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Friday, 17 August


Medical Clinical Trials Have Changed World History Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Health Editors Note: Clinical trials are observations or experiments done in clinical research. In present time, a clinical trial can cost billions of dollars to get a drug approved.  As you can see from the historical aspect of this article, that was not always the case.Carol    First Clinical Trial in Medicine Changed World History []


Water Terrorist and USFS Supervisor Joby Timm is Reassigned #NoMVP It's Going Down

The post Water Terrorist and USFS Supervisor Joby Timm is Reassigned #NoMVP appeared first on It's Going Down.

Update from the Appalachian territory about the reassignment of a notorious goon of the pipeline industry.

Known Water Terrorist and USFS Jefferson National Forest Supervisor Joby Timm has been temporarily reassigned to the U.S. Forest Services regional office in Atlanta. Although reassigned, Timm will remain on the Water Terrorist List for using his role as a national agency supervisor to protect the interests of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, that included the abuse of water and forest protectors in the Hellbender Autonomous Zone and the destruction of a public woodlands that is key ecosystem for clean headwaters and a protected environment for endangered species.

As the Jefferson National Forest Supervisor, Joby Timm conspired with Mountain Valley Pipeline private security, Global Security. His coordination with private security included using his law officers to knowing starve and endanger the safety of Nutty, Deckard, and Fern who took to ariel blockades and monopods on forest service roads and trees in order to stop destructive pipeline construction. Timm authorized officers to use heavy ATVs on the Appalachian Trail, a federal protected public trail when monitoring Nutty, Deckard, Fern, and the support camp at the Hellbender Autonomous Zone. While Nutty, Deckard, and Fern gave us all inspiration to fight oil and gas infrastructure and federal repression, Joby Timm demonstrated that the US Forest Service continues to support a nationalist agenda of colonization and ecocide.

In July of 2018 an appeals court came down on the Forest Service for dismissing multiple environmental concerns when granting the Mountain Valley Pipeline to fell trees and trench through a public forest. The USFS now has to reconsider the permit they previously granted because it was struck down by 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and prompted the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to order a stop work order on the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.



Victory For The Peace Movement: Military Parade Canceled, #AntiwarAutumn Goes Forward PopularResistance.Org

August 16 - As resistance to the November military parade, ordered by President Trump, was gaining momentum, the Pentagon announced tonight that the parade is being "postponed" into 2019, which means it is essentially canceled. The parade was widely opposed by people in the United States. Army Times conducted a poll of its readers; 51,000 responded and 89 percent said, No, Its a waste of money and troops are too busy. A Quinnipiac University poll found 61 percent of voters disapprove of the military parade, while only 26 percent support the idea.


Trump Parade Canceled -- Peace Parade Goes Forward OpEdNews

A few days after an over-hyped white supremacist rally in Washington, D.C., was massively outnumbered by people opposed to racism, and one day after 187 organizations (more than that now) publicly committed to turning out people to counter Donald Trump's planned weapons parade with a parade for peace in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, and less than a day after the U.S. military said the weapons parade...


Globalist Traitors Seek to Delete History--Who Are the Real Fascists? OpEdNews

An examination of corporate mainstream-media bias and censorship as regards its coverage of globalist and constitutionalist issues.


30 Dreamy Places To Visit In North America True Activist


The world is an incredible place. And while many dream of visiting hundreds of gorgeous places around the world, its easy to forget what may just be sitting around in your very own neighborhood. While the United States is known for quite a number of tourist attractions, there are a couple more places that arent as well known, but are just as Instagram worthy.

While some of these next few photos of amazing places may surprise you, the others are just too good to not put on the list.

Thors Well, Oregon


Thors Well is located by the Oregon coast in Yachats. Although its called a well, it looks more like a giant sinkhole thats endlessly flowing into the Pacific Ocean. While it looks like theres no end to the seemingly bottomless pit, some say that its probably only around 20-feet deep. This doesnt make it any less dangerous than it appears though.


What Its Like to be a Cutter in Prison The Marshall Project

"This isnt a place that provides treatment, help, or even empathy to those who suffer from stress, depression, and mental illness."


Making Monsters: Ronald Perelman It's Going Down

The post Making Monsters: Ronald Perelman appeared first on It's Going Down.

There are over 2 thousand billionaires in the world, and many of them enjoy luxurious lives without facing the consequences of their greed. This column aims to change that.

In just a century, capitalism and globalization have managed to create and solidify the existence of a super-class of human: the billionaire. Oil tycoon John Rockefeller became the worlds first billionaire just over 100 years ago, in 1916.

Now being a billionaire is much more common, according to Forbes, who counted 2,208 billionaires in its 2018 Annual World Billionaires Issue. In 2017 alone, the billionaire class made enough money to end extreme poverty seven times, according to Time Magazine.

The existence of billionaires has become so normalized and glamorized that Forbes is on its 32nd edition of the World Billionaires Issue. Reporting on the existence and wealth of billionaires without holding them accountable for their greed and power is nothing more than pro-billionaire propaganda.

Millions of U.S. voters admired Trump solely because he is a billionaire, choosing to believe he is a genius of business, despite numerous failed business attempts and proven scams. Remember Trump University?

Conservatives are not alone in their blind respect for wealth. Liberals eat-up billionaires who they consider to be good people. Kylie Jenner, Oprah Winfrey, Bill and Melinda Gates and Elon Musk are a few seeming favorites.



Cold Case Files Reopened and Solved with Modern Technology True Activist

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Some cases remain unsolved for many years that they havent just become cold, theyve become frozen in time. The pieces of evidence gathered get buried in paperwork and in more recent cases. In fact, investigators oftentimes give up because it has led them to a dead end and there was nowhere else to go. But sometimes, if the road forward is blocked, its also good to take a step back. Its a good thing then that there are individuals out there who just wont give up. Theyve made it their lifes goal to catch the perpetrator, and because theyve taken the step back, they were able to spark interest until the case was actually solved. We also have to give credit to modern technology for this.

Science has evolved so much in the past decade that it has definitely made the cops jobs easier to close a case and point to the exact culprit.

John List

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John List. The name has become notorious since he killed his own family in 1971 wife, mother, and three children. This serial killer roamed free for 19 years and he basically disappeared from society after that. No one knew where he was but cops assumed that he went under a different alia...


Putin: Iran to Leave Syria, US Can Stay Forever Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Editors note: This is from a Reuters interview published in Russia quoting an anonymous senior US official.  If this is accurate it means it was Putin that was rear ended like a dog by Trump in Helsinki, not the other way around. On July 16, US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin []



Its My Birthday; Time to Shake What My Mama Gave Me! Freethought Blogs

Its my birthday and its not complete without my annual birthday dance. Every year I do a birthday dance on my birthday, and I enjoy comparing the dance videos to see how far I have come, interesting memories.

It has been a particularly difficult and emotionally tasking year with the sudden loss of my mum. I had to process different emotions in my personal life and confront prevalent social ills in my professional life, especially made difficult as the only black person in an all-white work environment where the words Inclusivity and diversity are alien language.

However, despite it all, as I turn 43 today, I feel like a hot pie and the only girl in the world.

This is my first birthday as an orphan and I especially miss my beautiful mum because she would have woken me up with a birthday song and try to sneak in some unsolicited prayers! I miss her so much today. I dedicate this birthday dance to my departed beloved parents. You were my vehicles to this world, and I appreciate it.

Thanks to everyone who touched my life in one way or another and left positive impacts. To these who left only negative memories, may our parts never cross again. Positive vibes only.

Thanks, lovely people for all the birthday greetings and lovely wishes, much appreciated.

Happy Birthday to meits time to shake what my mama gave me!



This is CNN Commentator Agrees with NY Gov: America Has Never Been Great Alternative News Network

This is CNN Commentator Agrees with NY Gov: America Has Never Been Great

CNNs Angela Rye pushes Fake News lie that President Trump is promoting racial division.

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Pompeo on the Prowl: US Establishes Action Group to Coordinate Anti-Iran Policies 21st Century Wire

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Tehran must change its behaviour (AFP)

Middle East Eye reports

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday the establishment of the Iran Action Group, a task-force that would coordinate all of President Donald Trumps efforts against Iran.

The group will be led by Brian Hook, a State Department official who served as an adviser to John Bolton in 2006 when the Iran hawk was US ambassador to the United Nations.

The Iran Action Group will be responsible for directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Departments Iran-related activity, and will report directly to me, Pompeo said at a news conference.

In May Trump withdrew out of the Iran nuclear deal, despite the protests of European allies. The agreement saw Iran drastically scale back its nuclear programme in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.

Washington re-imposed sanctions on Iran earlier this month with more measures against the Islamic Republics oil industry set to take place in November.

On Thursday, Pompeo slammed the deal as flawed, vowing to pressure Tehran in a campaign of support for the long-suffering Iranian people.

Our hope is that one day soon we can reach a new agreement with Iran, Pompeo said. But we must see major changes in the regimes behaviour both inside and outside of its borders.

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a Washington-based advocacy group, slammed the establishment of the Iran Action Group, calling it an attempt to implement Pompeos dangerous vision for Iran without the scrutiny of State Department officials.

The Iran Action Group echoes the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, when the George W. Bush administration launched the Office of Special Plans out of the Pentagon to cherry-pick intelligence and make the case for a bloody war, NIAC president Jamal Abdi said in a statement.

It is particularly alarming that Brian Hook, a person who touted his ties to John Bolton and oversaw a disastrous deterioration of Iran policy, is tasked with escalating tension with Iran and sabotaging diplomatic opportunities.

Hook said the goal of his division will be to execute Trumps Iran strategy to protect the security of the US and its allie...


Israel Tests Chemical Weapons In Gaza, US Exposed For Protecting ISIS & Impending US Cyberattacks The Last American Vagabond

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 (8/16/18). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth []

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FCC hits Alex Jones radio station with $15K fine Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

[Editors note: Make no mistake, all the bans on Alex Jones by Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter and others is nothing more than a cynical campaign to rehabilitate the shot-to-pieces credibility of the blustering, bloviating Texan scumbag. In recent years, Jones has been thoroughly discredited, exposed time and again as nothing more than a well-financed disinfo op []


Defunct Nuclear Power Plant on California Coast Is a Fukushima Waiting to Happen The Anti-Media

san onofre(ANTIMEDIA) San Onofre, CA  A nuclear power plant in Southern California that was shut down in 2012 continues to leak radioactive material and poses a threat to nearby communities. The aging San Onofre, located in San Clemente, CA, was shut down in 2012 amid a leak that occurred due to malpractice. According to a report released in 2016, []


5 arrested as Burnaby pipeline protest camp dismantled Warrior Publications


An excavator on site dismantles a structure at Camp Cloud in Burnaby, B.C. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Deadline for camp structures and shelters to be removed was Sunday


Mainstream media hypocrisy on display: Corporate Media Join in Editorializing for Press Freedom"for Themselves OpEdNews

Hundreds of US newspapers large and small ran editorials Thursday defending Press Freedom and condemning Trump's attacks on the media, but the defense they put up is limited to them. They ignore alternative media and the whistleblowers who often provide them with their most important stories, writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff


The relationship between thoughts and words Freethought Blogs

Frans de Waal is a well-known primatologist who has written many books on the behaviors of apes and what we have learned about them and from them. In an excerpt from his 2016 book Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, he discusses the relationship between thought and words. He does not share the enthusiasm of many of his fellow scientists to talk with animals to find out what the think, largely because what even humans say may not be accurate reflections of what they are thinking, so why would we place any more credence on what other animal species may tell us?

No one is going to admit to murderous thoughts, stinginess or being a jerk. People lie all the time, so why would they stop in front of a psychologist who writes down everything they say? In one study, female college students reported more sex partners when they were hooked up to a fake lie-detector machine, demonstrating that they had been lying when interviewed without the lie-detector. I am in fact relieved to work with subjects that dont talk. I dont need to worry about the truth of their utterances. Instead of asking them how often they engage in sex, I just count the occasions. I am perfectly happy being an animal watcher.

But he goes on to say that his objections run deeper because the relationship between thoughts and words is highly murky, despite the widespread assumption that language is at the root of human thought.

It is now widely accepted that, even though language assists human thinking by providing categories and concepts, it is not the stuff of thought. We dont actually need language in order to think.

As the chief architect of the modern concept of mind, the American philosopher Jerry Fodor, put it in The Language of Thought (1975): The obvious (and I should have thought sufficient) refutation of the claim that natural languages are the medium of thought is that there are non-verbal organisms that think.

You wont often hear me say something like this, but I consider humans the only linguistic species. We honestly have no evidence for symbolic communication, equally rich and multifunctional as ours, outside our species. Language parallels between our species and others have been called a red herring.

There is a notable irony here. In an earlier age, the absence of language was used as an argument against the existence of thought in other species. Today I find myself upholding the position that the manifest reality of thinking by nonlinguistic creatures argues against the importance of language.

I personally do not believe that we think in words, even though I fancy myself as a writer. In fact, it is precisely because I write so much that I am skeptical. As anyone w...


A New Low for the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. OpEdNews

On August 14, 2018, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released the grand-jury report about priest-sex-abuse and the cover-ups by bishops in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania. Thus far, Pope Francis has been silent about the report. But with the help of Stephen Greenblatt's 2017 book about Adam and Eve, I want to discuss St. Augustine's influence on the church's unfortunate teachings about sex.


Believers Seek Solace in the Words of the Holy Bible Guardian Liberty Voice

Times of uncertainty often occurs when it is least expected. Searching for solace is human nature, and using the internet seems to be a favorite place to look. Even with reports indicating there is a strong surge of increased atheism, especially among millennials, searches for the Word the God have maintained a steady pace. The []


Google is Evil and I Hate Them Freethought Blogs

Youtube recommendations. Its bad enough the comment sections are eye-scorching shit pits. You can ignore that by not scrolling down. But due to the wide aspect ratio of most monitors, you will see the recommendations in the sidebar. And thanks to their fucking algorithms, if you watch almost anything it will recommend fascist propaganda. Theyve personally turned swaths of the youngest generations into a brigade of Hitler youth.

For my purposes, I just want ONE FUCKING THING from them. When I say Im not interested in a channel, STOP FUCKING SHOWING ME THAT CHANNEL YOU GODDAMN FUCKHOLES. Im not saying, ooh, gosh, not interested at the mome, but maybe Ill turn into a nazi in the next ten minutes, so feel free to show me that later.

Im saying nuke that shit. If I had the option to annihilate other peoples channels with a button, if I had a button that would force a nazi channels creator to be hauled out of their house, beaten and smothered in goose shit, Id push that button too.

I want ONE basic courtesy out of the dominant video platform on the internet, run by a company that used to say dont be evil. I want the ability to truly block literally genocidal literal fascists from my computer screen. If I had children, Id want to shield them from the same, without having to install third party extensions.

Google, burn in hell you fucking shite.

-I should clarify, theres a reason I dont use browser extensions to block the sidebar altogether. If I didnt, google would build a profile of me that says anything goes, which would gradually skew fascist no matter what I did. I have been able to tease the interface into giving me far fewer fascist videos than when I watched atheist shit, but some channels are just plagued.


Dispatches From Spokane: Introduction Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

My family and I recently packed up our belongings and moved to Spokane, Washington. Neither my wife nor I have prior history here, which naturally prompts the question: Why Spokane? As for many others who make a long distance move, the answer is complicated, but for us its a mixture of being closer to family and seeking out opportunity.

As we get to know our new city, it has offered me an opportunity for an intimate look at a new place through a Strong Towns lens. Ive decided to bring readers along for the ride. In the coming months I will be writing a series of posts with anecdotes about my new home mixed with data, analysis, and commentary about current issues as they relate to the things we talk about at Strong Towns.

Today, we will learn a bit about the history of Spokane and see what lessons we can glean from past experience. To be clear, our focus is on Spokane as a city. This region has been inhabited for millennia, but it wasnt until the 19th century that a permanent settlement began to take root.


Like most cities, Spokane started out as a betspecifically, the kind of bet Strong Towns president Chuck Marohn talks about in his Curbside Chat. In 1873, James Nettle Glover and a business partner purchased the claims to the land around the falls on the Spokane River. They knew the falls could be harnessed for power to operate lumber mills, but they were hoping for an even bigger prize: the Northern Pacific Railroad.

Like hundreds and thousands of gamblers across the continent, Glover was willing to take a risk in hopes of reaching a critical mass that would launch the new city into permanence. Unlike hundreds and perhaps thousands of others, his big gamble paid off: the Northern Pacific Railroad came to Spokane in 1881 and the city boomed. This is the year the city was officially incorporated with a population of about 1,000 people.

The growth experienced during this period is probably a little hard to fathom. By 1885 the city counted almost 9,000 residents. By 1890, 19,000 residents. The population continued to grow exponentially, reaching over 100,000 residents by 1910. Think about that: in the time it takes a newborn to graduate high school, Spokane went from a village of less than 1,000 people to a metropolis of 100,000. Two historic photos, from 1895 and 1914, illustrate the change:



Heres What Is Happening In Turkey: Sanctions, Erdogan, And Border Conflicts The Federalist


Nicholas Danforth is a historian and an expert on Turkey and the Middle East, as well as a senior policy analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Danforth joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss Trumps sanctions on Turkey, the rise of Erdogan, Turkeys border crisis, and the Iran deal.

One of the reasons Turkish relations with the U.S. became as strained as they were had to do with Syria, and had to do with the increasing divergence in interests in Syria, he said. Ideally the United States and Turkey would have worked together against ISISthey refused.

Listen here:


Amazons Alexa ECHO DOT Installed CAMPUS WIDE - The ORWELLIAN NIGHTMARE Is Here! Latest blog

Privacy on campus is now a thing of the past, the Orwellian nightmare is official here! In George Orwells 1984 one character is quoted as saying "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on the human face, forever". Have we now, today gotten to a point that is comparable to this fictional nightmarish scenario? In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth exposes the latest announcement from the University of St. Louis to instal dorm wide spying devices courtesy of Alexa by Amazon.


Recent study finds that household cleaning chemicals decrease lung function over time Alternative News Network

Recent study finds that household cleaning chemicals decrease lung function over time

(Natural News) Being clean may do wonders for your health, but how you do...


Eating fried food just twice per week increases your chance of early death Alternative News Network

Eating fried food just twice per week increases your chance of early death

(Natural News) Fried foods are full of acrylamide, a known carcinogen. According to research, consuming things like French fries at least twice a week can significantly increase the risk of premature death. For the study, which was conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers monitored 4,400 men and women for eight years. The participants were aged 45...


Butternut squash offers an excellent way to increase your vitamin C levels Alternative News Network

Butternut squash offers an excellent way to increase your vitamin C levels

(Natural News) Youve most likely heard it said a number of times: Squash is a good source of vitamin A. And it is, indeed. A cup of butternut squash is enough to supply almost 300 percent of your bodys needed vitamin A. But what you dont hear much is how butternut squash can be a




Bill Proposes Greater Accountability for New York Prosecutors Who Break the Law Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

In 2013, ProPublica published a series of reports finding that New York prosecutors are almost never punished for misconduct that can land innocent people in prison or let the guilty go free.

That could change in the coming days.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has a bill before him that would create a commission to bring a greater measure of accountability to prosecutors who withhold evidence, suborn perjury or commit other ethical violations that undermine justice. It would be the first of its kind in the country and conceivably create a model for other states to follow.

The bill, passed overwhelmingly by the Senate and Assembly in June, authorizes the governor, the Legislature and the states chief judge to pick 11 people to investigate allegations of misconduct. The panel, when it sees fit, could issue warnings and recommend sanctions, or even firings, to the governor.

Now, prosecutors are overseen like any other lawyer by disciplinary committees attached to the states appellate courts. But ProPublicas 2013 analysis found that even when convictions are thrown out as a result of harmful misconduct on the part of prosecutors, the appellate courts often fail to refer them to disciplinary committees.

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Hackers Steal $13 Million from Bank ATMs in 28 Countries Activist Post

By Joseph Jankowski Just days after an FBI warning of the prospect of a worldwide mass hacking plot that could have millions withdrawn from bank...


PLANET X INCOMING: BIRTH PANGS JULY 2018 (VIDEO) Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

PLANET X INCOMING: BIRTH PANGS JULY 2018 (VIDEO) This month was marked by incredible amounts of water falling in a very short period of time all over the world; killing thousands, displacing millions and damaging more crops. China, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, South Africa, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Sweden, Russia, Italy and the US, []


US Military Spending Bill Could Force Al Jazeera to Register as Foreign Agent Activist Post

By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM)  Foreign-owned media outlets that dont always toe the line in the US could find themselves under dramatically increased scrutiny under the 2019...


Report Finds 100 Priests in One City Ran Horrific Pedophile Ring, As Govt Looked the Other Way Activist Post

By Rachel Blevins Pittsburgh, PA As a scathing grand jury report reveals that hundreds of Catholic priests in the state of Pennsylvania sexually abused...


Iowa High Court Nullifies Horrible U.S. Supreme Court Fourth Amendment Precedent Activist Post

By Michael Maharrey A recent ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court effectively nullified bad U.S. Supreme Court precedent in the state. The decision was a...


Weed-Killing Carcinogen Glyphosate Found In Childrens Foods The Last American Vagabond

The known carcinogen and infamous weed killing chemical glyphosate has just been found in breakfast foods marketed for children. A new study has discovered trace amounts of the most widely used herbicide in the country in oats, granolas, and snack bars. Concern over glyphosate has continued to grow in the United States in recent years.  Although the chemical []

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Tragic Consequences from Digital Addiction Now Include German Children Drowning Because Parents Are Distracted by Their Phones Activist Post

By B.N. Frank The Opioid Crisis is hurting people all over the world not just the addicts.  Funding has been approved in the U.S....


Israel Again Tests Chemical Weapons On Gaza Protesters The Last American Vagabond

The Israeli Occupation is once again testing a strange new and unknown weapon on civilians protesting the illegal siege on Gaza, at the separation barrier fence last Friday. Below is video footage of this new weapon technology. Have you seen anything like this before? Also on Friday, a 14-year-old child inhaled an unknown neurotoxin that []

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After Releasing Suspected School Shooters, Child Killers, Feds Trash Compound, Destroying Evidence The Free Thought Project


After releasing five suspected terrorists accused of plotting school shootings and killing a toddler authorities raid their compound and destroy potential evidence.

The post After Releasing Suspected School Shooters, Child Killers, Feds Trash Compound, Destroying Evidence appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Queer Eye Star Warns Democrats Are Done For If They Go Too Far Left The Federalist

Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness angered liberals Wednesday in a tweet urging the Democrat Party not to go too left.

According to Van Ness, Democrats need to push moderate candidates in the 2018 midterms that will win over undecided voters, or the party is done for.

Luckily a lot to extreme right people won yesterday, meaning that if we can come up w center left candidates we can take back the house & senate, not to mention many state legislatures, he tweeted. It is so important for the left to not go too left or we are done for.

The popular Netflix show features five gay men who help other men reform themselves by changing their habits. The series has a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has been called earnest and endearing. For his part, Van Ness focuses on self-care teaching men how to take care of their hair and skin.

Some of Van Nesss followers pushed back on his tweet, saying that going centrist with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2018 resulted in Donald Trump winning the presidency. Van Ness responded by saying that demanding all or nothing is what elected Trump.

Shortly afterwards, Van Ness posted a video explaining his positions. He opens saying, [The Left and the Right] are really being played by people in newsrooms who are just writing things for headlines.

He admitted that theres a lot to be mad about, but said that either side getting everything they want is not healthy for the country. He also lamented the division in the country.

The Right thinks that all of the Democrats are the devil, and the Left thinks that all of the Republicans are racist nightmares, he said.

Government moves slowly, according to Van Ness, and change wont happen all at once.



Following Push By Bolton, Trump Green Lights More Cyberattacks The Last American Vagabond

National security adviser John Bolton began the effort to remove the directive after he took up his position in April. President Donald Trump took steps on Wednesday to loosen limits on when the US government can deploy cyberweapons against adversaries, reversing Obama-era guidelines, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Trump signed an order reversing Presidential Policy Directive []

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The Road to Idlib and Beyond, Where Next for Syria? 21st Century Wire

Peter Ford, former British Ambassador to Syria 2003 2006

With military operations in the South virtually over, attention inevitably turns to the North and specifically to Idlib province, the last major redoubt of the armed opposition to the Syrian government. A number of other challenges, however, lie ahead besides Idlib before the Syrian government can rest easy. 

Islamic State

The first of these is unfinished business with what remains of Islamic State in what Syrians call the Badiya, the vast swathes of steppe which span sections of Suweida, Damascus, Homs and Deir Ez Zor provinces. Largely inhabited by Druze, Sweida was witness recently to a series of raids and suicide attacks by Islamic State which left over 200 dead. This caused some bitterness among the Druze who felt they had been left exposed by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), but the feelings were mutual: the SAA are not enamoured of a Druze minority which has largely stayed aloof from Syrias conflict and refused to let its sons be conscripted or if conscripted be sent to other battlefields.

Possibly mindful of the need to keep the Druze onside, the SAA, it appears, will now focus on countering IS in the Badiya before any major operations in Idlib. This will not be straightforward as IS has shifted to hit and run tactics and rarely now tries to hold territory. IS also benefits from the existence of the US-controlled Al Tanf enclave near where the borders of Syria, Jordan and Iraq meet. In June UK RAF aircraft bombed and killed pro-government forces which were chasing IS on the fringes of the 55 km radius enclave. The Al Rukban makeshift refugee camp, home to 50,000 people which is within the area imposed by the US as a no go zone for Syrian government forces, is also a sheltered hiding  place for IS.

It was Al Rukban which was the object of a recent Russian offer to the US to cooperate on resettling the refugees, along with a proposal to work together on demining in Raqqa.  Elements in the US administration hostile to any cooperation with Russia leaked and spun the offer as Russia asks for US funds to rebuild Syria and the proposal sank.

Despite these obstacles it is fairly safe to predi...


Los Angeles Times Speaks Out About 300 Anti-Trump Editorials The Federalist

The Los Angeles Times has decided not join 300 other news papers in publishing an editorial in opposition to Donald Trumps habit of calling members of the news media fake news, because it would prove the presidents point that the media are a monolithic cabal.

In a post published early Thursday morning, the Los Angeles Times explained its decision to not answer The Boston Globes call to publish editorials decrying Trumps frequent attacks on the media. Heres what the Times wrote:

The president himself already treats the media as a cabal enemies of the people, he has called us, suggesting over and over that were in cahoots to do damage to the country. The idea of joining together to protest him seems almost to encourage that kind of conspiracy thinking by the president and his loyalists. Why give them ammunition to scream about collusion?

Makes sense. Calling for all members of the media to all say exactly the same thing in opposition to Trump, whose entire fake news schtick is based on the fact that the media monolithically opposes him by all repeating the same thing seems like losing strategy to convince skeptical Americans that the press is not all in bed together when it comes to resisting the Trump administration.


Congress Addresses Yemen, Trump Ignores Much Of 2019 NDAA & Systemic Child Abuse With MSM Coverup The Last American Vagabond

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 (8/15/18). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth []

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Stanford Study Says You Cant Find Your Passion, You Must Develop Passion TruthTheory

By Fattima Mahdi

According to Implicit Theories of Interest: Find Your Passion or Developing It? a paper published in Psychological Science by three Stanford University researchers, popular mantras like follow your passion create the belief that pursuing a passion is easy. However, interests do not arrive fully formed, ready for you to coast the rest of the way. Instead, they require constant work, you must actively take the steps necessary to develop the skills and attributes that will allow you to pursue your goals. In essence, if you want to develop passion it will be far from easy. It will takes days, weeks, months and even years of hard work to actualise your dreams.

