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Wednesday, 13 June

02:17

The US-North Korea summit agreement Freethought Blogs

The full text of the agreement signed by Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Singapore. It is not long.

Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Convinced that the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:

  1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
  2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
  3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
  4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

Having acknowledged that the U.S.-DPRK summit the first in history was an epochal event of great significance and overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously. The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations led by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the U.S.-DPRK summit.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new U.S.-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the...

02:09

Witness list for Senate hearing on 'high risk' federal Indian Country programs Indianz.Com News

Officials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education and the Indian Health Service are back on Capitol Hill to discuss whether they are making any progress in improving the people they serve.

01:47

Trump will 'probably end up supporting' marijuana bill that helps tribes Indianz.Com News

President Donald Trump is expressing support for a bipartisan bill that recognizes tribal and state sovereignty over marijuana.

01:44

An Urgent Message to Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Japan OpEdNews

The current occupant of the White House does not represent the views of the majority of Americans. We are doing everything we can to ensure that he will not be president beyond his current term, which ends in January, 2021. It is possible he will be removed from office before then.

01:41

Dance Of Death: Count and Knight. Freethought Blogs

Click for full size. I swear, Deaths face in The Count is a dead ringer for Peter Cushing. Death also gets in a bit of arse kicking in The Knight.  Text translation in the comments.

01:36

Tomgram: Shammalah and Marlowe, The Return of the Women of Gaza OpEdNews

Abu Mosa's left arm was wrapped in a sling fashioned from a black-and-white-checkered kuffiyeh, or scarf, and a Palestinian flag. Israeli soldiers had shot her in the shoulder with live ammunition on March 30th as she approached the barrier to plant a Palestinian flag in a mound of earth. The bullet is still lodged in her collarbone. Three weeks later, however, she's back at the Great Return March...

01:24

Dissecting Trump's Efforts to Place Himself Above the Law OpEdNews

Trump's legal eagles argue that the president is protected by executive privilege against being compelled to talk to Mueller. Moreover, they contend the documents he has provided and witnesses he has made available for depositions cover everything Mueller would ask about, so there's no need for the president to personally converse with the special counsel.

01:17

A Wet June Stoddart Avenue Community Garden



Its been a story of rain, fruit flies and compost at the Stoddart Avenue Community Garden this week.    We received almost 3 inches of rain again the past week.  The plants are growing quickly and we have spent the last week weeding a lot.  We have tart cherries in season and our black raspberries should start producing this weekend. 
Because of the weird April weather, we seem to only have one cherry tree fruiting this year.  However, as the cherries began to ripen, I realized that I had again delayed too long to spray them to deter the fruit flies that increase in number every season.  I put up fruit fly traps to see if they had woken from their winter slumber.  They had.  So, I borrowed Cathys sprayer and sprayed the cherry and peach trees on Friday, an hour before it started raining.   Straders recommended Captain Jacks Deadbug Brew, which is a bacteria that you spray on the plant and it kills the bugs when ingested.    I plan to spray again when it stops raining every day.   We need to kill the fruit flies because they lay eggs in the cherries and those eggs hatch to form caterpillars inside the fruit.  The spray apparently also works on cabbages and tomatoes, etc.
On Thursday, I attended the monthly GCGC meeting.  I started...

01:15

Trump Administration: Domestic abuse or gang violence no longer grounds for asylum Indianz.Com News

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said immigrant victims of gang violence or domestic abuse will no longer be able to claim asylum in the United States.

01:10

Let's Call the Farm Bill What it is: Corporate Welfare OpEdNews

The rawboned, overall-clad man driving a tractor 12 hours a day, calling the cows in for their evening milking, slopping the hogs, and sitting down for an evening pipe on the front porch before bed was once my grandfather. Now he's a carefully cultivated image of the past, used by organizations like Duvall's to propagandize for the transfer of billions dollars every year from your pockets to theirs via the political process.

01:08

MLK, RFK, JFK, or Why We Need Conspiracy Theorists OpEdNews

What would history be without conspiracy theorists? These three men must certainly be grateful to them.

01:08

Social Crisis in Gaza: Bartlett Pierces the Fog of War Lies and Omissions Toronto's Al-Qud's Day Rally OpEdNews

Controlled media frames what Canadians think, hear, say, and do. An important component of controlling the message is omission. Major media outlets, for example, were conspicuously absent from yesterday's (June 9, 2018) Al-Quds rally in Toronto, ON.

01:07

Seven more receive preliminary death sentence by an Egyptian Kangaroo Court OpEdNews

An Egyptian Kangaroo Court has preliminary sentenced to death another seven members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death.

01:07

Trump Could Be Americas Best President Ever-One Thing Stands In His Way Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Former CIA clandestine officer, Robert David Steele, stated on The Common Sense Show radio broadcast, that Donald Trump could go down in history as the greatest President  ever..but there are some obstacles. The wisdom of his words escaped me in the immediate moment. I have always seen the potential in Donald Trumps leadership and I have seen him pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat. However, the greatest President ever? In the aftermath of the false flag chemical weapons attack in Syria, and the Presidents ill-advisedre action, I did not see it. This morning, and despite my hesitancy in supporting some of the Presidents recent actions and questionable appointments, I must agree with Steele. However, I am going to provide a caveat to Steeles bold statement later in the article.

A Cross-Section of the Presidents Notable Accomplishments

When FDR was elected in the dark days of the Depression, he promised big changes in the First Hundred Days. Much of what FDR tried to do was struck down by the Supreme Court. When we compare what President Trump has done in his first 17 months, he has out-accomplished every President in American history. And he has done so in the face of a hostile media and the shadow Deep State government opposing his every move.

The following Trump accomplishments are not meant to be a complete and exhaustive list of the Presidents many triumphs in his first 17 months in office. Rather, this is a cross-section of my perceptions of his many accomplishments in a very short amount of time.

  1. President Trumps ability to bring the leader of North Korea to the peace table is remarkable and I am having trouble finding the words in expressing my admiration on how he has taken America from the brink of war, that would have cost millions of innocent lives, to one of peace. North Korea will soon have the ability to take their place among the...

01:06

Negotiations? 3rd World Nations Be Aware! Americans Napalmed & Bombed Out All 38 N.Korean Cities! OpEdNews

The US Air Force bombed and napalmed cities, towns and villages across the North. Dean Rusk, a supporter of the war and later secretary of state, said the United States bombed "everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another." After running low on urban targets, U.S. bombers destroyed hydroelectric and irrigation dams in the later stages of the war, flooding farmland and destroying crops.

01:06

Morally bankrupt ~~ Children in Cages! From US Senator Jeff Merkley OpEdNews

U.S. agents are tasked with taking the children out of their parents' arms and putting them into cells. Imagine a family that is persecuted abroad for its political engagement, or a family targeted by a drug gang. The family escapes to the United States. This is wrong. Terribly wrong. Ripping the children away from their parents induces anxiety for the parents. Where are their children going? Will they ever see them again?"

01:06

We can STEP up with The Lynx or choose National Suicide by Trump-Pence OpEdNews

There has been a "New World Order" secretly rising since FDR's death, boosted by 11/22/63 Trickle Down, Gerrymandering, Red Mapping and Trump's election. Now We the People need to reorder it into realignment with our Gettysburg Address.

01:05

Where is Trump Going after the Summit? OpEdNews

I can't even get my head around with what the Donald as to deal with every day. In the middle of spy gate, two DOJ briefings today, Cohen's taxi driver friend flipping, he pardons Boxer Johnson, signs a banking bill, and has time to realize he was being used by the Rocket man, so he cancelled the summit. Notice in his letter he doesn't mention the oppressed Korean people.

01:04

Blockchain to Transform Real Estate OpEdNews

Blockchain technology is transforming real estate investment.

01:03

Pravda: Abolish the Electoral College now! Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Under the Electoral College system, all that is required is to manipulate voters or hack voting machines in a few select counties or regions to receive all of a state's electoral votes.

00:56

Chilling NCMEC Report Shows 88% of Missing Sex Trafficked Kids Come from US Foster Care The Free Thought Project

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Shocking government data shows that of the missing children reported to be sex trafficked in 2017, 88% of them had come from the American foster care system.

The post Chilling NCMEC Report Shows 88% of Missing Sex Trafficked Kids Come from US Foster Care appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

00:38

Kilauea volcano unleashes more blasts and snaking lava Intellihub

Scientists said the blasts followed a magnitude 5.4 earthquake on the volcano as the eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates.

The fissure is shooting fountains of lava into the air which is hen flowing to the ocean at Kapoho and gas emissions from the vent have doubled.

Kilauea has been erupting for more than a month, sending lava into neighbourhoods from cracks in the ground and destroying hundreds of homes.

The post Kilauea volcano unleashes more blasts and snaking lava appeared first on Intellihub.

00:36

The Healing Arts: Nightmare. Freethought Blogs

A most evocative piece by Rockwell Kent, click for full size.

Nightmare. Rockwell Kent, Lithograph. Subject: Nightmares, Suicide.

Nightmare. Rockwell Kent, Lithograph. Subject: Nightmares, Suicide.

Rockwell Kent.

00:35

Trump and Kim Jong-un meet in Singapore OpEdNews

Pres. Trump & N.Korean leader Kim Jong-un met yesterday in Singapore. In a statement Trump committed to provide security guarantees to N.Korea & Kim his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Trump later said he'd suspend military exercises on the Korean peninsula. As a follow-on negotiations Sec'y of State Pompeo & Nat'l Security Adviser Bolton are to meet next week w/ N.Korean officials.

00:24

The Capitals Stanley Cup Brings Longsuffering Fans And Players Pure Joy The Federalist

It stands as the Capital of the Free World, seemingly resplendent in wealth and power. It should not lack for any material good and for many (but certainly not all) of its residents, it does not. It boasts some of the richest communities in the richest country on earth, and a sense of affluence and abundance that has grown exponentially in recent decades.

But Washington lacked one of the most important things of all. Only a team long acquainted with suffering could bring it to them.

* * *

During college, one of my universitys chaplains used an interesting turn of phrase to characterize his job: Loitering with intent. The term aptly describes the task of proselytizing to adolescents on a college campus, but it equally describes a life philosophy that has served me well. Loitering with intent putting oneself in the right place at the right time has led to some memorable encounters with celebrities, as well as truly sublime experiences during my travels.

On Saturday, the Washington Capitals had just returned from Las Vegas, where they won their first National Hockey League championship over the Vegas Golden Knights, and with it the famed Stanley Cup. The Capitals and their captain, Alex Ovechkin, would celebrate at the Washington Nationals baseball game that afternoon, with Ovechkin throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

With tickets to the game cheap and plentiful, I purchased a pass and walked to the stadium. I thought I might luck into a photo with the Stanley Cup, or a player autograph or two.

I ended up with much more.

* * *

Things started simply enough: During pregame festivities, Ovechkin, the Capitals, and the Stanley Cup came out of the dugout and on to the field. All received sustained ovations from the crowd. The Cup, as recognizable a symbol as any in sports, replete with its own Twitter account and entourage, sat on a pedestal behind the pitchers mound. Nationals and Capitals players took a group photo surrounding the Cup, a memorable display of bonding among Washington sports teams. The Capitals and the Cup then receded back into the dugout, allowing the baseball game to begin.

By the third inning, noises and pointing throughout Nationals Park revealed that the Capitals players and the Stanley Cup had removed to a suite along the left field side of the stadium. I didnt know exactly what would happen when I got there, but I knew there was only one way to find out.

It was time to loiter with intent.

* * *

As part of its infancy...

00:22

Poor People-Led Poor Peoples Campaign Comes To Washington, DC PopularResistance.Org

An advocate for the poor and homeless was arrested today at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) while attempting to speak with Secretary Ben Carson. Federal Protective Services police took Cheri Honkala into custody Monday afternoon when she refused to leave the lobby of the HUD building. All I wanted is a meeting on behalf of poor, homeless families across the entire country, she said as police pulled her toward a vehicle. Poor people deserve to eat. One fucking meeting! The arrest took place during a protest at HUD organized by the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, which has set up an encampment in Dupont Circle. Honkala was Jill Steins running mate and the Green Party candidate for vice president in the 2012 election.

00:15

Yellowstone geyser erupts for 9th time in months Intellihub

(INTELLIHUB) Yellowstones Steamboat Geyser has become extremely active over the past few months and has erupted a total of nine times in 2018 alone.

The massive geyser which sits atop the worlds largest and most powerful supervolcano spewed its contents hundreds of feet into the air on Monday, raising concerns among some.

steamboat geyserYellowstone National Park/Flickr

Eruptions over the past 6 to 8 weeks have been occurring more frequently than usual which could be a sign the magma chamber is ready to pop.

A January 2015 Intellihub article reported:

Michio Kaku, a famous theoretical physicist, pointed out in a January 2011 newscast which aired on CNN When it blows [Yellowstone] it could destroy the United States as we know it. [] Thats what is making us nervous

Shockingly, later in the newscast, Kaku went on to explain how a 1000-mile ring of the U.S. would likely be destroyed if the supervolcano actually went. And to make matters worse, geologists all conclude that the park is long overdue for an eruption.

Is something brewing in Yellowstone?

Please comment and share!

The post...

00:14

Should Robots Be Taxed? WhoWhatWhy

Arab Coalition Strike Against Yemen Planned During Trump-Kim Summit (Dan)

The UN and Red Cross are pulling out of a Yemeni port city ahead of a planned strike by Arab coalition partners against Houthi rebels. The strike, reportedly, is planned to occur around President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-uns summit to minimize attention.

The Plot to Attack Iran (Jimmy)

Dan Kovaliks new book The Plot to Attack Iran: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran is out today. You can read a review from Counterpunch here.

Save Our Tips, the Campaign Against DCs Minimum Wage Hike, Is Run By a Trump Consultant (Reader Luke)

The author writes, The restaurant lobby is making a masked pitch to kill Initiative 77, a ballot measure designed to gradually raise the minimum wage in Washington, DC, for bartenders, waitstaff, and other tipped employees, to $15 an hour by 2025.

The Justice Department Defended Trumps Ability To Profit From Foreign Officials Staying At His Hotel (Jimmy)

The author writes, The Justice Department argued Monday that President Donald Trump could continue to profit from foreign governments patronizing his hotel in Washington, DC, without violating the US Constitution, as long as he didnt explicitly provide something in return.

Did NRA Take Russian Money to Fund Trumps Campaign? (Reader Steve)

Influential Russians met with members of the NRA throughout 2015 and 2016. Since the NRA spent around $30,000 on Trumps presidential campaign, many are wondering if the possible Russian money counts as an ...

00:13

Back When College Was Debt-Free PopularResistance.Org

As May gives way to June, the last college grad ceremonies are wrapping up and the last parties are coming to a close. Now the job hunt for recent grads begins in earnest with the looming specter of student loan payments drawing ever closer. Todays average student debt is around $37,000. But in Americas largest state, it wasnt that long ago that any student could get a world-class, debt-free education regardless of their economic background. That state was California, and Gail Leondar-Wright was one of those students. Gail came from a middle-class family her dad was an engineer and her mom a stay-at-home parent. She attended UC Berkeley from 1976 to 1980, graduating with a bachelors degree in theater. At the time, the elite public school was tuition-free and required a mere $600 per year in fees, or just under $1,400 in todays dollars.

00:05

Supreme Court Allows Purging Voter Registration For Nonvoters Who Do Not Respond To Mail PopularResistance.Org

WASHINGTON In a 5-4 ruling in Husted v. APRI, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld an Ohio voter purge practice that removes infrequent voters from the registration rolls. The decision creates a danger that other states will pursue extreme purging practices to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters across the country. Todays decision threatens the ability of voters to have their voices heard in our elections, said Stuart Naifeh, senior counsel at Demos, which led the legal team challenging the states practices. The fight does not stop here. If states take todays decision as a sign that they can be even more reckless and kick eligible voters off the rolls, we will fight back in the courts, the legislatures, and with our community partners across the country.

00:04

Will the Blue Wave Hit Maryland? My Latest for Splice Today Freethought Blogs

The only good thing thats come from the Trump administration is that progressives are inspired to get more involved in politics. From Indivisible groups to progressives running for office, many on the left sense a blue wave will sweep across the nation in this years elections, and take back both the Senate and House from the current Republican majority. Maryland is generally a blue state, but given that Republicans Gov. Larry Hogan and 1st District Rep. Andy Harris both have the fate of their respective seats in the hands of voters this November, many wonder if the blue wave will hit Maryland next.

Both Hogan and Harris have plenty of competition. Six Democrats hope to replace Harris seat in Congress: Michael Brown, Jesse Colvin, Allison Galbraith, Erik Lane, Michael Pullen, and Steve Worton. Galbraith was the first to announce her candidacy after the presidential election. As a single mother who also owns a small business, she finally got the chance to meet him and talk about his vocal opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). When she asked Harris whether or not hes opposed to rising health care costs for women, he replied, I dont think most people would mind if women paid a little more for health insurance. Healthcare is a major focus in Galbraiths campaign.

Read the rest here.

00:01

Was there an unannounced missile launch on Whidbey Island early on Sunday morning? Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

Greg Johnson of Skunk Bay Weather on the northern Kitsap Peninsula has one of the most impressive weather cam facilities in the nation, including high quality digital cameras photographing the clouds at night.  He is an extremely reliable weather observer.

But early Sunday morning he picked up something that is both startling and unexpected:  what looks like a missile launch from Whidbey Island.

Here is the picture (with a 20-second exposure) at 3:56 AM Sunday morning from one of his cameras (looking north towards Whidbey Island).  Can you see the bright vertical streak on the left side of the figure?   Note the illumination both inside and outside the cloud.  It really looks like the ascent of a rocket.


Greg provided me with a close up of the top portion of the image (see below).   Really looks like an ascending missile.


For your orientation, the map below shows the location of the Skunk Bay camera (red circle) and Whidbey Island Naval Air Station (blue circle)


I have never heard of rocket launches from Whidbey Island Air station in Oak Harbor.   And checking online, I can not find any discussion of this feature.

This feature does not look like a meteor, nor are there any meteor reports for the area that I could find online.  The lightning networks did not show a strike in that area.

Scott Sistek at KOMO TV says that t...

00:00

Could A Risky Pipeline Bring Together A Politically Divided State? PopularResistance.Org

"This project threatens some of our most basic American values; I think you'll find the people in Pennsylvania care a lot about public safety especially of their most vulnerable residents children and seniors. Back in 2015, then President Barack Obama stopped the construction of the XL pipeline and the national environmental movement took a long victory lap. The wider movement of people who dont follow day to day environmental issues congratulated themselves with a pat on the back and went back to MSNBC. They had won, and even during the Obama administration victories were few and far between. But that didnt mean that the pipeline story was over.

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Tuesday, 12 June

23:51

France: Farmers Block Refineries To Protest Palm Oil Import PopularResistance.Org

In France, some 200 farmers dumped dirt on the roads leading to the Total refinery in Grandpuits as well as parked about 40 tractors to form blockades. Farmers in France have blocked access to several oil depots and refineries in protest that is organized to last three days against the proposed use of imported palm oil at a Total biofuel plant. According to the president of the National Federation of Agricultural Holders Unions, Christiane Lambert, 13 sites will be blocked early Monday following five that were blocked on Sunday. The companies, on the other hand, have urged people to not panic-buy gas as it would result in shortages. Some 200 farmers dumped dirt on the roads leading to the Total refinery in Grandpuits Sunday night, as well as parked about 40 tractors, president of the Jeunes Agricultures, Sebastien Guerinot, said.

23:49

By Suing WikiLeaks, DNC Could Endanger Principles of press freedom - Committee to Protect Journalists OpEdNews

In 1993, WILK radio host Frederick Vopper broadcast a conversation intercepted by an illegal wiretap and sent anonymously to the Pennsylvania radio station, in which two teachers union officials discussed violent negotiating tactics. The officials sued Vopper, arguing that he should be liable for the illegal wiretap that captured...

23:45

Billionaire Russia Collusion Influenced Brexit... and Trump? OpEdNews

Aaron Banks, the billionaire who reportedly gave Donald Trump's team phone number to the Russian ambassador, is alleged to have been involved in collusion with Russia to rig the Brexit vote.

23:44

'A fantastic day for Indian Country': Treaty tribes celebrate Supreme Court victory Indianz.Com News

Tribes in Washington state are rejoicing after the nation's highest court upheld a decision in favor of their treaty rights.

23:42

Played like a chump Freethought Blogs

I have to hand it to David Brin as a soothsayer: Brin predicted what would happen in the negotiations between Trump and Kim Jong Un. North Korea would offer a token reduction in some nuclear facilities, which they dont need anymore, and would ask for a reduction in sanctions and most importantly, a reduction in conventional arms.

For reasons of both economic and personal survival, Kim desperately needs a smaller army.

In contrast, nuclear weapons once you have them are cheap to hold, to hide and to maintain.

Kims current dilemma has only one solution, then. Keep enough nukes to deter any adventurous notions on our side and hold onto those artillery tubes threatening Seoul then entice both South Koreans and Americans to shout hosannahs over a deal to slash their own forces below the DMZ. Forces they can easily afford and that pose them zero risk.

Lets be clear: any conventional draw-down is Kims chief aim, his win-win.

So what did this historic meeting actually accomplish?

North Korea is shutting down one engine testing site, and theyre going to return some American remains from the Korean War. These are token gestures. Trump did leave the current sanctions in place.

What is North Korea gaining? A reduction in military activity in South Korea.

Trump announced that he will order an end to regular war games that the United States conducts with ally South Korea, a reference to annual joint military exercises that are an irritant to North Korea.

Trump called the exercises very provocative and inappropriate in light of the optimistic opening he sees with North Korea. Ending the exercises would also save money, Trump said.

The United States has conducted such exercises for decades as a symbol of unity with Seoul and previously rejected North Korean complaints as illegitimate. Ending the games would be a significant political benefit for Kim, but Trump insisted he did not give up leverage.

He completely blindsided the South Koreans on that one.

So North Korea got what they wanted out of the meeting, and Trump got nothing of substance. Kim Jong Un also got one other thing: fluffed by America. Trump was silent on human rights abuses, and even said this:

Well, weve given him, I dont wanna talk about it specifically, but weve given him...

23:41

Elephant Pestering Caretaker to Sing Lullaby is Proof Animals Have Feelings, Too [Video] TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Though few will admit it, every being on this planet has something in common: the need to be loved and appreciated. Because the world can be incredibly tough, however, some people have convinced themselves they can not only survive but thrive without companionship or support.

Science says otherwise. A recent study asserts that romantic love is as much as a physical drive as hunger. Furthermore, infants can receive sustenance and housing, but without physical connection and love, they will die.

The need for love is very clear if one looks hard enough. Fortunately, a new video captured in Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, offers affirmation that all creatures have a need to be loved and accepted.

In the unique video below, elephants caretaker Lek Chailert can be seen interacting with a group of visitors when pachyderm Faa Mai interrupts her.  As GoodNewsNetwork reports, Chailert is in charge of looking after animals during the day. She also loves to sing them to sleep. Hoping for musical entertainment, Faa Mai pestered Chailert unti...

23:40

Rebels, US Forces Preparing ANOTHER False Flag Chemical Attack In Syria PopularResistance.Org

The Free Syrian Army and US special operations forces, are preparing a provocation using toxic substances in Syria, more in the key stronghold of Deir ez-Zor, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Monday, as reported by Sputnik. The Russian Military has evidence of the rebels bringing in chlorine canisters to the city in order to stage a chemical attack, similar to the one that led the nations of Britain, France, and the US to strike targets of the Syrian Governments. According to the information received via three independent channels in Syria, the command of the so-called Free Syrian Army with assistance from the servicemen of US special operations forces is preparing a serious provocation with the use of toxic substance in Deir ez-Zor province, Konashenkov said.

23:35

These 10+ Photos Reveal the Truth of Motherhood in a Brutal Yet Beautiful Way TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

When contemplating the decision to become a parent, many people fantasize about glowing maternity photos, bonding with their infant, and teaching them valuable life lessons so they will thrive. While these moments do occur, much of parenthood is comprised of screaming fits, routinely cleaning up messes and a complete lack of personal space.

Dont get the wrong impression parenthood is beautiful. But, the reality of it is far different than what most people promote on social media. Motherhood, specifically, can be grueling. It is for this reason that mother and photographer Giedre Gomes captured a series of photos that illustrate what being a mom really looks like.

Gomes, a 35-year-old mother of two sons, Mario and Rocco,

The project was inspired by the annual tradition Mothers Day. Gomes, a 35-year-old mother of two sons, considered the product to be a crazy idea. However, she couldnt get it out of her head.

As The Huffington Post reports, most of the photographs Gomes takes are of clients and their children looking pristine.

Theyre pretty, dreamy moms in a flower fields kissing babies, she said. And thats beautiful, but after the photo shoots I come home to reality to my own family and two boys and theres no rainbows, unicorns or butterflies.

The idea to reveal the reality and routine part of motherhood was so strong, she called a group of mom friends and their kids together and snapped photos of their everyday lives. Gomes said all the photos reflect everything I went through or [am] still going through.

At least now she has more privacy than...

23:29

Agreement Reached Between North Korea And United States, Meaning? PopularResistance.Org

Perhaps you watched the forced smiles on the faces of President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as they exchanged words with Kim Yong-chol, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, on the grounds of the White House. Or perhaps you observed how Trump first told the press that he had read the personal letter delivered to him from Kim Jong-un, and then stated a few hours later that he had not even looked at the letter. If you felt sick to your stomach, it is not because of the omelet that you eat for lunch. There is something so grotesque going on in Washington D.C. today that it rivals the institutional decay under Louis XVI or Nicholas II.  Maybe you had solace in the suggestions that Trump might win a Nobel Peace Prize, or you read the editorials suggesting direct parallel between his daring actions and Ronald Reagan reaching out to Mikhail Gorbachev.

23:21

'She's a woman ... you know, a female': Rep. Kevin Cramer explains Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Indianz.Com News

It's primary day in North Dakota and one Republican candidate is making some unusual comments about the incumbent Democrat's gender.

23:18

Mass shootings and psychiatric drugs: the connection Jon Rappoport's Blog

Mass shootings and psychiatric drugs: the connection

by Jon Rappoport

June 12, 2018

Ive been tracking the connection since 1999, when I wrote a long white paper, for the Truth Seeker Foundation, on school shootings and psychiatric drugs. The paper was titled: Why Do They Do It? School shootings Across America.

The drugs arent the only causative factor, but they produce what I call the Johnny Appleseed effect throughout society. Sprinkle enough of the drugs among enough people and you get otherwise unexplainable violence popping upin schools, in workplaces. The psychiatric plague eats out the country from the inside.

Here are excerpts from my 1999 report

The massacre at Columbine High School took place on April 20, 1999. Astonishingly, for eight days after the tragedy, during thousands of hours of prime-time television coverage, virtually no one mentioned the word drugs. Then the issue was opened. Eric Harris, one of the shooters at Columbine, was on at least one drug.

The NY Times of April 29, 1999, and other papers reported that Harris was rejected from enlisting in the Marines for medical reasons. A friend of the family told the Times that Harris was being treated by a psychiatrist. And then several sources told the Washington Post that the drug prescribed as treatment was Luvox, manufactured by Solvay.

In two more days, the drug-issue was gone.

Luvox is of the same class as Prozac and Zoloft and Paxil. They are labeled SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). They attempt to alleviate depression by changing brain-levels of the natural substance serotonin. Luvox has a slightly different chemical configuration from Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft, and it was approved by the FDA for obsessive-compulsive disorder, although many doctors apparently prescribe it for depression.

Prozac is the wildly popular Eli Lilly antidepressant which has been linked to suicidal and homicidal actions. It is now given to young children. Again, its chemical composition is very close to Luvox, the drug that Harris took.

Dr. Peter Breggin, the eminent psychiatrist and author (Toxic Psychiatry, Talking Back to Prozac, Talking Back to Ritalin), told me, With Luvox there is some evidence of a four-percent rate for mania in adolescents. Mania, for certain individuals, could be a component in grandiose plans to destroy large numbers of other people. Mania can go over the hill to psychosis.

Dr. Joseph Tarantolo is a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington DC. He is the president of the Washington chapter of the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians. Tarantolo states that all the SSRIs [including Prozac and Luvox] relieve the patient of feeling. He becomes less empathic, as in `I dont care as much, which means `...

