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Thursday, 22 February

23:58

Only Armed Personnel In Every School Can Protect Our Children Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Gun free zones is where students go to die.


I did my student teaching at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO. Do you think I am sensitive to the topic of school shootings? Once upon a time, I was very proficient in martial arts and various forms of self-defense and I have taught classes to individuals and groups. Individuals like myself and Bob Griswold and myself have a degree of situational awareness that most in our society do not have. Anyone with any degree of training in self-defense will tell you, that our present level of self-defense practiced in our schools is criminally negligent.

Do not blame the teachers, the administrators or even the school boards. They are overwhelmed by mindlessfederal and state government liberal bureaucrats that believe that the designation gun-free-zones somehow makes our students safer. What a joke! Such a declaration is a message of open season on defenseless students and teachers.

The liberal morons who run much of our society dont even give a second thought to protecting the targets of a would-be-mass-murderer. Their only response is to seize the guns  which is an exercise in futility. There are over 300 million guns in America. No amount of registration and even gun confiscation can even make a dent. Why? Because they FBI tells us that 90% of the gun used in a crime are stolen, thats why! Ron Paul put out a statement where decries the illogic of such a move.

We have George Soros inspired and funded young people who just magically organized themselves into organized protest rallies promoting gun confiscation, like a teenager would know the first thing about organizing such a movement. This is the definition of an orchestrated event.

There is an objective, from the liberal left, on why they want all the guns and they are willing to exploit school shootings to achieve their objective, but that is another topic for another day. For the p...

23:51

Culture wars: a childs medical right to change gender in the Brave New World Jon Rappoport's Blog

Culture wars: a childs medical right to change gender in the Brave New World

Wikipedia: Gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder (GID) is the dysphoria (distress) a person experiences as a result of the sex and gender they were assigned at birth.

By Jon Rappoport

Technocracy is shaping a new world based on twisting morality into pseudoscientific facts that demand compliance. Its a hoax on a grand scale. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

Government programs to teach the issue of gender in schools are gaining steam. Fluid-gender is the artificial construct used to promote these programs.

For years, Ive been warning about the fabricated use of medical labels as a pretext for protecting the rights of the child.

The op goes this way:

Shift a decision about morality into a decision about the right to obtain medical treatment. For example, claim there is a disorder called Gender Dysphoria. Claim many children suffer from it.

State that gender reassignment is the treatment that cures the disorder.

State that every child has the right to choose the treatmentAND parents who oppose it are illegally restricting their children.

Breitbart reports on a current case: Parents of a 17-year-old girl lost custody of their daughter for opposing her wish for transgender medical treatments.

Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon of Hamilton County, Ohio has allowed the girl to be taken into the custody of her grandparents who support her medical transition allowing them to make decisions that will further along her physical transition to the opposite sex.

The parents reportedly continued to call their daughter by her given name, rather than a male name, and refused to consent to hormone treatments that were recommended by her medical team. The girl claimed she became suicidal as a result of her parents refusal to accept that she wanted to transition to a male.

We think the grandparents are the ones who have an open mind and will make this sort of decision best for the child, said attorney Paul Hunt, who represents the court-appointed guardian ad litem. The parents have clearly indicated that theyre not open to it.

According to the news story, the parents argued their daughter was not even close to being able to make such a life-altering decision at this time. A county prosecutor, however, claimed the parents were opposed to their daughter transitioning to become a male because of their Christian religious beliefs.

A court decides the parents are not in charge.

The parents are denying their child the right to obtain a medical treatment.

Therefore, the State must intercede.

Here is another case that goes much further. The basis of the decision is so insane that most people are unwilling to think about itthe criminality is so egregious it paralyzes the mind. AND AT THE BOTTOM OF...

23:21

I Bought A Military Rifle At Age Nine. That Was Normal, And There Were No Mass Shootings The Federalist

In 1953, when I was a nine-year-old growing up in Georgia, I saw an ad in the back of a magazine by Golden State Arms, a mail-order firearms dealer in California. It announced the sale of surplus Russian Mosin-Nagant 7.62 mm bolt-action rifles with 50 rounds of ammunition for just $9.99 each.

Wow! The rifle shown in the tiny ad looked cool, and the price was right. So, after robbing my piggy bank and without parental consultation, I sent a postal money order to California and waited.

A month later, a Railway Express driver appeared at our front door with a long narrow box. I hadnt known that the Mosin-Nagant was more than 48 inches long. So I immediately confronted a tactical problem. The package was almost longer than I was tall, and it had arrived on a Saturday when my father was home. My hastily improvised plan was to sneak my new rifle into the basement and figure things out from there.

I wrestled the package through the living room and dining room. The door leading to the basement stairs was within reach. The plan was working!

But then, my father appeared out of nowhere and fixed me with a cold gaze.

Son, what have you got there?

Nothing, sir. For some reason, he didnt seem convinced.

Well, then, he replied, lets open up that package and see what nothing looks like.

Deflated, I watched as he withdrew my new rifle and a flimsy cardboard box containing 50 rounds of ammunition. Hefting the rifle, he expertly worked the bolt back and forth and pulled the trigger. He wasnt a big gun owner, but he knew firearms and kept a .22 rifle for home defense. Then he removed the bolt and handed me the rifle.

Here you go. Have fun.

But, daddy, the gun wont shoot without the bolt! I protested.

My, he smiled benignly, youre such a bright little fellow. Now get along.

That was my introduction to gun control.

This Is What a Healthy Gun Culture Looks Like

Even though my Mosin-Nagant never fired a round, plenty of other working firearms were readily available to the boys in our neighborhood. Along with knives, homemade explosives, fireworks, chemistry sets, full-contact football without pads, bicycles without helmets, fist fights, and so on, we occupied ourselves with daily activities that would today result in our parents arrest by the child-rearing experts from Children and Youth Services.

Somehow we managed to reach adulthood pretty much unscathed. As for all those readily available firearms, we used them for plinking, target practice, hunting, and competitive shooting. In those long-ago days, this was considered normal.

In adolescence, some of us joined our high school rifle teams. Boys and girls participated, and the schools provided the guns and ammunition. Also, without school interference, any number of my friends owned revolvers and rapid-firing semi-automatic pistols that were kept in their cars or hidden in their bo...

23:21

Forced To Resign For Her Faith, This Magistrate Sued The State And Won The Federalist

Gayle Myrick, a 68-year-old grandmother of three, loved her job as a magistrate in North Carolina. For almost five years, she set bonds, issued warrants, and granted protective orders to domestic violence victims, all while offering a message of hope to individuals in a tough spot.

You can start over every day, Gayle would tell the Americans who came before her. You dont have to be in this situation forever. Theres plenty of people that want to help you.

She especially loved presiding over marriage ceremonies.

Presiding over two people committing their lives to each other filled me with so much joy that I routinely stepped in for other magistrates who didnt like performing that task, she wrote in a column published in The Washington Post. 

But all of that changed in October, 2014, when same-sex marriage was made legal in North Carolina. As a Christian, Gayle could not in good conscience perform same-sex marriages, since Christianity reserves sex exclusively to a married man and woman. Yet she also didnt want to prevent anyone from getting married, nor to feel he or she was treated differently.

After praying and thinking, she and her supervisor came up with a solution: they would alter Gayles schedule so she wouldnt perform any marriages. The judge that supervises her office rejected this plan, and Gayle was forced to resign just two months shy of being eligible for retirement.

I lost it all, she said.

You Stand Up For Your Convictions At Any Cost

Throughout our phone conversations totaling 90 minutes, its clear Gayles identity is deeply rooted in her family and faith. She says she inherited her strong convictions and a willingness to stand up for her beliefs from her father, an extremely hard worker and honest man. He worked as a welder and farmed on the side, working from three oclock in the morning until six or seven oclock at night each day.

He was going to do what was right and the consequences did not matter to him, she said of her father, who passed away 2005. He showed them we can agree to disagree . . . without back-biting. . . Thats the way he is remembered to this day. He is just a person who stood for what he believed.

Her mother was a stay-at-home mom, which entailed a lot more back then than it does now, Gayle tells me. She cooked, cleaned, sewed her familys clothes, gardened, and taught Gayle about her faith.

You stand up for your convictions at any cost, she said. And youre kind to everyone. . . We a...

23:20

Its Time To Disband DCs Public School System Once And For All The Federalist

Washington DC public schools are facing yet another round of scandals. By now, its probably time to stop calling that unceasing reality news. Schools chancellor Antwan Wilson resigned Tuesday after it was revealed he pulled strings to get his daughter into a better public school rather than resigning her fate to the districts lottery assignment system. Thats only the tip of the iceberg.

This year, the FBI began investigating the school system after it was revealed that the district fraudulently awarded high school diplomas to a third of last years graduates. Last year, the Washington Post found the previous school chancellor also helped connected parents get their kids into better public schools without having to use the lottery system, and that DC schools were lying about their suspension rates.

Theres more: Last year, only 178 out of 2,307 graduates from all DCPS high schools had satisfactory attendance. Almost half of DCPS students who missed more than half of the school year graduated last year, notes Max Eden (emphasis added). This is disgusting. How can someone truly earn a diploma without actually being present in school to do the work?

Corruption is endemic to DC public schools and has been for decades. The famed Michelle Rhee came in as chancellor in 2007 after the districts school board was stripped of powers due to gross mismanagement over the previous four decades, including financial corruption, nepotism, and union heads going to ja...

23:20

Professional Feminists Lena Dunham And Jill Filipovic Find The Facts Of Life Are Stubbornly Conservative The Federalist

The facts of life are stubborn things. No matter how many times we try to modify or ignore them, there they are. It turns out to be true even if youre rich, famous, or a progressive feminist in good standing. Just ask Lena Dunham and Jill Filipovic.

Dunham recently took to Vogue to discuss her hysterectomy at age 31 and foreclosing the possibility of ever bearing her own biological children. Meanwhile, Filipovic wrote on changing her mind about marriage for Cosmopolitan. For those who havent heard, Filipovic is now Mrs. McCormick (at least, traditionally speaking).

