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Thursday, 08 November


Medicare for All Will Destroy the GOP -- Because of Voting! OpEdNews

Ever since Jim Crow, racist white "conservatives" have used a variety of means to prevent poor people, people of color, low-income people, students, and older people from voting. Techniques have varied over the years, starting with poll taxes and so-called "literacy tests," and now are carefully calibrated by cutting voting sites, reducing early voting, and even disenfranchising North Dakota's Native American population.


Palestine Solidarity at the Crossroads Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Last week we saw how Baroness Jenny Tonge was cruelly maligned in the House of Lords by Lords Pickles and Polak. Pickles invited the minister and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) to join him in condemning Jenny for suggesting that the murders in Pittsburgh were caused by the actions of the Israeli Government. He accused []


The State Weaponizes Education to Create Ignorance Activist Post

By Jon Rappoport A hundred fifty years ago, at least some Americans recognized that all serious discourse depended on the use of the faculty called...


Results of ballot initiatives Freethought Blogs

Rachel M. Cohen provides a run down of some of the ballot initiatives that passed yesterday, including one important one in Michigan that reader Mark Dowd has pointed to.

FROM STATE LEGISLATIVE races to the House of Representatives, progressive candidates made a dent in the 2018 election season, and will be relatively well-represented in federal and state-level governments next year. But its not just elected office: Left-wing activists also made their voices heard through ballot initiatives across the country. On Tuesday night, progressives walked away with some wins and some losses on that front.

They made gains for Medicaid expansion, public education, and voting rights. But they lost other battles, like on criminal justice reform, nurse-to-patient ratios, and universal home care.

Cohens article is worth reading.


The Secret Society That Rules The World Activist Post

By Bas Spliet The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those...


Democrats Turned Colorado Into A Solid Blue State The Federalist

Colorado has long been considered a swing state, but it's really been leaning solidly blue for some time now.


Crown Prince Launches Saudi Arabias First Nuclear Reactor Same Day Sanctions Hit Iran The Anti-Media

Saudi Nuclear Weapons coup(ZHE)  In but the latest after an insane month of news featuring the kingdom since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the AP reports Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman laid the ceremonial foundation stone for Saudi Arabias first nuclear research reactor on Monday. The site is the first of 16 planned reactor sites to be []


Beto: If You Believe GOP Vote Flipping Cheated You, Go to Federal Court! Eventually, You'll Still Make a Great Senator OpEdNews

Beto can't give up in an examination of the possible election fraud in Texas, especially the vote flipping that probably went on. Again, there is so much at stake, and he came to far to abandon us, his supporters, and what might actually have been his real victory, and I don't mean some consolation booby prize about having come so far against such overwhelming odds...


Critical Mass: On Tuesday, 3 More States Legalized Weed for Recreational and Medical Use The Free Thought Project


Three more states told the federal government they will no longer obey their tyrannical marijuana laws and legalized the plant in some form, bringing the total of legal states to 32.

The post Critical Mass: On Tuesday, 3 More States Legalized Weed for Recreational and Medical Use appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


While Americans Pretend To Be Oppressed, The Chinese Run Concentration Camps The Federalist

Progressives who think America is an oppressive regime need only look to China to see what real oppression looks like and how lucky they really are.


Pakistan in the middle of Saudi, Iran and rival pipeline plans OpEdNews

The Iran-Pakistan pipeline could finally be sorted out, much to the benefit of energy-starved Pakistan. The Iranian stretch was finished long ago while the Pakistani sector has been derailed by relentless pressure from Washington.


Lessons Of 2018: Trumpism Won, Progressivism Lost The Federalist

The Resistance who had actively convinced themselves of the waves existence, were hampered by the economy, by Kavanaugh, and by a challenging map.


The State weaponizes education to create ignorance Jon Rappoport's Blog

The State weaponizes education to create ignorance

Independent Education: the crisis and the crossroad

by Jon Rappoport

November 7, 2018

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A hundred fifty years ago, at least some Americans recognized that all serious discourse depended on the use of the faculty called Reason.

Formal debate, science, and law all flowed from that source.

A common bond existed in some schools of the day. The student was expected to learn how Reason operates, and for that he was taught the only subject which could lay out, as on a long table, the visible principles: Logic.

This was accepted.

But now, this bond is gone.

The independence engendered by the disciplined study of logic is no longer a desired quality in students.

The classroom, at best, has taken on the appearance of a fact-memorization factory; and we should express grave doubts about the relevance and truth of many of those facts.

A society filled with people who float in the drift of non-logic is a society that declines.

Ideologies that deny individual freedom and independence are welcomed with open arms.

When education becomes so degraded that young students are no longer taught to reason clearly, private citizens have the obligation rebuild that system so the great contribution to Western civilizationlogicis reinstated in its rightful place.

Logic, the key by which true political discourse, science, and law were, in fact, originally developed, must be unearthed.

Logic and reasoning, the capacity to think, the ability to analyze ideasan ability which has been forgotten, which has been a surpassing virtue in every free civilizationmust be restored.

Once a vital thing has been misplaced, buried, and covered over by mindless substitutions, people cannot immediately recognize the original thing has any importance, meaning, or existence.

To declare its importance makes no sense to the crowd. They look bewildered and shake their heads. They search their memories and find nothing.

They prefer to adhere to rumor, gossip, accusation, wild speculation, and fear mongering as the primary means of public discourse and assessment of truth.

These habits light their paths. These reflexes give them some degree of pleasure. These idols become their little gods.

To win out over such attachments and superstitions is a job for the long term.

But if our labors yield rewards, we can once again bring import to education, and to the idea of authentic freedom that once cut a wide swathe through darkness.



Linh Dinhs view from Vietnam: Disruptive Uncle Sam, Rising Eurasia and Murky Pittsburgh Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Linh Dinh, one of Americas best writers, is no longer in America. Why not? Well, youd have to ask him. I gather that his promising mainstream literary career got torpedoed when he started telling too much truth about 9/11 and other taboo subjects. This may have augmented his already dim view of todays USA. Anyway, []


From OCD to depression to anxiety, learn how inositol can prevent many mental health disorders Intellihub

Having a clean bill of health doesnt just mean that a person is physically fit. It also includes whether his mental health is in check, which is something that a lot of people dont regularly think about, and an issue that affects over three in four employees in the U.S., according to a recent survey by the American Health Association.

Its not limited to workplaces: On average, nearly 44 million American adults experience mental illness each year, which makes it a growing cause of concern for everyone. It also makes the need for natural options to treat the condition that much important, given the adverse effects that certain medications have, which range from worsening of symptoms to even thoughts of suicide.

Scientists have looked at one particular supplement, inositol, given its efficacy in treating these conditions, and in some cases, even better than prescription drugs. Inositol is a natural supplement known for its ability to relieve anxiety, binge-eating, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in women. The substance, which was once known as vitamin B8, is found in high concentrations in the brain, where it helps regulate important chemicals associated with mood, including serotonin and dopamine. In a recent study, researchers have found that people with conditions such as anxiety, compulsive disorders, and depression have lower levels of inositol in their brains. In fact, other major neurotransmitters depend on inositol to relay messages, making it a key component in a lot of chemical systems in a persons brain, including the ability to handle stress, learning and cognition, mood, productivity, sleep, and addiction.

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Studies have shown that inositol is effective against panic disorder, a form of anxiety where a crippling fear takes over a person and greatly affects his way of life. It...


Saudi Arabia Must be Stopped and this Time Perhaps they will be Stopped? 21st Century Wire

Andre Vltchek
21st Century Wire 

It appears that the KSA has crossed all lines of decency, if there were ever any. 

In the eyes of many in the West, it crossed them not because it has been brutally killing tens of thousands of innocent people in Yemen, not even because it keeps sponsoring terrorists in Syria, (and in fact all over the world), often on behalf of the West. And not even because it is trying to turn its neighboring country, Qatar, from a peninsula into an island.

The crimes against humanity committed by Saudi Arabia are piling up, but the hermit kingdom (it is so hermit that it does not even issue tourist visas, in order to avoid scrutiny) is not facing any sanctions or embargos, with some exceptions like Germany. These are some of the most barbaric crimes committed in modern history, anywhere and by anyone. Executing and then quartering people, amputating their limbs, torturing, bombing civilians.

But for years and decades, all this mattered nothing. Saudi Arabia served faithfully both big business and the political interests of the United Kingdom first, and of the West in general later. That of course includes Israel, with which the House of Saud shares almost a grotesque hatred towards Shia Islam.

And so, no atrocities have been publicly discussed, at least not in the Western mass media or by the European and the US governments, while weapons, worth hundreds of billions of dollars, have been arriving into the KSA, and the oil, that dark sticky curse, kept flowing out.

Was Riyadh enjoying total impunity? Definitely!

But all this may soon stop, because of a one single man, Mr. Jamal Khashoggi or more precisely, because of his alleged tragic, terrifying death behind the walls of the Saudi Consulate in the city of Istanbul.

According to the Turkish authorities, quoted by The New York Times on October 11, 2018:

Fifteen Saudi agents arrived on two charter flights on Oct. 2, the day Mr. Khashoggi disappeared. 

Supposedly, they brutally murdered Mr. Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen, and then they used sawmills to severe his legs and arms from the body.

All this, while Mr. Khashoggis Turkish fianc, Hatice Cengiz...


Wednesday Wings Freethought Blogs

These pictures and a heart warming story are  from Nightjar:

This isnt just a cute photo series of chicks, its a heartwarming story of the kind you dont expect out of chicken! At least I didnt. To cut two long stories short, we recently had to join two broods of chicks born one month apart. The younger ones had to be taken from their mum the day they hatched, which always breaks my heart to do, but in this case it was for their own good. She wasnt a good mum and their siblings died as a result. So we joined the three survivors with the older chicks, made sure everything was peaceful and they were warming each other at night, and hoped for the best. To our surprise, a few days later, we noticed that one of the older chicks had adopted the three little ones, she was behaving as if she was their mother. Calling them to her side, teaching them how to eat, opening her little wings to warm them. You can see that in the first two photos, the head of a little baby underneath her wing. Shes giving me that look, do NOT even THINK of touching my babies. They follow her around everywhere and she never leaves one behind. Just like a mother hen would, except this hen is only a month old!



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Very cute, but I must say, those feet really tell you about the dinosaur foremothers.



Laugh all you want at Florida, but at least OUR governor didnt upvote stepmom porn on Twitter The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century

It really happened: in September 2017, the @tedcruz Twitter account liked a post by @SexuallPosts featuring as the Washington Post oh-so-tastefully phrased it a sectional sofa, the pornographic actress Cory Chase, her fictitious nude stepdaughter, and a very energetic young man.

My initial inclination was to believe that a staffer with Ted Cruz Twitter account clicked on the like button. But after reading his account in his book about the time he was a 26-year-old law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court, Im willing to believe that he clicked it himself. Back in the 1990s, the Supreme Court justices were deciding whether to regulate internet porn and decided to watch it for themselves. Cruz was present, and his account was a little too lady doth protest too much for me to think hes not into Cory Chases MILFy goodness and accidentally mis-clicked while doing some one-handed surfing.

(Hey, Im a divorc, and I lack the shame required to not tell you that I have passing familiarity with Ms. Chases oeuvre. And before you go looking that up, hoping for something kinky, thats French for the set of ones works.)

The best thing: Cory Chase is miffed that he didnt pay for the video. In an interview with the Huffington Post, she said: I didnt like that he watched it for free.  He pirated that video. He should have paid Reality Kings for a subscription.

Ed. note: Ron DeSantis is still terrible.

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Floridas Election Shows the True Promise of Restoring Voting Rights The Marshall Project

With the passage of Amendment 4, more than a million people intimately affected by the criminal justice system have become more empowered to shape it.


Syrian War Report November 7, 2018: Turkish Media Claims 7 U.S. Troops Were Captured By ISIS Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

from SouthFront The Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) reached a deal with ISIS in order to free 7 US soldiers, who had been captured by the terrorists in the province of Deir Ezzor in September, Turkeys state-run Anadolu Agency reported on November 5 citing local sources. According to the report, negotiations on the issue started []


Canola oil is destroying your heart (even if its organic) Heres what to use instead Intellihub

Canola oil is a popular food ingredient used mostly for frying and baking that doesnt belong on anyones plate or in any snack bags. Its an ingredient not meant for human consumption and shouldnt be in any preppers pantries! Yet, this cooking oil is touted as a healthy alternative to saturated fats. Sadly, most health food stores are soaked in this oil.

Nope, its not the new enemy of mainstream, coconut oil!


Were talking about

Canola oil.

Canola oil is the darling of the medical community, fast food industry, Big Food and sadly, even health advocates.

Not only is Canola a genetically engineered crop, but it is known to be sprayed with glyphosate the active ingredient in Monsantos toxic weedkiller as a pre-harvest desiccant. That is, a glyphosate formula to dry crops faster for harvest.

But even if the Canola crops werent sprayed with glyphosate, it would still be far too toxic to eat. Even if it werent a GE food, youd want it banished from your diet forever. (By the way, most Canola is genetically engineered.)

Heres why you should banish canola oil forever

Canola oil is like battery acid to your heart.

There is no such thing as a Canola plant or seed, per se. Its actually a variety of rapeseed that was manmade. The name is actually this acronym: Can-O-LA.

It stands for Canada Oil Low (erucic) Acid. Another source says the ola part of the name was based on similar oils like Mazola brand (maize oil).

Chances are, people are more likely to trust something called Canola versus its actual name rapeseed. Like other vegetable oils, its not really based from a vegetable because it comes from a plant seed.

According to the Canola Council, Canola is the worlds only Made in Canada crop. It was developed by researchers from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the University of Manitoba in the 1970s, using traditional plant breeding techniques. In the mid-1990s the plant was genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate herbicide.

When you look on an ingredient list and see organic Canola oil that means the oil was derived from the specially bred rapeseed but not the newer, GMO variety.

Although modern rapeseed (the Canola breed) was specifically bred to be lower in erucic acid (2%), you should know that erucic oil was found to create heart lesions in animal studies. Yet, this oil is constantly touted as heart healthy. The industry says that this lower erucic acid profile is safe, but do you believe them? Consider this: now that the oil is one of the most popular oils to use in most packaged goods, fast food and restaurants people are now subject to more erucic acid than e...


International Zionism and Satanism Are Indistinguishable Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

An active allegiance to Satan is the political ideology of the United States, Saudi Arabia, and indeed Israel, specifically when it comes to dealing with important issues in the Middle East. The Jamal Khashoggi debacle again makes this very clear. The recent war in Yemen is another example.


The War Press Freethought Blogs

I cant tell if the media get handed stories, here, print this or if they actually think about them (or pretend to) and then print the governments talking-points, anyway.

Its certainly hard to figure out what the main stream media is is it the people who keep putting administration boosters on their shows, then calling them out for being liars? Or is it the otherwise-respectable outlets like the New York Times [stderr] that promote the war-partys agenda without question? Or is it just when they lie by omission?

Take this one from CNN [cnn]:

Washington (CNN)A US Navy reconnaissance aircraft flying in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian fighter jet Monday in an unsafe and unprofessional manner, according to three US defense officials and a statement from the Navy.

During an encounter that lasted a total of 25 minutes, the Russian SU-27 jet passed directly in front of the US EP-3 aircraft at a high speed, the officials said. The US crew reported turbulence following that initial interaction in which the direct pass occurred.

The SU-27 then made a second pass of the US plane and applied its afterburner while conducting a banking maneuver, which is believed to have caused a vibration that was experienced by the American crew.

HAINAN ISLAND, China The EP-3 awaits fuel removal and disassembly at the prepared worksite at Lingshui Airfield

That poor innocent US Navy plane, in international airspace, right in Russias back yard! Did whoever wrote/printed that piece even bother to think about why the Russians might have sent an interceptor up to wave a US Navy reconnaissance plane off? Completely missing is anything about how close the plane was to Russian air-space (which might also be relevant) or anything about what an EP-3 is. Its a signals collection spyplane one of those flying antennas that sucks up everything it can decode into a signal.




Spin Battle on Oil Supply and demand Continues Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

China, India, Greece, Italy, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey and South Korea are the eight countries that have been exempted from the US sanctions.


Berkeley County Deputy, School Officer Enters Plea Agreement in Sexting Case Filming Cops

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. A former school resource officer and Berkeley County Sheriffs Department deputy may have to register as a sex offender for life as part of a plea agreement.

The post Berkeley County Deputy, School Officer Enters Plea Agreement in Sexting Case appeared first on Filming Cops.


Election results review Freethought Blogs

As I feared, the Trump cult remains strong in the US, strong enough to increase its majority in the US Senate, even as it lost control of the House of Representatives. In Ohio, Republicans won all the statewide elected offices except for incumbent Democratic senator Sherrod Brown who won quite easily. No congressional seats switched parties either, so the status quo in Ohio was retained.

It was not all bad though, as Ryan Grim reports, and his account is worth reading in full.

Democrats, on the back of historic turnout the product of two years of post-Trump grassroots organizing seized control of a House of Representatives that had been meticulously gerrymandered in order to assure that they would never be able to do just that. Democrats also made major gains in state capitals, winning governorships in Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Maine.

The liberal energy on the ground, when it wasnt canceled out by GOP turnout, gave Democrats full control of state governments in Colorado, New York, Maine, New Mexico, and Illinois. In Minnesota, the state House flipped to blue, as did both the New Hampshire state House and Senate, while Democrats flipped at least 10 seats in the Texas statehouse. The New York win ushered in not just incoming state Sen. Julia Salazar, but also at least a dozen senators backed by the Working Families Party, putting an end to an era of three men in a room rule in Albany.

Major progressive ballot initiatives were approved, too, with the most historic in Florida, where Amendment 4 got well more than the 60 percent it needed in order to restore the right to vote to people convicted of felonies. Elsewhere, voters expanded Medicaid in Idaho, raised the minimum wage in Missouri, and legalized weed in Michigan.

In races for governor, the defeats of Kris Kobach and Scott Walker in Kansas and Wisconsin respectively are worth celebrating. The bad news is that Andrew Gillum lost in Florida and Stacey Abrams is behind in Georgia. And Beto ORourke lost the senate race in Texas to the utterly awful Ted Cruz.

Meanwhile, a record number of women, over 100, have been elected to Congress, which should be celebrated even while noting that they still make up just about 20% of the membership. Some of the winning women were breaking new ground.

Political novice Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, claimed victory in Kansas and would be the states first Native American Congresswoman and is one of two voted in. Davids is also slated to become the Sunflower States first openly LGBT congressional representative. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American, also won a resounding v...


House Dems Already Have Their List of Trump Scandals to Investigate. Here It Is. OpEdNews

Here comes the flood. With the Democrats having won control of the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump and his crew in the White House and assorted federal agencies can expect to be hit by a wave of investigations and subpoena requests from Capitol Hill.


Native women headed to Congress for first time after historic election Indianz.Com News

Sharice Davids in Kansas and Deb Haaland in New Mexico became the first Native women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.


WATCH: Indiana Police Torture Handcuffed Man as Mayors Cop Son Does Nothing to Stop Them The Free Thought Project


Video of was released this month of officers beating a handcuffed man which has since led to the officers being charged.

The post WATCH: Indiana Police Torture Handcuffed Man as Mayors Cop Son Does Nothing to Stop Them appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Oh, you want air? And water? Freethought Blogs

Theres a federal court case, Juliana v. United States, in the works in which the plaintiffs argue that the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness obligates the government to maintain a sustainable, livable atmosphere or, at least, support legislation in good faith that limits how much we can poison it. That sounds like a good idea to me.

The plaintiffs, who include 21 people ranging in age from 11 to 22, allege that the government has violated their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by failing to prevent dangerous climate change. They are asking the district court to order the federal government to prepare a plan that will ensure the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere falls below 350 parts per million by 2100, down from an average of 405 parts per million in 2017.

How can you argue against that? The Trump administration has a simple defense.

By contrast, the US Department of Justice argues that there is no right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life as the Juliana plaintiffs assert.

That is not the answer I expected. Hemming and hawing about the practicality of limiting greenhouse gasses, sure; endless lying about whether climate change is a temporary phase, or about the desirability of warming up the planet by a few degrees, or claiming that we might be getting a little warmer, but there is no threat to our existenceI could imagine all that coming out of Republicans in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry.

But to announce that they feel no compulsion to provide an environment compatible with life? Thats a new one.


WATCH: Former Sunray, Texas Police Chief Charged With Murder Filming Cops

SODUS, N.Y. The ex-girlfriend of a Sodus homicide victim and her husband have been charged in connection with last months double homicide, Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts announced at

The post WATCH: Former Sunray, Texas Police Chief Charged With Murder appeared first on Filming Cops.


2 Cops Will Face Civil Rights Trial For Shooting Man Who Became a Paraplegic Filming Cops

A lawsuit filed by an Atlantic County man who was shot by police and left paralyzed in 2013 can go forward only against two of the three officers who fired

The post 2 Cops Will Face Civil Rights Trial For Shooting Man Who Became a Paraplegic appeared first on Filming Cops.


Eight Lessons From History To Help Make Sense Of Todays Madness PopularResistance.Org

I learned to peer beyond my political bubble in the early 1980s, first when Ronald Reagan was elected president and destroyed the New Deal coalition in which I was raised and then when Phyllis Schlaflys Stop ERA women indeed stopped the Equal Rights Amendment for women from becoming the law of the land by defeating those of us fighting to win its passage in the Illinois legislature. We needed one more state for the Constitutional Amendment to be enacted, and Illinois was one of three where we had a chance. On the steps of the Springfield, Illinois, capital were white women with lacquered hair wearing skirt suits and beige stockings carrying red Stop ERA signs.


Fox News Promotes RFID For Medical Purposes Heres Why You Shouldnt Take The Chip Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel Fox News is pushing RFID chip implants, encouraging people that the tech is safe and good for medical by stating its similar...


Killer Wyoming Cop Derek Colling Was Fired From LVMPD for Killing Civilians Filming Cops

On Sunday, Nov. 4th 2018, it was reported that 39-year-old Robbie Ramirez had been shot to death in Laramie, Wyoming by a deputy from the Albany County Sheriffs Office. Ramirez

The post Killer Wyoming Cop Derek Colling Was Fired From LVMPD for Killing Civilians appeared first on Filming Cops.


Deluge of robocalls? Thank Trump and the Republican Congress OpEdNews

We are not talking about a zombie apocalypse but the scourge of robocalls, the lifeblood of the telemarketing industry. The direct marketing and scam pests run right through the Federal Trade Commission's Do-Not-Call Registry like a hot knife through butter.


The Evidence Pours In: Poverty Getting Much Worse In America PopularResistance.Org

According to the Credit Suisse 2018 Global Wealth Databook, 34 million American adults are among the WORLD'S POOREST 10%. How is that possible? In a word, debt. In more excruciating words: stifling, misery-inducing, deadly amounts of debt for the poorest Americans. And it goes beyond dollars to the "deaths of despair" caused by the stresses of inferior health care coverage, stagnating incomes, and out-of-control inequality. Numerous sources report on the rising debt for the poor half of America, especially for the lowest income group, and largely because of health care and education costs. Since 2008 consumer debt has risen almost 50 percent. The percentage of families with more debt than savings is higher now than at any time since 1962.


Controversial AI Lie Detectors Coming To EU Airports, Border Crossings PopularResistance.Org

Several European airports will deploy an AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints in a trial run of the new technology, reports CNN.  When a passenger approaches customs, they will be asked a series of questions by a "virtual border guard avatar," which will use an Artificial Intelligence to monitor their faces to quickly determine whether they are lying in an effort to reduce congestion.  The avatar will become "more skeptical" and change its tone of voice if it believes a person has lied, before referring suspect passengers to a human guard and allowing those believed to be honest to pass through, said Keeley Crockett of Manchester Metropolitan University in England, who was involved in the project.


