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Friday, 20 July

02:06

Monument features the first female leader of Pamunkey Tribe Indianz.Com News

Cockacoeske united her fellow Indian nations and signed a key treaty during a time of great change.

02:00

Israel Passes Nation State Law Enshrining Jewish Supremacy The Anti-Media

Israel Jewish Supremacy(MEE)  Israel passed a law on Thursday giving Jews supremacy over all non-Jewish Israeli citizens, which critics and members of the states Palestinian minority called racist, likening the legislation to apartheid. The Nation State law passed by a vote of 62-55 and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament after months of political argument. Following the vote Palestinian []

01:59

Romn Cura Mural, Part 1. Freethought Blogs

The second Romn Cura mural, from Kreator: I was finally able to take decent pictures of the mural which is located in the nearby city of Rawson. It is simply titled Romn Cura, after the author himself. As I said earlier, it depicts the story of the region that would become my province, Chubut. Click for full size!

Kreator, all rights reserved.

01:44

Worldwide Hurricane OpEdNews

In planning a conference that is coming up in Toronto, I've been seeking out stories of peace and justice in Toronto and Canada. Wow are there a lot of them, as well as plenty of war and injustice as well. One of my favorites has got to be the story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Terry "Typhoon" Swinton, who got his name from Carter, sent me a copy of the book he co-authored with Sam Chaiton in 1991.

01:42

Lab-Grown Meat Could Soon Disrupt Factory Farming as We Know It The Anti-Media

Mosa Meats(CW)  A solution to the widespread environmental issues of factory farming may be available to consumers in at little as three years. Netherlands-based Mosa Meats announced this week that it has received the funding it needs to bring its lab-grown meat to the public by 2021. The company secured funding from M Ventures and Bell Food Group. M []

01:33

The Truck Driver Shortage Could Bring Down the Economy Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

With all the turmoil surrounding the summit and with all the controversy generated by certain Democrats (eg Representatives Steve Cohen and Maxine Waters) call for a military coup to remove Trump, we have temporarily lost sight of our economy and there is a lot to be concerned about.

A House of Cards

Only five corporations have fueled the rise of the Stock Market  (eg Google, Apple, Amazon) and only one of them makes anything and that would be Apple. Our economy is built upon a house of cards.

The debt totals are the national debt ($21 trillion), the unfunded, mandated liabilities (eg social security, Medicare, etc) totaling an estimated $240 trillion and finally the credit swap derivatives debt of $1.5 quadrillion. There will be no debt repudiation. Any President that would attempt to repudiate the debt would be dead by sundown.

The housing market crisis is back. The major cause of the economic crash of 2008-09 was the bundling of home mortgages into what has been called the credit swap derivatives. This is was the biggest ponzi scheme in world history and led to the illegal US taxpayer bailout of the perpetrators.

The Trucking Crisis

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01:30

Grandfather of Clinton financier was leader of the Communist Party USA in 1930s and 40s Intellihub

(INTELLIHUB) It has been widely reported that American-born British financier Bill Browder was one of the largest portfolio investors in Russia at one time and was even deemed a threat to the countrys national security.

In fact, Bill Browder is currently wanted by Interpol after he reportedly funned illegally earned and untaxed Russian monies into Hillary Clintons 2016 political campaign but the mainstream media didnt tell you on the nightly news is that Bill Browders Grandfather was the leader of the Communist Party USA during the 1930s and 40s.

The @tronictime Twitter account was first to break the bombshell news on Wednesday in a tweet which read: #BREAKING Bill Browders grandfather Earl was leader of the Communist Party USA.

The tweet brilliantly displays a screen capture of Bill Browders grandfather Earls Wikipedia page which clearly documents the renown activists affinity with communism. And to think, the mans grandson contributed Russian-based funds to Hillary Clintons presidential campaign.

An excerpt from Earl Browders Wikipedia page explains it all.

In 1930, following the removal of a rival political faction from leadership, Browder was made General Secretary of the CPUSA. For the next 15 years thereafter Browder was the most recognizable public figure associated with American Communism, authoring dozens of pamphlets and books, making numerous public speeches before sometimes vast audiences, and twice running for President of the United States, the entry reads.

And with that, I close my case.

Shepard Ambellas is an opinion journalist, analyst, and the founder and editor-in-chief of Intellihub News & Politics (Intellihub.com). Shepar...

01:26

The ACLU Has Basically Quit Defending The Constitution The Federalist

The American Civil Liberties Union, an organization that once so rigidly adhered to the neutral principles in the Constitution that it famously defended the right of a neo-Nazi group to march through the Jewish-laden Chicago suburb of Skokie, has been increasingly rejiggering its positions to correspond with the Lefts hard lurch towards cafeteria constitutionalism.

This week, for example, one of its senior policy analysts came up with an imaginative rationalization for limiting gun rights. The wide availability of guns and their misuse is leading to restrictions on Americans freedom, the organization tweeted this week, and that needs to be part of the firearms debate. The piece the tweet links to makes a, A Pro-Liberty Case for Gun Restrictions, which, though its become a tediously misused clich over the years, can only be described as Orwellian.

Its one thing to offer a collective rights argument regarding the Second Amendment the wrong thing, according to the Supreme Court, but still an argument tethered to a legal concept and another to nakedly rationalize the limiting the rights of law-abiding citizens because bad actors are creating anxiety among voters and politicians who, in turn, abuse their power.

But we do care about freedom, writes Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the ACLU, and I have noticed a growing trend: the wide availability of guns and their misuse leading to restrictions on Americans freedom.

So even before we get to underlying pro-liberty case for limiting the rights, it should be pointed out that the foundation of Stanleys contention is already questionable on two fronts. For one thing, there are already limits on gun ownership over safety concerns. Tons of them. In fact, there isnt another foundational constitutional right thats restrained nearly as often or as widely as the right to self-defense. Its already part of the debate.

For another thing, there is no growing trend of gun violence nor does the piece even offer any evidence that that such a growing trend exists. Rather, it rests its case on the supposed unprecedented societal anxiety over gun violence which often relies on hard-to-quantify measures of emotion, media coverage or shifting attitudes about guns.

In reality, gun crimes have fallen drastically over the past 35 years (mass shootings...

01:22

GOP congressman in even deeper trouble now for ignoring sexual abuse OpEdNews

In recent weeks, nine former OSU wrestlers have come forward to allege that when Jordan worked as their wrestling coach, he knew that students were being sexually abused by the team doctor -- yet stood by and did nothing. Jordan is mentioned several times in the lawsuit as an example of an OSU official who turned a blind eye to the abuse.

01:07

How Smart Are We, Really? OpEdNews

The Dunning-Kruger is even more of a revelation when you understand the entire principle. But what we really need is a little compassion and humility.

01:04

Pakistans political dynamics Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

  Asif Haroon Raja Birth of Pakistan was seen as a miracle of 20th century. Its survival under extreme odds was indeed a bigger miracle. History depicts that Radcliffe award was critical in sowing the seeds of animosity among numerous communities and hence led to a bloody and violent partition. Kashmir was the unfinished agenda []

01:01

NATO sacrifices the Baltics in favor of the Black Sea OpEdNews

The NATO summit in Brussels provided an opportunity for the Alliance to focus on the Black Sea region that has been increasing in geopolitical importance.

01:00

Why I believe that Edward Poindexter is innocent of murder OpEdNews

After a decade of research and writing a book about the Black Panthers in Omaha, Nebraska, I came to understand that Edward Poindexter is innocent of murder despite 47 years in prison.

00:58

Trumputin and the Puppet Congress OpEdNews

Trumpian politics has probably changed our nation forever, but we still must deal with the situation at hand. We cannot concern ourselves with the future when the present is a TrumpsterFire. But how will this administration end? Will it be Banana Republic U.S.A., as in a wholesale upheaval?

00:58

Rosebud Sioux Tribe expands economic development initiatives Indianz.Com News

Tribal economic independence is the long term goal of the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation.

00:53

How Trump is about to send world oil prices soaring even higher OpEdNews

Even if Iran is on solid ground, it would have a difficult time closing the Strait, which -- at its narrowest -- has a width of 55 kilometers. The US naval base in Bahrain is entirely there to keep the Strait open. The possibility of a small war or even a big war is not so far off.

00:47

Wildlife Park, Part 12. Freethought Blogs

From Giliell, click for full size!

Giliell, all rights reserved.

00:44

While ICE Continues Harassing People, Service Members Are Dying in Afghanistan OpEdNews

Our priorities are incredibly skewed. It all adds up to obfuscation and distraction from an administration bent on concealing darker dealings.

00:43

ISIS, Hamas and Zionism: Enemies or allies? OpEdNews

Just as the US washed its hands of al-qaeda when they stopped following the US script, when Hamas showed itself as an effective resistance movement and a competent governing party, Israel switched to persecuting it, tacitly defending the Palestinian Authority. Things were catching up to Israel. It had its wayward Hamas and now a terrifying, if not particularly competent, more extremist Islamist group on its doorstep.

00:11

Ivan Star Comes Out: Native people go without justice on their own lands Indianz.Com News

Officials in South Dakota are comfortable with ignoring Indian-White relations so they can look to their future without guilt.

00:03

Donald Trump Fulfilled his Promise to Impose Tariffs on Chinese Products Guardian Liberty Voice

Donald Trump fulfilled his promise to impose tariffs on Chinese products. The products are produced in the Peoples Republic of China, an authoritarian Maoist communist world power. The tariffs that were imposed on the major Asian nation began on Friday, July 7, 2018. The Chinese far-left government in Beijing resorted to placing tariffs on American []

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Thursday, 19 July

23:54

Red Lake Nation voters return Darrell Seki to chairman's post Indianz.Com News

Darrell Seki, Sr. will be serving a second term as chairman of the Red Lake Nation.

23:53

I Miss Being Drunk My Latest for Splice Today Freethought Blogs

No new Bi Any Means Podcast episode today, but I have this:

Ive been sober for seven months now, but not in a row. The first lapse was in January, a month into recovery. I was still new to sobriety, so brushed it off and decided to try again. My second lapse in April almost cost me my life. Fed up with the world, I went into my parents liquor cabinet, opened up a brand new bottle of Jack, drank half of it, and then wrote, I want to kill myself so bad right now on Facebook. I dont even remember writing it. The rest of the day was a blur: I recall getting a call from a friend to see if I was okay, me calling 911, getting interviewed by the paramedics when they arrived, and ending up in bed with my mom by my side. The next day I decided to take recovery more seriously, and tackle the underlying issues that fed into my addiction.

Its almost four months since that incident, and Ive made some progress. I got more serious about deconstructing the irrational beliefs that influenced my drinking using SMART Recovery, started attending a second weekly recovery group, and became more honest with my therapist. But I still miss being drunk. I miss feeling my muscles loosen up with that first sip, reality melting away, seeing the colors of the world blur like a Monet painting, and feeling more comfortably numb than Pink Floyd. Theres no need to slow down and rationalize things; I just fill up that 12 oz. tumbler with bourbon, and then its all aboard the Inebriation Express.

Read the rest here.

23:32

US Treasury to Protect Dark Money Donors WhoWhatWhy

California Still One State For Now (DonkeyHotey)

The California Supreme Court decided yesterday to block an initiative to divide the state into three parts. The measures proponents gathered enough signatures, but the six judges decided unanimously to remove Proposition 9 from the November ballot. An environmental group challenged the initiative on constitutional grounds.

Israel Passes Controversial Jewish Nation-State Bill After Stormy Debate (Jimmy)

The author writes, The most controversial clause, which appeared to pave the way for the creation of communities segregated by nationality or religion, was removed from the legislation earlier this week.

How to Survive Americas Kill List (Reader Luke)

From Rolling Stone: When a US citizen heard he was on his own countrys drone target list, he wasnt sure he believed it. After five near-misses, he does and is suing the United States to contest his own execution.

In Recording, Netanyahu Boasts Israel Convinced Trump to Quit Iran Nuclear Deal (Jimmy)

The author writes, In a video clip aired Tuesday by Israeli television, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted that Israel was responsible for US President Donald Trumps decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal.

3D-Printed Gun Lawsuit Ends After 3+ Years in Gun Publishers Favor (Reader Luke)

The author writes, Defense Distributed, the 3D-printing gun activist group, has secured a settlement with the Department of State that will enable it to legally distribute its CAD files of firearms on its DEFCAD websit...

23:25

Europe Takes 1st Practical Step Toward Direct Iran Trade Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Germany, France and the UK have reportedly notified Tehran that they seek to open direct banking channels, in helping to sustain the 2015 nuclear deal and sidestep the US.

23:16

Syrian War Report July 19, 2018: SDFs Political Wing Seeks To Normalize Relations With Damascus Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

from SouthFront On July 18, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said that their members, backed up by the US-led coalition, had captured 1,100km2, which included sixteen villages, from ISIS in the provinces of al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor. According to the SDF, four ISIS members were killed and four others were captured during the advance. One []

23:15

A walk on the wild side as Trump meets Putin at Finland station OpEdNews

Trump treats the EU with undisguised disdain. He would love nothing better than for the EU to dissolve. His Arab "partners" can be easily controlled by fear. He has all but declared economic war on China and is on tariff overdrive -- even as the IMF warns that the global economy runs the risk of losing around $500 billion in the process.

22:59

Engineering perception for the new world Jon Rappoport's Blog

by Jon Rappoport

July 19, 2018

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The primary feature of The Group is: its members look at events in accordance with what they think other members are seeing.

Its like passing around an unknown object, from hand to hand, and describing it as you believe everyone else will describe it.

You are always listening for an echo effect before it happens.

And you claim the echo effect is what you perceive.

High-IQ idiots will tell you this is the only way society can operate. They no longer know what it means to see things as they actually see them. And when they vaguely sniff out a free individual, they recoil in horror.

In the early days of the American Republic, as the two-party system developed, certain men saw the movement toward collectivism.

In phase one, it was evolving into polarized opposition. It was an engineered A versus B, with each side saying whatever it could, in order to win popular support.

And beyond that, it was a PRETENSE of polarized opposition. Behind the scenes, both parties, and the men who owned them, were simply building up the power of centralized governmentand figuring out how to appeal to the population on the basis of shared consensus and the greatest good for the greatest number.

In other words: how can we get the masses to think theyre all perceiving the same thing, the thing we want them to perceive?

John Adams, in the early days of the Republic, saw it correctly and saw it exactly:

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting [organizing] measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble opinion, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.

Even more tellingly, George Washington laid the system bare as he struggled to extricate himself from it: party disputes are now carried to such a length, and truth is so enveloped in mist and false representation, that it is extremely difficult to know through which channel to seek it [truth]. This difficulty, to one [a person], who is of no party, and whose sole wish is to pursue with undeviating steps a path which would lead this country to respectability, wealth, and happiness, is exceedingly to be lamented.

Thomas Jefferson, who on a number of occasions registered his acceptance of political parties as inevitable and natural, broke ranks in this very personal assessment: I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of menwhere I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction [to a party] is the last degra...

22:48

To Stop the Cartels, Mexico Strongly Considering the Legalization of ALL Drugs The Free Thought Project

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Mexico's incoming presidential administration is discussing plans to decriminalize all drugs, in an effort to stop cartel violence.

The post To Stop the Cartels, Mexico Strongly Considering the Legalization of ALL Drugs appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

22:40

Woman Sentenced to 15 Days in Jail Because Her and Her Kids Collected Conch Shells The Free Thought Project

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A Texas mother was sentenced to 15 days in jail because her and her children were collecting conch shells while on vacation in Florida.

The post Woman Sentenced to 15 Days in Jail Because Her and Her Kids Collected Conch Shells appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

21:50

No, Montenegro Is Not Essential To U.S. National Security Interests The Federalist

Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack? asked Fox News host Tucker Carlson Tuesday night. President Trumps response, I understand what youre saying. Ive asked the same question, has provoked a furor. So has his suggestion that the tiny Balkan state could get aggressive, and congratulations, youre in World War III.

Critics suggest it is ridiculous to question the idea that defending Montenegro via the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is necessary to keep America safe. Theyre wrong. Tiny states like Montenegro have little relevance to basic U.S. national security. Worse, the lack of debate around military commitments to these states is a symptom of a broader collapse in the national security conversation.

Lets start with some basics. Montenegro is among the worlds smallest countries. It has about the population of Oklahoma City in a land area around the size of Connecticut. Its economy, at around $4.7 billion, is slightly smaller than the Valdosta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area Americas 327th-largest.

At 2,000 personnel, Montenegros military is tiny, too. They could all watch a minor-league baseball game at John Thurman Field, home of the Class A-Advanced Modesto Nuts, and still leave half the seats for local fans. For every one Montenegrin in the military, there are three Americans in a military band. Montenegro adds little to any alliance it joins.

Thats important for two reasons. First, proponents of defending Montenegro have been eager to point out that it contributes troops to the NATO mission in Afghanistan and to the coalition against ISIS in Iraq. Yet this contribution is hardly decisive in shifting costs away from the United States. In February, for example, the Montenegrins announced theyd be expanding their Afghanistan presence by 50 percent. A 50 percent increase, mind you, on the 18 soldiers Montenegro had there. America can probably scrape together a spare platoon.

Second, Montenegro would add little to any alliance against us...

21:50

Study Finds Kids Who Attend Government Preschool Learn Less, Misbehave More The Federalist

Latest results from the first randomized control trial of a state pre-kindergarten program found participants early gains quickly transformed into worse academic performance, more discipline problems, and higher special education placements than children who hadnt participated. By second or third grade, the nearly 3,000 children studied who participated in Tennessees Voluntary Pre-K Program (TNVPK, or VPK) had statistically significant negative results compared to peers who mostly stayed home with their families.

One possibility is that, contrary to conventional wisdom, some children may be better off academically ifinstead of attending public pre-kthey stay at home at age four, says a study summary from the Arnold Foundations Straight Talk on Evidence research clearinghouse (h/t Jay Greene).

Tennessees pre-k program was touted as a national model long before high-quality studies could be completed to test that assertion. That is typical of preschool advocacy, which is lush with foundation and government funds but low on reliable, replicable benefits to children and taxpayers. Partly because of this persistent PR push, two-thirds of four-year-olds and two-fifths of three-year-olds currently attend pre-primary programs. Half of that number are enrolled in government programs, a proportion that has grown rapidly in the past few decades despite parallel growth in government debt and deficits.

Benefit Promises Based On Hope, Not Experience

Tennessees pre-k program began in 2005. The state legislature immediately expanded it the next year, then funded a doubling of enrollment just two years later, before any reliable research could possibly be conducted. Today, 18,000 at-risk four-year-olds are enrolled.

Politicians like Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other people paid to advocate government taking over child raising have praised Tennessee pre-K and said it should be a model for expanding such programs everywhere. The states pre-K information page says the program is recognized as a national leader in pr...

21:49

PBSs Firing Line Revival Wets Bill Buckleys Gunpowder The Federalist

PBS recently attempted to revive the iconic Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. with CNN and sometimes FOX News contributor Margaret Hoover, who describes herself as a member of the center right. It might have been an opportunity to showcase intellectual conservatism in an era when an insufficiently populist disposition can easily end in being labeled an elitist and ignored.

After all, Firing Lines original purpose was to put members of the Left under pressure and challenge their ideas quickly gaining traction in the culture. The show was, of course, aided in this mission by the fact that its host, William F. Buckley Jr., was one of the most brilliant and aggressive debaters of his time. However, without a deeply moralistic conservative host whose mission is a contest of ideas, the show loses a large part of what made it so appealing for the 33 years of its original run.

This is the greatest weakness of Hoovers show. The revived program comes off less as a competition between fundamentally opposed visions for the world and more like every other long format sit-down interview show that a network like PBS might air.

A centrist as the host doesnt work for what this show was intended to be. Rather than well thought-out, invigorated counters that drive both participants to sharpen their arguments, Hoover seldom offers pushback, even if the guest is mistaken about the unemployment rate or describes the Israeli response to terrorists as a massacre. Such a deliberate and tactful show was painfully missed in todays media landscape and unfortunately continues to be so.

The Show Needs A Committed Conservative, Not a Centrist

To stay true to Buckleys successful execution, the show needs a deeply philosophically conservative person sitting in the chair of the host. Hoover is not that person. Truly honoring the spirit of the show would require Hoover to aggressively stake out and defend a position from a perspective that isnt conservative simply because the data suggests that, say, free markets benefit society, but from a perspective that is also rationalized morally.

It is one thing to argue that tax cuts are good because they encourage investment and business growth. It is another thing entirely to argue that tax cuts are good because it is morally wrong to needlessly deprive people of their earnings to fund government ventures into wealth redistribution. It is one thing to contend that tariffs are bad because they tax consumers and stifle innovation by protecting industries from competition. It is another thing entirely to argue that tariffs are bad because people have a God-given right to freely associate with whomever they please and ought not be encumbered by a governments attempts to forcibly buttress an industry.

For a taste of Buckleys depth and strength of both philosophy and rhetoric, see these episodes of the classic show. Below his guest is Norman Thomas, on the topic of...

21:42

The Dark Knights Spellbinding Tale Of Self-Sacrifice Underlies An Instant Classic The Federalist

One decade ago the world was treated to arguably the greatest film ever made, and certainly the best film of the twenty-first century so far. On July 18, 2008, Christopher Nolans The Dark Knight blasted into cinemas like a typhoon of cinematic perfection.

This film was one of those special universally shared cultural moments of populist enthusiasm and critical appraisal. It blew the doors off so many genres its hard to keep track. It was a perfect comic book film, a brilliant crime movie, a stellar action flick, an amazing superhero story, a nail-biting cop drama, an intense thriller, a political commentary, a tale of terrorism, and more. It defies classification.

Its a story of pure good and evil ironically set within a nihilistic universe. Its a neo-noir that surprisingly some Christians find too optimistic about human nature. Its deeply tragic yet surprisingly humorous. But in the end the only label and analysis that really matters is that for two-and-a-half hours it is absolutely riveting. And ten years on nothing has changed.

Ill never forget the day I saw it. A theater in Pasadena with my immediate family and my new wife of a mere 3 months. An electricity was in the air. Everyone in that theater and across thousands of theaters the world over were being connected by a narrative that transcended all of us. As the film came to its shocking Pyrrhic conclusion I could sense what was about to happen. There was a physical excitement and tension about to be unleashed.

As soon as the last line was spoken and the credits rolled, the entire audience of several hundred people rose in unison to their feet with thunderous applause. I dont remember how long that moment lasted, but it must have been a while because later my hands felt raw.

Moments like that are what make the cinema truly special. Before film we had novels and plays. These are either very private subjective experiences or unrepeatable corporate events. Film is objective. Its always the same. Everyone gets to have access to the exact same images and words. When we fill the theaters on an opening weekend we are all experiencing the same thing. It is a sacred moment that transcends time and space.

The Dark Knight did this in a way that no other film ever has. Other films have made more money or effected our emotions more deeply. But few have spoken so deeply and so powerfully to the tragic vision of human life, while also being so relentlessly entertaining.

Each cast member feels entirely at home, tailored exactly to their role. But the two key parts are actually Gary Oldmans Commissioner Gordon and Heath Ledgers Joker. Ledgers final performance is rightly praised for its incomparable brilliance, but in many ways Oldman grounds the film. This is one of his least spectacular roles, in that he isnt playing a villain or an eccentric....

21:42

Trans Claims Of Medical Discrimination Are Really About Refusals To Mutilate And Sterilize People The Federalist

For some time, the LGBT Left have insisted that various elective procedures and medications to help transgender people approximate the opposite sex are medically necessary treatments. Their passion has been fueled by the threat that the Trump administration is preparing to enforce existing law that allows physicians and hospitals to discriminate against transgender people on religious grounds.

The Affordable Health Care Act banned discrimination based on sex, as well as other standard characteristics, in any health program. As The New York Times states, Under the existing rule, health insurers cannot place arbitrary limits or restrictions on health services that help a person transition from one gender to another. These services may include counseling, psychotherapy, hormone therapy and a variety of surgical treatments.

Eight states, many Roman Catholic hospitals, and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (which represents around 18,000 physicians) opposed the rule. A federal judge in Texas ruled that law only applies to biological sex. The Times continued, Jennifer C. Pizer, the law and policy director at Lambda Legal, a gay rights group, said, That is an excruciatingly narrow and legally incorrect definition of the term sex that would jeopardize legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

On July 17, 2018 the Transgender Law Center and National Center for Transgender Equality held a rally in Washington DC under the banner Protect Trans Health. Many advocacy organizations demonstrated. The participating National Womens Law Center tweeted, We cannot let the Trump-Pence Administration continue the unprecedented attacks on our healthcare by rolling back the Health Care Rights LawOur health and even our very lives could depend on it, as well as, my son and many others could be subject to harassment and humiliation if they seek medical careno one should fear a trip to the emergency room or doctor if they need care.

The LGBT group Human Rights Campaign joined in, demanding, In the past year, 1 in 3 #transgender people experienced discrimination from a doctor. Now, the Trump-Pence administration wants to let doctors pick & choose who deserves care. Its time to tell HHS to #ProtectTransHealth! and Nobody should be turned away from medical care, with their health and lives put at risk, because of who they are. We must #ProtectTransHealth and stop the Trump-Pence administration from green-lighting discrimination.

I Require Medical...

21:41

Why Its Impossible To Support Both #MeToo And Planned Parenthood Without Being A Big Hypocrite The Federalist

A wave of celebrities is leading the charge to expose sexual abuse in the entertainment industry and support those who bravely come forward with their stories and rightly so. The industry is apparently riddled with it, and no one should suffer abuse. Yet some of the the same celebrities claiming to advance the #MeToo movement also use their platforms to support Planned Parenthood, which has been shown to be a useful tool for sex traffickers and rapists.

Its not the people who dont know that worry me, its the people who do know and do nothing, remarked Daily Show host Trevor Noah. Planned Parenthood has a documented history of enabling abuse celebrities who know should so something.

Live Action recently documented the failure of Planned Parenthood to comply with laws requiring mandatory reporting of child sex abuse, rape, and incest. The report documents how several girls, as young as 12 years old, had abortions at Planned Parenthood, and yet the organization did nothing to report the victims cases to authorities. Rather than reporting these crimes as they are legally mandated to do, Planned Parenthood turned a blind eye to the signs of abuse these girls presented.

Planned Parenthood was more interested in performing abortions for profit than in protecting young women from sexual exploitation, yet it hails itself as a champion for women. This should be of no surprise though. Planned Parenthood is also a partner to the Womens March, which decried the shut-down and seizure of Backpage.com a hub of child sex trafficking according to a Senate investigative report.

According to another report, Planned Parenthood was the second most visited facility for trafficking victims. The Beazley Institute at Loyola University of Chicago reports that 29.6 percent of sex trafficking victims visited Planned Parenthood, because in the words of one victim they dont ask questions. Court cases, state health department reports, and testimonials from former Planned Parenthood managers and employees all document Planned Parenthoods failure to report suspicious incidents. This is despite the fact that Planned Parenthood employees, including counselors, therapists, mental health professionals, physicians, nurses, healthcare personnel, and other staff, along with volunteers, are...

21:41

Yale Law Students Letter Against SCOTUS Nominee Discredits Their Claim To Elitism The Federalist

Some 400 current and former Yale Law students said President Trumps nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court represents an existential threat in a recently published open letter. The nomination presents an emergency for democratic life, for our safety and freedom, for the future of our country, they write.

The letter is long on rhetoric, and it errs. It badly misrepresents Kavanaughs opinions (one could perhaps forgive first-year law students, but many signatories should know better). A second error is more fundamental and more troubling. The signers view this day as Armageddon, because they believe that the judiciarys role is to fix every perceived social, economic, and moral ill. Their view of the Constitution reads the representativeness right out of our republic.

Critique Of Judge Kavanaughs Rulings

According to these Yalies, Kavanaughs decisions are not just wrong but indefensible: We see in these rulings an intellectually and morally bankrupt ideologue intent on rolling back our rights and the rights of our clients. So, what are the terrible decisions Judge Kavanaugh has issued that cause so much angst?

For one, Kavanaugh had the audacity to side with charitable groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor in a case involving the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA required the participation of faith organizations in the provision of drugs and devices that violated their deeply held religious beliefs. To say Kavanaugh employed spurious reasoning in the case rings hollow given that the Supreme Court agreed with him. In Zubik v. Burwell, the court held that the religious exercise of faith organizations must be accommodate[d] and suggested that the government find some other way to provide contraceptive coverage rather than burdening a sincerely-held religious belief.

Then there is Kavanaughs discomfort with the ever-growing administrative state. The open letter faults his concerns as being rooted in policy rather than the law. Hardly. The Administrative Procedure Act itself requires that federal courts interpret statutory provisions. It is difficult to reconcile this statutory command with the Supreme Courts current practice of deferring to any plausible agency interpretation of a statute. There is also an argument that Article III of the Constitution requires the judiciary to do more than blindly defer to agency interpretations of federal law  one then-Judge Neil Gorsuch recited in the now famous Gutierrez concurrence that has steadily been gaining traction.

Indeed, the justice whom Kavan...

21:41

Its Time For The United States To Stop Funding National Security For The World The Federalist

It has been 27 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but American foreign policy has not evolved to fit the new world. We have more military bases in Europe than we did post-World War II. There seems to be no coherent answer as to the necessity of such bases and, worse, no justification of the burgeoning costs.

