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Thursday, 12 April

03:28

New California Bill Would Eliminate Free Speech, Require Online Fact Checkers The Last American Vagabond

California Senator Richard Pan, the infamous fascist who forced a mandatory vaccination law through in order to rake in money from big pharma, has decided there should no longer be free speech for anyone other than the government. Pans new bill proposes to require online fact checkers to verify content before anything can be posted on the internet. []

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03:12

Israel Bombed Syria To Distract The Media From Its Own War Crimes In Gaza The Last American Vagabond

The United States, France, and Britain have agreed to respond to an alleged Syrian gas attack that took place in Douma, reportedly killing dozens of people. This is despite the fact that Reuters already reported that U.S. government sources told the news outlet that the U.S. government had not yet conclusively determined whether the attack []

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02:56

Zuckerberg Hearings Prove Government Shouldnt Regulate Facebook The Federalist

In the year 2018, at the height of The Russia Scare, the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, was hauled in front of a tribunal of tech-illiterate politicians and asked to explain himself. It was my mistake, and Im sorry, Zuckerberg told Senators who were upset about the companys exploitation (and fumbling) of user data which, unbeknownst to them, was social medias entire business model.

A number of panics have brought us to this preposterous place: The notion that Russian trolls on Facebook could swing the 2016 election and undermined our democracy; the idea that Facebooks leftward bias is so corrosive that the company should be regulated like a utility; and, finally, the general way in which social media tends to reveal the ugly side of human nature which is indeed scary, but has little to do with any particular platform.

Granted, one platform that never seems to fail us is the dais at the Senate. If one could brush aside the bipartisan preening and soundbites during the Zuckerberg hearings, they would be still subjected to an infuriating mix of ignorance and arrogance. Across the media, it was accurately noted that the United States is, in large part, run by a bunch of elderly politicians completely unsuited to regulate the tech industry. The obvious lesson, though, was still lost on many. Rather than trying to elect more technocrats, we should come to terms with the fact that, in an increasingly complex world, politicians will always unsuited to regulate most industries, which is why they should do so only sparingly.

Not that ignorance has ever stopped Senators from grandstanding. Republican John Kennedy, for instance, believes that Facebook should be disciplined because its users erroneously assumed that the service was free. Your user agreement sucks, said Kennedy, describing a perfectly legal document that had already been subjected to an array of contractual regulations and was probably read by only a fraction of social media giants users. The purpose of that user agreement is to cover Facebooks rear end, its not to inform users of their rights, he went on to say, I dont want to vote to have to regulate Facebook, but by God I will.

So if a private entity follows the law, but happens to upset the sensibilities of a power-abusing bully in the United States Senate, they will, by God, be punished by with some nannyistic intrusion or byzantine regulation?

Well, not really punished, right? Because of course the rent-seeking Facebook desires more regulation. Fo...

02:46

Syrian War Report April 11, 2018: US Destroyers, Subs With Hundreds Of Missiles Near Syria - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

from SouthFront The US Navy is creating a strike group with hundreds of Tomahawk cruise missiles for a possible attack on Syria. The USS Donald Cook has already drawn attention to its actions in the eastern Mediterranean where it has reportedly been harassed by Russian warplanes. The USS Carney is also deployed somewhere in Mediterranean, []

02:43

WATCH: Sheriff of Deadliest Dept in US Says His Deputies Have Financial Incentive to Kill People The Free Thought Project

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A leaked video from the deadliest police department in the country catches its sheriff clearly stating that his deputies have a financial incentive to kill suspects instead of wounding them.

The post WATCH: Sheriff of Deadliest Dept in US Says His Deputies Have Financial Incentive to Kill People appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

02:30

World Sheds a Tear for Syrian Children, but for Gaza Its Business as Usual The Anti-Media

Syrian Children(MEMO)  In the aftermath of the chemical weapons assault that suffocated to death over 80 men, women and children in the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta, this weekend British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a stern warning to the highest levels of the Syrian government: The regime and its backers, including Russia, must be held to account, she said. This []

02:30

Virginia Law Requires Strict Asset Forfeiture Reporting; First Step Toward Reform Activist Post

By Michael Maharrey Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill into law implementing reporting requirements for all asset forfeitures in the state, including cases...

02:20

Native Sun News Today: 13-year-old Native water protector addresses United Nations Indianz.Com News

In Canada, a 13-year-old indigenous girl has made the fight for clean water her lifes mission.

02:16

The Resurrection Of The Gold Standard & The Collapse Of The Old System The Last American Vagabond

As the financial world is in a near constant state of chaos of late, from the stock market and cryptocurrency markets to trade wars and the slowly dying petrodollar, it is becoming clear that some massive changes are on the horizon. Whether they will ultimately be good or bad for the average investor is unclear, []

The post The Resurrection Of The Gold Standard & The Collapse Of The Old System appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

02:14

Winning! So hard! Freethought Blogs

Its official: Paul Ryan wont be running for re-election. Hes the 39th Republican to announce a retirement from office this year. Its almost as if they know something.

He stated his two major accomplishments:

Ryan had long championed overhauling the tax code, a goal accomplished with the passage last year of the sweeping GOP tax bill.

Thats something Ive been working on my entire adult life, Ryan said at his news conference.

He cited tax reform and rebuilding the military as his two biggest achievements and said he wants to accomplish more before stepping down.

What? Hes proud of a tax reform thats a bonanza for the filthy rich and increases our debt?

Someone tell me when our military was weak and needed strengthening, because right now all I see is expensive overkill. So Ryan helped make that worse?

I think its more like hes done all the damage he can do, and hes getting out to enjoy his ill-gotten gains.

01:48

Brian Lightfoot Brown: Narragansett Tribe marks federal recognition milestone Indianz.Com News

If even for just a day, the Narragansett people could feel pride in knowing that they have come together in the past and gained a victory.

01:47

After Maria: Puerto Rican Self-Determination OpEdNews

What's in store for Puerto Rico's future? Some people are pushing to privatize everything from education to the power grid. In the massive gaps left by our official response, individuals, communities, and organizations are stepping in.

01:46

Brother of Las Vegas shooter drops bombshell: He wanted to be an enrolled FBI agent, talked about carrying a gun for a living Intellihub

(INTELLIHUB) Alleged Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddocks brother Bruce recently let the cat out of the bag on an episode of Hidden Truth after he mentioned that his brother Stephen had always aspired to be an enrolled FBI agent who carried a gun for a living.

Bruce Paddock told Hidden Truths Jim Breslo that his controlling brother Stephen was a mamas boy who often got what he wanted but said that Steve also earned his living.

He had the bright red Volkswagen that the neighbors wanted and he was always in school, Bruce explained during the forthcoming interview.

Stephen wanted to be an enrolled agent, an FBI agent, Bruce explained. He talked about carrying a gun for a living.

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Shepard Ambellas is an opinion journalist, analyst, and the founder and editor-in-chief of Intellihub News & Politics (Intellihub.com). Shepard is also known for producing Shade: The Motion Picture (2013) and appearing on Travel Channels America Declassified (2013). Shepard is a regular contributor to Infowars. Read more from Sheps World. Follow Shep on Facebook. Subscribe to Sheps YouTube channel.

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01:46

The Canadian Government Is Terrified About What Cannabis Will Do To Their Pal Big Pharma! Latest blog

When it comes to the cannabis plant there is certainly a lot fear uncertainty and doubt being pushed by the mainstream media by request of the Canadian government. They are terrified about what it will do to their relationship with the big pharmaceutical companies who have been working hand in hand with for a vert long time! In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with Chad Jackett of Liberty Farms about what the government has in store when in comes to "legalization", how it will effect big pharma and more importantly what you can do about it!

01:30

Arne Vainio: 'If I quit smoking right now it wouldn't change a thing' Indianz.Com News

She was working hard to breathe. She always worked hard, but this time was different.

01:29

DETOX yourself from these everyday items that could be wreaking havoc on your hormones Intellihub

Do you know that some of the everyday things we take for granted are teeming with toxins that harm our health?

A large scale study discovered a whopping 90 percent of the most popular bottled water brands have microplastics small enough to enter the body. Journalism organization Orb Media asked scientists from the State University of New York to study brands of bottled water. They found that these bottled water brands had as much as 10,000 plastic pieces per liter of water. This prompted the World Health Organization to announce that it will review the potential risks of plastic in drinking water, even as water bottle companies stood by the quality and safety of their products.

Another study, this time from the University Of Exeter, supports the above-mentioned one. It showed that nearly 90 percent of teenagers have gender-bending chemicals from plastic in their bodies. The culprit is Bisphenol-A or BPA in plastic containers, water bottles, and linings of tinned foods and drinks. A 2016 study revealed that two out of three canned foods have BPA.

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control survey found that 93 percent of the population had measurable amounts of BPA. Dr. Channa Jayasena, clinical senior lecturer and consultant in reproductive endocrinology at Imperial College London warns, The risk of these endocrine disrupting chemicals is enormous. My concern is that by the time we work out what they actually do, they might be causing diseases we dont know about.

You can detox water bottles by heating them. You should also rinse food before eating.

Meanwhile, unfiltered tap water, fruits, and vegetables can have xenoestrogen chemicals that cause breast cancer and obesity. Detox by drinking filtered water which removes harmful chemicals. Nutritional therapist Daniel OShannessy, director of Bodhimaya Health Centre suggests freeing greens and fruits from pesticides by soaking them in water and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. You can also use veggie wash before cooking.

Till receipts, sanitary products and napkins are sources of toxins as well. U.S. gynecologist Dr. Sara Gottfried says that the shiny coating on till receipts contains BPA which our skin absorbs. France wants an EU-wide ban on till receipts with BPA and most receipts in that country are ma...

01:22

Not Just for Day Trading, Cryptocurrency Is Funding and Helping to Educate Children In Africa The Free Thought Project

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Dash is sponsoring youth programs in Africa, where children have access to healthy food, an extensive library, and athletic activities.

The post Not Just for Day Trading, Cryptocurrency Is Funding and Helping to Educate Children In Africa appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

01:07

The David Silverman case Freethought Blogs

Yesterday I got the following email from the organization American Atheists of which I am a member.

On the evening of Saturday, April 7, 2018, the American Atheists Board of Directors received a complaint regarding David Silverman, the President of American Atheists.

The Board takes very seriously the concerns expressed and, in accordance with organization policies, the Board has placed Mr. Silverman on leave while an independent investigation is conducted. Mr. Silverman has pledged his full cooperation with the investigation.

The Board, led by Vice President Kathleen Johnson and myself, will fulfill the duties of the President while Mr. Silverman is on leave. National Program Director Nick Fish will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization.

While Mr. Silverman is on leave, American Atheists will continue our work protecting the separation of religion and government, elevating the voices of atheists in our nations public discourse, and supporting our members and atheist communities across the country.

We are committed to transparency and openness about this process and will release more information as it becomes available.

If you have any questions, please contact Nick Fish, National Program Director, via email at nfish@atheists.org or by calling (908) 276-7300 ext. 8.

Sincerely,
Neal Cary
Chair, Board of Directors
American Atheists

That I was surprised is putting it mildly. What I noticed was that AA had said that they received the complaint about Silverman on the evening of Saturday, April 7. That was the day of the Secular Social Justice Conference and Silverman was there the whole day and I wondered whether something had happened there. Of course, the complaint may have had nothing to do with the SSJ event and just happened to be made on that day.

I had never met Silverman before but did so for the first time at the event. When I entered the hall, I chose a seat at the right extreme of the second row which I thought would give me a good view of the speakers and slides. (Some speakers often do not make the fonts large enough to be seen from even fairly close up and that was the case here too.). I then recognized the person right in front of me in the front row as Silverman and introduced myself to him and during the course of the event during breaks we spoke several times and he was very friendly and cordial, telling me about the latest AA conference and what it was like to appear on the Fox News talk shows with hosts like Bill OReilly and Sean Hannity who were clearly hostile to atheism.

Since he was in the front row, I assumed that he had some role in the proceedings but it turned out that he was just another attendee. He sat there the whole time, alone, and not interacting much with anyone except me from time to time and with people in the line for lunch or co...

01:06

Bruce Paddock, brother of the Las Vegas shooter, says he was raised believing his father was dead Intellihub

Once Bruce and Eric found out their father was alive and well they took a trip to Oregon to visit their father before realizing he was no role model

(INTELLIHUB) Accused Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddocks brother Bruce told Hidden Truths Jim Breslo in an obscure private interview that he and his brothers were raised believing that their father was dead until all four siblings were one day confronted later in life by their mother Dolores Irene Hudson who told then told them that their father was alive and well and was living in Oregon at the time.

Bruce Paddock told Breslo that he and his four estranged brother were all summoned to a meeting by their mother on day 37-years ago where they were told their father was once an outlaw.

Bruce said that he and his brother Eric once drove up to Oregon to meet their father but were not very impressed by his thuggish presence.

Listen to the entire interview with Bruce Paddock here.

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01:05

Daily Inspiration --- I only walk on water when it---absolutely necessary OpEdNews

There is the story of an Indian peasant, known to those in his village as a pious, humble, simple soul. He had a son with vision and ambition who went far away to Tibet, and came home after many years of study, a man of many talents. Among other things, he had learned to walk on water.

01:05

Republican leader Paul Ryan from Wisconsin won't seek re-election Indianz.Com News

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), the Speaker of the House with unusual ties to Indian Country, won't seek re-election.

01:00

4 Factors that can Make Affordable Housing not so Affordable Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Ask a dozen strangers on the street what they think the term affordable housing means, and youll likely get a dozen answers. Though the Department of Housing and Urban development defines affordable with a simple number no more than 30% of total household income the reality of what it means to be able to comfortably make the rent or the mortgage every month can be more complicated. When you choose a home, after all, youre not just choosing a roof over your head; youre choosing a neighborhood, and all of the people, amenities, and services that come (or dont come) with it.

So lets break down some of the hidden costs that deceptively simple number might overlook and why we need to change our fundamental approach to development if we want to make housing truly affordable for more people.

 From the St. Louis fact sheet on H+T Index.  Click to view larger.

From the St. Louis fact sheet on H+T Index.  Click to view larger.

1. Transportation costs

The fundamental reason that many so-called affordable housing options in our cities arent really so affordable? Location, location, location. Urbanists around the world have long recognized that a cheap apartment can cost you a lot more than you think if its located in an area that puts you miles out of reach of even the most basic services and in many of our places, thats exactly where the cheapest housing tends to be.

With the average annual cost of vehicle ownership hovering at $8,469 per year and 57% of American households owning two or more cars, residents of cities dominated by auto-centric development patterns may find that their transportation costs rival or even outstrip what they pay in rent or a mortgage. The Center for Neighborhood Technologys Housing and Transportation (H+T) Affordability Index provides a searchable database that spells out exactly...

00:56

How Paul Ryan Went From Young Gun To Gone The Federalist

Speaker Paul Ryans spokesman, Brendan Buck, relayed this paragraph this morning:

This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his last year as a member of the House. He will serve out his full term, run through the tape, and then retire in January. After nearly twenty years in the House, the speaker is proud of all that has been accomplished and is ready to devote more of his time to being a husband and a father. While he did not seek the position, he told his colleagues that serving as speaker has been the professional honor of his life, and he thanked them for the trust they placed in him. He will discuss his decision at a press conference immediately following the member meeting.

This retirement was the most open secret in Washington for months. No one believed Ryan would return even if Republicans had been more likely to hold the House of Representatives. As a practical matter, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise have been jockeying internally over replacing Ryan as the House leader of the GOP McCarthys relationship with Trump gives him the early favorite for that role but every political prognosticator believes that role will be as Minority Leader, not Speaker.

In the aftermath of the Democratic waves in 2008, Ryan, McCarthy, and Eric Cantor presented themselves to Republican voters as The Young Guns a new generation of conservatives largely untainted by the poor decisions of the Bush Administration, ready to lead in a time when Republicans were downtrodden and Democrats ebullient about the possibilities of the Obama years. Of the three, only Ryan had something particularly interesting to say: he was a blue-eyed salesman for the cod liver oil of entitlement reform. And he achieved something truly amazing: he got Republicans, at least for a time, to grasp that third rail. They voted for his reform plans reluctantly at first, but once they discovered the throw granny off a cliff ads had little power, their cowardice gradually dissipated.

Ryan was the most important Republican in Washington from 2009 to 2016. He now seems like a throwback from a bygone era, when voters expected their politicians to be straight-laced, honest, and sincere. He was serious, and dedicated himself to trying to tell stories to the American people about the fiscal direction of the country stories which voters mostly ignored because they always seemed to involve hard news and histograms. Wisconsin nice and a truly decent person, Ryans approach was doomed in an era that values none of those things. It values the ferocity, the abandon of confrontational politics, not grand bargains and compromise.

After Eric Cantor crashed into a pile of earmarks, there were a number of political movers and shakers who fixed themselves to Ryanism as a method of grasping at power, not an expression of ideological dedication. They were never really in it because of a belief in Ryans refine...

00:51

Truth, Peace, Justice and the War on Syria: Lies, Fake Humanitarians, Fake Covers for War Crimes OpEdNews

The Truth is shouting at this very moment, for all who care to listen. As hostages are being released, "Repentance Jails" are emptying, and freed captives are rejoicing, real, primary source evidence is emerging, and it tells a story that contradicts State Department lies and MSM fabrications.

00:39

The slippery slope to a constitution-free America Intellihub

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.Benjamin Franklin

The ease with which Americans are prepared to welcome boots on the ground, regional lockdowns, routine invasions of their privacy, and the dismantling of every constitutional right intended to serve as a bulwark against government abuses is beyond unnerving.

I am referring at this particular moment in time to President Trumps decision to deploy military forces to the border in a supposed bid to protect the country from invading bands of illegal immigrants.

This latest attempt to bamboozle the citizenry into relinquishing even more of their rights is commonly referred to as letting the wolves guard the henhouse.

Never mind that using the U.S. military as a police force constitutes a direct violation of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. Never mind that Americas police have already been transformed into a standing army. Never mind that the borders have always been porousa fact that the government and its corporate partners profit from greatly when convenient. Never mind that Trumps infatuation with heavy-handed military and police power could pave the way for far greater threats to our liberties than a few underfed, unemployed migrants entering the country.

We are long past the stage where the governmentat any levelabides by restrictions on its powers.

What we are dealing with is a run-away government hyped up on its own power, whose policies are dictated more by paranoia than need.

Watching the state of our nation unravel, I cant help but think of Nazi Field Marshal Hermann Goerings remarks during the Nuremberg trials. As Goering noted:

It is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.

It works the same in every country.

The same propaganda and police state tactics that worked for Adolf Hitler 80 years ago continue to be employed with great success in a post-9/11 America.

We keeping returning to the same sticking point, forced to make the same choice over and over again: essential liberty or temporary safety.

Time and again, we keep sacrificing our liberties for phantom promises of sa...

00:37

As Mainstream Media Focuses On Mark Zuckerbergs Testimony, WWIII Is About To Happen The Free Thought Project

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While the mainstream media provides unlimited coverage of Zuckerberg's appearance before Congress, major geopolitical powers around the world are preparing for a face-off in Syria that could lead to World War 3.

The post As Mainstream Media Focuses On Mark Zuckerbergs Testimony, WWIII Is About To Happen appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

00:29

[video] Petition seeks to stop security exports to the murderous Cameroon BIR ("Israeli Unit") OpEdNews

Israeli Supreme Court is asked to stop all security export licenses to the BIR unit in Cameroon. BIR is nick-named "The Israeli Unit". Israelis not only train and consult its soldiers, but the unit is also headed by an IDF veteran. The petition claims that BIR is involved in shooting protesters, beating citizens, raping female students, transforming parts of Cameroon into a military zone.

00:28

Voting Hacks and Cyber Attacks: Should We Be Worried Yet? OpEdNews

"All cyber security experts who have given electronic voting machines any thought agree, these machines have got to go," said Alex Halderman in the video. "Paper plus audits; all elections should be done this way," During the 4-minute video, Halderman demonstrates how to hack into electronic voting machines while holding a mock election at the U of Michigan. He is able to manipulate the vote causing Ohio State to win.

00:27

Think Critically about Syria, Skripal, and Building # 7 Before It's Too Late: Apply "The 9/11 Principle" OpEdNews

Since 9/11/01, any evidence for enemy-state wrongdoing must surpass the level of the evidence routinely dismissed by the U.S. government indicating that the World Trade Center destruction of 9/11/01 was the result of controlled demolition rather than of fires caused by planes crashing into the structures.

00:26

Senator Cortez Masto's paradox OpEdNews

Article published on Wednesday, April 11

00:25

Daily Inspiration --- Away! OpEdNews

I AM the tender voice calling 'Away,' Whispering between the beatings of the heart, And inaccessible in dewy eyes I dwell, and all unkissed on lovely lips, Lingering between white breasts inviolate, And fleeting ever from the passionate touch, I shine afar...

00:22

Have We Reached Full Employment? Should The Fed Put the Brakes on Job Growth to Avoid Inflation Down the Road? OpEdNews

The answers are no and no. Even when the official unemployment rate is 4.1%, we are not close to real full employment. And inflation is mild. If the authorities are really worried about higher inflation later on, they should start working on counter-measures that don't include higher unemployment.

00:16

STRIKE IMMINENT: Trump Threatens WW3 Over Unverified Chemical Weapons Attacks In Regions Controlled By Terrorists Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel Its the second chemical weapons attack to happen in Syria since President Donald Trump took office; and once again the attack seems...

00:13

How Free Lunch And Daycare Are Bolstering The Oklahoma Teachers Walkout PopularResistance.Org

Oklahoma City elementary school teacher Madeline Scott told her students about the statewide teacher walkout on the last day of classes before it began on April 2. Their reaction surprised her. The students were weirdly supportive, even though they are 10 years old, Scott recalled. They said, We do need glue sticks. She said one student, Miguel, was anxious. What am I going to eat? he asked. Miguel, a fourth grader at Adams Elementary, depends on school for free breakfast and lunch. Scott said his four siblings do, too. (Scott declined to give Miguels last name.) Will there be food for all of us? he asked. Scott assured him there would. Since Monday last week, thousands of Oklahoma teachers in at least 50 school districts have refused to work until the Oklahoma Legislature gives them a $10,000 raise, a $5,000 raise for support staff and $200 million in additional education funding.

00:12

Did Wall Street Bankrupt Toys R Us? WhoWhatWhy

Pentagon Strips Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria Troop Numbers From Web (Jimmy)

The author writes, After months of review, the Pentagon has released a quarterly report of the number of troops serving overseas minus any data it previously reported about the number of service members deployed in combat.

Snipers Shooting Unarmed People at 100 Meters Isnt a Clash (Reader Luke)

The author writes, The term clash is almost always used to launder power asymmetry and give the reader the impression of two equal warring sides Its predictable, then, that in coverage of Israels recent mass shootings in Gaza which have killed over 30 Palestinians and injured more than 1,100 the word clashes is used to euphemize snipers in fortified positions firing on unarmed protesters 100 meters away.

Awkward Exchange After Senator Asks Zuckerberg Which Hotel He Was Staying At (David)

The author writes, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got into an awkward exchange with a top Democratic senator on Tuesday when the lawmaker began asking him personal questions.

Nearly Half of Corporate Giants Escape IRS Audit in 2017 (Jimmy)

The author writes, The Inte...

00:04

A Moral Agenda Based On Fundamental Rights PopularResistance.Org

Since 2010, 23 states have passed racist voter suppression laws, including racist gerrymandering and redistricting, laws that make it harder to register, reduced early voting days and hours, purging voter rolls, and more restrictive voter ID laws. Following the Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court case, which gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, by 2016 14 states had new voting restrictions in place before the Presidential election and there were 868 fewer polling places. There are also 6.1 million people who have been disenfranchised due to felony convictions, including one in 13 Black adults. While these laws have disproportionately targeted Black people, in 2016, at least 17 states saw voter suppression cases targeting American Indian and Alaskan Native voters. Thirteen states that passed voter suppression laws also opted not to accept expanded Medicaid benefits offered under the Affordable Care Act.

00:01

LGBT youth and child welfare Freethought Blogs

Ive written a bit about my work in child welfare. Part of my responsibilities in my prior job entailed coordinating placement for children needing out of home care. One of the really unfortunate things is that there are not a lot of options for placement of LGBT youth that are fully capable of accommodating their needs. While the needs they have are similar to cishet children, there are additional considerations. They are subject to the same types of neglect and abuse, but with the added layer of potential maltreatment due to gender expression and sexual orientation. Overall, they are over-represented in child welfare, meaning that

the percentage of youth in foster care who are LGBTQ-identified is larger than the percentage of LGBTQ youth in the general youth population. LGBTQ youth in foster care also face disparities differences in experiences in care or treatment by the system.

Among the training and education they receive, caregivers are taught about the needs specific to providing care for LGBT youth. But, as is often the case in the field, its hard to say one way or the other how effective it is. With the innumerable challenges associated with working in child welfare, certain components of the whole may tend to be ignored.

For example, I was pretty stunned to learn that transgender youth are legally required to be placed in a facility that reflects their birth-assigned gender in the state of Wisconsin. So, for instance, a transgender female would not be able to go to a female group home (GH). If placement is unable to occur, for whatever reasons, in a mixed gender home, they would need to be placed in a male GH (assuming a lower level of care (i.e. foster home, or relative) is judged to be neither feasible nor desirable).

In my small way I was able to influence the process so that this largely did not occur, but it was patently obvious that the population was underserved, as well as potentially being placed in harms way. I should note, though, that I dont recall any specific instances of maltreatment (which doesnt mean, of course, that there havent been any), but I do know of cases in which it was obvious that needs werent being met. I dont know how this differs state to state, but as of 2015, the issues facing trans youth in the child welfare system were considered widespread:

Transgender youth are often placed in housing situations where their gender identity and their gender expression are not respected. Consequently, they are at higher risk for physical, emotional, and sexual harassment, as well as bullying. For exa...

00:00

The Art of Trade War: U.S. vs China Newsbud

We got a US-China trade War.  Who needs win-win?  Who even needs zero sum, you know, where one side wins and the other loses.  Lets go lose-lose! The China hawk rap is that China is a revisionist power bent on undermining the rules based international order.  Well, what happens when Donald Trump undermines the rules []

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23:55

Muslim Groups Awarded Damages Over Discriminatory NYPD Surveillance PopularResistance.Org

We have been down similar roads before. Jewish Americans during the Red Scare, African Americans during the civil rights movement, and Japanese Americans during World War II are examples that readily spring to mind. The New York Police Department reached a settlement with Muslim-owned businesses, mosques, student groups, and others it subjected to discriminatory and suspicionless surveillance. As part of the settlement, businesses and mosques that were spied upon by the NYPD will receive damages for income lost as a result of the stigma and humiliation they suffered for being targeted on the basis of their religion. The settlement marks the culmination of a lawsuit, Hassan v. City of New York, that was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Muslim Advocates in 2012, following several Pulitzer Prize-winning reports from the Associated Press on surveillance against Muslim Americans by the NYPD.

23:48

Kinder Morgan Issues Ultimatum, Suspends Non-Essential Spending On Trans Mountain Pipeline PopularResistance.Org

Kinder Morgan has suspended all non-essential spending on its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion due to opposition from the British Columbia government, issuing an ultimatum that it wont commit any more dollars to the $7.4-billion project unless it can get agreement from the province to stand aside by the end of May. The fate of the project which has become the focal point of a larger Canadian debate over environment protection versus energy development, and federal authority versus local interests could be decided in the weeks ahead. The pipeline company said in a news release Sunday it will consult with stakeholders in an effort to reach agreements by May 31 that could allow the project to still go ahead. If we cannot reach agreement by May 31st, it is difficult to conceive of any scenario in which we would proceed with the project, Kinder Morgan chief executive officer Steve Kean said in a news release.

23:42

Origins of the sexes: Eudorina and Yamagishiella Freethought Blogs

Volvox and the volvocine algae have long been a model system for understanding the evolution of multicellularity and cellular differentiation, but more recently theyve emerged as an important model for the evolution of males and females. Sperm-producing males and egg-producing females have evolved independently in most multicellular lineages, so understanding how and why this happens is crucial for understanding the evolution of complex life.

Its a near certainty that the unicellular ancestors from which animals, plants, fungi, seaweeds, and other complex multicellular organisms evolved were isogamous. In other words, they were capable of sexual reproduction, but the gametes that fused to form a zygote were the same size (iso equal; gamous gametes). In each of these lineages, large and small gametes evolved, resulting in a condition referred to as anisogamy (unequal gametes).

One really interesting thing about anisogamy is that unlike other forms of cellular differentiation, which result from non-genetic differences, the differences between sperm-producing males and egg-producing females are often genetically controlled. The most familiar way this happens is through sex chromosomes, such as the XY system in most mammals and the ZW system in birds, but there are lots of variations on this theme (check out the duck-billed platypus for an odd example).

Last month Takashi Hamaji and colleagues reported new results related to the evolution of anisogamy in the volvocine algae. The article, in Communications Biology, describes the genetic basis of sex (or mating type) determination in two volvocine species, isogamous Yamagishiella and anisogamous Eudorina. Apart from this difference in gametes, Yamagishiella and Eudorina are otherwise very similar:

Hamaji et al. 2018 Fig. 3

Figure 3A&B from Hamaji et al. 2018. Sex induction and associated gene expression alternations in isogamous Y. unicocca and anisogamous Eudorina sp. a, b Asexual and sex-induced individuals of opposite sexes of Y. unicocca (plus/minus) (a) and Eudorina sp. (female/male) (b). Mating reactions (mixed, right panels) occurred after mixing induced cultures of the two sexes (middle panels). In Y. unicocca (a), clumping of the colonies and release...

23:42

White Helmets Ghouta gas hoax an obvious fraud - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

America's last gasp to hang a gassing attack on Damascus is the most pitiful of all. That Trump is preparing a retaliation strike based on such an obvious hoax is a major criminal act, on the level for which the Nuremberg trial hanged Nazis.

23:41

CIA Stages Gas Attack Pretext For Syria Escalation PopularResistance.Org

The US media has seized on the latest claims by CIA-backed groups of a poison gas attack on civilians to demand a further escalation of the US-led war for regime-change in Syria and an increased confrontation with Russia. The Syrian government claims that one of its airbases, in Homs province, has already come under missile attack. While the Pentagon is denying that it has launched any strikes on Syria yet, the rhetoric of the Trump administration indicates that preparations are being made for stepped-up military operations. As with previous allegations of chemical weapons use, the public is being inundated with unverified footage of suffering victims, while government officials and the corporate media, prior to any investigation and without any substantiation, declare the government of Bashar al-Assad and its Iranian and Russian allies to be guilty of a war crime.

23:33

Breaking: Trump Challenges Russia to Get Ready to Shoot Down Missiles Fired at Syria The Anti-Media

Shoot Down Missiles(ZHE)  A shooting war between the US and Russia appears imminent. Following overnight speculation that the US may launch an airstrike on Syria at any moment, this morning, in his latest fiery tweetstorm, after slamming the failing New York Times and again lashing out at the Russia collusion probe and Cohens office raid, Trump tweeted that []

23:27

Ten Years After The Crash PopularResistance.Org

The economic crises that came to a head in 2008 and the massive responseby the U.S. government and corporations themselvesreshaped the world we live in.* Although sectors of the U.S. economy are still in one of their longest expansions, most people recognize that the recovery has been profoundly uneven and the economic gains have not been fairly distributed. The question is, what has changedand, equally significant, what hasntduring the past decade? Lets start with U.S. stock markets, which over the course of less than 18 months, from October 2007 to March 2009, dropped by more than half. And since then? As is clear from the chart above, stocks (as measured by the Dow Jones Composite Average) have rebounded spectacularly, quadrupling in value (until the most recent sell-off).

