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Tuesday, 21 November


James Giago Davies: We are all writing to be brilliant for that one perfect person Indianz.Com News

You figure out very young most people who read what you write will grasp only a small portion of it, perhaps not even that.


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Employers: Walmart, Healthcare, Schools and Boeing

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Only Washington State (Boeing) has an industry that actually manufactures things leading the pack. Walmart generally sells things NOT made in America. But I could be wrong. I avoid Walmart whenever possible.

It would be nice to see a situation where more states had manufacturing that surpassed Walmart, and those minimum wage jobs. There's nothing wrong with Walmart. They're part of the free enterprise system and they do fill a niche, as they employ a lot of hard-core unemployables.

Both the state education university systems and the healthcare systems are a product of government taxation. I'm not throwing rocks at them either, but to make America great again, we need to make things again, IMHO.


And THAT, dear readers, is why I only hire males who work as independent contractors to work with me.


Trans Day of Remembrance 2017 A poem Freethought Blogs

I rarely write poetry, but I wanted to write something special for Trans Day of Remembrance this year, and I came up with this:

Heres to lying

to mothers, fathers,

sons, daughters,

friends, lovers.

Heres to crying

in locker rooms, bathrooms,

homerooms, living rooms,

and bedrooms.

Heres to thinking of dying.

Heres to finding,

Theres a word for that?

Heres to trying

forbidden clothes.

Heres to eyeing

nosey dressing room attendants.

Heres to realizing

the truth.

Heres to crying,

This is me!

Heres to realizing

blood dont mean shit.

Heres to eyeing

the blade, the gun

the noose, the pills.

Heres to finding

family among

freaks, geeks,

sissies, butches,


hes, shes, theys


Heres to relying

on open homes

open doors

open hands

open minds

open hearts.

Heres to defying

the numbers, figures,

stats, bets,

odds and sods

stacked like rocks

thrown against us.

Heres to surviving.



What Its Like Covering Trump Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Remember that time Trumps lawyer Marc Kasowitz emailed, Watch your back, bitch?

Or that time when Don Jr. and Ivanka were almost charged with felony fraud?

You remember that because we found out.

The day President Trump took office, our reporters laid out the topics they were going to cover.

Now, a year after the election, weve asked five of our reporters to tell us about the stories theyve done and what has stuck out.

From Alec MacGillis, who covers politics and government

As I was reporting a piece on how things were going at HUD under the leadership of Ben Carson, I was surprised to hear from sources inside headquarters that Ben Carsons wife, Candy, and one of his sons, Ben Jr., had assumed a very visible role. But it was only when I covered Secretary Carsons June trip to Baltimore that the full oddity of the family involvement became clear to me. On the first day of the visit, which was not disclosed to the public, I watched as Candy Carson, Ben Carson Jr., and even Ben Jr.s wife joined in on meetings with the Baltimore mayor, city housing officials, and public health experts and authorities. The next day, at a community health fair in East Baltimore, I was amazed to watch as Ben Jr. served as an intermediary between his fathers top aides and two entrepreneurs seeking to pitch HUD on a business venture. We knew that the Trumps had made the White House a family affair. But it was only then dawning on me that that approach to governing had spread across the administration.

From Marcelo Rochabrun, who covers immigration

Im always extra skeptical of stories that seem unbelievable no matter how good the source is but during the early months of the Trump administration, I found two of them.

The first was when I revealed that Trumps original travel ban barred longtime permanent residents (green card holders) from traveling back to their home in the U.S. I had seen a draft of the executive order but was too skeptical to publish. Surely, I thought, the real ban would apply to new immigrants, not those who alread...

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Monday Meslier: 191 What a Happy and Great Revolution Would Take Place in the Universe if Philosophy Was Substituted for Religion! Freethought Blogs

Philosophers, in all ages, have taken the part that seemed destined for the ministers of religion.

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The hatred of the latter for philosophy was never more than professional jealousy. All men accustomed to think, instead of seeking to injure each other, should unite their efforts in combating errors, in seeking truth, and especially in dispelling the prejudices from which the sovereigns and subjects suffer alike, and whose upholders themselves finish, sooner or later, by becoming the victims.

In the hands of an enlightened government the priests would become the most useful of citizens. Could men with rich stipends from the State, and relieved of the care of providing for their own subsistence, do anything better than to instruct themselves in order to be able to instruct others? Would not their minds be better satisfied in discovering truth than in wandering in the labyrinths of darkness? Would it be any more difficult to unravel the principles of mans morals, than the imaginary principles of Divine and theological morals? Would ordinary men have as much trouble in understanding the simple notions of their duties, as in charging their memories with mysteries, unintelligible words, and obscure definitions which are impossible for them to understand? How much time and trouble is lost in trying to teach men things which are of no use to them. What resources for the public benefit, for encouraging the progress of the sciences and the advancement of knowledge, for the education of youth, are presented to well-meaning sovereigns through so many monasteries, which, in a great number of countries devour the peoples substance without an equivalent.

But superstition, jealous of its exclusive empire, seems to have formed but useless beings. What advantage could not be drawn from a multitude of cenobites of both sexes whom we see in so many countries, and who are so well paid to do nothing. Instead of occupying them with sterile contemplations, with mechanical prayers, with monotonous practices; instead of burdening them with fasts and austerities, let there be excited among them a salutary emulation that would inspire them to seek the means of serving usefully the world, which their fatal vows oblige them to renounce. Instead of filling the youthful minds of their pupils with fables, dogmas, and puerilities, why not invite or oblige the priests to teach them true things, and so make of them citizens useful to their country? The w...



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How The Civil War Gave Us Todays Thanksgiving, And What It Can Teach Us The Federalist

This week, Americans will gather around kitchen and dining room tables from sea to shining sea for one of our most distinctly American celebrations. For generations, weve marked the fourth Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving.

At the end of this fractious year, coming together in gratitude may feel difficult. In a nation that seems to be fraying at the seamsbattered by racial tensions, political turmoil, bloodshed, and scandalexactly what do we have for which to corporately give thanks?

Its not as if our national discord is contained to the halls of Congress or the editorial pages; it invades our daily lives. When we cant even watch the Lions game or get a second-rate cup of coffee from grandmas Keurig without political implications, has Thanksgiving become a meaningless exercise in whistling past the graveyard?

Thankfully, the roots of our Thanksgiving celebrationlike the discipline of thanksgiving itselfgo deeper than happy feelings over food and football. Most of us know the story of the first Thanksgiving, celebrated by that tiny band of Separatists at Plymouth in 1621. However, we may not realize that our modern Thanksgiving celebration originated in our nations worst period of turmoil and bloodshed: the Civil War. In that story, there are lessons that can help us today.

How the Civil War Led to Thanksgiving

Its a fairly simple tale. In Americas early days, thanksgiving celebrations were sporadic and mostly regional affairs. The popularity of the holiday began to grow in the 1840s and 50s, thanks primarily to the dogged efforts of author and poet Sarah Josepha Hale. As literary editor of the widely read Godeys Ladys Book, Hale used her platform to advocate a national, unified Thanksgiving Day. Besides writing multiple Thanksgiving editorials, she lobbied state governors and wrote to one U.S. president after another, finding more success with the former.

In the meantime, affairs in the United States were growing increasingly rancorous. In the bitter years immediately preceding the outbreak of war, Hale promoted her national Thanksgiving Day as a way to find unity. In 1860, she wrote: Everything that contributes to bind us in one vast empire together, to quicken the sympathy that makes us feel from the icy North to the sunny South that we are one family, each a member of a great and free Nation, not merely the unit of a remote locality, is worthy of being cherished We believe our Thanksgiving Day, if fixed and perpetuated, will be a great and sanctifying promoter of this national spirit.

It was not to be, of course. By the autumn of 1863, Americans had already seen more than two years of wars devastation in their towns, farmland, and families. The nation was freshly reeling from the Battle of Gettysburg, which had claimed the lives of 51,000 men that July. While terrible in its toll, Gettysburg marked a turning point in the wara decisive U...


Whats Inside DCs New $800 Million, Theme-Park-Influenced Museum Of The Bible The Federalist

The professor of Jewish studies passes under an ornate archway, leading to another part of the sprawling History of the Bible floor. Keeping up with him isnt easy, as we dodge workers who continue to install museum panels before opening day.

Theres nothing false anywhere, Professor Lawrence Schiffman says over his shoulder, gesturing towards dozens of Torah scrolls carefully lit for preservation. Ive been walking around even today, reading more labels. We keep criticizing little picky things; thats our job as scholars.

Led by Schiffman, who sports a Brooklyn accent and traditional kippah head covering, the scene would fit more at a New York synagogue than a Bible museum founded by evangelical Christians. Director of Hebraic and Judaic studies at New York University, he has served as a Hebrew manuscripts consultant since early 2016 for Museum of the Bible, which opened last weekend in Washington DC.

This museum is not a hijacking of Jewish tradition to serve another religion, he says bluntly when asked about its mostly Christian funding. Its legit.

Proving legitimacy has been an uphill battle since its announcement in 2011. Brimming with technology and artifacts that illuminate the sacred text, Museum of the Bible has been hounded by various critiques. Theres either too much God or not enough Jesus, depending on the critic.

Yet even skeptics are wowed by the high-tech museum once they see it. Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Kennicott called Museum of the Bible rich in content [and] stocked with historic treasures. His front-page Washington Post story was effusive: It sets a new standard for how this countrys museums fuse entertainment and education.

Envisioned by Hobby Lobby craft chain owners Steve and Jackie Green, the Museum of the Bible reflects a kaleidoscope of faith traditions, story formats, and artistic approaches. A closer look at the multi-faceted museum offeringswith commentary from the Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant scholars at the heart of itilluminates the 430,000-square-foot experience.

A New Tour Through Ancient Stories

I grew up in Oklahoma, the Bible belt of the country, in a very small community, says Jackie Green. Everybody knew everybody. Its been such a delight for me to be able to rub shoulders, so to speak, with people who arent just like mebut they still have a great love for the Bible.

From the first floor, the variety at Museum of the Bible can be jarring. Ornate paintings on loan from the Vatican hang a few yards away from a lively, hands-on childrens play area. Both are only steps from digital kiosks where gu...


For Christmass Sake, Lets Roll Back Christmas Creep The Federalist

We have grown wearily used to holiday creep, that irritating tendency of retailers to start decorating for various holidays well before they begin: jack-o-lanterns in mid-September (or even, in some cases, July), Valentines chocolates in early January, Easter candy a few days before Valentines Day.

In my corner of the country they start running Labor Day sales in mid-July and Fourth of July sales in early June. But no creep is more aggressive than that of Christmas; no holiday spills its traditional temporal confines and works its way as aggressively up the calendar as this one. The season now regularly lasts up to eight or nine weeks where it used to span maybe five.

The problem, which has been around in varying degrees for over a century, is getting worse, and qualitatively so: where the shopping season used to start relatively early, the aesthetics of that season have begun arriving sooner and sooner each year. In some cases, stores have put out the trees and the stockings before Halloween.

A radio station in Chicago began playing Christmas music on November 7 this year; outlets in Los Angeles and Phoenix followed soon after, and doubtlessly they were not the only ones. The other day I found myself in a Wal-Mart already decked out with tinsel and candy canesstill a couple of weeks from Thanksgiving, mind you. Last week I saw one of those Salvation Army Santas ringing his donation bell outside of a grocery store. This is not uncommon.

Are We Really That Desperate?

There is something desperate and mildly pathetic about this whole charade. The socialists among us are always going on about consumerism, which they believe to be the natural and inevitable outgrowth of the abundance of material goods capitalism produces. Mostly they are wrong. But one is tempted to give them some credit when October 28 rolls around and we start seeing Christmas trees in the local malls food court. Retailers, who in their defense are in the business of making a buck, never seem more vapid, greedy, and ridiculous than when they are stringing up lights while the leaves are still changing.

It has become a tradition to complain about Christmas creep. But there are good reasons for complaining about it, and doing something about it: it is ruining the holiday.

This phenomenon is not, of course, ruining the holyday, the celebration of Christs birth that all orthodox Christians rightfully mark and herald. If tomorrow our cultural Christmas traditions disappeared, nothing about the sacred and pre...


How The Lefts Attacks On Religious Liberty Pushed Me Back Into Church The Federalist

I grew up in the north New Jersey suburbs with parents whod gone to Catholic school in the 1960s. They didnt enjoy the experience, mostly from fright of the nuns, who physically abused students. They vowed never to send my brother or me to Catholic school, but we were baptized and did have to go to Sunday schoolCCD, we called it. It was the only time I ever went to church, outside of weddings or funerals.

We werent practicing Catholics. I cant ever recall us attending church services. We didnt give things up for Lent. We ate meat on Good Friday. Basically, we were part of the Christmas and Easter club. Once all the molestation scandals broke, my parents completely gave up on the Catholic Church. I stopped going to CCD and never made confirmation.

Fast-forward about 20 years. Ive come to this political, conservative awakening and Im starting to question everything. I keep hearing the phrase Judeo-Christian values. Its clear to me the Left is doing everything they can to attack religious people, except of course Muslims, but religion still didnt resonate with me. Then one story in particular caught my attention and pushed me back into religion.

Senators Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin, Democrats from leftist havens California and Illinois, questioned one of President Trumps judicial nominees, Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett, who is now confirmed. The senators referenced a law review article Barrett, a practicing Catholic, had written in the 90s.

In it she argued that if a Catholic judge believed his faith would preclude him from ruling objectively in a capital punishment case he should recuse himself in favor of another judge without such a moral conflict. In other words, Barrett was arguing that judges should avoid allowing their faith to distort their rulings on legality. Here is how the senators interpreted Barretts position:

When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, Feinstein said. And thats of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country.

Durbin, meanwhile, criticized Barretts prior use of the term orthodox Catholic, saying it unfairly maligns Catholics who do not hold certain positions about abortion or the death penalty. Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic? he asked her outright.

Could this be more discriminatory? Could you imagine being asked about your religious beliefs during any other interview setting? Im old enough to remember when it was considered immoral to question whether Barack Obamas 20-year patronage at Reverend Jeremiah Wrights radical church could have influenced his ideas. But now its acceptable to imply that a womans Catholic faith should disqualify her from serving...


How School Choice Can Solve States Huge Debt And Pension Woes The Federalist

In 2011, Arizona became the first state to adopt the most flexible school reform yet, an education savings account (ESA) plan. It provides parents who believe their child is poorly served in the local public school with an annual budget they can spend on a wide variety of accredited alternativesnot just private or parochial schools, but tutoring, online academies, special-needs services, and even computer equipment for home schooling.

More recently, five other states have followed Arizonas lead: Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee, and just this year North Carolina. Initially these programs were designed to better serve learning-disabled children, but with the realization that most of its students could be educated independently for a fraction of public-school per pupil spending, Nevada authorized a plan open to any of that states children in 2015.

To date, Democrats in the Nevada legislature have held up funding for about 10,000 applicants, but nearly all of Arizonas K-12 children are now eligible for an ESA worth 90 percent of their districts per pupil spending.

With this history in mind, Marty Lueken, director of fiscal policy and analysis at the EdChoice Foundation, and I decided to calculate how much ESAs could help a financially troubled blue state, where the longstanding alliance of teacher unions and liberal politicians has created per pupil costs that are three, four, and even five times what is needed to independently educate. Our goal was to see how much the taxpayers of Illinois, New Jersey, Kentucky, California, or Connecticut might benefit if just a small percentage of public school families were funded to take charge of their own childrens schooling.

Connecticut as Test Case

We decided to focus on Connecticut in part because of the Nutmeg States especially grim fiscal situation. Earlier this year, all three of Wall Streets big credit rating agencies downgraded its debt, with Fitch and Moodys ranking the states economic soundness as the third-worst in the country.

Connecticut also interested us because of a September 2016 Superior Court decision that unexpectedly ruled against a coalition of teacher union-friendly plaintiffs who had been demanding more money for the states worst-performing school districts. The real problem, said Judge Thomas Moukawsher in the case of CCJEF v. Rell, was not the size of the states $3 billion education budget, but the wasteful and ineffective way in which local districts administered their funding.

We began...


Why The Supreme Court Should Step Into This California Gun Waiting Period Case The Federalist

After the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individuals right to bear arms in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), it was up to circuit courts to explore the metes and bounds of that right and develop a consensus. Reality, though, couldnt be further from this ideal.

From the Ninth Circuit recently deciding citizens have no constitutional right to sell guns, to the Second Circuit deciding the courts only need to scrutinize laws if they severely burden our rights, one thing is clear: we need help. The Supreme Court has been gun-shy for the past few years, but one case, Silvester v. Becerra, seems to have attracted their interest. Silvester may finally help move the courts toward competent Second Amendment decisions.

The California code requires most firearm purchasers to wait 10 days before they can bring their gun home, regardless of whether they already own one, or whether they pass their background check sooner. Jeff Silvester, a California resident who already owned firearms, easily passed a background check in less than 10 days, and wanted to buy more firearms. Because there was no reason he should be arbitrarily forced to wait after passing a background check, he challenged the law.

Silvester won in the Eastern District of California because the only reason the state could muster for forcing a gun owner to wait on receiving a subsequent gun after having passed a background check was that it would provide a cooling off period. Of course, the state could not prove how this period might keep someone from using guns he already had.

Then the Ninth Circuit Did Its Thing

Because the Second Amendment protects the right to bear all arms in common lawful use, any law that limits that right has to pass certain standards to be constitutionally permissible. The law must be addressed at a specific harm, and must not encompass more protected conduct than needed. The district court was not convinced by Californias fuzzy logic, and found applying an arbitrary waiting period to someone who already owns guns to be unconstitutional. Never to take the thought of their residents regaining constitutional rights laying down, California appealed to the frequently reversed, heavily politicized Ninth Circuit.

The Ninth Circuit ignored that the burden was on California to prove its caseand the state had no evidence the wait period would improve publ...