Who are these bases designed to protect? Which European countries have an actual or even a perceived threat of foreign invasion, and by whom? Why cant economic powerhouses such as Germany provide for their own defense?

In short, Germany can, but wont. Agreements among North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) nations stipulate that if one member is attacked, the others must come to their aid. This agreement acts as a one-way insurance policy for Europe. The United States pays the premiumsthe costs of maintaining bases across Europe. If a member nation is attacked, however, the United States, in practice, will end up shouldering a majority of the burden of defense.

We Secure Them, They Do Nothing for Us

In 2006, all NATO members agreed that a healthy number for defense spending is 2 percent of their individual nations gross domestic product. Nearly 11 years later, a majority of the member nations have not met this goal. In fact, with the exception of France, the United Kingdom, Greece, and Portugal (and recently a few former Soviet Bloc countries), all other countries have failed in meeting their goals. Germany is the most notorious overlooker of its own stated goals and agreements with NATO. While the wealthiest country in Europe, they spend 1.2 percent of their GDP on defense.

Europe is the beneficiary of the insurance policy should things go awry on their shores, since a majority of NATO members do not have any significant investment in defense. This agreement not only forfeits the rights of the United States to decline participation if it is not in American interests, it is not and cannot physically be reciprocal. Germany and a majority of the rest of the member nations cannot aid the United States in times of conflict. Even if they wanted to, they are not capable of aiding in any meaningful way. This is a contractual obligation that these countries are in default of, which should render it unenforceable and void.

In January, the German Parliamentary armed forces commissioner, Hans-Peter Bartels, issued a shocking report that stunned the German parliament, the Bundestag. In it, he wrote that Germanys military personnel are at an all-time low of a 170,000-man army. To put this in perspective, if this were hand-to-hand conflict, Germany would be evenly matched against the militaries of Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

It takes new German recruits approximately 45 weeks to get uniforms, and many are trained with broom handles instead of guns and passe...

21:38

Dont Like Your Free Trip To Israel? Dont Grandstand About Palestinians, Stay Home The Federalist

Birthright Israel, known in Hebrew as Taglit, is a program that sends Jewish young adults on free ten-day trips to Israel. Each group includes about 40 participants, and just about everything is included. A trip that would cost thousands of dollars ultimately costs just a few hundred, thanks to the generosity of the programs funders. Its a sweet deal for college students and twenty-somethings, or so I thought when I accepted the gift in 2016.

Then there are people like Hal Rose. She was among a handful of Birthright participants who decided last Sunday to leave their group mid-trip to visit a Palestinian family in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem, an area not toured during Birthright trips.

Hal and her cohort disliked that their Birthright trip did not include time in any Palestinian villages. If their true goal was just to educate themselves, however, they would not have needed to make a drama-filled exit mid-trip. Instead, they could have completed the trip and chosen to delay their return flights to have extra time to visit these areas, or to avoid Birthright altogether and come to Israel on their own. The program offers that option to everyone.

Instead, streaming on Facebook Live for maximum exposure, the participants gave tear-filled speeches about their choice to leave the trip then went to East Jerusalem to meet a Palestinian family, still streaming live on Facebook. If they had waited a few days until their Birthright trip had ended, the family still would have been there to visit, but gone would have been the opportunity to make a scene and grandstand for 147,000 viewers, the current view count on their Facebook video.

I Didnt Take the Trip to Make a Political Point

Id already been to Israel when I was 14 with my family on a trip sponsored by our synagogue, but later decided I didnt want to miss out on Birthright and signed up to go when I was almost 25, not far from the then-cutoff of turning 27. In ten packed days, I experienced all the highlights of Israel.

I hiked at Banias near the northern border, sipped wine at a winery in the Golan Heights, and floated in the Dead Sea. I climbed Masada, spent a night camping near Eilat, snorkeled in the Red Sea, spent a night at a Bedouin site, and visited holy and famous sites in Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, Israels national cemetery called Mount Herzl, and Yad Vashem Holocaust Center.

I learned about the struggles Israel faces from people on various sides of the issues. For five of the ten nights, our group was joined by a cohort of young Israeli peers. Our group of more than 40 individuals quickly became a t...

21:33

How Sparta Beat Back Athens In The Peloponnesian War The Federalist

In the sixth lecture of Hillsdale Colleges course on the histories of Athens and Sparta, which you can follow along with me here, Paul A. Rahe, a professor of Western heritage, discusses how Sparta won the Peloponnesian War.

Last week, I wrote about how Sparta and Athens fought alongside one another to defeat the invading Persian armies that tried several times to conquer Greece. After the allied Greek cities defeated invading Persian forces at the Battle of Plataea in 479 B.C. (which you can read more about here and here), tensions between Athens and Sparta began to escalate, which would ultimately result in an all-out war several decades later.

The Rivalry Between Sparta And Athens

Before conflicts with the invading Persians, Sparta and Athens were rivals. The ultimate clash between the two was when Sparta helped to overthrow a tyrannical Athenian ruler, Hippias, in 510 B.C., but these tensions were put on ice as long as there was a threat of another Persian invasion. Despite the Persian forces brutal defeat at Plataea, Xerxes planned to invade Greece again to bring it under the control of his massive empire. Knowing Xerxess hunger for control of Greece, the two Greek states remained allies with one another for a time.

The Spartans were jealous of the Athenians because the politician and general tasked with leading the Delian League a coalition of a number of Greek city-states to protect Greece from the Persians was Athenian, not Spartan. The Spartans were also wary of the Athenians appetite for conquest, which had been whet during the Persian wars. Sparta kept its cool for a while.

A devastating earthquake in 646 B.C. leveled most of Sparta and killed, by some estimates, more than half of those who were considered to be full citizens of Sparta. This loss of manpower and military might spurred slaves to revolt in the region, requiring Sparta to ask Athens for military assistance, despite Spartas secret alliance with another city-state that had fought Athens before the earthquake. Athens and Sparta agreed to a five-year peace pact with one another, but Sparta strategically brokered a 30-year-long peace accord with nearby Argos, which was aligned with Athens, in order to invade Athens without their opposition.

Sparta Beats Athens Back

This peace lasted only for a time, as both Athens and Sparta sought opportunities to ally themselves with other cities that would be strategically detrimental to the other.  The Athenians aggravated the Corinthians, a powerful Spartan ally, by forming an alliance with the nearby c...

21:33

Heeled Crocs Are A Leap Into Inglorious Shoe Barbarism The Federalist

If you frequent the Internet, you may be aware that the Croc heelor its properly repulsive nickname, the Crocheelis making the hot take rounds. This abominable crime against taste and good sense has been around since 2007, but has only recently been brought to all of our attention. That has inexplicably resulted in the shoe selling out everywhere and ending up on Amazon for $200 instead of the original price of $50.

As the degenerate offspring of the already ugly classic Croc and an orthopedic pump for old ladies, the model features some hideous hardware and a chunky-yet-gelatinous rubber heel of a few inches. Its combination of dreadful practicality and ridiculous four-inch heel is exactly like the biblical story about splitting the baby in half, except that no real mother (Anna Wintour?) has stepped forward to do the right thing. That would be throw it in the fire and laugh while it melts into a puddle of tire material.

Did I mention they squeak?

Ive written at length about why high heels, those jewels of the feet, are worth sacrificing a little comfort for. Ive registered my Alex Jones-style trutherism about the damage stilettos do to your feet as a scare tactic borne from the corporate greed of Big Podiatry. Ive jumped on the barricades to demand that the pump-hating, Birkenstock-wearing feminist left keep their feels off my heels.

But if those blisters and aching balls of your feet still have you hating the heel, and no amount of sex appeal can counteract the objections of your tired toesies, for heavens sake, embrace it.

If you want a comfortable shoe, please, please just wear flats. Wear a chic pointy-toe, a ballerina, a loafer, a sneaker, one of those hideous-but-trendy dad sneakers that look like they belong on the set of Seinfeld, even an actual Croc. For the love of everything that is holy, wear literally anything except this mangled half-breed of a water shoe and the once-beautiful pump.

Wear your flats proudly, and reject the bastard spawn of two defensible optionscomfort and stylethat is the Crocheel, the shoe thats too impractical to wear on a river hike, yet too ugly to allow in a restaurant. Because the only thing worse than a Croc heel is one from Balenciaga that costs $900.

21:26

Showmanship Freethought Blogs

When you have a dim view of the situation, and Noam Chomsky comes along to summarize how he sees things, and it pretty much matches you right down the line well, thats depressing. Chomsky has a long history of being right: right about Vietnam, right about Linguistics, right about Iraq, right about Bush, right about Obama, and right about Trump.

(@2:00) While this show is going on in public, in the background, the wrecking crew is working. Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, the guys  who write his executive orders what theyre doing is systematically dismantling every aspect of government that works for the benefit of the population. This goes from workers rights to pollution, the environment, rules for protecting consumers, anything you can think of is being dismantled and all efforts are being devoted kind of, almost with fanaticism to enrich and empower their actual constituency, which is super-wealth and corporate power, who are delighted; thats why the stock market goes up. The stock market has not much to do with the economy but keeps booming because thats the rich people and they love what theyre being granted. Now, the worst policies that hes carried out the most dangerous are barely discussed. Those are the two existential threats that we face. We have to face the fact that humans are now in a situation which has never arisen in human history: this generation has to decide whether organized human existence is going to continue. And its not a joke.

Trump is a distraction. Hes a self-playing fiddle playing here come the clowns while Rome burns.

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I first encountered Chomsky around 1967 but I really only remember him because he had a cool name. He was a visiting professor at Columbia before I was born, and was part of the swirl of student unrest that eventually resulted in my dad moving our family to Baltimore. I dont know if dad ever worked with Chomsky, Ill have to ask. I suspect Chomsky was pretty busy elsewhere.

Listen to the complex sentences Chomsky can string together just by putting one word that makes sense in front of another. Holy shit, its refreshing.

Mark my words: there will come a day when oil company executives and Wall St speculators will be h...

21:10

Voting Machine Company Admits Installing Vulnerable Remote-Access Software WhoWhatWhy

Last week special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russians for allegedly hacking into computers belonging to the Democratic Party. Concern over the threat of foreign cyberattacks affecting the outcome of US elections is now seemingly on everyones radar. But perhaps more worrisome is the lack of a cyber defense against it.

A recent case in point demonstrates the problem, and has left many cyber experts shaking their heads.

One of the nations largest voting machine vendors, Election Systems & Software (ES&S), has admitted to installing vulnerable remote-access software on some of its election management systems (EMSs) equipped with modems and sold to states between 2000 to 2006.

In a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), written this past April and recently obtained by Motherboard, ES&S disclosed that it installed pcAnywhere a third-party remote-access software produced by antivirus and cybersecurity software company Symantec on some of its EMS workstation machines.

Wyden told Motherboard that remote-access software and modems on election equipment is the worst decision for security short of leaving ballot boxes on a Moscow street corner.

ES&S made clear in its letter that the software was never installed on any actual voting devices (tabulators and/or ballot marking devices). However, the affected EMS machines were equally sensitive they were utilized in election offices and could be used to program the individual voting machines themselves, and to calculate the total vote count from the combined tallies of other machines.

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21:07

Democratic Representatives Mad Maxine Waters and Steve Cohen Want a Military Coup Against Trump Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Democratic Representatives Maxine Waters and Steve Cohen have illegally called for a military coup against Trump. Both should be in jail for these statements. Why arent they?

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20:56

Is President Trump a traitor because he wants peace with Russia? Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

The US Democratic Party is determined to take the world to thermo-nuclear war rather than to admit that Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election fair and square. The Democratic Party was totally corrupted by the Clinton Regime, and now it is totally insane. Leaders of the Democratic Party, such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, my former co-author in the New York Times, have responded in a non-Democratic way to the first step President Trump has taken to reduce the extremely dangerous tensions with Russia that the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes created between the two superpowers.

(Article by Paul Craig Roberts republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org)

Yes, Russia is a superpower. Russian weapons are so superior to the junk produced by the waste-filled US military/security complex that lives high off the hog on the insouciant American taxpayer that it is questionable if the US is even a second class military power. If the insane neoconservatives, such as Max Boot, William Kristol, and the rest of the neocon scum get their way, the US, the UK, and Europe will be a radioactive ruin for thousands of years.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives, declared that out of fear of some undefined retribution from Putin, a dossier on Trump perhaps, the President of the United States sold out the American people to Russia because he wants to make peace: It begs the question, what does Vladimir Putin, what do the Russians have on Donald Trumppersonally, politically and financially that he should behave in such a manner? The such a manner Pelosi is speaking about is making peace instead of war.

To be clear, the Democratic Minority Leader of the US House of Representat...

20:56

Joey Gibson Calls Portland a Disgusting, Dark City, and a Laughing Stock, After Goons Carry Out String of Violent Assaults It's Going Down

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Over the past few months, Washington state Republican Senate candidate Joey Gibson has campaigned by holding violent rallies in another state. Moreover, members of his big tent far-Right organization, Patriot Prayer, which attracts neo-Nazis from The Daily Stormer, militia members, serial murderer Jeremy Death to Antifa! Christian, and also increasingly, members of the Proud Boys, have engaged in a string of violent attacks against random members of the public across the Pacific Northwest.

At the same time, Patriot Prayer and Proud Boy members have been celebrating the near death of at least one counter protester who was hospitalized after protests on June 30th, both on social media, and by going on the shows of far-Right conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones. Moreover, Gibson has increased his rhetoric against Portland itself, setting the stage for continued random violence and attacks all aimed at everyday people.

20:48

Greetings From the Welfare State of Chicago-Universal Basic Income Comes to the Windy City Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

In the ultimate socialist activity, the welfare state known as Chicago, is instituting Universal Basic Income. After it fails, Fabian socialism will be next and thats when the FEMA camps you have read about will become reality.

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20:38

Four tech predictions in history that didnt quite hit the mark (and 3 that were spot-on) Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

By

Que sera, seraWhatever will be, will be. The futures not ours to seeque sera, sera. goes a classic about letting the future be. That said, of course, there are still people that just cant help but make prognostications, despite warnings from Doris Days iconic classic.

In his video, The Jim Stroud Show pokes fun at earlier prophecies about technology, and how some have become so incredulous or even downright bizarre in time. Since the beginning of time (well, maybe not that long), humanity has been making bad predictions about technology, Stroud adds.

Watch the full episode here, from REAL.video:

The off-the-mark, the bad, and the just plain weird

Choosing sides when it comes to technology and innovation is risky you never know which one could change the world. Get it wrong, however, and you wind up with egg on your face. Here are some of the greatest minds in history who may have placed their foot in their mouth with their muffed predictions about technology.

1. Writing could make people forget.

The development of writing instruments rocked the ancient world: Writing, which was first limited to economic and administrative uses in Athens, was gaining ground as a new way to preserve memory something that was done orally at the time. Of course, not everyone was on board with the idea at the time. Surprisingly, the great scholar Socrates, one of the pillars of Western philosophy, was part of the naysayers, even saying: If men learn this [written language], it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they will rely on that which is written.

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20:30

If Congress Wont Jail Hillary, Peoples Grand Juries Can Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Let justice be done though the heavens fall. If Congress wont send deep state members, such as Hillary to prison, then the people can do it. Here is a description of the Peoples Grand Juries.

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20:18

Bringing justice to the Holy Land is a basic Test of Humanity. Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Evenhandedness, like justice, isnt in some peoples vocabulary. It certainly plays no part in the Israel-Palestine peace process. Despite the occupying militarys continuing atrocities UK policy remains: be nice to the Israelis, kick the Palestinians in the balls. The Zionist stooges at the top of UK Government are well known and currently fighting like cats []

19:59

Web Exclusive: Space Nazis canvas Illinois 3rd Congressional District for Arthur Jones (Fiction) Freethought Blogs

(Content notice:  Depictions of Nazis and racism)

Bethany, a resident of Brookfield, didnt give a second thought when she heard the doorbell.  Looking through her peephole, she saw three men, whose bodies appeared to have been painted in white house paint, wearing white slacks and white polo shirts.

What do you want?  She asked.

We are ordinary Volkswagens, said one of the men.  I mean Volks.  I mean people.  We are like you, only whiter.  Were here to talk to you about the next sub-link, I mean orbiza, I mean congressman from this concentration, I mean the Third Congressional district. Arthur Jones.

Like all residents, said another man, He is a blue-blooded American.  The man then pulled out a knife and cut himself.  Blue blood rushed out of the wound.

Bethany screamed and called 911.  She claims two Men in Blue walked up to her porch, cleaned up the blood, and told her not to tell any mainstream media outlets about what she saw.

I guess the Babbler doesnt count as a mainstream outlet, she said.

Dozens of residents claim to have seen aliens canvasing the district for Jones, the Republican candidate for the district.  He is a former member of the American Nazi Party and a white supremacist.  His website and some of his flyers promote holocaust denialism.  Jones has been denounced by the Illinois Republican Party, including Governor Bruce Rauner.

Since Joness primary victory, space Nazis, and beings with similar beliefs, have tried to infiltrate the district and work for his campaign.

He hasnt raised any money on Earth, said Joan Armstrong, a spokesperson for Bolingbrooks Department of Interstellar Affairs.  We suspect all his campaign staff and volunteers are undocumented interstellar visitors.

Joe, who asked that we not use his last name, also encountered what he claims was a Nazi from space.  According to Joe, he opened the door and saw a frail older man.  The man claimed he was the last surviving member of a lunar Nazi colony created by the Germans at the end of World Wa...

19:00

Like Chicago Police, Cook County and Illinois Officials Track Thousands of People in Gang Databases Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Over the last 25 years, Illinois State Police have built a database of more than 90,000 people they deem to be gang members but wont say what gangs theyre in or where they live.

The Cook County sheriffs office has a gang database, too. It includes 25,000 people, including hundreds whose gangs arent known and hundreds who are dead.

And the Illinois Department of Corrections says the only information it can provide about its gang database is that it cant provide any information.

The Chicago Police Departments massive gang database has received considerable scrutiny in recent months. But its not the only gang tracking system used by area law enforcement. Police and other authorities have been keeping files of alleged gang members for decades now. A Chicago officer recently told me that when he first joined the force in the 1980s, police bought high school yearbooks to help them keep track of names and faces in their districts.

Nowadays, the databases maintained by law enforcement are far bigger, more efficient and easier to share. But most still include information thats subjective, unverified or simply wrong though officials at hundreds of government agencies, and even some private institutions, can access and use them, with potentially troubling consequences.

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Some of the mistakes are so obvious as to be absurd. The Chicago Police Departments gang database included 13 people who were supposedly 118 years old, as I reported in April. Two others were liste...

15:38

Russiagate Is Like 9/11, Except Its Made of Pure Narrative The Anti-Media

Russiagate 9/11(CJ Opinion)  The last few days have been truly amazing. I didnt even write an article yesterday; Ive just been staring transfixed by my social media feeds watching liberal Americans completely lose their minds. I cant look away. Its like watching a slow motion train wreck, and everyone on the train is being really homophobic. Ive been []

15:19

The Khazarian Bankster Cult and the Murder-Suicide of the West Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

The Murder-suicide of the West "has everything to do with Zionist Central Banking, the American and NATO military expeditions on behalf of World Government and Likud Land Theft in Palestine, an American National Debt of $40 trillion in the next decade, and the Culturally Marxist cesspool of abortion, and pornography..."

14:47

Leaked Netanyahu Tape: We Made Trump Quit the Iran Nuclear Deal The Anti-Media

Netanyahu War With Iran(ZHE)  On Tuesday an Israeli television channel aired leaked video footage it obtained exclusively showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasting that he had personally convinced President Trump to abandon the Iran nuclear deal. The statements were made at a small dinner event where he addressed senior members of his Likud party.  The video, aired by Israels Kan News shows Netanyahu enthusiastically []

14:37

NATO Could Start World War 3, US President Warns The Anti-Media

World War 3(ANTIWAR.COM)  In a Tuesday night interview, President Trump once again stirred up fury among NATO nations, this time by questioning the wisdom of the alliances collective defense terms. He warned this was potentially risky because any small NATO member could quickly escalate the entire alliance into a world war. Trump provided NATOs newest member, tiny Montenegro, as an []

14:29

West To Evacuate White Helmets, Voting Machines Exposed, Gaza Invasion & South America Ignored 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 (7/18/18). The efforts to keep the American people engrossed in the US political theater have never been so pronounced and so all-encompassing. It has reached a point where []

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13:44

Absolute Ghoul Joe Lieberman Emerges From Political Irrelevance to Urge Third Party Bid The Anti-Media

Joe Lieberman(CD)  Taking a quick break from his lucrative work as a lobbyist for the law firm that has represented President Donald Trump for years, former Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) emerged from the realm of complete political irrelevance on Tuesday to urge defeated New York Rep. Joe Crowley to disregard the will of voters and mount a third-party bid against democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. []

13:38

Conspiracy to Defraud the United States Freethought Blogs

Watching the fallout from yesterdays shit-show has been fascinating. The White Houses official talking points are A) Trump has always thought Russia was behind the hack, and as proof they quote-mine his statements, B) Trump talked extensively about Russian election meddling with Putin, something well never be sure of as he met with Putin alone for two hours, but seems to contradict what he said immediately afterwards to Sean Hannity as well as Putin and Lavrovs rosy assessments, and C) why dwell on the past?

That hasnt gone over well; as Im typing this, Trump has tried re-writing history and announced he said would when he meant to say wouldnt in Helsinki, Finland, which is the opposite of convincing.

He didnt come up with that on his own. Ditch the would/wouldnt bit, switch my campaign didnt collude to theres no proof it changed the outcome of the election, and youve got a carbon copy of what Paul Ryan was spouting earlier in the day. Above all, whats fascinating to me is how Republicans are reacting to Trumps actions. Ryan, for instance, has plenty of criticism for Russia and yet completely omits Trump. Tom Cotton...

12:58

Treaty Camp: Does Alton Gas Know What Unceded Means? It's Going Down

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Anarchist media collective Sub.Media presents a short video on continuing resistance on unceded Mikmaq territory to Alton Gas.

Rob Turner, project manager at Alton Gas, dropped by the camp for maintenance work. Not only, does he fail to acknowledge that this site is located on unceded Mikmaq territory, but he also implies that the Nova Scotia premiere should have authority on this stolen land.

For more info, check this site.

12:37

Pennsylvania: Sabotage at Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction Site It's Going Down

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The following communique was originally anonymously sent to and published on Philly Anti-Capitalist, which we reprint below.

Stock photo from The Business Journal

The communique reads:

In late June, we sabotaged construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline in Pennsylvania by tampering with the liquidation system of an excavator being used on a construction site. We did this in a way that would not be noticeable until operating the machine afterwards had ruined it permanently.

Despite conditions changing after several scouting trips, we were able to adapt our plans in the moment and find a different suitable target. If you visit the pipeline route, machines and other infrastructure are everywhere, and many are still unguarded.

According to Sunoco/ETP, the pipeline is 98% complete. But the pipeline project is struggling due to growing opposition, other vandalism incidents and repeated shutdowns of construction due to heinous environmental violations. These major financial losses and plummeting stocks make ETP a prime target for further sabotage, which could tip the scales so that this and future earth-destroying pipeline projects are no longer viable. We encourage people to safely do their own research and join in on the fun!

12:27

Pompano Beach, Florida: Broward Transitional Center Shutdown Reportback It's Going Down

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Sunshine State Anarchy reports back on recent anti-ICE shutdown.

On Monday, July 16th, a group of activists shut down the Broward Transitional Facility in Pompano Beach Florida. This facility houses so called low-risk prisoners, refugees that have committed minor crimes, or no crimes at all, who are taken from their families and held for weeks before seeing a judge. Many prisoners have committed no crimes, except for being born in the wrong place and having the wrong color of skin. This for-profit prison is owned and operated by GEO group, a Florida based company that makes $20 million a year for operating the BTC.

With these injustices in mind, we decided to take direct action and shut the facility down, trapping the employees inside the facility, just like how they trap the refugees. Four activists blocked the main entrance, two of them holding the main gate with a disabled car and the other two chaining themselves to additional gates with bike locks. Three other activists locked down a side gate to the south, forming a triangle with their arms secured in lockboxes.

The lockdown started at 5:30 pm, police didnt arrive until after 6 pm. They quickly taped off the area where protesters were locked down and told everyone they were trespassing and participating in an unlawful assembly. However, neither the locked down protesters nor their supporters left the premises. Soon, all of the northbound lanes of Powerline road were blocked off with police cars and the cut team was summoned.

While all of this was happening, supporters were feeding pizza and Gatorade to everyone locked down, providing powerful emotional and physical support. People were livestreaming, the ACLU was filming, media was interviewing, and it felt as if all of South Florida had its eyes turned to what was happening at the BTC. Then the cut team started getting to work.

The first protester cut free was the one closest to the road chained up with a bike lock. She was arrested and placed into the transport van, which had no AC. She was given no water and was trapped in there for over 2 hours, by the time she arrived in the prison, she had been trapped for four hours with no water and could not stand on her own. Even when she was taken into custody, she was given no water for several more hours. The next person to be cut was the other person tied to the gate with a bike lock, and faced the same conditions as the first.

Though the police had an easy time freeing the first two, the car lockdown would give them a real run for their money. First, they tried to cut out the windshield, but that didnt work. Next, the cut off the...

12:14

America Overrules Trump: No Peace With Russia OpEdNews

The American right-wing is just as opposed as the left-wing. Only a few experts, such as Stephen Cohen and Amb. Jack Matlock, President Reagan's ambassador to the Soviet Union, have spoken out in support of Trump's attempt to reduce the dangerous tensions between the nuclear powers. Only a few pundits have explained the actual facts and the stakes.

12:07

End of the Line #19: Mud It's Going Down

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End of the Line, an anti-pipeline podcast returns with a new episode on the need for direct action as the Mountain Valley Pipeline beings to damage the natural environment as construction continues.

Pipeline fighters are keeping their promise to watch Mountain Valley Pipelines every move, catching almost daily construction failures that are damaging their creeks and streams, and doing the job that Virginia DEQ is either unable or unwilling to do.

12:00

Cant Afford a Lawyer? The Marshall Project

Civil representation is too expensive for many, but Washington state has one solution

11:51

A Trumpian Trophy. . . Freethought Blogs

Trophies cartoon. France wins the World Cup in Moscow, Djokovic wins Wimbledon, and Putin wins over Trump in Helsinki. Image / Rod Emmerson.

Trophies cartoon. France wins the World Cup in Moscow, Djokovic wins Wimbledon, and Putin wins over Trump in Helsinki. Image / Rod Emmerson. Source.

I think that pretty much sums it all up.

11:42

Censorship, Staff Negligence, and Extreme Heat at the Telford Unit, Texas It's Going Down

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By Jason Renard Walker

Telford mailroom staff claim that any mention of the words Black Panther counts as gang activity, and this censorship comes in the context of what seems to be a co-ordinated clampdown on NABPP members across Texas. Readers are encouraged to contact the TDCJ Ombudsman at ombudsman@tdcj.texas.gov, as well as the Telford Units management at 903-628-3171 and garth.parker@tdcj.texas.gov, to request that they cease the campaign of harassment and retaliation against Jason, and provide all inmates with adequate relief from the extreme heat. Let them know that were looking out for Jason and will hold the prison accountable if anything happens to him!

Letters to Jason at Jason Renard Walker, #1532092, Telford Unit, 3899 Hwy 98, New Boston, TX 75570, will also help to break down his sense of isolation and show the administration that there are people watching out for him, but as mentioned above, be aware that his mail is undergoing heavy censorship.

Telford Unit Prisoners suffer heat exhaustion: Denied medical care, access to cold water, and staff negligence

Since 2011, at least twelve Texas prisoners have died from heat stroke, which was a result of the sweltering temperatures inside buildings, dorms, day rooms and the cells where prisoners live.

Hundreds more have suffered heat-related illnesses, many of whom were among the elderly and disabled inmates housed at the Wallace Pack Unit. This does not include prisoners who didnt report their injuries or those who attempted to treat themselves.

The Pack Unit is a medical and geriatric prison where the indoor prisoner housing areas are not climate-controlled with air conditioning. Prisons like this cause a spike in heat-related injuries because the apparent temperature routinely exceeds 100 degrees Fahrenheit inside the housing areas. This is a state-wide pro...

10:47

Campaign To Prevent A Brave New World Privacy-Invading Education Profiteering PopularResistance.Org

We are entering a very dangerous time in US public education that threatens the role of teachers, public schools and the privacy of students. The history of education reform is long and complicated but most people are now catching on, as bad policy follows bad policy, decade after decade. They realize that the politicians and corporate CEO's deciding what happens in schools have their own agenda and it is not one that benefits children or communities. First, it was high stakes standardized testing, then it the charter school takeover...and now its mass data mining of children throughout their educational career through technology. This is creating a massive profit center for corporate interests and destroying the privacy of children.

10:22

Pochutl, Oaxaca: Communique from CODEDI After the Assassination of Member Abraham Hernndez Gonzalez It's Going Down

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Report on ongoing State repression in Oaxaca.