23:25

<gasp> I forgot Paul Nelson Day! Freethought Blogs

We were supposed to have waffles on 7 April, but instead I was off at the Secular Social Justice conference, and completely forgot about Paul Nelson Day.

It is rather forgettable, so, to recap: in 2004, Paul Nelson presented a poster at the Society for Developmental Biology meetings in which he unveiled his sciencey super-concept, Ontogenetic Depth. This was, supposedly, a method by which you could measure the developmental complexity of organisms, and he claimed to have been working on doing just that, although his poster was nothing but hand-wavey claims of the concept. I asked him to give me details on the method, that it would be interesting to try on my zebrafish. He said hed send me a manuscript explaining how to measure it, later. I pestered him a bit for the documentation, and it was always later. He finally committed and said hed post something on 7 April, 2004.

He didnt.

For a while it was because he was prepping a new version, Ontogenetic Depth 2.0, but since we havent seen either 1.0 or 2.0, and since ontogenetic depth is a phrase which hasnt even caught on among creationists, I think its safe to say its dead. Its yet another bit of rotting detritus in the pointlessly continuous reinvention and relabeling of creationism.

23:17

Why WNC Should Be Worried About The Atlantic Coast Pipeline PopularResistance.Org

Regulators have recently given Duke Energy and Dominion Resources permits to construct the 600-mile, $6.5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) from West Virginia, and Virginia, into North Carolina. In N.C., the pipeline will be 36 inches in diameter and will cross 1,300 parcels of land. It will carry at least 1.5 billion cubic feet of fracked gas per day. Some gas may possibly be available to North Carolina customers. Much, though will be headed to S.C. and beyond for export to China and Europe. Since the ACP is being built in eastern North Carolina, 200 miles from Asheville, many think that it is not our problem, and will not impact us. Nothing could be further from the truth.  The ACP will hugely impact all residents in N.C., including Asheville. Cost of pipeline: Since planning started, the cost of the pipeline has risen fast. Dukes commitment is now about $3 billion.

23:12

Will Trump Initiate a St. Valentines Day Massacre? Trump Is On the Edge of Being Impeached Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Jeff Sessions was to be the Presidents right hand man. He was to prosecute the enemies of the United States. Instead, he has provided these criminals with cover. Now, Sessions is blocking the release of the FISA memo. We now know that Sessions is one of the forces behind the raid on Trumps attorney (see Michael Savages revelation on April 10, 2018). Sessions will go down as one of the great betrayers in American presidential history.

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I have maintained that President Trump should have fired Sessions and Rosenstein a long time ago. My hat is off to Michael Savage as he has uncovered proof that ultimately, it was Jeff Sessions actions that led to the FBI raid on Trumps private attorney.

Robert Mueller is also invovled as is Christopher Wray, the FBI Director. Through several articles, I have maintained that Jeff Sessions is Deep State and this is just one more piece of the proof that cements this assertion. This is just one massive conspiracy to take Trump from office and put an end to American populism once and for all. Read my lips America, your civil liberties and very possibly your freedom is at stake here. This is an outright coup against the President of the United States.

We are now living in Stalinist Russia as this action by the Southern District of New York and Jeff Sessions effectively ended all attorney-client privilege in the United States. In addition, the lawlessness of the entire Deep State is on full display for all to see, at least for those that have eyes to see.

Times Up!

At least there are a few men and women of integrity left on Capitol Hill.

Time is up for the Justice Department! Representative Nunes, the House Intelligence Chair, is prepared to enforce the previous...

23:01

A fine demonstration of unpredicted consequences Freethought Blogs

Global climate change has freaky outcomes. I wouldnt have predicted that warming Minnesota would freeze septic tanks.

Frozen septic systems are emerging as an unexpected consequence of climate change in Minnesota one that is bedeviling homeowners across the state and could soon cost taxpayers more for the repair and maintenance of fragile rural roads.

The cause is a dramatic long-term decline in insulating snow early in November and December. Combined with still-freezing conditions, that drives the frost line deep underground well below septic pipes and drain fields.

So climate change less snow frost line goes deeper frozen septic tanks more septic tank pumping heavier traffic on rural roads rising road repair costs.

What other unforeseen effects are going to hit us in the future?

23:01

How Do You Tell The Kids That Grandma Is In Jail For Resisting Nuclear Weapons? PopularResistance.Org

Our grandma is in jail, Madeline tells a woman wrestling a shopping cart at Target. She went over a war fence and tried to make peace, Seamus adds helpfully. They arrested her, and she is in jail now. Where? the woman asks, looking from them to me in disbelief and maybe pity. We dont remember, the kids say, suddenly done with their story and ready to make passionate pleas for the colorful items in the dollar section over the womans shoulder. Georgia, I say, but I dont have a lot of energy to add detail to my kids story. They hit all the high points. Theres a lot going on these days, she says. I agree, and we move on into the store and our separate errands. I was happy not to say more at that moment, happy to avoid a sobbing breakdown at Target, happy to wrestle one little bit of normal out of a very abnormal day.

22:59

Facebook censorship: the grotesque mainstream solution Jon Rappoport's Blog

Facebook censorship: the grotesque mainstream solution

by Jon Rappoport

April 11, 2018

The problem with Facebook started a long time ago. They used their money to promote their social media operations, and tons of users jumped on board, believing that conventional rules of free speech applied.

That was a mistake.

The mistake was on the level of believing the military-industrial complex is only interested in legitimate defense of the nation; or believing the pharmaceutical industry is only interested in alleviating existing illness with safe drugs.

Some lawyers and scholars are trying to correct Facebook. But beware: most of them are arguing that, since the Internet is a new platform, far beyond the ability of the Founding Fathers to have anticipated, we now have to change the meaning of the 1st Amendment, in order to make social media more responsible about the content they permit. In other words, Facebook should eliminate more fake news. This is the road to disaster, as any sane person can see.

Who decides what is fake? Government appointed fact checkers? The CIA? Either of the two major political parties? A biased hate speech organization?

These scholars and attorneys want social media to be defined as public square, town hall, news mediabut not so public that all political views are allowed through the door. No. They only want reasonable content, to protect robust debate in a democracy. This is pure baloney.

Were also seeing increasing calls for government regulation of social media. This means more censorship. Were witnessing that in California, where State Senator Richard Pan has introduced a bill (SB 1424), designed to force all Internet activity based in California to use designated fact checkers and issue warnings about fake news.

It may seem like a good move to redefine social media giants as more than private companies, but that direction is dangerous. In the main, its not being shaped by true free-speech advocates, its controlled by mainstream operatives who want their news to dominate the scene.

A 10/11/17 Wired article contains this stunning piece: You cannot run a democratic system unless you have a well-informed public, or a public prepared to defer to well-informed elites, says Larry Kramer, president of the Hewlett Foundation and an expert in cons...

22:27

Facebook Censorship: The Grotesque Mainstream Solution Activist Post

By Jon Rappoport The problem with Facebook started a long time ago. They used their money to promote their social media operations, and tons of...

22:17

Impeachment: Bad for country, and for Democrats, too independentarkansas.com

Shutdown, impeachTucked in the middle of last weeks Arkansas 2nd Congressional District debate was a disagreement between two of the four candidates about impeaching President Trump.

Asked in the debate sponsored by KATV and Talk Business & Politics about the Russia investigation and Congress role as a check and balancer, Gwen Combs said she favors impeachment. Read the rest

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22:00

Walking While Black Wins Paul Tobenkin Award Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

ProPublica reporter Topher Sanders and the Florida Times-Unions Ben Conarck are the recipients of this years Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award for their joint investigation, Walking While Black. The story examined Jacksonville, Floridas enforcement of pedestrian violations, showing sharp racial disparities in who gets stopped and penalized. ProPublica social visuals and graphics producer Lucas Waldron and data fellow Kate Rabinowitz, as well as ProPublica/Vox video fellow Ranjani Chakraborty, also contributed to the project.

Sanders and Conarck looked into the issue after the emergence of viral video showing an African-American man receiving a ticket for jaywalking and not having an ID while crossing a street. The reporters found that these encounters are common in Jacksonville, which has 28 separate statutes governing how people walk in the city including failing to cross a street at a right angle, and for not walking on the left side of a road when there are no sidewalks.

Their analysis, using  data from local and state agencies, also showed that these pedestrian tickets typically costing $65, but carrying the power to damage ones credit or suspend a drivers license if unpaid were disproportionately issued to black residents, almost all of them in the citys poorest neighborhoods. In the last five years, African Americans received 55 percent of all pedestrian tickets in Jacksonville, while only accounting for 29 percent of the population. In addition, the reporters staked out downtown locations to witness dozens of uniformed officers violating the same pedestrian laws for which their agency issued citations.

The investigation prompted the sheriff to seek guidance from the local state attorney on whether his officers were properly interpreting the statutes, and he ordered officers to cease writing erroneous tickets for pedestrians who did not have ID on them. The sheriffs office also initiated bias training for officers who work in Jacksonvilles predominantly black communities, and state transit experts said the articles armed them with additional evidence for rewriting Floridas pedestrian statutes.

Administered by Columbia Journalism School, the Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award recognizes outstanding achievements in reporting on racial or religious hatred, intolerance or discrimination in the United States. Learn more about the award here.

21:35

On the Bench Freethought Blogs

This is what I have on my workbench right now. Im pretty pleased with how they came out because theyre all my metallurgy. Theres still plenty of time to ruin them, though.

The bars that I showed in my earlier post [stderr] have been hammered out into blade-shaped things, and profile-ground. Mostly, I designed the shapes in inkscape it seems to me that knives like bezier curves I print the design, transfer it to a piece of vinyl flooring, then transfer that to a piece of metal. The vinyl flooring trick is something I came up with for leather-working: you can bend and fold it about like real leather and its thick enough to make tracing a snap. Vinyl flooring is designed to last for a long time, and be flexible so you can make a template and throw it on a shelf and years later it will still be perfectly usable. It also marks up great with a sharpie I just scribble production notes right on the template.

Ive also become a big fan of a diamond-edged cutoff blade, for turning a bar into a basic shape. Heres another trick: I paint my billets with a quick shot of grey primer so I can see the outline better and so it doesnt rust while its lying around the shop.

Remember this piece of steel?

I mashed it flat with the hydraulic press at about 2000F, then hammered it as flat as I could get it before I took it over to the surface grinder.

That was surprisingly little work: about 5 minutes of cutting. Its still 1/8 thick and needs a lot of thinning and more shaping. When youre dealing with composite steel, you dont get it very thin before you quench it sometimes the inner tension created by the quench can cause pattern-welds to bend or even pop apart. If youre familiar with a Prince Ruperts Drop of glass, its a similar thing: the thinner part of the blade may have quenched much harder than the back, because theres more metal on the back and therefore more thermal mass.

When I do the shaping, I just eyeball everything. The sweep of the little blade seemed to want to be a bit upturned, so I went with it.

Thats whats s...

21:07

Privatizing Veterans Affairs: A Risky Gamble? WhoWhatWhy

Depending on its successes and failures, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is used by both parties as an example that their way is right. When things are going well, Democrats point to it as a successful healthcare program run by the government. When things are going poorly, Republicans claim the VA shows Washington bureaucrats mismanaging taxpayer money.

Still, unless embroiled in scandal, the VA is generally not one of those government programs that are in the spotlight of US politics. That could change, however, if President Donald Trump decides to privatize the healthcare veterans receive.

Recently ousted Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin believes that is precisely why he was fired.

They saw me as an obstacle to privatization who had to be removed, he said. That is because I am convinced that privatization is a political issue aimed at rewarding select people and companies with profits, even if it undermines care for veterans.

This is not the first time the VA has been the center of controversy. But Shulkin is arguing that the entire mission of the agency is now being called into question.

In 2014, the VA became embroiled in scandal. CNN reported that at least 40 veterans died while waiting for care at VA facilities in and around Phoenix, AZ. Internal investigations found that management manipulated records to falsely give the impression that the agency had met its goal of granting appointments to patients within 14 days of their request. The FBI opened a criminal investigation and President Barack Obama ordered a White House investigation. This scandal undoubtedly gave momentum to those advocating the outsourcing of many of the VAs services to private medical vendors.

Legislation has been introduced in both houses of Congress to vastly expand the conditions for which veterans can use private health vendors. Trump has endorsed increasing the outso...

21:06

DHS Thinks Wearing Black Means You May Be An Anarchist Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel The Department of Homeland Security has expressed to law enforcement how to ID anti-racist Antifa protestersby looking for people who are sent...

21:02

Artificial intelligence will flag and remove hate speech from Facebook in future Intellihub

Most terrorist propaganda is currently flagged and removed from Facebook via A.I. but hate speech is much trickier, CEO Zuckerberg maintains

(INTELLIHUB) Facebook will deploy artificial intelligence (A.I.) to flag, and remove hate speech from the platform within the next 5-10 years, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told members of Congress Wednesday.

The social media mogul said hate speech is the hardest for A.I. to weed out.

Some problems lend themselves more easily to AI solutions than others, Zuckerberg told Commerce Committee John Thune (R-SD). Hate speech is one of the hardest, because determining if something is hate speech is very linguistically nuanced. You need to understand what is a slur and whether something is hateful, not just in English, but a majority of people on Facebook use it in languages that are different across the world.

Zuckerberg maintains that most terrorist propaganda (i.e. ISIS, ISIL, Al-Qaeda content) is currently removed from the social media platform before any humans feasts their eyes on it.

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20:55

San Franciscos Homeless Encampments Expose The Failure Of A Liberal Utopia The Federalist

SAN FRANCISCO You want the down-low? Ill give you the down-low. These guys will all tell you something different, but the one thing everyone here has in common is that they all do drugs.

Im talking to a group of homeless men camped out under Highway 101 in San Franciscos Mission neighborhood, where a half-dozen tents are set up on a wide sidewalk across the street from a Best Buy. The thirtysomething guy whos telling me its all about drugs doesnt want to give me his name.

Thats partly because he doesnt consider himself homelesshe stays with boyfriends, he says, and couch-surfsand partly because hes smoking weed with his friend, Robert Shuman, a 45-year-old self-described homeless tweaker who freely admits hes homeless because he got hooked on drugs and lost everything. Theyre reclining next to a large tent amid a heap of bicycles, scavenged office furniture, and a shopping cart full of food. Every few minutes, someone emerges from one of the tents and grabs something to eat. The smells of weed and urine punctuate the air.

This is one of hundreds of homeless encampments that have cropped across San Francisco in the last few years, many in residential neighborhoods and other highly visible areas (Shuman and his friends had pitched their tents less than 50 yards from a food-truck court bustling with a lunchtime crowd.)

Homelessness has always been a feature of life in the Golden Gate City, but the encampmentsand the concentrations of used needles, feces, and urine that come with themare new. Dozens of tent camps now line freeway underpasses and sidewalks throughout the city, despite a 2016 ordinance authorizing city officials to clear them out. The best the city can do, according to Mohammad Nuru, director of the citys Department of Public Works, is stay in firefighter mode. When you have needles or you have poop or you have places with the stench of urine, those are the priorities, he said in a recent interview. In Public Works land, thats like a 911 call.

The tent camps have increased visibility of the citys homeless even as the homeless population has remained relatively stable. A recent survey found there were about 7,500 homeless people in the city, about the same as the last count, in 2015. Thats the year the tents first showed up in large numbers, during citywide cleanup efforts ahead of the Super Bowl. Housing activists feared the cleanup would result in forced removal of San Fr...

20:55

Why Its Justified To Strike Syria Again For Using Chemical Weapons The Federalist

The likely U.S.-led coalition air strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assads forces in response to the latest chemical weapons (CWs) attack should be crushing. If I had to bet, Americans will overwhelmingly support them.

Yes, Americans, including many President Trump supporters, are skeptical of U.S. foreign interventions. Americans feel burned by the George W. Bush administrations invasion of Iraq (where are the WMDs?), the chaos that ensued after Saddam Husseins demise, and the long, protracted war that continues even after President Obamas untimely withdrawal.

We forced the Iraqis to adopt democracy, and that hasnt panned out so well. The continued instability there also allowed ISIS to fester. But Syria in 2018 is not Iraq in 2003 and a response to Assads CWs is not deposing Hussein.

A longer-term strategy for dealing with Syria, likely heavily relying on cooperation with Arab partners and avoiding an increased ground presence, is sorely needed. But those who say we need to figure that out before responding to the CW attack are wrong. The president and his national security team can handle the immediate problem first. There is no doubt about the weapons Assad has and his willingness to employ them.

Strikes Arent the Same As Protracted Nation-Building

The last time Trump ordered a strike against Assad in response to Assad employing CWs, 57 percent of Americans supported that decision, including a whopping 84 percent of Republicans. As of October of 2017, nearly half of Republicans polled supported the United States launching a preemptive strike against North Korea. Preemptive. It is a misreading of Trump voters to conclude that a significant portion categorially oppose U.S. military intervention.

What they oppose is fighting long wars in the form of a series of tactical half-measures while hamstringing our military, which incurs massive costs on Americans without a discernable positive outcome. They are sick and tired of losing precious lives and expending treasure for unclear or impossible causes under the leadership of indecisive politicians.

The United States will not be chasing rainbows and forcing democracy upon the sectarian mess that was once the nation of Syria. One of the most consistent themes from the Trump foreign policy team has been its disinterest in foisting democracy on undemocratic people. Trump has also proven he can be decisive on big decisionsfor example, his willingness to accept the offer to meet with Kim Jong Un on the spot....

20:55

Fire All Striking Teachers And Send Their Paychecks To Students Parents The Federalist

Oklahoma, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Arizona public-school teachers have stuck children in the middle of a game of chicken, and thats why they think the taxpayers who pay their salaries are going to blink. All four states are experiencing mass teacher strikes this spring leaving hundreds of thousands (not a typo) of students and their families in the lurch. Their Republican-dominated state legislatures are largely capitulating rather than using unions exploitation of teachers and children as an opportunity to finally make long-overdue reforms to U.S. education.

Arizona teachers are planning pre-school walk-ins on April 11 as a potential precursor to strikes. They want a 20 percent hike in base pay, among other things. Oklahoma teachers just entered their second week of strikes that have suspended school indefinitely for some 500,000 kids. Oklahomas state legislature already raised the average teacher salary $6,000 this year, but the strikers say it wasnt enough. They want a $10,000 salary increase.

The strikers say its all about the kids, but its really all about the money. If they cared about the kids, they wouldnt use them as a bargaining chip by abandoning or threatening to abandon classrooms. Many states and localities are facing massive debt and unfunded pension crises created largely by decades of unrealistic financial demands from government employees, the largest category of which is usually teachers. More self-delusion will only make things worse.

Research has also long and conclusively shown that school spending hikes usually dont go to teachers, they go to administrators and other bloat outside classrooms. So the kids are just unions human shields on their way to raid the kids public bank accounts again.

A Lack of Money Is Not the Problem

Showing no self-awareness and little knowledge of her own field, geography teacher Tony Henson said of the walkouts from more than 100 Oklahoma school districts, Its like the Arab spring, but its a teacher spring. The Arab spring was a response to governments that torture people of the wrong religions and political beliefs. Its beyond clueless to compare that to holding kids hostage to get $10,000 more a year from fellow citizens who preserve a culture that opposes terrorist tyranny.

A global perspective is not all the perspective the striking teachers and politicians cavi...

20:54

Is The CBO Director Breaking The Law To Help Paul Ryan Bail Out Obamacare? The Federalist

Why would an ostensibly nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) director violate the law and the word he gave to Congress only a few short weeks ago? Maybe because Paul Ryan asked him to.

In late January, I wrote about how the House speaker wanted CBO to violate budget rules to make it easier for Congress to pass an Obamacare bailout. At the time, House leadership aides dismissed my theories as unfounded and inaccurate speculation. Yet buried on page 103 of Mondays report on the budget and economic outlook, CBO did exactly what I reported on earlier this yearit changed the rules, and violated the law, to make it easier for Congress to pass an Obamacare bailout.

The Making of a Budget Gimmick

The question at the heart of the scorekeeping dispute involves Obamacares cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). Last fall, President Trump cancelled those payments to insurers, because Obamacare failed to include a valid constitutional appropriation for them. But after that, insurers built the costs associated with lower cost-sharingwhich the statute requires them to provide, whether the CSR payments continue or notinto their premiums for 2018.

Because of the interactions between the (higher) premiums and federal premium subsidies (which went up in turn), the federal government will likely spend more on subsidies this year without making CSR payments than with them.

Therein lay the basis of the budgetary gimmick Ryan and congressional leaders wanted CBO to help them accomplish. House staffers wanted CBO to adjust its baseline and assume the higher levels of spending under the no-CSR scenario. By turning around and appropriating funds for CSRs, thereby lowering this higher baseline, Congress could generate budgetary savingswhich Republicans could spend on more corporate welfare for insurers, in the form of reinsurance payments.

The Problem? Its Illegal

As I previously noted, the Houses scheme, and CBOs actions on Monday to perpetrate that scheme, violate the law. Section 257(b)(1) of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act (available here) requires budget scorekeeping agencies to assume that fundin...

20:53

Cornell Law Professors Join Strengthening Push For Due Process On Campus The Federalist

Cornell University is so bad at conducting sex assault and harassment investigations that 23 professors from its law school have filed a brief in court to require the school to follow its own policies.

Cornell, apparently in its zeal to appease the media and culture created by the Obama administration, is denying male students accused of sexual assault proper due process procedures, according to multiple lawsuits against the university. Now, a third of its law school professors are defending one of those students who filed a suit.

Colleges and universities typically fall back on the defense that at least they followed their own policies when denying a male student due process rights. But Cornell isnt even doing that. Professor Sheri Lynn Johnson, who filed the brief, asserts that Cornell didnt provide an accused student the right to test his accusers account of events and credibility by having a disciplinary hearing panel ask his accuser proper questions that he proposes, which is granted to students in Cornell policy.

Although the brief specifically addresses this policy in one case, the professors note they are concerned more generally with whether Cornell respects this and other procedural protections in its Title IX policy going forward and whether courts properly interpret the policy.

The specific case included in the brief involves the pseudonymous John Doe and his accuser, referred to as Sally Roe. Sally made inconsistent statements throughout the investigation and hearing, and even though John submitted questions to the hearing panel to be asked of her, none of his questions were asked.

Cornell policy requires the Hearing Chair to approve in substance all questions or topics that are relevant and that are not prohibited by these procedures or applicable laws, unduly prejudicial, or cumulative of other evidence. Johns questions pertained to Sallys inconsistent statements and witness claims that she told people before the party that she wanted to meet someone new and possibly sleep with someone that night, as she had recently broken up with her boyfriend.

Sally changed the amount of alcohol she drank on the night of the incident. She initially told police that she didnt think she drank enough to not remember consenting to sex (indicating she thought she may have been drugged, though a toxicology report proved she wasnt). She told Cornells Title IX investigators that she five or six shots of vodka in mixed drinks within a short period of time and didnt remember much about the party. Finally, during the hearing, her claims escalated again, now insisting that she drank so much that her blood alcohol content was in the death range, according to the brief.

Sally also escalated the amount of pain she felt during and after...

20:53

The Latest Evidence From Norway Shows Female Hiring Quotas Hurt Women The Federalist

Norway has many American admirers, from President Trump to Sen. Bernie Sanders. Progressives like Sanders consider Norway a progressive paradise because it has implemented almost every leftist policy under the sun, from fully government-run health care to government-mandated sex equality policies in the workplace.

But have these policies achieved their desired outcome? The latest data from Norway and some other European countries on female quotas in the workplace shows a policy with a good intentions doesnt necessarily translate to a good outcome.

Weve all heard this argument: Women are well-represented in education and the labor force, but at the top of the power hierarchy they are still surprisingly poorly represented. In a recent viral interview of psychologist Jordan Peterson, Cathy Newman, a journalist from UKs Channel 4, kept saying only seven women run the FTSE 100 companies as evidence that male dominance in the workplace is what prevents women from reaching the stars. But is it true? The evidence suggests not.

Norway did Just About Everything Possible

Ten years ago, Norway, the leftist paradise, took a drastic step to address this sex gap at the top of corporations. Its minister of trade and industry, Ansgar Gabrielsen of the Conservative Party, introduced a mandatory female quota of 40 percent for the boards of all public limited companies.

This draconian law means if a company breaks the gender quota rules in Norway it will be denied registration as a business enterprise in the Brnnysund Register Centre and be subject to forced dissolution by the courts. Following Norways example, a dozen other European countries, including France, Germany, and Italy, adopted similar quotas. In those countries now, 30 to 40 percent of corporate boards must be made up of women.

Ten years later, The Economist reported recently how the policy turned out based on data from these countries. On the surface, it seems the quota mandate achieved its desired outcome: female representation on corporate boards increased. In some countries the share of women among directors of large companies has increased four- or fivefold since 2007. But as always, the devil is in the details.

Did the higher female representation on corporate boards improve profitability and governance, as proponents promised? The data is inconclusive. Some companies saw improvement in both areas, but some didnt. Did it improve boards decision-making, as supporters claimed it would? Data shows that although decision- making processes might have changed, their substance and quality didnt improve by simply having more women on boards.

Now corporations in Europe have difficulties finding qualified women to fill th...

20:53

No, We Shouldnt Privilege Ted Kennedys Character Assassination Over Mary Jo Kopechnes Death The Federalist

Chappaquiddick has been well received by liberals and conservatives for its decidedly agnostic take on the 1969 crash involving Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne, particularly in regards to whether Mary Jo and Ted were lovers and whether he was drunk when his car veered off the bridge. One columnist at The New York Times, however, was far from pleased, has vilified the film as oscillating between dramatic interpretation to outright character assassination.

Given the fact that one person was indeed killed (and it was not Kennedy), use of the word assassination to describe Kennedys fate is a bit ironic. The film recounts how Kennedy drove his 1967 Oldsmobile sedan over the side of Dyke Bridge on the small Massachusetts island of Chappaquiddick, killing his sole passenger, Kopechne. What the film does particularly well is explore not only the painful moments preceding the crash, but also the brazen, yet presumably tortured hours after the accident, during which Kennedy waited nearly 10 hours to report the crash.

Neal Gabler asserts in The New York Times that the film distorts a tragedy, citing the image of Kopechne gasping for air as just one example of a scene that alternated between drama and character assassination. Whats bizarre about Gablers claim is that Kopechne was found with her head in the footwell of the car, suggesting that she may well have been searching for pockets of air within the submerged vehicle. In fact, both the scuba diver who rescued her and the mortician who examined her believed Kopechne did not drown, but instead had suffocated by inhaling her expelled carbon dioxide after the air pocket emptied, implying that, if Kennedy had called for help sooner, she might still be alive.

Aside from this debatable (though totally fair) characterization of her death, Gabler offers no other examples of factual problems in the film he claims is so skewed. But what seems to be the thrust of Gablers complaints is that the movie markets itself as an untold story, when Gabler believes that the story has been told plenty. Gablers claim is patently incorrect. Surely, many stories have been told in relation to the events that occurred on July 18, 1969, but the movie would have little purpose to exist in 2018 if the full and honest account had been told in the fifty years prior.

Furthermore, bemoaning the...

20:53

Your Guide To 2018 Swimwear: Care Bear Style Is Still Here The Federalist

Just when you thought the ice age would never end, that glorious yellow ball of fire has made a stunning comeback. Youve gotten your first touch of sunburn on your forearms and lawn mowers are purring in the distance. Summer wont sneak up on you this time; you rummage through your closet and find last years swimsuit, praying it still fits so you can start gently building your tan before your deck turns into a frying pan. And it doesnt.

Ranked in terms of uncomfortable retail experiences, swimsuit shopping is second only to bra shopping. If youre buying in store, its a painful, drawn out process as harsh and unforgiving as the fluorescent lights in the dressing rooms. If youre buying online, its as close to a guessing game as clothing shopping ever gets.

I cant tell you whether a swimsuit from an unknown Chinese retailer on Amazon will fit, but Ive done some browsing this season (I mean, err, research), and Ive curated a few style trends Id advise against (to put it mildly), and a few you might want to try for yourself.

Well start with the bad and the ugly, after which youll be thinking, Please tell me what my options are besides these hell-dipped pieces of polyester.

Care Bear Style

The Care Bear style with the unflattering cutout in the belly is STILL HERE.

The only way to make this design worse is to add ruffles. Who wants to have to worry about sucking in all the time so you dont pooch? And is anyone concerned about the weird tan lines? Because what I really really want to see when I step out of the shower is a nice golden diamond front and center to highlight how pasty the rest of my torso is. Then again, maybe thats not a concern since were all slathering on the SPF 70 these days anyway.

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20:52

50 Years Ago, 2001: A Space Odyssey Outlined An Enduring Cosmic Vision The Federalist

This month is the 50th anniversary of the finest science fiction movie, Stanley Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey. A year before the moon landing, mans greatest achievement of space exploration so far, Kubrick gave us the first and still most impressive and most believable vision of our cosmic destiny.

He showed us a moon landing, a space station, spaceflight to the outer reaches of our solar system, and, eventually, a possible transformation of humanity itself. Fear and wonder mix throughout this slow movie, just like the grandeur of the epic combines with the romance of scientific discovery. Daring to explore the universe is part of our heroic striving, but it also reveals our vulnerability and, ultimately, our mortality.

Our ambition may be as vast as the universe we contemplate in our scientific visions, but we are no bigger nor yet too different from the other living animals that so resemble us, except in our agonistic restlessness. Kubrick ends by showing our divine aspirations, but he starts with our beast-like origins.

The Classic Story of Man Versus Machine

The core of the movie, the struggle that gives the plot its fictional urgency and philosophical importance, is man versus machine, living flesh powered by soul versus technology.

This was timely when Kubrick and co-writer Arthur C. Clarke imagined it, but it is more timely now. Today we are trying to enact this story, or at least Elon Musk is. He promises to take mankind to the moon, Mars, and beyond, while warning us that we must fear artificial intelligence (AI), exactly as Kubrick and Clarke did in creating HAL.

This is the contradiction within our understanding of science and its powers. The movie comprises a series of episodes that pose this problem and offer possible solutions. We need science to survive and to reach other inhabitable planets, to protect our kind from the fate of the dinosaurs, but were also using science in ways that might wipe us out before any cosmic threat materializes.

This is the meaning of the pre-historic prologue set to Richard Strausss symphonic poem, Thus Spake Zarathustra, the first setting of Friedrich Nietzsches most famous book to music. Our origin is in an innovation, primates discovery of weaponry that seems foreign and ferocious to us. It reveals both the warlike character of our technology and our minds power to change the world through imagination.

This is true of us today as well, despite the unprecedented peace we enjoy. Rockets are a child of World War II. The Internet, our computers, and thus AI are children of the Cold War, intended to destroy our enemies and to save our knowledge inside machines, if not necessarily ourselves. These are indispensable technologies today, and they are pushing towards even newer technologies whose beneficence is as doubtful as that of atomic power.

We do not know whether we are creating a post-human future by our greatest, most spec...

