overwhelmingly vast majority of Jews dont actually believe that, because we really dont have any problem with science, and many even attempt to shoehorn the text of Genesis into the scientific understanding of the age of the Earth and the universe. Sure, there are actually Jewish YECs, who, yes, think existence is even younger than most Christian YECs do, but they arent as common or as prevalent as in other religions I could name (*cough*Christianity*cough* excuse me got something in my throat).

But anyways

Animated gif of exploding fireworks over a city at night with the text HAPPY NEW YEAR written in all caps across the center.

Animated gif of exploding fireworks over a city at night with the text HAPPY NEW YEAR written in all caps across the center.

Its 5778!

Ill see you all on Yom Kippur.

So read it, okay? Please? I mean Im sure you have other stuff to do and all, but come on, my blog is good, right? And besides what does it cost you? It costs me, you know. I get paid on these clicks! Do you wanna deprive of...


CNN Finally Admits Fluoride In The Water Causes Brain Damage In Babies Sheep Media

About 75% of Americans are exposed to fluoride through public water, but Mexico does not have a fluoridation program.

(CNN)  Increased levels of prenatal fluoride exposure may be associated with lower cognitive function in children, a new study says.

The study, published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, evaluated nearly 300 sets of mothers and children in Mexico and tested the children twice for cognitive development over the course of 12 years. Fluoride is not added to public water supplies in Mexico, but people are exposed through naturally occurring fluoride in water and fluoridated salt and supplements.
The study found a drop in scores on intelligence tests for every 0.5 milligram-per-liter increase in fluoride exposure beyond 0.8 milligrams per liter found in urine. However, although the researchers found a potential connection to a childs exposure to fluoride in utero, they found no significant influence from fluoride exposure on brain development once a child was born.
Childhood exposure to fluoride is safer than prenatal. There is pretty good science now to support the fact that the fetal system tends to be more sensitive to environmental toxicants than once the child is born, said the studys lead author, Howard Hu, founding dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
The authors measured fluoride exposure for the Mexican mothers and their children by looking...


Living Autonomy: Anarchists Organize Relief Efforts in Florida It's Going Down

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Recently we spoke with Dezeray about her organizing with Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADR) in the weeks since Hurricane Irma and how spaces such as the hub in Tampa are crucial sites for building solidarity and stability during times of crisis. Theyve had an overwhelming amount of support from the local community, especially those who have realized the practice of mutual aid is a part of the work of anarchist, anti-fascist, and anti-racist struggles. The Reverend Dr. Russell Meyer from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tampathe church that has provided the building now known as the hub,noted during a sermon following Hurricane Irma, a week ago these people were known as Black Lives Matter, Antifa, Terrorists. Have you ever seen a terrorist show up to a child with Pedialyte in their hand?

Although this has not deterred the actions of neo-Confederate groups such as Save Southern Heritage from standing outside across the street taking pictures, filming, and documenting those who enter the space. In the days following Hurricane Irma Alt-Right 4chan users trolled the MADR hotline by making false rescue reports to take away time and resources from those actually in need. 3% Percenters have tried numerous times to call or show up in the space and say there was an emergency, state multiple people were coming to collect all of the supplies, along with a number of other faulty narratives all trying to disrupt their work because of the power that it holds.

With a visit by Richard Spencer in Gainesville, Florida at the University of Florida set for October 19th, a number of Alt-Right white supremacists have already been discussing on 4chan how they are going to use Stand Your Ground laws as an excuse to slaughter anti-fascists and...


Can someone explain this to me? Freethought Blogs

Peter Boghossian blurted this out tonight.

There are no right angles in nature, yet no one says right angles are *social* constructs because theyre not morally motivated to do so.

There are right angles in nature. We also have social constructs built around ideas about right angles look, Boghossian just made one, stating an idea about right angles and the nature of our interactions with them. I am baffled and have many questions.

  • Is he drunk-tweeting?

  • Does he have some point that he is trying to make, poorly and insipidly?

  • Is he so annoyed that humans are social animals who build mental models of how the world works,
    and that the map is not the terrain, that he is lashing out in defense of some kind of Platonic absolute?

  • Is he a very bad philosopher?

  • Is he not very bright?

A lot of the people I follow are currently rather flabbergasted at this flaming nonsense.


New 8,400 Mile Train Route Set To Connect London To Tokyo True Activist

Credit: Russian Railways/The Siberian Times

A new proposal has been set forth to connect passengers from London to Tokyo in an 8,400 mile train, and those who proposed the plan are not whom you would expect: Russia. The Russian government intends for this train to become a part of its network of Trans-Siberian railways, which currently connects Moscow with the Russian Far East and is the longest railway line in the world at 5,772. That length would pale in comparison to this new railway.

The train would begin in London, move through the heart of Russia, cross a proposed 28-mile bridge over the East Sea, and end in Wakkanai, Japan. The bridge is optimistically being called a bridge across history, as Russia and Japan remain in an uncomfortable position after never coming to a peace agreement following the Second World War. Their struggle for the Kuril Islands continues.

We are seriously offering Japanese partners to consider the construction of a mixed road and railway passage from Hokkaido to southern part of Sakhalin, said Russias first vice-premier Igor Shuvalov.

Credit: Russian Railways/The Siberian Times

The bridge that would link Sakhalin and Japan has reportedly been a long-held dream and would boost oil and gas production in the country. This is a major motive for Russia, as well as the enhancement in visitation in more obscure parts of the large nation. The train will likely attract major travelers, like backpackers a...


A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has struck Japan 175 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant Sheep Media

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has struck japan 175 miles from the fukushima nuclear plant USGS Less than 24 hours after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake pummeled Mexico City, another tremor has occurred off the east coast of Japan.

The 6.1-magnitude quake struck roughly 175 miles east of the shuttered Fukushima nuclear plant at roughly 2:30 a.m. local time, according to the US Geological Survey. Its hypocenter the underwater locus of the quake happened at a depth of about 6 miles.



Pentatonic Just Launched Modern Furniture Made Exclusively From Trash True Activist

Credit: Pentatonic

Plastic pollution is worsening by the year, with estimates from 2016 stating that humans bought nearly 500 billion single-use plastic bottles last year, about 1.2 million every minute. So many items are made out of plastic these days that its easy to forget how much we consume and throw away, but one company that hasnt forgotten is Pentatonic. The new furniture company is not only conscious of the trash that humans produce, but uses the recyclable remnants to build their products.

Were turning problems into opportunities; landfill into lifestyle; trash into treasure, it says on their website. Despite all efforts to date, the majority of [plastic, aluminum, and glass bottles] end up outside the recycling system, in the ground, in our oceans, washed up on distant island beaches, forming waterborne masses so vast that they almost constitute islands in themselves. This casual, excessive consumption has the potential to destroy us, but there is a better way forward. We have the means of saving the planet while not just preserving, but improving the quality of our lives.

Credit: Pentatonic

Based on this mission statement, Pentatonic has created amazing modern pieces of furniture that are constructed exclusively with human trash. They launched their brand with four products: the AirTool Chair, AirTool Foil Table, and a glass bowl and a pack of glass cups. The...


Is Identity Politics Brewing a Holocaust? OpEdNews

Identity Politics trumps truth, a point that cannot be emphasized too much. We see it everywhere, from statue removal to the Democratic Party turning on the working class, now defined by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee as racist, sexist, homophobic, white male gun nuts.


When Backing the Blue Backfires The Marshall Project

The DOJs most recent attempt to appear pro-cop actually hurts law enforcement.

When a Mental Health Emergency Lands You in Jail The Marshall Project

Colorado just outlawed jail for people in a psychiatric crisis, but plenty of states still do it.


850 Jihadists Killed as Russian Warplanes Help Syrian Army Repel Idlib Offensive Moscow Global Research

Featured image: ussian Su-25 attack aircraft take off from the Khmeimim airbase in Syria (Source:Dmitriy Vinogradov / Sputnik)

Russian warplanes and Syrian forces have repelled an offensive by jihadists in a de-escalation zone in Idlib governorate in Syria. The forces


#BringBackStim: Support SubMedia and Help Create Weekly Show It's Going Down

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We are at a critical moment in human history. Our world continues to be wracked by catastrophic climate change, devastating wars, surging inequality, and historically unprecedented levels of human migration. The far-right has seized on this atmosphere of generalized crisis in order to scapegoat refugees and movements fighting for social and economic justice. Their calls for entrenched hierarchies and a return to even more authoritarian forms of nationalism are broadcast 24/7 through an dizzying array of prominent alt-right youtube pundits and well-funded right-wing propaganda outfits like Infowars and Breitbart News. When it comes to the battle of ideas its safe to say that the right are kicking our ass.

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FEMA conducting mandatory nationwide test on Sept. 27 Intellihub

FEMA says that there is nothing to worry about this is only a test

WASHINGTON D.C. (INTELLIHUB) The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be taking over the radio, television, cable, and direct broadcast satellite systems for one minute on Sept. 27 as part of a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.

The test will take place on Wednesday at 2:20 pm EDT, according to FEMAs official website.

The agency put out a bulletin Tuesday which instructs the general public not to worry this is only a test.

FEMA maintains that the system offers a prompt way to notify the people of an impending disaster such as an asteroid strike, global thermonuclear war, a terror attack, hurricane, earthquake or another major disaster.

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Exclusive: From Russia With Fuel North Korea Ships May Be Undermining Sanctions TIP

[Reuters] At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions.

Reuters has no evidence of wrongdoing by the vessels, whose movements were recorded in Reuters ship-tracking data. Changing a ships destination once underway is not forbidden and it is unclear whether any of the ships unloaded fuel in North Korea.

But U.S. officials say that changing destination mid-voyage is a hallmark of North Korean state tactics to circumvent the international trade sanctions imposed over Pyongyangs nuclear weapons program.

Changing course and the complex chain of different firms many offshore involved in shipments can complicate efforts to check how much fuel is supplied to North Korea and monitor compliance with a cap on fuel imports under U.N. sanctions.

As part of North Koreas efforts to acquire revenue, the regime uses shipping networks to import and export goods, U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Marshall S. Billingslea told the congressional Foreign Affairs Committee this month.

North Korea employs deceptive practices to conceal the true origins of these goods. Pyongyang has been found to routinely falsify a vessels identity and documentation.

A general view shows a commercial port in Vladivostok, Russia, July 27, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev


The eight vessels identified in the tracking data set sail from the Far Eastern Russian port of Vladivostok or nearby Nakhodka and registered China or South Korea as their destination with the Information System for State Port Control.

After leaving Russia, they were next recorded off the North Korean ports of Kimchaek, Chongjin, Hungnam or Najin. None went on to China and most went back to Russia.

All had a cargo of diesel, a source at the company that services vessels in Vladivostok said. Their cargo capacit...


Trump not Iran deal is the embarrassment Veterans Today

Donald "We Will Totally Destroy You" Trump just bombed even bigger-time than Bibi.


The Conflict of Congressional War Powers The Last Great Stand

The line drawn between Presidential and Congressional war authority

      When the US Constitution gives the rights of a power, theoretically, to two branches, where does the line get drawn? Within the Constitution, Congress is the only body that is given the clear ability to declare war, however, if the President is considered the Commander-in-Chief does he also hold this right? This is the foundation of the debate over Constitutional War powers, a debate of interpretation not fact, and is essential to the understanding of one way in which war works politically.

What exactly are the sides and why is it such an inconclusive issue?


      Ironically, the source of information for both sides of the argument is the Constitution, its merely the interpretation that differs. On one side, people believe that the President should have no power in declaring war, a right only specifically stated to be given to Congress, and that Commander-in-Chief is only applicable once in the war itself. On another, people believe that the President, as the Commander-in-Chief, withholds the right to declare war at any time and, with hi title, lead the armies during the war. While many people fall to either extreme and not a middling view, the agreement made was called a Resolution (as neither of the extreme sides agree with the outcome, they merely settled for the best they could get).


      The issue with this argument is that in no way can a law be set on something as immaterial as interpretation without some foundation of facts. The way in which we interpret words is not a valid way to decide what is and is not included in a document written over 200 years ago. As a result, this issue doesnt necessarily have a straight answer. While I personally believe in the idea that a President should be able to take charge and lead his military in a time it is needed without some sort of approval, I recognize the issue of a dictatorial rule using military if it would be unchecked. However it is equally reckless to say that any and all military actions, even in immediate threat, should be taken through bodies of government before the President has any authority. While neither extreme is perfect, the individual is given a chance to decide which of the t...


Experts in Shock as Hurricane Maria Leaves All of Puerto Rico Without Power The Anti-Media

Size and strength of Hurricane Maria is being called horrifying as relentless and unprecedented hurricane season continues.

(COMMONDREAMS) The Caribbean is so far seeing no relief from this years historically turbulent and destructive Atlantic hurricane season, as Puerto Rico was being battered by Hurricane Maria on Wednesday its second major storm in two weeks. The hurricane made landfall with heavy rain and 155 mile-per-hour winds early in the morning, following the $1 billion of damage left by Hurricane Irma earlier this month.

Meteorologists and weather experts expressed grave concerns about the size and strength of the hurricane as it approached Puerto Rico, after causing mind-boggling damage in Dominica.

[UPDATE: The BBC is now reporting that the entire country of Puerto Rico has lost power due to Hurricane Maria.]

Footage showed strong wind gusts whipping through the streets of San Juan on Wednesday morning.


Ohio Food Stamp Millionaire Found Guilty of Welfare Fraud Counter Current News

Source: The Root

A white and wealthy Ohio man was found guilty of accepting more than $8,300 in food stamps and other welfare benefits, including Medicaid, over a two-year period for his suburban family.

The question now is, will he actually spend time in jail, or will being rich and white win out yet again?

According to WKYC, Pascal Mahvi, who has been dubbed the Food Stamp Millionaire, was convicted Friday of two fraud-related charges stemming from his acceptance and use of all the welfare benefits that are usually meant to be provided to those in need.

His sentencing is expected to come within the next four to six weeks, and prosecutors are supposedly seeking jail time for the wealthy Geauga County man.

Were absolutely going to recommend time behind bars, Prosecutor James Flaiz said. I think people have to understand, if you abuse the system that taxpayers have set up to help the poor and you defraud that system, there needs to be consequences.

Mahvi could face up to 18 months in prison, prosecutors say, and could also be made to make restitution for the benefits that he did receive.

However, as WKYC notes, Ohio law does suggest probation for low-level, first-time offenders, and Mahvi was convicted on a fifth-degree felony charge for food stamp fraud and a misdemeanor for making false or misleading statements in his Medicaid application, so whether or not he will receive adequate sentencing is yet to be seen.

Last year, Mahvis little scheme blew wide open after investigators revealed that he failed to disclose the entirety of his wealth, including his $800,000 Russell Township home, an in-ground swimming pool, multiple cars, stabled horses and undeveloped property that is tagged at being worth tens of millions of dollars in the beautiful Caribbean island...


More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative OpEdNews

New tests support the skepticism of U.S. intelligence veterans that Russia "hacked" the DNC's computers, pointing instead to a download of emails by an insider, write ex-NSA official William Binney and ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.


Empowering women necessary tool for global peace Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - We were happy to see Dr. Salami take a key role in supporting the UN's effort to recognize the special needs of the female victims through these annual conferences. Gordon and I were happy to be video panelists for last year's session.


Five Christian College Football Players Face Felony Charges After Brutal Hazing of Fellow Student Counter Current News

At conservative Christian school Wheaton College, college football takes precedence over morality.

At a school that promotes Christian morals, officials have literally turned the other cheek and excused five of its football players who are facing felony charges in the kidnapping and attempted rape of a fellow student they are passing off as innocent hazing.

As reported by Patheos:

According to multiple reports five members of the varsity football team for the conservative Christian school Wheaton College have been charged with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint after terrorizing a freshman football player last year in a deplorable hazing incident.

The DuPage County States Attorneys Office reports James Cooksey; Kyler Kregel; Benjamin Pettway; Noah Spielman and Samuel TeBos have been charged with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint.

The Chicago Tribune reports details of the assault:

The student told investigators that he was watching the NCAA basketball tournament in a dorm room on March 19, 2016, when several teammates entered the room and tackled him The freshman kicked his legs and yelled at them to stop, only to be punched and have his bare legs and wrists wrapped in duct tape

The freshman told investigators that he was placed in the backseat of a teammates vehicle and held down by at least two players while others piled into the vehicle

What happened next is nothing short of sexual assault.

The freshman told investigators that h...


Border Agents Seized American Citizens Truck, Never Charged Him With A Crime Counter Current News

Source: Filming Cops

When Gerardo Serrano took photos of a border crossing on September 21, 2015, he had no idea he would soon be handcuffed, thrown into a detention cell and see his truck seized by government agents that very same day. During his ordeal, when Gerardo protested how his rights were being violated, one agent bluntly responded that he was sick of hearing about your rightsyou have no rights here.

Two years later, Gerardo still has not recovered his truck or even had his day in court to challenge the seizure. Nor has he been charged with any crime.

But this scene, straight from an authoritarian nightmare, didnt play out in Syria or Venezuela. Gerardos Ford F-250 was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Eagle Pass, Texas.

When the agents told me they were seizing my truck, I said No, youre not seizing my truck, youre stealing my truck! Gerardo recalled. I didnt think that this could happen in America. It felt like they were thugs with badges.

Thanks to the nations civil forfeiture laws, law enforcement agencies can seizeand keepproperty, even if the owner is never convicted or indicted. Determined to vindicate his rights, Gerardo joined with the Institute for Justice and filed a class-action lawsuit against the CBP on behalf of other car owners.

What happened to Gerardo is not an isolated incident. At just four border crossings in Texas, CBP agents seized 525 vehicles from American citizens and lawful residents in 2015. A victory in Gerardos case would mean restoring due-process rights for hundreds, if not thousands, of other car owners nationwide.

Of course I want my truck back, but thats not why Im filing this lawsuit, Gerardo said. Im doing this for my children and the thousands of other Americans who should never have to go through what Ive gone through.

Almost two years ago, Gerardo was driving down to meet his cousin, who lives right across the border in Piedra Nagras, Mexico. Although members of his family are Mexican, Gerardo is an American citizen, who now owns a farm in the Kentucky countryside. Ever the consummate entrepreneur, Gerardo also wanted to discuss plans to bring his cousins solar panel business stateside.

When he reached the border crossing in Eagle Pass, Texas, Gerardo decided to snap some pictures with his iPhone to post on Facebook. Two CBP agents quickly stopped hi...


Shock Survey: Less Than 1 Out Of Every 4 Republicans In Congress Support A Border Wall The Truth

It is time to flush the toilet in Washington D.C., because the professional politicians that we have been sending there just keep betraying us over and over again. On Wednesday, I was absolutely stunned when I came across a brand new survey that was conducted by USA Today. They asked all of the members of Congress whether they support a border wall or not, and less than one out of every 4 Republicans said that they did. This is just another example of why the American people are so deeply frustrated with the Republican Party these days. Most Republicans are spineless jellyfish that have been compromising for so long that they dont really stand for anything anymore.

If President Trump had not promised to build a wall, he never would have won the Republican nomination in 2016, and he sure wouldnt be the president of the United States today. This is a point that Ann Coulter had made over and over again, and the fact that I strongly support building a wall is a big reason why she is supporting my campaign for Congress. Conservatives all over the country want a wall, and that is why it is so disturbing to hear that most Republicans in Congress do not support building one

President Trump has been adamant that he needs Congress to approve funding to start building his border wall, but Republicans on Capitol Hill are far less adamant about supporting it. When asked by the USA TODAY Network whether they support the presidents initial $1.6 billion budget request to begin construction, only 69 of the 292 Republicans on Capitol...


Trump UN speech drooling with Deep State propaganda Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - While it is always a good break to catch getting historic shows like a state of the union address, or a UN one in this case, it was sheer torture having to listen to Trump's entire diatribe.


Astronomy Picture of the Week Cassinis Impact Site on Saturn Freethought Blogs

I know Im late. I got about 30 minutes of sleep last night and I had work at 12pm, so sorry. But at least I got it in on Wednesday this time! :P

Anyways heres a montage image of where Cassini crashed into Saturn. Im putting it below the fold, as its an animated gif showing the exact spot

Animated gif show the exact spot Cassini crashed into Saturn

Animated gif show the exact spot Cassini crashed into Saturn

You can always click on the image for the .tif download.

But thats it the site of Cassinis grave.

For some sad humor, heres a short article from the Onion. Cassini returns to NASA, exclaiming you thought you could get rid of me?.


Democracy in America Is Pure Fantasy: Stephen Lendman Global Research

Ill never live to see 9/11 justice, says Stephen Lendman. The 9/11 attacks have changed the course of humanity, even so for sixteen years have not been minimally clarified but turned the world in a place full of fear


Covert Rivalry Between Damascus and Washington-led SDF Global Research

Recently, the Syrian Arab Army has achieved quite a lot in fighting against ISIS in Deir Ezzor vast territories near the city are liberated, the Euphrates crossed, a lot of terrorists and vehicles eliminated and destroyed.

Meanwhile, an offensive


Medicare-For-All: Open Rebellion, Paid Politicians & Net Family Savings OpEdNews

Opposition by Democratic office holders to Medicare-for-All can be predicted by financial support taken from the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Some of this support works like a bribe, and some works like Thank You money. Either way, there's a real financial benefit to opponents.


Trump Slams US and Saudi Foreign Policy in Fiery UN Speech The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) In a bold move, President Trump condemned the violent, oppressive behavior and policies of the U.S. and its allies while speaking at the U.N. this week.

He described the decline of a wealthy country, with a rich history and culture, into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos.

His description accurately fits the United States, which has devolved from a country with high-minded (if not fully realized) ideals, courageous struggles for human and civil rights, and a strong sense of independence into a nationalistic, militant nation with a fledgling economy and an increasingly impoverished population whose government has spent its wealth arming radical extremists and waging endless war. The U.S. government has sowed chaos around the world over the years, from Iran to Iraq to Libya to Chile and Guatemala, spilling the blood of countless innocents as it plays geopolitical chess to favor its own hegemonic interests.


Trump also called out the despicable behavior of U.S. allies, blasting entities that use their oil profits to support terrorists that kill innocent Muslims. He asserted that such wealth is used to fuel Yemens civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East, an apt description of the Saudi Arabian Kingdom.

We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities, he bravely said.

Further, apparently condemning the behavior of both the U.S. and its...


Chicagos Green Zone: Community Coalition Opposes City Plans For Massive Police Training Compound Shadowproof

The city of Chicago plans to build a massive multi-million dollar training center for police and firefighters in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. But a coalition of community organizations contend the center will compound President Donald Trumps multi-pronged attack on communities of color and expand the Chicago Police Departments capacity for violence.

Last week, the citys Community Development Commission approved a 30.4-acre land acquisition in a northwest industrial corridor tax-increment-financing (TIF) district in Chicago. A $95 million state-of-the-art compound will be built by 2020 for police, firefighters, and emergency medical services teams to train together.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel hailed the facility as a destination, where out-of-state police agencies can send officers for training. It will spur real economic development with people from the suburbs and down state traveling to the center.

Similarly, Alderman Emma Mitts, whose ward includes West Garfield Park, asserted the community is excited about having a lot more police in the area. She also claimed there will be new economic opportunities.

Ive lived there over 35 years, and its been vacant since Ive been there, Mitts said. The community has been complaining about no retail there. So, I changed the zoning not knowing they were going to put the police and fire academy across the street. Hopefully, we can attract the retail they were talking about like grocery stores. They have to go outside of the neighborhood; nothing in walking distance, where you can get good produce.

However, Page May of Assatas Daughters, who is part of the coalition, contended the compound is an investment in policing. It is an investment in the Chicago Police Department. This is not an investment in the west side of Chicago.

Debbie Southorn, a part of the Peoples Response Team, which is also a part of the coalition against the compound, said it is a little bizarre to believe a police presence will make the area suddenly appealing to retail.

If you actually look at where theyre talking about building this, its in a industrial corridor. Its actually part of a TIF district. Its the northwest industrial corridor so its flanked by a super busy intersection and then a factory and a [Chicago Transit Authority] fleet area, Southorn added. The idea that there is going to be cops walking around crossing north of Chicago into the neighborhood to go shopping is pretty bizarre and doesnt accurately reflect t...


More Thoughts on Trumps UN Declaration of War Against Iran and North Korea Global Research

Trumps UN speech makes it clear that Trumps presidency, in terms of his campaign promise to remove Washington from the policeman of the world role, exit the Middle East, and repair the damaged relations with Russia, is over. The CIA


The Empires Hustle: Why Anti-Trumpism Doesnt Include Anti-War Global Research

Libertarian U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) declared from the Senate floor last week in anticipation of the vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2018:

I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared and unconstitutional warWhat we have today


Mayors From Terrorist State Of Israel Encourage Deep State U.S. To Stop Funding Terrorism Political Vel Craft

WASHINGTON, D.C. Christian Zionism Is A Monumental Lie And Illegal Racket Rothschild Zionism Is Not Abrahamic Judaism: British Landmark Case Rothschild Zionists Are A Fifth Column Within The United States Of America A letter on behalf of 24 Israeli mayors representing 450,000 residents of Judea and Samaria was sent to U.S. [zionist] Senator Tom Cotton to encourage []


The US Has New Red Line in Syria And It Borders on Ridicule Global Research

In its latest breach of international law, the U.S. is unilaterally attempting to prevent the Syrian government from reclaiming its own territory. From Reuters:

U.S.-backed Syrian militias will not let government forces cross the Euphrates River in their bid to


Hitting Back At Jerry Veterans Today

Michael Shrimpton - Attention is now turning in the Intelligence Community (INTELCOM) to ways in which to hit back at our community partner Jerry, aka ze Germans


Agent Orange: 17 Chilling Photos of the Vietnam War Crimes the US Got Away With Global Research

For ten years during the Vietnam War, the United States used a toxic concoction of two herbicides, labeled Agent Orange, to wipe out large areas of Vietnam which were covered by thick jungle. The aim was to enable easier and


How the US Military Defeated Trumps Insurgency Global Research

Trump was seen as a presidential candidate who would possibly move towards a less interventionist foreign policy. That hope is gone. The insurgency that brought Trump to the top was defeated by a counter-insurgency campaign waged by the U.S. military.


Selected Articles: Trump and Netanyahu Are on the Loose Global Research

Global Research strives for peace, and we have but one mandate: to share timely, independent and vital information to readers across the globe. We act as a global platform to let the voices of dissent, protest, and expert witnesses and


NEO Kurdistan and the Veil of Lies Veterans Today

Gordon Duff - The Kurdish referendum is, perhaps, the single most misreported and misrepresented event in recent times. To the fake news consumer, the Kurdish people are looking for a government of their own.


Indonesian Woman Lashed 100 Times for Being in Presence of Man She Was Not Married To Counter Current News

Source: Truth Theory By: Amanda Froelich

A 30-year-old Indonesian woman had to be hospitalized after she was lashed 100 times in public. Her crime? Being found in a private place with a man she was not married to.

The woman, whose name is Mazidah, was watched by thousands of people in Lhokseumawe a city in the province of Aceh as she was beaten. The Independent reports that the lashing took place after evening prayers last Friday. Because Mazidah was in such agony, the lashing had to be occasionally paused.

The man Mazidah was found with also received lashings, reports ABC News. However, he did not require hospital treatment. A third man was also found guilty and was reportedly flogged.

The province of Aceh is known to be extremely conservative. Public canings are common there, as they are a punishment for the violation of Islamic law. Last...


Warning: Federal Court Rules that 2nd Amendment Right is Now a Reason for Cops to Detain You Counter Current News

From: The Free Thought Project  By: Jay Syrmopoulos

Grand Rapids, Mich. In a stunning violation of 2nd Amendment rights, the U.S. District Court of Western Michigan ruled police have the legal authority to detain individuals that choose to exercise their constitutional right to open carry a firearm. Open Carry is also specifically allowed under Michigan law.

The ruling means that people in Michigan who choose to exercise this constitutional right are now subject to being stopped by law enforcement for engaging in a completely lawful activity.

Officers detained Johann Deffert in early 2013. He was walking down the sidewalk with a holstered FNP-45 pistol, after receiving a 9-1-1 call from a woman who spotted Deffert with the open carried, but holstered, handgun on his person.

The dispatcher initially informed the caller that Michigan is an open carry state. However, the woman subsequently explained that she found Defferts presence alarming, due in part to his wearing of camouflage, although she admitted that he wasnt threatening anyone. Somehow the dispatcher made the decision that someone engaging in a completely legal activity, as earlier in the call noted by the dispatcher, should now be inspected by police, due to caller saying they found wearing camo disturbing.

The absurdity in logic; that someone wearing camo takes the situation from being a completely legal situation not to be interfered with, and raises it to a level of needing police assistance, shows the extreme arbitrary nature of the entire situation.

The incident was captured on responding officer Moe Williams dash cam, and lasted 14 minutes. Williams had indicated he believed that perhaps Deffert was suffering from some type of mental illness, as he seemed to be talking to nobody when the officer arrived on scene. Upon further investigation, Deffert was revealed to have been happily singing the song Hakuna Matata from the Disney movie The Lion King while strolling down the sidewalk.

The video shows the officer command Deffert to lay face down on the ground upon arrival on the scene. Deffert was treated as if he were a criminal that needed to prove he was not doing anything wron...


Unmasked: Trump Doctrine vows carnage for new axis of evil OpEdNews

This script runs as follows: Iran must be isolated (by the West, only now that won't fly with the Europeans); Iran is "destabilizing" the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, the ideological foundry of all strands of Salafi-jihadism, gets a free pass); and Iran, because it's developing ballistic that could -- allegedly -- carry nuclear warheads, is the new North Korea.


Letter from #J20 Anarchist Prisoner Dane Powell It's Going Down

The post Letter from #J20 Anarchist Prisoner Dane Powell appeared first on It's Going Down.

I was soon approached by the prisons gang task force and threatened over organizing in their prison. They said that if there was a strike they were coming for me and my time would be extended. The state knows our capacities and theyre threatened by it.

Throughout my whole life, Ive had a running list of worst fears that changed over the years, as many times as I have. My latest, having been the most likely to occur were fears of houseless-ness and prison. I used to have nightmares of the two where I would wake up in sweats. Ive since been cured of them both but only by living through each.

With work inside our local communities, most, if not all, activists see people when they need solidarity the most. The houseless, the jobless, the drug addicts, the ones that have been tossed out, abused, and left for dead by our capitalistic system are the ones who we eat dinner with, laugh with, seek treatment with or aid mutually more than most others. A lot of these people have hit the preverbal bottom with unwavering abandonment from the state. The presence of these fears was only the state legitimizing itself in my subconscious mind. Facing my fear of houseless-ness was voluntary and a choice I made before leaving for Standing Rock last year. My arrest on Jan 21st was not voluntary what so ever and I would soon learn how to de-legitimize the state through control of ones own fears.

After the courts released me on January 26th, my fears were put into overdrive after five days in DC jails intake wing. Our culture is centered around punishment. Our TVs highlight it, our movies romanticize it, our politicians run on its platform, and our judges make a mockery of it by sending youth to Scared Straight programs. The latter of these I had the honor of attending at the youthful age of 14. Having grown adults insinuate that they would kill you if given the chance at such a young age is a shining example of just how loving our justice system is. Occupied Turtle Islands obsession with punishment is unavoidable and a symptom of societys sickness in the same way that cops are glorified and reality TV stars become president.

This fear was so crippling that it started to consume my personal life. I allowed it to consume me so much that the state had already won. I lost my closest comrade and became closed off to others. The only way I was able to de-legitimize the fear was by living through it. I hope these words find the eyes of my J...


HTTPS everywhere sucks! Dvorak News Blog

15 years ago I used to work for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Im still a fan and supporter, but sometimes they take really weird positions that is more like a politically correct weird religion cult and HTTPS Everywhere is an example of that. And they are influencing the web to go along and discriminate against unencrypted web sites, like this one. Google sent me this notification.

Chrome will show security warnings on

To owner of,

The following URLs on your site include text input fields (such as < input type=text > or < input type=email >) that will trigger the new Chrome warning. Review these examples to see where these warnings will appear, so that you can take action to help protect users data.

I have about 50+ web sites to deal with and Im just not going to do it. This is a really bad idea and I wouldnt have a problem with it if it werent a tremendous hassle and totally useless.



Senator Bill Cassidy just another bald-faced liar Freethought Blogs

Jimmy Kimmel excoriates the senator from Louisiana who is the co-author of the so-called Graham-Cassidy health care bill that the Republicans are trying to jam through Congress with minimal debate before the September 30the deadline. Cassidy had earlier promised Kimmel and millions of others that any bill that he proposed would provide a list of protections for people but what he is actually proposing has none of them. Kimmel delivers a righteous rant on the topic, explaining clearly why this bill is so bad and why it must be defeated.

