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Saturday, 17 February


Close The Forever Prison At Guantanamo PopularResistance.Org

It was with heavy hearts that we, as members of Witness Against Torture, listened to Trumps State of the Union address Tuesday evening. We heard him attempt to stoke fear in his listeners with wave after wave of references to terrorists and criminals. He began by linking terror to illegal immigrants, border walls, chain migration, and visa lotteries, before moving on to ISIS, Al Qaida, rogue regimes, unlawful enemy combatants and more. By the time he mentioned the prison at Guantanamo, he had already clearly connected the foreigner and the immigrant with the idea of danger in his listeners minds. He had already skillfully set the stage when he announced his executive order to keep open the detention facilities at Guantnamo Bay. In Guantanamo, he reassured his listeners, we would have all necessary power to detain terrorists wherever we chase them down.


Texas High Schoolers Walk Out To Protest ICE Detaining Of Student PopularResistance.Org

HOUSTON, TX Dozens of high schoolers in Houston walked out of class on Wednesday in support of a classmate who was living in the United States illegally and was detained by federal immigration authorities following a fight at school. Dennis Rivera-Sarmiento, a 19-year-old student at Stephen F. Austin Senior High School in the Greater Eastwood neighborhood, was arrested on Jan. 30 on a charge he assaulted a student. Court documents allege Rivera-Sarmiento struck a female in the head with his fist, KTRK-TV reported. But the immigrant advocacy organization United We Dream says Rivera-Sarmiento was defending himself against bullies who were making fun of him over his immigration status. The group says the bullies even threw bottles at him.


ADAPT Condemns The Passing Of HR 620 Bill In The House PopularResistance.Org

Today, 59 million Americans with disabilities witnessed the U.S House of Representatives torpedo their civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. HR620 was passed, and civil rights of disabled and older Americans went down in defeat. Over 27 years after passage of the worlds first comprehensive civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability the business-backed House of the people chose profits over people. The House decided that the burden of getting justice for discrimination against people with disabilities lies with the victim. Where is the justice in that? Even though more than 500 disability organizations sent letters to Congress opposing the bill, the Representatives who voted for the bill decided that the people with disabilities are second class citizens whose rights do not matter.


University Of Nebraska Faces Growing Calls To Expel Violent Neo-Nazi Dan Kleve PopularResistance.Org

Lincoln, NE Administrators at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) are facing mounting criticism over their choice to ignore safety issues posed by 23-year-old biochemistry major Dan Kleve. Anti-racists have been calling for Kleves expulsion from UNL since last summer, when images of him surfaced after the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville. Public pressure on administrators has been building again after the recent release of a video from a Google Hangouts session in which Dan Kleve describes himself as the most active white nationalist in the Nebraska area and says I want to be violentreally violent. A similar video shows Kleve discussing his desire to murder a black man who asked him about his pagan tattoos. Kleves former roommate recently told Newsweek that the young man would keep an assault rifle in plain view and discussed wanting to kill black people...

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Friday, 16 February


Why Were Underestimating American Collapse PopularResistance.Org

February 15, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - You might say, having read some of my recent essays, Umair! Dont worry! Everything will be fine! Its not that bad! I would look at you politely, and then say gently, To tell you the truth, I dont think were taking collapse nearly seriously enough. Why? When we take a hard look at US collapse, we see a number of social pathologies on the rise. Not just any kind. Not even troubling, worrying, and dangerous ones. But strange and bizarre ones. Unique ones. Singular and gruesomely weird ones Ive never really seen before, and outside of a dystopia written by Dickens and Orwell, nor have you, and neither has history. They suggest that whatever numbers we use to represent decline shrinking real incomes, inequality, and so on we are in fact grossly underestimating what pundits call the human toll...


After Oversleeping, Teen Drops F-Bomb On Live TV And Wins Olympic Gold TruthTheory

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By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Is be as badass as Red Gerard on your bucket list? No? Well, it should be.

The night before competing in the Olympic Games, the Colorado teenager stayed up late binge-watching episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine with his roommate, Kyle Mack.  As a result, he slept through his 6 am alarm the next morning.

After Mack eventually dragged Gerard out of his bed, the snowboarder realized he couldnt find his coat. So, he borrowed his friends and bolted out of the door an egg, ham, avocado and cheese sandwich in tow.

Like a boss, the 17-year-old proceeded to compete in the Olympics and won the United States first gold medal. Yahoo Sports! reports that Gerard scored 87.16 on his final run in the mens slopestyle, beating Canadas Max Parrot and Mark McMorris.

As soon as he saw his results, the Colorado teenager couldnt help but yell, Holy fuck! It happened so suddenly, it slipped through TV censors.

Its crazy, to be honest, I cannot believe it, said Gerard. Im ecstatic. I cant believe I got to land my run. Just to land a run would have been plenty for me and to get on the podium, but to get first is crazy.

Gerard is the first Winter Olympic medalist born this century.

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The Globalists Final Solution for Humanity Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show


Z Brzezinski, the co-founder of the Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller, former President Obamas Soviet Studies professor, and former President Jimmy Carters National Security Advisor stated It is easier to kill a million wrote a book in 1970 that accurately predicted the struggles that America faces today. The easier to kill a million comment marked a shift in globalist thinking. In order to defeat the rising tide of global populism a devastating world war is the only antidore to peoples desire for the right to self-determination. Seven years later, the prophetic nature of the quoted comment is coming to life. 

When I first began, back in the 1980s to research the legitimacy of the claim that a cabal of central bankers were seeking to one day set up world governance and a one-world economic system that they controlled, I quickly discovered that the media would call investigators such as myself, mentally ill, for even asking the correct questions.

I can clearly recall that in 1980, after I read Patrick Woods book (c0-authored with the late Anthony Sutton), Trilaterals Over Washington, the mainstream media would not recognize the legitimacy of the claims. In fact, a data base search conducted in 1980 on the Trilateral Commission, eight years after its inception, revealed one article that appeared in The Alantic on the topic, in 1977. All other inquiries on this topic were treated as conspiracy theory nonsense. The standard line stated that there is no world government planned and there certainly will not be a one-world economic system came into prominence.

A Dramatic Shift

My of my how have things changed. The world is embroiled in a rise of populism in a collective effort by the awake and the aware on the planet who are pushing back against centrally controlled tyranny and the d...


The Army Of The EU PopularResistance.Org

The current president of the European Commission wants it. So did his predecessors. And now the whole EU is taking steps towards the creation of a unified European military, along with unified defence research. Since our vote to Leave, the EU establishment has moved rapidly towards setting up an EU army with a single central command, without any national, democratic controls. Given the EUs aggression in the past look at Kosovo, Ukraine, and the bellicose stance against Russia this is a dangerous development. It would give the EU, acting as a bloc, a free hand to beat the drums of war where it chooses in the world. Our governments act aggressively too, of course. But they are subject to control by the people, when we choose to exercise it. Brexit should bring increasing awareness and exercise of our power to do so.


Scholars For Social Justice Launches With 100+ Members PopularResistance.Org

Scholars for Social Justice (SSJ) is a new formation of progressive scholars committed to promoting and fighting for a political agenda that insists on justice for all, especially those most vulnerable. We are clearly living in dangerous times with the election of Donald Trump and the empowerment of a set of rabidly right wing and racist forces. Trump, Pence and the Republicans have made it clear that not only will they usher in a radically conservative policy agenda threatening any incremental advances won under the Obama presidency, but more fundamentally reactionary right-wing supporters will directly target the rights, status and lives of people of color, Muslims, women, immigrants, LGBT communities, the poor, indigenous and differently-abled and all who have been forced to live on the margins in this country.


Want To Prevent Mass Shootings? Stop The Wall-To-Wall National Media Coverage The Federalist

Valentines Day this year was, for most Americans, a day of stereotypical chocolate and flowers. For others, it was a day they saw another mass shooting on the news, tuned in for a few minutes, then went home to dinner without really thinking much of it. For some, their lives were changed forever, as the children they sent to school in the morning with heart-shaped balloons and valentines will never return home again.

This type of situation has become so common its almost jarring. Concerts, churches, schoolsnothing feels safe anymore. We barely have time to recover from one tragedy when another is thrust to the forefront of national news, each one receiving endless hot takes and ideas. We should reject this entire notion and, quite simply, stop nationally reporting mass shootings of this nature.

Yes, thats right. Stop letting these mass tragedies dominate the news cycle for entire weeks. Stop leveraging grief to try and force Congresss collective hand. Stop bickering, virtue-signaling, and trying to figure out conspiracy theories and details.

We have to honor the victims, you say. I could not agree more. We have to honor the victims by not shoving a camera in their faces or haranguing grieving parents to talk to reporters.

These Shooters Do It For Fame. Dont Give It To Them

Of course, there is always going to be some level of invasion of privacy in journalism. A reporter barging into an emotional situation is often important to further public knowledge about an occurrence. But limiting reporting of mass shootingsat the very least ones involving childrento local news channels could be the primary way in which we cut down on their frequency.

Hear me out. I watched all major cable news channels for hours both the days of and after the Valentines shooting. Approximately 60 percent of that time has been on the shooters face. His name, his picture, footage of him getting arrested, videos of him at the jail, news of his court arraignmentI could go on. When his face isnt plastered on the screen, coverage loops between horrific video from childrens cellphones and pundits hot takes on the Second Amendment.

CNN reported in November that 2017 saw almost five mass shootings per week. The five deadliest mass shootings in the United States occurred over the past 10 years. There are more mass shootings in America than in any other country in the world.

While numbers for the news cycle are far harder to quantify, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik discussed the rise of the 24-hour news cycle during a 2005, attributing constant news coverage to a rise in journalistic interest. When crisis happens, they [cable news services] have the knowledge and ability to go places and to have voices of the place, not simply somebody in London narrating something that they had feed from some remote freelancer of a freelancer. And I think thats valuable. Theyve kind of served as a bro...


Research Keeps Showing This Kind Of Teaching Is Very Effective. So Why Wont Schools Use It? The Federalist

A new peer-reviewed meta-analysis of 328 studies performed over the past 50 years finds strong positive results for a style of teaching known as direct instruction. It was found to be effective across races, sexes, ages, family income levels, and subjects: all of the estimated effects were positive and all were statistically significant except results related to non-academic effects such as personality and feelings.

Its a particularly noteworthy finding because the field of education research is well-known for producing especially shoddy, ideology-driven, and therefore untrustworthy work. The social sciences replication crisis is particularly acute in education, meaning that when you hear research says in the context of schooling, nearly all of the time what follows is bunk.

That doesnt mean that there is no good education research. It means that simply tacking on research to some finding is not good enough to enhance its credibility. It means people need to examine the research themselves or find trustworthy sources of analysis before they start believing what the experts and a very gullible media promote. (Heres a good place to start, and another.)

For example, its very popular to believe that people have dominant learning styles such as visual, kinesthetic, and auditory. But cognitive scientists find no such thing. The man who came up with this theory, Howard Gardner, has made a huge career out of it and continues to be treated as a leader in his field, but academic reviewers say paying attention to him is a complete waste of time (and, quite often, taxpayer dollars for consultants, books, training, and more). Feels and fads trumping knowledge is endemic to schooling.

So What Is Direct Instruction, Anyway?

Back to direct instruction. What is this thing that has defied the odds and come out as an actually proven method of effective teaching? Heres a video showing and telling about it from a network of inexpensive U.S. private schools that use the method.



Rapper Meek Mills Chances Of Getting An Early Release From Prison Just Went Way Up The Federalist

While thirty-year old rapper Meek Mill currently remains incarcerated in a medium-security prison in Chester, Pennsylvania, he may soon be released, thanks in part to an attorney of the judge who sentenced him to prison.

Mills attorneys have been fighting for his release since Nov. 7, when Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced the Philadelphia native to between two and four years of prison for violating the terms of his probation. To date, his lawyers efforts havent fared well, but things are likely to start looking up for Mill. Heres what happened.

First, the backdrop: In January 2007, Mill was arrested and charged with drug possession, carrying a firearm without a license, and other related charges. Mill pleaded not guilty, but following an August 2008 bench trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Plea, state court Judge Genece Brinkley found Mill guilty of carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a firearm in public in Philadelphia, possession of an instrument of crime, possession of a loaded weapon, simple assault, possession with intent to deliver, and intentional possession of a controlled substance.

Brinkley sentenced Mill to 11 to 23 months incarceration, to be followed by five years of probation. He was paroled in June 2009, but in July 2014, Brinkley revoked his probation and sentenced him to three to six months of jail time, plus five years of probation. Mill was freed again in December 2014, when Brinkley granted his motion for early parole.

In December 2015, Brinkley found Mill again in violation of his probation. At a hearing on Feb. 5, 2016, to determine the sentence for that violation, at the request of Mill, Brinkley met in her chambers with Mill, his then-girlfriend Oneka Maraj, better known as Niki Manaj, Mills attorney, the assistant district attorney, and his probation officer. A court reporter recorded the discussions, but they were not transcribed. The court record noted the transcript of the in-chambers meeting was confidential and sealed by the court. (This in-chambers conversation proved significant later, as we will soon see).

Following this private discussion, the parties returned to open court, at which time Brinkley revoked Mills probation and resentenced him to six to twelve months of incarceration, plus six years probation, but she then immediately paroled him to house arrest with electronic monitoring.

That brings us to Mills most recent problems. As The Washington Post...


Was America Ever Great? Why Liberalism Failed Says No The Federalist

Liberalism is the operating system of the modern world, and its starting to crash. Our increasingly polarized politics and our ever-more divided society, the disquiet in the global economy and the anxiety that haunts the progress of technologythese are not glitches. They are the necessary consequences of the core programming of liberalism, hard-wired into modern politics, economy, society, and the U.S. Constitution, and its time for America and the world to start shopping around for a new computer.

This is the argument of Patrick Deneens newest book, Why Liberalism Failed, a sweeping work of political theory with a practical conclusion: Its time for us all to unplug from modern politics, markets, societies, and technology as much as possible and focus on living virtuous lives outside of liberalism. The way forward from liberalism consists in practices more than theories whats needed now is not to perfect our philosophy any further but to again do more honor to ourselves. Out of the fostering of new and better selves a better practice might arise, and from it, ultimately, a better theory than the failed project of liberalism. Later in the book, Deneen concludes: What we need today are practices fostered in local settings Not a better theory, but better practices.

Deneens scholarship is insightful and concise. His book is an eloquent and powerful contribution to political philosophy. But the theory of Why Liberalism Failed is ultimately insufficient to support its practical conclusion. Three big gaps in the argument undercut the conclusion that is time to give up on liberalism, and these gaps point the way to a better understanding of the liberal project.

Different Angles

After a brief introductory chapter, each of the six subsequent chapters attacks liberalism from a different angle, focusing on big subjects such as the state, pop culture, technology, the academy, class, and citizenship. However, each chapter of the book also reiterates in a different a...


Black Panthers Achievement Is Offering A Black Hero Who Lives In Freedom The Federalist

Everyone knows the production of Black Panther is tied up with black pride. Press enthusiasm about the movie knows it. The Black History Month release shows it. The release of a Black Panther album in advance of the film, curated by the proudest black musician in pop, Kendrick Lamar, proves it.

At first glance, the film appears to locate black pride in Africa. Indeed, the set and costume designs, as well as everything else from weaponry to language, aims to persuade you that the fictional setting of the nation of Wakanda is the fruit of a respectful education about Africa. This is cultural appropriation you can believe in.

But its as surely about America as you might expect from writer-director Ryan Cooglers respect for Ta-Nehisi Coatess writing of the comic Black Panther. And this is something to be grateful for. With no intent of any slight to any African country, the films priorities are domestic, not foreign. Americans need some cultural ways of talking about race that arent hysterically partisan. And its probably not against the intention of Black Panthers creators to understand the story in relation to the struggle for civil rights of American blacks. After all, its a 1960s comic.

Thinking About Race Relations Through Fictional Heroes

To make sense of the story, you have to start from the central conflict between two black heroes, Black Panther and Erik Killmonger. One stands for a politics of moral discipline, the other for a politics of revenge. Both have claims to justice that lead them to violence, but one insists on helping the immiserated and the other on destroying the institutions that have heaped up such misery with such disdain for so long. Does this sound familiar?

Black Panther has also inherited the political responsibility of leading his people after his father was assassinated. Yes, America, this is a story about the legacy of black pride and the civil rights struggle after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. That death failed to answer the questions the mans great political activity raised, and to resolve the conflicts among blacks and among whites and between them as to what equality would demand.

The generations since have not solved this problem, and perhaps this is why finding some stories that can discuss race in light of human nature is now needful. We have seen that outside of film, conversations about race are invariably full of acrimony and bitterness. Their abstraction from urgent questions and a particular political situation allows film to work out a moral logic that makes a happy end imaginable.

This is not to say that the story is a parable about MLK or his legacy, or some kind of roman a clef. The story stands on its own and benefits from writing that stems from story-telling rather than ideology. This starts with the most important element, the African sett...


Lets Be Honest: Democrats Dont Actually Care About DREAMers The Federalist

The Democratic Party is having an identity crisis. For the past couple of months, Democrats have loudly declared protecting so-called DREAMers children who entered this country illegally when younger than 18 is their top priority. President Trump has made it clear he will sign a bill that accomodates these young people, and many Republicans are willing and eager to put together a proposal that does just that. So why hasnt the Democratic Party gotten it done? The answer is simple: they dont actually care about DREAMers. Their fixation with these young people is political calculation.

On Thursday, not one, not two, but FOUR immigration reform proposals failed to pass the Senate after Trump made it clear he would not sign a bill unless it included funding for a border wall, end chain migration, and stopped the visa lottery system. Trump has been very vocal about what he will and wont sign its not like this is a secret. The leaders of the Democratic Party know what they will have to concede in order to create legal favors for these DREAMers, and they are simply unwilling to do it.

Immigration hardliner Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told The Washington Post there was broad agreement about how to solve this problem. But we wont succeed unless the Democrats stop this incessant virtue-signaling and start negotiating in good faith, he added.

Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held court with an eight-hour-long floor speech, during which she spoke out against a government spending bill that excluded accomodations for DREAMers. In meetings, Pelosi reportedly urged members of her party to stick together in their refusal to vote for the spending bill, which ultimately passed with the help of yes votes from 73 Democrats. After she failed to stop the bill from continuing to fund the government, she tried to walk back her eight-hour speech, telling reporters she was happy it passed.

We had a great bill; we got everything, she said, according to The New York Times. Republicans gave away the store.

This double-talk might seem contradictory, but this is a classic move from the party that purports to be all about the little guy....


Trans Activists Get Real About Their Crazy Ideas On Media Phone Call The Federalist

Yesterday, under the guise of prohibiting discrimination against LGBT individuals, the American Civil Liberties Union held a conference call with a panel of experts and activists to preview upcoming state legislative and ballot measures. Over the course of the 30-minute update, the ACLU highlighted the main areas of concern from their perspective.

As Rose Saxe, the ACLU LGBT and HIV Project senior staff attorney explained, ACLU priorities include a number of bills seeking to expand religious exemptions, such as West Virginia and Iowas proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act laws. Saxe also condemned the provisions put forth in Oklahoma, Colorado, and other states that would allow child-placement agencies to keep foster-care and adoption placement decisions consistent with the organizations religious beliefs.

The bulk of the conference call, though, focused on what the ACLU branded anti-trans legislation. Chase Strangio, a LGBT & HIV Project staff attorney, explained that most of these anti-trans bills focus on protecting single-sex facilities. Strangio noted that in April residents in Anchorage, Alaska will vote on one such measureProposition 1and in November, a state-wide ballot measure will be before Massachusetts voters.

The ACLU then welcomed Lillian Lennon, a field organizer for Fair Anchorage and an opponent of Proposition 1. Lennon framed the proposition to preserve sex-specific facilities as an attempt to legalize discrimination against trans people. However, Proposition 1, and other similar single-sex facility laws do not legalize discrimination.

Rather, this citizen-introduced initiative, if adopted, would do two things: First, the law would require government-owned or -operated multiple occupancy restrooms and changing rooms, such as locker rooms or showers, to be single-sex. A municipality could, however, offer unisex single-occupancy restrooms and changing rooms. Second, Proposition 1 would allow private businesses to decide whether to maintain single-sex changing rooms and restrooms. In 2015 the Anchorage Assembly outlawed this by mandating that public accommodations open restrooms and changing rooms to members of the opposite sex based on their professed gender identity.

Your Complaint Is with Nature, Not the State

Proposition 1 does not treat transgender individuals any differently than it does other individuals. Access to multiple occupancy facilities is determined by sex for all individuals, whether transgender or not. There is no discrimination. Lennons real complaint, disguised behind the false flag of discrimination, is that Proposition 1 would not treat him differently than it does other men by allowing him access to female-designated locker rooms and r...


Politicos Dumbest Headline Ever Trivialized Rand Pauls Budget Protest The Federalist

So much for the romance surrounding the famous scene in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington where the title character successfully filibusters a bill, rousing the public to his side. Politico claimed that similar tactics surrounding a budget agreement last week led to the dumbest shutdown ever. In reality, however, the brief lapse in appropriations had serious underlying causes, and the flip way its correspondents covered the incident led to arguably the dumbest headline in Politicos history.

To explain the shutdown in brief: Congressional leaders arrived at a budget agreement last week, just before the existing spending bill expired on Thursday at midnight. Having only introduced the bill hours previously, Senate leaders pushed to pass it Thursday afternoon, before the prior spending bill expired.

However, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), frustrated by both the higher levels of spending in the agreement and Senate leaders refusal to allow votes on his amendments to reduce that spending, prevented a vote on passing the agreement until early Friday morningcausing an all-night session of Congress, and a brief shutdown of the federal government until the spending bill was signed into law.

Pauls actions protested two important issues: Skyrocketing spending and deficits, and Congress passing massive spending bills without reading them or allowing anyone to offer amendments. But the Politico report by Rachael Bade and Seung Min Kim trivialized the incident, calling it a spectacle, extraneous drama, and a sideshow full of absurdity. Their own phraseology amplified quotes such as those from an unnamed Republican aide, who called the floor drama even more stupid than the name of the new Kardashian baby.

So Paying for Stuff Congress Buys Is Stupid?

Why would reporters take such a cavalier attitude toward otherwise weighty matters? Four possible reasons come to mind.

First, the natural inclination to blame the individual or individuals perceived as responsible for causing havoc with the schedule. Few politicians or reporters on Capitol Hill expected to spend Thursday evening and much of Friday morning covering all-night drama surrounding the appropriations bill. The missed flights, cancelled dinner plans, and other last-minute chaos largely redounded on Pauls head, even though Senate leaders could, and should, have avoided that drama by planning more than a few hours ahead.

Second, a desire to avoid antagonizing leadership officials who provide reporters valuable intelligence and gossip. Another Politico article published Th...


Despite Anti-Motherhood Messages, More Women Are Prioritizing Kids The Federalist

Feminists and the left pushing women to choose paid work over motherhood, and advocating for 50/50 gender equality achievement in the workforce, particularly in certain industries like media and politics. While this might sound progressive and a boon for feminism, working simply is not for everyone, despite their claims.

One thing progressives fail to address: If all the men and women work, who will care for the children? In fact, despite the push for this, real life seems to oppose this liberal narrative. Statistics show not only that motherhood is increasing, but also that millennials are choosing to stay at home with their children and work at home too.

Another Push for Statistical Sameness

Beyond encouraging women to join the workforce, theres a hard push from the left for 50/50 gender equality in all kinds of industries. Writer Jon Levine claims CNN lags behind other networks when it comes to gender equality. Levine quotes outspoken feminist Lauren Duca who takes it a step further and says, Women are grossly underrepresented across all the major networks, leading to a diminishment of the female perspective, if not outright sexism. Until women comprise 50 percent of both hosts and on-air guests, Fox, CNN and MSNBC have no right claiming to accurately depict the national conversation.

Duca is half-right. Few industries boast a gender ratio of 50/50. Shes also not alone in pushing for this idea. Many women go a step further and claim not only is this a progressive idea but also that its an idea women want to embrace, regardless of ideology. In a Forbes piece, entitled, We Need More Women In Leadership Positions, the author profiles Karen Quintos, the only woman on the executive team at Dell, currently serving as the companys Chief Customer Officer.

She writes: At a time when only 53% of tech companies have female executives in the C-suite, Quintos believes that the key to success for all women in the workplace is bringing more women up into leadership positions. Why? Because women at all levels of the organization need peers to look up to and to seek out.

Every year we see dozens of think pieces along these lines, from We Need More Women in Tech, to We Need More Women In Congress. The authors of this HBR piece inte...


5 Lessons About Life And Love From The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel The Federalist

Warning: This piece contains spoilers.

Mrs. Maisel is indeed marvelous. She may have been jilted by her husband of four years and left to raise their two kids while he plays house with his dimwitted secretary, but Midge Maisel is forever fabulous. She soon discovers she can not only take care of herself, but also effortlessly entertain a room full of strangers. In short, she triumphs. If ever there were a show in which the heroine made gourmet lemonade from the lemons dropped into her perfectly styled back story, its The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

1. Lose Something, Appreciate it More

It doesnt take much for Joel Maisel to leave his wife. One evening of flopping on-stage with a stolen comedy routine, and hes packing up Midges suitcase. Perhaps hes thought about leaving previously, but it comes as a complete surprise to her (and us).

The surprise for him is how much he misses her, and how much he loves her, that is after he leaves, and after shes refused his first half-hearted attempt at reconciliation. When Midge finally gives him the time of day at their sons birthday party in the final episode, Joel rises to the occasion. Hes had time to realize that being the man beside Midge might require work, but shes worth it.

2. Humor Is Healing

Laughing is fun, but humor is also an ideal coping mechanism. Jewish humor which permeates the script tends toward the dark, having evolved over generations as a way to handle persecution. We laugh, because if we dont, we might cry, and who wants to cry all the time?

In one episode, Midge Maisels brother Noah tells her shes always been the funny one in her marriage. But she doesnt learn that for herself until Joel leaves. Faced with being a divorced 26-year-old mother of two in an era when divorce is still stigmatized, Midge downs a bottle of booze before doing her first ever stand-up set at her husbands favorite downtown club, and she kills it. Rather than curl up and cry, Midge turns her distress into jokes that land. Midge may have fallen, but filled with confidence and her natural wit, she gets up and keeps dancing through life.

3. Smart Men Adore Smart Women

In that first set, while Midge cracks wise about Joels leaving her for pathetic Penny the secretary, she involves a couple sitting by the stage. The woman doesnt present as the brightest bulb, and after observing that men like stupid girls, Midge assures the duo that theyll be together fo...


10 Of The Worst Game Show Contestants Ever The Federalist

The experience of three contestants who demonstrated a distinct lack of football knowledge on a recent episode of Jeopardy! prompted an obvious question: If these three game show participants dont qualify as the worst contestants in history (and they dont), who does?

While we cant claim an exhaustive list, herewith some potential nominees.

1. The Newlywed Clip that Lives in Infamy

2. Wolf Blitzer Puts his Intellectual Reputation in Jeopardy

Even without the Saturday Night Live parody versions, Celebrity Jeopardy! has provided notable examples of audience amusement at the expense of prominent entertainers and luminaries. The first ever episode of Celebrity Jeopardy!, which aired in October 1992, featured Regis Philbin faring poorlybut at least playing for laughs in the process.

Conversely, CNN broadcaster Wolf Blitzers second Celebrity Jeopardy! appearance, in September 2009, contained few such humorous notes. In an episode where comedian Andy Richter set a Celebrity Jeopardy! record of $68,000 (a record that still stands), Wolf finished the Double Jeopardy round with a score of -$4,600:

The lowlight for Blitzer: A clue that asked for this 5-letter word that refers to an economic crash and the fear-driven rush to sell. Wolfs response: What is a crash?

For those who have not attended a live Jeopardy! taping, clues remain up on the screen in the studio after Alex finishes reading them. That fact means Wolf was staring at an on-screen clue referencing the word crash even as he gave crash as his response to that clue.

3. For Vanna White, The Price Is Wrong

Before she became Wheel of Fortunes co-host, Vanna White famously appeared on...


5 Similarities Between Ancient Romes Decline And Todays United States The Federalist

Comparing the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire with the rise and now decline of the British and now American empires has been something of an intellectual parlor game for now more than 200 years. But its fun to play because everybody has a slightly different collection of information and analysis to offer, and because people like predictions and patterns.

Consider the parallel ages of man dispute that has been going on for several thousand years the ancient Greek poets Hesiod and Ovid offered theirs (they counted five and four, respectively), so did Shakespeare (he counted seven), and today we have generation-based theories such as William Strauss and Neil Howes Fourth Turning.

I dont think any of us knows whether the United States has already passed peak awesome, and while my mind says Charles Murray is right that weve probably lost our country, my heart wont take that answer. I listened to the latest in our Hillsdale Western Heritage 101 lectures, on The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic with Dr. Ken Calvert, with all this in mind. Of course, even studying this for years will not generate a crystal ball, but the lecture did generate some data points to fuel another dinner table discussion.

1. Virtues Key to Success

Calvert says the Romans were a very religious, pious people who believed in honoring their ancestors and tradition. They also cherished courage, honesty, and duty, and their convictions, he says, were key to their rise as a culture. These virtues sound particularly like George Washington, whom contemporaries regularly compared to ancient Roman leaders, and today remains the American ideal of a leader.

2. Foundation In Neighborhood-Level Self-Governance

Early Roman government was local, personal, interactive, Calvert says. The famed Alexis de Tocqueville found the same famously true of Americans, noting that whenever there was a local problem Americans got together and formed a club to take care of it.

As Rome expanded its power on the Italian peninsula and beyond, its military success began to threaten its culture by weakening that personal interaction between citizens that had helped make it great.

How does a republic founded on local rule, on popular rule, on knowing...


Myths About Teachers: We Need More Police In Our Public Schools PopularResistance.Org

Public schools are plagued by gangs and ghting, assault and battery, drug dealing, and other criminal behavior, including, in extreme instances, actual shoot-outs between students. All of these hard realities demand an active and alert police presence to maintain safety, order, and discipline. Schools must be safe havens for all kids, as well as for all school personnel. The good kids who want to learn and feel secure must be shielded from the actions of a minority of bad kids who get no discipline at home and have no respect for their classmates, the teacher, or learning itself. Suspending kids for bad behavior and sending them home may have made sense decades ago, but its no longer an adequate control: too often parents dont believe in strong management and probably arent home anyway because the mother may be working two jobs, and in many cases the father isnt home because he has left or is in prison.


Plundering Iraqs Oil Wealth WhoWhatWhy

To understand the plundering of Iraqs oil wealth, we have to look first at the original sin of the invasion itself. Blueprints showing how oil could help rebuild the country were drawn up post-Desert Storm in the 1990s and resurrected in 2003. It never happened.

Journalist Erin Banco explains why, as she talks to Jeff Schechtman in this weeks WhoWhatWhy podcast. She laments the dashed hopes of the Kurds and the Iraqi people. She explains the hapless actions of the Bush and Obama administrations, the real role of big oil and the damage done by tribal rivalries in Iraq.

She tells the story of the Talibani and the Barzani families, and how they got rich along with oil company executives, government staffers and political parties. Meanwhile, the Iraqi people, who knew very little about what was happening, ended up with virtually nothing.

Banco says that for years Iraqi journalists have been killed in Iraq for even trying to report this story. Today, with entirely different players, the corruption and mismanagement goes on, and may be the keys to the Iraq elections scheduled for May.

Erin Banco is the author of Pipe Dreams: The Plundering of Iraqs Oil Wealth (Columbia Global Reports, January 2018).

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Florida Shooters JROTC Took NRA Money, Excelled At Marksmanship PopularResistance.Org

Whether the latest school shooters participation in a JROTC program that took NRA money and trained in marksmanship contributed to the shooting or not, it is symptomatic of a culture in which many schools are forgetting that The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Is Not a Substitute for Education. The worst kept secret in our gun-mad and war-mad culture is that U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans. Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because its hard to answer. Its important to answer because its important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic, a fact that (one must rush to say)...


12 StrongThe Horse Soldiers Movie Bayard & Holmes

Bayard & Holmes

~ Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes

Based on the best-selling book Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton, 12 Strong is the true story of the first US Army Special Forces team to go into Afghanistan to hunt down Taliban and al-Qaeda after the 9/11 terrorist attack that brought down the Twin Towers.



In this dramatization, twelve Green BeretsTask Force Daggerare ordered to team up with Uzbek warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum of the Northern Alliance in the mountains of Afghanistan to open the way through hostile, mountainous territory to Mazur-i-Sharif.

Once the team arrives and makes contact, they find they must proceed on horseback. Oh, yeah . . . And they only have three weeks to do it. Real life team leader Captain Mitch Nelson pretty well sums it up in his famous response to an impatient senior officer awaiting a report: I am advising a man on how to best employ light infantry and horse cavalry in the attack against Taliban T-55s [tanks], mortars, artillery, personnel carriers and machine guns a tactic which I think became outdated with the invention of the Gatling gun.

A Jerry Bruckheimer production, 12 Strong was filmed in New...


Florida Shooting Boil Down Boiler Room EP #147 21st Century Wire

Tune in to the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) for another LIVE broadcast of The Boiler Room tonight 6:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM CST | 9:00 PM EST for this special broadcast. Join us for uncensored, uninterruptible talk radio, custom-made for bar fly philosophers, misguided moralists, masochists, street corner evangelists, media-maniacs, savants, political animals and otherwise lovable rascals.

Join ACR hosts Hesher and Spore along side Jay Dyer of the Jays Analysis Daniel Spaulding from Soul of the East,  Andy Nowicki the Alt Right Novelist, Randy JInfidel Pharaoh for the latest BOILER ROOM. Turn it up, tune in and hang with the ACR Brain-Trust for this weeks boil downs, analysis and the usual gnashing of the teeth of the political animals in the social rejects club.

Tonight on the show the Boiler gang is back, turning think tanks to stink tanks, asking the tough questions about the FL shooting and school shootings in general. Also the intriguing mystery of the man who went missing while skiing in New York and showed up in California six days later, still wearing his ski gear and having no ability to tell anyone what had happened to him between his disappearance and his arrival in California.