What was so striking about both personal essays wasnt the content, per se. Marriage and motherhood are BIG things. Theyre life changing things that countless people have reflected on in essays and book-length treatments. Its also common for people to feel ambivalent about both of them, especially before taking either plunge.

No, what was fascinating was how both women outspoken feminists, if ever there were found themselves attracted by elements of the traditional life script seemingly at odds with Filipovics writings and Dunhams public image.

Now to be fair, marriage and parenthood arent inherently partisan, but in todays culture, both can feel politicized. Filipovic has tweeted and written in favor of child-free living. For her part, Dunham has described attending a wedding ceremony and finding it patronizing, outdated, and terrifying. So, presumably these women would agree they are both coloring outside certain feminist lines.

Each essay chronicles a seismic shift in the writers life. Filipovic, in particular, appears to struggle with her life-changing choice. Her discomfort with the institution of marriage is palpable. Filipovic explains, my own cynicism, bolstered by feminist theory put me squarely in the marriage-free camp throughout my 20s. She watches women pair off before age 30 and considers them child brides. She watches women pair off after 30 and worries they are settling for the sake of stability.

Filipovic writes that not only did she not want to wed until same-sex marriage became legal (like Dunham), but she also worried marriage couldnt be egalitarian and about the perceived social and professional costs. Still, Filipovic met her now-husband and everything began to look...

23:20

Trumps Proposed Bump Stock Ban Is Either Lawless, Stupid, Or Both The Federalist

Gun owners know firearm laws. We must. The slightest slip-up can result in serious consequences. This is why gun owners eyes roll when firearm ignoramuses talk about gun policy. It doesnt take long to tell whether a gun control bill was written by someone who understands firearm laws and regulations.

One of the most basic rules that law-abiding gun owners must follow is dont turn your gun into a machine gun. The consequences for breaking this rule are serious.

To help make sure innocent people dont accidentally become felons, a machine gun has a very simple definition: when you pull the trigger, more than one bullet is fired. If you cannot make your gun fire multiple bullets with a single trigger pull, then you dont have a machine gun.

When I read President Donald Trumps memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, my eyes rolled before I even made it past the memos subject line: Application of the Definition of Machinegun to Bump Fire Stocks and Other Similar Devices

The real eye-rolling really kicked in a little further down the page: Today, I am directing the Department of Justice to dedicate all available resources to complete the review of the comments received, and, as expeditiously as possible, to propose for notice and comment a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machineguns.

That is already illegal. It is illegal for anyone without the proper permits and licenses to modify their semi-automatic weapon to fire multiple bullets with a single trigger pull.

I own multiple bump stocks. One of them I 3D printed myself, just to prove that modern technology makes banning them pointless. I did not manufacture a machine gun. I manufactured a stock that moves freely along a rifles buffer tube.

The buffer tube is the piece of aluminum that an AR-15s stock attaches to. The buffer tube has deliberately drilled holes that allow a shooter to collapse their butt stock to change the rifles length of pull. That allows for an AR-15s stock to be pinned into place, either permanently in states with assault weapon bans or temporarily in the case of collapsible stocks.

A bump fire stock, at its core, is nothing but a thumbhole stock (where the pistol grip and stock are one piece) that is not pinned in place on a rifles buffer tube. The bump fire stock moves forward and backward on the buffer tube as the rifle is fired, allowing the shooter to harness the rifles recoil to reset the trigger faster than their trigger finger muscles could on their own.

A bump stock does not change the mechanics of the rifle in any way, shape, or form. It does not turn a semi-automatic rifle into a machine gun. Trumps memos instructions cannot be applied to bump stocks without radically redefining the definition of a machine gun. The only way the ATF can ban bump...

23:20

Why Sex Asymetry In STEM Jobs Actually Shows Women Have More Freedom Than Ever The Federalist

Womens alienation from STEM jobs is causing major pains among the more extreme equity feminists and their elite culture allies. When women are under-represented in a particular field of employment, these folks auto-default to the conclusion that women are kept out because of sexism and traditionalist expectations.

Of course, prejudice against women does happen in the workplace, but it is certainly not the cause of all such employment differences. Sometimes it merely comes down to womens own freely chosen preferences. Most women just dont desire to work in certain male-dominated fields, so they make other choices. They do so with complete clarity and full knowledge of what they are doing.

Very robust research has shown for some time what most of us simple folk already knew. A brand new study published this month in Psychological Science explains the supposed inequity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields is not a function of social prejudice, but mere personal preference. An analysis of womens academic choices in 67 diverse countries and regions, it reports that women consistently register lower interest in STEM education and careers compared to men. This fact has remained stable over the decades, despite most developed countries taking considerable efforts toward understanding and changing this pattern, explain these scholars.

The More Legal Equality, The Bigger the Sex Differences

This has remained true even as women are far outpacing men in earning bachelors and masters degrees and largely neck-and-neck with them in earned doctoral degrees. Starker even still is in countries where women enjoy greater political, social, and economic freedom, they are less likely to seek degrees and hold careers in science, engineering, and technology. The studys authors explain that the most gender-equitable countries in the world, as measured by the World Economic Forums Global Gender Gap Index, tend to have the largest gaps between men and women in the STEM fields.

While Finland is one of the most gender-equitable countries, Finland has one of the worlds largest gender gaps in college degrees in STEM fields, and Norway and Sweden, also leading the gender-equity rankings, are not far behind. Fewer than 25 percent of STEM grads in these countries are women. These scholars pronounce a clear correlation: the greater a countrys gender equality rating, the greater its gender gap in STEM degrees and employment. As gender equity increases, STEM parity declines.

The Atlantic reported som...

23:19

School Shootings Arent Due To Toxic Masculinity, But A Lack Of Masculinity The Federalist

In the wake of the Parkland tragedy, America is searching for the cause of this senseless attack on innocent children. Gun laws, a broken mental health system, and toxic masculinity are just a few of suggested causes of our nations epidemic of mass gun violence. Id like to focus on the third topic. Toxic masculinity is not plaguing our society a lack of masculinity is.

Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach at Parkland High School and the father of a young daughter, stepped in front of a hail of bullets fired at children by a coward, sacrificing his life to save theirs. Feis could have run, rationalizing his flight because others depended on him back home, but instead he used his body as a shield and absorbed an attack meant for those more vulnerable than he was. He shielded two kids from being shot. He took the bullets himself,' student Julien Decoste, told NBC News. As I was being escorted out of the building, I had to step over him.

There were two males in that hallway in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday afternoon one behaved like a man, the other did the opposite.

I am not linking any policy or cultural trend to the specifics of this instance or this particular shooter (whose name is not worth mentioning), and it would be simplistic to blame a single cause for the crisis we see today. The copycat factor fueled by wall-to-wall coverage of mass shooters, for instance, likely plays a role to some extent. Nevertheless, any discussion of this crisis must include the cultural rot of masculinity. Since Columbine, a disproportionate number of mass shootings have been committed by males under thirty years old.

In an insightful essay titled The Revenge of the Lost Boys, Tom Nichols profiled the men who have committed some of societys worst crimes over the past decade and a half. From traitors like Edward Snowden and Bowe Bergdahl to racist mass murders like the Charleston church shooter, these Man-Boys have many traits in common: social isolation, delusions of grandeur, and perpetual adolescence. Failed attempts at military service is another theme. In short, they are not men in any sense of the word that connotes responsibility, restraint, self-discipline, or the other traditional masculine virtues.

How did we get here? No single factor is to blame, but a few stand out. Our social media culture is breeding a genera...

23:18

Social Justice Warriors Want To Scream At Me Over Feminism, So Ill Argue With Myself Instead The Federalist

At their best, our universities are a haven for the life of the mind. At their worst, they are incubators for mindless intolerance. Boise State University, where I teach, is not Berkeley or Middlebury, but my wellpublicized treatment there has been instructive, and unsettling.

An academic career afforded me the opportunity to study the most challenging and profound thinkers about what it means for a life to be well lived. Part of the package has been the opportunity to inspire students to think about the elements of a good life and good society. Whether the twenty-first-century university facilitates or impedes such research and teaching in no longer clear.

In summer 2017 I published Sex, Gender, and the Origins of the Culture War for the Heritage Foundation. The report traces the feminist movement through its leading theorists: Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, Kate Millett, and Shulamith Firestone. Feminism, I argued, separated sex, anatomically defined, from gender, socially defined roles for men and women.

The fully realized sexual revolution, Millett wrote in Sexual Politics (1970), would have three main aspects. First, it would seek to eliminate the different ways boys and girls are socialized, so men and women would have the same status, roles, and temperaments in later life and all segregation and disparity between the sexes would disappear. Second, it would seek to cultivate complete economic and emotional independence of women and children from the family. Third, it would seek an end to traditional sexual inhibitions and taboos involving sexual activity.

In other words, feminism has no obvious end point. Abolition of marriage and the family, the sweeping change some feminists advocate, is just an opening skirmish in this rolling sexual revolution.

This Is How Feminism Begat Transgenderism

Transgender theory is a logical part of the struggle. The works of Judith Butler, in particular, show how transgenderism breaks down traditional socialization sexual taboos.

It also cultivates the complete independence of children from the family, as I argued in a follow-up article in Heritages Daily Signal, Transgender Activists Seek to Undermine Parental Rights. If a boy tells his teacher, I feel like a woman, but his parents refuse to help the boy transition to girl, what should the school do?

...

23:18

Churchills Unwavering Defense In Britains Darkest Hour Made His Life A Triumph The Federalist

In an essay about Rudyard Kipling, George Orwell agreed with 1930s-era critics that Kipling was a jingo imperialist and reactionary. Yet, Orwell noted, Kipling has lasted as a literary figure, while other more politically correct writers had not.

