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Kurds confirmed the reinforcements. In a statement on the 20th, the Peoples Defense/Protection Units (YPG) spokesman Nuri Mahmud said in a statement, "The Syrian government responded to the invitation, answered the call of duty and sent military units today, 20 February, to take up positions on the borders, and participate in defending the territorial unity of Syria and its borders."
So, Im supposed to have my second infusion today. Ive been pushed back so far, Im back to the beginning again, so its eight cycles, not seven. The I hope is because I have to be in same day surgery first, to have Grimhild irrigated, and I got a feelingwell, if I am imprisoned again, Ill be prepared. Ill have my artwork, packed duffel, Hekate (spare computer), and I found and dusted off one of my little stealth cameras, my coolpix, um, I think it might be an S1 or summat. So, hopefully Ill have everything I needJust In Case.
Anyroad, I wont be around all day, because I probably wont get out of chemo until around 4pm, and if its possible, and if I dont feel like death, were gonna Black Panther!
An unarmed Overland Park, Kansas teenager and beloved high school sports star was killed by police when after his girlfriend called 911 to tell them he may have been suicidal.
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1: Unbelieving, heretical.
2: Depraved, villainous.
1: Infidel, Heretic.
2: One who behaves criminally or viciously.
[Origin: Middle English miscreaunt, from Anglo-French mescreant, present participle of mescreire to disbelieve, from mes + creire to believe, from Latin credere.]
Concatenate, adjective: linked together.
Transitive verb -nated; -nating: to link together in a series or chain.
[Origin: Middle English, from Late Latin concatenatus, past participle of concatenare to link together, from Latin con- + catena chain.]
Onomastic, adjective: of, relating to, or consisting of a name or names.
[Origin: Greek onomastikos, from onomazein to name, from onoma name.]
Miscreant & Concatenation:
It hadnt surprised him one bit. Joss had always known that objects large and small have secret, vicious lives of their own. He could perhaps make an exception for pieces of fishing tackle that had never taken him on in the living memory of the Brittany fleet; but otherwise the world of things was manifestly focused on making mans life sheer misery. The merest slip of a hand can give a supposedly inanimate object enough freedom of movement to set off a chain of catastrophes which may peak at any point on the Murphy Scale, from Damn Nuisance to Bloody Tragedy. Corks provide a simple illustration of the basic pattern, viz. a wine cork dropped from the table never rolls back to nestle at the boot of whoever let it slip. Oh no, its evil mind always elects to reside behind the stove, like a spider looking for inaccessible sanctuary. The errant cork thus plunges its hereditary hunter, Humankind, into a trial of strength. He has to move the stove and the gas connection out of the wall; he bends down to seize the miscreant bung and a pot falls off the hob and scalds his head. But this mornings case arose from a more complex concatenation. It had begun with the tiniest error in Josss calculation of the trajectory required to toss a used coffee filter paper into the trash. It landed just off target; the flip-top lurched sideways then swung back and scattered wet coffee grounds all around the kitchen floor. T...
(INTERCEPT) In the wake of last weeks indictments alleging that 13 Russian nationals and entities created fake social media accounts and sponsored political events to sow political discord in the U.S., something of a consensus has arisen in the political and media class (with some notable exceptions) that these actions not only constitute an act of war against the U.S., but one so 
In less than a week after a gunman massacred 17 at their school, teen survivors from Florida's Parkland High School have emerged as the gun control activists of our time, inspiring widespread support. Five of the teens began planning the "March for Our Lives" rally, to take place in Washington DC on March 24, and put up a website, and already have $2 in donations from 4 celebrity sources.
Look. When this guy thinks maybe biohacking has gone too far, you know biohacking has gone too far.
Zayner is no stranger to stunts in biohackingloosely defined as experiments, often on the self, that take place outside of traditional lab spaces. You might say he invented their latest incarnation: Hes sterilized his body to transplant his entire microbiome in front of a reporter. Hes squabbled with the FDA about selling a kit to make glow-in-the-dark beer. Hes extensively documented attempts to genetically engineer the color of his skin. And most notoriously, he injected his arm with DNA encoding for CRISPR that could theoretically enhance his musclesin between taking swigs of Scotch at a live-streamed event during an October conference. (Experts sayand even Zayner himself in the live-stream concededits unlikely to work.)
Josiah Zayner has done lots of stupid stunts. Now he calls himself a social activist, which apparently in his mind means someone who does irresponsible and ineffective stunts to provoke the public to be similarly irresponsible. Now hes waking up, a little bit, to what hes been doing.
I didnt realize what my actions could result in. Im just starting to come to grips with that.
Biology is really, really complicated, minor changes can have radical consequences, and we dont understand 90% of it. OK, 95%. Maybe 99%. When peoples lives are at stake, you poke at it very, very cautiously, because you dont know what kind of cascading systems failure youre going to trigger. The system does exhibit a lot of resilience that helps maintain equilibrium, which means these showboats can play games that mostly do nothing, giving the misleading idea that theyre harmless, but all it takes is one accident to set everyone back. Responsibility is an important concept in science.
It happens every time. A terrible event happens, and despicable conspiracy theorists/propaganda agents respond by spreading terrible lies. Its happening right now with the survivors of the Parkland shooting, a concerted effort to discredit anyone who criticizes the status quo by lying about the event.
Some students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School immediately took to social media calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to do something about guns and calling out commentators like Foxs Tomi Lahren for saying now wasnt the time to talk about guns. David Hogg, a student journalist who interviewed students on lockdown during the shooting, made several TV appearances demanding leaders take action. Another student, Emma Gonzalez, called out the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the legislators who do its bidding. Melissa Falkowski, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, went on CNN calling on Congress to do more to to end gun violence, to keep our kids safe. Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed, screamed at President Trump on CNN to do something. Student survivors are organizing a march on Washington D.C..
And now, Parkland survivors are targets for fake news campaigns, conspiracy theories, harassment and doxxing. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has already suggested that the entire shooting is a false flag, which implies that all of the survivors are actors in an elaborate hoax. As survivors speak up, there are already attempts to attack and discredit them individually.
There are tells that let you know these sources are lying to you. These words are dead giveaways: False flag and Crisis actor. You see someone babbling about that, theyre simply awful, dishonest, crazy people. Another giveaway is when they start piecing together photos of the victims or the crime scene and try to match them to other photos theyve crudely googled to pretend that the actual victims were actually in Hawaii or something, when all theyve demonstrated is that people resemble other people. Just shut them down.
There are some people/sources that have negative credibility.
Fox & Friends
Anyone with the last name Trump
And many more. One additional problem, though, is that Twitter has become the perfect propaganda machine anyone can manipulate it to automate broadcasting thousands of tweets promoting the lies invented by other disinformation agents, masking their origin and making sound like they have a broad base of support.
Five years ago, I reported that Ex-federal officials belonging to virtually every alphabet soup agency are continuing to early retire and bug out from their present location. They know what is coming. I am getting reports that these defections and bug-outs are increasing exponentially, Man in FEMA and DHS fear that the United States will soon be exposed to a series of chemical, biological and nuclear attacks. Trump is still president and the number of people awakening is frightening.
Deep State propaganda is failing. CNN isnt even used as a night-light anymore. The Deep State must do something.
The ground swell of Trump-led populism will not be tolerated by the criminal elite. Before they forfeit their free trade agreements and the benefits enjoyed by their multi-national corporations, due to illegal immigration, they will fight back against the rising tide of global defiance from the people. Their Trump card (pun intended) is to unleash mass genocide against the people in the form of a chemical/biological/nuclear (CBN). Then the perpetrators will blame ISIS, or more likely North Korea and World War III will be started.
Even many Silicon Valley is bugging out (New Zealand).The reports I am getting oabout the prominent and the Alphabet Soup people leaving are dramatically increasing.
Over 5 years ago, I reported that recently retired officials from FEMA/DHS are relocating to the rolling hill areas, in the Southeast. Their enclave contains resources consisting of air, water, food and guns. These enclaves also include underground structures which are sensibly self-contained and can serve to isolate the inhabitants from the outside. I have two sources on this information which includes a family member and a retired FEMA official who has chosen not to participate in this relocation. The nonparticipant ex-official from FEMA did not seek sanctuary with these g...
Friday 26 July 2019
Registration and welcoming reception and poster set up.
Saturday 27 July 2019
Oral session and Poster session
Sunday 28 July 2019
Monday 29 July 2019
One day and/or half day trips to Volvox-field collection/algal culture collection at NIES etc. (not determined).
This is all I know at this point, but I will keep you posted.
Previous meetings have been at Biosphere 2 outside Tucson, Arizona; University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick; Cambridge University in Cambridge, U.K.; and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. This meeting will represent the third continent and the fourth country for the current series of Volvox meetings, which began in 2011.
Antony Sutton, Skull&Bones, bankrolling the enemy
by Jon Rappoport
February 21, 2018
When you see the same elites funding, encouraging, and enabling both sides in a major war, youre on the road to understanding war from a higher perspective. These elites use war to create chaos, which they then solve by imposing, in the aftermath, their kind of ordergreater control over life, greater control over institutions of government. They call this operation peace. But its really the shrinking of freedom. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
The prodigious author and researcher, Antony Sutton (1925-2002), wrote about hidden men behind momentous events.
I recently came across a 1999 interview with Sutton, conducted by Kris Millegan, researcher and head of TrineDay publishers.
Millegan wrote about Antony Sutton in 1999: Antony C. Sutton, 74, has been persecuted but never prosecuted for his research and subsequent publishing of his findings. His mainstream career was shattered by his devotion towards uncovering the truth. In 1968, his Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development was published by The Hoover Institute at Stanford University. Sutton showed how the Soviet states technological and manufacturing base, which was then engaged in supplying the North Vietnamese the armaments and supplies to kill and wound American soldiers, was built by US firms and mostly paid for by the US taxpayers. From their largest steel and iron plant, to automobile manufacturing equipment, to precision ball-bearings and computers, basically the majority of the Soviets large industrial enterprises had been built with the United States help or technical assistance.
Then, someone sent Antony a membership list of Skull and Bones and a picture jumped out. And what a picture! A multigenerational foreign-based secret society with fingers in all kinds of pies and roots going back to Illuminati influences in 1830s Germany.
Here are excerpts from the 1999 interview:
Millegan Can you tell the story of how you learned of Skull & Bones? And how you felt?
Sutton I knew nothing of S&B until I received a letter in the early 80s asking if I would like to look at a genuine membership list. For no real reason I said yes. It was agreed to send the package by Federal Express and I could keep it for 24 hours, it had to be returned to the safe. It was a black bag job by a family member disgusted with their activities.
For the benefit of any S&B members who may read and doubt the statement; the membership list is in two volumes, black leather bound. Living members and deceased members in separate volumes. Very handsome books.
I spent all night in Kinkos, Santa Cruz, co...
Minneapolis, MN On Tuesday, February 20, a Hennepin County jury found Minneapolis Police Officer Efrem Hamilton not guilty on multiple felony charges for shooting at a car occupied by six young adults. Hamilton was charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless discharge of a weapon, and felony discharge of firearm after a November 19, 2016 incident in which he shot his 9mm gun at a car in downtown Minneapolis.
Jurors deliberated for two days and came to the conclusion that Hamilton was not guilty on all charges levied against him. The trial lasted a few weeks and at times featured a tense courtroom with one of the victims parents being kicked out of the proceedings, testimony from an ex-cop cited in recent excessive force cases, and Hamilton himself taking the stand.
I write that at age 48 after observing young people lately interact with the world created by supposedly responsible voting-age adults. Read the rest
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Last week, Lawrence Tribe suggested, without evidence, that a plane crash in Russia was related to fallout from the Russian dossier operation orchestrated and funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign. Tribe is a Harvard Law professor, a passionate critic of President Donald Trump, and a known Russia conspiracy theorist. So it should have been surprising that the same day he was tweeting out plane crash conspiracy theories, he also argued in a facially absurd op-ed in The New York Times that Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., should be charged with obstruction of justice no, really for performing congressional oversight of the FBI.
Then again, it was only last May that The New York Times published another Russia conspiracy theorist named Louise Mensch talking about Russian hacking. Yes, the same Louise Mensch who believes that the Marshal of the Supreme Court told Trump about his impeachment and that Steve Bannon faces the death penalty for espionage. (Forget it, shes rolling.)
When it comes to the Russia-Trump collusion theory, a bit more journalistic rigor is in order. One of the most enthusiastic promulgators of a Russia-Trump collusion theory is Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member on Nunes House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. For more than a year, Schiff has been hopping around all the TV stations claiming, without benefit of specifics, the existence of a vast conspiracy between Trump and Russia.
Leaks from his committee that advance this theory frequently get published,...
The most breathtaking aspect of special counsel Robert Muellers indictment of 13 Russian nationals is not the charges against the defendants, but how perfectly those charges describe the machinations of the Russiagate Players.
By Russiagate Players, I refer to the relevant Hillary Clinton campaign officials and allies, Obama administration principals and holdovers in the law enforcement, national security and foreign policy apparatuses, Fusion GPS players and the journalists apparently in cahoots with them, who all helped create and disseminate the fast-collapsing Trump-Russia collusion narrative.
In spite of the media spin on the indictment, the primary actions of the Internet Research Agency that employed these 13 Russians can best be described as follows: Russian nationals fraudulently funded and created social media accounts and hosted or supported rallies to propagate varying political messages favorable to varying candidates and constituencies at different points during and after the 2016 election. The indictment details the Russian conspirators at one time or another supporting a total of four candidates, including Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Jill Stein. It details the Russian conspirators backing issues at one time or another ranging from Black Lives Matter to immigration limits.
Thus, while the major headline was the indictments calling out of the conspirators operations supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trumpand disparaging Hillary Clinton, and adds that some of the defendants communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign, this is an unfair characterization of the full indictments descriptions. It is at the very least interesting that Mueller makes this specific assertion given the details in the indictment.
More accurately, based on the substance of the entire document, the indictment describes the defendants as having knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with other persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of government through fraud and deceit for the purposes of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016.
The ultimate strategic goal [was] to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Set aside for a second the fact that there is almost nothing to indicate these efforts changed the...
Why doesnt anyone investigate the toxic effects of todays bureaucrat-run mega-schools in the wake of a school shooting? Its high time we place a share of the blame there.
Apologists for these noxious systems continue to shift blame for their failures using the media, various left-wing lobbies, and the kids themselves as programmed mouthpieces for statist agendas like gun control. Meanwhile, they keep feeding the beast by mass institutionalizing kids.
The correlation between public school environments and the deteriorating mental health of children has been intensifying for decades. We ought to consider how these settings serve as incubators for the social alienation that can fuel such horrors.
First, consider how common it is for a public high school today to house thousands of teenagers for most of their waking hours for four solid years. (More than 3,000 students attend the Florida school where the most recent shooting took place.) During their time in that maze, kids learn to socialize, basically by finding their place in a schools hierarchy of cliques.
This sort of pecking order dynamic tends to breed resentment, status anxiety, and social dysfunction. Combine that with the toxic effects of social media and family breakdown, and youve got a deadly brew. Public schooling is increasingly unhealthy for kids emotional stability. Let us count the ways.
Back in 1929-30, there were about 248,000 public schools in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. How many today? Far less than half. By 2013-14, the number had shrunk to 98,000.
When you consider that the U.S. population nearly tripled in that timeframe, theres no question this factory model of schooling has grown exponentially. The numbers speak to the intense bureaucratization of a public school system that is becoming more centralized with less local control, packing ever-larger numbers of students in one place.
The natural effect is an emotional malaise that fuels a sense of confusion and detachment. I believe the sociologist Emile Durkheim coined the term anomie to describe this sense of isolation. Even the physical architecture of public schools is getting more estranging. They tend to be larger and more looming, almost blade-runner-like in their effect of shrinking and sequestering individuals to irrelevance.
Theres already much to be anxious about in those settings: the intensity of testing, the long days, the labelling, the constant socialand now, politicalexpect...
Transgender boy wins right to transition before college read the headlines last week after Hamilton County (OH) Juvenile Court Judge Sylvia Hendon awarded custody of a 17-year-old female (identifying as a transgender boy) to her grandparents.
To understand what is at stake in this complicated case, some background is in order. (While the case proceedings are not fully available, the judges February 16, 2018 decision is available here and provides some factual context, although the timeline is not completely clear from the courts order.)
In 2016, the teen apparently was suffering from anxiety and depression severe enough that her parents sought inpatient treatment for her at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center. Cincinnati Childrens, which boasts of its status as a leading center for the treatment of transgender youth, subsequently diagnosed the teen with gender dysphoria.
Up until the summer of 2016, the court noted, the child had lived consistent with the assigned gender at birth (female). After beginning care with Cincinnati Childrens, the child was diagnosed as transgender and within months the hospital recommended the teen begin hormone treatment. (Given that the teen was 16 at the time, the recommended hormones were likely cross-sex hormones, which would sterilize the child.)
By early 2017, family relations had frayed. The parents sought Christian counseling for the teen, who resisted and called a crisis hotline alleging, according to news reports, that one parent had told the teen to commit suicide. On February 8, 2017, the Hamilton County Department of Jobs and Family Services (HCJFS) sought interim custody of the teen but the parties agreed instead to allow the teen to continue living with the childs maternal grandparents and to continue receiving therapy from Cincinnati Childrens.
By April 2017, according to the court, the situation had deteriorated and HCJFS obtained temporary custody of the teen. The parents, grandparents, and county agreed to work towards a permanency goal in which the teen would be under the grandparents care.
But with the teen under the countys interim custody, Cincinnati Childrens stepped up pressure to begin hormonal therapy to affirm the girls masculine gender identity. The county filed case plans with the court stating that the hospital would like to begin hormone therapy with the child pursuant to a treatment plan for the diagnosis of gender dysphoria.
The parents objected an...
By Aaron Kesel Former CIA director James Woolsey has admitted the U.S. interferes in foreign elections for a very good cause. In an interview on...
I have been living in Bangkok for nearly half a decade now, but I was raised in America, and I too am watching the extensive back and forth between gun rights supporters and those pushing for strict gun control in the wake of the Florida school shooting.
In my extensive world travels, I have made a number of observations in countries that have gun control that might add something of value to the ongoing debate in the U.S. I will begin with my present home, Bangkok. We have one of the most effective gun control systems on Earth in Thailand almost nobody can afford them. Most Thai people do not have enough disposable income to afford a handgun or a rifle. So, nowadays, the bad guys use bombs.
On Sunday, February 1, 2015, I was sitting at Bangkoks luxurious Siam Paragon shopping mall. As my friends were chatting away, I heard a strange loud thud, and felt a slight rotation that I had never felt before. What was that? I asked. Thunder, my friend replied.
No, I said. And then, just as I looked over my right shoulder, I saw the second bomb go off. I had front row seats to a terrorist bombing, and I watched everyone in the plaza run for their lives. It turned out that I had walked within inches of the bombs only minutes before they went off.
And this was not to be my last close call. Six months later, on August 15, 2015, my bus crept past the Erawan Shrine in Bangkoks downtown rush hour traffic. Once we got a few blocks away, I heard the bus backfire. Well, Bangkoks buses are nearly fifty years old so I thought nothing of it until I got home. Suddenly, my telephone rang. One of my translators was on the other end. She asked if I was okay. I said yes.
And thats when I got the news: Terrorist bombing. Narrowly missed me. Twenty dead. One hundred and twenty-five wounded. The Erawan Shrine and downtown Bangkok devastated. Days later, I was able to determine that my bus was one of the last to clear that shrine before the bomb went off. Had we been just one stop light later, the death toll might have been about 70 people more.
So, thats been the result of gun control in Thailand. People normally resort to bombs here, but it is also not uncommon to hear of rural citizens building their own basic guns from scratch. So much for gun control in Thailand.
The Middle East is not far from here and I have been through several of those countries. Over there, they also seem to like bombs. Only their bombs are much bigger than those in Thailand. Sometimes they even use cars or, when all of that is in short supply, they might use a good old-fashioned sword, or even throw you off a roof if youre really unlucky.
England is not all that far from there and Ive been there, too. They have strict gun control in England. So instead of guns, they use acid. England had a record last year, pushing nearly 450 acid attacks, most of which were in London alone. One...
The Food and Drug Administration chairman, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, took aim at the increasing use of e-cigarettes among minors in the United states on Twitter last week. Heres what he had to say.
The troubling reality is that e-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. Preventing youth from initiating the use of any tobacco product, including e-cigs, is critical. More on FDA and @CDCgov findings: https://t.co/bFNA2mubRD
Scott Gottlieb, M.D. (@SGottliebFDA) February 15, 2018
Protecting future generations from all nicotine-containing products remains a top priority. #FDAs efforts seek to restrict youth access, limit youth appeal. Weve also expanded public education efforts to include messaging re: dangers of youth use of e-cigarettes.
Scott Gottlieb, M.D. (@SGottliebFDA) February 15, 2018
A few things stand out here. First, as many people noticed, e-cigs currently sold in the United States do not contain any tobacco. Its possible that Gottlieb was referring to a new generation Heat Not Burn technology that does use actual tobacco in creating a vapor without combustion. IQOS, the worlds most popular product using this technology is currently under review by the FDA, which is considering an application from Phillip Morris International, to sell the product in the United Sates. Traditional e-cigs though, do not contain any form of tobacco.
Gottlieb seems to be suggesting the 17 percent of young people who believe e-cigs are a safer alternative to combustible cigarettes are wrong, but nothing could be further from the truth. There is no scientific doubt that e-cigs absolutely are a dramatically safer product than traditional cigarettes. It is actually quite a damning statistic for the FDA, which has fought tooth and nail to keep the truth about e-cigs from the American people.
In a recent policy statement the American Cancer Society (hardly a bosom buddy of big tobacco) had this to say: Some smokers, despite firm clinician advice, will not attempt to quit smoking cigarettes and will not use FDA approved cessation mediations. These individuals should be encouraged to switch to th...
Chris Rock has a new Netflix special, as all self-respecting comedians do these days. Its called Tamborine, the point being that sometimes you play lead vocals in a band, sometimes tambourine. Whichever you have to play, do it well.
Surely, thats a family values message. Well, maybe. But this is his confessional tour. Hes busy telling you he screwed up and cheated on his wife, who divorced him, and now raising the kids is hard. The last act of the show is him bragging about how good he has it in the trying circumstances of a millionaires divorce, as women throw themselves at him so hard, so fast, hes embarrassed. I guess it is hard, but I wouldnt know, and neither would anyone else watching this show.
The millionaire lifestyle and its problems have caught up to Rock, and its hard to find what he might have in common with people who play tambourine to his lead vocals. He was a poor kid and then a struggling artist a long time ago. Tamborine was released just after his 53rd birthday. Hes been rich and famous half his life and is still trying to drum up sympathy for laughs.
This is bad news for America. Before Dave Chappelle emerged, Rock was the big hope in stand-up comedy. His three-hour HBO specials, Bring The Pain (1996), Bigger and Blacker (1999), and Never Scared (2004) were the best stand-up had to offer at the time. He offered racial reconciliation and was always arguing on the American side despite admitting all Americas faults. Thanks to his background, he was there to prove you can make it in America and that, if you do, you owe it to others to help them, too.
Theres not much of that left. Since Barack Obamas election to the presidency, Rock has betrayed his previous all-American reputation and turned into uglier and uglier partisanship. He sounds pretty embarrassing now. Hell tell you, if you care to listen, that Donald Trump might be a good thing in a way. After all, George W. Bush was so bad he gave us Obama! Trump is so much worse: Hell give us Jesus! This coming from a guy who can never for a second countenance the thought that maybe Obama was so bad he gave us Trump.
