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Wednesday, 25 October

04:04

First Hollywood Big Wig Fired For Sexually Abusing Children The Last American Vagabond

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As The Free Thought Project has predicted on numerous occasions, Harvey Weinsteins demise is allowing for the era of secrecy and silence involving pedophilia in Hollywood to finally be exposed forcing change. (TFTP) On Friday, youth talent agent Tyler Grasham was fired from APA talent agency following sexual abuse allegations from many of the []

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04:01

Setting the Stage to Commit a Massacre in Gaza Global Research

Fifty years after the Six-Day War, the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip shows no end in sight. Acclaimed historian Ilan Papp provides a comprehensive and damning account of the occupation in his new book, The Biggest

04:00

The Case for Small Southern Towns Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

This piece is inspired by Bo Wrights recent article about his move to a midsize Rust Belt city and away from a small southern town as well as by a recent Strong Towns podcast episode that featured Catherine Auston Fitts, who shared the concept of a Popsicle Index. Today, Strong Towns member Haile McCollum is making the case for why she's staying in her small southern town


Admittedly, my kids are bigger fans of hotdogs than popsicles.

Admittedly, my kids are bigger fans of hotdogs than popsicles.

Having bounced from coast to coast and a few places in between (5 states before my 19th birthday) I found myself with a profound need to find my place, a place that I felt fully at home. A place to put down roots. A place where my future kids could walk to get a popsicle.

14 years ago we chose to move to a small southern town called Thomasville in southwest Georgia, where my husband and my mother both grew up, for a handful of reasons:

  1. Property was incredibly cheap.

  2. It has a walkable downtown, a deep appreciation for historic preservation and good schools.

  3. It has a history of 100 years of pretty good civic decisions behind it.

  4. It seemed like a great place to raise a family.

All of that seemed good on paper, but we did have to take a big risk. Neither of us had jobs, and those are hard to come by in small towns.

I started a small printing and design business that, within three years, was employing 11 people. My husband bought a 1,200 square foot 1920s bungalow for $35,000. It didnt have sheetrock, HVAC, plumbing or electricity. He lived in a Shasta camp trailer (an old one, with wings!) behind an insurance office in town until it was ready to live in. He rehabilitated about 10 houses and sold them for a profit (not a big profit, but an incremental one) in the first few years. He eventually built this start into a successful real estate brokerage firm.

Today, I'd like to reflect on why we are staying in Thomasville. Its not that we dont think about other placeswe play the if you could move anywhere game pretty of...

03:45

Planned Parenthood Whistleblowers Release First Of New Video Series Inside Baby Body Part Business Partner The Federalist

David Daleiden and his controversial Center for Medical Progress released the first in yet another series of revealing videos about the abortion industry today. This time, it takes a new angle: How did Planned Parenthood procure baby body parts? Who worked with Planned Parenthood to procure these parts, and why?

First Day at StemExpress Inside Planned Parenthood shows a conversation between Daleiden and Holly ODonnell, a former StemExpress employee, recounting her first day on the job, which included examining aborted baby parts. StemExpress is a biomedical company that installed employees at Planned Parenthood clinics and paid per specimen for human parts obtained there.

ODonnells whistleblower testimony and eyewitness experience corroborates Planned Parenthoods many violations of federal law, which CMP revealed in previous undercover videos and which the House Select Panel and Senate Judiciary Committee uncovered in their recent investigations.

Welcome to Your New Job Dissecting People

In the video, ODonnell describes her first day working for StemExpress inside a Planned Parenthood clinic. She didnt know the details of her job, and the first thing her employer showed her was a clear pie dish full of POCproducts of conceptionincluding baby parts and blood.

Shes showing me parts of, this is a leg, this is an arm, and then she says, Put some gloves on. So I put the gloves on. She hands me the tweezers, and she goes, Oh, can you show me some of the parts I just showed you? I said, Yeah. And I put the tweezers in, and I put it on one of the limbs, and Ive never felt this in my life, I felt the pain radiate through my hand. You can feel the death go up through, you know, it was something that was just alive. And I grabbed it, and I felt that, and I started to get woozy.

Critics of the video are likely to either discount the eyewitness testimony as a he-said-she-said scenario, despite her story corroborating the previous undercover videos Daleiden released, or shrug off StemExpress involvement as merely medical research. Still, according to CMPs press release,

StemExpress is a major supplier of aborted fetal body parts for experimentation and has been a key subject of interest in CMPs undercover footage. Planned Parenthoods Senior Director of Medical Services mentioned the company as a...

03:40

Brief Update Virtual Mirage


The FBI

I doubt that the FBI will recover much of it's dignity to my generation. They sold us out in the worst possible way to the worst possible politicians. Had Hillary won, we would have never known for sure, but (thank God), she did not win.

In time the current scandal involving Director Comey will fade as the Ruby Ridge cover up did. Ever defensive of its reputation, the FBI is saying, "nothing to see here, move on." The FBI said that right after Deputy Director Robert Hanssen (who spied for the Russians for 22 years) was convicted...nothing to see here, move along. I recall that. You may or may not.

The FBI corruption during the Obama years has been legendary.

The Uranium One scandal and the failure of the FBI to properly investigate the corruption surrounding the sale of uranium to the Russians is epic. Can they ever be trusted as an agency? That's a good question, isn't it?

We expect this conduct in the Third World. It's the rule rather than the exception there, but it's always been one of those things we hoped would not happen here in the USA. The years of Obamanation were difficult years. But the bees are in the buttermilk now. The only thing that can save the FBI now is the corrupt, elite, smug, nasty, lying mainstream media? Maybe we should swear everyone at NBC and CNN in as FBI Special Agents?

Yesterday, 23 October, the Philippines announced the end of five months of military operations in Marawi City. Offensive combat operations were terminated after troops overcame the last stand by the remaining Islamic State-affiliated gunmen who had captured Marawi City.

03:29

Penis goes in, penis goes out. You cant explain that! Freethought Blogs

Bill OReilly is gods puppet he isnt even responsible for his own actions. He settled a sexual harassment suit for $32 million, and hes mad at god for making himdo something. Its not clear what.

You know, am I mad at God? Yeah, Im mad at him. I wish I had more protection. I wish this stuff didnt happen. I cant explain it to you. Yeah, Im mad at him.

If they could literally kill me, they would, we didnt kill him, so weve got to kill him again.

If I die tomorrow and I get an opportunity, Ill say, Whyd you guys work me over like that? Didnt [you] know my children were going to be punished? And theyre innocent. But then I think about people who have it much, much rougher than me. And you know, Im a big mouth. Im a target. Theyre not targets.

So they came back with another bunch of garbage. I talked to them this time just to see the devil that I was dealing with. And I truly believe that these people at the New York Times are out to hurt people with whom they disagree. They dont want me in the marketplace. Thats what this is all about.

So hes mad at god, and wishes stuff didnt happen. What stuff? That he harassed women? Or that the NY Times exposed that he harassed women? That he harassed Lis Wiehl, or that the case against him was so strong he had to cough up $32 million? Is he acknowledging that he is guilty, when he makes the point that his children are innocent? Is it god who makes his children declare that they dont want to live with him anymore?

Who are the you guys hes blaming for working him over? Since hes going to be meeting them after he dies, I assume he means the administration in heaven. Or is he talking about the ghosts of NY Times reporters and editors? Wouldnt that imply hes going to meet them in hell?

The only thing we can definitely extract from that mess of a statement is that Bill OReilly doesnt consider himself accountable for his own behavior, and is reduced to blaming god. I suggest that the only possible recourse he has now is to sue his god. Hes got deep pockets, he ought to be able to get a substantial settlement out of it.

03:20

U.S. Nuclear Bombers Prepare to Go on 24-Hr Alert for First Time Since the Cold War Activist Post

By Jay Syrmopoulos With tensions continually escalating on the Korean peninsula, the U.S. Air Force is reportedly preparing to put its fleet of nuclear-armed B-52...

03:20

Tomgram: John Feffer, The Real Disuniting of America OpEdNews

The nation's motto of e pluribus unum (out of many, one) is in serious danger of being turned inside out.

03:15

Top Senators Didnt Know That The US Has Troops In Niger Activist Post

By Dawn Luger Some top senators are saying they are stunned to find out the United States has troops in Niger as questions swirl about...

03:14

Little Has Changed For Flint Residents Forced To Pay For Poisoned Water Shadowproof

Nearly 1,250 days ago, a major water crisis hit Flint, Michigan. Complaints by residents, matched with studies showing more evidence of serious health issues, continue to emerge. Yet, even as problems persist, authorities and officials involved in fomenting the crisis have yet to be held accountable.

Lead poisoning in the water brought about the rise of childhood development issues and long-term brain damage in Flint, but according to a paper from David Slusky of Kansas University and Daniel Grossman of West Virginia University, fetal deaths are on the rise.

The authors conclude that between 198 and 276 more children would have been bornan estimated 58% increase in fetal death rateshad Flint officials not switched the citys water source from Detroit River to the Flint River. Their findings suggest that a more lax regulatory environment in the context of drinking water may have substantial unforeseen effects on maternal and infant health, including large reductions in the number of births.

Grossman and Sluskys research is part of a growing number of studies on the devastating effects of Flints water crisis. Another study published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters confirms that the omission of orthophosphate, used to treat water, allowed contaminants present in pipes, including lead, to leach into the water.

Melissa Mays, a community organizer and founder of the clean water advocacy group Water You Fighting For, was directly impacted by water contamination. She updated Shadowproof on what has and has not changed.

Flint residents are still being forced to pay for water bills, Mays said. We had a 65 percent credit for a short time, but the state took that away. So we still pay the highest rates in the United States for poisoned water. Now the state is threatening to take peoples homes by turning their unpaid water bills into a lien on their properties.

I was one of 8,002 residents who received this threat. So the poisoned community faces tax foreclosures because we refuse to pay for poison or simply cannot afford it. We still live off of bottled water because unfiltered water is too dangerous and the filters dont remove everything.

Past studies have shown filters distributed by the state to remove metals from the water may support the growth of bacteria. This is forcing residents to still use bottled water to prevent their families from getting sick, because even a simple shower can cause their skin to blister.

Mays household situation has not changed. The negative health impacts for her and her family ha...

03:13

REAL ID Allows Police to Control Fundamental Aspects of Our Daily Lives Activist Post

By MassPrivateI Thanks to REAL ID, DHS has created a national ID system right under everyones noses. According to the video below, Tennessee is Spreading...

03:10

The Harmful Effects of Antifa OpEdNews

Antifa rhetoric specializes in non sequitur. If you agree with some conservative or libertarian that it was wrong to destroy Libya, then you are not only guilty of association with a pre-fascist, you are a supporter of dictators and thus probably a fascist yourself. This has been happening in France for years and it's just getting started in the United States.

03:04

Journalists, MPs are missing the real Bill Morneau scandal A Different Point of View....

The so-called Morneau Scandal has been a farce in many ways, with mainstream media failing to recognize the real scandal plaguing the governments financial control system.

First, the tempest in a teapot. While he wasnt legally required to do so, Finance Minister Bill Morneau made the mistake of not putting his financial holdings, which may run to $40-million, into a blind trust.

The office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner  didnt object to the fact that Morneau didnt put his fortune in a blind trust.

Nevertheless, the jackals saw an opportunity to embarrass and possibly bring down the Trudeau governments Number 2 man. 

This finance minister used a loophole to keep himself invested in a financial company which he regulates, Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre said in the House of Commons, all the while going across the country calling honest plumbers and farmers tax cheats.


National Post columnist Brian Platt criticized Morneau for not being in Parliament all week, and instead travelling out-of-province to make announcements on the governments small business tax reforms.

But this was a case of Parliamentary Press Gallery journalists being so hungry for blood that most of them ignored the truth about blind trusts and never looked for the bigger issues behind the story.

BLIND TRUSTS "A SHAM"


Duff Conacher, co-founder of the advocacy group Democracy Watch, said that a blind trust would offer no guarantees that Morneau or any elected official can operate without conflicts of inte...

03:03

Talk Nation Radio: How the "Fake News" Scare Is Marginalizing the Left OpEdNews

This week on Talk Nation Radio: How the "Fake News" Scare Is Marginalizing the Left.

03:00

The dollar as the world's reserve currency being challenged with more countries trade by-passing the dollar OpEdNews

The dollar as the world's reserve currency is being challenged. More &more countries are by-passing the dollar & trading in their own currencies. Such de-dollarization could have a major divestment impact on the dollar remaining as the world's reserve currency as China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela are all by-passing the dollar & trading in their own currencies.

02:55

WATCH: Illegal ICE Raid Shows How the US Is Starting to Look Like Nazi Germany The Free Thought Project

iceA disturbing warrantless raid by ICE agents was captured on video this week showing how the US is quickly slipping into tyranny.

02:50

Senators Stunned To Learn US Has 1,000 Troops In Niger The Last American Vagabond

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

With Pentagon officials offering the first details on the Niger ambush incident, they also revealed details about the ongoing US war in Niger, including the revelation that there is an ongoing US war in Niger. Nobody seems to have known about it. Especially not those whose job it is to know. Senate Armed Services Committee []

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02:44

Elie Wiesel accused of groping woman Freethought Blogs

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, more and more women feel confident to come forward with their own stories of being sexually harassed, groped, and raped where once they chose to remain silent because their attackers were powerful people and they feared being shamed and retaliated against. Some of these things happened years ago. One of latest allegations comes from Jennifer Listman who is now an anthropological geneticist working at New York University. In a detailed blog post, she describes how in 1989, when she was 19 years of age, she was shocked when she was groped by Nobel peace prize winner Elie Wiesel during a photographing at a public charity event. Wiesel died in 2016 at the age of 87.

When I was nineteen years old, Elie Weisel grabbed my ass. It was a calculated act and worse than you think; he mistook me for an ultra-religious underage girl who was unlikely to tell anyone about it. In other words, he purposefully chose to molest someone who he assumed was a minor and who would be compelled into silence.
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The photographer was about to take the photo when Elie Wiesel yelled, Wait!!. He then lunged (this is not an exaggerationhe looked as if he was performing a fencing move) out of the middle of the arrangement, across the line of family members, towards his right, towards me. Pushing with his hands, he shoved me and my boyfriend apart, inserted himself between us, placed one arm over each of our shoulders, and then gave a nod to the photographer and said, Ok.

Weird.

The photographer re-focused his lens, which took some time. The hand on my right shoulder moved a few inches down my back to be on my shoulder blade. Maybe his hand had been uncomfortable in its original position. Although, how could it be more comfortable now that it was not resting on top of something? I didnt have an answer for myself. The hand moved lower. It moved again. This happened slowly, over a period of seconds; a physical impossibility that is possible under such circumstances. I was in disbelief.

That cant be what hes doing. That cant be what hes doing. That cant be what hes doing.

His hand is still in a normal position. It is still in a normal position, now. Even now, it is still in a normal position.

The photographer snapped the photo. Simultaneously, Elie Wiesels right hand had reached my right ass cheek, which he squeezed. The photo was over, the photographer leaned back from crouching over his camera, the group separated, smiling at eachother, and Elie Wiesel immediately RAN, disappearing straight into the crowd of over 1000 people who were nearly all standing up. Already gray-haired at that time,...

02:42

Boom: The Clintons, US Uranium, Putin, And The FBI The Last American Vagabond

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

In 2016, long before the current news story broke about the FBI concealing a multi-year investigation into Russian bribery, the Clintons, US uranium, and Russia, I wrote about the scandal and spelled it out in simple terms. A writer for the Washington Post then called me and tried to extract a statement he could use []

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02:42

Chemical Sexual Assault: The science supports us in it. Freethought Blogs

Mariano Di Vaio, zimbio.com. Somen cant be sexy in work clothes? Really?

Carl Gallups, christian pastor and Trumphole had a little chat session with Mike Shoesmith, who wrote a blog post about the sexual assault cases coming to light in Hollywood recently. It seems Mr. Shoesmith is yet another christian mouthpiece. Theres no end of them. Well, this might take a while, so lets get started:

If a woman wears sexually suggestive clothing around a man is that not also sexual assault? Men are visually stimulated and unwanted stimulation should meet the basic definition of assault. I am not condoning bad behavior by men but women need to understand that by walking around in their little sisters skirt they are guilty of indecent visual assault on a mans imagination which does cause mental anguish and torment especially on men who really are trying to live in harmony and respect toward women; something made more difficult when every ripple and curve are exposed to the men around you. Something to think about.

I have some very bad news for you, Mr. Shoesmith women are also visually stimulated. Most people are, you know. How women dress varies greatly, from one individual to the next, and of course, the context matters. If you suffer terribly from being overstimulated, then pursuing a job as a Hollywood event planner or photographer might not be the job for you. For the most part, people tend to dress appropriately for their particular job. As for women simply going about their business, perhaps you should nudge your tongue back in your mouth, and point your eyeballs somewhere else. Look at the men for a change. Look at cars in the street. Look in storefront windows. Lots of options. Become a major shoe fan, and look at everyones feet. This idea that men simply have little to no control is an incredibly toxic lie, which causes a great deal of damage. It should not be enabled in any way. Youre the type of person who would condemn the wearing of burkas, but the way you want women to dress isnt all that far off. Personally, I think mens suits are a fantastic look on women, so lets have a look at women being completely non-sexy, given that they are completely covered up:

02:35

Navalny has no legal right to take part in presidential election prosecutors - Veterans Today Veterans Today

[Editors note: Although this might not seem like much of a story, it is, in fact, of great significance to Russian politics and by extension, geopolitics on a global scale. Navalny is nothing more than a puppet stooge of the West, a blogger plucked from obscurity and pumped up with Western finance and assistance into []

02:20

Syrian Victory Will Reshape the Middle East and Recalibrate Global Hegemony 21st Century Wire

Alastair Crooke
Consortium News

Plainly, Syrias success notwithstanding the caution of President Bashar al-Assad in saying that signs of success are not success itself in resisting, against the odds, all attempts to fell the state suggest that a tipping point in the geopolitics of the region has occurred.

We have written before how the Syria outcome dwarfs that of Israels 2006 war against Hezbollah, significant though the result of that war was, too.

Both events taken together have brought Americas unipolar moment in the Middle East to an end (though not globally, since the U.S. still retains its necklace of military bases across the region). The successes have corroded badly, the reputation of the Gulf States and have discredited fired-up Sunni jihadism as a go-to political tool for Saudi Arabia and its Western backers.

But, aside from the geopolitics, the Syria outcome has created a physical connectivity and contiguity that has not existed for some years: the border between Iraq and Iran is open; the border between Syria and Iraq is opening; and the border between Lebanon and Syria, too, is open. This constitutes a critical mass both of land, resources and population of real weight.

The region will listen intently to what these victors will have to say about their future vision for the region and for Islam. In particular, how Syria articulates the lessons for Middle Eastern societies in light of its war experience will have a profound import.

This discussion has barely begun in Syria, and has not reached a conclusion and may not, for some time; but we can speculate a little.

At present, talk is divided between Levantism, which is based in the idea of cultural diversity, such as has existed alongside periodic acute tensions in Lebanon and Syria, and Arab nationalism. The framework for both concepts being understood to be a non-assertive secularism within a state structure, encompassing equality before the law.

Arab nationalism looks toward a wide Arab cultural unity, rooted primarily in the Arabic language...

02:17

Winning in Africa. US Military-Industrial Complex Supplants State Department Diplomacy Global Research

On October 4 in Niger in central Africa four American special forces soldiers were killed in an ambush by fifty fighters, thought to be associated with ISIS [Islamic State], a US official said. In the course of the attack,

02:13

Help Wanted State Department Seeks Self-Consistent Secretary To Replace Tillerson? Global Research

European business deals with Iran are safe: Tillerson  AFP, October 20 2017

Washington (AFP)  The United States does not intend to disrupt European business deals with Iran, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in comments published Friday.

02:11

Remembering Muammar Qaddafi and the Great Libyan Jamahiriya Global Research

October 20th, 2017, marks the sixth anniversary of the martyrdom of Muammar Qaddafi, revolutionary Pan-Africanist and champion of the Global South. This day also marks the sixth anniversary of the historic battle of Sirte, where Qaddafi, along with an

02:09

On Returning from Syria: More Convinced than Ever Western Media Narrative Is Bulls**t Global Research

In early October, 2017, I had the pleasure of visiting Syria on a mission to get a sense of the toll of the war, the mindset of the people, and the general situation on the ground. The goal was to

02:08

Was the 9/11 attack a false flag operation? (Part II) - Veterans Today Veterans Today

by Jonas E. Alexis and Mark Dankof   Mark Dankof is the former 36th District Chairman of the Republican Party in King County/Seattle. He was an elected delegate to Texas State Republican Conventions in 1994 and 1996 and entered the United States Senate race in Delaware in 2000 as the nominated candidate of the Constitution Party []

01:59

Maine Addresses Newly Legalized Recreational Marijuana Guardian Liberty Voice

At the request of Governor Paul LePage, Maine legislatures returned to the capital city to address the newly legalized recreational marijuana and rewrite the current law. The revised marijuana bill was proposed by a bipartisan panel of legislatures. The bill will allow Maine communities to opt-in to sales of recreational marijuana, and add an excise []

The post Maine Addresses Newly Legalized Recreational Marijuana appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

01:52

Secret Video Released Showing DEA Agents Execute 2 Women, a Child, and a Man The Free Thought Project

DEAAfter keeping a video secret for five years, the world is now finally seeing how the DEA can kill innocent people and get away with it.

01:49

Private paramilitary firm worked hand-in-hand with LVMPD on the night of the Las Vegas massacre Intellihub

Why would a private paramilitary firm be working hand-in-hand with the LVMPD on the night of the massacre?

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) According to actual law enforcement communications from the night of the Oct 1 massacre, a private company named Battlefield Vegas worked hand-in-hand with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department after receiving orders to deliver three armored vehicles to South Central Aera Command as strike teams were being dispatched to numerous casinos along the strip.

LVMPD Control: All units be advised. There is going to be three armored cars en route to South Central Air Command followed by a silver Dodge Ram. Theyre taking Frank Sinatra to Russell, okayed from SWAT.

(Approx. 1 min. later)

Three-ocean-fifty-five: We have three armored cars that are at Russell and Las Vegas Blvd, they are not affiliated with law enforcement but the Sargent called them from Battlefield Las Vegas and they are waiting for their orders.

LVMPD Control: They are going to be going to South Central Area Command they have been advised. Its South Central they are en route to.

Three-ocean-fifty-five: Copy.

What were these vehicles used for? Why were they taking orders from LVMPD? Whats the connection?

Some online researchers have made claims that the reported shooter Stephen Paddock was a client of Battlefield Vegas, however, there is no concrete evidence connecting Paddock to the private paramilitary firm at this time.

Battlefield Vegas has refused to comment on the matter publically and has even gone as far as verbally trespassing at least one reporter from the premises for asking too many questions, as Jake Morphonios reported on Monday.

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01:31

Turkey to Establish Eight Military Bases in Syrias Idlib Province Global Research

The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) are going to establish 8 military bases in Syrias Idlib province, according to the conservative Turkish daily newspaper Yeni afak.

The Taftanaz Air Base and the Abu al-Duhur Military Airbase [in Syrias Idlib province] are

01:30

George W. Bush Receives a Character Award at West Point: Duty, Honor, Atrocity Global Research

In George W. Bushs home state of Texas, if you are an ordinary citizen found guilty of capital murder, the mandatory sentence is either life in prison or the death penalty. If, however, you are a former president of the

01:29

Whats Going on in Niger? Americas Unspoken War against sub-Saharan Africa Global Research

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01:27

Angels, Dolphins and the World Festival of Youth and Students: Condemning Lies that Violate Global Research

The fisherman who found five-year old Elin Gonzalez in 1998 thought hed been saved by angels and dolphins. His mother put him on an inner tube before she and everyone else on the boat drowned. They were trying to get

01:25

oooOOOoo Seance! Blood Drinking! Human Sacrifice! ooOOOooo. Freethought Blogs

PZ had a fun post up about Jack Chicks Halloween tracts, which were always lurid, and always wrong. Unfortunately, there are way too many christians who believe such utter shit, and not only believe it, preach it. One such fanatic is Rodney Howard-Browne, master of delusions and conspiracy theories. After a rant about the evil pasty white boy Eminem, he launches into his latest mishmash of conspiratorial evils

Its time to mock the false gods of the age and their prophets, he continued. Theyre prophets of the enemy These people are full of the devil, these people cant even be reasoned with, these are not people you can talk to, they have already given their soul to the devil. These people go through seances, these people drink blood, these people sacrifice children.

Personally, I think its people like Mr. Howard-Browne and all those who actually listen to him who could be classed as irrational and unreasonable. What can you say to someone who truly believes that theres blood drinking and human sacrifice going on all over the place, and somehow, no one notices? I dont believe in gods. I dont believe in the assorted crew, angels, demons, all that nonsense, either. We dont have souls. I dont attend seances, drink blood, or sacrifice children. I dont even eat babies. I think Im at least fairly reasonable. Generally speaking, Im willing to listen to most people, but I do have a requirement I expect people to think. To think about themselves, their views, why they have those views, why they have beliefs in whatever. People should never be afraid to think. Unfortunately, theists of all stripes despise and fear thinking. Its not good for the flock to think, they might end up coming to very different conclusions from what they are spoonfed at every opportunity. Theres a reason theres so much repetition of the same old shit in religion they dont want people thinking. Focus on god! Fear the devil! Ooooh Pray!

They sacrifice children at the highest levels in Hollywood, Howard-Browne declared. They drink blood of young kids. This is a fact.

No, its not a fact. That is easily verifiable, too. Its yet another fucking lie, meant to scare the hell out of those who have been trained to fear a psychopathic god all their lives. Now, some filthy rich assholes are so afraid of death, they do things like milk blood from young people &#821...

01:23

Chinas Belt and Road: Geopolitical Analysis of Regional Impediments. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh Global Research

Chinas colossal industrial overcapacity needs global markets and it drives the country to explore wide-scale and costly corridors for overland access to the east and west.

Chinas vision to establish a brand new international currency in lieu of the US

01:19

Breaking: FBI Whistleblower Exposes Special Council Muellers Conflict of Interest! Newsbud

FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds exposes Special Counsel Robert Muellers conflict of interest in pursuing General Michael Flynns case due to his direct involvement as former FBI Director and his role in covering up and protecting Gulen Networks criminal operations within the United States, and demands that he steps down.

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01:17

Im more comfortable being openly atheist than openly against the US military Freethought Blogs

Ive never been shy about being an atheist. Its not something I bring up among coworkers or acquaintances. But, if asked, Im very comfortable talking about it. People close to me know and are respectful. There are other things I believe, however, that I dont really like talking about.

Four American soldiers were killed in Niger, a country most Americans never heard of and even fewer could point out on a map. Many probably werent aware we were there in the first place, but it shouldnt be too surprising. In 2015, the US had more than 800 bases in 70 countries. Somewhat hilariously, the senate has little idea of where and what our benevolent global police force is doing:

Senator McCain is frustrated, rightly so, we dont know exactly where were at in the world militarily and what were doing, Graham said, adding that with McCains system: Well know how many soldiers are there, and if somebody gets killed there, that we wont find out about it in the paper.

Dead soldiers rarely warrant more than a few days of media coverage. However, the dumpster president fucking up what should have been a simple condolence call has kept the story in public eye much longer than normal. Not that anyone really cares about what the US is doing in Niger. The media (damn you MSM!) isnt particularly interested in giving us a nuanced, comprehensive look at the recent and historical geopolitical ramifications of US intervention in the Sahel:

The medias efforts should have been devoted to exploring really exploring why Rangers (and drones) are in Niger at all. (This is typical of the establishment medias explanation.)

That subject is apparently of little interest to media companies that see themselves merely as cheerleaders for the American Empire. For them, its all so simple: a U.S president (even one they despise) has put or left military forces in a foreign country no justification required; therefore, those forces are serving their country; and that in turn means that if they die, they die as heroes who were protecting our way of life. End of story.

But maybe we should just accept the obvious reason were in Niger: to teach them how to respect human rights. I, for one, cant think of a better teacher.

The first paragraph was written to contrast my religious beliefs (or lack thereof) with my feelings about t...

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Targeting Michael Flynn & Shielding the Radical Cleric Gulen: Special Counsel Robert Mueller MUST Step Down Newsbud

General Michael Flynn, Former National Security Advisor to President Trump, is being investigated by Special Counsel for accepting legitimate payments from Turkish companies for researching and exposing Wanted Terrorist and Radical Islamist Fethullah Gulen and his $25+ Billion criminal network in the United States.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is Special Counsel in charge of the case. He is the same Robert Mueller who used his position as Director of the FBI to shield and cover up Gulens criminal-terrorist network and operations, and take drastic measures to quash a whistleblowers Gulen-related reports. These previous connections and actions by Mr. Mueller create a direct conflict of interest with his current position as Special Counsel in Flynns case, and require that he must immediately step down from the case.

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In May 2017 the Justice Department appointed Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director, as special counsel to oversee the investigation into ties between President Trumps campaign and Russian officials.

Not long after being appointed Mr. Mueller began targeting former national security adviser Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, expanded the investigation beyond the Russia-Gate probe, and began a furious pursuit of Mr. Flynns Turkish connections and his vocal stand on the wanted radical Islamic Cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Mr. Muellers inquiries went from Russia-connections to Flynns outing of Gulens twenty five-billion-dollar sleeper terror cell in the United States. Not finding any substantial evidence against Flynn within the Russia-Gate scope, the Special Counsel team switched gears and started a Turkey-Gate. During the past several months Mr. Muellers prosecutors have used multiple grand juries to issue subpoenas for documents related to Mr. Flynn. All this despite President Trumps demand that:

Mr. Mueller should confine his investigation to the narrow issue of Russias attempts to disrupt last years presidential campaign, not conduct an expansive inquiry into the finances of Mr. Trump or his associates.

Mr. Muellers prosecution team and F.B.I. agents have spent hours going over the details of Mr. Flynns perfectly legitimate business dealings with a Turkish-American businessman who worked with Mr. F...

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The Long and Winding Road to Seasons End Stoddart Avenue Community Garden


The long and balmy summer at the Stoddart Avenue Community Garden has finally come to an end.  Like last year, we will be having a late frost i.e., after mid-October.  It might come within the next week or, like last year, in November.  So, I still have fresh zinnias for vases at my house.   In the last 10 days, I have finally pulled almost all of the tomatoes, basil and beans from the food pantry and my plots.  Weather permitting, I may pull the rest of the winter (butternut) squash this weekend and harvest most of the rest of the peppers.   This is usually a sad time for me, but Im actually looking forward to some time off to clean and organize my house and get to some home improvement projects that I never have time to finish during the growing season.


Last year, we were blessed to ha...

01:13

Cuban Workers Condemn US Blockade Global Research

The Cuban Workers Confederation (CTC) and the national trade unions released a statement strongly condemning over 50 yearlong US economic, financial and commercial US blockade on Cuba.

The document published by the weekly Trabajadores indicates that the hostile policy of

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Sixth-generation aircraft: Unmanned, hypersonic, super manoeuvrable - Veterans Today Veterans Today

The production of the US F-22 fighter jet has been discontinued. The notorious F-35 has at least 91 defects, according to Pentagon representative Michael Gilmore. It is believed that the aircraft will be brought to a normal condition no earlier than in 2021. Russias Su-57 does not count, because the test batch of eleven aircraft []

01:06

China Faces Growing Debt Problems, Says Central Bank Governor Global Research

A warning by the governor of the Peoples Bank of China, Zhou Xiaochuan, that the countrys financial system faces a possible Minsky moment has again raised concerns over the level of the countrys debt.

Zhou, who is expected to

01:06

Czech parliament election results brings lots of surprises - Veterans Today Veterans Today

[Editors note: Yes, Europe is undergoing a major movement to the right, this is an ongoing process that has been underway for at least the last 15 years and has accelerated in recent year like a snowball rolling down a hill picking up size and momentum. The Czech election result follows on the heels []

01:06

In a Dramatic Pivot, Shia Militia Leader Tells US: Get Ready to Leave Iraq Global Research

Featured image: Sheikh Qais al-Khazali (Source: Pars Today)

The Baghdad government and its paramilitary forces increasingly see American troop presence as the actual foreign menace.

A prominent Iraqi militia leader with close ties to Iran has told the United

01:05

Blatant Censorship: Trump EPA Abruptly Muzzles Its Own Climate Scientists Global Research

Featured image: Scott Pruitt (Source: Greenpeace USA)

In what critics are calling a blatant example of the scientific censorship being imposed on climate researchers by the Trump White House, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) late Sunday abruptly canceled the

01:03

Boston Marathon Bombers Aunt Says FBI Set Up Her Nephew and She Has PROOF The Free Thought Project

bostonThe aunt of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has filed a motion appeal the death penalty and presented 'exculpatory evidence.'