Ocasio-Cortez Mekes HER-story as Youngest Female Congress-Elect: Victory Speech OpEdNews

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who just turned 29 in October, is the member-elect of the United States House of Representatives for New York's 14th congressional district, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.


Is There Really A Militia Caravan Traveling South To Protect US Border From Marching Migrants? PopularResistance.Org

Most media outlets have published as fact claims that vigilante groups incited by Donald Trump are organizing themselves to confront the migrant caravan, but the story appears to be based on little more than an unverified boast. Variously named as armed militias and far right activists, some gun-toting groups have been reported as forming their own caravan in scores of media reports over the weekend, from the Huffington Post to The Hill in the US to international outlets such as the UKs the Sun, Turkeys Anadolu, and Russias Sputnik. The vigilantes are reportedly equipped with military-level tech, and will form units hundreds-strong. They have caused alarm among both local residents afraid that their land will be invaded and the army contingent forced to separate sides.


The Common Sense Analysis of the 2018 Midterm Results Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

The 2018 midterm election was dubbed the most important election of its type in American history. I would have to agree with that assessment.

Neither the conservatives, nor the liberals can successfully spin the election results as a major victory for either side. However, on balance, the liberal Democrats can claim a partial victory over the nations conservatives.

The following is an analysis and reaction to the 2018 midterm elections as the results stand at 7AM Eastern.

The Democrats Take Back the House

The most notable victory for the liberals and their Deep State puppet masters (eg George Soros) lies in the fact that the Democrats were successful in retaking the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections. However, the much anticipated blue wave in which some prognosticators, like Matt Drudge, were in extreme error, as they predicted as many as 65 seats  would flip to the Democratic Socialist Party. As of 7AM Eastern, the liberals picked up around 35 seats in the House of Representatives. Conversely, the liberals lost ground in the very important Senate.

By virtue of the fact that the Democrats have won the House we can count on at least one impeachment of Trump attempt in the next two years. Certainly, the economic reforms achieved by Trump over the last two years which have resulted in record low unemployment levels for Blacks, Latinos and women will be somewhat negated by Democrats with an agenda which does not include the economic welfare of their constituents. In short, the political process will be thrown into abject chaos.

The Republicans Retain the Senate

If Trump is re-elected in 2020, he has the ability to flip the Supreme Court to a 7-2 conservative majority. This can negate future extreme legislation b...


Native America Women Elected to Congress OpEdNews

In Kansas, Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation tribe, and Laguna Pueblo tribe member Deb Haaland in New Mexico became the first two Native Americans elected to Congress.


War On Dissent: Shrinking Space For Protest In The UK PopularResistance.Org

The Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) campaigns against police surveillance and the regular smearing of activists and groups as domestic extremists. Writing in 2016, Netpol observed that the government and the police in Britain are in a permanent state of war. This war is fought on a number of fronts apart from the never-ending war on terror, there are also wars on drugs, on urban black youth, on migrants and on alleged extremism, particularly but not exclusively targeting Muslim communities. Every battle, we argued, requires an enemy and these wars are no exception. Not least among those perceived enemies are the political dissenters...


Thank you for standing up for decent work! Workers Action Centre

The 7th annual Workers Bowl fundraiser wrapped up successfully this past Saturday. Many friends and allies, old and new, came out committed to raising money for programs to support workers in precarious employment. Thank you for raising money that will be used in our leadership education and training programs, as well as internships at the Workers Action Centre. If you didnt get the chance, the Workers Bowl is still open for donations until Friday, November 16. (Tax receipts are available for donations of $10 or more.) You can also help us get the word out to your networks about our awesome decent work leaders like Linda.

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Since Linda graduated from our leadership program, she has become a strong defender of workers rights. As a former daycare worker, she has experienced precarious work, including low wages, safety concerns, lack of benefits, and no paid sick days. When children came in with contagious illnesses because their parents couldnt stay home with them, Linda got sick, too. That meant paying out of her own pocket for medicine while having to stay home without pay. Eventually, she was injured at work, and did not receive compensation from her employer. Not long after, Linda attended a workers...


A.I. Lie Detectors Being Tested To Replace Human Border Guards Activist Post

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Muslims, Socialists, Refugee win seats in Congress OpEdNews

It was an election night full of historic - or HER-storic - firsts for women. Two women became the first Muslims elected to Congress, Minnesota's Ilhan Omar and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib.


If A Pretrial A.I. Risk Assessment Tool Does Not Satisfy These Criteria, It Needs to Stay Out of the Courtroom Activist Post

By Hayley Tsukayama and Jamie Williams Algorithms should not decide who spends time in a California jail. But thats exactly what will happen under S.B....


Trumps Republicans Beat Historical Average for Midterm Elections Alternative News Network

Trumps Republicans Beat Historical Average for Midterm Elections

Over the past 28 midterm elections since 1906, the presidents party lost about 30 House seats and 4 Senate seats on average.

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Mixed Bag Midterms: Democrats Take House by Slim Margin, Republicans Increase Lead in Senate, 2020 Beckons 21st Century Wire

Undoubtedly, 2018 saw one of the most hotly contested Midterm contests in living memory. As the final returns trickled in this morning, it seems that check and balances have returned to Washington, sort of.

The results are now in. As many pollsters had predicted, the Democratic Party succeeded in flipping the House, regaining control after eight years on the outer rim. In the upper chamber, the Republicans were able to expand their Senate majority lead. What will it mean going forward?

After sifting through the remains of this heated Midterm battle, here are the key domestic takeaways points thus far

Democratic win in the House dealt a major blow to President Trumps legislative agenda going forward, although their majority is very thin with less than 30 seat advantage meaning they will still struggle to pass measures on even a basic majority. In a nutshell: expect lots of gridlock.

The Republican result in the Senate means that Trump will have a clearer path to confirming any political and Cabinet appointees, as well as any Supreme Court Justices, should any more vacant seats become available during the remainder of the current term.

For months the Democrats were hyping a blue tsunami which was downgraded to a ripple, largely in thanks to Trump himself. Nearly all of the seats for which president Trump stumped for on his nationwide whistle-stop tour went red, while nearly GOP runners who opposed Trump ended up losing their bids indicating an marked increase in the Trump factor. This is result will be duly noted looking forward into 2020 GOP races. This also bodes well for Trump erecting a full GOP tent in his reelection bid.

The Democrats lost in their marquee Senate effort, a race which attracted more national attention than any other race, between GOP incumbent Ted Cruz and his bilingual skateboarding challenger, Beto ORourke. Cruz...


Van Jones on Election Results: My Heart is Breaking! Alternative News Network

Van Jones on Election Results: My Heart is Breaking!

Its not a blue wave but its still a blue war. Weve gotta continue the fight forward.

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The Weakest Link in Georgias Election System WhoWhatWhy

Hundreds of voters in Snellville, Georgia, a city in southern Gwinnett County whose population is more than 50 percent minority, wound up standing in line up to four hours, eight times as long as the 30-minute maximum wait a presidential commission recommended.

The delay was caused by a problem involving what one computer expert called the weakest link in Georgias elections system.

The problem concerned the electronic pollbooks at the Annistown Elementary polling site in Snellville. Cards inserted into the machines helped poll workers confirm the identity of voters but they failed to function when polls opened at 7:00 AM.

Poll workers wound up having to bring in voter cards and electronic pollbooks from another precinct, creating delays of four hours or more for those voters who remained in line.

An untold number of voters left the site, unable to cast ballots. A judge extended the closing time to 9:25 PM.

Others who stayed in line asked poll workers if they could vote on paper ballots, only to find that the workers werent sure of the difference between paper ballots and provisional ballots, which are generally reserved for cases where voters cannot immediately confirm their identities.

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Gabe Okoye Democratic Party chairman for Gwinnett, the states most diverse county and second in population, with 920,000-plus re...


6 Questions About The Huge CIA Blunder That Allowed Enemies To Kill 70 U.S. Spies The Federalist

More than 70 foreign nationals working as spies for the CIA in Iran and China were systematically identified and slaughtered in the past decade, thanks to agency negligence.


Birthright Citizenship Is An Open Legal Question Americans Should Decide The Federalist

Does the 14th Amendment mandate that the children born of illegal immigrants and birth tourists are automatically American citizens? The answer is not as obvious as has been suggested in the press.


President Trump Should End The Failed Afghanistan War And Bring Our Troops Home The Federalist

The war in Afghanistan is over. If our aim was to reshape Afghanistan as a modern civilized liberal democracy, we lost.


Without Early Racist Laws, There Might Be No Birthright Citizenship In The U.S. The Federalist

How the story of Wong Kim Ark helped to establish birthright citizenship for Chinese immigrants and break down legal hurdles for other Chinese newcomers.


Yes, President Trump Should Replace Jeff Sessions With Janice Rogers Brown The Federalist

Why the former California Supreme Court justice and D.C. circuit judge would be a natural choice in the Trump administration.


After Three Big Wins, Scott Walker Loses Re-Election The Federalist

After three hotly contested elections that gained him national attention, Scott Walker is on his way out the door in Wisconsin.


If His Hologram Tour Piques Your Interest, Watch This Roy Orbison Special The Federalist

Filmed in 1987, 'Black and White Night' is your best introduction to Roy Orbison.


Revisiting DS9, Ep. 7: Can A Person Who Didnt Do It Still Be Prosecuted For Murder? The Federalist

The episode is part courtroom drama, part Appalachian murder ballad, and all in all a fairly enjoyable episode.


Travel grants for Volvox 2019 Freethought Blogs

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The Fifth International Volvox Conference will be July 26-29, 2019 at the University of Tokyo Hongo campus. For past meetings, generous support from organizations such as the American Genetic Association, the Company of Biologists, Wellcome Trust, and the Phycological Society of America has allowed the organizing committee to award travel fellowships to students and postdocs. Its not yet clear if that will be the case for next years meeting.

Stephanie Hhn has helpfully put together a list of outside travel grants available to students and/or postdocs, along with their deadlines and membership requirements:

If you are planning to go, and especially if youll be traveling from outside of Japan, it would be a good idea to start putting together your applications now. Even if the committee is able to provide travel fellowships this time, it doesnt seem likely that theyll cover the whole cost of travel from t...


Did Nancy Pelosi Swallow The Red Pill & Republicans Philosophically Win The Midterms? Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who probably will become the next Speaker of the House in the new Congress starting in January 2019,...


NANCY? Pelosi urges cheers for pre-existing conditions, breaks into awkward victory dance Alternative News Network

NANCY? Pelosi urges cheers for pre-existing conditions, breaks into awkward victory dance

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Insanity: Florida Votes to Restore Voting Rights to Estimated 1.4 Million Felons Alternative News Network

Insanity: Florida Votes to Restore Voting Rights to Estimated 1.4 Million Felons

Republicans must have not realized this is handing Democrats potentially over a hundred thousand or more votes.



Blue wave fizzles Republicans keep the Senate; celebrity Democrat candidates in near-universal failure Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show


Huge points from the mid-term elections that took place tonight:

  • Republicans not only defended their majority in the U.S. Senate; they flipped several seats to the GOP and expanded their Senate majority.
  • This matters because the U.S. Senate confirms all judicial and Supreme Court appointments.
  • Democrats have seized control of the House of Representatives, buoyed by two years of extreme censorship by the tech giants and a never-ending wave of fake news from the left-wing media.
  • This matters because it gives Democrats subpoena power to investigate the Trump administration and initiate impeachment proceedings. However, as the deep state has proven over the last two years, subpoenas from the House can simply be ignored by everyone because the House has no power to make arrests or initiate DOJ prosecutions.
  • All the Democrat superstar candidates such as Beto and Gillum went down in flames, burning through $100+ million in Democrat cash that had poured into local elections from across the country.
  • Other big losers tonight are the Hollywood celebrities who resorted to stripping naked to beg for Democrat votes. The ploy was widely rejected, for good reason.
  • There were widespread reports of fraudulent voting from Democrats, with non-citizens being openly encouraged to vote across Texas, as revealed in a late-dropping Project Veritas video that should spur Texas Attorney General investigations.

Bottom line? Democrats will run the House for two years, beginning January of 2019. This will actually prime the American people to come out in droves and vote against the left-wing lunacy in 2020, when President Trump will be back on the ticket. Events are lining up right now for a sweeping GOP victory in 2020.

Bottom line? No blue wave. More like blue hallucinations and propaganda.



The Beauty Contest: How Cities are Shaped by What We Think Others Think (Part Two) Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Were bringing you something a little outside our usual box this week.

Erica Barnett, a Seattle-based journalist, and Ben Klemens, a Washington, D.C.-based economist and author, are working on a book about how economic and game-theory principles can help explain sociocultural phenomena. In this, the second of two guest posts, they use a computer-generated model to examine how a much-discussed urban phenomenongentrificationis best understood neither as top-down conspiracy nor as the inexorable consequence of supply-and-demand math, but rather as a social phenomenon profoundly affected by the question of what people think other people think about a neighborhood: a phenomenon called the Beauty Contest.

Click here to read part one.

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we talked about how gentrification can spread via signals, using an intersection in Seattles rapidly changing Central District neighborhood as an example. In Part 2, we broaden our approach, using computer simulations to demonstrate how a signala store that draws customers from around the city, or a third-wave coffee shopcan lead to gentrification even in the absence of overt preferences or bias, or conscious beliefs about property values in an areaand how changes in house prices can actually be more dramatic in the absence of these kinds of overt beliefs.

To demonstrate how this can happen, well use two computer simulations that show house sales over time, one with conscious preferences, and one without.

These simulations take place in a town we'll call Squareville, where houses are neatly laid out on a grid. When Squareville was built, all the houses were identical, so each buyer bought a house from the builders for $100. Every year, ten houses go up for sale, and there are always three bidders on every house. Bidders' bids are a bell curve centered on the average of the last sale price of the surrounding houses.

In Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire, a poet suffers great angst when the house next door is rented to a migrant from the fictitious country of Zembla. So in our first simulation, lets move some Zemblans into a block of Northeas...


Americas public education COLLAPSING as 2018 student test scores the worst in history Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

By Lance D Johnson

Eight years after adopting Bill Gates common core indoctrination standards, the public education system is reporting the lowest test scores for college readiness. According to the ACTs annual report, average test scores for mathematics plummeted to their lowest level in two decades. The report, Condition of College and Career Readiness 2018, warned that readiness in English is at its lowest since the ACT standards were introduced. In 2015, readiness for English was 46 percent; just three years later, readiness had fallen to just 40 percent. Readiness in reading fell to 46 percent , and science readiness remained the most problematic for graduates, dropping to 36 percent.

Math scores continue to fall to historically low levels
Most shocking, U.S. high school graduates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia recorded their lowest math scores in twenty years. According to the ACT College Readiness Benchmark in mathematics, only 40 percent of 2018 graduates are ready for a college level algebra class. Math scores have been plummeting in recent years. In 2012, American students scored 21.1. Last year the average score was 20.7. This year, students scored a meager 20.5.

ACT CEO Marten Roorda is deeply concerned about this negative trend in mathematics. She calls the drop-off in test scores a red flag for our country especially in a tech-driven global job market where math and science are vitally important to success.

The ACT isnt harder than it once was. This curriculum-based achievement test surveys schools and determines what is important for success in a first year college course. The ACT measures the academic skills that are most important for success after high school.

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The Bad Guys Are Winning-A New Strategy Is Needed Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Globalism is engulfing the planet like a stage 4 cancer. It is evil, satanic and threatens the welfare of every conservative American. The Dummycrats have taken over the House. A new strategy is needed if the Republic is to survive.


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Mastercard Joins Soros In Sponsoring Terrorists Entering the United States Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

The globalist corporations are not even hiding their seething anti-American bias and disdain for the rule of law.

In an amazing admission of guilt, Mastercard has partnered with George Soros to provide material aid to the migrant invasion wave preparing to breach the territorial integrity of the United States.

No reasonable person is opposed to humanitarian aid for people in distress. However, we are not talking about legitimate refugees. Even the MSM is reporting that the people behind the strategically placed women and children are terrorists as they belong to groups such as ISIS, MS-13 et al. And now we see Mastercard joining international criminal George Soros in supporting these terrorists. And why exactly did Fox News ban Chris Farrell for daring to bring up the name of George Soros as being supportive of the migrant wave?

The scissors came out today as we cut up our Mastercards.

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Yesterday's Vote Virtual Mirage

My thoughts on the mid-term election run in this direction:

A democrat controlled House of Representatives will put the brakes on the economy and America will get what it yearns for - nothing of any value.


King Zwelithini Unites Cultures at the Diwali Celebration in South Africa Guardian Liberty Voice

King Zwelithini has called on the nation to unite and accept cultures of different racial groups. King of Amazulu, Goofwill Zwelithini, says hosting the Diwali celebrations at his Osuthu palace at KwaNongoma in northern KwaZulu-Natal should be seen as an attempt to forge unity and love amongst different races. The monarch hosted the Indian religious []


General Dunford: US Troops Wont Deny Migrant Caravan Entry to America The Anti-Media

Migrant Caravan(ANTIWAR.COM)  Speaking at Duke University on the thousands of ground troops sent to the US border with Mexico, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford insisted that there are no plans for the troops to ever come in contact with the migrant caravan. Dunford says the troops, which could number as many as 15,000 according to []


The surprising link between magnesium and brain health Alternative News Network

The surprising link between magnesium and brain health

(Natural News) Many of the health problems facing us to...


Former Paul Ryan Staffer Defeats The Iron Stache In Wisconsin House Race The Federalist

Some Democrats ardently believe authentic, unapologetic progressivism is more appealing to voters than feigned or sincere centrism. That tactic failed in this case.


Republicans Ron DeSantis, Rick Scott Win Big In Florida The Federalist

Republican candidate Ron DeSantis has defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum to become the next governor of Florida.


Republican Josh Hawley To Become U.S. Senator, Beating Claire McCaskill The Federalist

Republican candidate Josh Hawley defeated Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill to become a U.S. senator for Missouri Tuesday.


Pwning Targets Through Social Engineering at DEFCON UNICORN RIOT

Las Vegas, NV Social engineering (SE) is defined as any act that influences a person to take an action that may or may not be in their best interest, according to the website The art of social engineering can be used for a

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Take Indian kudzu if youre diabetic: It keeps your kidneys healthy Alternative News Network

Take Indian kudzu if youre diabetic: It keeps your kidneys healthy

(Natural News) Diabetics who are worried about their kidneys may want to start taking Indian kudzu (Pueraria tuberosa). The tubers of the Indian medicinal herb contain plenty of natural antioxidants that can protect those vital organs from diabetic nephropathy. One of the serious complications that...


Herbal additives such as cumin oil found to increase shelf life of fresh fish fillets Alternative News Network

Herbal additives such as cumin oil found to increase shelf life of fresh fish fillets

(Natural News) Researchers from Firat University in Turkey have uncovered yet another use f...



Watch: Infowars Army Invades The 3D World Of Austin, Texas, For Midterm Elections Alternative News Network

Watch: Infowars Army Invades The 3D World Of Austin, Texas, For Midterm Elections

See patriots bring the information war to the streets as they display signs from a major highway overpass.

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Beto ORourke Loses To Ted Cruz In Texas Senate Race The Federalist

O'Rourke's loss should put to rest the notion that a left-wing progressive can win in deep-red Texas without compromising on key issues.


Democrat Tammy Baldwin Re-Elected To Senate In Wisconsin The Federalist

Democratic Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin won a second term Tuesday, defeating Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir.


Florida Election Brings High Turnout, Some Voting Snags Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Turnout strained election locations across the state but did not appear to overwhelm them. Voters experienced a smattering of problems throughout the state, including issues with voting machines and unnecessary provisional ballot use.


The Consequences of the Trump Debate over U.S. Citizenship OpEdNews

National ignorance about American citizenship is the result of our apartheid system of public schools.


Missouri Changed Voter ID Requirements, Citing Confusion. Yet on Election Day, There Was Confusion. Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Voters in Missouri faced confused poll workers as they went to vote on Tuesday, with many reporting they were turned away for not having valid photo identification. The confusion was a result of an October court ruling that allowed Missourians to cast ballots with a range of forms of identification.

Taylor Fritz, 25, brought the voter registration card mailed to him by the state to cast a ballot at his polling station, the Legacy Park Community Center in Lees Summit. But poll workers there told him the card was not an acceptable form of ID, even though a state website specifically says it is. There was even a poster in the gymnasium where he cast a ballot that stated registration cards were acceptable, Fritz said.

Lucky for me I was able to show my valid state issued ID, Fritz, an insurance broker, said in an interview. The problem is not everyone has a state ID like me.

Kristen Mitchell, a retired 51-year-old, had a similar experience when she went to vote in Dallas County, in southwest Missouri. She said she saw signs at the polls telling people photo ID was required to vote. Poll workers, she said, told voters they had to have photo ID to cast ballots, and refused to take down the erroneous signs.

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Sen. Joe Manchin Snags Re-Election Victory In West Virginia The Federalist

Sen. Joe Manchin has snagged a re-election victory in West Virginia, beating Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.


Mutts Cantina in Texas Offers Dream Job Petting Puppies for $100 Per Hour Guardian Liberty Voice

Job hunting can be a stressful endeavor, but when a posting comes along that seems like a perfect fit, it is important to jump on the opportunity as quickly as possible. For animal lovers, veterinarian offices and zoos might seem like the obvious choice for a job, but one company is turning that idea upside []


ABC News Calls Indiana Senate Race For Republican Over Democrat Incumbent The Federalist

Since Mike Braun is a relative newcomer with little political record, his upset against Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly can be fairly chalked up to President Donald Trump.


What Went Wrong at New York City Polling Places? It Was Something in the Air. Literally. Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

The post-mortem on what went wrong at polling places across New York City on Election Day wont be done for days, if not weeks. Across the city from Brooklyn to Manhattan to the Bronx ballot scanners jammed and malfunctioned, sowing chaos at polling places.

But preliminarily, it looks like one of those rare occasions where election officials can plausibly blame the weather, at least in part.

The five boroughs saw unusually high precipitation on Tuesday with nearly 100 percent humidity, as New Yorkers trudged through the rain to cast their ballots.

Those are not exactly perfect conditions for the DS200, the widely used ballot scanner manufactured by Nebraska-based ES&S. According to its technical documents, the scanner becomes downright uncomfortable when the weather turns sweaty.

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Although it can be stored in more humid conditions, the machine is tested to operate at a relative humidity between 10 and 50 percent, according to a bid document ES&S provided to the state of Michigan last year. In a technical manual provided to Georgia in August, the company recommends storing the ballots t...


Republican Marsha Blackburn Wins Tennessee Senate Race, Beating Democrat Phil Bredesen The Federalist

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a conservative Republican congresswoman, was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday night, defeating former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in a hotly contested race in Tennessee.


Homophobe Kim Davis loses her re-election bid Freethought Blogs

Kim Davis is the rancid homophobic clerk of a county in Kentucky who shot to fame because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even after the US Supreme Court ruled that all bans on such marriages were unconstitutional. She has been defeated in her effort to retain the office that she seems to regard as a family sinecure, having taken it over from her mother who hired her to work in the office. She has lost to a Democrat. Her replacement is by no means a great friend of the LGBT community but he has promised to enforce the law equally.

This is not a major election, just a small one in a backwater. But the defeat of the awful Davis pleases me a great deal.


