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Sunday, 27 August

00:51

Cops Assault 91-Year-Old Man For Walking With a StickWitnesses The Free Thought Project

walkingA 91-year-old man with a clean record was cited with disorderly conduct for the crime of allegedly pointing his walking stick at police.

00:45

North Korea test fires 3 ballistic missiles: Reports Intellihub

Kim Jong-uns military conducted a test of 3 unidentified projectiles Saturday morning

(INTELLIHUB) North Korea test fired 3 ballistic missiles starting around 6:49 a.m. local time Saturday, reports say.

The projectiles were fired from Gitdaeryong in Gangwon Province, reports say.

U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) has confirmed the launch.

The first and third missiles at 11:49 a.m. (Hawaii time) and 12:19 p.m. failed in flight, a PACOM concluded in an emailed statement. The second missile launch at 12:07 p.m. appears to have blown up almost immediately.

Other Sources:

(4th LD) N. Korea fires three ballistic missiles into East Sea Yonhap News

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00:36

This Collection of Trumps Tweets Contradicting Themselves Proves US Presidents Are Puppets The Free Thought Project

tweetsTrump's throwback Tweets have turned into a series of 140-character insults that mock everything he claims to support todaybut that's normal.

00:31

Total Gamma Radiation 2017 YEAR TO DATE USA Veterans Today

Colorado Springs, Colorado is number one in the US right now having endured 46,136,977 Gamma CPM since January 1, 2017.

00:14

WikiLeaks: Hostile is as Hostile Does OpEdNews

Simply put the US government's problem with WikiLeaks -- the basis for its claim of hostility -- is that WikiLeaks tells the truth about the US government.

00:13

WATCH: Taxpayers Shell Out $30K Because a Cop Thought Reciting Poetry on a Sidewalk Was Illegal The Free Thought Project

poetryFor reciting impromptu poetry on a public sidewalk an innocent woman was detained and issued a citationnow the taxpayers are paying up.

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Saturday, 26 August

23:53

U.S. diplomats in Cuba targeted with brain damaging sonic weaponry Intellihub

Is the the Cuban government is targeting U.S. and Canadian diplomats residing in the country with secret sonic weaponry?

(INTELLIHUB) It appears that both U.S. and Canadian diplomats residing in Cuba have been targeted for a slow death by the Cuban government via secret sonic weaponry which has already caused some brain damage and central nervous system damage, medical records show.

Diplomats started to report incidents in late 2016 after suffering from balance disorders, hearing loss, headaches and nausea along with harassment, continual surveillance, vehicle vandalization, and illegal home entries.

As of yet the U.S. State Department has not identified the source of the attacks but is holding Cuban authorities responsible.

We hold the Cuban authorities responsible for finding out who is carrying out these health attacks on not just our diplomats but, as youve seen now, there are other cases with other diplomats involved, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.

Other Sources:

Some U.S. diplomats in Cuba diagnosed with serious health conditions, medical records show CBS News

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23:01

Civil advocacy groups denounce Trump's pardon of Shariff Arpaio OpEdNews

Civil rights groups and Democrats Friday condemned President Donald Trump's decision to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of disobeying a court verdict ordering his agency to stop racially profiling Latinos.

22:58

What Does Trump's Pardon of Sheriff Arpaio Signify? OpEdNews

Trump has assaulted the system of justice in the United States.

22:44

No Wonder US Forces In Morale Crisis PopularResistance.Org

From CreativeResistance.org. Eyes Wide Open: US Military Personnel Killed In Iraq.

22:42

Yet Another Former NSA Analyst Faces Criminal Charges Activist Post

By Janet Phelan Karen Melton-Stewart, a foreign language intelligence analyst with the Weapons and Space Directorate at the NSA, discovered that the Russians were selling...

22:42

Get Out! A message for the atheist movement Freethought Blogs

A couple have a major disagreement. A metaphorical story.

Spouse #1: I want a divorce.

Spouse #2: But no! You cant! Marriage is so, so important, and we have to stick together no matter what!

S#1: Im a feminist, and you put a pic of Milo Yiannopoulis with a word ballon saying Feminism is Cancer as the background on your cell phone.

S#2: You can change! Or you can learn to tolerate my little quirks. I have to be me, you know.

S#1: You marched in a white nationalist parade!

S#2: Oh, you and your trivial, petty concerns. Our bond is more important. We have to stick together, for the sake of the marriage. We still have things in common: you think Black Lives Matter, but we can still agree that cops have really tough jobs. Why are you tearing us apart?

I ask, whos side do you take here? Some of you will say that both sides are talking past each other, and that is correct. Some might then follow through and declare that therefore Both Sides Are Wrong, glossing over the misogyny and racism that one side takes for granted.

But some of us say instead, Oh no, Spouse #1! Get out! #2 is an asshole with bad ideas! It seems to me the only rational response: thats a marriage that needs to end.

But a lot of atheists disagree. At least, thats what I have to conclude from the last 6 years of abusive behavior by atheists against atheists, who then try to silence disagreement by declaring the inviolable importance of sticking together in the name of the precious Atheist Movement.

In 2016, David Smalley asked, Whats killing the atheist movement?. His answer: public disagreement about social justice. Reading between the lines, it was clear that it was all the fault of people who criticized other people within the movement. Were supposed to be quiet, show a unified front, and call each other up on the phone before we dare to disagree publicly. He was completely oblivious to the fact that silence favors the status quo, and that he was taking a side when he demands obedience to the nebulous leadership of the atheist movement.

I slammed him on it. I had a...

22:19

Venezuelan Collapse? Wishful Thinking? Caracas Oil Deals with Russia and China Global Research

The oil and business press is abuzz with predictions of an imminent Venezuelan financial collapse, as a prelude to its political implosion, which should oust President Maduro and erase the Hugo Chavez ambitious experiment.

The country is running out of

22:14

Video: Islamic State Counter-attack in Southern Raqqa, Negotiations for ISIS-Daesh Withdrawal Global Research

ISIS has made a desperate attempt to regain the initiative in the battle for central Syria.

On August 24, ISIS launched a large counter-attack and recaptured the villages of al-Muqlah, al-Atshanah, Salem al-Hamad, al-Bu Hamad, Zor Shumr, al-Huwijah and Ghanem

21:34

All sheeple citizens who want to receive government benefits must agree to be microchipped in the near future Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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(Natural News) Late last month, it was reported that a Wisconsin company called Three Square Market was planning on surgically implanting microchips underneath the skin of its employees for convenience purposes. Three Square Market CEO Todd Westby told KSTP, the Twin Cities ABCaffiliate station, that the microchip implants are the next big thing thats inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it.

Westby explained that the microchip would be capable of doing a number of different things, from allowing people to purchase food in the break room by simply scanning their hand, to serving as an electronic key to open doors and access computers.

The microchips use Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFID) to function, which also happens to be the technology used when you pay for items using your iPhone or Android device.

We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals, said the Three Square Market CEO in a statement. Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.

But while Todd Westby may be enthusiastic about the use of this microchip technology in everyday life, thousands or even millions of other...

21:29

The Voyager Probes Monuments to Science and Human Ingenuity WhoWhatWhy

The dazzling spectacle of Mondays Great American Eclipse and the national paranoia about prolonged eye damage it inspired overshadowed an epic milestone in US aerospace history.

On August 20, 1977, NASA launched a pair of space probes into the cosmos, sending them on a journey to observe our celestial neighbors. Traveling at 35,000 miles per hour, Voyager 1 and 2 have ventured more than 11 billion miles from Earth, exploring the solar system capturing up-close images of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune before hurtling toward interstellar space. As the mission hit its 40th anniversary last Sunday, Voyager 2 has entered the Heliosheath, a region of space in which the pressure of interstellar gas distorts and compresses the solar wind, a stream of energetic matter emanating from the sun.

The Voyager program is not just a marvel of scientific know-how but also a testament to human imagination. Photos and data captured by the robot explorers have allowed the rest of us to envision the blurry dots seen through earth-bound telescopes as fully-fledged worlds, perhaps bearing life in some form.

Excited by the prospect of alien encounters, the scientists who created the Voyager probes equipped each spacecraft with a 12-inch, gold-plated copper disk on which is recorded a wealth of Earth memorabilia a visual and sonic time-capsule to communicate our existence to any intelligent life able to de-code and play it back.

Watch the videos below to see the iconic images included in the golden records, and understand in geographic terms the vast distances Voyager 2 has covered in its 40-year expedition.


Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Voyager 1 and 2 (NASA, ESA, and Z. Levay STScI).

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20:02

YEMEN: Second Saudi Coalition Massacre in 48 Hours as US/UK Fuelled War of Aggression Continues 21st Century Wire

Report by, Geopolitics Alert

The Saudi-led coalition against Yemen carried out yet another massacre last night when warplanes targeted a residential neighborhood with four air strikes. 30 civilians were either killed or wounded in the attackmostly women and children.

According to YemenExtras local sources, the attack targeted three buildings Sanaas Atan neighborhood. So far, fourteen people have been killed and at least 16 more injured. The number is expected to rise as rescue teams and security staff dig through the rubble.

Yemen is in a chronic state of mourning due to the Saudi-led terrorism. Last nights massacre comes just 48 hours after another violent attack. On Wednesday, coalition planes targeted a hotel near Sanaa. Killing nearly 50 civilians and injuring almost 20 more.

Yesterday, Yemenis filled the streets in various provinces protesting the Saudi-led war and U.S.-backed terrorism.

Ansarullah spokesman,...

18:20

Part 2: The West is Disintegrating Veterans Today

The rise of Ronald Reagan and the new right had promised an ideological revival and a return to core conservative values. In practice, Reagans anti-government policies, his massive and unnecessary defense buildup and reckless trickle-down economics hastened America's decline by decades, and in the end destroyed the fabric of American society.

17:56

Exploring Clifton Moore Virtual Mirage

Back Story: While on walk-about an interesting part-time consulting job popped up. Its a collaborative effort between USGOV and HMGOV that is being played out at Aberdeen Proving Ground (just up HWY 95 from Baltimore, MD) in the US and at RAF Spadedam, a base just east of Carlisle, England. Would I be interested in participating? Maybe. Depends. Convince me.

This led to a house hunting trip within striking distance of RAF Spadedam. What sort of area do you fancy? Naturally I like historic towns, small medieval places that provide an opportunity for some research and exploration. There is new residential construction going on in Clifton, just south of Penrith and you could commute on the train to Carlisle or just drive (its not that far). The new homes are spacious and have two-car garages. 

The Rebel Tree, surrounded by a tract of new homes.
We arrived at the homes, at Clifton, which were quite nice. Some were complete, some still under construction. Next to the homes was a large tree, fenced off. Thats the Rebel Tree, where the last battle between the Scots and English took place on English soil (the Battle of Culloden took place four months later in the Highlands). 

Fly fishing on the Eden is popular for young salmon and sea trout (steelhead).

The women of Penrith are known for their beauty and their sensual nature. Don't press it. "Too much?" Yes, a bit. 

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15:46

Sebastian Gorka Resigns From Trump Administration Veterans Today

[Editors note: Trump is now so toxic that the rats are not only running to get off the sinking ship like their asses were on fire, they are telling anyone who will listen how rotten the captain is and how he is going to steer the ship of state onto the rocks. They regret ever []

15:45

A Portrait of Cowardice Freethought Blogs

If you want to bury something, conventional wisdom says to release it on a Friday.

Josh: Any stories we have to give the press that were not wild about, we give all in a lump on Friday.
Donna: Why do you do it in a lump?
Josh: Instead of one at a time?
Donna: Id think youd want to spread them out.
Josh: Theyve got X column inches to fill, right? Theyre going to fill them no matter what.
Donna: Yes.
Josh: So if we give them one story, that storys X column inches.
Donna: And if we give them five stories
Josh: Theyre a fifth the size.
Donna: Why do you do it on Friday?
Josh: Because no one reads the paper on Saturday.

Dunno if you heard, but theres also a giant hurricane heading towards Texas.

If it does not lose significant strength, the system will come ashore as the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 13 years and the strongest to strike Texas since 1961s Hurricane Carla, the most powerful Texas hurricane on record. Aside from the winds of 130 mph (201 km/h) and storm surges up to 12 feet (4 metres), Harvey was expected to drop prodigious amounts of rain up to 3 feet. The resulting flooding, one expert said, could be the depths of which weve never seen. []

In terms of economic impact, Harvey will probably be on par with Hurricane Katrina, said University of Miami senior hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy. The Houston area and Corpus Christi are going to be a mess for a long time.

On top of all that, this is Texas. A lot of people are blowing off the hurricanes severity or refusing to leave their places for fear of looting. Border patrol is leaving their checkpoints open, so any immigrants that flee for their lives might be rewarded with a deportation. The situation is so bad, one mayor asked people to write their name and social number on their arms, so their bodies could be identified later.

Anyone dumping major news stories on the Friday evening that Hurricane Harvey hits is a craven coward, exploiting other peoples deaths to distract from their own bad press.

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14:15

Trump Clearly Exposed Americas Double Game in South Asia Veterans Today

Although the former presidents of the US George. W. Bush and Barack Obama were secretly acting upon double game as part of the South Asian policy, yet the President Donald Trump clearly exposed Americas double game in South Asia.

14:12

Joseph of Arabia (Video) Veterans Today

The Story of Joseph is an ancient Arabian tale, and everything about it is Arabian: its linguistic, cultural and geographical milieu.

13:43

Epic insanity: Media labels black NBA legend Charles Barkley a white supremacist for disagreeing with leftist orthodoxy Intellihub

Liberal media lists NBA legend as stupid negro

(INTELLIHUB) In what can only be described as an epic example of leftist insanity, a popular left-wing website has published an article that attacks black NBA legend Charles Barkley as a literal white supremacist.

The disgusting piece was published in response to pointed comments Barkley made about black people getting angry over old statues when they should be focused on not killing each other and getting an education.

Propagandist Michael Harriot started his hit piece off by filing the article under stupid negroes before launching into a hysterical tirade that essentially claims that Barkley believes in the superiority of white people, all because he dared to speak against the liberal orthodoxy.

Is there anyone who thinks that Barkleys statements about race reveal anything other than his repeated willingness to throw black people under the bus for our stupid unwillingness to assimilate into whiteness? Harriot wrote.

As Paul Joseph Watson noted, Barkleys thought crime was to encourage black people to concentrate less on getting angry over historical monuments and more on getting an education, working hard and being successful. He also said black people need to stop killing each other.

Harriot continued his stunning attack on Barkley by directly claiming that the NBA legend has accepted white superiority. Remember, this is all because Barkley committed a thought crime against the left.

Lets be honestwe all have a friend, co-worker or cousin who believes that the white mans ice is a few degrees colder, and no one exemplifies the black mans subconscious acceptance of white superiority more than Barkley.

At this point the article becomes so insane one has to wonder if The Root even has an editor on staff that could stop such nonsense from being posted in the first place.

Black white supremacists believe that the only correct way to do thing...

13:03

No More Bridge Tolls....John Horgan's Election Winner Explained(updated August 25th/2017) The Straight Goods



UPDATED here.....John Horgan has made the announcement(finally)Tolls officially come off as of September 1st/2017...the below post, posted on April 10/2017....was actually written months earlier than April 10

A couple of things I would like to add, removing tolls has other net benefits...GHG emissions will be reduced, drivers and especially big trucks won't be driving around the tolls.....The environment wins....and finally the Golden ears bridge will see full utilization, ...Golden Ears bridge has been described as a empty parking lot, and it's true...MapleRidgers won't be driving around that bridge anymore anymore, truckers won't be clogging up the free pattulo bridge...overall traffic congestion will ease, free-moving traffic....and yes, the now eliminated toll revenue is not lost, most if not all of that money will flow back into the economy, thus creating jobs.....consumers will travel further afield with toll removal.....there are those who will argue the bridges still have to be paid for, true....however, no one can argue that the previous toll structure was grossly unfair......Below...my April 10/2017 post..

Why toll removal is the right thing to do

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No More Bridge Tolls....John Horgan's Election Winner Explained

John Horgan with a stroke of brilliance....The removal of the BC Liberal's unfair bridge tolling debacle..

First off...The Port Mann bridge and Golden Ears bridge have both been losing $millions of dollars every year....Treo, and TI will continue losing money and will require government bailouts...FACT

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The Port Mann Bridge continues to lose money faster than originally projected but the government insists the crossing is still on target to pay for itself.
"What hasn't changed is our commitment to pay off this bridge by 2050," said Transportation Minster Todd Stone.
Financial projections released as part of the 2017 B.C. budget reveal the Port Mann will lose $88 million in 2016-17, $90...

13:01

Former CIA officer Paul R. Pillar: Israel lies about Iran and aspires to create trouble again Veterans Today

Paul R. Pillar even describes Trump like a zombie. Trump has obviously been drinking the Israeli wine, which literally clouds his moral and political judgment as a human being.

12:55

[Watch] Go back to the f*cking Philippines: White Womans Racist Tirade Stopped By Teenager Counter Current News

Video footage was captured on a Vancouver SkyTrain showing a white womans racist tirade at a Filipino couple which was quickly redirected by a teenager who told her knock it off and get off at the next stop.

The video was posted to Facebook by Ashley Klassen, who wrote, This is probably the most disgusting thing Ive ever seen. Unfiltered Vancouver racism. Shout out to the kid up front.

According to witnesses, the unidentified woman went off on the couple because she thought they were speaking too loud on the crowded train, reported Raw Story.

I was born and raised right here. Go back to the f*cking Philippines, the woman yelled at the couple.

As the woman continued to berate the couple, a teenager stood up for them, telling the woman to leave them alone and get off the train.

The woman then turned her rage on the teen, calling him a loser, and raging at him, You f*cking little boy you think youre so big.

The woman got off the train at the next stop. However, Transit Police are familiar with her and her outbursts. She has previously received warnings.

She becomes extremely angry, uses her temper and does various things in the throes of her anger. Theres no physical violence involved but it appears to be more verbal, explained Transit Police spokesperson Ann Drennan.

Even though they did nothing wrong, other passengers on the train apologized to the couple after the woman departed.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

12:26

3 Black Men Charged After Being Hit by a Truck, No Charges For Driver Counter Current News

Three young Ville Platte, Louisiana men are recovering after all 3 were hit by a truck while walking along the side of the road.

To add insult to injury, they are facing charges, and the driver that ran them over isnt.

Police have fined them for not wearing reflective clothing at night and charged them with obstructing a public passage, reported KATC.

Deonte Williams, 21; Cody Mayes, 19; and Tevin Wilson, 17, are healing from scrapes, bruises and staples, but they are mostly upset about the charges they are facing.

For me to find out that this guy gets to just go homewe all get some misdemeanors and nothing happened to him, Williams told the news station, Im upset about it.

The incident occurred around 8 p.m. Tuesday along the road, which does not have any sidewalks.

I just wake up; my cousin [is] telling me, Dont get up, and I was just full of blood, Williams recalled of being hit by the truck. When I wake up, I dont see nobody with the truck there. I dont see nothing but the ambulance leaving with me.

Police say the motorist who struck the teens stayed at the scene and said that he had been blinded by the headlights of an oncoming vehicle.

However, Williams and the teens refute the statement, insisting that the driver was at fault and that they were not in the middle of the road at the time they were hit.

Williams told KATC that he and the others were walking on the side of the road near the grass when they were hit from behind.

He must have had his lights off and going pretty fast because it hit all three of us, Williams said.

 

According to KADN, Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue said that the case is still under investigation.

But the young men are just hoping that their charges are dropped.

I guess the Lord got to work in his own way, Williams told KATC.
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12:17

Jena, Germany: Never Forgive Never Forget: Solidarity with Charlottesville It's Going Down

The post Jena, Germany: Never Forgive Never Forget: Solidarity with Charlottesville appeared first on It's Going Down.

In consequence of the killing of Heather Heyer during an anti-fascist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12th, 2017, we decided to gather for a solidarity message to all the anti-fascists in the US and other parts of the world. In memory of Ivan Khutorskoy, Clment Mric, Pavlos Fyssas and Heather Heyer, who were all killed by fascists because of their anti-fascist conviction, we clearly state: We will never forget you and never forgive!

At the same time, we surely dont forget about all the people who are murdered by police, who passed away while crossing borders, whore shot by military or exploited to death by bosses or corporations. Standing in the town, where the racist murdering squad, self-proclaimed NSU came from, that was supported by the German secret service, as shown by many investigations and parliamentarian hearings, we will never rely on the state when it comes to fighting fascists.

Not too far away from here, in Dessau, racist policemen burned Oury Jalloh to death, handcuffed in a prison cell. Since his death on january 7th 2005, the state attorneys and courts have succeeded to protect their own staff from being persecuted and have sabotaged investigations continuously.

We call for self-organization, organized self-defence against fascists and sustainable structures, that will help overtrowing states and any authority!

Anti-fascists from Jena, Germany, August 23rd 2017


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11:56

Conspiracy Theory OpEdNews

It is the known evidence provided by scientists, architects, engineers, pilots, and the first responders who were in the twin towers and personally experienced the numerous explosions that brought down the towers that is described as a conspiracy theory.

11:41

Hurricane Harvey is now a Category 4 super storm, just hours from landfall Intellihub

Harvey on track of destruction

CORPUS CHRISTIE, Tex (INTELLIHUB) Hurricane Harvey is rapidly intensifying and has now become a Category 4  hurricane that is expected to reach land within the next couple of hours along the Gulf Coast.

Harvey will be the nations first major (Category 3 or stronger) hurricane landfall in almost 12 years tonight, poised to clobber the Texas Gulf Coast with catastrophic rainfall flooding, dangerous storm-surge flooding and destructive winds this weekend that could leave parts of the area uninhabitable for an extended period of time, CNN reported.

The National Hurricane Center warns that some areas will see as much as 13 feet of storm surge and large, destructive waves. Maximum sustained wind speeds were at 130 mph Friday night. And theres the rain that the slow-moving storm is expected to produce. Because it is expected to come to a near halt inland, Harvey could drop as much as 40 inches of rain in some places, and up to 30 inches in others, by Wednesday.

According to The Weather Channel:

  • Harvey is now a Category 4 hurricane off the coast of Texas and continues to strengthen.
  • It is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane tonight along the Texas Gulf Coast.
  • Harvey will then stall or meander for several days, leading to a threat of catastrophic flooding in parts of Texas.
  • Dangerous storm-...

11:37

Positively Evil: Immigration Checkpoints Remain Open as Hurricane Harvey Forces Evacuations The Free Thought Project

Border Patrol officials said they were not planning to close roadside immigration checkpoints as tens of thousands made their way out of several coastal counties, where Harvey was expected to make landfall.

11:30

Why Houston Isnt Ready for Harvey ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

Houston faces massive flooding from Harvey. Heres where its flooded in the past.

11:27

Deep State Manipulation Of The Silver & Gold Market Is Collapsing Political Vel Craft

Today London whistleblower and metals trader Andrew Maguire told King World News that the U.S. orchestrated manipulation of the gold market is now collapsing and that Vampire Squid Goldman Sachs is looking to take full advantage of the upcoming implosion of The London Gold Pool II by moving in for the kill. Andrew Maguire:  Eric, we []

10:56

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10:55

BREAKING NEWS: Trump Pardons Notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio Counter Current News

It turns out that racists are allowed to defy court rulings and continue to harass minorities based on their race because Trump can just pardon his allies.

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court after refusing to stop his illegal racial profiling and targeting of potentially illegal immigrants during traffic patrols after he was ordered to do so by a federal judge.

President Donald Trump on Friday has pardoned former sheriff Arpaio.

AP reports, the White House announced the move Friday night, saying the 85-year-old ex-sheriff of Arizonas Maricopa County was a worthy candidate for a presidential pardon.

10:52

In Police State America, It Is Now Illegal to Point Your Finger At An Authority Figure Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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In police state America, in the state of Florida,  it is now illeagl to point your finger at an authority figure. Here is the story

 

 

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10:41

Court imposes peace bond in Sinixt property dispute Warrior Publications

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Sinixt elder Marilyn James at courthouse earlier this year.

Sinixt elder Marilyn James was charged with mischief and being unlawfully in a dwelling place

Bill Metcalfe, Nelson Star, August 25, 2017

Marilyn James is not allowed to go anywhere near Melissa Dorey or Angela Tuovinen for six months, according to the terms of a peace bond imposed in B.C. Provincial Court in Nelson by Judge Ronald Webb on Wednesday.

Judge Webb imposed the peace bond instead of sentencing the Slocan Valley resident and Sinixt elder for a charge of mischief, for which he found her guilty and then gave her an absolute discharge.

A peace bond is an order that a person not contact other specified person(s) and not commit an offence during a designated period.

James had also been charged with being unlawfully in a dwelling house, for which she was acquitted.

James represen...

10:35

Spain: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do OpEdNews

The European Union is in a crisis of its own making. By blocking its members from pursuing different strategies for confronting economic trouble and, instead, insisting on one-size-fits-all strictures, the trade group has set loose centrifugal forces that now threaten to tear the organization apart.

10:32

Breaking: Sebastian Gorka Resigns From Trump Administration The Federalist

Sebastian Gorka is resigning his post as Deputy Assistant to President Trump, multiple sources familiar with the situation have told The Federalist.

In a blunt resignation letter, the national security and counterterrorism expert expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of the Trump administration. [G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are for now ascendant within the White House, Gorka wrote. As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the Peoples House.

Gorkas letter expressed unhappiness with the direction the Trump administrations foreign policy has taken, as signaled by the presidents recent speech on Afghanistan:

Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will Make America Great Again, have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months. This was made patently obvious as I read the text of your speech on Afghanistan this week

The fact that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of Radical Islam or radical Islamic terrorism proves that a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost

Just as worrying, when discussing our future actions in the region, the speech listed operational objectives without ever defining the strategic victory conditions we are fighting for. This omission should seriously disturb any national security professional, and any American who is unsatisfied with the last 16 years of disastrous policy decisions which have led to thousands of Americans killed and trillions of taxpayer dollars spent in ways that have not brought security or victory.

During his time in the Trump administration, Gorka focused on issues such as countering the Muslim Brotherhood, the crisis in Qatar, supporting efforts to draft a new long-term national security strategy, and combatting Chinas economic warfare. Before coming to the White House, Gorka was the Major General Matthew C. Horner Chair at Marine Corps University and also contributed to Breitbart News.

Gorkas tenure at the White House was marked by unusually vociferous attacks against him and his family by left-leaning media organizations and the Democratic Party. This includes personal attacks against his wife, mother, and son.

A source close to the White House said of his decision, This was more or less going to be a done deal when Bannon submitted his resignation. Not because he didnt have a protector, but because there is no point in having your life ruined every day if youre not going to get much accomplished. The same source said that what did change after Bannon left was that anti-Bannon factions began erecting bureaucratic road block...

09:50

Not a Big Fan of Twitter, but Freethought Blogs

But sometimes the format lends itself well to snappy comebacks.

This one is also priceless:

09:46

Donald Trump, Superstar. OpEdNews

Trump is Trump is Trump. There are no "two Trumps." There is no multiple personality disorder. There is, however, a TelePromptR. Whenever Trump sounds rational -- he is reading. That is the "Fake Trump." The "real Trump" is the only Trump. The racist Trump. The p*ssy-grabber. The fake university president. The scam artist. He's a gold-plated grifter.

09:41

Black Guy Gets Attacked By Racist White Guy In A Restaurant, It Doesnt End Well For The Racist! Counter Current News

Source: Ear Hustle 411

Days after the violent white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, a fight broke out in the restaurant on Monday evening, seemingly because a white customer got angry about a black man who was in front of him in line being served first. The two shouted back and forth at each other, and things then got physical when the white man called the black man a n***er.

Another customer captured a video of the incident on his cell phone. As the video shows, several customers tried to intervene and break up the fight, but it took quite a few attempts before the two men were finally separated and the white man was shown outside.

The cell phone video, which has been making the rounds on social media, can be seen below

According to a recent report from Slate, 1,064 hate crimes, many of them racially motivated, have been reported since Trump won the presidency in November. Thirteen of those incidents were later deemed false reports, and 26 were perpetrated against Trump supporters. Even adjusting for those outliers, the number of people who have been attacked over their skin color, religion, and sexual orientation is far too high.

In May, Ryan Lenz, a senior investigative writer with the Southern Poverty Law Center, saidabout the rise in hate crimes since Trump won the election.

There is absolutely a climate of hate and intolerance in the United States, and President Trump isnt doing anything to help it, especially as he refuses to condemn white supremacy and chooses to focus on the alt-left instead.

...

09:29

Recognizing Controlled Opposition With Titus Frost: Rebel Media, David Seaman, Alex Jones And More The Last American Vagabond

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Trust. A word that, in modern American media, has all but lost its meaning. Which outlet do you trust, what organization do you blindly follow? Today, the answer should be no one. Now, that is not to imply that we should trust no one, or hold nothing sacred, as that is a recipe for an []

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09:14

Brave congressman blows the lid off of U.S. subsidized opium trade in Afghanistan Intellihub

Congressman explains how the U.S. keeps Afghan heroin trade alive at your expense

This week, President Donald Trump, just like his predecessor Obama, promised to continue the utterly corrupt failure of a brutal occupation that is Afghanistandespite running on a campaign to end it. For decades, the United States has been subsidizingto the tune of billions of US tax dollarsfailed projects, infrastructure, military, police, and yes, even terrorism. Yet Afghanistan is worse off today than they were before the government lied to Americans, claiming they were responsible for 9/11 instead of Saudi Arabia.

In a recent speech on the state of the Afghanistan quagmire, Congressman Thomas Massie (R) KY, exposed some hard truths that very few people in Washington are courageous enough to address. While most politicians cheered Trumps insane decision to increase US presence in Afghanistan this week, Massie Blew the lid off of it.

For years, Massie has pointed out that the US has blown billions of dollars on failed projects alone. As of last year, the number of failed projects totaled over 100 billion.

To put this number in perspective, the entire amount of money the United States allocates to spend on rebuilding Americas crumbling highways every year is less than half of what its blown on failed projects alone in Afghanistan.

Massie noted that hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on a hydroelectric damn that the US thought the Taliban would destroy. However, they did not destroy it. Want to know why, Massie asked, The get the electricity! Were paying the light bill for the Taliban now. They get 30 percent of the electricity in exchange for not blowing it up, or shooting the operators who are running the damn.

08:40

President Putin Allowed Netanyahu To Vent His Iranophobia: Unfortunately, We Can Not Help You Here Political Vel Craft

{State Of} Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Tel Aviv regime feels threatened by Irans growing influence in Syria and other parts of the Middle East. Iran is already well on its way to controlling Iraq, Yemen and to a large extent is already in practice in control of Lebanon, Netanyahu told Russian President []

08:36

Perfect Recipe for a MONSTER: Hurricane Harvey upgraded to category 3 Intellihub

Hurricane Harvey increased in strength to Category 3, with winds of 125 mph Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

With the 2 p.m. update by the NWS, Harvey is now considered a major hurricane, a label given to any storm Category 3 or stronger.

In its 4 p.m. advisory, the NHC said weather conditions deteriorated and water levels rose along the Texas coast as Hurricane Harvey approached land.

The hurricane is growing stronger as it travels northwesterly in the Gulf of Mexico at 10 mph. The NWS said the eye of the storm is expected to make landfall Friday night. Its forward momentum should slow down upon reaching shore, the NHC said.

Harvey is expected to be the first hurricane that severe to make landfall anywhere in the continental United States since Hurricane Wilma hit Florida in October 2005.

The NHC said in Fridays 4 p.m. advisory that the center of the storm is about 60 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and 60 miles south of Port OConnor.

A hurricane warning was in effect from Port Mansfield to Sargent along the Texas coast. There also was a tropical storm warning north of Sargent to High Island. Additionally, a storm surge warning was in effect for Port Mansfield to High Island.

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08:34

US actively reviewing lethal defensive arms supply to Ukraine Veterans Today

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday (24 August) stressed Washingtons commitment to helping Ukraines military, and said sanctions against Russia would remain in place until Moscow reversed its policy on Ukraine.

08:11

False Flag Weekly News breaks down Charlottesville, Barcelona and more Veterans Today

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08:10

What Really Is 5G About? Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich After my article Is This What You Want Outside Your Bedroom Window appeared, one of the EMF researchers, whom I network...

07:51

Republic of Serbia Arming Daesh Veterans Today

Whats left of former Yugoslavian republic, currently known as Republic of Serbia, has been and still is nothing more than a test site, a playground of a sort, for external factors that made it such and their domestic puppets as well.

07:41

Podcast: Thoughtless Mobs Seek To Erase History By Destroying Statues The Federalist

Jarrett Stepman, contributor at The Daily Signal, reports back from his recent trips to Charlottesville, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland where statues are being covered and removed.

Domenech and Stepman discuss the history behind many of the confederate, and even non-confederate monuments that have been defaced. Its revealing of just how little history people are willing to grapple with, Domenech said. Do you have a view of history in which these people were not human?

Stepman also shares about his time at Brietbart and what it means for the news site with Bannon back in their leadership. Allowing the alt-right to have more room to grow was dangerous, he said. I thought of it as playing with fire and something that could become a much larger movement.

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07:35

Mary Katharine Ham: Trumps Poll Numbers Dont Matter The Federalist

Federalist senior writer Mary Katharine Ham explained why Trumps approval rating doesnt matter on CNNs The Lead Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking in a panel discussion with JD Vance and Jen Psaki, Ham explained that Trumps waning popularity in the polls is irrelevant to how his base perceive him.

The American people duly elected President Trump, Ham said.

We had an entire year and a half discussion about whether or not he was fit to be president and the American people decided that he was, she said. Hillary Clinton mounted this exact argument that Clapper is saying now and it was ineffective.

People didnt want someone who was level headed, she said, adding that the loss of faith of institutions spurred many people to vote for Trump.

Lets get the bully in there and see what happens, she said of voters motivations to support the President in November.

You have seen some regret in different sectors, Ham said. But youve also seen repeated polling saying that he would still beat Hillary Clinton.

There is a difference in how hes perceived here versus how hes perceived among regular voters in the country, she said. that does not mean that his behavior is good.

07:08

New Orleans, LA: March to Honor Fallen Comrades It's Going Down

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Marchers took to the streets of the Faubourg Marigny last Friday to remember the lives of two fellow anticapitalists. We marched to honor Heather Heyer, killed fighting white supremacists in Charlottesville, and for the memory of Nathan Hose, a New Orleans J20 defendant who took his own life August 16th.

Heather and Nathan were honest rebels who stood against the regime and its world. We carried their fighting spirit Friday, banging pots and pans, lighting flares, shooting fireworks and ignoring the admonitions of police.

To all those feeling moved by recent events to join the fight: Making revolution means struggling against American empire in all its forms. Nothing will be gained from replacing the current fascists with socialist opportunists, techie scum, or some even newer monster. As long as the roles of the state and capital exist, so will their tasks: colonialism, imperialism, ecocide.

Parts of the American plantation burn already. Soon all of it will be engulfed in flames. We c...

07:04

The Great Escape? Par for the Course. The Marshall Project

These guys were absolutely jaw-dropping in their incompetence.

06:41

Can Anyone Stop Trump From Launching Nuclear Weapons? OpEdNews

No senior intelligence community veteran has ever publicly questioned the mental health of a president and suggested the sitting commander-in-chief was too imbalanced to be trusted with the nuclear codes. Clapper's remarks were a stark reminder that Trump does hold the ultimate power.

06:37

Iowa Judge Accused Of Conspiring With ICE To Boost Husbands Private Prison Investments Counter Current News

Source: RS

An Iowa federal judge and her husband allegedly conspired to enrich themselves by purchasing stock in private prisons, then herding hundreds of immigrants into those prisons during one of the largest immigration raids in U.S. history.

Mother Jones reported Thursday that Judge Linda R. Reade and her husband Michael Figenshaw were already vested in private prisons owned by CoreCivic and GEO Group, but five days prior to the immigration raid on a meatpacking plant in Postville, IA on May 12, 2008, Figenshaw purchased additional shares in the two companies.

The 2008 raid was the largest workplace immigration raid ever, netting 400 undocumented workers who were driven to a fairground in Waterloo and tried en masse, shackled to each other and dragging chains. Reade the top judge in northern Iowa presided over the mass trial, which was hit with serious accusations of prosecutorial misconduct.

Reade insisted that the proceedings were fair and unhurried, but hearings were held in just nine days in an ad hoc collection of trailers and even a dance hall. The trials were presided over by a group of judges brought in from other counties and districts.

Normally, defendants in cases like this are charged with civic misconduct and then deported, but under Reades jurisprudence, the 400 defendants were charged with criminal fraud for using falsified work documents or Social Security numbers. About 270 people were sentenced to five months in federal prison, in a process that one witness...

06:37

The Liberal Myth of Free Speech It's Going Down

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Being unabashedly opposed to fascism has become, strangely, a position that requires increasing amounts of justification in modern America. Mainstream voices have used the growth of unapologetic hate movements with codified genocidal platforms to lump groups like antifa and Black Lives Matter in with an ideology whose explicit aims entail mass murder. To assert that the moral weight of either side in such clashes is a question of the tactics they employ is to say that White Nationalism is merely another morally subjective political ideology to be given a platform in the marketplace of ideas. Fascism, with all of the violence it necessitates, has emerged from the darkness of intolerable evil into the realm of legitimate discourse. In opposing swift and decisive actions against a growing fascist wing in America, liberals and centrists have granted Nazis and other fascist groups legitimacy as a political movement.

Liberal arguments for fascist sympathy blend together seamlessly with those of the far right. The suggestion that fascists should not be allowed a platform is always met with the same indignant rebuttal.

But dont you believe in free speech?

Such a question always forces me to assess whether standing by my own beliefs is more important than continuing to be heard in a conversation. Of all of the values pounded into our heads by liberal hegemony, the notion of free speech simultaneously inspires unprecedented levels of impassioned defense and cognitive dissonance on the part of its supporters.

My disconnect from those who believe in free speech largely stems from the word believe. Most of those ravenously asserting a personal belief in free speech feel as though they adhere to free speech as a value. They assert a belief in free speech just as they would their belief in a candidate, a country, or a friend in need of a pep talk.