Its Long Past Time For Congress To Stop Writing A Blank Check To Wage War The Federalist

White House Chief of Staff and four-star General John Kelly took to the White House press podium recently to remind us all what it means for a U.S. soldier to be killed overseas. In painstaking detail, he outlined the cleaning and embalming process of a soldiers remains, the way bodies are carefully carried home, and the role of the casualty officer, whose job Kelly described as break[ing] the heart of a family member.

Kellys remembrance was made all the more significant because he has lived it. His son, Second Lt. Robert Kelly, was slain in Afghanistan in 2010. His brief but powerful comments underscore the very real sacrifices we ask the men and woman in uniform to make on our behalf. They outline the necessary, tangible, and terrible dimension of sending Americans into war.

No one understands the weight of these choices better than current and former soldiers. It is significant, then, that a handful of them have come together to introduce a revised Authorization of Military Force (AUMF)one that repeals the outdated AUMFs from 2001 and 2002 and replaces them with an updated authorization reflecting the realities of the current fight against terrorism.

The Importance of a War Authorization

An AUMF is, essentially, congressional approval of a pretense for war. It is Congress exercising its constitutional responsibility to determine whether a cause is righteous and essential enough to require the sacrifice of American lives and resources.

Congress understood this in 2001, when the original AUMF was authorized in response to the attacks of 9/11. As written, the AUMF gave the president specific authority to use necessary and appropriate force against nations, organizations or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In 2002, it was joined by an AUMF for operations in Iraq.

Since that time, however, the mission has transformed and grown in scope. So much, in fact, that the 2001 authorization has now been used to justify U.S. military action more than 37 times in 14 different countries. The further we travel from 2001, the more distant and tangential military action becomes from the authority used to justify it.

Current U.S. counterterrorism operations are active in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere, all under the authority of the 2001 AUMF, which was intended only to sanction individuals directly involved in the 9/11 attacks. Indeed, at a Senate Foreign Relations hearing...


Why Its Great News That Treasury Is Cutting Crowdfunding Regulations The Federalist

The Treasury Department recently released the first of what is sure to be many reports aimed at deregulating financial markets. Supporters of the free market and entrepreneurship should welcome these efforts, especially the reforms to the rules governing crowdfunding.

One of the greatest innovations of the Internet has been connecting entrepreneurs to potential investors. Websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo revolutionized the fundraising process for budding entrepreneurs, designers, and artists. Previously, the only realistic route for these entrepreneurs was to solicit limited funds from friends, family, and their local community. Either you hit it big or your projects quickly fizzled out. Today, many successful music and film projects have been funded through crowdfunding vehicles.

Even more interesting is the development of equity crowdfunding to finance retail and business ventures. Browse websites like and youll see everything from microbreweries to tech firms, all willing to exchange shares for capital. Its all just another way in which the sharing economy is disrupting established markets. Think Uber, but for finance.

But in the wake of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the government apprehensively passed the Jobs Act of 2012. While it opened the market to some investors, it placed overly burdensome regulations on equity crowdfunding. Congress set fundraising caps of $1 million and still required small startups to provide an unworkable amount of disclosures. These restrictions, meant to minimize risk to the investor, came at an enormous cost to the entrepreneur. Many of the new reforms proposed by the Treasury Department aim to reverse these effects, freeing the entrepreneur to innovate while still safeguarding potential investors.

How the Changes Will Help

Raising fundraising caps from $1 million to $5 million will allow companies to lower the offering costs per dollar raised. Raising these caps will also allow costlier but potentially successful projects to get off the ground faster. In addition, raising the maximum revenue requirement from $25 to $100 million will allow startups to remain private until they are ready to go public, not when the government says they are ready.

To balance investor security with the regulatory cost on startups, the Treasury recommends allowing crowdfunding vehicles if advised by a registered investment advisor. Working through a single RIA would limit concerns about vehicles having an unwieldy number of shareholders and tripping SEC reg...


Peter Dale Scott on Enlightenment Values in the Age of Trump WhoWhatWhy

On a panel at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Peter Dale Scott expressed concern about the decay of the US commitment to global peace and collective security, as shown in the recent expansion of unilateral lethal US strikes against terrorists, sometimes with no legal authority. But he also voiced words of encouragement for those troubled by this, recalling the successes of the Civil Rights Movement and the people who later helped end the Vietnam War.

Peter Dale Scott is a former Canadian diplomat, Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Berkeley, poet, and 2002 recipient of the Lannan Poetry Award.

I want to thank the Commonwealth Club and George Hammond for devising this most timely conversation. America has indeed veered from Enlightenment when our president denies global warming and rejects international cooperation to address it. But I do not believe that such militant anti-scientism can prevail.1

I am much more concerned for those enlightenment values enunciated by Immanuel Kant, in his essay Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch. Kants visionary ambition the end of all hostilities contained important instrumental ideas. One was: Standing armies shall in time be totally abolished. Another: No state shall by force interfere with the constitution or government of another state.2

America honored the first principle for only a few years, but it honored the second as recently as that great American-inspired achievement, the 1945 UN Charter. Charter Article 2(4), to which the US is treaty-bound, requires states to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force. For 60 years Americas observance of this rule has eroded; until under Trump it is virtually ignored.3 But Americas global unilateralism cannot be blamed on Trump; its roots are very deep and very old.4

The American Constitution marks the first major political implementation of Enlightenment values: an outstanding and enduring achievement. Of necessity, it was also very imperfect, doing much for liberty, but nothing to end slavery.5 This contradiction led to the Civil War and emancipation. These divisions, still with us, underlie much of our intemperate public discourse. The slow processes of emancipation and adjustment are still unfinished.

As a non-violent radical conservative, I am ambivalent about Lincolns Civil War. Slavery was an infamy that had to go. But the war accelerated America on a long process, still with us, of interventionism and imposing social change through military violence.6 (That too has its source in an Enlightenment idea Rousseaus unfortunate notion of forcing men to be free.) The...


VIDEO: African Migrants Being Sold At Libyan Slave Markets For $400 Counter Current News

Source: Anonymous News Slavery has a long history in Africa. Its ugly specter has returned to Libya with the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, another feather in the cap of NATO and its intervention in a []


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Chinas Empty Cities House 64 Million Empty Apartments Sheep Media

Could these have been built in preparation to Chinas own Agenda21/2030 Agenda plans?

Vast new cities are being built across China at a rate of ten a year, but they remain almost completely uninhabited ghost towns.

Racing to stay ahead of the world economy, is the superpower about to implode?

There are around 64 million empty apartments in China, claims analyst Gillem Tulloch. Its all part of the Chinese governments efforts to keep its economy booming and there are plenty of people who would love to move in, but the properties are priced out of the market.

Its after 2pm and in the new city of Dongguan shop owner Tian Yu Gao is yet to serve a single customer.

Its a bit boring, he sighs.

His open shop is a rare sight in the Great Mall: once heralded by the New York Times as proof of Chinas astonishing consumer culture, today it is an eerie vista of emptiness.

It cant stay this way, insists Tulloch, when the bubble bursts, it will impoverish vast numbers of people.

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From the Webmaster: A Bolingbrook Babbler Thanksgiving (Fiction) Freethought Blogs

From the Webmaster: A Babbler Thanksgiving (Fiction)

My brother Dale insisted that I repost this video he made for Thanksgiving.  He says hes still asking questions about the real origins of Thanksgiving.

I can answer his questions, but I thought I it would be more fun to let our readers try to answer these questions.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Bolingbrook Babbler.


Silicon Valley Exec Has Created A New Religion That Will Worship A Godhead Based On Artificial Intelligence Sheep Media

TheEconomicCollapse| I know that the headline sounds absolutely crazy, but this is actually a true story.  A Silicon Valley executive named Anthony Levandowski has already filed paperwork with the IRS for the nonprofit corporation that is going to run this new religion.

Officially, this new faith will be known as Way Of The Future, and you can visit the official website right here.  Of course nutjobs are creating new religions all the time, but in this case Levandowski is a very highly respected tech executive, and his new religion is even getting coverage from Wired magazine

The new religion of artificial intelligence is called Way of the Future. It represents an unlikely next act for the Silicon Valley robotics wunderkind at the center of a high-stakes legal battle between Uber and Waymo, Alphabets autonomous-vehicle company. Papers filed with the Internal Revenue Service in May name Levandowski as the leader (or Dean) of the new religion, as well as CEO of the nonprofit corporation formed to run it.

So what will adherents of this new faith actually believe?

To me, it sounds like a weird mix of atheism and radical transhumanism.  The following comes from Way of the Futures official website

We believe in science (the universe came into existence 13.7 billion years ago and if you cant re-create/test something it doesnt exist). There is no such thing as supernatural powers. Extraordinary claims re...


Rep. Tom Cole: Tribes are improving the lives of their people and their neighbors Indianz.Com News

I know my heritage as a member of the Chickasaw Nation has shaped and influenced my life in more ways than I can count.


Free Speech Isnt Dead Yet! Dan Dicks Live At The Railway Club Latest blog

"If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you could ever imagine" This line from the Stars Wars film series perfectly exemplifies that which is happening to some of us in the filed of alternative media! A concerted effort has attempted to silence us but free market solutions are popping up all over the place! In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth gives examples which show that our free speech isn't being stopped per say, it's just being diverted into other channels with massive potential!


Cronkite News: Domestic violence remains a deadly probably for Native people Indianz.Com News

On January 2, 2009, Kayla Whites mother was killed by her father, becoming a victim of domestic violence.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country isn't valued as lawmakers move on tax reform bill Indianz.Com News

There is no better way for any legislature be it a tribal council, a state assembly, or a Congress to telegraph whats most important to a society than through tax policy.


Trump picks former pharma exec, ex-Bush official to lead HHS department [ All News]

President Donald Trump on Monday announced he is nominating Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical company executive and George W. Bush administration official, to succeed Tom Price as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. He previously served as HHS general counsel and deputy secretary for President George W. Bush. Following his time with the administration, he worked for pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. [He] became president of Lilly USA in 2012. As part of his role at Lilly USA, Azar was on the board of directors for the Boards of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), a drug lobbying group. In an October letter, Reps. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, and Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, wrote that under his leadership, Azar's company fought "against federal and state legislation to increase drug pricing transparency." And a lawsuit filed in Massachusetts in early 2017 alleges that the company shot up prices on insulin "in near lock step" with two other pharmaceutical manufacturers. Following Yale Law School, Azar clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and later joined the Whitewater independent counsel headed by his "mentor" Ken Starr.

Note: Rather than draining the swamp, Trump continues to deepen the swamp in his administration. Besides this most recent appointment, he has installed Goldman Sachs executives as his Treasury secretary, top economic adviser, deputy national security adviser and chief strategist. Even his top Wall Street regulator is a former attorney for Goldman. For more, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on corruption in government and in the pharmaceutical industry.

Podesta Group on the verge of shuttering amid ties to Mueller probe [ All News]

One of Washington's most prominent lobbying firms is on the verge of shuttering after becoming ensnared by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Kimberley Fritts, the chief executive of the Podesta Group, told employees during a Thursday staff meeting that the firm would cease to exist at the end of the year. The developments come after the Podesta Group was tied last week to Mueller's indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, who pleaded not guilty after being charged with failing to file as foreign agents relating to a decade of work they did for ... a pro-Russia political party in the Ukraine. Mueller's special investigation team has also interviewed multiple people from the Podesta Group, which was recruited by Manafort and Gates to work along with another firm. Talk of potentially closing the Podesta Group marks a dramatic downfall of one of K Street's most iconic and well-connected firms. In its heyday, Podesta Group was the largest non-law firm lobbying organization in Washington. Tony Podesta, the firm's founder and chairman, helped fuel the company with work for foreign governments. He and his brother, John, founded the company almost three decades ago. John Podesta chaired Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. He left the firm in 1993. Mueller is looking into whether the Podesta Group properly identified to federal authorities its foreign advocacy for ... a Brussels-based non-profit group that federal prosecutors have called a mouthpiece for pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians.

Note: The Podesta brothers were deeply implicated in the Pizzagate affair. Though many believe Pizzagate was just a "conspiracy theory," our careful research shows powerful evidence that the Podestas were indeed involved in a child sex abuse ring. Could it be that behind the curtains, some are taking action against the Podestas for their involvement in these child abuse rings? For some intriguing, yet difficult to verify evidence along these lines, see this webpage.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room [ All News]

Ozone hole over Antarctica shrinks to smallest peak since 1988 [ All News]

The ozone hole over Antarctica shrank to its smallest peak since 1988, NASA said Thursday. The huge hole in Earth's protective ozone layer reached its maximum this year in September, and this year NASA said it was 7.6 million square miles wide. The hole size shrinks after mid-September. "In the past, we've always seen ozone at some stratospheric altitudes go to zero by the end of September," said Bryan Johnson, NOAA atmospheric chemist. "This year our balloon measurements showed the ozone loss rate stalled by the middle of September and ozone levels never reached zero." This year's maximum hole is more than twice as big as the United States, but it's 1.3 million square miles less than last year and 3.3 million square miles smaller than 2015. Paul Newman, chief Earth scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said stormy conditions in the upper atmosphere warmed the air and kept chemicals chlorine and bromine from eating ozone. He said scientists haven't quite figured out why some years are stormier - and have smaller ozone holes - than others. "It's really small this year. That's a good thing," Newman said. Newman said this year's drop is mostly natural but is on top of a trend of smaller steady improvements likely from the banning of ozone-eating chemicals in a 1987 international treaty. The ozone hole hit its highest in 2000 at 11.5 million square miles.

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Companies are realizing that renewable energy is good for business [ All News]

The conservative city of Georgetown, Texas, runs on renewable energy. After all, wind and solar power are more predictable and easier to budget than oil and gas. Clean power pushes may be associated with more left-leaning cities, but Republican mayor Dale Ross called the switch to renewables a no-brainer. In 2017, at least 15 weather events cost the government more than a billion dollars each. The most expensive events we have in the U.S. are floods. The money spent preparing for and preventing these events ... pays itself back double, triple, and even quadruple times over. But companies and private citizens often fail to prepare properly because the money spent on prevention is private, whereas costs after the fact are often allotted through government organizations. Many fail to connect the cost of switching to renewable energy with the eventual savings of avoiding natural disasters. On an even larger scale, the costs of switching to renewable energy are larger up front, though they save money in the future. For example, Denmark struggled to store its wind power in a way that allowed them to save it for times of high electricity demand. Then they encouraged residents to buy electric cars. Now these vehicles act like moving batteries, and people can sell the energy back to the grid when the cars are parked.

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Harold Frazier: Don't believe them when they tell you their pipelines won't spill Indianz.Com News

I condemn this oil spill, the company that built this pipeline and anybody associated with it. The evidence speaks for itself.


1945: On This Day in History, Nuremberg Nazi war-crimes trials begin - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Twenty-four former Nazi officials were tried, and when it was all over, one year later, half would be sentenced to death by hanging.


San Bernardino, CA: Report Back From Counter-Demo Against Anti-Muslim Protest It's Going Down

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On November 18th, the counter-demonstrators showed up a couple of hours before the scheduled anti-muslim march. Counter-demonstrators were full of energy and ready to take on the Nazis if they were to show up. The Islamophobes started to arrive at their planned location at around 11:00am. Soon after, about four of them attempted to cross over to counter-demonstrations corner, but antifascists were able to push them back.

The numbers for the Islamophobes peaked at about 25, while the numbers on the counter-demonstrations side stayed at about 40-50. As the protest went on, the anti-muslim crowd started thinning and some of them started to get frustrated at their loss. A few of them decided to visit counter-demonstration corner once again, but were quickly pushed back by the antifascists.

During the protest the Islamophobes were fairly quiet and only occasionally were we able to hear their weak chants about their unconditional love for USA and their hate for muslims. Overall, counter-demonstrations chants were much louder and were drowning them out. From now on, let us all pledge to bravely and proudly stand up against hate and bigotry whenever it sets foot in our community!

No pasarn!


Blockade the Catastrophe, Build the Commune, Decolonize Turtle Island: A Call for Solidarity It's Going Down

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The following submitted report comes from Olympia, where people are blockading train tracks that are carrying fracking equipment.

Squaxin & Nisqually Land

The Olympia Commune 2.0 is now in its third full day, and the blockade is holding strong. A reportback from the first day can be read on Puget Sound Anarchists, as well as texts from two fliers that have been handed out at camp.

Last years blockade of a fracking train in solidarity with Standing Rock lasted for seven days before it was evicted in an explosive street battle with the police. 12 people were arrested and are still dealing with the legal fallout.

This morning the local Olympian newspaper published a front page article about the blockade, claiming that there are in fact no fracking materials scheduled to be shipped out. The fact is that the fracking sands are still in the port, and have been getting shipped out continuously since last year, and whether or not a train loaded with fracking sands is imminently waiting to leave, any action that clogs the arteries of capitalism is an action in defense of the earth.

A white man in his 60s, fired up from reading the Olympian article, showed up at camp this morning and tried to dismantle some of the barricade. A true garbage centrist, he claimed to be against pollution and understood that fracking poisons water, but just didnt like that those darn kids were uglying up his town by throwing pallets on the train tracks. A group that included people in black and a middle-aged native woman in ceremonial dress confronted and de-escalated the man. He eventually left after shaking hands. A few hours later other angrier white men with work gloves tried to tear down the barricades and threatened to bring ten trucks with plows on the front to drive through the barricade and destroy the camp. Red-faced with rage, they shouted You have ten minutes! and Youre out of control! at a crowd of people much calmer than them. The centrist antagonist-turned-frienemy returned and de-escalated the plow-truck angry men, eventually walking them away from the camp.

A little later, a crew of Indigenous folks from T...


How to Stop a Rogue President from Ordering a Nuclear First Strike OpEdNews

Possession of the "nuclear football" is nine tenths of the law. To keep Donald Trump, or any other president, from using nuclear weapons wickedly (as if there were some other way to use them), Congress needs to get rid of the nukes, not just tinker with the legal authority to use them.


Esoteric Evolution a Primer for the New Gods I - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Teapot & the Toroidal Universe by Jack Heart & Orage


Japan: Utopia or Dystopia? OpEdNews

Japan, a country that apparently to the world seems to be such an advanced and modern nation. However, it does has a dark side. An ongoing economic crisis, demographic crisis and a social crisis. So, despite being such an advanced nation, is Japan on the path to Utopia or Dystopia?