The problem is that hardly anyone among the Republican senators really gives a damn about what the bill contains. As one GOP lobbyists said, I am just in shock how no one actually cares about the policy any more, One GOP aide added, You could do a post office renaming and call it repeal-replace and 48 Republican senators would vote for it sight unseen. The bill could call for the forced euthanasia of all sick people and they would shrug it off as long as they can boast that they have repealed and replaced Obamacare.

Oddly enough, Jewish religious holidays are complicating the repeal process by restricting the time available to conduct business. The senate recessed yesterday for Rosh Hashanah and will not return until Monday the 25th. Then Yom Kippur begins sundown on Friday the 29th. The senate parliamentarian also has to certify that the bill meets the requirements for reconciliation and thus needs only 50 votes, and the Congressional Budget Office also has to score the bill, all within the coming week.

But I am gloomy about the issue and that the Graham-Cassidy disaster may well pass. Lindsey Graham says that there is still time to push the bill through because there is nothing more important than denying health care to people.

Former Majority Leader Harry Reid had a vote on [Obamacare on] Christmas Eve were talking about religious holidays, Graham said. I want to honor every religions holiday so if we have to break for the Jewish holiday, we have to break for the Jewish holiday. I dont want to get on the wrong side of God, but I am determined to do all I can as long as I can to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Graham doesnt want to get on the wrong side of his god but doesnt care about being on the wrong side of history.


Retail Apocalypse Causing More Than 3,500 Stores to Close: What Youre Not Being Told The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA) In the latest blow to traditional retail sales, this week Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy, following in the footsteps of an increasing number of other brick-and-mortar chains. But the giant toy outfitter is not the only company suffering losses, as a recent report from, a consumer analysis site details.

Though separate statistics show that more stores will open in 2017 than will close, the type of stores making gains suggests frugality is the norm U.S. consumers amid a continuously harsh economy. compiled a list of retail stores that announced closures of physical shops this summer. Sears said at the end of August that in fiscal year 2017, [they] have closed approximately 180 stores previously announced for closure, and an additional 150 stores previously announced for closure are expected to be closed by the end of the third quarter of 2017. They will also be closing 28 K-Mart locations, citing a desire to change their business model so the physical store footprint and [their] digital capabilities match the needs and preferences of our members.

Vitamin World filed for bankruptcy last week and plans to close 51 of 334 stores, which are located mostly in malls; Gap said in a press release earlier this month it will close 200 Gap and Banana Republic stores (and open 270 Old Navy shops); Perfumania filed for bankruptcy in August, moving to close 64 of 226 stores; Starbucks announced at the end of July it will close all of its 379 Teavana shops by next year; Gymboree plans to close roughly 350 stores following its...


Families walk B.C. Highway of Tears to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women Warrior Publications


Billboard warning girls not to hitchhike on the Highway of Tears (Highway 16) where many young women have gone missing. This is just north of Smithers. Steve Bosch / Vancouver Sun

by Laura Kane, Associated Press, September 20, 2017

When Gladys Radek walks the Highway of Tears, she says she can feel the spirits of women who are missing or have been murdered walking beside her.

Dozens have vanished or been killed along the notorious stretch of Highway 16 in central British Columbia. On Thursday, Radek will honour the 12th anniversary of the disappearance of her niece, Tamara Lynn Chipman, by walking the route once again....


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Floyd Mayweather defends Trump: No one was calling him racist before he became President Intellihub

Within this world racism still exists

(INTELLIHUB) Arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time, Floyd Mayweather, appeared on a broadcast recently where he talked about how people shy away from the fact that no one was calling Donald Trump a racist before he became the President.

If yall didnt want the man in the White House then Yall should have voted the other way, Mayweather said. He done his homework, he done what he had to do and he got there.

The talented boxer with a net worth of over $400 million said that people need to focus more on what they themselves are doing rather than what the President and his people are doing. The champ also mentioned that President Trumps locker room banter doesnt bother him.

Too many people are worried about what Trump is doing and what other presidents are doing, he said. You need to be worried about what youre trying to do and what level you are trying to get to.

The wound-up champ pointed out on the broadcast that he doesnt need to worry about what anybody else is doing and said that his business is his 24/7/365 focus.

It is what it is. [] I worked my way from the bottom to the top. Nobody gave me shit.

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Podcast: Campus Speech, Hollywoods Politicization, And Jimmy Kimmel On Health Care The Federalist

Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer at the Washington Examiner. She joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the new, frightening polling on students and free speech, and the extreme politicalization of the entertainment industry.

I would hope that people dont really care enough about celebrities to be outraged by their silly opinions, but at the same time what grates on conservatives and what grates on average Americans is how [celebrities] get a free pass for saying anything, while anyone one the other side just gets excoriated, Jashinsky said.

The conversation on health care in Washington is between a handful of conservatives and moderates about reforming parts of Obamacare.

There seems to be a very slim margin in which you could actually move anything on this bill. Domenech said. The most vociferous opponent has probably been Rand Paul who maintains they should not vote on anything other than a full repeal.

Listen to the full show here:


SYRIA: Game Over for Macron after Shameful UNGA Performance 21st Century Wire

Bruno Guigue
21st Century Wire

Before the UN General Assembly, you treated President Bashar al Assad as a criminal and declared that he should be held accountable to international justice. You have betrayed those who believed in a turn-around in your politics and you have brought this serious accusation against the legitimate leader of a UN member state.

Exactly what jurisdiction has empowered you, Mr Macron, to issue arrest warrants for foreign heads of state, who, by the way, could teach you a thing or two?

Who gives you the right, as a European head of state, representing the former colonial power in Syria (1920 1946), to hand out certificates for good or bad behaviour to your Middle Eastern counterparts?

This intervention is made all the more disturbing by the fact that you, like your predecessors, persevere with your complacency towards the petro-monarchies, to whom you sell arms that are used to massacre the courageous people of Yemen. You denounce the crimes you have attributed to the Syrian president, but you turn a blind eye to the head-choppers, the Wests beloved mercenaries. The 10,000 deaths in Yemen, the 500,000 children suffering from malnutrition, the terrifying cholera epidemic brought on by the Saudi bombardment, dont trouble you, trigger no remorse and yet, you seriously want us to take notice of your indignation over Syria?

Everybody is aware that the Syrian conflict has caused tens of thousands of deaths, that the bloodbath gone on too long and that a political solution must be found, once the terrorist hordes are eliminated. As you speak, the Russians, Iranians and Turks are gathered in Astana to work towards this end. When you fling such accusations at Pres. Assad, what are you really talking about? From the very beginning of the Arab Spring in 2011, the anti-government protests were polluted by armed insurgents who opened fire on the security forces. The Arab Observer Mission was present from 24th December 2011 to 18th January 2012, at the behest of the Arab League. Despite Saudi pressure, their report denounces violence carried out by both sides. The myth of the peaceful uprising has long since evaporated Mr Macron, its time to bid farewell to this romantic fairytale.

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Activists Are Documenting The Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar But FB Is Censoring Their Posts The Last American Vagabond

Facebook is silencing Rohingya activists based in Burma (also known as Myanmar) and in Western countries, the Daily Beast reports. According to the report, Facebook has been removing posts documenting incidents of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people, and these Facebook users are frequently having their accounts suspended or taken down. The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic []

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Hotwire #5: Resistance Explodes in St. Louis and Atlanta It's Going Down

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This week we speak with two folks whove been active on the street of St. Louis since white ex-cop Jason Stockley was let off for the murder of black father Anthony Lamar Smith. We also remember Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old queer student organizer killed on Saturday by Georgia Tech police.
Theres lots of reports from anti-fascist actions, with a particularly woop-worthy one from the Juggalo March this past weekend in Washington, D.C. At the end we announce some anarchist book fairs and upcoming actions against the alt-right in Berkeley and neo-nazis in Sweden.

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The Houston Anarchist Book Fair on September 24 located at MECA, 1900 Kane St., Houston, Texas.

The fourth annual Radical Book Fair in Gothenburg, Sweden from September 28 to October 1. That same weekend, the neo-nazi Nordic Resistance Movement will try to march through Gothenburg. Read the anti-fascist call to action here.

  • The alt-rights so-called free speech week begins Monday at UC Berkeley. In response, there are actions planned against white supremacy and nationalism.

Saturday, September 23: March Against W...


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[WATCH] Chicago Police Officer Ordered to Pay $500,000 Out Of His Own Pocket After Shooting Family on New Years Eve Filming Cops

A woman and her two brothers were shot by a Chicago police officer. Now, a jury says the cop went too far and theyre owed almost five million dollars by

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California Regulators Require Auto Insurers to Adjust Rates Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

California regulators said they have required Nationwide and USAA to adjust their auto insurance rates as a result of a report by ProPublica and Consumer Reports that many minority neighborhoods were paying more than white areas with the same risk.

The regulators said their review confirmed our finding that linked the pricing disparities to incorrect applications of a provision in California law. The statute allows insurers to cluster neighboring zip codes together into a single rating territory.

The companies were making some subjective determinations, as a basis for calculating rates in some zip codes, said Ken Allen, deputy commissioner of the rate regulation branch of the California Department of Insurance. Nationwide and USAA are two of the 10 largest auto insurance providers in the country by market share.

The department said that the adjustments would largely erase the racial disparities we found in the two companies pricing. According to our analysis, USAA charged 18 percent more on average, and Nationwide 14 percent more, in poor, minority neighborhoods than in whiter neighborhoods with similarly high accident costs. Allen said its not possible to quantify how these adjustments would affect customers premiums because the revisions are too complex. In addition, theyre taking effect at the same time as an overall rate increase.

Allen said the department is now requiring more justification from insurers for their measurements of risk in the poor, minority neighborhoods that California designates as underserved for auto coverage.

Californias action marks a rare regulatory rebuke of the insurance industry for its longtime practice of charging higher premiums to drivers living in predominantly minority-urban neighborhoods than to drivers with similar safety records living in majority-white neighborhoods. Insurers have traditionally defended their pricing by saying that the risk is greater in those neighborhoods, even for motorists who have never had an accident. 

The departments investigation was prompted by a ProPublica and Consumer Reports analysis published in April of car insurance premiums in California, Texas, Missouri and Illinois. ProPublica found that some major insurers were charging minority neighborhoods rates as much as 30 percent more than in other areas with similar accident costs.

The disparities were not as widespread in California, which is a highly regulated insu...


Cops Kidnap 8yo Boy for Acting Out in School, Put Him in Restraints, Force Inject Him with Sedatives The Free Thought Project

schoolFor acting out at school, an 8-year-old was kidnapped by cops, strapped to a bed and forcefully injected with mind-altering drugs.


The Driest Summer in Seattle's History Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

I am now entirely confident in this. We are going to break a major record in two days:

The driest summer in the history of observations at Seattle-Tacoma Airport.

And we are not simply going to beat the record, we are going to smash it.

Let me give you the numbers.   Logan Johnson, head of the NWS forecast office in Seattle, provided these number for the driest calendar summers (roughly June 21st-Sept 21st) at Seattle-Tacoma Airport:

1988 1.28"
1987 1.33"
2000 1.36"
1990 1.39"

Seattle-Tacoma Airport records go back to 1945-- so over 70 years!

As of noon today (Wednesday June 20th), Seattle-Tacoma Airport has received only .50 inches of rain. LESS THAN HALF of the previous summer record.  And most of the rain is over for a while.

According to the latest forecast model runs, it is possible that we could get a few sprinkles today, but nothing of any significance.   Here is the latest NWS SREF (short-range ensemble forecast) that show the cumulative precipitation prediction at Sea-Tac for a number of model runs starting 5 AM this morning.  No model run provides enough to threaten our record (most produce a few hundredths of an inch).

Folks--we have this in the bag....the driest calendar summer in Sea-Tac Airport history.  

Here is a plot of the observed (purple) and normal (blue line) precipitation at Sea-Tac.  We are about 3 inches behind for the summer!


The U.S. Government Is Suing People For Requesting Public Records The Last American Vagabond

The U.S. government is suing citizens requesting public records all over the country, violating the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA). The government is stating that it is in good faith to take away more of our rights, intimidate us and delay FOIA requests, thus challenging the notion of transparency and, in turn, the Open Government Initiative. []

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The Retail Apocolypse Is Here-Toys R Us Filed for Bankruptcy Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show


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Americas Retail Is Crumbling: Toys R US Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Toys R Us have over 60,000 employees. They occupy the anchor position in many of the malls. The loss of Toys R Us will lead to decreased foot traffic to other nearby stores.  This is the beginning of the collapse of Retail in America. Here is the complete story.


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Cops Caught On Video in Donut Shop Joking about Killing People and Turning Off Body Cameras Counter Current News

Source: The Free Thought Project  By: John Vibes

San Francisco, CA Two police officers were recently recorded in a Happy Donuts location, joking and laughing about shooting and killing civilians. One of the officers was telling the other about how they can kill suspects while the body camera is rolling, as long as the situation would look justifiable in the video. It seems that the officers were debating which type of evidence they wouldnt mind appearing on body camera footage, and what type of evidence they would like to cover up.

The officer seen in the video can be heard joking about how killing a suspect who has their hands up would be something that they dont want to show up on camera. The officers then made sounds and gestures of what it would sound like for a person to get shot, and continued to laugh in hysteria.

The video was captured by a nearby person who held the camera up just over their shoulder to record the exchange. It is actually surprising that the officer did not realize that he was being filmed because the footage was recorded just feet away from him.

The video was later posted to Instagram with the following message:

This was filmed at Happy Donuts on the corner of 24th St. & Church St., San Francisco. The cop is explaining to his partner what footage he does & doesnt want caught on their new body cameras. In this 1st video, the cop explains to his partner how what he DOES want caught on camera is a civilian pointing a gun at him & him murdering said civilian in self-defense. Notice how he laughs & treats the subject of murdering someone as a joke. In the 2nd video, hell explain that what his partner DOESNT want caught on...


Hurricane Maria: Whole of Puerto Rico Without Power. TIP

[BBC] Hurricane Maria has knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5m people, emergency officials have said.

Abner Gmez, head of the disaster management agency, said the hurricane had damaged everything in its path.

None of the customers of Puerto Ricos Electric Power Authority had any electricity, he said.
Maria weakened to a category three storm with winds of 115 mph (185km/h) as it moved across the island.

The information we received is not encouraging, Mr Gmez told a briefing, urging people to stay in their homes.

Earlier, Puerto Ricos governor asked President Donald Trump to declare the island a disaster area after the storm unleashed heavy flooding and life-threatening winds.

Governor Ricardo Rossello said major damage was inevitable, although 500 shelters had been established to protect people.

The devastating storm has already left seven people dead on the island of Dominica, which was badly affected on Monday.

Aerial footage shows flattened houses and the death toll on Dominica is likely to rise, with details remaining scant as communication links are down.

Images shared on social media show roofs being stripped away as winds as strong as 140 mph (225 km/h) whipped trees and power lines in Puerto Ricos capital city, San Juan.

Maria made landfall in Yabucoa in the east of Puerto Rico early on Wednesday, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).



Man Died In Custody After Fight With Cleburne County Sheriff Deputies Filming Cops

CLEBURNE COUNTY, Ark. Arkansas State Police are investigating the death of a man in the custody of Cleburne County Sheriff deputies Saturday. The Cleburne County Sheriff Chris Brown said

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The Secret Society That Ruined the World: Rhodes, Rothschild, Milner 21st Century Wire

IMAGE: Globalist scribe for the American branch of international order, Carol Quigley.

Jay Dyer
21st Century Wire

In this partial video, I continue my analysis of Quigleys later work, The Anglo American Establishment, following upon my lectures last year on the total 1300 pages of Tragedy and Hope. Here, we look deeper into the key players who make up the real Illuminati that successfully engineered the faux democracy of the modern world, run by a shadow banking-corporate empire.

This is an addendum to the 8 lectures last year on the monumental Atlanticist apologetic Tragedy and Hope based on Quigleys other telling book, The Anglo-American Establishment. The first section is free, while subscribers gain access to full talks and lectures.

The goals which Rhodes and Milner sought and the methods by which they hoped to achieve them were so similar by 1902 that the two are almost indistinguishable Both sought to unite the world, and above all the English-speaking world in a federal structure around Britain. Both felt that this goal could best be achieved by a secret band of men united to one another by devotion to the common cause and by personal loyalty to one another. Both felt that this band should pursue its goal by secret political and economic influence behind the scenes and by the control of journalistic, educational, and propaganda agencies. Quigley (Namely, the Liberal Imperium.)


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Former Sauk Prairie Police Officer Sentenced in Drug Theft Case Filming Cops

SAUK COUNTY A former Sauk Prairie police officer has been sentenced for stealing drugs from the police department in 2015. 40-year-old Matthew Alt was charged with five felonies and

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The White House Is Secretly Planning for Confrontation with Iran: Report The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA)  As Donald Trump takes to the U.N. General Assembly to demonize Iran yet again, the Trump administration is also considering a more aggressive strategy towards Iran behind closed doors, sources have told Reuters.

According to six current and former U.S. officials, the U.S. will be looking at more hostile responses to Irans forces, its proxy armies in Iraq and Syria, and its support for militant groups.

According to the sources, the current proposal was drafted by Defense Secretary Jim Mad Dog Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security advisor General H.R. McMaster, and several other top officials before it was presented to President Trump at a National Security Council meeting on September 9.

The proposal will ultimately be made public before the end of September, two of the sources said. The sources requested anonymity because the draft proposal had not yet been finalized.

I would call it a broad strategy for the range of Iranian malign activities: financial materials, support for terror, destabilization in the region, especially Syria and Iraq and Yemen, said a senior administration official, as quoted by Reuters.

Without giving specific details, sources said the current draft proposal seeks to do the following: (1) target cyber espionage and nuclear proliferation; (2) provide for more aggressive U.S. interceptions of Iranian arms shipments heading to places such as Yemen and Gaza (even though U.N. experts confirmed earlier this year that they could find no evidence of a large-scale Iranian weapons supply line to Yemen); (3) react more aggressively in Bahrain (presumably, to prop up the government in the face of Shia-led unrest) as the countrys Sunni Muslim monarchy has been suppressing its majority Shia population, a move that continues to anger Iran; and most importantly (4) allow U.S. naval forces to react more forcefully when harassed by armed speedboats operated by Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Funnily enough, many of the encounters taking place between U.S. ships and Iranian ships are...


Portland Group Advocates Against New Freeways Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

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A new group has formed in Portland to oppose freeway expansion, and specifically to fight against a $450 million expansion of the Rose Quarter Freeway in the heart of the city. No More Freeways PDX is led by a committed trio of political activists and economists which includes Joe Cortright (writer at City Observatory), Aaron Brown and Chris Smith. 

"The Oregon DOT has been beating the drums about freeway expansion like every other state DOT for forever," says Brown, but this particular project lay dormant for several years due to a lack of funding. Now the state's most recent transportation bill, passed in June, has allocated the money to make it happen.

Brown, his colleagues and fellow activists around the city know that urban freeway expansion is expensive, damaging to local businesses, harmful to the health of nearby, often-low income residents, bad for the environment, and, moreover, doesn't even solve the problem it claims to address: congestion.

"We're trying to raise awareness that there are a lot of infrastructure needs in Portland, and this project doesnt solve any of them," says Brown. "It is extra space on the freeway for cars to be stuck in traffic."

Cortright is also eloquently quoted in an article on OregonLive explaining, "It's [$450] million that you might as well put in a pile and burn it, because it's not going to have any effect on recurring congestion." He and other Strong Towns members have written extensively on the subject of "induced demand" the fact that data from across the nation shows that adding lanes to highways only brings more cars onto those roads and does nothing to decrease traffic. Cortright has also chronicled the mistaken data analysis that has led the Oregon DOT to claim that a wider highway will be a safer highway.



BREAKING NEWS: Powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan near Fukushima THE INTERNET POST

A powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan near Fukushima. Details of the extent of the damage have not yet emerged regarding the quake which hit 281km South East of Kamaishi. The depth of the earthquake, which struck at 2.37am local time, was measured at 10km. A similar earthquake back in []


PHOTOS: This Is The Luxury Resort Sen. Menendez Stayed In Thanks To Wealthy Donor The Federalist

According to prosecutors, when Sen. Bob Mendendez wasnt intervening in multi-million-dollar billing disputes with the government on behalf of his wealthy friend and benefactor Dr. Salomon Melgen, who was convicted of Medicare fraud earlier this year, the Democrat was flying on the wealthy eye doctors private plane or staying at his exclusive villa on a private beach in the Caribbean.

The private villa, at the exclusive Casa del Campo resort in the Dominican Republic, is equipped with a golf course that runs along the ocean, polo fields, a private marina, luxurious spa amenities, and hunting grounds where groundskeepers bred pheasants for guests to shoot, according to its website and testimony from the resorts president, Andres Pichardo Rosenberg, on Monday.

Here are some more photos of the Casa del Campo, via its website and screen grabs of promotional videos.

Heres a promotional video showcasing the resorts amenities, which include 1,850 private homes, some of which are worth more than $10 million. Rosenburg estimated homes in Melgens neighborhood, where Menendez stayed, are worth up to $2.5 million, according to the New York Post

CNN obtained photos of the villa and private plane Melgen owned, which the defense showed the jury during opening statements at the start of the trial earlier this month. The defense is portraying the vacation spot as a humble abode, not a multi-million-dollar luxury getaway.


The US Has New Red Line in Syria And Its Ridiculous The Last American Vagabond

In its latest breach of international law, the U.S. is unilaterally attempting to prevent the Syrian government from reclaiming its own territory. From Reuters: U.S.-backed Syrian militias will not let government forces cross the Euphrates River in their bid to recover eastern Syria, their commander said on Friday, but Russia said army units had already done []

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Trump's First Speech Before the UN Was an Absurd, Bombastic Disaster OpEdNews

After Trump's recent Twitter storms and his stormy speech to the United Nations, the need for Congress to intervene grows more urgent. The Constitution rests the power to declare war with Congress. Congress must make it clear to the president that he cannot act alone, based on his whims, furies, and fantasies. This should not be a partisan issue. There should be no ideological divide on this one.


Are atheists over-compensating for being thought immoral? Freethought Blogs

A new study finds that atheists behave more fairly toward Christians than Christians behave toward atheists. While this may be welcomed by atheists as signifying that they are less troubled by meaningless divisions, the study authors suggest that this may be due to atheists trying to overcome public perceptions that they have inferior moral qualities.

A pilot study with 205 participants revealed that people believed atheists would treat Christians unfairly. But three experiments, which included nearly 1,200 U.S. residents, found almost the opposite was true.

When everyones religious affiliation was disclosed, Christian participants offered more money to fellow Christians than to atheists. However, this ingroup bias was not observed among atheist participants, who gave equally to atheists and Christians.

When their own religious identity was concealed from the other participants, however, atheists gave more money to their fellow atheists than to Christians. Presumably, they were less motivated to counter the stereotype that they were immoral. The behavior of Christians was unchanged.

The authors suggest that because atheists are aware that they are viewed negatively by others in society, they may be actively seeking to overcome that stereotype, and that this may extend to other groups that are perceived negatively. As one of the authors of the study says, It seems likely that these findings would extend to other groups stereotyped as untrustworthy such that those groups would be motivated to advertise their altruism, fairness, compassion, or overall level of morality.

The paper abstract can be accessed here.


Trump's speech at the UN yesterday was completely Orwellian OpEdNews

Trump's speech at the UN yesterday was completely Orwellian, over the top and upside down. The topper or nadir was Trump's "our respect for sovereignty" of other nations. The US doesn't respect the sovereignty of other nations. It is the grand master for undermining any regime that refuses to submit to US hegemony.


All Teachers Could Be Replaced by AI in Less Than a Decade Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show



I have been saying it for years, teachers will soon be obsolete. The advantages for the Deep State are many and they are covered in the following video.


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Puerto Rico DIRECT HIT by Hurricane Maria interview with Dane Wigington reveals weather weaponization may be the culprit Intellihub

Puerto Rico has just received a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, a category-4 storm with 155 mph winds at its core. The weather bombing of the bankrupt U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is no random event, according to Geoengineering Watch analyst Dane Wigington. In an interview conducted yesterday to be posted on Natural News in just a few days Wigington detailed the evidence for weather weaponization technology that allows powerful nations to literally steer superstorms into their intended targets.

Local media is reporting that the Fajardo, Espritu Santo and Rio Grande de Loiza rivers have all broken their bank, reports the UK Express. Terrified residents took to Twitter to reveal their accounts of eerie tsunami sirens blaring through the storm, signaling a possibly deadly storm surge of up to nine feet.

Millions of Puerto Ricans have lost power. Hurricane Marias ferocious winds continued strafing Puerto Rico late Wednesday morning, shearing off roofs, cutting power to nearly the entire island and pushing rivers over their banks, reports the Miami Herald. Rosita Galguerra is also quoted by the paper, saying, The house is trembling and my house is made of concrete with a concrete roof. The winds are like out of a horror movie and its gusts, gusts, gusts. The island is going to be completely destroyed.

Wigington says the string of powerful hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria specifically targeting the highest density population areas of multiple states is no coincidence and not based on random chance.

Weather control technology is an irrefutable reality

Dane Wigingtons website, Geoengineering Watch, has posted a list of 175 U.S. government-approved patents that prove weather control technology exists. (Original list from The existence of weather control technology is irrefutable.

In the interview, Wigington told me that he believes various camps of nations and globalists have obtained weather weaponization technology over the years, via weather weapons proliferation thats similar to the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Several different global groups now possess the ability to steer weather systems directly into intended targets, says Wigington.

These guided hurricanes are weapons of mass destruction, he says because they kill indiscriminately and destroy civilian infrastructure. Look at the precise population density landfall location of Mar...


[WATCH] California Cops Savagely Beat Teen For Recording Police, Caught in Massive Cover Up Filming Cops

Three California cops were caught on camera in a one-minute video (seen below) giving a 16-year old a devastating beating, cracking his legs with a baton and threatening the young

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5 Stories Youre Missing While Monster Hurricanes Cause A Media Frenzy The Last American Vagabond

Since the end of August, calamitous hurricanes have dominated the news cycle. From Harvey to Irma to Maria, which grew from a Category 1 to a Category 5 storm in just half a day, many people want to stay informed about the struggle and damage these natural disasters are leaving in their wake. Unsurprisingly, the medias obsessive []

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How Graham-Cassidys Funding Formula Gives Washington Unprecedented Power The Federalist

The past several days have seen competing analyses over the block-grant funding formula proposed in health-care legislation by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). The bills sponsors have one set of spreadsheets showing the potential allocation of funds to states under their plan, the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has another, and consultants at Avalere (funded in this case by the liberal Center for American Progress) have a third analysis quantifying which states would gain or lose under the bills funding formula.

So whos right? Which states will end up the proverbial winners and losers under the Graham-Cassidy bill? The answer is simple: Nope.

Policy-makers arguing over minute intricacies of the funding formula miss the fact that the bill gives the executive virtually unlimited discretion to change that funding formula. Whether the statutory formula benefits a given state could well matter less than what federal bureaucrats want to do to tilt the formula in favor of, or against, that state.

While the bills proponents claim the legislation will increase state authority, in reality the bill gives unelected bureaucrats the power to distribute nearly $1.2 trillion in taxpayer dollars unilaterally. In so doing, the bill concentrates rather than diminishes Washingtons powerand could set the course for the mother of all backroom deals to pass the legislation.

A Complicated Spending Formula

To start with, the bill repeals Obamacares Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies, effective in January 2020. It then replaces those two programs with a block grant totaling $1.176 trillion from 2020 through 2026. All else equal, this set of actions would disadvantage states that expanded Medicaid, because the Medicaid expansion money currently being received by 31 states (plus the District of Columbia) would be re-distributed among all 50 states.

From there the formula gets more complicated. (You can read the sponsors description of it here.) The bill attempts to equalize per-person funding among all states by 2026, with funds tied to a states number of individuals with incomes between 50 percent and 138 percent of the poverty level.

The bill would adjust the funding formula to reflect both risk adjustment and actuarial valuein laymens terms, it would work to ensure that states with sicker-than-average individuals get more funding, and that states that choose to offer richer-than-averag...


UK Supermarket Becomes Worlds First to Offer Cashless Checkout with Finger Vein Scan Activist Post

By Nicholas West The march toward a cashless society has now moved from the theoretical to the phase of widespread adoption. This is primarily due...


Researchers Have Linked A Human Brain To The Internet For The First Time Ever TruthTheory

By Patrick Caughill via Futurism

Researchers from Wits University have linked a brain directly to the internet. Data gathered from this project could help fuel the next steps in machine learning and brain-computer interfaces.

Brain Meets IoT

A team of researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa have made a major breakthrough in the field of biomedical engineering. According to a release published on Medical Express, for the first time ever, researchers have devised a way of connecting the human brain to the internet in real time. Its been dubbed the Brainternet project, and it essentially turns the brain into an Internet of Things (IoT) node on the World Wide Web.

The project works by taking brainwave EEG signals gathered by an Emotiv EEG device connected to the users head. The signals are then transmitted to a low cost Raspberry Pi computer, which live strea...


Former Navy SEAL Shares Brilliant Plan to Stop North Korea, No Bombs Necessary TIP

[BannedInfo] Things still arent looking too good in the North Korean peninsula. Now, the United Nations has just approved even more economic sanctions on the corrupt community regime of North Korea. The rest of the world has been searching for some kind of alternate plan to a nuclear war with the country.

Its obvious that in any kind of direct military battle, the North Koreans would be demolished. That doesnt mean that it wouldnt come at a cost, however. The biggest issue is the possibility of millions of innocent lives being lost in the process. If the war went nuclear, theres no telling what could happen.

The Tribunist explained that a former Navy SEAL, who is now an author and commentator, Jocko Willink, has come up with an interesting idea as to how we could maybe bring the regime of Kim Jong Un to a final end. And with his plan, we wouldnt have to fire a shot or launch a missile at all.

When Willink was asked about his own thoughts on what would be the best way to approach the North Korea situation, he tweeted drop 25 million iPhones on them and put satellites over them with free Wifi.


Some people are simply laughing at his tweet like a joke, and even though the solution isnt very conventional and is very different from other ideas, it may not be as crazy as it sounds right off the bat.

A source at Business Insider conducted an interview with Yun Sun, a North Korea expert at the Sinton Center. Yun Sun stated during the interview, Kim Jong Un understands that as soon as society is open and North Korean people realize what theyre missing, Kims regime is unsustainable, and its going to be overthrown.

We all know that the Kim regime has been infamous for secluding the North Korean society from the rest of the world. They have been closed off and policed carefully. The reasoning behind this kind of society is so that no one will be provided with unauthorized access to uncensored information. What kind of life is that?

Sun actually noted that South Korea has tried similar tactics in the past. They even used balloons to drop DVDs and informational pamphlets to North Koreans. The effort pulled a military response from the Kim regime who wasnt happy about their actions.

Sun went on to warn that dropping all of these iPhones and allowing the people of North Korea free Wifi might actually be a direct violation of the United Nations economic sanctions. It may also be seen by some as rewarding a illegitimately nuclear dictatorship, a dictatorship that we know has committed massive human rights against its people.

Sun further...


Theres A $100 Million Plan To Make A Synthetic Spinal Cord To End Paralysis TruthTheory

By Dom Galeon via Futurism

Hugh Herr and his colleagues at MITs Center for Extreme Bionics want to change what it means to be disabled. As part of a $100 million, five-year project, the researchers are working on advanced prosthetics that work like real limbs, a synthetic nervous system, and more.

A Bold Mission

Some say experience is the best teacher, and for Hugh Herr, that has definitely been the case. His experience with disability and subsequent need for prosthetics compelled him to develop what could be the worlds most advanced type of bionics.

Now, the researcher and bionics expert is the co-director of the Center for Extreme Bionics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) a unique research lab that began with the idea of taking prosthetics to the next level.

Since its creation in 2014, the centers goal has been to treat a wide spectrum of disabilities through the development of advanced bionics. Now, the center is working on a $100 million, five-year project that focuses on treating paralysis, depression, amputation, epilepsy, and Parkinsons disease through the development of bionic technologies.

Disability-Free World

The projects the researchers are pursuing are nothing short of cutting-edge.

While todays prosthetics are use...


[WATCH] Teenager Brutalized by Grand Rapids Police Will Receive a $95,000 Payout Filming Cops

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. After more than three years of wrangling in federal court, a teen who says he was brutalized by Grand Rapids police will receive a $95,000 payout.

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Webinar: Increasing open datas social impact with tactical data engagement Blog Sunlight Foundation

On September 19, we released the official first edition of A Guide to Tactical Data Engagement (TDE), our new resource designed to help city leaders and residents collaborate on increasing the social impact of open government data. As part of our launch, we hosted an online conversation about the new guide and the ideas behind tactical data engagement itself. A recording of the webinar is available on YouTube and embedded below. You can also download a copy of the slide presentation.