Netflix doesnt make for communityit makes money out of convincing young Americans to abandon any community and retreat into their apartments. Its more self-righteous products make money by stirring national hatred as much as any partisan media outlet. Rock is a businessman doing likewise. Maybe its nice work if you can get it. But its not moral, and its below the dignity of any American artist.
This is not to say that Rock has lost his touch entirely. He still has a capacity to tell liberal audiences things they dont want to hear, in this case about religion and violence. Lets start with God. Rock says religion is like salta bit of salt makes for great eating, but too much will spoil everything....
Six months ago, parents throughout the country expressed outrage upon learning that a California school taught kindergarteners boys could become girls and girls could become boys. This school did so without notifying the childrens parents or allowing the parents to opt their children out of these transgender classroom discussions.
Earlier this year, the Indiana Senate took steps to prevent a similar scenario from playing out in the Hoosier state by passing Senate Bill 65. Passed by a 37-12 majority, Senate Bill 65 would have required schools to let parents inspect all instruction materials used for instruction on human sexuality, including sexual activity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Additionally, the bill would have required schools to obtain signed parental consent before providing a student with instruction on human sexuality, including sexual activity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
But yesterday the House Education Committee sold out parental rights to LBGT activists by gutting Senate Bill 65 before voting it out of committee 8-5. Mondays vote came less than a week after the committee took testimony on the bill, hearing from speakers such as 17-year-old Sarah Russell. Russell, a high school senior, told the committee her speech class included instruction on gender-neutral pronouns that sought to teach students that you can change your sex and thats normal. She added that her parents were not informed of this material before [she] took the class and were shocked to see it in [her] textbook.
Among others, Purdue University education professor Tara Johnson argued to the contrary. She said Senate Bill 65 would silence opportunities to discuss the issues that lead to LGBTQ students being bullied. Of course, Senate Bill 65 leaves intact any school anti-bullying measures, and transgender students would be equally protected from harassment from their peers.
The education committee adjourned last week without voting on the bill. Their delay provided the American Civil Liberties Union and other LGBT activists the opportunity to pressure committee members to eviscerate the parental rights the law sought to protect.
Their efforts succeeded: On Monday, the House committee amended the Senate version, deleting the requirement that schools provide parents access to instruction materials related to sexual activity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The committee also removed the requirement that parents consent before their children receive instruction o...
The Los Angeles Times reports that from August 27 to September 27 last year, the University of California Berkeley spent $3.9 million on security at three different free-speech oriented events. The extra security was deemed necessary in the wake of previous events with controversial speakers, such as conservative pundit Ben Shapiros visit in February 2016, during which rioting broke out. Berkeley is not alone in needing to shell out more money for security when controversial speakers come to campus. Milo Yiannopoulos visit to the University of Washingtons Seattle campus in January 2017 clocked in at around $75,000 in security-related expenses.
As costs continue to mount, its easy to see why colleges are starting to give way on free speech issues in the name of financial expediency. While understandable, such a reaction is exactly what the explicit opponents of free speech hope to achieve. Colleges shouldnt give in to them.
The main front in the war on free speech is, without a doubt, on college campuses around the country. Driven by ideological fervor, many young students engage in various antics in efforts to prevent speakers they disagree with from talking. Such disruptions often take place under the guise of anti-fascism, but have been used against speakers ranging from Yiannopoulos, often associated with the alt-right, to mainstream academics like Charles Murray, and even Claire Guthrie Gastaaga, the director of the Virginia ACLU.
No platforming preventing someone from speaking by pressuring universities or causing chaos during the actual event is an integral part of the Antifa strategy, and it is talked about at length in Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, by Dartmouth lecturer Mark Bray. Bray counters arguments that disrupting speech of people like Anne Coulter and Yiannopoulos only benefits them by giving them more attention, by arguing that such attention is only gained in the short-term. Disrupting the speakers is important on its own to prevent the in-person organization of racists and fascists (a definition Bray uses very broadly in his book to include thing...
Darth Vader was seduced by the other side of the Force. Actually, it was the dark side, not the other side. Vader was seduced by a set of values in contradiction to what Jedi took for granted about the Force and its usage. Unless we dust off this most obvious of pointsthat conflict is the result of the conflict of valuesthen just what were all those space battles about? If we are not fighting over values, and moralizing about them, what is there exactly to fight and moralize over?
AEON magazine recently published The good guy/bad guy myth: Pop culture today is obsessed with the battle between good and evil. Traditional folktales never were. What changed? by Catherine Nichols. Nichols well-researched article says folk tales and ancient literature were more ambiguous in how characters and their intentions played out in the worlds of their making, whereas today there are largely two distinct teams of good guys and bad ones.
In old folktales, no one fights for values, Nichols writes, Individual stories might show the virtues of honesty or hospitality, but theres no agreement among folktales about which actions are good or bad. That is, except maybe the virtuous actions of honesty and hospitality.
Nichols uses a variety of stories to make her point, including everything from The Illiad to the latest Wonder Woman movie, then points out how often moralizing seeps into the way we perceive the stories we tell, even if there is no basis for it.
Stories from an oral tradition never have anything like a modern good guy or bad guy in them, despite their reputation for being moralizing. In this vein, Cinderella was beautiful merely to make the story work. In the tale of the Three Little Pigs, neither pigs nor wolf deploy tactics that the other side wouldnt stoop to. Its just a question of who gets dinner first, not good versus evil. Even Jack from Jack in the Beanstalk has no ethical justification for stealing the giants things, like his golden harp and golden goose.
Beyond her historical accounts, Nichols all but claims that such modern-day moralizing is essentially the very kind of propaganda that leads to dehumanization of the other and the zealotry to commit the same kinds of crimes one often accuses ones enemy of:
Good guy/bad guy narratives might not possess any moral sophistication, but they do promote social stability, and theyre useful for getting people to sign up for armies and fight in wars with other nations When we read, watch and tell stories of good guys warring against bad guys, we are essentially persuading ourselves that our opponents would not be fighting us, indeed they would not be on the other team at all, if they had any loyalty or valued human life. In short, we are rehears...
The recent unveiling of President Obamas presidential portrait has brought much criticism because of its untraditional style. But after having a look at every portrait of every president since the very beginning, I like President Obamas portrait. It is not only accurate, but refreshing, suitable for both the man and for the moment, in both negative and positive ways. In that sense, it achieves what we need art to be.
So before we criticize this new stuff, take a look at the old and familiar.
We know of George Washingtons portrait painted by Gilbert Stuart, titled the Lansdowne Portrait. It includes a number of symbols, including fasces (a symbol for authority), the original flag (in the head of the chair), pen and paper (symbols for rule of law), books labeled, American Revolution, Constitution and Laws of the United States, the Federalist Papers, and so on.
Washingtons pose depicts him renouncing a third term (an act that earned him praise from King George as the greatest man in the world). Dolley Madison and her servants rescued it from ruin by the British, and it hangs in the East Wing of the White House today. We do not look at this painting and think of him as a god or a monarch. We see him as a great man.
It is an accurate portrait. It tells a story both in its physical history as well as in its presentation, one that truthfully conveys who we know Washington to be. It also ensures (along with Mrs. Madisons efforts) that an image of our first chief executive is saved for posterity.
By Derrick Broze The New York Times is more than willing to point out the surveillance state in China and other nations; however, they remain...
Coleen Rowley is a former FBI special agent whose bravery as a whistleblower exposed many of the FBIs pre-9/11 failures. She was named one of Time magazines Persons of the Year in 2002. This week she talks with Jeff Schechtman about the recent shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Rowley accentuates two problems with the FBI. One, that local threats even in high schools are not the province of the FBI. It would, however, have been the bureaus job to make sure that local law enforcement was aware of the tips it received.
The second problem she identifies is that too much information is coming into the bureau. Ever since 9/11, and particularly since the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden, we know that giant sweeps of national security data are producing more information than the government can process, no matter how many analysts are employed. She claims that, at this moment, there may be over one hundred million names on a government watch list.
Rowleys biggest concern, though, is what she sees as the US culture of violence. More than 17 years of perpetual war has left Americans psychologically bruised, and this is putting their safety at risk.
In this weeks podcast she points out that military service is emerging as something that is significantly correlated with if not a cause of Americas dramatic increase in mass shootings. Nikolas Cruzs ROTC experience may be related to this very idea.
By Tom DeWeese Its in every community in the nation. We hear it talked about in county commission meetings and state legislatures. Its even used...
Last week, I shared my frustrations about how hard it is to find out about public meetings in my city. I was overwhelmed by how many people responded to the piece. Some shared similar concerns. Others offered their perspective on these challenges as government employees themselves. Today, I want to review this conversation about the surprising difficulty our towns face when it comes to the basic task of informing residents about public meetings, and talk about some concrete solutions based on everyones feedback.
1. Requirements to publish public meeting notices in the local paper are very outdated.
One comment I received on my article pointed out that most cities have a legal requirement to notify residents about meetings via the local paper:
I am a City Planner. I get asked all the time how to find out about meetings. My first answer is: the state requires us to advertise our meetings in a paper of general circulation. If you want to know about any of our meetings go to that paper and look at the public notices. This is the boring answer out of civics class but it is the real answer.
My city government is required to post notices of public meetings in the local paper. Thats problematic because its in a section no one reads, in a typeface and format that screams ignore this, and most importantly its printed in a media format that is dying.
My first reaction to this (and the reaction of several other commenters) was that this requirement is hopelessly outdated. I have never subscribed to a daily local newspaper in my life for a combination of reasons: its expensive, Ive moved a lot over the last few years (and mostly lived in urban apartments where it would be challenging to ensure that a paper actually got to me without being stolen or destroyed first) and I dont want to waste all that paper when I can just read news online anyway. I suspect many people (and not just young people like me either) are in the same boat. We are long past the decades when every household took a daily paper on their doorstep each morning.
Other commenters chimed in about the myriad of problems with only requiring that public meetings be posted in local newspapers:
My city government is required to post notices of public meetings/hearings/etc. in the local paper. That's problematic because it's in a section no one reads, in a typeface and format that screams "ignore this," and most...
By B.N. Frank Last month, CBSNews.com posted Cell Phones & Cancer: 8 Dumb Things to Boost Your Possible Cancer Risk #4 on their list: Going...
This article was written by Brandon Smith and published at Alt-Market.com.
Ever since the credit and equities crash of 2008, Americans have been bombarded relentlessly with the narrative that our economy is in recovery. For some people, simply hearing this ad nauseam is enough to stave off any concerns they may have for the economy. For some of us, however, its just not satisfactory. We need concrete data that actually supports the notion, and for years, we have seen none.
In fact, we have heard from officials at the Federal Reserve that the exact opposite is true. They have admitted that the so-called recovery has been fiat driven, and that there is a danger that when the Fed finally stops artificially propping up the economy with constant stimulus and near zero interest rates, the whole farce might come tumbling down.
For example, Richard Fisher, former head of the Dallas Federal Reserve, admitted a few years ago that the U.S. central bank has made its business the manipulation of the stock market to the upside:
What the Fed did and I was part of that group is we front-loaded a tremendous market rally, starting in 2009.Its sort of what I call the reverse Whimpy factor give me two hamburgers today for one tomorrow.
Im not surprised that almost every index you can look at was down significantly.
Fisher went on to hint at the impending danger (though his predicted drop is overly conservative in my view), saying: I was warning my colleagues, dont go wobbly if we have a 10-20% correction at some point. Everybody you talk to has been warning that these markets are heavily priced.
One might claim that this is simply one Fed members point of view. But it was recently revealed that in 2012, Jerome Powell made the same point in a Fed meeting, the minutes of which have only just now been released:
I have concerns about more purchases. As others have pointed out, the dealer community is now assuming close to a $4 trillion balance sheet and p...
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In the event that the entire economy collapses and food and become scarce, billionaires are looking for high-end places to hold out and await the new world order. Many billionaires are now preparing for the apocalypse, and their survival plans dont include anyone outside the global elites.
Peter Thiel, the billionaire behind PayPal, is among those tech giants who see New Zealand as a good place to go in the event of an apocalypse. New Zealand is seen as a particularly safe place for billionaires in the event of an apocalypse. In fact, Thiel has bought a $13.5 million 193-hectare section on the shores of Lake Wanaka, although the only building there at the moment is a barn (that can be seen).
According to the Mirror, plans show he is fitting a panic room in another property he owns in the country and he has been granted New Zealand citizenship in a streamlined process not available to normal (non-global elitists) members of the public. A rough and ready description of the attraction of New Zealand came last year in The New Yorker magazine, with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman suggesting the country had become shorthand for apocalypse insurance in Silicon Valley.
In 2011, Thiel declared hed found no other country that aligns more with my view of the future than New Zealand. The country is more relaxed in terms of government than many places, has ample drinking water, and some of the worlds cleanest air.
Saying youre buying a house in New Zealand is kind of a wink, wink, say no more, Hoffman said. Once youve done the Masonic handshake, theyll be, like: Oh,...
In 1987, police detectives whod later be made famous by David Simon, creator of The Wire used flimsy evidence to pin a burglary, rape and murder case on James Thompson and James Owens. They were both sentenced to life in prison. Then, 20 years later, DNA evidence cleared them of the rape and unraveled the states theory of the crime. But instead of exonerating the two men, prosecutors pushed them to plead guilty to the crime in exchange for immediate freedom.
What prosecutors offered was a controversial deal called an Alford plea. This little-known plea allows defendants to maintain their innocence while pleading guilty. Prosecutors pressure wrongly convicted defendants to take it by threatening to retry them, which could take months or even years. For the two Jameses, whod already spent decades behind bars for a crime they didnt commit, taking the plea meant they could walk out free men. But, in the eyes of the law, theyd still be convicted murderers. The plea had another catch it would prevent them from suing for wrongful imprisonment. For prosecutors, such deals keep wins on the books and let them avoid admitting any wrongdoing. But the deals also keep the cases closed, and the real culprits forgotten.
Last year, ProPublica investigated prosecutors use of Alford pleas and similar deals in cases of wrongful convictions and found they often cover up official misconduct. Finding these stories is especially difficult. No one tracks how often the wrongly convicted take Alford pleas. In Baltimore City and Baltimore County alone, weve found 10 cases since 1998 in which defendants with viable innocence claims ended up agreeing to a plea or a similar time-served deal. Watch the story of the two Jameses to see what happened after the Alford plea was offered in their cases.
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ANTIWAR.COM| Intense Syrian airstrikes and shelling against rebel-held parts of Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the capital city of Damascus, has inflicted the deadliest two-day casualties in the country in years, with an estimated 250 civilians killed in 48 hours, and another 1,200 estimated wounded.
Casualties have been mounting in Eastern Ghouta in recent weeks, as the Syrian militarys victories elsewhere have allowed them to focus anew on trying to expel the rebels from their last holding near the capital city.
Rebels have held much of Eastern Ghouta throughout the Syrian War, and while some of the frontier areas have been surrendered back to the military in evacuation deals, the key strongholds dont seem willing to countenance similar deals.
Eastern Ghouta is particularly important because the rebels within have used it as a staging area to attack the capital, most recently mortar fire against the city, but also at times outright infiltration through tunnels.
With the rebel-held parts of Eastern Ghouta all towns and cities, strikes against them have tended to cause large amounts of civilian casualties. This has been a recurring problem throughout Syria, with no one showing an ability to reliably target militants.
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After special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians for an intensive, elaborate effort to interfere with the 2016 elections, President Donald Trump reacted as he has before with bluster and bellicosity, at everyone but Russia.
This week on Trump, Inc., were exploring the presidents, well, persistent weirdness around Russia: Why has Trump been so quiet about Russia and its interference?
Glenn Simpson has a theory that one cannot understand the Russian collusion scandal without understanding Trumps business.
Simpson is the head of Fusion GPS, the investigative firm behind the now-famous Trump dossier. Before that, he was a Wall Street Journal reporter who specialized in the nexus of money, politics and international skullduggery. Simpson was hired, first by conservatives and then by Democrats, to dig into Trumps business record.
Simpson has been pilloried on the right as a tool of the Clinton campaign or worse. Hes been sued multiple times. But amid all the charges, few have followed the details of what Simpson concluded: After a string of Trump failures, disappointments and bankruptcies, Western financiers shut him off. Trump still needed money to fund his projects. Where did he get it? Simpson came to believe it came from Russia and Russian-connected sources. It came via golf courses, condos and other conduits.
The eventual result, Simpson suggests, is that Trump ended up beholden to those providing his businesses with alternative financing.
One note: The Trump Organization and White House declined to answer our questions for the podcast.
And remember, we want to hear from you: Were always eager for tips. We also want to hear your questions. What would you like to know about Trumps businesses? What confuses you?
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Writing on The Daily Stormer he argued, [Organizing] large rallies on public property, where we know there is going to be confrontation with antifa, are not a good idea.
And for everyone that declared that the Alt-Right should simply be ignored, on August 11th, as a small group of high school and college students were surrounded and beaten by hundreds of young men carrying tiki torches and throwing up Nazi salutes while local police looked on they got their wish. By the same time the next evening however, as word had spread across social media about the murder of Heather Heyer, thousands would be marching across the United States and the world in solidarity. Over the next several days, statues would be torn down, freeways blockaded, graffiti written, and Alt-Right trolls confronted and driven out of demonstrations. Finally, after months of antifascists being literally shot, stabbed, attacked, and railroaded on trumped up charges, millions of Americans were seeing what antifascists across the country had already been experiencing: the violence of a growing fascist movement operating largely with State and police impunity.
Soon, tens of thousands were mobilizing to confront Alt-Right events across the US. In Boston, over 40,000 people came out to shut down a rally organized by Kyle Based Stickman Chapman, the leader of one of the groups, the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (FOAK), who had attended Unite the Right. Weeks later in San Francisco and...
What is not said enough is that gun violence is a natural consequence of a society that solves its problems through violence and conquest abroad. A society that promises an American dream and never gives anything in return leaves a trail of despair. A society that defines success as profit off of others no doubt makes others into adversaries.
Ohio gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich and running mate Tara Samples held a rally to ban assault weapons in Cleveland on Saturday. The team is not waiting until they are elected to start making changes -- the campaign is providing a sample council resolution for any activists to download and share with their local city council members
It's sort of silly that it matters. The United States bombed North Korea flat with ordinary, non-bioweapons bombs. It ran out of standing structures to bomb. People lived in caves, if they lived. Millions died, most of them from regular old non-scandalous but mass-murderous bombs (including, of course, Napalm which melts people but doesn't give them exotic diseases).
Young people, full of potential, their futures before them, shot down... at school, supposedly a place for learning, growing, making friends, even falling in love. Why are mass shootings such a prominent feature of American life? Digging into and answering that question takes you to the foundation of American capitalist society and its bloody history of genocide, slavery, patriarchy, and American expansionism.
The new nuclear defense doctrine insanely advocates using "low-yield" nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear attacks, including cyber strikes. It increases the risk of nuclear war amid the tension created by NATO expansion and the U.S. forces continuing to fight in Syria despite the reconquest of ISIS-held territory. The danger is heightened by the fear mongering and hypocritical rhetoric of Russiagate.
In case anyone's forgotten, Russia is a nuclear power. Throwing around the phrase "act of war" is over-the-top insanity. It's a call for the transformation of some Facebook ads into burning cities and piles of body bags, all because an election didn't come out the way some people wanted and expected it to.
exist, and are even widely known, but the first things to get past are your own doubts and fears. It can be hard to step out of the box of orthodox, conventional, mainstream, allopathic Western Medicine, especially when faced with a serious illness like cancer. However, the prospect of facing surgery, radiation or chemo, each with its own set of toxic and even lethal side effects, is not appealing. Below is a summary of a variety of natural cancer cures; many are proven natural cancer treatments with a solid record of efficacy, while others are natural cancer remedies which are promising enough to consider.
Humanity has a very good idea of how to handle cancer for a long time its just the top natural cancer cures have been suppressed because there was no money in them (couldnt be patented by Big Pharma) and beca...
(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) Between a major regional confrontation on the horizon taking place in Syria between Israel, Syria, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the United States and a potential nuclear standoff with North Korea and China, it is no surprise that there are many newsworthy stories that continue to go unnoticed. One such story is what is currently taking place in Yemen, and 
With this column I am beginning an occasional series of what I will call "Short Takes." That is, instead of a lengthy column on a single theme, I will be offering a series of thoughts, briefly stated, on a variety of themes. In length, they will more often than not be like Tweets, but fully spelled out, which Tweets by myself and others often are not.
It seems today is yet another fucking special holiday, National Love Your Pet Day which is unofficial, thankfully. This mania needs to bloody stop. A very small sample:
I have had pets all my life. There has never been one godsdamn day I have not loved them and cared for them. Much like my feelings for V.D., my answer to such fucking nonsense is NO. What is this but yet another way companies have to push insanely overpriced goodies and treats, and to guilt you for being a rotten pet owner if you arent spending a ton on junk for them? NO. If you need a day to remind you to play with your pet, dig around in the treat drawer, go for a walk with them, or whatever, then you should not have a bloody pet in the first place. All responsible owners love their animals, they mean the world, and they would do anything for them already.
Besides this being a greedy capitalists wet dream, this is also yet another burden on all those people who have lost their beloved, no matter what type of animal. Back when I kept koi, I about collapsed when I lost my beautiful Guin when he was yet a babe, Id had him for 16 years. Whatever being it might be which captures a human heart, we already care. We dont need yet another stupid manufactured day. This sort of special day thing needs to die. In a fire.
End of the Line is an ongoing podcast about the pipeline struggles in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic. We feature the voices of those directly affected by the proposed infrastructure of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
Each episode of End of the Line examines an aspect of the local pipeline struggle, working our way from the very beginning to the issues at stake right now.
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In this first episode of 2018, the pipeline fight is entering a new phase. Tree cutting begins in Buckingham County, and MVP takes 300 landowners to court. Original air date: 2/16/18
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We would like to say this situation is representative of a bigger problem within the BOP. There was recent information that has emerged that shows that the way the BOP is handling the hiring freeze is to have nurses double as cops. To quote Nurse Hendricks I am a guard first and a nurse second, and THAT is the problem. In the medical field folks are asked to do no harm. Meanwhile they are asked to partake in the psychological torture that prison guards carry out and here is the kicker on the same people they are tasked to keep alive and healthy. One can not be in charge of the health of a person while at the same time the other aspect of their job is to dehumanize them.
Since I have been at FCI Florence I have seen some real cruelty and vileness at a level I didnt think was possible, ugliness that would make your skin crawl. No, it wasnt from the gangs or the drug dealers, it was from certain members of the Medical Team. Specifically R.N. Hendricks. Fuck R.N. Hendricks.
Imagine walking out of breakfast at 6:30 AM into the freezing cold mountain air. Once your feet step right outside you see someone wearing scrubs and a smile, and you assume this is a helpful caring person. You are sadly mistaken. Within seconds that person is in your face literally screaming SPREAD EM!, referring to your legs. This person will then proceed to pat you down so aggressively you would be forgiven for mistaking this pat down for an assault. That assault quickly becomes a Sexual Assault when she forcibly grabs your penis and balls, forces her hand between your ass cheeks, laughing horrifically, muttering to herself no one is getting past me today! This is what life is like for many men at FCI Florence.
You may be asking yourself why she is taking this so fucking personal, that is because she sees herself as a cop first, nurse second, so dont try to fuck with me!, to which one inmate replied that explains the quality of your health care. When an inmate tells her to keep her fucking hands off of his dick, her response is to quip: Well you shouldnt have come to prison!, before writing up that inmate for having the audacity to not want to be sexually assaulted. Is she looking for knives or escape tools you may ask? Is she doing it to p...
As we detailed a few weeks back, YouTube has become a platform for white supremacists, white nationalists, and neo-Nazis to promote themselves and recruit new members. YouTube claims on the it does not permit hate speech on its platform while allowing these videos to proliferate. YouTube has taken half-measures on this content, such as placing content warnings at the beginning and removing advertisements that run along side the videos, to appease the public while avoiding angering its racist content creators. We demand the full removal of this content immediately.