Before addressing questions of belief in terms of convictions I find it imperative to address the question of belief in a more objective sense. Belief, or disbelief, can be used to denote whether or not I think something exists at all. When someone asks if you believe in chemtrails, the deep state, or unicorns, these questions are not meant to ascertain where your allegiances lie, but rather, your basis in facts, evidence, and reality.

When you ask if I believe in free speech, I view the question with the same regard that you would if I inquired as to your belief in unicorns...

06:26

Gresham, OR: Solidarity March with Charlottesville Harassed by Proud Boys It's Going Down

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We stand in solidarity today with Charlottesville, VA from Gresham, OR! After we heard about the events that took place in Charlottesville two weeks ago we wanted to show our support for the victims and Heather Heyer. What made us organize this solidarity event also had to do with small similarities that crossed paths, because our community had been affected by a terrible incident last year.

We wanted to send a message to any fascists living in our community to get out and say theyre not welcome here. Last year on this same month outside a 7-Eleven store an African-American youth by the name of Larnell Bruce was confronted by a white supremacist couple from the European Kindred prison-gang outside the store parking lot. That white supremacists name is Russell Courtier who confronted Larnell Bruce and his girlfriend Colleen Hunt who was also involved with encouraging Courtier to attack Larnell Bruce.

The 19-year old Larnell Bruce pulled out a knife in self-defense after he got his head smashed into the window of the 7-Eleven store at Burnside Road and 188th Ave. Courtier and Hunt both fled to get into their 1991 Jeep Wrangler after the knife was pulled. After the two were retreating to their vehicle Larnell Bruce took the opportunity to start running back towards his home.

He was zigzagging in different directions in hopes to avoid being run down as Courtier was in pursuit of Bruce in their Jeep. Eventually he was mowed down quickly by the white supremacist. It was a hit and run tactic leaving Bruce in critical condition with serious injuries. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance and 3 days later after that horrific incident and attack on our community Larnell Bruce died. Heather Heyer and Larnell Bruce were both mowed down by white supremacists and died as the result of such an fatal and fucked up incident. Earlier today we held a rally and march in solidarity with Heather Heyer, the 19 Anti-racists who were injured, and Larnell Bruce. Members of Powell Valley Green Collective and Rose City Redneck Revolt took a photo-op together before we decided to march. Our first destination was to hit the 7-Eleven across from Plaza Del Sol one block over from us.

We rallied at Plaza Del Sol first which is right on 187th Ave and Stark St and the 7-Eleven store Larnell Bruce was murdered is at Burnside Road and 188th Ave. We marched our way to the convenient store to give a speech about Larnell Bruce. Our guest speaker was Gregory McKelvey from Portlands Resistance he gave a speech about the life of Larnell Bruce and the incident that occurred. We mourned his death while never forgett...

06:17

WATCH: Cop Attacks 61yo Man for Singing a Beach Boys SongTaxpayers to Be Held Liable Counter Current News

Source: The Free Thought Project   By: Matt Agorist

Allentown, PA Jim Osche likes to go out into public and sing as a means of relieving stress. However, Osches stress relief was met with police brutality and is now the subject of an excessive force lawsuit brought against an Allentown police officer who attacked him for singing.

According to Osche, he made a deal with police about singing in the Center City streets two years ago. According to Osche, he had a meeting with then-Capt. Glen Dorney about where and when he could sing.

He said, Weve gotten some complaints about your singing, its kind of loud, Ochse testified. He said, Why dont we make a pact? You can sing any time after five oclock.

At 7 p.m., on August 14, 2015, Osche was doing exactly that.

However, that street singing would come to an abrupt and brutal end when officer Robert Busch responding to Osches performance. The entire interaction was captured on video and speaks for itself.

For some reason, they view my client as a 60s hippie and they cant stand his singing, so they beat him up to the extent that he still cant walk right to this day, Richard Orloski, Ochses attorney said.

Ochse is the first person to admit that not everyone loves his singing. However, the force that he was met with on that August afternoon was no just response to bad singing.

That night, as Osche walked down the sidewalk in front of Shulas Steakhouse in downtown Allentown, the restaurant guests seemed to be pleasantly receptive as Osche serenaded his friend who bartended there. Many of them pulled out their phones to record this cheerful man giving his rendition of Beach Boys, Barbara Ann. 

After wrapping up his song, however, Osche was met with police violence instead of applause.

Osche seemed to be agitated by the police presence and looked to have heated words with the officer. However, at no time did Osche touch or otherwise warrant the violent action that followed.

After he turned to walk away, Busch grabbed Osche, claiming he resisted, and violently threw this 61-year-old man to the ground, causing him to scream in agony.

My body tensed up. If anybody has been in a lot of pain you clench up, Ochse said, denying Buschs claims that he resisted efforts to handcuff him.

Mr. Ochse was creating a public disturbance, screaming, yelling, people were moving away from this guy, people were scared, claimed David MacMain, an attorney for officer Busch, during the trial this week. However, it was clear from the video that no one was running away.

As the Morning Ca...

06:13

Forget statues this artist is confronting historic figures on our money Warrior Publications

John A MacDonald money quote 1

Not So Funny Money stickers by Jay Soule, a.k.a Chippewar, puts a critical spin on Canadian currency. (Chippewar)

Its 100 per cent about being honest about history.

by Christa Couture, August 24, 2017

The artwork of Jay Soule, a.k.a Chippewar, can be found in conventional art galleries but also painted on concrete, stuck to lamp posts and tattooed on peoples skin.

This summer, Soule, from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Ont., has a new grassroots sticker project taking on the faces that adorn Canadian currency  a timely campaign, as monuments of problematic historical figures are being questioned both in Canada and south...

06:03

Oh, forgot the Halcyon! Freethought Blogs

I avoided the Aberdeen Bestiary, because Id be trying to cram everything on, but I forgot about the mythical Halcyon, and she is another absolute.

05:53

The Possible Education of Donald Trump OpEdNews

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is ratcheting up war tensions in Syria again, but President Trump reportedly is not happy with the threats as he shifts again toward resisting the neocons, writes Robert Parry.

05:49

German Government Shuts Down Indymedia: What It Means It's Going Down

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The German government has shut down the German Indymedia site, the most widely used German-language platform for radical politics and organizing. They have also conducted raids in Freiburg to seize computers and harass those they accuse of maintaining the site, absurdly justifying this on the grounds that the alleged administrators constitute an illegal organization for the sake of destroying the German Constitution. This represents a massive escalation in state repression against what the authorities call left-wing extremism, disingenuously suggesting an equivalence between those who seek to build communities beyond the reach of state violence and Neo-Nazis organizing to carry out attacks and murders like the ones in Charlottesville last week.

In the last couple of years, more and more attention has accumulated around linksunten, which offers a space for people to post anonymously. For example, in 2011, a communiqu appearedon the platform claiming responsibility for politically motivated sabotage on the subway infrastructure in Berlin. The site was also used to release information about fascists and Neo-Nazis. In 2016, an article on linksunten presented the complete data of every participant at the convention of the far-right nationalist party Alternative for Germany (Alternative fr Deutschland, or AfD), a total of 3000 names. This further attracted hostile attention from far-right advocates of state repression.

Before the 2017 G20 summit took place in Hamburg, the corporate media was already focusing on linksunten, declaring it to be the coordination page of mili...

05:41

Help Expose the North West Forum Neo-Nazi Gathering It's Going Down

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This weekend, Counter-Currents Publishing will host the fifth meeting of the Northwest Forum in the Puget Sound area. The Northwest Forum is an exclusive event designed to promote fellowship among white nationalists. In order to attend, prospective guests must email the editor of Counter-Currents and be prepared for extreme-vetting.

Speakers at previous Northwest Forums have included:

Charles Krafft a prominent local artist who, according to The Stranger, claimed, I believe the Holocaust is a myth.

Nathan Damigo, the founder of Identity Evropa, a fascist white nationalist group whose literature has been seen on Capitol Hill lately.

Christopher Robertson, the leader of The Cascade Legion. C.B. Robertson author of the book In Defense of Hatred was last seen here in Seattle defending Joey Gibsons  Freedom Rally Seattle.

The Fifth Meeting of the Northwest Forum, will have three speakers:

Jared Taylor of American Renaissance who will be speaking on A Quarter Century of White Advocacy and signing copies of his new book If We Do Nothing.

Augustus Invictus will speak on Carl Schmitt and the Failures of Liberalism

Greg Johnson will speak on Whitopia.

...

05:34

Its Time to Start Imagining a Post-Police World Why Abolishing the Police is Not a Crazy Idea The Free Thought Project

abolishingAbolishing American police might be our only hope to reform police brutality, violence, and skyrocketing incarceration rate.

05:31

CBS Radio Anchor Says Fox News Is Alt-Right Website The Federalist

Today during a live CBS News radio segment, radio anchor Gary Nunn labeled Fox News an alt-right website and said Russian propagandists are using its work to benefit President Trump. The alt-right label has become synonymous with white supremacy following rioting and the death of three Americans in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month, during a clash between violent leftists and neo-Nazi agitators.

After a tease saying Donald Trump is apparently getting some support from Russia, Nunn responded, an array of so-called alt-right websites, including Breitbart and Fox News, theyve all become regular features highlighted by a network of several hundred Russian Twitter accounts, all a part of a propaganda blitz aimed at American audiences friendly to President Trump, bashing Democrats. intended to amplify messages that benefit the president in some way.

Listen below, in a clip obtained by Federalist contributor Margot Cleveland.

05:30

Top Stories from the Week (August 21-25, 2017) Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Here are the most popular stories on our site this week:

A Spirit of Generosity

by Charles Marohn | August 21, 2017

By talking to each other, by listening, and by interpreting the words and actions of others with a spirit of generosity, we can overcome the feeling of helplessness we have in these times.

The Clemens House Paradox: When Development Dollars Speed Neighborhood Decline

by Kea Wilson | August 23, 2017

A big developer bought up tons of historic properties in St. Louis. Now he's letting them crumble and burn.

What Dallas, Houston, Louisville & Rochester Can Teach us About Widening Freeways: Don't!

by Joe Cortright | August 24, 2017

Portland is thinking about widening freeways; other cities show that doesnt work.

Beware the Four-Letter Words of Vibrant Downtowns

by Max Azzarello | August 24, 2017

Cities like Los Angeles, Houston, and West Palm Beach are leveraging their most valuable assets downtown spaces to create cookie-cutter, quasi-private developments.

This new suburban place has some lessons for old suburban places.

by Dan Reed | August 23, 2017

Montgomery County, MD is trying to build a new kind of suburb. It hasn't totally worked but there are lessons to be learned nonetheless.

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05:26

Korea, Afghanistan and the Never Ending War trap THE INTERNET POST

While the US-backed Hunger Games in South Korea plow on, a new strategy for Afghanistan is really all about business. But China is already there (Image by Photo by DaveBleasdale)   Permission   Details   DMCA There are more parallels between an unfinished 1950s war in Northeast Asia and an ongoing 16-year-old war in the crossroads between Central []

05:23

Cynthia McKinney On The Left Right Divide And The Power Cell Solution #UNRIG Latest blog

America has reached a fork in the road where one path leads to freedom and the other to complete destruction. Our choices in the face of this left right divide are clear...we unite as a people against the oligarchy...or the oligarchy unites us all under a common collective global government. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth interviews former congresswoman and activist extraordinaire Cynthia McKinney about the current state of the left/right divide and how her campaign #UNRIG the system, is actively seeking to restore integrity and truth to governance, with the informed will and wisdom of We the People at its heart.

05:20

Antifa Rising: The Aftermath of Charlottesville It's Going Down

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Since the events of Unite the Right, the nation has been forced to consciously reckon with the threat of widespread fascism and white nationalism. Through a gruesome 48-hour period, the public bore witness to a resurgence of the darkest spectacles of colonial, white supremacist violence, living nightmares of torchlight and bloodshed. With no bodycam footage to suppress, no mug shot to delegitimize the victim, it seems a large segment of the public has finally been shaken out of their torpor. There is no disguising now that America contains not only an active movement of far-right, white nationalist murderers, but also a white supremacist superstructure which buttresses every organ of the state, and all of American history. While it is disappointing that it took the Charlottesville terror attack to awaken them, when multiple alt-right attacks and dozens of police executions did not, we can already recognize a shift in public perspective.

Within hours of the attack, white nationalists and alt-right goons were thrown into discord. Having spent so many months (and years) salivating over the idea of sparking a cultural war, their first foray into all-out street combat taught the fascist movement how unprepared they truly are. Between their losses on the battlefield, the public shame heaped upon them for their savagery, and the culminating murder which has proven their true intentions beyond reproach, fascists have made the painful realization that their prophesied crusade will not end in victory. They have succumbed, for the umpteenth time, to factionalism and elitism, falling over themselves in a rush to determine who is at fault, who should be ousted, and who should be counted as the true alt-right.

Not so for the left. Even as antifascists and anti-racists grieved the latest victims of fascist barbarity, a collective sense of outrage swelled worldwide, and poured out into the streets in solidarity marches, vigils, direct actions, and recommitments to fight on every front, in every community. By the very hands of the white nationalists themselves, a great doom was written for their movement on August 12th. The antifascist and anti-racist organizations of so-called America are growing, individually and as a whole. The public is becoming less convinced by centrist hand-wringing, and the media has at long last taken a serious, if flawed, look at contemporary white nationalism and antifascism.

The tide has turned. The high days of the alt-right ended with the election of Donald Trump. Now, the sun rises on the ranks of the workers, marching towards something greater, more permanent, than the J20 arrestees might have imagined possible.

THE ALT-RIGHT IN...

05:18

Statue Watch: UVA Thomas Jefferson Vandalized, Ohio Revolutionary War Statue Decapitated The Federalist

The University of Virginia has cleaned up a vandalized statue of Thomas Jefferson and is investigating the crime, which occurred last weekend. The statue was apparently doused with red paint the day before UVAs Black Student Alliance presented a list of demands that included taking down Confederate plaques on campus and teaching students about the relation between Jefferson and white supremacy, the Daily Progress reported.

Two days ago, Charlottesville shrouded the controversial statue of Robert E. Lee around which leftist and neo-Nazi protesters clashed earlier this month, resulting in three deaths.

This morning, Ohio state Rep. Wes Goodman reported that a courthouse statue of a Revolutionary War hero has been decapitated. Yes, thats Revolutionary War, not Civil War. Col. William Crawford served George Washington in the American Revolution and was tortured to death by Native Americans who had been raiding American settlements along the frontier.

...

05:16

Yes, Christians Can Watch Game Of Thrones The Federalist

A pastor from Charlotte, North Carolina, recently wrote a post titled, I dont understand Christians watching Game of Thrones. He equated watching sex scenes in the fantasy series with looking at a woman lustfully and reminded Christians that its their duty to avoid any hint of sexual immorality.

Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church and chairman of the Gospel Coalition, admitted he hadnt seen the television series, but he had heard about it.

Isnt it also full of sex? Like lots and lots of incredibly graphic sex? I did a Google search for Game of Thrones sex and found headlines (I avoided images and only read headlines) about sex scenes you cant un-see and the best sex scenes of the series and why Game of Thrones is so committed to nudity and explicit (sometimes violent) sex. Unless Im mistaken, the series hasnt taken a turn toward modesty in recent months. It seems to me sensualityof a very graphic natureis a major part of the series. And still, a good number of conservative Christians treat the series as must-see TV.

How can smart people, serious Christians, good conservative thinkers watch such a thing, he askedand why do they even have HBO in the first place? As a conservative Christian who has studied in the same religious tradition as DeYoung, let me help him and anyone else wrestling with this question understand why a Christian can watch Game of Thrones.

Its True, Game of Thrones Is Brutal

DeYoung admits he has never seen the series. Im not going to beat him up for commenting on a show he hasnt seen. Hes being faithful to his conscience, and as a pastor he can be informed about something without actually seeing it. I have watched the series, and Ive read the books. Hes right, it has graphic sex scenes and nuditybut it also has violence, murder, war, theft, abuse, rape, torture, bad language, and some really gross scene transitions from body fluids to food.

How can a Christian watch such a despicable display of humanity? In two words: Christian liberty. I know DeYoung and others who agree with him might be rolling their eyes at this point, thinking, How many Christians use Christian liberty as an excuse to sin? I actually agree with them: Many do. But we have to ask, Is there sin in this circumstance? If there isnt, then Christian liberty applies.

Before we can make proper judgments, we must name sin for what it actually is, not what we assume it to be according to our own ideals, prejudices, and personal experiences. DeYoung focuses exclusively on the sex in Game of Thronesnot surprising because this is the one sinful category Christians often focus on. There is something about sex and eroticism that makes religious people more uncomfortable th...

05:14

Why Turkish MIT Failed to Kidnap Cemil Bayak the Second in Command of PKK OpEdNews

The US media must watch for an oil connection with Barzani and Talabani Mafia families by the cooperation of President Donald J. Trump family members. Barzani and Talabani Mafia families are expert to buy out American, European and Israeli officials.

05:09

Three Hitler Paradoxes OpEdNews

Hitler gave birth to modern Israel, made a fatal error right after Pearl Harbor, and by staying alive to the end deprived his followers of any excuses and illusions.

05:04

Taylor Swift And Katy Perry Are Everything Thats Wrong With Feminism The Federalist

Taylor Swift just released a new single, Look What You Made Me Do, from her upcoming album. Its garbage.

My sisters and I have been longtime Swift fans. Im pretty sure we had her inaugural self-titled album with the butterflies on the cover in 2006 and have been fans ever since. Weve gone to her concerts, bought all of her albums and a bunch of her swag. My sister Christina texted me this at 2 a.m. a few hours after Look What You Made Me Do dropped.

This pretty much sums up everything Swift fans are feeling right now. Swift was one of us a nice girl from the suburbs who liked to write songs about things that happen to all of us, from heartbreaks to bullies, to growing up. The choruses were usually a rallying cry against meanies or ex-boyfriends or a sweet note of appreciation to her family. But Look What You Made Me Do is as shallow and nonsensical as her feud with Katy Perry that supposedly started because of some murky back-and-forth over backup dancers.

This is literally the chorus.

Ooh, look what you made me do

Look what you made me do

Look what you just made me do

Look what you just made me do

Ooh, look what you made me do

Look What you made me do

Look what you just made me do

Look what you just made me do

Its repetitive garbage thats rooted in nothing.

Perhaps the most telling part of the song is when Swift says into what sounds like a telephone:

Im sorry, the old Taylor cant come to the phone right now.

Why?

Oh cause shes dead!

If the old Taylor the one with all the talent who made us feel like she was one of us is really dead, then rest in peace. Its also weirdly coincidental that Taylors music video looks very similar to the title sequence...

05:03

Omission of Sins: NYT Turns Away From Deeper Truth on Yemen OpEdNews

The story does provide some moving detail about the human suffering being caused by the war; but the eminently savvy and well-informed readers of the New York Times could walk away from the story without the slightest clue of their own government's direct and deep complicity in this humanitarian crisis.

04:54

Poll Shows 85% of Americans Value Free Speech Over PC CensorshipMajority Would Die to Protect It The Free Thought Project

free speechContrary to what the mainstream media portrays, the vast majority of Americans support free speech rights over political correctness.

04:53

Reality Strikes Mrs. Mnuchin In The Comfort Zone OpEdNews

Bursting the bubble of delusion reveals the real human hiding behind the facade.

04:44

Christiansburg, VA: Day 2 of Target Wildcat Strike It's Going Down

The post Christiansburg, VA: Day 2 of Target Wildcat Strike appeared first on It's Going Down.

The day began with anticipating the management would harass us workers on strike, just as they had done previously. To our surprise they changed tactics and decided to be hands off, even friendly to us. Well never trust their intentions, but well gladly take the breathing room to talk to coworkers and customers more freely. The same manager who seemed sympathetic with us the previous day informed us at the morning team huddle Daniel Butler told the work crew that he was under investigation by Target. As one worker told us it was awkward.

This news lifted our spirits, proving that what workers had tried individually for years, we finally accomplished with collective action and community support. While we support this move by Target we also wont entrust our fight for justice in the hands of a corporation. That duty belongs directly to us rank and file workers. It was amusing to us, that despite the more hands off approach of management today, the managers, including the district manager, were outside pushing carts. We know what attempts at surveillance and intimidation look like, but they wont deter us, give us a chuckle maybe, but nothing more.

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If we were floored by the spontaneous solidarity by local workers and old union heads yesterday today was astronomical in comparison. Virginia unions stepped up and turned out en masse to join our picket, the UFCW and the UAW all showed up to join the picket line, providing bodies and resources without us even asking them to. For the first time in our lives the unions had a real presence. This is not a union town, this is hardly a center of workers power (were working on changing that), but today felt like it was.

With the planning of this strike we wanted to firstly defeat a class enemy of local workers, and we are gaining momentum on this. All workers who provided testimonies as well as those who were too afraid of retaliation for recording theirs have been reached out to with the contact information of the...

04:38

Goldwork and Detail. Freethought Blogs

Getting goldwork and detail done today. Click for full size. This morning, Vala and I started on the same note, by getting our hair good and gessoed. Such fun.

C. Ford, all rights reserved.

04:33

Congress Quietly Passed a Bill Allowing Warrantless Searches of Homes Only 1% Opposed It Counter Current News

A bill set to allow peoples private residences to be searched without a warrant was almost unanimously passed in the United States Congress, and then signed into law by President Trump recently. It happened with almost no media coverage or popular opposition.

Worse, it was insidiously hidden in a bill that explains nothing about warrantless searches on the surface.

House Joint Resolution 76 is its name. The bills title claims its purpose is Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to enter into a compact relating to the establishment of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission.

It continues:

Whereas the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, an interstate compact agency of the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the State of Maryland, provides transportation services to millions of people each year, the safety of whom is paramount; Whereas an effective and safe Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system is essential to the commerce and prosperity of the National Capital region; Whereas the Tri-State Oversight Committee, created by a memorandum of understanding amongst these 3 jurisdictions, has provided safety oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Piling more and more strange, hostile functions onto benign seeming government organizations, it is essentially a proposal for a safety commission to act as a branch of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Its giving the seemingly benign Transit Authority the authority to use force against people and invade homes.

To justify its existence, it wants the ability to Adopt, revise, and distribute a wri...

04:29

Context and Report Back from the August 20th Three-Way Clash in Qubec City It's Going Down

The post Context and Report Back from the August 20th Three-Way Clash in Qubec City appeared first on It's Going Down.

Anti-racists and anti-fascists from across Qubec successfully disrupted a demonstration planned by the xenophobic, anti-immigrant and rabidly Islamophobic group La Meute, in Qubec City, on August 20th. For more than 5 hours, the racists were holed up in an underground parking garage, as hundreds of anti-racists laid siege to the building where they had gathered, a massive government facility located directly behind the National Assembly of Qubec. After clashes with police and several physical altercations between antifas and alleged La Meute sympathizers (including one siegheiling bonehead), police cleared the way for La Meute members to come out of their hole and march silently around the parliament buildings for a couple of minutes, still shaking and reeling from their prolonged confinement, significantly reduced in numbers and under heavy police escort.

A Bit of Context

For over a decade now, the social and political climate in Qubec has been increasingly poisoned by xenophobic narratives peddled by conservative ideologues, sensationalist mainstream media and trash talk radio, right-wing columnists and populist politicians. Ten years ago, this toxic discourse led to a national crisis around so-called reasonable religious accommodations, and later to a crassly Islamophobic proposed Charter of Values by the nationalist Parti Qubcois (PQ) in 2013. The PQ was born in the late sixties as a coalition of left-wing and right-wing nationalists with the shared objective of achieving the political independence of Qubec. It organized and lost two referendums on the matter in 1980 and 1995 (that last failure was famously attributed by then Prime Minister Jacques Parizeau to money and the ethnic vote), and has gradually re-branded itself as a run-of-the-mill neoliberal party. Over the years, the left wing got increasingly marginalized, and in the last 10 years the party moved dangerously into identity-based politics in a desperate attempt to remain relevant to a xenophobic backward-thinking electoral base.

Not satisfied with the PQs drift to the right, a fringe of far-right individuals has coalesced over the last few years into several small groups putting forward anti-immigration and ant...

04:29

How Your AccuWeather App Is Spying On You! Sheep Media

A security researcher has found that the popular weather app sends private location data without the users explicit permission to a firm designed to monetize user locations.

A popular weather app known for precise forecasts and storm warnings has been caught tracking users and sharing the location data with a third-party monetizing firm.

RT Americas Marina Portnaya brings us the details.

04:28

DATA RELEASE: White Supremacist Fundraising & Planning for Charlottesville UNICORN RIOT

Charlottesville, VA As the smoke continues to clear from the violent Unite The Right white supremacist rally on August 12, details about those involved continue to emerge. Various neo-nazi, alt-right, and other fascist groups prepared for the event and shared their plans using Discord, a voice and text chat service marketed to gamers but now also preferred as an organizing platform by the far-right.

Unicorn Riot has leaked many of the contents of the Charlottesville 2.0 Discord server, which was used by organizers such as Jason Kessler and Eli Mosley to provide guidance and event infrastructure to white nationalists seeking to attend Unite The Right. Many of those involved in the chats appear to express attitudes similar to, and consistent with, those of James Alex Fields, Jr., a neo-nazi who came to Unite The Right and drove his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing Heather Heyer and severely injuring many others.

The fourth batch of screenshots from the since-deleted Charlottesville 2.0 server we are releasing today include the channels #sponsors_only, #i_need_a_sponsor, #news, and #safety_planning.


Unicorn Riots leaks from Charlottesville: LEAKED: Chats of #UniteTheRight Charlottesville Organizers Exposed on Discord App / LEAKED: The Planning Meetings that Led Up to Neo-Nazi Terrorism in Charlottesville / LEAKED: Chats of Unite The Right Reacting To Murder of Heather HeyerDATA RELEASE: Discord Chats Planned Armed Neo-Nazi Militia Operations In Charlottesville / DATA RELEASE: Unite The Right Planning Chats Demonstrate Violent Intent / DATA RELEASE: Server Logs Reveal Neofascist Tactics

The channel #sponsors_only is introduced by the user Erika, who appears to play a major coordinating role throughout the Unite The Right planning chats. Erika starts the thread by inviting white supremacists with funds to spare to pledge to financially support others traveling to Unite The Right.

...

04:24

Texas Prisons Ban Books About Malcolm X & James Baldwin, But Allow Books About Hitler Counter Current News

Source: Urban Intellectuals

If youre one of the nearly 150,000 prisoners locked up in Texas and you like to read, youre gonna have a bad time, as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice bans nearly 15,000 books.

Texas inmates arent allowed to read books by Malcolm X, Langston Hughes, Sojourner Truth, Shakespeare, James Baldwin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Tom Clancy, Al Sharpton, John Grisham, James Patterson, Noam Chomsky, Stephen King, 50 Cent, and countless others.

Hoping to read The Color Purple, Friday Night Lights, or Dantes Inferno? Youre out of luck. If you want to read Hitlers Mein Kampf though, youre all good. A fan of former KKK leader and white supremacist David Duke or Che Guevaras Guerrilla Warfare? Those are fine too.

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Malcolm X once said, My alma mater was books. Now why would Texas want to ban a man that preached about research and reading? Oh, I know. Because Malcolm didnt take bullsh*t from anyone and definite...

04:02

Brave Congressman Explains How US Keeps Afghan Heroin Trade Alive At Your Expense The Last American Vagabond

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Congressman Thomas Massie blows the lid off the US subsidized opium trade and taxpayer funds flowing into the hands of the Taliban in Afghanistan. This week, President Donald Trump, just like his predecessor Obama, promised to continue the utterly corrupt failure of a brutal occupation that is Afghanistandespite running on a campaign to end it. []

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04:02

Say it aint so, Dolly! Freethought Blogs

Ive heard of medieval-themed dinner theater before, but this is the first Ive heard of Confederate-themed dinner theater, where they re-fight the Civil War, with the South usually winning. And its a Dolly Parton operation!

Because I had seen the promo video on the shows webpage, I thought I knew what to expect. It all seems innocent enough until you begin to see relics of the War Between the States: waiters dressed in Union uniforms dropping food on the plates of happy patrons hungry for nostalgia and smiling men on horseback wearing Confederate uniforms. As one colleague pointed out with a mix of horror and delight, recalling the deliberately offensive fictional musical from The Producers, its Springtime for Hitler.

Except that this thing has been running for 30 years, and the audience doesnt see it as parody.

Last time I was in Germany, I didnt see any Nazi-themed restaurants, or Nazi musical revues. Did I not look hard enough?

04:01

Open Letter to Louise Linton About Angels and Humanity OpEdNews

Dear Ms. Linton...Nobody enjoys the sudden onrush of hostile attention that comes when something they've said goes viral, and not in a good way. Your public record, and even your recent infamous post, suggests you want to be a good person -- or, at the very least, that you'd like to be seen as one.

04:00

Your Up-To-Date Guide To Avoiding Internet Censorship & Getting Real Watchdog Journalism The Last American Vagabond

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There are lots of good strategies for beating both corporate and government Internet censors and snoops. These range from alternatives to Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter to direct subscriptions to authors and pubs to setting up your own VPN. All are worth the effort. While Googles Information Age dominance has long been recognized []

The post Your Up-To-Date Guide To Avoiding Internet Censorship & Getting Real Watchdog Journalism appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

03:52

Liberal Imperium: Quigleys Anglo-American Establishment Jay Dyer (half) 21st Century Wire

Jay Dyer
21st Century Wire

This is an addendum to the 8 lectures last year on the monumental Atlanticist apologetic Tragedy and Hope based on Quigleys other telling book, The Anglo-American Establishment.  The first section is free, while subscribers gain access to full talks and lectures.

The goals which Rhodes and Milner sought and the methods by which they hoped to achieve them were so similar by 1902 that the two are almost indistinguishable Both sought to unite the world, and above all the English-speaking world in a federal structure around Britain. Both felt that this goal could best be achieved by a secret band of men united to one another by devotion to the common cause and by personal loyalty to one another. Both felt that this band should pursue its goal by secret political and economic influence behind the scenes and by the control of journalistic, educational, and propaganda agencies. -Quigley (Namely, the Liberal Imperium.)

Listen to Liberal Imperium: Quigleys Anglo-American Establishment Jay Dyer (half) on Spreaker.

The great idealistic adventure which began with Arnold Toynbee and Lord Alfred Milner in 1875 had slowly ground its way to a finish of bitterness and ashes. -Quigley

 

Jay Dyer is the author of the best selling title, Esoteric Hollywood: Sex, Cults and Symbols in Film from Trine Day.  Focusing on film, philosophy, geopolitics and all things esoteric,...

03:38

YouTube Alert!: Cops Turn Off Dash Cam While Beating Surrendered Man, Nearly Kill Him The Free Thought Project

Police officers on the scene of a violent arrest admitted to turning off their Dash Cams and yelling "YouTube alert!" to cover their fellow officers.

03:32

[WATCH] N.J. State Troopers Arrested Her for Staying Silent, Now The State Will Pay 30K Filming Cops

TRENTON A woman arrested by two New Jersey state troopers for refusing to answer questions during a 2015 traffic stop will receive $30,000 under a settlement with the state,

The post [WATCH] N.J. State Troopers Arrested Her for Staying Silent, Now The State Will Pay 30K appeared first on Filming Cops.

03:24

Economic and Social Crisis in Southern Africa. Destabilization Threatens the Region. Declaration of the SADC Summit Global Research

Featured image: SADC Executive Secretary and South African Minister of International Cooperation

Pretoria, South Africa was the scene of the 37th Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on August 19-20.

President Jacob Zuma was sworn in as the

03:18

NY Times Deletes Tweet After Internet Owned them for Praising US-led GENOCIDE in Yemen The Free Thought Project

The NY Times just tried to praise the mass genocide and starvation through the Saudi/US Coalition in Yemen and the internet owned them.

03:15

Family Sues After White Woman Shoots Black 15 Year Old In Head For Walking Past Her House Counter Current News

Georgia police arrested a known racist woman known for shooting an unarmed black teenager in the head after he passed by her house. Now there is debate over whether or not her insurance company should pay the claim filed by the boys family.

47-year-old Elisabeth Cannon fired shots at 15-year-old Vernon Marcus Jr. as he walked past her home in Macon with friends on Jan. 16.

She was denied bond in April and is being held at the Bibb County jail, reported The Telegraph.

Authorities have said Marcus was shot in the back of the head about 30 feet from Cannons driveway, 150 feet from her house.

In a 911 call, Cannon claimed that kids were throwing rocks at her home and that she acted in self-defense. In a TV interview, she explained, Im not an evil person or a bad person.

In Cannons view, bad blacks were a growing problem and were responsible for 99.9 percent of the crime. Cannon also said that even if a black male was simply walking by her home, she could tell if theyre just out walking for exercise or going to the store or whether theyre up to something.

According to Cannon, the black teens were throwing rocks at her home in retaliation for her calling the police on them over a past disturbance. That is why she felt justified in shooting the boy in the head.

Bridget Marcus, the mother of 15-year-old Vernon Marcus Jr., spoke during an April bond hearing for Cannon. She said her son was shot in the head and is unable to speak. He is paralyzed on his right side.

Marcus and his mother have filed a claim for damages stemming from his injuries, according to a complaint for declaratory judgment filed by Country Mutual Insurance Co.

Cannons homeowners insurance policy provides $300,000 in liability coverage, but the policy contains certain exclusions. With the uncertainty, the insurance company asked the judge to give his opinion as to whether the insurance company is liable.

The insurer has asked a Bibb County Superior Court judge to declare that it has no coverage obligations for claims alleged by Marcus and his mother against Cannon. Country Mutual also is seeking a judgment declaring that the company has no duty to defend Cannon if the Marcus family files a lawsuit against her, reporte...

03:13

The Structure of Power in American Society: A Military Junta is Now Ruling the United States Global Research

According to a 1950s political theory The Structure of Power in American Society is mainly build on three elite groups, the high military, the corporation executives and the political directorate. (The political directorate can best be described as the bureaucracy,

03:10

[WATCH] Euclid Cop Who Beat Man in Viral Video Caught on Camera Using Force on Handcuffed 16 Year Old Girl Filming Cops

EUCLID County and federal authorities are investigating potential civil rights abuses by a Euclid police officer, authorities told WKYC Channel 3 News. The development Wednesday comes as new video

The post [WATCH] Euclid Cop Who Beat Man in Viral Video Caught on Camera Using Force on Handcuffed 16 Year Old Girl appeared first on Filming Cops.

03:09

Netanyahu to Putin: Iran Must Withdraw From Syria or Israel Will Defend Itself Global Research

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel is prepared to intervene in Syria to counteract the Iranian influence in the conflict. Moscow, which views Iran as key to resolving the crisis, said it will note

03:07

The Broader Global Crisis.Big Picture Interview with Michel Chossudovsky Global Research

In this big picture interview, Michel Chossudovsky concentrates on the broader global crisis including North and South Korea; the 2001 Nuclear Posture Review overhauling US nuclear doctrine, tactical nukes reclassified as conventional; 

horrors of the Korean War; Korean reunification;

sanctions

03:05

This Is What Americans Think Civil War 2.0 Would Look Like Sheep Media

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

The division in America has become so dramatic over the past year that many people can only foresee it heading one place: Civil War.

Theres a pronounced uptick in violence and protests (often going hand in hand.) Free speech is being crushed by the opposition with the mere threat of violent responses. Statues and memorials are being vandalized or defended. Protesters show up armed and armored, ready for battle. The media throws gasoline on these flames with reports solely laying the blame on one side. Some groups are openly planning sedition and no one is trying to stop them.

Our country has reached a point of such division that its hard to imagine how we could once again become united.

The events are snowballing.

The United Nations has issued an early warning about civil conflict in America. Many people believe these extremist sides are made up of professional provocateurs and do not reflect the true feelings of Americans. (Brandon Smith makes an incredibly compelling case for this.) California wants to secede and a lot of folks would be happy to see them go. Some black people want outrageous reparations from white people while others...

03:04

Poison PR Campaign Has Biased Jury Pool, Say Dakota Access Protesters Lawyers Global Research

Featured image: The defendant, Red Fawn Fallis, right, at her mothers memorial. (Source: FreeRedFawn Facebook Video)

As tensions rose at Standing Rock last fall, Red Fawn Fallis was one of many arrested at the scene of the Dakota Access pipeline

03:03

Flattery will get you everywhere Freethought Blogs

A couple of years ago, someone put together a compilation titled Best of PZ Myers Amazing Arguments And Clever Comebacks, and I missed it! O, my ego! It just grew two sizes larger!

Oh, wait. Its on YouTube. I just read the comments.

  • Pz myers is a douchebag SJW.

  • maybe avoid this guy in the future, hes a twat!

  • PZ is an idiot and an asshole.

  • SJW morons will be SJW morons. Myers is one disgusting primate.

  • Im sorry, but PZ is a douche.

  • PZ Myers gives a bad name to atheistsjust so you guys know, he hurls rape accusations at fellow atheists when they disagree about feminism

  • This guy is a total moron trying to look like an intellectual.

  • fuck PZ. shes a weak ass bitch.

Momentarily nonplussedbut then I realized these are comments on YouTube, and my ego inflated another two sizes.

03:00

Next Stop, Recession: The Financial Meteor Storm Is Headed Our Way Activist Post

By Charles Hugh Smith Many of those about to be vaporized did not grasp the fragility of the prosperity they assumed was both solid and...

02:55

An Open Letter to Google: Stop the Censorship of the Internet! Global Research

Sundar Pichai
Chief Executive Officer
Google, Inc.

Lawrence Page
Chief Executive Officer/Director
Alphabet, Inc.

Sergey Brin
President/Director
Alphabet, Inc.

Eric Schmidt
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
Alphabet, Inc.

Gentlemen:

Googles mission statement from the outset was to organize

02:51

Intervals Slow Down Aging Process, New Studies Show OpEdNews

High Intensity Interval Training workouts, also known as HIIT, are cardio sessions paired with short bursts of interval training designed to drive out the maximum strength of the person who is exercising. Recent scientific studies are showing that HIIT workouts are better than any other form of exercise to reduce degeneration of the aging process.

