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How do the biggest corporations earn such massive profits? Theyd like you to think its the result of delivering a superior product or service. But one part of that story is years of wage theft from their employees. Good Jobs First, a policy resource center focused on government and corporate accountability, recently carried out a year-long investigation into wage theft by large employers, compiling information from collective action lawsuits brought by groups of ripped-off workers, as well as actions brought by the department of labor and state-specific regulatory agencies. The results, brought together in a report released this week titled Grand Theft Paycheck: the Large Corporations Shortchanging their Workers Wages, are eye-opening: 4,220 cases since the turn of the millennium with penalties totaling $9.2 billion.
The response to President Donald Trumps arrogant withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and wild threats of tariffs on U.S. allies has exposed declining U.S. influence on a global scale. This became all too obvious at the gathering in Quebec, Canada, of the G7 summit of the seven major imperialist powers United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. With the exception of Japan, the other six countries are also leading members of the U.S.-commanded NATO military alliance. Washington is increasingly unable to control the global agenda. U.S. corporate power finds it can no longer order the nations of the world to isolate the Peoples Democratic Republic of Korea or Iran. The U.S. has less to offer except threats of military destruction, unpayable debt and broken agreements.
The U.S. has, of course, embarked on a trillion-dollar-plus upgrade of its already massive nuclear arsenal (and thats before the cost overruns even begin). Its Congress and president have for years proven eager to sink at least a trillion dollars annually into the budget of the national security state (a figure thats still rising and outpaces by far that of any other power on the planet), while its own infrastructure sags and crumbles. And yet it finds the impoverished North Koreans puzzling when they, too, follow such an extreme path. Clueless is not a word Americans ordinarily apply to themselves as a country, a people, or a government. Yet how applicable it is.
In the beginning of 2017, after 6 years of devastation and bloodshed, many of this trends proponents released a document entitled A Call to Our Syrian People: For Freedom, Dignity, Citizenship, and Democracy, A Critical Viewpoint to Reposition the Course of the Syrian Revolution. Here they confessed to immense mistakes and delusions, including their wagers that There would be some sort of international intervention and a reliance on the foreigners and dependence on their agendas; The delusion of counting on Al-Nusra Front and its likes; the delusion of liberated areas; and the delusion of betting on ideological and sectarian discourses and entities. These, in addition to other miscalculations, were proven to be the creation of wishful and fatalist mentalities that had nothing to do with politics and balance of powers and showed no sensitivity towards peoples sufferings and sacrifices or to the costs our people dearly paid.
By now, the establishment ought to be painfully aware that the FBI/NSA retro-scope is aimed at them, as well. Sometime in the next couple of years I expect a legislative backlash, especially if it keeps being used to take down friends of the high and mighty.
Whats interesting is that the FBI has stopped playing coy about how they are accessing the material, and what sort of material they are accessing:
In a letter to the presiding judge in the case against Michael Cohen, President Donald Trumps long-time personal attorney, the US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York revealed today that it had obtained additional evidence for reviewincluding a trove of messages and call logs from WhatsApp and Signal on one of two BlackBerry phones belonging to Cohen. The messages and call logs together constitute 731 pages of potential evidence. The FBI also recovered 16 pages of documents that had been shredded, but it has not yet been able to complete the extraction of data from the second phone. [ars]
Remember, youre supposed to believe that WhatsApp and Signal are secure and that the FBI has trouble accessing data off of them. For that matter, youre supposed to believe that Blackberries are secure too. Im sure thats why Michael Cohen used one certainly nobody would use a Blackberry because its a good phone. Blackberries were designed to implement a variation of the New York Reach-Around [stderr] since their server communications were up to Canada, it was international and therefore NSA was spared the trouble of having to pretend FISA courts mattered. Blackberrys whole security game fell apart when other countries most notably India and Saudi Arabia realized what was happening and started asking Blackberry to give them the keys to the crypto, too. [guard]
[Heres a simple test for how you can decide if an app has encryption that doesnt have backdoors for the local cops: if its allowed, it does. [phys] And you s...
The Gainesville chapter of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) have joined the call, initiated by prisoners in Florida and Texas, for actions demanding an end to mass incarceration and prison slavery around Juneteenth 2018, Tuesday, June 19. Juneteenth is a celebration of the official end of chattel slavery in the United States. It marks the day when, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, news of freedom reached slaves in Texas. Prisoners in Texas and Florida, many of whom have been at the forefront of the massive, prisoner-led movement to bring about desperately needed changes in the U.S. prison system are calling on allied groups fighting for prison reform on the outside to organize community events and direct actions in solidarity.
Who gets ousted when they're heading the Environmental Protection Agency but fail to protect the environment? Or they head the Department of Education but let down the nation's schools? The huge amounts these corrupt men spent on their own offices and flights is outrageous. But it's their willingness to sabotage the departments they're in charge of that's truly hurting the American people.
Five new studies show that eating healthy, primarily vegetarian foods is associated with lower risk of chronic diseases, weight gain and death. What science has to say about nutrition is notoriously fickle, but advice about the benefits of eating more plants and less meat has been pretty consistent in the modern era. Not only is a vegetarian diet great for the planet, but it's great for our personal health as well. Now adding to the consensus are five new studies presented at Nutrition 2018, the flagship meeting of the American Society for Nutrition. Each of the studies examine the health impacts of a plant-based diet and importantly, a plant-based diet comprised of healthy plant-based foods.
As of the fiscal year 2015, the last year for which we have publicly available data, the federal government of the United States had been providing military assistance to 36 of 49 dictatorships, courtesy of your tax dollars. The United States currently supports over 73 percent of the worlds dictatorships! Most politically aware people know of some of the more highly publicized instances of this, such as the tens of billions of dollars worth of US military assistance provided to the beheading capital of the world, the misogynistic monarchy of Saudi Arabia, and the repressive military dictatorship now in power in Egypt. But apologists for our nations imperialistic foreign policy may try to rationalize such support, arguing that Saudi Arabia and Egypt are exceptions to the rule.
Anyone who has loved a pet dreads the time when the pet seems to
be suffering so much that you feel that the humane thing to do is
euthanasia. But that decision is never obvious nor easy because
there will be very bad days when you think that the time has come
that are followed by better days and you are grateful you did not
go through with the decision. This up-and-down can go through many
cycles and you never get over the guilt of finally making the
fateful and irreversible decision.
In this article Bernard Rollin, who is a professor of philosophy, animal sciences and biomedical sciences at Colorado State University, begins with some information that will shock and disgust anyone who has a pet.
In the 1960s, I knew people who, before going on vacation, would take their dogs to a shelter to be euthanized. They reasoned that it was cheaper to have a dog euthanized and buy a new one upon returning than pay a kennel fee.
But he says that in general peoples attitude towards pets has vastly improved.
Two decades later, I was working at Colorado States veterinary hospital when a group of distraught bikers on Harley-Davidsons pulled up carrying a sick chihuahua. The dog was intractably ill, and required euthanasia to prevent further suffering. Afterwards, the hospitals counselors felt compelled to find the bikers a motel room: their level of grief was so profound that the staff didnt think it was safe for them to be riding their motorcycles.
He says that this dilemma about when to put down a pet not only has deep emotional effects on the pets caregivers, it also affects the veterinarians who have to do the euthanizing.
In a paper that I published entitled Euthanasia and Moral Stress, I described the significant stress experienced by veterinarians, veterinary technicians and humane society workers. Many chose their profession out of a desire to improve the lot of animals; instead, they invariably ended up euthanizing large numbers of them, often for unethical reasons.
These ranged from I got the dog to jog with me, and now its too old to run, to If I die, I want you to euthanize the animal because I know it cant bear to live without me.
In other cases, the animal is experiencing considerable suffering, but the owner is unwilling to let the animal go. With owners increasingly viewing pets as family members, this has become increasingly common, and many owners fear the guilt associated with killing an animal too soon.
Ironically this, too, can cause veterinarians undue trauma: they know the animal is suffering, but theres nothing they can do about it unless the owner gives them permission.
He suggests ways to for pet caregivers to recognize when...
Mothers and Fathers are the building blocks of the family. The family is the foundation of society. However, there are those that wuold tear down the family, and as such, place good mothers and fathers on the endangered species listbecause the upside-down radical left hates the family in the orm of which it was intended.
Did you know that Fathers Day is over 100 years old? According to some accounts, the first Fathers Day was celebrated in Washington state on June 19, 1910. Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring and celebrating her father while listening to a Mothers Day sermon at her church in 1909.
In 2014, when UK Facebook users were registering, they were able choose from one of 71 gender options, including asexual, polygender and two-spirit person, following the features successful integration in the US.
Users can choose a different gender option from the previous male and female choices by selecting custom in the gender tab of their profiles.
In addition, people who select a custom gender will now have the ability to choose the pronoun theyd like to be referred to publicly.
Has anyone reached for their barf bag yet? Surely, this was merely a passing fancy, corre...
Does it take a dictatorial regimeNazi or Communistto turn the media into a brainwashing machine? Common sense says that this is impossible in a democracy. Common sense is wrong. How is this done? Its quite simple, really: one has to suppress all other voices. One has to make sure that the citizen hears only one voice. One that repeats a few messages over and over, endlessly. This way the lie becomes truth. In such a situation, the ordinary citizen becomes convinced that the official line is really their own personal opinion. This is an unconscious process. When one tells a citizen that they are brainwashed, they are deeply insulted.
Another week, another mass shooting, this time in New Jersey at a festival called Art All Night.
I can already here the mating calls of the 2nd Amendment Republicans:
Too many doors!
Why do they let people were baggy clothes on a summer night?
This is what happens when liberals get together at festivals that value lefty things, like art!
Well propose a ban on doors, baggy clothes, and art to save the people just as soon as we find a way to stop all this criticism that keeps happening to us despite the fact were only exercising our 1st Amendment rights!
Call your representatives and senators and insist that they vote for the ban on doors, baggy clothes & art! Dont let them take away your guns! Freedom first!
Would you believe that the CNN story on this this morning included the line:
Authorities have heard that as many as 1,000 people were in the area at the time of the shooting, Onofri said. The festival entrances had no metal detectors, he said.
Yes. Yes of course you would.
As for the people, theres still one victim in extremely critical condition probably still in surgery. Twenty people were injured. It appears that one killed is in reference to a suspect that was killed, probably by police. Unusually for situations like this, there was actually another suspect as well, that one taken into custody alive.
I hope the final death toll doesnt get any higher.
The US by saying that in practice, the United States is alone among developed countries in insisting that while human rights are of fundamental importance, they do not include rights that guard against dying of hunger, dying from a lack of access to affordable healthcare, or growing up in a context of total deprivation. . . at the end of the day, particularly in a rich country like the USA, the persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice made by those in power. With political will, it could readily be eliminated.
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He saw an Apothecary, on a white horse,
Ride by on his avocations;
And the Devil was tickled for it put him in mind
Of Death in the Revelations.
If you control the food supply, you control the people Henry Kissinger
The Telegraph is reporting that the deadly Chinese poultry flu could be disease X and it could spark a worldwide pandemic.
Scientists across the world are on high alert for what the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dubbed disease X a newly emerging pathogen that could prove as destructive as the 1918 Spanish flu which killed between 50 and 100m people
But heres the truth behind all of this.
Epidemiological studies indicated that reticuloendotheliosis virus (REV) infection and vertical transmission is common in chickens in some areas of southern China. These are immunosuppressive viral infections.
REVs originated as mammalian retroviruses that were accidentally introduced into avian hosts in the late 1930s, during experimental studies of P. lophurae, and subsequently integrated into the fowlpox virus (FWPV) and gallid herpesvirus type 2 (GHV-2) genomes, generating recombinant DNA viruses that now circulate in wild birds and poultry.
The immunocompromised millions of birds are now ideal hosts for the designer zoonotic man made avian flu strains such as H5N1 and H7N9 and others that will follow.
It is imperative that we not allow f...
I am not feeling particularly well these last few days. In addition to the usual depression that is just an everlasting companion these last years, and the hay fever due to my neighbour not having harvested the hay yet, several joints have decided to act up so I cannot work properly. And I do not feel like discussing partisan politics this week except to say fuck all politicians and political ideologies across the spectrum left right and center sideways.
However this is my hundredth post on Affinity and despite the number being completely arbitrary, I thought it should be about something more substantial than about strawberries misbehaving.
The whole issue of sharp and pointy objects has got me thinking more than one time throughout my life. When I was a kid I was being told that I will be allowed to handle sharp things from the age of ten years. I looked forward to it. For my tenth birthday I got a small pocket knife and my father has taught me how to sharpen it and how to properly care for it. In our household a sharp knife is really sharp and a blunted knife is what usually gets called sharp by many people I know. I had a knife somewhere around my person ever since.
I really like knives, daggers, machetes, axes and swords. I also like bows and crossbows. I am not collecting either, but I would like to make some of each and when I do make them, I will take care to make them not only functional, but beautiful too.
However there is no denying that all these objects are potential murder weapons. Some of them are indeed optimised for being a weapon, whilst others can have as a primary function being a tool.
I would like to know where this fascination with dangerous things comes from. My take on the issue is that it si far more common than people might realize at first thought. For example many of the most aesthetically appreciated animals are very finely tuned killing machines. Many people like cats and a person who does not appreciate the beauty of a tiger or a leopard would be a rare specimen indeed. Dragons and dinosaurs are very popular among kids and they are not known for being fluffy and cuddly.
This has brought me in a roundabout way to thinking how is liking knives different from liking guns and how is that in turn different from liking squids? And my take on the thing is, that not too much, if at all.
The important thing is not what one does like, but what one does about it. A gun collector or skeet shooter is just as normal as a sword collector or a fencer, and they all are just as normal as a stamp collector. The difference is in how people are conditioned by culture about dealing with the specific issue both from the point of the enthusiast, and from the point of of the general populace. Some hobbies are frowned on, some are viewed as harmless oddities, some are reviled, some admired. And accordingly some people are reclusive about their hobbies, whilst others engage...
One very important aspect is the stance of the South Korean (ROK) government. President Moon Jae-in came to power last year on the basis of a campaign promising, among other things, a serious bid to improve relations with the DPRK. Moon, a former student activist and human rights lawyer, represents the most progressive wing of mainstream South Korean politics (admittedly this is not saying much) and was mentored by Kim Dae-jung, author of the 'Sunshine Policy,' which aimed to build understanding and de-escalate tensions with the DPRK. While essentially pro-United States, Moon is on record as saying that "South Korea should adopt diplomacy in which it can discuss a U.S. request and say no to the Americans."
A politician who has a record for being "tough on crime" was caught begging police to give her special treatment at a DWI checkpoint.
The post WATCH: Tough-On-Crime State Rep. Who Pushed Laws to Benefit Cops, Gets DWIDespite Begging appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
An activist and dog rescuer has received multiple visits from federal agents over comments made online in defense of animals.
The post EXCLUSIVE: Federal Agents Harass Dog Trainer For Commenting Online About a Kill Shelter appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
While the United States gives Israel around $10.5 million a day, reports indicate that Social Security and Medicare funds will soon be depleted.
The post As Social Security and Medicare Go Bankrupt, US Gives $10.5 Million a DAY to Israel appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
Sometimes, you dont know your true calling until it finds you. This was certainly the case for Eric White, 33, the owner of Zydeco Construction. The once formerly-homeless man now owns a Louisiana-based company that builds beaches in peoples backyards, and hes making millions doing it.
When White was 15-years-old, he was homeless for about eight months. Growing up, things werent easy for me, he told USA Today. White dropped out of school in the ninth grade and only had a second-grade reading skill. I could hardly even spell my name, he said.
Despite his lacking education, he always felt as if he understood construction. I knew if I worked at it, said White, I could really do something with it. He got his start working for a local construction company just to pay the bills. But later, he learned of a job opening with a Baton Rouge-based company that paid $12 hour. The guy that I worked for there took me under his wing and taught me about the company. Within the first six months,...
When the two Koreas can end their enmity after almost as long a period as India-Pakistan animosity has existed, why can the two South Asian neighbours not achieve the same feat?
There is no denying that hardship, which is an inevitability of life, propels change. Oftentimes, that change is necessary. Perhaps it is the loss of a loved one, a sudden career change, or a chronic sickness. While it may, at first, perceived to be bad, the development can also be a blessing. This was the case for UFC fighter Justin Wren, who overcame depression to change the lives of hundreds of pygmy people in the Congo.
Wren began his career as an all-American champion in wrestling. Later, he started entering local fights to stay in shape while taking college courses. Eventually, this led to a successful MMA career. At one point, his professional record was 10-1 and he was picked to be on The Ultimate Fighter. It seemed as if he was on top of the world. But, the truth of it was he was battling depression and was addicted to painkillers.
I was a drug addictI was diagnosed with clinical depression and my life just sucked for a long time even though on the outside things were going great. In that time, I had become a national champion in wrestling a couple times and started fighting professionally, and the drug addiction and depression just got worse every time after I would fight, Wren told InnoTechToday.
Wren continued to fight but his personal life began to fall apart. When he wasnt battling thoughts of suicide, he was numbing himself in drug dens. Fortunately, his low point led him to religion. Finding purpose helped him get sober, and thats when the fight of his life really began. And so my life really changed I could skate over it, but, God help me, I started wanting to do something bigger with my life, said Wren.