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Where Does a President Go When He Needs to Run for His Life? Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show


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Strong Towns Stands up for Main Street Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Strong Towns President, Charles Marohn, spent several days this week in Bismarck, North Dakota, speaking at the Main Street ND Summit. It's part of a unique initiative created by the North Dakota state government focused on empowering local leaders and creating "vibrant cities poised to attract and retain a 21st century workforce, helping North Dakota compete and succeed in a global economy."

It's rare to find a state entity that's so dedicated to success at the local level, particularly for small towns like those in North Dakota, and Strong Towns is proud to be part of this movement. In addition to Charles Marohn, the Summit also featured prominent speakers like Governor Doug Burgum a long-time member of Strong Towns.

Local news outlets including radio, television and newspaper were keeping a close watch on the Main Street ND Summit and came out with several reflections on Marohn's presentations. 

Minot Daily News' senior staff writer Jill Schramm recapped Strong Towns' key arguments in an article on February 13:

Marohn, a civil engineer and planner, explained why building slowly and incrementally from the citys core rather than spending millions on sprawl can be a more sustainable, resilient style of development that wont bankrupt cities.

He suggested cities look back in history to see how development had been done successfully for thousands of years, even without planners, engineers, zoning laws, grants or tax subsidies. The first change is to forget the line, build it and they will come, which works in the movies but is devastating as an economic development strategy, he said.

We are so desperate for growth, we will do anything to get it, he said. As a result, cities have fallen for an illusion and invested far more money than will ever be returned on projects that look good on the surface. [...]

The solution is not another $10 million business park but a $16,700 investment into a series of small changes, such as extending a sidewalk or painting a crosswalk. Marohn called for these least-risk investments that improve peoples lives so growth can happen incrementally and naturally.

Marohn was also featured on Prairie Public Radio in a short segment entitled "'Main Street' Presenter: Big isn't necessarily better," as well as spotlighted on West Dakota Fox News.

Strong Towns looks forward to continuing this momentum in North Dakota communities and helping it spread aro...


Portland, OR: Burgerville Singles Out One Worker for Retaliation Following Strike It's Going Down

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The following report from the Burgerville Workers Union states that management has come down against one pro-union worker of color since the end of the historic three day strike. To learn more about the strike, check out our audio report podcast here.

Burgerville chose to celebrate Valentines Day yesterday by retaliating against a union leader. Michelle, a worker at the Convention Center Burgerville who participated in our historic three day long strike, was just suspended by management for allegedly taking a chicken patty without permission.

Though retaliation against union members under trumped up theft accusations is a pattern at Burgerville, Michelles suspension demonstrates a particularly disturbing underside to that pattern. Along with Arsenio and Canaan, Michelle is the third pro-union worker of color to be fired by Convention Center management in as many weeks, a management which remains entirely white despite the diversity of the crew.

In the targeting of union members of color at the Convention Center, to put it bluntly, we see not only union busting but outright racism. These attacks on our jobs and our families by Burgerville corporate are not just against Burgerville workers, but rather against the rights and power of the Portland community as a whole.

The BVWU does not take this lightly. In addition to Arsenio, Canaan, and Michelle, two other pro-union workers at stores that went on strike have been fired or suspended for similar charges within the last few months. Though Burgerville claims to be an ethical, locally minded fast food company, their wages keep workers in poverty, and when those workers try to better their lives, they are threatened with firing.

In Michelles suspension, we see Burgerville perpetuating an atmosphere of fear and racism in order to fight the union, and we are currently in talks with our allies around Portland as well as our legal counsel as to how to best proceed. Please stay tuned moments like these, when peoples jobs are on the line, are when we need our supporters the most.


Report Back on Patriot Prayer Counter-Demonstration It's Going Down

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The following is a report back from the antifascist mobilization in Seattle on February 10th from a Wobbly in the Seattle IWW.

In what has become an all-too-familiar cycle, another fascist-sympathizing group has made Seattle a target of its hateful and bigoted message. Patriot Prayera far-right religious group based in Portland, Oregonhas been attacking women at Planned Parenthood locations in Washington. They were invited to speak at the University of Washington by the College Republicans (who also invited alt-right spokesman Milo Yiannopoulos to campus on J20 and who actively campaign with the Cascade Legion, a neo-Nazi group).

The rally, held on February 10, attracted other fascists to campus, including the Proud Boys and genuine neo-Nazis. Patriot Prayer was met by counter-protesters belonging to numerous student and community groups committed to anti-fascism, including the Seattle Wobblies and Seattle General Defense Committee. All told, the Patriot Prayer rally was easily outnumbered 4-to-1.

The rally was not without controversy. Before the event, UW President Ana Mari Cauce warned students to stay away from campus because organizations outside our university had presented credible threats of violence (ignoring that the College Republicans have, on numerous occasions, invited violent groups to campus and incited counter-protest).

Of course, Cauce was not referring to Patriot Prayer, but instead to counter-protesters, community members who believe that fascists have no right to invade the public space to call for violence against vulnerable communities. Cauce declined to cancel the event, even knowing that the speakers advocate ethnic cleansing, murder of LGBTQ people, and deportation of immigrant students.

UWs diversity webpage declares that it strive[s] to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote[s] access, opportunity and justice for all. If Cauce and UW were truly committed to fulfilling these idealistic goalsand if UW cared about its multi-national, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic student bodythen they would not have allowed Patriot Prayer and its fascist allies to hold a rally in the middle of the university.

More damningly, several UW student organizations cancelled their events over safety concerns. It seems that President Cauce would rather provide a safe space for fascists to preach than protect the rights of multi-cultural students on campus. Young, Gifted, & Black, a multi-cultural college recruiting group, cancelled an event for black high school students to visit campus.

Additionally, this weekend was supposed to be...


A Sobering Look at the Antifascist Response at Red Square It's Going Down

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The following is a report back and analysis of recent antifascist and anarchist struggles in the Pacific Northwest.

On Saturday, February 10th, multiple groups of fascists and far-right conservatives converged in Seattle, WA (occupied Duwamish territory) at Red Square in the center of UWs campus. A call for anarchists and anti-fasciststo oppose this gathering was posted nearly a week prior. The occasion for such a gathering was a Freedom Rally that the UW College Republicans had invited Joey Gibson and his group Patriot Prayer from Vancouver, WA to attend. The fascist creep that has been edging its way into the patriot movement for the last several years in the pacific northwest has been well documented by Rose City Antifa, among others. With this in mind, anarchists and anti-fascists took it upon themselves to organize last-minute efforts to sabotage this gathering of fascists and their more center-leaning accomplices. Sure enough, a handful of different fascist and fascist-leaning right-wing groups converged together on campus; The Cascade Legion, Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer, UW College Republicans and various groups of militia-wannabes who patrolled the perimeter of Red Square in their olive-green army fatigues.

The rally was scheduled to happen from 1pm-4pm on Red Square, and attendees were spotted parking their cars in the surrounding neighborhood hours before the event. The police were well amassed for this gathering, they understood that counter-protesters would wish to swarm the rally and shut it down. Metal barricades were laid out throughout Red Square early into the morning, setting up multiple barriers preventing any counter-protest from physically reaching the so-called Freedom Rally. Signs were set up outside of Red Square alerting attendees and counter-protesters alike that weapons were prohibited from being taken any further. Ana Mari Cauce, the president of the UW administration, had sent out an email in the days leading up to the rally, declaring that the college administration was anticipating violence from groups outside of UWs community, and had canceled every other event happening on campus that day (including multiple Black history month events). It should be clear to the reader the irony that in an attempt to create safety on campus,...


New Year's Follies Virtual Mirage

Happy Lunar New Year 

Celebrate as you see fit.  Rock on and then there is this classic: Terrier Style

Some of you lack faith in what you don't understand. That might (or might not) go double Asian astrology and it's impact on your life. Because you're predestined to live a life based on the position of stars when you were born... and some of you were well and truly screwed. Blame Buddha, or Vishnu or whoever. You can also blame Donald Trump as many in the sly, corrupt, wicked, lying mainstream media do. Irrespective of your system of belief, the Earth Dog Year is upon us.

Next Year (2019) will be the year of the pig, which does not bode well for Jews and Mohammedans. But you may be required to eat more rashers of bacon than you usually would.


How We Made Our Illinois Governors Campaign Finance Widget Articles and Investigations - ProPublica


Hi! Im David Eads, news apps developer at ProPublica Illinois. I want to tell you about a widget we released last week that tracks fundraising in the Illinois governors race.

The idea for the widget came from my previous life at NPR, where we embedded data graphics on sites across the public radio network. This worked very well for national stories, and I believe the technique has even more potential at the state and local level. News organizations, especially smaller outlets, cant compete on data plumbing and they often lack compelling visuals to go along with important reporting. We know that stories with strong data graphics and visuals are more likely to be seen, to be read to the end and to be shared by readers. By sharing these kinds of resources, we can make all the great reporting happening around Illinois more compelling.

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The software I wrote grabs the latest fundraising data from the Illinois State Board of Elections every day. Then it downloads the data, processes it and dumps it into a database. It is then processed again into a simplified format that the widget uses. Finally, the widget gets updated with the latest information.

Anyone can include the widget on their website to display the latest fundraising figures. (If youre interested, heres how to do that.) Its the first of what we hope will be many experiments to reach our audience by complementing reporting with useful, data-driven visual journalism.

And the widget is a living project. We plan to enhance...


South East Trans and/or Womens Action Camp It's Going Down

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Local community organizers from so-called Western North Carolina will be hosting a rural and urban direct action camp in the Smoky Mountain region April 26th-29th open to all trans and/or woman identified folks. This camp will serve as a safer-space for people of diverse gender identities who are systematically overshadowed by our cis-normative and androcentric radical movements in addition to the larger male-dominated society. SETWAC will happen during a time in our region where the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline running through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, could potentially be under construction. Grassroots efforts have been aiming to halt the pipeline through varying methods and SETWAC hopes to hold a conversation about what resiliency through this struggle looks like.

SETWAC will focus on southern and Appalachian community building, healing through togetherness, and combating the patriarchy. We hope to incorporate and bring together a wide range of individuals from folks in rural appalachia to southern cities. The relationship between environmental movements and transformative racial and transgender justice is crucial and something that we hope to create discussion around. Being in the spring season, there will be an abundance of wild edibles and medicinals surrounding the camp area. This four-day camp will offer workshops on a wide range of topics such as earth skills, conflict resolution, botany, tree climbing, direct action, anti-racist organizing, indigenous caucus, black leadership training, prisoner support, security culture, herbalism and much, much more!

For security purposes, we will not announce the location of the event until some weeks before. To get registered: But we can say, that west of Asheville North Carolina is some beautiful mountains

More information will be announced in the coming months, stay tuned! If you have any questions feel free to contact us at:


Cooperation and Solidarity - Oakland, CA Sunday, February 4th, 2018 Navigating the Storm

On Sunday, February 4th, 2018 the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) and The Center for Political Education hosted Kali Akuno and Brandon King of Cooperation Jackson to discuss Cooperation Jackson's new book, JACKSON RISING: THE STRUGGLE FOR ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY AND BLACK SELF-DETERMINATION IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (Daraja Press). The conversation was joined by Najari Smith of


Blood, Red, MAGA: What We Know About the Parkland Shooting It's Going Down

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Elliot rodger will not be forgotten. Nikolas Cruz

Photo collage from The Daily Beast

On Valentines Day, 19 year old Nikolas Cruz, shot and killed 17 students in the affluent suburb of Parkland, Florida. According to ABC News, today police and FBI gathered outside of the house that Cruz was staying at with a friend and their family. Cruz was adopted, but his adoptive father had passed away in 2005 and his adoptive mother only several months ago, died a sudden, and very painful death from the flu. Friends and family that spoke to news outlets about Cruz, describe him as obsessed with guns, known to post racist and right-wing things online, and was abusive to his ex-girlfriend. According to numerous reports, Cruz had been expelled from the Parkland High School campus the year prior, and was reportedly not allowed on campus with a back pack. On social media accounts believed to be linked to Cruz, the alleged shooter made statements against Muslims and also claimed that he wanted to kill police and antifascist protesters.

Most shocking of all however, is that allegation, not verified, that Cruz was connected to and trained with a white nationalist group, the Republic of Florida (ROF), a self-described militia that promote...


The Matrix Revealed: Cartels That Run The World Jon Rappoport's Blog

The Matrix Revealed: Cartels That Run The World

by Jon Rappoport

February 16, 2018

The following information comes from insider interviews with Ellis Medavoy and Richard Bell, two people I interview extensively in my collection, The Matrix Revealed. This is just a brief taste of what they have to say

Major institutions on this planet that control Military, Money, Energy, Government, Medical, Corporate, Media, and Education are becoming, more and more, global cartels, horizontally integrated across national borders.

This is more than a top-down command process. Its organically evolving. Three steps forward, two steps back. There is a great deal of competition among the components of a given cartel, but there is also cooperation. And in the long run, the see-saw is tipping in the direction of cooperation, as these entities realize they may well have more to gain that way.

I cant stress too strongly this EVOLVING process. All attempts to merely assume twelve men in a room run the planet fall woefully short.

Instead, over time, people who lead a powerful institution (like Energy, for example) look out and recognize more major players, and in this recognition there is an impulse to compete and win and destroy, but there is also an impulse to build commonality and therefore monopolize the entire territory.

During one conversation with retired master propagandist Ellis Medavoy, I asked him about the extent of mutual cooperation in his given field, psychological warfare. He responded:

Twenty years ago, I would have said we were all operating separately and jealously. Each of us was mining his own contacts and building his false pictures of reality for the masses. But then things began to change. Globally. First of all, more of us were pushing the same holograms. And because communication and travel were speeding up so rapidly, we were working a lot of the same venues. We would run into each other more often. We began to share information. I mean, it was cautious. We werent gushing with unbridled love, I assure you. The competitive factor was still strong. And we had fights. But through all that, we began to see through the fog, so to speak. We began to understand the effectiveness of cooperating. We would test each other with privileged information, to see if we could trust each other to keep it private. A tidbit here, a tidbit there.

And you see, behind us, other groups were finding commonality, too. For example, in the area of medical propaganda, where I operated a lot of the time. And these groups saw they could join together for specific operations,...


Nikolas Cruz Was Well Known to FBI Parkland School Shooting In Florida Sheep Media

This is very early on in the investigation, but something does not smell right.

Was Nikolas Cruz the actual shooter, a patsy???

READ MORE: Parents Catch FBI in Plot to Force Mentally Ill Son to Be a Right Wing Terrorist 


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What if I dont want to debate you, G Man? Freethought Blogs

Lotsa loons on YouTube. Now Im getting double-dog-dared to debate a creationist.


A Black Mothers Survival Guide for Her Teenage Son The Marshall Project

"The only right you have, I told him, is to make it home alive."


GOP Lawmaker Claims Women Are Inferior: A Lesser Cut Of Meat Counter Current News

Source: Patheos Bible based misogyny: South Carolina State Senator Thomas Corbin insults a female colleague, claiming women are a lesser cut of meat because the Bible teaches Eve was created from Adams rib. During a working dinner with []


A Kingdom Where Nobody Dies OpEdNews

When we reached adulthood, each of us made an unspoken promise to the children of this country. We said we would protect them, support them, help them lead beautiful lives. Today, once again, that promise has been broken. America's rifle. America's promise. And America's childhood, a kingdom we've surrendered for no good reason at all.


Feet are Weird Freethought Blogs

In other news, I am not high. Or maybe the reason I dont have to smonk big weed is that I think stoner thoughts all the time. So. Feet are weird. Im doing a 3d art project for someone and when you think about us as the apes we are, our hind paws are extremely weird. What wild-ass ape decided to walk like this, got all her gente on board, and resulted in that wedge-shaped stiffened clumsy nonsense of an extremity?

I normally dont have a problem with feet the way they look and whatnot but I know a lot of people who dislike them. And we all know there are people with an erotic interest in them. Love or hate, theyre charged. What do you think about feet? Whatever you think, you gotta admit. Feet are weird.


Changing of the Guard in South Africa: Jacob Zuma Was Drawing Too Much Attention OpEdNews

Changing of the Guard in South Africa: Jacob Zuma Was Drawing Too Much Attention to How This Global Plutocratic Exploitive System Operates in Reality, and Needed to Step Down.


Korean Olympic Diplomacy Moves Forward Despite U.S. Intransigence OpEdNews

An interview by Dennis J. Bernstein with writer, activist and regional expert, Kay Jay Noh, about the big-power politics swirling around the Olympic Games now being held in South Korea.


Ostrich's lament OpEdNews

Ostrich, the largest bird on earth, is caricatured as hiding its head in the sand rather than face reality. It is easy to identify with that coping mechanism, but there is much more to the ostrich that is worth considering.


An Armed Cop Was on Campus When The Florida Shooting BeganNever Encountered Suspect Activist Post

By Matt Agorist Parkland, FL Another tragic mass shooting has taken place on American soil in which a deranged coward opened fire on innocent...


Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Shooting: Random, Hoaxed, Urged Or FBI Created? The Last American Vagabond

I spoke briefly yesterday about the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and about how it is very important that we not jump to conclusions before we see the facts at hand. So, to follow up, officials are now reporting that 17 people were killed in this shooting. It is my opinion that []

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Let's See--Have Evangelicals Become the Unwitting New Soldiers of Satan? OpEdNews

We seem to have a president who could himself obtain a security clearance in only one way, by being elected president. He has already compromised our allies by giving classified information to Russians whom he invited to the White House. He has bypassed unobtainable security clearances for numerous friends and appointees, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, and Rob Porter to name a few...


Ben Swann Exposes The Truth About US Foreign Aid And The Clinton Foundations Haitian Fraud The Last American Vagabond

In yet another extremely astute and open-minded episode of Reality Check Ben Swann breaks down the past statement made by Donald Trump, wherein he supposedly called Haiti a shit hole. Now regardless of your opinion on the veracity of that claim, Swann brings the conversation back to what it should be addressing, the reality of []

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Auschwitz is Bullshit. Or maybe not; watch this and make up your own mind. RSVP OpEdNews

This has utterly changed my thinking about the Hitler that I grew up with, watched and read about, with extreme interest. David Irving, imo after watching this two hour video, has put me toward believing what this extraordinary intellect has to say, after his traipsing the world to get to get to original sources. Which as a scientific thinking person, I find hard to disbelive.


Fourth Court of Appeal declares Trump's 'Muslim Ban 3.0' unconstitutional OpEdNews

A panel of 13 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., Thursday (February 15) declared Trump's Muslim ban (3.0) illegal and unconstitutional.


Another Option for the Table: Dialogue with Pyongyang OpEdNews

A diplomatic alternative should be the desired approach to dealing with North Korea. The Nixon administration accomplished normalization with China in 1972 and turned international diplomacy on its head.


Nobody Wants to Admit to the Real Reasons Behind American Mass Shootings The Anti-Media

Nikolas Cruz mass shootings(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) Parkland, FL  There was mass casualty event at an American high school yesterday that took the lives of 17 students, and Im unfortunately not surprised at this point. Mass shootings have become commonplace in America as of late, and after every one of them, the political blame game spins round and round, even before we send []


Announcing the Serialization, Continued, of: The 15% Solution: How the Repub. Religious Right Took Control of the U.S.: OpEdNews

I first began this Serialization, for OpEdNews, of my book "The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S., 1981-2022: A Futuristic Novel," just about a year ago. I got through Chapter 6, Part 1 of the series. Then for a variety of reasons I brought a halt to the project. Now I am re-starting it, from the beginning, with the full intention of seeing through to the end, sometime in 2019.


Watch: Florida Student Says She Talked to Nikolas Cruz During the High School Shooting The Anti-Media

Florida High School Student Nikolas Cruz(ANTIMEDIA) Parkland, FL  Yesterday, a local CBS News affiliate conducted an interview about Wednesdays school shooting with Alexa Miednik, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Miedniks account adds additional context to the narrative and raises some interesting questions. Heres what she told KHOU-TV reporter Matt Musil about the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, on Valentines Day. #KHOU11 After shifting []


Congressman Calls For Investigation Of Conservative Think Tank Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski is asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate whether a series of financial deals improperly benefited the leaders of the Illinois Policy Institute the latest call for authorities to examine the influential conservative think tank.

In an open letter to the head of the IRS, Lipinski a Democrat who represents parts of Chicago and the western suburbs wrote that institute chairman and CEO John Tillman may have violated federal tax laws by channeling money from his nonprofits to for-profit companies Tillman owned or co-owned.

Lipinski cited an investigation by ProPublica Illinois and the Chicago Sun-Times that detailed the transactions.

Federal law provides tax benefits that help nonprofits pursue their agendas, including ideological agendas, Lipinski wrote to David Kautter, the acting commissioner of the IRS. What it does not allow, however, is for an individual to use a non-profit organization to inure excessive benefits to himself. I fear that is exactly what Mr. Tillman has done.

Neither Tillman nor a spokeswoman for the institute responded to a request for comment. But Tillman said previously the transactions were appropriate and properly disclosed in tax filings.

Read Rep. Lipinski's Letter

Obviously, these are all fully disclosed transactions, all at fair market value as they should be, Tillman wrote in response to questions.

But experts in nonprofit tax laws told ProPublica Illinois and the Sun-Times that some of the transactions raised ethical and legal concerns. Among the list of potential red flags: a zero-interest, $49,400 loan from Think Freely Media, a nonprofit Tillman founded and served as board president, to Crowdskout, a for-profit data and marketing firm owned by a company he controlled.

That loan was essentially a gift, experts said.

No loans are made on zero interest because you los...


China's "New Silk Roads" reach Latin America OpEdNews

Washington will need to invest in a much more sophisticated game if it is to compete economically against China. That would turn out to be the ideal trade and investment scenario which would profit Latin America the most. Public opinion seems to have made up its mind. Across Latin America, approval of US foreign policy has dropped from 49% in 2016 to 24% last year. Approval of President Trump stands at a dismal 16%.


A Demonstrated Talent For The Job Freethought Blogs

Public Relations is the art of using mass communication to change how people feel about politicians, celebrities, products, and especially entire corporations. One Spanish woman, Carla Forcada, felt she had the capacity to do this work quite well. The company where she applied to work, Impulsa Comunicacin, had other thoughts on the matter. Ever mindful of the benefits of Public Relations, Forcada screen capd their message to her and aided them in making it reach further than they ever imagined:


A screen cap of Forcadas phone taken by Forcada herself and showing a mobile message she received from Impulsa Comunicacin, recapd by Pervert Justice from the BBC. Note that she graciously marked out the personal name of the manager who sent the message. Im not sure I would have been that nice.

The important part of the message (at least the part important for our purposes) reads:

Hola Carla

Gracias x tu CV justo en estos momentos estamos en un proceso de seleccin pero buscamos un chico porque las cuentas en las que trabajar son Carglass y Coca-Cola y creme, necesitan un hombre para aguantar el ritmo, las visitas, saber de produccin, etc.

Impulsa, for those not able to read Spanish, is saying Hi to Forcada, thanking her for the CV/resum, and proceeding to let her know that they are already in the selection process, but wont be considering her as a candidate because the big name clients like Carglass and Coca-Cola require a man definitely not a woman, like Forcada because their accounts require someone with the capacity to handle the pace of the work, manage clients during in-person meetings, and understand the ins & outs of running a business.

How quaint!

Well, the BBC reports that Forcada was eager to prove that she did know something about the public relations business, at least, and began a campaign of attaching her screenshot of Impulsas message to tweets that she sent to major corporations who use Impulsa and also generally attached them to the product-related twitter streams of those companies to make sure they got public exposure. And boy, howdy, did they ever!

Coca-Cola fired Impulsa and Carglass had to send out a public message condemning Impulsa and announcing publicly that they had already privately expressed their displeasure directly to the marketing consultants.

Im not sure, being no expert in anything to do with public relations, but it certainly seems to me that she...


Is a cats time really that valuable? Freethought Blogs

A cat cafe is opening in Minneapolis the grand opening of Cafe Meow is tomorrow. It sounds like a fine idea, especially that theyll be housing cats from a local shelter and will be encouraging adoptions. So, sure, if you like cats, you can get a bit of cuddling while drinking your morning coffee.


Its $10/hour to hang out with a cat. Im sorry, I go home at night and try to get some work done, and our cat will flop down in my lap and demand that I pet her, and that I dont move because she wants to take a nap, and if I do try to type while accommodating her, she will pop up and decide to stroll about the keyboard. She should be paying me.

If this cat ever sends me a bill, its gonna get ugly.


US Mass Killers Crucially Abetted by Nuts Who Won't Ban Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Clips OpEdNews

It's not the nuts who commit mass school shootings and other acts of mayhem who are to blame; it's the nuts who sell them assault rifles large clips and the nuts in Congress who refuse to ban these weapons of mass destruction, writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff


Genocide? As Gaza Dries Out, Israel Turns Off Fresh Water Spigot The Last American Vagabond

Rather than heeding the warnings from the UN to open up Gazas blockade and allow vital aid, what we have witnessed over the course of the last decade is a periodic all-out Israeli assault on Gazas vital infrastructure. GAZA  (Analysis)  Near the end of last month, Haaretz reported that, according to an expert hydrologist, 97 percent of Gazas []

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Florida school shooting suspect was member of white nationalist group reports - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - We will be learning a lot about Mr. Cruz quickly as a mass of investigators are sifting through every shred of info they can find.


Increasing US Hostility Brings Turkey, Russia, And Iran Together For Syria Summit The Last American Vagabond

The leadership of Turkey, Iran, and Russia have all agreed to attend an upcoming summit in Istanbul on the topic of Syria, with the date for the meeting to be decided soon. Looming large over this is US relations. Those three nations have met in the past on trying to get a peace process going []

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Cook Countys Residential Property Tax Assessments Deeply Unfair, Independent Study Confirms Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios has been producing error-ridden property assessments that effectively punished poor homeowners while providing tax breaks to wealthy ones, according to a much-anticipated independent study of the countys residential assessment practices.

The study, which reviewed assessments from 2014 to 2016, concluded that the county operates a very regressive system that causes a wealth transfer from owners of lower-value homes to those of higher-value homes.

County officials released the study Thursday to a handful of reporters before holding a small, closed-door briefing in the afternoon. The quiet release of the explosive report comes as Berrios, who is also chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party, faces a serious, well-funded primary challenge.

The study, conducted by an assessment expert from Virginia for the Civic Consulting Alliance, corroborates findings from the Chicago Tribunes investigation The Tax Divide, which exposed widespread errors and inequities in residential assessments under Berrios from 2011 through 2015. It also counters months of assertions from Berrios office that his assessment process is sound.

Read the Full Study

Source: Civic Consulting Alliance

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle a Berrios ally commissioned the independent study of residential assessments the same morning Berrios and his staff insisted to county commissioners, in the aftermath of The Tax Divide, that the office produced fair and accurate assessments.

The report released Thursday found problems at every level of the assessment process, including the computer programs...

Our streets should be safe for everyone yes, even those who are under the influence. Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

One year ago, a woman in suburban Oregon crossed the street while under the influence of alcohol and was struck by a driver and killed. Her husband's lawyer couldn't find an engineer in his state who was willing to stand up to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and speak out about the dangerously designed street that played a part in this woman's death. So the lawyer called Chuck Marohn, President of Strong Towns, and he recently traveled to Oregon to testify as part of the case again the DOT.

Chuck's visit to the scene of the crash showed an intersection on a stroad without a crosswalk, signage, sufficient sidewalk or lighting, yet surrounded by businesses, homes and multiple bus stops. In other words, it was precisely the sort of place where someone on foot is likely to want to cross and the crossing is completely unsafe even for the soberest of people.

A speed study conducted by Chuck showed that, while the speed limit was 45 mph, two out of three drivers were going over that. Some drove as fast as 70 mph.


"The majority of people are going to drive the speed that they feel comfortable driving, regardless of what you set the speed limit at," says Chuck. "And because the lanes are wide, because t...


TCK RADIO: Dr. Tenpenny Flu Panic: Great Culling Or Vaccine Propaganda? - Veterans Today Veterans Today

TradcatKnight Radio, Dr. Tenpenny Flu Panic: Great Culling Or Vaccine Propaganda? Talk given 2-15-18 (aprx 40 minutes) VISIT TRADCATKNIGHT.BLOGSPOT.COM DAILY! Special guest Dr. Sherri Tenpenny of VAXXTER joins me to discuss: CDC over-inflating flu statistics, her fight in education the public against vaccines, latest flu outbreak, depopulation agenda, links to infertility, forced vaccines coming? tamiflu []


Syria Destroyed 2 Waves Of 13 Israeli Cruise Missiles Using Russian Pantsir-S AA guns Political Vel Craft

[ Editors Note: We finally have some officially reported details of the recent Israeli Airforce attack on Syria. The main disclosure is the Syrian had used the Pantsir-S short range system, specifically designed to take down cruise missiles when closing on their targets. These systems have a variety of missiles to use depending on the []


America's Voting Machinery Is Hackable, Falling Apart and Privatized -- and the GOP Doesn't Care OpEdNews

Delays and communication snafus show a system that operates at a snail's pace relative to the speed of cyber probes and attacks. To make matters worse, in many states -- and in Congress, as seen in the just-passed federal budget -- there's no willingness to spend the funds needed to modernize voting in the United States.


Podcast: Black Panther Movie, Comic Books, And Superhero Fatigue The Federalist

The new Marvel movie, Black Panther hits theaters on Thursday night. David Betancourt is a comic book and culture reporter for The Washington Post, who joins Ben Domenech to discuss the casting, the comic book origins, and the hype for this movie.

Part of the buzz is there are a lot of people, including myself, who have been waiting for this movie for a long time, he said. Erik Killmonger is the perfect antagonist to a very heroic Chadwick BosemanHes this embodiment of black rage and there is a method to his madness.

Betancourt and Domenech discuss the rapidly expanding comic book universe and the various adaptations for movies and television.

Listen here:


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Who all is going to see Black Panther this weekend? Freethought Blogs

Im tempted to stay up way past my bedtime to catch it were having a midnight showing at the Morris theater. Im encouraged by the trailer and a few reviews. I only have two reservations, which are actually common complaints about the recent crop of superhero movies.

  • Please dont let it be about yet another cosmic villain with godlike powers threatening the fate of the entire planet. Smaller stories are better. Youve already got unbelievable heroes, dont overwhelm the audience with even more amplified conflicts.

  • Please let there be some sense of humor about the whole affair. The protagonists are bouncing around in colorful tights. They shouldnt take themselves too seriously.

Good examples of why you dont need to blast us with gigantic world-shaking, universe-spanning battles are Logan and Ant Man. Perspective, please! Also, look at Thor: Ragnarok despite the daunting title, it turned out to have quite a bit of humor about the whole romp.

Ill be able to handle it if it violates either suggestion, but not both: deadly sober comic book movies about vast cosmic consequences will just put me to sleep. Especially if I do go for the late night showing.


Hundreds March to Raise Awareness of Murdered Missing Indigenous Women UNICORN RIOT

Minneapolis, MN Hundreds marched for the 2018 Murdered Missing Indigenous Womens march. The march, led by women singing the Womens Warrior song, marked the fourth Valentines Day in a row that people have taken the streets clad in red hoping that people include the stories of missing murdered indigenous women in their everyday lives.

Unicorn Riot streamed the march live and spoke to march participants.

Heres a short 360 video of the march.

Many of the marchers carried signs with the pictures and names of missing loved ones. We spoke to a family holding a banner that read Kateri Marie Mishow. When we asked about the banner one of the people walking told us:

My sister-in-law has been missing since January of 07. We just want answers. And bring her home. Her name was Kateri Marie Mishow.



Preparing for the 2018 Gardening Season Stoddart Avenue Community Garden

Although Spring is still a few weeks away and there is still some snow on the ground, February is always the beginning of the community garden calendar if we intend to get off to a productive start in April.  Also, its a good time to look back and clean up some loose ends from the prior growing season.  So today, I will report on the Citys Land Bank Community Garden held last week, the GCGC meeting held on February 1, the SACG Board meeting held on Sunday (where I served the pictured pie to the SACGs faithful volunteers), our February seed starting and my learning experience at last years We Dig Ohio Conference for community gardens at the Franklin Park Conservatory.

We Dig Ohio: The Conservatory holds an annual community garden conference in March, which brings attendees and speakers from all over Ohio.  Last years conference was on March 25.  Clara Coleman was the keynote speaker and much of the focus was on four-season agriculture.  Margaret Ann from Four Seasons City Farm had an extra ticket and generously offered it to me at the last minute, so I missed the first presentation (while I tried to get some paying work done).    I have to admit that I had never heard of Ms. Coleman before, but her presentation was riveting.   She grew up in Maine and enjoyed eating fresh vegetables year round (even when ther...


Breaking: USA Wins Gold Again in MASS SCHOOL SHOOTINGS! - Veterans Today Veterans Today

USA also takes Silver and Bronze medals! Is there any other country competing in this terrible horrific MASS SHOOTING category?


USD Tumbles, Gold Soars: Top Crypto Revealed The Last American Vagabond

We dont get to choose our starting point in life. For most people, a humble beginning is what they are born into. It is very hard to pinpoint the reason why, and for no apparent external event, we start to sense that theres more to this world and what it can offer us than meets []

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Where Did Syrian Kurds Get Soviet Arms? The Last American Vagabond

A video showing Nour al-Din al-Zenki militants hijacking a tanker and a truck with smuggled arms and weapons for YPG militia in Afrin emerged on Twitter on February 4, 2018. A large number of Soviet-made ATGMs, and Fagot, Metis-M, Konkurs anti-tank missile systems were shown in the video. According to Inside Syria Media Center sources, []

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Is nuclear war in our future?1 OpEdNews

How do the American people deal w/ those in charge who are criminally insane in "official" Washington? The latest madness is the Nuclear Posture Review a blueprint for nuclear war thou it purports to lowering the threshold for a nuclear conflagration. It's a call for the development of low yield nuclear warheads & such weapons be deployed in action. That could also lower the threshold to strategic weapons of mass destruction.


University of Nebraska Faces Growing Calls To Expel Violent Neo-Nazi Dan Kleve UNICORN RIOT

Lincoln, NE Administrators at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) are facing mounting criticism over their choice to ignore safety issues posed by 23-year-old biochemistry major Dan Kleve. Anti-racists have been calling for Kleves expulsion from UNL since last summer, when images of him surfaced after the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville.