Vincent van Gogh's Grasshopper OpEdNews

When Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art was conducting research on their collection, a small grasshopper was discovered which had been embedded for over a century in Vincent van Gogh's painting, "Olive Trees."


Debate on Rising Racism and Islamophobia in the US: Kevin Barrett vs. Frederick Peterson - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Is the USA free of racism and bigotry? I don't think so! But Frederick Peterson apparently does. Watch him get angry, sputter, and call me names.


Is a military coup against Trump in the cards? OpEdNews

What Trump's opponents within the political and military-security establishment are really aiming at is to find some pretext for undermining his office, and ultimately to challenge his presidential authority on the grounds that he is unfit. The public call this week for the US military to disobey Trump's orders is a shot across his bow that a coup is not unthinkable.


The Saudi War of Attrition and Aggression Against the Yemeni People 21st Century Wire

The horrifying effect of the Saudi war of attrition against the Yemeni people, endorsed by the US, UK, EU and UN. 

Geopolitics Alert

Yemenis Sit Between the Hammer and Anvil of US-backed Saudi Siege and Airstrikes

Sanaa (GPA)Yemeni forces launched a long-range ballistic missile at the King Khalid Airport in early November in retaliation for the Saudi-led war against Yemen. Days later, Saudi Arabia tightened their already-existing blockade. This impacts Yemeni life in a number of ways and puts millions of Yemenis on the brink of death.

Nearly 1,000 days ago, Saudi Arabia along with most of the Gulf Cooperation Council and backed by western allies launched a brutal war against Yemen to defeat a popular uprising and prop-up the Saudi puppet government of Mansur Hadi.

International observers estimate the death toll from Saudi airstrikes and military operations is about 5,000 but local estimates suggest that total is over 13,000.

The number of Yemenis killed by the ongoing siege is harder to calculate. Not long after beginning the war, the Saudi coalition imposed a land, sea, and air blockadeeffectively turning Yemen into an open-air prison.

Aid, which was already severely restricted, is now nonexistent. The previous measures put seven million Yemenis on the brink of famine, made 17 million food insecure, and triggered a globally unprecedented cholera outbreak infecting nearly 1 million and killing over 3,000 since April.



Music, Consciousness and the Realization of World Peace - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Since childhood, Ive had a profound fascination with how music could give me and others goose bumps and bring tears of joy.  This article and the videos within,  represents my journey of discovery and my ten year process of writing about the effects of music on consciousness.  If you have any doubts about the physics []


Who is in Control of Jalal Talabani's Stolen Money? OpEdNews

The end of Mafia families is no different from 'The Godfather' (film series). The killing one another in the Mafia families of Barzani and Talabani could come after they lost 51% of KRG land and no income from oil money.


Trump's Sneak Change in China Policy but Climate Madness Continues OpEdNews

A look at China policy, the COP23 in Bonn and its significance, and dealing with climate-change deniers.


Behind the Mask of the "Moderates" OpEdNews

It does not matter, as illustrated by the Republican tax plan now before the U.S. Senate, what is just or what the public supports. There are no institutions left in the United States that can authentically be called democratic. The end result of this elaborate charade is embodied in the rise of the grotesque spectacle of the Trump administration.


From the Streets to the Citadels of Power: The Feminist Approach to Sexual Harassment OpEdNews

Places the current sexual harassment revelations within the context of feminist history and its analysis of Patriarchy


Daily Inspiration --- Your life mission OpEdNews

Ask first: where is the core of my passion? When you have an answer in which you feel some confidence, cultivate the creation that evolves from your inspiration. Put your all into realizing your vision, knowing all the while that it will not take shape as in the purity of your imagination, but will be transformed, in small ways or perhaps profoundly, by your own growth and by the world into which it seeks its place.


Campaign to force out Mugabe escalates in Zimbabwe OpEdNews

Zimbabwe's war veterans' association is staging a march today through the capital, Harare, demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe. Tens of thousands are expected to take part after all 10 of the country's provincial Zimbabwe African National Union -- Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) branches passed motions of no confidence in Mugabe.


A Nice Turn of the Wheel OpEdNews

Musings on the big November 2017 wins. Minorities and women carried the day.


(U//FOUO) U.S. Army Intelligence Analysis Manual Public Intelligence

ATP 2-33.4 provides information on how intelligence personnel conduct intelligence analysis in support of unified land operations. It describes approaches used to conduct intelligence analysis and describes how intelligence analysis assists commanders with understanding the complex environments in which Army forces conduct operations. This manual emphasizes the act of intelligence analysis as a collaborative networked activity. This manual complements doctrinal guidance provided in ADP 2-0 and ADRP 2-0.

ATP 2-33.4 provides direction for intelligence personnel at all echelons. The principal audience for ATP 2-33.4 is Army intelligence officers, noncommissioned officers, Soldiers, and civilians. This publication provides guidelines for the conduct of intelligence analysis to commanders and staffs of Army units and is recommended for incorporation into institutional programs of instruction and unit training. Commanders and staffs of Army headquarters serving as joint task force or multinational headquarters should also refer to applicable joint or multinational doctrine concerning the range of military operations and joint or multinational forces. Trainers and educators throughout the Army will also use this manual.

1-1. Analysis is the examination of information in detail in order to understand it better and evaluate data in order to develop knowledge or conclusions. Information is processed data of every description which may be used when conducting analysis; information generally provides some of the answers to who, what, where, and when questions. Knowledge is the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association derived from information, facts, and descriptions. Knowledge helps ascribe meaning and value to the conditions or events within an operation. Analysis performed by intelligence personnel helps create knowledge in support of decisionmaking.

1-2. Commanders make decisions based on their understanding of the environment in which they are operating; intelligence analysis aids the commander in gaining the situational understanding necessary to decisionmaking. Forming a coherent intelligence picture during the decisionmaking process is difficult. In addition to determining how the physical environment may affect operations, intelligence personnel must assess how the presence and actions of thinking threats and civilian populations can influence situations and affect desired outcomes. Intelligence personnel must often assess extremely complex situations.

1-3. Intelligence personnel must accept and embrace ambiguity in conducting analysis. Training, knowledge, and experience are all critical parts of dealing with uncertainty. Intelligence personnel never have all the information necessary to make an intelligence assessment. To be effective, intelligence personnel must have a detailed awareness of their commanders requirements and a thorough understandi...


Eva Bartlett Interview Gaza, Syria And North Korea: The Truth Behind The Lies The Last American Vagabond

In a time of universal deceit, telling the Truth Is truly a revolutionary act, and that has never been more apparent than in todays hyper-partisan climate, where facts no longer hold sway, and ones opinion is now only as strong as the crowd that surrounds it. It has been conditioned over many years into the []

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Media Silent As Fed Committee Quietly Passes Act Allowing Warrantless Searches The Last American Vagabond

The USA Liberty Actwhich is the opposite of its namesakehas moved forward in Congress with overwhelming support from the House Judiciary Committee. (TFTP) It has been over one month since the latest dangerous piece of legislation meant to infringe on Americans constitutional rights was introduced, and Congress is now moving forward with the bill that []

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Officials Caught Forcing State Scientist To Alter Findings To Cover Up Earthquake Fracking Link The Last American Vagabond

A former state-sponsored scientist revealed that he was ordered to alter his findings on the links between fracking and earthquakes. (TFTP) Hydraulic fracturing is a natural gas extraction method that has become extremely controversial for its environmental impacts. Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed []

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Medical Destruction: Its Not Just Opioids The Last American Vagabond

Some people are just waking up to medical destruction, by way of news on the opioid epidemic (my article archive on Opioids is here). Theyre late to the party, but thats all right. They can catch up. Here are a few horrific catch-up quotes. Ill discuss the source afterwards: appropriately prescribed prescription drugs are the fourth []

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Trump Picks Crony to Audit His Taxes: The End of the Rule of Law in the United States OpEdNews

Throughout the campaign, Trump refused to release his tax returns claiming that he was being audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He indicated that he would disclose his returns once the audit was completed. This claim made no sense since there is nothing about an audit which would preclude public disclosure.


Arab League Holds Emergency Session: Iran And Terrorist Hezbollah Must Be Stopped The Last American Vagabond

Saudi Arabias foreign minister, in opening remarks to the Arab League today, declared that the kingdom will not hesitate to defend its national security to keep its people safe while requesting that joint action be taken to stop Iranian aggression and attacks on Arab states.  Last weekend Saudi Arabia called an emergency session of the Arab League to []

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1863: On This Day in History, Abraham Lincoln Delivers Gettysburg Address - Veterans Today Veterans Today

President Abraham Lincoln delivers what will become one of the most famous speeches in American history, at the dedication of the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.


Exclusive: Dr. Paul Connett interview on shocking new fluoride study Jon Rappoport's Blog

Exclusive: Dr. Paul Connett interview on shocking new fluoride study

by Jon Rappoport

November 19, 2017

Explosive: new mainstream study concludes fluorides are lowering childrens IQ.

The study referred to in this interview was published in Environmental Health Perspectives, in September 2017. It is titled: Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Cognitive Outcomes in Children at 4 and 6-12 Years of Age. It is often referred to as the Bashash study, after its first listed author.

The study concluded: higher prenatal fluoride exposure, in the general range of exposures reported for other general population samples of pregnant women and nonpregnant adults, was associated with lower scores on tests of cognitive function in the offspring at age 4 and 612 y.

In short, pregnant women exposed to fluorides give birth to children who later show up with lower IQ.

I interviewed Paul Connett, PhD.

From his CV: Paul Connett is Professor Emeritus in Environmental Chemistry at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. For the past 30 years, Paul has put his scientific knowledge to work by helping (without fee) communities around the world understand the science of controversial issues likefluoridation. In addition to explaining the dangers of these practices he offers details of the alternatives[Dr. Connett is the author of] The Case Against Fluoride (Chelsea Green, 2011, co-authored with James Beck & H. Spedding Micklem).

Paul has researched the literature on fluorides toxicity and the fluoridation debate for 17 years. He helped to found the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).

I found the following items from Dr. Connetts bio fascinating:

In June 2001, Paul (together with Dr. William Hirzy) was invited to debate proponents of fluoridation at the annual conference of the Association for Science in the Public Interest (ASIPI) in Richmond, Virginia. The proponents refused to participate in this debate.

In November 2001, Paul (together with Dr. Phyllis Mullenix) were invited by the American College of Toxicology to debate proponents, but they [the proponents of fl...


10 Trump Administration Atrocities Going Under-Reported Amid Russia Hysteria The Last American Vagabond

The other day I asked my audiences on Facebook and Twitter what they think are some of the most under-reported stories about the awful things the Trump administration has been doing. The Russiagate narrative has sucked so much oxygen out of the room for criticism of the actual, real horrible agendas this president has advanced []

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A History of Idiocy OpEdNews

In the land that used to be called Palestine there live two peoples of different origin, culture, history, religion, language, standard of living and much more. They are now of more or less equal size. Between these two peoples, a conflict has now been going on for more than a century.


The CALEXIT Connection to Operation Bluebeam Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show




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I expressed myself about Genesis: Paradise Lost Freethought Blogs

In case you dont want to listen to a whole half hour of this, heres my concluding statement:

Look. Im an atheist. This stuff plays directly into my hands if your religion demands that every statement in your holy book must be absolutely, inarguably true, and that your entire faith hinges on a complete lack of metaphor, poetry, allusion, and analogy in that book that it is as dry and literal and factual as a table of measures in an engineering text then Ive got you. I am going to win over your children to my side, and you know it.

As an atheist, Im often told that I dont understand your religion. But I do. I understand it better than the fanatical literalists, anyway. Religion has a long history of struggling to reconcile reality and belief, to find humanitys place in a largely unknown and complex and frequently hostile universe. If there is any saving grace in faith at all, it is that it is an attempt to find a rock of certainty in the unpredictable chaos of life it is aspirational, a search for truth. As such, religion changes over time. It evolves.

Where it fails is when people like Ham and the Hovinds give up on the search and the struggle and decide that they have an absolute lock on an irrevocable and ultimate truth, one that will no longer bend to the evidence, that will no longer care about the nature of reality, but only the nature of one antique interpretation of the words of a book. They will not change any more. They will cling stubbornly to this one unmoving stone of dogma, and they will insist that everything else is wrong. They will close their eyes and grasp tighter and tighter to that one illusion of certainty as it crumbles around them. By refusing to bend, they commit themselves to someday breaking.

The movie goes on like this for another hour and a half: more tiresome and tired old creationist arguments interspersed with brief episodes of bad CGI accompanied by a slow, lugubrious voice of god. It ends with another 10 or 15 minutes of fast cuts between their cast members, all testifying and preachifying about the glory of god and how lovely Jesus makes them feel.

It just makes me terribly sad. These are lost minds committed to battling against the real world.


Mohammed bin Salman: a useful idiot OpEdNews

Saudi Arabia has no business taking on Iran. Crushing Iran is part of the United States' hegemonic plan, and Israel's goal to dominate the region. Mohammed bin Salman is way over his head, a peon in a power game. He will come out as a hero if the United States and Israel succeed in achieving their goals or a fool if they fail.


Holistic Doctors Are the Most Endangered Species In America Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

A total of 77 holistic doctors have been murdered since 2015. Whats behind it?



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FBI Informant Has Video Of Russian Agents With Briefcases Of Bribe Money In Clinton-Uranium Scandal Sheep Media

An undercover FBI informant in the Russian nuclear industry who was made to sign an illegal NDA by former AG Loretta Lynch, claims to have video evidence showing Russian agents with briefcases full of bribe money related to the controversial Uranium One deal according to The Hill investigative journalist John Solomon and Circas Sara Carter.

The informant, whose identity was revealed by Reuters as energy industry consultant William D. Campbell and is very ill battling cancer   is testifying before congress next week after the NDA which carried the threat of prison time was lifted.

As previously reported, Campbell was deeply embedded in the Russian nuclear industry where he gathered extensive evidence of a racketeering scheme involving bribes and kickbacks.

The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions, a person who worked on the case told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials. The Hill

Campbells attorney, former Regan Justice Department official Victoria Toensing, previously told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs

He can tell what all the Russians were talking about during the time that all these bribery payments were made.

Sara Carter and John Solomon sat down with Fox News host Sean Hannity to discuss:

Sarah Carter: Hes very sick and hes been battling cancer and going chemo. He is in a battle for not only his life, but in a battle against what he perceives as people within the US government that dont want this story to come out.

But theres so much information that h...


This Is What Advertising Would Look Like If Corporations Actually Told The Truth TruthTheory

By Gavin Nascimento, Founder of

For more than a decade now, Ive researched public relations, psychology, anthropology and mind control almost daily. And when you do this, you begin to see the world very differently.


Eventually, you begin to apprehend that most are literally under some form of subtle mind control, and that its actually quite easy to manipulate the average persons mind, since they have never been educated on how to identify and protect themselves from these insidious influences.

One such method of deception, commonly employed by propagandists and public relations experts, is the manipulation of our associative memory.

Associative memory is when a particular learning experience becomes intertwined, or associated, with another.

Have you ever heard a song that immediately makes you very sad or happy? Maybe a certain smell brings back a powerful memory? Perhaps when you visit a certain place you have flash backs? Thats because your associative memory is at work.

Now, if you are not aware of how this process works, you can easily be deceived, and this is precisely what corporations do through their marketing and advertising schemes.

In an effort to help people see these unethical corporations as they really are, rather than as their propagandist specialists would like us to believe them to be, I collected some clever images from around the web, and wrote a brief, but concise, exposition on each of them.





How to Support the First Round of J20 Trials It's Going Down

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This guide from Defend J20 Resistance explains how people can support J20 defendants and what they can expect in DC. Learn more here. Lets pack the court on Monday for opening statements! 

When to Come

8am on Monday, November 20th & Tuesday, November 21st. (Break for Thanksgiving, and trial continues on 11/27)

Where to Come

DC Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave, NW Courtroom 203 (2nd floor)

(Judiciary Square, Red line metro OR Archives Navy Memorial Penn Quarter, Green line metro)

What to Do

The jury for the N15 trial group has been selected and 6 defendants begin trial this coming Monday morning. They are still facing 6 felonies and 2 misdemeanors, which adds up to a mac of about 60 years they are facing. We need everyone to come out on Monday morning to pack the court in support of the N15 trial group.

Please arrive by 8am so that you have lots of time to get though security; dont bring anything that they wont let through; wear snazzy court support clothes if you have them (black if possible, but well have black blazers to borrow for folks who want/need that to be able to ).

The jury will sit at 10:30am on Monday morning and we need everyone seated and situated long before then, because the judge will take the bench at 9:30am to handle preliminary matters. Ideally, wed like to have the courtroom packed by then.

Expect a full day in court on Monday and Tuesday. Be prepared to listen attentively to the proceedings, to show love to our friends on trial (as they hear the government try to vilify them), and to show respect to the jurors.

The central utility of your presence in court is to provide loving support for the defendants. Being present in the courtroom space so that they are able to observe that loving support, and draw energy from it, is incredibly important.

Please share our fundraiser page with everyone you know! Were raising $250k to support the J20 defendants through trial starting this month through October 2018:

What NOT to Do

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Police Action in East Palo Alto Displaces RV Dwellers It's Going Down

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75 protesters blocked a street in East Palo Alto to protect families at a police action at 8 am on November 15th. A tow truck pulled up to haul away a dozen RVs occupied mostly by working people, some with children. The RV residents received less than 24 hours notice of an emergency eviction ordinance put in place by the city.

by R. Robertson 
Photo from @Hermit_Hwarang

That same evening many of the protesters and about 200 residents showed up to a Public Works and Transportation Commission meeting to face off with city staff and commissioners. On the agenda: a potential long term or permanent ordinance on RV parking on Weeks Street and a ban on all oversized vehicles on city streets. Many in attendance at the meeting said it is the citys responsibility to fix the housing cost problem that gentrification created. They made the point that there is nowhere to live but in RVs and cars since rents are rising beyond affordability. The meeting ran late with more than 40 speakers airing grievances.