02:45

The Perfect Robbery, The Cashless Society Activist Post

By Samantha King What seemed almost like science fiction to our parents is coming scarily close to the realm of feasibility: more and more countries...

02:42

Phony Pretext of Combating ISIS: US Terror-Bombing Turned Raqqa Into a Moonscape Global Research

VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: stephenlendman.org (Home Stephen Lendman). Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

America raped and destroyed Mosul on the phony pretext of combating ISIS and liberating the city.

Thousands of civilians were killed. Indiscriminate terror-bombing, including

02:36

Lummi Nation declares emergency after farmed salmon spill into treaty waters Indianz.Com News

The Lummi Nation declared a state of emergency after thousands of farmed salmon spilled into tribal treaty waters in Washington, threatening native species of fish.

02:35

Do You Think PETAs Mad Everyones A Troll Now? The Federalist

This week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals offered a custom anti-hunting frame for Facebook profile photos. Shoot Selfies, Not Animals, it read, with a majestic buck silhouette and a PETA logo. A friend of mine immediately used it to frame a profile photo of her holding two giant ducks shed shot.

She was not the only one to delight in trolling the animal rights organization, as hunter after hunter added snapshots of their conquests framed by an anti-hunting message. Because in America, you dont have to choose between shooting selfies and animals.

But watching this widespread publicity campaign go awry, it occurred to me I was watching one of the original trolls get trolledby the general public. My, what a role reversal.

Before trolling was a phenomenon with a well-known name, PETA had perfected it. Its near-constant barrage of publicity stunts made it more or less a household name, as non-profit organizations go. But it wasnt recognized for its quick and effective response, like the American Red Cross, or its wide reach, like United Way. Instead, it was known for its excesses, and those excesses earned a lot of ink while its day-to-day operations got almost none (even when they got pretty dark and hypocritical).

PETAs trademark was staging stunts that would outrage people with their ridiculousness, such as comparing modern-day meat production to slavery. Or, to stage a stunt in which PETA was outraged by something ridiculous, such as the Easter Bunny or the use of a real English bulldog as UGAs mascot.

Both of these types of stunts were ready-made for a cable news segment, and I commented on plenty of them. Hosts could be offended by PETAs ridiculous stunt or offended PETA was offended by a ridiculous thing, depending on the week. Two pundits could good-naturedly and safely comment on PETA being over-the-top while assuring the audience, of course, we all agree on protecting animals, but come ON.

They were a sort of cultural foil, a bit too earnest and off-the-rails in their passionate advocacy for their cause, and easily mockable by 90 percent of the news-consuming audience. This 2009 clip of Megyn Kelly going after PETA over a racy vegetarianism campaign, and the liberal Young Turks going after Megyn Kelly going after PETA, while everyone agreeing PETA is engaged in shenanigans, is a great example of the cycle.

But the stunts only worke...

02:35

US Airstrikes Killing Hundreds of Civilians in Syrias Raqqa Global Research

Heavy US airstrikes in densely populated residential areas have, throughout the ISIS war, proven a recipe for massive civilian casualties. This is increasingly the prevailing theme in the ISIS capital of Raqqa, where US strikes are killing many hundreds of

02:32

Parent Furious After Florida School Principal Posts Praises For Lynchings and Anti-Black Memes on Facebook Counter Current News

Florida parents are furious after discovering Facebook posts from their kids school principal that were praising lynching along with memes attacking Black Lives Matter.

Principal Kimberly Stidham of Duval Charter School at Baymeadows is under fire for the posts which parents are calling racist, reported WJAX.

Stidham has been posting anti-black memes on her page for months, but a recent post containing lyrics for the Toby Keith song Beer for My Horses, resulted in complaints about what many believe is veiled racism.

Take all of the rope in Texas, find a tall Oak tree, round up all of them bad boys, hang them high in the street for all the people to see, the songs lyrics say. We got too many gangsters doing dirty deeds. Too much corruption, and crime in the streets. Its time the long arm of the law put a few more in the ground, send em all to their maker and hell settle em down.

One parent criticized the principal for the posts:

Shes a principal, she should know better and she should do better, said a mother who asked to remain anonymous over concerns for her childs welfare. Im speaking out, because Im hoping to bring awareness to other parents. Not just minority parents, but parents who have their child there in general.

As expected, the principal denies she is racist. She then thanked concern parents for the feedback, saying she would take their concerns under consideration in the future.

I am absolutely devastated that my personal political views were perceived to be racist in any way. I am a firm believer in equality, justice and respect for all individuals and I recognize now that some of my posts could have been misunderstood. I appreciate the fact that those who were offended brought this to my attention so that I could rectify the situation. I encourage anyone who has any concerns about this to come to me directly so that we can discuss it further. Stidham wrote.

The school will allegedly conduct an investigation into the matter.

Accordin...

02:30

We Need Productive Growth. Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

The biggest problem America faces is not a lack of growth. What we lack is productive growth, growth that actually builds our wealth over time. Productive growth makes a place better with age.

The following video explains what productive growth looks like and how we can achieve it. It's part of a series called the Curbside Chat. If you've been a member of Strong Towns for a while, you're probably familiar with it. If not, it's time to acquaint yourself.

View the whole Curbside Chat here.

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02:29

Textile Maps. Freethought Blogs

Image: Generation.

This is very cool, textile maps of the textile arts of various parts of Pakistan, which has a rich heritage when it comes to textile art.

Pakistani clothing company Generation has found a clever way to remind us how much textile art can demonstrate the richness of culture. Their textile map of Pakistan, which uses native embroidery techniques to mark different regions, has become a viral sensation, with more than 20,000 shares on Twitter.

From traditional Swati embroidery to the balochi taanka stitch, the map is a beautifully visual way to explore Pakistans cultural heritage. And this isnt the first textile map to catch our eye. Generations may have been inspired by Craftsvilla, Indias largest online ethnic store, which put out their fabric tour of India several months ago. Using a similar concept, the map explores different hand-woven textiles by Indian state.

And if you really want to delve into things, Craftsvilla also breaks out each state and its respective textile, giving a little historical insight across the country. Certainly, both maps are a good reminder of how traditional textiles and textile art help shape culture across different countries.

You can read and see much more at The Met.

02:28

The Right-wing Imperative, the Republican Party, and Trump OpEdNews

Trump's racism, misogyny, Islamophobia, xenophobia and homophobia: anything new for a Republican? No, not in terms of policy. But the attempts have always been made to cover these things up. The strategy/tactic goes back 50 years, under the hood of the "Rightward Imperative." Trump has just undressed Repub. doctrine in public, taken the hood off as it were, bringing it all out into the open.

02:26

For Those Who Value Global Research: We Need Your Help! Global Research

We are as a society inundated and overwhelmed with a flood of information from a wide array of sources, but these sources of information, by and large, serve the powerful interests and individuals that own them with the aim of controlling public perception and justifying their agendas.

02:25

1,500 Reports of War Crimes Committed by the Pro Nazi Ukraine Regime, Sent to European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Global Research

1,500 documented reports of war crimes committed by the nazi Ukraine regime have been sent to the European Court of Human Rights! The public commission of DPR Donetsk peoples republic have gathered all documented reports from victims, residents of DPR

02:25

[WATCH] Troy Police Confirm Dahmeek McDonald Was Unarmed When Shot By Police Filming Cops

TROY Troy police confirmed Thursday that they did not find a firearm at the scene of the Aug. 15 police shooting of Dahmeek McDonald. Police had previously declined to

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02:18

Republicans, on the ropes, ready to go down; can Democrats deliver the knockout blow? OpEdNews

Urgent message for the Democratic Party and its members: Wake up, wake up, wake up! Seize the opportunity that has been presented to you; it's there for the taking but, to do so, you must awake from your deep political sleep.

02:16

Syrian War Report August 25, 2017: Large ISIS Counter-Attack In Southern Raqqah Veterans Today

ISIS has made a desperate attempt to regain the initiative in the battle for central Syria.

02:14

Media Disinformation: Russia Inspired Nazism in America? Absurd Global Research

VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: stephenlendman.org (Home Stephen Lendman). Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Sound absurd? Its part of the daily disinformation war on the country because of its sovereign independence, its opposition to Americas imperial agenda, its

02:12

Legisladores de Florida revisarn la ley que persigue a trabajadores lesionados indocumentados ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

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La senadora con el segundo rango ms alto de Florida prometi una revisin legislativa de una ley estatal que ha permitido que los trabajadores indocumentados lesionados sean detenidos y potencialmente deportados en vez de recibir pagos de compensacin laboral.

No se deberan de negar las lesiones legtimas solo porque la persona sea un inmigrante indocumentado, dijo la Senadora Anitere Flores, presidenta pro tempore del Senado estatal y jefa del Comit de Banca y Seguros.

Se necesita hacer un equilibrio entre perseguir las demandas fraudulentas y no sobre-compensar y negar las demandas a individuos que se han lesionado de verdad, dijo.

Flores habl en respuesta a una reciente investigacin de NPR y ProPublica y a una subsecuente declaracin por el grupo contra el fraude de seguros ms grande de la nacin, que pidi a los legisladores de Florida cambiar la ley. La Coalicin Contra Fraude de Seguros dijo que empleadores y aseguradoras estn implementando la ley con mtodos que ponen en riesgo la credibilidad de combatir el fraude real.

Los legisladores en el Estado del Sol tienen que corregir este vaco legal para que los trabajadores que sufren lesiones en el trabajo reciban la atencin que necesitan, dijo Dennis Jay, director ejecutivo de la coalicin, que est compuesta por aseguradoras, agencias de gobierno, organizaciones de consumidores e investigadores contra el fraude de seguros.

Veo que la credibilidad de la lucha contra el fraude est siendo daada por estas prcticas, dijo Jay en una entrevista.

NPR y ProPublica determinaron que casi 800 trabajadores indocumentados en Florida han sido acusados de fraude en el reclamo de compensacin laboral por utilizar nmeros de seguridad social ilcitos o bien para conseguir sus empleos, para hacer solicitudes para beneficios de compensacin laboral, o para las dos cosas. Ms de 560 de hecho no presentaron demandas por compensacin laboral, pero todava fueron acusados de fraude. Otros 130 sufrieron lesiones legtimas en el lugar de trabajo pero se les neg la compensacin y fueron perseguidos penalmente. Algunos fueron detenidos por autoridades federales de inmigracin y deportados.

Como la mayora de estados, Florida otorga beneficios de compensacin laboral a trabajadores indocumentados a pesar de su estatus legal. La ley d...

02:09

Russian Ambassador to Sudan Found Dead, Drowned in Own Pool. Ninth Russian Diplomat who has Died in the Past Year Global Research

Featured image: Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Sudan, Mirgayas M. Shirinskiy

Eight months after the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot dead in broad daylight, on Wednesday yet another Russian ambassador has died.

02:05

SYRIA, NORTH KOREA: Trumps Axis of Evil is Bigger and Better than the George Bush Version 21st Century Wire

Whitney Webb
Mint Press

Bushs Axis of Evil speech in 2002 was precursor to disastrous invasion and regime change. Now once again, under Trump, that narrative has re-emerged this time linking Syria with North Korea, based on allegations by unidentified parties regarding chemical weapons shipments.

On Monday, Reuters published a widely circulated story based on a confidential United Nations report on North Korean sanctions violations. According to the report, which is not available to the general public, two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the countrys chemical weapons program had been intercepted.

The report, according to Reuters, was authored by a panel of independent UN experts and investigates alleged dealings between a North Korean company and Syrias Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), a government agency that oversaw the nations chemical weapons program before the internationally-recognized destruction of that program took place in 2013.

Notably, the 37-page document at no point gives details on when or where the interdictions occurred or details regarding what the shipments actually contained.

The report further states that its account of the incidents occurrence is dependent on the testimony of two unidentified member states, which interdicted shipments destined for Syria and had reasons to believe that the goods were part of a KOMID contract with Syria. KOMID is the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation, a Pyongyang-based company the UN had previously cited  in 2009, when the UN Security Council had it blacklisted for its role in supporting North Koreas ballistic missile program as a primary arms dealer and main exporter of goods and equipment related to ballistic missiles and conventional weapons.

01:59

Lakeland K-9 Officers Suspended After Being Caught Speeding Over 100 mph While Off Duty Filming Cops

LAKELAND, Fla. Lakeland officers were caught on their own dash cameras speeding across the panhandle at more than 100 mph. Nine members of the Lakeland K-9 team have been

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01:59

Cactus. Freethought Blogs

Cactus. J.J. Grandville, Les fleurs animes.

01:57

Why Medicare-for-All Is Good for Business OpEdNews

The ongoing failure of our health care system is directly attributable to the fact that it is largely designed not to provide quality care in a cost-effective way, but to make maximum profits for health insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, and medical equipment suppliers. That has got to change. We need to guarantee health care for all. We need a Medicare-for-all health care system in the U.S.

01:53

Why do Police Riot Squads Target Protesters Instead of White Supremacists? Filming Cops

Police riot squads were an inescapable presence at the recent demonstration against white supremacists at a free speech rally in Boston, just as they had been a week earlier in

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01:46

Arizona Man Fired After Posting About Plan to Drive Through Trump Protesters Counter Current News

An Arizona man thought it would be a good idea to post online about his plans to run through Trump protesters with his truck trumper. Now he has paid for his violent threats by losing his job.

This threat is in exceptionally bad taste considering the recent domestic terrorist attack at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA that killed Heather Heyer.

James Cobo took it upon himself to post to the Protest Trump Downtown Phoenix page, writing, You are all pathetic. Cant wait to drive through. 44 with push bumper will be sweet in this crowd. I named my lifted truck trumper, reported The Arizona Republic.

Less than 24 hours after his threat,  West Valley Tires, an automotive-services store in Buckeye, AZ, posted a Facebook post of its own, blasting the comment and saying that that individual was no longer affiliated with the shop.

Cobo is unrepentant about his violent comments, even after losing his job and receiving several death threats. He insists he never intended to hurt anyone by running through the pathetic protesters with his truck.

I never hurt anybody, nor did I have the intent to, Cobo told the Republic. I never said I was actually going to hit anybody with a vehicle. They assumed it. Never would have thought it would be a big deal.

Cobo is also baffled that people think he is racist, he suggests he was just poking at anti-Trump people in an attempt to hurt them mentally and emotionally.

I still cant figure out why Im being called a racist. Ive never even said anything racist.

I was poking at them, trying to get a reaction like they do to the Trump supporters, Cobo said. Just hurt feelings like they do to everybody that doesnt feel the same way they do about life.

He says he was...

01:44

Witness the Power of Remaining SilentWoman Gets $30K After Cops Ignore the Constitution The Free Thought Project

For practicing her right to remain silent, a woman was kidnaped and caged. Now the taxpayers are shelling out $30K while the cops remain on the job.

01:41

Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke sends secret monument report to White House Indianz.Com News

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will not call for the removal of any national monuments but will recommend downsizing an unnamed 'handful' in a report to the White House.

01:30

Ahead Of Hurricane Harvey, Its Time To Drink A Dark And Stormy The Federalist

In Texas there is always the offhand chance of a tropical storm or hurricane hitting. Its been a long time since weve had a serious storm, but they do happen. Thankfully I live in Austin, on the top of a very high hill. If it floods at my house, Noah will be here, because it will be epochal. As with all disasters, natural or otherwise, a good stiff drink is called for, and what could be better ahead of a major tropical storm than a Dark and Stormy.

Supposedly born in Bermuda in the aftermath of World War I, the Dark and Stormy (or Dark N Stormy, or even Dark N Stormy), mixes a dark rum and ginger beer. When I was in my 20s and working in Washington, I took a much-needed vacation to Bermuda. If you havent been to the island nation in the midst of the Atlantic, I highly, highly recommend that you go. Its a very British island, being an official overseas territory and all. Home of the Bermuda shorts and the most gorgeous pink sand beaches, it is truly a beautiful place.

In Bermuda you can have English high tea on the beach. I kid you not. One afternoon, my travel companion and I had tea on a pink sand beach. Little sandwiches, sweets, and strong English tea, all while overlooking the beach and hearing the waves lapping at the shore. Its magical.

You cant go to Bermuda and not have their signature cocktail, the Dark and Stormy. Its a wonderful combination of dark, spicy, Caribbean rum and ginger beer, which isnt really beer, at least not like I usually write about. Its more like root beer, non-alcoholic, but tasty nonetheless.

Bermudas Official Drink

Gosling Brothers, makers of Goslings Black Seal Rum and Goslings Ginger Beer, claim the trademark for the islands official drink. Their products may make the official Dark N Stormy, but dont feel forced to use them. I first had this drink while I was riding in a glass-bottom boat in Bermuda looking at the amazing fish. Touristy, I know, but it was a great way to see the sea life and imbibe at the same time.

Since Bermuda is in the midst of the Atlantic, they often get hit with storms. When youre watching the Weather Channel and they say that a hurricane has gone out to sea in the Atlantic, that means cargo and fishing ships in the ocean will have to deal with the storm, but can also mean that it heads toward Bermuda.

This weekend Mother Nature is sending the tropical storm not to Bermuda, but to Texas. Hurricane Harvey is forecasted to slam into the Texas coast in the next 24 hours, and could linger for days to come. With it comes the dark clouds, stormy winds, and flooding rains. If youre in the path of Harvey you should probably prepare. Board your windows, evacuate when called for, secure necessary supplies, et cetera. Also, you should plan to drink. I mean, what better way to deal with Mother Natures wrath than with a stiff, flavorful drink?

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01:23

World reacts to Trumps new Afghanistan policy Veterans Today

Global reaction to President Donald Trump's speech on the new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan:

01:20

ISIS threatens Europe and U.S. Veterans Today

Playing with terrorism entails terrible and irreversible consequences. Watching what's happening in the world, it is hard to argue with this statement.

01:18

Trump Falls for the Afghanistan Trap OpEdNews

Who convinced Trump -- who has literally no experience whatsoever in foreign, defense, or intelligence policy -- to continue the same failed policy that Barack Obama and George W. Bush pursued before him? It was those generals who were supposed to be the adults in the room. It was the generals that the mainstream media hoped would be the ones to moderate this unpredictable president.

01:16

Using my white privilege for the right reasons: Florida Woman Beats A Racist Counter Current News

A Florida woman was caught on video cursing and beating another female in a hotel lobby after the victim reportedly made a racist comment about Haitians. She says she was using her white privilege to stand up for minorities.

The viral video, which was posted to Facebook by a user named Austin, showed Colleen Dagg launching herself at the woman and punching her to the ground while cursing her, reported Raw story.

According to Austin, Ok so lady in the blue sundress said something super racist about how you know these Haitians and sis in the gray was not having it. She then lied to the police and said the other girl started it, when everything was caught on video.

Police were called to the hotel after the brawl.

Dagg used her Twitter account to give her side of the story after the video went viral.

This is a young country built on racism, Dagg wrote. Black people have been disenfranchised for over 250 years. The faster white people accept and validate the truth, the closer well come to a place of peace and understanding.

Fighting racism is dependent on me using my white privilege for the right reasons, she added.

The white woman tried to use her white privilege on me, the fact that I am white too seemed to have slipped her mind, she wrote, adding, If you see it, say something.

 

Watch the fight below:


(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

01:09

Media: War Makes Trump Presidential WhoWhatWhy

PICKS are stories from many sources, selected by our editors or recommended by our readers because they are important, surprising, troubling, enlightening, inspiring, or amusing. They appear on our site and in our daily newsletter. Please send suggested articles, videos, podcasts, etc. to picks@whowhatwhy.org.

Renewed Talk of Providing Lethal Aid to Ukraine (Dan)

A reminder: this lethal aid, first discussed during the Obama years, would be for the Ukrainians. Not their Russia adversaries fighting in the Eastern part of the country.  Again proof that the Trump White House is not as pro-Putin as it appears.

Trump Presidential Again For Ramping Up the War in Afghanistan (Jimmy)

Ben Norton writes, Like clockwork, pundits responded to the news by rushing to praise Trump for his presidential decision. There is nothing quite as presidential as expanding an unending war that has left many thousands of Muslim civilians dead.

Spains Recent Terror Empowers Catalan Separatists (Dan)

The Catalan government in Barcelona remains a part of Spain, albeit tenuously. Debates rages over how much assistance the Catalans should receive from the federal government. Catalans believe they should have had more counterterrorism money in the wake of the Las Ramblas attack. The federal government counters they pay as much as they receive from the Catalans.

Toyota Just Patented a Cloaking Device (Reader Rokana)

The goal is not to make their cars invisible, but to actually improve the drivers visibility.

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01:08

Extraordinary Radar Imagery for Hurricane Harvey Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

The importance of having weather radars along our coasts is highlighted by the amazing imagery from the NWS radars at Brownsville and Corpus Cristi.

Here is one at 6:44 AM PDT this morning. The circular eye of Hurricane Harvey is obvious.   Look closely and you will see evidence of a double eye.  This often occurs as a hurricane goes through a eyewall replacement cycle, in which an exterior eyewall develops and then shrinks in radius and intensifies.   Storm often strengthen as the outer eye wall  tightens inward around the low center.


With coastal radars, hurricanes (and other storms) can be examined comprehensively as they approach land.  They are in fact, the CAT scans or MRIs of the meteorological profession.    The importance of such coastal radars is why many of us pushed for a radar on the Washington coast at Langley Hill and why folks in Oregon are pushing for a radar on the Oregon coast---the last great gap in U.S. coastal radar coverage.  The central pressure of Hurricane Harvey is about 950 hPa.   The Columbus Day Storm of 1962 was similar:   955 hPa.

Our ability to follow hurricanes is not limited to weather radar.  Improving satellite imagery, such as from GOES-16, provides amazing views from space (see below).  You can even see a very small hurricane eye.

And during the last few days Air Force and NOAA aircraft have been traveling in the storm, taking flight level observations and dropping instrumented packages called dropsondes.   Here is a graphic that show the winds at flight level from an aircraft now in the storm.

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01:07

How Do I Research and Write About My Subject When Theres No Archive?by Linda M. Morra QWF Writes

When perusing the scrapbook of a Canadian female writer and artist, I find a twig of cedar clipped to its

01:02

Google will help diagnose your clinical depression: its wonderful Jon Rappoport's Blog

Google will help diagnose your clinical depression: its wonderful

by Jon Rappoport

August 25, 2017

In my work-in-progress, The Underground, here is what I wrote about Google: Theyre clever, Ill give them that. Theyre saying you can search them for any information in the world, but theyre really searching you.

Google has decided its not doing enough to lead us into a better world. So now its going to enter the field of psychiatry.

Engadget.com: Google is offering a medically validated, anonymous screening questionnaire for clinical depression if you search for information on the condition. This wont definitively indicate that youre clinically depressed, to be clear, but it will give you useful information you can take to a doctor.

Google and others are determined to fight fake news, and they know that the consequences of false or incomplete medical information could be serious. If you need help, they want to be sure you get the appropriate support.

Lets see if I can help Google fight false or incomplete medical information.

For example, be aware that there is no defining lab test for clinical depression.

No blood test, no urine test, no saliva test, no brain scan, no genetic assay.

Committees of psychiatrists sit down and look at unscientific menus of human behavior, lump certain behaviors together, and arbitrarily label them clinical depression.

Therefore, any Google questionnaire is simply going to feed into that trough of pseudoscience. Thats all.

Then, of course, there are the drugs that come with a diagnosis of depression. Drugs like Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft. Ill help Google fight incomplete medical information in this area as well.

In 2004, Dr. Peter Breggin, eminent psychiatrist, expert witness in court trials, and author of Toxic Psychiatry, wrote the following about these drugs. I suggest paying close attention:

On March 22 [2004] the FDA issued an extraordinary Public Health Advisory that cautioned about the risks associated with the whole new generation of antidepressants including Prozac and its knock offs, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, and Lexapro, as well as Wellbutrin, Effexor, Serzone, and Remeron. The warning followed a public hearing where dozens of family members and victims testified about suicide and violence committed by individuals taking these medications.

In the debate over drug-induc...

01:00

Choose Your Birds! Freethought Blogs

Okay, here are all the birds I chose. I dont think I can get them all on, so if there are ones you really like, let me know! The only other absolute right now is the Simurgh, the only question is which one? Those are the last two photos. Im leaning toward the last.

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00:55

The Trump Doctrine Veterans Today

As a super power, USA may think it has a right to bully. But it would be a different game when national self-esteem, honour and integrity are challenged. According to Hans Joachim Morgenthau, herein lie the incalculable elements of National Character and Morale.

00:51

No Words Veterans Today

Israelis Demolish Kindergarten

00:50

Following Obama's Legacy yet Poll finds Trump an Idiot OpEdNews

Surprisingly Trump is following Obama's legacy on many counts though not health care. It gives him a defense against liberals who refused to criticize Obama for similar actions.

00:47

LA Investigators Probe Male Escorts Suspicious Drug Death at Prominent Dem Donors Home Counter Current News

An investigation of the death of a  26-year-old male escort at the home of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck is underway after new information now questions the previous ruling that the death of Gemmel Moore was an accidental overdose.

As reported by The Grio:

Although Gemmel Moores death was initially ruled to be an accidental overdose when he was found in the closed bathroom of Ed Bucks home, the sheriffs office has reopened the investigation as of last week.

The coroners office originally said that Buck, who is a prominent Democratic donor, was home at the time of Moores death. However, Seymour Amster, his attorney, told the LA Times last week Buck had nothing to do with this young mans tragic death.

Moores mother, Letisha Nixon, has publicly implored investigators to look closely at her sons death and to look out for other potential victims who might be reluctant to talk.

Buck is alleged to have sought out individuals, specifically young black men to exploit by watching them take drugs pushing them to extreme limits.

The article continues:

Ed Buck has been soliciting young gay black men, she told reporters outside of a West Hollywood city council hearing. He has them wear these long white under-johns. He takes pictures of them.

He hits them up with meth. The more meth that they smoke and inject, the more money that he gives them, she added.

In that same line of accusations, one unnamed accuser told KTLA that Buck liked to force people to take drugs.

He gets his thrills just based off you getting high, the unnamed accuser said. He wants to see your reaction. He wa...

00:37

You should not date Nate Freethought Blogs

Nate has an interminable web site in which he talks about how unique and special and hardworking he is, and how he abhors 95% of what other people like (its a kind of negging), and how he wants to meet a special someone for a vacation date. Maybe magic will happen!

I think magic is his special secret word for sex.

Anyway, after going on and on about his unusual creative lifestyle and how hes sure there are very few women who could possibly be interested in him, he lays down his requirements for a date:

As far as age is concerned, if you are somewhere between 22 and 35 thats just fine. If you have a slender, healthy body, a reasonably slim waist, and a very pretty face then, quite frankly, you sound like heaven to me!

How prosaic and predictable. Just another marketing guy trying to pick up girls.

By the way, its even worse than that: he markets nutritional supplements, the shiny new ploy for snake oil salesmen, and he hates the FDA because it is an inept, deplorable, and useless organization.

I think those are his special secret words for knows Im a con artist and a quack.

00:33

Trump's strategy may drive Pakistan closer to Russia and China OpEdNews

Beijing and Moscow have come to Pakistan's defense in light of President Donald Trump's Afghan and Pakistan strategy unveiled on Monday.

00:30

Medusa: Romance of the Jellyfish. Freethought Blogs

From rq. Love that fifth shot, click for full size!

rq, all rights reserved.

00:23

Israel is still grabbing Palestinian lands and building a beautiful, powerful wall Veterans Today

Is using urine during a protest part of being democratic as well?

00:22

Bystander Video Tells Different Story to Police Report After Police Beat Two Men and Delete Surveillance Video Filming Cops

DETROIT Over the past few years, police departments across the country have been the focus of activists as videos showed officers manhandling citizens. The city of Detroit has avoided

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00:21

The Ruler's Guide OpEdNews

There is a vast difference between governing, as exemplified 1300 years ago in China's Golden Age, and the travesty of commandeering, as exemplified by our present administration.

00:18

Game of Trump: The Battle of Charlottesville OpEdNews

We're more than half way through season 1 of "Game of Trump" and each week's episode brings new surprises. The aftermath of the battle of Charlottesville caused Emperor Trump to reveal his true character. Meanwhile, the resistance found new energy.

00:16

Feminist Friday: Feminisms Forgotten Name Freethought Blogs

Maxine Hong Kingston is one of many feminists engaged in what we would today call intersectional theorizing, though she was writing in that mode at least two decades before Crenshaw would give activists the term intersectionality. Her book of fables and thought, The Woman Warrior (1976), has gone on to be a university staple in many different disciplines. The Woman Warrior is taught so widely, in fact, that the Washington Post includes in a piece about the book and its prominence:

It gained a following that seems, if anything, to have increased over the years.

Thus, for example, Bill Moyers has reported that The Woman Warrior and Kingstons second memoir, China Men (1980), are the most widely taught books by a living American author on college campuses today, which echoes a claim made by the Modern Language Association. This rather astonishing information no doubt reflects the various categories of political and cultural opinion to which Kingstons work appeals, but it also means that The Woman Warrior is probably one of the most influential books now in print in this country and certainly one of the most influential books with a valid claim to literary recognition.

 

It is hard to find the MLA claim to which author Jonathan Yardley refers, but references to the MLA as supporting the widely taught nature of The Woman Warrior are common, and as the MLA sells a book for instructors/professors specifically on how to the book, what pedagogical goals can be supported by its text, and how best to bring out specific lessons contained in Hong Kingstons words, Im sure that the statement does exist in some form. Meanwhile, we can look to the paper Genre-Crossing: Kingstons The Woman Warrior and Its Discursive Community by Hsiu-chuan Lee to get at the point:

The Woman Warriors circulation enacts a discursive community crossing the boundaries of genres/disciplines. It is taught in courses and departments ranging from composition, American culture, ethnic studies, womens studies, and popular culture to postmodernism and serves as rhetorical model, autobiography, biography and even historiography.

The point about a discursive community is important. Though you might have encountered the text in a sociology course and taken certain lessons from the text that strongly interacted with your classs focus on the experience of emigration/immigration, others might have read the text for a gender studies course in which the text was primarily examined through a lens of womanhood, attempting to portray the commonalities in womens experiences across distance and time. Nonetheless, all those who spent ti...

00:07

We Dont Need a Wall Freethought Blogs

to keep moose out.

Apparently its hard to recruit border agents at remote US borders. It seems to me the moose would be a major attraction.

00:06

[WATCH] Police Department Under Fire for Shredding Document in Viral Video Case Filming Cops

The Arlington Police Department has come under fire from one of its police associations and a lawyer after it destroyed a document related to a viral video incident where police

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00:04

Anger Misdirected: It's the Empire... Stupid!! OpEdNews

This writer is adding an ending to an old adage. 'Ignorance is bliss... but deadly to those who know better'. We have two recent instances that prove my point, one from the so called ' populist right ' and one from the so called ' populist left'.

00:01

Harvey to make landfall as CAT 3 hurricane, 110+ mph winds, 35 inches of rain: Reports Intellihub

Deadly rain and wind approaching Texas Gulf Coast, Hurricane Harvey expected to be a CAT 3 or higher, officials say

harveyGOES-16 captured this beautiful geocolor image of Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico on the morning of August 24, 2017. (NOAA Satellites/Flickr)

CORPUS CHRISTIE, Tex (INTELLIHUB) Many residents are evacuating the Gulf Coast as Hurricane Harvey approaches, bringing with it a deadly amount of wind and rain.

The storm is expected to be a category 3 or higher when it makes landfall which means 110+ mph winds and over 30 inches of rain.

On Thursday NOAAHurricaneHunters tweeted the following: Timelapse of WP-3D Orion #NOAA42 flying a pass through the eye of #HurricaneHarvey from west to east. Advisories at hurricanes.gov

Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a State Disaster ahead of the storm.

Texans believe in taking action and always being prepared in the event of an emergency, the governor said. That is why I am taking every precaution prior to [] Harvey making landfall.

2017. INTELLIHUB.COM. All Rights Reserved.

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Violet Tanbark Beetle. Freethought Blogs

From Charly, click for full size!

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23:58

Exposed: Clinton Train Paid The Young Turks $20 Million Newsbud

In this weeks episode of Newsbuds Spiro Reports, Spiro investigates the deep states role in influencing the so-called alternative media. Recently the Young Turks secured an investment deal for $20 million. You know what they say, follow the money! Find out what we discovered in this hard hitting Newsbud community exclusive as we uncover the shady powerful network within the Clinton train who is pulling the money strings for the Young Turks. Plus, find out what former FBI whistleblower and Newsbud Founder Sibel Edmonds had to say about the Young Turk front man only at Newsbud.com

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Progressive media outlet The Young Turks has raised $20 million in venture-capital funding and plans to double its staff

The Media Consortium

Meet the New George Soros

3L Capital

Dave Leyrers Omaze Raises Money For Clinton Foundation

Hacked documents reveal Soros plans for more Internet regulation

Soros-Funded Lefty Media Reach More Than 300 Million Every Month

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23:34

The Housing Bubble Is Beginning to Burst- Worse than 2008 Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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There is the car loan buble and the college loan bubble. However, when this bubble breaks, and it has already started, all hell will break loose. Here is the story.

 

 

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23:34

What one town's history shows us about economic reliance on a single industry Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

The Peoria waterfront in 1909

The Peoria waterfront in 1909

In many ways, Peoria, IL is a typical Midwestern town. Its full of parking lots and big box stores, and marked by poverty, but it also has beautiful buildings, passionate residents and an intriguing history which gives us clues to its present day predicament. If we pay attention to that history, we can learn something about the mistakes we're still making today and have the chance to right our course.

Peoria's Past

In the early 1900s, Peoria was known for one big industry: It produced close to one fifth of the nations liquor. At their height (in 1917), the distilleries in Peoria rolled out more than 62 million gallons of alcohol.

In an article for the Peoria Journal Star covering the history of the region, Brian Ellis, a local historian, remarks:

"Peoria provided the perfect alignment of everything you needed for the production of alcoholic beverages: good spring water filtered by limestone, a river that provided transportation, a rail hub and lots of corn. [...] You also had the experience of two of the biggest groups to settle this area: Germans and Irish. Both knew how to distill, and both were thirsty."

Liquor production in Peoria began in 1837 (a few years before the area was even incorporated as a city). By 1860, the town was home to nine distilleries and six breweries, and business only grew from there. The map below gives an approximate idea of the Distillery Row area (the white box) which took up much of downtown Peorias waterfront.

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23:30

First, tear down the Confederate myths independentarkansas.com

Confederate MonumentThe Monument to Confederate Soldiers was dedicated in 1905.

By Steve Brawner

One thing about the past it changes as much as the present.

Thats because the lenses through which we view the past are ever changing, which brings us to the Confederacy and the ways Arkansas memorializes it. Read the rest

The post First, tear down the Confederate myths appeared first on independentarkansas.com.

23:30

The Daily Bird #451. Freethought Blogs

Buzzards, from Charly, who says there were five of them playing, probably parents with their young on their first flights. Love that last shot, click for full size!

Charly, all rights reserved.

23:30

The Breakthrough: Behind the Scenes of Hillary Clintons Failed Bid for President ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

We watched on election night as dejected Hillary Clinton supporters poured out of New York Citys Javits Center, but we didnt see her campaign team wrestling with how and when to concede. And in the months leading up to that moment, we watched Clinton give long, disjointed speeches, but we didnt see the internal campaign drama that went into writing them.

Then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in February 2016 (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Thats all in Shattered: Inside Hillary Clintons Doomed Campaign, the groundbreaking book from Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes that creates an intimate portrait of a campaign positioned to lose, even though it was favored to win.

On The Breakthrough, Allen divulges his process for digging deep into what was, by all accounts, a secretive campaign. He shares his agreement with sources all spoke on background, and none of their names were used. Hear how he and Parnes gained their trust, kept their confidences and reported out stories no one else was able to tell. He describes the moment they realized what their reporting all meant:

Right before the election, our editor sent us a note and got us on the phone and he said, You guys have a problem. Your book has all these warning signs, all this, sort of, foreboding and shes about to be elected president. He was like, How do you reconcile that?

Allen and Parnes interviewed nearly 100 insiders. The authors returned to sources again and again, clarifying timelines and confirming facts without revealing who gave them the information. They turned up some scoops. The campaign was dysfunctional tense from infighting over how resources were spent. The candidate herself couldnt settle on a message for why she wanted to run, and argued with staff over whether she should apologize for her email server scandal. And even in the most pivotal days of her campaign, Clinton didnt seem to understand the mood of the country.

Shes partway through the primaries already and shes saying, I dont understand what this populist uprising is, says Allen. He and Parnes were dumbstruck when sources first told them this, long before Election Day.

Hear about these surprises and more on...

23:30

WATCH: Brave Congressman Explains How US Keeps Afghan Heroin Trade Alive at Your Expense The Free Thought Project

afghanistanCongressman Thomas Massie blows the lid off the US subsidized opium trade and taxpayer funds flowing into the hands of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

23:26

Wave After Wave of Terrorist Groups Are Destroying America From Within Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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The treason of Hillary Clinton was on full display for the entire nation to see. If not for her long-time protege, James Comey, Hillary would have been the first domino of the minions of the Deep State to be headed to prision.

The above comparison between Clinton and Snowden is so stunningly accurate in this 1984 type of America we now find ourselves living in where the following peverse beliefs are in evidence for all to see:

Peace is war

Love is hate

Up is down

Treason is patriotic

Patriotism is treason

Thomas Jefferson made it clear that he did not create the Second Amendment because he feared the French of the British. Jefferson feared the special interests within the United States that threatened the liberties of every single American. Jefferson could have just as well have been writing in 2017 America. America is filled with violent, extreme terrorist groups who have been dedicated to the take down of the United States and this plot is multi-generational.

Enemies Within

I remember, that under the Obama administration, feeling such outrage because Obama appointed people from the Muslim Brotherhood, to such high government positions,particularily in the Department of Homeland Security.

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The Muslim Brotherhood is one of the largest and most dangerous terrorist organization in the world and even Hillary Clinton got into the treason/sedition act when a known operative of thi...