Public pressure on administrators has been building again after the recent release of a video from a Google Hangouts session in which Dan Kleve describes himself as the most active white nationalist in the Nebraska area and says I want to be violentreally violent. A similar video shows Kleve discussing his desire to murder a black man who asked him about his pagan tattoos. Kleves former roommate recently told Newsweek that the young man would keep an assault rifle in plain view and discussed wanting to kill black people, including specific individuals.

On Thursday, February 8, UNL chancellor Ronnie Green announced the decision not to expel Kleve from campus. UNL police chief Owen Yardley also said we dont believe at this time that there are safety concerns regarding Kleve.

In the picture below, Kleve can be seen wielding a flashlight as a weapon as he joins other white supremacists in beating a counter-protester. The white polo shirt he is wearing is emblazoned with the emblem of the neo-Nazi group Vanguard America. Kleve has also associated with Atomwaffen, an extremist neo-Nazi terror group tied to numerous murders and bomb plots over the last year.



Daily Inspiration --- A Short Ride in a Fast Machine OpEdNews

A Short Ride in a Fast Machine, by composer John Adams, born this day in 1947


Big Money: Billionaires Piling Crypto The Last American Vagabond

The only billionaires who are opposing Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are those who didnt see it coming. It makes perfect sense for an influential billionaire to publicly condemn it in order to create a buying opportunity for himself. Some, though, have been on top of their game and nailed the rise of cryptocurrencies. The Winklevoss twins []

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WATCH: Students Report Multiple Shooters & Mass Shooting Drill at Florida High School The Free Thought Project


Multiple students have come forward detailing rumors of an active shooter drill at the same time the real shooting occurred as well as reporting multiple shooters.

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Tillerson Says US Mideast Peace Plan Fairly Well Advanced: Except The Corporate State Of Israel Political Vel Craft

{EXXONs} US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday, during a visit to Jordan., that his administration has a fairly well advanced Middle East peace plan that has been under development for a number of months. The United States threw the Arab and Muslim world into a rage, in December, when President Donald Trump recognized []


New York Times Struggles Over Whether Any Conservatives Are Fit To Print The Federalist

This week, New York Times op-ed editor Bari Weiss tweeted out congratulations to U.S. Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu. The six-word tweet read, Immigrants: They get the job done, a reference to the line Immigrants, we get the job done, from the musical Hamilton. Within minutes, abuse started streaming in in response. The problem? Nagasu was born in California to immigrant parents, so is not herself an immigrant.

Weiss was berated as a racist on Twitter for what was either an honest mistake, or as she says, the use of poetic license to celebrate the contributions of immigrants to the United Sates. Never mind that Weiss, who is viewed as one the Times more conservative writers, was arguing in favor of immigration. By mislabeling Nagasu she engaged in racism, or a micro-aggression, or something.

The Internet is full of people of every political stripe who spend their day looking for absurd reasons to be offended. If that were as far as this incident went, it wouldnt be a big deal. But it wasnt. Instead, the following day Huffington Post ran a story about the Weiss tweet that contained an extensive anonymous, leaked conversations between Times employees from a chat server.

The discussion is clichd identity politics gibberish of the kind we so often read about on our college campuses. At one point, a participant compares Weiss tweet to Japanese American internment in World War Two. But these werent college students or Twitter trolls, they were employees of the nations paper of record, arguably the most powerful newspaper in the world.

A Short Stint

On Tuesday, as the Weiss storm was gaining strength, another controversy hit the Times op-ed page. That morning they hired former Wired writer Quinn Norton to cover the tech world. Yet by Tuesday evening, Norton had been fired. The firing was also a result of social media. Almost immediately after news of the hire, old tweets from Norton in which she used derogatory language about blacks and gays emerged. In addition were statements she made about befriending neo-Nazis with an eye towards helping them to change.

Supporters of Norton pointed out that covering the dark corners of hacking and the Internet, which Norton has done for years, provides a context for her language that should be taken in account, that she was talking about racism, not engaging in it. Wherever one stands on the firing, in the space of two days, Internet anger from progressives directed at two op-ed page writers had flared up enough to affect discussions and decisions inside the paper.

All of this comes amidst a broader context of criticism from the Left directed at the Times op-ed pages apparent uptick in conservative contributions in the wake of Donald Trumps election (disclosure, I published an op-ed at the Times last year). Writing for the Ringer, after specifically calling out pieces by Ross Dou...


Rumors Grow That U.S. Fed Is Propping Up Stock Market PopularResistance.Org

Its not every day that three well-credentialed men are willing to put their names and reputations behind the allegation that the U.S. Federal Reserve is rigging the stock market. But thats exactly what happened yesterday. Paul Craig Roberts, a former Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury under President Ronald Reagan joined with Economist Michael Hudson and Wall Street veteran Dave Kranzler to write that it appears that in May 2010, August 2015, January/February 2016, and currently in February 2018 the Fed is rigging the stock market by purchasing S&P equity index futures in order to arrest stock market declines. This is not the first time the Fed has come under such suspicion.


D.C. Police And Feds Partner With Hard Right To Convict Trump Protesters PopularResistance.Org

Washington, D.C., police and federal prosecutors have been collaborating with notorious right-wing groups known for fascist statements and using doctored videos to ambush their targets in an attempt to convict and jail protesters from President Trumps inauguration. The question is not whether the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington, D.C., are working with Oath Keepers, a group of cops and veterans with rabid anti-government views, and Project Veritas, a far-right group known for fabricating accounts to ambush the media and the political left. The question is, how deep is the relationship between the police, federal prosecutors and these extremists? And in MPDs case, are Washington police breaking the law, as its city council has passed laws barring them from spying on protesters or protest groups?


Stock Market Designed To F**k 90% Of Us PopularResistance.Org

As the stock market had its largest one-day drop in decades, what our media won't tell you is that 84% of stock wealth is in the hands of the top 10%. Looking at the stock market to judge the economic health of our country is actually like looking at a dying man and judging his health based on how the leeches look. Most Americans do not benefit from it as the rich play with lives. But that's just half of the story. Redacted Tonight's Lee Camp has the censored side of our volatile economy.


"Evidence" and "Science" Not Dirty Words Despite Administration's Ban, Austin Meeting of National Scientists to Show OpEdNews

Ten thousand of the nation's leading scientists are gathering in Austin, Texas this week to discuss the state of science in the country. High on the list of concerns is the Trump administration's antagonism to language used widely in the scientific community: "Science based" and "evidence based". These words are so anathema that the current administration banned CDC from using them on its websites and in agency directives.


The Buttress, It Flies! Freethought Blogs

Could Love Be God?

A Re-Post

Think of the theological rules against the use of condoms in relation to the cold hard reality of HIV. I am sure lots of study has been done on the theology of pregnancy and I do not care to address it. Whether you argue for contraception or against it you still fall into the trap that most of us fall into. We start playing the game by institutional rules.  Ancient institutions have set the stage for all discussion by establishing ownership of the issue through the body of scholarship they have generated. The tone and quality of debate always reverts to the institutional model because it is the familiar, go-to resource for discussion. Most of us are novices in this environment despite the familiar seeming context and are easily dismissed by the professional scholars of the church.

They have created a structure of theological scholarship that is based upon a central assumption: God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost actually exist. And, that the Jesus third of the triumvirate once existed in human form from a virgins unwitting supernatural pregnancy, died, was reborn in mystical form, and sits on Gods right hand (cue the eyebrows). This central mystery of the church is its foundation which guides all discussion.

I respect the right of anyone to have whatever belief they choose. I am not qualified to judge the validity of one mystery over any other. The appeal of mystery is that it is mysterious. Its the bureaucracy that flows from the belief in a mystery that is the problem.

The Christian religion is an inverted pyramid resting on this central point of belief: Jesus exists. Early practitioners of what became Christianity took all the best elements of all the popular religions of the time and re-packaged them under this marketing tool: Jesus really existed, he is not just a myth like the other gods. The metaphorical conception of god became actual. The fledgling church merged all the various start-up versions of an actual deity into one by codifying the basic myth and dogma. Paul managed to get them all on the same page through his letter-writing campaign that has become the bulk of the New Testament. Over time, layer upon layer of argument, justifications, rules and edicts were built up on top of the point of belief guided by the revealed word of a deity. For


example, the concept of a Trinity, was added to the pyramid in the fourth century, it is not mentioned in the scriptures. The rational for each theological question requires academic answers that reach deeply into the bureaucratic structure for justification, latching onto...


The Strategy Of The 1% And Ours PopularResistance.Org

In recent days two facts illuminate the strategy of the richest 1 percent of humanity. Towards the end of January the media divulged an Oxfam study, wherein is asserts that of all the wealth generated in 2017 in the world, 82 percent went into the hands of the richest 1 percent, while half of the population received absolutely nothing. The economy only functions to benefit a tiny minority that concentrates more and more power. The second fact comes from the Davos Forum, where the sector that represents the interests of the 1 percent meets. All the chronicles assure that the CEOS of the multi-nationals and the worlds most powerful men (there are few women), were happy and converted the annual gathering in the Swiss Alps into a real party. Almost all of them arrived in private jets; they paid $245,000.00 for the four days of meetings and conferences and access to the private sessions.


The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost OpEdNews

Not only is Israel losing its support and overall appeal among large sections of American society, but among young American Jews, as well -- a particularity worrying phenomena for the Israeli government. The trend promises to be a lasting one, since it has been in the making for years, starting some time after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.


Parkland student: Secret Service was present, changed school security policy, several weeks before shooting Intellihub

Did the Secret Service have foreknowledge of the Valentines Day massacre?

PARKLAND, Fla. (INTELLIHUB) According to a senior at Stoneman Douglas High School who appeared on The Alex Jones Show Thursday, United States Secret Service personnel were on the ground at the school several weeks before the shooting to change security protocols.

Jalen Martin told the Texas talk show host that a teacher of his had confirmed that indeed the Secret Service was present at the school a few weeks prior.

The students testimony dovetails with buried reports that a fire drill and an active shooter drill were, in fact, already scheduled for Valentines Day.

Martin said there had already been one fire drill earlier Wednesday morning before the alarm went off for a second time which prompted the principal to announce over the loudspeaker for all students to evacuate.

Additionally, a teacher at the school told MSNBCs Rachal Maddow that her and other staff were told at the beginning of the semester that an active shooting drill would be taking place sometime during the semester and that the drill would be unannounced.

Why would the Secret Service have changed security protocols at the Stoneman Douglas High School, unannounced to teachers and other staff, just weeks before the shooting?

What role did the deep state play in the shooting?

Related: There was obviously, d...


How the Media Convinced Millions the Florida Shooter Was the Wrong Person The Anti-Media

Florida Shooter Nikolas Cruz(TFC)  Yesterday, millions of people across the globe stared in horror at the image of the Broward County school shooter. They were able to infer from the image the shooter was a leftist, and probably a communist. Nikolas Cruz was the killer leftist the right wing always dreamed about and word spread like wildfire on social []


Protesters Disrupt Board Meeting, Demand Governor Oppose Jordan Cove LNG Project PopularResistance.Org

Salem, OR: On Tuesday morning activists with Southern Oregon Rising Tide disrupted the State Lands Board meeting, demanding Governor Brown take action to oppose the Jordan Cove Energy Project. A dozen demonstrators interrupted the meeting with noisemakers before unfurling a banner and reading a statement calling on the Governor and the State Lands Board to deny permits for the fracked gas export project. You seem intent on avoiding the issue and refusing to listen to our communities, but we cant afford your silence, the protesters shouted over the Governors attempts to regain control of the meeting, Were done waiting for the appropriate time to speak only to be ignored, so were interrupting your meeting for a few minutes to make sure you hear us. The protesters questioned Governor Browns stated commitment to curbing climate change...


An Armed Cop Was on Campus When The Florida Shooting BeganNever Encountered Suspect The Free Thought Project


All the police state measures in the world were in place and everything happened correctly to prevent this shooting, but none of it was used.

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China Reassigns 60,000 Soldiers To Plant Trees In Bid To Fight Pollution PopularResistance.Org

China has reportedly reassigned over 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in a bid to combat pollution by increasing the country's forest coverage. A large regiment from the People's Liberation Army, along with some of the nation's armed police force, have been withdrawn from their posts on the northern border to work on non-military tasks inland. The majority will be dispatched to Hebei province, which encircles Beijing, according to the Asia Times which originally reported the story. The area is known to be a major culprit for producing the notorious smog which blankets the capital city. The idea is believed to be popular among members of online military forums as long as they can keep their ranks and entitlements. It comes as part of China's plan to plant at least 84,000 square kilometres (32,400 square miles) of trees by the end of the year, which is roughly equivalent to the size of Ireland.


How to Turn a Stroad into a Street (or a Road) Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Our national transportation conversation has us obsessing over finding more money to continue to do the same thing. This is only making us poorer.

Instead, we need to focus on finding ways to make better use of our existing investments. This means we need to spend our energy converting our most expensive, least productive and most dangerous transportation investment  our stroads  into either wealth-producing streets (to create a place) or highly productive roads (to connect productive places).

From a technical standpoint, this is very easy. From a cultural standpoint, it is near impossible. If we want to build financially productive places, we need to recognize our stroads and support actions to eliminate them.

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How to Turn a Stroad into a Street

When we convert a stroad to a street, the emphasis should be on creating a successful place. This means we have to slow down traffic  actually constrict the speed that people can drive  to make the place safe and inviting for people outside of cars.

We must also prioritize the activity and safety of people over the movement of traffic. This impacts our street design but also the placement, scale and orientation of buildings. The environment should be reconfigured to a human scale, not a car scale. A street is human habitat and humans, outside of their vehicles, are the indicator species of success.

To build wealth, we actually need to build. We must allow, by right, the next increment of development everywhere and at all times. A successful place will experience development pressure to incrementally improve, intensify and expand existing structures, as well as to fill in any gaps that might exist. Our regulatory approach needs to recognize and facilitate these investments.

Finally, we must be aware that productive places change over time. Street transformation projects that try to jumpstart development by building a finished streetscape are, more often than not, counterproductive. Focus on the development  on attracting incremental investment  and then modify the street over time, responding to the level o...


The UKs Hidden Hand In Julian Assanges Detention PopularResistance.Org

Behind the scenes, Sweden wanted to drop the extradition case against Assange back in 2013. Why was this not made public? Because Britain persuaded Sweden to pretend that they still wished to pursue the case. In other words, for more than four years Assange has been holed up in a tiny room, policed at great cost to British taxpayers, not because of any allegations in Sweden but because the British authorities wanted him to remain there. On what possible grounds could that be, one has to wonder? Might it have something to do with his work as the head of Wikileaks, publishing information from whistleblowers that has severely embarrassed the United States and the UK. In fact, Assange should have walked free years ago if this was really about an investigation  a sham one at that into an alleged sexual assault in Sweden.


DHS Attacks NBC For Reporting Russian Election Hack Claim Lacks Evidence; Leaves Out DHS Hack Activist Post

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Afghanistan Virtual Mirage

First, a Pause for the Cause - 

I have a number of friends who are dead and were killed on various battlefields named and unnamed. I have a number of wrecked agents (recruited assets) who were left on the field as well. I learned recently that David W., who I worked with in the Navy is in an assisted living facility. The guy is 60, but he has the body of an 80 year old, teeth fell out, withering. There are a lot of tragedies associated with him, but my recollection of the guy is a fit guy, 6-3, very smart, very clever. Now, I'm told that he plays checkers with the Oreos.

Others survived and are doing fine. What causes one person to break and another to survive? Maybe it has something to do with will to survive. Sometime it has to do with shame. Sociopaths (Barack comes to mind) don't live with shame because they can't tell the difference between what's right and wrong. If it's good for them, it's 'good'.

Sometimes you just reach your breaking point and that's it. And with that, I'm going to drift to a rant about Afghanistan.


Pardon me if I disagree with the war hawks who want the US to continue its War in Afghanistan. The early war, run by CIA and supported by US Special Forces and US Air Force (providing on-demand overhead precision bombing) worked. I think that it was a good idea. Things started to unravel and costs moved from millions to trillions when Big Army took over 

America lost 2,300 soldiers listed as killed in action in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. About 400 of those were killed in accidents (non-action events). Another 1,600 contractors were killed. About 21,000 combat wounds were sustained by soldiers and the number of contractors wounded is not readily available. The Department of Defense tends to parse those numbers.

Finding veteran suicide numbers specifically for the Afghanistan War, which we've been fighting for 17 years now is difficult. 
In 2013, the...


Tomgram: Stephanie Savell, The Hidden Costs of America's Wars OpEdNews

Today, I know -- and care -- more about the devastations of Washington's post-9/11 wars than I ever imagined I would. And judging from public reactions to our work at the Costs of War Project, my prior detachment was anything but unique. Quite the opposite: it's been the essence of the post-9/11 era in this country.


US Calls on Iran to Withdraw Its Forces From Syria The Anti-Media

Regime Change Iran(MEMO)  US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday called on Iran to withdraw its troops and allied militia from Syria. We are quite concerned about the recent incident involving Israel and Iranian assets inside of Syria. And I think this again illustrates why Irans presence in Syria is only destabilizing to the region, Tillerson said during []


The Real Cause Of Depression Has Been Completely Overlooked TruthTheory

By , The Mind Unleashed

If you are like one of millions of other people suffering from depression, youve probably been told you need to take pharmaceutical drugs because your brain doesnt work right. It simply doesnt produce chemicals like serotonin, GABA, dopamineoxytocin, and endogenous DMT or other tryptamines it needs to for you to feel calm, safe, and happy. Take this prescription, and maybe this one too, they tell you, and we can fix your broken brain.

Many of us have tried this pharmaceutical approach to our depression or watched people we love try it, only to watch these drugs fail wretchedly. One might argue that its not astrophysics figuring out why these drugs dont work. The FDA approves new depression and pain meds all the time without a modicum of scientific integrity. The sugar pills we are given contain health-harming chemicals that alter our digestive system, damage our delicate nervous system, alter adrenal function and more, but when you are in pain, youll do just about anything to stop it.

And so, these medications might relieve some pain after taking a high dose for a time, but somehow depression always rears its ugly head again. And because weve been told that our brains are broken and that these medications will fix them, we feel even more flawed when they start to fail us. If youve ever been on a maximum dose of an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication, or watched someone you care about take them only to observe them plummet to new lows, you know exactly...


Marathon Reaches Deal With Investors On Human Rights PopularResistance.Org

In the face of mounting pressure from investors and the glare of public scrutiny, Marathon Petroleum Corp. officials acknowledged that the company has a responsibility to address environmental and social risksincluding potential violations of the rights of indigenous people. However, in an agreement signed Friday with a block of shareholders, the oil company also said that the ultimate responsibility for protecting human rights lies with government regulators. Human rights activists described the concessions as superficial and said the lack of binding requirements could allow the company to continue with little reform. Shareholders in the Ohio-based company turned up the heat after seeing the treatment of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others protesting the Dakota Access pipeline, a project Marathon bought into just as tensions were boiling over in 2016.


Right Before Her Death She Agreed To Have Lsd, Psilocybin & Mdma The Result Was Beautiful TruthTheory


Mara Howell was in pain, the type of pain so severe it found her bedridden in a hospital at 33 years old. Cancer was killing her.

Conventional pain killers werent providing any relief. She tried them all, opioids, methadone, IV ethanol, and more, but to no avail. On top of the physical pain, Mara was also battling severe depression and anxiety, wrote April Shortin her article, Psychedelics Could Change The Way We Die.

Maras mother, Marilyn Howell, recalls her daughters struggles in a memoir published for MAPS:

However much courage Mara had, the waves of illness that washed over her were unrelenting. Diligent exercise didnt make her stronger, an antidepressant didnt make her happier.

Cannabis had provided temporary ease for Mara, but nothing substantial enough to make her situation bearable.

Being a mind-body educator, Maras mother suspected that her daughters pain was perhaps connected to something less tangible than what Western medicine was willing to accept. It was deeper than the physical.

Working with Maras nurse, Marilyn eventually discovered an alternative treatment option for her daughter: Psychedelic therapy.

Psychedelics helped Mara find peace in the final days before her death. What happens during the exper...


Globalism, Technocracy, Socialism: Three Names For The Same Thing Activist Post

By Jon Rappoport Every universal solution for humankind presupposes a gigantic flaw in the way things are. That flaw must be corrected. It must be...


Black People Excited About Black Panther: BAD! Freethought Blogs

A dude by the name of Ben Shapiro is all manner of upset about people being excited about Black Panther. Naturally, he misses the point, by a whole damn universe. Most of his screeth* seems to be a lament over the lack of gratefulness being displayed in this excitement. Black people should be grateful, dammit, for all the great and wonderful things white people have done for them! On your knees, slaves! Oh, erstop being so excited! Im not going to be able to get everything in, its a fairly long screeth, so full of wypipo gone wrong that its extremely difficult to take, and thats a serious understatement. Shapiro is one of those fucking idiots who make you ache for the ability to reach through your screen and smack him into last Sunday. And Ill just add that Im over the top excited about Black Panther mself, but I can hardly share in the excitement born of such outstanding representation, because Im not black. That said, I dont have any problems understanding The Excitement.

Everyone in the media is talking about the most important thing that has ever happened in the history of humanity, or at least since Caitlyn Jenner became a womana transgender womanand that, of course, is the release of Black Panther. It is so deeply important, Shapiro said, mockingly.

No, not one single person is talking about the movie as if it were the most important thing ever in the history of humanity, you sniveling dipshit. Black Panther is deeply important look at how damn long its taken to get a mainstream movie comprised of a mostly black cast, especially when no one is able to say that tokenism has gone out of Hollywood.

Weve heard its deeply important to millions of black Americans, who after all were not liberated from slavery 200 years ago and liberated by the civil rights movement with federal legislation, have not been gradually restored to what always should have been full civil rights in the United States. None of that has mattered up till they made a Marvel movie about a superhero who is black in a country filled with black people. Blade was not enough. Catwoman with Halle Berry, no. OK, Wakanda is where it is, Shapiro said.

He continued sarcastically, This is the most important moment in black American history, not Martin Luther King, not Frederick Douglass, not the Civil War, not the end of Jim Crow, none of that, not Brown vs. Boardthe most important thing is that Chadwick Boseman puts claws on his hands and a mask on his face and runs...


Strong Arguments For Prohibition Of Nuclear Weapons PopularResistance.Org

Russian military writers have discussed the possibility of using small nuclear weapons if the country is attacked by an adversary with considerable conventional superiority. These smallHiroshima-sized?nukes would serve as a warning: we are prepared to defend ourselves with nuclear weapons. Such a discussion is to be expected considering the inferiority of Russia in conventional weapons. President Putin has hinted at such possibilities. However, no change in deployment, activation, upgrading, or maintenance of the tactical nuclear weapons in storage has been done, as far as we know, and no evidence is given in the NPR. A major problem is that there are frequent allegations in the NPR about the strategy of Russia, the main enemy, with no references...


Neurologists Have Made An Instrument You Can Play Just By Thinking TruthTheory

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

If you can think it, you can play it. The encephalophone is an instrument that emits notes according to a persons brain signals. The device was developed by neurologists and composers at the University of Washington and is designed to help those who have had a stroke or restricted by paralysis to engage with music.

Lead researcher Dr. Thomas Deuel said that the encephalophone is an EEG-controlled musical instrument. He went on to say that: When you move your right arm, the motor cortex is engaged and I can see that with the EEG. But when you just think about moving your arm, the same signal happens even if youve had a stroke or Lou Gehrigs disease and think about moving your arm, I can see it.

So, how does it work? The person playing the instrument wears an electrode cap, the cap detects the wearers brain waves and and can be set off by thoughts and facial movements. These waves are synthesised to produce string, piano and many other sounds. I thought it would be great to use a brain-computer instrument to enable patients to play music again without requiring movement, says Deuel.

The video below features a relaxed Deuel playing his instrument with a live jazz band.  



The White House Vs. Working Stiffs OpEdNews

Trump's biggest whopper is that he's an honest-to-God "populist," standing up for America's hard-hit middle class against Wall Street, corporate lobbyists, and moneyed elites. This prevarication has duped many working stiffs into thinking he's their champion.


Scientists Figured Out Why Alcohol Turns People Into Mean Drunks TruthTheory

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

When people get drunk, they do weird things. Some dance on pool tables, others get giggly then weep. Then, there are those who become angry drunks and take out their pent up frustration on others.

To establish why alcohol can make some people turn aggressive, scientists of the University of New South Wales took MRI scans of the brains of tipsy men. They published their findings in the journal Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience.

The findings confirmed previous speculation that alcohol affects the prefrontal cortex in the brain. The region is associated with social behavior, personality expression, and a number of other functions.

For the study, 50 young men were either given two drinks containing vodka or placebo drinks that did not contain any alcohol. The men then competed in a reaction-time game against an AI component; all the while, researchers monitored changes in their brain activity.

Among the young men who drank and whose aggression had been sparked, there was a notable decline in the activity of the prefrontal cortex. As IFLScience...


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By Michael Maharrey Yesterday, a  second Florida Senate committee approved a measure that would ban warrantless location tracking and the use of stingray devices to...


According To Science, This Is How Much You Should Earn To Be Happy TruthTheory

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Money cant buy happiness or can it? According to a new study conducted by researchers from Purdue University, there are certain thresholds of income at which people report increased levels of happiness.

The team surveyed 1.7 million people from 164 different countries. They then looked at peoples emotional well-being, day-to-day feelings, and life-evaluation (essentially, how happy one is with their life). The study, published in Nature Human Behaviour, concluded that there are certain thresholds that are evident in the relationship between money and happiness.

Said lead author Andrew T. Jebb in a statement

Its been debated at what point does money no longer change your level of well-being. We found that the ideal income point is $95,000 for life evaluation and $60,000 to $75,000 for emotional well-being. Again, this amount is for individuals and would likely be higher for families.

And, there was substantial variation across world regions, with satiation occurring later in wealthier regions for life satisfaction, Jebb continued. This could be because eval...


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U.S. Returns To Great Power Competition, With Dangerous New Edge PopularResistance.Org

The Trump administrations new National Defense Strategy is being touted as a sea change in U.S. foreign policy a shift from the war on terrorism to great power competition, a line that would not be out of place in the years leading up to World War I. But is the shift really a major course change, or a re-statement of policies followed by the last four administrations? The U.S. has never taken its eyes off its big competitors. It was President Bill Clinton who moved NATO eastwards, abrogating a 1991 agreement with the Russians not to recruit former members of the Warsaw Pact that is at the root of current tensions with Moscow. And, while the U.S. and NATO point to Russias annexation of the Crimea as a sign of a revanchist Moscow, it was NATO that set the precedent of altering borders when it dismembered Serbia to create Kosovo after the 1999 Yugoslav war.


3 Minute Video Shows Everything That Is Awesome About Humanity TruthTheory

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

You are the 1 in a billion sperm that made it, then turned from this tadpole like existence to grow to become a meat covered skeletons. All this while flying across the cosmos at 66,000 miles per hour and circling a ball of fire, while another rock in the sky (the moon) moves our oceans and controls life (womens cycles). You are a miracle!

We are literally a statistical impossibility that relies on so many intricate details for us to live, yet somehow we all made it here. This video shows us (the little miracles) creating more miracles through discipline and determination. Please watch:

Sometimes we pray for a miracle forgetting that we already are one and I believe this video celebrates that miracle by making the impossible possible when you set your mind to a task.

Please share this article!

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

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Why Apathy Is Our Biggest Threat TruthTheory

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.

Albert Einstein said The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. this rings true for many individual and collective issues that humanity are currently facing.

It is common for us to feel helpless when faced with such large and systemic issues such as environmental problems, racism and homelessness- but we can always do something and that something does not always mean a big commitment of time and/or money.

Founder of the movement Stand for Humanity Yasmin Autwal, shares this powerful idea in a blunt talk on how we can all get involved in the progression of humanity by simply making a small commitment to doing the right thing.

Please share this article!

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

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NRA to Families of Slain: Drop Dead OpEdNews

Guns are love says the NRA after the second biggest school shooting in US history


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Moscow Admits Non-Military Russian Deaths in Syria for the First Time The Anti-Media

Russian Deaths(MEE)  Five Russian citizens were likely killed in a US-led coalition bombing of pro-government Syrian fighters last week, Moscow said on Thursday, acknowledging non-military casualties in the attack for the first time. We are possibly talking about the deaths of five people, supposedly citizens of the Russian Federation. Others are injured. But this all requires verification, []


Planning for a War? French to Bring Back Compulsory Military Service for Youths 21st Century Wire

Why the need to rapidly expand its military? Is France planning to expand its colonial influence?

France has now announced it will be returning to compulsory military service starting from 2019.

I want a mandatory service, open to women and men, said Macron on Tuesday. He is claiming that service stints will last around three months, and possibly longer if we integrate a civic service.

NOTE: Emmanuel Macron is the first modern French President not to have done military service having come of age after the government stopped national service between 1996 and 2001.

The Independent reports

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to plough ahead with a campaign promise to reintroduce compulsory military service to France nearly two decades after it was scrapped.

During his election campaign Mr Macron pledged to give all young people a direct experience of military life with its know-how and demands and said restoring national service would inspire patriotism and social cohesion.

Between 600,000 and 800,000 young people are year would face military training and spend at least a month with the armed forces at great cost to the French state.

The policy has caused a rift in the French cabinet after defence minister Florence Parly said last week that the policy would probably not be obligatory for young people.

But a spokesperson for Mr Macron overruled her on Tuesday and insisted that the service would be both universal and obligatory and that there would be no U-turn on the campaign pledge. The spokesperson left open the possibility that the service could involve civic engagement and said specific proposals would be outlined by a government taskforce in April

Read more at The Independent

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An Impolitic Slumgullion; Diverser is Worser, and Now What?

Gazing out over the chaos of America today, the racial and ethnic antagonism, the hostility over sex and faith and politicsI have never seen anything like it. The country is imploding. The main culprit is diversityin the broad sense, not just the juxtaposition of races, but the mixing of ideas and philosophies with no dominant culture to maintain order. Current policies promoting this mess are insane.

We hate each other.

Countries are happiest when they have  one national culture, or at least one dominant culture to which all must perforce conform. We see this in countries like Japan and Korea, homogeneous societies which, because homogeneous, have no race riots or religious wars. It was largely true in, for example, Sweden and France until they began admitting immigrants from  incompatible cultures. Today, most of the news from such countries deals with the consequences.

Diversity, never a good idea.  is  in fact the cause of most of the worlds conflicts: Shia and Sunni, Jew and Arab, Hutu and Tutsi, Tamil and Sinhalese, Hindu and Muslim and, in America, black, white, and brown. Diversityis the cause of the dissolution of American society.

Until roughly the Sixties, America  was homogeneous enough, overwhelmingly white, European, Anglophone, and Christian. This provided sufficient commonalty that people all regarded themselves as Americans. At the same time, there were many geographically separated subcultures which had little in common and didnt like each other, or wouldnt have if they had come into contact. Massachusetts, Montana, Alabama, West Virginia, and New York were different civilizations.

It worked because the different sections had little contact with each other.   Life was intensely local. Roads were poor, limiting commerce. There was of course no internet. Telephone calls were expensive and there was no direct long-distance dialing. The federal  government lacked the capacity to dictate to local communities. Radio meant local AM stations. Businesses were mostly owned locally with few chains run from remote corporate offices.

People consequently lived among others like themselves, who had the same values  and ideas about how things should be done.  In  Virginia high school boys drove to school with shotguns in deer season so as to get to the woods when classes ended. It would have been unthinkable in Boston.   In the Bible Belt the Ten Commandments might be on the wall in the courthouse, which everyone thought natural. Tidewater Virginia believed in gentility  while West Virginia liked a wild and rough freedom. These wee not compatible yet there was no friction because pretty much everyone in these regions believed what everybody else did.

Then everything changed. Diversity began, not at first of people so much as of ideas. Reasons were several. Communications improved. Interstates appeared. The federal government gained in power...


Yes. Let's Talk About Pocahontas. OpEdNews

Our country's disrespect of Native people didn't start with President Trump. It started long before President Washington ever took office. But now we have a president who can't make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without reducing Native history, Native culture, Native people to the butt of a joke. The joke, I guess, is supposed to be on me.


Illustrating Carnival. Freethought Blogs

Spider costume designed by Charles Briton for the Missing Links theme, Mistick Krewe of Comus, 1873: Carnival Collection, Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Source</a> (some potential restrictions on reuse).

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The CFPBs Declaration of Dependence Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

In early February, the Federal Reserve delivered its most significant punishment of a major bank in a generation, sanctioning Wells Fargo for its pattern of customer exploitation.

A few blocks away, meanwhile, another of the giant banks regulators, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has recently displayed a different attitude: It has been softening on scandal-inundated Wells Fargo. After an edict about data handling from Mick Mulvaney, the man Donald Trump installed as acting head of the agency late last year, the bureaus enforcement lawyers suddenly found their hands tied, according to three CFPB staffers. The attorneys werent permitted to upload information the bank supplied about its auto insurance business, one of the areas in which Wells Fargo has been accused of malfeasance.

Another probe of bad behavior this one involving Wells Fargos treatment of its checking customers has bogged down, ProPublica has learned. And a third investigation of the bank (for mortgage abuses) that was about to yield tens of millions of dollars in fines, according to Reuters, now languishes unresolved. Staffers fear they will be ordered to reduce the penalty that Richard Cordray, the previous head of the agency, approved before he left, according to people familiar with the probe.

The CFPBs multifront retreat comes despite a December tweet from Trump two weeks after he named Mulvaney to head the agency in which the president proclaimed that fines and penalties against Wells Fargo Bank for their bad acts against their customers and others will not be dropped.

The enforcement slowdown isnt just good news for Wells Fargo. Mulvaneys team recently asked enforcement lawyers to prepare for a potential settlement of its lawsuit alleging that Navient, the gigantic student-loan servicer, abused borrowers, according to a high-level CFPB official. Pulling back before the case proceeds to trial would mark a stark reversal in one of previous regimes marquee legal efforts. And the agency has recently dropped cases against multiple financial institutions it previously accused of harming customers.