This same longevity occurs with Winston Churchill, the subject of the film The Darkest Hour, which has nabbed nine Academy Award nominations. For the Left and even his fellow conservatives in the 1930s, Churchill was an unapologetic imperialist, much of which was true. He defended British control of India. At wars end, Churchill cut an imperialist deal with Joseph Stalin: in exchange for no Russian interference against the British military forces in Greece, Churchill promised to look the other way at Soviet behavior in Eastern Europe.

Yet still he stands. The reason is Churchills uncompromising defiance of Adolf Hitler upon assuming the role of prime minister in 1940, the subject of the Oscar-nominated film starring an astonishing Gary Oldman. To understand just how courageous it was of Churchill to push back against Hitler, one should consider the conditions of 1940, particularly the one month covered in the filmfrom May to June 1940.

It Was Truly Britains Darkest Hour

By May 1940, all of Western Europe, save a neutral Spain, was under Hitlers control. With France fallen, the Nazis were within invasion distance of England, and had begun their relentless blitzkrieg of England. England was truly alone in this fight. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt was blocked from any military participation by the isolationist mood in Congress and the public at large. Meanwhile Stalin, who had previously demanded an anti-fascist security front against Hitler, was now a military partner of Nazi Germany, and was carving up Eastern Europe while the Luftwaffe was bombarding the British people night and day.

The atmosphere was indeed dire. Citizens militias were springing up (Orwell, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, was among them) and were given shotguns for the anticipated house-to-house warfare when Germany invaded. But not everyone in the government was willing to use such desperate measures. Neville Chamberlain, that dogged appeaser, sought to broker a deal to spare England the coming slaughter by negotiating with Hitler via Italys Benito Mussolini, and King George VI backed this for a time.

Hitlers blitzkrieg of the British did not move the populace to such ideas, however. When the bulk of the British army was pinned down on the benches of Dunkirk, ordinary citizens manned boats to get them off. And the British airmen who flew night and day to defend England from Hitlers bombers truly were the gallant few.

Churchill Was Right There With His People

The irony of this situation was that Churchill, that bluff old imperialist who dismissed British labor strikes as Bolshevik and refused to even entertain the thought of an independent India...

23:18

Dr. Nick Riviera From The Simpsons Explains Obamacare The Federalist

He graduated from Hollywood Upstairs Medical College, thinks choc-o-tastic qualifies as a food group, and has a strange habit of jumping out of windows when called to the coroners office. Hes also an animated character, for what its worth. So what does Dr. Nick Riviera, Springfields resident quack on The Simpsons, have to do with Obamacare?

As it happens, plenty. Dr. Nick provides a humorous example of what may happen in future years, as cascading reductions in reimbursements due to Obamacare wreak havoc on our health care systemand could make doctors like Dr. Nick the only access option for some patients.

Productivity Adjustments Ahead

Most economists consider health care a superior good. That is, as income rises, people want more of it. Moreover, in many cases patients equate price with quality. People generally want the most, and best, health care money can buy, even if the most expensive care does not always equate to the best care. In Springfield, that high-cost care gets provided by giggling physician Dr. Julius Hibbert.

Obamacare included several major changes to reimbursement systems that attempted to change this drive for more, and more expensive, care, but also included arbitrary payment reductions that will lead to abysmally low payment levels. Most notably, the law included so-called productivity adjustments to the Medicare formula for hospitals and other providers, reducing the growth of their payments every year.

The CEO of a major hospital trade association admitted back in 2010 that this trade-offa one-time increase in insured patients for hospitals in exchange for lower payments from Medicare foreverprobably didnt amount to a great deal for his industry in the longer term. Nonpartisan budget experts agree.

The Congressional Budget Office in September 2016 released an analysis showing the Obamacare pr...

23:06

Why the Accused 9/11 Mastermind Cant Get a Fair Trial WhoWhatWhy

Its been nearly 17 years since hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. Its been 15 years since Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, one of the alleged 9/11 planners, was captured in Pakistan. And its been 10 years since he was arraigned in a military court in Guantnamo Bay, Cuba. Yet Mohammed, whom the government characterizes as the mastermind of that horrific attack, has yet to stand trial.

According to Mohammeds lead defense attorney, David Nevin, the delay stems in part from the prosecutions efforts to hide details of torture the accused suffered at the hands of the US government.

The government has made it clear: It will not reveal even to the defense team (who have top secret security clearances) who did exactly what, and exactly when and where [the torture] was done, Nevin told WhoWhatWhy. The defense team argues that it is their professional obligation to investigate what role torture might have played in the governments case against their client.

The defense team alleges that prosecutors have threatened them with prosecution if they attempt to independently investigate the details of their clients torture.

Recent moves by the Trump administration have made the nature of any future trial even more uncertain. The Miami Herald reported earlier this month that Secretary of Defense James Mattis had suddenly fired the Pentagon official tasked with overseeing the military tribunals at Guantnamo the so-called convening authority Harvey Rishikof, and his legal advisor Gary Brown.

According to anonymous sources cited by the New York Times, Rishikof and Brown had been in the midst of trying to negotiate plea deals with the 9/11 defendants. A Pentagon spokesperson did not respond to the Timess inquiry of whether the firings were related to any plea deals.

Plea deals would finally bring an end to the protracted legal battle by sidestepping the thorny issue of torture. But such deals would also preclude the governments efforts to sentence the defendants to death. Insistence on the death penalty, on the other hand, aligns with President Donald Trumps bellicose rhetoric about how to deal with those accused of terrorism.

But the firing of the convening authority officials could backfire if Mattis or others in the Trump administration are found to have run afoul of military commission rules. According to the Times report, attempts by superiors to influence the case even the appearance of...

22:00

The Hotwire #19: Reactions as Students Flood Streets It's Going Down

The post The Hotwire #19: Reactions as Students Flood Streets appeared first on It's Going Down.

This episode is packed to the gills with news! There is antifa activity in Tennessee and folks in the Northwest continue to hold it down against the fascist creep. Solidarity for Afrin spreads and an inspiring model to fight ICE raids emerges out of Koreatown, Los Angeles. We offer some analysis about the school shooting in Parkland, FL and interview both an anarchist attending the student led rallies there and an anarchist author whos written about gun control.

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There is a short update on the repression Florida prisoners are enduring due to Operation Push. Walter Bond is in need of support and we have some good news about accused confederate statue topplers in Durham, NC. To wrap things up, there are loads of upcoming events, so stay tuned until the end!

Notes and Links

  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {1:25}
    • Parkland school shooting & interviews {11:30}
    • Repression Roundup {25:40}
    • Prisoner Birthdays & Next Weeks News {29:55}
  • Antifascists in Washington, D.C. are calling for protests this Saturday, February 24 against a fancy alt-right dinner.
  • This weekend, February 23 to the 26, the...

22:00

Taking a Hike on Walk Score Mountain Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Curious about the relationship between financial productivity and walkability, our friend Josh McCarty at Urban3 took data from Walk Score a site that calculates the walk-friendliness of locations all over the world and combined it with data on tax value per acre in Durham, NC.

In the video below, Josh walks us through the results with a three-dimensional visualization showing that the most walkable places also tend to be the most financially productive, and he discusses the implications of this with Chuck Marohn. Josh also overlays other data like street maps, parking lot coverage and city age with WalkScore data to further illustrate the concept.

Want to see tax value or Walk Score visualized and assessed in your town? Contact Urban3 to get started.


21:19

Class War in the Classroom: Defend Your Campus from Fascism It's Going Down

The post Class War in the Classroom: Defend Your Campus from Fascism appeared first on It's Going Down.

For the time being, the street presence of the neo-fascist movement has been decimated. What remains of the horde that invaded the Berkeley campus in April of 2017 has burnt itself out through a combination of ineptitude, infighting, and an inability to match the speed and reach of antifascist organizing. When the tattered remnants of the Alt-Right showed up to Chicano Park on February 3rd to protest murals, they were nothing more than a fly on the shoulder of the all-out party being enjoyed by the parks occupants.

However, this raises the question: after the failure of Charlottesville and the winding down of public fascist mobilization, where did all of that early inertia go? Unsurprisingly, the revanchist political faction that fueled the Trump campaign has not vanished simply because the pugilistic boneheads have temporarily hung up their white laces. Rather, the fascist undercurrent of America has retreated to those spaces where it cannot be directly attacked, safely camouflaged by the far-right ecosystem which still holds legitimacy in the media, newspapers, podcasts, and most importantly, college campuses. While outright neo-Nazi propaganda is typically frowned upon by society, media figures like Tucker Carlson have tapped into the frustrated ethos of the white nationalist movement, reformatting their talking points for mass appeal. The rhetoric of fascism, hypernationalism, and xenophobia has unavoidably seeped into public discourse, and that is a point of no return.

But rhetoric alone cannot sustain a subculture, and what the neo-fascist movement needs most is fresh recruits. Winnowed by their constant failures, and overpowered by antifascist uprisings, white nationalists and their politically-adjacent sister movements have accelerated their recruitment drive on college campuses, in order to refill their dwindling ranks. The New Right organizations that acted as a vehicle for neo-fascism in 2016 have continued their offensive against leftist professors, campus protections for marginalized groups, and the ideological principl...

21:00

Thirty Years War vs Syrian Civil War Virtual Mirage

OSCAR-MIKE-GOLF, there is a lot of chatter around among the historically inclined about how the Syrian Civil War is remarkably like the Thirty Years War. I have been asked by bloggers to throw my cracker in the soup twice, so I will.

The Thirty Years' War was fought in Central Europe between 1618 and 1648. It was a deadly religious war that resulted in eight million deaths in a time when being a casualty of war and dying in war was essentially the same thing. (No medivac/casevac)

It began as war between Protestants and Catholics and then expanded as many of the great powers of the day entered the conflict. Some nations grew in influence because of the war and others were devastated. I invite you to read more about the gritty details if you're interested.

As with all significant civil wars (the War of Northern Aggression in the US 1860-65 comes to mind),  emotions scar the societies involved that reverberate to this day. The only winners of the Thirty Years War were England who stayed out, France who waited til the end to get in and Sweden who temporarily became a great power due to its  intervention.
P. S. Flushed with success, the Swedes then went to war with Russia and were handed their hats. Then they became a less than great power once again.
In the Syrian Civil War, Syria's enemies, Israel and the US (the little and big satan, respectively) are winning because they're staying out of the fighting.  The US is present in the area because it showed up to defeat ISIS under President Trump's leadership, but that doesn't extend to the Civil War in any significant extent.

