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Book One, Dreaming of Empire, is a critique of U.S. imperialism, a debunking of U.S. nationalist myths, a corrective or alternative history of the U.S. nation. Politically, a book like this would never be permitted in U.S. schools, and its clearly not aimed at clearing that hurdle. It uses curse words, which would provide a handy excuse for keeping it out. Its also not straight history. Its part chronological, part theme-based. It mixes historical accounts with pop-culture, with quotations from scholars, historical sources, and analysts interviewed by the authors. Dreaming of Empire also does not try to leave the past in the past. Instead it proposes to explain current wars, the weaponization of outer space, and the rhetoric of contemporary U.S. politics through a myth-busting hard look at the past.
Nicaraguas opposition paramilitary intimidation and media terror campaign have brought fear, insecurity, and hardship to around 30 of Nicaraguas 153 municipalities. Only President Daniel Ortegas commitment to peace has prevented an even worse conflict. Almost as disturbing as the extreme sadism of the opposition paramilitaries in Nicaragua is how their supporters and media displace opposition crimes by attributing them to the government. On June 14th Nicaraguas Commission for Truth Peace and Justice, sworn in by the countrys National Assembly, reported 168 people dead and over 2100 injured. Without assigning blame, the Commissions figures included 8 police killed with over 200 injured and also reported the appearance of torture and kidnapping among the abuses.
The state of Minnesota is kidnapping children with no due process and for no reason. The latest case of government kidnapping shines some much needed light on these baby snatchers.
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On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with a Union regiment. It was over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and the enslaved people there and in other areas throughout Texas had not been officially informed that President Abraham Lincoln had decreed they were no longer someones property. Granger and his soldiers publicly issued General Order Number 3, telling the people of Texas that all slaves are free. The newly freed people of Texas chose that date to commemorate their freedom. This 152-year-old tradition launched by a generation of formerly enslaved people has emerged in the 21st century as a celebration of freedom, and demand for national observation.
Perhaps as an old man I will take great comfort in pottering around in a lab and gently talking to students in the summer evening and will accept suffering with insouciance. But not now; men in their prime, if they have convictions, are tasked to act on them. - Julian Assange. At events around the world today, people from different countries with different political perspectives attended rallies and spoke up to say that Julian Assange must be freed. Assange must be freed because he is being punished for the sin of revealing the truth about those who hold the reins of power. The WikiLeaks exposure of the Democratic National Committee's inner machinations should have had implications that extended far beyond the 2016 election. By publishing the DNC and John Podesta emails, Assange laid bare the dark corruption at the heart of America's political system and the role that traditional journalism has played in keeping the truth about our politics hidden.
The self-proclaimed love child of Bill Clinton has eviscerated the former president on Twitter for showing compassion for the immigrant children separated from their families at the border but abandoning him.
Danney Williams, 32, has long claimed that his mother Bobbie Ann, a former prostitute, met Clinton in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1984 and became pregnant after one of her 13 trysts with the then-governor.
Williams, a father-of-five, has repeatedly appealed to Clinton to publicly acknowledge him as his son.
On Tuesday, Williams posted a picture of Bill Clinton and his statement on the immigration crisis: On this Fathers Day Im thinking of the thousands of children separated from their parents at the border. These children should not be a negotiating tool. And reuniting them with their families would reaffirm Americas belief in & support for all parents who love their children.
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Last week, I travelled to Portland, Oregon to give a keynote presentation to the Consumer Coop Management AssociationCCMA. My first experience with cooperatives had been in 1983 when I worked as a manager for the Stockton Farmers Market Coop. Long before the rise of the food movement, we used to sell fresh produce to the Berkeley Coops supermarkets. This allowed a small group of struggling farmers to sell a lot of good food to a big group of affluent consumers. But that was long ago. I needed to study up to face 500 experts in coop management. When I did background research, I was struck by the obvious: Capitalism and food coops emerged together. The first known food cooperative, the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers, was formed in 1844 by a small group of craftspeople who had been de-skilled by Englands great textile factories in the thick of the Industrial Revolution.
Since the Trump administration announced its zero tolerance policy in early May, more than 2,000 children have been forcibly removed taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.
The government has faced withering critiques over images of some of the children in cages inside US Border Patrol processing stations.
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Not long ago, on May 21, the African-American lawyer Dovey Johnson Roundtree died. She was 104 years old, and a remarkable human being. Despite staggering odds, she won a seemingly impossible case. Her client was Raymond Crump Jr., who was accused of murdering Mary Pinchot Meyer mistress of the late John F. Kennedy. The New York Times put the case in context:
Mr. Crump, who had been found near the crime scene, was black and poor. The victim was white, glamorous and supremely well connected. The country, in the summer of 1965, seethed with racial tension amid the surging civil rights movement.
Ms. Roundtrees defense, which hinged partly on two forensic masterstrokes, made her reputation as a litigator of acuity, concision and steel who could win even the most hopeless trials.
To learn more about this fascinating mystery, please go here, here, here, here and here to see excerpts published earlier by WhoWhatWhy from Peter Janneys book, Marys Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace: Third Edition (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016). ...
The images and stories now being reported from the southern borderfamilies torn apart, children crying for their parents, parents with no idea where their children areare disturbing and heartbreaking
The Trump administrations zero tolerance immigration enforcement policy has obviously created chaos along the border, tasking already overburdened federal agencies with the seemingly impossible job of taking into custody everyonemen, women, and childrencaught crossing the border illegally. The number of children taken from their parents and placed in federal custody climbed to about 2,000 from April 19 through May 31, according to figures from the Department of Homeland Security. With border facilities overwhelmed, some teenagers are now being housed in temporary shelters outside El Paso.
But the reporting from the border has also been incomplete, misleading, and at times biased and emotionally overwrought. Its no secret the mainstream media disagrees with Trumps push to crack down on illegal immigration and tighten border security, but that shouldnt excuse the lack of nuance and granularity in much of the reporting weve seen over the past week or so.
Illegal immigration and its attendant problems along the U.S.-Mexico border are vastly complex and defy easy solutions. With that in mind, here are four key aspects of the border crisis that the media has failed to report or adequately explain.
For a long time, the vast majority of illegal border crossers were single men from Mexico looking for work. Dealing with them was a fairly straightforward matter: most would be immediately deported to Mexico. Its not that there werent families and unaccompanied minors also illegally entering, but they made up a small subset of illegal immigration.
Beginning in 2014, the situation changed. Large numbers of families and unaccompanied minors began showing up on the border in unprecedented numbers, many seeking asylum from dangerous criminal gangs in their home countries. Most of these foreign citizens were from Central America, not Mexico, and under a 2008 federal law designed to protect victims of human trafficking, migrants from noncontiguous countries have a right to a deportation hearing.
That meant the Obama administration had to figure out what to do with tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and families that could not be quickly deported. Some were placed in shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) along the border, but because shelter space was limited,...
Well, Godwins Law disappeared rather quickly, didnt it? Michael Godwin cultivated the popular notion that whoever is the first to mention Hitler in an argument, loses the argument, in a 1990s meme that grew in strength over the years, right up until Donald Trump was elected president.
Today? Well, President Trump and all our immigration officials are being called Nazis because they are enforcing U.S. immigration laws. Just ask MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough, who compared them to Nazis because illegal immigrants (parents or not) are being separated from minors accompanying them during criminal processing at the border.
Many other commentators have noted that American citizen children are routinely separated from their parents by the U.S. justice system during criminal proceedings. No matter. Trump and border security are Nazis. You can also ask former CIA chief Michael Hayden, who tweeted out a photo of the Auschwitz death camp with the message: Other governments have separated mothers and children.
Do you remember Godwins Law? Heard about it much lately? No? To understand why, well have to look into what Godwins Law really is, where it came from, and why it disappeared.
Godwin pulled Godwins Law out of a hat in the 90s. At the time, he claimed people were over-using references to Nazis in order to discredit their opponents arguments. Okay, lets look at that.
According to Godwin, reference to Nazis as a conversation stopper was like a meme. A meme, as you may or may not understand is an idea injected into discourse through sloganeering or other propaganda means in order to transform thought patterns in public discourse. Social engineers like Richard Dawkins studied memetics social thought contagion with the idea of creating public opinion cascades. Memetics is supposed to replicate ideas in public discourse as genetics replicates traits in biology. There you go. Anyway, in a 1994 article for Wired Magazine entitled Meme, Coun...
The Trump administrations zero-tolerance policy toward illegal immigration has spawned some heart-rending, stomach-turning reporting in recent weeks, mostly centered around the the separation of children from their parents at the border nearly 2,000 from April 19 to May 31. The stories of heartbreak and isolation that have ensued as a result of this policy, which may even include that of an infant literally torn from its mothers breast, are bound to spark a realization in the mind of even the most committed immigration hawk: Something has to change.
Media observers have with near uniformity cast opprobrium on the Trump White House for its alleged brutality and heartlessness. And the administration deserves it. The results of zero-tolerance policies, whether applied in the classroom, in the courtroom, or at the border, are in equal parts absurd and cruel. But whatever the sum total of the Trumps excesses turns out to be, they are ultimately outgrowths of a far older trend. At the root of the present border nightmare is the abandonment of responsibility for immigration policy by the legislative branch, which has allowed successive presidencies to swing between the worst of extremes.
As Rich Lowry laid out when this issue first surfaced last month, separating parents and children has long been part of the playbook for prosecuting illegal immigration. Adults who are to be prosecuted enter the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. Any children accompanying them are taken to temporary shelters operated by the Department of Health and Human Services. Legal proceedings are usually short, ending in the parent being turned over to ICE, at which point the family will be reunited and deported in short order.
In this ideal scenario, separation is brief and ends with reunification and a return to the familys home country. Of course, as anyone who has interacted with the TSA knows, the ideal scenario is not the typical one when it comes to interacting with government agents, and opportunities for bureaucratic incompetence and abuse to wreak havoc on human lives abound.
Asylum claims can make things far more difficult: because the time it takes to adjudicate them is longer than the time the government is allowed to hold minors who are part of family units (20 days, according to the Supreme Courts 1997 Flores Consent Settlement). Adults caught in asylum proceedings can easily lose track of their children. Even if the government is able to navigate each step successfully, the anguish and fe...
The media has kept national coverage of the border wall deceptively superficial. If we think about the border wall in limited terms, we will only see limited benefits. Some intentionally blind themselves to the benefits in order to downplay the need for border infrastructure. While a wall is a clear deterrent to illegal immigration, it will also protect and improve the lives of millions of Americans in less than obvious ways.
A towering border wall the scale of President Trumps proposal, spanning the entire southern border, is an enormous undertaking. The cost will also be immense, not only for construction and maintenance, but also affecting business transaction costs around the border. The question remains whether the benefits outweigh the costs.
Using the lefts two-dimensional caricature, the project looks too expensive and ineffective. Media and Democrats cite huge cost estimates and derisively mention tunnels and ladders. The problem is that their costs are not contextualized with positive externalities, and they mischaracterize the walls purpose by joking about ladders.
For reasons totally outside of national sovereignty, and truly unrelated to ethic or national identity, the border wall is a net benefit. In addition to the federal government taking a strong stance to reassert the rule of law, a southern border wall would save untold lives, reduce the flow of people and drugs, and protect private property.
Immigration is caused by pull factors. The relative prosperity of two nations will affect whether people stay or leave. It is clear why people want to come to the freest, most diverse, and most prosperous nation in history. In the United States, individuals are not bound by class systems, and opportunities of all kinds abound.
It is a crime to enter the United States without proper documentation. But as with any crime, the law itself is not the end of the story. An effective deterrent balances the repercussion of violating the law with the probability of getting caught.
With no border infrastructure, the detection rate for illegal crossings would be low. A wall would be a strong deterrent, because many would not be able to get through, and it would give Border Patrol personnel time to locate violators if they did overcome the wall.
By creating an effective deterrent, a border wall minimizes the pull factor of illegal immigration. A child or family is less likely to take a perilous journey just to end up staring up at a 30-foot wall or being turned around by security personnel.
Reversing the incentive for the dangerous attempt at illegal crossing is essential. Great numbers of vulnerable women, children, and families travel thousands of miles every year, through deserts, cartel territories, and...
On just about every legal and policy front, Americans are slowly realizing that many key state and local institutions have become merely outposts for a federal government controlled by special interests. This strips us of the self-government that is our birthright as American citizens, because it takes from us the power to determine the rules and structures that determine how were allowed to live.
For example, as federal spending has exploded over the past century, it has colonized the so-called charity sector. One-third of all money nonprofit organizations consume each year comes from the federal government, and more from state and local governments. This corrupts these organizations into special interests, giving them strong incentives to lobby for increased federal control of Americans earnings so they can siphon off even more to themselves. They frequently do this not only by direct political action but by releasing reports and creating initiatives that appear third-party, impartial, and community-driven, but are really simply political activism disguised.
Federal spending has similarly colonized state and local governments. On average, federal funding supplies approximately one-third of state budgets, and approximately one-quarter of local budgets. A 2017 Governing magazine chart shows below which states are most and least reliant on federal spending. State agencies, many if not most of which receive significant federal funding, also create reports, initiatives, and programs that push for expanded government, both at the state and federal level. In other words, it has become routine to use public dollars and institutions to lobby against the American publics pocketbooks and self-determination.
The Internet has brought us one of the greatest expansions of the free flow of information in history, so naturally government bureaucrats think this has to stop immediately. In unaccountable bureaucrats getting their way, its hard to beat the European Union.
Hence Wednesdays preliminary vote on a set of EU Internet regulations that includes something called Article 13. This is ostensibly a measure to enforce copyright protections, but it is drawn so preposterously overbroad that it will catch everybody.
A proposed new European copyright law wants large websites to use content recognition technologies to scan for copyrighted videos, music, photos, text, and code in a move that that could impact everyone from the open source software community to remixers, livestreamers, and teenage meme creators.
This law is calculated to destroy the free-wheeling Internet in five ways.
Article 13 reverses one of the key legal doctrines that allowed the Internet to thrive: the idea that computer networks are not publishers and are therefore not liable for the actions or statements of their users. This means that you can sue an individual user for libel or copyright infringement, but not the e-mail service or bulletin board or social media platform on which he did it. This immunity made it possible for computer networks to open a floodgate of content produced by independent individuals, without requiring service providers to serve as editors or moderators.
Making them moderators again would not only throttle the volume of material that can be published (since there are a limited number of moderators) but also set up service providers as gatekeepers of content. Yet thats exactly what the bureaucrats want, which lead us to the second consequence.
Article 13 would require big tech companies to establish the infrastructure to monitor and control all communications that go through their networks, which is precisely what they are already doing too much of. As one opponent of Article 13 puts it, this further entrenches ubiquitous surveillance into the fabric of the Internet. That leads us to the next point.
The expense of setting up the electronic filters mandated in Article 13 is so great that tiny little startups cant do it. Only the giants can do it.
The technology to filter out memesor for that matter any copyrighted materialwould require a significant investment of time and money to develop. This means that we could see the detection of copyrighted material outsourced to companies with the means to carry it out effectivel...
The Incredibles 2 has two very important things in common with the original. The first is the father apologizing to his children. The movies ideology we know from all other animations: The parents are wrong, the children right, the adults are guilty and should be ashamed of themselves, the kids are pure and free.
This is insane, but nobody is revolting against it, so maybe thats what family movies are now.
The other thing the new movie shows even better than the original is that the Incredibles superpowers are symbols for how we live. The story gives us a family structure to understand why we have so much trouble with our families. You can see writer-director Brad Birds reasoning: Parents fear for their children, so they are willing to learn about the dangers they will face. Thats why, instead of a childrens movie, you get a story about scientific powers, social conformism thwarting talent, and angry rebellion against a normal life making things even worse.
Mr. Incredible is a kind of Superman. His power and goodness make him a popular hero, but also incline him to think using superior power solves just about any problem. You can see his conflict a mile away: power leads him from good intentions to good deeds without having to consider morally complex problems, like freedom. Now, if we knew Superman is out there to save us, wouldnt we constantly be jumping off buildings for fun?
Hes a perfect symbol for the all-American dad, who is a protector, but who soon must learn not even his kids will obey him, much less anyone else. Hes sometimes baffled that everyones an ingrate. Worse, he now becomes a stay-at-home dad, which overwhelms him, of course, but also proves the world doesnt really need him. Hes not a real hero after all its more important to destroy paternal authority than to think why men might actually be needed.
So he spends the movie dealing with the kids learning, in a sense, about his own family as we learn to look at the all-American family. The boy, Dash, is The Flash. Hes fun and a rascal. He gets in trouble and does irresponsible things because he is confined. Like most boys, he often experiences school as a prison and home as a chore. He has energy, but neither purpose nor discipline.
Here, the teaching about heroism is straightforward: Its the fathers job to teach the son about power and danger, to awe him and to give him worthwhile things to do. (How this is possible if the father has no authority and is always at the office is another problem. You would think the stay-at-home dad could be a father to his boy, but not in this story.)
The mother is bad at dealing with Dash, because she wants to take control of everything, and at the same time wants to be loved for it. She becomes focused on all the things he must not do, because she wants him so badly to succeed in...
XXXTentacion, the 20-year-old rapper shot and killed Monday, is now being remembered primarily for his gritty music, but he had recently been in the news for a darker reason: He was facing charges for aggravated battery of his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Two of his songs now appear at the top of Spotifys RapCaviar playlist, but the worlds most popular streaming service briefly pulled them from all playlists just a few weeks ago. Hes not the only artist who faced expulsion, either.
Its creepy to listen to Ignition, a danceable song about a party that ends in a hook-up, when its singer has been accused of sleeping with underage girls. But R. Kellys hit topped the R&B charts anyway in 2002, two years after the Chicago Sun-Times first reported his alleged atrocities, and its still getting more than six million streams a month on Spotify.
The dark allegations against these popular musicians were behind a decision by executives at the digital music service last month to implement a hateful conduct policy. The publicly owned company released a statement saying it would remove from its playlists music by any artist who had done something especially harmful or hateful. It provided as examples violence against children and sexual violence (both crimes R. Kelly has been accused of). Spotify pulled both R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from playlists including I Love My 90s R&B and RapCaviar.
Then came the backlash. A representative for XXXTentacion wanted to know how the streaming service would handle rapper Dr. Dre (who pled no contest to beating a female journalist in a nightclub bathroom) and the King of Pop, Michael Jackson (who was infamously accused and acquitted of sexually molesting a teenage boy), among more than a dozen others. Womens advocacy group Ultraviolet, rather than pointing out inconsistencies, simply argued the policys effects hadnt gone far enough. What about Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting Rihanna?
The policy did too much, and it did too little. So when Spotify reversed its decision on June 1, it cited vague language that had created confusion and concern.
R. Kelly is still missing from the playlists he was booted off (I Love My 90s R&B, Chilled R&B, and Are & Be), probably thanks to the success of the viral campaign #MuteRKelly. XXXTentacion, however, is back on RapCaviar (with Moonlight and the appropriately named SAD!).
The New York Times called the reversal embarrassing, but theres no shame in recognizing youve joined a game you can never hope to play fairly. Its...
This article is a work of fiction. So far.
Reggie eyeballed the clamp he selected, trying to visualize whether it would make the right fit to repair the latch to the console of his truck, when he heard the man standing in line in front of him guffaw at his smartphone. Tap, tap, tap, and the FBI seal disappeared from the home screen as the suited man texted the source of his amusement in a font large enough for Reggie to read from his vantage point. Reggie could read the mans name from his FBI ID badge: Peter.
Trumps supporters are all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS that think he will magically grant them jobs for doing nothing. The person on the other end of the text conversation responded. Peter nodded his head unconsciously as he wrote back, Hey, I can get some tickets from that reporter if youre still available this weekend?
Does that mean well need to give her some tidbits between innings? The other party responded.
Everyone does it, even the deputy leaks. Peter wrote back.
Reggie shifted uncomfortably as he watched the cashier scan Peters purchases. Was he supposed to be seeing these texts? Peter turned to make eye contact with Reggie, seeing that he had been caught. Peter gave Reggie a non-verbal look of dismissal as if to say, So? What are you going to do about it?
Reggie decided to wait until his next stop before gluing and clamping the latch. The glue could dry while the truck was parked for the day. American hands had used steel to fabricate the same latch in his fathers truck decades ago, instead of the imported cast plastic from Mexico in his truck. He continued gluing and patching together the truck, which did double duty as his personal truck and the work vehicle for his nascent HVAC repair business. His wifes catering business would need a new van this year, so it was her turn next at the used car lot.
At the courthouse, Peter guided his Acura into the...
Tuesday, a group of analysts including those at the Heritage Foundation released their outline for a way to pass health-care-related legislation in Congress. Readers can find the actual health plan here; a summary and analysis follow below.
The plan includes parameters for a state-based block grant that would combine funds from Obamacares insurance subsidies and its Medicaid expansion into one pot of money. The plan would funnel the block grant funds through the State Childrens Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), using that programs pro-life protections. In general, states using the block grant would:
The plan also includes new incentives for health savings accounts (HSAs), doubling the maximum contribution limit, and allowing more plans to qualify based on their actuarial value (the average percentage of annual health expenses that a health plan pays).
Pretty much. For instance, the plan remains silent on whether to support an Obamacare stability (read: bailout) bill intended to 1) keep insurance markets intact during the transition to the block grant, and 2) attract the votes of moderate Republicans like Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Maine Sen. Susan Collins.
As recently as three weeks ago, former Sen. Rick Santorum was telling groups that the proposal would include the Collins stability language. However, as I previously noted, doing so would likely lead to taxpayer funding of abortion coverage, because there are few if any ways to attach pro-life protections to Obamacares cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers under the special...
Invoking God and religion to support immigration points is wrong because we are not a religious nation. This is not to say that our Founders werent steeped in Christian ideas, or that our government is not built on Judeo-Christian principles.
Our Declaration of Independence is evidence of both. We are endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights; we are entitled to sovereignty by the Laws of Nature and Natures God; we appeal to the Supreme Judge of the World in declaring independence; and we ask for the protection of Divine Providence in pledging it. Many Americans are religious, and we often understand the events of our world in religious terms.
The Constitution, on the other hand, which is the basis for how our government operates, is an entirely secular document. The only specific mention of God is found in the date the Constitution was written: in the Year of our Lord 1787. At the beginning of the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin called for prayer not because they were drafting a religious document, but because they were a religious people.
This is an important distinction. While the Founders intended the Constitution to make us a nation of religious tolerance rather than one that established a state church, as was the case with many countries they had left, they wrote it as the tool of a religious people. Their religious understanding of human nature can be seen in its secular principles. For example, because they knew man was sinful and had a drive for power, they designed a tri-partite system of government with checks and balances.
As a non-theocratic document, the Constitution expressly forbids religious tests for office and omits legislation on religious matters, which are the purview of state and local governments. The separation of church and state as we understand it today was not a salient feature at the time and does not appear in the Constitution.
The Founders never had any intention of removing religion from the public square, however. Ironically, as opposed to our day, they were more concerned with governments influence on religion than religions influence on government. To address their concerns, they added the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
Today the separation of church and state is one of our bedrock principles and is used as a sort of shorthand for the secular nature of both the Constitution and the nation itself. Because Congress derives its power to enact laws from the Constitution, whenever any of us uses religion to argue points about government laws, weve crossed that line.
The beauty of the line is that it keeps argu...
This is the fifteenth in a series of Battlestar Galactica recaps. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the franchise. Read the last piece, Revisiting Battlestar Galactica: Resurrection Ship (Parts 1 And 2) here.
Perhaps it was inevitable that the tightly-scripted Pegasus storyline would be followed by two of the weaker episodes of the series. In Epiphanies, the writers save Pres. Roslin. Its easy to understand why: the show would be fundamentally different without her. But it is a sign the writers lacked the long-range vision the mini-series and Season One suggested.
Black Market is even weaker. The writers did not think through the economics upon which the plot is based; the introduction of child trafficking feels like a ham-fisted way of addressing the underlying script problems.
Nevertheless, the series is driven by its characters and we learn more about Roslin and Apollo via flashbacks. We also learn the cerebral Baltar is often reactive and emotional. He is driven by fear of the power he craves, as well as anger at Roslins opinion of him.
Roslin is rushed to the sick bay, entering the final stages of her cancer. She flashes back to the day she was diagnosed. After receiving the news, she dips her foot in a fountain in a Caprica City plaza. She also recalls something inconsequential to her at the time: Baltar kissing Six in this plaza. Most of the episode, however, is catching up in a more recent flashback.
Roslin meets with Cdr. Adama and Baltar to discuss Dr. Cottles discovery of abnormalities in the blood of Boomers unborn child by Helo. Although circumstances make Roslin more pro-life about humans, she orders the termination of Boomers pregnancy for security reasons.
Baltar (who believes the child is figuratively his) unsuccessfully lobbies Adama to push back against Roslin. Baltars mental Six warns he may need the nuclear warhead he obtained from Adama as leverage to save their child. Adama delivers the bad news to Helo.
Meanwhile, the crew discovers the Vipers ammunition has been sabotaged. Adama orders Apollo to investigate. Apollo and Starbuck find the saboteur in the fleets ammo facility; she is a member of a pacifist group named Demand Peace. Adama agrees to meet with Jahee (Paul Perri), a Demand Peace representative, then jails him. This contrasts with Roslins flashback to her decision to negotiate with a striking teachers union, despite incidents of violence. Searching the saboteurs possessions, Apollo learns the fleets Tylium fuel refinery is another target. The refinery dock explodes before his Raptor reaches it.
Baltar, as Vice-President, receives a briefing...
Long before Donald Trump had declared himself a candidate for president, there was a Deep State which operated far outside the mainstream of America, in the shadows.
Members of the Deep State include the Pravda media, U.S. intelligence agencies, and federal law enforcement, all of which sort of lay down the law to Congress and incoming presidents that things are done a certain way in Washington, D.C., and the world, and anyone who tries to stray outside of established parameters gets crushed.
Few Americans were previously aware of such an entity, and with good reason: No one attempted to cross the Deep State, leaving its members free to continue operating in the shadows, pulling strings behind the scenes and calling the shots.
That was before Trump came on the scene.
Right away the Deep State saw him as different. Uncontrollable. Outside the mainstream.
He was self-funding his own candidacy. He wasnt beholden to anyone. He wasnt a regular candidate, which means he was never the establishments choice.
Fearful of what he might do if he actually won, the Deep State launched an operation to derail his candidacy so that they could anoint Hillary Clinton, a card-carrying member of the establishment club who knew the Deep States rules.
Shocked by her inability to defeat him, the Deep State then launched an insurance policy an operation aimed at undermining POTUS Trumps administration by taking away as much of his ability to govern the country as possible. The objectives were to sow division among the people by casting as much doubt as possible about the legitimacy of his victory. That effort continues today in the form...
That was the answer given by Michio Kaku, one of the co-founders of string field theory, in his Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Feb. 21, 2018. MalachiNorris, a Redditor or Reddit user, posted this question in Kakus AMA: Dr Kaku, if we make contact with alien civilizations, then what? And how will we talk to them?
Kaku responded with: Let me stick my neck out. I personally feel is that within this century, we will make contact with an alien civilization, by listening in on their radio communications. But talking to them will be difficult, since they could be tens of light years away. So, in the meantime, we must decipher their language to understand their level of technology. Are they Type I, II, or III???
And what are their intentions. Are they expansive and aggressive, or peaceful? Another possibility is that they land on the White House lawn and announce their existence. But I think that is unlikely, since we would be like forest animals to them, i.e. not worth communicating with.
Another Redditor, WaltherHanson, added to MalachiNorris question by asking about the moral and philosophical standings of such a highly advanced alien civilization.
To this, Kaku answered: I get asked if the aliens are evil and want to destroy us. Maybe, but I think in the main they will be peaceful because they have had thousands of years to resolve sectarian, fundamentalist, nationalist questions. However, they still might be dangerous if they simply dont care about us and we get in the way.
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The American Medical Association (AMA) is a powerful organization that defines medical education and medical practice in the U.S. The organization creates policies for all physicians to follow and they can threaten a doctors medical license if they do not follow along. In 2018, the AMA has decided to support gun control as a public health issue.
First established in 1845, the AMA determined, most importantly, medical ethics. This includes protecting a patients right to informed consent before any medical treatment or procedure takes place. Today, the AMA fails to enforce its informed consent policy, allowing pediatricians to get away with vaccinating kids without providing the vaccine insert to parents. If informed consent was enforced, then parents would see the lack of safety data for vaccines. Parents would see exactly what vaccines are doing to their sons and daughters, and doctors would honor parents questions, concerns, and decisions not to vaccinate.
Over the years, the AMA established rules for what constitutes a medical education. AMA policy makers soon dictated what medicine was, establishing chemical interventions as the only model of evidence-based medicine. The AMA has a dark history of suppressing effective herbal medicine, chiropractic care, homeopathy, cancer cures, and alternative therapies for healing. Its not surprising that the AMA is all in for the current CDC vaccine schedule, advocating dozens of vaccine doses for children, even though reports of vaccine damage continue to pour in to the VAERS reporting system. (Related: More children harmed by vaccines tha...
This week, Urban3 is in the midst of a consulting project for the city of Minneapolis, and, as a result, weve had a lot of Minnesota maps flying around our office, where I'm working this summer. These maps have the primary function of visualizing a citys financial data, but they often shed light on anomalies within a region as well. This time, we stumbled upon two curious little cities unlike any other in the United States: Hilltop and Landfall, MN.
Hilltop and Landfall are Americas only cities consisting almost entirely of manufactured housing, i.e. trailers. These tiny tracts of land, less than a tenth of a square mile each, house hundreds of people in extraordinarily fine-grained suburban density.
Their early histories mirror the general history of mobile home dwelling; returning veterans from World War II created a demand for affordable housing at the undeveloped periphery of growing urban areas, and booming domestic manufacturing answered the call with manufactured housing.