The 63 fighter turned his life around. Hoping to discern his p...
I'm just completely floored by the idea that, in this day and age, Americans need the Archbishop of New York to remind us of something as obvious as the fact that it's wrong to abduct children.
In the eighty-sixth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses front page articles from four Russian newspapers: Komsomolskaya Pravda, Vedomosti, Kommersant, and Parlamentskaya Gazeta. He discusses the main issues that the Russian president Vladimir Putin raised during his annual question and answer call-in show. Professor Kovacevic also examines the increasing economic cooperation 
By Mateo Sol via Loner Wolf
When I speak of trauma, I dont always mean extreme situations such as natural disasters, instances of abuse, rape, murder, and accidents. While traumatic experiences often are severe and horrific, they can also be seemingly mundane experiences such as losing a job, daily stress, divorcing, and moving somewhere foreign. Trauma also can, and often does, come as a result of the spiritual awakening process in which our entire self-concept begins to crumble and were thrown into the abyss of an existential crisis.
Trauma is unique for each person. While we might find changing jobs just another daily task, another person may find the switch highly distressing. We should be very careful about judging other people when it comes to trauma. Every person is different and possesses different levels of sensitivity.
A traumatic experience is anything that severely threatens your emotional, psychological or physical well-being. Essentially, trauma is anything that causes us to feel like were losing or have lost control. Feeling traumatized is often accompanied by the experiences of feeling:
By Rachel Blevins When citizens began to ask questions about why Walmart stores were suddenly closing in in southern states in 2015, the mainstream media...
Police were caught using a powerful tranquilizer to sedate restrained suspects who have not been charged with a crime.
There are creationist museums all over the place Ive been to ones in Kentucky, Washington state, and Missouri, and maybe a few others, but theyre all rather forgettable. I havent been to the the Big Valley Creation Science Museum in Alberta (how could I, what with the Royal Tyrrell right nearby?), but someone visited it and posted a summary. Harry Nibourg, the guy who runs it all, sounds like an enthusiastic glad-hander who is happy to give anyone a tour of his personal garbage heap. But I think these tourists summed it up well.
While I was there, a retired English couple had been making their way around the exhibits. As they reached the end, Harry asked them what their professions were. Turns out theyre retired biology teachers.
Harry asked, Did you understand what you were looking at, and did it change your minds?
In the polite manner that only the English can achieve, the husband replied, Well, you see, I think your museum is a crock of shit.
Harry offered that they should agree to disagree.
That last lineis there any other phrase that is a better example of passive-aggressive truculence and an admission of a failure to defend ones ideas than agree to disagree? Hate it.
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Did Russia really invade and annex The Crimea? According to the West, the answer is yes and they have since built their whole anti-Russian policy and punitive sanctions on top of this popular narrative. Back in 2014, a Los Angeles film school graduate named Miguel Francis Santiago traveled to Crimea to see if the peninsula was really under Russian military occupation and if life there has changed radically since it was reunited with Russia. Follow Francis as be explores Crimeas beautiful coast, its history and culture, all the while probing its inhabitants about their attitudes regarding their newfound Russian citizenship. What he discovers completely dismantles the US and UK mainstream narratives on this highly controversial topic. Watch:
Written & Directed by: Miguel Francis Santiago
Run time: 26 min
Produced by: Novosti TV (2015)
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A couple is claiming that they were almost killed when federal agents from the BLM opened fire on them with no warning after their ATV broke down.
The post BLM Agents Open Fire on Innocent Couple, Shoot Woman Because ATV Drove Near Restricted Area appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
by Jon Rappoport
June 17, 2018
Oh yes, there was such a day.
Maybe you were 10 years old, and it was summer, and you were running across a field and the sky suddenly opened up and you saw a huge future, as yet undefined. But it was there, and it was yours.
Unlimited possibility. Unlimited energy.
No one had yet told you imagination was just a toy. No one had said it was all fantasy and you should throw it away.
You were unbounded.
You were in the center of your own power, the only power that matters: your endless capacity to create and invent.
This is what I had in mind when I assembled my collection, Exit From The Matrix. This is exactly what I had in mind when I included an extensive set of imagination exercises a person can practice daily
Because the expansion of imagination is the fountainhead from which New Life is launched.
It can happen at any time.
At any moment.
Problems and past history begin to dissolve in the light of what you can invent, in accordance with your deepest desires.
This is what freedom is for.
But you can make the shift. You can take your creative power into your own hands and invent the reality you desire, and you can make it into fact in the world.
Episode #237 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes on June 17th 2018 as host Patrick Henningsen brings you a very special LIVE broadcast on the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) covering all the top news stories worldwide
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This week the SUNDAY WIRE broadcasts LIVE as host Patrick Henningsen is joined in-studio by Mike Robinson editor of the UK Column with all the top stories in the US, Europe and internationally. This week well discuss the blow-back from Trump and Kim, and the Mueller meltdown in the wake of this weeks Inspector Generals report into FBIs Russiagate folly. Later in to first hour well connect with special guest, 21WIRE associate editor Vanessa Beeley, for an in-depth expos into the Wests varied and wild claims of Assads chemical weapons attacks in Syria and how the White Helmets have come to shape the entire basis for US-EU policy towards Syria. In the final hour well connect with the SUNDAY WIRE roving correspondent for Culture & Sport, Basil Valentine, for an update on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as the western media try their level best to demonize Russia to somehow spoil the event, as well as Basils odds-on pick to win this years tournament. And this and more. Enjoy the show
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I changed my plans about what to talk about, and was uncertain about what to do, and then I realized, Its freakin Fathers Day, duh! So go ahead, bring your tales of great dads and bad dads to the discussion today at noon central time.
Thats the conversation starter, anyway. I imagine well degenerate into random topics before the end of the hour, and thats OK.
Its also OK if you skip it altogether because youve just been reminded to call your dad or be a dad.
By B.N. Frank Boys and men of all ages may not feel any heat or sensation from a carrying a cell phone in their pants...
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So, I recently was introduced to Reductress, a really good (though not quite great) website that reads a lot like what youd get if Bitch & BUST formed a joint venture to take over The Onion. Like Bitch and BUST, its often focussed a bit too much on popular culture than Id prefer, but its satires of Cosmo-style sex tips are completely brilliant. When it steps away from those, it has more potential to embed meaningful, educational commentary in its satire, but it also falls down a bit more often.
One piece that didnt fall down, was this one about class privilege. But that assumes you know what privilege is. Its another piece that really nails a basic explanation of the concept of privilege in the midst of a beautiful bit of satire-as-education. That piece is titled Im Not Tiny Because Im Asian, Im Tiny Because Youre White.
You see, with 4.3 billion Asians accounting for 60% of the worlds population, our median size is the norm and youre all deviating from it. Americans choose to see us foreigners as small instead of stereotyping themselves as huge.
Seriously, the scientific reason Im tiny has nothing to do with my race. You see me as so tiny! in comparison to you, but youre actually the one whos gigantic compared to me. Whoa! Mind-blowing stuff, huh?
Its not as funny as some other articles, at least to me, but part of that might be that privilege is an old concept to me. In any case, its a great piece of fundamental education and serves as a great excuse to make your way over to Reductress for such classics as New Positions To Not Orgasm In:
Role-playing is a great way to add intrigue to any committed relationship. This particular setup has your man playing the clueless client to your stern, knowledgeable accountant. Have him lie helplessly on a table as you crawl on top of him with your laptop open to TurboTax. Rock back and forth until he comes and you finally figure out how to claim a dependent without having to build a whole new profile. Hawt!
Wait til you read The Cow.
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case More Voter Suppression v. Fair Democracy. OK, we made up the name. Actually, the case was called Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, but the underlying issue was whether anti-democracy forces in the US would be handed yet another tool to suppress votes. Want to guess who won?
Yup, to nobodys surprise, the Supreme Courts conservative justices ruled in favor of more voter disenfranchisement. In this case, its a scheme cooked up by Ohios Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted that makes it easier for his state to purge voters from its rolls. So here is another question: What groups do you think this will affect disproportionately?
You guessed it: Low-income Americans, minorities, and young people, aka groups that vote for Democrats, aka people Republicans dont want to see casting votes.
Heres how it works: If a registered voter in Ohio does not vote in a two-year period, the Secretary of States office sends him or her a postcard. If the voter does not respond within 30 days, his or her voter status is changed to inactive. If the voter then fails to vote in the next two federal elections, he or she will be removed from the rolls.
This so-called supplemental process might sound reasonable to some people. After all, voters only have to show up once every six years to remain active. Or, as Husted puts it: If this is a really important thing to you in your life, voting, you probably would have done so within a six-year period.
Lets set aside for a moment that there are many reasons why people may not vote for a couple of cycles and focus on the most important question: Why does this need to be done?
Husted and other vote suppressors are always quick to point to voter fraud as a justification for their nefarious acts. But we know that voter fraud isnt really a problem.
Among Ohios nearly 8 million voters, were talking about a few dozen votes that have been flagged as potentially fraudulent and in most cases it turns out they were cast by people with no malicious intent who were simply confused. The resu...
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Is It Fickle Mother Nature Or Determined Weather Geoengineering: Noreaster No. 4 And Rainwater Analysis
All these weather events began during Christmas week 2017 when we had a snowstorm blow through that probably had some interesting ingredients and the proof of what I say is the fact the most beautiful green Boxwood shrub, which has lived for many years in a large garden pot at the back wall of my patio under a very wide overhang from above [my bedroom] protecting it from all weather, was devastated when snow had blown onto it, covering it completely.
When the snow melted, there was white stuff over every leaf, like someone had dusted the leaves with confectioners sugar! Guess what happened then? All the leaves died; they turned brown and dried up!
That Boxwood had been living in the same place year after year, but snow never fell upon it. What was in the snow that drenched and killed that Boxwood during Christmas week 2017?
I saved some leaves if any scientist would like to assay them; just let me know.
Before the fourth event
A most interesting aspect of the Noreasters approach occurred the day before and during a short snowfall. First, there were small snow pellets, which reminded one of round, white candies on top of chocolates. Then there were flakes that sort of resembled snow, but what followed was totally unbelievable.
I could not believe what I was seeing, but the same weather was confirmed by the person on the other end of my telephone conversation about five miles away. We both were amazed to see the size and configuration of the snowflakes, which looked like someone had torn pieces of white Kleenex and dropped them from the sky. The snowflake forms were jaggedlike torn, large, extremely white pieces of Kleenex and wafted down almost like a piece of paper would. Then the snow stopped until it began falling during the night.
An experiment in snowfl...
Content Note: This series discusses ableist slurs. Many of them will be used in full. You are also allowed to use them in the comments only if its for the purposes of illustration and discussion. That is, you may use the words to talk about them. You may not use them as slurs in the comments. This note will be repeated on every post in this series.
Theres a few slurs most people agree shouldnt be said. For example its largely agreed that white people dont use the n-word, just as its largely agreed that straight people dont use the f-word (not fuck). And the r-word is largely considered inappropriate for polite company as well, now, although its use is still ubiquitous in some places (like YouTube comments, for example). Some slurs are a bit more controversial, such as gendered slurs, although Ive no doubt my readers will largely agree that female-gendered slurs are bad, at least when used by dudes. But there are certain slurs that are so ubiquitous, even the most social-justice-minded of us will defend their use, insisting that they arent slurs at all.
I was like this, as well, for the longest time. The slurs in question were slurs that I used all the time. It took me a long time to consider how the entire idea of intelligence, and associated slurs like stupid, idiot, moron, dumb, dumbass, etc were extremely ableist. In fact, when I first set up my blog at its old home, one of my statements was I love making fun of stupid people. This got a response in a comment on a post I put up called An Open Letter to the Secular Community and its Leaders
Honestly, this has me a bit worried about your sincerity regarding ethical treatment of others. You come off like a smug hypocrite.
I love making fun of stupid people.
According to Wikipedia, stupid is a pejorative appellation for human misdeeds, whether purposeful or accidental, due to absence of mental capacity.
You use the phrase many times in this post and in your bio. Frankly, its way beyond the realm of a gaffe, humor, hyperbole, or ironic usage. You actually claim to *enjoy* making fun of stupid people. Did you also enjoy picking on idiots, dumb people, mentally disabled people when you were in school?
You are not referring to regrettable actions (e.g.: deleting that file was stupid.)
You are not expressing frustration with an object (e.g.: stupid frickin door wont open!)
You are not referring to a less tangible concept, (e.g.: there are no stupid questions.)
You are clearly talking about *people* who have reduced mental capacity (e.g. I love making fun of stupid people.)...
(ZHE) Three members of a Bronx biker gang were arraigned in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday, charged with kidnapping and robbing a cryptocurrency multi-millionaire at gunpoint, authorities said. Ringleader Cesar (Fuego) Guzman, 38, Allan (Joker) Nunez, 36, and Darrell (Bishop) Colon, 37, joined their accomplice Louis Meza, 35, in luring their victim into a fake Uber ride 
(ANTIWAR.COM) French newspaper Le Figaro is quoting unnamed French military sources as saying that French special forces have been deployed to Yemen. The troops are said to be present with Emirati troops on the ground. They did not specify where in Yemen. Frances Defense Ministry is not commenting specifically on the special forces report, but did deny 
This is the fourth and final part of a series discussing the Fine Tuning argument (FTA). The outline is here.
A multiverse is a set of multiple sub-universes, which together comprise a single super-universe. The idea is that the universe that we know is a single sub-universe, and there are multiple other universes like ours. So we can imagine another sub-universe where everything is the same, except that ever coin flip comes up on the opposite side. Or a sub-universe where everything is the same, but were all evil and have goatees. Or another sub-universe where
To travel to a parallel universe, just hop in a space ship, and travel 4 lightyears over to Proxima Centauri. You will find a universe exactly like ours, except that the sun is different, and the planets are different, and the constellations are different.
When people talk about multiverses, they often think of the feverish dreams of theoretical physicists. Well, sure, there are all sorts of multiverse theories. But Im here to tell you that the basic idea of a multiverse is just mundane. Its so mundane that you didnt realize that you already believe in it. If you travel to another star, thats practically a parallel universe. If you insist that parallel universes need to be non-interacting, then lets just consider a star thats even further away. Consider a star thats so far away that there isnt enough time in the universe for light to travel between us. And now consider a star thats twice as far. Three times as far. And so on. There are infinite parallel universes.1
This is what Max Tegmark calls the Level 1 multiverse. Youre welcome to read that article, and decide that the other kinds of multiverses at Levels 2, 3, and 4 are too wacky for you. But it doesnt matter. For purposes of discussing the FTA, Level 1 is plenty sufficient.
The FTA refers to several parameters of the universe, usually the fine structure constant, the cosmological constant, the energy density of the universe, or the energy released by hydrogen fusion. One parameter that people do not talk about, is the di...
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The new $100 bill+ $10 bill = NYC Nuke. When the new $100 Bill was finally released to the public, it finished the story from the $10 Bill that started with the missile launch and tidal wave. The two bills together tell the story of a nuclear event taking place on the East Coast promulgated by the U.S. Government which is spiritually inspired by Satan and his fallen angels.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. EPHESIANS 6:12
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It's odd to have the pope schooling energy executives on the math of carbon. But actually, no odder than NFL quarterbacks schooling politicians on racial injustice, or high school kids schooling a nation on the danger of guns. Good common sense speaks even more loudly when it comes from unexpected corners.
Asked to comment on remarks made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier in the day about how the Trump administrations policy of ripping children out of the arms of their immigrant parents is somehow justified by the Christian Bible, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday afternoon said she could not respond specifically to the AGs claims but said it is very biblical to enforce the law.
That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible, Huckabee Sanders said in response to the question by CNNs Jim Acosta as she appeared to glance at notes on her podium.
Watch the exchange:
Sanders comments on family separations at the border: It is very biblical to enforce the law https://t.co/5DiL1C4FHt
CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 14, 2018
Where does it say in the Bible that its moral to take children away from their mothers? asked Acosta.
But Huckabee wasnt interested in answering that question, however, and accused Acosta of trying to put words into her mouth and talking over her. I know its hard for you to understand, she said to the reporter, even short sentences, I guess.
WATCH: During a tense exchange over immigration policy, White House Press Sec. Sanders tells CNN correspondent Jim Acosta that it is hard for you to understand even short sentences, I guess. pic.twitter.com/qvGQe3WsIA
NBC News (@NBCNews) June 14, 2018
Citing increasingly horrific stories of the children of immigrant and asylum-seeking parents being separated at the border, Acosta said can you imagine the horror these children must be going through and asked, Why is the government doing this?...
Paul Selden, a paleontologist with enthusiasm for ancient arthropods, went crazy discussing spider/acarine interactions that helped him interpret a new find in which a spider-silk wrapped tick was found in Burmese amber:
Just last year, I was on a field trip in Estonia and took a photo of a Steatoda spider wrapping up a red spider mite, said Selden. That was serendipitous.
Ooh, baby: talk academic to me.
ZeroHedge| The Macys at the Landmark Mall in Alexandria, Virginia used to be an iconic and historic building. In what is now undoubtedly a sign of the times, it has been converted into a homeless shelter until the property can be razed and its owner, the Howard Hughes Corporation, can repurpose the property and build something new at its location.
Even more telling, this homeless shelter houses many of those who used to work at the very same Macys.