Today July 17th , at approximately 11:30 am, masked and heavily armed men, dressed in military gear, broke into the house of compaero Abraham Hernndez Gonzalez, located in the community of Salchi, San Pedro Pochutla, Oaxaca. They violently removed the compaero from his house, loading him into a grey truck with license plate number RH-70-92, accompanied by motorcycles.

From the moment he was taken, various police forces were informed while none of them carried out any effort to locate the compaero. After about five hours, he was found dead near the same community from which he was taken. We hold the government of Alejandro Murat directly responsible for the kidnapping and assassination of compaero Abraham Hernndez, who played an important role as local coordinator in the community. The lack of interest on part of the government to try to resolve such cases makes evident their complicity with the criminal groups that operate in the region and state, allowing them to act freely at all hours of the day. It also shows the farce of the operation safe beach, when it is in this area where the insecurity is most evident. With the return of the PRI party to power in the state of Oaxaca, the insecurity has worsened because as we know well, they work hand in hand with narco-traffickers.

We demand justice and punishment to those responsible for the assassination of compaero Abraham Hernndez. We also demand justice for our three compaeros assassinated this past February 12th. Until now, the state government has not shown any advances in their cases and those responsible for these crimes remain free.

We call on the social organizations to unite in this demand for justice of the assassinated compaeros of CODEDI and for all of the social fighters and defenders of human rights who live beneath constant threat.

END THE AGGRESSIONS AGAINST CODEDI!

JUSTICE FOR OUR ASSASINATED COMPAEROS!

LONG LIVE ALEJANDRO!

LONG LIVE LUIS ANGEL!

LONG LIVE IGNACIO!

LONG LIVE ABRAHAM HERNNDEZ!

Committee for the Defense of Indigenous Rights

CODEDI

July 17th, 2018

10:09

Will the Foreign-Policy Elite Learn From Trump? OpEdNews

Right-wing populism, as trumpeted by a poser like Trump, can evolve into a frightening threat to democracy. Left-wing populism may be democracy's salvation. Trump's election was in many ways a warning to the establishment. The question is whether they heed that message. Thus far, the results are not encouraging.

10:06

Henningsen: US Can Help Refugee Crisis By Lifting Sanctions and Getting Out of Syria 21st Century Wire

One potentially positive outcome from Mondays Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki, Finland was a clear signal that both leaders have talked about cooperating in Syria, rather than treating each other as geopolitical adversaries at the expense of Syrias own welfare.

While this has been received with fury by the US mainstream corporate media, pro-war Democrats and Neocon Republicans it has been seen by the rest of the world as a much-needed diplomatic overture which could help to stabilize the situation, rather than exacerbate existing problems across the country and the Middle East in general. Russias Defense Ministry announced it is already prepared to boost cooperation with the U.S. military in Syria, saying in a statement Tuesday that its ready for practical implementation of any memorandums of understanding reached between Trump and Putin, including the extension of the START arms control treaty.

21WIRE editor Patrick Henningsen spoke to RT International yesterday about what the US and its EU counterparts need to do to mitigate Europes Migrant Crisis as well as Syria and the Middle Easts refugee crisis namely, lifting punitive joint US-EU economic sanctions on Syria, and also seeing the US end its illegal occupation with its Kurdish SDF proxy militias in northeastern Syria: Watch:

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09:52

Emergency Call to Action: OccupyICENYC Welcomes All Nationwide It's Going Down

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Calll to support #OccupyICENYC in the face of a police clamp down.

In the early hours of July 18th, day 22 of the anti-I.C.E (de)occupation, four core organizers of OccupyICENYC were arrested by the NYPD despite complying to police orders.

We already understand I.C.E. to be actors in the continued colonization of the so-called United States and perpetrators of ethnic cleansing. The (de)occupation is strictly committed to abolitionism not only demanding a total shut down of I.C.E, but the total abolition of police and all agents of the state. Our encampment has put unwavering time and energy in mutual aid projects and direct action; re-purposing the space as a resource center for free food, medical supplies, collective care initiatives, workshops, and legal referrals.

Examples of mutual aid initiatives and direct action:

09:42

Trump-Putin Fallout: US Bipartisan Hysteria Against Peace 21st Century Wire

As expected, the US mainstream and Guardian oriented UK liberal media have descended into a spiral of hysteria and righteous indignation following Mondays Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki, Finland.  In Washington, Trump has received criticism from both sides of the aisle, Democrats and Neocons alike, because he didnt condemn Moscow for alleged meddling which the mainstream media and Democratic Party machine insisted happened during the 2016 election.

Following yesterdays Trump-Putin summit and press conference, the mainstream media and most politicians have come completely unhinged. Some openly call for a coup against Trump. Most endlessly repeat the absurd claim that it is treasonous to meet with a foreign leader they dont like. How far will the hysteria go?

Liberty Report co-hosts Dr. Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams break down yesterdays mainstream hysterical reaction to Trump and Putins historic meeting. Watch:

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07:56

Ambassador Nikki Haley Slams Human Rights Council As UNs Biggest Failure The Federalist

Ambassador Nikki Haley criticized the United Nations Human Rights Council Wednesday, calling it the United Nations biggest failure.

The United States announced in June that it was withdrawing from the council. Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited the presence of authoritarian regimes and anti-Israel bias on the council. Haley elaborated on those reasons at a Heritage Foundation event, saying that the UN Humans Rights Council should be a place of conscience, but that the council has largely failed to be that.

The Human Rights Council has provided cover not condemnation for authoritarian regimes, she said.

The U.S. stayed on the council for a year of President Trumps administration before deciding to withdraw.

Sixty-two percent of the Humans Rights Councils membership are non-democratic countries. Nations like Venezuela, China, and the Republic of Congo, which all have clear human rights violations, have a seat at the council. Haley noted that even as mass graves were being discovered in the Republic of Congo, the council was approving the countrys bid to be a part of it.

The council was also silent on human rights abuses in Iran during recent peaceful protests of the current regime, and continues to be silent on the increasingly unstable state of Venezuela. Additionally, Haley mentioned Agenda Item 7 which condemns the nation of Israel. According to Haley, Agenda Item 7 does not denounce any action of the country, rather just the countrys existence.

Haley also said that many member nations shared many of Americas concerns but declined to say so publicly. They had a voice, but they refused to use it, she said.

These countries apparently pleaded for the United States to remain in the council in order to retain the last shred of credibility that the council had.

During her tenure as Ambassador to the United Nations, Haley has visited numerous refugee camps, meeting with displaced and battered peoples around the world. As long as we have a voice, we should use it to advocate for these mothers and children, Haley said.

Despite the exit from the Human Rights Council, Haley emphasized the United States commitment to promoting human rights abroad, and stated that America did not need the council to do so. She cited successfully fighting back against Russian and Chinese efforts to cut back on UN peacekeepers as well as proposing an arms embargo on South Sudan.

07:43

Crazed US Presstitutes Drive The World To Nuclear War OpEdNews

Humanity has on numerous occasions narrowly missed nuclear Armageddon. Each time it was averted by military officers, both American and Soviet, who understood that the relations between the US and the Soviet Union were not that strained.

07:29

A Farewell to Ice, and very likely us. A video by Dr. Peter Wadhams OpEdNews

Farewell to Ice is a video by the distinguished climatologist, Dr. Peter Wadhams, regarding how disappearing Arctic ice effects our entire planet. Which of course means all of us. I've posted many videos by other climatologists on OEN, particularly Dr. Guy McPherson. Guy claims to think most highly of Dr. Wadhams, but can't see how he reaches some of his conclusions--which themselves scare the hell out of me.

07:22

Women Don't Fall for Pharma Commercials in Mainstream Media OpEdNews

This week the New York Times does some heavy lifting for Pharma screening and drugs. "Ladies...consider getting your bone density checked," Jane Brody writes in its Science section. There is "solid evidence that treatment with a bone-preserving or bone-building drug is beneficial when a bone density test reveals a level of bone loss defined as osteoporosis in the spine or a hip." Pharma thanks her.

07:01

The Outlook for Democrats in 2020 Currently Looks Bleak OpEdNews

The Democrats are a 50-50 party divided between progressives and liberals. Three serious liberals -- Harris, Warren, Booker and whoever else pops up between now and then -- divvy up the liberal half. Bernie Sanders has the progressive half all to himself. So he wins the nomination --if he wants it.

06:52

Its All Fake: Reality TV That Masquerades As American Politics The Last American Vagabond

Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville []

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06:21

It's time for a general strike, because Trump treason demands a brave response OpEdNews

The American people are going to have to kick things up a notch, in a hurry. It's time to begin the planning for a general strike -- perhaps right after Labor Day, when school is back in session and vacation season is over -- that would show our ability to shut down the American economy while this unfit and arguably treasonous president insists on clinging to power.

06:18

The Dying Days Of A Small Town Appalachia Honky-Tonk The Federalist

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John Lingan is the author of the new book, Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk. Lingan has searched out the stories and legends of one small town, Winchester, Virginia. On this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour, Ben Domenech and Lingan untangle the themes of his book: country music, local celebrity, and a dying Appalachia community.

When I went up there, it was not with a purpose in mind, Lingan said. Its definitely a book about Jim McCoy, a book about music, but I really did want to expand and show how the town and the people in the town interact with one another over time.

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06:02

Sex, Guns, and Spycraft: Court Filing Unveils Shocking New Details in Russian Spy Case The Anti-Media

russian spy(ZHE) Another interesting twist in the investigation of Maria Butina, the alleged Russian spy who tried to infiltrate the NRA and tried to arrange meetings between then-candidate Trump and Russian President Putin, has just been revealed in a new filing by the DOJ in its case against Butina, who is presently sitting in federal custody as []

05:46

Israeli Army Told To Prepare For Large-Scale Invasion Of Gaza The Last American Vagabond

Israeli army warplanes attacked the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, threatening a three-day ceasefire. This followed reports that a Palestinian fire balloon landed on a kindergarten, causing no casualties. The Israeli Army has been told to prepare for a large-scale military operation against the Gaza Strip, and the military has recently been conducting drills simulating a full-scale []

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05:45

Sacha Baron Cohen Tried To Trick This Gun Store Owner, Who Wasnt Having Any Of It The Federalist

A gun store owner in Riverside, California is 100 percent positive actor Sacha Baron Cohen tried to trick him into filming an interview for his fake docu-series on Showtime called Who Is America?

A number of politicians and political activists have been duped into participating in humiliating interviews as part of Cohens series under what they say were false pretenses. In the shows debut episode, a heavily disguised Cohen tricks a gun-rights advocate into pointing guns decorated as stuffed animals at the camera in an effort to make the weapons appear kid-friendly.

Norris Sweidan, owner of Warrior One Guns and Ammo said a man heavily disguised and speaking with a thick, fake accent walked into his store with a camera crew in tow in February 2017 under the pretense that the man was a Hungarian immigrant seeking to buy a gun, according to an exclusive report by Fox 11.

Im looking at the producer and Im just like am I being fooled right here? Sweidan said. And I just kept looking at the guy and I was like youre Borat, as soon as I said that his eyes just looked at me like, and he did a turn right out the door.

He says after Cohen left the store, he left his crew behind.

Were talking to the people they dont wanna give us an answer, we basically told them to get the f*** out, you guys are all full of s***, have a great day, get out, Sweidan said.

He said its obvious what Cohens intentions were.

Once I knew it was Borat, we already know his game and his bull*****, so we knew hes here to make a mockery, and of what? Gun owners? The gun business, gun shops, Sweidan said.

You can watch the whole interview and bits of footage of Cohens reported visit to the Riverside gun store in the video below.

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05:41

So, so tired of Christian Atheists Freethought Blogs

Here we go again, with more weird Christian bias from atheists.

You know, the first sentence is just fine please do appreciated the culture and history of a place. Personally, Im not at all fond of church bells, because I grew up near a church that insisted on playing those obnoxious electronic chimes every 15 minutes, and here in Morris some jerk insisted likewise that the local cemetery play ear-splitting hymns on their electronic carillon all day long (fortunately, no longer). It might be a matter of frequency, too, since the Catholic church 3 blocks away rings their bells every Sunday before mass, and thats not a problem at all.

Dawkins begins to go off the rails with the second sentence. Why is he comparing church bells to Allahu Akhbar? 1) A better comparison would be with the adhan, or call to prayer, of an Islamic mosque. Its not aggressive-sounding at all. It would drive me nuts if I had to hear it every day, but its analogous in every way to his church bells. 2) Allahu Akhbar just means God is great, a phrase youll hear all the time in Christian churches. It is awfully arrogant, but its exactly the same crap that goes on in the grand medieval building behind Dawkins. Just a different language and a different culture.

Which is why the third sentence is so disingenuously stupid. Exactly, Richard, its a matter of your cultural upbringing. What else would it be? This is nothing but a phony call-out to anti-Islamic sentiment.

But wait, his supporters say. Hes Just Asking a Question. Maybe hes simply acknowledging the varieties of human experience and openly admitting that he has a preference shaped by his history? Read charitably, maybe hes noting the similarities of these different cultures.

Nice try. Nope. He followed up with this:

04:41

DARPA Researching Mind-Controlled Troops Connected to Weapons Systems Activist Post

By Nicholas West By now its not exactly news that the U.S. military would love nothing more than to create mind-controlled soldiers. Since the inception...

04:20

IRS to Revoke 362,000 Passports From US Citizens Activist Post

By Simon Black, Sovereign Man About two and a half years ago, I told you about a particularly nasty piece of legislation that President Obama quietly...

04:04

Democrats Call Russia Meddling Act Of War, Urge Cyber Attack On Moscow Banks In Retaliation Sheep Media

President Trumps refusal to condemn Russia for allegations of meddling in the 2016 US election while accepting Russian President Vladimir Putins denial has triggered many on the left along with never-Trump conservatives in a blind rage.

After declaring Trump treasonous and calling for a coup, many on the left are now calling Russias alleged hacking an act of war, with some suggesting it was a modern Pearl Harbor. Aside from the 2,403 Americans who died in Pearl Harbor that just had their deaths casually compared to an alleged cybercrime, sure.

Former Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Adviser to President Bush and CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Frances Townsend is one of those people tweeting on Tuesday night: Putins Attack on the U.S. Is Our Pearl Harbor. It was an Act of War and we should recognize it as such.


Politico drew the same copmparison with their article: Putins attack on the US is new Pearl Harbor, while trotting out the Act of War language as well.

Members of the House and Senate have been briefed, but remain deadlocked in partisan bickering. Some in the House have spent more time investigating the investigators than they have in trying to hold Russia accountable. Trumps suggestion to accept Russian investigators into this process adds a new layer to the sideshow. When right of the boom feels like left of the boom, its easy to miss the fact that what the Kremlin didis doingwas, and is, an act of war. Politico

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04:00

Falsely juxtaposing history with the present OpEdNews

Since Trump's summit w/ Putin on Monday it's been all Trump all the time. Now he's reversing himself blaming Russia for interfering w/ the election after cozying up to Putin that had Repubs become apoplectic over his comments w/ the Russian leader. That detente w/ Putin may have been accomplished by Trump is absolutely lost in the murky fog generated by the MSM. It's as if Trump was being Neville Chamberlain appeasing Hitler.

03:53

Michiko Kakutani's Book on Trump Is Alerting, Not Alarmist (REVIEW ESSAY) OpEdNews

Michiko Kakutani's new book The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump (2018) is a vitally important exploration of the different cultural currents that led to the rise of Trump and the right-wing in the 2016 presidential election.

03:40

Explosive Report on Abuse of Women Photographers Stirs Both Anger and Pride Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

On Monday, the Columbia Journalism Review published a nearly 10,000-word investigation of sexual harassment and abuse in the world of photojournalism. The investigation took five months and involved interviews with 50 people.

The findings were dark.

Photojournalists described behavior from editors and colleagues that ranged from assault to unwanted advances to comments on their appearance or bodies when they were trying to work, the article said.

Many women in the industry say the behavior is so common that they have long considered it simply one of the realities of working as a woman in the profession, the investigation found. They say the problem is rooted in a number of factors: The field has historically been male-dominated with a culture that glorifies macho, hyper-masculine behavior; there is an increasing reliance on freelancers, which affects accountability; workshops and other events for young photographers are often exploited by older, established photojournalists.

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Elisa Lees Munoz read every word of the article with recognition and rage. Munoz is executive director of the International Womens Media Foundation, and in 2013 the organization published its own report, Violence and Harassment against Women in the News Media: A Global Picture. The report, based on an international survey of women in journalism, found that harassment and violence against female journalists was widespread both in the office and in the field.

ProPublica reached out to Munoz to discuss th...

03:38

Jacks Walk Freethought Blogs

Roadside Lilies, voyager, all rights reserved

Wild lilies, voyager, all rights reserved

These lilies grow wild in this area and right now is the height of their season. You see them everywhere, lining the roadside, filling the ditches and marking the edges of most every field. I love their bright colour and tall sturdy stems that allow them to sway in the breeze. Ive tried to cut some to bring home in the past, but they dont last so now I just admire them where they live.

03:23

As Americans Argue Over Russia, US Govt Quietly Allows Dark Money Groups to Keep Donors Secret The Free Thought Project

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The U.S. government will no longer force dark-money groups or certain tax-exempt organizations to disclose their financial donors.

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03:19

Are The Radicals Winning? Not If You Listen To Normal Folk Activist Post

Op-Ed by Catherine J. Frompovich My, how the political landscape is changing!  Who would have ever thought? First and foremost, I feel compelled to reveal...

03:19

Absolute Perfection. Freethought Blogs

An amazing gift, from Marcus & Kestrel, who collaborated on this little slice of perfection. It wouldnt be perfection to some one else, but it is to me absolutely gorgeous, fantastically sharp, my favourite colours in that magnificent braiding, giving a wonderful grip, and the beauty of the blade. Fits my hand perfectly, and is properly sharp and lethal. Honestly, I was speechless when I opened this up, and I still just babble about it. I will cherish this, always. I couldnt possibly come up with enough of a thank you to you both for your work, especially such finely done and thoughtful work. Thank you, thank you, thank you.  She definitely needs to be named, but I have to spend more time with her to find whats right.

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03:07

Luxury doomsday bunkers selling for $2.3 million, complete with pool Intellihub

(INTELLIHUB) In the middle of nowhere in rural Kansas luxury doomsday bunkers are being sold to the elite.

A decommissioned nuclear silo reserved for the wealthy boasts 16,000 pound doors and is patrolled by armed security at all times.

To top it all off, live CCTV feeds of the surroundings are broadcasted into the subterranean condominium complex via TV screens which act as simulated windows to the real world one-hundred feet below the Earths surface.

Reserve yours today.

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03:01

Thousands of Pages of FBI, CIA, DIA and NSA Documents About Nelson Mandela Were Just Published by Property of the People The Sparrow Project

Washington, DC Today, on the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandelas birth, Property of the People is making all documents about Mandela obtained through its FOIA litigation from the FBI, CIA, DIA, and NSA available to the public.  Spanning thousands of pages, the vast majority of these documents have never before been seen by the public.

Searchable Archive of Documents Published Online Today **

For his role coordinating the movement to end apartheid in South Africa, Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962, ultimately serving 27 years in prison. Though Mandela was freed in 1990, Mandela remained on the U.S. terror watchlist until 2008. Despite long standing public knowledge of U.S. intelligence agency assistance to apartheid South Africa, and likely involvement in Mandelas 1962 arrest in particular, little specific public information exists on these crucial matters.

Shortly after Nelson Mandelas death in 2013, MIT PhD candidate and Property of the People president, Ryan Shapiro, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for records on agency efforts to counter Mandela and his movement for racial justice in South Africa.

Shapiros FOIA lawsuit, which remains ongoing, has forced the intelligence agencies to release thousands of pages of illuminating documents. Shapiro has made a portion of these documents available to the public, resulting in extensive press...

03:00

Documentary Generation Zapped Covers Health Issues Caused or Worsened From Exposure to Wi-Fi, Electromagnetic Fields (EMF), and Electrosmog Activist Post

By B.N. Frank Generation Zapped was produced by filmmaker Sabine El Gemayel.  It reveals the science behind the effects of increasing wireless (Wi-Fi) exposure on...

02:54

Indigenous And Environmental Water Protectors Fight To Block Louisiana Pipeline PopularResistance.Org

Half an hour outside of Lafayette, Louisiana almost three hours west of New Orleans the proposed route of the Bayou Bridge pipeline crosses the road. Its a seemingly minor bend in the crooked path of a 162.5-mile pipeline that, if completed, would snake underground from Lake Charles near the Texas border to St. James in Cancer Alley  the dense stretch of refineries and other petrochemical facilities lining the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. But this bend matters to Cherri Foytlin, a Din (Navajo) and Cherokee activist, journalist and mother, whose organization owns the small plot of land around which the pipelines route skirts. Here, a few small structures and a long line of tents make up the LEau Est La Vie (Water Is Life) resistance camp.

02:46

Can The Brits Baby Trump Blimp Come Play At Trumps DC Military Parade? PopularResistance.Org

The best thing about Donald Trumps visit to England and Scotland was the protestsor Carnival of Resistance, as some called them. Their outrageous signs, costumes, and visuals, including the Baby Trump blimp, were in contrast to our oftentimes sedate US demonstrations.  Thats why a GoFundMe has been started to make Baby Trump Blimp the Guest of Honor at the November 10th protest against Trumps scheduled military parade in Washington DC. The American public would certainly get a lift from an oversized Trump in diapers hovering above Trumps macho display of guns and missiles. The UK protests should be an inspiration to Americans resisting Trump. When Trump met with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth, then went to Scotland for a round of golf, hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets in opposition.

02:32

EU Hits Google With Record $5 Billion Fine Over Antitrust Abuse The Anti-Media

EU Google(CD)  The European Union (EU) on Wednesday hit Google with a record-breaking 4.34 billion ($5.06 billion) antitrust fine and ordered the tech giant to make changes that will scale back its dominance of the mobile phone market. Characterizing the move as the EUs sharpest rebuke yet to the power of a handful of tech giants, the Wall Street Journal reported: [T]he []

02:15

Largest Voting Machine Vendor in US Admits Its Systems Had Remote-Access Software Installed Activist Post

By Matt Agorist A bombshell revelation on the security of voting in the United States has just surfaced in the form of a letter from...

02:13

New Study Shows CBD Oil May Help Treat Seizures in Dogs, Too The Anti-Media

CBD Dogs(CW)  Over the last several years, CBD (cannabidiol) has increasingly been shown to aid in the treatment of seizures, particularly in children. The evidence is so strong that the FDA, an organization notoriously opposed to cannabis, approved the first CBD-based medication for one particular seizure disorder at the end of June. Multiple studies have shown CBD is effective in treating these []

01:59

Dozens of Jewish Groups Back BDS Movement, Slam False Antisemitism Claims The Anti-Media

BDS Movement(MEMO)  Dozens of Jewish groups worldwide issued an unprecedented joint statement on Tuesday backing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and saying that criticism of Israels actions does not equate to antisemitism, reported The New Arab. The initiative was led by US-based Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and the signatories include 36 Jewish groups from 15 []

01:58

When Reporters Call a President "Traitor," That's News OpEdNews

Mainstream reporters speculating that Trump had been "bought" by Putin? That used to be Alex Jones's style, but maybe he's turned into a role model.

01:57

Sinclair Merger In Huge Trouble As FCC Chairman Pai Casts Skeptical Eye On Sham Deals PopularResistance.Org

WASHINGTON  On Monday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he would circulate an order designating the Sinclair Broadcast Groups acquisition of Tribune Media for an administrative hearing at the agency. Pais statement suggests that at least the divestitures Sinclair has proposed would be sent to a hearing because, in the chairmans words, the evidence weve received suggests that certain station divestitures that have been proposed to the FCC would allow Sinclair to control those stations in practice, even if not in name, in violation of the law. In 2017, Sinclair announced a proposal to take over Tribune Medias television stations, a merger that as originally proposed would have given the broadcast giant control of more than 233 local TV stations reaching 72 percent of the countrys population, far in excess of congressional and FCC limits on national and local media ownership.

01:53

'Trump picks Putin over America': Native candidates slam president's remarks Indianz.Com News

One Native Republican defended Donald Trump but other Native candidates were critical of the president's remarks about Russia.

01:49

Ron Unz on American Pravda: The JFK Assassination: What Happened? and Who Did It? Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Final Judgment provided an enormous mass of circumstantial evidence suggesting a major, even dominant, role for the Israeli Mossad...

01:49

Putin Confronts The American Dystopia OpEdNews

There was a time when the Republican Party represented the interests of business, and the Democratic Party represented the interests of the working class. That kept America in balance. Today there is no balance. Since the Clinton regime, the rich one percent has been getting vastly richer, and the 99 percent has been getting poorer. The middle class is in serious decline.

01:46

Will the Real Trump Please Stand Up? He Cant, He Might Get Shot Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

The following is a summation of previously reported and documented facts.

In effect, this is a qualitative and quantitative data analysis. The end result of this analysis is stunning, but not surprising. This dot connecting exercise is focused on answering one question: Is Donald Trump compromised in his role as President and why?

There could literally be thousands of jump off points for this analysis, but lets start with Peter Strzok and his mistress, Lisa Page.

Why Were the Two FBI Miscreants Deposed by Congress In the Inconsistent Manner That Took Place

Peter Strzok is a man who has lived a compromised life. Raised by a rogue CIA operative who was into some very black ops, he was well-trained from his childhood days on the ins and outs of the profession.

Peter Strzok exchanged 53,000 text messages with Lisa Page in just over a year. Do the math, when did they ever have a chance to consummate their affair. That is an average of 145 text messages per day. It is hard to find time to roll back the covers on the so-called illicit affair when one is sending over 17 text messages per hour during work day hours. In fact, Strzok and Page did not send the majority of these text messages to each other. This will be explained as this story develops.

 

If Strzok and Page did not send the majority of the text messages, then who did, and for what purpose? The sheer math of this variable is suspicious and I find it distressing that others are not raising this question. In order to pursue the answer to this question, I had two conversations with a couple of contacts and asked the same question. One of my sources told me that I already had the answer to that question, at least in part.

I exposed some of the nefarious legal activities of Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosensteins wife, Lisa Barsoomian. One of my sources reminded me that I had exposed the fact that Barsoomian used a National Institutes email when, in fact, she never represented the agency. Barsoomian is a US attorney who had represented all of the Deep State actors from Hillary to Comey...

01:40

The complex political legacy of Jackie Robinson Freethought Blogs

Jackie Robinson is known mainly for the fact that he was the first black baseball player in the major leagues. He was an anti-Communist and thus he was persuaded to speak against Paul Robeson before HUAC, the House Un-American Activities Committee, but he knew that he was being used as a pawn by the white power structure. While that appearance tarnished his image and resulted in him being called an Uncle Tom and an Oreo, largely forgotten is the fact that the rest of his life was devoted to advancing the cause of black athletes and breaking down color barriers and pushing for integration in every aspect of society. And his actions have reverberated down to this day.

As Howard Bryant says in his book The Heritage, Robinson modeled and explicitly fostered a sense of solidarity and informal mentoring among black players so that they could navigate the treacherous waters of white dominated professional sports, where one wrong move could see them ejected. Bryant calls him the godfather of the Heritage, picking up on Paul Robesons legacy.

Even though his short time as a professional athlete in favor of an entertainment career decoupled him in some ways from its lineage, Paul Robeson had poured the foundation. Jackie Robinson shaped it, and a heritage followed. Henry Aaron fought for integrated spring-training housing in Florida with the Milwaukee Braves and integrated seating at Fulton County Stadium when the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966. In 1960, pitcher Jim Mudcat Grant once left the ballpark in protest after absorbing racial slurs from one of his teammates. In baseball, the Heritage did not only refer to black players being provocative on political issues but, thanks to the Robinson legacy, it also created a tradition of black players connecting as a brotherhood in sports, supporting each other in a game each knew only accepted them reluctantly. After Robinson, other black veteran players would mentor the younger ones, on the same and even opposing teams. When a black player would come to Atlanta, it was Henry Aarons responsibility to reach out, Ernie Bankss in Chicago, Richie Allens in Philadelphia, Willie Mayss in San Francisco, Jim Junior Gilliams in Los Angeles, and so on. Black players on opposing teams shared information about cities, which ones were hostile or more welcoming to blacks, which schools and neighborhoods were preferable, which managers and players were rednecks and which would give them a fair shake. And it was generational. At second base with the Dodgers, Jackie Robinson gave way to Junior Gilliam, and when the time came for a young Davey Lopes to enter the system, it w...

01:38

Largest Voting Machine Vendor In US Admits Its Systems Had Remote-Access Software Installed The Last American Vagabond

After denying that their voting systems came with remote-access software, the countrys largest voting machine vendor had just come clean. (TFTP) A bombshell revelation on the security of voting in the United States has just surfaced in the form of a letter from the countrys largest voting machine manufacturer. The company, Election Systems and Software (ES&S) []

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01:36

Voters Shift LeftThanks To Social Media? PopularResistance.Org

The Pew Research Center (3/1/18) recently released a survey on political attitudes by generation. America is politically sorted by generations in a way it never has before, was the takeaway of New Yorks Jonathan Chait (3/1/18). Well, sort of; the generational divide is a striking feature of US politics, but its not exactly breaking news. Whats more striking to me in Pews findings is how voters of all generations have shifted to the leftmostly by becoming more consistently progressive, mostly in the last six or seven years. Ten percent of young people were consistently liberal (according to Pews survey) in 2011; in 2017, 25 percent were. Among Generation X (38- to 53-year-olds), the shift was from 9 to 16 percent, for Baby Boomers (54 to 72) it was 7 to 17 percent, and even among the Silent Generation (73 to 90) consistent liberals went from 7 to 12 percent.