What did we talk about? Following is a quick summary.

What is TDE?

Stephen Larrick, Open Cities Director at the Sunlight Foundation kicked off our conversation with an overview of what tactical data engagement is and why cities need to apply it. Cities are making tremendous progress in providing access to government information online, Larrick explained. City halls want to open data to be used, but it often isnt. And on the flip side, community members want information to be use-able, but it often isnt. Our new guide is meant to help bridge that gap, and Larrick provided an overview of this four-step approach: Find a focus area by observing the community; Refine use cases by interviewing stakeholders; Design a plan by coordinating with target users; and Implement an intervention by collaborating with actual users.

Who is using TDE?

The City of Madison, Wisconsin is one of the very first cities to use TDE. Sunlight and our partners at Reboot will be working with Madison on a pilot project over the next several months. The city is currently at the first step of the TDE process. We were honored to have Kara Kratowicz, data projects coordinator at the City of Madison, join the webinar to discuss what that means.

We began the Finding phase by observing popular meetings and existing public channels, Kratowicz explained. The result was to align tactical data engagement with the citys rewrite of our comprehensive plan. Out of this process, the four preliminary focus areas that weve identified are the creation of complete neighborhoods, economic supports, green infrastructure, and public safety. To further hone their focus area, Madison is planning to poll residents for their feedback about what to prioritize.

How do u...


Leading Educationalist Predicts That Robots Will Replace Teachers In The Classroom Within A Decade TruthTheory

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is finding its way into every industry including education. We will start to see the rise of intelligent and adaptable AI learning systems in the classroom and this could render traditional academic teaching redundant.

Sir Anthony Seldon is a leading educationalist and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. Within the next years, he believes that intelligent machines will be prominent in one-to-one learning. Automated teaching could see an end to year groups. Pupils learn in different ways. The robots will be able to help students learn at their own pace using adaptive learning systems. This is believed to be more effective than the current approach in which pupils are taught as part of a class.

It will open up the possibility of an Eton or Wellington-style education for all, Sir Anthony said. Everyone can have the very best teacher and its completely personalised; the software youre working with will be with you throughout your education journey. He added that as part of robot-led learning, teachers would adopt the role of overseers, monitoring the progress of individual pupils, leading non-academic activities and providing pastoral support.

This new approach to teaching will undoubtedly have a massive impact on both the role that teachers play in the classroom and how pupils learn. Sheldon has emphasised that this is beyond anything that weve seen in the industrial revolution or since with any other new technology. Experts are predicting that English, Maths and Science will be at the forefront of machine led-learning. In time, the sophisticated algorithms...


Rolling Blunts With Rose Petals Is The Latest And Coolest Cannabis Trend TruthTheory

This is about as organic as it gets!

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

As the populace becomes more educated on the benefits of using cannabis as a medicine and recreational drug (over other stimulants and depressants), the stigma surrounding its use is lessening. As a result, cannabis enthusiasts are becoming more creative and inventing new ways to smoke the herb.

One of the coolest and greenest methods weve come across entails using rose petals. Yes, we said rose petals. The unique method was recently posted by @simple_sasha, and to say it has gone viral is an understatement.

As soon as the initial excitement calmed down, Sasha explained that organic rose petals are preferred as conventional varieties are sprayed with pesticides. And while inhaling any smoke isnt the healthiest, the organic rose petals are better than processed tobacco leaves which are full of chemical additives. Most blunts on the market are rolled in this fashion.

In the following Twitter tutorial, Sasha shows how you can use an oven and three organic rose petals to create an impromptu wrap for a blunt. The invention is functional and floral, and people cant get enough of it.

After constructing the two-minute crea...


Voices from Syria: Syrias War for Humanity Global Research

Global Research Publishers brings you Voices from Syria, an important new book by Mark Taliano. The book is available for order on our online store.

Click HERE to order.

Mark Taliano is an author and independent investigative reporter


Iran President Rouhanis Clear and Calm Rebuttal to Trumps UN Neocon Rant 21st Century Wire

21st Century Wire says

This week, US President Donald Trump did what every US President before has done he read from his teleprompter script provided to him by his handlers.

As far as this years United Nations General Assembly was concerned, Trumps address is now widely recognized as perhaps the worst such address made by a US leader to a world body. If one breath, he all but declared war on at least four countries; Iran, North Korea, Venezuela and Syria.

While Trump vowed to totally destroy North Korea, he branded Iran as a rogue nation, while threatening Venezuela saying that the United States was prepared to take further action against the embattled South American nation.

When Irans President Hassan Rouhani took the podium at the UN headquarters in New York City, his delivery was measured and sober a stark difference to the reckless US leaders suicidal neoconservative rant on Tuesday

Adam Garrie
The Duran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has addressed the General Assembly in a short speech that primarily covered Irans foreign policy outlook, its specifically goals for peace and an unambiguous warning against anyone who seeks to undermine the 2013 JCPOA (aka the Iran nuclear deal).

President Rouhani used the word moderation throughout the speech. He characterised Irans history, contemporary outlook and policy positions as quintessentially moderate.

After paying tribute to Iranian voters who recently re-elected him as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, he then set out to define Irans definition of moderation in the following way.

Moderation is the in...


Protests Erupt In St Louis As Police Officer Is Cleared Of Fatal Shooting TruthTheory

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Former St Louis police officer, Jason Stockley, was recently found not guilty of murder. Stockley was on trial for fatally shooting Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011 and had his name cleared last Friday.

Stockley shot Smith, a drug dealer suspect, after he allegedly fled from the officers who were trying to arrest him. Stockley stated that he was acting in self defense, as Smith had a gun. Stockleys DNA was found on the gun, however, Smiths was not. As a result, prosecutors said that Stockley planted a gun in Smiths car. There is also dashcam footage in which prosecutors say that Stockley told his colleague Im going to kill this motherfucker. A few minutes later, Smith was shot five times. During the verdict, Judge Timothy Wilson said Its important to look at the video, but thats not all of the evidence and that the comment lacked context.

In response to the verdict, many people took to the streets, with several hundred protesters marching downtown near the police headquarters. For the most part, the protests were peaceful. In the early hours of saturday morning, Chief Lawrence OToole posted a tweet which said many of the demonstrators were peaceful, however after dark many agitators began to destroy property and assault police officers. He went on to say that orders to disperse were given numerous times, and that tear gas was deployed after officers were assaulted with bricks and bottles.

In a Facebook post early on Sunday, Missouri...


Syrian War Report September 20, 2017: US-led Coalition Seeks Stop Syrian Army Advance Near Deir Ezzor Veterans Today

from SouthFront On September 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) repelled a huge attack of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) on Maan in northern Hama. A fighting was also reported in Tulaysiyah, Tel Al-Aswad, Al-Qahira, Al-Zughbi and Al-Raya. In total, about 40 militants []


Stunning Map Shows Every River Basin In The United States TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Theres a lot more beneath our feet than most of us realize. A stunning, new map created by Imgur user Fejetlenfej reveals this and more.

The Geographer and GIS analyst has a lifelong passion for beautiful maps. It is for this reason he created the artistic map which highlights the massive expanse of river basins across the United States. According to the creator, the map visualizes the Strahler Stream Order Classification. Reportedly, the higher stream orders are indicated as thicker lines.

The map was made using the open-source QGIS software. In total, there are 18 major river basins in the 48 states of the US. The 18 major river basins follow:

1.) Pacific Northwest Basin

2.) California River Basin

3.) Great Basin

4.) Lower Colorado River Basin

5.) Upper Colorado River Basin

6.) Rio Grande River Basin

7.) Texas Gulf Coast Basin

8.) Arkansas-White-Red Basin

9.) Lower Mississippi River Basin

10.) Missouri River Basin

11.) Souris-Red-Rainy Basin

12.) Upper Mississippi Basin

13.) Great Lakes Basin

14.) Tennessee River Basin

15.) Ohio River Basin

16.) South Atlantic-Gulf Basin

17.) Mid-Atlantic Basin

18.) New England Basin

Much of the map is dominated by the massive catchment area for the Mississippi river.The Arkansas-White-Red Basin is also clearly seen and is highlighted in pink. As the Daily Mail reports, a large portion of the map shows the Pacific Northwest basin. Those feed-ins are illustrated in a brown-orange color. The Upper...


Why Does Jimmy Kimmel Want Americans To Suffer? The Federalist

In recent months, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has taken to scaremongering his audience with well-worn Democratic Party talking points regarding health-care insurance policy. Between yuks, Kimmel will occasionally accuse Republicans of being would-be baby killers, which is treated as an important political development because, well, Jimmy Kimmel is famous.

Last night, the comedian was back to explain to his audience why the new Graham-Cassidy repeal bill was bad news. There were only two things wrong with his monologue: The first was that almost everything he said was either completely untrue or highly misleading. The second was that his simplistic emotional appeal is completely disconnected from the real world.

The comedians interest in policy was sparked by the harrowing experience of having a newborn son who suffered from a rare health condition. Thankfully, his boy is okay. If your baby is going to die and it doesnt have to, it shouldnt matter how much money you make, said an emotional Kimmel in May. I think thats something that, whether youre a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?

Yes, everyone agrees. As far as I know, there isnt a single politician in America who has ever supported allowing babies to die because they are born with birth defects, even if the parents cant pay. There never has been. After Kimmels May rant, Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy showed up on his show to explain his position.

These types of culture encounters shouldnt be dismissed, because the fact is that most viewers are unaware of specific policies and have a notional understanding prejudiced by the establishment medias coverage. In any event, Cassidy came up with something he called The Jimmy Kimmel Test, which is that no family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they cant afford it.

Kimmel claims that the new bill doesnt meet this threshold. This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face, Kimmel said, before going on an extended political rant on Tuesday night. By the way, before you post a nasty Facebook message saying Im politicizing my sons health problems, I want you to know: I am politicizing my sons health problems, he went on. Okay.

Coverage for all? No, explained Kimmel, In fact, it will kick about 30 million Americans off insurance.

Not a single person would be kicked off his or her insurance. The last time we went through this, the Congressional Budget Office found that 14 million of the 24 million Americans off hea...


Touching Photo Of A Mother And Her Nurse Has Inspired Other Moms To Share Their Stories TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Childbirth, in all its raw emotion and beauty, would be close to impossible without a dedicated team of knowledgeable helpers. One mother who knows this to be true is Jill Krause.

The writer recently gave birth to her fourth child and thanks to Katie Lacer, has some beautiful images from the experience to recollect on. One of the images Krause is particularly fond of shows a postpartum nurse guiding her through some incredibly vulnerable moments.

Krause decided to post the image to Facebook, along with an eloquently-worded explanation which has resonated with thousands of mothers.

Krause wrote, Ill never forget the faces of the nurses who followed me into the bathroom after delivering each baby. That moment when I was so vulnerable, so tired, scared, shaky. My swollen belly deflating, and my modesty long gone. They treated me with such kindness and dignity. For me, these have been moments of empowerment and confirmation that I have a real village to help me, even if just for that little bit of time in a bathroom, on a toilet, while a kind nurse shows me how to put an ice pad on my mesh undies. This photo by my friend MommaKT Shoots just takes me right back. Like, I can smell the Dermaplast. Lets hear it for the nurses and the doulas and anyone else who shows us how to make ice pad underwear (or helps with that first shower post c-section!) <3

Within 24 hours, th...


Equifax Breach Reveals Terrible Truth of the American Experiment OpEdNews

If you didn't pay attention to the Equifax data breach, you should. It highlights the danger inherent in a system that places the dollar sign at the top of a totem pole. Trump is the embodiment of the theft, the con--a man who stole the presidency. But you already know that. Did you know your very identity is at risk?


We need to improve the quality of modern language texts Freethought Blogs

At least, thats the lesson I take away from this.


Freedom Is a Myth: We Are All Prisoners of the Police State's Panopticon Village OpEdNews

The Prisoner's Village is an apt allegory for the American Police State: it gives the illusion of freedom while functioning all the while like a prison: controlled, watchful, inflexible, punitive, deadly and inescapable. The American Police State, much like The Prisoner's Village, is a metaphorical panopticon, a circular prison in which the inmates are monitored by a single watchman situated in a central tower.


Meet Dulce Garcia: DREAMer & Immigration Lawyer Who Is Suing Trump for Ending DACA OpEdNews

Six recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program sued the Trump administration in a San Francisco federal court over its plans to rescind the program. The lawsuit argues the Trump administration failed to follow proper administrative procedures in rescinding DACA and that revoking the program violates due process laws.


Family Of 15 Year-Old Virginia Boy Fatally Shot By Police Says His Killing Was Unjustified Counter Current News

A Virginia family is speaking out about the killing of their 15-year old son after Prince William County police shot and killed him at the familys home on 9/15.

An officer fired several shots at the boy, who was allegedly armed with a crowbar. Apparently police feared for their lives from a skinny 15 year old with a crowbar, so they jumped right past non lethal ways to de-escalate the situation and jumped straight to killing.

The boys 18-year-old brother, who witnessed the shooting, still hasnt come home because he is too traumatized from the incident, reported Fox 5.

The family did not want to release the minors name, but they told FOX 5 he is an honor roll student at PACE West in Gainesville who loved skateboarding and Taekwondo.

Fox 5 reported on the alleged details of the incident:

The teenager was fatally shot by a police officer who responded to his home on Hartzell Hill Lane Friday morning. Police said they received a 911 call from inside the home that someone had a bomb strapped to their chest and was holding a family member hostage. When officers arrived, they saw the 15-year-old boy in front of the home.

Police said at some point, he started coming towards officers with a crowbar in a threatening manner and ignored their commands to put it down. One officer fired and shot the teenager in the upper body and he died in front of his home.

The boys family declined to talk about what led up to the shooting, but they said he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They also declined to talk about any possible mental issues.

They believe his death was unnecessary and say this is a tragic case of police brutality.

Our little kid, only 5 foot, so skinny, said Oscar Urbina, the 15-year-olds father. Big policeman come on. You have a Taser. Then perhaps take him to a hospital to evaluate. That is what should have happened Its horrible. We are still grieving him and we just came from cremation just a few minutes ago and for just someone to come out and say, Oh, its justified. Okay, goodbye. No, no, you cant say goodbye...


WATCH: Morgan Freeman Just Endorsed Neocon Plan for WW3, and the Left is Loving It The Free Thought Project

freemanMorgan Freeman just made a propaganda video for a warmongering neocon group, with board members like Dick Cheney, and the Left is loving it.


Use Your F**king Taser Bobby! Cops Snap, Smash Mans Head Into Concrete Over and Over The Free Thought Project

pittsburghIn one of the worst cases of police brutality to be captured on video in a long time, Pittsburgh police were seen engaged in a horrifying arrest.


Watch: Pittsburgh Police Violently Assault Man, Repeatedly Pound His Head Into Concrete Counter Current News

In a disturbing video from PPG Arena in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday night, police can be seen brutally assaulting a man while holding down another man.

Video captured at the scene shows an officer repeatedly striking Daniel T. Adelman of Ravenna, Ohio, who also appears to be subdued on the ground with a Taser, reported The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The video starts with an officer repeatedly punching the man in the face.  He then yells, Shut up mother f**ker! as he grabs his head and bashes it into the concrete several times.

Police continue to beat the man while telling him to stop resisting while another officer yells, Use your f**king taser Bobby! Goddamn! Shortly after, a taser can be heard, presumably shocking the man.

The police then tell the limp, beaten man to put his hands behind his back, and he says he understands.

City public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said the city police bureau began an internal review Wednesday of the use of force, but none of the officers involved have been placed on leave.

The citys Office of Municipal Investigations and Office of Professional Services are reviewing the incident as well, she said.

Watch the brutal video, shared to Facebook by Joce Smith, below:

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)


The Christian Extremists Behind Roy Moore. Freethought Blogs

Right Wing Watch has a comprehensive rundown of all those backing Roy Moore. In case you dont remember Moore, here are two posts from last year, when Moore made a mess of his career at the time: one, two. Now that Moore is running for a senate seat, the religious reich is fervently backing him.

Some better-known Religious Right groups, including the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council, have recently gone all-in for Moore. He has also been getting serious financial support in the form of outside spending from groups like Ken Cuccinellis Senate Conservatives Fund and from Alabama activist Stan Pate, who has been funding ads attacking Strange.

And Moore has also quietly been getting support from some of his most extreme allies, who see him as a chance to give their Christian nationalists views the biggest megaphone yet:

Michael Peroutka is a local Republican politician in Maryland who has used wealth from a set of debt-collection businesses to bankroll Christian nationalist causes across the country, most notably by funding the career of Moore. Peroutka has funded Moores Christian nationalist ventures and political campaigns for decades; he gave Moores Senate campaign $2,500 in June and his wife Natalie gave the same amount in early August, each nearly maxing out on their individual contribution limit for the initial Republican primary.

Peroutka is a former member of the neo-Confederate League of the Southhe quit when the association started to cause him trouble in his campaign for office. As recently as 2012, he was on video leading a League of the South gathering in a round of Dixie, which he calls the national anthem; in a 2004 speech to the group, he said he was still angry that Maryland didnt join the Confederacy and said that his daughter had the nickname Beth Booth, as in John Wilkes Booth.

Peroutka, who runs a group called the Institute on the Constitution, advocates an extreme form of Christian nationalism, saying for instance that the Maryland legislature had ceased to be a legitimate governing body when it violated Gods law by passing a marriage equality bill. Last year, he presented on his theocratic view of the law to Operation Save America...


Researchers Connect a Human Mind to the Internet for the First Time Ever Activist Post

By Jake Anderson Have you ever thought about whether future humans will live out aspects of their lives online in simulated environments, or even extend...


[WATCH] Pittsburgh Police Reviewing Forcible Arrest Near PPG Paints Arena Filming Cops

The Pittsburgh police bureau is reviewing several officers forcible restraint of a 47-year-old man late Tuesday near PPG Paints Arena, city public safety spokewoman Sonya Toler said. Video captured at

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Federal Reserve Will Continue Cutting Economic Life Support Activist Post

By Brandon Smith I remember back in mid-2013 when the Federal Reserve fielded the notion of a taper of quantitative easing measures. More specifically, I...


Genocidal Trump Blasted for Threatening to Kill 25 Million North Koreans The Anti-Media

Reminder, says one critic of presidents speech to UN General Assembly: threatening to kill 25 million North Koreans because you dont like their leader is threatening to commit genocide.

(COMMONDREAMS For what he said and also for what he refused to mention President Donald Trump was lampooned by progressive critics as he delivered his first ever speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday morning.

While castigating Iran and Venezuela as failed and destabilizing regimes and threatening to totally destroy North Korea if he thinks necessary, Trump acknowledged nothing about the misery sowed by U.S. foreign policy around the world.

For many critics, Trumps war-mongering and bellicositythough a bone to his domestic right-wing baseare enormously counter-productive in terms of reducing global threats and geopolitical tensions.  As Vox reporter Matt Yglesias put it, If you want to know why [North Korea] wants a nuclear deterrent, just read Trumps speech.

In a joint statement following Trumps speech,, CREDO Action, and Win Without War blasted the remarks:

Donald Trumps first speech to the United Nations General Assembly today and in particular, his remarks about North Korea was nothing short of a complete failure of American leadership. Instead of focusing on efforts to peacefully resolve the crisis surrounding its nuclear program, Trump threatened to totally destroy North Korea.

Its time for this charade to end: We need to stop this slow roll toward a catastrophic war, and work towards defusing the North Korean crisis diplomatically. Trumps U.N. speech represents yet another reckless escalation in the ongoing tit-for-tat between North Korea and the United States that does nothing but edge us closer to nuclear war.

The choice is clear, the groups concluded, either we let Trumps incompetence and bellicosity drive us into a destructive conflict potentially more devastating than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined, or we can focus our efforts on negotiation. The United States and its allies and partners must immediately move toward easing tensions on the Korean peninsula diplomatically, and work toward ending this conflict peacefully. The fate of the region and the world depend on it.

On social media, the presidents critics were swift with their appraisals and condemnation:


Judicial Reform Activist and Attorney Abducted by Police While Broadcasting Activist Post

By Janet Phelan Judicial reform activist and radio personality Andy Ostrowski has been taken into custody against his will and forced into a psychiatric evaluation....


Grand Jury Indicts Mystikal For Rape and Kidnapping Counter Current News

New Orleans rapper Michael Mystikal Tyler has been indicted on charges of rape and kidnapping stemming from a 2016 incident.

The rapper has been charged with first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping, with a bond set at $3 million, reported KSLA.

The alleged assault took place Oct. 22 at a Shreveport, Louisiana casino.

Two others are also being held in relation to the crime:

Averweone Darnell Holman, 26, of Shreveport, is also being held on $3 million bond on charges of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping. Tenichia Monieck Wafford, who allegedly threatened the victim into not talking, is being held on a $500,000 bond, and has been charged with obstruction of justice.

In 2003, he pleaded guilty to sexual battery and extortion charges. He was released in January 2010, with 5 years on probation and he had to register as a sex offender in Louisiana.

Watch the KSLA report below:
KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)


Oklahoma Couple Pleads Guilty To Starving And Torturing 5 Year Old Boy Counter Current News

Two Oklahoma women plead guilty and were sentenced for the horrific, continuous abuse of a 5-year-old boy.

Rachel Jean Stevens, 29, and Kayla Ann Jones, 26, were each sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for felony child abuse by injury and child neglect, reported Raw Story.

The boy had to be airlifted in December 2015 to an Oklahoma City hospital, where doctors found a malnourished boy with lesions on his face and multiple broken bones at different stages of healing.

Th boy also suffered from seizures caused by the abuse, investigators said. He also suffered 2 strokes at the hospital related to the trauma.

The boy had been locked in a room and bound with duct tape over his eyes, and he told police that Stevens, his mother, and her girlfriend, Jones, had beaten him with a belt.

Stevens hit her sons hand with a hammer and that Jones kicked him in the genitals until he bled, according to police.

Another 5-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl also lived in the home, but investigators said they did not appear to be abused.

The abused boy underwent extensive medical treatment after he was removed from the home, and the children were taken into custody by the Department of Human Services.

Jones and Stevens both pleaded no contest to child abuse and child neglect.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)


Why did the senior cross the road? Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Source: Moktamo

Source: Moktamo

The San Francisco Examiner recently reported on a protest undertaken by area seniors who are advocating for longer crossing times at a dangerous intersection. All they had to do to make their point was gather in a group and cross the street. Around 50 people showed up to participate.

As the Examiner explains, Jeanne Lynch, age 88, was one of the participants who is troubled and impacted by this short crossing:

The light across Masonic Avenue, in front of the City Target (formerly Mervyns), turned red when she and others were only halfway across.

Cars started to rev their engines and SUVs inched forward, impatiently edging toward the seniors as they finished crossing through a red light.

Look at the size of this crosswalk, she said in disbelief, pointing to its length. She added that due to the limitations she has walking, combined with short crossing times, Ive had to change my lifestyle and has stopped coming to that intersection all together.

This story illustrates how powerful a simple demonstration can be. One look at any one of these seniors crossing and even a five-year-old could tell you the light was changing too quickly (and incidentally, the five-year-old would probably also have trouble getting across the street in this amount of time).

The solution to this problem is equally simple: Increase the crossing time at the light. I'm no traffic engineer but I'm guessing that a quick reprogramming of the light mechanism should do the trick.

Rather than doing this though, the response from the traffic engineer, as reported by the Examiner, was:

We are in the process of upgrading the transit priority and pedestrian signal timing programming to meet the newer 3.5 feet per second guidance.

This process could take months, endangering seniors and limiting their ability to shop, get to appointments, visit friends, exercise, and moreevery day. We've written before about the isolation that our auto-oriented...


Job Opportunity Virtual Mirage

I had not heard the term, "magical life coach" until just the other day, but apparently it's an occupation. I'm nearly certain that there is a major course of study available at Cal Berkeley, preparing students for this by giving them the skill sets necessary.

You don't need a PhD in magical life coach studies to hang your shingle, though the degree that your parents shelled out $100K for must be some help. 

I don't think that the occupation would get many takers in areas where people actually work for a living, but it's a thriving business in Hollywood where almost everyone is living on their trust fund, waiting for their big break in films.

Usually magical life coaches are also witches and if you cast about, you'll find that they are all big supporters of, and contributors to Hillary Clinton, who is relying on her magical life coach to help her stay on the path to the presidency in 2020.

The really big life coaches in Hollywood charge upwards of $500/hr, which is about what the in-demand therapists charge. Keeping all that in mind, you can send me a retainer on PayPal and then you can call me and tell me all your woes on the phone. It will be on mute on my end so don't be dismayed if I don't respond with affirming grunts or hums while you pour your heart out. Besides, I probably have somebody else on the other line(s).



Let Jeffrey Sterling Go OpEdNews

Sterling will be sent to a halfway house 45 miles from his home, and BOP regulations forbid him from driving. Furthermore, the halfway house is in the center of the neighborhood that is the scene of St. Louis's current riots. It's not the best place to be an unemployed African-American man on federal probation right now.


UK COLUMN: Gearoid Colmain discusses the Crisis in Myanmar and the Rohingya 21st Century Wire

International media coverage of Myanmar-Burma is steering world public opinion into a familiar cul-de-sac. This and more

UK Column News co-hosts Brian Gerrish and Mike Robinson are joined by special guest Gearoid Colmain for a brilliant discussion regarding mainstream medias misreporting of the current Rohingya crisis in Myanmars northern Rakine State, and later with 21WIREs Patrick Henningsen to talk about last weeks Pussy Riot book launch debacle in London, and the US announcement of a new military base in Israel. Watch:




NYC Butcher Pleads Guilty To Giving Black Deliveryman a Noose and Offering To Hang Him Counter Current News

A New York City butcher who handed a black deliveryman a present, which was a noose, and offered to help the man hang himself has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for his actions.

Joe Ottomanelli, owner of Ottomanelli & Sons, got off easy and will only have to serve 3 days of community service, reported The Root.

The incident between Ottomanelli and 36-year-old Victor Sheppard, the delivery driver, was initially investigated as a hate crime.

In April, Ottomanelli, 60, gave Sheppard the makeshift noose fashioned out of yellow rope, and told him, If you ever have any stress, just put it around your neck and pull it. I could even help you with it.

Sheppard was stunned by the openly racist threat, saying later that he could not return to his job with meat distributor Mosner Family Brands because it chose to serve Ottomanellis business rather than the safety of its employees.

I could have lost my life or been badly injured or in jail, and it didnt mean anything to them, Sheppard said. Its not easy returning to an environment where you mean nothing.

Ottomanelli got a plea deal on aggravated harassment charges because his lack of criminal record.

When Ottomanelli completes his sentence at a soup kitchen or food pantry and undergoes a restorative-justice program, he also has a chance to get his record wiped clean. Which will allow him to do it again with little to no consequences.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)


So, youve heard that the world is supposed to end on 23 September Freethought Blogs

It isnt, of course, but if youre curious about how someone could come to such a bizarre conclusion, let me lead you through it.

It starts with a Bible verse, Revelation 12.

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. 4 Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.[a] And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6 The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled downthat ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

See? War in heaven, Satan cast down to earth. But why 23 September 2017? The Bible doesnt say that! We have to go to another source: astrology.

The Bible has a few things to say about astrology, but dont let that interfere with your bibliolatry!

All the counsel you have received has only worn you out. Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the flame Each of them goes on in his error; there is not one that can save you.

But you need astrology to explain all those strange references to a pregnant woman with stars on her head, a dragon, and signs in heaven. According to some, these are references to constellations (ware that link its a manic YouTube video by a loon babbling a mile a minute). The woman is Virgo; the moon is at her feet on that date; the constellati...


Word Wednesday. Freethought Blogs



Amphibian; especially: Frog, Toad.

batrachian adjective.

[Origin: ultimately from Greek batrachos frog.]

(Circa 1828.)

When the migraine began to fade a little, Marc looked at Merlin, now pinioned by two policemen and moving his batrachian lips in an incoherent automatic way. The Accordionist, Fred Vargas.


Petrodollar Under Attack The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  Once upon a time, the U.S. dollar was backed by the gold standard in a framework that established what was known as the Bretton-Woods agreement, made in 1944. The dollar was fixed to gold at a price of $35 an ounce, though the dollar could earn interest, marking one notable difference from gold.

The system ended up being short-lived, as President Richard Nixon announced that the U.S. would be abandoning the gold standard in 1971. Instead, the U.S. had other plans for the future of global markets.

As the Huffington Post has explained, the Nixon Administration reached a deal with Saudi Arabia:

The essence of the deal was that the U.S. would agree to military sales and defense of Saudi Arabia in return for all oil trade being denominated in U.S. dollars.

This system became known as the Petrodollar Recycling system because countries like Saudi Arabia would have to invest excess profits back into the U.S. It didnt take long for every single member of OPEC to start trading oil in U.S. dollars.

A little-known economic theory, rejected by the mainstream, stipulates that Washingtons stranglehold over financial markets can be at least partially explained by the fact that all oil exports are conducted in transactions involving the U.S. dollar. This relationship between oil and currency arguably gives the dollar its value, as this paradigm requires all exporting and importing countries to maintain a certain stock of U.S. dollars, adding to the dollars value. As Foreign Policy  a magazine that rejects the theory  explains:

It does matter slightly that the trade typically takes place in dollars. This means that those wishing to buy oil must acquire dollars to buy the oil, which increases the demand for dollars in world financial markets.

The term those wishing to buy oil encompasses almost every single country that does not have an oil supply of its own hardly a trivial number. An endless demand for dollars means an endless supply, and the United States can print as much paper as it...


Innocent Man Set Up by Police, Forced To Stay In PrisonDespite Having Charges DROPPED The Free Thought Project

chargesAll of the charges were dropped against a man who was arrested after an encounter with undercover police but he could still spend another decade in prison.


More Thoughts on Trump's UN Declaration of War Against Iran and North Korea OpEdNews

It is only the US government, which is not a government of the people, that has ever threatened another country with total destruction as Trump did to North Korea in the CIA's UN speech. This is a first. It trumps Adolf Hitler. The US has become the 4th Reich. It is doubtful that the world will survive the foreign policy of the United States of America.


Former Chicago Corrupt Cop Arrested After 15 Years On The Run Counter Current News

After 15 years on the lam, former Chicago Police Sgt. Eddie C. Hicks was finally arrested in Detroit early Tuesday morning.

Hicks, now 68, has been the center of an international manhunt since 2003, according to the FBI. He was ordered to be held in Detroit until he could be brought back to Chicago to stand trial for his  federal drug-conspiracy charges, reported Chicago Tribune.

In 2001, Hicks was accused of leading a group of crooked cops who robbed drug dealers, stole their money and then sold the stolen drugs to other dealers. After Hicks disappeared the day before his trial in 2003, he was presumed to have traveled to Brazil, the Tribune reports.

The Tribune reported on some of his other interesting behavior:

While he was on the lam, Hicks repeatedly conducted financial transactions in Chicago to enrich himself and the people closest to him. Two years after Hicks vanished, his signature appeared on land records giving his sonalso a Chicago police officerthe South Side property Hicks had used to secure his $150,000 bond. In addition, by the time of the Tribune investigation in 2011, monthly police pension checks totaling more than $300,000 had been paid to Hicks bank account or cashed by his wife.

Hicks, a veteran narcotics officer with the Chicago Police Department, retired while under federal investigation in March 2000. Federal authorities accuse Hicks of leading a merry band of rogue cops for almost a decade, executing fake search warrants to feed off drug stash houses and also stealing drugs and money from dealers during illegal traffic stops.

Hicks contact, according to the Tribune, was Arthur Veal, a major cocaine dealer who had been feeding Hicks and his crew, which included another sergeant and two former police civilian employees, information about possible targets for them to rob. However, in 2000, Veal himself was caught be non corrupt officers and told the story of his relationship with the officers.

In the end, three of Hicks four co-defendants ended up pleading guilty by the time Hicks trial was scheduled to start in June 2003. Of...


The Forgotten History of the White Slaves of Barbary TIP

[BannedInfo] In todays day and age when most people think of slavery they think of whites owning blacks and severely abusing them.

Our culture has taught us that this is simply the way it was. While it is true that slavery did exist in America, our country isnt the only place that slavery was practiced. In fact, it was not invented by American colonists or European explorers.

The origin of slavery was actually in Biblical times. Slavery still continues to this day in many parts of the world, including the Islamic world. In modern times people often forget the little fact that blacks werent the only ones subject to becoming slaves. The Barbary slave trade is seldom mentioned in todays society, most likely because not many are aware of it. During the Barbary slave trade around 1.25 million Europeans were enslaved by Barbary pirates in North Africa.