In the realm of brick-and-mortar retail, the times are definitely a changin. We have often, on this site, detailed not only the slow and painful death of brick-and-mortar retail as it has been occurring, but also how the value of once coveted mall property has disintegrated and similarly, how landlords of these properties now find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place tenants are dropping like flies, sales numbers used to help calculate rent are on the decline and property appraisals have been underwhelming. This has led to a influx of abandoned property, not unlike the Macys in Alexandria, just sitting and waiting to be repurposed(Photo sources: NY Times)
The Macys in the Landmark Mall was the topic of a recent New York Times article, detailing how a once historic landmark that it is now abandoned and has become a homeless shelter, 15 months after it had its last customers. The Macys ̶...
the House Administration Committee allocated $25,000 to each member in 2017 and again in 2018 to beef up their personal and office security Threats against politicians have been skyrocketing lately. Many in Congress are now living in fear, purchasing body armor and hiring armed guards to protect themselves against the people they should be serving rather thanContinue reading "Government Politicians Say They Live In Fear As Threats Against Deep State Congress Increase"
I met Rabin for the first time at the swimming pool. I was chatting with Ezer Weizmann, the commander of the Air Force, who had angered Ben-Gurion with his highly offensive jokes. Rabin appeared, clad like us in a bathing suit. He ignored me and turned straight to Ezer: "Don't you have enough troubles already without speaking in public with Uri Avnery?"
The advertising on this lawn care business truck would likely be more shocking if we were not living in this new political landscape. Unfortunately, we are living through the Trump Effect in all corners of this country as what would generally be considered unacceptable becomes the norm.
There are many stories about global warming in the media, and
some politicians are talking about the issue in increasingly
But what do the American people really think about the subject? Are they increasingly worried about the threat of global warming? Have the apocalyptic warnings encouraged folks to take global warming seriously, or do folks tune out the scary headlines as noise? What is the most effective communication strategy to promote society's attention to both mitigation (reducing CO2 emissions) and adaptation (preparing our civilization for the changes producing by a warming planet)?
This blog will take a look at those questions.
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At least Clyde Magarelli isnt molesting students, I dont think, but William Paterson University in New Jersey has a real clunker in their sociology department. Hes teaching conspiracy theory nonsense instead of sociology. Its the usual stuff: the Holocaust was exaggerated, the moon landings were faked, etc.
We cant land on it [the moon] and get back. Weve never landed on it, you didnt know that? he says in one clip.
Magarelli also claims that the Gestapo, the secret police of Nazi Germany, only engaged in torture during the last part of the war.
In another video, he tells his students that Native Americans are not indigenous people.
We call them Native Americans but those that have their own government outside they were never considered part of the system, he mumbles. They had their own tribal system.
Magarelli also believes that the Irish were the first slaves in America a theory debunked by Irish experts who said their indentured servitude was in a completely different category from slavery, according to the New York Times.
Video clips of the guy saying stupid stuff can be found on this Twitter thread.
He is a full time, tenured associate professor at the university, and has been teaching there since 1967 (!!!).
Now this is a case, though, where academic freedom does come into play. Hes saying stupid, wrong, ignorant things, but the whole point of tenure is youre protected you can defy the orthodoxy in all sorts of ways. Hes doing it. You cant fire him for that.
But the flip side is that he has a job hes supposed to be teaching young people sociology, and hes failing to do that. Academic departments have ways to deal, though: from the clips, it seems hes teaching a first year course called Social Problems, which is almost certainly not part of the core curriculum. Im going to guess that what the functional part of the department has done is shunted him off into non-critical electives, because you certainly cant expect him to prepare students for other courses in sociology, and are limiting the harm he can do as much as possible. The curriculum can be thought of as a network that routes around damage, and deadwood faculty he looks like the very definition of the term are interpreted as damage and shuffled off to the side until they get around to retiring, or die.
The students should view him as a practical exercise in dealing with bad ideas.
The greatest harm he is doing, though, is that hes taking up space that could be used more productively and creatively with a new faculty member and hes probably getting paid more than hes worth. But thats one of the...
The ugliness of US immigration policy is once again evident. There is national outrage that separating children, often infants, from their parents is wrong. There is also national consensus (nine out of ten people in the US) that people brought here by their parents, the Dreamers, should not be forced out of the country as adults. The highly restrictive, dysfunctional immigration system in the United States serves the interests of big business and US Empire. Investors can cross borders to find workers who will accept slave-labor wages and dangerous environments, but workers cannot cross borders to find better wages and safety.
Trump is a walking Titanic, and the only thing Americans will sit up for in his regard is the day he is handcuffed and frog-marched out of the White House to share a jail cell with his good buddy and former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.
Why do the Chuck Schumers of the world think it's somehow better to rag on Trump for an uncertain peace process rather than confront him on the deliberate, continuous flouting of international and domestic law? Why do the Chuck Schumers of the world tolerate the cruelty and violence inflicted on poor people fleeing from violence and hopelessness?
MANHATTAN (INTELLIHUB) The FBI has cracked and recovered the contents of 731 encrypted text messages and has forensically reassembled 16 shredded documents which authorities recovered from Donald Trumps personal residences and law offices during a 9 April raid.
At this time, neither the authorities or members of the media have released any information in regards to the contents of the documents or the cracked Signal and WhatsApp text messages.
The NY Daily News reports:
A retired judge, Barbara Jones, is overseeing a review of the material to determine which parts are covered by attorney-client privilege. In a new update on her review, Jones found that only a tiny fraction of Cohens material was privileged.
She wrote that out of 639 items consisting of 12,543 hard copy pages, only 13 items were privileged. One item was still under consideration.
Out of 291,770 items on two phones and an iPad seized from Cohen, only 148 items were privileged, she wrote. Jones deemed seven items highly personal.
Everything not designated privileged or personal is now in the hands of prosecutors.
Similar to what is currently happening to Roger Stone, it appears deeply embedded state forces are hard at work and are operating within the mechanisms of government in an attempt to make Michael Cohen squeal like a pig. The question is: What does Cohen know and will he flip?
Those who run our corporations aren't going to abandon their thieving ways so long as that thievery can pay so well for them personally. Wage theft didn't start soaring in the United States until the late 1970s, the same years that eye-popping CEO pay packages became a standard fixture on the corporate scene.
Im guessing that in MVMs mission statement, one of the central components isnt the care of refugee children. (CD) While outraged Americans across the country are calling their elected representatives and taking to the streets to protest the Trump administrations forcible separation of parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, intelligence and defense contractors are raking in millions thanks 
The rulers of the American empire have slaughtered and plundered their way to the top position within the worldwide system of capitalism-imperialism. This is a system of global exploitation driven by the competitive pursuit of profit and more profit and its law of survival: expand or die. It is a system of political and military domination, and of murderous rivalry among the imperialist powers themselves.
I had been eagerly anticipating the release of this film ever
since I heard about its debut in England lost November. This is
because it is the creation of Armando Iannucci, who has a string of
successful political satires such as the British TV series The
Thick of It, the American TV series Veep, and the
transatlantic comedy film In The Loop (2009) that dealt
with how the American and British governments colluded to sell the
phony case for the invasion of Iraq. Iannucci is a writer of sharp
insight and dialogue and the topic of this film, dealing with all
the political infighting for power immediately following the death
of Stalin, got rave reviews on its release.
Sadly, I was disappointed. The film had its moments but was not as funny as I had expected it to be. I think I know why. The ruthlessness of Stalin and his purges of enemies are well known and in this film they are taken as a given. Stalin dies early in the film and the person who is the real villain is Lavrenty Beria, the head of the secret police and the person who carried out Stalins wishes and ordered the torture, murder, and internal exiles of perceived enemies, going well beyond what was required of him, including rapes of women. He was notorious for his cruelty. But he is not that well known to the general public and the filmmakers spent some time at the beginning establishing his evil character by showing his actions. But that grim beginning made it difficult for me to laugh at the later humor.
This has always been a problem for me with comedies that have violence. If violence is necessary for the story to make sense, I prefer if it is just referred to and left off-screen. It is quite possible to show that a character is evil without making it manifest. In my mind, a film can be violent or it can be funny. It cannot be both.
An interesting aspect of this film is the accents. There is always a problem when a film is set in a country where the language spoken is not English but the film features an English-speaking cast, like this one. A device that is often employed is to have the speakers talk in English but with the kind of accent that speakers of that country would have if they spoke English, the idea being to make the viewer think that the speaker was speaking in that other language but that we can somehow understand it. It never works for me.
In this film, they decided to let all the actors speak with their own accent. So Stalin had a British working class (Cockney?) accent while Nikita Khrushchev (played by the always excellent Steve Buscemi) had an American accent, and so on. After the initial surprise, the mix of accents did not, for me at least, distract from the film and was less grating than listening to them speak English with faux-Russian accents.
Heres the trailer.
Researchers at the University of Southern California have announced that fasting for as little as three days, can regenerate the entire human immune system for a very healthy living.
The researchers described their study as remarkable and a major breakthrough in finding natural methods to boost the immune system.
In the past, fasting diets have been criticized by nutritionists for being unhealthy. However, this new study by the Americans suggests that starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.
The researchers said their discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy. Elderly people, too, are said to benefit greatly from the study.
As people grow, their immune system becomes weak, making it harder for them to fight off even common diseases. As per this study, fasting could help them get their immune system back on track.
Fasting for 72 hours also protects cancer patients against the toxic impact of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy causes significant collateral damage to the immune system. The results of this study suggest that fasting may mitigate some of the harmful effects of chemotherapy.
Detailing the study, the researchers said fasting flips a regenerative switch that prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.
Lead researcher of the study Professor Valter Longo, who serves as professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the University of California, said the study proved that fasting could indeed help the human body to produce a new immune system.
Stories of wartime heroism abound in Hollywood movie history, the gung-ho, swashbuckling images that saturate our cinema screens promote US military personnel to cult figures, saving the world.
It is the victory of fantasy over realism that distances the American public from the horrors of war.
Wars that are never on US soil but waged in distant lands, but always in the interests of national security. Consent is manufactured for these wars by fabricating fear and insecurity, the amplification of terrorism threats as the ever-present danger menacing the American people, held at bay by military intervention at an imagined source.
US airstrikes on Syria were in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States President Trump told Congress, after the tripartite alliance of US, France and UK had unlawfully attacked Syria. An attack carried out under the pretext of a trumped-up charge of chemical attacks by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the last moments of Doumas liberation from Saudi-financed and UK-promoted extremists, Jaysh al-Islam.
Cinema is escapism and Hollywood excels in distracting a public already bamboozled by a corporate medias expert distortion of fact to generate the narratives that instil fear and dehumanize the latest foe in the foreign policy crosshairs.
In Saving Private Ryan, the horror of battle is surround-sound deafeningly conveyed. Unremitting reality confronts our sensibility, the scream of bullets tearing into flesh, the clamour of the dying; nothing is left to the imagination. It is full frontal war.
In the movie, a detail of American soldiers is dispatched to France to bring Private Ryan home to his mother after General Marshall learns that his three brothers were killed in action. We are led to believe that the assuaging of Mama Ryans grief is of paramount national importance. It is an all-American feel-good-factor movie with the familiar true grit, the hard-bitten courage of ...
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The worst humanitarian crisis in the world is about to descend into an ever deeper level of hell, with the indispensable support of the United States; and the political opposition is spending their time trying to give even more political power to the Pentagon.
A Swedish call at the UN Security Council for an immediate ceasefire in the Yemen port of Hodeidah was derailed during a closed session Friday. The US and Britain both expressed opposition to the measure, designed to prevent Saudi-led forces attacking a port responsible for feeding 8.4 million civilians. Britain insisted on the meeting being a closed session, meaning specific 
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The United States once again warned this week it would take firm and appropriate measures against the Syrian government forces should they continue pushing into the southwest of their own country, which has long been held by Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other groups fighting the Assad government. The state department issued a statement Thursday saying that any Syrian government action risks 
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Ive been looking at some of the globalist summits around the world lately but heres one that slipped under the radar: the International Energy Forum. The IEFs 16th bienniel energy ministers meeting took place in New Delhi this past April and brought together 5o of the worlds energy ministers, 30 energy company CEOs and 12 heads of international organizations. 
The news whiteout on Taiwan Civil Government fraud arrests continues despite heavy spending by the group in Washington.
Have you noticed the almost complete lack of video footage showing the ongoing Arab and US coalition aerial bombardment of Yemens key port city of Al Hudaydah? Reuters reports the following: People are scared. The warships are terrifying and warplanes are flying overhead all the time,university student Amina, 22, who lives near the port, told Reuters by telephone. People 
The post Why There Wont Be A Yemeni Version Of The White Helmets appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.
Keep track of what his Cabinet is doing -- Sessions's attacks on civil rights, civil liberties, voting rights, and immigrants; DeVos's efforts to undermine public education, Pruitt's and Zinke's efforts to gut the environment; all their conflicts of interest, and the industry lobbyists they've put in high positions.
Deja vu: the Edmonton Pride parade halted in the face of a brief protest, and after considering the protesters demands the organisers decided to ban police and RCMP from marching with them. Something similar happened in Calgary last year, when protesters convinced Pride organisers to block police/RCMP from walking with Pride while in uniform (inadvertently causing our local CFI affiliate to implode and rebrand, which was for the best).
Im not a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, but I can understand the sentiment.
Not wanting to lose the momentum gained from Stonewall, the newly empowered LGBT rights leaders in several different cities began mobilizing, trying to answer the question Now what?
On November 2, 1969, at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations in Philadelphia, the first pride march was proposed by way of a resolution. The Christopher Street Liberation Day march was then held in New York City on June 28, 1970, marking the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots with an assembly on Christopher Street and a march covering the 51 blocks to Central Park. 
In 1970, walking in broad daylight with a sign saying you were a homosexual was not only terrifying but could prove deadly. Many of the marchers in those first Pride events were genuinely scared they might not make it to the end of the route. They had no idea where they were going to finish or if anyone would show up to march with them or if they would even make it halfway down the street without being mobbed by an angry, violent crowd.
Pride parades began as a protest against police violence, as well as a defiant show of existence. The pageantry that arrived in later years was a natural consequence.
The oft-echoed reason for the necessity of a parade is that there is still work to be done. There is still a lack of equality and there are still people who are afraid of coming out. The jovial and unrepressed nature of a parade can be inspiring.
Another reason? Its just fun,...
The Israeli military is reporting that they are in the process of studying the legal implications of legally defining kites and balloons as weapons. This would be done so that they would have a legal pretext for shooting people in the Gaza Strip preparing to fly either. A series of incidents have occurred on the Israel-Gaza 
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Off the top of my head I have a hard time thinking of anything sleazier than smearing peace talks in order to gain partisan political points, but that has indeed been the theme of the last few days when it comes to the Singapore summit. Liberal pundits everywhere have been busily circulating the narrative that 
With the changes and transformations that swept through our Arab region after the events of the so-called Arab Spring (that turned out to be an Arab Hell), which resulted in the beginning of the first stage of open public normalisation between the rulers of Saudi Arabia (and the Gulf countries) and the Zionist entity, and the cooperation and coordination between them against the Arab rights and interests. This serious event deserves careful examination, and we need to stop and reflect on the steps that must be taken so that we dont discover, half a century from now, that we did not make the right decision and have not even taken one step on the path that might lead us to the desired goal.
Anyone who understands our ancient and contemporary history recognises that as Arabs we have not managed even one meaningful reassessment of what has happened to us over the years, and we have not recognised the real causes of the crises, setbacks and calamities that we have witnessed. Many of those involved in these events refused to put down in writing their observations, because their testimony might prove that everything the previous generations had learned in official history books was actually false. But today we have reached a stage where we can no longer continue this approach, because todays battle is indeed a battle for existence, not only for the Palestinians, but for the people of the Arab Nation from the Ocean to the Gulf.
The fact that the acceleration of Gulf normalisation with the Zionist enemy is a remarkable and serious fact, and its repercussions on the Arab-Israeli conflict should not be underestimated; on the contrary, we must prepare to face such ramifications. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf today own more than 80% of the Arab media, and their rulers, with their vast oil riches, are willing to spend generously to destroy the Arab confrontation countries, using terrorism to do so. Therefore, today the nation is facing a serious cha...
The pattern is now unmistakable: the blue chip defense market hates peace, loves war and hostilities
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Defense stocks fell Tuesday after President Donald Trump announced at his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore that he would end military drills with South Korea and eventually would like to withdraw U.S. troops from the South.
North Korea historically has objected to the drills as an act of aggression. But leading up to the Trump-Kim summit, Pygonyang signaled it wouldnt make the drills a sticking point.
South Korea was reportedly surprised by the concession and said it needed to find out the precise meaning or intentions of Trumps announcement. Seoul and the U.S. had scheduled their drills to start in August.
Kim pledged to denuclearize North Korea, but the agreement signed in Singapore lacked key details likes timelines and a verification process.
Trump said halting the joint military exercises would save money. He previously has complained about the amount of money the U.S. spends stationing troops in South Korea and Japan.
After reporting Q1 earnings in April, Raytheon said it expects missile defense demand to remain strong, in the Asia region specifically, regardless of what happens in expected U.S.-North Korea talks.
By B.N. Frank Ian Phillips was a business executive whose job required he spend many hours on a mobile phone. After learning he had a...