Paul OKeefe, Carol Dweck and Gregory Walton conducted a series of laboratory studies that examined the belief systems that lead people to succeed or fail. The participants were either techie passionate about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) or fuzzy passionate about humanities and arts. 470 participants were observed as they read articles and watched videos on topics that interested them. They found that participants who were engrossed in one topic were less likely t...


The Mistake You Make in Every Political Argument The Anti-Media

Political ArgumentOdds are good that, in any given political argument, your dispute is about relevant facts, not moral positions. (FEE Opinion)  Weve all been sufficiently frustrated by the gap between the values someone espouses and the policies they support that weve gotten into political arguments to help them see their error. Perhaps, if were more honest about []


The Baltic suicide: How Washington recruits the guerrillas OpEdNews

Eventually, the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have nothing to object to NATO's plans of turning their countries just into battlefields. And they even don't care how much people will die for their ambitions.


I've Been Censored Too! OpEdNews

The censorship movement against the tellers of truth just came home to me. Here's the sad, sad story.


Whistleblower Retaliation - Kelly Miller's Story OpEdNews

Kelly Murphy, MS, a professional has suffered retaliation and as a result is homeless and destitute having exposed corruption in law enforcement and government, in an astonishing account of voyeurism.


Monsantos Cancer-Causing Weedkiller Found in Popular Childrens Foods The Anti-Media

Weedkiller Children's Food(CD)  A study of dozens of popular oat-based breakfast foods delivered sobering news this week when almost all of the products examined by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) were found to contain the chemical glyphosate. Were very concerned that consumers are eating more glyphosate than they know, said Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs at []


Is Trump Bringing Fascism, Or Removing the Liberal Facade From It? OpEdNews

Is Trump bringing fascism to the United States? That is a very legitimate question. However, there is another legitimate question. Is Trump merely taking the facade off, and making more overt, a system that was already fundamentally fascistic and deeply racist?


Those that Fear the Green Movement, Democracy, and World Government OpEdNews

The Constitutional Convention to establish the new U.S. Constitution could be based on proportional representation from the 7 largest national political parties. We could even give national political parties that capture one percent of the vote a voice at the Constitutional Convention and later in the national legislature. A new U.S. Constitution must be subservient to the Earth Constitution.


A Snapshot of the Internet Kill Switch in 2018 Activist Post

By Terrence Newton For more than a decade now, activists and truth-seekers have been watching the growing influence of the Internet on society and politics,...


Aretha Franklin, Queen Of Soul, Dies At 76 The Federalist

There are some voices you just know when you hear them, singers who are truly gifted, once in a lifetime talents. Aretha Franklin was one of those people. Her Rolling Stone biography puts it perfectly: Aretha Franklin is not only the definitive female soul singer of the Sixties, shes also one of the most influential and important voices in pop history.

Today, at the age of 76, Franklin passed away among friends and family at her home in Detroit. Franklin had been battling advanced pancreatic cancer.

Known as the Queen of Soul, Franklin was perhaps most famous for a string of hits through the peak of her career in the mid-1960s to late 1970s, including Respect, Think, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, and more than two dozen others.

If you grew up as a child of the 1980s you may have discovered Franklin, not on a turntable, but as part of the star-studded Blues Brothers movie.

The daughter of a reverend, Franklin grew up singing gospel at his New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. She first burst onto the music scene as a teenager, but it was her move from Columbia to Atlantic Records at the age of 25 in 1967 that really introduced the world to her sound.

Over the course of her long music career, Franklin recorded 112 Billboard-charted songs, more than any other female artist in Billboard history. She was also the first woman admitted to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, and sang at the inauguration of three separate presidents.

Franklin was not only a music legend, but also an active voice in the African-American community, even marching with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. She toured with King for a short time and sang at Kings funeral in 1968.

Measuring the impact of a legend like Franklin is perhaps easiest to experience by seeing the response from other legendary musicians. None other than Sir Paul McCartney was quick to jump on Twitter and send out a note expressing his appreciation of her talent and contribution to the music industry.



How Relevant is Localism in an Age of Urgency? Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

This is our seventh dispatch from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), which took place in Savannah, Georgia in May. Chuck Marohn attended CNU and hosted a series of in-depth podcast conversations about some of the most pressing topics for cities today, with leaders, thinkers, and activists in a whole range of fields. Now we're bringing those podcasts to your ears throughout the summer.

In this episode, recorded in front of a smaller-than-usual crowd (it turns out thats what happens when youre competing with Jan Gehl), Chuck and his three guests discuss the question, How Relevant is Localism in an Age of Urgency? The guests for this conversation were Scott Doyon and Ben Brown, both of Placemakers, and Susana Dancy, partner with Rockwood Development in Chapel Hill, NC, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Incremental Development Alliance.

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The 3 Trigger Terms Being Used to Stop Critical Thinking Activist Post

By Sigmund Fraud Its a strange world of newspeak we live in. What was once a society devoted to logic and progress is now being...


Jason Asenap: Indigenous filmmakers persist against all odds Indianz.Com News

Indigenous film festivals showcase Native stories, but more support is needed to reach mainstream audiences.


Aretha Franklin Gained her Wings [Video] Guardian Liberty Voice

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, gained her wings this morning. After a battle with pancreatic cancer, Aretha has died at 76 years old. Best known for the soul-stirring R.E.S.P.E.C.T. the singer joins other greats who died on the same date such as the King of Rock n Roll, Elvis Pressley, who died 41 years []


New Pedophile Revelations: How Much Longer Can the Catholic Church Survive? Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

[Editors note: As shocking as the huge scale of the Pennsylvania child abuse scandal i, involving thousands of children and hundreds of priests, it is only the very tippity tip of an immense iceberg that reaches all the way to the Vatican. The Catholic Church long ago institutionalised the practice of covering up the most []


A Response to Misinformation on Nicaragua: It Was a Coup, Not a "Massacre" OpEdNews

Mary Ellsberg's anti-Sandinista article is full of distortions. Charles Redvers, a resident of Nicaragua who witnessed the coup from the ground, responds.


Exclusive: Mandalay Bay security officer admits shooter on 29th-floor Intellihub

A conversation that took place in room 31-135 (located directly below Stephen Paddocks room) between a Mandalay Bay security officer and a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police SWAT officer sometime after 11 pm on the night of October 1, 2017, reveals that a shooter was on the 29th-floor at one point and may have exited the building via the stairwell before the officer could put out the information over the radio.

A dialogue between the two went as follows:

SWAT officer: So were almost positive nothing on the twenty-ninth floor?

Security officer: Im pretty sure somebody was on twenty-nine and then dripped down because somebody was coming out shooting on twenty-nine and then we were watching the stairwell and it looked like somebody came down to twenty-eight but I couldnt get it [out] over the radio.

The entire conversation was captured in the following officer-worn body cam video (starting at 11:15 into the video):

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Thousands Of Small Businesses Join Day Of Action For Net Neutrality PopularResistance.Org

Thousands of small businesses owners from across the country are coming together to demand lawmakers overturn the FCCs net neutrality repeal. Join with them as part of the Small Business Day of Action for Net Neutrality. Without strong net neutrality protections, Internet service providers like AT&T or Comcast can charge small businesses exorbitant new fees for privileged fast lane access to customers online. This amounts to a new tax on businesses across the country, and would significantly undermine the Internet as a level playing field since massive corporations have the deep pockets necessary to pay the expensive new fast lane fees that smaller competitors simply cannot afford.


Bosnians Protest as Migrants Flood Small City Alternative News Network

Bosnians Protest as Migrants Flood Small City

Bosnians Protest as Migrants Flood Small City

Residents of the small city of Biha in northwest Bosnia staged a protest as migrants continue to flood the region on their way towards the European Union.

Citizens are outraged at their governments handling of the situation, which has led to a health and security crisis, while also dealing a blow to the tourist industry, they say.

Local media reports that migrants h...


Is The Power To Heal Ourselves Increasing? TruthTheory

By Jacob Devaney via UpliftConnect

New studies are showing that placebos are becoming more effective in treating illness.

Researchers are perplexed by recent studies that have placebos performing very well compared to new and experimental pharmaceuticals. Meanwhile the science of Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is echoing what mystics and shaman have been saying forever which is that we have untold powers to heal ourselves!

Spirit and science converging

This coming together between the spiritual and scientific communities shows an unprecedented opportunity for humans to embrace vibrant, healthy, thriving lives. Recent research on placebos comes from a McGill University and is...


Navajo Nation makes history with solar powered plant Indianz.Com News

The Kayenta Solar Project is the first large-scale solar farm on the Navajo Nation and the largest tribally owned renewable power plant in the country.


Stephen Millers Uncle Reminds Him of His Immigrant Heritage WhoWhatWhy

Elizabeth Warren Demands in Letter That US Military Explain Its Role in Yemen Bombings (Jimmy)

The author writes, In the wake of a US-backed bombing last week that killed dozens of children on a school bus in north Yemen, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is demanding answers about how US military advisers support and oversee the Saudi and UAE bombing campaign in Yemen.

The United States Destroys Venezuelas Economy (Reader Luke)

The author writes, Socialism doesnt work, just look at Venezuela, is an all too common trope. It is rare that anyone with a public platform reveals a simple truth. Venezuelas problems were created by the United States government, first during the Obama administration and now continuing under Trumps.

California Is Trying to Pass a Net Neutrality Bill and Broadband Providers Are Trying to Gut It (Jimmy)

The author writes, Political divisions may be fierce, but there is at least one issue that most Americans agree on: net neutrality.

Alex Jones Is Far From the Only Person Tech Companies Are Silencing (Reader Luke)

The author writes, We should be extremely careful before rushing to embrace an Internet that is moderated by a few private companies by default, one where the platforms that control so much public discourse routinely remove posts and deactivate accounts because of objections to the content. Once systems like content moderation become the norm, those in power inevitably exploit them.

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Report Finds 100 Priests in One City Ran Horrific Pedophile Ring, As Govt Looked the Other Way The Free Thought Project


Nearly 100 Catholic priests have been accused of hosting a pedophile ring in which they created child pornography and helped each other prey on children.

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, America's (Near) Thirty Years' War OpEdNews

Fair warning. Stop reading right now if you want, because I'm going to repeat myself. What choice do I have, since my subject is the Afghan War (America's second Afghan War, no less)? I began writing about that war in October 2001, almost 17 years ago, just after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.


NEO: Monsanto Guilty Verdict Is Only Beginning Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

By F William Engdahl and New Eastern Outlook, Moscow A jury trial in California has resulted in a guilty verdict against the agrichemical and GMO giant, Monsanto, now Bayer/Monsanto. The judge has ordered Monsanto to pay damages of USD 289 Million to former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, who has non-Hodgkins lymphoma. His lawyer argued it []


'A good start': Department of Energy finally launches tribal loans Indianz.Com News

More than 10 years after it was approved, a loan program for tribal energy projects is finally off the ground.


Video Shows Cop Having Sex in His Office, Naked Pics of 5yo Girl Found on PCNot Charged The Free Thought Project


After an officer was captured on body camera video having sex in his office, investigators searched his computer and found naked pictures of a 5yo girl.

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Veterans Group Sues to Block VA Shadow Rulers Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

A liberal veterans group is suing to block the influence of three outside advisers who have been secretly influencing the Department of Veterans Affairs from Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trumps private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

ProPublica reported last week that the advisers Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter, West Palm Beach doctor Bruce Moskowitz and Washington lawyer Marc Sherman have been shaping VA personnel and policy decisions despite having no official role or relevant expertise.

The trio, sometimes referred to as the Mar-a-Lago Crowd, is failing to disclose its activities as required by federal law, according to a lawsuit filed today in federal court in Washington, D.C., by VoteVets, a liberal activist group that says it represents 500,000 supporters.

The Federal Advisory Committee Act, or FACA, is a Watergate-era sunshine law that requires federal agencies to inform the public when they consult outside experts. VoteVets wants a judge to order the Mar-a-Lago Crowd to disclose records of its activities and cease influencing the VA until it complies with the law. The suit also asks that future meetings of the group be opened to public participation and that minutes of its meetings be kept.

This group has been operating in the dark, said Will Fischer, VoteVets director of government relations. Our goal in bringing this lawsuit is to bring these activities to light and make sure our members, veterans and military families are able to see whats going on with our VA and the people directing the activities of our VA.

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Can US Sanctions Suffocate Russia in Arctic? Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Alex Richardson for Veterans Today Today, the largest economic states express their interest in the Arctic. Vast natural resources constitute the reason for their interest. Moreover, the Arctic is one of the few places on the planet that have yet to be delineated, because initially the region was not divided between the countries neighboring it. []


Russian Press on Jew Hating Spree? Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Gordon Duff - The Sputnik News story below is five years old but showed up today for no reason whatsoever.


The World Has Lost the Queen of Soul as Aretha Franklin Dies at 76 Guardian Liberty Voice

Aretha Franklin has been called the Queen of Soul and one of the most influential musicians of her time. For the last few years, Franklin has suffered from health problems, and on August 16, the singer passed away at her home in Detroit at the age of 76. As Guardian Liberty Voice reported previously, the []


The albatross wrapped around America's neck OpEdNews

In the tale of the Ancient Mariner, there is an albatross that follows a ship wherever it goes. The sailors consider this bird a sign of good luck. But the ancient mariner, for reasons of his own, shoots and kills the bird. The sailors are horrified and they wrap the dead albatross around the ancient mariner's neck as a form of shame and punishment.


Chris Cuomos Defense Of Antifa Violence Is Shameful And Dangerous The Federalist

CNN host Chris Cuomo ended his show Monday night with a closing argument about Antifa violence that was equal parts shocking and revolting. The journalist condemned violence against Antifa, while apologizing for violence from its members.

Last weekend was the one year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, where a woman was left dead after a neo-Nazi crashed his car into a group of pedestrians. The organizers planned another Unite the Right rally this year in Washington, D.C., that was surrounded by a ton of media hype. But only a few dozen bigoted morons showed up.

This year, the violence was solely on the side of the counter protest members of Antifa assaulted police officers and journalists. But the press payed very little attention. In his segment, Cuomo immediately downplayed their presence by describing them as being peppered in the crowd of peaceful protesters.

He acknowledged it was wrong for them to violently confront police and berate journalists, but then argued all punches are not equal. Heres a partial transcript.

In the eyes of the law, [all punches are equal,] yes. But in the eyes of good and evil, heres the argument: If youre a punk who comes and starts trouble in a mask and hurt people, youre not about any virtuous cause. Youre just somebody whos going to be held to the standard of doing something wrong. But when someone comes to call out bigots and it gets hot, even physical, are they equally wrong as the bigot they are fighting? I argue no. Fighting against hate matters. Now how you fight matters too, theres no question about that. But drawing a moral equivalency between those espousing hate and those fighting it because they both resort to violence emboldens hate, legitimates hateful belief, and elevates what should be stamped out.

So, Cuomo believes theres a moral distinction between violence coming from Antifa and the racists who attend these rallies, because he believes Antifa is simply anti-hate, meaning they oppose white supremacy. But what Cuomo doesnt acknowledge is that while these Antifa members may are also full of hate, even if a different kind.

Weve seen several instances of Trump supporters being assaulted by thugs wearing black masks. Cuomo might try to draw a distinction between condoning violence against racists and violence against those who voted for Trump, but the hate-filled activists whose violence Cuomo is excusing probably wont. Regardless, Cuomo is excusing violence against peaceful demonstrators.

Cuomos irresponsible remarks align with Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters recent call for liberals t...


Yes, the GOP Did It: Monsanto weedkiller that can probably cause cancer found in childrens breakfasts Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Editors note:  Monsanto is a favorite of both Trump and the GOP.  They, for years, threatened and intimidated scientists and now it is clear. Monsanto alone is largely responsible for the epidemic of cancer in America, but not without the help every step of the way by the Republican Party A hearty bowl of oatmeal []


Now weve lost Aretha! Freethought Blogs

You only need her first name to know who Im talking about. She has died at her home in Detroit.


NYT: John Brennan: President Trumps Claims of No Collusion Are Hogwash Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

By John O. Brennan Mr. Brennan was director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2013 to 2017. When Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russias internal security service, told me during an early August 2016 phone call that Russia wasnt interfering in our presidential election, I knew he was lying. Over the previous several years []


Bi Any Means Podcast #162: Activism in West Virginia with Tricia Shepherd Freethought Blogs

My guest for today is Tricia Shepherd. Shes the author of several LGBTQ-centered e-booksincluding The Geek and the Prom King and Loving John Watsonand is an active member of the West Virginia chapter of the Poor Peoples Campaign. Weve been Facebook friends for a couple of years now, and now I have her on the show to tell us her story.

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Tara Sweeney quietly takes helm at Bureau of Indian Affairs Indianz.Com News

Tara Sweeney has been serving as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for more than two weeks but the Trump administration has kept her out of view.

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Five Keys to Cross-Pollination Networking Guardian Liberty Voice

One of the greatest failures of all times for success will be the failure to connect properly to the right people. You are literally only six degrees of separation from the greatest doors being open. Six degrees of separation is the theory that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on []


Hundreds Of Newspapers Say In Unision: We Are Not The Enemy PopularResistance.Org

More than 300 media outlets are standing up to what they describe as Donald Trump's war on the free press and declaring in unison, 'We are not the enemy.'  Below is a statement from the executive director of the Institute for Nonprofit News, Sue Cross. Websites like Popular Resistance, are part of the people's media. We cover issues not widely covered in the corporate media, i.e. the popular movement for transformative change in the US and around the world. Social media is a major part of the people's media but it relies on corporations like Facebook and Google to provide access. There is a crisis in 21st Century journalism and it is bigger than Trump rhetoric, as bad as his rhetoric is.


Its a war over education Freethought Blogs

Keep this in mind when you see so-called intellectuals like the gang at PragerU, or Jordan Peterson, or just about any Republican, demonizing universities as the domain of cultural Marxists with entire disciplines in the humanities and social sciences that need to be razed to the ground. Theyre not stupid. They know exactly what theyre doing. Wrecking the electorates ability to think and process information is what keeps them rich and in power.


SOHR: US Coalition Transports Over 250 Trucks Filled with Weapons to Deir Ezzor 21st Century Wire

Al Masdar News reports

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) The U.S. Coalition transported over 250 trucks filled with weapons to the Euphrates River Valley this morning, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.

According to the SOHR report, the 250+ vehicles were not only transporting weapons, but also, military hardware for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Deir Ezzor Governorate.

The SOHR said that this large supply transport comes shortly after the U.S. Coalition began expanding their military bases and airports across Syria.

While U.S. President Donald Trump stated earlier this year that he wanted to quickly withdraw his forces from Syria; it actually appears that the opposite is taking place.

The expansion of bases and airports in northern and eastern Syria indicates that the U.S. plans to be inside the country for quite some time.

In response to the U.S. presence, the Syrian government has slammed the formers continued expansion in Syria, while often demanding that all Coalition nations immediately end their occupation.

READ MORE SYRIA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Syria Files



Do we support bombing school buses full of children? Freethought Blogs

Apparently, we do. The US is part of this Saudi-led coalition killing civilians in Yemen, and an American-made 500lb bomb was dropped on a bus with 40 kids on their way to a field trip, killing most of them.

This is just the latest string, unfortunately, of really brutal attacks on civilians in Yemen. It is not the worst of its kind in terms of the numbers of people killed, but certainly because all of the40 out of the 51 people who were killed were children, it really is just an extreme form of this Saudi-led coalition bombing in Yemen. Here were these kids on a school trip. They were excited. Theres footagewe see them laughing and really being excited. Some of the parents said that they couldnt really sleep the night before because they were so looking forward toand heres the sad parttheyre going to a cemetery just to be able to enjoy some time outside. And as the bus entered a busy market, it was targeted by the Saudi-led coalition and most of these children were killed. Of course, we know that the U.S. is part of the Saudi-led coalition, so we are in fact responsible, just as much as the Saudis and Emiratis are, in the bombing of those children.

You might be wondering how we can justify our participation in these crimes. Have no fear! The excuses are flowing faster than the blood of shattered children. Heres an AP reporter explaining the logic of the attack.

What is very hard to determine in Yemen is what the children were doing. We worked on covering Yemen since 2015. We know that the Saudi-led coalition has bombed civilian targets all the timemarkets, hospitals, schools. This is not a surprise. But we also know that the Houthis are actively recruiting the children and then they send them to the front lines. And the question marks here that are not answered yetwhat were the children doing at the time?

There are no schools right now at Yemen. There are no buses carrying children from one school to the house. This is a luxury. The children were visiting a cemetery, and that is where they promote the whole notion of jihad and martyrism. So I mean, on one hand, the Saudi-led coalition is blamed for killing the civilians and this has been ongoing without anyno question about it. But at the same time, we have a look at the other side of the picture and see what the Houthis were doing with the children.

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We Dont Know What Our Computers Are Doing WhoWhatWhy

Most of us really dont know what our computers are doing. We just know that we use them for working, communicating, shopping, banking, and having fun. But the reality is that IT experts dont know either.

This was demonstrated by several recent stories of security failures and hardware flaws of an extraordinary nature. Its a problem for cybersecurity in general, but in particular, and most disconcertingly, for our already at-risk election infrastructure.

Most people have no idea where or by whom their computers were made. And they dont care. They just want them to work, and they trust that the experts know whats going on inside and how to keep them safe.

But what if that werent the case?

Hard(ware) Problems


Within just the past year, several major vulnerabilities became public that cast doubt on whether were really in control of our computers. The first was the revelation that an operating system has been secretly running in the background of millions of computers.

For decades two software brands have long dominated the market share for desktop/laptop operating systems Windows and Mac. But it turns out that if your computer has an Intel processor and theres a good chance it does youre actually more than likely running MINIX at the most fundamental level.

Never heard of it? Youre not alone. Didnt realize you were running it? Dont worry neither did its creator.

This revelation of a secret operating system running in the background of almost every Intel processor since 2008 and the general problem of black box computer hardware that we all take for granted has made waves recently in the cybersecurity world.



In Unprecedented Move, Former Mayor And Ex-legislator Will Be Running Mates With Lula PopularResistance.Org

Its an unheard-of situation: three candidates running together for Brazils presidential elections. The unusual case is actually due to the peculiar scenario ahead of the elections, as the name at the top of voting intention polls former Brazilian president Luiz Incio Lula da Silva, from the Workers Party (PT) has been in prison for the past four months and is unable to exercise his political rights at the moment. The plan involves nominating, at first, Workers Party member and former So Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad as Lulas running mate. Once their registration with the electoral court is reviewed and ratified, which should happen by September 17th, Manuela Dvila, from the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB), takes on the running-mate slot next to whoever the PT candidate may be, Lula or Haddad.


Syrian War Report August 16, 2018: Militant Propaganda Goes Wild Ahead Of Battle For Idlib Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

from SouthFront On August 15, ISIS attacked several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in the southern part of the al-Taim oil field in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to pro-opposition sources, the following clashes resulted in minor casualties among the both sides but the terrorist groups members were forced []


A Response To Misinformation On Nicaragua: It Was A Coup, Not A Massacre PopularResistance.Org

There is so much misinformation in mainstream corporate media about recent events in Nicaragua that it is a pity that Mary Ellsbergs article for Pulse has added to it with a seemingly leftish critique. Ellsberg claims that recent articles, including from this website, often paint a picture of the crisis in Nicaragua that is dangerously misleading. Unfortunately, her own article does just that. It looks at the situation entirely from the perspective of those opposing Daniel Ortegas government while whitewashing their malevolent behavior and downplaying the levels of US support they have relied on. Her piece is an incomplete depiction of what is happening on the ground, ignoring many salient facts that have come to light and which have been outdated by recent events.


Beyond an artificial world Jon Rappoport's Blog

by Jon Rappoport

August 16, 2018

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Futurists are inclined to predict a world in which AI (artificial intelligence) will take over a major portion of what is now human activity.

In a matter of decades, for example, they say one computer will have more capacity than all the human brains on the planet put together.

Then, the prediction goes, AI will be virtually human, or more than human.

However, just because AI has greater computational skills than any person or group of persons, where is the quality that makes it human?

In order to answer that, you have to perform a little trick. You have to downgrade your assessment of humans. You have to say that humans are really only high-class machines.

Many pundits have no difficulty with this.

Consider their genes-cause-everything hypothesis: Since all existence is assumed to take place on a material level, on a physical level, its only a matter of time until we figure out which genes create which human qualities; eventually, well have a complete map.

To change humans, we just fiddle with the genes.

Of course, this style of reasoning can be used to justify external control of Earths population. The assumption is: we are already living in a closed system of cause and effect, and that system IS controlling all human behavior. Gene tinkering and handing over immense decision-power to advanced computers is nothing more than re-arranging the closed system. It was closed and it is closed and it will be closed. No problem.

Right now, the system appears to dictate wars and pain and suffering, so wont it be much better when the gene-reconfiguration and the AI computers-in-charge eliminate that aspect of things?

Believe me, many scientists are thinking along these lines, and they are serious about their goals.

They consider themselves humanitarians.

I bring all this up, because there is really only one way to defeat this kind of thinking.


Non-material means: without a rigid cause-and-effect structure.

To put it another way, the individual human being has freedom, and he also has imagination and creative power. These qualities are not material or physical in nature, they are not generated by the brain or by genes.

In all societies, past and present, those people who agree that these non-physical capacities are quite real explain them by opting for ORGANIZED religion, promoting one church or another.

Only a tiny number of people state that such non-material qualities and abilities are INHERENT in the human being and...



Get up Sahra Wagenknecht In An Interview About Her Collection Movement PopularResistance.Org

A movement can not compete in elections in Germany. But when we get strong, we can build up so much pressure that the parties open their lists for fellow campaigners. However, our primary concern is not to get parliamentary posts, but to launch an initiative that will make political engagement attractive again. We want to address people who have turned away disappointed from the parties. We want to win those who do not want party-political ox-tours, but are very interested in politics and want to help shape it. We will be different, in our communication, in our appearance. After all, the majority of our now over forty prominent founding members does not come from politics. There are actors, singers, writers, scientists, cabaret artists, theater people.


Mr. President, Why Are You Afraid of George Soros? Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show



I am not going to review the virtues of the First Amendment, they are self-evident. However, there is an undeniable purge going on the historical precedent is undeniable as to how this is going to end.
Sitting at the heart of all of Americas problems is a man named George Soros and he continues to destroy this country with impunity.
In 2016, America shocked the world by electing Donald Trump. The leftists are determined that this will never happen again. The march toward globalism has temporarily taken a right turn. The American worker has benefited by the removal of various free trade agreements. Our manufacturing is beginning to return to our shores. Unemployment rates are dramatically low. However, that is not what the globalists want. They are marching toward a New World Order characterized by the loss of civil liberties and the destruction of capitalism. This will end with compliant sheep living in stack and pack cities after a genocidal purge as foretold by Bill Ayers and the torch is being carried by George Soros.
Most Americans mistakenly believe that Alex Jones is the only victim of this purge and it only involves social media. All of the Independent Media is impacted by this purge. All of America has lost the First Amendment.
I was recently told by a member of one of the prominent alphabet soup agencies, that if the globalists deem that Trump must dealt with, the Internet will go down and will be resurrected in the image of Google.  And who is behind this purge, ultimately, it is George Soros who has coordinated all of the social media in the greatest purge of the truth in the history of this country.
The purge that is sweeping the Independent Media...