During the 17th Century, Barbary pirates invaded cities in the coastal areas of Italy, Spain, Portugal, and France. They even invaded areas in England and Ireland. They invaded an Irish town named Baltimore, and almost everyone who resided there was captured and forced into slavery. They took the inhabitants back to Africa on ships, and they never saw Ireland again.

The Barbary Coast is a European term originally used for the North African areas that are now Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, and Algeria. The attacks on the villages were so horrific that a number of coastal towns around the Mediterranean were left completely abandoned until much later in the 19th century. Everyone was so fearful of another raid or being captured.

Although it may see like this was all race-based slavery, that all. explains:

In reality, the corsairs were not concerned with the race or religious orientation of those they captured. Slaves in Barbary could be black, brown or white, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Jewish or Muslim. And the corsairs were not only Muslim; English privateers and Dutch captains also exploited the changing loyalties of an era in which friends could become enemies and enemies friends with the stroke of a pen.

One of the things that both the public and many scholars have tended to take as given is that slavery was always racial in nature, said historian Robert Davis, author of Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast, and Italy. But that is not true, he added.

Countless numbers of slaves that...


The madness of King Donald Freethought Blogs

Matt Taibbi attended Donald Trumps rally last month in Phoenix and said the occasion was one in which Trumps descent into what looks like madness became quite marked. He noticed that unlike before, Trump seemed to struggle to hold on to the audiences attention, unlike the way he had been able to do before during the campaign, largely because he seemed to be unable to read the crowd and respond accordingly.

Candidate Trump may have been crazy, but it was craziness that on some level was working.

Now, its different. Now, he just seems crazy. And its his own administration that is crumbling, not any system.

At one point, Trump ends up standing with a piece of paper in hand, haranguing all with transcripts of his own remarks on Charlottesville. To prove that hes been misquoted or misunderstood, he goes through the whole story, from the beginning. It gets quiet in the hall.

Its an agonizing parody of late-stage Lenny Bruce. The great Sixties comedians act degenerated into tendentious soliloquies about his legal situation (he had been charged with obscenity). Bruce too stood onstage in his last years for interminable periods, court papers in hand, quoting himself to audiences bored to insanity by the spectacle.

This is exactly Trump. Even his followers are starting to look sideways at one another. In a sight rarely seen last year, a trickle of supporters heads for the exits.

Most of Taibbis article is spent exploring Trumps increasingly bizarre behavior and speculating on whether it is sufficient to warrant his removal from office and if so, how that might happen. But in the middle he points out that Trump, for all his weirdness, is not a total outlier but is a reflection of America itself. I am going to quote from those passages at length because such a brutal self-examination of America is not something one sees very often.

We deserve Trump, though. God, do we deserve him. We Americans have some good qualities, too, dont get me wrong. But were also a bloodthirsty Mr. Hyde nation that subsists on massacres and slave labor and leaves victims half-alive and crawling over deserts and jungles, while we sit stuffing ourselves on couches and blathering about our American exceptionalism. We dumped 20 million gallons of toxic herbicide on Vietnam from the air, just to make the shooting easier without all those trees, an insane plan to win hearts and minds that has left about a million still disabled from defects and disease including about 100,000 children, even decades later, little kids with misshapen heads, webbed hands and fused eyelids writhing on cots, our real American l...


[WATCH] Trooper Gets 10 days Shock Time in Brandon Ellingson Drowning at Lake of the Ozarks Filming Cops

VERSAILLES, MO. A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper will spend 10 days in jail for his role in the drowning death of a handcuffed Iowa man. In addition to the

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The Old Pier. Freethought Blogs

The Old Pier, William T. Horton, A Book of Images.


This Is What Happens To The Human Body Without Sex TIP

[mindunleashed] This activity is potentially the most vital part of life. There are some who embrace it fully, letting go of inhibitions and enjoying every passionate moment they can find.

Others fear it, feeling awkward and self conscious making their experiences less pleasurable. There are even some religions that require their followers to take a vow of celibacy. Supposedly giving up the need for sexual activity. Yet, has anyone ever stopped to wonder if our body actually does need sex? What goes on inside of us without this natural primal act? Though you may not be aware of it, these are some things that happen to you when you stop having sexual activity:


Dreams are a function of the brain, as is pleasure or pain. Our brains consist of an interesting web of chemicals, simultaneously working to ensure our health and happiness. In this article from World of Chemicals they explain the precise chemistry of our dreams. Some dream analysts report that people who are experiencing a lag in their sex life will have vivid sexual dreams.


Feelings of happiness, or acceptance also come from chemical reactions in the brain. When you experience sexual activity you release chemicals that make you feel amazing. By not allowing your body to receive this natural release you become chemically imbalanced. Leaving you feeling depressed and less confident than you normally would. This isnt the case for everyone but for people who have experienced the contrast, it might ring true.


Sexual release is one of natures natural stress relievers. Its a primal feature. Without this necessary release, your negative feelings may fester and cause stress to manifest. Whether you experience headaches, lack of sleep, difficulty eating or the vivid dreaming, these are all stress signals our bodies use to alert us to a need for change. Listening to your body is the key to living a long happy life.


Your immune system is built to fight off germs. Having a weak immune system can lead to all sorts of health problems. The most common being the common cold and flu viruses, and sex actually strengthens our immune systems by boosting the Immunoglobulin chemical, increasing your ability to fight off and avoid sickness altogether! This study shows how the immune system reacts to sexual activit...


Im not a conspiracy theorist, butthis is a conspiracy Freethought Blogs

Patrik Hermannson is a young Swedish man who went undercover to explore the American alt-right movement. He works with a group called Hope Not Hate, and theyre working on a movie, My Year in Kekistan.

It doesnt sound like he had a good time. I also hope hes now taking precautions he was dealing with dangerous, horrible people, and theyre not going to be happy about being exposed. Hes got video of these people saying vile things and revealing their true plans. And now theyre getting written up in the New York Times.

Mr. Hermansson and Mr. Jorjani met at an Irish pub near the Empire State Building, where the baby-faced Mr. Jorjani imagined a near future in which, thanks to liberal complacency over the migration crisis, Europe re-embraces fascism: We will have a Europe, in 2050, where the bank notes have Adolf Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great. And Hitler will be seen like that: like Napoleon, like Alexander, not like some weird monster who is unique in his own category no, he is just going to be seen as a great European leader.

More shockingly, Mr. Jorjani bragged about his contacts in the American government. We had connections in the Trump administration we were going to do things! he said at one point. I had contacts with the Trump administration, he said at another.

His connections, fortunately, seem to have been indirect and tangential, but it does reveal the grandiose delusions of importance these people have. Another guy he met with was always wearing a Hitler Youth-style outfit. They are backwards-looking dipshits, but dont underestimate them.

This Jorjani fellow, thoughId recently run across that name in the Chronicle of Higher Ed as the subject of criticism.

We especially write in response to news reports that have identified Iranian-American Jason Reza Jorjani, who received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Stony Brook University, as one of the co-founders of the white nationalist website and a member of its board of directors. It is clear to us that Jorjani uses his training in higher education to promote a controversial cultural and historical platform that connects Iranianness with Aryanness. Unfortunately, Jorjanis position has a long-standi...


Wow!: Dr. Oz Makes FOX News Anchors Heads Explode as He Drops Cannabis Truth on LIVE TV The Free Thought Project

Fox News' Fox and Friends had to cut to commericial after Dr. Oz injected the truth about cannabis in the middle of the show.


The US Is Now Bombing Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria at Record Pace The Anti-Media

Trumps delegation to commanders means major escalation.

(ANTIWAR.COM)  Since taking office, President Trump has set two specific trends in US military operations across the Afghan and ISIS wars. Hes talked broad escalation, and hes also granted an ever-growing level of autonomy to military commanders.

Unsurprisingly, this has had a broad impact on the way those wars have been fought, and at this point US airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan are all at multi-year highs, with the former two seeing their highest level of strikes in the ISIS war, and Afghanistan at its highest since 2012.

Increased autonomy means less and less obstacles to attacks, and hence more and more attacks. The US seems to believe that more attacks would necessarily improved the wars, though in Afghanistan the situation has continued to worsen throughout this latest escalation.

Officials are claiming this has yielded progress in Iraq, though that appears to simply be a conclusion drawn because the US has progressive increased its airstrikes throughout a period in which Iraqi forces were already retaking territory.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.


Alt-right Executive Wants a World Where Hitler Is on Currency and Concentration Camps Make A Comeback Counter Current News

An infiltrator amongst the ranks of the alt-right elite has uncovered the truth behind the white-supremacist agenda, and it is nothing short of shocking. While white supremacists may purport themselves to simply want to preserve their culture and identity, the truth is that their main goal is for nothing less than the total annihilation of all minorites Hitler Style complete with concentration camps, and expulsions, and war at the cost of a few hundred million people.

As reported by Raw Story:

Though many members of the alt-right claim to not be racists or white supremacists, videos recorded by an infiltrator among their ranks proves otherwise.

Patrik Hermansson, a 25-year-old Swede, went undercover to infiltrate the alt-right, creating a fake identity that led him to meetings with some of the groups leaders.

As video Hermansson provided to the New York Times shows, he got one of the groups highest-ranking members Alt-Right Corporation board member Jason Reza Jorjani to admit his final solution for minorities.

Its gonna end with the expulsion of the majority of the migrants, including [Muslim] citizens, Jorjani told an undercover Hermansson at a pub near the Empire State Building in New York City. Its gonna end with concentration camps and expulsions and war at the cost of a few hundred million people.

If up to these white supremacists, the likes of Adolf Hitler and Napoleon would grace their currency.

We will have a Europe, in 2050, where the bank notes have Adolf Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great, he continued. And Hitler will be seen like that: like Napoleon, like Alexander, not like some weird monster who is unique in his own category no, he is just going to be seen as a great European leader.

Jorjani also claimed to have connection...


Fact Checking Benjamin Netanyahus General Assembly Speech Global Research

Yesterday, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the United Nations in a speech that served as a kind of appendix to Donald Trumps controversial, bellicose declaration that was delivered hours earlier.

Both speeches predictably focused on Iran and both


Actor Morgan Freeman is the face of the new committee to investigate Russia Intellihub

We are at war

Imagine this movie-script: a former KGB spy, angry at the collapse of his motherland, plots a course for revenge narrates the ominous sounding voice of Morgan Freeman.

The hysteria continues, and this time Hollywood has been enlisted. No this is not The Onion, but yet another serious committee for serious people. Meet the Committee to Investigate Russia which launched on Tuesday and immediately garnered broad coverage in pop-culture and entertainment news sites for its release of a short Morgan Freeman narrated video which aims to tell us the truth about Russian meddling in the US election. We have been attacked, Freeman says in his familiarly reassuring voice while gazing into the camera. We are at war.

Not only did the video burn up social media on Tuesday, but the founders of the lobbying group behind the production, barely one day old, were given substantial air time on cable news from CNN to MSNBC. Of course, it helps that actor, director, and lifelong Democrat Rob Reiner is behind it hes teamed up with neocons David Frum, Max Boot, and national security insiders like James Clapper.

Similar to other recently launched Russiagate campaigns and organizations weve profiledthe initiative is enjoying fawning mainstream media coverage from the very start. And apparently, the historical irony is completely lost on Hollywood, a town which itself fell victim to the original McCarthyite witch hunt and its celebrity blacklist.

Meanwhile, it appears the Committee to Investigate Russia is designed to appeal especially to the popular masses and consumers of pop media and celebrity culture magazines. For example, the following gushing roll out coverage from entertainment news site PopSugar reads like the famed Max Boot himself is on a hollywoodesque mission to save the world from an EVIL cabal bent on total world domination:

The groups advisory board is a whos who of the most outspoken individuals in America today: former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, award-winning...


Alternative Social Network Gab Faces Domain Seizure For Violating Anti-Discrimination Laws Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel Alternative media social network, whose logo is a frog often used by the alt right, faces domain seizure for failing to...


Amidst Universal Opposition to KRG Referendum, Israel Stands by Kurds Global Research

With the September 25th scheduled Kurdish Referendum in Iraq less than a week away, nations worldwide including; the US, UK, France, UN, Iran, and Iraq have expressed their objection and dissent and are calling for its suspension.

All except for


The UN, Trump and Netanyahu: When Did Democracy, Justice and Equality Just Disappear? Global Research

The United States of America is the worlds greatest super-state with the largest economy and global GDP. It possesses the most powerful military machine in history backed by the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in existence.

Its sidekick in the


Trumps UN Speech. War for Countries that do not Accept Washingtons Hegemony Global Research

I listened to part of Trumps UN speech this morning. I was so embarrassed for him and for my country that I had to turn it off.  

I wonder if whoever wrote the deplorable speech intended to embarrass Trump and


In Memory of Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh OpEdNews

Libtards-Left-Sikulars cry hoarse of how they are being pinned to the wall on the matter of nationalism and patriotism by the dirty Hindutava forces. But then how did they respond to one of India's greatest military hero, Marshal Arjan Singh's death?


Israels chief stooge at Westminster shames us again Veterans Today

Thus spake Theresa May the other day as she welcomed members of the Jewish community to 10 Downing Street. But by focusing on creating a homeland for the Jewish people shes also celebrating the hell that Balfours Declaration created for the gentle Palestinians and for the rest of the region. Born of that letter, the []


Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes Global Research

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Contact at

The late comedian Jerry Lewis once said old people are discarded like yesterdays garbage.

In congressional testimony at age 92, actor Mickey Rooney explained


A New Provocation: US Establishes First Permanent Military Base Inside of Israel Global Research

In terms of US and Middle East geopolitics, something extremely significant has just taken place this week, but you wouldnt know it by looking at the Western mainstream press. This latest addition to the Pentagons imperial portfolio of over 800


Trumps War on the North Korean People Global Research

Amid renewed talk by the Trump administration of a military option against North Korea, one salient fact goes unnoticed. The United States is already at war with the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK the formal name for North


AUDIO TRIBUTE: Remembering Syrian Victims of U.S. Coalition Massacre at Deir Ezzor 21st Century Wire

On September 17, 2016, the US-led Coalition launched a brutal sneak attack which slaughtered some 80 plus Syrian soldiers on the ground who were fighting ISIS near the city of Deir Ezzor.

In one of the biggest diplomatic failures of all-time, a cowardly US US Secretary of State John Kerry rendered no explanation as to the sustained attack by US and Australian aircraft. However, the motive was clear: as it turns out, the US strike helped ISIS advance against the Syrian Army and hold territory for the next 12 months, until the terrorist cohort was finally dislodged by Syria and Russia last week. According Syrian and Russian officials reporting at the time, Straight after the coalitions strikes, IS militants launched an offensive, adding that fierce fighting against the terrorists ensued nearby.

If these strikes were due to an error in the target coordinates, that would be a direct consequence of the US refusal to coordinate with Russia its fight against the terrorist groups in Syria, said the Russian military at the time.

Listen to this moving audio tribute which was broadcast LIVE during Episode #202 of the SUNDAY WIRE radio show. This memorable clip includes testimonials from Syrians as well supporters of note from Lebanon, Europe and Australia:


SEE MORE SYRIA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Syria Files


Rules? Where we're going we don't need"rules. OpEdNews

The President of the largest publicly elected School Board in the country is hauled into court and his excuses should sound very familiar to those following charter schools.


Graphic Video Shows Cops Beat Woman Like a Rag Doll Over Failure to Use Turn Signal The Free Thought Project

turn signalA woman has filed a federal lawsuit after she was attacked by multiple officers and beaten to a bloody pulp over a traffic stop for a turn signal.


Single Payer Support Makes a Bipartisan Health Care Deal Impossible The Federalist

The Senate is leaving town at the moment with no vote set on the proposed Obamacare overhaul, but the possibility that they could be voting within the next ten days is real. The number one thing opponents of the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal need to understand is the impossibility at this juncture of true repeal on the one hand or a bipartisan solution on the other. True repeal, while promised by Republicans repeatedly, was a lie that they were never going to deliver on. So we must deal in the real world, and not the imaginary one where principles matter.

The real world also tells us that a so-called bipartisan fix called for this week by Governors John Kasich and John Hickenlooper, is utter fantasy. Paul Ryan and the White House have already rejected the Senates supposed Alexander-Murray bipartisan health fix what really amounts to a bailout of insurers in favor of more catastrophic plan allowances.    Late on Tuesday, Alexander officially waved the white flag, for now at least. He said that two could not find the necessary consensus to move forward; Murray said she was committed to moving forward eventually and blamed Republican leaders.

This was completely predictable, of course. The fact is that Republicans have been granted a lot more flexibility on Obamacare repeal by their supposedly stringent voters than Democrats, who cannot budge on this to the point of offering a true compromise. They are stuck in a position where Obamacare must be defended at all costs, including opposition to anything that is seen as changing or altering it, even in a prudential policy manner. Why? Because Murray, Chuck Schumer, and the rest of Democratic leadership are now leading a party that has moved on from Obamacare to overwhelmingly support single payer. Not even one out of five Democrats opposes single payer now, which remains anathema to Republicans.

Dont believe me? Todays Morning Consult poll: 67% of Democratic voters support single-payer, and just 18% dont. In April, 54% of Democrats said they supported single-payer, while 30% didnt. Among all voters, a plurality (49%) of Americans support single payer, while 35% oppose.

This is what the experience under Obamacare has wrought: a willingness for half the country to embrace a proposal that was once reserved to the likes of Bernie Sanders. No deal can happen at a federal level when the two sides are so opposed, and where Republicans know that is where we are headed next. There is no bargain to make.

The best argument against GCHJ is Rand Pauls critique that this is by no means a full repeal of Obamaca...


Wrongly Convicted Teen Sues Detroit After Spending 9 Years in Prison For 4 Murder Convictions Filming Cops

DETROIT Davontae Sanford spent nine years in prison for four murder convictions that were later dismissed. Now, hes filed a lawsuit against the city of Detroit, as well as

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Popular Fox News anchor denounces 9/11 truthers and Alex Jones: Caught on tape Intellihub

Carlson says that 9/11 being an inside job is just a crackpot theory that is backed with no evidence

(INTELLIHUB) Seemingly right-leaning Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson previously revealed on camera how he thinks that 9/11 was not an inside job and said that such a theory is just too much even for him to believe.

The flamboyant anchor was recently confronted for an off-air interview where he told The Liberty Hound that he believes the official story.

When asked for his take on the collapse of the 47 story tall World Trade Center 7, Tucker responded: Come on. [] My macro view is that the buildings came down because a bunch of nutcases flew a plane into them.

I hate that 9/11 crap, he said. I think that people, before saying something that heavy, ought to present real evidence [].

The famed Fox News anchor went on to acknowledge that burning jet fuel brought down the towers.

It has been looked into, he said, before calling The Liberty Hound a parasite.

Additionally, Tucker said that radio talk show host Alex Jones freaks him out.

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Were Building Roads to Withstand Last Centurys Climate (Jimmy)

Ars Technica writes, Asphalt in use tolerates the temperature extremes of a period that ended in 1995.

The Sinclair Takeover Begins (Reader Steve)

The Sinclair Broadcast Group, which is rapidly acquiring local media across the US, is mandating pro-Trump programs play across their local broadcasts. As Washington Posts Margaret Sullivan writes, What Fox News is for cable, Sinclair could become for broadcast: programming with a soupon or more of conservative spin.

Senates Military Spending Increase Alone is Enough to Make Public College Free (Jimmy)

The author writes, with $80 billion a year, you could make public colleges and universities in the U.S. tuition-free If the additional military spending over the next 10 years instead went to pay off student debt, it could come close to wiping it out entirely.

Exporting Foxconn (Dan)

Foxconn, known as the Taiwanese company that builds iPhones, recently touted a $10 billion dollar investment in Wisconsin that would create 13,000 jobs. This aligns with President Trumps campaign pledge to have Apple make their products in the US. Yet labor troubles, changing power, and a host of other troubles have prevented Foxconn from achieving investments before. Will Wisconsin face the same fate?

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The Demise of Civic Journalism: Australias Xenophon-Turnbull Deal Global Research

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It was never spectacular, but the Australian media scape is set to become duller, more contained, and more controlled with changes to the Broadcasting Services Act.  In an environment strewn with


Petition to St. Louis Mayor: Protect protesters, investigate cops. Freethought Blogs

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Police are out of control in St. Louis, and the Mayor has done nothing to stop them. Over the weekend of protests following the not-guilty verdict absolving Jason Stockley of accountability in the killing of Anthony Lamar Smith, police have taunted protesters saying Ferguson-era chants like Whose streets? Our streets?1in the same manner of neo-nazi terrorists in Charlottesville2and police even trampled over an older woman and pepper-sprayed the people who tried to help her.3

Mayor Lyda Krewson still has not condemned the rampant excessive force police are using to suppress the peaceful protesters she claims to support. After the verdict came down, Krewson was quick to express her disappointment and also made a statement in support of the peaceful protest.4 And today she said internal affairs division of the St. Louis police would investigate misconduct. But we know we cant rely on the police to investigate themselves. We need Krewson to take REAL action to protect protesters. Thats why were calling on her to widely condemn any use of excessive force against protesters and call an independent commission to investigate the actions of police during this time. She wont have a choice if enough of us join together in making the demand. Will you sign the petition?

Tell the St. Louis Mayor: Take a stand against police violence. Protect the right to protest in your city.

This weekends events are history repeating itself again and again since the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement. When Black people gather to demand an end to state violence, the state doubles down on the violence people were there to protest in the first place. We saw the St. Louis Police Departments militarized response to protest in Ferguson in 2014, and were seeing it again today. St. Louis police department has one of the highest rates of police-involved killings....


To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens Jon Rappoport's Blog

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens

by Jon Rappoport

September 20, 2017

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week.

Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted.

Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to medical diagnoses and treatment, without consent or approval from parents, even if those parents actively object. The State is stealing the role of guardian.

The Herald Sun reports. Read carefully:

DOCTORS will have the power to treat students as young as 12 in schools even if parents refuse their consent.

GPs will consult at 100 Victoria high schools for up to one day a week as part of a $43.8 million program.

Guidelines released on Thursday show that even if a parent expressly states that a doctor should not [examine] their child, the GP can if they deem the teen mature enough.

Any student who wants to see the GP will be permitted to make an appointment, the policy said.

The GP will decide if the young person is mature enough to provide consent to any medical treatment for the prevailing issue.

A young child giving consent? This is supposed to be informed consent when facing off with an adult doctor?

The handwriting is on the wall. Multiple vaccines will be given, to bring children up to State standards. This whole operation is, in fact, a front for forced vaccination. Thats the goal.

But it doesnt stop there. The covert plan will eventually, if not sooner, include psychiatric diagnoses of so-called mental disorders. ADHD, clinical depression, bipolar, and so on. Followed by toxic drugs. Ritalin, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Lithium. Its a parade of toxicity.

I have demonstrated, over and over, that NONE of these so-called mental disorders are based on diagnostic lab tests. Theyre pseudoscience.

I would be quite willing to show this and debate this with any Australian doctor or bureaucrat. Head to head, live on Skype.

Is that a challenge? You bet.

The whole medical takeover of parental roles in Australia is on the move. This is naked State force. Nothing less.

Doctors in schools is a wedge, a first step in the door, a first boot on the face.

The propaganda is: We doctors know best. We have the science. Parents are ignorant. We must protect the children. Public safety overrides parents raising their own children and making the important decisions.

Get it? See the picture? The State is ripping away the natural right of parents to raise their own children.

Its called a Medical Police State.

If you, as a parent, h...


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Last Off Ramp for Korean Peace Ahead! Will the Deep State Let Trump Take It? Newsbud

You want to worry about North Korea?  Go ahead!  But worry more about the emerging Indo-Japanese axis and the implications for anti-China adventurism in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  And weve got a sneak peak at my documentary on a US conspiracy to bring the PRC to heel via an Asian warin 1951!

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Transcript: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Face the Nation, Sept.17, 2017

Why is Shinzo Abe being hosted in Gujarat and not Delhi? Congress asks

Narendra Modi accompanying Shinzo Abe to Sidi Sayyed mosque is an exercise in image makeover for PM

Is Narendra Modi the leader of the worlds largest democracy or the worlds most successful fascist?  Or Both!

Political documentary Major-Country Diplomacy well received in China, abroad


Gallup: 71% of Americans Are Dissatisfied with the Way the Nation Is Being Governed Global Research

A Gallup poll headlined on September 17th, Seven in 10 Dissatisfied With Way U.S. Is Being Governed, and reported that 71% said they were Dissatisfied and that 28% said they were Satisfied, with the U.S. Government. The question, as


Lies, Historical Amnesia, Bombast and Double Standards Trump Speaks at the UN Global Research

Trumps speech at the UN this morning is one of the best speeches I have heard aimed at an ignorant uninformed audience, essentially his Make America Great Again (MAGA) followers, and his political state handlers. Staying on script from the


The Dangerous Noose: Trump, Rogue Regimes and Annihilation Global Research

We must not sleepwalk our way into nuclear war. UN Secretary General Antnio Guterres, Sep 19, 2017

Having gone soft on the United Nations in his initial remarks, US President Donald Trump returned to stupendous form with the


Envisioning the Divine: Mexican Artist Villalpando at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Global Research

This month, the Robert Lehman Wing of New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting the work of Mexican baroque artist, Cristbal Villalpando (1649 1714). The highlight of the show is Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of


The Morning After: Mexican Earthquake Leaves Over 248 Dead, Millions Without Electricity THE INTERNET POST

Across central Mexico, rescue workers including soldiers and volunteers worked late into the night Tuesday to free the living who were still trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings following Mexicos deadliest earthquake in more than 30 years. The death toll from the 7.1 magnitude quake which bizarrely occurred on the anniversary of a []


Weve Never Seen Anything Like This Maria Slams Puerto Rico With 9-Foot Storm Surge, 155Mph Winds THE INTERNET POST

Hurricane Maria made landfall near the city of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, at around 6:15 am Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center, battering the densely populated eastern side of the island with torrential rains and 155 mph gusts as hundreds of thousands of people hunkered down in one of the islands 500 storm shelters in []


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Activists Are Documenting the Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar but FB Is Censoring Their Posts The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA)  Facebook is silencing Rohingya activists based in Burma (also known as Myanmar) and in Western countries, the Daily Beast reports. According to the report, Facebook has been removing posts documenting incidents of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people, and these Facebook users are frequently having their accounts suspended or taken down.

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority in Burma who have faced extraordinary persecution from the Buddhist majority. The Rohingya, among others, are not even allowed to vote in Burmese elections, though E.U. observers still praise the transparency and the credibility of the countrys elections to date.

The violence has been intensifying in recent weeks. A top U.N. official described a renewed offensive by the Burmese military as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. Residents attempting to flee the violence have allegedly been encircled and told by local Buddhists to leave or we will kill you all.

Why Facebook would feel the need to censor this behavior is unclear considering many world leaders with notorious human rights abusing relationships, such as the U.K.s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, have publicly spoken out against the violence currently taking place. Boris Johnson is the same man who said that if the U.K. didnt sell arms to Saudi Arabia currently waging a war of aggression in Yemen rife with banned munitions and criminal acts someone else would.

Despite this open condemnation of what is taking place in Burma right now, Facebook has decided to censor individual users who attempt to bring to light the true horror of whats happening on the ground.

Users shared with the Daily Beast screenshots of posts...


Resurrect Your Cell Phone Battery OpEdNews

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In Aftermath: Revelation or Denial OpEdNews

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Google Is Actively Aiding and Abetting Child Trafficking Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show


Google's banner phrase ""Don't be evil" no longer applies. Google is the personfication of evil.

Googles banner phrase Dont be evil no longer applies. Google is the personfication of evil.

There can now be no question that Google is the most evil monolithic corporation on the face of the earth. Even though slavery was outlawed over 150 years ago, Google is participating in the creation of a business environment which facilitates more slavery in America today than the country had at the outbreak of the Civil War.

Googles Criminal Hypocrisy Knows No Limits

On one hand, Google is preventing the conservative side of the media from telling their story with extreme censorship in the 80% of the Internet that Google now controls. Further, Google is censoring conservative content on Youtube. Obviously, Google does not recognize the First Amendment as this unregulated monopoly is engaging in illegal anti-trust activity activities in a nation where the rule of law no longer applies. In googles world, they satanic corporate giant can keep you from publishing on the Internet, or on Youtube, that the Clinton Foundation actively engages in child-sex-trafficking. However, this same Google will defend Backpages right to sell children for sex on the Internet. Isnt it comforting to know that this is the world that we are giving our children?

There is a new development in the fight against child-sex-trafficking and Google is opposing the reform effort which has the two following goals:

1. State and local law enforcement agencies have the authority to arrest and prosecute websites that advertise human trafficking victims and 
2. The protections that websites currently enjoy from being held liable for third party content when they profit from that content is eliminated.



The Free Individual is greater than the State Jon Rappoport's Blog

The Free Individual is greater than the State

by Jon Rappoport

September 20, 2017

In a sane society, the Bill of Rights would be studied in great detail, in every school and college.

The historical incursions on, and the crimes against, the Bill of Rights would be laid bare and excoriated.

Grand juries of students would be formed to investigate, in detail, these incursions and crimes, and wherever possible track them to their sources.

Reading the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution, it is plain that the natural rights of the individual are confirmedand also, the attempt to exercise any sort of excessive power over the individual is shackled.


Because the Founders saw the handwriting on the wall, engraved for centuries in totalitarian regimes and theocracies.

Here are the basics of the Bill of Rights:

Freedom of speech, religion, and the press.

The right to bear arms.

Housing of soldiers: No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.

Protection of rights to life, liberty, and property.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor; and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States than according to the rules of the common law.

Excessive bails, fines, and punishments are forbidden.

The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

What do these 10 Amendments say about the individual? They say he is of greater importance than the State.

They say the purpose of basic law is protection of the freedom of the individual.

They say that, no matter how many scurrilous critics and logic-choppers may come along and parse the Bill of Rights to their advantage and against the individual, these critics should be cast aside, at the very least.

They say...


Time for a new ism future generationism

By Steve Brawner

Are you the type whose beliefs dont always fit neatly into a conservative or liberal label, but moderate sounds too mushy and none of the other isms fit?

Or what if one of those labels does fit, but youre worried about the overall state of American politics, where its all about todays winners and losers? Read the rest

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Today in OpenGov: Bills, bills, bills Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's roundup of open government news, we celebrate the official launch of our Guide to Tactical Data Engagement, President Trump gets some help with his legal bills, the HHS Secretary enjoys pricey flights, and much more. 

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So your city is working to make data open. Now, how can city leaders and residents work together to put that data into use? 

Our brand new guide, released yesterday, is designed to help cities collaborate on impactful use of open government data. It challenges city halls to make open data programs more transparent, accountable, and participatory, and empowers residents to make the most of open data resources. 

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13 Questions About The Wiretapping Of Paul Manafort The Federalist

Mondays CNN exclusive detailing that former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped by the government is a bombshell that raises many questions about the motives and method of such surveillance.

We know that Manafort has reportedly been the focus of Robert Muellers investigation for some time, including details of a dawn raid reported in the New York Times. What is less clear is the exact nature of this wiretap, the time period that it was running on Manafort, the justification by which it was restarted after a reported gap, and the identities of othersincluding potentially the then-president-electcaught up during this surveillance period by the government.

Yesterday, Manaforts spokesman released the following statement:

If true, it is a felony to reveal the existence of a FISA warrant, regardless of the fact that no charges ever emerged. The U.S Department of Justices Inspector General should immediately conduct an investigation into these leaks and to examine the motivations behind a previous Administrations effort to surveil a political opponent. Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ there is nothing there.

Now lets be clear about what this doesnt mean: if the institutional firewalls function as intended, being surveilled by the FBI and being surveilled directly by the Obama administration are different things. This does not confirm a wiretap of Trump as the presidents now-infamous tweet read. But as weve seen with the case of Susan Rices potentially unjustified unmasking of Trump transition officials, thats something where skepticism is certainly warranted.

Here, though, are 13 questions that I have, given the CNN report and others that have emerged about this surveillance of Manafort, in no particular order. I believe these questions deserve to be answered, in front of Congress or in the public square:

1. When, exactly, was Paul Manafort wiretapped by the government?

2. Did the wiretap cease when Manafort became Trumps campaign chairman in March 2016, and did it resume after he ceased to have this role in August 2016, or did it overlap?

3. Was the FBI wiretap steady in the months before March 2016, before he had any official affiliation with the Trump campaign, during which time he was reportedly talking regularly with Trump and living in Trump Tower?