In just over two months at the helm of the CFPB, Mulvaney has launched a sweeping set of initiatives. The agency is conducting a comprehensive internal review of enforcement and supervision. Mulvaney ordered a survey of financial firms to get their sense of the burdens...


The Ghost of Fascism in the Age of Trump OpEdNews

What we are witnessing is a closing of the political and a full-scale attack on moral outrage, thoughtful reasoning, collective resistance and radical imagination. Trump has normalized the unthinkable, legitimated the inexcusable and defended the indefensible.


Harvard Historian Niall Ferguson on the Illuminati - Veterans Today Veterans Today

by Jonas E. Alexis Niall Ferguson of Harvard agrees that there was indeed a secrete network that tried to change the world known as the Illuminati in his recent book The Square and the Tower: From the Freemasons to Facebook.[1] The Orders founder declared that his goal was to give reason the upper hand and []


Nikolas Cruz Publicly Stated He Wanted to Shoot Up a SchoolThe FBI Knew and Did Nothing The Free Thought Project


The suspect in a mass shooting that killed 17 people, was reported to the FBI months ago for making comments on YouTube saying, "I'm going to be a professional school shooter."

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Russias Putin, Saudi King Salman discuss Syria, Qatar - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - Missing in the phone conversation review was any mention of Russia and China teaming up to buy a chunk of the ARAMCO offering, possibly a $100 billion deal.


What Kind Of Society Condemns People For Praying After A School Shooting? The Federalist

A heavily-armed and deranged 19-year old unleashed hell in Broward County, Florida, on Wednesday. The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland left 17 dead, families devastated, and a school and community forever scarred.

Americans have historically turned to faith and prayer in tragic times such as these. But times are changing. When it comes to mass shootings today, public expressions of sympathy and calls for prayer are increasingly answered with scorn and derision. In the hours following yesterdays tragedy, thousands of people took to social media denouncing prayer. As of the time of this article, #ThoughtsAndPrayersDoNothing is trending.

It will probably not surprise readers that most of the attacks on thoughts and prayers come from the left, particularly those who advocate tougher gun laws as the primary (or exclusive) solution to gun violence. To them, the only appropriate response to a mass shooting is to pass more laws restricting the manufacture, distribution, and ownership of firearms in the United States. The only public expression they will accept is condemnation of the National Rifle Association, Republican politicians, or both. Anything else is meaningless.

To the left, public calls for thoughts and prayers, especially those coming from NRA supporters or Republican politicians, are dangerous because they serve as a cheap cop out from the hard work of actually reducing gun violence in America.

Its understandable that Americans want solutions to mass shootings. No one should be satisfied with what happened in Parkland, Florida. No one should willingly embrace mass shootings as the norm. But its deeply unfortunate that in our search for solutions, we have turned on each other. Ridiculing prayer as well as people of faith does nothing to make our kids and our communities safer.

As a pastor, I find it both frustrating and heart-breaking that faith-minded Americans are now increasingly under attack when they dare to express their faith on social media, in their communities, or in the public square. This is, after all, the United States of America a nation founded on Judeo-Christian principles and, for most of its history, committed to religious freedom and welcoming to men and women who openly practiced their faith. And its a nation still heavily populated by people who say religion is a major part of their lives. According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 55 percent of Americans pra...


Shocking Video of Cop Choking, Kneeing Middle School Girls Highlights a Disturbing Trend The Free Thought Project


Parents are outraged and have filed a complaint after a school cop in Texas was seen choking and kneeing two middle school girls less than half his size.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #137: Yelling at the Atheist Community with Larry Yellingman Freethought Blogs

My guest for today is Larry Yellingman. Hes the host of the new podcast Man Yelling at the News where he and two guests talkand yellabout the latest news. Today I have him on the show to get to know him a little bit more, but mostly to yell at the atheist community.

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Where did Syrian Kurds Get Soviet Arms from? OpEdNews

As early as 2014, Spiegel wrote about a deal between Germany and Ukraine on the purchase of Soviet-made weapons for further dissemination in Syria.


Thors Day Mood. Freethought Blogs

The Smoke Tiger & Me. Thanks to rq.

Dont you wish for a little more from me
Hidden from their eyes we leave
And as the moment dies again
We give the stealing hour to the thieves
And leave the dying light
To the liars and the lovers in disguise

Theres only so much of this that I can take
It wont be long now before you break me

One by one to the beating of this drum
Out they come, out they come to the howling fire
Moonlight shines on the smoke and funeral pyres
And I long for you

I wont ask for any more from you
Youve given all the while you bleed
And as the blackbird flies again
Well burn its wooden wings with deceit
If only to provide us
The fire with which we see the dying beat

Theres only so much of this that I can take
It wont be long now before you break me

One by one to the beating of this drum
Out the come, out they come to the howling fire
Moonlight shines on the smoke and funeral pyres
And I long for you

One by one to the beating of this drum
Out they come, out they come to the howling fire
Moonlight shines on the smoke and funeral pyres
And I long for you

One by one to the beating of this drum
One by one to the beating of this drum
One by one to the beating of this drum
And I long for you


Globalism, Socialism, Technocracy: three names for the same thing Jon Rappoport's Blog

Globalism, Technocracy, Socialism: three names for the same thing

by Jon Rappoport

February 15, 2018

Every universal solution for humankind presupposes a gigantic flaw in the way things are.

That flaw must be corrected.

It must be corrected from above, by a better system, which locks the door against an escape back into the old way.

The first casualty in this utopian process is freedom.

In fact, freedom is viewed as THE flaw. It opens Pandoras Box, thus releasing all human ills, crimes, devastations, and inequities.

Globalism (elites ruling the planet as one nation); Socialism (international governments and mega-corporations owning the means of production and distribution); and Technocracy (engineering world society as if it were a machine); these are all names for the better system that replaces freedom withwhat?

With control.

With control described as: fair and equitable benefits given to every human. Guaranteed security. Guaranteed survival.

And THAT is, of course, the con.

The con can be dressed up in all sorts of ways. Public-private partnerships. Distributing energy fairly in an energy-scarce world. Saving the environment. Reducing manmade warming. No child left behind. Open borders. Tolerating and celebrating diversity. From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. It takes a Village. A kinder gentler government will take care of you.

The price of your ticket? Your freedom.

At the heart of the con is the effort to reprogram the inherently flawed human biological machine. In other words, erase the basic delusion that freedom exists.

Once that operation has been achieved, a better world will follow.

The blueprint of your mind was ABC. We will change that to XYZ.

This horrendous concept forms the link between Socialism, Globalism, and Technocracy. It is science deployed to bring overall methods of control up to date.

Edit the genes. Insert visual images directly into the brain. Use drugs to dampen and neutralize emotional responses. Sidetrack and take away impulses that are considered anti-social.

Consider this question contained in a 1952 CIA MKULTRA memo: Can we get control of an individual to the point where he will do our bidding against his will and even against fundamental laws of nature, such as self preservation?

The worst part of all of this is the dejection it causes among many intelligent people. They give in to the idea that massive mind control of populations is inevitable, and nothing can be done to stop it. They jump to this conclusion because

They have given up on the power of their own freedom.

They have formed an inherently self-defeating world view.



Reality Check: Will Sanctions Against North Korea Really Work? The Anti-Media

Reality Check Ben Swann(TIM)  The Russian envoy to North Korea warned President Trump not to place any further sanctions against North Korea or Kim Jong-un surrounding supplies of oil. To do so, he says, would be perceived as a declaration of war. But if were going to be honest, arent all sanctions an act of war? And why are []


Evergreen tweet Freethought Blogs

The NRA argument boils down to a belief that massacres are part of the price of constitutional liberty.
This implies that the Founders were all psychopaths.

They might have been. But Im confident that the whole dang NRA organization is run by psychopaths, who are trying to encourage psychopathy in the American populace.


Syrian War Report February 15, 2018: Israel Claims Half Of Syrian Air Defenses Is Destroyed - Veterans Today Veterans Today

from SouthFront The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the village of Qude from YPG/YPJ forces in the Afrin area. Separately, reports appeared that the TAF and the FSA had deployed additional troops and equipment west of the Jandaris district indicating the upcoming offensive there. Pro-YPG sources said that Kurdish []


Reporter David Armstrong to Cover Health Care for ProPublica Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

ProPublica announced today that David Armstrong is joining its staff as a senior reporter covering health care.

Armstrong comes to ProPublica from STAT, where he was a senior enterprise reporter and wrote extensively about the opioid crisis. His series in collaboration with the Boston Globe on abuses in the addiction treatment industry, including exploitative middlemen and consultants, is a finalist for a 2018 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Armstrongs work has also uncovered the rise of illicit fentanyl imported from China to North American drug dealers and the pharmaceutical industrys secret ways of marketing painkillers. His 2016 Dope Sick story, about two best friends who grew up to share an addiction to opioids, is heralded as being among the best journalism on the epidemic.

Before STAT, Armstrong spent five years on Bloomberg News projects and investigations team, where he exposed mistreatment of patients with brain injuries, a scheme by some of the countrys most prestigious hospitals to perform unnecessary cardiac stent surgeries, and the huge profits earned by doctors performing back surgeries that frequently didnt work.

Prior to Bloomberg, David was an investigative reporter at the Wall Street Journal, and he was among the staffers honored with the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for coverage of the September 11 attacks. He came to the Journal from the Boston Globe, where his investigation of elevator and escalator safety violations led to the resignation of Massachusetts public safety commissioner, in addition to winning a George Polk Award and an IRE Award.

David is a tenacious reporter who consistently digs up important stories that haven't been covered before, in addition to telling them in creative and moving ways, said ProPublica managing editor Robin Fields. We are delighted to welcome him to ProPublica.

I am thrilled to join ProPublica, said Armstrong. Ive long admired the top-quality and innovative journalism produced there, and Im eager to join in that effort.

Armstrong can be found on Twitter at @DavidArmstrongX.


Snowdrop. Freethought Blogs

A beautiful and poignant Snowdrop from Giliell, click for full size!

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Family Members Say Florida School Shooter Was On Antidepressants for Emotional Issues The Free Thought Project

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Family members of the suspect in a mass shooting that killed 17 people claim that he has been taking medications for depression and emotional issues.

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There was obviously, definitely, another shooter involved: Stoneman Douglas High School student Intellihub

He was definitely not the only shooter

PARKLAND, Fla. (INTELLIHUB) Stoneman High School student and Valentines Day shooting survivor Alexa Miednik told a reporter that she spoke with the alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz in the hallway just after shots rang out at the other end of the building and said she knows that there was definitely another shooter.

It appears that the mainstream media and authorities have been actively covering up the fact that at least one other shooter was on the ground at the school Wednesday.

The young lady said that she had just gotten back to her classroom after a bathroom break and was knocking on the classroom door when the fire bell rang which prompted the schools principal to come over the loudspeaker and announce the evacuation.

[] the fire alarm went off and the principal came on the speaker and just said everyone needs to evacuate right now,' she explained. As I was going down the stairs I heard a couple of shots fired.

Everyone was freaking out saying it was a gun, then, as we were walking, the whole class together, I was actually speaking to the suspect, Nikolas Cruz Miednik maintained as she physically motioned her fingers to form air quotes around the word suspect.

The student confirmed that she was, in fact, speaking to Cruz in the hallway as they were making their way to the buildings exit along with others and admits that Cruz was trouble in middle school.

Astonishingly, while the two were conversing in the hallway before making their exit, Miednik said she jokingly told Cruz: Im surprised you werent the one that did it.

According to the young lady Cruz then replied: Huh? [dumbfounded look]

When asked if she was scared, Miednik replied: No not at the moment because there was obviously, definitely, another shooter involved.

He was definitely not the only shooter, she said. When shots were fired I saw him [right] after the fact, so, and the shots were coming from the other part of the building so there definitely had to be at least two shooters involved.

Miednik did not see any wounded students.

Additionally, it was reported by the father of a student who attends the school that both a fire drill and an active shooter drill were scheduled for Wednesday.

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The impact of Deep Learning on our lives Freethought Blogs

The last meeting of Science Caf Cleveland had as its presenter Wyatt Newman, a professor at Case Western Reserve University, who gave a fascinating presentation on the state of Deep Learning, the term given by the Artificial Intelligence community to the next stage of AI development, where machines learn to identify things and make decisions for novel situations that they have not been previously programed to deal with. It is this feature, for example, that enables self-driving vehicles to identify the various things it encounters on roads and take appropriate actions.

He spoke about the dramatic advances that have been made based on our better understanding of how neural networks work in animal brains and the increasing power of processors to store huge databases and analyze that information and generalize from it. While we already know that machines are far better than humans at doing rote tasks, he said that there is no doubt that machines will be increasingly able to do cognitive tasks that we think are reserved for human intelligence, better than humans can. It is only a matter of time. One big advantage that machines have is that, unlike humans where each person has to learn anew what their ancestors knew, with machines that knowledge can be transferred intact to new machines with no loss.

There was of course the question of what would happen to all the people displaced by machines. He said that the new AI technology in undoubtedly going to cause great disruptions in society but the precise form it would take is less predictable. For example, with the advent of ATMs in banks, people feared the loss of bank jobs due to tellers being replaced. In reality, bank employment increased, it was just that new kinds of work emerged that were not as routine.

Another frequently quoted case is long haul truck drivers. He said that driving long distances on highways is the kind of low-hanging fruit that self-driving vehicles would first replace. He said that currently in the US, these drivers are limited to 10 hours driving per day. Even this is really too much because doing so day after day takes a real toll on drivers. It is too grueling for most drivers and most truck accidents are caused by either driver boredom or falling asleep or distractions. Automated trucks would be safer on the highways. But it would be advisable to have human drivers waiting at the highway exits when the trucks get close their destination, to take over and navigate busy city streets. It would like harbor pilots who are well aware of the local situation taking over from a ships captain when the ship enters port. So a new set-up would have to be created to take drivers to exits to meet trucks and to take them home from the exits once they release the trucks for the next trip on the highway. The advantage for truck drivers playing this new role would be that they would be driving for shorter periods a...


First Crocus. Freethought Blogs

From Sillybill: I saw this crocus popping up outa the ground Sunday and thought a small vision of the coming spring might make you smile. Im not a good photographer, lousy camera, lots of hand jitter Ill work on getting better. I have to say, I dont care about the lousy photographer business, because these did make me smile, and more. Its been ages since Ive been out in early March to photograph Windflower, the one reliable source which brings the promise of Spring, so Im going to get out in the cow pastures this year.

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Bill Gates on Privacy vs. Security WhoWhatWhy

The Future of Cryptocurrency: A Bit Extreme? (Chris)

David Golumbia, author of The Politics of Bitcoin (2016, University of Minnesota) recently spoke with Sam Seder about the the far-right implications of the ideas underlying cryptocurrency. In the interview, Golumbia (who also recently appeared on Against the Grain) makes a case for a democratic economy, rather than one created by a shady hacker class.

DC Police and the Feds Partner With Hard Right to Convict Trump Protesters (Trevin)

Collaborating with the rabid anti-government Oath Keepers and the far-right group Project Veritas is one thing. One reporter has asked whether police in Washington have recently broken the law, pointing out that the city council has passed laws barring them from spying on protesters.

Pentagon Wants Bigger Budget to Counter Russia and China (Jimmy)

The authors write, Citing increasing threats from China and Russia, the Pentagon is asking for a major boost in military spending for 2019, requesting Congress approve a budget of $686 billion one of the largest in US history. Touting the proposal on Monday, President Donald Trump said the US military would be the strongest it has ever been, including increasing arsenals of virtually every weapon.

How Inflation Works And Affects Your Grocery Bill (Dan)

How does a trucker moving paper goods from the Midwest to the East Coast affect the price of your chicken? Read here.

Dutch Foreign Minister Resigns After Lying About Putin Meeting (Trevin)

Halbe Zijlstra admitted to a campaign lie about a meeting in 2006 where he claimed to have overheard the Russian president discuss his imperialist ambitions. Zijlstra has conceded that he wasnt present at the meeting but heard the story from somebody who was, and that he had made up the story to protect his source.

Attack of Clintons Bot Army (Dan)

For those of us still reeling from the 2016 election, this article deta...


Moscow Preliminarily Confirms Death of 5 Russians in Coalitions Strike in Syria - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - Russia had been quiet about the private military contractor (PMCs) dead and wounded, much for the same reason as everybody else. They are not officially part of the Russian command, sort of.


Support the NRA? You're A CHILD KILLER OpEdNews

NRA supporter, you are a coward, a loser, a blot on the human genome. You want to own guns fine. But support for an organization that has prevented reasonable legislation to prevent gun violence has become a sociopathic, murderous choice.


The Daily Bird #620. Freethought Blogs

A regal Magpie in a Ginkgo tree from David, click for full size!

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FBI Was Warned: Shock, Anger After Nikolas Cruz Charged With 17 Counts of Murder The Anti-Media

Nikolas Cruz mass shootings(ZHE)  Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old orphan with a troubled past, a fascination with weapons and resistance groups, and an AR-15 rifle, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday morning after being questioned for hours by state and federal authorities following the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in five years. Fourteen wounded survivors were []


Drunk for the first time Freethought Blogs

Im 36 years old. Until a few months ago I had never been drunk. In the mid-90s I became aware of straight edge as part of my growing love of punk and hardcore music. For those unaware, it was a term coined by Ian Mackaye (of Minor Threat and Fugazi) to denote his abstention from drugs and alcohol, and it grew in popularity enough to become a thing. I wont dwell on the psychology of why this was appealing to me except to say that I legitimately had no interest in drugs or alcohol for most of my life. That not doing them was something connected to music I loved only reinforced that noninterest. Its been a little over a decade since I ended my involvement in that particular scene and while I kind of stopped thinking of myself as straight edge, I continued to not partake.

In 2016, my wife and I were in Latvia. At a chocolate bar, a very cool thing that should be everywhere, we learned about the countrys traditional drink, Balsam. It sounded really cool and I decided fuck it, I want to try this. So I did. At first, I tasted what I thought were some of the ingredients that were described, but it was followed by what I can best describe as pure fire. Or maybe it was the reverse of that I cant seem to remember. It was pretty good. However, it was only a sip I didnt want to lose my wits in a place Id never been.

Since then, Ive tried various things, but none Ive really cared for. Wine is fine, but I can barely drink more than a glass. I like it with dinner primarily because it limits my liquid intake in the hours before bedtime (otherwise I drink a ton of water with meals, which leads to obvious results). Beer is pretty gross, although Ive not hated a few kinds. Mixed drinks are almost all terrible. I kind of like whiskey, but not enough to actually buy any shits way too expensive. Overall, Im fairly certain Ive passed the point in life where one is able to get over bad tastes in order to achieve the goal of getting drunk. Most, it seems, are able to get over it, the switch is flipped, and they develop a very real affinity for it. Its not likely thatll ever happen with me.

By last November, I still had never had enough alcohol to actually be drunk. A few times Ive felt hot in the face, and that things were slower than normal. I wouldnt classify it as enjoyable, though one time with friends it was kind of okay. But finally, it happened. My wife and I were visiting her parents in New Orleans, and my father-in-law insisted on getting me drinks while out in the French Quarter. He was paying so I was like sure whatever.

I eventually became drunk (on Makers Mark whiskey if youre curious). It was weird.  I was constantly evaluating my brain-state and preoccupied with what was happening and whether...


Increasing US Hostility Brings Turkey, Russia, and Iran Together for Syria Summit The Anti-Media

Turkey Russia Iran(ANTIWAR.COM)  The leadership of Turkey, Iran, and Russia have all agreed to attend an upcoming summit in Istanbul on the topic of Syria, with the date for the meeting to be decided soon. Looming large over this is US relations. Those three nations have met in the past on trying to get a peace process going []


Too Sick for Jail But Not for Solitary The Marshall Project

Tennessee locks ailing, mentally ill, pregnant and juvenile prisoners in isolation to help jails save money.


In 3 Years, Cops Have Killed 450% More Citizens Than 4 Decades of Mass Shootings COMBINED The Free Thought Project


As American citizens call for disarming the public, they conveniently ignore the most deadly group of people who will be the only ones with gunsthe government.

The post In 3 Years, Cops Have Killed 450% More Citizens Than 4 Decades of Mass Shootings COMBINED appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Didnt see it coming Freethought Blogs

The Florida mass-murderer had a lot of problems: he was a loner (uh-oh, so was I!), and other kids thought he was weird (damn, thats me again), and hed also been treated in the past for mental health concerns (I was not, but there should be no stigma with getting help). Those all seem like irrelevant points to me, not associated with going on a shooting rampage, but there were other signs, which his foster family didnt even notice.

Jim Lewis said the family is devastated and didnt see this coming.

Maybe its because people dont pay attention to the right signs. Like this one:

Victoria Olvera, a 17-year-old student, said Cruz was expelled last school year after a fight with his ex-girlfriends new boyfriend. She said Cruz had been abusive to his girlfriend.

Abusive to women that one warrants a great big check mark in a large box at the top of the checklist. If you cant respect one class of people, youre probably already well-practiced at dehumanization and lack empathy.

He was in a fight so severe that he was expelled from school? Theres another sign, a propensity for violence. Unfortunately, once youre kicked out of school, there isnt a fallback institution where this kids problems could be corrected.

What else might have been a concern?

According to the familys lawyer, who did not identify them, they knew that Cruz owned an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, but made him keep it locked up in a cabinet. He did have the key, however.

Teenagers do not need an AR-15. I can sympathize with someone enjoys target shooting or hunting, although I dont do either, but thats a weapon thats not particular good for either hobby. Its good for stroking while you have bloody power fantasies.

Mutchler recalled Cruz posting on Instagram about killing animals and said he had talked about doing target practice in his backyard with a pellet gun.

Target practice with a pellet gun? Fine. Killing animals? Bright red flashing lights and a siren going off.

He started going after one of my friends, threatening her, and I cut him off from there, Mutchler said.

Threatening people is one of those things that has been treated as perfectly fine on the internet its just free speech, man, you know you cant say anything against free speech. Unless you threaten to kill the president, of course. Then for some reason theyll think you might be a real danger to an Important Person, so they investigate further and open a file on you....


The Chinese Military Is Surpassing the American Forces Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Part One

This series on the new-found capabilities of the Chinese military began with an analysis of the present set of circumstances in Korea, the conflict with Taiwan and the open seas conflict in the South China Sea in which China is clearly posturing for war.

This installment of this series examines the new Chinese military which is being built to challenge the United States as well laying the ground work for conquering the Middle East and the Far East.

It Is a New World

While the people of the United States rested on the laurels of past military dominance, the world has changed and you awakened this morning into a world of competing technologies and military philosophies that are each capable of conquering/destroying the planet.

The Chinese are posturing to become our masters.

The Chinese Military Has Arrived

Military experts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), state that China, not Russia, constitutes the biggest military threat to the United States. China is indeed the new benchmark against which the Pentagon now judges the capability requirements for its own armed forces.

This is especially true in terms of air and naval forces, which is the focus of Chinas developmental efforts.

This trend has been documented in the Military Balance, the annual assessment of global military capabilities and defence spending, published by the IISS, which has maintained a comparative strength military analysis since 1959.

Of course the arms race between the Chinese and the American military has been in process for decades and at least goes as far back as when Bill Clinton and Al Gore sold US missile technology in exchange for under the table money for their DNC Presidential re-election run in 19...

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On the 8th school shooting in 2018 that resulted in injury or death The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century

The school shooting in Parkland, Florida will mark the 8th school shooting in the U.S. in 2018 resulting in injury or death. If that number seems low to you, please remember that were just seven weeks into the year.

Tweet from Marco Rubio: 'Just spoke to Broward School Superintendent. Today is that terrible day you pray never comes.'

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Tweet from Terron Moore: 'marco rubio has received $3,303,355 from the NRA (and counting)'

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Article from 'The Onion': No Way To Prevent This, Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

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The Monsters In Charge Freethought Blogs

On my trip to Munich, I re-read The Wizards of Armageddon by Fred Kaplan. [amazn] Its a depressing read, but interesting, which I undertook to renew my understanding of what Daniel Ellsberg did for a living before he became a heroic whistle-blower.

A generous reading would be that Ellsbergs involvement in nuclear war planning helped turn him away from the futility of war, blah, blah, blah. A less generous reading would be that Ellsberg participated in planning to destroy human life on Earth, and arranged to disclose some of what he knew about nuclear war planning only long after he was out of reach of the government. He released the pentagon papers and apparently buried another archive of documents those about nuclear war planning but they were lost when the buried pipe they were stored in was washed away in a mudslide. Thats interesting, but he still knew what he knew and said nothing until now. I file him under interesting character like Edward Snowden, but not entirely a hero. He knew a great deal about the lies that the government was telling about nuclear war it probably would have made no difference (except to him, because they would have come down on him like 16t of bricks) the military/industrial/nuclear complex was already running away, unleashed, doing its own thing.

Its still doing its own thing. The president doesnt set policy for nuclear weapons strategy; the research labs do then they sell their ideas to DoD and Congress in the form of great financial opportunities and Jobs! for them to hand out like candy. There is no strategy, and there doesnt seem to ever have been one. Except spend more money! and give us power.

The nuggets of facts I was reviewing in The Wizards Of Armageddon for were related to the Single Integrated Operations Plan of 1962, which is something utterly horrible I will write about some future day. There are some things about that which make my mind skid away from thinking about it; its hard. But I think that everyone needs to understand what kind of nihilistic, selfish, monsters were running the US government (and still do). We need to understand what rules over the world, because they still have their fingers poised over the button.

Theyre not just horrible human beings, theyre incompetent and some of them are ignorant brutes. But mostly, theyre horrible. Some set-up: counterforce is the doctrine of attacking and destroying an enemys forces before they can respond. Counter-strike is retaliation aga...


National Congress of American Indians wraps up big winter session Indianz.Com News

Hundreds of tribal leaders and Native youth are in Washington, D.C., all week for the winter session of the National Congress of American Indians.


Is College Worth The Cost? Activist Post

By Jeff Paul The individual debt for college graduates in the United States is now above $30,000. Meanwhile, all of the worlds knowledge is nearly...


The Media Stopped Reporting The Russia Collusion Story Because They Helped Create It The Federalist

Half the country wants to know why the press wont cover the growing scandal now implicating the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice, and threatening to reach the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency, and perhaps even the Obama White House.

If the press did its job and reported the facts, the argument goes, then it wouldnt just be Republicans and Trump supporters demanding accountability and justice. Americans across the political spectrum would understand the nature and extent of the abuses and crimes touching not just on one political party and its presidential candidate but the rights of every American.

Thats all true, but irrelevant. The reasons the press wont cover the story are suggested in the Graham-Grassley letter itself.

Steele Was a Media Informant

The letter details how Christopher Steele, the former British spy who allegedly authored the documents claiming ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, told the FBI he wasnt talking to the press about his investigation. In a British court, however, Steele acknowledged briefing several media organizations on the material in his dossier.

According to the British court documents, Steele briefed the New York Times, Washington Post, Yahoo! News, The New Yorker, and CNN. In October, he talked to Mother Jones reporter David Corn by Skype. It was Corns October 31 article anonymously sourced to Steele that alerted the FBI their informant was speaking to the press. Grassley and Graham referred Steele to the Department of Justice for a criminal investigation because he lied to the FBI.

The list of media outfits and journalists made aware of Steeles investigations is extensive. Reuters reported that it, too, was briefed on the dossier, and while it refrained from reporting on it before the election, its national security reporter Mark Hosenball became an advocate of the dossiers findings after November 2016.

BBCs Paul Wood wrote in January 2017 that he was brief...


The Religion Of The Democratic Party Is Abortion And Brunch The Federalist

Weve all seen them. Our cars have been blocked due to their foot traffic, our TVs taken over with footage of their chants, our computer screens flooded with images of their signs. These woke millennials spend their weekends carrying messages of #resistance while wearing red capes, pink hats, and T-shirts with catchy hashtags. Their objective is no longer to keep abortion safe, legal, and rare, but to shout it, to be proud about it, and to kick and scream if their party does not expel pro-life defectors.

Where were they before Donald Trump? They were at brunch the weekly social event where secular millennials gather over runny eggs and mimosas. (Barf.)

I did notice that its getting to be more of a type of social event, said Denisha Jones, a repeat protester and an assistant professor at Trinity Washington University, according to an article in The New York Times, with a headline that reads: Protesting at Lunchtime: Defying Trump Becomes a Washington Lifestyle. Folks I normally go to brunch with, we go to protests.

I spend the majority of my days not meeting my writing deadlines or eating biscuits and gravy with a mimosa chaser and failing the Bechdel test with friends but figuring out what actions were going to do, Jen Doll of The Week writes. Protests must be brunch now because simple, soulless brunching is no longer acceptable

The party that represents these radicalized brunch-goers has no room for those who believe life begins at conception. Theyve expelled nearly all of its representatives who believe life begins at conception and vote accordingly. In Congress, only two Democrats belong to the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. Thats right, two. And the party is not running a single pro-life Democrat in any of the 91 districts they hope to win over this November. Both of these things are startling given that in 2009, 64 Democrats opposed the Affordable Care Act because they thought it didnt come with enough restrictions on abortion.

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), one of these Democratic congressmen who broke rank in 2009, has represented the Third District of Illinois since 2005. His seat is in jeopardy now that hes being challenged in the upcoming primary by Marie Newman, the darling of NARAL Pro-Choice America, EMILYs List, Gloria Steinem, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

To say the Democratic...


Meet The Incompetent White House Staffer Behind The Proposed Obamacare Bailout The Federalist

My Monday article outlining how the Trump administrations budget proposed bailing out Obamacare caught some by surprise, on several levels. First, the proposal to shovel $11.5 billion to insurers via risk corridors touched on an obscure issue barely discussed since the 2016 election, with no proposals pending before Congress. Second, when I asked administration officials on Monday whether the budget included any Obamacare bailouts, even staff at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) did not know of these provisions inclusion.

For several reasons, the proposed bailout appears to trace back to one individualAndrew Bremberg, head of the White Houses Domestic Policy Council. First, a Washington Post story in October on the Senate proposal to fund cost-sharing reduction payments that the Trump administration cancelled made clear that Bremberg, unlike many of his White House colleagues, supports bailing out Obamacare:

During the negotiations, Democrats had proposed delaying the open enrollment period for [Obamacare] plans, which is set to begin Nov. 1, for a month after the bills enactment to ensure that firms could lower their 2018 premium rates to reflect the fact that the government would keep funding the subsidies. White House Domestic Policy Council Director Andrew Bremberg opposed that provision, Schumer said, but he added that Democrats are willing to insert stronger language to guarantee that insurers pass on the payments to their customers. [Emphasis mine.]

The Post article went on: Many senior White House officials oppose the bill, according to administration officials and Republicans who have been briefed on the matter. Note the key difference: Whereas other senior White House official opposed the Senate billi.e., the entire concept of bailing out ObamacareBremberg opposed only one particular provision regarding open enrollment dates, and therefore supported the principle of increasing taxpayer subsidies to insurers.

Indeed, my sources in the administration have for the past year considered Bremberg, along with former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, one of the prime forces advocating for efforts to stabilize (i.e., bail out) the Obamacare exchanges. Bremberg argued for keeping the cost-sharing reduction payments, notwithstanding the...


Jill Messicks Death At Hands Of Rose McGowans Internet Mob Is Why Due Process Needs To Come Back The Federalist

Until her suicide last week, most people had never heard of Jill Messick, which by all accounts, was how she wanted things. She wasnt a star, but she babysat for them, as all film producers must, and she knew first-hand how ugly fame can be.

Messick was Rose McGowans manager at the time of her now-infamous 1997 meeting with Harvey Weinstein, which ended in a hot tub. Although at the time of the incident, McGowan seems to have felt comforted by Messicks response (She held me, McGowan told The New York Times. She put her arms around me,), over time, McGowan came to see Messick as complicit.

In her new book, Brave, and on Twitter, where McGowan has raised an army of nearly one-million followers, she has lashed out at Messick for arranging the meeting with Weinstein, for failing to support her, and for pressuring her to settle with him. For taking a job ten months after the incident at Weinsteins company, as Messick did. For being part of the problem.

On January 31, Weinsteins defense attorney, Ben Brafman, released an email from Messick solicited by Weinstein before The New York Times broke the scandal. In the email, Messick said that in 1997, McGowan had admitted to her that getting into that hot tub was something that she did consensually and that it hindsight it was also something that she regretted having done. But McGowan had never called the incident rape. Ben Affleck, with whom McGowan also discussed the encounter soon after it occurred, confirmed the same.

Fuck you you fucking douche bag loser from hell, roared McGowan on Twitter at Weinstein, in response to the release of these emails. Under an avatar image of herself with a raised fist, McGowan regularly whips her #RoseArmy into a frenzy.

You will burn, she tweeted. You will be an empty suit coffin. You go fall off the planet you fuck. And then, in what might be construed as a direct command her Twitter army: #RoseArmy BREATHE FIRE let motherfucker but

Did she mean burn? Notwithstanding typos, the troops seem to have caught the gist.

Members of the RoseArm...


Debate Over Kidnapping A Jewish Boy Revives Questions About Catholicisms Compatibility With Political Liberty The Federalist

Four years ago, Patrick Deneen famously summarized a simmering debate between Catholics who believe their faith is compatible with liberal democracy and those convinced that the liberalism exemplified by the American experiment is a deeply flawed project with philosophical commitments not only contrary to Catholic orthodoxy, but leading inexorably to civilizational catastrophe.

Given the stakes involved, Deneen memorably dubbed this internecine feud A Catholic Showdown Worth Watching. It has certainly been worth watching over the past month, even as many of its participants suddenly wish viewers would avert their eyes.

The Edgardo Mortara Debate

The showdowns latest iteration was provoked by an essay in the February issue of First Things (Americas Most Influential Journal of Religion and Public Life), in which the Dominican theologian Romanus Cessario defended the papacys forcible removal of a six-year-old boy from his natural family in 1858.

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, as David Kertzer titled the affair in his well-regarded history, was prompted by a former servants claim to have secretly baptized the child five years earlier. Since Catholics believe that sacrament brought Edgardo under the jurisdiction of the Catholic church and entitled him to a Christian upbringing, he was removed from his Jewish parents, who could not ensure that upbringing.