YouTube is giving a platform to several neo-Nazi groups that are active in the US, two with a known history of violent attacks:
The violent neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division has garnered significant media attention in recent weeks due to links with several murders. In December, Nicholas Giampa, a teenage neo-Nazi who praised Atomwaffen on social media, killed his girlfriends parents when they encouraged her to break off their relationship. Samuel Woodward, who murdered Blaze Bernstein in a brutal stabbing potentially because Bernstein was gay and Jewish, was a member of Atomwaffen.
Atomwaffens YouTube videos promote the group and document their racist flyering campaigns at college campuses. Each ends with the same call to action:
Source: Patheos Domestic Terrorism: Anti-abortion Christian extremist rams stolen bakery truck into Planned Parenthood clinic, injuring three. In a deliberate act of domestic terrorism, Marckles Alcius, 31, crashed a stolen bakery truck into a Planned Parenthood 
There is one point that should be very clear by now: Republicans do not act like people who are concerned about budget deficits. Given the opportunity, they pursue policies that increase budget deficits. This is not just true in the present; it was also true when George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan were in the White House.
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I was inspired by a recent conversation with a friend who works in encryption to write a gentle reminder that even those of us that arent really sure what private browsing does have the ability to set boundaries with our devices.
In movements like ours, we try to protect each other against reactionary forces like the state, right wingers and police we shorthand these practices to security culture. Smartphones, apps, and social media has changed the way we learn, radicalize and seek care. A reminder: the first android smartphone was released in 2008. The first iPhone was released in in 2007. We have not had much time to adjust to the consequences of carrying a surveillance device in our pockets, especially not a device that behaves so helpfully and addictively, most of the time.
I write this note in the spirit of care sometimes, phones are the most accessible tool to ask for help, to get emergency notifications, to connect with your friends and family. Dont let these introductions to digital security and data isolate you or stoke your feelings of paranoia. Rather, consider this an opportunity to reevaluate your relationship with social media and being constantly connected, and try and set some boundaries with the digital world that we carry around with us, check at stoplights, and stare at more than we stare at anything else.
If youre not technically-minded or dont want to get too deep into it but still want to protect your privacy, I strongly recommend the Data Detox from the tactical technology collective and Mozilla: https://datadetox.myshadow.org/detox
If you know your way around a bit more, the electronic frontier foundation has detailed surveillance self-defense kits: https://ssd.eff.org/
To get a quick glimpse into how much google knows about you, log in to your google account and visit myactivity.google.com. Do this for every google account that you have, any google account youve logged into on your phone. Take stock of your feedings, delete what you feel moved to, disable some services that you dont want or need.
Most people associate pho...
The U.S. Army has awarded its Medal of Heroism to three high school students who were shot dead during last weeks mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida.
Alaina Petty, Peter Wang, and Martin Duque were cadets in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program. The U.S. Military Academy at West Point posthumously admitted Wang, a 15-year-old student, who was shot and killed while holding the door open for other students and pushing them through, and awarded all three of them the medal.
The achievement must be an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding that it clearly sets the individual apart from fellow students or from other persons in similar circumstances, the Armys criteria for the medal reads. The performance must have involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage.
Wangs classmate Kelsey Friend told CNN, He died a gentleman holding the door for other students. Wang had a lifetime goal of getting into West Point.
It was an appropriate way for USMA to honor this brave young man, the academy said in a statement Tuesday. West Point has given posthumous offers of admissions in very rare instances for those candidates or potential candidates whose actions exemplified the tenets of duty honor and country.
Wang will reportedly be buried in his JROTC uniform with the medal pinned to him. His family will receive the award at his funeral service. Pettys family received her award at her service Monday. Duques family will receive his award at his funeral service on Saturday.
The 19-year-old gunman was also a member of the schools JROTC air-rifle marksmanship team before he was expelled last year, the Associate Press reports. Several members of the media have depicted the JROTC marksmanship team, which received a grant from the National Rifle Association, as a club that the gun lobby funded to train the suspected shooter, who killed 17 people last week.
The NRA donated $10,000 to help train the Parkland shooting suspect to use a rifle, Think Progress reports.
The shooter was reportedly on an NRA-funded rifle team in high school,...
Central Banks will Just Let the 2018 Crash Happen If you have been following the public commentary from central banks around the world the past few months, you know that there has been a considerable change in tone compared to the last several years. For example, officials at the European Central Bank are hinting at a taper of 
On August 22, 2017, Kiwi Herring, a trans woman, was killed by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department while defending herself against a homophobic neighbor. As the only witness to the murder, Kiwi Herrings widow, Kris Thompson, has been punitively charged with Assault in the First Degree and Armed Criminal Action in order to silence Kris from speaking out against the police. If convicted, Kris faces a minimum of three years in prison with no probation or parole to the maximum of two consecutive life sentences. Please give generously.
Kriss defense is complicated by the fact that the police departments own force investigative unit, tasked with investigating Kiwis murder at the hands of their own fellow cops, is staffed by detectives who have a history and pattern of covering up police violence against innocent defendants. Not only is Kriss case serious because the penalty is almost as harsh as a murder case, but the defense also involves investigating Kiwis murder.
Kris is represented by Joe Welch, an aggressive criminal trial lawyer with a proven record in defending people and activists who have been falsely accused by the police trying to justify their excessive force.
Here is a statement from Kris:
I am the wife of Kenny Lee Herringbetter known as Kiwi Herring. My wife was one of a kind who will be and still is truly missed..whose life was taken too soon. Everything came so unexpectedly. My children and I were so unprepared. We never thought my wife would be brutally murdered by St. Louis Law Enforcement, but here we are. Starting today we will not give up. We will pray, but while praying I myself and other supporters will be giving our upmost effort to raise funds for legal fees on order to get justice for my beloved belated wife. It hurts to live knowing I was never financially prepared to defend my wife being murdered. It was unforeseen. God says these things will befall us all. Right now Im asking Im praying for support from people who still have a conscience and the heart God blessed us all with. Thank you God bless you.
(ANTIMEDIA) Investors in both traditional assets and cryptocurrencies have been rocked by huge amounts of volatility so far in 2018. The stock market experienced the largest single-day point drop in history, and bonds have been under pressure as concerns grow about rising interest rates. The most notable price action, however, occurred in the crypto markets as an unprecedented wave of interest overwhelmed 
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While theres been a lot going on around the bloc, we wanted to get out these very important political prisoner and repression updates as fast as possible.
First up, Scott Walker, a volunteer with No More Deaths was indicted on further felony charges by a grand jury last week. If found guilty, it would mean that others could be charged with felony harboring and also, conspiracy for providing humanitarian aid to those in need in the borderlands. These charges, along with the J20 case, attacks on Black Lives Matter and Water Protectors, tell us that the State is looking to expand existing laws in order to attack resistance movements. In this case, they are looking to criminalize the live saving humanitarian work that No More Deaths has been doing for years. As No More Deaths wrote:
Humanitarian Aid Worker Scott Warren indicted on additional felony charge, facing up to 20 year sentence
A grand jury has indicted Scott Daniel Warren, a volunteer with the organization No More Deaths/No Ms Muertes, with three felony charges: two counts of felony harboring and one charge of felony conspiracy. The maximum sentence for these charges is 20 years in prison.
The new conspiracy charge is notable, as conspiracy charges have been used by the government to scare and suppress social justice movements and target political dissidents. This case holds critical weight as the Trump administration targets immigrant rights leaders and those who stand with them nationwide. Please donate to our legal defense campaign here: https://www.youcaring.com/nomoredeaths-1095179
No More Deaths is committed to resisting this troubling trend in enforcement and continue our work of ending death and suffering in the borderlands....
Trump appears unfazed by the disaster his actions have created. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, Trump said he would suspend aid to the Palestinians "unless they sit down and negotiate peace." The plan -- which reflects the wishes of Israel, with no Palestinian approval or even input -- would allow Israel to annex 10 percent of the West Bank area.
Sometimes, all it takes is a little push to get a big thing rolling. That's what Muskegon, Michigan learned when they invested in low-cost, small-scale business spaces in their downtown.
An aerial shot of the row of chalets at Western Market
Like many American cities, Muskegon (population 38,000) chose to bulldoze much of its historic downtown to build a mall in the 1970s. Then in 2001, a new mall was constructed on the outskirts of the city, which led to the closure of the downtown mall. It's a dark story of waste and decline, but one piece of good came out of that: downtown Muskegon is coming back. The farmers market is booming and local businesses are coming up in the town center.
One small but very impactful way that the city of Muskegon has helped to make this happen is by constructing low-cost "chalets" on a vacant strip of land in the downtown dubbed, Western Market, and renting them to local businesses.
Building off the success of its popular farmers market nearby, the city of Muskegon decided to use a similar small-scale approach to create more long-term opportunities for local businesses. The city hired a builder to manage the construction of 12 wooden buildings ranging from 90-150 square feet at a cost of just $5,000-6,000 per chalet. Their simple design a portable wooden structure with windows and doors (but no running water) kept them very affordable. In May 2017, these buildings opened for business filled with clothes, gifts, crafts and food. (See the photos below for a peak at some of the store interiors and owners.)...
(ANTIMEDIA) Russia is accelerating a military buildup on a chain of islands claimed by Japan, Bloomberg reports. Tokyo lodged a formal protest after 2,000 Russian troops held military exercises over a week ago on the four islands, called the Southern Kurils in Russia and the Northern territories in Japan. The Kurils make up part of what is known 
On Friday, 02 February 2018, the much hyped Nunes Memo was finally released (Ward & Aleem, 2018). Partisan politics took centre stage as the Democrats and Republicans marched out some of their respective partys best deceivers to make their case to the American people. Watching it was akin to watching some weird, perverse Kabuki performance. In typical kabuki-style play acting, minority leader Nancy Pelosi was singing and dancing that the release of the memo would lead to a constitutional crisis (Carruthers, 2018). While on the other side of the aisle, President Trump and the Republicans were claiming total vindication of any wrongdoing (Stewart, 2018).
Informed Americans were concerned about the contents of the Nunes memo. They were even more concerned about the bizarre way the political elites were acting prior to the memos release. Obviously, there was something else going on behind the scenes. Something was dramatically wrong in Washington! With the disclosure of hundreds of text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and bureau attorney Liza Page, people were wondering; who in the hell was running the country? It certainly wasnt the president or the congress! More and more it looked like the bureaucrats were in charge with no oversight by the Congress. Congress and the President were merely passengers along for the ride!
The American two-party system is destroying the country. The Republicans and Democrats are organized and operate in a manner similar to a criminal syndicate. The Democrats are comparable to a drug cartel which ideologically believes all actions are legitimate; the end justify the means. Whatever goals the senior leadership set, the rank and file blindly accept and work to achieve. Pelosi and the Democrats have set the goal of delegitimizing President Trump no matter what the ultimate cost is to America. The narrative Pelosi has given to the Democrats: the election was stolen from Clinton and the Democrats with the help of the Russians. Thats their story and theyre sticking to it even if that means manufacturing information to support it.
The Republicans on the other hand are akin to the traditional Italian mafia portrayed in Hollywood gangster movies. They follow a more rules-based conduct, grounded in some imaginary moral code. Like the Democrats, they also believe the end justifies the means. Unlike the Democrats, the Republicans dont necessarily wish for Trump to be impeached. That doesnt mean they support the President, in fact they appear to be divided in their support for, and defence of Trump (Pew Research Center, 2017). Given President Trumps background and i...
So sorry for the bad flash, between one zillion things to do today, serious medication, and cancerland in general, Im lucky I remember how to use a camera. Not a good effort, but its too damn cold to wander outside in my robe.
Upper left corner, WTF Duck and Face, bound and gagged. Middle left, the remnant of pre-cancerous me. Lower left corner, the Welcome to Cancerland Mesmerowlbat. Upper right corner, the Cell Slug, shes a good one. Lower right, Face anxiety, fear. All bound in a cell matrix. The cancer cells are the red-purple ones. Markers on Bristol, 16 x 20.
(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) On February 7, 2018, the U.S.-led coalition in Syria conducted air and artillery strikes against what were believed to be pro-government forces in response to an unprovoked attack launched by these pro-regime troops. Not long after, reports began emerging that significant numbers of Russian personnel were included in the over 100 dead and wounded. While Russia denied this at first, 
Were not talking El Chapo or any of his drug-running buddies. Were talking about the mega-billionaire family behind one of Americas most profitable drug-industry empires, the privately held Purdue Pharma. If the devil wears Prada, what do Americas most destructive drug pushers wear? They wear smiles. The drug pushers we have in mind here have caused 
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For a term paper in an online course, a student was asked to
pick a country and compare some trend between that country and the
US. The student chose to compare social media use, with Australia
as the other country. But she got the paper back with an F grade,
the adjunct professor writing on it that she was failing the
student and that
Australia is a continent not a country. The student appealed
the grade to the professor and the university administration and
sent in some evidence that Australia was unique in being both a
continent and a country. Her grade was then revised to a B+ and the
professor was fired.
What struck me about this news item was not that the instructor was unaware that Australia is a country but that, if the story is taken at face value, the professor seemed to be failing the student for what was a mistake of fact. These kinds of things happen when a professor gives an assignment and then looks at only the final product of the student, with no feedback in between. This is done routinely but is not the way to help students learn how to write.
This would never happen in my courses because of the way my courses are structured. While I do assign research term papers, what I do is have the student choose a topic very early on in the course, in consultation with me. The first writing assignment that is due about a third of the way through the course requires the student to write a paper that gives three different perspectives on the topic, written in as neutral a way as possible so that I would find it hard to discern what her preferred position was. The goal of this is to have the student realize that most issues have multiple ways of being seen and to research these alternatives.
The second writing assignment due about two-thirds of the way through the course requires them to take the perspective that they favor and then write two parts: one arguing forcefully and in a partisan way in favor of their preferred position, the other arguing forcefully against it. Again, both parts should be written in such a way that it would be hard for me to guess which side she is on. The point of this assignment is to make the student research the strongest case that can be made against their position.
The final assignment due at the end of the term is where they put this all together and make the case for their position while acknowledging that other points of view and opposing arguments exist and taking those into account when making their case.
For each paper, students are encouraged to submit their work and get feedback from their peers and from me before submitting the final versions. In this system, it can never happen that a student submits work that is sub-par or contains glaring errors of fact because it would...
The Vnesheconombank deal might have been a desperate attempt to find money by a sinking company. It may have been a way to pass on information to Putin. Either way, it may turn out to be Jared Kushner's only chance to find his way to a few months in a low-security facility.
The gun lovers' answer to gun violence is "Leave it to God." Why aren't thoughts and prayers working? Or, maybe they are but ears are deaf to the message: "You have the God-given power of choice. Choose to get rid of the God-damned guns."
Youve probably been told that the singularity is coming. It is that long-awaited point in time likely, a point in our very near future when advances in artificial intelligence lead to the creation of a machine (a technological form of life?) smarter than humans.
If Ray Kurzweil is to be believed, the singularity will happen in 2045. If we throw our hats in with Louis Rosenberg, then the day will be arriving a little sooner, likely sometime in 2030. MITs Patrick Winston would have you believe that it will likely be a little closer to Kurzweils prediction, though he puts the date at 2040, specifically.
But what difference does it make? We are talking about a difference of just 15 years. The real question is, is the singularity actually on its way?
At the World Government Summit in Dubai, I spoke with Jrgen Schmidhuber, who is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at AI company NNAISENSE, Director of the Swiss AI lab IDSIA, and heralded by some as the fat...
Most history books will tell you that slavery was abolished in 1865 when Abraham Lincoln and other leaders of the anti-slavery Republican Party formed the 13th Amendment stating that neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist within the United States of America, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. This was certainly a step in the right direction, however, it only led to a more creative way for oppressive regimes to use slavery in the States, which quite unbelievably is still going on to this day.
The American prison system is a huge business and allows many companies to use the labour (which is comprised mainly of black males) to increase their bottom line. Prison as a business is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the United States. As taken from- Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry:
Now prison labor based in private prisons is a multimillion-dollar industry with its own trade exhibitions, conventions, websites, and mail-order/Internet catalogs (Pelaez 2008). . . . The industry also has direct advertising campaigns, architecture companies, construction companies, investment houses on Wall Street, plumbing supply companies, food supply companies, armed security, and padded cell manufacturing, all of which rival those of any other private industry (Pelaez 2008). Furthermore, private prisoners at the state level produce a variety of goods and services, from clothing to toys to telemarketing and customer service (Erlich...
I mentioned a few days ago that it was my childhood dream to become a marine biologist. So, when the Underwater Photography Awards come out, I jump in it. I love the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards too, but these pictures touch me on a different level.
Im sure I would suck at being a judge though, as I think I cant focus on the photographic skill nearly enough, rather reveling in the focus of the picture itself.
For example, this years winner for Underwater Photographer of the Year is Tobias Friedrich, whose winning photo was of a WWII submerged truck carrying motorcycles.
Yep, I get it. Thats a pretty cool picture. But, biology nerd that I am, I wouldnt have picked it. My favorites?
I loved the Up & Coming Photographer of the Year winners submission, for example, which was called ROAR
Which I would have called something along the lines of Ooooh look at the cute nudibranchs hanging out on the OHMYGOD THERES A MORAY BEHIND YOU SAVE YOURSELVES!!!!
Nudibranchs did make a strong showing this year, but of course, as they are some of the most spectacularly weird creatures of the seas. But there were some other friendly faces in there too. Like this runner-up for the Macro category
Oooh I recognize you! And if youre a regular reader of this blog, you should recognize him too.
Eee thats a blenny and it looks like a little alien I love it.
I also think that I would suck at judging because I harp on the names of the photographs a little too much. For example, this one was called Unusually Parked Car
The judges go on a...
As human beings, we like to find patterns in the world around us and meaning in our experiences. We feel at peace with ourselves when we have a purpose and at odds with ourselves when we dont thus, life must have purpose. Well, not according to Jaggi Vasudev A.K.A Sadhguru.
Sadhgurus belief is that though there is purpose in existence, ones own life, as an individual, holds no meaning. His summation was born simply from the fact that life is far too vast to be understood within a single lifetime. Purpose drives productivity and productivity changes the world around us, and the way the masses experience it, but it does not change the nature of existence. If ones sole purpose was simply to stay alive for as long as they could, as well as see and experience as much as they could before death, then theyd be just as driven to fulfill their goal as someone who believed that they had a God given purpose to affect the world.
This begs the question why do we look for the purpose of life if it has no purpose? Who knows? But what can be understood is that were all just as important as we make ourselves to be. And if were able to make ourselves important, then surely it is up to us whether life holds a purpose or not.
Laughter being the best medicine is already a widely held belief. Whether youre making yourself laugh or the people around you, the sudden change in ones emotional state can be seen as an extremely effective cerebral hack, breaking a loop of negative emotions and thought patterns. Positive feelings create positive thoughts, which create positive actions, leading to a healthier and happier lifestyle. So it comes as no surprise that a research team based at the University of Granada (Spain) have found that even a self-deprecating sense of humour has no ties to low self-esteem or depression. They, in fact, discovered that those who employ a self-deprecating sense of humour tend to be happier and more socially adjusted than the average person.
Jorge Torres-Marn, the studys co-author said that his team observed, that a greater tendency to employ self-defeating humor is indicative of high scores in psychological well-being dimensions such as happiness and, to a lesser extent, sociability. The study was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. The team had assessed...
ProPublica reporter Nina Martin and NPR special correspondent Renee Montagne won this years George Polk Award in Journalism in the medical reporting category, for their Lost Mothers series on maternal mortality in the U.S. This marks the sixth Polk Award for ProPublica.
The series, which also included stories by ProPublica's Adriana Gallardo and Annie Waldman, illuminated that the U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and 60 percent of those deaths are preventable. Stories included intimate narratives of mothers who died after failing to receive the most basic care, and data analysis showing why black mothers in the U.S. no matter what their income and education die at three to four times the rate of white mothers,
The series landed with significant impact. After its publication, two state legislators in New Jersey introduced a bill to heighten monitoring of maternal deaths and encourage hospitals to adopt life-saving treatment protocols. ProPublicas database identifying 134 of the as many as 900 U.S. women who died from pregnancy-related causes in 2016 inspired a legislator in Texas to create a similar photo gallery for her state, which has one of the highest maternal death rates in the country. At the time, her bill to reauthorize a state committee that reviews maternal deaths was stalled in the legislature. By personifying the issue, the gallery helped revive and pass the measure.
At the start of the project, ProPublica issued a callout, asking people who knew someone who died or nearly died in pregnancy or childbirth to tell ProPublica their stories. Almost 4,500 readers responded, including 3,862 who said they had almost died themselves. This groundbreaking database allowed families, at last and at a minimum, to have the deaths of their loved ones recognized.
Administered by Long Island University, the Polk Awards honor intrepid and influential work, with a premium placed on original and resourceful investigative reporting. See a list of all of this years Polk Award in Journalism winners here.
Ray McGovern should be the Director of the CIA. He would be welcomed by the CIA analysts who resent their political use, and we would have an honest intelligence agency, which is what we need. In the United States there is no one to represent the rule of law but Devin Nunes.
On Tuesday morning, the Trump administration issued a proposed rule regarding short-term health insurance plans. The action represents the second prong of the Trump administrations strategy, outlined in last Octobers executive order, to offer regulatory relief to insurance markets. The Department of Labor acted on the first prong, issuing a proposed rule expanding access to association health plans, in January.
As I noted in October, the Obama administration issued a rule in October 2016 designed to limit short-term plans. The Public Health Service Act specifically exempts short-term, limited-duration insurance from the definition of individual health insurance coverage, exempting such plans from all of Obamacares new, federally imposed regulatory regime (though they are regulated by states).
When it saw short-term plans were gaining popularity with the publicin part because such plans cost less than one-third the average premium paid for Obamacare-compliant coveragethe Obama administration 1) required new disclosures that short-term plans do not constitute Obamacare coverage, 2) shortened their duration to a maximum of 90 days, down from a duration of less than 12 months (i.e., 364 days), and 3) prohibited issuers from automatically renewing these policies.
The Trump administrations proposed rule would revise the disclosure slightly (in part to reflect the repeal of Obamacares individual mandate, set to take effect in January 2019), and restore the prior definition of short-term coverage to less than 12 months.
The proposed rule also requests comment on the ways to facilitate streamlined renewal of short-term plans. As I noted in an article last year, limiting individuals ability to renew policies harmed people who develop illnesses while on short-term plans:
Jimmy Kimmel forgot to men...
Health Editors Note: Some parents choose to withhold vaccinations from their child because they think that these vaccines, which prevent diseases that will maim or kill a child, cause autism. Now, it looks like there is another issue that can be blamed for autism, and ultrasounds have primary access to a developing embryo/fetus months before 
Not sure if its more appropriate to append my previous post, but this is too good.
Weisman was so incensed by our decision to report him to Viacom president Robert Bakish (Viacom owns Comedy Central), that he went on an obscene Twitter rampage against me. Personally, I really dont care what he says about me, but I do care about his filthy tirade against Jesus Christ.
The worst of Weismans tweets was a remark he made about Christ, saying that our Lord sucked his own d***.
Im not sure incensed is the correct word to describe Weisman:
In what is my life's crowning achievement, I have now gotten the Catholic League to report on the fact that I said Jesus sucked his own dick. I do not think there is anything funnier I could ever do. Please read and enjoy and laugh forever.https://t.co/oLVFiXyj7a
Jake Weisman (@weismanjake) February 20, 2018
Donohue did not address whether or not He is theoretically able to suck his own dick. Sadly, well probably never know for sure.