Opposing Bipartisan Warmongering Is Defending Human Rights Of The Poor And Working Class PopularResistance.Org

The decision by Democrat Party president Harry Truman to bomb the cities of Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on the 9thwith the newly developed nuclear weapon signaled to the world that the U.S. was prepared to use military force to back up its new-found position as the leader of the Western colonial-capitalist powers, now referred to as the Western alliance. The main audience for that grotesque display of racist violence in 1945 was the Soviet Union but some 73 years later, militarism and war continue to be the central instruments of U.S. foreign policy. This is the lesson we must stress continually as the public is being subjected to a constant barrage of incitements to support the use of military force by the U.S state against a growing array of enemies and potential enemies from Russia and China to Iran and the never-ending war on terror.


Afghanistan: US Losing Its Longest War Despite Trump Escalation PopularResistance.Org

The latest conflicting reports about whether or not the Taliban has taken the strategic city of Ghazni between the Afghan capital of Kabul and Kandahar reflect the dilemma and difficulties that the American forces face today. The concerns come despite the firepower and technology that the US has applied against an insurgent force, which has taken over more than 50 percent of the country. This is despite America having almost completely driven out the Taliban when it first invaded Afghanistan in late 2001. The battle for Ghazni and indeed the effort to defeat the Taliban in remote areas of the country suggest that, notwithstanding the intelligence, technology and communications capabilities at its disposal, the US is losing the battle to secure the country.


If Ireland Can Get Out Of Fossil Fuels, Your Town Can Too PopularResistance.Org

On Thursday, July 12th, a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic proved it was on the right side of history. The Republic of Ireland passed a bill to divest its $370 million worth of investments in around 150 fossil fuel companies within five years. Should the bill pass the Irish Senate in September, which it is expected to do, Ireland will become the first country to fully divest from fossil fuels. This action marks a huge step forward. For years now, neighborhood climate activists have pressured cities, universities, and governments to divest their holdings in fossil fuel companies. The idea is to defund and denounce the industry that contributes the most to climate change, funds climate denial, and prevents climate action. With its divestment bill, Ireland will join a group of almost 900 cities, universities, and governments that have collectively divested over $6 trillion from the extractive fossil fuel economy.


What Recent Struggles In Gambia And Zambia Teach Us About Neo-Colonialism Today PopularResistance.Org

On June 20th, a fatal mining accident in Black mountain, an infamous mining zone in Zambia, killed 10 miners, and injured 7 others. Mining is the lifeblood of the countrys economy, and accidents happen far too often. Mining accounts for eighty percent of Zambias export earnings and about 12% of its GDP. It is also the source for the largest number of industrial accidents since Zambia won its independence in 1964. The recent mining tragedy and a longer history of exploitation raises the question: Did colonialism ever end in Zambia? Shortly after independence, Zambias first President, Kenneth Kaunda spoke of an African path towards socialism. The West Indian intellectual C.L.R. James said that Kuanda realized African development would not come through the attempt merely to ape European ways.


Russia Backs Non-Dollar Trade With Turkey, No Promise Of Help Amid Lira Crisis PopularResistance.Org

The use of national currencies for mutual trade has for several years been one of the tasks that the presidents of Russia and Turkey had set, Lavrov told a joint news conference with Cavusoglu in Ankara. Identical processes have been happening in our relations with Iran. Not only with Turkey and Iran, were also arranging and already implementing payments in national currencies with the Peoples Republic of China, he said. I am confident that the grave abuse of the role of the U.S. dollar as a global reserve currency will result over time in the weakening and demise of its role, Lavrov said, echoing statements made by President Vladimir Putin. However, Lavrov did not announce any immediate commitment to drop the dollar in trade with Turkey or provide it with financial aid, leaving observers guessing if the two countries, both hit by U.S. sanctions, have agreed on any bilateral deal.



After Calling Social Media Menace to Society George Soros Now Buying Up Facebook & Twitter Shares The Free Thought Project


After George Soros referred to social media as a "menace to society" the controversial billionaire had a change of heart and began buying it up.

The post After Calling Social Media Menace to Society George Soros Now Buying Up Facebook & Twitter Shares appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


The World Reacts To The Roundup Cancer Trial Guilty Verdict PopularResistance.Org

Following the guilty verdict handed out on Friday to Monsanto in the landmark legal case in San Francisco, which judged that the glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup causes cancer, the pressure has mounted on Monsantos new owner Bayer from all over the world. Sustainable Pulse has put a review together of some of the most important global reactions to the verdict, which is set to see Monsanto pay out $289 Million in total damages to Mr. Dewayne Johnson, in the first of over 5000 legal cases that have been filed.


This is what Nazis get Freethought Blogs

I guess we dont need to punch em now theres a worse fate in store for them. Below is a snippet of a video chat between Jason Kessler, organizer of that fizzle of a White Nationalist march that occurred last weekend, and Patrick Little, who I know nothing about other than the nasty bigotry of his anti-semitism in this clip. Listen in and be revolted at first, and then amused.

So theyre complaining about the Jews when Jasons dad starts yelling at him to get out of his room. Hes been reduced to living in his parents house (in the basement, I hope). Little responds by showing off his boat that he had bought when he used to make good money, and thinks hell have to sell off to cover his legal bills.

Poverty isnt funny, except maybe when racists use their hatred as a shovel to dig themselves deep into a hole.


Unknowns Freethought Blogs

Lately, Ive been thinking of wrapped handles especially after seeing some of the beautiful work kestrel does, and some of the Japanese-style wrappings on Michael Bells sword mountings. Whats something tough, beautiful, interesting, weather-proof?

Carbon fiber nanotubes, of course!

I got a piece of carbon fiber cord on Ebay, and its beautiful stuff. My plan is to leave it tied around the porch rail until next summer and if it still looks good, maybe Ill think about using it on a handle. One of my pet peeves in the current knife-making scene is a lot of people just use stuff without thinking about its weathering properties. Ive seen people assembling blades using glues that have no shear strength at all, and finishing them with urethanes that are incompatible with the silicones they are using elsewhere. After posting a few compatibility charts on the beginning knife-maker list on facebook, I gave up. By facebooks nature, a problem becomes a moving target as whoever gets interested in the field drops in, starts from scratch, and asks the same questions immediately.

I got to the point where I was using my friend Andrews stock response, which was: hours in the darkroom can save you minutes in the library. This is how curmudgeons are made.

Anyway the carbon fiber cord has to be felt to be believed. It looks like, and feels like, fine silk but it has as much give in it as stainless steel cable. I.e.: none at all. It feels like you could tow a tractor with it. (hey, that gives me an idea as he looks out over the field at the neighbors tractor)

But then I got to wondering: is it dangerous to have nanotubes floating around in your environment? If I recall correctly, we dont entirely understand the process whereby asbestos causes mesothelioma other than that the fibers irritate cells (I assume that means penetrate and kill) which increases the bodys tissue self-repair rate, while also increasing the chance of DNA getting damaged. Boom: cancer. I lost a friend, Dan U., to mesothelioma in 2012 he was one of those once-strapping lads who was too tough to wear a filter mask while he worked on an asbestos abatement project to get college money. He was dead at 40.

This seems to me to be an unknown. I did some searches on medline and it appears that we dont know yet is the consensus. Which means, maybe having carbon fiber knife handles is a bad idea. It might not be a bad idea, but it might be the equivalent of thinking wow this fire-retardant asbestosd make a great knife handle because...



The Catholic Churchs Sex Abuse Scandal Is A Crisis Of Faith The Federalist

The Pennsylvania grand-jury report released Tuesday is difficult to read. It not only details widespread sexual abuse of boys and girls by Catholic priests over the past 70 years, it also reveals a systematic coverup by Catholic bishops across the state.

More than 1,000 children were abused by hundreds of priests, scores of whom were protected by bishops, transferred to new dioceses, or promoted. The scathing 884-page report is one of the most comprehensive investigations ever into the Catholic Churchs ongoing sex-abuse scandal.

There is the priest who raped a seven-year-old girl in the hospital after shed had her tonsils out. There is the priest who raped a girl, got her pregnant, then arranged for an abortion. There is the ring of priests in the Pittsburgh diocese who shared intelligence or information regarding victims, created child pornography and exchanged victims among themselves, using whips, violence and sadism in raping their victims. It goes on and on, and it is sickening.

Then there is the insidious evil of the bishops who covered up this abuse. The bishop in the Diocese of Erie who, despite a priests admission that he had assaulted at least a dozen boys, wrote to thank him for all you have done for Gods people The Lord, who sees in private, will reward. Or the bishop in Scranton, writing to the priest who had arranged for an abortion for his victim, This is a very difficult time in your life, and I realize how upset you are. I too share your grief.

Indeed, the church hierarchys efforts to cover up abuse are the most salient aspect of the report. As Chad C. Pecknold, a professor at the Catholic University of America, told The Wall Street Journal, Previously, everyone understood that abuse was rampant, and that the church worked hard to try to resolve the problem. What was not clear before, and is clear now, is how many bishops worked just as hard to cover things up.

The response from U.S. bishops has thus far been tepid and self-serving. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a bland statement that could have come from any nameless PR firm. We are profoundly saddened each time we hear about the harm caused as a result of abuse, at the hands of a clergyman of any rank, it reads. We are committed to work in determined ways so that such abuse cannot happen.

Such language echoes the weak response from U.S. bishops recently to revelations of misconduct by former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who resigned last month amid allegations he had for years sexually abused boys and had sexual relations with adult s...


Bruce Ohr May Have Broken More Than The Law By Pushing His Wifes Opposition Research To The FBI The Federalist

A review of publicly available information causes a reasonable person to wonder whether Bruce Ohr broke the law by promoting his wifes anti-Trump research to the FBI when he was working at the Justice Department.

The law prohibits public officials from involvement in matters in which their spouse has a financial interest. The question is, Did Ohr personally and substantially participate in a particular matter in which his spouse had a financial interest while he was employed by the Justice Department as the assistant attorney general? Lets take a closer look.

Recall that the Hillary Clinton campaign (through its law firm Perkins Coie) hired opposition research firm Fusion GPS to generate dirt on Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign. Fusion GPS in turn hired former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the Trump dossier containing as yet unproven allegations of Russian dirt on Trump.

We learned in December that Ohr met with Fusion GPS in November 2016 a critical time frame while he was the associate deputy attorney general. Former FBI agent Peter Strzok has confirmed Ohr fed the FBI documents pertinent to the investigation into Trumps Russia ties, and The Hill reported the FBI used Ohr to continue collecting information from Steele, even after it terminated him as a source for leaking word of the investigation to the media.

John Solomon filled in the contours of Ohrs role in the investigation, writing in The Hill of recently disclosed emails:

They also confirm that Ohr later became a critical conduit of continuing information from Steele after the FBI ended the Brits role as an informant.

The FBI specifically instructed Steele that he could no longer operate to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI, those memos show.

Yet, Steele asked Ohr in the Jan. 31 text exchange if he could continue to help feed information to the FBI: Just want to check you are OK, still in the situ and able to help locally as...


You Wont Believe What Kids Can Find On Transgender At The Public Library The Federalist

Determined to be relevant, my town library is ripping out its excessively gendered womens and mens rooms to make way for four gender-neutral bathrooms. The renovation concretizes the American Library Associations endorsement of gender ideology. Measured by the ALAs Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, relevant means assisting traditionally underserved communities.

Among those neglected, the ALA cites GLBT populations, an improbable capitulation to identity politics. The ALA has decided that a sexually fungible also militant, well-funded, and politically savvy fragment of the public needs more material about itself. In accord with a service model, selections must be supportive, even flattering. They should convey no hint of skepticism toward customized genders, and admit no reluctance to grant legal prerogatives to a mental health predicament.

The word transgender typed into the online search box of my town library catalog, part of the Westchester Library System, yields 177 titles of books and DVDs on the subject. The actual amount of circulating material, however, is significantly higher since many titles, particularly for young readers, exist in multiple copies throughout the county. All can be delivered to your home library.

All but one promote public assent to the assumptions of a movement derived from queer theory and built on a psychiatric condition. Ryan Andersons lucid, fact-based When Harry Became Sally is the sole exception. (Only a single copy exists in the system.) Otherwise absent are any sober assessments of transgenderisms considerable complexities and consequences. Advocacy becomes a lens through which library items are chosen for purchase.

Lets Take a Tour of the Transgender Stacks

A brief tour of representative holdings conveys the tone of material and the politics it serves. Entries below are followed by comment from the librarys or publishers blurb. Pop culture is a prime disseminator of the gender identity theme. Consequently, the normalization of transgenderism, particularly as packaged for young people, arrives by way of entertainment, story-telling, and the touching memoir. Trans-friendly fiction for teens and younger is conspicuous. Take a glance.

  • The Danish Girl (DVD). Greta and Einars marriage evolves as Einar becomes Lilli, a groundbreaking transgender. (67 copies)
  • 3 Generations (DVD). A PG-13 movie about a teenage boy who decides to transition from male to female. (17 copies)
  • If I Was Your Girl. When she falls for Grant, Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him her previous life as Andrew. (19 copies; Juvenile Fiction)
  • Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family. A family rises to the challenge when their son insists he is a girl. (25 copies; Biography /Young Adult nonfiction)
  • The Art of Being Normal. Teenaged David wants to be a girl. For gra...


Why Its Preposterous To Call Brett Kavanaugh A Threat To LGBT Americans The Federalist

The Human Rights Campaign released a report in August on President Trumps pick to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Its titled, Brett M. Kavanaugh: Wrong for LGBTQ People. Wrong for the Supreme Court.

HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow declared in a press release, Kavanaugh has a troublingly lengthy, far-right pedigree, and he was hand-picked by anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice groups in an explicit effort to undermine equality. Kavanaugh would allow a license to discriminate that would affect the everyday lives of LGBT Americans, she claimed. If confirmed, Kavanaugh will undoubtedly bring a dangerous brand of ideological partisanship that has no place on the Court.

Sounds serious. But a closer look at the report reveals a far less tangible threat than its emotional assertions suggest. Lets take it from the top.

The report says Kavanaugh has a thin record on LGBT-related cases, and has not substantially addressed any LGBT Supreme Court cases in the 12 years he was a DC Circuit judge. Kavanaugh is also judged guilty by association because of his vocal support of Justice Antonin Scalia and Chief Justice William Rehnquist, whom the report says have the worst anti-LGBT records in modern history.

Rehnquist joined in a majority opinion in the 1986 case of Bowers v. Hardwick, in which a gay man in Georgia had been charged with violating the states sodomy law while in his home. While the district attorney did not bring charges to the grand jury, Hardwick brought a suit to challenge the constitutionality of the Georgia law, which applied to both homosexual and heterosexual individuals.

In the majority opinion, the judges state that the issue at hand was not whether sodomy laws were just or whether states could determine private sexual behavior between consenting adults. The issue was whether the Constitution specifically recognized a right to homosexual sex and held authority to override the laws of all states related to homosexual acts. The court could not determine this to be the case.

Scalia dissented in Obergefell based on his objection to the Supreme Court holding authority over state legislatures in the matter of marriage, but said he did not oppose states instituting same-sex marriage. The report charges Kavanaugh with failing to distance himself from the extreme and outmoded comments and beliefs advanced by Scalia and Rehnquist.

The secondary issue at hand is that Kavanaugh views the...


Chinas Futuristic Big Cities Make The United States Regulatory Mess Look Bad The Federalist

I write this aboard the G1113 train as it screams across China heading South and West. The G stands for Gao, which means high, and implies this is a very fast train. The monniker also has a little bit of a Fibonacci thing going on.

This is Chinas latest model of high-speed train. It travels at approximately 216 miles per hour. Ive been taking a lot of pictures of everything, from the seatback in front of me to the spacious and clean aisle, the sleek, lighted seat numbers along the wall, and multiple digital displays telling me the temperature, current speed, and the approaching stop (in both English and Chinese). I feel like the stereotypical Chinese tourist in America, yet by some Freaky Friday jinx our roles have been reversed. I hate it. But I cant help myself.

When I first visited China in 2011, there were fast trains, but theyve gotten faster, fancier, and more prevalent. They are truly incredible machines that make you never want to step foot on a cramped airplane again. If I had the option of taking a 10-hour fast train or a five-hour flight, I could probably flip a coin and be fine with either, but Id get more done and probably feel a lot more relaxed on the 10-hour train.

Im not in first class, yet leg room is abundant. If the person in front of me reclines, he or she wont end up in my lap. The cabins are pristine and the temperature is locked in at 25 degrees Celsius. Cool air is distributed evenly, rather than blowing straight onto your head or face. Everything is spotless. The aisles are mopped or swept every hour. I can hear a pin drop.

I usually take a deep breath before I step into an airplane lavatory. I can hold my breath for a while (at least long enough to go), and I prefer oxygen deprivation to smelling the average lavatory.

So I did the same when I stepped into the bathroom on the G1113. But when I noticed how spacious and spotless it was, I couldnt resist testing the air quality. There wasnt a hint of lavatory smell.

Cant You Pay With Your Phone?

Paper currency is fast becoming an endangered species on Chinese streets. In fact, when...


Identity Politics Are Rapidly Destroying The Value Of College Degrees The Federalist

I attended the College of William and Mary from fall 2014 until winter 2016, during the arguable height of social justice outrage. The infamous University of Missouri protests happened soon after I started school, where professor Melissa Click threatened a student journalist with physical violence.

At Yale, the Christakises were protested for arguing against over-coddling administrators telling students what they should not wear for Halloween. The Rolling Stone story, A Rape on Campus that was later found fraudulent came out during my first year of school. Its not for these reasons alone that college was futile, but the leftist insanity that perpetually surrounded me certainly played a part.

This spring was set to be my graduation from college. Had I not sped things up and graduated in two years, instead of four, I would have walked across the stage, taken pictures with my family, and graduated with $40,000 in debt. I wouldnt have been able to earn editing and writing experience (like bylines at The Daily Beast, Newsweek, Reason, and The Houston Chronicle). I recommend the same path to other young conservatives escape debt and leftist indoctrination, if you can. Choose work experience, trade school, or a fast-tracked route through college instead.

College Often Isnt Worth Your Time and Money

Elite colleges arent designed for critical thinking or open inquiry anymore. According to Catherine Rampell at The Washington Post, A fifth of undergrads now say its acceptable to use physical force to silence a speaker who makes offensive and hurtful statements.

The same survey indicates that about four in every ten students believes the First Amendment does not allow hate speech. Meanwhile, even at elite colleges like the liberal arts school Pomona, nearly 90 percent of students say their campus climate chills speech because they fear saying things others might find offensive.

Those illiberal trends are bad enough on their own, but the format of college also makes little sense. Its incentives are poorly aligned with what is valued in the workplace. Students are incentivized to be obedient and compliant, not to set themselves apart from the pack. Many college students end up slinging impressive sounding extracurriculars together that any hiring manager can easily see through. Mastery of a skill, and understanding what will be valued in the marketplace, fall by...


Why The Intellectual Dark Web Should Stick With Culture And Not Shift To Politics The Federalist

The Atlantics Caitlin Flanagan generally captured the appeal of Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson in a recent piece titled, Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson. But she fell short of understanding why the left fears him. Understanding both will matter a great deal to the success of Peterson and his fellow travelers in the Intellectual Dark Web.

My personal experience confirms what Flanagan observed about why so many people, including her Clinton-voting sons, are attracted to Peterson and podcasters like Sam Harris, Dave Rubin and Joe Rogan. Their lectures and discussions make up perhaps the only sustained argument against identity politics they had heard in their lives, she wrote. With identity politics off the table, it was possible to talk about all kinds of things religion, philosophy, history, myth in a different way, she adds, dubbing this a parallel curriculum to that of their college classes.

Flanagan, however, seemingly missed why the left fears this phenomenon. It is because the left, while it currently seems ascendant in our houses of culture and art, has in fact entered its decadent late phase, and it is deeply vulnerable, she wrote. But her examples provide weak and ambiguous support for that claim.

Is it a sign of weakness that The New York Times attacks President Trump as divisive, while hiring an editorial board member with a history of hating white people? Or is it a sign of confidence, not only in leftist identitarianism (i.e., the idea that it is impossible to be racist regarding whites), but also in the lack of cost to them for living by double-standards?

After all, Flanagan works for an outlet that for years hyped the entirely racialized polemics of Ta-Nehisi Coates, while defenestrating Kevin Williamson at the behest of her social justice-minded co-workers. The Atlantic suffered no serious consequences, contributing to an environment in which The New York Times believed it could act with impunity.

Flanagan noted that former President Obama recently criticized identity politics. But wasnt that a recognition that identitarianism is where the energy is on the left? Notably, Flanagan had to hyperlink to the transcript of Obamas speech because The Atlantic story she referenced ig...


Democrats Crusade Against Voter ID Is Barely Masked Racism The Federalist

Voter ID laws may strike the overwhelming majority of Americans as nothing more than common sense, but to Democrats, they are an assault on voting rights. As a front-page feature in Mondays New York Times reported, thats the way liberals view the Justice Departments shift on the issue since President Trump took office.

Democrats used the federal government to prevent states from enforcing voter ID laws and other measures to clean up voter rolls and protect the vote during the Obama administration. But since January 2017, the government has changed sides on a host of voting integrity issues the left has deemed attempts at voter suppression and therefore one more reason for rage at Trump.

Yes, These Concerns Used to Have Merit

While the issue has become politicized in recent decades, its context is rooted in Americas racist past. For a century following the Civil War, Jim Crow laws aimed at preventing African Americans from voting or holding office rendered the promise of American democracy a lie in many states. This fight only began to be won in 1965 with the Voting Rights Act, which prohibited racial discrimination in voting and was expanded five times.

In practice, it not only banned laws that were thinly veiled efforts to prevent blacks from voting but also directly involved the Justice Department in reviewing any changes to laws, procedures, or drawing districts for local, state and federal office, to prevent the old racist traditions from making a comeback.

Few pieces of legislation have had such a powerful effect on American life. Within a generation, not only had the racial barriers to voting been toppled but also blacks had attained elected office in states where the laws had once ensured their marginalization. Thanks to the courts expanding the Voting Rights Acts meaning, the creation of majority minority districts ensured a vast expansion of minority representation in Congress and legislatures across the nation. But with legal segregation extinct and voting rights secured, civil rights organizations and their political allies were not prepared to declare victory and move on to other causes.

Manufacturing Panic for Political Gain

Although the Supreme Court correctly ruled in 2016 that the Justice Departments supervision of states that had racist rules more than 50 years ago was no longer necessary, left-wing ideologues are determined to pretend that the battles of the previous century still need to be refought. With their raison dtre inextricably tied to a concluded struggle, they needed to manufacture new threats to minority rights to pretend that the country was only a misstep...


Sen. Bill Nelson Admits He Has No Evidence Of 2018 Election Hacking The Federalist

Last week, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson claimed that the Florida voting system had been compromised by Russians leading up to the 2018 elections. But on Tuesday, the Florida senator distanced himself from his earlier claim, blaming the political climate for his inconsistent statements.

Last month, Nelson and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio co-authored a letter they sent to 67 county election supervisors within the state, urging them to be vigilant and warning them of potential threats in November. This letter did not state that voting systems had been penetrated by the Russians, as Nelson claimed last week.

They have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about, he said in reference to Russian hackers, according to the Tampa Bay Times. We were requested by the chairman and vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee to let the supervisors of election in Florida know that the Russians are in their records.

The Florida Department of State has refuted Nelsons claims, saying they have received no such information from federal intelligence officials about a specific threat to the states voting system.

If Senator Nelson has specific information about threats to our elections, he should share it with election officials in Florida, Florida Department of State spokeswoman Sarah Revell said in a statement.

Now Nelson is trying to backtrack from last weeks claim by saying that what he said then was the same as what was in the letter he and Rubio sent to county officials in July.

What I said last week was exactly what the letter states, Nelson said in video footage obtained earlier this week. What that letter says is, in essence, is that it would be foolish to think if the Russians were in our election apparatus in 2016 that they are not continuing.

The letter does not state that any voting system has already been penetrated by the Russians.

Nelson then blamed the political climate, saying polit...


How Support For Socialism Arises From Ingratitude The Federalist

The man who sips his morning coffee does not say, Capitalism has brought this beverage to my breakfast table. But when he reads in the papers that the government of Brazil has ordered part of the coffee crop destroyed, he does not say, That is government for you: he exclaims That is capitalism for you. Ludwig von Mises, Interventionism

The careless soul receives the Fathers gifts as if it were a way things had of dropping into his hand For the good that comes to him, he gives no thanks who is there to thank? At the disappointments that befall him he grumbles there must be someone to blame! George MacDonald, Unspoken Sermons

In the first quote above, the brilliant thinker who destroyed Freidrich Hayeks faith in socialism discusses the non-thinking persons attitude toward providence. His morning coffee is there because things simply have a way of dropping into his hand. That the coffee which drops into his hand is the very nearly miraculous gift of the free market, of the efforts of countless people cooperating over great distances and spans of time, he overlooks.

In the second quote, the man who brought C.S. Lewis to Christian faith discusses the non-thinking persons attitude toward Providence. The logic of the two quotes is precisely parallel, as is the illogic of the two non-thinkers.

If, as a sophisticated modern person, you are not interested in thinking about Providence, and especially if you are no friend of the free market, please for a moment at least entertain the possibility that a deep truth about human nature is here revealed. There is a direct connection between shallow thinking, ingratitude, and recourse to blame.

The coffee drinker neglects to thank those who bless his table with coffee. Instead, when the government intervenes he blames the coordinated effort of the people who bring his coffee to him for that is all the free market is instead of blaming the government. If, on the other hand, you are a believer, you may want to consider how the free market is a gift of our human nature, and therefore ultimately a part of the Creators design.

In any case, the pattern of shallow thinking, ingratitude, and misdirected blame is familiar to us all, believer and nonbeliever alike. The story we have all heard of the boy who leaves home blaming his parents and who later, when he becomes a father, comes to understand their struggle to raise him and forgives his own childs lack of gratitude shines a light into this obscure recess of human nature.

The free market took off at about the time the American experiment in liberty got going. Before that time, life for virtually everyone was like a bad dream they could not wake up from. People lived tired, dirty, hungry, downtrodden, and at the mercy of their circumstances.

You dont have to trace very far back in your family line to reach a time when your own people would have found the ease, a...


Michael Moore Honors Jane Fonda, American Traitor, With Lifetime Achievement Award The Federalist

There was something ideologically appropriate about the 81-year-old Jane Fonda receiving a lifetime achievement award from Michael Moore at his recent film festival. They have plenty in common. Both are limousine leftists who praise vicious communist regimes like Hugo Chavezs. Both hate capitalism but love its creature comforts.

But there the comparisons end. Try as he might, Moore has yet to achieve Fondas level of America-hating.

For the 80s generation, Fonda is the spandex-clad celebrity who performed in aerobic exercise videos. But to the older generation of baby boomers, she is either a leftwing hero or a traitor, based on how close one was to the prison camps of North Vietnam.

The most notorious visual example of Fondas treason against the United States during the Vietnam War was her sitting atop a Vietcong anti-aircraft gun that shot down numerous American planes. Surrounded by Vietcong officials, she positively glowed.

To her credit, Fonda did apologize for this: I will go to my grave regretting the photograph of me in an anti-aircraft gun, which looks like I was trying to shoot at American planes. It hurt so many soldiers. It galvanized such hostility. It was the most horrible thing I could possibly have done. It was just thoughtless.

But there is much more she should apologize for. Today, she states that her activism was to save American lives, but she was actually vociferously pro-Vietcong. Traveling eight times to North Vietnam, she did propaganda broadcasts for the regime.