The Mortara affair garnered worldwide attention in its day, and Cessarios essay has done the same in our own. The most recent attention has also made even more visible the fault-line Deneen previously mapped.

Explicitly situating himself on one side of that line, for example, Robert Miller called on First Things to denounce Cessarios essay and reaffirm religious freedom as understood in liberal states. Massimo Faggioli followed suit: You can be for freedom of religion OR you can believe that Pius IX was right in the Mortara case. Perhaps the most well-known figure on the same side, Princeton Universitys Robert George minced no words in denouncing the actions that Cessario defended, as an abomination and a gross, unspeakable injustice.

Others advertised their position across the divide in terms just as explicit. P.J. Smith, who also writes regularly for First Things, located the real motivation for such negative reactions in comfort...


Susan Rice Email Means Its Time To Question Obamas Involvement In Russiagate The Federalist

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley has released parts of an email Susan Rice sent to herself in 2016 that casts new shadows on the motives and dealings of the Obama administration in obtaining warrants to spy on an associate of the Trump campaign. Rice documents a meeting with President Obama in the partially redacted email, during which she says he stressed his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of the investigation into Russia hacking in the election is handled by the book.

The mere fact that that Rice would write an email to herself makes the communication unusual, but there is so much more that raises questions. First, the letter was sent to and from an official government email address at 12:15 p.m. on Jan. 20, the day Trump was inaugurated. Even more striking than the date is the time the email was sent about 25 minutes after Trump had been sworn into office. Both Obama and his White House team, including Rice, were officially out when the email was sent.

Why would Susan Rice be sending an email containing classified information and detailing certain aspects of a meeting with the now former president using an official government account less than 30 minutes after the new president had been sworn in, when she was no longer national security adviser? And does the act of handling classified information less than an hour after the expiration of her term in office make Rice criminally liable?

Equally as intriguing, Rice copied one of her staffers on the email to herself, a young man named Curtis Ried, who according to his very scant Twitter feed worked for her for seven years. Why cc Curtis Ried? Did he have a need to know about this meeting?  Was the email solicited by Ried? Did someone else ask Rice to send it, and if so, who?

This brings us to the substance of the January 5th meeting documented in the email. Why would the president, in the last fortnight of his tenure need to remind the FBI director, the deputy attorney general, the vice president, and the national security adviser to carry out the Russia investigation by the book?

Adding to the incongruity are Rices previously existing credibility problems. Recall, this is the same Susan Rice that The Washington Times David Keene called the Obama Administrations go-to liar, largely because of her multiple attempts to sell a fake story to the American people linking the attack on our embassy in Benghazi to a ridiculous and inconsequential movie.  She is also the same Susan Rice who called Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl a hero. One must consider that Rices email represents another messaging mission given to her by Obama.

We dont have enough information to answer the myriad of questions posed...


Heres What We Know About The High School Shooting In Parkland, Florida The Federalist

A 19-year-old man killed at least 17 people and wounded at least 16 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday. Heres what we know about the tragedy thus far.

The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, was arrested at the scene after he attempted to hide among the fleeing crowds. School officials said Cruz was recently expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons. Officials say he had been barred from entering campus with a backpack. Police believe he acted alone.

I got paired with him for a project, and he started talking to me about his life how he was held back twice, expelled from two private schools,Brandon Minoff, a senior at Stoneman told NBC News. He likes to do reckless stuff.

Many students said they were not surprised when they heard Cruz was suspected of carrying out one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. Students and faculty say he was often alone and that he had trouble with bullies.

Witnesses say the fire alarm was pulled towards the beginning of the rampage. Authorities believe Cruz pulled the alarm to lure students out of classrooms in order to shoot more of them. Officials say an AR-15-style rifle was the weapon used to carry out the massacre.

Her biggest fear is a school shooting, Lisette Rozenblet said of her daughter, who attends the school. She is always begging me to be home-schooled because she was scared of this.

Rozenblets daughters teacher did not dismiss the class when the fire alarm rang out, she said, as she suspected it was a trap.

One teacher was reportedly died trying to protect his students from the shooter. As the shooter approached the classroom where students were hiding, the teacher attempted to lock the students safely inside. But while doing that, he was shot and killed, according to a student who witnessed the ordeal. 

We all got upstairs and into the classroom, and when he tried to unlock the door, me and a couple other people ran in, and as he was closing the door, he was actually shot and killed right there, a student named Alex told WSVN7. 

In a press conference, on Wednesday evening, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, described the event as an act of pure evil.



As A Nation, Poland Was Not Complicit In The Holocaust, And Its Not Denial To Say That The Federalist

When the Polish government passed a bill on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day in an effort to criminalize attributing responsibility for the Holocaust to Poles, many Israeli leaders and Jews became furious considering the move tantamount to a form of Holocaust denial.

The proposed legislation reads: Whoever claims, publicly and contrary to the facts, that the Polish Nation or the Republic of Poland is responsible or co-responsible for Nazi crimes committed by the Third Reich or for other felonies that constitute crimes against peace, crimes against humanity or war crimes, or whoever otherwise grossly diminishes the responsibility of the true perpetrators of said crimes shall be liable to a fine or imprisonment for up to 3 years.

If the act is committed unintentionally, the perpetrator shall be liable to a fine or a restriction of liberty and, No offence is committed if the criminal act specified in clauses 1 and 2 is committed in the course of the ones artistic or academic activity.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and opposition member Yair Lapid blasted Polands leadership for the new legislation, with the latter tweeting Poland was complicit in the Holocaust and firing back at the Polish embassy, I dont need Holocaust education from you. Meanwhile, the Facebook page German Death Camps has 36,000 likes demonstrating the popularity of the Polish initiative aimed at setting the record straight that the death camps were Nazi German and that Poles were victims, too. Still today, Poles are struggling to assert their sovereignty through commemorating World War II and the Holocaust after decades of ideologically motivated and historically misconstrued memorializing by the Soviets.

The Enmity Between Jews and Poles

There is indeed a long history of tension between Poles and Jews, and it persists. Consider that, in 1998, Polish Catholics erected hundreds of crosses along the periphery of Auschwitz and a Polish man named Kazimierz Switon set up a tent beside them as a self-appointed guard who claimed to be defending Polish soil against the Jews: We do not tell the Jews what to do in their country, and they have no right to tell us what to do on our Polish soil. Roughly a decade earlier, when Lech Wasa became the first Polish leader to visit Israel, Yitzhak Shamir, then Israeli prime minister, remarked, every Pole sucked anti-Semitism with his mothers milk.

The antagonism between Poles and Jews is not the same as base racism; there is enmity on the level of rival religious truth claims, adding layers of complexity. It is impossible to understand the conflict between Israel and Poland without understanding the religious tension between Judaism and Christianity.

Im a Jewish Catholic. My Polish-Jewish grandfather fled the country becau...


Notre Dames Fighting Irish Moniker Isnt Offensive, Its An Honor The Federalist

One sympathizes with Max Kellerman. He emerged as a leading voice on ESPN just as it was pioneering a new model of programming defined by placing two or more people in a room and having them compete to offer the most insipid commentary possible, preferably on issues only tangentially related to the action on the field.

Competition is stiff on the network that continues to employ both Stephen A. Smith and Tony Kornheiser. Worse yet for Kellerman, he had to fill the shoes of Skip Bayless, whose contributions to the annals of asininity in broadcasting made him a legend. It would be difficult for Kellerman to live up to such expectations, but by God he is going to try.

Kellerman reached for the stars earlier this month on an episode of First Take in which he attempted to draw an equivalence between the Native American mascots used by franchises across various sports and the Fighting Irish moniker used by the University of Notre Dame. He condemned the latter as an offensive ethnic stereotype that should be changed to avoid offending Irish-Americans.

Kellerman is not the first person to make this case, but he is one of the most prominent, and his hot take on the subject encapsulates its emptiness. As an Irish-American and Notre Dame alumnus I am happy to explain why calling for the leprechauns head, far from being a blow for justice, is an utterly futile and self-serving exercise in which one attempts to establish progressive bona fides by tearing down an actual symbol of progress.

Although Notre Dame adopted the Fighting Irish officially in the 1920s, its ties to the University go back further. During the Civil War, the Union Armys Irish Brigade was nicknamed the Fighting Irish. Its chaplain was one Rev. William Corby, who gained renown for his ministry to the brigade at Gettysburg. The same Rev. Corby eventually became the third president of Notre Dame. Statues and buildings on campus, as well as multiple South Bend businesses, bear his name in recognition of both his pivotal role in the community and the comfort and guidance he provided to his Irish compatriots on one of the bloodiest days in American history.

While Corby was the first connection between Notre Dame and its future mascot, Fighting Irish remained an insult for decades. At the turn of the twentieth century, when Notre Dame football teams became national contenders, press and opposing fans began to use it and other choice epithets Dirty Irish, Papists, etc. to dismiss and denigrate them. According to legend, an 1890s matchup at Northwestern featured a crowd chanting, Kill the Fighting Iris...


Adam Rippons Obsession With His Sexuality Undermines His Achievements The Federalist

Adam Rippon, who has risen to a level most athletes never dream of and has performed on the worlds stage in an elite competition, has decided to turn what should be a proud moment for his country into a political statement about his sexual identity as a gay person.

Rippon, 28, is one of the first openly gay American men to compete in the Winter Olympics. He began ice skating at age 10, and publicly came out as gay when he was 25. He struggled with his sexual identity growing up, and has said he hasnt found the world to be a welcoming place (although he did win the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships).

In a USA Today interview leading up to the 2018 Olympics, Rippon was asked for his opinion of Vice President Mike Pence, who is not exactly beloved by the gay community, because he is personally opposed to gay marriage.

Rippon says he declined the meeting, and doubled down on his negative opinion of the Trump administration in follow up interviews. Pence, for his part, says the invitation was never extended.

I personally dont have anything to say to Mike Pence, Rippon told ABC News of the reported invitation. Im very lucky because legislation that hes pushed hasnt affected my life at all. He has also said he would boycott a U.S. Olympic team visit to the White House, because he doesnt think someone like him would be welcome there.

I have no desire to go to the White House, he told The Daily Mail. But I would like to do something to help my community.

Rippon and many in the LGBT community seem to have accepted the idea that both Trump and Pence are anti-LGBT fanatics bent on intentionally harming gay people, though there is no real evidence to support this media-fueled caricature.

He acknowledges that he has not experienced anything negative because of the legislation Pence never passed. Yet somehow seems to bel...


Federal Judge Rules Its Unconstitutional To Forbid Women Going Topless In Public The Federalist

Men have forever adored the glorious eroticism of the female bosom while remaining unmoved by its hairy male counterpart. Since the beginning of time, humans have all instinctively known that mens and womens breasts are different. Ta-tas are the bomb.

But women in Fort Collins, Colorado, are insisting that male and female breasts are in fact identical. Brandishing their bare bouncing breasts along with signs proclaiming, My breasts are no more sexual than my mouth or my hands, Honk for gender equality, and Free the NIP, they are out in the streets demonstrating for mammary equality in this once-placid college town.

Who knew that breast equality is a vital constitutional issue? But since the Fort Collins indecency code makes it a crime for women, but not men, to display their nipples, were talking basic mammary civil rights here. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson would be outraged that the freedom of bosom expression the First Amendment guarantees is being violated by this prudish, pearl-clutching ordinance. How disgraceful that women are not allowed to be exactly the same as men in constitutional shirtlessness.

How Dare You Tell Me Chests Arent Breasts

The brave women of Fort Collins, who for years have been struggling against the cruel oppression of breasts imprisoned in clothing, were cheered when last February U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson agreed with them. The law, said the judge, is based on gender discrimination, and violates the Fourteenth Amendments guarantee of the equal protection of the laws.

Though its doubtful that anyone was thinking about protecting womens right to nipple flaunting when the amendment was ratified in 1868, in 2017 this judge promptly issued an injunction against enforcement. The issue is now being considered by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, certainly a wise use of taxpayer funds.

The law perpetuates a stereotype ingrained in our society that female breasts are primarily objects of sexual desire, whereas male breasts are not, Jackson wrote. The irony is that by forcing women to cover up their bodies, society has made naked womens breasts something to see. Yes indeedy, ever since the first girly magazines appeared as pagan fertility goddesses sporting a 36 DDD. Nevertheless, in the past several years Free the Nipple has become an international cause celeb.

This massively absurd denial of sexual reality comes from the usual suspects. In Fort Collins it can be traced to a movement called Go Topless Fort Collins, headed by an individual with a quarter-inch buzz cut who claims to represent the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex (!!) and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community. Although one hesitates to label this person a woman for fear of violating his/her/its right to gender fluidity, her name, Brittiany Hoagland, gives a clue. That and her statement to news media that We want to have topless equality in Fort...


Why A Schizophrenic Hobo Is More Qualified To Teach Your Kids Than Most College Administrators Are The Federalist

Puppy therapy. My law school has puppy therapy. Let me slow it down for you. Puppy. Therapy. Let that sink in.

A professional legal educational institution is spending money to bring in puppies for grown adults future litigators, future trial lawyers, people who are someday going to try rape and murder cases so they can rub Fido and Spikes furry little tummies and giggle while they piddle on the rug.

Just to be clear, the puppies are the ones who are piddling on the rug.

Where do these ideas even come from? Its hard to say, since to interpret the prattling double-talk of college administrators is to dive into a configuration of disjointed jargon, PR buzzwords, and plain old-fashioned idiocy that would befuddle even the finest obfuscators the academic world has on offer. If Im looking up Orwells Principles of Newspeak just to try and get a grip on what So-and-So Universitys HR department is spouting on about, then theres trouble.

Take, for instance, Elizabeth Carlin Metzs defense of a decision by Knox College to pull a play about a Chinese sex worker who seeks to do good deeds, because its supposed to be I dont know, racist, sexist, orientalist? Whatever the hell the latest rationale for colleges soft-bellied superation of artistic freedom is this week.

Im sure the play wasnt exactly Boule de Suif, but when I hear about some doltish functionary censoring a staged performance about a virtuous harlot-with-a-heart-of-gold, I turn indignant and immediately have two thoughts. First, by what right does Metz suppress Knox students tale of licentious life lessons imparted by an Eastern practitioner of the worlds oldest profession? And more importantly, can someone please send me a copy of the script with an accompanying set of illustrations? For educational purposes, of course. The fille de joie narrative is an area of academic interest for me.

Metz goes on to continually light the fires of her intellect, a flame which ignites the fuses of epiphanous smart-bombs that blow brilliance-shrapnel all over the minefield of education.

I believe that academia needs continually to be vigilant about the shifting nuances in addressing sensitive texts, she says. I think we must put them in our syllabi and on our stages so that we can interrogate our assumptions We need to acknowledge privilege in all sectors and the inherent bias that ensues. And we all need to listen.

What is she really...


If Youre Sour On DC Comics Live-Action Movies, Watch Gotham By Gaslight The Federalist

The live-action DC Comics films may not be to everyones liking, but the animated DC films continue to be strong. They have now made 30 animated features. Their latest release is an adaptation of one of the great Batman Elseworlds tales. In fact, Gotham by Gaslight is the first official Elseworlds tale.

For the uninitiated, Elseworlds are non-continuity comics, often with a what if element. This one combines two delicious what ifs: What if Batman were set in the Victorian era? What if Batman had the opportunity to go up against Jack the Ripper? The results were fantastic.

Including Selina Kyle over the original love interest of Julie Madison was particularly interesting and inspired. Julie was an excellent companion for Bruce, and her moments in Master of the Future are some of my favorites. But Selina is to Batman what Lois is to Superman. And if they were thinking of doing a sequel to this film, then Selina gives them all kinds of options that Julie didnt. I hope they are working on a sequel, because this is one of my favorite DC animated films. The setting is robust and revisiting it should be relatively easy.

The Plusses and Minuses of Bruce Greenwoods Batman

The voice acting is remarkable, as usual. This is the second time Bruce Greenwood has portrayed the Dark Knight. Hes a truly underrated actor, whether hes behind a mic or in front of a camera, but his Batman doesnt really feel like Batman. I enjoy almost every actor who has ever donned the cowl, but the amazing Kevin Conroy is Batmans voice to me and millions of others. Everyone else is merely interpreting the character.

But Batman is never going to be one thing to everyone. He is many things to many people. And Greenwoods performance is also many things, but bad is not one of them. Each line is tinged with his trademark gravel and melancholy. He isnt given the same emotional opportunities in this film as he had in the excellent Batman: Under the Red Hood. That story was much more focused on the inherent tragedy of being Batman, whereas this one is essentially just stop the serial killer.

Jennifer Carpenters turn as Selina...


Cronkite News: Lawmakers question management of Indian schools Indianz.Com News

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Trump budget includes funds to assist six newly-recognized tribes Indianz.Com News

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Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen: Beyond Porn Star Payments, Russia Angle WhoWhatWhy

This is an update to a story WhoWhatWhy published on August 30, 2017.

This week Donald Trumps longtime and fiercely loyal attorney, Michael Cohen, told the New York Times that shortly before the 2016 presidential election he personally paid off a porn star who in 2011 claimed to have had an affair with a married Trump.

Cohen denied the assertion by the public interest organization Common Cause that the $130,000 payment was an in-kind donation to the Trump campaign, and says that he did it on his own without the campaigns knowledge. Cohen declined to confirm whether Trump himself was aware of the transaction.

It would be, to say the least, unusual to shell out such sums for another person who is, by all indications, far wealthier out of the kindness of his heart. Even more so to do it without notifying Trump himself. Such a move ought naturally to raise eyebrows. And so should the larger story surrounding Cohen and how he came to be in the tycoons inner circle.

As WhoWhatWhy previously reported, Cohen and his family who have extensive and deep business and personal connections to the former Soviet Union have invested a great deal of money in Trump-related projects, beginning years before he came into Trumps employ.

And, while others in Trumps orbit have been scrutinized extensively, Cohen had managed to avoid a major share of the spotlight. Apart from our detailed article about him, relatively few media outlets had investigated Trumps personal lawyer with the same level of rigor as others in Trumps orbit have received. Thats about to change with the latest revelation which would not surprise anyone who read the following story last year.

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn all members of President Donald Trumps inner circle past and present have been scrutinized by the media, and their various Russia ties are being investigated by the press and Special Counsel Robert Muellers team. One figure, however, managed to fly largely under the radar until very recently: Michael Cohen, Trumps former right-hand man and in-house attorney.

Cohen, who came out of nowhere to occupy a prominent spot in Trumps orbit, has his own unique links to Russia and Ukraine. In fact, he might be one of the missing links that ties the president to shady figures and shady money from the former Soviet Union (familiarly known as FSU).

The following story, in documented detail, lays bare Cohens dealings, his ties to the FSU, and how he could trigger a world of trouble for the president if he ever decided to reveal what he knows about Trumps business...


Academia Premium: dont waste your money Freethought Blogs

If you have an account on, chances are youve seen a few emails similar to this one:

Academia email

Clicking that button doesnt take you to your mentions, though, it takes you to this screen:

Academia Premium

Ah, so I have to pay to see my mentions. Funny how theres nothing about that in the email. Also, my mentions increased by 124 in 11 days, which seems unlikely.

I thought Id see what youre actually getting for $9.99/month or $99/year, so I signed up for a month, noting the no questions asked refund policy:

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Premium membership comes with a whole list of benefits:

  • Personal Websites: Reach a larger audience and showcase your research, for free
  • Advanced Search: Search the full text of 20 million papers on Academia
  • Expanded Analytics: Measure the full impact of your research
  • Mentions: Discover papers that mention you and your papers
  • Readers: See who is reading your papers
  • Profile Visitors: Learn more about those who visit your profile

Most of that seems pretty useless to me. Like most scientists, I have a personal website, and I dont need to know who is reading my papers. The feature theyre pushing most aggressively, through direct emails to members, is the mentions. So I checked it out. Basically, its a list of papers that cite your work, with This is me and This is not me buttons for each one:

Academia mentions

Cool, I guess, but theres nothing here I couldnt have found out for free. If you have a...


Donald Trumps Understanding of Due Process: Not Good Activist Post

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Lac du Flambeau Band ties recent murder to gangs and drug dealers Indianz.Com News

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A Small Zoning Change Could Have Big Implications For Lexington Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

The defunct Turland Mall in Lexington could get a new lease on life thanks to zoning changes. (Source: Google Maps)

The defunct Turland Mall in Lexington could get a new lease on life thanks to zoning changes. (Source: Google Maps)

In late January, the Lexington, Kentucky City Council voted unanimously to upzone the citys B-6P zone. Before the change, this zone was known as a Planned Shopping Center, and it essentially mandated that large chunks of Lexingtons major suburban corridors take a low-density, retail-only, auto-oriented form. This zone currently covers large chunks along Lexingtons major suburban retail corridors, including Nicholasville Road and Richmond Road. Many of Lexingtons old malls, from the defunct Lexington and Turfland malls to the expanding Fayette Mall, are all subject to this zoning. For those familiar with the city, the results of this zone as it once existed probably speak for themselves. For those are arent, suffice it to say that the old B-6P zone mandated the worst of the worst in terms of auto-oriented retail development.

After Januarys reform, passed with strong support from Lexingtons planners, the B-6P zone will now scrap its parking requirements, rein in its anti-density restrictions, and allow both retail and multifamily housing by-right. This is a really big deal for at least three reasons: First, as I have explained in recent articles here at Strong Towns, Lexington is growing fast and it needs to allow a lot more housing in existing urban areas. Permitting mixed-use multifamily is one great way to do that. Second, brick-and-mortar retail, particularly of the big box variety that B-6P mandates, is in trouble. If cities dont follow Lexingtons lead and act fast, their old commercial corridors could gradually transform into undesirable grayfields. Finally, as interest in improved transit in Lexington increases, its absolutely crucial to first build up the population density needed to support transit. Permitting multifa...


FEMA Camps to be Manned by Robots with Machine Guns Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show


Camo Grayling, a known FEMA camp, was the site of massive training for the Michigan Army Reservists and the Michigan National Guard. They say they are training for GITMO duty. Perhaps this is true. However, everyone should Google FM 3-39.4 and make sure you are seated as you read this Army Field Manual. There are some who are misleadingly printing what I wrote in the Spring of 2015 and 2016 about the leaked government documents which tied directly into Jade Helm 15 and 16 activities. This is mass detention in times of martial law. Camp Grayling is now the site where robots are being trained to fire 50 caliber machine guns. This means that FEMA camps will be mannned by robots!



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Dead Male Prostitute, Piles of Meth Found in Clinton Mega-Donors HomeNO ARRESTS Sheep Media

A high-profile millionaire donor to Hillary Clinton was found with a dead prostitute in his home, with witnesses saying he kidnapped him, and drugs and paraphernalia everywhere and no one has been charged.

West Hollywood, CA The family and friends of Gemmel Moore, 26, are fighting an uphill battle to bring the man they say is responsible for his death to justice. Not surprisingly, the fact that Moore, who worked as a male escort, was found dead at the home of 63-year-old Ed Buckwhos donated hundreds of thousands to Hillary Clintonhas received very little media coverage.

On July 27, Moores body was discovered inside the West Hollywood apartment of Ed Buck. Buck is a well connected and extremely wealthy political activist who gives massive amounts of money to the Democratic party. His influence is vast as hes given hundreds of thousands to a slew of powerful Democrats including Clinton, Barack Obama, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and a variety of state and local organizations in Californiawhich likely explains the reason hes yet to be charged with any crime.

According to a Los Angeles County coroners report, police and paramedics found Moore naked on a mattress in Bucks living room with a male pornography movie playing on the television. A spokesman for the coroners office, Ed Winter, said Buck was inside his Laurel Avenue home at the time of Moores death and that drug paraphernalia was recovered from the scene.

Police found sex toys, syringes and clear plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine in a toolbox roll-cabinet in the living room, 24 syringes with brown residue, five glass pipes with white residue and burn marks, a plastic straw with possible white residue, clear plastic bags with white powdery residue and a clear plastic bag with a piece of crystal-like substance.

Even if we ignore the fact that there was a dead prostitute in his bed, the drugs found on the scene alone shouldve been enough to warrant charges as the multiple plastic bags would land anyone else with not only possession charges but intent to distribute. But there have been none....


Trump administration continues to back Indian Health Service pick Indianz.Com News

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Black Rose Books Sale and Speaker Series (Feb 24th) Black Rose Books News | News & Events

Join us on Saturday February 24th in Montreal for our Book Sale and Speaker Series!
12-8pm, Alternatives, 3720 Ave du Parc, H2X 2J1

2 - 3:30pm: THE FUTURE OF MONTREAL IS POWER TO THE PEOPLE, With Jason Prince and Donald Cuccioletta

Jason Prince is the editor of Free Public Transit: And Why We Don't Pay to Ride Elevators and historian, author, and activist Donald Cuccioletta will review The Rise of Cities: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Other Cities (edited by Dimitri Roussopoulos).

* This will be in English but there will be whisper translation into French.


Triple Book Launch with Havin Guneser (Germany), the Translator and Publisher of calan

* This will be in English but there will be whispered translation into French.

Book launch of Your Freedom and Mine: Abdullah calan and the Kurdish Question in Erdogan's Turkey, edited by Thomas Jeffrey Miley and Federico Venturini, and Manifesto for a Democratic Civilisation, Volumes I and II, by Abdullah calan (International Initiative/New Compass Press).

Both talks will be livestreamed to ...


Open Letter From Taliban Asks American People to Recognize Failure of 16-Year War The Anti-Media

Taliban Afghanistan(COMMONDREAMS)  Two and half weeks after President Donald Trump rejected the idea of peace talks with Taliban, the militant group published an open letter to the American people urging them to pressure their government to end the occupation of Afghanistan, now in its 17th year, and engage in peace talks. The letter, published on the groups website, denounces the []


We Are Not At War! OpEdNews

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Evidence of Florida School Shooting DRILL!!! Sheep Media

This is a report from FOX news advising of a drill in the morning today, February 14th, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School outside Boca Raton, Florida.

Then there is an actual shooting in the afternoon???

Regarding false flag operations, many times people do die and sometimes they do not. Sometimes crisis actors are utilized as the people to be interviewed after the event in order for the news be able to get the script correct. Sometimes they can be utilized in the actual drills. Sometimes actual people can be made to commit such atrocities. Anyone familiar with the tactics of MKULTRA should be quite aware of this.

At this point, all we can tell you is that there was a drill at the school in the morning and then in the afternoon, the corporate news began reporting of a real shooting at this Florida High School.

CNN reports:

At least 17 people were killed Wednesday in a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the Broward County Sheriffs office said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered government flags flown at half-staff through Monday in honor of victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a public school of some 3,000 students outside Boca Raton.
The suspect, 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, is in custody, Sheriff Scott Israel said.

Well keep you up to date if further details are discovered.

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France seeks surveillance on Iran ballistic program - Veterans Today Veterans Today

And maybe Iran's military shouldn't be allowed to have guns, tanks, artillery, or airplanes either?


The Guillotine Podcast #4 and #5 It's Going Down

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The Guillotine is a new podcast that features revolutionary discussion and analysis of global news and events.

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Here is the email and phone numbers of UNL administrators to contact about their Nazi problem:

   Paul Black, Kleves Department Chair:, 402-472-2932.

   Hank Bounds, University of Nebraska President: (402) 472-8636,

     Jordan Backer, Chief of UNL Security:                

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Ep. 4: Defend Afrin, Rojava, Prison Resistance, and ICE Deportations

Brett and Bones discuss the Turkish attack on Afrin, Western Imperialism, updates on Operation Push and prison resistance, ICE deportations under the Trump Regime, and live-call-ins from our comrades.

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"Free the Tamimis" Global Day of Action Sun. Feb.18 OpEdNews

Bassem Tamimi and the Free the Tamimis Campaign are calling on allies and supporters around the world to protest the ongoing incarceration and systematic targeting of members of the Tamimi family and the village of Nabi Saleh. The global day of action is Sunday Feb. 18, 2018.


Cancer: Busting the Myths Part 1 (The Mysterious Cancer Microbe) The Freedom Articles

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What is cancer? Above are pictures of Russell bodies or perhaps the cancer microbe. Image credit: Dr. Alan Cantwell

Cancer its not what you think it is.

Like it or not, cancer has become the 2nd leading cause of death in the US. Sources state that, based on 2012-2014 data, about 38.5% (close to two fifths) of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lives. Yet, despite how deadly it has been, we also know that cancer is a relatively recent disease that seemingly didnt exist (or cause many deaths) 100 years ago. What on earth has happened since then? Why is cancer so widespread? What is cancer exactly? Is there a cancer microbe? Is cancer really terminal? If not, what are the natural solutions?

History of Cancer

Before we embark on the difficult problem of defining cancer, where there are many different and competing theories, let us turn to one thing which is commonly accepted: cancer is essentially a new disease. Yes, it was detected over 2000 years ago, but it was extremely rare. The article Scientists suggest that cancer is purely man-made states:



Bibi gets banged by Israeli court on indictment referrals - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - The real hoot in this thing is Bibi posing that by making the police report public and the ensuing public outcry, the prosecutor would not be able to make an independent decision on moving forward to prosecute.


Lock him upindefinitely - Veterans Today Veterans Today

by Jonas E. Alexis We have been saying from time immemorial that Benjamin Netanyahu is worse than a suicide bomber. He seems to have been caught with his pants down lately again. Bribery, corruption and other frauds have been Netanyahus daily bread.  But thats not all. During Israels Operation Protective Edge (2014), which lasted a []


Dutch Official Admits Lying About Meeting With Putin: Is Fake News Used by Russia or About Russia? OpEdNews

Human nature craves a belief in an existential foreign threat because it confers a sense of purpose and cause, strengthens tribal unity and identity, permits scapegoating, shifts blame for maladies from internal to external causes, and (like religion) offers a simplifying theory for understanding a complex world.


Pennsylvania Pastor Busted With Bound Naked Man In Car Counter Current News

Source: Patheos A Pennsylvania pastor is charged with lewdness and indecent exposure after being busted in a parked car with a naked and bound man. Pastor George Gregory, the pastor at Waterfront Christian Community Church, is []


What the hell is a "public citizen"? Only tin & nuts needed to assemble? OpEdNews

What is a "public citizen?" Are they necessary? More necessary at some times than others? Is this a time we should try to create more? Are we producing too many shaky tin men that foolishly follow in an age that needs well-rounded, logical, character-rich, steeled individualists?


The Stimulator Returns With a Brand New Show! It's Going Down

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The Stimulator, the much-loved foul-mouthed, riot porn addicted, and taco fueled anarchist TV host returns with a brand new show!

After a long hiatus, subMedias foul-mouthed news anchor, the Stimulator, is finally back with his brand new show. The Fuckin News!


What is the Matter with Balanced Voting? OpEdNews

What might prevent balanced voting from being adopted? This article examines a few potential problem areas.


Honduras Nearing Ten Years of Stolen Elections, Neo-Colonial Rule OpEdNews

Despite an organized and active grassroots movement, Honduran politics have been repeatedly steamrolled by the self-interests of international ruling elites, as journalist and filmmaker Jesse Freeston explained to Dennis J. Bernstein.


Corporate Child Trafficking: A Case from Ireland Welcome to ITCCS.ORG and The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State

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A multinational corporation named TUSLA is trafficking and harming children for mega-profits thanks to the Irish government. TUSLA is beyond the law and its actions are censored in the media. But one woman is standing up to them, and is facing attacks from the state for doing so. Patricia Bland is a single mother with three children from Port Laoise, Ireland. Shell join us today along with other Irish activists to describe how they are fighting the institutionalized theft of her children and many children.
Also featuring updates about the Operation Atonement campaign to shut down criminal religious bodies and save children on the ground.
With your regular host Kevin Annett. See...


Deadly Shooting at Florida High School Kills at Least 17 Guardian Liberty Voice

At least 17 dead and 20 receiving treatment for injuries sustained during a tragic shooting. Shortly after 3:00 p.m. ET officials responded to reports of shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters the shooter is in custody. Isreal further stated the suspect, Nicolas Cruz, is a student who was []

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Oh No, Im Going to Fall Down Again! Freethought Blogs

Warning: I get a bit ranty.

A surrealist is walking down the street, and sees a banana peel in his path; he says, Mon Dieu! I am going to fall down again! and keeps walking.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is having meetings about Worldwide Threats an elaborate simulation of thought, in which they pretend that the United States is not the biggest worldwide threat, even to itself. But we cannot take our share of blame because then some rocket surgeon genius would say well, then stop. That way we can talk oh, so seriously, about what to do about those threats, especially if that means employing Americas multi-purpose crisis response: dropping bombs on people.

The chair of the meetings is apparently Senator Obvious, because the carefully-chosen topics are mighty Obvious, indeed. Im going to focus on two of them, because they touch on my professional expertise, namely Information Security.

1: Lies

The first topic is pretty easy: [business insider]

Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking member, told the panel that the US was caught off guard by the way Russia weaponized social media during the 2016 election to push pro-Trump propaganda and sow discord within the country.

In addition to using Twitter and Facebook to spread fake news, Russia-linked Facebook accounts also bought ads focused on exploiting American divisions over issues like race and immigration.

The accounts activity did not stop at posting controversial memes and hashtags many even organized events, rallies and protests, some of which galvanized dozens of people.

The US Senate, then, is now up to date with the idea that propaganda works all of them having gotten their jobs through relentless propaganda; the revelation that social media can be used to affect US politics (and other nations politics, too!) dates back to around 2004 when Facebook was founded and took over for MySpace, and 2006 when Twitter was founded. Immediately, those platforms became channels for astroturfing (what politicians call their propaganda) and outright propaganda (the other guys propaganda).

What, O what can we do about this? Are we doomed to walk forward and slip and fall on the banana peel?

There is an answer, and its scarily obvious. The two party system has almost stumbled on...


The Crisis Continues: Mental Illness, Loose Gun Laws or a Combination? Guardian Liberty Voice

Todays shooting at a Florida high school confirms American is in the midst of a crisis. Is it loose gun laws, mental illness, or a combination? A former student went on a shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, leaving multiple fatalities while panicked faculty and students barricaded themselves in classrooms.  The shooting happened []

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Join the Campaign to Make a Bilingual 2018 School of Authentic Journalism Happen The Narco News Bulletin

March 15 is the deadline to raise $70,000 in pledges to be able to hold a bilingual (Spanish & English) school in 2018.