20:52

Congress Will Keep Passing Garbage Omnibus Bills Until Lawmakers Yank Leaderships Chain The Federalist

Several years ago, I kvetched to a friend about various ways I found myself unhappy with my life. My friend listened attentively, and when I had finished, responded calmly and succinctly: Well, what are you going to do about it?

Conservative members of Congress face a similar dilemma this week, as they return to Washington for the first time since Congress passed a massive omnibus spending bill just before Easter. Politico last week highlighted senators concerns about a closed process in the Senate. Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) went so far as to say the floor process, and the lack of amendment votes, sucks.

But in both the Senate and the House, the floor process sucks only because members allow their elected leaders to make it so. Members of Congress have it within their collective power to change the ways their respective chambers actif only they have the political will to act.

Consider the floor process in the House. The morning after Congress passed the omnibus, a staffer bragged to me about how his boss voted against the sprawling spending legislation. But my follow-up query spoke volumes: Did your boss vote against the rule allowing for consideration of the bill? The staffer hung his head and said that he hadnt.

Therein lies the problem. Fully 210 Republican members of Congress voted to approve a rule that allows the House of Representatives to vote on a 2,232-page bill a mere 16 hours after its public release. In so doing, they blessed House leaderships tactics of negotiating a budget-busting bill in secret, springing it on members without time to read it, and ramming it through Congress in a take-it-or-leave it fashion.

Or, to put it another way, those 210 Republican members of Congress signed their judgment over to the Republican leadership, which made all the decisions that mattered regarding the bill. Conservatives complained that, for the rule governing debate on the omnibus, House Republican leaders gaveled the vote to a close too quickly. Fully 25 Republicans did vote against the rule bringing the omnibus to the House floor, and if a few more that wanted to vote no had been given time to do so, the rule might have failed.

That argument misses the point. Whereas 90 House Republicans voted against final passage of the omnibus, on the truly important votethe vote to allow the House to debate the omnibus legisla...

20:52

PolitiFacts Double Standard Makes Oklahoma Teachers Look Poorer Than They Really Are The Federalist

When I moved to Oklahoma, I got a raise simply because things cost less here than in the Seattle area where I grew up. Housing, especially, is cheaper in Oklahoma City than in anywhere else Ive lived. According to RentCafe.com, average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Seattle is $2,254; in Oklahoma City its $790.

So it only seems fair to me to evaluate state-by-state rankings using some calculation that factors in such diversity. It does not, however, seem fair to PolitiFact. Actually, PolitiFact is fine with considering cost-of-living differences in California or New York, just not in Oklahoma.

This is a common trick of those who want government to get bigger: ignore the cost of living in low-cost, mostly red states, but emphasize the cost of living in higher-cost, blue states. This makes it easier to argue for higher taxes and more spending in both places.

Along with several other states, Oklahoma is embroiled in a controversy over education funding and teacher pay. In a debate like this, people want to know: Where does my state rank compared to other states?

Considering the raw numbers, Oklahoma was near the bottom (last week our governor signed legislation to raise taxes and increase teacher pay, on average, $6,100 per year). In March, PolitiFact rated the claim that Oklahoma teachers are the poorest paid in the country as mostly true. In a subsequent meeting, I chided PolitiFacts Jon Greenberg for leaving out any mention of cost-of-living differences in that analysis.

Last week, Greenberg doubled down in response to an article where I cite three analyses showing Oklahoma teacher pay ranked in the low- or mid-30s once cost of living was factored in. Similar number crunching shows Oklahoma teachers will be around thirteenth in the nation in earnings, after the raise kicks in. Yet Greenberg opines that labor and education economists say its not that simple [to adjust for cost of living], and declares that people who study education labor markets raise big issues with using cost of living adjustments this way.

He goes on to cite one economist who opposes considering any state averages on teacher pay because average salaries reflect not only differences in the wage level, but also differences in the mix of teacher credentials. Of course, this is true for any job with different levels of possible credentials. He goes on to cite a single academic paper whose author claims to have debunk[ed] all claims that cost-of-living matters when looking at Oklahoma teacher pay.

It turns out another PolitiFact writer recently addressed cost-of-living adjustments,...

20:52

Why Progressives Declared The Founding Fathers Irrelevant The Federalist

In the seventh lecture of Hillsdale Colleges free online Constitution 101 course (which you can take along with me here), Ronald J. Pestritto, dean of the colleges Graduate School of Statesmanship, outlines the critiques of the Constitution from twentieth-century progressives.

Understanding the New Deal Requires Understanding Progressivism

Many scholars agree President Franklin Delano Roosevelt fundamentally altered the American government by ushering in programs and projects under his New Deal. FDRs inspiration for these taxpayer-funded ventures came from Progressive Era thinkers. So to understand The New Deal and how American life and government  changed in the twentieth century and beyond, it is vital to understand the Progressive Era, Pestritto said.

In a speech delivered in 1932, FDR cited progressive-minded presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson as his intellectual inspirations. In this speech, he said a statesmans role must evolve over time in order to best serve his people, so a statesmans role today ought to be different than it was during the time of Americas founding.

The Declaration of Independence discusses the problem of government in terms of a contract. Government is a relation of give and takea contract, perforce, if we would follow the thinking out of which it grew. Under such a contract rulers were accorded power, and the people consented to that power on consideration that they be accorded certain rights. The task of statesmanship has always been the redefinition of these rights in terms of a changing and growing social order. New conditions impose new requirements upon government and those who conduct government.

Progressives believed restricting government to only protecting citizens life, liberty, and ability to pursue happiness was simplistic. They believed that as time went on, human beings evolved for the better, thus becoming better at self-governance. Thus people should not fear the ever-expanding role of government because modern Americans, whom progressives believed were smarter and more advanced than colonial Americans were, created and devised it.

Wilson: The Declaration Of Independence Is Irrelevant

In 1923, Wilson delivered a speech outlining progressivism. He denounced the Declaration of Independence as irrelevant to modern Americans unless it can be translated and expanded to fit the problems facing twentieth-century Americans.

The Declaration of Independence did not mention the ques...

20:35

Reality Check: Syrian Gas Attack Connected to Bigger Conflict? Activist Post

Leading investigative journalist Ben Swann, founder of Reality Check with Ben Swann, tackles the developing situation in Syria in light of a reported chemical attack...

20:00

Announcing a Special Celebrity Edition of "Ask Strong Towns" with Joe Minicozzi Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

The folks at Urban3 are the geniuses behind the ground-breaking geo-spatial analysis featured in some of Strong Towns most popular articles, and it's made Joe Minicozzi, Principal at Urban3, a nationally sought-after speaker on city planning issues across the country.

We know that lots of you have questions about value per acre analyses and many other aspects of Urban3's work. Well, now's your chance to ask them.

Join Joe Minicozzi and Strong Towns President, Chuck Marohn, on Monday, April 30 at 10:30am CT for a "celebrity edition" of our monthly Ask Strong Towns webcast.

Chuck will lead a brief conversation with Joe on what his work reveals about why our cities and towns need a Strong Towns approach in order to fix our housing crisis, and then Joe will take your questions live.

To join this member-exclusive webcast, become a member of the Strong Towns movementMembers, please check your email for your exclusive invitation, or email member support. Please note that questions will not be accepted in advance for this webcast.


19:25

Disagree with Deep State? Youre Mentally Ill and Lose Your Gun Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

 

In the old Soviet Union, they called it political schizophrenia. If you disagreed with the government, you were mentally ill. IF you were mentally ill, you had to be protected from yourself. Your guns were taken and your were confined. The same thing is beginning to happen in America.

 

 

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19:04

Syria: A word to my Westminster MP - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

I well remember being on constant alert during the last cold war, and Im not going through that again just to satisfy the pathological hatred some of your colleagues have for Russia, Iran and Syria while cosying up to the worlds truly vile regimes like Saudi Arabia and Israel, and even rolling out the red []

19:00

ProPublicas 2018 Reader Survey Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Every year we like to check in with our readers to find out who you are and what you think about us and our reporting. If you have a few minutes, please take our reader survey. Be sure to check back here in a few weeks for the results, and if you're curious, you can find last year's results right here.

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Yellowstone Close to Blowing? Extinction Level Event? Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

 

Bison fleeing Yellowstone. What do they know that we do not? Michio Kaku is worried. If the volcano blows, America is done. Is it true? Here is the latest.

 

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18:24

Deep State Antics, etc. Virtual Mirage

Washington DC 

Mueller's Bunker

The "Deep State" exists to perpetuate its existence and in no place is that more evident than in the investigation currently being undertaken by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is a cat's paw for powerful people whose agenda was disrupted by the election of President Donald Trump. The move to have a search warrant executed by the FBI for information that relates to the prostitute, Stormy Daniels, who must be a Russian spy to keep Mueller's mandate valid, is one of those stretches that sets precedent nobody - not even the Deep State - should want.

The get/impeach President Trump at all costs movement is likely to set off a backlash (law of unintended consequences) that would cascade into something both unforeseen and unpleasant. It's not unlike funding hog to try and take firearms away from the American people or prompting retired Justice Stevens to suggest that the Second Amendment (and why not the whole Bill of Rights) be repealed. What could go wrong?

It's like whistling past the graveyard or shoving a stick through the lion's cage to provoke the big cat without first insuring that the door is soundly locked. Never a good idea.

It's like the FBI failing to turn over documents that might make them look bad (worse). They told Judicial Watch that it would take them at least three more years to process and turn over the  Peter Strzok-Lisa Page communications https://twitter.com/joshdcaplan/status/983415036524879872

Dangerous precedents.

US Senate

I noticed that the Facebook hearings were discussing AI's that detected "hate speech". What exactly is that? When you look at how that term has been warped to fit in with political correctness, it's just weird. If you say anything unflattering about a protected class, that's usually defined as hate speech....

18:00

Trumps Company Is Suing Towns Across the Country to Get Breaks on Taxes Trump, Inc. Podcast Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Find Trump, Inc. wherever you get your podcasts.

President Donald Trump is famous for bragging about his net worth. Publicly, he claims hes worth more than $10 billion. He even sued an author over the issue and lobbied the editors of Forbes about his ranking on their billionaires list.

Yet quietly in another setting, the Trump Organization says the presidents holdings are worth far less than he has proclaimed. Across the country, the Trump Organization is suing local governments, claiming it owes much less in property taxes than government assessors say because its properties are worth much less than theyve been valued at. In just one example, the company has asserted that its gleaming waterfront skyscraper in Chicago is worth less than than its assessed value, in part because its retail space is failing and worth less than nothing.

Since becoming president, Trumps companies have filed at least nine new lawsuits against municipalities in Florida, New York and Illinois, arguing for lower tax bills, ProPublica has found. Some of those lawsuits have been previously reported. At stake is millions of dollars that communities use to fund roads, schools and police departments.

Real estate owners dispute property taxes frequently, and some even sue. The president has a long track record of doing so himself. But experts are troubled that hes doing so while in office.

No president in modern times has owned a business involved in legal battles with local governments. The idea that the president would have these interests and then those companies would sue localities is really a dangerous precedent, says Larry Noble, of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. The dynamic between local and federal governments is impossible to ignore in these cases, says Noble. Municipalities rely on resources from the federal government and the federal government can make your life easier or much more difficult. The concern arises because the president did not fully separate from his businesses, he says.

A spokesman for the Trump Organization said, Like any other business or property owner when property taxes become inflated it is not uncommon to challenge the process to ensure fair treatment. This is a routine practice and any suggestion otherwise is simply ridiculous.

Heres a selection of the Trump Organizations fights:

Ossining

Just north of New York City, the Trump Organization is fighting the town of Ossining. Set along the Hudson River 35 miles north of New York City, the suburban town i...

16:05

Imminent Announcement Of US Action In Syria Coming Amid Expectations Of Air Strikes Within Hours Sheep Media

Update: FoxNews just reported that an announcement on US Action in Syria is imminent.

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Reports are pouring in of US and French aircraft headed towards Syria for what we assume is a major operation if true. As of now, these reports remains unconfirmed:

16:04

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EPISODE #028: COYOTES IN SPRINGTIME

Its springtime and the High Desert is very busynot just with visitors taking Instagram pictures, but with the creatures, the creatures waking up and crawling out and feeling frisky, as they say.

16:00

Chelsey Luger: Five places to explore indigenous history in America Indianz.Com News

This may be a young nation, but its Indigenous history is ancient, measured in tens of thousands of years.

15:33

Humboldt Tragedy Invokes SJW Trash, CBC Thinks Youre Dumb on Climate Change & 911 Truth vs Google! Latest blog

A tragic bus crash carrying a Canadian junior hockey team has killed 15 people on board uniting the country in solidarity. But leave it to the SJWs to try and invoke equality through tragedy by bringing up the deceaseds privilege with gender and race. Meanwhile one third of all Canadians are rejecting the idea that climate change is man made, so whats Canada's Ecofiscal Commission's chair Chris Ragan have to say about that?Why theyre just dumb, uneducated and in need of more propaganda of course. Plus two prominent 911 truthers and a retired Toronto police detective are suing Google for privacy violations! In this video Dan Dicks breaks all this down in another instalment of What You Need To Know!

15:22

Illegal Military Strike on Syria Would Alienate Trumps Alt-Right Base The Anti-Media

Strike on Syria(MEE)  When Donald Trump ran for president, he touted a non-interventionist foreign policy that would keep the United States out of costly wars in faraway lands. He blasted his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton as trigger-happy, saying that recent episodes of US interventions have produced only turmoil and suffering and death. Syrias messy civil war, in particular, []

15:14

Cronkite News: New NFL coach eases Cherokee player onto field Indianz.Com News

Being a head coach in the NFL demands more than just teaching the Xs and Os of the game.

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High Country News: Tribes exercise sovereignty for faster internet Indianz.Com News

Across sovereign governments, a group of Southwest tribes prepares to launch their own network.

14:57

Less than 72 hours to go until Trump starts WW3? - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

Syrian Air Defense forces have been placed on high alert across the country amid reports of an imminent U.S. attack on Syria.

14:31

US Builds Coalition for Imminent War With Syria The Anti-Media

War With Syria(ANTIWAR.COM)  President Trump is in the process of building a new coalition of allies to participate in a multi-nation strike force attack on the Syrian government. This talk of coalition action reflects the rapid escalation of plans for war with Syria since US officials embraced Saturdays allegations of a chemical weapons strike. Officials said as early as Sunday []

13:29

April 10, 2018 WhoWhatWhy

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We Have Some Follow-Ups for Facebook And We Want Your Help Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Mark Zuckerberg just gave almost five hours worth of testimony on Capitol Hill. This was a sit-down senators had long requested, and he had to answer years worth of built-up concerns.

The lawmakers appear to have been reading our work.

They grilled the Facebook founder about our investigations involving abusive ad targeting, housing and employment discrimination and hate speech.

Here are some takeaways  and follow-up questions we still need the publics help to answer:

Political Ads

The senators grilled Zuckerberg about Russia, of course, and asked whether or not Facebook would support the Honest Ads Act, which would require disclosures around political ads online.

What we need is your help keeping political ads on Facebook honest right now. You can do that with our Facebook Political Ad Collector.

The project is important because Facebooks advertising tools make it easy for politicians and interest groups to show ads just to a specific target audience without necessarily telling the rest of us. This makes it very difficult to fact-check what the ad-buyers are saying or even to make sure theyre complying with the federal laws governing elections.

Weve built the tool to help us monitor ad transparency on Facebook. It works by copying the ads you see on Facebook, so that anyone, on any part of the political spectrum, can see them.

We want to make sure were collecting ads in every part of the world where politicians might be up to something (AKA everywhere). All you need is a desktop computer with the Chrome or Firefox internet browsers. We just put up a guide explaining how to install it here.

If youd like to do this and encounte...

13:11

Minneapolis, MN: Banner Drop in Solidarity with J20 It's Going Down

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The following photo and short report was originally posted on Conflict MN.

A banner went up over a 494 walk bridge during rush hour traffic on April 10, 2018, in solidarity with the fifty-nine remaining J20 defendants.

13:07

Boston, MA: Banner Drop in Solidarity with J20 It's Going Down

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The following report was anonymously sent to Its Going Down, which we reprint below.

In an age of intensified conflict between the right and left wing, and between working people and the forces of neoliberal capitalism, solidarity is everything. Weve seen the power of our movements and our people when we work together, we see it in steelworkers standing for teachers in Oklahoma, and in the recent lockdown by young Jews of the Israeli consulate here in Boston.

When we stand together, we can win. We stand in solidarity with out comrades now facing decades in prison for daring to stand up against the Trump regime.

Fire to the prisons, drop the charges!

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12:59

Where Have All The Flowers Gone??? Sheep Media

by Julie Telgenhoff

My heart has been weighing heavily lately.  I was thinking about how we Americans are being told that were going to make America great again and how many believe that somehow this is going to happen, yet I dont see many people taking the necessary actions for us to be able to move our country forward in the right direction.

Today, the US government admitted that there was no evidence that President Assad was behind the recent false flag chemical attack in Syria, but that they will retaliate regardless (see article here).

So with that said,  Id like to take us all back in time to the 1960s .when Americans were great, when our country was great in my most humble opinion .and that was when the people stood up against war and illegal invasion of another country.

Can we make America great again if we Americans continue to allow the pillage and murder of other human beings in other countries to keep happening over and over again?

Watch this brief video where we were witness to real Americas doing the right thing, standing up for their country by doing something other than just sitting by and allowing atrocities to be committed in their name.

The history behind Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

On July 26, 1956, the House of Representatives voted 373 to 9 to cite Pete Seeger and seven others (including playwright Arthur Miller) for contempt, as they failed to cooperate with House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in their attempts to investigate alleged subversives and communists. Pete Seeger testified before the HUAC in 1955.

In one of Petes darkest moments, when his personal freedom, his career, and...

12:42

Someone noticed Freethought Blogs

Paul Waldman, specifically. He outright says that Trump is a crook.

One remarkable thing about the 2016 election is the way Trumps business career was given such a superficial examination by the media as a whole. Again and again, some crazy story or unusual aspect of his financial life would be the topic of one or two investigative stories, but those stories wouldnt get picked up by other outlets.

Making this more problematic, Trump isnt someone who played close to the line a time or two, or once did a shady deal. He may well be the single most corrupt major business figure in the United States of America. He ran scams like Trump University to con struggling people out of their money. He lent his name to pyramid schemes. He bankrupted casinos and still somehow made millions while others were left holding the bag. He refused to pay vendors. He exploited foreign workers. He used illegal labor. He discriminated against African American renters. He violated Federal Trade Commission rules on stock purchases. He did business with the mob and with Eastern European kleptocrats. His properties became the go-to vehicle for Russian oligarchs and mobsters to launder their money.

So it was no accident that when he ran for president, the people who joined him in his quest were also a collection of grifters, liars, and crooks people such as Paul Manafort. Those were the kind of operators Trump has attracted all his life. Honest, upright people with a deep respect for the law dont go to work for Donald Trump.

That is remarkable. All throughout the election campaign, those horrible little stories about Trumps sleazy business practices would trickle out we all saw them and then the press would shrug and move on to something else (Hillarys emails!). Any one of those things would have scuttled an ordinary candidate: heck, Howard Dean made a loud yell and boom, it was all anyone talked about and it killed his presidential run. Trump wouldnt even release his tax returns, which should have had everyone deeply suspicious.

We dont just have a corrupt president, we have a corrupt media.

12:36

Pertussis/Whooping Cough: No Joke! - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

Health Editors Note: Pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough or the 100-day cough, is a bacterial disease which is highly contagious since it is spread by coughing and runny noses. This video is a window into a preventable disease. How horrible for this baby to try to breathe! This is what the disease looks []

11:21

Heavy Metal Freethought Blogs

Last Wednesday, knowing the milling machine move was coming up, I assembled a load of stuff-moving gear in the back of my truck: engine crane, crank cargo straps, tow straps, chains, variety of wrenches, 24 pieces, pipe pieces, and a first aid kit.

I usually spend my Thursdays and Fridays in Pittsburgh, and this weekend we had tickets for the Lewis Black show in Greensburg on Sunday night. So it was important to have everything ready so that I could hop up perkily at 4:30am on Monday, drive home, switch cars, pick up my semi-volunteer Worthy Assistant, Mark A., and head towards Williamsport. The Ryder rental truck company there had called earlier to confirm my reservation and inform me that they didnt have the truck I had arranged for instead they would upgrade me (free!) to the extra great gas-guzzler model. As long as it had a hydraulic lift gate, I was going to be happy.

Getting the truck went without a hitch and we transferred our implements of destruction, then headed up to the sellers shop to load up. After a bit of jockeying to line up the trucks lift gate, we put a tow strap around the ram of the machine, turned the head downward, removed any breakable thingies, and set the engine lift for 3 tons, and started to lift. Up until that point everything had gone swimmingly because basically we hadnt done anything yet, except drink coffee. The milling machine started to come up off the ground most gratifyingly and I decided to give it an encouraging nudge with a pry-bar. That was when one of the casters on the engine hoist blew off the leg, flew across the room and the machine dropped about 2 onto the floor.

I said something silly like, did you know that a feather would fall at exactly the same speed except for air resistance?

The caster was a dubious design the central piece was held together with a part that went into the mounting plate and then was peened over, like a big rivet but it looked like whoever pressed that caster did it when the central post was not fully up into the mounting plate. It just snapped off sideways and kept going.

We stood around clutching our temples for about 15 minutes and decided that Plan B was to use black iron pipe as rollers, after tipping the machine up a bit with a pry-bar. It was surprisingly easy and the machine could be turned or re-oriented by just changing the angle of the rollers. The aliens that taught the ancient Egyptians how to make pyramids really did them a favor when they gave them the roller technique.

One other thing I liked about the roller technique was that it addressed a concern: what if the thing starts to roll? I had a spirit level and made sure the truck was not inclined before we tried the engine hoist, because I had this nightmare image of the whole mass charging forward and slamming into the front of the cargo compa...

10:23

Israel Bombed Syria to Distract the Media From Its Own War Crimes in Gaza The Anti-Media

Netanyahu gaza israel syria(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  The United States, France, and Britain have agreed to respond to an alleged Syrian gas attack that took place in Douma, reportedly killing dozens of people. This is despite the fact that Reuters already reported that U.S. government sources told the news outlet that the U.S. government had not yet conclusively determined whether the attack was carried out by President Bashar al-Assads []

10:20

False Flag Continues, Israel Gases Protesters, FOX Calls Out Both Sides & Russia Vetoes US 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 (4/10/18). Just as we recently saw that montage of so-called news organizations in lock-step repeating what they were pretending was an honest from-the-heart plea not to succumb to []

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10:18

Russia The Kremlin Freethought Blogs

The word kremlin translates to fort and there are many historic kremlins in Russia. There is, however, only one The Kremlin and it is in the heart of Moscow. Its beginnings date to the 1150s when it was a wooden fort known as the grad of Moscow. At that time it housed the entire city within its walls. This fort was later destroyed by the Mongols and then rebuilt in the 1300s when the word Kremlin first came into use. In the 1500s under the rule of Ivan the Great the current stone walls were built. The fortress was enlarged at this time and Ivan imported master architects and stone masons from Italy to build the new city. It was during this period that most of the cathedrals and palaces were built.

Kremlin clock tower

Kremlin clock tower

The Kremlin is a vast compound, more than 27 hectares, and for centuries has been the seat of Russian political power, machinations and intrigue. The fortified stone wall surrounding it contains 18 watch towers, the tallest being the Spasskaya (Savior) tower with its 4 huge clock faces. These clocks are connected underground to the Institute of Astronomy and are the most accurate time pieces in the country. The Spasskaya tower was the entrance of the Tsars and also used for important dignitaries and religious processions. The 5 sided stars of the soviet era were added to the towers in 1937 by Stalin who molded his political career at the Kremlin. During the soviet years many churches and cathedrals were destroyed across the country. Today, within the Kremlin walls 4 Grand Cathedrals and 3 smaller churches remain.

The Cathedral of the Annunciation

The Cathedral of the Annunciation sits on the crest of Borovitsky Hill, the original of the 7 hills of Moscow. It was built in 1484 by Ivan the Great. It was closed in 1918 under the Bolsheviks and now operates as a museum.

The Cathedral of the Assumption

The Cathedral of the Assumption is the most important church in The Kremlin being the seat of the Russian Orthodox Church. It is here that the Patriarchs (highest clerical rank) and bishops were consecrated and it was here that Tsars were crow...

10:04

New York State's Big Middle Finger to the Republican Tax Plan OpEdNews

It is likely that the employer-side payroll tax device will catch on quickly, even though it is not mandatory. It would be great if other liberal states adopted similar workarounds to preserve most of the SALT deduction for their residents. We would get a situation where the only people who lose the benefit of the SALT deduction would be higher-income people living in Republican states.

09:03

Anniversary of Irish Peace Treaty Brings Grave Brexit Warnings WhoWhatWhy

As the Mideast veers into chaos and right-wing leaders gain popularity in Europe, there are fears that the two-decade-old peace agreement between Ireland and the UK may also be threatened.  

Twenty years ago today, then-Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Bertie Ahern and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair signed the Good Friday agreement that brought peace and economic opportunity to Northern Ireland.

Today, Brexit confusion threatens that peace, communities essential services are endangered, and prosperity is at risk outcomes no one wants.

As WhoWhatWhy reported last year, the British referendum vote to leave the European Union has thrown Northern Ireland into turmoil despite the regions 56.8 percent vote to remain.

RELATED: From Terrorism to Tourist Haven

A soft border refers to a border without checkpoints as opposed to a hard border, which is a border with checkpoints on every road. Before the Good Friday agreement, the border area was patrolled by the British Army and the checkpoints were a constant source of conflict.

The Irish ambassador to the UK, Adrian ONeill, called the Good Friday Agreement a nearly miraculous achievement that has essentially delivered peace on the streets of Northern Ireland ever since.

He said the hardening of the border would subvert a lot of progress, and would not be conducive...

09:00

This Is Going to Get Very Ugly, Very Quickly OpEdNews

When Trump is absolutely certain Mueller will win, he will do what Nixon was forced to do when his moment came. He will cynically use the powers of the presidency to save himself. At that moment a very real and immediate constitutional crisis is inevitable. It is highly unlikely that Donald Trump will relinquish power in an orderly way.

08:39

Book Review: Golden Giving - Everything You Need to Know for an Enriched, Socially Conscious Retirement OpEdNews

Let's say you are approaching the Big 50, 60 or 70. You might feel healthy and energetic but the "R" word (retirement) is still around the corner. There are many stereotypes of retirement----the three "Gs" of golf, gardening and grandkids----but for most Baby Boomers and Generation Xers those activities will likely feel a bit empty.

08:20

Mueller is Desperate -- But For What? OpEdNews

So far Mueller's secured indictments of a few Trump associates on charges having little or nothing to do with his overt mission, and of a few Russians for running an Internet "troll farm" that posted some cheesy social media ads. But he has yet to put real meat on his mandate and doesn't seem to be getting much closer to Trump himself than when he started. Now he's hitching his wagon to Stormy Daniels's star. Why?

08:15

A Very Short Simple Proof That Cannot Be Disproved. 9/11 was a False Flag Event OpEdNews

This very short, very simple proof, is ALL that is required to prove 9/11 was an inside job/false flag event. I say it is absolutely solid and cannot be disproved. The proof shows logically that WTC7 was a controlled demolition. I finished by tying the collapse of WTC7 together with the other events of 9/11 to prove 9/11 was an inside job/false flag event.

07:56

White Helmets Treat Alleged Chemical Attack Victims Without Protective Gear THE INTERNET POST

| 09 April 2018 | The White Helmets, which claim to be an impartial NGO [but in actuality is a Deep State-backed terrorist group], saving civilians in war-torn Syria, have repeatedly been busted using false videos of their daily rescue operations. The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, has published several clips []

07:55

One sign that students are being effective Freethought Blogs

While many of us are heartened by the sight of young people becoming politically engaged following the recent spate of shootings, Rachel M. Cohen writes that the sight of students rising up against gun violence has alarmed right-wingers who see this a signs that public education is a breeding ground for dangerous ideas that are taking hold in the minds of young people.

WITNESSING WITH HORROR a parade of articulate and smart teenagers speaking confidently about the role of intersectionality in the social movement they ignited, conservative leaders have seized on the explosion of activism launched by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students to make the case that so-called government schools or traditional public schools are a fundamental threat to their vision of the country. David Hogg and Emma Gonzlez are all the evidence they need.

The radical progressive agenda is now basic propaganda in our public school system, said Mark Levin, a prominent right-wing radio host on his show in March. These government schools have become propaganda mills. Whether its genitalia assignment, bathrooms, and gyms; whether its the school lunch program thats even politicized radical environmentalism is advanced, capitalism is trashed.

Far-right conservative attempts to weaken support for public education did not begin with the Parkland massacre. Many advocates for private and religious schools have long framed public schools as dangerous secular institutions

But the Parkland students efforts have catalyzed a renewed sense of outrage among conservatives, who see students walking out from schools to protest guns, some without consequence, as irrefutable proof of public educations liberal bias.

When you add to this teachers in various states staging strikes to protest low salaries and poor working conditions, you can be sure that the enemies of public education, who had already set their sights on diverting public school funds into private hands, are going to increase their efforts to destroy it.

07:45

Monsanto And Bayer Are Maneuvering To Take Over The Cannabis Industry TruthTheory

By Phillip Schneider, Waking Times

It has been rumored for years that Monsanto plans to take over the cannabis industry with genetic engineering just as theyve taken over the corn and soy industries. Although they have always denied having any intentions to do so, at this point it is unlikely that anybody really believes them. In contrast, many in the cannabis sphere are prepared to resist any kind of GMO takeover of marijuana by Monsanto or any of their cohorts.

Evidence is mounting, though, which points strongly to the notion that Monsanto does indeed plan to take control of the cannabis plant, and it doesnt look good for medical users, or anyone planning on getting into the industry.

Former Nazi Collaborator Bayer Buys Out Monsanto for $66 Billion

You may remember hearing back in September that Bayer, the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, made a deal to buy out Monsanto for $66 billion. Although Monsanto was voted the most evil company in the world in 2013 and its reputation has continued to fall since, Bayer still went ahead with the buyout.

A merger between these two companies is unsurprising, as though they both have long histories of involvement with Nazism and...

07:35

US Says No Evidence Assad Behind Chemical Attack; But Will Retaliate Regardless Of UN Decision Sheep Media

The initial U.S. government assessment of the chemical attack in Syria has concluded that some type of nerve agent was used however the specific agent used is unknown, government sources told Reuters, adding that the U.S. government had not yet conclusively determined whether the attack was carried out by President Bashar al-Assads Syrian government forces.

The revelation makes Israels Monday morning strike on Syrian military positions known to house Russian forces all the more troubling, as this appears to be yet another kneejerk rush by the West to conduct major foreign policy maneuvers based on contested events before all the facts are in.

Following last Aprils Kahn Shaykhun chemical attack in Syria, President Trump notably launched...

07:30

Watch Ted Cruz Savage Mark Zuckerberg Over Facebooks Liberal Bias The Federalist

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz savaged Mark Zuckerberg over Facebooks tendency to shut down and silence conservatives and conservative ideas in a hearing on Tuesday.

Cruz asked Zuckerberg if Facebook considered itself a neutral public forum, making the Silicon Valley billionaire squirm.

