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Thursday, 18 October

02:36

Peace Congress To End US Wars At Home And Abroad PopularResistance.Org

On November 10 in Washington, DC, there will be an historic gathering of groups and people to launch the Peace Congress to End US Wars at Home and Abroad. The Peace Congress will bring together advocates for peace and economic, racial, environmental and climate justice to develop a strategy, goals and actions based on the principles of unity. The Peace Congress arose from the successful effort to stop President Trump's military parade scheduled for November 10. The Peace Congress is open to all who want to participate.

02:36

Bodies lying everywhere: Shooting at Crimea college has echoes of Columbine massacre Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

It started like any normal day on campus at the polytechnic college in the Crimean city of Kerch but it quickly turned into a horror story, drawing somber comparisons to the fateful 1999 Columbine Massacre in Colorado. Before the day would end, at least 19 lives would be taken and dozens of students would []

02:25

One Libertarian's Free (Well, Nearly Free) College Plan OpEdNews

With college as we know it becoming less valuable and online/distance learning becoming more viable, change is coming whether we like it or not. Why not seize an opportunity for "free college" as we wind down the existing system?

02:24

Classified: Warning to UN on Upcoming Terrorism Against France Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Dear UN anti-terrorism committee, We have issued a EU/US, North Africa and Pakistan alerts due to intelligence confirming that rogue states such France, UK, Israel and the US are planning conjointly a series of attacks during the midterms elections. The arrest and raid against Jean-luc Melenchon, real winner of the presidential elections in May 2017.  []

02:23

Can we end tobacco pandemic without holding industry liable? OpEdNews

This article is based on key interviews with experts on recent decisions adopted by 181 governments last week in global tobacco treaty meeting. Major decisions were adopted to stop Big Tobacco's interference in health policy including progress on liability (financial and legal)

02:22

Fact checking the Texas Senate debate by Texas Tribune and by Associated Press OpEdNews

NBC did a great job fact checking both candidates in the first Texas Senate Debate. Both Texas Tribune and the Associated Press did a superlative and thorough job examining claims in this second debate conducted Tuesday evening in San Antonio. The larger question of who tells the truth to be trusted to do the right thing: in my view Beto wins again, so fence sitters to get off the fence and give Texas the Senator it deserves.

02:22

Abandoned Representation OpEdNews

My city councilman is leaving for a cushy new job and all I will get is a lousy bill for a special election.

02:18

Death penalty declines around the world Freethought Blogs

October 10th was the World Day Against the Death Penalty. One of the most encouraging signs is how the use of the death penalty is declining around the world. According to Amnesty International, 142 countries have either abolished the death penalty in law or in practice and that in the past five years 33 countries have carried out at least one execution. In 2017, just 23 countries out of the 193 member states of the UN executed someone.

The number of countries which have formally abolished the death penalty has been steadily increasing, from 48 in 1991 to 106 in 2017. In recent years the number of countries which carry out executions has also gradually declined.

  • 106 countries where use of the death penalty is not allowed by law
  • 7 countries which permit the death penalty only for serious crimes in exceptional circumstances, such as those committed during times of war
  • 29 countries which have death penalty laws but havent executed anyone for at least 10 years, and a policy or more formal commitment not to execute
  • 56 countries which retain death penalty laws and either carry out executions or the authorities have not made an official declaration not to execute

Of the countries that execute people, China is by far the worst. Its actual numbers are a state secret and can only be estimated.

This map of countries that have carried out executions in the last five years is interesting.

Belarus is the only country is Europe to still have the death penalty. The record of Africa is one of slow improvement with 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa having abolished capital punishment.

Asia has a dismal showing. My country of origin Sri Lanka still has the death penalty on the books but has not executed anyone since 1978 though people have been sentenced to it. But the current president seeks to execute 19 people for drug-related offenses and Amnesty International is urging action to stop this reversal to a barbaric practice.

By resuming executions after more t...

02:03

Native lieutenant governor resigns for 'inappropriate comments' Indianz.Com News

Alaska's political world was rocked with the sudden resignation of Byron Mallott, the state's Native lieutenant governor.

02:00

Different strokes: US 'Outrage' over Slaying of US Residents Depends on the Nation Responsible OpEdNews

US government and media 'outrage' over the killing of US residents or citizens depends upon what nation is responsible for the murder, writes ThisCantBeHappening! journalist Dave Lindorff.

01:50

Fake Facebook Accounts Responsible for Stoking Rohingya Genocide WhoWhatWhy

Was Gary Hart Set Up? (Gerry)

From the Atlantic: What are we to make of the deathbed confession of the political operative Lee Atwater, newly revealed, that he staged the events that brought down the Democratic candidate in 1987?

Trump Seems Eager to Contain, Not Confront, Fallout From Journalists Disappearance (Jimmy)

The author writes, While Trump had earlier promised to leave nothing uncovered in the case of Khashoggis disappearance, he and his administration now appear more eager to contain any damage the incident could cause to US relations with the oil-rich nation than it is to confront Saudi leaders over the possible murder of a journalist and US resident who wrote critically of the kingdoms rulers.

More Than a Thousand Remain Missing a Week After Hurricane Michael (Reader Luke)

The author writes, More than a thousand people were still missing on Wednesday a week after Hurricane Michael flattened communities across the Florida Panhandle, killing at least 27.

New Britain Couple Facing Deportation Will Leave Sanctuary While ICE Considers Request To Stay In US (Reader Steve)

The author writes, After living in the basement of an Old Lyme church for nearly seven months, a New Britain couple facing deportation to Pakistan has decided to leave their sanctuary.

Canada to Pardon Pot Possession as It Legalizes Marijuana (Jimmy)

The author writes, The Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a pot posse...

01:43

California Senate Race Exposes Rifts in Democratic Party OpEdNews

As the Democrats concentrate on resisting Trump, deep divisions threaten their chances for winning the presidency in 2020.

01:30

WikiLeaks Releases A Detailed List Of All Amazon Web Services Data Centers Ahead Of DoD Decision Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel WikiLeaks has published an alleged highly confidential document outlining the addresses and operational details of Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers called...

01:29

Diplomatic Deadlock: Can U.S.-North Korea Diplomacy Survive Maximum Pressure? PopularResistance.Org

South Korean President Moon Jae-ins meeting with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un on September 18-20 culminated in the signing of the Pyongyang Declaration, which marked a significant advance towards peace and heralded a welcome warming in relations. Since that time, however, contradictions within the Trump administrations North Korea policy threaten to forestall further progress and test the patience of its South Korean ally. Among the measures outlined in the Pyongyang Declaration, the two sides agreed to expand the cessation of military hostility in regions of confrontation such as the DMZ, with the goal of removing the danger of war across the entire Korean Peninsula.

01:21

UNC Student Who Poured Blood And Ink On Silent Sam Confederate Statue Found Guilty PopularResistance.Org

HILLSBOROUGH - UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Maya Little has said all along that she smeared her blood and ink on the Silent Sam Confederate statue on April 30. So the question Littles attorney posed during a daylong trial Monday wasnt whether she defaced the controversial monument, but whether her actions were justified by serving a greater good. Ultimately, Orange County District Court Judge Samantha Cabe found Little guilty of a misdemeanor charge, but the judge did not hand down a sentence or punishment.

01:10

The False Doctrine Of Humanitarian Intervention Comes To Nicaragua PopularResistance.Org

I am really angry that passage of the NICA Act in its even worse form, the Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018 (S. 3233), appears to be a fait accompli and by unanimous consent at that! If this Act has not passed by the time you receive these NicaNotes, please call your Senators using these talking points. If you are leaving a message, don't forget to include your name and zip code.

01:08

In Last Nights Debate, Cruz Crushed ORourke, But Will Texas Voters See It That Way? The Federalist

In the final Texas Senate debate, Beto ORourke came off as likable and charismatic. But his charm is no match for Ted Cruzs obvious competence and experience.

01:07

#NetNeutrality: Turns Out 99.7 Percent Of Unique FCC Comments Wanted To Keep The Internet Open PopularResistance.Org

As the Federal Communications Commission prepared to repeal the laws of net neutrality last year, 22 million comments were left on its website expressing arguments either for or against keeping the open internet protected and in place. A new report says that 99.7 percent of the unique comments left on the agencys site were pro-net neutrality. Filtering Out the Bots: What Americans Actually Told the FCC about Net Neutrality Repeal is a study completed by Ryan Singela Media and Strategy Fellow at Stanford Law Schools Center for Internet and Societyin which he took a state-by-state, district-by-district look at linguistically unique comments fled to the FCC in the 2017 repeal proceedings.

01:02

'We are breathing life into our culture': Native youth carry on traditions Indianz.Com News

From preserving their languages to learning about tattooing, Native youth are keeping their heritage alive.

00:59

Mueller ready to deliver core findings on Trump probe after midterms: report Alternative News Network

Mueller ready to deliver core findings on Trump probe after midterms: report

Its possible that Muellers finding wont be made public if he doesnt secure unsealed indictments.

The post...

00:57

New Supreme Court Ruling Could Make It Easier To Hold Corporations Liable For Things Like Climate Change PopularResistance.Org

A new ruling from the Supreme Court in two cases, ConAgra Grocery Products v. California and Sherwin-Williams v. California has the potential to open the door for the public to hold corporations accountable for knowingly endangering public health or the planet. On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from paint manufacturers, Sherwin-Williams, ConAgra, and NL Industries, on a ruling that requires them to pay over $400 million for lead paint inspections and removals in California homes and for their role in promoting lead paint over several decades. The cases were brought against paint manufacturers by ten California governments, including Los Angeles County, in the form of a product-liability suit back in 2000.

00:49

Coverup Deal Will Blame Khashoggi Death On Extreme Torture PopularResistance.Org

One might expand on that fairytale: "The Saudi general who allegedly botched the interrogation of Jamal Khashoggi mysteriously died in a Saudi air force plane crash on the same day the coverup story was floated." But that would probably take it too far. The floated story will of course not be believed. A deadly interrogation - extreme torture - in the Saudi consulate is not plausible. One does not need to fly in 15 operators, including a specialist for autopsies, to twist someone's arms and ask a few questions. The intent was either to kidnap the guy or to outright kill him. The trial ballon seems to come from U.S. sources, not from the Saudis. Trump yesterday spoke of "rogue killers" who may have caused the incident. No one near Mohammad bin Salman dares to go rogue.

00:46

Khashoggi Is Not The Only One Reason The US Should Cut Its Saudi Ties PopularResistance.Org

Saudi Arabia has made headlines recently for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. What happened to Khashoggi is certainly tragic, but its far from the only crime committed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Despite its history of thuggery, the US has been cozy with the kingdom for decades. Heres 10 reasons to sever this nefarious alliance with the Saudi kingdom.

00:38

No Chance Congress Will Vote On USMCA This Year PopularResistance.Org

The free trade deal between Canada, the United States and Mexico that leaders from all three countries agreed to in principle recently is a long way away from becoming law, as the man in charge of the U.S. Senate says there's no chance lawmakers will vote on the pact before next year. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told Bloomberg in an interview Tuesday that there's no chance the logistics can be worked out to ensure that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement or USMCA  will make it to the floor of either the Senate or House of Representatives before the end of the year, so it can be ratified by lawmakers. The statements come against the backdrop of U.S. midterms next month, elections that could see the Democrats take back one or both arms of the federal government.

00:36

I agree with this review of the Ark Park Freethought Blogs

This article on the Ark Park is exactly right, and hits on all the same impressions I had when I visited it.

  • Its grossly overpriced.
  • Its just a large building in a shape you dont typically see large buildings in.
  • The extremely optimistic queueing area you wend your way through a maze of fences intended to restrain a moband youre one of the few people there.
  • The first proper exhibit on the Ark is a room containing lots of wooden cages with model animals in them. Its another pointless waiting area. A lot of the cages dont bother to have fake animals in them they just play animal noises.
  • But, unfortunately, with the exception of three dioramas, all of that is depicted using a bunch of pictures and text on boards stuck to the wall. There are virtually no real exhibits inside.

  • Once youre done reading the signs on the wall of the pre-flood world section, you head on to the next attraction: a bunch of signs on walls.

  • The Ark has two screening areas that, during my visit, played two movies on loop. I skipped the movies. From the description, I didnt miss anything.

  • Did I mention the signs on the walls? Room after room after room of signs. More signs than have ever been gathered in one place before.

  • They have a new addition! One of the newer additions to the Ark is an exhibit made to look like a graphic novel that tells the story of some college kids questioning their faith (spoiler alert: God turns out to be cool, actually). Unfortunately, its just another variation on a theme. Ken Ham described the exhibit as like walking through the pages of a book. An alternative description would be like reading a bunch of signs stuck to a wall.

Aside from the incompetent, boring collection of didactic exhibits, they note another feature of the content: its all written by regressive, homophobic Christian fundamentalists.

Anti-LGBTQ bigotry is a big attraction at the theme park, and is smattered generously throughout.

All people who volunteer or work at the park are required to sign a statement of faith which explicitly prohibits them from employment if theyre gay, bi, or a person who has...

00:30

DARPA Wants Drone Swarms To Master Urban Operations Activist Post

By Technocracy News & Trends This is DARPAs third major push to develop coordinated and autonomous drone swarms, up to 250 per swarm, to be...

00:30

Doctor Sentenced to Die in Prison for Healing People with Weed as Child Predator Congressman Let Out Early The Free Thought Project

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A caring father and doctor, who healed people will die in prison because he used a plant. In the mean time, child sexting Anthony Weiner gets out early.

The post Doctor Sentenced to Die in Prison for Healing People with Weed as Child Predator Congressman Let Out Early appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

00:28

Glasgow: Thousands Of Women To Strike Over Pay Discrimination PopularResistance.Org

Thousands of women council workers across Glasgow plan to bring the city to a standstill this week in what is believed to be the biggest equal pay strike seen in the UK. More than 8,000 workers, mostly women who have never been on a picket line, will take part in the two-day action that starts next Tuesday and will affect homecare, schools and nurseries, cleaning and catering services across the city. While Glasgow city council insists there is no justification for the planned disruption, which it says will jeopardise the care of its most vulnerable residents, unions say that a failure of negotiations has left the women with no choice but to strike and make visible the decades-long pay discrimination that has affected this largely unseen workforce.

00:25

Syrian War Report October 17, 2018: Terrorists Move From Syria And Iraq To EU Via Ukraine Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

from SouthFront The Turkish military has dent a new convoy of troops and military equipment in order to strengthen its forces deployed in the Syrian province of Idlib. Some sources link this move with recent reports that terrorist groups like Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Houras al-Din and other al-Qaeda-like organizations are not going to withdraw from []

00:04

Saudi journalist Khashoggi decapitated after fingers cut off (updated) Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Sputnik/Moscow: Earlier in the day, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks on the alleged murder of a Saudi journalist inside the Saudi diplomatic facility in Turkey. Commenting on the case, Pompeo noted that Washington takes the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi seriously, also stressing that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had []

00:02

He sure dines out a lot on his uncle Freethought Blogs

Donald Trump only listens to one scientist, apparently his oft-mentioned Uncle John Trump of MIT.

I finally had to look him up. He was an electrical engineer, with no qualifications at all to speak on climate science, and as the President* even admits, they did not discuss climatology. But even worse, hes been dead for 33 years.

Im going to guess that they never discussed science while he was alive at all he was just the one member of the family they could point to and say, See? Not all Trumps are venal morons. He was the family token, and now hes nothing but a useful prop from the grave.

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Wednesday, 17 October

23:57

Explosion At Crimean College Kills 18 Students Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

________ TASS What is known about the tragedy at the Kerch Polytechnic College At the Polytechnic College in Kerch, an explosion occurred. The victims were 18 people. According to the head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov, the suspect in the explosion was a college student, he committed suicide . What happened On October 17, in []

23:51

Chemical Weapons in Syria: BBC Panorama Relies on Questionable Research Global Network for Syria 21st Century Wire

Peter Ford
21st Century Wire

A joint investigation by BBC Panorama and BBC Arabic claimed to show how chemical weapons have been used by the Syrian Government as part of a deliberate military strategy. Yet there are serious concerns over the investigations reliance on broadly impartial sources who are not named and consequently the reliability of the reports findings. 

The Panorama programme is called Syrias Chemical War and was first broadcast on Monday 15 October on BBC One at 20:30.

Members of the Global Network for Syria have issued the following response:

Yesterdays BBC Panorama programme was notable for its omissions. It was not clear, for example, whether evidence backing the claims of 106 uses of chemical weapons came from Syrian rebel sources. Given that sources are not named, the BBC may be relying on evidence from groups that are widely regarded as favourable to the opposition, such as the White Helmets, the Syrian American Medical Society, or the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations. 

The investigation ignored the interim findings of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the Douma incident, which contradict the BBCs conclusions.  The OPCW found no evidence of the use of prohibited weapons in Douma and did not rule out that chlorine cylinders found at the site may have been planted. 

The programme showed former OPCW staff saying that not all of Asads stocks destroyed under OPCW supervision were necessarily accounted for. It neglected to point out, however, that the OPCW reported in 2014 that it had been unable to visit two sites where chemical weapons were stored and that both these sites were in rebel-held territory deemed unsafe for inspectors to visit. 

The programme also claimed to detect a pattern of Asad using chemical weapons in the final stages of sieges. But the report did not address questions raised by numerous military experts who ask why Syrian Government Forces, which were already winning the war, would deploy chemical weapons of limited usefulness, risking severe reprisals by the US-led Coalition.

There are further...

23:26

Video: Brzezinski Calls For Trump To Be Overthrown By Own Cabinet Alternative News Network

Video: Brzezinski Calls For Trump To Be Overthrown By Own Cabinet

What more do you need to hear from him to start thinking 25th amendment or something else.

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22:39

SYRIA EXCLUSIVE: Vanessa Beeley Meets the White Helmets and Armed Group Leader in Daraa Al Balad 21st Century Wire


Leader of the White Helmet center in Daraa Al Balad, Abu Mohanad Al Mahamid talks to Vanessa Beeley on 20th September 2018. (Photo: Screenshot from video of interview)

Vanessa Beeley
21st Century Wire 

If you shout at us we will cry, we are so sensitive Abu Mohanad Al Mahamid told me on the 20th September 2018.  Al Mahamid is the leader of the still-functioning White Helmet center in Daraa Al Balad to the south of Damascus in Syria. Al Mahamid had donned his white helmet for the camera before he spoke to us about the role of these White Helmets who had remained in Daraa Al Balad, when other White Helmet members had boarded the buses for Idlib with Nusra Front or for Israel and Jordan as part of the special evacuation organised by the members of the US Coalition. 

The journey to this White Helmet center had been a circuitous one. I traveled with my translator and a Syrian journalist working independently on this trip. Since July 2018 a tenuous ceasefire had been negotiated between the armed groups and members of the Russian Reconciliation team. Conditions included the surrendering of heavy and medium weapons. (De-escalation zones had previously been established in mid 2017). Russia secured the right of admission to liberated areas for the Syrian Arab Army and the withdrawl of extremist groups from areas close to the Jordanian borders. The Al Nassib border crossing, for example, would come back under the management of the SAA. While some groups occupying areas in the countryside and city of Daraa accepted the Russian conditions, Daraa Al Balad was one of the areas that chose to continue with a policy of confrontation.

..military factions have refused the offer entirely and choose confrontations, especially in Daraa al-Balad and the towns of Saida, elmiathin, Nasib, el-Emtaih, al-Naimah, el-Taebah, arriving at the western countryside of Tafas, Nawa and its surrounding. The concerned faction...

22:36

Saudi Officer With Close Ties to Crown Prince Reportedly in Charge of Deadly Khashoggi Operation Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

_________ Haaretz Saudi Officer With Close Ties to Crown Prince Reportedly in Charge of Deadly Khashoggi Operation Turkey hopes to enter the Saudi consuls residence in Istanbul on Wednesday in connection with the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkeys foreign minister said after meeting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Turkish officials have said []

22:26

Facebook Deletes Disabled Veterans Page Without Warning After Taking $300,000 for Ads Alternative News Network

Facebook Deletes Disabled Veterans Page Without Warning After Taking $300,000 for Ads

Im not a conservative. Im not a liberal. Im an American, with deep beliefs in what our country stands for.

...

22:21

Rand Paul: Saudis Are Not Our Friends; Stop Arming Them Alternative News Network

Rand Paul: Saudis Are Not Our Friends; Stop Arming Them

For over a year now, I have been trying to get Congress to stop sending more arms to Saudi Arabia, Paul told Fox Newss Neil Cavuto on Tuesday.

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The post Rand Paul: Saudis Are Not Our Friends; Stop Arming Them appeared...

22:15

Did You Know Russians Can Help Run US Elections Legally? WhoWhatWhy

A months-long WhoWhatWhy investigation into Russian ties to Marylands election administration seems to have raised alarm bells in Congress. Maryland Democratic Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin have joined Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins in sponsoring a bill to ban foreign control of election vendors.

The legislation would address gaps in federal law that made it possible for Russians to hold major investments in companies which service elections in the US. If passed, the Protect Our Elections Act would require states to ensure that election-service providers are owned and controlled domestically.

We cannot allow Russia or any other foreign adversaries to own our election systems, Van Hollen said of the proposed bill. This isnt just a hypothetical issue.

How is it that a foreign adversary like Russia could get this close to a US election system?

Van Hollen should know. His action was triggered in part by a troubling story from his own state that has also been the subject of an ongoing WhoWhatWhy investigation.

In July, the FBI notified Marylands State Board of Elections (SBE) that a vendor supplying services to the SBE through a contract with the states Department of Technology had been acquired three years ago by a company whose primary investor has Russian ties.

SBE deputy election administrator Nikki Charleson told WhoWhatWhy that the agency was aware of the 2015 acquisition. However, until July, no one not even SBE knew that the investor was foreign, let alone Russian.   

The new legislation proposed in the Senate would impose fines up to $10,000 on domestic companies that serve US election systems and fail to disclose connections to foreign nationals that involve control or ownership.

WhoWhatWhy has been asking state a...

22:06

Insomniac Challenge: Removing Digital, Electronic, and Wireless Devices From Bedroom May Improve Sleep Activist Post

By B.N. Frank Anyone who has ever experienced insomnia understands that it is an absolutely miserable condition to have.  Because of our increasingly high-tech world,...

21:48

The Five Most Important Guns In American History The Federalist

The most consequential guns in U.S. history. Adapted from David Harsanyis book, First Freedom: A Ride Through America's Enduring History with the Gun."

21:48

Is Elizabeth Warren Guilty Of Cultural Appropriation? The Federalist

If wearing a headdress for Halloween is cultural appropriation, then isn't claiming to be Indian for professional advantage appropriation, as well?

21:47

Why Brett Kavanaugh Should Sue Christine Blasey Ford For Defamation The Federalist

The Senate hearing involving Christine Blasey Fords accusations against Brett Kavanaugh ended in a he-said/she-said impasse. A defamation lawsuit might remedy that.

21:47

Elizabeth Warren May Be Making U.S. History As The First Trans-Racial Senator The Federalist

Sen. Elizabeth Warrens absurd DNA testing debacle should make us all wonder why we are glued to putting people into racial categories.

21:47

LGBT Media Runs With Unsubstantiated Hate Crime Stories Despite Red Flags The Federalist

Its easy to believe hate crimes are everywhere if they suit a convenient political narrative and are touted by reporters who cant be bothered to dig deeper.

21:47

How Overturning Roe v. Wade Might Strengthen Abortion In America The Federalist

Just as bitterness over the end of slavery sparked horrendous backlash over the coming decades, the end of Roe v. Wade could quickly turn into a Pyrrhic victory.

21:46

Should Florida Restore Voting Rights For Former Felons? The Federalist

As proponents of Amendment 4 attempt to rally support, voters will make the ultimate call on whether ex-felons should regain their voting rights.

21:46

Why Maggie Rogers Sings Straight To Her Fans The Federalist

Maggie Rogers is pulling back the curtain on her viral rise to success in her single 'Lights On' and her Instagram feed reposts of fan covers.

21:46

No, Stormy Daniels, You Dont Represent All Women The Federalist

Woman arent part of some mindless collective that can be defined by any individual who claims to have magical moral authority simply because shes a female.