23:22

Congress Quietly Passed a Bill Allowing Warrantless Searches of HomesOnly 1% Opposed It THE INTERNET POST

A bill that will allow homes to be searched without a warrant was passed with overwhelming support by the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Trumpand it happened with no media coverage and very little fanfare. On the surface, House Judiciary Resolution 76 looks harmless. The title of the bill claims that []

22:13

Today in OpenGov: Applied ethics Blog Sunlight Foundation

Today, we're thinking about how to boost flagging citizen confidence in public institutions. In the Pacific Standard, Hollie Russon-Gilman and Tiago Carneiro Peixoto explore the growing move towards participatory budgeting programs across the globe. The research shows that "when governments listen, citizens reward them both politically and financially" through increased electoral support and decreased tax delinquency. 

Read on for the rest of the day's open government news, including a trip to Durham to talk open data, the USDA's ethics app, the latest on the Trump administration's attempt to obtain data on anti-inauguration protesters, and more

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Noel Isama at Durham's Civic Spark Day.
  • Building a community with open data in Durham, NC. Sunlight's Noel Isama took a trip down to Durham, North Carolina for a conference bringing "together Durhams residents, local technologists, city and county staff to discuss how the citys open data can be used to meet the communitys needs. The event was the latest element of the citys work using open data to make Durham a great place to live, work and play." Read his report on the Sunlight Blog.
  • How to implement an open data policy? Jackie Snow looks to answer that question by digging into work from What Works Cities and Sunlight. She highlights our Open Data Policy Guidelines focusing on the big questions, including what data should be public, how to make the data public, and how to implement policy. (SmartCitiesDive)
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22:12

Americas Post-Charlottesville Nervous Breakdown Was Deliberately Induced The Federalist

Wars are won or lost based mostly on perceptions of events, not on what actually happens. This is true for any given battlefield, whether its the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam or the ideological battlefield over the future of the First Amendment as played out in Charlottesville in 2017. The reality of what takes place in the public arena is always secondary to any projected illusion.

So lets never forget this: Whoever has the power to dictate public perceptions of reality is in a position to dictate public opinion and behavior. Abusing language and images to stir up emotions is an ancient trick of power-mongers. And once journalism turns into unchecked propaganda, we become trapped in its dangerous illusions.

Only the teensiest fraction of Americans have any real interest in violent extremism, whether it be the violence represented by the specter of the Klu Klux Klan or the violence promoted by groups like Antifa who pretend they are fighting for social justice. But the media is promoting imagery of the former as a foil for the latter.

Why Are We Being Assaulted With Fringe Concerns?

Most Americans today are still just trying to live freely, to pursue happiness peacefully. Meanwhile, power elites in politics and the media are providing a daily platform for fringe elements who identify as white supremacists. Why would anyone in his right mind do such a thing? Again, we can only deduce that such imagery serves as a useful foil to lend moral high ground to counter-protesters. The media elites provoking them need white supremacy bogeymen in order to achieve their ultimate agenda, which, ironically, is to achieve total supremacy.

Against this staged backdrop, repeated over and over again, Americans are being emotionally manipulated to take up cause with those whose ultimate purpose is the repeal of the First Amendment and erasure of national memory. As Helen Raleigh recently wrote in The Federalist, this has all the hallmarks of an attempted Maoist-style cultural revolution.

We should be asking why these elites insist that violence-prone groups on the American Leftsuch as Antifa, Occupy, Moveon.org, etc.are pure as the driven snow, as peaceful as sleeping babes. Obviously it disrupts the narrative to know that the Southern Poverty Law Center inspired gunmen into attempted massacres, including the one in June that critically wounded GOP Rep. Steve Scalise and the 2012 shooting at the Family Research Council. So maintaining the illusion of such groups innocence is what allowed Michael Moore to argue in a recent CNN interview that he was promoting a s...

22:12

The Only Thing Neo-Nazis Are Good For Is Exposing Free Speech Hypocrisy The Federalist

Most Americans with any common sense can agree that the alt-right is poisonous and fundamentally anti-American. But it has been useful in this narrow sense: the backlash against white supremacist groups online has helped expose the hypocrisy and vacuity of major Internet companies that claim to care about free expression.

Not that this should come as a surprise. After all, the purpose of Facebook and Google was never to promote community or free speech for their own sake, but to cash in on customers data. As John Herrman writes in The New York Times Magazine, these platforms felt and functioned like freedom, but it was always a commercial simulation. This contradiction is foundational to what these internet companies are.

Thats why, even before the white supremacist rally got underway in Charlottesville, Facebook banned the Unite the Right page organizers had been using to plan the event. It was a chance for Facebook to give the appearance of taking a moral stand. After the violence that ensued, including the killing of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, a host of Internet companies followed suit, banning or cutting loose myriad white supremacist pages and websites.

Of course, white supremacist groups claim theyre the victims, that these bans single them out unfairly, and the accusation has a ring of truth to it. After all, ISIS and other terrorist groups have been known to use these platforms to organize, spread propaganda, and plot attacks. But now were going to draw the line at neo-Nazis? Why?

Internet Censorship Is Arbitrary

Take one particularly revealing example. The CEO of a company called Cloudflare recently helped shut down a neo-Nazi website, the Daily Stormer, which helped organize the rally in Charlottesville. The companys co-founder and CEO, Matthew Prince, wrote in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that hes not sure kicking the website off the Internet was the right thing to do.

The reality of todays internet is that if you are publishing anything even remotely controversial, your site will get cyberattacked, writes Prince. Without a massive global network similar to Cloudflares, it is nearly impossible to withstand the barrage. After Charlottesville, the Daily Stormer was the target of repeated cyberattacks, which Cloudflare helped to foil until, under pressure from hackers who wanted to target the site, Prince decided to cut it loose last week.

Cloudflare is a content-distribution network, which means it acts like a middleman for websites, pr...

22:11

Both The Radical Left And White Nationalists Have False Visions Of Western Civilization The Federalist

When the white supremacists assembled on the pleasant greens of Charlottesville were not spluttering racial invective and inciting violence, they occasionally tried to explain their ideologywhich, admittedly, does not differ greatly from spluttering racial invective and inciting violence. Yet there is a sliver of argument amid all that hate.

Some have taken to wearing T-shirts urging us to Defend Europe or Defend the West. These statements imitate conservative arguments about preserving Western civilization against decline, while contradicting the meaning of those arguments and tarnishing them with racist associations. The insights of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Emily Dickinson, Sappho and Leo Tolstoy are not valuable because of their association with an identity. They are valuable because they represent the mind discerning Truth.

The white supremacist pose towards cultural defense is a shame and a sham, while the project of defending Western, Eastern, and African civilization against ignorance and decadence is well worth pursuing. By yoking the idea of civilization to racial collectivism, white supremacists do immense violence to the very idea of culture.

Dead White Males and Their Ignorant Champions

In response, the identity-obsessed wing of the Left rejects Western culture based on that same white identity. The white nationalists praise Richard Wagners music and credit the white race with great literature, as white supremacist leader Richard Spencer did in a recent interview, which insults the individuality of genius, something wholly unrelated to race. As for the campus Left, the woke millennial of today has no need for such literary intrusions on the urgent crises of the moment: Frat guy X wore a sombrero to the Cinco de Mayo cookout. What penetrating light can John Donne shine on such violations?

Here is Emerson expressing an important idea now in jeopardy from white nationalists and the campus Left: It is only as a man puts off all foreign support, and stands alone, that I see him to be strong and to prevail. He is weaker by every recruit to his banner. Is not a man better than a town? A racial collectivist cannot grasp this principle, common to classical liberalism and modern conservatism. The group does not attract our sympathy as directly as the individual.

While not yet great in numbers, racial co...

22:11

Are White Nationalists Just Sexually Frustrated Lost Boys? The Federalist

In the wake of resurgent white nationalism and the events in Charlottesville, tiny pockets of the Internet have wondered aloud: can the violent, antisocial behavior of young men be blamed on sexual frustration?

This question isnt new. Many have asked it about jihadis or school shooters like Eric Harris at Columbine. With each new instance of masculinity gone awry, we break out our doctorates in dime store psychology and attempt to diagnose the new patient.

Unfortunately, we amateur psychologists may be ignoring an inconvenient truth: that we are afflicted with the same disorder. Our symptoms just arent as severe. As our society increasingly shuns any social contracts associated with sex and sexuality, we risk increasing dysfunction as individuals and as a whole.

Many Agree: Neo-Nazis Are Sexual Failures

Following the events in Charlottesville, one of the quickest conclusions onlookers of all stripes drew was that the Unite the Right protesters were losers. They most likely still lived in their parents basements and couldnt get a girl if they tried.

The most notable and immediate was that of actor and comedian Michael Rapaport. In a colorful sidewalk rant, he mocked the men, calling them Revenge of the Nerds protesters and taunting them, Its Friday night, try to get to second base with a girl, you [expletive] loser. Paul Bois, writer at The Daily Wire, points out the amusing link between the Polynesian origin of tiki torches and the protesters lack of sexual prowess.

In a bold piece whose title I cant repeat here, author Dana Schwartz responds to alt-right protesters claims that their actions in Charlottesville made them more sexually desirable to women. Pulling no punches, she proclaims, If youre a 20-year-old pretending to be a Nazi, youre not a bad boy; youre a racist virgin so humiliated by his own sexual inadequacy and terrified at rejection that youll blame your feelings of weakness on some unseen Liberal Agenda.

She goes as far as to say, First and foremost, the neo-Nazi alt-right movement is about racism. Second, its about sexual insecurity. Although they go about it in different ways, all parties seem to agree on one thing: these alt-right protesters are sexual...

22:10

Why We Need A New Holiday To Celebrate The Fall Of Fascism The Federalist

Sixteen million Americans served in the Second World War. About half a million of them are still alive. Unlike the First World War or the Korean War, the mass mobilization of Americans to fight in World War II means it has never faded from the public consciousness, and memorials like the National World War II Memorial in Washington DC ensure that it never will.

Beyond recognizing the sacrifice of our soldiers and sailors, though, we must remember the victory achieved in that conflict. August 1945 saw the end of what is still the deadliest and most destructive war in human history. With the recent rise of fascist violenceand of anti-fascist violence with methods indistinguishable from fascismAmericans could use a reminder of our historic victory. To commemorate that triumph, we should reestablish August 14, Victory Day, as a federal holiday.

What the Allies Won

Japans surrender, following Germanys capitulation earlier in the year, effectively marked the end of fascisms destructive rise and fall. The ideology lingered on here and therefascisms anti-intellectual streak left it without the depth of ideological consistency found in communism, and its focus on nationalism meant it was different in every country in which it was tried. But whatever you care to call Francos government in Spain or Perons in Argentina, fascism as an existential threat to world peace was ended when the Japanese emperor accepted allied demands for unconditional surrender in 1945.

The surrender on what became known as V-J Day did not end all war, nor bury all forms of totalitarianism, some of which continued in the Soviet Union and elsewhere. But in killing fascism, our victory walled off one of the major ideologies of the world. Fascism, and especially Nazism, became unacceptable, and remain so today.

We compare things we do not like to Nazism all too often, but that fascism remains the go-to insult for bad policy or bad people means something. It signals that our fathers and grandfathers victory over the Axis powers was a complete and total victory. The ideology that began that conflict has been shattered. Fascism is dead.

That is worth commemorating. At the end of the First World War, many nations including the United States made the final day of the war, November 11, a holiday to remember the end of what was then the deadliest conflict in modern history. When that war ended, many believed it also meant the end of war itself, and that having seen its destruction, no nation would again embark on such a deadly conflict. Armistice Day, in the minds of the generation that established it, marked the end of war itself.

Total Victory, if not Total Peace

The hope of a world free from war was quickly dashed. Red revolution in Russia and Japanese aggression in Asia saw total war return in some parts of the globe even before the...

22:10

Trumps Afghanistan Plan Upends His Campaign Promises Against Perpetual War The Federalist

I share the American peoples frustration with nearly two decades of a foreign policy that has spent too much time, energy, money, and most importantly, lives trying to rebuild countries in our own image instead of pursuing our security interests, President Trump said as he began to get to the meat of his Afghanistan strategy speech Monday night.

He then announced his intention to prolong exactly that foreign policy of frustrationindefinitely. This plan is a betrayal of the best of Trumps campaign-era skepticism of post-9/11 foreign policy. It is a deep plunge into the swamp of imprudent interventionism he once critiqued. It is, above all, a pledge to double down on the bipartisan failures of the last decade and half, making changes only for the worse.

Wrong on All Three Main Counts

Trumps speech listed three conclusions he has reached about Afghanistan, and it is worth examining each in turn.

The first, he said, is that we must seek an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made by U.S. troops on Afghan soil. The appeal of this sentiment is understandable, but it is also fallacious, precisely the sort of comforting untruth Trump insists he eschews. We will not honor lives lost in Afghanistan by extending a costly and often counterproductive intervention that does not contribute to American security. We will not justify sacrifices past by sending new generations of Americans to lose their lives in pursuit of an unobtainable goal.

Trumps second conclusion is that a hasty exitas if ending our countrys longest war at the 16-year mark could ever fairly be labeled hastywill plummet Afghanistan into terrorist-ridden chaos. The reality, of course, is that Afghanistan is already in terrorist-ridden chaos, and 16 years of American military intervention, often a far grander scale than Trump now envisions, have utterly failed to fix it.

Today, Afghanistan is plagued with corrupt and dysfunctional institutions, an oft-ignored refugee crisis, widespread and growing Taliban control of up to 90 percent of the countryside, and an influx of Islamic State activity. The purchase of...

22:10

In Storytelling, The Defenders Is Prestige Television At Its Worst The Federalist

With the recent movie theater box office slump, its become clear that audiences no longer wait helplessly upon Hollywoods calendar. Our freedom consists in watching Netflix: where we can binge-watch original content according to our mood, without schedule or limits, using whatever screens we have available. The future of entertainment itself must be future-oriented, to fit with our habits and anxieties.

Netflix just published the new Defenders series, the culmination of several years of work by Marvel Television to get Marvel into prestige serial storytelling. (We have to find a new word for this: we cant call it TV much longer.) The Marvel-Netflix deal now includes two seasons of Daredevil, and one each of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Thats 65 episodes, plus the new eight-episode Defenders, around 50 minutes each. Thats more than 60 hours on screen in the last two years.

Moreover, all these shows have been renewed and Marvel has added a Daredevil spin-off, The Punisher, coming later this year. Thats another 65 episodes for the next two years. As a business, this looks unbeatable. Marvel is entering triumphantly into yet another market. It seems safe to conclude therell be mayhem in New York for the foreseeable future.

The Defenders Delivers A Messy, Half-Baked Story

Yet here at the beginning of its new series, The Defenders delivers little story or plot. Our superheroes dedicate themselves to saving New York Citybut what great evil threatens the most important city in the world? Evil ninjas from the mystical East, led by Sigourney Weaver. Im not joking.

This could only work as social criticism about Boomers; as it is, we know Weavers evil because she has a premier string quartet play Brahms. (Are Millennials supposed to hate classical music?) Weavers villain is after a substance called the substance, which helps you become immortal, but not forever. Also not joking. This is the writing we get in our prestige story-telling age.

Now, you can blame whats wrong with The Defenders on the Marvel shtick: America has no enemies but its own divisions. The heroes inevitably fight each other. That could work if you had writers who understood Americas divisions, but its disastrous when all youve got is pettiness and liberal identity politics. The Defenders does better than any Marvel movie to give you thrilling fights, however. At least Daredevil does; Luke Cage is also pretty good; the other two were deficient to begin with and apparently not getting better.

But whats the dramatic, not to say moral, point of all this violence?

There is a deep argument hidden somewhere in this mess of a story. But to see it develop, the viewer has to ask himself: why is Daredevil so scared of his own heroism, which might lead him to kill people? Hes a Catholic, of course. And were reminded of...

22:10

3 Ways Kathleen Sebelius Sabotaged The Rule Of Law The Federalist

Of all the people crying sabotage when it comes to Obamacare, Kathleen Sebelius might be the most qualified on the subject. Presiding over the disastrous launch of healthcare.gov in the fall of 2013, then-Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius famously testified before Congress: Hold me accountable for the debacleIm responsible.

Likewise, in her claims this week that the Trump administration has consistently tried to undermine the law that is the law of the land, Sebelius knows of which she speaks. She presided over numerous actions that violated the text of Obamacare, and the Constitution, to thwart the will of Congress and undermine the law of the landObamacare as it was actually written, not as Democrats wished it were writtenand the rule of law in general.

1. Unconstitutional Like Your Plan Fix

As Sebelius presided over the healthcare.gov debacle, the Obama administration faced a serious political crisis. While the federally run exchange melted down, millions of Americans received cancellation notices in the mail, learning that because their plans did not meet Obamacares myriad new regulations, they would lose their coverage effective January 1, 2014.

The notices demonstrated the emptiness of Obamas repeated promises that individuals who liked their plans could keep themPolitiFacts Lie of the Year. Moreover, the malfunctioning website created the possibility that millions of Americans could lose their existing coverage while having no way to purchase a replacement policy.

In response to the uproar, the Obama administration essentially decided to take the law into its own hands. Sebelius department issued a memo saying it would refuse to enforce the law for certain categories of insurance policies, allowing states and insurers the latitude to maintain individuals prior coverage. Even supporters of Obamacare like Nicholas Bagley...

22:09

We Need To Learn To Sing Together Again, And Not Just At Green Day Concerts The Federalist

Recently a video went viral of a concert audience for the band Green Day singing the Queen classic Bohemian Rhapsody. It is remarkable to see more than 65,000 people singing together, in harmony no less, and the video has been shared more than 9.2 million times.

I am a huge proponent of corporate singing. Yet I wasnt as impressed with the Green Day video as some of my friends apparently were, for a couple of reasons. A little research reveals that this was not a spontaneous, crowd-prompted singalong, but one Green Day engineered (see a similar video from 2013), and the crowd was not singing a cappella, but accompanied by a track of the Queen recording.

That doesnt mean its not still cool to see 65,000 people singing together. And it would be difficult for that many people to start and stop a song without some sort of assistance. But I would wax a lot more rhapsodic if the singing had broken out, a cappella, in a little corner of the crowd and spread spontaneously through it. Sadly, though, if you took 50 of those folks and put them in a room together they would probably not be able to sing anything because as a culture we simply dont do that anymore.

The Decline and Fall of Singing Together

At one time more people knew how to play a musical instrument than not, and communal singing was not a marvel but a commonplace. Before televisions and radio and mp3s, people used to sing together at social gatherings (with no karaoke machine in sight). It was expected that as part of a well-rounded education a person would learn to read music. That is no longer true.

It seems so obvious that it should hardly need to be argued: if we dont teach our children to sing together, they wont grow up with the ability to do so. Most parents seem to understand this for academics, but music study is often pursued only if the child demonstrates a special interest or talent. Yet when it comes to math, English, science, or history, no such talent is requiredthe child is expected to learn the material despite whether he shows any desire or inclination to do so.

Peter Kwasniewski has convincingly argued that it is as important to study the great music as it is to study the great books. But to do so requires a basic level of music literacy. The interest in music and singing evidenced in the proliferation of talent shows such as The Voice and American Idol is not being accompanied by a corresponding emphasis on the development of actual musicianship.

Instead, music study is being downgraded and cut from many school curricula, and unfortunately, where it is allowed to remain it is too often de...

22:09

Why Seattle Just Adopted An Income Tax They Know Is Illegal The Federalist

Last month, the Seattle City Council adopted an income tax that targets high-income residents. It imposes a 2.25 percent tax on the income of any individual earning more than $250,000, and a 0 percent tax on everyone else. This is, perhaps, the countrys first tax solely designed to redistribute wealth and remediate income inequality.

For those unfamiliar with Seattles recent lurch toward the ocean, the citys already leftist council has been galvanized and emboldened (perhaps bullied) by Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, a proud member of the Socialist Alternative Party. Compared to Sawant, Bernies a Tea Party patriot.

In recent months, the city has adopted higher minimum wages, mandatory paid leave and fair scheduling requirements, forced unionization of rideshare drivers, democracy vouchers (taxpayer-funded campaign contributions), and a soda tax. Sure, these policies have destroyed job opportunities and autonomy for lower-income earners and entrants into the labor market, strained, stagnated, and alienated small businesses, undermined federal labor law, violated the First Amendment, and increased the cost of delicious, sugary beverages. Nonetheless, Sawant and Company have earned major #Resistance bona fides. They are so woke.

The council is determined to offset the negative effects of regressive taxes and fight income inequality, so theyve enacted a tax, not to meet any specific fiscal need, but to, admittedly, redistribute wealth. Predictably, they are messaging this as a civil rights issue on par with abortion legalization and the redefinition of marriage. The primary problem is, the tax is illegal.

This Is Illegal Six Ways from Sunday

First, progressive (non-uniform) income taxes violate the Washington Constitution, as the states Supreme Court has acknowledged for nearly 100 years. Second, the state has not given any cities the power to tax income. Third, the state specifically prohibits net income taxes, which is what Seattle adopted. Fourth, the City Charter doesnt give the council the power to create taxes like this, so the issue should have been decided, if at all, directly by the people via ballot. So, the tax is unconstitutional, illegal, and a lawless usurpation of the peoples direct political power. Notably, this is only a non-exhaustive list of the taxs legal maladies.

Whats even more serious is that the council knew this tax was illegal when it created it. In a recent video interview, Sawant admitted as much:

We anticipate our movement anticipates that Republicans, the right-wing, and the billionaire cause wealthy people are likely to launch a lawsuit in the state Supreme Court. But we want to have that fight. I mean, if you look at, throughout history, if you look at how civil rights were passed, how abortion rights were obtained, and more recently how marriage equality was achiev...

22:09

No, Its Not The Onion: Pregnancy Center Attacked For Candle That Smells Like A Baby The Federalist

In an apparent attempt to cash in all remaining credibility, pro-abortion warriors are reporting breathlessly on what may be the most absurdly non-newsworthy story of the week: a Facebook post about candles. Thats right, Candlegate is upon us. Run for your lives.

Creditor blamefor breaking this news goes to Broadly, which ran a story on its website Tuesday claiming that Stanton Healthcares Belfast, Ireland location was in hot water for posting a picture of baby powder-scented Yankee Candles to its Facebook page.

Quite unassumingly, the post read, Stanton Healthcare would recommend to all crisis pregnancy centres the new baby powder yankee candle. It just smells like a new born baby. #lovelife #lovebabies #protectthemboth #loveyankeecandles

Shocked that a pregnancy center that serveswellpregnant women, would dare light a candle that smelled like a baby and then have the nerve to encourage others to do likewise, Broadly was able to connect with The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), a pro-abortion group that has made a habit of demonizing Stanton Healthcare and other alternatives to abortion in Ireland.

Naturally, BPAS was outraged.

Not only is this a rather cruel attempt to manipulate women who may be in incredibly desperate circumstances, it is also profoundly patronizing, BPAS spokesperson Katherine OBrien told Broadly. The majority of women who have an abortion are already mothersthey know perfectly well how a newborn baby smells, and the idea that any woman could be convinced to have a child by the mere presence of a scented candle is just insulting.

Sending Faux-Journalists To Their Fainting Couches

Of course, no sane reading of the Facebook post even remotely allows for the idea that the candles will somehow magically manipulate a woman into choosing life, but OBriens statement is also patently false on another, far deeper level: every pregnant woman, not just the majority who resort to abortion, is already a mother. Thats what pregnancy is. That this escapes the attention of a woman speaking for a so-called pregnancy advisory group is just as telling as the tortured rendering of the Facebook post itself.

Within just 10 minutes of Broadlys initial coverage, Candlegate was in full swing, sending reporters at Romper and Revelist and Teen Vogue to their respective fainting couchesquite the feat in the case of the latter outlet, which is making a name for itself by encouraging teens to engage in anal sex and bring vibrators to school in the past month alone.

The feigned outrage even drew an official statement from Yankee Candle, distancing itself from Stanton Healthcare, lest faux-journal...

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5 Surprisingly Clean And Actually Funny Comedies Streaming Now On Netflix The Federalist

At the end of a long day, theres nothing better than a good laugh. (Okay, there are better things, but the goal is to keep this rated PG.) Experts at the Mayo Clinic note many benefits of what they call humor therapy, including stimulating many organs, so maybe in any event laughter is good medicine.

The trouble comes in choosing a film both you and your significant other wont find repulsive or unexciting. With Hollywood producing an endless variety of crude comedies, stopping a Netflix movie youve started is more common even than having Wi-Fi issues (curse you, Comcast).

Yet as comedian and star of The Middle Patricia Heaton says in interviews: There is a way to be real and a way to do quality that people can appreciate without feeling offended. My wife and I have found, after some trial-and-error-and-restarting-and-wincing-and-choosing-another-flick, that smart, surprising comedies do still exist.

Because Netflix availability frequently changes, theres no guarantee these five films will be around long. Or you can always rent on iTunes later, if youre made of cash.

1. The Matchbreaker (2016, rated PG, 94 minutes)

In this indie comedy, an entrepreneur realizes his talent as a matchbreaker mothers hire him to randomly befriend their daughters, dish dirt, and keep their girls from choosing the wrong guy. Getting paid to be snarky: a millennial fantasy!

Produced for less than the cost of a Marvel trailer, The Matchbreaker infuses common rom-com tropes with humanity revealed in hilarity. Whyd you break up with her? a guy asks his male friend scared of commitment. Seven reasons actually, the protagonist answers in nerdy deadpan akin to The Big Bang Theory. Number one, she doesnt vote.

For those who know the backstory, the film is also bittersweet, as it co-stars the late Christina Grimmie, a singer and actress who rose to fame on The Voice and was tragically shot by a troubled fan at a June 2016 concert. Her family has said that, as a laugh-out-loud comedy, The Matchbreaker is how shed want to be remembered.

2. Turner & Hooch (1989, rated PG, 93 minutes)

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21:33

Friday Cephalopod: Undead Squid Penis Freethought Blogs

First, a little background:

When squid mate, a male transfers its sperm to a female enclosed in complex structures called spermatophores. These are accumulated in the spermatophoric sac, a storage organ inside the mantle cavity, before ejaculation through the penis. Squid that spawn in shelf waters and epipelagic waters of the open ocean usually have short penes hidden completely inside the mantle. Males pick the ejaculated spermatophores from inside their mantle with a specially modified arm called the hectocotylus, to transfer them to the female. Females spawning in shallow water have special places for spermatophore attachment on the body, both externally (skin ring around the mouth, and back of the head) and internally (oviducal gland openings near gills) (Nesis, 1995). As female squid lack a vagina, the use of a highly articulated arm (hectocotylus) for transfer and placement of spermatophores is more precise than by means of the comparatively poorly articulated penis.

So male squid have penises deep in their mantle. Many species have short penises, and they also have a specialized arm, the hectocotylus, that they use to reach in to their own mantle to scoop up ejaculate and then place it in the appropriate place in a female.

Other species lack the hectocotylus, but instead have a long penis, as some investicators discovered. They are also capable of erections, which was a surprise.

A mature moribund male of the greater hooked squid Onykia ingens (Smith, 1881) (38.5 cm mantle length, 1180 g body mass) was caught on the Patagonian slope south of the Falkland Islands (July 2006, 5320S, 5931W, 1050 m depth). When the mantle of the squid was opened for maturity assessment during processing of the catch onboard, the penis of the squid, which previously had extended only slightly beyond the mantle margin, suddenly started to erect. It became rigid and quickly elongated to 67 cm total length, almost the same length as the whole body of the animal (mantle, head and arms; Fig. 1). Immediately after elongation, several spermatophores were ejaculated from the penis tip.

So not only do they have penises capable of erection, they can get erections when dead and partially dissected, which means I can now show you a zombie squid dick pic.

Mature males of deep-water squid Onykia ingens with cut-open mantles showing non-erect (A) and fully erect (B) penes.

(blame Tommy Leung)


Arkhipkin AI, Laptikhovsky VV (2010) Observation of penis elongation in Onykia ingens: implications for spermatophore...

21:31

Bill Gates, Googles Brin fund lab-grown meat for the masses Jon Rappoport's Blog

Bill Gates, Googles Brin fund lab-grown meat for the masses

by Jon Rappoport

August 25, 2017

Wikipedia: In 1998 Jon F. Vein of the United States filed for, and ultimately secured, a patent (US 6,835,390 B1) for the production of tissue engineered meat for human consumption, wherein muscle and fat cells would be grown in an integrated fashion to create food products such as beef, poultry and fish.

Step right up and try a delicious burger grown from animal cells in a lab. What could go wrong?

True, theres no fat in it, and the cells were grown in sketchy fetal bovine serum, and certain, ahem, growth factors may have been added, but dont worry. Slather on the mustard and mayo, close your eyes, and munch.

Rest secure in the knowledge that Bill Gates and Google dont- be-evil co-founder, Sergey Brin, are pumping money into the ongoing research. Brin Burger. Bill Burger.

Food giant Cargill and Bill Gates are collaborating. Brin gave money to a Dutch scientist, Mark Post, to produce a burger manufactured from cow stem cells. And various research labs around the world are experimenting with different ways of making meat.

The medium in which the animal cells are grown is fetal bovine serum; so the possibility of various infectious agents getting into the mix is quite real.

If this frankenfood miracle comes to pass, a whole sector of traditional animal farming would eventually shrink and be phased out; but at the same time, the amount of energy and the cost of creating meat in factories in huge vats would be considerable.

Because meat without fat doesnt have much taste (or a full nutritional profile), fat would have to be added. How? From what source? That problem hasnt been solved yet.

And of course, if manufactured meat took hold, the producers would have an ideal opportunity to add elements for our own good.

People should have edible vaccines in their food, dont you think? It would be so much easier than getting a shot

Then, imagine something like this: Fake But Real Meat Inc. announced that six hundred vats of growing pork in its Malaysian factory are contaminated with numerous bacteria and viruses, plus fungi. A temporary power outage may have been to blame. Its estimated that 40 million pork burgers are loose in thirteen countries. A recall has been issued, but the pig is already o...

21:30

A Real Home of Real Fake News WhoWhatWhy

Lately, the media is just as much in the news as it is covering the news. Most of it we see. The power of Fox and Friends. The daily scoops from The New York Times and Washington Post. Sean Hannity and his talk-radio acolytes, the progressive mantra of MSNBC.

But one outlet is more pervasive than all these. Its 173 television stations, soon to be 216, broadcast into the living rooms of three-quarters of American homes. Its stations feed a daily diet of Trumpisms. Former FCC Chairman Michael Copps, has called it the most dangerous company most people have never heard of.

How did it get so powerful? Who runs it? And why, during the 2016 campaign, did it do 15 interviews with Donald Trump and zero with Hillary Clinton?

These are just a few of the questions in this weeks WhoWhatWhy podcast, as Jeff Schechtman talks to journalist Lucia Graves. Graves is a US correspondent for The Guardian who has looked deeply into Sinclair and whose article This is Sinclair, the most dangerous US Company you never heard of, appears in the August 17th issue of The Guardian.


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21:10

Thank Gorn its Friday Freethought Blogs

Its the end of the first week of classes, and for some reason my stress levels are somewhere up in the stratosphere. I really dont know why. I know exactly what Im doing and have to do at work, Ive got everything planned out, and the courses Im teaching are familiar ones. But all week Ive been feeling jittery and have been having a tough time getting any sleep I got up at 3am this morning, and Im starting the day in a state of exhaustion. This is the first week, and there are 15 more to go.

Not a good start. May have to take a vacation to recover next week. I can do that, right? Students wont mind? Administration doesnt care? Ugh. I think the only vacation I can take is to try and get more than 4 hours of sleep a night.

20:11

EHN: Menominee Nation demands stronger federal oversight of Back Forty Mine Indianz.Com News

In its continued fight against a mine near sacred waters, the Menominee Nation wants stronger federal regulations to apply as officials weigh the final permit for mine approval.

19:49

Mark Trahant: Remembering the late former Secretary of the Interior Cecil Andrus Indianz.Com News

Cecil Andrus, a former governor of Idaho and former Secretary of the Interior during the Jimmy Carter administration, passed away on August 23, 2017.

19:35

University bans 'war chant' at games years after retiring Chief Illiniwek mascot Indianz.Com News

A stereotypical 'war chant' song will no longer be performed at University of Illinois games.

19:30

Senate Declares War on Assange: Moving to Classify WikiLeaks as Hostile Intelligence Service The Free Thought Project

The US Senate is taking Orwellian steps to silence Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, going so far as to declare them a "Hostile Intelligence Service."

19:26

CNN kicked out of Venezuela after being accused of spreading fake news does it get any funnier? Sheep Media

ZeroHedge| While tensions between President Trump and CNN dying down, a new scandal has erupted for the cable news network after Venezuelas President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday he wanted CNN out of the country, accusing it of spreading fake news, misrepresenting the truth and meddling in issues that are not of its concern.

CNN, do not get into the affairs of Venezuelans. I want CNN well away from here. Outside of Venezuela. Do not put your nose in Venezuela, said Maduro during a political statement. Quoted by Fox News, Maduro made the comment after blaming the U.S. network of distorting the facts when reporting on irregularities at a Caracas public high school.

Last week PanAmPost reported that a student demanded on national television that the president improve the conditions of his school, asking for security, infrastructure and food so his classmates wouldnt faint from hunger anymore.

CNN en Espaol visited the high school and talked with the staff about the student, and whether Maduro had made any improvements since that incident only to discover he had not.

Maduro said the young woman uncovered a situation that had to be spoken about adding that I want the youth to tell the truth, to be critical and re...

18:42

Setback For Jewish Lobby As Court Denies CIA Attempt To Smother Lawsuit On US Intelligence Aid To Israel Veterans Today

A Washington D.C. Federal court has denied a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) application to squash a lawsuit instituted by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) to reveal how Israel's clandestine nuclear weapons program makes US aid to the Jewish ethnostate unlawful.

18:25

CIA Accidentally Destroyed 6,700-Page Senate Torture Report Sheep Media

The 6,700-page report contains secret files about the CIAs use of enhanced interrogation methods, including waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other aggressive interrogation techniques at black site prisons overseas.

The 6,700-page report contains secret files about the CIAs use of enhanced interrogation methods, including waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other aggressive interrogation techniques at black site prisons overseas.

The CIA inspector generals office has said it mistakenly destroyed its only copy of a comprehensive Senate torture report, despite lawyers for the Justice Department assuring a federal judge that copies of the documents were being preserved.

The erasure of the document by the spy agencys internal watchdog was deemed an inadvertent foul-up by the inspector general, according to Yahoo News.

One intelligence community source told Yahoo News, which first reported the development, that last summer CIA inspector general officials deleted an uploaded computer file with the report and then accidentally destroyed a disk that also contained the document.

The 6,700-page report contains thousands of secret files about the CIAs use of enhanced interrogation methods, including waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other aggressive interrogation techniques at black site prisons overseas.

A composite showing some of the images of torture contained in a portion of a senate torture report released by the Department of Defense as part of a ACLU lawsuit.

 

Christoper R. Sharpley, the CIAs acting inspector general (CIA IG), alerted the Senate intelligence panel that his offices copy of the report had vanished in August.

And Senator Dianne Feinstein, the driving force behind the 2014 report, sen...

18:20

The Government Is Terrified You'll Find Out The Truth About Cannabis Latest blog

A first of its kind study shows undeniable evidence that cannabis can cure opioid addiction which has big pharma concerned that people may soon discover everything else cannabis can be used as a medicine for. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with Chad Jackett of Liberty Farms about the ground breaking medicinal benefits that are discovered with cannabis everyday as well as the need for a grassroots approach to achieving the kind of legalization Canadians actually want to see.

17:19

NASA Proposes $3.5 Billion Plan To Puncture Supervolcano And Save The World True Activist

Credit: National Geographic

An unreleased report from NASA that has been shared with media outlets this week indicates that the space agency intends to turn their attention towards Earths surface in an effort to save humans all over the world. Though they typically focus on the ever-expanding universe and all the complex worlds inside of it, the agency saw an expanding threat here on Earth that needed addressing.

NASA tasked the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) with developing a plan to prevent the eruption of Yellowstone National Parks supervolcano after the group determined that the volcano was a pressing issue that needed to be dealt with.

I was a member of the Nasa Advisory Council on Planetary Defense which studied ways for Nasa to defend the planet from asteroids and comets, said Brian Wilcox of JPL at the California Institute of Technology. I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat.

Yellowstone National Park is located in the United States and its one of 20 supervolcanos around the world that poses the risk of erupting; major eruptions occur about every 100,00 years. If it were to erupt, it could cause a collapse in agriculture, economic systems, food availability, and deaths in the millions, all of which would impact the entire world.

The biggest threat would be starvation, as the U.S. is a major food producer whose terrain and environment would be destroyed by an eruption and the volcanic winter would spread across the planet and prevent other countries from properly growing crops. The last volcanic winter, which occurred some 75,000 years ago after a much smaller volcanic erupted,...

17:19

High School Boys Take Sexist Dress Code Into Their Own Hands With Hilarious Protest True Activist

Credit: @chadya_acosta/Twitter

On the first day of school this year at San Benito High School, which is located in Hollister, CA, female students received a shock when many were found in violation of the dress code for wearing clothes they had always worn at school. About 50 female students were sent to the office for wearing off-the-shoulder tops, and over 20 were sent home to change into something else that covered their shoulders.

Backlash ensued as school administrators insisted that the dress code was enforced to keep kids safe but students pointed out that no such enforcement had occurred at this magnitude or for this off-the-shoulder look in the past. In fact, students flipped through last years yearbook and found that tons of female students were wearing off-the-shoulder tops for their senior portraits.

The dress code policy hasnt been an issue the past two years I have been here, an anonymous female student who had previously worn similar tops told Yahoo! Its not harming anyone physically.I think it is ridiculous how we have to fight against [the school] to wear a shirt that is not harming anyone.

Credit: @chadya_acosta/Twitter

In response, a few male students decided to stage a protest by wearing female off-the-shoulder blouses to show that the style i...

17:00

Native Sun News Today: Artist captures life in Rosebud Reservation border town Indianz.Com News

Growing up on the periphery of the Rosebud Reservation, artist Jane Seaton enjoyed a childhood unlike many others.