The US clearly projects power by its presence East of the Euphrates and we've read on several blogs how the Russians and their proxies wanted to take the Americans down to Chinatown (kick their butts to Pizza Hut) and it turned out very badly for them. The problem that the Russians and their friends have is that they feel if they can beat Arab militias and the Syrian Army, the Americans should be a push-over. (too bad/so sad)

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20:08

Ottawas Anarchist Renaissance: Announcing Resistance is Fertile 2018 It's Going Down

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The following announcement and report comes from anarchists in Ottawa, Canada.

Over the past year, there has been something of a resurgence in anarchist activity in Ottawa, a vibrant community has begun to form, and it feels like the conditions are right for rapid growth in the radical milieu of our city. That is why we say: Resistance is Fertile!

Most visibly, for the first time since the shuttering of Exile Infoshop over 7 years ago, Ottawa now has a anarchist social center that is not also a punk house. This social center, known as the Garden Spot (or G-Spot for short) is near Carleton University, and is already serving to bring together radical and leftist students from Carleton, the University of Ottawa, high schools, and the broader community. To build on the current momentum, we decided to hold a series of events of interest to comrades and newcomers alike.

You can find the Facebook event for the week of activities here.

The schedule for the week is as follows:

Monday: DOUBLE WHAMMY

The Truth about Truth and Reconciliation at Faith House

Concerning Violence Movie Screening with Anti Colonial Action at the Garden Spot

Tuesday:

Kurdish Voices on the Rojava Revolution (G-Spot)

Wednesday:

Anarchist Community Organizing (G-Spot)

This event is for people who are currently involved in anarchist projects in Ottawa please request an invite if you would like to attend.

Thursday:

Closed workshop

Friday:

Daughters of Dust Viewing to celebrate Black History Month (G-Spot)

Saturday: DOUBLE WHAMMY

The Garden Spot is sponsoring a for youth by youth Alt Art Show

Canadian Involvement in the Pillaging of Latin America (Faith House)

Sunday:

Black Sheep Supper Club Round #7 (G-Spot)

We have a triple aim with this project: to educate, to inspire, and to provide space in which activists can get to know each other. As always,...

19:33

Chemtrail Poisoning: 3 Natural Herbs That Protect Against and Detox Your Body From Heavy Metals Sheep Media

Garlic is back in the picture again, along with two other herbs.  This time to help you to protect yourself against the chemtrails, and against the heavy metals you find in food, water, air, and virtually omnipresent throughout the home.  In truth, we face a toxic array of chemicals: a labyrinth that is difficult to find an exit from.  These herbs are the clew to give you a good start.

Chelation Therapy Could Be the Key

First, what is chelation therapy?  It is a little-known and often misunderstood arena of holistic health care.  It is a simple concept.  Chelants are organic substances that (through the activity of ions) manage to bind themselves to metal ions, termed chelation; in so binding, chelation makes it possible for the metal to be excreted from the body.

Studies too numerous to count have found that chemtrails (those lovely, wispy, cloudlike-trails in the sky) produced by jet contrails) contain excessive chemicals and metals, especially Aluminum and Magnesium among others.  These metals (when inhaled or ingested, such as when they settle on crops and fresh produce or penetrate the water supply) cause many different ailments in the body, such as Alzheimers Disease, and other associated degenerative disorders of the brain and its neuron complex.

Were going to cover three herbs you can use to start out your medicinal arsenal to battle the intake of these metals, from whatever source they originate.  Lets do it!

3 Herbs That Protect Against Chemtrail Poisoning

  1. Garlic (Allium sativa): Aww, you knew it was coming! Yes, JJs favoritethe greatest of all the herbal broad spectrum healers!  Metals are no different: garlic does a number on them.  Garlic chelates lead, mercury, and cadmiummajor pests of metals found in water and food.  It binds to them and effectively pulls them out of the body.  Safe, not invasive, and inexpensivebe advised: the stuff you buy fresh in your grocery store is indeed excellentsoft-neck garlic possesses the greatest and strongest herbal medical potential.
  2. Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum): Oh, yeah, baby! Cilantro is another big gun for your arsenal.  The herb neutralizes intercellular deposits of metalsthose are metals that go into the cells....

19:20

Russia Surpasses China With Massive Gold Purchases In January Sheep Media

Russian Central Bank Gold Reserves Rise to 1,857 Tons in January, Passing Peoples Bank of Chinas 1,843 Ton Gold Hoard.

  • Russian gold reserves are now the fifth largest in the world.
  • Russia added 600,000 ounce of gold (18.66 tons) to reserves in January.
  • Russia added a record 224 tons of gold to reserves in 2017.
  • Since June 2015, the Central Bank of Russia has added over 576 tons of gold to reserves.
  • Overall Russian reserves rose from $432.742 billion in December to $447.735 in January.
  • Russian holdings of U.S. Treasuries top $100 billion for ninth in a row.
  • Gold reserves worth $80.4 billion constitute 17.95% of overall Russian reserves.

Russian Gold Reserves

After adding 6,700,000 ounces (208 tonnes) of gold to her reserves in 2015, the Russian Central Bank added 6,400,000 ounces (199 tonnes) in 2016 and another 224 tons (7,202,000 ounces) in 2017.

The Central Bank of Russia ended 2016 with 1838.21 tonnes of gold on their balance sheet.

Central Bank of Russia added 7.2 Million ounces (approximately 223.945 tonnes) in 2017.

The chart below shows the Central Bank of Russias Gold Reserves by month with tonnage rounded to the nearest metric ton.

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18:44

Did David Hogg Record His Gun Control Interview 4 Hours Before School Shooting??? Sheep Media

Videos filmed by student journalist bring timeline into question

Editors Note: I am not claiming that all the surviving students of this horrific operation are fake or that Dave Hogg is some crisis actor. However, he is connected to the FBI via his father, Kevin Hogg, a retired FBI agent and that in itself should be suspect along with the reported alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, being well-known by the FBI.

INFOWARS: Anti-gun activist and Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school student David Hogg interviewed classmates about gun control during what was believed to be the actual shooting.

However, unedited video shows Hogg saying hes recording the interview at 9:32 on February 14th, 2018, almost 4 hours before the shooting took place.

Scroll to 0:57

This is Alex View, this recording is taken at 9:32 on February 14th 2018, Hogg says. Alex, are you ok with me recording this?

Yes, I am ok with you recording this, Alex responds.

I personally have rallied for gun rights and less control, not necessarily less control but this experience has definitely changed my viewpoint, she says.

What experience? The shooting drill, or the actual shooting that hasnt happened yet?

I wanted to be a junior NRA member, I wanted to learn how to hunt, I was always fascinated by guns as a young girl, but this experience was so traumatizing to the point where now I cant even fathom the idea of a gun in my house.

If that isnt strange enough, theres more that corroborates the time discrepancy.

In another video, Hogg whispers, An hour into school. An active shooter. Its not a drill.

An hour into school would typically be about 9:30am.

But then he goes on to say, its 2:52. I hea...

17:18

Steven Pinker, Historian Freethought Blogs

Its funny, if you look back over my blog posts on Steven Pinker, youll notice a progression.

Ignoring social justice concerns in biomedical research led to things like the Tuskegee experiment. The scientific establishment has since tried to correct that by making it a critical part. Pinker would be wise to study the history a bit more carefully, here.


Setting aside your ignorance of the evidence for undercounting in the FBIs data, you can look at your own graph and see a decline?

When Sargon of Arkkad tried and failed to discuss sexual assault statistics, he at least had the excuse of never having gotten a higher education, never studying up on the social sciences. I wonder what Steven Pinkers excuse is.


Ooooh, I get it. This essay is just an excuse for Pinker to whine about progressives who want to improve other peoples lives. He thought he could hide his complaints behind science, to make them look more digestible to himself and others, but in reality just demonstrated he understands physics worse than most creationists. What a crank.

Youll also notice a bit of a pattern, too, one that apparently carries on into Pinkers book about the Enlightenment.

It is curious, then, to find Pinker breezily insisting that Enlightenment thinkers used reason to repudiate a belief in an anthropomorphic God and sought a secular foundation for morality. Locke clearly represents the opposite impulse (leaving aside the question of whether anyone in period believed in a strictly anthropomorphic deity).

So, too, Kant. While the Prussian philosopher certainly had little use for the traditional arguments for Gods existence neither did the exceptionally pious Blaise Pascal, if it comes to that this was because Kant regarded them as stretching reason beyond its proper limits. Nevertheless, practical reason requires belief in God, immorality and a post-mortem existence that offers some recompense for injustices suffered in the present world.

Thats from Peter Harrison, a professional historian. Even I was aware of this, though I am guilty of a lie of omission. Ive brought up the Cult of Reason before, which was a pseudo-cult set up during the French Revolution that sought to tear down religion and instead worship logic and reason. What I didnt mention was...

16:54

Report Back from Confronting the TWP at the University of Knoxville It's Going Down

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The following report back comes from Nashville ARA, who discusses a recent mobilization against a neo-Nazi group in Tennessee.

We came, we saw, fascists took over Knoxville. Not literally of course, and their victory was not won in our preferred arena. Well take our wins there. Now is the time for increased action.

The Holler Network welcomed us back for the second time in less than a month to join them and drive TWP back out by any means necessary. The TWP cant and wont beat us with force. They win through laws, politics, and hiding behind cops. It has become abundantly clear that law enforcement will not only fulfill their legal obligations to protect Nazis and fascists, but they will do so willingly and joyfully.