21:46

Beto ORourke Is A Perfect Picture Of Democrats Misalignment With Voters The Federalist

The Democratic Party and the overwhelming majority of reporters and pundits in Big Media reflect the interests of progressive activists at the expense of their coalitions, both nationally and locally.

21:45

Are the multicellular volvocine algae monophyletic? Freethought Blogs

One of the strengths of the volvocine algae as a model system is that they span a range of sizes and degrees of complexity. Sizes range from tens of microns to a couple of millimeters, cell numbers range from one to 50,000 or so, some species do and some dont have cellular differentiation, and some do and some dont undergo inversion during development. This variation makes the volvocine algae ripe for comparative analyses, which I and many others have done. It also allows many of the intermediate steps between unicellular and complex multicellular life to be identified, as David Kirk did in his twelve-step paper.

The volvocine algae have clearly taken some of those steps more than once. Cellular differentiation, for example, has evolved at least three times, in the genus Astrephomene, in the so-called Volvox section Volvox (a.k.a. Euvolvox), and in the lineage that includes Pleodorina and the other Volvox species. One thing they seem to have only done once, though, is to evolve multicellularity itself.

There have been dozens of studies addressing the evolutionary relationships among various species of volvocine algae. Most have been from Hisayoshi Nozakis lab, though I and many others have weighed in as well. Nearly all of them, at least those that address the topic, agree that the three families that make up the multicellular volvocine algaethe Tetrabaenaceae, Goniaceae, and Volvocaceaeuniquely descend from a common ancestor. In other words, the multicellular volvocine algae are monophyletic.

Three important cladistic terms are used to summarize the evolutionary relationships among a group of species. If all of the members of the group descend from a common ancestor, and nothing else descends from that ancestor, the group is called monophyletic. Mammals, for example, are monophyletic. A monophyletic group is also called a clade. If all group members are descended from a common ancestor, but so are some non-group members, the group is called paraphyletic. Reptiles, for example, are paraphyletic, because there is no clade that includes all reptiles that doesnt also include birds. The word paraphyletic should nearly always be followed by with respect to: reptiles are paraphyletic with respect to birds.

The bottom of the barrel, in terms of evolutionary relationships, is polyphyly. A group is considered polyphyletic if its members dont share a recent common ancestor at all, in other words, if they have multiple evolutionary origins. Flying animals are polyphyletic. Algae are polyphyletic. The genus Volvox is polyphyletic. Polyphyletic taxa are the scum of the phylogenetic Earth. Telling a taxonomist that a group she has named is polyphyle...

21:32

Trump vs. The Fed: When Markets Crash, Who Is To Blame? Activist Post

By Brandon Smith After a certain length of time examining history in-depth, anyone who is honest and relatively objective comes to understand that most of...

21:26

Economic Woes: Student Loan Debt Crisis Is About To Get Worse Activist Post

By Mac Slavo As politicians continue to point to a booming economy with a low unemployment rate, the real evidence that those surface numbers arent...

21:00

The Difference Between Mobility and Accessibility Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

When I'm introducing people to the Strong Towns movement, one of the surest ways I've found to elicit a "Wait, what?!" is to start talking about slowing down traffic. #SlowTheCars is one of our rallying cries, not only for public safety reasons (starting with the tens of thousands of Americans killed by drivers every year), but because slow streets are more financially productive streets. They're places where we, as a community, can linger and interact with each other, and theyre platforms for creating real value.

Our take on traffic defies mainstream assumptions, to say the least. Everyone thinks they have a traffic problem, a belief fed by endless recycled headlines and pseudo-academic findings about the hours of productive time we supposedly lose to congestion. Yet numerous writers have argued in this spaceconvincingly, I hopethat congestion is, a) not something we can or should solve by building wider, faster roads through cities, and b) often not a problem at all. In fact it might even be a good thing.

I was informed recently by a local activist in the city I live in now that I espouse a "dangerous ideology of overcrowding our roads to force people to walk." This is not true. I'm not interested in being in the business of forcing anyone to do anything. But it is true that if we implemented the policies I want, many of us would get around our cities more slowly than we do now.

Here's why I'm not convinced that's a bad thingor even an inconvenience.

Speed is the Wrong Metric

In the ways we talk about traffic congestion, we're too often obsessed with speed. Traffic analytics firm Inrix publishes its annual Congestion Index, the premises of which our friends at City Observatory and others have debunked repeatedly (and sometimes humorously). The annual Inrix report is full of alarmist data points devoid of any useful context. Its list of the worst cities for traffic reads like a Whos Who of prosperous, economically dynamic places. But did you know that in Manhattan, you can travel only a measly 8.23 miles per hour on average?

Even mass transit projects are often assailed for their slowness. My hometown has a wildly successful light rail line that opened in 2014. The Green Line connects...

20:40

Israeli Ambassador to France Slammed for Attempt to Censor News Activist Post

By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM)  Israeli Ambassador to France Aliza bin Noun is under fire for attempts to censor a news report on the situation in the Gaza...

19:24

As Gruesome New Details of Khashoggi Murder Emerge, Trump Obediently Bows to Saudi Crown Prince Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

__________ Common Dreams As Gruesome New Details of Khashoggi Murder Emerge, Trump Obediently Bows to Saudi Crown Prince As shocking and gruesome new details surrounding Saudi Arabias alleged torture and assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi continued to trickle out on Tuesdaywith anonymous Turkish officials telling the press that the prominent dissident was beaten, []

19:15

A Firestorm of Truth? Pt 1: Flippers, Leakers, Journalists: Opportunists, Patriots, Survivors or ... Demonspawn? OpEdNews

Flippers, Leakers, Journalists: opportunists or heroes? You decide in this three-part series

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Pump and Trump Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Since Donald Trumps fortunes came surging back with the success of The Apprentice 14 years ago, his deals have often been scrutinized for the large number of his partners who have ventured to the very edges of the law, and sometimes beyond. Those associates have included accused money launderers, alleged funders of Irans Revolutionary Guard and a felon who slashed someone in the face with a broken margarita glass.

Trump and his company have typically countered by saying they were merely licensing his name on these real estate projects in exchange for a fee. They werent the developers or in any way responsible.

But an eight-month investigation by ProPublica and WNYC reveals that the post-millennium Trump business model is different from what has been previously reported. The Trumps were typically way more than mere licensors or bystanders in their often-troubled deals. They were deeply involved in these projects. They helped mislead investors and buyers and they profited handsomely from it.

Patterns of deceptive practices occurred in a dozen deals across the globe, as the business expanded into international projects, and the Trumps often participated. One common pattern, visible in more than half of those transactions, was a tendency to misstate key sales numbers.

In interviews and press conferences, Ivanka Trump gave false sales figures for projects in Mexicos Baja California; Panama City, Panama; Toronto and New Yorks SoHo neighborhood. These statements werent just the legendary Trump hype; they misled potential buyers about the viability of the developments.

Another pattern: Donald Trump repeatedly misled buyers about the amount (or existence) of his ownership in projects in Tampa, Florida; Panama; Baja and elsewhere. For a tower planned in Tampa, for example, Trump told a local paper in 2005 that his ownership would be less than 50 percent: But its a substantial stake. I recently said Id like to increase my stake but when theyre selling that well they dont let you do that. In reality, Trump had no ownership stake in the project.

The Trumps often made money even when projects failed. And when they tanked, the Trumps simply ignored their prior claims of close involvement, denied any responsibility and walked away.

The cycle is exemplified in Panama City, where the Trumps were involved in a project to build a massive tower and complex known as the Trump Ocean Club. The projects unfortunate turns included bankruptcy, then, years later, the forcible e...

18:48

Intrigue in Belgrade, Yemen, etc. Virtual Mirage

The nature of warfare is changing, and some of this has to do with a lot of highly trained US Servicemen who are selling their skills to unscrupulous potentates. The scenario isn't new. During the middle ages, English longbowmen, Genoese crossbowmen, Swiss pikemen, etc. did much the same thing - and the nature of warfare changed then too. 

A number of middle aged men with skills have approached me over time, asking whether or not they should get into the trade, and my advice is always, "no".  So this cautionary note is sort of a letter in a bottle to all of those people as well as something to blog about.

Daniel Corbett, second from right, with Abraham
Golan, second from left, and Isaac Gilmore, far right.

Buzzfeed News
A friend of mine (L. C.) shared the story of a US Navy SEAL reservist Daniel Corbett, who has been held in prison in Serbia for eight months while under investigation for possession of an illegal handgun. The story made news from the outset because local outlets and various boutique US News sources found it to be 'sexy and salacious'. (The corrupt, elite, mainstream media would have reported it if Stormy Daniels had been involved, but she wasn't.)

In July, his criminal lawyer was gunned down in Belgrade in a gangland-style hit that remains unsolved. It is not known if the lawyers killing is related to Corbetts case.

Corbett, who goes by the nickname Dirty, had combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to three sources familiar with his military record. He first served with SEAL Team 5 from 20042007, and with Naval Special Warfare Development Group...

18:10

Massive Cyber Attacks On The US Infrastructure Reported WellAware1.com

With the video platform YouTube taking a dive for some time today, the public is being worked up by more reports of cyber attacks.

17:59

Certain Sudanese medicinal plants can remove heavy metals from water Alternative News Network

Certain Sudanese medicinal plants can remove heavy metals from water

(Natural News) Toxic heavy metals are growing more common in bodies of water, including those that serve as important sources of drinking water. To remedy this problem, Sudanese researchers investigated a trio of local medicinal plants used as water puri...

16:07

Israeli Ambassador to France Slammed for Attempt to Censor News The Anti-Media

Aliza Bin Noun(ANTIWAR.COM)  Israeli Ambassador to France Aliza bin Noun is under fire for attempts to censor a news report on the situation in the Gaza Strip. The report aired on France 2, despite her demands that it never be aired. The report, titled Gazas disabled teens, was an investigative story on Palestinian teens who had been crippled by []

15:52

Khashoggis Killing Took 7 Minutes, Chopped Into Pieces While Alive: Turkish Source The Anti-Media

Jamal Khashoggi(MEE)  It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalists last moments told Middle East Eye. Khashoggi was dragged from the Consul Generals office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door, []

15:23

The Son of Blob is Back! Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

Yes, its back.

The Blob.   Or at least one of its offspring.

Remember, the BLOB is an area of anomalously warm water in the north Pacific.

If you dare to look, let me illustrate our scary situation.


Here is the sea surface temperature anomaly from normal for today.    A pool of warm water is found over the north Pacific and Gulf of Alaska, with some of it over 2C warmer than normal.  This is the signature of the "son of blob" (or "daughter of blob if you prefer")

Why such warm water?  Because there has been an amazingly persistent area of high pressure over the Gulf of Alaska.   To illustrate, let me show you a map of the average anomaly from normal conditions of the heights of the 500 hPa pressure surface (around 18, 000 feet) for the past 30 days.(see below).  Wow.

A very highly amplitude pattern.  You see the bright reds over the Gulf of Alaska?....that means high heights (equivalent to high pressure) over that area.  There is also a deep trough over the Rockies...that is why they have been getting unusually cold temperatures to the west of us. And another ridge over the eastern U.S--explains the persistent warmth there.

The sea level pressure difference from normal shows anomalously high sea level pressure ov...

14:22

Can rapes in churches be prevented if priests are allowed to break the vow of celibacy? Freethought Blogs

A nun of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of Kottayam in Kerala has filed a rape case against none other than the bishop, alleging that numerous times over the past four years the man lured her to his quarters over various flimsy pretexts and raped her. The first incident occurred on May 2014 in a guest house in Kuravilangad. She had reported the incident to the church authorities back then but they chose not to take any action on the matter. Subsequently she was harassed by the bishop on a number of occasions, adding up to about thirteen different counts of rape and sexual assault. Having failed to get any justice from the church the nun was finally forced to seek the help of the police. A bishop is no ordinary individual; he is usually a man of immense influence among Christians and is chosen by priests as their guide and leader. Expectedly the people of the church are unwilling to accept such unsavoury allegations against such a holy person; consequently, their entire ire has been deflected towards the nun. She is being pressurised to drop the case and it has created a furore across the country.
Perhaps the worst rule in the Catholic church is that all priests, nuns and bishops have to take a vow of celibacy. They are not allowed to marry or have sex. Not just Christians, such vows of chastity or brahmacharya are common among Hindus, Jains and Buddhists too. That is not to say everyone unanimously adheres to oaths taken; some observed their vows piously, some stray from their path. The Buddhist monks of Japan used to flout their declarations of celibacy so much that they had to be eventually allowed to get married. I strongly believe that the laws making celibacy necessary for priests ought to be done away with. I am not claiming even once that such a move will ensure that women and children will no longer be sexually violated. But I do believe that it will at least give priests a choice as to whether they wish to remain celibate or not; if they wish to they can and no one will be able to force them otherwise. If celibacy no longer remains obligatory t will only result in an increase in the number of people who wish to join churches to serve God. It is a complete misconception that it is not possible to give oneself up to the service of the Lord while simultaneously performing ones domestic duties. Rather, it is nearly impossible to put ones mind to something while trying to repress physical unease or dissatisfaction. Sexual desire is as natural a phenomenon as thirst, it is not contrary to the divine. If God has created this universe then sexuality too is divine creation.
Despite sexual harassment being a systematic and rampant problem in the Indian subcontinent, a counter-movement akin to Me Too of the west has yet to emerge here. Here, if an influential person is accused of rape it does not create any inconvenience for them; instead people slut-shame the accuser or the survivor. In Kerala too the priests have not sided with...

14:19

Like a cinder block 7 times your weight on your chest survivor describes Soyuz crash Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Experiencing a Soyuz abort procedures felt like a holding a cinder block seven times his weight on his chest, but didnt make Aleksey Ovchinins desire to go into space any weaker, the cosmonaut told RT. Ovchinin and NASAs Nick Hague were on-board the Soyuz-MS-10 spacecraft when its launch vehicle, the Soyuz-FG rocket failed mid-flight. The []

14:14

American serviceman killed in Ukrainian Su-27 crash during war games with NATO Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

An American serviceman has been killed in a Su-27 fighter jet crash in Ukraine, Kievs military prosecutor has confirmed. The jet was taking part in a military exercise with NATO. The Su-27 crashed during a simulated combat flight. The Ukrainian General Staff initially issued a statement on Facebook that mentioned the citizenships of the two []

14:12

China Inches Closer to Launching Gravitational Wave-Detecting Satellite Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

China is preparing to launch the first of three satellites that will help researchers in their mission to detect gravitational waves. The new spacecraft, which is expected to be blasted into space by the end of 2019, is part of Chinas Tianqin program that focuses its efforts on detecting gravitational waves, otherwise known as ripples in the structure of space-time, the Asia Times reported. []

14:08

UN Approves Resolution Granting Palestine More Rights as G77 Chair Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) The UN General Assembly (UNGA) overwhelmingly approved a resolution to give the state of Palestine more rights as the new chair of the Group of 77 (G77) developing nations, the UN press office said in a statement. The General Assembly decided today to provide additional rights and privileges of participation to the State of Palestine when []

14:06

Tony Thompson could use our help (Non-fiction) Freethought Blogs

Tony Thompson runs The Progressive Pub over at The Orbit.  He lives about 24 miles from Mexico Beach, FL which is where the eye of Hurricane Michael made landfall.  He posted this update on his Facebook page:

Our home lost power, but no substantial damage (other than tiles from the roof and panels from the side). We also have no running water. Electricity may be up and running around the 20th. Hopefully.

We do have a generator with a supply of canned food and other dry goods.

We are not in dire need of anything at the moment. Money will be an issue when this is more or less done, but thats a later concern.

If you want to help him out, you can send your donations to his PayPal account.  You can also donate to one of these charities to help out in general.  Hopefully, he, along with the other residents of the Florida Panhandle will recover quickly from this disaster.

14:06

US Army Retreats towards Deir Ezzur Energy-Rich Fields after ISIL Kidnaps American Soldiers Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US military forces have retreated towards two energy-rich fields in Eastern Deir Ezzur after a number of American soldiers and the Washington-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militants were kidnapped by ISIL, a Russian media outlet reported on Tuesday. The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted well-informed sources as reporting that the US army []

13:15

YouTube Down Site Wide, A Blessing In Plain View List Of Alternatives The Last American Vagabond

As YouTube is currently down site-wide (doing God knows what), yet will no doubt be up and running again in no time, it is a perfect opportunity for everyone to take a moment and consider what social media would be like without such an all-consuming government-infiltrated monopolistic platform overshadowing all others, and dictating who and []

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13:00

The Video Doesnt Lie Even If the Officer Did The Marshall Project

A retired police officer reflects on the Jason Van Dyke verdict.

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Video: Top Big Lies of Beto ORourke Exposed Alternative News Network

Video: Top Big Lies of Beto ORourke Exposed

Leftist Senate candidate wants to ban AR-15s, raise taxes, and open US border.

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12:10

Why liberal Jews in Israel and the US have made Lara Alqasem a cause celebre OpEdNews

Israeli officials control entry not only to Israel but also to the occupied Palestinian territories. For decades, foreigners with Arab-sounding names -- like Ms Alqasem -- have been routinely harassed or turned back at the borders, with barely a peep from most on the Israeli left.

12:00

LIVE FEED: Beto vs Cruz Final Senate Debate Banned 2018 Midterm Coverage Alternative News Network

LIVE FEED: Beto vs Cruz Final Senate Debate Banned 2018 Midterm Coverage

Watch the broadcast weeknights 8-10 PM CST for the latest developments leading up to midterms.

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The...

11:59

Tune In 8pm CST: Trump Warns Caravan As Jobs Boom Eclipses America Alternative News Network

Tune In 8pm CST: Trump Warns Caravan As Jobs Boom Eclipses America

Tune in weeknights from 8-10 PM CST to get the latest breaking midterm developments!

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11:59

1776 Iran: Trump Signals Support For Iranian Populist Movement RESTART Alternative News Network

1776 Iran: Trump Signals Support For Iranian Populist Movement RESTART

As the Islamic republic weakens, the people of Iran stand to claim their birthright.

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11:59

Elizabeth Warren Gets A Great Idea Alternative News Network

Elizabeth Warren Gets A Great Idea

See how Pocahontas found out about her ancestry.

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11:41

Im Convinced: Pineapple Does Not Belong On Pizza. Also? Feminism is better than its defenders argue. Freethought Blogs

Although what led me to that first conclusion wasnt Hitlers anti-Pineapple Pizza rant.

HJ over at Reprobate Spreadsheet has been discussing in quite helpful details a number of aspects of the recent Boghossian, Linday & Pluckrose*1 hoax.

But Ive read a bit about this hoax at quite a number of outlets not just here at FtB and one of the things Ive found to be glaringly omission amongst the accounts of this hoax is the possibility that the hoax does more to disprove the claims of BLP than it does to support them.

The central claim of B, L & P is that feminists will accept any assertion that claims to be feminist and pays a certain lip service to feminist dogmas (real or imagined). To prove this, BLP borrowed some words, phrases & structures from a certain segment of Mein Kampf and used them to dress up some vague bullshit about how solidarity and single-mindedness win political victories generally, so solidarity and single-mindedness would probably have defeated sexism by now had feminists embraced those to qualities earlier and more universally.

But heres the thing: I fucking am a feminist, and as a trans* woman who tries very hard to balance harm reduction with eradication, Im constantly finding feminist opposition to my identity, my views, or both. Seriously, at the extreme margins feminists have disagreed whether it is even possible to do more to dismantle sexism during a lifetime than participating in heterosexual marriages promotes it, and thus whether or not its possible for any woman to have a net-positive effect on the feminist cause if ever once that woman gets married to a man. There is dogma in feminism, but really only by definition: if you love sexism and want to support it, by definition you cant be a feminist. Also by definition, to be actually feminist one must believe that sexism deserves opposition. This inevitably leads to certain broad sharing of opinions, but this is a consequence of defining a group of people in ways that they must oppose sexism to be included in the group.

So what about this conclusion: feminists are willing to entertain a wide variety of ideas, even vague, daffy or ill-conceived ones, for long enough to be sure that theyre being rejected for their vagueness, daffiness, or poor conception*2.

Lets consider for a moment what it would mean if the BLP paper had actually been published but feminists reading the paper wrote new papers opposing the ideas presented, showing (or attempting to show) that reflexive solidarity and true single-mindedness do not lead toward the feminist society most feminists want. In that case, the BLP paper would have played a role in the debate by sparking thought and making a new articulation against a rigid feminist movement o...

11:41

Update On Anarchist Prisoner Eric King In the SHU It's Going Down

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Update on anarchist prisoner Eric King, recently moved to the SHU.

A quick update since Eric is still in the Specialized Housing Unit (SHU, segregation) and it is unknown how long he will be there. He still hasnt received a write-up nor has he been brought up on charges, but is facing a precarious situation. Eric also has some new rules regarding mail.  All paper has to be plain white or regular lined notebook paper. Envelopes have to be straight white or manila if sending something larger. Eric is also unable to receive cards.

As folx know Eric has been through a lot of trauma recently and really could use support through mail and always always books. He was pretty badly hurt, he misses his family and really needs the community right now. Eric is so grateful for all the support, letters, and books he has received so far. We in the support crew are so appreciative of people showing our friend the love!

Please keep Eric in your mind and heart, these are hard times and our friend will need a ton of solidarity and help in the coming months.

You can find his Amazon wish-list here: http://a.co/gUbDsYs

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As always, until all are free

EK Support Crew

11:15

Global Warming: Does the New IPCC 1.5C Climate Report Offer Hope? OpEdNews

The IPCC issued its report on what would happen to our earth if the Paris agreement target of 2 degrees C was followed. Not good it turns out. The new target is 1.5C. Even this affects coastal regions and coral reefs. The article discusses the state of the earth and the basics of the report.

11:14

US Exploits Khashoggi For Saudi Arms Sale, TSA Biometric Control & Another Journalist Shot By Israel The Last American Vagabond

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/16/18). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth []

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11:14

Beto O'Rourke vs.Ted Cruz, Second Debate ~ What this Race Symbolizes ~ Trump Tweets: "Beto a Flake" OpEdNews

Without exaggeration, and with no hyperbole intended, I believe this campaign is truly a contest between Good and Evil, between "We, the People" vs. the corporations, between the humble working and thinking classes, and the billionaire plutocrats. Want to learn about cheating at the polls, how it is done, when it started in the 21st Century? Watch this 80 minute film on YouTube: Uncounted: the New Math of American Elections.

10:58

Organizing Tech: Insights into the Tech Worlds Sudden Rebellion It's Going Down

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A look into the emergence of labor struggles coming from within the tech sector.

by X389552

In early April of this year, Google workers went public with a petition against an artificial intelligence project theyd learned was slated to be used in military drones. Over 4,000 workers had already signed onto the letter that begins, We believe that Google should not be in the business of war, and ends with the demand that the company cancel the contract with the Pentagon.

Worker organizers reported to the media that at least 13 of their fellow employees had quit their jobs in protest. Google placated, justified, minimized and eventually gave in, announcing two months later that they wouldnt renew the contract.

Soon after, as ICEs policy of family separations became big news, workers at Microsoft published their own letter demanding that the company cancel its $19 million contract with the agency:

As the people who build the technologies that Microsoft profits from, we refuse to be complicit. We are part of a growing movement, comprised of many across the industry who recognize the grave responsibility that those creating powerful technology have to ensure what they build is used for good, and not for harm.

Just days later, Amazon workers followed suit with their own petition against Palantir, a surveillance contractor that hosts ICEs database of immigrants on Amazons servers, and Amazons recently exposed practice of marketing and selling their facial recognition tool to police departments:

Technology like ours is playing an increasingly critical role across many sectors of society. What is clear to us is that our development and sales practices have yet to acknowledge the obligation that comes with this. Focusing solely on shareholder value is a race to the bottom, and one that we will not participate in.

We refuse to build the platform that powers ICE, and we refuse to contribute to tools that violate human rights.

This movement has been reported by the mainstream media and tech press as worker dissent, activism, and an uprising. It can and should also be understood as the the next wave of worker organizing in an industry where business unions have long failed to gain tr...

10:44

London, ON: Antifascist Mobilization Opposes Pegida, Soldiers of Odin, and Wolves of Odin It's Going Down

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Jeff Shantz from Anti-Fascist News reports on a recent mobilization in London, Ontario against a collection of far-Right and Islamophobic groups.