01:36

Fired FBI Director James Comey: Vote Democrat, Or Youre A Traitor The Federalist

Former FBI Director James Comey implied anyone who doesnt vote for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections is a traitor in a tweet Tuesday night. All who believe in this countrys values must vote for Democrats this fall, he said.

Comey has appointed himself as something of a moral compass for the country following his firing from the FBI last year.

He has been vocal in criticism of Republicans and President Trump. In April, he told ABC News he believes the Republican Party has left me and many others. But just a few months ago he said he doesnt care which party Americans support, so long as they care about American values.

I dont think of it as my politics, I think of it as my values, he told Meghan McCain on The View during his book tour. I dont care whether people support a Republican or a Democrat because Im not either. I dont care who they support. I hope the conversation with start with values, and come to policy second.

Comeys tweet could be considered an obstruction of justice, since Comey is currently under federal investigation. The Justice Department is examining whether he leaked classified information to the media.

The DOJ inspector general concluded his behavior as FBI director was insubordinate in a report released in June.

01:33

James Comey: Anyone Voting Republican This Fall Is Un-American The Anti-Media

James Comey(ZHE)  Former FBI Director James Comey suggested over Twitter on Tuesday that anyone who votes Republican in the upcoming midterm elections is un-American. Ambition must counteract ambition, wrote Comey, adding All who believe in this countrys values must vote for Democrats this fall. Policy differences dont matter right now. History has its eyes on us. This Republican []

01:31

Hurray Russia! Watch Female Russian Spy Burn Dickless GOP Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Introduction by the Senior Editor: On May 19, 2016 Don Trump Jr. Met with Russian super-spy financier, Alexander Torshin.  Don Jr. was in Louisville, Kentucky with his father and now, for the time being, President of the United States.  They were there to cook a deal to launder $21 million in Russian cash into the []

01:29

Nicaragua Defeats The Not-So-Soft Coup PopularResistance.Org

On July 19, hundreds of thousands of people from across Nicaragua will converge on the capital Managua to celebrate the 39th anniversary of their historic 1979 defeat of the Somoza dictatorship. The event takes place as the authorities continue to liberate communities blockaded by roadblocks operated by armed opposition activists whose not-so-soft coup attempt against the Sandinista government, begun on April 18, has failed. Ever since April 21, when President Daniel Ortega called for a process of National Dialogue to peacefully resolve opposition demands, Nicaragua's political opposition and their allies have worked to sabotage talks for a negotiated solution. They have regularly staged extremely violent provocations falsely seeking to portray the government as being wholly responsible for the crisis and demanding President Ortega's resignation.

01:21

Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You And It Could Raise Your Rates PopularResistance.Org

To an outsider, the fancy booths at last months health insurance industry gathering in San Diego arent very compelling. A handful of companies pitching lifestyle data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like social determinants of health. But dig deeper and the implications of what theyre selling might give many patients pause: A future in which everything you do the things you buy, the food you eat, the time you spend watching TV may help determine how much you pay for health insurance. With little public scrutiny, the health insurance industry has joined forces with data brokers to vacuum up personal details about hundreds of millions of Americans, including, odds are, many readers of this story. The companies are tracking your race, education level, TV habits, marital status, net worth.

01:20

How Can We Actually Respond To Russian Election Meddling? The Federalist

A day after his dispiriting press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump finally managed to say the right thing about Russian meddling in the 2016 election. While standing next to Putin on Monday, Trump gave a very unclear answer on Russian interference, saying he trusted his intelligence services, but that Putin strongly denies the allegations. Tuesday, he clearly said that the allegations are true, but that they had no effect on the election.

Like Trump, all of us should accept the fact that Russia attempted to affect the outcome of the 2016 election through cyber attacks launched against the United States. The question now is how should the United States respond to this attack, and what is the best way to degrade Russias ability to meddle in future elections. Unfortunately, for now these are not the questions being asked, in large part because as long as suggestions of Trump campaign collusion linger, we can have no idea how successful Russias operation against us was.

Regarding Russias attack on our elections, there is a spectrum of possibilities that range from catastrophic to meh. The catastrophic contingency is that Trump is a foreign agent under the power of Russia, who directly benefitted from shared stolen information. If this is true, he must be impeached and arrested, and Russia must be severely punished.

The meh contingency is that Russia ran some informational propaganda campaigns that flew under the radar of U.S. intelligence (or didnt rise to a public response) and it had little if any effect on the outcome of the election. If this is true, the best response may be to basically ignore it publicly while shoring up our cyber security and offensive cyber capabilities in quiet.

The problem and this is mostly owing to sloppiness by the Trump campaign like the Trump Tower meeting and hiring Paul Manafort is that now collusion and meddling are both part of the same investigation. Until such time as Special Counsel Robert Mueller either exonerates or accuses Trump or his associates, we are locked into this paradigm.

But for the sake of this article, lets take the presidents position that there was no collusion, but there was cyber meddling. How should we respond?

Threat Assessment

According to the National Security Strategy of the United States, cyber war and safety has become an absolute top priority. But not all cyber threats are equal. The most threatening involve the ability to take out something like a power grid and potentially kill thousands of Americans. We know how we would handle this kind of attack. It would result in a massive response against the bad actors, likely including conventional forces. In this sense, there is a kind of mutually assured destruction at work if, say, Putin attacks Three Mile Island.

The U.S. military breaks down cyber threats into the following six categories: Hacktivism, Criminal, Insider, Espio...

01:19

Like It or Not, Iran Will Continue to Be the Most Powerful Player in Iraq The Anti-Media

Iran Iraq(MEE Opinion)  The aftermath of the Iraqi elections on 12 May confirmed the countrys troubled political cycle. Although the polls reflected the Iraqis desire for political change, the dire realities of Iraqi politics provided the usual set of obstacles to the fulfillment of this choice. On 3 July, a manual recounting of the votes began, while acts of sabotage []

01:16

Republicans should never again recite the Pledge of Allegiance OpEdNews

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

01:15

Mark Charles: President Trump isn't the only thing wrong with America Indianz.Com News

The truth of the matter is that is our entire American colonial empire is naked.

01:10

Protests Force Haitian Prime Minister To Resign PopularResistance.Org

The Haitian prime minister resigns after his government raised fuel prices, setting off a wave of deadly riots. Jack Guy Lafontant stood down before a vote that could have led to his removal could take place. Critics had called for his resignation over the disturbances, which left at least seven dead and dozens of businesses burned and looted. The prime minister is the second highest official in Haiti, after the president. Mr Lafontant said he had sent a resignation letter to current president Jovenel Moise, who announced on Twitter he had accepted it. Mr Lafontant, a 57-year-old doctor, announced his resignation just as he was about to answer questions about the 6-8 July riots that followed the governments attempt to remove fuel subsidies as part of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

01:09

Western Governments Seek To Evacuate White Helmets From Syria, Resettle Them In Canada The Last American Vagabond

The White Helmets have been shown to effectively be the same organization as terror group al-Nusra Front and have been caught on film aiding al-Nusra terrorists execute Syrian civilians. It is hard to imagine any Westerner who would want the White Helmets as neighbors. DARAA, SYRIA  Throughout much of the Syrian conflict, the exploits of []

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01:02

Syrian War Report July 18, 2018: Syrian Army Liberated Another Group Of Settlements East Of Golans Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

from SouthFront Militants are losing more and more areas in southern Syria to the advancing government troops. Over the past day, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Tiger Forces have restored control of al-Mal, Aqrabah, al-Alamiyah and the surrounding hills following a series of brief clashes with []

00:56

Channel: Las Vegas shooting was a CIA experiment to collect human trauma, chaos, and interaction data for large organizations Intellihub

(INTELLIHUB) Buckle your seat belts for one of the most interesting and wildest stories you may ever hear in regards to the 1 October Las Vegas shooting.

Former Mormon turned channeller Dete posted a video on YouTube titled Channeling Stephen Paddock several weeks after the attack in which she claims to have channelled the alleged shooter Stephen Paddock from the other side where she asked him about his involvement in the government-sponsored black operation.

According to Dete, the alleged 1 October shooter Stephen Paddocks spirit has been quarantined in a state of limbo and is now at peace after the 64-year-old gambler allegedly turned killer reportedly fired 1200 rounds at country music concertgoers from his 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay hotel suite killing 58.

The psychic maintains that during the session a dead Paddock explained to her that it all started when he met a European-looking man (American citizen) at a bar one night where the two had an unrestricted free-flowing casual conversation in which the man with Middle Eastern ties told Paddock that he induces crisis for a living and uses the experimentation data to analyze peoples behavior during crisis events and through chaos. The Psychic said that the man told Paddock that the data is then brought to organizations that want to know how chaos and trauma affects a large scope of change, implementation, and regulation (possibly connected to the High Incident Project).

Dete said Paddock told her that he remembers looking down at his drink during his conversation with the man when he realized that he was feeling very relaxed and fuzzy. Thats when, according to the channel, Paddock decided to go to the bathroom as things got hazy. (Drugged?)

Apparently channeling Paddocks soul the psychic translated what he told her aloud: When I came back things felt very hazy but I wanted to know more I wanted to know more about, you know, what does this entail?, she explained. Why would you endure such trauma on people? I was very curious and intrigued with this a part of me kinda wanted to know what does all of this entail.

Paddocks spirit: My mind was at a state where I was unable to process how dark this could be, how dark this was leading to. I didnt see perhaps the darker agenda in this man, perhaps. We were having a casual conversation at this point. We had several conversations prior and so I felt like we were just talking as two men. I didnt understand that I was attempted to be recruited at this point.

According to the woman, a deceased Paddock told her that the government hires on this man to condu...

00:52

Ecuador Bows To US And IMF, Entering New Neoliberal Era PopularResistance.Org

QUITO, ECUADOR  Ecuadors passionate re-embrace of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) offers one of the clearest and most dramatic signs that the countrys leadership is dead-set on shedding any vestiges of the post-neoliberal era it was said to have entered a decade ago during former President Rafael Correas Citizens Revolution. The warmth displayed by authorities over the past month to visiting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and a team from the IMF, respectively, further proves that Ecuador is melting back into the arms of international financial interests. Yet, despite authorities almost apologetic attitude toward foreign capital over the spats and breakups of the past, the people of Ecuador appear destined to suffer further abuse at the hands of the domestic and transnational capitalist interests that inflicted such grievous harm on it in the past.

00:52

What Robert Mueller Knowsand 9 Areas Hell Pursue Next Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

When the history books are written, Rod Rosenstein might just be the most interesting figure of the Russia investigation; his memo was used to justify the firing of James Comey.

00:47

Israeli Army Told to Prepare for Large-Scale Invasion of Gaza The Anti-Media

Israeli Army Gaza(ANTIWAR.COM)  Israeli army warplanes attacked the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, threatening a three-day ceasefire. This followed reports that a Palestinian fire balloon landed on a kindergarten, causing no casualties. The Israeli Army has been told to prepare for a large-scale military operation against the Gaza Strip, and the military has recently been conducting drills simulating a full-scale military []

00:43

The Intelligence Community Is Neither PopularResistance.Org

At the big Treason Summit Russopocalypse Catastrovent on Monday, journalist Sam Husseini tried to ask a question about banning nuclear weapons, and was physically hauled out of the room by officials from the Land of Press Freedom, Finland. Meanwhile, an Associated Press reporter was permitted to ask a perfectly respectable question pushing a blatant lie that risks nuclear war. Yay for press freedom! The AP reporter claimed that every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election of 2016. In fact, the report that this common lie always refers to was concocted by a group of hand-picked (James Clappers description) people from three agencies out of 18 or so. The three were the NSA, FBI, and CIA none of which ever, ever lie or get things wrong, ever. The INR and DIA were excluded along with all the others.

00:42

Native comedian confronts audiences with jokes about genocide Indianz.Com News

A citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Howie Echo-Hawk has been making people laugh all his life.

00:37

Word Wednesday. Freethought Blogs

Shabby

Adjective.

1: Clothed with worn or seeding garments.

2a: Threadbare and faced from wear. b: ill-kept: Dilapidated.

3a: Mean, Despicable, Contemptible <must feel shabbybecause of his compromises Nat Hentoff>
b: Ungenerous, unfair. c: Inferior in quality.

-shabbily, adverb.

-shabbiness, noun.

[Origin: obsolete English shab a low fellow.]

(1669)

She stole a glance round the office the office of the senior partner of the firm. It suited Walter Fane, she decided. It was definitely old-fashioned, the furniture was shabby, but was made of good solid Victorian material. Sleeping Murder, Agatha Christie.

00:36

US Media is Losing Its Mind Over Trump-Putin Press Conference PopularResistance.Org

As soon as the press conference ended CNN cut to its panel with these words from TV personality Anderson Cooper: You have been watching perhaps one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader, surely, that Ive ever seen. David Gergen, who for years has gotten away with portraying himself on TV as an impartial political sage, then told CNN viewers: Ive never heard an American President talk that way but I think it is especially true that when hes with someone like Putin, who is a thug, a world-class thug, that he sides with him again and again against his own countrys interests of his own institutions that he runs, that hes in charge of the federal government, hes in charge of these intelligence agencies, and he basically dismisses them and retreats into this, weve heard it before, but on the international stage to talk about Hillary Clintons computer server

00:35

Echoes Past and Future: Helsinki Goon Show Masks the Real Rot That Bedevils Us OpEdNews

If Don really has done a deal with Vlad -- as opposed to, say, simply acting out his deeply disturbed need to be stroked by tough-guy daddy figures who have killed people -- then Trump has also treated the Russian leader the same way he's treated everyone he's ever made a deal with: he's cheated him.

00:33

WATCH: Cops Stand Around and Laugh as Fellow Cop Tortures Handcuffed Man with a Taser The Free Thought Project

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Disturbing surveillance footage has been released showing a cop torment a young man with a taser as other cops stood around and laughed.

The post WATCH: Cops Stand Around and Laugh as Fellow Cop Tortures Handcuffed Man with a Taser appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

00:29

As YouTube Censors Peaceful Users, Convicted Child Abusers Allowed to Post Child Exploitation Videos The Free Thought Project

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A couple was convicted for abusing their children and posting videos of it to YouTube and is still allowed by YouTube to post the same type videos.

The post As YouTube Censors Peaceful Users, Convicted Child Abusers Allowed to Post Child Exploitation Videos appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

00:23

MH17 Research is Flawed OpEdNews

It seems that Blok meant that Russia does not send the JIT any information which would confirm that Russia is guilty. I have asked the JIT about this lack of cooperation from Russia. The reaction I received showed that Russia is being accused of not admitting that Russia has deployed a BUK-Telar in the east of Ukraine and was involved in the downing of MH17.

00:17

Veteran Fox Correspondent Sees Collusion WhoWhatWhy

Trump and Putin in Syria? Not So Friendly (Dan)

While headlines have been denouncing the so-called friendly relations between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, things on the ground in Syria are not so rosy.

Where Coca-Cola Is More Plentiful Than Water (Russ)

It may be one of the rainiest areas in Mexico, but there is only running water a few times a week. So residents often choose to drink Coca-Cola, which is produced nearby. This is producing a diabetes crisis.

Echoes Past and Future: Helsinki Goon Show Masks the Real Rot That Bedevils Us (Jimmy)

The author writes, Its true Trump behaved like a chump and a lackey with Putin during their press conference on Monday. But if Don really has done a deal with Vlad as opposed to, say, simply acting out his deeply disturbed need to be stroked by tough-guy daddy figures who have killed people then Trump has also treated the Russian leader the same way hes treated everyone hes ever made a deal with: hes cheated him.

Special Operations Forces Continue to Expand Across the World Without Congressional Oversight (Reader Luke)

The author writes, Unless they end in disaster, most missions remain in the shadows, unknown to all but a few Americans. And yet last year alone, US commandos deployed to 149 countries about 75 percent of the nations on the planet.

The post Veteran Fox Correspondent Sees Collusion appeared first on WhoWhatWhy.

00:15

'A tragic mistake': President Trump faces fire for remarks on Russia Indianz.Com News

President Donald Trump sparked immediate backlash for siding with Russia. But then he said he misspoke.

00:14

Amesbury Poisoning: Deceased Woman Reportedly Sprayed Nerve Agent on Herself Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Editors note: The assumption here is that Russian agents spiked a bottle of perfume which the Sripals used to spray each other in a bizarre game of perfume tag in the park not knowing, of course, that Russian secret agents had gotten into their safe house and added nerve poison to a perfume bottle. If []

00:11

[NSFW] Footage Shows Body Of Indonesian Woman Found Inside 7-Meter-Long Python TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Warning: The following content is graphic and not safe for work (NSFW).

Villagers of the island of Muna, located in central Indonesia, are mourning the loss of Wa Tiba, 54. Reportedly, she went missing last Thursday evening after leaving her house to visit a nearby vegetable field. When she did not return home the following morning, her family and close to 100 people from the village conducted a search party.

That same morning, around 9:00 AM, a trail of the womans belongings led members of the party to a 7-meter-long reticular python. They correctly assumed that it had swallowed the 54-year-old whole and they were correct. They promptly killed the bloated snake, then carried it back to the village. The next step was to slice open its stomach.

Watch the gruesome video below:


Faris, a village chief, told The Associated Press: When they cut open the snakes belly they found Tibas body still intact with all her clothes. She was swallowed first from her head. As IFLScience reports, Wa Tiba received a burial ceremony later that day in accordance with the local religious customs.

While most pythons are not considered a threat to humans, reticulated pythons, on the other hand, are dangerous. The non-venomous reptiles are native to southeast Asia and subsist on a diet of pigs, monkeys, rats, and other small mammals. They are patient creatures and will wait for hours to ambush their prey. After they strike, they coil around their meal, causing it to suffocate or to go into cardiac arrest.

This incident, although rare, is not unheard of. Last year, a similar occurrence took place in central Indonesia where the body of a 25-year-old palm oil harvester was found in the digestive system of a reticulated python. Learn more here.

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00:03

Stoners Prank Wyoming Town By Sprinkling Marijuana Seeds In Flowerbeds TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

How do you rally public support for a criminalized herb that has killed 0 people in over 3,000 years and contributes to healing? Apparently, you sprinkle the seeds in public spaces, then watch as city officials unwittingly water the plants. This is what at least one (or potentially a group) of marijuana enthusiasts did in the small town of Powell, Wyoming.

On June 29, city employees who were tasked with watering plants in public spaces realized that they had inadvertently been tending to a marijuana plant. After realizing their mistake, they plucked the plant and took it to the police station. According to Roy Eckerdt, the citys chief of police, at least two more plants were found within a few days. He believes the seeds were sprinkled in the citys flower pots as a joke.

City Parks and Recreation Superintendent Del Barton told the press that the plants were difficult for his staff to distinguish. He told The Powell Times: To be honest with you, and to be fair, without having a marijuana field testing kit, I cant tell the difference between hemp and marijuana. But it sure looked like marijuana to me.

As...

00:00

Accidental Sunflower Freethought Blogs

We did not plant any sunflowers this year. This one was probably planted by birds.

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23:58

VT v. Google: Zio-Silicon Monstrosity Gets $5.5bn Fine from EU Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

VT identified Google Ideas Group and Jigsaw when we investigated the murder of PressTV correspondent Serena Shim, who had reportedly tied a Google-run safe house to Sarin gas shipments and to al Nusra and the White Helmets inside Syria.

23:55

'Blatant discrimination': Native voters face barriers at ballot box Indianz.Com News

Native Americans have been 'systematically denied access to fair representation' as a result of persistent barriers to voting.

23:50

Climb Down From the Summit of Hostile Propaganda OpEdNews

Public reactions to an open letter from academics, journalists and politicians asking for co-existence with Russia show many Americans don't buy the media's bellicose spin, as Norman Solomon explains.

23:46

Marine Air Surges Inland Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

For those of you unhappy about the recent warm days, living in a city where AC is rare, relief is at hand.

As I speak, marine air is pushing rapidly into western Washington.  Trees are swaying, temperatures are rapidly falling, the air is moistening, and my wind chimes are ringing.   Life is good.    Our natural AC is turned on, and a night of comfortable sleeping is in store.

It has been substantially warmer than normal for the past week, with several days of high temps that were 10F or more above normal (see plot, purple line shows the average highs, cyan, average lows).  There was a bit of marine air leakage today...resulting in highs dropping 5-7F from yesterday.


All meteorologists know to watch the onshore pressure gradient--the difference in pressure between the coast (say Hoquiam, HQM) and Seattle (SEA)-- to get an idea of the amount of marine influence.  Just a small change from offshore to onshore pressure gradient can make all the difference.  Here are the pressure differences today.  Note that the Hoquiam to Seattle pressure difference rose to 3.5 hPa--that is enough to guarantee a good surge of marine air.

Winds have responded to the onshore pressure gradient. At Smith Island, in the eastern exit of the Strait of Juan de Fuca (and just offshore of northern Whidbey Island), winds climbed to 25 knots as of 9 PM.  At Race Rocks, near Victoria, it hit 40 mph.


At the Un...

23:45

The American Crisis Newsbud

America hasnt learned a thing. The giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism that Martin Luther King Jr. railed so passionately against have yet to be conquered. In fact, the evils of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism have got us in a death grip. America is still waging endless wars abroad, prioritizing profit margins []

23:40

Hillary Clinton: Now we know which team Trump plays for Intellihub

Intellihub editors note: It looks like old Hillary is back at it again.

Hillary Clinton said now we know what team President Trump plays for, following his joint press conference Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Clinton had asked Trump in a Sunday tweet which team he plays for.

After the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, Clinton said she had her answer.

The post Hillary Clinton: Now we know which team Trump plays for appeared first on Intellihub.

23:13

Reconstructing the fearsome Haasts eagle. Freethought Blogs

A comparison of the huge claws of Haast's eagle with those of its close relative the Hieraaetus morphnoides, the "little" eagle. Image / Bunce M, Szulkin M, Lerner HRL, Barnes I, Shapiro B, et al.

A comparison of the huge claws of Haasts eagle with those of its close relative the Hieraaetus morphnoides, the little eagle. Image / Bunce M, Szulkin M, Lerner HRL, Barnes I, Shapiro B, et al.

With a wingspan reaching as wide as 3m and huge claws that could crush bone, the Haasts eagle was one of the most fearsome creatures ever to stalk New Zealands prehistoric wilderness.

The largest eagle known to have existed anywhere, its demise quickly followed that of its much-larger prey, the moa, which was hunted to extinction by early Maori settlers around 1400 CE.

Now a top international scientist and Kiwi collaborators hope to shed more light on the lost giant, in an innovative study that could help conserve those endangered predatory birds that remain today.

An artist's depiction of a Haast's eagle attacking two moa. Image / John Megahan.

An artists depiction of a Haasts eagle attacking two moa. Image / John Megahan.

You can read more here, thanks to David for letting me know about this.

23:10

Sheriff Accused of Holding Cocaine Parties for Fellow Cops to Rape Underage Girls The Free Thought Project

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An alleged victim of law enforcement parties in which cops would give cocaine to underage girls and rape them has come forward to tell her story.

The post Sheriff Accused of Holding Cocaine Parties for Fellow Cops to Rape Underage Girls appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

22:55

Man confesses to using 675 people for sacrifice Intellihub

YEN.com.gh has sighted a video of a young man telling a horrible story of how he has used 675 people for rituals and literally staying with Satan for 17 years.

In the video, the man who looks like someone in his 30s is heard saying that he has served in the dark world his entire life.

17 years of which, he added, was spent at the level where Satan himself was. According to the man who was wearing a mask to disguise his identity, he was born with the dark spirits because his family is a fully spiritual family.

To sustain his power, he had to offer sacrifices and he did so 675 times.

He explained that the 675 people he sacrificed were mostly children given to him by some doctors and nurses who were members of an occult group.

The young man also claimed that during his time in the spiritual world, he had 664 demonic spirits at his disposal.

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22:42

VT beats the Wall Street Journal Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Jim W. Dean - Once countries are already under sanction it naturally pushes them toward doing business with others under sanction as a self supporting move against the US economic warfare against them.

22:33

The secret behind fake bipolar disease in children Jon Rappoport's Blog

by Jon Rappoport

July 18, 2018

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ABC News, 5/11/12: Columbia University researchers found a 40-fold rise in office visits among youth diagnosed with bipolar disorder between 1994-95 and 2002-3.

In 1995, a new wind began blowing across the psychiatric landscape. The public wasnt aware of it. But among professionals, it was big, very big:

Children, including the very young, could, for the first time, legitimately be diagnosed with bipolar disease (aka manic depression).

The impetus for this revelation was a 1995 report, Is Your Child Bipolar? written by two doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, Janet Wozniak and Joseph Biederman.

Biederman would go on to become the target of internal investigations at Harvard and Mass Generaldid the pharmaceutical money he took influence his judgment in deciding bipolar was a real disorder among children? The charges against him were ultimately reduced to a few light slaps on the wrist; he retained his prestigious position.

But back in 1995, he and Wozniak, as the NY Times Magazine recounts (9/12/08, The Bipolar Puzzle), arrived at an earthshaking conclusion about children coming through their hospital clinic: a number of them fit the description of bipolar irritable manic.

It was a huge wow for the psychiatric profession. No one had seriously insisted, with convincing evidence, that very young kids could develop bipolar.

But now, psychiatrists were going to pick up that ball and run with it. Drug companies were going to develop and promote drugs (very serious and toxic drugs, like Risperdal) to treat childhood bipolar.

However, what the Times Magazine story mentionsbut no one pays attention tois this: Every one of these original manic bipolar children coming through Mass General, minus only one child, HAD ALREADY BEEN DIAGNOSED with ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Boom.

What Biederman and Wozniakand the rest of the psychiatric professionfailed to realize, or didnt want to see, was: drugs given to treat ADHD (e.g., Ritalin, Adderall) are versions of speed; and speed causes, among other reactions, very irritable hyper emotions, which are indistinguishable from manic.

In other words, the obvious takeaway, which no one took away, was that the manic symptoms of these kids were reactions to the prior speed drugs prescribed for ADHD.

There was no bipolar.

In fact, and you can...

22:11

FDA: Smallpox Could Be Used As Biological Weapon; Approves Big Pharma Drug To Mitigate The Impact Of A Potential Outbreak Sheep Media

by Julie Telgenhoff

Smallpox as a weapon in America can be traced back to Lord Jeffrey Amherst, commander of British forces in North America during the French and Indian War (1756-1763) during the Pontiac Rebellion which broke out after the war. Amherst first positioned the opportunity of giving the American Indians infected blankets in a letter to Colonel Henry Bouquet who would later lead reinforcements to Fort Pitt.

Bouquet discussed the letter in a postscript dated July 13, 1763:

I will try to inoculate the Indians by means of Blankets that may fall in their hands. 

To which Amherst replied:

You will do well to inoculate the Indians by means of blanketsas to try every other method that can serve to extirpate this execrable race 

History does not know if Bouquet actually followed through with the plan, however, several other letters from the summer of 1763 show the smallpox idea was not an anomaly. The letters are filled with comments that indicate a genocidal intent via germ warfare.

You can see the original writings here.

So one might ask the reader if it would seem possible for this same type of germ warfare to be created and utilized against governmental populations in the 21st century???

Could the FDA and its Big Pharma buddies be forewarning us of an upcoming smallpox epidemic to which the government created and therefore, as usual with false flag operations, they already have the planned solution in place (TPOXX)???

...

22:05

Largest Voting Machine Vendor in US Admits Its Systems Had Remote-Access Software Installed The Free Thought Project

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After denying that their voting systems came with remote-access software, the country's largest voting machine vendor had just come clean.

The post Largest Voting Machine Vendor in US Admits Its Systems Had Remote-Access Software Installed appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

22:00

The Daily Bird #769. Freethought Blogs

This sparrow really has a knack for dramatic poses. One can see the big spirit in that small body.

Charly, all rights reserved. Click for full size.

21:51

The Brutal Murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his Family Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

The U.S. State Department published a three-volume report in 1931 stating that Jewish-owned German banks conspired to send large sums of money to Lenin, Trotsky, and other Bolshevik luminaries to overthrow the Tsar.

21:36

Just Like Obama, Trumps Russia Policy Speaks Louder Than His Words The Federalist

Following Mondays summit in Helsinki, many American pundits and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticized President Trump for what they perceived as his failure to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) slammed Trumps shameful performance, and former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan went so far as to call Putin the master puppeteer of the Oval Office.

Some may expect me to lend my voice to this chorus of condemnation. After all, I have personally experienced the devastating consequences of Putins expansionism. In 2008, when I was the president of Georgia, Russia shocked the world by invading my country. To this day, one-fifth of Georgias territory remains under illegal Russian occupation, and Georgia lacks a clear roadmap to NATO membership.