City staff and members of the Public Works and Transportation Committee said that they commandeered peoples homes and closed the street because of health and safety concerns. They feared human waste dumped by RV residents would clog drains and said that they acted in advance of a San Francisco Bay Area wide rainstorm predicted for the morning of November 16.


The Predator You Think You Know WhoWhatWhy

I have a big question for all the presumably sincere people who vouch for the good character of accused sexual predators like Roy Moore. But before I ask it, let me show you what these people have said:

Referring to the stories of Roy Moores unwanted grabbing and groping of teenage girls, his lawyer, Phillip Jauregui, said:

Ive been with him in probably over 100 different meetings and been around probably an excess of 10,000 different ladies. Not one time have I ever seen him act even remotely inappropriate against any woman.

And a dozen women came forward, presenting themselves as qualified witnesses to Roy Moores sterling character. Here is a medley excerpting their adoring words:

I worked at Uncle Sams BBQ (closed now) for 10 years while in my 20s and waited on Roy Moore and his family. Mr. Moore and his wife were nothing but friendly and respectful. The children were the same, which is a sign of great parenting.  He knew many people dining there and spoke and shook hands with everyone. Not once did he make me feel uncomfortable.

I have known Roy Moore and his family for over thirty years. I spent a great deal of time as a child with his nieces. There was never a time I felt uncomfortable or witnessed any inappropriate behavior by him. We have attended the same church for over twenty years.

We have know Roy Moore and his family for more than 25 years.  My husband and I have been guests in his home, in his office in Gadsden as well as Montgomery. I am acquaintances with several members of Roys family. I have never known Roy to exhibit anything other than appropriate behavior during our times together. I worked in a fast food establishment that Roy frequented during the time period in question. Again no behavior exhibited other than respect and mannerful.

Have been friends with all of his family for many, many years. NEVER heard ANY mention of any such behavior in all these years. Have seen him at the local church several times with his knees bowed in prayer at the altar. Takes time to listen to people. Just a wonderful, Christian man in a small rural community. Devoted to family, friends and most of all God.

I had the pleasure of meeting Roy Moore around 15 years ago. He is related to my husbands brother-in-law.  I have never known Roy to be anything other than a gentleman.

I have known Roy Moore all my life. He is one of the most godly men Ive even known.

Donald Trump is anoth...


Call out for a Response to Keystone XL Decision It's Going Down

The post Call out for a Response to Keystone XL Decision appeared first on It's Going Down.

Despite years of mass action and the recent spilling of hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil, it appears that the current route of the Keystone XL will be approved. What follows is an anonymous call for action and mobilization against it.

For years, the climate movement has concentrated its efforts on non-violent and democratic efforts to stop KXL. We, on the other hand, have never held hope for these efforts, for history has proven that democratic efforts are bent to the will of politicians, professional organizers and industry.

On Monday, November 20th, the Public Service Commision, an elected board representing the so-called state of Nebraska, will most likely vote in favor of approving Transcanadas route for the Keystone XL pipeline through the ancestral home of the Pawnee, Otoe, Ponca, Sioux and Omaha peoples. This vote comes on the heels of large public upheaval against this specific pipeline and a 200,000 gallon oil spill from the original Keystone pipeline this week. This is the last political hurdle the pipeline needs to clear before the state can then begin eminent domain proceedings to seize the few tract of lands that Transcanada currently doesnt have access too.

For years, the climate movement has concentrated its efforts on non-violent and democratic efforts to stop KXL. We, on the other hand, have never held hope for these efforts, for history has proven that democratic efforts are bent to the will of politicians, professional organizers and industry. We do not adhere to the democratic path, the dominant ideology, that enough signatures, enough non-profit dollars will be able to halt this black snake. It is naive to think that reasonable actions will halt this project, therefore, for us, to be of use means to resist.

We would like to inspire conversations around tactical responses to KXL and other pipelines because we do not want to march and go home. We want to see this pipeline ended and create a new opening, a tear in the fabric, to find even deeper affinity and explore what is possible. We are here to confront the spectre of colonialism, genocide and total ecological destruction, as we stand in a time that can only be described as the end of the world. (remember: endings are always beginnings.)

KXL is unique since it was already defeated when Obama rejected Transcanadas proposal back...


Philadelphia Cop Held Until Trial After Threatening Kids of Rogue Baltimore Detective Filming Cops

A Baltimore detective and Philadelphia patrol officer allegedly teamed up to sell heroin and cocaine seized from the streets, but their partnership turned hostile after one was arrested, prosecutors say.

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Media Silent as Fed Committee Quietly Passes Act Allowing Warrantless Searches Activist Post

By Rachel Blevins It has been over one month since the latest dangerous piece of legislation meant to infringe on Americans constitutional rights was introduced,...


Shane Burley & Mark Bray on Fascism and Antifascist Organizing It's Going Down

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In this video, authors Mark Bray (Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook) and Shane Burley (Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It) discuss the rise of fascist politics in the U.S. and the movements that are fighting it.

In Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, organizer and historian Mark Bray provides a compelling, meticulous history that details the early days of the movement when it was formed almost simultaneously with fascism itself, to fight Hitler and Mussolini up to the present day. The book also acts as a handbook to tactics and strategies, key organizations and the core philosophies of the movement, suggesting what role citizens can play today in combating the rise of the far right.

Fascism Today looks at the changing world of the far right in Donald Trumps America. Examining the modern fascist movements various strains, Shane Burley has written an accessible primer about what its adherents believe, how they organize, and what future they have in the United States. The ascension of Trump has introduced a whole new vocabulary into our political lexiconwhite nationalism, race realism, Identitarianism, and a slew of others. Burley breaks it all down. From the tech-savvy trolls of the alt-right to esoteric Aryan mystics, from full-fledged Nazis to well-groomed neofascists like Richard Spencer, he shows how these racists and authoritarians have reinvented themselves in order to recruit new members and grow.

Just as importantly, Fascism Today shows how they can be fought and beaten. It highlights groups that have successfully opposed these twisted forces and outlines the elements needed to build powerful mass movements to confront the institutionalization of fascist ideas, protect marginalized communities, and ultimately stop the fascist threat.


Ontario: Food Terminal Workers Union Wins First Victory It's Going Down

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This report comes from Parkdale Organize, an autonomous self-organized group of workers and tenants in the Toronto area. The following report comes from a job site. 

From our neighbours who work at the Ontario Food Terminal:

We have just returned from signing the contract. All of us voted yes on the proposals. Everyone is happy with what we have and we are looking forward to returning to work tomorrow, after almost two weeks on strike.

For all of us, this is our first union and our first collective agreement. Since coming to Canada, none of us have ever worked in a unionized environment. We feel more secure in our jobs. We fought and gained many concessions from the employer.

We feel very grateful for the support we received during our strike from community members, labour unions and other organizations. Thank you all for sharing our story, for calling the company, for joining us in solidarity on the picket line. You helped make this deal possible.

We want to celebrate this win with all of you at a Tibetan restaurant in Parkdale. Stay posted for the details!

In solidarity and on behalf of all workers at Ippolito Produce,

Jamyang, November 18, 2017

Message from the strikers (November 8, 2017):

There are about twenty-five of us who work for Ippolito foods at the Ontario Food Terminal. We have been on strike since Tuesday this week, and are hoping that this trike leads to improved job security, fair wages and scheduling, paid sick leave, and better treatment by management.

We have been having a lot of problems with management for a long time. Our boss demands that we speed up our work, and does not give us enough time to finish tasks. He threatens to punish people for not finishing these tasks in time. We work with a lot of big machines, and it is dangerous for us to be going too fast. We are worried this is unsafe. Our boss also threatens our job security. He is constantly saying that he can fire us at any time if we dont do what he says. He says that he has lots of people outside asking for work, so firing any of us would be easy for him.

Scheduling is a big concern for us. On days when it isnt so busy, our boss will sometimes send us home after only a few hours of work with no notice. Some of us live far away, and it is hard for us when our boss does this. They also refuse to give us sick days.

We made the decision to form a union this summer, and are now negotiating for our first contract. We have had a lot of support from other workers at the Food Terminal. About half of the companies at the F...


Macleans Desperate Globalists Gerold's Blog

Reading time: 1,770 words, 5 pages 4 to 7 minutes.

WW III began long ago with the global elites waging economic warfare on the rest of us. The globalists are losing as demonstrated by the UKs Brexit, the election of Trump and Spains Catalan separatist movement. But, the One Worlders are not going down without a fight.

Below is an example of the elites desperation. This editorial appeared in the December 2017 edition of Canadas national news-magazine, Macleans. (Link)

In the print edition, its given the title The Four Horrors, but the online editorial is titled Canada must step up to defend a globalized world. I suspect theyre tailoring the title to their audience. Print media readers tend to be older, more conservative and age-blessed with a bit more skepticism than online readers who tend to toward youth and gullibility (except this blogs readers, of course.)

The Four Horrors that could beset Canadas economy are listed in the first paragraph. They are 1) oil prices below $20/barrel, 2) massive earthquake in a major Canadian city (Vancouver?), 3) catastrophic Canadian housing crash, 4) world-wide rising anti-global sentiment.

The editorial then conveniently ignores the first three horrors and focuses entirely on rising anti-global sentiment around the world. A bit suspicious wouldnt you say? Also dubious is going from made-in Canada horrors and then concentrating on a world-wide issue.

Then, with my radar on high alert, I picked apart the rest of the editorial. The full text is below with my comments in italics.


Canada must step up to defend a globalized world

Our editorial: Canada should play a greater role in combating the effects of the neo-tribalism of the 21st century


November 14, 2017



Innocent Family Raided by SWAT, Held at Gunpoint After Cops Mistook Hibiscus for Cannabis Activist Post

By Jack Burns Butler County, PA A Butler County couple is suing their insurance agent and local police after the two colluded to arrest...


Betsy DeVos greeted by protesters as she visits Houston Area High School (VIDEO) OpEdNews

Phones calls, tweets, texts, and Facebook messages started flying between Houston area activists as they got wind that President Trump's Education Secretary Nancy DeVos was coming to town. She did not visit any of the Harvey Hurricane damaged schools in Houston proper. She went to the flooded upscale Kingwood High School in the Houston suburbs for a photo-op showing her painting the walls.


During Protests Police Must Allow Journalists to do Their Jobs Filming Cops

The St. Louis Police Department has agreed to abide by tighter procedures to protect journalists from arrest while performing their jobs at scenes of protests. The procedures are better than

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Lingering with Intent in the Land of No-one

by Kevin D. Annett

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They treat me like Im invisible said Joe, homeless and toothless.

Well youre not I assured, extending my hand to him. I see you.

And life returned to his eyes.

The view out the window tonight appears unchanged from forty years ago: the same deceptively quiet slum and its hundred-window stare. But behind those shutters and my own reflection dwell entire lifetimes of wisdom, won drop by bloody drop.

I didnt even own a typewriter in those days, and the words bled laboriously from my pen. I wrote on a wobbly green stand-up desk that Id filched from a neighbours throw-away pile. My stories were barely-concealed autobiography, set in harsh and dried-up places that tested everything about their characters. I recurringly warred with a never-published creation, a novel about a young communist trapped in a Depression-era Saskatchewan town. My work never amounted to anything but a mirror of myself since nothing was making me grow up back then. And so the novel withered like any Dust Bowl wheat field.

Pouring through those surviving scribbled parchments is to plunge again into the acid-despair of that twenty one year old boy as the better world he sought evaporated even in its imagining. I had forgotten how crushingly lonely he was, how incapable of showing his heart to another. The boys writing was an escape valve for the cyclones of suffering in him and around him, from which he refused to take shelter. His words created what he and his few comrades could not conjure in the world. And so each night the young writer found solace and a renewed consecration at his broken but still-standing desk.

Most of the familiar land marks from that time have collapsed and blown away, save personal devotion. The world around me is as abandoned now as the ruined town my protagonist Samuel Wedge occupied while he lived through my pen. My voice still resounds in the wasteland but none are there to reply. An empty gallery once audience-pack...


A message to Bernie supporters, a 2018 win is in your hands OpEdNews

For the most part, I've stopped following the machinations of the DNC. It is true that they purged Bernie supporters from senior leadership positions. If one remembers that a party is but a conduit to deliver a payload, that should not matter as long as we have a large percentage of the grassroots.


[WATCH] Chicago Cop Faces Sentencing For Firing 16 Shots at Car Filled With Teens Filming Cops

A veteran Chicago police officer faces sentencing Monday for his excessive force conviction for firing 16 times into a moving vehicle filled with teens. Marco Proano, 42, was the first

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Answers to Concerns of Whether to Vaccinate or Not - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Editors note:  Gutting the hoaxters who prey on fearful parents with vaccine scare stories is a must for any responsible publication.  Let me prove my case in only one sentencenow wait for it: Thermisol, touted to be the evil additive to vaccines was always in antibiotics.  For those too friggin stupid to understand, I will []


[WATCH] Sacramento Deputies Shot Man For Holding His Wallet Now Family Demand Answers Filming Cops

On the one-year anniversary of the day their father was shot and killed by two Sacramento sheriffs deputies, sisters Bobbi Attaway and Sierra Rivera returned to the suburban street where

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16 Earthquakes Shake New Caledonia and Loyalty Islands Guardian Liberty Voice

Sixteen earthquakes struck near Tadine, New Caledonia and the Loyalty Islands, on Nov. 19, 2017. The quakes started at 9:25 UTC +11, and continued until 16:08. The size of the temblors and the depths they reached were as follows, beginning with the most recent: 5.7M 10 km depth 5.9M 10 km 6.9M 19 km 6.6M []

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ISIS/DAESH are Not from Mars - Veterans Today Veterans Today

One thing for sure, ISIS and its fighting members did not come from Mars. Mostly are mercenaries with substantial numbers coming from Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Morocco with at least 7,000 from Western Europe mainly from among immigrants from North Africa.


Sunday Facepalm. Freethought Blogs

This is from some days back, its hard to keep up with the constant stream of conspirashit coming from the conservachristians. Today, we return to Rick Wiles, who for once, has dropped the commie threat hes so attached to, in favour of the New New Nazis, who are coming to get you, Barbara.

There is a hatred of Christianity, Wiles warned. The homosexuals, the leftists, the socialists, the communists, the deep state in Washington, they hate [the Bible], theyre going to team up with the Muslims, youre going to have an alliance of God-haters that are coming together to form a new Nazism in America.

So. Much. Crap. I dont hate your non-existent Jehovah, dude, or your ghostie trinity and whatever. Who on earth has that kind of time, or is willing to make such an emotional investment? Not me. I wouldnt care about theists at all if youd just mind your own damn business. Keep your gods where they belong, in your head, your house, and your place of worship. Keep that nonsense out of government and publicly funded institutions, and we are good. I dont know how to break this to you, Mr. Wiles, but muslims arent god haters. They believe in the same god you do. Abrahamaic religions, yknow. All from the same source. Glad I could clear that one up.

Now, we do have nazis. Mostly hateful, bigoted, incredibly insecure white people, who think Nazism is a dandy idea, no matter how much they try to re-brand it. All the new nazism is on them. Me, Im anti-Nazi, anti-shite supremacist, and anti-fascist. That goes for all the lefty liberals I know, too.

Right now, what we are experiencing is what the Jews experienced in the 30s and early 40s in Nazi Germany, he continued.

Oh the fuck you are. Such a vile liar. :spits: Youre privileged out the ass, sir. There speaks the voice of arrogant privilege, that you dare compare yourself to people who truly suffered.

That spirit of Nazism slaughtered millions of Jews, that spirit in here in America. Let me tell you something, its going to be different this time. The Christians are going to be rounded up.

That spirit of nazism? Yeah, its being held by...


[WATCH] Sergeant With The Fulton County Correctional Facility Arrested For Terrorist Threats Filming Cops

JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. Fulton County Sheriff, Richard Giardino reports that Eric Sweet, a sergeant at the Fulton County Correctional Facility was arrested yesterday afternoon after an investigation into comments he

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SUNDAY SCREENING: Zimbabwe Before Independence (1979) 21st Century Wire

This weeks documentary film curated by our editorial team at 21WIRE.

This week, Zimbabwe long-time leaser, Robert Mugabe, 93 years old, is finally being forced out of power as ruling party chief, as crowds rally peacefully in the countrys capital, Harare.

How did Mugabes revolution come to power? What was happening behind the scenes in those days leading up to the country emancipation from colonial rule all those years ago? Interestingly, British filmmakers led with the boiler plate graphic, Portrait of a Terrorist, in order to frame Mugabe in a negative light. But the story actually tells another story. This rare documentary captures an image of a country, formerly known as Rhodesia (named after the British globalist and luminary, Cecil Rhodes), in transition out of its colonial ties, and striving towards a sovereign nation-state. Watch:

Run time: 47 min



Illinois Deputies Strip Woman Naked and Take Photos After Fatal Crash Filming Cops

21 Apr 2015 Cook County Sheriffs deputies in Illinois are being sued for snapping creepy photos of 20-year-old Jessica Mejias body, after she was killed in a car accident. To

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Jack Ruby, Joseph Milteer and Others Predicted JFKs Assassination Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel The Several Warnings Before The Murder Of Kennedy Jack Ruby, the man who killed Lee Harvey Oswald, told an FBI informant to watch...



Due to team work on special projects, this week the Alternate Current Radio Network will be re-running last weeks Sunday Wire Episode #210 with host Patrick Henningsen and Mike Robinson, and featuring guests Eisa Ali and Dean Henderson in an amazingly informative show on power-politics, oil and money in the Middle East and beyond. Rebroadcasting by popular demand


Well be back next week with another amazing program.



For whom is the sex abuse bell tolling? Freethought Blogs

Rebecca Traister writes an excellent and comprehensive article in New York magazine that looks at many facets of the current sex abuse controversy. She thinks that this bell is tolling for pretty much all of us. I will give just a few quotes about each aspect that she touches.

She argues that what we are seeing is a watershed event for the feminist movement.