By Fabiola Rocha
Director, School of Authentic Journalism
February 15, 2018


A Cyclone Just Ripped Through Another US Territory and Nobody Noticed The Anti-Media

Cyclone Gita American Samoa(ANTIMEDIA)  Over the weekend, a tropical cyclone laid waste to a number of Pacific Island countries, including the unincorporated territory of the United States known as American Samoa. According to a White House statement, U.S. President Donald Trump declared an emergency in the territory of American Samoa and ordered federal assistance to supplement response efforts in the []


La Nina Snows Over the Pacific Northwest Followed by Very Cold Air Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

The atmosphere over the eastern Pacific is thoroughly locked into a La Nina-type pattern, with the snowpack being refreshed for NW skiers and those concerned about the water supply next summer.

The snow water equivalent (the amount of water in the snowpack if melted) is in decent shape (see below), being above normal for the northern and far eastern portions of Washington State, but slipping to about 3/4 normal for the southwestern Cascades.

There was some improvement last night, when 8 inches to a foot of new snow  over the Cascades due to an upper level trough moving southward along the eastern flank of a big ridge over the northeastern Pacific (see below).

As I have noted in earlier blogs, a ridge in the eastern with cool northerly/northwesterly flow moving over the Northwest is typical of mature La Nina events. That sets up the cool temperatures, while the upper level trough moving southward provides the precipitation.

But to get lowland snow one needs to get an upper trough of just the right amplitude and position, which doesn't happen often.  Too far inland, and the cool air and precipitation are too far east.  Too far offshore, we are cold and dry.

Another, more vigorous, trough will approach on Saturday (see below), resulting in another snowy period in the mountains.



Week of Action Against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline: February 26th to March 4th It's Going Down

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The following is a call to support the week of action to resist the Bayou Bridge pipeline, the tail end of the Dakota Access Pipeline, in Louisiana. To learn more about the struggle, check out our podcast interview with the Leau Est La Vie Camp, here.

The Bayou Bridge Pipeline would cut across Southern Louisiana to bring fracked-oil from the Dakota Access Pipeline system to export facilities. Construction recently began on the pipeline, but frontline communities are resisting. The hub of this resistance is the Leau Est La Vie Camp.

The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is being proposed by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline and other harmful projects across the continent. ETP is one of the most reckless corporations in the world and they must be held accountable.

Organizers are calling for solidarity actions targeting the major financial institutions that are backing ETP. Visit to find a target near your community and organize a demonstration, vigil, letter delivery or a direct action.

Please register your demonstration or action on this site if it is open to the public. For support organizing an action, please email us at

#NoBayouBridge Week of Action

See a list of actions already planned here.

See list of corporations, banks, and other entities that are profiting off of the Bayou Bridge pipeline here.

Support the Frontline Resistance to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline

The Leau Est La Vie Camp in southern Louisiana is the hub for the frontline resistance to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. There are several ways to support the Camp:

Pledge to take action to stop the pipeline.

Send supplies to the Leau Est La Vie Camp.



Executive Time OpEdNews

Science deniers, corprocrats, sex abusers, wife beaters, grifters, con artists, racists, rapists, misogynists, money launderers ... these are the vermin that have taken over the GOP. Bernie? Kennedy? Oprah? Anybody ready to step up to the plate and be the face of the Party of Truth? Somebody's got to get up there and take out the trash ... we need some real Executive Time, bigly.


Nazi Group TWP Returning to Knoxville To Speak On UT Campus It's Going Down

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We have the potential to reach truly millions of people with our message of European culture of faith, family, and folkand solidaritythat the Republicans could never reach. We have the potential to be able to work with so many of these millions of families to be able to then move them in our direction. Donald Trump is a gateway drugwe can then move them from civic nationalism and populism to nationalism for usand these people are ready for our message. Matthew Heimbach, 2016

This is the message that the Little Fuhrer, leader of the Traditionalist Workers Party Matthew Heimbach will bring to the campus of University of Tennessee Knoxville on February 17th, 2018. What America will witness for the most recent of dozens of rallies and speeches led by white nationalist in the last two years is a small group of twenty something to middle aged white men dressed in black work uniforms, sporting nazi-esque arm bands and helmets, carrying home-made shields.

If business is as usual, they will pull into a parking structure where they are greeted by their police escort. They will discuss the minutes of previous meetings between them and the local police department where plans for security and details of the day will be laid out. They will leave the parking structure under the protection of law enforcement and proceed to their destination. They will be guarded as they safely park and leave their vehicles and make their way to their pre-arranged location with police and sheriffs watching for antifascists who will likely show up to do whatever is necessary to make it as hard for them to speak as possible. The question we have to ask ourselves is not why are they protecting nazis and not us, but how far will law enforcement go in their dedication to protect white supremacy.

The Unite the Right rally in Charlottsville, VA set a precedent we had not seen before. The order from local law enforcement to stand down set the stage for what would prove to be not only an overwhelming victory for antifascists in the streets, but also a clear indicator that the urgency and response to the rise of the Alt-Right by antifascists was both validated and highlighted by the death of Heather Heyer. It is of the utmost importance to note that Heather Heyer was not the first or even most recent death of  an activist during an event like this. She was the first white woman to die in recent memory at the hands of the racist right.


Interview With Jonah Goldberg On Shifting Parties, Trumpism, And Nationalism The Federalist

Jonah Goldberg joins this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour with Ben Domenech. They discuss the infighting between conservatives, NeverTrumpers, and Trumps base, as well as the rise of identity politics on both sides.

Goldberg is a senior editor at National Review, host of The Remnant podcast, and holder of the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at AEI.

Moral equivalent war is a nationalistic idea, but liberals dont see the nationalism in it because its on their terms, he said.

Listen here:


Mattis Admits No Evidence Of Assad Sarin Use, No Surprise To Alt Media Activist Post

By Brandon Turbeville As the banana republic of Europe known as France threatens to strike Syria if its red line of chemical weapons use is...


Betrayed by the CIA: the framing, kidnapping, and imprisoning of an agent who just wanted out Truth and Shadows

J. Michael Springmann reviews the new book Eyes on Havana: Memoir of an American Spy Betrayed by the CIA by Verne Lyon for Truth and Shadows. McFarland (February 6, 2018), 227 pages.

February 14, 2018

By J. Michael Springmann (Special to Truth and Shadows)

If you want the truth, dont go to the CIA, read Verne Lyons book. It is a reality check. It demonstrates how the United States government really works and how the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA, the Agency) is a totally out of control organization, accountable to no one and no thing.

Verne, whom Ive known personally for many years, had his first contact with the CIA as a college student at Iowa State University in 1965. As part of Operation CHAOS, a massive surveillance program, he was recruited to attend anti-Vietnam War demonstrations and spy on fellow students and professors, obtaining their views on the conflict. Provided a draft deferment, a promise of future employment, and a monthly stipend, Verne accepted the job, believing, as a patriot and all-American boy, that his government could do no wrong.

When he tried to resign, he was framed for a mysterious explosion at Lam...


U.S. Kills Scores Of Russians In Syria Activist Post

By Brandon Turbeville On February 7, 2018 the United States launched an air attack against the Syrian military. This brazen aggression against the sovereign government...


Pakistan: PTI in a state of dejection - Veterans Today Veterans Today

  Asif Haroon Raja Imran Khan (IK) and senior party leaders were seen huddled together at Bani Gala with utter dejection written on their gloomy and long faces after the announcement of NA-154 by-election results of Lodhran on the evening of February 12. What was most disturbing for them was that this seat was lost []


Dead Male Prostitute, Piles Of Meth Found In Clinton Mega-Donor Ed Bucks Home No Arrests The Last American Vagabond

A high-profile millionaire donor to Hillary Clinton was found with a dead prostitute in his home, with witnesses saying he kidnapped him, and drugs and paraphernalia everywhere and no one has been charged. West Hollywood, CA (TFTP) The family and friends of Gemmel Moore, 26, are fighting an uphill battle to bring the man []

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US Drone Destroys Russian Tank In Syria, Killing Three The Last American Vagabond

As details continue to emerge of last weeks US attacks on pro-Syrian forces, it appears that dozens, or by some accounts scores, of the slain were actually Russian military contractors working for the Syrian government. The raises the stakes about US attacks in Syria fueling a direct conflict with Russia. Over the weekend, the US struck []

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Canada Demands #JusticeForColten It's Going Down

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The following video from, documents a wave of resistance that has erupted after a white farmer was found not guilty in the murder of a 22 year old indigenous man.

Last week, white Canadian farmer Gerald Stanley was found not guilty of murder against Colten Boushie, a 22-year old indigenous man, who was trespassing on Stanleys farm. People all across Canada responded by hosting vigils and demos in solidarity with the Boushie family, and to demand justice for Colten.


MK Ultra What They Didnt Tell You About The Mind-Control Program Thats Probably Still Operational The Last American Vagabond

Over the past week, Ive been watching the History Channels Americas War on Drugs mini docu-series. To my surprise, the History Channel was shockingly honest about the CIAs involvement in the war on drugs and the massive political propaganda campaigns that went along with it. The series criminalized the CIA and the government, and rightly so, discussing their []

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Hotwire #18: Toxic Waste in STL, Labor Struggles in the Techno Age, A Rant on Love It's Going Down

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The Hotwire is a fabulous anarchist news show that covers social struggles around the world from an anarchist perspective and produced by CrimethInc.

The second episode of our second season! This week we run down the list of antifascist confrontations from San Diego to Olympia, Washington. We also share a call for opposing Richard Spencer in Lansing, Michigan on March 5. There is antifa activity in Olympia, Athens, and Seattle. Vaneesa Hopson died while in the custody of Olympia police and we report on the death and the subsequent protests..
There are strikes by delivery drivers across Hong Kong and Europe, by prisoners detained at an immigrant detention center in Washington, and walkouts across the country as part of the Fight for 15 campaign. We interview an anarchist active in the resistance to the Westlake Landfill. In honor of Valentines Day theres a rant against conventional love. Stay tuned until the Repression Roundup to hear about the Black Pride 4.



World Watches As All-Out War Between Israel And Iran Inches Closer The Last American Vagabond

Over the weekend, Israel used the long-standing adversarial threat of Iran as a pretext to launch a barrage of attacks against targets in Syrian territory. According to the Israeli side, an Iranian drone launched from Syria flew deep into Israeli airspace, which prompted Israel to not only down the drone, but to also target the base []

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Loot to Eat-A Human Holocaust Is Unfolding In Venezuela Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

In Venezuela there are only two ways that one gets enough to eat. The first was is if one is already dead. And people who know how to uccessfully loot may get enough to eat. Venezuela is the most dangerous place on the planet.



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Live: Mass Casualty Event at Florida High School, at Least 20 Victims The Anti-Media

Florida High School Shooting(ZHE) Dozens of victims are being reported in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, a large high school with several thousand students, with authorities saying the gunman is now in custody PARKLAND SHOOTING SUSPECT IS NOW IN POLICE CUSTODY: WSVN7 Jeff Lewis (@ChicagoPhotoSho) February 14, 2018 The town is 50 miles []


Transit Moves People, Not Money Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Arian Horbovetz is a Strong Towns member who writes for The Urban Phoenix. The following essay is republished from his blog with permission.

Three years ago, urbanists reveled in the growing evidence that a younger U.S. generation was swiftly rejecting automobile culture and embracing public transit as the preferred wave of the future.

The El in Chicago
The El in Chicago Buffalo's Metro Rail
Buffalo's Metro Rail

A drop in the number of drivers license acquisitions, decreases in vehicle miles driven and steady increases in transit ridership across the country seemed to paint an ever-evolving image of a nationwide shift in transportation priority. Many cities looked to capitalize on this trend by undertaking new transit initiatives, with light rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects at the forefront.  It was an exciting time to be an urban dweller, as all signs pointed toward a dynamic change in where we lived and how we moved about even in smaller cities and towns.



2019 Military Budget: Pentagon Wins, American Taxpayers Lose The Last American Vagabond

President Trump has delivered his military budget request for 2019 that increases spending by 12 percent over 2017 spending. Designed to fully fund a depleted military, even Defense Secretary Mattis was surprised at the figures. Many more warships, many more F-22s (even though they dont work). Half a billion more dollars to continue the US []

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Our Verdict: UK Assange Ruling is Unlawful, and 100% Political 21st Century Wire

Patrick Henningsen
21st Century Wire

Yesterday, a high court judge ruled to uphold a UK arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, consigning him to further limbo and little chance of justice.

While the details, twists and turns of this case are certainly important, its essential to first understand that this case no longer has anything to do with any laws Assange is said to have broken. This is now one hundred percent political. 

The case of the missing case

In August 2010, the Swedish Prosecutors Office issued an arrest warrant for Assange as part of an investigation for an alleged sexual assault involving two women. This triggered a European Arrest Warrant, which prompted UK authorities to issue a domestic warrant for the arrest and detention of Assange.

In September 2010, Assange was arrested and then released on bail. At the time, US authorities were already openly branding Assange as an international criminal and calling for his apprehension and to stand trial in the US where he would face any number a federal charges ranging from espionage to threatening US national security by publishing, among of other things, a damning video leaked in 2010 that depicted US war crimes in Iraq.

On June 19, 2011, prior to his extradition hearing, Assange jumped bail, and claimed political asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has been living in the basement ever since. By jumping bail at that time, Assange triggered a separate UK arrest warrant. However, the Swedish sex assault case was eventually dropped in August 2015, and has since been deemed by many analysts to be vexatious, if not completely fraudulent. Despite all this, the UK government has still enforced the original charge of jumping bail.

UK misjudgement

There were faint hopes that yesterdays hearing at Westminster magistrates court might yield a victory for justice and common sense, but those hopes were dashed by senior Judge Emma Arbuthnot. Seemingly unmoved by recent game-changing events, she sluggishly reiterated that bail jumpers like Assange must come to court to face the consequences of their own choices.

In addition, the judge made a series of bizarre remarks, including a claim that Assange has not been arbitrarily detained, and should be grateful...


Shooting at high school in Florida; fatalities confirmed; gunman in custody Intellihub

Intellihub update:

  • Multiple fatalities and multiple injuries have been confirmed.
  • There are at least 14 victims, reports say, some of which have been transported to the hospital.
  • A fire alarm was pulled by the shooter which triggered students to flood into hallways where they were ambushed.
  • The suspect has been taken into custody.

PARKLAND, Fla. A shooting at a Florida high school Wednesday sent students rushing out into the streets as SWAT team members swarmed in and locked down the building. Ambulances converged on the scene as emergency workers appeared to be treating possibly wounded people on the sidewalks.

Television footage showed police in olive fatigues, with weapons drawn, entering the school, then dozens of children running and walking quickly out. A police officer waved the students on, urging them to quickly evacuate the school.

Via Fox 8

Featured Image: Google Street View

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The South is Rising Again OpEdNews

The real story is that a fresh, "Reclaim the South" movement of young African-American populists is emerging, kindling long-suppressed hope in the racially scarred Deep South and offering the possibility of real economic and cultural progress.


TCK RADIO: Dane Wigington Death From Above! - Veterans Today Veterans Today

TradCatKnight Radio, Dane Wigington Death From Above! Talk given 2-14-18 (aprx 35 minutes) VISIT TRADCATKNIGHT.BLOGSPOT.COM DAILY! Special guest Dane Wigington of GEOENGINEERINGWATCH joins me to discuss: what are they spraying?, the culture of death we live in, how geoengineering affects us all, health problems, recent wildifres, government admitting they are spraying us, monsantos purchasing of []


Witness Out of Palestine OpEdNews

Anna Baltzer's amazing book Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories has been updated over the years, and I've just read it for the first time.


US intelligence on the prospects for US-Russia conflict (updated) - Veterans Today Veterans Today

[Editors note:  We are watching Washington go off the deep end, the Trump administration working to exceed Bush 43 as a rogue state.  Our sources at recent attacks in Kabul have returned intelligence indicating that Trump and his inner circle of gangsters have turned to Blackwater, the DeVos/Prinz private army of the extreme right, to []


Celebrate What Matters Most With These Zombie Apocalypse Valentines The Federalist

Valentines Day is a holiday of high emotions, mostly stress. The occasion has the unique ability to make both those who do participate in it and those who dont feel vaguely unfulfilled. For the unattached, it has been dubbed Singles Awareness Day an annual 24 hours of performative, public romance in which they cannot comfortably take part. For those in couples, its a minefield of somewhat mercurial needs, ludicrous expectations, and the requirement to literally and figuratively pay for both.

On the other hand, its just a day about love, and love is cool, and we should express it to romantic, friendly, and filial loves alike and get over ourselves.

Thats what Im here to help with, using the gift of perspective. Its 2018, things are crazy, the news cycle will not slow down for anything, and the pitched nature of both domestic and foreign affairs can make us feel as if things are falling apart just a little. Then there was that time some slacker in Hawaii literally accidentally told us the world was ending, so that did not help. With that, my Apocalypse Valentines.

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When the actual apocalypse comes, we wont have time to wonder whether the reservations he made at a mid-level modern American hipster joint were a communication sufficiently tailored to represent our special shared love.

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Well be too busy hunting and gathering and ducking actual zombies to care. Any meal will do. Well greet a dandelion emerging from a crack in a bombed-out shell of a McDonalds as if it were 10 dozen roses.

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These Valentines are for when youve found the perfect person with whom to wander the wasteland of our once-great land.

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Or any person because, honestly, its the apocalypse, how picky are you going to be? This is kill or be killed, survival of the highest order. What? He doesnt have an advanced degree or a good relationship with his parents? Okay, gurl.



Top 5 Veterans News: Feb. 14, 2018 - Veterans Today Veterans Today

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

06:32 #2 Dumb Thing to Boost Possible Cancer Risk is Carrying Cell Phone Too Close to Body Activist Post

By B.N. Frank Last month, posted Cell Phones & Cancer:  8 Dumb Things to Boost Your Possible Cancer Risk. ...


The State Weaponizes Education to Create Ignorance The Last American Vagabond

Independent Education: the crisis and the crossroad 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 []

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Mike Pence Is a F*cking A$*hole The Anti-Media

Mike Pence North Korea(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is a fucking asshole for more than one reason. Most Americans who arent also assholes have known about Mike Pence for while. He thinks you can cure gay people with therapy  as if being gay is a condition in need of a remedy. He thinks gayness can be prayed away, []


The State weaponizes education to create ignorance OpEdNews

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.


World Watches as All-Out War Between Israel and Iran Inches Closer The Anti-Media

Israel Iran War(ANTIMEDIA)  Over the weekend, Israel used the long-standing adversarial threat of Iran as a pretext to launch a barrage of attacks against targets in Syrian territory. According to the Israeli side, an Iranian drone launched from Syria flew deep into Israeli airspace, which prompted Israel to not only down the drone, but to also target the base the []


Notice: Large Variation in State Health Costs - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Health Editors Note: How much you pay for healthcare products and services vary according to which state you live in.  Should this be taken into consideration when looking for another area of the U.S. to live in.  After deciding to move to another local, we often look at property taxes, school systems, etc,, but now []


Hear Me Now, Mock Me Later Freethought Blogs

On the 4th of March, there are going to be general elections in Italy. I am making my prediction now, so that you dont think that I will be shocked when the results come back. Despite all that has happened politically since the election of Donald Trump, I am afraid that Italy is going to bring back the original Trump for another term.

Thats right guys. I fear that Berlusconi is going to be elected again.

If you care about this at all, heres why.


It is no secret that I loathe Berlusconi, and I have previously discussed how similar he is to Trump. What is important to note, however, is that Berlusconi differs from Trump in one critical way.

Berlusconi is far more intelligent than Trump is. Unfortunately for Italy, he also happens to be a political genius.

While multiple sources and current evidence all seem to suggest that Trump bumbled his way to a victory and keeps going on sheer megalomaniacal arrogance, Berlusconi knows when to retreat and when to show up again. The last time he was in power, Berlusconi resigned with the Italian economy on the brink of collapse. While he was met with insults and disgrace he astutely scampered off into the shadows, while Mario Monti was left holding the bag and having to find a way to pull one of Europes largest economies away from the cliff it was barreling towards.

Italians quickly forgot their beef with Berlusconi in the face of some of the harshest austerity measures they had ever suffered. Telling themselves that this austerity was necessary to forgo economic disaster was slim comfort, and this talking point quickly evaporated, supplanted by fond memories of things just not being this hard when the Bunga Bunga was in charge. The fact that it was entirely Berlusconis fault that they were in this mess was a hard sell, as economic collapse is an abstract concept for those who have never experienced it, and it was not Berlusconi, after all, who was imposing these austerity measures on them. While I did disagree with many of Montis priorities in those difficult times, I do have to admit that he did what he promised and Italy did not go bankrupt.

Fast forward to 2013. It is time to vote again, and Berlusconi is still hiding for what many hoped would be forever. The Democratic Party (PD) was predicted to win, but there is now a new kid on the block in the form of Beppe Grillo and the 5 Star Movement (Movimento 5 stelle, or M5S). He was loud and angry and personified all of the frustration that so many Italians were feeling at that time. We were being crushed under taxes, stagnant in a country that did not seem to be able to get its shit together. Its because of the corruption, Beppe Grillo said. Its...


Breaking: Russian Pantsir-S AA guns destroyed both waves of Israeli cruise missiles - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - The main disclosure is the Syrian had used the Pantsir-S short range system, specifically designed to take down cruise missiles when closing on their targets


Macron: France Will Strike If Chemical Weapons Used In Syria The Last American Vagabond

French President Emmanuel Macron says he is prepared to strike Syria if evidence is found to support claims that President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against civilians, though noted that French intelligence agencies do not have any such proof. On chemical weapons, I set a red line and I reaffirm that red line, Macron told reporters []

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What "#(Americans)StepUp _______" Can Do Right Now OpEdNews

This article shows how we can boost our spirits with some good news about things people are doing locally to counter DC destruction, as well as stimulate the creativity that will lead to a rebirth of our nation after the DC demolition derby is a thing of the past.


US Regime Change Fails in Venezuela: Military Coup or Invasion Next? The Anti-Media

Regime Change Venezuela(CN)  Several signals point to a possible military strike on Venezuela, with high-ranking officials and influential politicians making clear that it is a distinct possibility. Speaking at his alma mater, the University of Texas, on February 1, Secretary of State Tillerson suggested a potential military coup in in the country. Tillerson then visited allied Latin American countries urging regime change and []


Yes, We Should Celebrate Our Anglo-American Heritage The Federalist

The latest Outrage of the Day is Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaking before the National Sheriffs Association and referring to the Anglo-American heritage of law-enforcement. This is a hideous racist statementif you have been educated extensively in how to seek out offense but have learned next to nothing about history.

We do in fact have an Anglo-American system of law in this country, in the literal sense of being derived from English law. Anglo-American law is a widely accepted alternative term for the common law tradition that came to America with English settlers and formed the basis for our judicial system. Part of that tradition is the office of sherifforiginally a shire reeve, an Anglo-Saxon office that predates the Norman Conquest.

This is unique to England and former English colonies, and it is considered a bulwark of liberty, since it puts law enforcement in the hands of an independent local official, rather than concentrating it in a central power. As Sessions explained, Since our founding, the independently elected sheriff has been the peoples protector, who keeps law enforcement close to and accountable to people.

But a series of online scolds, from noted legal scholar Alyssa Milano all the way up to the NAACP, declared this was really a dog whistle meant to convey Sessions loyalty to white nationalism. To an awful lot of people, the prefix Anglo- does not mean pertaining to England but is just a shorthand for white. I am certain these people also believe they are totally above simplistic racial stereotyping.

What is most disturbing about this is not merely its ignorance of language and history. It is the assumption that Americas English cultural heritage is inherently racially exclusive. I cant imagine a more condescending assumption, as if people of other races are somehow unable to grasp the concepts of habeas corpus and innocent until proven guilty. This kind of racial separatismthese are the same people who rail against cultural appropriationis becoming the new orthodoxy among those who posture as...


Despite Video Showing Cop Break the Law and Kill 2 Innocent Men, He Was Hired at New Dept. The Free Thought Project


A cop broke the law and drove 100pmh with no lights or sirens on, hitting and killing two innocent men in the process. Now, he's been given a job as a cop in the town of the victim's family. This is everything wrong with police in America.

The post Despite Video Showing Cop Break the Law and Kill 2 Innocent Men, He Was Hired at New Dept. appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Join us for Community impact with open data: Two models from Canada and the United States Blog Sunlight Foundation

Change in cities is a community effort. Data is the newest tool that cities have to understand and address their most entrenched challenges. For data to have the biggest impact, however, it needs to be open and it needs to involve residents. City staff will need to incorporate resident feedback in their data-driven work as well as support residents in using open data on projects of their own.

Involving community members in open data work can be unfamiliar, unclear, or even intimidating. How can city staff recognize these fears, understand the powerful potential of public collaboration, and cultivate that power to create a robust and enduring open data program?

Canadian nonprofit OpenNorth and the U.S.-based Sunlight Foundation Open Cities...


Trump & the Republicans are on the rise and we warned about it OpEdNews

Every time I warned about Republicans poised to make a comeback many said I was either a pessimist, a person unable to read the real sentiment of the country, or I was creating disagreement among Democrats.


You don't need transit to build a walkable place Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

I have heard people say that our auto-oriented development pattern would be different if only we had an extensive transit system in place, or that transit will fix all of the things that are wrong with our cities. Transit can amplify a walkable neighborhood, but transit is not a prerequisite to making a decent walkable neighborhood.

Take a small, older European town where you can walk from one side to the other in 10 minutes. You might need a car to visit the town from outside (or you can take a day trip in on a bus), but if you live in town, everything is a 10 minute walk. Theres no massive transit investment needed to build this kind of place. Many small, historic towns in the United States are the same. The beautiful mountainside town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas is very walkable, and it doesnt have a fancy transit system.

Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas. (Source: Andrew Price)

Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas. (Source: Andrew Price)

Beacon Hill in Boston is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the United States. The basic development pattern of crooked narrow streets, traditional architecture, and granular buildings makes it very lovable and very desirable.

Beacon Hill, Boston. (Source: Andrew Price)

Beacon Hill, Boston. (Source: Andrew Price)

I would love it if we could build more Beacon Hills. Most of the buildings are pretty simple and inexpensive to replicate  brick boxes with some molding around the windows. You could start with a quarter mile square...


Messin with our Metaphor Freethought Blogs

Neither in the closet, nor coming out have the same meaning as they did when I was a child. Im not ancient (yet), but the use of a closet as something to come out of really didnt make an appearance in the language until the late 1960s. A closet was either a small room where clothes and things were kept or a small, cell-like room where a monk might live. It did not mean an LGBTQ persons sheltering place until gays started looking for a metaphor to describe their situation. Closets seemed to be the perfect metaphor of a gay person protecting certain truths behind a door, but in plain sight next to costumes, clothing, and other personal affectations that are stored waiting to be used for whatever purpose required.

My father had a rifle from his younger days when hunting was a common thing for kids in his rural community. I never saw him use it. He kept it in his closet, disassembled, with parts in different shoe boxes. We kids were fascinated by the non-functioning wooden stock, trigger and dull metal barrel. The parents closet was full of fascinating items of personal memorabilia and so, a place of curiosity for the kids. The closet was in my parents bedroom on the second floor of an elaborate Victorian mansion that was being used as a Funeral Home on the first floor. Their closet was also connected to an adjacent closet for the childrens room so it was really a hallway that stored stuff. This made it tough for the parents to keep non-kid stuff like guns hidden.

My Grandparents used the first floor of their Edwardian mansion in the neighboring city as a home where the upper floors were divided up into apartments available for rent.  That place had all kinds of secret passageways, hidden staircases and secret rooms. Many of the closets were old servant-stairways to the upper floors no longer needed, and blocked off with plywood walls.

Growing up in those two environments shaped my concept of what a closet was as well as what a home is. A home is a place of business that respects other folks privacy while they intrude on your own privacy. Once the third kid was born it became impossible to keep all three of us quiet, so we moved out of the Funeral Home and into a normal residential neighborhood house where I had my own room and my first normal closet ever. It was boring in contrast, but private.

The concept of gays coming out of a closet had evolved into general usage at about the time I reached puberty in the 60s. Mart Crowleys 1967 play Boys in the Band seemed to be the crossover point from sub-cultural reference to more common usage in the population at large. So, I dont know when I first heard of it, but I stayed in mine until 1975. My concept of closet was almost surreal, it included: passageways, staircase, multiple exits, a path to something unknown, and temporary obstructions of something that continues. It was a steep staircase leading to a temporary partition. No matte...


El sonido y la furia: Dentro del misterio de la embajada de La Habana Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Era una noche fresca para La Habana, con la temperatura cayendo cerca de los 20 grados, y el diplomtico y su familia se estaban sintiendo muy bien con su misin en Cuba. Estaban todava asentndose en su nuevo hogar, una casa cmoda de estilo espaol en el recinto frondoso que se haba llamado el Country Club antes de que las familias adineradas lo abandonaran en los primeros aos de la Revolucin. Estbamos verdaderamente encantados de estar all, record el diplomtico. La msica, el ron, los puros, la gente y un momento muy importante para la diplomacia.

Ocho meses antes, en marzo de 2016, Presidente Obama haba aterrizado a lo grande en la ciudad para conmemorar el acercamiento histrico de los dos pases, prometiendo que iba a enterrar el ltimo vestigio de la Guerra Fra en las Amricas. Ahora, semanas despus de la eleccin de Donald Trump, ese acuerdo estaba repentinamente en duda. Fidel Castro acababa de morir, abriendo un nuevo captulo en la saga cubana. El diplomtico no poda haber imaginado un momento ms fascinante para llegar.

Mientras el sol se deslizaba sobre el estrecho de la Florida aquella tarde de finales de noviembre, el diplomtico abri las puertas del saln que daba al nuevo jardn tropical de la familia. El aire clido de la noche invadi el saln, acompaado por un estruendo casi abrumador. Era molesto hasta el punto que tenas que entrar en la casa y cerrar todas las puertas y ventanas y encender la tele, record el diplomtico. Pero no me preocup mucho del asunto. Pens, Estoy en un pas extrao, y los insectos aqu hacen ruidos fuertes.

Unas noches ms tarde, el diplomtico y su esposa invitaron a la familia de otro funcionario de la embajada americana que viva al lado. Al atardecer, mientras charlaban en el patio, el mismo ruido ensordecedor se levant otra vez en el jardn.

Estoy bastante seguro que son cigarras, dijo el primer diplomtico.

Esas no son cigarras, insisti su vecino. Las cigarras no suenan as. Es un sonido demasiado mecnico.



U.S. Strikes And Scores Of Killed Russian Fighters In Syria - Veterans Today Veterans Today

from SouthFront Mainstream media outlets and social media are full of reports that on February 7th hundreds of Russian private military contractors (PMCs) died in US-led coalition airstrikes on pro-government forces in the province of Deir Ezzor. Various sources provide different numbers, but one of the most popular versions is that between 100 and 600 []


Jeff Bezo's Quest to Find America's Dumbest Mayor OpEdNews

America eagerly awaits the next big event: the announcement of the winner in Jeff Bezos' contest to determine which combination of state and local governments is prepared to give him the most money to be home to Amazon's new headquarters.


The State Weaponizes Education to Create Ignorance Activist Post

By Jon Rappoport Independent Education: the crisis and the crossroad A hundred fifty years ago, at least some Americans recognized that all serious discourse depended...


Today in OpenGov: All the Presidents Rent Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's edition, a year of public mendacity takes its toll on White House credibility, potential 2020 presidential contenders shun corporate PAC money, the Trump's are collecting $175 million in previously un-explored rent, Israeli police recommend corruption charges against the prime minister, New Mexico faces challenges as it tries to implement transparency reforms, and more.


Quote of the Day: In this White House, its simply not in our DNA. Truthful and transparent is great, but we dont even have a coherent strategy to obfuscate.
An unnamed White House official in the Washington Post, when asked if Chief of Staff John F. Kelly "could have been more transparent or truthful" in relation to the ongoing drama associated with domestic violence allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter. 

DNA therapy is not an option for an administration, but Congressional oversight could help hold this presidency accountable. The American people deserve a White House that is both transparent and truthful. This president has been neither, and the tone set from the top has spread to the White House, agencies and Members of Congress.

The erosion of trust in public statements by the President of the United States and his administration has dangerous consequences for public safety and security, should the nation or world be faced with a natural disaster, pandemic or open war.

The most glaring issue this morning is President Trump's continued refusal to acknowledge that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election or that it's doing so in...


You Care About the Subdivision Regulations, You Just Don't Know It (Yet) Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Everybodys heard of the zoning code.  Sooner or later, a developer will submit an application to rezone land near your home or business, and everyone snaps to attention. Neighborhood advocates awaken from hibernation. Developers lawyer up. Because these proposals can be controversial, they frequently make the local news. As a result, the zoning code has become the Kim Kardashian of land regulations. Even if you cant really explain what it does, you know it exists.

But zoning disputes typically only involve a few parcels of land at a time. So if you really care about the future of your city, you need to think bigger. You need to be thinking about the regulating documents that influence the design of entire neighborhoods. One of the most important? The local subdivision regulations.

Despite their power to shape cities, these regulations operate in almost complete obscurity. Even the most battle-hardened veteran of the zoning wars would be hard pressed to explain what the subdivision regulations do.  Most folks dont even know they exist.

Be a nerd.  Save your city.

Basically, local subdivision regulations govern the division of land, which includes everything from a simple lot split to the creation of new neighborhoods from pastureland.  Among other things, they establish rules for the creation of lots, blocks and streets, and provide for the establishment of easements, parks, and public rights-of-way.

Making modest, intelligent changes to this document can have enormous impacts because new neighborhoods tend to be mass-produced at a large scale.  If your city hasnt re-evaluated its subdivision regulations in a while, youre probably still replicating bad ideas from the 1970s creating inflexible, and auto-centric places.  If this is the case, it's time for a change.

At least one of these is fun.  When subdivision regulations don't require connected streets, it's hard to get from place to place.

At least one of these is fun.  When subdivision regulations don't require connected streets, it's hard to get from place to place.

I know what you're thinking.  As a Strong Towns member,  I know the suburban experiment is a failed model and we need to stop. I'm a...


