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Ayatollah Khamenei is both prophetic in tone, and impeccably accurate in content when he addresses Western youth with his hopes and fears. He wants them to understand that terrorism is the common enemy of all those who are decent people and men and women of good will.
ZeroHedge| Just before North Koreas foreign minister was due to address the United Nations, the Pentagon announced that U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday, in a show of force which demonstrated the range of military options available to President Donald Trump. The flight was the farthest north of the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea that any U.S. fighter jet or bomber has flown in the 21st century, the Pentagon added.
According to Reuters, the B-1B Lancer bombers came from Guam and the U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts came from Okinawa, Japan. The Pentagon said the operation showed the seriousness with which it took North Koreas reckless behavior.
U.S. Pacific Command (@PacificCommand) September 23, 2017
This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat, said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana W...
In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus tells a comic story about wages in a workers' paradise: the Kingdom of God. There workers will make $58.00 an hour!
As an overriding fact that should color the entire spectrum of this article, please consider the fact that Zuckerberg has stated that he wants to become the President. Although he is not old enough to hold office, now, he will be by the 2020 election.
In a previous podcast, I cited polling statistics which stated that Communist, Bernie Sanders was leading among Democrats most likely to vote and that Elizabeth never met a member of the Muslim Brotherhood that she did not like Warren was second in the polling. Zuckerberg was a dark-horse third place Democratic Presidential candidate .
The former FBI director, Robert Mueller, and Zuckerberg have something in common. They both need and want Donald Trump out of the way. Several political pollsters state that is the 2020 election was held today, Trump would win, no matter who the candidate would be.
The former FBI director and pseudo federal prosecutor is shooting nothing but blanks with regard to the Russian allegations against Trump. It is clear to me that Zuckerberg and and Mueller have joined forces and have invented allegations that show that the Russians have taken out ads on Facebook in favor of Trump.
Facebook co-founder and Chairman Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday that the company is actively working with the US government on its ongoing investigations into Russian interference.
The company also said that it will help government authorities complete the vitally important work of assessing what happened in the 2016 election.
We are looking into foreign actors, including additional Russian groups...
The government of Chiayi county, Taiwan, is offering a (modest) reward for the capture of brown anoles, a species of lizard native to the Carribean. The species is capable of destroying indigenous wildlife, and the snake population, while plentiful and dangerous, is not large enough to deal with the problem naturally. The anoles obviously got here because of human intervention (read: stupidity), but did they get here by plane or by cargo ship? I doubt they were smuggled in.(Ive unintentionally come within a few metres of cobras and pythons while riding bike trails near rives and streams in Taiwan. Just last week a woman in Kaohsiung was bitten by a cobra in her kitchen. Thankfully, she survived.)
September 23, 2017
Chiayis Shuishang Township is offering a reward for residents that capture brown anoles, a lizard native to the Caribbean. The town will give NT$5 for each brown anole caught until November 10, UDN reported.
According to Chiayi County statistics, 168,000 brown anoles have been brought in for a reward. The government said that the campaign is to contain the lizard species from expanding and to maintain the local ecosystem. The brown anole not only eats insects, but can consume other local lizard species.
Some residents joked that instead of turning the lizards in for a reward, they should invent dishes that include the reptiles.
The male brown anole can generally grow to about 20 cm in length, with female lizards reaching about 15 cm. The species has been known to spread rapidly once introduced to an ecosystem.
Im glad to see some people have a sense of humour about it: Make recipes from the lizards. It wouldnt be the first time people here eat things most westerners (i.e. me) turn their noses up to (picture courtesy of Michael Turtons Taiwan blog). Ive been served frog fat soup at special events but couldnt make myself eat it. And no, I dont go to snake alley.
The NYT just telegraphed Americas next military action. This country is getting invaded and getting invaded soon.
Florida has been devastated. Some families will never recover. But in the face of extreme hardship, the Miami-Dade County government has topped even the most repressive third-world-governmental dictatorships. You will not believe what the local government is doing to the citizens of South Florida.
The impending collapse of ISIS has touched off a race for territory in the oil-rich eastern part of Syria pitting US-backed forces against the Russian-led coalition of Syria, Iran and Hezbollah. This is the nightmare scenario that everyone wanted to
21st Century Wire says
After seven years of war in Syria, and three years of ISIS marauding through Iraq, one thing is for sure: Iraqi Kurdistan is not what it was five years ago when its geopolitical chaperone in Washington was still militarily occupying Iraq, and with oil pegged above $100 per barrel and its capital Erbil was a booming economic powerhouse. Back then, unimpeded progress was the order of the day. Not so today.
Politically and economically, Iraqi Kurdistan is fractured, which opens the door for a number of issues yet to unfold after this weeks historic move for independence.
As writer Adam Garrie points out in this piece below, the referendum is only the first step. Afterwards, some very serious problems are likely to follow.
Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised heavy sanctions against parts of northern Iraq, should Kurdish secessionists go through with their threat to hold a referendum for independence in two days time.
With leaders of the separatist movement declaring that they will proceed with the referendum in spite of the US, Russia, Turkey, Iran and Iraq all opposing such a move, Turkey is already working on the details of its contingency plan.
Historically, Turkeys relations with Iraqi Kurdish groups has been better than its relations with those in Syria, as the latter are openly aligned with the PKK, a Turkish based group classified by most countries as a terrorist organisation. In spite of this, Turkey is steadfastly opposed to Kurdish separatism in all areas, including in Iraq.
The Iraqi Kurds stand in defiance of the international community in holding their referendum which non-Kurds in the area are set to boycott. Turkeys National Security Council has held meetings in order to develop a response that based on the language used in the Turkish press and by Turkish officials, implies a stronger response than mere economic sanctions or even economic boycott.
One of Turkeys deputy Prime Ministers, Bekir Bozdag offered the following statement on the situation:
We have discussed all options in the event of the referendum taking place and if it doesnt. Turkey takes this matter seriously and will act to protect its national security interests....
Here is a bit of North Korean realpolitik that nobody is talking about: Regrettably, Kim Jong-uns regime is absolutely right to develop nuclear weapons and a delivery system that reaches the United States.
Thats neither an endorsement of North Koreas policies nor of other countries arming themselves with nukes. Far from it. Its simply an acknowledgement that the only way a small country can protect itself from American aggression is by amassing enough firepower to force even the mighty US military to suffer heavy losses.
Hopefully, its not a model that other countries will follow. If President Donald Trump withdraws from the Iran nuclear agreement, however, there is a good chance that the Islamic Republic will be next.
After all, when its neighbor Iraq was attacked, Iran had a front row seat to what happens when a country ends up on a list of US targets, such as the axis of evil, and is unable to defend itself.
In order to understand why North Korea is defying the international community, circumventing sanctions, and developing a nuclear weapon and long-range intercontinental missiles, one has to look no further than to Saddam Husseins regime.
Leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, I was fairly sure that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The evidence presented by UN weapons inspector Hans Blix, whose team visited hundreds of sites in Iraq and had found nothing, was much more compelling than the circumstantial case for war the Bush administration was putting together.
Still, there was a tiny sliver of doubt. Maybe the regime of Saddam Hussein had successfully deceived the world and managed to put together a stockpile of chemical or biological weapons.
That evaporated when, after only one day of airstrikes on Baghdad, ground troops started advancing on the Iraqi capital at high speed and embedded journalists were covering the invasion live.
I thought to myself back then that it was highly unlikely that US war planners would send in American soldiers if there was even a remote chance that Saddam Hussein could launch a chemical or biological strike and harm a great number of them. And I absolutely knew that there was no way that military commanders would risk having a journalist killed.
It was the final bit of proof not only that there were no WMDs but also that the administration was dead certain Saddam Husseins military posed no significant threat to US forces.
North Korea is in a different league. Sure, its armed forces could not defeat the USs in a prolonged war, but such a conflict would leave so many Americans dead that no sane leader an important caveat would order such an attack.
And Kim Jong-uns regime could counter a campaign of airstrikes by launching a nuclear weapon at either the US or South Korea. In effect, the nukes serve as a sort of anti-attack insurance.R...
President Donald Trump is reportedly gearing up to roll back even the most limited restrictions on U.S. drone operations overseas, further opening the door for the expansion of airstrikes and commando raids into nations like the Philippines and Nigeria and
In recent weeks, though, nearly all seem to have vanished following a police operation. Local residents are mystified as to where theyve gone.
The Salt Lake City police chief, Mike Brown, said he had visited parks and the Jordan river, which threads its way to the Great Salt Lake and has homeless camps dotted along its banks, but he hadnt seen an influx from downtown. Sgt Brandon Shearer has been up in a police helicopter looking for camps and seemed equally perplexed when asked where the people had gone. I dont know, he said. Thats a good question.
Advocates, for their part, fear a humanitarian crisis is brewing.
The unfolding drama is all the more remarkable considering that several years ago, national media reports published claims by Utah that it had won the war on homelessness there, at least when it came to housing those who had been outside the longest. Jon Stewart ran a laudatory piece titled The homeless homed. But the picture wasnt quite that simple.
While the countrys most prominent homeless crises are in coastal cities New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles the mountain-ringed capital of the Mormon church has also long struggled to house or, in the view of some, has politely ignored its homeless population.
The Republican legislature in Utah is fond of the philosophy of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, and struggling not-for-profit groups pick up the slack when it comes to homelessness funding.
Rather than ending homelessness, the city in fact housed a subset of its homeless residents, an important step but only an intermediary one in its alleviation efforts. Since then, as rents have risen and the minimum wage has remai...
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To the people of Mexico
To the Indigenous Governing Council
To the National Indigenous Congress
To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
To the National and International Sixth
We are individual and collective adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandn Jungle, EZLN and CNI sympathizers and people from below and to the left in solidarity with the suffering of our brothers and sisters, victims of the recent earthquakes and the predatory system that is only death.
As in 1985, those who claim to govern remain totally surpassed by reality. Today their wonderland cant be seen, not even by them. Meanwhile, we are the ones from below who suffered the consequences of these natural and socio-environmental disasters. Like 32 years ago, today the Mexican people are the ones going into the streets and towns to help, to give what little they have to help the other, the one who suffers, the stranger, the brother. Some who have much contribute much. Among those who have little, they contribute what they can, sometimes everything that is in their hands. Those who have nothing give their heart and offer to serve were needed. They are the ones who fill the streets and coordinate to gather aid and distribute it. Small business owners support by giving food and drink to those who give their time and effort. True hope emerges from these smiles and glances of solidarity.
I really need your help. As most of you already know, I am running for Congress in Idahos first congressional district, and because there is no incumbent the race is totally wide open. I announced that I was running on July 4th, and so September 30th is my very first FEC quarterly reporting deadline. All over the country, prominent Republican donors and key conservative organizations will be judging the strength of my campaign based on how much money I raise this quarter. If I dont raise enough, I risk losing national support that I otherwise could have received. And even though hundreds of people have been donating from all over the country, we are lagging behind where we need to be, and so I am praying for a $25,000 miracle over the next seven days. If you would like to help this miracle become a reality, you can contribute at this link
Over the next week, I will be meeting with some of the most influential conservatives in the entire state of Idaho. I will post new articles when I can, but because my schedule is going to be absolutely packed this week it will be tough to get something new posted every day.
As I travel around the state and meet with top conservatives, there are certain points that virtually everyone agrees upon
-I am the most conservative candidate in this race by a wide margin.
-I have the best message of any of the candidates, and it isnt even close.
-My team is extremely effective at getting my message to the voters.
-If we can get that message out to every voter in this district the way that we need to, we will win this election.
-The major thing that could keep us from winning the election is a lack of resources.
Because we have the best message, we dont have to raise more money than the other guys.
But we do have to be at least on the same playing field, and you can help us do that by donating here
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In plain English this means that the US and Daesh have lost the war. The Saker On Wednesday evening, Russia Insider released the story that the Russian Defense Ministry was claiming: US Secret Services had directed a major offensive against Russian Syrian forces A goal was the capture of 29 Russian peacekeepers The attack was 
Natural News| Nowadays, centenarians who before have lived only once in a blue moon are becoming the fastest-growing group of the population. What is their secret to a long life?
I dont sit back and moan. People in their 70s and 80s, they sicken me, many of them. Theyve given up and its such a pity, 103-year-old Londonder Ella Scotchmer said.
Positive thinking is also a prime factor in the lives of centenarians in the United States. In a recent survey of American centenarians, over 60 percent of them said they have always practiced positivity in their lives, while more than half of the survey respondents said they found it easier to feel positive as they got older.
Also, half of the survey respondents said they wouldnt have lived their lives differently given a chance to do them all over again compared with 29 percent of interviewees between the ages of 60 and 65 who would do so. Almost three-quarters of the respondents also said it was important to look forward to each day.
Some people also believe that orgasms can pave the path towards a long life. For instance, Italian Guilio Paggi believes that having lots of sex helped him reach the ripe old age of 101.
His beliefs are supported by a Caerphilly Cohort study that was conducted between the years 1979 and 1983. During those years, over 900 men aged 45 to 49 were monitored consistently and regularly asked about the number of orgasms that they had been having. Fourteen years later, the researchers contacted the men again and found out that those who had the fewest orgasms were twice as likely to die earlier than those who were having orgasms at least twice each week.
Would you believe that the hand that you prominently use may have a hand, pardon the pun, in your own longevity?
One study showed that left-handers have a less chance of reaching 100 years of age than right-handers. Californian researchers, in an analysis of the records of 987 people, found out that right-handers survive up to at least 75 years of age, while left-handers do not usually get past the age of 66, and none of the responders had reached the age of 80.
Scientists said the occurrence resulted from the stres...
This past week the US central bank, the Federal Reserve, announced it would begin selling off its $4.5 trillion debt that it accumulated since 2008 by buying up investors toxic mortgage and T-bonds at above market rates.
The Fed has
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he aint going! So therefore aint no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up! James tweeted.
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
The Cleveland Cavaliers message came just hours after Trump said Curry was no longer invited to visit the White House to celebrate the teams NBA Finals win.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team, the president wrote early Saturday morning. Stephen Curry is hesitating. Therefore invitation is withdrawn!
Its unclear if Trump meant just Curry or the entire team. The Golden State Warrior star, who visited the White House during the Obama presidency, said on Friday that doesnt want to go to Washington but that the team would decide collectively.
He also suggested that not attending would be part of the resist-Trump movement brewing among athletes, saying it would be an opportunity to send a statement that hopefully encourages unity, encourages us to appreciate what it means to be American, and stand for something.
Curry himself has not commented on Trumps tweet, but other athletes and celebrities have called out the president.
Retired Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant slammed the president saying: A #POTUS whos name alone creates division and anger. Whos words inspire dissension and hatred cant possibly Make America Great Again
A #POTUS whos name alone creates division and anger. Whos words inspire dissension and hatred cant possibly Make America Great Again Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) September 23, 2017
Lesean McCoy, a running back for the Buffalo Bills, tweeted: Its really sad man our president is a a-hole.
It's really sad man our president is a asshole
Lesean McCoy (@CutonDime25)...
The Secret Service would not confirm or deny the request by Trump Jr. A spokesperson merely said:
To ensure the safety and security of our protectors and their families we will not confirm who is currently receiving Secret Service protection. Jonathan Wackrow, a former member of President Barack Obamas detail, expressed his concern at the decision:
In todays global risk environment, waiving this detail poses great danger to him and to his family. What he is becoming potentially is a target of opportunity. People who want to lash out at the president are going to seek that path of least resistance. This decision is negligent.
So, then, why did Don Jr. opt out of Secret Service protection? Some pointed to the fact that both he and Kellyanne Conway announced theyd give up USSS protection on the same day.
So both Donald Trump Jr. and Kellyanne Conway eliminated their Secret Service protection today. Clearly they're paranoid about something.
Mustapha Itani (@mustaphahitani) September 19, 2017
The same day it was revealed that Paul Manafort had been wiretapped no less:\
Kellyanne CONway & Don Jr. wanting to stop their Secret Service detail the same day Manafort's wiretaps were revealed isn't coincidental.
Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) September 19, 2017
While secret service protection for adult children of a president is automatically provided, they are legally allowed to turn down that protection, as Ron Reagan did during his fathers second term.
At first, Natasha told Chris to call her so she could deliver the news during his deployment. But then she changed the plan, and came up with the sneakiest idea possible.
Natasha decided to keep the pregnancy a secret until Chris returned from deployment six months later.
It was no easy feat, but Natasha made sure to cover her tracks. Shed hide her growing baby bump in Facebook photos. And she kept quiet about the pregnancy whenever she Skyped with Chris.
Then, in June 2017, Chris returned home to California. In the video below, Chris rushes to greet their three kids before Natasha drops her giant sign to reveal shes 7 and a half months pregnant!
You do not want to miss his stunned reaction:
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The heated remarks also came on a day in which mysterious seismic activity in North Korea refueled concerns over the rogue nations nuclear ambitions.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, speaking before the United Nations, angrily responded to US President Donald Trumps UN remarks in which he referred to Kim Jong Un as Rocket Man.
Meanwhile, analysts said that seismic activity detected near the site of North Koreas Punggye-ri nuclear site might be aftershocks from a nuclear test earlier this month. Seismic activity is often the first indicator of a nuclear test, but the magnitudes Saturday were much smaller than anything declared as a nuclear test in previous years.
North Korea addresses the UN:
The ongoing war of words between the United States and North Korea saw several new fiery salvos Saturday, a day on which the US military, in a show of force, flew bombers in international airspace over waters east of North Korea.
The heated remarks also came on a day in which mysterious seismic activity in North Korea refueled concerns over the rogue nations nuclear ambitions.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, speaking before the United Nations, angrily responded to US President Donald Trumps UN remarks in which he referred to Kim Jong Un as Rocket Man.
Meanwhile, analysts said that seismic activity detected near the site of North Koreas Punggye-ri nuclear site might be aftershocks from a nuclear test earlier this month. Seismic activity is often the first indicator of a nuclear test, but the magnitudes Saturday were much smaller than anything declared as a nuclear test in previous years.
North Korea a...
Columbus, Ohio cops have held true to their tradition of brutality and unethical tactics in the case of Timothy Davis.
Daviss mother believes video released by the Franklin County Sheriffs Office Tuesday proves her son was so badly beaten by Columbus Police that he was unconscious and couldnt even walk.
Davis case gained national attention after cell phone video
showed him being stripped and viciously attacked by a gang of cops
on September 1st:
The jail video, provided by NBC4i, shows Davis being carried into the Franklin County Jail by law-enforcement by his hands and feet. In the video, Davis has been stripped of his clothes with only his boxers partially on.
Davis mother, Valerie Johnson, was clearly upset after seeing the video which shows police treating her son like an animal.
I wouldnt even, thats like an animal, this is like an animal. This is not like my son. This is not a human being, said Johnson.
He was so badly beaten that my child couldnt even walk. Look at this video. My son naked, my son carried in face down. My son was unconscious. My son told me when he woke up he was laying in there naked in the cell, said Johnson.
The Franklin County Sheriffs office told NBC4 it was working to get answers about why Davis was carried into the jail to be booked. Columbus Police did not respond to NBC4is inquiry about the new video.
The Franklin County Sheriffs Office alleges Davis was never
denied medical care. He spent three days in the hospital after the
brutal beating by police, and has been seen multiple times by jail
medical staff since he was booked on September 1st.
(INTELLIHUB) The Hawaii State Department of Defense and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency released a special message from President Donald Trump titled Nuclear Emergency Preparedness which was put out for the period of September 2017.
The rather ominous paper says that Kim Jong-uns threats of firing weapons into the Pacific are real and that people should plan to better their chances of survival if an attack were to occur.
Page 2 of the paper has the words nuclear detonation on it and instructs people to get inside, stay inside and stay tuned.
Intellihub (@intellihubnews) September 24, 2017
Hat Tip: @Tabertronic on Twitter
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Mercer Universitys police chief is reportedly investigating calls for murder allegedly made on Facebook by one of its own police officers.
The Facebook page has Mercer University Atlanta Officer Mark Teems image as the profile picture, reported 11Alive.
The account that bears his image and name commented on a local news story shared to the stations Facebook page regarding the recent protest at Georgia Tech after an officer fatally shot Scout Schultz, a student at the university.
Screen captures of the posts provided by 11Alive show that the users comment on the news feed said, Im sick of the BS. Declare Martial Law and start killing these Asshats!!!
He also shared a video, posted by Coalition For Trump Superstore, showing a different group of protesters being blasted by a water cannon with a comment, this should be standard for EVERY large cities Police Dept!!!
The Pro-Trump sites video suggests using the water cannon on those who are opposed to fascism.
Two former Florida prison guards who were also members of the Ku Klux Klan were sentenced for plotting to murder a black inmate after his release.
David Elliot Moran, 49, and Charles Thomas Newcomb, 45, have both been sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, Attorney General Pam Bondis office said Friday, according to WCTV.
A third guard and also a KKK member, Thomas Jordan Driver, 27, was bitten during a fight with the inmate. The guards believed the inmate was infected with HIV and hepatitis, so naturally they decided to start the plot to murder him upon his release.
Driver pleaded guilty to the same charge in March and was sentenced to only 4 years in prison.
All 3 men were arrested in 2015 after an investigation revealed they tried to get an FBI informant to murder the inmate.
WCTV noted that Moran and the informant discussed how they would kill the victim. Newcomb allegedly showed the men syringes filled with insulin and a 9 mm handgun with ammunition that he said he had wiped clean of fingerprints.
Newcomb pointed out that if they could grab (the victim) and take him to the river he would need to bring a fishing pole to make it look like (the victim) was at the river fishing, reads the indictment.
Newcomb repeatedly used racial slurs to refer to his target during the conversation with the informant.
Florida is a safer state with these Klansmen behind bars, Attorney General Bondi said in a news release. Hate groups have no place in a civilized society and when members of these organizations plot violence and murderwe will be there to ensure justice is served and our citizens are protected.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)
(INTELLIHUB) Pop music icon and 80s sex symbol Madonnas new tour album Rebel Heart hit store shelves last week and has since sold less than 4000 copies, reports say.
The new tour album companions the original Rebel Heart album but was released on the Eagle Rock label rather than Interscope, which may have been a mistake because Eagle Rock mostly dabbles in video.
The original album produced by the Interscope label reportedly sold around 238,000 copies.
The post Madonnas new album launched a week ago and we all missed it appeared first on...
About 5 pro-police protesters (and a dog who was neutral) showed up at Pi Pizzerias Kirkwood location Friday night in a failed attempt at intimidation of owner Chris Sommers over his recent criticism of St. Louis police departments brutal tactics.
However, the business was packed and has been very busy since Blue Lives Matter started their harassment campaign.
The action was planned by a Facebook group called Boycott Pi Pizza St Louis, which criticized Sommers for his criticism of police aggression after they shot pepper balls at him and threw tear gas at him while he was walking from his business to his car during the protests over the not guilty verdict of an officer that murdered an unarmed black man.
Riverfront Times reported the pro-police group Blue Lives Matter published a blog post about Sommers after he tweeted that the police officers who were chanting Whose streets? Our streets were dimwits.
Lets get the word out that if you bash the police, you wont be getting our business, the article read.
That post, including by the union representing St. Louis County police officers, led to all four Pi Pizzeria locations being inundated with nasty phone calls, fake orders, and phony one-star reviews, Sommers says. Online commenters and pro-police activists called for a boycott, and planned a protest at the only Pi restaurant not actually located within St. Louis city limits.
Please let Chris Sommers, the very arrogant owner of Pi Squared Restaurant, know that you SUPPORT our law enforcment by going to his restaurant Friday night with PRO Police signs and let his customers know where he stands on law enforcement, the events description reads. Pro-police protesters were...
Early on Friday, the Israeli Air Force struck a target in the Damascus International Airport, according to pro-opposition sources and the Israeli media.
There are no details about the damage caused by airstrikes. Pro-Israeli sources claim that the Israeli Air
The Kurds are the largest group of nomadic people in the world that have remained stateless since the beginning of time. This fact has allowed Western powers to use the stateless plight of the Kurdish people as a tool to
The Canadian government and its agencies have disgraced themselves on many levels by supporting the illegal Coalition tasked with destroying Syria and its peoples.
International law is broken so Canadian politicians will unlikely be judged at The Hague, as they
Featured image: Novorossiysk commercial sea port (Source: Vladimir Astapkovich / Sputnik)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to approve legislation making the ruble the main currency of exchange at all Russian seaports by next year, according to the
One of the biggest energy stories this year has been Russias Rosneft buying Indias Essar Oil giving the Russian company a firm grip on one of the worlds biggest emerging oil and gas markets.
And this past week,
North Korea is once again the big, bad, bogey man of Asia, a convenient villain Washington will use to fuel a spanking new arms race. If all-out war does not follow Donald Trumps insane policies aimed at Pyongyang, something
Electric vehicle (EV) usage continues to increase in the United States, along with its supporting infrastructure. As EVs increase in market share, issues like charging speed and battery capacity will drive future development of EV charging technology. As EV demand increases, manufacturers will continue to develop, build, and deploy additional Internet-connected charging stations and new connected technologies to satisfy demand. These Internet connected technologies include enhanced EV supply equipment (EVSE)-to-EV digital communications (advanced control of the charging process), as well as increasingly networked automobiles and charging systems (expanded communications and control for EVs). This research provides a baseline understanding of EV charging technology, as well as what new technology is on the horizon. Analysts should consider the cyber and physical aspects of this technology as it becomes more prevalent.
Areas of concern within the EV and EV charging industry include the increased demand for electricity on residential and commercial electrical grids and potential increases in cyber related vulnerabilities to the EV the EVSE or the billing components related to charging. These concerns may increase as EVs become more widely used, but as of 2017, there are limited to no examples of these being widespread or significant problems.
Women who were exposed to the toxic water in Flint, Michigan suffered from fertility issues that led to fewer pregnancies as well as a higher number of fetal deaths, according to a new study.
Fertility rates dropped by 12% among women in Flint, while fetal death rates rose by a staggering 58 % after April 2014, research conducted by assistant professors and health economists David Slusky (Kansas University) and Daniel Grossman (West Virginia University) found, reported Detroit Free Press.
In the study, Flints birth and fetal death data were compared with that of 15 other larger Michigan cities, including Detroit. After April 2014, Flints numbers fell off a cliff, and the rest of the cities stayed pretty much constant, Slusky noted.
We werent particularly surprised by this, but we didnt expect it be as clean and clear as it was, he added.Note: The vertical red line is at April 2013, the last conception date for which no affected birth rates are included in the moving average
The researcherswhose work appears in a paper distributed as part of the Kansas University Economics Departments Working Papers Series in Theoretical and Applied Economicsexamined vital statistics data for Flint and the entirety of Michigan from 2008 to 2015 in order to source their data.