Yet while many trailer parks were swallowed by bordering cities that favored the more common single-family suburban development pattern, local leaders and landowners in Hilltop and Landfall took a stand by electing to incorporate themselves as independent municipalities. In doing so, they incidentally made themselves a unique control group within the wider pattern of suburban experiment.
Heres a satellite view of these cities, courtesy of Google Maps.
This weekend the largest gathering of LGBTQ people and allies in the US will congregate in Northern California for the 47th Annual San Francisco Pride festival and parade.
I attended last years event and took one picture.
Yep. Thats a pile of what appears to be human excrement soaking in the sun next to a discarded homeless persons cardboard sign.
This picture pretty much summed up my experience at this supposed celebration of progress. Then I went home and wrote a poem about it. A poem that I was lucky enough to share at last months Alternative View (AV9) conference in England. Watch:
See Bennys full presentation and many others from this years AV9 Conference HERE
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(CJ Opinion) As I write this, demonstrations around the world are taking place in protest of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assanges arbitrary detention and silencing by the US-centralized power establishment that has been actively pursuing his destruction for over a decade. The demonstrations will be well-attended, but not a fraction as well-attended as they should be. They will receive international attention, but not 
The second paragraph of the United States Constitution states: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal (Held, 2016). Most Americans take immense pride in this simple ideology. It has heralded as a cornerstone from which the Republic was built. But is it true? Are all men created equal? Or, 
(RPI Opinion) When I was in Congress and had to regularly fly between DC and Texas, I was routinely subjected to invasive pat-downs (physical assaults) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). One time, exasperated with the constant insults to my privacy and dignity, I asked a TSA agent if he was proud to assault innocent Americans 
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Some people know exactly what they want to be when they grow up from a very young age. And in the case of Eric Abramovitz, his dream to be a world-class clarinet player was all he had hoped for since he was just 7-years old. It would seem like his life was right on track, which it was at least, until he met and started dating Jennifer Lee.
Thats when everything that he had ever dreamed of fell right through the cracks, but thankfully, he eventually got the due process he so rightfully deserved.
Eric Abramovitz, a Canadian boy from Ontario, was what many would call a musical prodigy. From the time that he was a young boy, Eric was already dreaming about the day that he could finally study at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in LA, California.
Joining me once again is someone who I greatly respect, not just for her excellent journalism and dedication to the truth, but for her willingness to put herself out there challenging the status quo in a time of such vicious and vitriolic opposition to anything that goes against the lies of the State, which makes 
Ive been a fan of Rachael Maddow for years. Shes a consummate pro, and hosting a live show for a decade has given her a deft ability to handle interviews and distill down complex talking points on the fly.
So when that polished exterior breaks down on live TV, you know youre in for some heavy shit.
PZ beat me to this one, but its important enough to put on repeat. Trump and his cronies are literally using babies as pawns for political and financial gain. Anyone who voted for him is complicit in this, because you knew what you were voting for. This is on you, and if you have even a crumb of humanity in you, I expect you to stop supporting the party of Trump. If you do not, I will hold you responsible for their actions, including the mass incarceration of babies.
by Justine Hunter, Globe & Mail, June 19, 2018
The B.C. government is poised to give an effective veto to First Nations over fish farm tenures in their territories, a historic concession that reaches beyond the traditional court-ordered requirement that Indigenous groups be consulted and accommodated on resource decisions on their lands.
The NDP government will announce on Wednesday B.C.s aquaculture industry will have four years to adapt before any tenures are cancelled, sources told The Globe and Mail. The veto power most assuredly means that some companies will be evicted because the farms are adamantly opposed by some but not all Indigenous groups.
Agriculture Minister Lana Popham, along with the premiers deputy minister Don...
now used by China to control its citizenry. China has been emerging as a New World Order model for decades. Although there is a superficial facing off between the US-led West on one side, and China-Russia...
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On June 18, the day before Juneteenth, anarchists in Austin, TX held two separate actions in solidarity with prisoners, as part of the end prison slavery movement.
We chose to target the Texas Parole Board Office because they are the gatekeepers of prisoners freedom, and prisoners rarely make their first parole hearing due to bogus write ups that could be something as trivial as talking back to a guard. We correspond with prisoners across Texas and were aware of the conditions theyre under, as well as the the violence they experience behind enemy lines every day.Texas is one of the few states where prisoners receive no paid compensation for their labor, yet are expected to afford commissary items, $100 medical copays, and post-release expenses. Instead, they supposedly earn good time credit which in theory, should lead to a reduced sentence but countless prisoners claim otherwise with good time being outright disregarded, or as mentioned before, write ups from prison pigs keep folks in the same vicious cycle.
As our incarcerated comrade, Malik Washington put it The current conditions in Texas dictate that we must address our treatment as slaves and the inability of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to recognize our good time and work credits. We want these credits directly applied to our sentences...
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This week on The Final Straw, well be airing two interviews. In the first, Bursts spoke with author and activist Shane Burley about the state of street level fascism and anti-fascism in the U.S. Then about 45 minutes into the episode, youll hear Bursts speaking with two members of the Asheville branch of the Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW.
Shane is the author of numerous articles on the subject as well as a the 2017 book from AK Press, Fascism Today: What It Is And How To End It. The conversation ranges from talking about specific groups like Atomwaffen, The Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer and the Traditionalist Workers Party (TWP), to the Unite The Right 2 (UTR2) having been announced by Jason Kessler for either D.C. or Charlottesville, VA.
Shane also talks about essentialism in fascism and the creeping relationship between identitarian patriarchs and the trans-misogyny of TERFs (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists) in Deep Green Resistance, such as Lierre Kieth and Derrick Jensen. The book mentioned by Bursts about essentialism, fascism and anarchism can be found in audio format on R.A.D., another member of the CZN. The original text can also be found on their tumblr.
Shane Burley is touring on the east coast...
Say he got word that some terrorist had kidnapped hundreds of babies and was holding them hostage until the government met his ransom demands and hes no piker, hes asking for tens of billions of dollars.
Well, Im a little disappointed that no action hero has stepped forward to deal with this situation.
Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three tender age shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.
Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday.
Since the White House announced its zero tolerance policy in early May, more than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, resulting in a new influx of young children requiring government care.
Rachel Maddow has the response I would make, because Im no action hero either.
On Friday June 15th, striking tenants from the Stoney Creek Towers traveled to Bay Street, Torontos financial district. While there, they paid a visit to the head offices of CI Financial, the largest investor in their landlord, InterRent REIT.
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Solidarity with those detained (children, women, and men) by immigration and Customs Enforcement and the families you are forcibly kept from. You are held in those for profit gulags, whose aims are to maintain a rotten nationalist- racist- capitalistic social order. The August 21st National Prison Strike called for strikes and boycotts in and against those so called immigration detentions for a reason, to acknowledge for the world that our struggles are not separate.
The Prison Industrial Slave Complex is a massive dehumanization business. With the ongoing rages against the detentions, we now feel justified in our call for National Strikes and outside protests against these places (immigration, federal, state, and jails) that for the most part are warehouses of human bodies.
Those occupying the so called immigration detentions must not allow a small concession by a policy change make you go away. You hold the keys to change. A full demand to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement should be the only resolution on the table. Otherwise the same problems will persist. Strike now, and strike hard while the momentum is going. August 21, thousands of prisoners in other places of detention will be joining at all costs.
We will keep the beam on so called immigration. No let up.
Educate, organize, mobilize! Resist! Abolish ICE!
In this breaking exclusive interview, Erika, a former nurse at the catholic St. Pauls Hospital in Vancouver, speaks of how she witnessed the final days of genocide survivor William Combes. She is convinced that all of his symptoms indicate that he died of arsenic poisoning, not tuberculosis as the British Columbia Coroner claims. William was a witness to the abduction of ten children by Queen Elizabeth Windsor on October 10, 1964 at the catholic Kamloops Indian residential school. William died suddenly in hospital shortly before he was to go public about the abduction and permanent disappearance of the ten children. See www.murderbydecree.com and www.itccs.org .
Ignoring the warnings around us that fascism is creeping thru our windows, ripping away everything our nation used to stand for. Watching and hearing what is happening to these poor children on the border is a horror we haven't entertained since the national shame of the Japanese interment camps.
Move decried as latest example of how unconditional support for Israel means you cant support human rights standards anywhere for anyone. Israel threatens entire international system for defending human rights, such as it is. In what critics framed as Orwellian up-is-down, down-is-up remarks from the State Department on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley 
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Amid a bipartisan backlash, President Trump has tried repeatedly to shift blame to Democrats for his own administrations zero-tolerance immigration policy, which has resulted in more than 2,300 migrant children being taken from their families along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Democrats have to change their law thats their law, Trump told reporters on Friday.
The president didnt specify which law he was talking about. But the statute at the center of his administrations policy is the work of Republicans with origins dating back all the way to World War I albeit with substantial Democratic support along the way. Known originally as the Undesirable Aliens Act, the statute would not exist without support from, respectively, a eugenicist and a white supremacist.
The law in question was the foundation of a memo Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued in early April that laid out the administrations new, zero-tolerance policy. In the memo, Sessions instructed federal prosecutors in the southwestern United States to file criminal charges against any adults caught entering the country illegally. His order stripped officials of discretion over whether to place migrant families seeking asylum into civil proceedings, which allow families to stay together. (Court rulings limit how long the government can detain migrants in civil proceedings. Theres also no guarantee theyll return for future hearing dates once theyre let out, a phenomenon that has prompted the presidents complaints about catch and release.)
There is the glass seen as half empty. What if we cannot yet fully comprehend the human consequence of this sea of lies we are now adrift in? At the U.S.-Mexican border, human rights abuses are occurring on an unimaginable scale. It's not me, it's not my family, but it is a great disgrace to our nation undertaken in our name.
(MEE) The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday accusing it of a chronic bias against Israel, a move that activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. US ambassador to the UN Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting US efforts to alter the council. 
A spontaneous protest at a Portland, Oregon ICE facility has become an encampment over the last 24 hours. Although nothing stops ICE employees from coming or going, the protest does now stop cars from entering or leaving, which is causing some employees who dont wish to take public transit to remain inside.
Arun Gupta (@arunindy) tweets out the tragic and hilarious response:
About 75 people blockading ICE prison in Portland, OR. DHS keep coming out to ask protesters to let 9 ICE employees to leave.
So they can get home to their families.
If only someone had some compassion.
When Laurel Thatcher Ulrich wrote her famous quote in 1976, she was referring to the massive, under appreciated good done by women who will never get the credit they deserve. Time has showed the truth of her words, and I think they can be applied to people working for systemic change as well.
In this time of near constant over-stimulation, its easy to miss a lot of what is going on in the world. This point has come up a lot when pointing to the many layers of conniving, corruption, and cruelty in the modern Republican Party, but it applies to good things as well. Case in point: the Transition Town movement.
This got a fair amount of attention a few years back, but because it wasnt focused on keeping the attention of the media, most of the country barely did more than glance at it before moving on. The Transition Town movement is an international network of towns and villages that are working as communities on building a better form of society from within. Like the glorious parasitoid wasps, the eggs of the future are laid within the still-living body of our doomed society, using its resources to build something better before finally shedding the restraints of the past and flying off in search of new victims.
Its not a perfect metaphor.
The movement, in principle, takes a holistic approach to the problems we face. Global warming is a problem that was, in theory, avoidable. Some combination of human nature, power dynamics, fanatical ideologies, and socialization to view all of it as inevitable, led to most of the country ignoring or not even hearing the alarm bell that has been ringing for the last 60 years.
Getting off of fossil fuels is nice and all, but it wont actually help anything if we cant work to fix the problems that led to the current crisis.
I think theres a real case to be made that by the official founding of the Transition Town movement in 2005, the idea of preventing further warming was already an unrealistic pipe dream. Its a goal weve been afraid to let go of, as a society, because doing so means facing a far large and more terrifying problem than was presented by the simple well change because we have to narrative.
We will change because we have to, but that never looks the way Free Market Fundies think it will.
We will change because fresh water is running out and well have to find new ways to get it if we want to survive.
We will change because within our l...
Fuck the witch hunts, and the inquisition, and the condemnation of scientific heresies, and the support for inherited, monarchic rule, and, well, just about everything. But maybe, just maybe theres something good that might come out of Christian church law after 1700 years?
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a fellow United Methodist, [faces charges under Methodist church law] over a zero tolerance U.S. immigration policy
Specifically, the group accuses him of child abuse in reference to separating young children from their parents and holding them in mass incarceration facilities; immorality; racial discrimination and dissemination of doctrines contrary to the established standards of doctrines of The United Methodist Church.
All are categories listed in 2702.3 as chargeable offenses for a professing member of a local church.
Interesting. I wonder how this might affect the national conversation, given that so many US citizens are Christian.
In early 2017, a large scale uprising was launched at the James T. Vaughn Correction Center in Delaware. For background information, see Bloc Partys interview with a former Vaughn prisoner here, and print out an awesome poster with addresses to write to, here.
Between the months of January and May of 2018, a small group of friends in Chicago reached out to the 17 individuals charged with involvement in the February 2017 uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Delaware.
This zine is an attempt to share the thoughts and experiences of these comrades as they shared them in their letters. We asked for and were generously given their consent. We hope that reprinting them for others to read will deepen connections with these individuals and help to multiply acts of solidarity and support. Contact information for the Vaughn 17 may be found throughout and at the end of the zine.
There is also a callout for a phone zap on Monday, July 2nd starting at 9 AM. All of these individuals still experience daily retaliation over a year after the uprising took place. All are still held in solitary confinement 23 hours a day, with only one hour out of their cells. One inmate was badly beaten just last week after being shocked with an electric shield and jumped by Correctional Officers at Howard R. Young.
In response this individual has started a hunger strike which may still be ongoing. A number of other letters containing documented cases of retaliation by both guards and administration can be found throughout the zine. These folks face brutal conditions every day for their suspected role in the Vaughn uprising and it is imperative that we show them continued support. We want the prisons to know that we are watching and their retaliation against these individuals doesnt go unnoticed. Calling in can be a very effective way to do this. Please do call but also be creative in the ways you show your solidarity. Some other ways to show support are inc...
Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Russians connected to Vladimir Putin used the National Rifle Association (NRA) to funnel illegal payments to Donald Trumps 2016 campaign.
Why would Russian money intended to influence a US election be laundered through the NRA?
Because foreign contributions to US elections expressly forbidden by federal law could be hidden from US oversight under a provision of the tax code that exempts social welfare organizations, like the NRA, from revealing their donors.
Just last week, McClatchy reported on a recently surfaced 2015 photograph showing that several prominent Russians tied to President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) were in contact with the NRA during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Russia and the NRA both may have seen value in supporting candidate Trump. Trump was signaling his receptivity to Putin, and the gun lobby was leery of Clintons position on guns.
During the campaign, conservative media outlets and Republican elected officials claimed that Hillary Clinton was intent on abolishing the Second Amendment. When the NRA endorsed Trump in May 2016, its executive director Wayne LaPierre declared The Clinton White House would be a dangerous extension of the Obama White House.
The gun lobby delivered for its preferred candidate. According to its own figures, the NRA spent more than $30 million in support of Trump triple the amount it spent on behalf of Mitt Romneys 2012 presidential campaign. In fact, the NRA claimed in its official magazine to be the key to a Trump victory.
It now appears that the NRAs cash included more than a few Russian rubles.
There is little doubt that Russia actively sought to turn the 2016 election to its advantage. Russian hackers tied to Putins government launched a cyberwarfare attack against the US when they filched emails from the Democratic National Committee and conducted a social media campaign to discredit then-candidate Hillary Clinton. But d...
WASHINGTON An FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Muellers team because of anti-Donald Trump text messages has been escorted out of the FBI building.
Thats according to a statement issued Tuesday by a lawyer for Peter Strzok.
In the statement, attorney Aitan Goelman says his client remains a proud FBI agent who wants to keep serving the country but has been the target of unfounded personal attacks.
Rebecca Watson has a response to Trumps Space Force, and its worth your time.
Whatever they once were, the GOP has become entirely
dependent on viewing other individual humans as the biggest danger
America, to the exclusion of all else. If you try to talk about
dangers like climate change, the focus is immediately redirected
away from anything that would require a change in the status quo to
the scary terrorists illegal alie- Oh.
Has anybody checked to make sure that Trump doesnt think Men in Black is a documentary?
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By Aaron Kesel Elon Musk claims that universal basic income (UBI) essentially, free cash handouts will be necessary over time if (AI) artificial...
From Libbie Grant on Facebook, heres something we can prepare for.
Folks. There is serious talk today all over Twitter about organizing a national strike to force the GOP-controlled Congress to either impeach Trump or force his resignation. This is a great idea, but its something we need to prepare for, and we may not have a whole lot of time to prepare.
What is a national strike? Its when everybody in the country refuses to spend money. If you can also refuse to go to work and do your job, thats good too, but the crucial part is the refusal to spend money. 70% of the USAs GDP is personal consumption. That means our entire economyand by extension, our governmentdepends on us spending money on the stuff we use or own. We have almost no exports anymore; our exports are, in effect, our individual citizens personal consumption.
Those of you who are my age or older remember what happened just after 9/11. Everybody was freaked out and shocked, so Americans hunkered down in their homes and did nothing, went nowhere, bought nothing unless they absolutely had to. Just a few days of decreased spending had a massive impact on our economy and our government. I remember George W. Bush going on TV and pleading with Americans to start spending money again. That wasnt just another idiotic thing W said because hes a dummy; its what Congress asked him to do because they found themselves unable to function at that critical time due to the sudden cessation of our economy.
Thats a national strike. Thats what we can dowhat we NEED to doin order to force the Republican-controlled Congress to act. They will NOT act without it.
We all need to be preparing now for the national strike. With luck, it will only need to last for a few days, and Congress will cave. But we should be prepared for a longer strike if necessary.
Heres what you need to start doing right now in order to make this strike effective and ensure you can continue to participate without putting yourself or your loved ones at risk of too much discomfort.
-Stock up on non-perishable food, enough to last up to a month. Canned stuff. Can your own goods now if you know how to do it and have the equipment. Go for foods that are calorie-dense and/or filling. Dried beans are cheap and will keep you going indefinitely. Buy a ton of them and store them in solid, critter-proof containers.
-Make sure you have a good can opener and a spare.
-Stock up on medications and other care supplies for a month or more.
-Stock up on all the pet supplies you will need for a month or more.
-Assume that this evil, fascist government will attempt to fight back by shutting down utilities in some cities. That may include your city. So that means you must: 1) Get those big 5-gallon water jugs, lots of them,...
Outrage continues to grow over the Trump administration's separation of children from their parents along the U.S.-Mexico border. On Monday, the news outlet ProPublica released audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in which children, estimated to be between the ages of four and 10 years old, are heard crying "mama'" and "papa'" after being separated from their parents.
Ive been told Im a member of gang of nihilists whose lifes mission is to undermine all of western civilization, so Im totally unsurprised by the latest rhetoric from the neo-Nazis at Fox News.
You think any of these people care about family separation? If they did, theyd be upset about the collapse of the American family, which is measurable and real. Theyre not. They welcome that collapse, because strong families are an impediment to their political power.
Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) June 19, 2018
You think any of these people care about family separation? If they did, theyd be upset about the collapse of the American family, which is measurable and real. Theyre not. They welcome that collapse, because strong families are an impediment to their political power.
Name a few lefties who hate families, OK? All that stupid labeling that we heard when the war in Iraq was being justified because they hate freedom is now spilling over into their characterization of their political opponents here in the US. Theyre tearing children from their parents arms, and telling us that we just hate families.
Kinder, Kche, Kirche! Volksaufklrung und Propaganda!
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (6/18/18). I would like to open today with a quote from Glenn Greenwald. I know many have their reasons to doubt his intentions, as I do myself, but 
Gerrymandering in this country is rampant. SCOTUS on Monday deferred any direct decision as to what to do about it. There is always its fall term, after all, when a gerrymandering case involving North Carolina is on deck.
It appears the U.S. with Israeli help is again locked and loaded to challenge the Syrian governments hold on its territory in order to manifest Washingtons long-standing efforts to partition the country and gain control over the majority of its resources. DEIR EZ-ZOR, SYRIA In a troubling sign that the Syrian conflict is 
According to sources in the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Russia has moved a European-made chemical weapon device out of Syria. It was used by the radicals for producing explosive and highly toxic agents. The device was captured during the recent clashes with terrorists. Moscow recently stated that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) along with the 
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The proper name for this path is the Millennial Trail, but I generally refer to it as the Drunken Forest because of all the tipsy trees growing at odd angles. Theyre not all leaning in the same direction and some of them lean over so far they seem to be defying gravity. They all seem healthy and happy, though. Its a very curious sort of place.
The GOP will do to human children what the Nazis did. The Nazis claimed it was to "purify the race." Sessions says it's a "Biblical" obligation. No matter the pretext: if they can rip children from parents -- ANY children from ANY parents -- tase them, cage them, traumatize them for life, treat them like sub-humans ... they will absolutely do it to you and YOUR children ... or worse.
(CD) After weeks of evasions and outright lies aimed at avoiding responsibility for the torture he has inflicted upon immigrant families, President Donald Trump finally admitted in an off-the-rails speech on Tuesday that the thousands of family separations that have taken place on his watch are a direct consequence of his administrations decision to prosecute parents who cross 
Speaking to a coalition of small business owners Tuesday afternoon, President Trump said immigration is necessary to keep the American economy growing, but that lawlessness along the U.S. southern border will continue to hurt business owners and workers.
While addressing the National Federation of Independent Businesses at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Washington DC, Trump touted job numbers and low unemployment among African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and women. When Trump spoke about the passage of the tax reform plan and repeal of the estate tax, the crowd erupted into applause. When he mentioned the Republican-controlled Congresss failure to repeal Obamacare, the crowd booed.
Trump said Democrats were hyping the situation along the southern border to detract from the inspector general report released last week. It criticized the Department of Justice and FBIs handling of the federal investigation into Hillary Clintons use of a private e-mail server during her tenure as secretary of state. He also accused Democrats of holding the immigration reform issue hostage to gin up outrage.
I dont want to take children away from their parents, Trump said, and added that drug smugglers often exploit children or use them as props to enter the United States undetected when crossing the border. They didnt go to the Wharton School of Economics, but theyre very smart.
.@realdonaldtrump speaking to NFIB, addresses crisis along the border: We have to get the Democrats to go ahead and work with us. Blames Democratic loopholes for family separation. pic.twitter.com/qKj3KXx9Ww
Bre Payton (@Bre_payton) June 19, 2018
He also cited several figures from a report on immigration released by the White House Press Office Tuesday morning, including a record-breaking surge of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the border over the past year. Amid citing figures for job growth, Trump mentioned the biggest problem businesses face today is finding quality employees a problem he said smarter immigration policy could alleviate.
Trump citing numbers from todays WH report sent to reporters this morning about situation on the border while addressing NFIB. pic.twitter.com/6mj30XtvuZ
Bre Payton (@Bre_payton) June 19, 2018...
The second Test match between the West Indies and Sri Lanka that
ended yesterday in a draw saw another charge of ball tampering.
Readers may recall the outrage in March following the discovery
that three Australian players, including the captain, had tried to
secretly use sandpaper to roughen up one side of the ball, a clear
violation of the rules. All three received various punishments (see
here). The charge this time is
against the Sri Lankan cricket captain Dinesh Chandimal who was
accused of eating a sweet (which is what a piece of hard candy is
called by us cricket playing former colonials) and then using the
sticky saliva to rub on the ball and thus change its condition. He
has denied the charge and there will now be an inquiry.
This short video explains why the issue in this case is not as clear-cut as with the use of sandpaper. If you cannot see the embedded video, go here.
As to the physics involved, what is incontrovertible is that changing the nature of the surface of the ball by roughing it up or shining it or some similar action will undoubtedly alter its motion in flight in some way. What is not clear is how much the flight will be changed, in what way, and whether it can be predicted and thus controlled, because the equations of fluid dynamics are enormously complicated to solve, especially for turbulent motion, and depend on many variables.
I do not buy the defense that the sweet is used to simply generate more natural saliva (an allowed substance under the current rules) and not to produce artificial sticky saliva (which is not allowed). It seems absurd to argue that the mouth of players becomes so dry that it cannot produce the tiny amount of saliva needed to rub on the ball. If that were the case, the player would be in danger of collapsing due to dehydration.
I would like the authorities to throw the book at Chandimal and, given the arbitrary nature of the distinction between natural and artificial saliva, also change the rules so that not even saliva of any kind can be used to polish the ball, thus removing a temptation for players to indulge in this type of gamesmanship. The only thing that should be allowed is to polish the ball on ones cl...
As the Trump administration continues to defend its zero tolerance immigration policy, which, since April, has separated more than 2,300 children from their parents at the border, ProPublica obtained an audio recording from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility. The recording captured the voices of kids as young as 4, crying for Mami and Pap as if those were the only words they knew.
The audio intensified the bipartisan outcry to put an end to the policy. But at a White House briefing Monday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen blamed Congress, saying that until the nations immigration laws are rewritten, children will remain in detention centers as their parents face criminal charges for entering the country without permission, a move at the discretion of the administration.
Most concerning to the families being separated is what appears to be a lack of a plan to reunite the children with their parents. The little girl who can be heard crying in the video, 6-year-old Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid, had not been able to speak to her mother for days after they were separated, according to the girls aunt. Authorities at the shelter have warned the girl that her mother could be deported without her.
In the end, the decision seemed inevitable. After a seven-day trial in Kansas City federal court in March, in which Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach needed to be tutored on basic trial procedure by the judge and was found in contempt for his willful failure to obey a ruling, even he knew his chances were slim. Kobach told The Kansas City Star at the time that he expected the judge would rule against him (though he expressed optimism in his chances on appeal).
Sure enough, yesterday federal Judge Julie Robinson overturned the law that Kobach was defending as lead counsel for the state, dealing him an unalloyed defeat. The statute, championed by Kobach and signed into law in 2013, required Kansans to present proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. The American Civil Liberties Union sued, contending that the law violated the National Voter Registration Act (AKA the motor voter law), which was designed to make it easy to register.
The trial had a significance that extends far beyond the Jayhawk state. One of the fundamental questions in the debate over alleged voter fraud whether a substantial number of non-citizens are in fact registering to vote was one of two issues to be determined in the Kansas proceedings. (The second was whether there was a less burdensome solution than what Kansas had adopted.) That made the trial a telling opportunity to remove the voter fraud claims from the charged, and largely proof-free, realms of political campaigns and cable news shoutfests and examine them under the exacting strictures of the rules of evidence.
Thats precisely what occurred and according to Robinson, an appointee of George W. Bush, the proof that voter fraud is widespread was utterly lacking. As the judge put it, the court finds no credible evidence that a substantial number of noncitizens registered to vote even under the previous law, which Kobach had claimed was weak.
For Kobach, the trial shouldve been a moment of glory. Hes been arguing for a decade that voter fraud is a national calamity. Much of his career has been built on this issue, along with his fervent opposition to illegal immigration. (His claim is that unlawful immigrants are precisely the ones voting illegally.) Kobach, who also co-chaired the Trump administrations short-lived commission on voter fraud, is perhaps the individual most identified with the cause of sniffing out and eradicating phony voter registration. Hes got a gilded resume, with degrees from Harvard University, Yale Law School and the University of Oxford, and is seen as both the intellect behind the cause and its prime advocate. Kobach has written voter laws in other juri...
A coalition group has begun an occupation at the ICE processing facility located at 4310 SW Macadam Avenue in Portland, Oregon. They demand an immediate end to the Zero Tolerance policy and an abolition of ICE.
A vigil Sunday night held over as members of the community decided stay and occupy. Numbers have fluctuated, but are growing steadily. Assemblies will be held every night at 8:30pm so that community decisions can be made about goals and methods.
Banner held outside of ICE....
This is intended to be a a first look at how undocumented immigrants with children come to the attention of ICE. This new series is not limited to documenting only children and parents who are separated from each other, and cannot guarantee that separation occurred for all the families mentioned. Instead, this series seeks only to illustrate how many families come to the attention of ICE and what a child-isolation policy might mean in those contexts.
I was struck by a particularly horrifying story today. Its not unique. Theyre never unique. But its one human example of how a woman and her child came to the attention of ICE.
A 47-year-old deputy with the Bexar County Sheriffs Office was arrested Sunday on allegations he repeatedly raped the 4-year-old daughter of an undocumented immigrant, threatening to deport her if she dared report him to the authorities.
It is not clear how long the mother was aware of the rapes, .
Investigators say the deputy may have been raping the girl for months, if not years.
Public statements indicate that this particular woman is not likely to be deported (in the short run) because her testimony is needed in the rape trial, but there is nothing to guarantee that the child hasnt already been taken away from the mother or that the mother is not currently being detained.
Heres a bit more about what we know:
This suspect utilized to his advantage to place the mother in fear that she would be deported if she did report it, the [Bexar County] sheriff said, adding that the little girl now is safe.
The department is petitioning to give the mother protected status pending the outcome of the case.
Keep in mind that protected status is not guaranteed, and that being protected from deportation is not the same as being protected from incarceration. Indeed, there are many cases where ICE has used undocumented status as a reason to detain a witness needed for testimony in a criminal prosecution, since otherwise the witness might leave after deciding not to cooperate.
Most US citizens are free to decide to report a child rapist without fear that the result will be the 4 year old child being placed in a cage where caregivers are forbidden to provide physical comfort, touch, or hugs. Whether or not this child is currently isolated in a detention center tent or cage (and we dont know the child isnt isolated right now) this mother was placed in the situation where she had to choose between being able to comfort a child after previous rapes, knowing that made future rapes more likely, or stopping the rapes by taking action...
The Israeli government is attempting to pass legislation that could send individuals to prison for up to 10 years for filming soldiers.