The Helsinki summit did not change my view of the Russian president. As I have reiterated many times, Putin is pure evil. There is no doubt in my mind that U.S. intelligence agencies arrived at the correct conclusion: Russia did meddle in the U.S. 2016 election, and Putin himself directed the operation. Again, I speak from personal experience on this topic: In 2012, Russian intelligence services interfered in the Georgian parliamentary elections, boosting the Kremlins preferred candidate through disinformation operations.

Thus, my opinion of President Trumps policy vis--vis Russia is perhaps more positive than one might assume from my background. My reasoning is two-fold: After a lifetime of firsthand experience with Russian aggression, I must evaluate Trumps actions against the proper historical context. In doing so, I have found that Trumps actions speak for themselves.

The Outrage Seems Selective

On the first point, I consider it unfair that Trumps performance in Helsinki has garnered harsher criticism than other incidents in recent memory. In 2012, for example, a hot microphone at a global nuclear security summit picked up then-President Barack Obama assuring Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more flexibility to negotiate with Putin after the presidential election.

During a debate with GOP opponent Mitt Romney the same year, Obama casually dismissed the Russian threat, quipping: The 1980s called; they want their foreign policy back. Although Trump could certainly have been more forceful by condemning Putins crimes, his statements at the Helsinki press conference were nowhere near as concerning as his predecessors remarks about Russia.

This brings me to my second point: Trumps actions toward Russia speak louder than wordsand so did his predecessors. Indeed, the Obama administrations foreign policy undermined Americas credibility in my region, which Putin considers Russias backyard. There are many opinions about Trumps rhetoric on Crimea, but it is a fact that the Russian land grab in Ukraine hap...

21:36

What To Learn From The Social Justice Warrior Who Was Eaten By His Own Mob The Federalist

Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling predicted back in the 1950s that wed soon have a citizenry unable to think. Many of his screenplays warned of the specter of runaway mob psychology. Today it seems thats exactly the sort of citizenry weve got.

Social media trolling drives mindless street theater, which drives more mindless social media trolling, and on and on. Most Americans arent taken in by it, but the illusions mob behavior promotes can wreak havoc even on reasonable people.

The mob mindset seems to be in hyper-drive. Consider a July 14 Quillette article, I was the Mob until the Mob Came for Me, written under a pseudonym due to the authors reasonable fear of retribution. These days, Barrett Wilson delivers pizza and sushi to support his young family, a job he cant afford to lose.

He explains: I once had a well paid job in what might be described as the social justice industry. Then I upset the wrong person, and within a short window of time, I was considered too toxic for my employers taste. I was publicly shamed, mobbed, and reduced to a symbol of male privilege. I was cast out of my career and my professional community.

Wilson confesses that he was once part of that mob, and as such, he fed the beast that did him in:

How did I become that person? It happened because it was exhilarating. Every time I would call someone racist or sexist, I would get a rush. That rush would then be reaffirmed and sustained by the stars, hearts, and thumbs-up that constitute the nickels and dimes of social media validation. The people giving me these stars, hearts, and thumbs-up were engaging in their own cynical game: A fear of being targeted by the mob induces us to signal publicly that we are part of it.

What should we make of Wilsons amazing acknowledgement that people generally signal their compliance with the mob to avoid being targeted by it? Indeed, this is a very human defense mechanism, but its only temporary. Mob compliance is a vicious and deadly cycle. The only way to stop the cycle is to stop complying with the mobs demands. Such refusal is an actual act of bravery.

What to make of Wilson saying hed get a rush every time he smeared someone publicly? Again, a human behavior. Mob participants are spellbound by the addiction of fake adulation, being called brave when they collectively gang up on an individual. Doing so reflects emotional neediness and arrested development. This emotional immaturity is fed by a culture with an education system that does not value independent thought. But I digress.

So, the mob did to Wilson what mobs naturally do: turn on their own: Then one day, suddenly, I was accused of some of the very transgressions Id called out in others. I was guilty, of cour...

21:35

Heres What Trump And NATO Should Do About Russias Aggressions The Federalist

President Trumps North Atlantic Treaty Organization visit caused quite a stir. He rebuffed the Europeans and Canadians for their lack of will to spend even the minimum of what they pledged on defense.

Beleaguered German Prime Minister Angela Merkel was rebuked for working back-channel deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin to purchase 69 percent of her nations energy needs from Russia. This makes Germany the Achilles heel of the alliance. While other nations such as Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are working hard to get off Russian oil and gas, Germany is becoming addicted to it.

Finally, Trump admonished the NATO alliance for taking advantage of Americas generosity and goodwill in defending them by creating socialist utopias on the backs of the American taxpayers. The presidents comments regarding many of the NATO member states are justified. The strategic environment in Europe changed abruptly in 2014 when Putin began his four-year war against Ukraine.

Although all of the NATO members pledged to increase their defense spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product, few have achieved that goal. This shortcoming includes several of the economically prosperous nations, such as Germany, Canada and France. The United States has been very patient, perhaps too patient on this issue, especially when Germanys Merkel, Frances Emmanuel Macron, and Canadas Justin Trudeau have no misgivings about shamelessly ranting against American foreign policy.

Vladimir Putins Series of Escalating Aggressions

Now its Putins turn. His rise as the uncontested leader of Russia has unleashed a troubling reactionary ethno-centric nationalism. This included glorifying even the dark days of the Soviet Empire and doing all that could be to raise Russia back to an important international player.

The first manifestation of Russias growing hostility towards NATO and NATO-inclined nations began in 2007 when Moscow unleashed a crippling cyber-attack against Estonia. This was punishment for moving a Soviet-era memorial located in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. This was followed in 2008 by a devastating Russian attack on Georgia, resulting in the complete loss of the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

...

21:35

Fifth Circuit Smacks Down Abortion Chains Attempt To Snag Catholic Bishops Emails The Federalist

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling on a Texas case related to fetal cremation laws on Sunday, putting a check on the power of the state to probe the internal discussions of religious groups.

The court ruled in a 2-1 decision that the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) does not have to hand over internal communications to Whole Womans Health, a Texas-based abortion chain. Whole Womans Health is suing Texas over a law requiring embryonic and fetal tissue be buried or cremated, claiming it violates the Constitution by placing an undue burden on women seeking an abortion. The courts decision came on the eve of the trial.

The TCCB is not a party to the lawsuit, but its executive director, Jennifer Allmon, has testified in favor of both the fetal remains law and a prior regulation that also prohibited abortion clinics from disposing of fetal remains in a landfill or a sewer. Allmon said in the testimony the Catholic bishops conviction is that fetal remains should be disposed of with respect. She also told state officials that the TCCB had agreed to provide cremation and burial services free of cost at its Catholic-run cemeteries to eliminate the objection abortion providers had to the cost imposed by the new law.

Texas named Allmon as one of its witnesses in pretrial filings, so Whole Womans Health served the TCCB a third-party subpoena, demanding the Catholic organization turn over any written or electronic communications with the Texas governors office, the attorney generals office, or members of the Texas legislature. The abortion clinic also sought to force the TCCB to give them all documents discussing embryonic and fetal tissue remains, miscarriages, or abortions.

After some negotiations, the TCCB provided Whole Womans Health with 4,321 pages of records, which included all of the groups communications with third parties, such as state officials. But the TCCB refused to turn approximately 1,700 pages of internal communications, such as emails between the clergy and their staff.

The TCCB asked the district court to quash the subpoena for the remaining documents, arguing it violated the Catholic organizations rights under the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and procedural rules governing subpoenas.

The federal trial court denied the TCCBs motion to quash the subpoena on June 17 and ordered the TCCB to produce the remaining documents within 24 hours. The TCCB immediately sought a stay and filed an emergency appeal with the Fifth Circuit. That court found in its decision Sunday that the lower court had abused its discretion in ordering the TCCB to turn over to a public policy opponent its internal communications

The Fifth Circuit sidestepped the constitutio...

21:35

6 Stupidest Points In Chris Cillizzas Outrage Listicle Over The Trump-Putin Press Conference The Federalist

After searching for two days to find the cause of all the bipartisan outrage over the U.S.-Russia summit, I finally turned to my trusted source for liberal outrage, CNN. Thank you, Chris Cillizza, CNN editor-at-large, for capturing the 21 most disturbing lines from Donald Trumps press conference with Vladimir Putin.

The number one most disturbing line? Im here today to continue the proud tradition of bold American diplomacy. From the earliest days of our republic, American leaders have understood that diplomacy and engagement is preferable to conflict and hostility.

How on earth did even the most Trump-hating partisan turn that sentence into the number-one most disturbing line? Cillizza wrote a paragraph of spin to fluff up his outrage over the comment. His explanation had something to do with using the word bold. Maybe it was a font offense?

There are 21 of these, so Ill make an honest effort to find a few that actually appear to offer a reason to disturb without a paragraph of spin. Number two is, But our relationship has never been worse than it is now. However, that changed as of about four hours ago. I really believe that. Okay, if I really squint, I can see it on this one. Cillizza doesnt like it that Trump has tremendous faith in his own charisma and personal appeal as well as his massive capacity for exaggeration. Yes, Trump exaggerates. Is that a new development?

Number four was, Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. I believe that many of these decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions.

Whoops, I got my quotes mixed up. That was President Obama in May 2009 during a diplomatic mission to Turkey. This was the Trump quote Cillizza objected to: I hold both countries responsible. I think that the United States has been foolish. I think weve all been foolish. And I think were all to blame.

Number 8 was, There was no collusion at all. Everybody knows it. And...

21:35

Not Only Does Banning Straws Not Help The Environment Much, It Hurts Disabled People The Federalist

Last June, an organization Ive been affiliated with for a long time since high school, in fact held its semi-annual meeting. Allowed a guest, I invited a retiree I know to join me and my then-infant daughter. Everywhere I walked in the hotel ballroom that day, fellow members greeted me warmly and cooed over my baby. But my guest, who entered with us and was beside me all day, was completely ignored. Over and over again, people saw his walker and looked away, walked away, or talked only to me, even after Id introduced him.

It was eye opening. People Ive long known and think of as good people did this. It showed me how blind we can all be to the disabled, both to their existence and their different needs. A perfect example of that obliviousness on a large scale is the new push for plastic straw bans. These bans sound eco-friendly, theyre trendy, and they completely disregard the needs of the disabled who live in, work in, or visit strawless locales.

New York City introduced a ban bill in May. Seattles ban went into effect on July 1. Starbucks announced their plan to eliminate plastic straws by 2020 on July 9. And on July 10, Washington DCs city council introduced its own ban bill, while American Airlines announced its intention to ban straws and stir sticks from its flights and lounges.

In case you were wondering, Seattles newly implemented ban isnt going well. Having never discussed the ban proposal with the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities, a group that exists specifically to advise the city about such issues, implementation has been chaotic.

[City leaders] seem to be telling restaurant owners in Seattle theres a total ban and telling disability organizations that there are exemptions, Lawrence Carter-Long, communications director for the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, told me. They havent taken the time to ask for public comment. Its pretty clear they havent thought it through.

Its not clear Washingtons leaders thought their proposed ban through either.

I need to have access to straws because of muscle weakness. I cant lift a cup to my mouth, Andrea LaVant, who works in the District told me. She uses a power wheelchair full-time because she has Muscular Dystrophy. Im upset hearing the news, especially bec...

21:34

Laura Ingalls Wilders Relative On Librarians Dismissal Of Her Work: Trying To Rewrite History The Federalist

When the American Library Association renamed an award formerly bearing Laura Ingalls Wilders name, calling her works dated and racially offensive, the reaction was swift and passionate. Wilder is more than just another author for many people. Shes been a long-standing, much beloved American icon for generations of children.

Those librarians may have underestimated how large and deep the outcry would be, but stripping Wilders name and legacy seems to be a rallying point for many people right now. Its more than just an award being renamed, this is a symbol of the rewriting of American history into a cleaner, more palatable and PC version.

This rewriting has also hurt the surviving members of Wilders family. One of them, Brian Miller, was willing to talk about how this has felt in the days after the ALAs decision. Millers great-grandmother was sisters with Lauras mother, and Miller met Laura as a child.

Scheer: What was your initial feeling upon seeing that the library association was renaming the award?

Miller: It felt like a knife in the back. As blood family with Laura, it feels like not only an attack on her but all of her family. We are honored to share her genetics and she was always an inspiration to us. We all have experienced rough times. Laura was an inspiration that helped me through the bad times.

Three sisters: Caroline, Lauras mother on the left; Liza in the middle; and my Great Grandmother Martha, Lauras aunt, on the far right. Courtesy of Brian Miller.

Miller: Laura and I relate through my fathers side, but on my mothers side her family grew up next to the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin. I have known Native American people my whole life. Growing up, we helped each other. Laura was no different. It feels [the librarian association] are intentionally trying to rewrite things, but to me it is a distortion of how things really were. People back then had a rough...

21:34

The Star Of Eighth Grade Is All Of Us In Middle School The Federalist

Bo Burnham delivers nothing short of a classic in his directorial debut, Eighth Grade, which tells the story of thirteen-year-old Kayla Day. If you lived through middle school, your heart will melt for Kayla the moment she starts speaking.

She is smart, insightful, kind, and absolutely riddled with fear and anxiety. She nervously chatters to her YouTube channel viewers but can barely muster the nerve to speak when around her peers. Kayla is being raised by her single dad, who adores her with every fiber of his being, but just cant figure out how to make her see what he sees in her.

She, like many of us at that age, pushes him away, yearning only for the acceptance of those who she holds on a pedestal, envious of their confidence and social standing. Kayla so beautifully and painfully represents that moment in our lives that we wish we could go back to and tell our thirteen-year-old selves, None of this matters! Its all going to be Okay!

Kayla just doesnt know how insignificant social standing in middle school is; so in the story we suffer with her as she encounters several setbacks, moments of desperation, and very few social victories. Her father, operating at an impressive level of dorky, watches Kayla suffer in insolent silence, heartbroken in his quest to show her how special she is.

The movie is poignant. Kaylas worst moments are wholly felt, as are her moments of triumph. To get through Eighth Grade without shedding a tear would require a level of emotional fortitude that I do not possess. This movie is not just a superficial cry fest however, but a beautiful tale of the oft forgotten challenge of growing up. Kayla is much more than a character to feel sympathetic toward, she evokes a comforting reminder of the fact that even though we feel that we may be in a hopeless situation, and it can be impossible to see a happy future, things do get better.

Kayla is portrayed by Elsie Fisher in her first lead role. Fisher, who is fifteen at the time of this review, has found a way to connect with audiences that I have not before seen, and her part here should easily put her in the runnings for best actress. She is solidly supported by Josh Hamilton in the role of her father, Mark, and a wonderful cast of young actors, many in their feature debuts.

Burnham, who also wrote the script, began his career as a comedian and musician who gained fame through viral YouTube videos. His success online evolved into deals with Comedy Central, work with Judd Apatow, and many acting roles. At 27, Burnham has created a movie that goes far beyond the simple category of coming of age, and should prove a classic.

The one issue I have with the movie is on a practical level. Because of language and one suggestive, upsetting, and possibly triggering scene, Eighth Grade currently holds an R rating from the MPAA. This scene is the #MeToo moment for the movie, and while nothing salacious transpir...

21:34

Everybody Has Religious Beliefs, Some People Just Deny It The Federalist

Christians are watching with growing concern as U.S. senators increasingly employ anti-Christian litmus tests against judicial nominees and political appointees. Last year, Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein declaring to then-nominee Amy Coney Barrett that the dogma lives loudly within you, referring to her strong Catholic faith.

As John Daniel Davidson recently argued in the Federalist, we can surely expect the same treatment for another devout Catholic Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Davidson and others rightly contend that such a litmus test is blatantly unconstitutional. Yet constitutional arguments do not seem to have much resonance with the American people (see how much good they did Ted Cruz in 2016). History and civics just do not seem to be our forte right now.

Perhaps we could hire some Christian bakers to make a cake in support of Kavanaugh. Ha. Ha.

In all honesty, the fight for religious liberty will be lonely and likely a losing battle, so long as it appears to serve the interests of Christians alone. Anti-discrimination (often anti-Christian) courts are firmly ensconced across much of our country. Tolerance, in the double-speak parlance of modern culture, has become the supreme virtue. Christians are now a cultural minority and must come to terms with their identity as social exiles.

But this does not mean the fight for religious liberty is lost. It is time for defenders of this cherished concept to stop defending themselves and critiquing anti-Christian bigotry. Instead, as cultural outsiders, we must go on the offensive. The truth is, we are all religious, and we should start owning that claim.

Every person has a deeply held belief system concerning why the world is the way it is and how we are to live in response. This belief system, or worldview, is a religion. At root, this is what gives rise to our views regarding everything including politics.

Take Feinstein, for example. She detects the power of dogma within another persons heart, but this Jedi mind trick is only possible because she too is guided by powerful dogmas. Feinstein has a view of the world that guides her to believe that the absolute sanctity of a womans body is of greater importance than the sanctity of human life. This is a moral position not scientific or sociological rooted in a religious worldview.

It is not just views on abortion that are rooted in religion. Politicians claim to want to help the poor. Sociological analyses and economic studies may help politicians in that quest, but that quest start with claim: We ought to help the poor. This is a moral claim rooted in a view of the world a religion.

Fiscal policy is rooted in religion. Money is a reflection of morality. Every dollar spent says something about what you value in...

21:34

The Rock Deserves Better Films Than Skyscraper To Star In The Federalist

The Rock is a great actornot like Marlon Brando or Laurence Olivier, of course. He belongs to the forgotten genre of the character actor. Dwayne Johnson is great in the same way that John Wayne or Walter Brennan were great. So why has he been in so many lousy films?

His latest film, Skyscraper, provides a perfect laboratory to try to figure this out. Its not so much that Skyscraper is a bad film (though it is) but that its actually a bad film because The Rock is the headliner.

Thats not to say that hes bad in it. Hes just as good as he always is. The best moments in the film all involve him. He manages to bring emotional depth to a few scenes that should have had none. This is basically what hes been doing for his entire career. From the world of wrestling forward, hes always managed to be convincing and arresting.

In fact, hes probably one of the few genuine star draws of our time. Back in the day, Hollywood would structure films, scripts, and schedules around their stars, because stars were bankable. Not many actors and actresses running around these days can generate wide-ranging interest by their mere involvement. But The Rock is one of the few who almost always does. Most of the time his films are subpar. Yet he continues to be bankable.

This seems to be the heart of the problem. If people will go see something just because The Rock is in it, then it doesnt need to be good. It just needs to have The Rock. Its almost as if scripts and all the rest are just gravy, at least from the studios perspective. Hes a consummate professional who gives his all to the smallest and silliest of lines.

A BMW in a Junkyard Is Out of Place

So when Johnson is in a film like Skyscraper, it highlights how weak everything else came out. Whats weakest in this film is how little it felt like they were actually in this tower of Babel-esque skyscraper. The computer generation wasnt noticeably bad, the whole thing just felt fake.

Yet somehow The Rock never belies that reality. He always seems right in every scene, if the viewer can isolate his performance. But thats virtually impossible. So its almost as if the juxtaposition of excellence with inferiority creates such a powerfully distinct contrast that the viewer cant help but be disoriented and displeased.

How Did This Get Made is a podcast dedicated to bad films that are fun to watch as bad films. Whats truly funny and wonderful about atrocious films is how clueless they are. The best bad films generally dont know theyre bad films. Often it is a bad performance that makes them truly hilarious.

But its unclear that The Rock has ever given a bad performance. Its kind of like the opposite of the turd in the punch bowl. Hes like a pristine Beemer in a junkyard. But if you saw a beautiful, brand-new car in a junkyard, it would be impossible to ignore the junkyard surrounding it.

In Skyscraper, its also hard to...

20:55

Columnists Suspension Highlights Boston Globes Poor Marathon Bombing Coverage WhoWhatWhy

The Boston Globe recently suspended without pay one of its longest-tenured and most-vaunted columnists, Kevin Cullen, due to inaccuracies uncovered in his reporting on the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Is the Globe finally owning up to its own sensationalist Marathon Bombing coverage that reeked of pro-law enforcement boosterism?

Nope.

But the paper did inadvertently shine a spotlight on some of its most jingoistic Marathon Bombing reporting by throwing one of its popular columnists under the bus five years after he wrote most of the offending material.

Cullen was suspended for three months because he misrepresented his own proximity to the bombing and its aftermath; he parroted unconfirmed hearsay as fact that he picked up from first responders at a Boston watering hole; he mischaracterized his relationship to some of those first responders as well as some of the victims.

The Globe conducted two reviews of Cullens work one that focused on his Marathon columns, and a second that fact-checked a random sampling of Cullens non-Marathon work. His non-Marathon work was found to have no fabrications.

The controversy flared up after discrepancies in one of Cullens fifth-anniversary columns were pointed out and roundly criticized in April on the Kirk and Callahan show on Bostons WEEI Radio. Kirk Minihane, one of the shows hosts, also spelled out in a WEEI Radio blog post the discrepancies, embellishments, and outright falsehoods.

But telling...

20:51

Some Updates Virtual Mirage

North Korean Update

     Repatriation of Remains

After two days of talks, North Korea agreed to return 50 to 55 sets of remains believed to be those of US soldiers missing from the 1950-53 Korean War -- possibly within two weeks, according to media reports.

There was no immediate confirmation from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) but the reports. However, a US official in Seoul said the remains would be flown out of North Korea on 27 July in what would be the first repatriations since 2007.

     Secret Facilities

On 16 July, North Korean media denounced US reports that North Korea built and has been operating a covert uranium enrichment facility for over ten years just outside Pyongyang. 

On 13 July, The Diplomat published a detailed analysis, including satellite images, of open source information about a facility known as Kangson.

The Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported on 16 July that during the 6-7 July visit to Pyongyang, the US Secretary of State accused North Korea of operating one or more secret uranium enrichment facilities and of continuing to make ballistic missiles. He made the accusation directly to Kim Yong-chol, who is Chairman Kim Jong Uns most trusted advisor. 

Kim Yong-chol insisted that North Korea has never built or operated a covert uranium enrichment plant or other secret facilities. Yeah...about that.

Accusations of covert facilities by the US Secretary of State would explain the strong denunciation of the Secretary in the statement the North Korean Foreign Ministry issued after his departure. 

Construction and operation of secret facilities is a normal business practice for North Korea. The existence of additional secret and/or undergr...

20:32

Sir David Attenboroughs Real Name: Boaty McBoatface Freethought Blogs

Well, its happened: Boaty McBoatface has slipped into the water. Though the shipwrights still have a good deal of work to do over the next few months before the ship is ready for its first polar voyage, this is still an important step, and a good excuse to bring up again the wonderful moniker the ship almost had before the fuddy-duddies declared the name Sir David Attenborough to be the winner despite losing the popular vote by a wide margin. We can only hope that this works out better for the UK than a similar voting travesty has been working out for the USA.

20:00

Ask R. Moses: Should we let a developer take over our parking meters? Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Today's question:

In the more urban areas of my city, local developers have started applying for vacation of right-of-way so they can provide their own much needed on-street parkingbut also to meter these spaces privately and, of course, keep that income. Im honestly not sure if I should support this trend or fight it. It seems the city gets something important with basically free infrastructure improvements paid for by private money, but perhaps also loses future opportunity for its own revenue?
Perplexed on Parking

R MOSES' ANSWER:

To begin with, charging for parking is the right thing to do. It's the best way to find equilibrium with supply and demand. You can learn a whole lot more about the need to charge for parking via parking guru, Donald Shoup.

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However, Perplexeds question raises some additional questions for me. First, is the developer going to gain total control of the parking area and restrict its use to only those residing in or using the development? If thats the case, the city must think very carefully about whether it is willing to completely give up this land.

But even if the developer is not gaining total control of the parking area and instead, merely managing the metering and taking the profit, a careful assessment of the costs and benefits to the city is absolutely essential. For instance, if the developer is taking control of the parking and making money off of it, the developer should also be responsible for maintenance of the area. If the city ends up on the hook for maintenance, its getting the worst end of the deal. This is the situation so many municipalities find themselves in when they allow developers to pay for and construct roads in a new subdivision, but then they must pay to service the roads for decades to come, reaping little benefit and racking up tremendous costs for the municipality.

Ideally, the city would assess whether managing metering and maintenance itself would offer a net benefit. A scenario and risk analysis on this would help inform the municipality on whether this is a goo...

19:30

'That's a big screwup': Federal agency exposed tribal sites in drilling report Indianz.Com News

Federal officials mistakenly published confidential information about cliff dwellings, spiritual structures, rock art and other Native sites in Utah.

19:11

Daily Inspiration --- When Geometric Diagrams OpEdNews

When geometric diagrams and digits Are no longer the keys to living things, When people who go about singing and kissing Know deeper things than the great scholars, When society is returned once more To unimprisoned life, and to the universe, And when light and darkness mate Once more and make something entirely transparent, And people see in poems and fairy tales The true history of the world,

18:28

If you think the tech giants merely want to ban Infowars, think again: Heres the list of what theyll ban next Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

The left-wing media has become a dangerous lynch mob, desperately calling for Infowars to be completely deplatformed (blacklisted) from all prominent online platforms.

The calls for such drastic censorship action against Infowars censor around an array of utterly false accusations which fraudulently assert that Alex Jones claimed no children died in the Parkland shootings a claim that is utterly false and fraudulent. Jones never uttered any such thing, and no one has produced a single video clip of him making such an assertion.

Regardless of your opinion of Alex Jones and Infowars, whats at stake for all of us is far greater than one man and one network. Our very right to express any dissenting view is now being threatened. Infowars is simple the precedent, you see: If they succeed in blacklisting Infowars, then Natural News and hundreds of other independent media publishers are next.

If the tech giants are not reeled in with aggressive legislative, regulatory or law enforcement action, you will soon be blocked from expressing any online opinion whatsoever about the following topics:

  • Vaccine safety / vaccine ingredients / vaccine side effects
  • Discussion of the health benefits of CBD oil or cannabis medicine
  • Criticisms of Democrats or the liberal media
  • Medication side effects and dangers of psychiatric drugs
  • Self-reliance and prepping instruction / survival videos
  • Natural cures and herbal remedies
  • Political discussions that arent approved by the authoritarian Left
  • Investigations into censorship itself
  • Pro-liberty discussions of history / America / the Constitution / Bill of Rights
  • Any criticism of transgenderism or the LGBT agenda
  • Protecting national borders / border security
  • Self-defe...

18:02

19-Year-Old World Cup Star Donates 100% Of Earnings To Charity That Helps Disabled Children Through The Power Of Sport TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich,

What would you do if, after years of hard work, you suddenly obtained close to half a million dollars? Most people would likely relish in their earnings and tuck a good portion away for the future. Well, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who helped the French team beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final, recently acquired such a sum. But instead of spending the funds mindlessly, he chose to give 100% of the earnings to charity.

Mbappe, who plays forward position, made roughly $22,500 for each of the seven games that France played in the World Cup. He was also given a $350,000 bonus for winning the tournament. In total, he made around half a million dollars.

The 19-year-old didnt keep any of the money, however. Instead, he chose to donate 100% of the earnings to charity. As GoodNewsNetwork reports, Mbappe decided to give the money to the Premiers de Cordee charity, which helps disabled and hospitalized children into sports. Reportedly, the soccer player has been supporting the charity since 2017.

Kylian, hes a great person, Sebastien Ruffin, general manager of the charity, told Le Parisien. When his schedule allows it, he intervenes for us with pleasure.

He has a very good [relationship] with c...

17:53

Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era Indianz.Com News

Due to litigation, the Trump administration might be forced to do something unprecedented -- take a tribe's trust land out of trust.

17:47

July 17, 2018 WhoWhatWhy

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17:08

Under Liberal Rule, The Purge Will Be a 24/7/365 Event-Nobody Will Be Safe Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

When the liberals finally take over, society will resemble the movie The Purge. Unlike the movie, the Purge will not a 12 hour holocaust played out one time a year like it was in the movie. It will be a 24/7/365 event. Nobody will be safe. Here is the complete story.

 

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13:02

She Finally Found True Love On Her Third Try, Then This Happens True Activist

Source: https://www.monstersandcritics.com/

Theres nothing like being with the love of your life, even if it happens 40 years after the last time you had seen each other. For one particular couple, they had amazingly been reunited by what many considered as fate. And while they would finally begin what they believed would be the rest of their lives together, they would be horribly betrayed by their neighbor, a girl whom they believed was a sweet and kind young lady. But their happy lives would soon be lost when they would find themselves left in the ground, buried alive and never seen alive again.

The only silver lining in this disheartening story is the fact that all those at fault are now rightfully behind bars, as well as facing death row.

High School Sweethearts

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Carol Alford and James Reggie Sumner had known each other while growing up in North Charleston. Throughout their years in Garrett High School, they were sweethearts, but sadly, their lives would take them away from each other, believing they would never see each other again.

12:12

Brett Kavanaugh--This Confirmed FASCIST Must NOT Be Confirmed to the Supreme Court OpEdNews

As the fifth pro-fascist vote on the nine-member Court, Kavanaugh would, if confirmed, tip the highest court in the land into a compliant tool of fascist transformation. What is needed is not "tough questions" but furious rejection of the right of this illegitimate fascist regime to consolidate its grip on the judicial branch of government, and intense struggle not only to block this, but to drive out the whole regime.