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Mother Of Slain Medic Goes To Border Fence, Vows Her Daughters Mission Will Not End PopularResistance.Org

Yesterday paramedics staged a march along the eastern borders of Gaza with the family of the medic shot dead last week, Razan al-Najjar. The 21-year old paramedic was killed when Israeli troops opened live fire on tens of protesters near the fence east of Khan Younis. Al-Najjar was attending to wounded protesters. Her mother Sabreen explained why she was attending the demonstration, below. For me, coming here is more powerful than words. I came to complete my daughters mission. We will continue working tirelessly until the whole world gets our message.

23:10

Eye-Opening Infographic Reveals the Extent of Plastic Pollution in the Ocean TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

When you visit your local coffee shop in the morning and leave with a tall, iced latte, do you consider how the cup youre using affects the environment, your own health, and even future generations? If so, you probably wouldnt order the drink in the first place. Or, at the very least, youd bring your own cup to reduce waste. The reason we say this is because plastic pollution is devastating the environment.

As the infographic (below) reveals, plastic pollution first became a known issue in 1997, when Charles Moore reported the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP). Though there are now several garbage patches in the oceans, the GPGP is still the largest. In fact, its estimated to be 2x the size of Texas!

Less than a decade after Moore made his discovery, plastics were being found on the floor of seabeds. And five years ago, microplastics became universally widespread marine pollutants. Today, plastic pollution abounds. And, its only continuing to increase.

One of the reasons why is that the majority of consumers on our planet do not understand the consequences of relying on plastic. Sure, it might be convenient to use plastic bags at the supermarket or toss a styrofoam container in the trash, but the simple decisions will affect wildlife and humans for generations to come. Furthermore, pollution is exacerbating climate change, which may one day make our planet uninhabitable.

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23:08

New World Economic Order Minimizes US Dominance PopularResistance.Org

Ahead of the crucial Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this coming weekend, three other recent events have offered clues on how the new world order is coming about.The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun; Andrew Belyaninov from the Eurasian Development Bank; former Italian Prime Minister and president of the EU Commission Romano Prodi; deputy director-general of the WTO Alan Wolff; and Glenn Diesen from the University of Western Sydney.

23:00

Biggest UK Asset Manager Seeks Removal Of 8 Company Chairs Over Climate Change PopularResistance.Org

LONDON (Reuters) - Britains biggest asset manager wants to remove the chairmen of the board at eight companies worldwide, which it says have failed to confront the threats posed by climate change. Legal & General Investment Management, the fund arm of insurer Legal & General (LGEN.L), has been among the most vocal asset managers on the topic, recently writing to some of the worlds top companies calling for more action. On Monday, it said it would vote against the chairs of China Construction Bank (601939.SS), Dominion Energy (D.N) and Japan Post Holdings (6178.T), as well as Occidental Petroleum (OXY.N), Rosneft Oil (ROSN.MM) and Subaru (7270.T). The other two companies on its list were Loblaw Companies (L.TO) and Sysco Corp (SYY.N).

22:59

Instinct Freethought Blogs

We are often told we have instincts behaviors that are wired into us through evolution and time. These instincts are different from operational functions like peristalsis (the rythmic clenching of our intestines) and well, wheres the line? Wed like to think that walking is, maybe, an instinctive behavior but has anyone who believes that ever had a baby? Is eating an instinctive behavior? Has anyone who believes that ever cleaned baby-projected food off the ceiling? It appears that there is a lot more learning going on than instinct.

Since my property is a safe zone against hunting, I have a pretty good population of critters that mostly get along. So everyone is pretty low-key, now that my dogs have retired from the woofing at things business. The dogs occasional chug-a-lug of a rabbit or dissection of a woodchuck has been replaced by the far more professional work of Dr Robert Cat, and Miss Coyote; their paw-prints are unseen except for the occasional tuft of former rabbit-fur.

Spring is when the herd of deer that live here drop their babies; and deer babies sure are adorable little nitwits.

The grass grows like mad in the spring mountain rains, so I have to mow the boundary that keeps the larger critters away from the house. Sometimes, when the baby toads from the pond are flushing all over the place, I just let it grow a few weeks; I dont like killing things if I can help it and baby toads are really really cute. Then there are the larger babies:

As usual for one of my photos, the interesting ${whatever} is in the center-vertical of the frame. See it?

Those radar antenna ears are always a give-away. I have no idea why this particular baby thought that low grass was a good hangout. Later, as I was mowing along the tree-line, I startled two more babies, that burst awkwardly to upright and wobbled away.

So, as I mowed, I thought about learned behavior versus instinct, and how even animals like deer and horses, that are born to run, are born not knowing how to run very well at all. People say horses are born knowing how to stand but I dont think those people have ever actually seen a newborn horse trying to stand. Theyre adorable but they are not very good standers, let alone runners.

Neither are deer. When I got my phone out and started advancing to get a better picture, the baby jumped up and fell over, then jumped up again and totter-tumbled off to the treeline where I could see its mom waiting. I wonder if shes the same deer who had her baby up...

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George Clooneys Monsters: Read About the White Helmets Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

An Anglican priest has blasted the notorious NGO, the White Helmets, for keeping injured Omran Daqneesh.

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Six Of The G7 Commit To Climate Action. Trump Wouldnt Even Join Conversation. PopularResistance.Org

President Donald Trump's disdain for action on climate change, along with his trade demands and behavior, left the United States estranged from its closest allies following the weekend summit of the Group of Seven major industrial democracies. Trump skipped the G7's formal discussions on the global warming crisis. And in the summit's communique, the United States refused to join in common statements by the other six nations reaffirming their commitment to the Paris climate agreement, which he wants to abandon. Instead, the U.S. unilaterally promoted fossil fuels. And in the end, Trump renounced the whole communique in a Twitter tirade. The governments of France and Germany said afterward that they and the European Union stood by the communique.

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Russia: Trump Planning Fake Gas Attack to Aid ISIS Near Ezzor Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Understanding international relations, for the general public, has to be impossible.

22:45

Scapegoating Iran PopularResistance.Org

NEW YORKSeventeen years of war in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it? Iraq after our 2003 invasion and occupation is no longer a unified country. Its once modern infrastructure is largely destroyed, and the nation has fractured into warring enclaves. We have lost the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban is resurgent and has a presence in over 70 percent of the country. Libya is a failed state. Yemen after three years of relentless airstrikes and a blockade is enduring one of the worlds worst humanitarian disasters. The 500 moderate rebels we funded and armed in Syria at a cost of $500 million are in retreat after instigating a lawless reign of terror.

22:39

Donald Trumps Surveillance Of New York Times Reporter Is A True Declaration Of War Against The Press PopularResistance.Org

Ever since he began his campaign for president, Trump has engaged in a largely rhetorical battle against the press, casting the reporters who cover him as the enemy of the average American and as disseminators of what he calls fake news. But for the most part, Trumps bark has been worse than his bite. Unlike his predecessor, Barack Obama, Trump was not known to have spied on journalists or tried to jail them  as Obama did with me  for refusing to reveal their sources. Until now. Now we know that the Justice Department secretly seized the phone and email records of Ali Watkins, a New York Times reporter, in a leak investigation involving a former Senate staffer. It is the first time the Trump administration is known to have engaged in such an aggressive tactic against a reporter, and it is exactly the kind of press surveillance at which the Obama administration excelled.

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Israeli stooge incites moronic far-right scum, stirs up Anti-Muslim hatred Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Five police officers injured at protest in support of far-right figurehead jailed for contempt.

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Sunday Storm. Freethought Blogs

Click for full size. Most below the fold. In the last shot, I was trying for a lovely light reflection in the street, but all that showed up were the street signs, looking rather neon. :D

C. Ford.

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WATCH: Taxpayers Held Liable After Cops Beat Dad for Telling Them to Stop Stalking His Daughter The Free Thought Project

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After police were caught stalking and harassing his daughter, a concerned father tried to call the chief to report it, but he was attacked and beaten instead.

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22:09

President Trump and Jung-un sign document: Video Intellihub

SINGAPORE (INTELLIHUB) A historic day for the United States and North Korea as the two countries leaders have signed an agreement to denuclearize North Korea.

This is epic!

Please share this with everyone!

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22:00

WATCH: Massive Crowd Chases Down Police at Protest Over Man Arrested for Reporting on Pedophiles The Free Thought Project

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After he was arrested for live-streaming in front of a courthouse in which a trial of dozens of alleged pedophiles was underway, thousands of Tommy Robinson supporters have revolted.

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21:56

Trump: Meeting with Kim Jong Un was very positive Intellihub

President Trump says the summit went better than anybody could have expected, is going for a signing with the North Korea leader.

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21:28

New asteroid gold rush could earn everyone on Earth 75 billion Intellihub

Thats what bankers Goldman Sachs reckon, anyway and several companies are now vying to be the first into space.

NASA estimates that the total value of asteroids out there could be up to $700 quintillion equivalent to 75 billion each for us here on Earth.

Several companies are now buidling the machines which will take us there including Deep Space Industries, which is building a steam-powered thruster for spacecraft, the Guardian reports.

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Free Trade Already Puts America First The Federalist

These days, the label globalist is a pejorative meant to insinuate that a person is more concerned about international corporations than about his fellow American citizens.

Now, admittedly, I support nearly unlimited trade, no matter what other nations do. Its mostly because I love America. Hey, those Chinese communists are killing us with high tariffs maybe we should do the same thing to our own citizens! sounds like a counterproductive idea wrapped in a false choice. Harming hundreds of millions of consumers to try and save a handful of unproductive jobs, no matter how good it feels, doesnt put America first.

Donald Trump, a man who campaigned on protectionist rhetoric (he was not alone) says he can finagle better trade agreements for the United States. Honestly, if hes using the threat of tariffs as a cudgel to attain those deals, I dont really care if Justin Trudeaus feelings are hurt. Im fine with the Were America, B-tch Doctrine as long as its actually good for America.

Judging from his rhetoric, though, it seems the president believes protectionism is preferable to deals that lower barriers all around. His public position which is one of his only enduring positions is that jobs and industries can be saved using tariffs.

Take Trumps top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, who lays his two basic concerns in a recent New York Times article: First, trade must be not only free but also fair and reciprocal.

Fair trade, once used predominately by progressives, is a neologism without meaning. It allows a person to oppose complex agreements for a litany of reasons. Fair is elastic and ambiguous, which is why its so popular with adolescents.

The billions of people in developing nations who work tedious menial labor jobs probably dont find it fair that we Americans use the savings we gain from their work to build our unprecedented wealth. Is it fair that some countries sit atop vast amounts fossil fuels or prime farmlands while others sit on arid or barren land? Lets hope trade doesnt get fair for us any time soon.

When Navarro writes that G7 nations trade practices contribute to Americas more than $500 billion annual global trade deficit in goods and services, he means American citizens, using their free will, purchased goods and services...

21:11

China Is Going To Spy On Everyone At The Nuclear Summit In Singapore The Federalist

Heres a tip for journalists covering the U.S.-North Korea nuclear summit in Singapore this week: if you get free media swag that plugs into your phone or computer, like a USB fan, dont use it. For that matter, you might want to take the batteries out of your smartphone, buy a burner phone, and never let any electronic devices out of your sight while youre covering the summit.

Why? Because China is going to be spying on you.

More than 3,000 journalists are now in Singapore to cover the summit, giving Beijing a target-rich environment for all manner of hacking, tracking, and surveilling. China doesnt have a seat at the negotiating table, but it will be listening in as best it can, using everything from free USB fans to advanced forensic devices that can circumvent some forms of disk encryption and extract information from mobile phones and computers.

Beijing Is Pulling Out All The Stops To Spy On The Summit

Its not just journalists who should be worried about Chinese espionage at the summit. American officials are anticipating that Beijing will target the entire U.S. delegation. According to a recent NBC News report, Americans will sweep for bugs in rooms at the Capella Hotel that could be used for side discussions, and could erect tents inside hotel meeting rooms to block any concealed cameras from viewing classified documents.

Julian Sanchez, an expert on national security and intelligence surveillance at the Cato Institute, says Chinas efforts are likely to include both traditional and relatively crude measuresrecruiting waiters to listen in on restaurant conversations, or physically searching hotel roomsas well as extremely sophisticated cyberattacks aimed at compromising smartphones and laptops or planting inconspicuous electronic listening devices.

In the past, those inconspicuous listening devices have been things like friendship pins the Chinese gave to the U.S. delegation during Trumps state visit with Xi Jinping last November, which members of the delegation were forbidden from wearing in secure areas because they likely contained listening devices.

During that visit, U.S. officials said their belongings were rifled through when they were away from their hotel rooms. According to NBC News, Some senior members of Trumps delegation packed carry-on bags with anything they didnt want the Chinese to see and took the bags wherever they went, including out to dinner in restaurants.

Staff at the Capella Hotel in Singapore, which is hosting the summit, might also be suspect. In one recent case, a top U.S. official stationed in China repeatedly had troubl...

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Heres Why I Choose Life Instead Of Ending It Like My Dad Did The Federalist

One of my first memories is of my father holding a bottle of pills in his hand, angrily sobbing, and ranting about how the world would be better without him. I was probably around seven years old then and my memory, as vivid and tangible today as it was in that moment, is of determination rather than fear or panic. I had done this before.

My grandmother told me my father would fall into deep and sometimes violent periods of depression as far back as a child, and often use suicide as an emotional weapon. She had grown to shake her head and simply walk away.

It took me far longer to understand or appreciate why. My memory ends with cleaning up the pills on the floor that he threw against the wall before collapsing into bed crying softly. I felt helpless, but also a strong sense of responsibility. I believed my job was to save him. I never really let go of that mission, until the day I had to.

I knew what he felt later, as I found myself in a similar place with a similar view of my own future. But my experience was a little different. I thought my life was over when I tested positive for HIV. I was in my mid-20s, in college, and completely on my own. I had a bright outlook on my future, dreaming of becoming a published author and political writer.

But the moment I walked out of the clinic holding that packet of information about my new illness, all of that changed. I sat in my car staring out at a future that looked very near and very frightening. I shared it all with my friends, but I still felt extraordinarily alone. In 2008, many doctors still described HIV as a terminal illness.

This Was a Severe Struggle for Me for Years

It took a little while and some courage to see a doctor and begin medication, because the weight of my depression and certainty of having no future made pursuing expensive medical treatment seem futile. But my friends persisted, so I began treatment. For a moment, my sense of hope began to bloom inside me again.

This feeling of possibility abruptly ended the first night I took the new wonder drug that was supposed to extend my life. I became sicker than I can easily describe, and the pain, migraines, and constant vomiting lasted four months. In an exceptionally weak moment one night, I stared at my greying face with bloodshot eyes streaming involuntary tears, and asked myself if it was worth it.

I made a choice that night that the rest of my life, however long I had left, was going to be mine alone and not dictated by the painful regimen of my medication cycle. My doctor had been clear when he waved away my complaints of side-effects, that if I stopped the medication I would die within a year. I decided to take that chance.

I sat the bottle of pills down on the sink that night and chose not to turn back. I accepted everything that was happening to me and realized I was helpless to fight it. In that acceptance, I found a sense of relief and purpose. I joked ofte...

21:10

Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, And Google Let Hate Profiteers Police Your Accounts The Federalist

Amazon is the latest major tech company to reveal it relies upon the Southern Poverty Law Center to police social and financial transactions on its platform. The Daily Caller recently found that Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, and Google let SPLC affect their platforms transactions despite years of documentation from a wide variety of outlets that SPLCs business model is to deliberately increase animosity. Its so good at raising ire with inaccurate claims that SPLC has been able to fill offshore bank accounts and an endowment to eye-popping levels, which has also raised eyebrows among nonprofit analysts.

From its charitable donations program AmazonSmile, We remove organizations that the SPLC deems as ineligible, an Amazon spokeswoman told The Daily Caller. This recently prompted Amazon to blacklist Alliance Defending Freedom, a pro-bono legal nonprofit that has won repeatedly before the Supreme Court. SPLC opposes the organization merely because ADF advocates for ideas common on the Right side of the political and social spectrum.

In essence, SPLC and by extension Amazon, Google, Twitter, and Facebook defines widely held conservative positions as inherently bigoted. Then it uses its social power to write political opponents out of social and economic life, thanks to enabling from massive global tech companies.

Nearly one third of the people in the world use Facebook each month. Half of American households pay for Amazon Prime memberships. Three-quarters of the people in the world searching online use Google in a month. More than 300 million people use Twitter every month. These tech companies facilitate social and economic transactions for most Americans and much of the world. And they do so based at least partly based on criteria decided by discredited hatemongers.

I know those are very strong terms, but unlike similarly strong descriptions that SPLC uses, they fit reality accurately. Here are a few reasons why. (I also r...

21:06

Largest U.S. Protestant Denomination Considers President Who Supports Race And Sex Quotas The Federalist

At this weeks annual Southern Baptist Convention, Americas largest Protestant denomination will vote to select their next president. The process is usually of little interest to the rank and file of evangelicalismcandidates sometimes run unopposedbut this years campaign has been widely recognized as a pivotal clash between the old guard of the conservative resurgence and the rising Southern Baptist Left.

The primary policy issue is whether the SBC should pursue race- and sex-based proportions in hiring for leadership positions within the denomination. The two men running for president, J.D. Greear and Ken Hemphill, both have strong church credentials and unimpeached personal character. But they differ on how the church should respond to accusations of sexism leveled against SBC leaders and the widespread claim in the mainstream media that white evangelicals are racist because they voted for President Trump.

Hemphills platform emphasizes a responsibility within the convention to continue to preach the whole counsel of Gods Word which teaches that racism is sin, and highlights the important role of women within the church as found in the New Testament. Hemphill also seeks to recall and celebrate the SBCs positive role in opposing racism in the South.

Greears platform is a little more pessimistic. Our doctrine and our mission are solid, Greear said in a recent campaign video, but I think we need a new culture, and a new posture in the Southern Baptist Convention. This culture would not be created by simply teaching more of Gods Word, but by repenting of a failure to listen to and honor women and racial minorities and to include them in proportionate measures in top leadership roles. This failure, Greear explained, had hindered [the SBCs] ability to see sin and injustice and call it out.

While Greear does not specify what failures he is talking about, he is likely referring to accusations against Dr. Paige Patterson, a former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Patterson was recently fired on allegations that he has displayed a sexist attitude towards women at least twice in the past 20 years, and failed to properly report two incidents of rape. The failure-to-report accusations have been called into question by comparisons to documents from the time and a police report, but Pat...

21:06

Report: Social Security And Medicare Will Bankrupt America Faster Than We Thought The Federalist

Something very important was missed in the news cycle of celebrity inspired pardons and trade wars. The trustees who oversee Social Security issued their latest report on the financial health of Medicare and Social Security, and it is not good. According to the trustees, Social Securitys trust funds will be depleted in 2034. Medicares hospital fund runs out in just eight years. Even worse, Social Security will be forced to dip into its trust fund to pay benefits this year.

In the long-term, the fiscal outlook for Social Security is grim. The program will run a $19 trillion deficit over the next 30 years. It will also contribute to skyrocketing interest on the national debt.

You might think that since Republicans control both Congress and the White House they will address this issue. You would be wrong. For starters, President Donald Trump promised that he would not cut either Medicare or Social Security.

He has kept his promise for the most part. As for Congressional Republicans, many of them would like to address entitlements, but they feel they cant. The last time outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan addressed them, he was thanked with ads portraying him as pushing grandma off a cliff.

There is also political reality standing in the way for Republicans. The fact is the Republican Party is the party of old people. Older white voters are the Republican Partys most reliable voting block. They would likely feel the impact of any cuts to entitlements. Politicians of any party, if they want to keep their jobs, will not do anything to harm their voters.

You might think the Democratic Party, which is the party of younger people, would seize the mantle of entitlement. Well, you would be wrong. Most Democratic proposals dealing with entitlements call for expanding them. There are even proposals to raid private retirement plans such as 401(k)s to fund an expanded Social Secu...

21:06

7 Strategies For Building Relationships Outside Your Political Tribe The Federalist

A recent survey of Dartmouths undergraduates found that Democrat students are more likely not to befriend another student because of their political views: 55 percent of Democratic respondents said opposite political views would make them less likely to befriend another student, compared to 21 percent of Independents and 12 percent of Republicans, the survey found.

I would say this news is shocking, but as a Jewish conservative who spent six years as a Harvard student, I am not at all surprised. Why? Because when I was there, I experienced ideological discrimination, over and over again. It was undoubtedly worse when I attended the Kennedy School at the close of the Bush era, but being a known campus conservative during the Clinton years was no walk through Cambridge Common either.

That said, my six years were valuable for several reasons: First, I learned to argue on my feet and better defend my beliefs. Second, the experience built character. And lastly, I gained immense practice in personal diplomacy. I learned how to befriend people with whom I agreed on little or nothing, politically speaking. Its that last part that Id like to think holds lessons for all of us today.

Sure, there are always those who are stubborn and cant be won over, but in my experience, thats always been a small minority. Given how polarized our nation has become, its important that we relearn to see each other as people, rather than mortal enemies in perpetual political combat. So, as someone with a great deal of experience being the odd duck out, here are some thoughts about ways to bridge divides between political tribes on the Dartmouth campus and beyond.

1. Theres more to life than politics.

2. Find common ground.

You dont have to talk about politics or anything else that might antagonize a conversational partner (especially if its the first time youre meeting). And when Im with liberal leaning relatives or friends, I dont! I like to steer the conversation toward more neutral subjects. See what you might share in common with that other person, whether its an interest in Indian food, old music, or shoes. In college, I bonded with my roommates boyfriend over our shared love of Maureen Dowds column (back during her Clinton heyday). These days, I spend p...

21:05

Democrats Prove Happy To See America Fail If It Dings President Trump Too The Federalist

On May 24 President Trump canceled his scheduled summit with North Korea, which is now back on for June 12 after further negotiations. Predictably, the cancelation met gloating and celebration among many congressional Democrats, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggesting she imagined Kim Jong-Un was having a giggle fit.

To the casual observer, it must have sounded a little strange to hear people reveling about the summits cancelation. After all, having a meeting that could broker a denuclearized North Korea would objectively be a good thing for the security and peace of America and the world. But to those more steeped in the political maneuverings of Washington DC, it didnt come as a surprise at all to see Democrats gleeful over this opportunitys cancelation.

Democrats, both in Congress and in the media, were all too happy to see President Trump pull the plug on a meeting that would be good for America. Their immediate reaction was to gloat and attempt to discredit those who suggested President Trump had receive a Nobel Peace Prize if he brokered a nuclear deal.

Following news of the meetings cancellation, Democrat Gerry Connolly (VA) took to Twitter to say: N Korea summit canceled. I guess that Nobel Peace Prize will have to wait. Covfefe! Never one to waste an opportunity to criticize the president, Joy Behar laughed on The View, stating: There goes that Nobel Prize. All this, although President Trump winning a Nobel Peace Prize would likely mean the world was on the path towards being a safer place with a denuclearized North Korea.

Its Awful To Cancel a Summit that Shouldnt Happen

There was also an inescapable irony in Democrats criticism of President Trump for canceling the meeting. Democrats expressed almost unanimous disapproval when President Trump initially agreed to take the meeting with Kim. Sen. Richard Blumenthal was alarmed, Sen. Tammy Duckworth stated the meeting carried tremendous risk due to President Trumps previous reckless blusters, and Sen. Chris Murphy tweeted he had a sinking feeling about the meeting.

Then Democrats almost unanimously condemned President Trump for canceling the North Korean meeting. Its hard, then, to interpret this kind of switcheroo as anything but basing their political positions entirely on animus for Trump instead of what they think is good for America.

Their new jubilation at Americas loss was short-lived. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said Republicans were celebrating Trumps summit with North Korea when we werent even across the 50-yard line. But that same logic can be turned right around and used against some Democrats, like Swalwell, who postured after President Trump canceled the summit.

The response from the North Koreans to President Trumps letter was contrary to what most w...

21:03

Robert Mueller Spent $4.5 Million On Russiagate Without A Congressional Appropriation The Federalist

Perhaps its a sign of the times, but many citizens dont pay much attention to how the government keeps taxpayers checks from bouncing. The Constitution does, however. Congressand only Congressholds the power of the purse.

We might wonder, then, how Special Counsel Robert Mueller spends money. Congress has not specifically appropriated money to fund Muellers investigations and prosecutions. How, then, do Muellers checks clear? Recently, Mueller provided a little-noticed answer that raises serious legal and constitutional concerns.

Robert Muellers Spending Report

Late last month, Mueller released a spending report. The report lays out the legal authority that Mueller claims to spend money. Mueller claims his spending is principally authorized by the permanent, indefinite appropriation for independent counsels. Muller claims the [Department of Justice (DOJ)] has determined [that this appropriation] is legally available to fund his investigation. Mueller cites a 2004 Government Accountability Office (GAO) opinion that this appropriation was legally available to fund special counsels.

The permanent and indefinite appropriation is important to Muellers investigations and prosecutions. According to Muellers report, from October 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018, this appropriation accounted for $4,506,624 of Muellers spending. Thats about half of all Muellers spending during that time and all the spending during that time on salaries and benefits. (The remainder of Muellers spending is unreimbursed expenses incurred by other DOJ componentsessentially money siphoned from other investigations.)

Mueller claims the authority for his spending is codified in statutory notes to Section 591 of Title 28 of the United States Code. These notes do state that Congress established a permanent indefinite appropriation within the Department of Justice to pay all necessary expenses of investigations and prosecutions by independent counsel appointed pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 591 et seq. or other law. The notes state that Congress did so in Title II of Public Law 100202, December 22, 1987. Sure enough, Congress did.

But does the permanent and indefinite appropriation for independent counsels apply to special counsels?

What GAO Actually Thinks About This

Mueller cites the GAO opinion as agreeing with the DOJ that this appropriation was legally available to fund special counsels. The opinion concerns the appointment in December 2003 of Patrick Fitzgerald, then a Senate-confirmed U.S. attorney, as special counsel, by then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey. (Fitzgerald, you may recall, investigated who revealed the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame.)

As note...

21:03

Oceans 8 Has No Reason To Be A Flat, Boring Waste Of Your Time, But It Is The Federalist

Following the success of the much-beloved Oceans trilogy, rumors of an all-female reboot had persisted for years. Nearly every marketable female star had been attached, or at least rumored to be attached, to the project at one point or another. The long-awaited final product is an absolute mess, complete with gaping plot holes, and a completely flat story.

Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, a previously unmentioned sister of George Clooneys Danny Ocean from the original franchise. Like Danny in Oceans 11, Debbie opens the movie on her way out of prison after a five year stint. It must have been a pretty soft five years, because Debbies make-up is perfect, and her beach waves are highlighted and bouncy. Bullocks Ocean may be related to the charismatic Danny, but she doesnt share any of his sparkle and swagger.

She soon links up with her pal, Lou, played by Cate Blanchett, who is busy running a lucrative scam diluting cheap vodka, which I thought is something only college bars did, but I guess its quite the racquet. Debbie wastes no time confiding in Lou that she has been brainstorming the perfect heist while in prison, and they need to assemble a crew to pull it off.

The subsequent characters who make up this dream crew that Debbie Ocean envisioned were introduced through a sequence so awkward and disjointed, it was almost cringe-worthy. Constance, played by rapper, Awkwafina, was the sleight of hand artist. It seemed like she was supposed to be funny, but they didnt write any jokes for her. Just a couple awkward moments where she uses her skill to steal Debbies watch, and then asks for a free metro card. Mindy Kaling plays Amita, who works for her overbearing mother at a jewelry shop, and is a diamond expert, which is enough to qualify her as a criminal, apparently.

Rihanna plays Nine Ball, the computer whiz, and with such infrequent screen time she might have been the biggest waste of star power in the movie, though there was plenty of that to go around. Sarah Paulson represents the biggest waste of talent, as the former con turned house wife, Tammy, who gets involved with her old cohorts for one last thrilling job. Helena Bonham Carter plays Rose Weil, a socially awkward Irish fashion designer at the end of her career, with few prospects, and mounting debt. Anne Hathaway plays the mark, Daphne Kluger, with all the relish and energy of a person just selected for jury duty.