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Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her aides were never a target or even a subject in the FBIs investigation into Clintons use of a private server, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony.
Nobody was listed as a subject of this [Clinton email] investigation at any point in time, Horowitz said while testifying to the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday, adding that fact was surprising for a criminal probe.
The Inspector Generals report explains that at no time during the former Secretary of States email investigation was she or any of her aides, including Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, designated as a subject of the investigation at all.
The report elaborates on this irregularity in more detail:
The Midyear investigation was opened with an Unknown Subject(s) [UNSUB], and at no time during the investigation was any individual identified by the FBI as a subject or target of the investigation, including former Secretary Clinton, the report states on page 40.
FBI witnesses told us that the UNSUB designation is common and means that the FBI has not identified a specific target or subject at the outset of an investigation.
According to FBI witnesses, this allowed the FBI to expand the focus of the investigation based on the evidence without being locked into a particular subject. With respect to the Midyear investigation, witnesses told the OIG that the FBI did not identify anyone as a subject or target during the investigation because it was unclear how the classified material had been introduced to the server and who was responsible for improperly placing it there.
These findings contrast with ex-FBI Director James Comeys statement to the Office of the Inspector General that Clinton was indeed a subject in the email investigation and was unaware of the UNSUB designations.
In his OIG interview, Comey described former Secretary Clinton as the subject of the Midyear investigation and stated that he was unaware that the investigation had an UNSUB designation, the report continued on page 41.
Similarly, in his book, Comey referred to former Secretary Clinton as the subject of the Midyear investigation, stating that one question the investigation sought to answer was what Clinton was thinking when she mishandled that classified information.
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Neither children nor parents are a national security threat. None of it is legal under international law. But if Trump can ban Muslims from the country on fabricated pretenses, nothing is stopping him from doing the same to migrant children with the wrong skin color. Again, maybe we should not be surprised. Trump is only exercising his cruel and usual inhumanity.
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Cover photo from @pauligirll
As of this posting, the occupation outside Portlands Immigration and Customs Enforcement building has entered its third day and a soft blockade has grown to prevent vehicles from entering the facility.
Abolish I.C.E PDX (@OccupyICEPDX) June 19, 2018
After an uneventful immigrant rights rally at the facility on Sunday, a handful of individuals spontaneously decided to occupy railway land outside the facility at 4310 SW Macadam Avenue. This small autonomous action has grown as outrage swells over the Trump administrations inhumane immigrant detention policies. More campers have arrived, food and supply donations are overflowing, and the ranks of people blocking ICE traffic continues to grow.
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In the small rolling hills of Frederick, MD, a coalition of grassroots community organizers from several different groups rapidly formed in Frederick, MD to stand together against ICEs 287(g) program.
287(g) is a controversial program, which allows for local police to train and become deputized to act as ICE or immigration agents and raid immigrant communities. Contrary to ICE and local police safety arguments, studies have shown that the program targets immigrant residents and arrest them for minor traffic offense and misdemeanors. Moreover, it has a chilling effect in immigrant communities to report crime and trust the police.
Organizers from RISE Coalition of Western Maryland (Resources for Immigrant Support and Empowerment), Safe Haven Frederick, ACLU of Maryland, SURJ Frederick, and the Frederick Socialists rallied outside Winchester Hall on June 13th at 5:30 pm in downtown Frederick, in a fiercely vocal display of unified working class solidarity with our neighbors, friends, family members and coworkers from immigrant communities. Outnumbering the opposition at a rate of 10-1, we stood our ground during our non-permitted action and made our presence known, along with our righteous anger, and most importantly, our radical love.
The importance of confronting racism and bigotry in small towns outside of well-established organizing scenes cannot be overstated. Immigrants in our community now know that they have widespread support in confronting ICE and the...
Its all about the trade war between the US and China this morning, and more specifically, how will Xi retaliate to Trump.
For those who missed the overnight fireworks, late on Monday, President Trump asked the US Trade Representative to identify USD 200BN in Chinese goods for further tariffs of 10% which will be imposed if China refuses to change its practices and goes ahead with its retaliation threat, while he also stated that China raising tariffs is unacceptable and that the US will pursue tariffs on another USD 200bln of Chinese goods if China increases tariffs yet again.
Predictably, China which last week reacted instantly to Trumps first round of $50BN in tariffs again responded immediately, wasting no time in accusing Trump of blackmail. Chinas commerce ministry said on its website that if the US irrationally moves forward with the tariffs then China has no choice but to forcefully fight back with qualitative and quantitative measures.
Chinas response is to safeguard the interests of the country and its people, Chinas Mofcom said, adding that the US practice of extreme pressure and blackmail departed from the consensus reached by both sides during multiple negotiations and has also greatly disappointed international society.
But now that the chips are on the table, and Trump is locked into a tit-for-tat strategy with China from which neither he nor Xi can defect without losing face, the question is how exactly will China retaliate to punish the US while minimizing the damage to Chinas economy as much as possible.
There are 6 possible things that China can do at this time, in order of escalating severity:
(CJ Opinion) Rumors are again swirling of an impending false flag chemical weapons attack in Syria, just as they did shortly before the highly suspicious Douma case in April. Warnings from Syrian and Russian intelligence, as well as US war ship movements and an uptick in US funding for the Al Qaeda propaganda firm known as the White Helmets, give these warnings a 
Los Angeles Unified Unified School District Board member was already charged with money laundering and perjury. Now video of his arrest for public drunkenness has been released.
The GOP's tax cut will add $1 trillion to the national debt. Even before passing the tax cut legislation, Republican leaders like Speaker of the House Paul Ryan began saying that workers would have to pay those costs in the form of cuts to cherished safety net programs, that is Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
The Atlantic magazines cover story about transgender children is causing outrage this week. Its subject is how parents should navigate their choices if their child says he or she is trans. The article is a balanced and nuanced look by Jesse Singal at a challenge facing a growing number of families in the United States. Along with stories of successful child gender reversals, it also tells of near misses and unfixable mistakes.
Two of the subjects featured stand out. The first is a girl Singal calls Claire, who at age 12 was certain she was a boy and needed hormone therapy and surgery. Her parents, against the demands of trans activists, resisted such drastic measures. A few years later, Claire realized that she was a girl after all. Tragedy avoided? One would think so.
The second story is of Max Robinson, a girl who at 17 had a double mastectomy and hormone treatments to become a man. Her feelings about being a man started as early as five years old. By the standards of trans activists, this was a clear case of a child whose desire to appear as the opposite sex must be honored. It was. But five years later, at age 22, Max decided she is in fact a woman. Sadly, her body had been mutilated in ways that cannot be fixed.
One thing needs to be clear about this Atlantic story: it does not suggest that there are no true cases in which boys could live as girls and vice versa. The Atlantic remains open on the question of whether people can change their gender. It simply, and only, raises serious questions about the potential damage done when this diagnosis is faulty. For that sin, progressive Twitter rained down fire. Heres a sampling:
This guys one-man crusade against trans people has gone on for years. It really doesnt make sense. Sad that the Atlantic gave him a cover story to spread his pseudoscience and bigotry. pic.twitter.com/CWFxEIfuXO
Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) June 18, 2018
The absolutely maddening thing is I know so many brilliant trans and gnc writers who are never offered assignments like an Atlantic cover story. Im just tired of yelling into the void that is legacy media
Muna Mire (@Muna_Mire) June 18, 2018
The Carnegies and Rockefellers of today are saying: "Bring on the new world, the better world, the more just world, the happier world -- whatever you want to call it -- so we can run it from the top and show you what we really think of you. Make every conceivable lever of power ours, and then we'll reveal what we really have planned for you."
Democrats proposed legislation to prohibit so-called border separations would actually prevent federal law enforcement agencies almost anywhere inside the United States from arresting and detaining criminals who are parents having nothing to do with unlawfully crossing the border and seeking asylum.
Every Senate Democrat has now signed on to cosponsor a bill written so carelessly that it does not distinguish between migrant children at the border and U.S. citizen children already within the United States. The bill further does not distinguish between federal officers handling the border crisis and federal law enforcement pursuing the ordinary course of their duties.
Lets break down Sen. Dianne Feinsteins proposed Keep Families Together Act to see where Democrats went wrong. The bill provides that [a]n agent or officer of a designated agency shall be prohibited from removing a child from his or her parent or legal guardian at or near the port of entry or within 100 miles of the border of the United States (with three exceptions to be discussed later). Four immediate warning signs in this provision should put the reader on notice that this bill is not what Democrats claim.
First, designated agency here is defined as the entirety of the federal departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and Health and Human Services. The scope of the bill is not limited to those portions of these departments involved with the border crisis, and there is no other limiting factor in the bill that would cabin the prohibition on family separation to immigration-related matters. In other words, this bill is going to regulate conduct across a great many federal offices that have nothing to do with separating children from families arriving unlawfully in the United States.
Second, agent or officer is not defined by the legislation, except to say that it includes contractors. Federal law, however, already defines officer to include (with exceptions not relevant here) every federal employee appointed to the civil service by the head of an executive agency and ultimately overseen by the head of an executive agency.
Here again, this bill is not limited to controlling the behavior of the DHS, DOJ, or HHS officers involved in the border crisis. The proposed law would apply with equal force to, say, FBI agents (part of DOJ), Secret Service agents (part of DHS), and Centers for Disease Control officers (part of HHS) in the exercise of their everyday duties.
Third, at or near the port of entry or within 100 miles of the border does not meaningfully limit the geographic scope of this bill. That area includes almost the entirety of the...
The Dunning-Kruger Effect states that people with the lowest competence tend to overrate their competence, but people with the highest competence tend to underrate themselves. This was shown in 1999 paper by Dunning and Kruger.1 Heres one of the figures from the paper:
The Dunning-Kruger effect has entered popular wisdom, and is frequently brought up whenever people feel like theyre dealing with someone too stupid to know how stupid they are. But does the research actually mean what people think it means?
Before reading into this subject, I must admit that I had a major misconception. I thought that peoples self-assessment was actually anti-correlated with their competence. I thought someone who knew nothing would actually be more confident than someone who knew a lot. (This leads to an amusing dilemma: Should I choose to give myself a lower rating, because it would that increase posterior probability that Im more competent?2)
But it is not true. People who know nothing are less confident than people who know a lot. People who know nothing are overconfident relative to their actual ability, but they are still not as confident as people who have high ability.
Dunning and Kruger argue that the Dunning-Kruger effect arises because people with less competence are also worse at self-assessment. But there is, in fact, an alternative explanation.3
Lets suppose that people are completely ignorant of their own ability. On average, everyone gives themselves the same rating, regardless of their actual ability. People tend to be overconfident in general, so lets just say that people rate themselves in the 70 percentile. In this scenario, you might find that the people in the bottom 25% are very overconfident, rating themselves in the top 30%. In contrast, people in the top 25% would have very accurate self-ratings.
But does that really mean that people with...
I wrote yesterday about US violations of the Convention Against Torture, but of course US lawlessness and evil doesnt end there.
Lets read about the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Dont be confused by the fact that the UNCSR is limited to regulating the treatment of European refugees who migrated before 1952. In 1967 the UN passed an amendment that simply stated that the convention protects all refugees in any time and any place removing those restrictions but keeping the nature of the treatys requirements the same. There have been additional measures put in place by the UN to add additional protections in certain geographic regions for certain times, but when those special agreements are not in place, the fundamental protections of the 1951 treaty still require a minimum standard of just treatment to be followed by any and every nation which is a signatory.
First, heres a little of what the High Commissioner on Refugees has to say about the document:
the 1951 Convention endorses a single definition of the term refugee in Article 1. The emphasis of this definition is on the protection of persons from politi- cal or other forms of persecution. A refugee, according to the Convention, is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.
The Convention is both a status and rights-based instrument and is underpinned by a number of fundamental principles, most notably non-discrimination, non-penalization and non-refoulement.*1
While in practice there are probably discriminatory behaviors being undertaken by the US in how it handles the children of Europeans, Canadians, Australians, Kiwis and a few others vs how it handles the children of Latin American citizens who cross at the southern border, where the Trump administration is really screwed is non-penalization. In short, youre not supposed to punish someone for claiming asylum (refugee status). When the Trump administration advertises that they know this sucks (conceding the horror so that they can shift the blame to the Democrats) in some fora, while in other fora they speak specifically about wanting to discourage Latin Americans from coming to the US to claim asylum, they are de facto admitting to breaking the UNCSR.
But does it get worse? Oh yes. It gets worse. It doesnt require a specialist in public international law (or even a lawyer) to realize that this practice is seriously contrary to the norms established by the UNCSR. The very first substantive provision reads as follows:
considering that the unity of the family, the natural and fundamental gro...
Taiwanese attorney says the arrests of Roger and Julian Lin, leaders of Taiwan Civil Government, were political and not about fraud.
(ZHE) Its all about the trade war between the US and China this morning, and more specifically, how will Xi retaliate to Trump. For those who missed the overnight fireworks, late on Monday, President Trump asked the US Trade Representative to identify USD 200BN in Chinese goods for further tariffs of 10% which will be imposed 
Earlier this month, we saw some familiar news out of Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reports:
The Cobb County parks department has prepared a plan to close several parks and recreational facilities as the county faces a minimum $30 million hole in its budget. [...]
In addition to the $30 million budget gap this year, the county has identified another $25 million in needs to be addressed within the next three to five years.
Unfortunately, these sorts of budget setbacks and corresponding cuts to services are nothing new for the many American municipalities that have bought into the Growth Ponzi Scheme a risky development pattern that has become the norm in the US over the last seventy years.
But what was particularly troubling about this report from Cobb County is the next sentence in the AJC article:
This comes after commissioners voted to issue $27.4 million in bonds to buy more parkland.
I wish I could say that this shocked me, but it didn't. This sort of backwards logic is exactly why our cities are facing increasing financial struggles, and many are on the path to economic ruin.
Just last week, I was at a campaign kick off for a friend who is running for state assembly and one of the issues he announced he'd campaign on was transportation. "Why is it that our local leaders are spending millions to build new highway interchanges and widen roads," he asked, "when our neighborhood streets are filled with potholes?" This question could be asked in nearly every American city and town.
Our local leaders keep expanding roads, annexing subdivisions, and adding new projects to their to-do lists, while leaving the most basic needs of neighborhoods unfulfilled. Our local governments will chase after a new big box store or company headquarters until they've been bled dry, but they refuse to pave the sidewalk outside a neighborhood shop or get updated textbooks for elementary schoolers.
In Cobb County, Georgia, the situation is even more absurd than what I've described above, because, in addition to spending more than $27 million they didn't have on new parkland while simultaneously closing existing parks as a result of a budget shortfall, Cobb County also commi...
Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi host the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the current debate over immigration and border enforcement. They also dive into the big takeaways from last weeks Justice Department inspector general report on the FBI, James Comey, the Hillary Clinton investigation.
[Horowitz] clearly found bias, he just didnt find them acting on that bias or he couldnt prove they acted on that bias, Harsanyi said.
There is one significant exception, which is where it overlaps with the Trump-Russia probe, Hemingway said. Where they say they, in fact they cant say with confidence that the efforts to go after Trump-Russia and to let Hillary Clinton go were free from bias.
It could be argued that, outside of the companies involved in the actual extraction, transmission and sale of fossil fuels, no group of people on Earth can take as much responsibility for our current climate catastrophe as the commissioners at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In 1977, FERC was established to regulate national energy policy independently of Congress and even, to a great extent, the president. The commissioners are nominated by the president and then confirmed by the Senate. Under the Natural Gas Act (1938), FERC reviews interstate pipeline applications for convenience and necessity, as well as compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
A family has finally won a settlement in the tragic death of their mother, but the only people held liable for the cop who tried to kill a dog and killed an innocent mother insteadare the taxpayers.
John Bolton ridiculed President Jae-in and says South Korea is thoroughly dependent to U.S.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is one of the most translated and celebrated documents in the world, marking its 70th anniversary this year. But relatively few people are aware of the significance of its 25th Article, which proclaims the right of everyone to an adequate standard of livingincluding food, housing, healthcare, social services and basic financial security. As our campaign group Share The Worlds Resources (STWR) has long proposed, it is high time that activists for global justice reclaim the vision that is spelled out in those few simple sentences. For in order to implement Article 25 into a set of binding, enforceable obligations through domestic and international laws, the implications are potentially revolutionary.
(MEE) Israel has arrested former energy minister Gonen Segev on suspicion of working as an Iranian agent, the Jewish states Shin Bet intelligence service announced on Monday. Segev, 62, was arrested last month after being extradited from Equatorial Guinea on suspicion of committing offences of assisting the enemy in war and spying against the state of 
The complicity of Western governments in the ocean of suffering being wrought in Yemen exposes them as agents of Saudi brutality. After three years of relentless conflict, it has been estimated that out of a population of 27.4 million, 22.2 million people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance, 17 million are food insecure, 14.8 million lack basic healthcare, 4.5 million children are suffering malnourishment, while 2.9 million people are internally displaced. As for dead and injured, the toll stands at almost 10,000 and 50,000 respectively. As a result of the conflict, the country is also facing the "largest documented cholera epidemic of modern times." And this epidemic can only have been intensified by the Saudi bombing of a cholera treatment center in the west of the country, causing the French NGO Mdecins Sans Frontires to halt their work at the facility.
Think Im being hyperbolic? Every single Democrat in the Senate has committed to a bill which would stop the separation of children from asylum seekers; not one Republican has joined them.
Rolling Stone on Monday reached out to 11 prominent GOP lawmakers in Congress who had not yet condemned the Trump administrations zero-tolerance directive toward undocumented immigrants that has yielded this horrific outcome. The lawmakers on that list include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).
Their response? Silence.
Not a single Republican currently in Congress contacted by Rolling Stone responded to questions about their position on the practice of dividing immigrant families, an indication of just how intractable the issue of immigration has become for the party.
Susan Collins is considered a moderate Republican, unafraid to vote against the government and her party if her conscious says otherwise. When it comes to this issue, though, shes defended the government, and only under intense criticism has started questioning what theyre doing and come around to condemning it (but with strings attached). Some other Republicans are joining her (that Rolling Stone article has been corrected to say Ted Cruz is taking action), but not because theyre legitimately worried of the welfare of these kids; nope, theyre worried the optics of the situation could cost...
There are multiple freight trains headed the way of the Deep State. I know it is hard to believe that Hillary will ever spend a day behind bars. However, after reading this 3 part series, it is hard to believe that she will not. If it one thing to dodge one bullet. It is another to dodge a volley of bullets fired at point blank range and that is what key members of the Deep State are facing, especially Hillary.
The Clinton email investigation by Comey and the IG report provided Federal authorities with enough to prosecute Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Comey, McCabe, Paige, Strzok, Paige et al.
Keep in mind, the FBI never looked at the content on the DNC server. Many feel that would have implicated Podesta in th murder of Seth Rich. The IG report stopped just short of implicating Obama in the fake Dossier which should be sending Loretta Lynch to prison along with Rosenstein.
In Part One, I detailed how McCain, Clinton and Obama are implicated in the formation and providing material support for terrorists including ISIS. Previously, I exposed Clinton and Obama for Benghazi and the attempted cover up that they sanctioned, with regard to gun running, drug dealing and child-sex-trafficking. Benghazi, as I previously revealed was conducted to cover up these crimes, just 7 weeks before the 2012 election.
Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner have tapes on virtually all of these events according to a deep cover FBI source. I have written about this a number of times, maybe now, people are ready to connect the same dots I did back in 2016.
Comeys investigation was actually very complete and produced actionable evidence that should have sent Hillary to prison for life. Comey excoriated Clinton and then as he was reeling her in for the kill, he cut the line, exonerated her, and let Americas biggest snake slither into the darkness. The investigation could be characterized as EXCORIATION TO EXONERATION.
The IG report convicted the FBI of illegal surveillance of private citizens, coll...
Although the U.S. State Departments direct role in stoking the Maidan conflagration and toppling a democratically elected president is widely accepted as part of the historical record of the political and civil upheaval in Ukraine, little is reported about the initial and ever evolving U.S. military presence in the country. Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nulands intercepted phone calls and former U.S. President Barrack Obamas public admission of the U.S. governments $5 billion investment in funding fundamentally altering Ukraines political, economic and cultural alignment in the world received coverage, even by western main stream media. What has not received extensive media scrutiny is the involvement of the U.S. military and CIA very early on, and increasingly since the civil strife in the country began.
(ANTIWAR.COM) During last weeks summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the US promised to suspend all joint military exercises with South Korea. This was important because joint exercises between the two have been focused on threatening North Korea. So it was unsurprising when on Monday, the South Korean Defense Ministry confirmed that the two nations have 
8,034,189 million people voted for the former guerrilla member, Gustavo Petro - nearly double the number he gained during the nations first round at the polls less than a month ago. "What defeat? Eight million Colombians free and standing. There is no defeat here. For now, we will not be the government," tweeted Petro when the conservative media outlet, Caracol Radio called his election a loss. Far from being a loss, Petros performance at the polls is closer to a win. After decades of a fractured left, this is the farthest a leftist candidate has made it in a presidential race in contemporary history. The Progressivists Movement contender even beat his own electoral record from eight years ago. Running in the 2010 elections Petro gained just over 9 percent of the vote, ending his bid for the head of state.
By Mac Slavo A California judge has ruled that social media giant Twitter can be sued for falsely advertising free speech. The judge said that Twitters...
Indian Country remembers. This is not the first administration to order the forced separation of families.
As a Saudi and Emirati-led coalition continues launching air raids in the Yemeni port city of Hudaida, nearly 4,500 families have fled their homes in the front line districts amid rising fears of a humanitarian catastrophe. Five days into the offensive, residents inside Houthi-held Hudaida pondered an uncertain future as thousands of other civilians were forced to abandon their towns and villages on the city's southern outskirts due to the escalating bombardment. "The sound of the warplanes above never ceases, night and day," Manal Qaed, an independent journalist who works with a community centre for the displaced in Hudaida, told Al Jazeera over the phone on Sunday. "The planes are low in the sky; we hear every explosion on the edges of the city," added the 34-year-old.
How can I say that? Once again, we have evidence of cops acting criminally.
Police in Minneapolis asked medical responders to inject people with ketamine, a powerful sedative, even if they were already restrained in handcuffs or strapped to a gurney, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
The newspaper, which obtained a copy of the citys civil rights review on the practice, wrote on Friday that police pressured EMS to inject victims as they begged them not to. In some cases, the drug caused the victims hearts or breathing to stop, requiring intubation or other medical treatment to revive them.
The departments own conduct manual categorizes ketamine as a powerful date rape drug not just because it immobilizes victims, but can tamper with memory, even erasing victims recollections of their time on the drug. Ketamine is a sedative used medically in humans and animals, and has a long history of recreational use.
Thats interesting. I used to use ketamine routinely as an anesthetic on cats and rabbits, before we whipped out the dental drills and bored holes in their skulls and lowered electrodes into their brains. Its potent stuff. Sometimes too potent we had to monitor the anesthetic closely, because the line between respiratory/cardiac failure and waking up in the middle of surgery was so narrow. Routinely injecting it into citizens to calm them down? Sounds like a bad, dangerous idea, and kind of pointless when theyre strapped down.
Ive also been given a low dose of ketamine, once when I blew out my knee and was lying there with a limb bent in strange orientations and out of my head with agony. It was odd it left me disoriented and confused and so out of it that the doctor was able to wrench all the bones back into place. That was nice, but still not something I want a cop to be directing an EMS tech to be shooting me with, for their convenience.
The only good thing about this reckless policy is that using a dissociative sedative is preferable to shooting someone, the other strategy of civilian management the Minneapolis police department favors.
A group of activists led by Ralph Nader is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to create an annual corporate crime database and annual report. For street crime, the FBI oversees the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, which tracks data from over 18,000 local and state law enforcement agencies, Nader and his colleagues wrote in a letter to Sessions. The Department of Justice should launch a parallel program for corporate crime and law-breaking, including but not limited to antitrust and price-fixing, environmental crimes, financial crimes, overseas bribery, health care fraud, trade violations, labor and employment-related violations discrimination and occupational injuries and deaths consumer fraud and damage to consumer health and safety, and corporate tax fraud onshore and offshore.
Today, June 15, 2018, is a depressing milestone in the long history of U.S. detention at Guantnamo Bay. Today the Guantnamo prison, set up after the 9/11 attacks, has been open for 6,000 days. Most of the men held at Guantnamo over the last 6,000 days (16 years, five months and four days) have been held without charge or trial, in defiance of international laws and treaties governing the treatment of prisoners. There are only two acceptable ways to deprive an individual of their liberty: either as a criminal suspect, to be tried in a federal court; or as a prisoner of war, held unmolested until the end of hostilities. The men at Guantnamo are neither. Instead, after 9/11, the Bush administration conceived of a novel category of prisoner one without any rights whatsoever and implemented this at Guantnamo.
In the just six weeks since President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions imposed a "cruel" so-called zero-tolerance policy that enables federal immigration agents to separate families at the borderto prosecute the parents and detain the childrenDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) records recently obtained by journalists show that nearly 2,000 children have been taken into custody. "We are witnessing a whole new level of attack on migrant families," said People's Action director George Goehl, who attended the vigil in Texas. "There is no question the race and ethnicity of those who are seeking asylum is the determining factor in the crisis that Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump have manufactured. Our country's history is marked by moments where we stood down racism and hatred and moments where we didn't. As a nation, let's get it right this time."
Today, the Stop Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) campaign, the long-standing fight against fracked gas in New York State, is generating a lot of heat, from weekly local vigils and arrests at the state capitol, to political races for attorney general, state senate and governor. In November, Stop CPV defense attorney Michael Sussman will run for New York State attorney general on the Green Party ticket; defendant and key Stop CPV organizer Pramilla Malick is running as a Democrat for state senate in the 42nd district, and Cynthia Nixon, who has joined the CPV protest, will challenge the Governor, Andrew Cuomo, all contesting his administration and its greenwashed fracked gas energy plan. A critical part of STOP CPVs movement against the expansion of the states fracked gas infrastructure is a 2017 trial in which the defense argued a new project would not only be detrimental to the residents of New York, but the world at large.
The forcible separation of children, even those who are
toddlers, from their parents at the borders and putting them in
cages seems to threaten the Trump administration with being a step
too far. The photographs and videos of the grim sight and the newly
heartbreaking audio recordings by ProPublica of
children sobbing uncontrollably and calling for their parents seems
to be too much to stomach for even some of Trumps most ardent
supporters. Even the
evangelical zealot, Trump fan boy, and outright bigot Franklin
Graham who had hitherto not allowed any daylight between him
and Trump said Its disgraceful, and its terrible to see families
ripped apart, and I dont support that one bit. Laura Bush has also
come out against it, as have some other conservatives. Big
majorities oppose these actions, with
the only demographic group supporting it being Republicans.
As I have said, the Trump administration seems to work on the assumption that you can never be too mean to poor people and people of color and that indeed they and their supporters relish the cries of the bleeding hearts who speak out against such actions and seem to actively seekto provoke such reactions with more and more meanness. The head of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who has been humiliated by Trump several times, has been the leader in making callous remarks, no doubt hoping that it will put her back in Trumps good graces because being mean to the weak and powerless is a good career move with Trump.
It is becoming clear that this cruel policy is aimed at forcing Democrats and the Congress to fund Trumps wall. They seemed to feel that using children as hostages in the negotiations would put pressure on them to make such a deal. But that does not seem to have worked as expected, with the negative reaction being aimed at the administration instead.
What seems to have happened is that shining the light on this policy has caused some people to indulge in some self-reflection and it makes them a little uncomfortable. But the reality is so unpleasant that they simply cannot avoid self-deception. Take this example of a common reaction.
Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee, responded to Nielsens remarks by saying: This utter lack of compassion and respect for basic human dignity is grotesque. And the blind contempt his staff has shown toward anyone pointing out the truth is a...
LINCOLN For five years, opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline and members of the Ponca Indian Tribe have sown native tribal corn in the path of the controversial project as a form of resistance. Now theyve planted another potential roadblock. Last weekend, Art and Helen Tanderup, who farm north of Neligh, Nebraska, deeded the 1.6-acre plot of native corn to the native inhabitants of the land, the Ponca. Selling the land to the Ponca means that TransCanada will have to negotiate with a new landowner, one that has special legal status as a tribe a tribe that is opposed to the pipeline. The plot becomes the only tribally owned plot of land on the XL pipeline route in the U.S. We want to protect this land. We dont want to see a pipeline go through, said Larry Wright Jr., the chairman of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. If this adds another layer (of opposition) to that issue, were happy to be part of that.
There are monsters in America. They are tearing families apart. Regardless of how much terror and anguish they cause by ripping children away from their parents, the monsters continue to follow their orders and do their jobs. They are building a concentration camp in Texas for children. And now the monsters are turning their baleful gaze toward "naturalized" American citizens.
Kosher Nostra mirrored the fix from 2000, operating at precinct level across the US in 2016, using Federalist Society thugs and Israel's army of hasbara.
Landowners from the Umatilla Reservation are benefiting from a second round of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Initiative 77 would require all Washington, D.C., restaurants to pay tipped employees (servers, sommeliers, bartenders) the standard minimum wage that every other business is legally obligated to pay. The District votes on the measure Tuesday.
Current D.C. law requires restaurants to pay $3.33 per hour to tipped employees rising to $5 by 2020. If the tips an employee makes dont add enough to constitute a minimum wage of $12.50 ($15 by 2020), then the restaurant is required to make up the difference. If 77 passes, wages for tipped employees will no longer be different from minimum wage for non-tipped employees meaning that all restaurants will pay almost quadruple what they pay the majority of their workforce.
This initiative is being strongly pushed by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, an advocacy group that claims the low minimum wage causes unfair pay, and that restaurants arent held accountable for making up tip gaps, among other things.