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Theres an old USENET dictum: never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of magnetic tapes. (corollary: yeah, but the latencys killer)
What do you do when you need to move a whole lot of data into the cloud? Lets say a petabyte? (a million gigabytes) Assuming you can get 50% saturation out of a gigabit link thats about 500 years transfer-time. And, if youre like me and you live in Verizons metered LTE cloud, where every gigabyte over 30gb costs $15, itd cost a bit less than $1 million. This is a real question, though, for organizations that are moving video archives (think: all the cop-camera footage in a major city) (heh, Im kidding, major cities dont keep that stuff!) or libraries, or genomic databases; what do they do?
Amazon has an answer! Its a truckload of tapes! Things start small with the Snowball appliance an armored box for data. Its pretty cool: you set it up on your network, copy your data to it, you ship it to amazon and they offload it into S3, and your data is in the cloud!
In the Snowball appliance, the truck is FEDex or UPS, or maybe your system administrator has to drive it somewhere in the back of their car. I have scary memories of when I was a young pup at Digital and our RA-81s moved from one facility to another in the back of my little Honda CRX. Nowadays most people dont even understand I put a VAX 11/750 rack in the back of a Honda CRX and recognize that for the herculean feat it was. I also dropped a VR/219 monitor down a flight of stairs in the process; it survived.
If the armored box of hard drives doesnt work for you, theres the Snowmobile:
The Snowmobile is what youd use if you had an Exabyte of data: its a small convoy of semitrailers full of hard drives. I wonder whether the NSA had an armed midnight run from Ft Meade, MD to the new data center in Utah, or were they just cross-syncing the data all along? Theres a cool plot in there for a cyberpunk adventure: someone thinks theyre about to knock over a truck full of iPhones but accidentally they get a petabyte of CIA data; hilarity and body-count ensue.
But, none of that was what I wanted to write a...
In a dangerously inflammatory speech to the UN General Assembly, this week, a warmongering Israeli Prime Minister, (currently under investigation for fraud, bribery and corruption by his own Justice Department), incited violence by calling for insurrection by the Iranian people
Teresa Kaepernick, mother of Colin Kaepernick, responded to President Trumps comments Friday night when he said that NFL owners should get that son-of-a-b*tch off the field when players protest by taking a knee during the national anthem.
Ms. Kaepernick, who is white and is Colin Kaepernicks adopted mother had the beautiful reply, Guess Im a proud b*tch,
Guess that makes me a proud bitch!
Teresa Kaepernick (@B4IleaveU) September 23, 2017
Deadspin.coms Lindsey Adler spoke with Teresa Kaepernick to ask her how it feels to have the president of the United States trashing her son and his right to protest over and over again.
Ms. Kaepernick expressed her disappointment with Trump for attacking Americans right to free speech.
Its disappointing that Trump is the president and talks the way he talks, though, she said. Its just incredibly disappointing. Rick and I had never been real political people, but prior to when all of the campaigning was going on, I mean, it didnt take more than a minute to realize we didnt want Donald Trump in the presidency.
The guy is not all there, she went on, and I cant tell you how shocked we were when he won, but we have been pretty vocal about it since long before Colin took a knee. So, we have some pretty strong feelings about that part of things. To see this man that you have no respect for, basically because of all that hes done in this presidency so far, slandering my kid publicly.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)
CHICAGO, Ill. The Disruptive Forces Changing Cities, program, conducted by the Chicago Council of Global Affairs Sept. 15, was a textbook case of an elite organization pursuing a tightly planned, dictatorial societywhile sounding like its seeking a democratic, promising vision of fairness and prosperity for all.
Its all being spearheaded in accordance with the growing global cities movement that gradually challenges the authority of the very nation-states that the worlds primary cities inhabit.
This approach, according to several CCGA-aligned think tanks, journalists and others supporting the Global Parliament of Mayors and similar groupings, amounts to a direct challenge to national authority, in order to usurp some of the key powers delegated to national governments by their charters and constitutions.
Since this movement chisels away at the constitutional foundations of nations, it risks undermining them in a way that would redraw the lines of governance, in a manner thats highly unpredictable, and potentially radical and unlawful. The policy areas over which cities want to assume much more influence (and, ultimately, exert control) include battling climate change, regulating immigration in order to increase it while providing sanctuary cities, along with sparking job growth and several other thingseven including the seemingly improbable realm of foreign policy, where youd think mayors would not tread.
The CCGAs latest program Sept. 15, held on-the-record at the organizations conference center in the Prudential Building on Randolph Street, was a continuation of many of the themes covered in early June 2016 and June 2017 at the CCGAs annual all-day Forum on Global Cities. The keynote speaker Sept. 15 was Amy Liu, whos Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Washington D.C.s Brookings Institution.
Shes considered a national expert on cities and metropolitan areas adept at translating research and insights into action on the ground. As director of Brookings Metro, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she pioneered the programs signature approach to policy and practice, which uses rigorous research to inform strategies for economic growth and opportunity, a CCGA representative said while introducing Liu in Chicago.
Prior to her Brookings work, Liu was Special Assistant to [U.S. Housing and Urban Development] Secretary Henry Cisneros and staffed the U.S. Senate Banking Committees Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs. She holds a North...
Richard Hy, a Buffalo police officer, has been suspended again for posting outrageous videos on social media. Hy was suspended in February 2016 for posting on a Vine, a video-sharing
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Good news! The world isnt ending today. The absence of an onrushing Niburu has compelled the original false prophet to retract his claim. Go ahead and throw a party tonight, for good or ill. (For some strange reason, my wife has decided to go on a Christmas movie binge. Im sitting here praying for Niburu to show up after all.)
Then, remember, tomorrow was supposed to be the start of Freedom Week, that nonsensical few days that Milo Yiannopoulos was supposed to bring all of his asshole friends to Berkeley to test the limits of free speech with advocacy of Nazi policies. There were portents and omens of raging incompetence ahead of time, and now they have been fulfilled the event has been formally cancelled.
In a Saturday letter to the school, an attorney for Berkeley Patriot, Marguerite Melo, wrote, On their behalf, you are hereby notified the Berkeley Patriot is canceling all Free Speech Week activities it sponsored. The letter accused administrators of putting up roadblocks and said the group was contemplating initiating litigation against the responsible parties and the administration for violation of our clients civil rights.
Yeah. Its the administrations fault because the students (and Milo) failed to get speakers signed up and to pay for the auditoriums they wanted to reserve. Except that also it was clear that this was just the alt-light wackaloons trolling the university.
But in a separate email chain obtained by this news organization, Lucian Wintrich, one of the supposed speakers, told Mogulof the event had been a set-up from the start. It was known that they didnt intend to actually go through with it last week, and completely decided on Wednesday, Wintrich wrote in an email around 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
Wait, whoah, hold on a second, wrote a clearly surprised Mogulof. What, exactly, are you saying? What were you told by MILO Inc? Was it a set-up from the get-go? Yes, came Wintrichs one-word response. Wintrich did not immediately respond to a voicemail seeking comment.
So it was officially cancelled, but everyone behind it had known it couldnt possibly happen, andsome of them are still claiming it will happen, without any institutional backing or security or venue.
But representatives for Yiannopoulos insisted the event would move forward without the student group. The Berkeley Patriot may have pulled out of the event, but Milo and his other speakers have not. More detail...
We just got more evidence that the middle class is being systematically eviscerated.
According to a GOBankingRates survey that was just released, more than half the country has less than $1,000 in savings. So in the event of a major economic disaster of some kind, over 50 percent of the nation is going to be completely out of cash almost immediately.
For years I have been writing about the steady decline of the middle class in the United States, but I still get astounded by numbers such as these. According to this new survey, only 25 percent of all Americans have $10,000 or more in savings at this point
$0 saved: 39 percent
Less than $1,000 saved: 18 percent
$1,000 to $4,999 saved: 12 percent
$5,000 to $9,999 saved: 6 percent
$10,000 or more saved: 25 percent
Other surveys have come up with similar results. One discovered that about two-thirds of the country is living paycheck to paycheck, and another which was conducted by the Federal Reserve found that 44 percent of all U.S. adults do not even have enough money to cover an unexpected $400 expense.
Most of us have grown accustomed to barely scraping by from month to month. But that is not what being middle class is supposed to be about. If you are in the middle class you should be making more than you are spending and building long-term wealth.
But just like our federal government, most of us are spending money like there is no tomorrow. If we dont have quite enough mo...
My pastor was my rapist. An Alabama pastor is accused of raping, torturing, and sexually abusing multiple children, including the rape of a 9-year-old girl on her fathers grave.
AL.com reports Mack Charles Andrews, a pastor at the conservative United Pentecostal Church, is accused of sexually torturing, abusing, and raping multiple underage victims.
One of Andrews victims spoke about the abuse using the pseudonym Jane to conceal her identity. Jane reports Andrews allegedly started grooming her for sexual abuse when she was only 7.
Jane says she lost her virginity to her pastor on her fathers grave when she was just 9 years old, and explains how Andrews used religious superstition to terrorized her:
He told me if I didnt say anything, he would come back and put flowers on the grave. If I did, he said demons would come and get me from my bed.
AL.com reports Jane was subjected to sexual torture prior to the rape, noting Andrews allegedly violated her with drumsticks, pens, letter openers, a figurine and even a flashlight, grooming her for future sexual abuse.
Jane reports the heinous abuse began when she was only 7-years-old, and was part of the grooming process to prepare her for the rape she would endure two years later. Jane said Andrews started grooming these girls early, before stating:
A 7-year-old girl isnt ready to take a full grown man.
Raw Story reports the abuse allegedly went on for years. J...
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In 2013 big news hit as state chemist Annie Dookhan was convicted for potentially sending 1000s of black men to jail for falsified and fabricated evidence in 10s of 1000s of drug cases. Now finally in what has been described as the largest single dismissal of wrongful criminal convictions in U.S. history, a Massachusetts court has dismissed over 21,000 drug-related cases. Hopefully this means 10,000s of wrongfully convicted people will soon walk free. Of course nothing will get back their lost lives, their tarnished reputations and the damage they suffered in the prison system.
Atlanta Black Star reported:
On April 19 in Boston, a state court judge vacated the convictions in the case of Bridgeman v. District Attorney for Suffolk County, which was filed by the ACLU of Massachusetts, the national ACLU, the state public defenders office and law firm Fick & Marx LLP.
The drug convictions which spanned the seven counties of Suffolk, Essex, Bristol, Middlesex, Plymouth, Norfolk and Cape & Islands had relied on the doctored lab results of Annie Dookhan, whose misdeeds came to light in 2012 after she forged a colleagues initials. The employee with the state Department of Public Health had lied about having a masters degree, declared untested drug samples as positive and otherwise committed massive fraud in order to advance her career and build a reputation as an expert witness in drug trials.
In 2013, she pleaded guilty to 27 counts, including evidence tampering, perjury and obstruction of justice, and was sentenced to three to five years in prison, with two years of probation, according to The New York Times. She was recently paroled after serving three years, as UPI reported.
Dookhans work had impacted approximately 24,000 cases according to the ACLU of Massachusetts, with prosecutors moving to toss out 21,587 of the convictions. Out of 8,003 cases from Suffolk County, 7,886 were dismissed, as Masslive.com reported.
Jake Wark, press secretary...
Since the beginning of time the end of the world has been predicted by religious leaders, conspiracy theorists and numerologists alike. If youre still reading this, that should be enough to surmise that all of the predictions have been BS.
While the dates have come and gone, and the doomsayers proven wrong, there is isnt any shortage of those who claim to know the final hour, nor is there lack of gullible people to believe them.
So once again- apparently the end is near, and apparently it will happen today- September 23, 2017 so says Christian numerologist David Meade.
As reported by Patheos:
For Bible believing Christians, the Rapture, as described in the Book of Revelation, is the beginning of the end times, when worthy Christians are lifted into heaven by Jesus, and those left behind will be forced to face the end of the world, also known as the apocalypse.
According to Christian numerologist David Meade, verses in Luke 21:25 to 26 are the sign that recent events, such as the recent solar eclipse and Hurricane Harvey, are signs of the apocalypse.
The verses read:
25: There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.
26: Mens hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
The Express reports that Meade claims that the mystical Planet X, also known as Nibiru, will...
He does an excellent analysis of the shameless lies being used to push this monstrous bill.
The neocon of neocons went on MSNBC this week to announce that the deep state has a grip on Trump and he now looks like George W. Bush. (TFTP) It is official. The deep state has admitted that Trump is now under their control and it is now business as usual just like it 
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Cromwell explains how his activism has opened his eyes to inequities in the American justice system. "It's very difficult as a white, middle-class, privileged individual to empathize with what black people go through every day," he tells Scheer. "They experience this incredible oppression."
The U.S. military has had its eyes on Afghan mineral deposits for some time. A 2007 Pentagon memo that the New York Times quoted in a 2010 article says that Afghanistan could be the Saudi Arabia of lithium. U.S. Companies are planning on taking a larger role in extracting Afghanistans enormous reserves of valuable rare earth 
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National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell criticized President Donald Trump on Saturday, after the president suggested that NFL players who kneel during the pledge of allegiance should be fired.
At a rally in Huntsville, Alabama for Republican Sen. Luther Strange on Friday, President Trump said, Wouldnt you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, get that son of a bh off the field right now hes fired.
Goodell issued a statement Saturday morning, suggesting that Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.
Last year, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during every games national anthem, ostensibly to protest racial inequality and police brutality. No NFL team has signed Kaepernick this year, and its become increasingly likely that his career in the league may be over.
In response to Goodells comments, the President posted the following on Twitter:
If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect.
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Meanwhile, during his teams Friday media appearance, NBA Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said he would prefer not to join his teams traditional White House visit: By not going, hopefully that will inspire some change in terms of what we tolerate in this country, he said, suggesting the Presidents response to Charlottesville protests in August was inadequate and biased.
Following Currys stateme...
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64,000 missing black women, thats a horrifying number! These woman have gone missing for many reasons from sex trafficking, domestic violence and seniors just walking off! It sounds crazy and is something that doesnt have much awareness in the community.
Natallie Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation and Avis Jones-DeWeever joined Roland Martin Thursday on NewsOne Now to discuss their efforts to bring more awareness to missing women on color.
More info: http://blackandmissing.org
A California cop, who tried to detain a high school student for jaywalking, ended up wrestling with him for more than two minutes as the teens friend recorded, landing both
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A Texas deputy who shot and killed an unarmed man in April gave the usual spiel to justify it, claiming he had smelled marijuana, claiming that the driver was reaching
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What basically seems to have happened aluminium was not bioavailable, traditionally, in the worlds biota until the Industrial Revolution, and so, it just had no place in any biochemical reaction that was normal. And where it does occur, now, because we are increasingly surrounded by it, we live in whats called the Age of Aluminium. . 
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A decorated Camden County police officer from Gloucester Township has been charged with the sexual assault of a teenage girl after authorities say he had a baby with the 15-year-old.
Detective Rafael Martinez Jr., 32, of the Blackwood section of the township, admitted that he was the father of the teens child, according to the probable cause statement provided by the Camden County Prosecutors Office.
The unidentified girl also admitted he was the father; DNA samples taken from Martinez, the girl and the baby supported these claims. He signed the birth certificate, the prosecutors office said.
The girl told police they they engaged in a sexual relationship between Sept. 1 of last year and Aug. 18 of this year. Martinez has been charged with the sexual assault of a minor between 13 and 16 years old and endangering the welfare of a child through sexual conduct.
Martinez, who was suspended without pay, has been recognized with multiple awards in his career, according to the Courier Post. He was awarded a Meritorius Service Award and was named Officer of the Week in 2013, and was recognized for his work with the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force in 2015.
It is an error to be swept up in useless argument about whether the current president is a white supremacist without also discussing the racist underpinnings of American society. Trump made overt racism acceptable and that does change the precarious nature of black life in the country. But we always live on the edge, hoping to improve our lot as individuals without falling victim to the worst the system can mete out to us.
21st Century Wire
In the famous treatise by Miles Copeland, Game of Nations, the devious middle eastern CIA operative spills the beans in this infamous 1969 work on covert operations and regime changes. Not only does Copeland detail the various US puppets and stooges, but also how game theory played into the predictive computer models available even in the late 60s.
The regime change models of the 50s and 60s would be studied as part of Rand Corporation and other think tank and NGO models for remodeling, not just the Middle East, but any nations that run afoul of the Western globalists. This is a partial talk the full is available by subscription at JaysAnalysis.com. Watch:
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Los Angeles, CA The parents of a 20-year-old man who was shot to death by police and then run over by a patrol car, are now begging for the officers responsible for their sons death be held accountable for their actions.
Eric Rivera, 20, was killed by Los Angeles police officers in June, following a 911 call about a man with a gun. Officers Arturo Urrutia and Daniel Ramirez approached Rivera on the night of June 7. They claimed that they exited their vehicle so quickly, they forgot to put the car in park. As they were opening fire on the man they believed to be brandishing a handgun, the car continued to roll over the young man, but not before the officers struck him seven times, with at least one bullet piercing his skull.
In a tragic scene that undoubtedly could have been derived from an action movie, the car rolled over Rivera, pinning him to a wall and trapping his body underneath the police cruiser. As the investigation into the officer-involved shooting unfolded, a crane had to be called in to lift the vehicle from over Riveras body. The familys lawyer described the young mans torso as literally mangled.
There were no firearms found at the scene. While a multi-colored water pistol was recovered, Riveras family told reporters it does not belong to their son. They are now calling for the prosecutors office to bring charges of negligent homicide against Urrutia and Ramirez.
The family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit but will drop the lawsuit under one condition. accordin...
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Only a few years after Hiroshima and the end of World War II, President Harry S. Truman was confronted with the horrifying prospect of another nuclear holocaust. General Douglas MacArthurs anti-communist fervor impelled him to pursue his own war strategy in Asia, conspiring against Trumans official policy to incite Red China by sending the USS Bole on a secret mission three miles off the Chinese Pacific coast. The servicemen who crewed that battleship was recruited to the Generals rogue plan without their knowledge and threatened into silence for decades, until now. This is their story and one we are all lucky they lived to tell.
Told here for the first time is the incredible story of the operation that triggered Truman's removal of Douglas MacArthur: the secret China mission of the US Navy destroyer USS John A. Bole. Featuring testimonies of servicemen on the John A. Bole and newly declassified documents, this documentary goes behind the scenes in Washington, London, and aboard the Bole to reveal Truman's relief of MacArthur was not a question of choice; it was a matter of desperate necessity.
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SputnikNews| China earthquake center reports that a 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit the territory of North Korea.
Seismologists say the quake probably caused by an explosion.
A 3.4-magnitude earthquake hit the northeastern part of North Korea, Chinas Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) said Saturday.
On September 23, at 16:29 [08:29 GMT] local time a 3.4-earthquake (suspected explosion) occurred in North Korea (41.4 degrees north latitude, 129.1 degrees east longitude), the depth of 0 km, the seismologists said.
However, South Koreas weather agency claimed that the nature of the quake more likely of a natural origin.
Chinas official Xinhua news agency said the epicenter was roughly at the same place as a similar shallow earthquake on Sept. 3, which turned out to be caused by North Koreas sixth and largest nuclear test.
According to the agencys data, the quake hit the Kilju area in North Hamgyong Province.
(CN) The level of insult and hostile name-calling between world leaders was taken to a new extreme by Donald Trump in his speech before the U.N. General Assembly. In his preferred rhetoric replete with saber rattling, Trumps comments included, The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.
Are we becoming numb to the tirades of the President? His apologists claim his words dont necessarily reflect U.S. policy, however the threat to destroy an entire nation of 25 million people reveals a further willingness to embrace nuclear war. There are many Americans who protest his vision, but the United States seems relatively complacent considering his belligerence.
In the same speech, rather than envisioning an improvement in U.S.-Iranian relations, Trump condemned their leadership without any room for diplomacy: The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in addition to responding specifically to Trumps threats to scrap the 2015 nuclear agreement, added, Mr. Trump was offensive to Iran, and we are waiting for Mr. Trump to apologize to the people of Iran.
Behind Trumps words is a drumbeat that is all too familiar to anyone who has read, studied or lived through war; and seen how threats and hostility can turn into madness and violence. When it comes to war there is an irrepressible and repetitive pattern where self-righteousness and nationalism mix to make a poisonous, explosive cocktail, blinding opponents to the humanity of their adversaries.
Although Trump points his finger at leadership, the implication is that we should fear and hate an enemy with no room for compromise; and eventually embrace war against an entire population. By dehumanizing and demonizing a leader, politicians give emotional foundation to aggression against a nation.
It doesnt matter which side you are on. The rhetoric has been the same around the world and throughout history; all war promoters have an identical chant. They rise to power with claims of devotion to peace; devolving with threats to scapegoats, and eventually embracing conflict.
Consider this extract from Hitlers speech to the Reichstag on January 30, 1939: These other nations are continually being stirred up to hatred of Germany and the...
SAN DIEGO An active-duty Navy Military police officer was arrested Thursday in connection with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old female. In the early morning hours of Sept. 17,
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Mounting UN-imposed sanctions on North Korea are endangering local children and forcing cuts in both health and education. In a move no one expected, and which puts them squarely at odds with the US, South Korea on Thursday announced the provision of a new $8 million aid package for neighboring North Korea. The provision of humanitarian aid 
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We dont need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we dont need it.
I spoke recently at a conference on Americas war party where afterwards an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked,
Why doesnt anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room? Nobody has mentioned Israel in this conference and we all know its American Jews with all their money and power who are supporting every war in the Middle East for Netanyahu? Shouldnt we start calling them out and not letting them get away with it?
It was a question combined with a comment that I have heard many times before and my answer is always the same: any organization that aspires to be heard on foreign policy knows that to touch the live wire of Israel and American Jews guarantees a quick trip to obscurity.
Jewish groups and deep pocket individual donors not only control the politicians, they own and run the media and entertainment industries, meaning that no one will hear about or from the offending party ever again. They are particularly sensitive on the issue of so-called dual loyalty, particularly as the expression itself is a bit of a sham since it is pretty clear that some of them only have real loyalty to Israel.
Most recently, some pundits, including myself, have been warning of an impending war with Iran. To be sure, the urging to strike Iran comes from many quarters, to include generals in the Administration who always think first in terms of settling problems through force, from a Saudi government obsessed with fear...
A few weeks after Hurricane Matthew last fall, a Bluffton police officer anonymously accused a handful of fellow officers of getting drunk while hanging out the night before the storm,
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The domination of "breaking news"-increasingly defined by episodes of violence, natural disasters and celebrity/political outrages and lurid scandals-is rampant. Sunday morning TV "news" display the same subject, the same invited guests that were in that week's newscasts. It has become almost impossible to introduce subject matter, especially fresh and reports, outside of this tightening circle of opinion oligopolists.
Edward Feser has
responded to my
critique of the press release about his new book that I used as
the basis for pouring cold water on the idea of trying to prove the
existence of gods by arguments alone. Not surprisingly, he does not
like what I said and says that if I had only read his book, I would
see that my criticisms were either invalid or had been addressed by
him. Probably as a result of Fesers post, a couple of new
commenters have come here to defend Feser (see
comment #23 and later) and some of them have also taken me to
task for not having read his book
I want to particularly thank Ye Olde Statistician @#25 and George @#26 for their responses to my post where they take issue with what I say. I am responding in a new post here because old posts tend to not be read after a few days, and also because my response is a bit lengthy.
It is true that I have not read the book and, to be quite frank, I have no plans to do so. If Feser and his supporters feel that that disqualifies me from commenting on the claims contained in his press release, so be it. Some time ago, I came to the conclusion that I was not going to learn anything new or useful from religious apologetics. If someone actually does come up with a killer proof that really does establish with certainty the existence of their god (as Feser claims to do in his press release), that will surely be big news (certainly bigger than a cure for cancer or even the arrival of a new iPhone) and I am sure that it will be all over the internet, make the newspapers, and will receive massive coverage on TV, the way that major scientific discoveries do. Then I will read it.
But for the moment, lets back up a bit to refresh what this is all about. The title of Fesers book is FIVE PROOFS OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD and the accompanying press release says that the existence of God can be established with certainty by way of purely rational arguments. (Boldface emphasis mine)
These are very strong claims and are what I took issue with.
I agree with commenter George that An argument consists of a conclusion attempted to be justified with premises through an inferential process but I am afraid that I cannot agre...
KANSAS CITY (INTELLIHUB) Youtuber Brandon Robinson takes viewers on a guided tour of SubTropolis, a vast underground commercial complex tucked into the hills of Missouri.
As Robinson pulls up outside of the complex he notices that there are about twenty different flags representing various nations around the world.
A sign over a vehicle entrance marked 8300 reads: Maintenance and construction entrance, authorized personnel only.
So I guess this is what separates the men from the boys, Robinson could be heard saying as he drove into the cave.
Once inside, a Hunt Midwest logo could be seen painted on the wall.
Completely 100% self-sustainable, he said, also pointing out that the river is nearby.
They use this every day just like it is a normal daily thing, he said. I mean this place is huge.
Along the way, many doors could be seen leading to small businesses.
By Brandon Turbeville Even after the apparent cooling of tensions between Russia and the United States in Syria, it seems that the potential for direct...
This 10-month-old chimpanzee hasnt had the easiest start in life. Though he is now cared for by kind caregivers, Farah once lived in chains after being seized by wildlife traffickers who killed his mother.
Sadly, his story is not unusual. Every year, millions of helpless animals are orphaned as a result of poaching or human negligence. In fact, the illegal industry generates a profit of five to 20 million dollars annually. Even if the trade does result in species going extinct, many poachers do not care as it is profitable short-term.
Fortunately, Farah is now living a good live at Mefou Sanctauary, Ape Africas safe haven which is located in Cameroon, Africa. The non-profit is focused on the conservation of chimpanzees, monkeys and gorillas.
When Farah first arrived at the sanctuary, he was distrustful of humans and shied away from the strange sights and sounds. The patent caretakers eventually earned his trust, however. Now, hes realizing humans arent all that bad.
In the photo below, Farah curiously looks at his caregiver, Stephanie.
Last Tuesday, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico. At least 230 people were killed and thousands were injured. The terrifying incident took place just two weeks after another, more powerful earthquake shook up Oaxaca.
This latest natural disaster left the area in ruins and many people trapped under the rubble. Fortunately, thousands of emergency services, military members and civilians are helping rescue trapped victims. Among them is a six-year-old Mexican Navy (SEMAR) rescue dog who has saved 52 people in her career.
Frida the Labrador has been tirelessly searching for survivors. As can be seen in the photos below, she is equipped with her own personal protective equipment which includes customized boots and goggles. The boots protect her paws from abrasive materials and the goggles shield her eyes from debris.
Despite the double tragedy Mexico has experienced, its
heartening to know activists like Frida are nearby and willing to
Following are photos of the fearless dog:...
Oh, Jim Bakker is going a bit nuts with his yuck in a bucket, insisting that everyone buy, and that all those filthy rich people, well, they should buy a million dollars worth, really! Why? Because end times, thats why, and money will be useless. Of course, ol Jim still seems to want piles of that useless stuff.