In a recent post and call to action, we predicted that Heimbach and the TWP would:

pull into a parking structure where they are greeted by their police escort. They will discuss the minutes of previous meetings between them and the local police department where plans for security and details of the day will be laid out. They will leave the parking structure under the protection of law enforcement and proceed to their destination. They will be guarded as they safely park and leave their vehicles and make their way to their pre-arranged location with police and sheriffs watching for anti-fascists who will likely show up to do whatever is necessary to make it as hard for them to speak as possible.

That is exactly what happened, again, on February 17th at UT. It keeps happening. We will never get another Charlottesville. We will never get the chance again to openly engage racists in physical street combat on that level without police intervening to save the Nazis from antifa. Not anytime soon. We knew we were facing a...

16:06

The Olympic Mountain Snow Shadow and Prospects for Snow this Week Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

Some light snow is falling over Seattle now, as a weak upper level disturbance moves though.  Perhaps a half-inch on the ground in North Seattle.

But in general, Seattle has been left out of the bounty, even though we are cold enough to snow.  More snow north, south, east and west of us.  But why are we being short changed?

There IS a reason.

Let's start by showing the distribution of snow depth last night at 10 PM from the NOAA National Snow Analysis.  Yes, there is a bit more now, particularly over NW WA and the coast.  On the left, is last night and on the right, 10 days ago.

Quite a bit more over the west lowlands, particular south of Olympia, and east of the Cascade crest.  But not much over Seattle and south King County.



A year ago?  More snow than this year over the Oregon Cascades, less over the western lowlands and slightly more over the WA Cascades.


So why has snow been generally light or absent over central Puget Sound?

A major reason:  winds in the lower atmosphere have been too persistently out of the Northwest, leaving Seattle in the rain shadow of the Olympics.  To illustrate, here is the National Weather Service precipitation analysis for the last week....lots of precipitation in the mountains, but major rain shadowing over Puget Sound. And with cold air over us, that means snow shadowing as well.

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15:44

I wonder what the difference is Freethought Blogs

I cant quite put my finger on why the two are treated differently.

(Via Matt Bors)

15:03

Call-In Campaign Against Burgerville for Firing Union Worker It's Going Down

The post Call-In Campaign Against Burgerville for Firing Union Worker appeared first on It's Going Down.

Recently, members of the Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU), a part of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), launched a three day strike against the fast food chain, Burgerville USA. In response to the strike, Burgerville fired Michelle in retaliation. Now, people are calling on supporters to flood Burgerville with calls to get Michelles job back. To hear more about the strike, check out our podcast interview here.

Burgerville has had the weekend to reflect on their aggressive union busting, but corporate still hasnt done the right thing and reinstated Michelle. Lets keep up the calls to tell them to immediately end their racist union busting. An injury to one is an injury to all!

Information on Who to Call and Script Here:

15:00

From the Webmaster: Do psychology and evolution mix? Freethought Blogs

By Wendy Onofrey
Webmaster for the Bolingbrook Babbler 

Our neighbors here at Freethought Blogs love to blog about Evolutionary Psychology.  HJ Hornbeck has the latest on a new EvoPsych paper.

Im not a fan of EvoPsych. It manages the feat of misunderstanding both evolution and psychology, its researchers are prone to wild misrepresentation of fields they clearly dont understand, and it has all the trappings of a pseudo-science. Nonetheless, Ive always thought they had enough sense to avoid promoting scientific racism, at least openly.

[CONTENT WARNING: Some of them dont.]

Its a great post, though it probably means that if he ever visits Bolingbrook, well have to keep him away from the EvoPsych house.

14:38

Toronto: Residents on Rent Strike Flyer Neighborhoods of Landlords It's Going Down

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Residents in the working-class neighborhood of Parkdale are engaged in a rent strike against their landlords, and recently carried out the following flyering campaign. To learn more about Parkdale Organize, check out our podcast interview with them here.

Over the long weekend flyers were delivered to Michael and Marsha Laxs neighbours in their Bathurst and Sheppard-area neighborhood. More flyers appeared in the area of Bnei Akiva schools where Michael Lax sits on the Board of Directors.

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14:29

Ethics and the Arts OpEdNews

Having tied themselves to the Zionists, the orchestra leadership will not be able to react rationally to the charge that they are aiding and abetting apartheid. In a certain sense the orchestra, as an institution, has sold its cultural soul for donor silver. Perhaps some of the musicians will preserve their own cultural integrity by deciding to stay home.

14:05

Republicans AND Democrats Are Gutting the Rules on Wall Street OpEdNews

The American people -- Democrats, Republicans, and Independents -- want tougher rules on big banks, not weaker ones. It's time to hold Republican AND Democratic Senators who support this bill accountable for siding with their big bank donors instead of working families.

14:00

Billy Graham and the Gospel of Fear OpEdNews

Billy Graham left behind a United States government in which religion plays a far greater role than before he intruded into politics in the 1950s. The shift from secular governance to "In God We Trust" can be laid squarely at this minister's feet.

13:29

Its As Easy as 1-2-3 and We Dont have Much Time to Stop It Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

 

Our nation is changing before our eyes. Our lives are changing with it. WE have entered a new phase. Those that will survive will be the ones who are prepared and can adapt. There is a 3 step plan that any totalitarian regime uses to overthrow legitimate authority. This message needs to go far and wide.

 

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13:01

Comedian Chris Rock Is Promoting Racial Violence Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

It is the position of The Common Sense Show to NEVER promote racial division and as human beings, we are all children of the Almighty, regardless of our background.  It is a tragedy when a child of any race is killed. However, wishing for death of children from any specific race is wrong serves to promote the divisions that are all to prevelant in our society. All races and people of all backgrounds have the same common enemy, the forces of darkness that are attempting to control every aspect of our lives. Chris Rock is a talented comedian. However, Rocks comedy is devisive and serves to promote racism and model violence among the youth. Nobody in this day and age should promote the killing of any group, but Chris Rock is and for that transgression, he should be ignored until he comes to his senses and stops promoting notions of racial and ethnic murder. Here is the story.

 

 

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13:00

Tano: Extinct Indigenous Americans Never Actually Disappeared, Ancient Tooth Reveals Warrior Publications

An ancient tooth has proven Tano indigenous Americans are not extinct, as long believed, but have living descendants in the Caribbean today.

Researchers made the discovery when they used the 1,000-year-old tooth to sequence the first complete ancient human genome from the Caribbean. The tooth was found in a cave on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas and belonged to a woman who lived at least 500 years before Christopher Columbus set foot in the region.

The research is published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Tano were one of the biggest indigenous groups in the Caribbean and were the first to bear the brunt of European colonization after the arrival of Columbus. As a result, many historians had believed the group was extinct.

The tooth-derived genome is the first concrete gene...

12:53

Norway House installs checkpoint to block drugs, liquor Warrior Publications

Norway House checkpoint 1

The 24-hour checkpoint is on Highway 73, the only road into Norway House. (Norway House Cree Nation/Facebook)

Visitors and community members must pull into 24-hour checkpoint staffed by security guards

CBC News, Feb 20, 2018

Anyone driving into Norway House Cree Nation now has to go through a border patrol-like checkpoint.

The dry community is taking the extra step to prevent alcohol and drugs from entering the reserve.

All visitors and community members must pull into the 24-hour checkpoint a building that resembles a registration gate at a national park where trained security guards will ask for a licence and registration.

We have a lot of issues with drugs and alcohol in our community and we have people driving in and out all hours, and this was one way for us to at least alleviate some of that, said Norway House Chief Ron Evans.

The community of about 5,000 pe...

11:53

Government Control To Solve A Government Created Problem The Last American Vagabond

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (2/21/18). Just as I warned, and as we have seen so many times in the past, the recent shooting has completely eclipsed all else. The faint idea of []

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11:18

The Koch Klan is funding a stealthy war against the principle of the Common Good OpEdNews

The great majority of Americans are still unaware of the enormity and villainy of what's been done to them by the property supremacists and their political enablers. It's important to note that the Koch coup has been pieced together with the full complicity of practically all GOP officials, and it's also been condoned or actively abetted by corporate Democrats.

11:16

Mexico: Armed Group Sets Bus on Fire, Threatens Zapatista Indigenous Agrarian Movement It's Going Down

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Below is a translation of a statement from the Zapatista Indigenous Agrarian Movement (MAIZ), an organization made up of indigenous communities in 12 states in Mexico, after a bus their members in Puebla rented to attend a protest was set on fire by armed men linked to the local government on February 9. The communities in Puebla are organizing to resist the construction of hydroelectric dams in their territory.

To the media
To national and international public opinion
To social and human rights organizations
To the indigenous peoples of Mexico and the world

Rebellious people walk towards freedom;
submissive people march towards slavery.
L.R.

Last Friday, armed and masked individuals traveling in a black Ford Lobo extended cab pickup truck burned a bus belonging to the AU line that was rented by our organization, near the community of Alcomunga in the Sierra Negra of Ajalpan.

The AU drivers were returning from dropping off our compaeros in the municipality of Tlacotepec de Daz after participating in mobilizations and protests in Mexico City against the Ministry of Energy (SENER), demanding the definitive cancellation of the Coyolapa Atzala Hydroelectric Project, a property that Autln Mining is seeking to build in the lower part of the mountain.

The attackers blocked the road outside the community mentioned above. The drivers were handcuffed and violently removed and threatened. Later they sprayed gasoline and set the bus on fire, indicating that it was a warning for us.

We denounce Cirilo Trujillo Lezama, mayor of Tlacotepec de Daz, as the material author of this criminal act of intimidation. Gunmen at his and his brother Marcels command pointed their weapons at the drivers and set fire to the bus. Behind these acts of violence and intimidation one will find, of course, Autln Mining.

This is not the first time that Trujillo Lezama turned to violence as his modus operandi. On November 24, 2016, two armed gunmen contracted by him and his brother attacked Radio Tleyole, The Voices of the Corn, an independent and community station that belongs to our movement. This attack left announcer Gerardo Rivera Juarez wounded by a 9mm bullet, a crime that remains unpunished.