10 Times Anti-Nazi Youth Fought Against Hitler True Activist


Nazi Germany was an incredibly dark time in world history. While for a time, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler was able to bring an entire world to its knees, there were still quite a few people that were not hypnotized by his anti-Semitic ways and white supremacist promises. And although there were many adults on the side of the resistance, there were also quite a few youthful citizens who chose to fight the good fight, right alongside the members of adult opposition.

See 10 young people who refused to abide by Hitlers laws, and how they managed to bring some of the truth right up to the surface.


These Voters Had to Wait for Hours: It Felt Like a Type of Disenfranchisement Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Melanie Taylor arrived at her polling place in a Charleston, South Carolina, church at 7:30 a.m., only to find more than 100 people in line ahead of her. Some of them had already been waiting since 6:15. The voting site was using a computerized login for the first time, and the system was down.

After 45 minutes, with the line still out the door, Taylor had to give up and leave for work. (She leads a social work program.) Shes planning to try again later and has been monitoring the wait times through a neighborhood Facebook group. The news was not encouraging.

It felt like a type of disenfranchisement, even though there wasnt any violation of voting rights, Taylor said. The wait has been all day three hours or more, which is ridiculous.

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Across the country, Americans like Taylor have had their enthusiasm to vote tested by problems at polling places. There have been long lines owing to surging turnout, a shortage of voting machines, a shortage of ballots or computer malfunctions. Some voters said they stuck it out for as long as five hours.

But not everyone has five hours. An estimated 500,000 eligible voters didn...


Roger Stone Predicts Election Results Alternative News Network

Roger Stone Predicts Election Results

Find out what could be in store for Americas future.

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BUSTED! Dem Candidates Caught Electioneering Within 100 Feet of Polling Location Alternative News Network

BUSTED! Dem Candidates Caught Electioneering Within 100 Feet of Polling Location

Its illegal to campaign within 100 feet of a voting location

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Voters Get Texts With Incorrect Election Information Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Text messages received by a slew of voters from organizations like, EveryTown for Gun Safety and TurboVote reportedly included incomplete or incorrect information on where and when to vote.


We Must Go On The Total Offense (EVERYBODY) Or We Are Done! Alternative News Network

We Must Go On The Total Offense (EVERYBODY) Or We Are Done!

The world is going through a nationalist revolution and the global elite are terrified.

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Breaking News: Georgia Voters Seek Restraining Order Against Kemp WhoWhatWhy

A group of Georgia voters is seeking a restraining order against Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp. Their goal is to prevent Kemp, who currently serves as Georgias secretary of state, from declaring the winner of todays election and from being involved in any recounts or runoffs.

Because Defendant Kemp has already demonstrated extreme actual bias in the performance of his official duties, allowing him to determine the winners of Georgias 2018 general election would violate Plaintiffs federal constitutional rights to an unbiased decisionmaker, to political association, and to have their votes counted equally and accurately, the plaintiffs charge in a memorandum of law in support of their motion for a temporary restraining order.

Kemp came under fire this weekend following the release of a controversial statement to the press in which he accused the Democratic Party of Georgia of trying to hack a voter registration system. WhoWhatWhys exclusive reporting on the issue, including a story published before Kemps statement was released, indicates that the secretary of states office put a highly misleading spin on what had truly happened.

WhoWhatWhys story, which was included in the memorandum as evidence, shows that computer security experts consulted by the Democrats after the discovery of two vulnerabilities in the voter registration system came to their attention had warned the secretary of state that hackers could wreak havoc on Election Day. Though none of the experts probed the security flaws that would be illegal it is extremely likely that bad actors could have easily gained access to voter information. Then they could have used the information gathered to alter voter registrations en masse, an action that would potentially compromise the entire election.

Instead of quickly and quietly patching the system, Kemps office engaged in a ...



Judge Orders Polling Locations in Texas County Remain Open Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

A state district judge ordered Harris County to operate nine polling locations until 8 p.m., an hour after they were scheduled to close. The polling sites experienced issues with technology or were delayed in opening Tuesday morning.


Video: Hillary Clinton Declares Blue Wave Win For Party She Destroyed Alternative News Network

Video: Hillary Clinton Declares Blue Wave Win For Party She Destroyed

She was also supposed to defeat Trump, so dont hold your breath waiting for a Dem victory.

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Super Noses: Dogs Have Them! Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Health Editors Note: Probably by now you know that I love animals, like a lot! I love it when animals can be used for added purposes, other than to just hang as friends. We have been using dogs for their non-smell abilities (seeing eye, hearing assistance, service to open doors, etc, to calm during a []


Good source for following the election results tonight Freethought Blogs

For this election, two excellent news sources Democracy Now! and The Intercept are teaming up to provide live coverage starting at 7:00pm (Eastern Time). The program will be livestreamed here and here.

They will both be commercial-free.


Poll Worker in Missouri Asks If Voter Is a Member of the Caravan Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

After a voter supplied his passport as identification in Missouri, a poll worker asked, Are you a member of the caravan? The voter told HuffPost the exchange was bizarre. I have an American passport. What does that have to do with the caravan? he said.


Saudi Journalist Tortured to Death in Prison The Anti-Media

Saudi Journalist(MEMO)  Saudi journalist and writer Turki Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Jasser has died after being tortured while in detention, the New Khaleej reported yesterday. Reporting human rights sources, the news site said that Al-Jasser was arrested and tortured to death after Saudi authorities claimed he administered the Twitter account Kashkool, which disclosed rights violations committed by the Saudi authorities and []


TRUTH JIHAD: Trump vs. Soros: Everything you know is wrong! Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Support Truth Jihad Radio on Patreon  Hey Trump fans! Before you vote or cheer for for Republicans in the midterms, do some homework on the respective careers of Donald Trump and George Soros. Yes, one of them isworking for the, er, elders of Zionbut which one? Veterans Today editor Ian Greenhalgh argues (and I dont []


Georgia Polling Location to Stay Open Later After Machine Issues Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

The Annistown Elementary School precinct near Snellville, Georgia, will remain open until 7:25 p.m. after opening late and experiencing issues with its voting machines.


Zionist Organization of America gives John Bolton Defender of Israel award Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Editors note:  Some call it treason. JTA: National security advisor John Bolton at a media briefing during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, September 24, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) US National Security Adviser John Bolton was presented with the Defender of Israel Award at the Zionist Organization of Americas annual Brandeis Award []


Triumph the Insult Comic Dog goes to Texas Freethought Blogs

While there he talks to Beto ORourke and Ted Cruz and their respective supporters. ORourke had the good sense to play it straight but Cruz does not seem to realize that when you try to trade sharp barbs with a comedian, you will always lose because comedians deal with hecklers all the time. This is especially the case when your interviewer has the name Insult but Cruz tries anyway and gets drubbed. That happens at the 9:00 mark.


Midterm Scoreboard Reveals Massive Influence of Pro-Israel PACs on Congressional Candidates Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

by Kathryn Shihadah and Alison Weir A detailed scoreboard on candidates for the Senate and House of Representatives shows that 28 pro-Israel PACs and numerous pro-Israel individuals have given candidates millions of dollars in campaign contributions. The scoreboard presents 29 bills and resolutions that were introduced on behalf of Israel. 20 passed into law or on-record statement, many by []


Report Back from NC Prison Striker: Seg for 6 Months for Protesting It's Going Down

The post Report Back from NC Prison Striker: Seg for 6 Months for Protesting appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following was written by a prisoner in North Carolina and was transcribed comrades in the Atlanta Anarchist Black Cross. It details repression following the National Prison Strike. 

I just received your newsletter today. Thank you. But Im no longer at Hyde. I was moved to Bertie, for my role in being one of the three people who organized the protest at Hyde Correctional in Swan Quarter, NC with outside parties organized by John Roberts.

I saw a article yall had wrote about the four inmates being held in segregation. I am one of those four, and I only know of two others. Because they were with me at Hyde to organize and participate in the peaceful protest. Our names as followed: Todd Martin, Randy Watterson, and myself Jace Buras. The protest which was peaceful, was supposed to start on August 21st 2018. I told T&R and John that it would be better to do it on August 20th 2018 so the police, if got wind of it, would still believe it was on the 21st. On the day of August 20th, around 1 p.m. five or more cars pulled into Hydes parking lot, and out came many protesters. They were marching, blowing trumpets, beating drums, videotaping everything. All the while inmates hung up self-made banners saying In Solidarity, Better Food, Better Wages. Simple heartfelt messages asking to be treated as human beings and not slaves & animals. While the peaceful protest went on, prison guards had their weapons pointed at us and the outside protesters.

In order to get the 400-plus inmates to no longer protest and cause friction inside the prison, they closed the yard and put Hyde on lockdown. To which in spirit of the protest, everyone went peacefully inside. Many men, some with no release date under NCs structured sentencing law, had tears in their eyes. Why? Because it showed to them that there are people who still believe in them and want them to be free and productive members of society. Which is all of us what. Even under such harsh sentencing, we just want a second chance and to be viewed as men, not convicts. After the prison shut down, days later I was put in the hole for backlog and pending investigation. The following day so was Todd and Randy. We three went on a hunger strike starting that day. The following Monday we were shipped away from Hyde. I was moved to Bertie, and have no clue where Todd and Randy went. For my understanding they were and still are in segregation.

I myself was placed on ICON for 180 days, which is long-term isolation, my release date was pushed to February of next year, and I was labeled srg level 3 for a non gang infraction. To this, I stand prou...


We Need To Talk About Louis C.K.s Unreleased Movie, I Love You, Daddy The Federalist

After viewing the nearly impossible to find movie, the Federalist Radio Hour discusses the questions about sexual power imbalances raised by Louis C.K.


Money Well-spent To Find Rats Should Not Use Cell Phones Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich The recent NTP (National Toxicology Program) study confirmed rats exposed to microwave RFR (radiofrequency radiation) emitted by 2G and 3G broadbandnot...


Life in prison for a Palestinian in Austria Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

  by Wilhelm Langthaler In the spring of 2018, a young Palestinian from Gaza was charged for terrorism and sentenced to life imprisonment by a jury at a local court in Krems, Austria. The sparse media reports indicate that the alleged terror attack, which did not actually happen, was intended to be carried out in []


Purged Voters' "Provisional" Ballots Could Decide Georgia Governor Race OpEdNews

"Federal judges may feel differently about Kemp's right not to count these provisional ballots," says Jeanne Mirer, lead attorney on the lawsuit filed against Kemp in October. If the court determines that Kemp misused his power as Georgia's "Purge'n General" it could order that those provisional votes be counted.


From Embers: New Content in October 2018 It's Going Down

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From Embers is a regular anarchist podcast produced in Kingston, Ontario. We produce a few episodes a month about actions and projects going on in so-called Canada that inspire us, or about topics that we think will be relevant to anarchists living north of the border. We are a proud member of the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network.

Our host radio station CFRC is currently in the midst of our annual funding drive. On Wednesday November 7th from 8-9pm EST, we will be doing a special live broadcast and sharing some of our favourite clips since the podcast launched this past May. Tune in to 101.9FM in the Kingston area or online at and throw the station a few bucks if you got em.

Usually we produce three original episodes each month. We had an interview fall through so only put out two this month. They are:

October 3rd: Contesting Canadas Game

A conversation with podcaster and anarchist organizer Aaron Lakoff about his new podcast Changing On The Fly. We talk about sports and anarchy, the intersections between hockey and radical politics, and what to do about Canadian nationalism.

October 19th: Schoolhouse Squat and DisconTent City

Organizers with Alliance Against Displacement share stories about the Schoolhouse Squat as well as DisconTent City and a few other tent cities on unceded Coast Salish territories. We talk about the context of the housing crisis, how homeless indigenous and w...


An Anarchist Response to Harm-Reduction Voting It's Going Down

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Anarchist musings on the election and the idea of harm reduction voting. Written by Nani Ferreira-Mathews.

I dont vote. Shame me wildly and publicly.

Its midterm elections. If you havent heard about it yet, you are fast asleep at the wheel of the sinking ship that is US society. Its a gubernatorial race in Maryland and there are more signs plastered around Baltimore City that read Vote Democrat than there are for the actual candidates for Governor. Once again, the Democrats are begging for party-pride on whats been deemed another vital midterm election. Its politics as usual, but in the age of Trump, more and more radical voices are joining in.

As this years midterm election approaches, even anarchists are heading to the polls, and many are doing so thanks to the logic of harm-reduction voting, which is the latest rebranding of lesser-evil voting.. Separate from electoral concerns, the harm-reduction philosophy has roots in the social justice movement for the rights of drug users. One of the movements main principles is the understanding that while drug-use is dangerous, it is inevitable, and that there are some ways of using drugs that are safer than others. Needle exchanges are an example of harm-reduction in practice. In line with this principle, some voters are choosing to enact their limited power in a an oppressive system by voting for the candidates they hope are least likely to fuck up the world.

I think most people would agree without much of a fight that so-called representative democracy in the US is a filthy oligarchy owned and operated by corporate/political interest lobbyists who somewhere at some point, paid for or manipulated your squeaky-clean candidate.

Actually, there might be some fighting from Bernie fans on this, but hear me out. On April 27, 2017, he and every senator signed a letter to the UN demanding an end to anti-Israel bias at the United Nations. That letter was sponsored by AIPAC, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and demanded that the United Nations eliminate any committee that had any affiliation with the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, a non-violent Palestinian-led peace movement started in 2005 with the goal of ending international support of Israels oppression of Palestinians.

Yeah, even your boy Bernie cave...


Beto O'Rourke Is an Antidote to Donald Trump's Bigotry OpEdNews

Just hours after Donald Trump played the cruelest card of the 2018 midterm election season -- announcing that he would try to use an executive order to overturn the constitutional guarantee that people born in the United States are US citizens -- Beto O'Rourke called the president out for again injecting bigotry into American politics.


Georgia Voters Face Hourslong Waits as State Scrambles to Accommodate Turnout Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Poll workers in Georgia appear to have been unprepared for the waves of voters who turned out on Tuesday. Officials were scrambling to bring additional equipment to the polls and to field calls from frustrated voters forced to wait in line for hours across the state. Meanwhile, some who called county officials got busy signals or reached voicemail boxes for election offices that were full.

We are very fortunate that Georgia has robust early voting, because without that we can only imagine how hard the problems would be today, said David Becker, the executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research.

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Voter Linda Marshall said she spent two hours trying to vote at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. Marshall said she registered to vote after moving to Atlanta, but the manager at the polling place said she wasnt in the system. He refused to give her a provisional ballot, and the phone numbers he told her to call were disconnected. Fulton County did not respond to a request for comment about Marshalls experience.

After leaving, Marshall calle...


79,784 Requested Mail-In Ballots Have Not Been Counted in Georgia WhoWhatWhy

When polls opened on Election Day, 79,784 Georgians who requested an absentee, mail-in ballot had not returned their ballot and have not voted early. WhoWhatWhys exclusive reporting allows those voters to check the status of their votes while theres just enough time to still get to the polls.

Among all voters who have been issued a ballot but have not yet voted, 44.1 percent are black, 36.6 percent are white, and 5.4 percent are Asian or Pacific Islander.

Of that total, 2,630 mail-in ballots have been rejected often for minor technical issues and the affected voters have not yet been able to cast a new ballot.

It is vitally important to note that not all Georgia counties report their ballot rejection rates to the state. Only 102 of 159 counties have reported any rejections at all as of Monday night, and there is no guarantee that those counties have reported all of the rejections.

The problem of counties rejecting mail-in ballots may be and almost certainly is much worse than we know.


Houston Poll Worker Hurls Racist Remarks, Faces Criminal Charge Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

A poll worker in Houston, Texas, was relieved of her duties and escorted from the polling location after hurling racist comments and bumping into a voter. She now faces a criminal assault charge.


Ancient Egyptians Used Ramps to Build Pyramids WhoWhatWhy

Robert Bowers and That Whole Cultural Marxism Thing (Chris)

Much like that of beef enthusiast Jordan Peterson and Brazilian fascist Jair Bolsonaro, the worldview of accused gunman Robert Bowers is informed by a particular bit of racist hogwash  one previously propagated by (among others) Anders Breivik, the Gamergate set, and Arthur J. Jones.

How the Tree of Life Shooting Exposed Rifts Between Isrealis and US Jews (Dan)

Discussion of the recent shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue has exposed differences of opinion between Isreaelis and American Jews on Anti-Semitism, Judaism, and how Jews are viewed in the world.

The Democrats Deep Pockets (Dan)

Republicans are not the only party of wealthy donors. This article details the money funding Democratic candidates in the midterms.

Iowa Rep. Steve King Says He Hopes Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor and Kagan Will Elope to Cuba (Reader Steve)

The author writes, Kings remarks come less than a week after he was rebuked by Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, over what Stivers described as Kings completely inappropriate comments about white nationalism.

International Election Monitor Admits Driving Drunk in US (Reader Steve)

The author writes, Ognjen Domuz, a 30-year-old citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, pleaded guilty Monday to driving under the influence after he was stopped early Saturday morning in Helena. He was fined $785 and ordered to be evaluated for chemical dependency, Helena municipal court officials said.

O.J. strategy: Lawyers Say Prosecutors Ask About Guilt to Cull Black Jurors (Reader Steve)

The author...


Chicago Election Officials Will Ask to Extend Poll Hours After Late Openings Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Several Chicago poll sites didnt open on time, so election officials are asking a judge to keep them open later. Also, some voters reported not receiving the second page of their ballots.


Glitch in Ohio County Incorrectly Marks Voters as Having Already Cast a Ballot Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

A computer glitch in Geauga County, Ohio, caused the voter registration check-in systems to incorrectly mark some voters as having already voted by absentee ballot. The countys election director said no voters were turned away because of the mistake.


The Ballots of Madison County Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Scanners in Madison County, Alabama, are having trouble reading ballots punched through too hard by voters and swollen by moisture, which could mean a hand count later. Neither issue is new to the county.



Despite Conflicting Messages, Cellphones Are Allowed in Nebraska Poll Booths Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Voters in Nebraska are allowed to use cellphones inside polling booths, reported the Omaha World-Herald after a voter alerted Electionland that a poll worker told her she could not vote if she was using a cellphone.


Propaganda is the art of overwhelming logic OpEdNews

The easiest way to defeat logic is through deficient education. Never teach logic. Ignore it. Instead, teach specific values. Teach anything except logic. Don't teach children how to spot contradictions. Propaganda is the art of overwhelming logic. It works, when the mind is unprepared.


When Voter Suppression Goes Local WhoWhatWhy

While most of the attention on voter suppression in Georgia has focused on the actions of Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the systematic disenfranchisement of African Americans in the state also takes place on a much smaller level where it is more difficult to detect.

WhoWhatWhy video editor Kate Walker traveled to Hancock County to tell the story of how a local election board dominated by whites sought to disenfranchise many African American voters in a majority-minority district.

This is the kind of thing you thought you would have seen in the 19th century or maybe before the passage of the Voting Rights Act, but it is going on to this day and in most cases out of the spotlight.

This is truly a must-see video.

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Disinformation Still Bedevils Midterm Voters WhoWhatWhy

As voters go to the polls today, disinformation campaigns are underway on social media.

During September and October, Twitter deleted 10,000 fake accounts that were encouraging people not to vote.

I hear ICE agents will be at poling [sic] stations on election day, looking to deport illegals trying to vote, one tweet from a since-banned account read.

Another tweet aimed to discourage Democratic men from voting because it would drown out female votes. Other efforts to discourage turnout included manipulated photos of long lines at polling places and false information about absentee ballot voting.

The tweets, which were designed to look like they came from Democrats, appeared to originate from within the United States.

Twitter did not initially catch the accounts and only deleted them after complaints from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Online voter suppression accusations cross party lines in the other direction as well, however. Facebook recently removed a controversial ad from the North Dakota Democratic-NPL (an affiliate of the Democratic Party)...


Nothing Can Be Done About Pastors Sign Near Florida Polling Place, Authorities Say Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

The Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office received dozens of complaints about a sign erected by a churchs pastor at a polling site that reads Dont vote for Democrats on Tuesday and sing Oh how I love Jesus on Sunday. The office says it cant be removed because it is on private property outside the 100-foot perimeter where campaigning isnt allowed.


Samantha Bee urges people to vote Freethought Blogs

I voted at about 10:00am today. While there were no lines, the polling place was busy and most of the booths were occupied. I met a friend there as she was leaving and she said that there was a line when she arrived. We both felt that the turnout was high for an off-presidential year election but what the means is anybodys guess, though since where we live is a pretty progressive area, a high turnout should be good for statewide offices and issues.


The Oil Price as Rope in A Tug-of-War Newsbud

Remember when the oil price shot up to an unprecedented level of nearly $150 a barrel a decade ago, right in the middle of the Global Financial Crisis?  Odd timing, huh?  How, during that general fiscal fear & mayhem, this manic run-up in price of the most important industrial commodity on earth forced you to []


THEY DIDNT VOTE Freethought Blogs

They arent even registered to vote yet!

I dont know about this, but I guess Ill forgive Knut and Ilianathis time.

Im not going to forgive you if you dont vote today, though.


A west tropical African plant analyzed to have strong antioxidant properties Alternative News Network

A west tropical African plant analyzed to have strong antioxidant properties

(Natural News) A study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that the parasol tree (Polyscias fulva) possesses strong antimicrobial and antiox...


It Took Six Months to Split Czechoslovakia. Why Should Brexit Take Six Years? Alternative News Network

It Took Six Months to Split Czechoslovakia. Why Should Brexit Take Six Years?

Let us not forget the fact that Czechoslovakia was also a currency union

The post It Took Six Months t...


Long Lines Test Voter Patience Across the Nation Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Voters reported waits of an hour and longer on Election Day in areas ranging from the Gulf coasts of Texas and Florida to parts of Missouri and South Carolina, up to Chicago, rural central Pennsylvania and New York City. Polling places opening late, voting machine outages, understaffing and sheer volume caused some voters to abandon the lengthy lines before casting their ballots.

In the Houston area, voters waited over half an hour for polls to open as staff struggled to get voting machinery online. Voters who were late for their jobs left polling places in Brooklyn as high turnout and downed ballot scanners led to waits of up to two hours.

While it is hard to know if the problems exceed usual Election Day hiccups, the issues in states that allow early voting, like Florida and Texas, are unexpected, said Michael McDonald, a political scientist at the University of Florida.

Behind the scenes, officials were addressing potential gaps in computer security. By noon Tuesday, several states reported to U.S. election-security officials that hackers tried to scan their computer systems for software vulnerabilities. Days before, a county clerks office said its email account was compromised and its messages forwarded to a private Gmail address, according to person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Although early voting in some states had outpaced 2014 and experts anticipated problems if that trend continued into Election Day the number of voters turning out at polling places on Tuesday caught many election administrators flatfooted.

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Security Guards Block Access to Polling Station inside a Gated Community in South Florida Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

A polling location was moved into a facility in a private community, and security guards demanded IDs from voters who turned up to cast their ballots.


Your Health, Social Security, and Safety Depend on Voting Democratic Today OpEdNews

Today's midterm elections are among the more fateful in recent American history, quite simply because there is a madman in the White House whom the Republican Senate and House have absolutely refused to rein in.


MESA: Arab NATO-like Alliance Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Iran has never started any war or sent its military forces out of its own borders for the last 400 years.


Midterm Paradox: Economic Trump vs. Twitter Trump 21st Century Wire

More than any other US Midterm Election in living memory, this contest is being billed as a referendum on the incumbent president, Donald J. Trump. At present, the country is polarized split right down the middle, but POTUS is making some unexpected inroads. With all of the negative campaigning though, few commentators are able to articulate why this is happening. 

Its a strange phenomenon, and like most things with this president, it defies conventional wisdom. Essentially, its a Tale of Two Trumps the deft Economic Trump, and the rancorous Twitter Trump. The majority of Republicans, and a surprisingly large number of Democrats, approve of Economic Trump, but overwhelmingly disapprove of Twitter Trump. This is the paradox of the 2018 Midterms.