This is not feminism as weve known it in its contemporary rebirth packaged into think pieces or nonprofits or Eve Ensler plays or Beyonc VMA performances. That stuff has its place and is necessary in its own way. This is different. This is 70s-style, organic, mass, radical rage, exploding in unpredictable directions. It is loud, thanks to the human megaphone that is social media and the whisper networks that are now less about speaking sotto voce than about frantically typed texts and all-caps group chats.

Really powerful white men are losing jobs that never happens. Women (and some men) are breaking their silence and telling painful and intimate stories to reporters, who in turn are putting them on the front pages of major newspapers.

But she says that the very intensity of the mood has produced conflicting emotions as women are suddenly confronting issues that they long suppressed and are now forced to deal with all the ambiguities and contradictions, especially when it comes to the men in their lives who might have thought that they were free from any guilt but are now realizing that complicity comes in many subtle forms.

But its also harrowing because its confusing; because the wrath may be fierce, but it is not uncomplicated. In the shock of the house lights having been suddenly brought up of being forced to stare at the ugly scaffolding on which so much of our professional lives has been built weve had scant chance to parse what exactly is inflaming us and who. Its our tormentors, obviously, but sometimes also our friends, our mentors, ourselves.

Part of the challenge, for me, has been in my exchanges with men the friends and colleagues self-aware enough to be uneasy, to know theyre on a list somewhere or imagine that they might be. They text and call, not quite saying why, but leaving no doubt: They once cheated with a colleague; they once made a pass they suspect was wrong; they arent sure if they got consent that one time. Are they condemned? What is the nature and severity of their crime? The anxiety of this how to speak to guys who seek feminist absolution but whom I suspect to be compromised is real. Some of my friends have no patience for mens sudden penchant for introspection, but Im a sucker; I feel for them. When they reach out, my impulse is to comfort. But reason and a determination not t...


Merry Christmas: Outlawed!1!! Freethought Blogs

Oh, look christian ornaments! Via Amazon.

Jim Bakker. Again. In light of his latest round of bullshit, I missed this little whiny complaint. Along with screaming for people to buy his yuck inna bucket, hes also been busy hawking christmas crap, ornaments, cheap gifts for too much money, and so on.

Bakker said that he has been searching for Christmas ornaments that feature Jesus instead of Santa because Christmas is the birthday of Jesus Christ and complained that he wants to be able to buy a Christmas tree instead of a holiday tree.

They outlawed Merry Christmas a few years ago and you know it, he said. You couldnt even say Merry Christmas at Walmart and the Walmart greeters told me they werent allowed to say it. But we all started writing and what did we do? We changed it. We changed it. We all worked together. You dont have to lay down for it.

Uh huh. Its so easy to prove youre a liar, Jim. I did a quick search for Jesus ornaments. Theres a veritable fucktonne of them. Interestingly enough, they are listed as available at Wal-mart. So are Christmas trees, the list of which goes on and on. You need to stop lying, Jim, its not nice. I think its a sin, too.

Saying Merry Christmas has never been outlawed, and you damn well know it. Wal-mart is a private corporation, and their rules do not apply to the whole country, you dipshit. Theres nothing stopping you saying Merry Christmas or whatthefuckever you want. If your big problem is not every single person in Ustates saying merry mixmush, you are privileged beyond belief, and need to shut the fuck up, and help those who are not so unbelievably privileged.

You arent remotely concerned with christmas, Jim. All you care about is selling your cheap gimrack, so you can stuff more money in your pockets. Youre all about Giftmas. Your christmas tree has nothing to do with your idiotic religion. Thats pagan in origin. What would you being doing with one? And please, shut up about it already, its still six days until Brumalia, for pitys sake.

Via RWW....


Russia Goes Caribbean Newsbud

In the fifty-sixth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Izvestia, Kommersant, Vedomosti, and Ekspress Gazeta. He discusses the increased political and economic cooperation between Russia and the governments of the Caribbean states as a Russian long-term response to the U.S. meddling in Eastern Europe. He also discusses the press conference that the Russian president Vladimir Putin gave at the recent APEC summit in Vietnam and his praise of the U.S. president Donald Trump. In addition, Professor Kovacevic addresses the rumors about the potential break-up of the Russian state-owned natural gas and oil giant, Gazprom. Lastly, he examines how the first Russian foreign minister after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Andrei Kozyrev, a well-known pro-Western liberal, is seen in Russia today, including by the president Putin.

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Innocent Family Raided by SWAT, Held at Gunpoint After Cops Mistook Hibiscus for Weed The Free Thought Project

hibiscusA Pennsylvania couple is suing local police after a SWAT team raided their home and held them at gunpoint for growing hibiscus.


Faust 17. Freethought Blogs

Art by Harry Clarke.


Vegas Massacre Cover-Up: PR Firm Hired by Mandalay Bay Exposed Pushing Conspiracy Theories The Free Thought Project

crisis management firmWhy has the PR team hired by Mandalay Bay been pushing bogus conspiracy theories clearly meant to discredit legitimate inquiry into the Las Vegas shooting?


Is the Trump Administration Planning a First Strike on North Korea? OpEdNews

It isn't possible to know definitely whether the Trump administration intends to strike first against North Korea. The official threats of such a strike can be discounted as obviously related to an elaborate--if somewhat crude--psychological warfare campaign. But more twists and turns in US policy can be expected in the coming months, and the desperate desire to coerce Pyongyang may have given rise to wishful thinking.


Officials Caught Forcing State Scientist to Alter Findings to Cover Up Earthquake Fracking Link The Free Thought Project

frackingA former state-sponsored scientist revealed that he was ordered to alter his findings on the links between fracking and earthquakes.


It Is Now Easier to Kill HUNDREDS of MILLIONS Than to Control Them Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

It Is Now Easier to Kill HUNDREDS of MILLIONS Than to Control Them

There is a clear organization structure that is emerging in a very public manner that every American needs to be concerned about. This organization is multidimensional but there is a key level of command and control that is identifiable.

The Real Reason for Trumps Asian Trip

President Trump just completed a 12 day, multiple nation tour allegedly to drum up support for engaging North Korea in a nuclear war. It is not that this particular conflict will not end up involving a nuclear exchange, however, there are more pressing reasons on why Trump found it necessary to be out of the country.

The United States, and in particular, the office of the President is the target of a definitive coup attempt by the Deep State.

Trump was out of the country, so he could be isolated under military protection during a coup which was decidedly going to turn violent. It is no secret that Trump has become, to some degree, the lap dog of the military. Why? Because hes buying protection from being either assassinated or overthrown. For every day that Trump stays in office, he is continuing to trigger the Great Awakening all across America. Three years ago, there were tens of millions of Americans who had never heard of the New World Order, who now are aware of the Bilderberg, the Trilateral Commission, the Council of Foreign Relations and despotic George Soros. Now we can add, Black Lives Matter, Antifa to the new vocabulary of the American lexicon. Despite what the fake polls say, the same fake polls that had Hillary winning the election by 12%, Donald Trumps base of support continues to grow.

The Deep State Desired a Bloodless Coup

The global elite, at one time, preferred to a bloodless transfer of power in this country. They wanted to takeover an infrastructure that was intact along with the prolific skill sets of the American labor force. The...


EXCLUSIVE: Air Force Col. Buys 24 Billboards To Expose Cops Who Executed His Son The Free Thought Project

After his son was executed by police, a veteran is now using the settlement he received from the city to call for a new investigation into his son's death.


Heres The Most Insane Media Reactions To The Allegations Against Sen. Al Franken The Federalist

After a news anchor accused Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) of sexually assaulting her in 2006, some of those in the press have reacted rather bizarrely. Heres a list of the most insane responses yet.

Mock Groping

MSNBCs coverage of the photo of Franken leaning in to grab Leeann Tweedens breasts without her consent as she sleeps was, shall we say, interesting. Kasie Hunt described the incident as Franken mock groping Tweeden. Watch.

Apparently thats because, in MSNBCs mind, the intention behind the unwanted grope matters.

Hes Good At Saying Sorry

MSNBCs Joy Reid gave Franken a pass because his apology seemed sincere.

An apology doesnt change what he chose to do.

If Al Franken Gets Expelled, A Lot Of Other Creepy Democrats Will Have To Go, Too

Kate Harding, a feminist who studies rape culture, wrote over at The Washington Post that expelling Franken from his Senate seat over these allegations would be a bad idea because hes not the only pervert in the De...


Kevin MacDonald Is Intellectually Dishonest - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Cowards die may times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare by Jonas E. Alexis   Daniel J. Flynn rightly wrote in Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas that When ideology is your guide, youre bound to get lost. Ideology deludes, inspires []


Media Silent as Fed Committee Quietly Passes Act Allowing Warrantless Searches The Free Thought Project

forwardThe USA Liberty Actwhich is the opposite of its namesakehas moved forward in Congress with overwhelming support from the House Judiciary Committee.


[WATCH] Fourth Woman Accuses San Diego Sheriffs Deputy of Sex Assault Filming Cops

SAN DIEGO On Friday, a fourth woman came forward with disturbing allegations of sexual assault by a San Diego County Sheriffs Deputy. The woman said Deputy Richard Fischer groped

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Against Thanksgiving OpEdNews

What the hell do I mean I'm against Thanksgiving? Can't I find something worse to be against? How about famine, cholera, war, slavery, rape, murder, torture, environmental collapse, refugee crises, evil heartless lying scheming governments, oil spills, slick propaganda, mass incarceration, entrenched apathy, bigotry, greed, or sadism?


Freedom of Expression: Just How Much Is Too Much? - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Article 19, of the Indian Constitution guarantees to all its citizens, the freedom of speech and expression. Oops! Am I defining limits? Then I must be wrong! Because each and every citizen of India, expressing his or her point of view vociferously in a globalist, post post-modernist, social media turn of age hardly cares about boundaries. In []


Mossad Agent Sentenced to Death: Whos Targeting Irans Nuclear Scientists? - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Editors note: Killings began after Jared Cohen toured Iran.  Cohen now heads the regime change machine, Jigsaw, funded by Israeli controlled tech giants.  They shudda asked us. The killings of Iranian nuclear scientists have prompted political analysts to assume during an interview with Sputnik that Israel could have been behind the sabotage of Tehrans atomic []


[WATCH] Lawsuit Says Sheriff is to Blame in Handcuffed Womans Beating Filming Cops

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The beating of a handcuffed woman by a Jacksonville police officer that caught national attention last year has spurred a lawsuit that the womans attorney said will

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Lavender Files 25. Freethought Blogs

Route 69 is a great title, especially for back in the day, but thats one of the worst examples of cover art I have ever seen. You can start critiquing, and youll still be there an hour or two later.


Sputnik: Russian Artillery and Missile Forces Day: Over 600 Years on Guard of Safety - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Russia marks its annual Missile Forces and Artillery Day on Sunday, November 19. According to the Ministry of Defense, since 2012, 4,000 modern missile and artillery systems have been delivered to the army, making Russia the world leader in terms of these type of weapons. MOSCOW (Sputnik)  The commemorative day was established by the May 31 2006, executive []


Utopian fantasies vs. a better world Jon Rappoport's Blog

Utopian fantasies vs. a better world

What happened to the Republic? Democracy happened

by Jon Rappoport

November 19, 2017

When you come to the subject of who should fix things, the government or private individuals, you could throw up your hands and confess that neither choice works, in which case youre left with a terminal disease, and a fine excuse for doing nothing; or you could refer back to the principles of the Republic, and understand why the Founders put chains on government, and you might a find a clue for navigating out of the maze. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

This piece is for anyone who can understand itbut its also for THE ENTREPRENEUR, who in his soul wants to do something large and bright and radical and successful, to turn the tide of human affairs in an enormously good direction and, yes, still make a substantial profit.

And no, the universe doesnt rule out those two motives existing side by side.

The United States was created as a Republic.

That meant severely limited central government.


Because the Founders knew the long experience of Europe: overarching tyrannies; bloated kings emboldened with the doctrine of divine right to rule; theocracies; gigantic theft of land; force, coercion; slavery.

The new 18th century American central government, through enumerated powers and checks and balances, had to be limited and even hamstrung.

On that basis, individual freedom would be maximized.

That was the whole point of a Republic.

The individual would be free to do whatever he wanted to, as long as he didnt interfere with the life and liberty of others.


However, in order for a Republic to have a chance of success, the population would have to remain small. A Republic is not for an enormous population. The people are too remote from the federal center of power.

And there needed to be a population of moral people, who understood basic rights and wrongs, beyond legislation and law.

As the American population swelled, there should have been many Republics founded on this continent. Unfortunately, that never happened.

Instead, men in and around central government conspired to multiply their own power through a variety of means, thus creating monopolies of great strength, in government and business and money.

And gradually, these men and their descendants came to see they could foist a grand illusion on the people: they could promote the idea that the peoples wishes were paramount and should be served at all times.

Thus arrived Democracy.

Rule by everyone. Rule by popular decision. Rule by meeting needs, whatever t...


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Fire Captain concludes recent California fires caused by directed energy weapon Intellihub

A highly decorated Fire Captain has now come forth with his professional opinion regarding the recent California fires and how they started

(INTELLIHUB) Fire Captain John Lord speaks out about the recent California wildfires and explains how the fires could not have been created naturally.

The fires spread to over 16 locations and even crossed an eight-lane highway before burning down an entire Kmart store in just hours. Cars were found melted. Houses were found dustified.

Sound familiar?

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Incredibly Honest Animation Reveals What Is Happening In The Shadow Of Our Society TruthTheory

by Mike Sygula,

A good friend of mine, Gavin Nascimento from A New Kind Of Human emailed me this video, few days after it appeared online. I was blown away! I must say that I havent seen anything so good for a while. (Scroll down to watch it now). Truth Theory published the first article on it and you can check it out HERE. The film has been written, directed and produced by Lubomir Arsov and for more info just check out their website: Here are few points that the film is trying to make:

We all wear masks.
One of the underlying aspects of our society is the fact that most of us wear masks. People often think one thing and say something else. Probably everyone does it sometimes. 

Manipulation and control of the entertainment industry
Mainstream singers are often puppets who have to play according to the rules given.

Television as the propaganda tool, tv shows that are manipulated to control public opinion or to dumb down society


Video shows end of Texas church shooter pursuit Intellihub

Video footage shows what happened after the vehicle pursuit of the suspect ended following the Texas church massacre

(INTELLIHUB) This three-minute long video is rather revealing and shows the raw emotion of the man who stopped the shooter.

Please comment and share!

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Sunday Sermon: Rape Culture Hurts Men Too Freethought Blogs

Warning: Rape, Anger, (Long)

This is not an attempt to equivocate. The victim of an assault is the victim and nothing anyone ever says can or should reduce in any way the victims subjective assessment of what theyve experienced.

That means nobody gets to come along and say suck it up or itll be OK. Im afraid that the best you can do is help them heal however you can, and show them that you respect their choices and try to understand.

Some of what Im going to talk about, Im going to skate by details. Its not because I dont know the details, but because the details are victims stories, and not mine to tell. One thing I absolutely do not tolerate is when someone is assaulted, and another person tries to minimize their experience, or worse to imply, sneakily, that maybe they are just mis-remembering or exaggerating, or maybe it was not that bad. Let me be completely clear about this: if you say something like that around me, my mental imagery becomes sticking a long, sharp, knife into the speakers stomach, and whispering, minimize this in their ear. Because, like a knife in the guts, a persons experiences are entirely subjective unique to them. I know a guy who got shot in the neck in Vietnam and he said it wasnt bad [sazz]. I know a woman who was sexually assaulted by someone who was supposed to be watching over her, and it devastated her mind and she says it took her ability to love anyone ever again. Read my words carefully: I am not saying either of those wounds is worse. Im saying you cant put wounds on some kind of spectrum and tell someone to suck it up or snap out of it.

With a very few exceptions, every woman I know has been sexually assaulted.

I was talking the other day with a friend and she said she didnt consider herself to have been sexually assaulted because she was never held down and raped or anything like that. She just had to deal with teenage gropings, shouted abuse, and (thanks to intersectionality I can now understand this better:) racialized verbal sexual aggression. She only had to deal with a lifetime, so far, of that. Others of the women I know had different experiences. There was the one who, at the last minute, didnt show up for an event I invited her to an old friend, I had hoped to see it turned out that she had been dragged off at knife-point and raped, and couldnt come to my silly party because she was in the emergency room and police offices, getting interrogated dismissively and scornfully by cops. We had been lovers, once, and I remem...


Can the Two-Party System Survive Internal and External Divisions? WhoWhatWhy

The deep divisions within the US not just between liberals and conservatives but also within each of the two major parties are giving Americans the glimpse of a chance to rid themselves of the entrenched two-party system responsible for a big part of the countrys current malaise.

Granted, its still a long shot but, for the first time in generations, there is an opportunity to upset the balance of political power in a meaningful way. In fact, there are two opportunities.

First, we need to briefly look at how we got here: Over past decades, the partisan divide in the US has increased. This is also reflected in Congress, where Republicans have gotten much more conservative on average since 1980 and Democrats somewhat more liberal in particular on social issues.  

Moderation Becoming Extinct


Before the gap started widening, there was a sizeable contingent of lawmakers who were in the political center, i.e., moderate Republicans and conservative Democrats. This faction is now nearly extinct, which means that American voters whose views fall in the middle of the political spectrum are no longer represented.

One of the results of the congressional polarization is that less has gotten done. The two parties simply are too different now to agree on anything. In the rare case that a lawmaker crosses the aisle to vote with the enemy, a primary challenger will surely wait in the wings to try to get him or her kicked out of office. And, since its usually the hard-core voters who show up for primaries, such challengers often succeed and Congress becomes a bit more partisan again.

These victories against moderate voices have also emboldened those on each partys flank. The Tea Party now is strong enough to effectively hold the rest of the GOP hostage. On the left, the progressive wing of the Democratic Party is moving toward a position where it could soon do the same. Research shows that its 2016 primary voters were m...


FBI informant has video of briefcases full of bribe money in Clinton uranium scandal Intellihub

An undercover FBI informant in the Russian nuclear industry who was made to sign an illegal NDA by former AG Loretta Lynch, claims to have video evidence showing Russian agents with briefcases full of bribe money related to the controversial Uranium One deal according to The Hill investigative journalist John Solomon and Circas Sara Carter.