16:28

B.C. fish farms hit by occupations following release of footage showing sickly, blind salmon Warrior Publications

fish farm protest occupation 1by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, August 24, 2017

Indigenous leaders are calling on Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc to immediately halt fish farming along British Columbias coastal region following the release of video footage showing diseased farmed Atlantic salmon some blind, others with swollen gills and blistersswimming through pens thick with fish feces.

The calls came as a small, First Nation-led group occupied a Marine Harvest salmon farm on Swanson Island, about 17 km from Alert Bay, B.C., with a promise to remain until the provincial government revoked the operations license of occupation. This followed a brief occupation on Wednesday which targeted the Cermaq-owned farm on nearby Burdwood Island.

Hereditary Chief Ernest Alfred, from the Nagmis, Lawitsis and Mamalilikala Nations, was involved in the Swanson Island occupation which triggered a response from local RCMP who are also at the site.

This place is ours and were not moving, said Alfred, in a Facebook post published shortly after...

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Tracing Trolls Freethought Blogs

We hear a lot about the Kremlins hacking exploits (speaking of which, get acquainted with Rinat Akhmetshin), but less about their social media game. Sensitive documents cannot damage public perception if they dont wind up getting publicity; the DNCC emails didnt make much of a splash when they were first posted on DCLeaks, but made a tremendous splash when they landed on WikiLeaks.

The Kremlin has troll factories to do that dirty work, but how do you spot their handiwork? Salty Current points to a great Twitter thread on just that topic.

A pattern you may have noticed: many bot and troll accounts have usernames that end in 8 random digits.

I searched through two recent datasets (propagators of #FireMcMaster and #UniteTheRight hashtags) and found 824 such accounts.

Searching their followers for similarly named accounts, and subsequently their followers followers yielded 63099 accounts.

Heres the follower network formed by those 63099 accounts. Larger circle = more accounts with the 8-digit numbers among its followers.

All very troll-like, but not evidence of a Kremlin op, right?

Lets look at the largest node in the network, DavidJo52951945. This accounts been around for a while since early 2013, 136K tweets.

Heres an interesting observation David is posting 8 AM 8 PM every day, Moscow time. Almost like its his job or something.

Whats he tweeting about? This figure illustrates the volume of DavidJo52951945s tweets mentioning various topics over the years.

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16:03

Total Individual Control Technology: Insider Exposes How You & Your DNA are Being Targeted The Freedom Articles

Total Individual Control Technology

Total Individual Control Technology

Total Individual Control Technology is ultimate mind control weapon since it can targets your individual DNA.

Total Individual Control Technology

is a nefarious type of EM (Electromagnetic) and V2K (Voice to Skull) weaponized technology that is being experimented with and deployed against segments of the American population. Those attacked by this electronic stalking are known as TIs (Targeted Individuals). Recently another brave whistleblower has stepped forward to expose it. Bryan Kofron (who formerly used the alias of Justin Carter) is a security industry specialist who used to work for a private security company SIS (Security Industry Specialists) in Seattle, Washington. He quit in disgust after realizing that his former firm, and others just like it, were actively using this so-called total individual control technology to target people, then ultimately control and destroy their lives. Since he quit, he has himself become a victim of the technology via gangstalking.

What Total Individual Cont...

15:52

James Giago Davies: Indian Reorganization Act stripped tribes of sovereignty Indianz.Com News

Dark, disturbing truths can hide within the seemingly beneficial intent of the Indian Reorganization Act.

15:44

Harlan McKosato: That time some White racists tried to corner me in Oklahoma Indianz.Com News

Whether youre Native or Black or Hispanic or any minority, there will always be white people who think they have conquered this continent and that they have a right to be the dominant race, Harlan McKosato writes on Indian Country Media Network.

15:10

German Citizen Was Arrested In Spain For Criticizing The Turkish Government True Activist

Source: Press TV

By: /ANTIMEDIA  A German national who was critical of the Turkish government, currently headed by Recep Tayyip Erdogans, was arrested in Spain on Saturday following Turkeys issuance of a warrant via Interpol, the worlds largest international police organization, Reuters reports.

German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli had been previously detained in Turkey for opposition activities in the 1980s and 1990s and has lived in the German city of Cologne since 1995.

Although the writer was released from custody within the first 24 hours of his arrest, he was ordered to remain in Spain pending a decision regarding Turkeys request for his extradition. This entire process could take up to 40 days.

According to Mr. Akhanli, he was in bed early Saturday morning when there was a knock at the door of his hotel room in Granada, Spain. Armed police officers were on the other end, expecting to find a terrorist, Mr. Akhanli said.

It is terrible because I thought that I was safe in Europe. I thought the Turkish arbitrariness and arrogance cannot reach Europe, he said, as quoted by the New York TimesThey simply abuse international law, whatever it is good for. It has nothing to do with the rule of law.

The move is part and parcel of the latest spat currently taking place between Erdogan and German leader Angela Merkel. Just days ago, Erdogan urged Turkish voters in Germany there are roughly 3 million of them to reject Merkel and her party. Just one day later, Mr. Akhanli was arrested in Spain.

Germany, for its part, has already attempted to intervene. Germany insisted that Berlin be involved in any extradi...

15:09

New Zealand Troops Paraded Dead Bodies In Afghanistan, Says Report True Activist

By: /ANTIMEDIA  Despite the fact that New Zealands government downplays its militarys role in Afghanistan, more and more reports are surfacing detailing how New Zealand troops have been terrorizing local Afghans and engaging in criminal behavior.

A new report by the New Zealand-based team of journalists known as Stuff Circuit claims that in 2004, New Zealand forces appeared at a village in Baghak, Afghanistan, and accused locals of being members of the Taliban.

According to witnesses, after the Taliban was overthrown in 2001, life was actually relatively peaceful in this village. That is, of course, up until New Zealand troops, part and parcel of the American-led war in Afghanistan, arrived at the village some years later. This line of thinking was confirmed in a recent article by the Intercept, which alleges that the Taliban had surrendered multiple times but the American military presence continued to rebuff the Talibans cause because a surrender wasnt good enough for the Bush administration, which wanted total annihilation.

According to the report, the villagers were intrigued by the military presence and went closer to see what was happening but were met with a barrage of insults.

And then they started insulting people and using foul language, saying: You are Taliban and you are helping the Taliban, the report states.

The New Zealand troops reportedly insulted women and the elderly before saying:

You guys are Taliban and we will come back again tomorrowWe havent finished with you.

According to the report, that night there was a battle outside the village between New Zealand troops and Taliban fighters, and the next day six New Zealand vehicles came back with dead bodies tied to the front...

15:03

20 preppers speculate what civil war 2.0 would look like in America Intellihub

The division in America has become so dramatic over the past year that many people can only foresee it heading one place: Civil War.

Theres a pronounced uptick in violence and protests (often going hand in hand.) Free speech is being crushed by the opposition with the mere threat of violent responses. Statues and memorials are being vandalized or defended. Protesters show up armed and armored, ready for battle. The media throws gasoline on these flames with reports solely laying the blame on one side. Some groups are openly planning sedition and no one is trying to stop them.

Our country has reached a point of such division that its hard to imagine how we could once again become united.

The events are snowballing.

The United Nations has issued an early warning about civil conflict in America. Many people believe these extremist sides are made up of professional provocateurs and do not reflect the true feelings of Americans. (Brandon Smith makes an incredibly compelling case for this.) California wants to secede and a lot of folks would be happy to see them go. Some black people want outrageous reparations from white people while others call them out for being easily manipulated.

It seems like no one wants peace in America except us average folks, who are happy to get along with our neighbors, regardless of their race, religion, or sexual proclivities. But at the rate things are escalating, our wishes could be irrelevant.

Historian and strategist Gregory Copley wrote:

Yes, there is a civil war looming in the United States.

But it will not look like the orderly pattern of descen...

14:53

Report: General Kelly is BLOCKING President Trump from reading the alternative media Intellihub

Chief of staff imposes lockdown on flow of information

White House chief of staff General John Kelly has instituted a new system to control the flow of information that means President Trump will not be handed stories from Infowars or other non-mainstream outlets.

The new system, laid out in two memos co-authored by Kelly and Porter and distributed to Cabinet members and White House staffers in recent days, is designed to ensure that the president wont see any external policy documents, internal policy memos, agency reports and even news articles that havent been vetted, reports Politico.

According to Axios Jonathan Swan, the change means that Trump will no longer be handed Infowars stories.

This confirms what Jack Posobiec reported weeks ago, when he was told by White House sources that Jana Toner, a member of the Presidential Personnel Office, was threatening White House interns that if they shared content from Infowars on social media, they would be fired.

The news will undoubtedly bolster complaints emanating from Trumps base that he has been isolated and surrounded by globalists who have no interest in furthering Trumps America first message.

Trump has cited Infowars stories on numerous occasions, both on Twitter and during his public speeches, enraging many in the mainstream media and the left.

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14:38

A Tie for the Driest Summer in Seattle History, While Texas Floods Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

Quite a precipitation contrast is occurring across the U.S.  

The Northwest is enjoying one of the driest summers on record, with Seattle destined to tie the all-time record low precipitation for July and August.

In contrast, an extraordinary precipitation event is about to occur in Texas, with Hurricane Harvey heading towards the Gulf Coast, bringing 15-25 inches in places over the next few days.

First, the situation here.   Since the rain event in mid-June, Seattle has had nearly no rain, with only .02 inches falling in July and August so far.

The plot of observed and normal precipitation at Sea-Tac Airport for the past 12 weeks shows the story (see below).  The observed rainfall (purple line) has been essentially flat-lined since mid-June.    Even with the heavy rain in June, we are now about 1.5 inches behind normal--not so much since the summers are so dry here.

The record low July-August precipitation was .02 inches in 1914 and .03 inches in 1967.  The latest model runs suggest no rain for the rest of the month.  Thus, it appears nearly certain that folks are now experiencing the driest summer (July-August) in over 100 years.

If one looks at the percentage of average precipitation for the last 60 days (below)...it looks really scary, with some locations getting less than 5% of normal in WA, OR, MT, ID, and CA.

Looking at the actual departure from normal in inches, the scare goes away--most of region is only down 1-2 inches, which is easily made up by slightly wetter month during fall and winter.

14:33

Power beyond mind control: Exit From The Matrix Jon Rappoport's Blog

Power beyond mind control: Exit From The Matrix

by Jon Rappoport

August 26, 2017

Consciousness wants to create new consciousness, and it can. Imagination is how it does it. If there were some ultimate state of consciousness, imagination would always be able to play another card and take it further.

In any arena of life, and especially when it comes to the mind, perception, power, empathy, and so on, there is always a status quo. Its merely the place where a person says, Well, thats enough. Ill settle for what I have. Ill stop here.

Sooner or later, this leads to boredom, frustration, problems, and conflict. It leads to a decline.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, weve flattered reality enough. It doesnt need any more. Imagination creates new realities.

You can create the same thing over and over, and eventually youll be about as alive as a table. Inject imagination into the mix, and everything suddenly changes. You can steer that boat anywhere you want to.

The lowest common denominator of consensus signals an absence of imagination: everyone agrees; everyone is bored; everyone is obedient. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are massive floods of unique individual creation, and then that sought-after thing called abundance is as natural as the sun rising in the morning.

Sitting around in a cosmic bus station waiting for reality is what reality is. Everything else is imagination.

There are those who believe life is a museum. You walk through the rooms, find one painting, stroll into it and take up permanent residence. But the museum is endless. And if you were a painter, youd never decide to live inside one of your canvases forever. Youd keep on painting.

The relentless and obsessive search for all those things on which we can agree is a confession of bankruptcy.

When we re-learn to live through and by imagination, we enter and invent new space and time.

With imagination, one can solve a problem. More importantly, one can skip ahead of the problem and render it null and void.

Imagination isnt a system. It might invent systems, but it is non-material. Its a capacity. It feels no compulsion to imitate reality. It makes realities. Its scope is limited o...

13:59

Tillerson & Exxon: Running Wild In The Middle East ~ The Fascist Promised Land Political Vel Craft

The currently stateless [Sunni] Kurds sit astride the Iraq-Syria border on land blessed/cursed with oil, other resources, and geopolitical significance. Is it any wonder that mega-corporations and their client states are looking to use the [Sunni] Kurds, stoke conflict, and exploit the situation? Years before the U.S. illegally invaded and then occupied Iraq, plans were []

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Court Rules Pointing Your Finger At A Cop Is Illegal And Not Protected By 1st Amendment True Activist

By: Justin Gardner/The Free Thought Project   In Police State USA, the way you position your hand in a certain fashion around police officers can and will result in you being kidnapped and caged. According to a recent ruling by a Florida court if you point your finger at a cop and that cop thinks it looks like a gun, you can go to jail.

According to three Florida judges, forming ones hand into the semblance of a pistol and pointing it at an authority figure is not protected by the First Amendment, and is considered as threatening death or great bodily harm.

The supposed true threat happened when Alex Romero pointed a finger gun at an off-duty police officer and said, Officer Hernandez, I got you now! The two apparently knew each other from previous run-ins, and Hernandez said the encounter made her fear for her life.

Perhaps Romeros status as an ex-con and a 305 tattoo on his eyelid made him appear to be a bad dude to Hernandez. Its more likely that Romero was joking around, albeit in poor taste. Even considering Romeros status and appearance, the fact that a completely harmless hand motion can be construed as a true threat in the eyes of the law is troubling.

The Miami-Dade Public Defenders Office has been trying to challenge the true threat law in Florida since it was enacted in 2016. With this ruling, Florida courts have established a disturbingly broad definition of what authorities can consider a threat of death or great bodily harm.

If Romeros case or others like it are ap...

13:23

Berkeley, CA: IWW Recycling Workers Walk Off Job Over Unpaid Wages It's Going Down

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Workers at Buyback, a recycling centre in Berkeley, have walked off the job this morning after the payment of their wages was delayed without explanation.

The workers, who are members of the Industrial Workers of the World, discovered at the start of their shift that none of them had received their scheduled payment for the previous fortnights work, which was due to come through earlier this morning.

This the third occasion this year that wages have not been paid on time something that can cause extensive problems for the finances of workers and their families. After turning up at 8 AM this morning and being offered no explanation from management for the error, Buyback workers held a union meeting and voted 18-0 to immediately walk out.

Buyback workers have already struck twice this year the first an unannounced half-day walkout during the February 16 Day Without Immigrants, and the second a two-hour stoppage to hold a celebratory barbecue on May 1.

Workers have not yet returned to work and its unclear at this stage whether the action will continue into tomorrow.

Editors Note: The cover photo is not from the walk out action.


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13:10

Boone, NC: Identity Evropa Not Welcome at App State It's Going Down

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Our crew of wandering Blue Ridge bandits got word of a newfound Identity Europa group announcing their presence at Boone with a banner drop on App State campus. Thankfully, locals in disgust swiftly removed said banner.

As a result, we will now have our own proximate interest in the area and will be specifically attentive to these confused fascists who still find organizing in the mountains where Heather Heyer died appropriate.

We released this banner to announce this, and as you may imagine it was much better received.


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13:08

Media Silent As Saudi Arabia Does To Itself What Assad Was Accused Of Doing In Syria True Activist

By: /ANTIMEDIA  The Western world was outraged when Syrian troops allegedly opened fire on anti-regime protesters in 2011, aggression that arguably provided the ignition to kick start the years-long Syrian conflict. To some extent, the world also watched in horror as the Syrian and Russian militaries pounded Aleppo into the ground last year while the media routinely condemned their actions with glaring and damning headlines.

Now that Saudi Arabia is doing much worse in a Shia-dominated region of the Kingdom, the media is almost all but silent, even in light of the fact that Western states have enabled this domestic aggression.

In the case of Syria and Aleppo, the Russian and Syrian militaries were battling what could only be described as a foreign-backed armed jihad. Conversely, Saudi Arabia is killing political dissidents and has been doing so for some time now, facing little to no outrage from the international community.

The current conflict sees Saudi Arabia allegedly reconstructing an entire town in the Awamiya district. Saudi Arabia has tried to frame it as a development project in which they reportedly generously compensated and offered alternative houses to the residents, according to the BBC. Clearly, that was not the case, as the BBC notes that police were forcing the population of this Shia town to leave their homes, also seal...

13:02

Report Back from the Front Lines of Boston Common It's Going Down

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We reject Boston Police championing August 19th as a non-violent success on their part as we and our neighbors were beaten, maced, and subjected to state violence, all while fascists were given a free ride to safety with police escort. 

In the time after Charlottesville, we are a movement in mourning.

When we learned that far-Right groups (including some present at Charlottesville) were set to descend on the Boston Common in the name of free speech, we formed plans to shut it down. As the number of counter-protesters intending to combat the event grew, a multiracial antifascist crew was assembled for the purpose of blocking fascist access to the event and defending our neighbors and community members, if needed.

We saw Oathkeepers, Proud Boys, right libertarian trolls, Tea Partiers, Nazi punks, fascists, and all sorts of other far right assholes. On top of that, key organizers of the freeze peach rally, including everyones favorite arachnophobe John Medlar, were late themselves. This discouraged many of their followers from entering. The crowd jeered at fascists and several small scuffles broke out between liberal bystanders and fascists. When cops (representing BPD and municipalities as far as 25 miles away, as well as state police) decided upon the entrance through which fascists would be entering, it was immediately clear that many people within the counter protest would overwhelm and blockade rally attendees. Neighbors of all political leanings, from liberal democrats to radical left, put their bodies on the line in order to prevent fascists from meeting. The police became impatient, and the pitiful 20-odd members of the freeze peach rally were ushered out in arrest wagons. When they later left these wagons they were free, but our comrades were in chains.

Media presence was overwhelming from the beginning. In the wake of Charlottesville, journalist attention seems to be directed at antifa crews in a new way, and cameras were trained on us from the moment we arrived at the Common. From student photojournalists, to tourists, to the crowds of gawking liberals, we were subjected to a dangerous amount of attention, not all of it innocent. Any number of reactionary photographers and undercover cops had their eyes on us at all times, and attempts to dox our comrades using these photos continue to this day. The sheer amount of photos has made it incredibly easy to pin arrestee names to faces, as well as to record comrades attendance of this and past rallies.  We understand the...

12:51

At Least 16 U.S. Diplomats in Cuba Hit By Suspected Covert Sonic Device Sheep Media

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Embassy staff diagnosed with conditions as serious as mild traumatic brain injury with likely damage to the central nervous system

The State Department announced Thursday that more than a dozen Americans connected to the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, have been affected by mysterious health incidents.

Heather Nauert, a spokeswoman for the agency, confirmed to reporters at a press briefing that 16 U.S. diplomats have experienced symptoms related to what the State Department has described as attacks.

We can confirm that at least 16 U.S. government employees, members of our embassy community, have experienced some kind of symptoms, Nauert said. They have been provided medical treatment in the United States, as well as in Cuba.

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The incidents began in late 2016 when embassy staff began to complain of numerous health issues including hearing loss, headaches and nausea.

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that an investigation by U.S. officials linked the symptoms to a covert sonic device.

U.S. officials concluded that the diplomats had been exposed to an advanced device t...

12:46

No War 2017: War and the Environment OpEdNews

Just following the International Day of Peace, and in the tradition of No War 2016: Real Security Without Terrorism, and the best speech any U.S. president ever gave, this year's conference will focus on activism, including activist planning workshops, addressing how the antiwar and environmental movements can work together.

12:32

Chapel Hill, NC: Hundreds Launch Blockade Around Confederate Statue It's Going Down

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Tuesday night at 7pm hundreds of people, students and non-students, gathered around University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hills Silent Sam statue to protest the Confederate monument, using chants, signs and banners, and literature describing the history of resistance against this white supremacist shrine. Hundreds of water bottles were stationed around the perimeter of a double ring of metal fence barricades, inside which stood the statue and a dozen cops. Dozens more cops stood guard around the quad, facing in towards the crowd.

Around 8pm, there was a scuffle on the Franklin St. side of the statue as protesters swarmed towards a group of more than two dozen police. They were detaining a man for wearing a bandanna around his nose and mouth, and immediately a crowd of a hundred were right up against the line of cops trying to take him away, screaming chants of Let him go! Let him go! The cops and our stolen comrade dipped right into the nearest building, Hyde Hall, and hide they did as protesters amassed outside its doors, screaming in the faces of the visibly shaken cops on the exterior, chanting, The cops and the Klan go hand in hand! Shortly someone shouted, Theyre taking him out the back! Theres a side door! and quickly people began to spill around towards that door, where a van was waiting in a driveway. A few people stood between the buildings side exit and the van, but they werent enough to prevent the cops from walking through the small group and into the van with our comrade.

Block the van! a few folks shouted. This small crowd was so adaptive and responsive, and immediately others joined the...

12:31

Russian Ambassador Who Mysteriously Drowned in a Pool Becomes the FOURTH Killed in Bizarre Circumstances Sheep Media

The Russian ambassador to Sudan has been found dead in his swimming pool in Khartoum, making him the fourth senior diplomat from his country to die in eight months

The Russian ambassador to Sudan was found dead in a swimming pool at his home, becoming the fourth diplomat from his country to die in eight months. 

Mirgayas Shirinskiy, 62, who appointed to the role in 2013, was discovered at his home in Khartoum.

Police found him at his home in home in the countrys capital, Khartoum, officials said. Doctors came immediately, but were not able to save him, according to Russian state media.

Shirinskiy, 62, had high blood pressure, and authorities believe he died of natural causes, police told Reuters.

Three other Russian emissaries have died in since December.

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12:00

U.S. Senate Wants To Label WikiLeaks A Non-State Hostile Intelligence Service Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would classify WikiLeaks as a non-state hostile intelligence service bundled as part of the...

11:45

The Future Soldiers Are Weaponized Drone Battalions Activist Post

By Nicholas West Since the inception of Activist Post, we have been chronicling the transition from traditional military systems toward a future war matrix of...

11:31

A Critique of Masked Movements Activist Post

By Derrick Broze Lets take a critical look at the strategy of wearing masks or covering your face during protests.  This essay is meant to...

10:41

Trumps backup dancers Freethought Blogs

Roy Wood Jr. explains to Trevor Noah the optics of Donald Trumps rallies.

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Last Tonight. Freethought Blogs

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10:35

Syria's Victories Represent a Window of Opportunity OpEdNews

Any leader of any country that refuses Washington's dictatorship is automatically demonized. Leaders are accused of "killing their own people" or worse. Real evidence is never required in the Orwellian era in which we live.

10:30

Who Will Pay The Ransom When Smart Meters Are Hacked Into? Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich Do you recall that a hospital actually paid hackers $17,000 ransom for the release of the hospitals data?  That was the...

10:27

Media Silent As Saudi Arabia Does To Itself What Assad Was Accused Of Doing In Syria The Last American Vagabond

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The Western world was outraged when Syrian troops allegedly opened fire on anti-regime protesters in 2011, aggression that arguably provided the ignition to kick start the years-long Syrian conflict. To some extent, the world also watched in horror as the Syrian and Russian militaries pounded Aleppo into the ground last year while the media routinely condemned their actions []

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10:19

Musk, killer robots, Trump and the Eclipse OpEdNews

Trump's disdain for science (for knowledge of any kind, really) and his apparently pathological need to do the opposite of what more knowledgeable people recommend, regardless of the topic, are a dangerous combination. When you're talking about killer robots, it's a potentially deadly one.

09:55

Bannon's Exit Leaves Only His Worst Ideas Behind OpEdNews

The right-wing Republican Congress will dominate domestic and budget policy. Trump will continue to waste lives and resources in endless wars without victory across the greater Middle East. He will continue to rack up massive trade deficits, undermining wages and security at home. And he'll likely continue to go full Bannon on issues of race and immigration.

09:52

The Ark in the Park Freethought Blogs

I didnt realize that theres a Noahs Ark near me, at Kennywood Amusement Park outside of Pittsburgh. Unlike the one Ken Ham did, it was a fairly amusing ride, and the science was about as accurate.

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The entire ship rocks back and forth on a central axis. Kennywood was opened in 1899  and was one of the first amusement parks in the world; some of the rides date from the period where being rocked gently back and forth was amazing before the invention of air turbulence I suppose. Though, they had horse turbulence so I dont see the big deal.

I was surprised to learn that giraffes had heads strong enough to butt through the roof of arks, back then. It reminded me somewhat of my own Ark Museum:

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To enter the ark, one must first enter through the mouth of Jonahs Whale, and be pooped out into the first exhibit. Fortunately, for me, I am fearless about these things.

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We find ourselves in the hold of the ship.

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Oh, look, a spare box of dogs! Whenever critiques of Noahs Ark come up, space and logistics are a common criticism but apparently Noah handled things by painting the boxes with UV sensitive paint and keeping the dogs in a box next to the bananas, so they could ugh. Poor dogs!

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Another brilliant space-saving move, Noah left the Rhinos bodies behind and just harvested the heads. This is probably where all the victorian hunters got the idea.

We pass through the hold and into the main body of the ship, where a room the size of a toilet stall is occupied by th...

09:46

Supremacist Mindset is As Old As White Settlement of the United States Itself OpEdNews

Essay discussing supremacist mindset. Not so simple resetting mindset of generations of blind faith belief.

09:45

Theres A Definite Discrimination Aspect To Pennsylvanias Smart Meter Law Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich Whats discrimination? But in the context of civil rights law, unlawful discrimination refers to unfair or unequal treatment of an individual...

09:43

Congress Quietly Passed A Bill Allowing Warrantless Searches Of HomesOnly 1% Opposed It The Last American Vagabond

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A major red flag was buried in the text of a bill with a seemingly harmless title. (TFTP) A bill that will allow homes to be searched without a warrant was passed with overwhelming support by the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Trumpand it happened with no media coverage and very []

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09:42

Chicago, IL: Police Violently Attack Slutwalk Demonstration It's Going Down

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Since 2011, Slutwalk has been bashing back against sexual violence and the social codes of shame, silence, and blame surrounding womens sexual agency. The first Slutwalk march took place in Toronto after a Toronto Police officer suggested that women should avoid dressing like sluts as a precaution against sexual assault. Since then, Slutwalk demonstrations have taken place annually around the globe. The Slutwalk demonstrations have since expanded messaging to use the demos as an opportunity to push back against victim-blaming, ableism, body-shaming, slut-shaming, whorephobia, queerphobia, transphobia, racism, classism, misogyny, fascism, and the racist policing/judicial/prison system.

On August 12th, hundreds of women and gender-nonconforming people came together in downtown Chicago for the annual Chicago Slutwalk march. After a series of powerful speakers from diverse groups, Slutwalk set out on their walk through downtown Chicago. As the march was nearing its end, Chicago police arrested four participants, including several organizers. Everyone moved to the sidewalk and began chanting to demand the release of their comrades.

Police charged the peaceful crowd on the sidewalk and knocked Slutwalk participant Lee Dewey to the ground. An officer violently stepped on Lees head, pressing it into the concrete. Lee was then arrested and taken to police lock-up. During the rough arrest, Lee was cut on their thigh. Being extremely cautious and concerned for everyones safety, Lee alerted police that they were HIV+.

After Lee shared their HIV status, they were forcibly taken to Rush Hospitaldespite the fact they did not consent to or desire such medical treatment. At the hospital, Lee was confronted by a CPD officer and a medical professional who demanded that Lee consent to have their blood taken. They told Lee that a CPD officer was claiming Lee bit their ankle and that there was video footage of the incident. Lee denied then and continues to deny they bit anyone, but felt coerced to give their consent to having their blood withdrawn because of their HIV status.

Lee was then falsely charged with Aggravated Battery on a Police Officer for allegedly biting a Chicago Police Officer and falsely charged with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer for attempting to bite a Chicago Police Commander.

09:20

United Nations Issues Rare Early Warning Signals Potential Civil Conflict In America The Last American Vagabond

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A United Nations Committee tasked with combating racism on a global scale has issued an ultra rare early warning for the United States citing alarming racism trends. As StockBoardAsset.com notes, this rare signal often preludes the potential for civil conflict. In the past 10-years, the early warning has been issued in Burundi, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria. The United []

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09:19

Ronald Bernard, Dutch Banker Who Exposed Illuminati, Found Dead Counter Current News

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Ronald Bernard, the elite Dutch banker who exposed the financial industry Illuminati in a series of TV interviews, has been found dead in Florida. He was 61.

Bernard, who was 61-year-old, had been living in Sebring, Florida for the past year after marrying an American citizen. The Highland County Sheriffs Office said that Ronald Bernard called 911 at 3:46 p.m. saying he got lost after leaving for a walk at 1 p.m. on the nature trail on the west end of Sun n Lake in Sebring.

More than a dozen deputies along with K-9 units, air units from Highlands and Polk counties, four-wheelers from HCSO and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission searched for Ronald Bernard. The terrain was very difficult, and searchers were at times in waist deep water as they tried to zero in on Fernandezs location, the sheriffs office said.

Deputies pinged his cell phone but it kept showing different locations and Bernard called back several times he said his life was in danger but he kept moving despite being told to stay put, deputies said. The last contact dispatchers had with the former banker was at 6:13 p.m.

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09:19

Fighting Through the Tear Gas on Occupied Oodham Lands It's Going Down

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Report from Occupied Oodham Lands (Phoenix) Anti-colonial Anti-fascist Contingent

Last night we edged beyond the limitations of anti-fascism on stolen lands. As marches converged and crowds swelled, amidst black flags and a banner reading United Against Colonialism and Fascism, Smash White Supremacy, we coalesced into a force, at times chanting the inspired, Settler scum, your time has come.

The police constructed a barricade ringed pen, complete with entrance choke points, to herd anti-Trump protesters into an echo chamber where chants of shame! intermingled with the truly deranged this is what democracy looks like. Seemingly much of America has abandoned any hope of salvation in colonial democracy, while the anti-Trump Left continues to burn a torch for a system that has always represented the imposition of colonial power and white supremacy.

The barricades were in our way so Oodham and Din relatives took to the task of dismantling them, as riot clad police unleashed a torrent of pepper balls on the bloc and anyone near by. The authorities, ever fearful that any individual or collective act may shake the chains of domination, fired round after round of pepper ball projectiles at the reinforced banner, and then lowered their aim to peoples legs. The bloc held our ground under the barrage until canister after canister of tear gas (we counted 7 in a matter of seconds in our immediate area) were launched and a wall of poison washed over us forcing us away from the barrier. Street medics swiftly treated those unprepared for the assault, police targeted anyone throwing bottles, rocks, and trash with tear gas and pepper balls.

As greater numbers of police assembled outside of the convention center, the riot pigs threw concussion grenades over our heads resulting in deafening explosions as a helicopter circled over the scene barking orders. The melee extended for over an hour into side streets. Despite the pleas of the respectable organizers, many chose to resist authority and the law and to fight back against state repression. People fought back when a truck full of Trump supporters threatened to run people over, the police arrived be...

09:02

The Guerrilla Grafting Movement Secretly Grafting Fruit-Bearing Branches Onto Ornamental City Trees Counter Current News

Considering the level of poverty in the city, free access to fruit is a fantastic idea. With no means to afford a decent meal, the homelesss would benefit from this. However, guerrilla grafting is actually illegal.

In many populous areas, urban foresters make it so that the fruit trees dont grow fruit, in a way to keep fallen fruit from making a mess on sidewalks and attracting animals. Most of the Bay Area fruit trees are fruitless, which guerilla-grafters do not clearly like. City authorities view urban fruit trees as a public annoyance, while agriculture lovers see them as an opportunity to share fruit free for anyone who strolls by.

According to there social media page on Facebook, Guerilla Grafters is a grassroots group that sees a missed opportunity for cities to provide a peach or a pear to anyone strolling by. Their objective is to restore sterile city trees into fruit-bearers by grafting branches from fertile trees.The project may not resolve food scarcity, but it helps foster a habitat that sustains us. Their top mission, is to make quality and delicious, healthy fruit available to city residents through grafts. As kind as their actions may be viewed to most of us, guerrilla grafting is considered vandalism and is illegal by San Franciscos Department of Public Works. It does not matter, if it is a publicly owned tree on a sidewalk, messing with it or altering it is a crime. As of 2012, the Department of Public Works didnt plan to actively target grafters. Unless someone is caught in the act, theres not much we could do, said spokespersonn Gloria Chan.

She also adds that it is hard to catch the person who grafted a public tree because the average person has no idea what a graft that is illegal looks like. In that case, its likely to not be reported at all.

These urban gardeners dont see the law as a wall from their ability to uphold there mission. People think of fruit trees as a kind of nuisance, said Tara Hui,...

08:52

Ryan Cristin Talks Censorship And Propaganda With Reluctant Preppers The Last American Vagabond

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Remember back when the Internet offered a promise of information democracy, and you could hope to find the truth about whats really going on? Now, many independent media sources are under pressure and being buried in search results, losing views and revenue, despite ever-increasing subscriber interest. Are we doomed to become passive followers of whatever []

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08:45

Two Men Who Tried To Rape Female Martial Arts Champion End Up In Coma. Police Want To Charge HER With Assault! Counter Current News

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Two men armed with knives had tried to attack a lone woman driving back from Penampang in Sabah but the situation took a turn for the unexpected.

According to a posting on Kelab Info Malaysia Facebook page, the victim said she felt she was being followed by two men on a motorcycle. Subsequently she pulled over to let them pass but instead they stopped and told her to roll down her car window.

At this point, the woman, identified as 20-year-old Alice Lien Hua who was alone did something unexpected. She alighted from the safety of her locked car and faced the two men who were armed with knives.

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According to Alice, the men demanded for money and when she couldnt produce any, one man tried to drag her into the bushes while another headed for her car to grab her bag.

From that life-threatening situation, the woman somehow gained the upper hand and not only fought off her attackers but managed to injure them so badly, that they are now lying in coma in the hospital.

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According to local Sabah online news blogs, Alice had landed blows on her attackers and also rammed them with her car, causing them to be rendered unconscious.

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The Facebook posting states that the woman reportedly contacted a friend from the Criminal Investigation Department of Inanam in Kota Kinabalu and three officials who investigated the incident found that the two men were illegal migrants with no identification documents.

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08:41

Something Very Big and Very Bad This Way Comes- Ronnie McMullen Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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I recently interviewed Ronnie McMullen. He was saying what a lot of people are now feeling; Something very big, bad and evil is coming this way and it will be here very soon. This is a very interesting interview, please help this go viral.

 

 

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08:37

WATCH: CNN panel backfires, destroys mainstream media narrative on Charlottesville Intellihub

CNN panel shattered the narrative being promoted by the mainstream media, live on air, as executives heads likely exploded behind the scenes

A CNN citizen panel shattered the mainstream narrative being promoted by the Americas top mass media propaganda outlet and laid the blame squarely at the feet of the mainstream media.

Things went awry immediately, as CNN host Alisyn Camerota began by asking the panelists if they were troubled by President Trumps response to the violence in Charlottesville, VA  where he noted that there was blame on both sides with not a single panelist expressing condemnation of Trumps response, and one panelist specifically noting that there were problems on both sides.

I didnt see anything wrong with it. I mean he addressed the problem. Lets face reality, there are problems on both sides, panelist Bob Viera said. I think its ridiculous to have me choose between Hitler and Stalin which is what I consider what both groups are, he added.

The Antifa group to me is totally a very Stalin-ish kind of group, Viera said. If youre willing to set fires and burn places to the ground, that doesnt seem like a very peaceful group to me.

Its worth noting that while everyone should be anti-fascist, the folks wearing all black, covering their faces, and inciting violence against anyone who disagrees with them are giving true anti-fascism a bad name.

Panelist Robert McCarthy blamed media bias and said, The media is not covering it. Theyre only focused on making neo-Nazis and white supremacists out to be Trump supporters.

Another panelist, Daphne Goggins, said she is also convinced that not everyone at the rally was a neo-Nazi based on videos she saw on Facebook. She said she is going to reserve judgment until the matter is fully investigated. Goggins noted that when she attempted to share those videos, they were censored by the social media site.

Asked to comment on whether there were very fine people protesting in Charlottesville, Camerota was surprised by Goggins response:

It hasnt been investigated so we dont really know who was out there. But Im telling you, Ive seen videos of other people who were out there who were not neo-Nazis.

Camerota then proceeded to play a clip of white nationalists chanting racial slurs against Jewish people, and while Goggins noted that she did not agree with the sentiment being expressed, she defended their right to free speech.

Those crazy, I dont know what else to call them. I probably cant say it on TV. But they still have the right to say those crazy things, she said.

Another panelist, Trump supporter Amanda Delekta, said that the coverage of the violence basically equated voting for Trump to supporting neo-Nazis, and said the coverage was negative and intentionally...

08:28

Hysteria: Leftists now consider photos of white babies racist Intellihub

Group forced to apologize for declaration This is the future that ACLU members want

The ACLU was forced to issue an apology for tweeting a photo of a baby holding a US flag with the caption This is the future that ACLU members want, after an army of basement dwelling leftists lost their shit because the baby was Caucasian.

The point of the image was that the child was wearing an ACLU onesie emblazoned with the words Free Speech, as well as holding the Stars and Stripes.

However, the only thing that mattered to the hysterical leftist twitterati was the color of the childs skin.

Many even suggested it was an endorsement of white supremacy:

08:22

Israel's Alarm over Syrian Debacle OpEdNews

Meddling by the U.S. and its allies was supposed to topple the Assad regime in Syria and give Israel a freer hand, but instead has brought Iran and other adversaries to Israel's border, a risky moment, says Daniel Lazare.

08:13

What Are the Odds of Surviving In a FEMA Camp? Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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Do you remember Jade Helm excercises, 15 and 16? What were they practicing for? What were there mission objectives?

After listening to this interview, Jade Helm will take on new significance for you.

After ing this article, Jade Helm will take on new significance for you.

Most of us have seen the images as America descends into a new level of tyranny under the cloud of Jade Helm 15 (JH 15) as the loyal American states of Texas and Utah are declared to be hostile states.

  • We have seen the dissident extraction drills in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
  • We have seen the nighttime black helicopter extraction transport drills.
  • We are seeing the relative emergence of what is referred to as FEMA camp Death Domes designed to house thousands of detainees.
  • We know from leaked documents that FEMA Camps are present all over the nation.
  • From Army Manual 3-39.40, Internment/Resettlement document, we even have the floor plans for FEMA camps.
  • We are even aware that extensive plans have been made for our final resting place.