While the Republicans make an obvious case for jobs and the economy, the Democratic Partys election strategy is more blunt: vote for us and well impeach Trump. No room for nuance there.

But here comes another paradox: 63 percent agree Trump is a bona fide disruptor of the Washington Swamp, and 55 percent credit him as delivering on his word   by enacting the policies on which he campaigned (see more poll numbers below). For conventional political punditry, these odd spreads and anomalies make this presidency one of the most difficult to pigeonhole, which is why CNN and other legacy media outlets have struggled with Trump ever since he announced he was running in 2015.

How will this translate into actual election votes? Traditionally, the answer to that question will come down to effort on the day, as respective parties hustle in getting their congregations out to vote. Some experts believe that the current binary will see Democrats wrestle control of the House, while the Republicans expand their margin in the Senate. According to The Hill, if the Republicans could sweep both Houses, it would be on the superior strength of Trumps economic and immigration policies. If the Democrats sweep both Houses, it would be out of shear grit and anger, and would also be a seminal moment in US political history.

Regardless of the result however, Trumps relatively unorthodox, neomercantilist approach to economic and trade policy is gaining traction. Traditionally, Americans tend to vote with their wallets and pocketbooks, which means if he can stay...


The Khashoggi Gambit Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Overthrowing secular regimes and replacing them with Muslim fanatics put Khashoggi squarely in the vanguard of Neoconservative foreign policy and his death at the hands of a Saudi death squad is a blow to their entire agenda. But it should be remembered that their agenda gained prominence in the first place as a result of a not so dissimilar atrocity leveled against an American Ambassador in 1979.


Stop Shaming People Who Dont Vote The Anti-Media

Don't VoteYou arent an abhorrent citizen failing to perform your civic duty if you abstain from voting. (FEE Op-ed)  Caught between opening days for several professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, and NHL to name a few) and the year-end holiday season is the midterm election cycle. Tis the Season against Reason There are few states in the []


Confusion Over Voter ID Requirement Contributes to Missouri Lines Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

A judges decision two weeks ago allows voters to show something other than a photo ID, but not all poll workers have gotten the message.


Syrian Army Reportedly Seizes New Cache of US-Made Weapons (PHOTOS, VIDEO) Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Sputnik/Moscow: Authorities made the find in villages and towns in the Damascus countryside and Quneitra region in Syrias Golan Heights, areas recently freed from a motley collection of militants and terrorist groups The weapons, ammunition and medical equipment, most of them said to be US and British-made, were found in local villages thanks to cooperation between authorities and local national []


Ballot Scanner Issues in Brooklyn Lead to Long Lines Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Issues with ballot scanners at a number of polling locations across Brooklyn Tuesday morning led to long lines and confusion.


The Most Important Election Day Ever We Are Told OpEdNews

Of one thing we are certain and even the mainstream media have reported on the subject - millions of votes have been removed illegally from registration lists.


Humidity to Blame for Some North Carolina Ballot Scanners Not Working Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

State election officials said that humid conditions in Wake County and other locations have led to machine malfunctions, but that ballots would be counted.


UK Professor Under Probe for Claiming Israel, Zionists in US Gov Behind 9/11 Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

  Sputnik/Moscow: The professor made the remarkable claim in a tweet, which has since been deleted, on Saturday, drawing condemnation and ridicule. Professor Kees van der Pijl is being investigated by Sussex University for seemingly accusing Al-Qaeda* of being a front for Mossad and blaming Israel for 9/11. The academic shared an article by conspiracy theory platform Wiki Spooks, alleging the []


A bad day in the spider lab Freethought Blogs

I had such high hopes this morning necessary reagent had arrived, I had a nice egg sac, I was going to open it up and spend my afternoon exploring embryos. It was not to be. I teased apart the egg sac, and what do I find? Heartbreak. Disappointment. Failure.

The eggs were all dead. Im not sure what happened here, but I have a hypothesis: this summer and early fall, I had all these fish tanks in the lab, gurgling away, and the place was pretty humid. Now those are shut down, and its winter in Minnesota, when the air dries out. Spiders like some degree of humidity, and Ive been maintaining that by regularly misting their vials with an atomizer, but maybe thats not enough for the embryos.

So Im cranking up the moisture levels in the incubator. Now Ive got to worry about balancing everything too much and Ill have to worry about mold and fungus.

Babies are such fussy little creatures.


Meet Georgia Veteran Worried His Vote Wont Count WhoWhatWhy

Ada and James Edwards filled out their absentee ballots at the same time, at the same table yet Adas was accepted and Jamess was rejected. The reason given was James failed to sign the envelope provided, which is part of the verification process. But James distinctly remembers signing his name.

The Edwards are both getting on age-wise and have been voting by absentee ballot for the past few years. James has real mobility issues he spends a lot of time sitting in his recliner and finds it very hard to get in and out of it, let alone walk to a polling place. So he and his wife and carer Ada are prime candidates for voting by absentee ballot.

But this year James became one of many people in Georgia, and specifically Gwinnett County, whose absentee ballot was rejected. Some of these voters may never know their votes did not count, let alone get a replacement ballot in time to resubmit. These voters will effectively be disenfranchised by a subjective ballot approval process.

The Edwards are upstanding members of society James worked in the Army and was a reservist for 42 years. There is no voter fraud going on here just a whole lot of rejected ballots.

Watch this video where the Edwards will tell their story.

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Confusion Over Missouri Voter ID Law Could Loom Large in Crucial Senate, House Races WhoWhatWhy

Recent court decisions, coupled with inaccurate mailers and problems with absentee ballots, may be causing widespread confusion as Missourians vote today in a very close Senate race.

Democrat Claire McCaskill is running for reelection in a state President Donald Trump won by 18.5 points in 2016. RealClearPolitics rates the race as a tossup and the RCP polling average has her Republican challenger, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, ahead by just two points. FiveThirtyEights Senate model gives McCaskill a roughly 3 in 5 chance of winning reelection.

In Missouris 2nd Congressional District, Democrat Cort VanOstran is running to unseat incumbent Republican Ann Wagner. The district is rated Likely R by RealClearPolitics, but the most recent poll, albeit one from September, had VanOstran ahead by two points

Substantive ballot measures are also in play. Missourians are being asked if they want to legalize marijuana for medical purposes and raise the state minimum wage.

But the integrity of those impending results might be in jeopardy.

Ann Wagner

Republican Congresswoman Ann Wagner of Missouri is in a tight race with Democratic challenger Cort VanOstran.

To ID or not to ID


A new voter ID law was passed in 2016 after voters approved an amendment to the state constitution permitting a photo ID requirement. Voters lacking acceptable identification must now sign a statement swearing they are who they claim to be before they can vote. The question is whether the law can legally b...


Resin Art is like Ogres Freethought Blogs

Its got layers!

One of the things that Ive learned so far is that when things dont go your way, the answer is usually to add more layers (and time, sigh).

We (my BFFs and I) are going to participate in a one day small village Christmas market and Im producing merchandise for this (i.e. I have an excuse to make a lot of resin stuff). As usually i have many ideas and sometimes they even turn out as planned, especially the second time.

First, a pendant you already know plus its failed forerunner:

Resin pendants

Giliell, all rights reserved

As you can see, in the right one the leaf has been swallowed by the blue. Here I poured a layer of clear resin, added the leaf, and then poured the blue onto the wet resin. The best description here is interesting.

The rest is below the fold cause its a lot of pictures.

Next are the winter pendants. Have you ever noticed how nature doesnt like to waste a good design? Thats why you can find things again and again and fern leaves will make wonderful tiny firs and spruces.

Winter pendants

Giliell, all rights reserved

mishap and final one

Giliell, all rights reserved


Why Your Vote No Longer Counts, The True Power Of Abstention & Election Fraud Already Underway 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 (11/05/18). The American people need to realize that being a successful politician in the US only happens if one knows how to play the game; and it is []

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Unquiet Flows The Don OpEdNews

I certainly learned a lesson that November. During the previous months of campaigning that election season, I never wrote a piece at TomDispatch that didn't leave open the possibility of Donald Trump winning the presidency. In the couple of weeks before that fateful November day, however, I got hooked on the polling results and on Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight website and became convinced that Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in.


EFF Unveils Virtual Reality Tool To Help People Spot Surveillance Devices in Their Communities Activist Post

San FranciscoThe Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launched a virtual reality (VR) experience on its website today that teaches people how to spot and understand the...


41 Sublime Solitude Quotes That Will Make You Think TruthTheory

By Mateo Sol via Loner Wolf 

Solitude and Loneliness. They seem very similar on the outside, but the only characteristic both have in common is the state of physical solitude.


Inside, solitude and loneliness are both tremendously different experiences. While solitude is chosen, loneliness is imposed by others.

Solitude is the desire to be in your own presence and enjoy your own company. Loneliness is a wretched feeling of isolation, and that someone or something is missing. The capacity to experience true solitude comes from an inner richness.  It is this inner depth that causes us to focus our entire being towards our passions, or bathe in the tranquility of feeling whole unto ourselves. Loneliness on the other hand, is a coarse sense of deficiency and estrangement from the world.

A great number of people throughout history composed their best works in solitude in fact, they required it. These are some of the unique thoughts they shared from their solitary experiences:

Feel free to tweet or share on Facebook any that speak to you.

All mans miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone. ~ Blaise Pascal

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. ~ Aristotle, Politics

The best thinking has been done in solitude. ~ Thomas A. Edison



Malfunctions of Voting Machines in Detroit Area Delay Voting Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Voters encountered delays due to machines that froze or shut down in some way. At least one lost battery power before being restored.


What Else You Can Do OpEdNews

You've been radically misled to believe that the only thing, or the most important thing, or one of the super important things you can do is vote. Voting in a functioning democracy would be a fairly important thing to do, but wouldn't somehow eliminate the thousands of important things that would also need doing. Voting in a broken democracy is a mildly important thing to do, for the reasons you know by heart, but also because


Jacks Walk Freethought Blogs

Not snow, just fungus, voyager, all rights reserved


There's a Missing Middle for Commercial Spaces, Too Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Kevin Klinkenberg is a Strong Towns member who is Principal at K2 Urban Design and blogs at The Messy City. We are reposting this article from his blog with permission.

Of the many encouraging trends in recent years for cities, Im especially heartened to see the interest in Missing Middle Housing. Dan and Karen Parolek of Opticos Design have coined a term and created an image that is catching the world of planning and development on fire. Its long overdue, exciting, and fundamental to the future success of our cities. Years ago, often while on charrette together, the Paroleks and I used to bemoan the lack of attention to our own wonderful American history of these building types. We would often wander neighborhoods and ask each other: why arent people building these anymore, since they are clearly desirable and have so many benefits? In my own neighborhoods, Ive long admired the simple, small apartment buildings that have endured, and have been hopeful to one day see new iterations of the same. The examples are hiding in plain sight, all over America.

Dan and Karen put it very well on their website, and Id share this as an abbreviated summary of some of the key features:

 Missing Middle Housing diagram by Opticos Design (click to view larger)

Missing Middle Housing diagram by Opticos Design (click to view larger)

  • They are ideal for walkable neighborhoods

  • The buildings have a small footprint, which helps them blend with other residential buildings

  • They create community by virtue of design

  • They provide access to opportunity

  • Construction is simpleoften wood-framed and three stories or under

Their site has a compendium of examples, and I highly recommend it if you arent too familiar with the term or concept. As a side note, Dan and Karen are yet another example of first-rate Gen X professionals quietly making a difference in the world.

I mention all of this because I want to elaborate on something that I wrote in a...


Inside the minds of Trump cult members Freethought Blogs

Election day today will be a good, though not perfect, test of the size of the Trump cult. Since Trump is not on the ballot, it will not be a direct test but since the Republican party has almost unanimously capitulated to him and even shown a pretty disgusting level of obsequiousness towards him (Ted Cruz being the perfect example), any Republican candidate for any office is seen as a surrogate for Trump. The old adage that all politics is local does not apply in this election.

Frankly, I am not hopeful that this election will be a repudiation of Trumpism. It is true that some people who were Trump supporters have drifted away but I think that others will have signed on to him. Whatever else you might say about him, he has the uncanny ability to appeal to the primal fears and prejudices of a large number of people and transform that into love for him as a person, and that is the true mark of a dangerous demagogue.

Reporter Ed Pilkington went to five Trump rallies in eight days to speak with Trump fans and his report sheds a disturbing light on how the cult mind works.

Trump uses the word love repeatedly. He loves Montanans, he tells them. Such loyal, hardworking, incredible patriots. Later in the speech, he uses love in reference to the air hangar where the rally is held, the people of Maine, his first lady, his hair, a couple of local Congress members and hunting and guns.

His supporters repay his love with interest. They begin forming a line well before dawn that by midday snakes around a giant field under the states legendary big sky. The procession is ablaze with red Make America Great Again hats and national flags draped over shoulders amid a festive mood not unlike a carnival.

The president entices his followers to believe he is lavishing his love on them. But it works both ways: hes also drawing on their love. The rally is his charging station, the place he goes to refuel his ego and his zealotry.

But those events still lie in the future. Tonight in Wisconsin, the crowd are focused on only one thing hearing their leader. It includes Steve Spaeth (no relation), 40, who runs a home exteriors company in West Bend. I ask him who he regards as his political enemies, and whether hate is too strong a word.

Not at all, he says. I have a deep and absolute disgust for these human beings.

Which ones?

He rattles off CNN, Soros, Clinton, Waters, Booker, Pocahontas AKA Elizabeth Warren, and others.

Why do you hate them?

They want to turn America into a socialistic country. Its disgusting.

I ask Spaeth how far he is prepared to take his hatred. In reply, he tells a story. The other day he talked to his sister, who is liberal and votes Democratic. He said to her: If the...


Kansas and Missouri Voters Report Broken Voting Machines, ID Issues Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Voters in the Kansas City area have encountered problems voting this morning, particularly around the issue of valid voter ID.


Chinas newest 5th-generation stealth fighter jets perform stunts during airshow (VIDEO) Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

  Russia Today: Several cutting-edge J-20 fighter jets have made a rare appearance in China, performing at the opening of the countrys largest airshow. The planes have proved to be truly stealthy, mostly avoiding the camera since their launch. The airshow kicked off in the coastal city of Zhuhai on Tuesday and will last until []


Polling Location in Somerset County, New Jersey, Opens Late Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Voters waited more than an hour for a polling place at Quail Brook Senior Center in Franklin Township to open this morning.


Net Neutrality and Small Cell Towers: How Much Did Politicians Receive From Big Wireless and Big Cable? Activist Post

By B.N. Frank In September, Activist Post published an article about donations from The Telecom Industry (aka Big Wireless) and The Cable Industry (Big Cable):...


Election Day Open Thread OpEdNews

Many have said that this is the most critical election of our lifetimes. Have your voting experiences been different this year? Or the same? Please share your experiences here!


Frances Macron calls for real European army without US Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Jim W. Dean - Always missing in these "reaction" policy statements is any real statesmanship. There is not a word about the need to create a new treaty with verifiable provisions.


Fmr Assistant Secretary of Treasury Explains What The Mid-Term Elections Are Really About The Free Thought Project


The establishment is seeking to make a massive statement this election cycle by punishing all those inside Washington who've ever challenged them.

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5 ways to avoid the risky medical system

(Natural News) Even though society has come to put all its trust in doctors, the medical profession wont always be there to save you, even in an acute emergency situation. Medical error and malpractice haunt the profession. To make matter...


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A guide to treating dog thyroid problems with natural medicine

(Natural News) If your dog is drinking more water than usual, urinating more frequently, eating more food but still losing weight, your dog might have thyroid problems. Fortunately, there are natural remedies that can help treat your dogs thyroid problems. Every dog has two, small, butt...


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Macron Wants Real European Army

EU globalists continue push for own military

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Shaking Off the Sore Loser Syndrome WhoWhatWhy

Tomorrow morning after the networks have anointed todays winners, the actual results of many races across the country, like Georgias gubernatorial contest, will remain forever uncertain.

Georgia voters, and 25 percent of all voters nationally, vote on computers that are hackable and un-auditable, and therefore subject to serious doubts about the outcome. Recounts of the electronic ballots are a folly, and amount to little more than good theater. After the theater of recounts and certification of results, doubts will nag those who paid attention. How do we know who actually won?  

Ive spent the last 16 months in three lawsuits against Secretary of State Brian Kemp and other Georgia election officials, and have seen the dynamics first hand.

Although they know better, most of the purportedly losing candidates will mouth platitudes in their concession speeches about the will of the voters and the great democratic process. But some losing candidates will share with their closest confidants unsettling qualms about the reported results, the machines that were flipping votes, the rejected ballots, the precinct tallies that showed wild anomalies, and vote counts that dont reconcile.

The party bosses will demand that the losing candidates keep such doubts and troubling facts to themselves if they want a political future.

Voters will scratch their heads and assume that their candidate would mount a challenge if the results were dubious. But thats not the way it works. Ive seen scores of candidates privately unnerved by nonsensical precinct results, turnout numbers, and tabulation reports. Still, under pressure from political leaders, to avoid being labeled sore losers, the candidates assure their supporters that they have thoroughly reviewed every reported concern, scrutinized the results, and determined that their opponent won fair and square.

Ive rarely been successful in convincing a candidate to seek a review of results he or she knew to be in error. Our wrong-headed culture stops the candidate from doing the right thing the patriotic thing which is to demand a transparent and fair recount.

Those who claim that recounting, auditing, or challenging a dubious election result is somehow undemocratic or unpatriotic have it dangerously backwards. For decades, election officials have been confident that sloppy elections, even inaccurate outcomes, will pass muster because of the power of the sore loser syndrome. Game-changing errors or hacks will likely go undetected because of officials success...


She Asked Me Does It Matter? Freethought Blogs

A friend of mine asked me does it really matter if I vote?

The problem is: I dont think it does. Not very much. The votes that matter are congress-peoples; the rest of ours are mostly noise to be waved away or manipulated.

But then I thought and said, Its really the only way we have of telling a politician how much we hate them.


Fossil Fuels On Trial: Where The Major Climate Change Lawsuits Stand Today PopularResistance.Org

A wave of legal challenges that is washing over the oil and gas industry, demanding accountability for climate change, started as a ripple after revelations that ExxonMobil had long recognized the threat fossil fuels pose to the world. Over the past few years: Two states launched fraud investigations into Exxon over climate change, and one has followed with a lawsuit. Nine cities and counties, from New York to San Francisco, have sued major fossil fuel companies, seeking compensation for climate change damages. And determined children have filed lawsuits against the federal government and various state governments, claiming the governments have an obligation to safeguard the environment.


In Texas, Its Easier to Carry a Gun Than Cast a Ballot WhoWhatWhy

This election cycle, Texas has done little to rehabilitate its reputation as one of the worst states in the union in terms of obstacles its citizens face in order to vote.

In September, Northern Illinois Universitys political science department ranked Texas 46th out of 50 in a study that gauged 33 polling variables in each state, including voter registration deadlines, voter ID laws, and early voting. Whats more, Texas has been jogging backwards at a rate faster than most other states, dropping from 14th in 1996, a rate of reversal surpassed only by New Hampshire and Tennessee.

Its a Republican-dominated state that represents some of the most contentious electoral developments in recent years, including its 2011 restrictive voter ID law, which two federal courts subsequently ruled intentionally discriminated against black and Latino voters. The state has also faced federal judicial reprimand for its redistricting, found to have been gerrymandered to favor Republican dominance.

This cycle, incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has maintained a consistently commanding poll lead over Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R) has faced a surprisingly strong challenge from Rep. Robert Beto ORourke (D). Also at least four of the states heavily gerrymandered 36 House seats are seen as vulnerable to flipping from Republican to Democratic Republicans currently hold 25 seats, Democrats 11.

With so much at stake, and civil liberty groups vigilance and the media glare intense, several high-profile cases of voting irregularities have come to light in the run up to todays midterms, including:

Prairie View A&M


In October, with the backing of the NAACPs Legal Defense and Educational Fund, five students from Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), a historically black college in rural Waller County, 50 miles northwest of Houston, sued the county and its election officials for alleged restrictive early-voting practices that are a continuation of Waller Countys decades-long pattern of unconstitutional racial and age-based discrimination against Black student voters at PVAMU, according to the suit.

The county originally offered only three days of early voting on campus and another two days at an off-campus community center in Prairie View, with no voting after 5:00 PM or on weekends. By comparison, in the majority-white city of Waller whose population over 18 is half that of Prairie Views there were 11 early voting days, including weekends and after-hours voting.



Will Arizona Senate Race Be Decided By Who Does Not Get to Vote? WhoWhatWhy

In Arizona, the retirement of Republican Sen. Jeff Flake put a rare open seat on the 2018 Senate map. If control of the Senate were to change hands on Election Day, the road would run in part through the Copper State.

Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema leads Republican Martha McSally by an exceptionally slim 0.7 point margin, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average. The FiveThirtyEight Senate model estimates Sinema has a 57.9 percent chance of winning.

Yet it is likely that some voters will not get to weigh in on who wins this crucial seat. According to a recent Northern Illinois University study, Arizona is the 15th most difficult state to vote in.

Heres a look at whats going on in the Copper State:

A Change of Address


An estimated 384,000 Arizona voters could be harmed by the states failure to update voter registrations in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act. This year, the ACLU of Arizona sued Republican Secretary of the State Michele Reagan after the Department of Transportation did not update voters registrations when they changed addresses.

To make matters worse, voters who move can end up being purged from the rolls. According to an Arizona Republic analysis, Maricopa County residents have been purged 1.1 million times since the 2008 election and its disproportionately affecting low-income and minority communities. Low-income voters are more likely to be homeless or change addresses, and the voter purges could leave Arizonans blindsided Tuesday when they find out theyre unable to cast a ballot.

A Ban on Ballot Harvesting


In 2016, Arizonas Republican-controlled state legislature banned the practice of delivering mail-i...


Armed Militia Groups Head To The Border, Sparking Military Concerns PopularResistance.Org

Armed bands of civilian militia members are traveling to the southern U.S. border, where President Donald Trump has ordered thousands of active-duty troops to rebuff the approaching migrant caravan. About 200 unregulated armed militia members [are] currently operating along the southwest border, says a planning document for Army commanders leading the 5,200 troops Trump has deployed at the border, according to Newsweek. The groups operate under the guise of citizen patrols supporting border officials, the document says, pointing out reported incidents of unregulated militias stealing National Guard equipment during deployments.


Florida Vote Restoration Amendment Could Be a Nailbiter WhoWhatWhy

Last month, Floridas former felons could feel pretty good about their chances of being able to vote in the 2020 election. A constitutional amendment on the ballot Tuesday enjoyed the support of 71 percent of voters. A judge had ruled earlier this year that the current process of restoring voting rights was unconstitutional and had to be revised. If all else failed, Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor, could change clemency procedures to allow large numbers of former felons to vote again. But the situation is much more tenuous now.

However more recent polling shows that support for the passage of Amendment Four which would restore voting rights to most of Floridas former felons and requires 60 percent of the vote to pass is dipping. And experts caution that Amendment 4, also dubbed the Second Chance Amendment, is the only guarantee that some 1.5 million Floridians who have completed their sentence and probation will be able to vote in 2020.  

If the amendment fails, there are alternates that could streamline the vote restoration process, as former Gov. Charlie Crist did in 2007. But Crists reform was overturned by Gov. Rick Scott, who slowed the clemency process down to a crawl.