Senator, we consider ourselves to be a platform for all ideas, Zuckerberg replied. Our goal is certainly not to engage in political speech.

Cruz proceeded to list a number of conservative Facebook pages that had faced censorship from the social network.

Here are a few highlights from their exchange.

Cruz: There are a great many Americans who I think are deeply concerned that Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship. There have been numerous instances with Facebook. In May of 2016, Gizmodo reported Facebook had purposely and routinely suppressed conservative stories from trending news including stories about CPAC, about Mitt Romney, about Glenn Beck. In addition to that, Facebook has initially shut down the Chik-fil-A appreciation page, blocked posts of a Fox News reporter, blocked over two dozen Catholic pages and most recently blocked Trump supporters Diamond and Silks page with 1.2 million Facebook followers after determining their content and brand were unsafe to the community.'

To a great many Americans, that appears to be a pervasive pattern of political bias. Do you agree with that assessment?

Zuckerberg: I understand where that concern is coming from, because Facebook and the tech industry are located in Silicon Valley, which is an extremely left-leaning place. This is actually a concern that I have in that I and I try to root out in the company, is making sure we dont have any bias in the work we do and I think it is a fair concern that people would wonder about.

Cruz: Are you aware of any ad or page thats been taken down from Planned Parenthood?

Zuckerberg: Senator, Im not, but let me just

Cruz: How about MoveOn.org? Or any Democratic candidate from office?

Zuckerberg: Im not specifically aware. Im not sure.

Cruz: In your testimony you say you have 15,000 to 20,000 people working on security and content review. Do you know the political orientation of those 15,000 to 20,000 people eng...

07:28

Crony Corruption in Trumpworld OpEdNews

Pruitt was basically installed by Trump as head of the Environmental Protection Agency with a stated mission to undermine, subvert, and reverse the EPA core mission. To rich Republicans -- well, perhaps to most Republicans -- the environment is simply a dumping ground for toxics, hazardous waste, and other effluents of industry.

07:21

The bombshell will detonate soon Freethought Blogs

Uh-oh.

On the evening of Saturday, April 7, 2018, the American Atheists Board of Directors received a complaint regarding David Silverman, the President of American Atheists. The Board takes very seriously the concerns expressed and, in accordance with organization policies, the Board has placed Mr. Silverman on leave while an independent investigation is conducted. Mr. Silverman has pledged his full cooperation with the investigation.

The Board, led by Vice President Kathleen Johnson and myself, will fulfill the duties of the President while Mr. Silverman is on leave. National Program Director Nick Fish will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization.

While Mr. Silverman is on leave, American Atheists will continue our work protecting the separation of religion and government, elevating the voices of atheists in our nations public discourse, and supporting our members and atheist communities across the country.

We are committed to transparency and openness about this process and will release more information as it becomes available.

I know whats going on, and its been building for a while. Its not just AA thats investigating some allegations, but another organization as well, and the atheist movement is about to get another well-deserved battering.

Go about your business, citizens. Ignore the chaos.

06:42

The Slippery Slope To A Constitution-Free America The Last American Vagabond

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.Benjamin Franklin The ease with which Americans are prepared to welcome boots on the ground, regional lockdowns, routine invasions of their privacy, and the dismantling of every constitutional right intended to serve as a bulwark against government abuses []

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06:42

Eyewitness Accounts of Red Dawn Military Camps That Will Invade the US Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

 

Red Dawn

Four years ago, I was contacted by an active DEA agent who had extensive experience with the forces that will be involved in the planned invasion of the United States that we calll Red Dawn. This DEA special agent who is still on active status with the agency. His stated reason for coming forward is that he will not be a participant in the planned demise of the United States in which the DEA, as well as other federal agencies, will be complicit by their covert and overt participation.

Here are some excerpts from our pubished communications.

My DEA source was involved in drug interdiction in Peru, which is the leading cocaine producer in the world with a 325 metric tons of operation. One of his main jobs consisted of developing confidential sources (CS) into actionable intelligence information which could be used toward retarding of the blossoming drug trafficking business in Peru.

The Peruvian police and military only intercept 3-5% of the gross drug traffic and that is by design. It gives the appearance that something is being done, while a drug trafficking empire is being established in this country to a degree never imagined in the past.

Senior DEA officials are running interference for a massive drug organization known as the SANCHEZ-Paredes drug cartel and it is based out of Peru. However, not many Americans will have heard of this cartel. Yet, they have been around since 1976 and are more massive that any of the Mexican drug cartels in terms of the size and impact of its operations.

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DEA senior officials are fully complicit in these drug and gun running operations. Lets examine the leadership of Patrick Stenkamp who formerly served as the Regional Director (aka Special-Agent-In-Charge) in Peru. Peru now serves as the regional headquarter...

06:34

A Saturday Night Massacre would bring a midterm mauling to GOP OpEdNews

Monday's raid targeting one of Trump's lawyers, Michael Cohen, may well drive Trump to extreme actions that would be a hostile attack against the administration of justice and bring a death knell for Republicans in the midterm elections. He demonstrated an anger and rage that could soon lead to a Nixon-like "Saturday Night Massacre" that many Republicans as well as Democrats have long feared.

06:33

Olympia Solidarity Network Launches Campaign at Evergreen Vista Apartments It's Going Down

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Report from Olympia Solidarity Network announces a new campaign against a large housing complex that aims to improve living conditions. 

Olympia Solidarity Network has launched a campaign against the Evergreen Vista apartment complex management and their operator Mercy Housing. On March 22nd, 25 OlySol members and supporters delivered a demand letter to Evergreen Vistas property manager in her office. The demand letter outlined tenant grievances and demands for the fulfillment of all current work orders, the repair of common spaces and infrastructure, such as outdoor lighting and stairways and the installation of garbage bins accessible to disabled tenants located at each building in the complex. The demand letter specified that if management doesnt make progress towards satisfying these demands within 14 days, OlySol will take further action.

OlySol has been engaged in outreach at Evergreen Vista for approximately two months. During this time about 15 different tenants have expressed concern of similar problems regarding management. These tenants frequently experience refused and delayed repairs to the most basic appliances and structural components of their apartments. This includes, but is not limited to, refrigerators, heaters, dishwashers, bathroom plumbing, doors, sinks, ovens, mold infestations, etc.

Moreover, almost every tenant OlySol has been in contact with has reported that the current garbage disposal system is inaccessible to disabled tenants and needlessly inconvenient. The complex previously had accessible bins outside each building at the complex, but has now opted for one large dumpster that is physically out of reach for people with mobility issues and children. Most egregiously, when tenants who cant access the dumpster inevitably occasionally leave garbage bags adjacent to the dumpster, management has been known to identify the tenants who left the garbage and subsequently penalize them. Finally, most tenants have reported general mistreatment from management. Not only has management blown off repair requests, they allegedly threaten to evict tenants over minor issues. For this reason, all tenants involved in the campaign have chosen to remain anonymous to shield them from any potential retaliation from management. As the campaign proceeds we expect intend to make contact with even more tenants at the complex, be it through door-to-door outreach or word-of-mouth amongst tenants.

Evergreen Vista is an affordable housing complex and is home to a high concentration of tenants on forms of social assistance. Evergreen Vista is operated by Mercy Hous...

06:29

Seriously, What Is Going On With Mark Zuckerbergs Hair? The Federalist

While testifying before Congress on Tuesday afternoon, Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg sported a really disturbing hairstyle.

Seriously look at his hairline.

This raises a lot of questions. Was he trying to fix a lawnmower by sticking his head into it? Why is a billionaire fixing a lawnmower himself instead of paying for someone else to do it? Why does a billionaire have this bad of a haircut? Did he go to SuperCuts and insist that a blind person do the job? Did he cut it himself after drinking a bottle of wine? Did his wife do it for him in the dark?

We deserve answers!!!

Im not the only one who is wondering.

For a more complete view of Zucks hairline you can watch the clip below.

06:20

US Says No Evidence Assad Behind Chemical Attack; But Will Retaliate Regardless Of UN Decision The Last American Vagabond

The initial U.S. government assessment of the chemical attack in Syria has concluded that some type of nerve agent was used however the specific agent used is unknown, government sources told Reuters, adding that the U.S. government had not yet conclusively determined whether the attack was carried out by President Bashar al-Assads Syrian government forces. The revelation makes []

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06:01

Fingerprints, Eye Scans Now Required To Buy Food In India, As Banks Cut Off Cryptocurrencies TruthTheory

By  John Vibes, The Free Thought Project

There was a string of interesting financial reports from India this week that appear to be unrelated at first glance, but upon further inspection, they all seem to be working towards a common goalan intrusive big brother surveillance state that tracks every single financial transaction for every single resident.

According to the New York Times, the Indian government has implemented an identification system that will require scans of fingerprints, eyes, and faces for all financial transactions, including food, banking, cell phone plans and state assistance. The program is called Aadhaar, and it will be mandatory for the 1.3 billion people who live in India.

Most of India is already enrolled in the program, with a total of 1.1 billion already using the system. However, most people are obviously signing up under duress, as they have no other ways of accessing basic commerce or financial services.

Over the past several years the government in India has been slowly building the program, setting up residents with IDs while collecting their biometric data. Now, the government is ready to make the program mandatory for nearly every aspect of life.

Adita Jha, a 30-year-old environmental consultant in Delhi who was interviewed by The Times, said that she was forced into the program.

...

06:00

The Inequity of Pedestrian Deaths Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Dangerous, fast-moving streets deplete our communities of wealth and prosperity and often that cost is hitting the poorest neighborhoods the hardest. This article is the second in an ongoing conversation about this topic. Read the first piece here.


 Pedestrian deaths from 2013-2018 are noted by red dots on this map of the city. Most have occurred on the poorer north side of the city. Click to view larger.

Pedestrian deaths from 2013-2018 are noted by red dots on this map of the city. Most have occurred on the poorer north side of the city. Click to view larger.

Of the 64 fatal pedestrian crashes over the last five years in St. Louis, Missouri, 45 have happened on the north side of the city (Source: State of Missouri). The continual rise of pedestrian deaths in poor neighborhoods, largely inhabited by people of color, has been a point of indifference in a city plagued by almost exclusively auto-oriented design.

The significant majority of these fatal crashes have happened along four main stroads in St. Louis. Stroads are defined as a street/road hybrids where high speed auto traffic mixes with pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. They have shaped the transportation culture of St. Louis (and many cities like it) into one that is auto-focused. The dangerous mix of high speed traffic across the citys streets has led to unsafe conditions for pedestrians.

St. Louis has a long history of segregation and unequal resources. Manufacturing decline in the mid twentieth century disproportionately affected black residents, according to Colin Gordon, author of Mapping Decline. His outline of redlining also illustrates how restrictive covenants plagued much of North City. According to crash data, what is also inequitable in St. Louis is the placement and effects of its stroads. On the map above, you can see where 12 deaths occurred on just one street, Natural Bridge. Another three pedestrian fatalities have happened at a single intersection of North Broadway and Christian Ave.

The map is striking because the correl...

05:54

Strike to Win: Inside the West Virginia Teachers Strike It's Going Down

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The following is a transcribed talk by a West Virginia teacher who was one of several speakers at the Red & Black Party sponsored by the Labor Sector of Black Rose/Rosa Negra and which was held on April 7th at the 2018 Labor Notes Conference in Chicago.

Hi everyone, Im Michael in Monongalia County, thats a mouthful so Im just going to call it Mon county. Mon county is the center where WVU is [West Virginia University]. Im going to tell you about my story.

Last summer I was a delegate for my primary union WVEA [West Virginia Educators Association]. They supported Jim Justice, the wealthiest man in West Virginia for governor as a Democrat. A few months later he switched to the Republican Party and the union said Jesus, Lord mercy, what are we going to do now? Wll it was on them.

So then I wrote an article, didnt think it going to go anywhere, thought I was just going to vent.  It was about why I think we need rank and file, leftist militancy similar to what West Virginia had in 1990. In that year 47 of the 55 counties went on strike and these were actual picket lines where people had to physically stop scabs from going into schools. Luckily we didnt have that this time. But I wrote this article thinking Im just going to vent my frustrations but then a month later a comrade send me a text and goes Hey, we need to talk about your article. I didnt know there other socialists like myself here thinking about this. So we started talking, realized he was upset too. What do we do? We set up a facebook group.

The Beginnings

So we formed this little facebook group of just small collection of us who just pissed off and we dont know what else to do. So we just start adding members. Lo and behold we find all had a common theme that is were all pissed at our union establishment, were all pissed at our legislature and we feel like theres nothing we can do so were going to come here and vent. Over time we start recruiting more and more members and we start planning that were going to go [to the state legislature] on Martin Luther King Jr Day because teachers are off. We were going to go there and go as a giant collective to get to the steps of the capital to demand that they fix our health insurance, they do not privatize public education, that they dont get rid of seniority for teachers, and that they increase our pay. [Applause...

05:53

Video Shows How Nasa Literally Create Clouds And Control The Weather TruthTheory

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

Nasa has the technology to create clouds, which upon completion start to rain.  

Geo-engineering is the term coined to describe deliberate interference to the Earths climate and weather. This may be thought of as some crazy conspiracy, but as the video below shows, this is not only a reality, but also being shared publicly.

One of the big dangers of weather control is using it as a weapon. It is alleged that this was something the US government took part in during the Vietnam war and the topic of this CBS interview with scientist Michio Kaku.

Another concern with weather modification is the ripple effect it could have on our ecosystem. Weather in one location has the potential to create undesirable weather in another. Ultimately having the weather in the hands of humans gives a tremendous amount of power to those who can control it. Please share this article.

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

The post...

05:53

The Cause of Londons Surge in Violence Is Obvious but Nobodys Talking About It The Anti-Media

london knife attacks(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) London, UK  As the United States continues to experience sensational mass shootings and many Americans call for gun control, the London is dealing with its own rash of violent crime, mostly in the form of knife attacks. Countless memes circulating on the internet have pointed out that despite the British governments harsh gun laws, criminals []

05:47

Amazing New Discovery Made About Puffins TruthTheory

By Jess Murray Truth Theory

A fascinating discovery has been made in England about the iconic Atlantic puffins their bills glow under UV light!

The ornithologist behind the discovery, Jamie Dunning, said, It was sort of discovered by accident, after he was wondering whether the birds have Day-Glo beaks, which is similar to a seabird in the same family as puffins, the crested auklets, who also have light-up bills.

Following a difficult day in the lab, he decided to shine a UV light on a puffin carcass and said, What happened was quite impressive, really, as he saw the two yellow ridges of the bill light up, revealing real fluorescence. Dunning explained that there must be something within the puffins bill that was allowing the UV light to be absorbed and re-emitted, although its currently not clear what that might be.

He also explained that its likely that the birds already knew about the fluorescent colour as they can see additional dimensions of hues compared to humans. They can see colours that we cant comprehend, Dunning said, after stating that birds have a property call...

05:44

Google Hits Impressive 100% Renewable Energy Goal TruthTheory

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Conscious shoppers who rely on search engines to explore the world can feel good about their browsing habits, particularly when they use Google. This is because the company officially bought enough renewable energy to match all of the electricity that was consumed last year.

In a new blog for Google, Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure Urs Hlzle announced that the company reached its goal of matching all of the electricity it consumed in 2017 with clean energy. The companys purchases even exceeded the total electricity used by their offices and data centers.

What exactly does match mean? Over the course of 2017, for every kilowatt hour of electricity consumed by Google, the company purchased a kilowatt hour of renewable energy from a wind or solar farm that was constructed specifically for Google. This makes us the first public Cloud, and company of our size, to have achieved this feat, said Hlzle.

Hlzle boasted that Google buys more clean energy than any other corporate purc...

05:40

Ghana Entrepreneur Makes Recycling Machine From Scrap Metal, Starts Company That Turns Plastic Into Roads TruthTheory

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Did you know only 2 percent of all plastic trash in Ghana is recycled. This staggering statistics was presented in a new video by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Fortunately, at least one company seeks to change this statistic and is doing so in an innovative way.

Nelplast Ghana Limited is turning plastic waste (including bags) into pavement blocks that can be used to build roads. The mixture was invented by network engineer Nelson Boateng. The bricks are comprised of about 60 percent plastic and 40 percent sand.

The process entails shredding plastic bags then mixing them with sand. The combination products a new form of asphalt, according to WEF. Apparently, it requires fewer resources to create, is durable, and lasts a long ...

05:35

Portugal Obtained 104% Of Its Energy From Renewables In March TruthTheory

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Go, Portugal! For the first time in approximately four decades, the countrys renewable energy generation exceeded its demand.

According to a report by the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association, Portugals clean energy supplied 103.6 percent of the countrys energy in March. The data was cited from REN, the nations transmission system operator.

On some days, Portugal had to rely on fossil fuels to complement the countrys electricity supply. But overall, clean energy won out. Last months achievement is an example of what will happen more frequently in the near future. It is expected that by 2040 the production of renewable electricity will be able to guarantee, in a cost-effective way, the total annual electricity consumption of mainland Portugal, said the report.

These data, besides indicating a historical milestone in the Portuguese electricity sector, demonstrate that renewable energy can be relied upon as a secure and viable source with which to completely meet the countrys electricity demands.

On March 7, Portugal sourced 86 percent of its electricity from renewable sources; by March 11, it reached a maximum 143 percent. Hydroelectric (55 percent) and wind (42 percent) accounted for most of the clean energy genera...

05:33

Another False Flag Will Trump Escalate In Syria? The Last American Vagabond

After the pro-rebel White Helmets claimed over the weekend that Syrias Assad has again gassed his own citizens, President Trump is threatening massive retaliation. Russia has stated that it would strike any source of incoming missiles into Syria. Will President Trump listen to his neocon advisors and ignore Russian warnings? Are we about to blunder []

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05:32

Final Straw: Charlotte Uprising and Beyond It's Going Down

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Long time anarchist radio show and podcast The Final Straw offers up interviews and news updates.

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First, well feature some words that friends in central NC recorded of Elijah. Elijah was born and raised in Durham, NC, who was imprisoned in Alabama. Elijah was among many who showed up to resist a threatened march in Durham by the KKK after people began rising up and taking down white supremacist statues last falls. Elijah talks about incarceration, guilt, organizing and about getting out.

Secondly, William reads a statement about possible evictions by police beginning tomorrow on la ZAD (Zone A Defendre) in Notre Dame-de-Landes, Brittany, France. See the text below.

Finally, we are happy to be sharing a conversation that Bursts recently had with glo merriweather, ash williams & jamie marsicano. The three reside in occupied Waccamaw Siouan and Catawba territory, also known as Charlotte, North Carolina. glo, ash & Jamie speak about the events that led up to the Charlotte Uprising of 2016, the tumult after the police murder of Keith Lamont Scott, the police killings of black and brown bodies in the U.S., gender and state violence and resistance, the killing of Justin Carr, the police accusation of Rayquan Borum for that death and the repression being faced by glo merriweather and others at the hands of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police. You can find out more about the work that ash, Jamie and glo are doing by visiting the Charlotte Uprising FedBook, website or twitter. glo has a trial date coming up on May 7th. One way you can show support for them is to visit gofundme and donate to GetGloGoing!

05:31

Interview With David Reaboi On National Security, Syria, And Jazz Music The Federalist

David Reaboi is a national security consultant and senior vice president at the Security Studies Group. Reaboi joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the changing conservative views on foreign policy and Americas current role in the world.

I think there is a difference here between the humanitarian mission that a lot of people rightly talk about, and what could or should be accomplished by the United States military in a strategic way in Syria, he said.

Later in the hour, Reaboi discusses the changing jazz music scene and his preferences for listening to music.

Listen to the full show here:

05:27

How I Proved Bitcoin = Time + Financial Freedom TruthTheory

Plunged into the wilderness of intense fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD), in Jan 2017 I knew not where my future income was to come from. I had just left a full time position with my personal mentor, healer and psychic Sidra Jafri and her School of Awakening to begin the next step in my journey to become an entrepreneur.

 

Despite almost drowning in the overwhelming waves of FUD, Sidras often said words kept repeating in my head about the importance of developing multiple streams of income. I latched onto these keywords as a lifeline. I took the lifeline further. Did you know you can earn money while you sleep, when you are ill, while visiting family and friends or engaging in your favourite passion projects? Developing multiple streams of passive income became my intense focus.

 

Why develop multiple streams of passive income?

Because if one income stream dried up for whatever reason I would have others generating regular passive income while I am away on holiday, visiting family, ill, performing voluntary work, etc. Passive income is so underrated and misunderstood! The end goal for such an ambitious thought? I wanted to retire permanently from full time work and free up my time long term to focus more on my important voluntary work for the late yoga master Dr. George King (1919-1997) and ...

05:20

Mark Zukerberg: We need to make sure that people are not using Facebook to harm other people or to spread misinformation Intellihub

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg pushes for further limitation of our personal Internet freedoms in opening statements to Congress through the use of the Hegelian dialectic

WASHINGTON (INTELLIHUB) Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday after a trusted app-maker sold users private data to Cambridge Analytica for $800,000.

I started Facebook, I run it, and Im responsible for what happens here, the social media CEO told members of Congress. So now we have to go through all of our relationship with people and make sure that we are taking a broad enough responsibility.

Pushing toward further limitation of our personal Internet freedom in America, Zukerberg said: Its not enough to just give people a voice [on Facebook], we need to make sure that people are not using it to harm other people or to spread misinformation.

It is currently unknown what Cambridge Analytica did with the data from some 1.8 million users who were affected.

Zuckerberg said that he will get to the bottom of what Cambridge Analytica actually did and will tell everyone affected.

When we first called Cambridge Analytica they told us that they deleted the data, Zuckerberg said. However, about a month ago we heard reports which suggested that that wasnt true.

The media mogul says that Facebook will now be actively investigating any app developer who had access to significant data, like Cambridge Analytics did, and will be banning any app developer who abused their power along with notifying any users who were affected.

To prevent this from ever happening again going forward we are making sure that developers cant access as much information now, he explained.

Zuckerberg provided more detail on the matter in a written statement.

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05:16

As Facebook's Zuckerberg Testifies In Congress, Lawmakers Will Face a CEO With Power Over Their Careers and Agenda OpEdNews

Facebook has done something that will make members of Congress take notice: It has taken more steps to curb abusive campaign advertising and to protect user privacy than anything Congress has done in years.

05:15

Leaked Video Shows Israelis Cheer As Sniper Kills Non-Threatening Man Standing In Field The Last American Vagabond

A video was released that shows multiple Israeli men celebrating after a sniper targets and shoots a man standing in a field on the other side of their border fence. Gaza Strip  (TFTP) A disturbing video has been released online that shows multiple Israeli men cheering after a sniper targets and shoots a Palestinian man []

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05:12

Stopping the War against Children: Operation Atonement Begins Welcome to ITCCS.ORG and The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State

This Sunday April 15 on Here We Stand
at 3 pm pacific, 6 pm eastern and 11 pm GMT at www.bbsradio.com/herewestand
Below:
Jorge Bergoglio (aka pope francis) named by eyewitnesses as participant in Ninth Circle child trafficking and sacrificial cult August 4, 2017
This April 15 is the First International Child Holocaust Day- and the launching of Stage One of Operation Atonement:                                The disestablishment of the Vatican and all other churches that traffic and kill children. 
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05:03

US, Russia On Collision Course In Syria Despite Emergency UN Meeting The Last American Vagabond

The UN Security Council led an emergency meeting Monday related to the allegations of a Saturday chemical weapons attack in Syria. The meeting was called at the behest of the US and its allies. As with most emergency meetings, little of substance was accomplished, and it mostly boiled down to the US and Russia criticizing each []

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05:03

Some reflections on the Secular Social Justice conference Freethought Blogs

The Secular Social Justice 2018 conference last weekend was interesting, in that it highlighted the work of secular activists around the country who were working on various issues of importance. After a fiery opening address by Sikivu Hutchinson, we had an array of speakers who spoke on local community organizing, elimination racial inequality in the criminal justice system, disability rights, immigration issues, the war on drugs, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the role of direct action. The presenters were entirely people of color directly involved in this work, not academic types, and thus spoke from personal experience.

Since I do not go to many conferences, I did not know many people personally but I did run into a few. Monette Richards, from the group Secular Woman, and her husband were there, both of whom I have known for many years because of their tireless work in Ohio to promote social justice issues from a secular perspective. I briefly chatted with PZ Myers who needs no introduction to people on this blog. And I also had the pleasure of meeting Greta Christina again after many years. Two readers of this blog also introduced themselves to me and it was nice to be able to connect with them face-to-face.

I noticed what might be a new trend in that when a speaker said something an audience member strongly agreed with, some would applaud, which is the common reaction. But there were others who raised their hands and snapped their fingers instead. I had not seen this response before. The latter action has the benefit of showing appreciation but not interrupting or drowning out the voice of the speaker.

Another feature is that the bathroom was gender neutral. It consisted of four enclosed stalls and sinks in the common area. It was the first time I had been at an event where this was the case. What happened? Absolutely nothing. People used them just as they would gender-segregated bathrooms. The fact that someone at the next sink may have had a different gender presentation did not matter in the least. I wish those who freak out about the dangers of genderneutral bathrooms would experience this at least once to see how utterly boring it is.

04:59

The Great Pyramid of Giza A Nikola Tesla Like Power Plant Created Thousands of Years Ago 369news.net

The Great Pyramid of Giza A Nikola Tesla Like Power Plant Created Thousands of Years Ago

Video: Narrated and Created by: Gary Lite

The Great Pyramid of Giza is one o...

04:58

Cardi B Explains Why She Chose Life Instead Of Abortion For Her Unborn Child The Federalist

In an interview with The Breakfast Club Tuesday morning, rapper Cardi B explains why she resisted pressure to abort her unborn child, who was an unplanned pregnancy.

After revealing her pregnancy over the weekend on NBCs Saturday Night Live, Cardi B admitted in the radio interview that she briefly considered getting an abortion, but didnt want to regret it. After saying she kinda sort of thought about aborting her child, she said she ultimately decided she didnt want to deal with the whole abortion thing.

I just didnt want to, she said.

Co-host Charlemagne Tha God replied: The regret of it, probably?

Yeah, she said. I just didnt want to. It was just like, You know what, Im a grown woman. Im 25 years old. Im say this in the most humble way Im a schmillionaire. You know what Im saying? Im prepared for this.'

The Bodak Yellow rapper said shes been disappointed at the response from some women who asserted her career is over now that shes pregnant.

It really bothers me and it disgusts me because I see a lot of women online like, Oh I feel sorry for you! Now your career is over!' she said. Why cant I have both? Why do I gotta chose a career or a baby? Like why cant I have both?

(h/t Katie Yoder, Newsbusters)

04:54

Jacks Walk Freethought Blogs

Right now its a balmy 4 here, so things have gotten a bit warmer. The sky remains overcast, though, and rain is expected for the next 3 days. While it was still dry, Jack and I decided to go to the forest. We were hoping to find some sign of new life, but nothing is in bud yet. Nothing. So instead of a pretty picture of flowers or leaf buds, today you get to see Jack. He was the only ray of sunshine I could find.

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04:52

How To Start A Home-Based Massage Therapy Business TruthTheory

Establishing your own business requires effort, time, money, and a lot of careful planning. As home-based businesses have been quite in demand nowadays, you can consider putting up your own. A home-based massage therapy business is probably worth a try, especially when your location is an excellent platform that can capture a huge market. However, it is vital to sift through the major factors and legal procedures before you work your plans out.

7 Tips to start a home-based massage therapy business

It is not just all about how your hands can provide a therapeutic touch to give your clients a soothing relief from muscle tension, body pain, and stress. There are legal procedures and vital factors you must consider first to effectively set up a home-based business, maintain it, and achieve a beaming success in the long run.

Here are 7 quick and easy tips you should consider:

  1. Get a massage therapy certification.

You may have the ability to provide massage services, but a massage therapy certification is a must. In order to earn such certification, you should undergo a comprehensive massage therapy training, pass the exams, and complete all the imperative courses included. The certification will also serve as your ticket to the massage industry as a competent massage therapist. Depending on your location, training and courses may differ and hence, it is important to know about this prior to establishing a massage therapy business.

  1. Calculate the expenses.

Calculating the expenses will let you know how much you should invest in this business and the financial gain you may expect. You can consider the number of equipment you should buy and what the total cost would be, the legal documents and licenses you need to get, insurance, and other necessary permits. Were talking about a huge amount of money that you should spend carefully and wisely.

  1. Prepare your budget.

After jotting down the total cost...

04:06

Why Israel Feels Threatened by Popular Resistance in Palestine OpEdNews

Gaza is being suffocated. Israel's decade-long blockade, combined with Arab neglect and a prolonged feud between Palestinian factions, have all served to drive Palestinians to the brink of starvation and political despair. Something has to give. This is about the people finding expression outside the confines of factional interests; a new strategy. This time, the world must listen.

04:00

ProPublica and NPR Lost Mothers Series a Finalist for Peabody Award Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

The ProPublica and NPR series Lost Mothers has been named a Peabody Award finalist. The collaboration illuminated a national disgrace: The United States, which spends more per capita on health care than any other country, has the highest rate of maternal mortality and severe morbidity in the developed world.

ProPublica reporters Nina Martin, Adriana Gallardo and Annie Waldman, along with NPR special correspondent Renee Montagne, explored the myriad reasons behind this crisis. Their body of work included intimate narratives of mothers perishing for want of the most basic care and an analysis of the social inequities that contribute to African-American womens disproportionate rates of maternal mortality, with black mothers in the U.S. dying at three to four times the rate of white mothers.

Another element of the series was a callout, asking people who knew someone who died or nearly died from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes to tell ProPublica their stories. Almost 4,500 readers responded, including over 4,000 who said they had almost died themselves. These responses helped the reporters create a first-of-its kind database of mothers who died from pregnancy-related complications.

The series has had significant impact. Citing Lost Mothers, state and local lawmakers around the country have adopted a flurry of bills aimed at reforming how maternal deaths are identified and investigated. Indiana and Oregon passed laws creating maternal mortality review committees to scrutinize deaths and near-deaths among expectant and new mothers, and to make policy recommendations to improve maternal health. Similar bills are pending in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey.

The Peabody Award winners will be announced later this month. See a full list of the finalists here.

03:46

Superstar Musicians Support Gaza with 2UniteAll Benefit Album for Middle East Peace - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

As the 2UniteAll album rolled out it would receive endorsing quotes from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Film Director Oliver Stone, former Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun, Palestinian Entrepreneur Sam Bahour and famed Palestinian soccer player Alaa Ismail and many more.

03:32

A Poor People's Campaign Against War OpEdNews

Movements that are serious about human survival, economic justice, environmental protection, the creation of a good society, or all of the above, address the problem of militarism. Movements that claim to be comprehensive yet run screaming from any mention of the problem of war are not serious.

03:17

Fight back against the Trump administrations attacks on freedom of speech and association Privacy SOS

The Trump administration has taken the first official step towards fulfilling its promise to conduct extreme vetting of visitors and immigrants. On March 30, the State Department released a proposal outlining its plan to require visa applicants to disclose all the social media identifiers, email addresses, and phone numbers they have used in the past five years. (Think about that for a second; can you remember every phone number youve used since 2013?)

We have until May 29 to comment on the proposals, and we must stop them.