The great majority of restaurant owners and employees in DC are dead set against this initiative. Hiking the minimum wage so dramatically would force many restaurants to raise prices, eliminate staff, or close altogether. Restaurants already pay absurdly high rent for their space in D.C., and operating at a razor thin margin is typically the only option. Servers, sommeliers, and bartenders in D.C. make between $15-$40/hr with tips sometimes higher depending on the volume of business. The high rate of pay and the low minimum wage are, in fact, what drive talented hospitality professionals to want to live and work in D.C. They know a D.C. restaurant has more flexibility with scheduling and hours, which gives people more time to spend getting to know their guests, and fine-tuning wine and cocktail lists.
Many tipped professionals migrate to D.C. from other cities like New York, LA, and San Francisco, where the minimum wage for all employees is high, because they become frustrated working in a restaurant where staffing has been slashed to save money, or tipping has been eliminated entirely.
I wrote about Union Square Hospitality Group eliminating tipping back in 2015, and then got an opportunity to work for them about a year later. In the original piece, I praised Danny Meyer for the initiative, and honestly thought it was going to be good for restaurants. The reality of working in the No Tipping Kingdom was quite different. The money was awful. Because the money was bad, the employees were miserable. The top tier of tipped employees that USHG had once been known for, had departed soon after the announcement of the no tipping policy. The restaurant I worked for never had enough staff. People would come interview, and when they found out about the pay scale, they would not want to stay. They have a sy...
Here it is in a nutshell. The mystery of Trump's foreign policy revealed. It's all based on campaign slogans. Yes indeed, the man does stick to his words (well at least certain of them).
Honored with the national prize for Overall Excellence.
Actor Chris Pratt shared a gospel message in an acceptance speech at the MTV awards Monday, interspersing a serious message about Gods love in a list of 9 Rules for Life for the younger generation.
This being a generation award, Im going to cut to the chase and Im going to speak to you the next generation okay, he said. I accept the responsibility as your elder, so, listen up. This is what I call 9 Rules from Chris Pratt, Generation award winner.
Some of the rules were humorous or tongue in cheek. Breathe, he said. If you dont, youll suffocate. Or Dont be a turd. If youre strong be a protector and if youre smart be a humble influencer. And of course a poop joke:
If you have to poop at a party, but youre embarrassed because youre going to stink up the bathroom, just do what I do. Lock the door, sit down. Get all the pee out first, and then once all the pee is done poop, flush. Boom.
But his points about God were totally serious and seemed to stem from a conservative view of the Christian gospel. You have a soul, be careful with it, he said in Rule 2. And later, God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.
Learn to pray, he said in Rule 8. Its easy. And its so good for your soul.
And in the final bit he expounded, albeit indirectly, on God as the divine creator and humans as hopelessly sinful, and Jesus as the sacrificial lamb on the cross.
Nobody is perfect. People are going to tell you youre perfect just the way you are. Youre not. Youre imperfect, you always will be. But theres a powerful force that designed you that way, and if youre willing to accept that, you will have grace, and grace is a gift. And like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody elses blood. Do not forget it. Dont take it for granted.
Although wildly countercultural, his assertions of faith in God were received with enthusiastic applause.
At least 10,773 undocumented children are held in detention centers in the United States, up from 8,886 just one month ago.
On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM)[...]Think of it as a signal that the U.S. military is already setting the stage for an eventual confrontation with China.
Think the Trump administrations separating of immigrant families is bad? Well, his aides are planning to expand ways to keep them out.
The GOP and Trump administration promised the tax cut would benefit workers. According to the governments own statistics, this hasnt been the case.
The author writes, On April 23, the villagers of Al-Raqah, in northern Yemen, gathered to celebrate the towns second wedding in as many days. With the sound of the music, no one heard the warplane as it circled overhead.
President Trump has ordered the creation of a Space Force as an independent branch of the armed forces. While there are no concrete plans, Trump asked Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford to carry out the order.
The author writes, The Democratic Party elites have been refining the mechanisms and exclusionary rules since the presidential election, along with purging the party of progressives, to ensure that an insurgent candidate like Sanders will never get close to the nomination. Sanders, no doubt, thinks he can overcome these obstacles by being obedient to the party hierarchy. This is a terrible miscalculation.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians helped finance a study of a limestone pipe that was used for tobacco.
Officers from a single police department killed three people in the span of just 2 hours, and they are now keeping information from the public.
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A month ago, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said that children of parents illegally entering the US would be put into foster care or whatever. Its almost certain he neither knows nor cares what foster care even entails for children who are actual citizens, and the trauma involved. To me, out of all the horrible things said by members of the Trump White House, this is one of the more reprehensible. That someone could be so cavalier in the face of unimaginable suffering is the sign of someone who should be cast out of whatever society he happens to reside in. But ours is one that rewards such inhumanity.
Just what whatever referred to remained uninvestigated at the time. But now we know that one of the forms it can take is separating families and putting children in cages.
So Kelly is scum. And so is everyone that does any kind of work for this multifaceted, grotesque leviathan, from administrators in cubicles to the jailers or to put another way, from those giving orders to those following them:
The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents one day last week by immigration authorities at the border, makes for excruciating listening. Many of them sound like theyre crying so hard, they can barely breathe. They scream Mami and Pap over and over again, as if those are the only words they know.
The baritone voice of a Border Patrol agent booms above the crying. Well, we have an orchestra here, he jokes. Whats missing is a conductor.
The U.S. government operates hundreds of immigration detention centers generally, extensions to or repurposed prisons to hold non-citizens in the deportation proceedings. But a policy decision by the Obama administration to put newly arrived Central American refugees on the fast-track for deportation rather than on a path for asylum protection has filled these centers to the brim, creating pressure to deport individuals as quickly as possible and to build even more of these human warehouses. But as more and more refugees arrived with young children in tow, the administration reali...
Given how all these organs are important and vital, it really makes one wonder why they are only protected by a soft abdominal wall. From these only liver has meaningful ability to repair itself.
Liver is, as you surely know, the main chemical factory of the body. Any chemical that gets absorbed into the bloodstream in your gut will go through it thus the huge Vena cava inferior in which this nutrient rich but oxygen depleted blood is subsequently drained via hepatic veins. These veins are allegedly the reason for abdominal pain when exercising right after a big meal there is a competition between blood flow through the liver and through the muscles and that leads to the veins having spasms. It is also the reason why I am sleepy about half an hour after a big meal the liver stops most of the blood by expanding its veins, the blood pressure drops, I gets dizzzzzz..
However that means not only food, but also every toxin you ingest, has an effect on your liver. That is the reason why liver has such an ability to recuperate or even regrow. It is an organ under huge pressure and essential for life.
We were told during our courses on toxicology that it was selective pressure that is possibly responsible for people of european descent having higher tolerance of alcohol than people of oriental descent ever since the alcohol was discovered in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions, people of those and neighbouring regions were indulging in drinking a lot of wine and beer. Those who did not have the right types and ammounts of alcohol dehydrogenase enzymes in their liver to deal with it with least adverse effects died sooner, thus exerting selective pressure on the population.
I do not know whether it is true, but there is similar correlation in lactose intolerance. It does sound plausible.
By Victor Tangermann via Futurism
A plot of land that you can call your own. A couple of thousand square feet of untouched soil, trees and all, where you can let your imagination run wild.
A dream come true, right? Well, sort of. This is virtual real estate.
And you cant even visit it yet.
Genesis City is a plot of virtual land, roughly the size of Washington, D.C., that investors can buy slices of for obscene amounts of money. Even a simple 1,100 square foot plot can go for as much as $200,000, according to Bloomberg.
This bizarre bubble market was born from the promise of a VR
future. Ray Kurzweil has predicted that, in a matter of
workplaces will be a thing of the past, replaced by virtual
ones. By 2020, virtual reality and augmented reality are predicted
to rake in an estimated $162 billion in revenue.
So, naturally, if theres real estate to be had (even if its
virtual), people will pop up to buy and sell it.
Sex trafficking has become the fastest growing business in organized crime and the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally after drugs and guns. It is estimated that at least 100,000 childrengirls and boysare bought and sold for sex in the U.S. every year, with as many as 300,000 children in danger of being trafficked annually. Some 
The University of Minnesota, Morris has received approval from the legislature for a $4.5 million investment inthe humanities.
Weve also been awarded a $137,000 Mellon grant to strengthen the place and the understanding of the humanities.
Speaking as a STEM sort of guy, and one who was recently
informed in a comment that
The hard or natural sciences are
mostly safe. Most of the corruption is in the humanities. Thats
where most of the danger lies for student radicalization, Im
going to say EXCELLENT! We need more education in the humanities to
correct these ninnies who think both that hard sciences are safe
and humanities are corrupt. We need students to learn dangerous
ideas, and thats where the most dangerous ideas are found.
Navajo citizen JJ Nakai is blazing a trail for younger Native American basketball players.
This is a Fable for physicists. One of the principal themes of Einstein's work was "causality". His Relativity theories were rooted in the idea that future effects must be linked to past causes. That's why he could never wrap his head around Quantum Mechanics, which necessarily includes future causes and past effects, as proven by J.S. Bell 9 years after Einstein died.
Im suddenly seeing a lot of contempt for the
humanities, goaded on by people like Jordan Peterson, who has said
the humanities are not only dead but foully rotten. I
disagree, of course, and would like to point out that history is
one of the humanities (not to disparage the other branches, though
Id be happy to write a defense of all of them). That weve
forgotten, or choose to forget, much of our history is a problem.
Case in point:
Jeff Sessions denial that the policies he supports resembles those
of Nazi Germany.
Well, its a real exaggeration, of course. In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country, Sessions said. We need to think it through, be rational and thoughtful about it. We want to allow asylum for people who qualify for it, but people who want economic migration for their personal financial benefit, and what they think is their families benefit, is not a basis for a claim of asylum.
Whoa. Sessions is acknowledging implicitly the similarity between Nazi Germany and 21st century USA, and is straining to find some little difference between us, and thats the one he wants to claim? Perhaps he needs to be reminded of Nazi policy.
Toward the end of the 1930s, and especially from the latter half of 1938, massive Jewish emigration from Germany and Austria became an explicit objective of Nazi policy.
He might also want to learn something about Nazi propaganda. Der Ewige Jude portrayed Jews as parasites, in Germany to prey upon and profit from good German human beings; further, it blamed them for organized crime, generally violent tendencies, and rape. How has Trump characterized immigrants? No differently.
The Nazis did not suddenly burst upon Europe with concentration camps and mass executions. They started with a little seed of anti-semitism and nurtured it until it flowered into the Holocaust. Its the same here; this is how its done, with a gradual ramping up of the offenses against humanity until we get to full blown atrocities. Catch it early. Nip it in the bud. Of course, you can only do that if youve studied the humanities.
While the Republicans are hurtling headlong into evil, I cant excuse the Democrats, either.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who spearheaded legislation to ban the separation of families at the border, also linked the detention policies to World War II Germany.
This is the United States of America; its not Nazi Germany, Feinstein told MSNBCs Chris Hayes on Monday. We dont take children from their parents. Until now.
I feel like treaties are now just the helpless squeaks of the mice trying to bell the cat. They probably always have been, I just wasnt as cynical a few years ago as I am now.
The US is only interested in treaties that can be used as a club or an excuse for war. The astute reader will have noticed that the US violates the UN charter all the time, and every president, ever since the Hague Conventions were established (?) has been a war criminal of some sort or another. And now we watch the drama as a sitting president is being revealed to be a fairly common criminal (tax cheat, perjurer, fraudster) and like the US writ large hes saying fuck you. The rules only apply to the small-time operators and other Melians.
Whats sad is that the various international conventions are written by careful lawyers thoughtfully and sometimes beautifully written. They are models of clarity and brevity, though they use sentences that are short, they are probably not short enough for Donald Trump.
This is not an unexpected push; the US has wanted to dominate space for some time. The term used in military corridors is full-spectrum dominance which is the US militarys way of saying control all the things. Its a pipe-dream, of course: the US military cant even control Afghan farmers or Iraqi civilians.
Resource Wars: The 2008 Army Modernization Strategy
Full explanation for this new deployment lay in the Pentagon document 2008 Army Modernization Strategy. That document stated that the objective of US Army strategy was to span and dominate the entire universe, not just the globe. It called for an expeditionary campaign-quality Army capable of dominating across the full spectrum of conflict, at any time, in any environment and against any adversary for extended periods of time. The document went on, the Army must concentrate its equipping and modernization efforts on two mutually supporting ends restoring balance and achieving full-spectrum dominance. [William Engdahl Full Spectrum Dominance,...
Fears of child trafficking are rising as independent media and citizens realize that the only footage of children refugees is boys. DHS was asked where the girls are, and they could not answer.
By Aaron Kesel The Trump administration is holding 1,469 teen and pre-teen boys separated from their parents in captivity along the Mexican border at an old...
When emotionalism meets scaremongering, its difficult to have a useful debate about anything. Yet for immigration, those seem to be the two choices.
The Trump administration has adopted a zero tolerance policy requiring law enforcement to prosecute illegal immigrants. Yes, the policy comports with the law. Yes, the Obama administration engaged in a similar policy on a smaller scale and yes, the media covered it very differently.
But, no, President Trump doesnt have to temporarily break up families. He chooses to strictly implement the law, claiming, among other things, that it is a necessity in stopping gang violence. Trump officials inability to deal with the mess they created incompetently implementing their policy, and the public relations disaster resulting from that ineptitude, is on the administration, and no one else.
Trump has admitted, in fact, that zero tolerance is not only meant to cut down and discourage illegal immigration, but its a gambit to push Congress towards some form of a broader immigration deal that favors his priorities. Its difficult to believe that Democrats, whove eagerly embraced the ugly optics of separation policy, will be more inclined to agree to a deal now. You cant simultaneously argue, as Trump officials have, that youre being forced to do this, then admit its a negotiating tactic as well. At least, not convincingly.
Moreover, even if everything Trump is saying is true, theres got to be a more humane way to deal with families that are separated. Any policy, for instance, that fails to let parents know immediately, and continuously, exactly whats happening to their children, is immoral and it seems to me such things can be fixed administratively. It can certainly be fixed by Congress.
The idea, however, that this is something hatched completely in a vacuum is absurd. Even if separation policy is misguided, and I think it is, the administration doesnt kidnap or snatch little children from immigrant parents. Nor is the policy equivalent, in any conceivable way, to the Holocaust or human rights abuses of third world nations.
So when people like Joe Scarborough offer hysterical analogues, comparing Immigration and Custom...
I regret to inform you that the Knights of Akshully have come for Albert Einstein.
For years, it seemed the keyboard warriors would limit themselves to a once-a-year battle with the legacy of Christopher Columbus. Actually, Columbus was a racist, oppressive, slavery loving colonialist, they would tell everyone celebrating the Italian explorers accomplishment each October. Clearly this nullifies his other accomplishments, so lets throw his name in the dustbin of history by celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day instead.
Eventually the knights grew hungry for the reputations of the other historic figures with American cities named after them. Actually, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves. Actually, Abraham Lincoln was racist. Sure, they were monumental figures in building and preserving our nation, the Knights of Akshully told us. But they werent as enlightened on issues of race as we are, so lets burn their monuments to the ground.
Once again, it seemed there were limits to their reputational bloodlust. Surely these increasingly absurd battles would end when the Knights of Akshully saw the breadth of their domain and wept tears of joy because there were no presidents left to conquer.
But then they came for Einstein. Al. Bert. Einstein.
In a recent article for The New York Times, Yonette Joseph and Tiffany May discuss a recently published translation of diaries Einstein kept while on a tour of Asia in 1922. They write:
Mr. Rosenkranz said in an email on Thursday that the book provides an insight into his prejudices, opinions and attitudes on the members of foreign nations, but also on the national/ethnic groups he belonged to himself: the Jews, the Germans and the Europeans.
He added that it also confronts us with the limits of his humanism, his intellectual elitism.
I think a lot of comments strike us as pretty unpleasant what he says about the Chinese in particular, he also told The Guardian. Theyre kind of in contrast to the public image of the great humanitarian icon. I think its quite a shock to read those and contrast them with his more public statements, he added.
So what does Einstein say in his diaries? This theory of rela...
With the Trump administration carrying out an aggressive immigration policy, restricting access to asylum for Central Americans, militarizing the southwest border, and deporting numerous foreign citizens, some progressives have accused the administration of a mild form of ethnic cleansing. Its worth tackling this accusation because, while its false, explaining why the administrations policy is not a form of ethnic cleansing helps clarify exactly the ways in which these policies are nonetheless stupid and wrong.
Its useful to start with some definitions. What do we mean when we say ethnic cleansing? It turns out to be a very young phrase. Merriam-Webster says the first known usage of the word in its current sense was in 1991, but Google Ngram suggests the late 1980s may be the actual origin.
Regardless, the source of the phrase is not very much in dispute: it was used to refer to the appalling humanitarian situation in the successor states to the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s. The United Nations even suggests it may simply be a translation of the Croation etniko ienje. Thus, the phrase has its origin in the disasters of the Balkans in the 1990s.
The Yugoslav Wars claimed about 140,000 lives, and led to about 4 million people being displaced from their homes: about 1 in 5 of the population of Yugoslavia in 1987. International criminal tribunals handed down guilty verdicts for genocide against several Serbian leaders, who massacred 8,000 residents of the city of Srebrenica.
Since the 1990s, ethnic cleansing has been used to refer to other historic events, such as the expulsion of Turks and Greeks from Greece and Turkey, respectively, after World War I, or the expulsion of ethnic Germans from their former East Prussian territories in present-day Poland. Likewise, Iraqs sectarian violence has sometimes been described as ethnic cleansing. Theres a long list of potential cases y...
Its not easy being a conservative on a college campus these days, even in conservative parts of the country. Austin Ramsey knows about that. He attends East Tennessee State University, where some conservative students have reported being outnumbered by easily-angered liberal students and professors who inject their liberal opinions in class. In 2016, a group brought therapy dogs to campus to console students upset about the election of President Trump.
Universities across the country have become known as places unfriendly, even hostile, toward conservative students and speakers. Schools of higher education are supposed to be an arena for the civil exchange of ideas, but with conservative students feeling pressured to keep a low profile, that exchange of ideas is at risk.
Ramsey is working to make sure the ideal is not completely snuffed out. This past March, with the help of Better Angels, he and three other students organized a debate and workshop to foster civil political discussion. The debate attracted around 50 people, including students, faculty and staff, and a few people from the community. The topic was whether students should be allowed to carry guns on campus.
I chatted with Ramsey at Better Angels recent national convention in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in early June. We were both there as conservative delegates. The national nonpartisan nonprofit is dedicated to bringing liberals and conservatives together to understand each other beyond stereotypes. The idea for the group was in the works before the polarizing 2016 presidential election.
Soon afterward, Better Angels sprang into action, traveling across the country to set up red-blue workshops in which an equal number of conservative and progressive adults came together to talk about their differences within a structured format. As newly formed local chapters continue to hold workshops in communities, Better Angels has turned its attention to college campuses. Ramsey was something of a star at the convention, where a big focus was on expanding Better Angels presence on college campuses and launching programs in high schools.
A 19-year-old who just finished his freshman year, Ramsey comes across as low-key but confident. He is an information systems major who goes to a Southern Baptist church and likes to fly drones and radio-controlled aircraft. He told me hes been able to make inroads at his school by listening to what people have to say and refraining from making snap judgments about people and making them uncomfortable with gotcha questions. His mottos are be honest and be yourself.
Ramsey, who counts a Bernie Sanders fan among his friends, also believes its im...
The media has focused almost exclusively on the conclusion of the Justice Department inspector generals report on the FBIs handling of the Clinton email probe, which found bias did not impact the probe, as well as the lack of any newly announced indictments or criminal referrals. The goal of course being to downplay the negative findings of the report.
At the same time, the press gave, at most, passing mention to the statement Attorney General Jeff Sessions simultaneously released. But his statement and the findings of the report make one thing clear: This isnt over.
Heres why. Throughout the 568-page report, the IG highlighted several areas meriting additional investigation. And Sessions said the report reveals a number of significant errors by the senior leadership of the Department of Justice and the FBI during the previous administration, and stressed this is not the end of the process.
United States Attorney John Huber continues his work in cooperation with the IG to review certain prosecutorial and investigative determinations made by the Justice Department in 2016 and 2017. Based on his review of the report and his own investigation, Huber will provide recommendations as to whether any matter not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation required further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of Special Counsel.
Put simply: There is still much to be done and much to come. What is likely over is the possibility the Justice Department will re-investigate Clinton for mishandling of classified information, or prosecute her. Thats a good thing. Clinton is done. While she may never face justice in a court of law, perhaps losing the presidency is a more prescient and proper punishment.
Three areas remain, however, that the IG report tees up for further investigation and potential prosecution.
First, the agents engaged in the anti-Trump texting tte--ttes face potential discipline for violating the FBIs Offense Code and Penalty Guidelines. But, significantly, in referring the matter to the FBI for its handling and consideration, the report found their conduct at least demonstrated extremely poor judgment and a gross lack of professionalism. So it could also trigger further ramifications.
For instance, beyond the professional ramifications, should Huber conclude the DOJ or FBI agents acted on their bias in their handling of Crossfire Hurricane, that could subject them to criminal liability for lying to investigators: During questioning the agents denied acting on an improper motive, with, for example, Strzok emphasizing that he never took any investigative step designed to help or hurt Clinton or Trump and that the political opinions he expressed in the text messages never transited into the official realm. In any way. Not in discussions, not in acts....
On Monday, German politician Horst Seehofer gave Chancellor Angela Merkel an ultimatum: she has until June 28 to create a compromise on immigration policy. Merkel enacted an open-door policy for Syrian asylum-seekers in 2015 after the onset of the Syrian civil war. Since then, more than 1.4 million foreign citizens crossed into the country, overwhelming Germanys social services.
Seehofer, a member of Merkels sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), opposed the open-door policy from the beginning. Last week, he offered his migration master plan. The plan would have blocked asylum seekers who lack identification, have been refused asylum before, or have already registered in another European Union country. Merkel refused to support the plan, and in turn, Seehofer gave her a deadline.
In response to the influx of migrants, many European countries have swung right. First, England left the European Union in 2016. Then, anti-immigration candidates in the Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy won their countries highest offices. Although she ultimately lost, France entertained right-wing Marine Le Pen in their most recent election.
Even Germany hasnt been immune to what many have called a wave of European populism. The far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) upset what was supposed to be a sweep for Merkel and her party in November of 2017, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and became the third-largest political party in Germany. Despite all of this, Merkel continued open-door immigration. With her hands resting in her trademark diamond position, she calmly said, Wir werden es schaffen. We will make it.
Now, with only two weeks to find common ground, its uncertain if Merkel will be the chancellor to see Germany through its immigration crisis.
Germany operates on a parliamentary system. If one political party does not have enough seats to govern, it must enter a coalition with smaller parties. Traditionally, the CDU has joined with the Social Democratic Party (SDP). However, after the SDPs poor showing, many within the party were reluctant to form an alliance with the CDU again. Five months later, the two parties came together to create their Grand Coalition once again.
Now the fate of the Grand Coalition lies in Merkels ability to compromise with the CSU. If Merkel fails to make one before the deadline, the CSU could leave their longstanding partnership with Merkels party, ending their coalitions majority in government and the two parties decades long partnership. This would likely result in a crisis of confidence v...
An organization called Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) sued Harvard in November 2014, alleging that the schools undergraduate admissions process intentionally discriminates against Asian-Americans by limiting the number of Asian-American students who are admitted, in order to increase admission of less qualified students of other races.
The lawsuit reached a critical milestone last Friday when both sides submitted their findings to a Boston federal court, asking for motions of summary judgment an immediate ruling in their favor. If the judge denies those requests, a trial is scheduled for October.
The documents and analysis from SFFA were based on data extracted from the records of more than 160,000 applicants who applied for admission over six cycles from 2000 to 2015. For the first time, the general public gets to look under the hood of Harvards super secretive holistic undergraduate admission process and how it has systematically undermined Asian American students.
On its website, Harvard argues that, When evaluating applicants from among the large pool of academically qualified students who seek a place in the freshman class, Harvard like many of the countrys colleges and universities considers the whole person, not just an applicants grades and test scores.
According to a New York Times report, in Harvards holistic admission process, it scores applicants in five categories academic, extracurricular, athletic, personal and overall. They are ranked from 1 to 6, with 1 being the best. SFFA analysis shows that while Asian American students scored higher than students of any other racial or ethnic group on academic and extracurricular categories, Harvard admission office always rated Asian-American applicants lower than others on traits like positive personality, likability, courage, kindness and being widely respected, and often without even meeting them (Asian applicants).
SEFA analysis found these low personal ratings diminished many Asian American applicants chances of being admitted. Thus, despite increasing num...
Last week, The Federalist reported on protests against the College Boards decision to modify its Advanced Placement world history curriculum. The modification entails removing all events prior to 1450 from the exam. The protests objected that the decision is tantamount to, as teacher Amanda DoAmaral says,
tell[ing] my black and brown students that their history is not going to be tested and then assume that thats not going to matter. Right, the people in power in our country already are telling those same students that their history, that their present, that their future doesnt matter. And by you making this decision, you are going along with that.
A Politico article further states that the 1450 cut-off has the effect of effectively eliminating instruction on pre-colonial Africa, Asia, Americas and the Middle East. This indicates a lack of historical understanding from these protesting history teachers since, while the colonization of the Americas began more-or-less at the start of this period, the Ottoman Empire and various African and Asian powers were still going strong until much later in this time period.
Unless, that is, the AP exam already had effectively relegated all pre-colonial non-European topics to the pre-1450 periods and, however much the official curriculum portrays the period after 1450 as one of global interchange, in practice, schools, and the exam itself, pick up the story again with colonialism.
But the debates about whether the history of ones identity group is properly told in an AP class are only part of a larger issue. AP classes, and the College Board, have too large a role in defining the curriculum of American high schools due to their de facto monopoly on the college-credit (and achievement-recognition) system for high schoolers. After all, in one respect the College Board has a point when they explain their decision:
The current AP World History course and exam cover 10,000 years of history across all seven continents. No other AP course requires such an expanse of content to be covered over a single school year. AP World History teachers have told us over the years that the scope of content is simply too broad, and that they often need to sacrifice depth to cover it all in a single year.
Colleges and universities typically do not cover all of world history in a single course, but in two or more separate courses. Additionally, most colleges only...
Twitters thought policing has gone to new extremes. Now they are suspending and banning users for making basic factual statements.
Recently I logged into my account after a robust debate with a friend, only to find my Twitter account had been suspended. I had merely stated transgendered people are mentally ill by definition in a civil conversation about gender identity.
Twitters response said I was violating their rules against hateful conduct. That was further defined as you may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.
I agree that promoting violence, threats, and harassment should not be tolerated on a platform. Those are legitimately dangerous statements that can actually harm individuals, but my tweet was none of those things. I stated a fact in a debate, with no call to action. No transgender people were harmed in the making of my tweet, and nor do I wish any harm to come to any transgender people.
To be allowed to return to the platform, Twitter demanded I delete the tweet. I appealed to their support, but they did not reply after five business days. Although they censored my tweet and prevented me from making a factual statement, its further insulting that they try to act like their customers have agency in the forced deletion of their speech. As an author and journalist, I need the platform for marketing, so I ultimately complied because the alternative was to lose my thousands of followers.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, the term for the mental illness transgender people suffer is gender dysphoria. Its defined on their website as a conflict between a persons physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify. People with gender dysphoria may be very uncomfortable with the gender they were assigned, sometimes described as being uncomfortable with their body (particularly developments during puberty) or being uncomfortable with the expected roles of their assigned gender.
They further elaborate, The gender conflict affects people in different ways. It can change the way a person wants to express their gender and can influence behavior, dress and self-image. Some people may cross-dress, some may want to socially transition, others may want to medically transition with sex-change surgery and/or hormone treatment. Socially transitioning primarily involves transitioning into the affirmed genders pronouns and bathrooms.
It makes sense, as having such a severe issue with ones own body is a sign that something is not going quite right mentally. The person has to deal with those issues and it can cause difficulty in functioning in society. It seemed unimaginable a year ago to ha...
Last weekend, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom finally reached American theaters after opening internationally to big box offices the previous two weeks. The movie continues the series that, as character John Hammond hoped, has captured the imagination of the entire world, although admittedly less with each entry after the first.
Part of the allure, in addition to the visceral thrill of seeing dinosaurs munch on people, is the way the movies communicate a very human message with a conservative temperament.
Now, it is very easy to read too much into fiction, especially when it is primarily entertainment. We should not give the creators too much credit or blame for their decisions. The character Nick Owen frees dinosaurs from being shipped from the islands to a mainland zoo, and one may think this a reference to the historical Jesuit Nick Owens, who freed Catholics in Elizabethan England. However, in an interview, the creator said he named the character after one of his favorite songs.
Yet it is possible for a piece of art to communicate additional meaning, consciously or subconsciously. One of the most quoted lines of the series is Ian Malcolms: Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didnt stop to think if they should. The line first gets to a subtle truth that science isnt about should, as it cant answer the deep philosophical questions of why but only how and what.
Scientists, as opposed to science, are people, however, and can ponder these questions. So they have a responsibility to mull over the question of should. In these movies, as in reality, people often defer to concerns of money, pleasure, prestige, and power rather than to what is right and natural, often to the peril of themselves and their fellow men.
Malcolms quote and the ensuing carnage, which the new movie bookends with Malcolms congressional testimony about the ravages reintroducing dinosaurs will have, also succinctly posits the lesson from G.K. Chestertons parable of the fence. Paraphrased, he tells of two men walking along a path. They reach a fence. The progressive says, Why is that here? We should remove it. The conservative responds, Find out why it is here, then you have my agreement to remove it. A conservative temperament allows tradition and the status quo to operate as the default, as it more likely has a connection to the natural state of things.