In one broadcast, she compared American pilots to Nazi war criminals: Use of these bombs or condoning the use of these bombs makes one a war [like those] in Germany and Japan, men who committed these kinds of crimes were tried and executed. By contrast, she lauded the Vietcong as conducting a brave and heroic fight.

The most disgusting aspects of her activism concerned American prisoners of war who were tortured by their Vietcong captors. When the returning POWS spoke of this, she mocked them as liars and hypocrites.

Many reported later that refusing to meet with her while they were in captivity resulted in more torture. David Hoffman, an American POW, later told his story:

When Jane Fonda turned up, she asked that some of us come out and talk with her. No one wanted to. The guards got very upset, because they sensed the propaganda value of a famous American war protester proving how well they were treating us. A couple of guards came to my cell and ordered me out. I resisted, and they got violently angry. My arm had been broken when I was shot down, and the Vietnamese broke it a second time. It had not he...


Deaf 76-year-old Woman Knocked Unconscious and Arrested Over Alleged Jaywalking The Free Thought Project


A 76-year-old deaf woman was accused of jaywalking by a California cop who then savagely attacked her for not understanding his commands.

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From menace to assets: Soros now buying social media shares Alternative News Network

From menace to assets: Soros now buying social media shares

News of Soross acquisitions have raised suspicions in circles that have long seen Soros as a foe of copyrights.

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One Of The Most Expensive Places To Live Is Covered In Human Feces Alternative News Network

One Of The Most Expensive Places To Live Is Covered In Human Feces

Its gotten so disgustingly bad, that the city has had to deploy a poop patrol to control the waste after residents complained.

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Poll: Donald Trumps Black Approval Rating Almost Double That of Last Year Alternative News Network

Poll: Donald Trumps Black Approval Rating Almost Double That of Last Year

President Donald Trumps approval among black voters has almost doubled in the space of a year, the latest presidential polling from Rasmussen Reports has found.



Why is the corporate media actively covering up radical Islamic terrorism and pretending it doesnt exist? Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show


As the sham of political correctness spirals out of control, the corrupt mainstream media is now deliberately covering up radical Islamic terrorism. Over the last several weeks, multiple terror attacks have been carried out across Western nations yet reports on these tragic incidents have been few and far between. Nations affected by recent but unreported acts of terrorism include Canada, Australia and Sweden and in the United States, the growing threat from Antifa, a radical left-wing organization, is also widely ignored.

Writing for The Organic Prepper, Daisy Luther reports that multiple acts of terror are happening around the world, but that concerns about political correctness seem to be keeping the legacy media from actively reporting on the truth. [M]ainstream media outlets in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. are reluctant to report the stories without a pro-immigration bias, quietly glossing over the common thread in the attacks. Extremists with ties to Northern Africa seem to be waging a war, but you wont hear this from the media or the respective governments, she contends.

In some instances, the mainstream media is simply referring to these incidents as gang violence.

Wave of terrorism strikes the Western world

On July 23, 2018, two people were killed and another 13 were injured in a Toronto restaurant shooting. CBS Newsreported that that officials had not ruled out terrorism as a motive, but that there was no indication it was a terrorist attack at the time. However, as Luther reports, it turns out that ISIS readily took credit for the attack, which was carried out by a man named Faisal Hussain. Hussains parents were Canadian citizens originally from Pakistan, though he himself was born in Canada. Hussain reportedly took his own life during a shootout with police.

A statement from Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale declared, At this stage, based on...


You Wont Believe the New Slogan of the Democratic Socialist Party Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

The Democratic Socialists are in a state of panic. Their donations have dried up. The party is powerless to distribute funds to help influence local congressional elections. Once considered inevitable, the great Blue Wave is dead and the Democrats are dead broke. Meanwhile, the Republicans are rolling in donations. The Democrats have no choice but to engage in major false flag attacks and massive voter fraud. Voter fraud will not be enough to restart the mortally wounded Blue Wave. The Gay pride movement was once one of the mainstays of the Democratic Party. Now, that is in jeopardy as the highly influential Brandon Straka Is leading the LGBT away from the Democratic Party with a series of planned marches. In a last ditch effort, the Democrats are becoming even more extreme in terms of luring voters to their anti-American position. YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE WHAT THE NEW SLOGAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST PARTY CONSISTS OF. Here it is.


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Salmon recovery threatened by rising numbers of sea lions Indianz.Com News

Reducing sea lion and seal populations in our region is a difficult, but necessary action that must be taken.


UN Using Water Access to Move Populations Into Agenda 21 Habitation Zones Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

The home of Agenda 21, now called Agenda 2030, is the United Nations. They are poised to take total control of our energy grid beginning in California, the worlds 5th largest economy. They have wrecked South Africa and they are doing the same things here. Now, their latest scheme involves using water access to move people into habitation zones. Here is the complete story.


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The Economic Crash Will Come Like a Thief In the Night Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

The economic collapse of the United States is underway according to many experts. The Trump administration has done an admirable job putting people back to work and keeping manufacturing in the country. However, the damage done by Clinton, Bush and most of all Obama is too much to overcome. The crushing debt is sucking the life out of the American economy. . I previously cited the Governmental Accounting Office (GAO) and their dire numbers. Today, we look at the housing numbers and there is virtually no difference between the housing numbers of today and the hosing numbers of 11 years ago that collapsed the economy. We did not not learn a thing from the bankers stealing from us. Nobody went to ail for thir ponzi schemes and now they are back. Here is the complete story.


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Why Is Trump Dining with Apples CEO Tim Cook? Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Apples CEO, Tim Cook and President Trump are soon going to be dining. These two could not be any further apart in terms of political ideology. What in the world could these two possibly be discussing? The answer is contained in the following video.

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In Place of Being a Nuclear Bully OpEdNews

By abdicating its power to declare war, Congress has enabled an imperial presidency, but it can reclaim its constitutional power and thus produce a world that is more safe and fair.


The Case for Community Gardens Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Today we are featuring a guest post by Scott Jenkins on the subject of community gardens, and the myriad benefits they can provide to a neighborhood, town or city.

The idea of a community garden isnt a new one. Long before urban and suburban dwellers started pitching up balcony herb gardens, people found that coming together to plant hope in the ground was a pretty good thing. Now, when modern life seems to be more stressful and uncertain than ever, community gardens could prove to be the salve that heals our hurting communities.

We all have to eat. Its biology at its most basicif you dont feed your body, it wont function. Modern civilization has solved a lot of problems, but we still havent managed to eliminate food deserts in first world countries. With the cost of living ever on the rise, food prices also go up. The cost of transporting fresh foods across the country, coupled with a shortage of workers to pick and process the foods, means the average family struggles to put fresh food on the table.

Communities that rely on cheap, processed foods see a higher incidence of health problems, such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, which can lead to a greater financial burden not only for the families, but for the community at large. Unhealthy people miss work, miss school, and miss out on a better quality of life.


Gardening can provide the fresh foods that people need, but individual gardens wont work for everyone, especially in urban areas. Not everyone has access to a plot of land for gardening, but most communities, even urban ones, do have plots of land sitting empty. These plots, which are often eyesores that detract from the overall aesthetic and value of a community, could be put to much better use as community gardens.

Why should empty lots be repurposed as community gardens? Is there really any economic value in transforming these useless pockets of property? The answer is yes, and there are several reasons that it pays to repurpose these plots. Here are four valuable functions of community gardens:

1. Increasing Property Values

First, looking at community gardens through the lens of property value, an empty plot has less value than one thats being d...


Mark Trahant: Native candidates make history at the polls again Indianz.Com News

Minnesota is certain to elect a Native woman as its next lieutenant governor.


Meet The Worlds Largest Known Living Organism: Humongous Fungus TruthTheory

By Luke Miller,

When you think of the largest living thing of the planet, the blue whale is what would come to the mind of most. However, this gigantic network of mushrooms makes the blue whale look like a goldfish, giving it the perfect nickname- Humongous Fungus.

The mushroom in question is an Armillaria ostoyae. This is a species of plant fungus from the Physalacriaceae family. The mushroom is common across the western U.S.

2,385 acres In Size

This humongous piece of fungus lives in Malheur National Forest in Oregon and covers a space of almost 2,385 acres, which is close to 4 square miles, making it the largest known living organism on the planet.

Despite the friendly sounding name, this mushroom is actually far more destructive than you may think. Amarillia ostoyae is parasitic and grows by feeding off of roots of trees. This causes slow decay and eventually kills them. These mushrooms are likely to be spotted near to the base of infected or dead trees.

Underground there is a massive network of fungal roots called mycelia. Once a year during the mushroom season this network will produce mushrooms above ground. This season last around 3 months. So while this is the biggest known living organism on the planet, for 9 months of the year it is not visible...


Random Topics Virtual Mirage

Oscar Mike Golf - A friend of mine who is not liberal at his core but he has a lot of leftie friends began a rant to me about how the Mojave Desert is hotter than ever before. It kicked off a discussion about man-caused climate change. I pointed out that 10,000 years ago the same spot was under an ice sheet and 20,000 yers ago it was under 500 feet of ocean. If somebody else talks about global warming to me, I'm going to hurl my cookies on their shoes (or Birkenstocks, as the case may be). Al Gore predicted that polar bears would be extinct by 2018 and they're doing fine - and the ice sheet is larger than it was in 2008.

The Door in the Desert

There was a practice by the American Mafia in Las Vegas to eliminate people in a particular way. As far as I know, it's still in use, but I'm not working in that particular world anymore, so I can't say for sure. Dr. Jim quoted the movie Casino, yesterday, "there are a lot of holes in the desert". I wanted to amplify that by telling you how it's actually done.
(1) Kidnap the person to be rubbed out.
(2) Take them to the desert along with a solid core door and some really heavy nails.
(3) Put them on top of the door and hammer the nails through their wrists and feet, bending the tips on the other side so that they won't slip out.
(4) Dig a hole.
(5) Flip the door with the person attached upside down over the hole.
(6) Shovel sand over the door to a depth of three or four feet.
In time the person dies, the door decays and collapses in on the grave. To date, nobody every walked away from the door in the desert. I can assure you that it happened a number of times. People disappear and go into witness protection and are never heard from again. For the most part, that death is reserved for informers.
The same thing can be accomplished by serving people Fredd's Aunt Sally's bouillabaisse. Both are said to be agonizing ways to die. 


A Free Press Works for All of Us Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

ProPublica does not have an editorial page, and we have never advocated for a particular policy to address the wrongs our journalism exposes. But from the very beginning of our work more than a decade ago, we have benefited enormously from the traditions and laws that protect free speech. And so today, as the nations news organizations remind readers of the value of robust journalism, it seems fitting to add our voice.

ProPublica specializes in investigative reporting telling stories with moral force that hold government, businesses and revered institutions to account. There are few forms of journalism more vulnerable to pressure from the powerful. What we publish can change the outcome of elections, reverse policies, embarrass police or prosecutors and cost companies boatloads of money. The main subjects of our work, in most cases, would much prefer that our reporting never appear or be substantially watered down.

In the 21st century, journalism at least as practiced on cable television is becoming a craft in which partisans put forth or omit facts to advance their preferred political perspective. Those who bring to light uncomfortable truths are dismissed as fake news or, in our case, the work of the Soros-funded ProPublica, the all-purpose, vaguely anti-Semitic epithet meant to connote left-wing bias. (For the record, George Soross Open Society Foundations fund less than 2 percent of our operations.)

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Video: For Trans People, Its Difficult and Costly to Update an ID. But It Can Also Be Dangerous Not To. Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Voting. Boarding a plane. Driving. Buying a drink. Filling out paperwork for a new job. These are all situations where showing a drivers license or state-issued ID can be nerve-wracking or even dangerous for transgender people.

If a persons picture, name or sex listed on an ID dont match the way they present themselves, they may be denied services, harassed and even attacked.

A new investigation by ProPublica found that when many transgender people are killed, local law enforcement often only use the name and sex listed on that persons ID while investigating the murder. Across the nation, we found, some 65 different law enforcement agencies have investigated murders of transgender people since Jan. 1, 2015. And in 74 of 85 cases, victims were identified by names or genders they had abandoned in their daily lives.

This is called deadnaming and becomes a problem when police investigate these crimes. Many people who may know the victim will only know the name they used in their daily life.

But updating a name or gender marker that little M or F on an ID can be incredibly complicated. The laws across the United States that determine how a transgender person can update their IDs are confusing and often contain onerous requirements. In some states, trans people are required to have expensive and irreversible surgeries just to make that change on their ID.

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Gordy Adams: Combating methamphetamine in tribal housing Indianz.Com News

As director of housing for the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, methamphetamine usage in our housing units has and continues to be a problem.


Protect your eye health with Korean starwort especially if youre diabetic Alternative News Network

Protect your eye health with Korean starwort especially if youre diabetic

(Natural News) These days, Korean starwort extract makes a living as a dietary supplement. But back in the day, the flowering plant served as a reliable medicinal herb in East Asia....


Living, Fighting, Autonomy: A Conversation on Inhabit It's Going Down

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Cover photo from Chern, Mexico, where inhabitants have expelled the Mexican State, political parties, and police in favor of an autonomous system of assemblies.

We live in truly interesting and horrific times. Our age is marked by both large segments of the population having access to massive amounts of information, as well as a culture that thrives on the suppression of reality itself; with distraction and demonization of our own abilities and agency to accomplish much of anything as individuals and as human communities, but also in terms of the grave dangers our world faces in the present moment.

One section of the elites points backwards to the past, in the name of the nation and tradition, while another to the future under the guise of progress. But in reality, both beckon to the same end point: one defined by war, ecological collapse, and massive stratification, repression, and misery.

Thus, we are told to applaud our thriving economy on one hand, and prepare for the coming apocalypse of climate change on the other. To get tired of winning, but to also get ready for an economy defined by automation, weaponized data, and the growth of electronic feudalism.

Meanwhile, camps are forming, as figures from Bannon to those in the Alt-Right proclaim, just as they did after the fall of the Berlin Wall, that now the lines of war are drawn between globalists and nationalists. Meanwhile, some of the few that still have faith in our institutions, point to the growth of a rising social...


Indian, Native or Indigenous. Which one would you choose? Indianz.Com News

The word 'Native' was picked by a bunch of white newspaper editors trying to find a way to describe Indians that Indians would not find offensive.


BBC: Mystery Russian satellite Reason for Trumps Space Force Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Editors note:  This may well be the biggest cover up in history and all we can do is sit back and watch like a slow motion train wreck.The Russians put something in space that flies all over the place and seems to change shape and size as well. Our sources indicate that this is an after []


Combine hawthorn and CoQ10 to improve heart health Alternative News Network

Combine hawthorn and CoQ10 to improve heart health

(Natural News) Combining hawthorn and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) can boost heart health, according to an article published on the website Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha), also referred to as thornapple and whitethorn, is an herbal remedy that has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for heart conditions. Today, research provides scientific evidence that



ISIS Given Breathing Space in US-Occupied Areas of Syria: UN Report The Anti-Media

Syria ISISBy maintaining an ISIS pocket in the territory it occupies, the U.S. can continue to justify its illegal presence in the country for the long-term, ultimately substituting Iran for ISIS as its new regional boogeyman. (MPN Op-ed)  A recent report from the UN Security Councils Sanctions Monitoring Team has found that many of the places in Syria where the []


Netanyahu Has Dug Himself Into a Hole at a Graveyard Full of Untruths The Anti-Media

Benjamin Netanyahu(MEMO Opinion)  Benjamin Netanyahu has dived headlong into the furore engulfing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, revealing the most blatant meddling to-date by Israel in British politics. Whats more, hes done it armed with lies and distortions. The Israeli Prime Minister blasted Corbyn for apparently paying tribute to those behind the 1972 Munich massacre in which []


Turkey Just Joined Russia in Liquidating US Treasuries The Anti-Media

Turkey Russia US Treasuries(ZHE)  Last month, when we reported that Russia had liquidated the bulk of its US Treasury holdings in just two months, we said that we cant help but wonder as the Yuan-denominated oil futures were launched, trade wars were threatened, and as more sanctions were unleashed on Russia if this wasnt a dress-rehearsal, carefully coordinated with []


Washington State Judge Rules Against Kids in Climate Change Lawsuit WhoWhatWhy

As wildfire smoke clouded the skies of Seattle, a Washington judge ruled Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit against the State of Washington filed by a group of young climate change activists who range in age from 8 to 18.

The ruling, handed down by King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott, supported the motion submitted by the State of Washington to dismiss the lawsuit. Judge Scott ruled that the case raises political questions that cannot be resolved in a courtroom, but rather should be addressed by the legislative and executive branches of the government.

The lawsuit, Aji P. v. State of Washington, was originally filed in February by Our Childrens Trust, a nonprofit group specializing in supporting legal actions, on the part of the 12 young activists from Washington.

It alleges that the State of Washington has endangered the lives of the plaintiffs through the continual operation of a fossil-fuel-based transportation system.

The suit claims that the defendants knowingly contributed to creating harmful climate conditions that the plaintiffs have to live in. The plaintiffs sought primarily for the court to rule that citizens have a right to a safe and clean climate, and to see that the state government fulfills its obligation to provide a clean environment.

Judge Scotts conclusion is that there is no constitutional right to a clean environment in Washington nor is it appropriate for the courts to order the legislative and executive branches to produce and implement an exhaustive plan to clean up Washingtons environment.

As WhoWhatWhy has previously reported, a separate court ruled in 2017 that the Constitution mandates to citizens the right to a life-sustaining climate, and that it is the federal governments obligation to preserve it.


US Military Spending Bill Could Force Al Jazeera to Register as Foreign Agent The Anti-Media

Al Jazeera Foreign Agent(ANTIWAR.COM)  Foreign-owned media outlets that dont always tow the line in the US could find themselves under dramatically increased scrutiny under the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with analysts predicting that Al Jazeera will be the first news media outlet to fall victim. The NDAA provisions were designed by groups openly hostile to Al Jazeera, []


From Ember: 85 Years Since The Christie Pits Riot It's Going Down

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The From Embers podcast presents a look back at a period in Toronto history when the worlds of sports and antifascism collided on the streets.

85 years ago this week, in the midst of another long hot summer, a series of anti-Semitic and xenophobic provocations in the City of Toronto escalated into a full blown riot at Christie Pits. As the Nazis rose to power in Germany, a series of Swastika Clubs were organized out of a canoe club in Toronto and patrolled the Beaches neighbourhood with the intention of harassing so-called foreigners and to clean up the beaches. Tensions mounted and several confrontations were narrowly avoided.

About a week later, during a baseball game at Christie Pits, members of the Pit Gang unfurled a huge white banner bearing a black swastika. Jewish and Italian youth rushed the banner and tore it to shreds, and the skirmish quickly escalated into a massive riot involving hundreds of fighters and lasting several hours. Amazingly, no one was killed. The riot became a part of the mythology of the city, especially for the Torontos Jewish community.

The only photograph of the riot

Tonight on From Embers, we bring you two interviews to mark the 85th anniversary of the Christie Pits riot in Toronto. The first is with Professor Cyril Levitt, co-author of the book The Riot at Christie Pits with William Shaffir. The second edition of that book is being released this week through New Jewish Press in Toronto, with a new foreword and postscript. We discuss the historical context of the riot, including Toronto the Good, antisemitism, the depression, the red scare, and the rise of Nazi Germany.

The second interview is with Isaac, a member of the Toronto General Defense Committee, a local of the Industrial Workers of the World. Isaac is organizing a Commemorative BBQ at Christie Pits in the spirit of anti-fascism. He told me about the signi...


Getting It Together: Organizing Collectives for the Real World It's Going Down

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Materials and instructions for building collectives.

During 2017, Punch Up Collective spent several months developing curriculum for a four-hour workshop we call Getting It Together: Organizing Collectives for the Real World. In early 2018, we facilitated this workshop for the first time and also wrote Getting It Together: Ideas for Organizing Collectives, a companion article which Briarpatch Magazine published.

We were primarily motivated by what we see as the demands of this political moment. As Toronto-based organizer Syed Hussan writes, If there is a hope in hell of us transforming our society, and building the kinds of worlds we want to live in, we need masses of people organized, disciplined and militant. It may seem that media moments are where change happens, but that is fleeting. Large scale movements rise up and dissipate. Organizations, collectives, affinity groups are needed to build up to them and beyond them. We wholeheartedly agree.

Our hope, in developing these materials, was to create easily-shareable resources to support and encourage the development of collectives. We crafted the workshop curriculum to be clear and accessible, we included detailed notes and options for facilitators, and we designed a helpful handout and sample planning timeline as well. We revised all of these further after our experience of facilitating the workshop. We encourage you to take these materials, modify them, and run collective-building workshops where you live.

Again, find our curriculum here, our handout here, our planning timeline here, and our article here. Weve also listed some further readings below. These may be texts you want to incorporate into the workshop (for example, as...


What Gov. Hutchinson and Jared Henderson have in common

By Steve Brawner,  2018 by Steve Brawner Communications, Inc.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his Democratic opponent, Jared Henderson, have at least two things in common: They both started their political careers at young ages as heavy underdogs in statewide races, and they both have offered a big idea regarding education. Read the rest

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Sanction THIS! Qatar pledges $15bn of direct investments in Turkey Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Jim W. Dean - Fifteen billion is nothing to sneeze at, as it is way more than Saudi Arabia ever did for Egypt during its financial crunches


All of West Virginias Supreme Court justices impeached over spending Intellihub

CHARLESTON, W.Va. West Virginia lawmakers completed the extraordinary move of impeaching all four state Supreme Court justices Monday night for spending issues, including a suspended justice facing a 23-count federal indictment.

The state House of Delegates voted to impeach Justice Allen Loughry on eight articles, setting the stage for a trial in the state Senate.

Beth Walker became the final justice to be impeached when an article was approved stating all four justices abused their authority. It said they failed to control office expenses, including more than $1 million in renovations to their individual offices, and not maintaining policies over matters such as working lunches and the use of state vehicles and office computers at home.

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What Enemies Of The People Truly Means And Why The Media Are Not The Marshall Project

Journalists expose systems that dont work, and officials often agree.


Hamilton Rent Strikers Bring Demands to Landlords Doorstep in Ottawa It's Going Down

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A report on recent rent strike activity in Hamilton, as tenants take their fight literally to the front door of their landlord.

For years, tenants have swallowed the landlord line that rent increases are simply a routine levy to provide necessary upkeep to buildings. Too often the profit-driven mechanisms of the real estate industry are hidden behind the curtain of landlord spin and nice-guy superintendents. Since the growth of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and other more aggressive forms of investment into multi-residential properties, working-class tenants have been feeling severe pain and insecurity over their housing, forcing them to organize out of the sheer necessity of collective self-defence. Peeling back the surface layers of the landlord industry, they see where the rent increases that theyre forced to swallow actually go: into mansionsbig mansionsand luxury cars, $10,000 suits, yachts, and every other gross display of opulence imaginable.

Such was the case last weekend when striking tenants from the Stoney Creek Towers in Hamilton trekked to Ottawa with their supporters to confront the executives from InterRent, a REIT with an investment strategy based around displacing working-class tenants from their neighbourhoods.

InterRent cynically refers to this predatory practice as repositioningan industry jargon term for displacing working-class people from their apartments so they can jack rents up on empty units by as much as 8090% and attract a supposedly higher-income segment of the renting population. Read more about InterRents mass displacement strategy in a previous HTSN blog post here.

Tenants from Stoney Creek Towers have been on rent strike since May 1, 2018. Currently about 100 tenants are withholding their rent to pressure landlord InterRent REIT and property manager CLV Group to drop an Above Guideline Increase(AGI). AGIs are widely understood to...


Detecting bombs and guns via WiFi now a reality, engineers say Intellihub

Researchers have found a way to use off the shelf WiFi devices to scan rooms and areas for dangerous objects which include bombs and guns and they are doing it with a 97 percent accuracy rate, according to a new report out of Gizmodo.

From Gizmodo:

The researchers, which include engineers from Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Binghamton University, published a study this month detailing a method in which common wifi can be used to easily and efficiently identify weapons, bombs, and explosive chemicals in public spaces that dont typically have affordable screening options.

This could have a great impact in protecting the public from dangerous objects, Yingying (Jennifer) Chen, study co-author and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers-New Brunswicks School of Engineering, said in a statement. Theres a growing need for that now.

Now we know the direction in which WiFi and 5G are headed. Essentially, the entire planet will be wired.

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Fascistbook: Censorship Does Not End Well 21st Century Wire

How America learned to stop worrying and put Mark Zuckerberg in charge of everything

Alex Jones and his media outlet InfoWars were recently removed by Facebook, YouTube, Apple and Spotify. (Photo: Michael Zimmermann/21WIRE. Source: Wikicommons)

21WIRE says

The recent deplatforming of Alex Jones and InfoWars from a number of social media sites is just the tip of a much larger iceberg. It is not hard to see that we are entering a future in which the removal of social media and other internet content will be influenced and carried out, not only by big tech firms such as YouTube and Facebook, but by politicians, foreign and domestic governments and social media users, as well as other private interests. 

Although the simultaneous removal of Alex Jones from multiple platforms has grabbed headlines in both the mainstream press and independent media, in truth these moves have been underway for some time. As pointed out in the article below, the current movement to censor the internet can be partly traced back to events in Congress last November, when the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings targeting Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online.

In this sense, it is not only the social media companies themselves which are participating in this censorship; the hand of the state is also present to instigate it, pressuring the platforms to do it so that politicians are at least somewhat insulated from accusations of censorship.

There is also an international dimension to these moves, as various attempts to control internet content have taken place in countries as diverse as China, Israel and the Great Britain. In the UK, Prime Minister Theresa May has been pressuring Silicon Valley to control content since even before the London Bridge attack in June 2017 when she declared war on on...


All Florida public schools to display In God We Trust motto Intellihub

Florida students returning to classes this week will see the states motto, In God We Trust, etched on plaques on campus.

A new statute, part of a sweeping education bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in March, specifically states each school district is required to display the state motto in all of the schools in the district and in each building used by the district school board.

The motto must be displayed conspicuously on school grounds.

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UN Report Finds ISIS Given Breathing Space In US-Occupied Areas Of Syria The Last American Vagabond

By maintaining an ISIS pocket in the territory it occupies, the U.S. can continue to justify its illegal presence in the country for the long-term, ultimately substituting Iran for ISIS as its new regional boogeyman. NEW YORK  A recent report from the UN Security Councils Sanctions Monitoring Team has found that many of the places in Syria []

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Montreal: Property Management Employees Brutally Attack Anti-Gentrification Protesters It's Going Down

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Originally published to Montreal Counter-Info, this report comes from a local anti-gentrification group, Parc-Ex Contre la Gentrification, who issued the follow report after being brutally attacked by Property Management employees while protesting gentrification and condo development. 

Over 60 people gathered in front of Parc metro station yesterday afternoon to protest property speculation and gentrification. The action aimed to bring together members of Parc-Ex Against Gentrification, POPIR, Comit B.A.I.L.S, the Parc Extension Action Committee, the Comit Logement de Rosemont, and the Comit Logement du Plateau Mont-Royal to maintain pressure on property developers and send a clear message that condo and luxury apartment developments are not welcome in our neighborhoods.

We then went to the offices of the BSR Group the property development company carrying out the evictions of Plaza Hutchison tenants- to deliver a letter and disrupt their day-to-day operations. For the past half century, the Plaza Hutchison has served as a meeting place for Parc-Extension, housing community groups, cultural associations, language schools, religious spaces and small local businesses. Since the BSR Group purchased the building, they have relentlessly intimidated, threatened and evicted those tenants without notice, one by one. We went today to the Place Dcarie to make Ron Basal and his colleagues aware of our demands- namely that tenants should be allowed to return and the building be given back to the community.