12:00

A View of Tomorrow The Marshall Project

With virtual reality, juvenile lifers practice for a world they may experience.

11:30

"Freedom of Speech:" The Supreme Court's Convenient New Garbage Can OpEdNews

Regarding the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court siding with the baker who turned away a gay couple, refusing to create their wedding cake, for quite some time, while awaiting the Court's decision, I felt that the baker was actually justified on legitimate religious grounds...

10:04

Toddlers On Trial OpEdNews

Fleeing unimaginable trauma in their home country, then suffering the pain of being torn away from their parents inside our border, the expectation that these little ones can mount a legal defense has rightly been labeled "unconscionable" and "grossly inappropriate" by experts. But also it's insane and evil.

09:55

$400 million in illegally moved Russian money funneled into Hilary Clintons 2016 campaign Intellihub

(INTELLIHUB) Russian President Vladimir Putin told the press on Monday that associates of London-based financier William F. Browder had funneled $400 million untaxed dollars into Hillary Clintons 2016 presidential campaign which left Russia illegally.

Browder told the New York Times in a phone interview on Monday that America is a rule-of-law country and said that the rule of law will protect him.

Putin claims Browders associates never paid any taxes, neither in Russia nor in the United States and yet the money illegally escaped the country when it was transferred to the United States.

They sent a huge amount of money, $400 million as a contribution the the campaign of Hillary Clinton, Putin said. It might not be illegal, the contribution itself but the way the money was earned is illegal.

Putin said he believes that some intelligence officers guided this transaction and called for the interrogation of the culprits.

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09:50

This Is America #19: Trump, #OccupyICENYC, & Mark Bray It's Going Down

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Welcome, to This Is America, July 17th, 2018.

In this episode well be talking about headlines, giving an update on Water Protector political prisoners, rent strikes, looking at ICE resistance, and well as revolt and repression updates from across so-called North America.

Also, in this episode we talk to folks at #OccupyICENYC as well as Mark Bray about the proposed Unmask Antifa bill from New York Republican, Don Donovan, and what it means.

All this and more, lets get to the news.

Trump that Regime

Today cracks appeared in the unity between neo-Conservatives in the GOP and the proto-fascist and nationalist side connected to Trump and the Alt-Right. After Trump spoke in front of media after a meeting with Putin, he contradicted law enforcement and the intelligence community, backing up Putin that no Russian interference in the US election had taken place. There was large scale condemnation from both corporate parties, largely claiming that Trump was a traitor and that he had bowed for a dictator.

Calls started to circulate on social media to occupy the area in front of the White House, however those that did show up last night to yell at the building (without Trump inside of it) did not end up staying the night. It remains to be seen at this point if a larger push by the elites to have Trump removed will soon begin, or if we will see simply just more of the same circus that we are used to.

As for Trumps actual reasons in snugglin up to Putin, Grist reported:

Fossil fuels still power 80 perce...

09:20

The Fog Of Truth OpEdNews

Trump uses 5 tactics to create a fog of confusion and bewilderment, so we don't pay attention to the real damage he's doing -- undermining our democracy; rewarding the rich and hurting the working class, middle class, and the poor; stoking hatefulness; and undercutting America's standing in the world.

09:06

Welcome to Your Driverless Future! Activist Post

By corbettreport Weve all seen the propaganda by now: Like it or not, autonomous driving technology is on the way. But what will that future...

08:59

THE MINDS OF MEN: First Feature-Length Documentary From Truthstream Media Is Finally Out! Activist Post

By Aaron and Melissa Dykes, Truthstream Media Its finally finished the feature-length documentary weve been working on for what seems like forever is finally out!...

08:40

Can the Brit's Baby Trump Blimp Come Play at Trump's DC Military Parade? OpEdNews

A GoFundMe has been started to make Baby Trump Blimp the Guest of Honor at the November 10th protest against Trump's scheduled military parade in Washington DC. The American public would certainly get a lift from an oversized Trump in diapers hovering above Trump's macho display of guns and missiles.

08:21

Discuss: Political Madness All the Time Freethought Blogs

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

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08:07

The True Meaning Of The Treason Summit Activist Post

By Jason Bermas In this video, Jason Bermas breaks down the summit between Trump and Putin in Helsinki and goes beyond the media calling it...

07:43

Iran Files Lawsuit Against US in International Court Over Sanctions 21st Century Wire

Iran has filed a lawsuit alleging the US violated a treaty by imposing sanctions after it withdrew from the JCPOA aka the Iran Nuclear Deal earlier this year.

US President Donald Trump formally declared his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA in May, 2o018. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
Signed with a sharpie? President Donald Trump formally declared his intention to withdraw the US from the JCPOA in May, 2018. (Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Middle East Eye

Tehran turns to International Court of Justice arguing US sanctions are illegal

Iran has filed a lawsuit against the United States stating that Washingtons decision in May to impose sanctions after pulling out of a nuclear deal violates a 1955 treaty between the two countries, the International Court of Justice said on Tuesday.

A State Department official said the application was without merit and the United States would fight it in the court.

While we cannot comment on the specifics, Irans application is baseless and we intend to vigorously defend the United States before the ICJ, a State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 nuclear pact with Iran reached by his predecessor Barack Obama and other world powers, and ordered tough US sanctions on Tehran.

The deal saw Tehran drastically scale back its nuclear programme in exchange for lifting sanctions.

The ICJ, which is based in The Hague and is also known as the World Court, is the United Nations tribunal for resolving international disputes. Irans filing asks the ICJ to order the United States to provisionally lift its sanctions ahead of more detailed arguments.

Iran is committed to the rule of law in the face of US contempt for diplomacy and legal obligations, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet on Monday, referring to Tehrans lawsuit at the ICJ.

Iran said in its filing that Trumps move has violated and continued to violate multiple provisions of the Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations and Consular Rights, signed long before the 1979 Islamic Revolution that ousted the US-allied shah and triggered decades of hostile relations wit...

07:28

Meet the Reporter Dragged from Trump-Putin Press Conference for Trying to Ask About Nuclear Treaty OpEdNews

Before Monday's highly anticipated joint press conference with President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of the reporters was forcibly removed from the room. Sam Husseini was credentialed to cover the summit for The Nation magazine, and earlier in the day he tweeted, "The issue isn't Trump. The issue isn't Putin. The issue is the issues: Nuclear threats, Syria, etc."

07:26

Whats Really Happening In Nicaragua; An Interview With Stephen Sefton PopularResistance.Org

Violent protests have been going on since April of this year, forcing residents to stay indoors.  While the corporate media and an army of online trolls have been making false claims about the Ortega government, the reality is exactly the opposite. We speak with Stephen Sefton, who lives in Nicaragua and is a founder of Tortilla con Sal. He names the names behind the violence and describes what is really happening. We also discuss recent news and upcoming events.

07:13

Ruh-Roh: 2017 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Says 5 Minutes on a Cell Phone Can Cause Significant Memory Impairment Activist Post

By B.N. Frank While fundraisers earnestly raise money to give to researchers, Big Wireless continues to make money blowing our minds literally and figuratively...

07:00

No Exemptions for EU: US Wants unprecedented financial pressure on Iran 21st Century Wire

At some point along their quest for regime change, US officials must consider how sanctions end up hurting everyday working people everywhere.


IMAGE: North Tehran by day. (Patrick Henningsen @21WIRE)

Antiwar.com

While Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin says that exemptions from US sanctions against Iran will be considered in certain cases, the European Union is apparently not going to be one of them. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that he has rejected EU appeals for Iran exemptions.

Mike Pompeo and Steven Mnuchin

Mike Pompeo and Steven Mnuchin

Senior officials from Britain, France, and Germany have all urged the US not to apply the sanctions to EU nations companies when they start going into effect next month. The EU has passed laws rejecting US sanctions, and forbidding their companies from complying with them.

Pompeo and Mnuchin told the EU, however, that they want unprecedented financial pressure on Iran, and that they will not ease any sanctions until they see a tangible change in Iranian policy.

Mnuchin says that exemptions are only possible in very specific circumstances where it clearly benefits our national security. He suggested nations that need more time to wi...

06:54

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Movie Claims Freedom Is Never Mentioned In The Constitution The Federalist

A young Ruth Bader Ginsburg declares the word freedom isnt in the U.S. Constitution in a movie coming out on her rise to the Supreme Court. The trailer for the biopic highlights the factually challenged zinger.

The word woman does not appear even once in the U.S. Constitution, a judge tells Ginsburg, played by actress Felicity Jones.

She replies, Nor does the word freedom, your honor.

Thats right. Apparently the amendments got lost somewhere? The wild claim is in the trailer, below.

Heres the text of the First Amendment of the Constitution, in which the word freedom is used to describe the powers Americans are constitutionally guaranteed (emphasis added).

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The word is clearly right there, yet Felicity Jones, who is playing RBG, says otherwise. How embarrassing.

06:16

At the Trumputin Mob Summit, Fredo Kisses Much More Than Don Corleone's Ring OpEdNews

The brutal, ruthless Putin is orders of magnitude more savvy and capable than the orange American. Globally, he is the mob boss Don Corleone, lording it over his addled son Fredo. Amidst Trump's Helsinki rant storm against US intelligence, Putin admitted he favored Trump in the 2016 election.

05:48

Importance Of Adaptability And Flexibility In Life And Business TruthTheory

 

By Mike Sygula

The only constant is change Heraclitus

What I mean by flexibility here, is not physical flexibility, but the willingness to adapt to a constantly changing environment. I wanted to share with you why this is so important, perhaps even more important now than ever. If there is anything that we can be sure of in the universe, it is constant change. It seems like everything evolves, and all moves. The 40 world is full of systems; social systems, immune systems, weather systems, and all systems evolve, typically into more complex ones. We belong to many systems ourselves. For example, if you work for a company, it is a system of employees, perhaps suppliers, partners, customers, etc. If you study at college, you belong to a social system with teachers, students, groups of people and various other environmental aspects that will invariably have an impact on you. What is really important is to be able to adapt to change, as these systems often evolve and shift.

Why it is so important?

Let us first look at it from a business point of view; anyone remembers Kodak? At its peak, they employed around 140,000 people, and in 1996, they were ranked the fourth most valuable brand in the US. In 2012 they filed for bankruptcy, they still exist now but had a major makeover and are nowhere near where they used to be. The best part is that they invented the digital camera in 1975, but because of their lack of flexibility, they didnt adapt to the changing environment and failed when digital technologies really took off. The Digital Camera market became flooded with che...

05:41

The New Prison Movement: The Continuing Struggle to Abolish Slavery in Amerika It's Going Down

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New essay from Kevin Rashid Johnson, political prisoner and incarcerated journalist, tracks the history and growth of the new prison movement to abolish prison slavery.

Across Amerika (home of the worlds largest prison population) growing numbers of the imprisoned are coming to realize that they are victims of social injustice.

Foremost, as victims of an inherently predatory and dysfunctional capitalist-imperialist system, which targets the poor and people of color for intensified policing, militaristic containment, and selective criminal prosecutions. While denying them access to the basic resources, employment and institutional control needed for social and economic security. Deprivations which generate crime: economic crimes, crimes of passion, and crimes of attempting to cope (through drug use and addictions).

Secondly, once imprisoned they become victims of inhumane abuses, warehousing, and one of the most decadent and dehumanizing forms of social economic injustice: slavery.

This rising awareness among the imprisoned has prompted increasing numbers of prisoners to unite in resistance proclaiming no more! And the momentum is building.

This new Prison Movement is seeing growing waves of open resistance to slave labor and conditions of abuse, which is eroding the structures put in place beginning nearly 50 years ago to repress the Prison Movement of that era, such as solitary confinement.

From Yesterdays Suppressed Prison Movement

During the earlier wave of the Prison Movement (of the 1960s-70s), when the courts barred their doors against prisoners lawsuits seeking redress against the inhumane conditions that pervade U.S. prisons, the prisoners rose up in resistance.

In a dialectical relationship their movement both informed and was informed by revolutionary ideas then prevalent in the broader social movements of the time, which exposed and challenged the capitalist system. At the forefront of that movement was the original Black Panther Party and allied groups on the outside and Comrades like George Jackson who formed the BPPs first prison chapter on the inside.

To suppress that movement and stamp out its revolutionary consciousness, the Establishment began constructing and operating solitary confinement prisons and units (called Supermaxes and Control Units) at an unprecedented level. Beginning with the Marion Control Unit which opened in 1972, after the assassination of George Jackson by guards, and the peac...

05:32

Trade tariff war with US pushing Chinese oil buyers to Iran Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Jim W. Dean - Trump's claim that trade wars are "easy to win" is going to be tested, as China's counter sanctions are being targeted toward Trump supporter pocketbooks.

05:32

Does The Trump-Putin Relationship Matter? The Federalist

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Jeremy Peters, New York Times politics reporter, joins Ben Domenech on this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss Trump and Putins relationship, the unity of Republican voters, and the growing divide in the Democratic party.

Our leadership, in both parties, has done pretty a poor job of explaining to the American people why they should think that Putin is a bad guy, Domenech said.

I dont think people quite understand why they should be so upset with Trump refuses to condemn Russia explicitly. I think its not something on the front of their minds when theyre worries about gas prices or sending their kids to camp, Peters said.

Listen here:

05:31

How Israel Makes Apartheid Against Palestinians Legal The Anti-Media

Palestinian Flag - HamasJewish nation state bill is only the latest attempt to legislate discrimination against Palestinians. (MEE) This week, if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gets his way, the Israeli government will formally pass into law the Jewish nation state bill. The precise final text remained unclear at the time of writing, with compromises and amendments still being discussed among []

05:27

Educate Me: On Canceling the Sex-Ed Reform It's Going Down

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This article was originally posted to North Shore Counter-Info.

Only a few weeks into his time as Premier, Doug Ford has already moved on a key promise he made to social conservatives while securing the Progressive Conservative partys leadership nomination. By canceling the sexual education reform and restoring the 1998 curriculum, Ford has provoked some significant popular anger. This is interesting because the level that people feel impacted by this is much more than at other moments around the same issue, for instance, in 2010 when Dalton McGuintys government proposed and then withdrew a very similar reform, or in 2015 during consultations by the Wynne government to write the new curriculum

In large part, this can be explained by Fords hateable face, but also by his willingness to hand wins to the religious right. That he is emboldening and bringing in the same groups that push an anti-queer and anti-women agenda more broadly makes this a much larger threat than just an issue of curriculum.

In this short text, I want to pose a couple of questions for us as we move ahead on this issue: what are the possibilities of a grassroots response? Is canceling the reform actually going to change anything? And how can we think about the groups behind the campaign that led to the cancellation? (For details about the reform and its cancellation, see links at the end)

There were already queers, radicals, and feminists organizing to plug into the sex-ed portion of the school curriculum. This wasnt a mass effort, but there has been for a long time a constellation of volunteer and not-for-profit groups that support teachers in providing quality sex-ed content or talking about consent or LGBTq issues in schools. It sounds like many people are seeing the value and urgency of this work now and are trying to organize themselves to either get into classrooms or provide after-school programming or printed resources.

This is direct action and its a very positive step. However, the scale of the problem is very large and its unlikely that decentralized groups focused on service provision will be able to make a dent. In Ontario, there are 125,000 teachers working in almost 5000 schools with a budget of 23 billion dollars.

The Liberals and NDP (and their supporters) will point to this problem of scale when arguing that the only answer is to support them, in the Canadian tradition of social progress coming from the...

05:20

Sometimes we need a feel-good story, so heres one Freethought Blogs

20-year old Walter Carr was due to start a new job with a moving company near Birmingham, Alabama. But the day before his first day was to start at 8:00am, his car broke down. Since he lived 20 miles away, he decided to walk through the night to get to work on time. When the owner of the moving company heard about the dedication of his new employee from the woman whose stuff Carr was scheduled to move, he drove from Tennessee to give him his own car, a 2014 Ford Escort.

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There is another element of this story. Carr is black and he was picked up by a police officer as he neared the end of his journey. A young black man walking at night in the suburbs is, sadly, the beginning of a scenario that often ends in tragedy. But this officer, after hearing Carrs story, gave him breakfast and a ride for the rest of the way.

It is welcome that everyone in this story comes out well.

05:13

Avalon, PA: Neo-Nazi Group Linked to Republican Party Attacks Black Man at Bar It's Going Down

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Report from Philly Antifa about a recent racist attack carried out by the Keystone State Skinheads/United, who includes a member which is active within the local Republican Party.

Coming a few weeks after holding a picnic in the area, Keystone United members were cited by police (but tellingly not arrested or charged) following an unprovoked attack on a regular patron of the Jackman Inn in Avalon PA on July 7th.

According to a local news report:

An alleged neo-Nazi group is being accused of targeting an African American customer, assaulting him and using racial slurs against him at the Jackman Inn

It happened when the victim, patron Paul Morris, walked into a backroom where a group of men were playing pool. The men allegedly used a racial epithet against the victim.

Police say the group of men may have been from Keystone United, which they describe as a racist neo-Nazi group formerly known as the Keystone State Skinheads

when the bartender asked the group to leave, they attacked Morris

Eight of them jumped Paul, (the bar manager) said. He was hit in the face. He bent down to pick up his glasses. He was hit again

Morris is now California, but KDKAs Andy Sheehan spoke with him on the phone. He says one member who called him the n-word said his group would eradicate blacks one-by-one, and then he attacked.

They attacked me because they had hate in their hearts. I didnt do anything to these people, Morris said.

Avalon Police detained some members of the group, but did not charge them. Avalon Police Chief Thomas Kokoski said he believes they will be charged, but the incident is still under investi...

04:46

Beyond Occupation: Thoughts on the Current #OccupyICEPHL and Moving Forward to #EndPARS It's Going Down

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Friendly Fire Collective offers up some thoughts and critiques on the ongoing occupation in Philadelphia. This article was originally published on Philly Anti-Capitalist.

We are two weeks into #OccupyICEPHL. We have ceased occupying the ICE offices since July 5 and the current encampment at City Hall has lost a lot of its original momentum. The Left in Philly united on July 2nd for the original occupation, but it has been fractured by burnout and internal conflicts. A lot of us are wondering, how did we get here and how do we move forward?

The Encampment at City Hall

After the camp was dismantled on July 5th by homeland security and Philly cops, a meeting took place in the evening. Hundreds gathered, sharing reflections and potential strategies for moving forward so that we could effectively pressure Mayor Kenney to not renew the Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System (PARS) contract, which allows ICE access to the PPDs database.

Following the meeting, an autonomous group decided that one strategy in continuing the fight was to begin a camp at City Hall in order to be a confrontational presence for city officials, and to educate the public about both PARS and ICE. Within minutes, they set up at City Hall, bringing yoga mats, signs, umbrellas, chairs, and food.

Picking up on the momentum of the previous camp, many came around to provide support. The camp was quickly built up with a medic and food storage tent, as well as a table of leftist literature, including flyers on both #EndPARS and #AbolishICE. Participants were flyering; workshops and teach-ins happened throughout the day; food and water and other supplies were consistently being dropped off; chants were constant; and general assemblies were held twice a day (and they still are).

That being said, within the past week, the energy at the camp has been fizzling out. I was at the camp this morning and counted around 15 present.

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Skepticism of the New Camp

A number of leftists in Philadelphia have expressed skepticism of the camp.

This is fair.

More than half of those present at most general assemblies are white, and a majority of the principal organizers are white. Whiteness is a destructive force for all, with mate...

04:41

Kavanaugh: Warrantless Data Collection is entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment Activist Post

By Phillip Schneider On July 9th, President Trumps announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, and...

04:38

Vaccines: An Environmental Factor Affecting Pregnancies And Infants Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich With all the medical-scientific bull floating around regarding vaccines and  Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it would behoove everyone, but especially HHS/CDC/FDA,...

04:36

Truth, Trump and the Washington Post OpEdNews

When we have a world in which the so-called experts are not held accountable for their failures, even when they are massive, and they consistently look down on the people who question their expertise, it undermines belief in truth.

04:33

Gold & Silver Investors 8 Commandments for Avoiding Rip Offs Activist Post

By Stefan Gleason For every promising investment opportunity you come across, there are multiple opportunities for bad-faith brokers and hucksters to try to rip you...

04:27

Tree Sits Established To Stop Bayou Bridge Pipeline PopularResistance.Org

Deep in the Atchafalaya Basin, one of the largest swamps in North America, tree-sits have been established directly on the path of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Water protectors are currently occupying multiple sits on the pipeline easement. We have petitioned, filed lawsuits and demonstrated. We have carried out nearly 50 worksite actions. But despite these efforts, construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline has continued. We are left with no other choice but to put our bodies, and our lives on the line to stop this pipeline. The tree-sitters and their support team are living in inhospitable conditions, with limited resources and under close watch of Energy Transfer Partners. THEY NEED YOUR SUPPORT.

03:35

Democrats Need To Get A Grip On Reality The Federalist

This week The Washington Post published an op-ed headlined: Its not wrong to compare Trumps America to the Holocaust. As with similar examples of this genre, its a sickening display of moral relativism that belittles the suffering and murder of millions in the service of some short-sighted and crass partisan fearmongering.

This week Politico published an opinion piece headlined: Putins Attack on the U.S. Is Our Pearl Harbor, which demeaned the sacrifice of American soldiers by likening a military attack on American soil that brought us into the bloodiest war mankind has ever experienced to email phishing.

On MSNBC, where illiterate histrionic analogies litter coverage every day, a contributor compared Donald Trumps meeting in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin to Pearl Harbor and Kristallnacht, just to be safe.

Social media is teeming with similar hyperbole treason, traitor, etc . and not just from anonymous trolls. Its difficult to accept anyone with a working brain actually believes this rhetoric, and they certainly dont act like it. But if well-heeled pundits keep telling everyone The Fourth Reich is imminent before retiring to their townhouses in Capitol Hill every night, some people might actually start believing them. And if email phishing and hacking is truly comparable to Pearl Harbor or Kristallnacht or the Holocaust theres really no reason why those accepting these analogies shouldnt also support military reprisals abroad and coups at home.

Defenders of this hyperbole often claim that theyre not making an exact equivalence to the lives lost, but rather to the intent of all those attackers. All of them, they say, are intended to destabilize our democracy. Well, yes. One aspect of similarity still doesnt make the events comparable. It would be saying Irans spying on the United States spying that resulted in our military technology being sold to China is comparable to 9/11 because both those nations intended to harm our democracy. And if this were so, it would be treasonous to make peace with these nations, and completely rational to wage war. But surely we can find less feverish analogies.

Russia attempted to meddle in our domestic affairs, and there should be...

03:33

Is President Trump A Traitor Because He Wants Peace With Russia? OpEdNews

Apparently the Russian elite, with the exception of a few, are incapable of comprehending the neoconservative drive for US world hegemony and neoconservative determination to destroy Russia as a constraint on US unilateralism. The Russian government somehow, despite all evidence to the contrary, believes that Washington's hegemony is negotiable.

03:33

What the U.S. Ruling Class and the Repubs. are Most Afraid Of OpEdNews

Voting Rights and their restriction have become a major target of the Republican Party and the major sector of the ruling class they represent. This column discusses the reason for that state of affairs.

03:26

Seven Reasons Anarchists Should Go All Out for August 21st It's Going Down

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An analysis on the importance and need for anarchists, anti-authoritarians and autonomists to get behind and support the upcoming #PrisonStrike.

Earlier this year, prisoners in South Carolina announced a call for a national strike, to begin on August 21st, the anniversary of the revolutionary prisoner George Jackson, and continue until September 9th, the anniversary of the Attica Uprising.

It goes without saying that, as anarchists, we are collectively invested in promoting, generalizing, and showing solidarity with these prisoners efforts. As a movement that has recently faced heightened repression, from the J20 prosecution to proposed anti-antifa legislation, that knows the feeling of visiting friends and family behind bars and has our own historic legacies of resistance on the inside, we directly identify with these prisoners struggles. We dont just hate prosecutors, judges, wardens, and COs philosophically, we hate them personally.

But theres more to it than that. In the midst of a busy August that will see continued (and necessary!) efforts to disrupt ICE, stop pipelines, dismantle the police, and stop the Alt-Right, here are seven reasons we particularly want to urge our comrades across North America to step up their game for August 21st.

  1. The April 15th massacre at Lee Correctional in South Carolina, which (partly) prompted the call for the strike, was the most violent prison riot that the US has seen in years. Prisons across the country are slashing their budgets and cutting down on staff, limiting the res...

03:26

After Ten Years in Exile A Perspective on America The Free Activist Post

Op-Ed by Janet Phelan The television room was overflowing at Sistering, a drop-in center in Toronto for prospective immigrants, streetwalkers and others economically challenged. A...

03:15

Report from 2018 July National Conference of Bangladesh Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation It's Going Down

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The following report details a recent conference held by our comrades in Bangladesh and details ways to support anarchist organizing there.

The Bangladesh Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation (BASF) held a conference in Sylhet, Bangladesh on 8 July 2018. The federations secretariat organized the conference. About half of the participating delegates were women, and the other half were men. International Workers Association (IWA) liaison Laury Akhi was present as a special facilitator and main guest.

In the meeting, workers delegates said that the concept of anarcho-syndicalism is absolutely new in Bangladesh. Up to now, there has been a totalitarian labor movement as part of the outrageous, authoritarian politics here. The labor movement has done some positive work, but in general, it has produced a class of people who use their class privileges and resources for their own interests. In some cases, people in the political sphere who are not a part of the working classes enjoy their privileges and benefits that are possible due to the subjugation of our class.

Politicians use the working classes to satisfy the needs of political parties and not for working-class emancipation. The laboring classes are currently dependent on the whims of politicians. The attending delegates said that in order to strengthen the true labor movement, the existing revolutionary workers associations would have to create free labor organizations in their own workplaces. The conferences special guest, IWA liaison Laury Akhi gave an overview of the international workers movement and its struggles, with insights of the struggle in Poland. She said that the people of the laboring classes are the creators of all human civilization, but they have been victims of oppression, exploitation and various deprivations throughout the ages. Farm workers produce food while they do not get food; clothing workers make clothes, but they do not have the clothing they need; workers build cars and roads and are the basis of civilization, but they do not have respect nor status in present society. Laury Akhi said that after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution in Russia, the laboring class hoped that their fate would change. But under the Bolsheviks revolutionary politics, the old, oppressive social system was replaced with a new oppression.

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03:10

An Analysis of Trumps Grave Mistake In the Post-Putin Meeting Speech Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

President Trump held a two-hour meeting with Putin on Monday and the Deep State representatives from both sides of aisle, both Democrat and Republican, wasted no time attacking Trump for siding with Russia.

Trumps Most Objectionable Comment

The political minions that represent the Deep State are having a field day with the Presidents speech following his meeting with Putin.

President Trumps Most Infamous Quote:

I hold both countries responsible. I think that the United States has been foolish. I think weve all been foolish. And I think were all to blame.

CNNs response:

This is a line that will live in infamy. Trump, asked directly, Do you hold Russia at all accountable for anything in particular, responded with this theres-plenty-of-blame-to-go-around response. Its a stunning response to what should be a very straightforward answer: Yes, I believe our intelligence community and the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia actively meddled in the election to help me, hurt Clinton and sow chaos. Its hard to properly contextualize what it means when the American president, standing beside the Russian president, says that he cant say whether Putin or the US intelligence apparatus is to be believed.

CSS Response to CNN

It is interesting to note that if Trump does not stick to the official narrative of CNN (ie Yes, I believe our intelligence community and the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia actively meddled in the election to help me, hurt Clinton and s...

03:08

Science confirms the obvious! Freethought Blogs

Did you know that YouTube comment sections are a cesspool? And that women get harassed more than men? Its been checked out.

I have a small-time YouTube channel and dont get all that many comments, but I can tell you that Im not enjoying the discourse. Ive activated the YouTube comment filter, which lets a lot slide through, but also holds a lot of crap back for approvaland Ive looked through those and am usually disgusted. Ive also been quick on the trigger to ban people, but the way YouTube works, they can just bounce back instantly with a new pseudonym.

I doubt that YouTube will ever do anything to fix the garbage. Hey, you wanna whine about civility? Stop complaining about leftists repudiating Nazis, and pay more attention to trolls on social media.

02:58

Ecuador Bows to US and IMF, Entering New Neoliberal Era The Anti-Media

The warmth displayed by authorities over the past month to visiting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the IMF, respectively, further proves that Ecuador is melting back into the arms of international financial interests. (MPN Op-ed)  Ecuadors passionate re-embrace of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) offers one of the clearest and most dramatic signs that the countrys []

02:51

Trump is just the tool. Were the ones who betrayed America. Freethought Blogs

Trump is a bad man, corrupt and immoral. But putting the focus solely on his action in Finland is misleading. Russian meddling might have given him a slight boost in the last election, but reallylots of Americans voted for him. The Republican party is supporting him. All the howling aimed at one man is a distraction from the long term problem.

Why were Americans susceptible to Russian propaganda? Why do they vote for a criminal political party? Because for decades weve been demolishing our infrastructure, undermining unions, allowing big money to corrupt the political process, setting our standards for news media low, fostering greater income inequality, allowing racism and misogyny to run amuck, wrecking the educational system, and investing in the military rather than our people. It should be no surprise that people distrust and are resentful of The System, and are willing to endorse radicals who offer nothing but the promise to tear it all down and agree with the worst of our impulses.