Pegida, an anti-Islam group active in Canada and with connections to white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Europe (particularly Germany), has been holding regular rallies in London, Ontario. While Pegida have made few inroad on their own in London, they have made growing links with neo-fascist groups like Soldiers of Odin (SOO) and Proud Boys.

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, a rally of several Pegida members along with a dozen or so SOO and a few Wolves of Odin and other neo-fascist supporters was confronted by a much larger counter-mobilization of antifascists. With cops present the fascists held their ground outside the City Hall building.

London is the sort of city one might expect fascists to receive some reception in. It is a mid-size city in Canada known to be generally politically conservative with a sizeable white collar professional workforce with many company headquarters located there. It could well be a foundation for fascism as a conservative white collar middle strata feels squeezed by economic pressures from above (capital, ownership) and social demands from below. And clearly Pegida and SOO and others see it that way given their persistence in holding events there. On multiple occasions they have held events outside City Hall.

Of note, a SOO member gave a positive shout out to local city councillor Phil Squire. That the mainstream politicians are open in working with fascists is something that bears attention and response in Canada as elsewhere. It appears to be a more common phenomena in Canada as witness in Edmonton where three United Conservative Party candidates openly partied with SOO, including taking photos with them at a campaign event. Perhaps more infamously, Rob Ford, Premier of the countrys largest province Ontario has taken photos with fascist Toronto mayoral candidate Faith Goldy and her entourage. When called out, Ford, unsurprisingly given his own politics, refused to apologize.

On October 13th,...

10:26

Energy Transfer Partners Security Sinks Two Boats Full of Water Protectors, Threatening Lives It's Going Down

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Water protectors with Leau Est La Vie Camp fighting the Bayou Bridge pipeline report on yet another attack by Energy Transfer Partners.

St. Martin Parish, LA Early [Monday, October 15th] morning, two boats carrying approximately 15 water protectors and media officials were legally observing a Bayou Bridge pipeline construction site, when an Energy Transfer Partners security boat passed by at an aggressive speed, intentionally causing a large wake that swamped and eventually sunk the boats.

All passengers, including a documentary film crew, narrowly made it to shore before the boats completely sunk.

All passengers are accounted for and safe thanks to the help of a local Cajun fisherman who provided support when he found the stranded Leau Est La Vie crew.

The water protectors and attending media were there to legally observe an illegal Bayou Bridge Pipeline construction site preparing to conduct horizontal drilling beneath a waterway for project installation.

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ALERT! (10/15):Early this morning, while two boats carrying water protectors and media were legally observing a bayou bridge pipeline construction site, an Energy Transfer Partners security boat rapidly passing by intentionally caused a large wake that swamped and eventually sunk our boats! All passengers, including a documentary film crew, narrowly made it to shore before the boats completely sunk. All are safe, but some are stranded in the swamp. A local Cajun fisherman has offered to help and is preparing to take one of our boat pilots out to do a rescue extraction.There is an urgent need to repair or replace our boats! Please share and support our fightdonate if you can! #Sto...

10:19

The Feminist Mein Kampf Freethought Blogs

Check your local laws, before going much further. If youre in Russia, for instance, Mein Kampf is banned on the grounds that it is extremist propaganda. Most other countries are more liberal, even Germany; new copies couldnt be printed, you couldnt buy an old copy, and libraries couldnt stock any copy until 2016, but owning or reading that book has always been legal. In Canada, Mein Kampf was even a bestseller in online bookstores, which made electronic copies available for one dollar.

Still, fair warning that Im about to print a little bit of Mein Kampf. Brace yourself, and stay safe.

Fifth, though change may come in stages, feminism cannot limit itself to half-measures in solidarity or be selfish. These manifest under choice feminism (Ferguson, 2010), for example, by placing emphasis upon a so-called objective standpoint (cf. hooks, 2000, p. 8) or through pursuit of aims that appear feminist but actually support neoliberalism (Rottenberg, 2014, 2017). Though what constitutes justice is itself multifarious and pluralistic, only a single-minded alignment with solidarity for effecting the goal of justice will suffice (cf. Hirschmann, 2010; hooks, 2000; Patel, 2011; Russell & Bohan, 2016). That is to say, under neoliberal approaches, society will not be made feminist in the true sense (Rottenberg, 2014; pace Snyder-Hall, 2010) but only feministic with many limitations. This is the state in which we now find ourselves. Neoliberal oppression can only be countered by an effective antidote to neoliberalism which Rottenberg demonstrated that neoliberal feminism cannot provide. Only the blinkering of privilege (cf. DiAngelo, 2011; Dotson, 2014) could underestimate the need for solidarity and regard choice feminism as a workable solution (Rottenberg, 2014, p. 428). Most people are neither scholars nor activists indeed, few even consider themselves feminists (Houvouras & Carter, 2008). As such, they possess little understanding of abstract theoretical knowledge, and this directs their opinions toward the affective, which is where their compassion and frustration lies. In this sense, individuals are receptive to appeals in one direction or the other but never to a nuanced halfway point between the two.

Now, I know what most of you are thinking: Hitler must have been a literary genius, if he could cite books and papers printed over seventy years after he wrote Mein Kampf! That is incorrect, as in reality Hitler owned a time machine. See th...

10:07

Kingston: The Really Really Free Market as an Intervention Against Gentrification It's Going Down

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Report from anarchists in so-called Kingston, Ontario, who analyze an attempt to use the Really Really Free Market model as an intervention against gentrification.

On September 30th, 2018, members of AKA Autonomous Social Centre in Kingston hosted another Really, Really Free Market (RRFM) in our neighbourhood. Over the course of 3 hours, approximately 150 to 200 folks came by to share and take free things! For those who are not aware of RRFMs, they are events where folks give and take things with no money exchanged. They emerged as public events in direct opposition to so-called free trade negotiations. (check out more details on Wikipedia or here).

At AKA, we have been hosting these markets with the intention of offering an accessible introduction to anarchist approaches to community, with mixed success. We have hosted RRFMs in different locations in our neighbourhood for several years. Over the past while, we have given some thought into how we can get more political traction out of these events. For this one, we decided to intervene in the conversations around gentrification happening in our already-very-gentrified neighbourhood. We have frequently hosted the RRFMs in a park that has been long-slated for a new road, which has been significantly opposed by many local groups, including us. This time, we hosted it in Skeleton Park, which is formally called McBurney Park, a downtown park with amazing big trees. McBurney Park is also the namesake of the neighbourhoods facebook forum that had hosted some classist posts and comments.

The Skeleton Park neighbourhood is historically working-class and over the past 20 years there has seen a significant influx of middle-class folks and soaring rental rates and house prices. The dominant tension in the neighbourhood is generated by primarily liberal middle-class folks who are trying to remake the neighbourhood in their own image. This includes: policing the neighbourhood and posting images of suspicious people, putting up surveillance cameras, generally lacking empathy for people who have different lived experiences than them, wanting public spaces to change towards their preferences (security, lighting, cleanliness), ignoring the ways that they are...

09:57

Dont ever play the racist game Freethought Blogs

A simple question: did Elizabeth Warren have an Indian ancestor? Yes. Definitely. As Carl Zimmer explains, the science is good and robust on this one. Anyone who is arguing that this is fake science ought to be immediately fired from any job that involves setting science policy. Bye, Donald!

More complex question: does Elizabeth Warren have any legitimate claim to any kind of Indian affiliation? Nope, not that she claimed she did. And she played right into Trumps racist hand.

Warren ended up providing one of the clearest examples yet of how Trumpian rhetoric shifts the political conversation. The woman who is hoping to become the most progressive Democratic nominee in generations is not merely letting herself get jerked around by a Trumpian taunt. She is also reinforcing one of the most insidious ways in which Americans talk about race: as though it were a measurable biological category, one that, in some cases, can be determined by a single drop of blood. Genetic-test evidence is circular: if everyone who claims to be X has a particular genetic marker, then everyone with the marker is likely to be X. This would be flawed reasoning in any area, but what makes it bad science is that it reinforces the belief in the existence of Xin this case, race as a biological category. Warrens video will hardly convince a Trump voter, who will see only a woman who feels that she has to prove something. Trump himself has already walked back his promise of a million-dollar charity donation. Warren, meanwhile, has allowed herself to be dragged into a conversation based on an outdated, harmful concept of racial bloodone that promotes the pernicious idea of biological differences among peopleand she has pulled her supporters right along with her.

See? You can understand that it is good science while also recognizing that shes promoting odious ideological implications that are contrary to her political position.

09:40

A Republican, pro-Trump pimp has died Freethought Blogs

Are we expected to mourn?

I saw a few episodes of that godawful HBO reality show, Cathouse, which featured smug thug Dennis Hof as a brothel owner. It is no surprise that he ran for political office as a Republican, and actually won the primary Republican voters may be moralizers, but theyre also the biggest hypocrites on the planet. He has now died, ending his political aspirations.

I will say hes one of the reasons I dont subscribe to HBO. When Id travel and stay in a hotel somewhere, Id flip on HBO in the evenings to see what was on, and would routinely see only a few things. One was those dreadful sports documentaries where some lugubrious narrator would drone on about the Cosmic Significance of a boxing match or some sportsball event; the other thing that was always on was that terrible Cathouse show with the women simpering over that bald pompous bouncer guy. Hated em both.

I guess his show has been off the air for a while now, and recently every time Im in a hotel room in the evening its nothing but Bill Maher, who always seems like another Dennis Hof, only with hair.


Jeeezus. The details are trickling out, and he died after a wild birthday party with Grover Norquist, Joe Arpaio, and Ron Jeremy. If only he could have taken them all with him.

Fortunately, there were no women at this party. Have you noticed how these kinds of events always feature great gross corpulent men of greed and villainy, and yet no women ever get mentioned? That sounds like a hellishly bad party to me.

09:20

Film review: The Seagull (2018) Freethought Blogs

I am not by any means an expert on Russian theater and so seized the chance to see a film adaptation of Anton Chekovs acclaimed play The Seagull starring Annette Bening. It was an enjoyable film, but as I watched it I could not help noticing that it conformed to the popular view of Russian plays where no one is happy and everyone complains to one another about their unhappiness.

In this story, unrequited love is all over the place. The schoolteacher Medvedenko is in love with Masha (the daughter of the estate manager) who is in love with Konstantin (the son of the famous actress Irina who is the owner of the estate) who is in love with Nina (who lives on a neighboring estate) who is in love with the famous writer Boris who is Irinas lover. Meanwhile Ilya (the manager of the estate) is in love with his wife Polina who is in love with Dom (the local doctor) who is in love with Irina who is in love with Boris. Boris vacillates between Irina and Nina.

The only character not suffering from unrequited love is Sorin (Irinas brother) but he is miserable for other reasons.

Heres the trailer.

Watching the film, I was reminded of this scene from the Woody Allen parody of Russian literature Love and Death (1975) that may well have been inspired by this particular play.

08:59

08:59

Voter Data From 19 States Sold On Internet, Online Security Firms Say Alternative News Network

Voter Data From 19 States Sold On Internet, Online Security Firms Say

Data contained information such as full name, physical addresses, phone numbers and voting history

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08:31

Daily Inspiration --- The best we can say is that it beats not learning OpEdNews

No, that is not hyperbole. Learning is that demanding, and its calamity visits in direct proportion to the body of knowledge that holds sway."The programs of certainty are an assault on mystery, bringing mystery to heel, training it to pee in the box in the corner. Learning is something like a counterintuitive willingness to be mystified, to be on the receiving end of a world that, in its dignified manner, does not give itself

08:31

Serious Polio-Like Illness on Rise as Officials Ignore Possible Vaccine Trigger Alternative News Network

Serious Polio-Like Illness on Rise as Officials Ignore Possible Vaccine Trigger

Experts ask if vaccines cause enteroviruses to enter brain, trigger paralysis

...

08:23

American Justice: Get debt for being human, go to prison for being in debt Freethought Blogs

The American economy has been structured to force anyone whos not wealthy into debt. All humans will require healthcare at some point in our lives, and politicians from both major parties have played a huge role in ensuring that when you get sick, you cant afford treatment.

Faced with the choice between debt and death, most people choose debt, in the hopes that they can find a way out of it. Now that debt is being used as an excuse to ensla- imprison people.

This is not an accident. This is not the free market this is people billionaires funding judicial campaigns so that they can indulge their megalomania and push us closer to fascism and slavery. Lets not forget that many modern companies made large fortunes off of the American slave trade, as well as from the policies of Jim Crow and Segregation. These people never wanted slavery to end. They never wanted Segregation to end. They never wanted labor laws.

Their only allegiance is to money and power, idolized in themselves. Given the opportunity, they will enslave you, and theyll use your government to do it, just as they always have.


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08:11

DNA Testing Reveal That The Aborigines Of Australia Have The Most Ancient Culture In The World TruthTheory

By Mayuk Saha

A study on genetics published in the journal Nature has proved that the Aborigines descended from people who migrated to Australia around 58,000 years ago. Titled A Genomic History of Aboriginal Australia, this is the first time that such a genetic study has been conducted. The results are ground breaking as they show that these ancestors make up the worlds oldest known culture.

Conducted at Cambridge University under the supervision of Professor Eske Willerslev, elders from the aboriginal tribes in Australia were also part of this team. Genetic sequencing with the genes of a number of Indigenous Australians and some natives of New Guinea extracted from their saliva was achieved. Prior to this, the same study had only been conducted on three people. The subjects in the study came from many places, some quite far from each other.

Earlier, experts did wonder if the recent generations of Indigenous communities had descended from the very first set of people to live in Australia. Their theories have now been confirmed. Being the most thorough study of its kinds, it has also proved that all of us are descended from the same group of ancestors who migrated out of Africa.
In Australia, this migration happened when the ancestors of the Papuans and the Aborigines moved along with others a little over 70,000 years ago. They then separated from that group some 14,000 years later and were most likely the first of our kind to make it across a large water body like an ocean. This group landed in Sahul, the landmass that broke into separate pieces to become the plac...

08:04

Voter Registration Around Austin Smashed Records. That May Be a Problem. Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Travis County, Texas the home of Austin has experienced a massive spike in voter registrations this cycle, which officials there attribute to the heightened interest in the states competitive Senate race. The county received around 35,000 registrations on the final day to submit them thats 10,000 more than on the same day in 2016.

While the increase in voter participation is good news, the recent surge is complicated by the fact that the registrations were submitted on paper. Texas is one of only 13 states not to have online voter registration. About a dozen county employees are now sifting through thousands of applications, verifying them and entering them into the states voter rolls by hand.

Of the 35,000 registrations received on Oct. 9, 25,000 have yet to be processed. Early voting starts Monday. County officials recognize that the haste required to process that many applications is likely to lead at least some voters to experience problems at the polls.

Were humans entering information that was filled out by humans, said Bruce Elfant, Travis Countys tax assessor and voter registrant, the official responsible for overseeing the county's voter registration systems. County employees are now working overtime to process the registrations before early voting starts. Its a herculean task these employees must correctly read names off of often inscrutable, handwritten cards, performing necessary checks for eligibility along the way.

Weve got to get it done by Sunday. If for some reason we dont, everyone who is not in yet can cast a provisional ballot and that will give us some time, he said.

Elfant said some voters are likely to experience problems, many of which will be mitigated if voters bring with them the receipt that they received if they registered in person with a deputy registrar. If voters arrive at their polling location and are not on the rolls, this receipt can be used to assist in verifying eligibility. If a person registered by mail, they would not have such a receipt and would be asked to cast a provisional ballot. County officials would then have six days to cure the ballot and prove that the person had registered and was eligible.

Elfant lays the blame for the chaos squarely at the feet of the Texas Legislature, which has refused to consider legislation that would authorize online voter registration. Travis County has been advocating online registration for more than a decade, even putting out an explainer video last year to explain its benefits.

Were kind of in the 18th century when it comes to regis...

08:03

Help Needed for Arrested Black Mesa Supporter It's Going Down

The post Help Needed for Arrested Black Mesa Supporter appeared first on It's Going Down.

On Sunday, October 7th, a supporter heading back to Black Mesa was arrested in Utah and is being held at an immigration detention center in Logan, Utah pending a hearing from a judge to grant his release. Abraham is in need of support in many forms, including money and solidarity. Please, take a look at the fundraiser page for a deeper understanding of the situation.

See the fundraiser here:

https://www.gofundme.com/solidarity-with-ab

On Sunday the 7th of October our brother Abraham Hernandez was detained and arrested in Millard County, Utah where he was kept on an Immigration hold. From there he was transferred to a detention center in Logan, Utah where he waits to see a judge that may grant him release.

From the fundraiser:

Abraham is not only our loving brother but also a compassionate, valued and vital part of our community. As a water protector and land defender, he is constantly looking for ways to lend his many skills to the local community to help build the autonomous world we all want to see. His dedication to environmental justice and indigenous sovereignty has also made him a crucial asset to the support and resistance in the Black Mesa/Big Mountain community. From sheep herding, hauling water/wood, to fire keeping and fixing hogans, Abraham is known by fellow organizers to always be there and always be ready to support.

Abraham was arrested while on his way back to camp where he frequentl...

07:54

Trump vows to go after horseface Stormy Daniels and Avenatti Intellihub

President Trump on Tuesday vowed to go after Horseface Stormy Daniels and her attorney Michael Avenatti, after a federal judge dismissed her lawsuit against Trump on Monday, ordering her to pay his legal fees.

Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning: Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees. @FoxNews Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas. She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!

Following the dismissal of Daniels case (real name Stephanie Clifford), Trumps legal team issued the following statement:

United States District Judge S. James Otero issued an order and ruling today dismissing Stormy Daniels defamation lawsuit against President Trump. The ruling also states that the President is entitled to an award of his attorneys fees against Stormy Daniels. A copy of the ruling is attached. No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Mr. Avenatti, can truthfully characterize todays ruling in any way other than total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels. The amount of the award for President Trumps attorneys fees will be determined at a later date.

Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti responded to Trump, tweeting: You are a disgusting misogynist and an embarrassment to the United States. Bring everything you have, because we are going to demonstrate to the world what a complete shyster and liar you are. How many other women did you cheat on your wife with while you had a baby at home?

07:48

People With Creative Personalities Really Do See The World Differently TruthTheory

File 20170508 14398 ap0nxo.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1How do you see the world?
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Luke Smillie, University of Melbourne and Anna Antinori, University of Melbourne

What is it about a creative work such as a painting or piece of music that elicits our awe and admiration? Is it the thrill of being shown something new, something different, something the artist saw that we did not?

As Pablo Picasso put it:

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.

The idea that some people see more possibilities than others is central to the concept of creativity.

Psychologists often measure creativity using divergent thinking tasks. These require you to generate as many uses as possible for mundane objects, such as a brick. People who can see numerous and diverse uses for a brick (say, a coffin for a Barbie doll funeral diorama) are rated as more creative than people who can only think of a few common uses (say, for building a wall).

The aspect of our personality that appears to drive our creativity is called openness to experience, or openness. Among the five major personality traits, it is openness that best predicts performance on divergent thinking tasks. Openness also predicts...

07:48

MINDS.COM A Decentralized Answer To The FaceBook PURGE Latest blog

There is no mistaking it the major tech conglomerates are currently coordinating an attack on the free flow of information online and on anyone who directly challenges the government and/or the status quo by memory holing our content. That is why it is extremely important now more than ever to join and support alternative platforms that DO support free speech and WONT censor content no matter what side of the political spectrum your views fall on. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth interviews Bill Ottman creator of Minds.com a revolutionary social media network that should have Zuckerberg shaking in his boots as decentralized blockchain based platforms are now THE go to places for those voices that are currently being silenced like Press For Truth on websites such as FaceBook.

07:45

Shock Video: Google CEO Publicly Defends Helping China Censor & Suppress Their Population Alternative News Network

Shock Video: Google CEO Publicly Defends Helping China Censor & Suppress Their Population

After telling Congress in Sept. there was no censorship, Google suddenly says w...

07:25

Voter Purges: What Georgians Heading to the Polls Need to Know Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Charges of voter suppression have been levied in the governors race in Georgia in recent weeks, pitting the secretary of state and GOP candidate Brian Kemp against critics, including his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams, who say that hes using his perch as the chief election official to benefit his own candidacy.

The race, which the Cook Political Report currently lists as a toss-up, has received national attention. The controversy has raised questions about whether some Georgians will be turned away at the polls.

Heres whats happened so far, and what voters need to know.

In 2017, Georgia passed a new exact match law, supported by Kemp, which requires that voter registration applications precisely match information on file with the Georgia Department of Driver Services or the Social Security Administration.

Kemps office placed 53,000 voter registration applications on hold, in part because of the new law. Some of the holds were caused by a misplaced hyphen or other minor entry error. The Associated Press reported last week that voter registrations by black people represent a disproportionate number of the on-hold applications, and a subsequent federal lawsuit filed by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law claimed that about 80 percent of the pending applications were submitted by members of minority groups.

The Lawyers Committee provides raw call center data about voting problems to ProPublica, but plays no role in our editorial process.

Georgians whose applications have been placed on hold can still cast a ballot in Novembers election if they bring one of six acceptable government photo IDs that substantially match the registration application.

In an...

07:00

6 Strong Towns Observations From a Map of Every Building in America Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

If you faintly heard a giant sucking sound last Friday from the direction of your local university or city hall, it might have been the productivity of every planner, GIS analyst, architect, or other land-use professional going down the drain. Thats because the New York Times released this: an interactive, scrollable, zoomable map that allows you to view nearly every building in the United States, on top of a bare-bones base map with faint grey water-body and street outlines, and little else.

My urbanist internet circles have been abuzz about it, so I thought I'd offer a specifically Strong Towns take on what kinds of things we can observe and learn from this map.

1. Building to a Finished State

One of the hallmarks of the suburban experiment on which almost all of North America embarked in the decades after World War II is that we stopped building cities to evolve incrementally, and started building them to a finished state.

Take a look at Boston, one of the oldest American cities. As Boston grew to the west, north, and south, encompassing suburbs like Cambridge and Somerville, it did so in an organic fashion, an individual building or block at a time. You can make out large institutions on the map, like Harvard and MIT, but the boundaries between neighborhoods and even cities are fluid:

On the other hand, if you look at much of modern suburbia, the role of large-scale master developers is evident on the ground. This is suburban Phoenix, in which development forms a patchwork of large enclaves, internally homogenous but externally separated from each other by stark dividing lines. These subdivisions were planned and built out a whole square mile or more in one go by a single entity:

These enclaves ar...

06:59

Homeopathic remedies for sciatic nerve pain Alternative News Network

Homeopathic remedies for sciatic nerve pain

(Natural News) Living with sciatica, also known as sciatic nerve pain, can be an uncomfortable and frustrating experience. Like other types of nerve pain, the condition causes a painful sensation that, in bad cases, can be debilitating. Considering the potential side effects of pain medication, homeopathic remedies could be the best source of relief for

Read More...

06:59

Exercising too hard? Prevent heart damage with ginseng and red sage Alternative News Network

Exercising too hard? Prevent heart damage with ginseng and red sage

(Natural News) Hard exercise is rough on the muscles, even if youve prepared for it ahead of time. A sudden bout of eccentric exertion can cause arterial stiffening for days on end. However, the results of a Taiwanese study indicate that you ca...

06:59

Three natural remedies that treat erectile dysfunction Alternative News Network

Three natural remedies that treat erectile dysfunction

(Natural News) Erectile dysfunction, also known as...

06:59

Amazon Reportedly Preparing Secret Weapon Against Smart Device-Making Rivals Alternative News Network

Amazon Reportedly Preparing Secret Weapon Against Smart Device-Making Rivals

Amazon currently developing robot with cloud service, smart voice, big data, IoT, AI & 5G tech

The post...

06:59

Nigeria Says Muslim Insurgents Killed 2nd Female Aid Worker Alternative News Network

Nigeria Says Muslim Insurgents Killed 2nd Female Aid Worker

The Information Ministry said the government did all within its powers to save Limans life

The post Nigeria Says Muslim Insurgents Killed 2nd Female Aid Worker appeared first on Alternative News Network.