01:00

The Planet Mars. Freethought Blogs

The planet Mars. Observed September 3, 1877, at 11h. 55m. P.M. tienne Lopold Trouvelot.

01:00

Censorship Upgrade: Facebook Testing Burying Posts From News Outlets And Businesses In 6 Countries Unless They Pay Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel Facebook is currently testing a change that would force news publishers to pay to show their posts from their Facebook Pages in the timeline...

00:59

Former Presidents Come Together for Photo-Op As Internet Forgets Theyre ALL War Criminals THE INTERNET POST

Five former presidents of the United States came together for a hurricane relief benefit, and their photo-op with musician Lady Gaga led to a surprising reactionthe Internet loved it! Not only did the public put politics aside, it also seems to have forgotten about all of the things these men have done to give them []

00:45

Cleveland State University Defends Posters Telling Gay People to Kill Themselves Counter Current News

It is a well known fact that suicide amongst youth who identify as LGBTQ is comparatively higher than the general public. With those startling statistics, in order to save lives, advocacy groups around the globe []

00:45

London Introduces Carbon T-Charge Tax On Diesel and Older Petrol Vehicles Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel As part of the plan to begin phasing out gas and diesel car sales over the next three decades, drivers of diesel...

00:44

Gen. Kelly needs to zip it: America's Heroes also Work in Fire Departments, Hospitals and Public Schools OpEdNews

Gen. Kelly, Trump's chief of staff, by elevating uniformed troops above all other Americans as special heroes is dissing many other real heroes from firefighters and nurses to teachers, writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff

00:43

Video: Snapchat Video of White Athletes Assaulting Black Students While Yelling Slurs Prompts Investigation Counter Current News

Given the current racial climate in the nation today, with white supremacy being legitimized by our own President, hate acts against people of color have been on the rise with even children as victims. In []

00:34

California passes legislation allowing the liquification of human bodies Intellihub

Last Oct. 15, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the controversial Assembly Bill 967, or the bill that makes it legal to dispose of human remains through water cremation. Also known as alkaline hydrolysis, Californians will be able to choose this cremation method for their loved ones as early as 2020.

Despite its name, water cremation doesnt actually make use of water. The process entails placing a body into a steel vat containing an alkaline solution composed of 95 percent water and five percent potassium hydroxide or lye. The combination of chemicals, pressure, and heat that reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit (or 177 degrees Celsius) quicken the rate of decomposition until all that are left behind are bones, sterile water, and any medical implants. The remaining bones are then crushed into ash and returned to the family.

Matter Baskerville, an Illinois-based funeral director whose funeral home utilizes water cremation, has stated that the process leaves behind a finer, softer ash than what is normally produced by flame-based cremation.

According to DailyMail.co.uk, water cremation was first developed as a way to get rid of animal carcasses by processing them into plant food. It remained this way until the 1990s when two researchers at Albany Medical College in New York began disposing of lab animals through alkaline hydrolysis. These researchers then became involved with a company called WR2 that constructed the first water cremation machine that could handle a human body. The first known use of the machine was in 2006 in the Mayo Clinics anatomical bequest program in Rochester, Minnesota.

Proponents of water cremation have touted it as a green alternative to standard cremations and burials amid growing concerns over the carbon footprints of these methods. For one, the use of energy to heat and cool the lye is said to emit 80 percent less carbon dioxide than flame cremations that burn natural gas. Water cremation also leaves behind inorganic materials like tooth fillings and pacemakers, which could ease the fears of toxic chemicals polluting the environment. (Related: California may legalize liquid cremation in bizarre attempt to fight global warming.)

Moreover, the roiling lye has been said to sterilize organic materials, break down toxic chemicals, and reduce the risk of disease spreading. Joe Wilson, CEO of alkaline hydrolysis systems manufacturer Bio-Response Solutions, told ScientificAmerican.com: Its hot as hell in there, and alkali is a powerful sterilant at temperature. Even the hardiest pathogen, a...

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Puerto Ricos Harsh Reality WhoWhatWhy

Bank Downgrades Chipotle Because Its Paying Workers Too Much (Jimmy)

The author writes, Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded Chipotle and warned investors that the stock will underperform, complaining that the restaurant chain is paying its workers too much, and that cutting labor costs further will be difficult for the chain the typical worker makes a little more than $9/hr.

What the CIAs Been Up To (Dan)

Incursion into Afghanistan with paramilitary units? Making deals with tribal leaders, even allowing them to dictate airstrike targets? Sounds a lot like what led to 9/11.

Small Montana Firm Gets Puerto Ricos Bid to Restore Power (Russ)

Whitefish Energy, a two-year-old company, had just two full-time employees on the day Hurricane Maria made landfall. So, how did this small firm get a contract to restore power for the entire island of Puerto Rico? It just so happens that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is from the same town.

Trump Blocking News of His Golf Outings? (Reader Steve)

Its hard to find this surprising given Trumps threats to media outlets critical of his administration.

Europes Next Regional Secession Headache (Dan)

The Northern League in Italy, which represents the Veneto and Lombardy regions in upper Italy, recently allowed (and promoted) a vote for more autonomy. And the leaders say thats only step one.

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00:30

Freedom From Corporate-Government Control of Food Lies in Your Own Backyard Activist Post

By Vin Armani In this video, Vin Armani interviews regenerative farming legend Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms. Joel is a self-professed Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist...

00:29

[WATCH] Chocolate And Blood All Over Off-Duty NYC Cop Goes on a Rampage in a Connecticut Godiva Shop Filming Cops

Video of an incident at a Godiva shop at the Stamford Town Center in Stamford, Connecticut shows a woman who identified herself as a New York City police officer threatening

The post [WATCH] Chocolate And Blood All Over Off-Duty NYC Cop Goes on a Rampage in a Connecticut Godiva Shop appeared first on Filming Cops.

00:24

Hillary says Uranium One allegations are politically motivated baloney Intellihub

As demands intensify for the DOJ appoint a special prosecutor to investigate whether the Clintons were involved in a quid-pro-quo surrounding the controversial Uranium One Deal where the former Secretary of State voted to approve a deal that ceded 20% of American uranium reserves to a Russian company  Hillary Clinton is finding that she can no longer ignore the burgeoning scandal.

So, in an interview with C-Span published Monday, Clinton hit back at the allegations, claiming theyd been discredited and debunked long ago (of course that was before new reporting by the Hill revealed the FBI had uncovered a Russian bribery plot shortly before the deal was approved). Furthermore, Clinton claimed the Trump administration was using the story to distract from Russia investigations.

I would say its the same baloney theyve been peddling for years, and theres been no credible evidence by anyone. In fact, its been debunked repeatedly and will continue to be debunked, she said.

But here is what they are doing, and I have to give them credit. [President] Trump and his allies, including Fox News, are really experts at distraction and diversion, she continued. So the closer the investigation about real Russian ties between Trump associates and real Russians, as we heard [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions finally admit to in his testimony the other day, the more they want to just throw mud on the wall.

Clinton added, Im their favorite target. Me and President Obama, we are the ones they like to put in the crosshairs.

I think the real story is how nervous they are about these continuing investigations, the former Democratic presidential nominee said during an interview broadcast on C-SPAN.

Her response ignored the multiple congressional investigations that have already been launched after newly released FBI documents revealed for the very first time that the Obama administration was well aware of illegal bribery, extortion and money laundering schemes being conducted by the Russians to get a foothold in the atomic energy business in the US. Clinton eventually cast her vote to approve the sale of the uranium assets, which had previously been owned by a Canadian company.

FBI had gathered solid evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery and extortion before the Obama administration approved the sale to Russia of a company that controls 20 percent of Americas uranium supply.

As we pointed out last summer when Peter Schweizer first rel...

00:15

Anything To Learn From Nature About Microwave Radiation? Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich Well, for starters, how come birds dont land, nor perch, on tops of microwave, cell, mast and GWEN towers?  What do...

00:11

The Deep State Left Is Close to Initiating a Coup Against Trump and Take Control of the Country Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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The United States stands of the verge of war. Bomber crews are confined to their planes. F-35 crew chiefs are confined to base and are sleeping in their hangers. The nations attention is fixated on North Korea. However, the real action could happen at home. In the following dot connecting exercise, I believe that under the cover of the build up for world war, we are witnessinga a great distraction. I believe that the Deep State, using their Democratic Party operatives are planning to initiate a coup against Donald Trump and take over the country. It wont just be Trump that goes, so will your civil liberties including your freedom of speech and the right to own guns. I further believe that the demented Congresswoman from California, Maxine Waters, is dumb enough and senile enough to have let the cat out of the bag given her recent assassination threats against Trump.

The Lunatic Speaks

Lunatic Democrat, and now felon, Maxine Waters (D-CA) has totally crossed the line. California Congresswoman Maxine Waters has made a name for herself since President Donald Trump was sworn into office. Waters travels the country and never misses theopportunity to promise the impeachment of the president, including during her friends eulogy. Last week, the insane, now criminal, Maxine Waters, took her anti-Trump hysterics to the next level and vowed to take Trump out to a cheering crowd of Democrats. Under Federal law, it is a felony to threaten the life of the President, under any and all circumstances. However, I believe that she is telling us what is coming.

The liberal media cannot spin this. Here is the threat against President Trump in her own words:

 

 

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00:07

Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction--Trying to Find a Cure OpEdNews

SSRIs and some other modern antidepressant drugs can cause an incurable condition known as Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction.

00:03

On the Mogollon Rim Virtual Mirage


Is it made from real wolves? Are girl scout cookies made from real girl scouts? You may have your answer.

I have never eaten wolf chili, but I'm sure that it's good since our fellow blogger, Juliette, recommended it.

After having kicked some rocks, tossed the runes and flicked some beads on the abacus, I think that I have a better grip on Phase 2 development at the White Wolf Mine. It will include a barn, solar panels, a green house and a well/pump room, and it will be on the Southern Property rather than there with the hovel. Once complete, I'll begin contemplating Phase 3.

No, excavation has not begun yet (wince), but you can see the stakes in the ground for the footings and for some digging that needs to take place (in the photos below).

Things have been going slower than anticipated because, as was pointed out to me, elk season is still underway. I saw two white tail deer on the property. A buck and a doe made an appearance. Arizona white tail deer are a subspecies, the Coues deer. I've seen mule deer up on the property, but the Coues deer are about half the size of a respectable mule deer. Larger than a German Shepherd, but not that much larger.

Elk season has driven some big horn sheep into the area. A neighbor complained that there were two dozen on his property last week. Big horn sheep are just one more wild species that is common to the Mogollon Rim area in the Arizona highlands.

The weather was spectacular with highs in the 70's. The night was chilly, but not cold.



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On Returning From Syria: More Convinced Than Ever Western Media Narrative Is Bullshit Activist Post

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23:59

Pope Benedict XVI Knows Church Going Underground - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Pope Benedict XVI Knows the Church Is Going Underground By: Eric Gajewski SEE THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE WHICH IS LOADED WITH PICTURES AND VIDEOS https://tradcatknight.blogspot.com/2017/10/pope-benedict-xvi-knows-church-is-going.html Say what you want about the real Pope Benedict XVI but he knows the Church is soon going underground. The semi-traditionalists say he was great while hard-line traditionalists and sedevacantists []

23:55

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Top 5 Top Veterans Stories in Todays News Oct. 24, 2017 - Veterans Today Veterans Today

We encourage you to browse our list so that you can take what you want and keep what you need.

23:50

Meet the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the CIAs Big Brother: The Multibillion Dollar US Spy Agency Youve Never Heard Of Global Research

If you havent heard of the NGA, you can be forgiven. The NGA the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency employs over 15,000 people in its shadows. The NGA is the cutting-edge spy agency that oversees the surveillance trade.

Forget the CIA

23:47

Sputnik Exclusive Psychic Espionage: An Insiders View of US Armys Secret Project StarGate - Veterans Today Veterans Today

US Army intelligence officer Major Ed Dames shares his story with Sputnik. Moscow/Sputnik News: Major Ed Dames was one of five officers trained to monitor and analyze remote viewing, a technique said to allow users to psychically see locations, events or other information from great distances. The top-secret project, run by the Defense Intelligence Agency, []

23:46

Not the cell phones cause autism crap again Freethought Blogs

OMG, babies have thin skulls! They can be pierced!

Thats the kind of nonsense we get in bad popular science articles a True Fact that is cited as demonstrating a real danger to children. Buzzfeed points to the sensationalist media hype over a terrible article that claims cell phones are warping babies innocent helpless brains.

The journal Child Development published what was described as a review article an assessment of existing literature by Cindy Sage and Ernesto Burgio. It was titled Electromagnetic Fields, Pulsed Radiofrequency Radiation, and Epigenetics: How Wireless Technologies May Affect Childhood Development, and was published in a special section of the journal addressing technology risks.

The paper got picked up by the UK national media. An article in the Express, published in May, asked: Could wireless technology be causing MAJOR health problems in your children?

It said: Wireless mobile phones, laptops and tablets could be causing major health problems in children and contributing to autism and hyperactivity, a new study warns, and said that these devices, which even include baby monitors, emit radiation and electromagnetic fields that pierce thin skulls, harming memory, learning and other mental skills.

However, a new paper published in the journal PeerJ by Dorothy Bishop, a professor of developmental psychology at the University of Oxford who specialises in developmental conditions such as autism, and David Robert Grimes, a medical physicist also at the University of Oxford, has issued severe doubts about the study. They said its claims are devoid of merit and should [not be] given a veneer of legitimacy.

The Child Development paper claimed that phones, Wi-Fi, and other sources of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are widely documented to cause potentially harmful health impacts that can be detrimental to young people.

The actual article in Child Development isnt quite that sensationalist, but its bad in other ways. As is usual in this kind of article about the horrors of electromagnetic radiation, I always wonder if, after they get rid of our cell phones, theyre planning to get rid of that great big thermonuclear-powered source of radiation and electromagnetic fields in the sky after all, its silly to go after the piddling sources of feeble EMR while ignoring the many orders of magnitude greater zapper of rays that is bathing our whole planet in a seething stew of wavelengths and photons and rays and all that sciencey crap.

I wonder what the mechanism might be that...

23:46

US-backed SDF Allegedly Seized Omar Oil Fields. But What Is Really Going On? Global Research

UPDATE 2: The SDF media wing released a new statement in English (source):

Our forces carried out a large-scale military operation aimed at the concentration of mercenaries in the fields of Omar oil in the early hours of

23:44

Netanyahu Very Upset with Iraqi Forces Capturing Kirkuk, Takes Action to Reclaim Oil Global Research

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is very upset with Baghdads decision to drive back pro-Barzani forces from important cities and energy sites in Iraq.

One week ago, Iraqi pro-government forces launched a powerful offensive along the entire Kurdish frontier in

23:42

Food, Agriculture and the Global Ecology: Rolling Back the Tide of Pesticide Poison, Corruption and Looming Mass Extinction Global Research

An anthropogenic mass extinction is underway that will affect all life on the planet and humans will struggle to survive the phenomenon. So claims Dr Rosemary Mason in a paper (2015) in the Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry. Loss

23:39

History: How Britain Assisted the Soviet Unions Fight Against Hitler Global Research

In previous installments of the Episodes, we have frequently described the obvious examples of British diplomatic maneuvering in regard to Hitler immediately prior to and at the beginning of World War II (please read, for example, the chapters Poland

23:37

10 Films That Will Blow Your Mind TruthTheory

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Movies have these transcendent moments where everything is just right, from the dialogue to the music to the lighting to the narrative context; everything is just perfect, and something magical happens the film breaks through the screen and does something to you. ~Jason Silva

The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only its as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues. ~Terry Pratchett

1.) The Zeitgeist Trilogy:

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~R. Buckminster Fuller

This series has created much heated debate. Laced with scathing ideas that challenge the mainstream perception of things, it reveals the thin line between conspiracy theory and truth, while challenging the viewer to question everything using their own skeptical research. Although it is artistic propaganda in itself, it shows the other side of the coin of mainstream propaganda and provides a counter-intuitive, devils advocate perspective on the cultural dynamic. Just take it with a grain of salt and be sure to don your skeptics hat as well as your thinking cap.

Overall the trilogy advocates for a transition from the global money-based economic system to a post-scarcity economy, or resource-based economy. It aims to progressively evolve into an automated technological utopianism based on sustainable ecological concepts and the scientific administration of society. Once you get past all the religious, political, and economic buildup, you get to the best part of the series, in my opinion: The Venus Project.

2.) Fight...

23:35

Environmental Protest in Australia Global Research

Environment activists and watchers will be detaching themselves briefly from their various points of resistance to observe the implications of a High Court decision in Australia that was handed down last week. The decision found that various anti-protest provisions of

23:32

In Unpublished Personal Letters Bruce Lee Describes His Own Process Of Personal Awakening TruthTheory

Dylan Charles, Editor
Waking Times

True martial arts is a path of spiritual awakening revealed through dedication to practice and commitment to understanding yourself better at each stage of life. Bruce Lee is the worlds most iconic martial artist as well as a contemporary spiritual philosopher, and in his personal journals he documented his own psychological and spiritual awakening.

In the last years of his life he wrote a number of letters and articles to himself regarding his own personal journey of self-actualization, and while never published, these documents emphasize that the process of personal awakening is one of the most important undertakings any human being can take on.

Archived by the Bruce Lee Foundation, these intensely personal notes have a great deal to offer todays seeker working to uncover their truest potential. Here, Lee asks the most important question anyone can ask themselves, Who am I?

At the moment Im wondering for whom am I writing this organized mess? I have to say I am writing whatever wants to be written.

I have come to the realization that sooner or later what it really amounts to is the bare fact that even an attempt to really write something about ones self demands, first of all, an honesty towards oneself to be able to take responsibility to be what we actually are.

What it boils down to is my sincere and honest revelation of a man called Bruce Lee. Just who...

23:30

Selected Articles: The Threat of Military Dictatorship in America Global Research

Did you know that thanks to the contributions of our readers, we have been able to maintain complete independence? This means that we do not accept support from any private foundations, which now more than ever are seeking to

23:26

Video: ISIS May Surrender Eastern Bank of Euphrates to US-backed Forces Global Research

On October 22, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that they took control over the Omar oil fields in eastern Deir Ezzor, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. Lilwa al-Abdallah, one of the SDF spokespersons, said in a

23:25

The American Left: RIP Global Research

Once upon a time the leftwing of the political spectrum was committed to the advancement of the working class and its protection from political and economic abuse by the owners of the means of production. Consequently, the leftwing was politically

23:25

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23:25

YEMEN: A Vaccination will not Make the Bombs Go Away 21st Century Wire


NATO-aligned NGOs obfuscate NATO member state and Saudi client state crimes against the Yemeni people. 

Jonathan M Harris

The destruction of Yemen is a perfect example of how the international community can destroy a nation, kill thousands of its citizens, allow private companies to make billions in profit from arms sales and without so much as a red face still pretend to care. The absurdity is spellbinding.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), alongside UNICEF and the caring, sharing World Bank (yes that bunch of) have announced yet another polio immunization campaign in Yemen. Its almost as if they have some kind of conscience.

Sounds great! But, and its a big BUT, earlier this month the UN, in its own words described the destruction of Yemen as an entirely man-made catastrophe. Now dont get me wrong, polio is a problem and needs to be fought. But, the very fact that members of this international community can supply warplanes to Saudi Arabia, who use them to bomb the crap out the people of Yemen and then these same members of the international community can then pretend they care about what happens to the people of Yemen, is absurd.


The wholesale destruction of Yemen. Military assistance & arms supplied by three permanent members of the UNSC. France, UK, US. 

Readers might think it cruel to accuse those supporting polio programmes of pretense. It is sad, but certainly not cruel. The money made from the misery in th...

23:24

The Harmful Effects of Antifa Global Research

A historic opportunity is being missed. The disastrous 2016 presidential election could and should have been a wakeup call. A corrupt political system that gave voters a choice between two terrible candidates is not democracy. 

This should have been the

23:22

1937 Painting Includes Tribesman Holding What Appears To Be An Iphone TruthTheory

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

A 1937 image painted by artist Umberto Romano seems to show a Native American holding an IPhone.

The imaged called Mr. Pynchon and the Settling of Springfield includes confused looking tribesmen and american sailors circling around what looks to be a curious native looking at the IPhone.

Unfortunately the image does have a more sinister side, being the depiction of the American colonialism of Springfield. In the battles related to this specific take over led by William Pynchon, it is thought over 8000 Natives lost their lives.

The image is mysterious in nature and whatever story Romano is trying to tell seems to center around this phone like contraption. Let us know what you think it is, and please share this article!

I am Luke Miller the author of this article, and creator of Potential For Change. I like to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life.Grab a copy of my free 33 Page Illustrated eBook- Psychology Meets Spirituality- Secrets To A Supercharged Life You Control Here

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23:16

Daily Inspiration --- Gubaidulina & Berio OpEdNews

Some of the 20th Century's most innovative composers were born the last week of October: George Crumb, Dominick Argento, Ned Rorem, Howard Hanson, not to mention Georges Bizet, Nicolo Paganini and Johann Strauss from the last century and a personal favorite of mine, Domenico Scarlatti from the Baroque era.

23:12

51 GOP Senators Just Voted To Cut $1.5 Trillion from Medicare and Medicaid To Give Super-Rich and Corporations a Tax Cut TruthTheory

The Republican budget, declared Sen. Sanders after its passage, is not a bad bill. Its a horrific bill.

Along strict party lines, the Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday night voted to pass a sweeping budget measureone criticized as both despicable and horrific for providing massive giveaways to corporations and the super-rich while eviscerating funding for social programs, healthcare, education, and affordable housing.

Another dark deed done: GOP passes obscene budget to slash Medicare/Medicaid & explode the deficit all in the name of tax cuts for the 1%.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon)
The measure passed by 51-49 vote, with only one Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, joining every Democrat and the chambers two Independents who voted against it. Its approval now paves that way for massive tax giveaways to the wealthy and corporations...

23:03

Pay to Play Censorship? Facebook Wants to Charge Publishers Access to Their Newsfeed 21st Century Wire

Ever since the defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Silicon Valley firms like Google and Facebook all of who backed Hillary Clinton and ploughed huge sums of money into her losing campaign have been on a mission to try and marginalise and disappear alternative news content which runs counter to the mainstream party line.

Zuckerberg: Sold-out his use base for fame and fortune.

Now Facebook wants to charge publishers and businesses who want their content to be visible in the sites News Feed section.

This latest move by Facebook is a continuation of a pattern of corporate-fascist behaviour designed to kill-off dissent and alternative sources of information. This also raises a few important questions:

Q: Doesnt this amount to censorship?
A: Yes. This is a clear case of corporate censorship by stealth. If Facebook is allowed to pull this off, then only large corporations, start-up and foundation-funded media outlets will be able to afford to pay to be seen.

Q: Has Facebook done this before?
A: Yes. When FB introduced its Boost feature on fan pages in 2015, organisations like 21WIRE were then forced to pay Facebook money per post in order for that post to be seen by people who liked our 21WIRE Facebook page. Even though we have over 30,000 organic likes, we must pay Facebook a minimum of $10 per post for our content to be seen by roughly 1,500 to 2,000 fans of our page. So essentially, its been quietly running a pay-to-play swindle for years now.

In this way, Facebook is able to pull increased revenue from corporations and foundations, while simultaneously burying independent media and bloggers in the process a double win for the obsessive controllers of the Silicon Valley.

RT International reports

Facebook is testing out a change to their network in six markets. As a result, posts from some publishers and businesses will be removed from the sites News Feed section. The change has caused a dramatic drop in referral traffic to news outlets....

23:00

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A lovely White-breasted Nuthatch, from Kengi.

Kengi, all rights reserved.

22:35

Intelligence Quotient Freethought Blogs

With Donald Trumps blathering about his IQ, its now a news-worthy topic. Oh, boy fake news about fake science.

Whenever discussions of IQ tests crop up, its mandatory that someone says the only thing IQ tests measure is how well you do on IQ tests which is pithy and true, but somehow IQ tests remain a going concern. Like many other bits of psychological pseudo-science, mainstream psychology has distanced from it, but it was promoted and publicized enough that it immediately was adopted into the popular culture (pop psychology) personally, I dont give psychology a pass for its propagation of a technique that was immediately known to be wrong yet was attractive and plausible enough to serve as a tool in the arsenal of racists that were trying to justify their a priori beliefs.

Elsewhere, I have pointed out that I consider psychology to have discredited itself as a field, up until the 1980s and the advent of neuroscience. [stderr] [stderr] Its important to note that the inventors and early promoters of IQ testing were all psychologists Binet, Terman, Goddard and the pseudoscience was published and promoted using the prestige of the new field: Psychological Review, Psychological Bulletin. This is not an old problem eugenicists, who were at the point of barely understanding evolution, leapt headlong to the conclusion that psychometry could be used to demonstrate differences between the various races. It is not hyperbole to say that psychology practically invented scientific racism and Ill go so far as to say that psychology probably would never have gotten the popular air-play it did, if it hadnt been servicing racism. And, as usual, where psychological pseudo-science led, psychiatry followed it was psychiatrists that were secretly sterilizing the mentally retarded (many of whom were merely uneducated, or deaf) or applying the standards psychologists developed to select immigrants.

The problem rather clearly has not ended; it actually got worse.

Alfred Binet, the inventor of IQ testing, was one of the first psychologists to acknowledge that there was a problem in fact he was the first psychologist who framed the problem as the only thing IQ tests measure is how well you do on IQ tests what he was doing was looking for a specific correlation between the test results, and a stud...

22:19

Netanyahu To Go To London Next Week For Balfour Declaration Centennial - Veterans Today Veterans Today

__________ Jerusalem Post Netanyahu To Go To London Next Week For Balfour Declaration Centennial Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to London at the beginning of November to take part in events marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. This will be Netanyahus second visit to Britain in a year after his meeting there []

22:08

One Year Later, Coastal Elites Still Dont Understand Why Voters Turned To Trump The Federalist

A year ago this week, I flew to Cleveland, rented a car, and spent the next ten days driving across eastern Ohio and Pennsylvania, stopping in small towns and cities to talk to people about the upcoming presidential election.

Like most journalists and political pundits, I thought Hillary Clinton would win, but narrowly, in part because of places like Trumbull County, Ohio, and Luzerne County, Michiganplaces that had historically voted Democrat but I thought might go for Trump. To use a now-clich term, I suspected these white working class communities, many suffering from decades of industrial decline, felt left behind by the Democratic Party and ignored by the GOP. I thought voters frustrated by the establishment in Washington DC might just vote for a political novice like Trump, warts and all.

It turns out, I was rightmore so than I realized. Enough people in the Rust Belt voted for Trump (against all expectations he won Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin) to hand him the Electoral College and send him to the White House. A year later, many media and political elites still dont understand why or seem the least bit curious to find out. The mainstream media, convinced its the last line of defense against a fascist Trump regime bent on shredding the Constitution, has sunk to pedantic meme-making in response to credible charges of bias and incompetence in its coverage of the administration.

The Democratic Party has begrudgingly admitted it needs to talk more about the economy and reach out to voters in the middle, even as Democrats themselves have steadily moved left on everything from abortion to health care. For their part, Republicans continue to be divided among Never-Trumpers, befuddled conservatives, and pro-Trump populists wholl support the president no matter what he says or how little his administration accomplishes.

Many Trump Voters Were Looking For a Scapegoat

Lost in all of this are the people across the Midwest who actually voted for Trump. They had their reasons, some of them good and some of them terrible. But a common theme was a seething discontent with the status quo, and not just the political establishment of the two major parties but also the media, which many people told me was part of the problem.

Oftentimes, this discontent was directed at the wrong things, the misfortunes of a town blamed on the wrong causes. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the town of East Liverpool, Ohio, a hollowed out place that sits on a bluff overlooking a bend in the...

22:07

5 Ways To Know If Weve Won The Culture War The Federalist

After he forced something of a climbdown from the NFL on the national anthem protests, some were arguing that President Trump is winning the culture war.

But just because the other side is losing doesnt mean youre winning. Donald Trump versus the left strikes me as the Iran-Iraq culture war, in the sense captured by Henry Kissingers famous quote about both sides losing (which is, in fact, possible). Ben Domenech once described this as a post-apocalyptic culture war, in which Trump has been embraced by the increasingly large portion of evangelicals who believe the culture wars are over, and they lost. So instead of looking for someone who will set a positive example, theyll settle for an unprincipled blowhard who promises hes got your back on political correctness.

This may be a foolish and shortsighted approach, but it does raise an interesting question: what would winning in the culture war actually look like? The Rights embrace of Trump suggests they have lost sight of any such positive visionbut its hard to know whether youre winning or losing if you have no idea what winning would mean.

This isnt about everyone backing the particular political solutions I favor, because thats not what the culture war is about. Its a contest over broader and deeper issues that have, in many ways, a more direct effect on our happiness and wellbeingand establish the conditions for any kind of wide-ranging political victory. As Andrew Breitbart used to remind us, politics is downstream of culture.

Im not asking what it would mean to achieve a final victory in the culture war, because there is never a final victory. If we are no longer fighting a culture war over, say, gay marriage, I am sure we will be fighting over something else. But what would make us think that we were making progress?

I dont know what your answer to this question would be, and I suspect its different from mine. As a secular pro-free-marketer, I come from a unique perspective. But none of us can achieve anything in the culture war unless we know the direction we want to head. So here are my modest suggestions for the main points that would constitute progress in the culture war.

1. A Renaissance of Great Books Education

By the Great Books, I dont mean just a particular list of texts that convey important ideas. I m...

22:07

5 Ways To Not Celebrate The Reformations Quincentenary This Year The Federalist

In case you missed the memo, this October 31 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luthers nailing of the 95 Theses on the Wittenberg doors, beginning the Protestant Reformation. A movement of such immense and lasting effect will obviously induce strong feelings.

Some of those feelings spring from genuine Reformation issues. Others are rooted in a fantasy of what the Reformation was about, dictated more by what people want it to mean rather than what it actually meant. Here are five of the big misinterpretations of the Reformation to avoid this year.

1. The Reformation Celebrates Anti-Catholicism

Catholicism is not a dirty word. Its also not a denominational label. Its what the Christian church is confessed to be in the Nicene Creed. If a church is not catholic, it is not Christian by any historic standard. To be catholic is to claim a universality in space and time, in space with the church across the globe and in time with the church of all ages. Sects are not catholic. Personality cults are not catholic.

This is why the reformers had to claim continuity with the historic church. From the historic catholic church, they received and confessed the biblical doctrines of the Trinity, the Incarnation, the atonement, and the sacraments, to say nothing of the Bible itself. Their writings repeatedly referenced not only ancient and medieval fathers, but even canon law.

Martin Luther himself was a doctor of theology in the Catholic Church, a supervisor of Augustinian monks, and sought to be a faithful servant of the Catholic Church. Theres an argument to be made that had he arisen earlier or later, his movement would be something akin to Augustinianism or Thomism, a school of thought within the greater Western Catholic tradition. Luther would have been appalled that a church was named after him. Thats what schismatic sects did.

On the Roman Catholic side of the equation, consider how on several issues the popes church embraced Luthers reforms. Communion is routinely offered in both kinds. The mass is done in the language of the people. The Bible is encouraged to be read. Luthers famous hymn, A Mighty Fortress, is even in the Roman Catholic hymnbook!

Luther did not separate himself from the catholic church. He was excommunicated by the pope, and for challenging a fundraising racket that went all the way up to the papacy. Luther was shocked by the popes involvement and had naively believed Peters successor would be just as alarmed by the sale of indulgences as he was.

Luther realized the practice of selling indulgences could only be propped up by a corrupted substructure of other doctrines. Luther was a Tea Partier doing a massive diagnostic on the engine of medieval Christianity, hoping to undo a divergent, anti-evangelical (technically, semi-Pelagian, anti-Augustinian, or Neoplatonic) movement of late medieval C...

22:07

4 Questions About The Alexander-Murray Health Insurers Subsidies Bill The Federalist

Upon its unveiling last week, the health insurance stabilization measure drafted by Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) received praise from some lawmakers. For instance, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) stated that health care reform ought to be the product of regular order in the Senate, and the bill [the sponsors] introduced today is an important step towards that end.

Unfortunately, the process to date has not resembled the regular order its sponsors have claimed. Drafted behind closed doors, by staff for a committee with only partial jurisdiction over health care, the bills provisions remained in flux as of last week. Moreover, the bill apparently will not undergo a mark-up or other committee action before the bill is either considered on the Senate flooror, as some have speculated, air-dropped into a massive catch-all spending bill, where it will receive little to no legislative scrutiny.