These questions were first introduced to the visa application back in 2016, but on a voluntary basis, meaning visitors and immigrants were not required to fill out those sections of the documentation required for obtaining visas. In May 2017, the State Department said of the soon-coming mandatory data collection that the information would only be scrutinized when people have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities. Given the federal governments actions in the post-9/11 era, and the Trump administrations blatant Islamophobia, its likely that this means the extreme vetting will target primarily Arabs, Muslims, and people perceived to be Arab or Muslim. Thats why advocates are calling the plan the Digital Muslim Ban. As the ACLUs Hina Shamsi said, There is a real risk that social media vetting will unfairly target immigrants and travelers from Muslim-majority countries for discriminatory visa denials, without doing anything to protect national security.

But its not just foreign nationals who will be harmed by the new surveillance procedures, if they are enacted. Legal permanent residents and US citizens who are associated with those visa applicants are also likely to face increased surveillance. After sucking up all of this data, the State Department will then pass it on to other agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, which routinely shares information with state and local police departments. The Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, a component agency of DHS, will subsequently use that information to support its Visa Lifecycle Vetting plan (the new name for Extreme Vetting). The information could allow ICE to engage in continuous vetting of visa holders, including st...

03:14

US Deploying Large Warship Fleet to Coast of Syria The Anti-Media

Warships Syria Coast(ZHE)  The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) is being deployed to the Mediterranean Wednesday, where it will join the USS Donald Cook off Syrian territorial waters. The aircraft carrier will be accompanied by guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) and USS Farragut (DDG 99), []

03:12

WATCH: Police Publicly Execute Mentally Ill Man Armed With a Screwdriver The Free Thought Project

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The body camera footage has been released from an incident in which police shot and killed a man "armed" with a screwdriver.

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03:06

Adam Kokesh Interview Kokesh 2020: A Peaceful & Responsible Dissolution Of The Federal Government The Last American Vagabond

Many today are currently lost in the propaganda machine that was revitalized after the 2016 election, and which successfully folded so many independent thinkers right back into the two-party manipulation they had once fought so dutifully against. All because they were convinced that an outsider had won, not realizing that there is no winning if []

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03:02

On The Threshold of War OpEdNews

Tough man Trump, sitting next to the crazed warmonger Bolton, declared that the alleged chemical attack in Syria "will be met and it will be met forcefully. We can't let atrocities like we all witnessed... we can't let that happen in our world, especially because of the power of the US, we are able to stop it."

03:02

The Rise and Fall of the Alt-Right - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

Can the Alt-Right really survive with an existentially repugnant and morally groundless ideology? If Kant and Hegel are right, then the answer is no.

03:00

Senators Question HUDs Rash Decision to Close Two Housing Complexes in Southern Illinois Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois are questioning whether the Department of Housing and Urban Development followed federal law in deciding to shutter two public housing complexes in the tiny village of Thebes in southern Illinois, forcing 85 residents to leave.

In a letter sent last week to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, the Democratic senators called the forthcoming closure an ill-advised and heedless decision and requested copies of various documents, public notices and a written relocation plan for Thebes public housing residents. Durbin and Duckworth say these documents are required by law when housing authorities attempt to sell or demolish public housing complexes.

HUD told Thebes public housing residents on Feb. 7 that they would soon have to move out of the Mary Alice Meadows and Sunset Terrace apartment complexes because the local housing authority lacks the funds to fix them. Around a fourth of the roughly 400 residents of Thebes live in the two developments.

The residents now find themselves in the same state of uncertainty as families in nearby Cairo who received similar news from HUD officials a year ago. Last week, The Southern Illinoisan and ProPublica profiled six residents and described how HUDs actions in Cairo and Thebes have upended their lives.

Like public housing residents in Cairo, those in Thebes are eligible to relocate to another public housing complex or receive a voucher that subsidizes rent in the private market. HUD is also paying moving expenses.

HUD spokesman Jereon Brown declined to comment Monday on the senators letter.

HUD generally does not manage public housing complexes directly, instead relying on local housing authorities to do that. But HUD took over the Alexander County Housing Authority in early 2016, citing allegations of mismanagement, misspending of federal funds and unsafe building conditions. Both Thebes and Cairo are located in the county.

Brown has said the decision to move residents rather than renovate the complexes was based on a September assessment by a private architectural firm showing it would cost close to $650,000 to repair 10 vacant units in the two properties. Problems included moisture damage, plumbing leaks and sagging upstairs floors in the two-story units. Residents also have complained of mold, holes in their interior walls, broken windows and security issues at the premises. The housing authority lacks the funds to bring the units up to acceptable standards, he said.

Under the law and HUDs rules, housing authorities are required to use a prescribed formula that considers the cost of n...

The Potential of Autonomous Electric Buses Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

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In the past few years, experimental autonomous vehicles have taken to Americas roads and streets. Much has been made about whether autonomous vehicles will either be a panacea or a scourge. (Read Chuck Marohn's recent article on the topic for the latter perspective.) The truth is, autonomous vehicles will simply be a transportation tool. The way we choose to use that tool could define our relationship good or bad to the urban environment for the next century or more.

People concerned with developing resilient communities should see autonomous vehicles as an opportunity to shift our culture away from the unrestrained use of private cars to one based on more economically productive transportation choices like public transit. Pursuant to this goal, autonomous vehicles will have great potential to reduce private car use by enabling transit agencies to improve and expand their services. 

The primary limiting cost factor for any transit service is driver compensation, not capital or maintenance costs associated with the bus itself. Because autonomous vehicles do not require a driver, transit systems that switch from piloted vehicles to autonomous vehicles can actually support many more buses, vans, trolleys, etc. with the same budgets they currently employ.

The next limiting factor is fuel costs, and the associated collateral costs of fossil fuel emissions. Fortunately, these costs could also soon be addressed with emerging electric battery technology. Electric battery drivetrains for motor vehicles could be cheaper than petrol drivetrains by the time autonomous vehicle technology is in robust use. Therefore, all autonomous vehicles would be better referred to as autonomous-electric vehicles (AEVs). 

Lets take a deep dive into a case study of AEVs effects on an Austin transit system to understand how they could save all transit agencies substantial amounts of money.

Autonomation Cost Reductions

A research paper authored by Neil Quarles and Kara M. Kockelman of the University of Texas at Austin sheds light on the cost savings AEVs could provide Austins Capital Metro Transportation Authority (kno...

02:57

Link Roundup: April 2018 Freethought Blogs

I have a lot of links this month, so I tried to organized them into themes.

Sexual violence & #MeToo

#MeToo is not all there is, and heres why Im not sharing my story When activists like me criticize #MeToo, were not just hipsters trying to say, we were fighting sexual violence before it was cool.  Were trying to say that #MeToo was a step forward in terms of reaching a greater number of people, but in some ways a step back in the level of discourse.  This is absolutely to be expected; whenever an important message reaches a new audience, it takes a step back to help people to catch up.  In the public conversation, people keep on asking if #MeToo has gone too far, and my answer is that it hasnt gone nearly far enough.  This article talks about some things that #MeToo is missing.

Keep Your Acephobia Out of #MeToo, Jaclyn Friedman Jaclyn Friedman, coauthor of Yes Means Yes, wrote an article about something she felt has been missing from #MeToo: a discussion of survivors sex lives, and how sex can be used to heal trauma.  Its true, this has been missing from the #MeToo conversation, but that doesnt mean its missing everywhere.  For some survivors, the narrative about sexual healing is so dominant as to be oppressive, especially for survivors who are ace.  The sexual healing narrative must be paired with alternative narratives, where survivors do not have sex, and are not dehumanized for it.

When Boys Are Victims of Sexual Assault This article has several first-person accounts of sexual assault from boys and young men.  It seems that the experience interacts with masculinity in strange ways for many of them.

Video games

What makes a good puzzle? (video) Mark Brown has a pretty good take on good puzzle design in video games. But Mark overstates the importance of the revelation in a puzzle. Saying that the aha! moment is the goal of puzzle design is akin to saying that fun is the goal of game design. Yes, it is a fine goal that many puzzles strive for, but it is not the only possible goal. Programming puzzles (exemplified by Zachtronics games), deduction puzzles (exemplified by Nikoli), and even jigsaw puzzles are not really about revelatory moments, and thats okay.  I also wish he would spend some time contrasting with bad puzzle design, like the ones in point-n-click adventures, but nope, Mark...

02:44

Cronkite News: Trump administration paves way for border wall in New Mexico Indianz.Com News

The Department of Homeland Security is expediting the construction of a border wall, acting on the campaign promises of President Donald Trump.

02:43

Another False Flag: Fmr Congressman Ron Paul on Syrian Gas Attack The Free Thought Project

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Former congressman Ron Paul weighed in on the alleged gas attack which took place in Syria and noted how the deep state will use this likely false flag to push the US into another senseless war.

The post Another False Flag: Fmr Congressman Ron Paul on Syrian Gas Attack appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

02:30

March Raises Alarm For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women UNICORN RIOT

Minneapolis, MN On February 13, 2018, hundreds gathered at the Minnesota Indian Womens Resource Center to participate in an art build for the February 14 day of action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). The event was co-sponsored by All My Relations Art Gallery and the Minnesota Indian Womens Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) alongside other groups.

Community Art Build and March Raises Alarm For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women from Unicorn Riot on Vimeo.

We spoke with MIWSAC Executive Director, Nicole Matthews, who told us,

We see a huge connection between human trafficking and murdered and missing indigenous women. We just want to keep getting out there and raising awareness and doing what we can to make a difference. We need to push people to start gathering the data. And also we need to raise the visibility for native women so we are hearing stories. So we are putting a message out there that our lives do matter and that we are going to do something about it and that the community is going to be made aware of it as well.

...

02:29

Francis, A Call To Bologniness - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

Francis and his latest "Oscar Mayerism". Francis and heresy go hand in hand just like a hot dog and bun.

02:24

Is Muellers Trump Investigation A Clinton Impeachment Rerun? The Federalist

If the FBI raid on Donald Trumps lawyer is about what we think its about, that raises an uncomfortable possibility: we could be living through a rerun of the Bill Clinton impeachment crisis.

Some regard the raid on Michael Cohen as an outrageous attempt to breach lawyer-client confidentiality, though there are supposedly safeguards intended to prevent that. To my mind, this is actually the first thing in the Mueller investigation that makes any sense. Cohens reported hush money payment to Stephanie Clifford, a.k.a. Stormy Daniels, could be considered an illegal (and illegally concealed) campaign contribution, just like the payments made on behalf of John Edwards to his mistress. Far from being an outrageous witch hunt, this is the only really convincing argument Ive seen so far about a clear-cut crime being uncovered by the Mueller inquiry.

Maybe that isnt what the raid is about, and there are some indications this is far too early to take anything at face value that the investigation may be about another crime unrelated to the Mueller probe. (You dont think its possible that Trumps lawyer is a little bit crooked, do you?) But if it does turn out to be about Stormy Daniels, consider the parallels to the Clinton impeachment in 1998.

1) A special prosecutor with a broad and vague mandate.

The titles are slightly different Ken Starr was an independent counsel, while Robert Mueller is a special counsel but in both cases, we have a respected federal prosecutor given a broad and vague mandate to investigate past misconduct by the president of the United States. The investigations original lines of inquiry (a corrupt real estate deal in Arkansas, collusion with the government of Russia) turn up little that is actionable, but they branch out to dig up something unseemly in the presidents personal life.

2) It involves allegations of genuinely illegal activity.

There is no law saying a president cant fool around with an intern in the Oval Office. There is a law saying that he cant lie under oath to a federal investigator, which is what turned the Lewinsky investigation into grounds for impeachment. Similarly, theres no law saying Donald Trump cant cheat on his wife with a woman of ill repute, even though its a pretty low thing to do. But there are l...

02:10

The Slippery Slope To A Constitution-Free America Activist Post

By John W. Whitehead Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.Benjamin Franklin The ease...

02:08

This Week In Ridiculous Regulations Activist Post

By Ryan Young It may not feel like spring yet, but regulatory agencies have turned their fancies to rulemaking, with 45 proposed and 70 final...

02:01

Leaked Video Shows Israelis Cheer as Sniper Kills Non-Threatening Man Standing in Field The Free Thought Project

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A video was released that shows multiple Israeli men celebrating after a sniper targets and shoots a man standing in a field on the other side of their border fence.

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02:01

Student Says School Wont Treat Pro-Life Walkout Same As Gun-Control Walkout The Federalist

The student who kicked off Wednesdays pro-life walkout on campuses across the country says administrators at his high school arent giving him the same accommodations they gave to pro-gun-control students who participated in the National School Walkout last month.

Brandon Gillespie, a student at Rocklin High School in Rocklin, California, said he was inspired to organize the pro-life walkout when his history teacher, Julianne Benzel, was put on administrative leave after she encouraged discussion in her class about whether there is a double standard on school walkouts that promote gun control versus pro-life values.

If schools, not only just our school and our administration, but across the country are going to allow one group of students to get up during class and walk out to protest one issue, would they still give the same courtesy to another group of students who wanted to protest abortion? Benzel said in an interview with Fox and Friends on March 19. 

Gillespie was curious to see if his teacher was right if there really is a double standard on how media and school administrators treat pro-life students versus pro-gun-control students. He says school administrators slow-walked responses to his requests for accommodations. When he finally did get a response, they essentially told him students participating in Wednesdays walkout wouldnt get punished, but also would not receive any of the special perks the March for Our Lives supporters got last month.

I asked for the same accommodation as the anti-gun protest, that teachers would be flexible in their lesson planning, and also for the availability of equipment that the anti-gun protestors were allowed to use, Gillespie said in a statement. I really was not surprised when they told me that they were not going to give me the accommodations and that they were not going to sanction this walkout as they did the previous one. It just confirms for me that there is a political double standard, at least in my school district, but Im still going to be out there.

Pro-life students from at least 144 high schools and 53 colleges across the country will walk out of their classrooms this Wednesday for 17 minutes of silence and prayer to mourn the loss of the 10 babies who will be aborted at Planned Parenthood facilities in that span of time.

This pro-life walkout was inspired by the National School Walkout in March, in which students walked out of class for 17 minutes of silence to push for more gun control laws and to honor those who lost their lives at a school shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year.

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02:00

International Update Virtual Mirage

North Korea

On 10 April, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and other North Korean media published a summary of the Korean Workers Party (WPK) Politburo guidance meeting that Kim Jong Un chaired. Kim briefed the members about his meeting with South Korean President Moon on 27 April and the status of US relations. KCNA published images of the meeting. 

I'll spare you the details except to suggest that the description of the attendees indicates the meeting was a joint session of the most senior party and government leaders. They all probably knew what to expect at the meeting, but this looks like the official all-of-government kick-off meeting for Kims high-risk personal diplomacy. The summary captures an important event in the history of northeast Asia.

It is the first public information that KCNA has published that Kim has scheduled a meeting with South Korean President Moon and that it will be held in South Korea. Kim will be the first North Korean supreme leader to walk in South Korea since the Korean War. It also is the first KCNA document to mention prospects for a North Korean dialogue with the US.

According to the KCNA summary, Kim did not mention denuclearization or the possibility of a summit with the US President. 

North Korean media continue to remain silent about allied Foal Eagle exercise currently underway in South Korea.

Some of you who have read this blog over the long haul will note that I predicted a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula in the Winter 2017-18 year. It was forestalled by the strategy of President Trump and American allies - for the good of the world. Based on what I'm seeing, the North Koreans may be changing the metrics and may even de-nuclearize. It's too early to know for sure, but the news - and the actions of the Norks follow that concept.

Kim Jong Un is sufficiently westernized that he understands public imagery and apparently something about western attitudes. Old Korea hands appreciated that North Korea could achieve more of its goals by being cooperative than by being pugnacious. 

The US and its allies have prepared for another Korean War for the last 70 years. The US and its Allies are not prepared for a North Korean peace offensive. 

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01:55

Graham Lee Brewer: Native Americans go missing from our newsrooms Indianz.Com News

National Geographic addresses inclusion but has further to go on Native representation.

01:50

The Apocalypse Of Settler Colonialism PopularResistance.Org

The years between 1603 and 1714 were perhaps the most decisive in English history. At the onset of the seventeenth century, the sceptered isle was a second-class power, but the Great Britain that emerged by the beginning of the eighteenth century was, in many ways, the planets reigning superpower.1 It then passed the baton to its revolting spawn, the United States, which has carried global dominance into the present century.2 There are many reasons for this stunning turnabout. Yet any explanation that elides slavery, colonialism, and the shards of an emerging capitalism, along with their handmaidenwhite supremacyis deficient in explanatory power. From the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries nearly 13 million Africans were brutally snatched from their homelands, enslaved, and forced to toil for the greater good of European and Euro-American powers, London not least.

01:42

Brazil: World Social Forum Concludes In Salvador PopularResistance.Org

The thirteenth edition of the World Social Forum came to an end on Saturday (March 17), attracting more than 60,000 people to the various activities and debates held during the five-day event. The main venue was on the campus of the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), in Ondina, but other spaces of the Bahia capital held activities as well, including the Exhibition Park, the Isba Theater and the Pituau stadium.. The tone to the Forum was set by discussions of democratization of communication, financial system, work, education and youth, future of work, science and technology, employment and income, rights for migrants and refugees, national sovereignty and science and technology. This is my first forum and the debates have been very rich and complementary and show the importance of our struggles and confrontations against the advance of neoliberalism, says Chilean student Maribel Diaz.

01:41

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Creating a Perpetual War Machine OpEdNews

The purpose of all wars, is peace. So observed St. Augustine early in the first millennium A.D. Far be it from me to disagree with the esteemed Bishop of Hippo, but his crisply formulated aphorism just might require a bit of updating.

01:39

The Media Never, Ever Gives Peace a Chance OpEdNews

Producers laboring through cable news' 24-7 news cycle ought to take a step back and consider the effect of their editorial decisions. They've created a relentless culture of ultraviolence, a debate without diversity between those who want bombs and those who want even more wars, to the point that not going to war isn't even something we get to consider as a legitimate option.

01:36

The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News For The Planet PopularResistance.Org

Two new studies from Europe have found that the number of farm birds in France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population mirrors the discovery last October that over three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits, and the aerators of the soil. The chief suspect in this mass extinction is the aggressive use of neonicotinoid pesticides, particularly imidacloprid and clothianidin, both made by German-based chemical giant Bayer. These pesticides, along with toxic glyphosate herbicides (Roundup), have delivered a one-two punch against Monarch butterflies, honeybees and birds.

01:32

Taiaiake Alfred: Reclaim the sacred spaces of our traditional territories Indianz.Com News

Lets re-experience our homelands the way our ancestors did and regenerate that culture

01:24

Israel kills large number of unarmed protestors Freethought Blogs

While attention has largely been focused on other issues, there has been a major escalation in the conflict in Gaza where the Israeli military has used excessive force, including live ammunition, on unarmed demonstrators, killing many. For those who are unaware, Gaza is sometimes referred to as the worlds largest open air prison, a small piece of land blockaded on one side by Israel and the other by Egypt and with the Israeli government intent on punishing the people who live there for the crime of electing Hamas as their representatives. This article describes the history of Gaza and how it came to be.

The number of people shot by the Israeli military is staggering.

Gaza hospitals, running low on blood and overstretched by the huge number of wounded, were reeling after one of the enclaves bloodiest days outside of open war, in which Israeli soldiers shot 773 people with live ammunition, according to the ministry of health.

Fifteen of the wounded died, said the ministry spokesperson Dr Ashraf al-Qidra. Most of the dead were aged between 17 and 35 years old, he said. The injuries were on the upper part of the body. He added that the remainder of the wounded, some of whom were in a critical condition, had been shot with live ammunition.

The Israeli government has deployed over 100 snipers to fire on the demonstrators. While the Israeli government has tried to depict the people killed as armed and violent, the facts are different, as this compilation of the names of some of the victims shows.

Philip Weiss says that this latest use of heavy force by Israel has resulted in a public relations debacle for Israel, with criticisms coming from quarters that had tended to be silent before.

Something has shifted in the discourse of Israel since the Friday killings of 17 Palestinian protesters in Gaza, many of them plainly unarmed, by Israeli snipers from across a security fence: the hasbara Israeli propaganda is not working.

The country has plainly done something indefensible. The usual defenders are silent, and the criticism from the left/center is stronge...

01:21

UN Security Council emergency meeting, re: alleged Syria chemical attack: What next? - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

Russia has said that it has warned the US of "grave repercussions" if it attacks Syria over claims of a chemical weapons attack.

01:21

Native Sun News Today: Public high school is first to offer treaty class Indianz.Com News

A high school on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation is the first in the nation with a treaty class.

01:11

Neither Bolton, nor Trump is the real problem OpEdNews

Bad as Bolton is, he is not the problem. Bad as Donald Trump, who brought him back, is, he's not the problem. The problem is "them" -- Republicans. Self-designated conservatives.

01:11

Time For Technology To Develop From The Bottom-Up PopularResistance.Org

We got to do something now, the company are not going to do anything and we got to protect ourselves, proclaimed a shop steward at Lucas Aerospace when filmed by a 1978 documentary by the Open University. He was explaining the rationale behind the so-called Alternative Corporate Plan, better known as the Lucas Plan. It was proposed by shop stewards in seventies England at the factories of Lucas Aerospace. To stave off pending layoffs, a shop steward committee established a plan that outlined a range of new, socially useful technologies for Lucas to build. With it, they fundamentally challenged the capitalist conception of technology design. Essentially, they proposed that workers establish control over the design of technology.

01:10

Swedish House-Gymnastics (1913). Freethought Blogs

These exercises and the photographic illustrations are splendid! Exercises anyone can do, without taking up much time, and can be done conveniently at home.

These wonderful photographs, which make such innovative use of multiple exposure, are from a 1913 German book titled Schwedische Haus-Gymnastik nach dem System P.H. Lings by Theodor Bergquist, Director of the Swedish Gymnastic Institute in the Bavarian spa town of Bad Wrishofen. As the title tells us, this style of Swedish house-gymnastics demonstrated by Bergquist (and his mysterious female colleague) is based on a system developed by Pehr Henrik Ling (17761839), a pioneer in the teaching of physical education in Sweden. Inventor of various physical education apparatus including the box horse, wall bars, and beams, Ling is also credited with establishing calisthenics as a distinct discipline and is considered by some as the father of Swedish massage.

I think I could choose a series to do each day from these, without over exertion, and it might really help to be a bit more flexible these days. You can see much more at The Public Domain Review.

01:01

The Isolation Of Julian Assange Is The Silencing Of Us All PopularResistance.Org

In this letter, twenty-seven writers, journalists, film-makers, artists, academics, former intelligence officers and democrats call on the government of Ecuador to allow Julian Assange his right of freedom of speech. If it was ever clear that the case of Julian Assange was never just a legal case, but a struggle for the protection of basic human rights, it is now. Citing his critical tweets about the recent detention of Catalan president Carles Puidgemont in Germany, and following pressure from the US, Spanish and UK governments, the Ecuadorian government has installed an electronic jammer to stop Assange communicating with the outside world via the internet and phone. As if ensuring his total isolation, the Ecuadorian government is also refusing to allow him to receive visitors.

00:53

Operation Flailing Empire PopularResistance.Org

Youve got to hand it to the good old US of A: We sure know how to overpromise and underdeliver. After 17 years of perpetual wars stretching from West Africa to South Asia, nobody does it better. Americas militarythe nations governmental tool of choice these daysnever saw a problem it couldnt fix or missed an opportunity to coin a slick code name for its open-ended operations. First, we had Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), then Iraqi Freedom (well, you know where), New Dawn (Iraq, again), Unified Protector (Libya) and now, Freedoms Sentinel (Afghanistan again). Boy, do these operations sound cool and altruistic. Hmm I wonder how they actually turned out? Well, thats the tricky part. See, in reality, the U.S. has naught but a few defeats, several ongoing stalemates and a trail of chaos to show for all that effort. And, predictably, the local civilians usually foot the bloody bill.

00:44

The Book of Enoch Tells The Nephilim Story, How Angels Became Corrupt, and How God Cleansed The Earth 369news.net

The Book of Enoch Tells The Nephilim Story, How Angels Became Corrupt, and How God Cleansed The Earth

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00:40

WATCH: Heads Explode As FOX News Anchor Actually Calls Out BOTH Parties for Provoking War in Syria The Free Thought Project

syria

Shattering the left right paradigm, and likely shocking many of the network's regular viewers, FOX News host Tucker Carlson blasted both parties and exposed their bipartisan push for illegal war in Syria.

The post WATCH: Heads Explode As FOX News Anchor Actually Calls Out BOTH Parties for Provoking War in Syria appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

00:38

Bayou Bridge Protesters Arrested As Louisiana Advances Bill Toughening Penalties For Pipeline Protests PopularResistance.Org

On Thursday, April 5, opponents of the Bayou Bridge pipeline attempted to shut down its construction by blocking an industrial supply companys facility in Iowa, Louisiana, just outside of Lake Charles on the same day a bill spelling out harsher penalties for pipeline protesters was advanced to committee during the Louisiana legislative session.  For about two hours starting at 6:30 a.m., roughly 20 protesters blocked the entrance to Yak Mat, an industrial yard that supplies access mats used to create temporary roadways at pipeline construction sites and enable trucks to pass through muddy areas. The site is close to the starting point of the Bayou Bridge pipeline, which spans south Louisiana from Lake Charles, near the Texas border, to St. James, along the Mississippi River.

00:35

What Makes the Olmec Culture So Unique and Alluring? 369news.net

What Makes the Olmec Culture So Unique and Alluring?

What Makes the Olmec Culture So Unique and Alluring?

By JJ Ainsworth

The Olmecs were the first true Mesoamerican civilization. There were small villages and groups of people in the area in which the Olmec developed but these societies are referred to as Pre-Olmec. The Olmecs were a full-fledged civilization because they were more organized and socially advanced than their predecessors.

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00:35

P Is For Prhist. Freethought Blogs

Prhist.

Prhist is Finnish for fluffing or puffing out feathers or hair. This picture is from Xmas Eve afternoon in 2017 and the place is the passage to Kaivopiha inner courtyard, just across the street from the Helsinki Central Railway Station, a very central location. At some other time it would have been much more crowded with humans, but at that time the pigeon couple were quite free to claim the place.

Click for full size!

Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved.

00:20

Americas Collision Course with Tyranny Newsbud

The Titanic received at least four warnings from other ships about the presence of icebergs in its path, with the last warning issued an hour before disaster struck. All four warnings were ignored. Like the Titanic, were plowing full steam ahead into a future riddled with hidden and not-so-hidden dangers. We too have been given []

00:19

DHS Profiling Radical Anarchists Clothing WhoWhatWhy

Are Midterm Elections Safe from Russia? (Reader Steve)

FiveThirtyEight has proposed a few ways Russians could hack the midterm elections this November. Appropriately, the piece is dubbed the Moscow Midterms.

These Americans Are Trapped in Their Jobs: They Need to Pay $10,000 to Quit (Gerry)

The author writes, Sinclair contracts contain a requirement that employees must pay their employers if they leave their jobs before their contract terms end. For example, an employee making $50,000 annually might have to pay in the ballpark of $10,000 if she wanted to leave after one year of a two-year term.

Less News, the Better for Trump (Reader Steve)

Trump railed against traditional news outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post during his campaign, deriding them as fake news. Unsurprisingly, this tactic worked then, and continues to work now.

Tucker Carlson Takes on Push for War in Syria (Jimmy)

The Fox News host blasted media pundits and establishment figures pushing for more war in Syria, saying they are rushing to judgment based on little to no evidence that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the latest chemical weapons attack near Damascus.

Pressing Questions for Zuckerberg (Dan)

Here are six questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has yet to answer  but will likely have to address today on Capitol Hill.

Trumps New War Powers (Dan)

The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF),...

00:15

Video of Cop Beating 13-Year-Old Girl So Horrific, His Own Cops Turned Him In The Free Thought Project

13-year-old

Body camera footage of a cop attacking an apparently innocent 13-year-old girl was so troubling that his fellow cops crossed the thin blue line to turn him in. He has since been suspended and charged with assault.

The post Video of Cop Beating 13-Year-Old Girl So Horrific, His Own Cops Turned Him In appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

00:13

Boycott, Divest And Sanction Israel PopularResistance.Org

5 Apr 2018  PALESTINE, that enclave of humanity occupied, brutalised and totally without any form of military defence against any and all aggressors is conveniently perceived as a threat by the Jewish state, Israel, the undeclared, sole nuclear power in West Asia and North Africa (WANA). This latter entity, the occupying power, is a usurper legitimised by imperial Britain and today unconditionally supported and armed by the United States of America (USA). Such is the irony of the geopolitical construct that terrorises Gaza, virtually an open prison, and the West Bank, perpetually. Abandoned by the so-called international community, Palestinians draw inspiration from the defeat of the mighty by the ostensibly powerless at various points in history. It is that spirit which keeps the flames of resistance burning.

00:12

What It Really Means to Be 'Woke': Radical Activism Is Spiritual as Well as Political OpEdNews

What It Really Means to Be 'Woke': Radical Activism Is Spiritual as Well as Political--It's about balancing the inner work of personal growth and the outer work of political activism.

00:05

Come Out For #SpringAgainstWar, April 14-15, Everywhere PopularResistance.Org

A coalition of peace and social justice groups is calling for a set of major protest actions on the weekend of April 14 and 15, everywhere from large cities like New York, Oakland, Washington DC, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Chicago to smaller actions in Kalamazoo, Buffalo, El Paso, Portland, Maine, Portland, Oregon and Greenwich, Connecticut. Information can be found on SpringAction2018.org and various regional Facebook pages. The April 14 and 15 action plan was kicked off by a diverse set of activist groups and leaders, led by the energetic United National Antiwar Coalition and the #NoForeignBasesmovement, but representing a variety of organizations including World Beyond War, Black Alliance for Peace, Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, United for Peace and Justice, Green Party of the United States and many, many more.

00:04

Horrifying Video Shows Israeli Soldiers Shouting With Joy After Sniping Unarmed Palestinian The Anti-Media

Unarmed Palestinian(CD)  Just days after a journalist and at least eight other Palestinians were gunned down by Israeli forces during anti-occupation demonstrations in Gaza, a recent video of an Israeli sniper shooting an unarmed Palestinian man emerged for the first time on social media Monday, providing further evidence that the deliberate killing of civilians is routine for Israel. This video may []

00:00

Anatomy Atlas Part 3 Upper Limb Skeleton Freethought Blogs

Human hand has always fascinated me and its skeleton is truly a marvel. Modern industrial robots still lose a lot to its flexibility (hands have seven degrees of freedom of movement, robots have one to six) and versatility (a hand can have a secure grip on almost anything from an egg to an axe).

Upper limb bones

Charly, all rights reserved. Click for full size.

For learning and examination we did not have a plastic skeleton mounted on a stand in the corner of the class. We had a box in which the real prepared bones of a man who committed suicide at a relatively young age were stored. So each bone could be taken out and examined separately.

One of the scary stories circulating about Professor Kos was relating to this fact. Small bones, like carpal and metacarpal bones, were stored in little pouches so they do not get lost or too mixed up with the rest. It was said that Professor Koss favourite way of examination in his former job at medical university was to shake up the pouch, pull one carpal bone out of it and ask which one it is. Any aspiring physician who failed to give prompt and correct answer was fired.

He did not do this to anyone of us that year, but we always felt he might to.