06:57

Turkeys surprising role in the Khashoggi case Freethought Blogs

As worldwide condemnation grows, the Saudi Arabian government definitely acts like it is guilty in the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khasshoggi.

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoan, on Tuesday said police who entered the consulate for the first time on Monday had found some surfaces had been painted over. My hope is that we can reach conclusions that will give us a reasonable opinion as soon as possible, because the investigation is looking into many things such as toxic materials and those materials being removed by painting them over, he told reporters.

Turkish investigators were allowed access to the diplomatic building for the first time on Monday afternoon. Technicians in overalls, gloves and covered shoes emerged nine hours later.

Ankara has wanted to search the consulate for days, but under the Vienna convention, diplomatic posts are technically foreign soil that must be protected and respected by host countries.

Before the Turkish team arrived, cleaners with disinfectant, mops and buckets were seen entering the buildings main door.

Although it was not immediately clear what evidence could be extracted two weeks after Khashoggis disappearance, al-Jazeera reported that a source in the Turkish attorney generals office said the search team found sufficient evidence to support the belief the missing writer was killed.

Police plan to conduct a second search, of the Saudi consuls home in Istanbul, on Tuesday.

I am a little surprised that the Turkish government seem to be taking an aggressive stance on this issue. Erdoan is not exactly known for his concern for human rights and it would not have surprised me if the Turkish authorities had taken a hands-off attitude, saying that diplomatic immunity prevented them from doing anything at all, in order to deflect attempts to look at its own record. There must be something going in Turkey-Saudi Arabia-US relationships that is prompting this.

06:49

Self-Censorship: Where The Real Damage Is Being Done The Last American Vagabond

I was going to write another article today about a different topic, but I backed down because I didnt think I could deliver the kind of fiery, forceful, unmitigated argument it would need to be without risking getting banned from social media and blogging platforms. The article I was planning on writing, which youll just []

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06:30

Weed Nazi Bethany Sherman Sues Antifa For Defamation UNICORN RIOT

Eugene, OR A new defamation lawsuit seems to be the last hope of redemption for Bethany Sherman, a 36-year-old woman who recently lost her head position at a marijuana company after she and her husband were exposed as participants in neo-Nazi groups. Sherman had

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06:20

Now the robots are taking our funk! Freethought Blogs

It was bad enough when they were just taking our jobs, but now this?

P.S. This is a cute video, but Im not impressed. This is a machine making pre-programmed moves. Ill worry when they start spontaneously breaking out novel dance moves in sync with music.

06:19

The Only Remarkable Thing About Beto ORourke Is How Much The Media Loves Him The Federalist

The way journalists have treated Senate nominee Beto O'Rourke is just another sign of their bias, advocacy, and wishful thinking.

06:06

An eerie quiet that's come about OpEdNews

There's a sort of eerie quiet come about. Kavanaugh got confirmed but it remains to be seen what effect he'll have on the Court. A US destroyer almost collided w/ a Chinese warship in the S. China Sea. Big trouble if US provocations continue here. Trump to initiate new oil sanctions on Iran starting Nov.4. Who knows what might happen. The Dow took a 1300 point plunge last Thurs. A harbinger of things to come? Eerily quiet.

06:03

The Art of War: The Pentagons Secret Insect Army BioWeapon Sheep Media

Swarms of insects, transporting genetically modified infectious viruses, attack the agricultural crops of a country and destroy its food production this is not a science-fiction scenario, but a plan that is actually being prepared by DARPA, the Pentagons Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Five scientists from one French and two German universities have revealed this information in Science, one of the worlds most prestigious scientific revues. In their editorial, published on 5 October, they cast serious doubt on the idea that DARPAs research, entitled insect allies was intended only for the use declared by the Agency the protection of US agriculture against pathogens by using insects as the vectors of genetically modified infectious viruses. These viruses are transmitted to plants and modify their chromosomes. This capacity as declared by the five scientists appears to be very limited.

However, within the scientific milieu, the programme is widely perceived as an effort to develop biological agents for hostile purposes and their means of delivery, in other words a new form of biological weapon. This violates the Biological Weapons Convention, which came into effect in 1975, but which has remained inactive mainly due to the refusal of the USA to accept inspections of their own laboratories.

The five scientists specify that easy simplifications could be used to generate a new class of biological weapons, weapons that would be extremely transmissible to susceptible crop species due to insect dispersion as the means of delivery.

READ MORE: Lyme Disease Was Weaponized On Plum Island [Video] 

This scenario of an attack on agricultural cultures in Russia, China and other countries, led by the Pentagon with swarms of insects transporting the virus, is not a science-fiction fable. DARPAs programme is not the only one to use insects as a weapon of war. The US Office of Naval Research has asked for research from Washington University in St Louis in order to transform locusts into biological drones.

Using an electrode implanted in its brain and a tiny transmitter on the insects bac...

05:35

No More Dissident Voices: Succumb To Facebook & Twitters Demands Or Get Banned (Or Both) The Last American Vagabond

A recent purge by Facebook and Twitter of a host of independent media sites has pushed thousands of people out of work and has killed one of the most effective forms of expressing political dissent. On Thursday last week, Facebook purged more than 800 pages and accounts, accusing them of engaging in inauthentic behaviour and violating []

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05:19

TSA Announces Biometrics Vision For All Commercial Aviation Travelers The Last American Vagabond

Activist Post Editors Note: As weve been covering for some time, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a mandate thats been 15 years in the making to integrate government databases for ID verification. The plan always has been to make this a requirement for passengers, and it has started rolling out in select areas. Furthermore, private companies have []

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05:18

Judge Considers Letting Monsanto Off the Hook for Cancer-Causing Weedkiller The Anti-Media

Monsanto Weedkiller(CD)  Learning that a judge may overturn their historic decision to hold the chemical company Monsanto-Bayer accountable for manufacturing cancer-causing weedkillers, several jurors are demanding that their verdict in a case decided in August be upheld. Gary Kitahata and Robert Howard are among the jurors who unanimously found that Monsanto was liable for $289 million in damages, to be paid []

04:51

Jamal Khashoggi Was No Critic of the Saudi Regime The Anti-Media

Jamal Khashoggi Saudi RegimeJamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist, who disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week is not quite the critic of the Saudi regime that the Western media says he is. (CN Op-ed)  The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week has generated huge international publicity, but unsurprisingly, little []

04:38

Banned Weapons Used In All US War Theaters. In All Post-9/11 Wars, US Used Banned Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Incendiary And Cluster Munitions The Last American Vagabond

Whenever US forces aggressively attacks countries, dirty war is waged, including use of banned weapons. Prohibited terror-bombing is longstanding US policy, indiscriminately harming civilians. The Laws of War: Laws and Customs of War on Land (1907 Hague IV Convention) states: Article 25: The attack or bombardment, by whatever means, of towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings which []

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04:29

US Companies Back Out of Saudi Events as Tensions Mount The Anti-Media

Reduce Support Saudi Arabia(ANTIWAR.COM)  Cash-rich oil exporter Saudi Arabia is always a sure thing for US companies. The recent controversy surrounding journalist Jamal Khashoggis disappearance and apparent murder, along with rising international tensions, has many companies rethinking that. An upcoming investment conference in Saudi Arabia is losing participants left and right. JP Morgan Chase, Ford, Mastercard, and Blackrock have all []

04:26

Senator Susan Collins Recieves Threats of Death and to Have Her Honorary Degree Rescinded Guardian Liberty Voice

Senator Susan Collins returned to her private residence the night of Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, to see that her home had become the scene of an investigation. A spokesperson for the Republican Maine senator said that Tom Draffon, the senators husband, had received a threatening letter. The writer claimed the letter was contaminated with ricin, []

04:15

Police Use Electronic Ticketing to Fine More People and Increase Profits Activist Post

By MassPrivateI The opening seconds of the Saltus Technologies video says it all. Electronic tickets are about one thing, increasing productivity (profits). The digiTICKET electronic...

04:14

Bill Clinton Apologized In 1995 For Unethical Human Radiation Experiments. Who Will Apologize For 5G, Smart Meters and More? Activist Post

By B.N. Frank Even though all of this didnt happen on his watch, President Clinton still apologized for all unethical human radiation exposure experiments performed...

04:10

When Americans tried to breed a better race: How a genetic fitness crusade marches on Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

By John Blake, CNN Years before Nazi leaders talked about creating a master race, Americans tried to breed a better, and whiter, one. (CNN)They started swarming across Americas border, millions of desperate families fleeing poverty or seeking political asylum. But many people were repelled by their presence. Some warned that the country was facing a []

04:08

Happy Quaternions Day Freethought Blogs

Here as he walked by [in Dublin] on the 16th of October 1843 Sir William Rowan Hamilton in a flash of genius discovered the fundamental formula for quaternion multiplication i2 = j2 = k2 = ijk = -1 & cut it on a stone of this bridge.

Its the 175th anniversary.

04:07

Are Jade & Oil Fueling Conflicts In Myanmar? The Last American Vagabond

Fighting in Myanmar began in what is known as the post-independence period of 1948, and continues to this day, in what is dubbed the worlds longest-running civil war. Violence in the region became increasingly brutal in August of 2017 as Myanmars military carried out acts of arson on Rohingya villages, mass-killings of the Rohingya people, and sexual []

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04:06

Making Kitchen Knives Part 5 Grinding, Polishing, Buffing Freethought Blogs

I was expecting this to be the most time-consuming part and so far I was not surprised it was. You have seen my collection of abrasive belts during my Rondel Dagger series. Because the protective coating has proved itself to be way too persistent, I had to start with the coarsest Zircon belt all over again that is what I meant when saying that I could have spared myself the trouble I have spent with finer belts before hardening. I wanted to give this blade the best surface finish that I can achieve purely by using machinery, so I went thoroughly through all belts, not switching to a higher one unless all scratches from the previous one were removed. Although towards the end of the line with last two Trizact belts I was not too fussy about this, because those leave so fine scratches that whilst they are barely visible, but they will always be somewhat visible unless I go with hand polishing afterwards and that I did not want to.

So when finished with the finest Trizact belt I went straight to the finest buffing compound and gave the blade a few passes on the buffing wheel.

An important note this is a knife without secondary bevel, with so-called convex grind. That means that during the polishing process the blade is also sharpened to very nearly final stage. Therefore towards the end it becomes a bit dangerous to handle it, because it can actually become completely sharp in places. I do not know what process other knifemakers use for achieving this grind, I am doing it with the slackbelt/hardbelt setup on my belt grander, that way I can do it in one go during polishing. The knife will need some sharpening when finished, but not too much. I like this grind because in my experience it cuts best and also looks best but your mileage might vary and there is no accounting for personal taste.

speaking of taste one of my friends when I have shown him my mothers knife thought that I have made the tip round either due to laziness or because I botched it and making a round tip is easier. If you have such thoughts, forget them. Making a round tip is not easier than making it pointy-stabby. And the round tip is entirely intentional. This time around I actually consulted with my mother what she prefers for this knife design and I discussed with her the work in progress when it still had a point, and we agreed that to us this knife looks better with a round tip. Further, there is no point in having a point on an all-purpose kitchen knife like this, since needing a sharp point is actually a rare occurrence (the only one that I remember from the top of my head is gutting fish and poultry, and even there an actual point is used only briefly).

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03:52

Chris Winters: States are disenfranching Native and minority voters Indianz.Com News

Some states are seeing how far they can go in disenfranchising certain voters, including Native American ones.

03:49

Interview: Bridget Phetasy On Gender Roles, Relationships, And Feminism The Federalist

Bridget Phetasy, writer for Mel Magazine and Playboy, joins Ben Domenech for a discussion on modern dating and the future of Playboy.

03:42

Saving the Holy Land Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

  Many readers will know of Kairos from their Palestine Document of 2009. This was a bold statement by a group of Christian Palestinians which told the truth about the tragic situation in their country under Israeli occupation. a cry of hope in the absence of all hope. Kairos is Greek meaning a critical moment []

03:35

I tell you, spiders are everywhere Freethought Blogs

I mentioned the ubiquity of spiders, and I keep running into them everywhere I go now. Look at this magnificent funnel web made in a cannon wheel at the American Legion hall here in Morris. I tried gently tapping the web to see if I could get the occupant to scurry out and say hello, but no luck.

03:27

Native elders and youth gather for annual conference in Alaska Indianz.Com News

Thousands are attending the 35th annual Elders and Youth Conference, hosted by the First Alaskans Institute.

02:53

The People Stopping Election Interference Are the Ones Who Are Actually Rigging the Election The Free Thought Project

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"....as far as making the election more resistant to interference, the result of the Alternative Media Purge is the diametric opposite. People will now only get one side of the story."

The post The People Stopping Election Interference Are the Ones Who Are Actually Rigging the Election appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

02:43

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Rethinking National Security OpEdNews

As a constituent, I have noted with interest your suggestion that you will "take a hard look" at running for president in 2020, even as you campaign for reelection to the Senate next month. Forgive me for saying that I interpret that comment to mean "I'm in."

02:29

Great moments in Israeli law Freethought Blogs

The New Zealand singer Lorde had scheduled a concert in Israel but later canceled it when Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, two young women in New Zealand, one Jewish and the other Palestinian, started a petition that asked her to not go because of Israels apartheid-like policies against Palestinians in Gaza and the Occupied Territories.

So what happened? Three young Israelis filed a legal case against Sachs and Abu-Shanab, claiming that their artistic welfare was damaged because of the cancellation and that they suffered damage to their good name as Israelis and Jews.

No, really!

Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab

So did the judge in the case burst out laughing before telling the plaintiffs not to waste his time by suing people halfway across the world for what they said and making ridiculous claims about the damage they suffered? No, because this is Israel we are talking about. In 2011, Israel passed a law that allows people to sue anyone who encourages boycotts of Israel and the judge ruled against the two New Zealanders.

Judge Mirit Fohrer ruled that Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab of New Zealand must pay damages to Israeli teenagers Shoshana Steinbach, Ayelet Wertzel and Ahuva Frogel totalling more than NZ$18,000 for writing a letter urging the singer to cancel her concert in Tel Aviv, the Jerusalem Post reports.

It is believed to be the first effective use of a 2011 Israeli law allowing civil lawsuits of anyone who encourages a boycott of Israel.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of the Shurat HaDin NGO, who filed the suit called the ruling precedent-setting.

This decision makes it clear that anyone who calls for a boycott against the state of Israel could find themselves liable for damages and need to pay compensation to those hurt by the boycott call, if theyre in Israel or outside it, Darshan-Leitner told the Jerusalem Post.

We will enforce this ruling in New Zealand and go after their bank accounts until it has been fully realised.

Yes, indeedy, Israelis think that they have the right to sue anyone anywhere in the world who supports a boycott. Good luck with getting courts in New Zealand, or anywhere else in the world for that matter (except possibly the US), to...

02:22

Deeply Disturbing Video Shows NYPD Cops Beat, Taser Sickly 85-lb Dwarf Man The Free Thought Project

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The video shows NYPD officers barge into a home, grab the 4' 8" sickly man, who weighed no more than 85 pounds and begin to attack him.

The post Deeply Disturbing Video Shows NYPD Cops Beat, Taser Sickly 85-lb Dwarf Man appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

02:06

Sanders Tries (Again) to End Slaughter in Yemen WhoWhatWhy

An American and an Arab Journalist Walk Into a Saudi Consulate (Russ)

The author writes, Why do the Saudis love the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and invite him to Mohammed bin Salmans palace in Riyadh to tickle his Orientalist fantasies, but, if persistent reports by Turkish authorities turn out to be true, they sent a hit team of 15 assassins to beat, torture, murder, and cut to pieces the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi? No, this cannot be part of the rivalries between our two papers of record. Let us search for a more plausible reason.

The Great Recession Was Awful. And We Dont Have a Plan to Stop the Next One. (Jimmy)

The author writes, Theres nothing inevitable about how things played out in 2008. Australia hasnt had a recession in 30 years, and in theory equally skillful governments of bigger countries could produce the same result. The goal of macroeconomic stabilization is to make sure that recessions are rare, shallow, and short. And 15 years ago, policymakers were convinced that they had it all figured out.

Last Assange Interview Before the Blackout Uncovered (Dan)

Watch the last interview Julian Assange gave before his internet access at the Ecuadorian embassy in London was cut off.

Trumps First Annual Budget Deficit Will Be the Widest Since 2012 (Reader Steve)

The author writes, The US budget deficit expanded to an estimated $782 billion in Donald Trumps first full fiscal year as president, which would be the widest fiscal gap since 2012 when the country was still emerging from the Great Recession.

Trump Hangs Tacky Fantasy Painting of Himself With GOP Presidents in White House (Reader Luke)

The...

01:47

Tree Tuesday Freethought Blogs

A while back I recall a conversation in comments where rq mentioned that the trees dance when no-one is looking. Well, for this Tree Tuesday Lofty has found a tree thats dancing when everyone is looking. Lofty says,

Another Eucalypt from my favourite bicycle riding area, its doing the twist!

That it is, Lofty. What a marvelous tree. Thanks for sharing.

Twistree Lofty, all rights reserved

01:38

Breaking: Turkish Police find evidence Khashoggi was killed inside Saudi Consulate AP Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

_________ Al Masdar Breaking: Turkish Police find evidence Khashoggi was killed inside Saudi Consulate AP A Turkish official told AP that police have found evidence inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul which confirms that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed there. The high level official spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity, but []

01:16

New Stephen Hawking Essays Reveal Dark Prediction of Elite Creating Superhuman Race The Free Thought Project

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Previously unpublished essays from the late Stephen Hawking are being published and some of them have an ominous undertone.

The post New Stephen Hawking Essays Reveal Dark Prediction of Elite Creating Superhuman Race appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

01:08

Community Victorious; Dominion Wont Build Proposed Compressor Station PopularResistance.Org

The AMP Creeks Council and greater Southern Maryland Community are Celebrating a Victory in a two-year fight against Dominion Energy Cove Points (DECP) efforts to build a giant fracked gas compressor station on 14 clear cut acres surrounded by fragile wetlands that often flood in the Accokeek/Bryans Road area. Emily Architzel, an AMP Creeks Board member who recently moved from Bryans Road to Accokeek and is disabled said, Holy cow! Im breathing a giant fracked gas-free sigh of relief. The pollution from this compressor station would have driven my family out of the area because of the potential impacts to my health.

01:00

National Park Service Rule Change Threatens First Amendment Rights In Capital PopularResistance.Org

Washington, DC The National Park Service (NPS) has proposed rule changes that, if enacted, would limit the duration of protests at parks in the National Capitol Region. The rule changes include time limits which could abolish protests such as the ongoing White House Peace Vigil and severely restrict the duration of protests resembling the two Washington, DC Occupy encampments in 2011-2012. The NPS, part of the Department of Interior, proposes to revise special regulations related to demonstrations and special events at certain national park units in the National Capital Region. The proposed changes would modify regulations explaining how the NPS processes permit applications for demonstrations and special events.

00:59

Laura Loomer Is Not Who She Claims To Be WellAware1.com

In July 2018, Loomer promoted the false narrative that a man arrested with bomb-making equipment and illegal weapons had been a "leftist antifa terrorist"

00:47

Indigenous Fight Back Against Closing Sioux San Indian Health Services PopularResistance.Org

RAPID CITY The old guard of historic Sioux San Hospital showed up for a City Council meeting last week to voice their opposition to a proposed move of the Rapid City Indian Health Hospital to Shepherd Hills, to land donated by venture capitalist Hani Shafai and a shift from Indian Health Service control to a 638 compact agreement. The office of Mayor Steve Allender had drafted a resolution in support of the proposal which was brought first before the legal and finance committee then sent to the full city council last Monday night. Art Zimiga, a former employee of Sioux San asked that longtime residents of Minneluzahun (Rapid City), who helped create Sioux San as an Indian Health hospital, be offered a fair chance to be heard and agree on what they want done with their facility.

00:30

Read The Moving Letter The Descendant Of A Racist Confederate Leader Wrote In Support Of Anti-Racist Activists PopularResistance.Org

Meg Yarnell, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Julian Carr, is calling for academic and criminal charges to be dropped against Maya Little and other anti-racist activists who have been arrested for protests related to the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam. In an open letter to University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill administrators, including Chancellor Carol Folt, Yarnell notes that she is grateful for what Maya did to contextualize this statue and advance the cause for its removal. In the weeks and months following the toppling of Silent Sam on August 20, Carrs speech at the statues 1913 dedication ceremony has been widely recirculated.

00:24

Medical drugs: too big to fail Jon Rappoport's Blog

Medical drugs: too big to fail

A message to Wikileaks, Cryptome, Public Intelligence, and other sites that expose secrets.

by Jon Rappoport

October 16, 2018

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As my readers know, Ive reported on a number of scandals concerning the toxicity of medical drugs and vaccines, including shocking death numbers in the US.

These scandals are leaks from inside the National Security State.

If you visit Wikileaks, Cryptome, Public Intelligence, and other similar sites, how many purely medical documents do you find posted?

How many damaging leaks exposing the crimes of the medical cartel do you find?

Very, very few.

Where are the medical insiders who are liberating and passing along incriminating documentary evidence?

Some of the best exposers of political, intelligence-agency, and military crimes are way behind the curve, when it comes to medical matters. Theyre living in a fantasy. They see nothing in the medical arena.

The medical sphere, for various reasons, is far better protected than any other segment of society.

For the hundredth time, let me cite Dr. Barbara Starfields stunning review, Is US health really the best in the world? published on July 26, 2000, in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Starfield, at the time, was working as a highly respected public health expert, at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

She concluded that the US medical system kills 225,000 Americans a year. That would add up to 2.25 million deaths per decade.

Laid directly at the door of the American medical complex.

Aside from the genocidal death toll, Starfields findings also reveal massive fraud in all medical journals that routinely publish the glowing results of clinical trials of drugs.

How could such trials open the door to the marketing of drugs that kill, according to Starfield, 106,000 Americans every year, unless deep, continuing, and abetted research fraud were the order of the day...

00:21

The Moroccans who saved my life Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Three days ago, while I was bodysurfing at Sidi Bouzid beach near El Jadida, Morocco, a freak wave slammed me head first into the sand...

00:10

Another Financial Earthquake In The Making PopularResistance.Org

The key issue to emerge from the semiannual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held in Bali, Indonesia last week is that 10 years out from the 2008 global financial crisis the conditions have been created for another economic and financial disaster. And those in charge of the global economy have no means of preventing it, not least because the very policies they have carried out over the past decade have helped prepare it. It was somewhat symbolic that the meeting took place in the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, which again underscored the extent to which the record growth of social inequality, accelerating after 2008...

00:03

American Mercenaries Were Hired To Assassinate Politicians In The Middle East Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Cradling an AK-47 and sucking a lollipop, the former American Green Beret bumped along in the back of an armored SUV as it wound through the darkened streets of Aden. Two other commandos on the mission were former Navy SEALs. As elite US special operations fighters, they had years of specialized training by the US []

00:02

Syrian War Report October 16, 2018: Idlib Demilitarization Zone Agreement Reaches Its First Deadline Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

from SouthFront On October 15, a first deadline in the roadmap for implementation of the Idlib demilitarization agreement passed. According to this agreement, militant groups had to withdraw all their heavy weaponry and equipment from the declared 15-20km deep zone and halt any actions against Syrian government forces. By October 20, all members of radical []

00:00

WATCH: Cop Charged with 8 Felonies for Beating 15 yo Boy to the Point of Hospitalization The Free Thought Project

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An Atlanta cop's beating of a teen was so egregious that he was indicted on 8 felony counts for the assault captured on video.

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23:57

Military-Friendly: Zooming Into The State-Level War Machine PopularResistance.Org

Its a pretty boring drive. My friends in Sweden always engage their rose-colored paradigms when I talk about driving in the US. They think its like Thelma and Louise or that Johnny Depp commercial where hes driving out in the desert at sunset, burying some jewelry in the midst of a wide expanse of red earth and rock. But, no. This is not a way-out-west badass, cool guyliner kinda drive. Its a snoozer, tunnel-vision-maker of a drive with too many cops and not enough Sheetz locations. Come to think of it, Im pretty surprised that I even noticed the sign. At the same time, Im rather surprised Ive never seen it before.