Once assembled, the crew is never able to establish the joyful camaraderie that the cast of the original Oceans movies had achieved. Bullock and Blanchett were clearly meant to be the Clooney and Pitt of the all ladies cast, but they have no chemistry, and their characters are incredibly dull. Paulson is the most appealing, but her effort is squandered in the midst of utter mediocrity. The heist itself was decently constructed, albeit nothing new. It contains layers and surprises, as it should, but doesnt let t...

21:03

5 Things To Watch Off The Field During 2018s World Cup The Federalist

The 2018 World Cup has the potential to offer as much intrigue off the field as on it. There will be plenty to watch, without even considering international relations. Here are merely five.

1. Racism

Russia has a serious racism problem that it looks completely disinterested in fixing. Both club and international matches have featured such lowlights as monkey chants and bananas thrown at black players. As recently as March, Russian fans were accused of hurling racist chants at black players.

FARE, a group seeking racial equality in football, says there were 89 racist and far-right incidents at Russian games in the 2016-17 season. England defender Danny Rose has told his family not to go to the World Cup due to fears of racist abuse.

So far, FIFA has only punished Russia for this behavior with meager fines and stern words. FIFAs exuberant impotence was exemplified recently when it fined England 16,000 because a youth player consumed the wrong energy drink, although it had fined Russia 22,000 for racist incidents just months before.

2. Homophobia

Homophobic incidents likely wont garner the attention that racist incidents will, largely because any issues will occur away from cameras. While Qatars 2022 World Cup hosting may generate the most angst on this front, Russia plenty of issues as well.

This headline sums it up nicely (emphasis mine): Russia aims for LGBT tolerance during upcoming World Cup. FARE has warned World Cup-attending same-sex couples to not hold hands in public. Homosexuals in Chechnya have been subject to beatings and torture.

Russia will, however, allow rainbow symbols at the World Cup in spite of the countrys anti-gay propaganda law. On the other hand, Cossack volunteers in Rostov-On-Don (which will host five matches) plan to report gay World Cup visitors kissing to police.

3. Hooliganism

Sam Borden at ESPN wr...

21:03

Dennis Rodman gets emotional after Trump-Kim summit Intellihub

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman gets emotional talking about the road to the summit between the United States and North Korea.

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20:52

Googles Deep Involvement With the Pentagon WhoWhatWhy

Googles contract with the Pentagon for Project Maven a controversial drone imaging program that uses artificial intelligence prompted over 4,000 Google employees to sign a petition opposing the project, and about a dozen workers resigned in protest. In response, Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene announced that the contract will not be extended, and that there will be no follow-on to Maven.

Yasha Levine has covered Silicon Valley for years, and his new book Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet (PublicAffairs, February 6, 2018) details Googles fifteen-year history of selling search, mapping, and satellite imagery services to the Defense Department and a number of intelligence agencies.

Levine notes that the complete name of Maven is Algorithmic Warfare Cross-functional Team: Project Maven and its purpose is to improve object identification for use in drone warfare. He also wonders how so many Google employees could have been unaware of their companys deep involvement in military contracting through a subsidiary called Google Federal.

He explains that Google Federal, based near the CIA in Reston, VA, originated in 2004 with Googles acquisition of a startup called Keyhole. Keyhole was midwifed by the CIAs venture capital operation, In-Q-Tel. Keyholes CEO, Rob Painter, had deep connections to military and intelligence agencies, as well as to the vendors that compete for intel contracts worth an estimated $42 billion annually; Painter now runs Google Federal.

While Levine allows that some Google employees might be unaware of the military and intel work of the company, its widely known in Silicon Valley that most tech giants are deeply involved in these kinds of government contracts.


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20:45

Observations and Implications Virtual Mirage

The Summit Meeting (in Singapore)

At their first handshake, Kim told President Trump, It was not easy to get here. For us, the past has been holding us back and old practices and prejudices have been covering our eyes and ears, but we have been able to overcome everything to arrive here today."

At the end of about four hours of meetings, President Trump and the North Korean Chairman signed a document on broad principles of agreement. It opened with an affirmation that President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. 
President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Convinced that the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and pf the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:

1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018, Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

4. The United States and the DPRK...

20:00

5 Perspectives on Building Cities Where Kids (and Parents) Can Thrive Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

The current stereotype of urban communities is that they're filled with young hipsters in trendy loft apartments, plus breweries, coffee shops and restaurants catering to the needs of these millennials. In fact, these days (and always) lots of parents are choosing to raise their kids in the city. But that looks very different depending on the family and the city.

Today we're sharing five perspectives from parents across the continent about how and why they're choosing to raise their children in an urban setting, and what could help make that experience better:

1. Why I Chose to Raise my Kid in an Urban Neighborhood

Kristin Green is an engineer and principle of the community consulting firm, VERDUNITY. In this 2017 essay, she details why she, counterintuitively, chose to move out of a suburb and into a more urban area after she had her first child:

When we started to think about the community that we wanted to live in, our criteria mostly revolved around the type of environment that was best for [our son].  While good schools were at the very top of the list, we also wanted to be in a place that had an active community with friendly neighbors, at least one park within walking distance, and a safe environment for kids to play outside.

Surprisingly enough, when we looked around our single family suburban neighborhood, we realized that it just didnt measure up.  Looking outside of our neighborhood, the place that met most our criteria was the old downtown... Read the rest of the essay.

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19:56

Let's Continue Progress Toward Peace in Korea OpEdNews

Less than a year ago, President Donald Trump was threatening North Korea with "fire and fury." Today such threats are completely absent from his remarks and tweets.

19:00

The Administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel Keeps Monitoring Protesters Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Even before thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Chicago to speak out against President Donald Trumps inauguration last year, city police were watching.

Recently released police and city records show that officers combed through social media posts and opened a formal information-gathering investigation into the protesters.

Then, throughout that day Jan. 20, 2017 police and top aides to Mayor Rahm Emanuel closely tracked the movements of protesters, from when they boarded trains and buses in their neighborhoods and continuing through hours of rallies and marches in the Loop.

It was another example of how the Emanuel administration routinely tracks protesters and activist groups, according to records Ive acquired over the last several years through the Freedom of Information Act.

Now the mayor and police department may soon be able to use drones to monitor demonstrations and other public events.

This spring, mayoral allies in the Illinois General Assembly helped pass a measure that would allow law enforcement agencies statewide to use drones for legitimate public safety purposes at public gatherings, including to keep tabs on crowd movements. Each department would have to submit an annual report to the state on its drone usage, but otherwise would largely be able to create its own policies. The bill hasnt been sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner yet.

Chicagos police and political leaders have a long, troubled history of snooping on groups exercising their First Amendment rights. Police investigated demonstrators and activists under Emanuels predecessor, Richard M. Daley. And for decades before that, including the 20-year reign of Daleys father, Richard J. Daley, the departments Red Squad infiltrated dissident groups, civil rights organizations, and others seen as opponents of City Hall. The unit was dismantled in the 1970s and the department adopted new rules that were supposed to safeguard civil rights.

Still, the police department has opened investigations to monitor, infiltrate or conduct surveillance on protest groups at least five times since Emanuel became mayor in 2011, records show. Its previous targets included Occupy Chicago protesters, opponents of the 2012 NATO summit, Black Lives Matter activists, and Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, a network of churches and neighborhood groups.

As events on Inauguration Day show, the Chicago Police Department and other city agencies already maintain an extensive camera, data-collection and communications network to keep tabs on protests and other public gatherings.

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18:47

Idiot! Trump Trusts North Korea, No Verification, but then Iran. Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

After 41-minute talk accompanied only by translators, Kim says two leaders agree to 'leave the past behind' Trump tells Kim: 'Working together we will get it taken care of'.

18:16

This Is America #7: June 11th, G-7, Patriot Prayer Flops It's Going Down

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Welcome to This Is America, June 11th, 2018.

Trump that Regime

G-7 talks collapsed as Trump left the summit early, avoiding the talks specifically on climate change and in the face of escalating calls on all sides for trade war between countries. In response, Canada said that it would maintain its $16 billion in retaliatory tariffs, while Trump stated that he will not allow other countries to impose them. Not since the summits began in 1975, have the elites failed to agree.

Meanwhile, outside the summit, new police tactics sought to turn the protests into an tightly police and monitored parade, which organizers having to submit an itinerary to police for their approval well in advance. Protesters were funneled in between riot police as surveillance helicopters flew over had.

The escalation of trade war finds support among sections of the media and some Democrats, and shows the growing instability of global capitalism and its managerial class, as well as the open tensions between the elites that could lead to open war and negative affects of millions of workers.

In immigration news, US government officials have confirmed the first suicide by a refugee father who was forcibly separated from his wife and son under the new zero tolerance order issued by President Donald Trump last month. The US will also be moving over 1,600 migrants and asylum seeks into federal prisons, which will be the first large scale transfer under the new zero tolerance policy. One report wrote:

Under the new zero tolerance policy, all such distinctions have been erased. All undocumented migrants, regardless of circumstances, are treated as criminals, and are being subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment, including mass trials, summary sentencing and forced separation of parents from children.

On Facebook, the May 1st Anarchist Alliance went on to write:

Sessions overturns ruling and says women and other victims of domestic violence can no longer seek asylum in the U.S. and will be returned to the abuse they were and are fleeing. The U.S. government now is complicit in enabling this abuse and failing...

17:15

Everything Is Fake?? Chemtrails, CGI Planes On 9/11?? Crisis Actors?? MUST WATCH!! Sheep Media


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Everything youve been told is not real, from 9/11 to Mass shootings in America

Well know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.  William Casey, CIA Director 1981-1987

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17:01

VIDEO: Dalia Al-Najjar Discusses Her Cousins Murder by Israeli Snipers 21st Century Wire

An interview conducted by Robert Inlakesh with Dalia Al-Najjar, the cousin of a 21 year old volunteer medic who was executed by Israeli sniper.

Dalia Al-Najjar and Robert Inlakesh discuss the murder of Razan Al-Najjar and Gazas demonstrations against the illegally occupying Israeli regime. Watch:

 

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16:03

Football Against Imperialism: What Celtic FCs Solidarity With Palestine Could Teach the World Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

As the 2018 World Cup frenzy starts to take over the news cycle, it is essential that we highlight examples of how the sport has brought people together.

15:49

US Military Engaged In 76 Countries, Bourdain-Spade Suicide Connection & California DNA Harvesting The Last American Vagabond

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (6/11/18). I reported yesterday that the US currently uses 121 bombs a day, which is about one bomb every 12 minutes. Well it has been circulating that the []

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15:21

June 11, 2018 WhoWhatWhy

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13:11

Strange Line of Earthquakes Across US, Hawaii Volcano Hit by Another 5.4M Quake Sheep Media

The big island of Hawaii has been struck by another 5.4M Earthquake at the volcano Caldera.

The area continues to be under threat of more eruptions.

We also have witnessed a strange line of smaller quakes cut across the middle of the country.

You can find more information here.

Report via DAHBOO77:

13:07

China And Russia On Gold: The Quiet Revolution Political Vel Craft

There is a quiet revolution taking place in the monetary vacuum thats developing on the back of the erosion of the dollars hegemony. It is perhaps too early to call whats happening to the dollar the beginning of its demise as the worlds reserve currency, but there is certainly a move away from it inContinue reading "China And Russia On Gold: The Quiet Revolution"

12:15

June 11th Audio Statement from Mexican Anarchist Prisoner Miguel Peralta It's Going Down

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The following is an audio statement marking June 11th from Mexican anarchist prisoner Miguel Peralta, imprisoned since 2015 in Oaxaca. The audio is followed by an English translation and the Spanish transcription.

https://itsgoingdown.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/June-11-Miguel-Peralta.mp3

 

Solidarity statement from Miguel Peralta (Political Prisoner from Eloxochitln de Flores Magn, Oaxaca, Mexico)

Miguel:

Greetings to all of the comrades who receive these sincere words.

Its not easy to say these two vast words: LONG-TERM SENTENCE. When we already know that their justice and carceral systems are worth nothing. The judicial apparatus and the criminals hide their faces behind the scales of justice, they distort and file documents in order to imprison the comrades who struggle against the establishment. They are hungry for flesh.

Similarly, it is difficult to adapt to isolation. We cannot allow ourselves to watch the days, months, and years pass on the calendar, while we endure the humiliation. We must fight the fear that prison generates and the sicknesses that we acquire here on a daily basis. We cannot stop searching for alternatives and improvising resistance as if we dont have the boot to our neck. This is also a difficult task.

Long and enduring resistance could be the answer to these impositions, long and enduring struggle. Although it robs us of our energy, I think that our spirit will resist and keep beating like our enraged hearts, longing to walk, FREE!! One day we will manage to snatch back the days and nights that they have robbed from us, comrades.

Freedom to the Prisoners!

Down with the Prison Walls!

San Juan Bautista Cuicatln, Oaxaca

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12:02

Watch The Moment Donald Trump Meets Kim Jong-Un And Shakes Hands The Federalist

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and U.S. President Donald Trump met for the first time Tuesday morning in Singapore ahead of one-on-one talks between the two that are set to proceed this week.

The greeting marks the first time a sitting U.S. president has appeared alongside a North Korean leader.

12:01

Cryptocurrencies And Drug Legalization OpEdNews

Drug legalization has helped push along the development of cryptocurrencies.

12:00

Was This Man Sentenced to Death Because Hes Gay? The Marshall Project

His defenders say yes. South Dakota says no. The Supreme Court may soon weigh in.

11:56

At Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit: India rejects China's One Belt One Road project OpEdNews

In the joint Qingdao Declaration of the Council of Heads of State of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, India was the only member in the eight-nation bloc to refuse to endorse China's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project, according to Indian Express. India claims that OBOR or the Silk Road project a threat to its sovereignty over concerns on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which goes through Pakistan-ruled Kashmir.

10:26

The Declaration of Lurie Roca, that no one will shut him up Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

We will watch this case to see what happens. Rosca had been a Parliament MP, and deputy prime minister of the previous government.

09:57

Hiding The Real Number Of Unemployed PopularResistance.Org

A better indication of how many people have found work is the civilian labor force participation rate. By this measure, which includes all people age 16 or older who are not in prison or a mental institution, only 62.7 percent of the potential U.S. workforce was actually in the workforce in May, and that was slightly lower than the previous month. This is just about equal to the lowest this statistic has been since the breakdown of Keynesianism in the 1970s, and down significantly from the peak of 67.3 percent in May 2000. You have to go back to the mid-1970s to find a time when U.S. labor participation was lower. This number was consistently lower in the 1950s and 1960s, but in those days one income was sufficient to support a family. Now everybody works and still cant make ends meet. And that brings us to the topic of wages. After reaching a peak of 52 percent in 1969, the percentage of the U.S. gross domestic product going to wages has fallen to 43 percent, according to research by the St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve. The amount of GDP going to wages during the past five years has been the lowest it has been since 1929, according to a New York Times report.

09:48

Death Row Saved My Life PopularResistance.Org

Christopher Young is on death row at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas, listed in 2013 as one of Americas 10 worst prisons. He has an execution date of July 17, 2018. Young, 34, was sentenced to death in 2006 for the 2004 murder of 55-year-old convenience store owner Hasmukhbhai Hash Patel. Youngs lawyers claim religious discrimination occurred during the jury selection process of his trial, and over 500 religious leaders signed a statement saying he deserved a new trial. In January 2018, the United States Supreme Court turned down Youngs latest appeal.He seeks clemency.

09:42

What Could Go Wrong? U.S. Army Planning to Deploy Autonomous Killer Robots on Battlefield by 2028 Activist Post

By Jay Syrmopoulos Washington, D.C. United States Army Secretary Mark Esper recently revealed that the military has a strategic vision of utilizing autonomous and...

09:41

New York Times And Israel Smear Slain Palestinian Medic PopularResistance.Org

The New York Times today printed a long article giving credence to Israeli claims that Razzan al-Najjar, the young medic killed by an Israeli sniper a week ago, was not innocent. The article takes at face value Israels desperate efforts to taint the young woman, whom the army has previously maintained it killed by accident. The first paragraph announces the Timess service to Israel: "The Israeli military published a brief video on Thursday aimed at showing that a Palestinian medic killed by Israeli forces last week was not the neutral health care worker she has been portrayed as." The article parrots Israeli hasbara, or propaganda, about al-Najjar: that in a video interview of the medic that the Israelis passed along she described herself as a human shield.

09:40

Jacks Walk Freethought Blogs

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09:40

In The Western World Truth Is An Endangered Species: Come To Its Support OpEdNews

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Internet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012. Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks.

09:33

Google Sets Limits But Allows Work For Military PopularResistance.Org

Earier this year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai described artificial intelligence as more profound to humanity than fire. Thursday, after protests from thousands of Google employees over a Pentagon project, Pichai offered guidelines for how Google willand wontuse the technology. One thing Pichai says Google wont do: work on AI for weapons. But the guidelines leave much to the discretion of company executives and allow Google to continue to work for the military. The ground rules are a response to more than 4,500 Googlers signing a letter protesting the companys involvement in a Pentagon project called Maven that uses machine learning to interpret drone surveillance video. The dissenting employees asked Google to swear off all military work. Pichais response? We hear you, but you can trust us to do this responsibly.

09:30

United States No Longer A Major Player In World Affairs PopularResistance.Org

The picture above is from Vienna. The wall drawing was done by the artist Tabby. It captures in essence the way in which a considerable section of the worlds population sees the US President Donald Trump. But Trump is not solely responsible for what appears to be the irrational policy of the United States. Why, for instance, did Trump set in motion a tariff policy against close US allies such as Canada, Europe and Mexico as well as China on the same day? Why not go after China which Trump has indicated is an adversary on trade and then tackle the others in sequence?

09:28

Cambridge Analytica Docs Reveal Private Intelligence Global Surveillance Program PopularResistance.Org

The proposal the Chamber of Commerce was considering was to "target, track, and neutralize people, organizations, and companies" that were challenging the Chamber of Commerce. As part of the proposal process Team Themis investigated the "personal information about the principals of VR and their family members, promising to exploit 'pressure points' of the named targets." They planned a "a dirty tricks campaign against the Chamber opposition organizations." This included creating fake email personnas, i.e. creating "two fake insider personas using one to discredit the other giving the second immediate legitimacy." They were also going to provide fake documents to get us to report on them and then show they were in accurate to attack our credibility.  Many of the tactics described in Blumenthal's article were going to be used against me and my colleagues (we were specifically named). The plan was exposed by people from Anonymous and thereby foiled.

09:26

The US Just Helped Bomb a Doctors Without Borders Cholera Clinic in Yemen The Anti-Media

doctors without bordersWhether intentional or a result of negligence, it is totally unacceptable, said Doctors Without Borders a statement. (CD) After the international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Mdecins Sans Frontires announced that a newly constructed cholera treatment center in Yemen was bombed on Monday, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)who has led the fight in the U.S. Senate to end []

09:25

June 11, 2018 Statement from Marius Mason It's Going Down

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A statement on June 11th from Marius Mason.

Thank you for coming together again to support all the long-term anarchist prisoners. Your support and encouragement are the life breath for anyone trying to keep heart and soul together while spending so many years away from the inspiration and motivation that our committed communities of resistance provide. It seems like the longer I am away, the more those memories seem necessary to me, feeding my spirit with the knowledge that a new world is possible.

I want to wish my comrades in the Earth First!, IWW, animal rights and native sovereignty movements many victories, as well as to extend my love and hope to the good friends struggling for queer and trans rights.

I am forever in your debt. Stay strong, do right, be brave..I am so proud to call you my family.

My blood pumps still because you live and fight. I want to send a wild wolf howl to all the anarchist buddies and friends yet to be met who have sent me their stories, their love and their vision describing a world without hierarchy. I see through your eyes and dream with you. My life is small here, though still bigger than it was in my old constricted Unit. I have met many, many wonderful people and so many new trans friends. Yet I have such limited capacity and I have been feeling my age and some age-related health problems.but I continue to advocate for my request to complete my medical transition. I am discouraged that the TEC (which decides cases like mine for the BOP) has NOT met yet, though I had been told by staff here that my case would be heard this past week. I will keep our community informed as to how that process continues to unfold. It is a long arc towards justice, but with your help and support surely, all trans prisoners asking for medical relief will be vindicated.

I feel like it is so hard now to contribute meaningfully to creating the world that we dream of so passionately. I find that it is difficult to follow the news of our campaigns in the free world to defend the water, to protect our animal brothers and sisters, to demand a society that is not built on hate and exclusion but rather built on love and inclusion But I am committed to supporting my fellow prisoners here, and try to do that work with integrity, offering comfort and support in both their day to day hurts and troubles and in their/our long-term goals for dignity and ultimately freedom. I am so much stronger because I know that you are with us, helping us to persist until that day of freedo...

09:24

Who Owns Americas Water? PopularResistance.Org

Yes, water is a human right, fundamental to life - yet if you are an average American, you would be lucky to have access to it, at a price you can afford to pay and not be poisoned. Just ask the residents of Flint, Michigan - a low income community forced for years to use expensive bottled water for everything from cooking to showers - they believe their tap water is good for one thing, and one thing only: To flush the toilet. Flint first gained notoriety for lead-poisoned water in 2014, when the water source for the municipal water supply was changed from Detroit to Flint's own river.

09:12

Trump Continues Drone Attacks, Facilitates Civilian Deaths PopularResistance.Org

The NGO CAGE, which campaigns against discriminatory state policies and advocates observance of due process and the rule of law, reminds readers that in October 2017, US President Donald Trump replaced the Obama rules pertaining to drone strikes with his own rules called the Principles, Standards, and Procedures, or PSPs. It reports that according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) these laws make it easier to kill more people in more places outside recognized battlefields, posing grave risks of death and injury to civilians

09:08

On Turning Orange: A Friendly Letter to Those who Urged us to Vote It's Going Down

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The following critique of electorialism in the context of Ontario in so-called Canada was originally published on North-Shore.Info.

There are many ways in which the recent Ontario election is disappointing, and the new leader is barely even one of them. No though Doug Ford is a despicable rich jerk whose own entitlement to power was strong enough to persuade others to give it to him, the situation is actually much worse.

As the election approached, the political system deployed every trick to get people to put aside their disgust and participate. Its understandable that someone trying to sit in the halls of power would claim that Ford is so bad that youre wicked too if you dont grab a ballot and try to stop him. But to see this kind of lazy thinking and moralistic manipulation repeated by so many who should know better is truly depressing.

Because vote or dont vote, it doesnt really matter. As a political act, it ranks about equal with other gestures that take ten minutes and are mostly symbolic: like holding up a protest sign as a camera pans across a crowd, taking the time to argue your opinions with a stranger, or throwing up a few agitational stickers on a bus shelter. Vote or dont vote, because were going to fight hard against whoever gets in, right?

And yet it seems like many people transformed into actual NDP supporters for a month or so there, sounding as if that party wasnt just a lesser evil, but could actually act on your behalf to bring about the kind of world you want to live in. Which is unsurprising if youre a social democrat or a middle-of-the-road progressive of the kind that make up the baseline Canadian political position. But so many of the election season orange-coloured shapeshifters wouldnt say that about themselves: were anarchists, they might say, or were socialists, were revolutionaries.

I believe you, I want to believe youre radicals and that Im not so alone, which is why Im bothering to write to you and not to those folks who feel perfectly represented by the views on CBC radio. I was genuinely shocked how many people were repeating things along the lines of, Go vote because the blue team wants to hurt marginalized people so youre super fucked up if you dont. Im not trying to say there was no difference between the positions of the parties, but if your desires go any further than cautious income redistribution, there is nothing for you to vote in favour of in Ontario politics. So why such insis...

09:05

US Latin American Regime-Change Tour Now Playing Nicaragua PopularResistance.Org

Managua, Nicaragua - For over seven weeks, events in Nicaragua have devolved into an increasingly common scenario for leaders who find themselves at odds with Washington: the countrys president, Daniel Ortega, stands accused of killing his own people after authorities have used lethal force in quelling recent protests. The unrest, which has resulted in the deaths of more than 110 people, has brought increasing pressure on Ortegas government, as the United Nations, establishment human rights groups such as Amnesty International, and the U.S.-dominated Organization of American States (OAS) have come out in support of the political opposition amid Ortegas repression of domestic dissent.

09:03

JUNE 16TH: Anti-Capitalist Queer Bloc in Portland, OR Pride Parade It's Going Down

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The following is a call for a radical bloc at the Portland PRIDE parade on June 16th.

Fuck Rainbow Capitalism.

We are calling for radical queers, anti-capitalist, and anti-authoritarians to converge on the SW corner of Everett & Park at 10 AM sharp, we will be leaving to enter the parade at 10:30 AM. Bring noise makers, PAs, banners, propaganda, and your most faggy attire.

Cover your face and any identifiable body art. We intend to march in the parade, it is likely the parade police, ppb, and the good gay citizens of Portland will attempt to kick us out for not paying the offensive fee, but fuck them. Well keep each other safe and make our presence known.

See you there queers. <3

09:00

Is There An Association Of Lyme Disease With Autism Spectrum Disorder? Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich According to research and resulting protocols from Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, who has licenses to practice medicine in European Union...

08:57

A Mile In Their Shoes PopularResistance.Org

This past Friday in Afghanistans Ghazni province, Hazara girls joined young Pashto boys to sing Afghanistans national anthem as a welcome to Pashto men walking 400 miles from Helmand to Kabul. The walkers are calling on warring parties in Afghanistan to end the war. Most of the men making the journey are wearing sandals. At rest stops, they must tend to their torn and blistered feet. But their mission grows stronger as they walk. In Ghazni, hundreds of residents, along with religious leaders, showed remarkable readiness to embrace the courage and vision of the Helmand-to-Kabul peace walk participants.

08:57

The Eerie Silence Surrounding The Julian Assange Case PopularResistance.Org

There is a silence among many who call themselves left. The silence is Julian Assange. As every false accusation has fallen away, every bogus smear shown to be the work of political enemies, Julian stands vindicated as one who has exposed a system that threatens humanity. The Collateral Damage video, the war logs of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Cablegate revelations, the Venezuela revelations, the Podesta email revelations these are just a few of the storms of raw truth that have blown through the capitals of rapacious power. The fakery of Russia-gate, the collusion of a corrupt media and the shame of a legal system that pursues truth-tellers have not been able to hold back the raw truth of WikiLeaks revelations. They have not won, not yet, and they have not destroyed the man. Only the silence of good people will allow them to win. Julian Assange has never been more isolated. He needs your support and your voice. Now more than ever is the time to demand justice and free speech for Julian. Thank you.

08:52

The US Is Once Again Supporting Death Squads In Central America PopularResistance.Org

The United States has been quietly funding and equipping elite paramilitary police units in El Salvador accused of extrajudicially murdering suspected gang members, according to a forthcoming United Nations report reviewed in advance by CNN. Beginning with George W. Bush in 2003, successive US administrations have provided tens of millions of dollars in aid for Salvadoran military and police in support of the governments Mano Dura (Firm Hand) security program, an aggressive campaign to combat out-of-control gang violence in a country with one of the worlds highest homicide rates. The United States has long operated or supported death squads, from the CIAs Phoenix Program in Vietnam (40,000 killed) through the implementation of the Salvador option during the recent invasion and occupation of Iraq. The latter effort was run by Col. James Steele, a decorated veteran of Central Americas dirty wars, including a stint training Salvadoran death squad units during the civil war. Unsurprisingly, secret prisons, torture and extrajudicial killings became commonplace throughout occupied Iraq. It now appears that the Salvador option has made its way back home from halfway around the world, further terrorizing guilty and innocent alike in what was already one of the most frightful corners of the planet.

08:42

Kaboom! Smart Phone Catches Fire Inside a Moving Vehicle Adding to Long List of Smart Devices in Flames Including Utility Smart Meters. Activist Post

By B.N. Frank On May 21, 2018 a Detroit driver had two cell phones sitting in a cupholder (Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S8) when...

07:47

Knesset foils efforts to end Israeli apartheid OpEdNews

The propaganda campaign is swiftly unravelling. Phone cameras now record "moral" soldiers executing unarmed Palestinians in Gaza or beating up children in Hebron. The backlash, including a growing international boycott movement, has driven Israel's right wing into even greater defiance and self-righteousness. It no longer conceals its goal to aggressively realize a longed-for "Greater Israel."