(INTELLIHUB) Paul Manafort and Donald Trump associate Roger Stone appeared on Fox News with Tucker Carlson on Friday where he said as many as 12 of his associates have been both subpoenaed and questioned by the FBI which is currently seeking to obtain evidence of foreign espionage over what the political operative says is a scandal that makes Watergate look like a second-rate burglary.
Stone maintains the scandal is merely a witch hunt aimed at draining him financially in an effort to eventually force him to testify against President Donald Trump.
The highly astute political strategist told Tucker that the whole fiasco has already cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars and even threatens to bankrupt him which Stone says is exactly the point.
The seek to drag your name through the mud and to ruin you financially, he explained.
For the record, Stone told Fox News that he has absolutely positively never worked with a foreign government which he has already reported ad nauseam.
Shocking video shows a US Border Patrol agent commit a hit and run, mowing down a Native American man and then speeding off.
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The danger from Kilauea is significant and potentially imminent. However, the threat from Kilauea pales in comparison to Yellowstone, the worlds largest super volcano. Yellowstone has the potential to end all life on the planet, except for those fortunate enough to find sanctuary underground.
As scientists continue to tell the public not to worry, the largest geyser in Yellowstone has just gone off for the ninth time. The geyser is quiet for years at a time, but scientists are now saying a change is in place.
Perhaps, William Engdahl was on to something when he previously published the fact that the elite had buried a seed vault in the Arctic and that the elite are planning for some unspecified disaster. An underground seed vault is exactly what humans would need to survive the resulting nuclear winter arising from any potential Yellowstone massive explosion. Yet, the existence of a seed vault does not necessarily have any relationship to a super volcanic explosion, or does it? In order to properly address that specific concern, scientists would need to look at the data with regard to seismic, volcanic activity at Yellowstone.
One of the principles that I learned in my geology class as an undergrad, is that it is a mistake to consider a geological events in isolation. For example, a large earthquake could trigger a devastating tsunami and we saw evidence of that exact event on many occasions, but most prominently, in Malaysia in 2004 where hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives under these exact conditions.
Are the volcanos of the world waking up? It would appear that this is an accurate description. The traditional Ring of Fire emanating from 19.5 latitutde (click here to understand the significance of this latitutde to both seismic and volcanic activity).
Are these earthquakes thr...
The two year anniversary of the nations second largest modern gun massacre, the Pulse Nightclub shooting, brought together a collection of gun reform groups for a rally in New York Citys Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Tuesday. The Plaza sits between the United Nations building and Donald Trumps Trump World Tower. The decision to hold the rally and die-in at the Plaza, was not accidental. It was a message to the world that not all Americans are okay with the senseless gun violence in this nation. The other message was to Trump and that came in the form of the voter registration forms that the League of Women Voters were handing out. The groups present at the rally showed the diversity of NYC and those that were victim to gun violence.
I have written before about cases of people who were
incarcerated for long periods of time even though they were
innocent of the crime. On a broadcast of the
radio program Latino USA I recently learned of the case of
four women who were convicted of Satanic sexual abuse and rape of
two young nieces of one of the women. This was at the height of the
hysteria over Satanic acts perpetrated on children in day care
centers and the like.
In the case of these four women who were friends, the fact that they were lesbians was used by prosecutors as a motive for their actions to persuade the jury of their guilt, exploiting the prejudice that gays and lesbians are more likely to be sexual predators. The testimony of the two girls describing the abuse was pivotal.
The allegations in 1994 rocked San Antonio and made national headlines, becoming the subject of the documentary Southwest of Salem. In an era when more gays and lesbians were coming out and mainstreaming, many saw the allegations as an indictment of the womens sexuality, especially as the case against them began to unravel.
I think the only reason that the investigation was seriously pursued, why there wasnt more skepticism about the preposterous allegations in the first place, was because these four women had recently come out as gay, that they were openly gay, attorney Mike Ware told CNNs Jean Casarez in April..
The four refused plea deals but were found guilty. The aunt of the girls Elizabeth Ramirez was sentenced to 37.5 years and the other three to 25 years. They were finally exonerated in 2016 after spending nearly 15 years in prison.
The convictions began to unravel several years ago when one of Ramirezs two nieces, now in her twenties, stepped forward to say she had lied.
Members of her family coached her, she told authorities, to make up a story because of their anger toward Ramirezs sexuality. Her father in particular coerced them so he could gain leverage in a custody battle, she said.
Soon after, Kellogg recanted her testimony based on new science that showed her findings regarding the girls injuries were medically inaccurate.
Peg Aloi writes about the Satanic hysteria that existed at that time, fueled by the hit film Rosemarys Baby, encouraging people to indulge in the worst kind of conspiracy-mongering.
Arguably the first mainstream American film to portray contemporary occultism in depth, Roman Polanskis Rosemarys Baby released 50 years ago this month premiered as a palpable f...
Today on the show, we talk about last weeks SCOTUS ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, find out what exactly happened, and what it might mean for future civil rights cases. We also talk about the North Korea summit, all the wackiness that went down, and whether or not any progress will be made.
Donald Trump, the arch racist usurper of the Republican Party, is tearing the ruling class consensus to shreds, inflicting bigger shocks to the imperial system by accident, impulse and ignorance than any conceivable progressive elected U.S. president could achieve on purpose. In the space of a few weeks, Trump has 1) threatened to disrupt corporate global supply chains through his in-out stance on NAFTA; 2) forced Washingtons European junior imperial partners to reconsider their subservience to U.S. foreign policy and their vulnerability to U.S.-controlled financial institutions in the wake of Trumps rejection of the Iran deal and his tirades at the G7 summit in Canada; and 3) discarded 70 years of Uncle Sams Comply or Die dictum towards North Korea, thus consigning the whole axis of evil designation to the dustbin.
In the 1960s, a struggle took place over the fate of healthcare in Canada. On one side, there were the proponents of the single-payer program called Medicare, like the stubborn Scottish-born socialist Tommy Douglas. Medicare was modeled on a program passed in the province of Saskatchewan in 1961 under Douglass leadership, which provided universal coverage of physicians services (the provinces 1947 plan for universal hospital coverage had already been federalized in the late 1950s). And on the other side there were those who advocated a more gradual approach, such as Ernest Manning, the premier of Alberta, who went on television in 1965 to ask the nation to look before we leap.
(INTELLIHUB) For months now, Democrats and media leftists have complained about how cruel and barbaric forced family breakups at the border are and have relentlessly hammered the Trump administration over the issue.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke out in a press conference on Thursday, in which she called the policy barbaric and made clear that it was the current policy of the Trump administration when in actuality the policy it that of the Dems.
As a mother of five children and a grandmother of nine im sure any parent here, mother or father, knows that this is barbaric, Pelosi said. This is not what America is but this is the policy of the Trump administration.Gage Skidmore/Flickr
In her presentation to the press, the rather aged-looking House Minority Leader made it sound as if the policy was a scheme cooked up by the Trump administration which Pelosi maintains doesnt have any idea of the impact on families and children.
Pelosis crackbrained comments forced President Trump to fire out several tweets in which he points out how the policy in question is that of the Democrats and not that of the Trump administration itself.
The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda. Any Immigration Bill MUST HAVE full funding for the Wall, end Catch & Release, Visa Lottery and Chain, and go to Merit Based Immigration. Go for it! WIN!, the President tweeted on Friday.
The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and...
I was stunned the other day to see an opinion piece by Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe in which he was portraying the violent anti-government protests in Nicaragua as some kind of revolutionary insurrection. What is surprising about Kinzers position is that he is the individual who wrote the wonderful book, All The Shahs Men one of the essential readings about the CIA-backed coup against Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran in 1953. What is happening in Nicaragua right now looks a lot like what happened in Iran during this coup, and yet, Kinzer somehow does not see this. In this way, Kinzer typifies the utter confusion of so many in this country including those who should know better, such as many self-described leftists about what is happening in Nicaragua and in Latin America generally.
The most complete assessment to date of Antarctica's ice sheets confirms that the meltdown accelerated sharply in the past five years, and there is no sign of a slowdown. That means sea level is expected to rise at a rate that will catch some coastal communities unprepared despite persistent warnings, according to the international team of scientists publishing a series of related studies this week in the journal Nature. The scientists found that the rate of ice loss over the past five years had tripled compared to the previous two decades, suggesting an additional 6 inches of sea level rise from Antarctica alone by 2100, on top of the 2 feet already projected from all sources, including Greenland. "That may not sound like a lot, but it's a big deal for people living along coasts," said University of Leeds climate researcher Andrew Shepherd, who led the assessment, supported by NASA and the European Space Agency.
A guard who chose to save himself during the Parkland shooting had been caught harassing female students, and never should have been allowed at the school.
For several years now, I have been writing regular posts on my blog with one end in mind: to help open a door for readers and encourage them to step through. I select issues, usually those that dominate western media coverage and represent a consensus that we might term the Great Western Narrative, and try to show how this narrative has been constructed not to inform and enlighten but to conceal and deceive. It is not that I and the many other bloggers doing this are cleverer than everyone else. We have simply had a chance an earlier one to step through that door ourselves, because of a jarring life experience that the Great Western Narrative could not explain, or because someone held the door open for us, or more usually because of a combination of the two.
On June 26th, small business owners and Internet users from across the country will meet directly with their House members in DC. Face-to-face meetings in the Capitol are one of the most effective ways to influence lawmakers' positions and counter the power of telecom lobbyists. Before the event, you'll receive an info packet with everything you need to know. Then, on the morning of your meetings, our friends at Public Knowledge will host an orientation and share insight on how to be effective in these meetings. Participants will be paired with a guide to show you where to go on Capitol Hill to meet key lawmakers. If you can't make it to DC, join us by getting involved locally.
Outside of Washington, DC, net neutrality is not a partisan issue. Poll after poll shows that the overwhelming majority of voters, including Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, oppose the FCCs repeal of open Internet protections and want Congress to overturn it. No one wants their cable company to control what they can see and do online. But telecom mega-corporations like Comcast and AT&T have poured nearly $200 million into lobbying to kill net neutrality. And since FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a GOP nominee, the issue has become increasingly partisan in DC, with most Democrats lining up in support of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to restore net neutrality, and so far most Republican lawmakers against, despite the wishes of the majority of GOP voters.
The government strategy has been to accept extraordinary levels of opposition violence and intimidation so as to allow the opposition to discredit themselves with public opinion. Nicaragua has been a good example of how Western corporate and alternative news media are able to create a custom-made bizarro-world to suit the propaganda requirements of their countries elites. The current media onslaught against Nicaragua uses the whole toolbox of propaganda tricks portraying aggressors as victims, reporting non-existent massacres of peacefully protesting students, denying systematic destruction by opposition paramilitaries of public property and private businesses, even omitting attacks on hospitals and ambulances. The big fundamental fiction has been that a majority of people in Nicaragua reject the Sandinista government led by President Daniel Ortega.
One of the worlds biggest philanthropic initiatives to address climate change is set-up to fail catastrophically, according to a strategy document setting out the initiatives five-year plan. The strategy document, published by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in January, represents the third renewal of the Climate Works initiative originally founded in 2008. The initiative was executed through the Climate Works Foundation in coordination with other big philanthropic foundations, the Packard and McKnight Foundations. The Hewlett Foundation strategy document, titled Climate Initiative Strategy 20182023, reflects on the strategic thinking behind the process that led to the announcement last December that the foundation would commit $600 million to address climate change over the next five years a 20 percent increase from previous funding.
What to do with President Trump? Impeachment, if feasible at alll, will take a long time -- and it will split the country asunder. Would a call for The Redemption of the Bully unify the country? The Greeks used ostracism to deal with obnoxious politicians; can we invent a Program of Redemption?
A review of Deena Stryker's newly released book "Russia's Americans."
What is this? Another case of academics behaving badly? And specifically, academics involve in neuroscience research?
The Psychological and Brain Science department at Dartmouth is experiencing a bit of upheaval, again based on sexual misconduct. The stories have all been a bit vague on the details, but it was serious enough that one faculty members tenure was about to be revoked, and two others are under investigation.
Psychological and brain sciences professor Todd Heatherton has elected to retire immediately following a recommendation from Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Elizabeth Smith, upheld by the faculty-elected Review Committee, that his tenure be revoked and his employment terminated. Smiths recommendation follows a review of Heatherton by an external investigator for sexual misconduct. Professors Bill Kelley and Paul Whalen of the PBS department, who are also under investigation for sexual misconduct, remain under review.
In a press release provided by his lawyer Julie Moore, Heatherton stated that he retired because he thought it was best for his family, the College and the graduate students involved in the investigation.
Oh, that familiar song. I was a reprehensible shit for years, but now Im committing a selfless act of career suicide for my familys sake, so forgive me. Late-in-life remorse is such a useful card to play, especially when the hammer is about to come down anyway.
This has been building for a while there were reports months ago about a growing criminal investigation.
Three tenured professors from the psychological and brain sciences department at Dartmouth CollegeTodd Heatherton, Bill Kelley, and Paul Whalenare targets of a criminal investigation, according to official statements from Dartmouths president and the New Hampshire attorney general on Oct. 31. The school, which has variously described the allegations as referring to serious misconduct and sexual misconduct, had already launched its own internal investigation of the three men. Heatherton, Kelley, and Whalen are all on paid leave with restricted campus access, according to the statement from Dartmouths president. Heatherton also lost his affiliation at New York University, where he had been a visiting scholar since July.
Again, the details are lacking, but whatever they were, they were sufficient to prompt 15 students and post-docs to make a complaint and bring in outside law enforcement. U...
Newly minted Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez must recognize that the Catalan issue is political, not legal, and that force is not an option. As Napoleon Bonaparte's Foreign Minister Talleyrand once remarked, "You can do anything you like with bayonets, except sit on them," summing up the truism that repression does not work in the long run.
A barber claims his home was raided by police after they accepted a false testimony from a confidential informant with a long arrest record.
The figures are from the National Low Income Housing Coalitions annual Out Of Reach report, which documents the affordability of rental housing to low-income families across the U.S. NLIHC arrived at its bleak findings by taking the cost of a modest two-bed rental home at fair market rent, as calculated by the Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) based on an estimate of what a family moving today would expect to pay. It then calculated the amount workers need to earn for these homes to be affordable meaning they spend no more than 30 percent of their income on rent and utilities. The most expensive state is Hawaii, where the fair market rent for a two-bed rental is $1,879 a month, meaning workers need to bring in $36.13 an hour for rent to be affordable.
(INTELLIHUB) Paul Manaforts pretrial release conditions were reneged by a judge on Friday at Robert Muellers request under the premise of witness tampering and the former Trump associate was sentenced to jail ahead of his September trial in what can only be considered a message from the deep state.
Now, some say, a 65-year-old Manafort may never see the light of day again and may possibly spend the rest of his life behind bars.
It could be the beginning of a life sentence, former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman said on Friday. Paul Manafort, if he does not cooperate, may never ever see the outside of a jail cell.
The Hill reports:
Mueller filed a superseding indictment against Manafort earlier, accusing him of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Manafort is scheduled to go to trial in September over charges including tax evasion, bank fraud, money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department.
The mainstream media is now admitting that the Walmart stores they claimed closed over "plumbing problems" have since been converted into detention centers.
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by Rachel Quednau | June 13, 2018
For a struggling city, negative perceptions from with the community can send it into a spiral of decline. It takes a major shift in perspective to get the city back on track.
by Jane Fiegen Green | June 13, 2018
Heres one key reason people like me are leaving small towns for big cities.
by Charles Marohn | June 11, 2018
Its hard to imagine a scenario where Shreveport could do an annexation that benefits the city, its residents and its businesses over the long term.
by Kea Wilson | June 13, 2018
5 lessons I learned from conducting a tactical urbanism demonstration in my city.
by Russell Romney | June 12, 2018
This creative bike rental program bridges the gap between short-term bike share and full bike ownership making bikes accessible to those who normally couldnt afford them.
Theres a relatively slow-motion hit-and-run occurring on Tohono Oodham Nation land thats been recorded and now viewed several hundred thousand times. Its bad enough, though the victim Paulo Remes is reported to be recovering reasonably well by Tuscon.com. The SUV that hit Remes was an Immigration & Customs Enforcement vehicle that drove down the road approaching Remes house, turned around, then came back toward Remes who had just walked across the road and was still on the edge of it when struck. This has all the makings of a felony:
Arizona Revised Statutes Title 28, Section 661:
A. The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of a person shall:
1. Immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close to the accident scene as possible but shall immediately return to the accident scene.
2. Remain at the scene of the accident until the driver has fulfilled the requirements of section 28-663.
B. A driver who is involved in an accident resulting in death or serious physical injury as defined in section 13-105 and who fails to stop or to comply with the requirements of section 28-663 is guilty of a class 3 felony, except that if a driver caused the accident the driver is guilty of a class 2 felony.
C. A driver who is involved in an accident resulting in an injury other than death or serious physical injury as defined in section 13-105 and who fails to stop or to comply with the requirements of section 28-663 is guilty of a class 5 felony. [emphasis mine cd]
Moreover, Remes witnessed the vehicle turn on its emergency lights as it was fleeing the scene. While LEO operators emergency vehicles in practice have broad discretion to use their emergency lights, it likely doesnt extend to aiding one in committing a felony, which could result in more charges if the local prosecutor has any respect for the law. ICE says that they are cooperating with the investigation, but they have to know who was driving the SUV and no arrest appears to have been made at this point so I doubt theyre fully cooperating.