Guest John Shorey told viewers to stock up on Bakkers food buckets and not to worry about running out because God will miraculously refill them as needed.
When you empty a bucket of food, Shorey said, trust God to refill it.
Thats right nifty. Pity Jehovah cant see fit to just provide food directly, without the need to pour money into Bakkers pockets. Im sure they are counting on the rubes not giving this any thought, nor the fact that when the food bucket is empty, it will most certainly stay that way. I will admit, its hard to imagine one of them getting emptied in the first place.
When Shorey told those who have the means to buy 100 buckets of food to buy 100 buckets of food and give them to local churches, Bakker chimed in to urge millionaires to buy as much food as they can afford.
Do a million dollars worth of food, Im serious, Bakker said. If theyre rich, their money is going [away] anyway, John. Its not going to be worth anything. The crash is coming, so why not sow it into the Lord?
Shorey agreed, adding that those who dont use all their money to buy as much food as they can will have to answer to God.
Right, money is going to be absolutely useless, so why in the name of your psychogod arent you giving the stuff away? Wouldnt that be the godly thing to do? Oh, theres a tonne of irony comin up, folks
The Bible says that our riches will be a witness against us, Shorey said. When the time comes that youve left money in the bank that could have been used to help people, to help feed people and all you did is you just kept all your riches for yourself, it will be a witness against you. You will stand before God and he will say, Why didnt you do more to help the needy?
:head goes bang bang bang on the desk: Right. Lets see your bank books, boys. Then well talk.
By Matt Agorist When all logic and reason is devoid of a decision as in many decisions made by the State authorities often...
The following video report destroys the popular fabricated western-run narrative about the White Helmets, who erroneously stole the name of Syrias Civil Defense.
Reporter Murad Gazdiev and 21WIRE associate editor Vanessa Beeley also demonstrate how money is laundered through various western NGOs in order to prop-up the public image of this maleficent organization in Syria. In addition to their commentary, this report also features numerous eye witnesses testimonies about the pseudo NGO offering money to East Aleppo residents in order to play extras in their filming of fake rescue scenes, as well as on the ground footage of one White Helmets Center which was also used as a bomb and factory and a Hell Cannon position to target civilians living in government controlled West Aleppo prior to the liberation of terrorist-occupied East Aleppo in December 2016.
It seems that White Helmets organization is hailed as heroes in the West, and the latter one provides millions of dollars to so-called saviors. However, Aleppo residents claim that White Helmets care only about money and saving rebels, but not the civilians. In fact, they are not autonomous, and cannot make their own decisions these are made by other powerful people.
Watch this stunning report which exposes the multifaceted fraud of the wests propaganda darlings whose real role was al Qaedas Civil Defense who operate exclusively in terrorist-held areas of Syria:
Please read and share the following articles about the White Helmet deception:
Initial Investigation into White
Who are Syrias White Helmets?
21st Century Wire article on the White Helmets:
Syrias White Helmets: War by Way of Deception ~ the Moderate Executioners
Who Funds the White Helmets?
Secret 1bn UK War Chest Used to Fund the White Helmets and Other Initiatives
Original investigative report:
Putin is a cautious and reasonable man, but he's not going to hand over Syria's oil fields without a fight. Putin doesn't want a slugfest with Uncle Sam, but he's not going to abandon an ally either. So there's going to be a confrontation because neither party is willing to give up what they feel they need to achieve success.
Each weeknight, The Free Store redistributes up to 1,500 surplus food items to anyone who wants themno questions asked.
On a windy late afternoon, dozens of people have lined up in front of a 20-foot-long repurposed shipping container situated on a church parking lot. Inside, volunteers are unloading food items from custom-built shopping carts and stacking them onto rows of shelves. There are hearty rice meals and healthy salads, thick sandwiches, pies, and other savory and sweet items. This is just another busy day for The Free Store.
We saw the potential in an untapped food supply.
The Free Store is a nonprofit organization that redistributes surplus food from local businesses in New Zealands capital city, Wellington, to those in need. It was inspired by a two-week art project in 2010 where artist Kim Paton filled a shop with surplus food items from bakeries and supermarkets. Anyone visiting the shop could take what they wanted free of charge.
I heard that some of the food in the shop was...
Not unexpectedly, a commission of enquiry has absolved the Indian police in the infamous murky Bhopal encounter wherein eight alleged SIMI activists were gunned down 12 kilometer from Bhopal city after they allegedly escaped from the high-security Bhopal Central Jail.
JULY 3, 2015 A Facebook user named Jun IceaaPolice posted a video on facebook that reached nearly two million hits with the caption: brutality, Me and my men Goodbrotha Saykou
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By Sajjad Shaukat for Veterans Today With the backing of some state actors and after its defeat by the Russian-led coalition of 
(ZHE) Days after Hurricane Maria passed over the island and made its way west toward the Dominican Republican, Puerto Rico is still struggling with the initial response to the storm rescuing people stranded in remote villages, and moving thousands into government shelters. Meanwhile the islands first responders are making due without electricity, gas or cell phone service after the storm dealt a knockout blow to its infrastructure.
In what was perhaps the most destructive blow to the islands aging infrastructure, the NWS warned Friday that the Guajataca Dam in northwest Puerto Rico would soon fail, prompting the agency to issue a flash flood emergency warning for Isabela and Quebradillas municipalities. Now, authorities are scrambling to evacuate the residents of the river valley below the dam before their communities are entirely submurged. If the authorities dont act quickly, thousands could die one official in charge of the rescue response said.
According to federal reservoir data, the lake behind the dam, Lago de Guajataca, rose more than three feet between Tuesday and Wednesday, when the storm was still directly over the island. More recent data were unavailable. With floodwaters gushing into the Guajataca river valley, Reuters reports that emergency officials were scrambling Friday and Saturday to evacuate its nearly 70,000 residents before their villages have been completely submerged.
Video published by CBS shows waters gushing over the top of the 90-year-old dam, sending a wall of water racing into the valley below.
The National Weather Service warned of imminent failure and urged residents in the area to move to higher ground now.
The evacuation of the valley is perhaps the most high-stakes rescue effort of the past week, according to Abner Gomez, executive director of Puerto Ricos emergency management a...
In his 80-minute speech last night at the rally in support of
Luther Strange in the Alabama US senate primary race, Donald Trump
those senators who were balking at supporting the Graham-Cassidy
bill, the latest Republican push in their attempt to undermine
health care for many Americans. There was one item that stuck out
at me, though, and that was when he said:
Speaking in Alabama, he said senators from his party who opposed the repeal lacked the guts to vote for it.
Senator John McCain dealt the Trump administrations efforts a potentially fatal blow when he said he could not vote for it in good conscience.
President Trump said his criticism was unexpected and terrible.
They gave me a list of 10 people that were absolute nos, he said. John McCain was not on the list so that was a totally unexpected thing, terrible, honestly terrible.
He was given ten absolute no votes? That is way more than I would have guessed.
Trump went on to describe his attempts to court senators to vote with him on undermining health care, saying Im on the phone screaming at people all day long for weeks, which I am sure they enjoyed. Is that the persuasion tactic that he recommends The Art of the Deal, the title of his own book that he boasts so much about? Or has he switched to the tactics in the 1974 book by Robert Ringer titled Winning Through Intimidation? Given that the Republicans have an authoritarian mindset, they are the kind of people who can be cowed into going along by being yelled at by an authority figure
The results of Tuesdays Alabama primary could play a role in the health care vote. If Strange can pull off a victory, that might have Republican senators fearing Trumps personal power and make them less likely to defy him. If Strange loses despite Trumps support, that might weaken his clout.
from SouthFront The US is increasing its military involvement in the Afghanistan conflict in an attempt to take an upper hand in a battle against the Taliban. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced on September 18 that the US will send more than 3,000 troops bringing the total number of personnel serving in the country 
There have been a lot of protests recently in St. Louis, Missouri after a judge declared a cop not guilty of murdering an unarmed black man that he shot with
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While conducting their mapping in late summer using the most advanced underwater survey equipment in the world, Batchvarov and his colleagues discovered a total of 43 shipwrecks. The team had expected to see sunken ships, but were surprised at just what they found.
Batchvarov first spotted the well preserved medieval shipwreck on a screen in the control room of the expedition ship after nearly 48 hours of monitoring images from the high remote survey vehicle moving along the floor of the Black Sea.
That was a truly thrilling moment. We spent the next six hours looking at the wreck. No one had ever seen anything like it, he says. We had known of it. There have been descriptions in Venetian manuscripts that survived from the 15th century describing earlier vessels. But this was the first time that we were seeing it.
The ship was complete, according to Batchvarov: The masts were still standing. You could see the spars [wooden poles], the yards on deck. Everything was there.
The vessels the Black Sea MAP team discovered date over the course of a millennium, from the 9th to the 19th centuries. Many were merchant ships from the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries, mostly from the 18th century. But the medieval ship dating from the 13th to the mid-14th century and probably of Mediterranean origin pro...
It's great the so many senators co-sponsored Bernie's single-payer bill. But it does not mean that most, or any, of those Democratic senators actually support single-payer. Most of those Democrats have signed on because they felt politically forced to. But many of them do not support single-payer, have no intention of actually working to make it happen, and will, in fact, do their best to undermine and prevent it
PUERTO RICO (INTELLIHUB) A birdseye view of the devastation created by Hurricane Marias powerful winds and waters.
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A former Cass County Sheriffs deputy was booked into jail Friday night on a charge of sexual misconduct with a minor after waiting hours to exit his residence and surrender
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Messages of body positivity may be pervading mainstream society, but many women and men are still made to feel as if their physical forms are inadequate. It is likely because of this that a recent boudoir photoshoot of an unconventional couple recently went viral after being posted to Facebook by Wolf & Rose Photography.
Stephanie and Arryn, a young couple from Texas, are friends with the photographers behind Wolf & Rose Photography and agreed to the photoshoot when they saw an open call for everyday models. Little did they know their steamy pics would inspire millions
The photoshoot turned out to be a real confidence-booster for Stephanie. I honestly have never felt more attractive, she told HuffPost. I was so nervous to see the final result. I didnt know what to expect. But when I saw the album, I was shocked. I look so in love and confident. Every person should be able to see themselves in that light. It is really eye-opening.
Ordinarily, curvier women such as her are made to feel bad about exposing their bodies. This is because stretch marks and love handles are not deemed attractive qualities by mainstream culture. However, Stephanie loves her body and so does Arryn. Aware of this, Stephanie used the photoshoot as an opportunity to spread an important message about body positivity something she has struggled with all of her life.
I remember being in junior high and looking at myself in the mirr...
HOUSTON, Texas (INTELLIHUB) It looks like the Federal Emergency Management Agency may have converted a building which housed an old Walmart store into a base and storage facility.
A video published to the joe mendoza YouTube channel on Sept. 19 reveals how the federal facility which took about two years to set up is now active and FEMA busses, trailers, and other equipment can be seen on site along with personnel.
The facility is equipped with a surveillance system, lights, restrooms, showers, and other features that were previously incorporated into the original design of the Walmart store itself.
A security guard was spotted on site.
It used to be a Walmart, the man said. All the Walmarts are going to be like this.
FEMA barges have also been seen in Port Arthur.
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The great purveyor of political fiction, The New York Times, published an article titled Immigrants Arent Taking Americans Jobs, New Study Finds. Conversely, The Washington Times quoted a study which stated that iillegal immigration should be causing great concern for native-born American. The post was titled Mass Immigration Costs Government $296 Billion a Year, Depresses Wages. In the study, it was determined that immigrants obtain between $43 billion and nearly $300 billion more in government benefits and support than they pay in taxes based on 2012 dollar calculations. Who is correct?
IF one were to read the economic and demographic reports from either the federal government or the mainstream media (eg CNN), they would have America believe that there are only 11 million illegal aliens inside of the United States. In 1986, the federal government admitted that there were only 11 million immigrants inside the United States. In 2016, the last year Obama was in office, the government stated that there were only 11 million illegal immigrants inside the United States. Only a moron would believe that for the past 30 years, there has not been a net gain in illegal immigration. This is complete fiction and anyone with any degree of common sense can see right through these phony statistics designed to minimize the illegal immigration problem which costs our country more than $113 billion a year according President Trump who stated the following:
And this is what we get. For the money w...
Jim W. Dean - Phil Butler and I are on the same page that the US is milking the North Korean event for the ultimate goal of placing its anti-ballistic missile shield right where it has always wanted it, in Russia's back yard and China's front yard.
In what may be the latest major escalation involving North Korea and potentially the nations 7th nuclear test Chinas earthquake administration said it detected a magnitude 3.5 earthquake in North Korea, which it suspects was caused by an explosion, raising fears that the rogue state has tested another nuclear bomb. The Chinese administration said in a statement on its website that the quake was recorded at a depth of zero kilometers, while Xinhua said the epicenter was in roughly the same place as a similar shallow earthquake on 3 September, which turned out to be caused by North Koreas sixth and largest nuclear test.
However, in analyzing the same earthquake, South Korea came to a different conclusion, and said it was likely to be natural or man-made such as a nuclear test. South Koreas weather agency assessed the seismic activity as a natural event.
The quake is presumed to have occurred naturally, an agency official said, according to South Koreas Yonhap news agency. A sound wave, which is usually generated in the event of an artificial earthquake, was not detected.
We use several methods to tell whether earthquakes are natural or manmade, an official, who asked for anonymity, told the Independent. A key method is to look at the seismic waves or seismic acoustic waves and the latter can be detected in the case of a manmade earthquake. In this case we saw none. So as of now we are categorizing this as a natural earthquake.
Furthermore, all of North Koreas previous six nuclear tests registered as earthquakes of magnitude 3.9 or above. The last test on 3 September registered as a 6.3 magnitude quake. A secondary tremor detected after that test could have been caused by the collapse of a tunnel at the mountainous site, experts said at the time.
Additionally, the US Geological Survey said that it detected a magnitude 3.5 quake in the area of previous North Korean nuclear tests, but that it was unable to confirm whether the event was natural. North Koreas weakest nuclear test, its first, which it carried out in 2006, generated a magnitude 3.9 quake.
Magdiel Sanchez, a 35-year-old Latino man, was sitting on his porch in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night as two law-enforcement officers approached his house. He got up and walked toward
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GREGORY, Texas- A South Texas Police Chief could be facing criminal charges after a fellow officer videotaped him masturbating in his office. The chief is now on administrative leave, and
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Mark Sandman was born September 24, 1952, and would have been 65 today. I say would have been because he died of a heart attack while performing on stage in Italy in July 1999, aged 46. He was the eldest of four children, three sons and one daughter. She is the only surviving sibling, three sons all dying due to illness. Parents should never have to bury their children.
Mark Sandman was the singer, bassist and primary songwriter of the band Morphine which produced six incredible albums. Their Low Rock sound rode the wave of alternative music of the 1990s primarily due to their sound and unusual and minimalist instrumentation (two string slide bass, baritone sax, and six piece drum kit) though they have far more in common with jazz, beat poetry, groups of the 1970s and 1980s (e.g. Steely Dan, Two-Tone bands). The instrumentation sounds primitive, yet they produced a full sound. (Sandman would jokingly introduce Colley as the groups lead guitarist.) With incredibly strong songwriting, they performed live shows that sounded as good as their albums, and had a growing word-of-mouth fanbase.
Sandman made his first appearance with another Boston-based band, Treat Her Right, two members of whom made up the first Morphine lineup, Sandman with saxophonist Dana Colley and drummer, Jerome Dupree. Dupree left due to arthritis, replaced by Billy Conway who remained until Sandmans death. The documentary on Mark Sandmans life is fascinating, a no-holds-barred and no whitewash telling of his life. He was a difficult man, but he was also motivated and had a musical vision of what he wanted. Morphine became the perfect vehicle for him both musically and personally, his bandmates becoming surrogate brothers to the ones he lost and had never gotten over their deaths.
The Guardian: Mark Sandman obituary, 1999
Huffington Post: Life After Death: The Legacy of Mark Sandman and Morphine...
A Huntington Beach police officer was captured on video Friday morning as he struggled with a suspect in a convenience store parking lot and then shot the man multiple times,
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A 20-year-old man was shot 7 times by police and then run over by a patrol car for the 'crime' of allegedly holding a multi-colored water gun.
Republicans didn't start winning elections by running to the center; they won by exciting their base. Of course they played on people's fears, scapegoating immigrants, women, people of color, and people's sexual orientation. Our job is to do the opposite. We have to reach out to people's decency. We just have to get better at defining what we stand for.
HUNTSVILLE (INTELLIHUB) President Donald Trump made clear to attendees of an Alabama rally Friday that if NFL fans were to walk out of the stadium whenever they see a player sit out the National Anthem and disrespect the flag it would rapidly change team owners stances on discipline.
It would be great to see one of those team owners say get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Hes fired! Trump said.
When people like yourselves turn on the television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem its concerning, he said. Its a total disrespect of our heritage.
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Thats why Israels policy regarding the nuclear deal with Iran is very simple: Change it or cancel it. Fix it or nix it. Benjamin Netanyahu, UN General Assembly Address, 2017
While he is very much the traditional politician,
An unprecedented report on veteran suicide statistics has revealed that female veterans are 250% more likely to take their own lives than female civilians.
Jim W. Dean - Turkey's main concern is seeing the referendum trigger an uprising in its own unhappy Kurdish regions, when it already has serious concerns with a Kurdish independent state being carved out on its southern border with Syria.
by Jon Rappoport
September 23, 2017
You can watch me talk about my collection, Exit From The Matrix, here:
In the long run, most Western and Eastern traditional metaphysics turn out to be a distraction away from The Individual. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
The night is long, and the search is weird. Clues appear, and yet they unendingly point to other cluesand what is the real shape of the expedition? Is it a trap? Do the markers on the road produce nothing more than a closed circle?
The Outsider is an individual who looks at the complexity of events in todays world, as he decides WHAT TO DO.
These events can seem to form a labyrinth. Theyre connected in ways that bind them to each other. One path leads to another, and eventually, the individual finds himself back where he startedbut not before going on a long strange trip in the maze.
During that trip, he loses contact with his own deep desires, because is fascinated and exhausted by the details of the labyrinth.
An apt analogy would be a treasure map. It promises victory and triumph, but as the seeker follows the thread, he enters a realm of cognitive dissonance, a dance in which he seems to be coming closer and yet moving further from the ultimate prize.
Authors and researchers have offered their interpretations of the nature of the trip: there are false trails; the mystery of life will always remain a mystery; the invisible rulers know how to hide themselves from the seeker
Leaving these conclusions aside, I find that the individuals true desire can be summarized in the question: WHAT DO I WANT TO CREATE?
Answering that question, and acting on the answer with full commitment, energy, determination, and power eventually, casts a bright light on the maze and reveals its patterns and its tricks.
In other words, there is a foundation from which the individual can launch his future, and that foundation is within his graspas Ive just indicated.
Moving out from that platform, he gains new perspective. He sees the world in a new way. He stays outside the labyrinth, and he is able to act on it.
Otherwise, he sinks into it.
What Im talking about here is more than advice. Its a different slant on metaphysics. Traditionally, metaphysics concocts a picture of Reality in an ultimate formand a cursory scan of Western philosophy reveals that every philosopher paints a different picture. However, a philosophy rooted in the individual turns up something else. It exposes the need for him to embark on creating the fulfillment of his deep desire in the world; and as a bonus, he has A MEANS...
(INTELLIHUB) Imagine a competition where riders compete by jumping a 220-pound motocross bike 100-feet through the air 30 feet height while doing death-defying tricks.
The Red Bull X-Fighters event is amazing. Please watch.
In one of his most tyrannical speeches to date, Trump called on NFL players to be fired for practicing their freedom of speech. #MAGA
PORT ARTHUR, Tex. (INTELLIHUB) Some 600 residents displaced from their homes by Hurricane Harveys devastating winds and floodwaters will now have a place to stay among one of two barges brought into the bay by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Each barge can accommodate about 300 people and will serve as a tempory residence until they manage to get back on their feet.
This is hard enough, Gwendolyn Donahue told KTIV reporter Jacque Masse. But at this moment right now, now you talkin about putting me on a barge?
Donahue said that she is not a fish and knows nothing about living on a boat.
Three meals a day will be offered on the barges along with laundry facilities and satellite TV, as KTIV reported.
You can watch the video here.
Hat Tip: @notforsalesb on Twitter
Many honest, busy analysts outside established media circles in the United States and Europe are plagued by mythologies stemming from once pseudo-truths they simply lack the time or energy to dig into and finally correct.
Among them are enduring myths
Professor David Ray Griffin is a tenacious person. He has written a number of carefully researched books that demonstrate the extraordinary shortcomings in the official account of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and the subsequent
Police are claiming that a 14-year-old boy with autism justifies "reasonable suspicion" that he is on drugs, which justifies use of force against him.
A peer-reviewed study conducted by scientists at the University of British Columbia, has established a link between a popular aluminum vaccine and autism.
Im kind of in to how undifferentiated tissue becomes mature and acquires a specific morphology, so I liked this series of photos of a big hunk of driftwood being shaped into an octopus. It gets from here:
However, Im used to development proceeding autonomously. I dont think it would work if I just put a tree trunk and a chainsaw together in a beaker in my yard, which disappoints me. Is it a matter of getting the salt concentration just right? The temperature?
Perennial Wisdom is the fourfold teaching at the mystic heart of the world's religions: all life is a manifesting of a single Reality, and all humans have an innate capacity to know the One in, with, and as all life; knowing the One carries a universal ethic of compassion and justice toward all beings.
In case any of my readers are interested in doing that (and some of you are! I get your email all the time), heres a WikiHow article on how to convert atheists. Its very simple, and I can summarize it in one sentence: be very nice, and for the love of god, dont talk about Christianity.
Im not kidding! Every recommendation is about demonstrating how youre a nice person, but if the atheist confronts you with any of their disagreements with Christian doctrine or mythology, youre supposed to back away gracefully and avoid addressing any of their points. Let me just inform any of you proselytizers out there that this tactic would simply increase my contempt for your religion, so dont bother. Thanks.
You know, I read the educational literature to figure out better ways to get ideas across to my students, and there are effective ways to communicate and inform. Im trying to imagine doing a better job of teaching cell biology by forming a personal rapport with my students, being friendly and kind, but running away every time Im asked a question about mitochondria. I dont think it would accomplish any of the goals I have for the class.
Wait! I found another site that reveals what happens when Christians do talk about the specifics of their religion. Its called PROVING THE INSANITY OF ATHEISM BY FACTS PHYSICS HAS NO FOREKNOWLEDGE, WHICH IS A FACT.
So physics could have never known in advance that mans body could produce knowledge.
By knowledge we take the proper food to eat which then by our organs becomes blood, and obviously we need this to live because life is in the blood. Even if you eat or if the food becomes blood you are still dead. So what happened to evolution? Who knew in advance that after food becomes blood you need veins all over your body, so the blood can flow throughout your body and also that you need a pump to keep circulating the blood? Is this a proven technology or a myth of physics? And also who knew the heart has to keep pumping constantly otherwise you are dead? Do you put the food into your mouth or evolution does? You do. If you eat food you grow, but if you do not then you do not grow. What do you see here, that food makes you grow or that evolution makes you grow?
So physics puts the food into your mouth or your knowledge puts the food in your mouth? For food to become blood, you must have different organs working to form it. Every organ has a special workmanship in order to complete the foreknowledge of the personality, but again, not by physics because physics has no foreknowledge. The atheists claim it is by physics, however. So the atheists do not understand wisdom....
The liberal establishment, with help from Hollywood, is showering turncoat Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) with praise after his stunning announcement that he would once again go directly against his own campaign promise and oppose the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill.
McCain made the announcement in a statement Friday, saying that he could not in good conscience vote for the repeal of a law that he ran against during his last campaign.
I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried, McCain declared.
Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it, his statement continued. Without a full CBO score, which wont be available by the end of the month, we wont have reliable answers to any of those questions.
After the announcement the liberal media immediately went to work praising the senator, with multiple news outlets spending considerable time painting McCain as some sort of hero standing up to the forces of Trump when in reality he is nothing more than an establishment puppet working for the very same masters who control the mainstream press.
Unsurprisingly, numerous Hollywood celebrities also chimed in with praise for McCain throughout Twitter, with multiple openly anti-Trump Democrats responding joyfully to the senator once again turning on not only his party, but the people who voted for him in the first place.
Some of the more pointed Tweets included:
ROSIE (@Rosie) September 22, 2017
The remaining GOP senators? Totally cool with voting in bad conscience. https://t.co/OpGit8W6yP
Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) September 22, 2017
Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo)...
Cyberattacks are again generating headlines and global paranoia after Equifax, a major credit-reporting agency, announced the hack heard around the world earlier this month.
The July 29 mega-breach affected 143 million customers, from whom hackers obtained a trove of personal data including names, birth dates, Social Security and credit card numbers.
More than 30 lawsuits have already been filed against the company, at least 25 in federal courts. Just days after the disclosure of the breach, Equifaxs stock value and reputation nosedived.
Suspiciously, a trio of prescient senior executives sold $1.8 million worth of shares just three days after the company reportedly discovered the breach and a whole month before Equifax announced the news to the public.
Then on Thursday, the agency made an embarrassing move: In an attempt to help customers determine whether their data had been stolen, they inadvertently sent them to a fake phishing site masquerading as their own.
The Equifax breach, while historic in size, is no anomaly: hackers procured four billion data records last year. Described as the oil spills of the digital economy, data breaches are notoriously difficult to deter and contain due in equal parts to flimsy regulations and lax security practices.
In the US, private businesses bear the brunt of cyberattack damage control and prevention, even though many are woefully unprepared.
Internal incidents account for 43% of data losses in the country, according to a 2015 report. The tech giant IBM reports that, of the nine billion records compromised in the last four years, only 4% were encrypted. In many cases, heightened internal oversight could have protected a myriad of usernames and passwords.
In July, IBM unveiled a new mainframe that, equipped with a proprietary processing hardware,...
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In the wake of the death of antifascist protester Heather Heyer and the savage beating of students and youth as young as 17 in Charlottesville, VA, the Alt-Right has imploded, while encouraging its base to go underground and begin engaging in leaderless resistance. The Unite the Right protest led to condemnation from many sections of the far-Right, largely including the Alt-Lite. But the rifts were growing long before Charlottesville. In the lead-up to August 12th, both the Alt-Right and the Alt-Lite split from each other, a process that began after Nazi salutes followed Richard Spencers cries of, Hail Trump, and came to a head in late June of this year, as dueling Alt-Right and Alt-Lite free speech rallies were organized in DC, with talking heads in both camps taking shots at each other on social media.