07:44

Bill Donohue, ghoul Freethought Blogs

Oh god. Bill Donohue weighs in on Anthony Bourdains suicide.

If Anthony Bourdain had been a religious man, would he have killed himself? Probably not. The celebrity chef was found dead today in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France.

As I have recounted in my book, The Catholic Advantage: How Health, Happiness, and Heaven Await the Faithful, there is an inverse relationship between religiosity and suicide: those who are regular churchgoers have a much lower rate of suicide than atheists like Bourdain.

Nice of him to use the opportunity of the mans death to plug his book.

You know, though, I think hes sort of right: if youre told over and over again from childhood on that suicide, in addition to ending your life and bringing grief to loved ones, will only lead to even greater misery as youre tortured for eternity, I can see where it might dissuade some potential suicides. So lets take it as a given that you can reduce the suicide rate by being indoctrinated in the Catholic faith (theres data!) with the side effect that you are increasing fear and guilt to achieve your end. Would it be worth it?

If you could save Bourdain by erasing part of his character, do you think he would have chosen it? He had the opportunity, after all his father was Catholic.

Would reducing the suicide rate be worthwhile if, instead, we increased the rate of child rape?

Ill just leave this here.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has reached a $210 million settlement agreement with 450 victims of clergy sexual abuse as part of a bankruptcy reorganization, officials announced Thursday.

At $210,290,724, it is estimated to be the second-largest payout by the Catholic church in the U.S., according to the Associated Press. It comes after nearly four years of bankruptcy proceedings and negotiations.

Before you ask

The largest clergy abuse related settlement to date was reached in 2007 by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which paid 508 victims $660 million.

Thats almost a thousand children in just two cases, raped with the collusion of the Catholic church. Is that a fair price to pay? For anything?

07:34

The Big Secret The Mainstream Media Doesnt Want To Tell You About Americas Soaring Suicide Rates Sheep Media

The following article was written by Michael Snyder and originally published at The Economic Collapse.

This week two celebrity suicides rocked the nation, and neither of them seemed to make any sense.  Kate Spades handbag designs had taken the fashion world by storm, and she was supposedly living the kind of lifestyle that millions of Americans can only dream about.  And Anthony Bourdain was one of those rare journalists that was greatly loved by both the left and the right.  His Kitchen Confidential book is currently the #1 best seller on Amazon, and his Parts Unknown series was one of CNNs most popular shows.

Why would people that seemingly have everything going for them decide to kill themselves?

Well, by the end of this article you will learn some things about suicide and depression in the United States that the mainstream media definitely does not want to talk about.  And all you have to do is to follow the money to discover the very disturbing reason why the mainstream media does not want to talk about them.

On average, 123 Americans commit suicide every single day, and now suicide has become the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

But among Americans between the ages of 10 and 34, it is now the second leading cause of death.

Of course it wasnt always this way.  Suicide rates used to be much, much lower.  If you can believe it, suicide rates in the United States...

07:14

Prison Abolitionists Rally for Human and Environmental Health at Pittsburgh Polluters Offices It's Going Down

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Action report from the Fight Toxic Prisons convergence.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania On the heels of the 3rd Annual Fight Toxic Prisons Convergence, dozens of organizers, community members, and friends and family of currently- and formerly-incarcerated peoples marched through downtown Pittsburgh, making stops at the headquarters of EQT and ending at a power plant belonging to coal utility NRG Energy on the North Side. The demonstration concludes a weekend of lectures, workshops, and discussion about mass incarceration and its links to environmental health.

EQT Corporation, a major oil and gas company notorious for poisoning drinking water supplies across rural Appalachia, is one of the largest companies involved in fracking, with 793 active wells in Pennsylvania alone. Theyre also one of the top ten worst polluters in the industry, according to a 2015 report published by the Natural Resources Defense Council. In 2012, EQT received several charges for water pollution and disturbance of waterways, and a $1.1 million fine for poisoning drinking water supply sources through a shale pit leak at Rock Run in Tioga County, PA, and has received several other fines, violations, and complaints as well.

The march culminated in a rally at the NRG Energy Center calling attention to the health and human rights atrocities occurring at SCI Fayette, a state-run prison that currently houses 2,176 inmates. SCI Fayette was built in 2003, directly on top of a toxic coal ash dump that has been in operation for decades, receiving millions of tons of waste from coal processing companies, including NRG.

The inmate population of SCI Fayette, and the surrounding community of Labelle, PA, have reported alarmingly high rates of health issues linked to the ash that blows off the dumping site and into the surrounding air.

Richard Mosley, a member of Fayette Health Justice and Put People First PA and a former prisoner at Fayette, spoke to the crowd via telephone about his experiences there, including respiratory ailments and medical neglect. I was admitted into the infirmary well over 10 times and at medical at least 40 times during my four years at SCI Fayette. My weight dropped down from 225lbs to 170lbs. I got so sick at one point that I kept a letter with me to send to my family in case I died.

Other speakers at the rally high...

06:47

Chief of Six Nations calls for Indigenous jury members as trial with echoes of Colten Boushie case begins Warrior Publications

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Jon Styres, right, was shot and killed in Hamilton on Feb. 4. (Facebook)

Hamilton police say Jon Styres died of gunshot-related injuries after being confronted by Peter Khill

by Dan Taekema, CBC News June 10, 2018

The chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River says she will be watching closely as jury selection begins Monday for the trial of a Hamilton man accused of second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing a First Nations man. 

Ava Hill said she wants to be sure the same mistakes arent made as in the acquittal of the man accused of killing Colten Boushie in Saskatchewan.

In that case, an all-white jury reached a not guilty verdict in the death of Boushie.

Theres a lot of issues in the whole justice system that we need to work on I just hope that the same mistakes arent made, she said. I hope and pray righ...

06:46

A Call for a Worldwide Day of Action in Solidarity with J20 Defendants It's Going Down

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A call for worldwide solidarity in the form of pickets and rallies outside of DOJ offices and US embassies to call for the dropping of charges against J20 defendants.

Over the last week, the governments flimsy case against J20 defendants has begun to crack. The second trial ended in acquittals and mistrials for 4 defendants, and 10 others had their charges dropped in a prosecutorial attempt to avoid sanctions for withholding evidence. After 17 months of blatant repression against people who resisted capitalism, fascism, and the Trump regime on Inauguration Day, the state has failed to convict a single person at trial.

We are calling for a worldwide day of action in solidarity with the remaining 44 defendants on June 25th, the first day of the next trial. The prosecution and the criminal legal system it is a part of can be influenced by our collective actions and solidarity. Its time to pull out all the stops and do everything we can to pressure the government to drop all the charges.

Plan a rally outside a DOJ office, or a US consulate. Organize a prisoner letter writing event. Throw a benefit show, a radical film screening, or a fundraising raffle for the legal defense fund. Drop a banner. Use your imagination, and make us impossible to ignore.

We know were stronger when we stand in solidarity with each other despite our personal and political differences. Our movements are more resilient than the petty bureaucrats who imagine they can break it. The love we have for each other is stronger than their jails and courthouses. We will bury them beneath the new world in our hearts.

Love and solidarity,
some defendants and supporters

06:06

More on the Latest Instance of Disenfranchising Minority Voters, Husted v A. Philip Randolph Institute OpEdNews

Further to my Quicklink on this morning's SCOTUS decision re Husted v A. Philip Randolph Institute, which keeps in place SoS Husted's state-level prerogative to erase voters' names from the rolls if they've skipped three federal elections in a row.

06:03

Wage Theft: To Fight the Crime, Attack the Motive OpEdNews

These corporate pillars are committing their thievery on many fronts. They're not paying employees for work performed "off the clock." They're stiffing workers on overtime and violating minimum wage laws. They're requiring employees to buy particular work clothes and not compensating them for their outlays.

06:00

7 Best Podcasts from the Early Days of Strong Towns Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

We're taking this Monday off from our usual Week Ahead podcast, but in lieu of that, here are seven fantastic podcasts from the early days of Strong Towns. The audio quality might not be quite as good but the conversations are gold:

  1. Just Another Pedestrian Killed (December 2014) - Chuck Marohn and Strong Towns board member Andrew Burleson sit down to discuss a tragedy in Springfield, Massachusetts, where a mom and two girls were hit by a drunk driver on an urban stroad. Marohn and Burleson discuss the engineering profession's approach to safety, the implications for those outside of an automobile and how our approach needs reform if we are truly build safe, productive places.
  2. Moneyhall (August 2013) - Chuck Marohn discusses the epidemic failure to understand what creates value within our cities. Applying the approach of baseball sabermetrics to our places reveals important truths.
  3. Rick Rybeck on Value Capture (January 2014) - Attorney and job creation, transportation efficiency and economic development expert, Rick Rybeck, joins Chuck Marohn to talk about taxes, fees and creating incentives for a better land use approach.
  4. Designed to Decline (September 2014) - Chuck Marohn talks about how auto-oriented developments are designed to decline, an effect that we can see clearly in places like Ferguson, Missouri.
  5. Economic Gardening with Chris Gibbons (October 2013) - Special guest Chris Gibbons talks about Economic Gardening, the early days of success and failure in Littleton, CO, the nationwide movement today and how to get involved. This is a far reaching conversation that demonstrates why the smart money in local economic development is in Economic Gardening.
  6. Rich vs. Wealthy (September 2013) - Joe Minicozzi and Josh McCarty of Urban3 join Chuck Marohn from Chapel Hill to talk about what makes a financially productive place and the difference between a community getting rich and growing wealthy. 
  7. The Hunger Games (January 2014) - Strong Towns member and contributer Gracen Johnson talks with Chuck Marohn about...

05:58

The Big Secret The Mainstream Media Doesnt Want To Tell You About Americas Soaring Suicide Rates The Last American Vagabond

This week two celebrity suicides rocked the nation, and neither of them seemed to make any sense.  Kate Spades handbag designs had taken the fashion world by storm, and she was supposedly living the kind of lifestyle that millions of Americans can only dream about.  And Anthony Bourdain was one of those rare journalists that was greatly loved by both []

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05:50

The US president is not the commander-in-chief of all Americans Freethought Blogs

A segment on the radio recently discussed Donald Trumps decision to invite people this year to celebrate iftar, the name given to the breaking of the daily fast by Muslims during Ramadan. This was an annual practice started some years ago but Trump did not have one last year when he was at the height of his anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions. During an interview on the program The World, the question was asked as to who might be invited and what Muslims would agree to go. The person being interviewed, who worked for president George W. Bush on Muslim outreach, repeatedly kept referring to Trump as the commander in chief for all Americans, as if this means that we were obliged to accept an invitation from him to come to the White House.

I hear this sentiment often and it irritates the hell out of me. Article II, Section II of the US Constitution says that the president is the commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States. Thats it. It means that he can give the armed forces orders that they must follow but ordinary citizens are not obliged to do any such thing and can blow him off if we wish. This includes declining his invitation to visit the White House.

In short, we can say to Trump, Youre not the boss of me, and the many sports figures who are rejecting invitations to the White House are doing just that because of his absurd accusations that their kneeling to protest police brutality is somehow morally reprehensible.

05:49

Holy Freuding Freud, Alabama: Your Court Elections Are Partisan? Freethought Blogs

First off, have I mentioned that I love The Root generally, and Michael Harriot specifically? Well, it and he have a new article up about the man republicans have nominated to run for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama.

The focus?

The man who could replace Roy Moore as the next chief justice of Alabamas Supreme Court is a lot like Mooreonly more racist and homophobic.

Okay, yeah. That deserves discussion, and I like the path theyre taking:

Lets be clear. Roy Moore is a racist. Moore insinuated that the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, should be repealed. He said that the last time America was great was during slavery. He insisted that President Barack Obama was not a U.S. citizen. But of course, even when he was accused of racism, his wife insisted that was impossible because one of their lawyers is a Jew.

That sets up their introduction to Chief Justice-candidate Tom Parker rather nicely. But what left me gasping is this:

Allow me to introduce Associate Justice Tom Parker, the man whom Alabama Republicans chose to fill Moores vacant seat as chief justice.

WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK?

To be clear, Im not talking about this:

In a 2010 ad, Parker compared U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips, who supported gay marriage, to a terrorist, explaining: Most people believe that al-Qaida is one of Americas biggest security threats; I think its time to add liberal activist judges like Judge Phillips to that list.

Although please note the word I stressed. This was a campaign advertisement, not an off the cuff remark that got unexpected circulation.

Nonetheless, what left me floundering was the phrase

Alabama Republicans chose

Had they finally succeeded in disenfranchising all those petulant mini-tyrants who dared to think they had the right to belong to another political party? Nope. Read the Montgomery Advertiser:

Associate Justice Tom Parker took the lead in the primary election for Alabama Chief Justice, beating out colleague and incumbent Chief Justice Lyn Stuart in a close fight for the Republican nomination.

With 2145 of 2169 precincts reporting, Parker led with 51.9 percent of the votes compared to Stuarts 48.1...

05:31

Actor Robert De Niro swears at Donald Trump on live TV Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Oscar-winning actor Robert de Niro issued an expletive-laden denunciation of US President Donald Trump during the live television broadcast of the Tony Awards ceremony on Sunday.

05:26

Complicity in War Crimes: UK Facilitating Suspicious Arms Flow to Saudi Arabia Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

An arms sales watchdog accuses Britain of refusing to act in time to prevent a huge and highly-suspicious Saudi-bound ammunition consignment.

05:25

Does Eating At Night Make You Fat? TruthTheory

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Alex Johnstone, University of Aberdeen and Peter Morgan, University of Aberdeen

Some media reports say that eating at night makes you gain weight, others say that it has no effect on body weight. So who is right?

First, its important to remember that a gain in body weight only occurs when there is a change in calories consumed or calories burned. A calorie is a calorie, but there are conditions where food calories could influence your tendency to gain weight or lose it. For example, it is known that different foods have a different ability to make you feel full, which can influence your food choices later in the day and ultimately influence your total calorie intake.

If you feel full, you are less likely to snack. High protein meals for breakfast have been shown to reduce food cravings and help reduce snacking later in the day. A high protein meal kick-starts a release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that stimulates feelings of reward. The reward response is an important part of eating because it helps to regulate how much food you eat.

A high protein breakfast can help you f...

05:22

What Could Go Wrong? U.S. Army Planning to Deploy Autonomous Killer Robots on Battlefield by 2028 The Free Thought Project

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U.S. officials are openly discussing the military's vision for implementing autonomous and semi-autonomous unmanned vehicles in the next decade.

The post What Could Go Wrong? U.S. Army Planning to Deploy Autonomous Killer Robots on Battlefield by 2028 appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

05:17

How Guatemala Has Dealt With Volcanoes Over The Centuries TruthTheory

05:03

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un Arrive in Singapore Ahead of Tuesday Meeting The Anti-Media

Donald Trump Kim Jong-un north korea singapore(ANTIWAR.COM) The historic Trump-Kim summit is just hours away, and both leaders have arrived in Singapore. Kim arrived on an Air China plane Sunday afternoon local time, and Trump arrived just hours later at Paya Lebar Air Base. This caps weeks of questions around the summit. President Trump withdrew from the summit after North Korea angrily condemned John Boltons []

05:00

"Establishment Wins" Are Bad for Democrats -- and the Country OpEdNews

The Democratic party base seems to be energized by hatred of Trump and his Republicans this year, just as it was energized by hatred of Bush and his Republicans in 2008. That could be enough to give Democrats the House, or even the Senate, even with bland establishment Democrats on the ballot.

04:47

A Mysterious Silence Has Surrounded Julian Assange The Anti-Media

wikileaks assangeJulian Assange remains cut off from the world in Ecuadors London embassy, shut off from friends, relatives and thousands of supporters, leaving him unable to do his crucial work, as John Pilger discusses with Dennis J. Bernstein. (CN) In a recent communication between Randy Credico, an Assange supporter, comic and radio producer, and Adam Schiff, the []

04:42

TCK RADIO: The New Love Is Just A Masked Old Hatred Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Join me as I discuss the latest Days of Lot/LGBT/Transgender news and talk further about the New Age, rainbows and "gay pride".

04:36

Lessons From A Tweet Gone Viral OpEdNews

Trump's commutation of Alice Johnson's sentence caused me to reflect on Obama's presidency. In return, I received an earful of opinions.

04:32

'Survey' says: It's the media's fault OpEdNews

"Under Trump, the real, the true, the factual, the serious business of life has become demonized and trivialized to the point that everything is treated as a reality TV show and millions of Americans are -- for reasons no one has yet explained to my satisfaction beyond sheer ignorance and bigotry -- hooked."

04:21

She Said OpEdNews

A poem about a certain way of looking that turns the world and us inside out.

04:20

Resist David Duke & League Of The South June 16th in Burns, TN It's Going Down

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Call from Jam City Antifa to counter-demonstrate against a collection of former neo-Nazi and KKK organizers coming together under the banner of the Nationalist Solutions Conference.

Cover image: Rachel Pendergraft gives Nazi salute while in KKK robes. She will be one of the speakers at the Nationalist Solutions conference.

In April of this year we reported that the American Renaissance Conference (AmRen) was being held once again at Montgomery Bell State Park Inn and Conference center. The response and solidarity was in fact amazing to say the least.

AmRen received its heaviest police security in 6 years, with police conducting unwarranted car searches on protesters cars, and enforcing a mask rule that has never been enforced at past conferences, and the action faced extreme police repression regardless of the event having a permit to take place by the organizers.

David Duke in Klan robes.

Now Jared Taylor is once again attempting to hold yet another white power conference this time alongside The American Freedom Party, (which was founded by neo-Nazi skinheads in Southern California) and The Council Of Conservative Citizens, (famous for helping to inspire Dylann Roof), of which Jared is a chair member.

The ...

04:19

Dance Of Death: Duke and Duchess. Freethought Blogs

Click for full size, text translations in the comments. The 3rd image is a surviving fragment of the original wall, featuring the Duchess. Hess could have done a much better job with the dress, and he left out those amazing braids!

04:19

UK COLUMN: Trump Crashes G7, Squeezes NATO and Splashes in Singapore 21st Century Wire

European leaders at their wits end with Trumps block and tackle on trade tariffs and NATO contributions, before Trump jets off to Singapore for the much anticipated North Korean Summit, and much more.

UK Column anchor Mike Robinson is joined by guest host Patrick Henningsen for todays round-up of news from around the world.

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START G7 summit: Rapid Response Mechanism to attribute blame To create a common narrative and response to world events US President Trump leaves G7 early: Russia should be brought back to G8
13:41 Murdoch response: The US is no longer a country we can trust
15:32 Trump moves on to Singapore: on a mission of peace
18:15 Meanwhile the FCO meeting takes place in China: all about cooperation
22:51 War rhetoric continues: Brexit new secret Putin connection US Russiagate has been running for two yearsstill no evidence US Ex-Senate aide James Wolfe accused of lying to further Russiagate investigation
28:04 Treason May: a colonialist liar according to Syrian President Assad White Helmets now labelled a controversial group in Mainstream Media
29:38 Iran sanctions: Nike will not outfit the Iranian World Cup team Sport now becoming a political machine instead of remaining neutral
31:10 NATO in Italy: Stoltenberg heads over to project stability An easy trip: Stoltenberg already in Italy for Bilderberg meeting
33:52 Alternative View 9 DVD set now available
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04:15

Richard Nixons Grandson Revisits The 37th Presidents Legacy, Policies, And Relationship With Press The Federalist

Christopher Nixon Cox, grandson of President Richard Nixon and Nixon Foundation Board Member, joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss President Nixons impact on both domestic and foreign policy.

They reflect on Nixons contributions to the Republican Party today, and Chriss memories of his grandfather.

I think the Left and the media really got a scalp out of Richard Nixon on the Right, and thats why they like to keep referring to Watergate because that was the Left-wing medias big win, Cox said.

They want to equate that to things today to try to get another win today, but I think its a totally different story.

Listen to the full episode here:

04:14

A Dutch City Is Creating The First Habitable, 3D Printed Houses TruthTheory

by Victor Tangermann via Futurism

As a kid, you probably heard the story of the three little pigs. To recap the tale: Three pigs build homes out of straw, sticks, and bricks respectively. In the end, only the brick house is able to withstand the huffing and puffing of the hungry neighborhood wolf. The moral here? Hard work pays off.

But, in our future-oriented fable, there was a fourth pig. A pig that went all out, and built his house using a state-of-the-art 3D concrete printer preserving a ton of energy, and reducing overall waste in the process. No amount of huffing or puffing could flatten it. And he barely had to lift a hoof.

3D printing is becoming a staple in a vast number of different industry applications from liquid metal fixtures for spacecraft to 3D printing living tissue. As our pig metaphor illustrated, its even possible to build entire houses using massive, industrial-scale 3D printers but they have yet to gain permanent inhabitants.

Thats all about to change. A Dutch construction company called Van Wijnen is 3D printing the first homes in the world that are actually habitable (i.e. able to pass a home inspection)  at least...

03:35

Pious Homophobes Win One OpEdNews

No one was questioning Phillips's faith, only his refusal to do for one couple what he would do for any other, as long as they were heteros. His belief is a canard. His conduct in the context of his business is the only issue. His belief didn't even have anything to do with the gay couple's request. They weren't calling his beliefs in doubt or suggesting that by baking them a cake he was endorsing their sexuality.

03:30

What Anthony Bourdain Reveals About Living In The Age Of Loneliness The Federalist

I waited to start Gods Favorite Customer, Father John Mistys latest album, until the propellers were spinning on the small plane at the end of the runway out of Dublin, headed on the short flight toward Glasgow. The morning was unseasonably bright and clear, directly at odds with the mood and the music as we crossed over the Isle of Man. And I thought about Anthony Bourdain.

Ive written about Misty real name, Josh Tillman before, as he is one of the more perceptive analysts of the loneliness and separation of our times.  In his last album, Pure Comedy, he sang about the technological despair of a future marked by ephemeral relations, where we are bedding Taylor Swift every night inside the Oculus Rift, predicting that When the historians find us well be in our homes / Plugged into our hubs / Skin and bones / A frozen smile on every face. But theres another lyric that applies more to Bourdains situation: Can you believe how far weve come? / In the new age / Freedom to have what you want / In the new age well all be entertained / Rich or poor, the channels are all the same.

Bourdains suicide looks increasingly like an impulsive act.  There is no mention of a note. He hanged himself after a few days of work eating and filming with one of his best friends, fellow chef Eric Ripert, in a French village. He walked the cobblestone streets with his typical skinny aging rockstar lope. He took pictures with fans. He Instagramed his breakfast, with his normal ironic commentary (Bourdain famously hated Instagramming food, saying in 2014 Its bullshit. Its about making other people feel bad about what theyre eating. And a certain knowledge that what youre eating is more interesting.).

So in leaving us, Bourdain leaves behind more confusion than anything else. There are rumors, of course a fight with his girlfriend, a relapse to his famed drug use after years of not using but theres no evidence either is true. We dont know if he reached out to anyone before he went, or if he lied and said he was fine. As Misty sings on his new album: One more cryptic message / Thinking that I might end it / Oh god, you must have woken up / To me saying that its all too much / Ill take it easy with the morbid stuff.

From the outside perspective, Bourdain had it all: wealth, fame, a job where he traveled the world, dined with interesting people, was friends with chefs and presidents, ate the best food whether surrounded by finery or by a jungle, and could go anywhere and do anything...

03:27

The Healing Arts: A Medical Inspection. Or Miracles Will Never Cease. Freethought Blogs

Click for full size. As you can see, all effort was put into making Joanna Southcott as awful as possible. Ms. Southcott was a self-styled prophetess, and claimed to be pregnant at 64 years of age, and died shortly afterward. It would seem she was held to be nothing more than a con by the medical establishment, with little consideration that she might actually believe all the nonsense she preached. The depiction of her is certainly nothing at all like her actual appearance (theres a photo at the link.)

A Medical Inspection. Or Miracles Will Never Cease. Thomas Rowlandson, Etching coloured, 1814. Subject: Obstetrics, Prophesy, Pregnancy, Anecdotes, Religious Mania, Joanna Southcott (1750-1814).

A Medical Inspection. Or Miracles Will Never Cease. Thomas Rowlandson, Etching coloured, 1814. Subject: Obstetrics, Prophesy, Pregnancy, Anecdotes, Religious Mania, Joanna Southcott (1750-1814).

03:15

Duluth, MN: Banner Drop Against Line 3 It's Going Down

The post Duluth, MN: Banner Drop Against Line 3 appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following communique and photo was anonymously sent to Its Going Down.

The communique reads:

Good morning comrades of Duluth, MN and comrades everywhere!

A sneaky Stop Line 3 banner mysteriously made its way up to a billboard on the right side of the highway going south on the 35 just as youre getting into Superior, WI, minutes away from Enbridges refinery that lies between Lake Superior and the Nemadji River.

Earlier today Enbridge was spotted with 15+ workers and over 10 pieces of specialized machinery bending and laying pipe and getting ready to bore right through the so-called border of Minnesota and Wisconsin. They are ready for their MN construction permits, they are literally inching their way into Minnesota.

Show up for the StopLine3 call to action and act out until the final decision for construction permits in MN is decided on June 27th. Tank Enbridge, smash Line 3 and take down fossil fuel infrastructure!

03:01

In China, Social Credit System Forces Citizens Into Submission To The State Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

In China, Social Credit System Forces Citizens Into Submission To The State

When your personal data turns bad, whether real or imagined, China will basically ex-communicate you from the good life, and they have already done this to tens of millions of detractors. This is as effective as Tiananmen Square slaughter, but was implemented slowly so people never had a clue what was happening to them. Now, they are trapped, shunned, penalized and in some cases, destitute.  TN Editor

The terrifying initiative, which has been rolled out through pilot scheme, bans low-rated people from buying plane tickets and sending their kids to private s

Chinas  social credit system blacklists lazy citizens who get into debt or spend their time playing video games in a creepy initiative that could have come straight out of Black Mirror.

Analysing users social media habits and online shopping purchases, the nightmarish system also grants real financial credit to citizens whose lifestyles are deemed to be more wholesome.

While the social credit scheme will become mandatory in China in 2020, it is currently being tested in pilot schemes which have been rolled out through private financial companies.

The most high profile of these is Sesame Credit which has been developed by Ant Financial and uses computer algorithms to score people from 350 to 950, reports The G...

03:00

The Neighborhood as Small Town Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

The Kenmore neighborhood of Akron, Ohio has what a lot of other neighborhoods would love to have: a well-defined and sizable commercial district, laid out along an easily identifiable main thoroughfare. This is no surprise, since Kenmore was a small town of its own up until the late 1920s, when it was annexed to the city of Akron.

As a result, a 1/3 mile stretch of Kenmore Boulevard remains as the vestige of the former citys central downtown business district. While the businesses located there have generally been in decline over the past 50 years, and the area has become less pedestrian-friendly, the street still retains many of its best features. That includes many older two or three-story commercial structures, all of which are built out to the sidewalk, as well as a curving broad boulevard separated by a median that once provided a right-of-way for streetcars. It doesnt take an expert to see that the area has great bones and that with a little hard work and imagination, it could be brought back to take full advantage of its human scale, traditional small-town feel and rise to its potential as a true economic hub for the neighborhood.

Tina Boyes, who heads the Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, which serves as the areas Community Development Corporation (CDC), agrees. Shes explained that the Better Block program organized for the area in 2017 was the impetus for many of the positive things that are happening on the Boulevard today.

Better Block highlighted Kenmore Boulevards potential for economic development and placemaking, Boyes said. Residents, artists, small business owners and investors are now talking to each other and taking action to realize the potential for our neighborhood.

But that Better Block program was only the beginning. 

Making Kenmore a Great Place to Bike and Walk

 Kenmore Boulevard is home to many small businesses, a number of which have been located here for many years.

Kenmore Boulevard is home to many small businesses, a number of which have been located here for many years.

When we talk about...

02:57

Before His Death, Anthony Bourdain Once Admitted to Taking Drug Linked to Hundreds of Suicides The Free Thought Project

Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain was vocal about using a popular drug to quit smoking that was found to have more adverse effects than any other medication on the market."

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02:55

Tim Giago: Try to see America through the eyes of a Native American Indianz.Com News

When you see a statue or sign that is supposed to evoke a feeling of American patriotism in your heart, think of how an indigenous person might look at the same thing.