Protecting Our Vote

Crist, who was a Republican while serving as governor but is now a Democrat, restored the voting rights of more than 150,000 former felons in four years in office. In eight years, Scott has restored those of about 5,000. This caused a US District Court to order Scott to reform the state clemency process to satisfy the constitution.

But Scott will not be governor next year. He will be replaced by either Republican Ron DeSantis, who opposes Amendment Four, or Gillum, who supports it.    

While many supporters of the amendment view it as an essential part of rehabilitating former felons and a way to provide a second chance to hundreds of thousand...


WATCH: Police Strike Handcuffed Man in the Head With a Taser While 4 Cops Pin Him Down Filming Cops

A video that went viral in the Louisville, Kentucky area shows police striking a handcuffed black man while he was laying on the ground and carrying him horizontally into a

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No Nuclear Arms Race In Europe! PopularResistance.Org

US President Trump announced to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Force Treaty (INF) with Russia. The Treaty put an end to the stationing of land-based intermediate range nuclear missiles in Europe. It is reassuring that both sides have announced that they are seeking negotiations now. The aim of these negotiations must be to uphold the general prohibition of intermediate range nuclear missiles (zero-solution) in Europe, now and in future. The INF Treaty protects Europe and especially Germany since more than 30 years from being the stage of a threatening nuclear arms race. Ronald Reagan and Michail Gorbatschownegotiated the Treaty at the end of the 1980s.


These TEN Things I Hold To Be TRUE - Allow Me To Explain! Latest blog

In this video I am going to make ten statements that I hold to be true followed by a brief explanation explaining my position on each statement to encourage a rational debate in an effort to better understand one another and the problems the we all face together. I will make a statement I believe to be true, I will then provide some facts and information to back up my claimsyou can leave your thoughts or counter arguments in the comments below and then Ill move onto the next statement.


Civilians Trapped as Saudi Airstrikes and Warships Pound Yemeni City of Hodeidah Activist Post

By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM)  Saudi airstrikes and warships continue to pound the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah on Monday, with escalating strikes coinciding with Saudi-backed ground...


Over 50k Killed In The War In Yemen Since 2015 Activist Post

By Joziah Thayer According to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, the death toll from the war in Yemen is 56,000 deaths and...


Chicanos Welcome Central American Caravan PopularResistance.Org

Los Angeles, CA On October 26, as the caravan of refugees from Central America traveled through Mexico, they were welcomed with food, festivity, aid, and clothing. As Chicanos, we must do the same when the caravan arrives at U.S. border. Attacking Mexicans, and by extension Chicanos, Trump has dispatched the U.S. military to the U.S.-Mexico border to block the caravan. We say down with Trump, down with him hiding like a coward behind the U.S. military, down with the continued militarization, killings and abuses at the border, down with the injustices to the undocumented in the U.S., and down with the U.S. destabilization of Central America. We must demand legalization for all current 11 million undocumented people in the U.S., and asylum now for the caravan refugees when they arrive at the border.


Democracy, Class And The Fight Against Recolonization PopularResistance.Org

Having lost Eurasia, the US elites and their allies have focused much more attention on Latin America and the Caribbean in order to re-consolidate their absolute control of the region's resources. They work to destroy the movements and political leaders who defend impoverished majorities against the neocolonial agenda of the West. Western elites devote special attention, along with their local allies, to the elimination of all expression of international sovereignty. From within countries, they undermine and co-opt governments and institutions. From the outside, they deploy all kinds of financial, commercial, diplomatic and media aggression, in addition to the blatant military harassment.


Jail Guards Stand Idly By as Mentally Ill Woman Gouges Out Her Own Eye and SWALLOWS It The Free Thought Project


A woman was diagnosed as 'psychotic' in jail and was then ignored as she screamed for help, and eventually allowed to gouge out her own eyeball and eat it.

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Nicaragua Is A Victim Of Double Political Standards PopularResistance.Org

Julie Lamin is a committed secondary school teacher in the UK and an author. During the summer holidays of 2017, as part of a teacher delegation organised by her trade union NEU (NUT Section), she travelled to Nicaragua at the invitation of the Nicaraguan teachers union, ANDEN and the Ministry of Education. Their purpose was to support Nicaraguan teachers in developing the curriculum of English as a second language. Experiencing first-hand the huge progress Nicaragua was making in the lives of young people and their families in terms of education, health and well-being in one of the safest countries in Latin America, Julie was shocked and hurt to hear of the violence that began to disrupt the country only nine months later.


How Yemeni Immigrant Activists In NYC Are Changing A Whole Communitys Mindset PopularResistance.Org

Riyadh Alhirdi is trying not to cry. Hes sitting in the Yemeni American Merchants Associations (YAMA) new offices in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, explaining the convoluted process of procuring asylum for his wife and five children. Alhirdi, who is 43-year-old and was born in Yemen, has been dealing with opaque immigration procedures regarding his family for over four years. They have been stuck in Egypt since 2015 because the American Consulate in war-torn Yemen is closed. Although he talks on video chats with them daily, over the past eight years, he has been with his family only once.


Delayed Starts, Missing Ballots, Vandalism at Polling Places in Baltimore Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

At least three polling locations around the city experienced hiccups as polls opened Tuesday morning.


Oops, We Forgot to Plug In the Voting Machine Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Polls have barely opened on the East Coast, and voting machines and people are already causing a few foul-ups. Experts say that the errors are normal, and that none that have emerged so far should prevent voters from casting a ballot.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of voting machines being set up, mostly by volunteer poll workers, and sometimes there are problems, said David Becker, the executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research. Most important thing is for the poll workers to contact their local election officials, who are most likely expecting some issues and will be ready to send help.

In Indianapolis, voters at West Lake Elementary school arrived to find the machines in this case, optical scanners unplugged and only one volunteer manning the polling place. When contacted by ProPublica, elections officials in Marion County said they were unaware of the issue, but they dispatched a mechanic to the site to get the machines up and running after our call.

Russell Hollis, deputy director of the Marion County Clerks Office, said the poll worker saw a long line and never turned on the machines. The voters have been casting their ballots on typical paper ballots, and instead of scanning them have been dropping them into a secure box. Their ballots will be scanned in later, he said.

In Huntsville, Alabama, voters at one location the Charles Stone Agricultural Center wrote so hard that the pen perforated the two-sided ballot, causing the vote-counting machine to register the ballot as an error, according to Tommy Ragland, the Madison County probate judge.

Voters are bearing down so hard with the pen, its like theyre taking their anger out on the ballot itself, Ragland said, adding that voters can redo their ballot if they make this mistake. He also said moisture in the air is causing ballots to swell, making it even more difficult for the machine to process them. A technician has been sent to the location, and poll workers have been instructed to continue to take ballots.

For most voters, polling locations will have access to backup handmarked paper ballots, and there should be a contingency plan in place even if the scanner is down. Voters should exhaust all remedies before agreeing to leave and come back later, Becker said.


Tree Tuesday Freethought Blogs

This weeks tree come to us from rq who says that she took the pictures while waiting for a light to change. Its a wonderful talent to be able to see the beauty in an ordinary, everyday moment and then to use that moment to create art. I think the photos are serene and contemplative and I wonder if that reflects rqs state of mind. Perhaps the artist will tell us in the comments below. Thanks for sharing, rq.

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Texas County Faces Long Lines, Technical Difficulties as Voting Begins Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Voters in Harris County are seeing long lines at multiple polling locations because of problems with check-in technology and voting machines.


Increased Restrictions On Protest Wont Keep Communities Safer PopularResistance.Org

On Oct. 15, the Portland Police Bureau held a press conference to announce a new ordinance that would expand police power to limit protest activity. The proposal comes after two years of catastrophic attacks poised as political theater, including mass melees downtown that left people in the hospital, white nationalist contingents taking the streets and an acolyte murdering two people on public transportation when interrupted in the middle of an Islamophobic attack. Every time Patriot Prayer, the Trumpian far-right group who allies with white nationalists, takes to the streets, the entire city revolts. On Aug. 30, Patriot Prayer returned to Portland after a rally a month earlier where attendees brutally assaulted counter-protesters.


Daily Inspiration --- Tibetan Tea Ceremony OpEdNews

If you can hold the pain of the world in your heart, and keep the eastern sun in your eye, then you will be able to make a proper cup of tea.


Europe And The US Clash Over Washingtons Economic War On Iran PopularResistance.Org

Washingtons imposition of sweeping new sanctions on Iranaimed at strangling its economy and precipitating regime change in Tehranis roiling world geopolitics. As of today, the US is embargoing all Iranian energy exports and freezing Iran out of the US-dominated world financial system, so as to cripple the remainder of its trade and deny it access to machinery, spare parts and even basic foodstuffs and medicine. In doing so, American imperialism is once again acting as a law unto itself. The sanctions are patently illegal and under international law tantamount to a declaration of war. They violate the UN Security Council-backed 2015 Iran nuclear accord...


Cronkite News: Women are making their voices heard on Election Day Indianz.Com News

In what is being called the Year of the Woman, more and more women are running for public office.


Washingtons I-1631: A Chance To Choose Hope, Not Fear PopularResistance.Org

It has been a tense and tragic time in the runup to the midterm election next week, and voters nationwide have reasons to feel fear about what may happen next, but we need to remember that there are also opportunities for great hope in the election next Tuesday. For example, few issues have generated as much excitement for climate action as the Washington State carbon pricing initiative, I-1631.   This initiative, developed after a painstaking and highly inclusive planning process that has  garnered enthusiastic support from a large, diverse coalition of constituencies, would create a groundbreaking carbon fee on polluters that would be reinvested in Washingtons communities, businesses, and clean energy industries.


Making Kitchen Knives Part 9 Starting Again Freethought Blogs

As I said last time, I am going to make multiple knives in parallel, because I think that a non-trivial amount of time can be saved just by that. I had all my steel already straightened, so I could go right away to drawing, drilling and shaping. First thing to be done was to draw and drill one blade on one half of one steel bar. That I have subsequently used as a template to drill holes in the other half and in all the other steel bars.

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For the drilling I clamped the template firmly with the drilled steel bars and before proceeding to the other side I inserted a steel pin in the drilled hole so the bars do not shift and slide. This has saved some time, despite it being a step with negligible time in the analysis, but my main hope here is that this work on multiple pieces in parallel brings better reproducibility regarding the hole positions and and that better reproducibility could save me some time later on when shaping the handle scales.

I have learned two lessons, one of them rather expensive. First lesson was that for this I have to take the 6 mm drill bits as de-facto consumable material, because I blunted and subsequently broke one towards the end despite using copious amounts of cutting oil. And I do not think it can be avoided.

Second lesson was that I really have to buy a new drill press, and preferably one with continuously regulated speed at that. My jury-rigged press with a very old hand drill has only two speeds and both of them are apparently too high for drilling 16 mm hole in 1,8 mm steel. Towards the end of the work the step drill bit overheated and it got irreversibly blunted on the 16 mm step. Ouch. That drill bit costs 40,-. I think this investment is unavoidable, if I want to save time I cannot take the bit out and dunk it in water after each drilled hole, slower rotations would be better. And I cannot buy 40,- drill bit for each dozen of knives I make that money be best saved for grinding belts. Hobby or not, at this rate I would spend the price of an acceptable small to middle sized drill press (300-400,-) on the drill bits rather quickly.

Cutting the blanks in half and roughly cutting the outlines of the blades with an angle grinder did not take long at all. and working on multiple blades in parallel seemed to work comparatively well. But for the sake of precision, next time I will halve the blanks individually two came out somehow too short and two too long. Not by much, but it is noticeable. The end result were three stacks of four roughly cut blades.



Sloppy Start on Election Day Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

One of Downtown Brooklyns most-active voting sites opened 40 minutes late, a problem exacerbated by the fact that New York states voter lookup site was down for about 20 minutes around the same time.


Sadly, Sound Money ISNT on the Ballot Activist Post

By Clint Siegner Americans will be headed to the polls to cast ballots in the midterm elections. Polling suggests that Democrats will return to power...


The Real Reason Music Has Become So Bad In Recent Years TruthTheory

By Luke Miller

Have you found yourself noticing the decrease in the quality of music these days? We have gone from a complex symphony of instruments and lyrics from bands like The Beatles to construct a masterpiece like Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. To a very simple keyboard, drum machine and looper constructing just about every single in the charts. If you feel you are getting a little old and out of touch, dont worry it is not your imagination. Music is getting progressively worse and this video outlines exactly why.

Hopefully we can move to a future in which the beautiful sound of music can return to its well thought out and high quality. Please share this article if you agree!

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

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We voted Freethought Blogs

Straight DFL ticket, on a paper ballot. In a church, unfortunately.


Brian Kemp and His Staff Caught in a String of Falsehoods WhoWhatWhy

Since WhoWhatWhy exclusively revealed major security gaps in Georgias voter registration and voter information websites vulnerabilities severe enough to potentially compromise the election the secretary of states office has made a series of statements that are unfounded and, frequently, outright false.

Brian Kemp is the Republican candidate for governor in Tuesdays election against Democrat Stacey Abrams. But he is also Georgias secretary of state, putting him in charge of the states elections mechanism while also competing in the marquee contest.  

The first statement from the secretary of states office in response to the vulnerabilities identified in WhoWhatWhys reporting, alleged, without evidence, that the Democratic Party of Georgia had attempted to hack the states voter registration system.

By that time, WhoWhatWhy had already reported the actual story: the systems vulnerabilities were brought to the attention of Georgias Democrats, who then asked computer experts to verify the security gaps. Once the problems were confirmed, Kemps lawyers and national security officials were notified on the same day.

Kemps office mentioned none of these facts in its initial statement.

Computer security experts were concerned that the web vulnerabilities could have implications for elections across the country.

Instead, it quoted press secretary Candice Broce, who said that [the Secretary of State] can also confirm that no personal data was breached and our system remains secure.

However, this assurance came without evidence and contradicted expert opinions. According to the computer security experts WhoWhatWhy consulted in its reporting, the voter websites did not seem to have any mechanism to track a data breach....


Syrian War Report November 6, 2018: Russian Mercenaries Casualties Narrative Resurfaces In MSM Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

from SouthFront Russian-linked private military contractors (PMCs) have suffered new casualties in Syria, Syrian pro- and Russian pro-opposition militant media outlets claim. Initial speculations on this issue appeared on November 3 and November 4 when several outlets claimed that an explosion reportedly hit barracks of the 5th Assault Corps of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) []


'I was born an Omaha and I'm going to die an Omaha' Indianz.Com News

The Omaha Tribe is defending its decision to remove dually-enrolled citizens from the rolls.


The Morning Was Made of Magnesium Freethought Blogs

That might be a slight exaggeration, but the sunshine through mist was certainly a treat for the eyes. Photos from one morning out in the country.

One photo from the bedroom window, just in case I missed the beauty by the time I got dressed.
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Down in the appleyard, an air of mystery was dominating the scene.
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The bees, though, were casting shadows.
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Apple season is over, but the spiders are still hopeful for a hearty meal.
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The morning was so wonderfully bright; the future is far more murky. Today of all days, I send my good wishes out to those of you at the electoral crossroads. My reservoir of hope isnt empty yet, but the edge of despair is never far.


WATCH: Husband of Harris County Sheriffs Deputy Found Guilty of Murder Filming Cops

HOUSTON A jury found Terry Thompson guilty of murder in the death of John Hernandez. Thompson is the husband of former Harris County Sheriffs deputy Chauna Thompson, who is

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Dear America, If Voting Made Any Real Difference, They Wouldnt Let Us Do It Activist Post

Op-Ed by Matt Agorist Its election time again and that means that roughly 40 percent of eligible voters will rush to the polls to vote...


Rockaway Township Police Officer Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison For Having Sex With Teen Girls While on Duty Filming Cops

A former Rockaway Township police officer who admitted to having sex with two teenage girls while on duty has been sentenced to six years in state prison, the Morris County

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Propaganda is the art of overwhelming logic Jon Rappoport's Blog

by Jon Rappoport

November 6, 2018

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One type of mind control involves defeating logic as a method of thinking.

Modern formulations of basic logic begin with the statement: You cant have A and not-A. Which is a way of saying contradictions are unacceptable.

So its no surprise that mind control attempts to introduce contradictions into rational processes.

You see this in propaganda.

For example: People who are vaccinated are in danger from those who are unvaccinated. (Keep your unvaccinated child away from my vaccinated child.)

There is a concealed contradiction here. You can see it by merely defining (according to conventional terms) the meaning of vaccinated.

It means immune, protected from contracting the disease targeted by the vaccine.

But if the vaccinated person is protected and immune, then coming into contact with an unvaccinated person will bring no danger.

Therefore, the notion that vaccinated people are A) protected but not-A) in danger is absurd, a contradiction.

The easiest way to defeat logic is through deficient education. Never teach logic. Ignore it. Instead, teach specific values. Teach anything except logic. Dont teach children how to spot contradictions.

A deficient education plus tons of ceaseless propaganda equals mind control.

Logic is a significant problem for people who want a closed and unfree society. Teaching logic tends to produce sharp and independent minds.

Logic produces personal power.

Here is another example of non-logic: A ballot initiative passed by the voters of Maui County is illegal, because it set up a new law regarding commercial agriculture, when in fact commercial agriculture is regulated by state and federal laws, which trump county laws.

There are several ways of attacking this proposition, but the most basic way is:

The ballot initiative was not aimed at commercial agriculture. It called for a moratorium on all Monsanto/Dow experiments using non-commercial GMOs.

In what has become a federal court case, the judge and the lawyers for Dow/Monsanto are proceeding from a false basic premise.

Of course, the failure in this case is a willful ignoring of the facts. The argument is: A is B. No it is...


Veteran Cop Forced Drug Dealer to Sell Cocaine For Him, Prosecutor Says Filming Cops

A 25-year veteran of the Newark Police Department has been jailed on allegations he forced a drug dealer to sell cocaine on his behalf, Essex County authorities said Monday. Investigators

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Trump steps up anti-immigrant campaign on eve of US election OpEdNews

On the final day of campaigning before the midterm election, Trump continued his fascistic, immigrant-focused diatribes at rallies Monday in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri. His main target, as it has been for the last two weeks, is the several thousand Central American refugees who have formed a caravan that is now in central Mexico, about 800 miles from the US border.


From the Shadows, Top GOP Donor Benefits From His Investments WhoWhatWhy

While the Koch brothers, the Mercer family, and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson are viewed as the quintessential GOP donors, another billionaire has managed to spend tens of millions of dollars on conservative causes and candidates without attracting much attention: Richard Uihlein.

The $39 million that Uihlein has injected into the midterm election cycle establishes him as the second largest donor in the GOP, right behind Adelson.  

With Uihlein avoiding media attention and public scrutiny, it will be surprising to many that such a little-known businessman has such a significant influence on the political system. He has ranked among the top GOP donors in every cycle since 2010, and he often donates larger amounts than his more famous rich contemporaries, including the Koch brothers.  

In an investigation spanning several months, WhoWhatWhy has examined thousands of records to find out Uihleins background details, political ideologies, and donation patterns. The records also reveal the financial benefits and special favors that Uihlein has enjoyed as a result of his political donations in Wisconsin and throughout the nation.

The 73-year-old Uihlein and his wife Liz started a shipping and packaging supplies company from their home in the 1980s. The couple gradually expanded the business to become a leading shipping supplies company (under the corporate name Uline) and to accrue a massive fortune.

Before 2010, Uihlein was just a small political donor. But after the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling lifted limits on certain political contributions, the Lake Forest, IL billionaire suddenly began donating massive funds to Republican candidates and conservative causes.

Now Uihlein is having his biggest spending cycle to date. He is currently using his $39 million in political donations to fund major Super PACs, support conservative candidates, and impact the nations most contentious and consequential races.

The Citizens United Effect


The Uihleins exemplify the consequences of the Citizens United ruling. The 2010 Supreme Court ruling allowed wealthy donors and large corporations to give unlimited contributions to political cand...


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VOTE! Vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote VOTE! Freethought Blogs

Im going to the polls as soon as they open this morning out of a sense of duty and a feeling of futility. Republican gerrymandering and voter suppression, as well as the fact that the electorate is saturated with selfish bigots and the media are bought and owned by the rich, means I dont expect to see much of that mythical democracy today. It shouldnt even be close, but its going to be close.

But, you see, if we dont try, if we dont participate, if we dont march down and make this tiny effort to oppose unreason and corruption and bigotry, you wont own a right to protest when the election is stolen. You might be upset, but you wont possess the righteous fury its going to take to right this wrong, which is going to take years of struggle.

As we all know, angry gets shit done.

Im already pretty angry about century after century of injustice. Keep stoking the rage until we rise up and burn the whole ugly system down.

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Disturbing video shows four cops hold a man down, threaten a crowd with a taser and then use that taser to smash the non-resisting man's face in.

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Noncitizens in Georgia: Are They Really Trying to Vote? WhoWhatWhy

Both President Donald Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp have stoked fears of large numbers of undocumented immigrants voting, and Republicans across the country have used this type of voter fraud to justify tightening voter ID laws in a way that disenfranchises eligible voters en masse. There is just no evidence that this is actually a problem, and in Georgia, Kemps own data doesnt back up the claim.  

A WhoWhatWhy analysis of Georgia data on voters shows that, from 2005 to 2013, out of millions who registered, a total of 408 voters were removed from the rolls due to being classified as noncitizens. Kemp became secretary of state in 2010.

Even so, experts on election systems and voting rights say the 408 may have been removed despite being, in fact, citizens due to problems with the states record-keeping recently identified in a federal court case.

In that case, Federal Judge Eleanor L. Ross last week ordered Kemps office to remove more than 3,000 voters from an administrative limbo called pending, and to allow them to verify citizenship while voting. Those voters were incorrectly classified as noncitizens after becoming naturalized and registering to vote. This was because the state uses drivers license records to verify citizenship, but the agencies that maintain those records dont always find out when people are naturalized.

Regardless, our review of the secretary of states data supports either or both of two conclusions:

  • noncitizens who have registered to vote in Georgia since 2005 make up a share of all registered voters so tiny youd need at least four zeros to the right of a decimal point to account for them, or
  • some, perhaps all, of these 408 voters were unfairly removed from the rolls.

Either way, the states voter cancellation database offers no evidence of undocumented immigrants committing widespread voter fraud.  

Kemp raised the idea in a late-October debate, when he accused his opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, of wanting illegal immigrants to vote.



In Betos Last Stand, Hes Betting It All On Left-Wing Progressives The Federalist

For all the hype about turning Texas blue, Beto ORourke represents nothing so much as the deeply myopic state of the Texas Democratic Party.


In An America This Ignorant, Its No Wonder We Struggle To Stay Free The Federalist

Too many Americans dont really know what our rights and freedoms mean.


12 Ways To Know If You Shouldnt Vote Today The Federalist

While voting is your right, it doesnt mean you have to exercise it, in the same way that you have a right to own a firearm, but dont have toand shouldntif you cant do so responsibly.


When I Was Born In The United States To Non-Citizens, America Did Not Owe Me Citizenship The Federalist

I had no natural right to citizenship of a country just because I was born within its geographical boundaries. Nor did my parents have the right to give me a citizenship they did not possess.


The Blue Wave Will Have To Be A Tsunami To Be Historically Relevant The Federalist

If Democrats win the House this week, it wont necessarily be the historic moment partisans imagine. While the president's party almost always loses in the midterms, it rarely defines his presidency.


If You Oppose Trump Because Of Racism, Youve Got Some Rethinking To Do The Federalist

What I didnt realize then, and what the white NeverTrumpers show no signs of realizing now, is that majority, establishment black race teaching functions a bit like a Trojan Horse.


The 2018 Midterm Is A Banner Year For Pro-Life Causes The Federalist

Abortion is on the ballot in three states -- Alabama, Oregon, and West Virginia -- and a number of pro-life female candidates are campaigning.