But what happened to Remes isnt even the most serious ICE hit and run on this nations land southwest of Tuscon. No, that would be the fatal hit-and-run of Bennett Patricio.
There seems also to have been a deliberate killing of one community members dog:
We also got word that a man out in Pis...
Lets check in on the ongoing saga of T. Florian Jaeger, shall we? Hes a computation linguist working in the cognitive sciences department at the University of Rochester whose tenure so far has been a real shitshow, and also a familiar story. Hes a sexist pig who doesnt recognize boundaries or any limits to his behavior. One of the stars of the place, Richard Aslin, resigned his position over the ongoing behavior of Jaeger, the former president of the university, Joel Seligman, resigned the day the investigative report was published, and other faculty, like Jessica Cantlon and Brad Mahon, followed suit. Now Celeste Kidd and Steven Piantadosi have quit.
That is a department in a shambles. The wave of resignations sends a very clear message that this is not a place where you want to work youd have to be desperate to take a job in the cognitive sciences at Rochester. And that means theyre going to get worse, and not the least because the rot, Jaeger, is still there, supported by the administration.
University of Rochester President Richard Feldman has declined to sanction, much less fire, T. Florian Jaeger, a professor who sent an unwanted picture of his penis to a student; made insulting and objectifying comments about female students sexual desirability, appearance, and vaginal taste; used drugs at a lab retreat with students, and had sex with an undergraduate student, among many other unethical behaviors. These are not accusations. These actions were confirmed by the University of Rochesters own investigation. The University also verified that such behavior led at least ten women to avoid Jaeger to the detriment of their careers.1 President Feldman declines to take responsibility for his own refusal to punish Jaeger, instead blaming the faculty senate, a body which he knows has no authority to impose sanctions. Unbelievably, Former President Joel Seligman and Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department Chair Greg DeAngelis both publicly defended Jaegers tenure to the media and faculty senate respectively by an appeal to the sanctity of academic freedom.
Holy crap. Thats not what academic freedom means. It does not mean that professors get to rob banks on the side with no repercussions on their career; it does not mean you get to fuck up a required part of your job, teaching, and no one can fire you for dereliction of your duties. This is the kind of thing that gives tenure and academic freedom a bad name when it is badly abused.
The university administration is also failing to do their job. Theyve got faculty...
A police officer who was caught trying to seduce a 13-year-old girl in an undercover operation was the only one who was given probation instead of jail time.
The post Cop Convicted of Trying to Have Sex with a Child, Gets Taxpayer Funded Retirement, NO JAIL appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
In the third lecture of Hillsdale Colleges course on the histories of Athens and Sparta, which you can follow along with here, Victor Davis Hanson, a history fellow at Hillsdale College, asks: What is the chief virtue of Athens?
The collapse of the Mycenaeans ushered in a period of dark ages in Greek society during which the linear B script disappeared and illiteracy abounded. It is during these times that the Homeric epics, which told the story of men of an earlier age, were repeated throughout generations in order to preserve them. As these stories were passed along, these men took on godlike qualities and the stakes of the stories were raised to epic ones.
Around 800 B.C., city states began to develop in Greece. Of these city states, Corinth, Sparta, Thebes, and Athens were the largest. Attica was blessed with abundant natural resources they relied on like clay and silver. It was also located near a sea port, which enabled them to trade and build a merchant fleet. Trade made the Athenian open-minded and helped him develop a liberal attitude that was open to other cultures, ideas, and ways of life.
Athens introduced the idea of a democratic form of government that any person who owned a certain amount of land and served in the army could vote and participate in the political system. Power wasnt held in the hands of one person, but was split evenly among those who were qualified to vote. This idea, that Athenian citizens were equal, was radically different from the way other societies operated. The system was not perfect, however. Popular courts needed a simple majority of a group of self-selected citizens to sentence a person to death. As a result, these courts were susceptible to volatility a mob could gin up outrage and a death sentence one day only to be undone by a more temperate group the next day.
Athens was primarily an agrarian society. Farmers frequently employed slaves who would help with field work and would travel to Athens frequently in order to buy goods and currency. Those who did not own land were able to secure a job as a bureaucrat. In other greek cities, non-landowners were typically forced to work as day laborers or indentured servants, but in Athens they could work overseeing that buildings were constructed a certain way, that currency was regulated, and that businesses employed ethical practices. This elaborate governmental system was funded by other cities who the Athenians asked them to pay for military protection from the Persians. Athens was also a tourist destination for other Greeks and the goods they sold to visitors offset the payroll expenses for these bureaucrats.
What resulted from this arrangement was effectively an empire an empire ruled loosely by Athens. Many...
The plight of children who accompany their parents crossing the border into the United States illegally has captured the attention of the press this week. Politicians and media types have loudly decried the longtime practice of sending children into foster care or other temporary housing situations, while their parents are detained until the U.S. government can determine their fate.
Next week, Congress is set to vote on a Republican immigration bill with a provision that would reportedly end this practice. But this policy change would likely result in the children being sent to adult detention centers with their parents a fate that is arguably worse than being sent elsewhere.
If the House bill passed, the Trump administration probably would stop separating families. Instead, it would be able to keep children and parents in ICE detention until their cases were resolved that is, they could be in held in detention indefinitely.
If children are not seperated from their parents who are being detained for entering the U.S. illegally, of course they will be sent to the detention centers. Ending the practice of separating a child from his or her parent would result in these children being held in custody along with their parents.
Putting a child in temporary housing or foster care when their parent engages in illegal activity is standard practice even for U.S. citizens. A bit of information thats been largely ignored is that there are an unknown number of American children whove been seperated from their parents and placed in foster care when their parents are incarcerated.
As The Daily Callers Saagar Enjeti points out, an estimated 20,939 American children were put in foster care when a parent was incarcerated in 2016, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. That accounts for about eight percent of the total number of children who entered the foster care system that same year.
Thanks to reader I found them. In Fiscal Year 2016, approx 21,000 US Children were placed in foster care b/c of parent incarceration, roughly 10X the number of separated children at the border per the AP's latest number. https://t.co/iYf5DdO3E4 https://t.co/jyA5SbDB8E
Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) June 15, 2018
You dont need to be a superhero to help others or affect the world. In fact, sometimes the simplest of actions make the biggest difference. A video that provides testament to this statement recently went viral on Chinese social media.
Recently, an elderly man was attempting to make his way across a busy street in Mianyang, Sichuan province, when the crosswalk light turned red. While drivers waited patiently, a police officer stepped up to help.
As can be seen in the video below, the compassionate cop, Qin Weijie, approached the man and asked if he could carry him to the other side. To this unconventional request, the elderly man said yes.
As GoodNewsNetwork reports, the officer knew that the man had seven more lanes of traffic to cross. So, he hoisted him on his back and carried him across the street. The video is both humorous and heart-warming.
Need additional proof that climate change is a very real phenomenon? Consider that last month, the United States of America experienced its hottest May on record. As climate scientist David Titley said, Nature is dealing cards from a very different deck now compared to the 20th century.
During the first week of June, federal scientists announced that May shattered heat records across the U.S. Not only was it the warmest May on record, nearly 8,600 local heat records were also broken during the month. The warmth was coast-to-coast, said climate scientist Jake Crouch from NOAAs National Center for Environmental Information.
According to USA Today, the upper Midwest and Ohio Valley experienced the worst heat waves. On May 28, the temperature in Minneapolis skyrocketed to a record 100 degrees F. Air conditioners gave out, roads buckled, and air-quality alerts were triggered as a result.
The average May temperature across the nation was 65.4 degrees, which is 5.2 degrees above average, according to the NOAA. Scientists are pointing to man-made global warming as the culprit. Two tropical systems churning in the Gulf of Mexico also pumped warm, moist air across the eastern U.S., as well.
It is worth noting that more than one-quarter of the contiguous U.S. remains in drought. Othe...
By Aletheia Luna via Loner Wolf
A healers power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses. E. Leventhal
At heart, we all have the capacity to heal ourselves and nurture others. Spirit, energy, thought, intention, skilful practice and belief are available to all people. Yet as individual expressions of the life force, we all have different paths, and not all of us feel called to healing practices.
For those of us that do feel called to spiritual healing, we are often met with some kind of resistance, either from our friends, our family members, or our culture. This is because spiritual healing can be frowned upon as a quasi, scientifically-misguided, charlatan practice by a society that is built on the mind and ego. While there are con artists in every practice, the genuinely beneficial aspects of spiritual healing are largely ignored because they cant be quantified or reasoned with.
Unfortunately, this has led to a large percentage of us (particularly in Westernised societies) losing touch with traditional forms of healing. Very few of us were raised around shamans, medicine men or medicine women who could pass on ancient knowledge and holistic healing practices. Instead, as children we were taken to GPs, physicians and doctors who pres...
By Ethan Huff
A radical feminist man-hater who heads up Northeastern UniversitysWomens, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, recently wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post that calls on all men everywhere to step away from pretty much every position of power in society in order to pacify the demands of feminist women like herself who hate men.
Couching her blatant sexism as inclusivity and equality, Suzanna Danuta Walters, who also teaches sociology at NU, argues that all women have an inherent right to hate all men because of the millennia of woe that men all of them have apparently inflicted upon all women since the beginning of time.
Unless a man agrees to only vote for feminist women, to not ever run for office, and to never be in charge of anything, then he can freely be hated upon by women, according to Walters, who in her commentary describes the United States as the land of legislatively legitimated toxic masculinity.
Citing a few recent alleged cases of sexual abuse against women by males like Eric Schneiderman and Harvey Weinstein, Walters feels justified in painting a broad brush of hate across all men. Because of her personal feelings about the opposite sex, Walters feels as though its completely logical to hate men, and she even goes so far as to scoff at women who dont.
My edge has been crossed for a long time, the genderless-looking school employee writes. Seen in this indisputably true context, it seems logical to hate men.
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I woke up early that morning in Zurich, which wasnt easy. I had spent the night with a certain journalist friend whose proclivities do not easily mingle with bright-eyed mornings. But I had a mission. About a mile away from my hotel was the grave of a man I have spent my whole adult life reading and admiring. Simply put, the only writer closer to my mind and heart is me, maybe. That morning I would be paying my respects to James Joyce.
I had checked Google Maps. It said the destination was a 40-minute walk. I live in New York City, though, so that usually means about 15 minutes for my quick gait. What I failed to do was spy the topography. It was uphill, and by uphill I mean practically climbing a mountain.
While sweating out the previous nights refreshments, I saw magnificent houses that should be on reality TV shows, and Swiss students sipping bubble tea like Abercrombie and Fitch models. I should have taken the bus. But I got there.
I fell in love with Joyces words in high school. My best teacher, Peter Reinke, had taught our class Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and its no exaggeration to say it changed my life. Before that book, my goal was an Ivy then law school. Afterward, it was to forge in the smithy of my soul some kind of truth about the world around me. The book broke me.
In our junior year, we took a month off school to do independent study or an internship or something. I told Reinke I wanted to read Ulysses. He laughed at me and told me, No. I wasnt ready, he assured me, so instead I read the complete works of Shakespeare, a far easier task. We marched through them all, exploring how the Bard had changed the very nature of the English language.
Only later did I realize that this was the beginning of reading and understanding Ulysses. It isnt just a book. Its an attempt to dive into our thoughts, to map a terrain that we should not be able to see because, after all, the naked eye can see anything but itself.
On the day I graduated, Reinke brought me to his classroom and gave me a gift. It was an annotated guide to Ulysses. I was ready.
When I reached the cemetery high atop that big hill in Zurich, it had a quiet austerity. It was mostly empty. There were a few landscapers keeping nature at bay, not much else. I followed vague signs to the back, and then there it was. In fact, there he was. Above the grave of Joyce, as well as of his wife and son, was a life-sized statue of him, cross-legged, book in one hand and cigarette in the other. I hadnt been sure what to expect. I sat on the bench across from him. Tears ran down my face.
Early on in Ulysses we learn that Stephen Dedalus, the autobiographical hero of Portrait, is home in Ireland again because his mother has died. Stephen arrived before her death, and she asked him to pray for...
By Ethan Huff
Theres almost no more room for anymore storage tanks at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) nuclear reactor site in Fukushima, Japan, which means that very soon there wont be any way to dispose of the ever-growing amount of treated water, also known as tritium water, that continues to accumulate within the disaster area.
Neither the Japanese government nor TEPCO officials have made a decision as to how they plan to proceed with cleanup at the failed nuclear plant, which was severely damaged by a major earthquake and tsunami that occurred back in 2011. Currently, the amount of groundwater thats entering the fatally damaged No. 1 nuclear plant amounts to about 160 tons per day.
Purification devices set up at the site are able to remove most of the radioactive materials from this water, except for tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that cant be removed for technical reasons. Consequently, tritium-contaminated water continues to increase, despite the fact that theres increasingly no where to put it.
Existing storage tanks at the site have a total capacity of about 1.13 million tons of water. But roughly 1.07 million tons of that amount, or about 80 percent of it, is already filled with contaminated water meaning theres very little left to spare.
Officials have been frantically trying to make more space for new storage tanks by razing forests and clearing other nearby areas, which has added about 230,000 square meters the rough equivalent of about 32 soccer fields to the storage area. However, theres almost no more space beyond this, meaning the Fukushima site has about reached its max in terms of contaminated water storage space.
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An Internet search for Fathers Day 2018 brings up a top hit: 20 Last-Minute Fathers Day Gifts That Are Amazon Prime-Eligible. Now, like most dads, Im not one to complain about receiving gifts (especially when they involve a good weekend of fishing), but something is wrong when popular culture understands the obligations of Fathers Day as nothing more than a 30-minute phone call and shipping your dad something Amazons website said were Dads Favorites.
Like so many other things in our culture today, the commercialization of this holiday obscures its true meaning. Fathers Day is about so much more than store sales and cheesy coffee mugs. It is, to borrow the words a resolution President Calvin Coolidge once signed on its celebration, a day to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations, and remind ourselves of the importance of fatherhood to our country.
It is something that, unfortunately in todays culture, needs to be repeated often and with clarity: fathers matter. Their responsibilities in families and society are all essential to the strength of our country. Fathers and mothers serve equally important, but distinct, functions in raising children. Fathers play the indispensable role in protecting their families from harm, encouraging children to overcome challenges, disciplining children with authority, and teaching boys how to become responsible men by modeling responsibility themselves.
This should not be controversial. In fact, it is an area of bipartisan agreement. President Barack Obama once said, Of all the rocks upon which we build our livesfamily is the most important. And we are called to recognize and honor how critical every father is to that foundation. They are teachers and coaches. They are mentors and role models. They are examples of success and the men who constantly push us toward it.
From the Moynihan report to Republicans partnering with President Bill Clinton on welfare reform, politicians who have studied the causes of family instability and poverty have all recognized the crucial role fathers play. Its something worth remembering this Fathers Day, because the absence of strong fathers and strong families is the leading cause of so much of our current social chaos.
We see the consequences of fatherlessness all around our country, in deep and sometimes unexpected ways. The research connecting fatherlessness to increased crime rates among adolescents is widely discussed surrounding the prevalence of child poverty, but it affects all of us. We should consider that absent fathers causality in youth delinquency might encourage the kind of reckless, rebellious nihilism evident in so many of the young men who have committed horrific acts of violence. For example, more than 75...
When the volatile leaders of the US and North Korea met this week for a historic summit in Singapore, few expected the brazen, bizarre displays of smitten camaraderie, and perhaps even fewer expected what appeared to be an agreement of sorts. But five hours later, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un released a joint statement expressing a mutual desire to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
The past does not have to define the future, Trump told Kim at the meeting. Yesterdays conflict does not have to be tomorrows war. It was a jarring shift in attitude from a man who just six months earlier had mocked his adversary as the Little Rocket Man.
After the meeting concluded, the White House released a bombastic and self-congratulatory video that paints both leaders in a flattering light not unlike a typical product from the North Korean propaganda machine.
On paper, the development may sound like a diplomatic breakthrough one that has eluded US presidents for decades. But numerous factors inspire skepticism, beginning with the fact that the two countries do not even agree on the definition of denuclearization.
To the US, the term simply means that North Korea would give up its nukes. To North Korea, it indicates that the US would withdraw its so-called nuclear umbrella from over South Korea.
Despite its grandiose rhetoric of hope and peace and reconciliation, the one-page document was conspicuously short on specifics, and pundits argue that Trump has conceded too much for what are essentially vague promises.
While Kim provided no concrete plan or workable timetable for disarmament, Trump not only committed to halt joint military operations with US ally South Korea which he, borrowing Kims words, described as provocative but als...
Yellowstone National Park has more than 10,000 thermal features, sitting atop the worlds largest volcano.
It can send 2,000 times more matter into the sky than the Mount St Helens eruption.
A series of earthquakes have been rumbling underground
As the Norris Junction continues to heat up from the rising magma, so does the waters that make the geyser go off.
Uplift, Rising Gases
All A Sign The SUPER VOLCANO Is RECHARGING!!!
Produced by Mary Greeley:
(ZHE Op-ed) Have you noticed the almost complete lack of video footage showing the ongoing Arab and US coalition aerial bombardment of Yemens key port city of Al Hudaydah? Reuters reports the following: People are scared. The warships are terrifying and warplanes are flying overhead all the time,university student Amina, 22, who lives near the port, told Reuters by telephone. 