This is the second part of my two-part account of what I made of C.S. Lewiss moral argument for the existence of God when I encountered it in my early twenties, and why it didnt convince me to become a believer.
Quick summary of material covered in Part 1 (statements below are summaries of positions, not direct quotes):
C.S. Lewis: We all share certain moral values which are universally agreed upon (dont kill, dont steal, dont cheat, etc.). The universality of these moral values is beyond what can be explained by instinct or social teaching, and hence must indicate the existence of some kind of divine being who instilled these into humans.
Me: Hang on. Surely all these shared moral values are just as well explained by our ability to understand the feelings of others and accept them as objectively important in the same way as our own feelings are? Therefore meaning that these shared moral values dont, in fact, necessarily indicate the existence of a divine being? All very interesting; need to think about this further.
So, I thought about it further. There were questions about my hypothesis that still needed asking:
1. Did it work? Rather an obvious point to consider. Did this basic principle our understanding that the feelings of other people are also important actually work to explain all of the moral codes that humans shared?
I did manage to think of one exception; the universal prohibition on incest. Of course, part of this is because in nearly all cases incest is abusive, and it hardly takes much thought (snark about Duggars deleted here because I dont want to get too far sidetracked) to see how a principle like Avoid hurting other people prohibits both sexual abuse and the hideous betrayal of family bonds. However, its also true that sexual relationships with close relatives are generally viewed as wrong even in those few cases where they quite genuinely are consensual. So there it was; one example of a universal moral code that didnt seem to derive from consideration of the feelings of others.
However, this taboo didnt seem to require me to hypothesise a morals-dispensing god to explain it; it seemed easily explicable in evolutionary terms. Having sex with a close relative would increase a persons chances of having a child with health problems or a severe disability, and hence (because the small subsistence-level groups that humans had lived in for most of our history werent really in a position to support the disabled or those in poor health into adulthood) reduced their ability to pass on their genes successfully. People who didnt want se...
Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe weighed in on the Florida school shooting Saturday, saying that politically charged conversations about guns, mental illness, and video games arent going to stop evil people from doing evil things.
Evil is real, Rowe wrote in a Facebook post. As long as humans have walked the earth, people have chosen to do evil things. This is what happened in Florida. A nineteen-year old man chose to do an evil thing. He planned it. He executed it. He succeeded.
In the wake of the shooting at a high school in Parkland which resulted in the deaths of 17 people, Rowe said that while its important to talk about the guns, video games, absent parts, medication, and mental illness, we shouldnt conflate those contributing factors with the root cause.
Nothing in this mans past can possibly explain his decision to kill seventeen people, he wrote. If you believe otherwise, ask yourself why millions of other people with a similar past, dont make similar choices.
People from horrible backgrounds often become the epitome of kindness, he continued. And people with every imaginable advantage, often go on to squander everything. The past does not equal the future.
To the families of the victims I can only offer my sincerest condolences, along with my heartfelt wish that the man who killed their loved ones is removed from the planet with all due speed, Rowe wrote.
Rowe, who also hosts The Way I Heard It podcast, went on to say that the acts of courage of students and teachers sacrificing their own lives to save others deserve more attention.
As for words, I can only repeat what others have said, and ask you to remember those who confronted evil with courage, he wrote. People like Aaron Feis, the football coach who threw himself in front of the kids the killer was trying to murder. Beyond that, Im afraid I can offer nothing but my weekly attempt to prove that goodness also walks among us, just as surely as evil. In numbers far greater than our newsfeeds would lead us to believe.
After a state passed a law making the possession of bump stocks for firearms illegal, police were apparently shocked when only a few individuals voluntarily turned their devices in.
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You can read any number of articles or tweets or quotes by people who have the ear of the president -- media figures, businessmen, politicians -- talking of how "the blacks" had it better under slavery than they do now. Indeed, you don't have to wade very deep into the fever swamps of the far-right (which also has the ear of the president) to find outright defenses of slavery and calls for its return.
Our third annual Strongest Town Contest will officially kick off in just a couple weeks, but we need your town to apply before we can start. We want as many fantastic cities from around the world as possible to step up and put their names in the hat to compete this year.
We know that no town is perfect. This contest is about showcasing towns that are doing their best to be strong, that have the building blocks in place to be strong towns today and in the future.
So what are you waiting for? Grab some neighbors and get your application in for the Strongest Town Contest. Nominations are due by February 25.Nominate your town today
An innocent elderly deaf man has been vindicated after he was beaten for seven minutes and arrested for no reason following a traffic stop. Now the taxpayers are going to be held liable.
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(MEE) Turkish forces shelled Syrian pro-government militia fighters on Tuesday as they tried to enter the northern canton of Afrin to aid the Kurdish YPG force in its battle against a Turkish incursion. Turkish media reported Turkish forces struck areas around the pro-Assad volunteers as they moved from the towns of Nubl and Zahraa to the 
Published in December 2015, this article by Jon Rappoport has a bearing on the recent Florida Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shootout.
Earlier that day at a staff meeting, teachers had been told there would soon be a code red or lockdown drill in which teachers and students practice their response to an immediate threat but they hadnt been told the date.
Rospierski was sitting at his desk around 2:25 p.m. when the fire alarm rang. His students filed out of their third-floor classroom and made their way toward the stairs. Then Rospierski heard the sound of gunfire.
Turn around, go to your classrooms! he yelled to the students.
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Whether mass shootings are approached as the mainstream reports them, or as false flags, staged scenarios, or outright hoaxes, there is a common thread which runs through some of them: official training exercises held just prior to, or at the same time as, the shootings.
Im not trying to present an all-inclusive list here.
The November 13, 2015, Paris attacks: Since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, from which 16 people died, Paris-area ambulance crews and emergency personnel have taken part in regular exercises designed to test their readiness for possible attacks. One such exercise was held on Friday morning, the day of the latest terror attacks. In a twist of fate, the simulated emergency was a mass shooting, according to Dr. Mathieu Raux, emergency room chief at the Piti-Salpetrire hospital in Paris. (Bloomberg, 11/17/15, Hours Before the Terror Attacks, Paris Practiced for a Mass Shooting)
Ryan Anderson is the author of the new book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment. On this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour, Staff Writer Bre Payton interviews Anderson about his work on how transgender activists have disrupted education, civil rights, armed forces, and many areas of policy.
Anderson explains how biology is not bigotry and dismantles the contradictions of the transgender movement.
Gender is a social construct and yet somehow I can be trapped in the wrong gender, he said. Why cant we be more expansive with how we understand the social construct of gender rather than saying that youre actually trapped in the wrong body?
Listen to the full interview here:
Both Turkey and the U.S.-allied Kurds have been accused of using chemical weapons in Syria, but the U.S. has had two very different responses. AFRIN, SYRIA On Saturday, Syrian news agency SANA reported that six men had been hospitalized after an alleged Turkish chemical weapons attack on a small town near the city of Afrin in Northern 
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Israels mounting interest in Syrias War, and in particular in picking fights with the Assad government, Iran, and any other Shiite factions in the country, have included reports by analysts of a growing amount of Israeli arms and ammunition flowing across the border for rebels. Officially, Israel isnt a big fan on Sunni Islamist organizations. 
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Under the banner of civilization, under the pretext of progress, we have applied the label "superstition" to banish all challenges to our quotidien reality; we have denied our own experience as chimera; we have proscribed every mode of seeking truth that is not conventionally empirical.
No woman more perfectly encompasses all of the ideals of the feminist movement than Ruth Bader Ginsburg. For 25 years now shes been on the Supreme Court, winning over the hearts and accolades of liberals world wide. An important author of majority and minority opinions, Ginsburg has cemented herself as an icon for feminists and a role model for young women.
All of this makes her recent comments about Title IX and the #MeToo movement vitally important.
Ginsburg was interviewed by Jeffrey Rosen from the Atlantic, and while many of her answers are unsurprising for someone with her political and judicial history, some are very counter to what you might expect from her. Heres what she had to say about due process.
ROSEN: What about due process for the accused?
GINSBURG: Well, that must not be ignored and it goes beyond sexual harassment. The person who is accused has a right to defend herself or himself, and we certainly should not lose sight of that. Recognizing that these are complaints that should be heard. Theres been criticism of some college codes of conduct for not giving the accused person a fair opportunity to be heard, and thats one of the basic tenets of our system, as you know, everyone deserves a fair hearing.
ROSEN: Are some of those criticisms of the college codes valid?
GINSBURG: Do I think they are? Yes.
So, even a long time, central feminist scholar and judge agrees that these movements can get out of hand, and that colleges are depriving some people of due process in the way theyre handling sexual assault allegations on campus. This contrasts so starkly with mainline feminist thought, and it should serve as a wakeup call for people on both sides of the aisle. Its time to stop accusing people and having those accusations run unchecked, ruining lives and reputations, without a chance to have the actual facts come to light and justice be done.
Its impossible to deny that Ginsburg has led an impressive life, and as far as feminist cred goes hers is undeniable. She is the second woman to even be confirmed on the Supreme Court, and her public service extends far beyond her long tenure there. A child of Jewish immigrants, Ginsburgs mother died when she was in high school, and she went to Harvard as a married mother in a time when few women attended Ivy League schools.
She graduated from Columbia Law school at the top of her class, and from there went on to teach future generations of lawyers. Her specific areas of specialization included womens rights and gender issues, and she spent the 1970s working with the ALCU, where she was the cofounder of the Womens Rights Project. She was the...
(MEMO) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called on the United States not to play with fire in Syria. I once again call on our American colleagues to avoid playing with fire and measure their steps proceeding not from immediate needs of todays political environment, but rather from long-term interests of the Syrian people and of 
A young rapper who preached against police brutality named the criminal cop in a rap song 4 years ago, described his crimes, and filed a complaint against himbut no one believed him.
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In over 80 nations, oppressive domination has been dismantled.
This coming November 6, 34 senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and 36 governorships will be up for election or re-election. Support primary candidates who will resist Trump. Mobilize to get out the vote. Organize so that November 6 becomes a total repudiation of Donald Trump and all he stands for.
In 1923 the radical socialist and feminist Clara Zetkin gave a report at the Communist International about the emergence of a political movement called fascism. Fascism, then in its infancy, was written off by many liberals, socialists and communists as little more than mob rule, terror and street violence. But Zetkin, a German revolutionary, understood its virulence, its seduction and its danger. She warned that the longer the stagnation and rot of a dysfunctional democracy went unaddressed, the more attractive fascism would become. And as 21st-century Americas own capitalist democracy disintegrates, replaced by a naked kleptocracy that disdains the rule of law, the struggle of past anti-fascists mirrors our own. History has amply illustrated where political paralysis, economic decline, hypermilitarism and widespread corruption lead.
A national walkout is planned for March 14 in the wake of a school shooting that left 17 dead and 14 injured.
No one should find this a surprising suggestion. The Bank of Japan has a long tradition of propping up the Japanese equity market with large purchases of equities. The European Central Bank purchases corporate as well as government bonds. In 1989 Fed governor Robert Heller said that as the Fed already rigs the bond market with purchases, the Fed can also rig the stock market to stop price declines. That is the reason the Plunge Protection Team (PPT) was created in 1987. Looking at the chart of futures activity on the E-mini S&P 500, we see an uptick in activity on February 2 when the market dropped, with higher increases in future activity last Monday and Tuesday placing Tuesdays futures activity at about four times the daily average of the previous month. Futures activity last Wednesday and Thursday remained above the average daily activity of the previous month...
Munich did absolutely nothing to center the discussion on the frightening prospect of the latest Israel versus Iran crescendo degenerating almost by inertia into a Hot War. Voltaire, the 18th-century French philosopher and writer, liked to quip that those who make you believe absurdities make you commit atrocities.
The announcement Friday by the US Department of Justice that a federal grand jury has returned criminal indictments against 13 Russian citizens and three Russian companies, charging illegal activities in the 2016 US presidential election, has become the occasion for a barrage of war propaganda in the American corporate media. Leading the charge is the New York Times, which published a front-page news lead Sunday, authored by Peter Baker. The article was published online Saturday evening under the headline, Trumps Conspicuous Silence Leaves a Struggle Against Russia Without a Leader. In the newspapers print edition, the struggle was upgraded to a war being fought on the American side without a commander in chief.
By Brandon Turbeville After an attack on February 7 by the United States military against Syrian pro-regime forces, reports quickly emerged that the U.S. had...
Many say its the guns that are responsible for the mass shootings. Some say that its not the guns, its the people. For others, its not the people, its a mental health issue. Others reply its not a mental health issue, at the root, its toxic masculinity. Then comes, its not toxic male masculinity, its the NRA lobby. Next, its not the NRA lobby, its politicians taking campaign contributions from the NRA. Its not politicians, its the 2nd Amendment. And the cycle continues, maintaining the status quo. But none of these factors alone are the root cause of mass shootings, for if any of them were, the problem could easily be solved. All of these factors along with others not being discussed have in some way contributed to a state of violence here. Gun violence is not just playing out in schools, its at epidemic levels in cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Detroit.
The state's war on drugs does not remove demand. Instead, far more dangerous alternatives fill the void case in point a 20-year-old woman gouged out her eyes while on an unknown substance.
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According to the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IEA-IREA), the investment needed to keep global warming below the threshold of two degrees Celsius would have to double the 2016 levels of investment to $600 billion a year and reach $14 trillion invested in solar and wind by 2030. The chances of this happening, under the current paradigm of public-private partnerships that guarantee profits and mitigate risk to private investors, according to the Working Paper No. 10 authors Sean Sweeney and John Treat, is zero. In fact, they argue, based on a close study of the situation in the UK, that the idea that we can reach safe levels of renewable energy via aid to private profiteers is the greatest policy failure ever. Public money, they argue, is already responsible for the vast bulk of the worlds energy deployment.
I was hoping that the indictments would bring some sort of resolution to the investigation and force all the evidence to become public. But no, this investigation is not meant to be conclusive, it is like Orwells description of war meant to be continuous. By issuing indictments to individuals that are unlikely to ever come to trial Mueller has dodged the responsibility of presenting any additional evidence a perfect sleight of hand. A relatively small number of Facebook ads were used, many after the election, but no one from the investigation claims it had any impact. We are supposed to imagine it did. The Russian meme bombers may or may not be connected to the Russian government but Mueller provides no evidence. The indictments are little more than unconvincing accusations in keeping with the rest of the Russian narrative as eminent historian Jackson Lears has so thoroughly demonstrated.
Think of it as the chicken-or-the-egg question for the ages: Do very real threats to the United States inadvertently benefit the military-industrial complex or does the national security state, by its very nature, conjure up inflated threats to feed that defense machine?
If the devil wears Prada, what do Americas most destructive drug pushers wear? They wear smiles. The drug pushers we have in mind here have caused hundreds of thousands of deaths, enough fatalities to decrease overall U.S. life expectancy at birth for the last two years running. Yet no police SWAT teams have pounded down any doors hunting these drug pushers down. These particular drug pushers have devastated millions of families across the United States. Yet some of Americas most honorable institutions, outfits ranging from Yale University to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, have spent decades lauding their philanthropic generosity and benevolence. Were obviously not talking El Chapo or any of his drug-running buddies here. Were talking about the mega-billionaire family behind one of Americas most profitable drug-industry empires, the privately held Purdue Pharma.
Building on the nationwide mourning and outrage that followed a Florida school shooting last week that left 17 people dead, dozens of teenagers held a "lie-in" at the gates of the White House on Monday to protest years of congressional inaction on gun control and highlight the National Rifle Association's pernicious influence on the political process. The demonstration began with protestersmany of them from the group Teens for Gun Reform (TGR), which organized the eventlying on the ground in front of the White House for several minutes, symbolizing "how quickly someone, such as the Parkland shooter, is able to purchase a gun in America." "We have organized this protest in solidarity with all of those who were affected by the horrific school shooting in Florida," TGR said in a statement.
The Trump administration continues to chart a dramatic new course for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency that targeted tribal lending businesses during the Obama era.
The US empire has substantially increased its scope and presence in several regions, especially in Latin America. The additions and enlargements include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Central America, Peru and the Caribbean. The most important asset redrawing the empire in Latin America is Argentina. The US has gained military, economic and political advantages. In the case of Argentina, political and economic advances preceded military expansion. The US provided ideological and political support to secure the election of its client Mauricio Macri. The new Argentine President immediately transferred over $5 billion dollars to the notorious Wall Street Vulture speculator, Paul Singer, and proceeded to open the floodgates for a lucrative multi-billion dollar flow of financial capital.
By Kevin Samson Fresh water supplies continue to be assaulted on multiple fronts. Front page news at the moment is the unfolding disaster in Cape...
At one time, Dariel Garner was worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Over his life, he started and owned over 40 businesses on four continents with thousands of employees. His enterprises included the second largest agribusiness exporter in Mexico, a tech company that created software for banks, and companies as diverse as golf courses, ski parks and natural health care products. A decade ago, he was the developer and co-owner with his former wife of a vast resort in the California Sierra Mountains with projects underway that had projected profits of $750 million. Then he had a change of heart. Today, Dariel has none of this wealth. At the age of 67, he lives on a modest $900 a month from a Social Security check. Ive never been happier, he smiles. Today I am penniless and have far more than I could ever imagine existed. Each day I am awakened to the joy of being connected and part of all of life around me.
In a recent Fox News broadcast, host Laura Ingraham and her old friend, former CIA Director James Woolsey, had a big laugh over the idea that the US meddles in other countries elections only for a very good cause, in the interests of democracy.
On the surface, the White House and Kremlin are working together. Yet judging by actions from Trump, Republicans, and Democrats, Russia is still Public Enemy No. 1.
The author writes, The program, called Buckys Tuition Promise, is the latest move by a major university to try and make higher education more accessible and affordable for students. In-state students at UW-Madison currently pay $10,533 a year in tuition and fees.
Reporting sexual assault may out your perpetrator, but it could still mean losing your job. Or signing an agreement to never apply for the position again.
The author writes, Kucinich called for a total end to oil and gas extraction in the state of Ohio. To accomplish this, he would deploy a battery of radical policies. He would, for instance, utilize eminent domain to seize control of oil and gas wells throughout the state and then shutter them. He would block all new drilling permits and order a total ban on injection wells. Kucinich would also deploy the Ohio State Highway Patrol to stop and turn away vehicles that possess fracking waste.
Britains prime minister Theresa May made a further concession to the EU over the weekend at the Munich Security Conference. She not only pushed for military and police agreements between the two entities, something that is subject more to EU rules than UK rules, but also respect for the EU Court of Justice. This means...
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has joined Ralph Drollinger in his quest to raise the Jehovah government, not just here, but globally. Granted, this effort will go much further here in Amerikka than elsewhere, which is bad enough. It seems the department of agriculture has now turned into a giant hey, cough up money for gawd! We have to get this religious reich going!
All the conservative christian lunatics are in on this, stumping away god and guns and every other evil.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and former Rep. Michele Bachmann were the featured speakers at a Tuesday evening fundraising dinner for Capitol Ministries, the group that sponsors weekly Bible studies for members of the House and Senate and President Donald Trumps Cabinet. Also offering testimony on behalf of this special type of ministry was Rep. Jeff Denham, whose relationship with the group goes back to his days in the California legislature. The show was emceed by Frank Sontag, a Los Angeles-based Christian radio host who voices the audio versions of the written Bible studies that Capitol Ministries publishes every week.
Hundreds of people packed an event tent at the massive World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, the heart of the states agriculture industry, to hear Perdue, Bachmann and Capitol Ministries founder and leader Ralph Drollinger. Tulare is a reliably Republican area of the state, now represented in the U.S. Congress by Rep. Devin Nunes, a local boy from a farm family. At the event, tables were sponsored by wealthy farming families and an array of agriculture-related businesses, along with Bank of America and local branches of Wells Fargo.
Some sponsors may be supporters of Capitol Ministries mission of encouraging public officials to embrace conservative Christianity. Some may have bought tables based on personal and professional connections to Capitol Ministries board member and event host Rob Hilarides, who heads a dairy operation in the area. Some may appreciate Drollingers teachings that God is a capitalist and that because of excessive environmental regulations in the U.S., the economic benefits God intends from private property ownership have been greatly diminished. And some may have given to express support for the Trump administrations rollbacks of regulations govern...
(TIM) In the wake of the deadly shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, 17-year-old survivor Colton Haab told Fox News that he believes that if his football coach Aaron Feis, who died in the attack shielding students from gunfire, had been able to carry his firearm at school, he would have been able to effectively obstruct the 
At the same time, her defenders say, Harvey has been forced to clean up a mess that Twitter should have fixed years ago. Twitters backend was initially built on Ruby on Rails, a rudimentary web-application framework that made it nearly impossible to find a technical solution to the harassment problem. If Twitters co-founders had known what it would become, a third former executive told me, you never would have built it on a Fisher-Price infrastructure. Instead of building a product that could scale alongside the platform, former employees say, Twitter papered over its problems by hiring more moderators. Because this is just an ass-backward tech company, lets throw non-scalable, low-tech solutions on top of this low-tech, non-scalable problem.
Calls to rethink that approach were ignored by senior executives, according to people familiar with the situation. There was no real sense of urgency, the former executive explained, pointing the finger at Harveys superiors, including current C.E.O. Jack Dorsey. Its a technology company with crappy technologists, a revolving door of product heads and C.E.O.s, and no real core of technological innovation. You had Del saying, Trolls are going to be a problem. We will need a technological solution for this. But Twitter never developed a product sophisticated enough to automatically deal with with bots, spam, or abuse. You had this unsophisticated human army with no real scalable platform to plug into. You fast forward, and it was like, Hey, shouldnt we just have basic rules in place where if the suggestion is to suspend an account of a verified person, there should be a process in place to have a flag for additional review, or something? Youd think it would take, like, one line of code to fix that problem. And the classic response is, Thats on our product road map two quarters from now.
None of this means that Twitter is going to vanish soon after all, COBOL is still around, and software legacies just hang around, decaying slowly, like an assortment of pseudogenes. But still, maybe you should consider jumping ship, since the one way to kill it is to erode its user base. Mastodon is out there, waiting for you with open arms.
Comedy Central has a new show called Corporate, which is a satirical take on the drudgery of working in the corporate world. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in an office will find aspects of the show to be familiar. Overall its pretty decent. The only critiques I have are that the satire has all the subtlety of a brick through a window, and that Aparna Nancherla is underutilized.
Segments of the right do not like this show. I only know this because Jake Weisman, one of the shows creators, has been gleefully posting articles about the backlash. Its tended to skew towards accusations of the show being anti-business,but after a recent episode, Catholic tears began to flow:
They really hate Christians, especially Catholics. [this makes little sense as the episode in question is mostly, if not entirely making fun of Protestantism] Indeed, that is the most defining characteristic of those employed by Comedy Central. It is not certain whether they screen for bigots, or whether only bigots apply.
Corporate is a show most Americans have never heard of. They are not missing anything. Last night it sent a Valentines gift to Catholics by portraying a lay person dressed like a nun who gives an advertising executive the finger.
She works for a group of mega-churches, the Glorious Salvation Ministries, and is interested in hiring the ad company to do a marketing campaign. An employee of the ad firm shows up wearing an oversized rosary, suggesting that both characters are Catholic. [not true this was performative Christianity on the part of the employee as directed by the CEO. I cant tell if this makes it more or less blasphemous]
At the end, the nun-like character is shown sucking a cross-shaped popsicle seductively. She smiles, saying, My favorite flavorthe blood of Christ.
All the employees are godless and the show writers never pretend that the Christian god has any basis in fact:
After learning about the Catholic League response, Weisman tweeted about it. Someone responded, leading him to joke that he wanted to bring the whole system down. Or, wait was he serious???...
Echo and the Bunnymen The Killing Moon. Lyrics under the fold.