But while the Alt-Right is in disarray, so, too, is the largely pro-Trump Alt-Lite, sometimes referred to as the New Right, which parrots much of the Alt-Rights talking points, but rejects its calls for an all-white ethno state. This disintegration was on display with the drastically low numbers seen at the Mother of All Rallies protest in DC in support of Trump, and currently in Berkeley, as Milo Yiannopoulos Free Speech Week has gone up in flames, causing many of his former supporters to distance themselves and denounce the event as a sham. On a recorded Periscope video, Alt-Lite personality Lucian Wintrich of the conspiracy theory website, The Gateway Pundit, and long time Milo friend and supporter stated that, I cant even tell you how upsetting it is for me, that this nonsense, sort of, went on. Later he would remark, It makes us all look badand its wasting peoples money. Responding to his statements in the same Periscope video was Ali Akbar, another Alt-Lite personality who stated that the people who will benefit from this disaster are establishment Republicans, white nationalists in the Alt-Right, as well as antifascists. This is not going to be a good look, he commented.
Thus, in a matter of days, the Alt-Lite has gone from calling Milos Free Speech Week the Woodstock of their movement to a complete...
The ruling elite internationally is politically bankrupt, in a state of perplexity, terror and denial in the face of the danger that Washington will launch or provoke a nuclear war. None of them have any way to stop military escalation by the imperialist hegemon at the center of the world capitalist system.
A SECRET declassified report by then-CIA Director William Casey, titled, Unauthorized Disclosures to the Media proposed creating legislation that would make possession of classified information a criminal offense.
At the time that would make anyone reading a New York
US training of Syrian opposition. (Photo: Daily Sabah)
Creative Syria 2015
[Editors note: this article was written in 2015] America and France should broaden their outreach to Syrian dissidents, human rights groups, artists, professors indeed, almost anyone whos willing to talk with outsiders. They should convey the message that the West is standing with the Syrian people as they move into the future. When Syria is truly ripe for change, these helping hands can ensure a safe passage. ~ David Ignatius, a 2005 article titled Careful with Syria
The America and France that Mr. Ignatius called on to motivate Syrians to rebel against their government was actually a group of westerners residing in Damascus: Diplomats, NGO management and staff, resident journalists and professional photographers, students studying Arabic in Damascus. Not all of course, but many.
There are three different headings under which countries in the Middle East are classified as far as the United States is concerned;
If Syrias authoritarian leadership (regime) had an inherent propensity to distrust the intentions of resident foreigners eager to befriend Syrians, their extensive experience with the consequences of such contacts turned their caution into paranoia. They would question or detain anyone who travels to attend private meetings, workshops or conferences without prior arrangements with the Syrian security services. Syrians who frequently visited foreign embassies in Damascus (4thof July events, dinners at Ambassadors house etc.) were never trusted again.
Was that paranoia misplaced? In some cases it was and patriotic, decent Syrians were unfairly punished. But there were also many valid reasons to be concerned.
I will not list specific names here, but will instead expand on David Ignati...
The mainstream corporate media is desperate. They want to suppress independent and alternative online media, which they categorize as "fake news". Readers on social media are warned not to go onto certain sites. Our analysis confirms that the mainstream media are routinely involved in distorting the facts and turning realities upside down.
International capitalism is now facing contradictions that are built into the system and were recognized by Karl Marx already 150 years ago. To stay competitive, the capitalists suppress wages. But then the workers don't have enough money to buy their products. To solve this problem, Western consumers went into massive debt. But at some point the debt must be paid... Analysis by Marxist Econ Prof Richard D. Wolff.
Welcome to No War 2017: War and the Environment. Thank you all for being here. I'm David Swanson. I'm going to speak briefly and introduce Tim DeChristopher and Jill Stein to also speak briefly. We hope to also have time for some questions as we hope to have in every part of this conference.
A new antibody that attacks 99 per cent of strains of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been developed in the US. During trials, the anitbody protected monkeys from two forms of SHIV, the primate form of HIV, in 24 primates.
It works by binding to three critical sites on the virus, making it harder for HIV to resist its attack. It is known as a broadly neutralizing antibody because it can attack many forms of HIV, even when the virus changes shape.
They are more potent and have greater breadth than any single naturally occurring antibody thats been discovered, Dr Gary Nabel, the chief scientific officer at Sanofi and one of the report authors, told the BBC.
As a comparison, and to put this research into perspective, the best natural antibodies previously developed attack 90 per cent of strains, while this new trispecific antibody attacks 99 per cent.
While this is a promising result, the treatment has not been tested in humans yet. The companies are now planning to start clinical trials, using the antibody on people with and without HIV.
Combinations of antibodies that each bind to a distinct site on HIV may best overcome the defenses of the virus in the effort to achieve effective antibody-based treatment and prevention, said Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of NIH.
The concept of having a single antibody that binds to three unique sites on HIV is certainly an intriguing approach for investigators to pursue.
This paper reports an exciting breakthrough, Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, the president of the International Aids Society. These super-engineered antibodies seem to go beyond the natural and could have more applications than we have imagined to date.
The results of the study, by the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi, are published in Science. Thankfully, HIV is not the life sentence it once was. This latest breakthrough joins a line of research into curing and treating the virus.
In October, the NHS working with immunologists at UK universities reported that the first patient being treated in an HIV study had shown remarkable results, with no sign of the virus after initial treatment.
Then, at the start of May, researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) and the University of Pittsburgh...
Autumn started today at 1:02 PM, with night and day being equal; thus it is given the name autumnal equinox. The other neat thing about today is that the border between day and night, called the terminator, is oriented exactly north-south, as seen in the following visible satellite image:
To be fair, Jim could have been clearer in the message he was trying to convey. As an avid explorer into consciousness, I understood what he was getting at, but not everyone will. Some also felt he was being rude, which might be true, but at the same time hes a comedian and was clearly playing some sort of character during the interview.
One thing is clear, however: He created a stir and its a stir around a subject that, if embraced by society, would radically change our world for the better.
His controversial interview contained statements like:
Theres no meaning to any of this. I wanted to find the most meaningless thing that I could come to and join, and here I am. I mean, youve got to admit, its completely meaningless.
There is no me. There is just things happening Heres the thing: Its not our world. Thats the key. We dont matter. We dont matter. Theres the good news.
He was asked to respond to questions about the interview, as the internet had gone wild reading about it.
In his response he draws upon a number of important reflection points we have been covering here at CE for many years and are glad to see are making their way into mainstream conversation a little more.
As an actor you play characters, and if you go deep enough into those characters, you realize your own character is pretty thin to begin with. You suddenly have this separation and go, Whos Jim Carrey? Oh, he doesnt exist actually, Carrey said. Theres just a relative manifestation of consciousness appearing, and someone gave him a name, a religion, a nationality, and he clustered those together into something thats supposed to be a personality, and it doesnt actually exist. None of that stuff, if you drill down, is real.
I believe I got famous so I could let go of fame, and its still happening, but not with me, he continued. Im not a part of it anymore. Dressing happens, doing hair happens, interviewing happens, but it happens without me, without the idea of a me. You know what Im saying? Its a weird little semantic jump, and its not that far, but its a universe apart from where most people are.
He also told W Magazine:
Were a bunch of ideas cobbled together to look like a form. Theres a body and theres a mind, but the body is part of the field of consciousness, just dancing for itself and its no different than a plant or a chair or your ph...
Is Sithrak planning to end the world on Sept 23? [express]
Sithrak is going to fuck everyone up when they die, so it makes no difference whether they die now, or later. It makes no difference whether they die in the flames of Planet X slamming into Earths atmosphere, if they choke to death on a chicken bone, or if they die of boredom watching re-runs of Friends in their favorite chair.
Creating an entire extra planet to smack into Earth is way too much effort for Sithrak.
The christian god is a great big megalomaniacal asshole, over the top and full of hate for everybeing thats not like him. But being full of hate requires caring way too much.
Sithrak is the low-energy god, wholl get you when you die and not a moment sooner. He doesnt care. If you are reading this after the 24th, you can rest comfortably knowing the christian god is probably not real, and that Sithrak still hates you anyway.
PS we couldnt decide whether to post this just before the day the christians think it will all and, or just after so we could laugh at them. But we try to be like Sithrak; either way, it doesnt matter.
I see that other FTBloggers have tried their miserable best to answer this question, already. I decided to delay posting this until the very last minute on the 22nd so that, in your desperate, fearful moments before midnight, you can learn the truth. Or, if Im wrong and the world ends, you wont have time to post comments saying Im wrong.
One of the preferred animal for occultic sacrifice rituals is a KID goat baby goats are called kids, thats why I dont use the word the same word parents may use to describe you and your siblings!
Mother goats are nannies. Fathers are called billy goats.
The Satanic Masonic Mainstream owned corporations wants everyone to call their families after Goats Sacrifice doesnt always mean death it can also mean being sacrificed to the $lave $ystem.
We are in the information age. We can think for ourselves. We dont need their f**ked up system.
Information is free unlike the Masonic Mainstream Satanic education systems world wide charging 30K for lies and deceptions.
THE MATRIX world is really free, we are free, but Mind Trapped in the Twilight DisneySatanic Zone Illusion.
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A Louisiana police officer has been arrested after having sex with a 16-year-old, which is illegal for the 29 year old officer.
Louisiana State Police arrested Craig David of the Breaux Bridge Police Department on charges of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, computer-aided solicitation of a minor and malfeasance in office, reported KATC.
Louisiana law defines carnal knowledge as consensual sex with a teen under age 17 and at least 4 years younger than the accused.
David is at the St. Martin Parish Detention Center, with bond set at $40,000.
Police Chief Rollie Cantu asked state police to investigate after getting a complaint this month. State police said in a news release that the alleged misconduct began in December.
According to state police, the investigation is ongoing.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)
Jamie Dimon considers cryptocurrency "worth nothing" for one reason only: Because his company -- the largest bank in the United States and among the largest in the world -- doesn't control it. And that's one of several reasons why others find it very valuable indeed.
Companies have been using similar methods for years, and it almost seems as though weve become used to being screwed over, but what Apple has been up to is a little different.
Apple comes out with a new model of the iPhone every so often, and every single time a new model comes out it seems like millions of Americans have their hearts set on getting their hands on the newest model. Now, think about this trick. What if Apple were to make their older models slower as new models come out?
Well, people have been complaining that, ironically enough, their Apple products seem to become slower and slower right before a new model of that product is released and they arent just imagining things.
A Harvard University study has just been released, and they did what a lot of people with Google Trends could do. They explained that Google searches for iPhone slow have had specific spikes throughout the years. They spike every single time a new iPhone model is released.
Laura Trucco performed the study, and it also compared the results to Samsung Galaxy slow search results. Trucco found that the same spike pattern in searches didnt happen before the release of new Samsung phone models.
This theory has been presented before, and with good reason. A New York Times writer had put it out there that Apple may actually be configuring their new operating systems to only work correctly on brand new devices.
Writer Catherine Rampell said:
When major innovations remain out of reach, and degrading durability threatens to tick off loyal customers, companies like Apple can still take a cue from the fashion industry.
Americans need to understand how these corporations really work. They purposely make devices to fail when new ones are coming out. They hire experts in efficiency in order to get the biggest profit out of every single product they make. Although, not all corporations are exactly the same, they all have tricks to making money if theyre successful.
A viral Facebook video shows Latino teenagers being harassed by a racist man who was triggered by hearing a non-English language spoken.
He threatened to beat the sh*t out of them after he heard them talking to one another in Spanish in a restaurant bathroom, reported Raw story.
The video, filmed in the parking lot of an Applebees in El Paso, shows a white man exiting the restaurant and confronting Latino teenagers.
Upon seeing the teens, he steps toward them and starts his racist rant.
Piece of s**y Mexicans, think they can do whatever the f**k they want, he says.
Youre wearing a sombrero, he yells at them. I guarantee I could beat the sh*t out of all of you!
At this point, another man steps in and helps keep the man away from the teens by turning him towards his car.
Id rather go to jail than live in a country with a piece of sh*t like you! the man yells as hes being pushed away. You are a piece of sh*t assh*le!
The video was posted on Facebook by a user named Jos Prieto, who writes that the trouble started when he and his friends were speaking Spanish in the restroom and this man just started calling us Sh*tty Mexicans.
Watch the video below:
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)
Its a scary, but true, fact that danger often shows up right at our front door. One adult decided to follow the same rule for herself that she had set for her children. Melissa Vang made the decision to not open her front door when she checked to see who was ringing the doorbell and didnt recognize the young man who was standing there.
There are tons of stories that support Vangs apprehension of opening the front door for strangers. Unfortunately, not everyone has good intentions when they come knocking on strangers doors. This was not the case for Vang.
When Vang heard someone knocking on her front door she was home with her two young children. She decided against opening it. The security camera at her front door would capture footage of whoever was knocking, so she knew she could just check the footage after the stranger left. What she saw on the security footage was not what she expected at all.
She was touched to see that the stranger knocking on her door was a teenage boy who definitely wasnt trying to start any trouble. The young man, Tyler Opdyke, was actually doing the right thing, which is unusual in this day and age. His integrity showed through in that security camera footage. He actually looked for a camera on the exterior of the home and seemed relieved when he spotted one.
Opdyke was seen waving something at the camera, which was actually something that Vang was very happy to see. Vangs husband had lost his wallet on the driveway while getting into his car, and Opdyke had picked it up. He showed the money in the wallet to the camera and turned the wallet so the entire thing could be seen. He then left the camera at the door for the homeowner to find.
You can see the footage below:
The young man was in Vangs neighborhood to pass out flyers to promote his uncles pest control business. When he spotted the wallet with $1,500 cash in it along with numerous credit cards, he knew he had to do something. Vangs husband had so much cash in his wallet because he had been collecting cash for an event.
Opdyke explained that he had heard the children inside the home, but when no one answered he decided to show the wallet to the camera to let the homeowner know the real reason why he was knocking. He then placed it on the door mat. When interviewed by KXTV Opdyke explained, Ive been raised in the Church all my life and I just felt this is not mine.
Vang actually tracked Opdyke down in order to reward him for his kind gesture. ...
While campaigning for Alabama Senate runoff candidate, President Donald Trump went on a tangent and called former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a son of a b*tch.
Wouldnt you love to see one of our NFL owners, when somebody disrespects the flag, say, Get that son of a b*tch off the field right now. Out. Hes firedFIRED! Trump said at the rally.
The crowd of Trump supporters respond by chanting USA, USA, USA, as Trump smugly smiles while leaning to the side. Impressing even himself with how easily he can manipulate his supporters.
Trump continues, suggesting again that NFL owners, his friends, should fire people for what he calls disrespecting the flag and disrespecting our heritage, proving he has no idea why people are actually kneeling during the anthem.
Pres. Trump discusses kneeling during national anthem at football game: Thats a total disrespect of our heritage https://t.co/PYcZWSvN5I
NBC News (@NBCNews) September 23, 2017
Immediately, Twitter took Trump to task over his language and behavior.
When was the last time a sitting President said son of a b*tch on purpose at a rally? activist-journalist Sean King tweeted. Has that ever happened?
Read some of the shocked and angry reactions below.
Trump used harsher language to describe Kaepernick than he used for the Neo-Nazi who killed Heather Heyer. https://t.co/WpsNY9bU8w
Christiana A Mbakwe (@Christiana1987) September 23, 2017
St. Louis restaurant owners were upset when Whites Only stickers with the hashtag #BLM began appearing at their businesses. It turns out that BLM had nothing to do with it. A group of young white males was caught on security cameras doing the deed to try to cause problems for BLM.
The Grove district in St. Louis is a diverse area and home to a large number of bars and restaurants. On Tuesday night, someone placed stickers that read Whites Only on businesses in the area, upsetting both owners and patrons. In the corner of the stickers was the hashtag #BLM, often used by the Black Lives Matter movement, reported The Root.
The idiots that committed the act while trying to frame a movement apparently did not realize that most businesses have cameras in this age. When police examined the footage, they realized the stickers were placed by a group of white males.
The video, obtained by television station KMOV, shows a group of Caucasian males placing the stickers on doors and windows in the area.
The Grove contains businesses owned by people of a variety of nationalities and races, which makes the sticker placement even more strange.
Police are allegedly looking into the matter.
Watch the video below showing white males putting up the
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)
If you truly love animals, eschew the beef tartare and try out some veggie lentil loaf. This is what owners Jen and Tray Federici did, but with their entire business in Colorado.
Now, their Larkspur-based ranch is now a thriving animal sanctuary. Once a lucrative business that butchered and sold cows for profit, the Surf and Turf Animal Sanctuary is now a safe haven for a variety of species.
Both Jen and Try are lifelong animal lovers. They never really realized the disconnect of their passion and professions unit last year, however. After being unable to cope with the killing of an older cow they had selected from their herd, the couple decided change was needed.
Said Jen, We officially had our last ham Christmas 2016. We never looked back after that. We swore off all meat as well as all animal products. Needless to say, we have never felt better or more healthy, both mentally and physically.
In the summer of 2017, the duo transformed their 100-acre ranch into a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. VegNews reports that it is now a home to a variety of rescue animals, including longhorn cows, calves, pigs, goats, chickens, and zebras among others.
We choose to go forward in our lives not as consumers of animals but as ambassadors for them, Jen Federici says. No animal wants to di...
If youve ever worked at an elementary school, or have kids, or even observed kids, youll know one thing: that they are unsanitary, messy, and generally dont wash their hands unless theyre told to. This is why illnesses are so prevalent in places where kids reign, but the problem is that this habit of not washing your hands often continues later on in life.
Thats what Health Occupation teacher Donna Gill Allen at Cape Fear High School in North Carolina is trying to prevent with her students. Though these high school students arent the ones youd expect with this type of basic experiment, this experiment and the lesson learned from it can be applied to people of all ages. Its easy to do, too. Allen took to Facebook to explain the process.
You use three pieces of bread. You let all the kids see you put a piece of bread in a baggy with a glove on hence controlled then you wash your hands and put a piece of bread in a baggy for clean last but definitely not least you pass a piece of bread around and let every kid in class touch it then you put it in a baggy and label it dirty, she said.
Then you sit back and wait for the mold to start forming, which, as one can expect, happens rapidly on the bread that was touched by dirty hands. You can see the end result of the easy experiment in the photo below.
Like many residents, we were shocked to learn today about the vandalizing of Mayor Roger Claars home. His house was spray-painted with swastikas, his US and Bolingbrook flags stolen, and a message was left demanding his resignation. Rachel M. Tuszynski, a Bolingbrook resident, is in jail and awaiting trial in October.
The staff of the Babbler condemns this crime against Claar and his family. We can disagree without resorting to vandalism and threats of violence. Regardless of the motivation, this act is unacceptable.
Some issues divide Bolingbrook, but we believe most residents will join us in condemning this attack against Claar. We cannot solve our disagreements through violence. Bolingbrook is better than this.
There have been a lot of protests recently in St. Louis, Missouri after a judge declared a cop not guilty of murdering an unarmed black man that he shot with an assault rifle while the victim was in his car.
The ACLU was fed up with police misconduct during the protests and has filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Louis for unlawful and unconstitutional actions during protests of the not guilty verdict.
The lawsuit, announced in a press release, centers on the use of chemical weapons, interference with people filming police activity and violation of due process during the kettling incident downtown on Sunday, reported The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
To create long-term change, we must address the problems of policing and racial disparities collaboratively, the press release said. Law enforcement officers, community members, experts, advocates, and elected officials must come together to create sustainable solutions. We must foster understanding and trust.
121 people were arrested Sunday night following the kettling process, including a Post-Dispatch reporter who was reporting on the scene, as well as other reporters who filmed the illegal police activities. Most of the charged were accused of failure to disperse.
Mike Faulk, The Post-Dispatch reported abused and arrested, said that he was on the ground and his hands were bound with zip ties...
from The Covenanters
Five centuries ago on October 31, Martin Luther launched the Protestant Revolution against Roman tyranny: a revolt that led to the establishment of Freedom of Conscience and political and spiritual liberty across the world. When ordered to renounce his views, Luther hurled back at his papal enemies, Here I stand: I can do no other.
Today, as people everywhere battle against a global corporate tyranny spawned from the same Roman institution, free men and women are launching their own revolt with the same defiant spirit of Here We Stand. We the People we can do nothing other than reclaim our minds, our lives and our world as sovereign communities under the universal Common Law.
A new movement known as the Covenanters has emerged today in five countries that embodies this reclamation: a political and spiritual campaign to undo corporate tyranny and the genocidal institutions that are enslaving humanity and destroying our world. On October 1, the Covenanters will inaugurate their new blog talk radio program called Here We Stand: a platform to unite, inspire and mobilize the sacred remnant that will lead our people out of their chains into a new society standing under Gods Law.
A Huntington Beach, California police officer was caught on video shooting a high school student several times in front of a 7-11 after struggling with him on the ground early Friday morning.
The police department has not released many details yet but confirmed the teen died at a hospital after being shot multiple times.
The shooting occurred at the 7-Eleven at 6012 Edinger Ave., reported KTLA.
A woman who heard the shots posted on Facebook that other students in the area confirmed he was a junior at Marina High School.
There is no evidence in the videos to suggest the teen was armed, and he was not making any threatening move or moving towards the officer when he was gunned down.
The video shows the teen pulling something from the officers belt while the officer is on top of him, but it is not clear what that object is.
But the man who recorded the video tweeted that it was the officers clip, meaning the magazine for his gun. This by itself is harmless.
The cop then jumps off him and pull his gun out, telling him to get down while shooting him several times.
The teen then spins around slowly as he is being killed, then falls against the wall and hits the ground.
Watch graphic video of the incident below:
A video recently uploaded to twitter shows a Huntington Beach police officer shooting a man outside of a 7/11 convenience store.
(ANTIMEDIA) Drug warrior cops are having a rough week on social media. Police departments have taken to Facebook and other platforms to boast about drug busts, and in turn, theyre receiving strong pushback from internet users, particularly when cannabis is concerned.
From North Carolina and Ohio to Indiana, Missouri, and Texas, cops have been taking a beating.
On September 7, Lincolnton, North Carolina police posted a mugshot of a young man charged with PWISD (possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver) of marijuana, as well as Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. They estimated the street value of the confiscated drugs to be a whopping $200.
Though the post went relatively unnoticed for over a week, by Wednesday, both trolls and serious commenters had descended upon it. Dont do drugs, itll ruin your life. Thats true, in most cases its the government that ruins that persons life, one Facebook user wrote in a comment that received over 1,000 likes.
The comments ranged from sarcastic to serious:
In his speech at Westminster College, Senator Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, drew "a direct link between the United States' foreign policy and his own longstanding message of economic equality." He stressed that "the planet will not be secure or peaceful when so few have so much and so many have so little."
In the war of words between Donald Trump and North Korean leader
Kim Jong-un, we have to declare that Kim (or at least his
translator) is the clear winner when it comes to trading insults.
While Trump has called Kim rocket man and a madman, the first
sounds childish and the second is unoriginal. Kim, on the other
hand, called Trump a dotard and that had people scrambling for
their dictionaries. Liz Posner
says that the Oxford English Dictionary defines it as an old
person, especially one who has become weak or senile, meaning
someone in his dotage I guess.
According to the Associated Press:
[Korean Central News Agency] may have simply resorted to a Korean-English dictionary. Putting neukdari into a popular online Korean-English dictionary in South Korea returns two English equivalents: an aged (old) person and a dotard.
There has been a widening linguistic divide between the rival Koreas, but neukdari has the same meaning in North Korea as in the South, according to a South Korean organization involved in a now-stalled project to produce a joint dictionary.
It looks like any of those alternatives would have Trump too.
North Koreas leader Kim Jong-Un has offered a rare personal statement in the aftermath of the US Presidents remarks at the United Nations General Assembly which threatened the destruction of North Korea. Additionally, Donald Trump referred to the man North
Although most of Trump's venom was directed against North Korea, he also castigated Iran, Cuba, Syria, and Venezuela. The baring of Trump's fangs toward the five countries is in keeping with the neoconservative foreign policy drift of his administration. Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, in New York for the General Assembly session, succinctly characterized Trump's speech as "ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric."
By Catherine J. Frompovich Back on April 20, 2010, a major environmental catastrophe occurred in the Gulf of Mexico when the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling...
It is no secret that the American government has been supporting terrorist groups during the entire Syrian conflict. One of these days, another fact proving this statement was recorded.
On September 20, Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) militants with their allies
Featured image: Israel Air Force Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovich, the IDFs air defense commander, left, with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Gronski at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new permanent U.S. Army base in Israel. (Israel Defense Forces)
The Times was none too pleased, riled and concerned. Contributors to The Spectator were wondering whether an imminent implosion was about to take place. Who would profit from this act of suicide, this ritual of Tory party cannibalism? The Labour
The situation in Syria is reaching another critical point. There is an increased possibility of a large scale clash between U.S. and Russian forces. We had warned of such a clash over control of the rich fields east of Deir
Early on Friday, the Israeli Air Force struck a target in the Damascus International Airport, according to pro-opposition sources and the Israeli media. There are no details about the damage caused by airstrikes. Pro-Israeli sources claim that the Israeli Air
Editors Note: The following is an English translation of an article that appeared in the September 19 edition of the Okinawan daily newspaper Ryukyu Shimpo. It was written by Satoko Oka Norimatsu, editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Norimatsu is also the Director of Vancouver, BC, Canada-based Peace Philosophy Centre.
This article, which the author translated into English herself, has been reposted with permission from Ryukyu Shimpo and lightly edited for clarity.
(ANTIMEDIA) In a joint media conference with the Korean president Moon Jae-in on September 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin raised concerns over the possible impact of a total oil embargo (endorsed by the U.S., South Korea, and Japan) on civilian life in North Korea, including the negative effects on hospitals and other vital infrastructure.
Thankfully, the new set of sanctions that was subsequently approved by the United Nations Security Council approximately a week later did not include the total embargo, yet almost all Japanese media reported this as disappointing news.
Do Japanese people not care if innocent civilians freeze to death in North Korea, where the average temperature during the winter months is below zero?
Japan, hand in hand with the biggest nuclear power in the world, continues to threaten North Korea on a daily basis with their military bases and joint military exercises. Through this provocation, they also threaten Russia and China. The U.S. and its allies call their superpower threat deterrence, and, by comparison, they call the small and isolated countrys desperate effort to protect their sovereignty provocation. Mentions of severe sanctions and military force are made with ease and without any objection. Clearly, the Japanese government, media, and its people do not seem to consider the lives and livelihoods of the people on the Korean Peninsula whether North or South as important or noteworthy.
Even U.S. chief strategist Steve Bannon expressed major concerns over the 10 million people expected who could be killed in Seoul by conventional weapons in the first t...
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For reasons of political self-preservation, Washington must live in denial of historical reality. US leaders out of necessity have to construct an alternative, fictional narrative for their nation's conduct. Because if historical reality were acknowledged, the rulers in Washington, and the whole edifice of presumed American greatness, would implode from the endemic moral corruption.