ProPublica Wins February Sidney Award for Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

The Sidney Hillman Foundation announced today that Investigative Fund reporter Kiera Feldmans collaboration with ProPublica, Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection, is the winner of the Sidney Award for February. The monthly honor recognizes outstanding journalism that fosters social and economic justice.

While New York Citys residential trash is hauled away by the city, trash thrown away by businesses is collected by private companies. Feldman joined private sanitation workers on their night shifts for her investigation into their perilous working conditions. Often lacking union representation, they work longer hours regularly clocking 10- to 14-hour shifts, six days a week and make less money.

They also have the fifth most fatal job in America: crushed by dumpsters, slashed by glass, run over after falling from trucks, and dealing with brake and steering failures on ancient vehicles. Drivers arent the only casualties. In New York City overall, private sanitation trucks killed seven people in 2017. By contrast, city municipal sanitation trucks havent caused a fatality since 2014.

This story drew attention to spectacular abuses that are taking place in plain sight, said Sidney judge Lindsay Beyerstein, This reporting calls attention to the need for reform in the private carting industry to protect workers and the public.

After the storys publication, Mayor DeBlasio pledged to come up with new safety guidelines for private sanitation workers.

Read more about the Sidney Award here.


The Facts Behind Gender Pronoun Activism My Latest for Splice Today Freethought Blogs

Theres a festering debate about whether cisgender people can talk about transgender issues. I believe cis people should have the same free speech rights as me, and cis people should talk about transphobia with other cis people. However, when it comes to explaining what it means to be trans and gender nonconforming, its best to leave that up to trans and gender nonconforming people themselves. If not, one ends up with Andrew Moodys latest Splice Today article The Truth Behind Gender Pronoun Activism. Despite what the title claims, the facts reveal that the so-called truth is anything but.

Read the rest here.


VA Fraud, Trumps Crime Spree Robs Vets - Veterans Today Veterans Today

...The [inspector generals office] cannot determine the value VA gained from the Secretary and his delegations three and a half days of meetings in Copenhagen and London


My heart-shaped cake OpEdNews

For more than four months, the Republicans let federal funding for our community health centers expire. We fought tooth and nail for that funding for more than 100 days, and I have some good news: as part of last week's budget deal, we secured $7 billion for community health centers over the next two years. That was a $600 million bump in funding to support their powerfully important work.


Letter of the Islamic Emirate to the American people! - Veterans Today Veterans Today

The American people, officials of independent non-governmental organizations and the peace loving Congressmen! With the hope that you will read this letter prudently and will evaluate the future of American forces and your profit and loss inside Afghanistan in light of the prevailing realities alluded to in the following lines! The American people! You realize []


WATCH: Sheriffs Look Like Clowns Bragging About Dozens of Raids for Entirely LEGAL Hemp CBD The Free Thought Project


Tennessee law enforcement carried out a massive sting operation to bust 23 businesses who were selling entirely legal hemp CBD products. The operation was so ridiculous that reporters called them on it during the press conference.

The post WATCH: Sheriffs Look Like Clowns Bragging About Dozens of Raids for Entirely LEGAL Hemp CBD appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


The alcohol problem Freethought Blogs

I do not drink alcohol, except for the occasional champagne or wine at weddings and other social events when such beverages are used to toast people. But I grew up in a family where most of the men drank a lot and Sri Lanka has a lot of heavy drinkers so I am familiar with the problems that alcohol can cause. Given that environment, why I did not start drinking myself I do not know. Perhaps seeing the adverse ways it caused people to behave was one factor. Another may be that my group of friends in college, the age when most people pick up the habit, were not drinkers either and so it was not part of our group activities and there was no peer pressure. Alcohol was not cheap and we preferred to spend our money on films and food. It was only much later that I learned of the genetic element that predisposes some people to become alcoholics and so it is perhaps a good thing that I did not start, just in case I had the gene and it may have been triggered.

As a result, I have long been interested in the problem of alcohol and so listened with interest to last weeks episode of On The Media where they devoted the entire hour to discussing the role of alcohol in society and how it is portrayed in the media. There were four segments. The first dealt with the history of alcohol and how it was perceived in society through the ages and the third discuses the organization Alcohol Anonymous and its inexplicable hold on the public imagination as one of the best ways to combat alcoholism despite its very poor rates of success.

I want to focus on the other two segments. In the last segment, host Brooke Gladstone talked with David Nutt, a psychologist at Imperial College London, who used to be an advisor on drug use to the British government before he was fired for giving advice they did not want to hear. He talked about the difficulty he had persuading the British government that any drug that was less harmful than alcohol should be made legal.

He said that that they developed a MCDA (Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis) approach that combined nine harms to the user and seven harms to society and suggested that the resultant metric based on those 16 parameters be used to decide which drugs should be placed in which category. The British have a classification system of Schedule A, B, C drugs to indicate levels of harm. But the government refused to go along with their recommendations because of fears of what the public might say if drugs that they thought were dangerous received a less serious classification. This got him fired.

After he was fired, he published a study in the medical journal Lancet in 2010 that used the MCDA standard to examine 20 drugs and found that alcohol was, according to their criteria, the most dangerous drug. This was not so much due to the harm it did to the user but because the cost to...


Sperm! Everywhere Sperm! Freethought Blogs

Kehinde Wileys portrait of President Obama.

The right wing lunatic fringe is going nuts over the portrait of President Obama. They seem to see sperm everywhere. And all other manner of evil. Dont see it mself.

Corsi was online yesterday when the official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were released, and like so manyothers on the Right, he saw something nefarious in the paintings, asserting that the foliage and flowers in Barack Obamas portrait were a symbol of the pedophilia that theyre engaging in.

That is one of the weirdest presidential portraits I have ever seen, Corsi said. Its a bizarre picture.

Its a reference to the loss of virginity in terms of a physical sense, he added. Its a very physical reference to loss of virginity This whole elite globalist pedophilia is a major theme that Q continues to remind us underlies a lot of these globalists that we are dealing with. The fact that they are sitting on flowers and the deflowering could be easily an image of the pedophilia that theyre engaging in or the slavery pedophilia, you know, tend your gardens everybody, their slave gardens.

Oh, now its slavery pedophilia. What the fuck? Do these people just sit around and do nothing all day except come up with this garbage? What a way to spend your life. Ugh.

Alex Jones, contributing to the second phase of the ongoing right-wing smear campaign against the artist who painted Barack Obamas presidential portrait, claimed that the artist purposefully painted an image of sperm on Obamas face to fulfill part of a globalist agenda to have everything be a ritual of abomination.

Today on Infowars, Jones claimed the artist Kehinde Wiley, who was hired to paint Obama, is obsessed with sperm and that all of his paintings have sperm swimming all over everything. For some reason, Jones also felt the need to clarify that the alleged sperm shape in question was a GMO sperm that was fully formed.

You say, But, it doesnt make sense, its so degenerate. Its a religion of degeneracy. Its what globalism is. Its what Satanism is, Jones said. So there you go, President Obama covered in sperm in new national portrait, and its all part of the joke in your face, because they dont want upright strength. They want to have everything be a ritual of abomination.

President Obama is covered in sperm. Uh huh. I think perhaps...


This Valentines Day Is A Reminder Were All Going To Die, And Thats A Good Thing The Federalist

This Valentines Day, remember, you are dust. You will die.

As odd as that exhortation may seem, its entirely appropriate. Today is not only Valentines Day, but also Ash Wednesday, a day when Christians begin the penitential and contemplative season of Lent. And the truth is, this admixture of romantic love and remembrance of human frailty, Eros and Thanatos, is good and proper. Theres nothing quite like a memento mori to set the mood on Valentines Day: Hey baby, ashes to ashes; wanna light a fire? (Im great at pillow talk, as you can tell.)

Jesting aside, Americans could use a little help in bed. Even controlling for marital status, we as a country are having less sex. We are waiting longer and longer to get married. And when we do get married, we are having far fewer kids. The cycle of life, love, and death just isnt what it used to me. Apparently, as Ecclesiastes puts it, the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. Youch, Qoheleth.

But this joint holiday serves to remind us of the strange beauty of the despairing-yet-hopeful life of man. We are thrown into a world beyond our understanding, where, properly speaking, again as the ever-cheerful Teacher puts it, All is vanity, like chasing after the wind. As Soren Kierkegaard sums it up in The Sickness Unto Death, the whole moral existence of man is about this one question: how shall our souls relate to the Infinite, and how long shall we despair in an imperfect relation? We go from screaming poopmakers in infancy, to a flash of apparent self-sufficiency as adults, and then shrink back into diapers, and often into cognitive decay, sometimes long before death. The deep well of pain that defines human existence has caused some pessimistic philosophers, contrary to the old Classical maxim, to suggest that non-existence is preferable to existence. To date, few of these pessimists have practiced what they preach.

On Ash Wednesday, for a moment, we allow ourselves to see the abyss with clear eyes: this is what life is. Dust, and ash. For tomorrow, you will die.

But a moment later, most Christians at an Ash Wednesday receive a kind of ash transformed: the ash is used to mark the sign of St. Valentine on our forehead, that is, to mark the sign of all the saints, the sign of the cross. We are reminded that Qoheleths chasing after the wind didnt end in hot air: but in the fear of the Lord. We recall that Kierkegaards despair is the very bondage of the will from which...


Friedman Visits and Vouches for Israel OpEdNews

When New York Times' columnist Thomas Friedman travels to the Middle East, he brings with him a deep devotion to the state of Israel, and a longing for what he thinks ought to be.


Dead Male Prostitute, Piles of Meth Found in Clinton Mega-Donors HomeNO ARRESTS The Free Thought Project


A high-profile millionaire donor to Hillary Clinton was found with a dead prostitute in his home, with witnesses saying he kidnapped him, and drugs and paraphernalia everywhere and no one has been charged.

The post Dead Male Prostitute, Piles of Meth Found in Clinton Mega-Donors HomeNO ARRESTS appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


China Rolls Out J-20 Stealth Fighter, Navy Calls Serious Threat To US Assets THE INTERNET POST

As tensions mount over the South China Sea shipping corridor which handles $5 trillion in annual trade, China has finally rolled out its Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter jet which some have compared to the United States F-22 Raptor. The new jet is rumored to have already been deployed to the South China Sea along with several of []


Hearing for man accused of selling ammo to Vegas shooter rescheduled Intellihub

A new court date was set for an Arizona man accused of selling armor-piercing ammunition to the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Via KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas/YouTube

The post Hearing for man accused of selling ammo to Vegas shooter rescheduled appeared first on Intellihub.


Word Wednesday. Freethought Blogs


Adjective, chiefly British.

Drab, Dusky.

[Origin: Latin subfuscus brownish, dusky, from sub + fuscus dark brown.]


Phelan straightened in the pew, then relaxed his spine against the seats backrest. He noticed that the church was growing darker around him, the shadows more subfusc. The Ghosts of Sleath, James Herbert.


Americas Quest for Geopolitical Olympic Gold in Asia Comes UpTin Newsbud

American diplomacy wipes out at the 2018 Winter Olympics!

The Korean unified team is on parade as Mike Pence sits and stews.

And American ignorance on parade as so-called experts struggle with the baffling hostility between Japan and South Korea!

China Watch offers an exclusive look at the injustice at the heart of the Japan-South Korean relationship, and Americas ongoing collusion with Tokyo.

China Watch also asks Wheres Shinzo?  Did Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sit or stand during the entry of the Korean unified team at the Olympic opening ceremony?  Did he do both?

Will the Quad awaken in the Maldives?  Taiwan takes its cues from the Pentagon China hawks to engage in earthquake anti-diplomacy against the PRC.  Blunder or canny strategic coup?

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The real reason behind Emergency in Maldives--$30...


Budget Woes Sign Of A Dysfunctional Empire PopularResistance.Org

President Donald Trumps latest $4.4 trillion budget proposal calls for boosting military spending by nearly $200 billion over the next two years, and would balloon the national debt by more than $7 trillion over the next decade. Pundits proclaim it dead on arrival. But the likely alternative, based on the recent congressional budget accord, will be an equally irresponsible combination of sky-high military spending and even more borrowing signs of a dysfunctional empire unable to manage its decline intelligently. The U.S. national debt now exceeds $20 trillion, or $170,000 per taxpayer. When the number was smaller two years ago, under President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it dangerous and unacceptable. Yet, following last Decembers massive corporate and personal tax cut, and the subsequent agreement on new spending targets, Congress now envisions adding $15 trillion to the federal governments debt over the next decade.


Study: People With Depression Use Language Differently Heres How The Anti-Media

People With Depression(TMU)  A new study, published in Clinical Psychological Science, has discovered a class of words that can accurately assess whether someone is suffering from depression. Utilizing a technologically advanced set of linguistics algorithms, computerized models cull through massive data banks of spoken or written text in minutes to determine if someone shows signs of being depressed. What []


A breathe of fresh air in Saudi Arabia? - Veterans Today Veterans Today

The squeeze is now on many of the Royal Princes in Saudi Arabia who have abused their system and helped themselves to far too much oil revenue.


Trump's latest insulting idea: Converting SNAP into a Canned Goods Distribution Program is a Revolutionary Idea OpEdNews

Trump's idiotic idea of changing the hugely successful and efficient SNAP food-aid idea into a distribution of surplus canned-goods for 45 million Americans is a recipe for rebellion, writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff


All Out To Stop Pipelines In Virginia: Updates And Call For Support PopularResistance.Org

We tried our hardest to stop these destructive projects at the regulatory level but we have always known that action beyond those processes would be necessary. We will continue to support regulatory and judicial efforts as we believe in a multi pronged approach to this fight, though there are some of us for which this is no longer a viable option. It will take a diversity of tactics to defeat these pipelines. We believe that direct action is an imperative part of the multi pronged approach and we are committed to helping to create a culture of resistance to the fossil fuel industry in VA. We believe direct action is necessary to win.


Pass Legislation to Investigate EVERY Outgoing President OpEdNews

No matter how good you think a president is, he should be investigated by an independent prosecutor when he leaves office. Every president should go through his entire term in office knowing his decisions will be scrutinized to determine whether he broke any laws.


No V.D. Freethought Blogs

I dont do Valentines Day, never have. I prefer a V.D. free life. If youre a happily romantic or sentimental person who thinks it is just grand and wonderful, sure, celebrate it to your hearts content in any way you see fit, but do everyone else a favour, and leave it there, please. Dont foist it or your ideas about it on other people. From where I sit, its a burden of expectation, yet another thing you dont dare forget or youll have a pissed off partner[s], and its a serious burden on those who are not in a relationship, or just come out of one.

The history is a very old one, and its based on the martyrdom of christian saints. Like so much else, its now turned into a multi-billion dollar enterprise for everyone except those who celebrate it. Perhaps instead of piling money into the pockets of those who dont need it, you could do something simpler for a partner, a thoughtfulness based on your actual lives, rather than hearts, flowers, candy and an expensive dinner somewhere. Just a thought.

Or just shed the celebration altogether. I dont need an assigned day to tell my partner I love them, that happens all the time. ETA: Right now, my partner is acting as my primary caregiver in regard to my cancer, they could hardly express their love more than that, which makes me loathe the superficiality of V.D. even more.


Maryland Promised TransCanada Superficial Review Of Pipeline Permit PopularResistance.Org

Environmental groups are questioning the good faith of a Maryland state agency tasked with the permitting of a proposed gas pipeline which would cross underneath the Potomac River, saying it made a decision to greenlight the project before the application was even submitted. Potomac Riverkeeper Network accuses the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) of misleading the public and abdicating its responsibility to scrutinize the full impacts of the Eastern Panhandle Expansion, the Potomac crossing in particular. Whats more, they believe the agency may have colluded with TransCanada, the company proposing to build the 3.3-mile pipeline, to pre-determine a positive outcome for the permit. Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls says MDE has failed to be transparent from the start and now believes the agency may have intentionally deceived them.


Tillerson State Department Cuts WhoWhatWhy

The Voice France Contestant Quits After Criticism for Pro-Palestine Stance (Trevin)

22-year-old Arab French singer Mennel Ibtissem left the show after coming under fire for old social media posts supporting Palestine, and criticizing the French government after the Nice and Paris attacks. In a video statement, she called her decision the condition of achieving her musical goals rather than the end of her career.

In Italy, Berlusconi Furthers Return (Reader Steve)

Slightly, anyway. Since his barring from office for a slew of charges, former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is using various tactics to influence Italys upcoming elections. And it appears to be working.

The Deadly Rule of the Oligarchs (Jimmy)

The author writes, Oligarchs, though they speak of deconstructing the administrative state, actually increase deficits and the size and power of law enforcement and the military to protect their global business interests and ensure domestic social control. The parts of the state that serve the common good wither in the name of deregulation and austerity. The parts that promote the oligarchs power expand in the name of national security, economic growth, and law and order.

Netanyahus Attorney General (Dan)

News broke yesterday that Israeli police are recommending arrest for the countrys Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on fraud, bribery, and general corruption. Israels current attorney general, who will pursue the case against the prime minister, was promoted by Netanyahu from relative obscurity to this high post. Despite this connection, other actions by Israels AG show that Netanyahu might not have such an easy case.

Heres a Health-Care Model for Bezos, Buffett and Dimon: Medicare (Jimmy)

The author writes, It seems a pretty squirrely way of admitting that our current system, dominated by for-profit private insurance, does not represent the optimal means of delivering health care. The call to action also implies that the three executives have little faith that the magic of the market on its own will...


Agriculture And Autonomy In The Middle East PopularResistance.Org

In Rojava, a region in Syria also known as North Kurdistan, a groundbreaking experiment in communal living, social justice, and ecological vitality is taking place. Devastated by civil war, Syria is a place where a cessation of hostilities often seems like the most that can be hoped for. But Rojava has set its sights much higher. What started as a movement for political autonomy in the city of Kobane has blossomed into an attempt to build a radical pluralist democracy on the principles of communal solidarity with food security, equality for women, and a localized, anti-capitalist economy at its core. The Mesopotamian Ecology Movement (MEM) has been at the heart of Rojavas democratic revolution since its inception.


Infographic: The Preston Model PopularResistance.Org

The Preston Model is helping inspire a new conversation about the role of local government in catalyzing locally-driven economic revitalization and transforming patterns of ownership towards democratic alternatives.  (We first featured a story about the Preston Model here in 2016.) Today, the work in Preston to redefine howand for whomlocal economic development works is at the forefront of the agenda for local Labour councillors in the UK and front and center at the upcoming Alternative Models of Ownership conference in London on 2/10, featuring, among many others, The Democracy Collaboratives Ted Howard. Major coverage for the model has recently appeared in The Guardian in the inaugural story in Aditya Chakraborttys new series The Alternatives...


Youth Activists And Catholic Lay Leaders Organize For DRC Without Kabila PopularResistance.Org

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to 80 million people. Its land is so vast that a peat bog the size of England was discovered just four years ago. Yet, despite geographic distance, road inaccessibility, language diversity and internet blackouts, Congolese activists across the country with the help of Catholic lay leaders have coordinated dispersed marches and prayers against dictator Joseph Kabila, who continues to lead the country despite his last term having expired in December 2016. Since the final days of 2017, Kabilas security personnel have been filling churches with tear gas and administering bloody crackdowns, resulting in hundreds of cases of politically motivated arrests, torture and assassinations. Following a Mass last Saturday, Rev. Sebastian Yebo was beaten and kidnapped by police.


Cops Help Suicidal Man With Gun to His Own Head by Killing Him The Free Thought Project


Police received a call about a suicidal man, and when they pulled over his car on the side of a busy road, they waited less than one minute before firing 12 rounds in his direction.

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Happy Valentines Day Freethought Blogs

This is my kind of Valentines Day poem


Israeli police: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should face corruption charges Intellihub

In a stunning turn of events that has thrown Israel into a state of chaos, Israeli police revealed Tuesday that they believe that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be charged in multiple corruption cases that involved alleged bribery of media outlets and others the powerful politician sought to control.

The police recommendation came in a statement that claimed that Netanyahu should be charged with bribery, fraud, and breach of trust after a yearlong graft investigation that concluded Tuesday with clear evidence of gifts-for-favors.

All together, Netanyahu is accused of accepting $300,000 in gifts over 10 years, including back-room dealings with an influential newspaper publisher that the prime minister sought to ensure more favorable coverage from.

The New York Times reports:

Concluding a yearlong graft investigation, the police recommended that Mr. Netanyahu face prosecution in two corruption cases: a gifts-for-favors affair known as Case 1000, and a second scandal, called Case 2000, in which Mr. Netanyahu is suspected of back-room dealings with Arnon Mozes, publisher of the popular newspaper Yediot Aharonot, to ensure more favorable coverage.

All told, the police accused Mr. Netanyahu of accepting nearly $300,000 in gifts over 10 years.

Mr. Netanyahu, addressing the nation live on television shortly before the police released their findings around 9 p.m., made clear that he would not step down. I feel a deep obligation to continue to lead Israel in a way that will ensure our future, he said, before embarking on a 12-minute defense of his conduct.

You know I do everything with only one thing in mind the good of the country, he said. Not for cigars from a friend, not for media coverage, not for anything. Only for the good of the state. Nothing has made me deviate, or will make me deviate, from this sacred mission.

The police recommendations must now be examined by state prosecutors and the attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit. The final decision about whether to file formal charges lies with Mr. Mandelblit and is...


Tribal leaders cheer surprise speaker as meeting in D.C. winds down Indianz.Com News

Tribal leaders gave a standing ovation to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) after a surprise speech in which she promised to stand up for Native Americans and their issues.


US Drone Destroys Russian Tank in Syria, Killing Three The Anti-Media

Russian Tank(ANTIWAR.COM)  As details continue to emerge of last weeks US attacks on pro-Syrian forces, it appears that dozens, or by some accounts scores, of the slain were actually Russian military contractors working for the Syrian government. The raises the stakes about US attacks in Syria fueling a direct conflict with Russia. Over the weekend, the US struck []


City Of London Financiers Contemplate Imminent 2018 US Stock Market Crash Of Up To 50% PopularResistance.Org

A new analysis published on the website of a London-based think-tank, funded by the worlds biggest banking and financial services institutions, warns that the US stock market is on the brink of an imminent crash that could trigger another global recession. The document by a senior US economist and former Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England is published on the website of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI), which runs around 100 roundtable events a year involving financial services insiders from the UK and beyond. The document forecasts that in 2018, US stock prices are likely to plummet by as much as forty to fifty percent compared to the less than five percent plunge in early February. The document was published weeks before the recent stock market volatility.


On Resistance: BDS And Israels Declining Support Among Diaspora Jews PopularResistance.Org

Like its predecessor movement decades ago in South Africa, assessing the success of BDS against Israel today necessarily rubs up against the tension between Israeli hasbara (propaganda) and its reality as an effective organizing tool against it throughout the world. Though Israel has repeatedly claimed BDS has proven to be a failed venture, its a contention very much in desperate search of fact. Indeed, one need only look at the hundreds of millions of dollars that Israel has spent in various anti-BDS efforts to discern that its impact is not just productive, but poses a dynamic threat to the status quo ante of the state. Why else would it continue to invest such large, indeed, increasing amounts of money against a movement that it asserts has had no cognizable impact upon its policies or its future?


Garden Flowers. Freethought Blogs

Exquisite flowers from Nightjar, using the flash at dusk technique, a fave of mine. Click for full size!

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Icebreaker Pt 1 Secret Homeland Security ICE/HSI Manual for Stripping US Citizenship UNICORN RIOT

A confidential manual, which Unicorn Riot has obtained in full, guides the US Department of Homeland Securitys little-known investigative arm, Homeland Security Investigations, in targeting and stripping citizenship from naturalized foreign-born Americans.

This is the first story in Unicorn Riots Icebreaker series, which aims to promptly release this information in complete form, with your support. An anonymous source provided Unicorn Riot with Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent handbooks covering 22 years of confidential internal federal law enforcement policies.

Jennifer Chang Newell, a managing attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants Rights Project, told Unicorn Riot:

Its beyond troubling that immigration authorities are focusing their resources on taking away citizenship from individuals who naturalized over a decade ago. The denaturalization efforts are in line with the Trump Administrations policies stripping DACA and Temporary Protected Status from hundreds of thousands of immigrants who have been contributing to this country for years. Jennifer Chang Newell, managing attorney with the ACLU Immigrants Rights Project

The Denaturalization Investigations Handbook is dated January 15, 2008 and designated OFFICIAL USE ONLY. It includes information an agent would consult on whether to attempt stripping citizenship, and the intricacies of building up the case against a naturalized citizen.

Denaturalization, explained in the Handbook as the revocation of naturalizationthe revoking and setting aside of the order admitting a person to citizenship and canceling the certificate of naturalization hit the news in January 2018 with the case of Baljinder Singh, also known as Davinder Singh.

The Department of Justice announced Singhs citizenship was revoked because, the government alleged, he provided false information. The government promised this was just the first denaturalization in Operation Janus, a Department of Homeland Security initiative to investigate and seek denaturalization proceedings against those who obtained citizenship unlawfully.

Since 2008 (when the handbook was written) the legal environment has changed slightly: In a June 2017...


Federal Court Finds ICE And L.A. Sheriff Collaborated To Unlawfully Detain Thousands Of Suspected Immigrants PopularResistance.Org

LOS ANGELES On Thursday, a federal court in California ruled that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) unlawfully detained thousands of suspected immigrants on the basis of unconstitutional requests from ICE known as immigration detainers. The landmark decision entitles class members to injunctive relief and monetary damages and is a result of two lawsuits brought by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), the law firm of Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt, the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), and the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project. "The court's decision vindicates years of work by the Los Angeles immigrant community to challenge the Sheriff's Department's abuses and throws a major wrench in the Trump administration's deportation machine," said Jessica Bansal, litigation director at NDLON.


Playing gamesfor Science! Freethought Blogs

For the past few days (and wrapping up today) Ive been at the Science Museum of Minnesota as one of a team of advisors helping them on a future interactive exhibit on evolution, which Im not going to tell you about, except to say that they have an ambitious schedule and maybe youll get to see it as early as this summer. One of the things we had to do yesterday is introduce ourselves with a 5 minute talk about what we can contribute to the project, and so I threw together a little something about my background and my experience as a teacher, yadda yadda, and because I could, I put up an illustration on YouTube to play on the screen behind me so I used this one, which is just a general time-lapse of zebrafish development.

You have to picture me standing at the lectern, saying something like, and this is the experimental animal I work on, clicking on the play button, and turning to wave gracefully at the screenand discovering that YouTube had inserted an ad at the beginning, and that what I was pointing at was a shirtless, hunky, muscular man flexing and saying something about an exercise or diet program, I dont know, because I was busy clicking on the skip ad button.

Now everyone has a much more exciting impression of my research.

Aside from that little misstep do not trust YouTube to serve up your sober, serious videos its been an enlightening experience. My colleagues here have an eclectic mix of skills, with theater people, professional game designers, and museum directors all contributing to the construction and critique of this coming exhibit. Our evenings have been spent playing games, looking for ideas that could be used to involve and inform the general public.

I have been introduced to escape rooms. I did not have the slightest inkling these even existed until this weekend. I guess Ive been totally out of it, and youre probably going to tell me youve been doing these for ages, and make me feel old.

Anyway, for my fellow old codgers, escape rooms are a big booming business right now. The idea is that someone designs an elaborate series of puzzles in a locked room you have to figure out a hidden code with clues in the room to find a secret switch that opens a concealed door that leads to a room with more puzzles that then fit with clues to reveal more puzzles, for instance, and if you solve them all within a certain time limit you are allowed to escape, or discover the murderer, or save the world, or something. They seem to be hugely popular a...


A Few Thoughts on Syria Virtual Mirage

A Russian View of the Syrian Power Structure

Kirill Semenov, Director of the Centre of Islamic Research at the Institute of Innovative Development, Russia International Affairs Department (quite a title), wrote an interesting article about the change in the internal power structure in Syria. The abstract is presented for your review below:
Ever since Hafez al-Assad came to power in 1971, the three pillars of the Syrian regime have been the Baath Party, the Alawite minority and the army. The current Syrian elites were formed around these three forces. The tip of the pyramid is represented by the so-called inner circle: a small group of people most trusted by the head of state. Their influence on the decision-making process stems not so much from the posts they hold, as from their being members of or otherwise close to the al-Assad family. The inner circle has always included separate groups, which can compete against one another. 
The military conflict in Syria has affected the structure of the inner circle. In particular, the decision-making process is now influenced by figures who have made their way to the top during the course of the civil war. At the same time, some of Bashar al-Assads former confidantes have been forced to flee the country and effectively defect to the opposition.
Full Article HERE.

Operation Olive Branch Update

CNN-TURK, the propaganda arm of the Turkish government claims that the Turkish military has killed 1,439 Kurdish resistance fighters since they invaded Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports more modest gains. It reported the Turks have taken control of one town, Bulbul in northern Afrin (on the Turkish border) and 23 villages and hamlets on the Turkish border.. 


The Daily Bird #619. Freethought Blogs

A brilliant Flamingo from Opus, definitely click for full size!

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Facebook Tracks Ominously Specific Details About Your LifeFOREVERHeres How to See It The Free Thought Project


Anything and everything you have ever done or seen or likedeven blockedon Facebook is stored by the social media company....FOREVER.

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How Rich Are The Rich? If Only You Knew PopularResistance.Org

If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets. Actor and comedian Chris Rock made this astute statement during a 2014 interview with New York magazine, referring to the yawning gap between rich and poor. In so doing, he stumbled upon a key challenge in the study of inequality. Whats the best way to measure it? Most inequality studies have focused on income  measures of which are widely available. However, being rich is not about a single year of earnings but rather about the accumulation of wealth over time. In the past, quantifying that has been tricky. The wealthy would probably prefer we stay in the dark about how rich they are, presumably to avoid the aforementioned riots.


How Racism In South Africa Shaped Gandhi PopularResistance.Org

8 Feb 2018  As is well known, Mohandas Gandhi had gone to England in 1888 at the age of 19 years to train as a lawyer. Before going his mother Putlibai who was a devout person, deeply religious and given to fasting regularly, extracted a promise from her son to abstain from wine, women and meat.  Mohandas followed her advice and the promises he had made but on arriving in England, started dressing like a British person and tried to behave like one by taking lessons in dancing and elocution and following other traits of a British gentleman. On returning from England to Gujarat after getting his Bar degree, a Muslim firm in South Africa sought his services as a lawyer. After talking to his brother and other friends Gandhi decided to go to South Africa to work as a Barrister for a firm owned by Abdulla Sheth.


Whos Behind PropOrNot? George Eliason Explains the US Government Propaganda Ring 21st Century Wire

By now you would have heard about US propaganda assets like PropOrNot, or anti-Russian initiatives like Hamilton68 and others. Learn how all of these interconnected entities fall under the US governments umbrella.

Listen to this fascinating interview segment from Fault Lines, with independent journalist George Eliason as he explains the basic architecture of the new US-Ukrainian, anti-Russian propaganda complex. Listen

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



The UK Signals That World War III Is Here Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

North Korea does not sneeze without permission from China. Every North Korean provocation is the direct result Beijings master plan to unseat America as the dominant trading power in Asia. If the United States goes to war with North Korea, it will also go to war with China.

Good morning, welcome to World War III. It is one thing for two nations to enter into a dispute, however, when the allies get involved, conflict is certainly only a stones throw away.

The UKs Line In the Sand

In a clear case of supoosting Americas position in maintaining freedom of the seas in international waters, the UK has decided to take very decisive action toward China within their own backyard.

From Press TV:

British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson told The Australiannewspaper on Tuesday HMS Sutherland, a Type 23 frigate, will travel through the key trading lane after concluding a visit to Australia.

If Britain went ahead with its plan, it would become what is believed to be only the second country after the United States to assert what it calls freedom of navigation rights in waters, which China controls.

Beijing has, on different occasions, asserted its sovereignty over nearly all of the South China Sea, which serves as a crossing for more $ 5 trillion worth of maritime trade annually. The sea is also claimed in part by the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan.

The US has accused China of implementing what it calls a land reclamation program in the South China Sea by building artificial islands in the disputed areas.



Emptying tomorrows piggy banks

Piggy bank, piggy banks, debt, deficitHave you ever brought your children to the store and had to fend off one request after another to buy something? One effective way to make them stop, and teach them a lesson, is to tell them they can have what they want as long as they pay for it themselves. Read the rest

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Purpose versus Excuse: Why Congress Might Buy Trump's Food Stamp Reform Plan OpEdNews

Politico reports that the Trump administration wants to partially replace "food stamps" with "a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month." ... From the initial response, one might expect this plan to go nowhere. But it still might pass.


Video of Debate #2: Is War Ever Justifiable? OpEdNews

Our first debate was February 12th. This was our second, held February 13, 2018, at Eastern Mennonite University, moderated by Lisa Schirch.


Daily Inspiration --- The Clod and the Pebble OpEdNews

"Love seeketh not itself to please, Nor for itself hath any care, But for another gives its ease, And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair."


The Geoengineering End Game Sheep Media

Years of research have revealed that the purpose of ongoing international geoengineering operations is to control the weather to create droughts and artificial scarcity of water and food (planned problem).

From the resulting global crisis, chaos and fear (planned reaction) of people not having adequate water and food due to climate change, a totalitarian world government (planned solution) will be perpetrated under the veil of sustainable development (See United Nations Agenda 21  and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development).

Speaking of year 2030:

According to UN-endorsed projections, global demand for fresh water will exceed supply by 40% in 2030, thanks to a combination of climate change, human action and population growth.

The secondary purpose of chemtrails is to make the population sick by causing individuals to ingesting toxins such as aluminum and possibly viruses.

The Geoengineered Cape Town Drought

The Geoengineered Cape Town Drought is a test-run, a preview of what the rest of us can expect in the coming years.

Day Zero is looming for Cape Town.  According to the latest estimates May 11th is when the citys water supply will be turned off, leaving four million residents to line up for water rations at one of 200 points across the city.

Cape Town is in the middle of an unprecedented drought and rainfall has been far below expected levels for the past three years. Residents are being asked to limit use to 50 liters a day (13.2 gallons), which is less than a third of the average daily water use in Britain.

In 2013, farmers in South Africa contacted and reported that geoengineering...