23:47

Inequality Represents A Wasted Opportunity For Poverty Reduction PopularResistance.Org

This is the most frequent response I get when I tell other economists that I work on inequality. The economist Deidre McCloskey put the view bluntly in an article titled Equality lacks relevance if the poor are growing richer. But this view shows a remarkable disregard for one of the most fundamental principles of economics: that of optimization. Economists go to great lengths to optimize GDP growth and efficiency. But when it comes to poverty, any positive change is taken as good enough. If poverty is falling by any amount, or the poor are growing richer by any amount, then apparently we (and more to the point, the poor) should stop worrying. If we really care about poverty, this wont do.

23:46

Erdogan: Saudis Cover Up Murder with Paint While Trump Chickens OutAgain Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says some materials in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul were painted over. The statement comes after investigators into journalist Jamal Khashoggis disappearance searched the building. Some substances Turkish police were looking for at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul seem to have vanished, Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday. He claimed that []

23:38

Porcine Plague epidemic in Belgium: trigger is Pentagon experiments in Georgia Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Voltaire Network |  From the 100 000 page document published by the former Georgian Minister for National Security, Igor Guiorgadze, it appears that the Gilead Sciences lab at the Richard Lugar Centre, Tbilisi (Georgia) pursued chemical and biological weapons tests for the Pentagon [1]. These experiments, supposed to fight Hepatitis C, have cost the lives of []

23:36

Black Domestic Workers Call For Pay, Professionalism, And Respect PopularResistance.Org

The thing I hate about the job is the wear and tear on your body, caregiver Allena Pass says. It breaks you down: the aches and pains and soreness. The frustration you have when you have people in the home that cant help and wont help. When you have people in the home that are never satisfied no matter what you do or how you do it. I know what Im doing, and I know Im doing right. I want the public to appreciate me and treat me with respect because I treat my job with respect, Pass says. Shes one of the many caregivers profiled in a new report, Pay, Professionalism, and Respect: Black Domestic Workers Continue the Call for Standards in the Care Industry, a collaboration between the Institute for Policy Studies and We Dream in Black, a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

23:25

Dirty role of International NGOs in Pakistan Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

  Asif Haroon Raja Pakistan has been a victim of wars, conflicts, diplomatic/political/economic coercion, subversion, sabotage, and false flag operations at the hands of India which to this day has not reconciled to its existence. India initiated injurious steps right from Pakistans inception to keep it politically destabilized and economically weak and dependent. To unroll []

23:23

Did Saudis, CIA Fear Khashoggi 9/11 Bombshell? PopularResistance.Org

The macabre case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi raises the question: did Saudi rulers fear him revealing highly damaging information on their secret dealings? In particular, possible involvement in the 9/11 terror attacks on New York in 2001. Even more intriguing are US media reports now emerging that American intelligence had snooped on and were aware of Saudi officials making plans to capture Khashoggi prior to his apparent disappearance at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. If the Americans knew the journalists life was in danger, why didnt they tip him off to avoid his doom? Jamal Khashoggi (59) had gone rogue, from the Saudi elites point of view.

23:07

Video of a Workshop I Just Did in Santa Cruz on Abolishing War: OpEdNews

Do try this at home. Videos include workshop and the previous night's event with speech and Q&A, plus a speech later that day in Berkeley.

22:59

22:55

Volodin wonders why the British Parliament did not discuss Skrypals case with colleagues in the Russian Federation Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

__________ TASS Volodin wonders why the British Parliament did not discuss Skrypals case with colleagues in the Russian Federation State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin wondered why the British parliamentarians were not discussing the Skripale case with their Russian colleagues, and pointed out the need for such a dialogue if the accused party really wants to []

22:13

Elizabeth Warren Melts Down in Wake of DNA Disaster Alternative News Network

Elizabeth Warren Melts Down in Wake of DNA Disaster

Warrens thread of 20-plus (and counting) tweets began at about 5:30 p.m. ET, where she attempted to both insult President Trump and defend herself.

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22:06

Sen. Hatch Trolls Sen. Warren, Claims Hes 1/1032 T-Rex Alternative News Network

Sen. Hatch Trolls Sen. Warren, Claims Hes 1/1032 T-Rex

According to his joke, Hatch could have the same percentage T-Rex as Warren might be Native American.

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The post Sen. Hatch Trolls Sen. Warren, Claims Hes 1/1032 T-Rex appeared first on Alternative News Netwo...

22:00

Man Who Identifies as a Woman Wins Womens World Championship Cycling Title Alternative News Network

Man Who Identifies as a Woman Wins Womens World Championship Cycling Title

A biological male who identifies as a transgender woman won a womens world championship cycling event on Sunday.

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21:51

We can be angry for all the right reasons Freethought Blogs

An interesting take on the psychology of Trump:

Donald Trump is an anger troll. Rage is the one thing he capably nurtures and grows. He stoked anger in people horrified by Kavanaughs confirmation and is now turning it against them. This is an old tactic: drive people crazy, then call them so. As projects of government go, this one is as familiar as it is contemptible. He wants to make his followers feel threatened. To achieve this, he needs his opponents to seem irrational. So he sets about making them angry.

He insults them, railroads them, calls people protesting for justice liars and profit-seekers even as he openly enriches his friends. He gives them offensive nicknames and mocks their pain for fun, and to get them to lose control. Hes doing this in plain sightits pretty obvious why people are angrybut his goal is to make their reaction look inexplicable, beyond the pale. After leading angry crowds to yell abuse at anyone he points to, he turns around and marvels at how irrational and dangerous his targets are.

As tactics go, this one is dumb and transparent, but its worth describing it because it works. It works a lot. Trump is not a genius. But he instinctively understands the dynamic of provoking and then delegitimizing someone elses pain. As Adam Serwer wrote, hes energized by the suffering he causes others andsecondarilyby the bond that ritualized cruelty forges with his base, which has been connected by fear of others. From Trumps perspective, its kind of fun that people feel compassion for the families he separated. Its delightful that women are worried about rights he has expressly said he wanted to take from them. And, after insulting and belittling people hes supposed to be governing, he enjoys acting surprised that they mind.

Its a silly and ugly game, but its the only true rule of Trumpism: be the sorest winner imaginable. Aspire to nothing but power and status. Hold no principle sacred. Withhold justice and insult those who object. Yes, the effects of this are predictable. It doesnt take a genius of social engineering to be the why are you hitting yourself? guy. All it takes is a willingness to be him.

Yeah, thats the man. But its only half the problem: the other half is an electorate that falls for it every time, that fails to recognize that a lack of principle and a narcissistic need for power are bad things, and not a sufficient reason to give the narcissist the power he craves. Slightly more than half the population sees right through him and is really pissed that the orange troll has gotten what he was after they are righteously angry and the remainder have completely fallen for the lies and are in a mad race to hurt themselves even more.

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21:47

Liberal Asian Elites Tell Less-Advantaged Asians To Shut Up And Accept College Discrimination The Federalist

When privileged Asian-Americans argue race-based discrimination is acceptable, they allow themselves to be used as a wedge group.

21:47

Its Past Time For Pope Francis To Come Clean, But Instead Hes Burying Himself The Federalist

The loss of confidence in Pope Francis reflects that his mismanagement of the crisis has been a scandal in itself. It may also reveal a growing public awareness of Francis own poor record.

21:47

The United States Is Entering A New Cold War With China The Federalist

It is better to be a conservative realist and nationalist than to be a utopian internationalist and be slapped in the face by reality.

21:46

Why Open Borders Are Bad For Americas Immigrants The Federalist

In 'Melting Pot or Civil War? A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders,' Reihan Salam says America must make smart investments in alleviating global poverty as it moves toward a more skills-based immigration system.

21:46

The Kanye-Trump Bromance Highlights Our Cultures Yearning For Fathers The Federalist

The campaign Im with her just didnt make me feel, as a guy, that didnt get to see my dad all the time like a guy that could play catch with his son.

21:46

The Humanities Degree Is Dying, And Thats A Good Thing The Federalist

As artificial intelligence advances and the humanities decline, we need to consider how to create meaningful connection in a digital world.

21:46

Why Mansfield Park Was Jane Austens Best Novel The Federalist

Modern readers arent quite as interested in a tale where virtue is rewarded and vice punished, but it's her best regardless.

21:44

The Kardashians Have Always Been In On The Joke The Federalist

If theres one thread tying together both Oct. 14ths, separated by eleven long years, its the theme of self-deprecation.

21:44

What Gosnells Pro-Choice Libertarian Actor Dean Cain Says About The Film Will Surprise You The Federalist

They will think of it as a pro-life movie. But it just tells the story. The characters really wrestle, says Gosnell: The Trial of Americas Biggest Serial Killer lead actor Dean Cain.

21:44

What Netflixs Big Mouth Gets So Wrong About Planned Parenthood And Teen Sex The Federalist

Im a former sex educator trained by Planned Parenthood, so I know the shows portrayal of them as a clinic that helps adolescents and families is way off the mark.

21:44

Revisiting Battlestar Galactica: Guess Whats Coming to Dinner? And Sine Qua Non The Federalist

Humans and rebel Cylons form an alliance to find Earth, but events immediately conspire to destroy it.

21:41

Update and Perspectives Virtual Mirage

One Perspective

"In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." I think of this quote often these days when the media attacks the President for doing the right thing. There's a lot of blindness inside the beltway, in the hallowed halls of the mainstream media, at Satan's Vatican and the rest of America's elite universities. And I'm not saying that wisdom is reposed in fly-over country exclusively, but even one eye is better than being totally blind - in a metaphorical sense.

The nation elected Donald Trump as president. It elected legislators where Republicans are in the majority. It did these things to restore balance to the dismal years of Obamanation that we experienced. And Obama re-entered the political spotlight (as if to say, NO, I'm Spartacus), stumping for candidates, and then mysteriously withdrew. Has he stopped sending a tingle up the legs of homosexual males? I can't say. You'd have to ask them.

It may be wishful thinking, but my sense is that the Republicans will keep control of the legislature in the mid-term.

Meanwhile, the work at the White Wolf Mine continues, and with the lease on the interim house expired and me moved out, I'm staying with children in the mean time. It's nice to spend time with the grandkids, and consulting work continues, so I'm not underfoot all that much. But the situation is far from ideal.

Now a few other observations:

North/South Korea

On 16 October, North Korea, South Korea and the United Nations Command convened their first three-way meeting to discuss demilitarizing the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom.

Other topics up for discussion are an evaluation of progress in removing landmines and guard posts, adjustments to border surveillance equipment, and ways to mutually verify demilitarization efforts. The US was displeased by the military annex to the Pyongyang Declaration because it was not consulted. A military agreement between the two Koreas, who are technically still at war, is not a bilateral issue, and the senior Alliance partner was not involved. The Commander of the UN Command in Korea is a US Army General who is also the Commander of US Forces Korea. The US is now involved, and the US Commander said he supports tension reduction measures, including the removal of land mines and some guard posts along the Demilitarized Zone.

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21:40

No more dissident voices: Succumb to Facebook & Twitters demands or get banned (or both) Alternative News Network

No more dissident voices: Succumb to Facebook & Twitters demands or get banned (or both)

If you believe that any of this has been done with genuine intentions to protect American democracy, then you pr...

21:19

Video Shows Antifa Started The Fight In NYC, But NYPD Looks to Charge 9 Proud Boys Alternative News Network

Video Shows Antifa Started The Fight In NYC, But NYPD Looks to Charge 9 Proud Boys

There appears to be five masked antifa members present, though several fled immediately as the violence broke out.

...

21:00

Streets Arent the Only Thing That Connects Your City Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Streets connect one neighborhood to another. Mass transit can connect neighborhoods to downtown. But what connects your towns people to one another? What do they use to share creative ideas, shape a unique identity, and build a common narrative that can be used to build a stronger, more vibrant community?

In Akron, Ohio, this role has been well-served by The Devil Strip, an alternative-news monthly that has served to identify, connect and inspire a wide range of people throughout the community. Over the past three-and-a-half years, the newspaper has highlighted the uniqueness of Akrons many neighborhoods, celebrated its history, and brought people together to help envision and shape the citys future.

Among the most fascinating things about the newspaper aside from its name (more about that later) is that it was founded by Chris Horne, a transplant originally hailing from Macon, Georgia. While the local daily newspaper had always been highly respected and did a good job of fulfilling its essential news-reporting role, Chris sensed that Akron needed something more. There were stories that needed to be told, people and groups that needed to be connected. Some of his Medium posts say it best:

We believe the most important stories are the ones we tell ourselves about ourselves, and that this is as true for cities as it is individuals.

How do you know youre in Akron, OH instead of Syracuse, NY or Des Moines, IA or Las Vegas, NV or Macon, GA or anywhere else? Answering that question every month is why were so adamantly local.

As a result, The Devil Strip (TDS) is big on planning and sponsoring events that are designed to promote Akrons identity, offering visibility and inclusiveness that reaches into every one of the citys racial, economic and diverse lifestyle groups.

Akron is the biggest small city in which youll live, says resident Steve Brightman. Its also the smallest big citywhich is to say you will always see faces you recognize but may not know. The Devil Strip erases the not knowing part.

We live to challenge the broken narratives about who and what Akron is, to prove theres more happening here than is visible on the surface. Along the way, The Devil Strip itself has become a kind of a place, a commons where the many parts of Akrons personality gather, a way to find your people.
Chris Horne, publisher

Since its been in operation, The Devil Strip has helped Akronites identify their associated affinity groups, which has led to a surge of interest in local arts groups and artists, neighborhood organizations, social issues like homelessness, addiction and immigration, and the overall quality of life in the city. As stated, one of the papers primary mi...

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Charlottesvilles Other Jim Crow Legacy: Separate and Unequal Education Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. High school seniors Zyahna Bryant and Trinity Hughes have been friends since they were 6 years old, raised by blue-collar families in this affluent college town. They played on the same T-ball and softball teams and were in the same church group.

But like many African-American children in Charlottesville, Trinity lived on the south side of town and went to a predominantly black neighborhood elementary school. Zyahna lived across the train tracks on the north side and was zoned to a mostly white school, near the University of Virginia campus, that boasts the citys highest reading scores.

In elementary school, Zyahna was chosen for the districts program for gifted students. Since then, she has completed more than a dozen Advanced Placement and college-level courses, maintained a nearly 4.0 average, and has been a student leader and a community activist. She has her eyes set on a prestigious university like UVA.

I want to go somewhere where it shows how much hard work I've put in, said Zyahna.

Trinity wasnt selected for the gifted program. She tried to enroll in higher-level courses and was denied. She expects to graduate later this school year, but with a transcript that she says wont make her competitive for selective four-year colleges.

I know what Im capable of and what I can do, Trinity said, but the counselors and teachers, they dont really care about that.

For every student like Zyahna in Charlottesvilles schools, there are scores like Trinity, caught in one of the widest educational disparities in the United States. Charlottesvilles racial inequities mirror college towns across the country, from Berkeley, California, to Evanston, Illinois. But they also match the wider world of education, which is grappling with racial gaps in areas from gifted programs to school discipline that can undercut the effort to equitably prepare students for college in a competitive economy.

Railroad tracks cut through Charlottesville, Virginia, a city of 40,000, separating predominantly black and predominantly white elementary schools....

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Morongo Band awards $40,000 in scholarships to Native college students Indianz.Com News

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is once again helping Native students fulfill their educational dreams.

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Signaling war, Liberman urges cabinet to okay serious blow to Hamas in Gaza Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

__________ Times of Israel Signaling war, Liberman urges cabinet to okay serious blow to Hamas in Gaza Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday called on his fellow ministers to approve a large-scale military campaign against the Hamas terror group in Gaza in light of ongoing riots and violence along the Strips security fence. Ive held []

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New face of Bureau of Indian Affairs returns to Alaska after making history Indianz.Com News

Tara Sweeney, the new Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for the Trump administration, is back home in Alaska.

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Compounds found in celery make it a powerful healing plant Alternative News Network

Compounds found in celery make it a powerful healing plant

(Natural News) Celery may be a simple vegetable, but it is actually one of the most nutritious foods you could ever add to your diet. Its benefits have been known since ancient times. But what makes it nutritious? Researchers from Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences and Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences in Iran conducted a...

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Breaking News: Georgia Sued Over Rejecting Absentee Ballots at High Rate WhoWhatWhy

A group of five Georgia voters has named Secretary of State Brian Kemp, each member of the states Board of Elections, and each member of Gwinnett Countys board of elections in a lawsuit over how mail-in absentee ballots are handled.

The current system, the lawsuit claims, imposes various arbitrary requirements, alone and in combination, [that] burden the right to vote, serve no legitimate governmental purpose that cannot be accomplished by more tailored means, and threaten to disenfranchise thousands of honest, eligible voters each year.

Filed days after WhoWhatWhy broke an exclusive story on mail-in ballot rejection rates, the lawsuit asks for clarity in state law, and for supervision and greater transparency of the mail-in ballot review process. The elections watchdog organization funding and organizing the lawsuit, the Coalition for Good Governance, will promptly follow this initial complaint with a motion for preliminary injunction, hoping to convince the courts to take immediate corrective action for the November 6 election.

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The lawsuit seeks to fix the problem in four ways:

  • Voters must be notified in one business day by first class mail, and (if available) telephone and email, that their ballot application or voted ballot has been rejected, with instructions given on how to provide the needed information.
  • No voter signatures can be rejected without agreement of a bipartisan signature review team.
  • Ballots and applications already rejected must be reviewed immediately and voters be provided the above-mentioned protections.
  • Voters whose ballots have been rejected must be given until the Friday after Election Day to resolve any issues and any mail ballot eligibility questions.
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Importantly, the plaintiffs want to impose consistency across counties in how they process mail-in...

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You Couldnt Make This Up: A Bunch of Mops, Cleaners, and Trash Bags Delivered to Saudi Consulate Ahead of Murder Probe The Anti-Media

Saudi Consulate(CD)  What does it say about the credibility of an investigation when a cleaning crew fully equipped with boxes of chemicals, mops, trash bags, and milk arrives at the scene of the alleged crime right before the probe begins? At around the same time Saudi King Salman insisted in a Monday morning phone call with U.S. []

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Teen tobacco use down, but e-cig use draws health officials' concern Indianz.Com News

E-cigarette use among youth has reached 'epidemic proportion,' according to the head of the Food and Drug Administration.

14:59

Final Straw: Mutual Aid In Wake of Hurricane Michael It's Going Down

The post Final Straw: Mutual Aid In Wake of Hurricane Michael appeared first on It's Going Down.

Long running anarchist radio show and podcast The Final Straw talks with Pearson from Coffee Not Comrades about disaster relief in Tallahassee, Florida in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

This week on The Final Straw Radio, we feature a conversation with Pearson, an anarchist resident of Tallahassee, Florida, and is involved in storm relief mutual aid work in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Pearson is also the co-host of the leftist podcast Coffee With Comrades.

For the hour we talk about Hurricane Michael, which just passed through the Florida Panhandle and up through the Carolinas, affecting Georgia and Alabama as well. Within a 36 hour period, the hurricane ramped up from a Tropical Storm to a category 4 or 5 hurricane (depending on who you talk to). Michael was the strongest hurricane to hit that part of Florida ever on record, making landfall on Wednesday, October 10th in the morning and may be the third largest to hit the U.S. mainland with winds surges of up to 175 miles per hour and sustaining at 150. Because of the quick increase, localities in the storms path found themselves under prepared for such a devastating catastrophe. The state of Florida Department of Corrections refused to evacuate about 12 prisons that were in the Mandatory Evacuation areas in the path of Hurricane Michael despite a call-in campaign by Fight Toxic Prisons.

For the hour, we talk about the immediate response efforts in Tallahassee, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, anthropogenic or human-caused Climate Change and its various impacts on the residents and environs of Florida, and a bunch of other related topics. Later, Pearson shares about his podcast, Coffee with Comrades, available at http://coffeewithcomrades.com/

Here are a few links for info if youre in Florida as well as ways to donate from a distance:

Florida Peoples Advocacy Center in Tally is a safe space for people to come for disaster relief (trans inclusive and very supportive of undocumented individuals)

Tallahassee DSA Fund:
http://gofundme.com/dsa-tlh-hurricane-relief-fund

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief:
https://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/donate/

Amazon Wishlist for the Panhandle:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3QUS9SLT7QD3/r...

14:38

This Is America #35: Hurricane Michael & Proud Boys Attack It's Going Down

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Welcome, to This Is America, October 15th, 2018.

We have an action packed show for you today. First, were going to bring you an interview straight out of Tallahassee, Florida, where Pearson, one of the hosts of Coffee With Comrades will discuss autonomous disaster relief efforts in their area in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Be sure to check out a longer interview they also just completed with The Final Straw.

We then will talk with someone from Mutual Aid Disaster Relief about autonomous relief happening in the panhandle of Florida, the area hit hardest and which is almost totally devastated by the storm. They discuss how landlords are already evicting people from homes that are suffering from water damage, leaving people with no place to go, and how, despite statements to the contrary, ICE is out in force on the streets.

As they wrote in a recent statement:

The American Empire is in fierce decline. The global economic system is on the brink of full-scale collapse. We have yet to recover from the 08 recession and experts predict...

13:57

John Marshall Law School: Time to Stand Against Lynching Threats and White Power Organizing It's Going Down

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Atlanta Antifascists announces a new campaign against local white nationalist organizer Casey Jordan Cooper who is attending John Marshall Law School.

We have produced a new video about Casey Jordan Cooper, a white power leader who is studying to become a lawyer at Atlantas John Marshall Law School (AJMLS). Cooper made explicit lynching threats against a Black activist in Atlanta and is active in the Identity Evropa racist organization. AJMLS has known about this situation for over a year and a half. Despite outcry and extensive documentation, the school refuses to take the matter seriously.

In March 2017, we published an article first bringing Coopers racist agitation and lynching threats to the attention of AJMLS. In August of that year, we published a 500+ page dossier on Coopers white power efforts. We continued documenting Casey Coopers central involvement in the metro Atlanta white nationalist scene into 2018 and will continue for as long as he remains active....

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Theres Money in the Spotlight Worlds Highest Paid Entertainers True Activist

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They say that the road to stardom isnt easy. While this may be true, some have come across the legendary pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and made it big. Some of them were born with a silver spoon in their mouth while others started from the bottom and slowly climbed their way up the golden mountain. But whatever the case may be, they put in blood, sweat, and tears for what theyve achieved now. Call it luck of the Irish, but you have to admire them because of where they are now in life. So, who exactly are these lucky entertainers?

Look at the list and see who made the coveted Forbes list.


13:30

Wages Rising? OpEdNews

Despite the best labor markets in years, real wages for rank-and-file workers are not rising much at all. Many reasons are mentioned, but the article highlights the fact that real unemployment is higher than the official rate says. The essay also discusses Amazon's $15/hour wage and where it fits into the picture.

13:27

30 Athletes Whose Salaries Will Knock You Off Your Feet True Activist

Source: True Activist

Professional athletes get paid insane amounts of money, and all while doing the one thing they love the most. From boxers to MMA fighters, tennis to soccer players, and F1 racecar drivers, these guys have gone on to earn loads of money.

Take a look at 30 of the highest paid athletes from all around the world.

13:25

Discuss: Political Madness All the Time Freethought Blogs

Lynna is your curator. How are you all holding up, America?

(Previous thread)

13:25

Quick Fix for Climate Change (The Art of Living in the Coming Age of Austerity) OpEdNews

With the indisputable evidence of on-going phenomena of escalating severity and frequency of storms, droughts, fires, and floods, the world must suddenly wake up and pay full attention to the calamitous predictions in the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

13:18

Daily Inspiration --- Freeing Science from Scientific Dogmatism OpEdNews

There's a conflict at the heart of science, between science as a method of inquiry, and the current beliefs of the Science Establishment. The scientific method is the testing of hypotheses, looking at the evidence with an open mind, subject to correction. This is what science ought to be. But for many professional scientists, science has become a belief system, a world-view, sometimes called "scientism". The mechanical view

12:59

Home remedies for different types of skin rashes Alternative News Network

Home remedies for different types of skin rashes

(Natural News) If your feet are itchy, you may be suffering from a foot rash caused by a fungal infection. A person with a fo...