Four questions help clarify the process concerns regarding the Alexander-Murray proposal.

Why didnt Alexander know his bill provided taxpayer funding of abortion coverage?

Following my article last week highlighting how the cost-sharing reduction payments appropriated in the legislation would represent taxpayer funding of plans that cover abortion, a reporter for the Catholic-run Eternal Word Television Network interviewed senators Alexander and Murray (along with myself) about the issue.

Alexander told reporter Jason Calvi that he hadnt discussed the life issue with staff, indicating he had little inkling of the effects of the legislation he sponsored:

Alexander then claimed that Im sure the president will address the abortion funding issue. But executive actionwhich a future president can always rescindis no substitute for legislativ...

22:06

Here Are The 15 Fallen U.S. Soldiers Of 2017 And How To Help Their Families The Federalist

At the Brigade level, he is a social-security number that is tracked.
At Division level, he is a story board.
At the Corps level, he is a statistic.
At the Company and Platoon level, he is a gaping hole in the souls of a hundred men.
To his family, it is the end of the world.
Jim Gourley, 2010      

We have been discussing Gold Star families for the better part of a week now. The longer this spectacle continues, the sadder it becomes. The controversy is ostensibly about how our politicians and society treat the loved ones of those who have given the last full measure of devotion, but any meaningful focus on the stories and needs of these families themselves has been conspicuously absent. This article wont mention the actions of politicians on either side of the aisle, because the story should never have been about them in the first place.

But maybe we can bring some good out of the fact that the families of the fallen have become the subject of our media cycle. To formalize a Twitter thread I posted on Wednesday, here is a short profile of every serviceman we lost in 2017, as well as verified GoFundMe accounts or memorial funds for many of their families. These are the people who matter. Lets focus on them.

Sr. Chief Petty Ofc. William Ryan Owens (1/29/17 Yemen)

Chief Owens was killed in action in a Navy SEAL raid against the ISIS leader. His wife, Carryn, was honored with a standing ovation that lasted more than two minutes at this years State of the Union address.

Sgt. First Class Mark De Alencar (4/8/17 Afghanistan)

De Alencar was a green beret who promised his stepdaughter hed be home for her graduation. Eighty of his fellow green berets took his place. SFC De Alencars widow recently released a video of her phone call with President Trump.

In lieu of active GoFundMe accounts for SCPO Owens and SFC De Alencar, donations can be made to the Special Operations Foundation, which provides scholarships for the children of special operators who were killed in action.

First Lt. Weston Lee (4/22/17 Iraq)

Lee was killed in action by a roadside bomb in Iraq, outside of Mosul, during the coalition-led offensive to retake the city from ISIS. A ranger school classmate remembered Lee as a friend, a true gentleman, and an American hero. He had a southern drawl even during movement to contact in the swamps. He adored his girlfriend and loved his co...

22:06

Why Schools Shouldnt Stop Teaching To Kill A Mockingbird Because Of The N-Word The Federalist

This summer, I re-read To Kill a Mockingbird for the fourth or fifth time. I rediscovered the beauty of Harper Lees understated prose and the humanity of the story she tells about a little girl growing up in the Jim Crow South, witnessing and gradually coming to grasp its attendant injustices. I recall thinking to myself that this wonderful book wasnt likely to make it through our countrys ongoing culture wars. Unfortunately, I may have been right.

Last week, a school district in Mississippi announced that it was pulling the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic from its 8th grade reading list because, according to the school boards vice president Kenny Holloway, the language in the book makes people uncomfortable. He is referring, of course, to the use of the n-word found throughout the book.

According to the schools website, there are plenty of other books that can teach the same lessons of To Kill A Mockingbird without the uncomfortable language. And this may be true. But can they do it with the same beauty and subtlety as Harper Lee? Certainly not.

We Need Books That Tell Hard Truths Well

So many books these days are focused more on identity politics or social justice than they are on describing the human condition, the highest calling of artwhich Lee excelled at. Whats more, the rich depth of Lees prose ensures that her insights into the human condition, set in the context of mid-20th century American racism and prejudice, will stay with the reader long after putting her novel down.

Books arent significant just for the social lessons they teach. To Kill a Mockingbird has something monumental to say about society, race, compassion, and justice, as well as about the painful process of growing up. It is important, however, that Lees book raises these issues in a way that resonates in ones mind and soul. Another book might espouse the same values or assert the same moral lessons as To Kill a Mocking Bird, but do so in a way that is hollow and two-dimensional, and thus wouldnt leave a lasting impression on the reader.

The n-word is an uncomfortable word for anyone to read. Most people dont relish thinking about its use and the historical denigration of blacks in America. But Lees book is not encouraging the use of that word. Its simply describing its use. Indeed, its difficult to imagine anyone reading To Kill A Mockingbird and walking away thinking that the author is praising the use of such language. Instead the book is, in a sense, a historical document and a testament to the terrible mistreatment, injustice, and social segregation of blacks in the south prior to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

Our Societys Desire For Collective Amnesia

But thats just it. People increasingly would rather not be reminded of history. History is ugly, upsettin...

22:06

Lefts Gold Star Attacks On Trump Administration Suspend Good Faith And Common Sense The Federalist

The Franciscan Friar and Logician, William of Ockham, posited the principle of lex parsimoniae, or the law of briefness, in the 14th century. The philosophical theory, now ubiquitously referred to as Occams Razor, is relatively simple. It states that if two explanations for an occurrence exist concurrently, the simpler explanation is nearly always correct. In modernity, the idea has often been expressed with the phrase, when you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.

Its an idea that would strike most as basic common sense. But in the desperate search for rationalizations which confirm ones own biases, Ockhams philosophy is frequently forgotten.

In the hours following Chief of Staff John F. Kellys emotional press conference on Thursday, in which he described in vivid detail the common procedure following a soldiers death, as well as the private words spoken to him after his own sons death, he was attacked in the media with frothing, vitriolic fervor. Anonymous keyboard pundits on Twitter had some of the worst comments to offer. I saw Kelly described as odious, a yes man, a coward, and as a man who had lost all credibility and dishonored the memory of his son.

The lefts rhetoric goes something like this: President Trump called a grieving widow and purposefully disrespected her, and her late husbands memory. When his call was made public by Congresswoman Wilson, who listened in on speakerphone, John Kelly, whose own son was killed in the line of combat, spoke out because he was pressured by Trump, and was afraid of losing his job. According to Wilson, Kellys also a racist. In this telling, Trump has a lack of human empathy and an empty soul, and John Kelly dishonored his dead son and dehumanized a congresswoman.

Lets apply Occams Razor to the Gold Star he said, she said. And remember, the simplest explanation is usually correct.

Determining President Trumps Motives

We have option A: President Trump called a grieving widow, when there was no requirement to do so, with the sole intention of insulting her. He purposefully said hurtful words out of cruelty. The left was righ...

22:06

Trump Officials Luxe Travel Spending Makes Swamp-Draining Promises Look Like Hypocrisy The Federalist

Have you given more to the economy than Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton? They pay more in taxes than you do, and sacrifice themselves for their country in ways you cant even imagine. Its a safe bet their taxes do more to help pay for government aircraft than yours do. If they want to use an Air Force jet to get around, they should be able to.

Reasonable, right? Linton certainly thought so!

The above excerpts a sensational Instagram reply in which the Treasury secretarys wife unleashed a torrent of condescension toward a commenter for questioning whether taxpayers should foot the bill for jet-powered Mnuchin getaways.

When Lintons comment began making waves, she turned her Instagram private, confirming that not even #tomford sunnieswhich were tagged in the postwere enough to block all the haters. But these are the Mnuchins. The others arent like them.

The Rules Are Different for People Like Us

Mnuchin, after all, repurposed a California bank as a foreclosure machine at the height of the housing collapse. A top-earning Goldman Sachs executive, Mnuchin also dabbled in producing Hollywood titles.

Prior to his confirmation as Treasury secretary, at an event in which he was asked about his movies, Mnuchin had the legal awareness to deflect those questions with this answer: Well, Im not allowed to promote anything that Im involved in. So I just want to have...

22:06

Is Your Kid A Cowboy For Halloween? Social Justice Warriors Already Hate Him The Federalist

Americans celebrate a lot of holidays. Ever the wet-blankets, social justice warriors will take any opportunity to demonstrate their virtue and accuse others with tiresome, baseless epithets like racism, sexism, and cultural appropriation. As Halloween approaches, SJWs and professional nags will be on the attack.

One school in Walpole, Massachusetts has canceled its annual Halloween costume parade. The school principal said, the costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students. Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all students individual differences are respected.

The school will instead have an after-hours Orange and Black Spirit Day. How festive. What the principal isnt saying is that they dont want to deal with angry parents who complain about offensive costumes. Can you blame him? Unfortunately, the vague statement doesnt say what everyone is thinking: SJWs are stealing kids fun (and, most likely, candy).

You People Are Why We Cant Have Any Fun

Of course there have been instances of offensive costumes. Theyre almost always on a website and not actually worn by a child. A legitimate case can be made regarding the recent news of an Anne Frank Costume for Girls that was marketed on the European, Canadian, Australian, and British versions of the website HalloweenCostumes.com.

In the United States the costume was marketed as WWII Costume for Girls. After a link to the site circulated around Twitter and people registered their disbelief and outrage, the company put out the following statement:

We sell costumes not only for Halloween, but for many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays. We offer several types of historically accurate costumes from prominent figures to political figures, to television characters. We take feedback from costumers very seriously. We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time. We apologize for any offense it has caused, as thats never our intention. If you have additional questions or concerns, please let us know.

The company has a reasonable explanation for carrying the costume. Their decision to remove it is also reasonable. Unfortunately, this isnt the last of the discussion on outrageous costumes. Fox News reported recently that Party Citys The Wall costume also enraged Twitter users. One person called it directly racist. Another said If I see anyone wearing a The Wall costume, fair warning, youre getting punched. Like hard.

Keep in mind the costume is literally a shapeless garment with a brick wall...

22:05

Pro-Abortion Crusaders Protest Nonprofits That Offer Free Ultrasounds And Diapers To Struggling Moms The Federalist

If theres a far-off land where failed ideas, ungrounded accusations, and malice all go to live out the rest of their days in peace, perhaps #ExposeFakeClinics will someday travel there for good.

Until then, abortion absolutists at Reproaction, Abortion Access Hackathon, and Lady Parts Justice League are all-in for round two of #ExposeFakeClinicsa national campaign that aims to smear and malign pro-life pregnancy help centers and medical clinics that offer women alternatives to abortion and healing from past abortions.

Just in time for Halloween, the newest crusade is slated for October 23-27, when its organizers hope to rally abortion supporters in a coordinated online and in-person attack against community-supported pregnancy centers and medical clinics that are rescuing a child from abortion every two minutes in the United States alone.

Calling upon supporters to help end (the) deception that is the pro-life pregnancy help movement, the current iteration of #ExposeFakeClinics follows the groups initial foray into organized slander back in July. Since 99 percent of clients at pregnancy centers nationally reported a positive experience, the first campaign predictably failed spectacularly in its stated mission. It did, however, provide pregnancy centers a golden opportunity to showcase the results of their hands-on work to provide women and families with life-affirming options.

Hes Here Right NowLook At Him

Former comedienne Lizz Winstead, the co-creator of Comedy Centrals The Daily Show, led abortion enthusiasts at the campaign kickoff back in July. Their picketing of Womens Choice Network in Pittsburgh was interrupted by a young man and his two-year-old son, who had been rescued from abortion through the centers work.

This little guy wouldnt be here if not for that [center], you know what Im saying? the man told protesters. Whats going on here? What type of demonic stuff they got going on here. My son was almost an abortion, but we didnt have it. Hes here right nowlook at him.

Another woman who had been a client at a pregnancy center in Minnesota said she thought the #ExposeFakeClinics campaign was a joke when she first caught wind of it, noting that she felt empowered to make my own decision thanks to the center during her unexpected pregnancy.

Regardless, in mid-August, Winstead led a group dressed as nineteenth-century suffragetteswho uniformly opposed abortion, which they called child murder and decried as a barrier to womens rightsin a march outside of a life-saving pregnancy center in Long Island that serves more than 300 women each month with free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, material aid, and more.

Rather than exposing pregnancy centers as fake, #ExposeFakeClinics unwittingly reveals the positive effects the nations 2,600 life-affirming centers and ultrasound-equipped medical clinics make each day.

The Online Air War

W...

22:02

Classic Who: GHW Bush and the JFK Assassination WhoWhatWhy

The highly anticipated release of long-withheld US government documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is scheduled for this Thursday, October 26. In anticipation, the media has devoted more attention to this history-altering political murder than at any time since the hoopla surrounding Oliver Stones 1991 film JFK.

On Saturday, President Trump tweeted:

Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.

This sounds like good news, although it remains to be seen whether some files will continue to be withheld by the president.

As the main outlet probing this and other transformative cold cases,  WhoWhatWhy has pointed out that many questions remain unanswered and many key issues unresolved. Once the documents are released, well turn loose our crack team of document analysts and report back our findings.  

WhoWhatWhy Staff


What possible connection could there have been between George H.W. Bush and the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Or between the CIA and the assassination? Or between Bush in the 1960s and the CIA? For some people, apparently, making such connections was as dangerous as letting one live wire touch another. Here, in anticipation of the forthcoming final release of long-classified JFK assassination records, is an excerpt from WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Bakers bestseller, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, Americas Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. The story is a real-life thriller.

Note: Although these excerpts do not contain footnotes, the book itself is heavily footnoted and exhaustively sourced. This article first appeared 9/16/2013.


Poppys Secret

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When Joseph McBride came upon the document about George H. W. Bushs double life, he was not looking for it. It was 1985, and McBride, a former Daily Variety writer, was in the library of California State University San Bernardino, researching a book about the movie director Frank Capra. Like many good reporters, McBride took off on a slight, if time-consuming, tangent spending day after day poring over reels of microfilmed documents related to the FBI and the JFK assassination. McBride had been a volunteer on Kennedys campaign, and since 1963 had be...

21:54

Gnter who? Freethought Blogs

I dont know who Gnter Bechley is, but apparently he writes for the Discovery Institute, and he despises me.

I despise the dogmatic and sometimes even fanatical stance of some evolutionists like P.Z. Myers (Pharyngula blog), Laurence Moran (Sandwalk blog), Jeffrey Shallit (Recursivity blog), Jerry Coyne (Why Evolution is True blog), freelance writer John Farrell, the anonymous coward behind The Sensuous Curmudgeon blog, and other infamous web activists against Intelligent Design and religion.

If you follow the link, youll discover hes one of those people who thinks the theory is in imminent danger of collapsing, because scientists keep learning new things, and babbles about new discoveries in hominid evolution. Just two little problems there: the details of the timeline of human history are not the theory part of evolution, and a willingness to accommodate new evidence is a good thing.

I guess hes just going to have to keep on despising me, but its OK when the despisers are so absurdly wrong.

21:30

NAKBA 2017: The Never-Ending Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine 21st Century Wire


Susiya village, overlooking neighbouring mountains in South Khalil. (Photo: Robert Inlakesh)

Robert Inlakesh
21st Century Wire

Susiya is a Palestinian village located in the Southern hills of Hebron (al-Khalil). This village has borne witness to infinite cruelty from the illegal state of Israel and endured a long history of harassment, destruction and ethnic cleansing. The current situation, unfortunately, is a repeat of the past and because corporate media has paid no attention to this important issue, I decided to visit the village to find out, first hand, what was going on.

In 1983 Israeli occupation forces made way for their illegal settlement in this region, which now belongs to the council of Har Hevron. Three years later in 1986 the Israeli army then made the decision to destroy the original village forcing the locals from their homes and to a nearby site further alongside the mountain. Since Susiya is in area C of the West Bank an area which takes up 60% of the West Bank and is completely under illegal Israeli military occupation, without the presence of the Palestinian Authority it is required to produce permits for any structures built by and for its residents. Between the years 1993 and 2001 Susiya faced 6 demolitions, again facing significant demolitions in the years 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Notably the Israeli settlements built in former Susiya, house over one thousand Jewish Israeli citizens that out-number the small Palestinian population that have chosen to remain at the site of their historical homestead. This population is an estimated 350 Palestinians. Now after pressure from an Israeli Settler group called Regavim, Susiya is living under the threat of annihilation again.

Israels Defense Minister ...

21:07

The current killer opioid epidemic and the great 19th century Opium Wars against China Jon Rappoport's Blog

The current killer opioid epidemic and the great 19th century Opium Wars against China

Alert: Some of these drugs are not simply addicting; they cause instant death.

by Jon Rappoport

October 24, 2017

In this article, I present several pieces of information side by side. These would be starting points for further investigation.

ONE: The UK Daily Mail: not just heroin. It had been mixed with two lethal man-made opioids fentanyl, a painkiller 100 times more potent than morphine; and carfentanyl, an elephant tranquilliser 10,000 times stronger than street heroin.

Now the drugs have arrived in Britain and a spate of sudden deaths in Hull, the worst incident in the UK so far, shows their devastating impact. Just a few grains of carfentanyl 0.00002g can be fatal.

These lethal drugs have begun cropping up across the country first found in Blyth, Northumberland, then suspected in deaths and drug busts from Leeds to London, St Albans to Southampton, Wakefield to Winchester, and Wales to Northern Ireland.

TWO: In the 19th century, selling opium to China was very big business for England. Of course, addictive opium was devastating to China, who tried to stop the trade. Two Opium Wars against China (1839-42 and 1856-60) followed. The Encyclopedia Britannica states:

In each case the foreign powers were victorious and gained commercial privileges and legal and territorial concessions in China [including the uninterrupted sale of opium]. The conflicts marked the start of the era of unequal treaties and other inroads on Qing sovereignty that helped weaken and ultimately topple the dynasty [which had ruled since 1644]

It would be hard to overstate the lasting fury and resentment of Chinese rulers against the foreign powers who defeated and humiliated them in the Opium Wars.

THREE: Flash forward. FOX Business, March 31, 2017. Headline: DEA: Made in China Lethal Opioid Fueling US Drug Epidemic.

This [Chinese] stuff is unbelievably potent. It is so powerful that even a tiny amount can kill you, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne tells FOX Business. China is by far the most significant manufacturer of illicit designer synthetic drugs. There is so much manufacturing of new drugs, [its] amazing what is coming out of China. Hundreds of [versions], including synthetic fentanyl and fentanyl-based compounds.

China only made the drug [...

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Child Welfare is complicated Freethought Blogs

I Have Forgiven Jesus has a post up on their experiences of the child welfare system from the inside in the state of Wisconsin. I thoroughly recommend reading it:

Social services workers are almost always overworked, underpaid, and very unappreciated. There are no TV shows or movies celebrating what they do. If theyre ever portrayed its usually as exhausted and mildly incompetent, with the latter usually being a direct consequence of the former. Compared to other public servants, such as the police, firemen, nurses, and even teachers, theyre largely invisible, little thought of, and certainly not worthy of fetishization by popular culture, as opposed to the aforementioned.

Generally, the only time the general public is aware of anything relating to child welfare is when something horrible happens a child dying in foster care, or a social worker clearing a family for child abuse or neglect only for one or more children dying. At the same time there is a nagging, and not entirely undeserved perception of child welfare workers breaking apart and ruining families after all, they are paid representatives of sociopolitical structures that have historically oppressed people unluckily born into bad situations not of their making [3].

Throwing services at people is analogous to putting bandages on gaping wounds. The child welfare system is a reactionary multifaceted entity that does not, and indeed cannot address and rectify the deep underlying issues relating to institutionalized racism and income inequality. Until these issues are meaningfully addressed, we should expect little to change. The best we as a society can hope for is the ongoing refinement of what works, and the ceasing of what doesnt.

Ambivalence about granting the government the authority to break your family apart is healthy skepticism. As the post states, the two competing reasons for a child welfare case to be opened are substantiated allegations of sexual abuse, and substantiated allegations of neglect. But are poor parents truly neglecting their children in the way we typically think of the word? There was a local story in my news, for example, of a mother who was referred to Children & Family Services for dental neglect. But dentistry is not included in Albertas socialized medicine. If the mom cannot afford an appointment, surely that merits a different response than an allegation of sexual abuse. Yet if the family lives in poverty, the effects of that accumulate, and a worker may deem this danger to the child.

Like the post says, this is victimizing people for trying to play the hand theyve been dealt. The service has its uses, but societal inequality has to be addressed to make it more just.

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What happens after half your town burns down? Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Last month, I wrote about how insurance companies are getting ahead of the curve by preemptively dropping coverage and/or significantly raising the cost of policies for properties believed to be at increased risk. Less than four weeks later, forest fires ripped through Sonoma and Napa counties and destroyed 7,000 structures most of them single family homes. These fires are now ranked as the most destructive and expensive in California history. Too many things were built in a place that guaranteed tragedy sooner or later.

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Amid controversy, Joshie Berger opens a restaurant at Clow UFO Base (Fiction) Freethought Blogs

OOC Note: My issue is with Joshie Berger, not any form of Judaism.

By Reporter X

Worst Cooks in America winner Joshie Berger refused to address assault allegations made by an ex-girlfriend as he opened a new restaurant at Bolingbrooks Clow UFO Base.

I dont want to talk about an x-ray of a cracked eye socket.  I want to talk about the opening of Worst to First!  This is the story I want to tell.

According to Berger, Worst to First features Savory Secular Dishes with a dash of political incorrectness.  He added, I never am politically correct, and thats why people love me.  Youll also love my food.  Thanks to the Food Network, Im now one of the best cooks in America, and visitors to Clow can enjoy my dogma-free dishes and say whatever they want.  No PC police allowed in my establishment!  Did I mention that Im writing a book and I just found an interstellar publisher?

DJ Grothe, former president of the James Randi Educational Foundation, and co-owner of Worst to First, sort of talked about the assault allegations against Berger.

Both sides are wrong.  Sorry, wrong argument.  How do we know what is true?  The average person believes in UFOs, but all true rational people know that UFOs arent real.  Should we just take the word of someone without at least four rational witnesses?  Im just playing devils advocate.  And despite what a certain sufferer of the ERA thinks, when I ran TAM, I never heard any complaints against Joshie within the prescribed time that I told every attendee about.  Any critic of post-modernism will agree with me.  So lets stop talking about Facebook posts, and lets unite the entire Atheist Movement behind Joshies cooking.

During the opening day, the dishes received mixed reviews from the patrons.

Belzid, from the Kilitz Empire, said she loved her dish.  I loved the Blackened Macaroni with American and Feta Cheese!  Most people would set a fire in the pan and walk away.  These noodles were burned with care!

Zopastko, from the Polaris Alliance, did not like his dish.  I ordered the BLT with fried lobster, and they gave me broiled lobster instead.  I was mad, but then Joshie came out and said a Yiddish word with his special accent.  How could I stay mad at him?

While the opening night was busy, there was an incident when a human couple entered the restaurant.  Each one was wearing a faceplate.  Berger ran into the lobby and confronted them.

Berger:  Youre wearing face guards because you think Im going to hit you, arent you?  Do you believe...

20:17

Gay Pornography Freethought Blogs

Oh, NYTImes. You have all the details about Bill OReillys latest sexual harassment, assault and rape settlement. You have all the details, and youre willing to share:

21st Century Fox, acknowledges that it was aware of the womans complaints about Mr. OReilly. They included allegations of repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to her, according to the people briefed on the matter.

Emphasis mine.

Really, NYT? If it was fellatio focussed porn, would we know that? If it included anal penetration, would that be fit to print? Shall we presume that there was no cum shot, or just that the cum shot was, shall we say, not newsworthy?

 

Sending pornography to someone who has not previously given Crystal Clear Consent to receive pornography from you is bad, bad, bad, bad, and wrong. Sending it to someone who actually does not want it from you is sexual harassment. It doesnt matter if you would happily consent to receiving heterosexual pee porn, but that gay stuff isnt your thing. It doesnt matter why you decline. It doesnt matter if youre a slut. It doesnt matter if you love porn but just arent into Bill OReilly. It doesnt matter what youre wearing when you receive OReillys e-mail.

Maybe people who work at Fox are more likely to publicly proclaim gay porn icky than they are to proclaim straight porn icky, but at risk of going on at length, it doesnt fucking matter if you work at Fox News.

Its horrible that you seem to think we want to know what kind of porn gets OReilly off. Its horrible that you seem to think that someone needs a reason to say no to porn or that non-consent isnt enough, but non-consent + perverted is [whatever perverted happens to mean to you]. And its really, really fucking horrid that you think that slapping the label gay on there makes OReillys behavior any more unacceptable, the victims trauma any more understandable, or the victims refusal to grant consent any more justifiable.

No means no, you fucking fucks. Take your implicit-victim-blaming ass out of here, and your little dog Heterosexism, too.

19:41

Iraqi PM Rebuffs U.S. Decree That Foreign Shia Militias Should Leave Country 21st Century Wire

Ever since ISIS appeared in Iraq in 2014, both the policies and strategies coming out of Washington have ranged from confused to inept, as politicians and Pentagon officials spar over whether or not to cooperate with various Iranian-affiliated Shia militias and Peoples Mobilization Units (PMF), led by Hash d al-Shaabi and Badr Organisation.

The driving factor behind Washingtons stance is the Israeli Lobby and Gulf state led by Saudi Arabia who vocally oppose any US cooperation with Shia PMFs in Iraq. This lack of coherency has also helped alienate the Iraq government in Baghdad who appear to be less and less concerned with Washingtons sectarian imposition and more concerned with closing-out the ISIS threat in Iraq.

This dysfunctional US policy of exclusion in local operational partners on the ground may have helped to prolong the lifespan of ISIS in parts of Iraq. Washingtons insistence on playing the sectarian card has led to its inability to openly cooperate with key players to benefit of ISIS.

Notice how the AFP report below categorically refers to Shia militia in Iraq at Iranian militias another example of the western mainstream media intentionally skewing language in order to give a false impression that all Shia militias in Iraq are Iranian which is patently false.

This week: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson drew the short straw again, as Pentagon warhawks send him to Riyadh on another impossible mission

AFP reports

Iraq on Monday rebuffed a US demand that Iranian militias leave the country, insisting that the paramilitary forces which helped it defeat the Islamic State group consist solely of Iraqi nationals.

Nobody has the right to interfere in Iraqi affairs, the Iraqi cabinet said in a statement, quoting a source close to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

The fighters of the Hashed (al-Shaabi paramilitary units) are Iraqis who are concerned for their country and have sacrificed for its defence and for its people, it said.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson demanded that Iranian militias leave Iraq.

Certain...

19:21

Final Straw: Anarchist Perspectives on DACA It's Going Down

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This week we are presenting two anarchist voices regarding DACA, among many other things. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and has been in the news recently because of a stay on this program by the current administration.

I should say that these two interviews were conducted separately, and I am trying something different regarding their presentation, namely weaving the two of them together in the way that seemed to make the most sense to me so as to present all the information in the most succinct way, all in the same place, while still trying to preserve the arcs of both interviews. Im still not really sure how I feel about this radio tactic, and Im seeking opinions from listeners if you feel moved to shoot me an email via thefinalstrawradio@riseup.net.

The two interviews were very different, and from slightly different
perspectives though the two interviewees were both anarchists and both living in North Carolina. We talk about DACA and its histories, some psychological and logistical impacts of this stay on affected communities, and the mental calisthenics involved in being an anarchist while living in a world so saturated by the state and all it entails.

If you enjoyed this presentation, both of the interviews in their entirety including my replies and questions are on The Final Straw Radios archive.org collection for anyone to listen to. Just visit archive.org and search The Final Straw Radio Collection and navigate to the post entitled DACA interviews, full versions.

The interviewers recommend getting in touch with regional organizations for solidarity and resources where possible. CIMA operates out of Asheville, and stands for Compaeros Inmigrantes de las Montaas en Accin, which is a regional network connecting and strengthening organizations that empower Latino communities in Western North Carolina. At one point about 25 organizations actively participate in the coalition. You can follow them on the web at http://cimawnc.org/ and email them at info@cimawnc.org.

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New Bureaucratic Sleight of Hand Being Used to Punish NC Prison Rebels It's Going Down

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As explained by one prison rebel active with the 3rd Party Black Panthers, currently in segregation on the RDU at Marion, NC: If a prisoner is charged with an A-class offense of any nature, the prisons are giving you recommendations for I-Con, but thats no longer in existence. So they calling it Resistrictive Housing per Administrator. The facility heads are not signing off on that scam, so prisoners who are found guilty of A-class offenses [who would normally get 30 days seg] are now getting 6 months of restrictive housing, then 3 months modified housing.

Not only that, prisoners can now be removed at any time into a more punitive segregation at a facility in Marion, NC, not unlike the Control Management Units reported on by former political prisoner Daniel McGowan. Writes the same prisoner: Now its all being set up to fly prisoners out of the facilities on any day of the week directly to this RDU program where you are stripped of everything: law work, law books, and anything religious thats not in line with the facilitys redneck, cross-burning hillbillies!

All this translates to a kind of bureaucratic sleight of hand by which rebellious, conscious, and disruptive prisoners, as well as mentally disabled prisoners are likely to face many times the amount of months in isolation than they would have before. These shifts in methods of social control can be read as a response to rebellion on both sides of the wall, in particular targeting prisoner-led revolt large and small, including the nationwide strike which struck US facilities in September 2016.

Solidarity with NC prison rebels,

-some anarchists

18:58

UN Syrian Chemical Weapons Report Exposes Washingtons Lies Global Research

This article was originally published by GR on December 16, 2013

The release of a United Nations chemical weapons inspectors report pointing to multiple sarin gas attacks carried out by so-called rebel forces further exposes the Obama administrations lies about

18:38

US Soldiers in Niger: A Hidden Global Mission Global Research

Featured image: Sgt. La David Johnson (Source: Patch)

Empires of scale are often spread thinly across fields of operations. Vast, often opaque functions on the ground are not necessarily conveyed with accuracy to the metropolitan centre. Command structures, for

17:58

93-Year-Old President Carter: Russians Didnt Alter Election, Obama Didnt Deliver, We Didnt Vote for Hillary Global Research

Spot the odd one out

One of these six people says that Russians did not alter the election outcome, or vote for Hillary.

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In a lengthy interview with The New York Times recently, 93-year-old former President Jimmy

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UVA's Miller Center Plans Three Days of Russophobia OpEdNews

Even as some Democrats are at long last growing frustrated with the lack of actual evidence for the past several months of stories about Russia stealing a U.S. election, Russiagate has penetrated so deeply that Trump's ambassador to the United Nations has declared Russia's alleged crimes to be acts of war. That Russia's fictional actions being warfare would make Donald Trump guilty of treason is really a minor glitch ...

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NEO Oxford Propaganda Front attacks Veterans Today, the NeoCon Witch Hunt begins - Veterans Today Veterans Today

By Gordon Duff First published October 21, 2017 A hit piece based on an Oxford Study on an obscure publication known as Veterans Today, was recently covered in Americas right-wing press. Moscow: The publication, certainly obscure in all but military and intelligence circles was accused of being funded and run by Russia to influence Americas []

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Time To Scrap The Iranian Nuclear Deal! - Veterans Today Veterans Today

  Although he hasnt gone far enough, with respect, and the deal may yet survive, President Trump was right to decertify it. As always the president is being kept in the dark by his intelligence advisers. As the CIA knows perfectly well, and as I stated in my book Spyhunter as long ago as 2014, []

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Phony War in Syria: ISIS Hands Over Euphrates East Bank, Oil Assets, to US in Big Deal - Veterans Today Veterans Today

from SouthFront On October 22, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that they took control over the Omar oil fields in eastern Deir Ezzor, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. Lilwa al-Abdallah, one of the SDF spokespersons, said in a statement that the SDF managed to liberate the fields without notable damages. Pro-SDF []

13:59

CrimethInc.: From Democracy to Freedom Presentations It's Going Down

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This winter, we will be offering presentations on our new book, From Democracy to Freedom. If you can arrange something for us in your town, university, or elsewhere, please contact us: rollingthunder@crimethinc.com. Below are the details about the next two presentations, coming up this weekend in Philadelphia and Richmond.

Presentation: From Democracy to Freedom

Democracy is the most universal political ideal of our day. George Bush invoked it to justify invading Iraq; Obama congratulated the rebels of Tahrir Square for bringing it to Egypt; Occupy Wall Street claimed to have distilled its pure form. From the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea to the autonomous region of Rojava, practically every government and popular movement calls itself democratic.

And yet it was democracy that brought Donald Trump to power, not to mention Adolf Hitler.

What is democracy, precisely? How can we defend ourselves against democratically-elected tyrants? Is there a difference between government and self-determination, and are there other ways to describe what we are doing together when we make decisions? Drawing on the latest book from the CrimethInc. collective, the presenters will explore these questions and more. Join us for a lively discussion!