02:47

Ladybird & Thistle. Freethought Blogs

From Avalus, click for full size! Oh, and a reminder Chemo brain! If you send me something and it doesnt show up, please let me know!

Avalus, all rights reserved.

02:37

Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway is Taiwan Civil Government connection at White House OpEdNews

After years of effort and heavy lobbying expenses Taiwan Civil Government established a connection in the White House

02:32

The Constitutional Crisis is Now OpEdNews

The crux of America's current constitutional crisis is this: Our system of government was designed to constrain power, but Trump doesn't want to be constrained. Our system was conceived as a means of promoting the public interest, but Trump wants to promote only his own interest. Our system was organized to bind presidents to the Constitution, but Trump doesn't want to be bound by anything.

02:29

Equine Beauty Freethought Blogs

I am no expert on horses. In fact, my knowledge about horses is quite abysmal. But at the resort where I vacationed this year they had this mare and she was kind enough to pose for a few pictures. And I think she is beautiful.

Charly, all rights reserved. Click for full size.

01:55

IDF Videos Aimed Squarely At Spurring Arab-on-Arab Hate And Sectarianism The Last American Vagabond

GAZA  A new video released by an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) spokesman has unnerved many in the global Muslim community for its use of sectarian rhetoric and slurs targeting Shia Muslims that are often used by leaders of extremist Wahhabi terror groups. The video, released on social media on Thursday and already with more than 20,000 []

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01:46

How US And Turkey Determine The Fate Of Kurds The Last American Vagabond

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during the meeting with his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo agreed on Syrias city of Manbij road map, providing for the withdrawal of the Kurdish militia linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK on June 4. According to the joint plan of Washington and Ankara, these formations will be replaced []

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01:44

Tomgram: Arnold Isaacs, Promoting Islamophobia in America OpEdNews

Imagine that a nominee for secretary of state had shared platforms with white nationalist Richard B. Spencer and been given a major award by his National Policy Institute, which describes itself as "an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States and around the world."

01:42

Why Putin and Trump Will Align Against the NWO Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Authors note: The vast majority of the facts presented in this article have been repeatedly and publicly reported. There are only a couple instances where new confirming evicence is introduced and that is documented, but only done so to support the thesis of this report. This document is not meant to be a report with new information, but rather it is a dot-connecting exercise conducted for the purpose of predicting where America nd the rest of world are headed.
Thesis:The United States and Russia will soon join forces and new alliances will go by the wayside. The single determining factor will be the overt conflict between nationalism (supported by Russia and the United States) and globalism as supported by most of the world including the European Union. This could become the next cold war and perhaps even the next world war. 

 

Name the names of the Deep State, or I will! Will he do it? Who is on the list? Putin said this last year. He knows more than most American do about their own country. America stands alone. The G7, as a body, is condemning America First policies. Trading boycotts directed at America are coming. America will soon go it alone under Trump, except for one nation. And that nation is Russia.


In the following video, I summarize how the EU and the G7 are aligning against America in the same fashion that they have already conspired against Russia by kicking them out of the G8 and changing their name to the G7. This organization, which is a tool of the New World Order crowd, has devised and implemented, through their friends at the UN, a devastating Muslim immigration problem designed to destroy France, Italy, Germany and other first-world nations whose leaders will not police their borders under the threat of George Soros. Much of Europe is destroyed  and now the G7 is trying to ensnare both Russia and the United States in the same trap.

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01:39

Who wants to do a live chat about abortion on Saturday? Freethought Blogs

I thought the chat yesterday was productive and fun, and it was really good to share the screen with someone who would bring in new questions, and Id like to do something along those same lines next weekend. Im thinking Id have some similar prepared remarks for the first half hour or so, followed by a free-for-all conversation.

My topic for this next event will be A developmental biologists perspective on abortion, but dont you hate it when some dude starts hectoring the wimmin on the right way to think about their bodies? If Im going to do this, I damn well give equal time to someone who could get or could have gotten pregnant, to give their perspective. I dont mean someone who thinks abortions are Satans t-shirt gun Im not setting up a debate but someone who can complement my abstract view with something more personal.

If youre interested, email me and we can arrange it.

P.S. If youve never had a uterus or ovaries and think you have an informed take on the subject, Ill consider including you, too make your case in the email. But I will not have a panel of guys arguing on this subject.

01:36

The Daily Bird #733. Freethought Blogs

I have never seen one of these near my home, but I was lucky enough to take this picture during my vacation in Krkonoe this spring. Looks like they were just shopping for some furniture.

Charly, all rights reserved. Click for full size.

01:33

WATCH: State Trooper Grabs Handcuffed 14yo Boy By the Neck, Punches Him in the Face The Free Thought Project

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Disturbing cellphone video was recently posted to Facebook showing a police officer grab a 14-year-old boywho was in handcuffsand punch him in the face.

The post WATCH: State Trooper Grabs Handcuffed 14yo Boy By the Neck, Punches Him in the Face appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

01:32

Another Slaughterhouse Raid Turns Up Abuses OpEdNews

On April 5, with helicopters chopping above, 97 workers, mostly Hispanic, were detained----leaving a workforce of only three. Thirty-two of the detainees were released the same day, 54 were kept in detention and 10 were arrested for defying previous deportation orders.

01:30

Pentagon Profiteers And The Exploitation Of Puerto Rico The Last American Vagabond

Capitalists in Washington, D.C., and Wall Street have worked hard over the past two decades to privatize much of Puerto Ricos economy, including the healthcare sector. A profit-over-people model soon enveloped most public services in Puerto Rico, contributing to a lack of preparedness in responding to major natural disasters. In the autumn of 2017, Hurricane []

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01:20

Jong-un spotted at , SkyPark observation deck, Marina Bay Sands hotel ahead of Tuesday summit Intellihub

SINGAPORE (INTELLIHUB) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his security entourage arrived at the Marina Bay Sands hotel on Monday night after visiting the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.

Jong-un arrived at the ultra-posh 5-star resort with his security detail around 10 p.m. after enjoying a night out on the town, per sey.

The North Korean leader was pictured earlier in the night with Singapores Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung and Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan while at the gardens in a photograph uploaded to Balakrishnans personal Twitter account.

Soon after, a joyous-looking Jong-un visited the Marina Bay Sand SkyPark around 8 p.m. where he could be seen enjoying great music and a one-of-a-kind panoramic view of the city from buildings 57th-floor observation deck.

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Needless to say, not skipping a beat, Jong-uns security detail could be seen polishing the North Korean leaders fingerprints off of glass panels which he had touched.

Jong-un is expected to meet with President Donald Trump on Tuesday at the summit....

01:19

Why would North Korea believe US assurances? Freethought Blogs

Much attention is being paid to the summit meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. The one-on-one meeting with just translators present begins at 9:00am Tuesday morning Singapore time which is 9:00pm ET Monday night. Aides and national security advisors will join them later. We know for certain that whatever the outcome, the summit will be a great success. Why? Because Trump will tell everyone that it was. He will tell us that it was the biggest and greatest summit meeting ever, even if the final deal is that the US agrees to give Alaska and Manhattan to North Korea and the meeting ends with Kim mooning Trump.

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo seems to think that the US can offer sufficient incentives to get something significant in return from North Korea, without specifying exactly what is being offered or what the word denuclearization implies.

It is the case we are prepared to give security assurances necessary for the North Koreans to engage in denuclearisation, Pompeo told reporters. We are prepared to take actions that will provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation isnt something that ends badly for them.

He added: We are prepared to make security assurances that are different, [more] unique than, what America has been willing to provide previously. We think this is both necessary and appropriate.

One big question is why the North Koreans would believe any assurances that the US gives them. The history of the US is riddled with so many cases of interfering with the internal affairs of other nations, overthrowing governments, and making agreements only to unilaterally renege on them when they were no longer convenient. The word of the US government cannot be trusted. Trump has made this even clearer than his more smooth-talking predecessors.

The other related question is what the North Koreans would gain by giving up their nuclear weapons, which is clearly what the US seems to be aiming for. The North Koreans have got the US to take them seriously only because they have nuclear weapons. Without them, they would long ago have met the fate of Iraq, Libya, and the many other countries that have been destabilized and invaded. Trump could promise them financial incentives for complete denuclearization such as lifting the trade sanctions but North Korea has resisted such offers before and although from the outside life seems grim in this very authoritarian state, the country seems to somehow get along. Would they accept short-term financial gain for long-term uncertainty about the threat of a US attack or invasion? On a more personal level, would Kim take the risk of his life ending up like Saddam Hussein or Mohammed Ghaddafi?

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01:15

Treaty tribes score unusual victory in closely-watched Supreme Court case Indianz.Com News

A closely-watched treaty rights case has resulted in victory for tribes but the nation's highest court was so divided that it was unable to reach a decision.

01:03

Raining! Freethought Blogs

Were in the middle of one of those summer thunderstorms you know, the constant rumble, a deluge of rain, occasional flashes of lightning arcing against a light gray sky. I did my rounds this morning, going to the gym, tending to fish, getting soaked to the bone despite carrying an umbrella (they are useless when its windy), and I passed through the science building atrium, which is roofed with these large skylights that rumble when the rain drums on it, and caught a quick video on my phone. It doesnt do it justice I should go in with my good microphone and just capture the sound for an hour or two. Its very soothing.

Important safety tip: the science atrium is not the place to hang out if there is a tornado alert. Any other time, its great, but during a tornado it might just rain shards of glass.

01:03

The World According to Seymour Hersh OpEdNews

Seymour Hersh's new memoir, Reporter: A Memoir, occasionally notes the failure of the exposure of wrong-doing to result in accountability or policy reforms. That's the closest the book generally comes to touching on any motivation behind Hersh's work related to ending war or torture or any other evil.

00:57

Trump's Relentless Lies Demand We Make Truth-Telling Great Again OpEdNews

There is more at stake here than the threat of censorship, there is also an attack on traditional sources of information and the public spheres that produce them. Trump's government has become a powerful disimagination and distraction machine in which the distinction between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy are erased.

00:40

Country Time Stands Up to Arcane Laws Against Kids Lemonade Stands Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel Popular lemonade brand under Kraft Heinz, Country Time, is taking a stand for lemonade stands and pledging to help kids cover the...

00:39

WATCH LIVE! Exploring New Bitcoin Cash Proposals and Discussing DASH with Jol Valenzuela Activist Post

By Vin Armani Watch Live at 1pm EST (10am PST). In the first hour we explore an intriguing set of proposals to alter the nature...

00:38

Conspiracy Theory Confirmed: Researcher Shows How Phone Shows Ads Based on Conversations It Hears Activist Post

By John Vibes For years, smartphone users have been growing increasingly suspicious that their devices are listening to them to feed them advertisements and to...

00:37

EMF Awareness Day on Anniversary of ElectroHypersensitive Teens Suicide. Lab Testing Confirms Illness Caused or Worsened by WiFi Radiation and Electrical Pollution (Electrosmog). Activist Post

By B.N. Frank Monday, June 11 is EMF AWARENESS DAY.  It coincides with the 3-year anniversary of a UK schoolgirls death by suicide. ES UK...

00:37

Chemtrails: Brought to You by the CIA and Their Global Narcotics Racket? Peter Kirby panels with Elana Freeland, Patrick Roddie, and Jerry Day on No Lies Radio Activist Post

By Activist Post Greetings, fellow Earthlings. As part of the Deep Truth: Visionaries Speak Out conference, our comrades: Elana Freeland, Peter Kirby, Patrick Roddie, and...

00:33

Free Syrian Army, US Preparing Chemical Provocation in Deir ez-Zor Russian MoD Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Monday that militants of the Free Syrian Army had already brought canisters with chlorine to a settlement in Deir ez-Zor.

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00:22

Fluorides, the atomic bomb, and fake news OpEdNews

Researchers who study the effects of fluorides by homing in on communities with fluoridated drinking water, versus communities with unfluoridated water, miss a major point: studying the water is not enough; toxic fluorides are everywhere -- they are used throughout the pharmaceutical industry in the manufacture of drugs, and also in many other industries (e.g., aluminum, pesticide).

00:11

Kim Jong Un Comes To The Nuclear Summit With A Deceptively Strong Hand The Federalist

Okay folks, tomorrows the day. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet in Singapore, marking the first time a sitting U.S. president has met with the leader of North Korea since the countrys founding in 1948 by Kims grandfather, Kim Il Sung.

Kim is no doubt doing his grandpa proud, not only by realizing the founders aspirations that his country would one day obtain nuclear weapons, but by winning recognition from the international community.

Of course, the international community, especially South Korea, doesnt see it that way.

To them, Kim is finally coming to his senses about Pyongyangs illicit nuclear program coming hat in hand, apologizing for his folly. But the reality is that Kim terrified the world with the uptick in nuclear and ballistic missiles tests over the last two years, and the world is anxious, even desperate, to get him to stop.

Thats a dangerous negotiating position to be in, and its dangerous for Americas allies as well. Japanese President Shinzo Abe met with Trump in Washington last Thursday to talk about tomorrows summit. Abe is, not surprisingly, worried that the United States will end up easing up on Trumps policy of maximum pressure on Pyongyang without getting any major concessions in return. And while Trump likes to talk tough, and probably considers himself to have the upper hand after he unexpectedly called off the summit last month, he also said last week that he doesnt want to talk about maximum pressure anymore, even though those measures remain in place.

Ultimately, what everyone wants to know is what will happen tomorrow. Despite all the speculation and theres a lot of it no one really knows how this whole thing will play out. We know that former NBA star and all-around weirdo Dennis Rodman will be there (in 2013, Rodman declared the North Korean dictator was his friend for life). We know that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. will offer North Korea unique security assurances in return for a complete and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear program. Pompeo also said that Kim personally assured him that hes willing to give up his countrys nukes.

We also know that North Korea didnt fly to Singapore in his official plane. Inste...

00:09

North Korea gets first big dose of Trump summit news Intellihub

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) North Koreans got their first big dose of news Monday that their leader Kim Jong Un had arrived in Singapore for what even the state-run media was calling a historic meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The news covered the front page of the ruling partys newspaper and was the top and only item on the first news broadcast of the day on Korean Central Television, which for many North Koreans is the only channel available.

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00:07

U.S. China: Winds of War Sweep into Shangri La Newsbud

The U.S. made its case at the Shangri La security conference in Singapore for continued America strategic leadership in 21st century Asia.  It the case solid?  Or is it what Shakespeare called sound and fury signifying nothing? America is clearly losing control of the master narrative for North Korean engagement.  Korean affairs at present are []

00:03

Robert De Niro Just Handed Trumps 2020 Campaign A Blank Check The Federalist

Sunday night was the 72nd Tony Awards, the annual ceremony thats supposed to celebrate the best of Broadway. But whats being talked about more than any of the winners or nominees, co-hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, or even a moving performance from the Parkland students was the unhinged anti-Trump tirade made by Robert De Niro.

De Niro stepped on the stage to give a simple introduction to Bruce Springsteens Tony-nominated show, and immediately went off the rails.

Im gonna say one thing Fk Trump, De Niro declared with his fists in the air. Its no longer Down with Trump, its Fk Trump!'

Not surprisingly, his remarks were welcomed with cheers and a standing ovation. Like most award shows, theyre attended by liberals who have had nothing but animosity towards Trump after he announced his candidacy in 2015. And theyve made their hatred for him obvious at virtually every single award show ever since. These awards shows were no longer about the craft of creating such art, theyve become about Trump.

De Niro himself has made several off-the-wall attacks against the president from calling him a mutt and the jerkoff-in-chief among other things to saying hed like to punch him in the face. He even said hes beyond seeing the point of view of Trump supporters. He has truly gone off the deep end. But sadly, thats par for the course in Hollywood.

Just within the last several days alone, we had Bill Maher hoping for another recession because a crashing economy can hurt Trumps reelection chances.

Sorry if that hurts people, Maher told his audience, but its either root for a recession or you lose your democracy.

We might have hit peak Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Maher has openly called for the financial pain and suffering millions of Americans would face if they were hit with another recession, simply because he believes that would prevent Trump from winning a second term. Its easy for a rich millionaire to say who likely wasnt much affected if at all by the 2008 recession, but many of his fans surely were.

That came roughly a week after Full Frontal host Samantha Bee trashed Ivanka Trump for posting a picture on her social media accounts of her and her infant son amid an emotional immigration debate, calling her a feckless ct. Unlike Roseanne Barr, whose racist tweet got her show cancelled, Bee offered an apology that was hollow at best. But aside from temporarily losing a couple of sponsors, she didnt face any consequences.

Whats so remarkable about De Niro, Maher, and Bee is that they seemed to have learned absolutely nothing from the 2016 election. Their overzealous animus for Trump had alienated his supporters, many of whom previously voted for President Obama in prior elections. Celebrities have overwhelmingly embraced utter contempt for anyone who doesnt think like them. Whether youre a conservativ...

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23:56

China and Russia Eye North Korea Summit WhoWhatWhy

How Were All Paying for the Gig Economy (Reader Steve)

Theres been a lot of talk of contractors replacing the traditional workforce and about that change being great for employers looking to cut costs in paying Social Security, pensions, and sick leave. But many contractors are underpaid, and thus reliant on Medicaid and other taxpayer-subsidized safety nets.

Brazils Odebrecht Scandal Stops in Mexico (Dan)

The scandal surrounding Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht has brought down politicians across South America. As the case grows against individuals in Mexicos ruling PRI party, it seems governing bodies have little interest in pursuing prosecution.  

An Ode to the Feeble Corporate Apology (Jimmy)

The author writes, The bigger issue is that these massive private spying operations exist at all. Most of them long ago agreed to partner with actual spy agencies like the NSA. Wake me up when Facebook and the NSA run a joint ad apologizing for that during the NBA finals.

Elizabeth Warren: Democrats Will Keep Losing Until the Entire Party Is Willing to Take on the Billionaire Class (Reader Luke)

The author writes, Several Senate Democrats were deeply offended when their colleague Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) publicly called them out by name for backing a bank deregulation bill that will heighten the chances of yet another devastating financial crisis, but that hasnt deterred the Massachusetts senator from continuing to denounce members of her own party for cozying up to corporate power.

More Than Just Russia Theres a Strong Cas...

23:48

The Only Weakness Of The Golden State Warriors Is Their Strength The Federalist

Ben Franklin definitely did not envision basketball playoffs when inventing his famous proverb about fish and guests, but his axiom applied to this years NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors 4-0 sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers could lead one to believe that championship rematches spoil after three series.

While two of the four games appeared close for a time, the series outcome never seemed in doubt after the initial match. In an event that will go down in finals infamy, Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith, retrieving his teammates missed free throw with seconds remaining in a tie game, did nothing. Thinking the Cavaliers ahead, he dribbled out the final few seconds, sending the game to overtime, and then the Warriors dominated.

Having failed in their attempt to steal a game on Golden States home turf, the Cavaliers never had a better chance to shift the series in their favor. Instead, the next three games seemed like a journey to a preordained conclusion the Warriors third championship in four seasons.

A New Dynasty?

Since June 2015, Stephen Curry and the Warriors have played LeBron James and the Cavaliers in 22 NBA Finals games. Having attended the first of these games in 2015, I could not have predicted the twists and turns that this rivalry would take over the course of those four years and 21 subsequent contests.

I grew fond of the Warriors during the 2014-15 season through their distinct style of basketball. While Pele popularized the term The Beautiful Game to describe soccer, the Warriors themselves play a beautiful, almost artistic style of basketball. Their offense becomes a ballet of motion, a whirling dervish of activity both the ball itself, and the players moving with, and without, the ball.

Golden States brand of basketball quickly revolutionized the NBA. The Warriors put a premium on a free-flowing offense, aiming to average at least 300-320 passes per game, or an average of about three per offensive possession. Golden State also used analytics to recognize the value of the three-point shot, and helped build their team around it.

In 2014-15, Golden States new look basketball got them to a league-best 66-16 record, and their first NBA title in four decades. Curry and Klay Thompson, the Splash Brothers, used their sharpshooting skills, fluid offense, and tenacious defense to...

23:13

Has anyone ever been inspired by a school administrator? Freethought Blogs

Im asking sincerely. Im sure it happens. I just dont know of any cases. I can think back and make a long list of teachers who got me excited about diverse topics, but administration is a thankless job, and there isnt as much opportunity to interact with students in a positive way.

And then, of course, way too many administrators are craven bullies. Like the nameless officials who cut Lulabel Seitzs commencement speech at the instant she criticized the school. Its at about the 4 minute mark in this video, which also includes Seitz giving the uncensored version.

Heres what was cut:

The class of 2018 has demonstrated time and time again that we may be a new generation, but we are not too young to speak up, to dream and to create change, which is why, even when some people on this campus, those same people Seitz said before the mic went off. Her speech, then barely audible, continued, in which some people defend perpetrators of sexual assault and silence their victims.

People in the audience began yell, Let her speak! School officials did not turn her microphone back on.

Seitz has accused another student of sexual assault, and the school administration closed ranks to silence her. But we can attach a name to at least one of them!

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the schools principal, David Stirrat, stands by the decision, saying, We were trying to make sure our graduation ceremony was appropriate and beautiful.

How sweet. Are you also as concerned about making sure the sexual assaults on your students are appropriate and beautiful?

David Stirrat, you are why I do not have fond memories of any high school administrators, who were all button-down conservative a-holes who were more interested in providing cover for business and religious leaders in the community, and not at all about helping students.

22:41

Revolutionary Blockchain Tech is Helping Disaster Victims & Feeding the Hungry Without Government The Free Thought Project

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As governments and bankers claim cryptocurrencies and the blockchain are tools of criminals, millions of dollars in aid generated by these technologies are helping the less fortunate all over the world.

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22:11

Syrian War Report June 11, 2018: Syrian Army Repels Series Of ISIS Attacks On Al-Bukamal Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Last weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies repelled another series of ISIS attacks on the town of al-Bukamal at the Syrian-Iraqi border.

22:11

Fluorides, the atomic bomb, and fake news Jon Rappoport's Blog

Fluorides, the atomic bomb, and fake news

Faced with toxic fluorides destroying food crops, animal and human life, and with law suits piling up, atomic scientists decided they could distract the nation by promoting fluorides as a beneficial tooth treatment

by Jon Rappoport

June 11, 2018

Occasionally, I reprint this article. I wrote it some years ago, during research on toxic chemicals pervading the landscape. I used to send the piece to mainstream reporters, but I eventually gave that up as a bad bet.

Theyre dedicated to fake newsand now theyre losing control over public consciousness. Losing badly. Independent media are in the ascendance, and rightly so.

In 1997, Joel Griffiths and Chris Bryson, two respected mainstream journalists, peered into an abyss. They found a story about fluorides that was so chilling it had to be told.

The Christian Science Monitor, who had assigned the story, never published it.

Their ensuing article, Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb, has been posted on a number of websites.

Author Griffiths told me that researchers who study the effects of fluorides by homing in on communities with fluoridated drinking water, versus communities with unfluoridated water, miss a major point: studying the water is not enough; toxic fluorides are everywherethey are used throughout the pharmaceutical industry in the manufacture of drugs, and also in many other industries (e.g., aluminum, pesticide).

I want to go over some of the major points of the Griffiths-Bryson article.

Griffiths discovered hundreds of documents from the World War 2 era. These included papers from the Manhattan Project, launched to build the first A-bomb.

Griffiths/Bryson write: Fluoride was the key chemical in atomic bomb productionmillions of tonswere essential for the manufacture of bomb-grade uranium and plutonium for nuclear weapons throughout the Cold War.

The documents reveal that fluoride was the most significant health hazard in the US A-bomb program, for workers and for communities around the manufacturing facilities.

Griffiths/Bryson: Much of the original proof that fluoride is safe for humans in low doses was generated by A-bomb program scientists, who had been secretly ordered to provide evidence useful in litigation [against persons who had been poisoned by fluoride and would sue for damages] The first lawsuits against the US A-bomb program were not over radiation, but over fluoride damage, the [government] documents show.

A-bomb scientists were told they...

21:56

What Happened When 3 Women Faced Deep Suffering Rather Than Abort Their Children The Federalist

In the lead-up to Irelands abortion referendum, The Tablet, a Catholic weekly out of London, ran an overview of both sides of the debate. Lorna Donlons article was headlined Irelands Very Personal Question, and it begs the question: just how personal is a womans decision to kill the life she is carrying? Is abortion no more than a matter of subjective preference? In a society that is serious about what is right, can the personal dimension overtake the moral?

The article called to mind three women who have grasped the falsity of the feminist rallying cry: Its my body. None of them were Catholic. Two of them I knew well. I met the third only in the pages of an article about a close-knit Jewish community in upstate New York. The grace of each womans decision throws into relief the lurid jubilation in Ireland over the results of the May 25th referendum.

Leslies Baby Threatened Her Spinal Cord

Begin with my friend Leslie. She was a young mother with a toddler when she became pregnant again. All was well until sometime between the fourth and fifth month of pregnancy. The baby was sound, developing on schedule, but exceptionally large for her frame. He was crowding his accommodations, positioned in some precarious way that put pressure on his mothers spine. At the time, doctors could not dislodge the fetal posture without endangering either mother or child.

As the infant grew, so did the strain on Leslies spine. If she carried the baby to term, she risked serious injury to her spinal cord. Probability of paralysis was high. Doctors recommended abortion. It was the only certain means of avoiding a tragic outcome.

Leslie faced the possibility of being permanently disabled, incapacitated as a wife and mother. How could she sentence herself and her husband to the wreckage of a life they had only just begun together? Neither she nor her husband Paul had any taste for martyrdom. Besides, they had a daughter to raise.

Yet there was more at stake here than a healthcare decision. The couple recoiled from the nature of abortion. Not yet born, their child was nonetheless a separate human being with its own heartbeat, fingerprints, and facial features. In prayerful anguish, they hazarded the pregnancy.

For some four-and-a-half months, Leslie was bedridden, forbidden to get up except to use the bathroom. Paul hired aides to take over household activities and care for their two-year-old while he held his job.

At the end of this perilous confinement, Leslie gave birth to a strapping baby boy. That son is now a six foot four grad student, a handsome, gracious, and accomplished young man who looms protectively over his sisters. And his parents.

There is a postscript to the couples story. Doctors warned against another pregnancy. Leslie had beaten the odds this time; the chances of her doing so again were slim. The couple took the cautions to heart...

21:55

Why Americas Incivility Is A National Security Threat The Federalist

Over the past few years, much has been said and written about the growing incivility in our country. From the news media to social media to the man in the White House, coarse name-calling has overtaken measured, civil discourse. There are myriad reasons this is a dangerous trend, but we need to understand and bear heavily in mind one in particular. Our growing incivility is a grave threat to our national security.

To understand why, look at the D.I.M.E. paradigm, a way of  military thinkers have devised of looking at instruments of national power. The acronym stands for Diplomacy, Informational, Military, and Economic. Beneath these four levers of power exist all of the ways and means that every country may employ to exert power and influence.

In three of these areas, the United States has unquestioned dominance over all other nations on earth. But in the informational area, that dominance is nowhere near as certain. Informational levers of power include public relations, communications, and, most importantly, propaganda. The United States offensive informational capabilities are second to none, but our defensive capabilities are hampered by one of our most cherished institutions: the First Amendment.

While an ultimate good, freedom of speech is also a dangerous hole in our ability to defend against the growing threat of propaganda operations. Our primary foreign adversaries Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea are all repressive regimes vastly more capable of defending against propaganda. If speech is being used to sow division and discord in those nations, they just squash it. They shut down websites, close newspapers, and even kill journalists. These are defensive options that thankfully our government cannot use.

The Propaganda Threat Is Growing

Over the past several years, our country and its leaders have awoken to cyber-attacks grave threats to national security. Quite reasonably, the most focus has been placed on major operations such as shutting down power plants, actions that can potentially kill many Americans. But in the wake of Russias interference in the 2016 election, we are increasingly focused on small, grey-zone attacks that undermine our society without reverting to acts of outright war.

While propaganda is as old as warfare, the cyber age has created abundant new opportunities for our adversaries to manipulate our information and discourse. The Russians, for example, have always stoked divisions in our country, but before social media they were much more limited in how they could do so. This is because in the analog age there were gatekeepers to most corridors of information. This is simply no longer the case.

Today, foreign information campaigns can and do go directly to the American people with no middlemen. Anonymous social media accounts can not only more easily spread propaganda, these accounts, often deployed from large troll farms, can a...