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him
In starlit nights I saw you
So cruelly you kissed me
Your lips a magic world
Your sky all hung with jewels
The killing moon
Will come too soon
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him
Under blue moon I saw you
So soon youll take me
Up in your arms
Too late to beg you or cancel it
Though I know it must be the killing time
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him
You give yourself to him
La la la la la
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him
La la la la la
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him
On Tuesday, February 20th the 11 undocumented youth and allies who began The Walk to Stay Home, a 15-day walk from New York City to Washington DC, arrived at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The stop signals the halfway point of the 250-mile journey organized by the Seed Project with the support of the #OurDream Campaign; drawing attention to the need for a clean Dream Act that not only grants permanent protection for undocumented youth but does not harm 11 million undocumented people living and working in the United States. We have people with blisters, cramps, bleeding noses, and injured feet from the intensity of this walk, but that pain only pushes us forward said Barbara Hernandez, a California DACA recipient from Orange County.
Public authorities stated that a troubled 19-year-old was carrying an AR-15 rifle as he trailed the hallways of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Marjory, Florida. He then conducted the potentially largest fatal school shooting since Sandy Hook on Feb. 14, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, who was the school shooter, was expelled from the Florida school 
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(ANTIWAR.COM) Israels mounting interest in Syrias War, and in particular in picking fights with the Assad government, Iran, and any other Shiite factions in the country, have included reports by analysts of a growing amount of Israeli arms and ammunition flowing across the border for rebels. Officially, Israel isnt a big fan on Sunni Islamist organizations. Such 
BREXIT looking more unlikely, Julian Assange tears apart the latest Russian Troll indictment, UN and Oxfam corruption crisis and more.
UK Column News anchor Mike Robinson and guest host Patrick Henningsen with yesterdays news round-up. Watch:
START Brexit: EU will crumble in Brexit talks
UK accounts for 40% of EU spending on defence and R&D
05:12 Treason May: Rules-Based International Order but only for some
11:48 Brexit butno exit from EU
14:40 Germany must bear a larger burden for securityNATO to strengthen
16:34 Russia: Lavrov on Russia-US relations and the Middle East
21:56 Fake News: Russian bots flood Twitter with pro-gun messages
23:05 Fake News: The Atlantic America is under attack
24:04 Julian Assange: Internet Research Agencys troll farm
26:28 Re-enforcing audience bias is exactly what Facebook and Google do
28:10 Reuters: curling dopers?
29:01 Not just Russia under attackChina gets hit with spying accusation
31:55 Mainstream Media still tanking, Guardian journalist takes after...
Here is an article about the Virginia Tech shootings, over a decade ago. Its remarkable how little has changed, how little has been done.
The cell phones in the pockets of the dead students were still ringing when we were told that it was wrong to ask why. As the police cleared the bodies from the Virginia Tech engineering building, the cell phones rang, in the eccentric varieties of ring tones, as parents kept trying to see if their children were O.K. To imagine the feelings of the police as they carried the bodies and heard the ringing is heartrending; to imagine the feelings of the parents who were callingdread, desperate hope for a sudden answer and the bliss of reassurance, dawning griefis unbearable. But the parents, and the rest of us, were told that it was not the right moment to ask how the shooting had happenedspecifically, why an obviously disturbed student, with a history of mental illness, was able to buy guns whose essential purpose is to kill peopleand why it happens over and over again in America. At a press conference, Virginias governor, Tim Kaine, said, People who want to . . . make it their political hobby horse to ride, Ive got nothing but loathing for them. . . . At this point, what its about is comforting family members . . . and helping this community heal. And so to those who want to try to make this into some little crusade, I say take that elsewhere.
You remember Tim Kaine, right? Democrat? Failed vice presidential candidate? Its not just Republicans with their heads in the sand. Guess what? Ive got nothing but loathing for politicians who see their constituents murdered, and who do nothing but kowtow before the NRA. (Kaine does have an F rating from the NRA, which just shows how little resistance you have to exhibit to get dinged by those ghouls).
Heres another dismaying story from 2016. A woman is in an abusive relationship; the guy is good looking and intelligent, but becomes progressively more possessive and controlling. It just gets worse and worse, but shes in denial and tries to see the man she loves in this domineering, temperamental monster. The relationship doesnt end until he shoots her in the face.
Its a metaphor for America. Were also in a terrible, abusive relationship, where any outsider looking in would say its obvious, youve got to break it up, you know this is bad for you, why are you tolerating this impossible, self-destructive affair? Get out! Get out now!
Only its worse, because in this metaphor, he shoots us in the face, and we dont leave. He shoots us in the face again, we dont leave. He shoots us in the face every fe...
Missing history: US oligarchs finance Socialism
Socialism was never a movement for the masses
by Jon Rappoport
February 20, 2018
In 1971, Gary Allen published his book, None Dare Call it Conspiracy. It quickly became an unofficial best seller.
Over the years, several million copies have been sold.
Allens thesis was stark: super-rich American capitalists were financing socialism. This bizarre paradox was resolved when socialism was properly understoodnot as power to the peoplebut as elite power over the people. In other words, as a hoax.
These days, the socialist hoax is still unknown to most of the population:
Cloak a global power grab as progress for all of humanity.
Here, from chapter six of None Dare Call it Conspiracy, The Rockefellers and the Reds, is an explosive passage commenting on the period just after the Russian Revolution of 1917:
The Rockefellers assigned their public relations agent, Ivy Lee, to sell the American public the idea that the Bolsheviks were merely misunderstood idealists who were actually kind benefactors of mankind.
Professor Antony Sutton of Stanford Universitys Hoover Institution, notes in his highly authoritative Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development:
Quite predictably[Ivy] Lee concludes that the communist problem is merely psychological. By this time he is talking about Russians (not Communists) and concludes they are all right. He suggests the United States should not engage in propaganda; makes a plea for peaceful coexistence; and suggests the United States would find it sound policy to recognize the USSR and advance credits [give loans]. (Antony Sutton, Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development, 1917-1930, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, Calif., 1968, p.292)
After the Bolshevik Revolution, Standard [Oil] of New Jersey [Rockefeller] bought 50 per cent of the Nobels huge Caucasus oil fields even though the property had theoretically been nationalized [by Russia]. (OConnor, Harvey, The Empire Of Oil, Monthly Review Press, New York, 1955, p.270.)
In 1927, Standard Oil of New York [Rockefeller] built a refinery in Russia, thereby helping the Bolsheviks put their economy back on its feet. Professor Sutton states: This was the first United States investment in Russia since the Revolution. (Ibid, Vol.1, p.38)
Shortly thereafter Standard Oil of New York and its subsidiary, Vacuum Oil Company [Rockefeller], concluded a deal to market Soviet oil in European countries and it was reported that a loan of $75,009,000 to the Bolsheviks was arranged. (National Republic, Sept.1927.)
Wherever Standard Oil would go, Chase National Bank was sure to foll...
This is a very tense situation, which could potentially open-up a dangerous new front in the Syrian war. The worst result would be a direct military confrontation between Turkey and Syria.
RT International reports
Syrian pro-government forces are expected to help Kurdish militias defend the city of Afrin. It follows an alleged deal between Damascus and the Kurds. Under the agreement, pro-Assad troops will help Kurdish fighters repel Turkeys offensive in the region.
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One of the dismaying things about the world right now is that being an alt-right/Nazi/centrist is so darned easy: theyre fanatically dominating YouTube*, theyre raking in the Patreon bucks, its almost as if mindlessly shouting MAGA and WHITE GENOCIDE is the magic cheat code for immense popularity. So when I see someone fail, its a bit jarring.
Look at Jon del Arroz,
the leading Hispanic voice in science
fiction, as hes fond of claiming. Hes got the MAGA hat. Hes
fond of Trumpian hyperbole and raging at liberals and SJWs. He got
banned from WorldCon for his troubles, so hes busy waving his
martyrs flag. And then he announced that he was going to sue
WorldCon, and started a fundraiser to scrape up $10,000 for a
Hes raised nothing. Hes a total failure. Maybe its because he compared his persecution to that of the entire gay community, which isnt going to gather much sympathy from the usual gang of racist homophobes. Anyway, its nice to see a right-winger fall flat on his face.
*Since Im trying to participate more in YouTube lately, Im seeing signs that this may not be entirely true. Ive encountered a few people whove been haranguing me with multiple sock puppets one guy is up to about 20 pseudonyms and Im beginning to suspect that the right-wing success story on that medium is more about fanaticism, misrepresentation, and persistence. Maybe if YouTube were to tighten up their rules on handing out new accounts freely thered be a change, because jeez, a lot of the problems in their comment threads are due to the deniability and meaninglessness of their contributors.
The Battle for East Ghouta will be a defining one for this seven year-long war in Syria. It will be a long painful affair, but we can expect western mainstream news outlets like CNN, The Guardian, NBC, Washington Post and New York Times to be cheering for al Qaeda terrorists embedded there.
Presenter Kevork Almassian form Syriana Analysis explains the battle for East Ghouta, shedding light on the history of the war in the area and the imminent battle that is coming in the upcoming days. Watch:
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America is under seige by a three part plot designed to eliminate all opposition to a communist-style revolution sweeping across America.
Robert Zimmer is the University of Chicagos current President. He has issued a speaking invitation to President Trumps former top advisor, Steve Bannon. Bannon is scheduled to talk at the school early in early March. President Zimmer is taking massive criticism for daring to let Steve Bannon speak at this hallowed institution of what is becoming an institution of higher propaganda, where academic freedom and freedom of speech and divergent political opinions are welcome. Instead we are witnessing the Sovietization of America beginning with its post-secondary school institutions.
There is a viewpoint that emerging from the hidden recesses of logic and it goes like this:
Peace is a desirable attribute. Therefore, we must kill people to preserve the peace. Or, virginity is a desirable attribute. Therefore, having lots of fornication experiences is important in the cause of preserving virginity.
You get the idea and the illogic of leftist mentality is exposed. One would think that this type of thinking would be laughed out of a room. However, and quite to the contrary, our institutions of higher propaganda are embracing this nonsense as as a legitimate political position as more than 100 Chicago professors have signed an open letter to President Zimmer as they are strenuously objecting to having Steve Bannon being allowed to speak at Chicago University.
The university should model inclusion for a country that is reeling from the consequences of racism, xenophobia, and hate.
Beyond all logic, these braniac professors are choosing to propose to model inclusion by EXCLUDING viewpoints they find objectionable:
We believe that Bannon should not be afforded the platform and opportunity to air his hate speech on thi...
A town was placed on lockdown, an innocent man framed, and a massive manhunt conducted to look for a non-existent assailantbecause a cop shot himself to collect workers compensation.
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It has been 30 years since Anthony Kennedy was sworn into office on the Supreme Court. Kennedy was President Ronald Reagans third choice for the post. His first choice D.C. Circuit Judge Robert Bork was deemed too conservative by the Democratic Senate, and Reagans second, Judge Douglas Ginsburg, fell from grace after media reports about his marijuana use. Kennedy was a conservative whom both parties could accept.
Over the decades, in a court riven by partisan and ideological differences, Kennedy has been the key vote on a number of groundbreaking decisions.
He has consistently voted to support the rights of those in the LGBTQ community, including his opinion recognizing same-sex marriage.
But when it comes to Kennedys decisions on issues affecting democracy in this country, his legacy is more mixed. Now, with speculation that Kennedy is expected to announce his retirement from the bench as soon as this year, the justice has another chance to redeem that legacy in the eyes of groups working to ensure that every vote counts and that mega-donors do not have outsized influence on US politics and public policy.
Thats the Kennedy paradox, critics say: heedless and hasty on campaign finance laws, and too timid on partisan redistricting.
Nonpartisan groups advocating to reduce the limit of money in politics and for election reforms find Kennedys record somewhat problematic. But this year, Kennedys vote on a key partisan redistricting case, Gill v. Whitford, could win them over. The Supreme Court heard arguments in the suit in 2017.
The way Kennedy has looked at campaign finance and redistricting shows two sides of the jurist and why he inspires both hope and frustration among some of those advocating for campaign finance reform and for fairer elections.
New evidence suggests that a former top staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) may be directing the post-election efforts of Fusion GPS, a Democrat-linked political opposition research firm, to vindicate a series of memos alleging illegal collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials.
Congressional documents and recently leaked texts between Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and a registered foreign agent for a Russian aluminum oligarch indicate that Daniel J. Jones is intimately involved with ongoing efforts to retroactively validate a series of salacious and unverified memos produced by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent, and Fusion GPS. The dossier, which declassified documents show was used as a basis for securing secret wiretaps on Trump campaign affiliates, was reportedly jointly funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clintons presidential campaign.
Jones, a former Feinstein staffer who wrote a controversial top-secret report on alleged torture by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), currently runs the Penn Quarter Group, which bills itself as a research and investigative advisory and is inconspicuously named after the downtown Washington DC neighborhood where its office is located. Jones was intensively spied on by the CIA during his multi-year congressional investigation of the agencys interrogation practices, providing an ironic prelude to U.S. intelligence agencies use of an unverified dossier produced by Joness post-election compatriots as a pretext to spy on their political opponents in 2016.
Jones did not respond to requests by The Federalist to describe the extent of his work with Fusion GPS or Steele. Representatives of Fusion GPS also refused to respond to requests for information on the firms work with Jones and Penn Quarter Group.
The former Feinstein staffers participation in ongoing efforts to retroactively validate the dossier was first publicly hinted at in January in several inquiry letters from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to various Democratic party leaders who were likely responsible for funding Fusion GPSs 2016 dossier work, including John Podesta,...
As an environmental activist who was deplatformed from a speaking venue by transactivists, in 2013 I developed curiosity about the power of this group to force this development. A year later, when Time magazine announced a transgender tipping point on its cover, I had already begun to examine the money behind the transgender project.
I have watched as all-womens safe spaces, universities, and sports opened their doors to any man who chose to identify as a woman. Whereas men who identify as transwomen are at the forefront of this project, women who identify as transmen seem silent and invisible. I was astonished that such a huge cultural change as the opening of sex-protected spaces was happening at such a meteoric pace and without consideration for women and girls safety, deliberation, or public debate.
Concurrent with these rapid changes, I witnessed an overhaul in the English language with new pronouns and a near-tyrannical assault on those who did not use them. Laws mandating new speech were passed. Laws overriding biological sex with the amorphous concept of gender identity are being instituted now. People who speak openly about these changes can find themselves, their families, and their livelihoods threatened.
These elements, along with media saturation of the issue, had me wondering: Is this really a civil rights issue for a tiny part of the population with body dysphoria, or is there a bigger agenda with moneyed interests that we are not seeing? This article can only begin to graze the surface of this question, but considering transgenderism has basically exploded in the middle of capitalism, which is notorious for subsuming social justice movements, there is value in beginning this examination.
I found exceedingly rich, white men with enormous cultural influence are funding the transgender lobby and various transgender organizations. These include but are not limited to Jennifer Pritzker (a male who identifies as transgender); George Soros; Martine Rothblatt (a male who identifies as transgender and transhumanist); Tim Gill (a gay man); Drummond Pike; Warren and Peter Buffett; Jon Stryker (a gay man); Mark Bonham (a gay man); and...
When something bad happens, some among the political opposition will be strongly inclined to blame it on the party in power. When Donald Trump is the leader of the party in power and the bad thing is a horrific crime committed with a gun, reactions among the #Resistance fall within a small range between he bears some responsibility and he basically committed murder.
So it is no surprise this week that Second Amendment opponents laid the blame for this tragedy at the door of the White House. Inaccurate, but predictable. What is less predictable is one way in which gun control advocates who should really know better are pushing out tweets like this one, from Voxs Ezra Klein.
Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) February 15, 2018
The tweet links to a post by Voxs Matt Ygleisias that frankly admits that the action Congress and the president took last year was not what the headline claims. But thats buried way down in the story where almost no one will read it. The inaccurate headline, meanwhile, gets spread around Facebook and Twitter and generates that much-needed web traffic, at the expense of the truth. In other places, Facebook memes based on these assertions lack even that limited nuance.
But if what Vox and others are spreading is fake news, what is the truth? What really happened back in February 2017, and what does it have to do with the murders in Florida last week?
The tale begins in the waning days of the Obama administration, a time when lame duck presidents typically ram through ill-considered regulations so as to deprive the incoming president of the chance to do it his way. (HIPAA privacy regulations were enacted in this way in 2000, which is why they are so bad.) The rule being rammed through in this case was enacted under the authority of the Brady Bill, specifically under 18 U.S.C. 922(g), which states that It shall be unlawful for any personwho has been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution to own a firearm.
So far, so good. One of the rare points of agreement between left and right on guns is that people with mental illness especially the kind of ment...
In a blow to advocates of parental authority, last week a visiting judge in a juvenile court in Hamilton County, Ohio stripped parents of custody of their teenage girl, who wants to identify as male, because they would not allow the 17-year-old to begin hormone replacement therapy.
The judge awarded custody to the teens grandparents who were, in the courts eyes, more accepting of the teens wishes and who will now be allowed to make medical decisions for the teen. This case, which might be the first of its kind in juvenile court, should be disturbing to any advocate of parental rights and freedom of religious expression.
In 2016, the teens parents the judge will not release the names of the family members took her to Cincinnati Childrens Hospital for psychiatric treatment for anxiety and depression, where she was diagnosed with gender dysphoria. The teen wanted to continue with hormone replacement therapy, to help her appear male, but according to court testimony, her parents objected.
They encouraged her to see a Christian counselor instead, and refused to call their daughter by her chosen male name. Some of the court testimony on the side of the teen indicated that the parents had told the child she was going to hell, although the parents have disagreed with some of the statements given in court about their parenting and religious beliefs.
Based on their unwillingness to allow their child to go through with the treatments, which was based at least in part on their Christian beliefs, Judge Sylvia Hendon ruled to give the teens grandparents full custody, including the ability to make medical decisions and provide insurance (theyre accepting of her desire to identify as a male).
Although the judge seems convinced of the teens desire to identify as a male, she must still be evaluated by a psychologist unaffiliated with the hospital where she wants to undergo hormone replacement therapy, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, to determine the issue of consistency in the childs gender presentation and feelings of nonconformity. If this were a key component to evaluating the importance of transitioning and it seems to be why wouldnt the judge have ordered a similar evaluation before she stripped the parents of custody of their own child?
The December trial highlighted some of the core arguments on both sides of the transgender debate, particularly regarding the psychological and emotional state of a person who wants legal and medical assistance to look and act like the opposite sex.
Transgenderism opponents often argue children are not developed enough emotionally and psychologically to make such a life-altering choice, even if it is condoned later on. The attorney for the teens parents said she...
In the wake of last weeks school shooting, some elements of the American Left are reaching new depths of callous desperation in their attempt to exploit tragedy for more gun control. After all, facts and argument have failed them long ago, just as anti-gun measures have largely failed to deliver on their promises of security. Too many have been shot to death in gun-free zones for us to put much trust in creating bigger ones.
Their tearful rhetoric is likewise wearing thin, for we are now accustomed to the sad fact that every mass shooting is accompanied by shameless leftists intruding on the grief of a nation to demand decisive action before weve had a chance to process. While medical professionals routinely advise us not to make major decisions while grieving, the Left tellingly prefers that Americans govern our nation with clouded judgment.
It is therefore with a certain irony that, following the senseless murders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, professional psychiatrist and amateur entertainer Jimmy Kimmel has diagnosed anyone who questions gun-control advocates rushed decisions with mental illness. While those who give more weight to authenticity than to wisdom and reason tend to fall in with whoever turns on the most convincing waterworks, the rest of us are content to treat Kimmels sermon as more of that same tearful rhetoric.
Within those comments and accusations, Kimmel took aim specifically at Christiansor at least at alleged Christians, as he described some prominent Second Amendment supporters. Kimmels beleaguered imagination apparently has trouble reconciling legal gun ownership with Christianity, just as it had trouble reconciling it with mental health.
Some people assume that Christians shouldnt support or participate in gun ownership. Most secular liberals fail to understand Christian ethics on matters like this because so few are familiar with anything Jesus actually said. Their mental image of a good spiritual teacher proceeds from a vague and trite recollection that Jesus thought love was good and judging was bad. It has little to no root in any of Jesus actual teachings that his first disciples recorded.
Kimmel isnt the only media figure plagued with hallucinations of mental illness. Earlier last week, The Views Joy Beher put Vice President Mike Pence in the same category because he, as a Christian, learns Christs teachings. She made her diagnosis based on some snide comments (bereft of detail) from a former White House staffer on Celebr...
Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services filed papers in federal court claiming lawyers Rochelle Garza and Myles Garza forced a noncitizen pregnant minor in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement to sign paperwork appointing them to serve as her legal representatives. According to the document, the minor, identified only as Jane Doe, is detained in a Brownsville, Texas shelter and she does not seek an abortion or want the Garzas to represent her interests.
If the name Garza seems familiar in this context, it should: Rochelle Garza is the named plaintiff in Garza v. Hargan, the case the American Civil Liberties Union brought in October in which it sought to force the federal government to facilitate an abortion for a then-17-year-old illegal alien listed as J.D. Rochelle Garza served as J.D.s guardian ad litem, lending her name to the caption, but in that case, it was the ACLUs misconduct that drew the governments attention.
As I explained at length at the time, the ACLU misled the Fifth Circuit during oral argument, then misrepresented to the government the timing of J.D.s abortion, allowing her to be whisked away at 4:30 a.m. to obtain an abortion before the U.S. Department of Justice could appeal to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is currently considering whether the ACLUs conduct justifies vacating the Fifth Circuits decision that illegal alien minors have a constitutional right to an abortion. To date, the justices have discussed the Garza case at three separate conferences and a decision could come as early as 9:30 this morning when the Supreme Court releases its latest orders.
Garza v. Hargan, however, involves an entirely separate case, and in it Rochelle Garza is not working on behalf of the ACLU. The latest filing came in In the Interest of Jane Doe, and it is in this case that the ORR seeks review of Rochelle and Myles Garzas conduct relating to a different minor, asserting: The minor has written and signed two statements attesting to being made to sign a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) G-28 attorney representation form by the guardian and attorney ad litem, and that she no longer wants to receive further assistance from them, and does not want to obtain an abortion.
In Texas, for a minor to obtain an abortion, the minor must obtain parental consent or a judicial bypass....
The simple threat of hearing her name might merit a trigger warning for many conservatives. She is the embodiment of modern liberal feminism and she has been the self-proclaimed enemy of conservatism for quite some time. She is everything conservatives love to hate; so we love to hate her.
And she has given us good reason. From her often provocatively feminist TV show Girls, to her autobiography, to wishing she had had an abortion (a statement for which she later apologized), it doesnt take a conservative long to find principled ground on which she can be condemned. But Lena Dunhams recent story in Vogue should give us pause, break our hearts, and bring forth compassion.
This is the story of a 31-year-old woman who has longed to bear children for more than half her life. After many years of trying to identify the source of her physical pain she gives up, checks herself into the hospital, and refuses to leave until something changes or they remove her uterus. Despite her deep desire to procreate, she ends up sacrificing her uterus out of desperation. (It should be noted she didnt ever actually really want to have an abortion, she wanted to identify with women who had had an abortion)
Throughout her painstaking story she interjects with light somewhat awkward jokes that only serve to show her humanity. She muses of the bad TV she watched for days while waiting for an answer and shares all of the inappropriate responses she developed for every time a nurse asked her if she could be pregnant following the procedure In that case they took out the wrong organ yesterday! Its dark. But what else is a woman to do. It is not unlike the tales of Lincoln, who was known to make light in the heaviest situations, because if you didnt laugh, you would have to cry and she cant cry. Not there. Not yet.