4. Given that Manafort lived there, did the wiretap cover Trump Toweryes or no?

5. When was the wiretap renewed? On whose orders was the...


Why The Latest GOP Health Care Plan Is The Best One Yet The Federalist

Contrary to much of the media coverage this week, the push by congressional Republicans to do something about Obamacare isnt a desperate last-ditch effort or a health care zombie. On the contrary, it might be the best health-care reform idea GOP leaders have come up with yet.

The bill, authored by senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would address a woeful imbalance in our health-care system by returning much of the authority for regulating health insurance back to the states, where it belongs. In its current form, the legislation keeps most of Obamacares funding in place (except for the individual mandate tax penalties and medical-device taxes) but states would be able to apply for grants that allow them to more or less pursue whatever health-care policies they want with those funds and waive some key parts of Obamacare like the individual mandate and coverage for preexisting conditions.

In short, Graham-Cassidy represents a kind of health-care federalism, in which states like New York and California would end up with very different systems than states like Texas and Florida. Of course, thats already true to some extent, and it was true even before Obamacare. But where Obamacare sought to make states more uniform according to rules written by bureaucrats in Washington, Graham-Cassidy would allow states to go their own way.

That might not exactly amount to an Obamacare repeal, as Republicans have promised to pass for seven years now, but given that straight repeal is apparently impossible for this Congress, Graham-Cassidy might be the next best thing. Why? Because allowing states to experiment with different health-care policies is the only thing that will drive down the cost of health insurance so more Americans can afford it.

Progressives dont like the idea of health-care federalism in part because they think health care should be treated like a public utility. That is, bringing costs down for consumers is not a high priority, so the potential benefits of health-care federalismlower premiums and out-of-pocket costs for residents of states that adopt smart policies that drive costs downdont much appeal to them. Whats more, having wildly different health-care systems between states makes their goal of creating a European-style single-payer system much more difficult.

Hence, progressives in the media are calling the Graham-Cassidy plan...


In What Happened, Hillary Clinton Completely Whiffs On The Lessons Of The Prodigal Son The Federalist

Early in What Happened, Hillary Clinton discusses one of her reoccurring public references to the Bible: Christs parable of the prodigal son. Previously Clinton has discussed this parable in the context of how she reacted to Bills infidelity, but in this book its in reference to losing the 2016 presidential election.

For those unfamiliar, the biblical parable shows a younger brother coming to his father and demanding his inheritance before his father dies. He then squanders it all partying. A famine hits, and he goes to work for a pig farmer. When he begins to starve and eyes the pigs food with longing, the prodigal comes to his senses and decides to go home and beg his father to take him back as not a son but a servant.

When his father sees his son coming down the road, he races down to meet the prodigal and falls on him with affection. He treats the sons servant plan as preposterous, and receives him back instead as a son, throwing a big party to celebrate his sons repentance. At the party, the father finds the older brother, who dutifully stayed home to help manage family affairs while his brother wasted his inheritance, out in the back sulking. His father entreats the older son to come join the party, but the older brother replies (from Luke 15):

Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him! And [the father] said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.

After her own recounting, heres Hillarys application in the book, on page 33:

Maybe its because Im the oldest in our family and something of a Girl Scout, but Ive always identified with the older brother in the parable. How grating it must have been to see his wayward sibling welcomed back as if nothing had happened. It must have felt as if all his years of hard work and dutiful care meant nothing at all. But the father says to the older brother, Have I not taken good care of you? Have you not been close to me? Have you not been at my side learning and working? Those things are their own reward.

Its a story about unconditional love the love of a fat...


Jennifer Lawrence Has Turned Into A Political Barbie With A String In Her Back The Federalist

Its sad to see a talented actress go downhill so fast, but thats what happens in the intersection of Hollywood and politicsa big crash.

Case in point: Jennifer Lawrence. She once held America spellbound by her husky voice, sweet smile, unapologetic curves, and authenticity when dealing with the press. Her movies were compelling, and her performances sparkled. Lawrence was a refreshing respite from the fake, self-aggrandizing liberal lemmings of Hollywood.

Now, like so many other actors who arent satisfied with simply being artists and entertainers, Lawrence has become political. Her charm has turned crass, making one wonder if weve been seeing the real Jennifer Lawrence all this time.

It All Began With Kentucky

Lawrences Mr. Hyde side revealed itself to most Americanswho simply knew her as the beloved rebel Katniss in Hunger Gameswhen Lawrence criticized half of America during the Kentucky same-sex marriage controversy. County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue licenses to same-sex couples because of her Christian beliefs regarding traditional marriage, and Lawrence flipped out.

Dont even say her name in this house, she told Vogue. All those people holding their crucifixes, which may as well be pitchforks, thinking theyre fighting the good fight. I grew up in Kentucky. I know how they are.

During the presidential election, Lawrence lashed out again, dramatically saying, If Donald Trump is president of the United States, it will be the end of the world. The world, of course, hasnt ended.

After Trumps election, Lawrence wrote an op-ed, telling women to embrace their anger. This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men, she wrote. Do not let this defeat youlet this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didnt have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a womandont be afraid, be loud!

In a particularly hypocritical moment, she said the country needs to move past its political division and anger, despite her own hostility toward Republicans, Christians, and the president. In an interview with Graham Norton, she said she had attended a concert where Trump was present. I had my full security, I was like, Find Donald Trump, she explained. Because I was adamant on finding him and then making a video of me going, Hey Trump, f*ck you!

Siccing Her Followers On Innocent Bystanders

After the Charlottesville viole...


Ben Shapiro Is Wrong About Prosecuting Women Who Get Abortions The Federalist

A young, self-identified liberal woman presented this question to Ben Shapiro during the Q&A following his much anticipated speech at the University of California at Berkeley last Thursday: Do you believe women who get abortions even when their lives or the childs life isnt in danger, should be put on trial for murder?

No, I think abortionists should be put on trial, Shapiro replied.

I dont think that women should be put on trial for a couple different reasons. One is, I dont think it is effective in deterring abortion for women to be put on trial for the killing of the unborn. The second reason is because unfortunately I think that we as a society have gotten to such a point that an entire generation have been indoctrinated to believe that a baby is a polyp and so when they remove it, Im not sure theres the necessary mens rea, the criminal intent necessary for prosecution. The typical pro life position is that the women is a victim in abortion nearly as much as the baby is. There is an entire abortion industry that is geared toward teaching women that babies are not babies and that getting a baby aborted is in fact a betterment of their life. So no, I am not in favor of prosecuting women for abortions.

The student pressed the issue, saying that some women do have intent.

Youd really have to show me a case of a woman who went [into the abortion clinic] and said, I know this is a baby, cut its brains out, Shapiro answered. Like, if thats happening, that is infanticide. Shapiro then presented the hypothetical of a mother of a one-day-old infant who asked for it to be killed. Wouldnt you put her on trial? he asked.

Shapiro may have a point that prosecution wouldnt be an effective deterrent, but deterrence is not the main reason we prosecute. We seek justice for the victims, and that should remain the chief goal of the courts. The pursuit of justice is worthwhile in itself, and I would argue, a moral imperative.

Pro-Lifers Cognitive Dissonance

His second reason is also extremely weak, and it gets to the heart of a deep-rooted hypocrisy within the mainstream prolife movement. Shapiro says these women dont have the mens rea (Latin for guilty mind), or intent, that the prosecution must demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt. Is that really the case? Most states use the Model Penal Code to determine mens rea. Its first classification of intent is acting purposely where the defendant had an underlying conscious object to act.

Obviously, if abortion were to be legally categorized as murder, a mother who orders the hit on her preborn child fits this definition of intent. A minority of states do employ a malice distinction, where the stricter definition is Express malice, in which the crime is committed with the d...


The September 30 Deadline For Obamacare Repeal Is Fake News The Federalist

Over the past several days, congressional leaders in both the House and Senate have claimed that a bill by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is our best, last chance to get repeal and replace done. They have made such claims because the press keeps reporting that Republicans power to pass health care legislation through a party-line vote in the Senate expires on September 30.

Dont you believe it. The Senates 52 Republicans have multiple options open to keep the Obamacare repeal process alive after September 30. The only question is whether they have the political will to do so.

Option 1: Set a Senate Precedent

Democrats started the misinformation campaign regarding a supposed September 30 deadline. Politico reported at the start of the month that the Senate parliamentarian has ruled that Republicans face a September 30 deadline to kill or overhaul the law with only 50 votes, Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee said.

That assertion carries one big flaw: The Senate parliamentarian does not rule. The Senate as a body doesand that distinction makes a big difference. The procedural question centers around when, and whether, budget reconciliation instructions expire.

Budget reconciliation provides an expedited process for the Senate to consider matters of a fiscal nature. Reconciliations limits on debate and amendments preclude filibusters, allowing the bill to pass with a simple (i.e., 51-vote) majority rather than the usual 60 votes needed to break a filibuster and halt debate. (For additional background, see my May primer on budget reconciliation here.)

In one of its first acts upon convening in January, Congress passed a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2017, which included instructions for health-related committees in the House and Senate to produce reconciliation legislationlegislation intended to repeal-and-replace Obamacare. But Fiscal Year 2017 ends on September 30, and Congress (thus far at least) hasnt completed work on the reconciliation bill yet. So what happens on September 30? Does a reconciliation measure fail? Or can Congress continue work on the legislation, because the budget resolution set fiscal parameters for ten fiscal years (through 2026), not just the one ending on September 30?

Earlier this month, the parl...


In Masterpiece Cakeshop Case, Two Sets Of First Amendment Precedent Collide The Federalist

Sundays New York Times print edition ran a piece by Adam Liptak, exploring the people and perspectives behind the soon-to-be argued Supreme Court case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The piece is titled, Cake Is His Art. So Can He Deny One to a Gay Couple?

On one side of the dispute stands Jack Phillipsa Christian baker in Colorado who five years ago refused to craft a wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage. Im being forced to use my creativity, my talent and my art for an eventa significant religious eventthat violates my religious faith, Mr. Phillips said, according to the Times. To Philips, this is more than just a cake.

Opposite Phillips are David Mullin and Charlie Craig, the two men who sought out his services and who later filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. We asked for a cake, they counter. We didnt ask for a piece of art or for him to make a statement for us. He simply turned us away because of who we are. According to the Times, Mr. Craig said the free speech argument was a smoke screen. Its not about the cake, he said. It is about discrimination.

So which is it? Free speech or discrimination?

Its both.

Free Speech Always Involves Discrimination

Free speech always involves discrimination, includingand maybe even especiallyartistic expression. Or as the Supreme Court put it: all speech inherently involves choices of what to say and what to leave unsaid.

When Bruce Springsteen canceled his April 2016 North Carolina concert in protest of the then-recently passed bathroom bill, he was discriminating against the patrons desiring his servicespatrons who had, in fact, already paid to hear his artistry. But Springsteens silence was also speech. As he put it, canceling the concert is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.

Jennifer Holliday discriminated when she denied President Trump and Vice President Pence her services, even though she had previously committed to singing for their inaugural festivities. Holliday back out once she realized that her voice would speak not just the lyrics she sang, but support for views contrary to her deeply-held beliefs. Holliday explained this much to her fans in an apology letter announcing she had withdrawn from the upcoming events planned for the new administration: Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

Likewise, prospective Mas...


New Initiative Aims To Cut Food Waste In Half By Simplifying Your Food Labels The Federalist

When keeping or tossing old food, people seem to fall into two categories: the throw-out-immediately crowd, and the sniff-and-taste crowd. I come from a proud family of sniff-and-tasters, whereas my husband is staunchly pro-disposal. (Probably because hes accidentally swallowed a mouthful of sour milk beforeso who can blame him?)

But research into our use by, best by, and sell by food labels have lent some credence to the sniff-and-tasters position. All these food labels mean different things, and should be approached differently by consumers, as National Geographic explains:

The best before date relates to the quality of the food, says Marsh. Its a gauge of how long an item will remain at its freshest and tastiest, and is appropriate to the vast majority of foodstuffs on the supermarket shelves. In general, she says, it is fine to eat foods after their best before date, except for eggs, as long as they look, smell, and taste OK.

But that guidance can be tough to swallow both for the food industry and for consumers. We are a much more risk-averse society now than a generation ago, says the University of Nottinghams Morgan. Retailers and manufacturers are worried about being sued, and we the public read about health scares, listeria, and E. coli and would just as soon throw anything out rather than take a risk.

Indeed, the use by date has definite safety implications, and it is applied to foods such as meat, fish, and chicken, which are highly perishable from a microbiological point of view. These are dates that should be strictly adhered to, Marsh says, regardless of how a product looks or smells.

Then there is the display until date, which is placed on packaging primarily to help supermarkets better manage their stock rotation and which has no real implications for consumers at all.

How We Contribute to Expensive, Damaging Food Waste

Our understandable confusion regarding the meaning and import of these various returns often results in millions of consumers dumping food into the trash bin, just in case. But not only is such a practice expensive to the individual, over time it is causing a massive food waste problem. Around the world, 1.3 billion tons of foodabout a third of food production every year, worth more than $750 billionis wasted. Just 133 billion pounds are wasted every year in the United States alone.

More than a quarter of the worlds agricultural land is being worked to grow food...


Neocons, Iran Deal Opponents Celebrate Trumps Foreign Policy At Summit The Federalist

NEW YORK CITY As President Trump prepared to give his address at the United Nations on Tuesday morning, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), a decade-old, bipartisan, non-governmental organization, was opening its annual summit just down the road. The line-up for the event at New York Citys Roosevelt Hotel was full of heavy hitters. David Petraeus, Jeb Bush, John Bolton, Bill Richardson, and Joseph Lieberman were just a few of the political celebrities in attendance.

In his opening remarks, Lieberman, UANIs chairman, praised the Trump administrations Iran dispositions, calling it a sea change from the deal-at-any-cost Obama administration. Leiberman called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran deal, a waste of leverage, suggesting Obama had given away the farm for little in return.

Not surprisingly, given UANIs mission to keep Iran from achieving nuclear arms, this would not be the last attack on the JCPOA. Speaker after speaker from both parties, including early and vociferous opponents of President Trump, trashed the deal while urging the president to take a harder line in regard to Iran.

Americas Agenda Shouldnt Put America First

The first panel discussion featured Petraeus and Prince Turki Al Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. Neither man pulled his punches. Petreus and Al Faisal both warned against focusing all of our efforts on anti-terrorism while casting a blind eye to the actions of regional governments, including Iran and Syria.

According to Petraeus, Muslim-nation partners like Saudi Arabia are essential because this is more of a clash within Islam than a clash between Islam and the West. But while a coalition is needed, the retired general also made clear that America with its intelligence and military capabilities was obviously still the essential actor.

Al Faisal warned that Iran is boasting about its ambitions and accomplishments and that the growth of its power in the region, especially in Syria, will blow back on the United States, Russia, and rest of the world. In a telling moment, Petraeus, after insisting he is non-political and doesnt even vote, praised the Trump administrations April missile attack on Syria following the formers use of chemical weapons. He called the action measured and proportional, and it was impossible not to see it as a rebuke of Obamas refusal to back up his own red line on chemical weapons in Syria.

The second panel focused more directly on president Trumps foreign policy regarding Iran and the related threat from North Korea. Former governors Bush and Richardson both expressed the need for international cooperation and skepticism about the presidents America first, rhetoric, which Bush said can operate as a code for isolationism and even bigotry. Bush did, however, urge that we should follow what the administration is doing, not what Trump says o...


What Do Dems Know About Climate That New York Times Columnists Dont? The Federalist

While politicians know voters arent buying climate hysteria, The New York Times opinion section disregards its own news section to hype it as a cause of hurricanes.

For many liberal journalists, its something of a puzzle. Handed what they consider a golden opportunity to use hurricanes Harvey and Irma to pound President Trump and conservative Republicans for their views on climate change, as Politico noted this week, most national Democrats decided to pass.

There are a number of possible explanations. One involves the dilemma of the many red-state Democrats up for re-election next year, especially in coal states. Theres also the possibility that some actually agree with leading Republicans that seeking to politicize disasters while people in Texas and Florida are still dealing with the aftermath of the storms is in bad taste and bad politics.

Theres another possibility. Some Democrats may have read The New York Times analysis of the connection between hurricanes and climate change and realized that what scientists know about the subject is a lot less than what they dont know. Although the article strained to obscure what most experts were saying, the bottom line is that former Vice President Al Gores famous predictions of an increase in massive storms due to global warming isnt backed up by the evidence.

Do NYT Columnists Read the NYT?

Yet what is astonishing about the national conversation about climate change after Harvey and Irma is that a definitive article in the flagship of liberal journalism had no effect on articles subsequently published on the subject in the same newspaper. While most congressional Democrats were holding their fire, some of the papers most prominent opinion columnists were not merely ignoring the same lack of evidence their news section had reported but taking it as a given that proof of the connection existed.

I speculated here last month that had a Republican used the same cautious language about the causation of hurricanes used in the Times news report, that would have been enough to get him or her labeled a climate denier by the Times editorial page. But after reading Paul Krugman and Nicholas Kristofs screeds claiming only fools or liars could deny that global warming incontrovertibly caused Harvey and Irma, its possible thats what they think about Times science writer John Schwartz, who was responsible for the papers cautious exploration of the issue.

Krugman speculated that Republicans were reluctant to buy into global warming theories because they are natural consumers for tin-foil hat conspiracy theories and inherently hostile to science (or at least as long as it is not science related to unborn infants and their survival rates outside the womb a no-...


SpaceX Wants You To Pay For It To Explore Deep Space When It Cant Even Explore Shallow Space The Federalist

In the aftermath of President Obamas cuts to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and subsequent reliance on Russian space agencies, NASA has invested billions of dollars into private space companies to carry cargo and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station. NASAs private contracts have offered a fixed price for commercial services and required companies to provide their own funding to develop new spacecraft and rockets.

SpaceX, a private space company founded by Canadian-American business magnate Elon Musk, is one of those contractors, along with companies such as Blue Origin and Orbital ATK. Recently, these companies have raised eyebrows with plans to develop large, heavy-lift rockets, which will allow travel beyond low-Earth orbit.

One of these systems is SpaceXs Falcon Heavy booster, a rocket possessing 90 percent of the lift capability to low-Earth orbit of NASAs own Space Launch System. The message is clear: these companies wish to attempt what NASA has not yet achieved. Thus far, NASAs funding of private space companies has been limited to near-Earth endeavors, and NASA wants to keep it that way. During a Q&A session, Charles Bolden, NASAs 2016 administrator, expressed that deep space is traditionally NASAs domain.

If you talk about launch vehicles, we believe our responsibility to the nation is to take care of things that normal people cannot do, or dont want to do, like large launch vehicles, Bolden stated, concluding, Im not a big fan of commercial investment in large launch vehicles just yet.

Well Blow Up Your Money On NASAs Behalf

However, some companies arent content to leave deep space to NASA, and want American taxpayers to foot the bill. During a hearing before the U.S. Senates Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness on July 20, SpaceX called upon the government to sponsor deep space public-private partnerships. Tim Hughes, a SpaceX senior vice-president, testified, The principles applied in past programs for low Earth orbit capability can, and should, be applied to deep space exploration, referring to NASAs Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.

Floating the idea of a funding a COTS-like program, Hughes expressed his desire to work in parallel with NASAs Space Launch System and O...


Self-Righteousness Infects All Sides Of Our Politics, And Makes Us Ridiculous The Federalist

An old band joke: How do trumpet players introduce themselves to each other? Hi, Im better than you.

In the world of music, this sort of observation about the personalities drawn to different instruments is mildly funny. Less amusing is that American political discourse is increasingly dominated by the same assertion of superiority. For many, politics is a way of showing oneself to be smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate and more attuned to injustice than others. Political positions are taken and rhetoric is deployed not to persuade, but to declare ones status.

The Internet is awash in this. Whether on Facebook, political Twitter, or (angels and ministers of grace defend us) in the comment section, traffic and content would drop precipitously without those hapless souls turning every issue into a way of screaming Im better than you into the Internet void. Unfortunately, this has become one of the dominant motivations in our politics.

It is being exacerbated by increased secularism. One result of the decline of American Christianity is that political affiliation has become an easy substitute for the sense of spiritual rectitude that religious practice formerly offeredand this secular righteousness carries few of the humbling warnings about pride and sin that religion traditionally provided. For all the excesses and hypocrisy of the Religious Right and all the absurdities of the diminutive Religious Left, Christianity is still a salutary influence on each. Politics is a terrible replacement for religion.

The Sanctimony of Finding Deplorables

The definitive expression of cheap political morality may have been Hillary Clintons declaration that You could put half of Trumps supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic you name itsome of those folks they are irredeemable.

Nearly as telling were her comments about the other half of Trump supporters. Clinton described them as people, who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and theyre just desperate for change. Thus, the Democratic nominee described all those voting for her opponent as either bigoted, irredeemable deplorables, or desperate losers. And her half-hearted apology only admitted to misjudging the proportions between the two categories.

That Trump is a man of low character whose candidacy emboldened some on the ugly fringe of American politics is indisputable, but dismissing all Trump voters as either bigots or dumb losers was self-serving sanctimony meant only to flatter donors and supporters by assuring them of their moral superiority. Fr...


Reality Check: Dont Buy into the Myth of Tax Reform WhoWhatWhy

President Donald Trump has called on Congress to quickly pass sweeping tax reform legislation this year. While his entire plan remains something of a mystery, one element stands out: Trump has insisted on reducing the corporate tax rate to 15%.

Any debate on tax policy is fraught with confusing terms, doublespeak and a whole lot of obfuscation.

As the GOPs efforts to fundamentally alter the tax code are about to kick into high gear, WhoWhatWhy has prepared this primer to cut through the rhetoric and pull back the curtain on this reform.

Dont Confuse Tax Cuts with Tax Reform


Our tax code is too complicated and unfair because it was designed by lobbyists for special interests. That is why the groups and individuals with the resources to influence lawmakers end up being the primary beneficiaries of the governments tax policy.

For example, most of the proposed tax cut reforms being proposed will primarily benefit the very rich at the expense of the middle class. Such tax cuts in addition to increasing the record-high income disparity between the top 1% and the rest of America also increase the danger of a major market collapse.

Rather than talking about tax cuts for the rich, we should be talking about cutting the tax subsidies for the rich so that those below the top 1% will have more money to buy goods and increase demand.

To appreciate how such tax cuts for the rich could lead to an economic crash, it is first necessary to understand the technical term, price-to-earnings ratio (PE ratio). Here is an example from investopedia that shows how it works: Suppose that a company is currently trading at $43 a share and its earnings over the last 12 months were $1.95 per share. The P/E ratio for the stock could then be calculated as 43/1.95, or 22.05.

Currently, the overall PE ratio is about 25. This figure will go up even more when corporate tax subsidies are increased. However, this also means that when the current bubble bursts, the fall of the market will be much more severe. One stock market expert said stocks were as much as 40% over-valued. That, in turn, would likely trigger further bailouts that ultimately benefit the rich. Putting aside the question of whether the stock market reflects the real economy, the psychological damage will be significant.

Real reform, according to most economists, would be to cut all tax subsidies or, as economists call them, tax expenditures, because they are hidden subsidies designed for political, not economic reasons while lowering the rates for everyone. Doing so might overcome the resistance from...







First there was Harvery, followed by Irma, next is Jose and that will be followed by Maria. And there are more to come. I marvel about how many people do not know about the publicly available information on weather modficiation programs.

Is this the great climate change demiers revenge? Or, simply the economic takedown of the United States?



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Somehow, its Always for Peace Freethought Blogs

I think that the chart is probably conservative; there are a lot of undeclared conflicts that look a lot like war to the victims but arent because its not convenient to use the W-word.



REVEALED: US-Backed Kurdish Factions Colluding with ISIS on Syrian Battlefield 21st Century Wire

21st Century Wire says

The evidence is mounting, that the US power-multiplied Kurdish factions are colluding with ISIS, as the Syrian Arab Army crosses the Euphrates and threatens to bring an end to international terrorism inside Syria once and for all. It is not the first time that this possibility has been demonstrated by the Kurds military strategy on Syrian soil. 

In June 2017, Sergey Surovikin, the commander of Russias forces in Syria told media:

According to available reliable information, in early June ISIL terrorists entered into collusion with the command of the Kurdish armed units, which are part of the Democratic Forces Union, left the populated localities of Tadia and al-Hamam located 19 kilometers southwest of Raqqa offering no resistance and headed toward Palmyra.

June 2017: Andrew Korybko detailed the ongoing ethnic cleansing operation conducted by the US-backed Kurdish factions:

Reports have come out that the US is supporting the SDF-YPG through the illegal use of white phosphorus, which is a banned chemical weapon. Combined with the heavy and indiscriminate airstrikes being carried out against the city, 160,000 civilians have been forced to become refugees and flee their homes as internally displaced people. This works out to more than half of the citys pre-war population of 220,000, and it confirms what independent journalist and associate editor at Vanessa Beeley told RT just recently about how the US is making no attempt whatsoever to protect civilians. In fact, it can be cynically suggested, the large-scale population exodus taking place in Raqqa is actually a deliberate ethnic cleansing of the majority-Arab population of the city on a much larger scale than any of the...


A brief history of menstrual taboos Freethought Blogs

The construction of menstruation as an unclean process is an important cornerstone in misogyny, as it provides the sexist asshat a permanently available means of character assassination. Jen Bell gives us a brief review of the taboos presence for the past 100 years or so in advertising.

Modess was a brand created by Johnson & Johnson in 1926, which became a household name thanks to a glamorous advertising campaign they did in the US from the 1940s to the 1970s. The ads featured high fashion models, gorgeous gowns and the text: Modess Because. There was no description of the product or what it was for. Periods were a taboo topic that was not directly spoken about, only alluded to. It took until 1985 for the word period to be said in a TV commercial by none other than Courtney Cox.

In the 1950s Modess promoted the fact that their sanitary napkins came in a plain brown paper box to save embarrassment.

Many brands still use terms like virtually undetectable or advertise that their product has a discreet wrapper to ensure discreet protection. This suggests its important to hide the fact youre menstruating. In 2010, Kotex challenged period shame with their Break the Cycle campaign, showing that its cool to carry your tampons proudly in a transparent handbag.

At first the Softcup ad from 2015 above seems like its breaking taboos about period sex: the viewer can peek through an open door to see a couple in bed, with the text promoting 12-hour leak protection so you can sleep. Or not. But the Softcup is actually designed to hide the fact you have your period, so you can go about your (sex) life without him knowing. Friendly reminder: you can have sex during your periodsome people even prefer it! Theres no need to hide the fact you are menstruating from your partner. Periods shouldnt be a source of embarrassment.

Menstruation is also used in other oppressive constructs (e.g. its presence is sometimes cited as evidence against trans mens manhood, or to undermine any AFAB individual expressing a gender other than woman). This demonstrates some of the previous arguments Ive made about how an attribute can exist but its broader meani...


Is your state road system broke? Then hit up the Prius drivers! Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns


Last week, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced they were considering a proposal to raise the plate registration costs on fuel efficient vehicles. To many people, this move might seem, frankly, a little insane, and more than a little regressive. If we subscribe to the basic economic principle that societies should leverage taxes and fees to make things we want to see less of more expensive for people to buy, and things we want to see more of less expensive, whats the logic behind taxing the odd Tesla or Prius or even just a fuel-efficient Toyota?

If what we want are safe roads that we can afford to repair, why on earth would we incentivize drivers to buy gas guzzling vehicleswhich skew towards the heaviest vehicles most capable of causing extensive road damagerather than light, fuel efficient vehicles that might help keep that pavement intact for longer?

The answer, of course, is because Missouri doesnt really want to maintain their roadsor at least, they might say they do, but their actions and policies speak otherwise. What Missouri wants is what most states in America want: endless growth in the form of endless road construction.

For context for those who live outside the state, Missouri has the 7th largest number of highway miles in the nation and the 46th lowest revenue per mile for maintenance, mostly because our largest source of funding depends on a bottom-of-the-barrel gas tax of just 17 cents per gallon. Thats an amount, by the way, that hasnt been increased since 1996. Again, context: I am in my thirties now. This is what I was reading in 1996. It was a simpler time.

Last year, Missouris DOT released a Citizens Guide to Transportation Funding to explain all of this to people like you and me. He...


Response to Haaretz Claims that Syria is Selling Out to Iran 21st Century Wire

Suliman Mulhem

Over the past year, Iran has signed several business deals in various sectors of the Syrian economy, including telecommunications, energy, agriculture, and mining. An opinion piece titled Assad is Selling Syria to Iran, Which is Bad for the Rest of the World, was published on Haaretz, an Israeli news site, earlier this month.

The article, written by David Rosenberg, criticized the increased economic cooperation between Iran and Syria, wrongly suggesting that only Iran, particularly the commercial wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), stands to gain from the agreements.

Irans investment has been welcomed by the Syrian government, headed by President Bashar al-Assad, as it will not only directly improve the war-torn nations infrastructure, but will also allow Syria to exploit and monetize its natural resources, including its vast phosphate reserves, providing it with an additional revenue stream to fund nationwide reconstruction.

Tehran regards the contracts as payback for the money, men and materiel it provided that kept Assad in power when his own army couldnt. If Assad resents it, he hasnt said so in public. And theres no reason to think that he does,

..the article reads, suggesting that the contracts are not in Syrias interests, and have only been granted to Iran due to its support of the Syrian government throughout the ongoing crisis.

On the topic of bolstering Syrias infrastructure, Iran recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Arab state, outlining plans for the restoration of Syrias energy grid, and the construction of a 540-megawatt capacity power station in the Latakia governorate.

The coastal province of Latakia provides sanctuary to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced refugees, many of whom are from Aleppo, and neighbouring Idlib. The huge influx of refugees has placed strain on the electricity network; with demand far outstripping supply, electricity from the main grid is only available for a few hours per day.

The additional power station, and restoration of t...


Trump Bares Himself at UNGA, In a Kind of Neocon Full Monte 21st Century Wire

President Trump speaking at the UNGA. (Photo: Screenshot)

Robert Parry
Consortium News

In discussing President Trump, there is always the soft prejudice of low expectations people praise him for reading from a Teleprompter even if his words make little sense but there is no getting around the reality that his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly must rank as  one of the most embarrassing moments in Americas relations with the global community.

Trump offered a crude patchwork of propaganda and bluster, partly delivered as a campaign speech praising his own leadership boasting about the relatively strong U.S. economy that he mostly inherited from President Obama and partly reflecting his continued subservience to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

However, perhaps most importantly, Trumps speech may have extinguished any flickering hope that his presidency might achieve some valuable course corrections in how the United States deals with the world, i.e., shifting away from the disastrous war/interventionist policies of his two predecessors.

Before the speech, there was at least some thinking that his visceral disdain for the neoconservatives, who mostly opposed his nomination and election, might lead him to a realization that their policies toward Iran, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere were at the core of Americas repeated and costly failures in recent decades.

Instead, apparently after a bracing lecture from Netanyahu on Monday, Trump bared himself in a kind of neocon Full Monte:

He repeated the Israeli/neocon tripe about Iran destabilizing the Middle East when Shiite-ruled Iran actually has helped stabilize Iraq and Syria against Sunni terrorist groups and other militants supported by Saudi Arabia and to a degree Israel;

He again denounced the Iranian nuclear agreement whose main flaw in the eyes of the Israelis and the neocons is that it disrupted their plans to bomb-bomb-bomb Iran, and he called for regime change in Iran, a long beloved dream of the Israelis and the neocons;

He repeated the Israeli/neocon propaganda about Hezb...


Life for women in Syria; Who is Asma Assad? Bashar Assad on chemical weapons [Video] Sheep Media

Syrian President Bashar Assad, First Lady Asthma Assad and their three children. Image credit: Youtube Screenshot


Video compilation:

Life for women in Syria (Dec. 2016, 18 mins.)

Who is Asma al-Assad? (Oct. 2016, 27 mins.)

Watch Bashar al-Assad talk about the recent alleged chemical attacks (Apr. 2017, 6 mins.)

This footage should be on the mainstream corporate news in the west and it isnt for a reason

Via stpete4peace:



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Shaka Shakur Charged with Attacking Guard at Wabash Valley, Indiana: Calls Needed Now! It's Going Down

The post Shaka Shakur Charged with Attacking Guard at Wabash Valley, Indiana: Calls Needed Now! appeared first on It's Going Down.

On Aug. 31, Shaka Shakur, political prisoner and inmate of Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, was involved in an altercation with two correctional officers. Jon Sexton, 71, was taken to the hospital following the incident when Shakur allegedly slipped his restraints and attacked Sexton with a sharpened piece of plastic.

The Wabash Valley administration has gone out of its way to cast the incident as an unprovoked attack and to portray Shakur as an unpredictable and violent criminal. The situation inside Wabash Valley lends some much needed context, however.