21:55

A Survivor Offers 5 Helpful Things To Do When Suicide Hurts You The Federalist

I woke Friday to the news that Anthony Bourdain had committed suicide. It came right after the death of Kate Spade on Tuesday, also from suicide. Im typically not deeply affected by celebrity deaths, but its different with suicides. Fifteen years ago, when I was pregnant, the father of our unborn baby committed suicide.

More than a decade later, that day is both perfectly clear at points and hazy. Wed talked earlier in the day, and everything had seemed normal. I was in college, so I went to classes and came home to a phone call that forever changed my life. My mind did not initially process what I was hearing, and once I did I was hysterical. That someone I loved, whom I had just seen and spoken to, whom I was having a child with, was gone forever, was incomprehensible.

In the immediate aftermath I was surrounded by friends and family, and the grief was like a wild animal inside of me. There were times I could not contain it, and it would spill out in sobs and screams, and times that it would turn inward, causing me to desperately examine every interaction over the weeks and days preceding his death and wonder what I could have done differently. There were times that the only thing that kept me from complete despair was the baby inside of meour baby.

In the years that have passed since, I married a man who loves me and my daughter, and went on to have other children. Ive learned how to calm the grief, and how to anticipate what will make that grief rear back up: Anniversaries. Careless comments about suicide, and suicide jokes from others. News of other people who died, especially in the exact same way that he died.

The loved ones of those who have died from suicide will always have to cope with these sorts of feelings. When news comes of someone who has committed suicide, its very difficult for those affected by anothers suicide. The way the news covers these deaths, as well as the comments and reactions people have both in real life and on social media, can make this a difficult time.

Bethany Mandel, who survived the death of her father from suicide, talks about the disparity of coverage and support following suicides: This is a profoundly illustrative way to describe those left behind; we survive. Suicide has a way of imprinting an indelible mark on the souls of those it leaves behind. In the wake of high-profile suicides like Spades, there is a great deal of discussion about the person who committed the deed and far too little about the survivors, who are especially in need of support and guidance.

Shes right, and we need to talk more about how to help both those left behind work through their pain and survivors struggling with suicidal ideation. Heres how Ive learned to take care of myself, and my family, in the years since losing a loved one to suicide.

1. Surround Yourself With Peopl...

21:54

Salena Zito Explains How To Understand The Great Revolt Of Trump Voters The Federalist

The presidential victory of Donald Trump in 2016 surprised many Americans. For more than a year, the public had been treated to a steady diet of political commentators and celebrities assuring us of Hillary Clintons inevitable ascension to the U.S. presidency. Across cable and network news, on late-night entertainment shows, at Hollywood award celebrations, during sporting events, we could not escape it: Clintons candidacy was strong and popular, while goofball Trump was wretched, unrefined, racist, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic. Who would ever vote for this clown? was the daily, even hourly, message.

It turns out, plenty of people did vote for President Trump, and a new book provides insight and clarity into who those people are and why they voted the way they did. The Great Revolt:Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics by Salena Zito and Brad Todd presents a delicious mix of quantitative and qualitative data analysis regarding the 2016 election cycle. You might remember Zito through her dispatches from flyover country during the election in publications such as The New York Post, The Washington Examiner, and The Atlantic. Many election-watchers may have been caught off guard when Trump won the presidency, but I suspect Zito was not.

Her co-author Todd, a GOP consultant and political ad guru, also had a reputation for unique insight into Trump voters. Todds observation that voters take Donald Trump seriously but not literally, while journalists take him literally, but not seriously ended up as one of the most quoted lines of the 2016 election.

Seven Archetypes

Much of the the book revolves around The Great Revolt Survey, a post-election survey of 2,000 self-reporting Trump voters in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Wisconsin, and in-depth interviews with Trump voters who broke rank and voted for Trump in ten important counties that Obama had won in previous elections. The Great Revolt breaks down its interview subjects into seven categories: Red-Blooded and Blue Collared; Perot-istas, Rough Rebounders; Girl Gun Power; Rotary Reliables; King Cyrus Christians; and Silent Suburban Moms.

For each of the seven categories, Zito and Todd provide the background of the area and their interview subjects: how they came to their place in life, how their communities and industries were affected by previous political promises and policies, and how the demographic had voted in past elections. Trump outperformed Hillary Clinton and Obama in these places, and outperformed past GOP presidentia...

21:54

If You Want To Bless Your Child, Give Her More Siblings The Federalist

Its not unusual for parents of big families to face criticism for having more kids than the average for their community. Reactions can range from raised eyebrows to sneering Twitter commentary. Recently, comedian Nikki Glaser tweeted about Donald Trump Jr., Don Jr and his wife have FIVE kids. No one should be having five kids. Why are people still allowed to have five kids?

Shes since deleted the tweet, but its not an uncommon complaint. Earlier this year, Chip and Joanna Gaines faced a social media backlash after announcing their fifth baby was on the way.

Most of this criticism comes from the Left, but even some on the Right criticized support for the Gainess family size. After all, havent we all heard parents of as few as three or four sigh and wish they could spend more time with each of their kids? Havent we heard how finances can be stretched to the limit to cover big families? Since conservatives are all about personal responsibility, shouldnt we think twice before praising something that might be irresponsible?

As a middle child with four siblings, if anyone has grounds for criticizing families of that size, its me. But as Ive written before, Id rather have a few months where I felt a bit ignored and have siblings for a lifetime than all the individual attention I could get as an only child, or with only one sibling.

The Resources Per Child Argument Misses Something

Most people emphasize the time and money (which translates to quality schools, good neighborhoods, extracurricular activities, etc.) parents spend on each kid as the supreme indicator of their childs wellbeing. While people on the Right and Left differ on how important time with parents and resources are in relation to each other, the debate is almost exclusively centered on that comparison. Feminist critics say working parents can afford more opportunit...

21:52

3 Things I Learned From Attending Jordan Petersons Sold-out Show In DC The Federalist

Renowned psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson took the stage at the sold-out Warner Theater in Washington DC Friday night. The crowd got on its feet and started cheering, ecstatic to hear him speak.

Peterson gained fame after opposing a Canadian bill that criminalized using the wrong pronouns for transgender persons. His notoriety only grew from there after a video of his interview with British broadcaster Cathy Newman went viral. Now, hes got a cult following who call themselves lobsters (in reference to an example in the viral interview) and a best-selling book titled 12 Rules for Life.

That night, Peterson worked through only nine of the twelve rules, drawing from clinical psychology, philosophy, and common sense. Before he started walking through his rules, he talked about what motivated him.

Earlier that day, he and Dave Rubin, a YouTube personality who opened the show and appeared on The Federalist Radio Hour last week, were at the Lincoln Memorial when a young man walked up to them. This mans brother had been going through a divorce when he started watching Peterson lectures online. The advice Peterson gave helped turn his brothers life around. Peterson said these experiences were the highlight of what he did.

Its personal, not political, he said.

Its an important clarification, because most of the coverage of Peterson has been only the latter. Hes either a spokesman for alt-right hatred or the last defense against stifling political correctness. Yet Peterson is a clinical psychologist. According to him, his aim is to help people.

Before attending this event, I had very little knowledge of Peterson and his views. I had seen clips of his famous interview and glanced at his 12 rules, but lacked an understanding of him and his work. Here are three things I learned about Jordan Peterson after attending his show.

1. Peterson Is Not an Alt-right Demagogue

Many on the Left have criticized Peterson and his followers as disgruntled white men, hiding their pent-up racism and sexism behind pseudo-intellectual talk. A columnist from The Nation states that Peterson has a far-right political agenda and advises her reader to avoid dating one of his fans.

Peterson certainly doesnt play the alt-right type by wearing a three-piece navy-blue suit and drinking Perrier. Throughout his lecture, he paced the stage, not goose-stepped, and took frequent pauses in order to word his next thought carefully. This is not the demeanor of a brazen white nationalist.

Neither was his message. He did not blame wom...

21:52

Yes, California Has Effectively Banned Showering And Doing Laundry On The Same Day The Federalist

The latest in Facebook-policed fake news is a claim echoing through the conservative Twittersphere, including from my own account, that two bills outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown signed impose such draconian water use standards that fines could be imposed for taking a shower and running laundry on the same day. Snopes rated these assertions as mostly false, and Facebook flagged stories about them as fake news.

But Snopes, Facebook, and others purporting to fact check conservative frustrations with the law are the ones misleading about its effects. The way these allegedly neutral fact-checkers present repackaged liberal assumptions as hard fact is a great illustration of how the Left pulls off the kind of logical ju-jitsu that allows them to label conservative arguments as fake news in order to dismiss them.

In this particular case, none of these debunking articles actually dispute the three most crucial facts: there is a daily per-person 55-gallon limit ratcheting down to 50 gallons over the course of a decade, fines will be imposed upon violation, and, for at least some users, a reasonable-length shower and running the wash will put them over. In fact, most of the articles in question actually confirm these three vital points, usually squashed into a final paragraph that contradicts the headline. Nevertheless, they conclude that conservatives are spreading false information.

Fines On Providers Are Fines on Consumers

For starters, they point out that the $1,000 per day ($10,000 a day during drought) fines are levied on water providers, not directly on individuals. The first liberal assumption embedded in the narrative is that those fines will not be passed on to consumers.

If you think water companies will eat thousands of dollars of overuse fines without passing them on to consumers in the form of higher water costs, company fines for violators, or hard-usage cutoff caps, I have an infrastructure project to sell you in Brooklyn. But regardless of where you fall on economic theory questions, this is an arguable assumption, not an indisputable fact.

Secondly, the Snopes article assures California citizens that the 55-gallon standard is quite relaxed, and that most will easily be able to take a shower and do laundry while staying under the limit. The outlet buttresses its math by calculating that the average shower uses about 17 gallons of water, while high-efficiency washing machines use 15-30 gallons per load. Second liberal assumption: most people take extremely short showers and own super-efficient, expensive appliances.

The reality, of course, is that these numbers need...

21:52

A Crank Called Colorado Police To Shut Down Kids Lemonade Stand, And It Worked The Federalist

There is nothing more American than little kids in the neighborhood running a lemonade stand. Its not a European thing, nor is it a Chinese thing. Only in America. For generations, lemonade stands have become a staple of summer and, like apple pies, one of the best things to demonstrate the American spirit: earning your own spending money through entrepreneurship.

Thats why Jennifer Knowles, a Denver mom of three boys, thought it was a good idea to have her boys run a lemonade stand in their Stapleton, Colorado, neighborhood this past Memorial Day. She hoped to teach her boys lessons she learned when she had her own lemonade stand as a little girl entrepreneurship, responsibility, and the value of running your own business.

Her boys decided to take it a step further: they planned to donate all proceeds from their lemonade stand to a charity organization called Compassion International. More specifically, the boys picked a little 5-year-old boy from Indonesia through Compassion International, for whom their proceeds would help provide necessities including clean water.

On Memorial Day, the weather was nice and hot. The three boys set up their lemonade stand with moms help. Two cups of lemonade for $1. The 6-year-old even brought his toy cash register and he got good practice in addition and subtraction. All three boys got good practice in customer service. Many people stopped by and praised the boys for doing a good job. The boys were feeling pretty good about themselves. Unfortunately, half an hour into their first business venture, police showed up.

Apparently, someone called the police to complain that the boys were running a lemonade stand without a permit. So the police showed up to shut this little illegal operation down. According to Jennifer, the boys were crushed and devastated. Her 4-year-old heard what the police were saying and started to cry.

Colorado doesnt have any specific rule that either prohibits or protects a child-run lemonade stand. Yet what kind of sick person would call the cops on a hot sunny day to complain about three little kids and their lemonade stand? Why didnt the police tell the person who complained to take a hike? Shouldnt the valuable and limited police resources be better spent on something like catching a drunk driver? Why did the police respond and why did they feel it was the right thing to shut down a perfectly innocent lemonade stand and to scare little kids who were trying to do something good and honorable?

It turns out local wars against kids lemonade stands have been going on for some time. A CNBC report in 2015 documented the kind of bureaucracies t...

21:52

A Deep State: The Gun the US Doesnt Have WhoWhatWhy

Fifteen years ago, former ambassador Joe Wilson wrote an op-ed on the ignored intelligence that debunked the argument for the Iraq War, setting off a chain of events that led to the outing of a covert US intelligence agent who happened to be his wife.

But just as importantly, it revealed how complicated our relationship is with intelligence agencies. Thats a matter of extreme importance given the dust up between the Trump White House on allegations of a Deep State and well, just about everyone in the intel community.

A Liberal View of the Plame Affair

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The agent whose cover was blown was Valerie Plame, and the person who did it was a member of the Bush administration. What was interesting in the aftermath was the way opinions diverged about a Republican operative officially Vice President Dick Cheneys adviser Scooter Libby, but according to reports more likely Richard Armitage outing a working covert CIA officer.  

Democrats were outraged by the leak, but Republicans offered a different response, pointing to Plames relationship to Wilson, who had offered a potential dismantling of one of the Bush administrations arguments that led to the war in Iraq.

So we saw one party  the one normally suspicious of the intelligence communitys extrajudicial methods  defending a CIA officer and the other party, supposedly pro-security, burning her cover and her career.

Since 2003, the intelligence debate has become much more complex. We debate the cases of Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, both of whom leaked US intelligence secrets. Are they heroes or traitors? Is it news that the NSA spied on allies and US citizens, or is it true that if you arent spying on everyone, you arent doing it right?

21:46

Wow, That Sure is inCONVENIENT Freethought Blogs

In the late 1990s, the US Government was setting up a case to argue that hacking equated to terrorism. Because, while it was mostly being used for illicit state-craft, it could potentially be used by terrorists. In 1997, at a keynote for Black Hat Briefings, I warned the hacker community what was coming but at that time there was a great deal of community outreach being done by NSA they were hiring hackers (whose work we now see leaking on a regular basis) and it was all very hip and friendly.

While that was going on, the FBI was penetrating hacker groups because (since hacking was equal to terrorism) they had much more leeway as far as intercepting communications, suborning hackers, etc. [stderr] In terms of being easy to penetrate and suborn, the hacker community had to be a laugh-riot compared to any organized crime operation. The hacker community represented a self-selected body of useful idiots who could be used and discarded, or blamed for just about anything. It was around about this time that I began to become suspicious of libertarian-posing politics; many self-styled freedom-loving hackers were very quick to take the establishments money and turn against the privacy rights of the population.

Source: Trend Micro

Hackers are a convenient assignee of blame for the establishment. Does your data security suck? Blame the Chinese hackers, or the North Korean hackers, or Russian hackers. Are your electronic election systems wide open to attack? Blame hackers after all, its awkward to explain how you spent millions of dollars on badly-designed voting machines, and ignored the warnings from security practitioners who looked at the system design. Or, if youre a political candidate, why not be utterly stupid about how you manage your email, and then blame hackers when your documents leak out that show how you tried to corrupt your partys politics? Why not. Hackers are useful idiots in that sense they are very much like terrorists.

So, perhaps you recall that the city of Atlanta got hid hard by cryptolocker malware to the point where critical city services were unavailable and about $9 million was spent (not including wasted time and annoyed citizenry) doing incident response. [cnn] As Ive mentioned elsewhere, this is a problem that an organization elects to have when its IT executives decide that backing up data and performing basic system hygiene doesnt matter. [...

21:46

How Americas Unjust Approach To Israel Hurts Us (Its Not How You Think) The Federalist

Excerpted and adapted from the introduction to What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Post Hill Press, June 12, 2018).

In June 2014, a jihadist group linked to Al Qaeda conquered large tracts of Syria and Iraq. After this swift rise to power, which took the world by surprise, the group declared itself a formal caliphate, or Islamist regime. Within the territory it controlled, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, enforced Islamic religious law as a totalitarian system, following in the footsteps of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Iranian regime, and Saudi Arabia.

The eruption of this new jihadist regime had ripple effects far, far beyond the Middle East. The Islamic State rapidly became a magnet for as many as thirty thousand people who flocked to live, fight, and die under its black flag. They came not only from across the Middle East, but alsoastonishinglyfrom across Europe and North America. And beyond the territory it conquered in Iraq and Syriaequivalent to the size of the United Kingdomthe Islamic State proved itself a formidable jihadist force with global reach. Fighters linked to the Islamic State carried out massacres and suicide bombings in Paris, Berlin, Nice, San Bernardino, Istanbul, Orlando, Manchester, London.

Amid an embarrassed scramble to do something in response to the Islamic States initial rise, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was dispatched to recruit an international coalition to combat the self-styled caliphate. Upon his return home, Kerry told reporters about a crucial lesson he had learned. While seeking coalition partners in the Middle East, he observed that there wasnt a leader I met with in the region who didnt raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger.

By recruitment, Kerry meant to the jihadist forces of the Islamic State, at the time perhaps the most galvanizing faction within the wider Islamist movement. The Palestine issue is one prominent theme in the recruitment videos and literature of assorted Islamist factions, and it has been for years.

By street anger, he meant public hostility in the region about the unresolved Israel-Palestinian conflict, which is bound up with hostility toward the United States. Why? For more than a quarter century, Washington has been neck-deep in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: it has provided both sides with foreign aidhundreds of millions of dollars every yearand it has assumed the role of a peace broker in countless rounds of diplomatic negotiations.

Kerry is not alone. The fact that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict festers, many people believe, is a major, if not the chief, source of American (and Western) woes emanating from the Middle East. You can hear variations on that theme from Barack Obama; from Ban Ki-moo...

21:45

The Oceans 8 Release Is The Perfect Time To Revisit The Whole Series The Federalist

Lets face it: No matter how good Oceans 8 is, it will still be derivative of the original Oceans trilogy another half-assed Hollywood attempt to fit womens equality into a market-safe franchise. That didnt work with Ghostbusters, and it likely wont work here.

But Im still excited, because the advent of Oceans 8 reminds me that Steven Soderberghs Oceans Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen are enjoyable (and sometimes great) movies. After seeing the Oceans 8 red girl power posters in the New York City subway over the past week, I revisited them and found that these early 2000s capers still hold up. Soderberghs Oceans films endure because they skip petty social commentary and excel instead at dazzling audiences with skillful and fast-paced entertainment.

Its the chemistry between the actors that elevates the films beyond simple popcorn fare. Although he ostensibly made a series about ripping off Las Vegas casinos (and the revenge cycles that follow), Soderbergh is most interested in showing us how an ensemble of famous people behave in a gang. George Clooney plays ringleader Danny Ocean, gliding through Vegas with the coolest irony. Julia Roberts collides with him as Oceans equally icy estranged wife, Tess. Brad Pitt joins as Oceans always-eating sidekick Rusty Ryan, Pitts most bananas role since 12 Monkeys. Matt Damon, Elliot Gould, Bernie Mac, and a whole crew of cons back the venture with wise-ass charm.

The exuberance of these original Oceans movies belongs to the world that created classics like Casablanca and Citizen Kane. Casablanca shines because its stars treat their material with love. There is nothing remarkable in Rick Blaines famous lovesick mutter of all the gin joints in the world on its own, but Bogey messes with it, and spits genius through gritted teeth. In a similar way, Citizen Kane continues to delight because even with repeated viewings Orson Welles keeps the surprises coming with his trick shots. Movies like these dont age.

And the Oceans trilogy hasnt aged much either. The films are well-written and Soderbergh knows how to work a camera in a casino with flair. Huge casts, Sinatra-driven soundtracks, and color-saturated casinos make them carnivals of maximalism, and thats why they work.

Oceans schemes are hairbrained and ridiculous. His big plan in Oceans Eleven recreating a casino vault and then filming a fake robbery in it while a real robbery takes place in the real vault would never work in real life, but who cares? Thats the joke. With Oceans Twelve and Thirteen, the schemes get more abstruse, but that doesnt hurt the films. It just means the dialogue and interactions between the characters receive more attention.

Oceans Twelve is the best of the trilogy for this reason. Here, Soderbergh dispenses wit...

21:45

Thanks To The Capitals, Washington DC Finally Won Something The Federalist

On Thursday, Washington completed another historic playoff collapse, blowing a 3-1 series lead Wait, scratch that.

On Thursday, Washington fired its coach after another losing season No, thats not right either.

On Thursday night, Washington Won. A. Championship. And not just any championship, but the oldest and most recognizable championship trophy in major team sports: The Washington Capitals won the National Hockey League title, taking home Lord Stanleys Cup.

Its been a long time coming. Washington last won a championship in January 1992. That was so long ago, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 3,240.61 the next day. By comparison, it closed at 25,241.41 on Thursday.

That was so long ago, the speaker of the House was Tom Foley, a largely forgettable politician best known for his vague resemblance to The Muppets Sam the Eagle. That was so long ago, social media had yet to exist, in part because Al Gorethen still a senatorhadnt invented the Internet.

Since January 1992, Washingtonians have endured myriad sports heartaches. In football, the Redskins have won exactly one playoff gameonein the past two decades. As a native Pennsylvanian and longtime fan of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles, I take no small amount of joy in writing that sentence.

The basketball franchise went from winning its lone championship 40 years ago Thursday as the Washington Bullets to playing with real bullets. (Im not making that up.) Despite having a surefire Hall of Fame pitcher in Max Scherzer and one of the best young sluggers in Bryce Harper, baseballs Nationals have yet to win a single playoff series since moving to Washingtonand the team couldnt even spell its own name correctly. Im not making that up either.

Of all the teams, however, the Capitals have seemed the most consistently snakebitten. Going into Thursday, they had surrendered 3-1 leads in playoff seriesthat is, losing three straight gamesfive times, a record. They finally defeated their archrival Pittsburgh Penguins earlier in the playoffs, and after taking a 3-1 series lead on the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday, closed out the series on Thursda...

21:45

Revisiting Battlestar Galactica: Resurrection Ship (Parts 1 and 2) The Federalist

This is the fourteenth in a series of Battlestar Galactica recaps. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the franchise. Read the last piece, Revisiting Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus' here.

Spoilers ahead.

In this gripping two-parter, the shows writers again take inspiration from American war history and war movies. Apollos observation of the battle seems inspired by George H. Gay Jr.s observation of the Battle of Midway. Adamas choice of downfall as a codeword may allude to the name of the D-Day invasion of Normandy or the cult German film about Hitlers last days.

The maneuvering of Cain and Adama seems to have a flavor of Crimson Tide (which inspired the ultimately far different Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down). And there is a blanket party-style beating in the tradition of Full Metal Jacket. Oddly, despite naming the antagonist Cain, there does not seem to be much from The Caine Mutiny in this story. Cain has none of the cowardice of a Capt. Queeg; she is brutal and her more humane moments reveal only that she is not a caricature.

Part 1

At the end of Pegasus, Cain launched her ready Vipers to meet the ships Adama assigned to rescue Helo and Tyrol (sentenced to death by Cain for killing Lt. Thorne, who was about to rape Boomer). Yet neither Cain nor Adama give permission for their fighters to fire.

The crisis is diffused by Starbucks return in the Blackbird, which she commandeered to conduct reconnaissance of the mystery Cylon ship Cain wants to attack. Cain initially mistakes the stealthy Blackbird for a Cylon ship, but is transfixed when Starbuck begins sending photos to the monitor screens in the CIC on the Pegasus.  Closeups reveal the ship appears to be holding hybrid Cylons in some sort of storage.

Cain orders a mutual stand down. She and Adama agree to meet on Colonial One. Pres. Roslin attempts to mediate the dispute, but it quickly becomes apparent that neither Cain nor Adama are budging. Roslin manages to broker a truce until after the attack on the Cylon fleet.

Returning to Pegasus, Cain tries to cultivate Starbuck by promoting her to CAG for showing initiative. Cain also tells Starbuck she wants to not only authorize Starbucks rescue mission to Caprica (as Starbuck promised Anders), but also force the Cylons off the planet.

Meanwhile, Roslin advises Adama he will have to kill Cain before she kills him. Roslin reminds Adama he has sworn to protect the civilians and it is plain Cain has no interest in the rag-tag fleet. Adama replies...

21:35

Cop Found Guilty After Shocking Video Showed Him Choking a Handcuffed Man The Free Thought Project

A cop who was caught choking a handcuffed man after losing his temper was held accountable this month and found guilty of official oppression and assault.

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The Secret History of Israels State-Sponsored Assassinations 21st Century Wire

FACT: Israel regularly wages state-sponsored assassinations against persons and leaders it does not like.

Israeli investigative journalist Ronen Bergman explains the history and radical ideological and religious underpinnings of this rogue policy tacitly endorsed by the United States.

The state of Israel has a history of great violence, visited on it by its enemies and in return by Israels own intelligence services and military. In Rise and Kill First, journalist and author Ronen Bergman writes about the nearly century-long campaign of targeted killing. He joins Nick Schifrin to discuss the secret history of these strikes. (PBS)

Watch this rare and candid conversation about a topic which is rarely if ever mentioned on US, UK or Western European mainstream media coverage:

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A Weapon Far More Important Than The AR-15 Sheep Media

Technology continues to advance at an unprecedented rate, and the technology of weaponry is no different. The science fiction of ten or twenty years ago is now becoming a reality.

Killer robots are on the rise. And no, Im not joking (as you will see below). There has been a loud debate in recent months over citizens rights to own AR-15s. Gun rights advocates are strongly in favor of citizens having the right to own AR-15s and so am I.

The government-backed anti-gun groups are against this right for obvious reasons. However, to compensate for rapidly evolving technology, citizens will need to adopt a new weapon soon.

Before I show you what this weapon is, lets look at why it is so important.

Belarus just revealed that it has created an anti-tank drone. Yes, you heard that right. This is a quadcopter drone that carries an RPG-26 single-shot rocket that is remotely controlled.

This type of drone technology does not have to be confined to government use either. Heres a sniper drone that was created by Israeli military veterans:

There are even versions that people with a very basic understanding of engineering can create. Heres a simple homemade design:

The killer robots that governments use are much more complex. Last month, the Russian military used an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to take out a terrorist cell within their country. Here is the video:

www.express.co.uk/news/world/953537/Russia-news-World-Cup-terror-threat-ISIS-sleeper-cells-killer-ROBOT

Of course, the US government is quickly developing military robots as well. Heres a video of the USs UGV:

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Supreme Court Hands Vote Suppressors Another Tool WhoWhatWhy

Editors Note: Following the publication of this article, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold the voter removal process described below. The decision deals a blow to election integrity not just in Ohio but throughout the country.

For a variety of reasons, the voter removal system championed by Ohios Secretary of State Jon Husted disproportionately affects minorities. Now that it is allowed to stand, other states may swiftly follow suit to also purge eligible voters from their rolls under the guise of fighting voter fraud.


The Supreme Court could rule as early as today on whether states can purge citizens from voter rolls who have failed to provide confirmation of address after not showing up to vote.

Voting rights advocates worry that, if the challenge to this controversial practice fails, states across the country could use similar methods to suppress votes and tailor the electorate for political benefits.  

At the heart of the case Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute is the strategy Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has used to remove more than 2 million voters from the Buckeye States rolls since 2011.

Under the states contentious supplemental process, if registered voters dont cast a ballot for two years, the secretary of states office mails them a prepaid notice, seeking to confirm that the individual still lives at the same address. If voters dont return the mailing or dont cast a ballot over the subsequent four years, they are removed from the states rolls and prohibited from voting unless they re-register.

Opponents of Ohios process which initiates voter purges more quickly than any other state say that it violates the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NRVA), which specifically bans states from purging voters for failing to vote. Husted and supporters have countered that the process removes voters for failing to verify their addresses by returning the confirmation notice not for voter inactivity.

A Reuters analysis published in 2016 revealed that Ohio...

20:47

Mexicans Organize To Defend The Will Of The People And Impose Democracy PopularResistance.Org

This massive support for AMLO reflects the peoples anger and despair after more than 30 years of policies that have handed over the nations wealth and resources to a handful of billionaires and transnational corporations. These have been decades of wage cuts, unemployment, and loss of labor and social rights. They have been decades during which the country has been dislocated and torn apart by the so-called war on drugs, which has only fueled more violence and militarization, and more killings of women and disappearances.