Major Powers Mingle in Syria in an Explosive Mix WhoWhatWhy

The US, Russia, Iran, Turkey and Israel are all on a collision course with each other in Syria as each maneuvers aggressively to get the most from the endgame of the brutal Syrian civil war, now approaching its seventh anniversary. The danger of a big-power conflict starting by accident rather than intention has not been so high in decades.

All five regional and global powers, except the US, have had an aircraft shot down inside (or from inside) Syria in the space of about a week. During the same period, US jets bombed a Syrian government force whose patrons are Russia and Iran and growing tensions between the US and NATO ally Turkey reached the point of military threats.

As long as ISIS was still a powerful force in Syria, the US and Russia worked together to concentrate on defeating ISIS, and they agreed on deconfliction zones around Syria but now that ISIS is destroyed, and its just a policing matter, there is a scramble for the endgame.

Analysts say that the Turkish intervention in northern Syria, which started just over three weeks ago, foreshadows a new and dangerous phase of the Syrian civil war. Once mainly a battle between the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and anti-government rebels, the conflict has morphed into a multi-sided war involving Syria, the US, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Israel and various groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and ISIS.

The (near complete) defeat of ISIS and a string of military victories of the Syrian regime against the rebels have cemented Assads rule over much of the country and carved out a Kurdish autonomous zone, aided by the US, in the north. These developments have pushed countries such as Turkey, a traditional enemy of the Kurds and an ally of the rebels against Assad, to act as spoilers. We have written about this extensively in the past.

This is a scramble for position in Syria, Joshua Landis, a prominent Syria expert at the University of Oklahoma, told WhoWhatWhy. As long as ISIS was still a powerful force in Syria, the US and Russia worked together to concentrate on defeating ISIS, and they agreed on deconfliction zones around Syria but now that ISIS is destroyed, and its just a policing matter, there is a scramble for the endgame.

Here is an overview of the main events from the past few weeks, all of which illustrate the great danger that this conflict will spread beyond Syria:

Israeli Warplane Shot Down on February 10


According to...


Steve Bannon Predicts The "Anti-Patriarchy Movement Will Undo 10,000 Years Of Recorded History" OpEdNews

Steve Bannon predicts "The anti-patriarchy movement is going to undo ten thousand years of recorded history ...You watch. The time has come. Women are gonna take charge of society."


Men, women and prison: A study in gender Freethought Blogs

A couple of weeks ago, an episode of Ed Milibands podcast, Reasons to be Cheerful, was devoted to penal policy and prison reform. It features a fascinating interview with Nils berg, director general of the Swedish prison and probation service who makes a string of important observations about the Nordic approach to imprisonment. In a nutshell, in Sweden prison is only ever used as a last resort, is focused upon rehabilitation, particularly addressing social, educational, psychological and addiction problems of prisoners. The Swedish reoffending rate is around 30% after three years post-release.  In the UK it is 46% after just one year, and that is despite Swedish prisons being disproportionately filled with the most damaged, violent and recidivist offenders in their system.

Immediately after that oddly inspirational interview, Miliband also talked to Blairite former Lord Chancellor Charlie Falconer and Lib Dem perjurer & (briefly) prisoner Vicky Pryce, who has recently published a book about the economics of prison. This conversation was, in contrast, deeply depressing on too many grounds to cover. For our purposes, however, Id like to talk you through what happened at the 29 minute mark.

After a brief discussion about how and why crime is falling and whether or not prison works as a deterrent, Miliband asks Pryce:

From your analysis, are there lots of people in prison who shouldnt be, and who are they? Pryce does not miss a beat.

Ah well of course one element I have seen is women. Women who have done something relatively trivial, very often in order to respond to pressure from others, particularly their pimps or the men in their lives. She continues for several minutes beyond that, talking exclusively about women prisoners. At no point does she go back and add so much as a single word to acknowledge that much of what she has said about women prisoners also applies to very many men in prison.

What Pryce says about women prisoners is, of course, entirely true and remains utterly shocking. My issue is not that she included or even prioritised women in her answer. My issue is that she only included women in her answer. Again and again supposedly progressive, liberal prison reform campaigners find themselves utterly incapable of admitting that the male prison population is also absolutely ravaged with the direst consequences of mental illness, lifelong social exclusion and multiple failures of the educational, social services and mental health policy. They cannot bring themselves to tell us that the other 95% of prisoners men  are also vastly more likely than the general population to have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused as children or adults, to have been homeless before incarceration, to have grown up in care, to have been coerced, manipulate...


The Left Is Conditioning College Students To Hate Free Speech The Federalist

On Monday, The Weekly Standard reported that a professor at Princeton University canceled a class on freedom of expression. The professor, Lawrence Rosen, didnt say why, but it probably had something to do with the outraged students who reportedly walked out of his class last week when he used the N-word during a discussion of whether hate speech should be protected.

According to a report in the campus newspaper, Rosen asked his students, Which is more provocative: A white man walks up to a black man and punches him in the nose, or a white man walks up to a black man and calls him a n****r? One student told TWS that when Rosen said this, a student of color approached him and, inches from his face, shouted, F-ck you! while a female student of color shouted at Rosen, Do you feel safe right now?

Rosen is an award-winning legal anthropologist who has taught at Princeton for 40 years. The course in question, Anthropology 212: Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography, is one that Rosen has taught many times. In a letter to the student paper defending Rosen, the chair of Princetons anthropology department, Carolyn Rouse, said that Rosen has used the same example year after year. This is the first year he got the response he did from the students.

That students would react differently this year, writes Rouse, is diagnostic of the level of overt anti-black racism in the country today. When Obama was president, the example seemed less real and seemed to have less power. But now that Trumps in office, students cant bear to hear the N-word uttered out loudeven in a class about free expression and censorship, and even when its used as an example of hate speech.

At Stanford, Emotion Trumps Free Speech

With apologies to Rouse, I have a different theory about why Princeton students reacted differently to Rosen this year. Its not that racism in America is worse now than it was two years ago (although race relations did notably decline during Obamas tenure, according to public opinion polling). Its not that they couldnt understand the point of their professors exercise. Its because weve been conditioning students to have a Pavlovian reaction of blind outrage to offensive words and ideas.

Hearing the N-word spoken out loud triggers an emotional meltdown, but so does a simple policy disagreement. Consider a...


North Korea Fanboying Is Why We Cant Trust The Left The Federalist

Tom Nichols just articulated the dilemma of a Republican in exile in the era of Donald Trump and concluded by hoping for big Democratic gains in this falls midterm elections, in the hope of shocking the Republican Party into reforming. As a fellow Republican in exile, I sympathize with this, particularly after the spending spree Republicans just went on and the appalling $4.4 trillion budget President Trump has proposed. If were going to buy into big government anyway, why not get it from the original vendor? Yet I still cant root for the Democrats to win, and the medias weird praise for North Korea over the weekend is a timely reminder why.

The Lefts basic political program, and that of its supporters and water-carriers in the media, is always for more government: more spending, more regulation, more laws punishing undesirable forms of behavior, more government involvement in every aspect of our lives. It is impossible to implement that program in a way that isnt oppressive, even if you tried. The medias North Korea fanboys just reminded us theyre not even going to try.

Everybody knows the Olympics can be used as a propaganda tool for oppressive regimes. Theyve been doing that since Adolph Hitler stole the show at the 1936 games. The Soviets exploited the Olympics for this purpose for decades, infamously using steroids to pump up the performance of the suspiciously muscular East German womens Olympic team. (Some habits die hard.) So everybody should have expected North Korea to put on a propaganda show. Everyone in the media should also know the real facts about the North Korean regime, which are widely available for anyone who cares to look.

Take, for example, those creepily over-synchronized North Korean cheerleaders. Did you know that in 2005, 21 of those cheerleaders were sent to a prison camp just for talking about what they saw in South Korea? Or did you know that Kim Yo Jong, invariably described in press reports only as the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has an actual job title? She is the director of the regimes Propaganda and Agitation Department. You could read a whole New York Times report without ever fi...


Aly Raisman Was Far More Empowered Wearing Clothes Than She Was Stripping For Sports Illustrated The Federalist

The image of Aly Raisman in court wearing a slicked-back ponytail on a head held high in front of sexual abuser Larry Nassar is unforgettable. In fact, women may never forget that now-iconic image of female empowerment in this lifetime. The former Team USA gymnast, along with more than 160 of her peers, spoke intelligently and confidently while standing up for women across the world.

She didnt have to take her clothes off to do it, either.

This week, Sports Illustrated released its annual Swimsuit Issue. The once-iconic magazine edition has fallen significantly in popularity and relevance due to an ever-abundant supply of half-nude and naked women on social media. But the yearly edition still provides a cash cow for the magazine. In 2016, reports indicated SI Swimsuit accounted for about 10 percent of the magazines total income. With advertising down for Sports Illustrated, the Swimsuit Edition branched into its own division last year with hopes of expanding into a swimsuit and lifestyle brand.

All of this statistically explains what you already know: Hot women sell. As Alexandra Schwartz aptly described it in The New Yorker, What is the function of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue? Back in the day, it was reliable masturbation fodder, a late-winter gift to the flesh-starved straight-male gaze, though theres now so much of that to go around on the seasonless Internet that the issues lustre as mainstream smut has faded.

Therefore, with plentiful options of attractive women on the Internet, Swimsuit editors realized attention-grabbing is the way to ensure center stage. Throughout the years, the scantily clad women have become, well, even less scantily clad, to the point where calling it a swimsuit issue appears laughable.

So enter the #MeToo movement. With women understandably frustrated and intolerant of sexual harassment in the workplace, Sports Illustrated decided to capitalize on it in the guise of caring about it. This years Swimsuit Edition features a campaign called In Her Own Words, designed as an aesthetic tribute to sexual equality. It features women naked with nothing more than words written all over their bodies. Words like nurturer, caring, and natural, (the latter a bit ironic given the Photoshop edits all magazines employ) appear on the limbs of a group of models. Raisman is one of them.

Public Nudity Isnt as Empowering as Some Think

Now, this isnt an argument against women posing nude or provocatively. Every woman is entitled to freedom of expression and control over themselves. Before this gets misquoted or misinterpreted, lets be clear: No man should ever make unwanted advances on a woman because of what clothing she is or isnt wearing. A victim of sexual abuse is never, in any way, responsible for it.

With that said, why does a woman need to pose naked or accept nudity as a standard to spread...


No, Steven Pinker, The Enlightenment Doesnt Pit Reason Against Faith The Federalist

Steven Pinker, professor of psychology at Harvard University, plays fast and loose with the term The Enlightenment in his latest column for the Wall Street Journal. In an essay adapted from his new book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, Pinker argues that the progress we have been enjoying for more than two centuries is due to the triumph of reason and science. But he writes as though there is only one understanding of the Enlightenment, and he surely is referring to the French Enlightenment and what he thinks is a wholly secular event at odds with religious belief.

Pinker is a smart guy who surely knows some of the history of the Enlightenment, but you would not know it from his latest polemic. Except for his blatant bias against religion and misconstruing of who and what actually launched the age of Reason, his is an informative and admirable piece, listing all the ways that human life has improved since roughly the eighteenth century.

But besides listing all the wonderful effects of the dawn of Enlightenment, Pinkers main point is this:

To what do we owe this progress? Does the universe contain a historical dialectic or arc bending toward justice? The answer is less mysterious: The Enlightenment is working. Our ancestors replaced dogma, tradition and authority with reason, debate and institutions of truth-seeking. They replaced superstition and magic with science. And they shifted their values from the glory of the tribe, nation, race, class or faith toward universal human flourishing.

Lets take that assertion apart.

Yes, the Enlightenment is working. Wherever reason and science are engaged, they have helped make for progress as people live longer, healthier, and more orderly lives. Ever since figures like Bacon, Newton, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Locke, Smith, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison, and Ill add Tocquevilleand many, many more in the Westarrived on the scene, human life has improved economically, socially, and materially. And it is true that dogma, tradition, and authority have had to make way for reason, debate and institutions of truth-seeking.

There Was More Than One Enlightenment

But is it true, as Pinker assumes throughout his essay (and his many other writings), that The Enlightenment means religious belief and tradition have been replaced? That they had to be completely set aside in order for the salutary effects of science and reason to take hold? That the intellectuals we owe so much to were rank and file opponents of religion and faith? And is it true, as Pinker seems to imply, that science and reason on the one hand, and faith and tradition on the other hand, are at odds?

The answer in all cases is, no. Admitting the truth about the Enlightenmentthat is was a complex, multi-national affair with several...


Why Its A Big Problem If The FISA Court Relied On Steeles Hearsay To Grant A Surveillance Order The Federalist

The release of Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Grahams criminal referral of Christopher Steele to the FBI has amplified concerns the Obama administration abused the FISA process to obtain permission to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page. The letter confirmed and expounded on allegations of the abuse in the memo released by the House Intelligence Committee, and has been well covered, even if the major media tried to downplay its contents.

Andrew McCarthy, former assistant U.S. attorney, laid out the details of the potential abuses in a devastating weekend column for National Review that is a must-read. One important thread meriting further coverage remains, though, because it destroys the Democrats continued efforts to downplay both the memo and the criminal referral.

McCarthy pointed out in his column that the government must establish the reliability of the informants of the information they present to the FISA court as grounds for a warrant. While the government built a case around Steeles reliability (who compiled the dossier on President Trump), ultimately he was not the source of the facts those were anonymous Russians.

As I outlined at greater length last week (here, in section C), in applying for a warrant, the government must establish the reliability of the informants who witnessed the alleged facts claimed to support a probable-cause finding, McCarthy wrote. Steele was not one of those witnesses. He is not the source of the facts. He is the purveyor of the sources anonymous Russians, much of whose alleged information is based on hearsay, sometimes multiple steps removed from direct knowledge.

If the FISA court did rely on Steeles credibility in granting the warrant to spy on Page, and didnt require the FBI to speak to the credibility of Steeles unnamed Russian sources, effectively allowing hearsay as part of their case, thats problematic. Heres why.

To obtain a FISA court order for electronic surveillance for a United States citizen, FISA requires the federal government to establish that there is probable cause to believe the target is an agent of a foreign power who is engaged in activities involve or may involve a violation of the criminal statutes of the United States.  The Grassley-Graham memo stressed that the FISA applications relied heavily on Mr. Steeles dossier claims, and the bulk of the application consists of allegations against Page that were disclosed to the FBI by Mr. Steel...


The 15:17 to Paris Shows The Imprint Of Clint Eastwoods Masterly Hand The Federalist

Sometimes a felicitous film seems more a natural occurrence, half magic and half accident, than a deliberate product. By most accounts, Casablanca is an example of this. But there are times when you simply know a masters hand is at work. In the case of The 15:17 to Paris, that hand belongs to director Clint Eastwood.

The film is based on the events of August 21, 2015, when three Americans touring Europe, two of them soldiers on leave and all of them childhood friends, overcame an Islamic terrorist attacker, Moroccan Ayoub El-Khazzani, who boarded a high-speed train to Paris armed with a sack of deadly weapons. El-Khazzani was equipped with an AK-47, an automatic pistol, a box cutter, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Imagine being trapped, weaponless, on a speeding train while an Islamic terrorist makes his way down the aisle with a machine gun. In stopping the terrorist, the three men, Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler, along with the passengers who aided them, likely prevented a horrific bloodbath and dozens of murders.

There was one causality that day. Dual-citizen French-American Mark Moogalian, heroic in his own right, yanked the machine gun from the hands of El-Khazzani, then was shot in the back of the neck by El-Khazzani with a pistol as he tried to move away. He dropped the gun, and the jihadist picked it back up. It was then that Stone charged El-Khazzani. After overcoming the terrorist with the aid of Skarlatos and Sadler, Stone behaved with cool-minded heroics and stopped the blood flow from Moogalians neck artery. It was a bravura performance of courage and competence.

Meanwhile Skarlatos and Sadler, with the help of British businessman Chris Norman, secured the terrorist and his weapons. The three Americans reacted as a unit, forged in friendship. It is clear that, even with Stone leading the charge, it was teamwork that stopped El-Khazzani cold in his tracks, thus saving many lives.

These raw events from that day in 2015 are the foundation Eastwood begins with. There is also a given that the memory of the events is relatively fresh in the minds of many audience members. Obviously, one could hire actors and tell the story in a conventional manner. One could also make a documentary. Eastwood does a little of both, and it proves an inspired choice.

First, he makes the perhaps surprising decision to use the men themselves as his actors. Ordinarily, this might be disastrous. Acting is not easy. As a man who married an actress, I can attest to my wifes skill and commitment to developing her craft. My own cavalier attitude toward the craft changed when she challenged me to take classes from one of her mentors, the great Ed Morehouse, who taught for many years at HB Studios in Manhattan. It was humbling, and Ive never bad-mouthed the actors trade since.

Eastwood, of course, knows this very well. But he must also have been aware of how f...


How To Prepare For Marriage And Make It Good Once You Get There The Federalist

Americans love love. We marry for it. We celebrate it annually with chocolate, roses, and date night. But how lasting is that love? How many couples can say they share a deep, intimate bond that protects them from ever feeling alone in the world? And how do we teach our children to find that for themselves, when the time comes?

Just in time for Valentines Day, author and speaker Rabbi Manis Friedman and Ricardo Adler have released The Joy of Intimacy: A Soulful Guide to Love, Sexuality, and Marriage, offering their thoughts on those very human subjects, as well as practical suggestions for deepening intimate bonds. I recently spoke with Friedman about these issues. Our discussion, which follows, has been edited for length.

What prompted you to write this book now?

Today, with whats going on in the world, it seems the right time to talk about the importance of marriage, the beauty of marriage, and the truth about marriage. We seem to have lost our way.

Why is loneliness so pervasive today?

Its amazing, because were so sociable. We party all the time; we know so many people; we have so many friends and connections; and we travel. And after all of that, were lonely? Really? Thats kind of strange. So its not really that we are lonely; its aloneness that is the issue.

After filling our time with people, we find ourselves sadly alone, and thats because we dont share bonds or connections that are intimate. When two people share that, even if they are separated by an ocean, they will never feel alone in the world.

What is one thing singles can do to prepare for marriage?

If youre going to get married at all, you have to love marriage. You have to believe in it, you have to plan for it and then the only question left is: who are you going to do it with? Marriage has to be the objective, not love. I know. I know. This sounds completely counter-intuitive. But look at what is happening all around us. Look at all the casualties of the search for love.

Over the past 80 or 100 years people have been getting married out of love and marriages are actually much worse than they ever were. Theyre flimsy. So the one piece of preparation for marriage is: do not marry for love. Marry because you believe in marriage. Marry because you want the joy of intimacy in your life. Then if you find somebody who shares your quest and also happens to be lovable, well, thats a home run!

The first thing you want to know about the person youre dating is, what do they feel and think of marriage? It should never happen that you date somebody for three years and then decide not to marry them. That is way too painful, too frustrating, and a waste of precious time. If your objective is marriage, then make it clear. And search for someone with the same goal.

How do you recognize...


Notre Dames Identity Crisis Over Contraception Isnt New, Or Going Away The Federalist

Whats going on at the University of Notre Dame? Casual observers could be forgiven for asking. For months now, Notre Dame has been in turmoil over artificial contraceptives, and whether university health plans should cover them. Last week the administration changed its policy for the third time in this academic year. Obviously, its a bit of a mess.

Some members of the community are understandably upset. From 10,000 feet, however, the obvious take-away is that Notre Dame is still Notre Dame. Thats not a damning statement. Neither is it precisely a boast. Notre Dame has a complicated legacy, but there is still reason to hope that it has a positive role to play in American life.

How We Got to This Point

This whole fracas started in 2012, when Notre Dame joined a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, rejecting its demand that all employers provide a wide range of artificial contraceptives in their health plans. Notre Dame argued in court that complying with that mandate would violate its Catholic mission.

It was compelled to accept an accommodation wherein a third-party provider supplied all the government-mandated services to women, free of charge. Last fall the Trump administration shook things up by offering religious institutions the chance to discontinue this third-party coverage.

For the Notre Dame administration, it was an awkward situation. After standing on principle when the stakes seemed relatively low, they were now cursed with the freedoms they had claimed to want. Now controversy erupted over whether the university should follow through on its professed commitments by actually discontinuing the coverage.

Initially, they said they would. Then they said they would not. Under the new arrangement, the university says it will directly supply women simple contraceptives, while refusing to facilitate sterilization procedures or any contraceptives that could act as abortifacients. (The university has not yet specified which procedures qualify as simple.) Coverage will also be offered for expenses relating to natural family planning and other licit methods for managing fertility.

Its a compromise. Whether you hear that word in a pejorative or laudatory sense may depend on your point of view.

This Isnt a Debate Over Notre Dames Catholic Identity

Now that weve explained whats happening at Notre Dame, lets get clear on whats not happening. We are...


7 Ways Planned Parenthood Breaks Hearts Every Day The Federalist

Just in time for Valentines Day, Planned Parenthood, that bastion of selflessness and love, called for folks to donate to the organization to break Mike Pences heart. This, of course, is supposed to be a humorous wink-wink, nod-nod to the time actress Mila Kunis revealed she had been pranking the vice president by donating to an organization he loathes in his name.

You can have a great sense of humor and still know theres nothing funny about Planned Parenthood. Here are seven ways Planned Parenthood breaks hearts for fun and profit.

1. The FBI Is Investigating Planned Parenthood For Trafficking Human Body Parts

Remember a few years ago a barrage of undercover videos came out showing Planned Parenthood systematically harvesting and selling human body parts they obtain during abortions? Planned Parenthood is still suffering from the effects of those videos.

First the House Oversight Committee investigated them, then the Senate Judiciary Committee launched an investigation and found The activities of those involved in the fetal tissue transfer industry potentially implicate a number of federal laws. Finally, both committees found enough disturbing evidence of wrongdoing they told the FBI it needed to launch its own probe.

In his recommendation, Sen. Chuck Grassley said, The report documents the failure of the Department of Justice, across multiple administrations, to enforce the law that bans the buying and selling of human fetal tissue. It also documents substantial evidence suggesting that the specific entities involved in the recent controversy, and/or individuals employed by those entities, may have violated that law.

You have to hand it to PP: despite these ongoing investigations and documentation of evildoing, they keep forging ahead, asking people for donations and aborting babies like theres just nothing to see here.

2. Planned Parenthood Will Apparently Receive Taxpayer Dollars Until the End Of Time

Despite being under FBI investigation, somehow PP still receives more than $500 million in...


To Practice Intentionality And Reflection, You Cant Beat Lent The Federalist

Most people think of two times they ought to make an effort to alter their absenteeism from church Christmas and Easter. But theres another. If youve slipped away from regular church attendance, or perhaps it was never part of your family tradition, Lent is a good time to recommit.

Historically, Lent is a season of penitential observance. Thats not something humans excel at. Seldom do we stop and spend time intentionally waiting and reflecting on our lives and actions. Were unable to quiet our minds, or to be bored without picking up our phones to aimlessly scroll through Instagram yet again.

This isnt a positive development for our brains, nor for our families. Envisioning unachieveable temporal perfection doesnt make us more content, and it doesnt make our kids better suited for the inevitable moments when gratification needs to be delayed.

Perhaps this is why, for so many faith traditions, Lent went somewhat quietly to the side in recent decades. Waiting and marking time with focused meditation and study on Christs darkest hours and most intense suffering doesnt have the same appeal as the big feast and the joyous Resurrection. Theres no triumphant celebration, no cause for one big family meal and gathering, and no quick way to go back to your normal life.

Lent instead lingers. It lasts for weeks, requiring patience and a commitment that spans not hours or days but more than a month. For a culture unable to keep a New Years resolution much past an exuberant Facebook post, the idea of purposefully giving something up, or even just participating in such a long church season, is more than a little bewildering. Isnt it better to just skip to the festivities of Easter, to the cute children hunting for eggs full of candy and coins, and the tasty meal?

Delay the Gratification For a Time

Lent defies this and instead asks for something completely different. In liturgical traditions, where Lenten services never really went away even if they went slightly out of vogue, this season includes extra midweek services, and often meals together. Eating food togethera literal breaking of breadis a hallmark that spans back to the earliest days of the church. People came together and shared everything they had, keeping all things in common. We dont do that now, but we can share our soups and our salads, and sit and talk about our lives together before going to church.

Its often inconvenient to go to church during the middle of the week, at night, when its dark out, if were being strictly honest. Many other things normally happen during that time. Sports teams practice, and homework really needs to be done. There are chores, too, if we dont want our homes to look like an episode of Hoarders. Something else always asks for our time, and another commitment that we could make instead of showing our children and ourselves that our spiritual life does matter more than anything else.



Heres Something You Can Do This Valentines Day To Celebrate Respect Between Men And Women The Federalist

Valentines Day for many is just another Hallmark holiday, an event companies promote to sell wares. There are 55 holidays listed on Hallmarks website, including some that most of us arent even aware of, like Sweetest Day, October 20 this year. The company describes it as a reminder that a thoughtful word, deed or small gift enriches the life of the recipient as well as the person giving it.

Some may cynically dismiss Valentines Day as a day businesses use to sell flowers, chocolate and wine. But we shouldnt this year. There seems to be more confusion than ever about how to pursue a romantic interest and how men and women should treat each other in relationships. We need to celebrate Valentines Day.

On Valentines Day men celebrate women by outward proclamations of kindness and love, whether through simple schoolyard cards or the ultimate gesture of an engagement ring. Across the spectrum from the smallest to the biggest act, there is affection and attention rooted in love and respect. Respect is what is too often missing in the way some men treat women today.

The culture around Valentines Day encourages men to demonstrate appreciation for women and teaches them how to deal with rejection. Think about the note passed around schoolDo you like me? Check yes or no. Through these small acts, men and women learn how to interact and how to deal with unwanted or unreciprocated affection. Cultural cues, like those that are part of Valentines Day, that encourage and reinforce more positive interactions are what we need.

Focusing Magnifies and Activates

It is easy to focus attention on the bad actors. But one way to encourage more men to treat women well is to feature good examples. As part of Valentines Day this year, men and women have the chance to nominate a man who is an example of a gentleman in The Gentlemen Showcase sponsored by the Network of Enlightened Women.

During the contest, young men are nominated in the College Category and Under 30 Category for demonstrating gentlemanly behavior. They compete for the title of Americas top gentleman and the honor of designating a donation to a charity. This contest recognizes, honors, and in turn, encourages more gentlemen. Take this nomination of Bryan Leines, a student at Patrick Henry College:

Bryan is the most gentlemanly person I have ever met. He is kind, and gentle, and compassionate towards others. He makes everyone feel like they are the most important person in the world when theyre talking to him. I met Bryan during our freshman year at Patrick Henry College. We quickly became inseparable and (Ill admit) he was friendzoned pretty hard. However, he never let that deter him from being an amazing friend to me, even if that was all hed ever get to be. He was the sweetest person, t...


Why Single People Shouldnt Give Up On Dating The Federalist

Ask a single person what Valentines Day means to him or her, and youll get a flurry of responses. Some view it as a day to avoid, or to bury their sorrows, as time passes by and they have yet to find the partner they seek.

This year, Christians also celebrate February 14 as the start of Lent, a time of fasting and penitence that hopefully does not serve as a commentary on anyones love life. But Valentines Day shouldnt just serve as a time to celebrate romance. It should also celebrate the search for romance.

Six years ago, an experience helped change my outlook on dating. At the time a career-obsessed Capitol Hill staffer, I hadnt made time for dating or romance in several years. When compared to the personal satisfaction that always came from professional effort and achievement, I viewed datings uncertain outcomes, awkward encounters, and ever-present possibility of heartache a gamble not worth pursuing seriously.

Then I rediscovered a letter from a former girlfriend. Written to my mother, it recounted the ways in which my ex had found our relationship helpful and comforting while she went through a series of personal transitions and traumas.

Upon reading it, a rush of tears came to my face. Even now, thinking of its contents makes me well up. Distance meant the relationship ended, but reading the letter emphasized how the impact remained.

Over time, the letter prompted an important bout of self-reflection. Having seen anew the ways in which my presence as a life partner had aided someone at a difficult time in her life, my desire not to explore the dating world seemed less a rational choice to prioritize my career than a cowardly act of selfishness. If I could measurably improve one womans life, yet chose not to do so because of the age-old fear of What if she doesnt like me? what did that say about me? In short, I recognized that I needed to get over myself, and get back in the dating pool.

At their core, the best relationships do not focus on what one receives, but what one gives. Admittedly, in most cases the giving element comes later in relationships. At first, people focus on finding themselves a Ms. Right or Prince Charming, with more selfless acts coming after emotional bonds form between partners.

But there remains something noble about contemplating the giving nature of a relationship even from its infancy. I wont begin to claim that in searching for a mate, I seek to satisfy a partners needs to the exclusion of my own.

On the other hand, I do view dating from a new perspectiveoffering of oneself as a gift to others, and doing so freely, in the hope of finding that special someone whose life I can change for the better. This new perspective has removed much of the sting from the rejection inherent in dating, because it makes the journeythe searching for that partner, and the giving of oneself during that questjust as important as the final destination all serio...


Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the National Congress of American Indians Indianz.Com News

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) made her first-ever appearance before the National Congress of American Indians on February 14, 2018.


Flagellar synchronization in Chlamydomonas Freethought Blogs

The physics is way beyond me, but a new paper by Gary Klindt and colleagues in New Journal of Physics uses Chlamydomonas as a model for flagellar synchronization:

We present a theory of flagellar synchronization in the green alga Chlamydomonas, using full treatment of flagellar hydrodynamics and measured beat patterns. We find that two recently proposed synchronization mechanisms, flagellar waveform compliance and basal coupling, stabilize anti-phase synchronization if operative in isolation. Their nonlinear superposition, however, can stabilize in-phase synchronization for suitable parameter choices, matching experimental observations.

Klindt et al. Fig. 1

Figure 1 from Klindt et al. 2017. In-phase and anti-phase synchronization. (a) In-phase synchronization at high synchronization strength, corresponding to breast-stroke swimming Chlamydomonas. (b) For low synchronization strength, anti-phase synchronization is stable, corresponding to a free-style gait.

By comparing model results with experimental measurements, they find that two factors are required to explain flagellar synchronization in Chlamydomonas. Waveform compliance (passive hydrodynamically-driven synchronization) and basal coupling mediated by a physical connection between the basal ends of the flagella both must play a role:

we have shown that synchronization strengths measured in experiments cannot be explained without basal coupling in the framework of our theory, yet are reproduced for plausible parameter choices assuming such coupling.


Stable links:

Klindt, G. S., C. Rulof, C. Wagner, and B. M. Friedrich. 2017. In-phase and anti-phase flagellar synchronization by waveform compliance and basal coupling. New Journal of Physics 19: 113052. doi: 10.1088/1367-2630/aa9031


Alton Gas Criminalizing Grassroots Mikmaq Water Protectors It's Going Down

The post Alton Gas Criminalizing Grassroots Mikmaq Water Protectors appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following update comes from people on the ground in Mikmaq territory defending land and water from the construction of an Alton Gas project. Check their Twitter feed for more updates. 

Sipeknekatik/Fort Ellis Alton Gas has posted signs outside the Treaty Camp at the Shubenacadie River naming water protectors on site as trespassers and criminals.

Grassroots Mikmaq water protectors have been holding down a protection camp at the Shubenacadie River for nine months to prevent Alton Gas from dumping thousands of tons of salt brine into the sacred river every day. They are outraged by Alton Gas bully tactics and intent to resume work on the project without allowing Sipeknekatik to complete its community consultation process.

The Alton Gas project proposes to create two salt caverns by solution mining an existing salt deposit, dumping the salt brine in the Shubenacadie River, and filling the resulting caverns with gas. The companys mixing channel, designed to mix the brine into the river water, filled with mud almost immediately upon its creation. Additionally, Alton Gas is eight years behind schedule, has a number of lapsed and defunct permits, and has cancelled two of the four caverns it originally planned to create.

Alton Gas has been interfering with Sipeknekatiks self-made consultation process, says grassroots grandmother water protector, Dorene Bernard. The band has recently hired a person to do Community Consultation on this project and others. Now, the company is trying to intimidate and harass water protectors, and paint us as criminals.

This camp is peaceful, and principled, says Bernard. Were here as Mikmaq and treaty rights holders to defend our right to this...


Today in OpenGov: Withdrawn Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's edition, President Trump's controversial Census pick withdraws from consideration, a new tool tries to make it easier to call Congress, global threats to journalism, open data expansion in Delaware, and more.  


Illustration: Mother Jones.
  • President Trump's controversial pick for the number two spot at the Census withdraws from consideration. "The Trump administrations controversial pick to run the 2020 census has withdrawn from consideration to be deputy director of the US Census Bureau, according to sources close to the bureauBrunells appointment had raised grave fears among civil rights advocates that the 2020 census would not accurately count minority communities and would be manipulated by the Trump administration to give Republican areas more political representation and federal funding than Democratic ones." (Mother Jones) Our take? President Trump should now appoint a nonpartisan civil servant as the deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau and fully fund the vital program. 
  • President Trump's budget, infrastructure plan released as massive PDFs. Some ancillary budget data is open. Yesterday, the White House published a "legislative outline for rebuilding infrastructure" and the President's...

Tuesday, 13 February


Today in OpenGov: First Class Blog Sunlight Foundation

In today's edition, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's First Class habit, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes' "news" site, how Facebook's trouble with Seattle might expand, Azerbaijan blocks websites ahead of elections, and more. 


  • President Trump delays release of Democratic memo on FBI surveillance, calling for changes. In a letter, the White House Counsel said on Friday that President Trump will not immediately agree to release the memo drafted by Democratic lawmakers in response to a GOP memo on the same topic. He did direct the Justice Department to work with Democratic lawmakers to make the memo public in some form. (Washington Post) The President tweeted an explanation, saying that his denial of a request to declassify the memo was because of sources & methods (& more) that would have to be heavily redacted, and that hed told them to re-do it. He also claimed the whole process had been engineered by Democrats so that they could "blame the White House for lack of transparency."
  • Our take? Evidence of this White House's lack of transparency has been well-documented since January 2017, long before the President decided not to release the memo from Democratic lawmakers in the House. As a candidate and as President, Donald Trump has supported transparency for his political opponents and institutions that threaten him, not documents and data that would hold him or his appointees accountable.
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