(ANTIWAR.COM) A Swedish call at the UN Security Council for an immediate ceasefire in the Yemen port of Hodeidah was derailed during a closed session Friday. The US and Britain both expressed opposition to the measure, designed to prevent Saudi-led forces attacking a port responsible for feeding 8.4 million civilians. Britain insisted on the meeting being a closed session, 
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Welcome to This Is America, June 15th, 2018.
On this episode, we caught up with a member of the IWW in Seattle. They talk about how over the last year, members of the IWW have fought for a contract at Grassroots Campaigns, a progressive corporation that puts canvassers out on the street who in turn bring in donations for non-profit groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU, and others.
From IWW 650 at GCI Seattle Facebook: Today we picketed the office demanding an end to the GCIs illegal lock out. Thank you to everyone who came out and called in to GCI demanding they respect our rights! There is power in a union!
In response to their organizing, IWW members won their union election and soon a contract. In the last week however, job actions and a call in campaign has ramped up pressure against the company, and it responded by locking people out of the office, attempting to starve out the workers during one of the busies...
Alachua County, FL The Gainesville chapter of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) have joined the call, initiated by prisoners in Florida and Texas, for actions demanding an end to mass incarceration and prison slavery around Juneteenth 2018, Tuesday, June 19.
Juneteenth is a celebration of the official end of chattel slavery in the United States. It marks the day when, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, news of freedom reached slaves in Texas.
Prisoners in Texas and Florida, many of whom have been at the forefront of the massive, prisoner-led movement to bring about desperately needed changes in the U.S. prison system are calling on allied groups fighting for prison reform on the outside to organize community events and direct actions in solidarity with planned strikes and other actions by prisoners in facilities in both states and around the nation around Juneteenth.
In keeping with FDOCs repressive stance against calls for desperately-needed reforms, prison activists report word from prisoners that the they have been told the state will go on lockdown in order to prevent protest activities in its facilities.
This news comes amidst rumors of a resignation by FDOC secretary Julie Jones, following on the heels of the federal Bureau of Prisons director resigning last month. There are also reports of prison staff planning walkouts in coordination with the strikes as the growing tension amidst the program and visitation cuts have some guards fearing an increase in violence against state employees.
Despite threats and intimidation, prisoners across the state have indicated plans to participate in a variety of actions on and around Juneteenth to highlight the horrific abuses and conditions that FDOC wishes to prevent coming to light.
IWOC and FTP will also hold solidarity actions at various locations around the state. Locations are not being announced in attempt to lessen retaliation against prisoners in certain facilities.
In addition, IWOC and FTP will join a community celebration hosted by Goddsville Dream Defenders, Florida Council for Incarcerat...
RawStory is saying that Maher did a segment on police brutality tonight (Friday). In it he said:
We need to stop saying most cops are good like we know that to be true, Maher said. I hope thats true, but I need some evidenceunlike cops.
I think that the most troubling thing about this is how few of these incidents come to light through police body cams. With so many interactions recorded on body cam, how is it that the majority of brutality incidents reach the public eye through the video taken by some witness pulling out a cell phone?
I dont think that the majority of cops have committed unnecessary and illegal violence. I think the majority have certainly committed unnecessary violence, though, and I think that the ratio of bystander videos to body cam videos in these situations shows that law enforcement as an institution is engaged in a massive coverup. What does it mean to be a good cop when so many of these incidents are covered up by cops? Can you still be a good cop while ignoring the problems too big to change by yourself? How would that square with arresting a murderer when you know you dont have the skills to prosecute them?
The definition of good cop is going to vary from person to person, but from testilying to state certification boards to allowing corrupt cops to resign to avoid investigation & punishment so they can hop over to a job in the next jurisdiction, I think theres more than enough evidence that a huge percentage of cops are corruptly ignoring the problems in their own departments even if they are decent and trying to do good when they go out on the streets. Some of those cops *might* be good if we didnt ask them to work in corrupt agencies. But how many? Its impossible to tell.
So, yeah: maybe most cops are good, but at this point theyre going to need to step up with some evidence.
This week on The Fuckin News, we look at the geopolitical shitshow revolving around the Orange Ones twitter feed, leaving a trail of confusion from the G7 Summit in Quebec to the heavily hyped meeting in Singapore, where two sociopathic man-babies that just months ago threatened the entire world with a nuke firework show, decided to shake hands and make some half-assed deals. All thanks to the intervention of a strange intermediary.
The UN security council rejected a move to demand an immediate end to the fighting around the strategic port. The 15-strong body failed to agree to a statement calling on forces led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire, with the US and UK both voicing opposition to the text introduced by Sweden. The council instead called for restraint and urged all sides to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law in fighting for the city currently held by rebel Houthi forces. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned on Friday that more and more fighters were arriving in Hodeidah, a city with a population of around 600,000 people.
As more terrible news continues to pour out our immigration centers, rallies nationwide have popped up to call out local officials and government policies that separate children at the border. In downtown Syracuse, New York, not usually a hotbed of activism in my experience, roughly seventy people joined the rally that began in front of Republican Congressman John Katkos office. Outside the Congressmans offices activists handed out yellow wristbands that were meant to symbolize the barcoded wristbands that immigrant children are forced to wear to receive food and services.
North Korea, backed by China, has written the timetable for these negotiations. A year ago, it appeared as if North Koreas missile and nuclear tests would egg the Trump administration into a dangerous military confrontation. Trump even threatened to devastate the peninsula. But he did not have an ally in the newly elected South Korean leaderMoon Jae-inwho came to power when the conservatives floundered in corruption scandals. Moon, a calm and sincere person, held fast to his commitments to peace despite the North Korean missile and nuclear tests and the belligerence of the Trump administration. Out of nowhere, it seemed, Kim inaugurated the Olympics diplomacy. It is what drew the two Koreas together and outflanked the United States. Trump now had to follow the tune being hummed by Moon and Kim.
When a book as fascinating, truthful, beautifully written, and politically significant as American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family, written by a very well-known author by the name of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and published by a prominent publisher (HarperCollins), is boycotted by mainstream book reviewers, you know it is an important book and has touched a nerve that the corporate mainstream media wish to anesthetize by eschewal. The Kennedy name attracts the mainstream media only when they can sensationalize something scandalous preferably sexual or drug related whether false or true...
ICE under Obama averaged 309,887 arrests per year from 2009-2012, while ICE under Trump averaged 139,553 in 2017. Obama set records between 2008 and 2014 with the number of people arrested and placed in deportation proceedings under S-Comm. Those numbers plummeted by more than half in 2015, when S-Comm was replaced by the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). Both programs use fingerprints collected during bookings by state and local police departments to identify individuals for deportation. The primary difference between the two programs is PEP attempted to put greater emphasis on deporting people who had been convicted of a crime.
Almost every day on public radio or public television, I hear reports about how fake news is undermining our democracy. These high-minded reporters and anchors seem truly to believe that a feverish menace is overwhelming the minds of once-sensible people. This story is itself fake news for several obvious reasons. Weve never had more good information than we have now; people are as well-informed as they want to be. There will always be outlets purveying lies; that is the nature of communication. And the insistence on the fake news issue is an effort to assign Trumps victory not to those who brought it to us (the electorate, and the incompetence of the Clinton campaign) but on some nefarious agents.
Critics and pundits have been reacting dismissively to President Donald Trumps engagement with North Koreas Kim Jong Un. A few weeks ago Donald Trump was going to start World War III with the Korean peninsulas Rocket Man, or so observers said. Now, the prospect for peace, which has never been formally codified by treaty with North Korea since 1953, seems to have critics equally vexed and upset. Yet, hoping for peace to fail in order to prevent Trump from gaining a victory is to engage in precisely the type of behavior his critics accuse him of displaying.
On May 21, in his first formal public address, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo (sworn in May 2) effectively declared war on the sovereign nation of Iran. Pompeo has no constitutional authority to declare war on anyone, as he well knows, so his declaration of war is just short of overt, though it included a not-so-veiled threat of a nuclear attack on Iran. Pompeos declaration of war is a reactionary move that revitalizes the malignant Iranaphobia of the Bush presidency, when predictions were rife that Iran would have nuclear weapons by next year, next month, next week, predictions that never came true over twenty years of fearmongering.
Nearly seven years ago I know, wow the Occupy Wall Street movement began highlighting the divide between the top 1 percent and the bottom 99 percent. Since then, its become common knowledge that income inequality in the United States is high. But theres more to the story than just numbers. Income inequality isnt the defining social issue of our time because your neighbor bought a slightly bigger house or nicer car than you did. Its because multi-millionaires and billionaires are competing for slightly bigger mega-yachts while our friends set up GoFundMe accounts to plead for help with basic medical expenses.
The Don came completely unhinged in an press gaggle and blamed the Democrats for torturing and traumatizing immigrant children by snatching them from their parents and locking them up in concentration camps where they only see daylight two hours a day. It's the Democrats who is scarring these kids for life.
In an article criticizing trump as a Sadist, Salon writer Chauncey DeVega writes a supposedly-factual introduction to what is later a very opinionated piece in such a way as to screw up a very, very important basic fact:
The United States Constitution grants President Donald Trump many powers. They include being the Chief Executive, Chief Legislator and Commander-in-Chief of the military. Not to be content with such powers, Donald Trump has also taken on other roles as well. Donald Trump is the Sadist-in-Chief of the United States of America. Cruelty and meanness are his modus operandi.
Did you catch it? DeVega would have you believe that Trump is constitutionally empowered to be the United States Chief Legislator.
No. Thats just wrong. Its so very, very wrong its hard to communicate. If youre from the US or went to grade school here (or even if you just know how to read between the lines of subtle slogans like No More Kings), you know that placing primary legislative powers in the hands of the chief executive is exactly what the constitutional framers did not want.
The President cannot set the congressional schedule or call a committee to order. The President cannot introduce a bill before congress or propose language revisions for an existing bill. The President cannot vote in either the House or the Senate. The President cannot amend or authoritatively interpret legislation. The president cannot employ a veto to reject parts of a bill while retaining the effectiveness of other parts: the president must accept all of a legislative act or none of it.
The President is not a legislator and Congress is not a parliament.
We are sufficiently Freuded already without giving Trump even more power. Dont for a moment concede that the constitution gives Trump any kind of legislative power.
Much to the distress of the usual suspects, the fact is "Russian elites" are already winning the soft power war embedded in the World Cup. And Russia may even win the love war as well. So feel the love, and let the Putin Games roll. But, just in case, keep an eye out for another "chemical attack" in Syria, Ukraine trying to invade Donetsk and Lugansk, the odd false flag; and -- last but not least -- more sanctions.
I linked to the press release earlier. This is a project for social change activists to find and work together more effectively on common interests. It can be roughly described as follows:
If you think it is worthwhile, then any contribution is welcomed. <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/85883596/barrett-If you think it is worthwhile, then any contribution is welcomed. You can donate here. That link also contains short videos that explain more how the system works.
At this time of year there are so many beautiful flowers that its easy to forget some of the other pretty things in the wild. So today Jack and I are sharing a few small bubbles of bright orange fungus that we found poking their heads up. The focus is soft, but somehow it suits. I think its a waxy cap chanterelle, but Im no expert on the fungus among us.
Even the Court's right-wing majority concedes that federal law strictly forbids removing voters because they skipped some elections. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 states that a voter purge program "shall not result in the removal of the name of any person ... by reason of the person's failure to vote."
Last November, President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping looked on in Beijing as officials from the state of West Virginia and a Chinese energy company signed what was hailed as a landmark deal for the state.
Under the deal, China Energy Investment Corporation would invest more than $80 billion over the next 20 years in West Virginias natural gas industry.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and other state leaders have been banking on the China deal, predicting it would create tens of thousands of additional jobs in the state. It was also described as a victory for Trump, the largest in a series of Chinese investments in the U.S. that totaled $250 billion.
But on Friday, Justice revealed that an ethical cloud has appeared over the China deal: At least one member of the states trade delegation a gas industry executive was also working to help his private company on the trip.
Brian Abraham, the governors general counsel, said the state was using someone who probably shouldnt have been involved in the negotiations as part of its trade delegation.
People that were there in China maybe representing their own special interests, we didnt think was right, the governor added.
West Virginia officials are eager to see the fruits of the China Energy investment, as a cornerstone to the natural gas industrys continued growth in the state. But along the way, some lawmakers and watchdogs are questioning whether the state is putting the industrys interests ahead of public concerns in attempting to broade...
The Justice for Our Stolen Children camp in Wascana Park is being torn down by the Provincial Capital Commission.
Jennifer Barfield, a professor of assisted reproductive
technologies at Colorado State University, clearly
explains how it can come about and what led to the development
of the technology that has made it possible. The key point is that
in addition to the DNA that comes from the father and the mother,
the fertilized egg also contains mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) that
plays a vital role in producing energy.
In 2016, a baby was born to a couple who had struggled with the consequences of mtDNA mutations that cause Leigh syndrome, a progressive neurometabolic disorder. When defective mitochondria of the womans egg were replaced with mitochondria from a donor who did not carry the mutation, the resulting child carried DNA from three people: the female nuclear DNA donor, the male nuclear DNA or sperm donor, and the female mitochondria donor. This was the first baby born using this technique.
Since 2016, its difficult to say how many of these three-parent procedures have been done and how many resulted in successful pregnancies. But with the recent birth of a baby in the Ukraine that involved three parents, many countries are now exploring if and how to use this technology. The ban in the U.S. has halted the use here but other countries have made different decisions; the U.K. has approved it.
She says that this procedure should not produce many changes.
So how much a parent is a woman who donates her mitochondria?
The short answer is not much. More than 99 percent of the proteins in your body are encoded by the DNA in the nucleus of your cells. Traits such as hair color, eye color and height, for example, are all encoded by nuclear DNA, while genes written on mtDNA are primarily related to energy production and metabolism.
Thus three-parent babies will still resemble the men and women whose sperm and egg combined to produce the 23 chromosomes in the nucleus of that first cell.
I am not sure why the US banned the procedure. There may be medical and scientific concerns that Barfield does not mention in her piece.
It is perhaps advisable to distinguish a parent from a donor of DNA. I see a parent as someone who is closely involved in a childs upbringing. A person who adopts and lovingly cares for a child is more of a parent than someone who provides DNA but is otherwise largely uninvolved.
Or things get weird:
At the touch of his lips it swelled and lengthened. His expert skills left me gasping. I couldnt tear my eyes away as he ensorcelled me with pinches and tugs, and especially the rapid rotation of his wrist. And then, two minutes later, it was over. There was nothing left but the mess on his face, in his hair, clinging electrically to his clothes. I cried knowing I had exploded the best balloon giraffe I would ever see and threw the sewing needle away in shame.
In one of his most forceful attacks on the special counsel yet, Rudy Giuliani on Friday said the Russia investigation could get cleaned up with pardons from President Trump in light of Paul Manafort being sent to jail.
When the whole thing is over, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons, the former New York mayor told the Daily News.
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One of the four FBI case agents working on the Hillary Clinton email investigationwho was also one of the two FBI agents who interviewed her at the conclusion of that investigationtriumphantly referred to Clinton as the President four days after that interviewand four months before the election.
Later, on election day, in an instant message exchange with another FBI agent who had also worked on the Clinton investigation, this FBI agent declared: screw you trump.
The other agent said in the same instant-message exchange: You should knowthat Imwith her.
These two FBI investigators who were in a relationship while they were working on the Clinton email investigation later were married.
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Israel will be testing their Arrow 3 weapons system from the island of Kodiak, just off the coast of Alaska. 62 shipping containers that have been renovated into sleeping quarters for the Israeli troops and have already been shipped to the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska, where the missile tests will take place. Yet, weve heard nothing 
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Both Russia and Syria have sounded the alarm over an impending chemical weapons provocation, a possibility compounded by the U.S. Truman strike groups recent deployment to Syria. DAMASCUS, SYRIA In recent days, speculation has swirled regarding whether another chemical-weapons attack will soon take place in Syria, as sources in both Syrian intelligence and the Russian military have 
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By Aaron Kesel The drain the swamp Trump administration (made up entirely of Goldman Sachs and warmongers) has unilaterally proven that it is one of...
ZeroHedge| Not only are millennials the most populous generation in the American workforce, but the tremendous amount of credit card and student loan debt they carry has made them the most indebted generation in modern history which is forcing them to put off other major life decisions.
But despite the fact that a surprising number of millennials are fat and broke, many still have an optimistic view on when they expect to retire. Though their generation mostly lacks the generous pensions offered to Baby Boomers and some Gen Xers, A TD Ameritrade survey found that millennials who use the service expect to retire at the surprisingly young age of 56. Thats six years below the current minimum age for receiving social security.
Whats even more surprising, of the 1,500 millennials surveyed for the study, 53% expect to become millionaires at some point in their lives. However, that percentage is unevenly divided between men and women: Of those surveyed who expect to become millionaires, 70% are men, compared with 38% of women.
Roughly 80% of millennials struggle with at least one type of debt. Meanwhile, according to the study, millennials are prioritizing saving unlike previous generations or maybe it just seems that way.
According to the survey, roughly 70% of respondents to the survey des...