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Putins Directives for Russian Military and Intelligence Newsbud

In the eighty-fifth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Kommersant, Komsomolskaya Pravda Moscow Edition, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, and Izvestia.  He discusses the implications of the Russian president Vladimir Putins visit to Vienna and his meetings with the Austrian president and prime minister. In addition, Professor Kovacevic []

20:30

When is it okay to annex property? Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

With major cities like Memphis making headlines for their plans to de-annex city property a.k.a. deliberately shrinking their city's footprint, and in this case, a smart move by some smart people I was surprised to learn that Shreveport, Louisiana, is still playing the annexation game. Yes, this is the same Shreveport looking to do a retrograde 1960s highway project through the middle of a majority-minority neighborhood. Yes, the same Shreveport that has over a billion dollars in outstanding critical infrastructure needs, an amount more than three times what they spent cumulatively on infrastructure over the past decade, with no notion of how to pay for it all.

What are they doing annexing more property?

Annexation the act of bringing property outside of the city limits into the municipal boundaries is rarely more than an economic sugar high for a city, one with long-term consequences that are nearly always negative. As my hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota has lost residents in our core downtown neighborhoods, we've managed to keep population levels steady since the 1940s by growing the boundaries of the city many times over, annexing more land out on the periphery (which, by the way, is the most expensive to service) and scooping up some nominal tax dollars from the new residents. After the small initial windfall, there's really no other way of looking at it: its a bad trade.

For cities that are currently considering annexing property, the strategic goal (unless you are operating your city as a charity organization) must be to improve the prosperity of existing residents. If we agree on that, then there are three things to consider before acting.

Priorities for Spare Capacity

A common (incorrect) argument that city staff often put forth when they recommend annexations goes something like this: we already have a fire department, a police department, a library and parks.why not have more taxpayers sharing those costs? Thats good for everyone, after all.

There is some logic to this, but its overly simplistic in a dangerous way. The capacity of most municipal systems grows in plateaus. A fire department can serve a given area with the equipment they have on hand, but there is a limit to what they can do. At some point, all this land growth forces city services to increase their capacity up to another plateau (e.g. buy another truck and retain six mo...

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Doctors, teachers, electricians all fleeing Venezuela as failed socialist nation enters last chapter of epic collapse Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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 The problem with liberals and progressives in the United States is that they are incapable of looking to other parts of the world to determine what works and what does not. Venezuela, for example, is a perfect example of what happens when the government believes that it should become more and more involved in the lives of everyday citizens chaos ensues and the entire nation spirals towards collapse. Yet here in the U.S., the liberals are Hell-bent on following this same exact path of economic socialism and big government. This is ignorance of the highest order.

Fleeing Venezuela

Perhaps it would help the leftists see the light if they knew that doctors, engineers, oil workers, teachers and electricians were all fleeing the failed socialist nation of Venezuela before the entire society crumbles like a house of cards. So far, in 2018, a total of 48,000 teachers (which is a number equivalent to 12 percent of all primary and high school staff nationwide) have quit their jobs and are now seeking an escape from the long food lines and empty shelves at the grocery stores. Some of these educators include Aquiles Nazoa (who fled to Chile one year ago), Reinaldo Cordero (leaving behind his class and his $29 USD per month salary), Esperanza Longhi (who is currently in the process of fleeing to Peru), and Principal Deliana Flores.

Venezuelas doctors are also leaving en masse. At the Jose Manuel de los Rios Childrens Hospital in Caracas, for example, 68 doctors (equal to 20 percent of the hospitals medical staff) have quit their jobs and left the country altogether over the past two years. This, of course, has forced the hospital to make some unfortunate but necessary changes. Their cardiology department is now only open for a morning shift, and 300 vacant nursing positions and personnel shortages have resulted in the facility only being able to staff two out of its seven operating rooms.

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Amnesty Is Coming Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

In a move that would rival the best of stealth technology, a group of GOP and Democratic Congressmen are drafting an amnesty bill. Representative Paul Gosar told me in January of 2018 that the only way that the Democrats win back the presidency ws to have 10 million illegal aliens win the right to vote. We could be on the verge of that happening.

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Here and There Virtual Mirage

The Summit in Singapore

Singapore time is 12 hours ahead of EDT. The US President and Chairman Kim are scheduled to meet at 9:00 a.m. on 12 June, Singapore time. That will be 9:00 p.m./21:00 EDT on the night of 11 June.

Korean Central News Agency = KCNA (Nork News - which is not as bad as CNN because they manage to eek some truth into their barrage of propaganda)

Let's take a moment to examine what the Norks are saying to the masses back home.

KCNA did not list Kims entourage. Other reporting indicates that Kims team includes Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho; Kims sister, Kim Yo Jong; Party Vice-Chairmen Kim Yong Chol and Ri Su Yong and Minister of the Peoples Armed Forces No Kwang Chol.

News services posted an image of Kim and Singapores Prime Minister Lee shaking hands at the Presidential Palace. KCNA published a the report that follows.
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, visited the Republic of Singapore on June 10 and met its Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Presidential Palace.
Kim Jong Un, the respected Supreme Leader of the party, the state and the army of the DPRK, exchanged warm greetings with the prime minister, made an entry in the visitors' book and had a friendly talk with him. 
Telling that he was very pleased to visit the magnificent and beautiful Republic of Singapore, Kim Jong Un extended his heartfelt greetings and best wishes to the government and people of Singapore on behalf of the government of the DPRK and the Korean people. 
He expressed deep thanks to the Singaporean government for its sincere cooperation of providing all conditions and best conveniences for the historic DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks. 
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Daily Inspiration --- ---More Masefield OpEdNews

In the last week, I have become intimate with a slim, early volume of John Masefield's poetry. Some of them are directly related to the next poem in line, but mostly they just follow themes of death, beauty, and mystery, asking the largest questions about why we are here, what is our future after death, and what are the limits to what we can know.

19:27

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets another hearing on 'high risk' programs Indianz.Com News

Is the Trump administration making progress in improving Indian education, health and energy programs?

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Five First Responders to the Pulse Massacre. One Diagnosis: PTSD. Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

On the morning of June 12, 2016, police officer Omar Delgado pulled his cruiser up to his two-story townhome in Sanford, Florida, and sat in silence for 15 minutes, trying to process what he had seen during 3 1/2 hours inside the Pulse nightclub.

He stripped his bloody uniform and gear off, put them in a trash bag, and took a shower. Then, he shut the door to his bedroom, locked it and tried to sleep.

That same morning, firefighter EMT Brian Stilwell walked back to Orlando Fire Department Station 5. Working at the station just 300 feet from Pulse nightclub, Stilwell was one of the first on scene hours earlier.

In the dawns light, he saw a pool of coagulated blood in front of the station. It was from a Pulse patron who had been shot in the stomach and dragged to that spot. Stilwell wondered if the man survived the night. Then, with a bucket of bleach and water, he helped clean the blood off the concrete.

Down Orange Avenue, Alison Clarke and a fellow Orlando Police officer walked into a McDonalds to use the bathroom. The restaurant had a TV with the news on, streaming live video of the scene she had just come from. People looked up from their coffee and breakfast, glanced at her and her partner, then back to the food. She used the restroom, washed up and bought two coffees. No one said anything. It was surreal.

Josh Granada and his partner drove their ambulance back across town to their Orlando Fire station. They spent the night ferrying 13 people who had been shot at Pulse to the hospital. Before showering, they threw away their uniforms.

We were covered in just sticky, nasty just covered in blood, Granada said. Im not gonna put that much blood in the washer.

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Welcome to Our Second Decade Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Dear Readers,

A decade ago, we announced the publication of ProPublicas first stories with a brief note that said: Welcome to the Starting Line.

Our lead item summed up a Wall Street Journal report on a Justice Department investigation into what officials suspect are efforts by Russian-backed firms to gain influence or gather information in Washington, focusing on an aide to former Pennsylvania Rep. Curt Weldon. Amazingly, last week it came out that the Senate Judiciary Committee is poking into Weldons connections as part of its investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow during the 2016 presidential election.

Its like no time has passed at all!

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Seriously, though, our work from that first day reminds us how little we knew then about where we were headed or whether our theories for how ProPublica might work would pan out.

Our model for distributing stories partnerships with major news outlets like NPR, 60 Minutes, The Washington Post or The Atlantic was untested. None of us were sure we would be able to overcome such news organizations historic skepticism toward investigative reporting done by outsiders. Given that our web traffic at the time consisted, basically, of our families and friends, the question of what we would do if no one wanted...

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Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians inches forward with homelands bill Indianz.Com News

Another tribal homelands bill is moving forward on Capitol Hill after years of bitter battles in California.

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Crews, Networks, and Federations: A Conversation It's Going Down

The post Crews, Networks, and Federations: A Conversation appeared first on It's Going Down.

In this episode of the Its Going Down podcast, we sat down with two members of the Radical Education Department or RED, based out of Philadelphia. In our discussion we talk exclusively about their new text published on IGD entitled, Insurrectionary Councilism, which proposes the creation of spaces that bring together various groups for the purpose of becoming better organized.

In our conversation, we cover a lot of ground, starting largely with a critique and conversation about Left Unity, as well as a look back on the movement of movements approach in the anti-globalization period as well as the horizontal structures of Occupy. We discuss some of the organizational needs of the current age, as well as what groups that exist now are already doing to put these ideas into practice.

While it would be impossible to say that this conversation arrived at any easy answers, this discussion in itself brought up some important tensions and questions. What forms do we need to take to be organized? How do we organize across our various groups? How do we relate, if at all, to Left groups like DSA? Are new organizational structures needed, like Federations, and what exactly would they do that current forms do not? 

We hope that this conversation sparks more, as well as experimentation over how we can better organize ourselves, and make our movement more powerful in the process.

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Harrisburg, PA: Solidarity Action for la ZAD It's Going Down

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The following communique and photo was anonymously sent to Its Going Down. 

The communique reads:

In the early hours of the 8th of June we immobilized an earth mover in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at a new development project.

This small gesture was taken in solidarity with la ZAD of Notre-Dam-des-Landes, France, where rebels have fought to maintain an autonomous zone, free from the state and its plans for almost a decade.

The ZAD was first occupied 9 years ago to prevent the construction of a recently abandoned airport project and has inspired eco-rebels across the world, especially its inspiring defense against Operation Ceaser, a massive eviction attempt in late 2012.

Once again la ZAD is facing a fresh wave of repression, in the form of intense both police violence and a recuperative negotiation process which seeks to tame and legalize the uncontrolled zone.

For the defense of territory against the interests of capital
For sabotage against the instruments of ecological devastation

15:42

Graham Lee Brewer: Native ancestors are often treated like collector's items Indianz.Com News

The discovery of a skull on a library shelf highlights the long history of treating Native ancestors as collector's items.

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Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance [WantToKnow.info: All News]

Celiac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5% of the population now suffers from it. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, macrocytic anemia and depression. It is ... associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies as well as reproductive issues and increased risk to thyroid disease, kidney failure and cancer. Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic. Fish exposed to glyphosate develop digestive problems that are reminiscent of celiac disease. Celiac disease is associated with imbalances in gut bacteria that can be fully explained by the known effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria. Celiac disease patients have an increased risk to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which has also been implicated in glyphosate exposure. Reproductive issues associated with celiac disease, such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by glyphosate. Glyphosate residues in wheat and other crops are likely increasing recently due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to the harvest. We conclude with a plea to governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods.

Note: As this is from a scientific journal, the language may not be easy to follow, yet the link between RoundUp, which contains glyphosate, and gluten intolerance is clear. This chart from the article shows how increasing incidence of thyroid cancer relates to increasing use of glyphosate on corn and soy crops in the US. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on food system corruption and health.

Washington's $8 Billion Shadow [WantToKnow.info: All News]

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Larken Roses: The Jones Plantation [VIDEO] Sheep Media

With talk already beginning about the 2020 election, we thought there was one video everyone should see.

The video, created by Larken Rose is called The Jones Plantation.

It powerfully displays the ruling class of government as they truly are: lying manipulative slave owners content with doing harm to those who wish only to be free.

One can also imagine if the special appointed overseers decided to stop doing violence against their fellow mankind how much more peaceful and cooperative society could become.

Imagine if this video just opened on persons eyes to the horrors of government (if you cannot define democide, look it up) and decided to no longer participate in the elitists little game of enslavement.

Via: The Daily Sheeple

15:15

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation cites 'catastrophic' job losses from power plant Indianz.Com News

The Navajo Nation sees hope in a Trump administration proposal that could benefit a coal-fired power plant on the reservation.

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Democrats put a bullet in Lindsey Grahams political head Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

The Democrats have universally put a bullet into Lindsey Grahams political head and split it apart because the warmonger and Zionist puppet was asking that the United States needs to look for fresh blood in North Korea.

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How Long Until GLOBAL CHECK MATE? Sheep Media

This is a Global Report Card on Mandatory Biometrics and the impending cashless society and what does scripture conclusively say about the Mark?

Where are we on the timeline of complete gl0balizati0n by the NWO?

Looking at their worldwide accomplishments, we gain hints as to where we stand, but how do we know which measure is the FINAL line in the sand?

This video is produced by Dana Ashlie. You can support her work to continue these types videos by donation at paypal.me/DanaAshlie or old school: Dana A PO Box 3324 Blue Jay, CA 92317

13:17

The Search For Sidney Reso The Shocking Details Of His Kidnap True Activist

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Sidney Reso may seem like a typical American tragedy. The kidnappers were bungling and messy that even the police were shocked at their ineptitude. And it all started innocently enough. The largest kidnapping investigation happened on April 29, 1992, when Resos car was found in the driveway, with the engine on idle. Then two months later, it ended when the kidnappers themselves unwittingly gave out their identities that they themselves couldnt deny the facts stacked against them.

Yes, there was more than one person involved, and yes, the people behind it eventually betrayed each other.

About Sidney

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Sidney J. Reso was a successful head of a subsidiary of Exxon. He always started his days with breakfast. He enjoyed the company of his wife of 37 days and their son. They lived in an elegant home and had a good life. He was honest man who was loyal to his family. Yes, life was good. That is, until someone decided to wreck it.

13:11

Scapegoating Iran OpEdNews

The warmongers have no more of a plan for "regime change" in Iran than they had in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya or Syria. European allies, whom Trump alienated when he walked away from the Iranian nuclear agreement, are in no mood to cooperate with Washington.

13:03

Five Things You Need to Know in Light of the Upcoming Supreme Court Abortion Case OpEdNews

A decision is expected soon from the US Supreme Court on a challenge to a 2015 California law requiring anti-abortion fake clinics (so-called "Crisis Pregnancy Centers") to disclose that they are not medically certified. The law also requires all licensed clinics that provide ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, and birth control advice to post information about affordable abortion and contraception services offered by the state.

12:40

California City Fights Poverty With Guaranteed Income [WantToKnow.info: All News]

Michael Tubbs, the 27-year-old mayor of Stockton, California, has a radical plan to combat poverty in his cash-strapped city: a "no strings" guaranteed basic income of $500 a month for its residents. Starting in early 2019, Tubbs plans to provide the monthly stipend to a select group of residents as part of a privately funded 18-month experiment to assess how people use the money. "And then, maybe, in two or three years, we can have a much more informed discussion about the social safety net, the income floor people deserve and the best way to do it, because we'll have more data and research," Tubbs told Reuters. The idea of governments providing a universal basic income to their citizens has been gaining traction globally. The Finnish government is running a two-year trial to provide 2,000 unemployed people with monthly payments of approximately $660. In Alaska, each resident has long received an annual dividend check from oil revenues from the Alaska Permanent Fund, which Tubbs said is a model for his approach. For 31-year-old Shay Holliman ... an extra $500 a month would just allow her to make ends meet. She ... works a 9-5 job at a local nonprofit then drives for Uber and Lyft in the evenings and at weekends. "I still can't pay all my bills," she said. Tubbs says he "felt almost a moral responsibility" to do something "a little bit out the box" for his city. "And I know, for me, I want to live in a community where people's basic needs are met," he said.

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Florida brewery introduces biodegradable, edible six-pack rings [WantToKnow.info: All News]

A microbrewery in Delray Beach, Florida has devised a crafty solution to plastic six-pack rings that often wreak havoc on marine wildlife. After years of research and development, Saltwater Brewery has introduced six-pack rings made of wheat and barley. The brewery developed the rings with a start-up company called E6PR. Whereas plastic rings can become tangled in the wings of sea birds, warp the shells of growing sea turtles and choke seals, Saltwater Brewery's new rings are not only biodegradable but also perfectly edible. "E6PR hopes other breweries - both small and large - will buy into the new rings and help bring costs down," Nola.com reports. The Louisiana State University (LSU) reports that the Gulf of Mexico has one of the highest concentrations of marine plastic in the world. Every net that LSU dipped into the Gulf's water came up with some form of plastic. "We found it every time," LSU's Mark Benfield [said]. E6PR is testing the edible rings with "a select group of craft breweries," but the company is not yet ready to discuss specifics.

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12:30

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Much like Valleray, pictured above, I too am desirous of a long, long sleep. So, Ill probably be around sometime Monday, but I dont know when. Things will start eventually, and theres plenty to peruse from this weekend, because I suspect most people had the sense to be out and about enjoying themselves rather than sitting in front of a computer. I will definitely be gone on Tuesday, because I need to get away from this house, this computer, this everything. Were going to go travel gravel for a while.

12:19

Anthony Bourdain: Weinstein, Clinton, & Palestine Political Vel Craft

Our hearts and condolences are with #AnthonyBourdains family, friends, and colleagues. He will be remembered for opening our palettes, minds, and hearts through food, dialogue, and compassion in our shared humanity. One such example was his Parts Unknown episode addressing the Israeli-Palestinian divide for which we recognized Anthony in 2014 as a voice of courageContinue reading "Anthony Bourdain: Weinstein, Clinton, & Palestine"

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Behind the Headline: Isaura Martinez Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

In 2012, Isaura Martinez was working as a temp in Chicago. Like the citys many other immigrant workers employed by temp agencies, she boarded vans each day to work in hazardous conditions at a rotating series of factories and warehouses, often without safety training and protective equipment. Those rides, arranged by the agencies, came with high fees, as did cashing her paychecks. At the end of the day, she earned less than minimum wage.

When ProPublica reporter Michael Grabell approached her as part of his 2013 investigation into the abuses of temporary workers employed in the supply chains of Sony, Smirnoff, Ty Inc., and other major corporations, Martinez was initially apprehensive about speaking with him about her experiences.

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I was afraid of the retaliation, said Martinez. My fear was that the raiteros, the van drivers, would no longer take me to work, and that the temp agency would not hire me because I had complained and exposed the abuse I was suffering.

It was after a particularly tough night, in which a van driver left an elderly worker behind and then spat expletives at him upon returning to the factory, when Martinezs outrage outweighed her fear. For me, it wasnt just about the way that I was being treated, but how my coworkers were being treated, she said.

Ultimately, Martinez and hundreds of other temp workers shared their stories with Grabell to help shed light on a shadow system that is harming workers and burdening the economy as a whole. I felt sincerely happy to get it off my chest ...

Behind the Headline: Kristen Davis Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

After surgery last spring, Kristen Davis suffered adverse reactions to a steroid used during general anesthesia, including steroid-induced mania and hormones elevated ten times above normal levels. It was a living hell, said Davis, who also experienced iatrogenic PTSD from the ordeal. Worse, she discovered, the drug was unnecessary for her procedure, and no one had spoken with her about its use before the surgery.

Davis tried talking to her surgeon and anesthesiologist, but they dismissed her concern. Even medical professionals in her family failed to listen. She was overreacting, they said, and should have asked more questions upfront; her doctor was just doing his job. The reactions only served to rewound her.

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I wanted somebody to be held accountable, said Davis, who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. But I didnt know how to do that. I didnt know what the government agencies were; I didnt know who to complain to.

This is what Davis was looking for when she stumbled upon ProPublica reporter Marshall Allens 20122016 investigation into patient safety, which covered the prevalence of medical error in the U.S. health care system and provided resources for patients. There she not only learned where to formally voice her complaints; she discovered the ProPublica Patient Safety Community, a public Facebook group where those who have experienced medical harm can share information and connect with others. Launched in 2012, the active community has more than 5,500 members and is still moderated by Allen to this day.

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Behind the Headline: Bil Musgrave Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Bil Musgrave was just 54 years old when he was diagnosed with a rare cancer and given six months to live. He retired from his job as a coal miner in Warrick County, Ind., and focused on his treatment, which was covered by the lifetime health insurance provided to him by the Squaw Creek Coal Company. Miraculously, he survived. The insurance a benefit that Alcoa, the corporation that operated Squaw Creek in a joint venture with coal giant Peabody Energy, was contractually obligated to provide him and other retired workers also covered the lengthy list of medications he needs to take on a regular basis.

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In 2007, Squaw Creeks operations were passed to a new entity called Patriot Coal Corp., a creation of Peabody Energy into which it moved much of its retirement liabilities and very few of its assets. Even with the spinoff, Alcoa continued to provide insurance for Musgrave and hundreds of other retired coal miners. So he was floored when ProPublica reporter Alec MacGillis called in 2015 with the news that Patriot Coal had gone bankrupt (as a result of the liabilities Peabody had burdened it with), and his health care was going to be cut off.

As ProPublica went on to report, in a draconian feat of financial engineering, millions of dollars earmarked for the health insurance of retired Squaw Creek coal miners at least 208 retired miners and their dependents would be diverted to legal fees and other bills from Patriot Coals bankruptcy.

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Behind the Headline: Rebecca Glover Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

The incinerated body of Rebecca Glovers nephew Henry was found in 2005 in a burned car on the banks of the Mississippi River. It was roughly a week after Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans. Following a cursory probe, the Orleans Parish coroner ruled Henrys death unclassified, and no law enforcement agency ever investigated the matter. Outside of his grieving family, no one seemed to know or care about Henrys death at all.

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You got so much stuff that was swept under the rug, its unbelievable, Glover said of the indifference from authorities. When ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson approached the family in 2008, while reporting for his Law & Disorder series on deadly force used by the New Orleans Police Department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she was heartened. According to ProPublicas examination of the final hours of Henrys life, clues about his death pointed to the citys police force.

I prayed very hard for him not to give up on it, Glover said of Thompsons initial reporting. If you live in New Orleans long enough, youll see people pretend they doing this and that. And, the next thing you know, they aint doing nothing.

Thompson and others stayed on the story for more than three years. Through this sustained reporting, the world found out what happened: Henry was shot by one police officer and died in custody. His body was set on fire by another officer, and the circumstances of the case were covered up by yet another police official. Five officers were initially convicted on charges that included manslaughter, lying to federal agents, and burning Henrys body though all but one, David Warr...

Behind the Headline: Deborah Goldberg Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

In 2008 Deborah Goldberg was hired as the managing attorney for EarthJustices new northeast regional office in New York City. Her job was to lead the offices litigation team, using community partnerships and the force of the law to address critical environmental issues.

Goldberg soon discovered that her colleagues in other environmental organizations across the state were in an uproar. Gov. David Paterson had just signed new legislation to fast-track hydraulic fracturing, the shale gas drilling technique now known to cause water contamination and a host of other environmental and health problems.

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We kept on hearing about this fracking stuff, Goldberg said. We didnt know anything about it. But we thought somebody probably should look into this.

To get a handle on frackings potential environmental harm, Goldberg started collecting media reports. At that point, there was practically no information out there, she said. One of the few reporters investigating the new technology was Abrahm Lustgarten at the newly launched ProPublica. The series Fracking: Gas Drillings Environmental Threat started in July of 2008 and ran through 2016. It found more than 1,000 instances of water contamination in the western states caused by fracking and heightened national awareness of the dangers the drilling process posed to water supplies in the east as well.

ProPublica broke this story, said Goldberg. Abrahm was really the first person who took a sustained look in a series of well-investigated articles about what fracking means, instead of piecemeal reports coming from all over the country. It was an invaluable resource, in part beca...

11:00

Democracys laboratories independentarkansas.com

By Steve Brawner,  2018 by Steve Brawner Communications, Inc.

States often are described as laboratories of democracy, which is good because our democracy definitely needs some tinkering. These past few weeks, weve seen how three states in particular are running their experiments. Read the rest

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10:56

Listening to Eeyore in boom times independentarkansas.com

By Steve Brawner,  2018 by Steve Brawner Communications, Inc.

Theres been a lot of supposedly good economic news lately, which means someone needs to be that guy the Eeyore guy. Eeyore is needed to balance out the Tiggers.

In case your Winnie the Pooh is a little rusty, Eeyore is the pessimistic donkey who sees the cloud in every silver lining. Read the rest

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10:44

Jacks Walk Freethought Blogs

Judging by the number of caterpillars hanging around the little red house I think the Bird family must be away on vacation. Maybe theyre staying down the road at the Welcome Inn.

voyager, all rights reserved

voyager, all rights reserved

09:52

Are Humans Taking Unfair Advantage of Their Pets Emotional Support? Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Health Editors note: Gomer Blog is an insanely funny medical satire site.  Some of the latest titles to articles on this site were, Patient Insists it Feels Like Pins and Not Needles, and another was Breaking: Surgeon asks Anesthesia to Lower His Tray Table.  Since I am the health editor and usually deal with medically []

09:40

VIDEO: Anthony Bourdains Last Interview 21st Century Wire

Watch this incredibly revealing and candid interview and then ask yourself one question: does this really sound like a man who is about to commit suicide? Its hard to believe.

An adventurous documenter of international food culture, Anthony Bourdain was the host of CNNs Parts Unknown, a chef, prolific food author, speaker, and one of Fast Companys Most Creative People. Here, we sat down and talked with him about his creative process, what he looked for in his team, and keys to his success. Watch:

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09:38

Was Anthony Bourdain Murdered for Humanising Palestinians? Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

They say Bourdain had been suffering depression since the death of his wife 13 years ago.

09:30

US Drops 121 Bombs A Day, Israel Kills 4 Injures 618, Lockheeds $1B Defense & Facebook Funds MSM The Last American Vagabond

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (6/9/18). It is no secret these days that the US is deeply involved in the affairs of many different governments overseas, and is involved militarily in many more. []

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09:25

Dive Manual: A Prose of Alchemy & Analytic Psychology Prologue The Last American Vagabond

A Fight in a Phone Booth [Ocean] This life is hard, my mental level is odd Like devils versus gods, theres a war inside my mind going on Squads represent these separate emotions Three quarters of us is made of water, Now its land versus ocean. Existence Ill Bill (Non Phixion) Click Here for []

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09:25

Trump and Kim arrive in Singapore for latest installment of North Korean tragi-comic soap opera Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Very few commentators or analysts appear to have even the most basic understanding of the ongoing North Korean soap opera.

09:24

Globalist Conference Season Begins The Last American Vagabond

Oh, pity the poor globalists. Theyre going to be running around like chickens with their heads cut off in the next few days.Well, OK, more like flying around in their private jets like well-pampered chickens with their heads cut off, but you get the idea. Why? Well, because globalist conference season is in full swing []

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09:07

Cornelis Corneliszoon van Haarlem. [NSFW] Freethought Blogs

Yesterday evening found me distracted again, chasing one tangent after another until I landed on Cornelis van Haarlem (1562-1638), a most talented painter. He was a Northern Mannerist, and given all the foibles of that particular style, he made his characters luminous and achingly beautiful, even when they were misbehaving. Click all images for full size. The first painting which caught my eye was A Monk With A Beguine, painted in 1591:

Een monnik en een begijn, A monk with a beguine, by Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem.

Een monnik en een begijn, A monk with a beguine, by Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem.

The detail and light are wonderful, its all solustrous. And reluctantly lusty. You can almost feel their consciences attempting to get the better of them, and failing. The story of the Beguines is an interesting one.  I think theres a lot to be said for such structures as the beguines, just sans religion. At the time, this was a good option for a lot of women, when they had few choices in life.

What grabbed my attention next was Venus and Adonis:

Venus and Adonis, by Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem.

Venus and Adonis, by Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem.

You can see in Adoniss face theres some problem, one which has him quite emotional, while Venus has the solid air of confidence and casual comfort. Again, the details are astonishing in their beauty and light; the pearls are translucent.

Ill add just one more here, The Fall of the Titans, which leads me to the conclusion that all men should have a dragonfly for their dick. Yep. Heres a detail first, then the full painting:

Detail from The Fall of the Titans by Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem.

Detail from The Fall of the...