Once a fence is dislodged, it cant easily be put back. Using the Jurassic Park movies as a further analogy, the natural state of dinosaurs is to be extinct, scary animals that kill equally scary animals to survive. The scientists in the movies decouple that natural state, bringing dinosaurs back to life. The dinosaurs are faster, bigger, and scarier than before, all in pursuit of more money in the corporate coffers or more power in what...
The World Cups first round of games wraps up today. If you havent been paying attention, youve missed out on an exciting tournament. Almost all the matches have offered consistent action while avoiding controversies that plague most World Cups. In addition, the fears of Russian racism, homophobia, and hooliganism have yet to be realized.
The World Cup started off with a bang thanks to Russias 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia. Such lopsided affairs arent always fun to watch, but this was a great way for the host nation to kick off the tournament.
The thrills continued on Friday. Each game featured a winning or tying goal after the 80th minute. Spain and Portugal treated viewers to the best match so far, with a hat trick from Ronaldo and Nachos stunning half-volley from distance leading to a 3-3 draw. Iceland provided the first shock of the World Cup on Saturday when they tied Argentina 1-1 in a match that included a missed penalty by Lionel Messi.
Sunday saw no rest for shocks and stunners, lead by Mexicos 1-0 defeat of Germany and followed by Brazils 1-1 tie with Switzerland. Keep in mind that Mexico stole the headlines on a day starring Aleksander Kolarovs free kick winner against Costa Rica, Coutinhos gorgeous curler against Switzerland, and Neymars hair.
Mondays games were practically dull by comparison. The only highlights were a Dries Mertens volley against Panama in Belgiums 3-0 win and Harry Kanes stoppage time winner against Tunisia. Through 15 games, only Croatia-Nigeria and Sweden-South Korea have been anything but exciting (and they were pretty drab).
The game has been helped by a significant decrease in referee controversies, thanks largely to video review. FIFA decided to use Video Assistant Referee (VAR) at this years World Cup despite mixed reviews in other leagues and FIFAs own Confederations Cup. But VAR has received good reviews so far and has done its job without breaking up the flow of the game too much (though not everyones...
Kylie Jenner wished her dad a happy Fathers Day in a sweet Instagram post and the Internet totally freaked out. Many accused Kylie of being transphobic because the makeup mogul shared a pre-op, throwback photo of her father, formerly known as Bruce Jenner.
So lucky to have you, the 20-year-old reality star captioned the photo.
We do know that Kylies father is totally fine with being called dad, and has said so on a number of occasions. But that didnt stop a lot of people from losing their minds....
by Jon Rappoport
June 19, 2018
To give you an idea of the deception inherent in socialism, here is a quote from none other than Andrew Carnegie, once one of the richest men in America:
I believe Socialism is the grandest theory ever presented, and I am sure it will someday rule the world. Then we will have attained the Millennium Then men will be content to work for the general welfare and share their riches with their neighbors. (The New York Times, 1 January 1885, A Millionaire Socialist)
Carnegie, of course, like several of his ultra-rich compatriots, devised a method to give away his riches while keeping them: the non-profit foundation.
The last thing on Carnegies bloated mind was becoming equal with the great unwashed.
He was a liar of the first order. He recognized that, when you win the game of free enterprise, your most corrupt bet is to turn around and find every possible way to block others from winning. Then, you stand at the top of the heap, unchallenged.
That is exactly what he had in mind. Thats what socialism actually meant to him.
Lets see socialism for what it is. Not in the abstract, but in reality.
The taking of money (taxes) from some people who work for it and giving it to others who dont work for it. On a grand scale.
The vast expansion of freebies doled out by central government. In order to create and sustain dependence.
The government protection of favored persons and corporations, permitting them and aiding them to expand their fortunes without limit, regardless of what crimes they commit in the process. (Monsanto would be a fine example.)
The squeezing out of those who would compete with the favored persons and corporations.
The dictatorship by and for the very wealthy, pretending to be the servant of the masses.
The lie that the dictatorship is being run by the masses.
The gradual lowering of the standard of living for the overwhelming number of people.
The propaganda claiming socialism is the path to a better world for all.
In other words, socialism is a protection racket and a long con and a heartless system of elite control, posing as the greatest good.
It is just another form of top-down tyrannyas old as the hills.
A year or two ago, a person living in Europe told me that the European Union was not a problem, because it was just another layer of socialism placed over the existing socialist governments of European nations, and no one really noticed the existence of the EU.
As if blindness were a reason not to worry.
SOCIALISM WAS NEVER ABOUT UNIVERSAL EQUALITY AND UNIVERSAL SHARING.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS UNIVERSAL AND COMPLETE EQUALITY AND SHARING, ONLY A FAKE VERSION DICTATED FROM ABOVE....
Partisan gerrymandering is alive and well after the United States Supreme Court opted not to issue a decision in pivotal cases from Wisconsin and Maryland. Many had hoped for a historic ruling in which the court would determine whether blatantly partisan gerrymandering could be unconstitutional. Instead, it sent the cases back to lower courts for further substantiation. The decision leaves states free to continue to draw election districts to gain partisan advantage.
Democrats brought the challenge in Wisconsin against a 2011 map drawn by Republican legislators. In Maryland, Republicans challenged a map drawn by Democrats. Chief Justice John Roberts, with unanimous support, found that the plaintiffs in the Wisconsin case had not proven they had been harmed by gerrymandering, and thus lacked standing. The plaintiffs in the Maryland case had simply waited too long to seek an injunction.
This Court is not responsible for vindicating generalized partisan preferences, Roberts said in his opinion. The Courts constitutionally prescribed role is to vindicate the individual rights of the people appearing before it.
Two justices, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, would have dismissed the cases outright rather than sending them back to the lower courts.
The 12 plaintiffs in the Wisconsin case, Gill v. Whitford, first filed a complaint in 2015, arguing that the statewide district map drawn by Republican legislators in 2011 amounted to one of the worst partisan gerrymanders in modern history.
Through strategic cracking and packing of districts, the majority Republican legislature sought to dilute the Democratic vote to ensure lasting control in effect, violating the first and 14th amendment rights of voters. Their plan worked: In 2012, Republicans won a majority of the seats with 48.6 percent of the vote. In 2014, they increased their advantage to 52 percent of the vote.
by Jon Rappoport
June 19, 2018
Yes, movies are made to install predictive programming in the audience, and to plant values and behaviors, and to debase the culture, and so forth and so on. But in many movies, something much simpler is going on
Whether its the good cop capturing the bad criminal, or the warrior in outer space defending the home planet against evil marauders, heroes and villains in movies spark deep resonance in the viewing audience. A link is forged.
I want this hero. I want this hero to win. I want the good to triumph. I want evil to be vanquished.
And why not?
These heroes, in their fictional worlds, are keeping the future open. Theyre guarding their civilization. Theyre keeping The Individual freefree to pursue happiness and fulfillment according to his own dictates, dreams, visions, and plans.
At bottom, this is what thousands of movies are about. The audience may not be able to drill down to the core of meaning, but they absorb the message on an emotional level. They feel a moment of inspiration. A flame of hope is lit.
The urge to tear down all heroes and dismantle the best ideas and principles of society is, for an hour or two, put on the back burner. Instead, the viewer sees his own possible advance toward manifesting what he truly desires in life.
No movie has ever produced this salutary effect by portraying a group as an amorphous massits always the individual hero who stands out and carries the plot line. This is vital. The audience responds to this.
The audience member sees his own victory mirrored in the individual heros victory.
And then, in real life, it all changes. At that point, we are supposed to accept something decidedly different: the winning of the future by and for a Collective.
A delusion happened. Is happening. Its called utopian programming. Its called propaganda.
All of a sudden, a big vague WE takes center stage. WE are going to curtail our best individual visions and join everybody else in creating a better world.
Who is promoting this?
Controllers. Elite controllers.
Sitting in the dark and opening up our consciousness to a brave hero on the screen is one experiencebut this is supposed to be a fantasy of no value with no carryover to life in the world.
The entire emotional intensity in the theater is supposed to be an illusionthe real thing is dullness and grayness and sameness and uniformity and the big WE. Carve and cut down your best vision of you and your future to fit the WE.
This is pure insanity.
An analogy: you fall asleep and have a dream about climbing a formidable mountain. You reach the summit, after dispatching various opponents, and there you look out at a quite fantastic lan...
The universes brightest signals are extraterrestrial in origin, Australian scientists have confirmed. Their report, published in Monthly Notices at the Royal Astronomical Society, was able to detect three specific radio emissions which definitely came from space.
Fast radio bursts (FRBs) were first recorded a decade ago. These are pulses of light that are the brightest scientists have ever seen. However, their origin has always been a mystery. FRBs have been linked to everything from alien communication to errors in measurement to interference from Earth. In fact, these signals were thought to be little more than anomalies after a famous 2015 controversy showed scientists supposedly receiving alien messages only to find out these were just interference from their own microwave. However, this new report puts an end to all the controversy: These bizarre signals are not coming from our planet.
This was confirmed after data were gathered from a giant telescope located 40 km outside of Canberra. Three such FRBs were recorded using the Molonglo radio telescope. This specific telescope features an enormous focal length, having a collecting area of 193,750 square feet (18,000 sqm) and a field of view of around eight degrees of the sky. The telescope is able to produce 1000 TB of data every day.
Conventional single dish radio telescopes have difficulty establishing that transmissions originate beyond the Earths atmosphere, said Dr. Chris Flynn of the Swinburne University of Technology. The Molonglo telescope was re-engineered to be able to gather more data.
Professor Anne Green of the University of Sydney added, it is very exciting to see the Un...
Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a former CIA employee with violations of the Espionage Act and related crimes in connection with the leak last year of a collection of hacking tools that the agency used for spy operations overseas.
Joshua Adam Schulte, who worked for a CIA group that designs computer code to spy on foreign adversaries, was charged in a 13-count superseding indictment with illegally gathering and transmitting national defense information and other related counts in connection with what is considered to be one of the most significant leaks in CIA history.
The indictment accused Schulte of causing sensitive information to be transmitted to an organization, which is not named in the indictment but is thought to be WikiLeaks.
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By Matt Agorist As the debate swarms over illegal immigration, Americans on both the left and the right are at each others throats pointing fingers...
At the moment, its hard to decipher. Does the Unites State have a coherent foreign policy?
As the Trump road show continues to ramble its way through the various global regions, questions are emerging as to where the US is actually heading, and whether its going to increase or detract from its standing in the world. Is he remaking the western world or merely isolating the US? CrossTalking with host Peter Lavelle are guests Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich and 21WIREs Patrick Henningsen. Watch:
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German conglomerate Bayer on Thursday closed its $63 billion merger with Monsanto after getting the required nod from U.S. and EU regulators. The closing sets the stage for the ... brand name "Monsanto" to be dropped by Bayer. Monsanto's agricultural biotechnology research and development operations that are going to Bayer are the largest in the world. "The entire business is essentially going over to Bayer intact," said ... analyst Seth Goldstein. "Taking away the Monsanto name is more of a branding. It should allow for easier PR for Bayer." The annual Harris Poll of corporate reputation ratings among America's "100 most visible companies" has regularly shown Monsanto rank toward the lower end of the list. Monsanto ranked 97 on the list of 100 companies in 2017 and survey results this year put it at 95. Monsanto has spent upwards of $100 million in some years on advertising costs. Some of the corporate efforts have been in direct response to social media attacks ... against genetically modified organisms. Monsanto also has faced protests over the American company's Roundup herbicide product containing glyphosate. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic" back in 2015. "It's not a surprise Bayer is dropping the Monsanto name since the brand has so many issues and there was international rejection of GMOs," said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety.
Note: Monsanto has become the target of a negative publicity campaign for very good reasons because of it's huge support of GMOs and RoundUp. Now, Bayer is hoping to erase this negative image, yet they are far from a responsible company. See this post documenting how Bayer collaborated with the Nazis to kill Jews and much more. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on corruption in the corporate world and in the food system.
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Edward Heath: Britain's paedophile Prime Minister? [WantToKnow.info: All News]
A national sex abuse inquiry will investigate claims in a police report that former British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), which was set up after reports surfaced of sex abuse cases in public institutions including the BBC and NHS, will review the outcome of Operation Conifer, the Wiltshire police probe into sex abuse allegations against Heath. Operation Conifer [is] led by Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale. More than 30 people have come forward and accused the former prime minister, who died in 2005 at the age of 89, of sex abuse. Heath ... served as British Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974. One of the accusations is that Heath raped a 12-year-old boy in 1961. He has also been accused of abusing a prison officer in North Yorkshire. Veale is allegedly "120%" convinced that the allegations are true, according to a source close to the investigation. "There are very close similarities in the accounts given by those who have come forward. The ... same type of incidents keep coming up. What stands out is that the people giving these accounts are not connected but the stories and the details dovetail," the source [said]. Veale faced pressure to call off the investigation after the Metropolitan Police was forced to close its inquiry into the so-called Westminster VIP paedophile ring. Tory MP Andrew Bridgen urged Veale to continue with his probe and said there were "powerful voices who would like to silence Operation Conifer."
Note: Read an article from the UK's Independent on Oct. 5, 2017 relating that seven sex abuse allegations the former prime minister would have faced if he were still alive. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing sexual abuse scandal news articles from reliable major media sources.
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Last year, the city of Flint, Michigan, burst into the world spotlight after its children were exposed to lead in drinking water. 5 percent of the children screened there had high blood lead levels. Flint is no aberration. In fact, it doesn't even rank among the most dangerous lead hotspots in America. In all, Reuters found nearly 3,000 areas with recently recorded lead poisoning rates at least double those in Flint during the peak of that city's contamination crisis. And more than 1,100 of these communities had a rate of elevated blood tests at least four times higher. The poisoned places ... stretch from Warren, Pennsylvania, a town on the Allegheny River where 36 percent of children tested had high lead levels, to a zip code on Goat Island, Texas, where a quarter of tests showed poisoning. In some pockets of Baltimore, Cleveland and Philadelphia, where lead poisoning has spanned generations, the rate of elevated tests over the last decade was 40-50 percent. Like Flint, many of these localities are plagued by legacy lead: crumbling paint, plumbing, or industrial waste left behind. Unlike Flint, many have received little attention or funding to combat poisoning. Even in some of the highest risk areas around the country, many small children go untested. In South Bend, Indiana, where health officials face a cash crunch, lead testing is in sharp decline even as existing data points to a serious problem. In one tract there, 31 percent of small children tested from 2005 to 2015 had high levels - more than six times Flint's rate last year.
Note: Read more about the widespread lead contamination in low-income neighborhoods throughout the US. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on government corruption and health.
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Nicole Stempak is a writer who lives in Northeast Ohio and shares today's guest article about a unique pop-up music venue.
The lit sign is like a beacon, calling people to come back, come out, come again. Its more than a signal that theres live music being played inside on a makeshift stage in a remodeled bar. Live Music Now! is inviting folks to see what a neighborhood has to offer and remind them of its existence. Its a tall order for a tiny space, and its living up to expectations.
Live Music Now! made use of vacant space on Kenmore Boulevard in Akron, Ohio to create small-scale, incremental change that happened in months, not years, and with about a $6,000-7,000 investment. The pop-up music shop is an effort to reimagine how to breathe new life into a once bustling blue-collar city.
Akron residents enjoy a night out at the Live Music Now! pop-up space.
Its an example of how to build up the business district in the Kenmore neighborhood. Its a model for how to develop commercial space, fill storefronts and bring in new business through the collaboration of local nonprofits, development and government. Its a testament to its residents that their neighborhood has something to offer. And Its a sign that things could change for the better after years of pessimism and decline.
Heres the thing Ive learned about Kenmore: There are so many people here who want to see this place succeed, who want to see the Boulevard succeed, says Tina Boyes, executive director of Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance. This was the spark that brought people to the table, and it really helped to galvanize the community.
Here's the story of how this unique music venue came to be and how your town could do something like this too.
Kenmore has always been a working-class community, through and through. Many of the early settlers came from Appalachia in search of work in the factories or salt mine. Kenmore was its own self-sufficient city and was once hailed as the fastest-growing city in the world. Developers touted Kenmore...
UNHINGED: Anti-Trump hysteria is causing many US political pundits to abandon any semblance of sane commentary.
Whats becoming ever clearer is that Democratic Party establishment and its media surrogates are no longer part of the Left as it was once traditionally known.
Whether its egging on increased tensions between the US and Russia, or a violent proxy war and regime change in Syria, (Obamas) war on Yemen, general support for Israels brutal occupation and repression of the native Palestinians, or their opposition to any constructive peace between the US and North Korea through their incessant pro-war rhetoric, it should be self-evident by now that Americas Democratic establishment and its media arms in MSNBC and CNN are clearly in common cause with Neoconservatives, the military establishment and transnational corporate monopolists. If they have their way, all of these illegal wars of aggression will carry on, and US will continue its 21st century downward spiral from world leader and once trusted force for mediation on the international scene. The Resistance is hastening Americas inevitable demise and making mainstream politics and media a laughing-stock in the process.
American talk show host Jimmy Dore illustrates this point by revealing the complete insanity of Americas hysterical anti-Trump, pro-war Left, featuring a disturbingly crass segment by unhinged MSNBC host Rachel Maddow who somehow managed to tie-in Russia with the recent North Korean talks another case of someone purporting to be on the Left politically, but in actuality is attacking Trump from the (Neoconservative) right. Not only that, but Maddow is also engaging in toxic fake news too. Watch:
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You will see the brotherhood and comradeship between the SAA units and the determination to survive and to reclaim their homeland from the foreign mercenaries and so called moderate rebels who stole and occupied their homes and executed their families.
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Portland has an awkward history of Pride overlapping with Juneteenth, and this year it happened again. If you had a choice of going to a Pride celebration or a Juneteenth celebration but couldnt be a part of both, which would you attend? Why?
For me its a bit academic, living in Canada where Juneteenth isnt celebrated (for obvious reasons) and Pride is on a different weekend anyway. But its still a chance to look at important issues of how we prioritize our lives and the causes that we value. I think right now Id prioritize Juneteenth if for no other reason than the Canadian kids have been to lots of Prides and zero Juneteenths, but it would get harder to answer if wed been to both the same number of times.
At the beginning of the year, we asked ProPublica Illinois readers what they wanted to know about how we do our work. Thoughtful, challenging questions have been rolling in ever since, and weve been answering them in an occasional series of columns. In this dispatch, ProPublica Illinois news applications developer David Eads answers a question about whether news organizations share their reporting.
To what extent do journalists from various newsgathering organizations share their efforts BEFORE PUBLISHING? I know all media outlets are friendly competitors but the media are our eyes and ears and if they are chasing the same leads, they are duplicating efforts that would be better spent chasing different leads. Mel Miller
Thinking about competition and collaboration in journalism conjures up images of the great newspaper rivalries. The Washington Post and The New York Times competed during the 1970s covering the Pentagon Papers, and the Post, Times and others battled over the Monica Lewinsky scandal during the Clinton administration.
Now, the Post and Times are at it again with story after story on the administration of President Donald Trump. In fact, in over a week-and-a-half in May 2017, the Times and the Post published a series of investigative stories that magazines called the last great newspaper war and the 10 best days in journalism.
Among the scoops: the Times reporting that, before he was fired, FBI Director James Comey had asked for more prosecutors and other personnel for the Russia investigation, and the Post revealing that Trump had disclosed highly classified information to top Russian officials in a meeting at the White House.
Journalism juggernauts vying to beat each other by writing smart stories, digging up scoops and cultivating important, inside sources hasnt abated. Its good for journalism and it can serve readers.
Over the past decade or so, however, the need for collaboration has grown as well. Staffs at many legacy publications have shrunk, forcing news organizations to decide whats essential to their mission. Not that newsrooms agree formally or informally to cede stories to competitors, but they increasingly make choices about how to allocate limited resources.
Some stories are so complex, or involve datasets and coverage beyond what even the largest newsrooms can reasonably tackle, that collaboration is key. In other cases, small newsrooms find that by working together they bring different strengths, s...
At what point does the United States have to realize they are the bad guys?
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is focusing on Native subsistence just as the Supreme Court takes up a case with potential impacts.
Shell's Starship Initiative semi truck looks crazy, is crazy efficient [WantToKnow.info: All News]
Would it sound weird if we told you that Shell (yes, the petrochemical company) is building a starship? Probably. It would probably be less weird if we said that the Starship was actually a hyper-efficient bespoke semi truck that just did a coast-to-coast run from San Diego, California, to Jacksonville, Florida. To build the Starship, Shell teamed up with the AirFlow truck company to ruthlessly apply all of the best aerodynamic tricks and materials science hacks to the design of the truck in search of something more important to big trucks than simple miles-per-gallon: ton-miles per gallon. A truck's ton-miles per gallon figure compares the vehicle's fuel efficiency with the amount of cargo being carried since that dramatically affects how hard a diesel engine has to work. A typical long-haul diesel truck will weigh around 57,000 pounds, including a cargo load of 22,500 pounds. The Starship gross vehicle weight was right around 73,000 pounds, 39,900 pounds of which was cargo, despite that, the Starship averaged 8.94 miles per gallon versus a typical truck's average of 6.4 miles per gallon. The Starship's best mileage was just over 10 miles per gallon. Over the course of a million miles, the Starship would save over 44,000 gallons of diesel fuel versus a standard truck. That's a little more than 4,000 barrels of oil or 168,000 gallons of crude saved by one truck.
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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.
So I think Ive done a pretty decent job of laying out my argument. I strongly believe that stupid and its associated terms, as well as crazy, insane, etc are quite ableist, and that we should consider dropping them from our vocabulary.
What I thought would be fun is to offer a challenge to all of you. Its based off of Anias own challenge she proposed back on her blog in 2015
I have a challenge for all of my blogger friends. I want you to try and go one month without using the list of words below. For one month, in your blog posts and public opinions, I want you to not use these words. I will explain why. I will give you a reason, and regardless of whether you agree with me or not, I want you to try. For me.
I want to bring that challenge forward again, and extend it to everyone reading this, as well. Read Anias post. Read my last two posts. And, at the very least, consider giving it a try. For one whole month, drop every ableist slur from your vocabulary. Find other ways to say what you mean without resorting to these easy, lazy slurs. Then get back to me.
Why does it matter?
From Ania (please note that this was written back in 2015)
The truth is that the concerns of the disabled community are often pushed to the side or seen as less important. Just a year ago there was almost a network wide outrage over being called on the use of ableist sentiments and words. It ended with one of the more dedicated and active disability and neurodiversity activists, who has actually created a lot of the accepted vocabulary of the neurodivergent movements, accused of being a troll. The concerns were ignored, a new network was launched, and little to no progress was made in improving the use of ableist language or sentiments in our community. The verdict was in. As one person famously put it: disability activism is not a real thing.
And then the whole thing was ignored. For most people it was just not enough of a big deal.
Every few months someone writes a post asking people to not use crazy as a pejorative, that gets summarily ignored.
And these things do matter. In the same way that racialized words perpetuate systemic racism, and the same way that racialized word...
Last week, Jeff Sessions, offered his best imitation of the "Islamist" theocrats his type loves to vilify. The nation's leading law enforcement agent claimed that God endorses Trump's policy of separating refugee children from their parents. Sharia Law anyone?
Donald Trump's FDA Commissioner really has a choice here: to continue the corporate rampage, regulatory failures, and manipulation of the FDA, or to turn a new leaf by, after some consultations, rescind the FDA approval of the neurotoxic and carcinogenic artificial sweetener, aspartame, whose approval was forced through the FDA in 1981 by Donald Rumsfeld.
Young love can be a beautiful thing. But, depending of course on exactly the two young people who are in love, then this statement could mean the complete opposite. When this high school cheerleader began dating her 20-year old bad boy boyfriend, her parents could have never known what was going to become of her blossoming teenage life.
But sadly now, one things for sure, if they did, they would have never allowed her to date Austin Mostrong.
Hailey Suder was an 18-year old high school student attending Santana High School in Santee, California. Blonde, beautiful, and with plans to head to college to take up dental hygiene right after graduation, she had a lot going for her and was looking forward to the best days of her life.
Today was one of those unusual late spring/summer days when it
was warmer over the interior of western Washington than over
portions of eastern Washington. The highs today (shown below)
were in the upper 80s in the central and southern Sound and around
Vancouver BC, with 90s over the western slopes of the north
Cascades, while Spokane and vicinity were in the mid-70s. Go
eastward into Idaho and western Montana and 50s-60s
dominated. Downright chilly.
Where else in the world, besides America would we see a frightened, screaming child being wrenched away from the arms of their parent, then taken away, placed in some detention facility while the parent is hauled off as an illegal alien to be deported? It is simply unconscionable.
The doors to the truth are opening. Ohio's Husted has now given us the name of every single voter purged in the last decade. But we need the details of who got postcards, who returned them, and why he sent these voters postcards in the first place. And we need copies of the junk mail that stole Ohio's democracy.
Minutes after ProPublica posted a recording of crying children begging for their parents, Kirstjen Nielsen stepped up to the podium in the White House briefing room to answer questions from reporters, as well as a growing chorus of criticism from Democrats and Republicans.
Nielsen, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, blamed Congress for the Trump administrations policy of separating children detained at the border from their parents. Nielsen said the administration would continue to send the children to temporary detention centers in warehouses and big box stores until Congress rewrites the nations immigration laws.
At one point, a reporter from New York magazine, Olivia Nuzzi, played the tape ProPublica obtained from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, according to tweets she posted.
I played the audio of children separated from their parents at a US Customs and Border Protection facility that was published by @ProPublica today at the White House briefing. Officials failed to adequately and truthfully answer questions about the policy.
I would have waited until I was called on to play it, but I was not being called on. After another reporters phone began loudly ringing with a melodic jingle, I figured the briefing room could probably deal with a more important disturbance.
Its unclear if Nielsen heard the recording, which consists mostly of the sounds of weeping children calling for their mothers and fathers. Reporters attempted to ask her questions about the material in the recording including How is this not child abuse? but she did not respond directly. Asked if the recordings, along with pictures and more that have emerged in recent days, are an unintended consequence of the administrations approach, she said, I think that they reflect the focus of those who post such pictures and narratives.
Richard Tofel, ProPublicas president, said the decision to post the recording and accompanying story reflected a focus on providing a fuller accounting of whats happening in facilities that are closed to public view.
By Vin Armani In the first hour Vin discusses key stories and insights related to freedom and cryptocurrency. In the second hour we welcome back...
El desesperado llanto de diez nios centroamericanos, separados de sus padres un da de la semana pasada por las autoridades de inmigracin en la frontera, es una escucha atroz. Muchos de ellos suenan como si estuvieran llorando tan fuerte que apenas pueden respirar. Gritan mami y pap una y otra vez, como si esas fueran las nicas palabras que conocen.
La voz de bartono de un agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza retumba por encima del llanto. Bueno, aqu tenemos una orquesta, bromea. Faltaba el maestro.
Entonces, una angustiada nia salvadorea de seis aos suplica repetidamente que alguien llame a su ta. Solo una llamada, ruega a cualquiera que la escuche. Dice que ha memorizado el nmero de telfono y, en un momento dado, se lo recita de un tirn a un representante consular. Y mi mami despus que me venga a traer mi ta va a venir lo ms pronto posible para irme con ella, gimotea.
Una grabacin en audio obtenida por ProPublica pone sonido al sufrimiento real de un polmico debate poltico en el que hasta ahora no han participado quienes tienen ms en juego: los nios inmigrantes. Ms de 2,300 de ellos han sido separados de sus padres desde abril, cuando la administracin Trump lanz su poltica migratoria de tolerancia cero, que exige procesar a todas las personas que intenten ingresar de forma ilegal en el pas y llevarse a los nios que trajeron consigo. Ms de 100 de esos nios son menores de cuatro aos. Los nios se encuentran inicialmente en almacenes, tiendas de campaa o grandes almacenes que se han convertido en centros de detencin de la Patrulla Fronteriza.
Las condenas a esta poltica han sido rpidas y agudas, incluso por parte de algunos de los partidarios ms fiables de la administracin. Ha unido conservadores religiosos y a activistas por los derechos de los inmigrantes, que han dicho que la tolerancia cero equivale a cero humanidad. Miembros demcratas y republicanos del Congreso se pronunciaron contra los esfuerzos de la administracin durante el fin de semana. La ex primera dama Laura Bush describi las prcticas de la administracin como ...
Its hot and humid today, and my cat is cute. Please enjoy these pictures of him cuddling with his new favorite thing:
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Were run by the Pentagon, were run by Madison Avenue, were run by television, and as long as we accept those things and dont revolt well have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche. As long as we go out and buy stuff, were at their mercy We all live in a little 
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He makes two points: One is that there is no law that demands it be done as Trump and his people maintain, and that the Bible is a terrible basis for any governmental action.
Over on PZs thread on the AAPs opposition to Trumps monstrous child isolation policy, commenter whywhywhy asked,
How is this different than state institutionalized torture?
Lets find out!
From the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment:
1. For the purposes of this Convention, the term torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions. [emphasis mine]
Based on the Conventions definition, with its concluding caveat, it is easily arguable that mere removal of a child from a parent upon a parents arrest does not constitute torture. However, this changes as the age of the child declines, it also does not provide any exemption for cases where children are removed from a parent without that parent being arrested for a legal violation as we are currently doing with parents who request asylum through normal and legal procedures.
Even more, the no hugging toddlers rule certainly inflicts severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental on toddlers who require physical contact and affection for normal development and suffer complete anguish without it. Even if a parent has been arrested, there is no way in which a no hugging toddlers rule is required incident to the separation of a child from a parent upon that parents arrest. So even when an arrest is legally appropriate and separation from a child is directly incident to that arrest, that final clause does not save the Trump administrations policies.