It is clear that the Deep State wants to get Donald Trump out of the way as they posture for the evisceration of American government, Constitutiona and our way of life. In order to accomplish this goal, the dissident leaders must be purged as well as those who pose a clear and present danger to the NWO.

NOW THAT YOU UNDERSTAND, THE CHRONOLOGY, THE INTENT AND THE NATURE OF THE GLOBALIST PLANS FOR US, THERE IS ONE REMAINING QUESTION:

 

WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF SURVIVING IN A FEMA CAMP?

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08:10

Americans Spy Spectacular Total Solar Eclipse Guardian Liberty Voice

Millions of Americans took time to look toward the heavens and spy the spectacular total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. The cosmic event was visible across the entire country, with varying levels of totality. Watching it was an awe inspiring moment that people wanted to share with one another. They celebrated with eclipse-watching parties []

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08:08

America -- Toss Out Your Old Baggage OpEdNews

Better late than never, it's time to put America's baggage out for pick up.

08:05

Gaspesi, Quebec: Traditional Mikmaq Chiefs Oppose Fracking It's Going Down

The post Gaspesi, Quebec: Traditional Mikmaq Chiefs Oppose Fracking appeared first on It's Going Down.

Today, we traditional council chiefs from the 1st and the 7th Districts of Mikmaki have gathered at the Junexit Banquet organized by the Camp by the River. We are here not only to support the occupation that has been set up on August 7th against Junex but also to assert our inherent rights and title over our unceded and unsurrendered territory, as affirmed by the 1763 Royal Proclamation. We assert our presence here to protect our territory under the Protection clauses for unceded lands, as protected by Constitutional Rights, Charter Rights, Human Rights, and International Rights.

The Chief of Mikamki 1st District, Unamaki, which is currently involved in its own struggle against oil and gas exploration by Alton Gas, as well as the 2011 historic and victorious struggle against fracking in Elsipogtog (6th District), thus adds her support to the 7th Districts current opposition to exploration and extraction on its land by Junex.

After the dismantling of the blockade, the struggle is just beginning, and coalitions are being formed between Mikmaq District Chiefs from the northern and southern ends of our Nation, as well as with land and water protectors from other nations.

As Traditional Mikmaq council Chiefs, we affirm our complete and inviolable sovereignty over the land Junex is illegally attempting to destroy. We are not concerned by the Indian Act (INAC) leadership, whos authority lies exclusively within the border of the Federal Indian Reserves as stated in the Chapter 91.24 of the Constitution of Canada (Indians and land reserved for Indians). INAC describes only boundaries of reservations, and not traditional hunting and fishing territories. Outside of Federal Indian Reserves, the authority and jurisdiction lies with the rights holders, i.e. traditional district chiefs.

We demand an immediate moratorium on all exploration and/or development of oil and/or gas on traditional mikmaki territory, District 7.

As Mikmaq peoples, we have a duty and obligation to defend and protect our Ancestral District territory. We cannot remain silent and condone any oil drilling within our territory that will poison our lands, waters, fauna and wildlife. We call all groups and individuals concerned by the protection of water and land on Gespegawagi territory to voice their support, take action, and join the struggle on site.

Suzanne Patles, 1st Unamaki district
Gary Metallic, 7th District Gespegawagi

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07:54

Anathema Volume 3 Issue 6 It's Going Down

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New issue of Anathema, long running free agitational anarchist publication from Philadelphia, PA. 

Volume 3 Issue 6 (PDF for printing 11 x 17)

Volume 3 Issue 6 (PDF for reading 8.5 x 11)

In this issue:

  • Coyotes Return
  • Police Conduct Business
  • Gentrification in Mantua
  • What Went Down
  • Thoughts on Charlottesville
  • Call for International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners
  • Direct Action Topples Symbolic
  • Science of Statues
  • Scumbag Co-op to Arm ATMs with Smart Water
  • Midwest Pipeline Sabotage

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07:53

America is DRUGGED OUT on opioids, alcohol and prescription medications is SANITY long lost? Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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(Natural News) A shocking scientific study published in the Annals of Internal Medicinefinds that 38% of Americans were prescribed addictive opioid painkillers in 2015. In addition, 1 in 8 Americans are said to be active alcoholics. With millions more Americans on psychiatric drugs, antidepressants, statin drugs and chemotherapy, its no exaggeration to say that America is a drugged-out nation. (Click here for original study from Annals.org)

Its a zombie nation, I explain in the video below. A whopping 5% of American adults are currently abusing prescription opioids and 1% of American adults are chemically addicted to opioids.

According to the CDC, opioid drugs are now killing 33,000 Americans. This is a war on America, all conducted in the name of Big Pharma profits and the mass chemical intoxication of the masses. (Read DangerousMedicine.com for more news.)

Its no coincidence, either, that a mass drugged-out population loses its ability to reason, making it highly vulnerable to fake news from the lying mainstream media, which now seems determined to destroy reason, vilify rationality and overthrow the Republic.

Learn the truth about the mass fatalities caused by toxic drugs at PharmaDe...

07:42

Trump Is No Racist and He Proved It At the Phoenix Rally-CNNs Fake News Exposed Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

 

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CNN roundly criticized the President because he dared to expose their lies to the public. At the Phoenix rally, Trump read his previous statement to the press in which he clearly condemned the actions of the Neo-Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists, by name. He also condemned both sides, at Charlottesville, for engaging in violence. Does CNN think that the desire to take down monuments gives them the right to engage in riots?

The following video cuts to the chase of this issue.  When we consider the fake news spewing out of CNN, nobody in their right mind should ever watch the CIAs Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer again. Here is the complete story which exonerates the President and implicates CNN as the largest purveyor of fiction on the planet.

 

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07:41

Proof of $50 per Hour Soros Paid Protesters at the Phoenix Rally Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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You are such a liar. Your fake news is ____  ___! You are such an ____  ____. You cannot prove that one protester in Phoenix was paid anything. Liar!  A___ ___!..

There is more but you get the idea. Here was my answer to the mentally ill liberals who continue to try and conceal the truth from the American public.

 

 

 

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07:37

Quebec City: Anti-Fascists block Islamophobic Group from Marching It's Going Down

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Hundreds of anti-fascists and anti-racists blocked a planned march by Islamophobic and anti-migrant far right group La Meute. People clashed with police, beat up a Nazi, and kept the racist marchers trapped in a multilevel parking lot for hours. Once the protesters left, the group exited and marched.


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07:31

When the Police Knock on Your Door Your Rights & Options: A Legal Guide & Poster It's Going Down

The post When the Police Knock on Your Door Your Rights & Options: A Legal Guide & Poster appeared first on It's Going Down.

In cooperation with legal counsel, our comrades have prepared a poster explaining how to handle visits from law enforcement. This includes any agent from any law enforcement agency, regardless of whether they are local, state, or federal, including the FBI, ATF, and ICE when they are working as law enforcement, uniformed or not. Consider putting a copy of this poster by the doors of your residence and familiarizing yourself with the information. These days, no matter who you are or what youre doing, you never know when you might receive an unwelcome visit.

 

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Keep the outer gate or door chain locked. If you must, step outside and close the door behind you. Better yet, speak through the door.

Say No, I will not answer your questions.

You can also say I have been advised to not answer questions. If you leave a card, a lawyer may contact you. The police are trained to intimidate. Dont let them bully you! Regardless of what they say, remember that you are never required to answer anything they ask. Your responsibility is to your conscience and your community, not to the police or their investigation.

Research the legal resources available in your area. Keep the phone numbers accessible for the local National Lawyers Guild hotline, the local hotline to report ICE raids, and any contacts you have for legal support or raising bail money. Agree on a response plan with those you share this home with! Keep in mind that th...

07:16

Beaked. Freethought Blogs

Got the beak done, hurrah. Now I gotta feed the rats, or my assistants might rebel. Click for full size.

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07:03

Kansas City Missouri Police Department Collude Directly With The Far-Right Extremist 3%er Militia. Filming Cops

An anonymous source came forward with this damning video of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department colluding directly with the far-right extremist 3%er militia. (See our previous post on this,

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06:59

Chemtrails make it to televison Commericals Sheep Media

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Chemtrails are now being used in commericals and its not good for humanity.  RFB

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06:58

Why Does US Military Have Records On 2013 Egyptian Military Coup? Shadowproof

Egyptian army chief, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, led a coup against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. The Egyptian constitution was subsequently suspended.

When it happened, President Barack Obama avoided the use of the word coup to describe what unfolded. This was to ensure U.S. military aid continued to flow to the country. And, as The Guardian noted, Ties between the Pentagon and the Egyptian military [were] already close.

A request was submitted on November 6, 2015, for records prepared, received, transmitted, collected, or maintained on the 2013 Egyptian coup. The intent was to uncover documents on any U.S. complicity or coordination with the Egyptian military ahead of or during the coup.

The DIA responded on August 4, 2017, and claimed records were properly classified and exempt from release.

However, the DIA indicated the agency located 20 documents (108 pages). Nineteen of the documents were referred to another government agency for their review.

The DIA is a U.S. military intelligence agency within the Department of Defense. Why do they possess these documents?

An appeal was filed with the DIA in response to their decision to keep the records secret.



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06:56

McKay Coppins On Jeff Flake, Free Speech, And The Future Of The GOP The Federalist

McKay Coppins, staff writer at The Atlantic, joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss his reporting on Boston protestors, Senator Jeff Flake, and the trouble brewing in the Republican Party.

Who is deciding what is hate speech and what are the biggest concerns for the future of free speech? I think theres a kind of short-sighted argument being advanced by some on the left right nowin five years it could be on the rightwhere they dont like the fringe elements that are gaining power because of their free speech, Coppins said.

As Jeff Flake approaches a season of reelection, some are wondering if he even wants to be a politician anymore.  I think he fundamentally doesnt like the political climate were in and doesnt like operating in it, Coppins said.

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06:30

Podcast: Thoughts on Incremental Development Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

If the plane is about to crash, you dont have to know how to fly the plane to stand up and say we need to do something different. I dont think having a ten-point plan to turn things around is a prerequisite for being able to stand up and say this isnt going in the right direction.
Charles Marohn

Does Strong Towns have a right to point out the problems with our current development pattern if we don't also have a clear solution? In this solo podcast, Chuck Marohn reflects on the state of the Strong Towns movement, its critics and its interactions with other movements like Market Urbanism and Complete Streets.

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06:29

Syria War Diary: What Life Is Like Under Moderate Rebel Rule The Last American Vagabond

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Since the liberation of Aleppo, and the restoring of peace to Madaya and al-Waer, most Western media have gone silent on the areas, even though it is now possible to visit all of them and hear from civilians who lived under the rule of moderate rebels, which is exactly what journalist Eva Bartlett did. In []

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06:21

To the Barricades! : We Will At Least Be Less Bored

Does this sound crazy? I dont think so. The hostility is beyond anything I have seen in what has become a depressingly long life. In the media, on the web, anger seethes. Countries both civilized and not have plunged into bloodshed over as little. Think of Sunnis and Shias, Irish Protestants and Irish Catholics, Spanish and Basques.

In America, friends talk carefully to each other because they want to remain friends. Armed mobs take to the streets, blocking highways, shouting down speakers, burning cities, looting malls, playing the Knockout Game, organizing huge demonstrations. Things are far worse than in the upheavals of the Sixties. That rebellion, now receding from living memory, had a concrete and attainable goal: preventing young men from being forced to fight in a remote war in which they had no stake. When the draft ended, so did the riots.

Todays hatreds are not about anything in particular. They are about everything in general, and thus irresolvable. The white insurrectionists seem to be adolescents of thirty-five, gripped by the strange immaturity that so many have noticed, angry at a world that they mistake for their parents. The blacks are furious because they somehow do not succeed in modern society. Their opposition, the Deplorables, feel drowned in everything they detest and fear. No peace is possible except by political coercion or conflict in the streets.

Half the country, led by New York, wants to control, and does control, everything of importance to the other half. Everything is decided remotely: what your children learn in school, what you cant say to them because they might tell their teachers; who you have to hi...

06:13

WATCH: CNN Panel Backfires, Destroys Mainstream Media Narrative on Charlottesville The Free Thought Project

A CNN panel shattered the narrative being promoted by the mainstream media, live on air, as executives' heads likely exploded behind the scenes.

05:59

On the Corner: Intersectionality is Not Feminist Freethought Blogs

By which I mean that it is not inherently or always feminist. Unlike other posts, I think I can keep this point short:

If intersectionality is an examination of how two experiences/identities interact, then when neither of those experiences/identities is woman and/or female, it is difficult to see how one might guarantee that the examination is feminist in any meaningful way. Remembering that intersectionality is not only the examination of marginalized experiences and identities, we could read a meaningful examination of any of the following without encountering feminism per se:

Black and Christian

Jewish and immigrant

Disabled and heterosexual

Asexual and queer

As I have explained elsewhere, intersectionality was born of Critical Legal Theory, which discipline has its origins in anti-racism, not feminism. Although the originator of the term, metaphor, and theory (Kimberl Crenshaw) did so while examining legal cases of specific import to Black women and thus is as feminist in its birth as it is anti-racist, still intersectionality is something else. It could not be intersectionality if it was only about gender and sex, nor could it be intersectionality as weve come to understand that term if it was always inclusive of gender and sex.

The essence of intersectional thought is looking at how membership in one category affects ones experience of belong to (or existing within) another category. It is liminal thought, as Gloria Anzalda might say. Too often we speak of intersectionality as a theory that belongs to feminism, but this notion both relies on a simplified, frequently erroneous history as well as a drastic limitation of intersectionalitys scope and potential.

05:52

Boston Rallies Against the far-Right: The Future of Anti-Fascism? It's Going Down

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Despite the efforts of the fascists and white supremacists to rebrand themselves after their attacks in Charlottesville, 40,000 counter-protesters turned out in Boston on Saturday to oppose their so called free speech rally in the Boston Common. The counter-protesters outnumbered the fascists about 1,000 to 1, a clear improvement since the previous such event in Boston on May 13, when similar forces were able to take to the streets without significant numbers in opposition. This time there were multiple counter-protests: Black Lives Matter organized a rally and march from Roxbury, multiple socialist organizations led a large demonstration in front of the State House, and many individuals also gathered directly around the area cordoned off by the police for the free speech rally to confront it directly. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh even got in on the action in Roxbury, despite having previously urged people to avoid the Boston Common rally point, and allowing the city to grant the rally a permit. Black Rose/Rosa Negra members were involved in a variety of different aspects of the counter-demonstrations.

After Charlottesville, several of the major speakers and organizations participating in the far-Right rally backed out, including neo-Nazi Augustus Invictus, Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes and Alt-Right figure Baked Alaska (Tim Treadstone). Even with these high profile withdrawals, fascists were active in Boston before the march, and were spotted outside of Black Lives Matter direct action trainings the night before. But ultimately on the day of, only a couple dozen fascists successfully made their way onto the bandstand where the rally was to be held. Many were blocked by counter-protesters and several of those mulling around outside the cordon were chased off as the day went on. Although they were massively outnumbered the fascists still sought a propaganda victory. There was an attempt to stage the knocking over of an elderly Trump supporter to loudly blame it on anti-fascists in front of right wing media and any other reporters willing to grant them a platform. The police used this incident to surround and search the bags of anti-fascists.

The police remained firmly on the side of the white supremacists. Their entire infrastructure was erected in order to defend the fascists, and they proactively stepped in to escort them out of the rally. The p...

05:44

About Trumps transgender military ban Freethought Blogs

I like this blunt statement by Robert Bateman on the subject.

These people are American patriots, theyre U.S. citizens, theyre willing to put their lives on the line, and they shouldnt be forced to hide anything. Citing costs which are in reality utterly negligible, President Trump made a broad and sweeping announcement of this ban, 140 characters at a time. It is not only stupid, it is counter-productive.

Also relevant is this cartoon about real courage.

Perhaps, though, what Trump really wants is that ass-licking acquiescence to power.

05:43

Cops Attack Man, Confiscate Surveillance Video, But Cell Phone Survived, Showing Their Lies The Free Thought Project

cell phonePolice officers attacked a man for no reason and confiscated the surveillance footage to cover their tracks, but the cell phone video survived.

05:38

Building community around Durhams open data Blog Sunlight Foundation

Last week, I traveled to Durham, North Carolina to participate in a panel discussion on community engagement and open data for Civic Spark Day. The conference brought together Durhams residents, local technologists, city and county staff to discuss how the citys open data can be used to meet the communitys needs. The event was the latest element of the citys work using open data to make Durham a great place to live, work and play.

My path to joining on this panel started back in March of this year, when I met Sam McClenney, Durhams data program manager, at the second annual What Works Cities Summit in New York.

Back in March, Durham had just been selected to participate in What Works Cities, with a focus on using city and county data to improve processes within government agencies. Durham, like many cities, has been evolving its thinking about open data. The city was already making data open and available as p...

05:21

Basilisk, Carrying On. Freethought Blogs

Getting back to work on the basilisk. The white is just gesso. In todays art assistant tales: Vala takes a break from trying to burrow down the back of my jeans, to get a drink of paint water, then she dunks her whole effing head in the water, then shakes all over. Sorry, I didnt get pics cause the card wasnt in the camera. Clickety for full size.

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05:21

Collapsed fish farm that released thousands of Atlantic salmon had structural problems last month Warrior Publications

Fish farm collapse 1Washington state fish farms collapse has reinvigorated salmon-farming debates

By Lisa Johnson, CBC News, August 23, 2017

The Washington state fish farm that collapsed allowing many thousands of Atlantic salmon to escape into the Pacific showed signs of trouble last month, and was slated for upgrades.

In late July, the Cooke Aquaculture-owned operation near Cypress Island required emergency work to stabilize the net pens after crews saw them moving in currents.

Then last weekend, the same pens, containing 300,000 Atlantic salmon, began showing damage on Saturday before collapsing on Sunday, releasing an unknown number of fish.

While the incident happened in Washington state, its reinvigorated the longstanding debate about fish farming on Canadas West Coast, including the controversial but common practice of farming Atlantic salmon in Pacific waters.

In both cases, Cooke Aquaculture blamed high tides and cu...

05:20

Former Olympic Divers Proposal Photos Are Going Viral Because Love Trumps Hate True Activist

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Get your tissues handy, as this just might be the sweetest marriage proposal of the year. During a gondola ride in Venice, a Swedish former Olympic diver had the pleasure of saying yes to his German boyfriend who surprised him with a ring.

Earlier in July, bodybuilder Patrick Huber refused to tell his lover where they were going when they left their home in Munich by car. After hours of travel, they finally arrived in Venice, Italy, a place Olympian Jimmy Sjdin had always wanted to visit.

What Sjdin didnt know is that Huber also arranged to have a travel photographer from Flytographer secretly take snaps of their romantic adventure. When the duo set off on a gondola ride on the Venetian Lagoon, Patrick felt the time was right and asked Sjdin to marry him.

I had no idea or clue that this could or would be an engagement trip, Jimmy told the Huffington Post.

The couple will be married in the German Alps on May 28, 2018 exactly two years to the day they began dating. Because their love is inspiring to many, the photographs have gone viral. You can find Jimmy and Patrick on Instagram.

Following are adorable photos of the happy pair:

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05:19

The Ex-Sheriff Trump Wants to Pardon Ignored 400 Sex Crime Cases Filming Cops

Sheriff Joe Arpaio aggressively policed Latinos while failing to investigate sex crimes against undocumented immigrants. Donald Trump calls him a great American patriot. Last week, Donald Trump announced that hes

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05:08

Failure to Set Cost of Carbon Hampers Trumps Effort to Expand Use of Fossil Fuels ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

President Donald Trumps efforts to boost fossil fuel extraction face a courtroom hurdle of his own making.

His March 28 executive order promoting energy independence and economic growth rescinded the Obama administrations calculation of the social cost of carbon a metric that had been central to the process of crafting and justifying government rules addressing human-driven climate change.

All government regulations are subject to cost/benefit analysis. The social cost of carbon was developed in large part to compare long-term costs from coastal flooding and other impacts of emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide with upfront costs to the economy from curbing the burning of fossil fuels, the main source of such emissions.

The value at the end of the Obama presidency was set at roughly $40 for each ton of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas emitted by human activities, or equivalent amounts of other gases such as methane. At that price, the benefits of Obamas proposals to reduce emissions outweighed the economic costs.

The Trump order required a new calculation and ordered agencies to use procedures issued by the Office of Management and Budget in 2003 to craft relevant regulations.

A protracted delay in the Trump administration coming up with its own carbon-cost estimate could empower environmentalists pursuing legal challenges to mining, drilling or pipeline projects, said Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law.

In an email on Tuesday, he pointed to two recent court decisions. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, must consider the impact of greenhouse gas emissions that will result from construction of three new interstate pipelines in the Southeast. The Sierra Club, other environmental groups and some affected landowners had challenged the commissions environmental review of the project.  

In the ruling...

05:01

Hidden Camera Catches Cop Force a Man to Give Him Money by Threatening to Take His Car Counter Current News

Source: The Free Thought Project   By: Justin Gardner

Philadelphia, PA A driver got a big break and a great video when a cop gave him an ultimatumbuy these show tickets or Ill take your car.

The apparently hidden camera captures the Philly officer extorting the driver for cash, and incidentally helping the driver as well.

You and your friend got any money to buy these Hero Thrill Show tickets?  Support your police department? $10 each man.  Either you buy theseor I take your car because its unregistered.

The driver instantly complies, pulling out some cash for the cop.

Pay there? the driver says.

No, no, no.  You already paid.  You got these tickets, man.  Go support the police department.  Support cops like me that, instead of taking your shit, you two walking, just buy these Hero Thrill Show tickets.  Thats it, says the cop.

The tickets were for a fundraising effort for children of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

Another male passenger was in the car.  After asking the driver if he has a sweetheart, the cop decides to make them buy three tickets instead of two.

You got $30?  $10 apiece, said the cop.

The driver, realizing he ha...

05:00

Canadian oil firm hit by occupation as Peru faces warning of wider Indigenous uprising Warrior Publications

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by Jorge Barrera, APTN National news, August 23, 2017

Hundreds of Indigenous people have reportedly seized oil facilities operated by the subsidiary of a Canadian company in Perus Amazon region amid warnings of a wider uprising over the Peruvian governments failure to consult with communities before allowing extraction on their traditional territories.

Members of the Indigenous Los Jardines community seized facilities in the Amazon region of Loreto operated by Frontera Energy Corp, a subsidiary of Canadian firm Pacific Exploration & Production, according to local and wire service reports. The people of Los Jardines also briefly occupied the airport in Loreto earlier this month.

The occupation is targeting one of the countrys largest oil fields. Frontera told Peruvian newspaper El Commercio the action has impacted the production of ab...

04:57

ISIS Releases Video Threatening Trump Using 10-Year-Old Son Of Iraqi Veteran The Last American Vagabond

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Playing with terrorism entails terrible and irreversible consequences. Watching whats happening in the world, it is hard to argue with this statement. Europe became mired in cruel terror attacks which led to hundreds dead and wounded. The European Union is perplexed, the U.S. administration makes every effort to hide the truth in this game []

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04:52

Traditional Mikmag 1st and 7th District Chiefs oppose Junex projects in Gaspesie, Quebec Warrior Publications

by Suzanne Patles & Gary Metallic, The Media Coop, August 24, 2017

Today, we traditional council chiefs from the 1st and the 7th Districts of Mikmaki have gathered at the Junexit Banquet organized by the Camp by the River. We are here not only to support the occupation that has been set up on August 7th against Junex but also to assert our inherent rights and title over our unceded and unsurrendered territory, as affirmed by the 1763 Royal Proclamation. We assert our presence here to protect our territory under the Protection clauses for unceded lands, as protected by Constitutional Rights, Charter Rights, Human Rights, and International Rights.

The Chief of Mikamki 1st District, Unamaki, which is currently involved in its own struggle against oil and gas exploration by Alton Gas, as well as the 2011 historic and victorious struggle against fracking in Elsipogtog (6th District), thus adds her support to the 7th Districts current opposition to exploration and extraction on its land by Junex.

After the dismantling of the blockade, the struggle is just beginning, and coalitions are being formed between Mikmaq District Chiefs from the northern and southern ends of our Nation, as well as with land and water protectors from other nations.

As Traditional Mikmaq council Chiefs, we affirm our complete and inviolable sovereignty over the land Junex is illegally attempting to destroy. We are not concerned by the Indian Act (INAC) leadership, whos authority lies exclusively within the border of the Federal Indian Reserves as stated in the Chapter 91.24 of the Constitution of Canada (Indians and land reserved for Indians). INAC describes only boundaries of reservations, and not traditional hunting and fishing territories. Outside of Federal Indian Reserves, the authority and jurisdiction lies with the rights holders, i.e. traditional district chiefs.

We demand an immediate moratorium on all exploration and/or development of oil and/or gas on traditional mikmaki territory, District 7.

As Mikmaq peoples, we have a duty and obligation to defend and protect our Ancestral District territory. We cannot remain silent and condone any oil drilling within our territory that will poison our lands, waters, fauna and wildlife. We call all groups and individuals concerned by the protection of water and land on Gespegawagi territory to voice their support, take action, and join the struggle on site.

Suzanne Patles, 1st Unamaki district
Gary Metallic, 7th District Gespegawagi

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04:51

Newsbud Exclusive-Trumps Afghan War: Based on Neocon Lies. Newsbud

Standing before a podium at the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Virginia, President Donald Trump addressed an audience of soldiers on August 21. Trump said the consequences of an exit from Afghanistan are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th.

However, the following day during a press conference in the Rose Garden with President Bush, Powell said the American people would not be permitted to see the evidence. He added the United States had irrefutable proof of bin Ladens complicity, but most of it is classified. Powells remark was an effort to conceal the fact the Bush administration had no evidence Osama bin Laden planned and orchestrated the attack from a cave in Afghanistan. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh cited officials from the CIA and the Justice Department as saying there was no solid evidence of this.

In 1998, following the US embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, the Taliban government offered to turn over bin Laden, but the Bush administration refused. Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil, the Taliban foreign minister, told Al Jazeera his government had made several proposals to the United States to turn over the Saudi to stand trial.

Even before the [9/11] attacks, our Islamic Emirate had tried through various proposals to resolve the Osama issue. One such proposal was to set up a three-nation court, or something under the supervision of the Organization of the Islamic Conference [OIC]," Muttawakil said. But the US showed no interest in it. They kept demanding we hand him over, but we had no relations with the US, no agreement of any sort. They did not recognize our government.

After the Taliban made the proposals through...

04:46

Wasseman Szhultzs IT staffer case raises question: How deep does the swamp actually go? Intellihub

The D.C. swamp may be deeper than originally thought

(INTELLIHUB) Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York appeared on Fox Business to talk about Debbie Wasserman Schultzs continued support for her former IT aide Imran Awan who was recently arrested while attempting to flee the United States.

York said that Wasserman Shultzs former staffer had access to a lot of sensitive information, including private emails which may have been used for nefarious purposes.

He was fleeing the country and his wife had already fled the country, the correspondent told Fox Business. They had transferred a lot of money to Pakistan where they were going and thats clear evidence of wrongdoing.

York said that if the case goes any further legally then the media will defiantly learn more about the situation. However, as of yet authorities are keeping the matter tight-lipped.

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04:44

US-Russia Relations, North Korea, Dakota Access Pipeline. Select Shows from Global Research News Hour Global Research

But we must acknowledge that there is a process of smearing the independent media, which means that more than ever we need our readers to get the word out. In social media and across the land, these issues must be

04:38

An Off-the-Record Genocide: Global Resource Extraction Economy Destroys DR Congo Indigenous Groups Global Research

On April 27, 2017, a hapless cow wandered off-course during a seasonal cattle drive in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and ended up over the campfire of some Indigenous hunters. The traditional lands of these groups (Batwa and related

04:35

Politicized Injustice in America Directed against a Palestinian-American Community Leader Global Research

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Its rife in America, thousands incarcerated and abused for political reasons notably people of color and

04:34

We Just Figured Out How To Activate Stem Cells To Treat Baldness TruthTheory

By Brad Jones via Futurism

Researchers from UCLA have found a way to successfully reactivate stem cells in dormant hair follicles to promote hair growth in mice. Through this research, theyve developed two drugs that could help millions of people worldwide treat conditions that lead to abnormal hair growth and retention.

External Problem. Internal Solution.

Researchers have already explored ways to use stem cells to treat everything from diabetes to aging, and now, a team from UCLA thinks they could potentially offer some relief for people suffering from baldness.

During their study, which has been published in Nature, the researchers noticed that stem cells found in hair follicles undergo a different metabolic process than normal skin cells. After turning glucose into a molecule known as pyruvate, these hair follicle cells then do...

04:29

Noam Chomsky: Antifa Is Wrong In Principle A Major Gift To The Militant Right TruthTheory

By Jay Syrmopoulos via Waking Times

The violent tactics employed by Antifa are actually fueling the militant right and perpetuating an endless feedback loop of violence and hate.

Progressive intellectual icon Noam Chomsky has publicly stated that the Antifa movement, while being embraced by the mainstream media after the recent violence in Charlottesville, will only serve to embolden militant right-wing extremists essentially creating a feedback loop of escalating violence.

As for Antifa, its a minuscule fringe of the Left, just as its predecessors were. Its a major gift to the right, including the militant right, who are exuberant, Chomsky told the Washington Examiner.

While the mass media has taken up the cause of portraying Antifa as freedom fighters who defend against Nazis, the reality is starkly different, as many of the activists affiliated with the movement consider themselves left-anarchists or socialists, who often wear all black and masks to conceal their identity.

Chomsky said, what they do is often wrong in principle like blocking talks and [the movement] is generally self-destructive.

Chomsky is likely referring to the repeated violence seen on college campuses, where Antifa violently assaulted anyone attempting to attend events by controversial right-wing speakers, like Milo Yiannopolous, whose speech at the University of Berkley was canceled earlier this year as numerous attendees were violently beate...

04:25

[WATCH] Cop Tases, Pepper Sprays Unresponsive Victim Suffering From Medical Emergency Counter Current News

Source: Filming Cops

FREDERICKSBURG, VA A police officer has been allowed to resign after a video surfaced showing him tasing and pepper spraying an innocent victim in a car.

In this case, the victim was completely unresponsive clearly not making any threatening gestures toward the officer.

According to reports, the driver of the vehicle, David Washington, had earlier collided into a city road side, another vehicle, and then stopped in the middle of the road.

Corporal Matt Deschenes and Sergeant Crystal Hill were the first two officers to arrive at Davids stopped vehicle.

They pointed guns at him and ordered him to get out of his car, but he was motionless.

Youd think by this point officers would be able to use their discernment to judge that Davids unresponsiveness called for medical attention, not violence.

Thats when a third officer, Shaun Jurgens, began shooting David with a taser gun. David was still sitting motionless and unresponsive.

The officer then pepper sprays Davids face for about 6-8 seconds straight, saturating him in the burning chemicals.

The bodycam footage then shows a cop dragging David by the arm out of his car like a rag doll and throwing him to the pavement.

After torturing this man and threatening to smoke him as they drew guns on him, it finally donned on officers that David was experiencing a medical emergency. He was eventually transported to Mary Washington Hospital.

Investigators found that the use of taser and pepperspray were unwarranted.

Of course it was unwarranted.

Scenes like this just go to show that many officers are using tasers and pepper spray as obedience tools eager to prod us like cattle and inflict pain on us at the mere hint of disobedience to their self-perceived authority.

 

04:22

Trump's Running Out of Friends, and It's His Own Fault OpEdNews

called for Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell to commit political hara-kiri for failing to pass his abominable Trumpcare bill, which was meaner than mean. And he publicly shoots down his own top appointees, from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to his short-lived mouthpiece Anthony Scaramucci. Even White House chief Strategist Stephen Bannon has taken a hit and been sent packing.

04:19

Rogan on JFKs shooting: Anybody could have made that shot Intellihub

Joe Rogan explains to a CIA agent just how easy it would have been to make the Kennedy shot in 63

(INTELLIHUB) While talking to CIA agent Mike Baker on a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Rogan pointed out how the shot that Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly made striking President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, was not that difficult.

Two-hundred and sixty-five feet, eight-one meters, that aint shit, Rogan said. Thats a bow shot.

The popular podcast host and UFC commentator then proceeded to explain to his guest how a good bow hunter could easily make that shot.

Anyone could make that shot from eighty-one meters thats nothing, he said.

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04:14

Guam entre Militarizao dos EUA e Ameaas da Coreia do Norte Global Research

Guam tem estado no centro do noticirio internacional nos ltimos dias, devido ao acirramento das tenses entre Washington y Pyongyang. Em resposta s ameaas dos Estados Unidos, o mandatrio da Coreia do Norte, Kim Jong-um, disse que estava examinando cuidadosamente

04:14

This New Digital Platform Hopes To Build A More Democratic Economy TruthTheory

Credit: BuySmart

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

BuySmart is a socially-minded startup. Their aim is to build a community of consumers who want to challenge the current economic climate and push for a fairer economy.

The digital platform enables consumers to identify brands that match their values. In addition, BuySmart will also inform consumers about ethical shopping choices and steer them in the direction of independent companies, opposed to big corporations.

BuySmart have partnered up with organisations such as Ethical Consumer, Fair Tax, 38 Degrees, Social Enterprise UK and The Living Wage Foundation. With these brands backing their endeavours, BuySmart hopes it can use collective action to positively influence the way companies behave. They want greater corporate transparency over tax, which will hopefully motivate businesses to improve their supply chain.

BuySmart launched earlier on this month and already has more than 70 independent brands featured on the site. As it stands, people who sign up and becoming members at BuySmart are limited to searching for independent companies by location and sector. However, there is no doubt that the online community will continue to grow. As it starts to gain traction, an increasingly sophisticated platform will allow for more tailored results.

BuySmart is a london-based company founded by James Bryant and Laura Pulford. Sadly, Laura (Jamess fiancee) passed away late last year. Bryant hopes to make her proud and believes that this...

04:10

Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, The CIA and Me OpEdNews

When historian Alfred McCoy began his long journey to expose some of the darkest secrets of the U.S. national security establishment, America was embroiled in wars in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Almost 50 years later, the United States is, in one way or another, involved in so many more conflicts from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen to Libya, Somalia, the Lake Chad region of Africa, and the Philippines.

04:09

British Columbias NDP Government Decision to Slowly Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 Global Research

Last Tuesday the new British Columbia NDP government announced it was raising the provinces minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021. The new government had already announced it would raise the minimum wage by 50 cents on September 15,

04:05

Haiti Helped Create Largest Revolt of Enslaved Africans in U.S. History. The Independence Debt with France and the Louisiana Purchase Global Research

Featured image: Jean Jacques Dessalines, president and then emperor of Haiti (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

So, sorting fiction from reality, which one is the land of the free and the brave, the pioneers of human rights, freedom and liberty in

04:05

David Bowie, UFOs, Witchcraft, Cocaine and Paranoia Sheep Media

Before venturing across the pond, Bowie had caused quite a sensation in the British press not only because of his outlandish to some image of a rock and roller from Mars, but because of his independent and very liberal sexual lifestyle.

As usual, at the time I was wearing several hats. I was promoting a number of local rock bands who never quite made it, editing the widely distributed UFO Review (the worlds only official flying saucer newspaper), and running the New York School Of Occult Arts and Science, among the first metaphysical centers in the country where you could take classes in anything from astral projection to hypnosis, to witchcraftwhich is how I came to be acquainted with Walli Elmlark.

As I originally wrote in UFOs Among The Stars Close Encounters of The Famous (Global Communications), Wallie was known widely as the White Witch Of New York. Because of her contacts in the music industry, she had established quite an eclectic clientele for whom she would offer spiritual guidance, and occasional good luck or love spells, but always of a positive nature. She didnt dabble in black magick or even gris gris (a New Orleans form of gray magick that incorporates poppets and the use of talismans kept in a personal mojo bag).

Walli was lively, imaginative, energetic, well spoken, and quite attractive in her flowing white garments complete with fashionable silver moon adornments. Oh did I forget to mention long black hair, complete with dyed green streak highlights? Indeed, Walli made a very bold fashion and occult statement wherever she went.

BOWIE THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH

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04:00

Lngua & Preconceito: Presidenta ou Presidente? Global Research

Uma das manifestaes mais vivas da realidade cultural de uma nao e da identidade do indivduo, a lngua est sempre em transformao de acordo exatamente com as relaes sociais, e no com as vontades dos gramaticoides de planto, geralmente instrumentos

03:50

Russia Investigation: Demand Full Disclosure Veterans Today

Looking at the violence occurring with the white supremacists in the US and elsewhere, it is hard to believe how programmed these individuals are relating to the hate for other individuals.

03:47

Video: Syrian Army with Support of Russia and Iran Defeating Islamic State (ISIS-Daesh) in Central Syria Global Research

The Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance has achieved a large progress in its operations against ISIS in the province of Homs.

On August 20, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated the key held village of Humaymah, which had been controlled by ISIS near

03:45

Mobile Biometric Drivers Licenses Coming to a State Near You Activist Post

By MassPrivateI MorphoTrust (MT) is trying to convince motorists that mobile biometric drivers licenses (MDL) are a good thing. Two years ago MT convinced the...

03:44

Corporations Are Tricking Consumers Into Buying Greenwashed Products That Arent Sustainable. TruthTheory

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Supermarkets offer an overwhelming choice when it comes to food and most household items. Consumers are smarter than ever about ingredients and the harmful effects of processed foods. The challenges of climate change mean that were no longer in the dark about the ways in which the manufacturing process can affect our environment. As a result, many conglomerates are adopting shady practices to save face. Greenwashing occurs when companies mislead consumers about the environmental and health benefits of their products and services and they are able to profit by doing so.

McDonalds claims to be green because it has begun to use biofuel made from leftover grease in its fleet of trucks, and is using recycled paper in its takeaway bags. A great step forward, of course, yet the company still uses beef grazed on deforested land in South America, and of course bases its entire concept around disposable packaging. Some companies are not only twisting the truth but also abandoning it altogether. Vegan leather is a perfect example; although it is often promoted as being eco friendly, vegan leather is essentially plastic by another name, and is just as harmful for the environment, if not worse, than leather production. Furthermore, some beauty companies are claiming to be inspired by nature or even use the words pure, herbal, bio, natural or organic in their packaging, yet sell products that contain dozens of harmful synthetic chemicals, such as sodium laureth sulfate, diazolidinyl urea, fragrance and many others.