Upon entering the office, we were repeatedly kicked and punched in the face by Ron Basal himself, and by BSR Group employees. Some of us were choked, while several others had their glasses ripped off their faces and broken. Employees uttered death threats, and numerous people were subjected to sexual harassment when one high ranking BSR Group member threatened to expose himself in front of them. When community members quickly decided to leave the building, BSR Group employees physically stopped the elevators, blocked the stairwells, forcibly confined people, and attempted to throw one person down the emergency exit stairwell. It was fucking intense. Many of us, n...


Final Straw: Harm Reduction, Interview with SF Bay View It's Going Down

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Long running anarchist radio show and podcast The Final Straw speaks with radical Black and abolitionist newspaper, the SF Bayview, as well as the Steady Collective.

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This week on the show we feature two interviews. The first is with a volunteer at the Steady Collective, a group that self-describes as dedicated to promoting the wellness of people who use drugs through empowerment and respectful collaboration. Our goal is to improve overall community health by reducing the rate of drug overdose and the spread of infectious disease with education, advocacy, and direct services. Their ability to operate a harm reduction program around needle exchange and narcan distribution to stop overdoses in the midst of the #opiodCrisis in Appalachia is being threatened by the city of Asheville. Heres the website for 12 Baskets, the food distribution program out of Kairos West.

Then I spoke with Mary Ratcliff, the editor of 27 years of the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper, with a print distribution of 20,000 copies around the U.S., including thousands behind bars. For the hour, Mary talks about the history of the paper, its relationship with prisoners and prison struggles and the difficulties faced by the poor and populations of color in white supremacist capitalism in the so-called U.S.


Over 30 Charged for Abusing Five Girls as Young as 12 Alternative News Network

Over 30 Charged for Abusing Five Girls as Young as 12

UK authority charges include rape, trafficking, facilitating sexual abuse

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Toronto Mayoral Candidate: Fix Toronto First! Alternative News Network

Toronto Mayoral Candidate: Fix Toronto First!

Political activist and journalist wants to make Canada great again.

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Assaulting Cops Is Now Considered A Hate Crime In Connecticut Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel A 20-year-old man in Connecticut has been charged with a hate crime for throwing a brick at a police squad car, which...


Now Censors Come For The Left Alternative News Network

Now Censors Come For The Left

Pro-censorship liberals will soon realize their mistake.

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Decline in the Fall (or Late Summer, Anyway): by Fred Gibbon

I am not sure why people write columns. Partly from boredom, I suppose, or lack of anything better to do. Partly from exasperation. Yet partly from the hope that if enough people collectively become aware of problems, they might, just maybe, do something about them. I cant believe this any longer. Todays crimes, lunacies, and decays  are too many, profitable, and intractable. We are racing out of control toward some as yet dimly limned catastrophe. Hang on and take the ride.

To begin with, America is no longer a country. It is a set of special interests occupying the same place: Corporations, races, ethnicities, faiths, ideologies, foreign agents pretending to be Americans, all at each others throats. No cure is possible.

Racial relations are a disaster. Blacks, fourteen percent of the country, are congenitally furious at whites. They neither assimilate nor want to. Whether they should doesnt matter since it will not happen.

They give their children strange names to differentiate them from whites, maintain a separate language sometimes called Ebonicsblacks in other countries learn to speak normallyand concentrate in huge all-black Sowetos: Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Newark, Trenton , Camden, Atlanta, Milwaukee, East St. Louis, New Orleans. And many others. Horrific crime and horrific schools produce each year a large cohort who, barely literate, will for fifty years be unable to fit into the economy or into white (or  Hispanic) society. This will not change. If it were going to, it would have.

Hispanics, seventeen percent of the population,  have a much higher likelihood of assimilating, and are doing so, but it will not happen overnight and will never be complete. They face intense hostility from much of the white population. Add Somalis, North Africans, Jews, Asians, and various Muslims and you have more than a third of the country.  Their interests are their own interests. This cannot be changed.

Americans no longer have a shared identity, a common culture to hold them together. In 1950 America was overwhelmingly white, European, and Christian. How deeply one believed was not the point. Christianity was a matrix binding all, as Catholicism is in Latin America. Today Christianity is like marijuanatolerated, barely legal, but better not to get caught. Whites are reviled by those of lesser capacity and, weirdly, by themselves. What do we now have in common? Almost nothing. This will not change before some strange looming denouement befalls us.

Government has changed irrevocably, and changes yet. It no longer consists of executive, judicial, and legislative branches. In  practice the branches are now the...


Can organized skepticism do a more spectacular face-plant? Freethought Blogs

Jebus. Michael Shermer has just proudly announced that the next issue of Skeptic magazine will be dedicated to his fellow member of the Intellectual Dork Web, Jordan B. Peterson.

David Gorski has been scathing. I agree with him.

Whatever it is Shermer is peddling, it aint skepticism. Its closer to cult-like dogma.

There was a time, in the ancient of days, when skeptical magazines would take a Cuisinart to the kind of incoherent babbling woo that Peterson spins. Now they dedicate whole issues to praising him.


Who fires a dog? Freethought Blogs

According to Seth Meyers, A racist with a rotted out soul is the most appropriate description for anyone who calls a black woman a dog, as Donald Trump did yesterday to Omarosa Manigault Newman.

Meyers also points to Trump repeatedly referring to people being fired like a dog and rightly asks: Why fires a dog?


US Sanctions on Iran Hurting Iraqis Too 21st Century Wire

Heres a concept the sanction-crazed bullies in Washington should take into consideration their sanctions on Iran have consequences beyond the target state. The press corps should ask about this at the next US State Department briefing

IMAGE: North Tehran by day. Many Iraqis have invested their life savings in Iran. (Photo: Patrick Henningsen @21WIRE)

Heavy US sanctions imposed on Iran have done significant harm to the Iranian currency, the rial, in recent weeks, and has aimed to cut the Iranians off from international trade. Among the hardest hit are a lot of middle class Iraqis.

Iraq loses a valuable trading partner, sure, as the government has already conceded theyll comply with US demands. But for many Iraqis, the sanctions are also destroying their investments in the Iranian private sector.

This reflects close economic ties between Iran and middle class Shiite Iraqis in the countrys east. But it is also an accident of recent history that Iraqis are invested so heavily in Iran. The massive ISIS gains in 2015 in Iraq had a lot of Iraqis looking to send assets abroad for protection, and this was around the same time the P5+1 nuclear deal was opening up Iran to international business.

Seeing a growth opportunity, many Iraqis smuggling their life savings across the border into Iran to invest. Irans economic woes now that the US has dishonored the P5+1 deal, and the collapsing currency, means many have suffered huge losses.

This could have an even bigger impact on Iraq than the lost trade, as a substantial number of Iraqis have lost a lot of their savings, and will no longer have that money to invest in the post-ISIS reconstruction domestically.



Perspectives on the August 12th Anti-Fascist Mobilization in DC It's Going Down

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Interview and analysis on recent mass antifascist mobilization in DC.

On August 12, Charlottesville fascist Jason Kessler attempted to hold the sequel to last years Unite the Right rally in Washington, DC. It did not go well for him. In the end, 2000 police struggled to protect two dozen fascists from thousands of anti-fascists and other foes of tyranny. To get some perspective on these events, we spoke with David Thurstonarts director for No Justice No Pride, a member of the steering committee of the DMVs Movement for Black Lives, and a core organizer with Resist Thisand also with an anonymous anarchist involved in organizing the anti-fascist bloc, among other aspects of the mobilization. The interview follows our comments below.

The US government spent $2.6 million to force the fascist rally upon the people of Washington, DC. Lets do the math: thats over $100,000 per fascist for a rally that lasted at hour at most. Would the US spend anything like that to protect a rally organized by any other sector of the population? On the contrary, when anarchists and other advocates of liberation organize public events, the government usually invests millions of dollars in repressing us, even illegally. This shows what a farce the free speech defense of fascist recruiting drives isthis is not an abstract question of rights, but a concrete matter of the US government asymmetrically investing resources in promoting the spread of fascism.

To put a number on it, then, the kind of free speech that enabled Kessler and his like to recruit someone to murder Heather Heyer is worth $100,000 per hour per fascist to the US government. Thats your tax dollars at work.

We were especially inspired by the fierceness with which the black population of DC turned out to face down the police and fascists on August 12. We have some questions about whether it makes sense for anarchists to act separately in a distinct anti-fascist contingent when other sectors of the population are mobilizing so courageously and assertively. It might be more effective for some anarchists to seek to connect with other rebels on the street, in order to bring about an interchange of tactics and ideas. Hopefully, this is already taking place.

Weve seen some alarmist commentary on the clashesfor example, from...


Bwahahaha! Freethought Blogs

Evil Cat and I are made for each other, I guess. She follows me all over the house, and during the day, she lurks in my office glaring at me. She likes to lounge about on the carpet, like so:

But heres the amusing part: she has those curved needle-like claws, like fish-hooks at the ends of her paws, and even though she must monitor me, that carpet snags her claws fiercely. She sometimes sits there, staring me down, and starts flexing those claws, in a hostile, intimidating way.

I wait for that and then leap out of my chair and stride purposefully from the room, as if I have something important to do, like opening a can of tuna, and she tries to follow, but shes hooked and then there follows lots of yowling and thrashing about as she tries to get free. Sometimes she rolls herself right up in the carpet with her struggles.

And I laugh, evilly.

See? Were a pair.


Religion, Trump, and Accountability: A Cautionary Tale Freethought Blogs

Stolen from a thief:

Jehovah & Satan are scratching their heads, giving puzzled looks to each other, attempting to determine who gets blamed for Trump. Of course, they have to rope in their friends when each denies taking any hand in Trump's creation.

Gods discuss who is responsible for Donald Trump.


Given their age, I think FSM should be remanded to juvenile court.


Full Script:

Jehovah & Satan are scratching their heads, giving puzzled looks to each other at this point.

Jehovah: Youre sure hes not one of yours? Because I didnt make him.

Satan: Please. Give me some credit. Even I have some standards.

Jehovah: Buddha? Brahma? [Both shrug their shoulders.] Gaia?

Gaia: [Glowers.]

Jehovah: Right, right. Sorry. Forgot about the pussy grabbing thing.  Cthulhu?

Cthulhu: What kind of monster do you take me for? [Sips tea.]

Satan: Well somebody cooked him up.

Flying Spaghetti Monster:

Jehovah: Wait Theres no way you could

FSM: Look. It was my first time. I was a little drunk and someone asked for a Tangerine Dream so I thought

Satan: [Facepalm.] Fucking newbies.


Protect Your Children from the Hollywood Predators Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Are you done with the monstrous, sick and perverted entertainment being pushed at our children and society by Hollywoods Music, Film and TV industry?  Well, we dont know about you but we are.  Here is an overview of the underbelly of the beast from Hollywoods Film, TV, and Music industry.  Here also, are some suggested []


The Last Naked Emperor: Whats Really behind Pope Francis Irish Road Show Welcome to ITCCS.ORG and The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State

by Kevin D. Annett

A Trinity of Child KillersNinth Circle cult members Jorge Bergoglio (left) and World Council of Churches officials Olav Fykse Tveit and Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald of Canada

 When facing imminent defeat, a Prince must present a public face of confidence and appear to be powerful in order to assure his wavering subjects and confound the hopes of his adversaries. - Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince

I pray every day for Bergoglio to die. He is the greatest threat to the Church in its history. - Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke to fellow Knights of Malta members, October 2017

After he came to office, Pope Francis realized how much he needed the Vatican money men to sustain his controversial rule. So he feigned an inquiry into the IOR (Vatican Bank) to conceal the extent of its looting and protect the usual gang of thieves under a smokescreen of liberal rhetoric. But the looting is massive. Even the Russian oligarchs have used the IOR to hide the billions they stole from their country. From Vladimir Putin on down, lots of people justifiably want Francis taken out. - Italian journalist to the author, June 19, 2018

Like a mythic curse, a violent madness has descended on my homeland. From the village of Knock to Dublins sprawl along the Liffey, Ireland is being militarized and regimented as if the civil war has returned. More than a thousand poor families and their children have been shoved into police prisons, roadways are being cordoned off and homes are being searched by the Gardai, and a terrorist watch network is harrassing suspected dissenters. Why? Apparently because a convicted criminal who thinks he is a god is coming to town, at a cost to an already-impoverished country of 32 million Euros. But the reason for the madness runs deeper.

The Pope Francis Road Show arrives in Ireland on August 25, with all the usual media-contrived...


The Last Naked Emperor: Whats Really behind Pope Francis Irish Road Show

by Kevin D. Annett

A Trinity of Child KillersNinth Circle cult members Jorge Bergoglio (left)

and World Council of Churches officials Olav Fykse Tveit and Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald of Canada

When facing imminent defeat, a Prince must present a public face of confidence and appear to be powerful in order to assure his wavering subjects and confound the hopes of his adversaries. - Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince

 I pray every day for Bergoglio to die. He is the greatest threat to the Church in its history. - Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke to fellow Knights of Malta members, October 2017

After he came to office, Pope Francis realized how much he needed the Vatican money men to sustain his controversial rule. So he feigned an inquiry into the IOR (Vatican Bank) to conceal the extent of its looting and protect the usual gang of thieves under a smokescreen of liberal rhetoric. But the looting is massive. Even the Russian oligarchs have used the IOR to hide the billions they stole from their country. From Vladimir Putin on down, lots of people justifiably want Francis taken out. - Italian journalist to the author, June 19, 2018

Like a mythic curse, a violent madness has descended on my homeland. From the village of Knock to Dublins sprawl along the Liffey, Ireland is being...


Hotwire #32: Summer in Review, Cville & DC, #PrisonStrike It's Going Down

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The Hotwire returns with a review for the summer, recent antifascist mobilization, and news on the upcoming prison strike.

Our first episode of the new season! This week, we look back at the long, hot summer and give an update on antifascist clashes, pipeline resistance, and ICE occupations. Hundreds gathered in Charlottesville on the anniversary of the defeat of Unite the Right, drawing attention to the increasing cozy relationship between white supremacists and the police.
We interview someone from Washington, DC about opposition to the Unite the Right 2 Rally held there this past weekend. Accused ELF and ALF member, Josephy Dibee was extradited to the US from Cuba and is being held in jail in Oregon. There are updates on the nationwide prison strike set to start on August 21 and list a whole slew of solidarity events you could attend. Finally, we wrap up the show with political prisoner birthdays and next weeks news. Were glad to be back! Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at

Notes and Links

  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Hot Summer Recap {2:20}
    • Commemorating #Charlottesville {9:20}
    • Fighting Fascism in DC {17:40}
    • Repression Roundup {32:00}
    • Next Weeks News {37:50}
  • ...


One Year Later: Lessons from Charlottesville PopularResistance.Org

This Aug. 12 marked the one-year anniversary of the murderous alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Va. The mainstream media have been bursting with commentary, but almost all of it misses the most important lesson from that infamous event: that it was a tremendous victory. A year later, the national fascist movement is greatly weakened. Its divided by infighting. It lacks an agreed-upon leader, let alone a program. This weekend in Charlottesville there were hundreds of anti-racists on the streets and virtually no fascists. The attempt to hold a rally in DC instead also failed miserably.


Cops Taze 87-Year-Old Great-Grandmother for Using a Knife to Cut Dandelions The Anti-Media

great-grandmother knife(ANTIMEDIA)  Police in Chatsworth, Georgia, tasered an 87-year-old woman after an employee at the local Boys and Girls Club called them to complain that she was carrying a knife and looking to cut vegetation on their property. The caller said Martha al-Bishara did not appear to be a threat. Shes old so she cant get around too well, []


The Mega-Project Exception That Proves the Rule? Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Let's begin with an editor's note:

We at Strong Towns are instinctively skeptical of large, top-down development projects, especially if public financing is involved. We have long argued that they are an inherently fragile approach to economic development, and prone to becoming expensive white-elephant relics if they fail. Our cities are littered with the detritus of previous generations' Hail Mary revitalization schemes: convention centers, entertainment districts, sports stadiums, and, of course, casinos.

But what's really the issue? Is failure intrinsic to the very idea of a "mega" project? Or is it more accurate to say that failure merely tends to follow large, top-down investments? And if so, are there large projects out there that would pass the Strong Towns litmus test in spite of their scale?

In our Cobb County series, we took a county in suburban Atlanta to task for its $400 million in public subsidy for a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves, approved with minimal transparency or democratic input.

Strong Towns founding member and frequent contributor Steven Shultis read this and thought immediately of his own city's mega-project: the MGM Springfield resort casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Shultis was on the Strong Towns podcast a few years ago to talk with Chuck Marohn about this very casino. Now, he's written a post arguing that if you're going to build a huge, silver-bullet project for placemaking and economic development purposes, the casino in Springfield is about the best you could do. As Shultis argues, several particular aspects of the casino serve to mitigate the risk and fragility that usually come with such endeavors: it is privately funded, in a location where very little new infrastructure is required, and situated in a walkable community where it can more easily produce spillover benefits instead of functioning as an island unto itself.

But it's still large-scale and thus not easily adaptable, still cedes a significant amount of power over the fate of one city's downtown to a single private entity, and may still raise questions of opportunity cost. So what else could have bee...


Treating Type 2 diabetes with this traditional Thai herbal extract Alternative News Network

Treating Type 2 diabetes with this traditional Thai herbal extract

(Natural News) Mathurameha, also known as Mathura Meha, is a traditional herbal formula used as alternative treatment for people with diabetes in Thailand. In a study published at BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers from Mahidol University have esta...


Sleeping Habits Linked to Fat Level Alternative News Network

Sleeping Habits Linked to Fat Level

Study compares BMI of people with different habits

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Shutting Down CoreCivic: Interview on the Anti-ICE Occupation in Nashville It's Going Down

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The following interview with Cakes of the Knoxville Radical Alliance was conducted by The Forge News based in so-called Knoxville, TN. The interview discusses the recent direct actions against CoreCivic, which profits off of private prisons and detention facilities.

Cover photo from

Cakes: Hey, this is Cakes, they/them. The views expressed in this interview do not represent any organizations, including Knoxville Radical Alliance or Resist ICE Nashville.

TFN: Why was there a protest at CoreCivic?

Cakes: CoreCivic was targeted because private, for-profit prisons are modern day slave traders. Companies like CoreCivic and Geo Group profit from human suffering. This suffering is experienced disproportionately by black, brown, indigenous, trans and economically disadvantaged folx. These companies lobby politicians to cage as many human beings as possible.

As of December 2016, CoreCivic estimated that it owned 58% of all prison beds, and managed 48% of all prison beds. Contracts with state and federal governments often guarantee minimum capacities of inmates. CoreCivic has even stated in its second quarter of 2018 earnings report to the SEC that immigration and prison reform are among the top future earnings risks (see Future-Looking Statements in report). CoreCivics cost cutting methods have also resulted in multiple deaths due to medical neglect. The reasons to target CoreCivic stack up the mor...


In East Sweida, ISIS Desperation is Palpable 21st Century Wire

Earlier this week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) issued their final demand to ISIS terrorists occupying the eastern countryside of Sweida, calling on them to either surrender or die in the Al-Safa Canyon.

ISIS terrorists now find themselves in their last hours of desperation, as they have failed for the third time in 24 hours to breakout of the canyon. The terrorists have wreaked havoc and horror on this community, and now it appears their time is up.

Al Masdar News reports

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) For the third time in the last 24 hours, the Islamic State (ISIS) militants on the Al-Safa Canyon have attempted to breakout of this pocket that is completely surrounded by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

According to a military source in Sweida city, the Islamic State launched a big attack at the northern slope of the Al-Safa Canyon this morning in a bid to open a path to leave this large mountain in the Badiya Al-Sham region.

However, for the third time in the last 24 hours, the Islamic State failed to penetrate the Syrian Arab Army lines and was ultimately mowed down by the latters machine guns in the northeastern countryside of the Sweida Governorate this morning.

The Islamic State terrorists that attempted to breakout of the Al-Safa Canyon pocket were all reportedly killed or wounded during the attack.

The military source said that no Islamic State terrorists willing surrendered to the Syrian Arab Army and their allies.

READ MORE SYRIA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Syria Files




Helping Homeless Veterans Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Health Editors Note:  Ken Leslie is the Advocate-in-Chief of Veterans Matter, where he devotes his time to making sure our nations heroes dont have to sleep on the streets. This is Kens article and we place it on VT because we believe all veterans should have a place to live, a place of his or her []


Hindus first lose lives; and then the narrative OpEdNews

History remembers the day as the 'Direct Action Day" or the "The Week of Long Knives." On July 29, 1946, Muslim League leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah had made a call for "Direct Action"--a call to all Muslims in the country--to mark its rejection of the constituent assembly and to demonstrate to British and Congress that a separate nation called Pakistan alone could offer them security.


San Pedro Tlanixco: Defend Water, Defend Life It's Going Down

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This piece comes from the autonomous media collective, Subversiones, and speaks to the ongoing struggle against territorial and resource dispossession in San Pedro Tlanixco, State of Mexico. The original in Spanish can be found here.

In San Pedro Tlanixcoa Nahua community located in the Mexican municipality of Tenango del Vallethe history of struggle in defense of territory has been long and complex. For decades, the community has faced all forms of dispossession, harassment and violence from local caciques and the three levels of government. But the people of Tlanixco have also shown the capacity to reorganize themselves to respond with dignity against each attack.

The principal object of dispute has been the waters of their Arroyo Grandethe Texcaltenco river, tributary of the Balsas water basin. Their waters, and the other nearby fresh-water springs, have been used historically for domestic use by the inhabitants of Tlanixco. The development of the flower industry in the neighboring municipality of Villa Guerrero was the source of conflict: the businessmen required large quantities of water to maintain their crops.

In 1999, the community of Tlanixco was granted use of four fresh-water springs: Bellotal, Puente de Trozo, Agua Bendita and Salitre. However, that same year, the businessmen of Villa Guerrero, led by Alejandro Isaak Basso, managed to receive authorization for the right to use of those same water sources.

Afterwards, the appeal 1740/2001, filed by the communitys lawyers, managed to suspend the extraction of water to serve Villa Guerrero. The flower growers of that municipality, businessmen linked to the administration of the then governor, Arturo Montiel, continued invading the territory of Tlanixco to provide themselves, illegally, with water for their crops.

It was during one of those illegal invasions in the ejidal territory of Tlanixco, that Alejandro Isaak Basso was confronted by a group from the community in a canyon. Surprised by the confrontation, Isaak Basso apparently had a nervous breakdown and fell down the slope of the canyon. Since then, an unprecedented wave of repression has been unleashed on the community. For years, the people have lived in fear: illegal raids, kidnappings, torture, six political prisons and two others persecuted have been some of the consequences.

But the people of Tlanixco have managed to reorganize and recompose themselves. Just more than two years ago, the community radio was founded and today, the ag...


Stern of World War II U.S. destroyer discovered off remote Alaskan island by NOAA-supported mission Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

For almost 75 years, the stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read lay somewhere below the dark surface of the Bering Sea off the Aleutian island of Kiska, where it sank after being torn off by an explosion while conducting an anti-submarine patrol. Seventy-one U.S. Navy Sailors were lost in the aftermath of the blast, []


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Unleashed: America Was Never That Great The Federalist

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat running for re-election, declared to a shocked crowd on Wednesday that America was never that great.

Were not going to make America great again, Cuomo said, in an apparent reference to President Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign slogan. It was never that great. Members of the assembled crowd audibly gasped at Cuomos remarks.

Cuomos remarks slamming America starkly contrasted with those delivered by his father, former three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, to the Democratic National Convention in 1984. In that address, Mario Cuomo praised America as the greatest country on earth and said he learned about Americas greatness by watching and learning from his parents, Andrew Cuomos grandparents, as they built their lives together in New York.

[My mother and father] were able to build a family and live in dignity and see one of their children go from behind their little grocery store in South Jamaica on the other side of the tracks where he was born, to occupy the highest seat, in the greatest State, in the greatest nation, in the only world we would know, is an ineffably beautiful tribute to the democratic process, Mario Cuomo said during the keynote address of the Democratic Partys 1984 presidential nominating convention.

The elder Cuomo concluded his remarks by referring to the United States as this great nation.

Americas status as a unique and great nation was a theme Mario Cuomo often emphasized. In a separate speech he delivered at the University of Notre Dame in September 1984, then-Gov. Mario Cuomo noted the desire of Americans of all faiths to make our already great democracy even stronger than it is.

In 1992, when he introduced then-Gov. Bill Clinton as the Democratic nominee for the presidency, Mario Cuomo once again described the United States as a great nation.

Remember, we became a great nation by making things and selling them to others for their marks and their yens, he...


Red light cameras Freethought Blogs

Running a red light is a very dangerous thing to do. Red light cameras that photograph cars that do this are proliferating in many areas. They take a photo of offenders who are then cited and fined. But one study done in Houston finds that while they do reduce the number of people running red lights, they do not necessarily reduce the number of accidents.

During the past decade, over 438 U.S. municipalities, including 36 of the 50 most populous cities, have employed electronic monitoring programs in order to reduce the number of accidents. Red light camera programs specifically target drivers that run red lights.

Evidence clearly shows that camera programs are effective at decreasing the number of vehicles running red lights. In one study in Virginia, red light cameras reduced the number of total drivers running red lights by 67 percent.

However, cameras can have contradictory effects on traffic safety. Some drivers who would have otherwise continued to proceed through the intersection when the light is yellow or red will now attempt to stop. That means that the number of accidents caused by vehicles not stopping at a red light will likely decrease.

But the number of accidents from stopping at a red light such as rear-end accidents is likely to increase. Thats not an inconsequential side effect. Some drivers will attempt to stop, accepting a higher risk of a non-angle accident like getting rear-ended, in order to avoid the expected fine.

When the Houston cameras were removed, angle accidents increased by 26 percent. However, all other types of accidents decreased by 18 percent. Approximately one-third of all Houston intersection accidents are angle accidents. This suggests that the programs drawbacks canceled out its benefits.

What this study shows is that far too many people tailgate, i.e., drive too close to the car in front based on the speed. When I slow down to stop because of a yellow light, I usually look in the mirror to see if the car behind may hit me and sometimes I edge forward a bit to give them more time to stop. If tailgating were reduced, then red light cameras would result in reduced accidents. Also, rear-end collisions are less likely to cause serious injury than getting broadsided.

One of the things that I would like to see more of are those signs by the roadside that tell you how fast you are traveling. Whenever I see them, I instinctively check my speed to make sure that I am not going too fast. Placing one of those signs right next to speed limit signs may help reduce speeding, another cause of accidents. Since these speed detector signs seem to be solar-powered, the maintenance costs should be low.


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Taxpayers to Be Held Liable After Video Shows Cops Execute Mentally Ill Man Holding a Stick The Free Thought Project


A mother has filed a federal lawsuit after she called 911 for help with her mentally ill son and cops showed up and killed him instead.

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Journalist investigating Bill Clintons sex crimes found dead in hotel room Intellihub

Investigative journalist, Jen Moores body was found in a District of Columbia hotel room on Monday after she died from a reported seizure.

Apparently, authorities are diligently working the case after it was discovered Moore had filed paperwork with the federal government in regards to the matter.

True Pundit reports:

Police are closely investigating the cause of death after former FBI Agent Robyn Gritz, a friend of Moores, made inquiries with homicide detectives Monday afternoon in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Preliminary reports from police said the death was not the result of suicide.