Officer Sexton is a long-time correctional officer (CO) and is part of a network of closely associated guards and administrators who maintain the prison as a machine of racism, dehumanization and torture. Numerous inmates of Wabash Valley have testified to their treatment by the cabal of good ol boy guards, who take pleasure in humiliating and abusing inmates in their custody. Spitting in food, confiscating mail, making general threats against family and supporters are common practices of this network of officers and administrators.

Several prisons in Indiana have developed this social dynamic, wherein sparsely populated, primarily rural and white communities see maximum security prisons built in their area. The prison becomes the primary, if not the only, economic driver.

In some instances, whole families become employees of the prison, with one member writing disciplinary actions and another approving them. This leaves no outlet for inmate grievances or self-defense to be heard.

Officer Sexton is a long-time correctional officer (CO) and is part of a network of closely associated guards and administrators who maintain the prison as a machine of racism, dehumanization and torture.

The IDOC is taking measures to ensure that its cells are constantly filled for the benefit of private corporations like the GEO Group, Global Tel Link and JPay. In order to prevent the public from discovering this trend, inmates are increasingly prevented from communicating with the outside.

Numerous inmates of Wabash Valley have testified to their treatment by the cabal of good ol boy guards, who take pleasure in humiliating and abusing inmates in their custody.



Resistance for Scout: Fighting in Their Memory It's Going Down

The post Resistance for Scout: Fighting in Their Memory appeared first on It's Going Down.

But police murder is never justified, and neither are the police as an institution. Simply put: the police serve as an occupying force.

On the night of Saturday, September 16th, the Georgia Tech Police murdered Scout Schultz. Scout was an anarchist, an activist, and the president of the Gerogia Tech Pride Alliance. They fought for police abolition, an end to capitalism, and freedom from state control. Scout (who used they/them pronouns and identified as nonbinary, bisexual and intersex) was a beloved member of their communities, at Georgia Tech and throughout Atlanta. Some may say that Scouts murder was justified, because they were carrying a multi-tool that looked like a knife to GTPD officers, or because they were walking towards the police, or for any number of other reasons.

But police murder is never justified, and neither are the police as an institution. Simply put: the police serve as an occupying force. Modern policing developed from patrols to catch runaway slaves and forces to suppress working class organization. As an institution, the police have never abandoned this social function of maintaining the status quo of oppression and terrorizing marginalized people. On Saturday night when Scout was executed, the Georgia Tech Police Department was doing its job.

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Vigil organizers attempted to cut the event short. They restricted speakers to only those affiliated with their organizations, not allowing any voice for Scouts other mourning friends and comrades.

On the Sunday afternoon...


Texas Carpet Bombs Its Own Hurricane-Traumatized Victims With Neurological Poisons Sprayed From Military Planes Sheep Media

Natural News| The war on humanity continues unabated in Texas, where over one million acres of land are being carpet-bombed with the aerial spraying of neurotoxic chemicals in an effort to kill mosquitoes. Texas authorities are openly lying to citizens, claiming these poisons are magically not poisons at all when they come into contact with humans. Even more alarmingly, Texas authorities are urging their citizens to use other toxic chemicals on their skin chemicals that are part of a binary weapon systemthat causes Alzheimers and dementia by incurring permanent brain damage (see the science, below).

U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo planes began spraying insecticides over three eastern Texas counties over the weekend and will expand to other areas over the next two weeks, officials from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said, reports Reuters. About 1.85 million acres have been treated as of Tuesday, according to the department.

In effect, the State of Texas is unleashing weapons of mass destruction against its own citizens, generating trillions of dollars in long-term health care costs that financially benefit the drug makers who sell prescription treatments for Alzheimers, dementia, cancer and other diseases caused by chemical exposure. The aerial bombardment of high-density population centers, it turns out, is a revenue generating activity for the for-profit sick care industry that has infiltrated the entire Texas legislature.

DSHS is working with counties that have requested assistance with mosquito control to coordinate spraying by two state contractors and federal support through FEMA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve, reports the official DSHS website. A total of approximately 4.36 million acres has been sprayed across all areas.

Apparently mosquitoes can hurt recovery operations by swarming residents, explains a DSHS spokesperson, somehow imagining that Gulf Coast Texas residents have never encountered mosquitoes before. Perhaps this doesnt qualify as a breaking news alert, but Housto...


Trump Threatens to Totally Destroy North Korea in First U.N. Speech TIP

[NBC] President Donald Trump, in his first address to the United Nations, derided Kim Jong Un, North Koreas leader, as a rocket man on Tuesday as the president warned that he may be forced to totally destroy the rogue nation.

If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph, Trump said, as he detailed the horrors of what he called the depraved North Korean regime.

Rocket man is on a suicide mission, he said, using a nickname for Kim that refers to the North Korean leaders recent missile tests.

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

The North Korean ambassador to the U.N. walked out before Trumps speech started.

Trumps remarks to the world body come amid sharply escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Both the president and Defense Secretary James Mattis have said all options are on the table for dealing with the threat from North Korea.

While the U.S. could take military action, Trump urged the U.N. to join together in curtailing North Koreas nuclear efforts.

We meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril, Trump said, issuing a call to action that hinged on the responsibility of governments to their citizens.

As president of the United States, I will always put America first, he said in a phrase reminiscent of one of his key presidential campaign slogans.

And Trump urged other leaders to do likewise and always put your countries first.

The president also took on Iran, dismissing the nuclear deal between Tehran and the U.S. and other world powers that lifted sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program. Trump ripped the deal as an embarrassment and vowed that this would not be the last the world hears about it believe me.

Irans future, Trump said, comes down to a choice between continuing on its current road or returning to the nations roots as a center of civilization, culture and wealth.

The speech was a nationalist appeal which had helped fuel Trumps rise to the presidency in 2016 and that his administration has grappled with in its policy making, both foreign and domestic.

Trump said that under his watch the U.S. is a nation that the world would no longer take advantage of, be it diplomatically or on matters of trade.

While the president said he seeks strong trade ties around the world, that trade must be fair and it must be reciprocal.

While Trump promised to uphold Americas interests above all, &#822...


The Moon Is About To Do Something It Only Does Once Every 28 Years TIP

[BC-R] The total solar eclipse that occurred this summer drew incredible excitement from even casual sky gazers, but our moon is about to perform a feat that is much more rare, and you probably havent heard anything about it.

Our only natural satellite is about to block out a trio of planets and a dominant star all over the course of a single day.

The event is known as a lunar occultation, which is really just a fancy way of saying that the moon is going to obscure some stuff in the sky. For observers here on Earth, the moon will appear to swallow up Venus, Mars, and Mercury, as well as the star Regulus, which is one of the brightest in our night sky.

What makes it particularly interesting for astronomers is that its extremely rare for so many celestial bodies to be involved at the same time. Occultations involving a single body or planet are relatively common, but this particular combination only happens once every 28 years or so. By comparison, a total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth every couple of years.

As with the eclipse, certain spots on Earth will have a better vantage point than others. For those hoping to snag a glimpse of the moon engulfing Mars, Hawaii is a great place to be, while locations in the South Pacific have the best shot at spotting Mercury slipping behind the moon later this evening. For the rest of us, searching for cool photos on Instagram and Twitter will probably be our best shot at enjoying the stellar sights.


Putin Orders End To US Dollar Trade At Russian Seaports The Last American Vagabond

Whether in response to rising scorching tensions with the US, or simply to provide support for the ruble, on Tuesday Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to approve legislation making the ruble the main currency of exchange at all Russian seaports by next year, RT reported citing the Kremlin website. The head of Russian antitrust watchdog FAS []

The post Putin Orders End To US Dollar Trade At Russian Seaports appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.


Radical Islamic Terrorists: The Best Bad Guys Money Can Buy The Freedom Articles

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Youre told radical Islamic terrorists are the root of all evil in the world. But have you taken the time to peel back the layers? You may be surprised

Radical Islamic Terrorists

are everywhere, it seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria too. They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told. Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told. Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right? Radical Islamic terrorists have scary beards, chant strange incantations and strike on every populated continent, so arent they the real bad guys in the world? Well you may think that, but there is far more than meets the eye here.


Fun with comments Freethought Blogs

Ive decided to be brave and open up the comments a bit.  If I did it right, anyone who has a previously approved comment on this blog will be able to bypass the comments queue.

If you want, you can post a comment to see if I set it up correctly.


W3C Turns the Clock Back on an Open Web OpEdNews

On September 18, Ars Technica reports, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published a new specification recommendation, Encrypted Media Extensions. The recommendation, which natively implements a "Digital Rights Management" scheme in web browsers, marks a giant step backward for user freedom and an "open" World Wide Web.


The Double Limbo of Dreamer-Soldiers The Marshall Project

The Army wanted Pfc. Cho. Now its not so sure.


This Is What Iconic Logos Would Look Like If They Were Eco-Friendly [8+ Photos] True Activist

Credit: Ecobranding

Did you know? If companies slightly altered their logos, they would save millions of dollars in production costs and substantially lessen their ecological footprint. Few businesses have considered doing so, however, as marketing is all about visibility and ensuring a brand is seen.

Fortunately, examples of possibilities have already been created. As DesignTaxi reports, Ecobranding concept is a conceptual experiment aimed at making brands more eco-friendly. It is appealing to companies due to the financial aspect and environmentalists because of the benefits simplistic logos would provide.

From McDonalds and H&M to Apple and FedEx, a few design tweaks can go a long way.  Following are 10+ examples of what iconic logos would look like if they were eco-friendly:

Believe it or not, printer ink costs twice as much as Chanel N5

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Ecobranding aims to reduce that cost by using less ink in logos

Credit: Ecobranding

Using less ink will reduce the enviro...


Videos: At Least 149 Dead After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Central Mexico The Anti-Media

At least 60 people have been pulled from the rubble alive after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake destroyed hundreds of buildings.

(ZHE)  On the anniversary of a massive 1985 earthquake that killed at least 5,000 people, Mexico City has been shaken by another powerful earthquake, the second the shake the city in the past two weeks. The 7.1 magnitude quake shook buildings in the capital city, sending thousands rushing into the streets, according to Reuters.

The earthquake damaged hundreds of buildings in the city, according to initial reports. Ironically, the quake hit only hours after many people participated in earthquake drills around the nation drills specifically timed to mark the anniversary of the 1985 earthquake.

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Update 9 (9:10 pm ET): The head of Mexicos National Civil Defense agency says the death toll from a major earthquake that rattled the center of the country has reached 139.

Luis Felipe Puente said 64 people had died in the state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City, though local officials reported only 54.

In addition, 36 people died in Mexico City, 29 in Puebla state, nine in the State of Mexico and one in Guerrero.

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Update 8 (7:15 pm ET): Death toll from Mexico earthquake now at 119, according to state and city officials.

That makes it the deadliest to hit the country since the 1985 quake that, in an incredible coincidence, occurred exactly 32 years ago today, surpassing the death toll from another earthquake the shook the region less than two weeks ago.

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Update 7 (6:50 pm ET): Mexico City government says 30 dead in capital, bringing nationwide total to 94, according to AP.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said that the number of buildings that collapsed has risen to 44, and that between 50 and 60 people have been pulled alive from rubble.

Horrifying videos of buildings crumbling into piles of rubble continue to emerge on Twitter.


Ready For The Next One OpEdNews

The good news on the horizon is that Robert Mueller's investigation continues to gather steam, and Trump's lawyers are discussing (loudly, near NYTimes reporters) the idea that there are "spies" inside the White House, and perhaps even within Trump's own legal team.


Why wont the international community stop the Rohingya genocide? Veterans Today

Press TV In this episode of The Debate, Press TV has conducted an interview with  Veterans Today Editor, author and political commentator Kevin Barrett, from Madison, and Brent Budowsky, a columnist of The Hill from Washington to discuss the ongoing Rohingya Muslims crisis in refugee camps in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar. Both guests []


Agent Orange: 24 Chilling Photos Of The War Crime The US Got Away With Counter Current News

Source: The Mind Unleashed

For ten years during the Vietnam War, the United States used a toxic concoction of two herbicides, labeled Agent Orange, to wipe out large areas of Vietnam which were covered by thick jungle. The aim was to enable easier and more effective bombing of enemy bases. The issue was, Agent Orange wasnt just an herbicide it was also a deadly weapon, as it contains large amounts of dioxin.

Agent Orange was discovered in the year 1943 by American botanist Arthur Galston. Between the years of 1962 and 1971, the US army showered the deadly chemical over Southern Vietnam as part of the military operation Ranch Hand, or Trail Dust. In total, more than 20 million gallons of Agent Orange was used. Sadly, Agent Orange did more than contribute to the deforestation of vast areas of land. It also contaminated air, water, and food sources.

History Rundown reports that in high concentrations, dioxin can trigger severe inflammation of the skin, lungs and mucous tissues. Sometimes, the toxicity can result in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary edema, and even death. The highly effective carcinogen is also known to affect the eyes, liver, and kidneys, and to cause laryngeal and lung cancer.

As a result of using Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, more than 400,000 people were killed or maimed, and at least 500,000 children were born with mild to severe birth defects. Additionally, 5 million acres of forests and millions more of farmland were destroyed. Agent Orange is said to have killed 10 times more people than all chemical weapons combined.

Because the United States didnt technically violate international laws, as it signed defense treaties with Southern Vietnams government and its actions (for the most part) were in line with the defense treaties, there was no reprimand for using Agent Orange as a chemical weapon during the war. That doesnt mean hundreds of thousands didnt suffer or continue to today.

Today, many Agent Orange victims live in Peace Villages, communities where workers care for them and try to give them a normal life. However, normal will never truly be possible for most, as mutations caused by Agent Orange still affect the people and the children of Vietnam. As AllThatIsInteresting reports,...


Trump Falls in Line with Interventionism OpEdNews

President Trump's U.N. speech showed that despite his America First rhetoric, his policies are virtually the same as the neocon strategies of George W. Bush and liberal interventionism of Barack Obama, says Robert Parry.


Air Force Dispatched To Spray 6 Million Acres In Texas With Insecticide Following Harvey TIP

[TrueActivist] The Texas Department of State Health Services and Harris County Public Health have teamed up with the U.S. Air Force to spray an estimated 6 million acres with an insecticide to curb the outbreak of mosquitoes.

The Pentagon announced last week that the Air Force Reserves 910th Airlift Wing had been dispatched to assist with recovery efforts in eastern Texas, and these efforts consist of using C-130H Sprayers to kill mosquitoes and other insects.

Following natural disasters that involve large amounts of water, such as Hurricane Harvey and the ensuing flooding that occurred, all standing water becomes the perfect place for mosquitoes to breed. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs on stagnant water, or somewhere the water will rise and cover the eggs to stimulate hatching, and the beginning of life for mosquitoes is dependent on the water. All of this and the fact that Texas has the perfect hot climate that mosquitoes thrive in has led to concerns that mosquito-borne diseases could become a serious problem in the days, weeks, and months to come.

The goal is to reduce the effects mosquitoes are having on recovery efforts and the possibility of a future increase in mosquito-borne disease, said Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health. During aerial spraying, a small amount of insecticide is sprayed over a large area, one to two tablespoons per acre.

The spraying began over the weekend and is set to continue for the next several weeks. Approximately 1.85 acres had already been sprayed as of Tuesday, and the area of coverage may expand as rescue efforts continue. As citizens become concerned for their health due to the complex reputation of insecticide use, Texas officials are pointing to both the amount of mosquito-borne diseases they have had in the past few years and the success of spraying campaigns following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Texas reported 441 cases of West Nile virus and 21 deaths since the start of 2016, according to figures released on Tuesday. The figures also revealed that 342 cases of Zika virus had been reported during that same time period, including one that likely started and spread from a mosquito bite last year.

In the short term Im not too worried about the mosquitoes cause all this rain is gonna wash out all the breeding sites...


Burger King Adds Adult Meals For Valentines Day With a Very Special Toy TIP

[22Words] It might just be as easy as going through the Burger King drive-thru, at least at locations in Israel today only after 6 P.M., when theyre offering Adult Meals for those lovers who are at least eighteen years old.

While youre probably familiar with the kids meal that comes with a burger , fries, drink, and toy, this is far from childs play.

The meals come fully-equipped with two Whoppers, two French fries, two beers and an adult toy, which appear to be a feather duster, head massager, or a blindfold.

Talk about a Happy Meal, am I right ?



President Trump Wants To Sue Universities For Discriminating Against White Students TIP

[RCN] Do see this mans name in the headlines and brace for impact? Well, get your helmet, because this is going to kick you in the teeth.

See that face? Thats the face you usually see on a five year old who was told he couldnt have ice cream until after dinner . Maybe since he can tell his promises arent turning out as well as hoped, he needs to hand out SOMETHING to the more shall we say, discriminating of his supporters .

Trump is filing lawsuits against colleges which practice racial discrimination against white people Unless the men who surround him got to where they are without college, looks like the nation is packed with educated white people to us Whats this all about?

According to the NY Times, Trump is redirecting resources from the Justice Departments civil rights division over affirmative action college admissions polices which discriminate against white people. This is known due to the issuance of an internal announcement document seeking lawyers interested in taking on the project. Click through to read what is actually stated in the document itself

According to the NY Times, The document does not explicitly identify whom the Justice Department considers at risk of discrimination because of affirmative action admissions policies. But the phrasing it...


5 Stories Youre Missing While Monster Hurricanes Cause a Media Frenzy The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA) Since the end of August, calamitous hurricanes have dominated the news cycle. From Harvey to Irma to Maria, which grew from a Category 1 to a Category 5 storm in just half a day, many people want to stay informed about the struggle and damage these natural disasters are leaving in their wake.

Unsurprisingly, the medias obsessive focus on the disasters has not only jarred some residents trying to keep their families safe it has also allowed other important developments to remain on the back burner.

Though these other stories have received some degree of attention in mainstream narratives, they havent received the extensive coverage they deserve. Here are five vital developments from the past few weeks that have taken a backseat to the drama and destruction of hurricanes:

1. Lawmakers approve $700 billion military budget with authorization for endless war

On Monday, an overwhelming majority of senators (89-8) approved the massive National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), totaling roughly $700 billion. It is $630 million above what the hawkish Trump administration proposed and was passed after lawmakers rejected an amendment from Senator Rand Paul to rescind the longstanding authorization for use of military force (AUMF) imposed in 2001, which has allowed the U.S. government to wage  unlimited war, anywhere, anytime, any place upon the globe, the senator said. In June, Paul also introduced an amendment to the indefinite detention provision of the NDAA, added in the 2012 version, that allows the military to imprison American citizens without trial. That bill, S.1300, was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary in June, and lawmakers have taken no further action.

2. Media ignores North Korea offers to negotiate

As Harvey gained steam at the end of August, a fresh wave of saber-rattling against North Korea also domin...


At Least 79 Killed As Powerful 7.1 Earthquake Strikes Central Mexico TIP

[LAT] A powerful 7.1 earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing buildings and power lines across hundreds of miles, killing at least 79 people and sending thousands more fleeing into the streets screaming.

The highest toll was in the state of Morelos, where 54 people were reported killed. At least 13 others died in the city of Puebla, four in Mexico City and eight in the surrounding state of Mexico. But authorities warned the toll will likely rise.

The temblor caused buildings to sway violently in Mexico City, including in the historic districts of El Centro and Roma, collapsing some of them and causing huge cracks to appear on the facades of others. .

Panic spread through the citys central core, where dozens of buildings collapsed. Rescue vehicles screamed toward damaged buildings, and neighbors took on heroic roles as rescuers.

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On Amsterdam Street, a normally tranquil road that rings a major park in the upscale neighborhood of Condesa, a large apartment building crumbled into a pile of concrete and dust.

Hundreds of residents helped a team of soldiers, police officers and firemen search the rubble for survivors. Many of the men were shirtless in the late summer heat , and everyone was covered with dust.

Some rescuers commandeered shopping carts from a nearby supermarket and formed a human chain to haul away rubble. Several times, a warning went up about a possible aftershock or gas leak, sending hordes of panicked people running.

But there were few places that would be safe. Amsterdam, like many streets in Condesa, is narrow and lined with trees and power lines, all of which could turn deadly in an aftershock.

The neighborhood was filled with thousands of dazed and dusty survivors too afraid to return to their homes. They stood around with dogs and suitcases, holding their heads, checking social media feeds on their phones. Many ducked into their homes to bring food and water for rescuers.

In Roma, buildings swayed violently, sending rubble tumbling onto cars below. A video recorded from a skyscraper showed giant plumes of dust rising in the air.

Police cordoned off entire blocks because of the fears that gas leaks could cause explosions. Flights into Mexico City were temporarily rerouted to other cities, but the airport reopened after checks were completed.

The U.S. Geological Survey calculated the preliminary magnitude of the earthquake at 7.1. The epicenter was about 80 miles southeast of Mexico City in the state of Puebla.

It struck on the anniversary of a 1985 temblor, which killed thousands of people and devastated large parts of Mexico City a tragedy that President Enrique Pea Nieto had commemorat...


A POWERFUL Earthquake Just Hit Mexico [Videos] [Photos] Sheep Media


Videos and photos out of Mexico show the destruction wrought by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake Tuesday.

Numerous deaths expected as massive tremor rocks Mexico City

Infowars| The earthquake struck the town of Puebla, 76 miles southeast of the nations capital Mexico City on the 32nd anniversary of a quake which struck the region in 1985 killing 10,000.

Images depict structures shaking and entire sections of buildings crumbling, while others show Mexicans struggling to clear debris and rescue people trapped under rubble.


Mom Posts Photo of Stepfather And Daughter, But The Internet Is Thrown Off By Her Caption TIP

[gladwire] They arent related by blood, but they are daddy and daughter. My husband goes above and beyond to take care of her as his own. When she needs him, hes there, Karisa Smith wrote.

She is referring to her husband and her daughter, who are not of the same blood but act as though they are connected in an inseparable way.

We dont use the term step father. He is her father. When he fell in love with me, he fell in love with my daughter. He took on a 9-month-old and she is now soon to be 3 years old. And is the ultimate daddys girl, she continued.

The two have been absolutely locked in together ever since they met. Karisa explains that she doesnt believe that the term Step Father should be used as it holds a negative connotation. With the term father, it represents someone that is there for their child no matter what. Someone who is there to support and love the child regardless of the situation.

This photo is of the two who are resting with each other and loving each other unconditionally. In the picture, Karisas husband had been away at work for fourteen days. Her daughter was really anxious and upset because she missed her father. This is what he did to calm her down, by sneaky out and coming home just to love and support the little girl.

They are two peas in a pod and the love of a father runs deep. So deep, he has decided to adopt her and the adoption is in the process. They will soon be officially daddy and daughter, she added.

After this, many people in the same situation reached out to Karisa and shared their stories, saying that their step father, or father to them, were closer than they ever could have imagined. They were there for support on good days and bad, and that created the fatherly connection they had always longed for.

Our world revolves around these girls; we love them so much equally. We have never used the term step father or step child, it never sat right with us. We have OUR children and he is their DADDY, Smith said.

Most stepfathers get a bad reputation for their role in a family. They can be an amazing influence on their step child and can offer some amazing things including support and love to children who need that more than anything. This one is for all of the step dads who make the difference in their childrens lives. You all rock!...


And now for some goofy ads Freethought Blogs

Here are two ads that if I had not been told otherwise I would have thought were parodies. The first was put out as a public service ad by Ventura County, CA about what you should do if there is a nuclear explosion nearby.

I have got to admit that I did not see that plot twist in the middle coming. One has to give credit to a county health department that would treat the somber issue of radiation sickness in such a light-hearted manner.

And here is a campaign ad by Dan Helmer who is running for Congress in Virginia.

Helmer explains the reasoning behind the ad.

Helmer claimed that part of the purpose of the ad was to demonstrate that there is too much shouting and yelling in American politics, and that hes a goofy but serious guy who has served in a number of countries but also likes to sing both in advertisements and in the shower.

Yes we know the singing is bad, a spokesperson for the campaign dryly told The Daily Beast on the phone.

As for future spots, Helmer, a self-declared fan of classic rock, suggested that Hooked on a Feeling would be a good song to turn into a campaign ad. Hes just not so sure if its a great idea to do it so soon after this last one.

I dont know if I want to punish the voters of America by continuing to sing to them, Helmer said.

If the aim of an ad is to draw attention, then both these ads succeed.


Photos Of Pro-Trump Rally Appear OnlineAnd Theyre Embarrassing TIP

[distractify] Donald Trump is constantly commenting on the size of his crowds that turn up for his events. Its a point of pride for the president.

His recent gatherings, however, have been a bit underwhelming. Like a pro-Trump rally in Arizona that saw a lot of people leaving early and the few that did stay, seem uninterested in what was happening, opting to talk to their friends and browse on their cell phones.

So when a pro-Trump, mother of all rallies, was launched in D.C., people were interested in seeing what the turnout would be. And as it happens, it was greatif you consider photos of empty lawns great.

The photos say it all.

Some wanted to know when the pics were taken, you know, because maybe this is before the event actually started or when it ended and people were cleaning up.


Girl Jokes That Lima Beans Are Drugs And Gets Hilarious Response TIP

[Distractify] Call it dark humor or whatever, but theres a special kick to be had out of acting like things that arent drugs, are drugs.

A kick that this Twitter user experienced when she posted photos of her high school biology project online.

Now at first glance, yes, it looks like her individually wrapped lima beans are actually pills. So she joked that they were.

Some people werent privy to the joke, however, and actually thought that the beans were molly. And they had more than a few questions about the kind of high these lima beans would produce.

Something she found absolutely hilarious, so much so that she played along with it and shared her joy with the rest of the internet.

People encouraged her to actually start dealing lima beans.


Former Navy SEAL Exposes Over 3,000 High Level Elite Pedophiles, Media Silent TIP

[AnonHQ] The federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines sex trafficking as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act.

Every year, more than 100,000 children fall victim to sex trafficking in the United States.

Some of the top ranking American defense personnel, intelligence analysts, and federal law enforcement officers are pedophiles who access and download child pornography on their work and home computers. However, the Pentagon, the NSA, and the CIA show no interest in investigating and prosecuting their highly-disciplined, high-profile, and high-ranking child pornographers.

But Craig Sawyer a former Navy SEAL who has in the past provided security to politicians and dignitaries including Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Negroponte is determined to expose elite pedophile rings and bring the vile perpetrators to justice.

Until now , pedophiles have enjoyed a counter-productive level of privacy from the media. That puts more children at risk. I have to go independent to get around the gatekeepers in the mainstream media who refuse to report on it.




White Alabama High Schoolers Mark Hispanic Heritage Month by Celebrating Racism Counter Current News

Source: Splinter News

Two Alabama high school students and a team mascot thought itd be a great idea to kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month at a pep rally Friday night by parading signs saying, Trump: Make America Great Again and Put the Panic Back in Hispanic.

The two white students, decked out in the colors of the Robertsdale High School, and the masked mascot sporting the football teams Bears logo, seem to be thoroughly enjoying their moment of unabashed racism. But a photo of the incident now being shared on social media is about to make their lives ugly.

The photo first began circulating because of outraged Latinx students, alumni, and other local residents who demanded that school administrators take action against the seemingly sanctioned hatespeech celebration.

If this picture doesnt make you sick please delete me. You will not be missed, Facebook user Trey Leggett wrote. This individual was NOT spoken to, and, as far as anyone can tell, WILL NOT face any sort of repercussions from the school for this action. If you dont agree with that, feel free to give Robertsdale High School a call and leave them a message explaining why it is grossly offensive, and why it should not be tolerated A...


Happy Birthday CIA: 7 Truly Terrible Things The Agency Has Done In 70 Years Activist Post

By Carey Wedler On Monday, President Trump tweeted birthday wishes to the Air Force and the CIA. Both became official organizations 70 years ago on September 18, 1947, with...


10+ Photos of Drunk Japanese People Show The Dark Side Of Alcohol True Activist

Japan might have one of the lowest crime rates in the world and the longest life expectancy, but that doesnt mean its populace doesnt know how to party. This is clear in the following images, which were captured by Lee Chapman.

Bored Panda reports that Chapman is a British photographer, originally from Manchester, who founded the Tokyo Times. He arrived in 1998 and intended on staying for a year or two, but never left.

The intriguing collection of images that follow reveal a different side of Japan few of us have seen. When contemplating a trip to the country, most people think of sushi, imaginative inventions, and Hello Kitty. The following images of drunken excess offer a more realistic and downplayed reality that may just shift your worldview entirely.

Obviously, Japanese citizens arent the only ones who like to have a good time. However, the series also reveals some of the dangers of drinking in excess. Unlike marijuana which is more likely to result in one getting the munchies and contemplating life, alcohol can change a persons demeanor and even kill them via alcohol poisoning. Considering one is legal in most nations and the other is prohibited, the following series is worthy of contemplation and reflection.

Learn more: Lee Chapman | Instagram

Related: New Study Says Marijuana Is 114 Times Safer Than Alcohol




SWAT Uses Tear Gas and Armored Tank in 10 Hour Stand-off With a Dog Counter Current News

Source: Filming Cops

Philip Janquart | Courthouse News Service

NAMPA, Idaho (CN) A woman says Caldwell, Idaho, police shot up and tear-gassed her house for 10 hours though she gave them the key to it and the only one home was her dog and she wants them to pay for it.

Basically, they had a standoff with a dog, her attorney said in an interview.

Shaniz West returned home on Aug. 11, 2014 after registering her child for first grade, to find Caldwell police officers swarming her house. West, who was six months pregnant, lived in the house with her two children, ages 6 and 8 months.

Caldwell, pop. 50,000, is 26 miles west of Boise.

Wests ex-boyfriend Fabian Salinas, a wanted felon, had been at her home that day to retrieve his belongings, she says in the Aug. 9 complaint in Federal Court. Shed told him to pick up the boxed items and leave before she returned.

While she was gone, a Caldwell police SWAT team arrived. Unsure whether Salinas was still inside, West, who was on foot, gave police a key to the front door.

She says they never used it.

They brought up an armored vehicle and spent the next 10 hours bombarding the house with tear gas.

During the course of the standoff Caldwell police officers broke numerous windows to gain entry, crashed through ceilings while they were maneuvering through the home, and punctured holes in the house by shooting canisters of tear gas that released noxious chemicals into the home, she says.

During the nightmare, she says, her pet dog Blue was the only occupant of the home.

When Ms. West was allowed to re-enter the home, she found the house destroyed. Her and her childrens personal belongings were saturated with tear gas and littered with debris from the walls and ceiling, and broken glass from the windows.

Ms. West, who was 6 months pregnant at the time,...


SECRET Document Reveals Former CIA Directors Plan to Make Reading WikiLeaks a Crime Activist Post

By Jay Syrmopoulos Washington, DC A SECRET declassified report by then-CIA Director William Casey, titled, Unauthorized Disclosures to the Media proposed creating legislation that...


Christopher Kimball Leads Home Cooks Into A New Age Of Home Cooking The Federalist

Christopher Kimball is the founder of Christopher Kimballs Milk Street, which encompasses a TV show, radio show, cooking school, and a new cookbook, Milk Street: The New Home Cooking.

Kimball joins Ben Domenech to discuss the travels that influenced many of the recipes in this book, which use spices and techniques in ways that are accessible for the home cook.

If you start with big ingredientsyou can get to big flavors really quickly, he said. You dont have to use a lot of time, a lot of heat, a lot of technique to get there because youre not taking something bland and turing it into something complex.

Listen here:


Aftershock Virtual Mirage

I had packed for a flight to Mexico City tomorrow. The earthquake there today nixed that plan. (more on Fox News here) Between the Houston flood and the earthquake(s) in Mexico, mother nature is slamming my work. Everyone is in a panic there because of anticipated after-shocks.

If the Big One doesn't get you, the aftershocks, which can be just as powerful, can end your journey suddenly.

There's a lot of sand in the concrete in Mexico and the re-bar...well there may or may not be re-bar. And from what I'm hearing, there is a run on tequila as tender nerves are being soothed.

Do you know what all this means?

I'm going to be a bum tomorrow.


In Florida Its Illegal To Power Your Home With Solar PanelsThanks To Lobbying The Last American Vagabond

Thanks to a system of corrupt corporate-government collusion, Florida residents can lose their homes if they attempt to solely power them with solar. (TFTP) With roughly 1.5 million Floridians initially without electricity from the damage inflicted on Floridas energy infrastructure, many in the Sunshine State are now questioning why its so difficult for people to utilize solar []

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Brilliant: Get Medieval on Them Freethought Blogs

It seems like everyones got a solution for North Korea. Naturally, I like my own the best: diplomacy. But that doesnt work for authoritarians.

Authoritarians have to see you bow when they say bow. They arent interested in diplomacy, or peace they want compliance. Thats why North Korea is a problem; down in the back of the authoritarians mind they are thinking hey, if someone publicly disobeys me, then everyone may publicly disobey me, and then where would I be!? Authoritarians cast this as credibility but thats just shorthand for obedience.