The same thing has happened with Fermn Gonzlez Len, the mayor of Zoquitlan. He, his family and relatives have repeatedly resorted to threats and physical attacks against us, publicly and in assemblies held in Coyolapa, Zoquitlan and Poztitla, among other communities opposed to the megaprojects.

These mayors belo...

11:12

Oughta be better than Sharknado Freethought Blogs

Amazon is going to make a movie of Iain Banks Consider Phlebas. Thats going to be tough. Not only would I consider much of it impossible to film, but The Culture isnt exactly capitalism-friendly, and it will be interesting to see how a mega-corp can develop a movie that is counter to its own ethos without mangling it.

Also, its kind of a downer of a story, dont you know? There isnt going to be a sequel or a series with the cocky, devil-may-care hero, and I dont think theyll sell many t-shirts or video games of Bora Horza Gobuchul.

At least theyre not trying to make Use of Weapons. I dont think that one would be popular with the happy-clappy space hero crowd.

11:03

Nobody Wants to Talk About What Many Mass Shooters Have in Common The Anti-Media

mass shooters(ANTIMEDIA)  In the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in the United States, the internet and broadcast news alike are inundated with commentary about why this keeps happening in America. Some blame guns, others blame mental health, and still others confidently blame false flag events and crisis actors. But one commonality among numerous mass killings in the []

10:40

CNN exploits dead and traumatized children as puppets to push radical left-wing agenda Intellihub

In what can only be called the highly unethical exploitation of dead and traumatized children to push a radical, left-wing anti-gun narrative, CNN has reached a whole new low in fake news.

The backlash against CNN is growing, even as the discredited fake news network desperately coaches high school children to parrot left-wing talking points designed to destroy the Second Amendment and disarm law-abiding Americans. The latest tactic of the mob rule Left is to puppeteer high school students, parading them in front of cameras as experts on gun control and the Second Amendment, all while rehearsing scripted talking points with them to make sure they stay on point, I reminded readers yesterday at NewsTarget.com.

Today, John Nolte from Breitbart News has put together a more detailed list of journalists, publishers and authors who are widely condemning CNN for its exploitation and mental abuse of traumatized children. There is no low thats too low for CNN, it seems, when their propaganda parade is desperately trying to dismantle this Constitutional Republic and replace it with a radical, left-wing totalitarian regime.

Heres the full article from John Nolte at Breitbart. (Original source link.)

CNN Faces Growing Criticism Over Use of Traumatized Children to Push Anti-Gun Agenda

The far-left cable channel CNN is facing a growing storm of criticism over its frequent use of minor children (14 to 17) to further its anti-gun agenda.

Already a number of the children, those who witnessed last weeks shooting massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, have made countless appearances on the anti-Trump cable network. In furtherance of its anti-gun propaganda push, CNNs anti-Trump pundit, Jake Tapper, will host a town hall Wednesday night featuring these children.

Many, however, see CNNs use of these minors as an act of partisan exploitation that is not only immoral, but also not good for the mental health of children so soon after they have witnessed such a traumatic event.

Appearing on Fox News, the Federalists Mollie Hemingway said, Theres been unfortunate media handling of these traumatized children. Theyve used them as ways to enact what they always like to do, a gun control agenda, she said before referencing CNNs upcoming town hall. These children arent...

10:23

Florida Shooting Survivor David Hogg Exposed as Son of FBI Deep State Agent Sheep Media

President Donald J. Trump has been right about one thing all along: The American Pravda media is the biggest threat to our way of life and form of government in the history of our republic.

The latest evidence of this is the disgusting manner in which the establishment press is turning some students who survived the Florida school shootings into media stars and Left-wing darlings, all to you guessed it bash the president.

As The Gateway Pundit reported:

In less than a week since they survived a mass murdering gunman attack on their school, two students who quickly became media stars of the Parkland, Florida school shootings are now media obsessed to the point they say they are snubbing an invitation to meet with President Donald Trump this Wednesday in favor of appearing on a televised town hall with CNNs Jake Tapper.

One student, in particular, David Hogg has been astonishingly articulate and highly skilled at propagating a new anti-Conservative/anti-Trump narrative behind the recent school shooting. Few have seen this type of rapid media play before, and when they have it has come from well-trained political operatives and MSM commentators. 

Wow, that was quick wasnt it?

It sure was, but theres a reason why young Hogg who is being exploited by American Pravda media thugs as the latest weapon with which to undermine Trump, by the way was so articulate in his Trump attacks.

It seems his father is a retired FBI agent and he was likely coached in his responses. The Gateway Pundit noted further:

Adding to the credibility of Hogg, in a recently uncovered early cut from one of his interviews it appears he was heavily coached on lines and is merely reciting a script. Frequently seen in the footage mouthing the lines he should be reciting. Hogg becomes flustered multiple times, is seen apologizing, and asking for re-takes.

And naturally, the disgusting media whores never mentioned it.

10:16

David Clarke: Fla. students gun control push has George Soros fingerprints all over it Intellihub

Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. insinuated Wednesday that student survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting were being manipulated by Democratic billionaire George Soros to organize for gun control.

In a tweet, the former Wisconsin sheriff wrote that media appearances and an activism campaign from students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School against gun violence had George Soros fingerprints all over it.

Via The Hill


Featured Image: George Soros (Norway UN/Flickr)

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10:09

Navy sends destroyers to Black Sea to desensitize Russia Intellihub

The Navy has deployed the guided-missile destroyer Carney to join the destroyer Ross in the Black Sea in a move that U.S. military officials told CNN is intended to desensitize Russia to the presence of American military assets in the strategically important region.

The deployment of the Carney marks the first time in four years that two American destroyers have operated in the Black Sea outside of scheduled exercises. The move comes as Russia continues to militarize Crimea, the peninsula it seized from Ukraine in 2014.

In recent years, the U.S. and NATO have accused Russia of sending troops and military hardware to Crimea, and there are now reports that submarines have been added to the mix.

Nevertheless, U.S. and NATO officials have insisted that they are not playing tit-for-tat with the Russians.

Via Military Times

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09:45

CNNs Chris Cuomo Retweets and Defends Bogus News Story About Buying Guns The Anti-Media

Chris Cuomo CNN(TIM)  On February 19th, CNN host Chris Cuomo retweeted an article, written by Cody Davis and published by The Tab, which bore the headline I was able to buy an AR-15 in five minutes. In the 2-year-old article, Davis described a visit to a Virginia gun shop. He wrote that he approached an employee for assistance in picking []

09:34

Florida House Refuses To Debate Guns But Declares Porn A Health Risk Counter Current News

Source: Patheos After refusing to even consider a ban on assault rifles the Florida House declares pornography to be a public health risk. Only days after 17 students and teachers were gunned down at a Florida []

09:34

CNN pushes false story about AR-15 purchase Intellihub

Its becoming clear that most mainstream media news is nothing more than globalist propaganda. CNNs Chris Cuomo proved that when he pushed a story about a lying kid who said he purchased an AR-15 without an ID.  But Cuomo was busted, then continued to deflect from the fact that he pushed a fake story.

CNNs Chris Cuomo retweeted the account of one @usaphotodude quoting a reporter named Cody Davis on Tuesday. The tweet read, I was able to buy an AR-15 in five minutes. Im 20 and my ID is expired. Theres only one problem: that never happened. The article itself states, After [the sales representative] walked me through the paperwork, all five pages of it, I told him I changed my mind and wanted to think more before I bought an AR-15. He told me it wasnt a problem and listed the store hours if I wanted to come back. I then said thank you and walked back to my car.

The tweet actually says that the gut never filled out paperwork, a necessary step to purchasing a gun, which would then be run through the background check system.  But Cuomo obviously didnt read that part or didnt care. And then deflected the conversation and lied further.

According to the Daily Wire, when called on it, Cuomo tweeted, Isnt the point that the kids age and lack of ID wasnt a deterrent? and this isnt all gun shops. Place I bought my shotgun basically goes farther than the law requires and makes judgments about whom to sell to. Point is the system should be better.

Which, of course, is not the point. The point is that Cuomo tweeted out false information. National Reviews Charles Cooke pointed that out:

08:58

Lebanon -- Should it be Devil, Deep Blue Sea" or Russia? OpEdNews

Lebanon, as so often in the past, is facing mortal danger. Saudi Arabia is putting great pressure on the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, a powerful but controversial figure who holds dual nationality - Saudi and Lebanese. Riyadh expects Lebanon to play by its own rules, sidelining Hezbollah, ending Iranian influence in the country, and promoting Saudi business and political interests" or else.

08:57

Bloc Party: Our Neighbors to the North It's Going Down

The post Bloc Party: Our Neighbors to the North appeared first on It's Going Down.

In an effort to broaden our coverage of prisons across the borders to both the North and South of us, weve brought in some comrades from so-called Canada to share a history of the establishment of the Canadian prison system, as well as a history of resistance in Ontario and Quebec.

While we know there is always resistance that we will never hear about outside the prison walls, these folks have done their best to contextualize what resistance has looked like across decades. Were excited to share this history!

Well be back next week with a follow up interview with these comrades that catches us up on current prisoner resistance and support efforts in Quebec and Ontario. Next week we will also include both the article and interview in zine format for you to add to your distro tables. Now for all that history from the bloc

This piece is written by a couple people who have been engaged in anti-prison, prisoner justice, and prisoner support organizing for almost ten years. We are not academics, nor are we ex-prisoners. However, much of the information compiled within this text comes to us from people who have done a lot of time and a lot of research and we are grateful to them for sharing their stories and their research. We consider this to be a working document, and welcome your feedback at: canprisonzine@riseup.net

This text started off as a presentation for Americans on the Canadian prison movement. It also covers our relationship to the prison movement from our perspectives in Kingston, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. 

Most of this article focuses on the situation in federally ru...

08:45

CNN Reporter Berates American For Posting About Trump Rally She Didnt Know Russians Organized The Federalist

An American who unwittingly interacted with Russian trolls online when planning a pro-Trump rally is facing extreme vitriol online after CNN posted her name and a video of a reporter haranguing the older woman on her own front lawn.