Moores body was found by employees at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Washington, D.C. East in Capitol Heights, Maryland. The investigation is ongoing. An autopsy had not been scheduled as of late Monday.

Moore, an advocate who investigated abused and trafficked children, had been in the process of investigating allegations by a 26-year-old man that as a young boy he was sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton and pimped out at private sex parties attended by other D.C. elites.

In fact, just four weeks before her death, Moore filed details of the alleged victims claims with the Department of Homeland Security, detailing the allegations against Clinton. Moore contacted Homeland Security beginning on July 6th through July 9th, records show. A week later, she contacted the FBI with identical details about the victim and the shocking allegations against Clinton.

FBI sources report no case has been opened on the evidence supplied by Moore. Homeland Security officials could not be reached for comment.

Was investigative journalist Jen Moore another victim of the Clinton body count?

Please comment below and share.

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Claims of Tortured Children at Virginia Immigration Center; State CPS Finds No Abuse Or Wrongdoing Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel Immigrant children in Virginia have been tortured by officials who work in the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center according to a federal lawsuit. ...


Seattle's Worst 24h Air Quality on Record Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

Air quality in western Washington is very poor right now.

Incredibly, in central Puget Sound it is probably the worst in the nearly two-decade observing record of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for any time of the year.

I have been here a long time and I have never seen anything this bad.  The view from the Seattle SpaceNeedle Panocam is murky (see below)

And the view from my department is very mountains and can't even see across the Lake.

But now, let me really impress (or depress) you.  Below is a plot of 24-h average particulate concentration (PM2.5) in the atmosphere at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Duwamish site in Seattle.  The past 24-h was the worst on record for any time of the year.  Number two was the smoky period last summer. 

Historically, Seattle has its worst air in the winter from wood smoke and other combustion products, but today and last year were summer maxima from wildfires--very different animals.

The observing site in Tacoma also had its record in the past 24-h hours.


Alex Jones suspended from Twitter after tweet calling to end censorship Alternative News Network

Alex Jones suspended from Twitter after tweet calling to end censorship

According to Twitter, a tweet by Jones one day earlier was considered to be targeted harassment.

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Keith Ellison, Democratic Party Radical, Takes Primary for AG in Minnesota Alternative News Network

Keith Ellison, Democratic Party Radical, Takes Primary for AG in Minnesota

Ellison looks to have secured a comfortable majority of Democratic primary votes in a five-candidate field in which he had by far the most prominent public profile.

The post...


Afghan asylum seeker stabs 4 people in France, one in serious condition Alternative News Network

Afghan asylum seeker stabs 4 people in France, one in serious condition

The Afghan went searching for a knife in the house of his cousin, also an asylum seeker, and stabbed the two men in the head and neck. 

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Top Democrats are taking health care industry cash then opposing candidates who support "Medicare for all" OpEdNews

"There is no question that there are powerful elements of the Democratic establishment who have been and are also beholden to the health care profiteers," "The challenge to win universal health care in this country is overcoming these stakeholders" which have spent enormous amount of energy and resources trying to undermine efforts for a universal health care system."


War Crimes: Lawmakers Demand Answers About US Role In Yemen Massacre The Last American Vagabond

In the wake of the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalitions horrific bombing of a school bus last week that killed 50 Yemeni children and amid reports on Tuesday of dozens more civilian deaths after a new wave of Saudi bombings, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has sent a detailed letter (pdf) to the Department of Defense Inspector General demanding an investigation into whether []

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Radioactive Sheep Prove Israel Illegally Tested Nuclear Weapons: Report The Anti-Media

Radioactive Sheep Israel(MEMO)  A science journal has claimed that radioactive sheep found in Australia could prove that Israel tested nuclear weapons, an action which would be in contravention of international law. The study, which was published by Princeton Universitys Science and Global Security journal, claims that Israel conducted an illegal nuclear test on 22 September 1979 near Prince []


Crip Dykes Private Conversations: Tomi Lahren and the Original Feminists Freethought Blogs

An insight into the private conversations your friendly, neighborhood Crip Dyke has when shes away-from-blog:

Tomi Lahren insists that dead feminists would roll over in their graves at this new-fangled feminism that insults men and wears hats.
Im just wondering where she got that one.

Ah, Tomi. Will there ever be a day when you cease being so entertainingly wrong?


PS: I think Im gonna kick-start the OF trend. Crip Dyke OF has a nice ring to it.


Trump vs. His Own Administration? The Last American Vagabond

Are President Trumps senior cabinet members working against him? Its hard not to conclude that many of the more hawkish neocons that Trump has (mistakenly, in my view) appointed to top jobs are actively working to undermine the presidents stated agenda. Especially when it seems Trump is trying to seek dialogue with countries the neocons []

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Trump To Ignore Multiple NDAA Provisions The Last American Vagabond

In a 15-page signing statement issued Monday night, President Trump revealed that he intends to ignore many of the myriad provisions of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the $716 billion military spending bill. The signing statement singles out several provisions which Trump argues would restrict his control in ways he believes are needed for military []

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Democrats Gather in Chicago: Elite Party or Party of the People? OpEdNews

Despite being led by one of the most erratic & least popular presidents in modern history, the Republican Party dominates U.S. politics. One of the main reasons for this awful state of affairs is that the opposition party -- which calls itself "Democratic" -- is led by vacillating, corporate-oriented politicians who seem to have one firm principle: that the party's progressive base must be repeatedly insulted, repressed...


Syrian War Report August 15, 2018: Syrian Army Advances On Remnants ISIS Cells In Al-Suwayda Desert Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

from SouthFront On August 14, the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) released a statement providing a look at their operations in the area of Afrin against the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA). According to the statement, Abdul Razzaq al-Bakr, a TFSA field commander, died on August 8 after being []


Cancel Your Netflix Freethought Blogs

I just cancelled Netflix. Its a good time to do it. A) They dont have anything good on. The recent seasons of their coolest shows were either disappointing or incoherent because they were trying to bump up the edge. B) Theyre promoting a new original show that is an eating-disorder-triggering fatphobic pile of trash. Its called Insatiable and that link goes to a response article by a fat activist.

Anyhow, if you care about any fat people or people of any size who have eating disorders, cancel your Netflix and list that as the reason why. Ill be your best friend forever if you do. Automatic banning for anyone who drops health trolling or whatabouts in my comments. Fuck diet industry propaganda, and fuck body policing fascism in the form of conventional wisdom.


Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Big Pharma & Determines That CBD Has No Medicinal Value The Last American Vagabond

Last week the hemp industry in the United States faced a roadblock after the federal U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to list cannabidiol or CBD as a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Its worth pointing out that CBD has no psychoactive effects []

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Curing Fascism OpEdNews

Fascism is a disease, a delusion, a toxic worldview. It's encouraged and manipulated by propaganda. Its characteristics are numerous and to various degrees widespread and long-lasting. At what point their combination in sufficiently extreme degree rises to the level of fascism, as opposed to moderately fascistic tendencies I'm happy to leave to others to decide.


Our Need for Positive Meta-Narratives for Cultural Transformation OpEdNews

We operate - often unknowingly - via stories or beliefs regarding where we came from, who we are and where we are going. Given the state of the world, our species has a clear need for fresh, life-enhancing narratives (or assumptions). Alternative, inspiring stories are presented in this piece.


Podcast: Author Makes The Case For Removing Your Child From Public School The Federalist


Mary Rice Hasson is the author of the new book, Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child from Public School Before Its Too Late. On this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour, Joy Pullmann interviews Hasson about her argument that families of faith now need to protect their children from public schools.

Hasson said issues like gender identity and ideological curriculums will impact a childs character or intellect.

Theres been a renewed interest in civics education, but what has been brought into the schools under the label of civics education is often nothing more than progressive activism, she said.

Listen to the full interview here:


Why the Pledge of Allegiance Is Un-American The Anti-Media

Pledge of AllegianceThe one nation, indivisible referred to in the pledge is not only unconstitutional, its contrary to the entire idea of the America the Founders sought to create. (FEE) An Atlanta, Georgia, charter school announced last week its intention to discontinue the practice of having students stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance during its schoolwide morning meetings at []


Monsantos Loss Is Our GainLets Make The Most Of It PopularResistance.Org

Thank you to the 12 jurors who listened attentively and critically, during long days of testimony, then deliberated with care, and ultimately did the right thing. Thank you to the lawyers who invested countless hours in investigative work and trial preparation, and who argued rationally and intelligently on behalf of the plaintiff, science and ethics. Thank you to those media outlets and advocacy organizations who covered the case, pored over the Monsanto Papers and took seriously their obligation to inform the public. But most of all, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dewayne Lee Johnson, the plaintiff in the Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto case. For his persistence in getting to the bottom of what caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.


Druze Army General Leads Open Revolt Against Israels Jewish Nation-State Law The Anti-Media

Druze Israel(MEE)  Israels small Druze community, long seen as loyal to the state, is on a collision course with the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu over a new law guaranteeing superior citizenship rights for Jews, according to analysts. Israel has traditionally cited the Druze, a secretive religious sect whose men serve in the Israeli army, as proof []


Too Big To Fail: Russia-gate One Year After VIPS Showed A Leak, Not A Hack PopularResistance.Org

A year has passed since highly credentialed intelligence professionals produced the first hard evidence that allegations of mail theft and other crimes attributed to Russia rested on purposeful falsification and subterfuge. The initial reaction to these revelationsa firestorm of frantic denialaugured ill, and the time since has fulfilled ones worst expectations. One year later we live within an institutionalized proscription of proven reality. Our discourse consists of a series of fence posts and taboos. By any detached measure, this lands us in deep, serious trouble. The sprawl of what we call Russia-gate now brings our republic and its institutions to a moment of great perilthe gravest since the McCarthy years and possibly since the Civil War. No, I do not consider this hyperbole.


Why Did This Town's Entire Police Force Quit? Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Today we are sharing a guest post by Christian Bergland. He is a Strong Towns reader who is from Blandford, Massachusetts. If the name Blandford rings a bell, it may be because we shared a news article on social media last week about the sudden resignation of the towns entire police force of four officers. Christian reached out to tell us that he thought our comment on the story missed the mark, and that the actual local context was both more complicated and more interesting. So we invited him to submit an article and set the record straight.

He came back with the following, which not only answers the question, Why did the police force quit? but also explores, through the context of Blandford, what it means for a small rural place to be a strong town.

My tiny Western Massachusetts hometown of Blandford population 1,233 made national news for the first and only time on July 30 when its entire police force suddenly resigned. This story was picked up by national publications, and seemingly offered something for every ideological bent. Was this a town that expressed its animosity toward the police at large by dramatically underfunding its police department? A liberal Massachusetts bastion that overspent on social programs and did not have enough left over for law enforcement? Or was it a cautionary tale of unfettered development, an example of what happens when you overbuild your infrastructure without a plan for how to pay for it, leaving you without basic municipal services?

Unfortunately for partisans on both sides of the aisle who thought this story fueled their respective narratives, the truth has more to do with the realities of funding a small town and less to do with ideological warfare. I am writing this piece in the hope that I can clear up some of the misconceptions surrounding this story, particularly those pertaining to issues covered by Strong Towns, while also highlighting what it means to be strong in the context of a very small, rural town.

Blandford would be a pretty typical rural town in most of the country. Politics skew very conservative, the gun ownership rate approaches 100%, and hunting is still common practice. Support for the police is generally very strong in both local terms and in the abstract, as you would expect in a town with the above attributes. Suffice it to say, local antipathy towards law enforcement was not a driver in the towns lack of financial support for its police department.

While reporting on this story generally made it sound like Blandford had a full-time police department, that was not the case. The four officers in question were actually splitting 40 hours per week between them, meaning that the town only had local police coverage roughly 25% of the time. How were these police officers living on roughly 10 hours per week at $15 an hour? They werent:...


Mourning And Anger At Funeral Of Yemeni Children Killed In US-Saudi School Bus Attack PopularResistance.Org

SADAA, YEMEN  Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sadaa, northern Yemen, to hold a funeral procession for the children who were killed on August 10 by U.S.-backed Saudi airstrikes in Dhahian city next to a crowded market. The deadly attack came while they were on a picnic to Dhahians outskirts after graduating from summer school. The mourners, who came from across the country, walked in a long convoy next to vehicles that carried the bodies of more than 30 children, as participants carried pictures of the attack and chanted slogans against Saudi Arabia and the United States. America Kills Yemeni Children, read several banners. A source in Yemens Health Ministry, based in Sana`a, said in a statement that 51 people were killed in the raids, including 40 children.


Depositors Not Taxpayers Will Take The Hit For Next 2008 Crash Because Major Banks May Use Bail-In System PopularResistance.Org

Whats likely to happen to depositors money in a major commercial bank in another 2008 crash? And for months, financial pundits and experts such as William Cohen have been warning an even bigger one is on its way because nothing has essentially changed.  If its one of those giant too-big-to-fail types that caused that global catastrophe, chances are theyve been planning whats called a bail-in system to seize depositors moneytemporarily, of course. But whether depositors want to withdraw $50 from the ATM for the weekend, write a cheque at the supermarket, or cash in a CD, theyll be shut out by their banks. And when the furious confront those banks, theyll be told its an emergency and, until Monday, would they like to start procedures with the FDIC for a refund? Or accept the banks IOU (stocks) immediately for it?


Mission Accomplished: Why Solidarity Boats To Gaza Succeed Despite Failing To Break Siege PopularResistance.Org

When Mike Treen, the National Director of the Unite Union in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance. For them, Mike, as all of those who set sail aboard the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza last July, were heroes. But the truth is Mike Treen and his comrades were not the only heroes for braving the sea with the aim of breaking the hermetic Israeli military blockade on the impoverished and isolated Gaza Strip. Without those who were present at the Auckland airport, upon Mikes arrival, and without the thousands of supporters all across the world who have mobilized as a community - held numerous meetings, raised funds, created a powerful media discourse, and so on...


The November elections will beinteresting Freethought Blogs

I took a look at the Minnesota primary election results. There werent really any surprises, although there was one disappointment.

The disappointment is that Tim Walz will be the DFL candidate running for governor in November. I despise Tim Walz hes a conservative Democrat who has been in the pocket of the NRA for years. Whats particularly galling about it is that I keep seeing people saying that they voted for Walz because he was most appealing to outstate (the obnoxious term people in the Twin Cities use for the region outside the Twin Cities) voters, so they were supporting the DFL candidate most likely to win over those Neandertals who dont reside in the metropolitan region.

I live in outstate Minnesota. Grrrr. Dont assume were all gun-totin rednecks out here.

The one bit of good news was the election turnout record numbers all around. Most importantly, there were 600,000 DFL voters and 300,000 Republican voters. Youve got to wonder how any Republicans ever get elected.

(Rhetorical question: its because of criminal levels of gerrymandering, and because in most elections voter apathy is high.)


Trump Administraton Pushes Hard for Space Force OpEdNews

The Trump administration is pushing hard on its scheme to create a Space Force and for "American dominance in space."


I Survived Because . . . PopularResistance.Org

I survived because I was walking to a building that was behind a small hill that faced downtown. I was standing in such a way that the building was to my right and the stone garden was to my left. It was my daughters wedding day and I was pushing the wedding dresses in a wheelbarrow to the wedding hall. All of a sudden, for no obvious reason, I was just knocked to the ground. I never heard the bomb. . . I was about to get up when suddenly wood and debris fell from the sky and hit me on the head and back, so I stayed on the ground. . . . I couldnt even hear the wood falling. . . . When I did start to hear, it was an odd sound. I ran to a hill area where I could look down to the city. I couldnt believe my eyes. The whole city of Hiroshima was gone. And the noise I heard it was people...


Wyoming Laws to Encourage Cryptocurrency Already Having Positive Impact Activist Post

By Michael Maharrey Efforts to encourage the use of cryptocurrency in Wyoming have already paid off. Earlier this month, crypto exchange Coinbase announced it will...


A Writer's Last Port of Call: V.S. Naipaul OpEdNews

In "The Enigma of Arrival" the recently departed writer, V.S. Naipul, wrote a masterpiece that explores, through his own journey, the existential journey that is everyone's fate today.


Congress Is Set To Grill FCCs Chairman For Falsely Claiming His Agency Was Hit With a cyberattack Heres How It Could Affect The War Over Net Neutrality PopularResistance.Org

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is set to testify Thursday in front of a Senate oversight committee. He's certain to have to respond to questions while there about false statements he and some of his subordinates made to lawmakers about an incident last year in which the agency's computer systems got overwhelmed during the comment period for its then-ongoing net-neutrality proceeding. Pai has tried to distance himself from those false statements, blaming them on the agency's former chief information officer, David Bray. But lawmakers are sure to want to know when Pai knew the statements were false and why he didn't retract them earlier. Perhaps more importantly, lawmakers may well try to delve into the role the incident played in Pai's effort to overturn the FCC's net-neutrality rules.


Murphy's Law: Big Tech Must Serve as Censorship Subcontractors OpEdNews

We don't need "more government oversight" of social media. What we need is for it to be recognized, and treated, as a criminal abuse of power (and a violation of US Code Title 18 241 -- "conspiracy against rights") for government officials or employees to attempt to "oversee" or "manage" social media's content standards.


Trying To Own The Libs Is Actually How You Get Owned by Politicians The Federalist

Nikki Haleys recent comments about the downside of the own the libs style of conservative activism which is heavy on mockery, insults, and other forms of Internet trolling touched off a certain amount of debate in conservative circles. Some agreed about the folly of pursuing the cheap satisfaction of a caustic putdown over actual persuasion, some thought mockery still has an important role in political debate, and the defenders of owning the libs admitted that they dont believe in political debate anyway, declaring that this is not about persuasion anymore. I would ask why they dont just pack it in and proceed straight to civil war, but it seems unethical to encourage people to get themselves killed doing something stupid.

As Ive been thinking it over, though, Ive realized the greater danger of the own the libs mentality. Its not just about your failure to persuade your opponents or, more likely, the uncommitted observer, which is who those debates are really aimed at. Its about your failure to hold your own side accountable.

But first lets look at Haleys comments.

Raise your hand if youve ever posted anything online to quote-unquote own the libs, Haley asked at the High School Leadership Summit at George Washington University. The vast majority raised their hands in response, and then erupted into spontaneous applause.

I know that its fun and that it can feel good, but step back and think about what youre accomplishing when you do this are you persuading anyone? Who are you persuading? Haley asked. Weve all been guilty of it at some point or another, but this kind of speech isnt leadership its the exact opposite.

Real leadership is about persuasion, its about movement, its bringing people around to your point of view, she added. Not by shouting them down, but by showing them how it is in their best interest to see things the way you do.

This message is desperately needed. The Republican Party has been so seduced by the lure of pure partisan spite that it recently elected a president primarily because of his suitability for the task of owning the libs. But this terminology is an empty metaphor.

Owning in this context means nothing. It confers no influence or authority and is definitely not recogn...


URGENT Action Alert -Contact Congress ASAP about Its FCC Review OpEdNews

This Thursday, August 16, the Senate's Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee will query FCC Commissioners about their oversight of issues related to wireless communications.


Economic Contagion? Central Banks Are The Real Culprit Activist Post

By Brandon Smith The mainstream news has been awash lately in talk over the danger of economic contagion, primarily due to lack of dollar liquidity...


UK Black Pride 2018: Shades of the Diaspora Freethought Blogs

UK Black pride 2018 was held on Sunday July 8 at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, London. It was indeed a celebration of black LGBT1Q . The theme was Shades Of The Diaspora. I was there to celebrate all that is black and beautiful with my black LGBTIQ community and our allies. It was a protest and a party.

Hello from UK Black Pride, the party is rocking!

The party rocked! The vibrant, energetic performers on stage and the beautiful roaring crowd reminded me of what it is to be Black, Bold, Beautiful and Proud. Partying with my Black Lgbtiq community, I definitely felt like I belonged there.

Special thanks to the organisers for persistently organising UK Black pride despite all the negativity from these who seek to subjugate our spirit and never really make us feel belonged or truly included in the mainstream lgbt community. Also, a big shout out to all the volunteers and everyone who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring us a fun, successful, UK Black Pride. Solidarity forever.

It was indeed the largest UK Black Pride ever. The crowd was huge from every corner and angle. So many beautiful people and a rich diversity of cultures. The talents on stage were great, the crowd was energetic and made me realised i need to brush up on my dance steps. So much twerking from all genders that I was reminded twerking is a black thing , and will always be.

Kudos to the organisers for another successful UK Black Pride. I am already looking forward to an even bigger, colourful UK Black Pride and a more inclusive Pride every corner of the globe.

To voiceless LGBTIQs who cannot afford to hold or attend a Pride, I say Stand Tall, you are not forgotten. Rainbow will always shine through the clouds. Stay positive and live your truth in pride. Love, always.

Enjoy the pics and videos from my lens!



Landowners on Rosebud Reservation see more Cobell buy-back offers Indianz.Com News

Citizens of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are benefiting from a third round of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.


Going Fundamental Eludes Congressional Progressives OpEdNews

Although politicians review and sign fundraising letters, rarely do they write them. That lucrative task is left to political consulting firms that also profitably consult for corporations. That's why the letters are so formulaic. Over the years I've urged incumbents & candidates for elected office to do more than ask people for money. Why not ask them for their time, their minds, and their dedication by having "time-raisers


Facebook Bans Infowars As Rapper Who Posted Child Porn to Instagram Keeps His Account The Free Thought Project


As Facebook targets pages for removal who post politically charged content, a rapper who used their platform to upload child porn is reaching millions.

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In this KC-area district, boys and girls will share gender-neutral restrooms Intellihub

No more separate restrooms for boys and girls, with rows of feet-showing stalls. The North Kansas City school district is going fully gender neutral at two new elementary schools, opening on Wednesday, as well as in a few renovated restrooms in North Kansas City High School and the sixth-grade centers.

The bathrooms still have an open alcove area with a common trough sink, but the toilets are enclosed inside individual stalls with floor-to-ceiling walls and lockable doors.

A single sign on the wall outside displays both the male and female symbols.

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Exploiting prisoners for profit Freethought Blogs

That the prison industry in the US is abusive towards its inmates is well known. What is perhaps not so well known is how it takes advantage of their captivity to squeeze even more money out of them and their families. As Victoria Law writes, one way they do that is by demanding that families can only communicate with inmates through private companies that have been granted monopoly rights to provide this service at exorbitant rates. Since both prisoners and their families are desperate to keep in touch with each other, they are ripe for exploitation. One of the worst companies is called JPay.

In the outside world there are numerous companies offering free email accountsGmail, Yahoo Mail, Mail.combut inside prisons companies charge a fee, a token JPay calls a stamp, to send each message. Each stamp covers only one page of writing. Want to send photos of a nephews graduation, a nieces prom dress or a new baby? Each picture costs an additional stamp. A short video clip? Thatll be three stamps. With the postal service, stamp prices are fixed, but JPays stamp prices fluctuate. Shortly before Mothers Day, for instance, a stamp cost 35 cents; the price rose to 47 cents the following week. For a few hundred dollars, prisoners can skip kiosk lines by buying a tableta relatively expensive purchase that tends to lock them into JPays services.

Inside prisons, e-messaging companies are quietly building a money-making machine virtually unhindered by competitiona monopoly that would be intolerable in the outside world. Its based in a simple formula: Whatever it costs to send a message, prisoners and their loved ones will find a way to pay it. And, the more ways prisoners are cut off from communicating with their families, the better it is for business. Which means that stamp by stamp, companies like JPayand the prisons that accept a commission with each message are profiting from isolation of one of the most vulnerable groups in the country. And, with prisoners typically earning 20 cents to 95 cents an hour in jobs behind bars, the cost of keeping in touch most likely falls to family members and friends.

For many years, phone calls from jails and prisons were unregulated, allowing private telecommunications providers to charge as much as $1 a minute for a call. After years of organizing by prisoner rights advocates, the Federal Communications Commission voted in 2013 to cap the costs of interstate phone calls, calling it a first step toward ending the exorbitant costs of staying in contact. Two years later, the commission extended the cap to intrastate calls. But after five prison phone providers, including Securus, filed separate petitions challenging the FCCs decision, the ruling was overturnedleaving pricing entirely in the hands of private companies, with charges...


The plague is spreading! Freethought Blogs

Who will be the next prime minister of Australia? Fraser Anning or Bob Katter? Anning made an open call to Australian racists, and as we Americans can tell you, thats politically potent.

Fraser Anning, from the conservative Katters Australian Party, called for migration bans on Muslims and others in his maiden Senate speech on Tuesday.

Political opponents denounced his speech as disgraceful. Mr Anning said he did not need to apologise.

Final solution was a term infamously used by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

In his speech, Mr Anning said the final solution to the immigration problem is a popular vote.

On Wednesday, lawmakers across the political divide moved to pass parliamentary motions censuring Mr Anning for his racist hate speech, noting in particular his use of the phrase final solution, and his false, misleading and hurtful statements about Muslim Australians and other immigrant groups.

The Australians, Im sure, are torn between indignation and amusement that these two flaming nutters and their party have even a remote chance of taking over the government, but we were laughing at Trump ten years ago, too.

The disease is spreading. I know the racism has been there all along, but the plague in this case is that so many awful people now feel emboldened to preach it openly.


Confessions Of A Catechumen And Ex-Marine PopularResistance.Org

War is hell. War is often unnecessary, but through the evil in our hearts we let it be and we encourage it, we engage it in fantasy primarily through Hollywood and gamer culture while imposing its deathly reality on people far weaker than us. We in these United States rarely see the suffering, the death, the disease, the famine that we impose on other nations. That we imposed on those peoples who are original to this continent. In the eyes of popular culture the soldier is not a harbinger of death, but a youthful soul seeking adventure who toughens up through the grim reality of combat. Nothing could be further from the truth. War is death. War is hell on earth. In war we all die. Some of us physically, some of us mentally, some of us spiritually. In war, death is the only guarantee.


Robert Alexander Innes: A symbol of Indigenous genocide comes down Indianz.Com News

Perpetrators of genocide should never be forgotten, but they should not be celebrated either.


Recent Supreme Court Ruling Gums Up Immigration Courts PopularResistance.Org

LOS ANGELESImmigration courts from Boston to Los Angeles have been experiencing fallout from a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that has caused some deportation orders to be tossed and cases thrown out, bringing more chaos to a system that was already besieged by ballooning dockets and lengthy backlogs. The little-known ruling addressed what might seem like a narrow procedural issue over how to properly provide notices to immigrants to appear in court for deportation proceedings. But it is having broader implications in immigration courts that are in charge of deciding whether hundreds of thousands of people should be allowed to stay in the United States. Since the decision was issued in June, immigration attorneys have been asking judges to throw out their clients cases.


This Cake Baker Won At The Supreme Court. Now The State Is Trying To Get Revenge The Federalist

Masterpiece Cakeshops Jack Phillips, who won a Supreme Court case in June, is once again being harangued by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for refusing to bake a cake with a pro-LGBTQ message. Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit late Tuesday night against the commission on his behalf, over the states second attempt to compel him to bake a cake with a message that violates his religious beliefs.

Two months ago, the Supreme Court ruled that Phillips ought not to have been forced to bake a cake with a pro-LGBT message for a same-sex couples wedding, because the court found that the commission was overtly hostile to the bakers religious beliefs.

Now, the commission is once again going after Phillips, this time to compel him to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition.