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In a small town in Michigans Upper Peninsula, about an hour north of the Mackinac Bridge, a 50-acre site surrounded by two perimeter chain-link fences, monitored with electronic security devices, topped with razor-ribbon wire, and patrolled by armed personnel holds 1,200 people that have been labelled criminals. They are fathers, husbands, workers, activists, comrades. Many of them are from the Detroit area. This means they are held 5 hours from their homes. This prison is named Kinross Correctional Facility. It is part of an archipelago of similar facilities found across the state of Michigan and holding a total of 43,000 prisoners.
On September 9th, 2016, with the go-ahead given by some of the Kinross prison officials, the prisoners organized a work stoppage in which no person went to their assigned jobs. On the following day, September 10th, they organized a peaceful demonstration to draw attention to the inhospitable conditions of the facility. But the prison officials lied through their teeth and responded with violence. Despite the Michigan Department of Corrections attempts to cover up the repression that followed, we now know that a tactical team descended upon the prison armed with rifles. These cops ripped hundreds of men out of their cells, ziptied them, and left them in the prison yard for hours in the middle of a rainstorm. The suppression of the rebellion cost the state upwards of $900,000. And now many of these prisoners are facing two years in solitary confinement. Suddenly the national spotlight was shined on these people and the conditions that spawned their rebellion.
But these conditions were not created overnight. The growth of prisons in Michigan, as in the broader Rustbelt region, is a response to decades of crisis. To understand the Kinross Rebellion, and to build a stronger movement of resistance to state violence, we must look at the history of the rise of mass incarceration in the Rustbelt region and analyze the specific reasons for...
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke Todays world is one of mercilessly cutthroat ambition, where typically the strong thrive while the meek take a back seat and wither in the dust of the preemptive go-getters. It is commonly said that, nice guys finish last, and unfortunately 
A new world monetary system is being set up right now which will completely kill the US dollar, which is the worlds reserve currency.
23 countries (60% of the worlds GDP) are setting up swap lines which bypass the dollar and SWIFT, which is the dollar-based worldwide financial transaction system.
These countries include Russia, China, India, and even Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.
Once the new system is in place, our dollar wont be needed in these countries and a new reserve currency will come into being. All those dollars in foreign accounts will come home, which will annihilate our monetary system.
Also, China just announced that it will stop purchasing our debt (holding dollars in reserve). This will force The Federal Reserve to print even more dollars than the $85 billion its currently printing.
World reserve currencies have always had a limited life span and ours is up.
For several years, financial analysts, primarily those outside the mainstream of academia, have been warning that any day could be the black swan event that collapses the dollar, and ends U.S. hegemony as caretaker of the worlds reserve currency. That day has finally arrived as on Nov. 18, 2016 a former head trader for a major financial institution issued a harbinger and stated that 23 countries, and 60% of the worlds GDP, are right now setting up new swap lines which bypass the dollar, SWIFT, and the BIS, and will usher in a new global currency system which will kill the dollar.
The thoughts that are put into the minds of men that are aware of what is occurring on trading floors all over the world is when? When is also the question that I get asked about quite often by thousands of people. So what is the when?
The when is what is the sure sign that this fraudulent sham that we call an economy is over?...
On Thursday, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced several steps to make political ads on the worlds largest social network more transparent. The changes follow Facebooks acknowledgment earlier this month that $100,000 worth of political ads were placed during the 2016 election cycle by inauthentic accounts linked to Russia.
The changes also follow ProPublicas launch of a crowdsourcing effort earlier this month to collect political advertising from Facebook. Our goal was to ensure that political ads on Facebook, which until now have largely avoided scrutiny, receive the same level of fact-checking by journalists, advocacy groups and political opponents as do print, broadcast and radio political ads. We hope to have some results to share soon.
In the meantime, heres what we do and dont know about how Facebooks changes could play out.
How does Facebook plan to increase disclosure of funders of political ads?
In his statement, Zuckerberg said that Facebook will start requiring political advertisers to disclose which page paid for an ad.
This is a reversal for Facebook. In 2011, the company argued to the Federal Election Commission that it would be inconvenient and impracticable to include disclaimers in political ads because the ads are so small in size.
While the commission was too divided to make a decision on Facebooks request for an advisory ruling, the deadlock effectively allowed the company to continue omitting disclosures. (The commission has just reopened discussion of whether to require disclosure for internet advertising).
Now Facebook appears to have dropped its objections to adding disclosures. However, the problem with Facebooks plan of only revealing which page purchased the ad is that the source of the money behind the page is not always clear.
What is Facebook doing to make political ads more transparent to the public?
Zuckerberg also said that Facebook will start to require political advertisers to place on their pages all the ads they are currently running to any audience on Facebook.
This requirement could mean the end of the so-called dark posts on Facebook political ads whose origins were not easily traced. Now, theoretically, each...
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Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Since July 7th, 2017, four Mapuche Political Prisoners have maintained a hunger strike that has now lasted upwards of over 107 days. They have been held in pre-trial custody for over a year, under what has been considered an abusive and irregular process under the Anti-Terrorist Law in using anonymous witnesses. Despite the announcements made by the Prosecutor, Luis Torres, in finalizing the investigation seven months ago, bypassing the recent Chilean Independence celebrations, the trial has yet to commence. Family members and support networks have solicited the Chilean government to deal with the prisoners situation, recurring to regional authorities and even to the Ministers of the Interior and Justice, but these have remained evasive and broad in their response. Family and prisoner support networks had given a 72-hour ultimatum, which ended on Wednesday September 20th, 2017, with no response from government officials.
Various protests have taken place nationally and internationally that demand justice for Lonko [Chief] Alfredo Tralcal Coche, and brothers Ariel Alexis Trangol Galindo, Benito Rubn Trangol Galindo, and Pablo Ivn Trangol Galindo, imprisoned in the Penitentiary Centre of Temuco. They wait for the word of Mario Fernandez, Minister of the Interior, to resolve this complex and critical moment, where new lives are at risk, already surpassing the ultimatum date put forward by family and support networks of the Mapuche Political Prisoners.
In Santiago, [Chiles capital city], protests took place around the National Stadium this past September 19th. Nvtram ceremonies were also held at Welen Hill (aka Santa Lucia), as well as a mass protest called for the September 20th ultimatum in support of the Mapuche Political Prisoners. Occupations have taken place in the National Corporation for Indigenous Development (CONADI) in Santiago, after a march from the Ministry of the Interior. Protests also took place on September 18th during the State mass commemorating Chilean Independence at the Santiago Cathedral, the military parade, and in the Andes township of Curarrahue, where international roads were blocked. Other protests in the capita city have been called for September 21st at 7PM in the neighbourhood of Pealolen, and protests are being called throughout the territory for Thursday, including Valpara...
There will be a town hall style debate on the new health care
Monday at 9:00pm on CNN. It will feature Lindsey Graham and
Bill Cassidy on one side and Bernie Sanders and Minnesota senator
Amy Klobuchar on the other. It should be a good debate since I
doubt that any senator has studied the issue of health care more
than Sanders. But unfortunately I dont get cable TV and will have
to read about it later.
Meanwhile, Republicans seem to be concerned that late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmels attacks on their latest health care proposal is gaining attention and have decided to fight back by criticizing him. But Kimmel is not backing down and for the third straight night he explains why the bill is so bad that pretty much every organization associated with health care opposes it.
One of the most hyped events of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films, They will inspire our country to begin to talk and think about the Vietnam war in an entirely new way.
Still from the PBS Vietnam documentary.
In a society often bereft of historical memory and in thrall to the propaganda of its exceptionalism, Burns entirely new Vietnam war is presented as epic, historic work. Its lavish advertising campaign promotes its biggest backer, Bank of America, which in 1971 was burned down by students in Santa Barbara, California, as a symbol of the hated war in Vietnam.
Burns says he is grateful to the entire Bank of America family which has long supported our countrys veterans. Bank of America was a corporate prop to an invasion that killed perhaps as many as four million Vietnamese and ravaged and poisoned a once bountiful land. More than 58,000 American soldiers were killed, and around the same number are estimated to have taken their own lives.
I watched the first episode in New York. It leaves you in no doubt of its intentions right from the start. The narrator says the war was begun in good faith by decent people out of fateful misunderstandings, American overconfidence and Cold War misunderstandings.
The dishonesty of this statement is not surprising. The cynical fabrication of false flags that led to the invasion of Vietnam is a matter of record th...
Graham and the Republicans are busily twisting Murkowski's arm, desperately courting her vote. The common wisdom appears to be that if Murkowski votes for Graham-Cassidy, so will Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. But the desperation to pass something, irrespective of whether it's a workable piece of legislation (and it's not), has apparently forced Graham to make one of the most imbecilic deals in the history of Congress.
For months, Republicans have been attempting to repeal Obamas signature legislation, the Cassidy-Graham bill. If this occurs, 15 million Americans could lose their insurance in 2018. Additionally, more than 30 million would lose insurance over the next decade if the Medicaid expansion is gutted.
Frustrated by this reality, former President Barack Obama decided he couldnt stay silent any longer and commented on the development at the Gates Foundations Goalkeepers event in New York. Said Obama,
When I see people trying to undo that hard-won progress for the 50th or 60th time with bills that would raise costs or reduce coverage, or roll back protections for older Americans or people with pre-existing conditions the cancer survivor, the expecting mom or the child with autism, or asthma, for whom coverage once again would be almost unattainable it is aggravating.
And all of this being done without any demonstrable economic or actuarial or plain common sense rationale, it frustrates. And it is certainly frustrating to have to mobilize every couple of months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents.
Those of you who live in countries that already have universal health care are trying to figure out whats the controversy here. I am, too. Even if at the current moment the federal government is not as engaged in these efforts as I would like, nevertheless, progress continues because of the efforts of people like Bill [Gates] and a whole host of entrepreneurs and universities and cities and states.
They are making change around energy policy in America separate and apart fr...
A decorated Camden County police officer from Gloucester Township has been charged with the sexual assault of a teenage girl after authorities say he had a baby with the 15-year-old.
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As has been true for decades, the ways public data are stored and presented on federal government websites can sometimes be tricky for the public to understand, access, use, and re-use.
As federal websites have been changing under the Trump administration, there has been ongoing confusion in the media and public about the difference between the output of a search on a website or a data portal and the data or Web resources to which those search results link.
This week, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) came under scrutiny. On September 18, Peter Gleick, a climate scientist and member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, brought attention to changes to the USGS Science Explorer, a government search engine for scientific data and information, in a series of tweets.
Using the archived page stored in the Wayback Machine, Gleick noted that the search results for the term climate change had dropped from a count of 5,932 in December 2016 to 416 on September 19. Following media attention, USGS changed their search function. The same search a day later showed a count of 63,016 results. The increased count is not necessarily an indication of improved search and it is unclear if the change was an intended or an inadvertent result of an attempted fix.
If youre not familiar with the Science Explorer, when a member of the public searches this site, it returns results with links, dates, and descriptions corresponding to other Web resources, such as webpages, images, videos, and data, but it does not itself host that content.
Thats important: our spot checks of the linked resources produced by the search in December 2016 but not found in the September 19 search results found that the resources themselves were not removed. Only the search results were affected.
Hollywood is no stranger to war propaganda but the U.S. Establishment saw no need to wait for an actual war before sending Morgan Freeman out to tell Americans that they have been attacked and are at war with Russiawhose sin has been an attack on the U.S. petrodollar. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin dealt another 
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Apparently, this is the second octopus city discovered, which is interesting theyre exhibiting more complex social behaviors.
However, I have two complaints.
A lot of the stories are describing Octopolis/Octlantis as gloomy. Why? Is it because the inhabitants arent swimming around with toothy grins? The cephalopods look quite normal to me.
A more serious complaint, about this quote:
The discovery was a surprise, Scheel told Quartz. These behaviors are the product of natural selection, and may be remarkably similar to vertebrate complex social behavior. This suggests that when the right conditions occur, evolution may produce very similar outcomes in diverse groups of organisms.
Nope. You dont know that. Theres no evidence and no reason to think this behavior is the product of natural selection quite the opposite, actually. It looks to me like the spontaneous emergence of a novel property of octopus behavior in an unusual and fortuitous environment.
WikiLeaks has just published numerous documents under the heading Spy Files Russia. The documents suggest that Moscow uses a sophisticated state surveillance system to spy on Russian internet and cellphone users. Ironically, this release comes after many claims made by the public and mainstream media that WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange are influenced or controlled by Russia, as 
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(ANTIMEDIA) South Dakota The Yankton Sioux Tribe is claiming police used excessive force to prevent one its tribal elders, 64-year-old Raymond Cournoyer Sr., from seeing his dying mother in a nursing home last weekend. Cournoyer was detained following the incident with police and wasnt able to see his mother before she passed.
Cournoyer, who spoke to Argus Leader on Tuesday, says he spent most of Saturday at the nursing home and that his mother was doing well, so he left that evening and returned home. He says the call he got from sister telling him to rush back to the city of Wagner to say his goodbyes was unexpected.
According to the Grand Forks Herald, an affidavit from the South Dakota Highway Patrol says one of their troopers clocked Cournoyer, a resident of Lake Andes, doing 72 in 65 mph zone. Cournoyers refusal to pull over prompted the trooper to call for backup from the Wagner Police Department when the vehicle crossed into those city limits.
The trooper followed Cournoyer to the nursing home. The Yankton Sioux Tribe released a statement to the press, and its claims of what happened next were summed up by the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan:
After verbally informing the officer of his intention to be at his mothers side during her final moments and then taking a few steps, Cournoyer was allegedly grabbed from behind and pushed against his vehicle. At that point in time, the tribe claims a member of the Wagner City Police Department arrived on scene and slammed Cournoyer to the ground face first and tazed him. Both officers then placed Cournoyer in handcuffs, the tribe said.
The tribe further claimed that the Wagner police officer, Eli Kuhlman, who fired the taser, was a recent hire and uncertified. Argon Leader confirmed that claim with Wagners city attorney. Kuhlman had been with the six-person forc...
African countries see the emergence of the BRICS as a symbol of hope for a better life. African countries also see the extent to which the US [deep state] controls economic policies and the imposition of its interests, especially in the dominance of the dollar. This increases the importance of the BRICS. The strength of the BRICS bloc qualifies them to have 
The city of Tukwila in Washington agreed to settle a lawsuit for $100,000 plus attorneys fee after officers punched a restrained man in the face and head, shocking him with
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Clinton accepts responsibility for her loss, and allows that she might have "missed a lot of chances." Most of the book, however, is about casting blame and settling scores: Putin did it, Comey did it, and so did Bernie, the media, Fox News, sexism, Clinton fatigue, Electoral College, partisan loyalty, voter suppression, and many other factors.
Bernie Sanders delivered what was supposed to be a major foreign policy address on Wednesday at Westminster College in Fulton, MO, the location of Winston Churchills Iron Curtain speech. His speech starts at the 24-minute mark and ends at the 1:19 mark.
The prepared remarks can be read
here. First, here are the positive elements.
In 1953 the United States, on behalf of Western oil interests, supported the overthrow of Irans elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, and the re-installation of the Shah of Iran, who led a corrupt, brutal and unpopular government. In 1979, the Shah was overthrown by revolutionaries led by Ayatollah Khomeini, and the Islamic Republic of Iran was created. What would Iran look like today if their democratic government had not been overthrown? What impact did that American-led coup have on the entire region? What consequences are we still living with today?
In 1973, the United States supported the coup against the democratically elected president of Chile Salvador Allende which was led by General Augusto Pinochet. The result was almost 20 years of authoritarian military rule and the disappearance and torture of thousands of Chileans and the intensification of anti-Americanism in Latin America.
Elsewhere in Latin America, the logic of the Cold War led the United States to support murderous regimes in El Salvador and Guatemala, which resulted in brutal and long-lasting civil wars that killed hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children.
In Vietnam, based on a discredited domino theory, the United States replaced the French in intervening in a civil war, which resulted in the deaths of millions of Vietnamese in support of a corrupt, repressive South Vietnamese government. We must never forget that over 58,000 thousand Americans also died in that war.
More recently, in Iraq, based on a similarly mistaken analysis of the threat posed by Saddam Husseins regime, the United States invaded and occupied a country in the heart of the Middle East. In doing so, we upended the regional order of the Middle East and unleashed forces across the region and the world that well be dealing with for decades to come.
While we rightly condemn Russian and Iranian support for Bashar al-Assads slaughter in Syria, the United States continues to support Saudi Arabias destructive intervention in Yemen, which has killed many thousands of civilians and created a humanitarian crisis in one of the regions poorest countries. Su...
Breaking away from establishment talking points, Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard just decried Saudi Arabia a terrorist nation.
A restaurant owner who called out St. Louis police for tear-gassing his customers is now receiving death threats from Blue Lives Matter supporters. (TFTP) A business owner in St. Louis was quick to condemn police for tear-gassing his customers and indiscriminately firing rubber bullets into his restaurant, which endangered his patrons and ultimately forced him 
Star Trek returns to television on Sunday, and to understand why this is such a big deal, you have to realize how dominant Trek used to be in this medium. For 17 years, from the franchises return to TV in 1987 with Star Trek: The Next Generation to when Enterprise limped off the air in 2004, there was not a single television season without a Star Trek series on the air. For a while, during the late-1990s runs of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, there were two.
Television is also the heart of the franchise in a deeper way. The Trek movies have been hit-or-miss, but by their nature the successful ones have had to place more emphasis on action and less on high-concept science-fiction premises and scientific and technology wonkery. The television series have always had more leeway to indulge the franchises geekier side, which is the core of its appeal to its die-hard fans. Or to me, anyway.
For the past eight years, the franchise has come back in a series of reboot films that have tried to mine the characters of the original series while messing with its original timeline and context, which has gotten a mixed reception. With Discovery, it has a chance to return to its television roots and return to the story-telling skills and high-concept science fiction that made it a cult favorite in the first place.
The production of the new series has been troubled and delayed, and there are worrying reports that its producers want to turn it into a cheesy, tendentious parable about the Trump administration. (Star Trek has never shied away from political parables, but there are better and worse ways to do it. More on that in a bit.) All of this has set me thinking about what makes for a good Star Trek series and what we should be looking for in this one.
I recently rewatched Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which is important not just because it is the best of the Star Trek movies, but because it was so successful that it took a short-lived television series with a cult following and made it into a franchise. Without that film, The Next Generation and all of the rest wouldnt have happened.
Theres a lesson there. The first Star Trek movie was filled with state-of-the-art special effectseverything they wanted to do in the original series but never had the money forbut its middling performance at the box office meant they got just one last chance, with a much smaller budget. This forced the producers to fall back on good old-fashioned storytelling and to find the essence of what was appealing about their characters.
Drawing lessons from...
On Wednesday morning, we dropped two banners at the University of Pittsburgh. They read, From Pitt to Georgia Tech: Disarm the Police, Arm Your Desire and Solidarity with St. Louis and Atlanta: Fuck the Police. The first was hung from student dorms, the second from condemned housing near campus we hope the symbolism is clear. Later that night, after campus police arrested a student protester during coordinated disruptions of a right wing debate on immigration, we linked up with two other crews to beautify campus with chalk and flyers [just a heads up, the link is from a right-wing student news site, and its kinda hilarious]. Another crew from the autonomous student network tells us they also tagged and wheatpasted the Oakland area on Tuesday night.
We are deeply saddened and angered by the murder of comrade Scout Schultz by Georgia Tech campus police. As a small crew of radical queer youth and accomplices, we recognize that Scout could have been any one of us. We too struggle daily with and against our mental health; we take these actions as part of that struggle. We will continue to answer the calls to fight in Scouts memory [1, 2, 3, 4], one of which reads:
To anyone who is enraged, grieving, or who stands against the police and the murderous system they protect, we call for actions in solidarity with our fight here in Atlanta. To anyone who is fighting for liberation: in the coming days, fight with Scouts name on your lips, on your banners, and in your hearts.
Rebecca Otto is running for governor of Minnesota, and she has some good, progressive ideas for improving our energy self-reliance.
Heres the elevator speech version: Minnesota residents get around five thousand dollars cash (over several years), monetary incentives to upgrade all their energy using devices from furnaces to cars, some 80,000 new, high paying jobs, and in the end, the state is essentially fossil fuel free.
About half of that fossil fuel free goal comes directly from the plan itself, the other half from the economy and markets passing various tipping points that this plan will hasten. The time scale for the plan is roughly 10 years, but giving the plan a careful reading I suspect some goals will be reached much more quickly. This means that once the plan takes off, Minnesotans will have an incentive to hold their elected officials accountable for holding the course for at least a decade.
I like it. Its incremental, it provides incentives for citizens to do things that will be good for them and the state, and its a great long term investment. My only concerns at this point are that the sums are on the small side I could use $5K to make some small improvements in energy efficiency in my house, but big changes require bigger capital investment and its not obvious how these incremental investments will get us to the point of being free from fossil fuels. There are more details, and Ill have to look into it.
Even if it cuts fossil fuel usage by 20%, though, thats an improvement worth doing. I might have to vote for this person in the next election and get this plan implemented.
In Mississippi, a black driver leaves a traffic stop frustrated, scared, angry, and thankful to still be alive after an out of control racist white cop decides to play a little game with his life.
As reported by The Dispatch, Joshua Hibbler admits that on Aug. 18th he was indeed driving over the 30-mph speed limit when Columbus officer Keith Dowd pulled him over in his girlfriends Camaro convertible.
According to Hibbler, Dowd was immediately confrontational. He said the cop tried several times to trick him into confessing that hes under the influence while hurling insults towards him. He believes that Dowd wanted to provoke some sort of violent reaction.
He thought he was going to find something, Hibbler told the newspaper. He was constantly asking me the same questions over and over. He wanted me to talk back. He wanted me to be aggressive. He wanted me to step out of my character.
Dowd told the 20-year-old that he was driving that he was driving like an idiot. then, during the seemingly routine traffic stop, Dowd threatened Hibbler with arrest, as well as to have his girlfriends car impounded, and ordered the driver to stick out his tongue to determine drug use.
You smoke weed, you still do I can tell by the coloration of your tongue, Dowd said, according to video recorded by his body camera.
The officer then threatened to call a detective to the scene to scrape Hibblers tongue and arrest him for Marijuana possession.
Im not trying to have a bad day, Im not trying to be a bad person to you, sir, Hibbler said. This is my first time being in this situation.
Even after discovering that Hibbler had no prior criminal record, the 48-year-old Dowd still tried to trick the young man into incriminating himself.
Then say, Yes, officer, I do smoke weed, Dowd commanded, and Hibbler repeated the statement which the officer then claimed gave him probable cause to search.
It was at that time Hibbler took one hand off his steering wheel to bring the officers attention to the cars ashtray. However, Dowd only saw that gesture as an opportunity to escalate the situation.
Man, listen to me, next time you reach, its going to get ugly because youre kind of appearing to me to be the twitchy type of...
South Florida cops were arresting a legless, wheelchair-bound woman for trespassing when they dropped her on the ground, leaving the handcuffed woman on the ground for more than a minute
I know, I know, youve still got stuff you want to do. But an expert has made the claim and, well, theres no going back now. The mysterious planet Nibiru is going to slam into our planet, killing us all.
NASA, however, is having none of it. They are adamant the world is not going to end, stuck in a sad chamber of denial as they hopelessly try to ward off the apocalypse. They have issued a short statement attempting to allay fears, but we know the truth. We are all doomed.
Various people are predicting that [the] world will end Sept 23 when another planet collides with Earth, NASA said, blind to the terrifying end that awaits us all. The planet in question, Niburu, doesnt exist, so there will be no collision.
Nibiru, of course, does exist. The planet was discovered by the Sumerians thousands of years ago, and since then it has repeatedly destroyed Earth. It did so in May 2003 and December 2012, and it will once again end civilization as we know it on September 23, 2017.
The rogue planet, also known as Planet X, has avoided detection because astronomers havent noticed it. They are able to spot asteroids just tens of meters across, but unfortunately they completely missed Nibiru, which measures hundreds or thousands of kilometers across.
If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with [Earth], astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye, NASA claimed. Yeah, right. Nice try.
Some other theories suggest tomorrow will bring the Rapture, as believers are whisked up to heaven, and heathens are left to rot on Earth. NASA did not address these claims, presumably because they were busy repenting all of their sins.
Its been a fun run for humanity, but sadly all good things must end. Tomorrow marks 33 days since the American total solar eclipse, a Biblically significant number. If that is not evidence enough, then you cannot be saved. God help us all.
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A Ravenna man who traveled with his wife to a Roger Waters concert in Pittsburgh this week ended up pinned to the pavement and beaten by police. The incident occurred
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On this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour, Mary Katharine Ham and Gracy Olmstead round up this weeks news and outrages including the politics of online dating, Ivanka Trumps postpartum depression, and the ushering in of fall.
Many responded in anger to this weeks Federalist piece about online dating apps creating ways to alert potential suitors of your political views.
Were signaling very quickly who is someone were willing to engage withI fear that this is a thing that we are not just doing in dating, where the stakes are bit higher for whether youre compatible, but were doing this with everyone, Ham said.
It has been rumored for years that Monsanto plans to take over the cannabis industry with genetic engineering just as theyve taken over the corn and soy industries. Although they have always denied having any intentions to do so, at this point it is unlikely that anybody really believes them. In contrast, many in the cannabis sphere are prepared to resist any kind of GMO takeover of marijuana by Monsanto or any of their cohorts.
Evidence is mounting, though, which points strongly to the notion that Monsanto does indeed plan to take control of the cannabis plant, and it doesnt look good for medical users, or anyone planning on getting into the industry.
You may remember hearing back in September that Bayer, the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, made a deal to buy out Monsanto for $66 billion. Although Monsanto was voted the most evil company in the world in 2013 and its reputation has continued to fall since, Bayer still went ahead with the buyout.
A merger between these two companies is unsurprising, as though they both have long histories of involvement with Nazism and chemical weapons like agent orange which have devastated Vietnam since the war. In fact, Bayer began as a break-off company of the infamous IG Farben, which produced the chemical weapons used on...
Video of an Oregon cop shoving a man into a wall was so bad, and the man so severely injured, that the officer was actually arrested and found guilty.
(ANTIMEDIA) Last week, officers from Missouris Jasper Police Department celebrated a marijuana bust they deemed worth roughly $100,000. In a now-deleted Facebook post, they disclosed their satisfaction with their operation, which took ten cops and sheriffs deputies and a National Guard helicopter to conduct.
As the Riverfront Times noted (grabbing screenshots before the post was taken down):
What a great team effort today, the Jasper departments now-deleted post read. It was hot and humid and not easy getting these plants. We ALL got in the thick of things and got it done.
The Times summarized the posts sentiment:
In a curious bit of show-your-work math, the department calculated the nearly 290 plants seized would have produced on the low side 63 pounds of marijuana with a street value of roughly $100,000.
But commenters were quick to point out an apparent flaw in the officers bust: it wasnt cannabis they had seized, but hemp, they said. You cant get high from smoking hemp, and the material can be used to create anything from clothing, soap, paper to sails, rope, fuel, and concrete, called hempcrete. It is both durable and sustainable.