12:43

Repetition Builds Vocabulary Memory Guardian Liberty Voice

Memory and building a larger vocabulary are dependant on exercising the brain. The United States Department of Education explains there is a correlation between learning new words is easier through repetition. Even though the brain is not technically a muscle, it benefits from regular exercise. Turning a short-term memory into long-term requires repeated exposure to []

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Exclusive: WhoWhatWhy Finds Voting Machines Unguarded WhoWhatWhy

Election security experts are deeply concerned about vulnerabilities in Georgias election infrastructure, so you would think that the authorities would do everything in their power to ensure that hackers cannot get their hands on one of the states voting machines.

But you would be wrong.

WhoWhatWhys team on the ground discovered that several voting machines were left completely unguarded in an unlocked room at a polling place in Fulton County on the day before early voting started.

What made matters even worse, anybody walking by this public place could see the machines from the outside. This stunning lack of security measures would have made it easy for any hacker to slip into the room undetected for the few minutes it takes to hack one of these machines.

Related: How Easy-to-Hack Voting Machines Endanger Democracy

Check out the shocking video below to see for yourself how completely unguarded the devices were and keep in mind that Georgia uses voting machines with no paper trail, which means that any tampering would likely go undetected.

Footage shot by Jordan Wilkie, Micah Eisen, and edited by WhoWhatWhy videographer Kate Walker.


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11:32

Arachnophobia is irrational Freethought Blogs

You are allowed to have irrational fears, and its fine if you have a personal aversion. What is not fine is when you use that irrational fear as an excuse to disrupt other peoples lives, as has happened lately with ten schools in England closed for three weeks because headteachers were afraid of a spider infestation.

Hundreds more children have been told to stay at home after the presence of false widow spiders has closed a tenth school.

Thousands of families have now been affected by closures across east and north London since last week after infestations of the venomous were discovered on school sites.

Parents have spoken out against the disruption caused by schools deciding to close their doors for up to three weeks on the discovery of the spiders, calling it over the top and ridiculous.

John F Kennedy Special School became the latest school in Newham to close due to spiders on Friday. Campuses in nearby Stratford and Beckton have also been closed for the foreseeable future.

These spiders are close relatives of the ones Im working with apparently, theyre finding Steatoda grossa in the schools (Ive got Steatoda triangulosa and Parasteatoda tepidariorum). They can bite, and cause an unpleasant blistering and rash, but you have to really torment the little beasties before they can do any harm. OK, I can imagine schoolkids doing exactly that, but the problem isnt the spiders, its the malicious little thugs in your classroom.

But heres the thing: you cant get rid of them. Theyre everywhere. They tend to hide in out of the way corners, so you probably dont see them very often, but really, they are ubiquitous. Lately Ive been searching for them and have become fine-tuned to spotting them, and theyre everywhere: theyre in your homes, your attics, your garages; they are lurking under your bed and other furniture, theyre quietly making cobwebs in the corners of your window frames, theyve filled up your crawlspaces and the spaces within your walls. If theyre in the schools, they are in the students homes. They love those nice shadowy spaces in all human constructions were in a long-term commensal relationship with these spiders. Theyre not picking on schools selectively.

Im sorry, but if youre going to shut down schools over this routine and mostly harmless occupation by a few small organisms, youre just going to have to shut down all of England. And Europe. And Asia. And the Americas. The spiders havent figured out how to live in Antarctica yet, so I guess were all going to ha...

11:31

Cherokee Nation Blasts Elizabeth Warren For DNA Stunt: Inappropriate And Wrong The Federalist

'Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. . . Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.'

11:29

The United States Is More Socialist Than You Know PopularResistance.Org

Compared to other wealthy countries, large sectors of the US economy are more socialized than is realized. From energy to water to transportation, land and more, and from cities and states to the nation, there is public ownership and control. The neo-liberal era of privatization is winding down. This has particularly accelerated following the 2008 financial crash. We speak with Thomas Hanna, author of "Our Common Wealth: The Return of Public Ownership in the United States," about reclaiming public goods and how to prepare for the next financial crash. Plus, we put the current news in the context of the bigger picture.

11:16

TSA Announces biometrics vision for all commercial aviation travelers Activist Post

Activist Post Editors Note: As weve been covering for some time, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a mandate thats been 15 years...

11:10

Welcome To The Smart Home Government Snitch Program Activist Post

By Nicholas West The very nature of the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution appears to be at stake as the data...

11:03

Nearly 1 in 10 Mail Ballots Thrown Out in Georgia County Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Election officials in Gwinnett County, Georgia, have thrown out almost one in 10 of the vote-by-mail ballots cast. Officials cannot explain why, though they deny it was done out of malice. Citizens whose votes have been rejected can resubmit their ballots or vote in person, but advocates say that this puts an undue burden on voters.

Read more at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

10:59

Angered By Saudi Plan to Purchase Russian S-400, Trump Admin Exploiting Khashoggi Disappearance to Force Saudis to Buy American The Last American Vagabond

The response of the Trump administration and many U.S. politicians to Khashoggis disappearance is largely being guided by the military-industrial complex in this case Lockheed Martin but masquerading as a response motivated by human rights. ISTANBUL  The disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi continues to strain relations between []

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10:57

The Times Whitewashes Haley The Last American Vagabond

The decampment of Nikki Haley from Trumps military regime is, or ought to be, a nonstory. The United States ambassador to the United Nations is a ceremonial position that serves no purpose. The very idea of it is absurd. The US is a law unto itself, readily violating the UN Charter whenever the latters principles get in []

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10:17

The Truth About the Trump Economy OpEdNews

Trump slashed taxes on the wealthy and promised everyone else a $4,000 wage boost. But the boost never happened. That's a big reason why Republicans aren't campaigning on their tax cut, which is just about their only legislative accomplishment.

10:11

#OccupyICEPDX Phase 3: Call to Action It's Going Down

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Call from #OccupyICEPDX for a mobilization and march against ICE on November 6th.

After an anti-ICE rally on June 17th, steadfast protesters were talking in the driveway of Portlands Immigration Customs Enforcement facility. An activist shared the idea of holding a vigil posted outside. That idea grew beautifully into OccupyICEPDX, which inspired occupation movements against ICE across the country.

We have vowed to keep fighting until all asylum seekers are free and this American gestapo is abolished. When our temporary autonomous zone at Macadam was swept, we moved to Phase 2, holding space outside City Hall with a vigil, demanding our city kick the monstrosity of ICE out. Since June, we have seen our City Council show their true colors, failing to take any action against ICE, and using all excuses so they can continue to profit from these terrorist operations.

With Election day approaching fast, and the scare of Measure 105 (repeal of Sanctuary City status) deeply threatens the people of Oregon. We are calling for Phase 3, many mobile vigils will be installed all around the City, for the families separated by ICE. This plan has been in progress since the day after City Hall was vacated, with a few altars completed already. Many more will be made, to be placed in visible locations; each vigil kept maintained by dedicated volunteers. Comrades willing to accept respons...

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Hillary And Holders War On America Alternative News Network

Hillary And Holders War On America

Top Democrats do not want to make America great.

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10:00

Billionaire Elites Fund Democrats Alternative News Network

Billionaire Elites Fund Democrats

Following the money reveals who the elite want to run the country.

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09:52

Coal Country: Matewan via Slaid Cleves Freethought Blogs

If youre already feeling sad, just skip this post.

The coal mining jobs are never going to come back. Mostly because the people who used to do them have gone on to do other things, or have died of their injuries. Out here in Pennsylvania, you can still find old-timers (like my neighbor Bob up the street) who were in on the tail-end of the deep mining, worked through the heavy dragline strip-mines, and finally got out of it when the big machines started doing most of the work and mining was no longer a human task. It turns out that humans are expensive, unless you can economically subjugate them to the point where they work for whatever you tell them theyll work for.

Heres a song by Slaid Cleves that you might enjoy will make you cry while you read the rest of this.

I dont know why I saw Matewan [wc] at its theatrical release in 1987, but I did. At the time I didnt think it was a great movie and I still dont. It is, however, an interesting movie and it portrays Pennsylvania coal miners life around the turn of the century.

Unlike a typical western, the story begins with a stranger coming to town. But hes not an Eastwoodian nihilist packing six guns: hes a labor organizer. There are oblique references to his being part of IWW (the Wobblies the Workers International) obviously there is going to be trouble. It may surprise you to learn that, in Matewan, the mining company has got the workers thoroughly under its thumb, with corrupt bosses, company stores that deduct from wages, and a company boss that can pretty much do whatever he wants because the workers have no contracts. After my last few years of reading about early industrial age USA, I think its a fairly accurate portrayal of the typical situation: bad. The mining company responds to growing worker unrest by shipping up a trainload of black workers from down south. There are also tensions with the Italian immigrant miners. Its a good portrayal of how the industrial capitalists pitted everyone against everyone in order to divide and conquer and keep the workers ignorant.

Photo by Ted Wathen [link]

James Earl Jones pl...

09:41

The Boghossian Experience, in Audio Freethought Blogs

If you somehow missed my series of blog posts on this grievance studies debacle, or youd just like the info in audio format, youre in luck! Cory Johnston caught wind of what Id written, and invited me on the Skeptic Studio podcast to summarise it. I was interviewed just as the third in that series came out, if youd like to properly situate it in the timeline.

Cripes, Ive done five posts on Boghossian and friends? Sorry, but the trio are fractally wrong.

Anyway, Johnston is part of the Brainstorm podcast network, a series of skeptic/atheist shows that tick all the CanCon boxes. They have Twitters and Books, and if you like what you see consider tossing them some cash via their store or Patreon.

As for me, I want to polish off an illustration before formally launching my Patreon thing. Give me another day or two, I pinky-swear.

09:12

Now with twice as many grandbaby pictures! Freethought Blogs

I may have to rename the blog, since doubling the number of grandchildren means this is more aptly named Grandkids and Spiders. Or Spiders and Grandkids? Maybe it depends on which I see more of.

Iliana Myers Hughart

09:09

Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council Statement on Proud Boy Attack It's Going Down

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A statement from the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC) on the recent outburst of Proud Boys violence, posturing by politicians, and actions of the police.

This past Friday, a group of 30 Proud Boysmembers of a violent,  self-proclaimed Western chauvinist fascist organization led by Gavin McInnessurrounded and violently attacked several of our comrades while they lay on the sidewalk on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. During this attack, more than one Proud Boy shouted the homophobic slur faggot at the people they repeatedly stomped on and punched. In response to this textbook example of assault as a hate crime, the dozens of cops present proceeded to pat the Proud Boys on the shoulders to let them know that the cameras had had their fill. By the end of the night, no Proud Boys were arrested, and several anti-fascist protesters were hauled away in handcuffs. Infuriating? Yes. Surprising? No.

Due to some windows getting smashed and some circle As being spray-painted on the Metropolitan Republican Clubs doors, the police were on high alert for any anti-fascist or anti-authoritarian activity on the night of the assault. Effectively, if a person was there to protest the Republican Clubs sponsored reenactment of an ultra-nationalist disemboweling a socialist, they were automatically on NYPDs radar as a suspect of the previous nights property damage. So, when a mob of attendees of the Republican Clubs event began stomping on anti-fascist protesters and screaming homophobic slurs after exiting the assassination celebration, the cops did what they were told: keep an eye on the people in all black, and make sure the people leaving the Republican Club get out safely.

Ultimately, the Metropolitan Republican Club, the NYPD, and the Proud Boys all have the same objective: maintain the status quo, whether it be with racialized economic policies or plastic samurai swords. The Proud Boys are just acting out a cops lunch break fantasies, or a Trump supporters wish to Make America Great Agai...

09:09

Remembering Vietnam:Veterans Day at the National Archives Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Remembering Vietnam-Veterans Day Event and Celebration to be Held at the National Archives WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 15, 2018) The National Archives and National Archives Foundation today announced that former Secretary of Defense, U.S. Senator and decorated Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel will speak at the National Archives on Nov. 14, 2018 at 2 p.m. as []

09:04

Theres a heck of a lot more to identity than what genes you carry Freethought Blogs

Ive done the 23andMe test. Im 50% Scandinavian.

More significantly, I knew my great-grandparents personally; my great-grandmother was a Swedish immigrant, while my great-grandfather was part of a Norwegian-American community in Minnesota that had been around for generations. They spoke some kind of Norwegian/Swedish/English pidgin, they had connections with the Old Country, we ate Scandinavian food at home, we went to a church that had services in Swedish and Norwegian.

I think I can confidently say that Im a Scandinavian-American.

The other 50% of my genome is mostly English/Irish/Scot. That side of my family emigrated to America in the 17th/18th century. All cultural vestiges of that connection have been scoured clean by a few hundred years of history, poverty, and total immersion in this mongrel American pastiche we live in, and they retained no connections with family on the other side of the Atlantic. I wouldnt be as comfortable with claiming to be a British-American, despite my genes sending a clear signal of my biological ancestry.

Elizabeth Warren is not Indian. A few genetic scraps from a distant ancestor do not make you an Indian, any more than the 0.6% of my DNA that is Iberian makes me a Spaniard.

Bustamantes analysis places Warrens Native American ancestor between six and 10 generations ago, with the report estimating eight generations. The identity of the sample donor, Elizabeth Warren, was not known to the analyst during the time the work was performed, the report says.

Eight generations back means shes about 0.4% Indian, with zero cultural association. No Indian tribe recognizes her as a member. I think it was a terrible mistake for Warren to play the genetic essentialist game and essentially vindicate racist arguments about one drop of blood making you a member of a racial group, and if vague rumors of a distant relative being a Cherokee princess makes you an Indian, then a multitude of people who belong with 99% certainty to the oppressor genetic group that committed genocide get to play Indian. This is just wrong.

That said, I have a bit of sympathy for her in that shes trying to defend herself against a racist bigot who has been mocking her remote, slight Indian affiliation by using it as a pejorative. Warren did not use her ancestry as a tool to gain an advantage, to her credit, and its shameful that anyone would think that association with one of the most strongly oppressed groups in this country is a way exploit the system.

Were now at the point where were grimacing a bit at Warrens exaggeration of her connection to Indian culture, while at the same time were tolerating a president who openly expresses contempt for India...

09:02

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. The "War on Terror" is a Fraud OpEdNews

Canada is fast-becoming a safe-haven for terrorists.

09:00

More Than Me CEO Katie Meyler Temporarily Steps Down Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Katie Meyler, the founder of More Than Me, temporarily stepped down from her position as the American charitys chief executive officer pending the results of a Liberian panels review of an investigation published by ProPublica and Time magazine last Thursday. The focus of the article was the rapes of girls by a senior employee of the charity Meyler created to protect them from sexual exploitation.

In reviewing the allegations as published by ProPublica and TIME, we uncovered several statements that were either inconsistent with the information provided to us by More Than Me leadership or that were new information, the charitys Liberian advisory board said in a statement.

The charity boards chairman, Skip Borghese, resigned, calling this an inflection point for the organization. And a three-person committee of the organizations board of directors said in a statement that it will select a law firm with educational and investigatory expertise to conduct its own in-depth, independent audit of our organization, including our governing structure.

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In response to the story, the charity...

08:48

Veteran Owned Meat Company Hires Vets Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Heath Editors Note: Not an advertisement, but to let you know that this meat company is out there.  We support veteran efforts and this company is founded by a veteran who hires veterans. For those of you who are interested, here is the companys website: https://kccattlecompany.com/ KC Cattle Company Great food for a great cause. Thats []

08:22

Scott Dozier Still Wants to be Executed. And He's Still Waiting. The Marshall Project

After forcing Nevada into a legal battle over its lethal injection drugs, an execution volunteer says the state is punishing him.

08:21

Saudi Arabia to Admit Khashoggi Died During Interrogation Gone Wrong: CNN The Anti-Media

Jamal Khashoggi(MEE)  Saudi Arabia is preparing a report that would admit missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed as the result of an interrogation that went wrong, CNN reported on Monday, citing two unnamed sources. One source cautioned that the report was still being prepared and could change, CNN said, while the other source said the report []

08:19

Sweet and Low Stoddart Avenue Community Garden



Fall weather has finally arrived to my great delight and the time has finally come to harvest our bumper sweet potato crop and put most of the garden to bed.  However, I am pretty much alone these days at the Stoddart Avenue Community Garden this month since most of the gardeners have thrown in the towel for the season.  No one will do their assigned chores without me putting on my witch hat.  The court unexpectedly has stopped sending up community service volunteers, bringing our fence straightening project to a screeching halt.  Thank goodness for Amy helping me out for a few hours this weekend and being the only gardener who ever helps me to carry the lawn waste bags to the curb every other Monday. 


This was just one of four giant sweet potato patches at the SACG
As readers may recall, I had not planned on starting sweet potato seedlings this year because it has  not been a reliable crop over the years and I was having trouble...

08:18

08:15

ProPublica Illinois Wins 3rd Place in 2018 Ruderman Foundation Awards for Excellence in Reporting on Disability Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

The National Center on Disability and Journalism announced that the ProPublica Illinois project Stuck Kids won third place in the 2018 Ruderman Foundation Awards for Excellence in Reporting on Disability.

Led by reporter Duaa Eldeib, Stuck Kids revealed that hundreds of children in state care are held each year in psychiatric hospitals for weeks or months at a time, even after they have been cleared to leave, because the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) cannot find them a more appropriate home. Between 2015 and 2017, 21 percent of the total time DCFS children and teens spent in psychiatric hospitals was not medically necessary. ProPublica Illinois data reporter Sandhya Kambhampati, web producer Vignesh Ramachandran and news applications developer David Eads also contributed to the project, which was published in partnership with The Atlantic.

In response to the story, state lawmakers called for a public hearing. And, in an extremely rare move, a federal judge is considering the appointment of an independent monitor to gather data and require DCFS to put into place a plan to address the problem.

The third-place honor comes with a $1,000 prize, to be presented at a fall ceremony in Washington. The full list of winners is available here.

08:11

Trump Admin Proposes Requiring Drugmakers to Disclose Prices in Ads Alternative News Network

Trump Admin Proposes Requiring Drugmakers to Disclose Prices in Ads

Proposal says price must reflect cost of a 30-day supply

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08:00

A bid for empathy: Three letters that can make white folks understand non-white fear of police Freethought Blogs

Beau of the Fifth Column has a bit of insight that might help clarify things for those whore confused about why non-white Americans are upset about the status of policing in this country:

 

 


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07:47

Elizabeth Warren Freethought Blogs

While I have thoughts on Elizabeth Warren taking and releasing the results of a DNA test that proves her Native American heritage (apparently between 1/32 and 1/1024th), this post is primarily concerned with highlighting responses from those who know far more than I.

The following, from Kim TallBear, author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science, has been retweeted by multiple people today:

The tweet thread, which I dont know how to embed, continues

more rarely they claim to be part choctaw, blackfoot, apache.but most often its a claim to be cherokee.

many people ask me for advice on which DNA test to take to prove they have a Cherokee ancestor. #ElizabethWarren is NOT unique in her claim.

where do i begin in responding? it is always a similar story, similarly vague. theres a deep need that a lot of folks have to be an Indian.

i see a pervasive fetishization of ancestry alone, and very little notion that a tribal or indigenous community actually matters.

i like to quote peter dwyer: the idea of evolution has conditioned an odd understanding. that we are what we were, and not what we became.

many of the cherokee DNA test takers in fact will find no or very little indigenous ancestry. many will find no name on a record.

.ask yourself why it matters so much. lots of white folks who newly ID as multi-racial on the US census are checking the Native Am box

are folks trying to escape whiteness? trying to claim in addition to all of the land & resources a right to our IDs via claims to our DNA?

white people who want to be cherokee, challenge white supremacy where you see it instead. has the settler-state not already taken enough?

indigenous bodies/DNA shouldnt be a refuge from discomforting whiteness, nor for POC who seek DNA a response to white supremacist exclusion

if folks privilege DNA company declarations of who is indigenous theyre saying (mostly white) geneticists have the right to define us.

debated as citizenship rules are globally, privileging geneticists criteria...

07:34

Internet Censorship Just Took An Unprecedented Leap Forward, And Hardly Anyone Noticed The Last American Vagabond

While most indie media was focused on debating the way people talk about Kanye West and the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an unprecedented escalation in internet censorship took place which threatens everything we all care about. It received frighteningly little attention. After a massive purge of hundreds of politically oriented pages and personal accounts for []

The post Internet Censorship Just Took An Unprecedented Leap Forward, And Hardly Anyone Noticed appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

07:30

The Roots of the Opioid Epidemic: A Conversation with Sam Quinones Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Strong Towns President and Founder Chuck Marohn is an avid reader, and every year, at the end of the year, Chuck publishes a short list of his favorite books of the year. The 2017 year-end list included a book called Dreamland by LA-based journalist Sam Quinones, about the rise of the American opioid epidemic.

Recently, Chuck spotted Sam on social media describing himself as a fan of Strong Towns, and thought, Can this be the same guy? It was, and so for this weeks Strong Towns Podcast, we bring you a conversation between Chuck Marohn and Sam Quinones about the opioid crisis, and how it might relate to changes in the way we live in our cities and towns.

A common theme between Strong Townss advocacy and Quinoness work is the danger of seductive, simplistic solutions to complex problems. For us at Strong Towns, the complex problem is that of building a place that will have long-term, resilient value and prosperity. And the overly simple, purported miracle cures are everywhere. Growth itself as the solution to a citys growing pains is just such a miracle cure that, in practice, actually compounds our problems.

In Quinoness area of research, the complex problem is chronic pain. And the seductive, simple solution is, Just pop another pill.

The opioid epidemic started in an innocent way, with narcotic painkillers prescribed to patientsincluding Chucks fatherwho really did benefit from them. Quinones says narcotics can be part of a healthy, holistic approach to pain management. But that this approach has given way, in a trend that started accelerating in the 1990s, to a societal obsession with pills.

Quinones runs through the fascinating history of how we got to where we are todaya society in which the crime rate is as low as its been in decades, but the overdose death rate is at a record high. The history runs from a 1990s revolution in pharmaceutical marketing (a new generation of drug reps didnt know what they were selling, but they all knew how to sell it), to the rise of pill mills in the mid-2000s, to the proliferation of heroin throughout places that had never had a heroin problem, where pain pill addicts were easy marks for dealers.

How is all this related to our development pattern, Chuck wondersor is it? Quinones says he does think the opioid epidemic is connected to the isolation brought on by the way we build our cities. Increasingly in modern America, you buy a big house, you drive everywhere, and you dont know your neighbors. People could more easily be slipping into addiction and not have anyone checking up on themor a neighbor or other community member to go to and say, Hey, Im in trouble here. The opioid epidemic, more than any prior one, has been driven by shame. Even in Quinoness r...

07:29

How Journalists Messed Up Big Time In Covering The Kavanaugh Confirmation The Federalist

Washington Examiner's Becket Adams joins Federalist Radio to discuss media bias, the awfulness of Twitter, and Star Wars.

07:20

Catastrophe at al-Rukban Refugee Camp Continues Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Health Editors Note:  Ongoing saga of the dilemmas of the Syrians in the al-Rukban refugee camp. The camp is located in a no mans land, between Syria and Jordan, who share a border.  UNICEF reported that children are dying of starvation in this campCarol Who is responsible for the humanitarian catastrophe in the al-Rukban refugee []

06:55

HAARP Waves: See, Hear, and Feel the Climate Control Part 2 Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Health Editors Note: Here is Part 2 of the world of HAARP waves written by Enkidu Gilgamesh. This part covers What is HAARP? and fake gravity waves. More to follow.Carol HAARP WAVES! GET ANALOG RADIOS! YOU CAN SEE, HEAR AND FEEL THE CLIMATE CONTROL! PART2 By Enkidu Gilgamesh The digitalization of radio, the freeing of []

06:50

The story of Edwins Freethought Blogs

Close to my home is a French cuisine restaurant called Edwins where I have eaten a couple of times. What is different about this restaurant is that all the workers are ex-convicts, some of whom were convicted of serious crimes. Shannon Carrier visited Cleveland and found Edwins through recommendations on Yelp and describes her experience eating there. She also talked with the owner Brandon Chrostowski, who as a young man was jailed for drug possession and evading arrest but thinks that because he was white, he got off more easily with a probation sentence.