09:06

How a North Korean Disarmament Deal Might Look OpEdNews

It is not known to what extent, if any, North Korea will permit inspectors from the United States, Japan and South Korea the kind of intrusive presence on its soil, let alone some of its most sensitive facilities, required for a meaningful verification process.

09:02

BOMBSHELL: Consensus theory of evolution of the species falls apart; new mitochondrial DNA study reveals NO animal species more than 200,000 years old Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

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 A surprising new study is casting serious doubt on the popular theory that modern animals are the result of millions of years of evolution. After looking at the mitochondrial DNA of thousands of animal species, including humans, researchers reached the stunning conclusion that nearly every species dates back just 100,000 to 200,000 years.

The study was carried out by the University of Basels David S. Thaler and The Rockefeller Universitys Mark Young Stoeckle. According to the conventional narrative of evolution involving adaption based on genetic mutations and survival of the fittest, one would expect older species and those with big populations spread across the planet to have greater genetic variation. However, the researchers actually found that 90 percent of the animal species have mitochondrial DNA variation that is similarly low.

The scientists were taken aback by the finding. Thaler said: This conclusion is very surprising, and I fought against it as hard as I could. After all, the common notion that the evolution of species on our planet has been a progressive and slow process is rarely challenged by scientific studies.

This study took a different approach than those of the past, which have looked at nuclear DNA. Every animal has DNA in its mitochondria. One of the genes found in mitochondria, COI, is used for DNA barcoding. While nuclear DNA differs dramatically from species to species, animals have the same mitochondrial DNA, making a good basis for comparison.

After analyzing these barcodes across 100,000 species, they discovered strong evidence tha...

08:47

The Foundation For International Justice Is Anti-Imperialism PopularResistance.Org

The United States has had a policy of imperialism beginning after the Civil War. The US way of war, developed against Indigenous peoples, spread worldwide as the US sought to extend its power through military force, economic dominance and diplomatic hegemony. Imperialism is driven by what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. identified at the end of his life, the triple evils of racism, capitalism, and militarism. Lenin described imperialism as the highest stage of capitalism. Imperialism has justified mass slaughter, resulting in the US killing 20 million people since WW II. The People of the United States must say 'no' to imperialism.

08:45

The Myth Of Medicares Projected Insolvency PopularResistance.Org

Every year the Medicare trustees project the year in which the funds for Part A of Medicare will be inadequate to pay the full costs for that year, based on anticipated revenue and spending. Each year the media then report the pending insolvency of Medicare. This is nonsense. Although revenues and demographics may change, adjustments are made to keep the program fully funded. Only if Congress were to decide to destroy Medicare would funding be reduced below sustainable levels. This is particularly ironic since this year the Republicans in their budget have already made a statement that we do not have to have adequate revenues to pay our bills - producing a budget with a trillion dollar deficit. Our job is to elect representatives who support Medicare - not just for current beneficiaries but for everyone, in an improved version. The inevitable political support would ensure full funding forever.

08:40

US Committed War Crimes In Syria PopularResistance.Org

From amid the rubble of Raqqa, civilians are asking why US-led Coalition forces destroyed the city, killing hundreds of civilians in the process of liberating them from the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), Amnesty International said in a new report ahead of the offensives anniversary.  Amnesty International researchers visited 42 Coalition air strike sites across the ruined city and interviewed 112 civilian residents who had survived the carnage and lost loved ones.  The Coalition strikes detailed in the report are examples of wider patterns. There is strong evidence that Coalition air and artillery strikes killed and injured thousands of civilians, including in disproportionate or indiscriminate attacks that violated international humanitarian law and are potential war crimes.

08:39

Summer Offensive For Net Neutrality Starts Now PopularResistance.Org

Net neutrality is being stolen from you. And we have a warrant out for each and every House of Representatives member that has yet to sign to force a vote to reinstate net neutrality rules. Right now the Internet is dying because there are no net neutrality rules in place, but the fight is not over. Join the protest by sharing our wanted posters and using them as your social media avatar/profile pic. Let your representatives know that they are wanted and we want our net neutrality back.

08:34

Global Economy A Giant Debt Scam,What the Financial Elite Dont Want You to Know PopularResistance.Org

Capitalism collapsed in 2008, just as communism had collapsed in 1991 the system we have now is something else This is an argument Varoufakis has made many times, including in his 2011 book The Global Minotaur. As he expressed it to me, the financial crisis of 2008 led to a wholesale collapse of what used to be called capitalism, which has not recovered nearly as much as most people believe. What we have instead is an almost galactic-scale system of moving debt around to conceal the various flaws and shortfalls in the system. Varoufakis calls it bankrupt-ocracy, in which enormous but endangered or bankrupt financial institutions wield enormous power over the rest of society. Thats not capitalism. And on the subject of shell games

08:22

In Face Of US Threats, Iranians Remain Calm And Confident In Their Strength PopularResistance.Org

The look on peoples faces when I mention that I had just returned from visiting Iran is priceless. Even if the trip had been a terrible failure, it still would have been worth it just to see these expressions of confusion, disbelief and sometimes disdain at the mere mention of a visit to Iran. The trip was not a terrible failure; quite the opposite in fact. It was a reminder that looking at the U.S. from the outside, and in this case from a country that has all but been declared an enemy of the U.S., one has the advantage of a very different perspective; and America, led as it is by Donald Trump, seems petulant and dangerous and possessing far too much power. Naturally, wanting to hear first-hand what Iranians thought about current affairs played a big role in my decision to embark on this trip. It happened that it came about shortly after Trumps declaration that the U.S. is pulling out of the Iran agreement and that sanctions were going to be reinstated.

08:09

Letter From Nicaragua: A Catastrophic Well-Orchestrated Event Is Occurring PopularResistance.Org

I am completely certain that this is a coup detat and given the present state of things, I am not surprised the Ortegas have been left somewhat stunned. With mobs roaming the street wielding knives and mortars I do not blame them for constructing a barrier. With the dialogue abandoned, the Truth Commission rejected, the international community failing to be at all constructive, they are in a tight spot... What does surprise me is that few seem to see this catastrophe for the well-orchestrated event which in my opinion it so clearly is. I would not even say the US is the primary backer of the events, they are just there in the background. It is the right-wing within Nicaragua with a level of antipathy toward the Ortegas that cannot be overstated who have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

08:07

Update on the Skripals Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

So, Yulia Skripal is still alive! Possibly in response to my last column on the Skripal affair (I am the only commentator who has picked up on GO2s role in the affair and suggested that she was being held against her will) the British government produced her. However the interview was very tightly controlled, and []

08:02

Israeli Firm Under FBI Scrutiny In Trump Probe Allegedly Targeted BDS Activists PopularResistance.Org

Psy-Group, a mysterious Israeli company that is reportedly being investigated by the FBI in connection with Special Counsel Robert Muellers probe into alleged illegal interference in the 2016 US presidential election, was also involved in covert anti-BDS efforts, according to a lawsuit against the company and multiple sources who spoke to The Times of Israel. BDS is a campaign by some pro-Palestinian activists encouraging people to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel over what they call its ill-treatment of the Palestinians. Psy-Group, which operates in Israel under the name Invop Ltd, is a self-styled leader in intelligence and influence which boasts in its marketing material of its covert techniques and capabilities.

07:52

Seymour Hersh: The CIA Is Filled With Criminals PopularResistance.Org

When a reporter has covered 50 years of American foreign policy disasters, the last great untold story may be his own. That, more or less, is the premise behind a new memoir by Seymour Hersh, the investigative journalist who has been revealing secrets and atrocitiesand often secret atrocitiesto great acclaim since he exposed the My Lai Massacre in 1969. Hershs book, economically titled Reporter, is focused on the work. I dont want anybody reporting about my private life, he once said, and Hersh abides by his own request. In lieu of the personal, were treated to the professional: Hershs rise from the City News Bureau of Chicago to the United Press International to the Associated Press. His breakthrough, however, was as a freelancer: Hersh, famously, received a tip about William Calley, a court-martialed Army lieutenant accused of killing 109 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in a village nicknamed Pinkville.

07:45

Urgent Call For Help From Water Is Life Camp PopularResistance.Org

WE NEED YOU. I am asking you to make plans to joins us at Leau Est La Vie Camp ASAP, within the next 6-8 weeks (most effectively in the next four). Weve been fighting this battle to stop the tail end of DAPL, known as Bayou Bridge. We have won on both a state and federal level, yet the construction continues... The hundreds-of-years-old Cypress trees continue to fall, the water and wildlife cry out from the war zone, and the people in the path are squashed even further beneath the shoes of the oppressor. I realize that it is ceremony time. I realize that there are other important fights out there, and I wouldnt want anyone to do what they are unable or morally opposed to but if you ever thought about coming to fight beside me/us, that time is now and honestly like no other.

07:25

The awesome beauty and power of a tornado Freethought Blogs

This video of a tornado touching down in Laramie, Wyoming last week is awe-inspiring. I had thought that tornados start in the clouds and then touch down on the ground but in this video at the 18-second mark you see that there is also a bottom-up element, a sliver that starts on the ground and joins to the larger part coming from the top. The tightness of the funnel cloud is indicative of the massive destructive power that it can unleash for anyone and anything that has the misfortune to lie in its narrow path.

07:11

30 phone calls to 9-1-1 that Sheriff Joseph Lombardo doesnt want you to hear from the night of 1 October Intellihub

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) Intellihub editor-in-chief Shepard Ambellas tediously went through 518 different 9-1-1 calls from the night of the 1 October massacre in which the online sleuth located a cornucopia of information which further paints a picture of how Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo lied to the general public about events which occurred on the night of the shooting.

However, its also important to point out that the sheriff did not lie by choice but rather lied due to the fact that the Department of Homeland Security deemed the terror attack a matter of national security just one day after the shooting which is why FBI Special Agent Aaron Rouse was subsequently assigned to Lombardo as his handler.

The following calls to 911 took place between the hours of 10:00 pm and 11:59 pm on October 1, 2017, and absolutely eviscerate LVMPDs narrative of a single lone wolf shooter.

You can read over 250 other detailed reports on the Las Vegas Shooting here.

10:16 pm

When a 911 operator asked the caller if she saw the shooter, the woman who was inside the Route 91 venue at the time replied: I think we saw the guy flying in a helicopter. [] You guys need officers in the sky because hes flying in a helicopter. (Keep in mind the LVMPD helicopter did not show up anywhere near the vicinity until 10:25 pm) You can learn more about the helicopters here.

Listen to call 48

10:33 pm

A LVMPD 911 call operator who was taking real-time caller info in the background can be heard saying: We have three shooters on the 32nd-floor of the Mandalay Bay.

Listen to call 159

10:38 pm

911 operator: There was a shooter at the Route 91 and all that we know is that the suspects are still outstanding and there were three of them.

...

07:09

Poor-Led Peoples Campaign Marches To Resurrect Resurrection City PopularResistance.Org

For the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign and Resurrection City, poor and houseless people marched from the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia to Washington, DC where they are setting up a Resurrection City in DuPont Circle. We speak with Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia), co-founder of POOR Magazine and a participant on the march, about the reality of poverty in the United States. Tiny describes the march and the intersections between poverty and many other areas such as mass incarceration, health and colonization. This is a poor-led people's campaign that is not only resisting the policies and systems that drive the current crises, but is also putting forth poor people-led solutions, such as the Bank of Community Reparations and Homefulness.

06:30

Putin and Xi top the G6+1 OpEdNews

President Trump was the predictable star of the show in Canada. He came late. He left early. He skipped a working breakfast. He disagreed with everybody. He issued a "free trade proclamation," as in no barriers and tariffs whatsoever, everywhere, after imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on Europe and Canada. He signed the final communique and then he didn't.

06:17

Identity Whistling Freethought Blogs

Ive seen a few editorials along the lines of this one or this one:

An expanding working class may have dealt the final blow to the Kathleen Wynne Liberals, whose support has now become concentrated among upper class Ontarians and a shrinking middle class. For now, Doug Fords PCs hold a strong hand with working class votersnearly double the support of either the Liberals or NDP. If Ford can sustain his working class support until June 7, he will sweep to a majority government.

Its eerily similar to what we were hearing about Trump, isnt it? And in Trumps case, weve got a growing body of evidence that it wasnt about economics, it was really about identity threat.

Donald Trumps success in the 2016 campaign for the U.S. presidential election has defied the expectations of many Americans. This study is the first to demonstrate experimentally that the changing racial demographics of America are directly contributing to Trumps success among Whites by increasing perceived threats to their groups status. It is also the first to show that White Americans responses to increasing racial diversity depend on how identified they are with their ethnic group.

Major, Brenda, Alison Blodorn, and Gregory Major Blascovich. The threat of increasing diversity: Why many White Americans support Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations (2016): 1368430216677304.

The most obvious finding in Table 1 is that, contrary to conventional wisdom, there is little to no evidence that those whose incomes declined or whose incomes increased to a lesser extent than others incomes were more likely to support Trump. Even change in subjective assessment of ones own personal financial situation had no discernible impact on evaluations of Trump or on change in vote choice. Likewise, those who lost a job between 2012 and 2016 were no more likely to support Trump. []

Mass opinion changes on status threat-related issues were not, by themselves, the driving force in increasing affinity for the Republican candidate. Instead, increasing relative distance from the Democratic c...

06:16

There Are No War Heroes. There Are Only War Victims. The Last American Vagabond

Yesterday President Donald Trump tweeted, My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somolia. They are truly all HEROES. Three hours later he tweeted it again, this time with the correct spelling of Somalia. A few days earlier, at the climax of his phony, []

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05:55

5 Facts Proving They Are Coming For Your Guns Is Not A Conspiracy Theory The Last American Vagabond

While gun control advocates say they just want common sense legislation, all signs point towards a push for the repeal of the Second Amendment. (TFTP) Many of the politicians, mainstream media pundits, and students who call for stricter gun control laws insist that they are only seeking common sense gun legislation. But in reality, the []

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05:01

Aint Nothing Wrong Freethought Blogs

With another Unity song.

 

And while were at it, one of my favorite covers of all time:

Have a good day folks. Be productive if you can.

04:45

Overview Of Abrupt Anthropogenic Climate Change OpEdNews

Dr. McPherson is the world's leading spokesperson of the fate of our species. It will be much sooner than later, as in our lifetimes. We will almost certainly look like Mars. The upside is that all other "news" is melodramatic bullshit.

04:31

Open thread for episode 22.23: Tracie and Matt Freethought Blogs

Tracie and Matt take viewer calls.

 

General TAE Links

General useful resources

04:26

After Trip to Gaza, Anthony Bourdain Accused World of Robbing Palestinians of Their Basic Humanity OpEdNews

Anthony Bourdain died by suicide in Strasbourg, France, as he was filming one of his episodes of his very popular show Parts Unknown. He traveled to Gaza. In 2014, he won an award from the Muslim Public Affairs Council. In his acceptance speech, he said, "The world has visited many terrible things on the Palestinian people, none more shameful than robbing them of their basic humanity."

04:04

Tools. Freethought Blogs

 C. Ford, all rights reserved. Bad flash, sorry. Click for full size.

C. Ford, all rights reserved. Bad flash, sorry. Click for full size.

Good tools are important. Having the right tools is very important too. I can highly recommend the Staedtler sharpener (mine is in obvious need of a clean). It works beautifully and renders a very sharp tip. Speaking of sharp tips, everyone who has worked with pencil, colour or not, is familiar with point breakage during drawing. This sends tiny bits of core all over the place. If youre working in ordinary pencil, its not a major deal if it smears, as its easily erased. That is so not the case with colour pencils, Prismacolor in particular. Normally, I use a fox tail brush to clean, but these can cause problems with colour pencils, in that no matter how lightly you wield one, its still heavy enough to cause many a smear. The solution? Feathers. I use 3 types of feather. Not only can you pick up minuscule bits of pencil with them, they are very good to brush an area of your work without smearing.  The turkey feather is the lightest, and excellent at picking up bits; the other two are stiffer, with more weight, and good for an overall sweep. If you have a bunch of bits and dust, gently press the feather down on them, and it will pick them up. Dont forget to clean your feather after. Just using your fingers on the feathers works fine.

Living rural, I dont have to go far to find feathers, but if youre deep in an urbanscape, feathers of all types are easily found in craft stores. The benefit there is that you can buy feathers by the bag, so youll have more than enough for your needs.

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22 seconds in the microwave, kept all the info. Just sharpened it, seems to have worked. This was also a sharp reminder of a major failing on my part not paying attention. Im so colour focused, I completely ignore observing the condition of the pencil. Now that I had a very good look at this one, there are a number of gouges and scores, particularly on the back of it, and there was a suspicious piece transparent tape, too. So, while its good to know you can fix your pencil up, it pays to be very observant of the pencil itself befo...

04:04

Shorter Pope Francis to Big Oil : You're Going to Hell if You don't Go Green OpEdNews

Pope Francis on Saturday forthrightly reminded Big Oil that climate change is a moral issue. Unlike President Trump, the Vatican has a whole bevy of science advisers. What a comedown for Americans proud of our First Amendment and republican spirit, that the Vatican is now demonstrably more progressive than is the United States of America.

03:44

Bilderberg 2018 Final Day Report Harassed Mid Interview For Typical And Fitting Ending Latest blog

Filming in Italy is not the easiest thing to do especially on Bilderberg weekend when tensions are high and power trips are through the roof! Italian police detained Dan and Luke were detained 6 or 7 times over the course of just a few days but that didn't them from getting the job done! In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change about the experiences they had while covering this years Bilderberg conference in Turin Italy...and wouldn't you know it, security even interrupted this interview in a typical and fitting end to the Bilderberg weekend.

03:15

Donald Trump is costing us one precious thing: time OpEdNews

Climate change comes with a time limit. We don't have four years to waste ignoring it, not when Arctic sea ice is reaching new lows and temperatures are breaking records. Even if a new president someday takes up climate seriously, the carbon we're spewing now will still be in the atmosphere to haunt us over geological time. Time is the trouble.

02:33

Vital: Crisis in Armenia and Balance of Power in South Caucasus Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Gordon Duff - we seldom see the level of analysis and scholarship exhibited here.  We laud SouthFront for their work.

02:32

Heres What Baltic Countries Really Fear From Russia (and Its Not Invasion) Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Amid NATOs ongoing military buildup in the Baltic countries, and former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves recent warning that Russia would lose St. Petersburg if it dared attack the region, its current leaders have said that the countries have something much more tangible to fear from the east. Speaking at a press conference of the Baltic countries []

02:30

How Art Imitates Life Unsafe Tech Use Regularly Portrayed in TV and Film Normalizes This in Real Life Activist Post

By B.N. Frank New technology has provided many benefits.  Having access to a cell phone in emergencies and using the Internet for research can and...

02:29

Russia Develops New Space Laser Cannon Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

A company affiliated with the Russian space agency Roscosmos is reportedly moving to develop a powerful new laser capable of evaporating targets in orbit for the benefit of all mankind. Researchers at the Scientific and Industrial Corporation Precision Instrument Systems (NPK SPP), a subsidiary of Roscosmos, are developing a new technology which would allow for the vaporizing of potentially []

02:18

Dance Of Death: Cardinal and Bishop. Freethought Blogs

Click for full size. Text translation in the comments.

Cardinal.

Cardinal.

Bishop.

Bishop.

02:17

5 Facts Proving They Are Coming For Your Guns Is Not A Conspiracy Theory Activist Post

By Rachel Blevins Many of the politicians, mainstream media pundits, and students who call for stricter gun control laws insist that they are only seeking...

01:59

For Captured Regulators, Repealing the Volcker Rule is Child's Play OpEdNews

The next recession may not be an ordinary one. While employment has recovered, wage growth has remained weak. A new study shows that almost half of all Americans are unable to pay for their basic necessities. Half of those polled in another study say they would be unable to come up with $400 for a financial emergency.

01:40

Morris just became a little more civilized Freethought Blogs

We now have a coffeeshop that is open on Sundays!

My plans to see Morris become a happier place are advancing. I have a list.

  • Coffeeshop with longer hours open every day

  • A regional airport

  • Henry Kissinger chokes on his own blood and dies

  • A good bagel place

  • A deep water seaport to the Pacific Ocean

  • For the entire Trump family and their cronies to be arrested and convicted for corruption and fraud, and to spend the rest of their lives in jail or in poverty, whichever makes them more miserable

  • World Peace

See? Im not asking much.

01:35

Ultimate narcissist Trump wants to destroy the world George Soros Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

There is a simple way of telling if someone has had too much "Zio-kool-aid." They blame "Jewish" George Soros for "Greater Israel" and his support of the neocons and Israel's extremism.

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The Same Military That Guns Down Peaceful Women and Children Is Training Cops In The US The Free Thought Project

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U.S. law enforcement officials regularly travel to Israel to receive extensive training from a military that routinely shoots and kills innocent citizens.

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Episode #236 Parts Unknown with guests Gilad Atzmon and Robert Inlakesh 21st Century Wire

 
Episode #236 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes on June 10th 2018 as host Patrick Henningsen brings you a very special LIVE broadcast on the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) covering all the top news stories worldwide

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This week the SUNDAY WIRE broadcasts LIVE as host Patrick Henningsen is joined in-studio by Mike Robinson editor of the UK Column with all the top stories in the US, Europe and internationally. This week well discuss the continued fall-out from Israels massacre of unarmed protesters in Gaza, Palestine, as well as the mysterious death of maverick American TV host and best-selling author, Anthony Bourdain. Later in the first hour well be joined LIVE by a very special guest, artist and author Gilad Atzmon to discuss the current aggressive attacks on free speech by the Israeli Lobby and its affiliate organizations, as we try and analyze why the intensity of attacks has increased so much in recent months and how this relates the the situation on the ground in the Middle East. In the second hour well connect with independent journalist and advocate for Palestine, Robert Inlakesh, to discuss recent events in Gaza and the West Bank. Later in the final segment well take a critical look at the political character known as Tommy Robinson and how his current case is stoking racial tensions in the UK and...

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Beware Hawaii-FEMA Barges Are the Newest Form of FEMA Camps Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

FEMA has essentially told America that we are on our own when it comes to a disaster. Then why is FEMA using barges to imprison people after pretending to rescue them?

I frequently receive information from disgruntled employees to aware and awake personnel with a conscience from the various alphabet soup agencies. However, I have been hearing about FEMA barges since Hurricane Katrina and getting details has proven almost impossible. There literally is no paper trail regarding mission plans, or operations details.

Scant Information On FEMA Barges

As stated, I have been hearing the stories and rumors of FEMA barges since Katrina, small operation, to Houstons Hurricane Harvey, large operation. My sources of information have not been federal employees as much as the few people who have contacted me who were able to escape the clutches of FEMA. Therefore, much of my previous knowledge comes from people who have seen the operations from the outside looking in, not the from the inside, hence, another reason for the elusiveness of the operation.

Since Hurricane Harvey, I have received two detailed stories from two separate individuals in two different locations who provided information on how people are supposedly gathered up.  The supposed stories had some common elements. First, armed private contractors do a sweep of an area where they are hoping to gather up detainees. The people are disarmed by the private contractors of anything that could be used as a weapon. In both cases, sustenance food and water was left behind for the potential evacuees in anticipation of FEMAs arrival. The objective of the initial personnel was not to transport anyone, anywhere, they were solely disarming the people and told to stay in place as more help was coming. One person told me that he asked...

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Cop Suspended After Facebook Post Selling Coffee Mugs With Pics of Incapacitated Citizens The Free Thought Project

A police officer was suspended for selling mugs that depicted a photo of a local homeless man who was passed out on a log.

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Behind the Iron Curtain part 10 Sex Ed Freethought Blogs

These are my recollections of a life behind the iron curtain. I do not aim to give perfect and objective evaluation of anything, but to share my personal experiences and memories. It will explain why I just cannot get misty eyed over some ideas on the political left and why I loathe many ideas on the right.


This is another one of the issues where the current US divide between left and right amuses me greatly. If you ever saw the movie Red Heat you will probably remember Arnold Schwarzenegger in his role as a Soviet agent turning on TV in a cheap American hotel and upon seeing porn uttering the word Capitalism! with utmost sneer in his voice. That scene rings so true to me.

The regimes attitude to sex and sex education was abysmal. You see, sex is pleasurable to the individual, and as such informing the populace about how it is supposed to work could not be easily spun into a way to advance the greater good. Pornography was illegal and erotica very strictly regulated. And sex education almost non-existent.

Well, that is not entirely true. Sex ed was compulsory. But non-existent at the same time.

In the seventh class of elementary school, the biology classes were focused on human anatomy. Towards the end of the year part of the curriculum was about sexual and reproductive organs and some sex education thrown in.

The sex education part was gender segregated. Girls were shown some educational video whose details I do not know. Some boys tried to listen at the windows and from them I know that it probably consisted mostly of information about expected changes in body chemistry and shape during puberty, and nothing more.

Boys had even less informative session, which I missed completely due to illness. All I know from highly bemused accounts from my schoolmates is that instead of the rather good diagrams in books the whole issue was explained on a picture of a tulip. Really. Bees and flowers. At school. In 1980s.

At no point whatsoever were the technicalities of sex mentioned. No mention of consent and how it is supposed to work, no mention about how condoms are used and what other options of contraception there are, no mention of how the body parts actually fit into each other. So all of this info had to be learned from surroundings, either from family members or from peers. Which has of course led to great variation between individuals.

Info about consent came mostly from media and from peers, with all the masculine garbage that is the stupid yes means yes, no means try harder.
Use of condoms had everybody to gleam from rare articles that might be written in some magazine for adults or to figure out for themselves. Oh, and the stupid its womans responsibility to not get pregnant was part of the package too.

How the sex itself i...

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Fake president wasted everyones time this weekend in Canada Dvorak News Blog

Fake president wasted everyone's time this weekend in Canada

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SUNDAY SCREENING: War as a Working Place (2017) 21st Century Wire

Our weekly documentary film curated by the editorial team at 21WIRE.

This intimate film follows three Syrian television reporters and tells their story of peril, dedication and perseverance in the face of one of the worst conflicts of this century. The first reporter is Rabie Deebh who has covered Syrian Army operations and the ongoing crisis since 2011. While working, he was wounded and even suffered partially paralysis as a result of his injuries and still went straight back to work regardless. The film also follows Yara Saleh who, with her TV crew, was abducted and held for ransom by terrorists. Tragically, one of Yaras close colleagues was executed. Despite her horrific experience, she still working as a TV reporter in Syria. Finally, the film follows a single mother and war reporter named Laymona, who covers suicide bomb attacks, and even interviews armed militants in dangerous situations. Watch:

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Run time: 27 min
Director: Oleg Nekishev
Distributor: Novosti TV (2017)

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Why is John Oliver Running Anti-Venezuela Propaganda? 21st Century Wire

Previously, we have documented how western mainstream media propaganda has been used to mislead western audiences about the country of Syria in order to gain western support for aggressive policies like sanctions, proxy war and direct military intervention. This same system is now being applied to other target nations.

During Venezuelas recent presidential election, US-based British comedian, John Oliver, dedicated an entire episode of his HBO show Last Week Tonight to defaming and lying about the Venezuelan government, as well as advocating for punitive sanctions and some type of US intervention, possibly regime change. Olivers propaganda tranche appears to be aimed at western self-identified progressives. In this video, TeleSURs Empire Files producer Mike Prysner points out a series of Olivers lies, omissions and gross misrepresentations. If you listen closely throughout this piece, you will also see how Oliver is employing more or less the exact same script used to inflate the opposition movement and demonize the Syria government and justify sanctions and regime change there. Watch:

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Combat Vet Posts Shocking Picture of How Many Pills He Has to Take Because Cannabis is Illegal The Free Thought Project

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A veteran who was prescribed nearly 10,000 pills a year has now become an outspoken advocate for the one medicine that actually helped his chronic paincannabis.

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Conspiracy Theory Confirmed: Researcher Shows How Phone Shows Ads Based on Conversations It Hears The Free Thought Project

While social media companies have spent years denying that their apps are recording your private conversations, the truth is finally coming out.

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Assad to NWO: You supported terrorists, and Im gonna say it straight to our face Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

If Saudi Arabia and Egypt have already sold their souls to the New World Order and to the Zionist Regime in Israel and the United States, if they have already prostrated before the Powers That Be, then Assad has a message for all them: Syria is still not for sale. And if they think that the country is going to surrender any time soon, then theyve got another thing coming.

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