In all the yelling about North Korea (and Iran, Pakistan, and Israel) and their nuclear programs, nobody bothers to consider that national sovereignty that all-important concept for authoritarians is what they are attacking. North Korea, Pakistan, and Israel all either never signed or withdrew from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Theyre Countries Going Their Own Way and the UN and the NPT really have nothing legal to say about it, except: we will threaten you with anything we can think of. Meanwhile, rational people have pointed out again, and again, and again, that North Korea isnt going to just suicidally attack the US with one or two nuclear weapons, when the US has several thousand set up as a multi-legged deterrent force for mutual assured destruction. Except if North Korea attacked the US, the US wouldnt be destroyed; far from it. Usually when this discussion would come up regarding Iran someone had to play the mad mullah card, it goes like this:

  • They cant be trusted with nuclear weapons because they are { nihilist, religious, dictatorship } fanatics
  • They arent afraid to die if they can only destroy { LA, Israel, Washington }
  • Therefore they cant be deterred
  • Therefore they must be stopped

Heres the problem with that reasoning: if they are suicidally aggressive and cant be stopped, theyd already be engaged in suicidal aggressive attacks using their substantial conventional forces. In the case of North Korea, if they wanted to go out with a bang, theyd simply fire everything they have at Seoul and go out with a bang. The casualty-count would be about the same.

Instead, North Korea engages in rational rhetoric pointedly threatening to attack Guam, which is a major military base. If they were mad nihilists trying to scare people, theyd threaten Tokyo and Seoul and Beijing simultaneously. Youll notice theyre not doing exactly that could it be theyre neither crazy nor stupid? By...


Black pastor in Minneapolis: This is not about making America great again, America has never been great Intellihub

America was built on slave labor

MINNEAPOLIS (INTELLIHUB) Reverend Clinton Stancil, the pastor of Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church Church took to the streets after former cop Jason Stockley was acquitted for the 2011 fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith last Friday.

This is not about making America great again, the pastors raspy voice could be heard yelling into a megaphone. America has never been great. Its always been racist. It was built on slave labor.

The pastor told Vice News that his people are tired and frustrated that there is no justice in America and made it clear that his focus is to create mass disruption within the economic power base.

There is no justice when cops can kill without retribution they are going to do it again, he said. Our message is simple you kill our kids and we kill your economy.

The following morning after the protest, community leaders gathered back at the church to regroup.

Stockleys acquittal has led to violence in suburbs of St. Louis over the past in which 100 people were arrested as a result.

Here is a clip of the pastor speaking on Sunday at church.

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The Senates Military Spending Increase Alone Is Enough to Make Public College Free The Anti-Media

It would cost $80 billion a year to make public college free in the United States.

(INTERCEPT One of the most controversial proposals put forward by Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential campaign was a pledge to make tuition free at public colleges and universities. Critics from both parties howled that the pie-in-the-sky idea would bankrupt the country. Where, after all, would the money come from?

Those concerns were brushed aside Monday night, as the Senate overwhelmingly approved an $80 billion annual increase in military spending, enough to have fully satisfied Sanderss campaign promise. Instead, the Senate handed President Donald Trump far more than the $54 billion he asked for. The lavish spending package gives Trump a major legislative victory, allowing him to boast about fulfilling his promise of a great rebuilding of the armed services.

The bill would set the U.S.s annual military budget at around $700 billion, putting it within range of matching the spending level at the height of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To put that in further perspective: If the package becomes law, U.S. military spending would exceed the total spending of its next 10 rivals put together, going off of 2016 military spending estimates from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

By  / Republished with permission / The Intercept

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.


[WATCH] Police Hearing for Two Toronto Cops Who Mocked Girl With Down Syndrome Postponed Filming Cops

Two police officers who were recorded on a dashboard camera video mocking a woman with Down syndrome had their disciplinary hearing adjourned until Oct. 18. Const. Sasa Sljivo and Const.

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US Sanctions Backfire: China Opens New Credit Line To Iran, Bypassing US Dollar The Last American Vagabond

Following the Trump administrations move to target Iran with fresh sanctions while ending sanctions relief, China has come to Irans aid with an extraordinary gesture. According to the Times of Israel, the president of Irans central bank announced that a Chinese state-owned investment firm has provided a $10 billion credit line for Iranian banks. The contract for []

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Appeals Court Rejects Absurd Claim Use Of Force Policy Violates Seattle Officers Second Amendment Rights Shadowproof

A federal appeals court rejected claims from about 125 Seattle police officers that a consent decree or use of force policy violates their Second Amendment rights to use firearms for self-defense.

Previously, a district court ruled against the complaint filed by officers against the Seattle Police Department, city of Seattle, and Justice Department. It determined the use of force policy, which was developed after the United States government brought civil action against the city of Seattle, was constitutional.

The use of force policy approved by a federal judge dictates an officer shall only use objectively reasonable force, proportional to the threat or urgency of the situation, when necessary, to achieve a law enforcement objective.

According to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals [PDF], The City of Seattle has a significant interest in regulating the use of department-issued firearms by its police officers, and the [use of force policy] does not impose a substantial burden on the Second Amendment right to use a firearm for the core lawful purpose of self-defense.

The appellate courts decision makes clear that the firearms the officers would like to use more freely are issued by the city. Seattle has a right to control how they are used by employees.

Additionally, the officers put forward no historical evidence that regulating how officers use firearms has ever infringed upon their ability to defend themselves.

The officers that sued most likely object to the part of the policy, which instructs them to consider whether a subjects lack of compliance is a deliberate attempt to resist or an inability to comply based on a variety of factors, including the subjects possible medical conditions, mental impairment, developmental disability, drug interaction, and behavioral crisis. De-escalation tactics are encouraged to reduce the need for force.

What this lawsuit really amounts to is resistance by a sub-section of Seattle police, who refuse to be more careful about how they use their weapons so they do not kill citizens.

The use of force policy was not adopted on a whim. The Justice Departments Civil Rights Division investigated the Seattle Police Department, and in 2011, a report [PDF] was released that concluded officers engaged in a pattern or practice of constitutional violations regarding the use of force that result from structural problems. They also focused upon a pattern of discriminatory (or racist) policing.

When SPD officers use force, they do so in an unconstitutional manner nearly 20 p...


NRDC's Nature's Voice OpEdNews

I receive a newsletter put out by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Today I took the time to read it in depth, and I'm glad I did. If you care about the environment, you may also want to receive this informative newsletter.


Donald Trump took $107 million promised to charities ... and kept it OpEdNews

Donald Trump wants attention for giving $1 million to those affected by recent hurricanes -- donations that so far haven't actually happened. But he's still sitting on a massive heap of cash from January which, despite promises, hasn't gone to help anyone but Trump. It's been eight months. How much has been given out? None. None at all.



How can journalists dismiss everything they are supposed to stand for when it comes to 9/11? Truth and Shadows

Anything that doesnt fit with the official narrative will be attacked by mainstream journalists.

Dishonest attacks on Griffin like a blueprint for how the uninformed and intolerant defend the official story

Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. The state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking Leo Tolstoy

By Craig McKee

For the most part, Im getting better at staying out of Facebook fights with idiots, trolls, and those who think the word conspiracy is their go-ahead to try stand-up comedy.

Better, not perfect.

On the 16th anniversary of 9/11 last week, I decided to spend the day sharing articles and memes Id created about this massive and devastating false flag deception. I also dared to comment on a friends tongue-in-cheek Facebook post about 9/11, leading me into a somewhat predictable marathon confrontation with three journalists, one I know personally and the other two I know by reputation. Oddly enough, I do think it was worth it....


Keeseekoose First Nation elders spark RCMP investigation into band council Warrior Publications


Flag of the Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan.

APTN National News, September 19, 2017

The RCMP has confirmed to APTN National News that it has launched an investigation on Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan after two elders came forward providing a stack of financial documents.

The investigation is in the early stages said Sgt. Rob Laurent of the RCMPs Yorkton detachment.

We do have an investigation that is ongoing, said Laurent.

Laurent confirmed the investigation is based on complaints made from elders and the documents they provided.

Elders Frances Musqua, 70, and Seraphine Straightnose, 71, met with Laurent Aug. 21 and provided him with over 150 pages of financial documents, including receipts and records of large cheques connected the bands co-manager Edwin Chalupiak and his Regina-based companies Dynamic Management Solutions and Chalupiak and Associates, as well as the bands director of operations Chris Lafontaine.

Chalupiak and Lafontaine have refused to answer questions from APTN citing confidentiality but Chalupiak said the...


Atlanta, GA: Banner Drops Remember Scout Schultz It's Going Down

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In the wake of the police killing of Scout Schultz on the Georgia Tech University campus in Atlanta, in which Scout was shot down by two police officers for having an multi-tool in their hand, a riot kicked off after a vigil on campus leading to the burning of one police car. Scout was a young organizer on the campus, and the President of the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance who also identified as an anarchist and antifascist. In their memory, banners and graffiti have been appearing around the city of Atlanta.


BLM activist: This neighborhood is perfect for a little war every house has got a gun Intellihub

Black Lives Matter activist overheard on live stream entertaining the idea of an all-out war in the streets

ST. LOUIS (INTELLIHUB) A Black Lives Matter activist attending the ongoing and violent protests downtown was captured on tape in the wee hours of the night entertaining the idea of having a full-fledged war on the streets and even alludes to some sort of a group payout.

This neighborhood is perfect for a little war, all these cousins, every house has got a gun, the man could be heard saying. Every house on all sides got a cut.

A cut? Like a cut of the action.

You could let off like ten rounds and then hit a clip, he said. Its called guerilla tactics.

The activist could then be heard saying: Of course they [the police] have got bigger and better guns.

H/T: @LeighStewy on Twitter

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Another Misused Phrase Freethought Blogs

Readers of this blog, both of you, know how I feel about the misuse of the phrases witch hunt and lynch mob, and more generally about all the variations of the word lynch. Id like to discuss another phrase without the same level of history but with vital importance to understanding the self-serving faux-martyrdom of those in our society who are actually the most powerful ad privileged. Its used in this NY Times piece on Muellers investigative tactics:

Paul J. Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on his front door and raided his Virginia home. They took binders stuffed with documents and copied his computer files, looking for evidence that Mr. Manafort, President Trumps former campaign chairman, set up secret offshore bank accounts. They even photographed the expensive suits in his closet.

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, then followed the house search with a warning: His prosecutors told Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him, said two people close to the investigation.

The moves against Mr. Manafort are just a glimpse of the aggressive tactics used by Mr. Mueller . Dispensing with the plodding pace typical of many white-collar investigations, Mr. Muellers team has used what some describe as shock-and-awe tactics to intimidate witnesses and potential targets of the inquiry.

In case you missed it, the crucial bit is that last sentence where some are describing as shock and awe the use of no-knock search warrants and and the photographing of indicators of wealth that are meant to be displayed publicly, but might have been purchased with illegally obtained funds.

In case you missed it, Shock and Awe is a nickname coined within the US National Defense University for a doctrine/strategy developed there. Shock and Awes more formal name is Rapid Dominance, and in content is simply an update of the fission-bombing of Nagasaki & Hiroshima,  the Blitzkrieg, certain Roman strategies, and even Sun Tzus suggested strategy of sudden and highly selective decapitation literal decapitation in this case.

RD/S&A is updated to use airborne military units with anti-radar stealth capacities*1 but also includes the use of snipers and other ground troops capable of making surprising, precision strikes that have either a spectacular destructive effect or the capacity to single out persons in command for killing while those following orders are helpless to prevent the attack and, afterwards, are left without leadership to coordinate a response.

Primary goals of Shock and Awe include inflicting death and destroying the useful possessions available to an enemy, but of course those goals are part of almost any war plan. Distinguishing RD/S&A is the co...


The House that Bibi Built as Prime Minister of Israel Global Research

For half of the past two decades Benjamin Bibi Netanyahu has served as prime minister of Israel. Whatever his ultimate fate (given the ongoing criminal investigations he is currently facing), it is clear that he has had a profound impact


Chinas Electric Power: Continuing Green Shift. Water, Wind and Sun (WWS) Global Research

Chinas continuing shift to green sources of electric power generation is confirmed in the latest data published by the National Energy Administration (NEA) and the China Electricity Council (CEC). New capacity additions in the first half of 2017 have seen


Trumps UN Address to Call for Action Against Nonexistent North Korean and Iranian Threats Global Research


(Home Stephen Lendman). 

Contact at

In his Tuesday General Assembly address, Trump is expected to call for international action against nonexistent North Korean and Iranian threats.

According to an


How Netanyahus Son Became the Poster Boy for White Supremacists Global Research

The eldest son of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has found himself an unlikely poster boy for David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, and the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer.

Last week these cheerleaders for Jew hatred described


Venezuela Free Of The Rothschild Dollar Tyranny Oil Priced In Chinese Yuan Political Vel Craft

Venezuela published the price of its oil and fuel in Chinese currency on Friday in what it called an effort to free the socialist-run country from the tyranny of the dollar, echoing a plan recently announced by President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro last week said his government would shun the dollar after the United States announced []


Russias Interesting New Oil Geopolitics Global Research

Since the 1928 Red Line Agreement between British and French and American oil majors to divide the oil riches of the post-World War I Middle East, petroleum or more precisely, control of petroleum has constituted the thin-red-line of modern geopolitics.


Selected Articles: Trump Convenes Friends into Humanitarian Warfare Global Research

Global Research strives for peace, and we have but one mandate: to share timely, independent and vital information to readers across the globe. We act as a global platform to let the voices of dissent, protest, and expert witnesses and


Russian Pantsir-S Goes Hunting In Syrian Skies Veterans Today

from SouthFront While the S-400 has captured the headlines, in part because the maps showing the systems impressive engagement radius make good copy, in actuality the S-400 is the tip of the iceberg that is the integrated, multi-layer, air defense network that Russia has emplaced in Syria, mainly to protect its bases in Tartus and []


Tomgram: Ann Jones, When Will They Ever Learn? OpEdNews

Here we go again! Years after most Americans forgot about the longest war this country ever fought, American soldiers are again being deployed to Afghanistan. For almost 16 years now, at the command of three presidents and a sadly forgettable succession of generals, they have gone round and round like so many motorists trapped on a rotary with no exit.


Il Venezuela si ribella al petrodollaro Global Research

A partire da questa settimana si indica il prezzo medio del petrolio in yuan cinesi: lo ha annunciato il 15 settembre il Ministero venezuelano del petrolio.

Per la prima volta il prezzo di vendita del petrolio venezuelano non pi


White Christian Alabama Church Fires Pastor For Bringing Black Children To Bible Study! Counter Current News

Source: Urban Intellectuals

Mt. Sterling Baptist Church says that all types of people are welcome to attend, however Pastor Jonathan Greer was terminated and he says it was because he invited black children to bible study!

Speaking to WTOK ABC 11 Greer said:

What they really mean is that someone can wander in off the street and they wont stop them, but they specifically asked me, explicitly, not to invite Black people. I tried to communicate with them that thats not consistent with Christianity,

[There] was a particular deacon that asked me, and ultimately, two deacons that had asked me not to invite Black people.

Deacon Freddie Moore counters this and told ABC 11 that Greer did not cooperative with the church and did not work well with other officials!

Greer took his last sermon to address racism, he told the congregation:

I wanted the church to know that this is not consistent with the gospel. This is not consistent with Gods word that we honor and give dignity to all people. Thats what the Bible teaches us, and all people are worthy and in need of the gospel, and racism denies that to a certain amount of people,



Cops Break Into Wrong Home, Shoot Innocent Homeowner, Kill His Dog, Then Shoot Each Other Counter Current News

Source:The Free Thought Project  By: Matt Agorist

Atlanta, GA An almost unbelievable tale of police incompetence comes out of Dekalb County Tuesday after police responded to the wrong home on a burglary call.

During the blunder, police officers wrongfully entered a residence as the homeowners, Chris and Leah McKinley and their small child, watched the movie Serendipity on their sofa.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The bizarre incident unfolded shortly after 7:30 p.m. when three officers responded to a report of a suspicious person near Bouldercrest Road, but were not given a street address, DeKalb director of public safety Cedric Alexander said. The officers went to a home in the 1500 block of Boulderwoods Drive that matched the description given by a 911 caller, Dutton said.

Officers approached the residence and attempted to contact occupants at the residence, he said. No contact was made.

When officers went to the rear of the house, they found an unlocked screen and unlocked door and believed an intruder was inside, according to police. Officers entered the home through the unlocked door that led to the kitchen and announced their presence.

Upon entry to the residence, the officers encountered a dog, Dutton said in an email. Two officers fired their weapons, striking and killing the animal in the kitchen.

The McKinleys neighbor, Tama Colson was out walking Monday night when she saw the patrol cars on the street. She then heard the gu...


In Florida its Illegal to Power Your Home with Solar PanelsThanks to Lobbying The Free Thought Project

solarThanks to a system of corrupt corporate-government collusion, Florida residents can lose their homes if they attempt to solely power them with solar.


RFK Jr. Issues Report Showing Strong Evidence of Ongoing Corruption & Scientific Fraud At The CDC The Last American Vagabond

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 18, 2017 Contact: Lyn Redwood, 202-810-1826, Email Kennedy hopes new evidence and a fresh look at criminal misconduct will result in law enforcement action, rigorous and transparent vaccine safety science, and safer vaccines. Washington, DC In a new report released yesterday, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his team outlined various criminal acts []

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Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies Dont Say You Didnt Know The Last American Vagabond

You cant stop things like the blockchain. It will be everywhere, and the world will have to readjust. World governments will have to readjust John McAfee, Founder of McAfee As youre aware by now, the worlds largest corporations and most governments are already testing the incredible potential of it. Australia, Japan, and Germany are []

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Trump's UN Speech OpEdNews

The US is considered the greatest threat to peace. International polls show that the world regards the US as a much greater threat to peace than North Korea and Iran. Yet Trump described the US, universally regarded as the greatest threat to the world, as the great protector of peace. Has there ever been a greater disturber of peace?


US, South Korea, China and Russia Practice for War off Coast of North Korea The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA) East Asia  This week started off with what Reuters called a flurry of military drills in East Asia following the latest missile test by Kim Jong-uns regime. From the news agencys piece on Monday:

The U.S. military staged bombing drills with South Korea over the Korean peninsula and Russia and China began naval exercises ahead of a U.N. General Assembly meeting on Tuesday where North Koreas nuclear threat is likely to loom large.

The flurry of military drills came after Pyongyang fired another mid-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday and the reclusive North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3 in defiance of United Nations sanctions and other international pressure.

In a press release announcing the United States joint exercises with the South exercises that also involved elements from the military of Japan Captain Cassandra Gesecki of U.S. Pacific Command made it clear the drills were directly related to the Norths most recent launch:

United States Air Force and Marine Corps aircraft joined Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Republic of Korea Air Force aircraft in a sequenced bilateral show of force over the Korean Peninsula September 17, in response to North Koreas launch of an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) over Japan on September 14.

According to Gesecki, the drills were executed using two U.S. B-1B bombers from Andersen Air Force base in Guam, four U.S. F-35B jets from the Marine Corps, four South Korean F-15K fighters, and four F-2 jets from Japan.

At the same time, China and Russia are conducting coordinated exercises of their own in the region. From The Independent:

Russia and China have begun major military drills less than 100 miles from the North Korean border, amid continuing tensions over the isolated states nuclear ambitions.

Chinese warships arrived in Peter the Great Bay, just outside of the Russian port of Vladivostok, for joint naval exercises that will extend into the Sea of Okhotsk, north of  Japan.

Unlike the United States, however, the allies claim the drills were...


Richmond, VA: Despite Heavy Handed Police, Neo-Confederates Shut Down It's Going Down

The post Richmond, VA: Despite Heavy Handed Police, Neo-Confederates Shut Down appeared first on It's Going Down.

We had reports of black people open carrying turned away while white confederates were allowed to freely roam with their guns.

The morning of September 16th people began to assemble around 9 am. Some folks had been up earlier to work security for a synagogue that the cops apparently didnt see fit to put effort into protecting. There has been so much hand-wringing from the city government and law enforcement about so-called violence at demonstrations here, that our theory is that S16 got so much hype purely from the police.

Charlottesville is only an hour away from Richmond, so naturally many of us are still reeling from the exhaustion and trauma we experienced out there. All that considered, we decided to give the finger to the city and have a fucking barbecue. Literally, that was our plan. Of course we were prepared to defend ourselves if necessary, but we guessed only a few of those Confederate States of America (CSA) idiots would show up, and we were right.

They stood around for maybe 30 minutes before the cops asked them to leave, giving them a safe escort. Upon returning to their cars, they discovered that their tires has been slashed. They seemed incredibly disturbed by this incident, and even began an online fundraiser for themselves. Rumor has it that as of this writing they are still somewhere in the city, scared out of their minds.

Arrests began around 1:30 pm, starting with a black woman who got into an argument. Literally, she got arrested for yelling. We had reports of black people open carrying turned away while white confederates were allowed to freely roam with their guns. Even though the pigs maintained they wouldn&#821...


New Tactical Urbanism Guide Helps Cities do Community-Led Placemaking Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

This summer, the city of Fayetteville, AR took the remarkable step of actually encouraging its residents to construct and lead tactical urbanism projects. While tactical urbanism activities like pop-up bike lanes and homemade curb bump-outs typically face uphill battles in terms of permitting and many are outright illegal, Fayetteville has taken the opposite approach.

As the Fayetteville Flyer reported in July, "Officials [...] announced the creation of a new permit process to encourage residents to experiment with traffic and bike safety theories that could lead to permanent infrastructure improvements." Several projects have already taken place in Fayetteville and more are in the works. You can read a report on one of their projectsa temporary roundabouthere.

In addition to this permit process, Fayetteville also produced a tactical urbanism guide to community-led placemaking projects. And much of it applies far beyond the Arkansas town.

The guide begins with an introduction to tactical urbanism basics, offers advice for planning and applying for a permit, and walks you through how to install a successful project.

View and download the whole guide.

Check back on Thursday for our podcast interview with Chris Brown, the City of Fayetteville engineer who's been leading this effort.

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Paper! Freethought Blogs

Even doing the draft of I Have Seen The Moon has been irritating, because thanks to having no paper, I couldnt fit everything on my scratch paper. After doing battle with a closet full of crap, I managed to drag out my monster portfolio, and found a bit of paper and illustration board. I still dont have anything large enough for the whole work, but at least I can do this bit, which means more painting today, yay! This bit is 14 x 11.5.

C. Ford, all rights reserved.


Burns, Novick, PBS documentary found misleading the American public OpEdNews

The Ken Burns, Lynn Novick PBS documentary on the Vietnam war misleads the American public. It justifies US escalation of the Vietnam war in retaliation against North Vietnam over the Gulf of Tonkin Incident". In actuality the "Incident" ,which never occurred, was a false flag operation perpetrated by the US. The escalation of the war was unjustified US aggression.


The US Has New Red Line in Syria And Its F*cking Ridiculous The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  In its latest breach of international law, the U.S. is unilaterally attempting to prevent the Syrian government from reclaiming its own territory. From Reuters:

U.S.-backed Syrian militias will not let government forces cross the Euphrates River in their bid to recover eastern Syria, their commander said on Friday, but Russia said army units had already done so near the city of Deir al-Zor.

Reuters notes that Russia is involved in this particular part of Syria, bolstering the Syrian Arab Army and its allies with air power.

According to Reuters, an aide to Syrias president, Bashar al-Assad, said the government would fight any force that comes within its path, including U.S.-backed forces. According to Deir ez-Zor military council commander Ahmed Abu Khawla, who fights under the banner of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF):

Now we have 3 km between us and the eastern riverbank, once our forces reach the area, any shot fired into that area we will consider an attack on the military council.

He added:

We have notified the regime and Russia that we are coming to the Euphrates riverbank, and they can see our forces advancingWe do not allow the regime or its militias to cross to the eastern riverbank.

The Deir ez-Zor military council was established under the banner of the U.S.-backed SDF as recently as December 2016. This was arguably a poor attempt to legitimize Washingtons aspirations for the oil-rich region. In actuality, 4,000 fighters backed by foreign powers can hardly be a more legitimate force than the current Syrian government and its forces, but as is usually the case, the United States is not remotely concerned with the legality of this current strategy.

According to Reuters, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the SAA had already crossed the Euphrates, making a difficult scenario for Americas ambitions in the region. Not only is the Syrian army ignoring Washingtons directions, Russia is apparently unfazed by these developments, as well.

Unsurprisingly, Secretary of Sta...


Iraq breakup will lead to global conflict: Turkish minister Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - Turkey has armored forces deployed north of Idlib province on the Syrian border, and on the Iraqi border, also. Both are invasion forces but there has been little press on the infantry and air cover that would be needed for them.


#MorningMonarchy: September 19, 2017 #CyberSpaceWar Media Monarchy

Reaching Jew haters, marrying your computer and triggering the bodegas + this day in history w/the Tehran UFO incident and our song of the day by Ibeyi on your Morning Monarchy for September 19, 2017.


OPEN Government Data Act poised to pass Congress as part of NDAA Blog Sunlight Foundation

On Monday, the United States Senate quietly passed the OPEN Government Data Act as part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. As the Data Coalition highlighted, the text of  S.760, the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, was one of several amendments to the NDAA that moved. The public can view the final bill text on page 1013 of the Congressional Record online.

Unless something unusual happens, we expect the bill to survive conference committee with the House and go on to the pen of the president. Should that happen, passage of open government data as the default public information disclosure of the United States of America will be the culmination of many years of work by Sunlight and our allies.

Public data must be public, and its...


Journalists Ask South Koreans Who Scares Them Most- Trump Of Kim Jong Un: Here Is Their Answer TruthTheory

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With tensions escalating between North Korea and the US a group of journalists decided to take to the ground in neighboring country South Korea and ask their citizens who they currently feel is the biggest threat Donald Trump or  Kim Jong Un.

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As Thousands Left Homeless From Hurricanes, Trump Sends $75 Million MORE To Israel Sheep Media

As many Americans struggle to get back on their feet after their homes were destroyed by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the United States government has insisted that the only way to raise money for relief efforts is to increase the national debtwhile setting aside another $75 million in aid for Israel.

Just one year ago, the Obama Administration signed the largest military aid deal in U.S. history, promising Israel $38 Billion over the next 10 years. However, while the deal stated that Israel was expected to return any money that was more than the original amount, the Trump Administration is breaking the rules.

According to a report from the Jerusalem Post, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was against giving an additional $75 million to Israel, a senior State Department official insisted that, The administration is committed to ensuring that Israel receives the assistance that has been appropriated by Congress, and that Trump will work to ensure the $75 million in additional aid is delivered.

While Congress had no problem giving Israel another $75 million in military aid, it did so by once again turning a blind eye to the long list of human rights abuses carried out by the Israeli militaryand funded by the United States. Israel has occupied Palestine since 1967, and in those 50 years, it has been accused of numerous categories of human rights violations, according to a report from Human Rights Watch:

At least five categories of major violations of international human rights law and humanitarian law characterize the occupation: unlawful killings; forced displacement; abusive detention; the closure of the Gaza Strip and other unjustified restrictions on movement; and the development of settlements, along with the accompanying discriminatory policies that disadvantage Palestinians.

When Donald Trump ran a campaign based on Making America Great Again and truly putting America First, his supporters latched on to his promises, as if his presence in the White House would make everything different. While some of Trumps supporters were adamant about his support for Israel, it should be noted that the Trump Admin...


Glenn Becks Revolutionary Design. Freethought Blogs

Glenn Beck has an excruciatingly long facebook post about his revolutionary redesign of GB everything. By golly, no one has ever thought of this, in all of history, no sir. And no one has ever done this, either, nope! I get the feeling that Glenn doesnt read much.

In between speeches, conversations in MA this weekend, I am working with the content and product team on last minute adjustments for THE BEGINNING of a new way to deliver news and information on

We are soft launching a new front page and a new approach to news Monday.


I want to get out of the news and opinion business and focus on facts and perspective.

News is breaking. Let others be first. I want to be driven by facts. I want us to be right and without the hype.

Facts are solid and must be our foundation if we are going to survive as a culture.

Opinion, is something that literally everyone has. Not all opinions are thought out, backed with facts, or even valid. In fact most are not. Some are just flat crazy and are dangerous.

Everybody knows that their opinion needs to be SHOUTED louder or more brutal if they are to be heard over all other opinions. I am right and you will listen.

Louder, meaner, crazier.

Perspective, on the other hand, is not something that everyone can offer. It is an invitation to look at an event from a new and unique way. Have you looked at it from this angle?

Opinions are shouted. Perspective is offered

An offer to engage in an intellectually honest and vigorous conversation based on the facts.


Perhaps it is subtle to most but not to me and I hope not to my team. It isnt just word play. It is a different way to write, speak and behave. To succeed we cant just say it, we have to live it every second of everyday.

We have been working hard all summer and have had to turn this thing 180 degrees in approach there is no one modeling this so we all are hoping we get it, but it is going to take us a couple of months. (Thus, the soft launch.).

Thats just a bit of the post. As you can see, Glenn is just boggled that there is absolutely no modeling of this type of approach, not anywhere, ever. This whole perspective business, its completely new! A point of view isnt at an opinion, no, and its not possible for anyone to shout their perspective, because its so darn different from those angry opinions! I hate to break it to you, Glenn, but everyone has perspective on everything, and its generally expressed a zillion times a...


The Rogue Regime in Washington Itching for War 21st Century Wire

Finian Cunningham

Youd have to laugh if it were not so grave. The Trump administration says that it is running out of patience for a diplomatic solution to the Korea crisis.

This pseudo piousness comes from a US government that continually refuses to enter into direct negotiations with Kim Jong-un, the leader of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK).

So, how can the US say it is growing weary from diplomatic effort when it hasnt even bothered to breathe an earnest word of diplomacy despite being urged to do so by Russia, China, and other world leaders?

French President Emmanuel Macron in a phone call with Russias Vladimir Putin was the latest world leader to endorse Moscows appeal for negotiations over the Korea crisis.

As Russias ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, pointed out, the latest resolution concerning North Korea, voted on September 11, specifically calls on all parties, including the United States, to open negotiations and commit to finding a peaceful resolution.

Therefore, by not fulfilling diplomatic responsibility, the US is not complying with the UN resolution.

Following another ballistic missile test by North Korea on Friday in defiance of UN resolutions, President Trumps national security advisor, General HR McMaster claimedthat the US was at the end of its tether in seeking diplomacy.

Weve been kicking the can down the road, and were out of the road, McMaster told reporters after North Korea launched a ballistic missile that overflew Japan. The distance traveled 3,700 km would put the US territory of Guam within a target range.

Trumps top security advisor then added with familiar sinister intent: For those who have been commenting on a lack of a military option, there is a military option.

Meanwhile, the American president was touring the Anderson air force base near Washington where he again boasted of US overwhelming military power to wipe...


Chicago Attorneys Call For Mass Exonerations Because Of Police Corruption Counter Current News

Attorneys in Chicago are again calling for cases to be thrown out due to massive police corruption after 2 people arrested by a crooked Chicago tactical team recently had their convictions reversed.

William Carter, 31, and Bruce Powell, 50, both alleged they had been framed by Sgt. Ronald Watts and his team who worked in the Ida B. Wells housing project on the South Side. The Watts team was accused by residents, and two undercover Chicago police officers, of shaking down and framing drug dealers for years. Watts and one of his officers were charged and convicted in Federal court. But the majority of his team remain on the force to this day, reported NBC Chicago.

Five people with 8 convictions have been reversed. But there are plenty more waiting to be heard.

I believe every case that implicates these officers needs to be thrown out, says defense attorney Joshua Tepfer. We need a clean slate.

Tepfer has already seen three clients exonerated. But the state is fighting efforts to free Anthony McDaniels, another of his clients.

Ironically, Tepfer says, McDaniels was arrested by the very same officers who were on Powells arrest report, and the state agreed that arrest was tainted.

These same group of officers, under Sgt. Watts, many of whom are still making arrests and testifying in court, were corrupt, Tepfer exclaimed. They framed individuals, they perjured themselves, they falsified police reports. Eight convictions have been vacated. Yet we know there are probably hundreds of arrests that they made, hundreds of convictions!

Tepfer and other attorneys say the officers collective work was so tainted, none of their arrests should be considered valid. And their call to wipe out all their cases is completely legitimate.

You cant in good conscience maintain a conviction where there is that level of doubt about the honesty of the police officers involved, says Philadelp...


FBI Seeks To Question A Minor in Western North Carolina It's Going Down

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On September 8, 2017, an FBI agent attempted to visit a comrade in western North Carolina. They visited a house, and the person there stepped outside to talk to the agent, who repeatedly asked if the comrade in question lived there. The person at the house did not engage with those questions, and instead insisted on a card from the agent that a lawyer could call later. The agent said it was regarding a case being handled by another office.