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23:59

NAFTA Should Work For Everyone Not Just Investors PopularResistance.Org

(April 3, 2018) In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump all recognized that workers and communities have lost trust in the NAFTA approach to globalization. They all said we should manage globalization differently. Over the last few months, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. have had seven meetings to renegotiate NAFTA. To understand the renegotiations, we should know what was wrong with the original NAFTA, and what we want in a new one. Im 100 percent in favor of trade. I dont think Ive ever met anyone opposed to trade. We take pride when we export software, airplanes, apples, and wheat. Thats never been the issue. The central question is, who gets the gains from globalization? The purpose of an economy is to raise living standards. Trade, more than most public policies, creates winners and losers.

23:54

What's Really Happening? An Introduction to A New Republic of the Heart OpEdNews

A New Republic of the Heart addresses our current planetary crisis in all its complexity and uncertainty, exploring the nature and implications of global citizenship, and clarifying a radical new understanding of practice and activism.

23:41

President Trump: Ive had this witch hunt going on constantly for over twelve months now Intellihub

They found no collusion whatsoever with Russia the reason that they found it was there was no collusion with Russia at all

WASHINGTON (INTELLIHUB) President Donald Trump told members of the press that the witch hunt against him all started when he won the nomination.

Ive had this witch hunt going on constantly for more than twelve months now, the commander-in-chief stated firmly at a press conference Monday. In fact, you could say that it was right after I won the nomination that it started.

Frankly, its a real disgrace, and its an attack on our country in a sense, the president explained. Its an attack on what we all stand for.

They found no collusion whatsoever with Russia the reason that they found it was there was no collusion with Russia at all, President Trump maintained. No collusion.

The commander-in-chief went on to call out Mueller and his team as the most bias group of individuals he has seen and said that the whole investigation its a massive conflict of interest.

The presidents demeanor wreaked of disgust as he pointed out how the Democrats have overlooked the flip-side of the coin and all of Hillary Clintons crimes which include uranium deals with the Russians.

However, the POTUS didnt stop there he went on to bash Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his recusal, calling the move a major mistake for the country.

This is the most conflicted group of people I have ever seen, the President explained to the press with his arms crossed. The attorney general made a terrible mistake when he did this and when he recused himself he should have let us know when he was going to recuse himself and we could have put a different attorney general in.

Well I think its a disgrace whats going on well see what happens but I think its really a sad situation when you look at what happened...

23:31

Magic Words: How Words Can Be Used as Magic Spells 369news.net

Magic Words: How Words Can Be Used as Magic Spells

Narration in video below with storyboard By: Gary Lite

By: Pao Chang

Words are not just elements of speech or writing, because they can be used to strengthen the effects of magic, which is the art of directing and controlling energy. When spoken out loud, words transform into frequencies and vibrations tha...

23:28

Congressman Proposes Bill to Return to Pre-1913 Gold-Backed US Dollar The Anti-Media

Gold-Backed US Dollar(TIM)  West Virginia Congressman Alex Mooney recently proposed legislation to define the dollar as a fixed weight of gold. Mooney harshly criticized U.S. monetary policy, citing the 96 percent loss since the end of the gold standard in 1913, which in real life terms means that means a dollar in 1913 would now be only be worth .04 []

23:25

African Daisies 5. Freethought Blogs

From Nightjar, click for full size!

Nightjar, all rights reserved.

23:23

An Introduction to the Rodin Coil and Vortex-Based Mathematics 369news.net

An Introduction to the Rodin Coil and Vortex-Based Mathematics

With the introduction of Vortex-Based Mathematics you will be able to see how energy is expressing itself mathematically. This math has no anomalies and shows the dimensional shape and function of the universe as being a toroid or donut-shaped black hole. This is the template for the universe and it is all within our base ten decimal system!

Numbers are Real and Alive not merely symbols for other things. Y...

23:16

The Slippery Slope to a Constitution-Free America OpEdNews

We are sliding fast down a slippery slope to a Constitution-free America. We've been heading in this direction for some time now, but this downward trajectory has picked up speed since Donald Trump became president.

23:15

Trumps Mojo and the Upcoming Nuclear War - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

Can Trump be arrested quickly enough to save America from nuclear retaliation by Russia and China?

23:12

Humanitys Major Transition from the Age of Pisces to Aquarius 369news.net

Humanitys Major Transition from the Age of Pisces to Aquarius

 

by: ARJUN WALIA

Astrology is an ancient art and science dating back thousands of years. It appears in many cultures, but as with most ancient wisdom, much of it was and has been conc...

23:10

Warning of repercussions, Trump company lawyers seek Panama presidents help - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

It is the first known instance of the Trump Organization asking directly for a foreign leaders help with a business dispute since Trump was elected.

23:09

Tribes confront unique problems in battle against domestic violence Indianz.Com News

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have had particularly interesting experiences as they hold non-Indians accountable for domestic violence.

23:09

But We Had a Black President, Didn't We? OpEdNews

Yes, there was a Black president. And during those eight years Barack Obama consistently and significantly damaged the interests of Black people--and other oppressed people. Obama continually chastised Black youth, and Black people generally, and blamed them for the oppression they face under this system. Who better than Barack Obama to get across this poisonous message and blame the youth for the system's oppression?

23:01

2018 marks three Afghan anniversaries OpEdNews

1978, 1988 and 1998 were fateful turning points which resounded around the world. All centred around Afghanistan. Hollywood, always a useful barometer, was in sync in a curious way.

22:55

Tiws Day Mood. Freethought Blogs

Skye Not Broken. Lyrics under the fold.

Oh no no oh no
Not broken
In two not you

Like the seed you grow
Under it all
Youre roots take hold

Smooth out the creases
Then youll see

And when you fall
Down in between them all
Here you are whole
Not broken

On and on hold on
Not broken
Just loose at the seams

Oh no no dont let go
Just listen
Goodness increases
You will see

And when you fall
Down in between them all
Here you are whole
Not broken

Leave it behind
All of the pain inside
Here you will be
Not broken

Through the crowed patchwork souls
Move closer
Closer

And when you fall
Down in between them all
Here you are whole
Not broken

Leave it behind
All of the pain inside
Here you will be
Not broken

You will see
You will see

22:42

When Will The Media Finally Get Over The 2016 Election? The Federalist

Were now into our second year of theorizing about what went wrong in 2016, which is itself illustrative of the prejudice in much of political media. Most of these stories have nothing to do with Donald Trumps policies or his behavior topics well worth covering and everything to do with creating the impression that the electoral process was dangerously flawed. Whether The Comey Letter swung the election or Fake News swung the election or Facebook data mining swung the election, there have been so many stories intimating that our democratic institutions have been subverted, that you sense certain people might be reluctant to accept the sanctity of the process.

I bring this up, because this week, a new Politico piece theorizes that a lack of trusted news sources in rural areas, rather than any particular issues, gave Donald Trump victory in 2016. It is perhaps the most unconvincing, inference-ridden, self-aggrandizing piece in the entire What Went Wrong? genre. The premise, basically, is that a lack of local media sources left a void that was filled by Donald Trumps tweets and unreliable conservative sites, and that factor turned the 2016 election, especially in states like Wisconsin, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where hapless Americans were unable to make educated choices without proper guidance from journalists.

The results, Shawn Musgrave and Matthew Nussbaum write, show a clear correlation between low subscription rates and Trumps success in the 2016 election, both against Hillary Clinton and when compared to Romney in 2012. Setting aside the problem of correlational/causation and all that, every one of these stories is driven by the unstated notion that Clinton was predestined to win the 2016 election, and any other outcome means something went wrong. Theres simply no way, a year into Hillarys presidency, that major outlets would be doing a deep dive into the viewing habits of urbanites to try and comprehend how they could have been crazy enough to elect her.

Its true, the world is changing and also it is inarguable that places with larger populations that have the means to support local newspapers (like the scrappy New York Times) would be more inclined to vote for Clinton, while in rural areas where subscription-based...

22:32

The Secret Behind Numbers 369 Tesla Code Is Finally REVEALED! 369news.net

The Secret Behind Numbers 369 Tesla Code Is Finally REVEALED!

Nikola Tesla did countless mysterious experiments, but he was a whole other mystery on his own. Almost all genius minds have a certain obsession. Nikola Tesla had a pretty big one!

He was walking around a block repeatedly for three times before entering a building, he would clean his plates with 18 napkins, he lived in hotel rooms only with a number devi...

22:31

Two hours of Sam Harris whining Freethought Blogs

I didnt listen to the Sam Harris/Ezra Klein conversation, I couldnt possibly bear it. I read the transcript, and that was more than enough. Harriss main theme: everyone is picking on me. Klein keeps pointing out that hes promoting bad ideas, that he isnt engaging with peoples actual concerns, and that his brand is all about defending his identity, white identity, while denying that he engages in identity politicsbecause his line of attack is a blanket condemnation of all identity politics while labeling everyone else as engaging in it. Its infuriating.

Heres a revealing sample from near the end.

Ezra Klein
We all have a lot of different identities were part of all times. I do, too. I have all kinds of identities that you can call forward. All of them can bias me simultaneous, and the questions, of course, are which dominate and how am I able to counterbalance them through my process of information gathering and adjudication of that information. I think that your core identity in this is as someone who feels you get treated unfairly by politically correct mobs and

Sam Harris
That is not identity politics. That is my experience as a public intellectual trying to talk about ideas.

Ezra Klein
That is what folks from the dominant group get to do. They get to say, my thing isnt identity politics, only yours is. I will tell you, Sam, when people who do not look like you hear you telling them that this is just identity politics, they dont think, God hes right. That is just identity politics. They think this is my experience and you dont understand it. You just said its your experience and they dont understand it.

There is also the part where Harris declares that he has black friends, therefore you cant accuse him of casual racism. The part where he reveals that he knows nothing about Charles Murrays work outside of The Bell Curve and cant comprehend how anyone can think he has racist motivations. But mainly, Harris is all about how others have dared to criticize Sam Harris.

I think its damning enough that Harris thinks so highly of himself that he would walk unarmed into a duel with Ezra Klein, and get fairly and politely slaughtered on all points.

Of course, Harris probably emerged thinking that Klein never even touched him.


Just a thoughtI just now posted about how there are...

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432 Hz Unlocking The Magnificence Of The 3, 6 and 9, The Key To The Universe! 369news.net

432 Hz Unlocking The Magnificence Of The 3, 6 and 9, The Key To The Universe!

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If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you...

22:04

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe embarks on treaty ride on key anniversary Indianz.Com News

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is embarking on a 400-mile plus horse ride from South Dakota to Wyoming in commemoration of a major treaty milestone.

21:56

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21:53

Creationists once again flustered by evidence Freethought Blogs

A geologist gives 21 evidence-based reasons why Noahs Flood never happened. Its nice, short, succinct, and clear, and is going to be useful in future discussions about creationism. Its also all really obvious we have a few hundred years of observations by geologists, who were mostly Christian, that made it irrefutable that, in the most charitable interpretation, the book of Genesis was a metaphorical fable.

Youll never guess who is very sad about the article, though. Poor Ken Ham and his crew at Answers in Genesis. They cant address the arguments, so they resort to indignation.

Now, were used to hearing false claims like that. What made me sad was that Collins was specifically writing this article to give Skeptical Inquirer magazine readers counter-arguments to use against Christians. And who are the readers of this magazine? Most are skeptics and atheists! Ham continued.

A professing believer (who claims on his website that he has sought to bring people to Christ) is trying to equip unbelievers to tear down the faith of believers! Ultimately, he is helping atheists attack Gods Word and the Christian faith. I would not want to be in his shoes standing before our holy God he will give an account one day, he added.

Yeah, the author of the article is a Christian. I definitely do not think hes trying to tear down peoples faith. It seems he is a living example that you can simultaneously accept the science (Yay!) and still believe in God and Jesus (unfortunately, from the perspective of this atheist but Ill accept the progress). There are Christians like Ham who demand that you accept their every absurd interpretation of the Bible, refusing to recognize just how idiosyncratic their beliefs are, and then there are Christians like Lorence Collins, who recognize that their understanding of their religion is imperfect and incomplete and must be tempered with an accommodation to reality. If you must be a Christian, be like Collins, not Ham.

Oh, and AiG has one other well-worn argument. Andrew Snelling asks, Were you there?

We dont see a global flood happening today, so we would have never seen one in the past. Well, how do they know? They werent there in the past, the AiG geologist continues.

We need an eye-witness who was there to tell (the story), and a reliable witness, Snelling says, noting that Collins authority should be Gods Word.

Sheesh. Everyone knows that material evidence trumps eye-witness testimony.

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Syrian War Report: April 10, 2018 - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

As the situation in Syria continues to escalate, US President Donald Trump has promised a forceful response.

21:27

Robert Mueller Laid A Trap For President Trump By Marking Him An Investigation Subject The Federalist

Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly advised Donald Trumps lawyers that the president is a subject but not a target of Muellers investigation. This has resulted in a great deal of triumphal celebration among the presidents supporters. After all, they reason, if Mueller hasnt by now dredged up enough evidence to designate Trump a target, then the president must be in the clear.

Unfortunately, whether someone is a target as opposed to a subject of an investigation is a distinction without a difference. Its all a matter of timing, and the subject of an investigation can become a target in the blink of a prosecutors eye. It happens every day.

Here are excerpts from the U.S. Attorneys Manual that lay out the official policy regarding the treatment of subjects and targets in grand jury investigations.

It is the policy of the Department of Justice to advise a grand jury witness of his or her rights if such witness is a target or subject of a grand jury investigation

A target is a person as to whom the prosecutor or the grand jury has substantial evidence linking him or her to the commission of a crime and who, in the judgment of the prosecutor, is a putative defendant.

A subject of an investigation is a person whose conduct is within the scope of the grand jurys investigation.

The manual provides that, before they testify in the grand jury, targets and subjects are to be given the exact same warnings against self-incrimination, save that a target should also be given a supplemental warning that the witnesss conduct is being investigated for possible violation of federal criminal law. These designations apply with equal force to interrogations outside the grand jury.

So, what effect do these carefully worded official policy distinctions between targets and subjects have on actual federal investigations in and out of the grand jury? Absolutely none. Heres what really happens.

Moreover, if other evidence can contradict the targets version, it can be presented at trial as a false exculpatory declaration by the defendant. This would be proof supporting the substantive crimes alleged, on the legal theory that an innocent person wouldnt try to lie his way out of the charges and that the lies prove consciousness of guilt.

Also, depending on whether the statement was made in an interrogation or under oath before a grand jury, the target can be charged either with lying to investigators or with perjury or false swearing.

So, how does the prosecutor get the target to voluntarily submit to interrogation...

21:27

What Molly Ringwalds New Yorker Essay Gets Wrong About Filmmaker John Hughes The Federalist

In the latest New Yorker, still-adored 1980s film star Molly Ringwald has an essay about filmmaker John Hughes. His beloved films such as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Pretty In Pink made Ringwald famous.

Hughess cultural impact is immeasurable, not just on film comedies but his sensitive portrayals of teenagers, and teenage girls especially. Hughes practically invented the genre thats become known as YA, or young adult fiction.

In many respects, its an excellent essay, and Ringwald is a thoughtful and talented writer by any measure, not just grading on a celebrity curve. However, it seems that 30 years later Ringwald has some very mixed feelings about Hughes work. The subhead of Ringwalds essay is Revisiting the movies of my youth in the age of #MeToo. I have some issues with critiquing Hughes work through a revisionist and politically correct lens the way Ringwald does here.

Admittedly, some things in Hughes movies havent aged well at all. The Asian Long Duk Dong character in Sixteen Candles is, well, yeesh. Not good. Although I think the portrayal could be defended as funny (a credit to actor Gedde Watanabe), theres no getting around its a very broad and regrettable stereotype. As Watanabe has noted, I was making people laugh. I didnt realize how it was going to affect people.

Ringwald points out that the upskirt scene under the desk in The Breakfast Club, as well as the implied encounter with passed-out girl in Sixteen Candles, were troubling. I want to believe that in context it quite clearly was not meant to be anything but tomfoolery, and any menace is largely a retroactive view. These things were part of a widespread cultural insensitivity certainly not unique to Hughes, even if I hope contemporary films not do such things to female characters.

Still, Ringwald is clearly justified in pointing out these aspects of the films and offering her objections. The premise of the essay is that shes now old enough to watch these films with her daughter, and a number of these issues would also make me uncomfortable watching the films with with my own daughters.

My big problem with Ringwalds essay is that she dwells on the problems with Hughess films, but doesnt spend nearly enough time cataloging the abundant exonerating evidence displaying his work as compassionate and unifying. Aside from respecting women enough to write the kind of complex characters that made Ringwald famous, if you want to understand Hughess attitudes toward teaching young boys abou...

21:27

Equal Pay Day Hype Ignores The Facts And Womens Feelings About The Workplace The Federalist

For a movement meant to smash the patriarchy, Equal Pay Day shares one of its worst habitsthe apparent inability to listen to actual women.

Equal Pay Day is a PR holiday established in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to highlight the gender pay gap. Today is Equal Pay Day, signifying the date women must work full time up until to make the same amount that men made working full time the year prior.

The calculation is not exact. The National Committee on Pay Equity, whose website design alone may set women back several decades no matter how much work they do, admits it picked a date in April to roughly symbolize how far into the new year women might have to work to make up the so-called gender pay gap (real wage statistics arent released until fall). In fact, if one calculates the number of days based on the most recently available data, Equal Pay Day should fall around mid-March, not in April.

This deliberate miscalculation is a good symbol for this whole endeavor. Despite the hype, Equal Pay Day is, at best, a simplistic understanding of the factors that create wage differences. At worst, its an intentional misrepresentation of a phenomenon that almost completely ignores the choices, wishes, and motivations of women in the workplace.

Equal Pay Day uses the Department of Labors median earnings of all full-time working women and all full-time working men to determine the pay gap. It is not a comparison of women and men doing equal work in various jobs. The campaign and its message, echoed enthusiastically by most media, implies the gap is a product of discrimination. Wage discrimination certainly exists (Hi, Hollywood!), but it is not the pervasive and punitive 20-percent figure equal-pay advocates suggest when other factors are accounted for.

Robert Samuelson wrote in 2016 about a Cornell University study by two married economists:

[I]f women were paid a fifth less for doing the same work as men, there would be pervasive discrimination. Thats how the pay gap is interpreted by many. They demand equal pay for equal work. But thats not what the pay gap shows. Its simply the ratio of womens average hourly pay to mens average hourly...

21:27

Why Win And Go Home Isnt Working In Syria The Federalist

President Trump took to Twitter (obligatory eye roll) to threaten Syria over its latest chemical weapons attack on civilians. Yet previous reports indicated that after the collapse of the Islamic State (ISIS), Trump had been wanting to declare victory and go home.

Well, thats the trick, isnt it? The win and go home meme is popular among America First types whose pro-Americanism makes them want to be hawkish, but whose narrowly defined nationalism makes them want to avoid any kind of long-term commitment or involvement in the rest of the world. So they want to go in with guns blazing to shoot the bad guys, then get out of Dodge.

I used to hear this from people on the Right who were uncomfortable with the quagmire of a counterinsurgency war in Iraq. They never seemed to realize that win and go home was the original plan. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfelds plan for Iraq was to invade with overwhelming force, win a decisive conventional military victory, then withdraw as soon as possible.

It didnt work out, and a large part of the reason was that Rumsfeld was so eager to leave that he didnt commit an occupation force large enough to control Iraq and prevent the outbreak of an insurgency. We ended having to commit those troops in the surge four years later.

When you look back at history, its hard to find a good example of win and go home. The Civil War was followed by a decade of Reconstruction and a century of simmering conflict over civil rights. After World War I, the boys did come home right away, and the Germans never bothered us again, right? After World War II, we kept troops in Europe for more than four decades, first to supervise the reform and reconstruction of Germany and then to counter the Soviets. American troops are still in Europe 25 years after the Cold War, partly to counter a newly aggressive Russia.

The reason win and go home rarely works is because a military defeat of the enemy does not directly lead to reform of the underlying institutions and practices that made the war necessary in the first place. Military defeat is a material factor, not a cultural one. It can make lasting cultural and political reforms possible, if we have the wisdom and courage to implement the right ones, but a military presence is often required for years or decades to support those reforms. In the other theater of World War II, it took seven years to establish political reforms in Japan and make them a reliable ally.

Those on t...

21:26

What The Raid On Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Means So Far The Federalist

As you have likely heard, President Trumps personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, did not have a very good day yesterday.

As first reported by The New York Times, federal agents raided Cohens office and seized records relating to a variety of topics, allegedly including payments to onscreen prostitute Stormy Daniels. According to Twitter, a hotel room connected to Cohen was also searched, but its unclear if that is true.

Of course, any time the feds execute a search warrant its pretty serious business. Here, however, given that its the longtime personal attorney for the president of the United States, eyebrows are rightfully raised. The NYT has reported, and Cohens attorney confirmed in a statement, that Special Counsel Robert Mueller referred, at least in part, the case to prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (think Chuck Rhoades, for those who watch Billions).

As an initial matter, some may be asking why prosecutors didnt simply subpoena the records. Its a good question and not easily answered with the little information available. That said, search warrants are often executed without any notice when there is a fear of the destruction of evidence or an ongoing crime.

To obtain a search warrant, prosecutors have to present probable cause (usually in the form of a sworn affidavit by a member of law enforcemente.g., an FBI agent) to a federal judge. Basically, there has to be evidence that a crime has been, or is being, committed. Hunches and speculation will not cut it. While there has been talk in the past several months about secret court warrants being signed without any real evidence, its extremely unlikely that a federal judge in the SDNY signed a search warrant based on guesswork.

As for the referral to the SDNY, if I had to guess, I would say its investigation of Cohen is unrelated to Muellers Russia investigation and likely outside Muellers mandate, although some, including this author, think Mueller has already strayed outside his mandate. Thats an article for another time.

However, as part of Muellers investigation, Cohen has produced thousands of pages of documents. There is a good chance that these materials, at least in part, sparked Muellers referral.

Earlier this year, Cohen admitted that he had paid Daniels $130,000 out of his own pocket for his client and friend President Trump. The payment was several weeks before the 2016 election, and has given rise to talk of possible violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act. Thats something this lawyer knows nothing about, so I will leave it there.

Late yesterday, the Washington Post reported Cohen is being investigated for bank fraud as well. Its also quite common for the feds to include allegations of money laundering when money is involved, so there is a chance thats in play.

You may be wondering about the seizure of materials covered by attorney-client privileg...

21:26

Dont Freak Out About A Trade War With China Yet The Federalist

Early last week, the Trump administration announced a plan to slap 25 percent punitive tariffs on about $50 billion worth of Chinese imports across 1,300 categories of products. China wasted no time to unveil its own retaliation plan which will also impose 25 percent tariffs on a list of over 100 goods it imports from the U.S., and China warned that Washington must pay a dear price for the trade war. The Dow Industrial Average Index dropped more than 500 points on Wednesday when the tit for tat import tariff plans of both countries hit the news wire.

On Thursday, President Trump upped the ante by saying that he is considering slapping tariffs on another $100 billion in Chinese imports. The spokesman for the Chinese Commerce Ministry vowed the next day that China is fully prepared to hit back forcefully and without hesitation. Are the U.S. and China, the worlds largest and the second largest economies destined for a trade war? Some investors seemed to think so and their panic selling pushed the Dow Industrial Average Index down more than 500 points on Friday.

Yet such panic selling is premature. The mainstream media treats everything Trump does as one step away from the next apocalypse. But there are reasons we shouldnt freak out about the so-called China-U.S. trade war.

No Timeline for When These Tariffs Become Effective

The Trump administration gives businesses until May 21st to make public comments on the first $50 billion tariff package. After the public comments period, the administration still has 180 days to decide whether to actually implement the tariffs at all. Thus, the administration has given itself plenty of time for behind the scene trade negotiations. This approach fits Trumps negotiation style: anchoring in an extreme position before a negotiation starts.

Similarly, while Beijing announced it will counter every American trade retaliation with its own, Beijing hasnt announced any timeline to implement its current tariff proposal. In the meantime, Chinese Preimier Li Keqiang pledged recently to open up some service sectors, remove equity caps on foreign firms in some areas and end forced technology transfer in manufacture sector. Such a pledge seems to indicate that China is willing to make certain concessions amid the threat of a trade war with the U.S.

No deadline is a good indication that while both sides are keeping up the war of words, neither side wants to actually rock the boat, probably because both sides recognize that going into an actual tra...

21:26

This LinkedIn Lawsuit Proves The Left Doesnt Really Care About Securing Your Data The Federalist

Given the outcry from the left over Cambridge Analytica, you wouldnt suspect that many left-of-center privacy advocates recently made a cause clbre out of the free leveraging of your personal information by unseen agents, in a 2017 case pending before a federal district court in California.

The arguments set out in hiQ Labs v. LinkedIn offer a pre-Cambridge Analytica glimpse into progressive rationales for data profiteering, and led to oral arguments in March before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The controversy erupted last spring when hiQ, a venture finance company, asked a court to order LinkedIn to allow the company to access information from the site. The resulting district court order gave little weight to hiQs possible violations of user privacy, honing in instead on the companys right to leverage and exploit user information obtained by LinkedIn. In an appeal by LinkedIn of the refused injunction, a LinkedIn amicus put it this way: Personal data is central to this case, even though users are not represented in this proceeding.

Since the original filing, that centrality has been reinforced by the recent barometric drop in popularity of social media. The attention being paid to data profiteering as a result of the lefts politicization of the Cambridge Analytica disclosures has flushed out contradictions in its support of an open internet a support that often negates individual choices and expectation rights. Such contradictions are on parade in this case. Tellingly, new regulatory and congressional oversight purporting to tie data aggregating to election tampering may do nothing to reverse the perceived balance of the equities that the lower court determined back in August lay with hiQ, in granting the original injunction.

LinkedIn Member Data Props Up hiQs Business Model

HiQ, with $14.5 million in new investment, is in the business of statistically analyzing publicly available workforce information and selling it to employers, supposedly to help them reward and retain in-demand employees. LinkedIn is a well-known professional networking company. HiQ obtains the raw data it needs by accessing and scraping certain LinkedIn member profiles. Although the use of automated scripts violates LinkedIns Terms of Service, hiQ denies any wrongdoing.

The denials are very progressive sounding. One justification hiQ gives is that its analytics benefit LinkedIn...

21:26

The Secrets Behind Silicon Valleys Wild, Pioneering Success The Federalist

Silicon Valley has quietly become one of the cornerstone shows of this TV era. Now that its back for season five without T.J. Miller, its become apparent that the show has real legs. Its pioneering a new genre: the entrepreneurial tech serial comedy. (Try saying that five times fast.)

This new genre goes back at least 11 years to the summer of 2007, when a little show called Mad Men premiered on AMC. That probably seems like an odd point of origin for what most people would describe as essentially a comedy.

Despite having radically different formats, The Big Bang Theory is the more natural comparison than the commercial, critical, and cultural behemoth that was Mad Men. After all, isnt Silicon Valley ultimately about laughing at socially inept nerds, whereas Mad Men was essentially a high-class, sexy soap opera? The parallels between these two radically different shows would be completely invisible if it were not for another show from AMC that is no longer on the air: Halt and Catch Fire.

Halt and Catch Fire only lasted four seasons, and despite being one of the greatest TV shows of all time, it was culturally almost invisible. It clearly was designed to be AMCs follow-up to Mad Men. The parallels are obvious: A period drama dealing primarily with the complex interpersonal relationships of a group of flawed yet brilliant people connected through a particular kind of business. But HCF was better in almost every way.

Let Me Explain That

The opening was brief, yet perfectly designed to convey the shows intellectual content while engaging 1980s nostalgia. The characters were dramatic and intelligent. Its scope was epic, spanning decades of the most intense tech growth era. It played on one of the great tech partnership rivalries by blowing Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs into Citizen Kane-level personalities with the characters Gordon Clark and Joe MacMillian.

The female characters usually managed to upstage their male counterparts with passion and creativity. It didnt have the tragedy, mystique, or sex appeal of Mad Men. Yet HCFs meager 40 episodes tell a much tighter, more compelling saga than MMs meandering, bloated 92.

At its best, HCF combined the truly artistic side of technological innovation with breathless melodrama. The four leads often seemed more like emo renaissance masters than CEOs and coders. That is probably where it faltered with audiences.

Weve all come to realize that nerds now run the world. The kids who were bullied in high school can now take down government infrastructure with some clicks on a keyboard. But romanticizing these people just seems to be beyond us. We can believe that mafiosos are tragic Shakespearean characters while watching The Godfather, The Sopranos, and Boardwalk Empire. But tech guys? HCF strained credulity for some.

This is why Silicon Valley is such a brilliant show. From day one, it embraced the fac...

21:25

Its Time For The United States To Divorce Before Things Get Dangerous The Federalist

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Divorce is hard, but its easier than cutting the brake lines on your wifes car. It is long past time for an amicable divorce of the United States of America. There is simply no common ground with the Left anymore. We are now the couple screaming at each other all night, every night as the kids hide in their room.

We cannot come together, but we do not have to live like this. The history of the world is nations breaking up and redrawing their borders. If we want to avoid this political divide turning into a deadly one, we should do likewise.

Stop clinging to the past and acknowledge where we are as a country, not where you want us to be, not where things were when your grandpa was storming the beaches of Normandy. Where we truly are.

We are a nation hopelessly divided. We are more divided now than we have ever been in our history. And before you start screaming at me about the Civil War, keep in mind that bloody conflict was fought over one major issue. In those days, take ten families from New York and ten families from Alabama, put them all in a room, and youd find they mostly had the same values (and bad accents).

Now, fast-forward to today and do that same thing. Those families have virtually nothing in common. We as a nation have polarized and separated from each other.

Anyone who thinks this is a radical idea has an extremely narrow view of history. If you dont believe me, go try to book a plane ticket to Czechoslovakia, or look at a map of Europe from the year 1600, then look at one today. See any differences? Borders move. Countries split and change hands. They do this for a myriad of reasons. Ours would be a major cultural shift toward the left and half the country refusing to go along with tyranny.

I have been championing this idea for a while, and it appears others are catching on. Just last week, a group of lawmakers in South Carolina introduced a bill that would allow the state to secede if the federal government starts seizing guns.

Why would those lawmakers even be worried about such a thing? Because Democrats are saying itand not just some hippie chick with armpit hair at a vegan rally. When a former justice of the Supreme Court of the United States calls for a repeal of the Second Amendment, we should take the Left seriously.

The GOP has many problems, but the Democratic Party has turned into something completely un-American. The United States was founded on two things: Judeo-Christian values and a limited federal...

21:25

Sam Harris And Ezra Klein Finally Discuss Human Intelligence Without Calling Names The Federalist

From 1977-81, the late comedian and television writer Steve Allen wrote a series for TV called Meeting of Minds. In each episode, actors portrayed different historical figures as they sat around a table discussing philosophy, history, and topics of the day. Imagine Martin Luther, Voltaire, Plato, and Florence Nightingale having a polite, informed, witty, and sometimes heated conversation. It was brilliant educational entertainment.

On Monday neuroscientist Sam Harris and Vox Editor-at-Large Ezra Klein released a new podcast discussing their online dispute over a year-old podcast Harris recorded with social scientist Charles Murray, of Bell Curve fame. This was a contemporary attempt for a meeting of two minds. Both participants were restrained and respectful.