Dont believe me? Heres Amnesty International in their release USA: POLICY OF SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM PARENTS IS NOTHING SHORT OF TORTURE:
This is a spectacularly cruel policy, where frightened children are being ripped from their parents arms and taken to o...
This morning a decision was released in Gill v Whitford (and a parallel case out of Maryland, Benisek v. Lamone). It is, to my mind, among the worst possible decisions. Rather than taking up the case and deciding it wrongly, they have remanded the case back to a lower court with orders to consider the question of whether or not the plaintiffs have suffered an individual injury to their voting rights.
Gill v Whitford is a case arising out of Wisconsin, where egregious gerrymandering occurred after the 2010 census. The census, for those who dont know, is primarily done or at least was primarily intended by the framers to determine the number of representatives in the House and the number of presidential electors awarded to each state. Since these numbers can change, and because even when they dont the distribution of population within a state can change, every decade after the census each state redraws their electoral districts to keep the total population in each district similar.
In Wisconsin redistricting is a legislative function (in some states it is performed by an independent, non-partisan commission), and in 2010 Republicans held a majority in the states Assembly and Senate. They used this majority to redraw electoral maps not merely to keep populations similar, but to put as many democrats as possible in as few districts as possible so that the remaining democrats spread throughout the majority of districts would be unable to successfully contest most republican nominees.
Now, if the Republicans had done this based explicitly on race, it would have been profoundly illegal and SCOTUS would never have gotten involved. Precedent here is sufficient that lower courts would have slapped down the Wisconsin republicans and there would be no sufficient legal question to interest SCOTUS. However, the Republicans went out of their way to say that they were disadvantaging Democrats as a party, not any voter on the basis of race.
Of course, Democrats as a party are much more non-white than Wisconsin voters as a whole. So there is a racial asymmetry here, and Republicans were acutely aware of that asymmetry, but the cover story of ratfucking Democrats while really, deeply not giving a shit about hurting people of color is every bit as believable as actively wanting to hurt people with darker skin for the sin of being born non-caucasian. So the courts have generally accepted that this is political discrimination and not racial discrimination (along the way throwing out a hard-won understanding of disparate impact developed in areas of law other than voting rights and in voting rights law itself).
So what did the court do here? Well, it...
It is becoming hard for the Trump administration and Israel to ignore the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza -- one Israel helped to engineer with an 11-year blockade and intermittent military attacks. The United Nations warned some time ago that Gaza would soon be "uninhabitable."
Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein falsely claimed Monday the FBI and Justice Department didnt talk to reporters about the Trump investigation during the 2016 campaign, but did discuss the Clinton email investigation. She concluded this helped Trumps candidacy.
While there were multiple leaks to the press about the Clinton investigation, there was not a single leak about the investigation of the Trump campaign, Feinstein claimed in a Senate hearing. Both investigations were ongoing during the presidential election, but only the Clinton investigation was discussed publicly. This unquestionably harmed candidate Clinton and helped candidate Trump.
She was spinning the Justice Department inspector generals report on the Clinton email probe, which found that (embarrassing) bias among top FBI officials did not affect the investigations outcome. She cited the false claim about leaks to bolster the idea that the FBI and Justice Department did not hurt Trump, and if anything, helped him by being hard on Clinton.
But Feinsteins claim is unquestionably false. Leaks to The New York Times and Yahoo News about the FBI investigating the Trump campaigns Russia ties made a huge splash prior to the election, and other leaks to various news sources that summer laid the groundwork for the Russia collusion narrative. Lets review.
Yahoo News cited a senior law enforcement official in a Sept. 23, 2016, report saying the FBI was investigating whether Trump associate Carter Page tried to open a private line of communication with senior Russian officials. We now know reporter Michael Isikoffs primary source for that story was Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm Democrats were paying to dig up dirt on Trump. The spy Fusion GPS got this information from was also informing the FBI.
Regardless, Isikoff was able to get a senior law enforcement official to confirm the investigation and serve as a second source for his story. Its on our radar screen, the official said. Its being looked at.
The New York Times then confirmed the wider investigation into Trump in an Oct. 31, 2016, story headlined Investigating Donald Trump, FBI Sees No Clear Link to Russia. Citing law enforcement officials, the Times reported the FBI had been investigating suspicions of collusion between Russia and members of the Trump campaign.
The FBI confirmed in July it was investigating whether Russia stole and disseminated Democratic Party emails in order to help Trump win the electio...
The G7 summit has come to a close with all eyes on Justin Trudeau as he scrambles to save face in the midst of launching a potential trade war. Trudeau also tries to justify the 600 million Canadian tax payers dollars that was a spent on security during the summit at a recent press conference. In this video Leigh Stuart of Press For Truth visited Quebec to cover the G7 and the overkill that was security with police outnumbering protesters 4 to 1.
The B.C government is pledging $550 million over the next 10 years to build and operate 1,750 new units of social housing for projects, both on- and off-reserve in Indigenous communities. The funding will make British Columbia the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds into on-reserve housing.
Everyone in British Columbia deserves a good home, including people who live on-reserve, Premier John Horgan said. Thats why were opening the door to all Indigenous communities to join us as we make housing better and more affordable for people in every part of the province.
In addition to the new Indigenous Housing Fund, Indigenous organizations and First Nations will be able to access provincial support announced in Budget 2018. BC Housing will now send out a request for proposals to identify prospective partners wanting to team up with Indigenous housing providers and First Nations.
Our government recognizes the rights of Indigenous peoples to be actively involved in developing and determining housing policies and programs affecting them, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Scott Fraser said. Well be working clo...
Fines stemming from later arrests will escalate from $500 to $5,000 as trials progress this summer
by Mike Laanela, CBC News, June 18, 2018
A couple of dozen anti-pipeline protesters rallied outside B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Monday morning.
They were there to mark the end of the trial of the first 28 protesters arrested for blocking access to the Kinder Morgan work site on Burnaby Mountain on March 17.
Previously the Crown has recommended that 15 of those who were arrested peacefully and pleaded guilty to criminal contempt charges for blocking access to the site be given a $500 fine or do 25 hours of community service.
Its not yet known what sort of sentence will be given to the 13 other protesters who pleaded not guilty. The judge is expected to hand down their verdicts and possibly their sentences Monday afternoon.
CNN released a video on the 17th of June (2018) in which they investigated Palestinian tunnels in Gaza. Ian Lee, spoke to members of the Palestinian resistance organization known as Islamic Jihad.
This CNN report is a prime example of why most people have no understanding of the situation in Gaza. Here is a takedown of CNNs Israeli Hasbara (Propaganda). Watch:
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This is tough to listen to. Im a 60 year old geezer, for gosh sakes, and I was tearing up.
But apparently the kind of thug you hire to guard six year olds in cages is made of sterner stuff.
The baritone voice of a Border Patrol agent booms above the crying. Well, we have an orchestra here, he jokes. Whats missing is a conductor.
I have no illusions that the joker feels any guilt at all. We can only hope the whole lot of them is brought on trial for crimes against humanity everyone, from dumbass guards to the scumbag at the top.
Dr. Colleen Kraft, the head of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said that she visited a small shelter in Texas recently, which she declined to identity. A toddler inside the 60-bed facility caught her eye she was crying uncontrollably and pounding her little fists on mat.
Staff members tried to console the child, who looked to be about 2 years old, Kraft said. She had been taken from her mother the night before and brought to the shelter.
The staff gave her books and toys but they werent allowed to pick her up, to hold her or hug her to try to calm her. As a rule, staff arent allowed to touch the children there, she said.
Look up Harlows monkeys. The inhumanity of what were doing to these children is unforgivable.
I know that every American administration, including the previous one, has exhibited this insensitivity but this takes evil behavior to a level where it is an end in itself.
The AAP is not down with whats been happening to immigrant children of immigrants (both those who seek to cross within the law and those who seek to evade it). In addition to putting out a statement,
And what did Kraft find?
The shelter in question held 60 beds and had a little playground for children. Rooms are equipped with toys, books and crayons.
But the child who caught the paediatricians attention during a recent visit was anything but happy. This little girl no older than two was screaming and pounding her fists on a mat. Yet staff members could not comfort the infant because of the rules prohibiting physical contact.
Thats right: no hugs for toddlers is the law, because Democrats and their awful, no good, very bad refusal to capitulate to everything the Orange Tyrant wants, forever.
Or at least, I guess that what the Rs are saying today.
Ishtar fucking Inanna with the Strap-On of Birth Control, there are no words.
Rachel's guest this week is Michelle Erfurt, Strong Towns' Pathfinder. She shares an update on Strong Towns' events for the year and the amazing reach that the Strong Towns message has been having. Michelle and Rachel also dish about their latest favorite books and tv shows. If you want to book a Strong Towns event, head to this page to get in touch with Michelle.
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The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents one day last week by immigration authorities at the border, makes for excruciating listening. Many of them sound like theyre crying so hard, they can barely breathe. They scream Mami and Pap over and over again, as if those are the only words they know.
The baritone voice of a Border Patrol agent booms above the crying. Well, we have an orchestra here, he jokes. Whats missing is a conductor.
Then a distraught but determined 6-year-old Salvadoran girl pleads repeatedly for someone to call her aunt. Just one call, she begs anyone who will listen. She says shes memorized the phone number, and at one point, rattles it off to a consular representative. My mommy says that Ill go with my aunt, she whimpers, and that shell come to pick me up there as quickly as possible.
An audio recording obtained by ProPublica adds real-life sounds of suffering to a contentious policy debate that has so far been short on input from those with the most at stake: immigrant children. More than 2,300 of them have been separated from their parents since April, when the Trump administration launched its zero tolerance immigration policy, which calls for prosecuting all people who attempt to illegally enter the country and taking away the children they brought with them. More than 100 of those children are under the age of 4. The children are initially held in warehouses, tents or big box stores that have been converted into Border Patrol detention facilities.
Its been the battle cry of New Right conservatives-turned-fascists for over two years, and their ever-ready fallback for decades prior. It was the defense used by Richard Spencer, Milo Yiannopoulos, and every other far-right bottom-feeder who capitalized on the Trump campaign. Of course, we always knew it was utter bullshit; nobody could say with a straight face that the curators of a blacklist for leftist professors were interested in defending ones right to voice their political beliefs without punishment. But in the roughly one-month period prior to the writing of this article, the public was treated to a flood of headlines and social media snippets that put the final nail in the coffin of the free speech defense, and poured concrete in the grave for good measure.
Ferguson resigned after the scandal broke, but he has been allowed to keep his job. Unlike leftist professors who have been blackballed and inundated with death-threats
The most glaring example came from the mouth of none other than the Major Toht of the Trump era, Richard Spencer. In a podcast with Greg Conte, one of his closest officers, the two figureheads of the hobbled alt-right movement stated plainly that not only do they have no problem with government regulations on speech, but that in the long term, they outright oppose the concept of free speech altogether, the same Ill defend to the death ideal that Spencer used as a shield during every one of his college speaking events. Fitting that these absolute frauds, who formerly insisted that they were neither authoritarians nor even white supremacists, are comfortable enough to simply announce we lied now that their chances of forming a lasting political body have nosedived into negative digits. We can only hope this clip made it into the twitter feed of every spineless journo who ever shamed antifascists for deplatforming these obvious charletans.
Here is the video. pic.twitter.com/jPPbkWUPQA
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Some companies did announce pay increases, or more typically one-time bonuses, following the tax cut, but the increases going to workers are a small fraction of the money being used to buy back stocks. Many tax cut critics had pointed to this imbalance as evidence that workers will not benefit to any substantial extent from the tax cut.
Just a reminder from Jack and I that it is never safe to leave a dog in a car in hot weather. Even if you are parked in the shade and the windows are cracked. Even if you leave them water. Even if it is just for a minute. It only takes a few minutes on a hot day for the inside of a car to reach 48 50 c (120 f.)
Dogs are unable to sweat and their panting can lead to dehydration. Because of this its especially hard for dogs to cool themselves, making them quickly prone to heatstroke which is a life-threatening emergency.
If you see a dog alone in a hot car call 911. If you think the animal cannot wait for emergency assistance and you intend to break into the car please advise emergency services about what you intend to do before doing it.
Be smart. Leave Rover at home and pass the word. No Hot Dogs!
(MEE) Israeli warplanes on Monday conducted air strikes in the northern Gaza Strip in response to incendiary kites being sent into Israeli territory, the military said, as two Palestinians, including a 13 year old, died later in the day in distinct circumstances. Israel said it had carried out nine strikes targeting two Hamas compounds and one 
By Mike Adams
If youve paid any attention to the deranged left-wing media lately, youve no doubt heard absurd claims that the Trump administration is running concentration camps at the border to imprison children in cages. This bizarre claim is, of course, a complete media hoax designed to whip up irrational emotional hatred against Trump for carrying out the very same border detection policies that have been routine under former president Barack Obama.
Under the new hysteria of the deranged Left, chain-link dividers and fences under Obama are now magically transformed into cages under Trump. This is the tactic of the tabloid-like Associated Press, which has pushed one anti-Trump hoax after another (including the utterly fabricated Russia collusion hoax, also known as spygate). Leftists, it seems, fabricate a new crisis each week, then whip up mass hysteria to evoke irrational emotional outrage against Trump.
Not to be out-tarded by other libtards, MSNBC went FULL tin foil hat, claiming that Trump is running concentration camps of children, literally comparing border detention centers to the Holocaust:
All across the left-wing media, truly deranged individuals have been hyping up the fear to the point of mass mental illness, claiming at one time or another that child detection centers are designed to traumatize children or to commit mass genocide against Latino refugees. Images of children behind cages (i.e. chain-link fence dividers) have been widely circulated on the net, always with complete denial that illegal immigration detention centers have been a routine part of border processing for years, even throughout the administration of Barack Obama.
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Welcome to This Is America, June 18th, 2018.
On Fathers Day, thousands marched in West Texas and converged on a site where undocumented children are being separated from their parents and then housed in tent cities.
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Dallas News wrote:
Tornillo is about a 40-minute drive from El Paso, where temperatures have lately hovered around 100 degrees. Authorities say the tents where the minors are being held are air-conditioned.
About 200 children are in custody there now, but with the capacity for thousands, many more could arrive in the days and weeks ahead.
The initial protest was called by Beto ORourke, a Democratic challenger of Ted Cruz, who was also joined by Centrist Democratic politician Joe Kennedy. While the demonstrations showed the ability of the Democratic Party to tap into mass anger at the Trump administration, it also show showed the potential for that mass anger to potentially grow outside of the hands of the DNC, which of course has built up this massive apparatus of deportation and repression.
Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert. We pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or famine or war. We must stop separating parents and children.
Imagine this: every year during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 there were nearly four million home foreclosures. In that period, with job losses mounting, nearly 15% of American households were categorized as "food insecure."
It is tempting to think that the current Trump administration is
uniquely bad. In reality, in many cases they have continued polices
that liberals and Democrats tended to downplay when they were done
by the Obama administration. The harsh treatment of undocumented
immigrants, the wars, the bombings and drone killings are things
that Trump did not initiate but continued and intensified. This is
not to say that Trump is just the same as Obama. He is worse and I
think that Kevin Drum
has put his finger on one trait that clearly characterizes this
administration and current Republicans.
Donald Trump has made plain whats long lurked barely below the surface of American politics: its not so much a contest between liberal and conservative as it is between kindness and meanness. God knows, not every liberal is kind and not every conservative is mean. But thats sure the way to bet these days.
Republicans are mean and getting meaner. Its now the foundation of their party, and Trump has decided to make it a selling point, not something to be ashamed of. Theyre just plain mean and theyre proud of it.
We have seen this in the way the Trump administration seems determined to deny health care to poor people and to cut food stamps for families with children. But nowhere is this meanness more glaring than in the policy of separating the children of undocumented immigrants from their parents and keeping them in detention centers for extended times without the parents knowing where they are. This is not done with any signs of regret but with relish, as if they enjoy doing it. And it is clear that Trump supporters like it.
It seems as if any act that creates pain and harm to marginalized groups is done just because it causes pain and harm, whether it makes sense or not in terms of policy outcomes.
(ZHE) During a press conference Monday, Donald Trump announced that, as he hinted previously, hes ordering the Pentagon to immediately establish a space force as an independent service branch. Thats right: Today might be the day that future generations look back on as the anniversary of the creation of the legendary US Space Force, guardians of 
Four days after Marie McCausland gave birth to her first child, the hospital sent her and her husband home with their new baby boy. Hours later, she felt awful: severe chest pain, a splitting headache and spiking blood pressure. When she laid down to rest, the symptoms got worse. I just had this feeling like, If I go to sleep, Im not going to wake up, says McCausland.
The hospitals discharge materials said nothing about her symptoms, but McCausland remembered the ProPublica/NPR story shed read one week earlier about Lauren Bloomstein, who died soon after childbirth from preeclampsia, a type of high blood pressure that only occurs in pregnancy or postpartum. Recognizing Bloomsteins symptoms in herself, McCausland and her husband packed up their four-day-old baby and rushed to the closest emergency room in Cleveland.
The first ER doctor she saw tried sending her back home with blood pressure meds, even as her face had become so bloated she barely recognized herself. But McCausland stood her ground. I said, Im not leaving here with this high blood pressure. I really think its preeclampsia. McCausand waited in the ER for another seven hours before the doctor consulted with an obstetrician at another hospital who immediately registered her symptoms as severe preeclampsia and directed proper treatment.
ProPublicas reporting literally saved my life, and its changed the course of my life, said McCausland, who had spent the better part of her graduate career working to become an HIV researcher. Now Im trying to figure out how to get into maternal health advocacy as a...
Christopher Copolillo was a grad student at the University of Southern California in 2017, when the Trump administration announced plans to cut $3.9 billion from the Pell Grant program for low-income college students. It felt so wrong, and I wondered how it would play out in our local context, said Copolillo, a former public school teacher who was majoring in public policy analysis.
A columnist for USCs student newspaper The Daily Trojan, Copolillo set out to write an article ringing the alarm about the White Houses proposed Pell Grant cuts. Living in L.A. can sometimes feel like youre far away from the federal government and the ways these policies can affect real people. I wanted to give people some context and an access point.
He turned to ProPublicas Debt By Degrees database, which lets users see how much U.S. colleges and universities financially support (or financially burden) their poorest students. Launched in 2015 by news applications developer Sisi Wei (now deputy editor, news applications) and reporter Annie Waldman, Debt By Degrees came with a reporting recipe of journalistic insights and techniques to help student reporters investigate debt at their own schools.
Using Debt By Degrees, Copolillo found that USC was in the top one-fourth of colleges in the amount of aid it provides for students. But a closer examination of the data showed that the university ranked in the middle of the pack when it came to the...
Noemi Martinez of Jacksonville, Fla., was in a desperate hurry last July, as she ran to catch the bus from one job interview to the next. Along the way, she veered off the sidewalk to avoid a showering sprinkler. She was stopped by a police officer who issued a $62.50 citation for walking in roadway where sidewalks provided.
I couldnt believe it, said Martinez, who was unemployed at the time. I was really overwhelmed.
Having missed her bus, Martinez headed to the courthouse, where she planned to contest the ticket. Unsure where to go, she stopped Whitney Lonker, a defense attorney who happened to be nearby; Lonker explained the protocol and tried reassuring her that it would be dropped. After all, Lonker (who is white) had been stopped for jaywalking before and there was no ticket. The two parted ways.
Shortly after the women met, Lonker received a call from two reporters, Topher Sanders of ProPublica and Benjamin Conarck of the Florida Times-Union. They were starting a joint investigation on the phenomenon of Walking While Black, looking at racial disparities in who gets stopped and penalized for Jacksonvilles pedestrian violations. They asked if shed ever heard of anybody who experienced it. Lonker told the reporters about the distressed woman shed just met at the courthouse, who ultimately agreed to talk with them for the story.
After their story was published, revealing that African Americans receive 55 percent of all pedestrian tickets in Jacksonville, while only accounting for 29 percent of the population, Lonker reached out to Martinez and of...
Mona Charen is the author of the new book, Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense. Charen joins Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the feminist movements entanglement with the sexual revolution, and why that hasnt turned out to be good for women.
The feminists made a mistake by making war on men, making men the enemy, she said. That was completely unnecessary and it did spark a backlash it grieves me to see the hostility out there between men and women.
She also shares her research on dating, hook-up culture, and how the war on men undermines families.
Listen to the full episode here:
At least 22 people were injured in a mass shooting in a state that has notoriously strict gun control lawsand it has quickly disappeared from headlines.
(CD) In a heinous lie aimed at distorting the historical record and avoiding responsibility for the mass cruelty perpetuated on her watch, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen falsely claimed in a series of tweets late Sunday that the Trump administration does not have a policy of separating families at the border. This misreporting by members 
Taiwan Civil Government has its own private police force. The question is, why?
Rumors are again swirling of an impending false flag chemical weapons attack in Syria, just as they did shortly before the highly suspicious Douma case in April. Warnings from Syrian and Russian intelligence, as well as US war ship movements and an uptick in US funding for the Al Qaeda propaganda firm known as the White Helmets, give these warnings a fair 
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I dont know Laura Parrott Perry, but Im loving Perry already.
ETA: Theres a good blavity post up about this, and there are probably a great many more. The blavity post itself includes copies of others work. I hadnt seen any Handmaids Tale references in the critique of Trumps Steal-The-Children policy, but apparently there have been some. In response, Reagan Gomez tweeted:
Kinda weird that folks keep bringing up the Handmaidens Tale and not likethe real history of this country forcibly separating children (/Native/First Nations/African) from their parents for centuries.
If you send me links in the comments to any more good takes about the US history of separating children from their parents, Ill add them to the OP.
Hartford is a modest city in central Connecticut that made history last year when it removed parking minimum laws citywide. This shift means that unlike most American towns which require homes and businesses to provide a certain amount of parking spaces based on their square footage or number of units Hartford no longer mandates any parking, leaving that decision in the hands of a developer, homeowner or business owner. The decision to eliminate parking minimums passed Hartfords Planning & Zoning Commission by a unanimous vote.
We wish this was the standard everywhere, but its not, so Hartfords is a radical act. What created the circumstances that allowed this change to be implemented? What softened the ground for change that, in so many municipalities, seems a long ways away?
Three key factors made this change possible:
1. The city is already easily accessible without a car.
A typical narrow, people-centered residential street in Hartford, CT
Instead, as one of the oldest cities in America, Hartford was constructed long before the automobile in a compact manner with small commercial corridors in each neighborhood that residents can easily walk to. This means that many of residents daily needs can be met without a car already.
Sara Bronin, Chair of the City of Hartfords Planning & Zoning Commission, explains, Hartford is a very low income city and about 25% of our residents lack access to cars. Indeed, the median household income in Hartford is about $21,000. So Hartford is already home to many people who dont drive on a regular basis. This means that, in essence, parking minimums in the city were disproportionately benefitting higher income r...
(MEE) Rebels in southern Syria seized then destroyed $1.4m worth of drugs while conducting an operation against the Islamic State (IS) group, the US-led coalition backing them said on Monday. According to the coalition, the narcotics were captured on 31 May by Maghawir al-Thawra, a rebel group trained by the United States and Jordan, 
A cop was caught on video threatening to kill an innocent man and his mother and he was not chargednor was he even fired.
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The goal of making the Ukrainian Armed Forces a de-facto NATO inter-operable fighting component have been underway for three years now at an ever accelerating pace. Although the U.S. State Departments direct role in stoking the Maidan conflagration and toppling a democratically elected president is widely accepted as part of the historical record of the 
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(MEMO) The European Union is funding a project to prosecute Israel Defence Forces (IDF) officers for committing violations against Palestinian civilians, according to Israel Hayom, which quotes a local human rights organisation. The pro-Israel group NGO Monitor analyses the funding and performance of non-governmental organisations which keep an eye on violations committed by the IDF. Following the 
North Korea is still on the list of countries that the US wants to "take-out". No matter what promises the US makes to Kim Jong-un, the US can never be trusted to keep its word. The US has a trail of broken promises and war crimes that stretches around the world.
The siege of Yemens Red Sea port of Hodeidah launched by Saudi and United Arab Emirates-led forces at dawn on Wednesday could cost the lives of some quarter of a million people in the crowded city itself, according to a UN estimate, while threatening to kill millions more across the country through hunger and disease. 
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By John Vibes Posting memes, remixes, and other similar content could soon be banned from the Web in the European Union, according to critics who are...
By B.N. Frank There are more reports coming out from a variety of sources that overusing technology can cause addiction and other mental health issues...
The farmer could no longer deal with the guilt and decided to set the animals free.
59 year old farmer Jay Wilde sent his heard of 63 cows to Hillside Animal Sanctuary, in the UK. Wilde who is a vegetarian of 25 years said he could no longer deal with the pain of sending his animals to slaughter.
In a BBC interview Wilde, recalled his memories of herding Cows have good memories and a range of emotions. They form relationships. Ive even seen them cry,
He continued, It was very difficult to do your best to look after them and then send them to the slaughterhouse for what must be a terrifying death.
The animal sanctuary that took them in confirmed that 30 of the herd are pregnant and the animals will now live out their lives essentially as pets.
Hillside Animal Sanctuary Founder, Wendy Valentine, said that Wilde is not the first farmer to donate his animals.
She spoke of a couple who could not bear to continue dairy farming and kept their cows as pets with the help of the sanctuary.
After the death of Wildes father in 2...
(INTELLIHUB) Longtime Trump operative and outspoken political pundit Roger Stone recently admitted to members of the special counsel that he now vaguely recalls meeting with a man by the name of Henry Greenberg back in May of 2016, who Stone says wanted $2 million in exchange for heavy dirt on Hillary Clinton during the run-up to the presidential election.
However, as it turns out, Greenburg has previously operated as an FBI informant who was let into the country by rogue factions embedded within the deep state branch of the U.S. federal government in exchange for his reported 17 years of service which at times put his life in jeopardy but the story doesnt end there.
More importantly, Greenberg appears to be a Russian national and may possibly be a Clinton Campaign cut-out who was operating in conjunction with or on the same assignment as the recently doxxed FBI operative Stefan A. Halper was caught spying on both the Trump Campaign and the Jimmy Carter administration.
According to reports Roger Stone was introduced to the Russian FBI informant by Michael Caputo who arranged the May 2016 meeting between Stone and Greenberg which took place at a posh Miami restaurant.
Stones recent recollection also caused Caputo to admit to special counsel that he did, in fact, facilitate the meeting in which Stone claims Greenb...
A spokesman for US Centcom is denying any US coalition involvement in reported airstrikes against a Syrian military site along the Iraqi border. Details on the strike were still scant, but US officials say no airstrikes took place by any coalition members in the area. Syrian state media had reported that drones, presumably American, attacked the site 
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I have just been lectured in a YouTube comment
about how I, and all of us leftist college professors, are examples
Professor Petersons warnings about the misuse of American tax
dollars in support of the Cultural Marxist tactic of critical
theory, by which they intend to destroy Western Civilization in
order to make all of us live like they do in Venezuela and North
Korea. Therefore I must post this video.
Im a product of Western Civilization, I live within it and benefit from it, and think the economic chaos in Venezuela is tragic and destructive, and no sane person would want to live under North Koreas totalitarianism. Jordan Peterson is utterly bonkers, and his fans are all infected with a serious case of the stupids.
P.S. Did you know Karl Marx is also a product of Western Civilization, and that he was not a post-modernist?
(CJ Opinion) At a graduation ceremony for the US Naval War College (barf), US Secretary of Defense James Mattis asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin aims to diminish the appeal of the western democratic model and attempts to undermine Americas moral authority, and that his actions are designed not to challenge our arms at this point but to undercut 
For some reason, the American Medical Association which was founded to promote the American medical community wants to wade into one of the premier political battles of our day: Gun control.
The AMA has shifted at least some of its attention recently away from pushing Big Pharma meds that kill more than 100,000 Americans a year to jumping on the gun confiscation bandwagon pushed by the Marxist Left.
As reported by TownHall, the organization last week approved a wide-ranging list of common sense gun control demands that include banning the sale of all assault-type weapons, bump stocks and related devices, high-capacity magazines, and armor piercing bullets.
The list was okayed by the AMAs House of Delegates, a pretend legislative body that meets a couple times a year at overpriced venues to drink overpriced liquor and vote on medical and political recommendations.
As TownHall noted further:
The lengthy list of gun policy changes also includes bans on the sale of firearms and ammunition to those under 21 years of age, prohibitions on the ownership and unsupervised use of firearms by those under 21, and the establishment of a national gun registry for all firearms and a gun licensing system for gun owners.
Also, the organizations gun control proposals include a number of provisions ostensibly aimed at curbing domestic violence and abuse, including one recommendation for a new legal tool by which family members, intimate partners, household members and law enforcement personnel can go to court in order to have a persons guns confiscated when there is a high or imminent risk for violence.
No risk of having that authority abused, right?
According to a blog post introducing the common sense proposals, the AMA appears to ignore a well-established constitutional requirement due process which must be engaged before a persons property or belongings can be confiscated by authorities.
Were this proposal to be implemented, it would mean the accused would not have an opportunity to defend himself or herself in court. Also, the proposals contain nothing in terms of how risk for violence would actually be defined, which means that even people without criminal records or any previous history of violence or abuse could feasibly have their firearms taken from them.
The lack of defining parameters also extends to the AMAs call for confiscating high-capacity...
Millions of Britons should ditch their medication and instead eat their way back to good heart health, experts have controversially claimed. Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra and Professor Dame Sue Bailey, chairwoman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, are behind the move. They demanded scores of GPs should be confronted about their willingness to dish out 
Throughout our history, the United States has used the separation of families as a means of controlling people of color.
There is a plot that is so intricate, so detailed, so complex and so very brilliant, it is very difficult to explain to others who already dont know some, or most of the story. The revelation of this plot may cause me, in the near future, to reverse my position on Jeff Sessions and my expressed to desire to have him removed as Attorney General.