Thats hemp, one comment bluntly said, according to the Times, though the rest of the c...
Source: The Free Thought Project By: Matt Agorist
Versailles, MO Nearly two years after Trooper Anthony Piercy was charged in the death of Brandon Ellingson, who drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks with his hands cuffed behind his back, the case has been closed. Predictably, the offending officer is getting off with less than a slap on the wrist.
For handcuffing a college student, negligently casting him into a lake, and watching as he drowned, Trooper Piercy avoided an involuntary manslaughter trial after pleaded guilty to a simple boating violation in June.
This week, Piercy was sentenced for his role in Ellingsons death and he received just 10 days in jail. The judge referred to this insultingly low sentence of only 10 days as shock time.
According to the Kansas City Star, in addition to the shock time in the Morgan County jail, Judge Roger Prokes sentenced Trooper Anthony Piercy to two years of supervised probation and ordered him to complete 50 hours of community service. Piercy will serve time in jail in five, two-day increments with his first stint scheduled to begin Friday.
To Ellingson family and those whove been following this case, it is a kick in the teeth.
Ten days is like a vacation, Craig Ellingson said. Its a joke. He knows hes guilty and hes damn lucky to get what he got.
As the Star reports, Special Prosecutor William Camm Seay requested Piercy receive 30 days in jail and have his law enforcement certification revoked for life. Prokes, however, said the decision on Piercys certification was for the state, not him.
Seay is a standup attorney, however, and vowed to follow up to make sure this cop loses his license for the death of this beloved young man.
I wished we would have gotten what we asked for, Seay told The Star after the hearing. Its my hope he (Piercy) ne...
Source: The Root
There are things for which the legal system cannot offer true justice. In these rare cases, one of the most appropriate responses may be the swift and satisfying solution referred to by some practitioners of the extrajudicial process called street shit. This system often results in a harsh sentence that is known as an ass whooping.
Take, for example, the two naval junior corpsmen who were fired from a hospital after posting images and video of themselves playing with black babies, making them dance and insulting the newborns on Snapchat because I mean some people are just evil.
According to News4Jax in Jacksonville, Fla., Facebook user Denisa Shellito originally discovered the pictures on Snapchat and posted them on her Facebook page, saying:
A girl I went to high school with is a navy nurse and this is how her and her shitty friend treat the babies that have just been born. My blood is literally boiling and I want to snitch bc that is someones child. The first pic is her friend who is making the baby dance and shes playing rap music in the background. Im LIVID and Im snitching bc she should get fired from her job but idk how to go about it. Pissed isnt even the words.
The two women, identified by
Becky Beckenstein and Becky
TooEvil Allyson Thompson and Joanie Barrett, posted a
Snapchat video of themselves shaking the babies as if the infants
were dancing to 50 Cents In Da Club. Another picture shows the
woman holding up her middle finger at the child with the caption,
How I feel about these mini Satans.
(ZHE) Last week we jokingly wrote about a Facebook press release that was apparently an honest effort by the social media giant intended to summarize Russian efforts to undermine the 2016 election using their social media platform. That said, at least to us, it seemed as though Facebook unwittingly proved what a farce the entire Russian collusion narrative had become as, after digging through advertising data for the better part of full year, Facebook reported that they found a staggering $50,000 worth of ad buys that may have been purchased by Russian-linked accounts to run potentially politically related ads.
Not surprisingly, after being attacked by the mainstream media and even Hillary for assisting the Russians, Zuckerberg is once again in the press today fanning the flames of the Russian collusion narrative by saying that Facebook will release to Congress the details of the 3,000 ads that MAY have been purchased by Russian-linked accounts.
And while it seems obvious, please allow us to once again demonstrate why this entire process is so utterly bizarre
The chart below demonstrates how the $50,000 worth of ad buys that MAY have been purchased by Russian-linked accounts to run potentially politically related ads compares to the $26.8 billion in ad revenue that Facebook generated in the U.S. over the same time period between 3Q 2015 and 2Q 2017.If $50,000 can swing an entire presidential election can you imagine what $26.8 billion can do?
Of course, not all of that $26.8 billion was spent on political advertising so we took a shot at breaking it down further. While Facebook doesnt disclose political spending as a percent of their overall advertising revenue, we did a little digging and found that political advertising represented ~5% of the overall ad market in the U...
Contrary to popular belief among certain YouTubers, Im a social justice warrior who actually loves free speech. In fact, the main reason I write is to use my free speech rights to challenge peoples preconceived notions about gender and sexuality and create conversations about complex social justice issues. One of my favorite philosophers, John Stuart Mill, summarizes it best in his 1859 classic essay On Liberty:
But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it is robbing the human race, posterity as well as the existing generation, those who dissent from the opinion still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
Of course this opens up a wide variety of questions regarding free speech in the 21st century: Is it censorship when a private organization disinvites a controversial speaker? Would racist slogans like Blood and soil be considered hate speech that directly leads to violence? Unfortunately, I dont have the time to answer all these questions right now. I do, however, want to point out a disturbing trend I see:
Those who advocate for free speech the most vocally tend to be silent when marginalized people are censored.
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By Aaron Kesel Floridas Supreme Court has ruled that police may detain passengers any and all passengers during even minor traffic stops and that doing...
The former president is reportedly raking in $400,000 per speech to massive financial firms.
Less than a year has passed since he departed from the White House, and former President Barack Obama has already joined the well trod and well paid Wall Street speaking circuit, a decision many argued will negatively impact the Democratic Partys credibility as it attempts to fashion a message around taking on corporate monopolies, tackling income inequality, and loosening the insurance industrys control over the American heal...
After reading about it a little bit, it makes sense scientifically in a separate way from spiritually. Its simple really: the scientific explanation is that cats and dogs can see UV light and a few other rays, which human retinas dont have the ability to see.
It was previously believed that all mammals had similar eyes to humans, incapable of seeing UV rays, but scientific evidence suggests many mammals can.
A study conducted a few years ago by biologists at City University London, UK provided evidence for this differential in sight between species.
According to Pet MD:
Have you ever felt that your cat or dog can see something you dont? Well, you may be right, according to a new study. Cats, dogs, and other mammals are thought to see in ultraviolet light, which opens up a whole different world than the one we see, the study explains.
UV light is the wave length beyond the visible light from red to violet that humans can see. Humans have a lens that blocks UV from reaching the retina. It was previously thought that most mammals have lenses similar to humans.
Scientists studied the lenses of dead mammals, including cats, dogs, monkeys, pandas, hedgehogs, and ferrets. By researching how much light passes through the lens to reach the retina, they concluded that some mammals previously thought not to be able to see UV actually can.
However, I believe there is something more to this phenomena that delves into the metaphysical realm.
My little sister and I have had experiences where our cats see things that arent there. They bat at the air with their paws, meow, hiss, and make strange noises at things that we cant see.
The most profound time it occurred was right after my grandfather passed. Our cat named Double Stuff was batting at the air, meowing very strangely, and chasing something around the room, trying to jump at it in the air, looking at this thing on the ceiling.
It was almost as if some spirit or entity was floating around on the ceiling and only the cat could see it. There was no different UV light in my room when the cat did this: so why would the cat only at that time try to chase some invisible things?
Then a few weeks ago, my sister experienced seeing shadow people, a phenomena commonly reported by people who suffer from sleep paralysis.
As she saw these shadow entities around the ho...
Miami-Dade County, FL At a time when South Floridians rocked by Hurricane Irma were still surveying the damage to their properties, the county of Miami-Dade apparently thought it appropriate to begin handing out safety notices. Celso Perez told local WSVN-TV that he, his family, and his neighbors were starting to clear fallen trees from the streets after the 
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BEIJING A decision by the BRICS nations to name and denounce specific terrorist organizations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere is sparking debate among academics and analysts in China. Earlier this month, the group, comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, extended their support to [Afghanistan] Kabuls counterterrorism efforts during a meeting in 
We will continue our efforts in the diplomatic arena, but all our military options are on the table, Tillerson said during a Friday appearance on Good Morning America. Once we can assess the nature of this threat, the President will make a decision regarding the appropriate actions.
The top diplomats remarks came less than an hour after President Trump heightened the war of words with North Korea.
Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesnt mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before! Trump tweeted.
The North Korean strongman on Thursday night threatened to carry out another weapons test this time possibly over the Pacific and called the President mentally deranged. Trump vowed this week to totally destroy the nation if North Koreas tests continued, referring to Kim as Rocket Man.
Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2017
Tillerson, during his GMA appearance, didnt give a direct answer when asked if Trumps tough talk against the hermetic country worked.
The President takes the responsibility of the security of the American people very seriously and it is his first and foremost responsibility but were not in this alone, he said, noting that China and Russia have also put pressure on North Korea.
Trump hit Pyongyang with its latest economic blow on Thursday when he signed an order directed at entities that work with North Korea.
Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Koreas efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind, Trump said.
Meade says that the world is ending on Sept. 23.
His proof? Bible verses which he interprets to match the Great American Eclipse, Hurricane Harvey and flooding in Texas. The numerologist is referring to Luke 21:25-26.
Here is what the bible verses say:
There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.
The date of Sept. 23 was chosen using codes from the Bible as well as a date marker believed to be found on pyramids in Egypt, according to The Sun. Meade believes the world will end after a new planet named Nibiru crashes into Earth. NASA has denied the theory is true.
While scientists have found evidence that a Planet X, also known as Nibiru, may exist, it is only theoretical since no direct observation has been made.
The possibility of a new planet is certainly an exciting one for me as a planetary scientist and for all of us, said Jim Green, director of NASAs Planetary Science Division said on NASAs website. This is not, however, the detection or discovery of a new planet. Its too early to say with certainty theres a so-called Planet X. What were seeing is an early prediction based on modeling from limited observations. Its the start of a process that could lead to an exciting result.
To further refute the prediction, NASA says that the catastrophe was initially predicted to happen on May 2003 before being moved to December 2012. On both dates, the supposed crash never transpired.
Meade expects tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to occur after Nibiru crashes into earth. Heres what the solar eclipse looked like across America. Even the founding fathers thought eclipses were cool.
Morgan Freeman was 80 when he was interviewed on CNN Tonight, two years ago. Host Don Lemon Morgan asked him, Do you think poverty is part of genetics, to answer your question?
Freeman answered forthrightly, No, you cant say that. I dont think wealth, personally, I dont think wealth and genetics have anything to do with each other, actually.
Freeman elaborated and his answer mustve had political race hustlers burying their heads, If youre born in the U.S., it really doesnt matter the condition of your birth. What matters is what you inherit from your nurturing, from your environment, whether or not you are I mean, this is from the standpoint of having been born with little. Here, you can always get out of that. Poverty is just
The Academy Award winner wasnt done.
When Lemon asked him, Do you think race plays a part in wealth distribution?
Freeman didnt hesitate, Today? No.
Lemon persisted, You dont?
And, Freeman remained resolute, No. No, I dont. You and I, were proof. Why would race have anything to do with it? Put your mind to what you want to do and go from there.
I was born in Memphis, Tennessee [in 1937], said Freeman. I had a long haul from where I came from, to here. But here we are. So proof is in proof of the pudding is in the eating. Here we sit at the dining table.
Lemon was desperate to protect The Legacy Of Liberalism that has destroyed the Black family and the schools their children attend that Freeman had earlier alluded to (What matters is what you inherit from your nurturing, from your environment.)
Lemon: But its hard to when you say that to people because they say, Here you go with the pull yourself up by the bootstraps thing. Youre just being respectable. Not everybody can do that.
Freemans response was abrupt: Bullsh**! Everybody can! Not that it doesnt [take] courage. Courage is the key to life itself. A lot of people were born in situations, Ill never get out of this. So they wont. I say to people who say, Well, I would like to have done so and so and so and so.
Well, you could have done it. I couldnt get out of here.
Man, the bus runs every day.
Freemans message: Certain t...
Four Holmes County, Mississippi inmates were able to break out of a local jail, burglarize a store, and then return to the jail like nothing happened.
The inmates, identified as Levontaye Ellington, Travis Baker, Maurice Robertson, and Jacquiez Williams, all escaped from the Holmes-Humphreys County Regional Correctional Facility and managed to jump the fence of the jail unnoticed. The group then made their way to a Dollar General located less than a mile away and filled their pockets with anything they thought they could sell, reported Mississippi News Now.
They stole cigarettes, cigarette lighters, phones and just items they felt they could sell in jail, Lexington Police Chief Robert Kirklin said.
They even managed to sneak unnoticed back into jail before anyone realized they were missing.
The police chief was baffled by the inmates that broke back into jail.
You already in jail, but you want to break out and break back in? the chief said. That is just something. I heard it all.
Holmes County Sheriff Willie March said that his team is working to make sure that security is beefed up so this does not happen again.
Some of the items that were stolen were recovered and the four inmates now have additional charges of commercial burglary.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)
The idea has been brought forward by United Earth, a collaborative which was founded to unify humanity and tackle some of the problems we are facing as a species. The proposal is based on a 12 point wheel of creation which includes environmental factors, education and spiritual development.
You can read the proposal below which was written by United Earth team member Yan Golding.
We have the knowledge and technology to provide for all and to reduce our impacts on the environment. The emergence of a global civil society is creating new opportunities to build a democratic and humane world. Our environmental, economic, political, social, and spiritual challenges are interconnected, and together we can forge inclusive solutions.
(ANTIMEDIA) Washington, D.C. Last week the House passed a bill to expand the governments ability to deport immigrants on the basis of alleged gang affiliation. Promoted by Republicans as a way to target members of gangs such as the transnational M13 gang, H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, amends the Immigration and Nationality Act by adding gang affiliation to the list of criminal offenses that qualify as grounds for detention and deportation.
The bill passed 233 175 with almost unanimous Republican support and now must gain approval in the Senate, where it is currently pending in the Committee on the Judiciary. While the bill still has yet to come to a vote in Senate, it has already gained the presidential nod of approval. Shortly following the bills passage, the White House Press Secretary published a statement applauding Congress decision, and the administration already affirmed that If H.R. 3697 were presented to the president in its current form, his advisors would recommend that he sign the bill into law, according to a statement of administrative policy published last Tuesday.
The bill has received strong criticism from House Democrats and organizations such as the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who claim the bill provides the government with sweeping discretion to detain and deport immigrants using a broad and arbitrary label.
The bulk of the debate on the bill revolves around how it defines gangs. The bill defines a gang as any group of five or more people that has as one of its primary purposes the commission of one or more specified criminal offenses. The bill goes on to expand on these criminal offenses to include felony drug offenses, which would include the possession of marijuana. It also explicitly names the harboring of undocumented immigrants as a crime.
This means, theoretically, that any organization that helps, shelters, or hires undocumented immigrants could be considered a gang, and thus any immigrant member of such group could theoretically be detained or deported as a gang member.
The National Immigrant Justice Centers recent...
CNNs own Poppy Harlow noted on September 6 the case was a big deal because this is the first bribery case involving a sitting U.S. Senator in over three decades, and promised to cover it closely. But the network has only mentioned the trial once since then, a Media Research Center study found. Since the trail began earlier this month, CNN has only spent a total of 14 minutes covering the case.
To his credit, CNNs Jake Tapper has been doing most of the heavy lifting on the Menendez trial: two-thirds of the networks coverage occurred during his show. In addition, the networks website has run numerous articles covering the trial at length. But why isnt this coverage making it onto TV?
Mike Ciandella of NewsBusters noted earlier this week that morning and evening news coverage on the three big news networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS) has been even sparser than cable news counterparts:
Broadcast network morning and evening news coverage of the trial has been even sparser than CNNs. NBCs Today, and all three broadcast evening news shows (ABCs World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News) have yet to even mention the trial. So far, ABCs Good Morning America has run just a single story on September 13 (1 minute, 48 seconds), while CBS This Morning has only provided a news brief on September 6 (22 seconds).
An updated study from MRC revealed the numbers have not changed.
If Sen. Menendez is found guilty and vacates his Senate seat, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could pick a Republican successor, which would alter the political makeup of the U.S. Senate to 53 Republicans...
On Thursday, in response to Pyongyangs renegade nuclear program, President Trump signed an executive order announcing new sanctions on North Korea. In that mandate, he ordered new economic threat against any bank or company doing business with North Korea. Trump is demanding that financial institutions decide whether it wants to do business with the United 
The post President Trump Responds to North Korea With New Sanctions appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.
Our long national nightmare is overor is it?
On Friday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded Obama-era guidance on sexual assault that ensured more innocent students accused of the abhorrent crime would be found responsible and expelled. Earlier this month, DeVos announced she would seek comment from stakeholders to improve the way schools adjudicate accusations of sexual assault.
DeVos at the time mentioned the need for due process for the accused and better treatment of accusers, since all sides agree even the Obama-era guidance did not solve all the problems. (Supporters of the Obama-era guidance went apoplectic after DeVoss speech, however, claiming she was siding with rapists over victims, an absurd notion.)
In place of the Obama-era guidance, known ominously as the 2011 Dear Colleague letter, as well as a 2014 question-and-answer document, schools will now have to adhere to 2001 and 2006 guidance from the Education Department.
In her letter rescinding the previous guidance, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Candice Jackson wrote of the problems caused by the Obama-era guidance. The 2011 guidance forced schools to adopt a low, preponderance of evidence standard for adjudicating sexual assault, when schools had previously been allowed to use the more stringent clear and convincing standard. To avoid federal lawsuits or yanked funds, schools were required to adopt the lower standard, even though such regulatory changes were required by law to go through a notice and comment period and the 2011 document did not.
Jackson also lamented the old guidances insistence that accusers have the right to appeal decisions, effectively undermining double jeopardy. Schools were also discouraged from allowing parties to cross-examine each other, claiming such a tool of due process could violate Title IX, the anti-discrimination statute from which all these rules sprung.
Schools were also required, under Obama-era guidance, to create quasi-judicial proceedings (stacked against the accused both in requirements and culture) and forbade them from relying on law enforcement to investigate. Schools also had to investigate and adjudicate in a short amount of time, and stated that any due process protections must not unnecessarily delay the proceedings.
The 2011 and 2014 guidance documents may have been well-intentioned, but those documents have led to the deprivation of rights for many studentsboth accused students denied fair process and victims denied an adequate resolution of their complaints, Jackson wrote. The guidance has not succeeded in providing clarity for educational ins...
This unexpected moment happened when Black Lives Matter activists were invited on stage at a pro-Trump rally.
There is no denying that there is a lot of racial tension coming to the surface in America at the moment. Groups are becoming more segregated which leads to to more division and differentiation between each other.
Black Lives Matter activists turned up to a pro Trump rally to
share their message and while they were met with resistance and
hatred they were unexpectedly given the stage to share what they
had to say.
Unity is how we move forward and while not everyone met BLM with love, there was a barrier that was broken down through simply allowing a peaceful message to be shared regardless. Please share this video if you agree we should have have more unity in the world!
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Its that time of year, and were watching the DNR for optimal fall color watching.
Stevens County has a ways to go yet, and its still rather green outside, but in the next few weeks. If youre trying to figure out which county is mine, were the square one. I know, like that helps. The square one on the west side, due east of the protruding wart on the middle of Minnesotas back, that is half green and half yellow.
A video produced by University of Wisconsin-Madison students is getting a lot of attention, and a lot of hatred from a republican lawmaker.
The video starts with a black male being hanged with an American flag by cops in pig masks and ends with the police officers being beheaded by a black male holding a bloody machete. Trump is talking throughout the video, saying things like his violence on both sides comments that drew widespread criticism. Chants echoing the white supremacists at Charlottesville, you will not replace us, can also be heard as the man is being hanged.
It is intended to promote a student-produced clothing line not affiliated with the university, reported The Journal Sentinel.
UW-Madison condemned the content of the video, but also said it is protected by free speech rights.
Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) called for the university to oppress the constitutional rights of the students. He also suggests police are a race.
This racist video has an intent to incite violence against police officers, Nass said in a statement released with the video. This cant be condoned or ignored. UW-Madison must act swiftly and decisively against anyone on their campus that promotes hateful actions of this type, Nass said.
Nass made the video available on his legislative website.
Nass believes it is vile and racist anti-police, and deemed it a direct threat to the brave men and women that serve behind the badge, and called on UW-Madison to hold the students accountable.
The lawmaker did not mention holding police accountable for actually killing people, but he does want people held accountable for killing police in a commercial.
Only hours after hurricane Irma laid waste to Florida, code enforcement was already issuing warnings to those whose homes were damaged in the storm.
GREEN BAY More city police officers have been disciplined in connection with a February traffic stop in which officers used a Taser three times on an unarmed man, handcuffed
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The affinity between Netanyahu's Israel and the West's far-right is understandable. Both detest a human rights discourse they have yet to crush. Both mobilize their supporters with dog-whistle Islamophobia. Both prefer militarized, fear-based societies and both share an obsession with Jew hatred.
Wouldnt it be cool if once, just once, there was a debate in Congress that could only be decided by a vote that benefits Native people?
Despite rising prices, a tax increase, and government attempts to tighten regulation of the jewelry industry, gold continues to flow into India. Gold imports into the country nearly tripled year-on-year in August. An estimated 60 tons of the yellow metal flowed into the Asian nation last month, up from 22.3 tons in August 2017. This 
COLUMBUS The mother of Timothy Davis said new video released by the Franklin County Sheriffs Office Tuesday proves her son was so badly beaten by Columbus Police that he
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy begins with two parallel scenarios: In the first, a man named Arthur Dent wakes up in his rural English home only to find that a bulldozer outside is about to demolish his house in order to build a highway bypass through it.
After deciding to lay in front of the bulldozer to prevent his home from being destroyed, his conversation with the bulldozer driver goes like this:
"Come off it, Mr. Dent," [the driver] said, "you can't win, you know. You can't lie in front of the bulldozer indefinitely [...] I'm afraid you're going to have to accept it. This bypass has got to be built and it's going to be built!"
"First I've heard of it," said Arthur, "why's it got to be built?"
"What do you mean, why's it got to be built?" he said. "It's a bypass. You've got to build bypasses."
Protetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council explains:
As you are probably aware, plans for the development of the outlying regions of the galaxy invoke the building of a hyperspace express route through your star system. And your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition.
(Shouts of terror emit around the globe.)
There's no point acting all surprised about it; the plans and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for fifty of your earth years. If you can't be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that's your own lookout.
There are some important Strong Towns issues explored here in just the first few pages of the book. First, how many people throughout history have been told "We need to bulldoze your house to build a highway"? And, when they ask why, are provided with little more answer than Arthur Dent receives: "It's a highway. You've got to build highways." Take a look at...
Chris Sommers, the owner of Pi Pizzeria in St. Louis, MO, prepared to head home after protesters mostly cleared the area of his store. They were protesting a not guilty verdict for an officer that fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back.
On his way out, he saw police officers with gas masks and shields marching down an empty street toward his business, so he ran back to the restaurant. One of the officers began indiscriminately shooting off pepper balls for no legitimate reason.
Sommers started filming and got mad at the inappropriate police behavior. So naturally, police threw a tear gas canister at him. He managed to get into his store and close the door before police could further assault him.
You generally want to be friendly with the police, Sommers told HuffPost in an interview. And then they shoot at you.
Sommers gives police a 50 percent discount and has donated to law enforcement groups. He considered himself a police supporter, even though, he said, St. Louis cops never seemed to solve any of the crimes occasionally committed against his restaurants.
On Twitter, hed used the term dimwits to describe officers who chanted Whose streets? Our streets on Sunday night after they arrested peace...
Tribal leaders discussed the potential opening of legal marijuana businesses on tribal lands at the National Indian Gaming Association conference.
When news first broke out of the mass-arrest at J20 (Trumps inauguration), I expected a non-specific blanket charge as a means of intimidation. I was wrong, as it turns outthe Department of Justice alleged eight blanket charges, not just onebut the basic principle remains the same: Hold the group accountable for the actions of a few. While many liberals have tsked tsked about the anarchist presence at the J20 protest, they seemed to miss the actual point: If the J20 charges stick, thats a blank cheque to not only mass-arrest protesters, but slap them with enough charges to imprison them for life as long as someone tips over a garbage can. It is, effectively, the single greatest assault on American civil rights that can occur in a single trial, regardless of how you feel about anarchists (this is without going into the fact that theyre facing 75+ years for wearing the same colours as someone who broke a window).
Well, as it turns out, the police and prosecutors havent waited for the trial. Felony rioting, a crime so loosely defined that you can be charged for being present around someone elses property destruction, has been applied another ~250 times at protests since J20. Counter Repression Spokes is planning a fundraiser to support the legal organizations that have been helping the accused navigate their trials. These groups include Dead City Legal Posse (for J20); One Peoples Project, who have been tracking violent extremist activities that go largely ignored by police; and St. Louis Legal Fund, for bail and defence lawyers for the St. Louis protesters who rightly objected to the acquittal of Jason Stockley, a police officer who admitted on camera that he intended to murder Anthony Lamar Smith, and who attempted to frame Smith by planting evidence.
Please consider donating to the fundraiser here. And also considering raising awareness in your own activities about the way prosecutors across the United States are using felony rioting charges to mass-arrest protesters.
Trump's fateful decision in fact conditions and frames how he will deal with North Korea. Pulling out of the JCPOA will send an unmistakable message to Pyongyang and also complicate the efforts of "RC" to defuse the situation. The DPRK will never bother to even consider negotiating with a "compassionate nation" that refuses to live up to multilateral commitments.
From the Tennessean, heres a crazy story about a man who looks to be doomed to years in prison, despite the fact that the charges that put him there have
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Believes it might already be too late to save our greatest cities.
The author writes, This was not an arms control measure with counting rules, but a disarmament treaty driven by the imperative to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons because they are inhumane, abhorrent and unacceptableThis treaty is the collective and effective revolt of nuclear have-nots, who overturned diplomatic assumptions and brought it to conclusion despite boycotts and opposition from nine heavily armed nuclear haves.
Russian hacking fears have lead states to question the vulnerability of their voting machines. So much so that many voting districts are considering a switch back to paper ballots. The question is: can they afford the change?
Facebook agreed to release Russian-purchased ads during the 2016 Election to Capitol Hill..Yet the evidence that these ads tipped the election in favor of Trump over Clinton remain private. Will the public ever find out?
The author writes, Where did all the concern over deficits go? After two years of the media lamenting, worrying and feigning outrage over the cost of Bernie Sanders two big-budget itemsfree college and single-payer healthcarethe same outlets are uniformly silent, days after the largest military budget increase in history.
Uber has had a rough 2017. It just got...
UC Berkeley has had a reputation for
being a place where free speech goes to die. A place where the
political correctness campaign of the left has run rampant, having
no one to keep it in check.
Recently, everyone's favorite right-wing provocateur, Milo Yiannopoulos has announced a Free Speech Week hosted at UC Berkeley. This came as a shock to some, but it's pretty evident to see why such a left-wing university would host an event featuring Milo Yiannopoulos, Steve Bannon, and so many other conservative speakers.