Even before the Justice Department inspector general's report on former FBI director James Comey was released on Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump initiated the inevitable tweet storm, hoping to use this development as yet another distraction from the Trump-Russia scandal.
My strawberry patch looks awful. What little I planted this year has mostly dried due to way too warm and dry May. However I still have enough big strawberries those damn plants infested the side of the vegetable patch and grow among grass and potatoes like mad. Annoying, truly, on oh so many levels.
Kathy Holwadel is a Strong Towns member sharing today's guest article about the fate of downtown office buildings.
This is the skyline of my hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio, in the 1940s.
Source: The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Here it is again more recently, the picture of modern day urban prosperity dotted with the office towers we have all come to associate with high-paying corporate jobs and economic success at the turn of the twenty-first century.
Yes, this is what progress looked like. As the power of big corporations grew, so did their need for vertical dominance in the skylines of American cities. The attractiveness of a municipality was directly proportional to how many towers it built. More towers meant more big corporations and more big corporations meant more good jobs. More good jobs meant more income taxes, which was supposed to translate into a better quality of life for everybody, including poorer folks who get their hands dirty down on street level. It was taxpayer-subsidized trickle-down economics in steel and glass.
And it kind of worked. For a while. But, no matter how strong they look, these towers, like all the towers built throughout history, are not immune to the forces of change.
Take for instance Columbia Plaza at 250 E. Fifth. Its 29 stories and was built in 1984....
It's happening on commercial deer farms in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Pennsylvania. Hundreds of captive deer stricken with the dreaded chronic wasting disease (CWD) are being euthanized. As state Departments of Natural Resources (DNR) try to contain the lethal, incurable disease which threatens their all important hunting revenues, cattle farmersnow worry the disease will "jump species." Deer on 11 farms in Wiscon
The families targeted by the Trump administration have sacrificed and risked EVERYTHING for a fighting chance at a better life. Many are fleeing unimaginable circumstances: gang violence, natural disasters, domestic violence. Some have traveled hundreds or even thousands of miles. But when they reach the border, they're treated like criminals and animals. Their only crime? Seeking refuge here in the U.S.
The timing of the Russian Ministry of Defense warning of a false flag in Syria is ominously paired with the US restarting to fund the terrorist-linked White Helmets group.
Albert Einsteins travel diaries that he maintained on his
travels in China and Japan and Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) in 1922-1923
have just been published and they contain descriptions of what he
saw that are
deeply at odds with the enlightened views we normally associate
with him. He makes statements that can at best are described as
xenophobic and at worst as racist.
Written between October 1922 and March 1923, the diaries see the scientist musing on his travels, science, philosophy and art. In China, the man who famously once described racism as a disease of white people describes the industrious, filthy, obtuse people he observes. He notes how the Chinese dont sit on benches while eating but squat like Europeans do when they relieve themselves out in the leafy woods. All this occurs quietly and demurely. Even the children are spiritless and look obtuse. After earlier writing of the abundance of offspring and the fecundity of the Chinese, he goes on to say: It would be a pity if these Chinese supplant all other races. For the likes of us the mere thought is unspeakably dreary.
Further passages in the diaries, which are thought to have been written for Einsteins stepdaughters in Berlin while he and his wife were travelling in Asia, Spain and Palestine, and as an aide memoire, see him writing of the Chinese that even those reduced to working like horses never give the impression of conscious suffering. A peculiar herd-like nation [ ] often more like automatons than people. He later adds, in Rosenkranzs words, a healthy dose of extreme misogyny to his xenophobia with the observation: I noticed how little difference there is between men and women; I dont understand what kind of fatal attraction Chinese women possess which enthrals the corresponding men to such an extent that they are incapable of defending themselves against the formidable blessing of offspring.
In Colombo in Ceylon, Einstein writes of how the locals live in great filth and considerable stench at ground level adding that they do little, and need little. The simple economic cycle of life.
Oddly enough, there are people in China who defend his early disparaging views, saying that he was merely describing the state of affairs that existed then. To some extent, the diaries help buttress the Chinese governments assertion that before the Communist revolution in 1949, China was a backward and poverty-stricken country. The description of life in Sri Lanka at that time has also been defended as simply reflecting the reality.
I think that is too charitable. Yes, both China and Sri Lanka were poorer countries then and the pe...
I dont get it. I know, I know, Im just some mutt in Mexico with a computer, and easily puzzled. Buthuh? Trump, we are told, pulled off a master stroke in Singapore. All the world reels at this astonishment. We see Talleyrand and Metternich rolled into one gorgeous taco. Butbut.
Who did the doing, and who got done?
What really happened, as best I can tell: For years Americas relation with North Korea was its usual one of military intimidation: Submit, or we will forever keep you in poverty if we dont actually bomb you into rubble, a point kept in North Korean consciousness by annual military exercises aimed at Pyongyang. OK. Business as usual. The Empire barks.
Then this kid Kim decides to build his own deliverable nukes, tell Washington to bugger off, and starts launches. Worse, or better depending on your viewpoint, he rants about turning the US into lava. Washington suddenly pays attention to the North as it never had before.
The part about the lava was, sez me, gifted diplomacy. Kim, no fool, couldnt have actually envisioned attacking the US nuclear-wise. Ah, but: Gordon Liddy once said that if your behavior is unpredictable, and your response to provocation wildly out of proportion to the offense, no one will screw with you. Works.
Then this guy Moon gets elected Prez of the South on a platform of reconciliation and cuddling with the North. Kim thought this was peaches and the two of them started working on it.
The United States had nothing to do with this.
As part of hugs and kisses, the Koreas decided to field joint athletic teams in the Winter Olympics in the South. Gee willikers, Batman! What a concept! The world was, reasonably enough, charmed.
Trump had nothing to do with this either. In fact he was strongly against it. Recall that he told Vice Cipher Mike Pence that, when the joint team entered the stadium, to refuse to stand. Mike Kaeperpence obediently engaged in this adolescent prank. Trump was not in favor of peace, love, andworseunification.
Then Kim, as always a very smart cookie if an accomplished monster, invited Trump to sit down and talk. Kim did this, not Trump. Who was running the love-in?
So we then saw the seventy-two-year-old master of the most powerful, indispensable, exceptional nation in history, population over three hundred million, flying to Asia to s...
I cant remember exactly how long ago it was, only that it feels like it was in 2016, when I promised a blog post about ableism and words like stupid. Of course, that never materialized, but I kept posting here about how it would be soon.
In one blog post I put up a tiny bit more recently (back in August of 2017), I talked about how I actually had a private deadline. No one will believe it, but that deadline is actually approaching. Its Monday.
Yeah, I did honestly give myself that long.
It was actually originally sooner. Back in August, I wanted to have it up at the end of December. Agent Orange had slowed me down, and actually made blogging unbearable for a bit. But I was still determined to get the ableism post up by the end of December. But then my Grandpa died. I wanted a few months to come to terms with that. And then Teavana closed and I couldnt find another job. So this coming Monday was it (I know 3rd Monday in June is very random and it was deliberately random).
And guess what?
That ableism post I promised looks like its going to be three posts and part 1 is finished! Im hoping to get my brother to proofread it, but itll be going up by or before this coming Monday, followed closely by parts 2 and 3 (during the next week). Im going to be holding off on the commenting policy for now, considering how little traffic this blog gets at the moment. However, it will be written and ready to go as soon as I need it.
As for the post about the US police and white supremacy that ones on the back-burner for now. I have a lot of the research collected already, and a basic outline for it, but I have to focus on getting a job and finding a place to live. Then, when my life is a bit more settled, Ill start working on that post.
The ableism post Ive been working on for a long time, and now that part 1 is finished and part 2 is coming along nicely (with part 3 already outlined out), Im excited to finally get the whole thing posted.
And finally what about Astronomy Picture of the Week and Great Guitar Solos?
Ill be scheduling a few APotW posts this weekend. But my well for Great Guitar Solos has run completely dry (in no small part due to the fact that I almost only listen to podcasts instead of music, now). Hopefully some of yall have suggestions. Make sure I havent covered it already. If I havent, feel free to recommend it. Ive been wanting to turn GGS into a reader-submitted series for a while, but almost no one contributes, so
You know let me know!
As for the job No, I dont have one. Im looking for a full-ti...
Intense body camera video shows a police officer chase down a man, shoot him in the back as he fled and an angry crowd attempt to overtake him as a result.
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(CD) As Canadas controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project faces ongoing opposition, the former governor of the Bank of Canada said that protesters may die but that the government should push the project through anyway. Speaking at an event Wednesday, David Dodge said, Were going to have some very unpleasant circumstances, the Edmonton Journal reported. There are some people that 
Weve been wheat-pasting around town this month leading up the day of solidarity with long term anarchist prisoners.
The next night we reached out to Days N Daze a touring folk-punk band and distroed their show. Passed out envelopes, stamps and June 11th prisoner statements to interested folks who had never written a prisoner and were excited to start! Finding affinity beyond radical identity & finding love for prisoners in the crowd.
To Eric King, Marius Mason and all those behind bars, solidarity and love from the he(a)rtland.
Elania Plott, staff writer at The Atlantic, reports on Majority Whip Steve Scalise after attending his first baseball practice since the shooting exactly one year ago.
On this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour, Mary Katharine Ham and Plott discuss Scalises miraculous recovery and the tension surrounding the race for the next Speaker of the House.
People started seeing the Steve Scalise thats always been there, Plott said. The thing about House Republicans is for the most part they dont have high profilessuddenly hes this national icon of resilience in such a fractured American political moment.
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People incarcerated in the United States, suffering some of the worst abuses in the world, are calling for a nationwide prison strike on August 21st. We at the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement stand with these brave individuals and support their demands for better conditions and revolutionary action, as they risk their lives and health, not only for themselves but for the millions incarcerated nationwide.
The impetus for this call arose from the shameful loss of life recently at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina. The problem, prison organizers argue, stems from greed and a lack of respect for human life that is embedded in our nations penal ideology. From racist policing practices, harassment of families, and routine methods of torture, we have a system that is one of the most barbaric in the world. While reforms are desirable, we all are aware that total abolition of this system is what is necessary.
Since the civil war, the US government has been committed to ensuring the system of slavery continued. Black people were to remain policed, surveilled, controlled, and held captive. The struggle for black liberation reached unparalleled heights with the Black Panthers, and the states response was to make the largest prison population in the world, criminalize the black populace, and destroy the fragile social programs that existed. Slavery in the US was never primarily about free labor, but about controlling, owning and ultimately denying black humanity. The plantations of the past, like Angola plantation in Louisiana, transformed into Louisiana State Penitentiary. The same modes of control on the plantation exist in the prison. The prison system then, like the slave system of the past, is not a social phenomenon to debate, but to totally destroy.
The risks people inside are taking to regain their humanity and dignity stand as a model for all abolitionists and revolutionaries. Our actions outside must amplify their voices and match their commitment.
We call on all abolitionists and revolutionaries in this country, and those abroad, to stand with the prison strikers resistance. This is the struggle of our day. From inside the walls to the streets we will abolish slavery, the prisons, and all the institutions that make such a barbaric world possible.
Self-exiled Russian journalist Arkady Babchenkos false flag assassination in Kiev is one of the most scandalous media stunts in recent memory. Most people are already aware of his dramatic stunt in appearing at a live press conference about his reported killing and then admitting that the whole thing was staged in order to capture what he claimed 
The post The Babchenko False Flag Exposed The Deep State-Journalist Nexus appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.
My ten-year-old daughter and I, both atheists, are teaming up to review J. Warner Wallaces childrens apologetics book Cold Case Christianity For Kids. Links to all posts in the series are collected at the end of this introductory post.
This was originally meant to be the second post about Chapter Five. Then, as part of the segue into the main bit, I went back to talk about the end of Chapter Four and started writing some explanatory bits about why there was a problem with Jeffries last statement there. Several paragraphs later, I looked at this and thought Actually, I seem to have just written a post. So here is that post. Following this, I will get back to Chapter Five.
Chapter Four ended with Jason asking this excellent question:
and Jeffries assuring him that he would help him answer that question in the next session.
Which is interesting, because one thing we do know for sure is that the story of Jesus was changed over time.
For one thing, Bible scholars have ascertained that the four gospels were written at different points in the first century, running from Mark as the earliest to John as the latest which gives us a chance to compare how the stories change over time. Of course, its important to remember that we can expect some differences between them regardless; when four different people with four different perspectives each write their account of a particular set of events, youre going to end up with four different accounts, due to peoples different memories and different opinions on whats important enough to put in. It is, however, noticeable how much more remarkable the miracles seem to get in the later gospels compared to the gospel of Mark. For example, the gospel of Matthew tells us about dead people coming out of their graves and speaking to other people at the time of Jesuss death; the gospel of John tells us that Jesus restored a man whod been dead for four days to life. Even allowing for differing perspectives, its very odd that the other gospel writers wouldnt have wanted to include stories as amazing as those unless, of course, those stories were added as part of a natural process of embroidery and exaggeration as the accounts were passed on by wor...
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In this episode of the Its Going Down podcast,we again speak with long term journalist Abby Martin, host of The Empire Files. In this discussion we again cover lots of ground, but largely discuss US foreign policy under Trump. As Martin points out, while Trump ran as an isolationist and stated that he wanted to keep the US out of interventionist wars, in fact, air strikes has actually doubled and US intervention and manipulation in various countries only continues.
As Axios wrote:
Since President Trump took office, the U.S. has carried out more airstrikes in more places, expanded its use of drones and been increasingly willing to risk civilian casualties.
Towards this end, Martin discusses her recent work in Columbia, Venezuela, and Palestine, and talks about the struggle to not only bring this news to the US, but also staying safe while covering it. Throughout our conversation, she tells stories of running from right-wing hit squads on the streets of Venezuela, to hearing the frustrations of Palestinian journalists who ask if people in the US simply do not care when Israeli soldiers shoot them dead.
We also discuss some of Martins recent work that touches on domestic issues, including the various corporations that are making a killing off of the opioid crisis, and the Christian fundamentalist backed attacks on transgendered people.
(ZHE Op-ed) It seems Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally has Paul Manafort right where he wants him behind bars. The judge overseeing the case against the former Trump campaign executive has ruled that the witness tampering charges levied against Manafort a week ago are serious enough to justify canceling his house arrest terms. Manafort will 
Baylor St. Lukes Medical Center said Friday it has reopened its storied heart transplant program, two weeks after suspending it to conduct an internal review of two recent deaths.
In a written statement, the hospital said its review did not identify systemic issues related to the quality of the program but that it had nonetheless reorganized its transplant surgery team, refined the criteria for which patients it would accept for heart transplants, and made other improvements to strengthen the program.
Among the changes: The hospitals top lung transplant surgeon, Dr. Gabriel Loor, will now perform or participate in every heart transplant going forward, working alongside the heart programs surgical director, Dr. Jeffrey Morgan.
Loor, a 42-year-old cardiothoracic surgeon who was recruited to St. Lukes last year based on his experience with lung surgery, has performed what the hospital described as more than 20 heart transplants in his career. The heart program is also recruiting two additional cardiac surgeons.
After reviewing two recent cases and taking steps to strengthen the heart transplant team, we are confident that the program is ready to move forward and serve the critically ill patients and their families who have placed their trust in us, Doug Lawson, CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives Texas Division, which owns St. Lukes, said in the statement. Our unwavering focus is always to ensure our patients receive the best possible medical care, and in ways that reflect our core values of reverence, integrity, compassion, and excellence.
The decision to temporarily halt the program came after an investigation by ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle found that it had performed an outsized number of transplants resulting in deaths and had lost several top physicians in recent years.
Fridays decision means that the program will once again be in a position to accept hearts donated for the 88 patients on its waiting list. As of Thursday, a half dozen were listed as Status 1A, meaning they were in urgent need of a new organ and could receive an offer any day. Twenty-five of the patients on the list are currently inactive, meaning that they are not eligible to receive donor hearts due to illness or other factors.
Although the program is reopening, St. Lukes is continuing its efforts to fill...
A new strain of deadly bird flu which kills 38 per cent of those infected and could spark a global pandemic has been identified in China.
Scientists around the world believe the new pathogen, dubbed Disease X, could be as lethal as 1918 Spanish flu which killed up to 100million people.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England, told The Telegraph that virus H7N9, which is circulating poultry in China, could cause a global outbreak.
He said: [H7N9] is an example of another virus which has proven its ability to transmit from birds to humans.
Its possible that it could be the cause of the next pandemic.
In China, the deadly pathogen has killed 623 of the 1,625 people which have been infected.
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Friend of Strong Towns Pete Saunders grew up in Detroit and blogs at The Corner Side Yard. The following story is republished from his site with permission.
I've written quite a bit about Detroit's recent history, particularly the Motor City of the last ten years: Kwame Kilpatrick and the aftermath of his corrupt administration, the subsequent bankruptcy and emergence from it, the binding of local government, business and nonprofit forces in creating a new template for leadership, and the very real rebound that Detroit is currently experiencing. Detroit is indeed booming, but it's not growth generated by external forces. The city is in the process of regaining favor by losing its stigma.