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13:58

The Academic Freedom Letters - Veterans Today Veterans Today

What to do when the trustees and president try to destroy their own University? Alberta's Ministry of Education must step in and fire them, says Owen Holmes, a founder of the University of Lethbridge

13:50

The Drug Industry's Triumph Over the DEA [WantToKnow.info: All News]

Gulf of Mexico dead zone is [WantToKnow.info: All News]

I-Team: Public company launched to investigate UFOs [WantToKnow.info: All News]

A team of former spies and spooks came out of the shadows Wednesday to talk about UFOs. The men formerly worked in national security positions within the Pentagon or intelligence agencies, which is where they were first exposed to classified information about UFO encounters. Now, they've signed on with rock star Tom DeLonge in his quest to build a public company that could study and harness exotic technology. The fact that these high-level government operatives would appear on the same stage with a rock star turned UFO hunter ... shows that serious people think it's time for secrecy to end and public involvement to begin. Part of what was learned in Wednesday's announcement involves a stunning UFO encounter with one of the most powerful warships in the world. On a sunny day in 2004 off the coast of San Diego, the USS Nimitz battle group encountered a technology beyond anything known on earth. It was a mystery aircraft shaped like a 46-foot long Tic Tac that hovered and maneuvered for hours and defied the F-18's sent to intercept. "In a series of discreet tumbling maneuvers that appear to defy the laws of physics, the object takes a position directly behind the approaching F-18. The pilots capture gun camera footage and infrared imagery of the object but are outmatched by a technology they have never seen," said Chris Mellon, former Defense Department intelligence official. An investigation by the navy was hushed up. The only public mention was in a little known aviation magazine read by pilots.

Note: Watch an intriguing 40-minute video of this group of very high level military intelligence talking openly about UFOs (transcript here). This is clearly a carefully planned and staged event. The question is to what end? Watch an excellent eight-minute video showing something is seriously fishy about Tom DeLonge and his company. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing UFO news articles from reliable major media sources. Then explore the excellent, reliable resources provided in our UFO Information Center.

#MeToo: Social media flooded with personal stories of assault [WantToKnow.info: All News]

Two simple words became a rallying cry on Twitter to stand against sexual harassment and assault. "Me too." Social media was flooded with messages Sunday, mostly from women, who tagged their profiles to indicate that they have been sexually harassed or assaulted. On Sunday actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a note that read "Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet," she wrote. The movement started in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and its ensuing fall out. Weinstein has been disgraced after several women have accused him of sexual misconduct. After Milano posted the message to her Twitter account, an onslaught of women - some famous and many not - tweeted "Me too" and shared their experiences. The declarations also took over Facebook and reportedly French women did something similar by tweeting their experiences of being sexually harassed at work using the hashtag "balancetonporc" or "squeal on your pig." Milano said she is passionate about women's rights. "Sexual harassment and assault in the workplace are not just about Harvey Weinstein," she wrote." We must change things in general." On Monday Twitter confirmed ... that #MeToo had been tweeted more than a half a million times.

Note: Watch the five-minute video at the link above to hear the harrowing personal experiences of woman pressured to be sexual against their will. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing sexual abuse scandal news articles from reliable major media sources.

Will Trump allow release of final JFK assassination documents? [WantToKnow.info: All News]

More than 50 years after President John F. Kennedy was slain in full view of the world, the final government documents about his death are set for release. The documents are among the last of still-secret papers the government amassed on the assassination. Some grand jury and tax documents will remain secret. The JFK Records Act passed in 1992. The law mandated the government release the remaining files to the public and gave it 25 years to do so. October 26, 2017 ... is the deadline for full release. The National Archives said government agencies had deemed files covered by the act prior to its passage too sensitive for release. They run the gamut from FBI to CIA materials and all manner of documents said to pertain to investigations into Kennedy's death. The Archives said the full collection ... spans millions of documents. Many files have been released about the Kennedy assassination over the years, including some in redacted form. Barring a waiver from the President, the obscured text will be revealed. The full release of the documents would mark the end of a decades-long struggle for researchers to get a hold of all available information. A Gallup poll in 2013 showed 61% of respondents said more than one person was involved in the shooting and some pointed to the Mafia, the government, the CIA, Cuba and others as playing a role.

Note: An October 21 AFP article reported that Trump said he intends to allow these files to be released as planned. Many are unaware that an official report from 1979 by the U.S. House of Representatives stated: "The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy." For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing Kennedy assassination news articles from reliable major media sources.

Killing Americans on U.S. Soil: Eric Holder's Evasive, Manipulative Letter [WantToKnow.info: All News]

On December 7, 1941, Japanese war planes bombed the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Six decades later, Al Qaeda terrorists flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Neither President Franklin Roosevelt nor President George W. Bush targeted and killed Americans on U.S. soil in the aftermath of those attacks. Doing so wouldn't have made any sense. How strange, then, that Attorney General Eric Holder invoked those very attacks in a letter confirming that President Obama believes there are circumstances in which he could order Americans targeted and killed on U.S. soil. "It is possible ... for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States," he wrote. "The President could conceivably have no choice but to authorize the military to use such force if necessary to protect the homeland in the circumstances of a catastrophic attack like the ones suffered on December 7, 1941 and on September 11, 2001." The very scenario to be guarded against is a president using the pretext of a terrorist attack to seize extraordinary powers. Isn't that among the most likely scenarios for the United States turning into an authoritarian security state?

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on government corruption and the erosion of civil liberties.

HSBC 'sorry' for aiding Mexican drugs lords, rogue states and terrorists [WantToKnow.info: All News]

Executives with Europe's biggest bank, HSBC, were subjected to a humiliating onslaught from US senators on Tuesday over revelations that staff at its global subsidiaries laundered billions of dollars for drug cartels, terrorists and pariah states. HSBC's subsidiaries transported billions of dollars of cash in armoured vehicles, cleared suspicious travellers' cheques worth billions, and allowed Mexican drug lords buy to planes with money laundered through Cayman Islands accounts. Other subsidiaries moved money from Iran, Syria and other countries on US sanctions lists, and helped a Saudi bank linked to al-Qaida to shift money to the US. The committee had released a damning report on Monday, which detailed a collapse in HSBC's compliance standards. Executives at the bank [were] consistently warned of problems. HSBC's Mexican operations moved $7bn into the bank's US operations, and according to its own staff, much of that money was tied to drug traffickers. Leigh Winchell, assistant director for investigative programs at US immigration & customs enforcement ... said 47,000 people had lost their lives since 2006 as a result of Mexican drug traffickers. The senators highlighted testimony from Leopoldo Barroso, a former HSBC anti money-laundering director, who told company officials in an exit interview that he was concerned about "allegations of 60% to 70% of laundered proceeds in Mexico" going through HSBC's affiliate.

Note: HSBC may have been founded to service the international drug trade. They eventually settled this case for $1.92 billion. The corrupt bankers were not criminally prosecuted. Settlements like this often amount to "cash for secrecy" deals that are ultimately profitable for banks. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing banking corruption news articles from reliable major media sources.

Under pressure, Lockheed opens up about secret weapons unit [WantToKnow.info: All News]

Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon's No. 1 weapons supplier, has rarely felt the need to blow its horn about its secrecy-shrouded crown jewel. "Skunk Works," Lockheed's business for developing weapons outside the company's main chain of command, is starting to lift the veil in a sign of fierce pressure to win new orders and protect its brand. Skunk Works has been celebrated since it developed the first jet fighter in 143 days during World War Two to battle the Nazis. But its logo was kept off buildings and employees were barred from saying where they worked. Now, the company has published a glossy brochure with a 10-point "Skunk Works 2015" agenda focused on keeping costs down, working closely with government, and building prototypes. Its officials are meeting in small groups with all 3,300 employees, or "Skunks" as they are known, to underscore the importance of staying competitive. In one building, Lockheed is using the world's largest gantry machine and 3-D printing to build aircraft. Across campus, Lockheed has a giant airship ... and a compact nuclear fusion reactor that could revolutionize power generation. Skunk Works has survived over the years because it is not only an advanced research arm, but also makes money by managing a few signature programs, including the F-22 stealth fighter and other classified programs, general manager Rob Weiss told Reuters. He gave no numbers.

Note: According to this New York Times article, Lockheed Martin runs a "breathtakingly big part" of the US. This company also paid $4.7 million in 2015 to settle charges it lobbied for federal contracts with federal money. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles about corruption in government and in the corporate world.

Israeli, Palestinian women join peace march through desert [WantToKnow.info: All News]

Under a white tent on the shores of the Dead Sea, Huda Abuarquob's frustration melted away. Dancing arm-in-arm with thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women, she felt hope surround her. The women, who came together Sunday morning in the "Peace Tent," had marched through the desert to the lowest point on earth, to demand an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The march was the culmination of two weeks of events, attended by more than 30,000 women, throughout Israel and the West Bank, organized by Women Wage Peace, a grassroots organization calling for a "bilaterally acceptable political agreement." The last round of [peace] negotiations ... fell apart in April 2014, with the two sides blaming each other. A few months later, Israel and Gaza were at war. Women Wage Peace was founded in the aftermath of the Gaza war, when organizers felt there was a need for a different approach. "Something happened in 2014," said Yael Triedel, an Israeli who participated in the march. "The recognition that this is it. We have to do it. The leaders didn't manage to do it so far, and it's our responsibility to make it happen." On Sunday evening, tens of thousands of women gathered ... for the conclusion of the peace march. Former Knesset member Shakib Shanan, whose son was one of two border police officers killed near Jerusalem's holiest site in mid-July, spoke at the park. "We are allowed to say this out loud - we are lovers of peace.

Note: Don't miss pictures of this beautiful and powerful event at the link above.

How NBC gave up Ronan Farrow's explosive Harvey Weinstein scoop [WantToKnow.info: All News]

Reporter and NBC contributor Ronan Farrow pursued leads about Harvey Weinstein's misconduct for months, but NBC passed on the chance to publish his story. "Ronan was basically told to stop working on this," according to a source. So Farrow contacted David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker. Now the magazine is receiving widespread acclaim for publishing the investigation. What happened at NBC is a media world mystery. Did the network's executives not have the stomach for the inevitable legal threats? Were they trying to protect relationships in Hollywood? Or were there other reasons? The official explanation, from the news division's president Noah Oppenheim, is that "we didn't feel that we had all the elements that we needed to air it," so Farrow "took it to The New Yorker." But some staffers aren't buying that. And they're wondering why Farrow's taped interviews with accusers aren't being broadcast now. The question of how NBC could have let this scoop get away is big enough that it even came up on sister network MSNBC Tuesday night. Host Rachel Maddow asked Farrow, "Why did you end up reporting this story for The New Yorker and not for NBC News?" "Look," Farrow responded, "you would have to ask NBC and NBC executives about the details of that story." Earlier in the interview, he had mentioned that he taped one of his on-camera interviews way back in January.

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on mass media corruption and sexual abuse scandals.

Pressure mounts for Vegas police to explain response time [WantToKnow.info: All News]

Pressure mounted Wednesday for Las Vegas police to explain how quickly they reacted to what would become the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history after two hotel employees reported a gunman spraying a hallway with bullets six minutes before he opened fire on a crowd at a musical performance. On Monday, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo revised the chronology of the shooting and said the gunman, Stephen Paddock, had shot a hotel security guard through the door of his suite and strafed a hallway of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino with 200 rounds six minutes before he unleashed a barrage of bullets into the crowd. That account differed dramatically from the one police gave last week when they said Paddock ended his hail of fire on the crowd in order to shoot through his door and wound the unarmed guard, Jesus Campos. The parent company of the hotel has raised concerns that the revised timeline presented by police may be inaccurate. "We cannot be certain about the most recent timeline," said Debra DeShong, a spokeswoman for MGM Resorts International. "We believe what is currently being expressed may not be accurate." Undersheriff Kevin McMahill earlier defended the hotel and said the encounter between Paddock and the security guard and maintenance man disrupted the gunman's plans, but he would not comment on the revised timeline.

Note: Was this timeline discrepancy caused by poor communication, police department corruption, or something more sinister? Explore powerful evidence that Paddock (and other mass shooters) may have been a Manchurian Candidate programmed to do his deed.

Bay Area was site of psychic spy tests [WantToKnow.info: All News]

The U.S. government conducted experiments with Bay Area researchers to determine whether extrasensory perception, telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition could be used as "psychic spy tools" against the Soviet Union and other countries, according to a newly released study of the project. Psychic spies were used to try to pinpoint the location of Moammar Gadhafi before the U.S. bombing of Libya in 1986 ... University of Oregon psychology Professor Ray Hyman, one of the authors of the study, said. Dale Graff, a former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency's ESP program, told ABC's "Nightline" that psychics had provided the name of the city and the building where the Red Brigades terrorist group was holding kidnapped Brig. Gen. James Dozier in Italy in 1981. Dozier was freed by Italian police after 42 days. News reports at the time said the police were assisted by an undisclosed number of U.S. State and Defense Department specialists. Hyman and UC-Davis statistician Jessica Utts were commissioned by the CIA to evaluate the psychic spying project, code-named "Stargate." The government spent $20 million over two decades on the project. Several of the psychics' powers were tested in the Bay Area before the spies were put to work ... Hyman said. Experiments here focused largely on "remote viewing," which involved psychic communication between a "sender" and a "viewer". The government psychics were accurate about 15 percent of the time in their remote viewing experiments.

Note: Explore an excellent compilation of reliable material suggesting that remote viewing is very real.

Psychic Spies: Project Stargate [WantToKnow.info: All News]

For 20 years, US intelligence agencies have been experimenting with ESP. It may have helped locate American hostages in Iran [and] mapped a secret Soviet nuclear facility. At the height of the Cold War, everyone was worried about keeping up with the Soviets. Reports that the Soviets were using psychics to spy on us prompted us to do the same to them. Now that the Cold War is over ... Congress has asked the CIA to review the 20-year $20 million program to see what we got out of it. ABC News has obtained a copy of that report which is critical of psychic spying, saying that, "continued use in intelligence gathering operations is not warranted". That negative conclusion has the caused psychic spies ... to speak publicly for the first time. Joe McMoneagle was an Army officer and for the past 17 years one of the intelligence community's most successful psychic spies. McMoneagle claims to be able to describe ... people, places, and things he's never seen before, hundreds, even thousands of miles away. ABC news was told that psychic spying was used in about 500 cases. One case where psychic spies say they played a critical role was in 1989. Charles Jordan was a US Customs agent gone bad, a dangerous fugitive who had eluded police for 2 years. The collective wisdom at the time was that he was probably in the Caribbean. [One psychic spy] started describing him in North Wyoming ... at a campground. Using this and other information, Jordan was finally caught.

Note: Explore an excellent compilation of reliable material suggesting that remote viewing is very real.

Italy's high-rise forests take root around the world [WantToKnow.info: All News]

As balconies bristle with tree branches and sunshine dapples the leaves of thousands of plants, two apartment buildings in the heart of Milan have almost disappeared under lush forest. The brainchild of Milanese architect Stefano Boeri, the Bosco Verticale ... uses more than 20,000 trees and plants to adorn the high-rise buildings from top to bottom - a project now being exported all over the world. Cherry, apple and olive trees spill over balconies alongside beeches and larches, selected and positioned according to their resistance to wind and preference for sunlight or humidity. Boeri said the idea came from his obsession with trees and determination to make them "an essential component of architecture," particularly as a weapon to combat climate change. Boeri worked closely with botanists to create a nursery of a thousand trees that have been trained to grow under specific conditions. The team faced numerous challenges, from how the balconies should be structured to take the weight of the plants, to ... what needed to go into the soil. They even carried out resistance tests at a hurricane centre in Miami. "For every human being living in the building, there are about two trees, 10 shrubs and 40 plants," Boeri said. The vegetation soon transformed into a veritable wildlife park: 9,000 ladybirds brought over from Germany to eat parasites - to leave the plants pesticide free - multiplied over the space of a few weeks. "We did not expect ... the incredible amount of birds that nested here," Boeri said.

Note: Explore a treasure trove of concise summaries of incredibly inspiring news articles which will inspire you to make a difference.

Oil giant Shell bets on electric cars [WantToKnow.info: All News]

One of the world's largest fossil fuel companies is betting on electric cars. Royal Dutch Shell revealed a deal on Thursday to acquire NewMotion, one of Europe's largest electric vehicle charging providers. NewMotion specializes in converting parking spots into electric charging stations. The Dutch firm has more than 30,000 electric charge points in Europe, [and] says its founding mission was to "contribute to a cleaner world by eradicating fossil fuels." Now, it will be owned by one of the world's largest fossil fuel companies, albeit one that is investing more on renewable energy. That makes sense because European investors and governments have been cracking down on oil's most reliable customer: the internal combustion engine. Norway, France, Germany and the U.K. have all announced efforts to phase out vehicles powered solely by fossil fuels. Shell is based in The Netherlands, where electric cars are popular and the government has set a target to boost sales even further. Barclays warned in a recent report that by 2025 oil demand could be lowered by 3.5 million barrels per day due to electric vehicles and increased fuel efficiency on conventional autos. If electric vehicles become one-third of the car market by 2040, oil demand could drop by 9 million barrels per day from today's levels, Barclays estimates.

Note: Explore a treasure trove of concise summaries of incredibly inspiring news articles which will inspire you to make a difference.

13:42

Where the New York Times Fails to Understand War OpEdNews

Let's read a New York Times editorial from Monday:

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A Giant Hole Just Opened Up In Antarctica Thats Got Scientists Stumped True Activist

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Scientists are equally stunned and confused at the appearance of a massive hole in the middle of Antarctica thats estimated to be about the size of Lake Superior, or the state of Maine, as it clocks in at 31,000 square miles. While those working on figuring out the phenomenon arent sure what causes it to occur, this structure actually has a name already: polynya.

A polynya is an area of open water that is surrounded by sea ice, and they can occur anywhere that floating ice is a natural occurrence. In fact, this isnt the first polynya that has popped up in the same area, though its one of the most recent that scientists are better able to study because of modern technology.

The gigantic, mysterious hole is quite remarkable, atmospheric physicist Kent Moore told Motherboard. It looks like you just punched a hole in the ice.

While the origins and causation of polynyas are unknown and already has scientists working overtime to look at the incoming data, what makes this hole even more mysterious is the pattern at which it shows up. Back in the 1970s, a much larger polynya showed up in the same area, in Antarcticas Weddell Sea, but scientists at the time werent able to study it much without the proper technology.

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The polynya eventually went away and was unseen for four decades until last year, when it remarkably showed up again. It l...

13:28

Here Are The Most Dangerous Cities In The World For Women True Activist

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In a recent survey conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the organization asked experts in a range of womens issues in 19 different megacities about the amount of protection and support women receive in those cities. The megacities were categorized as those with a population of over 10 million people and the questions on the survey included protection from sexual violence and harmful cultural practices, and access to good healthcare, finance, and education. The results were harrowing and amounted to the fact that Cairo is the worst for sexual violence and harassment while London was the least dangerous in general.

Cairo is the capital and largest city of Egypt, which is the most populated country in the Arab world, and is the worst at protecting and supporting its female citizens.

Were still operating under a conservative country and its hard to take any radical progressive steps in the area of women and womens laws, said Omaima Abou-Bakr, co-founder of the Cairo-based campaign group Women and Memory Forum.

According to the local experts, cultural practices that date back centuries are still practiced in the country at large, despite rigorous campaigning to stop the violence. The practices include female genital mutilation (FGM), of which Egypt has one of the highest rates in the world, and child marriages. Though both of these practices were recently banned, 9 in 10 girls and women are still subjected to FGM and 17% of girls are married before they turn 18. Experts blame citizen unrest and government discontent, which came to a head in the Arab Spring, at stifling the progression of womens rights because it has been pushed to the back burner.

From the survey results, Cairo was followed by Karachi in Pakistan, Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of the Congo, then the Indian capital New Delhi as being the w...

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The California Inmates Fighting The Wine Country Wildfires The Marshall Project

Photographer Brian L. Frank captures the lives of men on the fire lines and at home in prison conservation camps.

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When Race Tips the Scales in Plea Bargaining The Marshall Project

New research finds that prosecutors give white defendants better deals than black defendants.

11:57

No State Solution: CNT Members on Catalonia, Spain, and the General Strike It's Going Down

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In the past month, millions have taken to the streets of Spain as part of an independence movement to break with the Spanish State and form and autonomous Catalonia government. After massive police repression took place during a voting referendum, anger grew at the government crack down and it looked like the nationalist movement might become overshadowed by a broader rejection of State authority in general. In this context, anarchist groups and anarcho-syndicalist unions in Spain pushed for a general strike, while mainstream and business unions called for polite protest.

In this episode we talk about the general strike that took place in Spain earlier this month, as well as the complicated situation anarchists and anti-authoritarians find themselves in. We discuss if anarchists have a dog in the fight of secessionist movements, and how autonomous anti-capitalist politics can find a foothold in a period of rising reactionary far-Right parties. At a time when open conflict grows between Catalan and Spanish elites and there is talk of a Kurdish State being on the table, the need to articulate a non-State solution is greater than ever.

Speaking with us are two members of the CNT (National Confederation of Labor), which is one of several anarcho-syndicalist unions in Spain. The CNT has a rich history in the country, and we talk broadly about the pre and post-Franco CNT, as well as its strategies for building support among Spanish workers. We also discuss how the CNT views participation alongside other anarchist groups, as well as the possibilities for a continuing global anarchist discussion between organizations, networks, formations, and individuals.

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11:38

Bill OReilly paid $32 million to settle sexual harassment claim Dvorak News Blog

So heres what I dont get and maybe its because I can do math, but

For $32 million you could pay several high priced hookers to have sex with you whenever you want. You could even swap them out as needed for variety. And you can do it without it technically being prostitution because theres a lot of women looking for a sugar daddy. So what does he pay all this money just for an attempt at sex?

11:29

Bannon attacks Bush and McCain, highlighting crisis within Republican Party OpEdNews

Bannon hopes to build a political bridge between the far right and the Republican Party's wealthy donors. And he hopes to drive a wedge between the so-called establishment section of the party and its financial and fundamentalist backers. In this way, he can either isolate and purge the pro-McConnell and neo-conservative elements or win sufficient support to justify breaking with the Republicans to found a third party.

11:23

US Coalition Bombing of Raqqa Comparable to the World War II Destruction of Dresden: Russian Defense Ministry Global Research

Combat aircraft of the US and the coalition bombarded Syrian Raqqa like Germanys Dresden was destroyed during World War II. In the operation to liberate the city from terrorists of the Islamic State (IS, terrorist organization outlawed in Russia), thousands

11:20

Catalan Regional Government Coup? Images of Police Violence Fake? Global Research

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11:19

Hassan Diab Still in Legal Limbo as He Approaches His Fourth Year in a French Prison Global Research

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Dr. Hassan Diab, the Canadian citizen and sociology professor who was unjustly extradited to France in November 2014, approaches his fourth year of imprisonment in France, despite his innocence.

In July 2017, the French investigative

11:18

China-Ruble Settlement and the Dollar System Global Research

The Peoples Bank of China has just announced a payment-versus-payment (PVP) system for Russian ruble and Chinese yuan transactions. The stated aim is to reduce currency risks in their trade. The only conceivable risk would be from the US

11:17

The Ben Stimson Case: Prosecuted for Fighting Fascism in Ukraine Global Research

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On July 14 this year a British man from the Manchester area named Benjamin Stimson, aged 41, a man the London Times called a socialist to add to his crimes, was convicted under

10:29

Trump's Fed Picks? More of the Same! OpEdNews

Trump would do well to appoint a Fed chair who follows the teachings of the Austrian school of economics and thus understands that the only thing the Fed can do to "fix" the economy is allow the correction to run its course. He should also use his bully pulpit to pass Audit the Fed and legislation legalizing competing currencies.

10:28

Youtube Moves to Protect President Trump From Assassination- But From Who? Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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This may be the most bizarre report ever filed in the history of The Common Sense Show. You willl not believe that Youtube is protecting the President. However, the most incredible thing about this report, is from who?

 

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Xero Radio Program with Josh Coy-Sessions Helping UN and more.. Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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This week on XEROradio:   Jeff Sessions teaming in the UN to assist in fighting AMERICAs  War on Drugs?   Also, mass reports from Alabama to California of convoys with dozens of unmarked, white trucks being escorted by US government vehicles.  More information coming in from rural parts of the country regarding the presence of military personnel suddenly appearing in remote locations in Montana, Oregon and many other states.  Reports indicate that the military has been the filling in caves with concrete in these areas, as well as knocking down trees to block access to deep logging roads.  All this on XEROradio w/ Joshua Coy

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The last few days Ive been limping around with every muscle in my body pulled and aching to some degree or another.

I started on wednesday with an empty dumpster.

Well, mostly empty, anyway. The toilet is the old one I replaced 2 years ago; it has been sitting (resting) in the basement waiting for me to have a good way to get rid of it.

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A brief bit of back-story: in 2006, I bought a decommissioned elementary school to use as a photography studio, woodshop, sewing room, darkroom, offline library, and place to store stuff. Basically, its a 5,500 square-foot closet with off-street parking on 9 acres with a view from a bluff over the west branch of the Susquehanna. I had been looking for a store-front I could rent in Clearfield, and turn into a studio/darkroom, but the real estate agent I was talking to said, why not look at the elementary school? nobody wants it, and itd be cheaper to buy it than to rent someplace. So, thats how that happened. Im embarrassed by how inexpensive real estate is around here; lets say that I owned the place outright for about $250/month. There are downsides, of course: fixing the roof has been a pain, its been broken into once and I spent a week running wire and installing an alarm system. When I got it the well pump was broken (since then city water has come through), Ive had to put on MOPP gear and remove asbestos, etc.

Over the course of the last decade, Ive done several winter projects usually, I take some room of the building and convert it, or organize it, or sometimes mess it up much worse. In 2015 I retrofitted the girls bathroom into a steampunk-style darkroom for wet plates, in 2014 I renovated the 2nd grade classroom into a photography studio with a built-in cyclorama. My work-year usually has two seasons of busyness: spring and fall winter is fairly dead. So its great to have someplace to go and a project to work on.

Since Im going to be doing more knife-forging, I decided to empty out the 4th grade classroom, which had become a sort of dumping ground for large, awkward things.

Well, its nice to have a flat place where you can lay out lumber scraps. And, something like a freezer chest is awkward to get rid of, a...

09:58

DHS and FBI Issues SHOCKING Public Warning-Must Go Viral Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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DHS and the FBI have issued a very concerning warning. You will not believe who released the information and you will be shocked as to what the threat is.

DHS and the FBI have issued a very concerning warning. You will not believe who released the information and you will be shocked as to what the threat is.

 

 

 

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09:49

I-Team: Public company launched to investigate UFOs [WantToKnow.info: All News]

A team of former spies and spooks came out of the shadows Wednesday to talk about UFOs. The men formerly worked in national security positions within the Pentagon or intelligence agencies, which is where they were first exposed to classified information about UFO encounters. Now, they've signed on with rock star Tom DeLonge in his quest to build a public company that could study and harness exotic technology. The fact that these high-level government operatives would appear on the same stage with a rock star turned UFO hunter ... shows that serious people think it's time for secrecy to end and public involvement to begin. Part of what was learned in Wednesday's announcement involves a stunning UFO encounter with one of the most powerful warships in the world. On a sunny day in 2004 off the coast of San Diego, the USS Nimitz battle group encountered a technology beyond anything known on earth. It was a mystery aircraft shaped like a 46-foot long Tic Tac that hovered and maneuvered for hours and defied the F-18's sent to intercept. "In a series of discreet tumbling maneuvers that appear to defy the laws of physics, the object takes a position directly behind the approaching F-18. The pilots capture gun camera footage and infrared imagery of the object but are outmatched by a technology they have never seen," said Chris Mellon, former Defense Department intelligence official. An investigation by the navy was hushed up. The only public mention was in a little known aviation magazine read by pilots.

Note: Watch an intriguing 40-minute video of this group of very high level military intelligence talking openly about UFOs (transcript here). This is clearly a carefully planned and staged event. The question is to what end? Watch an excellent eight-minute video showing something is seriously fishy about Tom DeLonge and his company. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing UFO news articles from reliable major media sources. Then explore the excellent, reliable resources provided in our UFO Information Center.

#MeToo: Social media flooded with personal stories of assault [WantToKnow.info: All News]

Two simple words became a rallying cry on Twitter to stand against sexual harassment and assault. "Me too." Social media was flooded with messages Sunday, mostly from women, who tagged their profiles to indicate that they have been sexually harassed or assaulted. On Sunday actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a note that read "Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet," she wrote. The movement started in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and its ensuing fall out. Weinstein has been disgraced after several women have accused him of sexual misconduct. After Milano posted the message to her Twitter account, an onslaught of women - some famous and many not - tweeted "Me too" and shared their experiences. The declarations also took over Facebook and reportedly French women did something similar by tweeting their experiences of being sexually harassed at work using the hashtag "balancetonporc" or "squeal on your pig." Milano said she is passionate about women's rights. "Sexual harassment and assault in the workplace are not just about Harvey Weinstein," she wrote." We must change things in general." On Monday Twitter confirmed ... that #MeToo had been tweeted more than a half a million times.

Note: Watch the five-minute video at the link above to hear the harrowing personal experiences of woman pressured to be sexual against their will. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing sexual abuse scandal news articles from reliable major media sources.

Will Trump allow release of final JFK assassination documents? [WantToKnow.info: All News]

More than 50 years after President John F. Kennedy was slain in full view of the world, the final government documents about his death are set for release. The documents are among the last of still-secret papers the government amassed on the assassination. Some grand jury and tax documents will remain secret. The JFK Records Act passed in 1992. The law mandated the government release the remaining files to the public and gave it 25 years to do so. October 26, 2017 ... is the deadline for full release. The National Archives said government agencies had deemed files covered by the act prior to its passage too sensitive for release. They run the gamut from FBI to CIA materials and all manner of documents said to pertain to investigations into Kennedy's death. The Archives said the full collection ... spans millions of documents. Many files have been released about the Kennedy assassination over the years, including some in redacted form. Barring a waiver from the President, the obscured text will be revealed. The full release of the documents would mark the end of a decades-long struggle for researchers to get a hold of all available information. A Gallup poll in 2013 showed 61% of respondents said more than one person was involved in the shooting and some pointed to the Mafia, the government, the CIA, Cuba and others as playing a role.

Note: An October 21 AFP article reported that Trump said he intends to allow these files to be released as planned. Many are unaware that an official report from 1979 by the U.S. House of Representatives stated: "The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy." For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing Kennedy assassination news articles from reliable major media sources.

Killing Americans on U.S. Soil: Eric Holder's Evasive, Manipulative Letter [WantToKnow.info: All News]

On December 7, 1941, Japanese war planes bombed the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Six decades later, Al Qaeda terrorists flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Neither President Franklin Roosevelt nor President George W. Bush targeted and killed Americans on U.S. soil in the aftermath of those attacks. Doing so wouldn't have made any sense. How strange, then, that Attorney General Eric Holder invoked those very attacks in a letter confirming that President Obama believes there are circumstances in which he could order Americans targeted and killed on U.S. soil. "It is possible ... for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States," he wrote. "The President could conceivably have no choice but to authorize the military to use such force if necessary to protect the homeland in the circumstances of a catastrophic attack like the ones suffered on December 7, 1941 and on September 11, 2001." The very scenario to be guarded against is a president using the pretext of a terrorist attack to seize extraordinary powers. Isn't that among the most likely scenarios for the United States turning into an authoritarian security state?

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on government corruption and the erosion of civil liberties.

HSBC 'sorry' for aiding Mexican drugs lords, rogue states and terrorists [WantToKnow.info: All News]

Executives with Europe's biggest bank, HSBC, were subjected to a humiliating onslaught from US senators on Tuesday over revelations that staff at its global subsidiaries laundered billions of dollars for drug cartels, terrorists and pariah states. HSBC's subsidiaries transported billions of dollars of cash in armoured vehicles, cleared suspicious travellers' cheques worth billions, and allowed Mexican drug lords buy to planes with money laundered through Cayman Islands accounts. Other subsidiaries moved money from Iran, Syria and other countries on US sanctions lists, and helped a Saudi bank linked to al-Qaida to shift money to the US. The committee had released a damning report on Monday, which detailed a collapse in HSBC's compliance standards. Executives at the bank [were] consistently warned of problems. HSBC's Mexican operations moved $7bn into the bank's US operations, and according to its own staff, much of that money was tied to drug traffickers. Leigh Winchell, assistant director for investigative programs at US immigration & customs enforcement ... said 47,000 people had lost their lives since 2006 as a result of Mexican drug traffickers. The senators highlighted testimony from Leopoldo Barroso, a former HSBC anti money-laundering director, who told company officials in an exit interview that he was concerned about "allegations of 60% to 70% of laundered proceeds in Mexico" going through HSBC's affiliate.