The Young Americas
Foundations lawsuit, filed in April, alleges the university
unconstitutionally canceled and restricted plans to bring prominent
conservatives David Horowitz and Ann Coulter to campus. This
brought heat down on the university and forced them to at least try
to seem more tolerant of conservative speakers (funny huh?). They
recently hosted Ben Shapiro, host of the Ben Shapiro Show, and
editor in chief of the Daily Wire, on campus. This was seen by many
people on the right, as an attempt to show that the university
The University put out a statement to the LA Times that Free Speech Week had been canceled and that the Berkeley Patriot had failed to submit the proper paperwork, and therefore, the event was canceled. The Patriot and MILO inc then came out and said that they were being Stonewalled by the universitys administration on any issues they had with the contract and the reservations of the two halls for the event. They stated that they emailed the university repeatedly, asking questions about the contract, mainly if they would get a refund on the $65,758.76 that they would pay for the event. Milo inc gave a statement on the issue. On the advice of our attorney, we had asked the University to amend the contracts for Wheeler and Zellerbach to provide for a partial refund if the University canceled the event, said a member of the Berkeley Patriot familiar with the situation. Given the Universitys history of canceling conservative events, this was an entirely reasonable request, but they evaded our question for weeks They also state that the Patriot had responded to all emails received on the topic of free speech week in a matter of minutes, and was never late to any deadline. Its quite simple: The University didnt want the event to happen, but they couldnt cancel outright, so they needed to make it look like it was our own fault, said Pranav Jandhyala, N...
A man was fatally shot by a Rockwall, Texas police officer Thursday after ramming a police vehicle.
Rockwall police said officers were in the area of the Bent Creek condominiums on the 300 block of Lake Meadows Drive looking for a suspect accused earlier in the day of aggravated assault toward a family member, reported NBC 5.
When officers spotted the man, he allegedly rammed his vehicle into police vehicles, although the photos and video seem to show only minor damage in the rear of the dead mans SUV.
An officer allegedly fired non-lethal beanbags at the man and then a second officer shot the man using his service weapon. The man, whose name has not yet been released, was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police have not given many details of the incident, but from the pictures and video, it appear the man was blocked in a parking spot by a police SUV and he tried to back out by ramming the police vehicle.
Police have given no indication that the man was armed or that he was trying to hurt anyone.
The officer that killed the victim has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy, during the investigation. The officer who fired the non-lethal round remains on duty.
The Rockwall County Sheriffs Office and the Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation.
Watch video of the scene of the killing below via NBC 5:
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)
A man received a tiny settlement after police were seen on video siccing their K9 on him as he surrendered, on his knees, and hands on his head.
North Korea is a tyrannical, backward mess, and suddenly Im made to feel like their country is the sane one compared to our commander-in-chief. Heres the full text of North Koreas reaction to Trumps UN speech.
The speech made by the U.S. president in his maiden address on the U.N. arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean Peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is inching closer to a touch-and-go state, is arousing worldwide concern.
Shaping the general idea of what he would say, I expected he would make stereotyped, prepared remarks a little different from what he used to utter in his office on the spur of the moment as he had to speak on the worlds biggest official diplomatic stage.
But, far from making remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful to defusing tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors.
A frightened dog barks louder.
Id like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world.
The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S. president openly expressing on the U.N. arena the unethical will to totally destroy a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure.
His remarks remind me of such words as political layman and political heretic which were in vogue in reference to Trump during his presidential election campaign.
After taking office Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world. He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.
His remarks which described the U.S. option through straightforward expression of his will have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last.
Now that Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of a war in history that he would destroy the D.P.R.K. [Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea], we will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.
Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say.
As a man representing the D.P.R.K. and on behalf of the dignity and honor of my state and people and on my own, I will make the ma...
China and Russia kicked off the second stage of their joint naval operations in the Sea of Japan amid rising tensions between the US and North Korea. The Chinese fleet, which consists of missile destroyers, frigates, submarines, helicopters and naval personnel arrived in the Russian port of Vladivostok on Monday. China & South Korea To 
What? Did this president actually tweet that such a single payer-system that could provide medical coverage for every American was a curse? Believe it or not he certainly did and here's what he said: "Bernie Sanders is pushing hard for a single-payer healthcare plan - a curse on the U.S. & its people."
There are weird goings on in the state of Alabama. When Jeff
Sessions was picked by Donald Trump to be attorney general, his
senate seat fell vacant. Governor Robert Bentley picked the state
attorney general Luther Strange (whom Trump keeps referring to as
big Luther Strange) to replace him with a special election to be
held along with the 2018 elections in November. But then Bentley
had to resign in April because of a tawdry sex scandal (of course)
and his successor Kay Ivey brought the special election forward to
December 12 of this year, with the primary to be held on August 15
and in the event that no candidate got mote than 50% of the vote, a
run-off to be held next Tuesday on September 26.
On the Democratic side, Doug Jones won outright but on the Republican side, Strange and Roy Moore are in a run-off. And this is where things get weird, even by Alabama standards. Strange is pretty much a Sessions clone politically, meaning that he is your standard issue Republican who holds extreme right-wing anti-women, anti-LGBT, and anti-immigrant attitudes. But even that is not wacko enough for Alabama Republicans and Roy Moore seeks to outflank Strange on the right, if you can imagine it.
Moore is a real piece of work. He ran for the position of chief justice of the state supreme court in 2001 and won and then proceeded to commission and install a granite Ten Commandments in the court house. When a federal judge ordered it to be removed, he refused and the Alabama Court of the Judiciary removed him from office. After two failed runs for the governor, Moore was again elected chief justice in 2013 but was suspended from that position in 2016 because he ordered the state probate judges to defy the US Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage by withholding marriage licenses.
Moore dials the religious crazy way beyond 11. Among other things, he thinks that 9/11 may have been his gods punishment for the sins of America. But wait, theres more!
The central argument of Moores campaign is that removing the sovereignty of a Christian God from the functions of government is an act of apostasy, an affront to the biblical savior as well as the Constitution. Among the prices he says this country has paid for denying Gods supremacy: the high murder rate in Chicago, crime on the streets of Washington, child abuse, rape and sodomy. Its a crisis he hopes to address next year from the floor of the Senate.
The last 50 years, Moore argued, has witnessed the tragic removal of God from public life, from schools, from gov...
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seized Tabiyeh and al-Isba oil and gas fields northeast of Deir Ezzor city,
18-year-olds now look like 15-year-olds used to, Jean Twenge says. Members of Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2012, are less likely to drink alcohol or have sex in high school. But they are also less likely to pursue independent acts of responsibility, like getting a drivers license or procuring a job while in high school.
Many people in Gen Xand even some among the millennial generationare rather dumbfounded by these trends. In my home state of Idaho, teens my age could procure a drivers license at 14, due to the states rural, farming nature. There wasnt a single kid who didnt look forward to his 14th birthday: it carried with it the prospect of independence, and eventually car ownership.
But the problems and dilemmas my generation facedsurrounding sex and alcohol, driving and recklessnessare not necessarily mirrored in younger generations, if Twenge is to be believed. The new book iGen: Why Todays Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood has a lot of people talking, with good reason. It tries to address both the boons and perils of the smartphone era, considering both the strengths and weaknesses of the young people its helped shape.
Twenge is careful not to make digital media the sole scapegoat for iGens growing-up problems. When it comes to larger trends toward safety and abstaining from adult experiences (like car ownership and sex), Twenge suggests that other generational shifts could also be playing a part: todays teens are growing up in smaller families, she notes, with parents who nurture them more carefully and expect them to go to college. Kids often spend their summers focusing on extra-curriculars or internshipsnot blue-collar or service jobs.
When you add smartphones on top of these larger familial and educational trends, it makes sense that teens are increasingly staying in rather than venturing out into the wider world. Social media encourages teens to inhabit a virtual and curated reality, one that neednt carry them outside their bedrooms. As Twenge puts it, When the partys on Snapchat, you dont have to go out as much.
If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. Minority President Donald Trump, September 19, 2017, addressing the United Nations
With stunningly unintended precision, about a third of the way into his UN
LEE COUNTY, Ala. A little more than three years to the date, the dashcam video of Airman Michael Edwards being shot by Opelika police officer Phillip Hancock on Interstate
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The autonomous region of Catalonia has once again called for a referendum for secession from Spain, and all hell is breaking loose. Although the vote is still two weeks away, this week has seen a marked increase in tension and conflict between the two sides thats quickly reaching a boiling point. The government in Spain, which calls the planned vote illegal, has frozen Catalonias access to public funds so that they cant be spent on organizing the referendum. It is also trying to shut down its access to ballot boxes, although the Catalan government says it has 6,000 of them hidden away.
On Wednesday, the Spanish military arrested 14 high ranking Catalan officials and raided 41 Catalan regional government departments across the region. They have also raided newspapers to look for documents having to do with the referendum, following a judges order. This caused more than 40,000 protesters to take to the streets of Barcelona on Thursday night, which then provoked the Spanish government to send troops into the city. Tens of thousands are gathering again in the city today for more protests.
Demonstrating the severity of the situation, the government in Madrid had attempted to send 4,000 police officers to the region on Thursday in police boats which were meant to dock in Catalonia to deal with the escalating situation, but the boats couldnt dockthe port workers wouldnt cooperate. They either boycotted or refused docking access to the ships. The government responded by hiring ferries to be moored in the Port of Barcelona as temporary housing for police.
Catalonia has long called for independence from Spain. As recently as 2014, it tried to hold a similar independence referendum. At that time, the Spanish government pushed back, calling the vote illegal. That caused Catalan leaders to rebrand the vote as a participation process to see how much support the Catalan government had for political independence. Catalan leaders still faced legal consequences for holding that vote, something that was presumably meant to scare Catalonia off from holding another referendum.
That clearly didnt work. This time around, Catalonia is much more defiant and is not taking no for an answer, which seems to be part and parcel of the populism thats been sweeping Europe in the last couple of years. Now, it appears Catalonias boldness could boil over into the kind of civil unrest that Western Europe hasnt seen in decades.
According to the Catalan National Assembly, the Spanish government made a big mistake; w...
The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week. Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted. Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to 
Jim W. Dean - Standard current US geopolitical propaganda psyops focuses on framing anyone being able to defend themselves from American domination and aggression as a threat, so they can be subjected to financial sanctions and military action.
The Driving Miss Daisy actor has been coopted lately by the Powers That Be to attack Russia
I did not enjoy writing this article because I usually find myself rooting for the underdog, whether it is in sports or in politics. For example, I took great delight that I was able to take part in the greatest upset in American political history in which Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton. Having been raised in Denver, I reveled in the fact, that after 17 straight losing seasons, the Denver Broncos have managed to win three Super Bowls. Subsequently, when I look at immigration, it is the story of the down-trodden and how they have made a life for themselves. I can personally identify with this sentiment, because I am a first generation American on my fathers side of the family.
Despite my affinity for the underdog, I find myself adopting pragmatist views towards immigration. First, allow me to say that many immigrants are my Christian brothers and sisters. And those that are here, minus the hard-core criminals, should not be deported because it is a case of too much water under the bridge. However, there is something that can be done, and should be done, with regard to future immigration. The numbers simply do not lie.
Joe Guzzardi is a Californians for Population Stabilization and Senior Writing Fellow and he developed the following quiz on immigration:
1) What, for the last three decades, is the average number of immigrants legally admitted?
2) What is the Diversity Visa, and name at least three countries whose nationals have received the DV?
3) Approximately how many refugees does the U.S. resettle annually? Name at least three countries theyve come from.
4) Name the number of times Americans have voted on immigrant admissions, visa issuance, or refugee resettlement.
1) More than one million, all given life-time work authorization, a total that continues despite 9/11, the 2008 mortgage meltdown, a...
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reports that developments in North Koreas nuclear program contributed to international political instability with potentially serious knock-on effects.
SIPRI says that as of January 2017 the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan,
A Christian numerologist recently declared the Rapture will begin Saturday, September 23. Now, some residents of Orange County, California are freaking out because a local cable company accidentally broadcast a warning about the end of the world.
Some Cox cable subscribers in Orange County saw an Emergency Alert test that had audio of a preacher who was prophesying the apocalypse, reported CBS Los Angeles.
Realize this, in the last days, extremely violent times will come, boomed a voice while the screen simply showed an Emergency Alert.
Stacy Laflamme of Lake Forest was alarmed wen the strange voice came on the TV, which made her think of Hitler.
It almost sounded like Hitler talking, she said. It sounded like a radio broadcast coming through the television.
People took to social media to discuss what had happened, some believing the message was about the actual return of Jesus.
According to Cox Communications, the alert was supposed to be a routine test of the Emergency Broadcast System, but the original audio for the test seems to have been replaced by an End Times preachers speech.
Cox said that it didnt know exactly how the apocalyptic message got aired, but speculated it might have been a hacker, or simply interference that occurred when more than one local radio station was broadcasting an emergency alert at the same time.
The radio station that sent the alert didnt turn off their programming when the alert ended, Cox said...
After being shot three times by an Iowa cop during a traffic stop on November 1, Jerime Mitchell is now paralyzed from the neck down. Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander
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Carroll County woman is suing members of a rogue Baltimore Police Department unit, the first civil claim since the officers were indicted over a series of robberies and extortions. The
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(COMMONDREAMS) President Donald Trump is reportedly gearing up to roll back even the most limited restrictions on U.S. drone operations overseas, further opening the door for the expansion of airstrikes and commando raids into nations like the Philippines and Nigeria and setting the stage for an upsurge in civilian casualtiesalready at record highs in Afghanistan and soaring in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.
Zeke Johnson, senior director of programs for Amnesty International USA, told the New York Times in an interview that while Obama-era restrictions on drone strikes fell far short on human rights protections, any move to water down drone warfare rules even further would be a grave mistake.
The White House appears to be committed to the move nonetheless, the Times reported on Thursday, noting that the plan has quietly taken shape over months of debate among administration officials and awaits Trumps expected signature.
The Times notes that at least two rules are on the chopping block:
The plan, in effect, would deepen American military involvement in nations considered to be beyond combat zones and allow the U.S. militaryand the CIA, which has for months lobbied for more drone authorityto target individuals that are not even deemed national security threats by the U.S. government.
[D]rone operators and commanders would face fewer internal hurdles to launching specific strikes or raids, the Times concluded.
As Common Dreams...
Two employees at the Naval Hospital of Jacksonville have been removed from patient care after posting disturbing pictures giving the finger to newborn babies, referred to as mini Satans, as well as videos using them as puppets to dance to music.
The woman taking pictures and videos is identified on social media as Allyson Thompson, and the one in the pictures is identified as Joanie Barrett, reported News 4 Jax.
Thompson posted various pictures of newborn babies and making videos while holding the babies and treating them like puppets dancing to music.
She also posted a picture of her giving a baby the finger with the caption, How I currently feel about these mini Satans.
A military spouse shared the photos, which have gone viral, You can see the post here.
The Naval Hospital has responded on Facebook with their
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)
In a room, somewhere deep inside the Pentagon generals and admirals met recently in order to prepare an assessment for the United States Senate Armed Services Committee. Present at the metering were General Mark Milley, the U.S. Armys Chief
In 1850, Frederic Bastiat wrote in The Law that Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.
This is the classic mistake ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel, an example of an average human white male comedian who did his best work over a decade ago on The Man Show and who has consistently failed upward, is making in his analysis of the Republican effort to shift Obamacare funding back to the states via Graham-Cassidy. It reveals the inability to have any kind of debate across partisan lines regarding health care spending at the federal level: Kimmel is so convinced of the rightness of his cause and the truth of his baseless and incorrect analysis of a piece of legislation that he will continue on this jaunt without any amount of self-reflection or consideration that maybe, just maybe, he might be wrong.
Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) September 21, 2017
Perhaps the best part of Kimmels rant is where he says Graham-Cassidy is a gift to the insurance lobby, operating from a typically leftist frame which assumes every Republican step is a gift to industry and every Democratic step is looking out for the little guy. Guess what: the health-insurance lobby opposes Graham-Cassidy, as they have opposed every single repeal plan of any kind (the only plans they have supported are those which, lo and behold, bail out their industry with other peoples money).
Phillip Wegmann writes: Jimmy Kimmel has recreated himself. Where the late night comic once stood, an inflatable...
Cleveland.com fought for and secured the release of body cam video showing county jail supervisor Brendan Johnson pepper spraying a female inmate in an incident of use of excessive force.
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"The First White President," an Atlantic essay by Ta-Nehishi Coats, is a must read for progressives. Coats argues that Donald Trump was elected for one reason: his unapologetic whiteness. "It is often said that Trump has no real ideology, which is not true--his ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power."
The topic of kneeling for the National Anthem has brought fierce debate from both sides of the table. Many see exempting oneself from standing for the anthem as disrespectful to those who have fought or died for the countrys freedom, while others view it as a political l protest- highlighting that the nation does not live up to tunes ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all.
Recently, however, it was not the National Anthem that made the headlines, it was the pledge of allegiance, and the debate is on questioning whether standing for the pledge is mandatory.
During a presentation on the Pledge of Allegiance at Midland High School in Texas, students were shown a slide telling the students its the law to stand during the pledge and stay silent during the moment of silence, which is an outright lie.
As Patheos reports:
So what the hell were they thinking?
Whats unclear from the news stories about this incident is what the assembly was about, how school officials responded to the situation, and whether they made clear to students that standing during the Pledge is optional.
A local CBS affiliated quoted one person (without a title, though she apparently works in the HR department) saying that, if students wish not to participate, their parents can fill out a form to remove them during the pledge. But thats wrong, too. You dont need your parents permission to remain seated.
The same article quotes district offic...
ST. LOUIS Chris Sommers was pissed. The owner of Pi Pizzeria had been handing out cups of water at one of his restaurants in the citys Central West End
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By Janet Phelan As reported here, activist attorney Andy Ostrowski was taken into custody by the Wilkes-Barre, PA police department on September 19, for a...
When fall begins, it brings with it cooler days, grey skies, and the onset of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The people who are afflicted by this unique depression experience increased symptoms throughout the winter and early spring. The disorder typically affects those living in the northern regions of the globe. While SAD is different than 
SALT LAKE CITY (INTELLIHUB) Police say that they do not know where hundreds of homeless people that used to congregate on the streets near a local shelter disappeared to following a local operation.
Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown told the press that he has checked all of the local encampments along the river banks and all the parks but is still perplexed how over 200 homeless people just vanished. Now some locals fear the worst and want answers.
All of this raises questions after a homeless man from Houston who survived Hurricane Harvey told a reporter that two local shelters were killing everybody.
Salvation Army and Russian Winds homeless shelter where they were accepting people were caught killing everybody that was in there, the man told NBC.
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(ANTIWAR.COM) In the course of the 16-year occupation of Afghanistan, the Pentagon set itself out to take up a huge string of tasks. Among these were training up a whole new Afghan military, and the other was a whole new national police force.
The military was comparatively easy to understand for the Pentagon. They are a military, after all, and had at least some idea how to train Afghans to serve as a military of their own. Police were another matter, as Special Inspector John Sopko noted that US trainers had little idea how to even start training up a police force.
In fact, curriculum was so non-existent for US trainers that they actually watched old episodes of Cops and NCIS to try to figure out the sort of things they should teach the police. Between that, and all the trainers being military personnel has left the Afghan National Police with an identity crisis, unclear if theyre a military force, or simply a police force trained by network television.
Sopko described the progress in the $70 million US training mission as poor, but expressed hope at least a somewhat better future, with signs of improving from what was a dismal decade and a half start.
In today's edition, we get ready for the fifth annual National Day of Civic Hacking, try to keep up with Tom Price's flight schedule, encourage Congress to hold Facebook accountable to its transparency commitments, and much more.
Ironically, American presidents sometimes have extra freedom to do the opposite of what they made their name talking about. For that reason, President Trump might emphasize might be the best thing that could have happened for those DACA kids to gain legal status or even citizenship. Read the rest
The fundamental aim of the text below is to deal with the concept and models of global security as one of the crucial topics of global politics studies. We have to keep in mind that a term and notion
Featured image: A man in an opium-yielding poppy field, Dara-i Mazor, Nurgal district, Kunar province, Afghanistan (May 2017) (Source: Franz J. Marty)
DARA-I MAZOR, NURGAL, KUNAR, AFGHANISTAN It is only a short drive into a side valley just off
Donald Trumps appearance before the General Assembly of the United Nations could have been a rare highlight of his chaotic young presidency. If Trump had just repeated his inauguration address, the audience would have burst out in gales of
Following Kim Jong-Uns televised response to Trumps UN speech, in which he called the US president a mentally deranged dotard and vowed to tame the U. S. dotard with fire, Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning, responding in kind that Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesnt mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!
Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2017
As a reminder, Kims last jawboning effort deserved a solid A+ for vivid tragicomic imagery and hollow threats:
[Trumps] remarks remind me of such words as political layman and political heretic which were in vogue in reference to Trump during his presidential election campaign.
The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S. president openly expressing on the UN arena the unethical will to totally destroy a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure.
After taking office Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world. He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.
I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue. Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation. I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U. S. dotard with fire.
The latest war of words, which also prompted North Korea to threaten another hydrogen bomb test overnight, erupted after Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that would slap sanctions on individuals, companies and financial institutions that do business with North Korea, or as Trump called the nation this criminal rogue regime. He said his mission was North Koreas complete denuclearization. Also earlier this month, the U.N. Security Council passe...
In the 1950s, Colonel Ross Dedrickson was responsible for maintaining the inventory of the nuclear weapon stockpile for the AEC, and for accompanying security teams checking out the security of the weapons, among many other duties.
As his obituary states:
He was assigned to the US Atomic Energy Commission. A long service with the Energy Commission between 1950-1958 included, contract administration duties at Nevada test sites, Pacific Nuclear Test Area west of Hawaii, nuclear weapon manufacturing and quality assurance in Albuquerque, and inspection of nuclear and non-nuclear facilities throughout the country. He served with the 5th Air Force in Japan and later as a ranking Colonel, Officer in Charge of the Pacific Unified Command (TM)s alternate command and control center in Hawaii. In 1962, he was transferred and served as Deputy for Material for the 832 Air Division at Canon Air Force Base, Clovis, New Mexico. He retired from the USAF in 1964.
He is one of hundreds of military whistleblowers with verified backgrounds to have been brought forth by Dr. Steven Greers Disclosure Project. His testimony about UFOs specifically about UFOs and nuclear weapons can be corroborated by a wealth of information and evidence thats now available within the public domain. (To read more about a few of these encounters, click here.)
Many of these whistleblowers have made multiple appearances at the National Press Club in an effort to get this information out to the world, with the most recent example being the Citizens Hearing on Disclosure, which took place a few years ago.
With such a professional background, working in the places he has worked, its safe to infer he was privy to sensitive information on a number of subjects.
This isnt just a random high-ranking military whistleblower talking about a random issue. There are many whistleblowers and documents clearly outlining a decades-long relationship between UFOs and nuclear storage facilities and test sites.
A number of these incidents have visual confirmation, along with air and ground radar confirmation as well.
In the interview below, Dedrickson explains how the American go...
China is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on the 21st of September, the same day as Russia, but prior to the speech, it already became clear that China was not about to take heed of Donald Trumps
President Trump announced that the nonexistent country of Nambia has an increasingly self-sufficient health-care system during a United Nations lunch with African leaders on Wednesday:
Namibia? Zambia? Well, someone's health system is increasingly self-sufficient.
The neocon of neocons went on MSNBC this week to announce that the deep state has a "grip on Trump" and he now looks like George W. Bush.
She already sold him 20% of the nations uranium supply. What
made Hillary think that Putin would need to attend her pay for play
event? Yet, according to newly released emails, that is exactly
what Hillary invited Putin to attend.
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By Catherine J. Frompovich They know what theyve been doing. Theyve been misrepresenting the dangers of these dangerous addictive drugs for years. State Rep....
The Kurds, ISIS, and the Coalition are all committing war crimes in their failing efforts to destroy and plunder Syria.
They do, and they always have. Heres an interesting way to illustrate that: make reconstructions of modern animals as if we had no idea about the expected distribution of fat and other soft tissues. Heres a baboon drawn from its bones while pretending ignorance of hair and lips and such unfossilized stuff:
This is from a book by John Conway, CM Kosemen, and Darren Naish, called All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals. Im going to have to add it to my list.
For five days, ProPublica reporter Megan Rose hunkered down in a very small, very hot conference room in Las Vegas, surrounded by boxes brimming with legal records. She took notes and scanned documents one page at a time. The grind of investigative reporting, personified.
But in those pages lay a big payoff: a story of murder, misadventure and injustice.
Rose had come searching for details about the remarkable case of Fred Steese, a drifter wrongfully convicted of killing a circus performer in 1992. It took nearly 20 years for Steese to get out of prison, even though prosecutors had evidence showing he wasnt guilty, and that he was likely in another state when the murder happened.
In October 2012, a judge declared Steese innocent. But Steese wound up pleading guilty nonetheless through something called the Alford plea, an increasingly common, perplexing arrangement where a defendant maintains his innocence, but accepts the status of a convicted felon, and forfeits the right to sue.
Rose put it all together in Kafka in Vegas, which ran in the May 2017 issue of Vanity Fair.
If you had been a TV writer, somebody your producer, director would be like, This is too outlandish. You have to tone it down, Rose said, recalling the records from Steeses original trial.
On todays episode of The Breakthrough, she tells us all about it: how she first met Steese in the parking lot of a rundown Vegas apartment complex, how she persuaded veteran prosecutors to talk to her about a high-profile, highly sensitive case, and, of course, what it was like to be in that conference room.
God, there was just so much, Rose said. Its hard to express just how many pieces of paper that I was going through.
Tune into The Breakthrough, the podcast from ProPublica where investigative reporters reveal how they nailed their biggest stories.
by: Lance D Johnson Natural News
(Natural News) Over 31,000 scientists have united against the political agenda of global warming. The scientific consensus, which includes over 9,000 scientists with Ph.D.s, supports the necessity of carbon dioxide and sheds light on the agenda of global warming, which includes industrial energy rationing, central economic planning, and global taxation schemes. These scientists are now speaking out against the hoax of global warming and how global agreements to limit greenhouse gases are actually destructive to all plant and animal life on the planet.
The petition, which includes important peer-reviewed research, is backed by various scientists with a wide spectrum of expertise. The petition warns the United States about signing international treaties that only put a financial burden on the citizens of the country, steal national sovereignty, and restrict its energy production. The global warming alarmism, in other words, is pseudo-warfare designed to take down a country.
A letter from Frederick Seitz, President of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, is also being circulated with the petition. The letter warns about the flawed science against carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is essentially a miracle molecule of life, not a dangerous pollutant that needs to be eradicated from the atmosphere. His letter also shines a light on the dangers of the U.S. entering global treaties which will ration energy and confiscate the Nations wealth.
Just because clim...