Imagine a fantasy resolution: the Trump regime is thrown down, all of his appointees are thrown out and imprisoned, and the man himself is shipped off to the Hague and locked away for the rest of his life (thats fantasy, its not going to happen). What next? What will change to prevent the next demagogue from taking over? What about the thousands of Republican party apparatchiks and the tens of millions of citizens who voted for them? We dont need one guy stopped, we need the system changed.

02:50

Why The Russians Are The Baddies Again The Federalist

The dominant mood of Donald Trumps presidency, for those of us who care about the key causes of freedom and small government, is one of overhanging existential dread. Every so often, just when we begin to think Trump is tolerable, that well get some good things out of thisderegulation at the Environmental Protection Agency, or a more reliable conservative majority on the Supreme CourtTrump goes out and does something that is simply inexcusable for an American president.

Last summer, it was calling Nazis very fine people. This summer, its holding a press conference with Vladimir Putin where Trump flipped his foreign policy from America First to Blame America First.

It started, naturally enough, with that national blight, Twitter. On the morning of his summit with Putin, Trump tweeted, Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt! This retweet from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it all.

This is recognizable as a resurrection, from the Right, of the Lefts Cold War pastime of blame America first, in which anything that went wrong in the world, any tension between a free country and a brutal and aggressive dictatorship, was always Americas fault.

This wasnt just Trump shooting his mouth off one time. Its a point he repeated at the disastrous press conference following the meeting. Trump reiterated that the root of our problems with Russia is that the United States has been foolish. He even went so far as to throw his own director of national intelligence under the bus.

Asked about Russias role in hacking Democratic Party e-mails to interfere in the 2016 election, Trump replied, My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me a...

02:42

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Special Ops: 133 Countries Down, 17 to Go? OpEdNews

Early last month, at a tiny military post near the tumbledown town of Jamaame in Somalia, small arms fire began to ring out as mortar shells crashed down. When the attack was over, one Somali soldier had been wounded -- and had that been the extent of the casualties, you undoubtedly would never have heard about it.

02:34

Jacks Walk Freethought Blogs

We had a good rain last night and when it was over the humidity and high temps were gone. We slept with the windows open and this morning greeted us with a cloudless blue sky and a lovely breeze. Its definitely an outside kind of day. I hope it is for you too.

Pittock Lake, voyager, all rights reserved

02:33

New Kentucky Law Puts Limits on Drone Spying, Will Help Thwart Federal Surveillance Program Activist Post

By Michael Maharrey On Saturday, a Kentucky law went into effect requiring police to get a warrant before engaging in drone surveillance in most situations....

02:25

As Bezos Becomes Richest Man in Recorded History, Amazon Workers Go on Strike The Anti-Media

Amazon Jeff BezosThe message is clearwhile the online giant gets rich, it is saving money on the health of its workers. (CD)  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has just become the richest man in recorded historysurpassing $150 billion in net worththanks to his business model of subjecting employees to low wages, brutal working conditions, and scant benefits, and on Tuesday []

02:20

Deranged Media Claim Red-Haired White House Staffer Is A Russian Spy The Federalist

In the wake of Donald Trumps press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, members of the media mistook a Trump administration staffer for a Russian spy.

Emily Singer, a senior political reporter for Mic, tweeted out a photo from inside the White House and claimed that Maria Butina, who was charged Monday for conspiring against the U.S. as a secret Russian agent, was among a gaggle of staffers inside the Oval Office. She later realized her mistake and deleted the tweet, but only after it went viral.

Tuesday morning, BuzzFeed News cleared up the confusion by clarifying that the red-headed woman mistaken for a Russian spy was likely an National Security Council staffer, per a source from within the NSC.

Breaking news: not all redheads are the same person.

02:19

Julian Lin is Mrs. Secretary-General to supporters in Taiwan Civil Government OpEdNews

Who is Julian Lin? A fraudster or revolutionary or both? This Taiwwanese crime story is ignored by US media.

02:15

Obama Administration Allowed Violent Criminals, Drug Smugglers and Human Traffickers Along With Unaccompanied Alien Children Into The USA Per 224-Page HHS Report Activist Post

Op-Ed by Catherine J. Frompovich Can it be true?  The beloved Obama administration screwed up royally regarding drug smugglers, human traffickers, violent criminals and unaccompanied...

02:14

Trump-Putin Meeting: Public sentiment and social media analytics over 24 hours Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

President Donald Trumps meeting with Russian president, Vladimir Putin and his failure to condemn Russian meddling in the US election has generated significant sentiment on social media - with 8.1 million mentions in the past 24-hours with public sentiment registering 54% negative and only 8% positive.

02:14

Politics, professional sports, and racism Freethought Blogs

The put-down of shut up and play and stick to sports has been used to try and silence athletes, especially black ones, who have taken stands against police brutality and other forms of injustice. In his excellent book The Heritage about black athletes and politics that I reviewed earlier, Howard Bryant writes about how this has always been the case against any black athletes who dared to take a political stand that was not submissive to white power.

In 1949, Paul Robeson gave a blistering denunciation of American racism and called out patriotism for the sham it is.

In the spring of 1949, Paul Robeson, radical, anti-capitalist, PanAfrican, gave a speech at the Paris Peace Conference and dropped a bombshell that in many ways would change American history. If the United States were drawn into a war with the Soviet Union, he said, American blacks should not fight. Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you, they will never fight against either the Soviet Union or the peoples democracies. (p.34)

That speech led to Robeson being stripped of his passport in 1950, greatly harming the international performing career he had created for himself after his playing days ended. He was also hauled up before the infamous House Un-American Committee in 1956. Bryant describes what happened at that hearing,

It was Robesons commitment to black people, both in the United States and around the world, combined with his popularity in Russia and his belief in anti-capitalist economic systems that drew the suspicion of the committee.

The reason I am here today, you know, from the mouth of the State Department itself is: I should not be allowed to travel because I have struggled for years for the independence of the colonial peoples of Africa, he told the committee. I stand here struggling for the rights of my people to be full citizens in this country, and they are not. They are not in Mississippi. And they are not in Montgomery, Alabama. And they are not in Washington. They are nowhere, and that is why I am here today.

The committee asked if he was Communist. Robeson invoked his Fifth Amendment rights six times.

Robeson addressed the committee with the recklessness of the condemned. He was, as the kids like to say today, out of fucks to give. He laughed at them, these nine white men who had already made up their minds that he was the enemy of the state. They told him his appearance was not a laughing matter. It is a laughing matter to me, Robeson said. This is complete nonsense....

02:09

First Republican Joins Effort To Reverse FCC On Net Neutrality Repeal PopularResistance.Org

Today, Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) announced that he will become the first GOP member of the House of Representatives to sign a discharge petition in an attempt to force a vote on the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to reverse the FCCs unpopular repeal of net neutrality. With polls showing that Republican voters overwhelmingly want their lawmakers to support the CRA, the move could unleash a landslide of GOP support for the resolution to restore strong protections while Congress debates any potential future legislation.

02:07

Measles Vaccine Kills Two Samoan 1 Year Old Babies~No Vaccine Reports for 30 years! Health and Human Services Negligence OpEdNews

My deepest condolences to the parents of these two children. The investigation is absolutely worth following, no matter how embarrassing and how incriminating they will turn out to be. What a mess vaccinations have caused, and Robert Kennedy Jr.'s lawsuit reveals that Health and Human Services have not filed a single report with Congress over the past 30 years, as required by law!

02:06

Judge Kavaugh is Partisan Republican and Should Not Be Confirmed OpEdNews

The case against confirming Judge Kavanaugh. He is a biased, ultra-loyal loyal Republican with no fundamental sense of justice.

02:04

Richard Dawkins continues to be an embarrassment Freethought Blogs

Yes asshole, obviously it is indeed your cultural upbringing. Or at least the bigoted cultural aspects youve consumed and, at times, vomit into the ether.

The comparison itself is disingenuous as fuck. Church bells are far more analogous to the Islamic call to prayer than someone saying something in an aggressive manner. I suppose he could actually be referring to that, but it really doesnt matter the point of the tweet was to trigger the snowflakes and do a little Islam bashing.

Maybe its the more open-minded portions of my cultural upbringing talking, but I very much enjoyed the Adhan when I heard it in Turkey and Egypt. Or, maybe Im just a sniveling SJW thats too much of a coward to denigrate Islam and embrace my superior Judeo-Christian heritage.

Whatever, fuck Richard Dawkins.

 

02:03

The Lefts Outrage Over Trump-Putin Diplomacy Shows Brainwashing Power of 2-Party System The Free Thought Project

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To the new left and the neocons, war is the only answer and if you attempt to prevent it through diplomacy, you are committing treason.

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02:02

Has Mueller Caught The Hackers? PopularResistance.Org

AARON MATE: Its The Real News, Im Aaron Mate. For the first time, special counsel Robert Mueller has issued an indictment directly related to Russiagates underlying crime, the theft of Democratic Party e-mails. On Friday, Mueller charged twelve officials with the GRU, Russias main foreign intelligence agency. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein unveiled the indictment. ROD ROSENSTEIN: The indictment charges twelve Russian military officers by name for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. Eleven of the defendants are charged with conspiring to hack into computers, steal documents and release those documents with the intent to interfere in the election. One of those defendants and a twelfth Russian military officer are charged with conspiring to infiltrate computers of organizations involved in administering elections.

01:59

Well, that makes a mess of my day Freethought Blogs

Hey! Today is the day I pick up my wife from the airport! Its only been 6 weeks apart. Shes probably mostly distraught about having to leave her grandchild forme.

But then, as I was packing up to leave, she informs me that her flight has been delayed about 2 hours, she had to rebook her connecting flight, and shes getting in 5 hours later than expected. Im ready and eager to set off to the Twin Cities, but I guess not. Think Ill go clean the cat box again.

01:56

Jeff Sessions' Authority Defense for Cruelty of 'Just Following Orders' Has a Grim History OpEdNews

The Trump administration's cruelty to asylum seekers and their children has been rationalized by Attorney General Jeff Sessions with the "authority defense" based on his cherry-picking of a few sentences out of context from Romans 13 in the Bible.The teachings of Jesus put this rationalization to shame.

01:55

Journalist For The Nation Forcibly Removed From Trump-Putin Conference PopularResistance.Org

According to CNN, Husseini was initially removed from the event, but was allowed back in to get his belongings. Russian authorities reportedly called his sign a malicious item, citing it as a reason for removal. Youre grabbing me for what? I am telling you what I am doing. I am being totally open, Husseini said as he was taken away. He also reportedly said, I want to ask about nuclear weapons, before being led out. The Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty is the first legally binding international agreement to ban nuclear weapons, with the ultimate goal of total elimination. Neither Russia nor the U.S. is a party to the treaty.

01:54

Updates Virtual Mirage

Some of you have asked, "LL do you have a life?" The answer is that no, I do not. While I'm waiting for things to happen as I am at the moment, I sometimes chop these things out because I have a few readers who are interested. I was on the phone from 5:00 am this morning (8 on the East Coast) trying to get some people to move. As of this moment, I've been assured that things are happening, but I have yet to get a detailed report. Unfortunately I can't clone myself 1000 times and be everywhere at once.

Now for the updates

North Korea Update

Kim visited the northeast on an inspection trip. On 16 July, North Korea media published accounts of Chairman Kim Jong Uns inspection visit to eight facilities in North Hamgyong Province, whose capital is Chongjin.

The facilities included the Chongjin shipyard, a large greenhouse project for growing vegetables, a machine tool factory, a salmon fish farm, a hotel, a power plant and hydroelectric dam and a holiday camp. Most of the visits were morale boosters, with lots of encouragement to work harder for the people. He boarded a patrol boat built at the shipyard and went for a brief cruise. At four locations he was critical of provincial or facility management.

At the Orangchon Power Station, Kim said that it has been under construction for 17 years but is still only 70% complete. He reprimanded the leading officials of the Cabinet for leaving the project to the province only and not paying attention. He also inspected the dam that will serve the hydroelectric power station.

At the Yonmunjin Hotel, he noted that the hotel has been under construction since 2011 and was associated with his father, Kim Chong-il. Kim Jong Un described the location as ideal for use by the people with clean sea waters and a good white sandy shore.

The exterior of the structure is finished, but the interior is not. The Supreme Leader referred to the fact that the plastering of the inside of the hotel has not yet been finishe...

01:48

Blake Morris: The Man Who Could Take Down Simcha Felder OpEdNews

An interview with Blake Morris, who is challenging State Sen. Simcha Felder for a seat in Albany.

01:44

"Lost too was some of Americas most sensitive electronic intelligence equipment, because the liberty was a spy ship." OpEdNews

"Dead in the water" - The Sinking of the USS Liberty. "If it was an accident, it was the best planned accident I've ever heard of" - USS Liberty survivor

01:44

Israeli Minister: Jets Should Drop Bombs Over Heads of Gaza Children Flying Kites The Anti-Media

(MEMO)  Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett has insisted that Israeli warplanes should drop bombs over the heads of Palestinian children flying kites into Israel, Ynet Net News reported. During the meeting of the Israeli Security Cabinet on Sunday, which convened to discuss the latest Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip, Bennett said: Why not shoot anyone who []

01:36

Have Mueller and Rosenstein Finally Gone Too Far? OpEdNews

House Republicans, already incensed with Rosenstein over his attempts to stonewall their probe into the Democratic Party's use of the FBI as a proprietary political hit squad, are planning a renewed effort to impeach him. If he goes down, Mueller likely does as well. And at this point, it would take a heck of an actor to argue with a straight face that the effort is unjustified.

01:31

Lawsuit arising from Bill Mahers use of the N-word moves forward Intellihub

A lawsuit filed in March is moving forward after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that Shonitria Anthony, who is suing the L.A.-based news site ATTN and its top executives, is likely to prevail on her discrimination and retaliation claims, The Hollywood Reporters THR-Esq. reports.

Anthony is alleging she was fired from her job as an editor with ATTN after she took actions in response to Bill Mahers use of the N-word on his HBO series. The report notes that Maher is an investor in ATTN along with Apple Music, Jimmy Iovine and Ryan Seacrest.

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01:27

Stop-and-Frisk Settlement In Milwaukee Lawsuit Is A Wakeup Call For Police Nationwide PopularResistance.Org

In a banner day for police reform, the city of Milwaukee has entered into a settlement agreement to end practices amounting to a decade-long stop-and-frisk program that resulted in hundreds of thousands of baseless stops as well as racial and ethnic profiling of Black and Latino people citywide. The agreement provides a roadmap for how the Milwaukee Police Department and Fire and Police Commission must reform to protect the constitutional rights of the people they serve. The reforms are local, but the implications are national. This settlement sends a signal to police departments across the country about how to remedy stop-and-frisk practices that wrongfully criminalize people of color. The reforms in Milwaukee are the result of the settlement of Collins v. City of Milwaukee, a 2017 lawsuit brought by the ACLU and the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP on behalf of Black and Latino people, including a military veteran, a grandmother, students, and a state legislator.

01:26

Worlds Oldest Bread Discovered at Prehistoric Site in Middle East The Anti-Media

Oldest Bread(MEE)  Charred remains of a flatbread baked about 14,500 years ago in a stone fireplace at a site in northeastern Jordan have given researchers a delectable surprise: people began making bread, a vital staple food, millennia before they developed agriculture. The discovery detailed on Monday shows that hunter-gatherers in the Eastern Mediterranean achieved the cultural milestone []

01:22

U.S. government plutonium stolen out of truck never recovered: Report Intellihub

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (INTELLIHUB) Its not the first time that U.S. plutonium has gone missing but more than a year later the radioactive material which can be used to make a dirty bomb has not been recovered, according to a new report.

The plutonium went missing in March of 2017 after it was stolen out of a Idaho National Laboratory-owned truck that was parked at a Marriott hotel off of Highway 410.

From the Idaho Statesman:

No public announcement of the March 21 incident has been made by either the San Antonio police or by the FBI, which the police consulted by telephone. When asked, officials declined to say exactly how much plutonium and cesium were missing. But Idaho lab spokeswoman Sarah Neumann said the plutonium in particular wasnt enough to be fashioned into a nuclear bomb.

It is nonetheless now part of a much larger amount of plutonium that over the years has gone quietly missing from stockpiles owned by the U.S. military, often without any public notice.

Unlike civilian stocks, which are closely monitored by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and openly regulated with reports of thefts or disappearances sent to an international agency in Vienna military stocks tended by the Department of Energy are much less transparent.

Inside job?

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01:14

The Real Driver of Health Care Spending PopularResistance.Org

THE HEALTH CARE DEBATES that occurred in Washington over the past year were largely irrelevant to whats happening in the health care marketplace. Republicans couldnt repeal the Affordable Care Act but they made some changes that weakened it. Those changes will increase insurance premiums in the individual market but they do nothing to address the most significant trends that are evolving across the system. To understand the important trends, one must look elsewhere. In March, three researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health published a study in JAMA analyzing the well-known reality that the United States spends dramatically more on health care than other wealthy countries. They compared the US, where health care consumes 17.8 per cent of gross domestic product, to 10 comparable nations where the mean expenditure is 11.5 percent.

01:00

A Sweet New Century For Americas Most Privileged PopularResistance.Org

The United States ended the 20th century on a roll for the rich. Between 1973 and 2000, the nations most prosperous 1 percent tripled their incomes, after taking inflation into account. The even more prosperous top tenth of that 1 percent did quite a bit better. Their incomes more than quintupled between 1973 and 2000, rising an amazing 414.6 percent. And what about Americans of less exalted means, those stuck in the nations bottom 90 percent? Between 1973 and 2000, their incomes rose all of . . . 2.6 percent. Something, in other words, went horribly wrong over the last quarter of the 20th century. And what has happened so far in century 21? Our decision makers in Washington have done their best to make things even worse.

00:54

US Media is Losing Its Mind Over Trump-Putin Press Conference OpEdNews

The media's mania over Trump's Helsinki performance and the so-called Russia-gate scandal reached new depths on Monday, says Joe Lauria.

00:49

'We will be waiting': Tribes remain opposed to Keystone XL Pipeline Indianz.Com News

Construction-related activities show the Keystone XL Pipeline is closer to becoming a reality despite opposition in Indian Country.

00:44

Insanity: Lawsuits claim MGM has no liability to Las Vegas shooting victims Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Admittedly, hotel staffers dragged a dozen or more weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition to a room overlooking a well established soft-target event.

00:37

EMERGENCY: Big techs plot to kill free speech revealed Intellihub

The biggest and yet least talked about issue facing conservatives and Trump supporters heading into the mid-terms and the 2020 presidential elections is social media censorship and big techs efforts to rig elections by manipulating their algorithms.

In association with Mike Adams, Infowars has published a detailed master compendium on censorship that will serve as a roadmap for lawmakers and for President Trump as we begin the fight to return the battleground of ideas to a level playing field.

The original document is embedded below and should be read in full. What follows below is a brief summary of the major talking points of this document.

Slaves to the algorithm

Algorithms are the most pernicious form of censorship because the target cannot conclusively prove they are being censored yet experience the impact of censorship anyway.

As Robert Epstein has documented, Googles search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or moreup to 80 percent in some demographic groupswith virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated.

Epstein asserts that Google has the power to flip over 25% of elections worldwide and that The search giants algorithms are manipulating people every minute of every day.

By favoring certain search results over others, Epstein and his team discovered that Google could, boost the proportion of people who favored any candidate by between 37 and 63 percent after just one search session.

More alarmingly, we also demonstrated this shift with real voters during an actual electoral campaignin an experiment conducted with more than 2,000 eligible, undecided voters throughout India during the 2014 Lok Sabha election therethe largest democratic election in history, with more than 800 million eligible voters and 480 million votes ultimately cast. Even here, with real voters who were highly familiar with the candidates and who were being bombarded with campaign rhetoric every day, we showed that...

00:27

CIA Al-Qaeda Operations Center in Irans Backyard Exposed Newsbud

In this edition of Probable Cause, Newsbuds Founder & Editor Sibel Edmonds exposes covert operations being conducted against Iran, in addition to several important stories which document the multi-faceted attempts to destabilize the nation.  See the full episode exclusively at Newsbud.com or you can watch it now at Newsbud Vimeo on demand. *Follow us here at Newsbud []

00:26

Reporter Patricia Callahan to Cover Business for ProPublica Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

ProPublica announced today that Patricia Callahan will join its staff as a senior reporter covering business. She will start on Aug. 31.

Callahan joins ProPublica from the Chicago Tribune, where she has been on the investigative team since 2004. There she launched Hidden Hazards: Kids at Risk, a series showing that federal safety regulators repeatedly failed to protect children from dangerous products. This work prompted the recall of more than 1 million baby products and spurred Congress to pass the broadest reform of consumer-product safety laws in a generation. The series won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

In 2012, Callahan and colleagues showed that harmful chemicals used as flame retardants on furniture were migrating into peoples bodies while providing no meaningful protection from fires. The series led to the repeal of the legislation responsible for the chemicals use. It won the Goldsmith Prize and was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Callahan and a colleague were also Pulitzer finalists for a series exposing how Illinois officials steered low-income adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities into privately run group homes where caregivers severely neglected patients, while regulators hid harm and even deaths.

Before the Tribune, Callahan worked at the Wall Street Journal, where she covered the food, pharmaceutical and publishing industries, and the Denver Post, where she was part of the team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting for coverage of the Columbine High School shootings.

With a body of work that reflects compassion and a deep concern for how business and finance affect everyday people, Patricia has truly distinguished herself, said ProPublica managing editor Robin Fields. Were excited to bring her talents to ProPublica as we expand our business coverage. 

This is a critical time to be reporting about business and the dismantling of regulations that impact every aspect of American life, said Callahan. Im thrilled to join such an innovative group of investigative journalists.

00:24

Spreading the Alt-Right Message WhoWhatWhy

How Kushner Runs Real Estate (Russ)

Considering a move to New York City? This article will make you think first before deciding to live in a building managed by President Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner.

More Recycling Wont Solve Plastic Pollution (Jimmy)

The author writes, The only thing worse than being lied to is not knowing youre being lied to. Its true that plastic pollution is a huge problem, of planetary proportions. And its true we could all do more to reduce our plastic footprint. The lie is that blame for the plastic problem is wasteful consumers and that changing our individual habits will fix it.

A Spirited, Substantive Debate on the Trump-Putin Summit, Russia, and US Politics (Reader Luke)

Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald and Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, debate the Trump-Putin summit and more.

Putins Offer to Mueller (Dan)

During the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, the Russian president offered a deal to Robert Muellers Russia probe: let Russian law enforcement investigate Bill Browder, and you can come to Russia and investigate collusion allegations.

Influential Judge, Loyal Friend, Conservative Warrior and DC Insider (Jimmy)

The authors write, Brett Kavanaugh, should he be confirmed, will cement a solid pro-business majority on the nations highest court, advancing Mr. Trumps aim of dismantling the regulatory state, liberating industry from what he sees as burdensome rules. With critical battles over the environment and consumer protection headed for the courts, his ascent would likely achieve for industry incompar...

00:23

Lets Design A World Beyond War PopularResistance.Org

Is a world beyond the barbaric practice of war only a romantic dream? In reaction to the horrors of WWI (the war to end all wars), most of the nations of the world, including Germany and Japan, did sign a treaty in 1928 agreeing to outlaw war. When signed and ratified, the Kellogg-Briand Pact became international law. Although obviously ignored,that law is still on the books internationally and in the US, the major instigator of the pact, along with France. That law has been largely forgotten, and we are enduring endless war, with no positive outcomes in sight. Trumps generals, McMaster and Mattis, wrote a National Defense Strategy that all but declares a new Cold War on Russia and China, and John Bolton as National Security Adviser will seek to address perceived threats by force of arms.

00:21

Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Remote-access software and modems on election equipment 'is the worst decision for security short of leaving ballot boxes on a Moscow street corner.'

00:20

A New Low: MGM Files Lawsuit Against Over 1,000 Las Vegas Shooting Victims The Free Thought Project

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In response to attempts to hold MGM Resorts International liable for the Las Vegas shooting, the company has filed a lawsuit against more than 1,000 victims

The post A New Low: MGM Files Lawsuit Against Over 1,000 Las Vegas Shooting Victims appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

00:12

Navajo Nation offered up to $525 million in cash for gun company Indianz.Com News

The Navajo Nation offered to pay up to $525 million in cash for the Remington gun company but the offer was rejected.

00:09

20-Foot-Tall Trump Baby Blimp Coming Home to America The Anti-Media

Trump Baby Blimp(CD)  After its triumphant tour over hundreds of thousands of U.K protesters and their bloody brilliant signs, the Baby Trump blimp scowling face, yuge diaper, teeny hands clutching toxic phone and all is coming to New Jersey to torment the noxious baby himself at his Bedminster golf club, where Trump often weekends on, lest we forget, your and my dime. []

00:06

British And Ecuadorian Authorities In Talks To Evict Julian Assange From London Embassy PopularResistance.Org

The London-based Times newspaper reported yesterday that the British and Ecuadorian governments have been holding secret discussions on plans to evict WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange from Ecuadors London embassy, where he sought political asylum six years ago. The article said the talks are an attempt to remove Assange from the embassy and are being conducted at the highest levels of government, with British Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan personally involved. The report is the latest public indication of a conspiracy, involving the British, US and Ecuadorian governments, to terminate Assanges political asylum, in violation of international law, and force him into UK custody. The major powers are determined to prosecute the WikiLeaks editor for his organisations role in exposing US-led war crimes and diplomatic intrigues around the world.

Tuesday, 17 July

23:58

Lenape Tribe seeks to reclaim site of historic school in Delaware Indianz.Com News

The Lenape Indian Tribe owns just a half-acre of its homelands in present-day Delaware.

23:56

Secret Helsinki: Pact Against Iran Penned at Trump/Putin Confab Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

A new war is coming, Iran is the immediate target, and Russia is warned to "stand aside", though we all know Russia will be next. Was Putin "owned" at Helsinki?

23:56

Survival Of The Richest PopularResistance.Org

Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. It was by far the largest fee I had ever been offered for a talk about half my annual professors salary all to deliver some insight on the subject of the future of technology. Ive never liked talking about the future. The Q&A sessions always end up more like parlor games, where Im asked to opine on the latest technology buzzwords as if they were ticker symbols for potential investments: blockchain, 3D printing, CRISPR. The audiences are rarely interested in learning about these technologies or their potential impacts beyond the binary choice of whether or not to invest in them. But money talks, so I took the gig.

23:49

Native Sun News Today: County looks at fugitives in Indian Country Indianz.Com News

Authorities in South Dakota say 22 percent of active felony warrants are for fugitives on four reservations.

23:48

Walmart Hopes To Track Employees Every Move With New Checkstand Surveillance Tech PopularResistance.Org

Walmarts move is just the latest in the rolling-out of surveillance technology across workplaces in the United States, which merges the use of technology for generating metrics with spying technology that further creeps into the lives of already hard-pressed, cash-strapped workers. Big-box retailing behemoth Walmart, which employs one of the United States largest workforces, has never been known for being a friendly corporation to employees. With its anti-worker environment, hard-nosed opposition to unions, and reputation for destroying small business in markets it grows to dominate, the company has become synonymous with the heartless, calculating reputation of corporate culture and its total disregard for peoples dignity.

23:45

All Hell Is Breaking Loose in US Media Over Trump-Putin Press Conference The Anti-Media

Trump-Putin Press ConferenceThe medias mania over Trumps Helsinki performance and the so-called Russia-gate scandal reached new depths on Monday. (CN)  The reaction of the U.S. establishment media and several political leaders to President Donald Trumps press conference after his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday has been stunning. Writing in The Atlantic, James Fallows said: There are []

23:41

Syrian War Report July 17, 2018: Militants Are On Full Retreat In Southern Syria Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have liberated the settlements of Al-Harra, Nimer, Umm al-Awsaj and the hills of Harra and Ahmar as well as some other points in the area north of Daraa city in southern Syria from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

23:32

Mandalay Bay owners sue 1 October shooting victims. No liability for air assault via helicopter? Intellihub

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) If you are a reader then you know that it is well documented that most likely there were no shots were fired from the alleged 1 October shooter Stephen Paddocks 32nd-floor hotel room nor were the windows broken at the time of the shooting or at the time of the breach because its likely that a good portion of the attack was carried out from the air via helicopter. (i.e. the attack was primarily an air assault with multiple ground-based shooters) And dont forget the body found in room 32-135 was likely not Paddocks.

With that being said, it stands to reason that Mandalay Bay owners have filed a new lawsuit against the victims claiming that they have no liability which may be true. Is Mandalay Bay really capable of defending against a helicopter gunship attack? If so, that would mean the hotel would have to have anti-aircraft weaponry mounted on the buildings roof and exterior and employ trained mercs to operate it. How does having anti-aircraft weaponry mounted to private buildings in a major American city make sense?