Note: HSBC may have been founded to service the international drug trade. They eventually settled this case for $1.92 billion. The corrupt bankers were not criminally prosecuted. Settlements like this often amount to "cash for secrecy" deals that are ultimately profitable for banks. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing banking corruption news articles from reliable major media sources.

Under pressure, Lockheed opens up about secret weapons unit [WantToKnow.info: All News]

Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon's No. 1 weapons supplier, has rarely felt the need to blow its horn about its secrecy-shrouded crown jewel. "Skunk Works," Lockheed's business for developing weapons outside the company's main chain of command, is starting to lift the veil in a sign of fierce pressure to win new orders and protect its brand. Skunk Works has been celebrated since it developed the first jet fighter in 143 days during World War Two to battle the Nazis. But its logo was kept off buildings and employees were barred from saying where they worked. Now, the company has published a glossy brochure with a 10-point "Skunk Works 2015" agenda focused on keeping costs down, working closely with government, and building prototypes. Its officials are meeting in small groups with all 3,300 employees, or "Skunks" as they are known, to underscore the importance of staying competitive. In one building, Lockheed is using the world's largest gantry machine and 3-D printing to build aircraft. Across campus, Lockheed has a giant airship ... and a compact nuclear fusion reactor that could revolutionize power generation. Skunk Works has survived over the years because it is not only an advanced research arm, but also makes money by managing a few signature programs, including the F-22 stealth fighter and other classified programs, general manager Rob Weiss told Reuters. He gave no numbers.

Note: According to this New York Times article, Lockheed Martin runs a "breathtakingly big part" of the US. This company also paid $4.7 million in 2015 to settle charges it lobbied for federal contracts with federal money. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles about corruption in government and in the corporate world.

Israeli, Palestinian women join peace march through desert [WantToKnow.info: All News]

Under a white tent on the shores of the Dead Sea, Huda Abuarquob's frustration melted away. Dancing arm-in-arm with thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women, she felt hope surround her. The women, who came together Sunday morning in the "Peace Tent," had marched through the desert to the lowest point on earth, to demand an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The march was the culmination of two weeks of events, attended by more than 30,000 women, throughout Israel and the West Bank, organized by Women Wage Peace, a grassroots organization calling for a "bilaterally acceptable political agreement." The last round of [peace] negotiations ... fell apart in April 2014, with the two sides blaming each other. A few months later, Israel and Gaza were at war. Women Wage Peace was founded in the aftermath of the Gaza war, when organizers felt there was a need for a different approach. "Something happened in 2014," said Yael Triedel, an Israeli who participated in the march. "The recognition that this is it. We have to do it. The leaders didn't manage to do it so far, and it's our responsibility to make it happen." On Sunday evening, tens of thousands of women gathered ... for the conclusion of the peace march. Former Knesset member Shakib Shanan, whose son was one of two border police officers killed near Jerusalem's holiest site in mid-July, spoke at the park. "We are allowed to say this out loud - we are lovers of peace.

Note: Don't miss pictures of this beautiful and powerful event at the link above.

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California passes legislation allowing the liquification of human bodies Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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(Natural News) Last Oct. 15, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the controversial Assembly Bill 967, or the bill that makes it legal to dispose of human remains through water cremation. Also known as alkaline hydrolysis, Californians will be able to choose this cremation method for their loved ones as early as 2020.

Despite its name, water cremation doesnt actually make use of water. The process entails placing a body into a steel vat containing an alkaline solution composed of 95 percent water and five percent potassium hydroxide or lye. The combination of chemicals, pressure, and heat that reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit (or 177 degrees Celsius) quicken the rate of decomposition until all that are left behind are bones, sterile water, and any medical implants. The remaining bones are then crushed into ash and returned to the family.

Matter Baskerville, an Illinois-based funeral director whose funeral home utilizes water cremation, has stated that the process leaves behind a finer, softer ash than what is normally produced by flame-based cremation.

According to DailyMail.co.uk, water cremation was first developed as a way to get rid of animal carcasses by processing them into plant food. It remained this way until the 1990s when two researchers at Albany Medical College in New York began disposing of lab animals through alkaline hydrolysis. These researchers then became involved with a company called WR2 that constructed the first water cremation machine that could handle a human bod...

09:24

Enter the Dragon, Exit the Turkey (Formerly American Eagle) OpEdNews

The emphasis from the Chinese leader is on global cooperation and multilateralism. In short, a peaceful and prosperous world. Contrast that to Trump's tirade before the UN General Assembly last month when he rhetorically swaggered and threatened nations with "total destruction."

09:22

PEDOPHILE WHISTLE BLOWERS BEWARE: The Long Reach of Hollywood Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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Just hours are more revelations about Hollywood's child-sex-trafficking rings, Corey Feldman is arrested in Lousiana on drug charges. How coincidential. Perhaps it is time that the nation started listening to ho bad it is in Hollywood. Here is the entire story

Just hours are more revelations about Hollywoods child-sex-trafficking rings, Corey Feldman is arrested in Lousiana on drug charges. How coincidential. Perhaps it is time that the nation started listening to ho bad it is in Hollywood. Here is the entire story:

 

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09:11

Which one is insane--Putin, Netanyahu, Erdogan, Ali Khamenei, or Massoud Barzani of Kurds? OpEdNews

Who can control President Donald Trump's family and his administration to stay away from corrupt people around the world?

09:02

Can You Handle The Truth About Conspiracy Theories? Latest blog

Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty. - John Basil Barnhill in 1914 A recent survey seems to indicate that more and more people are gaining a healthy distrust for their government and this is creating quite the conundrum for the powers that ought not to be. In an effort to counter this with propaganda a man by the name of Dr. David Grimes published a paper proving that conspiracy theories dont add up by using math and statistics.The paper is called On The Viability of Conspiratorial Beliefs and was published in the open-access peer-reviewed journal PLOS One. This paper may be the best example of why peer-reviewed doesnt equal scientific proof! In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth celebrates the new numbers of awakened individuals while at the same time completely debunking and destroying the paper "on the viability of conspiratorial beliefs".

09:01

You Wont Believe What They Are Teaching At Iowa State University Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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08:46

Churches sue FEMA. Tax-exempt, hate government, but want handout (VIDEO) OpEdNews

Most ads on TV market global suicide and we're programmed not to see it. A profit-driven system begets media that endlessly justify consumption and fuel the slow-motion destruction of our humanity.

08:01

Suspension of disbelief caught fire and exploded Freethought Blogs

I didnt like the premiere episode of the new Star Trek at all. I was so repelled that I felt no desire at all to see the second but I know, other people feel otherwise. Even some scientists are still enthusiastic. For instance, Jeremy Yoder lists all the bad biology in past and present episodes of the show, and still recommends it, even after the galactic fungus and space-hopping tardigrade story, which makes me nauseous to even listen to the video clip explaining it with outrageous technobabble. I guess his ability to suspend disbelief is far more robust than mine.

So, honestly, its hard to watch almost any episode of Star Trek without my biology-sense tingling. But heres the thing: the bio-bollocks is often deeply entangled with what makes Trek great. The episode of Voyager in which two characters are temporarily transmuted into one touches on questions of personhood, and what makes us unique, self-determining individuals. The shape-shifting villains of Deep Space Nine created innumerable opportunities for stories about paranoia and power in wartime and the risks of trading freedom for security. The biological impossibility of Mr. Spocks parentage makes him a touchstone for anyone whos lived with dual identities or a sense of alienation from their community. The de-evolution virus well, okay, that one I cant justify. But by and large, when Star Trek has stretched and often broken the limits of biological realism, its done so to tell stories that are worth the telling and that inspired many a nerdy kid to stick with science long enough to learn how fictional Star Trek really is.

I agree that the pseudoscience isnt the point of a Star Trek story. I just feel like, if the writers cared, they could take the time to get the science right, and that good science wouldnt detract from a good story.

07:58

Can Architecture Fix Our Health, Minds, Societies, Environment? OpEdNews

Of all the factors that impact our lives in major ways, with ripple effects into all corners of human existence, the question of how we build our built environment receives impressively little attention. We're far more likely to hear what can be done with sleep, diet, switching to a civilized healthcare system, emphasizing education rather than incarceration, creating a sustainable local economy, et al.

07:43

Balfour Merrymaking Potential PR disaster for British government - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Lord Arthur Balfours 1917 pledge and its consequences, played out over the last 70 years, ride roughshod over Christian values and humanitarian law. Rothschild replied to Balfours letter saying that the British Government has opened up, by their message, a prospect of safety and comfort to large masses of people who are in need of []

07:39

Israel maintains robust arms trade with rogue regimes OpEdNews

Israel has not divulged details of its ties to Myanmar's military government, but public records show that it has sold the military there armed patrol boats, guns and surveillance equipment. Myanmar's special forces have also been trained by Israelis.

07:36

US-North Korea Dangerous Rhetoric - Veterans Today Veterans Today

  Asif Haroon Raja The US-North Korea antagonism has its roots in the 1952-3 Korean War which had divided the country. While North Korea is backed by Russia and China, South Korea is protected by the US and it has a large military presence in the country. In order to ward off impending danger posed []

07:22

The Week Ahead: Solutions to the Dreaded School Drop-off Zone Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Chuck and Rachel discuss upcoming events in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Massachusetts. They also discuss Chuck's newest article on the pitfalls of school drop-off zones and chat about the special content they're preparing for next week.

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07:02

Week 7: Guide To NFL Players Who Protested During National Anthem Shadowproof

President Donald Trump threw another Twitter tantrum after several National Football League players protested during the national anthem on Sunday. He accused the NFL of showing no leadership when it comes to suppressing the free speech actions of players.

But it is not as if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell supports players, who are protesting during the anthem. Goodell said last week, following meetings with representatives from the NFL Players Association, that he thought players should stand. The NFL and team owners are trying to get to a point where no players are kneeling or sitting.

What Trump is upset with is that a private organization will not penalize or discipline its employees as they engage in freedom of expression that he abhors.

Nevertheless, owners like Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones have led the way in pressuring players to end their demonstration. There is no question the league is suffering negative effects from these protests, Jones declared. He promises to bench any player who disrespects the flag, even though this is about police brutality and racism and not national symbols.

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett responded, saying Jones comments reminded him of the Dred Scott case: Youre property, so you dont have the ability to be a person first.

In this generation, I think that sends the wrong message to young kids and young people all across the world that your employer doesnt see you as a human being, they see you as a piece of property, and if thats the case, then I dont get it. I just dont get why you dont see us as human beings first, Bennett added.

Taking a knee started with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the 2016 preseason. He declared, I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder. (He was referring to police who gun down black men and face nearly zero consequences for their actions.)

NFL owners blackballed Kaepernick. Several of them donated to Trumps inaugural committee or his presidential campaign.

There are larger systemic issues motivating the protest of players, but a few players, like Bennett, say they must show solidarity with Kaepernick. The first step to even being able to even have a conversation is making sure that Colin Kaepernick gets an o...

06:57

Daily Inspiration --- To die for OpEdNews

"At the moment of death, the soul experiences the same impressions as those initiated into the great Mysteries." -- Plutarch

06:54

J20 DefendantDane PowellIs Coming Home. Donate To His Post Release Fund It's Going Down

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Were so happy to update you on Dane Powell, our comrade in prison. His released date is fast approaching. We want to provide as much post-release support to Dane and his family and loved ones as we possibly can, as they traverse the challenging transition from incarceration to freedom. Its important to note, too, that he will be under highly-monitored probation restrictions and governed by extensive release conditions that will substantially curtail the exercise of his freedom.

We are so thrilled about his release. It is a day to celebrate, but we must be mindful, too, of the post-release challenges that await Dane, and offer our help, whenever, however, and wherever we can. Rebuilding his life (under probation restrictions and release conditions) is no small thing. Folks who know Dane personally will realize how different the life he will be required to live over the next two years on probation will be from the life he envisioned for himselfin the short term, at least.

We are most concerned, obviously, with assisting with his immediate challenges of securing (probation-approved) housing, employment, educational opportunities, reliable transportation, and whatever physical and emotional health and wellness support that he and his family may potentially require through this transition. We must, of course, also bolster Danes capacity to provide for his amazing kids.

Danes attention, together with the rest of ours, is on his co-defendants, especially those with upcoming trials in November and December of this year, and rightly so. But we must spread the love and resources around, so that everyone at every stage in these criminal proceedings, from arrest through post-release, experiences the loving support of this community. The quality of support Dane receives upon release, after serving four months in federal prison, will send a clear and valuable message to others embroiled in this drama about the love, solidarity, and continuum of care that they, and their loved ones, can anticipate as they stand against state repression.

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06:51

First Nations Assert Food Fishing Rights In Area of Fish Farm Restocking Warrior Publications

fish farm demandsMusgamagw Dzawadaenuxw Cleansing Our Waters, October 23, 2017
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First Nations Assert Food Fishing Rights In Area of Fish Farm Restocking Several food-fishing gillnet boats operated by Namgis and Musgamagw Dzawadaenuxw fishermen in Knight Inlet were approached on Friday evening by a salmon smolt restocking vessel, the Orca Chief, operated by the Norwegian-owned company Marine Harvest, on its way to restock the Port Elizabeth fish farm, owned by the same company.
After a brief radio exchange with the fishermen at 8:00 pm, the Orca Chief turned around, waited in a nearby passage, then returned to stock the farm around 1:00 am after the fishing was completed. Radio recording indicates that at 7:59 pm the fishermen made a call over the VHF marine emergency channel 16: Vessel coming into Port Elizabeth, do you see the fishing nets in front of you? The Orca Chief responded 7:59 pm: Yep. I take it this is a blockade then? The fishermen responded at 8:00 pm: Just trying to catch some food fish.
Kodi Nelson, Musgamagw Hereditary Leader and fisherman, issued the following statement: We are simply exercising our indigenous right to fish to feed our families through the winter. This year has seen historic low ret...

06:49

Call to Action: Support Water Protectors at Camp Makwa It's Going Down

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Warriors at Camp Makwa Frontline Camp need your help obtaining these things to continue fighting to protect our water and land on Anishinaabe territory.

Things were in need of:

1. 4X4 Truck with towing capacity of F250
2. 40 Chords of Firewood
3. Carpenters and Teams of Skilled Builders
4. Those Experienced in Non-Violent Direct Action

If youre interested in sending money or supplies, our amazon wishlist, supply list and youcaring donation pages are ALL currently up to date and on our fb groups pinned post.

Please SHARE this with your networks so we can get camp winterized and focus on taking down Enbridges Line 3 black snake.

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06:46

UK COLUMN: Monday Morning Mainstream Media Fake News Fail 21st Century Wire

It seems that the mainstream media got off to a really poor start this week.

UK Column co-anchor Mike Robinson and 21WIREs Patrick Henningsen with todays UK and international news rundown

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Show summary:

00:26 Media on Trial event discussion; 02:08 MainStream Media responds with fake news; 05:37 The state of UK MainStream Media today; 11:02 Brexit coverage: more fake news; 12:39 PESCO: deepening EU defence cooperation despite Brexit; 18:09 EU legal acts now being signed electronically; 19:23 OECD: mayors continue to undermine nation states and democracy; 21:35 Independence movements also being used to break up nation states; 24:44 Syria: Raqqa liberated; 30:28 US State Department recognises use of chemical weapons by Moderate rebels; 32:00 Russiagate continues: Fusion GPS refuses to give evidence; 34:03 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty was great achievement US upgrades their nukes; 36:05 House of Lords: Clooneys wife backed for seat.

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06:46

Duluth, MN: Resistance to Line 3 Replacement Hits Streets It's Going Down

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At around 8:30pm the night of October 18th, members of the Makwa Initiative and other concerned citizens shut down the public hearing on Enbridges Line 3 Project at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

The crowd got lively after the judge repeatedly refused to let indigenous women speak [if she thought they had already spoken], Yes Magazine Photographer Rob Wilson said. People called into question if she knows every speaker from memory and why the white Enbridge Employees could talk twice.

The next day Enbridge claimed that one extremist group hijacked the entire meeting unprovoked, calling the opponents to the pipeline intimidating and disrespectful.

Those of us at Makwa Initiative would like to denounce this rhetoric as an attempt by a fossil fuel corporation to demonize non-violent acts of public expression and intimidate pipeline opponents.

From the start, Enbridge has tried to force this pipeline down our throats. First, they initiated pre-construction operations in Minnesota without having obtained the required Environmental Impact Statement. Now Enbridge is laying down pipe in Canada and Wisconsin, coming towards us from both sides, while having the audacity to state at Public hearings that they are still considering a no-build alternative.

On the day of the Duluth Public Hearing, we arrived to find that Enbridge and their contractors had blocked off most of the parking lot with cranes, heavy equipment, and even trucks carrying actual pipes. When asked why they were blocking dozens of parking spaces with their equipment, a pipeline worker laughed and responded Come on! Whats the problem? We paid for it.

When we tried to enter the hearing, Duluth City Police barred the door to the hearing, claiming it had reached capacity. Enbridge had filled the room with so many employees that the public was no longer being allowed in. After three hours of being unable to enter the hearing room to challenge the testimony of pipeline supporters, the room was finally opened to the rest of the public, while Enbridge employees not speaking were asked to go to the adjacent breakout room. At the evening part of the hearing, police refused to let in multiple native people, claiming that drums, traditional jingle dresses, and eagle staffs were not permitted inside.

06:43

Why I am so tired of "doing the Semmelweis" OpEdNews

When experts inform the general public of irrefutable facts and the public ignores the warning, the public deserves the misery it suffers for not paying attention. Hand washing is still rejected as a practice that eliminates the spread of contagion. Monetary Sovereignty is an economic status that can provide society with all the resources it needs to eliminate income inequality. Yet, politicians refuse to inform the public.

06:38

A New Start OpEdNews

Avi Gabbay has no visible qualities of political leadership. No charisma at all. No special energy. No enthusiasm himself and no ability to inspire enthusiasm in others. We need new leaders, young, charismatic and resolute, with clear-cut aims, who can energize the peace camp. WHAT WE NEED is a new start.

06:36

Weehawken Settles Elderly Womans Police Brutality Suit For $75K Filming Cops

The Township of Weehawken settled an elderly womans police brutality lawsuit for $75,000 back in August, where the accused officer is contributing $5,000 out of his pocket. In a 13-count

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06:22

Original 1983 Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughn "In Session" PBS Special OpEdNews

"At the time this pair met in a Canadian TV studio, Vaughan was blazing a trail into the blues world with his debut album, Texas Flood. King was long since a legend, and though he apparently didn't recognize the name "Vaughan," he immediately recognized the young guitarist who'd sat in with him whenever he played in Austin. The video dimension turns this session into a master class for both Vaughan and the viewer.

06:20

Alt-Right Operational Document Shows Planning for Richard Spencers Gainesville Visit, Involvement of Would-be Murderers It's Going Down

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On October 19, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer held a speaking event at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. Spencer was met by a large anti-fascist mobilization organized by the #NoNazisAtUF coalition and supported by anti-racists from throughout the South. The event was a clear victory for anti-racists. Spencer was jeered and frequently drowned out from inside the venue, and ended his event ahead of schedule. Two thousand protesters simultaneously rallied outside, with many in the crowd confronting and chasing the white supremacists who showed up for Spencer. The University of Florida spent approximately $600,000 to protect the white power leader; the Governor declared a State of Emergency ahead of time; but a broad-based anti-racist/anti-fascist coalition nevertheless won the day.

After Spencers event had ended, a vehicle containing white nationalists from Texas provoked, then fired a shot at protesters waiting at a bus stop just outside of campus. Nobody was hit. William Fears, Colton Fears, and Tyler Tenbrink were eventually found and charged with attempted homicide.According to police, it was Tyler Tenbrink that fired the shot.

06:14

When the use of stock images misleads Freethought Blogs

Articles like to use photographs to liven up their appearance. But getting your own photographs is time-consuming and expensive so many publications resort to using stock images from the various sources that provide them and that can be easily searched on to provide one that seems to most closely fit the needs of the article. But Adam Jonson at FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) has noticed that not enough care seems to go into selecting images and that, for example, a single trope tend to dominate in reports about Iran that perpetuate myths about that country.

One of the most overused and toxic stock photos and one that highlights perfectly this genre of image making is the Woman in Chador Walks by Anti-US Mural image accompanying countless stories about US/Iran relations. In several variants, the photo shows one or two Iranian women clad in black chadors, faces usually barely visible, walking past a mural of the Statute of Liberty with a skull face.

Johnson shows multiple examples of the same image or slight variations accompanying articles on Iran and says that they feed damaging stereotypes.

These photos have been used constantly for years, in dozens of articles. The point of the image is to lazily tie together US-bashing and perceived subjugation of women, reinforcing the image of Iran as a country defined by misogyny and seething hate for the West.

This isnt, of course, to say that Iran does not have popular and common displays of anti-US rhetoric or, for that matter, that such rhetoric doesnt have much historical basis. Such murals do exist the one pictured most frequently adorns the former US embassy in Tehran but their existence is only 0.01 percent of a broader picture of Iran, and the fact that theyre used nonstop to define a country of 80 million tells us how much of the medias Iran coverage is on ideological autopilot: They hate us and heres an image that conveys this, while pandering to orientalist stereotypes.

Johnson says that there are other stock photos that can be used and provides examples such as the one below that also features a woman in front of a mural but conveys a very different sensibility.

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06:11

Israel Now Facing New Rules of Engagement with Syria, Hezbollah 21st Century Wire

Billboard of President Assad and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah outside Homs, Syria (Photo: Patrick Henningsen 2017 @21WIRE)

By Elijah J. Magnier

A few days ago, Israeli jets violated the Lebanese airspace (not the usual routine recognition flight as claimed by Israels official spokesperson), with the aim of bombing a Hezbollah convoy (as usual, trucks loaded with weapons) heading from Syria towards Lebanon, according to a well-informed source.

The Syrian Army fired a ground to air missile, an old SA-5 (S-200) against the Israeli jets over the sky of Lebanon, to divert attention from the moving target. This Syrian act represented a direct threat felt by the Israeli command to the Israeli jets who managed to shoot the missile down. The Israeli Air Force ordered the jets to return to base for evaluation. One hour later, Tel Aviv ordered Israeli jets to fly over the occupied Golan Heights and target the static Syrian military position as retaliation, disregarding the Hezbollah convoy.

The Syrian Command did not decide within minutes of their presence to target the Israeli jets over Lebanon that particular day. That decision had been made during a meeting of the Syrian, Hezbollah and Iranian leadership to agree on progressive measures against Israel to make it understand the message. 10 days ago or more, Syrian anti-aircraft batteries fired upon Israeli jets violating Syrian air space. Days later, Syria shot down an Israeli drone. Last but not least, Syria launched an SA-5 (removed from service by Russia decades ago) against the Israeli jets.

Hezbollah has used this style (which can be called snowballing) in every battle or war with Israel to avoid burning bridges and to test the enemys reaction. So today, this same style is implemented in Syria where Hezbollahs experience is not only increasing but is also accessible and integrated with the Syrian High Command. To fight Israel, the frontier barriers between Lebanon and Syria have been lifted- probably for good.

The first message is obvious: in any new confrontation or war between Hezbollah and Israel said the source , the sky over Lebanon and the borders with Israel and Syria will form one single front. The second message and the most important one is tells Israel that the Syrian Army is on a high about its victory: Russia secured deconfliction and de-escalation zones, al-Qaeda is contained for the moment, and ISIS (the Islamic State group) is left with a minute amount of territory, surrounded in the north-eas...

06:09

The only anti-vax argument worth having Freethought Blogs

Whose urine should you drink instead of getting a flu shot?

Also urine delivery is important. Drink it through your mouth and your nose, and get your urine massages, and be sure to get a teaspoon of urine in your belly button every day!

06:09

Department of Justice Agent Who Blew The Whistle in 2012 Says Experience Ruined Him Filming Cops

In 2012, Dan Bethards had been a special agent in the Wisconsin Department of Justice for 14 years. But his career and life were upended after he reported his direct

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05:55

Asian Pivot and Its Consequence OpEdNews

This article explains the reactions of EU and China in the wake of US tilt to Asia after US president's plan to visit Asia in November.

05:49

Did a Charter School Endanger "the Health and Safety of Students, Staff and Other Individuals"? OpEdNews

Why were parents kept in the dark when a school district cited this charter for projects on their campus that did not meet construction codes?

05:46

Solecast: Reportback From Puerto Rico w/ Frank Lopez of Submedia It's Going Down

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In this edition of The Solecast I speak with Frank Lopez about his recent trip to Puerto Rico. We discuss the failure of the state to act quickly enough and the devastation he witnessed.  We talk about  how the people of Puerto Rico are helping themselves and how anarchists have launched mutual aid projects in the region.  We discuss his recent initiative to get water filters & supplies to folks on the ground, to donate click here.  We also talk about the need for radical media and how Submedia plans to grow their operation in the wake of getting their PayPal shut down by the alt-reich.

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05:38

People Who Want to Make it Easier to Prosecute Cops Who Kill Might Get Their Way Soon Filming Cops

For two years, police-reform groups have unsuccessfully tried to convince state lawmakers to make it easier to prosecute law enforcement officers who kill in the line of duty. Those reformers

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05:20

[WATCH] D.E.A. Says Hondurans Opened Fire During a Drug Raid. A Video Suggests Otherwise. Filming Cops

WASHINGTON The Drug Enforcement Administration has for five years steadfastly defended the behavior of its agents in a late-night drug seizure carried out with Honduran forces on the remote

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05:07

Jack Pale Horse Corbin Antifa Hunter Exposed It's Going Down

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It must have come as quite a surprise to prominent 8chan troll and frequent antifascist doxxer Jack Pale Horse Corbin when he found himself on the receiving end of the same odious tactics he usually wields to his own advantage. Yesterday, Corbin was ironically outed in his own stomping grounds as Jake Philip Loubriel of Ft. Lauderdale Florida, whose Facebook account identifies his employer as Antifa Exposed, position field ops and admin.

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05:05

U.S. Nuclear Bombers Prepare to Go on 24-Hr Alert for First Time Since the Cold War The Free Thought Project

alertIn an ominous sign, the U.S. Air Force is preparing to put their nuclear bomber fleet on 24-hr alert status for the first time since the Cold War ended.

04:46

Boom: The Clintons, US Uranium, Putin, and the FBI Activist Post

By Jon Rappoport In 2016, long before the current news story broke about the FBI concealing a multi-year investigation into Russian bribery, the Clintons, US...

04:45

I Have Been Naive Freethought Blogs

Dont get me wrong, Im aware of anti-semitism, but RightWingWatch has delivered a disheartening quote from a prominent guest on something called The Richie Allen Show and I dont care how fringe this is, its awful:

Pedophilia is rampant within the Jewish religion, from what Ive researched, Crokin said. Ive also discovered that predators prey on children at Jewish camps. Now, it is interesting how pedophilia has been exposed within the Catholic church but there hasnt been a huge scandal about the pedophilia that goes on within the Jewish community. We do know that the Jews control most of the mainstream media and Hollywood, so youre probably on to something with that.

 

Apparently Liz Crokin passes for a journalist on the right wing, and is known particularly for claiming that Pizzagate revealed TRUFAX about Democrats and deep staters raping children in the basement of a specific Washington DC pizzeria. Of course, the fact that there is no basement to that particular pizzeria is probably also the result of a conspiracy involving the Higgs boson or something. Who knows.

Crokin is one of those people that are wacky enough to say that nonexistent places are the sites of deep, intractable evil in which 1/10th of the country is involved (yet somehow keeping the secret). The statements of people like that are usually ignored by me, but this tsunami of mendacious hatred overtopped my crippled dikes. Let us not forget that the right wing has already spurred one useful idiot to violently attack that pizzeria while carrying multiple guns in an effort to save the children and find out for [him]self what was happening in that non-existent basement. Its bad enough that she would say these things at all, but saying them when she knows that this specific lie has already led to gunfire*1 is so far beyond the pale, I have trouble articulating it.

Let us also not relieve the humble host of The Richie Allen Show merely because this was a guest speaking the words. According to RWW, the host was pushing for exactly this kind of slander:

After nearly an hour of attempting to avoid the hosts persistent efforts to link the scandals to Jews, Crokin eventually stopped resisting the anti-Semitic undercurrent of the discussion and found a way to link the death of Rich to the supposed problem of rampant pedophilia within the Jewish community.

Theres good reporting and then theres simply self-torture. I am not going to listen to this show to find out exactly what justified RWWs statements here; the fact that the host invited Crokin on and allowed her anti-semitism to be broadcast i...

04:32

Google Building Utopian Alternate Reality with Artificial Intelligence Activist Post

By Joe Joseph This is a story that should make your skin crawl if you care about your humanity. Source: Google to Build Worlds First Digital...

04:31

Josh Kraushaar On Congress, Health Care, And The Future For Both Parties The Federalist

Josh Kraushaar joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour for a conversation on the future of the Republican party, health care, deal-making in the Senate, and changes in the Democratic party.

Kicking things to Congress now effectively means nothing will happen, Domenech said. Which is basically what [Trump] just did with the Iran deal.

When it comes to the Democratic candidates strategy in 2020, the most important question will be whether they feel the need to pander to the loud, identity politics wing of their party?

I call it the Collin Kaepernick wing of the Democratic party. The issues that these voters care about are actually are even a minortiy within a lot of the Democratic party voters in a lot of states, Kraushaar said.

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04:30

Four Cops Pull Man Over, Issue Him $149 TicketFor Singing Everybody Dance Now The Free Thought Project

Illustrating the lengths to which police will go to extract revenue from citizens, an innocent man was pulled over and ticketed for singing in his car.

04:30

Teen Suicide Is Preventable Guardian Liberty Voice

Since 2007, the number of teen suicides has almost doubled. The number of adolescents diagnosed with depression and anxiety is staggering. On Oct. 10, 2012, Amanda Todd of British Columbia ended her life. This was her fourth attempt to escape the bullying she endured because of a past mistake, which followed her all over the internet. A grown []

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04:26

New Survey Shows No.1 Fear of US Citizens is Government NOT Terrorism 21st Century Wire

Americans have lost the plot when it comes to evaluating the true nature of the terrorist threat (Image Source: Wikicommons)

By Matt Agorist

An extensive survey of hundreds of adults across the United States has just revealed that the thing most Americans fearmore than anything elseis their own government. In fact, according to the survey, no other fear even comes close to the percentage of Americans who worry about their corrupt government officials.

The survey was conducted by Chapman University and it serves to back up the point that while Americans claim to live in the Land of the Free, deep down, they realize they are living in a corrupt oligarchy.

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 4 (2017) provides an in-depth examination into the fears of average Americans. In May of 2017, a random sample of 1,207 adults from across the United States were asked their level of fear about eighty different fears across a huge variety of topics ranging from crime, the government, the environment, disasters, personal anxieties, technology and many others.

As Statistas Niall McCarthy notes, like last yearcorruption of government officials came top in 2017, with 74.5 percent of U.S. adults saying it makes them afraid or very afraid.

Despite the constant fear mongering from the mainstream media and government on bogeymen terrorists plotting to steal our freedom, the public, according to this survey, is not buying it.

In fact, the threat of terrorism isnt even in the top 20 fears. Terrorism comes in at twenty-twobelow credit card fraud and identity theft....

04:18

10 Times CNN Told Us An Apple Was A Banana The Federalist

The first ad in CNNs Facts First initiative features nothing but an apple with a voiceover lecturing you about the need to embrace facts. This is an apple, an amiable man tells us. Some people might try to tell you that its a banana. They might scream banana, banana, banana, over and over and over again. They might put BANANA in all caps. You might even start to believe that this is a banana. But its not. This is an apple.

This reflects the smug and didactic disposition of many in a political media that treats a vocation as if it were a religious crusade. Considering the numerous mistakes and misleading stories CNN has produced over the past several years, youd think that theyd be a tad less sanctimonious.

For one thing, there will always be people ready to believe fake news and conspiracy theories that buttress their worldview. This is not unique to any outlook or era. In 2006, 51 percent of Democrats believed President George W. Bush knew of or abetted the 9/11 attacks. In 2010, 41 percent of Republicans, including Donald Trump, believed Barack Obama wasnt born in the United States. These days, 52 percent of Democrats believe Russia tampered with the vote totals and made Trump president. (I guess CNN has something to do with the latter, considering that on more than occasion it has made the misleading sensationalistic claim that Russia hacked the election.)

But you know what can be just as dangerous as fake news? Bad stories perpetuated by big institutional news organizations that have become too biased to notice.