He learned to cook in a downtown Detroit restaurant before going off to France and learning to be a chef and returning to Manhattan and working at some of the finest restaurants there. But something nagged at him.

These men who really helped me become a man, the men in the kitchen in Detroit, they were slowly getting murdered, one after anotherstabbed countless times, people put in prison. And Im sitting here working at these restaurants with copper pots and $10,000 bottles of wine, and you just kind of look at life, like what the fuck is going on here? It just didnt sit well with me.

So he decided to open a restaurant as a rehabilitation pathway for people coming out of prison, to enable them to learn skills and get well-paying jobs. And it has worked, as shown in a 2018 documentary called Knife Skills

Fifty-five restaurants are waiting to hire students. We have a 97-98 percent employment rate, 1.2 percent recidivism. They dont go back. They just dont. Theres a more powerful yes that we have introduced into someones life and they go forward.

We dont ask about prior offense, he said. We dont care.

One scene in Knife Skills outlines some surprising math about what students can expect to earn with what they learned at EDWINS. Numbers dont lie, Chrostowski is seen telling one group. The demand in this town is high, and the supply for great managers is low. So, you should be walking out of here saying, Wheres my 35-45-55 thousand, because youve got this kind of information.

Are there cameras? my date asked before I could.

No cameras, Chrostowski said. Its a culture of trust, a culture of moving forward, not looking backwards. I could see my dates mind turning over the possibilities: gun fight, stabbing, armed robbery. But EDWINS has peacefully existed for almost five years. The only threat these individuals pose is to people who dont want to see ex-cons enter the middle class.

We have the campus around the corner, so part of that mission was to help people in toxic environments. The institute raised private money for student housing and a campus: a 22-bed apartment building wit...

06:47

Few Democrats Offer Alternatives to War-Weary Voters OpEdNews

While Trump's 2016 victories in swing states may well have been aided by his posing as a foe of protracted war, his administration's Mideast policies have largely exposed that masquerade. Unfortunately, the weak and confused positions of Democratic leaders on endless war and bloated military spending offer little alternative to war-weary voters.

06:22

Police With Military Experience More Likely to Shoot The Marshall Project

Dallas cops who were veterans fired their weapons more than those who never served in the armed forces, study shows.

06:08

Dan Dicks Responds To The FACEBOOK PURGE - Internet Bill Of Rights Is NOT What We Need! Latest blog

Yes Facebook has purged Press For Truths main Facebook page with 350k followers and many of our friends pages as well but we cant look to the government to solve the problems that have been created by the government who are in bed with these major tech conglomerates! Moving forward we must not attempt to regulate Facebook into playing fairly but we should rather boycott it all together and focus our energy on promoting alternative platforms that DO support free speech and WONT censor content no matter what side of the political spectrum the views are coming from. Platforms like steemit.com bitchute.com and minds.com for example are great blockchain based social media sites who do not engage in censorship and who support free speech and a truly open free and fare market. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth goes live on RT International to discuss the recent purging of his facebook page while at the same time providing free market ideals as a solution to the current trend of major tech companies banning political thought and opinion.

05:30

Jacks Walk Freethought Blogs

Its damp and drizzly again and while I might not like the weather there are certainly things that thrive when its moist outside. Fungus for example. Jack and I havent been to the forest in a few days and I was surprised to see this big bright piece of flaming fungus grown so large in 3 days. I swear it wasnt there on Friday. It fits right in with the October colours all around it, but I didnt expect to see fungus in a frilly orange party dress.

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05:26

The Facebook Purge of Independent Media: What Youre Not Being Told The Anti-Media

Facebook PurgeVictims of Facebooks most recent purge should not forget the connections between the social media giant and the Western Military-Industrial Complex. (CR)  On Thursday, Facebook announced they were unpublishing, or purging, over 500 pages and 200 accounts who are accused of spreading political spam. Several of these pages and writers were also removed from Twitter on []

05:24

Is the Purge of Independent Media a Coordinated Attack by the Military Industrial Complex? Activist Post

By Derrick Broze Victims of Facebooks most recent purge should not forget the connections between the social media giant and the Western Military-Industrial Complex. On...

05:10

Making Kitchen Knives Part 4 Heat Treatment Freethought Blogs

This is when things did go a bit pear-shaped, although I learned that only today. You have seen my equipment before, but not in detail. Now you can see it in detail. An IR thermometer on the left, small insulated chamber with gas burner in the middle, a can of sunflower oil, and of course gloves and pliers.

Charly, all rights reserved. Click for full size.

With a blade this thin I have to somehow prevent carbon loss, because I cannot simply ground away a few tenths of a mm afterwards. There would be barely any blade left if I did that. So, as you can see on the last picture in previous post in the series, I tried to coat it with an experimental solution to prevent said carbon loss as an alternative to the rather expensive stainless steel foil. It worked and did not work at the same time and the knife is now in a stage when it will be crap no matter what I do. I am going to finish it anyway, just to get the measure of time, but this step was a definitive flop. Which I did not expect, because I heat-treated two knives from this steel without problems.

 

Firstly the gas burner has trouble reaching the necessary temperature of 1.050C that this steel requires. It can reach them with success (the blade that I have given to my mother was hardened this way), but it takes a long time and it is difficult to heat up the blade evenly. I thought that I have reached the right temperature and quenched the blade OK, which was confirmed by subsequent scratch test with my impromptu gauges. However, as it turned out, the scratch test only passed because the protective coating has made a thin but hard layer on the surface that was bugger all to remove.

Charly, all rights reserved. Click for full size.

I hoped it would dissolve in hot water that was the intention but it did not. It was extremely difficult to clean off in the following step and after I measured the hardness on polished blade (properly I found out we have HRC measurement at work), it had only about 50-51 HRC. That is weaksauce for a kitchen knife, although it would be OK for a machete. The blade is hardened, just not to its fullest potential. It will cut fine, but it will require more maintenance, so I will probably keep this knife for mysel...

05:05

Mental Exercise: Good for the Little Gray Cells Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Health Editors Note: As we age we tend to think about slowing down or that we are slowing down or are expected to slow down. RESIST this idea! Step up your game. Retiring from your job, downsizing, loosing the yard work, etc. are all ways to let it go but do not!  As it turns []

05:02

This Might Be the End for Anti-Media The Anti-Media

Anti-Media-Logo-Protest-FistWeve got some bad news: Facebook is trying to kill Anti-Media. Following the social media giants failed effort to crack down on fake news, Zuckerberg has decided hes simply going to remove pages altogether, and independent media outlets like us are being hit the hardest. We had already seen our post reach drop to less than one []

04:58

Hillary Clinton Once Again Demonstrates She Is Disconnected From Reality The Federalist

Hillary says her husband Bill Clinton should 'absolutely not' have resigned in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and did not abuse his power by having sexual relations with her.

04:42

Cold War Propaganda: How the State Brainwashes Americans into Supporting War! Newsbud

In the 1950s, the United States insisted the Soviet Union was a dire threat to America. This wasnt even close to being true. This fallacy is disproven by a number of studies that show the economic growth of the Soviet Union was seriously hampered by the Second World War and despite a push for industrialization []

04:40

No, Facebook is NOT Private, Their Censorship Arm is Government Funded The Free Thought Project

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Facebook is not private. They are partnered with a NATO backed think tank to censor their platform that is funded by the US government.

The post No, Facebook is NOT Private, Their Censorship Arm is Government Funded appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

04:30

Digital Free Speech Zones are Here Activist Post

By Dylan Charles Truth is treason in an empire of lies. ~George Orwell An empire of lies requires popular devotion to its founding illusions, lest...

04:29

Dangerous, Expensive Drugs Aggressively Pushed? You Have These Medical Conflicts of Interest to Thank. OpEdNews

The New York Times and ProPublica recently reported that Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's own CEO, Dr. Craig B. Thompson, its chief medical officer, Dr. Jose' Baselga, and one of its immunotherapy specialists, Dr. Jedd Wolchok, were swimming in Pharma money.

04:26

Monday Mercurial Freethought Blogs

Oversized kittens

White tiger cub about to jump

Ready?
Giliell, all rights reserved

cub climbing

Look, look, Im climbing a tree!
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cub in tree

Fuck, I actually climbed a tree.
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cub jumping

Thank goodness. Mum said if they have to call the firefighters again Im grounded. Literally.
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04:25

Ecuador Fails To Keep Promise Allowing Assange Partial Internet Access Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel Ecuador claims it will partially restore the WikiLeaks founders communications with the outside world from its London embassy, according to reports. Julian Assange...

04:19

Hurricanes Give Americans Taste of Disaster Washington's Wars Bring to Others OpEdNews

Florida residents from the eastern part of Panama City Beach to Apalachicola now know what a war zone is like. 750,000 people are without power and without water. Thousands of homes and commercial structures no longer exist.

04:17

Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, How Guantanamo Set the Stage for the Kavanaugh Hearings OpEdNews

Amid the emotional hubbub over the predictable confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, there has been a largely overlooked casualty: the American judiciary.

04:15

5 More Fluoride-Condemning Studies Published - When is it Enough? Fluoride Dangers

Five More Fluoride-Condemning Studies are Published When Is It Enough?

New York  October 15, 2018 -- Five new published studies support previous research linking fluoride to thyroid disease; ADHD; overdosing formula-fed infants and bias in government reports. Another reveals pregnant Canadians have higher urine fluoride levels in fluoridated vs. non-fluoridated areas which previous studies linked to offsprings lower IQ, reports New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF).

1) Fluoride exposure coupled with iodine deficiency is linked to thyroid disease, report researchers in Environment International (December 2018).  They report that this is the first human population-based examination of chronic low-level fluoride exposure on thyroid function that considers residents iodine status.

I have grave concerns about the health effects of fluoride exposure, 
said lead author Ashley Malin. And not just from my study but the      other studies that have come out in recent years, (quoted from Environmental Health News).

2) Higher levels of fluoride exposure during pregnancy we...

04:00

Actually, Lets Not Set Aside Land Next to Rail Lines for Mansionization Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Today, we are featuring a guest post from our friends at the Sightline Institute. It was originally published on their site and is reproduced here with permission. Sightline Institute is an independent, nonprofit think tank providing leading original analysis of energy, economic, and environmental policy in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Its mission is to make the Northwest a global model of sustainability.

In this post, Michael Andersen discusses how restrictive land-use rules near Portland, Oregons rail stations basically ensure that most of the homes built within walking distance of those stations will be expensive single-family houses.

This not only limits Portland-area residents access to high quality transit, but, we at Strong Towns would add, also prevents local government entities from realizing the fullest possible return on a large investment in transit infrastructurethe kind of return that might make it possible to afford more rail lines like this in the future. This article is part of the series Legalizing Inexpensive Housing.


Two years from next month, Portlands regional government plans to ask voters for about a billion dollars to help build the first modern light rail line through the regions most exclusive quadrant.

The Southwest Corridor project through Portlands mostly well-off (but poorly connected) southwest neighborhoods could become a new model for the Pacific Northwest in how to improve housing and transportation at the same time.

Alternatively, it could become a model of how to utterly fail at doing so.

 A house built in 2015 on Southwest Capitol Hill Road, a five-minute walk from a proposed rail station. When this is the only sort of home that's legal, it's the only sort of home we'll get. Photo by Google Maps.

A house built in 2015 on Southwest Capitol Hill Road, a five-minute walk from a proposed rail station. When this is the only sort of home that's legal, it's the only sort of home we'll get. Photo by Google Maps.

On Thursday, Po...

03:52

Meet Ten Corporate Giants Helping Israel Massacre Gaza Protesters The Anti-Media

Israel Massacre Gaza Protesters(MPN)  As Israeli soldiers gun down unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in the Great March of Return, their lethal operations depend on an array of contractors and suppliers, many of them companies based outside Israel. The Israeli military relies on a network of international companies, supplying everything from sniper rifles to tear gas, to carry out its massacres []

03:41

Justice Brett Kavanaugh's impact on Indian Country Indianz.Com News

The recently confirmed Supreme Court justice was heavily opposed by Indigenous leaders.

03:23

Citizen Potawatomi Nation hits end of the line at Supreme Court Indianz.Com News

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the state of Oklahoma have been at odds over sales taxes at tribally-owned businesses.

03:17

Exclusion Of Candidates Violates Rights Of Voters PopularResistance.Org

Green Party candidates have been excluded from debates and polls across the country by news media and polling criteria that favor Democratic and Republican candidates. Exclusion means Green Party candidates cannot make their case to undecided voters or try to sway decided ones, which is especially crucial in races that determine ballot status. High numbers of undecided voters are a wild card in many races this year and may lead to some Green surprises on election day. Constance Gadell-Newton, candidate for Governor of Ohio, was excluded from three Ohio Debate Commission debates cosponsored by the League of Women Voters...

03:08

Ecuador Finally Restores Assanges Internet, Phone and Visitation Privileges The Anti-Media

Julian Assange(ZHE)  Ecuador has partially restored Julian Assanges communications in their London Embassy after UN officials met with Ecuadors president, Lenin Moreno on Friday, reports the Belfast Telegraph. Assange, who has lived in the embassy for over six years, had his phone and internet access taken away in March over political statements he made in violation of a written []

02:57

How To Feed 10 Billion By 2050 Without Destroying The Planet TruthTheory

Agricultural field with a house in the background

By Olivia Rosane via Eco Watch

By 2050, there will be 10 billion people on the earth, and global income will triple. Feeding more people with more money will increase the environmental pressures put on the planet by the global food system by between 50 and 92 percent. If nothing is done, those pressures will push Earth beyond the planetary boundaries that define a safe operating space for humanity.

Thats the starting point of a major new study published in Nature Wednesday that is the first to quantify how food production and consumption impacts the planets ability to sustain human life.

The food system gobbles up planetary resources in four key ways:

  1. It is a major contributor to climate change.
  2. Land use changes required for farming drive biodiversity loss.
  3. ...

02:38

An American Authoritarianism Rising: Silence Will Not Protect You OpEdNews

We are at an historical inflection point similar to the early 1930s before fascism took power.

02:35

Macron Says the Epicenter of the French Language is Now in Africa Alternative News Network

Macron Says the Epicenter of the French Language is Now in Africa

French President makes more bizarre comments on national identity.

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02:27

Internet Censorship Just Took An Unprecedented Leap Forward, And Hardly Anyone Noticed The Free Thought Project

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While most indie media was focused on debating the way people talk about Kanye West and the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an unprecedented escalation in internet censorship took place.

The post Internet Censorship Just Took An Unprecedented Leap Forward, And Hardly Anyone Noticed appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

02:26

Syrian War Report October 15, 2018: Syrian Army Kicks Off Another Attempt To Eliminate ISIS In Al-Safa Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

from SouthFront On October 11th, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), local militais, and former fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) prepared to launch a new offensive on the remaining ISIS fighters in the al-Safa area with support from Russia, north of al-Suwayda, local media reported. On October 12th and October 13th, pro-government sources reported []

02:18

The morality of atheists Freethought Blogs

That atheists can be virtuous is so obvious that it is not something that needs to be stated. But we know that it was not always thought so, especially in early modern times. And even now, we often hear the specious argument being advanced that since god is the source of moral values, an atheist cannot be expected to have any. I wont even bother to respond to that silly argument. But I came across this interesting article by Michael Hickson, a professor of philosophy, who describes the evolution of attitudes towards atheists.

For centuries in the West, the idea of a morally good atheist struck people as contradictory. Moral goodness was understood primarily in terms of possessing a good conscience, and good conscience was understood in terms of Christian theology. Being a good person meant hearing and intentionally following Gods voice (conscience). Since an atheist cannot knowingly recognise the voice of God, he is deaf to Gods moral commands, fundamentally and essentially lawless and immoral. But today, it is widely if not completely understood that an atheist can indeed be morally good.

Hickson says that a Huguenot philosopher and historian Pierre Bayle (1647-1706) whom I had not heard of before was instrumental in changing that belief. In his book Various Thoughts on the Occasion of a Comet (1682), Bayle began with an observation that would be highly controversial for that time.

It is no stranger for an atheist to live virtuously than it is strange for a Christian to live criminally. We see the latter sort of monster all the time, so why should we think the former is impossible?

Bayle argued people do not act on the basis of their principles or theories. They are instead motivated by passions and that this is the great equalizer. Pride, self-love, the desire for honour, the pursuit of a good reputation, the fear of punishment, and a thousand customs picked up in ones family and country, are far more effective springs of action than any theoretical beliefs about a self-created being called God, or the First Cause argument.

Bayles pessimism reaches its pinnacle in a thought experiment involving a visit from an alien species. Bayle claims that it would take these aliens less than 15 days to conclude that people do not conduct themselves according to the lights of conscience. In other words, very few people in the world are, properly speaking, morally good. So atheists are merely no worse than religious believers, and on the surface they might even appear morally superior. While this is less ambitious than claiming that atheists can be completely virtuous, it is still a milestone in the history of secularism.

It is the issue of conscience tha...

02:17

A Stunning Little Dragon Freethought Blogs

These incredible photos were sent to us by Avalus. The first time I saw them I just sat there scrolling back and forth taking in more and more detail.  The first shot is all about camouflage, but after that its all about standing out. Its a wonder filled study of a beautiful creature. Avalus says,

this encounter I found the most impressing. It was a really large dragonfly, just sitting on a mossy patch of sidewalk in the botanical garden of my University. She did not mind me in the slightest and I could take pictures from a few centimetres away. 

She did stick her abdomen in the moss repeatedly, so maybe she layed eggs? There was a pond-flowerbed maybe 20 cm away.

The finger is for size, I did not touch her.

As you can see in picture 11, it is a beauty and a beast (if you happen the be a insect)!

Avalus, thank you so much for sharing.

 

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02:07

Toxic Family Communication --You Can Change it! OpEdNews

Everyone has experienced moments of feeling smothered or frustrated by the interference and advice of a concerned family member. However, often out of a sense of worry family members tend to invade personal space. When this happens the communication dynamic changes and may become toxic.

02:07

Reasons to Resuscitate and Keep America Alive OpEdNews

It's time we accept the facts of our history lessons and realizing they are incomplete at best, and change who we are, if we truly want America to change.

01:52

Julian Assanges Communications Partly Restored By Ecuadorian Government PopularResistance.Org

The Ecuadorian government has decided to partly restore communications for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. They were cut in March, denying him access to the internet or phones and limiting visitors to members of his legal team. He has been living inside Ecuadors embassy in London for over six years. The Ecuadorian government said in March it had acted because Mr Assange had breached a written commitment made to the government at the end of 2017 not to issue messages that might interfere with other states. Wikileaks said in a statement: Ecuador has told WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange that it will remove the isolation regime imposed on him following meetings between two senior UN officials and Ecuadors President Lenin Moreno on Friday.

01:45

Trump Wants To Make Union Pickets Illegal PopularResistance.Org

Protesting workers may need to be extra cautious about whose hand theyre trying to force in the wake of a recent NLRB ruling that will likely affect labor advocacy in a number of industries. The National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that a group of subcontracted janitors were justifiably fired for picketing at the San Francisco building where they worked. The board said the workers werent protected by federal labor law because they were trying to convince the buildings property manager to cut ties with their employer. Workers and their unions can picket or protest at job sites with multiple employers. They can also inform a secondary or neutral employer that they plan to do picketing directed at the primary employer they work for.

01:43

You Want to Make America Great Again? Start by Making America Free Again Activist Post

By John W. Whitehead If the freedom of speech be taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.George Washington...

01:43

Maybe Santa will bring me some high end optical gear for Christmas this year Freethought Blogs

I admit, I drooled a little bit: HHMI has developed this cool gadget for imaging embryos. Its got everything: a culture chamber for mouse embryos, the latest light-sheet imaging tech, and fancy digital processing so no matter how the embryo rolls or drifts, it realigns the image. Its been built by Phillip Keller, who did some amazing work with visualizing zebrafish.

Until now, the best views of living embryos came from fish and flies. A decade ago, Keller and colleagues developed the first digital embryo of the zebrafish, a kind of see-through, striped minnow often studied by scientists.

Fish embryos have the advantage that theyre shaped more like a ribbon draped over a ball of yolk, which means you can almost ignore one dimension. Mice start out sort of 2-dimensional too, but are eventually shaped like little balls with all kinds of movement in 3 dimensions over time. Im finding that spider embryos are similarly obnoxiously thick. But look at what this machine can do!

Also, amazingly, theyre giving it all away for free. The software is all downloadable, along with plans for building the scope (building one from scratch is still out of my budget, though), and they offer free access to the instrument out at Janelia Farm. Maybe someday Im still working on just getting reliable embryo production and am thinking about some basic genetics, and years from now when Im ready to do some advanced digital imaging, maybe theyll come in boxes of Cracker Jack.

Or better yet, some of my students will move on to do it for me.

01:37

Countdown To Womens March On The Pentagon PopularResistance.Org

October 13, 2018 "Information Clearing House" -  Womens March on the Pentagon (WMOP) is excited to announce we are ready and rarin to go for our long anticipated march and rally at ground-zero for US imperialism. "We envisioned this principled non-partisan march on the bi-partisan war machine at the beginning of this year. Despite obstacles, we are excited that many people have been attracted to this long over-due antiwar march in Washington, DC," said one of the lead organizers, antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, from her home in California.

01:32

Elizabeth Warrens DNA Test Proves She Was Lying The Federalist

Acting as if the results of the senator's DNA test are a vindication of her initial claims is an assault on reason.

01:31

Maines Radical Universal Home Health Care Proposition PopularResistance.Org

A group of progressives in Maine has proposed a radical new solution to providing medical care for an aging, rural population. Question 1, a measure on the ballot in November, proposes universal home health care for all Maine residents, to be paid for by a tax on people making more than $128,400 a year. Opponents of the proposal say that the program would be too costly; supporters say it could radically change the lives of people living with disability or serious illness. Eligibility for the program would depend on daily needs, rather than on a medical diagnosis. Maine residents who cannot complete at least one daily living activity, such as bathing, cooking or walking, would be able to receive help in a variety of forms.

01:22

That $3 Trillion-A-Year Clean Energy Transformation? Its Already Underway. PopularResistance.Org

To keep global warming in check, the world will have to invest an average of around $3 trillion a year over the next three decades in transforming its energy supply systems, a new United Nations climate science report says. It won't be cheap, but it's also a change that's already underway. Much of that investment is money that would be spent on energy systems anyway. Instead of continuing to invest it in fossil fuel-based energy that worsens global warming and can harm human health, the report provides a pathway for shifting those investments to clean energy. The landmark report, released Oct. 8 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), sums up years of research into the risks to people and ecosystems if global temperatures rise 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, and it looks at how to stop that from happening.

01:21

Dual-Power in a Three-Way Fight: Critical Reflections on Hurricane Michael It's Going Down

The post Dual-Power in a Three-Way Fight: Critical Reflections on Hurricane Michael appeared first on It's Going Down.

Members of Mutual Aid Disaster Relief report from the ground in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael swept into the Florida panhandle with a ferocity unlike anything seen in the regions recorded history. The intensity of the devastation is difficult to overstate, if not impossible. We caught a glimpse of the future this week in the Florida panhandle. And the future is bleak.

Over and over, we found ourselves saying, Weve never seen anything like this. We watched U.S. Customs and Border Patrol hoard food and water in an Altha, FL warehouse swarming with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents lying in wait to kidnap and deport undocumented migrants who were desperate enough to seek supplies. We fought through roadways burdened with debris to access rural communities where folks are literally trapped inside their homes without food or water while the Florida police stand around arbitrarily blocking traffic with squad cars, pussyfooting around with their hands in their pockets.

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People in Lynn Haven, FL were told they had three days to clear their belongings out of their eviscerated homes in Pinnacle Apartment complex or their remaining belongings would be tossed in the trash. The tenants October rent was not returned as they were kicked to the curb. We saw a middle school in Bountstown, FL that had its roof ripped off, strewing yellow, water-logged insulation all across the parking lot. The entry hall to the sch...

01:15

Atlas Robot Overcomes Bullies at Boston Dynamics With Parkour Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel Engineering company Boston Dynamics has released a video of its famous Atlas robot leaping up stairs. In the video titled: Parkour Atlas,...

01:10

Super Human Predicted Super Human Race WhoWhatWhy

Proud Boys Violence Goes Unpunished (DonkeyHotey)

Members of a far-right mens group beat up protesters and werent arrested. New York police wont say why.