Reminder: Murder at the FDA
by Jon Rappoport
September 22, 2017
File this one under: studiously ignored by major media.
I first posted this story in August of 2012. It was based on a Truthout interview of a man who did drug reviews for the FDA. He examined applications to approve new medical drugs.
Pharmaceutical companies must have their new drugs certified as safe and effective before they can enter the market, before doctors can prescribe them. The FDA does this certification. Thumbs up or thumbs down.
Heres the story:
In a stunning interview with Truthouts Martha Rosenberg, former FDA drug reviewer, Ronald Kavanagh, exposes the FDA as a relentless criminal mafia protecting its client, Big Pharma, with a host of mob strategies.
Kavanagh: widespread racketeering, including witness tampering and witness retaliation.
I was threatened with prison.
One [FDA] manager threatened my childrenI was afraid that I could be killed for talking to Congress and criminal investigators.
Kavanagh reviewed new drug applications made to the FDA by pharmaceutical companies. He was one of the holdouts at the Agency who insisted that the drugs had to be safe and effective before being released to the public.
But honest appraisal wasnt part of the FDA culture, and Kavanagh swam against the tide, until he realized his life and the life of his children was on the line.
What was his secret task at the FDA? Drug reviewers were clearly told not to question drug companies and that our job was to approve drugs. In other words, rubber stamp them. Say the drugs were safe and effective when they were not.
Kavanaghs revelations are astonishing. He recalls a meeting where a drug-company representative flat-out stated that his company had paid the FDA for a new-drug approval. Paid for it. As in bribe.
He remarks that the drug pyridostigmine, given to US troops to prevent the later effects of nerve gas, actually increased the lethality of certain nerve agents.
Kavanagh recalls being given records of safety data on a drugand then his bosses told him which sections not to read. Obviously, they knew the drug was dangerous and they knew exactly where, in the reports, that fact would be revealed.
The situation at the FDA isnt correctable with a few firings. This is an ongoing criminal enterprise, and any government official, serving in any capacity, who has become aware of it and has not taken action, is an...
Whether the rest of the country likes it or not, what happens in Texas matters a lot, not just because its the second most populous state but also because it serves as a kind of bellwether for whats going on in those parts of America that coastal elites would prefer to ignore.
Thats especially true of the controversy over Confederate statues and symbols and names, of which there are many in Texas, along with people in power who feel obliged to get rid of them. But if you think the iconoclastic impulse to purge public memory of the Confederacy has anything to do with the Civil War or a deeper understanding of American history, you havent been paying attention. The campaign against Confederate heritage is really a campaign against American heritage. The goal is to divide the country into irreconcilable camps for the purpose of waging political warfare. In the end, its really about giving up on the idea of America as a place where, despite our many differences, we can be a united and prosperous people.
Here again Texas is a bellwether. This week, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus requested that an old plaque about the Confederacy be removed from the Capitol in Austin. The plaque itself is a piece of mid-twentieth-century Confederate Lost Cause paraphernalia that was erected in 1959, likely in protest of the Civil Rights movement. It claims the Civil War wasnt really about slavery and the Confederacy wasnt really a rebellion. Straus, a Republican, wants the thing to come down because it isnt accurate. And hes right: the Confederacy was indeed a rebellion, specifically over the issue of slavery. It should probably come down, in part because it probably shouldnt have been put up in the first place.
But in issuing his request, Straus has become the latest well-meaning public figure to blunder into the Confederate monument mle under the misperception that its all about accurately portraying history. If it were, those calling for the removal of statues and the renaming of schools would have articulated some limiting principle to prevent the defunding of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC, or the removal of a Christopher Columbus statue in New York City, or the dynamiting of Mount Rushmore.
But there is no such limiting principle, which is why the Dallas Independe...
Its not just crazy places like the University of California at Berkeley where surprisingly large numbers of U.S. college students believe that violence and shouting are acceptable methods to prevent people from saying things. Fifty-one percent of all U.S. college students believe shouting is an acceptable response to free speech, and one in five (19 percent) believe violence is an acceptable response, according to results from a national survey of 1,500 students in 49 states and DC.
Fifty-three percent of survey respondents said colleges should create a positive learning environment for all students by prohibiting certain speech or expression of viewpoints that are offensive or biased against certain groups of people rather than create an open learning environment where students are exposed to all types of speech and viewpoints, even if it means allowing speech that is offensive or biased against certain groups of people.
The polls preliminary results were published by the left-leaning Brookings Institution this week while the full results undergo peer review for publishing in an academic journal. The polling took place in August 2017.
Todays college students are tomorrows attorneys, teachers, professors, policymakers, legislators, and judges, writes study author John Villasenor, a professor of law, politics, and technology at the University of California at Los Angeles. If, for example, a large fraction of college students believe, however incorrectly, that offensive speech is unprotected by the First Amendment, that view will inform the decisions they make as they move into positions of increasing authority later in their careers.
Men were far more likely than women to know basics about the First Amendment, the portion of the U.S. Constitution that explicitly protects free speech, but also far more likely to condone aggression in response to hearing things they dont like. While Republican-identified students were generally more supportive of free speech than Democrat-identified students, they were still remarkably likely to support restrictions on free speech and violent responses to it.
See some of the breakdowns from the poll results below.
Progressives have never met an entitlement program they didnt like. Americans love affair with free things, even when they cost us dearly in increased taxes, regulatory costs, limitations on choice, and more, ensures that once an entitlement program is passed, the only change we will see to it is expansion. That is ultimately why Obamacare will never be repealed and why the only change that has happened in the 52 years since Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law is the growth of the entitlement programs.
On its face, Medicaid sounds like a worthy and worthwhile use of American taxpayer resources. If a family cannot afford medical care, society has a moral obligation to ensure they receive it. Conservatives argue that the obligation may not belong to the state, but that the poor, disabled, orphaned, and widowed among us still need medical care provided by society as a whole. In the many iterations of Obamacare reform, one of the proposals put on the table was a limit to expanding Medicaid rolls in future years. That attempt alone met shrill cries of But what about the children? from the Left. To progressives, wanting to limit the expansion of health welfare is akin to killing poor American children.
Since most in the media and on Capitol Hill come from upper-middle-class households, few seem to spend time talking to those Americans on Medicaid rolls. Media and politics are two industries where most need to spend some time as an unpaid intern to work their way up the low-paid ranks, a luxury most families who might be on Medicaid cannot afford. So what is it like growing up on Medicaid? Let me tell you, because its unpleasant.
My mother, a single mother and social worker, became disabled when I was ten years old and soon began receiving Social Security disability benefits, among other government programs. With both parents deceased now, my memory is a bit hazy on timing, but at some point around this age I was enrolled in New York states program Child Health Plus, a plan just a step above Medicaid for families on the bottom tier of earnings in the state. Living in a trailer park with a disabled mother and an absent father, I certainly qualified.
We soon discovered, however, that the doctors and dentists who accepted my insurance plan werent exactly of the highest quality. Considering the low payouts and the amount of legwork necessary to obtain them, doctors with enough of a reputation or experience never had to accept Medicaid. They were making enough accepting private insurance plans. Out of a sense of moral obligation, a few local doctors accepted a handful of Medicaid patients as a courtesy, but wait lists were long to get into a decent doctors office while on Medicaid.
My mother had a private insurance plan, which she paid for out of pocket. Thats something we could never afford today, now that Obamacare has obliterated low-cost plans. So she was allowed to be...
This past summer, Hollywood earned its lowest box office revenue since 2006. More than a dozen films from every major movie studio bombed hard, to quote film financial analyst Doug Creutz of Cowen & Co.
I wouldnt want to be a movie theater owner right now, he said. The losses were nothing short of historic.
Many turn to the rise of Netflix, the role of Rotten Tomatoes and sequel fatigue, and other themes for answers. But two veteran Hollywood producers say the lack of family fare is a major factor behind Hollywoods slump.
Families are way underserved today, says writer Brian Bird. Now Bird and former Disney executive Mitch Davis are revealing their aim to create compelling films and TV shows that run counter to mainstream trends.
Movie producer Mitch Davis got his start at Walt Disney Studios in the late 1980s, working behind-the-scenes on Newsies, Dead Poets Society and other releases now considered iconic.
He wrote and directed The Other Side of Heaven for Disney in 2001, the first film role for young actress Anne Hathaway. She went on to star in Christopher Nolans Dark Knight trilogy. (Worth noting: Nolans World War II drama Dunkirk was this past summers only original, non-franchise hit.)
The movie industry is the most persuasive, pervasive creator of popular culture on the planet, Davis said in an interview to support The Stray, his independent family film opening in theaters October 6. To make a world-class movie, it costs upwards of 50 to 200 million dollars. What do those economic forces mean? If youre spending that kind of money, you have to know you have a legitimate path to recouping it. The answer to that question becomes the lowest common denominator: sex and violence.
Brian Bird, executive producer of When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel, echoed Daviss analysis. Its a race to the bottom everywhere in the media conversation, except for a few small networks who are trying desperately to program for a family audience.
Writer of successful biopics The Case for Christ and Captive for Paramount Pictures, Bird recently co-founded Believe Pictures with Michael Landon, Jr., son of the famed Little House on the Prairie actor and producer.
Co-produced by Believe, When Calls the Heart has driven...
Last Friday ten pro-life activists were arrested inside abortion centers in Michigan and Virginia where they had entered, peaceably, to speak with the mothers and fathers in the waiting room. The ten were a subset of a larger coordinated grouparound 30 or 40 in allincluding two women in New Mexico who also entered a clinic, but were not arrested.
The incidents, dubbed a Red Rose Rescue, was inspired by the work of Mary Wagner, a Canadian pro-life activist. Two decades ago, 24-year-old Mary Wagner met a pregnant teenage friend outside of an abortion center and began pleading with her not to go in. Her friend refused to listen, but allowed Mary to accompany her into the waiting room. When a clinic worker inside called the name of another pregnant woman, Mary looked up and repeated it. The woman glanced at her, and in that split second Wagner said simply: You dont have to do this.
It was an instinctive act, no doubt, springing from a sudden emotional recognition of what was about to happen to the child in that womans womb and to each of the children waiting so innocently to be dismembered so painfully in the back rooms. Suddenly, Wagner felt she could not morally justify leaving that clinic while it was in her power to stay.
The Canadian police did not agree. They arrested Wagner and clapped her in jail. But in an odd sort of way, a movement was born. It was an obscure one-woman movement for a decade and a halfWagner spent about a quarter of her time in jailbut gradually she began to gain notoriety. Her trials became small spectacles, with abortionists scolding her for surreptitiously entering clinics armed with red roses and business cards while mothers wrote in letters to say that Wagners illegal action had encouraged them and given them hope, saving them from killing their innocent unborn child.
Joan Andrews Bell, an elderly pro-life veteran and mother...
If the media is to be believed, millennials are excellent at only one thing, and thats killing off other things. While were allegedly responsible for the demise of absolutely everythingfrom Applebees to bar soapone of our most commonly cited assassination attempts is home ownership.
But in true millennial fashion, millennial entrepreneurs are finding solutions to millennial problems. Cant afford a down payment? It turns out theres an app for that.
Twenty-nine-year-old millennial Yifan Zhang is the co-founder of Loftium, a new startup that offers its customers a revolutionary method of financing the down payment on a home. Loftium will front your down payment in exchange for two-thirds of the money you make from renting out a room in your new house on Airbnb for a period of one to three years. Instead of a typical loan, the company signs a revenue-sharing agreement with its clients.
For millennials with large student loan payments, or for those living in expensive urban centers, making a traditional down payment is increasingly hard. Boomers can scold millennials about avocado toast all they like, but brunch is far from the most significant obstacle to home ownership for the young. Down payments have become a large barrier to home ownership, which explains low millennial ownership rates even in flipped cities, where young professionals can potentially save on monthly expenses by purchasing a comparable apartment to their current rental.
Theres a reason the Old Economy Steve meme has resonated across the plains of the meme-scape. Millennials have been dealt a bad economic hand, and while some have indeed gone on to play a bad hand badly, even fiscally-responsible millennials have had to grapple with graduating into one of the worst economic climates in decades, high student loan payments, and a job market that requires mobility.
That doesnt mean millennials should whine about their lot in life, which has in...
Art has been, is, and will always be political. We are often under a misconception that artists are rebels with the courage to challenge accepted truths. While there are artists like this, probably many, these are not the artists we are usually acquainted with.
The rebel artists we citesuch as Lin-Manuel Mirandaare not struggling with popularity. They are famous not because they have challenged the world with new ideas but because they are a voice through which a generation speaks, or, since a generation is never a monolith, a significant portion of a generation. Perhaps it is a new and rising voice, but the popularity of the artist is a sign that the scale is tipping or has already tipped.
The illusion that Miranda, Kanye West, or Iggy Pop are rebels seems to ignore the fact that they have millions of fans and millions and millions of dollars. Rebel artists who challenged the modern notions, givens, and morality would come across to us not like a celebrity but an Old Testament prophet. The message would seem jumbled, the conclusions strained, and we would send them on their way. Theyd appear to us as lunatics rather than geniuses.
Perhaps that is why the great film artist (auteur) of our time has declined in popularity over the last ten years. His work is more like one of these prophets who stand against the modern notions and point out where we are wrong. This year Terrence Mallicks Song to Song came out and has poor reviews on both IMDb (5.9) and Rotten Tomatoes (43 percent). The general critique is that the dots never came together to form a legible image. The story seems jumbled, and the motifs and message seems to fall flat. This is the response youd expect from an age so at odds with Mallicks artwork.
While the modern moment seems to define itself as an exodus from religion or at least towards a new reformation, Mallicks work is supported by the pillars of an old and soon to be forgotten paradigm. From nearly the opening scene, Rooney Mara begins Fausts quest. She expresses her desire to be free and try everything.
Her request is granted by Mephistopheles, played by Michael Fassbender. Of course hes not referred to as Mephistopheles, a character does call him the devil and his charismatic attitude, power to provide and protect, and attempts to bring his associates deeper are all reminiscent of Christopher Marlowe, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Only this time the devil is a little less self-aware. He is a devil deceived by another devil, an instance of the blind leading the blind.
As in the oldest of biblical traditions, the central discussion of the film, the fall itself, is sexual. The film begins almost immediately with the F-word while men and women dance violently in a mosh pit at a concert. In homes, images of hedonism hang on the walls...
Single-payer health care is the newest buzzword for progressive democrats looking to appeal to their bases. A topic too scandalous to even be addressed prior to this peculiar time, it is now something many members of Congress have stepped forward to support.
On Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders released his latest concoction of a bill, given the name Medicare for All, which demands an immense government expansion to cover healthcare for the entire U.S. population. Not only does Sanders bill demand an increase in the federal government, it also requires an exponential tax increase, as taxpayers will have to pay for the new Medicare system.
Our national debt is at an unsanctionable high, and fiscally responsible decisions are needed to halt any further increases to the debt crisis. Yet last week, President Trump struck a tax deal with the Democratic caucus, agreeing with Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi on a debt ceiling increase. In so doing, the president bypassed his leadership, failed to acknowledge Speaker Ryans critique of the proposal, and agreed to a proposal that will continue to increase the nations debt.
While President Trump was working on that debt ceiling increase, Sanders was proposing his bill, which would be another huge fiscally irresponsible decision, while surrounded by fellow Democratic congressmen.
Instead of wasting hundreds of billions of dollars trying to administer an enormously complicated system of hundreds of separate insurance plans, there would be one insurance plan for the American people with one single payer, Sanders argued.
Sixteen Democratic senators have supported Sanders bill, along with prominent members Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten E. Gillibrand of New York, and Kamala Harris of California.
Although these Democrats are eager to sign on to Medicare For All, there are still many within Congress who are hesitant.
Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland stated that Theres the political issue, but theres also the issue about how you make sure there will be adequate resources put into health care.
In a statement Tuesday, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said, I am skeptical that single-payer is the right solution, but I believe that the Senate should carefully consider all of the options through regular order so that we can fully understand the impacts of these ideas on both our people and our economy.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein added, My understanding is, the cost of single-payer is enormous,”...
Mexico City was ravaged by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake earlier this week, killing at least 274 people and reducing many of its buildings to rubble. The deadly tremors follow just a week after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck in southern Mexico, killing at least 60. Melania Trump should visit Mexico and lend support to the victims and rescue workers who are working around the clock to pull survivors from the ruins. Her presence would take a step towards mending relations between Mexico and the United States while giving the first lady a chance to assert herself as her own woman.
Tensions between the United States and Mexico have been escalating over the past two years as Donald Trump campaigned (and won) on a promise to make Mexico pay for a wall along the border between the two countries, a promise that has made relations rocky.Tougher immigration policies under the current administration have also upset the Mexican government.
On Tuesday, President Trump addressed the people of Mexico by tweeting: We are with you and will be there for you.
God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you.
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2017
Many criticized President Trump for responding quickly to the disaster in Mexico City after it took him several days to reach out to Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto after the more powerful earthquake shook the country earlier this month. President Trump explained the delay was due to Neitos spotty cell service in the mountains surrounding the region affected by the first, and larger earthquake.
A visit from the First Lady could do a lot to patch things up between the two countries, as Melania is not as polarizing a figure as her husband. She doesnt dictate foreign policy, but she can be a powerful force to aid those in need. Her presence would draw much attention to the plight of the Mexican people, who require financial support and foreign aid to rebuild their lives.
In the United States, the first ladys favorability has been surging the past couple of months. A new CNN poll found that Melania is the...
Fall is here, on the calendar if not outside, which means its time for state fairs and their crazy foods. Alongside the typical corn dog, turkey leg, pretzels, and beer, you can also find crazy fried contraptions and unique drinks to match. They say everythings bigger in Texas. That also applies to the fantastic fair food.
The Texas State Fair runs in Dallas every fall beginning at the end of September. Within the fairgrounds lies The Cotton Bowl, one of college footballs most historic stadiums, and the site of the annual Texas versus Oklahoma football game. Dallas, nearly equidistant between the schools campuses in Austin and Norman, has hosted the Red River Showdown for more than a century.
As a college student in the late 90s I would go each October up to the game, which takes place sandwiched between concerts, exhibitions, amusement park rides, and food stalls at the fair. Before the game we would go to the fair, drink some beer, enjoy a ride on the giant Ferris wheel, and chow down on some seriously unhealthy food, because what better way to prepare for a big game then by binging on bad food and beer!
My favorite has always been deep-fried Oreos, but a couple of this years offerings could be even better. Here are highlights from the list of crazy foods available at the Texas State Fair this year.
Yes, thats right, Breakfast of Champions has a new definition. Your favorite childhood cereal is folded into whipped marshmallow, dipped in a creamy batter, fried to a golden brown, and then topped with a drizzle of glaze and powdered sugar. Oh yeah!
A restaurant owner who called out St. Louis police for tear-gassing his customers is now receiving death threats from "Blue Lives Matter" supporters.
Whenever we read an account of the beginning of WWI its necessary for the historian to first lay out the landscape of interlocking defense treaties that turned Europe into a sort of Venn diagram of fantasy militarism. To me, its a reminder of the great Avalon Hill game Diplomacy which we played in my high school Military History Club (AKA: D&D club) everyone secretly negotiating with everyone else against everyone else. For Europe, the results were grim, and I neednt go into them.
Theres a quip that I believe is attributed to Voltaire, which goes something like: once the leaders begin secret diplomacy, it always ends in tyranny. Its not a hard and fast rule but there are several reasons that make it a good observation; first: when leaders negotiate behind each others backs it becomes much easier for them to make the same promise to competing interests and, second: when leaders can work in secret, the will of the people is irrelevant and its the first step toward autocracy. Voltaire, having dealt with French kings, knew a thing or two about autocracy and would not have been in the least bit surprised by the folly of WWI. Of Louis XIVs invasion of the Palatinate in 1689, Voltaire wrote:
If the king had witnessed this spectacle, he would have put out the flames himself. He signed the destruction of an entire country in his palace at Versailles, in the midst of pleasures, because he saw in that order nothing but his power and the unfortunate law of war; but had he been there, he would have seen nothing but its horror. [gay, 113]
The rulers of Europe had to make agonizing (and secret) decisions which treaties they were going to uphold, and which they were going to break decisions that cost millions of lives. Then, once they had sorted that all out, they went and did the same thing again 30 years later; leaders are surprisingly slow learners. Its especially bad when the diplomacy, as all diplomacy ultimately seems to be, involves wars. When Germany invaded Belgium in WWI, Britain had to declare war against them based on a treaty signed in 1839; treaties like that are established as hedges against aggression thats their entire value: in 1914 the Germans assumed Britain would renege on its obligations and let them traverse through and attack France unimpeded. I see these treaties as odd especially if kept secret because the only rational reason to make them is for their deterrent value, and a secret deterrent isnt much of a deterrent. As Doctor Strangelove says:
Deterrence is the art of producing in the mind of the enemy The ...
Samantha Power and Susan Rice are singing a duet, the duet of
Deep State distraction. We have heard this same song for 20 year.
It is nothing new, except now, it is a Deep State distraction as to
to how far the Police State Surveillance Grid has advanced.
Ten years ago, when Ken Burns and Lynn Novick started working on their epic documentary about Americas war in Vietnam, that conflict could still rouse bitter passions as evidenced by the swift boating of Vietnam vet John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.
Now, in 2017, as viewers turn from Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow to the shared experience of this ten-part film series, can an unsparing look at a historical tragedy have the unifying power that Burns originally thought it might?
The Vietnam War, not unlike Burns and Novicks Civil War documentary, which was watched by over 40 million Americans, is an event that transcends its time.
In this weeks WhoWhatWhy podcast, Jeff Schechtman talks to Washington Post opinion writer Alyssa Rosenberg, who covered Burns and Novick and The Vietnam War project for over five years. She had broad access during the making of the documentary and has written extensively about it.
Schechtman and Rosenberg talk about whether the lessons of history have value in a time of alternative facts. Can the convergence of movie and moment help America survive its current divisions, as the series shows we survived another time of deep discord? And will it help young Americans, who know little if anything about the Vietnam war, to better understand their country?
US mainstream media and extremist Neoconservative fundamentalists in Washington are now stepping-up their attacks on RT, claiming that the Russian English language international broadcaster is spreading dangerous ideas. The American establishment are now desperate as ever to shoot down the popular foreign media outlet under the pretext that Russia is a threat to the western civilization.
Also covered: the Syrian government pushes to finally end
the war, Washington again calls for regime change. Also the media
war regarding North Korea.
CrossTalking with host Peter Lavelle are guests Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Xavier More. Watch this great discussion:
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A 61-year-old woman was recently killed in Montreal when a school bus driver hit her while she was biking. The crash has prompted a heated conversation about bike safety in this city with one local leader accusing another of failing to install bike lanes in this neighborhood, which could have prevented this woman's death. Predictably, the accused leader then responded by saying the other was "politicizing" a tragedy.
The intersection where a woman was recently killed while biking in Montreal. Zvi Leve comments, "Given that a heavily travelled bike path is just the other side of the intersection we need to find a way to let cyclists get to it safely. Along that corridor, we continue to protect on street parking instead of people's lives!" (Photo source: Zvi Leve)
On Friday, the city announced a $150-million plan over five years to encourage cycling in the city and to make Montreal a leader for cycling in North America.
Ferrandez, however, is seething, saying Denis Coderre voted against several bike path projects, including one at Parc and Pine.
He refused. He personally refused. He took out and cancelled the plan for a bike path where there was an accident yesterday, he said.
Strong Towns member Zvi Leve, a Montreal resident and bike activist, was interviewed by CTV News Montreal. He responded to the crash: I wouldn't call it an accident. It's a tragedy that was needless and due to poor design unfortunately."
The thing about TERFs is that, as a trans woman, I cannot play optics with them. Many TERF theories craft elaborate narratives that paint my mere existence as a threatthere is literally nothing I can do that wont be perceived as violent for someone steeped in these narratives. So I am not even slightly surprised when we can be assaulted at a rally and the footage of a 60 year-old TERF dragging a wisp of a teenager across concrete is held up as evidence of trans violence. (Apparently its impolite to not pass-out when one is being choked).
Stavvers noticed the meta-strategy here: Its a page from modern Nazis.
What I want to point out is the similarity in tactics between the transmisogynists narrative, and tactics deployed successfully by Nazis. Our current face of Nazismthe alt right, neo-Nazis, the far right, whatever your style guide demands you call themrather like to play the victim. When Richard Spencer got punched (lol) the Nazis were very keen to whine about it. When anti-fascist protesters come out to defend their communities, the Nazis, and their chum Donald Trump, are falling over themselves to denounce violence on both sides. Centrists are always eager to back up these narratives, because they love a good middle ground almost as much as they love pretending theyre not enablers of fascism.
This, of course, serves a purpose. It drags discussion away from Nazis are bad, how can we stop them? to punching is bad. It has been a Nazi tactic since Nazis were invented; Hitler rather liked to claim that he and his were victims of unprovoked violence from the people they wanted wiped out.
Now, transmisogynistic bigots have rather a lot in common with Nazis already. They both share an unhealthy fascination with trans peoples genitalia, where trans people pee, concern trolling about safety, and a general desire to see trans people eliminated entirely. They have been known to work together on certain projects, in particular surrounding bathroom bills. It seems, in their cosy discussion groups about how to ban trans people from public life, the transmisogynistic bigots and the Nazis have also been exchanging tactics.
Read more here.
Research thats driven by Indigenous peoples can help to identify the causes of poor water quality in specific areas, and to design appropriate interventions.
The Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts is promising to comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act after acquiring a large collection of tribal items.
President Donald Trump is hoping his popularity will help a Senate candidate who fought the Poarch Band of Creek Indians on land-into-trust issues.
As Zuckerberg said, Facebook is giving 3,000 Russia-linked ads to the Congressional committees currently investigating election interference.
Of particular note to Naegeli court reporter is the third commitment Zuckerberg made:
3. Going forward and perhaps the most important step were taking were going to make political advertising more transparent. When someone buys political ads on TV or other media, theyre required by law to disclose who paid for them. But you still dont know if youre seeing the same messages as everyone else. So were going to bring Facebook to an even higher standard of transparency. Not only will you have to disclose which page paid for an ad, but we will also make it so you can visit an advertisers page and see the ads theyre currently running to any audience on Facebook. We will roll this out over the coming months, and we will work with others to create a new standard for transparency in online political ads.
Were glad that Facebook is listening, but voluntary action in the face of public upset and a series of commitments in the future in the face of government action in DC isnt enough. The FEC and Congress should act on regulatory and legislative reforms that mandate disclosure of a public political ad file from technology companies.
Facebook took an important step forward, but that a single company has this kind of power shows clearly that we urgently need legal reforms to mandate disclosure online, said John Wonderlich.
In todays edition, we read some of Paul Manaforts emails, share a deep dive into the history of FOIA, consider the principle that public money should equal public code, note that Michigan took a step backwards on unlimited, anonymous political money, and much more.
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