Were not talking about Candy Crowley arguing with Mitt Romney during a presidential debate, and misleading millions of voters by mangling the facts. Were not even talking about transparently partisan reporters like Jim Sciutto or Jim Acosta. Were talking about CNN political analysts like Julian Zelizer, who claimed this summer that President Trump...

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Desperate Development Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Arian Horbovetz is a Strong Towns member and writer at The Urban Phoenix. The following essay is republished from his blog with permission.


Source: Johnny Sanphillippo

Source: Johnny Sanphillippo

In a time when the economy is surging forward at a tremendous rate, Americans still list jobs as one of the most important needs as the country moves forward. This is understandable, as automation and low-wage employment continue to darken the job market for many middle and lower income citizens. We are a country reeling from an ever-shifting economy, desperately trying to keep up.

The word desperate is important to focus on here. I am going to step outside the numbers world right now and talk about my own personal perspective on whats happening in so many cities across this country. 

In nearly every city Ive visited, there is a seemingly unavoidable pattern whereby developers and investors look to capitalize on downtown development projects, promising an abundance of jobs, increased vibrancy and higher revenue for surrounding local establishments.  Often, developers have the citys best interest in mind when proposing these large-scale projects in an effort to generate revenue for themselves, as well as improve the surrounding community.  Just as often, developers and investors sell local governments and citizens on projects that horribly inflate job and economic impact projections in an effort to win the bid.

Honestly, you cant fault either of these motives.  Everyones just trying to compete, right?  Furthermore, sometimes investors and developers dont know what projects truly promote a stronger urban economic environment, they simply look to add vibrancy where there was none before, even if it adds little or no value in the long run.

With this in mind, the responsibility falls on us as local residents, community leaders and government officials to make quality decisions regarding large-scale development projects.  The problem is, we are not very good at it.  Heres why.

WE NEED MORE JOBS!

Lets be honest, we are a country obsessed with jobs.  More specifically, we are obsessed with the idea of what jobs used to be instead of embracing the service-oriented jo...

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Carol Logan: Grand Ronde Tribes owed apology for destruction of our sacred site Indianz.Com News

Elder Carol Logan: 'What would you do if the government needlessly bulldozed your place of worship?'

03:55

Jimmy Carter Just Destroyed Russian Conspiracy While Calling Out US War Propaganda & Imperialism The Free Thought Project

carterFormer President Jimmy Carter pulled no punches in calling out war propaganda, media bias, cashing in on the presidency and U.S. imperialism.

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The real John Kelly revealed Freethought Blogs

Some time ago, I read a piece by Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo that anyone who comes into the vicinity of Donald Trump ends up having their reputation trashed because they get forced to do things that they would not otherwise do simply to stay on in their jobs. That article was in the context of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who according to Marshall, had a good reputation before his role in the firing of James Comey was revealed.

It is tempting to think the same of John Kelly, Trumps White House chief of staff whose extraordinary attack on congresswoman Frederica Wilson was riddled with outright falsehoods. The image that had been painted of him before that attack was that of a sober military officer who would try to act as a check on Trumps wild rants and lies.

But Jon Schwarz says that Kellys performance was not an aberration and that he was always a hard-right bully and what the Wilson episode did was simply reveal his true nature.

WHITE HOUSE CHIEF of Staff John Kellys gruesome defense Thursday of President Donald Trumps call to the widow of Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson was shocking.

But it should not have been a surprise. Any examination of Kellys past public remarks makes clear he is not a sober professional, calculating that he must degrade himself in public so he can remain in place to rein in Trumps worst instincts behind the scenes. Rather, Kelly honestly shares those instincts: Hes proudly ignorant, hes a liar, and hes a shameless bully and demagogue.

Schwarz goes back into Kellys record and gathers the evidence for the awful things Kelly believes in and lists them under five headings:

1. No one outside of the military can legitimately question any of Americas wars.

2. No one who is in the military ever questions any of Americas wars.

3. America and its wars are and have always been good.

4. America is under terrifying threat from incomprehensible lunatics.

5. Our country is hamstrung by its sniveling chattering class.

Schwarz concludes:

Kelly is right, of course, that the U.S. has an out-of-touch, disgustingly frivolous chattering class. But they are almost uniformly supportive of each new war America launches. Whenever things fall apart again and they start meekly asking questions, theyre easily whipped back into line by the kind of bullying in which both Kelly and Trump specialize.

So even before Kellys ugly performance Thursday, there was no reason to hope he would put any kind of brake on Trump. Kelly may be personally far more palatable; hes certainly no mewlin...

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Media comes out swinging against Trump clan alternative facts (VIDEO) OpEdNews

Donald Trump and his clan have been trying to discredit the media for years. The media seldom push back against the false accusations from this corrupt leader. It seems that is changing.

03:44

Boom: the Clintons, US uranium, Putin, and the FBI Jon Rappoport's Blog

Boom: The Clintons, US uranium, Putin, and the FBI

by Jon Rappoport

October 23, 2017

In 2016, long before the current news story broke about the FBI concealing a multi-year investigation into Russian bribery, the Clintons, US uranium, and Russia, I wrote about the scandal and spelled it out in simple terms.

A writer for the Washington Post then called me and tried to extract a statement he could use to discredit the story. I declined to give him anything, except a link to a key 2015 NY Times piece, which he said hed read many times. Im not sure why he had to read it more than once. Perhaps he suffers from a mental deficit.

Anyway, here is the piece I wrote then. Its more relevant than ever. Then Ill make some comments on the present situation.

Cue the dawn sunrise and violins for the beautiful first couple of American politics (the Clintons).

But what about the uranium scandal?

The what?

Before I quote a NY Times piece on this-suppose, just suppose the beautiful first couple, Bill and Hillary, have been running a parallel operation to the government, in the form of a Foundation that is taking in major chunks of cash from people who want (and get) serious political favors.

Well, current news stories confirm that. We already know that.

But uranium?

Consider this plot line. Follow the bouncing ball.

Putin wants 20% of uranium on US soil. That 20% is already owned by a Canadian mining company.

The Canadian executives want to sell it to Putin.

But because uranium is a US national security product, various US federal agencies have to OK the deal. One of those agencies is the US State Department.

The State Department is headed up by Hillary Clinton. Her Department says yes to the uranium deal.

The kicker? Those Canadian mining executives, who wanted the sale to Putin to go through, donated millions to the Clinton Foundation.

Getting the picture?

On April 23, 2015, the NY Times ran a story under the headline: Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal.

The bare bones of the story: a Canadian company called Uranium One controlled a great deal of uranium production in the US. It was sold to Russia (meaning Putin and his minions). So Putin now controls 20% of US uranium production.

From the Times: the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States.

The Times: The [Pravda] article, i...

03:43

Hurricane Victims Must Support Israel to Get Relief, Texas City Demands Sheep Media

U.S. citizens in the state of Texas are being asked to support Israel if they want Hurricane Harvey relief funds, a move which experts are calling illegal, Houston Press reported.

The city of Dickinson is demanding its citizens sign a loyalty oath to Israel that states they will never seek to boycott the apartheid state for access to the Harvey Relief Fund during the application process to receive money. The city is using a pro-Israel state law to intimidate victims of a tragedy for storm relief by hanging a dangling carrot over their heads but pulling it if one of their citizens doesnt support a foreign country. Let that sink in real deep.

The state law stems from a pro-Israel law, signed by Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in May, that prohibits the state from entering a contract with any business unless it does not boycott Israel or take action to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or limit commercial relations specifically with Israel.

During the time when the law was signed Abbott stated that boycotting Israel was anti-Texas:

As Israels No. 1 trading partner in the United States, Texas is proud to reaffirm its support for the people of Israel and we will continue to build on our historic partnership. Anti-Israel policies are anti-Texas policies, and we will not tolerate such actions against an important ally.

However, the legal trouble, besides requiring citizens of the U.S. to pledge allegiance to a foreign country, doesnt end there. The Texas law specifically states that organizations are held to the pro-Israel standard, but nowhere does it state that individual citizens are. Nevertheless, Dickinson is requiring its citizenry to sign a no-boycott pledge if theyre interested in U.S. government grant money.  In other words, if you dont pledge allegiance to a foreign nation you dont get government aid.

The contract reads: By executing this Agreement below, the Applicant verifies that the Applicant: (1) does not boycott Israel; and (2) will not boycott Israel during the...

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Tomgram: Erik Edstrom, Teaching Revisionist History 101 at West Point OpEdNews

On October 19th, George W. Bush traveled to the United States Military Academy, my alma mater, to receive the Sylvanus Thayer Award at a ceremony hosted by that school's current superintendent and presented on behalf of the West Point Association of Graduates.

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Eyes Wide Shut Hidden Occult Meaning Full Video Breakdown 21st Century Wire

Jay Dyer
21st Century Wire

Given Hollywoods many recent sex abuse scandals, it is becoming more evident Kubrick was telling us about reality in his films.  In this new video, I decode and deconstruct the symbolism and narrative structure of Stanley Kubricks Eyes Wide Shut.

Delving into the ritual initiatory aspects, I consider Bill as a mark for the sex cult, and propose a unique thesis regarding the role of Alice and their presumed upper class status. Part noir and part surrealism, the dream state blends seamlessly with reality, but your eyes will be wide open.  Previous analyses were audio based,  but here I branch out into doing a documentary-style presentation.

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03:31

YES! Magazine: Native women pressure banks to divest from big energy projects Indianz.Com News

Jackie Fielder: 'Indigenous women are the ones to call out injustice when they see it immediately. We saw that at Standing Rock.'

03:31

Former Presidents Come Together for Photo-Op As Internet Forgets Theyre ALL War Criminals Activist Post

By Rachel Blevins Five former presidents of the United States came together for a hurricane relief benefit, and their photo-op with musician Lady Gaga led...

03:27

Halloween explainedwith Chick tracts! Freethought Blogs

Heres a roundup of the best Chick tracts to hand out on Halloween. You know youre an awful person when you think these are a good idea.

Everyone knows youre supposed to hand out full-size candy bars none of this fun-size nonsense, and no, candy corn is not a treat because were supposed to fatten up children with gluttony and sloth, both so theyre juicier for the barbecue and because theyll meet our Dark Lord Satan even sooner.

Hmm. Now I have to think. What would be the most sweetly lethal kind of candy I should give out on Halloween night, that would most thoroughly serve the Evil Atheist Agenda? If feminist candy were richer chunks of chocolate, that might work.

03:20

How to End Crony Capitalism OpEdNews

Big money is buying giant tax cuts, allowing Russia to interfere in future elections, and killing Americans. That's just the tip of the corrupt iceberg that's sinking our democracy. Republicans may be taking more big money, but both parties have been raking it in.

03:17

Minneapolis Police Officer Charged With Threatening Sister-In-Law and Wife Filming Cops

The veteran Minneapolis police officer charged Friday with threatening to shoot his sister-in-law and accused of putting a gun to his wifes head in another incident said Friday afternoon that

The post Minneapolis Police Officer Charged With Threatening Sister-In-Law and Wife appeared first on Filming Cops.

03:15

US Mercenaries, Iraqi Highways and the Mystery of the Never-Ending ISIS Hordes Activist Post

By Ulson Gunnar While the US and European media provided little explanation as to how militants from the self-titled Islamic State (IS) managed to appear,...

03:14

Dean Chavers: Boarding schools offered yet another way to 'civilize' Indian people Indianz.Com News

The federal government decided in the late 1880s that Indians had to be 'civilized.'

03:13

Why Governments Will Not Ban Bitcoin Activist Post

By Charles Hugh Smith Those who see governments banning ownership of bitcoin are ignoring the political power and influence of those who are snapping up...

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oooOOOoo Lesbian Nazi Regime ooOOOooo. Freethought Blogs

A whole 8 days ago, Rick Wiles was ranting about oooOOOoo Shadow Government ooOOOooo. I would venture a guess it didnt go over well enough, because it has now morphed into a secret world government that is a gay/lesbian Nazi regime, but the death squads are still in place. Cant lose the death squads.

I stand by my claim that this country has death squads, he said. We have death squads in this country and its being run by a super secret agency, but there is participation at the state and local level.

Yeah, yeah, we got that last time. I guess the whole Shadowmerica business didnt go over so well though, because its been downgraded to a super secret agency. Right, thats never been the plot of a million bad books, no. Does the super secret agency have secret squirrels? Inspector Gadget? Are Boris and Natasha involved?

Were in a fascist Nazi police state, Wiles added, warning that there will be a day that they tell law enforcement [officers] to execute your children right in front of you and they will do it.

Youre so close to woke there, Mr. Wiles, but you take one twisted path to the side. Yes, we are in a fascist state, and the nazis are popping out of the woodwork all over the place. This is the current state of things, having the Tiny Tyrant perched in high office, praising nazis, embracing fascism, and fucking things up all over the place. As for cops, well, they already are, and have been executing peoples children, all over the place, every single day. You may not have noticed because the majority of them arent white.

America has become a Nazi state. The deep state is a Nazi state, Wiles said. That is why Campos [Jesus Campos, the Mandalay Bay security guard ] appeared on a daytime talk show hosted by a fast-talking, dancing comedienne, and, let me add, a lesbian, because this Nazi regime is a gay/lesbian Nazi regime, just like Nazis in Hitlers day. Hitler was a bisexual, the top Nazi leaders of the Nazi party were homosexuals. The Nazi takeover of Germany was a militant homosexual fascist takeover; that is what is taking place in America today.

I expect there are much more venal reasons for the talk show appearance; its standard anymore, do the talk show rounds, grab all the money you can, have your 15 minutes of fame. There might be a side benefit of helping himself process the event, and helping others to do so as well.

As for the Nazis, um,...

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Native Sun News Today: Tribal college leader calls for return of Black Hills territory Indianz.Com News

The naming of a Black Hills State University residence hall after distinguished Lakota higher education expert Lionel Bordeaux gave him a springboard to instigate cooperation for return of 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory to the Oceti Sakowin.

02:47

Mark Trahant: Native candidates cross Indian Country to raise money for campaigns Indianz.Com News

We have the first round of campaign finance reports out and there are seven Native American candidates for Congress, three Republicans and four Democrats.

02:44

Top 5 Top Veterans Stories in Todays News Oct. 23, 2017 - Veterans Today Veterans Today

We encourage you to browse our list so that you can take what you want and keep what you need.

02:43

Police Shakedown Corey Feldman Just After He Reveals Plan to Expose Hollywood Pedophiles The Free Thought Project

feldmanDays after Corey Feldman announced that he will reveal a plan to bring Hollywood pedophiles to justice, he was given a 'shakedown' by police for marijuana possession.

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Beirut 1983: On This Day in History, U.S. Embassy Hit by Massive Car Bomb - Veterans Today Veterans Today

On this October 23rd day in 1983, a suicide bomber drives a truck filled with 2,000 pounds of explosives into a U.S. Marine Corps barracks at the Beirut International Airport. The explosion killed 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. A few minutes after that bomb went off, a second bomber drove into the basement []

02:10

Game of Thrones Producer George R.R. Martin Announces 5 Spin-Off Scripts Guardian Liberty Voice

The HBO series Game of Thrones (GoT) has shocked audiences around the world for seven seasons. Unlike most television series, the producers are not scared to kill off main characters and introduce new ones in a single episode. Now, the wait for the final season is looming over GoT fans everywhere. Questions like, Who will be []

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02:00

Solar protuberances. Freethought Blogs

Solar protuberances. Observed on May 5, 1873 at 9h, 40m. A.M. tienne Lopold Trouvelot. Unsurprisingly, this is my favourite.

01:58

Former Presidents Come Together for Photo-Op As Internet Forgets Theyre ALL War Criminals The Free Thought Project

warWhen five former presidents came together for a photo-op with Lady Gaga, the internet forgot all about one title the men have in commonWar Criminal

01:54

Totem pole raised on Lelu after LNG project falls Warrior Publications

Lelu Island totem pole 1More than 100 people came to the pole raising on Lelu Island after the end of Pacific NorthWest LNG

by Shannon Lough, The Northern View, October 21, 2017

In a stand of defiance against federal authorities, members of the Gitwilgyoots Tribe and supporters raised a totem pole on Lelu Island on Oct. 20 to signify their claim to the land.

The occupation of Lelu Island began in 2015 on the site where Petronas proposed to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and it has continued even after the company abandoned its Pacific NorthWest LNG project in July. People who either took part or supported the resistance movement came to witness the totem pole being raised on a mound overlooking where the sea meets the Skeena River.

Its a historic event. Its to signify who were are, where we come from, what we stand for and this is our territory. Were marking our territory, were occupying our land as we have years ago, said Ken Lawson, or Gwishawaal of wolf clan, a Gitwilgyoots house leader of one of nine allied tribes of the Lax Kwalaams....

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Human Rights of Little Concern in Middle East Arms Deals WhoWhatWhy

A new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service shows that the Trump administration has begun to adopt increasingly lax standards on the sale of arms to countries with dubious commitments to human rights. Regardless of track records on intensifying humanitarian crises, the administration has prioritized increasing the sale of weapons to the region  notably Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Trump had touted his $110 billion deal with Saudi Arabia as an economic boon (a position defense contractor Lockheed Martin shares), tweeting in June, Bringing hundreds of billions of dollars back to the U.S.A. from the Middle East which will mean JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!

Whether the United States should engage in such deals has long been a topic of contention. Where advocates see consistent and heavy military armament as the most promising strategy to guarantee national security, critics underscore how sales drive militarization, intensify regional arms races, and enable human rights abuses.

The Saudi-led coalition in the ongoing war in Yemen has been widely criticized (by the United Nations, among others) for its human rights record. And the Saudi government itself has come under fire for dubious connections to terrorist organizations. Nevertheless, the US has supplied the vast majority of munitions employed by the coalition a move designed by the Obama administration that Trump has amplified.

The 2017 arms transfer agreement solidifies this position, approved after several efforts to stop approval of pieces of the deal in Congress. It has been met with staunch disapproval by several members of Congress, among them Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Al Franken (D-MN)  all of whom voted for a measure to stop a $500 million portion of the deal, citing concerns about civilian deaths, starvation and malnutrition in Yemen, and increasing the strength of terrorist organizations.

And the administration has been active elsewhere. Where the Obama administration delayed a $4 billion deal...

01:36

LAPD Officer at Center of Cadet Scandal Held Over For Trial on Weapons Charges in San Bernardino County Filming Cops

A former Los Angeles police officer accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl in the departments cadet program was held over for trial Thursday on charges of possessing a cache

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World is a dangerous place: US prepares to put B-52 nuclear bombers on high alert THE INTERNET POST

The US Air Force is renovating Cold War-era launch pads as it prepares to put its strategic bombers on constant 24-hour alert to engage in potential nuclear conflict for the first time since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The world is a dangerous place and weve got folks that are talking openly about use []

01:23

EPA Pulls Scientists From Talk on Climate Change, Highlighting Fears Agency Is "Muzzling" Staff OpEdNews

Ever since Scott Pruitt took the helm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), he has worked to undo decades of hard-fought climate protections, denied that carbon dioxide is a "primary contributor" to climate change, and even removed mentions of the term "climate change" from agency websites.

01:09

Grand Jury Indicts Houston Police Officer in Shooting of Unarmed Neighbor Filming Cops

A former Houston police officer was indicted Friday on felony charges in the shooting of an unarmed neighbor after a fight between their dogs last October the first time

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Mexico's bloody drug war is killing more people than ever

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01:00

Zoo, Part 9. Freethought Blogs

From Giliell, click for full size! Oh no, elephant tears.

Giliell, all rights reserved.

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Interested in writing for Strong Towns? Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

We want to hear your perspective on Strong Towns issues and how they're impacting your community. Whether your town is implementing a creative affordable housing solution that's worth covering, or you've got a personal reflection on auto-oriented development, we cover a huge range of topics and writing styles on our site. If you're a writer (amateurs, professionals and everything in between), we welcome your guest article submission.

Here's a quick run-down of what we look for in an article:

  • Directly connected to Strong Towns' mission, principles and/or approach
  • Not overtly promoting a product or service
  • Non-partisan
  • Accessible to a general audience (i.e. free of highly-technical jargon and written in a way that a non-professional could understand it and find it interesting)
  • Between 500-1800 words (Longer pieces may be accepted but would be broken into a multi-part series.)

We especially love hearing about the Strong Towns movement in action, so if you're a member of Strong Towns and you've been implementing our mission in your community, please tell us about it! Your community could end up being featured on our Success Stories page.

We're also always looking to feature new perspectives on our site. If you've got a perspective that you're not seeing in our content, we want to hear from you.

Contact Rachel Quednau to discuss a story idea or submit an article. 

00:54

[WATCH] Cleveland Police Officer Who Beat and Raped Girlfriend On The Run After Breaking Ankle Monitor Filming Cops

CLEVELAND A Cleveland police officer charged with rape, kidnapping and felonious assault for allegedly beating and sexually assaulting his girlfriend is on the run after breaking his GPS ankle

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00:47

Trump Recalls Retired Officers to Active Service WhoWhatWhy

US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert (Jimmy)

The author writes, The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991.

The New Confederate Monuments (Reader Steve)

Unsurprisingly, the reasoning for these new monuments sounds a lot like why the older Confederate monuments were built.

Little Change, Big Expansion in China (Dan)

Chinas current leader Xi Jinping has been speaking globally at the Communist Party congress. He has discussed Chinas global ambitions, including appearing as a stable negotiator in world affairs relative to the US. Xis optimistic view of the Chinese state bodes well for Wednesdays vote on his leadership, which he appears certain to win.

Americas Forever Wars (Jimmy)

The NYT Editorial Board writes, Senators who balk at paying for health care and the basic diplomatic missions of the State Department approved a $700 billion defense budget for 2017-18, far more than Mr. Trump even requested. Whether this largess will continue is unclear. But the larger question involves the American public and how many new military adventures, if any, it is prepared to tolerate.

The Crisis to Stop the Opioid Crisis (Dan)

The US opioid crisis has been growing over the last few years, creating havoc in rural America as well as inner cities. Trumps recent executive order seeks to address the issue, but administration officials have no idea how to carry out the Presidents vague plan  or where theyll get the money.

The post Trump Recalls Retired Officers to Active Service appeared first on WhoWhatWhy.

00:02

Arizonas Secretary of State, Michele Reagan, Speaks Out on Voter Fraud-CSS Hour 1- 10/22/17 Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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I recently interviewed Arizona's Secretary of State, Michele Reagan. We discussed what Arizona is trying to do to minimize voter fraud on a number of fronts including preventing illegal aliens from voting as well as ensuring the integrity of the voting machines.

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A leap of magic beyond the continuum Jon Rappoport's Blog

A leap of magic beyond the continuum

by Jon Rappoport

October 23, 2017

These are notes I made while preparing my collection, Exit From The Matrix, which contains over 50 exercises designed to expand imagination and creative power.

People assume their entire field of operation is the continuum in which they live.

Here is all the space and time there is, and Im inside it.

Really?

The continuum is a kind of fantasy. A myth.

Subconsciously, people assume the continuum is WHATEVER THEY USE TO DEFINE THEIR FIELD OF OPERATIONS.

For example, suppose a person has an overriding problem he is constantly wrestling with. Every day, every week, he nudges and massages and moves that problem around. He pats it and kicks it and tries to push it and he seeks to move it out of the way. He denies it and accepts it and contemplates it and forgets it and remembers it and feels it

Well, that problem is defining his field of operationand subconsciously he thinks of it as the continuum.

To get outside that conception, the person needs to experience a new kind of action. A new kind of exercise.

Here is another analogy. A runner runs around a track, day after day. He runs that quarter-mile and he does wind-sprints on it and slower intervals. He operates there on that track, that oval. And ultimately, he is trying to shorten the amount of time it takes to go around the track.

Eventually, he reaches a limit where he thinks hes hemmed in. He cant go any faster.

He needs to alter his relationship to the continuum, to that idea of the best time he can muster.

In a way, life is like that. People do their best to get aheadwhatever that means to them. They do it from the point of view that they are in a space operating according to certain rules and restrictions.

They need two things. One, a new point of view. And two, exercises they do FROM that point of view.

The painter, Odilon Redon, once wrote, Artists who approach perfection do not have many ideas.

Translating that statement into my terms, it means: if you are operating within the continuum of your central myth, you will eventually reach a point where you are doing the best you can. But its not nearly enough

Physics itself will reach this place of blockage, as long as it keeps looking at the same space-time continuum in the same old way. Atoms, electrons, quarks, waves, quantum entanglement, relativity

How we conceive of our own energy is a major piece of the puzzle. We tend to fall into habi...

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Half a century of housing policy failure: Part 9, Generational tide of anger AHI: United States

 

By: David A. Smith

 

[Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.]

 

As you are reading this post, and presuming that you got here having read the preceding eight parts, you know that Californias housing policy, whose foundation is the housing element:

 

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23:46

Six Surprising Facts You Should Know About Vitamin B12 Deficiency Guardian Liberty Voice

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that more than half of Americans take some form of dietary supplement for their overall health. Our friends and family taking multivitamins, fish oils and other vitamin supplements is nothing new and something we might all consider. However, just as different car []

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23:33

Is America Becoming the Next Sweden? Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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President Trump has tried with all of his might to lessen the threat that could be potentially posed by Muslim immigrants in the sam emanner as has been experienced in Europe. His efforts are being met with an all out war on both his presidency and the American people.

To All Muslim Immigrants:

If one is a Muslim who is legitmately running for their lives and haas achieved the requisite refugee status,  and then come to America, welcome! Welcome immigrants, America will provide you and your family with unparalleled freedom compared to what you have experienced. Your girls will have a future and the sanctity of their bodies will be protected by law. Your children will receive as much education as they earn. And you will not find a caste system that will prevent your children from pursuing their dreams. This is the country that you have been lucky enough to be deposited in. Further, if you are willing to respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, we welcome you to take your place in our great country. Welcome immigrant, aas the guests of a generous country, if you respect the right of Jews, Christians and others to practice their religion as they have since the inception of the country. If however, you wish to practice Sharia Law to the exclusion of the Constitution and Americas right to worship and travel anywhere in the country as we please, then you need to leave before the legitmate forces of this country, led by President Donald Trump, expel you and yours. You have entered a country in which your right to worship as you wish is granted but that right ends at the constitutionally protected noses of your new neighbors. We will not tolerate any substitution for the Constitution being the supreme law of the land. If you plan to conspire to create no-go-zones and hararass local citizens and rape local women, as people of your status have in Sweden, then pack your bags and leave.

Please make note that on President Trumps Facebook page, it declares that: Just out report: United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Ra...

23:30

WATCH: Cop Drives 80mph in Neighborhood, Hits Elderly Lady, & House, Charges Her With Crash The Free Thought Project

speedAn Ohio cop nearly killed an elderly woman while traveling at a dangerous speed through a neighborhood and now the innocent woman is being charged.

23:12

This is an ad for CNN? Freethought Blogs

I guess its supposed to be a sneaky critique of the alternative facts crowd, those Trump surrogates who appear on TV to twist the facts and lie people like Kellyanne Conway and Jack Kingston and Jeffrey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany and Omarosa Manigault and Sarah Huckabee.

But now Im confused. Who gave those folks plenty of airtime? CNN. Who loves to throw one of those clowns into a panel to watch the sparks fly? CNN. Who has their own collection of in-house apologists for the status quo, like Wolf Blitzer and John King? CNN. Who has a point of view that is barely distinguishable from that of Fox News? CNN.

Who promotes banana propagandists in their own programming? CNN.

I am not impressed. Im not persuaded by someone announcing, we state only the facts, but would be more favorable towards someone who actually states the facts and criticizes the lies.

23:01

Right-Wing EU Think Tank Bashes Russia Today: Kremlins Platform for Useful Idiots Global Research

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23:00

Let the Purge Begin: First Hollywood Big Wig Fired for Sexually Abusing Children The Free Thought Project

sexuallyThe first of a predicted many Hollywood insiders has been fired for sexually pressuring his clients most of whom were child actors.

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Would centuries of oppression be OK if Jesus would only forgive us? Freethought Blogs

This guy, Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, has a weird take on Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates would be less pessimistic if he werent an atheist, and that pessimism, somehow, is a problem.

Coatess belief that white supremacy is fundamentally woven into the fabric of the United States is built on a larger metaphysical assumption that without the existence of God the entire world bends towards injustice. He points to the egregious history of racial injustice in this country, and the atrocities committed by the Nazis and Soviets, through the books of Judt and Snyder, to prove his point.

The real problem for Coates, then, might ultimately not be white supremacy, but rather the non-existence of God. It is the non-existence of God, according to his argument, that rules out the possibility of any collective redemption not just in the United States, but the world writ large.

Hang on there, Dan. You got an explanation already there is an egregious history of racial injustice in this country. Coates is aware of this history, and it is that history that leads him to understand that white supremacy is part of the fabric of the United States. His atheism is irrelevant to that specific understanding, since, after all, non-atheists like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X also came to the same conclusion.

Steinmetz-Jenkins harps on collective redemption a lot, without bothering to explain it. I think he means something like a savior washing away the sins of the past; if only we believed in a magical being who magically blessed America and forgave it its deeply rooted bigotry, then the stain of the KKK, of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, of centuries of slave ships anchoring on our shores, of the extermination of native peoples, of every crime perpetrated in the name of Whiteness, would disappear, and all the neo-nazis would be allowed to dance in heaven, and our healing would begin.

Its true, I dont believe in collective redemption either. I think its superstitious ju-ju that tries to paper over serious problems with lies, and that we have to spend all of our lives working to atone for our errorsand that the errors never end. Thats not nihilism, though. Our goal, and the virtue of our goal, is in the process of living and working and striving to better ourselves. The myth that there is a collective redemption, where the problems of the individual can be eliminated with a snap of the fingers by a single person or single act, is one of the worst notions to come out of Christianity. Its popular with people who want instantaneous absolution, and are willing to believe a lie that perpetuates the problem, as long as it makes them feel good.

22:27

The Meyerowitz Stories Illuminates New York And The Fragility Of Success The Federalist

An important rule about New York City to keep in mind is that nobody here is successful. Instead, everyone is either unsuccessful or about to be unsuccessful. I imagine there are places in the country one can sit on a pile of money or accomplishment, loosen the belt, and breathe the quiet air of self-satisfaction. Gotham is not one of them. Noah Baumbachs entertaining film The Meyerowitz Stories explores this nature of success: its promise, but more importantly its limitations.

Every member of the Meyerowitz family is extremely successful. The father and stepmother, Harold (Dustin Hoffman) and Maureen (Emma Thompson), own a houseyes an entire housein downtown Manhattan as well as a country home. Harold, a sculptor and former professor, is the bearded progenitor of a family that is not just well off, but also members of New York Citys ruling and creative class.

The three Meyerowitz children also have hallmarks of successful lives. Danny (Adam Sandler), though mocked by his father for having been a househusband and facing a divorce, has also raised a charming and bright daughter, Eliza (Grace Van Patten), who is on her way to college. Jean (Elizabeth Marvel) has a productive job at a major corporation. Matthew (Ben Stiller) left New York for Los Angeles, where his wealth management firm is thriving.

But what all of these characters, except the young, hopeful Eliza, have in common beyond their success is a deep-seated belief that they are, in fact, failures. Baumbach is dipping his pen in the early 1980s inkwell of Woody Allen, evoking films like Interiors and Hannah and Her Sisters. This is not the generic familial dysfunction of wealthy people with too much time and money on their hands. It is uniquely New York. It is the seething despair and jealousy that comes from living in a cauldron where relevance is the coin of the realm.

The Effects of a Father

Running through the film is a subplot involving a sculpture of Harolds that the Whitney Museum of American Art, home of the countrys most prestigious biennial, purchased decades ago and now cant seem to locate. The tragedy of this lost heyday haunts the entire family. This is so primarily because Harold, so desperate to reclaim past glory, can speak of nothing but himself, and fanciful hints of his imminent return to prominence. Not only is he demonstrably fooling himself, he is unable to listen to his children, all of whom want little more than some paternal attention and affection.

In bringing to life this comic tragedy of souls lost to the city, Baumbach is aptly aided by some incredible actors firing on all cylinders. Hoffman is brilliant and infuriating, walking a knife-edge between charm and reckless self-deception. Perhaps nothing in the story screams sad New York elite so much as his cringe-worthy insistence that he had a real moment in saying Hi to Sigourney Weaver at a rivals MoMa opening.

As Hoffmans counterpoint, Sand...

22:27

3 Things This Lutheran Wants Her Catholic Friends To Know About Reformation Day The Federalist

This is the time of year my Lutheran friends share photos of Reformation choirs and Martin Luther-themed socks on social media. Yet to my Roman Catholic friends, the Reformation isnt something to celebrate.