After spending more than a year hyping narratives that advance Russias election meddling goals, the network sent reporter Drew Griffin to confront Florine Gruen Goldfarb for unknowingly interacting with a Russian agitprop farm on Facebook. Goldfarb runs a Facebook page that Russian operatives targeted during the 2016 election, and that page promoted a pro-Trump rally the Russians had organized, through invitation posts and pictures of the event. She seems to have had no idea the event was created by Russian operatives when Griffin showed up on her front lawn.

The Russians? I dont care if they were involved or not, that to me is the least important thing, she said.

But they were involved with you, did you guys know that? Griffin asked.

They werent involved with us, she replied. You know, just make sure that you report it correctly that you know

But you guys were involved with Being Patriotic, right? he pressed.

Goldfarb didnt realize he was talking about the name of a Russian front groups Facebook page. The page she runs is different: Team Trump Broward County.

Very, she replied. Very patriotic, but not

Being Patriotic, Griffin interrupted. Being Patriotic was the group that contacted and helped to organize some of these activities that you posted on your own Facebook account.

By the end of the brief interview, its clear this woman has no interest in working with Russians and had no idea she encouraged people to attend a rally for Trump that Russians had organized. Its also apparent CNN didnt have any real purpose for the interview, except to embarrass and shame a random American with different political ideas who, while in denial about or not understanding the trivial accusations against her, did nothing wrong.

Her Facebook page is easy to find a search for her name brings up only one result and since the...

08:44

5 Big Drivers of Higher Inflation Rates Ahead Activist Post

By Stefan Gleason Investors got lulled into a state of inflation complacency. Persistently low official inflation rates in recent years depressed bond yields along with...

08:43

Parking Lot Sighting Virtual Mirage

Darmont Morgan or Morgan?





08:43

Russiaphobia Is Out of Control OpEdNews

When a country armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons and overwhelmed by its own exceptionalism and indispensability has political and media lunatics equating a bait-click commercial marketing scheme with Pearl Harbor, that country is a recipe for the end of the world.

08:37

Stop Counting Votes and Start Counting Bodies OpEdNews

The GOP needs to open its eyes and count the bodies. The NRA doesn't hold the future of their party, the American people do.

08:10

Financing Infrastructure with Value Capture: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Rick Rybeck is the Director of Just Economics, a firm that helps communities harmonize economic incentives with public policy objectives to build better places. We're pleased to share this guest article from him today. You can hear more from Rick in this 2014 episode of the Strong Towns Podcast.


President Trumps infrastructure investment program was circulated recently. Page 24 of the program states that value capture financing will be required for any transit project to be eligible for federal funding assistance.

What is value capture? Unfortunately, the term has been poorly defined and applied by many so-called experts. Value capture is explained below along with some common misunderstandings about it.

INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS CREATE LAND VALUE

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When infrastructure is well-designed and well-executed, it often increases the value and price of well-served locations. In urban areas, land value typically reflects the totality of all nearby amenities (and nuisances) that make a particular place suitable (or unsuitable) for residential, commercial or industrial purposes. Today, most of the land value created by new or improved infrastructure ends up as a windfall to those landowners who own the best-served land.

PRIVATE APPROPRIATION OF PUBLICLY-CREATED LAND VALUE

Because private landowners can appropriate publicly-created land values, most members of the public end up paying twice for infrastructure. First, they pay taxes to create or improve infrastructure. Second, if they want to take advantage of that infrastructure by locating their home or business nearby, they must pay a landowner a premium rent or price for the privilege of getting access to the infrastructure that their taxes created.

The ability of private landowners to appropriate publicly-created land value is the fuel behind land speculation a parasitic activity that produces nothing of value. However, it tends to create an artificial scarcity of developable land and thereby inflates land pr...

08:07

DailyInspiration --- Feb 21, 1954 OpEdNews

Many are convinced that on this day in 1954, President Eisenhower was whisked away by his aides for a meeting with visitors from the Pleiades, and at the meeting, he signed a treaty with The Greys.

07:56

Long Live the Jersey Tomato OpEdNews

The resurrected Rutgers tomato isn't hard enough to be machine-harvested and shipped across country -- which is one its major virtues. The fact that this tomato must be grown and marketed regionally is one step towards a decentralized, deindustrialized, and better food economy. This tomato represents an understanding that our food system can -- and should -- cooperate with nature and foster the growth of regional economies.

07:32

Homeless Man Dies Days After Council Took His Sleeping Bag Away TruthTheory

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Days after the local council in Bournemouth, Dorset, took a homeless mans sleeping bag away, he was found dead near a town hall. The 66-year-old man, only known as Kev, was found by his friend under a flyover in a car park. His friend told the media that just days earlier, folks from the Bournemouth Borough Council removed his sleeping bag and possessions.

I put my hand on him to shake him and thats when I knew something was wrong and my heart sank, said Kevs friend. A couple of weeks ago he said the council took his sleeping bag. They see it as rubbish but they dont realise these are homeless people; sleeping bags are the stuff that keeps them warm.

When speaking to the local press, the friends said that Kev never drank, used drugs, or asked for anything. Said Kevs friend: I commute through Bournemouth every day and he would sit on the wall at the corner of the road. Thats what made me pull over the first time I stopped to ask him if he was okay and we got talking. I wondered, if I gave him some money, would it go on drugs and alcohol but to be honest he never did any of that, just smoked roll-ups. He never, ever asked for anything from me.

As Metro reports, this isnt the first time the Bournemouth Borough Council has come under fire for its unconventional methods. Previously, the council played bagpipe music to deter people from slee...

07:29

Foreign Federal Reserve President Sounds Panic Over Level Of Orchestrated U.S. Debt Political Vel Craft

Nearly a decade after the US unleashed its biggest debt-issuance binge in history, doubling the US debt from $10 trillion to $20 trillion under president Obama, which was only made possible thanks to the Feds monetization of $4 trillion in deficits (and debt issuance), the Fed is starting to get nervous about the (un)sustainability of []

07:28

New Report Claims Meat Eaters Are Destroying The Planet TruthTheory

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Those who care about the environment may want to consider going vegetarian. According to the report Appetite for Destruction, meat consumption is impacting some of the worlds most valuable and vulnerable regions. This is largely due to the substantial amount of land needed to produce animal feed.

The Western diet, which is notoriously high in meat in dairy, is the major culprit. In fact, the growing popularity of the diet means an area 1.5 times the size of the European Union could be saved if global consumption of animal products was cut to meet nutritional requirements, reports The Independent.

The areas most threatened include the Amazon, Congo Basin and the Himalayas. There, water and land resources are already sought after.

According to the report, excessive animal product consumption is responsible for 60 percent of all biodiversity loss. The world is consuming more animal protein than it needs and this is having a devastating effect on wildlife, said Duncan Williamson, WWF food policy manager.

A staggering 60 per cent of global biodiversity loss...

07:27

Senators Fight Wall Street Corruption With Kid Gloves Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel Bernie Sanders, John Cornyn and Elizabeth Warren are three very outspoken United States senators concerning bad faith judicial rulings and failures of...

07:25

Giant Sloth And Human Bones Found In The Worlds Largest Underwater Cave System TruthTheory

Gran Acuifero Maya

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

The 347 kilometres cave has unearthed remains of giant sloths, ancient elephants and humans. The archaeological discovery also contains lost secrets of the Mayan people and a shrine to the Mayan god of war and commerce.

In January, researchers from the Great Maya Aquifer Project shared their discovery of the worlds largest underwater cave system in Yucatn after realising a link between 2 giant cave systems, the Dos Ojos and the previously discovered Sac Actun. The team have now released their findings to the public.

The team led by underwater archaeologist Guillermo de Anda from Mexicos National Institute of Anthropology and History discovered 15,000-year-old remains of giant sloths, proto-elephants called gomphotheres, and bears. There was also a shine to the Mayan god of war and commerce.

They found more than 120 artifact sites which included burnt human bones, pottery, and wall art. It is thought that some of these artifacts date back more than 12,000 years.

...

07:21

Your Brain Hallucinates Your Conscious Reality TruthTheory

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

One of the most puzzling, yet fascinating, aspects of existence is consciousness. Anil K Seth is a professor of cognitive and computational neuroscience who has published over 100 scientific papers on this subject. In his TED conference (embedded below), he describes the experience of being anaesthetised and recalls a sense of detachment before ceasing to exist. He goes on to explain that when one falls into a deep sleep they may wake up confused and anxious about how much time has passed but they still have an understanding of time having passed, a sense of continuity between then and now. But with anesthesia he lost this sense and the experience, for him, affirmed the idea that consciousness is far more entangled in flesh and blood than in some other unknown realm. My research is telling me that consciousness has less to do with pure intelligence and more to do with our nature as living and breathing organisms.

Seths work has brought him to the conclusion that consciousness occurs when the brain is able to recreate the world around it, and simultaneously experience the world it created. This ultimately makes the brain a prediction machine.

...

07:11

Merchants Of Death: Americas Toxic Cult Of Violence Turns Deadly The Last American Vagabond

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

We are caught in a vicious cycle. With alarming regularity, the nation is being subjected to a spate of violence that terrorizes the public, destabilizes the countrys fragile ecosystem, and gives the government greater justifications to crack down, lock down, and institute even more authoritarian policies for the so-called sake of national security without many []

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07:07

War Preparations Against Venezuela As Election Nears OpEdNews

The Trump administration has failed in its attempts to instigate war with North Korea and Iran. The terrible diplomatic performance of Vice President Pence at the Olympic games, where the two Koreas began to make progress toward peace and unification, puts the US in a weaker position to threaten North Korea. Let's stop this next war before it begins!

06:52

Megabank Warns Recent Stock Crash was Only an Appetizer to Main Course of a Major Crash The Free Thought Project

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The chief cross-asset strategist at Morgan Stanley, says the recent correction was just an "appetizer, not the main course." Coupled with the Fed's incitement of panic over inflation, it seems a perfect storm is brewing.