On June 26, 2017 the same day the Supreme Court announced it would take up the cake baking case an attorney, who is identified in the court filings as Autumn Scardina, asked Phillips to bake a cake that is blue on the outside and pink on the inside to celebrate his decision to live as if he were a woman. When Phillips declined, Scardina filed a complaint with the commission that July, alleging that he was unlawfully discriminated against.

Just weeks after Philips victory at the Supreme Court, the commission issued a probable cause determination, stating that there was enough evidence to back up Scardinas claim that Phillips had broken the law by declining the order for the custom cake.

Phillips is not backing down. Hes suing the commission for violating his constitutional right to live out his religious beliefs and his right to due process under the law.

The state of Colorado is ignoring the message of the U.S. Supreme Court by continuing to single out Jack for punishment and to exhibit hostility toward his religious beliefs, ADFs Kristen Waggoner said in a statement. Even though Jack serves all customers and simply declines to create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in violation of his deeply held beliefs, the government is intent on destroying him something the Supreme Court has already told it not to do. Neither Jack nor any other creative professionals should be targeted by the government for living consistently with their religious beliefs.

You can read more about his story here and details about the ongoing lawsuit here.


When Sarah Sanders and the ACLU Teamed Up for Voting Rights Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

As the midterm elections approach, Republican state officials and lawmakers have stepped up efforts to block students from voting in their college towns. Republicans in Texas pushed through a law last year requiring voters to carry one of seven forms of photo identification, including handgun licenses but excluding student IDs. In June, the GOP-controlled legislature in North Carolina approved early voting guidelines that have already resulted in closing of polling locations at several colleges. And last month, New Hampshires Republican governor signed a law that requires students who vote in the state to also register their cars and obtain driver's licenses there.

One nationally prominent Republican, however, once took the opposite stance on student voting. As an undergraduate at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Sarah Huckabee now White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sued to allow students to vote after being one of more than 900 purged from the countys rolls.

Its almost like taxation without representation, she said at the time. They thought that because we were young that they could walk all over us, but obviously thats not the case.

Illustrating the adage that politics makes strange bedfellows, the 2002 lawsuit paired a then-20-year-old Sanders with the American Civil Liberties Union. It began, as disputes over student voting often do, with a town-and-gown conflict. Reversing the usual pattern, a Democrat rather than a Republican instigated the student disenfranchisement.

For Sanders, the daughter of Arkansas then-governor Mike Huckabee, the little-known episode helped her carve out a niche as a political activist in her own right. It remains relevant today both because of her influential post in the Trump administration and because it suggests that Republican efforts to restrict student voting are largely pragmatic intended to maximize the partys electoral chances and could change as circumstances warrant. It also indicates that Democratic support for on-campus voting may similarly hinge on the expectation that most students lean to the left.

While the Trump administration hasnt weighed in specifically on stude...


FBI Warns: Cyber Criminals Are Plotting Worldwide Mass Hacking Of ATM Machines Activist Post

By Mac Slavo The FBI is warning of a worldwide mass hacking plot that could see millions withdrawn from bank accounts. The major operation has...


BDS: How A Controversial Non-Violent Movement Has Transformed The Israeli-Palestinian Debate PopularResistance.Org

The movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel known as BDS has been driving the world a little bit mad. Since its founding 13 years ago, it has acquired nearly as many enemies as the Israelis and Palestinians combined. It has hindered the efforts of Arab states to fully break their own decades-old boycott in pursuit of increasingly overt cooperation with Israel. It has shamed the Palestinian Authority government in Ramallah by denouncing its security and economic collaboration with Israels army and military administration. It has annoyed the Palestine Liberation Organization by encroaching on its position as the internationally recognised advocate and representative of Palestinians worldwide.


Su-35 Can See F-35 All Right: Military Expert Says US Jet Too Complex Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

The US fifth generation F-35 stealth fighter is too expensive and will become less and less invisible as new and more sophisticated radars come along, Russian military expert Dmitry Drozdenko told Sputnik. The F-35 is a very complex system and, as such, it has lots of holes, bugs and other things, and it is very difficult to debug []


Russia: UN Supports Disinformation Campaign About White Helmets Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

The White Helmets, officially known as Syrian Civil Defense is a non-governmental organization, formed in 2014. Both Moscow and Damascus have accused the group of helping to stage a chemical attack in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma on April 7. According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, participation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees []


'Water Is Life': Tribal activists battle another oil pipeline Indianz.Com News

An encampment of protesters is resisting the crude oil industry, whose environmental disasters disproportionately affect the poor and people of color.


Secret Report Reveals How Israel Used Armed Drone to Kill Children in Gaza The Free Thought Project


Israels use of the technology to kill Palestinians, says the families attorney, raises many questions concerning human judgment, ethics, and compliance with international humanitarian law.

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Pickling and Canning Freethought Blogs

Recent discussion about pickling and canning [stderr] reminded me that its time to more closely research the history of the technique. In its time, it was a tremendously important military technology.

Not only did Napoleon Bonaparte say an army marches on its stomach* he put his money where his mouth was the Bonaparte regime funded the development of canning. For reasons that ought to be obvious. [wik]

During the first years of the Napoleonic Wars, the French government offered a hefty cash award of 12,000 francs to any inventor who could devise a cheap and effective method of preserving large amounts of food. The larger armies of the period required increased and regular supplies of quality food. Limited food availability was among the factors limiting military campaigns to the summer and autumn months. In 1809, Nicolas Appert, a French confectioner and brewer, observed that food cooked inside a jar did not spoil unless the seals leaked, and developed a method of sealing food in glass jars. Appert was awarded the prize in 1810 by Count Montelivert, a French minister of the interior. The reason for lack of spoilage was unknown at the time, since it would be another 50 years before Louis Pasteur demonstrated the role of microbes in food spoilage.

At that time, governments would often offer rewards for solving interesting problems, which was an idea that I wish would come back into vogue. The British crown had similar rewards for producing accurate clocks to allow better calculation of longitude for navigation and naval compasses.

Food preservation is a fascinating topic that I keep thinking I should learn more about that except every time I do, I get the eebie-jeebies really badly and tend to go on a diet. Hey, the eebie-jeebies diet could be a best-seller, what do you think? As you might imagine, canning and storing food also had its ups and downs dunking the interior of a can in molten tin (after first etching it with acid so the tin would stick) is why we have the term tin can instead of lead-soldered can which turned out to have some serious problems. Aluminum, which was more valuable than gold until the bauxite/electrical extraction method was devised, appears to be one of the ideal substances for can-making. And then theres plastic

One thing I learned years ago, after I was stuck at a dinner party next to a moonbeam who asserted that all chemical additives you know, BHA, BHT, guar gum, that...


Tribes in court to challenge huge copper mine on ancestral territory Indianz.Com News

A massive open-pit copper mine in Arizona is being challenged by the Hopi Tribe, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Tohono Oodham Nation.

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Asexuality on Breitbart Freethought Blogs

Im going to make this short, because its Breitbart, theres hardly any point.  Im only talking about it because a friend was quoted in it.

Recently, Breitbart posted an article titled Asexual is a Hot New Sexual Identity In the San Francisco Bay Area.  Rather than doing their own journalism, they basically copy content from Mercury News, and add insinuations that asexuality is a ridiculous trend that is confined only to recent times, and to the San Francisco Bay Area.

They also spoke to an expert from Israel, the author of The Truth: A Pathway to the Subconscious.  She says:

My research shows that every person is divided into five different levels of being; the mental body, the feelings body, the emotional body, the spiritual body, and the sexual body. [] The people who define themselves as asexual, most of them are activated from a conditioning that says sexuality equals delete.

At first it looked like Breitbart quoted an expert to invalidate asexuality, but on second glance I believe they were trying to find someone ridiculous to support asexuality, in order to make asexuality look ridiculous.  But nobody in the ace community would take this woman seriously, and we can all see that it was Breitbart who thought she was worth talking to.

Breitbart also wrote about asexuality last year.  What?  I dont follow Breitbart, I get Google alerts, okay?


Trump Administration Wants to Toss Financial Protections for Military WhoWhatWhy

DNC Pretends Respect for Workers Requires It to Take Corporate PAC Money From Big Oil (Jimmy)

The author writes, As climate change-fueled wildfires ravage the West Coast, the Democratic National Committee voted 30-2 on Friday night in support of a proposal to welcome the longstanding and generous contributions of workers, including those in energy and related industries, who organize and donate to Democratic candidates individually or through their unions or employers political action committees. The move seemingly reversed a ban passed in June pledging that the body would stop taking contributions from corporate PACs connected to the fossil fuel industry.

Pennsylvania Grand Jury Says Church Had a Playbook for Concealing the Truth (Reader Luke)

The author writes, Avoid scandal. Use euphemisms. Ask inadequate questions. Lock complaints away in a secret archive. Above all, dont tell the police. Those are some of the tactics that leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania used to conceal child sexual abuse by priests over a period of 70 years, according to a grand jury report released Tuesday.

Yemeni Children Massacred With US-Made Bomb (Jimmy)

From the Real News Network: Thousands have gathered in Yemen for the funerals of the 51 people killed in a Saudi-UAE-US military alliance airstrike, including 40 children traveling on a school bus. Even after a Raytheon-made MK-82 bomb was found in the wreckage, Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the US is not engaged in the civil war.

Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the US and Israeli Governments (Reader Luke)

The author writes, Facebook has been on a censorship rampage against Palestinian activists who protest the decades-long, illegal Israeli occupation, all directed and deter...


Taliban Pushes Back Against ISIS Expansion In Afghanistan Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

from SouthFront ISIS has increased its efforts in order to expand its influence in Afghanistan. The local ISIS branch is believed to have about 3,000-5,000 members, including local Afghans, Pakistanis and Uzbeks. According to available data, most of the terrorists are in the province of Nangarhar. However, cells of the terrorist group operate across the []


Transgender Democrat runs against Gov. Phil Scott (R-VT) Intellihub

Democratic candidate Christine Hallquist has made history by becoming the first transgender to win Vermont primary.

The former utility executive will go toe-to-toe against Governor Phil Scot (R-VT) in an all-out battle to take office.

Im going to tell you why were going to win in November, Hallquist told a crowd of blue wave supporters at a rally on Tuesday.

The Burlington Free Press reports:

Hallquists campaign platform is built on her 13 years as the CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative, where she says she proved its possible to address climate change without raising costs. She has pitched a plan to connect every Vermont home and business with high-speed internet access by relying on electric utilities to string fiber optic cable.

Its going to take a lot of work to get to every town in Vermont, Hallquist said Tuesday of her upcoming campaign, and its going to take twice the amount of work to knock on every door in Vermont, because theres a lot of areas of Vermont that we dont have internet to.

Its not known how the transgender will do now that she (he) is pitted against Scott.

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21st Century Ethnocide: Chinas Plan for the Uyghurs of Xinjiang Newsbud

This week on China Watch: the Chinese Communist Partys Plan to de-Uyghurize and Sinicize Xinjiang In this special edition of China Watch we look at perhaps the most extreme exercise in ethnic assimilation ever attempted: the Peoples Republic of Chinas campaign to Sinicize its far west holding, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, through bleeding edge []


The Elite Are Not Just Hunting Animals- Hi Ho the Dairyo a Hunting We Will Go Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

It was just announced that over 300 Catholic priests have been accused of pedophilia with Catholic children. Unfortunately, this is nothing new and it is just the tip of the iceberg.

Hi Ho the Dar

Globalist insider, Queen Beatrix, according to four eyewitnesses who have consistently stated that when they were  children they were forced to attend human child sex and subsequent hunting parties. At these events, children were raped, with several being murdered as well as the sexual body parts dismemberment.

The severed boys penises were displayed as trophies on a wall. Some hunting parties were hosted on the grounds of Belgium Queen Beatrixs Palace.

The following video, in which survivors of this horrific set of events, were interviewed, is very difficult to watch. However, it is a video that must be viewed as we must continue to raise awareness of the vile, satanic nature of the globalists.

Dutch therapist Toos Nijenhuis claimed that as a four year-old she was forced to witness murders of children that involved former Pope Ratzinger, a Dutch Catholic Cardinal, plus the father of Netherlands Belgium Queen Beatrix and Bilderberger Founder, Dutch Crown Prince Alfrink Bernhard. I saw the former Pope Joseph Ratzinger murder a little girl another witness confirmed. It was at a French chateau in the fall of 1987. It was ugly, horrible and didnt happen just once. Ratzinger and Bernhard were some of the more prominent men who took part.

There have been 34 mass grave sites found in Ireland, Spain and Canada  and they have been  linked to Ninth Circle activities. The Ninth Circle Satanic Cult, is a well-known  a child sacrifice group composed of global elites that routinely engages in the horrific behaviors described in the video.

Many will say that this is just conspiracy nonsense. However, there is official r...


Omarosa claims Trump knew in advance Wikileaks would publish Hillarys emails Intellihub

Omarosa Manigault Newsman Told MSNBC that Donald Trump knew in advance that Wikileaks would publish Hillary Clintons emails and that she is willing to participate if Special Counsel Robert Mueller needs her.

The reality TV star and former White House staffer said: There is a lot of corruption that went on both in the campaign and in the White House and Im going to blow the whistle on all of it.

When asked if Trump had any advance knowledge of the issue Omarosa replied: Absolutely. Yes. Yes.

Did former White House official Omarosa really have knowledge that Trump knew about the Wikileaks dump of Hillary Clintons emails in advance or is she just a dirty dog like Trump claims?

Please comment below and share.

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Can a feminist or a woman be guilty of sexual harassment? Freethought Blogs

How about a feminist woman? They certainly can. All it seems to take is a power differential and sexual desire, and in the absence of restraint, along comes another case of sexual harassment. Read about the case of Avital Ronell, a famous feminist scholar, who took advantage of her position to be rather, umm, forward with her student, Nimrod Reitman. Its all documented in embarrassing emails.

Its all about hierarchies and power, so of course a woman can be guilty of harassment.

Reitman says he put up with this behavior because Ronell had power over him as his adviser, Greenberg reports. He also says that when he did complain to Ronell about her harassment, she retaliated by sabotaging his job prospects. Graduate students can be especially vulnerable to harassment by their advisers, who often wield enormous control over the direction of their careers.

Whats also shocking is how many other well-known feminists leapt to Ronells defense. Its a serious problem when justice is strongly skewed by differences in power.

We clearly need to foster more irreverence in our culture.


How Bruce Ohr Could Implicate High-Ranking Obama Officials In Spygate The Federalist

Investigative reporter John Solomon broke news last week of texts and emails between former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele regarding the Russia investigation, and revealed the content of notes Ohr took during a December meeting with Steeles boss at Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson.

Solomons reporting confirmed the FBI used Ohr to continue gathering information from Steele, even after the former British spy was terminated as a source by the bureau because he leaked word of the investigation to the press. Ohrs role as a conduit allowed the FBI to continue to use Steele as an indirect source, even after Trump was elected and inaugurated.

Ohr lost his high-ranking slot at the Department of Justice in December 2017, when the Trump administration learned of his connection to Steele, and with it his office just doors away from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. He briefly retained a high-ranking position as the director of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, but was demoted a second time in January 2018. He still works for the DOJ, but no longer holds a top leadership position.

Rep. Devin Nunes, who chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), said last week Ohr is going to become more and more important to the investigation into the DOJs use of Steeles dossier on Trump to obtain permission to spy on his former campaign advisor, Carter Page. Thats the understatement of the year.

The details revealed in the emails and texts, in conjunction with previously released information, suggest DOJ and FBI employees operated outside the chain of command, misled their bosses (and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court), and concealed evidence from congressional oversight committees. Lets review two key questions the revelations raise.

1. How and why was Rosenstein kept in the dark?

Rosenstein was Ohrs boss prior to his demotion, yet Rosenstein claims he knew nothing of Ohrs involvement in the Russia investigation. Rosenstein declared to Congress in a letter reviewed by Solomon that he was unaware of Ohrs activities with Steele, that Ohr was not assigned to the Russia investigation, and that Ohr was not in the chain of command. Rosenstein added, ...


Feminist-Celebrated Imams Son Ran Terrorist Camp For School Shooters The Federalist

Already missing from the news cycle is the story of Muslim leader Siraj Wahhaj, who alerted authorities to the squalid conditions in New Mexico in which his son, two daughters, another man and woman, and 11 children were living.

Authorities arrived at the compound to some of the most horrifying conditions they had ever seen, and prosecutors identified the makeshift home as a training ground for militant children, including in carrying out school shootings. The imams son had been wanted for kidnapping his own four-year-old child, who had severe disabilities. The body of a young child was recovered from the site, but authorities have yet to verify its identity.

Siraj claims his son and daughters had strayed from his teachings of Islam, had somehow become radicalized, and were possibly dealing with mental illness. He presented himself as a peaceful and well-respected imam, careful to distance himself from the terrorist conditions in which his family was found. But the facts on that count are doubtful.

Who Is Siraj Wahhaj?

Born Jeffrey Kearse in Brooklyn, Wahhaj converted to the Nation of Islam in 1969, and changed his name to Jeffrey X12. He became a leader in the community and regularly taught that white people are devils. By 1975, he reigned in his outspoken racism toward white people and converted to a more orthodox Sunni Muslim, changing his name to the Arabic Siraj Wahhaj.

He is the founder of and an imam at Masjid At-Taqwa in Brooklyn, and is well known and respected, attracting Muslims from all over the world to hear him speak. In 1991, Wahhaj became the first Muslim to lead a prayer at the start of a session of the U.S. House of Representatives.

In that same year, he said, As long as you remember that if you get involved in politics, you have to be very careful that your leader is for Allah. You dont get involved in politics because its the American thing to do. You get involved in politics because politics are a weapon to use in the cause of Islam.

Siraj Wahhaj, In His Own Words

He appeared on a prosecutors list of possible co-conspirators in the 1993 World Trade Center attack, and was an unwavering defender of the Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, who had been a worshipper at Wahhajs mosque. He is on record as referring to America as the Most wicked government on the face of planet Earth.

He has also stated, If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate. If we were united and strong, wed elect our own emir and give allegiance to him. Take my word, if eig...


Why Leftism Can Never Truly Support The Concept Of Free Speech The Federalist

Commentators keep on pointing out examples of the Lefts antagonism toward free speech as if this were inconsistent with its first principles. Its not. Leftism cannot be for free speech. Why? Because of what political philosopher Eric Voegelin recognized as the Gnostic character of its first principles.

Speech depends on the one-to-one correspondence between external realities and communicable concepts. Speech is realitys witness and herald. What happens when you deny the fabric of external reality, as Gnosticism does? Or when, as leftism believes, objective reality is the projection of psychic and systemic forces by retrograde powers?

What happens is speech becomes an instrument of perversity, oppression, or illusion, and the only proper way to engage it is to reject it violently and put something else in its place.

Why Has Gnosticism Arisen in American Culture?

We could grab one of a thousand threads in the fabric of contemporary culture to unravel the underlying Gnosticism behind it. See a fuller treatment here.

Gnosticism is secular theology, a way to do religion after Gods death in lieu of Darwinism. Gods departure leaves an abyss whose nihilistic implications the human soul cant bear. Whether secularists like it or not, Darwinism has no preventatives for, and in fact offers an explanation for, racism, rape, and oppression. Gnosticism allows meaning and morality to sneak in through the back door.

Gnosticism grants meaning and morality within the self after Darwinism rendered the outside material world nothing more than a product of random chance, useless as a foundation for transcendent knowing. To avoid solipsism, Gnosticism projects the myth of a universal, collective truth outside the material cosmic order available to select awakened gnostic seekers.

This is the Gnostic Pleroma. Once woke to the oppression that is the default setting of the material cosmic realm, you tap into the Pleroma. The woke share this collective; the unwoke are stooges of this worlds gods, the evil demiurge and its archons.

For example, random evolutionary forces yield the male/female binary, which is manifestly only about reproduction. Tradition codifies this reality in religious dogmas and cultural mores. Gnosticism posits a higher reality, with a purposeful lack of any grounding in any material reality, that gender and sexuality have nothing to do with reproduction.

For the woke, reproduction is a tyranny over what gender and sexuality are really about, so much so that its evolution-prescribed results pregnancy should be violently overthrown. Pregnancy as tyranny is a staple of feminism, and its no coincidence Gnosticisms creation myth starts with Sophias auto-eroticism follow...


Actor Rowan Atkinson Defends MP Joke Comparing Burkas To Mailboxes The Federalist

British Conservative Member of Parliament Boris Johnson was criticized for a joke about burkas he made last week in a column on recent enforcement of Denmarks Burka Ban.

The law effectively bans women from wearing traditional Muslim head coverings in public, such as a burqa or niqab, by making it illegal to obscure ones face with a garment or accessory in public. Similar bans are already in place in other European countries, and Denmark passed this one in May, but enforced it for the first time last week, prompting Johnsons column in The Telegraph.

He spoke out strongly against the ban, but compared women in Muslim garb to bank robbers and letterboxes, and said its perfectly reasonable to expect them to remove the coverings in certain contexts.

What has happened, you may ask, to the Danish spirit of live and let live? he wrote, noting that it should be the right of a university lecturer, politician, or person of authority to ask a person to uncover their face so they could converse properly, and that business owners and private citizens should certainly have the right to refuse service or entry to a covered person. Johnson dismissed the idea of banning a Free-born adult woman from wearing a covering when simply minding her own business in public, but also joked they might be mistaken for bank robbers and letterboxes.

His joke about their clothing didnt land, although he was defending their right to wear the garb, and his comments were quickly condemned by many as racist, thoughtless, and harmful. One fan, however, immediately came to his defense.

Rowan Atkinson, an English comedian and actor best known for his roles in Blackadder, Mr. Bean, and Johnny English, defended Johnsons joke as quite good in a letter to The Times:

Sir, As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnsons joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one. An almost perfect visual simile and a joke that, whether Mr Johnson apologises for it or not, will stay in the public consciousness for some time to come. All jokes about religion cause offence, so its pointless apologising for them. You should really only apologise for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required.

Atkinson has previously defended free expression in England. In 2012 he spoke on behalf of a campaign calling for reform of a law that gave police the power to arrest someone who may be insulting another person.

Arrests in the UK on the basis of insults were becoming more...


If Jack Whitehall Cant Portray A Gay Character, These 100 Other Actors Must Go Too The Federalist

News broke Monday that the first openly gay character in a Disney film would be played by the very-not-gay actor Jack Whitehall. The outrage mob quickly gathered online to voice their displeasure:


New Details Show Firing Strzok Didnt Remove All The Compromised FBI Agents Involved In Russiagate The Federalist

Peter Strzok has finally joined James Comey and Andrew McCabe in the ranks of fired FBI officials. Yet theres likely more housekeeping to do at the federal law enforcement agency that spearheaded the investigation into the Trump campaign. A series of notes, emails, and text messages published in The Hill last week between former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele suggest as much.

The first suggestive detail appears in notes Ohr took to document a Nov. 21, 2016 meeting he had with Strzok, then a high-ranking FBI agent, and two other agents. One of those was then-FBI attorney Lisa Page, and the other is unnamed.

The Hills John Solomon reported Ohrs notes indicate FBI officials told him in the meeting they may go back to Chris, apparently in reference to Steele, whom they had terminated as a source 20 days prior for leaking word of the investigation to the press. The day after this meeting, the FBI officially interviewed Ohr for the first of a dozen times, and Ohr relayed to the FBI the allegations of dirt Steele had compiled on the Trump campaign.

Ohrs notes from his meeting suggest the FBI was using Ohr as a conduit to work around Steeles termination as a source. This timing and number of interviews suggest the third unnamed agent had worked with Strzok and Page to devise a way to obtain intel from Steele, despite the fact the FBI had just ordered him not to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI.

A second exchange highlighted in Solomons reporting likewise indicates that the FBI employed additional agents who were malleable to working behind the scenes with Steele after he was terminated as a source. Steele texted Ohr to see if he was OK after Trump fired Yates. If you end up out I really need another (Bureau?) contact point/number who is briefed, Steele stressed in the texts. Who were these other bureau people briefed on the situation whom Steele could trust if Ohr became a persona non grata?

In yet another exchange, on Aug. 8, 2017, Steele reached out to Ohr, asking for his help in accelerating his reengagement with the Bureau and [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller. From Steeles frustration over the delay, it appears his efforts to return as a source for the FBI had been ongoing for some time. Ohr agreed to reach out to his contacts on Steeles behalf, and Steele noted he was doing so as well.

Who were these contacts? Were they working with Mueller, as Strzok and Page had be...


Students Should Be Responsible For Their Performance, Not Just Teachers The Federalist

My scores are in! I exclaimed to my dad, The scores that will decide if Im a good teacher!

When did you take the test? he asked. I explained that I did not take the test my students did. Each spring, New Mexico students in grades 3-11 take an assessment produced by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC), a federally funded Common Core testing organization. Over two weeks, they are tested in math and language arts.

As fifth graders, my students had three sessions of math and three of language arts, all taken on a computer. Multiple choice answers were scored automatically, but the many written portions had to be evaluated by human graders before preliminary scores became available to teachers and administrators in late June. After being finalized, students results will be available for families to view, and factored into their teachers state evaluations, by about September. This is after the students have moved on to the next grade, even though PARCC was supposed to end that typical delay.

Some teachers argue that using student test scores as a measure of teacher effectiveness is unfair, because it does not consider many of the numerous factors that affect academic progress. At my school and many with similar demographics, most students live in poverty. When families are dealing with domestic abuse, foster care, immigration issues, and housing, education tends to take a lower priority. Students may miss school nearly once a week, amounting to numerous absences over the course of the school year. Some complete no homework all year.

Most of our students do not have parents who have been reading to them daily since they were born, nor school supplies and a quiet, safe study area at home and other seemingly basic advantages from which other children benefit. Despite all of this chaos, our state evaluations are based on the expectation that our students will make the same academic growth from year to year as students from privileged backgrounds usually do.

People dispute the validity of the test, suggesting that it is not an accurate representation of student knowledge and ability. A computer-based test cannot measure every component of a childs education, and results rely heavily on the assumption that the student was rested and healthy that day and tried his or her hardest.

Additionally, the test has many portions that require the student to input a written response. My students received instruction from our technology teacher in the computer lab for 45 minutes each week and used laptops and iPads frequently in the classroom, but still, the majority of their written work was handwritten in a notebook. The ability to type fluidly, remembering how to capitalize letters and where the punctuation keys are located, is no small task for students as young as third grade.

Both of these are valid complaints, but neither addresses the biggest issue with the PARC...


Are Liberals Suppressing Conservative Ideas By Gaming Twitter? The Federalist

I dont like whining. Im not one to complain to a referee or umpire if Im losing a game, and I cant stand complaining without also trying to find a solution to a problem.

So anytime somebody jumps up to complain about shadow banning or some social media giant throttling their traffic because the Man just cant handle the truth, Im usually rolling my eyes. Get good, stop posting boring content, and youll do better on social media.

However, after the Facebook trending topics revelations and others, Ive become more open to considering these complaints. In July, Twitter responded to allegations the company was shadow banning conservative accounts by making their Twitter handles less discoverable when searched. Their blog post on the subject bluntly denied that Twitter engages in any banning based on ideological perspective.

However, they did clarify that Twitter ranks tweets lower from bad-faith actors who intend to manipulate or divide the conversation. How do they decide whos a bad-faith actor? They follow these three indicators:

Note my highlight. Number 1 and 2 make sense. Authentic tweets from real people who dont hide behind anonymity should be promoted, as should your activity on Twitter. However, Twitters third standard could be artificially docking conservatives because of many liberals actions on Twitter.

In 2014 a study from the Pew Research Journalism Project...