In their eyes, our admiration for Martin Luther is as misguided as holding a big party in honor of ones divorce. They argue the Reformation ushered in a world where each individuals personal taste in interpretation became supreme, leading to the moral chaos and postmodernism that riddles the cultural landscape today. At best, they see Protestants as limping along without the spiritual blessings God bestows through their church yet, like anorexics, rejoicing in this near-starvation.

I readily concede that the Reformation brought costs as well as benefits. Yet as a Lutheran, I am profoundly grateful for the sixteenth-century return to Scripture that reminded us of Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, and Solus Christus. I deeply appreciate the Lutheran determination, demonstrated in the Book of Concord, to find and cling to biblical truth. That is why I want my Catholic friends to know three things about the event I will be celebrating on October 31.

1. Its Not about Individualism

Secular historians, like secular journalists writing about Pope Francis, often misunderstand religion. Mainstream history textbooks portray Luther as someone who struck a blow for the individual by rejecting the authority of people who wanted to tell others what to believe. As long as these historians dont peruse his actual writing, they see Luther as a pretty progressive guy by the standards of 1517. My Catholic friends read this stuff and, quite naturally, pick up the idea that Luthers teachings led to hyper-individualism.

Yet Luthers actual theological legacy is not conducive to extreme individualism. He intended to participate in a conversation about reforming errors that were harming the Catholic Church. That is because he wanted to point out where individuals were going wrong by failing to submit themselves to the authority of scripture.

Furthermore, Luther didnt see the scriptures as a sort of mirror, mirror, on the wall that pronounced new things to individuals. He believed that the church body can and should agree on the clear message of Gods word and should as a body hold fast to that confession. Rather than fracturing into mini-democracies, early Lutherans, under pressure to clarify why they were rocking the boat, gathered to write out their beliefs in a systematic and orderly way and to support their assertions with scripture. Luthers historical legacy is not about individualism. Its about the supremacy of Gods word over the individual.

In addition, Luthers vision of society placed a high value on the individuals relationships w...

22:27

If The European Union Bans Roundup, It Could Lead To A Global Food Crisis The Federalist

The European Union is poised this week to enact a continent-wide ban on glyphosate, a safe and popular weedkiller used by millions of farmers around the world. The vote to outlaw glyphosatebetter known as Roundup to us city and suburban folkwill be the culmination of a deceptive yet well-orchestrated effort led by green activists that has absolutely nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with punishing U.S. companies such as Monsanto, the maker of Roundup.

If the EU bans glyphosate, it will set the stage to enact the same regulations here, which could be a devastating blow to American farmers who rely on the herbicide to grow the worlds most abundant supply of grains. Glyphosate is a key farm chemical that helps farmers control weeds and boost yields. It is also used on public spaces, parks, and lawns around the country. U.S. consumers are already being warned about glyphosate residue showing up in food samples, breast milk, and drinking water. The scare campaign is in full swing.

The EU ban looks very likely to pass. Germany, Italy, and France are staunch supporters; French President Emmanuel Macron is lobbying hard for its passage and has outraged his countrys farmers by capitulating to Green Party bullies on this. (France is Europes top grower of wheat, corn, and barley.)

Graeme Taylor, spokesman for the European Crop Protection Association, said glyphosate has been used safely for the past 40 years, and Im concerned that if we engage in this hysteria, inevitably what will happen is that we will sleepwalk into a food crisis in Europe. The United Kingdom, Poland, and Spain oppose the ban.

The Crusade Rests on Crumbling Science

As this calamity unfolds across the Atlantic, the credibility of the scientific report central to the glyphosate-ban crusade is rapidly disintegrating and Congress is continuing to investigate how the report was handled. In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a report concluding glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. IARC, under the purview of the World Health Organization, is the only major scientific organization to make that claim and has since been heavily criticized by other international scientific groups and governmental agencies.

Members of the IARC committee who worked on the report have been exposed as environmental activists who cherry-picked questionable data to reach a politically motivated conclusion. Congress is also reviewing federal funding for IARC and investigating whether likeminded officials in Obamas Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) colluded with IARC members to help draft the dubious report.

Despite its weak scientific mooring and shady authorship, the report has been widely embraced by the media and cited by activists as the reason glyphosate use should be stopped. (This summer, California added glyphosate to its Prop 65 list of possible carcinogens that must be labeled...

22:26

The New Yorker Prophesies That Humans Will Invent Themselves Out Of Existence The Federalist

In its October 23 issue, The New Yorker ran a magazine cover right out of a science fiction nightmare. Human-like robots pass by on the street, one carrying a phone, another a latte, a third walking a robotic dog. A robot carrying a lunch box drops changewhich looks like gears and washers instead of coinsinto the waiting Styrofoam cup of a homeless man in tattered clothing on the sidewalk.

However, both the cover art and the article it referencesSheelah Kolhatkars Welcoming Our New Robot Overlords, also called Dark Factory in the print issueunderplay the truly terrifying vision of the future the piece ultimately prophesies: a future with economic affluence, manufacturing efficiency, and few to no jobs for low-skilled workers.

Another Glimpse Into the Future

Alarmism over technological development isnt new. As Neil Postman points out in his classic book Technopoly, people have resisted innovations and advancement at least as far back as Plato, who, somewhat ironically, recorded a dialogue in which Socrates presents arguments against using writing. The Luddites are famously (and somewhat inaccurately) supposed to have been wholly anti-automation. Karl Marx criticized machines for their tendency to divorce workers from the product of their labor, turning the worker himself into a simple cog in the larger machine. The film Ex Machina is just one example of an entire genre of robots become sentient and turn on their makers stories. You get the idea.

Since Plato, weve developed everything from the printing press to nuclear weapons to Tinder, and the critics of those technological developments havent gone away. Nevertheless, with the breakneck pace at which Silicone Valley advances artificial intelligence research, and given the fact that we all have veritable supercomputers in our pockets, its easy to drown out the critical voices in a flood of information and glowing screens.

The New Yorkers article gives us a glimpse into a future we must wrestle with sincerely. What is a low-skill worker to do when low-skill jobs are disappearing? David Autor, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist, is quoted in the article as saying, Its not that were running out of work or jobs per se. But a subset of people with low skill levels may not be able to earn a reasonable standard of living based on their labor. Kolhatkar points out that our current industrial system relies on scarcity of labor, but what happens when labor is no longer scarce? What happens when you have machines making other machines in order to make other machines?

Higher Demands of Fewer Workers

Of course, someone must kick-start the whole process and supervise the labor to make sure the machines are running correctly. K...

22:26

The Trump Adminstration Was Right To Drop UNESCO The Federalist

On October 12, the Trump administration announced it was withdrawing the United States from UNESCO by December 31, 2018. The Left immediately took this as the latest evidence of President Trumps isolationism. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the U.S. decision and instructed his foreign ministry to prepare for Israels withdrawal as well. In a news-packed week, such an important announcement didnt get the kind of attention it deserved.

At the end of the World War II, 37 countries founded the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1946. As defined in its constitution, the purpose of the organization is: to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.

Such an objective sounds very noble. Unfortunately, UNESCOs deeds havent measured up to its noble goal. Like many other large international bureaucracies, UNESCO has a long history of corruption and mismanagement. Audits show Cronyism seems all but endemic, with about 40% of the organizations appointments and promotions failing to meet UNESCOs own criteria for fair competition. Also, it has promoted so many managers to senior posts and taken on so many consultants that, despite a two-yearly budget of $544m (340m), it cannot afford the properly qualified staff it needs to run its programmes effectively.

UNESCO Has Long Displayed Anti-U.S. and Anti-Israel Bias

Not only is UNESCO a poorly managed and corrupt organization, its also a highly politicized place. Although the United States is the organizations largest funder, UNESCO has long held an anti-U.S. bias. Citing the organizations mismanagement of funds, corruption, and hostility toward the basic institutions of a free society, especially a free market and a free press, President Ronald Reagan pulled the United States out of UNESCO in 1984. His decision received bipartisan support, including nods from The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal (yes, those were the good old days).

The United States was neither the first nor only country to drop UNESCO. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland didnt participate from 1986 to 1997 and Singapore didnt from 1986 to 2007.  The United States rejoined UNESCO under President George W. Bush in 2002. In 2011, the Obama administration cut funding to the organization after UNESCO admitted the Palestine Authority as a full member. Since the...

22:26

Here Is The Best Song On Every Weezer Album To Prep For Their New Release The Federalist

A lot of people who used to identify as Weezer fans share a common story. They loved 90s Weezer, stayed loyal into the early 2000s, lost touch not long afterward, and now its just too much work to sift through all the subsequent albums and who really cares anyway.

I totally get it. I was there for a while myself. Through all the ups and downs (and downs and downs), Weezer hasnt made it easy for their fans.

Heres something positive: Weezers last two records were high quality, and theres a chance the hot streak continues with their upcoming release, Pacific Daydream, which drops on Friday. Maybe that piques your interest. To get up to speed on Weezer, compare tastes, or just for a trip down memory lane, please enjoy the list below.

The Blue Album, 1994

Weezers beloved debut may boast one classic after another, but its not hard to pinpoint the crown jewel. Say It Aint So is the bands masterpiece. Even years and years of karaoke bar and Rock Band overuse havent diminished its power.

The iconic opening riff is still perfect; the thunderous, distortion-heavy chorus still rocks harder than you think its going to; and Rivers Cuomos vividly inhabited lyrics about an alcoholic father still feel like a universal cry of pain and anxiety. Say It Aint So is one of those stirring pop moments where epic and intimate collide.

Pinkerton, 1996

A quick history of Pinkerton: Cuomo found fame isolating, his songwriting took a raw, confessional turn, many critics trashed the new style, the singles flopped, hardcore fans actually adored the record, it became a cult classic, now its widely held in high esteem. As with Blue, Pinkerton doesnt lack for highlightsit fully deserves its belated place in the 90s canonbut El Scorcho is the only song that happens to be a blast on top of showcasing the albums trademark touches.

Its a funny, ramshackle sing-along with offbeat references, a rousing chorus, and a supercharged bridge that comes out of nowhere. When you factor in all of the insecurity and emotional neediness thats on display too, theres a case to be made that its the ultimate Cuomo creation.

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22:26

While The Media May Not Have Listened To John Kellys Fallen Soldier Explanation, Americans Did The Federalist

In a press conference Thursday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly gave a 15-minute speech lecturing and scolding the media on military casualty protocol, particularly surrounding a controversy about President Trumps phone call to a soldiers widow, and Rep. Frederica Wilsons criticism of it.

Critics have denounced Kellys statement as too rigid and defensive of a bumbling and misguided president (because Russia!). It was indeed many things, but not misplaced. Rather, it was an instructive trifecta to a haughty mainstream media that included a military education, wisdom from an experienced Marine, and a fierce, swift ass-kicking.

Military Casualty Protocol 101

U.S. Special Forces Sgt. La David T. Johnson was one of four U.S. soldiers who died in Niger recently. When President Trump made a phone call to Johnsons widow, Wilson was in the car and listened in on speakerphone. She then publicly acted appalled by Trumps statement that Johnson must have known what he signed up for. Indeed, that isolated soundbite didnt do much for Trumps approval ratings, much less given how he took to Twitter to rant about it.

Wilson milked it, the media bought it, and on Thursday at an afternoon press conference, Kelly took the podium to address the controversial story. Kelly began by explaining to the press exactly what happens when a member of our military is killed.

Their first stop along the way is when theyre packed in ice, typically at the airhead. And then theyre flown to, usually, Europe where theyre then packed in ice again and flown to Dover Air Force Base, where Dover takes care of the remains, embalms them, meticulously dresses them in their uniform with the medals that theyve earned, the emblems of their service, and then puts them on another airplane linked up with a casualty officer escort that takes them home.

While thats happening, Kelly said, other folks are preparing to inform the family and the casualty officer proceeds to break the heart of a family member and stays with that family until well, for a long, long time, even after the internment.

Kelly explained that while presidents can and often do make calls to widows and parents of fallen soldiers, they dont have to, and sometimes families dont want to talk to them. In fact, he added, he actually suggested Trump avoid making these phone calls, because families would rather hear from family and friends. Here he became emotional when adding, In my case, hours after my son was killed, his friends were calling us from Afghanistan, telling us what a great guy he was. Those are the only phone calls that really mattered.

Still, Kelly says, contradictory to what the media reported, Trump not only wanted to make these calls but asked for advice about how to do so: [T]hen he said, how do you make these calls? If youre not in the family, if youve never worn the uniform, if youve never b...

22:26

Due Process Is Making A Comeback For College Students Accused Of Rape The Federalist

Many times throughout history societies cast aside the idea of due process, such as during the Salem witch trials and the 1980s and 90s satanic day care scares. In each case, those accused were not given a proper chance to defend themselves, and society was told to believe the victim.

Such has been the case in recent years on college campuses. Were told college women face the possibility of being sexually assault on par with the frequency of war-torn Congo. Were told that false accusations are so rare we should just ignore their potential. And were told that if we dont outright believe all accusers, were rape apologists. Due process, were told, hurts victims (but only on college campuses or in matters of sex; all other crimes require due process).

The recent hatred for due process grew after President Barack Obamas Education Department issued guidance in 2011 about how schools should handle accusations of sexual assault. The guidance all but assured accused students would be found responsible, even going so far as to suggest cross-examination shouldnt be allowed because it might re-traumatize victims. This, of course, ignored the fact that cross-examination is the most effective tool to determine whether someone actually is a victim.

Hysteria ensued. If someone accused of sexual assault wasnt punished on a college campus, activists claimed the school didnt take accusations seriously. When President Donald Trumps Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded the Obama-era guidelines, activists claimed she was rolling back victims rights (when she was actually attempting to add rights for the accused, as well as accusers).

Is the Tide Turning?

But due process appears to be making a comeback. By K.C. Johnsons count as of Sepember 8, 59 accused students had received at least partially favorable rulings from judges after they sued their schools for gender-bias and denying due process. I believe this count is now over 60.

Some of these judges decried schools shifting the burden of proof onto accused students, some stated cross-examination was essential, others noted the potential ramifications for expelled students that activists seem to ignore, and others simply said the campus kangaroo courts were ...

22:26

The Gifted Is Broadcast Televisions Best Superhero Show The Federalist

Foxs The Gifted throws viewers into the dystopian world of the (erstwhile) X-Men. Humans arent at outright war with mutants, but anyone with too expressive an X-gene can look forward to a visit from Mutant Homeland Security (a.k.a. Sentinel Services).

They face the same oppression and distrust that (insert your favorite marginalized group) does. The shows place in that ever-shifting X-Men universe timeline is vague. The extremely uneasy coexistence between humans and mutants means it most likely fits in before Days of Future Past or Logan.

Most of the plot revolves around Reed and Caitlin Strucker (Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) and their two mutant children (Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White) as they attempt to evade a Sentinel Services manhunt led by Jace Turner (Coby Bell). The Struckers (yes, that name sounds familiar) find themselves under the wing of the Mutant Underground, a haven for mutants hiding from Sentinel Services.

Fox dropped The Gifted into a broadcast pool not exactly teeming with exceptional comic book television, not to mention an already-saturated genre. ABC has or had its Marvel Cinematic Universe shows, Agents of SHIELD, Inhumans, and the late Agent Carter. The CW has its ever-expanding Arrowverse, led by Arrow and The Flash. Fox also airs DCs Gotham.

Several of these shows are entertaining; none are great TV. The line between fun or serious and corny or downright dumb is quite thin for comic book shows already. The demands of network TV, between schedule changes, ratings grabs, and content restrictions, only make walking that line harder.

Fortunately, The Gifted eschews typical network conventions and is better for it. It exists in a dystopian near-future and has, to its credit, stayed there. A show like this typically features a case-of-the-week format to grab viewers, yet The Gifted started and sticks with a serialized story. There hasnt been an obvious ratings ploy, either through some needless character arc, annoying C-story, or stupid relationship. Very few character decisions happen for the sake of a plot contrivance; the kids especially have never acted too recklessly nor outrageously brave.

It could easily play up the social commentary, an almost unavoidable aspect of any X-Men property, for dramas sake. So far The Gifted hasnt leaned too heavily on it (though a virulently anti-mutant Trumpish president seems inevitable).

The ten-episode first season, a prestige TV trend, certainly helps. It allows for a more focused narrative and prevents episode-filling bloat. The episode limit also presumably gives The Gifted budget for impressive visual effects, a genre necessity that often distracts on TV rather than complements.

The first seasons brevity keeps the hand-holding to a minimum as well, both for the characters and viewers. Casual X-M...

22:05

The Murder of John Kennedys Mistress, Part 3 WhoWhatWhy

The highly anticipated release of long-withheld US government documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is scheduled for this Thursday, October 26. In the runup to this event, the media has devoted more attention to this history-altering political murder than at any time since the Oliver Stone film JFK came out in 1991.

On Saturday, President Trump tweeted: Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened. Although it remains to be seen whether some files will continue to be withheld by the president, this sounds like good news.

As one of the outlets digging deep into the tragedy, WhoWhatWhy has pointed out that many questions remain unanswered and many key issues are yet unresolved. Accordingly, we are dedicating more articles to the topic leading up to the highly-anticipated data dump, and have put together a crack team to analyze the documents once they are released.

WhoWhatWhy Staff


In Part 3 of this mystery, the case against the black laborer, Ray Crump, for the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer continues to build, despite the lack of physical evidence, and despite the lack of an obvious motive. She was neither robbed nor raped.

To make matters worse for Crump, a new witness comes forward William L. Mitchell, an Army lieutenant stationed at the Pentagon. He claimed that, shortly before the murder, he passed a negro male who was following the victim about two hundred yards behind her. His description of the mans clothes matches what Crump had been wearing when arrested.

This clean-cut white man seemed like an ideal witness. At the time of the 1965 trial, a Washington Star reporter wrote that Mitchell, by then no longer on active duty with the Army, was now a mathematics instructor at Georgetown University,

But in subsequent chapters of the Peter Janney book Marys Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace: Third Edition the author reveals a number of things that are wrong with Mitchells story. And what Janney found out about the man himself is even more disturbing:

His address happens to have been that of a CIA safe house.

Georgetown University had no record of such a person.

In the 1960s, CIA operatives frequently used faculty positions at that university as covers.

Any trail of Mitchells identity or subsequent whereabouts, however, appeared to have vaporized, wrote Janney after spending years trying to locate hi...

21:45

School shootings and the brutalisation of boys Freethought Blogs

A few years ago I wrote here about how school shooters and spree killers are made.

Much has been written and said about the role of masculine conditioning and patriarchal beliefs in cases like Eliott Rodger and the role misogyny plays in charging and inspiring their crimes.

The standard feminist theory (most popularly expressed by Michael Kimmel in books like Angry White Men) is that these young men and they are almost if not quite always young men are the extreme fringes of toxic masculinity and aggrieved entitlement. Basically they are overcome by anger at not getting access to all the rewards, such as sex, respect and status, that they feel they deserve for their role as white men at the top of the social hierarchy. They then take that frustration out on their peers, on the world in a murderous explosion of rage.  

My position has always been that this is probably true to a point, but misses huge chunks of the jigsaw. In particular, in every case where theres enough biographical background to know, a spree killer does indeed feel disgruntled at their place in the world, but that is at most half the story.

The other half is that these men these kids  have lived through either extensive emotional, physical or sexual abuse or (more commonly) through extensive and extreme bullying at school.

This is not, generally, a popular opinion. Ive been attacked in the past for expressing it, because it might appear to suggest sympathy with the murderer, even look like a justification or a rationalisation. Cases like Eliott Rodger, I have been told, dont need or deserve nuance. Whether or not they have been bullied or abused is irrelevant.

But this is an issue where I think the academic theory is not just rarefied intellectual bubblegum. There is an urgent need to understand why these mass murders occur, and if it possible that real world policies and interventions could significantly reduce the risk of future massacres.

Last week academic newswires reported a fascinating new study which investigated the shared characteristics of 31 boys who had been involved in mass shootings between 1995 and 2015. The press release (I havent yet been able to track down the full report, so Im trusting the summary is accurate) is a striking and in my opinion shocking illustration of what is wrong with this debate.

The press release begins as follows:

Boys involved in school shootings often struggle to live up to what they perceive as their schools ideals surrounding masculinity.

When socially shunned at sch...

21:32

Tribes stand to benefit from public safety network as deadline approaches for states Indianz.Com News

A new public safety network could help Indian Country avoid the types of communications problems seen by the Spokane Tribe when a fire hit the reservation in Washington.

21:30

Education in Complexity Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Keita Demming, Disruptive Conversations

Keita Demming, Disruptive Conversations

In the show where I interviewed him, Keita discussed the difference between systems that are simple, complicated or complex. I found his explanation very easy to grasp and so Ill provide it here:

There are three types of problems. There are simple problems, like a recipe for baking a cake. There are complicated problems like launching a rocket or organizing a conference with 10,000 people. With enough time and resources, you can figure it out. A complex problem is more like raising a child. As a parent changes their response, a child changes their response. The child changes their behavior and now the parent changes their response. That is a continuous, dynamic situation.

I later asked Keita about mistaking complex problems for simple or complicated problems and he commented that this was the essence of systems problems that he experiences everywhere.

Me too.

Im on my local planning commission and last week we had a presentation by the local school district. This is part of an ongoing conversation that is too large to get into here, but Id like to focus on one aspect because it stuck with me and I think is representative of deep misunderstandings policy people tend to have about the systems they manage.

The New School on the Edge of Town

Back in 2005, the school district opened a new school Forestview in the neighboring city of Baxter. The move including closing one Depression-era neighborhood school (Washington) and repurposing another (Mississippi Horizons) and followed the closing of two other Depression-era schools (Franklin and Whittier). All of the schools that were closed or repurposed were neighborhood schools in the core of the city.

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21:16

United Nations: Ignore Trump on Climate Global Research

Featured image: Trump rally in Louisiana, US, December 2016. Image: Tammy Anthony Baker via Flickr

The hurricanes and wildfires that have severely damaged large areas of the United States in recent weeks have had no impact on US president Donald

21:15

General Kellys Tirade and the Threat of Military Dictatorship in America Global Research

Two-and-a-half weeks after the deaths of four US Special Forces troops during a firefight in the landlocked West African nation of Niger, the American media has remained fixated on the ugly controversy surrounding President Donald Trumps condolence call to

21:12

Imaginary Syria: Black Is White, White Is Black, in the Washington Post Global Research

The Washington Post presents a shockingly imaginary Syria, in which the U.S. Government has been the friend of the Syrian people by trying to eliminate in Syria simultaneously the jihadists and the Syrian Government thats been fighting against the jihadists,

21:07

US Mercenaries, Iraqi Highways and the Mystery of the Never-Ending ISIS Hordes Global Research

While the US and European media provided little explanation as to how militants from the self-titled Islamic State (IS) managed to appear, expand and then fight for years against the combined military power of Iraq, Syria, Iran and Russia, it

21:07

When Conspiracies Meet: Donald Trump and the JFK Files Global Research

It seems the perfect recipe, a union of minds and fates. A case, long disputed, deliberated over, conspired over, meets a modern US president who favours the notion of birther theories, rigged systems, corrupt elites and corrosive establishments. As President

21:06

Above All Americas Military Junta Expands Its Claim to Power Global Research

In an advertising campaign in 2008 the U.S. Air Force declared itself to be Above All. The slogan and symbol of the campaign was similar to the German Deutschland ber Alles campaign of 1933. It was a sign of things

21:05

Raqqa Destroyed to Liberate It. ISIS was a Bogeyman Encouraged by Western Powers Global Research

The so-called Islamic State organization was primarily a bogeyman encouraged by the western powers.  Ive been saying this for the last four years.

I asserted, as a former soldier and war correspondent, that IS would collapse like a wet paper

21:03

Desecration of Church Property to Silence Syrian Voices Global Research

On Thursday 19th October, the Media on Trial Event was held in the Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church (BCBC) in London. Prior to the event there had been the usual stream of emails denouncing the speakers as genocide deniers Kremlin agents

21:00

Wiping Out the Christians of Syria and Iraq to Remap the Middle East: Prerequisite to a Clash of Civilizations? Global Research

Historically, the Levant is the birthplace of Christianity and the oldest Christian communities have lived in it and the entire Fertile Crescent since the start of Christian history.

20:57

Washington Forbids Serbia from De-Mining Syria Global Research

This may be one of the cruelest and most cynical moves of Washington in its entire dark regime change Syria chapter. Serbian media sources are reporting, based on quotes from US Embassy Belgrade personnel, that the United States has sought

20:56

Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS): Russia Blasts US Rape of Raqqa Global Research

VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: 

stephenlendman.org 

(Home Stephen Lendman). 

Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

The citizen journalist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) provides reliable firsthand reports on high crimes of war and against humanity against defenseless

20:54

Trump to Release Classified JFK Files Global Research

VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: 

stephenlendman.org 

(Home Stephen Lendman). 

Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Hold the cheers! Expect nothing incriminating the CIA, the mob. or anyone other than Lee Harvey Oswald from coming out conveniently gunned down

20:52

Breaking: Frances Minister of Defense: French Citizens Who Joined Jihad Should Die on the Battlefield We Dont Want Them Back Global Research

Featured image: Florence Parly (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

AP reported in The New York Post of 21 October 2017, that during ISIS heydays, it is estimated that about 30,000 citizens from around the world traveled to the Middle East, mostly

20:10

Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs among witnesses for controversial tribal land bill Indianz.Com News

The Trump team's views on the federal government's trust and treaty responsibilities will get a public airing this week as lawmakers take testimony on a controversial tribal lands bill.

19:29

How Propaganda Feeds War on Syria Global Research

This article first appeared on GR on March 17, 2016.

Western propaganda against countries targeted for regime change can be especially insidious because mainstream journalists abandon skepticism and go with the flow, such as the case of Syrian torture photos,

19:21

Syria: Egregious Lies and Crimes Are The Foundation of Western Foreign Policy Global Research

Syrians are just like you and me. They seek to live happy, secure lives, in which they can thrive and prosper. NATO terrorists have been destroying Syria for about six years. Infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, water supplies, electric plants, roads and bridges have been and continue to be targeted and destroyed.

18:24

Tim Giago: Scaring up some spooky stories from the old Pine Ridge boarding school Indianz.Com News

Thanks to the boarding school survivors for helping me remember these spooky tales from the Pine Ridge Reservation.

18:10

World Food Prize: Feeding the World a Slick Campaign of Lies Global Research

Tonight (October 19, 2017), the World Food Prize will be ceremoniously bestowed on yet another cheerleader for degenerative agriculture.

This years award goes to Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina of Nigeria, president of the African Development Bank, and a proud supporter

18:04

What We Still Havent Learned from the Vietnam War Global Research

Featured image: Vietnam War protestors march at the Pentagon in Washington, DC on October 21, 1967. (Photo credit: Frank Wolfe / LBJ Library / Wikimedia)

Fifty years ago today, in 1967, nearly 100,000 Americans marched on Washington, DC, to

17:37

Alaska Native corporation gets business up and running after devastating hurricane Indianz.Com News

A subsidiary of an Alaska Native corporation is back in business after its operations thousands of miles away in Puerto Rico were affected by Hurricane Maria.

16:32

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds business meeting for Klamath Tribes bill Indianz.Com News

Despite being restored to federal recognition, the Klamath Tribes are still hindered by a termination-era law that limits control of their own assets.

16:10

Open thread for episode 21.41: Russell and Ciera Freethought Blogs

Note that the 20th Anniversary Special Episode will be published separately.

14:33

Greece: Alternative Economies & Community Currencies Pt. 3 FairCoop UNICORN RIOT

Athens, Greece Tools born from the internet, applied across autonomous networks and movements seeking alternatives to capitalism, are providing the infrastructure of alternative societies. In the last of our specials on community currencies and alternative economies, we showcase FairCoop, a self-organized and self-managed global cooperative created through the internet outside the domain of the nation-state.

During a conference on alternatives to capitalism inside of the self-organized and squatted Embros Theater in Athens, Greece in the summer of 2017, a Catalan speaker (who remained anonymous for safety purposes) gave a presentation on FairCoop, which informed much of this reporting.


See our first two specials with further information on alternative economies and community currencies, by clicking on the images below:

  ...

13:45

Gainesville Bans Torches, Charlottesville Allows Guns OpEdNews

Here's a list of items banned from an event in Gainesville, Florida, with hatemonger Richard Spencer. It includes all conceivable weapons, and even open flames of any kind.

13:05

Me Too Freethought Blogs

CN: sexual harassment

Decades ago, when I was in fifth grade, a boy on the bus groped me while we were on our way to school. The way he sneered as he touched my thigh, the way he mockingly said my name solidified a lesson Id begun to learn from years of being bullied: be invisible. Be invisible. Be invisible.

Perhaps the strangest part of the incident was that someone reported the incidentI was certainly too shocked to say anything at the timeand told a teacher that Id hit the boy. Except I hadnt touched him. I tried to be invisible. I couldnt hit him. I couldnt move. I cried, but I couldnt move. I tried to be invisible, then and later.

Except my attempts at being invisible didnt protect me from further incidents of harassment, both at school and later in my life.

So Im done with trying to be invisible. I couldnt hit back at the boy then, but I can hit out at the shame that comes with being harassed.

And I can add my voice to others who remind us that harassment and assault start early. Education to prevent harassment and assault must start early too.

13:00

In Defense of Risk-Assessment Tools The Marshall Project

Algorithms can help the criminal justice system, but only alongside thoughtful humans.

12:57

Our Ever-Deadlier Police State OpEdNews

Police officers have become rogue predators in impoverished communities. Under U.S. forfeiture laws, police indiscriminately seize money, real estate, automobiles and other assets. In many cities, traffic, parking and other fines are little more than legalized extortion that funds local government and turns jails into debtor prisons.

11:37

Gucci Is Going Fur-Free And Donating Money From Remaining Fur Sales To Animals True Activist

Credit: Gucci

Following Armanis big transition into a fur-free designer company last year, fashion powerhouse Gucci has also announced that their brand will be going fur-free starting in 2018. After seeing the writing on the wall and where consumers and the fashion industry were headed, it was inevitable that Gucci would go this direction, and now consumers are hoping even more companies will follow suit.

Gucci revealed their Spring-Summer 2018 line in Milan this past September and it is reportedly the first ling they have done that is without fur. Theyre working with the Humane Society International to make the transition as well as LAV, an Italian nonprofit that works on protecting animal rights in the legal sense.

Gucci going fur-free is a huge game-changer. For this Italian powerhouse to end the use of fur because of the cruelty involved will have a huge ripple effect throughout the world of fashion, Humane Society International president Kitty Block said in a statement. We commend Guccis compassionate decision, and for helping to ensure that the future of fashion is fur-free.

Up until now, the company has been using mink, coyote, raccoon dog, fox, and the fur of other animals to supply the coat for their animal products. While the feel of these coats is extremely soft, faux products have been engineered to feel just as luxurious and no animals have to be cruelly bred and killed in the process.

Credit: Gucci

As part of the change, Gucci will also hold an auction to sell the remaining fur items. The proceeds from thi...

10:44

Video: Korean War: 600,000 Tons of American Bombs on the North. Every City was Destroyed Global Research

This episode details the UN bombing campaign over North Korea and the results for the people on the ground.

The majority of civilians killed in the Korean War were killed in North Korea by air attack. (This segment on the

10:38

Xi's road map to the Chinese Dream OpEdNews

Xi has clearly understood that global leadership implies being a top provider, mostly to the global South, of connectivity, infrastructure financing, comprehensive technical assistance, construction hardware and myriad other trappings of "modernization." It does not hurt that this trade/commerce/investment onslaught helps to internationalize the yuan.

09:30

Our Perception Of Leadership Needs To Change If We Are To Change The World The Last American Vagabond

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Poor leaders push us towards the goal. Great leaders guide us along the journey.  Simon Sinek When we think of world leaders, what often comes to mind? According to Forbes, the top ten qualities a good leader are honesty, delegation, communication, confidence, commitment, a positive attitude, creativity, intuition, the ability to inspire and being approachable. []

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09:10

Polls: Media offer fake news, but news from Trump seen as phoniest of all OpEdNews

Trump constantly attacks legitimate news organizations as fake news. But the StudySoup survey showed that nearly 60 percent of Americans consider what they're being fed from the Trump White House as the real fake news. No surprise there, as the Washington Post count of Trump's accumulated lies topped 1,300 by mid-October.

08:47

Understanding Digital Footprints and Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Law Enforcement Public Intelligence

Internet connectivity has become a large part of nearly everyones daily routine. Whether through personal or professional use, this technology has been engrained in our society. With this connectivity, the amount of personal information made available to the general public has dramatically increased an individuals digital footprint. This personal information is enticing to those with malicious intent and can easily be acquired and used to target law enforcement personnel and their families. For example, the 2014 fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, brought widespread media coverage, and the actions surrounding the event led to the compromise of personal information of law enforcement personnel in Ferguson and the surrounding area.