The informant, whose identity was revealed by Reuters as energy industry consultant William D. Campbell and is very ill battling cancer   is testifying before Congress next week after the NDA which carried the threat of prison time was lifted.

As previously reported, Campbell was deeply embedded in the Russian nuclear industry where he gathered extensive evidence of a racketeering scheme involving bribes and kickbacks.

The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions, a person who worked on the case told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials. The Hill

Campbells attorney, former Regan Justice Department official Victoria Toensing, previously told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs He can tell what all the Russians were talking about during the time that all these bribery payments were made.

Sara Carter and John Solomon sat down with Fox News host Sean Hannity to discuss:

Sarah Carter: Hes very sick and hes been battling cancer and going chemo. He is in a battle for not only his life but in a battle against what he perceives as people within the US government that dont want this story to come out.

But theres so much information that he is willing to share with the public to set the record straight and believe me were gonna get it out there. He is going to have his say. His voice will be heard.

Hannity: He knew about the bribery, kickbacks, extortion of Putins agents in the US?

Sara Carter: Yes, and he will be able to lay that all out for everyone, and he will do that for Congress. John and I have been working on this for months and months and months. He came to the [Obama] DOJ with this information. 

John Solomon: He is goi...


Postcard from the End of America: Pennsport in Philadelphia OpEdNews

All the Christopher Columbus Boulevard big box stores, Wal-Mart, Target, Ikea, Staples, Home Depot, Lowe's and Best Buy, have destroyed most Pennsport mom and pops, but what are you going to do? Small businesses gone, the city tried to build casinos in Pennsport, but locals blocked the plan.


Meghan TERFy licks a frozen pole Freethought Blogs

Alternatively: Bites off more than she can chew, etc. Meghan Murphy, the intellectual bankrupt fountain of bile running Feminist Current, recently took a swipe at trans historian Cristan Williams. Williams is no stranger to trans exclusionary feminist bullshit, however, and published a comprehensive fact-check of Murphys nonsense:

I began encountering the TERF is a slur slogan in 2013, around a year after the political Right experienced a measure of success with its 2012 homophobe is a slur campaign.

The case was made that when discussing anti-queer hate in the news and anti-bullying efforts in schools, the term homophobia should not be used to describe the very specific type of anti-queer hate and oppression faced by LGBTQIA people because the term was an offensive slur.

By the end of 2012, the Associate Press banned the term homophobe from its news coverage and right-wing religious groups were working to ban the term in anti-bullying school materials because, they claimed, homophobe was a made-up term that promotes hate and contempt for Christians.

Without terms like homophobe and homophobia, the queer communitys ability to communicate and reference a specific anti-gay culture is hobbled, caged inside of rhetorical parameters defined by those who work to empower anti-gay culture. After homophobe and homophobia were deemed by a heteronormative culture to be too toxic to use, the queer communitys languaging of the hate it faced each day disappeared from most mainstream media use.

Around this time, TERFs began pushing the false history that TERF was coined by trans people as a slur. Note how this rhetoric closely mimics the 2012 right-wing rhetoric that homophobe was a made-up term that promotes hate and contempt for Christians.

Makes ya think.

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Who Are Hezbollah and What is Their Role in the Middle East? 21st Century Wire

21st Century Wire says

Perhaps one of the most enigmatic and feared (by Israel & its US coalition allies) military and political entities in the world today, is Hezbollah. The following quote was taken from a review in The Middle East Quarterly of Amal Saad-Ghorayebs book Hizbullah Politics and Religion

Most notably, Saad-Ghorayeb gives an exceptional perspective of Hizbullahs world vision. In contradiction to the Sunni concept of Dar al-Harb (the abode of war) and Dar al-Islam (the abode of Islam), Hizbullah focuses on oppressors (mustakbirun) and oppressed (mustadafun). The oppressed are not exclusively Muslims but rather all those who are oppressed on earth, (28:5) socially, economically, politically, and culturally. According to Saad-Ghorayeb, these terms are borrowed from Marxism and the Quran infused with a sense of moral dualism and millennialism in its division of mankind into good and evil forces.

Hizbullah considers Israels existence an act of terrorism, and therefore most, if not all, acts of resistance directed against Israel are legitimate. Hizbullah considers all land west of the Jordan River occupied, demanding the dismantling of the Zionist entity. Additionally, Saad-Ghorayeb explains Hizbullahs view that Israel is based on a racist, colonialist ideology that embodies a Western expansion into Muslim lands, that strives to expand its territory from the Nile to the Euphrates, and clearly is attempting to wreak havoc on the lives of all Arabs and Muslims.

Finally, Saad-Ghorayeb lucidly explains that Hizbullahs public enemy list is comprised of three concentric circles. The inner rung includes America and the Zionist entity. The second rung includes countries that it considers illegally to occupy land (i.e. England vis--vis its policy in Northern Ireland). Finally, the last rung includes regimes that are...


Top 5 Top Veterans Stories in Todays News Nov. 19, 2017 - Veterans Today Veterans Today

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Anti-Islam GOP survey alarms American Muslims OpEdNews

The seven-million-strong American Muslim community was alarmed at an anti-Islam question included in the Republican Party survey titled as "Listening to America."


Depriving a School Board of Ignorance OpEdNews

Having been made aware of safety violations at a large charter school, will the School Board for the second largest district in the country take the opportunity to put "kids first"?


Sunday Sermonette Virtual Mirage

First, the fine print.

Disclaimer: "Sunday Sermonette" is a polemic on faith-based issues. It's occasionally commented on by the Lonestar Parson, unofficial chaplain of Virtual Mirage. If you disagree with anything presented here, nobody cares. Nobody.

Islamic Progressiveness

The new Sharia Barbie comes in two varieties. Un-mutilated genitalia for you to mutilate whenever you're ready or mutilated  genitalia for those who are two lazy to do it themselves. 

Keeping your women wearing 7th Century attire is impossibly progressive. Covering their faces hides the bruises and scars that are derived from Qur'anically correct discipline.

You can buy the new hijab Barbie on-line. There are a line of new Barbie doll styles including fat Barbie and flat-chest Barbie - with politically correct diverse ethnicities.  There is no Kardashian Barbie with a massive butt, but I'm sure that's in the works.

I haven't heard much of the new bald, black, beer-belly, gay/metro/gender flexible Ken doll making its appearance to accompany trailer trash Barbie and her menagerie of nine children, each fathered by a male of different ethnicity.

Can you buy your Sharia Barbie with your food stamps/EBT card? If not, why not? Call your Democrat representative in Congress and complain.



LEBANON: Hezbollah Forces on High Alert in Response to Israeli, Saudi Threats 21st Century Wire

Elijah Magnier

Hezbollah has raised its military readiness on the whole Lebanese territory in the last few days and put its forces on high alert in the light of the threats it has received from a number of countries, and especially from Israel and Saudi Arabia. Hezbollah forces have been mobilised in the event of any hostile activity on the borders or in the country, notwithstanding the ongoing conviction of its leadership that Israel will not wage war in the near or distant future.

According to well informed sources, Hezbollah fears the possible assassination of a well-known Lebanese figure, Sunni or Christian, similar to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The aim would be to re-mix the cards on the Lebanese scene, accuse Hezbollah and to embarrass President Michel Aoun.

Aoun has raised the challenge against Riyadh during the recent events related to the televised resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and he has accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri as a hostage (for more than two weeks), defining the Prime Ministers submission to this act as unconstitutional and illegitimate.

Moreover, Hezbollah, in coordination with Iran, has issued orders not to transfer weapons sent to it from Iran via Syria to Lebanon for clearly motivated reasons:

1: There is no longer a reason to store weapons in Lebanon because the Lebanese-Syrian front has become united. Hezbollah needs to maintain accurate and long-range missiles in Syria, confirming what Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Syrian President Bashar Assad have said, that Syria is one front against Israel in the next war.

2: Hezbollahs weapons stores in Lebanon are full, its warehouses are overflowing. Hezbollah therefore could maintain a long war if Israel did decide to attack Lebanon, and has the capability of launching hundreds of rockets and missiles daily.



The Real Signs of Human-Caused Global Warming Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

Human being are causing a rapid increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, with carbon dioxide and methane gases being the most well known.

But how have increasing greenhouse gas influenced the weather and climate we experience todayWhat current effects are unequivocal, right now?

The media is full of claims regarding the current impacts of increasing greenhouse gases, but many of these claims are without a good basis in science.    Some recent examples include:

  • That Hurricane Harvey's heavy rains were a sign of global warming.
  • That the recent California wildfires were the result of human-caused warming.
  • That winter storms in the Northwest are becoming more intense due to global warming
  • That global warming is causing more droughts in the West.
  • That increasing greenhouse gases are causing more cold waves over the eastern U.S.

And there are many, more.  A weakness of many of media and activist claims is that one extreme event can not provide "proof" of human-caused global warming.   Only statistically significant trends have meaning when one is talking about climate change.  And many of the claims are inconsistent with climate models and basic statistics.

But me be clear: increasing greenhouse gases associated with human activities are changing our climate  in profound ways, and there are "fingerprints" of human effects today that provide compelling evidence of human influence.

When one wants to identify a thief, finding their fingerprints often provide incontrovertible proof of their guilt.   What are some "fingerprints" of increasing greenhouse gases on the weather/climate system?

1.  Fingerprint 1:  Greater warmer in the Arctic than the midlatitudes.

When climate models are run with increased greenhouse gases, vir...


Is this Navy Pilot telling us we are F^%$ed? Sheep Media


Why did a U.S. Navy pilot draw a penis in the sky over northern Washington with a chemtrail?

Is this Navy Pilot telling us we are F^%$ed?

It would appear so, because for all the press and coverage this airplane stunt got, the main question or purpose went unnoticed.

Seems the controllers are blatantly pushing this in our face .knowing the sleeping masses are just that .sound asleep!!!

Watch this short clip via videographer, RichiefromBoston II:

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Reports From Greece 13 Part Series 2017 UNICORN RIOT

During the summer of 2017, Unicorn Riot documented over a dozen stories from Athens, Greece. The stories were varied, most displaying networks of mutual aid, including housing, healthcare, food, detainee support and more, created by anarchists and anti-authoritarians in and around Exarcheia.

We produced three multi-part series, Political Prisoners, Networks of Resistance, Alternative Economies & Community Currencies, and interviewed local Greek folks as well as heard from participants of frontline struggles and creators of alternative societies across the globe. Click on the pictures below to view the articles and media that accompany each subject.

We started our coverage with Alternatives to Neoliberal Capitalism Introduction which laid the groundwork that contextualized the rest of our special reports. From the austerity brought on by the economic crisis has come alternatives to the systems as we know them, being practiced in the open. Anarchists and anti-authoritarians have created free healthcare and housing for their community and refugees that have fled Western-led wars.

Action of Solidarity With Squats and Against Evictions On Friday, June 24, a coordination of refu...


Adult Vaccines/Immunizations: Get Yours - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Vaccines are not just for infants and children.  There are currently seventeen diseases that are preventable with vaccines that are given to all age groups in the United States. Every year about 50,000 Americans die from diseases which could have been prevented by vaccines. Ninety-five percent of these deaths are adults.  Vaccines work to protect []


Animated Short Reveals The Dark Complexities Of Healing Our Broken Society TruthTheory

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

In-Shadows is a Masterful short film from Lubomir Arsov which touches on wage slavery, sexual depravity, the pharmaceutical culture and societies attempt to turn us into mindless consumers. The incredibly powerful short film is disturbing, enlightening and motivating to heal our broken relationship with ourselves and the planet.

The film starts with the opening of a box which seems to represent the planet and a broader box than the western world is currently living in.

The film then enters the shadows of modern day society

In- Shadow Full Film

The films powerful imagery touches on boxes we have allowed to be placed upon ourselves



The Secret Life of Lady Liberty - The American Goddess OpEdNews

The Statue of Liberty, more correctly titled, "Liberty Enlightening the World", is a powerful archetypal symbol for Americans. Can her secrets lead us back to our roots of respect for the feminine?


Truth Jihad: Robert David Steele on War in the Middle East - Veterans Today Veterans Today

It is obvious to everyone that Israel and Goldman Sachs want war in the Middle East...


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Twilight of Statecraft: Carne Ross on Crisis, Climate Change, & War It's Going Down

The post Twilight of Statecraft: Carne Ross on Crisis, Climate Change, & War appeared first on It's Going Down.

The nation state as we have known it in the 20th century, is in decline. Mainly because the sorts of issues that affect people are now out of the control of states, including economic forces, global political violence, global warmingpeople see less and less legitimacy in the stateso I think the question is what replaces that system?

By all accounts, Carne Ross has led an interesting life. After serving for 15 years in government as a British Diplomat, in 2004, Ross left the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office after testifying against the United Kingdom in an inquiry about the war in Iraq. Up until that time, Ross had described himself as essentially a quintessential neoliberal, believing in government and neoliberal economics. By turning against his government, Ross walked out of his job as a diplomat but in doing so inspired a book by novelist John le Carr and thrust himself into the limelight, appearing on everything from The Colbert Report to Russell Brands podcast over the years.

But beyond just coming out against the war in Iraq and challenging the narrative of Western states, Ross also began to immerse himself in social movements, namely Occupy Wall Street when it kicked off in 2011. The same year, Ross published his second book, The Leaderless Revolution, which captured many of the themes of Occupy. In 2017, Ross also was at the center of the documentary, Accidental Anarchistwhich touched on everything from anarchists in the Spanish Revolution, to the current situation in Rojava, with Ross arguing that the form of the nation State was no longer able to address the problems humanity faced.

In this episode, we start off by discussing Rosss history, but moreover we attempt to get inside the minds and psyches of people that operate within government and how they v...


What You ACTUALLY Need To Know About The Paradise Papers Leak Latest blog

Taxation is theft plain and simple...or perhaps a more accurate description is to say taxation is extortion! In the wake of the paradise papers leak where 13.4 million documents pertaining to secret offshore tax havens have recently been released, countless media pundit on just about every Canadian news station have been doing their part to "expose" the names of those mentioned for using loopholes to avoid paying taxes. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with Jeff Berwick of The Dollar Vigilante about the paradise papers leak and the true agenda behind it's release!


The Backlash Against the Bullies OpEdNews

Sexual assault is one obvious assertion of dominance. Other forms include economic bullying and the stoking of bigotry to gain political power. Trump epitomizes it all. The revolt against Trump is a backlash against bullying in all its forms. Powerful and wealthy men who have felt free to impose their will on others, regardless of the pain they cause, may be in for a rude awakening.


The Rule of Power Over the Rule of Law OpEdNews

For centuries patriarchal mayhem has exploited women in the workplace or the home. Raw power -- physical, economic and cultural, regularly, overpower the legal safeguards against wrongful injury, rape and torture, both in the household and at work.


VT Vimeo night How the DEA manufactured narco-terrorism - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - None of this will surprise VT readers. We have a whole string of Fake whatevers on parade now. The Fake News people must be breathing a sigh of relief.


Santiago Maldonado Presente: Video Commemorating Action and Rage It's Going Down

The post Santiago Maldonado Presente: Video Commemorating Action and Rage appeared first on It's Going Down.

Video compilation of recent graffiti and riots in Argentina to commemorate Santiago Maldonado, an anarchist comrade who was recently kidnapped and murdered by the Argentine military police.


Shabbos Behind the Barricades: Some Notes from Olympia Stand Round 2, Day 1 It's Going Down

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A local politician showed up and over half the encampment came to the front to heckle him by name until he left. Someone was playing Chumbawambas Anarchy on a set of speakers. This is incredible, I told my friends. Im never leaving Olympia again.

November 17, 2017, a year and a day since the eviction of last years blockade of a train carrying fracking sand from the Port of Olympia.

I got home from work at 5pm and had about a million text messages all telling me the same thing: theres a fracking train blockade downtown. Same place as last year. Come down.

I was exhausted, cold, and wet from work, and had plans to do Shabbat with friends, but I wouldnt miss a railroad blockade for the world. Shabbos at the blockade!, I told my friends. If stopping a train full of materials used in the destruction of the environment and genocide of Indigenous people isnt Tikkun Olam, I dont know what is.

I hopped in the shower, changed into dry clothes, grabbed an energy drink, and trekked downtown. The barricade on the tracks and around the camp was already big and sturdy when I got there, and through the night it continued to grow. Inside the camp I found a pop-up canopy with food, zines, and bedding, numerous tarps to keep off the perpetual Pacific Northwest rain, couches, a roaring barrel fire, and a shit-ton of people, many with faces covered. A local politician showed up and over half the encampment came to the front to heckle him by name until he left. Someone was playing Chumbawambas Anarchy on a set of speakers. This is incredible, I told my friends. Im never leaving Olympia again.

The atmosphere at the encampment was both festive and post-apocalyptic. Pizzas and pallets flowed in throughout the night. A truck or van would pull up with supplies and instantly a crowd of people would unload it and take materials where they were needed. People were playing chess and cards, dancing, fortifying and painting the barricades, snacking, talking to new friends. I was reminded of the stark contrast between the brutal grinding horror of trains, resource extraction, genocide, capitalism, and the State, and the joy of sharing, friendship, crime, and anarchy.

A crew of my friends showed up. We lit a pair of candlesticks stuck into the...


Thank an Anti-War Veteran OpEdNews

Thank veterans -- the numerous ones who have turned against the Empire they once served and who have since chosen instead to serve the people in their struggle against the unelected and interrelated dictatorships of money, race, and empire at home and abroad.


Towards a Black November at the University of Pittsburgh It's Going Down

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This time last year, comrades took to the streets of Oakland, Pittsburgh to express anger over Trumps election and demand an end to tuition hikes and student debt. Campus and City police responded to our action by kettling us in Towers lobby, beating us with batons, threatening us with police dogs, pointing rubber bullets at our faces and ultimately arresting two march participants. The school condoned the police violence, congratulating the cops for maintaining University order. For simply wanting a more just school and society, the University enacted an assault on our bodies, minds, and spirits.