Meet Morgan Murtaugh, The Youngest Female Congressional Candidate The Federalist

A young, female 20-something is looking to upset how things are done in Washington D.C. by defeating a long-entrenched incumbent. Shes the youngest person running for Congress in 2018. Shes not Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Shes not even a Democrat. Morgan Murtaugh is running as a Republican for Democrat Rep. Susan Daviss seat in Californias 35th District. Davis has held the seat for 15 years.

The Federalist talked with Murtaugh about her platform and why she thinks she can turn this blue district red.

CA-53 has been blue ever since its creation in 2003. California has consistently voted for Democrats. What made you think that the district might want to shift red?

This district has been blue since its creation, yes, but thats because the same person has held the seat since its creation. What people dont realize is that San Diego County has consistently been a red county until only recently [when it] has begun to shift to purple. As someone who has been born and raised in this district, with family and friends on all ends of this district, who went to school, played sports, got baptized, and even had my first kiss in this district, I know it like the back of my hand.

I know the people here and I know that what we need is someone who is ready to take into consideration the wants and needs of the district over the wants and needs of special-interest groups. The truth is, in order to shift the blue tide in California we need to have the conversations everyone, especially our current leadership, avoids having. Thats what Im doing and thats why I think we have a good shot at winning this.

Youre a young, Latina woman running for Congress against a powerful incumbent. Your description is similar to the Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but only one of you is on Trevor Noahs show. Why do you think that is?

I had an interview with Marie Claire earlier and they made it clear to me that the reason AOC has been getting the attention versus me is because she already beat the incumbent, and because according to them, shes a shoe-in.

The sad part is, we got about the same amount of votes primary night. We turned out about the same amount of people. Im the youngest candidate in the nation running for Congress; however, Im on the Republican ticket, and I dont fit the narrative. I like being the underdog, though. I have a lot to gain and nothing to lose.

A Gallup poll just said that more Democrats identify with socialism than with capitalism. Many young people are spearheading this change. How do you feel about millennials embrace of socialism?

This to me is so terrifying that its in my stump speech. I truly believe that young people who identify with socialism, a lot of them, dont kn...


9 Jordan Peterson Clips That Will Take You Deeper Than SJW Gotcha Moments The Federalist

The professor, politico, and impresario Jordan Peterson is known for opposing transgender pronouns as compelled speech. From gotcha TV clips to animated YouTube videos compiling his messages, Peterson seems to be omnipresent.

But he didnt just appear out of thin air. Hes been talking about psychology online for decades. In fact, when I first stumbled upon Petersons YouTube page about two-and-a-half years ago, I didnt know anything about his political views because he rarely discussed them.

The Atlantics Caitlin Flanagan begins her recent article on Peterson, Why the Left is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson with an anecdote I share. Like her son, I too discovered Petersons class lectures on YouTube, before his channel boasted more than 1 million followers, and found his views about psychology, biblical interpretation, and psychotherapy plain fascinating.

While his political views burst onto the global scene due in part to him challenging transgender issues, social justice warriors, and other harmful aspects of liberal propaganda, his views as a psychology professor are as profound, if not more so. While this is by no means a comprehensive view of his lengthy career as a professor and clinician, here are a few YouTube clips worth watching to discover that, as one commenter quipped, Back then Jordan Peterson was a refreshing beer, now hes a fine wine.

Jordan Peterson on Parenting

Peterson is a father of two and because he has such insight into the human mind due to his academic training, he often weaves observations of parenting and psychology into a brilliant blend of how-does-it-work and how-to. Of course, one of his 12 points from his bestselling 12 Rules for Life is Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.

To that end, there are several fantastic clips on how to discipline the strong-willed child, since, he says, his son was a tough little rat. He explains how to know what kids are thinking, and how to teach your child what no means.

For many exasperated parents of toddlers, even his advice on how to simply refuse to put up with and ignore a toddlers temper tantrums until the child can be pleasant is welcome.



Why Do Teachers Like Me Keep Coming Back To School? Love The Federalist

Its that time of year: teachers are prepping their classrooms, writing preliminary lesson plans, and attending mandatory in-service training. More than three million Americans have chosen to return to the classroom and resume the noble profession of education. At the same time, according to the Learning Policy Institute, each year more than 200,000 teachers leave the profession, with nearly two out of three leaving for reasons other than retirement.

In both the United States and the United Kingdom, veteran teachers are considering leaving the classroom due to burnout, lack of job satisfaction, and concerns about ineffective administration. In the face of such concerns, why would one become a teacher?

The hours are never ending. A 40-hour week is a pipe dream, replaced instead by 55 hours as the norm, with occasional weekend events. The seriousness of the task is paralleled by those great satire websites like Bored Teachers, which put forth a plentiful stream of content that accurately satirizes the life of a teacher.

The pay is steady, but never as high as teachers would like, and those who love teaching are often torn between following their vocation and making ends meet as families grow. Parent emails, difficult administration, limited pay raise potential, the looming threat of strikes why would one choose to enter such a field?

Clearly no one plays this game for the money. Instead, teaching is a labor of love which, when done well, receives compensation in a variety of forms (that hopefully includes enough dollars to make ends meet). Veteran teachers of 20 or 30 years have a wealth of relationships and changed lives that return intangible yet priceless rewards over a lifetime. Teaching is ultimately about the people and, done right, a teacher does all of his work out of love for the students.

Love for People and for Ideas

Paralleling the love for students is a love of learning. Spending time in worthwhile subjects nourishes the soul, and teachers begin with a certain content area, and spend years marinating in it. They absorb vast amounts of reading, ideas, and activities related to a...


Revisiting Battlestar Galactica: Unfinished Business And The Passage The Federalist

This is the 23rd in a series of Battlestar Galactica recaps. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the franchise. Read the last piece, Revisiting Battlestar Galactica: A Measure Of Salvation And Hero here.

Spoilers ahead.

Battlestar Galactica is so filled with flashbacks that they occasionally seem like a writing crutch. Unfinished Business, however, requires them to move forward from the New Caprica storyline. As noted in prior recaps, Galacticas strength is its reliance on character. Unfinished Business has enough character to seem soapy, were it not for the subtlety of the performances.

The Passage is the story of Kats death. It is a tribute to the series that even tertiary characters are sufficiently explored to make this a story worth telling. The Passage is a star exit for Luciana Carro, though presumably an actress with a recurring series role might prefer to remain.

Unfinished Business

Boxing matches are the focus of the dance, during which Galacticas crew fights without issues of rank. Adm. Adama explains to Pres. Roslin the tradition lessens grudges.

At the outset, Apollo boxes with Helo, which seems motivated by Apollos continuing efforts to get back into shape. The event begins fulfilling its purpose when Adama sees Tyrol allowing a crewman to watch the fights before finishing his duties. Adama climbs into the ring, removes his tunic and challenges Tyrol to join him.

Adama unexpectedly scores a quick knockdown. Tyrol rises and eventually puts Adama on the ropes as the round ends. In his corner, a bloodied Adama tells Roslin and Dr. Cottle he intends to continue, but not win. During this match, Adama recalls he initially refused Tyrols request that he and Cally be allowed to settle on New Caprica in part because of Callys pregnancy, but mostly for military preparedness.

Adamas attitude softened while attending the New Caprica settlements groundbreaking ceremony. Adama spent the evening with Roslin, drinking, smoking and discussing her plan to build a cabin; the romantic tension was palpable. Afterward, Adama granted Tyrol and Cally permission to settle and build a new life.

In the ring, Tyrol puts Adama down for the count. When Tyrol and Tigh (as referee) help Adama to his feet, he tells the crowd he let his guard down and let the crew become too close to him; he will not permit laxity in the future. Adamas speech throws cold water on the spectators. Tigh announces the end of the dance, but there is an unanticipated main event.

Starbuck, after rebuffing another attempted reconciliation by Anders, arrives at the end of Apollos match with Helo...


Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change Indianz.Com News

The Supreme Court might get a new justice soon but it's not clear whether Brett Kavanaugh understands tribes and their issues.


High Level Seattle Cop Sentenced to 23 Years for Repeatedly Raping His Own Children The Free Thought Project


A Seattle cop has finally been held accountable after brutally raping and torturing his own daughters for years.

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Socialismwhat is it good for? Jon Rappoport's Blog

by Jon Rappoport

August 15, 2018

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CNBC: Democrats view socialism more positively than capitalism, according to a new Gallup poll

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 MillenniumThen 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.

Socialism is:

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...


Politician Who Pushed for Gun Control Laws, Arrested for Murdering Partner With a Gun The Free Thought Project


A politician who called for stricter gun control laws has now been charged with murder and accused of shooting and killing her former campaign manager.

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London Parliament Terrorist Attack Suspect Named As Sudanese Salih Khater Alternative News Network

London Parliament Terrorist Attack Suspect Named As Sudanese Salih Khater

It is believed the 29-year-old is a British citizen of Sudanese origin.

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5 Years After Shelby County, Democracy Has Suffered WhoWhatWhy

Five years ago, the Supreme Court handed states with a history of discrimination a blank check to make it more difficult for certain demographics to vote. Within 24 hours, they started to cash in. Polling locations closed and early voting windows shortened. No longer subject to federal oversight, state legislators implemented voter identification laws.

The courts landmark decision in Shelby County v. Eric Holder triggered a fundamental shift in managing discrimination at the ballot box. No longer a matter of federal authority, the responsibility to protect voters has shifted from institutions to individuals, who bear the expense and burden of proving that laws have discriminatory intent. As a result, casting a ballot has only grown more difficult.

When you take the pressure off the wound too soon, which is what the Supreme Court did in Shelby County, you start bleeding again.

It now takes lengthy court battles to reverse discriminatory election laws. Meanwhile, the laws remain in effect.

Essentially the [Shelby] decision was to say that we dont need extra safeguards, said Kareem Crayton, interim director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. What weve seen is the exact opposite of that.

The Turn to the States


Central to the debate in the Shelby decision was Congresss role in enforcing the 15th Amendment, which prohibits denying any citizens right to vote. Passed just after the Civil War, the law established federal oversight much to the dismay of many formerly Confederate states in the south. In response, these states enacted a number of laws designed to keep black people from voting. Among them, legislation authorizing poll taxes and literacy tests.



Manafort faces 300 yrs prison time for being Trumps campaign manager While jihadis at child terrorist training camp released on signature bond Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show


 Muellers prosecutors rested their case Monday, day 10 of the bank fraud and tax evasion trial against Paul Manafort playing out in an Alexandria, VA courtroom.

(Article by Cristina Laila republished from

Trumps former campaign chairman Paul Manafort faces 305 years in prison if convicted on all 18 counts.

Manafort would not be facing 305 years in prison if not for his association with Donald Trump.

The corrupt Obama-appointed judge Amy Berman Jackson threw Manafort into solitary confinement while he awaited his trial even though he posted an $11.65 million bail packagethats right, a non-violent 69-year-old man was thrown into prison before his trial.

In contrast, 5 Muslims who set up a terrorist training camp in New Mexico were released on bond by a judge.

This is happening in the United States while Americans watch in horror.

Muslim Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was arrested earlier this month at a terrorist compound in New Mexico.
Wahhaj was training children to commit mass shootings at US schools.

Siraj ibn Wahhaj is the son of a Brooklyn imam who was named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

New Mexico police entered a dangerous Islamist terrorist camp in New Mexico this month...


Under Liberals, The Purge Will Be a 24/7/365 Event Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show


When the liberals finally take over, society will resemble the movie The Purge. Unlike the movie, the Purge will not a 12 hour holocaust played out one time a year. It will be a 24/7/365 event. Nobody will be safe. The concept was made into a trilogy. Then, this is being followed by a 10 part TV mini-series to air after Labor Day. What are they trying to tell us? Here is the complete story.


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Will Extreme Chinese Oil Dependence Lead to World War III? Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Just like 1929 Japan, the Achilles heel of the Chinese economy is their extreme oil dependence. This will undoubtedly impact Chinese foreign policy. How bad could it get?


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Target, Walmart and Chinese Slave Labor Camps-Marilyn Rupar CSS Hour 2 Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Marilyn Rupar was a buyer for Walmart and Target when she made a horrifying discovery about Chinese labor camps and how they were being used to help bolster the profits of both corporations. When Marilyn began to ask questions, she was banned from not only China, but from working as a buyer anywhere in the industry. Her gut wrenching story in contained in this video.


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Web Exclusive: Columnist Onofrey conducts the first poll of the 2019 Bolingbrook Trustee Election (Fiction) Freethought Blogs

By Dale Onofrey

Hello.  If you have been a long time reader of the Babbler, then youll remember that I used to write the Skeptical of Skeptics column.  Today, were part of the Freethought Blogs network, and the skeptical movement is just a fraction of the threat it used to be to open-mindedness.  So I dont need to write that column anymore.  Instead, the editor was kind enough to let me stay on as a political pundit.  Thanks, Sara Langston.

For my first political column, I decided to see where Bolingbrooks residents stand on the upcoming 2019 Board election.  Yes, were still dealing with the 2018 election, but who says we cant look ahead to next year?  So heres the result of our first Babbler poll in nearly 20 years:

Which political party do you want to win the 2019 Bolingbrook Trustee Election?

Bolingbrook United:  40%

The Roger Claar Party:  20%

The Art Bell Party:  20%

Bolingbrook Pride Reborn: 20%

Bolingbrook First: 0%

The Zero Tax Party: 0%

The Skepchick Party: 0%

Other: 0%

Based on this poll, it looks like Bolingbrook United is in a strong position heading into the election.  Bolingbrook Pride Reborn is going strong considering they havent run a candidate since the 1980s.  If they can get on the ballot, its possible they could form an alliance with Bolingbrook United and take over the village board.  

Despite the name, The Roger Claar party isnt affiliated with Mayor Roger Claar.  Usually, Claar kicks them off the ballot, and the courts affirm his decision.  If they get on the ballot for 2019, then they could take at least one seat from Bolingbrook First.  We could end up with a Board meeting where these two parties debate which is the most supportive of Claar.  Thats probably why Claar has raised over $300,000 for his campaign fund  He knows he will need that much to support the Bolingbrook First party and to maintain his lifestyle.

Of course, things could change when the candidates are announced s...


Why Drivers Should Support Bike Lanes Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Im pedaling along the street near my house, headed to a friends apartment for dinner on a relaxing Friday evening. A couple blocks into my ride, though, I hit a busy area and immediately feel cars on my tail, revving their engines, drivers no doubt angrily fuming behind the wheel and wondering why theyre stuck behind this silly cyclist.

If youve ever ridden a bike in the street, I bet youve had this experience. When bike riders end up in car traffic, the vehicles behind them inevitably have to slow down because of the basic fact that bikes are slower than cars. Drivers become frustrated with the delay and bike riders feel threatened by the close proximity of fast-moving cars. Its a bad situation for everyone.

In the last month, two people close to me have been hit by drivers while biking. These instances both happened in broad daylight, to experienced riders who were traveling within the flow of car traffic. Also in the last month, Ive gotten back on my bike after several months of infrequent riding. Every trip reminds me how perilous this mode of transportation is when coupled with fast-moving vehicle traffic.

 The addition of a bike lane shouldn't strike fear into the hearts of drivers. Quite the opposite. (Source: PeopleforBikes)

The addition of a bike lane shouldn't strike fear into the hearts of drivers. Quite the opposite. (Source: PeopleforBikes)

But every trip also reminds me how practical and affordable bike riding is. Each minute on my bike is a minute Im not using up gas and incurring wear-and-tear on our familys car. Each time I lock my bike at a new destination, Ive saved myself $1.75 in bus fare. Each pump of the pedal is time spent in practical exercise, not at a gym that costs me $40 a month to utilize.

More significantly, every time I ride my bike, Im saving my city money by riding a lightweight vehicle that doesnt damage the road and rack up maintenance costs for which my local government has likely not budgeted.

What Ive realized, as someone who both bikes and drives, is that drivers benefit a ton from bike lanes; they just might not realize it. The average drivers reaction to a bike lane being installed in their neighborhood or along their commuting route is anger that precious road space has been taken away from cars and given over to bikes. 

Here are thr...


The Father Of Artificial Intelligence Says Singularity Is 30 Years Away TruthTheory

by Jolene Creighton, Via Futurism

Youve probably been told that the singularity is coming. It is that long-awaited point in time likely, a point in our very near future when advances in artificial intelligence lead to the creation of a machine (a technological form of life?) smarter than humans.

If Ray Kurzweil is to be believed, the singularity will happen in 2045. If we throw our hats in with Louis Rosenberg, then the day will be arriving a little sooner, likely sometime in 2030. MITs Patrick Winston would have you believe that it will likely be a little closer to Kurzweils prediction, though he puts the date at 2040, specifically.

But what difference does it make? We are talking about a difference of just 15 years. The real question is, is the singularity actually on its way?

At the World Government Summit in Dubai, I spoke with Jrgen Schmidhuber, who is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at AI company NNAISENSE, Director of the Swiss AI lab IDSIA, and heralded by some as the father of artificial intelligence to find out.

He is confident that the singularity will happen, and rather soon. Schmidhuber says it is just 3...


SWEIDA: Heartbreaking Video Testimony of ISIS Attack Survivor 21st Century Wire

Martyrs from just one village in Sweida following the ISIS massacre in July. (Photo: Ibrahim Muhammad)

21st Century Wire says

On the 25th July 2018 over 140 civilians were massacred by ISIS suicide bomb attacks in Sweida in southern Syria. Over 170 were injured and dozens of women and children were kidnapped and are currently being held for ransom. The following description of events is taken from the Facebook Page of Ibrahim Muhammad

In this bloody day we had to suffer the lost of 240 martyrs with over 170 wounded .. moons have ascended from the land of Sweida to the sky, another pure souls from our beautiful country, another innocent lives were taken brutally on the hands of the most odious monsters in the world. ISIS terrorists were hidden in the western desert of the Al Tanf area (under the noses of the U.S military base), have launched a massive attack with more than 600 terrorists at 3:50 am.

In the map : Orange is the area that was attacked, Blue is the area that under the protection of the US military base.

The attack was carried out on several villages in the eastern countryside of Sweida province in conjunction with four suicide bombers who exploded themselves in a building under construction, a vegetable market and two public squares. The Popular Armed Committees manged to stop the 5th bomber and capture him to be hanged later that afternoon in front of the National Hospital (...


What a Country! Virtual Mirage

You murder your own son who suffers from epilepsy for being 'a demon', and abuse children while you train them to conduct school shootings. You're taken into custody along with co-conspirators and then you're released on a signature bond (no money changed hands) which is essentially an own-recognizance release.

Since when is a murderer and his co-conspirators given an OR release? The judge reasoned that it was because the murderer was a negro and a Muslim (members of an oppressed minority). 

Law enforcement stressed that they were both a danger to the community - having murdered - and a flight risk. The judge, a democrat, rejected that as racist prattle.

Welcome to the progressive movement.


Whats Your Experience With the Americans With Disabilities Act? We Want to Know. Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

We know that the rules protecting people with disabilities are facing government scrutiny. Late last year, for example, the Justice Department scrapped guidelines that help builders, architects and business owners keep compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

What we dont know is what thats meant for people. What has it meant for people with disabilities whose rights the ADA guarantees? What has it meant for the small business owners who risk costly lawsuits and Justice Department scrutiny if their establishments arent accessible to people with disabilities? What has it meant for commercial architects and construction contractors? What has it meant for caregivers?

Were asking for your help to understand that part of the story.

Its a story thats gone under-examined, we think, in part because it doesnt fit the simple, predictable narrative Republicans rolling back laws to benefit business interests. House Democrats co-sponsored legislation earlier this year meant to curb ADA lawsuits, and several of the guidelines scuttled by the Justice Department benefited business owners as much as they did people with disabilities.

Were also interested in hearing from folks who have seen firsthand how disability rights issues are being handled on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and at the Justice Department.

You can help us make sense of what these policy changes mean in the real world by answering the questions below and sharing your stories and experiences. We wont publish any information you share without your permission. If youd rather talk on Signal or WhatsApp, which are more secure, send a message to 202-714-3777. And if you have any questions, you can email us at

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Charles Lister Exposed as the Terrorist Apologist who has Prolonged Bloodshed in Syria 21st Century Wire

21st Century Wire says.

Perhaps nobody has doggedly defended the moderate rebel narrative with greater dedication than Atlantic Council/Brookings Institute protegee, Charles Lister. This brilliant video report by Syrian analyst and journalist, Kevork Almassian of Syriana Analysis, exposes Lister for the NATO stooge he really is using his range of platforms to foment consent for the regime change war in Syria with deadly consequences for the Syrian people. 

The self-proclaimed expert on Syria, Charles Lister played an instrumental role in whitewashing Islamist terror groups and prolonging the war in Syria.  This video exposes Lister in an attempt to stop the nonsense that he publishes, which is creating more bloodshed in Syria. ~ Syriana Analysis


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#AllOutATX Updates: August 18th Rally Against Far-Right Terror It's Going Down

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Update on the call to confront Resist Marxism, who is holding far-Right events across the US on August 18th. For more info, go here.

Across the country, the recent fascist and far-Right rallies have been overwhelmingly out-numbered by anti-fascists in the community who refuse to allow space for white supremacist organizing. The only thing that has stopped the fascists from being swept completely off the streets is large and often violent police protection.

In Austin, the community is gearing up to continue this trend on August 18 and shut down the far-Right March Against Far-Left Violencea thinly veiled celebration of their own racist violence that has attracted attention and support the most violent sections of the Alt-Right, neo-Nazis, the Patriot/militia movement, and the Alt-Lite, including groups like Patriot Front and the Proud Boys.

Heres what you need to know:

When and where is this happening?
Saturday, August 18, 2018. Rally at 1pm in front of the State Capital.

What should I bring?
Water. Lots of it. Its going to be 98 degrees! Bring extra to share if you can.
Hat with a brim or even an umbrella. Keep that burning sun off your beautiful face!


Betty Friedan was a commie Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Rockefeller-Rothschild cartels own most of the world and naturally assume they should control it too. They own most of our politicians, media and educators. Their goal is a "new world order" (a.k.a. "globalization") in which they remake mankind to fit their nefarious ends.


War Crimes: Lawmakers Demand Answers About US Role in Yemen Massacre The Anti-Media

Yemen Massacre(CD)  In the wake of the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalitions horrific bombing of a school bus last week that killed 40 Yemeni children and amid reports on Tuesday of dozens more civilian deaths after a new wave of Saudi bombings, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has sent a detailed letter (pdf) to the Department of Defense Inspector General demanding an investigation into whether []


This Is America #25: Setting the Record Straight on Cville It's Going Down

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Cover photo from

Welcome, to This Is America, August 14th, 2018.

In todays episode, were going to tackle the headlines, look at struggles popping off across North America, and were also going to speak to someone that was on the streets of Charlottesville on Saturday. This will prove to be an important interview, as since the massive turnout against Unite the Right on Sunday, the Centrist press has been in an uproar predictably against antifascists, claiming that they mindlessly attacked journalists and the police.

But first, lets get to the news.

Trump That Regime

Ex-aide to the President who was in charge of outreach to the African-American community Omarosa, has released a new tell all book in which she claims that there is a tape recording of Trump saying the n-word, and produced a different tape in which various campaign officials in 2016 discuss how to spin the tape if it eventually comes to light.

The Turkish economy has fallen by another 10 percent, as other markets in Europe, Asia, and the US dipped for fear of being contaminated by Turkey. As one report wrote, the lira currency:

has lost 45 percent of its value over the course of this year, driving up the cost of imports and feeding an inflation rate that has topped 15 percent, steadily eroding the living standards of the Turkish working class.

According to Think Progress, ICE agents have begun setting up fake meetings with migrants in order to entrap them. Meanwhile, top aide Stephen Miller, who attended university alongside Richard Spencer where the two organized events for a variety of far-Right figures on campus, is currently pushing even more immigration reforms. A long with two Senators, Miller is attempt to slash the number of immigrants allowed into the country from 1,00,000 to 500,000 in the next ten years.



Native American Agriculture Fund begins work with $266 million fund Indianz.Com News

The Keepseagle settlement has created the largest philanthropic organization in Indian Country.


Thousands of Children Still Live at Texas Shelters Even After End of Zero Tolerance The Anti-Media

Children Texas Shelters(TT)  Even as federal officials were supposed to reunite separated immigrant children with their parents, the number of children in Texas privately run shelters fell by only 88 between July 13 and August 7. The Trump administration said it would reunify families separated under the now-paused zero tolerance policy, but new data shows the number of []


Radioactive sheep boost claims of secret Israeli nuke test Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy Russia Today with Supporting Material: Radioactive isotopes discovered by scientists in Australian sheep have added gravity to longstanding claims that a mysterious flash above the Indian Ocean 39 years was actually an illegal Israeli nuclear weapon test. On September 22, 1979, US satellite Vela 6911 detected a double flash near the Marion and Prince []


DoD Inspector General to Finally Investigate Military Pollution The Anti-Media

Military Pollution(PP)  The Department of Defenses internal watchdog is launching an investigation into the militarys heavily polluting practice of open burning and detonating hazardous explosive materials on its properties, as well as its frequent reliance on federal contractors to carry out that work. The inquiry, announced Aug. 10 on the website of the departments Office of Inspector General, will []


Powerful naturopathic solutions for diabetes Alternative News Network

Powerful naturopathic solutions for diabetes

(Natural News) Diabetes is increasingly becoming rampant today. This is especially seen in the U.S. where more than 30 million people currently have the disease, and more than 1.7 million new cas...


Trained bees successfully locate landmines in Croatia Alternative News Network

Trained bees successfully locate landmines in Croatia

(Natural News) The ongoing effort to detect and disarm for...


Turkey to Boycott US Electronics Alternative News Network

Turkey to Boycott US Electronics

Erdogan champions iphone competitor Samsung

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TSA Says Armed Surveillance of Americans When They Fly Makes a Lot of Sense The Anti-Media

Quiet Skies(ZHE)  The TSA has broken its silence to defend its alarming domestic surveillance program called Quiet Skies which allows the agency to use teams of armed Air Marshals to follow, track and surveil virtually anyone. TSA administrator David Pekoske told CBS news in a recent interview that the program makes an awful lot of sense, to be able to look at []


US Officials Warn of Disturbing Russian Space Weapons at UN Conference The Anti-Media

Russian Space Weapons(ANTIWAR.COM)  US officials at a UN conference expressed deep suspicion of Russia for its advancement in the creation of space weapons. Assistant Secretary of State Yleem Poblete called Russias developments disturbing. Russian officials dismissed the claims as unfounded and slanderous, saying they want to avoid a new arms race in outer space. US officials say a []


August 13-14 WhoWhatWhy

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Ilhan Omar for Peace OpEdNews

Ilhan Omar is the second person this year to win a Democratic Party nomination for Congress in a Democratic Party district with a platform advocating peace in a way not seen inside the Beltway. The first was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York City, whose advocacy for peace I wrote about. Ilhan Omar has just won the nomination from Minnesota's Fifth District.


Ghost Writing Studies Helped Monsanto Silence Regulators Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

A US jury has ordered the agrochemical giant Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a terminally ill man suffering from cancer caused by the corporations Roundup weed killer, which contains glyphosate. The plaintiff, DeWayne Johnson, was in contact with the substance for years as a school groundkeeper and was diagnosed with cancer in []


US Failure to Accept Reality an Existential Threat to Us All Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

By James ONeill and New Eastern Outlook, Moscow Russias Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev recently declared that the latest round of US sanctions to be imposed on Russia constituted economic warfare and that Russia would respond economically, politically, or in any other way, if required.  One is tempted to ask: why has it taken so long? []

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