Unlike when I stood alone for months on reports of the near coup against the Obama administration over Benghazi, what I am about to reveal is known by others, either in part or in whole. My preference would have been to have waited and several journalists report what is known at the same time. However, I just conducted a telephonic interview with Paul Preston. In addition, one of my best sources, after months of telling me big things are going to become public with regard to Deep State minions, I have concluded that I am a bit ahead of the knowledge curve and it would not be wise for me to hang onto what I have learned.
In a nutshell, this paper will reveal that high profile figures have been involved in treasonous activity against the United States, coupled with illicit criminal behavior at the same time. I have learned that some of these figures are on the verge of being arrested and indicted y the Trump administration. Unlike my Benghazi revelations, I do not stand alone in my discoveries. Without the information I have recently learned, I could have made a strong circumstantial case supporting what is going to be revealed here today. Subsequently, from a credibility standpoint, this is very low risk. However, from a personal safety perspective, it would not be wise to reveal my discoveries and recent conclusions.
Part one of this series consists of contextual background which will provide the factual justification to make the allegations against key Deep State operatives in Part two.
The brief summary of what I have already reported in the past is highly relevant to what is coming.
The following events have already been documented and reported on The Common Sense Show will be revea...
This is evil -- a just-following-orders, look-the-other-way, not-my-fault species of moral putrefaction brought to you by the most ostentatiously Christian political party in one of the most noisily Christian nations on Earth. The hypocrisy of it reeks to, well...high heaven.
The past is prologue. Our understanding of how CO2 levels relate to global temperature came out of 19th-century scientists studying the newly discovered Ice Age. In the generations since, our studies of how the last Ice Age ended showed us monstrous flooding as vast bodies of meltwater were released by crumbling walls of ice to rush across the planet carving out huge rivers, and global sea levels rose hundreds of feet in a matter of a couple centuries.
The past is prologue, and the ice is melting. The flood is coming, and we are not prepared.
Antarcticas ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate, now pouring more than 200 billion tons of ice into the ocean annually and raising sea levels a half-millimeter every year, a team of 80 scientists reported Wednesday.The melt rate has tripled in the past decade, the study concluded. If the acceleration continues, some of scientists worst fears about rising oceans could be realized, leaving low-lying cities and communities with less time to prepare than they had hoped.
Unfortunately, the Washington post is still clinging to the idea thatnations have a short window perhaps no more than a decade to cut greenhouse-gas emissions if they hope to avert some of the worst consequences of climate change. The one decade to act talking point was a good try in a world committed to ignoring the problem, but it hasnt been an accurate description for a long time. 10 years left came and went 10-20 years ago. Studies like this no longer warn us about what could happen, they are telling us what will happen.
The gods were cowering like dogs, crouching by the outer wall.
Itar shrieked like a woman in childbirth,
the sweet-voiced Mistress of the Gods wailed:
The olden days have alas turned to clay,
because I said evil things in the Assembly of the Gods!
How could I say evil things in the Assembly of the Gods,
ordering a catastrophe to destroy my people?
No sooner have I given birth to my dear people
than they fill the sea like so many fish!
The gods -those of the Anunnaki- were weeping with her,
the gods humbly sat weeping, sobbing with grief,
their lips burning, parched with thirst.
Six days and seven nights
came the wind and flood,
the storm flattening the land.
When the seventh day arrived,
the storm was pounding.
She who had been struggling with itself like a woman writhing in labor,
the sea, calmed; the whirlwind fell still; the...
We won Social Security in 1935 and Medicare in 1965. Now both programs are under attack by a right-wing Congress. Retirees are fighting back, but it's the young --those 18-50-- who need to take a stand that will save these critical programs, writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff
Should public transportation be free? Officials in the country of Estonia believe yes, which is why they are creating the largest 24/7 free public transit zone in the world. As CityLab reports, the area encompassing free transportation will stretch across the entire country. If people desire, they will be able to travel by bus from one end of the Baltic nation to the other for free.
Estonia is home to approximately 1.3 million people. It is also a world leader in free public transit. In 2013, authorities made all public transit in the nations capital, Tallinn, free to local residents (but not tourists or other visitors). Now, all state-run bus travel in rural municipalities will be free.
As HuffPost points out, there will be some limitations. Free journeys will be available for all Estonians using country buses, but not for trains. Furthermore, in Estonian cities outside of the capital, all passengers will have to pay to use all modes of public transit. Despite these limitations, Estonias transit system will still be the largest national free public transportation scheme in the world.
Many of you will have heard of the famous Stanford prison
experiment in 1971 when Philip Zimbardo, a psychology professor at
Stanford University, randomly assigned one group of students to be
inmates and the other group to be guards who had total power over
the prisoners for two weeks. The setting was a mock prison
(actually the basement of a university building). But after six
days the experiment had to be called off because, as claimed by
Zimbardo, the guards used such sadistic methods against the inmates
that the latter were on the verge of breakdowns. The experiment has
been cited numerous times to warn of the dangers of giving people
unchecked power over others and the need for prison reform.
Now this article by Ben Blum says that things were not that bad and that the supposedly traumatized victims were just acting that way. It is a long, fascinating, but also disturbing article about how the legend of the experiment grew out of all proportion to the reality, aided by exaggerated and misleading statements by Zimbardo. In the process, it might have harmed actual efforts at meaningful prison reform.
It is more accurate to say that, for all its reformist ideals, the Stanford prison experiment contributed to the polarizing intellectual currents of its time. According to a 2017 survey conducted by Cullen and his colleagues Teresa Kulig and Travis Pratt, 95% of the many criminology papers that have cited the Stanford prison experiment over the years have accepted its basic message that prisons are inherently inhumane.
What struck me later in life was how all of us lost our scientific skepticism, Cullen says. We became as ideological, in our way, as the climate change deniers. Zimbardos and Martinsons studies made so much intuitive sense that no one took a step back and said, Well, this could be wrong.
Most criminologists today agree that prisons are not, in fact, as hopeless as Zimbardo and Martinson made them out to be. Some prison programs do reliably help inmates better their lives. Though international comparisons are difficult to make, Norways maximum-security Halden prison, where convicted murderers wear casual clothing, receive extensive job-skill training, share meals with unarmed guards, and wander at will during daylight hours through a scenic landscape of pine trees and blueberry bushes, offers a hopeful sign. Norwegians prisoners seldom get in fights and reoffend at lower rates than anywhere else in the world. To begin to ameliorate the evils of mass incarceration, Cullen argues, will require researching what makes some forms of prison management better than others, rather than, as the Stanford prison experiment did, dismissing them all as inherently abusive.
Apparently the truth about the flaws of the experime...
Tara Sweeney, an Inupiaq woman from Alaska, could become the second Native woman to head Indian Affairs.
Watching the media trash Trump for getting conned by a "talented" 26-year old dictator whose talent is the ability to kill his relatives and countrymen with poison, chemical weapons, and flamethrowers, you have to wonder if Trump is really a mentally deranged "dotard."
By refusing to live and act in a sustainable way, humans have devastated planet Earth. Animals are not ignorant of this fact, which is why they are becoming increasingly nocturnal, according to a new study published in Science.
The research was led by Kaitlyn Gaynor, an ecologist at the University of California, Berkeley. Along with colleagues, she concluded that ordinary activities, such as hiking and camping, can scare animals as well as drive them to become more active during the evening.
Said Gaynor: It suggests that animals might be playing it safe around people. We may think that we leave no trace when were just hiking in the woods, but our mere presence can have lasting consequences.
For the study, Gaynor and associates analyzed 76 studies involving 62 species who inhabit six continents. Otters in Brazil, lions in Tanzania, coyotes in California, and tigers in Nepal were all included in the study. Phys reports:
Researchers compared how much time those creatures spent active at night under different types of human disturbance such as hunting, hiking and farming. On average, the team found that human presence triggered an increase of about 20 percent in nighttime activity, even in animal...
Israel officially expressed its gratitude to U.S. for convincing Saudi Arabi, UAE, and Kuwait to pledge aid package to Jordan.
There would be no LGBTQ movement without Marsha P. Johnson. Together with Sylvia Rivera, she fought against the cops during the Stonewall riot, founded the Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR) to keep trans people off the streets, and was a prominent AIDS activist. The NYPD ruled her 1992 death as a suicide, but everyone who knew her suspected she was murdered. Her case was never solved, but fellow trans activist Victoria Cruz investigated it herself in the 2017 Netflix documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.
Directed by David France, the film opens with archival footage of the memorial walk for Johnson down Christopher St. in New York City shortly after her body was found in the Hudson River, and then switches to the present day where Cruz and several other activists with the Anti-Violence Project (AVP) discuss the death of 21-year-old Brooklyn trans woman Islan Nettles. Cruz is about to retire after working with the AVP since 1997, but not until she finds out what happened to Johnson first. The film follows Cruz as she talks to Johnsons siblings, her former roommate Randy Wicker, several other LGBTQ activists who knew Johnson, and retired detectives gathering whatever information she can get ahold of that would provide some closure.
Read the rest here.
Over the years, the description of the tyrants and psychopaths that so often occupy positions of power in our world has evolved, and today it is fashionable to refer to this nebulous group by using the term Evil Cabal.
Language is perhaps the most important device we have for creating reality, and just as George Orwell knew, the more linguistically vague, simplistic, ambiguous and nondescript the language, the more room there is to shape perception. This is called Newspeak, and in the case of the Evil Cabal, the term fails to fully describe our complex world, but succeeds tremendously in maintaining the prison of fear that actually inhibits freedom.
In a catch-all phrase like Evil Cabal, there really is little substance in the language to inspire meaningful action or reaction. In fact, the opposite is true. By generalizing the widespread depravity in the world with such a vague yet loaded term, the result can only be fear and inaction.
But, just for rhetorical purposes, lets suppose for a moment that the worlds troubles can indeed be wholly attributed to a singular, top-down, all-knowing, all-controlling evil cabal that has its wicked tentacles inserted into every facet of our lives. Lets imagine that every bit of the injustice and calamity we see is intentionally orchestrated and narrated by an untouchable group of all-mighty criminals.
If this is in fact the case, one very serious question emerges: What exactly are YOU going to do about it?
My thoughts on this are expressed below, and are derived from two decades of peering deeply into the abyss of conspiracy fact and alternative history. Ive learned in time that such intense and singular focus on conspiracy and international wickedness is corrosive to the soul, inviting acrimony and triggering impotency into what should be the blessed, joyful gift of a life well lived.
Firstly, understand that systems of political and economic control are actually more heavily dependent on the acquiescence, cooperation, and participation of many millions of people. They are much less dependent on brute force, even though the perception is that brute force controls everything. This notion is accurately presented by Larken Rose in his short animated presentation, The Tiny Dot. The acquiescent masses vastly outnumber any e...
Parents and teachers arent angry over what the a new children's book says about the president, but rather what it leaves out.
The Supreme Court is almost finished with its current term, one in which Indian Country fared surprisingly well. But the drama isn't over yet.
On June 19th, Julian Assange will mark the sixth year since he entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, seeking refuge from the efforts of the US and UK governments to persecute him in retaliation for his journalistic work as Editor-In-Chief of WikiLeaks. Julian Assanges voice has proven so effective that the most powerful forces on earth have coalesced to silence him: on June 19th, the public must respond by becoming Julian Assanges voice, by raising that unified voice to resonate until the glass halls of power are shattered by its force. That the Ecuadorian government has silenced Assange for over 70 days makes the sixth anniversary of his asylum more significant than ever. Assange entered the embassy as a sanctuary, not a site of imprisonment. In order to realize the significance of all this, the public must understand the real circumstances that undergird Assanges need for asylum from the ire of Western governments...
While lawmakers push for the ATF to go after gun dealers, the American Medical Association is now proposing the nations most restrictive ban on guns.
Initial demonstrations across the country are a positive sign that millions are horrified by the American immigration Gestapo. But opposition to the attack on immigrants must be based on opposition to both the Democratic and Republican factions of the ruling class and the capitalist system as a whole.
May 23, 2018 Every so often an environmentally friendly building gives us a glimpse of the low-carbon future so many climate plans envision. With the development of Clichy-Batignolles, the city of Paris has created a groundbreaking eco-village filled with such buildings. Begun in 2002, the massive redevelopment project is about 30 percent complete and is slated to be finished in 2020. In 2007, Paris became one of the first municipalities in the world to adopt a climate action plan, setting goals for greenhouse gas emission reductions above and beyond those outlined by the European Union. Employing virtually all the tools in the green builders toolkit, Clichy-Batignolles aims to be tangible evidence of the citys commitment to reducing its carbon footprint as well as an experimental laboratory for testing whats possible in climate-sensitive redevelopment.
Yesterday on Face the Nation, I responded to questions about the migrant separations from their children under the Trump Administrations policy announced last month by trying to shift the focus to what drives these migrations in the first place something that cant be addressed by a simple band-aid piece of legislation paving the way for more lax border requirements.
Heres the video, and the transcript.
I certainly agree with Jeff [Goldberg] when it comes to the ability of the administration to change this. But the focus on these kids, while I certainly understand it from a media perspective, is ignoring what is really driving these factors.
Why do we have a 200 percent year over year increase in the number of people coming across? Why do we have the biggest month to month increase between February and March that weve seen since 2011?
And the answer to that is the activity of the Mexican cartels, who use these migrants as essentially a distraction to clog systems so they are able to funnel drugs across the border.
In the last week, we saw two more political candidates in Mexico murdered in broad daylight. One a mayor running for Congress right across the Rio Grande. Another mayor who, you know, has been a reformer, fighting against the cartels. That brings the total to 113 political candidates in Mexico who have been murdered by the cartels in less than a year.
Mexicos political, violent situation is something that is not going to be solved when it comes to driving these types of migrations. And thats going to require things that Im not sure the Congress is really willing to grasp the kind of support and diplomacy and activity to prevent our southern neighbor from becoming a failed state.
At the break, several people expressed surprise at these numbers but they are true. Here are just some of the stories. A candidate for town councilor, Liliana Garca, was killed and found dead in a creek bed. A candidate for municipal council in Juchitn, Pamela Tern, was killed, along with her father and photographer. A leader for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Guerrero State, Paula Gutirrez Morales, was shot on a bus in front of passengers. A candidate for local congress in Piedras Negras, Fernando Purn, was shot and killed while taking a selfie. A mayoral candidate, Alejandro Chavez Zavala, was shot and killed last week.
That brings us to a total of 113 Mexican candidates for office dead since Sep...
The latest Supreme Court case coincides with a resurgence of interest among a new generation of scholars and activists who are learning about and reviving indigenous food systems.
Once again, the US appears to be baiting the Syrian Army and Russia into a shooting war, and it wouldnt be the first time.
Back on September 17 2016, the US-led Coalition led airstrikes near the Deir ez-Zor Airport in eastern Syria lasting one hour and killing between 90 and 106 Syrian Army soldiers and wounded 110 more. The US claimed they were aiming at an ISIS target, but in reality that US strike allowed ISIS to move in from the surrounding hills and retake a key position which they held for another year.
UPDATE 6PM ET: More confusion surrounds this recent event, as a US official told CNN that it was Israel who are behind the attack on Syrian forces near Deir ez-Zor.
In total there have been at least 12 such attacks by the US against Syria, and if confirmed, this latest incident will no doubt escalate tensions between the two countries, and is sure to raise further concerns from Syrias strategic partners about the continued illegal US occupation in Syria.
Al-Masdar News reports.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) A Syrian military source in Damascus informed Al-Masdar News this afternoon that the death toll from the alleged U.S. attack on the armys positions in Albukamals countryside has risen significantly.
According to the source, at least 40 soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army and Iraqi paramilitary forces were killed as a result of these airstrikes.
The source said the majority of the dead were Syrian Arab Army soldiers that were deployed to the Al-Harri front to protect against any potential Islamic State (ISIS) assault.
Furthermore, the source said the Syrian military believes the attack was carried out by the U.S. Coalition due to the location from where the aircraft came from in eastern Syria.
In response t...
By Markab Algedi via The Mind Unleashed
A couple days ago, a quite interesting study was published that claims to identify the fact that bees are capable of understanding the mathematical concept of zero.
The study reportedly confirms that the honeybee is fully capable of understanding the quantitative value of nothing. Not only that, but they are gifted with the ability to correctly place zero at the beginning of a line of sequential numbers: they can understand zero, one, two, ect.
Of all insects out there, this is supposed to be the first concrete evidence to prove that the brain of an insect has the capability of understanding the concept of zero. This discovery has implications for the understanding of insect brains, but it also has implications about the evolution of complex number processing in living beings, according to articles reporting on the study.
Scientists say there are four distinct stages of understanding the concept of zero in both animal learning, and human culture, psychology, and history.
Stage one is a being understanding that zero means the absence of something, such as zero food, or zero air. A simple amount of visual processing ability can probably ensure a...
A Texas tent city constructed last week to shelter migrant children became a protest site Sunday as crowds marched to oppose the separation of immigrant families at the border. More than 200 children are being housed in the makeshift tent structure built in Tornillo, Tex., according to Rep. Beto ORourke (D-Tex.), who organized Sundays protest. Protesters braved the Texas heat, carrying signs featuring slogans like, Dont use children to get your wall, Fight ignorance, not immigrants, and This is how the Holocaust started, the El Paso Times reported. Were wanting to make sure that everyone in this country knows what is happening here, in their name, in Tornillo, where kids have traveled 2,000 miles, some alone, some with their parents, are being held in detention camps, tent cities that have just been constructed over the course of this last week, ORourke said.
The turn out rate was about 53 percent, with a total of 19.411.268 Colombians going to the polling stations this Sunday out of the 32 million eligible voters. Petro acknowledged the defeat on Twitter responding to Caracol Radio, after the daily paper reported that he had recognized the results. "Which defeat. Eight million Colombian men and women standing freely. No defeat here. We will not be part of the government for now." He added in a press conference: "We are not defeated. How many governors, mayors, and mayors will come in the future? We have to work on that task. We will return to the Senate of the Republic, not to do what was done in the past; but to go from there to the country, to go through the streets and the squares of Colombia."
Robert Reich writes: As Trump stokes tensions around the world, hes adding fuel to the fire by demanding even more Pentagon spending. Its a dangerous military buildup intended to underwrite endless wars and enrich defense contractors, while draining money from investment in the American people.
The author writes, Incredibly, the most widely supported effort to improve on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that Congress passed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a resolution that has been stretched past the breaking point by successive presidents, would actually legalize war in all of the places it is presently being waged and radically increase the presidents ability to legally expand the Forever War.
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Bernie Sanders (D-VT) have written a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis asking for details of the USs involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. We remind you that three years into the conflict, active US participation in Saudi-led hostilities against Yemens Houthis has never been authorized by Congress, in violation of the Constitution.
Cambridge Analyticas former head of product, Matt Oczkowski, has been quietly working on President Trumps 2020 campaign. While no details have emerged on how Oczkowski and his new company Data Propria will operate during the 2020 campaign, there may be hints in the 2018 midterm elections.
The author ...
The people behind the Crazy Horse Memorial continue to make mistakes because they do not have a traditional Lakota elder on hand as an advisor.
Rights groups frequently film Israeli soldiers on duty in the occupied West Bank, documentation the organisations say is necessary to expose abuse by the military. A video filmed by Israeli rights group BTselem in 2016 showing an Israeli soldier shoot dead an incapacitated Palestinian assailant drew international condemnation and led to the soldiers conviction for manslaughter in a highly divisive trial. The proposed law, formulated by the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus governing coalition, would make filming or publishing footage with intent to harm the morale of Israels soldiers or its inhabitants punishable by up to five years in prison. The term would be raised to 10 years if the intention was to damage national security. A ministerial committee which oversees legislation voted to approve the bill on Sunday.
Especially since it has such nice illustrations of the possibilities.
I also have to point out that cephalopods dont have these awkwardnesses. Tentacles solve a lot of mechanical difficulties.
BELLINGHAM, WA While Donald Trumps stepped-up repression of unauthorized migrants has been touted as a get tough policy meant to stem a flood of animals affiliated with transnational criminal groups, his draconian policies remain unlikely to deter desperate asylum-seekers from seeking entry to the United States. Instead, family separations and arbitrary prosecution and incarcerations are upping the scale of trauma suffered by refugees while asylum claims and border-crossings continue to increase. Trumps Make America Great policies may have resulted in misery for thousands of poor migrants, yet the rise in human suffering has resulted in jackpot prizes for some players at the New York Stock Exchange.
A new "copyright directive" could change the internet forever by making it illegal to share memes online.
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A predator cop has been arrested and charged after he was caught repeatedly raping a 4-year-old girl and using the mother's immigration status to keep it secret.
You know, I really think we ought to burn the Republican party right down to the ground, salt the earth it stands on, and stand by with flamethrowers in case anything should sprout from it ever again. I was surprised, though, to see that Ann Coulter and Jason Chaffetz might be slowly creeping towards the same conclusion at least, the title of the article says that We need to disband the entire Republican Party: Ann Coulter flattens her own party, which sort of implies that were converging on an agreement here (also, please, Raw Story, stop with they hyperbole in your headlines no, she hasnt flattened anything).
But then I read why they are unhappy with the GOP.
You see that with the left and the elite conservatives in the Republican Party that dont want an honest dialogue about the successes of this president,said Chaffetz.Instead of joining together and moving forward with specific goals to restore getting wins in the midterms, they are being disruptive in a haphazard way.
Holy fuck. Theyre unhappy with Republicans because they are insufficiently fawning and sycophantic to Trump.
They are a prime example of how the problem isnt just Trump, but the whole damn Republican party and the fools who vote for them.
Even before thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Chicago to speak out against President Donald Trumps inauguration last year, city police were watching. Recently released police and city records show that officers combed through social media posts and opened a formal information-gathering investigation into the protesters. Then, throughout that day Jan. 20, 2017 police and top aides to Mayor Rahm Emanuel closely tracked the movements of protesters, from when they boarded trains and buses in their neighborhoods and continuing through hours of rallies and marches in the Loop. It was another example of how the Emanuel administration routinely tracks protesters and activist groups, according to records Ive acquired over the last several years through the Freedom of Information Act.
By the time I reached Episode Four in this ten-episode film, I concluded it should not be touted as an Emmy Award-winning documentary. In my eyes, documentation is rooted in facts and, if at all possible, immutable truths. ...We are watching instead a series of anecdotes, each one imbued with the earnestness of the teller. Episode Four, Resolve, is the story of 1966, a year that the producers of this film have designated as the time when doubt began to worm its way into American troops. This doubt sows the breeding ground for what we now call moral injury. The American soldier in Vietnam begins to realize that his job of killing others, or supporting those who are carrying out the killing, is not divinely ordained. He is not in a just war. In fact, he is being used by others who have much more pedestrian motivesrank, saving face, gaining political favor, selling weapons.
I get the impression that our Republican overlords read Lord of the Rings from a slightly skewed perspective they seem to think that Mordor was the ideal fantasy state. I would just like to offer a few correctives.
You are entirely correct that you will deter immigration by earning a reputation as a domain of unparalleled evil. It is an effective strategy for warding off elves and dwarves who might want to settle on your plains. But whats wrong with elves and dwarves?
Turning your plains into a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume will also dissuade immigration, so I can sort of see the logic of Scott Pruitt. I think, though, that youve forgotten the health and happiness of your residents.
Putting up walls is rather redundant. Youve got your natural barriers, your Mountains of Shadow, whats the point of building a Morannon or Cirith Ungol? No one wants to get in, anyway, and they just turn into convenient nesting grounds for unspeakable horrors.
You want orcs? Because this is how you get orcs.
Its not even going to stop immigration. Youll still get sneaky hobbitses coming in, only it wont be to till a nice farm or build a homey little inn for weary travelers theyll be coming in with the intent of toppling your citadel of evil.
This part should chill you the most: when they succeed, the world wont look on them as terrorists, but as brave heroes who saved the world. Theyll write books about them and make movies and cosplayers will dress up as them, and Mordor will be reviled as the cruel, foul land that was righteously overthrown. And they wont be wrong.
Pointing out these comparisons wont change anything. Unfortunately, Stephen Miller is quite enjoying being the Mouth of Sauron, and theyve got a line of sadists eager to be transformed into Ringwraiths. Besides, theyre really into pissing off those smug, snooty elves.
For half a century, the United Kingdom celebrated May 24, the birthday of the late Queen Victoria, as Empire Day. The US ought to have its own Empire Day and it should be on June 15. It was on June 15, 1898 that the US became an empire. On that day, the US House of Representatives voted 209 to 91 to annex Hawaii. (The US Senate followed on July 6, voting 42 to 21 in favor of annexation.) One could argue that the US has always been an empire. Thomas Jefferson called the US an empire, but an empire of liberty dedicated to spreading freedom around the globe. Tell that to the Native Americans killed and dispossessed by White Settlers. Tell that to the Mexicans. The US seized a third of their country through war. Still, it wasnt until 1898 that the US acquired its first overseas colony. Hawaii had been an independent nation. In 1887, American planters in the islands had forced a change to the Hawaiian constitution which largely disenfranchised ethnic Hawaiians to the benefit of wealthy Whites.
BIG WELLS, Texas (KABB/WOAI) Authorities said five undocumented immigrants are dead following a chase involving Border Patrol agents Sunday afternoon.
Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said the crash happened off Highway 85 in Big Wells at about noon. Boyd said agents were chasing the SUV when it lost control and overturned. The vehicle was traveling at more than 100 miles per hour when it crashed.
Fourteen people were inside, including the driver and passenger. Twelve immigrants were ejected and four died at the scene when the car crashed and rolled over, according to Boyd. A fifth person later died at the hospital. A total of 9 people were transported to the hospital, including five who went to San Antonio Military Medical Center and the rest going to local hospitals. The driver, who is believed to be a United States citizen, was among those transported.
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A Columbia County woman is back in jail after she failed to show up in court for an aggravated battery charge.
In October of last year, Kimberly Dunn, 35, shot her ex-husband in the testicles after he tried to take an AC unit, according to an arrest report.
A Columbia County woman is back in jail after she failed to show up in court for an aggravated battery charge.
In October of last year, Kimberly Dunn, 35, shot her ex-husband in the testicles after he tried to take an AC unit, according to an arrest report.
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Bipartisan efforts to repeal an outdated ban on distilleries in Indian Country continue to gain momentum on Capitol Hill.
The occult archetype called vaccination
by Jon Rappoport
June 18, 2018
In many past articles, Ive taken apart the so-called science of vaccines and shown how deceptive it is. Here I take another approach: examining the archetypes and symbols that surround vaccination and give it occult power.
Today, as a revival of ancient symbology, vaccination is a conferred seal, a sign of moral righteousness. Its a mark on the arm, signifying tribal inclusion. No tribe member is left out. Inclusion by vaccination protects against invisible spirits (viruses).
The notion of the tribe is enforced by dire predictions of pandemics: the spirits of other tribes (from previously unknown hot zones in jungles) are attacking the good tribe, our tribe.
Mothers, the keepers of the children, are given a way to celebrate their esteemed, symbolic, animal role as lionesses: confer the seal on their offspring through vaccination. Protect the future of the tribe. Speak out and defame and curse the mothers who dont vaccinate their children. Excommunicate them from the tribe.
The ceremony of vaccination is a rite of passage for the child. He/she is now more than the offspring of the parents. The child is in the village. The child is property of the village (the State). As the years pass, periodic booster shots reconfirm this status.
Some ancient rituals presented dangers. The child, on his way to becoming a man, would be sent out to live alone in the forest for a brief period and survive. Vaccination symbolizes this in a passive way: the injection of disease-viruses which might be harmful are transmuted into protective spirits in the body. The injection of toxic chemicals is a passageway into immunity. If a child is damaged in the process, the parents and the tribe consider it a tragic but acceptable risk, because on the whole the tribe and the village are protected against the evil spirits (viruses).
The psychological and occult and archetypal impact of vaccination is key: modern parents are given the opportunity to feel, on a subconscious level, a return to older times, when life was more bracing and immediate and vital. That is the mythology. Modern life, for basic consumers, has fewer dimensionsbut vaccination awakens sleeping memories of an age when ritual and ceremony were essential to the future of the group. No one would defect from these moments. Refusal was unthinkable. Survival was All. The mandate was powerful. On a deep level, parents today can experience that powe...
By Jamelle Bouie for Slate. Officially, the Emancipation Proclamation freed all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State where the residents were in rebellion against the United States. In practice, it applied only to those slaves who lived near Union lines, where they could make an easy escape or take advantage of the Northern advance. News of emancipation would move slowly, which would be compounded by the mass migration of slave owners, who fled their holdings in Louisiana and Mississippislaves in towfollowing the Union victories at New Orleans in 1862 and Vicksburg in the spring and summer of 1863. Tens of thousands of slaves arrived in Texas, joining the hundreds of thousands in the interior of the state, where they were isolated from most fighting and any news of the war.
SAN ANTONIO God doesnt change, hes the same yesterday today, and forever, said a young man in a white cowboy hat and a long-sleeve Texas state flag shirt. His voice rose as he spoke. If you look up at the sky and see that God has moved, he hasnt movedyou have. God doesnt move or change, and we shouldnt either!
The man was not a preacher and this was not a church service. He was a delegate and this was a meeting of the Permanent Platform Committee at the Texas Republican Partys convention, which concluded its biannual meeting this weekend in San Antonioa gathering of nearly 10,000 delegates, lawmakers, party activists, and merchants hawking MAGA hats and Trump T-shirts.
The young man ended his biblically inspired testimony by saying, I strongly urge this committee to retain the current language in the plank about homosexuality.
He was referring to the 2016 party platform, which included a plank condemning homosexuality as a chosen behavior that is contrary to fundamental unchanging truths. But at this years convention, the language was softened. Instead of passing judgement on homosexuality as such, the plank calls on the State Legislature to pass religious liberty protections for those who disagree with gay marriage.