Downtown Detroit is coming back to life. What does that mean for the rest of the region? (Source: Johnny Sanphillippo)
Detroit's not gaining in population; in fact, it's still losing people, albeit at some of the lowest year-to-year levels seen over the last 60 years or so. The Detroit metro area isn't gaining people either. In 1970 Metro Detroit had 4.5 million people. In 2016 it had 4.3 million. But the metro area is nearing the completion of a major economic transition as it moves from a manufacturing-dominant economy to a more mixed modern economy, and the transition is bearing fruit in gains in metro gross domestic product. Neighborhoods near downtown are showing improvements hardly imagined in my lifetime, as the Detroit Reclamation Project continues to gather momentum.
And that's exactly it: in a city and region that aren't gaining new residents, there's a transfer taking place. Suburban offices that left the city are returning downtown, and former suburban youth are pining for the Midtown/Corktown/Riverfront urban lifestyle. ...
A judge has revoked Paul Manafort's bail and ordered that he be put in jail. Manafort had put up a $10 million bond. After he was found to be violating the terms of his bail by attempting to influence two government witnesses, the judge took away his freedom. This is good news in a number of ways that go beyond Manafort.
Pat Parker is a particularly awesome poet, although its true that we all tend to value most highly those things we cant do ourselves, and whatever talent I have with language, it certainly doesnt include a gift for brevity. So maybe I overvalue Parker because shes able to make a point much more succinctly than I?
Hmm. Lets see:
When i make love to you
with each stroke of my tongue
i love you
i love you
i love you
i love you
and your sounds drift down
and i think
here it is, some dudes
getting credit for what
Nope! No overvaluing. Parker is pure awesome. She deserves all the credit.
One ad couldnt have been more obviously political. Targeted to people aged 18 and older, it urged them to vote YES on June 5 on a ballot proposition to issue bonds for schools in a district near San Francisco. Yet it showed up in users news feeds without the paid for by disclaimer required for political ads under Facebooks new policy designed to prevent a repeat of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Nor does it appear, as it should, in Facebooks new archive of political ads.
The other ad was from The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news outlet, promoting one of its articles about financial aid for college students. Yet Facebooks screening system flagged it as political. For the ad to run, The Hechinger Report would have to undergo the multi-step authorization and authentication process of submitting Social Security numbers and identification that Facebook now requires for anyone running electoral ads or issue ads.
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When The Hechinger Report appealed, Facebook acknowledged that its system should have allowed the ad to run. But Facebook then blocked another ad from The Hechinger Report, about an article headlined, DACA students persevere, enrolling at, remaining in, and graduating from college. This time, Facebook rejected The Hechinger Reports appeal, maintaining that the text or imagery was political.
As these examples suggest, Facebooks new screening policies to deter manipulation of political ads are creating their own problems. The companys human reviewers and software algorithms are catching paid posts from legitimate news organizations that mention issues or candidates, while overlooking straightforwardly political posts from candidates and advocacy groups. Participants in ProPublicas Facebook Political Ad Collector pr...
A 21-year veteran police sergeant from the Seattle police department has been convicted on numerous accounts of rape an incest for unspeakable crimes against his own daughters.
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By Truthstream Media Outside of their obvious geopolitical influence and machinations, the Bilderberg Group is firmly entrenched in the push by global tech elites toward...
Once again, Meghan McCain was the lone voice of reason on The View this week, this time as the ladies were discussing immigration. She is one courageous woman to hold the only point of rationality in a room full of agitated ignorance. To breakout applause, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Whoopi Goldberg were opining on the Trump administrations policy of separating children and families at the border in order to discourage illegal immigration and groundless claims for asylum.
Behar called the policy of separating children from their parents vicious and likened it to Nazi Germany, although it is completely within the bounds of asylum law in this country. When a family requests asylum at a port of entry, they must demonstrate a credible fear of harm if they return to their home country. Many do. But Border Patrol officers say migrants are being coached to use magic words so they will fall within the statute of credible fear.
More and more migrants are using magic words to gain entry. In the past three years, the number of asylum applications from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras increased 234 percent, from 7,723 to 25,801. More individuals sought asylum from the Northern Triangle Countries in 2014, 2015, and 2016 than in the preceding 17 years combined.
Magic words arent the only tip migrants are getting. According to at least one former immigration judge, parents know to bring children with them to the border so they will be released as a family pending their asylum hearing. The number of families apprehended at the southern border increased by 435 percent in May of this year compared to last.
The reason the children are there to begin with is this belief [among immigrants] that a parent with a child will not be detained, says Andrew Arthur, a resident fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies.
Compounding the problem, asylum hearings can be scheduled as far as two years out due to the backlog of applications. This fact gives the released migrant family ample opportunity to disappear into the shadows and forget all about that hearing.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently said:
Not surprisingly, many of those who are released into the United States after their credible fear determination from DHS simply disapp...
Four students who died at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania are being returned to their tribal families.
By Brandon Turbeville Only months after the U.S. governments spending freeze and review of money allocated to the al-Nusra Front propaganda wing known as the...
By Matt Agorist Las Vegas, NV After being forced to release information on the October 1 massacre, the Las Vegas police departmentin an insultingly...
By B.N. Frank Who cares if there have already been formal recalls on Fitbits based on rashes in adults and other side effects have been...
By Catherine J. Frompovich The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice recently released a June 2018, 568-page report titled A...
(ANTIWAR.COM) The Israeli military is reporting that they are in the process of studying the legal implications of legally defining kites and balloons as weapons. This would be done so that they would have a legal pretext for shooting people in the Gaza Strip preparing to fly either. A series of incidents have occurred on the Israel-Gaza 
A retrospective view of the French student revolt in 1968
We should be very grateful to Francesco Duina for his new book, Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country. He begins with the following dilemma. The poor in the United States are in many ways worse off than in other wealthy countries, but they are more patriotic than are the poor in those other countries and even more patriotic than are wealthier people in their own country.
One year ago yesterday, a gunman opened fire on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. He had scouted the area for a month, and found congressional Republicans were practicing there for the annual congressional baseball game. He double-checked with two members of Congress about the party affiliation of the men on the field before firing off some 70 rounds. He hit two staffers, two Capitol Hill police officers, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise before being taken down by Capitol Hill Police.
Members credit the police, there as part of Scalises leadership security detail, with saving all of their lives. Scalise and others wounded were tended by Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a doctor and combat vet with experience in Iraq. His quick action is also credited with keeping the injured alive.
But the road back wasnt easy for those who fell at the hands of 66-year-old James Hodgkinson. Scalise was in the hospital for months, sometimes threatened by infection as much as his original injury, and had to relearn to walk. Here are some moments from his triumphant return to make you smile.
1. Thursday night, he walked onto Nationals field and got the first out in the congressional baseball game, scooping a groundball from his knees and throwing to first.
Sweet moment as Rep. Steve Scalise is mobbed by his teammates after snagging a grounder on the first pitch of tonight's congressional baseball game.
ABC News (@ABC) June 14, 2018
You can see the progress hes made from the clip of his moving comeback to Congress in September.
2. Before that, he announced his own comeback via Twitter:
Im back in the game. pic.twitter.com/zs9xsiPd8p
Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise)...
(CD) Millionaires and billionaires own nearly half of all the worlds personal wealth, which reached $201.9 trillion last year, according to a new report from Boston Consulting Group. The share of global wealth held by millionaires increased to almost 50 percent in 2017, compared with just under 45 percent in 2012, driven mainly by higher-wealth individuals investing 
Ever since the Islamic revolution in 1979, Irans women are
required to wear at least a headscarf when out in public and this
rule apparently applies even to visitors to that country. Now an
Indian woman chess grandmaster has withdrawn from
the Asian chess championship to be held in that country because
she refuses to follow the rule.
Indian chess champion Soumya Swaminathan has pulled out of an Asian tournament in Iran over the countrys compulsory headscarf rule.
The 29-year-old Woman Grandmaster said the rule was a violation of her personal rights.
When asked if the All India Chess Federation (AICF) should have protested against the decision to shift location, she told the Times of India: I cant expect everyone to be of the same opinion as me. Its a subjective issue.
But in her Facebook post, Ms Swaminathan said she was disappointed to see that players rights and welfare are given such less importance while allotting and/or organising official championships.
She wrote that athletes often made adjustments for the sake of sport, but enforceable religious dress should not be one of them, adding that some things simply cannot be compromised.
This is not the first time an Indian athlete has withdrawn from a tournament over the same issue. Heena Sidhu, a top shooter, pulled out from the Asian Airgun meet in Iran in 2016 for the same reason.
American chess player Nazi Paikidze also drew international attention when she refused to attend the Womens World Championship in Iran in 2016. In an Instagram post, she wrote that it was unacceptable to host the tournament in a place where women do not have basic fundamental rights.
An international chess tournament hosted in Saudi Arabia last year also prompted controversy when a double world champion said that she would boycott the event. Ukrainian chess player Anna Muzychuk said that she did not want to wear an abaya, the full-length, loose-fitting robes women are required to wear in public in Saudi Arabia.
Irans headscarf rule was always ridiculous. The rule in places like Saudi Arabia where women have to be completely covered up is far more oppressive but has its own perverse logic, to make women pretty much indistinguishable, like penguins. Covering with a headscarf serves no functional purpose at all and Iran is coming under increased pressure to have the rule eliminated, with some Iranian women openly defying it in public, risking rebukes from the ubiquitous religious police and even jail time, as this report from VICE News shows.
We need to see a new breed of Democrats step up to energize and motivate their party to reconnect with the American people by regaining their trust. We might say that the "Blue wave" that seems to be gathering momentum is a sign of what is referred to as "Out with the old and in with the new."
Republican leaders derailed an attempt to force a vote on a bipartisan package of immigration reform bills, drawing outrage from Democrats.
Life in the United States has become vicious and brutal, too much to take even for this nation founded upon the individualistic principles of rugged libertarian pioneers. Children are pressured to exhibit fake joy and success on social media. Young adults are burdened with gigantic student loans they strongly suspect they will never be able to repay. We don't have to live this way. It's a choice.
Starting tomorrow Ill be on vacation in Maine for two weeks, so posts are likely to be few and far between. The week of June 24, Ill be completely unreachable, so if youre a first-time commenter, your comment wont get approved until around July 1.
Wow, thats really Maines flag. Its not the worst, but its pretty bad.
It is mind-blowing that those types of industries would be even considered with respect to the care of children. Theyre not equipped to be able to do it. Would you want your child to be dropped off in their hands? I know I wouldnt. Immigration Attorney Matthew Kolken in this Daily Beast article.
The author writes, A pair of Senate Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that would prevent President Donald Trump from unilaterally drawing down the American troop presence on the Korean peninsula not necessarily because hes said he will, but because they dont want to rely on his word that he wont.
The author writes, The change applies to most jobs in state agencies and in the University of North Carolina system, but does not apply to temporary workers, or public school or community college employees who make less than $15 an hour.
The author writes, Former Afula Mayor Avi Elkabetz and Deputy Mayor Shlomo Malihi participated in the protest. Elkabetz said that the residents of Afula dont want a mixed city, but rather a Jewish city, and its their right. This is not racism.
The author writes, It is the latest company to opt out of some single-use plastic products which can take hundreds of years to decompose if not recycled. The ban does not yet extend to t...
Threatened by a mining company, indigenous women in the remote highlands of Guatemala are marching, increasing productivity, and planting trees.
Since 2001, the Pentagon budget has soared from $456 billion--in today's dollars--to $700 billion, including the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other national security expenses. When you include spending on the military and war, veterans' benefits, and homeland security, military-related spending now eats up 67 percent of all federal discretionary spending.
The policy of the U.S. government to separate parents and children caught on the border will be viewed with disgust. Sessions has instituted the family separations as part of his zero tolerance policy of stopping illegal entry, dismantling the system that grants asylum to people seeking a safe refuge. This affects not just new asylum-seekers, but tens of thousands of people here; many will face death if they forced to return.
Cell phone video from a witness shows the moment a Phoenix police officer pulled his gun out and shot a shirtless shoeless man who had one hand already cuffed.
The post WATCH: Cop Kills Shirtless Man as He Walks Away from Him With One Hand in Cuffs appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
While finding out who the Fancy Bear hackers are could be/should be the biggest story of 2018, it is going to pale against what is coming because we are going way past it.
(FAIR) Media outlets dont want America to negotiate with North Korea; they want the US to hold North Korea for ransom. On MSNBCs Rachel Maddow Show, the host was aghast (6/12/18) that the US says it will halt the annual war games it conducts with South Korea on North Koreas doorstep, because doing so is an absolute jackpot 
Veterans For Peace congratulates the Korean people, who cried out for peace and unity, and we applaud their leaders, who listened and acted courageously. The joint statement from the historic summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un is a hopeful departure from hostile relations between the United States and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK). Just months ago, the two leaders were threatening nuclear war. The world can breathe much easier today.
(MEMO) A lawmaker from the ruling Likud party said Wednesday that the Jewish race is the smartest in the world and possessing of the highest human capital, which is why, he said, the Israeli public did not buy into the allegations of wrongdoing by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reports The Time Of Israel. MK Miki Zohar made the comments during 
Ninety-nine percent of this body are good, honest people, said Sen. Bill Sample, R-Hot Springs, and I think his estimate is not far-fetched. But only 97 percent of the members of the 2013-14 Arkansas Legislature are not going to prison, and that percentage could shrink before all is said and done. Read the rest
The premise of this paper is that there exists a science which can explain the increased seismic and volcanic activity on the planet and how it is a precursor to an impending and catastrophic ice age.
Tesla discovered the-so-called unified theory principle which explains catastrophic volcanic and earthquake activity across our planet in which the central power source is coming from the 19.5 latitude on the planet. The 19.5 latititude is the key grid line on every celestial body. The grid line even runs through our solar system and across the galaxy.
Essentially, the Earth is presently going through a geological upheaval which has uprooted past ancient civilizations on our planet. For example, the past ice age on earth, well over 10,000 years ago, interacted with the pyramids. The British and the Egyptians repaired the Sphinx for water erosion damage at least three different times. The problem in believing that the Egyptians built the pyramids along with the Sphinx, is that climate experts tell us that there has not been enough water in the Nile River Valley to achieve that kind of water erosion that high up on the Sphinx and the pyramids since the last ice age. That kind of leaves the Egyptians out of the equation doesnt it?
This paper is not about who built the pyramids in Egypt. However, understanding how ice ages occur explains why we can conclusively say that the Egyptians merely inhabited and incorporated the pyramids into their culture, but they had no...
The flailing Trump White House, which has set modern-day records for departures and firings, is being forced to host job fairs because it's having so much trouble getting people to work for the administration. Working for Trump has simply become toxic for lots of Republicans.
511 days into the Trump presidency it's clear that Donald is the most destructive US President in recent history. He's divided the nation, alienated our historic allies, and made worse the planet's most pressing problems. Although there are several possible explanations for Trump's disastrous behavior, it's likely that he is acting on behalf of Russia.
by Jon Rappoport
June 15, 2018
In my collection, The Matrix Revealed, I include interviews with retired propaganda master, Ellis Medavoy, and another set of interviews with brilliant hypnotherapist Jack True.
The total of these 71 text interviews is 610 pages.
Jack and Ellis provide startling insights into how space and time are manipulated in the Matrix, in order to produce mind-control effects that go deeper than deep.
At the same time, understanding how time and space are engineered leads to breakthroughs and revelations about how the individual can liberate himself from this labyrinth.
In that sense, The Matrix Revealed is really about consciousness and its operationsin a shacked and limited condition, and freed from limitations.
Everything Ive written as a reporter for the past 34 years feeds into this exploration and discovery.
Eventually, all roads lead to mind control and mind freedom.
As a reporter, Ive always kept my eye on the goal: liberation of individual power.
Space and time are elastic. The illusion that they must be accepted as they appear to be creates a self-defeating structure. That structure can be cracked and nullified.
The Tohono O'odham Nation has opened a criminal investigation after one of its citizens was struck by a Border Patrol vehicle.
A portion of the Santa Fe National Forest has been closed to geothermal development in order to protect tribal sacred sites.
Turquoise used by Native societies in Mexico did not come from the American Southwest as previously thought, according to a new study.
Detroit, MI On June 14, 2018, Unicorn Riot was live from a press conference held near the new home of Sonja Bonnetts family. The community was celebrating both Bonnetts returning to home ownership after her previous home was foreclosed and seized, as well as expressing hope and determination that roofs be put back over the heads of many more displaced Detroit families.
Detroit has been battered by an expansive illegal property tax crisis, brought on by the city government, that resulted in one in four houses in Detroit being foreclosed. According to Bernadette Atuahene, Professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, America [hasnt] seen this number of property tax foreclosures in American history since the Great Depression.
Professor Atuahene released a study on unconstitutional property tax assessments in Detroit that shows that between 2009-2015, anywhere from 55-85% of properties were unconstitutionally assessed, and the constitutional violation was most pronounced for lower valued properties.
Thursdays press conference, which started with the chant, What do we want? Our homes! When do we want them? Now!' was organized by the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures and composed of more than ten different organizations.
Antonia Giles, a member of the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures, introduced the occasion by describing the event as both celebratory for the family who were once again homeowners, and also as one visible victory in a broader movement:
It also marks the start of a larger movement towards dignity restoration for individuals and families just like Sonjas whose homes ended up in tax foreclosures after being illegally assessed by [Wayne] county.
#Detroit: Antonia Giles from the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures began the press conf earlier today by speaking of a developing, "larger movement towards dignity res...
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