But we already knew the University to be fundamentally positioned against our free existence. Weve seen the campus police stop and ID comrades for nothing more than dyeing their hair, piercing their bodies or kissing their queer partners. Weve seen them harass students at Black Lives Matter protests and die-ins. The brutality that took place in Towers was just further affirmation that the University is a colonial machine that exists to uphold the capitalist State.

As anarchists we challenge any institution that perpetuates classism, racism and gendered violence. So we turn to our University and question the rising tuition...


Shame on VA Dog Labs OpEdNews

For far too long, dogs and other animals have been used in oftentimes cruel medical research. Today there is no need to use animals so cruelly as there are other non-animal protocols available. Sadly the Cleveland VA and others have either not gotten the message or choose to ignore it.


Putin Delivers Over Two Thousand Tonnes Of Humanitarian Aid To Syrias Golan Heights Region Of Daraa: U.N. Demands Israel Leave Golan Heights Political Vel Craft

KHMEIMIM /Syria/, November 18. /TASS/. Russian officers have delivered more than 2,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid to residents of the populated locality of Al-Shakrahiyah in the Syrian region of Daraa, Chief of the Russian center for reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria General Sergei Kuralenko said at a daily briefing on Saturday. The Russian center []


Texas Cop Arrested for Having Sex with a Dog and Posting it Online Counter Current News

Source: AnonHQ Just when you think the police cant sink lower, a Texas cop proved our thoughts to be wrong. Houston Deputy Andrew C. Sustaita was arrested after his bosses at the Harris County Sheriffs office discovered he []


Daily Inspiration --- We---re small, so we have to work together OpEdNews

A billion years before the first multi-celled life, microbes and bacteria learned to cooperate on a large scale. Biofilms protect colonies of bacteria and help them to explore their environment more efficiently, seeking resources. Signals like nerve impulses help coordinate the bacteria's collective behavior.


When Robots Rule The Markets The Last American Vagabond

The Corbett Report community held a vigorous discussion on the future of Artificial Intelligence this past summer, and the results are in: No one understands the question (myself included). Now, to be fair, I didnt do a very good of framing the debate so, as is typical with this particular topic, it quickly became the standard AI []

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NEO Is Iran Facing a Greater Regional War in the Making? - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - Hariri's announcing his resignation in Saudi Arabia was waving a flag to the world showing he was their puppet. If his party accepts him back in Lebanon, then the stink will be all over them, too, and the coalition members will also be humiliated.


Signs of U.K. Misconduct in Assange Case OpEdNews

The world's most prominent freedom-of-the-press case remains the legal pressure on WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange, still in Ecuador's London embassy amid signs of U.K. prosecutorial misconduct, reports Dennis J Bernstein.


Fact: Helicopters were airborne behind the Mandalay Bay during the Las Vegas Shooting Intellihub

The Las Vegas Shooting Helicopter Compendium

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) If you have been following my reports on the Las Vegas Shooting than you are likely aware of my helicopter theory which I presented in great detail on The Alex Jones Show Halloween day.

On the broadcast, I presented a portion of the information I possessed at the time as a theory in order to fill in the blanks for the listening audience by explaining exactly how an advanced air assault and extraction were indeed possible despite the fact that I already had seen enough evidence at the time to conclude in my mind that helicopters were indeed operating within the airspace around the vicinity of the venue before, during, and after the massacre took place.

A timeline of events based on actual video and radar data captured from the night of the massacre

9:47 p.m. A southward bound Airbus EC130 helicopter displaying the callsign MH854 arrives just to the west side of the Mandalay Bay and appears to hover, according to archived flight data from

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9:49 p.m. Two minutes later, a second southward bound Airbus EC130 helicopter displaying the callsign MH848 arrives just to the west side of the Mandalay Bay and appears to hover, according to archived flight data from



The Terror ofSOY! Freethought Blogs


The things which go on while Im under my rock. Perhaps its just me, but none of the men in the above look to be lacking in masculine qualities. This, of course, calls into question as to what those necessary masculine qualities might be, and Im not sure I want to know. The concepts of masculinity and femininity are, for the best part, damn silly, and for the worst part, terribly toxic and harmful. We arent extruded bits of plastic labeled Ken and Barbie. We come in a wide variety of everything. Ah well, on with the show.

Popular figures among the alt-right and users of right-wing internet forum boards such as 4chan frequently used the term soy boy to attack their liberal critics, using the term to label their targets as politically or physically weak. Alt-right YouTube pundit James Allsup claims to have invented the term soy boy, which experienced brief mainstream exposure through right-wing pundits such as Mike Cernovich.

The weakness, it is argued, comes from increased estrogen levels experienced when consuming soy products and the alleged resulting feminine behavior.

Oh for pitys sake. Soy has to be one of the most studied and investigated plants on the planet, considering its versatility and utility. There are no studies which show that soy consumption effiminizes the poor menfolk. For most people, soy is quite beneficial, and no, it has no impact on those precious testosterone numbers, dudes. Your testosterone is safe with soy.

In a video uploaded to his YouTube account yesterday, Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars editor, attempted to explain how the consumption of soy products is to blame for decreased testosterone levels and lower sperm counts in men, resulting in depression and feminine behavior.

Men with high estrogen take on feminine traits. They find it harder to handle stress. They become less assertive. They become low energy. Their voices get higher. Their genitals shrink. They lose muscle tone, Watson said.

Goodness me. Youd think there would be panic in the streets! Media would be wall to wall coverage of the great penis shrink of 2017. Talk shows would have sobbing men behind screens, talking about the horrible degredation of testicle loss and puberty voices. Interestingly enough, there have been a high number of men lately who have not handled stress well at all. These are masculine men, too. The ones who have histories of abusive, assertive, nay, aggressive behaviour. They tend to take o...


Could you distinguish a dead person from a mannequin? Freethought Blogs

Caitlin Doughty writes about two recent cases where people came across the bodies of dead people but then dumped them, thinking that they were mannequins put out as pranks. She is the owner of a funeral home and she says that part of the problem is that too few people spend any time at all with their deceased loved ones, thinking that they must quickly shunt them off to funeral homes, and thus have little idea of what a dead person looks like.

How could this happen twice in the span of two years? The answer lies in our strained, often non-existent relationship to the dead body. In the Western world, Halloween mannequins are more of a reality than a real dead body. The misidentification of a corpse by civilians is not a surprising outcome, it is the only outcome.

I opened my latest book with the story of a daughter who wanted to keep her mother at home after she died. The hospice nurse, well intentioned though she may have been, erroneously told the daughter that to do this would be illegal, that the funeral home had to come take away the body immediately. The daughter feared that something she desperately wanted for her own healing was morbid and wrong.

Meeting our dead, in their natural state, is something Americans practiced for hundreds of years before the rise of the modern funeral industry (and the chemical preservation and makeup that came with it). Anyone who has cared for their own dead knows it is a simple transition back to that time past. Our dead have almost magic powersan outsized, powerful, and unexpectedly profound effect on the grieving individual. Even if we fear them, we must see them for what they aretreasure, not trash.

If you had asked me before whether I could tell the difference between a dead person and a mannequin, I would have said of course. But after reading this, I am not so sure. When I have been to open-casket funerals of people I have known, they do not look quite like what they did when alive. Given the increasing life-like appearance of mannequins these days, maybe I could get confused too.


Literature of War - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Modern warfare in WWI was fought in fields and forced soldiers to move into the ground for cover. The method to do this was the trench which became a means to survive the shelling that created thirty foot craters that would swallow both men and horses. The trenches for the allied side were as deep []


Sexual harassment is everywhere Freethought Blogs

Content note: Sexual harassment and sexual assault (especially at the linked stories)

More and more stories about sexual harassment and sexual assault is coming out.

It has been happening for at least the last 36 years at the US olympic sports organizations

More than 290 coaches and officials associated with the United States Olympic sports organizations have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct since 1982, according to a Washington Post review of sport governing body banned lists, news clips and court records in several states. The figure spans parts of 15 sports and amounts to an average of eight adults connected to an Olympic organization accused of sexual misconduct every year or about one every six weeks for more than 36 years.

The figure includes more than 175 officials convicted of sex crimes as well as those who never faced criminal charges and have denied claims, such as Andy Gabel, an Olympian and former U.S. Speedskating president banned from the sport in 2013 after two women alleged he forced himself on them; and Don Peters, the 1984 Olympic gymnastics coach banned after two women alleged he had sex with them when they were teenagers.

It happened at TED

I was a member of TEDs Office Culture Task Force, a committee of people appointed to help make the office a desirable place to work. While I think we did a great job planning fun activities, the committee functioned beyond its intended scope. It was the default HR team TED didnt have HR for most of my time there.

While in that role, many people told me in confidence how they were harassed. We all felt conflicted do we tell our stories and risk losing our job at TED and the community surrounding TED that we love so much, or do we carry on and deal with it as best we can?

It also happened at DC comics

Eddie Berganza, a top editor at the company who oversaw Superman and Wonder Woman properties, faces allegations from several colleagues

And of course it happened at Hollywood, at Fox, at Congress, and everywhere else. Now, it seems like it might have consequences ( but then, Trump is still the elected president of the US)


Israel's Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike OpEdNews

The Iraq WMD fiasco wasn't the only time political pressure twisted U.S. intelligence judgments. In 2007, Israel sold the CIA on a dubious claim about a North Korean nuclear reactor in the Syrian desert, reports Gareth Porter.


Exposing the Shakespearean tragedy of the Russia Hacking hoax 21st Century Wire

Sunday Wire host Patrick Henningsen delivers another blow to the Resistance exposing the Shakespearean tragedy of the Russia Hacking hoax and explains why Hillary Rodham Clinton might have very well been one of the worse presidential candidates in US history as well as why its wrong for US federal government to brand RT America as a foreign agent. Enjoy the rant

READ MORE RUSSIA-GATE NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Russia-Gate Files



Remembering Freethought Blogs

Came across this tweet, and thought Id I share it

Wikipedia has a fairly good article on the 1973 student uprising.


Fatima & Apoc. 21:5: Behold! I Make all Things New - Veterans Today Veterans Today

FATIMA & APOC. 21:5: BEHOLD! I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW By: Eric Gajewski And he that sat on the throne, said: Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me: Write, for these words are most faithful and true. Apoc. 21:5 VISIT TRADCATKNIGHT.BLOGSPOT.COM DAILY! If you have been following this apostolate for some []


Opinion: #waronterror is over, no shift east, no cashless - Veterans Today Veterans Today

I suspect the Mint Press has been taken over. There was a very untrue article published. We conducted extensive research on the gas being funneled in from Turkey after the incident and that is what got me attacked with a ruthless fraudulent investigation because I have fought to end the #waronterror for years now. Remember []


This Week on Splice Today: Roy Moore and a Modest Proposal Freethought Blogs

On Monday, I wrote about Roy Moore and whether or not the allegations against him will lead to his downfall.

On Wednesday, I wrote a satirical Swiftian modest proposal suggesting the only way to obtain world peace is to wipe out humanity.

Also, Morgans sick, so there probably wont be a Biskeptical Podcast this week.

But still, enjoy!


Maui Police Officer Facing Federal Charges For Robbing a Citizen During Traffic Stop Filming Cops

A former Maui Police Department officer is facing federal charges alleging he stole money from a man during a traffic stop two years ago and conspired with others to bribe

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Texas Police Officer Fired After Sexually Assaulting Woman While on Duty Filming Cops

An Amarillo police officer accused of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman while on-duty has been fired, police said in a news release. Officer Micah Meurer, initially placed on administrative leave,

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Poppy Output Hits Record High as US Troop Surge in Afghanistan Completed Activist Post

By Rachel Blevins The opioid crisis has killed thousands in the United States, and as more than 100 Americans die every day, opium poppy cultivation...


Gene Editing vs. Alternative Technology Activist Post

By Brian Berletic Ed Yong in his article, New Zealands War on Rats Could Change the World, helped frame an ongoing debate over using genetically...


Navy Pilots Drew A Penis In The Sky; Parents Worried About Imagery More Than What Kids Are Breathing Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel Residents in Okanogan County, Washington are outraged after pilots flying United States Navy aircraft created a graphic drawing of a giant penis...


The Phallus In The Sky, Courtesy Of A U.S. Navy Growler Pilot Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich The below sky writing art appeared above Okanogan County, Washington, the morning of Thursday, November 16, 2017 and it has most...


New Map Reveals The Safest And Least Safe Countries To Travel To TruthTheory

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Are you planning to travel for the holidays? If so, you may want to reassess the intended destination, for 2018s Travel Risk Map reveals which countries are the most dangerous and which are the safest to visit. It turns out, most of Africa is very dangerous in terms of road safety and security. The safest, on the other hand, are Finland, Norway, and Iceland.

This map, by International SOS and Control Risks, shows the places most likely to put your health at risk. Low risk countries are marked in green, medium in yellow, high in orange, very high in red and those that have a rapidly developing variable risk, such as Brazil and Russia, are marked in light brown

The Daily Mail reports that the countries in the low category for health risks include Canada, most of Europe, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Countries you may want to look out for as they were deemed to have rapidly developing variable risk when it comes to hea...


Yes, Trophy Hunters Really Do These Things OpEdNews

This is not the first time the love of trophy killing has gone all the way to the White House. President George H.W. Bush, former Vice-President Dan Quayle and the late Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. were proud members of Safari Club International (SCI)--the bloodthirsty group that sponsored dentist Walter Palmer's murder of Cecil an African lion in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe in 2015


Donald Trump's Strange Bromances with Duterte and Putin OpEdNews

Why wouldn't our president at least challenge this dangerous foreign threat to our people's democracy? "Well, look," Trump meekly replied when asked this question, "I can't stand there and argue with him." Really? Well, since you're not up to the job, please get out of the way so we can find a president who will stand there and argue with the Putins and Dutertes of the world.


Hilarious Cannabis Ad Makes A Mockery Of Big Pharma Drug Commercials TruthTheory

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Do you suffer from overwhelming stress? Are you sick of relying on pharmaceutical drugs which seem to create more symptoms than they cure? If so, it may be time you try cannabis.

The natural herb which is now legal for medicinal use in 27 U.S. states has been cultivated and used by humans for thousands of years. And believe it or not, 0 people have died from using it in that time. Big Pharma, on the other hand, cannot make that claim. This is because drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. In 2015, for instance,...


[WATCH] South Carolina Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Unarmed Motorist to be Sentenced in December Filming Cops

CHARLESTON, S.C. A former South Carolina police officer filmed as he fatally shot an unarmed motorist in the back two years ago will be sentenced on Dec. 4 on

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Ohio Supreme Court justice boasts about his sex life Freethought Blogs

Bill ONeill was elected to serve on the Ohio Supreme court, the only Democrat on the seven judge panel, all the others being Republicans. Yes, the fact that in Ohio, even judges to the Supreme Court are not only elected but are nominated by political parties should tell you that I live in a pretty weird state. The rules require judges to retire at the age of 70 but they can stay on until they complete their terms of office which for ONeill meant January of 2019, and he decided to run for governor of the state in the election to be held in November 2018.

Up until yesterday, there was no little indication that ONeill was anything out of the ordinary. But then he released an extraordinary Facebook post that has to be seen to be believed.

Now that the dogs of war are calling for the head of Senator Al Franken I believe it is time to speak up on behalf of all heterosexual males. As a candidate for Governor let me save my opponents some research time. In the last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females. It ranged from a gorgeous personal secretary to Senator Bob Taft (Senior) who was my first true love and we made passionate love in the hayloft of her parents barn in Gallipolis and ended with a drop dead gorgeous red head who was a senior advisor to Peter Lewis at Progressive Insurance in Cleveland.

Now can we get back to discussing legalizing marijuana and opening the state hospital network to combat the opioid crisis. I am sooooo disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago.


There are so many things wrong with this that it is hard to know where to begin. Lets start with his presumption that he speaks for all heterosexual males, a grandiose claim if there ever was one. Then let us move on to the fact of his giving enough information to identify two of the 50 women that he says that he had sex with. That is reprehensible because there is no reason why those women and their families should have been dragged into this.

Then we have what is obviously boasting about his sexual liaisons with 50 very attractive females. What has that got to do with anything? He says that he is releasing all this information to pre-empt people from dgging into his past to find dirt on him as part of the current national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago. But what is being discussed are not the sex lives of people or their sexual indiscretions but sexual abuse, a completely different thing. ONeill seems to have taken this opportunity to boast about his sexual prowess, behavior so tacky as to defy belief.

I thought that the maybe he had done this to get publicity for his run. If so, he cert...


How America's Deep State Operates to Control the Message OpEdNews

Deep State is the widespread belief that there exists in many countries an entrenched and largely hidden infrastructure that really controls the national narrative and runs things. It explains why, for example, a country like the United States is perpetually at war even though the wars have been disastrous failures ever since Korea and have not made the nation more secure.


[WATCH] Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers Who Killed Man With Hands Up Wont Be Charged Filming Cops

Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers will not be charged after killing a Charlotte man in September who carried an unloaded gun but had his hands raised when he was shot, Mecklenburg

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War Crimes As Policy OpEdNews

Despite appearances and differing ideologies, both the Kurds' SDF and ISIS are Western intelligence assets in Syria.


[WATCH] Officer Earned $175,000 on Leave Since Controversial Police Shooting But Wants $5M More Filming Cops

Its a standoff that has cost North Miami taxpayers close to $175,000, left the city with one less senior police officer, and remains a sticking point for a city trying

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Paddocks brother, Eric, shows up to court hearing about estate Intellihub

LAS VEGAS Lawyers representing victims of the 1 October shooting were in court Friday in an effort to start sorting out the estate of the shooter, Stephen Paddock whos worth millions.  But during the hearing that lasted all of five or 10 minutes, there was an unexpected attendee.

Eric Paddock didnt have a lot to say.

Please help us understand why youre here, Reporter John Langeler asked Eric Paddock, Stephen Paddocks brother.

However, Eric didnt have a lot to say.