Young Americans Arent Too Poor To Have Kids. Theyre Just Chicken The Federalist

They are scared theyll lose themselves, that it will be too hard, that theyll never get back the life they are enjoying. The opposite is true.


Before Snapping A Selfie Inside A Voting Booth, Read This To Avoid Legal Trouble The Federalist

If you can't control your compulsive desire to virtue signal to others on the Internet, here's what you need to know before snapping that selfie.


Why NeNe Leakes Is The Model Housewife The Federalist

To succeed, Bravo needs to cast complicated women who are willing and able to show it. Like all compelling characters, NeNe Leakes shows depth.


Minnesotas Single-Payer Health Plan Would Let Unelected Bureaucrats Set Taxes The Federalist

No state legislature has passed a single-payer plan, partly because of the high and politically unpopular taxes it would need. Minnesota is considering a wildly tyrannical solution.


Dropping Helen Keller From Texas Classes Shows Nationalizing Education Would Be A Disaster The Federalist

Wed sink into a Chernobyl-level meltdown from the Puget Sound to the Florida Keys over which content to mandate.


Religion and Politics in Pakistan OpEdNews

In a replay of 1977 anti-government demonstration against the government of Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the government of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing violent protests by religious parties to destabilize the newly elected government.


Can cars pay attention to planets? OpEdNews

A radical psychological societal transformation in technology is possible - can cars pay attention to planets?


We want the ring... OpEdNews

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We are all 1930s Germans. Don't Do Your Ordinary OpEdNews

A friend who is a recently naturalized citizen asked me the significance of the election today. I replied that we are all 1930's Germans. In the 1930's, Germans enabled Adolph Hitler to reach and consolidate his power. Americans face a similar situation today.


Of Movements and Midterms: Which Way to Actual Power? It's Going Down

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If you werent already made excruciatingly aware by the deluge of campaign ads, promotional material, scathing op eds, and speculative media coveragethe midterms are upon us. Historically, far less people vote in the midterms than do in general elections, though this year is likely to prove to be an exception to that rule. This will be the first nationwide opportunity for Democrats to rebuff Donald Trump and his agenda. But do the midterms offer we, the people, a chance to exercise any real power over policy?

The Electoral Release Valve

Theres no doubt that midterm elections, especially those which occur in the intermittent years following a general election, offer the chance for a part of the electorate to reassert itself in the aftermath of having lost a presidential race. In this way, the midterms act as a release valve.

This is especially true in a moment where popular anger has spilled over into the streets in response to actions by the Trump administration. Inauguration day riots in D.C., airport occupations in protest of the Muslim travel ban, the massive womens march, and the occupations of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in protest of the separation of children from their parents at the border popular movements have sprung up at nearly every turn to frustrate the attempts by the Trump administration to carry out its agenda. In many cases, they have been successful.

Theres no doubt that the Democratic party has seized on the popular energy that has catalyzed these movements. However, its also clear that they didnt do so in a good faith move toward providing resources or backing for these autonomous movements. At best, Democrats have offered passive support in the form of tweets and op-eds. At worst, they have made explicit their desire to redirect the popular momentum from the streets to the ballot box. In doing so, they disarm and demobilize an engaged and impassioned mass one that they (correctly) fear could eventually turn on them.

The Narrative of Change

If our endeavor is to dramatically alter the political, economic, and social landscape that we find ourselves in, then it is organized mass movements, not the ballot, which must serve as our tool. This history of this country (and the world) dem                                                                                                                                                                onstrates that it has always been external pr...


Americans Are Asking If This Midterm Election Will Be the Last Election in American History Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Many people are asking, Will this midterm election be the last meaningful election in US history?
Why are people asking that question? The answer will surprise you.


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Big Defeat of Trump Will Be Message to DNC That Reinforces How Bad Hillary Was OpEdNews

when the blue wave happens, the DNC will try to take responsibility for the win. It will be important to challenge that lie and make it clear that the election was proof that Hillary and the DNC were the reason Trump won.


Ron Paul Issues Stern Warnings That EVERY American Needs to Know Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Ron Paul feared a Clinton presidency more than anything else. But He also knows that a planned depression awaits Donald Trump and the American people. Ron Paul just issued a series of warnings that every American should listen to.

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The Beauty Contest: How Cities are Shaped by What We Think Others Think (Part One) Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Cities are complex adaptive systems. As human social creations, they are subject to all of the herd behavior and interrelated feedback loops that shape how humans behave in groups. This insight informs several central tenets of the Strong Towns approach: that local policy makers should make small, incremental investments instead of large, transformative projects; should design systems to adapt to feedback; and should aim for bottom-up action (chaotic but smart) over top-down (orderly but dumb). When we treat an aspect of the city, such as its housing market, like a simple machineinput in, output outwe tend to introduce fragility.

In particular, our cities can be shaped profoundly by the matter of what we think others think about a neighborhood or other place. A place can suffer a bank run on confidence if enough people decide its declining; on the flip side, the shared desire among enough people to turn a struggling neighborhood around can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The sum total of individually rational behaviors can produce deeply dysfunctional collective outcomes.

Erica Barnett, a Seattle-based journalist, and Ben Klemens, a Washington, D.C.-based economist and author, are working on a book about how economic and game-theory principles can help explain sociocultural phenomena. In two guest posts, they will examine how a much-discussed urban phenomenongentrificationis best understood neither as top-down conspiracy nor as the inexorable consequence of supply-and-demand math, but rather as a social phenomenon profoundly affected by the question of what people think other people think about a neighborhood: a phenomenon called the Beauty Contest.

This is part one of a series about the Beauty Contest as a model for gentrification. Click here to read part 2.

This story takes place in Seattle, but it could be set in any large or midsize city where gentrification is changing the political, cultural, and physical landscape. For the purposes of this story, well define gentrification as the process by which the residents of historically working-class, minority neighborhoods are displaced, often rapidly, by people with lighter skins and higher incomes. [Editors note: Read our own previous discussion of the different understandings of gentrification here.] How you choose to explain gentrification says a lot about your political wo...


A Democratic Takeover Will Result In a Designed Economic Collapse and Unparalleled Widespread Violence Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show


When a tyrannical regime, like the present day Bolshevik Democrats take over, they need to collapse a government and the country so as to weaken resistance to the imposition of tyranny by corrupt ruling authority. It works pretty much the same way in the birth of every tyrannical regime.

The Democrats are inheriting the perfect storm from which to collapse the economy. Three major debts envelop this country: (1) Student loan debt; (2) the new housing bubble like the one that brought down the economy in 2014; and, (3) the car loan bubble. And of course there is the omnipresent social security debt, the Medicare debt and the credit swap derivatives debt.

There is an additional and very important second factor to consider. Not only would a Democratically government collapse its own economy, it would also perpetrate widespread violence to further the chaos that would precede a planned collapse of the United States. Why? Were you not aware that the UN announced it intends to be the global authority on the planet by the year 2030?

Ripped Off

While we are counting the ways that the American people have been ripped off by the bankers, lets not forget to mention the MERS mortgage fraud in which millions of homes have been stolen because mortgage holders have paid the wrong title company because their note has been sold so many times that nobody knows who really owns the note to our homes! And lets not forget about the Federal Reserve that spent two years buying up mortgage backed securities to the tune of $40 billion dollars a month and that money was obtained from printing money out of thin air which made our money worth less. Very soon America, our money will be worthless. I almost forgot, on November 16, 2014, the G20 nations declared your bank account to NOT be money therefore, your FDIC insurance is invalid and your bank account, when seized, will go to pay the derivatives debt.

While the bankers are laughing at us, I can hear the sheep saying That will never happen here and You are a conspiracy theorist, You are fear-mongering as the bankers collapse to the floor in laughter at our collective stupidity.



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Diagnostic of the Future: A Forecast It's Going Down

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In this in-depth analysis, Peter Gelderloos explores the technological and geopolitical changes that movements for liberation will face over the next several decades. How will those who hold power today attempt to weather the economic and political crises ahead? Will artificial intelligence and bioeconomics save capitalism? Whats more dangerousgovernments refusing to address climate change, or the technocratic solutions they will propose? Will we see the rise of fascism, or the regeneration of democracy? If we study the challenges that capitalism and the state will confront, we can prepare to make the most of them to put forward another way of life.

Between the Crisis of Democracy and the Crisis of Capitalism

Peter Gelderloos

It is no secret that both democracy and capitalism are in crisis. For more than half a century, state planners and their pundits only had to justify democracy as better than (state) communism. For the 1990s and most of the 00s, they didnt have to offer any justification at all. Democracy was the only possibility imaginable, the teleological destiny of all humankind.

Today, that is no longer the case. On the world stage, democratic institutions of interstate cooperation are in shambles, and the emergence of new alliances and new postures suggests that an alternative is beginning to coalesce. At the level of specific nation-states, the central ground that allowed for a broad social consensus for many decades has all but eroded. There are growing movements on the right to reformulate the social contractand, at the farthest fringes, to do away with democracy entirelywhile the left is preparing a groundswell to renew democracy and smooth out its contradictions by renewing the dream of universal inclusion and equality. Both of these movements suggest that democracy as it currently exists cannot continue.

Meanwhile, the global financial crisis of 2008 has not been resolved, but simply staved off through the massive privatization of public resources and the creation of new, even larger financial bubbles to temporarily absorb excess capital. Capitalism desperately needs a new territory to which to expand. Whatever strategy capitalists adopt will need to offer an exponential growth in profitable investment opportunities and a solution to the mass unemployment that could afflict more than half the global labor force as Artificial Intelligence and robotization renders them redundant.

These two crises are intimately connected. Capitalists will support the governmental models that protect their interests...


UK COLUMN: China Prepares for War, Trumps Economic War on Iran, Julian Assange Not Safe 21st Century Wire

The end game of BREXIT debacle is becoming clearer, EU military unification, Trumps economic warfare and sanctions could cripple Iran and increase the probability of war in the region, and meanwhile China openly preparing for war in the Pacific. Also, an attempted breach of Julian Assanges residency at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. All this and much more

UK Column hosts Mike Robinson and Patrick Henningsen with the early week news round-up. Watch:

START Brexit: Treason Mays secret deal going ahead? Brexit deal was done before 2016 referendum: The best of both worlds A Hotel California Brexit where we can check out but never leave UK Column article: Brexit: Theresa Mays CARDs are on the table Nigel Farage knows whats happening but no comment on EU military unification Britain to start military recruitment of foreign nationals from the Commonwealth 09:06 Spotlight on HPV Vaccines event: 11 November, London Facebook has removed event details from the organisers account page Alternative View 9.1 conference: 2 December, London
10:44 Iran: United States renews 2015 sanctions on Iran US: Swift banking system must disconnect Iran from global payments Iran: we will proudly break the sanctions Maybe this is all bluster to set up a grand deal with Iran (as with North Korea) Russia: course pursued by Washingtoncause for deep disappointment China says its lawful trade with Iran should be respected
22:53 China: concentrate preparations for fighting a war One China? China wants Taiwan integrated back into China
28:19 21 Wire article: Getting into gold, getting out of the Euro (and Dollar) Euro confidence is waning on the back of Brexit and the Italian situation
30:07 US President Trump to meet President Xi and President Putin Heads of state meeting must be a positive sign Vladimir Putin: the need for mankind...


LOGICAL RANT: What Russian Interference? 21st Century Wire

As the 2018 US Midterms commence this week, its worth dusting off this legacy rant by Sunday Wire host Patrick Henningsen who attempts to inject a dose of common sense to try and alleviate Americas chronic Russia Hacking (and Russian Meddling, Russian Interference, Russian Influence, Russian Collusion et al) condition, exposing it as the Shakespearean tragic-comedy that it truly is, and facing up up the cold reality that Hillary Rodham Clinton may well have run the worse presidential campaign in US history. Can you blame the Russians for that? Listen here (from November 2017):

READ MORE RUSSIAGATE NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Russiagate Files



The Problem with Brexit and The Irish Border 21st Century Wire

Sunday Wire hosts Patrick Henningsen and Mike Robinson discuss the political rats maze known as #BREXIT and reveal why the entire fiasco is being hung on one single issue the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Their conclusion: Theresa May and the Tories never had any intention of taking the Britain out of the European Union. Is it all a staged drama used to engineer other social and geopolitical outcomes? Listen and learn more (broadcast live in Oct 2018):




Survival Strategies to Employ Should the Democratic Party Thugs Take Over the Government-Ernie Hancock-CSS Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

America is rejecting thuggery and communism of the Democratic Party. However, if their lying, cheating and intimidation leads them to control the US government, every conservative American is in trouble. Dave Hodges interviewed Ernie Hancock of Freedoms Phoenix regarding to strategies to employ should tyrannical forces take over the US government. This is a fascinating and must listen interview. .


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Solecast: A Conversation on Inhabit: Instructions for Autonomy It's Going Down

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Hip-hop artist Sole, talks with partisans of the text, Inhabit: Instructions for Autonomy.

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In todays episode of The Solecast Ill be speaking with some folks about a new project slash book called Inhabit: Instructions For Autonomy. Inhabit takes a look at what it means to live and fight in a world that is burning around us.  It side steps the radical identity and ideological labels and focuses on a set of liberatory practices for building a new world in the ruins of this one. While silicon valley types want to escape the ravages of climate change by building fortresses for the wealthy, Inhabit imagines a world of autonomous territories, sharing resources, skills and power.

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Final Straw: Settler-Colonialism with Nani Ferreira-Mathews It's Going Down

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Final Straw returns this week for an interview with Nani Ferreira-Mathews on settler-colonialism and Zionism.

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This week, we spoke with Nani Ferreira-Mathews. Nani is the author of Birthright?: Travelogue of an American Radical in Israel / Palestine, published by On Our Own Authority (or OOOA) Books, out of Atlanta, earlier this year. Nani has indigenous Hawaiian and Jewish heritage and talks and in 2013 went on the Taglit-Birthright tour to Israel, which is offered to Jews raised outside of Israel, in this case mostly of those on the trip were from the U.S., Canada & Europe.

Going into it, she already had some misgivings but throughout the tour she became more and more aware of the trip as a means to erase Palestinian and Indigenous perspectives from visibility to the tourists, who are being groomed for populating the spaces seized by the Israel as a Jewish-only territory and state. We talk about Zionism as a nationalist movement, the manipulation of the tourists on this free trip including setting up romantic situations among the guests and IDF soldiers and sleep deprivation, funding sources for Taglit-Birthright, and comparisons between the erasure or commodification of non-hegemonic ethnic and religious identities in the history and culture of the United States of America and Israel. We also talk about the BDS (or Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement, a Palestinian-led protest movement to economically and culturally push Israel to end the occupation.

Next week well be airing a conversation with activists working on political prisoner and human rights issues in Palestine, so stay tuned!


Kite Line: Being Heard; Prison and the Deaf Community It's Going Down

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Long running anti-prison podcast and radio show Kite Line returns with its weekly show straight out of Bloomington, Indiana.

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Today, we are sharing an interview with Talila Lewis and Dustin Gibson, two organizers and researchers addressing the intersection of disability and incarceration. After TL describes the high stakes of being deaf in prison, they move on to sketch out the ways that children of color are disabled across society and pushed towards feeling inept and being housed in prison. They speak a bit about the organization HEARD- Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf. Well be talking more about their work and more about the history of disability and incarceration in a later episode. We also hear statements from Greg Curry, both about his situation inside the Ohio prison system, and showing his support for the Vaughn 17.


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Natural supplements that treat sleep disruptions and menopause symptoms

(Natural News) There are a lot of things that a person can do to improve sleep during menopause. Some examples include dietary changes, exercise, stress management, and mind-body therapies. However, natural supplement...


Photo of Brazil President-Elect Bolsonaros Sons Wearing IDF and Mossad Shirts Goes Viral The Anti-Media

Bolsonaro Sons IDF Mossad(MPN)  Just a week after far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaros electoral victory in Brazils presidential election, the consequences of fascism and support for apartheid and ethno-nationalism rising to power are already coming to fruition. A photo of Bolsonaros sons donning shirts depicting logos of Israels Mossad spy agency and Israeli Defense Forces (military) has gone viral, highlighting []


Three Simple Questions for Voters on Tuesday OpEdNews

In this midterm election, as you decide who to vote for or even whether to vote, I ask you to consider three questions.


Saudi Arabia Grilled Over Human Rights Record at UN Meeting in Geneva The Anti-Media

Saudi Arabia Death Penalty(MEE)  Saudi Arabia has insisted that its investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be fair, amid a barrage of criticism at a United Nations meeting on Monday. The half-day public debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva came just over than a month after the Saudi insider-turned-critic was murdered in the Saudi consulate []


Civilians Trapped as Saudi Airstrikes and Warships Pound Yemeni City of Hodeidah The Anti-Media

(ANTIWAR.COM)  Saudi airstrikes and warships continue to pound the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah on Monday, with escalating strikes coinciding with Saudi-backed ground forces advancing closer to the city, just three miles from the port itself, according to officials. This further limits the movement of aid into and out of the vital port, which before the Saudi []


Election Day: #NativeVote18 races to watch across the nation Indianz.Com News

Election Day is finally here and Native candidates across the nation are hoping to secure victory at the polls in what has become a landmark year for the Native vote.


Trump gets caught with pants down in Yemenagain Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Trump, like many of his predecessors, deserve to be behind bars for collaborating with Saudi Arabia and for bombing the school bus in Yemen.


30 Things You Should Avoid Doing In Singapore True Activist



The Getty Explores Rise of Renaissance Nude Guardian Liberty Voice

Renaissance artists drew inspiration from classical sculpture and observation to craft artworks depicting the human body. The J. Paul Getty Museum explores the rise and influence of the nude in The Renaissance Nude, now on view through January 27, 2019. The exhibit traces the rise of the nude in artworks made in France, Germany, Italy []



Red Tsunami? Trump Photos Show Rallies Packed To The Gills! Alternative News Network

Red Tsunami? Trump Photos Show Rallies Packed To The Gills!

Democrats dont want you to see the nationwide enthusiasm for president and America First.

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30 Of The Worlds Most Dangerous Jobs True Activist

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Either Way They Vote Americans Remain Suckered Into Being a Worldwide Genocidal Killing Machine OpEdNews

Americans being suckered into focusing on voting for one of the two parties of the ruling genocidal Wall St. plutocracy, US CIA controlled media informs of Yemeni children dying from bombs & starvation knowing its captive audience will not turn against the American killing machine. Once USA-EU loses hegemony, the many nations that have seen their children murdered by USA and European empires will sue for justice at a new UN


Farrakhan compares Trump to Satan Satan demands apology Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

"I cannot express the shame and humiliation I feel at being compared to such a dimwit."


Are the Etruscans the ancestors of the Russian people? Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

The Etruscans are an ancient and very little known civilizations. It is known that this is essentially the ancestors of the Romans. The Romans borrowed from the Etruscans architecture, various rites and technologies. The Etruscan state was located between the Tiber and Arno rivers. During the reign of Emperor Claudius 1, in the 1st century AD, the entire []


To Change The World, Treat Your Rebels Well PopularResistance.Org

Throughout history, there has been tension between those who desire obedience to authority and those who question authority. It is those who question authority that contribute to social change, but our culture does not treat them well. We speak with psychologist Bruce E. Levine about his latest book, "Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person's Guide to being an Anti-Authoritarian - Strategies, Tools and Models" and the lessons it teaches for the political moment in which we find ourselves, how anti-authoritarianism is being suppressed and what we must do.


My Freedom of Speech Was Stolen - Eight Times! Here's what I did -- OpEdNews

Underhanded political sign stealing in Virginia's 2nd District inspires a variety of creative problem solving.


Indiana Police Officer Before Punching Handcuffed Man: If You Spit Again, Were Gonna Party Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

The mayor of Elkhart, Indiana, said Monday in hindsight his police chief should have handed down more severe punishment than reprimands to a pair of officers who now face criminal charges for repeatedly punching a handcuffed man in the face.

At the same time, Mayor Tim Neese defended Chief Ed Windbigler, who earlier told a civilian oversight board that the two officers had gone a little overboard with a man in custody, while saying nothing of punches being thrown. Windbigler also told the oversight board that no one suffered injuries, even though video shows the man being taken from the police station on a stretcher.

I think probably Chief Windbigler was not attempting to mislead anyone, Neese said.

The city announced Friday that misdemeanor battery charges would be filed against officers Cory Newland and Joshua Titus over their role in the incident. In the interview on Monday, the mayor said the case was only sent to prosecutors after a reporter for the South Bend Tribune asked for a copy of video of the incident.

In the meantime, a review of the video by The Tribune and ProPublica shows that the mayors son, Sgt. Drew Neese, and Jason Ray, a corporal who is president of the Elkhart lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, were in the room at the time two of their colleagues punched the man. They walked over after their fellow officers began throwing punches.

Asked about the actions of those officers, including his son, Tim Neese said, Some officers could have done more, and some officers probably could have done less.

Although the video shows the handcuffed man bleeding from his head after the beating, Tim Neese said he was not convinced the injuries resulted from the officers punches. The mayor said the man was injured during a domestic disturbance before his arrest.

I dont have reason to believe that he had injuries that occurred at the Elkhart Police Department, Neese said.

When asked by a Tribune reporter if the punches themselves could be considered injurious, Neese said, I suppose thats a subjective call.

The Tribune and ProPublica are partnering on an investigation of criminal justice in Elkhart, looking at police accountability, among other issues.

On Friday, the Police Department released a 30-second video clip of the beating, which happened Jan. 12 in a detention area at the police station. That clip shows Newland and Titus pushing the man, Mario Guerrero Ledesma, onto the floor and punching him after he spits toward Newland. Newland and Titus didnt return calls seeking comment.

Through a public records request, the Tribune a...


Hillary Backers are Hijacking Democratic Party Organizations Again OpEdNews

The National Democratic Training Committee claims to be a neutral body promoting novice Democratic candidates. They solicit donations on those grounds. So why are they circulating a Hillary 2020 campaign ad?


Voter's Guide to Change Climate Politics in America OpEdNews

Our Vote Climate U.S. PAC voter's guide can revolutionize climate politics if voters use it.


A Badge of Shame: The Government's War on America's Military Veterans OpEdNews

The government's efforts to wage war on military veterans, especially those who speak out against government wrongdoing, is downright appalling.


I know what Im doing tomorrow Freethought Blogs

My halocarbon oil arrived today! Finally, I can do some arthropod embryo culture.


Would you believe that 100mL bottle cost me $166? Since Im going to use a 20l drop for each embryo, that means I only have enough for 5000 experiments. Im already feeling a little panicky about my supplies running low. Maybe I should order another bottle.

In case you were wondering what this precious stuff is, its an inert, high molecular weight polymer of chlorotrifluoroethylene. Its used a lot in insect culture because you can put an embryo into a drop of it, and it prevents it from drying out, improves optical clarity, and also allows for free gas exchange. Im eager to try it.

P.S. Oh, right, Im also voting first thing in the morning, and then hiding from all the media about the election all day long.


Yemen is Another US Dirty War OpEdNews

If the US is sincere in wanting peace, which it shows no real desire for, then it will put a stop to the bombing within 24 hours.


Homeless Man Returns $10,000. What The Owner Gave Back Changed His Life True Activist


Unless you yourself have been homeless, there is no way of knowing how difficult it is, especially through the long and cold winter nights. Elmer Alvarez had been homeless for a year, living on the streets and having to live every day without knowing what was to be of his life. But then one day everything was going to change, and in more ways than one.

See how one man was able to turn his life completely around just by doing what he calls, the right thing.