At this point in her narrative I am not crying either. I originally prescribed motives to fit a certain cultural narrative. I assumed that as a successful modern woman, children, pregnancy, and fertility are not important to her. I assumed that she would believe she transcended these desires and they are only inconveniences.
But then she slashes through all assumptions: The fact is, I never had a single doubt about having children. Not one, since the day I could understand how families were made. And pregnancy was the glorious beginning of that vision.
Then she takes it even deeper as she speaks of the time she wore a prosthetic pregnant b...
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appellate court sitting in Chicago, heard oral argument on Thursday in an important pro-life case out of Indiana. The case deals with a new type of anti-abortion law, titled House Enrolled Act 1337, that Indiana passed in 2016.
The law does two things: First, it prohibits any medical professional from performing an abortion if the woman seeking the abortion is doing so solely because of the sex, race, or disability diagnosis of the unborn child. Second, it requires abortion providers like Planned Parenthood to respectfully dispose of the remains of the unborn children they abort, either by burial or cremation, instead of their current practice of treating the remains like medical waste.
Planned Parenthood challenged both provisions of the law in federal district court, and that court declared both unconstitutionala decision Indiana has now appealed. The anti-discrimination provision is vitally important, but its the respectful-disposition provision that Id like to defend here, given that it has generally received less attention.
(Full disclosure, as a lawyer for Wisconsin, I assisted with defending this law by helping to write an amicus brief in federal appellate court, as explained more below. The views expressed here are my own.)
To recount well-known history, in Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court held that the Constitutions Fourteenth Amendment protects a womans right to obtain an abortion. The court essentially affirmed that decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey and, more recently, in Whole Womans Health v. Hellerstedt.
In its challenge to the respectful-disposition provision of Act 1337, however, Planned Parenthood did not claim this law infringed Roes right to abortion. Since this portion of Act 1337 is a post-abortion regulation, the question of whether a mother had the right to terminate the unborn child in the first place is not at issue. Instead, Planned Parenthood relied on a different Fourteenth Amendment principle, that all laws must (at a minimum) further a legitimate governmental interest in a rational way.
This low hurdle is called the rational-basis test, and it is our Constitutions recognition of the fundamental principle that truly arbitrary and irrational governmental action is not law. It is usually easy for a law to pass the rational-basis test. For example, speed limits pass since traffic safety is a legitimate interest, furthered by keeping cars at manageable speeds; the minimum wage passes since prohibiting worker exploitation is a legitimate interest, furthered by mandating a socially acceptable minimum payment; and so forth. Indeed, the tests weak bite should come as no surprise, given the proliferation of U.S. laws managing even our most mundane affairs.
In arguing that Act 1337s respectful-disposition provision fai...
The Trump administration is bringing back sexual risk avoidance, or abstinence-based, education, and many on the Left are not happy. When the administrations 2018 budget proposed cutting former President Obamas ineffective and expensive Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP), which uses the comprehensive sex education model of sexual risk reduction, the mainstream media predicted an apocalypse signaled by unplanned pregnancies.
Now, after the release of President Trumps fiscal-year 2019 budget, which proposes increased funding for sexual risk avoidance education programs in addition to cutting TPPP, left-wing groups are once again succumbing to histrionics. Debra Hauser, the president of the Advocates for Youth, has accused the administration of refusing to put the health of our youth over their own outdated ideologies.
Yet whether Hauser wants to admit it or not, America has a sex problem. Our post-sex-revolution culture has not merely eroded, but utterly demolished, the mores that governed our sexual behavior for centuries. Forget about sex being reserved for marriage, now if a man pays for a first date many expect the clothes will come off later that night, or even without needing a date first. If no real date is to be found, or if dealing with a living, breathing human is too inconvenient, theres always the computer or the cell phone.
Pornography appeals to an ever-more commitment-phobic society addicted to instant gratification. However, as noted by a recent New York Times article, the ubiquity of pornography may be blurring the lines of sex even more, especially for Americas youth.
Young men and boys are seeing male aggression in pornography, and quickly realizing that the women on the screen seem to be enjoying it. Girls learn that if they want to please a male they need to enjoy this aggression, or at least pretend to do so. Its not a hard leap to realize how this haze of glorified sexual aggression could be contributing to the onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations that created the #metoo movement.
The Times article, although graphic, provided a brief hiatus in the narrative of the sexual revolution, one in which more sex is always better. The people interviewed noted that maybe, just maybe, watching explicit and oftentimes violent pornography could harm a young man or womans knowledge of what sex should look like, especially if that is how they are conducting reconnaissance missions...
The abominable event that took place at a high school in Parkland, Florida this past Wednesday has caused the nation to shake our collective heads in despair and shock yet again. Immediately after the news broke, cries and outrage came in the seemingly never-ending gun control debate.
I have written before about immediately politicizing a tragic event. But in a timely and civil fashion, the conversation must not be denied if our country is ever to leave school shootings in a distant past one day. The topic of mass shootings must be met head on.
One way is for family and friends to notice erratic and threatening behavior of any individual who is linked to them and look into that persons connection to any weaponry. The thing that is striking about this latest event is how many peoplestudents and educators alikesaw something in the shooter that made him appear to be unusual. Yet rather than taking any responsibility about someone in their own community, they passed the information off and assumed that was the end of it.
Indeed, the 19-year-old shooter has quite the documented history of atypical behavior. It was even made publicly known that he had spent time in a mental health facility. His own classmates had thought him to be weird and even predicted he would commit such a heinous crime. Plus, his social media history apparently revealed a person with a demented attachment to violence, especially with guns and against animals.
Vic Micolucci WJXT (@WJXTvic) February 14, 2018
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One problem with Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation is that we keep talking about it. That, of course, was the primary reason the Resistance wanted the investigation. It was a way of slowing down, if not absolutely paralyzing, the Trump administration. The Resistances objections to the Trump administration are not primarily to President Trump; they are to his programs.
The lefties didnt want lower taxes. They dont want fewer regulations. And they dont seem to care that unemployment has already gone down in the case of blacks and Hispanics, to the lowest levels since records have been kept. We know liberals dont care because when Trump mentioned the declining rates in his State of the Union address, Democrats sat on their left-wing fannies while Republicans jumped up and cheered.
The latest salvo in the Russia Collusion Saga comes not from Robert Muellers indictment of 13 Russians who live in Russia and will never be brought to justice here, indicating that the indictments were primarily for (or only for) show; not that shows cant be important for making points.
No, the latest salvo comes from Obama loyalist John Brennan, who was the director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time of the 2016 election. He has put out on Twitter his take on the Russia collusion business and the recent Mueller indictments, making fun of Trumps claim that the Russia collusion narrative is a hoax. Brennan tweeted: Claims of a hoax in tatters. My take: Implausible that Russian actions did not influence the views and votes of at least some Americans.
Wow! And water has been discovered flowing downhill. If Brennan is to be understood as meaning anything serious, he must mean that enough votes may have been changed to affect the outcome of the election.
Now that is or would be interesting. It would be interesting because the January 6, 2017, report of the intelligence community, i.e., the CIA, NSA, and now-discredited FBI, says that although Russia interfered in the election: We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election.
So when did Brennan make his assessment that Russian actions did influence the views and votes of at least some Americans? Brennan left the CIA on January 20, 2016. Did he make his assessment sometime in the fourteen days between January 6 when the report of the intelligence community was published and January 20 when he resigned?
If so, did he make his assessment all on his own, without any assistance from any of the CIA staff? He was sitting in his office late one night in the dark, nursing a 16-year-old single malt whisky when bingo! the light goes on (but its only the charlady: she turns it off quickly) and he realizes that its implausible that Russian actions did not influence the views and votes of at least some Americans.
Or was he aided in his deliberations by CIA staff...
The following guest article is a follow-up to a piece by Chuck Marohn written three and a half years ago in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown. What we observed then remains true today: The auto-oriented development pattern playing out in declining communities like Ferguson is a huge financial experiment with massive social, cultural and political ramifications. This deep dive by St. Louis resident, Aubrey Byron, explores the problem further.
Protesters march in the street in Ferguson following the shooting of Michael Brown (Source)
In 2014, my Missouri city dominated the news cycle after the police killing of Michael Brown. St. Louis and Ferguson the suburb just north of the city and site of the incident became ground zero for a conversation about police brutality, race, and declining cities.
The coverage at the time reported everything from Browns character to the tired homicide rates in St. Louis (it should be noted, without ever bringing up the reasons why those statistics are not reflective of the area as a whole).
It was Chuck Marohn at Strong Towns who wrote a comprehensive piece providing context to the decline in Ferguson, drawing the important hypothesis that decline creates poverty rather than the reverse. A city with a limited budget fails to provide resources and infrastructure its citizens need to prosper.
He cited key reasons Ferguson has put investment in the wrong places such as strip mall stores with bleak employment levels and how the city has failed to accommodate a public which uses walking as a means of transportation. Fergusons infrastructure investments (and lack thereof) create a clear picture of the failed...
Recently, we asked ProPublica Illinois readers what they wanted to know about how we do our work. Questions have been rolling in ever since, and weve been answering them in an occasional series of short columns. In this column, ProPublica Illinois reporter Melissa Sanchez answers an inquiry about how deadlines affect our investigations.
How do you balance the need to thoroughly investigate a story and the need to get it published while it's still news? Or, do you generally work on the story until it's done without giving much worry to deadlines? Harold Williams
One of the best things about working for a nonprofit investigative news organization like ProPublica Illinois is that we get the luxury of time. Whats most important is getting the story right, even if that means you have to take an extra few weeks or longer to report it out, get records or conduct heavy data analysis.
For the most part, were not trying to break news like a traditional daily newspaper or TV station. Of course, sometimes we cant help ourselves, especially when our earlier reporting has put the issue on the map. Like when my colleague Jason Grotto followed up on his property tax assessment series or when Jodi Cohen checked back on a troublesome cop shed written about earlier.
Though having a news peg is helpful, strong investigations about issues that affect peoples lives will be important no matter when theyre published.
We still want to remain relevant and timely, of course, both as an organiza...
When poll workers arrived at 6 a.m. to open the voting location in Allentown, New Jersey, for last Novembers gubernatorial election, they found that none of the boroughs four voting machines were working. Their replacements, which were delivered about four hours later, also failed. Voters had to cast their ballots on paper, which then were counted by hand.
Machine malfunctions are a regular feature of American elections. Even as worries over cybersecurity and election interference loom, many local jurisdictions depend on aging voting equipment based on frequently obsolete and sometimes insecure technology. And the counties and states that fund elections have dragged their heels on providing the money to buy new equipment.
A ProPublica analysis of voting machines found that over two-thirds of counties in America used machines for the 2016 election that are over a decade old. In most jurisdictions, the same equipment will be used in the 2018 election. In a recent nationwide survey by the Brennan Center for Justice, election officials in 33 states reported needing to replace their voting equipment by 2020. Officials complain the machines are difficult to maintain and susceptible to crashes and failure, problems that lead to long lines and other impediments in voting and, they fear, a sense among voters that the system itself is untrustworthy.
Todays voting systems are not going to last 70 years, theyre going to last 10, says U.S. Elections Assistance Commission Commissioner Matt Masterson. While previous generations of voting equipment, lever machines and punch cards, had hardware that could be relied on for decades, todays technology becomes outdated a lot faster.
While election equipment needs to be replaced more often, election administration remains a low funding priority, a ProPublica review of state and local budgets nationwide found.
In 2017, Utah appropriated $275,000 to aid counties in purchasing new voting equipment, but $500,000 to help sponsor the Sundance Film Festival. A few years earlier, Missouri allocated $2 million in grants to localities to replace voting equipment the state, while increasing the Division of Tourism budget by $10 million to $24 million.
In Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, home to Pittsburgh, this years Division of Elections budget is $6.1 million. The budget of the countys Parks Department is nearly three times as big. Across the state in Luzerne County, the Bureau of Elections budget is just u...
An agency of the Russian government created fake accounts in order to promote Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton, according to a federal indictment.
Philip Deloria, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, is the first tenured professor of Native American history at Harvard University.
Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a social concept in which every person within a system receive a regular, standard, basic income regardless of employment, background or other external factors. Some criticize UBI, saying that people would stop working with a basic income. However, a recent study demonstrated that people receiving UBI would likely keep their jobs and even take on more part-time work.
The study examines the impact of the Alaska Permanent Fund, a $61-billion communal resource backed by oil, which has been running for more than 35 years. It is currently the closest thing to a UBI in the U.S. Researchers at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy analyzed the economic effect of the annual cash payments made to Alaskan residents, which have recently totaled around $2,000 per person.
The researchers found that not only did employment not decrease, but the number of people in part-time work actually increased by a significant 17 percent. And, while overall employment was reduced in fields like manufacturing and oil, it remained steady in fields l...
David Holt, a citizen of the Osage Nation, will be the first Native person to serve as mayor of Oklahoma City.
The air over us now is unusually cold for this time of the year,
in fact, record breaking cold in some ways. For example,
let's start with the temperature around 5000 ft (850 hPa pressure)
at the radiosonde station at Quillayute, on the Washington Coast
(see below). In this plot, the blue line shows the
daily record low 850 hPa temperatures. Today's temperature
(-12.5C, shown by a circle) was not only a record for the date, but
the lowest for the surrounding dates as well. Really
Im not a fan of EvoPsych. It manages the feat of misunderstanding both evolution and psychology, its researchers are prone to wild misrepresentation of fields they clearly dont understand, and it has all the trappings of a pseudo-science. Nonetheless, Ive always thought they had enough sense to avoid promoting scientific racism, at least openly.
[CONTENT WARNING: Some of them dont.]
Many evolutionary psychologists have asserted that there is a panhuman nature, a species typical psychological structure that is invariant across human populations. Although many social scientists dispute the basic assumptions of evolutionary psychology, they seem widely to agree with this hypothesis. Psychological differences among human populations (demes, ethnic groups, races) are almost always attributed to cultural and sociological forces in the relevant literatures. However, there are strong reasons to suspect that the hypothesis of a panhuman nature is incorrect. Humans migrated out of Africa at least 50,000 years ago and occupied many different ecological and climatological niches. Because of this, they evolved slightly different anatomical and physiological traits. For example, Tibetans evolved various traits that help them cope with the rigors of altitude; similarly, the Inuit evolved various traits that help them cope with the challenges of a very cold environment. It is likely that humans also evolved slightly different psychological traits as a response to different selection pressures in different environments and niches. One possible example is the high intelligence of the Ashkenazi Jewish people. Frank discussions of such differences among human groups have provoked strong ethical concerns in the past. We understand those ethical concerns and believe that it is important to address them. However, we also believe that the benefits of discussing possible human population differences outweigh the costs.
Winegard, Bo, Benjamin Winegard, and Brian Boutwell. Human Biological and Psychological Diversity. Evolutionary Psychological Science 3, no. 2 (June 1, 2017): 15980.
. Yeah, they went there. Theres a bit of coded language going on, too: h...
Tribal leaders are complaining about a lack of leadership in key Indian policy posts but one of them might soon be filled.
This video is HILARIOUS
Did you know that today students staged a lie-in outside White House demanding gun control?
Watch this clip from videographer HighImpactFlix:
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A hundred fifty years ago, at least some Americans recognized that all serious discourse depended on the use of the faculty called Reason.
Formal debate, science, and law all flowed from that source.
A common bond existed in some schools of the day. The student was expected to learn how Reason operates, and for that he was taught the only subject which could lay out, as on a long table, the visible principles: Logic.
This was accepted.
But now, this bond is gone.
The independence engendered by the disciplined study of logic is no longer a desired quality in students.
The classroom, at best, has taken on the appearance of a fact-memorization factory; and we should express grave doubts about the relevance and truth of many of those facts.
A society filled with people who float in the drift of non-logic is a society that declines.
Ideologies that deny individual freedom and independence are welcomed with open arms.
When education becomes so degraded that young students are no longer taught to reason clearly, private citizens have the obligation rebuild that system so the great contribution to Western civilizationlogicis reinstated in its rightful place.
Logic, the key by which true political discourse, science, and law were, in fact, originally developed, must be unearthed.
Logic and reasoning, the capacity to think, the ability to analyze ideasan ability which has been forgotten, which has been a surpassing virtue in every free civilizationmust be restored.
Once a vital thing has been misplaced, buried, and covered over by mindless substitutions, people cannot immediately recognize the original thing has any importance, meaning, or existence....
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First, theres the interview that Bursts held with Michael Davis Africa Jr., a member of the MOVE organization. MOVE is a Philadelphia-based black liberation group founded by John Africa in 1972. The group lives communally. During the conversation, Michael Jr. talks about the case of the MOVE9, who were 9 members of that group who were arrested and accused of the killing of a police officer in 1978 in Philadelphia, a charge they each deny. Officer James Ramp was killed following a year of the Philly PD blockading the house for a year under an eviction order and the police besieged the house on August 8th, 1978.
The MOVE 9 have been incarcerated for almost 40 years now, with Merle & Phil dying behind bars. Police and white supremacist affiliated groups have successfully gotten parole denied for Eddie, Michael and Delbert Africa over the last 9 months as they do for many Political Prisoners from the 1960s through 80s in the U.S. There are upcoming are parole hearings for Janet, Janine and Debbie Africa and more info on who to petition for their release can be found at http://onamove.com/move-9/. The name of the D.A. who prosecuted the MOVE9 in 1978 and who is still on the paperwork and has a say on the parole of the MOVE9 40 years later is named John Straub.
Coming up this Saturday, February 24th starting at 4pm therell be an event called Framed In America: The Making of Political Prisoners. This will take place at The National Black Theater, 2031 5th Ave in Harlem, New York and will include presentations by Ramona Africa, Fred Hampton Jr, Pam Africa, Roger Wareham, Betty Davis, Ralph Poynter and Johanna Fernandez. More info can be found on the Justice for the Move 9 fedbook group.
The second conversation youll hear today is an interview by Dissident Island Radio from London from their February 2nd episode. In this, a collective member interviews Filmmaker Jordan Brown, director of Stare Into the Lights My Pretties, discussing their documentary about screen culture and its implications. The film is available for free on...
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This week, we return to the history of black radicalism within the prison system. You can hear more from Dr. Micol Seigel and Dr. Garrett Felber about this in last weeks episode.
Early in this episode, the prisoner reporting on Operation PUSH, the sit-down strike in Floridas prisons, mentions being transferred to a different area in order to prematurely stifle the strikes effectiveness. Felber helps situate this repression today by speaking about punitive transfers as a means of punishment in the 50s and 60s. These were made in order to separate prisoner activists from one another, but actually led to the spreading of the Nation of Islam within the prison system.
They further explore the way repression and activism function in tandem, and more about the evolution of black radicalism inside prisons and its relationship to the Civil Rights Movement, ending with how the Nation of Islams struggles impact us today.
On January 22, 2018, Joy did a TV interview exposing the brutality of Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, (including the recent fentanyl OD-related death of a prisoner there). Three days before the interview, she was harassed at the law library for having two book bags and a shoulder bag, which was too many bags, according to them, even though they were all filled with legal material. Said material was confiscated.
Shortly after the interview itself, she was placed in SHU (solitary), as the same officers responsible for the above actions claimed that two pills fell out of her pocket, as reason for placing her in SHU. DSS Michael Daye and Lt. McBride are responsible, as theyve been harassing her and we ask you to CALL BHCF and demand HANDS OFF JOY POWELL (see details below).
The NYS SHU Exclusion Law is meant to prohibit confining seniors with health issues in solitary (Joy is diabetic, and has NOT been able to monitor her blood sugar because of this). A Sgt McDaniels has NOT been allowing her to carry snacks at all times (a medical requirement, due to her diabetes) out of malice and against medical advice.
247 Harris Rd,
Bedford Hills, NY 10507
Don Venetozzi (518-457-2337), oversees discipline at NYS DOCCS.
Hello, I am calling to ask that DSS Michael Daye, Lt. McBride and Sgt. McDaniels NOT be allowed to harass inmates and violate the legal and medical safeguards of Joy Powell #07g0632 and that Joy Powell be released IMMEDIATELY from SHU, as she is a senior citizen with health issues, and has been placed in there in retaliation for speaking to the media about the abhorrent conditions at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility! I also request that she be allowed to have snacks on her at all times, that she be allowed to monitor...
Where Do You Go When You Die? The Increasing Signs that Human Consciousness Remains After Death [WantToKnow.info: All News]
Kept out: How banks block people of color from homeownership [WantToKnow.info: All News]
Fifty years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending, African Americans and Latinos continue to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates far higher than their white counterparts. This modern-day redlining persisted in 61 metro areas even when controlling for applicants' income, loan amount and neighborhood, according to millions of ... records analyzed by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Lenders and their trade organizations do not dispute the fact that they turn away people of color at rates far greater than whites, [and] singled out the three-digit credit score ... as especially important in lending decisions. Reveal's analysis included all records publicly available under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. Credit score was not included because that information is not publicly available. That's because lenders have deflected attempts to force them to report that data to the government. America's largest bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co., has argued that the data should remain closed off even to academics. At the same time, studies have found proprietary credit score algorithms to have a discriminatory impact on borrowers of color. The "decades-old credit scoring model" currently used "does not take into account consumer data on ... bill payments," Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina wrote in August. "This exclusion disproportionately hurts African-Americans, Latinos, and young people who are otherwise creditworthy."
Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Dont Know Why. [WantToKnow.info: All News]
Patients: Roundup gave us cancer [WantToKnow.info: All News]
Christine Sheppard fantasizes about her life before cancer. For 12 years, Sheppard had no idea what might have caused her non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - until IARC [The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer] reported that glyphosate, the key ingredient in the popular weed killer Roundup, is "probably carcinogenic to humans". That's the same herbicide Sheppard said she sprayed on her coffee farm in Hawaii for five years. Sheppard is one of more than 800 cancer patients suing Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, claiming the company failed to warn consumers about the risk of cancer associated with Roundup products. Recently unsealed court documents appear to show Monsanto mounting its effort to discredit the IARC report before it was even released. A month before the IARC report came out in 2015, Monsanto executive William F. Heydens sent an internal email [that] suggested ghostwriting parts of an "overall plausibility paper" to save money. After the report [was released] Heydens sent an email to Monsanto's US agency lead. Dan Jenkins, Monsanto's US agency lead ... suggested talking to Jess Rowland, then chairman of the EPA's Cancer Assessment Review Committee. But the next day, Jenkins said Rowland called him. "(Rowland) told me no coordination is going on and he wanted to establish some, saying 'If I can kill this I should get a medal,'" Jenkins wrote, as shown in the plaintiffs' motion to compel the deposition of Rowland.
Note: Read more on Monsanto's fake research and influence over EPA regulators. The negative health impacts of Monsanto's Roundup are well known. Yet the EPA continues to use industry studies to declare Roundup safe while ignoring independent scientists. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on food system corruption and health.
Government spying on immigrants in America is now fair game. [WantToKnow.info: All News]
German workers win right to 28-hour week [WantToKnow.info: All News]
Millions of German workers are winning the fight for a 28-hour work week. Labor union IG Metall secured an unprecedented deal this week to give a large portion of its 2.3 million members more flexible working hours and a big pay rise. From next year, workers at many of Germany's top engineering firms - such as Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler - can opt to work 28 hours a week for up to two years, before returning to the standard 35-hour week. The deal was negotiated with representatives of more than 700 companies in southwest Germany. It is expected to have ripple effects across German industry. "This sets the standard for everyone else," said Megan Greene, chief economist at Manulife Asset Management. IG Metall said the flexibility would help employees who want to care for children or relatives. Pay will be reduced to reflect the shorter working week. The deal also gives workers the option to work 40 hours to earn more. And non-unionized workers could also benefit from the agreement as firms that employ IG Metall workers offer the same terms to their wider workforce. Daimler said it would offer the new flexible hours to all its employees starting in 2019. Bosch, which employs 138,000 people in Germany, said it would offer the same pay rises and perks to the majority of its German workers. It said the flexible hours wouldn't be disruptive. But other companies may find it harder to swallow.