The idea was to send the message that the Texas GOP is a big tent and that protecting religious liberty is more important to Republicans than excluding gay Texans from the party. The debate over the planks language was nevertheless protracted and at times fierce. Gay marriage, like abortion and the Second Amendment, are no-compromise issues for many Texas Republicans, especially the hard-core grassroots activists who attend the state convention, like the young man in the white cowboy hat.
But when activist conservatism gets distilled down to the level of the state GOP convention in the reddest state in America, it can sometimes be hard to tell which competing faction is more conservative. But it isnt hard to tell that tribalism and a growing insistence on ideological purity have begun to afflict Texas Republicans in unsettling ways.
The booths lining the exhibition hall at the convention were object lessons in that tribalism. A booth for Texas Against Legalizing Marijuana was right next to the Texas Hemp Industries Association. Nearby were booths for Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition and Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism. There was a booth for the Texas Nationalist Movement, the John Birch Society, Open Carry for Texas, a group adv...
Noah Berlatsky is a herpes lesion on the lip of cultural criticism. This is someone who thinks Janis Joplins music is racist. He thinks the show Altered Carbon is racist. He can probably find racism in cloud formations and wood grain.
After several years of politicizing culture to within an inch of its life, he turned to politics. There, his attitudethat the world is divided into white supremacists, and people who agree with himhas guaranteed him an audience as a progressive journalist.
Berlatskys mendacity and sloppiness are known to a wide political swath. Jonah Mix, writing for Feminist Current, called him the Platonic Ideal of cartoonishly worthless liberalism. Jesse Singals 2017 article for New York Magazine, There Have Been So Many Bad Lefty Free-Speech Takes Lately, featured an excerpt from a Berlatsky essay, about which he said, The level of wrongness contained in these two paragraphs is astounding.
Berlatsky, then, is the man for the difficult job of carrying water for George Bridges, the disgraced (but for some reason, not yet fired) president of The Evergreen State College who stood by impotently while former professor Bret Weinstein was threatened with bodily harm for daring to contradict a social justice mob. Were talking students carrying bats, searching cars, shutting down school, and holding university administrators prisoner after Weinstein merely expressed in a private email that he objected to a Day of Absence to exile white students from campus based solely on their race.
A ludicrous Evergreen analysis pinned blame for their campus mobs on Weinstein. In that analysis he is unnamed but easily recognizable as the faculty member [who] took advantage of this situation to make a national news story out of it through high-profile interviews with national media, including the FOX News Network, that were used to make a political point, magnify the events significance, and ended up drawing to campus radical groups from the left and right, intent on causing further disruption and attracting more media attention to the Evergreen events.
The Independent External Review Panel that authored the report consisted entirely of Bridges nominees.
Every grassroots political activist knows something is deeply wrong in Washington, D.C. No matter how hard we work to send good people to Congress, the majority of them go native upon arrival, forgetting their campaign rhetoric and falling in line with the political establishment. The few who retain their principles often seem sidelined and ineffective. Meanwhile, the legislative process is an unfunny joke: the Republican Congress cant manage to keep its promises and repeal Obamacare, but it can pass a 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill without reading it.
Whats less clear is why the system is so broken, and what happens to turn our hometown congressmen into swamp critters. What is going on in those smoke-filled rooms? When brand-new representatives and senators arrive in D.C., what do they find?
A new documentary series, The Swamp, seeks to answer those questions, pulling back the curtain on the inner workings of Capitol Hill. Created by 28-year-old filmmaker Matt Whitworth, The Swamp has been releasing episodes to Facebook since April 4, with three 10-minute episodes released to date.
The Swamp (@TheSwampSeries) April 6, 2018
For a documentary featuring members of Congress, The Swamp is striking in how unfiltered it feels. Whitworth was granted unprecedented access to film and interview several House members as they work, meet with staff, and visit with constituents back home. Shockingly, the congressmen signed a film participation release relinquishing all editorial and creative control of the project.
People in the House Freedom Caucus told these guys they were crazy to do this, Whitworth told me in an interview. I let them know up front: this isnt going to be partisan. Its not going to be either a hit piece or a puff piece. Its not going to be a platform for your campaign message. We really want to show people what happens behind the scenes in Congress.
To date, the few brave souls willing to accept these terms have been Reps. Dave Brat and Tom Garrett of Virginia, Ken Buck of Colorado, Rod Blum of Iowa, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, and Ted Yoho of Florida all Republicans, and all me...
Following Connecticut officials failure to follow through in the case of an abusive and negligent mother whose autistic son starved to death, the office of the Connecticut Child Advocate has decided to target homeschooling families and use the case to build support for state regulation of parents who wish to educate their children at home.
The case of the Tirado family is yet another House of Horrors situation, not unlike the recent case of the Turpin family of California, who shackled their children to their beds and starved them in a so-called private school.
Katiria Tirado, 34, was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of Matthew, her 17-year-old autistic son. When Matthew died in February 2017, he was 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and weighed only 84 pounds, with cuts and bruises over his body. His death was ruled a homicide and the medical examiner said he died of fatal child abuse syndrome with dehydration and malnutrition.
Katiria had been reported repeatedly to Connecticuts Department of Children and Families (DCF) for suspected abuse and neglect. Although Matthew was enrolled in his Hartford district school, his mother failed to send him to school, causing him to be truant. At one point, a school psychologist reported Matthew had not attended school for an entire year.
Matthews sister reported that her mother hit her and her brother. Nevertheless, DCF workers and even Matthews own court-appointed attorney failed to see Matthew for months. On five separate occasions, Tirado didnt show up for court hearings. Finally, DCF asked the court to close the Tirado case because they were unable to get Tirado to come to court.
Despite the many horrific government failures of the Tirado case, Sarah Eagan, who heads the Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate (OCA), is making the rounds on local talk shows to garner support for her claim that Matthews death is evidence of why homeschooling must be regulated in the state.
In a memo released in April just as a hearing was scheduled on the homeschooling issue, Eagan noted that, despite all the reports to DCF over the years, Tirado successfully filed a notice of intent in November 2017 to withdraw Matthews sister from school in order to homeschool her. Eagans memo detailed what appears to be a total lack of competency with...
Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart will be a problem for all Republicans in 2018. But the fact that Leslie Cockburn isnt a burden to Democrats shows media bias is alive and well in Virginia.
Most of the commentary about recent state primary races affecting the midterm elections in November has been largely a matter of partisan spin. Both Republicans and Democrats have sought to interpret the results in far-flung races from California to South Carolina as signs that their candidates are performing better than expected or producing matchups that will be problematic for their opponents.
But theres no denying that the results of the Virginia Senate primary were very bad news for the GOP. Stewarts victory gave him the Republican nomination for the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Tim Kaine, who will head toward the fall as a prohibitive favorite for re-election. Its likely Kaine would have had a huge edge over Stewarts main primary opponent, Nick Freitas, a little-known state legislator, in a state that is trending blue in statewide and national elections. But Stewart, the chair of the Board of Supervisors of Prince William County, is a particular problem for Republicans.
Long known as a virulent opponent of illegal immigration, Stewart was accused by his primary opponent of ties to far-right extremists. Last year while making an unsuccessful run for governor of Virginia, Stewart met with, praised, and gave financial support to Paul Nehlen, a Wisconsin congressional candidate who later showed himself to be an outspoken anti-Semite. He also met with and was endorsed by Jason Kessler, who was later the organizer of the Charlottesville rally made infamous by a neo-Nazi torchlight march followed by the death of a counter-demonstrator.
Stewart has since distanced himself from both men yet is closely associated with the cause of preserving Confederate monuments, the issue that led to the Charlottesville march. Stewarts comments about the rally also echo President Trumps notorious attempt to depict the left-wing counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville as morally equivalent to the neo-Nazis and Klan members on the other side.
The candidate is a product of a Virginia party, like the rest of the GOP nationally, where loyalty to President Trump is the most important quality. But in a state that has transitioned from reliably red to blue in the last decade as a result of the growth of the Washington and Richmond suburbs, having Stewart at the top of the ticket will likely be a liability in swing districts. With Democrats and their media cheering sections harping on his extremist connections, Republicans fear that Stewart will not merely flop in the general election but also take down vulnerable Virginia House Republicans like Barbara Comstock.
Their worries should extend beyond Virginia. Stewart shows every...
In 1974 a teen walked into a New York public school with a smoke bomb, gas mask, and a rifle loaded with hollow-points. He killed three and wounded eleven. How do we address these kinds of crimes? Shall we turn to philosophers who say Liberty cannot be established without morality, or to our founders, who tell us Liberty, once lost, is lost forever?
When representatives make laws, the rational among us hope those laws do not erode fundamental rights and actually benefit the people. Often the only hammer our political representatives have is legislation. See a nail, swing the hammer. See a shooting, pass a law.
Passing a law seems to be New York Gov. Andrew Cuomos current attempt to ameliorate the pain of his people and create safety in the classroom. The Republican side of the political aisle has suggested arming teachers. Cuomo thinks arming teachers is a dumb idea.
He believes he has a sensible, positive, helpful alternative to arming teachers in the Empire State. Its tough to disagree with things that are sensible, positive, and helpful. But his proposed legislation is certainly not sensible. The New York Daily News reported that Cuomo said: [t]he President has said the answer is to give teachers guns. To me, that is a bizarre concept. Okay, but why?
Do we think teachers would be irresponsible while carrying guns? Would teachers shoot kids who are not threats? Would bad kids tackle and kill their teachers? Cuomo has not raised substantive arguments like these against the policy he opposes. Supporting Cuomos position, American Federation of Teachers union President Randi Weingarten stated [a]nyone who understands schools understands the insanity of arming teachers.
When renowned TV personality Fred Rogers came to western New York in 1986 to talk about family and relationships, a thousand people showed up to hear his wisdom. But all he cared about was connecting with the one.
Following brief remarks, Rogers opened the floor for questions. A woman in the fifteenth row stood up and haltingly spoke into a microphone handed to her. Mister Rogers, our daughter is now a young adult, she said. She always watched your program, as did I. She now the woman broke down, sobbing.
The audience remained silent, unsure how to respond. Shes going through a very painful divorce and I Emotions again overwhelmed her. Rogers knew what she needed, recalls his friend George Wirth who watched the scene unfold.
He climbs down from the stage, goes to the row shes sitting in, inches all the way across and looks at her face-to-face, recounts Wirth. Then he puts his arms around her and hugs her. It wasnt for the audience; he was doing that for her. Ive never seen anyone do anything like that.
String together 94 minutes of compelling human moments like this and it gives you Wont You Be My Neighbor, the rare documentary that Focus Features is rolling out to wide national release this summer. With a trailer that hit over 20 million views online in just two months unheard of for a doc many predict it will hit big.
Reviews could not be more positive. Moving and illuminating, extols The New York Times. Radically subversive, opines Vox. Then theres one blurb Rogers, an ordained minister, would surely find puzzling: Watching this movie is like freebasing sincerity a scarce resource in our current entertainment hellscape, writes Village Voice. Itll give you warm fuzzies for days.
In our polarized era, such mainstream praise is often reserved for flicks calling for resistance rather than one centered on a childrens educator identified in the film as a lifelong registered Republican. Yet Fred Rogers was always a countercultural figure who defied political labels.
Several generations of Americans (including this one) grew up on Mister Rogers Neighborhood, a half-hour childrens educational show known for its simple sets, expressive puppets and welcoming slow pace. Some will, no doubt, chalk up the documentarys appeal solely to nostalgia.
As the first project since Rogers 2003 death to feature his widow Joanne Rogers and their sons, the film offers much more than a...
This review of Hereditary contains spoilers.
There is an old South Park episode entitled Child Abduction Is Not Funny. In their typically bizarre and occasionally brilliant satirical style, the creators take the town of South Park in a horrific downward spiral towards insanity. It starts with the parents becoming horrified about all the risks to their childrens lives that the news media was blowing out of proportion in 2002, such as domestic terror attacks.
The satire essentially creates ever-shrinking spheres of paranoia. The townsfolk build a wall to keep others out, then Mongolians magically appear to attack it. That doesnt make them feel better, of course, so they separate from society until the news tells them the statistically most likely source of harm to children comes from their own parents. Strictly speaking, this is not true, because its rare for parents to purposefully harm their own children. But what is true is that children are even less at risk from strangers. Abusers tend to be people the children know.
So what is played for laughs in South Park can easily be turned towards horror. The best horror actually gets the audience into the emotional shoes of the protagonist. One of the most effective ways to do this is by tweaking the world in some wayby taking something familiar and making it severe. When the family can be tweaked in this way, it really frightens us.
Thats why the South Park episode is so funny. What reason would 99 percent of parents have to harm their children? Yet the South Park parents start suspecting their own spouses of scheming against their families. Its extremely absurd. Thats where horror lives: the absurd made to seem possible.
This is why the recent horror film Hereditary works so well. It takes a family line and turns that into a villain. This is more common in the real world than most of us realize, which makes the threshold for suspending disbelief lower than normal. Family can be a great source of pain and suffering. This is typically not so in a gross way like child abduction or sexual abuse, but our families of origin are often the sources of our deepest emotional struggles.
This admission is difficult for many Americans on the Right to make. As society deteriorates, conservatives have felt forced to double down on the goodness of family. Thats partially because theres a near-universal consensus that coming from a stable two-parent family is one of the best indicators of future success and happiness in life.
The American Left has extended their Marxist critique of society to the family for a long time now. In many ways, Marxism boils down to equality of outcome that ensures everyone is equally miserable because its impossible to make everyone equally happy and successful. Therefore the family must be undermined as well, simply because a few children have worse families than most kids do.
But two things can be tru...
When Ronald Reagan used the axiom Trust but verify, he meant conservatives should closely monitor organizations and individuals to ensure that their deeds comport with their words. This axiom should apply to a health-care plan that a group the Heritage Foundation leads will unveil this week. While the groups website claims its plan would restore a properly functioning market in the health care sector to lower costs, Heritages own policy analysis suggests otherwise.
Specifically, the Heritage plan would in no way alter what Heritage research describes as the biggest drivers of Obamacares seismic effects on insurance markets. Nor does the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, the legislative basis for the new effort. In fact, a recent version of the bill further undermines the purported flexibility that Graham-Cassidy promises to states, making it even less consistent with the federal principles Heritage invokes in lauding the measure.
In March, Heritage released an analysis of a series of actuarial studies assessing the factors that led individual market health insurance premiums to more than double from 2013 to 2017. In assessing the laws seismic effects, the Heritage paper continually returns to one series of changes as the prime driver:
The largest effect on premiums consists of a cluster of [Obamacare] insurance access requirementsspecifically the guaranteed issue requirement and the prohibitions on medical underwriting and applying coverage exclusions for pre-existing medical conditions under any circumstances. This cluster of regulations collectively accounts for the largest share of premium increases.
The paper discusses at length how these provisions appear to have had the greatest effect on premiums, raising rates for the young and healthy to subsidize the sick. While Obamacare supporters hoped the individual mandate would compel enough healthy individuals to offset those costs, high numbers of people chose to pay the mandate tax or received exemptions from the tax.
The net result was a constellation of rules that repelled relatively healthy people and attracted those who could reasonably expect their medical bills to exceed their premiumswhich Obamacares individual mandate simply failed to counteract, Heritage...
Some people are settling down, some people are settling, and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.
The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, thats just fabulous.
This month marks the twenty-year anniversary of the iconic television series Sex and the City. With smart writing and fantasy fashion, its easy to see why the show was beloved. It featured an irresistible ensemble of women strutting down the street, heads thrown back in laughter, looking forward and looking fabulous, unmoored, but somehow seemingly on course. Carrie Bradshaw was winsome, witty, and chic imperfect, yet perfectly enviable. In watching her, fans had a sneaking feeling that they might be living the wrong life, and that somewhere bright city days filled with brunches and purses, brownstones and love affairs awaited them.
In the same way that the show had an outsized influence on womens fashion, so too did it influence their behavior. Inevitably, there was a vast gulf between how Carries life seemed and how it translated into reality for her fans. Casual hook-ups after a night of drinking Cosmos is decidedly less glamorous in real life. The material aspiration encouraged by the show is imprudent for all but an elite few. Even fewer can sustain the licentious sexuality without lasting physical and emotional wounds. The societal physics of a growing hookup culture result in an increasing number of men who are coarse and entitled and women who feel used and discarded.
Sophisticated moderns think of Leave it to Beaver as a contrived reflection of a societally imposed, but ultimately unfulfilling domesticity. We should now see Sex and the City as the Leave it to Beaver of the sexual revolution: a glossy representation at odds with the sad reality on the ground. Our new conception of the good life for women as highly ambitious sexual libertines has created a generation of Stepford single girls pantomiming a life of glamor that can feel as hollow as it does harmful.
The shows stepchild, Girls, was in many ways a response to this inauthenticity. While reflecting the real sadness and complexity that stems from a hook-up culture, it reassured women that this is just the cost of their empowerment. But reflecting reality turns into validating it, which quickly becomes normalizing it. What we do not get from either of these shows is a way out of that reality.
If theres a way out its in questioning our presuppositions about sex. What have women gained from this experimental reorientation of our understanding of how men and women ought to live and love? Thats the discussion we need.
The traditional understanding of sex is based on the nature o...
Many law students graduate thinking they are neutral entities ready to enter the legal world with an idealistic optimism about being ethical lawyers. In reality, many are already primed for unethical behavior.
Of course, some truly do emerge as honest attorneys, but almost all have taken a turn with some form of questionable behavior. Law school is a training ground for unethical behavior, because it functions like a game.
Most board games have four characteristics that separate them from reality. There is a small and clear set of rules. They are zero-sum. Outcomes are exclusive and there can only be one winner. Finally, board games have low stakes.
Law school is much closer to a board game than many realize, and this leads to very similar behavior. Studies have suggested what experience confirms, that in games like Monopoly, players grow increasingly cynical, selfish, and uncooperative as they advance. Interpersonal relations between players become strained, and small disparities are ripe for exploitation. These may sound like the predatory practices of well-established greasy lawyers, but the seed is planted as early as the first year of law school. Here are four ways that happens.
Every board game comes with a rule sheet. In most cases, the rules are simple enough to understand and limited in scope. Law school has a similar set of rules, either in the form of a handbook, orientation ethics pledge, or the syllabi. Whereas the real world has a complex web of millions of social, legal, and professional rules and procedures, board games and law school operate within more limited frameworks.
In board games, any action not barred by the rules is acceptable. Players have an incentive to push the boundaries and maximize their turn. If one can get away with something, it is strategically optimal to do it.
This small and clear set of rules encourages loopholing, fanciful interpretation, and arguing. If this sounds like law school, it should. Clear rules prohibiting one action but not another will lead to students skirting the boundary and engaging in the non-prohibited activity, even if it is implied by the rule. A student who does not run all the way to the boundary of the rule is disadvantaging himself.
If Player A claims a space in a game, it means Player B cannot have it. Games have limited resources, and if one player hoards them, it necessarily reduces what others can have. In law school, grades are determined on a fixed bell curve. There are a limited number of As, and when they are claimed, no one else in the class can get them. Real estate on the curve isnt just a benefit to one student, it is a detriment to others.
Whereas in the real world a rich man having money does not preclude a poor man from building wealth, in a game, for one player to be rich, another must be poor. Law school curves operate under th...
by Jon Rappoport
June 18, 2018
These are notes I made while assembling my mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix. Keep in mind that this collection contains many imagination exercises, whose purpose is liberating the wide-ranging creative power of the individual.
Every generation perceives it is in an Hour of Need. Why? Because elite forces are attempting to organize a stranglehold on life itself. Soif well-intentioned groups come together to stop this operation, what is the ultimate purpose of these good people? Think it through. The ultimate purpose comes back to The Individual. His freedom, his potential, his power. However, if the individual forgets what he can do, what he can accomplish, what he truly wants, then what difference does it all make? The individual needs to remember what he is, how impactful his potential power is.
The challenge to the individual is: outward projection of a new reality that matches and embodies his profound desires. He projects this reality psychologically, spiritually, emotionally, energetically, physically, through work, in every way possiblein order to create it in the world.
When a new idea comes along, it fractures closely held beloved old ideas.
HARMONY is a concept used cynically by elite controllers to box the mind into repetitive patterns of thought-slavery.
Harmonize with this, harmonize with that, harmonize with oppressive limitations, were all in this together, we can attain peace through sacrificing individuality on the altar of greatest good for the greatest number. All tripe, all propaganda, all pernicious operant conditioning. This is Globalist psychological warfare, dressed up to look like a utopia just over the next hill.
On the other hand, a launch of imagination, of creative action, of power, of achievement, of fulfillment of desire, of manifestation of desireall this occurs with DISHARMONY.
That statement may bring puzzlement to some mindsbecause the propaganda in favor of harmony is so widespread.
Every status quo is a condition of manufactured artificial harmony.
Hence the word BREAKTHROUGH. A breakthrough signals a fracture in the status quo.
For example, what was known or assumed about the ability of humans to fly from one location to another was, at one time, an accepted and harmonious status quountil it wasnt. Until engineers conceived and built planes.
ORDER was: humans cant fly. CHAOS was: yes, they can. Eventually, plane flight was folded into a new status quo.
When painters like Van Eyck and Raphael and Piero della Francesca rendered persp...
Today's greed-driven plutocrats know that solidarity with the disadvantaged and mistreated is jeopardized whenever differences like race, gender, and religion are emphasized and exaggerated. That's why they highlight these differences while downplaying similarities in the concerns and aspirations we all share.
When Monica Bartley goes to the polls, she depends on her status as a longtime voter whom poll workers recognize. She maneuvers her wheelchair up a temporary ramp. The poll workers have already prepared the ballot-marking device she uses to complete her ballot. They no longer need to hover over her shoulder as she casts her vote, or insist on taking the ballot from her and inserting it into an optical scanner.
Thanks to several years of explanations from Bartley, they understand that her disabilities do not interfere with her ability to vote privately and independently, as is her constitutional right. But such accommodation is hardly the norm at polling sites across the United States. And Bartley takes a special interest in all this: She works for the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY), where she leads a regular survey of polling sites across New York City. The surveys show that little has changed in the past 15 years.
Indeed, from doorways too narrow for a wheelchair to pass through to a lack of accessible voting technology, voters with disabilities face significant barriers on Election Day and turnout suffers. Estimates suggest that if people with disabilities voted at the same rates as able-bodied citizens, 3 million more ballots would be cast, or about two and a half percent of the voting population.
What seems like a minor inconvenience to an able-bodied voter can be a make-or-break factor for a disabled voter.
Lack of wheelchair accessibility, inadequate signage, and underprepared poll workers all common challenges persist as significant logistical barriers to voting.
CIDNYs most recent survey, conducted during the November 2016 general elections, found that 78 percent of polling sites in New York failed to meet compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) despite current and comprehensive materials outlining federal st...
I often ask audiences at my lectures whether they think city governments should make a profit. I do this because of the reaction, which is immediate and visceral: NO! The overwhelming reaction I get is that city government provides services, and profit should not be a consideration. Many people are appalled by the suggestion.
And, in a way, I understand. We dont often think of profit as something worthy of a collective pursuit. In many ways, we have more altruistic notions of what our local governments should be, even if that notion is simply to maintain my own road at a price in dollars and transaction costs less than what I would be willing to pay to do it myself.
Yet, what is a profit? In accounting terminology, profit is a condition where revenues exceed expenses. Thats it. If you have more money coming in than you have going out, you are making a profit.
As part of my lecture, I explain how Walmart must make a profit they must have more revenue than expenses if they want to stay in business. (I specifically choose Walmart and not a company like Amazon or Tesla where the capital markets dont seemingly care about profits, which says more about the capital markets than those companys prospects).
The requirement of making a profit is true of Walmart, but its also true of an orphanage. While the goal of an orphanage isnt to maximize profit, no matter how much social good an orphanage does, and regardless of how desperately it is needed, if it doesnt run a profit, if it's revenues don't exceed expenses, it will also go out of business.
Once you accept this hard, cold reality about an orphanage which is, literally, a place for helping desperate children then its not much of a leap to grasp the fact that cities, too, must run a profit. Your local government must have more revenue than expenses, year after year, or bad things happen.
When people suggest that we should, run government like a business, I agree with them in the sense that we should apply business principles to the running of local government. That big-hearted council member who loves parks and wants affordable housing for everyone is a menace to society if they cant also understand a balance sheet. That no-nonsense council member who just wants to keep city government focused on building roads and providing parking is a disaster if they dont grasp a P&L statement.
And, worst of all, when that professional staff member recommends the city take on debt, assume some long-term obligation or undertake some massive project despite not having a basic understanding of the financial implications of their advice, they should be run out of town.
This is why it often provides me a great deal of relief when private-sector business people wind up working in government. One of...
Anonymous employees at the Village of Bolingbrooks IT department confirm that Mayor Roger Claars android double malfunctioned during the 6/12/18 board meeting.
It almost shifted into combat mode during the Trustee Comments portion of the agenda, said Blake, who asked that we not use his real name. That would have been embarrassing since now were broadcasting each meeting on Facebook, and people were actually watching the stream that night.
According to the employees, the android detected two former members of the opposition group Citizens for a Better Bolingbrook in the audience Bonnie Kurowski-Alicea, and Robert Bowen as well as Will County Board member Jackie Traynere.
Alice, another employee who asked that we not use her real name, explained: I didnt realize it at the time, but Roger 2.0 cant distinguish between someone attacking a viewpoint and a physical attack. Someone, I wont name him, forgot to add that small but important piece of code to his programming. So anyway, when 2.0 saw those people in the audience, it assumed that it was about to be physically attacked. Thats why it was about to go into combat mode before I hit the manual override button. This same someone thought it was more important to create a cool android rather than a safe android. I could say something about programmers watching too much anime, but I wont.
She went on to explain that in override mode, the android couldnt talk. So, she called Claar and told him that he would have to control the android from his study at home.
Roger wasnt happy, said Alice. He said he was about to post an epic rant on Facebook, and I was ruining his concentration. I told him that if he didnt take over, the android would be mute for the rest of the meeting. Since people were actually watching this meeting on Facebook, it would be in his best interest to take over Unless he wanted residents wondering why he was speechless after (Trustee Robert Jaskiewiczs) comments. Roger said some words to me that you cant publish, then took over.
Blake said he was glad no one was killed but was disappointed in how the meeting ended: Roger 2.0 was going to give a speech about the ...
New Eastern Outlook
Despite tremendous hardship which the Venezuelan people are having to face, despite the sanctions and intimidation from abroad, President Nicols Maduro has won a second six-year term.
Two weeks ago, at the Venezuelan embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, where I addressed several leaders of East African left-wing opposition, an acting Charge d Affaires, Jose Avila Torres, declared: People of Venezuela are now facing similar situation as the Syrian people.
True. Both nations, Venezuela and Syria, are separated by a tremendous geographical distance, but they are united by the same fate, same determination and courage.
During the Spanish Civil War, Czech anti-fascist fighters, volunteers in the International Brigades, used to say: In Madrid we are fighting for Prague. Madrid fell to Francos fascists in October 1939. Prague had been occupied by German troops several months earlier, in March 1939. It was the blindness and cowardice of the European leaders, as well as the support which the murderous fascist hordes received from populations of all corners of the continent, which led to one of the greatest tragedies in modern history a tragedy which only ended on May 9, 1945, when the Soviet troops liberated Prague, defeating Nazi Germany and de facto saving the world.
More than 70 years later, the world is facing another calamity. The West, mentally unfit to peacefully end its several centuries long murderous reign over the planet a reign that has already taken several hundreds of millions of human lives is flexing its muscle and madly snapping in all directions, provoking, antagonizing and even directly attacking countries as far apart as North Korea (DPRK), China, Iran, Russia, Syria and Venezuela.
What is happening now is not called fascism or Nazism, but it clearly is precisely that, as the barbaric rule is based on a profound spite for non-Western human lives, on fanatical right-wing dogmas which are stinking of exceptionalism, and on the unbridled desire to control the world.
Many countries that refused to yield to brutal Western force were recently literally leveled with the ground, including Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq. In...
I am constantly amazed about the ability of the powers that be to keep doing what is morally wrong while justifying it as legally right.
The Colville Tribes are expanding their hemp operation in Washington state.
As internet use took off at the turn of the millennium, the Office of Management and Budget asked the Internal Revenue Service to create no-cost electronic tax-filing options for low- and moderate-income taxpayers. The tech-challenged agency turned to the online tax-preparation industry for help and soon struck a deal with companies such as Intuit (the maker of TurboTax) and H&R Block, which had organized as a 12-member consortium called the Free File Alliance.
The Free File Alliance agreed to offer tax-prep service to millions of Americans at no charge. In exchange, the IRS pledged to not compete with the Consortium in providing free, online tax return preparation and filing services to taxpayers.
The arrangement went into effect in 2003 and the IRS and the alliance have kept the framework in place ever since. Today the Free File system appears on track to become permanent. In April, the House voted unanimously to enshrine the provision in law, and the Senate is now considering whether to follow suit.
Its hard to argue with the goal of the program. Free File theoretically allows 70 percent of American taxpayers to prepare and file their taxes at no cost. More than 50 million no-cost returns have been filed using the program over the past 16 years, according to the IRS, saving users about $1.5 billion in fees. Intuit lauds the program as an example of a public/private partnership that works. And Tim Hugo, executive direc...
Native women suffer from violent crime at some of the highest rates in the United States.
Key members of Congress are taking a look a subsistence, just a week after tribes scored an unusual victory in a treaty rights case.
Mental health professionals are gravely concerned about the known effects of the cruel and inhumane policy of tearing children away from their parents who have made extraordinary sacrifices to protect them. We are horrified as we helplessly witness our government inflicting psychological damage upon vulnerable people. Forced separations are a form of child abuse, psychological torture, reckless endangerment...
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