Discover the Military Heroes in Your Family Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 2, 2018 in Campaigns, Collections   For the past 30 years, our focus has been digitizing and making historical content accessible for everyone today, we offer more than 10 billion historical documents, including an unmatched collection of more than 250 million military records. As America celebrates Veterans Day this []


Little Rock Mobilizes to Oppose Nazi Group on Saturday Whos Leader Says Exterminationism Toward Jews the Only Way It's Going Down

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This Saturday in Little Rock, Arkansas, anti-racists, antifascist groups, and community organizations plan to mobilize against one of the largest and oldest neo-Nazi groups in the US, the National Socialist Movement (NSM). The NSM evolved out of and takes its ideological and optical inspiration from the American Nazi Party (ANP), which was one of the first organizations in the post-war period to promote Hitlers brand of National Socialism in an organized fashion. Like the NSM, the group was known for dressing like SS stormtroopers, giving Nazi salutes, operating in a paramilitary type fashion, and also embracing the swastika and Adolf Hitler.


Hate Thy Neighbour Jamali Meets the National Socialist Movement

"You kind of think, how are they going to get a revolution right if they can't even burn a swastika properly".We're showing a repeat of HATE THY NEIGHBOUR tonight at 10.30pm

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Recently the National Socialist Movement has attempted to gain new recruits out of the rise of the Alt-Right and support for Donald Trump, and has even attempted to clean up its image, to a degree. In 2016, the NSM along with a variety of violent skinhead gangs, KKK groups, and other neo-Nazi organizations, attempted to form the Aryan National Alliance, which soon grew into the Nationalist Front. The NSM also stated that they would no longer use the swastika in public, however at each and every rally the NSM has organized, they can still be founding giving Hitler salutes, sporting Nazi tattoos, and also burning crosses and swasti...


Illinois DCFS Agrees to Outside Inquiry at Psychiatric Hospital Where Children Have Reported Abuse Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services agreed Monday to a full, independent assessment involving children in its care placed at a Chicago psychiatric hospital rocked by allegations of abuse and assault.

DCFS and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois have been negotiating since Thursday over the investigation at Aurora Chicago Lakeshore Hospital and how the child welfare agency would ensure the safety of its children hospitalized there, especially those who have been kept at the hospital despite being cleared for discharge.

In a written response to the ACLU on Monday, DCFS said it would allow the independent review to address the safety, care and treatment of DCFS youth at the hospital. The ACLU said it welcomed the agencys change of course.

We are glad that the department agreed to this, but we need to remain vigilant, ACLU attorney Claire Stewart said. This is a small step in a longer fix, but its a step.

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DCFS had agreed Friday to place a hold on sending children in its care to the hospital, but it said it wanted any review of the facility to be limited to the 16 allegations of...


Montel Williams Will Host Military Makeover Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Montel Williams first episode as host of Military Makeover set to air on November 30th following Veterans Day.   Military Makeover with Montel, produced by BrandStar, offers hope and a helping hand here on the home front to members of our military and their loved ones. A veteran of both the Marine Corps and the Navy, talk []


A Stunning Video of Arizona Monsoon Thunderstorms Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

Rarely does one see a weather video so stunning, so poetic, with music and imagery so in sync, and that vividly communicates the beauty and grandeur of the atmosphere
But this week I was privileged to view such a video of southwest U.S. thunderstorms that was created by Mike Olbinski. 

The Southwest  (or North American) monsoon is associated with often spectacular thunderstorms over Arizona and the interior US Southwest during summer (roughly late June to August).   The large scale circulation pattern that produces the monsoon has high pressure over the Gulf of Mexico and moist southerly flow moving northward out of western Mexico (see graphic below produced by the Arizona cooperative extension).

 Monsoon thunderstorms are not only vigorous, often with intense and substantial rainfall, but tend to be high based, allowing a good view of rain shafts and dust storms below the main cumulonimbus cloud. 

Yes, dust storms.  Strong outflow winds can be produced by descending air from the thunderstorm that hits the surface and spreads out (see figure).  The air accelerates downward due to the downward drag of the falling precipitation and the evaporative cooling of precipitation in the dry air below.  Cool air is more dense, resulting in downward acceleration.  These winds can raise sand and dust, creating dust storms that are often called haboobs.   The strong winds moving out of thunderstorms can also be very dangerous for landing and departing aircraft.

OK, back to the video.  In it will see many examples of precipitation falling out of thunderstorms, lots of lightning, and stunning dust storms.  Click on the link below, and be prepared to be moved.  Mike Olbinski is a poet videographer.



What This Election Is About OpEdNews

In America democracy is a scam. The oligarchy rules, and the people, no matter how they suffer under the oligarch's rule, must submit and accept. No more presidential candidates, please, who represent the people. This is the lesson that the Establishment hopes to teach the rabble in the midterm elections.


How Insidious Is Indiana When It Comes to Voter Suppression? WhoWhatWhy

Since the 2016 presidential election, Indiana has purged nearly 500,000 voters from its rolls about 10 percent of the total and it would have been even more if a court had not stepped in.

Indiana is one of the states that has aggressively purged inactive voters from its rolls. That means those Hoosiers who had not voted in a couple consecutive elections and also not responded to a mailer the state sent out.

In addition, Indiana had already tightened its voter ID requirements, making it harder for low-income, non-drivers to vote, since it requires a visit to a local Bureau of Motor Vehicles office to secure an alternative ID a barrier in cities like Fort Wayne that lack decent mass transit.

Karen Goldner, a former Fort Wayne city councilwoman doing supplementary reporting from Indiana for WhoWhatWhy, stopped by the Rousseau Center in Fort Wayne ahead of the midterms. She spoke with election board clerk Sharmella Morgan, who was working at one of five early voting locations in Allen County last weekend and told Goldner she saw several early voters turned away due to inadequate photo ID.

Based on her knowledge as a former Fort Wayne resident and Councilwoman, Goldner told WhoWhatWhy she did not think it would be easy for non-drivers to get to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles they were being directed to and back to the polls again to vote early or on Election Day.

In other words, a low-income resident in a city like Fort Wayne, who gets turned away for failure to produce a valid state drivers license, may be up for navigating the citys problematic public transportation system to get to the BMV, obtain an ID, and then get back to the polls but there is also a good chance that this may be too burdensome or that they simply do not have the time or energy to do so.

Goldner characterizes this as voter suppression that is as unremarkable and inconspicuous as an Indiana landscape.



VA Mobilizes Federal Agencies to Offer Free Legal Advice to Help Veterans Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Veterans Affairs News Release WASHINGTON  Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) together with representatives from the departments of Labor, Justice, Defense, Homeland Security, the U.S. Navy and others, signed a joint statement aimed at improving access to free legal services for Veterans in need. Federal agencies and []


Chicago Considers Wiping Away Old Ticket Debt for Motorists Who File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

The Chicago City Councils finance committee approved a measure Monday that would forgive ticket debt for some city motorists, but only those who file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

The move is meant to steer indebted drivers away from Chapter 13 bankruptcies that rarely eliminate their debt. The proposed reform, which comes amid growing calls to overhaul the citys ticketing and debt collection practices, was drafted by the Law Department and included in the 2019 budget package approved by the finance committee.

The measure would wipe away unpaid tickets, fines and fees issued more than three years before debtors file for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, as long as their bankruptcy plan is successful and they complete a city payment plan for more recent ticket debt. Late penalties and other fines, including boot and impound fees, would also be forgiven.

The measure seeks to address a significant problem uncovered in a ProPublica Illinois report in February: that thousands of mostly black and low-income motorists are filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy to cope with the consequences of unpaid parking and automated-traffic-camera tickets that often lead to license suspensions and vehicle seizures.

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How the Election Assistance Commission Came Not to Care So Much About Election Security Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

In a rush of preparation for this years midterm elections, scores of state and local governments have been working to safeguard their election systems from being hacked or otherwise compromised.

At the same time, according to interviews with more than a dozen national, state and local election officials, the federal commission responsible for providing assistance to them has either been missing in action or working to thwart their efforts.

The Election Assistance Commission has ceded its leadership role in providing security training, state and local officials say, forcing them to rely on the help of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which lacks the same level of experience in the issues confronting the countrys voting systems.

One of the EACs commissioners has dismissed the threat of foreign governments undermining American elections in private meetings with state election officials, and often personally appealed to individual officials not to waste their time on the idea that election systems might be vulnerable to outside meddling.

The election officials assert that the EACs executive director, Brian Newby, has blocked the travel of key staffers at the EAC who specialize in cybersecurity, preventing them from attending what training sessions have taken place.

While local officials credit the EAC for the speed with which it has distributed federal money set aside for election updates, they say it has shown little enthusiasm for beefing up election security.

One of the state officials interviewed by ProPublica said that in the run-up to the 2018 vote, election security was the only conversation there is, but that the EAC had chosen not to be a major player. They are completely absent in this space, said an election official who like others spoke to ProPublica on condition of anonymity, citing the bitterly partisan nature of the upcoming election.

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Portland, OR: PDX Rad Movie Night, The Gentleman Bank Robber It's Going Down

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Calling all Portlanders for another PDX Rad Movie Night on November 11th.

For the next installment of PDX Rad Movie Night we will be partnering with Portland Anarchist Black Cross and Oregon Jericho to present The Gentleman Bank Robber, the story of queer revolutionary and former political prisoner Rita Bo Brown. The film is directed by local film maker and activist Julie Perini. The screening will be taking place at 6PM on Sunday, November 11th at the Social Justice Action Center at 400 SE 12th Ave.

Part of the George Jackson Brigade, a revolutionary prison abolitionist group operating in the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s, Brown helped fund operations through her bank-robbing activities. Weaving life in present-day Oakland, where brown now resides, with retelling of events, interviews with collaborators, and archival materials, Perini weaves together a touching look at a woman who has led a life committed to activism while maintaining a delightful sense of humor and humanity.

Following the screening there will be a discussion led by members of Portland ABC on current organizing around supporting political prisoners, and prison abolition and how people can get involved in that work.

Donations collected at the event will be given to bo browns medical fund.

PDX Rad Movie Night aims to create a space for people in the local radical community to come together on regular basis in a setting that isnt a meeting or protest, and give them the chance to socialize and make connections in a low stress environment.

This will be the last Rad Movie Night for 2018 as we hibernate over the winter, but well be back in early 2019.


Early Voting Brought a Surge of Voters. What Will Election Day Bring? Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

During three weeks of early voting, many of the problems Electionland has identified have been driven by higher-than-expected turnout. While experts say we wont know if this means record-breaking turnout on Election Day, early voting in some states has already outpaced 2014, leaving election administrators struggling to keep up.

There are two scenarios: One is that its been an unprecedented number of early voters, and the next is that its an equally historic Election Day, said Michael McDonald, a political science professor at the University of Florida who studies voter turnout. He said that while we wont know which is correct until Election Day, all signs point to higher turnout on Tuesday. Weve never seen this level of engagement during a midterm election, he said.

If that happens, experts say, voters are likely to see problems at the polls that are common when turnout exceeds expectations long lines, malfunctioning machines and new voters confused by increasingly obscure election laws.

In Austin, Texas, registration was so high that Travis County still had thousands of registration forms left to process in the weekend before early voting started. The county warned voters that those whod registered in the final days may have to cast a provisional ballot, and its tax assessor and voter registrant, Bruce Elfant, used the occasion to advocate for online registration something he said would have prevented the backlog. Texas is one of 13 states without online registration.

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A Mysterious Facebook Group Is Using Bernie Sanders Image to Urge Democrats to Vote for the Green Party Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

A Facebook page for a group called America Progress Now is running ads online urging progressives to vote for Green Party candidates in seven competitive races in the Midwest.

People of Color NEED Marcia Squier in the Senate to represent them, one of the ads says, promoting a Green Party candidate in Michigan. Americans dont have control over our government anymore. Weve lost it to greedy, corporate capitalists, says another, calling for voters to support Ohio Green Party candidate Joe Manchik.

The page features ads with images of prominent progressive politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Problem is, America Progress Now hasnt registered with the Federal Election Commission, as all groups making independent political expenditures are required to do. Six of the Green Party candidates being promoted by America Progress Now say they have no affiliation with the Facebook page, and most say theyve never heard of the group.

And theres no sign of America Progress Now at the address listed on its Facebook page. When we visited 605 E. 132nd St. in the Bronx on Monday morning, none of the tenants we spoke to had ever heard of America Progress Now. The buildings landlord, Stephen Rosenfeld, said in a phone call that he hadnt heard of the group either and that no tenants by that name were in his building. After reaching out to America Progress Now, the page removed its Bronx address.

The ads caught the attention of Sanders Senate office, which asked Facebook to take the ads down, but so far the company has refused to do so. Two of the ads mention Sanders and one insinuates that he supports voting for third-party candidates. Bernie Sanders is leading the way, the ad states. Its time to send him some allies in Washington. This November, dont vote for a party, vote for Progressive values.

We asked Facebook to remove the ad last week because it is clearly a malicious attempt to deceive voters, Sanders spokesman Josh Miller-Lewis said in a statement. It is deeply troubling that after Facebook was used in similar ways by foreign actors in 2016 to swing the election, the company still refuses to act to combat deceptive and misleading ads run by anonymous organizations.

In an email to a Sanders staff member that was shared with VICE News and ProPublica, Facebook said it had investigated America Progress Now and found no violations of its policies. Facebook said it had verified that American Process Now is authorized...


The migrant caravan as seen by Fox News Freethought Blogs

Saturday Night Live gets the fact-free fear-mongering pretty much right.



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Equity Markets Stay High Regardless Of Who Wins Or Loses Alternative News Network

Equity Markets Stay High Regardless Of Who Wins Or Loses

Gerald Celente provides insight into midterms and the stock market.

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Our Electionland Project Is Tracking Voting Problems and Getting Results Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

On Tuesday, more than 250 reporters from over 125 newsrooms will be working together toward one goal. We are all part of Electionland, a collaborative journalism project dedicated to identifying problems with access to the ballot.

Weve already seen our coverage make a difference. Tips sent to local partners have produced stories that pressed officials to fix problems, helping people vote more easily.

Our partners at the Houston Chronicle took up an Electionland tip about voter registration issues at Prairie View A&M a historically black university in Waller County. Administrative errors were keeping hundreds of registered voters at the school from casting a ballot at the voting location on campus. Whats more, the county was asking them to fill out forms to remedy the problem a step advocates say could confuse students and keep them from voting.

Meanwhile, as the Chronicle also documented, a Democratic campaign staffer complaining about the issue was briefly arrested after taking a photo of the county clerk.

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Why Professional Wrestling is the Perfect Metaphor for US Politics The Anti-Media

(CJ Opinion)  I havent been writing about the US midterms much, because I dont care about that nonsense anymore. The whole things a fake pro wrestling performance staged every couple of years to give a heavily armed populace the illusory sense that they have some degree of control over the things their government does. By this []


WATCH: Jury Convicts Paterson Police Officer Jose Urena in Fatal Hit-and-Run Case Filming Cops

A Passaic County jury, after almost three days of deliberations, convicted police officer Jose Urena, Jr. in the fatal Temple Street hit-and-run that left Jaquill Jake Fields dead. Urena was

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Voting Is Our Basic Guarantee of Democratic Equality OpEdNews

Is the vote important? This article argues for the centrality of the vote in a democratic process.


Carmel is Not a Strong Town Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

In our last podcast, I spoke with Aaron Renn, the Urbanophile, about the city of Carmel, Indiana. It was an opportunity to learn more about Carmel's controversial experiment in large-scale, debt-driven suburban retrofit, and an opportunity to hear, though the voice of an authentic supporter, about what Carmel is doing. It is different than other North American suburbs, and while Strong Towns has not delved deeply into what is happening there, weve been prompted to do so many times.

Some podcast listeners were upset that the podcast with Aaron wasnt more of a debate, with me aggressively challenging the points being made. Others were thankful for the opportunity to have Carmels case made unmolested. Having heard the pro-Carmel narrative, this week were following up and offering a different perspective.

Aaron called Carmel the anti-Strong Town, and there are some fundamental reasons why that is true. We ask the questions: How will you know that youre wrong? When will you know?

What Carmel has done is toby Aarons own admissionbuild all the happy, pleasant, comfortable amenities today to attract people counting on future growth to cover the cost. In a sense, its a go for broke mentality. Its impossible today to know if this will work. Furthermore, its disconcertingly self-affirming for people to convince themselves that they can today enjoy all of the fruits of a communitys future labor.

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What Carmel has done, in a very modern American way, is invert the time-tested process of making sacrifices today for a better tomorrow. A fiscally prudent approach to the same vision of tomorrow might involve Carmel's raising taxes on its residents, in order to make investments in things those residents want, based on a vision that these investments will ultimately pay off. What Carmels leadership has done instead is delivered on the amenities today, without requiring anything in terms of real sacrifice for a community that is currently wealthy. Carmel residents of today have no real skin in the game, at least not into proportion to the benefit they enjoy. Carmel residents of tomorrow, on the other hand, inherit a huge risk when that debt has to be repaid....


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Treat your hypertension naturally with mahogany seed extract

(Natural News) In Malaysia, mahogany seeds are used as a folk medicine for the treatment of hypertension. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food provides scientific evidence on the use of mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) seed as a herbal medicine to treat hypertension....



Otherworlds Review: Afterwords It's Going Down

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Check Out the Book Version of The Otherworlds Review HERE

The Orphic initiators of antiquity, the Orpheotelestai, were said to travel from city-state to city-state healing ancestral curses, performing initiations, offering deliverance by way of sacrifice, and distributing piles of magical books. One such book, the Orphic Hymns, contains ritual technology for the invocation of the gods in nocturnal rites. Another, the lesser known Orphic Lithica, functions as a handbook on the magical uses of stones by the ritual practitioner. Stones figure prominently in the reemergent magical traditions of the present, and these traditions are beginning to wake up to the danger posed by the commodification of sacred stone and plant allies. This danger is nowhere more evidenced than in the aesthetic-extraction frenzy of crystal addiction. Crystals are traded en masse, entirely divorced from the worlds and cosmologies of meaning from which they emerge. Millions of stone beings stand locked up in the museums, storefront display cases and collections of stone hoarders spread throughout the empire; millions waiting to be liberated by the illegalist arts and put into circulation through the web of conspiracy between friends and accomplices as gifts. Gift economics: the ancient anarchist tradition of passing talismans from hand to hand to be mobilized in the process of co-creating free lives. The Dionysian occultist Georges Bataille recognized that the act of gifting imbued an object with otherworldly force and forged a powerful bond between the recipient and the giver.

We submit these seven transmissions, now bound together as another sacred book (available as a pocketbook from Contagion Press or as a print-ready PDF), as a gift to the anarchist galaxy. In this, we recall that Dionysos marked Ariadnes apotheosis by placing a circlet upon her head and thereafter raising it to the heavens as a constellation of seven stars. This book is our crown. It hangs in the heavens challenging us as with the mystery cultists and theurgists to uncover, following Kirsten Brydums Spiritual Anarchism, the divinity within ourselves. In a sense, this has always been the path of the anarchist: to realize our capacity to engage the world at the level of story, to weave with meaning itself, to actualize the...


Georgia Officials Quietly Patched Security Holes They Said Didnt Exist Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

On Sunday morning, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp unleashed a stunning allegation: State Democrats had committed possible cyber crimes after a tipster told party officials he had found gaping security holes in the states voter information website. The affair quickly degenerated into volleying charges about whether Democrats had promptly informed officials of the possible security breach.

A representative for Kemp, the states Republican candidate for governor, denied vulnerabilities existed in the states voter-lookup site and said the problems alleged could not be reproduced. But in the evening hours of Sunday, as the political storm raged, ProPublica found state officials quietly rewriting the websites computer code.

ProPublicas review of the states voter system followed a detailed recipe created by the tipster, who was described as having IT experience and alerted Democrats to the possible security problems. Using the name of a valid Georgia voter who gave ProPublica permission to access his voter file, reporters attempted to trace the security lapses that were identified.

ProPublica found the website was returning information in such a way that it revealed hidden locations on the file system. Computer security experts had said that revelation could give an intruder access to a range of information, including personal data about other voters and sensitive operating system details.

ProPublicas attempt to take the next step to poke around the concealed files and the innards of the operating system was blocked by software fixes made that evening. According to the tipsters recipe, it was also possible to view a voters drivers license, partial Social Security number and address.

Kemp is locked in a tight race with Stacey Abrams, a former Democratic leader in the Georgia House. On Monday, his spokesman said the vulnerabilities raised could not be replicated. There was nothing to substantiate the claims, said Kemp spokeswoman Candice Broce.

ProPublicas test on Sunday found traces of the same vulnerabilities the tipster described in his digital recipe. Details of the alleged vulnerabilities were provided to ProPublica by the website, which first reported on the security issues this weekend.

Broce said the ability to see wh...


Pakistan blasphemy ruling Freethought Blogs

The laws in Pakistan against blasphemy are an absolute disgrace. They are so expansive and ambiguous that people can use them against their enemies by alleging blasphemy and making their lives intolerable. It seems like charges can be brought easily and religious mobs easily incited who then in turn intimidate authorities into take action against the accused. Hence the decision last week by the Pakistani Supreme Court to overturn the blasphemy conviction of the woman known as Asia Bibi is a welcome development.

It should be noted that the justices only ruled that the case against her had not been proved beyond reasonable doubt and did not rule on the law itself, which was passed in 1860 by the British and added to by Pakistani leaders in the 20th century seeking to pander to zealots. And yet even that minimal approach was enough to infuriate the zealots. Bibis case is a testament to how bad the laws are and the power of religious zealots.

Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours.

She always maintained her innocence, but has spent most of the past eight years in solitary confinement.

Wednesdays verdict by the Supreme Court triggered demonstrations in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Multan. Clashes with police have been reported.

A leader of the hard-line Islamist Tehreek-i-Labaik party, Muhammad Afzal Qadri, said all three Supreme Court judges deserve to be killed.

The absurdity of the case against her is manifest.

The trial stems from an argument Asia Bibi, whose full name is Asia Noreen, had with a group of women in June 2009.

They were harvesting fruit when a row broke out about a bucket of water. The women said that because she had used a cup, they could no longer touch it, as her faith had made it unclean.

Prosecutors alleged that in the row which followed, the women said Asia Bibi should convert to Islam and that she made offensive comments about the Prophet Muhammad in response.

She was later beaten up at her home, during which her accusers say she confessed to blasphemy. She was arrested after a police investigation.

One good sign is that the new prime minister Imran Khan has criticized the religious hardliners.

Bibi is trying to get asylum for herself and her family because once one is accused of blasphemy, life becomes intolerable. But it appears that in order to appease the hardliners, moves are underway to prevent her from leaving the country.

Pakistans authorities have struck a deal with a hard-line Islamist party to end a protest over the acquittal of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy.

As part of the deal,...


Break-in Attempted at Assange's Residence in Ecuador Embassy OpEdNews

An attempt was made on Oct. 29 to break into the Ecuadorian embassy, where security has been removed and apparently new surveillance devices installed, reports Joe Lauria.


Republican Racial Rhetoric Rages on With the President as Its Instigator Guardian Liberty Voice

Republican candidates have joined President Donald Trumps aggressive racial rhetoric. It appears they have embraced the countrys leaders attitude that anyone who is not a native-born citizen has no rights in America. Right-wing news sites, voters, politicians alike join the president in creating and promoting conspiracy theories against non-white, non-Protestant, and non-citizens. They use unintelligent and derogatory []


Dan Crenshaw Is The Sexy Congressman America Needs The Federalist

Dan Crenshaw is an American hero, a patriot, and a man compelled to serve his nation beyond the sacrifice hes already given in military service. Hes also quite handsome.