Note: Several major studies have found that long working hours negatively impact health.
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Six years after the largest nuclear disaster in a quarter-century, Japanese officials have still not solved a basic problem: what to do with an ever-growing pile of radioactive waste. Each form of waste at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, where three reactors melted down after an earthquake and a tsunami on March 11, 2011, presents its own challenges. The Tokyo Electric Power Company is pumping water nonstop through the three reactors to cool melted fuel that remains too hot and radioactive to remove. About 400 tons of water passes through the reactors every day. The water picks up radiation in the reactors and then is diverted into a decontamination facility. All this water is being stored in 1,000 gray, blue and white tanks on the grounds. The tanks already hold 962,000 tons of contaminated water. Within a few years, though, and no one is sure exactly when, the plant may run out of room to store the contaminated water. The process of decontaminating the water leaves radioactive sludge trapped in filters, which are being held in thousands of containers of different sizes. Tokyo Electric says it cannot quantify the amount of radioactive sludge being generated. The ultimate goal of the cleanup is to cool and, if possible, remove the uranium and plutonium fuel that was inside the three reactors at the time of the disaster. Tokyo Electric hopes to begin removing fuel debris from the reactor cores in 2021. The entire effort could take decades.
Note: Other signs of serious environmental problems may be related to radiation contamination in the Pacific. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster.
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Wall Street Whistle-Blower Awarded $22 Million for Revealing the Truth about Monsanto [WantToKnow.info: All News]
A whistle-blower who once worked for Monsanto walked away with a handsome payout for alerting regulators to accounting improprieties within the company, according to Reuters. Regulators will reportedly award the former executive with $22 million in connection with the $80 million settlement agreement Monsanto made with the S.E.C. over an incentive program the company ran to promote its trademark weed killer, Roundup. The $22 million payout is the second-highest sum the S.E.C. has given so far to a whistle-blower, behind a $30 million award paid in September 2014. The regulatory agency enacted a program to sweeten the idea of reporting impropriety in 2011, as part of the Dodd-Frank reforms. With between 10 and 30 percent of penalties or settlement agreements made with the government on the line, Wall Streeters and company insiders have all but lined up to tip off the S.E.C. Between September 2014 and September 2015 alone, the agency says 4,000 people forked over information, and more than 30 of them have pocketed a collective $85 million over the last five years.
Note: Monsanto lied to regulators and investors about RoundUp's profitability for three years. Major lawsuits are beginning to unfold over Monsanto's lies on the dangers of Roundup. Yet the EPA continues to use industry studies to declare Roundup safe while ignoring independent scientists. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on food system corruption and health.
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The post #StopSpencer: Call for a Mass Mobilization in East Lansing appeared first on It's Going Down.
On Monday, March 5th at 12 NOON, hundreds will converge in East Lansing, Michigan in a mass mobilization against neo-Nazi and Alt-Right leader Richard Spencer and the systems of white supremacy, patriarchy, and fascism that he represents.
The goal of our mobilization is simple: to show that the Alt-Right, which since its creation has done nothing but carry out acts of murder, violence, and harassment while promoting the most authoritarian and reactionary policies of the Trump administration, has no place in East Lansing, or anywhere. Together, we will oppose the rise of fascism, whether it comes in white sheets or hipster haircuts.
Above all, we will defend our communities from the Alt-Right. Everywhere that Spencer goes, violence follows. From the horrific murder of Heather Heyer at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville which Spencer spearheaded, to Gainesville, Florida, where neo-Nazi goons brought by Spencer to do security for his last campus speaking event, literally opened fire on demonstrators sitting at a bus stop.
This time around, Spencer will be bringing attendees from an Alt-Right conference on March 4th in Detroit to his speaking event for extra backup. With the potential for a large Alt-Right presence that will surely be heavily protected by police, the need for a mass convergence is clear. This is all hands on deck.
To carry this convergence forward, a growing coalition entitled Stop Spencer at MSU has been hard at work doing outreach, making connections, and organizing for months, but ultimately, we need your help to make this mobilization a success.
The coalition includes community members, students, faculty, s...
Emma Gonzalez, survivor of the Feb. 14th massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School addressed a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, just a couple of days after 17 people were killed at her school. She passionately blasted Trump and the NRA.
(TMU) In Poland, there is a cow living alone on an island, who is prepared to attack anyone who comes near her. Shes been on that island for about one month after she staged a herculean escape and swam to freedom. The cow was being urged to enter a lorry, which would transport her to a 
MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. Iraqs Defense Ministry has received the first batch of 36 T-90S tanks under an arms contract with Russia, Shafaq News reported on Monday, citing Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Army, Lieutenant-General Othman Al-Ghanmi. Al-Ghanmi, who paid an inspection visit to Basra, confirmed that the 36 Russian-made tanks had been delivered 
In a new piece for LobeLog, John Feffer writes that some progressive critics are going too far in dismissing the Russiagate narrative. The piece is called "Russiagate or Deep State?" John Feffer is the editor of LobeLog and the Director of Foreign Policy and Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and he joined me earlier today to discuss his piece.
On the one hand, if anyone deserves to die, it's Nikolas Cruz. On the other hand, what kind of society executes a "broken child," possibly autistic, almost certainly emotionally damaged, absolutely wrecked by the recent death of his mother, his last surviving parent? How does killing a killer send the message that killing is wrong?
The U.S. should begin to shift its foreign policy away from waging war or providing military aid to benefit the regional ambitions of countries whose principal virtue is that they serve America's geopolitical interests. Instead, its foreign policy should be aimed primarily at helping all undeveloped countries gain access to life essentials such as clean water and food. The defense dollars saved could be put to much better use.
The Still Rising Mixtape is back to bless the streets with its 4th edition. This mixtape is dedicated to the J20 defendants who will be going to trial at the end of the month, to the defense of the Afrin canton against the invasion of the Turkish State, to solidarity with Russian and German anarchists, to those proactively organizing actions for Spring 2018, and lastly to the average joe trying to survive this winter.
1. One World Lowkey
2. U Suck America Bambu
3. I wonder (Feat. Akala) Nines
4. A Million And One Questions(Anon 65 Remix Feat Akala & Lowkey) Jay-Z
5. Homeland And Hip Hop Immortal Technique (Feat. Mumia Abu Jamal)
6. Read Between The Lines Lowkey
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (2/19/18). Whether we are hearing the same old lies on repeat, as the US government yet again hypocritically calls out Syria for chemical weapons use, with no evidence, 
The post Update on the Hamilton, Ontario Anarchist Bookfair, March 3-4th appeared first on It's Going Down.
The Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair is taking place March 3-4th and aims to be a space for convergence and discussion among anarchists and anti-authoritarians from across Southern Ontario. Our hope with this weekend is to contribute to rebuilding a sense of regional cohesion among various anarchist tendencies, to meet each other, share information about our contexts and projects, and find ways to work together to push back the smothering blanket of Canadian progressive democracy to lay bare the antagonisms that contained in capitalism and the State here and everywhere.
We just published the final list of workshop descriptions and tablers and thought wed take a minute to summarize a bit of what to expect at the bookfair. We got a lot of workshop submissions, and our hope in choosing the ones we did was to highlight the various approaches to the struggle against systems of domination in the region, in order to both emphasize what we have in common and to create productive spaces for engaging with differences.
Saturday morning, we start with Food Sovereignty on Stolen Land about building practical, land-based autonomy in Indigenous communities, and Taking over your workplace engaging with various approaches to starting to get your workplace organized. The intro to anarchy workshop, Against Politicians, Even the Nice Ones focuses on what distinguishes anarchism from various forms of socialism or progressivism, namely our opposition to the state and to political representation. At the same time Not Your Founding Fathers Anarchism presents a narrative of anarchist history that emphasizes the participation of women. Well close the day with back-to-back workshops about prison resistance, starting with Anti-Prison Struggle in Ontario and Quebec and followed by Working in Solidarity with Prisoners, sharing practical ideas for how to show solidarity to incarcerated people in struggle. At the same time as these, Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism presents an idea of anarchist struggle based in solidarity and that rejects the recuperation of the institutional Left, and the North American launch of the English translation of the book Revolution without Delay, a biography of anarchist Maria Nikiforove and her participation in the Russian revolution.
On Sunday, well be running three simultaneous streams, s...
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Members of SeaSol continued to place themselves in between Karim and the police so as to prevent them from totally isolating him, the only black man at the action, to help ensure the police did not engage in any illegal repression. They began attempting to drive a wedge between SeaSol and Karim by acting as a mouth piece for LGC Hospitality by imploring us to stop and let them tell us LGCs made-up story about Karim threatening to shoot up the place.
Early February 2018, SeaSol helped Karim defeat a wage theft attempt by temp agency LGC Hospitality. Despite initial resistance and cop-calling intimidation tactics, LGC Hospitality agreed to pay his wages and tips of $1,600 within 24 hours after SeaSol and Karim delivered a demand letter at LGCs office in Renton. The temp agency had refused to pay Karim for months, blaming him for their loss of timesheets and tip records.
In late December 2017, Karim found a Seattle Solidarity Network poster at a bus stop and decided to place a call to see what the organization was all about. He was at his wits end having spent day after day attempting to get paid in full the nearly $2,000 in wages and tips he was owed by a temp agency only to be met with hostility and denigration by them. Despite Karims efforts to advocate for himself, the employer made it clear that they were not interested in any sort of productive dialog with him by repeatedly telling him it was his fault that they lost his time sheets and tips.
After sitting down with a couple of organizers from SeaSol, Karim decided that a direct action-oriented approach to his labor dispute was a promising idea. He came to the next meeting and shared his story with the wider group and it was immediately clear that this was a righteous fight. Even the most cursory of searches shows that the company in question, LGC Hospitality, has a well-established track record of similar business practices in nearly every location they operate in. Shortly after hearing his story, SeaSol voted unanimously to take on the fight and organize alongside...
Source: Patheos Christian radio host Bryan Fischer claims school prayer would have prevented the Florida school shooting. In an article for the American Family Association, Christian radio host Bryan Fischer argues that God allows school shootings like 
A demonstration of a Bolingbrook Park Districts robot prototype ended in disaster after it sprayed Mayor Roger Claar with a CO2 fire extinguisher.
Eyewitness say Claar was unharmed, but very upset, after the attack. The robot has since been shut down, pending reprogramming.
Only Rogers pride was hurt, said one eyewitness. But you really dont want to hurt Rogers pride.
The eyewitnesses say the incident occurred during a secret demonstration of the prototype robot. The eyewitnesses said the commissioners claimed the robot would save thousands of dollars in labor costs alone.
They can work 24 hours without being paid overtime, said Park District president Jerry Hix. They wont join unions, and they wont waste our time with contract negotiations. Our human employees still wont take no for an answer. Anyway, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, we can now say the future of our park district is automated.
The robot first demonstrated simple cleaning tasks. Hix then turned on the rules enforcement mode. An employee pretended to fish at Hidden Lakes Trout Farm. The robot walked up to the employee. You are fishing outside of the legal period. Return the captured fish now. I am authorized to use all means necessary to make you comply. The employee returned the fish. Thank you for following the rules of the Bolingbrook Park District. Did you know that Bolingbrook was named one of the best places to live in America in 2014?
After the demonstration, eyewitnesses say Claar walked up to the robot, holding a glass of cola.
Im impressed, said Claar.
Alcohol detected in your glass, the robot replied. Alcohol is not permitted in this Park District facility.
Claar laughed. Its just a coke.
Cola and alcohol detected in your glass, replied the robot. Alcohol is not permitted in this Park District facility. Did you know that the Bolingbrook Park District was founded in 1970?
Yes, snapped Claar. Because I am the mayor of Bolingbrook.
Did you know that Mayor Claar has held the office since 1986?
Then you know that Mayor Claar is the source of all rules in Bolingbrook. Alcohol is prohibited in this building. To defy this rule is to defy the mayor.
Claar laughed. Youll only get this drink off me when you remove it from my cold hand.
Chilling your hand is easy to achieve.
The robot then sprayed Claars hand with a fire extinguisher. Claar dropped the glass and stepped awa...
The post Candler, NC: Banner Drop in Traditionally KKK Territory appeared first on It's Going Down.
Southeastern anti-fascists collaborated in a banner drop in long-held KKK territory, sending a clear message that we know where they are, we are watching, and we will confront any and all white supremacist organizing in our communities.
There seems to be something different in the reaction to the
horrific school shooting in Florida. Students are taking the lead
in demanding that something be done to combat the deadly rampages
that routinely occur in the US due to the easy availability of
high-powered weaponry. They are calling for a massive demonstration
on March 24 in Washington, DC and around the country titled
March For Our Lives
demand that action be taken.
Students are dismissing the usual responses that are given by politicians that are essentially excuses to do nothing that are parodied by Tom Tomorrow in the cartoon.
Why this is significant is because high school students are representative of the entire US. College students can be dismissed as liberal elitists. Women can be dismissed as a special interest group though they are the majority. People of color and the LGBT community can be dismissed because they are people of color and the LGBT community. But high school students span the entire spectrum of the population.
Watch these students from the high school deliver powerful speeches.
John Oliver reports on this new development.
Will this have any effect? One can only support this effort and hope that it will.
Its not exactly a pretty story, saturated as it is with slavery, colonialism and war, but it turns out that the Kingdom of Dahomey maintained an elite force of warrior women, the NNonmiton, in the 19th century. The comic book linked above tells their story, and these were definitely not put on for show they were an active fighting force.
The Dahomey Warriors were known to be especially skillful, competitive, and brave. Their drills and military parades were always performed to dancing, music, and songs and their weapons were sometimes used as choreographic props. As expressed in their songs, their goal was to outshine men in every respect, and European travelers observed that they were better organized, swifter and much braver than male soldiers. As such, the King would send them to war as opposed to their male counterparts and European soldiers would also hesitate to kill them as they were often young women.
More details at the Smithsonian.
There is a strong subtext of racism in the "harvest box" pitch, although 37 percent of people receiving food assistance are white. Nearly two-thirds of recipients are children, elderly, or disabled. Others are single parents. Some have been impoverished by structural racism, others by the economic collapse that has gripped entire swaths of our nation.
Syrian women are helping to save Syria and all of humanity against the scourge of Western-supported terrorism.
(U) Over the past few years, there has been a definitive rise in school shooting incidents specifically Active Shooter or Rampage Shooting events but while the motives may have evolved, school violence is anything but new. With captive targets, a predictable attack environment, and little to no security hurdles, schools have long been a lucrative environment for violence. Recently though, the violent trend seems to be more popular amongst those with erroneous notions of vengeance, mental instability, and those seeking copycat infamy more than the staunch ideologist typically seen in other types of violent extremism. With that in mind, this joint Washington State Fusion Center (WSFC) and Oregon TITAN Fusion Center (TITAN) assessment intends to aid law enforcement and private and public sector security in understanding the various intricacies of the new-aged active or rampage shooter, how to recognize the signs, and what current measures are being taken to help mitigate the threat.
(U) Key Findings
(U//FOUO) Rampage shootings at schools are not a new trend, but it is evolving and reoccurring. Statistics show the growth trend in active/rampage shooting events we have seen from 2005-2014 is very similar to what was suffered in the 1990s.
(U//FOUO) There is no profile for an active shooter. While some may share certain traits, each active/rampage shooter is vastly different in physical, mental, environmental, and motivational characteristics.
(U//FOUO) Recent shootings underscore the need for law enforcement, private and public sector security officials, and school administrators to ensure protective measures and emergency response plans are in place and rehearsed.
(U//FOUO) Since there is no all-encompassing detection method, nor enough law enforcement to catch every would-be violent extremist, it is vital for the public to be active participants in deterring these tragedies by reporting suspicious activity and behavior.
(U) Traits of a Rampage Shooter
(U//FOUO) First and foremost, there is no profile for an active shooter. While some may share certain traits, each active shooter is different in physical, mental, environmental, and motivational characteristics. A joint DHS/FBI Intelligence Bulletin on Active Shooter Incidents, published in late December 2012, showed that active shooters were often described as social isolates who harbored feelings of hate and anger and had some history of mental health issues. Very few of the shooters in cases analyzed by the FBI had previous arrests for violent crimes, though many of the shooters had encountered a significant emotional hardship prior to the attack, such as loss of significant relationships, changes in financial status, loss of a job, major adverse changes to life circumstances, and/or feelings of humiliation or rejection.
(U//FOUO) While there is no cookie-cutter pattern for pre-event identification of...
CTV News, February 15, 2018
The death of an indigenous man in Kahnawake has caused some trouble for a family that wished to bury him as soon as possible.
Stuart Myiow Sr. died Tuesday morning at his home and was subsequently taken to Anna Laberge-Hospital in Chateauguay in order to be declared deceased.
But before his body entered the hospital, a problem cropped up: administrators said that once they accepted Myiows body, they were only allowed to release his body to an accredited funeral facility.
Stuart Myiow Jr. then tried to find a funeral home that would do that without performing a full funeral service but he was not able to do so.
Instead, Myiow ended up taking his fathers remains home himself, in his car, in order to hold a funeral before sunset.
So here we are in this day and age that a Mohawk cannot, because of bureaucracy, be buried in the way of our customs, said Myiow....
Rachel invites Strong Towns member and contributor Daniel Herriges onto the podcast to discuss his ongoing series about gentrification and why this issue has so firmly divided two groups of people who could actually gain a lot from working together. Rachel also shares an important reminder: Nominations for the Strongest Town Contest are due February 25. Apply today!
Stephen MacKinnon sentenced in Chilliwack court for stealing $2.3 million over eight years
Paul Henderson, Chilliwack Progress, Feb. 17, 2018
The man who stole millions of dollars from the Seabird Island First Nation was sentenced in provincial court in Chilliwack on Friday to four-and-a-half years in jail.
Stephen Andrew MacKinnon elicited no reaction in courtroom 201 as Judge Richard Browning handed down the term to the 48-year-old who embezzled approximately $2.3 million from the band while working in the finance department between 2005 and 2013.
MacKinnnon was originally charged with four counts: fraud over $5,000, theft over $5,000, forgery, and using a forged document. He pleaded guilty to the first and fourth count last July.
The crimes started when he was hired by Seabird Island in July 2005 to overhaul and put in place digital networks for the 900-member First Nation. Over eight years he forged 321 invoices paid by him with his private credit card, money that was then reimbursed by the band.
The exact total of his scam, which was essentially simple but involved a prolonged course of deception, amounted to $2,345,471.68.
The peasant rebels took up arms in 1994, and now number 300,000 in centres with their own doctors, teachers and currency, but rarely answer questions until now
Diners in the Tierradentro cafe in the southern Mexican town of San Cristbal de las Casas can choose between a variety of omelettes. The Liberty has the most ingredients, the Democracy looks the best, but the Justice costs the most possibly because it comes with cheese.
The restaurant is one of many celebrating, or cashing in on, the Zapatist...
The allegations against the Israeli Prime Minister continue to mount, but it is unlikely he will go quietly, writes Jonathan Cook. Netanyahu's scandals have split Israeli society down the middle. While thousands have turned out to march against Mr Netanyahu, his core electorate is still behind him.
Another terrible school shooting took place in Parkland, Florida last week and unfortunately many politicians and pundits have used the tragedy as they often do to push their own agenda. Many will use the tragedy to argue that Americans should be prohibited from owning guns. As if anti-gun laws would dissuade a disturbed 
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(ZHE) Former Clinton campaign manager and ardent foodie, John Podesta, was caught flat-footed during a heated exchange on CBSs Face the Nation Sunday after being asked about the campaigns failure to campaign in so-called purple states in 2016. In a discussion of 13 Russian nationals indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, host Nancy Cordes noted that Russian 
When black and brown people talk about open carry and the 2nd Amendment, they do so knowing that for that right they are not afforded the same privilege when found with a gun legal or otherwise.
Im a little behind on my TYT episodes, so this story is a little old, but I had to share it because I love it.
If you cant watch the video right now, heres the gist
Im sure you are aware of the Girl Scouts, and that one of the most famous tasks of the Girl Scouts is to sell excellent cookies to raise money for their troop, and that the scout that raises the most gets a prize. So, one enterprising young girl decided to place her cookie stand outside of a marijuana dispensary.
She sold over 300 boxes of cookies in under 6 hours. Shes a genius. Shes my hero.
Apparently, this story also sparked outrage, because despite pot being legalized in many states, there is still this prudish attitude towards pot acceptance into society.
To that, I say pfft. Selling cookies outside of a dispensary is just smart, it does not make her more likely to smoke pot. If the Girl Scouts were famous for selling brie instead of cookies, and one girl decided to sell it outside a winery, this would not have been mentioned at all. It just shows me that the States still has a long way to go when it comes to marijuana, regardless of the strides taken in legalization. Ironically, I think that pot is more socially acceptable in countries where it is still technically illegal, like Germany or Italy, than it is in the States.
Anyway, give that girl a badge for her efforts. Hell, give her two. She deserves to be praised, not maligned, for her savvy.
On February 16, 2018, Bloombergs Eli Lake published an article entitled Dont Be Fooled: Russia Attacked U.S. Troops in Syria. For context, the U.S.-led coalition conducted air and artillery strikes against what was believed to be pro-government forces in Syria on February 7, 2018, in response to an unprovoked attack launched by these pro-regime forces. Not long after, reports 
As the world becomes more dangerous by the day, the need for action for peace has never been more vital. With militarism on the rise, the need for a global peoples alternative of justice, sustainability and peace has never been more urgent. Since NATOs last summit in 2017 we have seen an escalation of nuclear rhetoric between Trump and North Korea and frequent talk of the possibility of world war three. This is not a situation that is tolerable for humanity to live in the shadow of annihilation and we, the peoples of the world, reject this warmongering. We call on all peace-loving citizens and organisations to demonstrate their desire for peace, on the occasion of the next NATO summit meeting in Brussels in July 2018.
Police have admitted that they received at least 20 calls reporting suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz in recent years, and his former classmates said they received multiple death threats from him.
The post At Least 20 Students Told Police Nikolas Cruz Threatened To KILL ThemPolice Did Nothing appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
It happened so subtly, we missed the corporate coup. Like shadows, corporations surrounded our country and slowly strangled it. They crept into Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, the FDA, the military, the Department of the Interior: everywhere you look, a corporation controls the decisions of this nation. We have become the occupied territory of brand names, corporate logos, monopolistic power, and corporate greed. It would be easier to understand what has happened if they wore red armbands and goose-stepped. But no, the minions of corporate power wear false smiles, carry empty promises, and fly in private jets. The less-powerful rank-and-file of the corporate state look like our neighbors, relatives, friends. They are not our enemy. It is the destructive behaviors of the corporate state, and its occupation of our government, culture, and society that we must rebel against.
(RPI) Another terrible school shooting took place in Parkland, Florida last week and unfortunately many politicians and pundits have used the tragedy as they often do to push their own agenda. Many will use the tragedy to argue that Americans should be prohibited from owning guns. As if anti-gun laws would dissuade a disturbed 
NEW YORK, NY -- On Thursday, February 15th 11 undocumented youth and allies began The Walk to Stay Home, a 15-day walk from New York Citys Battery Park to Washington D.C.s Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. The 250-mile journey has been organized by the Seed Project with the support of the #OurDream Campaign to draw attention to the need for a clean Dream Act that not only grants permanent protection for undocumented youth but does not harm 11 million undocumented people living and working in the United States. Everyday I wake up to read the latest news reports. Reading quotes from politicians, both attacks and promises about my existence, said Hector Jairo Martinez, a New York DACA recipient from Brooklyn. It is time for us, undocumented youth, to once again step out of the shadows and make a simple demand, let us stay home.