Fortunately, that podcast was not a bloodletting entertainment many followers of both commentators were anticipating or dreading. It was a reasoned discussion about how to have a reasoned discussion about incendiary topics like whether there may be any genetic influences on average IQ score differences among racial/ethnic groups. In the end, Harris did not convince Klein that the science could and should be discussed independently of the politics, and Klein did not convince Harris that he was blind to his own confirmation biases and insensitive to how some people perceive such discussions.

I am an intelligence researcher so I am partial to Harriss point of view. After his podcast with Murray, three scientists unfairly attacked him in an article Kleins online platform published. I wrote a defense of the science but Klein declined to publish it so I sent it to the online magazine Quillette.

Of course, this is not an issue to resolve in a podcast discussion of the complexities and nuances of behavioral genetics and intelligence research, but, as Harris has maintained, we should be able to discuss the data without a pejorative assumption that people who have the discussion are racist or malevolent, the explicit charge in the original Vox article. I was disappointed that Klein did not acknowledge this in his podcast with Harris, as one of the scientists who authored the Vox article did last week on Twitter in a welcomed effort to lower the heat.

A key point of the subsequent dispute about the original podcast was whether average group differences on IQ scores were likely to have some genetic component, as Harris and Murray stated. Most scientists who work in this area would privately not disagree with likely based on compelling evidence that genes play a role in intelligence differences among individuals. Publically, if we were to comment at all given the generally hostile atmosphere, most of us would rather say we would not be completely surprised if...

21:25

Media Cant Stand Chappaquiddicks Sobering Depiction Of Ted Kennedy The Federalist

Over the weekend, a film was released that revisited the Chappaquiddick car accident that led to the death of 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne and the political consequences (or lack there of) for then-Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Heres a quick summary of what happened in that 1969 scandal; Kennedy hosted a party in Marthas Vineyard and invited his pals and young female staffers referred to as the Boiler Room Girls, including Kopechne. Kennedy and Kopechne left the party and drove in his car which went off a bridge and submerged in a lake. And while he managed to escape, she didnt. He told two of his friends about it and they returned to try and rescue Kopechne. They didnt. Kennedy failed to report the accident until the following morning and he later pled guilty for leaving the scene of an accident.

The film doesnt sensationalize the car accident that sparked a political firestorm for the Kennedy family. While it isnt a partisan attack of the former Massachusetts senator nor does it make him into a movie villain, it does show the callous damage control Kennedy and his army of spinners conducted in the aftermath.

Since the #MeToo Movement launched last fall in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, it has become glaring how the country let Kennedy off the hook for his deadly misdeed. It is unclear whether he was driving under the influence (the film takes the position that he was), but even putting that aside, the senator still left Kopechne for dead.  After his death in 2009, the Lion of the Senate was glorified at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where he was called a womens rights champion. Its certainly difficult to argue that Kennedy was a champion for Kopechne in her final hours.

Although hes been dead for nearly a decade, several in the mainstream media still feel the need to shield Kennedy from any criticism.

In a New York Times op-ed, Neal Gabler claims that the film eviscerates Kennedy and that while the real-life accident was tragic, nothing much was covered up on behalf of the senator and his close allies. The reality is the unanswered question of Kennedys sobriety is what prevented him from facing manslaughter charges. Perhaps him waiting until morning to report the accident gave him enough time to sober up.

A piece in The Washington Post didnt exactly place any blame on Kennedy for his actions on the night of July 18, 1969, nor did it really talk about the film. Instead, Avi Selk kept focus on the supposed curse the Kennedy dynasty was plagued with, as if the senators reckless (and probably drunk) driving was out of his control.

...

21:25

Revisiting Battlestar Galactica: Litmus And Six Degrees of Separation The Federalist

This is the fifth in a series of Battlestar Galactica recaps. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the franchise. Read the last piece, Revising Battlestar Galactica: Act of Contrition And You Cant Go Home Again' here

Spoilers ahead.

Two hybrid Cylons infiltrate the Battlestar Galactica itself in these episodes, with two very different plans for advancing their campaign against humanity.

The show draws on more recent history including the Clinton administration and the 9/11 Commission for a look at the political risks of appointing independent counsels to investigate scandals or security breaches. Viewers are left to ponder when it might be acceptable to shut down an ongoing investigation and whether this one has become a witch hunt.

Baltar faces a separate internal security investigation that reveals how little trust Cdr. Adama and Pres. Roslin really have for him (and rightly so). Ironically, the Baltar-centric Six Degrees of Separation features a breadth of performance from James Callis with relatively little of the mental sparring with his Six often while juggling conversations with humans that viewers have come to revel in from him in the role.

Litmus

A copy of Doral boards Galactica as part of a visiting civilian group. Meanwhile, Boomer and deck chief Tyrol have another tryst (against the direct order of Col. Tigh in Bastille Day). Boomer mentions she was able to sneak into the chamber from the causeway on C deck.

Doral breaks off from his group and is spotted by Tigh (who stranded a Doral on the Ragnar anchorage in the mini-series), also on C deck. Tigh summons security, but when Doral is also spotted by Cdr. Adama, Doral reveals he is wearing a suicide bombing vest. Tigh pushes Adama out of the path of the blast.

Adama assigns Sgt.-at-Arms Hadrian to investigate the incident, disclosing to her the existence of the hybrid Cylons. Hadrian receives a free hand to investigate, given the prior sabotage of Galacticas water tank and the bomb found in Boomers Raptor.

Adama and Pres. Roslin discuss establishing an independent tribunal to report on the matter. Roslin advises against it, as her political experience has been that they become witch hunts and take dangerous detours.

Nevertheless, Roslin accedes and announces the formation of the tribunal during a press conference. She also reveals the existence of the hybrid Cylons, displaying photos of Doral and Leoben the two models known to the fleet. Public paranoia ensues.

During the investigation, Tyrols crew covering for his liaison with Boomer all lie badly regarding his whereabouts before the bombing...

21:24

Its Rightful Position. Freethought Blogs

Howard Chandler Christy's Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States.

Howard Chandler Christys Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States.

Jerome Corsi has been opining about how overwhelmed he is, its just so much work exposing non-existent satanic pedophiles and red-pilling people. In the midst of his rant, I was caught by one odd thing. Odd to me, at least.

The corruption, the evil of devoting yourself to Lucifer ends up in satanic sacrifices, children abused, human rights kidnapping, just incredible human torment, torture, snuff films, Corsi said. The evil depths and corners of this are so abhorrent to me, and should be to every right-thinking American, that we need to expose this, we need to bring it out, we need to show it the light of day despite how many people its going to be disturbing to.

Those of us who are going to know every aspect of it are ourselves going to have to pray to God that we come out not so damaged that we become somewhat dysfunctional, he added. We are going to have to make sure that we pray and approach this with the light of God and the help of God in order to get through this crisis.

These days, I am overwhelmed with hundreds of emails and I barely have time to function, Corsi said, wearily. But I cant sleep thinking that there may be one more radio show, one more opportunity to get the word out, one more mind to red pill. Thats what drives me is the desire to serve God and to have the Constitution of the United States restored to its rightful position.

Personally, I think Corsi is already dysfunctional. Anyroad, what caught me was the line about having the constitution restored to its rightful position. It has a position? What might that position be? Its very strange to be talking about a document as if it were a personis there a little constitution throne somewhere? A nice, little flat crown? Asshole christians and conservatives already damn near worship the thing, they talk about it constantly, or at least bits of it. Ill admit, Im a bit confused about just what this rightful position might be.

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Western Media Descends into Fundamentalism and Moral Degeneracy 21st Century Wire


Syrian Arab Army soldier standing guard in Jobar after liberation from western-backed terrorist factions. April 2018. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

Andre Vltchek
New Eastern Outlook

There is nothing sadder and more pathetic, than a notorious liar shouting, spitting saliva, insulting normal people left and right, while terrorizing those who are telling the truth.

Lately, the West has gone clearly berserk. The more it is scared of losing control over the brains of billions of people in all corners of the world, the more aggressively it is screaming, kicking and making a fool of itself.

It doesnt even hide its intentions, anymore. The intentions are clear: to destroy all of its opponents, be they in Russia, China, Iran or in any other patriotic and independent-minded state. To silence all the media outlets that are speaking the truth; not the truth as it is defined in London, Washington, Paris or Berlin, but the truth as it is perceived in Moscow, Beijing, Caracas or Teheran; the truth that simply serves the people, not the fake, pseudo-truth fabricated in order to uphold the supremacy of the Western Empire.

Huge funds are now being allocated for the mortal propaganda onslaught, originating predominantly in both London and Washington. Millions of pounds and dollars have been allocated and spent, officially and openly, in order to counter the voices of Russian, Chinese, Arab, Iranian and Latin American people; voices that are finally reaching the Others the desolate inhabitants of the global south, the dwellers of the colonies and neo-colonies; the modern-day slaves living in the client states.

The mask is falling down and the gangrenous face of Western propaganda is being exposed. It is awful, frightening, but at least it is what it is, for everyone to see. No more suspense, no surprises. It is all suddenly out in the open. It is frightening but honest. This is our world. This is how low our humanity has sunk. This is the so-called world order, or more precisely, neo-colonialism.

The West knows how to slaughter millions, and it knows how to manipulate masses. Its propaganda has always been tough (and repeated a thousand times, not unlike corporate a...

20:41

Bureau of Indian Affairs teachers accepted illegal payments from tribe Indianz.Com News

As school teachers across the nation walk out in protest of inadequate funding, some in Indian Country found a way to cope with their below-average salaries.

20:39

The US government colludes in Mass Deaths by Opioids Jon Rappoport's Blog

US government colludes in Mass Deaths by Opioids

Get the truth out and spread it

by Jon Rappoport

April 10, 2018

The major pipeline for trafficking opioid drugs starts with pharmaceutical manufacturers, who are intentionally distributing opioids far beyond any legitimate need.

2 MILLION OPIOID ADDICTS IN THE US.

300,000 DEATHS SINCE THE YEAR 2000 IN THE US.

A significant percentage of this human carnage results from illegal distribution of opioids.

Here is the open secret:

A 2016 LAW SIGNED BY OBAMA SHACKLED THE DEA (DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION) IN ITS EFFORTS TO CRACK DOWN ON BIG PHARMA TRAFFICKERS.

That law is the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on 4/9/16.

And that is the federal governments role in perpetuating and expanding the opioid crisis.

Honest agents inside the complacent DEA want to have the right to march into a pharmaceutical company headquarters and say, We know youre shipping millions of opioid pills to little pharmacies and clinics that, in turn, are selling the pills to street dealers. Were going to freeze those shipments now, and were going to arrest key executives.

But that 2016 law raises the bar so high on what the DEA can do, the whole law-enforcement effort is hamstrung, throttled, and loaded down with legal complications.

In essence, the US Congress gave drug companies a free pass.

And no one in the Congress is admitting it or talking about it.

The Washington Post, October 15, 2017, The Drug Industrys Triumph Over the DEA: In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription [opioid] narcotics onto the nations streets.

A handful of members of Congress, allied with the nations major drug distributors, prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills, according to an investigation by The Washington Post and 60 Minutes

The law was the crowning achievement of a multifaceted campaign by the drug industry to weaken aggressive DEA enforcement efforts against drug distribution companies tha...

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Im going to OrbitCon! (Non-fiction) Freethought Blogs

OrbitCon, an online conference similar to the old FTBcons, is this weekend, and Im going to be on the Steven Pinker panel with HJ Hornbeck.  Ive spoken at Skepticamps in Chicago before, but this will be my first online panel.

Is the invisible hand of civilization guiding us to a better future?  Find out what we think on Saturday, April 14 from 7 p.m to 8 p.m. CDT.

The conference itself runs from April 13 to April 15, and the schedule of panels and speakers is here.  Recordings will also be available on YouTube.

I hope to see some of you there.

20:03

Neil Clark on the Collapse of the Skripal Narrative: Its The Emperors New Clothes 21st Century Wire

One month ago we were told that Novichok was the deadliest nerve agent known to man. Apparently, not anymore.

British journalist and broadcaster Neil Clark who has been following this story from the onset, describes the back peddling, side-stepping and general chicanery unfolding in the wake of last weeks embarrassing Porton Down admission.

Everything we were told basically has now been contradicted . Ive been on television saying that the official UK government narrative has had more holes in it than a slab of Swiss cheese. I think weve got to update that now and say: its got more holes in it than a Tetleys Tea bag, I ask you, said Clark.

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20:01

War, Wedding and Wine in Nghe An OpEdNews

A state is totalitarian to the degree that it distorts human relations. In war, however, the state must be intrusive, coercive and unjust to even function, so the fact that many are becoming increasingly totalitarian must mean they're preparing for strifes of all kinds, external and internal.

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Renewal: Getting From Here to There Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Mark Schweitzer is a writer and lifelong resident of Akron, Ohio. Today he's sharing a guest article about the renewal of Akron, Ohio after decades of challenges.


Cities all over America face challenges of one kind or another. For some, its lack of affordable housing, uncontrolled growth and gentrification. For othersparticularly in the post-industrial Midwestthe challenges include population loss, infrastructure maintenance and promoting economic growth.

While Akron, Ohio belongs in the latter group, its own challengeslike the region itselfvary in significant ways.

Population loss was steady but gradual, with the greater part of it taking place before 1980. While the city may no longer be The Rubber Capital of The World, it is still home to Goodyear World Headquarters and major research facilities for Bridgestone. Indeed, the enduring legacy of the Rubber Boom helped set the stage for the citys current role as an innovation center, not only for the plastics and polymer industry, but increasingly for health care, aerospace and electronics.

As a result, while Akron faces many of the same problems as many Rust Belt cities, it has managed to weather its economic downturn fairly well compared to others.

 Projects like The Bowery, which helps tie Main Street to the Old Ohio Canal, can fill the growing demand for downtown housing. (Source:&nbsp;Mark Schweitzer)

Projects like The Bowery, which helps tie Main Street to the Old Ohio Canal, can fill the growing demand for downtown housing. (Source: Mark Schweitzer)

The citys reputation as an open and welcoming community has played an important role in this process, with its immigrant population growing over 30% between 2007 and 2013. This has represented close to $137 million in spending power for the local economy and an estimated $17 million in state and local taxes.

Most importantly, Akrons long tradition of innovation is being put to work once againnot only in the realm of economic development, but in new strategies designed to attract more people into the citys neighborhoods and downtown.

Downtown Destination

As outlined in my previous essay, How Did We Get Here?, Akrons downtown shared the...

19:59

UK COLUMN: British Intel Now Claims Syria Involved in Skripal Case and More 21st Century Wire

The latest UK intelligence claims that somehow Syria was involved in the supposed Novichok in Salisbury on March 4th. This incredible epiphany comes at the exact time when the US and UK are trying to convince the public that the Syrian government launched a chemical attack against its own people in Damascus. We also cover how the UKs premier print propaganda outlet, the Murdoch Times, is in fact erasing its online articles to manipulate controversial narratives, and UK govt claims Social Media is as dangerous as guns and knives and therefore must be controlled. Plus Cambridge Analytica scandal is being used to undermine BREXIT. All this and more 

UK Column anchor Mike Robinson is joined by guest host Patrick Henningsen and special guest Professor Piers Robinson for todays news round-up. Watch:

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19:22

It's All Russia's Fault OpEdNews

In the United Nations, our ambassador Nikki Haley, has promised to "slap the Russians" if they get out of line. Between Russia interfering in our elections by posting things on Facebook and helping their longtime ally Syria, the government of the United States, the same government whose "Homeland Security" and the National Security Agency has garnered the names of 25,00 journalists and may intercept and read any e-mail, texts.

19:00

More of the Same Virtual Mirage

Charlize Theron, actress
Normalizing Language

If you're either born in Africa or if your parents are from Africa, you're an African-American (or an American-African, a term not in use but makes more sense if  you're a US Citizen).

If a Mexican Citizen visits America, it's considered rude to refer to them as "a Mexican". If you meet the same businessman in Mexico, it's appropriate to refer to the person as "a Mexican".

It's sort of the leftists putting "assault" in front of the name of a weapon to define it in ways they feel are inappropriate, or "sniper" in front of the name of a scoped, bolt action, rifle. 

None of it makes the least bit of sense, but the progressives and their champions in the lying, filthy, sadistic, corrupt, sly, smug, elite media really love this stuff.

Progressives

There may some of you who feel that education in America is adequate. Some o...

19:00

Sacklers Who Disavow OxyContin May Have Benefited From It Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Much as the role of the addictive multibillion-dollar painkiller OxyContin in the opioid crisis has stirred controversy and rancor nationwide, so it has divided members of the wealthy and philanthropic Sackler family, some of whom own the company that makes the drug.

In recent months, as protesters have begun pressuring the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and other cultural institutions to spurn donations from the Sacklers, one branch of the family has moved aggressively to distance itself from OxyContin and its manufacturer, Purdue Pharma. The widow and one daughter of Arthur Sackler, who owned a related Purdue company with his two brothers, maintain that none of his heirs have profited from sales of the drug. The daughter, Elizabeth Sackler, told The New York Times in January that Purdue Pharmas involvement in the opioid epidemic was morally abhorrent to me.

Arthur died eight years before OxyContin hit the marketplace. His widow, Jillian Sackler, and Elizabeth Sackler, who is Jillians step-daughter, are represented by separate public relations firms and have successfully won clarifications and corrections from media outlets for suggesting that sales of the potent opioid enriched Arthur Sackler or his family.

But an obscure court document sheds a different light on family history and on the campaign by Arthurs relatives to preserve their image and legacy. It shows that the Purdue family of companies made a nearly $20 million payment to the estate of Arthur Sackler in 1997 two years after OxyContin was approved, and just as the pill was becoming a big seller. As a result, though they do not profit from present-day sales, Arthurs heirs appear to have benefited at least indirectly from OxyContin.

The 1997 payment to the estate of Arthur Sackler is disclosed in the combined, audited financial statements of Purdue and its associated companies and subsidiaries. Those documents were filed among hundreds of pages of exhibits in U.S. District Court in Abingdon, Virginia, as part of a 2007 settlement in which a company associated with Purdue and three company executives pleaded guilty to charges that OxyContin was illegally marketed. The company paid $600 million in penalties while admitting it falsely promoted OxyContin as less addictive and less likely to be abused than other pain medications.

Arthurs heirs include his widow and grandchildren. His children, including Elizabeth, do not inherit because they are not beneficiaries of a trust that was set...

What It Was Like Reporting on a Teenager Marked for Death by the Gang MS-13 Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

How do you write about a teenager who wants his story told, when there is no safe way to tell it?

That was the dilemma we faced with Henry, a Long Island high school student who tried to get away from his gang, MS-13. Henry agreed to help police and the FBI arrest his fellow gang members and worked with law enforcement for about a year until immigration authorities arrested him last August, using his own disclosures about gang membership to justify his deportation.

My name is Hannah Dreier and I cover immigration at ProPublica. Im focusing this year on MS-13 and law enforcement. I came across Henrys case last October while reporting on Long Island about how police departments are teaming up with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. At first, all I knew was his gang name, Triste, the Spanish word for sad. Henrys lawyer told me there was no way to do a story and protect his clients identity, so I just kept tabs on the case as Henry moved toward deportation to El Salvador, where he believes he has been marked for death as an informant. But as the outlook grew increasingly grim, Henry and his lawyer decided that a news story might be a last remaining option to save his life.

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Henry agreed to speak with me in February, when he was 18. He was eager to talk, and from what he told me, his case seemed like a strong illustration of what can happen when criminal investigation gets mixed up with immigration enforcement. He arranged for me to be given his cellphone, and I combed through years of text and WhatsApp conversations, as well as exchanges he had with his FBI handler. I asked him to help me make a glossary of Spanish gang slang so that I could understand some coded messages.

At first, I thought I would use only Henrys gang name, Triste. But he told me he was willing to use his first name as well, because he wanted readers to see him as a real person. He also agreed to let ProPublica use a video and photos of him, shot i...

18:43

Washington NFL team treated cheerleaders like 'calling for an escort' Indianz.Com News

The Washington NFL team treated its cheerleaders like an escort service for paying fans, with one recalling being sent to a home where men were drinking.

18:29

Facebook Fury: Why Yelling at Zuckerberg Isnt Enough WhoWhatWhy

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be grilled this week by members of Congress about his companys failure to ensure the privacy of Facebook users. While experts debate the details, people who log onto Facebook want to know what can be done to keep their personal information secure.

The purloined data that Zuckerberg will be quizzed about ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm bankrolled by supporters of President Donald Trump and masterminded by former White House strategist Steve Bannon.

A former Cambridge Analytica employee-turned-whistleblower has warned that the data may have been used to to target and manipulate voters in the 2016 US election.

Facebook recently upped its original estimate of users whose privacy had been violated in this one case to 87 million. This includes not only users who clicked on the personality-test app developed by Cambridge University academic researcher Aleksandr Kogan, but also friends of users even those who never touched the app. (Kogan has claimed he did nothing wrong, and Cambridge Analytica denies using the Facebook data.)

Even worse, Facebook has acknowledged that its granting of liberal access to other app developers may have further compromised Facebook users information.

Facebook now is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is assessing whether the social media companys practices deceived consumers and caused them harm.

Many expect the Congressional hearings to shed more light on the controversy and on how to ensure that such a breach of privacy never happens again. But given the fact that many members of Congress lack even a rudimentary understanding of the online world, we present this backgrounder, based on the comments of online privacy experts and reformers who discussed this issue last week at the DC think tank, New America.

How Could This Have Happened?

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18:26

Anti-Pipeline Demonstrators Again Shut Down Louisiana Construction Site It's Going Down

The post Anti-Pipeline Demonstrators Again Shut Down Louisiana Construction Site appeared first on It's Going Down.

The follow report documents continued resistance to a Bayou Bridge Pipeline Construction site in Louisiana.

CROWLEY, LA On the morning of April 9th, over a dozen water protectors from the Leau est la Vie resistance camp shut down the welding of pipe on a construction site of the Bayou Bridge pipeline for several hours. Dressed as crawfish and Kelcey Warren, the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the group performed a humorous musical while blocking pipeline workers from accessing machinery to carry out their work for the day. The performance was so enthralling that even the pipeline workers couldnt pull their eyes away from the scene or hold back from laughing.

After holding the space for multiple hours and receiving a dispersal order, the group headed east to another part of the pipeline easement in Maurice, LA and halted work on a site with a horizontal directional drill until being threatened with arrest.

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The craw clan struck hard and slowed down both welding and horizontal directional drilling work, which are two of the most expensive components of the construction process, in one day. The group took action to draw attention to the 700+ waterways including the Atchafalaya Basin and much of Louisianas only remaining natural crawfisheries that will will be impacted by the pipeline.

18:10

Turning Point USAs Campaign of Harassment: An Interview with Kristina Khan It's Going Down

The post Turning Point USAs Campaign of Harassment: An Interview with Kristina Khan appeared first on It's Going Down.

Kristina Khan is an organizer with Black Rose/Rosa Negra, a mother of three married to Tariq Khan, and the primary author of  Campus Fascism: Turning Point USA and Its Links to the Far-Right. To listen to our podcast interview with Tariq, go here.

David Prochaska: Talk about Turning Point USA (TPUSA).

So, you do have some students that I wouldnt lump in with the alt-right. But then you have students that are paid staff, getting training on how to sue the university, getting training on how to go right up to the line of what is illegal but without breaking the law, training in harassing and stalking people, how to push Zionist propaganda and vilify Muslims. And the training is open to kids as young as fifteen.

Then you have people, the higher-ups, that definitely have agendas, and who I would consider neo-fascist, and you also have the kids in the street like Proud Boys, who are very much neo-fascist, beyond alt-right, very neo-fascist. Traditionalist Workers Party, which identifies itself as fascist, Vanguard Americathese are all really young men, too. But theyre more willing to be violent.

TP USA Tokenizing 

DP: What do you mean by tokenizing?

KK: By tokenizing I mean TPUSA using the few members of color that they do have, and propping them up as mouthpieces for the organization. Their whole strategy is to not look like theyre affiliated with the alt-right or hardcore white supremacists. So they dont want to miss any opportunity to showcase what little diversity they have.

17:55

Lies, Damned Lies, and Cameron Padgett: The Secret Life of the Atlanta-Area Racist Who Books Richard Spencers Campus Visits It's Going Down

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The following report from Atlanta Antifascists discusses Cameron Padgett, the young white nationalist behind the booking of various Richard Spencer events.

Cameron Padgett, who books speaking events for white nationalist leader Richard Spencer on US campuses, has cultivated a media persona as a clean-cut, law-abiding student who cares deeply about free speech and advocacy for white people. In reality, the campus events organized by Padgett for Spencer show military-style coordination with white nationalist groups and predictably lead to racist violence. Contrary to his friendly media face, Padgett is an active participant in the white supremacist movement. Padgett took part in a racist torchlit rally in Charlottesville, Virginia during October  eight weeks after the Unite the Right rampage there  and soon after livestreamed himself harassing a working class Latinx community in Atlanta. Padgett frequently rails against the degeneracy of the modern age, while being careful to conceal his own history of forgery and drug charges in Chatham County, Georgia. When Padgett received a ticket while driving to the October white power rally in Charlottesville, Padgett gave the address of Safety Net Recovery, a sober living program. Drug use and addiction do not deserve contempt. We condemn Padgetts racism, his scapegoat politics, and his hypocrisy.

Introduction

Over the last year, Geor...

17:45

Zuckerberg Had Already Bribed 85% of the Congressional Committee Investigating Him Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Havent you given him enough of your privacy as well as your money? Do you realize that when Zuckerberg went before Congress, it was only a cosmetic appearance. He had already bribed 85% of the Congressmen in attendance with campaign condations? How many congressmen had the integrity to recuse themselves? The answer was zero. Here is the entire story!!!

 

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California state senator who pushed vaccine mandate now seeks to CRIMINALIZE fake news about medicine, politics and government Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Image: California state senator who pushed vaccine mandate now seeks to CRIMINALIZE fake news about medicine, politics and government

(Natural News) In the latest stunning assault on the freedom to thinkCalifornia state senator Richard Pan  known as the Mercury Joker super villain for pushing mandatory vaccines into law via SB 277 now wants to criminalize all bloggers and independent journalists who dare question the official narratives on vaccines, medicine, politics and government.

The quest for absolute authoritarian control never seems to end with these left-wing zealots. And California looks more and more like North Korea with each new law. (Is Richard Pan the long-lost cousin of Kim Jong-Un?)

Ever seeking to limit public debate, crush independent journalism and control all speech, Richard Pan has a new thought control bill entitled, SB1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan. While the title seems to target social media websites, the language of the bill clearly applies the law to all blogs, news websites, video sites and podcasts. From the proposed law itself:

As used in this section, social media means an electronic service or account, or electronic content, including, but not limited to, videos, still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant and text messages, email, online services or accounts, or Internet Web site profiles or locations.

Its a free speech killer, writes independent journalist Jon Rappoport for NoMoreFakeNews.com. If it passes, agencies of the California government will develop numerous regulations for enforcement,...

16:51

#MarchForOurLives: From Liberal Discourse to Class Analysis It's Going Down

The post #MarchForOurLives: From Liberal Discourse to Class Analysis appeared first on It's Going Down.

How can a class perspective help shed light on the ongoing debate over gun control? A columnist at LibCom.org explores this question. To listen to a Its Going Down podcast discussion on March For Our Lives, go here.

From right-wing politicians dismissing the survivors of the Parkland massacre to late night talk show hosts taking aim at the NRA, gun control has dominated the headlines and become the focus of national discourse.

The debate has quite naturally spilled over into more radical spaces, with Its Going Down and libcom.org hosting front-page articles on the topic.

While both of the linked pieces oppose gun control, theres been no shortage of other voices who are quick to point out that the working class in America suffers from gun violence at a level unmatched in any other developed industrial country. Surely, this must have something to do with the American states lax attitude toward gun ownership.

I tend to agree with whichever argument I hear last: I hear someone from Redneck Revolt and suddenly I want to join a left-wing gun club. Then I hear a critique of that strain of radical pro-gun argumentation and I think maybe that is fetishizing gun ownership. Well never out-gun the state anyway, so gun control is worth it to save proletarian lives.

I havent come to a conclusion one way or the other, but I do think a class-based approach would engender a very different ideological framework than that coming from media and at least some sections of the student movement itself.

I dont think Im offering anything particularly new, but I do think its worth attempting to anchor the debate in a class politic, not only to fend off any creeping liberalism but because #marchforourlives is part of a developing process of politicization of a new generation. We should offer these young people a more radical perspective than theyll ever find in the Democratic party or on ca...

16:41

Native women host inaugural summit in New Mexico for entrepreneurs Indianz.Com News

The first ever Native Womens Business Summit takes place April 13-14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Hamilton, ON: Another Day, Another Broken Door It's Going Down

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Statement from the The Tower, Hamiltons anarchist social center on a recent police raid.

This isnt a question of agreeing or disagreeing with particular tactics, but of refusing to take actions that help facilitate state violence and repression. Cops are not and will never be our allies. We gain safety and strength by sticking together and staying silent.

Early Friday morning, Hamilton police raided a home associated with some of those involved with organizing The Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair. The door was kicked in, a flash grenade was thrown into the house, and a full swat team entered. With their assault rifles drawn, the swat team proceeded to pull everyone out of bed some of whom were naked, and with one exception, put everyone in handcuffs. Three people were detained and one person arrested. Cedar, a member of The Tower Collective and our cherished friend, was arrested, taken away, and currently remains in custody.

Those who werent arrested were forced to wait outside for close to five hours, while cops searched the home. Similar to the fascists who attacked The Tower last month, the police thoroughly trashed the space and even messed with the bookshelves. All three floors of the house were ripped apart and many things were damaged, including a collection of framed feminist postcards that were broken into several pieces and thrown into the bathroom toilet. Police are misogynist pigs, plain and simple, without exception. A long list of items were seized, including all electronics (phones, computers, cameras, external hard-drives etc.), books, posters, zines, and a pretty random assortment of documents (academic journal articles, translated texts from a book project, hand written notes, event programs, pamphlets etc.).

In terms of the arrest, Cedar is facing conspiracy charges in relation to the so-called Locke St. Riot. We have no desire to engage with the politics of innocence. The concept of innocence and its flipside criminality obscure more than illuminate no one is innocent and the most criminal amongst us run the economy and government. Beyond that, these notions perpetuate the logic of a colonial legal system rooted in white supremacy. That said, it is worth noting that conspiracy charges are notoriously dubious and flimsy, and have a legacy of being used as a...

15:47

Russian Jets Harass US Navy Destroyer Armed With Tomahawks Off Syrian Coast The Anti-Media

USS Donald Cook(ZHE)  As the situation in Syria continues to escalate, guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook has weighed anchor off Syrian territorial waters, and is reportedly being harassed by low-flying Russian warplanes, which have buzzed the Arleigh Burke class warship at least four times according to CNN Turk.  Of note, the USS Donald Cook has 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles on board. It []

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Fingerprints, Eye Scans Now Required To Buy Food In India, As Banks Cut Off Cryptocurrencies Sheep Media

As banks in India cut off access to cryptocurrencies, the government is rolling out a big brother financial grid complete with their own digital currency.

There was a string of interesting financial reports from India this week that appear to be unrelated at first glance, but upon further inspection, they all seem to be working towards a common goalan intrusive big brother surveillance state that tracks every single financial transaction for every single resident.