VANDALISMS: One Last Hurrah It's Going Down

The post VANDALISMS: One Last Hurrah appeared first on It's Going Down.

Did you miss us? Its certainly been a while since we last wrote. How many times did we prepare to return to this column, sketching out an outline in our heads of what to say, only for another whirlwind of events leave our ideas in the dust. Perhaps it is better this way. We arent trying to keep up with the news cycle, or the latest outrage. And when it comes down to it, thats the point were trying to make.

A tribute wall to French anti-fascist Clement Meric, who was murdered by nazis in 2013. @th1an1 / Montreal, Canada

Vandalism can be a tool for engaging with these social movements and issues, but is not contained within them. As weve seen this repeatedly summer, such as the outcries against ICE or the 2018 Prison Strike, graffiti can play a prominent role in these moments. But the role it played was (at least partially) expansive.



Not Too Big to Fail: Facebooks Long Reign May Be Coming to an End The Anti-Media

Facebook Killing Independent News facebook steemit blockchain social mediaSears and Blockbuster fell because neither was able to adapt and grow with its consumer base. Is Facebook making the same mistakes? (FEE)  Over the last several years, Facebook has gone from facilitating the free flow of information to inhibiting it through incremental censorship and account purges. What began with the ban of Alex Jones []


A Curious Concept: In Nevada, the Power of Votes May Actually Prevail WhoWhatWhy

Nevadas Senate race between incumbent Dean Heller (R) and Democratic challenger Rep. Jacky Rosen is one of the most closely watched races in these midterms. It is a must-win for Democrats if they are to have any chance of retaking the Senate.

Coming into this election cycle, Heller, who is fighting to keep his seat in a state won by Hillary Clinton in 2016, knew that his key to victory was turnout low turnout.

At a private lunch back in April, Heller was secretly taped saying We now have less than 60,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans. Let me be more clear. If we can get that number below 50,000, I cant lose.

However, it seems that Hellers strategy has failed. Early voting in the state ended Friday with more than 600,000 votes cast, a record 35.5 percent turnout. Democrats held the lead, with nearly 41 percent of the early votes compared to 38 percent for Republicans.

This is a result of a concerted effort by civic groups, unions, and voter right groups implementing a three-step strategy: uncovering voter suppression, getting people to register, and making sure they get to the polls. Efforts by Nevada officials to purge voter rolls were successfully opposed by the ACLU in the state.

Apart from a few instances, we have not seen any major violations, Amy Rose, legal director of ACLU Nevada told WhoWhatWhy. The county registrar of Clark County has been doing a good job educating voters and being transparent, which makes it easier for people to be part of the process.

Dean Heller, Jackie Rosen

Nevadas Senate race between US Rep. Jacky Rosen (D) and incumbent Dean Heller (R). Photo credit: Adapted b...


Protection From 5G Technology & Information You NEED To KNOW!!! Sheep Media

We need to protect ourselves from the 5 G millimeter waves and the first thing we need to do this is to know what it is, what it looks like

and how to defend ourselves from this 5G weaponry.

Listen to Joe Imbriano from The Fullerton Informer:


Monster Announces the Best Companies for Hiring Veterans 2018 Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Monster Announces 2018 Best Companies for Veterans List List reveals companies leading the way in recruiting and retraining veteran talent, while a new Monster Survey underscores the need for employer best practices with additional information on these companies. WESTON, Mass., November 5, 2018  In advance of Veterans Day, Monster and convened a panel of []


UN Envoy Angelina Jolie Calls for Ceasefire in Yemen The Anti-Media

Angelina Jolie Yemen(MEMO)  Angelina Jolie has called on the UN Security Council to expedite the ceasefire in Yemen and reach a lasting settlement of the conflict. The Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a statement distributed by the international organisation in Geneva on Sunday. Jolie said the Council should work with countries []


Tomgram: James Carroll, Entering the Second Nuclear Age? OpEdNews

It was only an announcement, but think of it as the beginning of a journey into hell. Last week, President Donald Trump made public his decision to abrogate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a 1987 agreement with the Soviet Union.


The Fake War in Yemen, Saudi and UAE Involvement Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Gamal Benamer breaks his silence and accuses Saudi Arabia and the UAE of aborting the political solution in Yemen .. and launched a campaign against him because of his continued efforts to end the war in Yemen New York Ray Day: For the first time since his resignation as UN envoy to Yemen, the Moroccan diplomat []


Blue Wave, Red Tide: The Ballot Box of Nighmares It's Going Down

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A survey of both corporate parties on the eve of the midterm elections.

Its November, and here in the US in the even-numbered years between Halloween and Thanksgiving, we indulge in mid-term elections for the House of Representatives, parts of the Senate, some governors, etc. etc.

Trump and the Republicans flood the markets with nationalist rhetoric, racist programs, corrupt practices, and military spending.  Meanwhile, the Democrats think, given the general repugnance engendered by faux-billionaire, that they can regain control of the House of Representatives.

This 10th year since/of the Great Recession has exposed just how inadequate the old international order of alliances, and agreements, from NAFTA to NATO, are to mediating the stresses and strains of capital accumulation.  And it is precisely the expansion of US capitalism that has made those stresses and strains so acute.

As the international order goes, so go the domestic institutions. The Democrats think they can capture that once-upon-a-time imagined sanctuary of the small property-holder, the House, at the very moment that the House, like small property, has been shown to be fundamentally incapable of originating any action not paid for by big property.

The opposition that Democrats imagine they present to Trump is just that imaginary. It requires allegiance and submission to the system of law and rules that the landlord-in-chief, and his senate agents, have discarded, dismantled, disgraced. Win or lose, the blood in the water that the Democrats smell is their own.

Our opposition is class opposition to both Republicans and Democrats. The Republicans pave the way and cede the ground to ever more reactionary, barbaric, paranoid, visions and versions of the property holders. Somebody is always coming to threaten their property.  The world is one big they; they are not us; they want what is rightfully mine, that which I rightfully took from others. Blacks, Jews, Latino people, immigrants, Chinese. Them.

The paranoid strain has always been a powerful part of US capitalism.


Phone-Zap: Ohio Prison Strikers Attacked With Mace It's Going Down

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Prisoners at Toledo Correctional Institution went on strike on Saturday, and were in turn attacked with chemical weapons. See how you can support the current phone-zap campaign in solidarity.

Seven people incarcerated in Toledo Correctional Institution went on strike Saturday, November 2nd). They refused to be moved into the yard for recreation time until a SWAT or SRT team moved them, and are going on hunger strike and refusing food. SWAT and SRT teams have used rubber bullets against protesters in Toledo before. They are protesting renovations to add more solitary confinement wings. In the past 2 months, the state has been trying to turn the entirety of Toledo into a lock down institution. As a result, people have been sent to solitary because other units didnt have room, and for minor infractions that wouldnt have been reason to send someone to solitary confinement otherwise.

Many people in the 4B Overflow unit in D4 North were sent there because the (lower security/not solitary confinement) 4B unit did not have enough room. People in solitary (including overflow solitary) cant receive books, and guards in the 4B Overflow unit have been abusive, spit in food, refused to give inmates food trays or given them empty trays, and harassed Black inmates. Attempts to go through the grievance procedure have been ignored. According to a comrade on the inside, once they finish the solitary confinement blocks, you sneeze the wrong way youre going to the hole. Everyone in the whole institution is getting sick and tired of cops trying to lock the whole place down.

Four of the people on strike are David Easley, Richard Harris, Elijah Bowen, and James Ward. Three others are striking, but asked to be anonymous. Theyre demanding that people on the 4B Overflow unit be moved out of solitary confinement (and have asked to be moved to the A1 East unit).

Call to protest the expansion of solitary confinement, racist harassment, and the denial of food at the whims of abusive officers. They expect to be met with riot cops (SWAT and SRT), maced, and shot at with rubber bullets for doing this, and have asked that supporters on the outside phone zap in solidarity.

Mass calls this Monday, 11/5! but you can start now as well.


I am calling on behalf of David Easley, Richard Harris, Elijah Bowen, and James Ward, and all others on hunger strike. We know they have been severely punished with mace and rubber bullet...


Jim CrowEra Voter Suppression Still Widely Accepted WhoWhatWhy

Going to jail for voting has become a real concern for some Georgians, like Pamela Winn.

Until this week, Winn was worried about casting her own ballot. Shes registered. She knows the politicians and the issues. But she has a felony conviction, too.

Winns fears have been stoked by a spate of cases across the country where people have been prosecuted for voting while still on state supervision despite the fact that none of those votes altered the outcome of any election and the voters did not know it was illegal for them to cast a ballot.

Now, when Winn meets people on probation or parole, she counsels them, Dont go to jail just for voting.

In February, Winn completed her sentence on federal charges for bank fraud. In Georgia, that means she should be automatically eligible again to vote. Her probation officer told her she can vote. Nse Ufot, the director of the nonprofit advocating for wider voter registration, New Georgia Project, where Winn volunteers as a voting rights activist, told her she can vote.

Pamela Winn, Georgia

Photo credit: Pamela Winn.

But no one is certain because the language in Georgia law and Winns federal sentence dont exactly line up.

Felony disenfranchisement is a generations-old, living relic of the Jim Crow era, often written directly into state constitutions, like Georgias. Its not just about removing a certain class of individuals from the rolls.

Contained within felony disenfranchisement are several forms of voter suppression: intimidation, voter purging, confusion, retribution, allegations of fraud, and across it all, disproportionate minority impact.

Until this week, Winn hadnt received any official written notification which she regularly asked for over the phone and...


Brent Taylor Did Not Die For God, Family, And Country OpEdNews

This past weekend, Major Brent Taylor was killed in action in Afghanistan, where the U.S. government has now been waging war for 17 long years. At the time he was killed, the 39-year-old Taylor was training an Afghan security force. One of his trainees turned his gun on Taylor and shot him dead.


Capitalism Is Killing Patients And Their Physicians PopularResistance.Org

Until physicians are willing to accept the fact they they are being exploited by the same system that harms their patients, there will be no progress made in addressing physician depression and suicide. At that same time, until health care providers generally accept that it is our current capitalist system which puts profit production above the well being of every living thing on this planet--including themselves--we will not be able to effectively address true social and structural causes of disease and suffering. Capitalism exploits, damages, and destroys us all.


Why The Labor Market, Not Consumption, Is Central To Economic Prosperity The Federalist

Oren Cass joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss wage stagnation, universal basic income, and why we need to reevaluate the importance of work.


A March to Disaster: Noam Chomsky Condemns Trump for Pulling Out of Landmark Nuclear Arms Treaty WhoWhatWhy

Rep. Matt Shea Takes Credit, Criticism for Document Titled Biblical Basis for War (Russ)

The author writes, Washington state Rep. Matt Shea acknowledged he had distributed a four-page manifesto titled Biblical Basis for War, which describes the Christian god as a warrior, details the composition and strategies of a Holy Army and condemns abortion and same-sex marriage. Hes shown responding to criticism over the document in a Facebook Live video on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018.

Lock Them Up? Senator Proposes Prison for CEOs Who Abuse Peoples Personal Data (Reader Steve)

The author writes, US Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon has a new idea to make sure companies protect users personal information: Threaten prison for executives who mishandle that data. Wyden said Thursday that his Consumer Data Protection Act is a sweeping bill to give consumers more control over their data, force companies to be transparent about how they use peoples data and impose steep fines and even prison on executives who violate the rules.

US Reimposes All Iran Sanctions, Demands That Country End Military Actions in Syria (Jimmy)

The author writes, The Trump administration on Friday announced it is reimposing all US sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. The sanctions will take effect Monday and cover Irans shipping, financial and energy sectors. Its the second batch of penalties that the administration has reimposed since President Donald Trump withdrew from the landmark deal in May.

Trump Says Saudis Misused US Weapons in Terrible Yemen War (Reader Luke)

The author writes, President Donald Trump said Saudi Arabia has misused US-supplied weapons in its bombing campaign in Yemen and that his administration is car...


Local Planning Authority Comes From the States. Are Our Planning Boards Doing Their Jobs? Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

What is zoning supposed to do? I've heard it said that it is supposed to protect property values, whatever that actually means, but I think its worth examining the specific responsibilities that state statutes have actually charged local planning boards with. In the U.S., local jurisdictions such as cities and townships derive their authority from the state, which means that state statute establishes what the actual purpose and limits of zoning are. What are these boards that write, or at least approve, zoning regulations meant to be doing with all that power, according to the statute?

In my state of New Hampshire, the enabling legislation for zoning as it relates to subdivision and site plan regulations talks about how we create zoning ordinances so as to provide for prosperity. We are charged to (a) Provide against such scattered or premature subdivision of land as would involve danger or injury to health, safety, or prosperity by reason of the lack of water supply, drainage, transportation, schools, fire protection, or other public services, or necessitate the excessive expenditure of public funds for the supply of such services. 

Emphasis mine. But lets look at one particular line again:

provide against the excessive expenditure of public funds for the supply of public services

So what does that mean in practice?

I think the enabling language clearly urges local planning boards to look at whether the zoning they have created is going to make a town prosperous. How do we do that? We consider the likely tax return on development against the cost of providing servicessomething Strong Towns has been urging cities to do for years.

Excessive expenditure of public funds: thats what were supposed to guard against. Does that mean that if a developer builds a road, weve guaranteed prosperity? After all, the town didnt spend that money. But the town is going to have to repave that road when the time comes. If the tax revenue wont cover that expense, then we have failed to provide prosperity.

The easiest way to see whether our zoning is leading to the aforementioned excessive expenditure is to compare apples to apples. Heres one example: In my small town, we adopted an overlay district [a special set of zoning rules applying to a particular part of town] that would allow more residential density. It was a hard fight, but we established that a 5000 square foot lot (about 1/8 of an acre, or a fairly typical urban lot size) is allowed in certain districts as long as the developer manages to jump through all the required hoops. Its possible, but its not easy. In our rural zone, the minimum lot s...


Chagas Disease is in Texas Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Health Editors Note: The tropical disease, Chagas, is caused by a parasite which is passed from animals to humans with an insect as the intermediary. Currently Chagas is only found in the Americas and has an acute and chronic phase which if left untreated will give a lifelong infection. During the acute phase parasites will []


Hate Speech at Homeland Security OpEdNews

Someone, most likely in broad daylight beneath half a dozen surveillance cameras, felt confident enough to write "KILL NIGGERS" in capital letters on what has got to be one of the most highly policed blocks in the world. Who? Will we ever know?


Cutting down on distracted driving Freethought Blogs

One of the biggest puzzles is how some drivers do not seem to realize when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle weighing several tons, they can cause mayhem on a large scale. Unfortunately, it is mainly those who deliberately want to do so that realize the potential that a motor vehicle has as a lethal weapon. An error or loss of concentration can result in the deaths of innocent people. This is why the use of cell phones while driving has become such a menace. That people actually read things on their phone and send and receive text messages while driving is something I find utterly incomprehensible and so I am glad that more and more states are passing laws that issue stiff penalties for doing so.

Even conservative states like Georgia, where regulations by the government are seen as infringements of individual freedom, are cracking down.

As regulators, technology companies and even the most conscientious road warriors struggle with the universal urge to tap out a text or tally likes in slow-moving traffic, state and local policymakers are finally homing in on a strategy that works: deep and nuanced legislation, robust publicity campaigns and steep penalties-topped off with a hefty dose of grief for those already lost.

In Georgia, as with much of the U.S., traffic fatalities have spiked in recent years. Representative John Carson, who sponsored the Georgia legislation, whipped up enough votes with some simple math. Reducing the states traffic fatalities by 20 percent would save 260 lives a year, the Republican reasoned. Thats a high-school class, Carson said before a critical vote in March.

When Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, also a Republican, finally signed the bill into law July 1, he broke down and took a moment to gather himself. This legislation is Georgias way of saying today is the day that we say no more.'

It should be borne in mind that while any use of smartphones that require the use of hands or removing ones eyes from the road is obviously bad and should not be allowed, studies suggest that even the use of hands-free devices, now a standard feature in new cars, is a cause of distraction. But it looks like the banning of all phone use by drivers will be a hard sell, given how addicted we are to phones.

It used to be the case that a c...


UK To Introduce U.N. Resolution To End Yemen War; Pompeo Says Iran Responsible For Famine The Last American Vagabond

At the end of the same week that the Trump administration announced a 30-day deadline to reach a ceasefire in Yemen, it was revealed the United Kingdom is planning to introduce a United Nations Security Council resolution that seeks to end of the war.  According to a Friday ABC News report, citing diplomatic sources, the British could introduce the []

The post UK To Introduce U.N. Resolution To End Yemen War; Pompeo Says Iran Responsible For Famine appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.


The Cosmic Story: Scorpio New Moon, November 7, 2018 OpEdNews

This powerful Scorpio New Moon heralds a change in direction. A change of heart and mind. A change of priorities. We need a different Mind to face the tasks ahead. That higher Mind with higher goals and beliefs. Or perhaps we just need to live those values and beliefs we profess we already have. In any case, we need new ideas, new values, new hope to change the course patriarchy and capitalism have set for us.


Not Too Big to Fail: Why Facebooks Long Reign May Be Coming to an End Activist Post

By Brittany Hunter Over the last several years, Facebook has gone from facilitating the free flow of information to inhibiting it through incremental censorship and...


Georgia Secretary of State Accuses Dems of Attempting to Hack Voter Registration System The Free Thought Project


Just ahead of the November 6 vote, the Georgia Secretary of State accused the Democratic party of attempting to hack the voter registration system.

The post Georgia Secretary of State Accuses Dems of Attempting to Hack Voter Registration System appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Businesses, Please Stop Spamming Us With Get Out The Vote Ads The Federalist

If Im in my own home and Im not checking my email, I should be safe from the constant cycle of voter-turnout fanatics. But no.


U.S. Troops Spotted Setting Up Barbed Wire Fence Along Southern Border Activist Post

By Mac Slavo Along with United States Customs and Border Protection agents, U.S. troops were seen helping set up barbed wire fencing along the southern...


Handwriting Disputes Cause Headaches for Some Absentee Voters Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Elisabeth Warner drove 12 hours the weekend before Election Day so her daughter could vote.

Her daughter, Emma Warner-Mesnard, 20, attends Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, but is registered to vote in her hometown, Columbus, Ohio about a three-hour drive away. Warner-Mesnard mailed the Franklin County Board of Elections her request for an absentee ballot in mid-October, but officials there determined her signature on the application didnt match what they had on file and placed her ballot on hold.

Warner-Mesnard sent in a second absentee ballot application, which the county accepted Oct. 31. Aaron Sellers, a public information officer for the Board of Elections, said her ballot was on track to be delivered Saturday, giving Warner-Mesnard just enough time to get it in the mail by Ohios Monday postmark deadline. But the campus post office isnt open on weekends, and she wasnt willing to take any chances. So the mission to vote became a road trip: On Saturday, Warner-Mesnards mother picked her up in Lexington and drove her to Columbus to cast an early ballot in person at the Franklin County Board of Elections. On Sunday, her mother ferried her back to Lexington, spending a total of about 12 hours on the road.

Its just annoying that thats the way that it has to go, Warner-Mesnard told ProPublica.

Shes one of tens of thousands of voters facing issues over their handwriting, according to data from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. According to a report by the Election Assistance Commision, 99 percent of the 33 million absentee votes submitted for the 2016 election were ultimately counted, but of those rejected, a non-matching signature was the No. 1 reason, beating out tardy ballots.

Ohio, like many states, requires election officials to compare a voters signature with existing records before issuing and counting absentee ballots. But voting rights advocates say that a lack of sufficient standards around signature verification can disenfranchise people, and that the rules disproportionately affect voters who arent native English speakers. Two lawsuits filed by advocacy groups in Georgia, where allegations of voter suppression have dominated the hotly contested governors race, argue that election officials arent adequately trained to verify signatures and dont give voters proper notice to fix handwriting issues.

One of the suits was brought by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which provides data to Electionland.



Dear America, If Voting Made Any Real Difference, They Wouldnt Let Us Do It The Free Thought Project


Americans will line up at the polls this week to conduct the American tradition of voting for the lesser of two evils and expecting a different result.

The post Dear America, If Voting Made Any Real Difference, They Wouldnt Let Us Do It appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Ute Tribe welcomes return of ancestral land in Colorado Indianz.Com News

'This good man reached out to the Ute Tribe, on his own, to return this land to us,' Chairman Luke Duncan said.


Don't Step in the Tawanka! OpEdNews

All I can say is 'Tawanka'! Regardless of what congressional seat or what state the seat is in the formula is always the same. With this Two Party/One Party system both the Republicans and Democrats each have their candidates well scripted.


US Expects Zero Impact on Global Oil Markets From Iran Sanctions Envoy Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Jim W. Dean - As I type, lran is conducting its major annual air defense drill, but where the US has no aircraft carrier in the region


Me, right now Freethought Blogs

That reminds meI need to stop by the liquor store before Tuesday. Do they still sell Everclear? Can you get it in a five gallon jug?


Gab is back Freethought Blogs

Dammit. The racist social media site found a new sugar daddy willing to host their hate. In case you were unfamiliar with what Gab does

Gab has become the most visible of a collection of services catering to people mainstream companies such as Twitter and Facebook have rejected as too hateful, extreme or threatening in their posts as part of a crackdown on extremism.

Which is astonishing. Extremists who are too hateful or threatening for Twitter and Facebook gravitate there. Given that Twitter and Facebook are incredibly accommodating to Nazis and other bigots, thats hard to imaginebut my brief glance at Gab was to see a horrifying mess of naked anti-semitism on display. It was briefly, too briefly, shut down when hosting providers balked at providing service to a site that allowed that flaming anti-Semite who murdered 11 innocent people because they were Jews to flourish. But no worries, they managed to find a company that was fine with Nazi memes and dindunuffin jokes and murder planning to take them on.

Epik founder and CEO Rob Monster [appropriate name] echoed that sentiment in brief interviews with The Seattle Times on Sunday. Monster likened his company to a utility provider and said he supports free speech. He praised the operators of Gab and said he believes they will curate the site appropriately.

I do believe the guys that are on the site are vigilant, Monster said. Monster said on Epiks website that his company was serving as Gabs domain registrar but not its hosting company. KUOW was the first to report on Gabs new ties to the Seattle area.

Yeah, Seattle. My hometown. So embarrassed. Unfortunately, the Pacific Northwest is a weird place that is generally liberal and progressive, but its also got a long history of racial segregation that has allowed a minority of terrible racists to prosper. Some of the worst, most regressive, most vile people Ive known came out of the Northwest, some in my own family, but at the same time most of the people I knew were knee-jerk liberals. Almost all white, of course.

But this Monster guy is flatly delusional. Vigilant? Appropriate curators? With the announ...


The Troika Of Tyranny: The Imperialist Project In Latin America & Its Epigones PopularResistance.Org

Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela are today threatened by US imperialism. The first salvo of the modern Age of Imperialism started back in 1898 when the US seized Cuba along with Puerto Rico and the Philippines in the Spanish-American War. Weve seen what Pax Americana has meant for the Middle East. The same imperial playbook is being implemented in Latin America. Solidarity with the progressive social movements and their governments in Latin America is needed, especially when their defeat would mean chaos.


Mark Trahant: There's no turning back in historic #NativeVote18 year Indianz.Com News

There are a hundred-plus Native American candidates running for office. More than half are women.

Monday, 05 November


Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation chooses chairman and council Indianz.Com News

Rodney Butler will serve another term as chairman of the Connecticut-based tribe.


Cronkite News: Trump denies calling on troops to shoot at migrants Indianz.Com News

A caravan of immigrants from Central America has been President Trump's topic of choice as the election approaches.

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