This comes at a time when anarchists have been standing up to a grand jury and other FBI harassment across the state of North Carolina. The person who the FBI agent was seeking secured legal representation. On September 13, 2017, their lawyer called a number the agent wrote down, and the FBI specified that they were actually looking to speak with the persons child, a minor. The FBI said that they were seeking the original person because a legal guardian had to be present for the agent to talk to the minor. During that call the agent stated she wanted to ask about graffiti on a car related to a case being investigated by the FBI Field Office in Raleigh, NC. The minor in question has now secured legal representation. Nobody above is speaking to the FBI.

We cannot just hope that harassment like this stops. Get educated on how to protect yourself if the FBI shows up. If you are approached by the FBI, refuse to answer their questions. Know your rights! Please read If An Agent Knocks for more information. We cannot let them intimidate us and raise fear and distrust.

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Nature did not intend that you put those colors there! Freethought Blogs

Oh, my. Some researchers have discovered that pigments in tattoo inks can, over the years, wander out of the tattoo into places like lymph nodes. They have not, however, identified any danger or harm from this phenomenon. All I can muster is a weary, So?. This shouldnt be at all surprising.

Next up: scientists will discover that the skin texture under your tattoo will change with age, that the shape of your body can distort the shape of your tattoos, and most horrifyingly, that people with tattoos have pigmented inks permanently discoloring their skin!


The Absurdities Mount OpEdNews

In the United States -- indeed, in the entirely of the Western world -- history has become a construction that serves not the truth but special interests. This is the reason that the Western World is doomed. Peoples whose history is destroyed are defenceless. They have no idea who they are.


Residents Forced to Buy Bottled Water As Coca-Cola Sucks Water Wells Dry The Free Thought Project

coca-colaThanks to their ties with corrupt government, Coca-Cola has been able to deplete an entire town's water sourceand there are many more.


City Council Member Says Minneapolis Police Officers Are Not Using Body Cameras Often Enough Filming Cops

A Minneapolis City Council member says there are problems with how police officers are using body cameras. Linea Palmisano, who represents Ward 13, said a report by the city internal

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Please. Education is not a horserace. Freethought Blogs

Ive mentioned before that I dont use the classroom to proselytize atheism. I have a job to do, and that is to help the students learn biology, and thats all I care about that they graduate after a few years and understand the concepts and can apply them, and if can do that while believing in Jesus or Allah, thats just fine.

Theres another thing I dont do, and that is penalize them for their health or situation. Youve got clinical depression or your grandmother died or you had a nasty break-up with your romantic friend? Ill make what accommodations I can, because I want you to get through all of that and learn biology. Thats all I can judge you on, is your mastery of the material, but I will welcome any changes that can help you out.

But all too often I run into non-academics (and sometimes even academics) who dont understand this basic idea, that were supposed to help our students learn. So someone like Margaret Wente can write drivel like Why treat university students like fragile flowers?

The first answer is that we dont. We have standards that have to be met in order to pass a course, and theyre not be free of mental health concerns or have a stable family life or be rich enough that you dont have to work part-time. If you have an illness that makes mastering the course material difficult for you, that doesnt mean you get a free pass; it means you should talk to me and Ill do what I can to give you the opportunity to learn it in spite of your handicap. My job is to make all the flowers blossom, not to make half of them wither if they need a little extra watering.

However, there are things that Wente objects to.

Today, any proper university has registered therapy dogs to cheer you up. If exams have you down, drop in for a lick and a cuddle and youll feel better in no time. And if youre too depressed because of Grandma, no problem. The disability office will provide you with a private room and extra time to write your final. Your professor never even needs to know.

Today, colleges and universities are highly concerned with the mental well-being of their students. Student distress, were told, is at an all-time high. Its the pressure. The competition. Social media. Career anxiety. Long commutes. Money worries. Cyberbullying.

Therapy dogs are bad? Why? I want a therapy puppy to visit when grading gets me down! I suspect students learn better when theyre less stressed. All I care about, remember, is student learning.

I have students who take their exams at our office of student learning. We have students with agor...


Scientists And Physicians Send Appeal About 5G Rollout And Health Dangers To The European Union Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich On September 13, 2017, more than 180 scientists and doctors sent an 11-page Appeal for a moratorium on the roll out...


JCPOA belongs to whole world, not just US Mogherini Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - Trump is American unexceptionalism at its best, or maybe I should say its worst, and that makes him what he claims others to be...a serious threat.


St. Louis Police Say Unknown Chemical Labeled Apple Cider Vinegar Maliciously Used Against Them By Protesters Counter Current News

The St. Louis Police Department tweeted a photo of an officer holding two spray bottles. The caption read: Officers confiscate bottles with unknown chemicals used to against police tonight in downtown #stl.

Strangely, 1 of the bottles was clearly labeled apple cider, referring to apple cider vinegar. ACV is known to help neutralize an actually dangerous chemical agent, pepper spray, that the police use regularly on protesters, reported The Root.

The other bottle shown in the picture appears to contain a white liquid, which is most probably milkanother grocery staple thats helpful in treating Mace attacks. These liquids were to help protect protesters from police attacks, they were not used in attacking police. But even if they were used to attack, they would only leave an unpleasant odor. not like the mace/pepper spray used by the police the attack protesters which causes actual pain.

The department took to the streets this past weekend as thousands of protesters were furious about the acquittal of Jason Stockley, a former member of the SLPD who had shot and killed an unarmed motorist, Anthony Lamar Smith, in 2011.

No police were harmed by the mysterious liquids in the spray bottles, which could easily be identified by a simple smell test. But maybe everything just smells like marijuana to these cops.

The PD thanked the fire department for washing their hands after potentially being exposed to the...


DHS Steps In, Blocks US Entry For Indian Pastor On Good Will Mission Activist Post

By Janet Phelan On the surface, the plan was simple and straightforward, and fueled by the best of motives. After hearing for months about attacks...


3,000 US troops headed to Afghanistanto die for Israel Veterans Today

Trump is causing trouble in the Middle East because the Israeli regime tells him what to do. If fighting terrorism was his main goal, he would almost certainly go after terrorist states like Saudi Arabia, which destroyed Yemen and imposed a blockade on Qatar.


No Charges For Cop Who Fatally Shot Unarmed 22 Year Old Black Man, Vernell Bing, Jr Counter Current News

State Attorney Melissa Nelson has decided not to prosecute the Jacksonville, Florida Officer who shot and killed 22-year-old Vernell Bing, Jr. in 2016. The police used the standard feared for safety and made a move toward waistband claims to justify killing the unarmed man.

Ronald Kurpiers, attorney for Bings family, said the family will continue to press their civil case in federal court, reported First Coast News.

While Im sure folks l are going to be very disappointed, very frustrated, that here is another criminal case of a police shooting of a young black man on the streets of  Jacksonville, I can tell you we intend if they didnt criminally we intend to hold him accountable civilly, Kurpiers said.

Bing was shot in the head, while moving away from officers, by officer Tyler Landreville after a car chase in May 2016.

FCN reported on the reported details of the incident:

Bing was found in a red Chevy Camaro along MLK Parkway that was wanted in connection to an April 2016 shooting. JSO pursued Bing before he crashed into an officers car on East 9th Street in Springfield.

Audio recordings from JSO Emergency Response released by the State Attorneys office include a caller describing Bings the red Camaro as going at high rates of speed and driving erratically. The caller also tells JSO the car is the one they were looking for from a shooting.

Dash camera video and audio from police radios showed multiple units joining in on the pursuit of Bing in the vehicle.

The collision left both vehicles mangled on opposite sides of the street. Officers on the scene reported shots fired after both the officer and Bing had exited their vehicles.

Police reports said that Landreville shot at Bing five times, but was struck once in the head.

Some witnesses said Bing appeared to be walking away from the officer when he was shot multiple times. The ca...


Can We Survive Technology? The Origin of SRM Geoengineering and the Modern Theory of Man-made Global Warming Activist Post

By Peter A. Kirby In the course of exposing chemtrails, your author has already found and presented quite a bit of evidence linking the theory...


[WATCH] Ex-Tennis Star James Blake Expected to Testify Against NYPD Officer Who Used Excessive Force Filming Cops

NEW YORK By former pro tennis star James Blakes account, the man approaching him in 2015 outside his hotel caused no alarm because he looked like an old high

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Im sure that went over well Freethought Blogs

Donald Trump spoke at the UN, and threatened to murder 25 million people if he doesnt get his way.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday vowed to totally destroy North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a rocket man on a suicide mission.

Benjamin Netanyahu liked it.

It is well past time to depose this madman.


State Overwhelmingly Votes to Demand Congress Remove Cannabis as Schedule 1 Drug The Free Thought Project

cannabisDespite countless studies proving the power of cannabis to treat a number of diseases, the federal government still claims it has no medicinal value.


Four Tips for Better Community Engagement Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the National Walking Summit, hosted by our friends at America Walks. It was three days of inspiring speakers and important conversations on the future of the walking movement, especially as it relates to health, poverty and equity. One thread that ran throughout the eventor at least the one that caught my attention in the sessions I attendedwas how to do meaningful community engagement. As government officials, developers and nonprofit leaders, how do you truly listen to residents of a neighborhood to find out what they need? How do you ensure that new developments are helpful and not harmful for them? How do you move your city forward in a way that benefits everyone?

With those questions in mind, here are four big takeaways on community engagement that I learned at the Walking Summit:

Cultiva la Salud hosts neighborhood bike rides and walks as a way to gather community feedback in a hands on manner. (Source: Cultiva la Salud Facebook page)

Cultiva la Salud hosts neighborhood bike rides and walks as a way to gather community feedback in a hands on manner. (Source: Cultiva la Salud Facebook page)

1. Meet people where they are.

To begin with, if youre hoping to change or improve something in a neighborhood, you need to meet residents where they are, in a way that works for them, in order to get their input.

Esther Postiglione, MPH, CHES, serves as Program Manager at Cultiva la Salud, an organization dedicated to creating health equity in the San Joaquin Valley. In a workshop at the Summit, she spoke about her organizations efforts to help residents fully participate in local decision making by hosting pre-meeting workshops to prep residents on common planning terminology and processes before city meetings. This allowed them to enter a meeting with the necessary background information to fully participate and not feel confused or sidelined because they weren't professional planners, developers or engineers. 

She also shared some other big factors that enabled residents to participate in workshops an...


NYPD Cop Charged For Assaulting Brooklyn Man Over Spilled Drink Counter Current News

An NYPD officer who assaulted a Coney Island man over a spilled drink will be facing criminal charges.

Officer OKeefe Thompson was already on modified duty when he attacked Raymond Crespo on July 8, reported NY Daily News.

Crespo said he was on the corner of Mermaid Ave. and W. 32nd St. when his friend knocked his alcohol filled cup on the ground. The cup then rolled in the direction of Thompson, who was on patrol nearby.

The officer ordered Crespo, 22, to clean up the spill but Crespo refused.

He comes at me and says, Hey, boy, you gotta clean this s up, and yada yada yada. I was like, No, Im not cleaning nothing up, Crespo said. He said, Im from Brownsville, and I will f your a up,

At that point he rushed me, but I went into the store, Crespo told the Daily News.

He grabbed me, started swinging on me, and Im fighting to stay in the store, mind you. As soon as I let go of the gate, I hit it on the right side of my eye. And boom, I let go of the door, I come outside and hes dragging me all through the same area.

Crespo said he suffered a concussion and a bruised eye from the assault, but he was not arrested.

While at Coney Island Hospital, Crespo reported the encounter and was later interviewed by the Internal Affairs Bureau.

The next day, Crespo saw Thompson, in plainclothes, walking toward him as he was trying to go home.

He was over my body saying, Youre going to s on my name? Youre gonna really s on my name. You know what I should do to you, Crespo recalled.


If convicted, Thompson faces up to 4 years in prison, but he probably feared for his life and will get away with nothing.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)


Native American Man Misses Mothers Last Moments Because Cops Beat Him at Hospital The Free Thought Project

hospitalA tribal elder was rushing to the hospital to see his dying mother. However, because he was attacked by police, he would not make it in time.


The beltway elite can do no wrong Freethought Blogs

There has been a bit of flap about Donald Trumps former press secretary Sean Spicer being given a cameo appearance as part of the Emmys ceremony on Sunday, with critics saying that someone associated so closely with Trump should not be welcomed. But it is pretty much a given now that if you are a member of the elite in the financial-political world, you are immune from any long-term consequences for your actions, however appalling. Whatever you do while working in government, even advocating war crimes, you will be welcomed with open arms by the establishment when you leave.

Glenn Greenwald documents this nauseating spectacle that is repeated over and over again, that people who should be treated as pariahs and shunned by any decent person are instead absolved from all their past crimes and lavished with praise and honors and money. He says that the election of Donald Trump has helped in the rehabilitation of those who in the past were reviled, because the establishment needs to persuade the public that all the crimes of the government are temporary aberrations, not permanent features. And they do that by revising the past and absolving the criminals.

The Bush administration was filled with high-level officials who did not just lie from podiums, but did so in service of actual war crimes. They invaded and destroyed a country of 26 million people based on blatant falsehoods and relentless propaganda. They instituted a worldwide torture regime by issuing decrees that purported to redefine what that term meant. They spied on the communications of American citizens without the warrants required by law. They kidnapped innocent people from foreign soil and sent them to be tortured in the dungeons of the worlds worst regimes, and rounded up Muslims on domestic soil with no charges. They imprisoned Muslim journalists for years without a whiff of due process. And they generally embraced and implemented the fundamental tenets of authoritarianism by explicitly positioning the president and his White House above the law.

Were supposed to all forget about that, or at least agree to minimize it, in service of this revisionist conceit that the United States has long been governed by noble, honorable and decent people until Donald Trump defaced the sanctity of the Oval Office with his band of gauche miscreants and evil clowns. Many of the same people who, just a decade ago, were depicting Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Paul Wolfowitz remember them? as monsters of historic proportions are today propagating the mythology that Trump is desecrating what had always been sacred and benevolent American civic space.

Not only were all Bush officials fully immunized from the legal consequences of their crimes in D.C., thats a given b...


Will Judge Overturn Arpaio Pardon? OpEdNews

Before he pardoned Arpaio, Trump told a crowd of supporters in Phoenix that rather than violating the law, Arpaio was "doing his job." But "no President till now has proclaimed that a public official who violated the Constitution and flouted orders was 'doing his job,'" three lawyers write.


Peter Saul: Fake News. Freethought Blogs

Peter Saul, Quack-Quack, Trump (2017), acrylic on canvas, 78 x 120 inches.

If youre unfamiliar with Peter Saul, do yourself a favour and click over to read John Yaus article at Hyperallergic. Peter Saul has never known any fear when tackling the hot and heavy subjects of the day, and that has not changed.

In the 1960s, Saul titled two of his paintings, Mickey Mouse vs. The Japs (1962) and I Torture Commie Virgins (1967). The 1970s brought Crucifixion of Angela Davis (1973). In 1990, he did a painting titled Legal Abortion, and in 1993, he did one of Jeffrey Dahmer strapped into an electric chair, celebrating his birthday with a cake made from a butchered male pelvis.

Sauls recurring subject is pain and abuse of all kinds what we inflict on others and do to ourselves. It seems that the only way he can embrace these often monstrous subjects, and whatever they stir up in him, is with scandalous humor. This is why such distinctions as tasteful and tasteless seem beside the point when looking at and thinking about Sauls garish work, which is just one reason why he is such an important artist. He also happens to be an amazing colorist and terrific caricaturist. More than socially conscious, he is a formally inventive artist with a deep love for toppling sacred cows and pushing everyones buttons. In his hands, painting and paint become a platform for preposterous visual proposals.

This is the America that Saul has never shied away from, never failed to poke, probe, or give the finger to a self-righteous country that has been in a race war ever since intolerant religious freedom seekers landed on the Eastern seaboard and began slaughtering Native Americans in the name of God. I love the fact that he keeps hammering away at everything a well-behaved citizen, whether of a liberal or conservative political persuasion, would have an informed opinion about Abstract Expressionism, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, fast food, sweaty businessmen, big-breasted women, or capital punishment. Saul has a quarrel with the world and he isnt above using puerile humor, ghastly bad taste, or in-your-face grotesquerie to nettle it.


Christian Numerologist Says The Rapture Starts on Saturday Counter Current News

According to Christian numerologist David Meade, the end of days is almost upon us.

Citing verses in Luke 21:25 through 26, Meade thinks that the recent events like the solar eclipse and Hurricane Harvey are signs of the apocalypse. To make matters worse, theres been an uptick in meteors falling to Earth. But rather than consider the fact that most calendar years have 2 solar eclipses somewhere in the world, Meade sees a sign, reported Sarah Burris of Raw Story.

There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the Earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken, says Luke 21:25.

Mens hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the Earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken, Luke 21:26 continues.

For Meade, that indicates the end of the world and the Rapture being predicted for this Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.

Meade says he used numerological codes in his current translation of the Bible to generate a date marker in the pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

Nibiru is a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, according to NASA. The first time it was predicted to fly by Earth and cause troubles were May 2003. It was also linked to the end of the world prediction for 2012, which were mostly based on misunderstandings of the Mayan calendar. It turns out it is much like other calendars, at the end of the year, you get next years calendar-it was not actually the end of the world, just the end of the calendar.

If Nibiru or Planet X were real a...


When I ran for Congress: insights Jon Rappoport's Blog

When I ran for Congress: insights

by Jon Rappoport

September 19, 2017

I met with one nutritional-supplement-company president, a self-involved oaf who bragged about his expensive tastes, his vacations, his large house. His main advice (he didnt back my campaign with a donation) was to see his tailor and have him make me a high-priced suit.

Ultimately, I believed vote fraud occurred in my 1994 run for a seat in the US Congress, from the 29th District in Los Angeles. Ive written and spoken about that elsewhere.

This article is about something else.

I was running at the height of the so-called Health Freedom movement in America. My primary issue was the right of every person to manage his/her own health. The right to have access to the full range of nutritional supplements (under attack by the FDA). The right to consult alternative health practitioners (the FDA was attacking those practitioners). The right to know the full truth about toxic medical drugs. The right to refuse medical treatments. The right to have the FDA prosecuted for criminal collusion with drug companies.

The Health Freedom movement spawned more letters to Congress than any issue in the history of America. Several nutritional companies were backing the movement with money.

Eventually, during my campaign, I saw what was happening. Although millions of Americans wanted all those rights I just listed, and were becoming more aware of the extreme dangers of the medical/pharmaceutical cartel, the inside backers of the Health Freedom movement and their core agents wanted something very specific.

They wanted to pass the federal Hatch Bill, which would, they said, offer protection to the American publicpeople would continue to have access to the full range of nutritional supplements, and the FDA attacks would stop.

The Hatch Bill eventually passed and became federal law. But as a few smart attorneys knew and warned, the Bill had loopholes, and the FDA would still be able to throw up roadblocks against supplement companies.

My efforts, as a candidate, were much wider. I wanted a full-scale exposure of the crimes of the FDA. I pushed this issue. Hard.

The nutritional supplement industry backed away from my campaign (with one notable exception). They thought I was going too far. They wanted that Hatch Bill passed, and then they wanted to go home and continue business as usual.

I met with one supplement-company president, a self-involved oaf who bragged about his expensive tastes, his vacations, his large house. His main advice (he didnt back my campaign with a donation) was to see his tailor and have him make me a high-priced suit.

At a high-level meeting of Health Freedom advocates, a silky smooth character Id never heard of rambled on in...


Coalition calls on Boston Police to cut ties with harmful federal programs, change policy Privacy SOS

Since Trumps inauguration in January 2017, Boston officials have come out strong in defense of immigrants, Muslims, and other marginalized groups that find themselves in the crosshairs of the new administration. But key Boston Police Department policies and programs put these communities at risk of federal targeting.

Today, a group of over two dozen Boston area civil rights, civil liberties, religious, and human rights groups call on the BPD to recognize that these policies and programswhich have long conflicted with Bostonians rightsare even more dangerous in the age of Trump, and therefore must be changed. The federal administration has changed the relationship between government and the people, and the City of Boston must adjust accordinglynot only in rhetoric, but also in action.

Key among the demands to BPD are the following:

  • Disengage from an existing countering violent extremism program and do not engage in CVE programs in the future;
  • Change BPD policy to stop the collection and sharing of information about people who are not suspected of crimes;
  • Cease collaboration with the FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) (as San Francisco has recently done); and
  • Support the Safe Communities Act at the state legislature.

Read more about the demands.

If you agree, call Mayor Marty Walsh and tell him.

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Rohrabacher vs. The Machine OpEdNews

The media is trying to divert attention from the real story that Russia did not hack Democratic emails and give them to WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign until they get their bearings and figure out a way to dispose of Rohrabacher. As soon as they settle on an approach, they'll be off to the races. Rohrabacher should be applauded for trying to reveal the truth, but he's probably bitten off more than he can chew.


Green Energy Gets Tough Love WhoWhatWhy

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Washington Post Reporter Disciplined for Criticizing Owner Jeff Bezos? (Jimmy)

The author writes, The union that represents Washington Post reporters has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Post for disciplining a reporter and union leader who wrote an op-ed critical of Post owner and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Trumps Invisible New Hotels (Russ)

Trump family claims opening new hotels all over, but no sign of them so far.

The Green Energy Cornucopia is 100% Wishful Thinking (Jeff C.)

The site Climate and Capitalism writes that serious energy policy must address overproduction, overconsumption and inequality. Without that, promises of an economy based on 100% renewable energy are misleading and dangerous.

Fears of a Kurdish State (Dan)

Iraqs leader promises to use force if the Kurdish referendum vote turns violent. Quite an ominous statement, especially since Iraq  as well as neighboring countries  are steadfastly against Kurdish independence.


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A New Provocation: US Establishes First Permanent Military Base Inside of Israel 21st Century Wire

IDF Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovich and U.S. Maj. Gen. John L. Gronski conduct a ceremony at Bislach Air Base, near Mitzpe Ramon on Sept. 18, 2017.

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In terms of US and Middle East geopolitics, something extremely significant has just taken place this week, but you wouldnt know it by looking at the Western mainstream press. This latest addition to the Pentagons imperial portfolio of over 800 overseas military bases is sure to fuel even more resistance to what many see as a policy of global hegemony.

On Monday, the United States formally unveiled its plan to establish a permanent military installation inside of Israel.

The new US air defense base will be located in the Negev desert a base within a base sharing the new location with an existing IDF facility at Mashabim Air Base located between the towns of Dimona and Yerucham. The base will fall under the umbrella of US European Command (EUCOM) headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

Plans for the new US Air Force base began under former US president Barack Obama, and transitioned to formation under President Donald Trump.

According to the Times of Israel:

Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovitch, head of the IAFs Aerial Defense Command, announced the establishment of the installation on Monday evening.

Its nothing short of historic, he said. It demonstrates the years-old alliance between the United States and the State of Israel.

Already, we have seen Israeli PM Benjamin Bibi Netanyahu threaten Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding I...


Seminole Tribe secures emergency declaration in response to Hurricane Irma Indianz.Com News

The Seminole Tribe is slowly getting back to normal after its communities were hit by Hurricane Irma.

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Chris Feliciano Arnold: Indigenous people again at risk with mining rush in Brazil Indianz.Com News

Commercial mining threatens decades of progress on environmental protection and indigenous rights in the Amazon, author Chris Feliciano Arnold writes in The New York Times.


Today in OpenGov: A chilling trend for state and local FOI laws Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's look at open government news, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn continue to struggle amid scrutiny over their Russian ties, we look at the good that can be created with neighborhood level data, the drum continues to beat for improved disclosure of online political ads, and much more. 


Former advisors to President Trump Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn. Image via
  • The U.S. government had an on-and-off wiretap on Paul Manafort for years. "US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe." Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown report that "a secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014." (CNN)
  • Michael Flynn's family launches legal defense fund. "The family of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has set up a legal defense fund for him, soliciting donations to ease the 'tremendous financial burden' from the ongoing investigations into his actions and the 2016 presidential campaign." (POLITICO)
  • Government charges at Trump properties raise new emoluments questions. "The White Houses National Security Council paid $1,092 in March for a two-night stay at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, according todocuments obtained through a public records request by [the watchdog group] Property of the People. Also in March, the Sta...


The evolution of our approach to Tactical Data Engagement Blog Sunlight Foundation

Sunlight officially released A Guide to Tactical Data Engagement today, our new resource designed to help city leaders and residents collaborate on improving the social impact of open government data. The guide builds on a strong foundation of ideas as well as feedback from city staff and community partners across the country. That community and their feedback helped shape this new edition of the guide.


New Yorker features Meskwaki word-songs performed by poet Ray Young Bear Indianz.Com News

Poet and novelist Ray Young Bear, a citizen of the Meskwaki Tribe, has published two word-songs in The New Yorker.


Introducing A Guide to Tactical Data Engagement Blog Sunlight Foundation

Your city is already working to make public data available online. Now, how can city leaders and residents work together to put that data into use?

A Guide to Tactical Data Engagement is a brand new resource released today designed to help city leaders and residents collaborate on increasing the social impact of open government data. Based on the core concepts of human-centered design and tactical urbanism, this approach challenges city halls to make open data programs more transparent, accountable, and participatory by actively helping residents use open government data to improve their communities.

The new guide outlines a four-step process to help readers complete a resident-informed project, product, or tool that addresses a specific community need:

  • Find a focus area by observing the community
  • Refine use cases by interviewing stakeholders
  • Design a plan by coordin...


Failing Charter Schools Have a Reincarnation Plan Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

This past June, Floridas top education agency delivered a failing grade to the Orange Park Performing Arts Academy in suburban Jacksonville for the second year in a row. It designated the charter school for kindergarten through fifth grade as the worst public school in Clay County, and one of the lowest performing in the state.

Two-thirds of the academys students failed the state exams last year, and only a third of them were making any academic progress at all. The school had had four principals in three years, and teacher turnover was high, too.

My fourth grader was learning stuff that my second grader was learning it shouldn't be that way, said Tanya Bullard, who moved her three daughters from the arts academy this past summer to a traditional public school. The school has completely failed me and my children.

The district terminated the academys charter contract. Surprisingly, Orange Park didnt shut down and even found a way to stay on the public dime. It reopened last month as a private school charging $5,000 a year, below the $5,886 maximum that low-income students receive to attend the school of their choice under a state voucher program. Academy officials expect all of its students to pay tuition with the publicly backed coupons.

Reverend Alesia Ford-Burse, an African Methodist Episcopal pastor who founded the academy, told ProPublica that the school deserves a second chance, because families love its dance and art lessons, which they otherwise couldnt afford. Kids are saying, F or not, were staying, she said.

While its widely known that private schools convert to charter status to take advantage of public dollars, more schools are now heading in the opposite direction. As voucher programs across the country proliferate, shuttered charter schools, like the Orange Park Performing Arts Academy, have begun to privatize in order to stay open with state assistance.

A ProPublica nationwide review found that at least 16 failing or struggling charter schools in five states Florida, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia have gone private with the help of publicly funded voucher programs, including 13 since 2010. Four of them specialize in the arts, including Orange Park, and five serve students with special needs.

The voucher just is a pass through in order to provide additional funding for private schools to thrive and to continue to work, said Addison Davis, superintendent of schools in Clay County. Changing a schools status isnt going to stop the process where we continue to see kids who are declining academically and not being able t...


Secretary of Health and Human Services continues outreach in Indian Country Indianz.Com News

The new leader of the Department of Health and Human Services is in Oklahoma this week to meet with tribes and learn more about their health care efforts.


Mark Trahant: Another Republican health care bill fails to help Indian Country Indianz.Com News

Lets be clear about the latest Republican plan: It would drain resources away from the Indian health system.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules hearing on human trafficking Indianz.Com News

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on September 27 to focus on human trafficking of Native Americans.


Chitimacha Tribe signed treaty with France at New Orleans nearly 300 years ago Indianz.Com News

The Chitimacha Tribe is approaching a key milestone in its dealings with foreign nations.

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Today in OpenGov: Sunshine laws under pressure in state legislatures Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's edition, we wrap up a busy weekend in the open government world with the latest intersections between President Trump's businesses and his official duties, another attempt by Congress to block public knowledge into its correspondence with federal agencies, lessons in tactical urbanism on PARK(ing) Day, and much more. 

Before you jump in, don't forget that tomorrow at 1:00 PM EST we'll be hosting a kickoff discussion for  the Tactical Data Engagement guide. The discussion will feature speakers from Sunlight, Reboot, the city of Madison, Wisconsin, and more. Register for the webinar here

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PARK(ing) Day 2013. Image Credit: Aimee Custis
  • FOI laws are under pressure in state houses across the United States. "Lawmakers across the country introduced and debated dozens of bills during this years legislative sessions that would close or limit public access to a wide range of government records and meetings, according to a review by The Associated Press and numerous state press associations. Most of those proposals did not become law, but freedom-of-information advocates in some states said they were struck by the number of bills they believed would harm the public interest, and they are bracing for more fights next year." (Associated Press)
  • Seattle, Washington looks to tech to help its aging population. "The city will host a hackathon dubbed A City for All, which begins Sept. 22 and spans three days. The event will include technologists, of course, as well as input from national accessibility experts and the release of new data sets that provide insights into how Seattle supports residents as they age." (...

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Saturday, 16 September


On PARK(ing) Day, five things open data advocates can learn from tactical urbanism Blog Sunlight Foundation

A family plays Connect Four at Convert Capitol Avenue Week in downtown Lansing, MI. Photo by Michigan Municipal League via Flickr.

Today is PARK(ing) Day, the annual, global event where artists, designers, and residents transform parking spots into temporary public parks. The first PARK(ing) Day was in San Francisco in 2005, when Rebar came up with the idea. In the decade since, nearly 1,000 parklets have been created in 162 cities in 25 different countries.

PARK(ing) Day and parklets are some of the original examples of what planners and neighborhood advocates call tactical urbanism, which applies flexible, short-term projects to advance long-term civic goals like street safety, public health, and economic activity. Tactical urbanisms emphasis on low-cost projects that can be easily changed ba...

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Friday, 15 September


Today in OpenGov: FEC to re-open public comment on online ads Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's look at open government news, we're looking for information on how cities use federal data, California pushes for presidential tax transparency, an important piece of open data legislation moves closer to becoming law, and much more. 


  • California legislature approves presidential tax transparency bill. "The California State Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would require all presidential candidates to release their tax returns prior to being placed on the states ballot. The bill, called the Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act, passed the state assembly on a 42-18 vote and will now head to the state Senate for a concurrence vote before being sent to the Governor for his signature." (The Hill)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement limits information about major program under Trump administration. ICE commonly asks local police to hold undocumented immigrants "after their sentences end so its agents can pick them up and deport them," reports Ana Campoy. According to "The Transactional Record Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, which gathers such information through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requestsuntil January ICE was giving it details about these people, including their criminal history and whether they were ultimately arrested or deported. All TRAC is getting now is the number of detainers requested." (Government Executive...

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Thursday, 14 September


Today in OpenGov: Is the best offense a good legal defense fund? Blog Sunlight Foundation

The city of Arlington, Texas is currently accepting comments on their draft open data policy. We encourage you to head over to their page on Madison, read the policy, and consider weighing in with your feedback. 

Once that's done, read on for all the day's open government news, including a highly questionable decision by the Office of Government Ethics, a nominee for the FEC, social media censorship in India, and much more.


  • Office of Government Ethics will allow lobbyists to anonymously contribute to legal defense funds. "The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has quietly reversed its own internal policy prohibiting anonymous donations from lobbyists to White House staffers who have legal defense funds. The little-noticed change could help President Donald Trumps aides raise the money they need to pay attorneys as the Russia probe expands but raises the potential for hidden conflicts of interest or other ethics trouble." (POLITICO) Our take? This is a dangerous decision that begs the question, when will Congress step up and exercise proper oversight of shady executive branch ethical actions?
  • In other OGE news, the office published results from its Trump Administration data call. You can read the full report here. Our biggest takeaway? There is no such thing as a...


Does your city rely on federal data? We want to know about it. Blog Sunlight Foundation

Tom Schenk, Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, at the UIC Electronic Visualization Laboratory. Photo by Daniel X. ONeil via Flickr.

Cities increasingly rely on data to make public policy decisions based on empirical evidence, and thats a good thing. Its not just city-level data that they use, however. Many cities rely on data from the federal government to gain a more comprehensive understanding their residents needs.

Despite these benefits, the federal governments commitment to open government data is uncertain under the Trump administration. That means there is a critical and timely need to document just how important federal government data is to city halls across the country.

If you work in a city hall and use federal datasets, we want to hear from you. We are conducting...

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