According to the New York Times, the Indian government has implemented an identification system that will require scans of fingerprints, eyes, and faces for all financial transactions, including food, banking, cell phone plans and state assistance. The program is called Aadhaar, and it will be mandatory for the 1.3 billion people who live in India.

Most of India is already enrolled in the program, with a total of 1.1 billion already using the system. However, most people are obviously signing up under duress, as they have no other ways of accessing basic commerce or financial services.

Over the past several years the government in India has been slowly building the program, setting up residents with IDs while collecting their biometric data. Now, the government is ready to make the program mandatory for nearly every aspect of life.

Adita Jha, a 30-year-old environmental consultant in Delhi who was interviewed by The Times, said that she was forced into the program.

You almost feel like life is going to stop without an Aadhaar, she said.

In some cities, parents are not allowed to leave hospitals with newborn children until they are signed up.

In addition to the vast violation of privacy that this program introduces, it is also highly inefficient, with possibly fatal results. A...

15:20

West Virginia Locals Organize & Shut Down Pipeline Logging Crew It's Going Down

The post West Virginia Locals Organize & Shut Down Pipeline Logging Crew appeared first on It's Going Down.

In West Virginia on April 9th, construction crews attempted to clear trees on Bent Mountain. In response, locals organized themselves and stood the clearing crew down. The following report comes from Farmlands Fighting Pipelines, and shows how the slogan #TheFireIsSpreading is fast becoming a reality.

Earlier today, a peoples patrol unit was organized in Bent Mountain in order to monitor MVPs activity. We split up to cover our ground, and kept eyes on the places where we predicted construction crews would enter from. Around 8am, a caravan of Northern Clearing employees was spotted and followed. When asked by a local, the clearing crew refused to provide documentation of a Notice to Proceed for the section they were preparing to cut and told us to wait for someone named Steve who would deliver the documentation. Turns out, Steve is a Global Security mercenary of the company and had no knowledge of the legality of MVPs plans. Cmon Steve.

Steve and his partner, Jennifer, lied to us saying that all the the trees that were pertinent to the tree clearing deadlinewhich passed on March 31sthad already been cut. He told the crew to proceed to do their job. The peoples patrol unit tailed them to ensure that the illegal tree clearing would be monitored. We found this tactic to be surprisingly effective. While we were present, the crew was instructed to not fell any trees. We imagine they wanted to prevent any documentation of their activity. In fact, they chose a location that was far from the road and not visible to the public.

And while we were monitoring, we were able to speak to a rep from FERC who confirmed that absolutely no tree clearing was permissible. The crews work-plan was called off and we followed them back up to the access road thinking that we had made a small but dignified victory for the day. That was.until we saw the police.

In active defense of the companies illegal activity, two police officers threatened us with arrests for trespassing on MVP property. As we clearly pointed out the property boundaries (indicated by colorful stakes) that we stood behind, the police indignantly made allegations that we were on MVPs easement. They then detained several members of the peoples patrol unit while refusing to indicate whose property we were actually trespassing onthey didnt know for themselves. But of course, when youve got a gu...

14:59

US, Russia on Collision Course in Syria Despite Emergency UN Meeting The Anti-Media

US Russia Syria(ANTIWAR.COM)  The UN Security Council led an emergency meeting Monday related to the allegations of a Saturday chemical weapons attack in Syria. The meeting was called at the behest of the US and its allies. As with most emergency meetings, little of substance was accomplished, and it mostly boiled down to the US and Russia criticizing each []

14:32

West Coast Precipitation Trends Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

There is so much talk about heavy precipitation and drought along the U.S. West Coast these days, as well as claims about long-term trends, that I thought it would be useful to look at the actual data.

In the figures below, I show the winter precipitation (November through March) for the states of Washington, Oregon, and California for 1918 to 2018 using the NOAA Climate Division data available from the NOAA ESRL website.  The West Coast has a Mediterranean climate,  which means the year is divided into wet and dry seasons, and November through March includes the overwhelming majority of precipitation everywhere along the coast.


First, California.   Quite a bit of up and down, with 1977 being the lowest (about 7 inches) and 1982 the highest (about 33 inches).  Little overall trend.   With an average of only 20 inches during the winter season, lots of variability, a huge population, and an enormous agricultural establishment based on irrigation, you can see why California has invested in a  massive multi-year reservoir capacity.


Oregon also shows little long-term trend in precipitation, with 1977 (a year of a huge persistent ridge) being the driest of the last century.  Mean precipitation is higher than California (about 27 inches compared to California's 20 inches), the population in much less, an...

14:03

Pipeline Builders Are Trying to Starve Out Tree Sitters in West Virginia It's Going Down

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An environmentalist atop a monopod is beginning to be starved out by the builders of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, according to sources on Pocahontas Rd, along the pipelines proposed route.

Two people have been sitting in Trees on the Appalachian Trail for 42 days in opposition of the pipeline. Now Further down the trail on Pocahontas Rd in Narrows, VA, a new battle is heating up between law enforcement and environmentalists.

The activists are fighting the Mountain Valley pipeline, a proposed natural gas pipeline that would span approximately 300 miles from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia.

At the center of the battle is one anonymous protester atop a monopod tree suspended some 50 feet in the air. The tree is some 20 feet behind a forest service gate and sign that reads Foot travel Welcome. Closed to all public motor use. Past the monopod, and several miles up the trail, the other tree-sitters remain vigilant. The monopod sitter told us they are there to protect the tree-sitters further down the trail and to make it more difficult for the pipeline to be built.

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Local clergy visit monopod, attempt to delivery water 4/6

Local clergy are visiting monopod today. They attempted to deliver water to the sitter in the monopod, but were denied by US Forest Service. They were issued warnings for being on Pocahontas Rd (which USFS has closed on MVP's behalf) and told if they violated the closure order again they would be arrested. bit.ly/supportmvpresistance

Posted by Appalachians Against Pipelines on Friday, April 6, 2018

This is the road MVP has been working on, and that Law enforcement would take to get to the tree-sitters. MVP is threatening this land and water. the monopod sitter said....

13:52

Israel Using Strange Gases Against Protesters in Gaza The Anti-Media

Protesters in Gaza(MEMO)  Israeli occupation forces used strange and unknown gases against unarmed, peaceful protesters in Gaza, Quds Press reported the central commission for documentation and pursuit of Israeli war criminals Tawtheeq saying. Head of the commission Imad Al-Baz told Quds Press that Israel used strange gases against the protesters for the first time last Friday as Palestinians continued their peaceful activities []

13:37

It Will Burn Forever: From Appalachia to la ZAD It's Going Down

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The following is a statement of solidarity from the Three Sisters anti-pipeline camp in Appalachia with the ZAD (Zone to Defend), located in France. Over the last two days, the ZAD has faced brutal police raids by the French State in an attempt to clear the stateless territory. In response, thousands of people have fought back to defend their homes and farmlands. For more information on resistance to the raid and for background on the ZAD, go here.

Today, thousands of French police met fierce resistance in their attempt to evict the ZAD. From the forests of Appalachia, we are watching.

As momentum has built to stop the ACP, we have drawn much inspiration and strength in our struggles against infrastructure from near and far. Be it the indigenous struggles for autonomy and dignity at Standing Rock or the struggles against the airport and its world at Notre Dame des Landes. While we recognize these struggles for Tierra y Libertad extend back hundreds of years, across every continent, the ZAD at Notre Dame des Landes has represented a particularly resilient and uncompromising point of conflict against the state and capital. We have watched with tearful eyes and clenched fists as the forces of order once again attempt to dismantle the Zone.

As the snow falls in the foothills and mountains where we stand in occupied Monacan and Tutelo territory, we see the first signs of life after a long winter. As the seasons change, we are reminded that the only thing that makes their property l...

13:04

April 9, 2018 WhoWhatWhy

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12:33

Undoing the New Deal: Clinton Rolled Back the Deal, Obama Blew an FDR Moment OpEdNews

Gerald is the John Jay and Rebecca Morris Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston. He's the author of the Counterrevolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the united states of america. Thanks for joining us again, Gerald.

12:33

U.S. Navy Destroyer Armed With Tomahawks Arrives Off Syrian Coast Sheep Media

ZeroHedge| As the situation in Syria continues to escalate, guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook has weighed anchor off Syrian territorial waters, and is reportedly being harassed by low-flying Russian warplanes, which have buzzed the Arleigh Burke class warship at least four times according to CNN Turk

Of note, the Donald Cook has 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles on board.

Via @evacool_f

READ MORE FEBRUARY 2018: US Finally Admits No Evidence Syrias President Assad Used Sarin Gas 

A Navy source confirmed the deployment with the Washington Examiner, who said that the guided-missile-destroyer had just completed a port call in Cyprus, while the Pentagon reportedly draws up plans for how to deal with the situation.

U.S. military planners have drawn up more than one option for possible military action agains...

12:29

MLK: A Snap Shot in Time OpEdNews

"There is no reason to believe that Dr. King would have abandoned his pro-peace (and "democratic socialist") principles if he were alive today."

12:24

Minneapolis, MN: Love and Strength to La ZAD It's Going Down

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The following statement and photo first appeared on Conflict MN.

Over the weekend a banner was hung in so-called Minneapolis reading Defend la ZAD. We take this opportunity to send a message of strength to the ZAD occupants on the eve of their eviction.

The autonomous zone established in France has been the source of endless inspiration for rebels near and farit will live on, regardless of what happens on Monday.

12:13

Pope Francis Reminds Catholics of the Call to Holiness OpEdNews

Pope Francis has issued an apostolic exhortation reminding practicing Catholics that they are called to holiness. Because I am not a practicing Catholic, I would be delighted to see practicing Catholics respond positively to the call to holiness. But I suspect that certain American Catholics will criticize the pope's reminder of the call to holiness. As to non-Catholic Americans, we'll have to wait and see how they respond.

12:09

Josh Coy Exposes 2 Million Man FEMA Camp-Make This Go Viral! Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

 

In this interview Josh Coy exposes a 2 million man FEMA camp. Everything is there from re-education to extermination of the undesirables. This a stunning interview and one of the last interviews that the now late Josh Coy ever did.

 

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11:45

Another Syria False Flag, Israel Kills Journalist & YouTube Exposed For Illegally Spying On Children 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 (4/9/18). Its times like this, with what we are seeing take place in Syria, that it becomes very obvious that everyone is on the same side both fake []

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11:26

Monday Miscellany: 9 April 2018 Freethought Blogs

A few links of interest from around the web:

11:17

Florida Prison Visitation Cuts Held at Bay For Now It's Going Down

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The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons views contact visitation as an environmental justice issue as well as a basic human right. Humans are a social species and environmental health depends on the ability to maintain contact with your family and community. Not to mention, the struggle to end toxic mass incarceration relies on communication with our friends and family caged by the system.

On this premise, FTP has joined prisoners and their family members in the outpouring of opposition to proposed visitation cuts. What follows is the complete text of an article printed in the Gainesville Iguana.

In February, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) announced intent to start a new visitation schedule, known as Rule Change, 33-601.722, that could leave a mere fraction of options available to prisoners and their families. Currently, visitation is allowed every weekend, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., plus holidays. This averages over 50 hours of possible visitation a month. Proposed cuts would allow FDOC to provide half of the days (alternating weekends) and as little as 2 hours per visit. This could leave an average of around 10 hours per month.

It was been widely studied and reported that frequent visitation is a driving force for prisoner rehabilitation (in the cases where that is needed). Visitation drastically improves the rate of successful re-entry back into society and is proven to reduce recidivism rateswhere currently over a quarter end up back in prison within three years.

Despite that, FDOC says that cuts are needed in an effort to reduce contraband. But by their own data, only 2.5% of all contraband recovered enters through visits. This leaves 97.5% unaccounted for, and that points primarily to FDOC staff themselves bringing in the drugs, weapons and cell phones.

In February, WFTV in Orlando reported, In the last three years, dozens of correctional officers and other prison employees have been accused of smuggling illegal contraband into Florida state prisons, butfew of them face prison time for the felony charges related to the crimes.

These cuts come on the heels of the #OperationPUSH prisoner strike that launched in January, on MLK Day, where cell phones were used to communicate with the outside world about the protests and repression without fear of retaliation from violent guards.

While FDOC administration may never admit the growing protests inside as a reason for the cuts, there is ample evidence in recent months that points to efforts at generally reducing outside contact both by shaking down whole units to retrieve...

10:56

So What Did I Miss? OpEdNews

The mean tangerine is pissed. Bigly. He freaked out on camera and tore into Sessions for his Russian recusal and Mueller for the "witch hunt" being conducted by "all these democrats" in the FBI. Its a crime against the country, according to Trump. Horrible. All this investigating of his criminal associates and appointees.

10:50

Support J20 Spring Trials Next Trial is April 17th, 2018 It's Going Down

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The following video gives an update on the 59 defendants still facing 61 years in prison after being kettled at Trumps inauguration, and details ways you can stand in solidarity with them.

The J20 case has the potential to establish legal precedent for charging hundreds if protesters with felonies: particularly anarchists, the Black Lives Matter movement, and a range of groups targeted by national and local police. Please do what you can to raise awareness before the next trial group, starting April 17th.

This particular group targets defendants accused of conspiracy for organizing the protest on January 20, 2017. They are at risk of serious criminal charges for discussing protest tactics at public meetings, distributing flyers, and appearing on a podcast. The April 17th trial involves a defendant subjected to a houseraid, which led to charges against three individuals who did not attend the protest itself. This trial will further reveal the degree to which some political groups are labelled extremist and heavily infiltrated in Washington D.C.

The defendants going to trial on April 17th and April 23 need your support! More trials will continue throughout the year. Donate to the legal fund here, and sign up for the J20 Thunderclap here. There is also a day of solidarity with J20 defendants starting tomorrow.

10:45

NYT News Section Goes Into Battle Against Trump Trade Wars: Warns of Higher Prices for Hip Replacements OpEdNews

Unfortunately, most politicians are staunchly protectionist when it comes to measures that might reduce the income of doctors, hospitals, and medical equipment manufacturers. They only are interested in reducing trade barriers when most of the losers are less-educated and less politically powerful workers.

10:24

BREAKING: Trumps Plan: Making millions of Americans die for their country, or is it Israel? Were confused - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

US President Donald Trump has said that he will decide whether or not to attack Syrian government targets sometime during the next 24 to 48 hours in response to a suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma.

10:13

On the Silencing of Julian Assange OpEdNews

Legendary filmmaker and journalist John Pilger and Christine Assange, mother of Julian Assange, spoke to Dennis J. Bernstein and Randy Credico on April 5, about the latest attempt to silence the Wikileaks founder.

10:12

Googles File on You Is 10 Times Bigger Than Facebooks Heres How to View It The Anti-Media

google(ANTIMEDIA)  With all the attention paid to Facebook in recent weeks over data breaches and privacy violations (even though what happened with Cambridge Analytica is part of their standard business model), its easy to forget that there are four other Big Tech corporations collecting just as much if not more of our personal info. []

10:06

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohens Unexplored Russia Connections WhoWhatWhy

With the FBI raid on Trump lawyer Michael Cohens office, everyone is scrambling for explanations. But as WhoWhatWhy reported last year, Michael Cohens background has long demanded close scrutiny. He came out of nowhere, backed by Russia-connected figures, and bought his way into Donald Trumps heart.

Heres the full story as it appeared on September 18, 2017.


Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn all members of President Donald Trumps inner circle past and present have been scrutinized by the media, and their various Russia ties are being investigated by the press and Special Counsel Robert Muellers team. One figure, however, managed to fly largely under the radar until very recently: Michael Cohen, Trumps former right-hand man and in-house attorney.

Cohen, who came out of nowhere to occupy a prominent spot in Trumps orbit, has his own unique links to Russia and Ukraine. In fact, he might be one of the missing links that ties the president to shady figures and shady money from the former Soviet Union (familiarly known as FSU).

After months of speculation, he will finally be subpoenaed to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify under oath, as the Committee says he has broken an agreement by communication with media outlets.

But the following story should help. It lays bare, in documented detail, Cohens dealings, his ties to the FSU, and how he could trigger a world of trouble for the president if he ever decided to reveal what he knows about Trumps business empire.

Among the points illustrated below:

Michael Cohen and Felix Sater, two key figures in Trumps businesses in recent years, both have backgrounds tied to the FSU

Both men knew each other; both began entering Trumps orbit around the same time with money that may have come from FSU sources and in a period when Trump came to increasingly depend on such monies

Putin appears to have launched a full-court press on the United States in this time frame through surrogates, and eventually took an interest in Trump as someone who could help advance Russian interests

Both Cohen and Sater showed up recently as intermediaries to Trump on behalf of pro-Putin policy initiatives

While Trump has a history of sticking with supporters, even controversial ones, his loyalty does not extend to Cohen, Sater, Manafort (who managed his campaign for a time) and Flynn, who briefly served as National Security Advisor. What do they all have in common? Ties to Russia. Ties that are part of the public record.

Cohen will meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee September 19. He will not be under oath.


While Manafort and Flyn...

08:39

Jacks Walk Freethought Blogs

Jack and I visited the park this morning and this Canada goose followed us around for a bit. I think he was looking for a handout, but visitors are not allowed to feed the birds. They have a keeper who comes every morning to feed them a proper avian diet. We kept a respectful distance anyway because these birds are big and often aggressive, especially during nesting season which should start soon.

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08:11

On Police Shootings, Time to Take to the Streets OpEdNews

The police kill far, far more people of color than they do whites. They are far quicker to resort to violence without even understanding the basics of what is happening; indeed, they usually fire at a suspect within seconds of their arrival on scene. Innocent people of color will continue to die at the hands of the police. And nobody is doing anything about it. Our only alternative is to take to the streets.

07:48

ZAD Battles Thousands of Police During Attempted Eviction of Autonomous Zone in France UNICORN RIOT

Notre-Dame-des-Landes (NDDL), France  The ZAD, or the autonomous Zone to Defend, is currently under siege by 2,500 riot police with armored vehicles and demolition machines. The militarized force of gendarmes (national police who answer to liberal president Francois Macron) began their eviction operation on Sunday, April 8, 2018. The area had been slated for a highly controversial (and recently cancelled) airport project which garnered massive opposition from a diverse group of resisters, who since 2009 have been living in their own alternative society created on the ancient farmland they occupied.

Police began the eviction by telling journalists attempting to cover their attack on the ZAD not to interfere and to join a designated press space where they would be approved to publish certain photos and videos by authorities.

The police assault against anti-capitalists occupying the land started at 3 a.m. local time on April 8. The police attacked the ZAD-NDDL and destroyed the southern and northern barricades, entering the area. One of the watchtowers went up in flames as police advanced.

Pitched battles immediately began between police and anti-capitalist protesters across the groves and within the forests. Hundreds of black-clad Zadistes (or ZAD land defenders)  wearing gas masks fought thousands of police in total darkness throughout the night, using barricades, molotov cocktails, slingshots, and even lasers.

Police eventually pushed through flaming barricades using military-grade armored personal carriers as grenadiers fired volleys of teargas rounds into the crowd. The activists held off the police advance for hours but were eventually overcome.

07:42

Its Spreading: More Anarchists Are Fixing Potholes Because the Govt Wont Do Its Job The Anti-Media

anarchists roads potholes(ANTIMEDIA) Indianapolis, IN  As government agencies continue to prove themselves incompetent at local, state, and federal levels, some citizens are taking responsibilities typically assigned to the authorities into their own hands. One of these responsibilities is maintaining the roads, a task most people believe only government entities can carry out. In Indianapolis, Indiana, however, where the []

07:29

The Serialization (5) of The 15% Solution: Author's (SJ) Preface: Part 3 OpEdNews

Being the continuation of Preface to the book in my, Steven Jonas', voice, Part 1 of which was published on OpEdNews on March 8, 2018, and Part 2 of which was published on March 20, 2018. This is the last installment of this very lengthy Preface. Readers may recall that this Preface is written in my, Steven Jonas', voice. The balance of the book written in the voice of the putative author, "Jonathan Westminster."

07:24

BREAKING: War With Syria Imminent Due To Israel/US False Flag Chemical Attack Latest blog

The war drums surrounding Syria are beating louder than they ever have before. Nearly one year to the day in a scenario that has played itself out time and time again the US is accusing Syrias Bashar Al Assad of attacking his own people just days after Trump announced the US would be withdrawing from his war torn nation. Right on cue an alleged chemical attack was launched killing many women and children providing the excuse that was needed to enter the region under the guise of a humanitarian mission. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth cuts through the lies by countering the propaganda while pointing the finger at the real enemy, Israel and the United States itself!

06:50

Parsing Out Successes And Set Backs Of The Pro-Life Movement On Capitol Hill The Federalist

Marjorie Dannenfelser joins this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the latest progress of the pro-life movement and current politics of abortion. Dannenfelser is president and an original organizer of Susan B. Anthony List, a grassroots lobbying organization that works to pass pro-life legislation and elect pro-life politicians.

She also addresses some of the frustrations of single issue pro-life voters have had such as the continued funding of Planned Parenthood.

I think its really important for grassroots America and us here to actually look at reality and not just get angry, saying nobody is representing us when we are on the verge of something really important, Dannefelser said. Five years agono one even talked about the issueno one even understood what [Planned Parenthood] was.

Listen here:

06:48

Snipers Shooting Unarmed People at 100 Meters Isn't a "Clash" OpEdNews

It's predictable, that in coverage of Israel's recent mass shootings in Gaza -- which have killed over 30 Palestinians and injured more than 1,100--the word "clashes" is used to euphemize snipers in fortified positions firing on unarmed protesters 100 meters away. The term "clashes" permits them to do this in perpetuity, no matter how one-sided the violence becomes.

06:39

Oil Spill Now Larger Than Paris Ravages Indonesian Island, 5 Dead TruthTheory

By Basten Gokkon, , Ecowatch

An oil spill in Borneo that began over the past weekend has now spread across an area greater than the city of Paris and is heading out to the open ocean, the Indonesian government said.

The spill, first reported on March 31, stems from a pipeline operated by state-owned oil firm Pertamina in the city of Balikpapan, in East Kalimantan province. A report released April 4 by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry said the slick was spreading out from Balikpapan Bay and into the Strait of Makassar, covering some 130 square kilometers (50 square miles).

Pertamina, which for days had denied responsibility for the disaster, finally admitted on April 4 that one of its pipes used for transporting crude oil was the source of the slick.

Our preliminary investigation had indicated that the oil was ship fuel, but it was only until [the evening of April 3] that we got confirmation that it was from us, Pertamina general manager Togar M.P. told reporters. Ever since the incident was discovered, we have shut down the pipes.

A satellite image dated April 1 shows the extent of area that is covered with crude oil from an undersea pipe leakage in Balikpapan Bay.Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency / BNPB

The incident has been bla...

06:35

FBI Raids Office of Trumps Personal Lawyer Michael Cohen The Anti-Media

FBI Michael Cohen(ZHE)  Update II: As many probably suspected, Trump attorney Michael Cohen is under investigation for possible fraud and campaign finance violations, the Washington Post reported. The FBI has seized documents including emails, tax documents and other records related to Cohens $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Meanwhile, President Trump has stepped up to defend []

06:30

Buzz Aldrin And 3 Other Astronauts Pass Lie Detector Saying They Saw UFOs TruthTheory

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

The Institute of BioAcoustic Biology in Albany have analyzed audio using state of the art technology. The results show that all 4 astronauts are telling the truth about their encounters.

On the same flight as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin was the second person to set foot on the Moon (or given these new claims, maybe not). He also claims that during his space travels he encountered alien life, and now there is further evidence to corroborate this story.

Aldrin, Al Worden, Edgar Mitchell and Gordon Cooper are the 4 astronauts that took part in the study from The Institute of BioAcoustic Biology in Albany, Ohio.

The team carried out an analysis of the astronauts vocal patterns using advanced computers and determined that there was no signs of deception and the 4 astronauts believed themselves to be telling the truth.  

The new tech is still top-secret, but it is claimed that it is more reliable than current lie detector tests, and likely to replace the current methods used by the FBI and police.

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin has always claimed he saw something alien on the trip to the moon saying: There was something out there that was close enough to be observed, sort of L-shaped.

Sharry Edwards from BioAcoustics has said that Aldrin is certain he has seen a UFO although his logical mind cannot explain it.

...

06:24

Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, A New Age of Sea Power? OpEdNews

To some it might seem curious, even quaint, that gunboats and naval bastions, once emblematic of the Victorian age, remain even remotely relevant in our own era of cyber-threats and space warfare. Yet if you examine, even briefly, the central role that naval power has played and still plays in the fate of empires, the deadly serious nature of this new naval competition makes more sense.

06:15

TCK RADIO: Sean (SGTREPORT) Qanon: Dark to Light and War Drums - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

Special guest Sean from the SGTREPORT joins me to discuss: Clinton, Epstein Island, Francis to resign over pedophilia?

06:15

California Bill to Create Ministry Of Truth To Censor Alternative Media The Free Thought Project

A bill has been proposed in California that would effectively kill free speech by allowing internet censorship that targets everything the state deems as "fake news."

The post California Bill to Create Ministry Of Truth To Censor Alternative Media appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

06:14

Trumps Message to Assad and Putin: Only America Can Kill Syrian Civilians The Anti-Media

Putin Animal Assad trump(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) Donald Trump once said he would look Syrian child refugees in the eye and tell them to go home. He also said he would not only bomb the shit out of ISIS oil fields but that he would also kill the families of ISIS members. Intentionally or not, Trump has massacred entire []

06:12

Our Excellent Reasons for Being in Syria, clearly shown in a short interview OpEdNews

Finally, a real fun video about Syria. A 100% prepared "journalist" does his damnedest to take down a Syrian representative. I'd say this sets the bar for responding to western journalists, directly answering their questions. It also shows just how well and what your taxes are doing to trash fellow humans.

06:03

Deep and Abiding Disrespect for Teachers OpEdNews

Parents, communities and educators in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona know that tax-cutting, labor-hating Republican politicians are to blame for the school disruptions. These four states are among the lowest-paying in the nation. West Virginia was 45th when it granted striking teachers a 5 percent raise in February. Oklahoma is dead last.

06:02

Calling all Clintonites and Americans: Let' get real, rather than dead. OpEdNews

Hillary did every dirty trick in the book to get elected. She also siphoned off something like $150m to the Clinton Foundation, to line the pockets of the "foundation," while selling gobs of fissionable material to Russia, for their nukes. Now she's obsessed with more utterly insane lying in an effort to camouflage her bruised ego and utter psychopathy.

06:00

The Week Ahead: Rust Belt Towns and the Road to Revitalization Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

 Arian Horbovetz

Arian Horbovetz

Rachel's guest this week is Strong Towns member and contributor, Arian Horbovetz, who blogs at The Urban Phoenix and lives in Rochester, New York. He discusses the universal challenges that Rust Belt towns deal with, his optimistic yet pragmatic view on urban revitalization, and his sociologist's perspective on these trends.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Top photo courtesy of Arian Horbovetz


05:52

Globalism vs. Nationalism OpEdNews

Article published on Monday, April 9

05:50

Russian Woman Embalmed Alive by Formaldehyde~~Aspartame Metabolized by Millions as Formaldehyde by Masterplan? OpEdNews

One of the most horrific medical errors I have ever read about! A young Russian woman is embalmed while still alive by formaldehyde instead of the saline drip she should have gotten after a routine surgery. Yet, hundreds of millions consume aspartame daily which is metabolized as formaldehyde, and governments, food safety administrations, FDA's, etc. all over the world, think nothing of this state sanctioned genocide.

04:33

Donald Trump Actually Thinks He's Popular OpEdNews

Trump may experience temporary fluctuations in his approval ratings, but they are never great -- or even all that good. In fact, when it comes to approval ratings, it certainly looks like Trump's best days were back in November of 2016, when he was on the losing end of a 54-46 measure of popular sentiment.

04:32

UNSC Meets on Alleged Gas Attacks While Trump Fumbles - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

Russian specialists accompanied by Russian Military Police visited the formerly rebel-held city of Douma to probe an alleged chemical attack launched by the Syrian Army.

03:36

China holding all the cards in trade war with Donald Trump (VIDEO) OpEdNews

It isn't necessarily the fear of a trade war that crashed the market over the last few days. It is the fact that while many are not talking about it, China holds a large card that is a considerable threat to the U.S economy.

03:32

Open Thread: Trump contemplates attacking Syria...again OpEdNews

Trump is careening into a wider war with Syria, and maybe Russia as well. Is this the end for all of us?

03:31

Parallels Between The Civil Rights Movement And Denials Of Self-Determination Regarding Vaccines Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich April 4, 2018 was the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., a true and steadfast...

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Disturbing Video Shows a Dozen Cops Corner Father In Homeless Shelter and Execute Him The Free Thought Project

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A father and husband in need of mental help was cornered by a dozen cops in a homeless shelter and executed as witnesses watched in horror. He was a threat to no one.

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Silver May Be Getting Ready to Shine Again Activist Post

By Clint Siegner The setup for higher silver prices is so good its scary. The relative positioning of speculators versus the bullion banks in the...

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Doug Casey on Anarchy and Voluntaryism Activist Post

By Doug Casey, International Man Youre likely aware that Im a libertarian. But Im actually more than a libertarian. I dont believe in the right...

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Its Spreading: More Anarchists Are Fixing Potholes Because the Govt Wont Do Its Job Activist Post

By Carey Wedler Indianapolis, IN  As government agencies continue to prove themselves incompetent at local, state, and federal levels, some citizens are taking responsibilities typically...

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In 2011 Ohios Dennis Kucinich Spoke About Harm from Exposure to Cell Phones and Cell Towers. So Where Does He Stand Now on Bills Which Allow Small Cell Towers in Yards? Activist Post

By B.N. Frank There is an Ohio bill being voted on this week which will allow telecom companies to install 4G and 5G small cell...

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Preview Over: Real Sell-off Ahead! The Last American Vagabond

Investors have felt tremors for the 1st time in almost 3 years these past two weeks many are taken this pullback too emotionally and are calling the top, but that would be a mistake. The markets have plenty of upside. In fact, the pullback just confirmed that were guaranteed to see a rally soon, but []

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Army & Air Force Exchange Service Salutes Vietnam Veterans with Custom Truck Design - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA

Army & Air Force Exchange Service is debuting a new truck design, part of the Department of Defense retailers efforts alongside the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration to honor Veterans during the 50th anniversary of the war.

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Native people are more likely to be shot and killed by police in Canada Indianz.Com News

Native people accounted for nearly 15 percent of fatal police shootings in Canada between 2000 and 2017, far higher than their percentage of the entire population.

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Bill John Baker: Celebrate our culture at annual Cherokee Days festival Indianz.Com News

The Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians are again collaborating for the fifth annual Cherokee Days

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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work after 'work' break Indianz.Com News

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work this week by catching up with some unfinished business.

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Spouse of Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee lands deal with ex-Trump aide Indianz.Com News

As the nomination of Tara Sweeney to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs sits in limbo, her husband has entered into a new deal.

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Regulations: Keep The Beast Tamed The Last American Vagabond

I know of a few towns, which issue a local currency that is used among its residents. A private currency isnt a new idea at all. One of my core habits is to read one financial book a month, and Ive done so for 11 years. A total of 132 books are under my belt. Three of []

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