Another recent case example involved more than 30 Minnesota police officers whose personal information was exploited by a hacker group affiliated with ISIS. The information included home and e-mail addresses and personal phone numbers. The names of the officers were posted along with a photo of masked ISIS fighters holding automatic weapons.

Personal information is increasingly distributed online by the media, the public, law enforcement agencies, and even law enforcement personnel themselves. It is imperative that law enforcement personnel understand the importance and consequences of their online activities and be proactive in monitoring and limiting their digital footprint. What may seem like an innocent upload or shared post can have a significant effect not only on law enforcement personnel but on their departments, families, and friends. Law enforcement should take the steps now to protect themselves and their family members before becoming a victim.

There are multiple areas in which personal information can be both collected and exposed on the Internet. Data brokers5 such as PiPl, Spokeo, and White Pages routinely compile comprehensive information from government and public records, such as court filings, real property, telephone directories, recorded liens and mortgages, marriage and death records, retailers, and social media platforms. In many cases, the information collected by these brokers may be out of date or inaccurate, adding additional safety concerns. The information from these brokers is sold or provided for free to anyone with an Internet connection.

Law enforcement personnel can easily make themselves, their families, coworkers, and agencies vulnerable by oversharing their personal information. One area of great concern is social media. With more than 1.6 billion active Facebook users and more than 7,200 tweets being sent every second, it is critical for law enforcement personnel to understand best practices for keeping their personal information safe and secure. In general, individuals should follow strict privacy settings, maintain strong passwords, and utilize secure networks.

...

08:44

Cusacks Bright Star Shines at Ahmanson Guardian Liberty Voice

Bright Star, a musical written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, and its triumphant star Carmen Cusack should have garnered more attention on Broadway, but are shining in the national tour that opened at the Ahmanson Theatre on Friday, October 20. Presented by Center Theatre Group, the bluegrass-infused musical offers a tale of []

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08:22

Interview With Max Suchan Of Chicago Community Bond Fund On Failure Of Judges To Implement Bond Reforms Shadowproof

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In September, Cook County adopted reforms to the system of money bond for pretrial detention. However, according to the Chicago Community Bond Fund, which has had a team of volunteer court watchers monitoring the implementation, results thus far have been fairly disappointing.

On this weeks Unauthorized Disclosure podcast, Max Suchan, a co-founder and director of operations for the Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF), joins the show to talk about the struggle to abolish money bond in communities in and around Chicago.

CCBF is a part of a local coalition, the Coalition to End Money Bond, which includes labor, legal advocacy, and faith-based organizations. They have put pressure on the city to reform the money bond system. Externally, Suchan said, the city also has noticed a national trend demanding reforms to the most racist practices in the criminal justice system.

Lawyers affiliated with the coalition launched a lawsuit last year that seeks a declaratory judgment that Cook Countys bond-setting practices violate the Constitution; that actually they disproportionately impact people that dont have money, and its a system that punishes people because theyre poor, according to Suchan.

The order issued by Evans instructed judges to not set bond higher than what people can pay. Money may be a condition of release, but there needs to be a determination as to whether somebody should be held or released that does not involve money. Pretrial detainees are entitled to a review within 7 days if they were unable to immediately post bond.

Thats important because oftentimes people get court dates a month, two months out, Suchan said. In order to actually revisit bond, a seven-day time is significant because most of the primary harms of incarceration happen within the first three days of arrest.

It went into effect for felony cases on September 18. In January 2018, the order will apply to misdemeanor cases. The order is supposed to retroactively apply to thousands of cases where people are already in pretrial detention.

Evans replaced the six central bond judges and prepared them for the foundational shift in how bonds would be issued.

Every day in August, and every day last month after the order was issued, CCBF had a team of court watchers to monitor how judges implemented the order. The court watchers tracked what amount the person said they could pay, what amount was ultimately set for the bond, and whether it was an amount they could pay. They also documented whether people were getting views within seven days and what happened at...

08:17

How Trump hurts America OpEdNews

Trump hurts America when he violates a cardinal tenet of our Pledge of Allegiance by dividing race against race, religion against religion, neighbor against neighbor, American against American and undermines the great patriotic notion that America is one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL.

08:15

Paiute tribe opens Largest marijuana store on the planet in Las Vegas Counter Current News

A brand new dispensary in Nevada claims that it is the Largest marijuana store on the planet. While situated in downtown Las Vegas, the store is actually on tribal lands, off of Main Street and Washington Avenue. Officials say []

08:05

DHS-FBI Guide: Handling Threats to Private Citizens and Locations Named Online by Violent Extremists Public Intelligence

(U//FOUO) The fusion center has no information to indicate specific or credible threats to people whose names have been published online by violent extremists. You are being provided this advisory to assist your agency in responding to queries from members of the public or other concerned parties. This information, which often includes personally identifiable information (PII) obtained maliciously via the Internet, most likely represents aspirational threats. Its primary purpose is likely to heighten anxiety and a sense of vulnerability. It is unlikely that violent extremist-inspired individuals in the United States will target people identified online, but this cannot be ruled out entirely.

(U//FOUO) When the FBI and/or the fusion center notifies you that a citizen in your jurisdiction has been threatened or an address in your jurisdiction has been listed in an online threat by a member or purported member of a violent extremist group, there are several ways your agency can assist, including but not limited to the following:

Perform database checks of your local records management system and computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system for records or calls for service to the subject of the threat or address listed, and provide results to the FBI and the fusion center.

Enter the address into the CAD system for future dispatch and patrol situational awareness related to the threat. Notify the FBI and the fusion center of any future suspicious activity reports (SARs) or calls for service regarding the victim of the threat or listed addresses associated with the threat.

If your agency intends to make unilateral contact with a named victim and/or address, the FBI and the fusion center request that you coordinate with them first to avoid duplication of effort.

If your agency decides to make unilateral contact with the victim, use the following as a guide to ensure consistency regarding unilateral notifications:

Your name and/or address was posted as part of a large list of Americans by an individual/group advocating that violent action be taken against people and addresses on the list.

These lists contain a large number of names and addresses, many of which were obtained by an individual or group posting them through open-source research using websites and online mediums that likely contain your personal information.

Although the individual or group posting the threat advocates violence, that individual or group may not have the capability to harm you. However, we are notifying you of the threat out of an abundance of caution.

Your local law enforcement agency is here today to let you know that we have notified our dispatch and patrol personnel of this threat for your safety and protection.

In an abundance of caution, we urge you to report any suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1 or the appropriate emergency number of your local law enforcement agency for immediate response. The agency w...

08:04

Be Suspicious of Signs/Prodigies: Dancing Sun In Nigeria? - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Be Suspicious of Signs/Prodigies: Dancing Sun In Nigeria? By: Eric Gajewski FOR THE WHOLE ARTICLE WITH VIDEOS! https://tradcatknight.blogspot.com/2017/10/be-suspicious-of-signsprodigies-dancing.html#more I was recently asked to make comment on this supposed miracle coming out of Nigeria. I have been digging and digging and can not find anyone to come out and say the Blessed Virgin Mary spoke to []

07:54

The Lego Hardcore of Yore Freethought Blogs

I wrote about Margaret Hamilton, the programmer who designed the self-diagnosing co-routines in NASAs moon mission software. [stderr] Her achievements are righteously legendary.

Lego has done a series of figures based on the women who helped get men to the moon, back, and into the lime-light. [lego]

And theres Katherine Johnson [stderr]

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Whenever I hear the phrase men went to the moon I think of my first truelove, Rachel R., who used to wear a shirt that asked: If they can send one man to the moon, why not send all of them?  Ooooooo wait: I know what someones getting for xmas instead of soap, this year. Spreadshirt, here I come!

07:37

Under Trump, Brags Mike Pompeo, CIA Will Be "Much More Vicious Agency" OpEdNews

According to Mike Pompeo, the agency he leads -- which has supported coups across the globe, engaged in targeted killings, and led a detention and torture program -- has not been nasty enough.

07:32

Dont you know where your troops are? Freethought Blogs

The US is now in a state of permanent undeclared war in large parts of the globe. This has become such a routine practice that people at the highest levels of government, including those charged with oversight of the military, do not know where troops are stationed, how many, and what their purpose is. The US military is like a war virus, quietly spreading over the globe, out of sight from anyone except a few people in the military and the administration.

It takes fiascos like the deaths in Niger to bring these facts to light.

The dispute has revived wider concerns about the fatal incident in which the US soldiers were killed during an attack on their convoy and five Nigerien soldiers also died and about Americas role in anti-terror efforts in the west African state. Authorities suspect militants affiliated to the Islamic State were responsible for the ambush. Sgt Johnson was buried in Florida on Saturday.

Conflicting accounts of what led to the attack given by US and Nigerien officials have led members of Congress including John McCain, the Republican chair of the Senate armed services committee, to criticise the Pentagons response.

Senator James Lankford, Republican of Oklahoma, said on Sunday he shared concerns over the contradicting narratives. At this point we have conflicting stories, Lankford said on CBSs Face The Nation. We want to be able to get the full, accurate story and get it right.

Lankfords sentiments were echoed by Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, and Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat of New York.

I didnt know there was 1,000 troops in Niger, Graham said on NBCs Meet the Press. This is an endless war without boundaries and no limitation on time and geography Youve got to tell us more and [McCain] is right to say that.

Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said he was similarly unaware. Schumer said information being provided by the Trump administration was not adequate and should be re-examined. [My emphasisi-MS]

You have to take these claims of ignorance with a grain of salt. As the Niger episode threatens to blow up into a major controversy, people are going to try and distance themselves from it in order to avoid any blame.

But the fact that people like Graham and Schumer can even make claims of ignorance shows how out of control US military involvement in the world is.

07:09

Mesa Police Officer Charged With Fatally Shooting Man to Start Trial Filming Cops

PHOENIX The trial for a former Mesa police officer who was charged with second-degree murder after shooting an unarmed Texas man to death last year is set to begin

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07:07

Twin Cities: A Call For An Anti-fascist Response to Lauren Southern It's Going Down

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This coming Wednesday, the alt-right is bringing Lauren Southern back from a failed hate flotilla in the Mediterranean to our backyard to spew her xenophobic garbage at the Willey auditorium. University of Minnesota president Eric Kahler has decided the best way to respond to stickers depicting ovens from The Right Stuff and flyers from violent white nationalists Identity Evropa, not to mention the incidents this past spring with swastikas appearing on campus by bringing a white nationalist pseudo-celebrity to campus.

We already knew the administration of this university didnt give a shit about the safety of their non-white students and only sees its students as tuition payments, but this really takes the cake. Its only fitting that a land grant university built on stolen Lakota land that supports prison labor would give a platform to overt white supremacy under the guise of freedom of speech. Im sure that same freedom of speech applies to the students who have been met with a massive police presence every time a protest takes place on campus. Im sure Danger Collective or Whose Diversity or Black Lives Matter would be given the same treatment by our oh so fair and balanced University of Minnesota Police Department. But I digress.

This is a call for an open ended anti-fascist bloc on Wednesday, October 25th[The speaking event is 7pm at West Bank Auditorium]. Its encouraged that you do not arrive alone. Come with a close friend or better yet an affinity group. Take steps to protect your identity from the State and the expected presence of alt-right and alt-lite livestreamers who will surely be taking video footage to single people out for doxxing after the dust settles. This can mean any number of things from altering your appearance to covering your face. Use what makes you feel the most comfortable and more importantly, safe. Keep in mind that while on U of M campus you can assume that surveillance cameras will be everywhere. News media cameras arent your friends either. And as much as we all love Unicorn Riot, our enemies watch their stream too. They can (and will) find you there and if they care enough try to harass you. While online harassment might not intimidate you, keep in mind who else might be at risk if your security is compromised. Violent white supremacists and fascists typically go after the most marginalized for their acts of violence. Anti-fascism after Charlottesvile cannot afford to put any of our comrades in danger. (There are more detailed write ups available on...

06:38

NYC: No Fascists at Columbia! It's Going Down

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The Columbia University College Republicans (CUCR)  are inviting fascist speakers to their campus. They have already invited Tommy Robinson, former leader of the fascist EDL (English Defense League). Alt-Right speaker Mike Cernovich is scheduled for October 30th. Cernovich believes that diversity is code for white genocide, harasses women online, hates Muslims, and has been charged with rape. A recent article in Idavox gives more background on this bigoted, misogynistic scumbag.

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ALERT! The Columbia University College Republicans are inviting fascist speakers to campus. Alt-Right speaker Mike Cernovich is scheduled for October 30th Unless we stop it.These fliers were posted around Columbia's campus on Friday. If you see members of CUCR, tell them what you think

Posted by NYC Anti-Fascist Action on Sunday, October 22, 2017

On Friday October 20th, fliers identifying Executive Board members of the CUCR were posted around Columbias campus. Here is a video of the flyers getting posted and here is a link to jpegs of all of the fliers. These students appear to be entitled rich kids, padding their resums for future jobs at hedge funds. They never thought they would have to face consequences for inviting fascists to speak at their campus. We believe otherwise.  If you see these people, let them know what you think

06:32

The Individual on Trial OpEdNews

It was once established that society and civilization existed to liberate the individual, to remove the shackles of the State from him, so he could pursue his own destiny. This victory was massively opposed by combines, monopolies, and cartels, who seek control over populations.

06:27

No, You Probably Don't Have Adult ADHD (sorry Pharma) OpEdNews

Now comes the news that----surprise!----Adult ADHD is likely another marginal "disease" trumped up by Pharma for no other reason than profiteering. "A new study suggests that adult-onset A.D.H.D. is rare -- if it exists at all," says the New York Times this week. The study "all but ruled out adult-onset A.D.H.D. as a stand-alone diagnosis," and "Most apparent cases of adult-onset attention deficits are likely the result of sub

06:27

[WATCH] Off-Duty Cleveland Police Officer Arrested Twice in Less Than 3 Hours Filming Cops

Below is a video from the night when a Cleveland police officer got arrested off-duty twice in two-and-a-half hours. Earlier this month, on I-71, the Ohio Highway Patrol and Middleburg

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06:22

The Day Our Country Was Stolen THE INTERNET POST

READER SUBMITTED NEWS L. C. Lyon How the 14th AmendmentEnslaved Us All Without a Shot Fired Most Americans would agree that we, as a people, are treated by our public servants the judges, politicians, law enforcement and bureaucrats who are paid their salaries by our taxes as if we were in complete bondage []

06:21

NEO Mystery of the never-ending ISIS Hordes on the Iraq Highway - Veterans Today Veterans Today

A private security company establishes and secures Iraqs first "toll highway". Will this mercenary action facilitate state-sponsored terror aimed at regime change?

06:15

Toronto: Collective Action Beats Evictions in Parkdale! It's Going Down

The post Toronto: Collective Action Beats Evictions in Parkdale! appeared first on It's Going Down.

We are very pleased to report that Phil, Brandon, and Kelly have beaten their evictions! They will stay in their homes and continue to contribute to neighbourhood life in Parkdale. Congratulations to our neighbours!

Last Friday the three tenants, along with members of Parkdale Organize, delivered a letter to their landlord at his place of business. They demanded he stop the evictions proceedings against them by today, Friday, October 20, or else face organized neighbourhood action. This week they spoke out in the media and organized to take their actions further. This afternoon they received a letter from their landlords lawyer stating that the eviction notices have been withdrawn.

Our neighbours actions demonstrate that when organized, working class people can put a stop to landlords trying to push us out of our homes and neighborhoods. Their victory shows that working class people being pushed out of Parkdale, whether from the apartment buildings or the smaller rentals, is in no way inevitable. As long as we continue to organize and build our power we can make Parkdale a neighborhood where no one is evicted so that others may profit.

06:09

Philadelphia, PA: Bail Fundraiser for Disrupt IACP Arrestee It's Going Down

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A young protester was arrested today at the Disrupt IACP actions while helping other protesters who were being assaulted by assembled police forces. Please help us get them out of jail ASAP!

Please DONATE and SHARE this fundraiser to support action against police brutality in Philly! Any funds you can give would be deeply appreciated and will help get this person out of jail as soon as possible!!! Any additional funds will go to the PHL Anti-Repression Fund to help support future arrestees.

06:07

27 Companies and Organizations in the U.S. Seeking to Block JASTA OpEdNews

Over the past several years, Saudis have tried to stop JASTA by lobbying, bribery, and threatening US officials.

05:40

Photos of Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos taken inside ultra-posh steakhouse may be authentic Intellihub

An independent investigator has confirmed FBI-released photos of Jesus Campos were indeed taken inside a private room located within the ultra-posh Jean Georges Steakhouse

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) Several Internet conspiracy theorists whove claimed photos floating around on the web picturing Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos were not recently taken inside the Jean Georges Steakhouse or were photoshopped to make it look like Campos was inside Jean Georges may have gotten it all wrong, new video shows.

Crowdsource the Truths Jason Goodman explained on a live stream Saturday night how he took one for the team (i.e. Jean Georges is pricey) and ordered dinner to find out whether the Internet rumors were accurate.

In the live stream, Goodman admitted his meal was beautiful and said that he had spoken with a bartender who was able to identify the exact room which Campos appears in the photos.

Its a private room, Goodman explained as he walked viewers through the restaurant in real-time. Im in the steakhouse, I checked it out, that aspect of the photograph seems legitimate.

Goodman maintains his visit debunks so-called irrefutable evidence posted online that the decor in the picture was pre-remodel.

In a wrap-up video, Goodman confirms the place was remodeled in July.

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05:37

Leaving the False Churches: A Call for Prayer, Fasting and Separation KevinAnnett.com

Issued by The Covenant of Free Congregational Christians (The Covenanters)

on Sunday, October 22, 2017 In preparation for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation


Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful on the outside but are filled with the bones of the dead and all things corrupt. - Matthew 23:27

For what does light have in common with the darkness? Therefore come out from among them and separate yourselves, says the Lord God. - 2 Corinthians 6:14, 17


Since 2013, the churches of Rome, of England, and of Canada have been convicted of unspeakable crimes against children and humanity. Under both mans law and the law of God they have been declared criminal bodies and their authority has been nullified. The curtain of judgement has fallen on not only these churches but upon all those who remain within them. It is time for all people of conscience and of Christ to leave forever these false and murderous churches.

Commencing at sunrise on Sunday October 29, all people are invited to enter into forty eight hours of prayer, fasting and spiritual separation from the Satanic churchly powers. On October 31, on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Christs people will assemble in new congregations apart from these powers and their worldly churches.

We call upon all members or adherents of the Roman Catholic, Anglican and United Church of Canada to begin this process of inner and outer cleansing by ceasing and desisting from funding or associating with these criminal bodies. Fast and separate with us and return to Christ Alone, and declare this intention by taking the appended Pledge of Conscience and sharing it with your family and other church members. In Christs name and according to his purpose, Amen.


Pledge of Conscience


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05:23

Body Cam Study Shows No Effect On Police Use Of Force Or Citizen Complaints Filming Cops

Having police officers wear little cameras seems to have no discernible impact on citizen complaints or officers use of force, at least in the nations capital. Thats the conclusion of

The post Body Cam Study Shows No Effect On Police Use Of Force Or Citizen Complaints appeared first on Filming Cops.

05:22

The Individual on Trial Jon Rappoport's Blog

The Individual on Trial

by Jon Rappoport

October 22, 2017

THE SCENE: COURTROOM OF THE FUTURE

A PROSECUTOR ADDRESSES THE JUDGE. THE DEFENDANT IS WAITING FOR THE VERDICT IN A JAIL CELL FAR FROM THE TRIAL.

PROSECUTOR: Your Honor, I have a document written by the defendant.

JUDGE: Why do you present it here?

PROSECUTOR: Because it reeks of ideals which the State does not support. It speaks of the individual.

JUDGE (choking on his coffee): The individual? That old tune? I thought wed gotten rid of it. Read it to me now.

PROSECUTOR (reading): As always, I return to the individual.

Without him, there is no meaning to civilization or the future.

It was once established that society and civilization existed to liberate him, to remove the shackles of the State from him, so he could pursue his own destiny. This victory was massively opposed by combines, monopolies, and cartels, who seek control over populations.

It is now up to the individual to stake out his own territory, his own power, his own virtue.

In doing so, he can settle on little ambitions or great ones. He can develop his mind as a seeking instrument of penetration, or he can absorb himself in shallow ideas. He can make his way along huge trails of adventure, or he can occupy himself with ordinary details of a huddled and mundane life.

To say these choices are his is obvious. But he has to make them.

He can imagine and envision tiny advances, or he can view great ascendance.

He can go down with any number of small ships, or he can build a vessel for himself that will take him across an ocean of invention.

He can discover what he already knows, or he can create new knowledge.

He is building the reach of his own spirit, or he is living in a welfare state of mind.

He is discovering the immortal impulses that reside beyond the language of the crowd, or he is trapping himself in the crowd.

JUDGE: Treasonous, to say the least. The author is obviously psychotic. Where did he get such ideas?

PROSECUTOR: I do not know, sir.

JUDGE: It must have been the Russians.

PROSECUTOR: I hadnt considered that. Yes, it must be so. Of course.

JUDGE: Weve caught them at this before. They recruit dupes and bring them under their control. Theyre trying to undermine our way of life.

PROSECUTOR: I recommend a life sentence for the defendant.

JUDGE: A life of silence in an institution. It is so ordered.

PROSECUTOR: Perhaps we could turn him.

JUDGE: Make him into a double agent? Ill leave that to the psychiatrists. If they believe they can achieve it, they could set him adrift in our cities and let him attract others to his cause. He could help us identify enemies.

PROSECUTOR: A brilliant...

05:14

Heavy Rain, Flooding Rivers, and Profound Rain Shadows Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

As advertised, a moderate atmospheric river event occurred on Saturday bringing heavy rain and limited flooding to our region. 

The water vapor satellite imagery at 5 PM yesterday said it all....a huge plume of moisture stretching back thousands of miles into the central Pacific. (this type of satellite imagery highlights water vapor content in the middle to upper troposphere).


The 24-h precipitation totals ending 7 AM Sunday were impressive (see image, click on it to enlarge), with over four inches on the SW side of the Olympics and the western slopes of the Cascades and 1-2 inches over the south Sound lowlands.   Look closely and you will see only about 1/4 inch fell around Port Townsend on the NE side of the Olympic Peninsula...the rain shadow in action.

 Even heavier rain fell over the coast mountains and Cascades of western Oregon, with several locations receiving over 6 inches in that 24-h period.  Roughly 2 inches in Portland.

If you really want to appreciate the rainshadow, here is the 24-hour precipitation total from Seattle RainWatch, which calibrates radar totals using rain gauges.  .1-.2 inches over southern Whidbey Island, with 4-5 inches southeast of Puget Sound over the western slopes of the Cascades.

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05:09

Palm Beach Sheriffs Office Deputy Stole Prescription Pills From Elderly Man Filming Cops

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. A Palm Beach County deputy who asked the community for donations when his child was sick is now behind bars accused of stealing from the

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05:07

Israeli Lawmaker Walks Out Of Conference After Being Called A Child-Killer The Last American Vagabond

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Israeli delegate walks out of inter-Parliamentary conference after Kuwaiti lawmaker tells him, You have no shame. (MEE)  An Israeli lawmaker walked out of an international conference in Russia after his Kuwaiti counterpart called him a child-killer. Marzouq al-Ghanim, the speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, called on Nachman Shai, deputy speaker of Israels Knesset, to leave the Inter-Parliamentary []

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04:49

Micro Solutions For A Macro Problem: How Marine Algae Could Help Feed The World TruthTheory

By  and  via The Conversation

Our planet faces a growing food crisis. According to the United Nations, more than 800 million people are regularly undernourished. By 2050, an additional 2 to 3 billion new guests will join the planetary dinner table.

Meeting this challenge involves not only providing sufficient calories for every person, but also assuring a balanced diet that includes the protein and nutrients that are essential to good health. In a newly published study, we explain how marine microalgae could be a sustainable solution for solving global macro-hunger.

Problems with current food production systems

The current Western diet requires vast amounts of land, water and energy, is heavily polluting and is a major contributor to climate change. Providing nutritious food for an ever-growing global population with increasing per capita demand is pushing our current food production system beyond its limits.

Livestock production is replacing forests with cropland and pastures for meat and animal feed. Nitrogen and phosphorou...

04:36

Joe Rogan Just Shattered The Racist Ideology Of Cultural Appropriation The Last American Vagabond

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The idea that you can keep other people from enjoying and appreciating the history of other human beings is f***ing racist. (TFTP) Firebrand comedian Joe Rogan took direct aim at the absurdity of recent cries of cultural appropriation during his extremely popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. With the Halloween season in full swing, []

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04:27

Senado Devolve Mandato a Acio e o Despedaamento da Mscara do MBL Global Research

Enquanto o Senado brasileiro derrubou nesta tera-feira (17), por 44 votos a 26, a deciso da Primeira Turma do Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF) que havia determinado o afastamento de Acio Neves (PSDB-MG) do mandato, a boa notcia que, enfim,

04:17

Apollo 15 Pilot Joins The Long List Of Astronauts To Tell The World About Alien Visitation TruthTheory

By Arjun Walia via Collective Evolution

If we look at the long list of astronauts to share their knowledge and beliefs about UFOs, as well as intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations that are or have been visiting our planet, the list is quite long and it never seems to stop growing. Apollo 14 astronaut, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, told us that there have been crashed craft, and bodies recovered. Dr. Brian Oleary told the world that there is abundant evidence that we are being contacted, Gordon Cooper, and others like Story Musgrave have all made some interesting remarks about their knowledge or beliefs.

Also joining them is a long and growing list of hundreds, if not thousands of high ranking military personnel, political figures, academics and many more.

On top of this we have hundreds of thousands of pages released by multiple governments that document these interesting cases. Although we may not quite know exactly what is going on, we know something is.

All of this information thats leaked over the past few years, in turn, has also provoked a response from the mainstream world, a world that used to criticize and ridicule the subject is now taking corrective measures to bring more credibility into it, in some cases, despite doing a poor job.

This has been seen with recent citiz...

04:17

Top 5 Top Veterans Stories in Todays News Oct. 22, 2017 - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Veterans! Heres your Top 5 News stories of the day compiled from the latest sources

04:11

Some pharmaceutical companies are just drug dealers in lab coats Freethought Blogs

Like with many other public health crises, the opioid epidemic is frequently thought of as having just somehow happened, the result of a confluence of unintended consequences for which no single individual or corporation is really at fault but that must now be dealt with collectively. But journalist Christopher Glazek in a long article in Esquire magazine, traces how the secretive Sackler family, through their private company called Purdue Pharma in the US and Napp Pharmaceuticals in the UK that invented OxyContin, downplayed the risks of addiction and exploited doctors confusion over the drugs strength and, helped create the opioid crisis. What they did was take the drug and market it as the salve for a wide array of problems, the same strategy they had used earlier to make Valium a huge marketing success.

Glazek recounts how opioids started becoming so widely prescribed.

The turning point, according to company lore, came in 1972, when a London doctor working for Cicely Saunders, the Florence Nightingale of the modern hospice movement, approached Napp with the idea of creating a timed-release morphine pill. A long-acting morphine pill, the doctor reasoned, would allow dying cancer patients to sleep through the night without an IV. At the time, treatment with opioids was stigmatized in the United States, owing in part to a heroin epidemic fueled by returning Vietnam veterans. Opiophobia, as it came to be called, prevented skittish doctors from treating most patients, including nearly all infants, with strong pain medication of any kind. In hospice care, though, addiction was not a concern: It didnt matter whether terminal patients became hooked in their final days. Over the course of the seventies, building on a slow-release technology the company had already developed for an asthma medication, Napp created what came to be known as the Contin system. In 1981, Napp introduced a timed-release morphine pill in the UK; six years later, Purdue brought the same drug to market in the U.S. as MS Contin.

MS Contin quickly became the gold standard for pain relief in cancer care. At the same time, a number of clinicians associated with the burgeoning chronic-pain movement started advocating the use of powerful opioids for noncancer conditions like back pain and neuropathic pain, afflictions that at their worst could be debilitating.

To effectively capitalize on the chronic-pain movement, Purdue knew it needed to move beyond MS Contin. Morphine had a stigma, said Riddle. People hear the word and say, Wait a minute, Im not dying or anything. Aside from its terminal aura, MS Contin had a further handicap: Its patent was set to expire in the late nineties. In a 1990 memo addressed to Richard and other executives, Purdues VP of clinical research, Robert K...

03:54

Video: Black Man Hugs Nazi Outside Richard Spencer Talk, Asks Why Do You Hate Me? TruthTheory

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(ANTIMEDIA)  White supremacist Richard Spencer spoke to a large crowd at the University of Florida on Thursday, further demonstrating the problem of racism in the United States.

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Though events like these have drawn outrage and understandably angry reactions from protesters who oppose hateful ideologies, one interaction at the event potentially signaled a new way forward.

Aaron Courtney, a 31-year-old football coach from Gainesville, Florida, gave a neo-Nazi a hug. Courtney, a black man, simply asked Randy Furniss, who was wearing a shirt emblazoned with swastikas, why he didnt like him.

Why dont you like me, dog? Courtney is heard saying in the video as he reaches out to hug Furniss.

Courtney told the New York Daily News he had never even h...

03:43

Next Year, a Californian City Will Launch the First Basic Income Experiment in the U.S. TruthTheory

IN BRIEF

Stockton, California, is about to become the first city to test government-supported universal basic income in the U.S. The program is the idea of the citys 27-year-old mayor and will be primarily funded by the basic income advocacy group Economic Security Project.

NO STRINGS ATTACHED

The idea of a guaranteed income for all citizens regardless of their social and economic standing is called universal basic income (UBI), and its been floating around for centuries. Thomas Paine wrote about it back in the 1790s, and in 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. expressed his support for a universal basic income in the U.S. Now, Stockton, California, mayor Michael Tubbs is keen on implementing such a system in his city.

To test out the idea, Tubbs is planning to launch an experiment hes calling the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED). When the project kicks off next year, it will be the first trial for universal basic income in the U.S. to receive government support.

Universal Basic Income: The Answer to Automation?...

03:43

Eye-Opening Survey Shows No.1 Fear for US Citizens is Government, NOT Terrorism Activist Post

By Matt Agorist An extensive survey of hundreds of adults across the United States has just revealed that the thing most Americans fearmore than anything...

03:36

Rape and domestic violence for fun and profit. Freethought Blogs

[CONTENT NOTE: rape, domestic violence, inhumane treatment of vulnerable people.]

I AM SIDE-EYING THE FUCK OUT OF YOU AUSTRALIA. And yeah, I know that is reeeeeeeeally saying something coming from a citizen of the United States of Avarice, where we will happily privatize for profit everything that isnt nailed down, and also everything that is nailed down too. Hell, I hesitated even posting about this story, lest I give Paul Ryan et al or conservative Democrats the Squirrel People any more exquisitely horrible ideas. So please, people: I implore you to keep this information to yourselves during your usual daily barrage of irate calls to your congresscritters.

The headline doesnt even begin to do this story justice:

Australias National Rape Hotline Run By Insurance Company, Who Demands All Sorts Of Private Info

Australia is providing a fairly stunning case study in how not to set up a national hotline for sexual assault, rape, domestic abuse and other such situations. It has a service, called 1800Respect, which lets people call in and be connected to trained counselors from a variety of different call centers around the country. However, as Asher Wolf informs us, a change in how the system will be managed has created quite a shit storm, and [is] leading one of the major providers of counselors to the program to remove itself from the program meaning that it will likely lose government funding and may go out of business entirely.

The issues here are a bit convoluted [no not really], but since its inception, 1800Respect has actually been run by a private insurance company, Medibank Health Solutions, who partners with organizations who can provide qualified counselors. [MediBANK? Seriously?] One of the big ones is Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDSVA). While it already seems somewhat troubling that a private insurance company runs the national rape and domestic violence hotline its even more troubling when you find out that the company views the service...

03:35

United We Stand... OpEdNews

In my later years I look at what is happening, and the more I learn, the more dismayed I am. I watch my nation overthrow the governments of other nations and completely obliterate the civilizations that these nations created. One must only must only look at Libya to see how much damage this nation has done. It seemed that every year this country has a new enemy.

03:24

Scientists Calling for Geoengineering to Dim the Sun for the Corals Activist Post

By Heather Callaghan Researchers are openly calling for releasing sulphate aerosols in the sky to literally dim the sun in an attempt to stop coral...

03:14

Landmark Study Shows Psychedelics Far More Effective at Reducing Crime Than Police Activist Post

By Justin Gardner In recent years the U.S. has seen a dramatic resurgence of research into the medical use of psychedelics, after the drug war...

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