Unfortunately, there is currently very little governmental control of misleading environmental advertising...

03:44

Turkey Chooses Russias S-400 Missile Defence System in Defiance of NATO, Growing Ankara-Moscow Rapprochement Global Research

Turkeys missile defence dilemma has continued for a while. Recent reports confirm that Turkey has agreed to purchase Russian air and missile defence system, the S-400 Triumph. The deal is worth $2.5 billion under which Turkey would receive two batteries

03:44

Slavery, King Cotton and the Industrial Revolution. OpEdNews

The U.S. history of slavery has been a concern and study of mine for a long time. Recent events about the propriety of taking down some old Civil War monuments has put slavery back in the news. Here I have dusted off an article that I wrote for The Real News Network back in 2014.

03:40

The Tree Of Languages Illustrated In One Gorgeous Infographic TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Arika Okrent of Mental Floss writes, An ancient source (say, Indo-European) has various branches (e.g., Romance, Germanic), which themselves have branches (West Germanic, North Germanic), which feed into specific languages (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian).

If youre interested in learning more, check out this page where Sundberg offers a comparison chart of words in the Nordic languages. She also illustrates what an outlier Finnish is with the concept of meow.

Order a poster of this Tree of Languages...

03:38

Couple Says It Was Horse Play, But University Suspends Male For Assault, Wont Release Surveillance Video The Federalist

In a case that has received national attention, a male student athlete was suspended over an incident that he and his girlfriend both say didnt happen.

Zoe Katz and Matt Boermeester were both University of Southern California students who had been dating for more than a year. Around midnight on January 21, 2017, the couple returned to Katzs residence after a trip to McDonalds. Before entering, the two horsed around in the alley, laughing loudly. The sound woke up another USC student, who claimed he heard screaming and saw Boermeester pinning Katz against a wall by the neck. Another neighbor claims the pair was arguing.

Boermeester and Katz strongly object to the description of their horseplay. The two went into Katzs apartment afterwards, and the first witness called her into his room, where he and his roommate said they were concerned for her safety. Katz said she was fine, and wasnt upset in any way.

But the next day, the roommate who had talked to Katz the previous night spoke to his father, the USC mens tennis coach. This coach was designated a mandatory reporter, who told USCs Title IX office what his sons roommate had heard. Lets take a moment to point out that this allegation of violence came not from the alleged victim (who denies this ever happened), but the roommate of a third-party non-witness, and was reported to the administration by yet another person.

Now, an attorney for Boermeester, Mark Hathaway, has filed a petition to have the court compel USC to release a four-minute security video of the night in question. Boermeester and Katz have both witnessed the tape, and say it does not show what was alleged by third parties, but is consistent with their accounts of the night. USC has so far refused to release the tape.

A week after Katz was told she was a victim, USC interviewed Boermeester. The narrative, however, had already been written, and his punishment was just a matter of paperwork.

When news outlets ran with the story, Katz outed herself as the alleged victim in a tweet, and called the stories false. Katzs attorney, Kerry Steigerwalt says the school threatened her after the tweet, telling her: Youre jeopardizing and interfering with an ongoing investigation. You do that again, there could be consequences for you. Dont ever tweet anything like that again.

Katz waited months to issue a formal statement, claiming she was...

03:37

Statues in Defeat: The Confederacy, Treason and History Global Research

Statues of historical weight tend to represent heroism of sorts. It might be of the doomed variety, and often is. Rebellious causes assume the visage of a stony form, to gaze soullessly across promenades or parks, often ignored by

03:34

Breaking: Rothschild Just Sold Massive Amounts of U.S. Assets Which Experts Believe Could Leave The Whole Financial System At Stake TruthTheory

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

Jacob Rothschild has released a report detailing a huge change in assets switching significantly from US dollars to pounds and euros.  

In the report from Rothschilds investment trust RITCAP he stated We do not believe this is an appropriate time to add to risk and that we are in a time when economic growth is by no means assured

This video gives a detailed outline of some of the ramifications of what this could have for the US and global economy.

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US Military Bio-labs in Ukraine, Production of Bio-weapons and Disease Causing Agents Global Research

Ukraine turned into the proving ground for the new generation of US biological weapons, European mass media report.

In 2015, American alternative media outlet InfoWars accused the Pentagon of developing new types of biological weapons in secret military laboratories in

03:31

Ex-LA Sheriff Baca Denied a Second Bid to Stay Out of Prison While Awaiting Appeal Filming Cops

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has lost another bid to avoid prison time while his conviction on federal corruption charges is appealed, according to court documents. The U.S.

The post Ex-LA Sheriff Baca Denied a Second Bid to Stay Out of Prison While Awaiting Appeal appeared first on Filming Cops.

03:30

Black Light, Antoine Fafrard THE INTERNET POST

Filed under: MUSIC VIDEOs Tagged: Antoine Farard

03:30

Congress Quietly Passed a Bill Allowing Warrantless Searches of HomesOnly 1% Opposed It Activist Post

By Rachel Blevins A bill that will allow homes to be searched without a warrant was passed with overwhelming support by the United States Congress,...

03:29

Recent Report Reveals That Just 0.7% Of Terror Victims Are In Western Europe TruthTheory

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

From the 34,676 deaths from terror attacks in 2016, 238 were in Western Europe with 19,121 residing in Middle East and North Africa

A recent report from the Global Terrorism Database at the University of Maryland showed that western Europe suffered 269 out of a total of 13,488 representing 2% of attacks in 2016

The report showed the Middle East and North Africa had the main share of last years violence, with attacks killing 19,121 or 55% of the total.

Iraq was the worst spot for casualties with 9 of the 11 deadliest attacks in 2016, all of which were claimed by Islamic group Daesh.

The worst attack killed 382 people in a Baghdad shopping centre, when a suicide bomber detonated a truck full of explosives outside a shopping centre.

Daesh where the most deadly group of 2016 and carried out 1,400 attacks, which resulted in the loss of 11,7000 lives including the attackers.

This report only took into account that which is collectively defined as terrorism within the western narrative. It is argued by some that the actions of the US, European and other global military could be defined as terrorism. While the stats are not as accurately reported the death toll in Syria runs from 49,742 to hundreds of thousands for 2016. The recorded death toll in Iraq according to Iraq Body Count is 16,393.

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03:26

Kiowa citizen John Tahsuda set to join Bureau of Indian Affairs leadership team Indianz.Com News

It's seven months into the Trump administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs still lacks a permanent leader but the agency will be seeing a new face with John Tahsuda coming on board in a top position.

03:24

Reporting on Trumps Afghan Escalation Omits Dead Afghan Civilians Global Research

As President Donald Trump tries to make the case for staying indefinitely in Afghanistan, the stakes for those actually living there are rarely broached by US corporate media.

In dozens of write-ups, recaps and reports on Trumps major Afghan War

03:21

Abrupt Middle East Geopolitical Turnabout: The Qatar, Saudi Arabia and GCC Crisis Global Research

Featured image: Logo of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

It is tempting, and not entirely inaccurate, to dismiss the escalating crisis between Qatar and a number of its neighbors as a petulant princely playground spat. Extending this tempting logic, one

03:20

Virginia Judge Denies Bail For Crybaby Neo-Nazi Christopher Cantwell Counter Current News

A judge has denied bail to Christopher Cantwell, a neo-Nazi leader who became extra famous after a video went viral showing him crying about arrest warrants for his part in the Charlottesville violence.

Cantwell is being held without bail after his first court hearing Thursday morning, reported Raw Story.

He faces charges for pepper spraying a counter-protester on the campus of the University of Virginia. Of course, he claims he used the pepper spray in self-defense.

Cantwell is also facing two counts of the illegal use of tear gas or other gases and one count of malicious bodily injury with a caustic substance, explosive or fire all felonies.

He turned himself in to a police department in Lynchburg, Virginia on Wednesday and is is being held at Albemarle County Regional Jail.

His preliminary hearing is set for October 12.

For now, people are safe from the violence of the terrified domestic terrorist while he is locked up without bail.

Here is the famous video of Cantwell crying:

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

03:15

Did the Economy Just Stumble Off a Cliff? Activist Post

By Charles Hugh Smith The signs are everywhere for those willing to look: something has changed beneath the surface of complacent faith in permanent growth....

03:13

Generation Debt: The Student Loan & Wider College Rackets Newsbud

Questions for students and their parents:  If college cost $750,000, would you still attend, taking out student loans to meet that amount?  How about $500,000?  No?  How about the $50,000 to $250,000 it currently costs, then?  In other words, what is the true price tag for ensuring success in society, and why has it been rising so aggressively over the past 50 years?  In turn, what are the actual versus perceived dividends of such an investment?  In this episode of Money and Fear, well look at the impending Student Debt Crisis and dissipating perceptions of college as an inimitable personal and economic resource.  The size and pace of student loan growth mirrors that of the subprime mortgage fiasco of the prior decade.  Well look at how and why while also bluntly asking if college is relevant anymore.  Well review figures, causes and effects behind this seemingly unfixable economic dilemma, which threatens the nations collective solvency and prosperity.

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Show Notes

A Look at the Shocking Student Loan Debt Statistics for 2017

Student Loan Debt In 2017: A $1.3 Trillion Crisis

The US college debt bubble is becoming dangerous

The student debt crisis is worsening at the hands of loan servicers

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03:01

The Big Fool says to push on Freethought Blogs

One of the many problems with prolonged wars, apart from the intense suffering it inflicts on the people on whose territory it is being fought, is that over time the whole purpose of the war becomes obscure. I am not talking about so-called mission creep where the goals keep getting expanded, morphing from a quick effort to achieve a specific goal to becoming broader, such as creating a new government or infrastructure to replace what was destroyed, what is sometimes referred to as nation building.

With prolonged wars, like the one in Vietnam before and now Afghanistan, there comes a time when everyone except the general American public realizes that anything that could be considered as a victory is completely out of reach and that the war has reached a stalemate. At that point, the invading power, while still invoking the muscular language of achieving victory, actually has a more modest and secret goal, of how to withdraw from the conflict without being seen as having lost the war. This stage is characterized by bellicose language of victory mixed with laying the groundwork for explaining away the eventual defeat, using slogans such as peace with honor and forcing the enemy to the negotiating table and other euphemisms to mask the fact that face saving has now become the primary goal.

In Vietnam, the word used was Vietnamization, the process of installing a government and training a military that would supposedly take over from the US when the US left and keep that country going. Of course, the South Vietnamese government collapsed completely soon after. I doubt that anyone in the US government believed that their creation would survive for long. All it was looking for was for someone else to take the blame for the loss.

We see the same situation now in Afghanistan. The Taliban took power there in 1996. They were a truly horrendous government. One can go back and trace how earlier US support for the Mujahedeen as part of its Cold War strategy against the Soviet Union led to the eventual emergence of the Taliban but that is somewhat tangential to the point I am making here, which is that as bad as it was, the US had little trouble with dealing with it as the government of Afghanistan.

When 9/11 happened, the acts were not committed by any Afghans at all nor by the Taliban. It was done by al Qaeda, consisting of mostly Saudi Arabian expatriates that had been using that country as its base. Reports emerged that the Taliban were willing to negotiate with the US over what to do but the US was in no mood for discussions. What was demanded was blood as revenge and so it was decided to stage a quick military invasion to overthrow the Taliban and capture the al Qaeda leaders. The Taliban leaders simply melted away and went back to its old guerilla roots and so now we have...

03:00

US Threatens Pakistan as Part of New Afghan War Drive. Islamabad Seeks Beijings Support Global Research

US government officials have begun to spell out the meaning of Trumps threat to punish Pakistan if it does not suppress Afghan insurgents operating from its border regions. These punishments include not just cuts to aid and payments for services

02:59

Worlds Biggest Single-Tower Solar Thermal Energy Farm Is Under Construction In South Australia True Activist

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Artist rendering of proposed S. Australia site. Source: SolarReserve via New Atlas

A new major renewable energy project, headed up by Solar Reserve, is expected to generate power for 90,000 homes across South Australia. The Aurora Solar Energy Project, located 30km north of Port Augusta, will harness solar energy and store it using molten salt thermal storage. This important initiative in the history of Australia will require no fossil fuels and produce zero carbon emissions.

http://newatlas.com/solar-reserve-thermal-power-south-australia/50896/#gallery

Source: SolarReserve

The U.S. Energy Information Administration explains, Solar thermal power generation systems collect and concentrate sunlight to produce the high-temperature heat needed to generate electricity. All solar thermal power systems have solar energy collectors with two main components: reflectors (mirrors) that capture and focus sunlight onto a receiver.

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02:57

Syria War Diary: What Life Is Like Under Moderate Rebel Rule Global Research

In early 2016 the hillside town of Madaya, just northwest of Damascus, was the focus of sudden Western and Gulf media campaigns featuring harrowing photos of emaciated elderly and children splashed widely across print, online and social media. Throughout 2016,

02:56

Massive Fracking Plan Near Yellowstone National Park Threatens Wildlife, Air Quality, Climate Global Research

Featured image: Greater Sage Grouse (Source: Bureau of Land Management via Wikimedia Commons)

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club lodged formal comments with the federal government Monday opposing a massive gas fracking project that spans 220

02:52

After Police Sex Trafficked Her as a Child, Woman Now Bringing Depts Down as An Adult The Free Thought Project

traffickingAfter suing Oakland police for using her as a teenage sex slave, a California woman is now going after other departments in the state.

02:48

3 Injured As Car Drives Through Protesters Following St. Louis Vigil Counter Current News

In St. Louis, Missouri, 3 protesters were injured by a vehicle Wednesday night while marching in remembrance of Kiwi Herring, a transgender woman who was shot dead by police earlier this week.

The details of how exactly the driver came to strike the protesters remains unclear as police and a witness are giving very different stories about what exactly happened when the motorist drove through the group that had blocked an intersection, reported St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Keith Rose, a witness with an up close view of the incident, told the Post-Dispatch the driver had his middle fingers up before he accelerated through the crowd of protesters blocking the intersection.

Police spokesperson Schron Jackson said 3 protesters were injured after they jumped onto the car and fell off when the driver pulled away from the scene.

Jackson said the motorist was taken into custody after initially refusing to stop for officers. The protesters suffered only minor injuries, according to officials.

The protest in the street began shortly after a vigil in Herrings honor that was held at the nearby Transgender Memorial garden.

Herring was shot and killed by St. Louis police officers Tuesday following a call about someone with a knife. Officers who got to the scene confronted Herring, who was holding a knife and then refused to drop the weapon. Authorities say she stabbed a neighbor and then turned her knife on an officer who responded to the incident, also injuring him.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)...

02:39

Cop Who Beat Man in Viral Video, Caught on Video AGAINAttacking Handcuffed Teen Girl The Free Thought Project

The Ohio cop who was seen beating a man over a suspended license is seen in a new video, this time, attacking a handcuffed teen girl.

02:38

Perfectly Preserved: 400 Year Old Sac of Fluke Eggs. Freethought Blogs

Jing Lee, a 17th-century Korean mummy. D. H. Shin, Y.-S. Kim, D. S. Yoo.

Jing Lee was born in 1580, during Koreas long-lasting Joseon dynasty, and died in 1642, at the age of 63. At some point in his long life, he ate a raw, freshwater crustacean, in one form or another. Most likely, he was indulging in a fresh, seasonal treatraw crabs with soy saucesor was trying to rid himself of disease, with a dose of crayfish juice, thought to help treat the measles. (Joseon food culture was not to be trifled with.) However, as it happened, his crustacean meal left a lasting legacy in his body: a sac of liver fluke eggs growing happily in his liver, as Haaretz reports.

Four hundred years later, as part of a parasitology study of pre-modern Korean societies, a team of scientists found that egg sac mummified on Jing Lees liver. They report their findings in a new study in the Journal of Parasitology.

You can read all about this fascinating find at Atlas Obscura.

02:30

Beware the Four-Letter Words of Vibrant Downtowns Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Homepage for the River Landing, a Miami lifestyle center. (Source: River Landing)

Homepage for the River Landing, a Miami lifestyle center. (Source: River Landing)

On a recent visit to West Palm Beach, Florida, I had the opportunity to visit CityPlace, an upscale lifestyle center in the citys downtown. Even if you dont recognize lifestyle centers by name, you may have seen them in practice: Modern urban alternatives to the shopping malls of yore, featuring open-air chain storefronts, focus-grouped cocktails, luxury condominiums, and in this case a high-end bowling lounge that made me feel like Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood.

I quite enjoyed CityPlace - Im a sucker for bright blue twists on classic martinis, and bowling like an oil baron is a luxury I didnt know I needed in my life. There was a lively energy and large crowd of people soaking in the atmosphere, from well-dressed couples on date nights to children running and dancing in front of the live jazz band. With all the areas shops and scenery, its hard not to have a good time.

But the most fun I have in such places is when I'm playing Vibrancy Bingo: The search for the four-letter words that inevitably advertise such luxury spaces. Whether theyre written on banners hanging from retro street lamps or projected onto impossibly clean sidewalks, youre practically guaranteed to find some permutation of the words Shop. Play. Dine. Stay., the rhythmic marketing mantra of the modern lifestyle center.

I think that its telling that for all the amenities offered, these lifestyle centers are so often interchangeable. From the four-letter words and impossibly attractive 30-somethings in ads, to the Cheesecake Factories and towering luxury condos, these developments are no more connected to the neighborhoods they inhabit than the strip malls and convention centers that came before them. Its a modern twist on the suburban geography of nowhere.

This isnt to say that cities shouldnt aim to build nice, fancy spaces, nor that they shouldnt attract outsiders with money; tourism i...

02:27

Cronkite News: Police face allegations of brutality at Donald Trump rally in Arizona Indianz.Com News

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said the citys police department will conduct a thorough and transparent review of the police response after President Donald Trumps downtown rally.

02:21

Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines: 22,000 Nurses Refuse Mandatory Vaccinations Counter Current News

Nurses are taking a stand against mandatory vaccinations, at the risk of losing their jobs.

Over 22,000 nurses are a part of Nurses against Mandatory Vaccines (NAMV), a movement that wishes to create awareness of the current oppressive vaccine stance the hospitals and the government are taking, reported EcoNewsMedia.

Pro-choice nurses who have refused the flu vaccine are being forced to wear face masks when working on the wards, they are claiming this is an infringement of their constitutional rights.

The flu vaccines integrity has been called into question on numerous occasions, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) even admitting that it sometimes doesnt work.

While the government itself does not require mandatory vaccination policies, many if not all are taking an all or nothing stance against their workers. Healthcare workers are now facing being fired if they refuse a flu vaccine. Not only is this a human rights violation, it is also an EEOC violation.

Even a pro-vaccine doctor Dr. Karen Sullivan Sibert has spoken about how the rule violates HIPAA law.

The safety of vaccines has been a source of speculation in recent times, with vaccines often containing dangerous ingredients that are known to cause adverse reactions in some cases, according to the CDC.

Knowing what we know about the intrinsic way the government and Big Pharma are linked, it might come as no surprise to know that hospitals are required to have over a 90% flu vaccination rate among their staff or they are punished by losing 2% of their funding.

NAMV argues that, though it has been suggested that mandatory flu vaccines are for patient safety, mandatory flu vaccine...

02:21

Netanyahu is hopelessly trying to lecture Putin on Iran and Syria Veterans Today

It was a Mossad agent who said that Netanyahu is full of shit.

02:13

Ezera Skaas. Freethought Blogs

Oh, does this ever give me festival envy. What an amazing experience this would be. There are more videos here.

Link.

02:09

[WATCH] Aransas County Attorney Refuses All Cases From Rockport PD Because of Inaccurate Reports Filming Cops

ROCKPORT Aransas County prosecutors wont be accepting cases from the Rockport Police Department due to an ongoing dispute they said relates to the accuracy of case reports. Aransas County

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02:09

Was The Eclipse Even Real? Another Psyop? Fake? [Videos] Sheep Media

Conspiracy minds want to know if the solar eclipse was somehow staged. Now before you get triggered and want to comment about how lame this article is (because you are suffering from cognitive dissonance), take the time to watch all the videos and then if you did take witness to this event, reflect back about what you actually saw, and ask yourself questions. In fact, does the sun even look the same as it did a long ..long time ago? Is it even yellow anymore?

Thanks for the analysis via Starship Earth: The Big Picture:

Now that a number of people have had the time to analyze the eclipse, it seems the event was not what it seemed.

Several say it WAS not and COULD not have been our moon that eclipsed the sun.

Our artificial construct appears to have delivered an artificial eclipse according to the math, home demonstrations, video evidence, etc.  And many have asked why the path of totality went from West to East, and why at that angle across the United States. Weve shared videos about just what the path would entail from a mystic, occult perspective of the satan-worshippers. Do we really believe thats a coincidence?

Some inquiring minds are even linking the inconsistencies to the Flat Earth theory, so that has not yet been put to bed either. Some think it was about Project Blue Beam. Some use terms like parabolic mirror, simulation, anomaly.

If we are at all observant, there must be things we have noticed that just arent right, and folks are talking about it and throwing their ideas out there.

I know that the faint shadow or dimming of the sun we experienced here in Arizona was the same dimming I noticed earlier this summer when there was no apparent reason for it. Something very odd is going on with the sun, the moon, etc., and when I walk out the door at 6 am at 85 degrees and smell rain and intense humidity in the desert when we havent had a drop of moisture for monthssomething is off. Where is that hot, baked smell Ive grown so fond of that vanished overnight?

A couple of folks have reported they saw odd rays of light in their sky recentl...

02:04

Mark Trahant: Indian Country faces another threat of a government shutdown Indianz.Com News

Indian Country is always hit hard by government shutdowns.

01:59

Did the economy just stumble off a cliff? Intellihub

The signs are everywhere for those willing to look: something has changed beneath the surface of complacent faith in permanent growth.

This is more intuitive than quantitative, but my gut feeling is that the economy just stumbled off a cliff. Neither the cliff edge nor the fatal misstep are visible yet; both remain in the shadows of the intangible foundation of the economy: trust, animal spirits, faith in authorities management, etc.

Since credit expansion is the lifeblood of the global economy, lets look at credit expansion. Courtesy of Market Daily Briefing, here is a chart of total credit in the U.S. and a chart of the percentage increase of credit.<

Notice the difference between credit expansion in 1990 2008 and the expansion of 2009 2017. Credit expanded by a monumental $40+ trillion in 1990 2008 without any monetary easing (QE) or zero-interest rate policy (ZIRP). The expansion of 2009 2017 required 8 long years of massive monetary/fiscal stimulus and ZIRP.

This chart of credit change (%) reveal just how lackluster the current expansion of credit has been, despite unprecedented trillions of stimulus pumped into the financial sector.

Via Charles Hugh Smith


Featured Image: frankieleon/Flickr

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01:55

Scabieuse et Souci. Freethought Blogs

Scabieuse et Souci (Scabiosa and Marigold). Scabiosa is commonly known as Pincushion flower.  J.J. Grandville, Les fleurs animes.

01:51

Johnny Rustywire: The sad tale of a Marine who returned to the Navajo Nation Indianz.Com News

There is a story told to this day on the Navajo Nation about a Marine and his return home, Johnny Rustywire writes on Indian Country Media Network.

01:48

Advisory panel says cyber 9/11 against critical infrastructure is extremely likely Intellihub

An industry advisory group just issued the latest dire warning regarding Americas extremely vulnerable critical infrastructure: We are living in a pre-9/11 moment and were running short on time to dramatically improve cyber security before someone a nation-state, a terrorist group or a lone actor decimates it.

As reported by NextGov, a new report that has been approved by the Department of Homeland Securitys National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) warns that cyber destruction of computer systems that control vital infrastructure like power grids, dams, waterways, air traffic control, transportation and the financial sector is inevitable without immediate efforts by government and the private sector to substantially boost efforts to protect those systems.

If they fail to do so, they will have missed a narrow and fleeting window of opportunity before a watershed, 9/11-level cyberattack, the report notes [pdf].

In order to prevent such an attack and prepare to defend against cyber attack, government and industry should be working on segregated, highly secure communication networks that are only used for crucial command-and-control systems, according to the report.

In addition, the federal government must also significantly ease up on requirements regarding the sharing of critical cyber threat data with the private sector and with other government agencies, the authors of the report recommended. (Related: This government energy report concludes that our power grid is highly vulnerable to failures that would cause mass die-offs of U.S. citizens.)

NextGov defined that further:

That includes more rapidly declassifying cyber threat information gathered by intelligence agencies so it can be shared broadly throughout critical infrastructure sectors and speeding up the process for granting security clearances to industry cyber leaders so they can review cyber threat information classified at the secret and top-secret levels.

In a perfect world, every critical infrastructure system and facility would have at least a pair of employees who have been cleared to the highest intelligence levels by the government, according to a recommendation by NIAC member Robert Carr, who is chief executive of Heartland Payment Systems and co-chairman of the report.

The authors looked at hundreds of previous studies and conducted interviews with 38 cyber experts, most of wh...

01:44

That BLACKS FOR TRUMP Guy, Hes an Ex-Cult Member Who Was Charged With Conspiring To Commit Murders Counter Current News

The guy with the Blacks for Trump 2020 sign at the Presidents Phoenix rally is even stranger that you first thought. He is an ex-cult member who was once charged with conspiring in 2 murders. He is a frequent pro-Trump rally goer and can even be seen at multiple rallies standing behind the president.

Maurice Symonette was once a member of the Yahweh ben Yahweh cult, led by preacher, Hulon Mitchell Jr.

The radical fringe activist from Miami once belonged to a violent black supremacist religious cult,  Yahweh ben Yahweh, and he runs a handful of amateur, unintelligible conspiracy websites. He has called Barack Obama The Beast and Hillary Clinton a Ku Klux Klan member. Oprah Winfrey, he says, is the devil, reported Washington Post.

In the 1990s, he, along with 10 fellow cult members, was charged, then acquitted, with conspiracy to commit 2 murders.

Before he was acquitted, his brother told jurors Michael helped beat one man and jammed a stick into another guys eye.

Symonette runs a website that&#821...

01:38

Hitlers Atrocities Should Be A Warning To 2017 America, Not A Political Cudgel The Federalist

Last week a group of people I know got in a not-so-friendly discussion about whether Hitler should be viewed as human or demonic.

One side took the position that its possible to so overly demonize Adolf Hitler that we forget he did not have supernatural powers but human traits, weaknesses and sins. They said humans have the capacity to be like Hitler and should be on guard against it.

The other side took the position that Hitler was uniquely evil, and that he must be dehumanized and set apart as demonic. Indeed, that not to do so was itself possibly demonic or a way of excusing his behavior. This side thought the Hitler was human side was suggesting that Hitlers condemners were being too hard on him.

The assumption is clear: youre either on the good side, fighting Trump, or youre a Nazi.

Certainly if you believe the rhetoric of the Resistancebe they professional activists, mainstream journalists, or NeverTrump Republicansthis is reasonable. According to these people, Donald Trump is literally bringing about a return of the Reich.

Their case is that he has called for the curbing of press freedoms and potential punishment for flag burning.

His focus on immigration, these critics say, is racist or at least has the potential to whip up anger and resentment against people who look different. His policies on border control cause hatred against Muslims, a minority religious group, they say.

Like Hitler, these critics say, Trump is narcissistic, interested in power, and unaware of his own faults. Some of his supporters, they say, are violent and racist and his denouncements of them arent strong enough to disempower them.

But going back to Millers tweet, is the side fighting Trump being sure to avoid the despotism of the Nazis?

Well, earlier this week the Washington Post ran a harangue against the First Amendment, on the grounds it was a luxury society can...

01:37

Mike Rowe eviscerates snowflake thug who calls him a white nationalist Intellihub

If you ever plan to attack Mike Rowe over Facebook then you better bring more than just a few smug and snarky comments to the table because anything less than a well-sourced, reasoned, fact-based argument might just earn you the same public humiliation that Rowe just dropped on Chuck Atkins.  Oh, and your grammar better be spot on too.

Unfortunately, Chuck didnt follow any of the guidelines above when he decided to write on Mike Rowes Facebook thread accusing him of being at white nationalist for having the audacity to suggest that a $200,000 college education may not be the best option for all American high school graduates. Apparently Chuck is convinced that helping people get high-paying, stable trade jobs is just racism at its worst

In any event, here is what Chuck Atkins made the mistake of posting on Rowes Facebook page:

One of the tenants of white nationalism is that college educated people are academic elitests. Comment? No? Im not surprised. You never take a political stand because you dont want to alienate anybody. Its bad for business. I get it. But there is a current of anti intellectualism in this country promoted by Republicans. Those people love you, and they think your initiative is their initiative. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is kickin our ass academically.

Which prompted an epic, multi-page response from Rowe that started out as follows:

Hi Chuck

Since were being candid, allow me to say how much I dislike your post. Everything about it annoys me your smug and snarky tone, your appalling grammar, your complete lack of evidence to support your claims, and of course, the overarching logical fallacy that informs your entire position. What really bugs me though, is the fact that youre not entirely wrong. Its true; I havent shared any political opinions this week, in part anyway, because doing so might very well be bad for business.

Rowe goes on to beautifully explain how logical fallacies, much like the one presented by Chuck Atkins, are largely to blame for the toxic political climate in the country right now.

You say that White Nationalists believe that everyone who goes to college is an academic elite. You then say that Republicans promote anti-intellectualism. You offer no proof to support either claim, but it really doesnt matter your statements successfully connect two radically different organizations by alleging a shared belief. Thus, White Nationalists and The Republican Party suddenly have something in common a contempt for higher education. Then, you make it person...

01:34

Why choice must be supported Freethought Blogs

Kate Delozs grandmother died long before she could know her. And then she found out how she had died.

I was twelve years old when she finally told me the truth. Some friends and I had got into a long after-school discussion about abortion, prompted by the gruesome posters that a protester had staked in front of the Planned Parenthood in our Vermont town. I had already begun reading my mothers Ms. magazines cover to cover, but this was the first time Id encountered a pro-life position. When I hopped into my moms car after school, I was buzzing with new ideas. I had almost finished repeating one friends pro-life argument when I saw the look on Moms face. Thats when she told me: the household accident that had killed her mother had, in fact, been a self-induced abortion.

Her hands were tight on the steering wheel as she spoke. I realized later that it wasnt the topic of abortion itself that made her so uneasyshe was a nurse and a Roe-era feminist who usually responded straightforwardly to even the most embarrassing health questions. Rather, her anguish arose from sharing a truth that shed been brought up believing was too terrible to speak.

Sitting beside her in the passenger seat, I struggled to absorb the meaning of what shed told me. I had only just grasped what abortion was a few hours earlier, and was still trying on this new pro-life idea. O.K., I said, but what about the uncle or aunt I never had? Mom whipped toward me, face taut with a rage and fear that I somehow understood had nothing to do with me. What about the mother I never had? she said.

Read the whole thing. We learn that her grandmother, Winifred Haynes Maye, was an intelligent, well-educated, lively person who made a conscious decision to plan her family, and died because there was an absence of appropriate medical help. How many good people will we lose now and in the future because of the politics of ignorance?

01:26

Steve Bannon Out What You Really Need To Know THE INTERNET POST

Filed under: government, politics Tagged: Steve Bannon

01:20

Video: Village Mayor in Quebec, Canada, Refuses to Allow a Swastika to be Removed From Park Monument Citing It is Part of Local History Counter Current News

Corey Fleischer, the founder of Erase Hate, has made it his mission to remove hateful messages and graffiti in Montreal and its surrounding areas. This week, Fleischer was informed by a citizen of the small town Pointes-des-Cascades, Quebec, of anchors in a public park that were emblazoned with swastikas which needed to be painted over. When Fleischer attempted to paint over the anchors, the villages mayor called the police explaining to Fleischer he couldnt remove swastikas from a park, because they are part of the local history as a Nazi relic. Oddly enough, the anchors were found on a merchant boat in 1980, so not explicitly a piece of Nazi history.

As reported by the Daily Mail:

Police arrived and stopped Fleischer from covering them up (pictured)

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01:16

Korea, Afghanistan and the Never Ending War trap OpEdNews

That "plan for an enveloping fire" around Guam remains on Kim Jong-un's table. It is essential to remember the plan was North Korea's response to Trump's "fire and fury" volley. Kim has stated that for diplomacy to work again, "it is necessary for the US to make a proper option first."

01:16

First Of Its Kind Study Shows Undeniable Evidence Cannabis Can Cure Opioid Addiction THE INTERNET POST

As the opioid epidemic rages on, those professing to seek solutions are willfully ignoring one of the most promising treatments medical cannabis. When the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) was being debated in 2016, amendments to study medical cannabis were stripped out. This happened despite studies showing that medical cannabis eases neuropathic pain, []

01:04

The wage gap and womens work Freethought Blogs

Youve heard all the excuses to wave away the wage gap between men and women: its because men work harder, work longer, dont get pregnant, and choose to work in more prestigious, higher paying fields. The people who make these arguments seem to be completely oblivious to the fact that the values that define the worth of kinds of work are entirely socially constructed (they deny the worth of the concept of social construction, for one thing). I just like to point out that if these claims were valid, and there was an objectively earned reward for hard work and time, then my father, who worked two jobs and came home exhausted with the grime of manual labor ground into his hands, should have been a billionaire.

But another point they evade is that there is an instant devaluation of a profession as soon as women begin to populate it. Its useful to take a historical perspective and see how work is demeaned when its percieved as womens work, as in this criticism of James Damores memo.

Damore seems to have bought into the conclusions of the worst kinds of evolutionary psychology. As a discipline, evopsych too often depends on inventing biological explanations for observed reality, rather than considering influences from culture and society. In the memo, Damore argues that science shows men are evolved to be more suited to computer programing. Science, of course, shows nothing of the sort. People who actually study the neuroscience of gender disagree with Damores conclusions. Moreover, as many folks quickly pointed out, women were the first coders. Programming was initially regarded as an extension of secretarial work, but men took over when the professions status (and pay) began to rise. Computer girls were replaced by computer geeks thanks to social factors, not biological ones. So much for Damores ideas.

There are other examples I did not know about! When men took over brewing (or when brewing became more profitable), the value of the work shifted.

Take brewing. In 14th-century England, women did most of the brewing, as Bennett first explores in a 1986 article on the village alewife. These brewsters made ale, which spoiled quickly after the cask was broached, so they would keep some for their family and sell the rest. Often, the small profits from these sales would enable them to buy ale, in turn, from other women while they waited to make a new batch. But then beer arrived in England from the Low Countries. Thanks to the preservative power of hops, it could be brewed and sold at commercial scale. The village alewife was gradually replaced by larger and larger brewing enterprises, requiring access to capital. Although there were exceptions, men had much...

01:00

Howl. Freethought Blogs

I couldnt help myself. Really. :D Click for full size.

C. Ford.

00:57

Syrian War Report August 24, 2017: Second ISIS-held Pocket Is Created In Central Syria Veterans Today

On August 23, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies closed the second pocket in the province of Homs liberating the Dahik mount, the al-Minshare mount and the villages of Harif, al-Asfuriah, Rud al-Wahesh, and Qatqat.

00:55

Housing Secretary Ben Carson addresses tribal housing conference in Montana Indianz.Com News

The new leader of the Department of Housing and Urban Development made his first visit to Indian Country at the United Native American Housing Association summit in Montana.

00:40

FTC Approves Whole Foods-Amazon Merger WhoWhatWhy

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FTC: Amazon-Whole Foods Merger is A-OK (Jimmy)

The author writes, The deal helped spur the No. 3 U.S. e-tailer, Walmart Stores Inc., to team up with Google Inc. to allow Walmart shoppers to place orders by voice over Googles Home virtual assistant.

The Hipster Iman (Dan)

The mastermind behind the Barcelona terror attack was able to assimilate in Spanish by his dress and being polite. Too polite.

Pro-Russian Bots Behind Fake Trump Supporters (Russ)

A forensic specialist found that Trump twitterer Angee Dixson almost certainly was a fictitious person, part of a Russian effort to sow discord post Charlottesville.

Macron Goes France First (Dan)

Macron understands that employment of low-wage workers from Eastern Europe in more industrialized economies fueled pro-Brexit votes in the UK. Now the new French president has embraced a form of protectionism to prevent that same outcome in France.

Forget Eye Damage, Check Out This Weird Ear Damage (Russ)

Foreign diplomats in Cuba plagued by odd malady.

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00:33

Trump To Continue War In Afghanistan, Echoes Ghost Of Richard Nixon, Pakistan Next Target? Activist Post

By Brandon Turbeville Only days ago, I wrote an article addressing the growing tension in the country entitled From Charlottesville To Boston, America Is Falling...

00:30

[WATCH] Del City Police Department Accused of Using Excessive Force on Disabled Man Filming Cops

DEL CITY, Okla. A federal lawsuit alleges excessive force by a Del City police officer and claims reports in an incident report are false. The incident happened last summer,

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00:13

A Video That Reveals The Complete Charade That Is Politics 369NEWS.NET

By Joe Martino People ask me all the time: Why dont you vote? And every time, it comes down to the same feeling within myself. I choose not to be governed. I do not consent to giving up my power...

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00:12

[WATCH] NYPD Sergeants Union Ripped for Video Claiming Cops are Victims of Blue Racism Filming Cops

A video produced by the NYPD sergeants union claiming that police officers are victims of blue racism is being picked apart online, with critics calling the segment both offensive and

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00:00

Congress Quietly Passed a Bill Allowing Warrantless Searches of HomesOnly 1% Opposed It The Free Thought Project

warrantCongress overwhelmingly approved of a bill allowing homes to be searched without warrantsand it received no media coverage.

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23:52

The Deep States 3 Stage Revolution Against the People Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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Most people in this country fail to recognize where they are at with regard to history. The majority do not ee that we are already in a state of rebellion, a civil war, if you will. However, most people if they heard these words would believe that it was the average American that will be involved in a civil war, and they would be wrong!

Today, the rebellion has to do with the Deep State and their minons rebelling against the legitimate authority, namely, the US government and its people. It is the George Soros who are in a state of rebellion.