Yemen on Brink of Worlds Worst Famine in 100 Years If War Continues (Jimmy)

The author writes, Yemen could be facing the worst famine in 100 years if airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition are not halted, the UN has warned. If war continues, famine could engulf the country in the next three months, with 12 to 13 million civilians at risk of starvation, according to Lise Grande, the agencys humanitarian coordinator for Yemen.

Julian Assange to Regain Internet Access at Embassy Base Reports (Reader Luke)

The author writes, On Sunday, the Press Association reported that Ecuador had partly restored Assanges access to the internet, mobile phones, and visits at the embassy, which had been restricted to members of his legal team.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthys Family Benefited From US Program for Minorities Based on Disputed Ancestry (Reader Steve)

The author writes, A company owned by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthys in-laws won more than $7 million in no-bid and other federal contracts at US military installations and other government properties in California based on a dubious claim of Native American identity by McCarthys brother-in-law, a Times investigation has found.

Death of a Dissident: Saudi Arabia and the Rise of the Mobster State (Jimmy)

The author writes, The fate of Khashoggi has at l...

01:10

Meet Ten Corporate Giants Helping Israel Massacre Gaza Protesters PopularResistance.Org

NEW YORK  As Israeli soldiers gun down unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in the Great March of Return, their lethal operations depend on an array of contractors and suppliers, many of them companies based outside Israel. The Israeli military relies on a network of international companies, supplying everything from sniper rifles to tear gas, to carry out its massacres of protesters in Gaza, Tom Anderson, a researcher for Corporate Occupation, told MintPress News. These companies are knowingly supporting war crimes, and are complicit in state-orchestrated murder. Since the mobilization began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed 205 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory reported on October 4.

01:08

Israel Is Captive to Its 'Destructive Process' OpEdNews

There will never be transports or extermination camps for the Palestinians, but amid increasing violence against Palestinians larger and larger numbers of them will die, in airstrikes, targeted assassinations and other armed attacks. Hunger and misery will expand. Israeli demands for "transfer"--the forced expulsion of Palestinians from occupied territory to neighboring countries--will grow.

01:05

Standards of beauty may have changed significantly in 5000 years Freethought Blogs

A 5000 year old grave in Iran contained the remains of a 25-30 year old, upper class woman. Theres something distinctive about that skull, though.

Shes got a prosthetic eye! Only its not your standard glass eye, its a ball made of tar and fat, with delicate capillaries made of gold wire, and a diamond shape incised into the ball where the iris would be, and apparently it was held in its socket by a strap around the head, so it must have bulged out quite a bit. Also, its black.

This wasnt an eye made to hide a disfiguring wound, it was made to accentuate it. She must have been terrifying.

(Theres a reconstruction at the link, but it doesnt look like much effort was put into it, like they just drew a black ball on the face of a contemporary Iranian woman.)

00:51

Washington Supreme Court Declares States Death Penalty Unconstitutional PopularResistance.Org

Finding that the death penalty "is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner," a unanimous Washington Supreme Court has struck down the state's capital-punishment statute as violating Washington's state constitutional prohibition against "cruel punishment." The court's ruling, authored by Chief Justice Mary E. Fairhurst and issued on October 11, 2018, declared: "The death penalty, as administered in our state, fails to serve any legitimate penological goal; thus, it violates article I, section 14 of our state constitution." The decision also converted the sentences of all eight people on the state's death row (pictured) to life imprisonment without possibility of release.

00:45

All Eyes on HTS: Buffer Zone Deadline Passes for Al-Qaeda in Syria 21st Century Wire

Yesterday, it was reported that the democracy-loving rebel terrorists fired munitions from the internationally agreed buffer zone in Idlib, Syria. This calculated move is sure tramp-up tensions in the region.

As AFP reported, the deadline passed on Monday without jihadists leaving the planned buffer zone, as set out under a Russian-Turkish deal.

Western and Gulf-backed terrorists were supposed to withdraw from the buffer zone as the final condition to implementing a Russian-Turkish deal to stave off a regime offensive on the northwestern region of Idlib.

Who is pulling the terrorist strings? Certainly, the U.S. benefits from a resumption of tensions because it will keep Syrian and Russian resources preoccupied in northwest while U.S. and its Kurdish SDF militants construct a de facto ISIS safe zone along the Syria-Iraq border. All of this only justifies Washingtons ongoing illegal occupation of northeastern Syria

HTS is likely to face the consequences of failing to withdrawal from buffer zone around Idlib.
HTS (formerly Nusra Front) is likely to face the consequences of failing to withdrawal from buffer zone around Idlib.

Middle East Eye reports

All eyes on HTS as the militant group fails to pull out but issues non-committal statement on Sochi plan

A deadline for all hardline rebels to leave a buffer zone in northern Syria passed on Monday, apparently without the withdrawal of the fighters in question.

The failure of all militant groups to leave the area puts question marks over a deal brokered by Russia and Turkey to avoid a bloody assault on the Syrian oppositions last redoubt in the country.

However, Turkish sources told Middle East Eye that the Russians, who back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, were aware that the process of ridding the zone of hardliners may take longer than the agreed Monday deadline.

The key hardline group in question is Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an alliance of rebel factions led by al-Qaedas former Syrian affiliate. According to Turkish sources, at least 1,000 of the 5,000 HTS militants thought to operate in the buffer zone had left.

HTS has given no official line on whether it would abid...

00:42

Resurrecting Extinct Animals Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Health Editors Note:  Should we resurrect extinct animals?  If we could find viable DNA from an extinct species and could successfully place this DNA into an egg, then produce a maternal host to incubate the egg, then introduce the infant into an animal family that could raise the offspring, we would have the process that []

00:37

Syria-Israel Border Crossing at Golan Heights Reopens, UN Peacekeepers Return 21st Century Wire


UNDOF forces at Syrias Golan crossing (Image Source: Mato48)

This week, the Quneitra crossing in Syrians Golan Heights has been reopened, signaling the completion of logistical and security preparations at Syrias key border crossings, including the recent announcement by Jordanian and Syrian officials to reopen their crossing at Nassib.

This signals a boost for Damascus, as the Syrian flag was raised at the Quneitra crossing between, witnessed by a detachment of UN observers and prominent members of Druze community, the predominant population in the area, gathered near the crossing.

The key news here is the crossing between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights which can now facilitate UN observers who had fled and were kidnapped four years ago, as well as hit by mortar attacks in 2015 by Western and Gulf-backed terrorists there. United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) were established in 1974 by Security Council resolution 350 (1974) as part of a long-running armistice agreement between Syria and the illegally occupying Israeli forces.

According to one Israeli military official, the opening of the Golan crossing re-empowers the United Nations after being previously routed by rebel terrorists.

However, what Israeli officials fail to mention is that Israel itself has been providing arms, money and other material support for terrorists, including al...

00:34

Cops Attack Cancer Patient, Beat Him to a Pulp, Dump Him at the Hospital The Free Thought Project

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A leukemia patient and father of three was out walking along the beach when he says police attacked him, beat and tasered him, and then dumped him at the hospital.

The post Cops Attack Cancer Patient, Beat Him to a Pulp, Dump Him at the Hospital appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

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00:21

Berlin Hit by Political Earthquake as Election Shakes Major Parties Alternative News Network

Berlin Hit by Political Earthquake as Election Shakes Major Parties

Fragile Merkel coalition rocked as voters reject establishment

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00:20

Larry Summers Trips Out OpEdNews

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers wrote about driving across America, something he had apparently never done before. He was amazed by the emptiness and devastation he saw in places like Iowa, Wyoming and Montana. But what he saw were the fruits of the economic policies he championed during the Clinton years, which led to the 2008 economic meltdown and subsequent job losses. He is part of the oblivious elite.

00:10

After Rahms Destruction, Can Chicago Creative A Cooperative Economy? PopularResistance.Org

When Rahm Emanuel announced last month that he would not seek a third term as mayor of Chicago, he broke no hearts among people opposed to neoliberal privatization and the power of finance capital. In Chicago under Emanuel, as the editors of the 2016 anthology Neoliberal Chicago write, neoliberalism led officials to privatize everything from parking meters to schools, gut regulations and social services, and promote gentrification wherever possible. To take just one lurid example, Emanuels Chicago privatized janitorial services for our schools, organizer Amara Enyia told me, only to end up with rodent-infested schools, literally rats and mice running around in classrooms. Those schools had to be closed and cleaned. This is what happens when you privatize services.

00:10

Dummycrats Exposes the Exploitation of Blacks by the Democratic Party Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Across the nation on this fine night of October 15, 2018, there is a one night movie premiere at selected theaters and it is called Dummycrats. It is a movie created by two dissatisfied and former Democratic Party members, Diamond and Silk. This movie is only playing in specific locations, all at the same time across the country. America has only one day to see the movie and that day would be today, October 15, 2018.

Please look at the following movie trailer. You are looking at two conservative ladies who call themselves Diamond and Silk. They represent free-thinking, intelligent, freedom-loving Americans, only with a twist. Quite obviously they are Black. However, they are tired of being taken for granted by the Democratic Party.They refer often to the plantation politics of the Democratic Party that they feel has taken Black people for granted. Their views align somewhat with Kanye West who is protesting the fact that the left is trying to lock all Black people into one ideology, wealth redistribution. Diamond and Silk want freedom of choice, not a handout. They want opportunity, not a guarantee. The hard core nature of their message is softened by their amazing ability to make people laugh.

Diamond and Silk refuse to be told what to think by the plantation masters of the Democratic Party. Sixty years of promises have yielded nothing of substantial economic gain for Black Americans. Trump has accomplished more for Blacks economic recovery in two years than the Democratic Party since the Civil Rights movement began. For over three generations, Black people have pledged their support and undying loyalty to a political party that needs their collective votes in order to remain a viable political entity.

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Monday, 15 October

23:52

No One In The United States Should Be Poor, Period PopularResistance.Org

The federal minimum wage hasnt gone up in nearly 10 years. Yet with a stroke of his pen, Jeff Bezos of Amazon raised the wages of hundreds of thousands of the companys lowest paid workers. In an age of extreme income inequality, this is leap in the right direction. Its also a stark reminder of how far we as a nation are from caring for our most vulnerable people. Consider the story of Vanessa Solivan, an East Trenton mother of three struggling in and out of homelessness. Vanessa is working homeless, an increasingly common phenomenon as the gap between wages and cost of living grows wider. In the richest country in the world, millions of families shouldnt have to struggle every day to get by while wealth concentrates into fewer and fewer hands at the top.

23:50

Global Markets Continue To Fall As Bloomberg Warns The Next Financial Crisis Is Staring Us In The Face Activist Post

By Michael Snyder It looks like it could be another tough week for global financial markets.  As the week began, markets were down all over...

23:39

Crime Pays (If Youre in Government) Activist Post

By James Corbett The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay. The Shadow knows! Perhaps youre old enough to remember this tag...

23:11

Cherokee Nation upset after Sen. Warren releases results of DNA test Indianz.Com News

Is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) really Native American? Her campaign says DNA results prove she is.

21:56

American Zersetzung Activist Post

By Karen Melton Stewart So, suddenly someone you are related to, someone you know pretty well, or your spouse, begins to have some bad luck,...

21:32

Today in OpenGov: Peace, Love and Understandable Government Websites Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's edition, federal agencies need to get more understandable, the Trump administration needs to reveal some documents, Washington, D.C. needs to take another look at its open government oversight nominees, and more. 

Today's roundup is brought to you by Elvis Costello & The Attractions.

Washington watch

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  • New report shows that federal agencies are struggling to communicate with the public in understandable language. "An independent research group found federal agencies still dont communicate with the public in language everyday people can understandif anything, theyre using more jargon. The Center for Plain Language on Friday issued its seventh annual report card on agencies on their use of concise, understandable writing. The center also graded agencies on their compliance with the 2010 Plain Writing Act, which requires organizations to train employees to write clearly and follow other best practices." (NextGov)
  • Corporate leaders are increasingly speaking out on specific policy issues, affecting consumers and employees alike. "An era of a new kind of CEO activism appears to be in full swing. Think of Nike CEO Mike Parker's decision to feature ads with Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback turned racial justice activist. Or Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack, who in February pulled assault-style weapons from store shelves and raised the minimum age to buy guns to 21. Corporate leaders, who historically stayed silent on policy are increasingly speaking out. Their statements are dir...

21:00

A universal flu vaccine: the mad science solution Jon Rappoport's Blog

by Jon Rappoport

October 15, 2018

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has launched efforts to create a vaccine that would protect people from most flu strains, all at once, with a single shot.

Over the years, Ive written many articles refuting claims that vaccines are safe and effective, but well put all that aside for the moment and follow the bouncing ball.

Massachusetts Senator and big spender, Ed Markey, has introduced a bill that would shovel no less than a billion dollars toward the universal flu-vaccine project. You like something, it sounds good, you know nothing about the details, throw money at it.

Here is a paragraph from an NIAID press release that mentions one of several research approaches:

NIAID Vaccine Research Center scientists have initiated Phase 1/2 studies of a universal flu vaccine strategy that includes an investigational DNA-based vaccine (called a DNA prime)

This is quite troubling, if you know what the phrase DNA vaccine means. It refers to what the experts are touting as the next generation of immunizations.

Instead of injecting a piece of a virus into a person, in order to stimulate the immune system, synthesized genes would be shot into the body. This isnt traditional vaccination anymore. Its protective gene therapy.

In any such method, where genes are edited, deleted, added, no matter what the pros say, there are always unintended consequences, to use their polite phrase. The ripple effects scramble the genetic structure in numerous unknown ways.

Here is the inconvenient truth about DNA vaccines

They will permanently alter your DNA

The reference is the New York Times, 3/9/15, Protection Without a Vaccine. It describes the frontier of researchthe use of synthetic genes to protect against disease, while changing the genetic makeup of humans. This is not science fiction:

By delivering synthetic genes into the muscles of the [experimental] monkeys, the scientists are essentially re-engineering the animals to resist disease.

The skys the limit, said Michael Farzan, an immunologist at Scripps and lead author of the new study.

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20:35

Congress sends bill with pro-tribal provisions to President Trump Indianz.Com News

Congress went on break last week but not before sending another pro-tribal bill to President Donald Trump.

20:19

Why China Will Win The Artificial Intelligence Race Activist Post

Op-Ed by Mathew Maavak Two Artificial Intelligence-driven Internet paradigms may emerge in the near future. One will be based on logic, smart enterprises and human...

18:43

Native women candidates: It's our time, together Indianz.Com News

This might be the most powerful idea in this election year, a political network of Native women.

16:47

'We were here first': Tribes say Line 5 pipeline tunnel ignores treaty rights Indianz.Com News

Tribes want a seat at the table in talks over a pipeline that runs through their treaty territory.

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Friday, 12 October

21:54

Today in OpenGov: Ties that bind Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's edition, the Trump administration looks to limit protest in DC, leadership PACs spend big at Washington's baseball stadium, Illinois has some FOI struggles, and more. 

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A 2017 protest in Washington, D.C. Image credit: Ted Eytan.
  • Trump administration proposals could limit ability to protest in Washington, DC. "Donald Trumps presidency has inspired massive protests, with hundreds of thousands of women marching on the National Mall and scientists swarming the White House fence. But now the Trump administration is seeking to restrict protests by effectively blocking them along the north sidewalk of the White House and making it easier for police to shut them down. A National Park Service proposal also opens the door to charging organizers for the cost of putting up barricades or re-seeding grass." (Bloomberg)
  • President Trump's close business ties with Saudi Arabia complicate efforts to find answers about missing Saudi journalist. "For President Trump, Saudi Arabia is not just a political ally. It has also been a customer. Trumps business relationships with the Saudi government and rich Saudi business executives go back to at least the 1990s. In Trumps hard times, a Saudi prince bought a superyacht and hotel from him. The Saudi government paid him $4.5 million for an apartment near the United NationsNow, Trumps administration is trying to get answers from Saudi leaders about the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi  a critic of the Saudi regime who was allegedly abducted, and possibly...

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Thursday, 11 October

23:13

Today in OpenGov: Thats what friends are for Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's edition, our Web Integrity Project gets a boost, ethics complaints against Brett Kavanaugh get moved, out of state donations flood into local elections, President Trump and Sheldon Adelson get closer, and more. 

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Announcing a generous boost in funding for the Web Integrity Project. Yesterday, we announced that that Mike Klein, Sunlight Foundations Co-Founder and Chairman of the board, has generously contributed $400,000 to the Sunlight Foundation for the Web Integrity Project.

Were proud of what the program has achieved since its launch in February 2018, spotlighting numerous instances of unjustified removals of resources from federal websites relating to health, immigration, and criminal justice, and sparking national dialogue about transparency and protecting public information that we all depend on.

This funding will enable us to continue our work of monitoring and reporting on changes to federal websites, and expand our focus to additional portions of the federal governments Web presence, pertaining to topics such as foreign relations and civil rights. We will also be able to strengthen our efforts to research and advocate for better Web governance policy.

You can read the full statement, including details on the contributions that the WIP has already made, on the Sunlight Foundation blog.

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The Web Integrity Project receives a generous boost in funding Blog Sunlight Foundation

Were delighted to announce that Mike Klein, Sunlight Foundations Co-Founder and Chairman of the board, has generously contributed $400,000 to the Sunlight Foundation for the Web Integrity Project.

Were proud of what the program has achieved since its launch in February 2018, spotlighting numerous instances of unjustified removals of resources from federal websites relating to health, immigration, and criminal justice, and sparking national dialogue about transparency and protecting public information that we all dep...

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Wednesday, 10 October

22:55

Today in OpenGov: On hold Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's edition, exploring how open data can save time on records requests, funding the midterms with hidden money, putting depositions in a high stakes Census lawsuit on hold, detaining more journalists in Myanmar, and more. 

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Illustrating some of the findings in Alena Stern's white paper on the interaction between open data and public records requests. 
  • Open data policies and programs can help cities save significantly on public records request. Sunlight Fellow Alena Stern shared her new white paper, which finds that "adopting an open data policy significantly reduces the number of public record requests that cities receive compared to cities that lack an open data policy. This was the major finding of a study I set out to conduct earlier this summer, to understand the relationship between the growth of open data policies and longstanding freedom of information laws. I found that while the average number of public records requests cities receive is growing significantly over time, cities could save time and money by passing an open data policy and investing in a robust open data program." (Sunlight Foundation)
  • In California, the debate over a rent control ballot initiative is being dominated by big money donations. "With less than a month left until Novembers elections, contributions to a campaigns opposing and supporting California ballot initiative aimed at allowing cities to enact stronger rent control have...

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Research: Cities can save time on records requests by doing open data right Blog Sunlight Foundation

Adopting an open data policy significantly reduces the number of public record requests that cities receive compared to cities that lack an open data policy. This was the major finding of a study I set out to conduct earlier this summer, to understand the relationship between the growth of open data policies and longstanding freedom of information laws. I found that while the average number of public records requests cities receive is growing significantly over time, cities could save time and money by passing an open data policy and investing in a robust open data program.

As a result of my research, I can say confidently that city officials should allocate resources to passing open data policies and building robust data portals in the face of a nationally increasing volume of public records requests. Access to information is a fundamental democratic right, and given that the benefits of providing proactive access to information brings positive benefits back to cities, it is clear that city officials should be proactively releasing open data that belongs in the public domain.

My initial research questions asked whether FOI and open data are siblings or silos. Through its work with cities across the U.S., Sunlights Open Cities team has heard definitively that cities with limited resources effectively wanted to provide citizens with timely and comprehensive access to public information. To do that, cities would have to understand the relationship between these two channels of public information.

To conduct this research, I collected 236,616 historical public record requests (PRRs) from 52 mid-sized cities across the US, dating back to October 2009. I analyzed whether adopting an open data policy significantly affected the number of monthly PRRs cities received and whether the robustness of a citys open data program impacted the results. I also analyzed the text of 110,063 PRRs from the 33 cities in our sample that publish this information to understand what types of information are most commonly requested by citizens, and whether this changes when cities adopt an open data program.

Finding #1: Adopting an open data policy reduces the number of PRRs that cities receive

An important early discovery in our study of PRRs was that the number of PRRs cities receive is generally increasing over time. Average PRR vo...

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Tuesday, 09 October

21:55

Today in OpenGov: Under fire Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's edition, a fake news database, the next generation of police worn body cameras, competing for the President's attention on Fox News, attacks on journalists around the world, and more. 

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An image from POLITICO's new fake news database.
  • POLITICO launches "Is This True?" a new fake news database. "Disinformation is everywhere. We're tracking it down and explaining why it's fake, where it appeared and who shared it." Check out the database here and read more about the project here
  • As Wall Street booms, its political donors are increasingly embracing Democrats. "The stock market may be booming. Unemployment is hitting record lows. Republicans pushed through $1.5 trillion in tax cuts. But despite all that, for the first time in a decade, the broader financial community is on pace to give more money to Democratic congressional candidates and incumbents than their Republican counterparts, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign donations." (New York Times)
  • Navy aviation safety data, formerly public, is put behind a wall. "I made the disturbing discovery recently that, amid a dramatic five-year spike in aviation accidents, the Navy has put aviation safety data that used to be public behind a wallThe decision to suppress this data from public view came as the Navy, which also oversees Marine aviation, was...

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Friday, 05 October

20:04

Today in OpenGov: Exemptions Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's edition, FOIA doesn't apply to Congress, the broadband lobby sues California over net neutrality, the Trump family faces new pressure over their tax history and "charitable" foundation, and more. 

washington watch

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  • A friendly reminder from the folks at MuckRock: Congress is exempt from FOIA. "Similar to the White House, the entire Legislative Branch of the federal government is exempt from FOIA. Unlike the White House, there is no equivalent law for Congressional records (such as the Presidential Records Act). Likewise, while certain entitles within the White House are considered subject, Congress maintains a blanket exemption of all associated entities, including the Capitol Police." (MuckRock)
  • FEC issues dark money disclosure guidance in wake of recent decision. "Political nonprofit groups must publicly disclose the names of donors who have given more than $200 toward advertisements or other initiatives that call for the election or defeat of a candidate, according to new guidance from the Federal Election Commission. In the past, only donors who earmarked their contributions for specific ads needed to be disclosed. Under the new guidance, issued Thursday, donors who give money to the nonprofits called 'dark money' groups by critics for the more general purpose of independent political activity must now be disclosed." (...

Thursday, 04 October

20:36

Today in OpenGov: Crime and punishment Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's edition, we share the latest in Trump family conflicts, vulnerable Senators seek Wall Street cash, a journalist goes missing in Turkey, and more. 

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  • Department of Justice website changes indicate a more punitive approach to juvenile justice. "The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), a division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), has removed a number of webpages related to ongoing programs and policy guidance, and altered messaging on its website in ways that indicate a shift toward a more punitive approach to juvenile justice under the Trump administration. Information related to girls in the juvenile justice system and the use of solitary confinement among youthful offenders were among the materials removed from its website without notice. Changes have been made to the terminology used to describe juveniles that come into contact with the justice system and the types of programs and services OJJDP supports and provides. The Sunlight Foundations Web Integrity Project documented those removals and significant language shifts, through an analysis of pages preserved by the Internet Archives Wayback Machine, in a pair of reports released today." (Sunlight Foundation)
  • This senator has some questions about the Small Business Administration's removal of its Spanish language website. "A Democratic senator has complained that the Small Business Administration has removed its Spanish-language website, though the agency disagrees with that characterization. Se...

19:00

Takedown of DOJ juvenile justice office webpages about still-active initiatives highlights its shift towards a more punitive approach Blog Sunlight Foundation

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), a division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), has removed a number of webpages related to ongoing programs and policy guidance, and altered messaging on its website in ways that indicate a shift toward a more punitive approach to juvenile justice under the Trump administration.

Information related to girls in the juvenile justice system and the use of solitary confinement among youthful offenders were among the materials removed from its website without notice. Changes have been made to the terminology used to describe juveniles that come into contact with the justice system and the types of programs and services OJJDP supports and provides. The Sunlight Foundations Web Integrity Project documented those removals and significant language shifts, through an analysis of pages preserved by the Internet Archives Wayback Machine, in a pair of reports...

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