The new lawsuit argues that plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to defendants

Not to mention, Federal Aviation Administration Freedom of Information Act Requests for radar and helicopter data from the night of 1 October were denied due to the fact that the FBI is currently investigating radar and helicopter activity in and around the venue, as reported by Intellihub in the bombshell article titled FAA FOIA request for 1 October helicopter flight radar data denied as federal cover-up of potential belt-fed gunship attack continues which shows that not only are helicopters being investigated but the investigation is being covered up altogether.

As Intellihub reported on Monday:

On June 5, 2018, the FAA replied to the requester: The information you requested is part of a Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal law enforcement matter. Premature release of the records related to these events could hinder law enforcement investigations...

23:12

The War Is On To Stop The Extradition Of Julian Assange Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may soon face eviction from the London embassy that has sheltered him for the last six years any day now according...

23:01

Less Than Zero Tolerance The Marshall Project

After Parkland, Sante Fe shootings, policies meant to protect schools may lead to some misguided arrests

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22:30

Cop Charged After Video Shows Him Execute Unarmed Mother by Shooting Her in the Head The Free Thought Project

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A California police officer has been charged with manslaughter after he was caught on video executing an unarmed mother, shooting her in the head.

The post Cop Charged After Video Shows Him Execute Unarmed Mother by Shooting Her in the Head appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

22:28

Daily Inspiration; Journalism has never been about truth OpEdNews

Do you think we're going to make our public believe anything simply because it's true? They know perfectly well what they are going to believe -- you bet your hat. I don't care if the whole damned beach was littered with mermaids! We've got our reputation to keep up. Look here!--you haven't learned journalism as I hoped you'd do. Stuff that the public won't believe aren't facts. Being true only makes it worse.

21:59

AI and the future of medical treatment Jon Rappoport's Blog

by Jon Rappoport

July 17, 2018

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Oh Doctor, whats ailing me? Can I get a diagnosis? Whats that? AI [artificial intelligence] is handling it now? You mean I just go online and see the results of my tests and read the diagnosis and pick up my drugs outside my front door? Wow. Very nice.

Really? Is it very nice?

As AI creeps and crawls into the realm of medical diagnosis and treatment, and as it spreads under the banner of more precise care for the patient, remember that AI embeds false data more firmly than any human doctor can. Once its in there, how do you get rid of it?

Im sorry, sir. There is no human to speak with. All our data are produced by algorithms

For example, suppose the flu you have isnt the flu? Suppose its something else? AI would still diagnose you with flu, based on your profile of symptoms, and you could be prescribed a toxic antiviral drug you dont need, and also put on a warning list of people whose flu shot isnt up to date.

Dr. Peter Doshi, writing in the online BMJ (British Medical Journal), reveals a monstrosity.

As Doshi states, every year hundreds of thousands of respiratory samples are taken from flu patients in the US and tested in labs. Here is the kicker: only a small percentage of these samples show the presence of a flu virus.

This means: most of the people in America who are diagnosed by doctors with the flu have no flu virus in their bodies.

So they dont have the flu.

Therefore, even if you assume the flu vaccine is useful and safe, it couldnt possibly prevent all those flu cases that arent flu cases.

The vaccine couldnt possibly work.

Heres the exact quote from Peter Doshis BMJ review, Influenza: marketing vaccines by marketing disease (BMJ 2013; 346:f3037):

even the ideal influenza vaccine, matched perfectly to circulating strains of wild influenza and capable of stopping all influenza viruses, can only deal with a small part of the flu problem because most flu appears to have nothing to do with influenza. Every year, hundreds of thousands of respiratory specimens are tested across the US. Of those tested, on average 16% are found to be influenza positive.

Its no wonder so many people feel that flu shots dont work: for most flus, they cant.

Because most diagnosed cases of the flu arent the flu.

BUT DO YOU THINK AI IS GOING TO FOLD THESE REVELATIONS INTO ITS DATA BANK ON FLU? DO YOU THINK THIS MAJOR INSIGHTWHICH BLASTS THE WHOLE FLU PROPAGANDA SHIP OUT OF THE WATERIS GOING TO ALTER THE AI PROGRAM ON FLU DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT?

Of course not....

21:59

Months Before His Death, Anthony Bourdain Blasted Rapey Bill Clinton, Exposed Hillarys Complicity The Free Thought Project

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Months before he died, Anthony Bourdain blew the lid off the Clinton sex scandal and noted how Hillary helped Bill smear and degrade the victims.

The post Months Before His Death, Anthony Bourdain Blasted Rapey Bill Clinton, Exposed Hillarys Complicity appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

21:52

Quapaw Tribe heads to polls as chairman challenged by failed Trump nominee Indianz.Com News

The chairman of the Quapaw Tribe is up for re-election and his opponent is an unlikely one.

21:48

Wild Conspiracy Theories Only Obscure Trumps Blunder On Russia The Federalist

Much of the media coverage of President Trumps meeting and subsequent press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday has focused on Trump brushing off a question about whether Russian agents meddled in Americas 2016 election.

Heres the clip thats sucked up all the oxygen in the room.

Instead of pointing out the obvious that Trump missed a chance to put America first and, rather than speak truth to power, punted in an effort to shore up relations with Putin throughout ongoing negotiations his opponents are choosing to voice the stupidest criticism ever. Some are calling his press conference high treason, while others insist it is proof that Trump colluded with Russian officials to steal the election from Hilary.

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21:45

Despite Botched Summit with Putin, Trumps Policies Are Still Pressuring Russia The Federalist

On Monday, President Donald Trump managed to make a bad situation much, much worse. In a press conference held after his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump strongly implied he agreed with Putins assessment that the Russians did not meddle in the 2016 U.S. elections, even though U.S. intelligence has concluded that they did. Despite Trumps spectacular bungling of this diplomatic moment with Putin, the Trump administration is still pushing back hard against Moscow.

The optics going into the summit were already terrible. The U.S. foreign policy establishment, along with national security junkies and armchair quarterbacks, had been waiting with bated breath to see what would happen today when the two men met behind closed doors. The meeting was announced a couple of weeks ago to the surprise and feigned horror of many. For some, Trumps decision to meet with Putin was further evidence of collusion between the two countries.

Thats no doubt partly why Trump agreed to the meeting. The U.S. president loves nothing so much as triggering his opponents on the Left, and this meeting certainly delivered on that promise. But no one was quite ready for the brazenness with which Trump appeared to side with Russias authoritarian leader.

At the press conference, Trump said, [U.S.] intelligence agencies think its Russia. I have President Putin he just said its not Russia. I dont see any reason why it would be. Putin, for his part, magnanimously offered to have Russian intelligence work with U.S, intelligence in investigating the alleged meddling, an offer that Trump called incredible.

The response to Trumps comments has bordered on hysterical, and for good reason. Trump made both himself and the United States look utterly foolish in front of the steely eyed Putin, who no doubt is reveling in his ability to play both the president and the U.S. media. The ensuing chaos is music to his ears.

Not unlike Trumps summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the meeting with Putin validates a regime that has violated the borders of other sovereign nations, is propping up the Assad regimes bloody war in Syria, is constantly provoking its neighbors, and has attempted to meddle in Americas elections. Russia is an adversary of the United States, plain and simple, and Trump just submissively rolled over onto his back in front of the entire world.

But is this proof that Trump is in Putins pocket? That hes beholden to Russia? That the United States has been utterly infiltrated by a foreign country? No, although thats what the hysterical say. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted Monday that she continually wonders what the Russians have on T...

21:44

Pushed Hard Left By Their Base, Are Democrats Self-Destructing? The Federalist

On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that California Democratic officials overwhelmingly endorsed the long-shot primary opponent of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is seeking a fifth term in the U.S. Senate this November.

Challenging her is 51-year old Kevin de Len, a liberal Democratic state senator from Los Angeles who, reports the Journal, is the author of Californias sanctuary-state legislation, backs a single-payer health-care system and has authored a number of bills aimed at increasing renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions in the state.

In other words, the executive board of the California Democratic Party has rejected Feinstein in favor of a Bernie Sanders-style Democrat who doesnt appear to be very popular with California voters. De Len won only 12 percent of the primary vote to Feinsteins 44 percent, but thanks to Californias open primary system he will face Feinstein again in Novembers general election with the partys official backing.

The endorsement of de Len, despite Feinstein winning 70 percent of Democratic primary voters and carrying every county by double digits, is emblematic of how the Democratic Party is being pushed ever leftward by its baseelectoral consequences be damned.

The growing dominance of Sanders-esque candidates and unalloyed identity politics among the Democratic base threatens to turn what should be a successful midterm election for Democrats into an embarrassing debacle. The worst-case scenario for the Democratic Party in November is that they gain control of neither the House nor the Senate, exposing the unpopularity of left-wing identity politics among the general electorate and their own failed strategy of dominating the opposition rather than persuading it.

By All Means, Democrats, Run On Socialism

A perfect example of the limited appeal of self-styled socialist Democrats is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old political novice whose upset win last month in the New York Democratic primary for the Fourteenth Congressional District catapulted her to national fame.

Among other things, Ocasio-Cortezs victory got her a David Remnick-penned profile in The New Yorker, the subhead of which teases, will her democratic-socialist identity push the Party to the left? Well, yes. But really its the wrong question to ask, since the partys leftward lurch in recent years is what enabled someone with Ocasio-Cortezs democratic-socialist identity to win a primary against Democratic Caucus Chair Joseph Crowley in the first place.

Ocasio-Cortez, like de Len, more or less parrots Sanders talking points and policy prescriptions down to the letter. In a campa...

21:43

Why Dont The Washington Post And New York Times Have A Single Pro-Trump Columnist? The Federalist

President Trump is absolutely correct that the news media is against him. There is simply no way to objectively look at how the vast majority of the press reports about him and not reach that conclusion. But hes wrong to think this bias is the result of some animosity against him personally.

Lest we doubt that the press uniquely treats Trump badly, lets look at the opinion pages of the nations two leading newspapers. Neither The New York Times nor the Washington Post have a single columnist on staff who actively approves of the sitting president. This is an unprecedented and even bizarre state of affairs. Never before in modern American history have the two papers of record failed to employ even one opinion writer who unequivocally supports the president.

Now, this is not to suggest that either of these esteemed institutions are failing, fake news outlets. In fact, it may not be a problem at all. Trump is so strange and unlikely a commander in chief that it would be odd if many journalists were friendly to his administration. Then there is the fact that this president has made the news media, rather than an opposing political party, his number one enemy.

But insofar as this is a new and unprecedented situation, it is worth examining. How did we arrive at a situation where none of the highest-paid and most prominent opinion writers in the country have a positive opinion about the man the American people elected president? What does this disconnect say about the state of affairs in the United States?

The Power Of Never Trump

My colleague Mollie Hemingway recently noted the outsized power that Never Trump conservatives hold in the news media (comments start around the 5:40-minute mark).

Mollie is, of course, correct. Newsrooms and television studios have seemed somewhat desperate to give time and attention to those brave conservatives willing to stand athwart Trump and even suggest Republicans should vote for Democrats to stop him. Despite their bravery, however, these conservatives represent a tiny, likely diminishing, sliver of the electorate.

Now, mind you, these pundits arent particularly displeased with President Trumps policies. They like, or at least used to like, tax cuts and leaving the Iran deal and Paris accord, and they prefer (or preferred) conservative jurists and decreased regulation. Their problem with the president cuts much deeper than any of that. They think he is a bad person and a stain on the once-great office of the presidency.

Thats not an unreasonable position. There is plenty not to like about Donald Trump. It may even be a position that many people who voted for Trump share. It is not hard to imagine that many voters think Trump is a jerk and voted for him anyway. In their...

21:43

Communists Brutally Murdered Russias Last Royal Family 100 Years Ago Today The Federalist

July 17 marks the centennial of the killing of the Russian royal family. On that day a hundred years ago, the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, his wife the Tsarina Alexandra, their five children, and four retainers were ushered into a basement in the city of Yekaterinburg in the early hours of the morning. Their execution would mark a turning point in history.

The family, by all accounts pious and loving and known for personal works of charity, had suffered months of humiliation at the hands of communists who had taken over the Russian government in the wake of the Tsars forced abdication in March 1917. Walls of their prison house, which they would have passed on the way to the room of their execution, were bedecked with obscenities, and guards had enjoyed drunken sex antics in the basement where they were killed. Outside that night, trucks ran their engines to muffle the sound of gunshots.

It took 20 minutes for the inept, alcohol-impaired shooters to kill the family, as the room filled with smoke from the guns and their cries of pain. The two youngest girls and the Tsarevich survived the fusillade only to be brutally bayoneted. Meanwhile their maid, who was not initially hit, vainly tried to fight back.

When the childrens English tutor Charles Sydney Gibbes, who later became an Orthodox priest taking the name Nicholas after the Tzar, arrived soon after with White Army forces, he was told that the blood had to be swept away with brooms.

A gruesomely torturous burial followed across two days, in which corpses were placed temporarily in a water-filled mineshaft, abused and disfigured, and doused with acid and grenades. The bodies were scattered to hide the number in the group and prevent them from being recovered. Even a family dog was slain to stop its mournful barking. The killer displayed it on a bayonet outside after the murders.

Historians recently concluded the killings of the family and their retainers occurred on direct orders from Lenin the evil mastermind of modern totalitarianism, as has been documented by historian Stphane Courtois following the opening of the Soviet archives. The carnage marked the end of centuries of Christian monarchy that traced its roots back to the Byzantine Empire, across some 1,500 years, and was the end of the last such major Christian empire in the world.

In her introduction to the new English translation of The Romanovs Under House Arrest: From the 1917 Diary of a Palace Priest, historian Marilyn Pfeifer Swezy notes:

Nicholass own understanding of his role which was more religious than political. He understood that he had inherited a profound responsibility before God for the welfare of his people. In keeping with the concept of the Byzantine emperors and Old Testament kings inherited with Orthodoxy in the tenth century, the sovereign was more than a political ruler. He was the anointed of God. The power of the...

21:43

Why Its Not Racist Or Sexist For The University Of Wyoming To Champion Cowboys The Federalist

The University of Wyoming finds itself in a rare national controversy because of its new marketing slogan: The world needs more cowboys. Even though the recruiting video features a diverse student body on and off campus, some faculty members and activists complained the word cowboy is sexist and racist, because it implies only white men with guns are welcomed.

If youre not a white person and especially if youre an Indian, it would make you feel out of place, Darrell Hutchinson, cultural specialist with the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming, told Reuters. It wouldnt make you feel too good about yourself. These critics of the slogan couldnt be more wrong.

UW is my alma mater. Years ago, when I was still a new immigrant to this country, I rode the Greyhound bus for three days and three nights from upstate New York, to Laramie, Wyoming, to begin my pursuit of an MBA degree at the UW business school. It was my first cross-country trip in the U.S. and my first time in Americas west. When the bus dropped me off at the Laramie Greyhound bus station, I thought I had walked into a John Wayne western movie set: crystal clear blue sky, rugged mountains with snow caps, and miles and miles of openness.

As a female minority immigrant, my life in Laramie was a blessed one. UW has a beautiful campus and an amazingly diverse student body. In my MBA class, there were two Chinese students, three from Norway, two from Finland and four from the U.S. Two thirds of my class was made up of women. Some of us are more liberal than others. Next to the tall pine trees and inside the unique sand stone buildings, I often saw different skin colors and heard many different languages spoken.

UW is not only the place where I acquired an excellent education from many distinguished professors, its also the place I experienced many first time life experiences. This was where I bought my first car, a stick shift 1984 Ford Escort Pony. My roommate had to drive the car back to our apartment since I only knew how to drive an automatic. She gave me one lesson around the block and I was off on my own. I have to admit that the first couple of trips were rough, but I eventually got a hang of it. That is the cowboy way: someone is always there to help, but mostly you will learn to figure it out on your own.

At UW, I went to my first BBQ and learned how to grill hotdogs. I attended my first Cowboys football game and high fived with mascot Pistol Pete. The gold and brown hoodie with an emblem depicting a cowboy riding a bucking horse with hat in hand kept me warm through the harsh winter.

When it was near Christmas, two professors took several of us to th...

21:43

Texas Judge Gives Private Lawyers Power Over Federal Government In Child Detention Case The Federalist

In an unprecedented move, Cameron County, Texas state court judge Sheila Garcia Bence ordered an investigation into the federal governments custody and care of every minor illegal alien the Office of Refugee Resettlement is detaining at the Casa Padre Detention Facility in Brownsville, Texas.

Casa Padre is one of the many custodial shelters located throughout the United States that the federal government contracts with to provide housing and care for abandoned and runaway foreign minors. While the ORR attempts to find appropriate sponsors for the childrentypically relatives already living in the United Statesthe children remain in the ORRs legal custody and are housed in such shelters.

But now a state probate court judge has appointed a private attorney, Hailey A. Hobren, to serve as a court-appointed investigator to look into the conditions under which the federal government is holding the children. Judge Bence also named six Texas attorneys to serve as guardian ad litems for the children and a seventh lawyer to represent the minors as their attorney ad litem. This state court order, in effect, puts the state and private attorneys in charge of investigating the federal governments care for the unaccompanied minors and for assessing the childrens well-being.

On Friday, following the state courts guardianship order, the ORR filed a notice of removal with a federal district court, seeking to remove the case from the state court system and into the federal court system. In its notice of removal, ORR explained that Casa Padre is a custodial residence for minors operated on behalf of ORR, and that [t]he minors at Casa Padre are in federal custody. Accordingly, the ORR is responsible under federal law for their care, for consideration of their interests, and for placement decisions concerning their federal custody.

The state probate courts order interferes with the federal governments duties to care for the minors, the Department of Justice argued, and improperly requires the United States to allow third parties to demand entry into federal facilities without complying with federal rules and policies. Unlike earlier cases, in which attorneys sought access to individually identified pregnant minors who were seeking abortions, the state court order in this case named the attorneys guardians ad litem over all minors detained at Casa Padre and directed the private attorneys to assess the conditions and well-being of each child.

The filing of a removal notice divests the state court of jurisdiction over the case, meaning Hobrens state investigation into the federal contractor caring for the minors on behalf of ORR is on hold for now. But for how long is another question.

Earlier this year, after a state court appointed a guardian ad litem and attorney ad litem for an unaccompanied minor purportedly seeking an abortion, ORR attempted to remove the case, Doe v. ORR, to a fed...

21:42

Nationals Bryce Harper Wins Home Run Derby With Nine Home Runs In Ten Swings The Federalist

On Monday night, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper put the home in the Home Run Derby, winning the annual All-Star Game exhibition in his own ballpark with a thrilling come-from-behind performance in the competitions final round against Chicago Cubs first baseman Kyle Schwarber.

Schwarber hit consistently well all evening, and blasted 18 home runs in his final round. Conversely, Harper started off slow in his last plate appearance. With only four minutes to match Schwarbers total, he hit but four home runs in his first 1:42. Harpers father, who again served as his pitcher for the Derby, didnt help matters with a few errant pitchesenough that the hometown crowd, suddenly grown pensive, let out a smattering of boos.

But then, baseballs youngest-ever Most Valuable Player went on an epic hitting tear. Harper crushed nine home runs in ten swingsIll say that again: nine home runs in ten swingsin his final minute, to tie Schwarber. Harper used the bonus time awarded for the length of his bombs to hit the one homer he needed to break the tie and capture the Derby crown, 19-18.

All the while, the hometown crowd witnessing the historic spectacle rose louder and louder, reaching a crescendo at the end of that magic minute. They had cheered Harper throughout, screaming Lets go, Bryce! and gently heckling his opponents. The combination of the hometown crowdonly two other players have won the derby in their own ballparkand Harpers amazing comeback seem destined to go down in All-Star Week lore.

For the uninitiated, the Home Run Derby has its roots in a 1960 made-for-television show of the same name, in which players competed in nine-inning games to hit the most home runs. Major League Baseball revived the concept in 1985 (albeit in a slightly different form), and it proved a hit. The enthusiastic announcing of ESPNs Chris Back-Back-Back Berman, and slugging feats like Ken Griffey Junior hitting the Camden Yards warehouse in the 1993 contest, helped make the Derby a highlight of All-Star Week.

With the All-Star Game in Washington on Tuesday, the nations capital witnessed a power spectacle of the literal rather than figurative sort Monday evening. Eight hitters competed in a home run bracket featuring a series of head-to-head competitions. A change to the format in 2015 quickened the pace, and simplified the concepteach player hits as many home runs as he can in four minutes, and the one with the most homers advan...

21:42

Trump Is Only Shocking On NATO Because Hes Saying Out Loud What Everybody Already Knew The Federalist

President Trump offered serious criticism of Germany at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization breakfast in Brussels last Wednesday. Sitting across from Jens Stoltenberg, NATOs secretary general, Trump raised three serious issues, which everyone knows are true but previously considered impolite to mention.

This corruption in high-level German politics has national security implications. Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, a Social Democrat, is now a director of the board of Rosneft, the Russian state company thats the biggest oil and gas producer in Russia. Since losing power in 2005, he has been head of the board of Nord Stream then manager of Nord Stream 2, the corporations managing the constructing the Russia-Germany gas pipeline.

Both corporations are owned by Gazprom, the Russian state company that controls most of the gas in Eastern and now Central Europe. Schroeder is also the man who, as chancellor, made the Nord Stream deal with Russia in the first place, finalizing it right before the elections he lost to the current chancellor, the Christian Democrat Angela Merkel (who governs with the Social Democrats).

Germany Is Playing Footsie With Putin

Secondly, the increasing dependence of Germany on Russian gas has become Vladimir Putins favorite weapon to wage economic warfare in Eastern Europe for almost two decades now. After losing legislative elections in Germany in 2005, Schroeder simply shifted sides from being a German politician to effectively a Russian politician, since he is employed by Russian state-owned companies.

Merkel, who defeated and replaced him in 2005, has repeatedly criticized his actions, but has never backed out of the Nord Stream pipeline deal and, indeed, has weakened Germany vis-a-vis Russia on the energy issue even more than he. Merkel is responsible for dismantling Germanys nuclear power industry, which accounted for as much as fifth of total energy production in a country thats a net energy importer. Neighboring France has no qualms about nuclear energy, but Merkel has decided that indepe...

21:42

How Going To College Makes You A Worse Daycare Teacher The Federalist

Earlier this summer, Washington D.C. enacted regulation that forces all daycare personnel to have a college degree. Under the new law, daycare directors must earn bachelors degrees, and daycare teachers must earn associates degrees.

D.C. officials say this will improve the quality of care for low-income children. Better educated teachers will supposedly propel children who lack the resources of their wealthy peers to do better in school later on.

These new restrictions are suffocating small daycares whose staff cant afford to pursue a degree. Daycares that have served the D.C. area for decades are shutting their doors as a result of these new regulations.

As Ilya Shapiro noted in his story about Virginia mandating 30 hours of training for preschool volunteers, these new laws are regulatory solutions in search of a problem. However well-intentioned they may be, rules mandating degrees are harming small businesses and worsening the problem theyre trying to improve.

Teachers dont need a four-year-degree to change diapers and tie shoes. I first worked at a daycare the summer after I graduated high school. If education level translated to child care prowess, I would have matched or exceeded the skills of many of the women with whom I worked. That certainly wasnt the case. They outranked me in every area.

My coworker could change three children in the time it took me to change one. My other coworker could make even the rowdiest child take a nap. Another could capture the toddlers attention with her songs and stories while I struggled to keep them occupied with candy.

This shouldnt shock anyone. My coworkers had worked with children for upwards of two decades and had raised some of their own. No amount of schooling could give me the knowledge they had.

My time at college has not helped me be a better daycare teacher, either. In fact, Im probably a worse one as a result. Granted, my degree isnt in early childhood education. However, I would expect similar results for those pursuing that same degree. Pursuing a diploma instead of actually working in a daycare will make for a worse care giver.

At the end of that summer, I was much better with kids. Were I to go back to the daycare, more than a year after my time there, however, most of my skills would not return with me. Why? The answer is so obvious that it seems dumb to say. There are no little kids at college. All of my interactions have been with 20-something college students and 40-plus-year-old professors. The vast majority of campuses mimic my own colleges age ranges.

Although conservative p...

21:42

Bill In Congress Would Prevent DC From Imposing An Individual Mandate The Federalist

Two weeks ago, I described how provisions in a budget bill that the District of Columbia Council quietly passed would extend the reach of government-controlled health care in the nations capital. The provisions buried in that budget bill would not only reimpose the health insurance mandate penalty within the District of Columbia that Congress set to zero beginning in January, but would go further, by allowing DC authorities to place liens on, seize, and sell the property of individuals who cannot afford to pay the mandate tax.

Thankfully, my post had its intended effect in raising awareness of the issue among federal policy-makers. The office of Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) responded, introducing an amendment to appropriations legislation that the House of Representatives will consider this week.

If enacted into law, the Palmer amendment would prohibit any funds provided in the billwhich includes the District of Columbias annual budgetfrom being used to implement the new health insurance mandate. By defunding the mandate, the Palmer amendment would effectively prohibit this tax increase, to say nothing of the threat of property seizures, from affecting residents of the nations capital.

Prevents Affordable Options from Qualifying 

The Palmer amendment would also allow individuals to purchase the type of health coverage they desire without getting hit with a stealth tax bill after-the-fact. If the Districts law goes into effect in January, individuals buying the new, more affordable coverage options proposed by the Trump administration could face exactly that.

The mandate the DC Council approved (see pages 168-82 here) effectively re-imposes on the District Obamacares individual mandate as it existed last December 15the date the congressional conferees on the tax bill filed their conference report (i.e., before legislation setting the federal mandate penalty to zero was signed into law). By linking the Districts mandate to the policies and regulations in place as of last December 15, the DC mandate also prevents the new options the Trump administration is introducing from qualifying as minimum essential coverage for purposes of comply...

21:40

5 Reasons To Have Babies Before You Turn 30, Like Kate Upton The Federalist

Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton and her husband, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, announced Saturday they are expecting their first child. Upton announced her pregnancy in an Instagram post with a hashtag and photo of herself showing a tiny baby bump. Its unclear how far along Upton is, but the 26 year-old beauty told E! News that she had been keeping the news on the down low and was excited to finally be able to share it with the world!

Instagram Photo

Even though studies have confirmed women are more likely to have their first child in their early 30s rather than in their 20s, Upton is onto something. Theres no wrong time to bear children babies truly are a blessing but research and anecdotes show women may want to consider having babies when theyre younger if they can. Here are five reasons why.

1. Your Biological Clock

Though statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show women are waiting longer to have babies many start around age 28 and later scientific findings show a womans biological clock is a real thing, and it ticks well before she hits her 30s.

Dr Charanjit Kaur is a senior consultant, obstetrician and gynecologist, in the Sukhda Hospital in South Delhi. He believes the biological clock is a reality and procrastinating isnt a good idea. The best time to have babies is of course between 20s and 30s. A woman is young and has the vigour to have babies, he told the Hindustan Times. Sadly, the scary trend I have been noticing is that women are opting for their first pregnancy at around 32-33 years.

Scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina and the University of Padua in Italy studied 872 healthy couples. The Daily Mail reports: They say 19 to 26-year-olds have a 50 percent chance of conceiving two days before ovulation a womans most fertile time. That drops to 40 per cent for those aged 27 to 34. Their research is the first to indicate that female fertility declines before the age of 30.

2. Birth, Recovery And Raising Children Is Easier And Healthier

Some women really struggle during their pregnanc...

19:53

The End Of Independent Media And The Fake News Psyop TruthTheory


By Mike Sygula,

Luke Rudkowski and Derrick Broze discuss the censorship online coming from giants like Facebook and Google. Most people are still unaware but Facebook has been silencing activists and alternative media in recent months. They are shutting down pages and reducing the reach of links shared. Many websites struggle and have to lay off their workforce. Youtube closed down many accounts without giving any evidence for violation of their terms. Activist Post, Waking Times, A New Kind of HumanRichie Allen, and many other channels have been silenced, a lot of them started new ones. Project Camelot, that has been sharing videos of whistleblowers for the last decade has one more strike to go, they also will disappear soon from Youtube. Derrick and Luke discuss YouTube and its financial support of mainstream news while suppressing alternative outlets.


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19:26

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson: I am not afraid to be radical Indianz.Com News

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19:00

Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You And It Could Raise Your Rates Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

To an outsider, the fancy booths at last months health insurance industry gathering in San Diego arent very compelling. A handful of companies pitching lifestyle data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like social determinants of health.

But dig deeper and the implications of what theyre selling might give many patients pause: A future in which everything you do the things you buy, the food you eat, the time you spend watching TV may help determine how much you pay for health insurance.

With little public scrutiny, the health insurance industry has joined forces with data brokers to vacuum up personal details about hundreds of millions of Americans, including, odds are, many readers of this story. The companies are tracking your race, education level, TV habits, marital status, net worth. Theyre collecting what you post on social media, whether youre behind on your bills, what you order online. Then they feed this information into complicated computer algorithms that spit out predictions about how much your health care could cost them.

Are you a woman who recently changed your name? You could be newly married and have a pricey pregnancy pending. Or maybe youre stressed and anxious from a recent divorce. That, too, the computer models predict, may run up your medical bills.

Are you a woman whos purchased plus-size clothing? Youre considered at risk of depression. Mental health care can be expensive.

Low-income and a minority? That means, the data brokers say, you are more likely to live in a dilapidated and dangerous neighborhood, increasing your health risks.  

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