There are 3 stages associated with a rebellion.

Stage One of the Revolution

The first stage of a revolution, is a war of ideas and a campaign for the truth.

Certainly, fake news is at the center of this. The Russian collusion delusion also fits intot his paradigm. Stage one is about the control of the narrative.

Where I see the enemy at the gate, most of my friends and neighbors are sleeping through the unfolding attack. We are in a war of words and if we fail to use our words to awaken all of humanity, we are hopelessly lost and the globalists will carve us up for dinner. There is indeed strength in numbers and if we are unable to wake up our fellow countrymen, we will negate the only true tactical advantage that the people enjoy, which is ideological solidarity from a numerically superior force.

It should now make sense to you as to why 98% of the media is controlled by globalist controlled business interests consisting of five mega corporations, who in turn are controlled one way or another, by the members of the Federal Reserve. In order to win this fight, we need more people spea...

23:32

Soil, Monsanto and the Agribusiness Giants: Conning the World with Snake Oil and Doughnuts Global Research

In their rush to readily promote neoliberal dogma and corporate-inspired PR, many government officials, scientists and journalists take as given that profit-driven transnational corporations have a legitimate claim to be custodians of natural assets. There is the premise that water,

23:31

Denver Human Rights Activist and Community Organizer, Terese Howard, Faces Up to 30 Days in Jail UNICORN RIOT

UPDATE (8/24/17 at 11:30 AM MDT): On Thursday morning during the press conference outside the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver, Terese Howard spoke to a group of supporters and fellow activists about the citys back-tracking:

Because of a lot of the public pressure that has ensued mostly yesterday with this, the city actually is back-tracking . . . because yesterday the city sent an e-mail to my lawyers David Lane and Andrew McNulty saying, Well, actually, never mind, we never said 30 days, we said 5 days, and we dont really need 5 days if shell do the probation and the community service and this and that, so its looking very likely like they wont end up trying to throw me in jail today.

Howard was correct because during the hearing, the city said as long as she admitted to violating her probation, the violation would be revoked and her probation of one year that she was sentenced to on April 5, 2017 for being found guilty of resting outside will be reinstated.

Howard will also have to complete an additional 30 hours of community service, which totals her hours to 90 that she must complete during her year probation, but she was not sentenced to jail time.

After admitting she violated her probation, Terese had some clarifying words to share to the court:

The violation of probation is clear, that however says nothing about guilt or whether these laws should exist in the first place. Thats all technicalities; no things that are based on injustices on my part or whether crimes were committed. What I have a problem with is that it should not be illegal to wear a blanket.

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23:30

Court Rules Pointing Your Finger at a Cop is IllegalNot Protected by 1st Amendment The Free Thought Project

fingerA disturbingly unconstitutional ruling from a Florida court just declared that pointing your finger at a cop is a crime and not protected speech.

23:30

Florida Lawmakers to Review Law Targeting Injured Undocumented Workers ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

This story was co-published with NPR.

The second-highest ranking member of the Florida Senate pledged a legislative review of a state law that has allowed injured undocumented workers to be arrested and potentially deported rather than paid workers compensation benefits.

Legitimate injuries shouldnt be denied just because the person was an undocumented immigrant, said Republican Sen. Anitere Flores, the president pro tempore of the state Senate and chair of the Banking and Insurance Committee.

One needs to balance the going after fraudulent claims, she said, with not overcompensating and then denying claims to those individuals who have actually been injured.

Flores spoke in response to a recent NPR and ProPublica investigation and a subsequent statement by the nations largest insurance fraud group, which called on Florida lawmakers to change the law. The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud said employers and insurance companies are applying the law in ways that place the credibility of combating real fraud at risk.

Legislators in the Sunshine State need to correct this loophole so workers hurt on the job get the care they need, said Dennis Jay, executive director of the coalition, which is made up of insurance companies, government agencies, consumer organizations and insurance fraud investigators.

I just see the credibility of the anti-fraud effort being hurt by such practices, Jay said in an interview.

NPR and ProPublica found that nearly 800 undocumented workers in Florida have been charged with workers comp fraud for using illicit Social Security numbers to either get their jobs, file for workers compensation benefits or both. More than 560 didnt actually file workers comp claims but still were charged with fraud. Another 130 suffered legitimate workplace injuries but were denied benefits and prosecuted. Some were detained by federal immigration authorities and deported.

Like most states, Florida provides workers comp benefits to undocumented workers despite their legal status. The states workers comp law was amended in 2003 to make the use of false identification in obtaining jobs and workers comp benefits a felony.

I dont see how they can le...

23:29

Video: Syrian Army Liberates Large Area From ISIS Global Research

On August 22, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces successfully continued their operation against ISIS and liberated Dahr Hamra, Latum Ghabiri, Souq, Qasr Hayr Sharqi and Kuwayr in the province of Homs. This advance reduced the distance to Sukhna

23:29

Trumps Fitness to Serve Questionable Ex-U.S. Intel Boss Global Research

Featured image: Former U.S. director of national intelligence and retired Lieutenant General James Clapper

On Tuesday night, former U.S. director of national intelligence and retired Lieutenant General James Clapper openly questioned U.S. President Donald Trumps fitness to lead following 

23:27

The Rise of the Killer Robot Global Research

As companies building the technologies in artificial intelligence and robotics that may be repurposed to develop autonomous weapons, we feel especially responsible in raising this alarm. Open Letter to the UN on Autonomous technology, August 2017, Melbourne

Do you

23:26

US to Hand Raqqa Over to ISIS Affiliates After Defeating ISIS Global Research

US policymakers have recently announced plans to hand over control of the Syrian city of Raqqa to former Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated officials, Newsweek would report.

In its article, Syria: Arab Tribes Who Once Supported ISIS Turn to U.S. As

23:26

'Free' Speech, OpEdNews

What does free speech mean according to the document that is intended to guide the world, that is, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, instigated by Eleanor Roosevelt during the founding years of that organization, but not entirely respected by the US?

23:24

North Korea, An Aggressor? A Reality Check Global Research

It is now believed that the population north of the imposed 38th Parallel lost nearly a third its population during the 37-month long hot war, 1950 - 1953, perhaps an unprecedented percentage of mortality suffered by one nation due to the belligerence of another.

23:14

Irreconcilable US/North Korea Differences Global Research

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The problem lies in Washington, not Pyongyang the way its been throughout the DPRKs history.

America tolerates no sovereign independent states it doesnt control

23:14

The So-Called American Civil War Was Not Over Slavery Global Research

When I read Professor Thomas DiLorenzos article the question that leapt to mind was, How come the South is said to have fought for slavery when the North wasnt fighting against slavery?

Two days before Lincolns inauguration as the

23:02

Today in OpenGov: Very Dishonest Blog Sunlight Foundation

Earlier this week, President Trump renewed his attacks on the media, calling journalists "dishonest" and "bad people" at a rally in Phoenix, AZ. Needless to say, we disagree with the President. Journalists are the immune system of democracy and all politicians should be prepared to speak up and defend the freedom of the press. 

In moments like these it's important for all Americans to follow and support individuals and organizations who work to protect and defend journalists in the United States and around the world. 

Washington watch


 
  • Secret Service will stop erasing White House visitor logs. "The Secret Service has agreed to stop erasing White House visitor log data while a lawsuit demanding public access to some of the information goes forward," according to this report by Josh Gerstein. The Secret Service will temporarily "suspend its practice of disposing of the information after it is transferred to a White House records repository," while the lawsuit, filed by Public Citizen, moves forward. (POLITICO)
  • Secrecy around Afghanistan troop numbers hinders public debate. John M. Donnelly writes in response to the President's speech earlier this week outlining his new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, "The practically hallucinogenic effect of the speech was of a president not wanting to talk about a central element of his case for war: how many people will fight it. If the lack of transparency becomes mirrored at lower levels, it would become a problem for the countrys ability to have an honest debate...

22:36

Not all activism must be top priority Freethought Blogs

In many varieties of activism, theres a drive to argue that our cause is the most important thing in the world, or at least somewhere up there among the top priorities.

For example, in atheism, there has long been the notion that religion is the root of all evil or that it poisons everything. I think most people who say that are being hyperbolic, although its hard to say to what degree. Certainly, there is a conscious attempt to assign religion more blame for the evils of the world.

In some socialist/communist/Marxist circles, it is argued that class struggle is the root of all oppression, including the oppression of women and ethnic minorities. And sometimes it is argued that much of feminism is pointless because all it fights for is for more women to become part of the ruling class.


Its natural for activists to argue for the importance of the causes they fight for. Although, as an ace activist, I tend to have a different perspective. Generally speaking, ace activists do not believe our cause is the most important thing in the world. We do not believe that ace/aro-hate is the root of sexism or ableism or whatever. Because, frankly, thats just implausible. At best, ace activism is just a thing that we personally care about, or something we are well-equipped to do.

By the way, Im not saying that atheists/communists/feminists are wrong to make the above arguments. Perhaps atheists are correct to say that religion deserves more blame. Perhaps socialists are correct to criticize the way feminists favor wealthy women. Perhaps feminism really can offer important insights into homophobia and transphobia.

Activists want to argue their activism is important, and that is well and good, but theres a risk of sloppy reasoning. For example

  • Interpreting large-scale social problems through a single-dimensional lens. Rejecting other lenses.
  • Believing that large-scale social problems would be fully solved if you were to achieve your goals.
  • Dismissing other social movements as relatively unimportant.
  • Dismissing causes within your own social movement as relatively unimportant.
  • Justifying relatively unimportant causes by drawing strained connections to more important/shocking problems.*
  • Getting burnt out when it becomes clear that there are indeed other more important causes that you arent equipped to deal with.

I think this is a particularly important message in the age of Trump. A lot of us feel...

22:04

Trumps Down, But Not Out For The Re-Election Count. Heres His Game Plan The Federalist

Things look truly dismal for President Trump right now. His own congressional party did not overturn Obamacare. His immigration plan seems to have zero traction. His infrastructure proposals are also going nowhere.

Yes, there may be a tax reform bill, but according to some reports Republican congressional leaders are cutting him out of the deal. Not only has he not scored notable legislative victories, but he has also incurred embarrassing defeats, the worst of which was adopting a foolish Russia sanctions policy by veto-proof majorities of both Houses. Trump has also quarreled publicly with members of his own administration, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Then there was Charlottesville. Although a majority of voters appear to think that Confederate monuments should stand (including a plurality of African-Americans polled), you would never know it from the media reaction to Trumps comments on the subject. The firestorm over his remarks hastened the departure of Steve Bannon, an event that may trigger a revolt in Trumps base.

Trump may eventually find himself in the cross-hairs of two groups: those who agree with him that both sides were to blame for Charlottesville (even if the Nazis and Klu Klux Klan were more so), and those who found his remarks incendiary. The numbers again are closer than the media appreciates.

Its Even Worse than All That

Trump may try to regain ground by pivoting to foreign policy. But he is a novice in that area and relies heavily on the advice of those with more expertise. Unfortunately, the experts in military and foreign policy have been badly mistaken for decades, leading the country into a succession of blunders. Trumps recent decision to prolong an unwinnable war in Afghanistan, now in its sixteenth year, is contrary to his position during the campaign, disappoints a war-weary nation, disillusions core supporters, and is probably contrary to his own sound instincts.

He holds out the prospect of victory in what looks like an unwinnable war, but offers no strategic clarity about what victory would consist of. Worse, some of Trumps close advisors seem to be advocating a preventive war against North Korea. The consequences could be catastrophic, not only for Trumps presidency, but for East Asia and the rest of the world.

Despite carryi...

22:03

Confederate Statues Symbolize The Souths VictoryIn Peace The Federalist

A common analogy used to justify removing Confederate statues is that of the Nazis, in Germany. After all, the argument goes, those who lose wars waged to kill or enslave their own people dont get monuments.

But there is an important difference between the lack of Nazi statues in Germany and the plethora of Confederate ones in the United States. The prohibition on Nazi statues began the moment the war was over. They were never built. The Confederate monuments, on the other hand, went up beginning about 10 years after the war, and continued to be built for another century.

This distinction matters for several reasons. The first is that Confederate monuments were not symbols of the Souths defeat in war, but of its victory in peace. The prominent statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia was commissioned in 1876, just as the period known as Reconstruction was coming to a close. For a decade, the Republican federal government had sought to control and change Southern society. By 1877, those efforts were over and the South felt it had survived with its pride and power intact.

The federal governments decision to restore power to the South had brutal, often horrific consequences. The era of Jim Crow laws was ushered in, erasing many of the gains blacks in the South made during Reconstruction. But this decision came with benefits for Northern states, which had grown tired of the effort and expense of occupying and controlling the South. It may have been a deal with the devil, but it was a deal that would shape the history of North and South for the next century.

A Statue Is Not Merely about Reverence for Its Subject

It is tempting to consider what might have happened had Davis and Lee been hanged, the South fully brought to submission, perhaps even occupied without franchise until the North deemed it sufficiently transformed. But we must remember that the North was not without racism in this period. In fact, it is very easy to argue that almost every American politician or leader from 1877 to 1964 was complicit in the terrors of Jim Crow, which were not exactly a secret. Many of those leaders have their own statues.

When the South began erecting monuments to their treason and the federal government did little to stop them, they often spared no expense to create remarkable works of public art. The aforementioned statue of Lee in Richmond was made by the French artist Antonin Mercie, whose work can also be seen in the Louvre.

The double equestrian statue of Lee and Stonewall Jackson removed from Baltimore last week was the work of Laura Gardin Fraser, a woman who beat out five acclaimed male sculptors to win the commission in 1936. This was not the first time a government decided to obscure her work. In 1932 she won a competition to design the new quarter coin featuring George Washington, but Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon ignored the result and chose the design of a man instead.

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22:03

Why The Punching Nazis Logic Leads To Punching More Than Nazis The Federalist

In the days following the violence in Charlottesville, people from across the political spectrum united to condemn the abomination that is white supremacy. White nationalism is a disgusting ideology, and theres no reason to doubt this truth. Yet its public presence has prompted the question: Do people have the right to punch white supremacists, even if they have not initiated violence?

A not insignificant portion of the population seems to think so. Antifa and their ilk have repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to use preemptive physical aggression as a tactic of protest. This violence is justified via the Its okay to punch Nazis meme that has won the endorsement of a significant number of people on the Left. If you havent noticed the prominence of this sentiment, then you just havent bothered to look:

Note: These publications arent endorsing the behavior. They just illustrate the popularity of the Nazi-punching discussion.

I believe that punching individuals for their beliefs is wrong, no matter how evil those beliefs are. White supremacists are bad people, but you cant just go around attacking them. I devised a thought-experiment to elucidate just how insane this mindset really is. Warning: The following content is based on a counterfactual, and I categorically reject the conclusions drawn.

Who Else Can We Punch? Lets See

Lets, for the sake of argument, agree that it is alright to punch Nazis wherever we see them, even if the Nazi being punched hasnt been known to be violent. If we assume that punching Nazis is okay, then who else deserves a hearty knuckle sandwich?

Well, one could make a cogent argument for punching any of the participants in the infamous We want dead cops rally that occurred in New York City in 2014. Considering the 2015 anti-cop rampage in Dallas and the 167 percent increase in ambush-style killings of police officers in 2016, Id...

22:01

The Solar Eclipse Brought Americans Together On A Pilgrimage Of Awe The Federalist

The 2017 total solar eclipse was, in a word, sublime. I was afraid that given my high expectations, which were strong enough to fuel an eight-hour drive (one way) after three hours of sleep, the event would leave me disappointed. It did not.

I left my home in Michigan at 5 a.m. and embarked on the eight-hour drive down to Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the point of Greatest Eclipse. The town of approximately 31,000 inhabitants had been planning for 10 years to receive the more than 200,000 people expected for the natural spectacle. From the looks of it, many more than that ended up coming Monday.

The drive was mostly uneventful until the freeway exit approached and the endless line of cars attempted to transition to a two-lane country road. Fortunately, I had planned for that, and made it to the perfect spot just in time: an open field, surrounded by trees just a little north of the center of the path of totality. C1, the moment the circumference of the moon touches that of the sun, began at 11:56 a.m. I arrived at my spot at 12:02 p.m. C2, the moment the moon covers the sun completely, was not until 1:24 p.m.

When the Moon Covers the Sun

As the moon made its way over the sun, the spectacle was only safely visible through a pair of special glasses that allowed one to see the sunand nothing elsethrough a thick and dark filter meant to let the viewer see as much as possible without permanent eyesight damage. Although seeing the sun through the filter was impressive in itself, the filter makes the experience impersonal, detached, and hidden. All one could see through the glasses was an orange globe progressively reduce in size as its silhouette was eaten away by darkness.

As the eclipse progressed, the temperature dropped some 10 degrees and the light dimmed. The transition was not noticeable until closer to C2. When the thin sliver of sun disappeared behind the moon, it was safe to take the glasses off and experience the surreal. The scene was out of a Hollywood sci-fi movie. The sky was dark enough for some stars to become visible. The horizon appeared to have a sunset that extended 360 degrees. The lively activity of nature paused, quieted by the shadow of a dark globe.

In the middle of the sky, a black sun was crowned with white light extending far from its circumference like thin silver hairs being blown by a wind emanating from withinlike careful strokes by of a seasoned painter with a delicate brush. The contrast between the black and white above with the different tones of blue, orange, and red on the horizon was spectacular, a true work of art. Then the moon continued its journey, and a first gleam of white light directly from the sun made its way through and revealed what is rightly called the diamond ring. Sublimeit was heavenly!

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22:01

How Donald Trump Created The Worst Of All Possible Health Care Worlds The Federalist

Following last weeks developments in the ongoing saga over Obamacares cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, two things seem clear. First, President Trump wont stop making these payments to insurers, designed to reimburse them for providing reduced deductibles and copayments to low-income individuals. If Trumps administration continued to pay CSRs to insurers mere weeks after the Obamacare repeal-and-replace effort collapsed on the Senate floor, it should be fairly obvious that this president wont cut off the payments.

Second, notwithstanding the above, Trump wont stop threatening to halt these payments any time soon. Seeing himself as a negotiator, Trump wont cede any leverage by committing to make future payments, trying to keep insurance companies and Democrats in suspense and extract concessions from each. He has received no concessions from Democrats, and he likely has no intentions of ever stopping the payments, but will continue the yo-yo approach for as long as he thinks it effectivein other words, until the policy community fully sees it as the empty threat that it is.

The combination of these occurrences has created the worst of all possible worlds for the president, his administration, and Republicans. Conservatives can, and should, criticize Trump for continuing to violate the Constitution in making the payments. But liberals will also criticize Trump for violating the Constitution only on a piecemeal, month-by-month basis, claiming that the threat to cut off the unconstitutional payments sabotages Obamacare.

President Trump Is Savaging the Constitution

From a constitutional perspective, Trumps approach to CSRs undermines the rule of law. The president referred to the payments in a May interview with The Economist, stating that If I ever stop wanting to pay the subsidies, which I will [sic].

But as any conservative will explain (and this space previously outlined), the president cannot stop making any payments unilaterally. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Train v. City of New York that if a law makes a constitutional appropriation, the president cannot refuse to spend the money. He must make the appropriation. Conversely, if the law lacks an appropriation, the president cannot spend moneythat prerogative lies with Congress, as per Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution.

Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled last May that Obamacare lacks an appropriation for the cost...

22:00

A 4-Time World Champion Whistler On Learning To Whistle While You Work The Federalist

In February of last year, well on her way toward cementing her reputation as the worst presidential candidate in modern history, Hillary Clinton did a Facebook Q&A where she was asked to address college-age voters. Naturally, she proceeded to dole out some pretty questionable advice: Most of all, do what you love. Dont take a job just for money. Few people have that luxury. As anyone who has spent any time, say, browsing Etsy, can attest, most of the time not enough people can earn a decent living doing what they love most.

Case in point: Chris Ullman is beloved as a family man and a member of his community, and hes a wildly successful professional. When he hasnt been otherwise occupied teaching inner-city kids or circumnavigating the country on a motorcyle, hes built quite a career working in the House of Representatives, Senate, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the White House. Currently, he rubs shoulders every day with billionaires as director of global communications for the Carlyle Group, one of the largest private equity firms in the country.

But to people besides his friends and family, none of these accomplishments are why Ullman is especially noteworthy. As Ullman himself notes, one of my Carlyle colleagues once said to me, Unless you cure cancer someday, youll always be known as the whistler.

An Unusual Calling Card

Of course, Ullman isnt just a whistler; hes a four-time world champion whistler. (It turns out theres an annual competition in North Carolina.) Of all the things you could be best in the world at, whistling may seem like a silly skill to possess. But if youve ever heard Ullman pucker up and run through Vesti la giubba from the opera Pagliacci or Duke Ellingtons Take the A Train, its undeniably impressive.

However, in his new book, Find Your Whistle, Ullman explains that not everyone loves what he does. Being an expert whistler is such an unusual calling card that even after explaining that hes performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, appeared on The Tonight Show, and whistled for the president, people still turn down his offers to perform.

Not that this has slowed Ullman down. Ultimately, Find Your Whistle is a book about what to do when the world doesnt necessarily appreciate or understand your gifts, and what you can do to make an impact and better othersR...

22:00

We Can Solve Footballs Woes By Tying It To The Food Wars The Federalist

NFL ratings were down 8 percent in 2016, a source of consternation for league officials and network heads. Why the slump? According to a recent poll, recently disinterested fans offered a number of reasons. Disgust over national anthem knee-droppers like Colin Kaepernick led the pack, followed by domestic abuse scandals, frustration over excessive commercial breaks, and competition from the 2016 presidential election.

I dont buy it. Well, I sort of buy it. Im sure that people experienced genuine moral outrage, irritation, and distraction during the 2016 NFL season. I just dont think they would have gotten outraged, irritated, or distracted enough to turn off games if the league hadnt become so boring in recent years.

As the numbers seem to indicate, most fans still love their hometown heroes, but after a decade-plus of cracking down on showboating and legislating the game in favor of nerdy, charisma-challenged quarterbacks, the NFL has few superstars to pique interest beyond state borders. Green Bay and Chicago diehards may still enjoy that storied conflict, for example, but for everyone else, theres nothing terribly intriguing about Aaron Rodgers versus whatever sentient tackling dummy the Bears are calling a quarterback this week. When the greatest rivalry of the last few seasons has been the courtroom battle between Tom Brady and league commissioner Roger Goodell, its not hard to see why fans have grown apathetic.

So Lets Inject Some Food Drama into Football

How should the NFL fix its ratings woes? Its important to remember that, more than people love their hometown sports teams, they love their hometown cookin. And more than they hate their teams bitterest rival, they hate every other areas variation on the same fare. Tell a Packers fan that you prefer the Bills and hell yawn. Tell him that upstate New Yorks dairy farms produce superior cheddar and hell impale his foam cheesehead into your sternum.

Likewise, countless foodies from across the nation have developed strong allegiances to cuisine of certain regions even when theyre not from those regions. Therefore, all the league needs to do to reignite Americas waning passion for professional football is link it to our waxing passion for the food wars. Realign the teams according to culinary rivalries, up the stakes with some major food-related punishments for losing the division, and the NFL will return to form as a ratings behemoth. As a gesture of goodwill to the league, Ive already drawn up the plans.

Youll notice my ten-division, 30-team plan has eliminated the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets. Cincinnati, you had 239 years to create some unique regional fare and the best you came up wi...

21:54

Taylor Swift Should Ditch Feminism And Embrace Being A Problematic Woman The Federalist

On Wednesday afternoon Taylor Swift tweeted some really big news shes releasing a new album, Reputation, November 10 and will be dropping the first single today. Leading up to the big reveal, Swift cleaned out her Twitter and Instagram accounts on the anniversary of her 1989 album announcement, spurring much speculation from fans about new music coming down the pike.

She also tweeted out a series of snake videos several days in a row prior to the big news which many took to mean that shes owning the snake emoji thats become associated with her public persona after a series of public feuds via social media with Nikki Minaj, Calvin Harris, and Kanye West.

Bustle wasted no time in calling for an apology from Swift for her problematic behavior over the years particularly for her public feuds with West and Harris.

taylor swift

Lollllllll. Spoiler alert: this will likely not be an apology album. The album cover has ripped from the headlines art, a choice that screams come at me. And shes supposedly going to debut her new single at the MTV Video Music Awards alongside her longtime rival, Katy Perry, whos hosting the shindig. This savage move doesnt indicate shes about to make nice or say sorry anytime soon nor should she!

Haters Gonna Hate

Over the past couple of years, Swift has been viciously attacked and deemed problematic by leftist media types who have taken issue with everything the singer did. Alas, many of the critiques have revealed more about feminism than they did about the pop star. Its not enough for someone like Swift to be successful in a male-dominated industry to be a considered a feminist. Apparently she must also embrace and preach intersectionality. She must publicly flog herself for allegedly committing the grave sin of cultural appropriation and vote and virtue signal the way the Left wants her to or risk getting her feminist card revoked.

This is...

21:54

Pro Sports To Christian Players And Fans: We Dont Want Your Kind Around Here The Federalist

The rapid mainstreaming of homosexuality now has a powerful ally, whose most important employees could find themselves choosing between their consciences and their careers. Professional sports, both individual teams and entire leagues, seek to enhance their brands by connecting promotions with the LGBT movements Pride campaign. Teams organize Pride Nights, including rainbow-themed merchandise, not only as marketing tools but as signs of their acquiescence to leftist views of social justice.

The National Basketball Association embraces those views. The league and its subsidiary, the Womens National Basketball Association, became the first professional leagues to have a float in New Yorks Pride March. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver not only stood on the float this year but waved a rainbow flag and threw themed towels to the crowd. Some attendees wore black T-shirts with the NBA emblem or team emblems in rainbow colors, which were sold through the NBAs website.

Silver demonstrated his commitment in July 2016 by moving the 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans from Charlotte after the North Carolina legislature passed a measure that included prohibiting transsexuals from using public restrooms not corresponding to their biological sex. Two months later, the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference moved scheduled championship events out of the state. One week before Silvers appearance at the Pride March, baseballs New York Mets staged their own Pride Night, complete with a color guard carrying a rainbow flag and scoreboard videos of same-sex couples in the stands kissing.

I Cant Condone Things My Faith Says Are Wrong

The United States Soccer Federation had the national womens team wear jerseys with rainbow-decorated numerals for June matches in Norway and Sweden. Two of the teams biggest stars, Megan Rapinoe and the now-retired Abby Wambach, are lesbians.

One Christian athlete, however, took exception. Jaeline Hinkle, a defender for the North Carolina Courage in the National Womens Soccer League, who played for the United States eight times, left the national team for personal reasons, a release stated, two weeks after the federation announced its plan for the jerseys. When the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, Hinkle wrote this tweet: This world is falling farther and farther away from God All that can be done by believers is to continue to pray.

Hinkle elaborated on her Instagram page: I believe with every fiber in my body that what was written 2,000 years ago in the Bible is undoubtedly true. Its not a fictional book. Its not a pick and choose what you want to believe. My heart is that as Christians we dont begin to throw a tantrum over what has been brought into law today, but we become that much more loving. That through our love, the lost, rejected, and abandoned find Christ.

Hinkles position creates a dilemma for Christians in professional spo...

21:54

Until We Update Surveillance Laws, Government Can Snoop On Your Phone And Email At Will The Federalist

For decades, Americans have forfeited their privacy rights for a false sense of safety. Broad, sweeping surveillance lawssuch as, but certainly not limited to Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Acthave given the federal government carte blanche in the realm of surveillance. Thankfully, a recently introduced bipartisan Senate bill would restore some vital protections to Americans privacy.

The ECPA Modernization Act, introduced by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA) to make it more relevant to the technologically advanced world in which we live. The original bill was conceived in a time when email and cell phone use were rare, with the goal of protecting oral, wire, and electronic communications from government surveillance. The bill was an update to the 1968 Federal Wiretap Act, which, much like the ECPA now, had become useless with time.

ECPAs privacy protections remain stuck in that era, when companies would only archive emails for 180 days. After that time frame had lapsed, a users emails would disappear, thus ending the governments ability to snoop archives. Servers have since made email archives essentially eternal, giving the government a goldmine of information to spy on.

Legislators at that time could not have foreseen surveillance tools, such as facial recognition technology, Internet dragnets, and cell site simulators, all of which have been deployed to trample privacy rights. While lawmakers may have had good intentions in 1986, their bill is useless in the modern era.

Its 10 OClock. Yes, Government Knows Where You Are

The ECPA does nothing to address spy agency and police use of geolocation data to track the exact whereabouts of a person. That type of tracking has been used in startling ways recently. Earlier this year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) used a Stingray cell site simulator to track down an illegal immigrant in Detroit. That was the first time ICE deployed this tool, which was originally designed for military and terror investigations. Police in New York have used the tool thousands of times, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reports it is repeatedly abused in non-terror investigations across the country.

The ECPA update would require a report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Government Accountability Offi...

21:54

I Love The Internet, But Theres Still Something About A Handwritten Letter The Federalist

Last month my grandfather passed away. We werent terribly close, but he was a constant that is suddenly gone. I cant quite remember the sound of his laugh, but I miss his sharp wit. I cant recall the last movie we watched together, but I remember how he cherished films and instilled in me a love for Bogart and Bacall.

I cant remember the last time he wrote me, but I will never forget the distinct crispness to his penmanship. His handwriting in letters, on checks, or in his journals brings a wave of grief for his absence mixed with the comfort of his years of love and support.

I have letters from my grandmother tucked away in storage scrawled out in her broken English letteringrare for her, as she almost exclusively wrote in her native Japanese. My mothers mix of print and cursive takes me back to my childhood, and my fathers flowing script is still as difficult for me to read now as it was growing up. And my husbands written lists or notes remind me of all those cards and letters he sent me while deployed.

Handwritten words from my loved ones can hit me with the same emotion of past memories as can scents, songs, and pictures. With each stroke of the pen or pencil theyve put a piece of themselves onto that paper. Knowing my grandfather will never write out another meticulous note in his daily journal forces me to pause and ponder the current state of the handwritten word in our culture.

The Price of Convenience

Rarely does the postal service bring us much more than junk mail, circular ads, and credit card offers. My email inbox has become just as bad, with personal emails an oddity. The majority of incoming email is subscriptions to sites I frequently order from. Weve traded handwritten, personal letterswith jotting down the address, licking the envelope, and patiently waiting for it to be delivered and then a responsefor the instant gratification of emails, texting, messaging, online shopping, and pre-addressed greeting cards.

In the name of convenience weve embraced the digital age that allows us to type out family newsletters, blog posts, and social media statuses to keep everyone we love privy to our goings-on with such ease and speed that we can get back to more important things, like pinning Instant Pot recipes and posting Instagram pictures of our latest meal, cup of coffee, Bible study, or combination thereof.

As a working mother of four, I am all for convenience. Its why I gave in and bought that Instant Pot and often choose to shop online instead of venturing to the local store. My mom taught her kids that time is money, and sometimes its smarter to pay more for convenience. Social media and the digital age has certainly made connection more convenient, but it, like all other conveniences, comes with a price.

We live in a time when connecting with others has never been easier,...

21:52

Landowners from Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes receive Cobell buy-back offers Indianz.Com News

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are the last in Oklahoma to participate in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations because funds are running out.

21:49

No Major Democratic Challenger in 2018 Race for Texas Governor Freethought Blogs

The prospects for a Democratic candidate seriously challenging the Republican incumbent for governor in 2018 are dismal here in the Lone Star State.  From PBS Newshour:

Democratic leaders havent yet lined up a substantial name to represent the party and its message despite months of trying. Any continued faith in a Democratic turnaround in Texas is now colliding with pessimism that it will happen anytime soon.

Gov. Abbott has $41 million in his re-election fund already, and he has no significant Republican challengers, which makes his July re-election campaign launch focus all the more worrying.  From a July AP report run in U.S. News:

Abbott formally announced his run for re-election Friday and is reviving anti-abortion measures, school finance reforms and a bathroom bill targeting transgender people in a special legislative session that begins Tuesday.

Moderate Republicans in the Texas House helped defeat the 2017 attempts at passing the bathroom bill, given pressure from business and testimony from Texans who would face discrimination should the bill have passed.  But Gov. Abbott hasnt given up on the idea.  And hes recently proven his opposition to reproductive rights, signing two bills in the special legislative session that hinder access to abortion in the state.

According to Houston Public Media (again, back in July), The state Democratic Party says its talking to several possible candidates, and, an announcement will come at the appropriate time.'  Were waiting.

21:45

Volvox 2017 pictures Freethought Blogs

The Fourth International Volvox Meeting in St. Louis was everything I hoped. It was well organized, small enough to talk to everyone, and full of great talks. David Kirk was indeed there, briefly, though I failed to get a photo, and so was David Queller.

I thought I was pretty connected in the (relatively small) Volvox world, but there were several people there Id never met and lots of research that was news to me. Ill be blogging more about some of that research, but for now Ill just share a few photos from the meeting.

Danforth Center

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is the perfect setting for a movie with scientist working on super high-tech stuff.

Aurora Nedelcu, Brad Olson, and Erik Hanschen.

Aurora Nedelcu, Brad Olson, and Erik Hanschen having lunch outside the Danforth Center.

Noriko Ueki

Noriko Ueki takes a break between sessions.

Kimberly Chen

Kimberly Chen relaxing in one of the super-comfy chairs.

21:25

Indonesia to buy 1.14 billion dollar worth of Russian jets Veterans Today

Indonesia will buy 11 Sukhoi fighter jets worth $1.14 billion from Russia in exchange for cash and Indonesian commodities, two cabinet ministers said on Tuesday.

18:59

Native Sun News Today: Park in Nebraska pays tribute to legacy of Crazy Horse Indianz.Com News

The Fort Robinson State Park in Nebraska is installing a new Crazy Horse Memorial Monument.

18:44

Ivan Star Comes Out: Indian people can spend our money elsewhere in the face of racism Indianz.Com News

When local and national media outlets are incessantly spewing news items promoting the 'master race' fallacy, how does one deal with the resulting ethnic intolerance and hatred?

17:12

Oklahoma plans to ask court to reconsider ruling on Muscogee Nation boundaries Indianz.Com News

A landmark decision that affirmed the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is already having an impact on cases in Oklahoma.

12:30

Part 4: Ceaseless Propaganda, Outright Lies and Distorted Facts OpEdNews

Democracy and freedom of expression are under attack. There is blood in the streets. How did it get that way? Where did it come from, what are its sources and what continues to drive it? This four part series will look at the origin of those sources and unlock connections that when understood should open doors of perception that have been locked shut for far too long.

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23:15

Today in OpenGov: Federal Complaint Commission Blog Sunlight Foundation

Today in OpenGov, the FCC fields some complaints, Trump's billionaire buddies face some unexpected obstacles, Baltimore struggles with its police body cameras, and more.

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Image via USDA on Flickr
  • A failure to disclose in the most expensive House race ever. Issue One and the Campaign Legal Center are combining forces to push back against missing disclosures in this years special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, which was the most expensive House race ever. The two groups "filed six complaints with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against two Atlanta-based television stations" arguing that they failed to require proper disclosures from groups on both sides of the political aisle that pumped money into television ads during the race. (Issue One)
  • FCC urged to release 47,000 net neutrality complaints. 16 public interest groups are urging the FCC to "to release the text of 47,000 net neutrality complaints before going through with Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to eliminate net neutrality rules." You can read the coalition's letter to the Commission here. Jon Brodkin reports that an FCC spokesperson indicated the FCC plans to release the complaints "as soon as we can." (Ars Technica)  
  • Menendez bribery trial moving forward. Jury selection is ongoing in the bribery trial of Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ). His fate "could turn on whether favors he did for a large donor are deemed 'official acts.'" (Bloomberg)
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02:33

Today in OpenGov: City diplomacy Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's edition we argue for whistleblower rights, explore how the Trump Organization has benefitted from GOP political spending this year, make the case for open data to boost cooperation among cities around the world, and much more. 

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  • Trump entities benefit from GOP spending to the tune of $1.3 million. An analysis of campaign filings by Matea Gold and Anu Narayanswamy found nearly $1.3 million in spending by Republican political committees at entities controlled by the Trump Organization since the start of 2017. (Washington Post)
  • Groups sue for public access to "voter fraud" commission records. The Brennan Center for Justice has joined with Protect Democracy in a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the  White House Office of Management and Budget regarding President Trumps Election Integrity Commission. The organizations filed suit after their Freedom of Informaiton requests to the agencies for information under the Freedom of Information Act went unanswered." (Brennan Center)

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Tuesday, 22 August

01:59

Today in OpenGov: On Eclipse Day, sunshine in government matters more than ever Blog Sunlight Foundation

After some much-needed summer vacation, we're back with our daily roundup of open government news from Washington, across the United States, and across the world!

Today, we're highlighting the biggest stories that came out while we were offline. We'll be back tomorrow with a more granular look at the day's open government news. Please email us at todayinopengov@sunlightfoundation.com and share what we missed.

ECLIPSE DAY

On Eclipse Day, John Wonderlich shared a reflection on secrecy and sunshine. A total solar eclipse might be a rare event, but the open government movements work to make government more transparent and accountable goes on all year long. We hope youll recognize and support the the public servants, organizations, investigative journalists, librarians, researchers, and technologists who make government open to the people it serves. As you see the sun fall into shadow and then return today, remember how valuable public information is to the publicand then get involved in helping your city, state and federal government be more open to the people it services. [Medium]

SUMMER SECRECY


 
  • No vacation for Russia investigations....

00:40

Think globally, act locally: How open data can be a force in city diplomacy Blog Sunlight Foundation

Los Angeles highlights its global sister cities. Photo by Prayitno via Flickr.

Cities are increasingly looking to their global peers for new ideas, strategies, and best practices. As they do, data is becoming an important tool for cities to understand one another and engage in meaningful discourse.

Open and standardized data is more important than ever as this happens. Open and standardized data can help make inter-disciplinary, inter-sectoral, and inter-city dialogues more effective, and can help cities report back in accountable ways to their residents.

Today, were taking a closer look at how open, standardized data can help cities learn from their peers internationally and contribute to international diplomacy efforts.

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