Published in December 2015, this article by Jon Rappoport has a bearing on the recent Florida Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shootout. According to the Miami Herald, concerning the shootout at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida: Earlier that day at a staff meeting, teachers had been told there would soon be a code red or lockdown drill in 
The post Training Exercises Dovetail With Mass Shootings What Are The Odds? appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.
Today is the 76th anniversary of the signing of the executive order which allowed the internment of Japanese Americans in concentration camps on US soil.
The post On This Day in 1942, US Authorities Began Locking Up Americans In Concentration Camps appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
Julian Assanges latest attempt to have his outstanding UK arrest warrant dropped has failed in what stands as one of the most blatant and cruel examples of the British legal system being wielded as an instrument of persecution against a man whose only crime is speaking truth to power. The judge presiding over his case, and who summarily dismissed it, was Lady Arbuthnot of Edrom. Yes, you read that right. In the second decade of the 21st century the UK legal system is still dominated by the kind of people whose morning workout consists of flogging the butler. Lady Arbuthnot also happens to be the wife of Tory peer and former junior Defence Minister Lord James Arbuthnot, whose father was Major Sir John Sinclair Wemyss Arbuthnot. By now you should be getting the idea. These ridiculous products of privilege and the British public school system...
The Netherlands will not give out any permits for the exploration for shale gas in the Netherlands, economic affairs minister Erik Wiebes has confirmed to parliament. Shale gas is not an option in the Netherlands any more, Wiebes said. We are not doing it. It is over and done with. The previous economic affairs minister Henk Kamp introduced a five-year moratorium on drilling for shale gas which expires in 2020. Shale gas is ordinary natural gas that has been trapped in dense shale beds deep underground. It is extracted using a controversial process known as fracking, which involves drilling a hole deep into the shale and pumping in water mixed with sand and chemicals. A number of local councils, water boards and even brewing groups like Heineken have come out against the production of shale gas in the Netherlands because of the risk of pollution.
If someone wanted to kill 300,000 Americans and get away with it, they could not have accomplished it more effectively than our government has accomplished it with the opioid epidemic. If someone lets say good old Uncle Samwanted to kill 300,000 Americans, they would go about it as detailed in this step-by-step guide. This also just so 
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In his first few months at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), commissioner Rob Powelson scheduled the great majority of his meetings with fossil fuel energy companies and utilities, his work calendar shows. The calendar, obtained by DeSmog through an open records request, can be viewed below. Nominated to FERC by President Trump, Powelson began serving on the commission last August. He previously served on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. A review of his FERC calendar shows that between September 4 and December 10 2017, Powelson had a total 76 work meetings scheduled with various stakeholders. Of those meetings, 62 (82 percent) were with fossil fuel and pipeline companies, utilities, and trade groups predominantly representing those industries.
There was a story that appeared in the news some time ago about
a mysterious sound that was supposedly affecting US embassy
personnel in Havana and creating such debilitating effects that it
resulted in some of them deciding to come back to the US. There
were allegations that Cuba was waging some kind of high-tech
warfare against the US but the case for that was pretty thin, even
allowing for the fact that there would be no motive for them to do
so, since they are interested in improving ties with the US.
This long article by Tim Golden and Sebastian Rotella of ProPublica provides a detailed analysis of what exactly happened though it does not answer the key questions.
It was not until a Friday in late March that the diplomat realized he might be facing something more dangerous than bugs. At work that day, an embassy colleague with whom he was friendly took him aside and said he was leaving Cuba right away. A fit-looking man in his thirties, the colleague said he had just been in Miami, where medical specialists found he had a series of problems including a serious hearing loss. In late December, he said, he had been struck by a strange, disturbing phenomenon a powerful beam of high-pitched sound that seemed to be pointed right at him.
Even in a realm where secrets abound, the Havana incidents are a remarkable mystery. After nearly a year of investigation that has drawn on intelligence, defense and technology expertise from across the U.S. government, the FBI has been unable to determine who might have attacked the diplomats or how. Nor has the bureau ruled out the possibility that at least some of the Americans werent attacked at all. Officials who have been briefed on the inquiry described it as having made strikingly little progress in answering the basic questions of the case, with frustrated FBI agents reporting that they are running out of rocks to overturn.
What happened seems truly weird and has defied strenuous efforts to identify the problem, even though the Cuban authorities have cooperated in the investigation.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next week for the case Janus vs. AFSCME, which addresses first amendment issues in public sector labor and seeks to restore workers rights to freedom of speech.
Daniel DiSalvo joins this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the details of this case. As a public sector employee himself, DiSalvo shares the hoops he has had to jump through to exercise his own first amendment rights.
This string of Supreme Court cases over the last 5 years has really forced public sector labor leaders to say Wait a minute, we need to reconnect with our membership and communicate why being in the union is valuable,' he said.
Daniel DiSalvo is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and an associate professor of political science in the Colin Powell School at the City College of New YorkCUNY.
Listen to the full interview here:
But we have to imagine, dont we? Its the only way we can get change done.
I recently stumbled across a cell phone video made by a student at Parkland as they were fleeing their classroom. The teacher was dead in a pool of blood. Another student was dead. Yet another student was moaning in pain, wounded. They fled through a hallway with more students lying dead. It was so horrific that I could not in good conscience repost it, out of respect for the dead and the families who have lost people they loved. I closed my eyes and shut that window, unwilling to look at it again. Its no wonder that those students are being so articulate in speaking out against this ongoing nightmare.
We are allowing kids to be slaughtered and traumatized so the gun industry can make more profits and so the NRA can prosper. When will we wake up and shut those ghouls down?
(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) On February 16, 2018, Bloombergs Eli Lake published an article entitled Dont Be Fooled: Russia Attacked U.S. Troops in Syria. For context, the U.S.-led coalition conducted air and artillery strikes against what was believed to be pro-government forces in Syria on February 7, 2018, in response to an unprovoked attack launched by these pro-regime forces. Not long after, reports began emerging that significant 
Why throw money at defense when everything is falling down around us? Do we need to spend more money on our military (about $600 billion this year) than the next seven countries combined? Do we need 1.4 million active military personnel and 850,000 reserves when the enemy at the moment ISIS numbers in the low tens of thousands? If so, it seems there's something radically wrong with our strategy. Should 55% of the federal government's discretionary spending go to the military and only 3% to transportation when the toll in American lives is far greater from failing infrastructure than from terrorism? Does California need nearly as many active military bases (31, according to militarybases.com) as it has UC and state university campuses (33)?
The following essay by guest writer, Jay Walljasper, comes from his new report, The Surprising Future of Bicycling in America, and is republished with permission.
Maria Contreras Tebbutt teaches bike safety in Woodland, California (Credit: Kate Hoff)
For too long biking has been viewed skeptically as a white-people thing, a big city thing, an ultra-fit athlete thing, a twenty-something thing, a warm weather thing or an upper-middle class thing. And above all else, it's seen as a guy thing.
But guess what? The times they are a changing. More than 100 million Americans rode a bike in 2014, and bicycles have out-sold cars most years in the US since 2003. A couple other facts that may surprise you:
As for other misperceptions, keep in mind that Minneapolis (in chilly Minnesota) and Arlington, VA (in suburban DC) rank among Americas top towns for biking. And the one place where bikes account for more than 20 percent of traffic on local streets is Davis, CA (pop: 65,000).
Slowly but surely, more U.S. communities are realizing that the future of mobility is bigger than cars. Biking is seen as an attractive, cost effective, healthy and convenient way to get around. Bike commuting tripled in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Portland and Denver from 1990 to 2012, and doubled in many other cities.
This success is changing what people see as possible for life on two wheels. Theres a new push to make bike-riding more mainstream by creating low-stress routes that conveniently take even inexperienced bicyclists to the places they want to go on networks of protected bike lanes (where riders are safely separated from speeding traffic) and neighborhood greenways (residential streets where bikers and walkers get priority...
There are many explanations offered for the appearance of mass murders. One is behavior control drugs that some kids are on. Another is the extreme violence seen on TV and movies and practiced on video games. Yet another is the destruction of religious influence and the fear of Hell. Something has erased in some people moral conscience and concern for others.
The mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on school campuses across the United States aimed at pushing lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws. Organizers behind the Womens March, an anti-Trump and female empowerment protest, called for a 17-minute walkout on March 14 to protest Congress inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods. The Network for Public Education, an advocacy organization for public schools, meanwhile, announced a national day of action on April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, in which two students opened fire on their classmates, killing 12 students and one teacher.
Throughout Saturday and Sunday, Israeli warplanes have been pounding the Gaza Strip, with officials reporting strikes against 18 separate targets overnight. Two civilians were reported killed, both teenagers in Rafah hit by tank fire. The attacks started after a bombing at the Gaza-Israel border. Israeli Army officials say Palestinians rose a flag inside Gaza, but 
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Two Muslim men have challenged the New York Police Departments cloak of secrecy over NYPD surveillance of Muslim mosques and student groups. The mens case went to the New York Court of Appeals here on Feb. 6, with more than 30 supporters filling the spectator seats. The mens lawyer demanded to know why New York states Freedom of Information Law request for the spy documents was met with an evasive NYPD response that it could neither confirm nor deny that such documents even existed. The NYPD has a long history of spying on civil rights organizers and anti-war activists, as well as leftist organizations and members. A 1971 federal lawsuit put in place guidelines that supposedly prohibit the NYPD from collecting information on political speech unless it is related to terrorism.
An alleged child sexual assault victim who came forward last year with disturbing allegations against the Seattle Mayor was found dead in an Auburn motel room on Friday.
The post Man Who Accused Seattle Mayor of Sexually Abusing Him as a Child, Found Dead at 47 appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. Fred Rogers
On Valentines Day last week, a teenager took the lives of 17 students and wounded 15 others at his former high school in Parkland, Florida. However, in the middle of that horrifying tragedy and carnage, several people became heroes, because they demonstrated the definition of true love, which is sacrificial and selfless. While a serious discussion about guns, security, mental illness, and policy should and likely will follow this tragic event, its also important to recognize glimmers of hope in the midst of darkness, acts of good in the middle of evil. There may be additional reports forthcoming of acts of incredible bravery and sacrifice, but these are the ones that have been reported so far.
The New York Posts reports Shanthi Mrs. V Viswanathan, an Algebra II instructor at Marjory Stoneman Douglas knew something just didnt add up when the second fire alarm of the day sounded. The routine would have been to send students into the hallway, any time an alarm sounded. The teacher ordered her students to the floor in a corner of the room instead, the Sun-Sentinel reported, then put paper over the doors window so no one could see inside. Her quick thinking and ability to follow her gut may have saved the lives of all the students in her room.
When teacher Melissa Falkowski heard gunshots, her first instinct was to hide all of her students in the only space available to her a closet. I managed to put 19 kids in the closet with me. This is the worst nightmare that could ever happen to you, she told CNN. While her students were clearly stunned and afraid, either standing in silence, bursting into tears, or interacting on their phones, Falkowski remained calm. You try to do the best you can for the kids you are supposed to keep safe.
When Colton Haab, a 17-year-old Junior ROTC student heard gunshots, he didnt hesitate to usher 60 to 70 people in a room, according to CNN. The quick-thinking Haab then grabbed Kevlar sheets he and his peers used for the marksmanship program at ROTC and put them to use.
We took those sheets, and we put them in front of everybody so they werent seen, because they were behind a solid object and the Kevlar would slow the bullet d...
The head of Shlepp Entertainment Stevie Eagle E has confirmed that he will be collaborating on a musical project with Norwegian singing star Beate Jacobsen in 2018. The two met at the G Salvatore Fashion Showcase event in the U.K., and they immediately hit it off. Eagle E is known for his global collaborations and 
The post Stevie Eagle E Confirms Collaboration With Norwegian Star Beate Jacobsen appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.
By Vin Armani WATCH livestream at 10am PST (1pm EST) below. This week we welcome Rick Falkvinge to the show to talk about the current...
Minnesota Republicans are pushing a bill they say defends free speech on campus.
Introduced last week by State Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) and State Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls) at a press conference alongside members of the University of Minnesota College Republicans, the bill would make state-funded universities adopt policies that place a higher emphasis on free speech.
You will not be surprised to learn that the actual text of the bill does the opposite of that.
although faculty are free in the classroom to discuss subjects within areas of their competence, faculty shall be cautious in expressing personal views in the classroom and shall be careful not to introduce controversial matters that have no relationship to the subject taught, especially matters in which they have no special competence or training and in which, therefore, facultys views cannot claim the authority accorded statements they make about subjects within areas of their competence, provided that no faculty will face adverse employment action for classroom speech, unless it is not reasonably germane to the subject matter of the class as broadly construed, and comprises a substantial portion of classroom instruction.
So, placing a higher emphasis on free speech is to be accomplished by gagging college professors. That doesnt sound like free speech to me. As usual, right-wingers use free speech as a code for limiting speech they dont like.
This is also a bill that demonstrates a deep ignorance about how universities work. I am part of a team of faculty who have the mission of helping students acquire basic knowledge about a rich, complex subject. That knowledge is not imparted in a single class (why, not even my class); I rely on students learning preliminary information in the prerequisites to my courses, and my colleagues expect that students will emerge from my classes with knowledge they can build on. There is a tremendous amount of peer pressure to keep class content focused and substantial. I dont need a law saying that I cant spend hours and hours of class time talking about, oh I dont know, Trump, atheism, lobsters, or feminism.
I really dont need a bluenosed ideologue hovering over my should to police my class time in order to teach well, and in fact, that would be one other factor that would compromise my effectiveness.
The NRA's essentially outright purchase of senators like Richard Burr ($6.3 million in 2016), Marco Rubio ($3.2 million in 2016), Roy Blunt ($3 million), and Rob Portman ($2.2 million) -- and Donald Trump ($30 million in the presidential race) -- is so obviously corrupt to many of the students in Parkland that they're furious.
Rather than heeding the warnings from the UN to open up Gazas blockade and allow vital aid, what we have witnessed over the course of the last decade is a periodic all-out Israeli assault on Gazas vital infrastructure.
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(MEE) Syrian government forces are to enter the northern Kurdish enclave Afrin within hours to help repel a Turkish offensive, Syrian state media said on Monday, after a deal was struck between the Assad government and Kurdish authorities. Popular forces will enter Afrin within hours, Ikhbariya said, citing its own correspondent. The state news agency SANA 
Instead of protecting the children at a Florida High School, a school officer went up on the roof and pretended to shoot the children below.
The post Florida School Officer Filmed on Rooftop Pretending to Kill Children appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
Depression is one of the most common mental health issues faced, with an estimated 300 million people across the globe suffering from it, but is the problem the disorder or the society that could be possible for its creation?
Depression can be a crippling condition which often leaves you feeling as if there is no hope in the world at all. It definitely varies in its extremities from person to person and can manifest as a mild bout lasting a few weeks, up to multiple years (or a lifetime) of complete loss.
The question is- Is depression a sane reaction to the society we are living in?
The default view of depression is that something is wrong with the sufferer, the person has a chemical imbalance in the brain or there is a diseased that needs fixing. The general consensus from those who are treating depression (and even the ones suffering) is the depressed person has a problem, that needs to be fixed. The steps that usually follow are the person suffering should seek out help, such as therapy and/or medication.
But what if the problem is only in part with the person, meaning, they cannot switch off from a society which is clearly broken in many areas. Many people do not wake up and think of the refugee crisis, child labour, slavery, financial inequality, animal abuse, racism, sexism or the poor distribution and hoarding of global resources. This does not mean that these problems are not real.
Much of the real world can be an extremely depressing place outside of our own individual bubble. This is...
| 15 Feb 2018 | Jalen Martin, a student [senior] at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, claims that Secret Service agents visited his school a few weeks before the mass shooting unfolded yesterday. [Also, Martin notes the presence of three video cameras in each stairwell of the two exits. Within each 
| 17 Feb 2018 | President Trump late Saturday suggested the FBI could have stopped the shooter who killed 17 people and injured 14 others at a High School this week if they spent less time working on the Russia investigation. Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out 
(ANTIWAR.COM) At the annual Munich Security Conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ready, putative piece of a drone in hand, to talk about the need for region-wide military action against the Iranian empire. Netanyahu claimed the part was from a drone which crossed into Israeli airspace, and was Iranian, and was shot down. Israel 
Banks like to pretend that theyre so much more established and secure than the world of cryptocurrencies, but as anybody who pays close attention to the headlines would knowthats just not the case Setting aside all of their rhetoric about embracing the blockchain, banks have mostly avoided or opposed cryptos (Goldman Sachs, sensing the opportunity 
The author writes, Americas paper ballot states may seem antiquated to some, but our neighbors to the north have used paper ballots for federal elections for their entire history. Thanks to an army of officials at 25,000 election stations, the integrity of Canadas elections is never in doubt.
The author writes, Lockheeds government sales are nearly what the Trump administration proposed for the State Department next year in its recently released spending plan. Or $15 billion more than all of NASA. Or about the gross domestic product of Bolivia. With a White House proposal to spend a massive amount on defense next year in what one consultant called an eye-watering budget for the defense industry, Lockheed, the worlds largest defense contractor, could get even more.
The author writes, Early on Friday morning, by a nine to two margin, the City Council voted to make Austin the first municipality in the Southern United States to mandate that all businesses within its borders provide paid sick leave to their employees.
The author writes, The day set for the actions is April 20, which will be the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School.
A student who witnessed the Florida School Shooting is arguing that if the football coach who died sacrificing himself as a human shield had been armed, he would have been able to stop the shooter.
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Judith Bernstein, who is finally getting the attention she should have had all along (only took until she was 72), has a new show, Money Shot, and it is a scathing indictment of our current state of regime.
In Money Shot, Schlongface is an omnipresent demagogue. The character (similar to Cockman, who debuted in Bernsteins works of the 1960s) has a cock and balls for a face. Schlongface is meant to represent Trump, but the figure can be spliced into innumerable moments of history. He is the pathetic villain, the dictator whose rampant destruction betrays both his predilection for rape and impotence.
What hits you on the nose feels like a kick to the crotch. The seriousness of these political and psychosexual implications, told through tongue-in-cheek (or cock-and-nose) wordplay and humor, are important themes in Bernsteins work. In her impactful scale, enraged mark-making, and caricature, there is never an either/or. There are only contradictory couplings. Laugh. But fear.
In President (2017), Schlongface seems to merge with a foreshortened female figure whose legs are spread-eagle in the foreground. The figures crotch is stamped with the US Presidential Seal with an asshole like a target beneath it. The political and psychosexual dynamic of Bernsteins work turns on the complexities derived by the receiver.
Judith Bernstein: Money Shot continues at Paul Kasmin Gallery (293 Tenth Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan) through March 3. You can see, and read much more at...
(TMU) Is fake news real? asked investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson during a Tedx talk this month posing the paradoxical question in the context of its explosion in popularity during the 2016 presidential election or is the term, fake news, itself, a fabrication? In its absurd extreme, identifiably fake news appears on supermarket shelves as tabloid magazines, in reports 
An experienced journalist who even has trouble getting oped pieces in the mainstream media tells you what you have to do to accomplish it--though it's generally hardly worth trying nowadays
Since his election in 2014, Recep Tayyip Erdoan's administration has shown increased contempt for human rights and freedom of the press, with crackdowns on political opponents, arrests of journalists, and purges of the judiciary and the civil service targeting those who object to his autocratic rule. Irregularities were widely suspected in an April 2017 referendum vote that handed President Erdoan sweeping new powers. While the European Union urged an investigation, President Trump congratulated Mr. Erdoan on the outcome. Greens in the U.S. expressed concerns over Mr. Trump's admiration of President Erdoan but hoped that the State Department would act quickly to secure the Turkish Green leaders' release. Formerly called the Greens and the Left Party of the Future, the Green Left Party is a left-libertarian and green party in Turkey. The party has formally acknowledged the Armenian Genocide.
Leaks of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from oil and gas sites in Pennsylvania could be five times greater than industry reports to state regulators, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Defense Fund. Drawing from peer-reviewed research based on measurements collected downwind of oil and gas sites, along with government data, the EDF analysis estimates that the state's oil and gas wells and infrastructure leak more than 520,000 tons of methane annually, largely due to faulty equipment. "This wasted gas causes the same near-term climate pollution as 11 coal-fired power plants and results in nearly $68 million worth of wasted energy resources," the group said in its report, released Thursday.
What happened to love letters?
by Jon Rappoport
February 19, 2018
Going back thousands of years, wherever there has been a civilization with written language, there have been love letters.
Passion, joy, and longing unbound
Letters that ignite and cleanse the soul, surpassing the energies of every-day life
Today, in our highly technological society, the love letter has been a waning moon. My wife, Laura Thompson, has wisely decided to resurrect the form and breathe life back into it. Anyone can contribute to the renaissance:
Laura Thompson: Why write a love letter? Oh, the power of a love letter! Something you can hold in your hand. Something so real
When you write one, your cells are vibratingYour body, with all its magnificent division of laborlike an orchestra or chorus during a glorious performance.
Is it a lost art form or can we keep it alive?
We, as a society, dont write love letters much anymore. We use cute emojis to express love and admiration. We text phrases. We hint and beat around the bush with the quick forms of communication at our fingertips.
if everyone wrote a love letter to the ones they love good things would happen that would spur on more good. I wonder how high we could go? Is the sky the limit or beyond?
Laura invites your participation.
Why not dive in? You have nothing to lose, except the Ordinary and the Mundane.
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of whic...
While I understand poetic license, Ill just add this is a fathers nightmare, too. That said, powerful artwork and poetry from Kate Kretz
the bitter dusty old men
of the battle they shoulda won at Gettysburg
showing Daddy they could be a man
(in the street at High Noon)
the young ones (who cant get laid)
Duke Nukem from Bulletstorm Full Clip
(in overkill mode, for extra points)
finds a people-killing machine
fast and hard
to finally feel something
Make their mark.
must forever wade in the nightmares that
might be the next collateral damage
yet another lost mans
WASHINGTON The Trump administration has no strategy for a pre-emptive bloody nose strike against North Korea, according to two lawmakers and a Trump administration official. In response to reports that the administration is considering limited, pre-emptive attacks to rid Pyongyang of its nuclear program, critics have said the president lacks the authority for such an attack and that it would spark the war its meant to avoid. Republican Sen. Jim Risch and Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, said Thursday they and other senators had been told by senior White House officials on Wednesday that there was no such strategy. Neither senator identified the officials. The White House had made it very clear there is no bloody nose strategy for a strike against North Korea, Shaheen told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee...
(MEMO) US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster called on Saturday for more forceful action to halt Irans development of what he said was an increasingly powerful network of proxy armies in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq. McMaster accused Iran of escalating a campaign to increase its influence in the Middle East by building and arming Hezbollah-style 
Some good news, at least: James Damore had charged that Google violated labor laws by firing him, claiming that he was merely providing useful internal criticism of Googles procedures, and you cant fire someone for that. His claim has been thrown out. It seems Google was very careful to clearly state its reasons for the firing, and it wasnt because he was trying to improve their training methods: it was because he was bigoted and promoting discrimination. Oops.
The NLRB memo includes talking points that Google prepared and read over the phone to Damore when he was fired. I want to make clear that our decision is based solely on the part of your post that generalizes and advances stereotypes about women versus men, Googles talking points stated. I also want to be clear that this is not about you expressing yourself on political issues or having political views that are different than others at the company. Having a different political view is absolutely fine. Advancing gender stereotypes is not.
Now Damore still pursues a class action lawsuit in which he accuses Google of discriminating against its white, male, and conservative employees. You might think that maybe that has a better chance of success, since hes arguing that hes opposing discrimination against men, but look at what Google said. Theyre against stereotypes about women versus men. Those hurt men as well as women, so they were also careful to insulate themselves against the charge that they were favoring one sex over another.
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