Via Las Vegas Now

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[WATCH] Video Shows Moments After Sheriffs SUV Hits Pedestrians on Sidewalk in Boyle Heights Filming Cops

Two boys were killed Thursday evening after they were struck by a Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department vehicle that was involved in a crash while responding to a radio call

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Shocking CDC Tests Reveal 3,800 US Water Supplies Up To 400% MORE Contaminated Than Flint Activist Post

By John Vibes For years there has been an ongoing debate about the levels of lead that have been found in the drinking water in...


Dammit Jim, Thats Not Biblical! Freethought Blogs

Facundus Beatus, f. 191v: The Dragon gives his power to the Beast. Commentaria In Apocalypsin, 8th Century. Click for giant size.

Its Jim Bakker, again. The title of this post is a bit unfair; I couldnt resist. You cant honestly say something is or isnt biblical, given the sheer amount of different versions and interpretations. Its just a god mash hash. This recent tearful plea by Jim has to do with The Great Tribulation, upon which, there are many versions and interpretations, and a number of different beliefs.

If they kill our president or they destroy him or whatever, if we elect the other side, Bakker said, this is it. I think maybe Trump is here to give us time to get ready because all hell is going to break loose. Were not going to have the Antichrist show up to get the sign of the Mark of the Beast on our forehead or hand, it wont happen without hunger. Hunger is going to be the main thing. Most people dont get it, they dont want to get it, but that is why I am so obsessed with you all being prepared.

Horrendous Hyperbole, Jim! Electing democrats is not the same as murder. Really truly. It is fun to see how much you change your narrative from one appeal to the next. So now the Tiny Tyrant isnt the Jehovah blessed saviour, hes just a little sort of hourglass? How the mighty fall. I hate to break into this melodrama, but people who have enough money to buy your yuck inna bucket are in no danger of going hungry. There are people in this world who are going hungry. A great many people have already been displaced by climate change, and can no longer sustain themselves in their homelands. There are plenty of people living in poverty right here in Ustates, who not only cant afford nutritious food, theyre stuck in food deserts. All manner of children cannot concentrate in school because they are consumed by hunger. And here you are, hawking your absurdly expensive crap inna bucket. There isnt a shred of decency in you, Jim. There certainly isnt so much as a tattered remnant of shame anywhere to be seen.

Bakkers wife, Lori, warned that Christians who dont think they would ever accept the Mark of the Beast will inevitably do so when they see that their children or grandchildren are starving, which prompted Bakker to bring out his newborn grandson, whom he cradled as he wept, saying, I hear them crying, Ive heard them crying...


Why Is This Raw Milk Farmer In Jail? Activist Post

By Heather Callaghan I stand with Michael Schmidt. I love him, a mass food freedom community loves him and Im pretty sure our hundreds of...


Hezbollah Capabilities And Role In The Middle East (Full Documentary) - Veterans Today Veterans Today

from SouthFront Hezbollah is a social and political movement with a strong armed wing. It was formed in 1980s. Hezbollahs creation was conditioned by the aspiration of the Shia population of Lebanon to meet the challenges of Israeli expansion and Western new-style colonialism. The Hezbollah (Party of God) movement was formed in 1982 in Lebanon []


WTF Chart Of The Day: Americas Youngest Child Brides & Grooms The Last American Vagabond

Between 2000 and 2015, at least 207,468 minors were married in the United States. As Statistas Martin Armstrong notes, despite an overall fall in child marriage since 2000 (25,583 to 9,247), there are still a shocking number of young children legally married in the country. Only 14 percent married other minors, meaning 86 percent wedded []

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San Antonio Police Officer Yelled F You, F-t During Confrontation at Travis Park Statue Removal Filming Cops

A San Antonio police officer was suspended for three days without pay after he allegedly used a homophobic slur against a man during a confrontation at the Travis Park Confederate

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Police Can Now Request Your DNA Without Your Consent or Knowledge Via Ancestry Websites The Free Thought Project

dnaIf police want your DNA, you don't have to give them permission for them to access it, you won't even know if they get it at all.


FBI Informant Has Video Of Russian Agents With Briefcases Of Bribe Money In Clinton-Uranium Scandal The Last American Vagabond

An undercover FBI informant in the Russian nuclear industry who was made to sign an illegal NDA by former AG Loretta Lynch, claims to have video evidence showing Russian agents with briefcases full of bribe money related to the controversial Uranium One deal  according to The Hill investigative journalist John Solomon and Circas Sara Carter. The informant, whose identity was revealed []

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Brennan and Clapper: Elder Statesmen or Serial Fabricators? OpEdNews

After an arduous 12 month-long investigation involving both Houses of Congress, a Special Counsel, and a small army of high-paid Washington attorneys, the only straw Brennan has found to hold on to, is a few innocuous advertisements posted on Facebook and Twitter that had no noticeable impact on the election at all.


Peter Thiel Just Became the Best Friend of the Independent Media Because of What Hes Doing to Google Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

It is often been said that the enemy of enemy is my friend.  Therefore, in this moment, Peter Thiel is my best friend because you will not believe what he is doing to Google. This is absolutely awesome.




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Faust 16. Freethought Blogs

Art by Harry Clarke.


Poppy Output Hits Record High As US Troop Surge In Afghanistan Completed The Last American Vagabond

As the opioid crisis breaks records by killing more than 100 Americans every day, opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a record high in 2017. (TFTP) The opioid crisis has killed thousands in the United States, and as more than 100 Americans die every day, opium poppy cultivation has hit a record high in []

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Angelina Jolie finally brings down sexual predators (sort of) - Veterans Today Veterans Today

by Jonas E. Alexis   Angelina Jolie has recently delivered an emotional speech at the U.N. saying that Sexual violence is everywhere in the industry where I work, in business, in universities, in politics, in the military, and across the world. Jolie continued: All too often, these kinds of crimes against women are laughed []


Malcolm Young From AC/DC Is Dead at 64 Guardian Liberty Voice

Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist from AC/DC is dead. According to NBC, the member of the Australian hard rock band was 64. The official AC/DC Facebook page announced his death on Saturday but offered no details. In 2014, Young was diagnosed with dementia. NBC reported that he died peacefully surrounded by his loving family. The []

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Businessman heard gunfire close to the Delano Hotel, smelled gunpowder, saw SWAT looking for more shooters Intellihub

A businessman staying at the Delano Hotel on the night of the massacre says he heard shots closeby, smelled gunpowder, and saw SWAT looking for more shooters

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) A businessman who was staying at the Delano Hotel on the night of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival massacre claims that he heard secondary gunfire close by and smelled gunpowder inside the Delano Hotel sometime after all gunfire had ceased at Mandalay Bay.

The businessman identified only as Chuck told investigative reporter Jake Morphonios recently that he had been up on the 63rd-floor of the Delano Hotel in the Skyfall Lounge earlier that night for a drink but had decided to go down to the casino to play a few machines around 10:15 p.m. where Chuck said he encountered a heard of screaming people running toward him.

I didnt know what was going on in there [the casino] at first but it was absolute pandemonium, he said. Then you see a SWAT team come in looking for a shooter. They were telling everyone to run because they were saying that there was a shooter down there in the complex.

Chuck told Morphonios that he is sure there was more than one shooter that night because Stephen Paddock could not have been in two places at once.

Well, first of all, they say that the guy on the 32nd-floor was done shooting by around 10:15 p.m. but the SWAT team that was engaging the shooter downstairs, the part that I personally saw, was not happening upstairs, he explained. They were screaming about a shooter who was downstairs.

This guy clearly had at least one accomplice because [] they came through the casino. I think there was more than that because these SWAT, [] or some kind of law enforcement, were over at the Delano side yelling at us to run because there was still an active shooter. This was after the stuff over in the casino, he said.

The businessman confirms the gunfire he heard was much closer than the gunfire that was coming from the 32nd-floor.

Much closer, he explained. Im talking very close.

Chuck said that he believes the gunfire likely came from inside the corridor that connects the Delano and the Mandalay Bay and that the gunpowder in which he smelled could not have possibly come from the 32nd-floor.

Astonishingly, Chucks report dovetails with another eyewitnesss account which can be found in the November 7 Intellihub report titled...


Kronos Day Mood. Freethought Blogs

A Perfect Circle The Doomed. This should be the new anthem of America. Theyre on tour, click the link for dates and tickets.

Behold the new Christ
Behold the same old horde
Gather at the altering
New beginning, new word
And the word was death
And the word was without light
The new beatitude:
Good luck, youre on your own!

Blessed are the fornicates
May we bend down to be their whores
Blessed are the rich
May we labor, deliver them more
Blessed are the envious
Bless the slothful, the wrathful, the vain
Blessed are the gluttonous
May they feast us to famine and war

What of the pious, the pure of heart, the peaceful?
What of the meek, the mourning, and the merciful?
All doomed
All doomed

Behold the new Christ
Behold the same old horde
Gather at the altering
New beginning, new word
And the word was death
And the word was without light
The new beatitude:
Good luck!

What of the pious, the pure of heart, the peaceful?
What of the meek, the mourning, and the merciful?
What of the righteous, what of the charitable?
What of the truthful, the dutiful, the decent?

Doomed are the poor
Doomed are the peaceful
Doomed are the meek
Doomed are the merciful
For the word is now death
And the word is now without light
The new beatitude:
Fuck the doomed
Youre on your own!


Pentagon: ISIS Officially Defeated But The US Will Stay (Illegally) In Syria The Last American Vagabond

Russia questions what the US goal in Syria has become. US military intentions in Syria have never been exactly transparent, but are becoming ever less so, as Pentagon officials loudly declare ISIS to have been defeated in the country, but insist that they intend to remain. This is a potential major legal issue, because Syria never authorized []

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4 Serious Ways A Conviction For Driving Under The Influence Will Affect You The Last American Vagabond

Being convicted of driving under the influence means more than not being able to drive for a few days, paying a fine, and attending a class. The conviction will have consequences that affect your life for a long time. Before you are tempted to think that little will change once the verdict is in, consider []

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VIDEO: Police SUV Mows Down Mom & 2 Kids as He Sped Through Neighborhood The Free Thought Project

A police officer responding to a call this week allegedly lost control of his SUV sending it plowing into a family on the sidewalk, killing two children.


Raturday. Freethought Blogs

My beautiful baby girl Amelia. Never going to get over her.

C. Ford.



Cops Relative Murders Unarmed Man in Broad Daylight ON VIDEONo Charges The Free Thought Project

killeenA relative of the Killeen police department shot and killed a man in broad daylight, it was recorded on video and he is still walking free.


A delicate exercise Freethought Blogs

It must be tricky to critique flat Earth stories, which are risibly goofy and in defiance of the evidence, when you personally believe in young Earth stories, which are just as idiotic, but Danny Faulkner of Answers in Genesis tries. He attended a flat earth conference, and whats remarkable about his essay is how gingerly he treads. Make no mistake, Faulkner does not believe in this flat earth crap, he gives a few specific criticisms of some of their rationalizations, and it is not currently the policy of Answers in Genesis to support flat earth claims (they say the Bible does not claim the Earth is flat), but give them time if flat-earthers become numerous enough to be fleeced, expect even more niceness from AiG.

Its just the irony of it all. Faulkner was getting a little taste of how loony these fringe Bible kooks look to the rest of us, with their weird claims that flout all the evidence, but are fervently held solely because they connect them to their religious beliefs. No, the Bible doesnt flat out state that the Earth is flat, but it is a reasonably inferred part of the mythology, and there are all kinds of hints that the ancient authors modeled the world that way; it also doesnt come right out and say that the Earth is only 6000 years old, but it is also clear that the ancient authors had no concept of deep time, and so AiG has inferred and imposed a set of interpretations on the Bible that bolster their preferred preconceptions. There is no difference between flat-earthers and young-earthers in their methodology or their biases or their abuse of science.

Theres also the lack of perspective. Ive attended creationist events, and this is exactly what they sound like: disappointingly vague, reliant entirely on religious testimonies and that damnable Christian persecution complex.

I was a bit disappointed by the content of the conference. I had expected that I would hear and see information about flat-earth that I hadnt encountered already, but that wasnt the case. Many of the presentations largely were personal testimonies of how people had come to believe in flat earth. Hence, I didnt learn much about the flat-earth model that I didnt already know. However, I did learn much about the flat-earth movement itself. In conversations and in the presentations, I learned how people came to lose jobs, friends, and even family members once they, in their own words, came out of the closet about flat earth. Therefore, many of the people in attendance clearly viewed the meeting as a safe refuge where they could meet ostracized people like themselves. This clearly brought joy to many attendees, and I suppose the last thing these people would do would be to castigate someo...


Peoria Police Officer to be Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography Filming Cops

PEORIA, Illinois A former Peoria police officer found guilty last year of possessing child pornography will know soon what his sentence is. The sentencing hearing for John McCavitt, 36,

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35 Degrees South: Fog and Rain. Freethought Blogs

Beautiful photos from Lofty, click for full size!

And I took the liberty of cropping that last photo, to showcase all those gorgeous rain drops:

Lofty, all rights reserved.


The Roy Moore Debacle in Alabama Is a Showcase of the GOP's Playbook to Rig Elections OpEdNews

The strange saga of Roy Moore's senatorial bid in Alabama has made one thing clear: Nobody should doubt that the GOP is the modern political party most eager to rig election results -- even when the target is a fellow Republican. The GOP has once again seized the spotlight as the party most enthusiastic about rigging elections -- or doing whatever it takes to get the outcome they seek.


Russia Rapidly Restored Balance of Power - Veterans Today Veterans Today

by Sajjad Shaukat for Veterans Today Renowned scholars of international relations, Lord Castlereagh, Quincy Wright, Hans J. Morgenthau and Kenneth Waltz agree by remarking, Checking the unusual dominance and hegemony of the world by a single power is very essential for the survival of other states which live in anarchic situation where there is no []


Westchester County Prison Used Inmate as Bait to Catch Perv Then Punished Her: Lawsuit Filming Cops

Prison officials, after using an unwitting female inmate as bait to nab a randy corrections officer, made her life miserable once she refused to cooperate, a federal lawsuit charges. Prisoner

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Small-Town Alabama Police Chief Posts Sarcastic Sexual Abuse Statements About Doug Jones Filming Cops

In the wake of sexual assault allegations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, a small-town Alabama police chief took to Facebook this week to joke that hed been molested by

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There Is No Way to Stop the Planet-Wide Spread of the Black Death Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show


The Black Death is thought to have originated in the dry plains of Central Asia, where it then travelled along the silk Road, eventually reaching Crimea by 1343. From that point, it was most likely carried by Oriental rat fleas   living on the black rats that were regular passengers on various merchant ships. Then this Black Death spread throughout the Mediterranean and Europe.

The Black Death is estimated to have killed 3060% of Europes total population. All together, the plague may have reduced the population of the world from an estimated 450 million down to 350375 million in the 14th century. The world population, as a whole. did not recover to pre-plague population levels until the 17th century. This was largely due to the fact that the plague recurred as outbreaks in Europe until the 19th century. Now, humanity is looking at the potential for a similar scourge. This is not a statement to made lightly because the devastation lasted over 300 years. The most amazing thingg about the spread of the pathogen, was that the enormous number of victims, as well as the vast geography that the disease covered, was accomplished without the aid of carriers spreading the disease without modern air travel.

A Pathogen Like No Other

The disease cannot be eradicated, thus leaving a feeling of helplessness among humans seeking to eliminate the plague. Writing for The Conversation, Professor Allen Cheng, infectious disease expert at Monash University, described the airborne plague as unusual due to the number of cases reported in major cities. Cheng stated Its not possible to eradicate plague, as it is widespread in wildlife rodents outside the sphere of human influence.

The plague has spread to at least 10 nations, probably more. As healthcare officials scramble to treat patients, experts believe the highly lethal ...


Multiple Clergymen Busted in FBI Sting for Sex-Trafficking Children The Free Thought Project

Three pastors have been indicted on charges of child sex-trafficking for recruiting, grooming and soliciting girls as young as 14 years old.


Poppy Output Hits Record High as US Troop Surge in Afghanistan Completed The Free Thought Project

As the opioid crisis breaks records by killing more than 100 Americans every day, opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a record high in 2017.


WATCH: Angry Mom Owns Masked Cops & Runs Them Off for Harassing Her Son The Free Thought Project

Two ominously dressed cops with masks over their faces tried to unlawfully shakedown three young men, but an angry mom came out and shut them down.

Saturday, 18 November


US Complicit in War Crimes in Yemen Freethought Blogs

The US Government has been cagy about the degree to which the US is assisting Saudi Arabia in its war on Yemen; a war which includes area bombing and terror-strikes against civilians. And, because the US has managed to lull its population into accepting anything anti-terror as acceptable, there has been hardly any public outcry at all.

In order to manipulate public opinion, the US Government has delivered carefully mixed messages around what support means. For example, a year ago, there was some pro-forma hand-wringing about maybe curtailing weapons sales because of civilian deaths. [reuters]

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The United States has decided to limit military support to Saudi Arabias campaign in Yemen because of concerns over widespread civilian casualties and will halt a planned arms sale to the kingdom, U.S. officials told Reuters

The United States will also revamp future training of the kingdoms air force to focus on improving Saudi targeting practices, a persistent source of concern for Washington.

The decision reflects deep frustration within President Barack Obamas government over Saudi Arabias practices in Yemens 20-month-old war, which has killed more than 10,000 people and sparked humanitarian crises, including chronic food shortages, in the poorest country in the Middle East.

That was back in 2016. Notice how it sounds like the US is trying to get the Saudis to stop using their US-made F-16s to drop US-made bombs on towns in Yemen? What actually happened was that the Saudis bought a $750 million training package from the US, to help teach their pilots to drop bombs better. If that sounds to you a bit like a payoff, it sounds that way to me, too.

WASHINGTON Saudi Arabia is engaging in a $750 million, multiyear training program through the American military to help prevent the accidental killing of civilians in the Saudi-led air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The additional training and new safeguards effectively amount to important new conditions on the $110 billion in proposed arms deals that the United States is preparing to seal with Saudi Arabia, which Mr. Trump announced during his trip.

These conditions may also have played a role in the Senates narrow approval of t...

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