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06:47

How Donald Trumps Policies Have Brought Us To The Brink Of World War 3 The Last American Vagabond

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

On February 7, 2018, the U.S.-led coalition in Syria conducted air and artillery strikes against what were believed to be pro-government forces in response to an unprovoked attack launched by these pro-regime troops. Not long after, reports began emerging that significant numbers of Russian personnel were included in the over 100 dead and wounded. While Russia denied this []

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06:46

Major Escalation: Trump to Promote US Killing Russians as Proof Hes Not Putins Puppet The Anti-Media

Killing Russians Putin's Puppet(ZHE)  In the aftermath of Robert Muellers indictment against 13 Russian operatives for meddling with the US presidential election, President Trump has been under fire for lashing out at everyone except Russia. So, in response, Bloomberg reports that the Trump administration is weighing citing the deaths of more than 200 Russian fighters or rather mercenaries in []

06:29

Political Censorship: Twitter Purges Thousands of Right-wing Accounts 21st Century Wire

The Silicon Valley continues to  exercise their self-appointed role in shaping the political conversation in the United States and beyond.

Last night a number of politically active Twitter users reported under the hashtag #TwitterLockOut a sudden drop in their number of followers. It is unknown exactly how many accounts were deleted by Twitter, but based on current flood of purge reports, its likely the number could be in the tens of thousands, possibly even in the hundreds of thousands.

One possible explanation for Twitters mass account deletion, was a fake news story circulated by The Hill which claimed the The Russian Bots were pushing pro-gun hashtags in the aftermath of the Florida Shooting. The Hills source was...

06:24

Jennifer Lawrences Response To Dumb Dress Outrage Might Actually Fix Democracy The Federalist

Actress Jennifer Lawrence announced this week shes giving up acting for a year to fix our democracy. For this the 27-year-old Hunger Games star was roundly mocked on social media. But Wednesday her response to a very silly online outrage mob suggests she might be onto something that would help.

It all started with a Versace dress at an outdoor press event in London. As part of Lawrences promotional work for the upcoming spy thriller, Red Sparrow, she posed with male costars Jeremy Irons, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, and the films director, Francis Lawrence, on a rooftop. The men were bundled in pea coats, dress jackets, and boots while Lawrence wore a black formal dress with a plunging neckline and high slit.

Some observers declared it a literal picture of sexism that Lawrence was exposed to the relative cold while the men were dressed casually and comfortably. The dress was discordant with the #TimesUp movement, you see.

But Lawrence had something to say to them. She is a grown woman who can decide whether she needs a coat. Shes a star, she gets to pick her own dresses, and shell be cold if she wants to, she said in a Facebook...

06:14

Are Consensus Science Gold Standard Peer Reviews Fraudulent BS Science? Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich We conclude that penises are not best understood as the male sexual organ, or as a male reproductive organ, but instead...

06:07

On guns, the students are leading the nation OpEdNews

Trump has the opportunity of a lifetime if he wants to be the president of all the people, if he can think like a father protecting his children and not the leader of a faction protecting their interests. He can leave a lasting legacy for life over bloodshed by standing with the students, and telling his friends and foes that guns that kill enemies in war should not kill students in schools.

06:06

Podcast With Andy Ferguson On Writing, Politics, And Bogus Expertise The Federalist

Andrew Ferguson is a senior editor and national correspondent for The Weekly Standard. He joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his long career in journalism, writing, magazines, and his least favorite things about our current politics.

I write a lot about social science because there is so much bogus social science out there, Ferguson said.

Im worried about people getting cowed by experts and intellectualsthere are ways of breaking those bubbles of hot air that these people blow.

Listen to their full conversation here:

06:04

Well, that got icky fast Freethought Blogs

A doctor has lost his license to practice medicine after he was found guilty of fondling the breasts of patients during examinations. He was not, however, found guilty of pressing his penis against their legs because, as he himself argued, he was too fat to get that close to them. You might be wondering how that was determined. No. Youre not wondering that, because thats kind of the last thing you want to know about this case. I didnt want to know, either, but the article goes ahead and tells us.

Urological experts were hired by both the college and the doctors defence team to chemically induce erections in Kunynetz and then simulate patient examinations to determine if indeed his penis could be felt against a patients leg.

After conflicting results from the two experts and after consulting photographic evidence from one of the procedures, the discipline panel could only conclude that the impossibility of contact between the doctors penis and a patients skin (through clothing) was not established.

TMI! TMI! I dont even understand why they needed to get to this level of detail, since hed already been found guilty of sexual abuse and professional misconduct. Why should precisely determining which patch of skin touched which other patch of skin even matter, since the general violation of ethical conduct had already been determined?

Oh, well. The important thing is that he wont be practicing medicine anymore, he has lost his appointment with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, hes facing some massive fines, and he has still another court date at which he may be convicted of assault.

06:00

CDC Alleges Kratom Is Contaminated With Salmonella, MSM Blows It Up The Last American Vagabond

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Yesterday, the CDC announced that they believe an outbreak of at least 28 cases of salmonella infection in 20 US states has been linked to kratom products. Immediately, astonishingly fast in fact, every mainstream outlet you could think of from CNN to Time picked up the story. It went so big, you could look up salmonella and find nothing []

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05:34

Without Changing A Stripe, ISIS Morphs From USs Deadly Enemy To Useful Weapon To Perfect Target The Last American Vagabond

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

By refusing to eliminate the ISIS contingent, while also not impeding the fighters fleeing westward, the anti-ISIS coalition, who profess their dedication to preventing ISIS from exporting their terror around the world, have not only not been helping to mitigate this outcome but have actually helped to enable it. Euphrates River Valley, Syria (Analysis)  While []

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05:10

Israel Suffers Major Setback in Syria The Anti-Media

Israel Large Scale Attack Syria(MEMO)  The military confrontation between Israeli and Syrian/Iranian forces on 10 February set off widespread analysis and speculation on the probability of a major regional war. The severity of the latest clash with reports that Israel may have destroyed up to 50 per cent of Syrian air defense systems  underscores the depth of tension in the area. But []

05:09

Kids: Then and Now

OK, so why is the country falling apart? Specifically, why are kids blowing each other away? America has become a source of wonder the world over with its Colulmbines and hundreds and hundreds of dead in Chicago and Baltimore and its burning cities and riots. Other advanced countries dont do these things.

America didnt either until recently.   Why now? Something has changed, or some things. What?  People under under forty have never seen the country when it was sane. Let me point out things that have changed, at risk of sounding like a boilerplate cadger: By cracky, wen I was a boy, we could amuse ourselves for hours with just a piece of string and a couple of sticks. Lets compare today with the Fifties and Sixties. I mean this as sociology, not nostalgisizing.

I think that a combination of social changes have led to tremendous stress on todays kids that my generation did not suffer. To wit:

In my rural Virginia school, there was no racial tension. We were all white: teachers, students, parents.

The black kids went to their own school, Ralph Bunche. We had virtually no contact with each other. There was no hostility, just no contact. The academic gap didnt exist in the absence of contact. Inintegration would prove cruel when it came. and the black kid s sank to the bottom. The causes can be argued, but the fact cannot.

There was no black crime to speak of or, as far as I knew any black crime. Certainly blacks did not shoot each other, or anybody. Neither did we. The reasons I suspect were similar.

Divorce was extremely rare, so we all had parents. Whether it is better that unhappy couples stay together or that they divorce can be argued, but they then did stay together. It made a large difference in outcomes if one accepts the statistics. The welfare programs of the Great Society had not yet destroyed the black family, which I speculate accounted in part for low crime.

Drugs did not exist. These appeared only with the Sixties. A few of us had heard of marijuana. I read a clandestine copy of The Naked Lunch. That was it. We drank a lot of beer.

In the entire school I remember only one, moderately fat kid. Why? Because, I  will guess, we were very physically active. The school had PE classes, football and basketball teams, and so on. In summer kids aboard Dahlgren spent their days at the base swimming pool or swimming in Machodoc Creek{{it was perhaps three-quarters of a mile widebicycling, canoeing- playing tennis. The country kids chopped cord wood, lifted hay. There was  ice skating for hours in winter. Gloria, my best girl, got up at four a.m. to help her father pull crab pots on the Potomac, Though feminine, she probably could have thrown a Volkswagen over a four-store building. Again, I offer this not as nostalgia but as biological fact with effects.

Physical fitness  has. I suspect  psychological co...

05:07

Mainstream Media Now Praising Trump as He Flip Flops and Promises Tyrannical Gun Control The Free Thought Project

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Gun owners and Trump supporters alike are voicing their concern over the president's new push for stricter gun control legislation in the wake of the Florida shooting.

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05:01

Russiagate Suddenly Becomes Bigger OpEdNews

Russia, if the indictment is accurate, may have run an influencing operation and gotten caught with its hand in the cookie jar. Or maybe not. And Washington might also actually have information suggesting that Russia is preparing to engage in further interference in the 2018 and 2020 elections, as claimed by the heads of the intelligence agencies, though, as usual, evidence for the claim is lacking.

05:00

Can Austin Keep Streets Weird (and Safe)? Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Strong Towns member Heyden Black Walker together with colleague Jay Blazek Crossley are sharing today's guest article about their hometown of Austin, TX and their fight to make it a safer, more people-oriented place.


 We need more streets like this...

We need more streets like this...

 ...and less like this.

...and less like this.

In Austin, Texas we have a perfect storm brewing. We all know there is a growing challenge to keep Austin weird when our artists, musicians, and neighbors are being priced out of the city; with the high cost of limited housing, many are forced to move further out, significantly increasing already high transportation costs and travel distances.  The city's current plans call for adding housing with multimodal transportation choices along our urban corridors, transforming them into areas suitable for the complex environment of streets where people can live, work, and play. Once intended solely for cars, these places could begin to support healthy human interaction and serve everyone.

We want to make it through this storm stronger with a new understanding of what we expect out of these corridors. Design options are currently under consideration, giving residents the chance to really define our twenty-first century transportation networks. But with these future plans on the line, there's also a...

04:40

Michigan Committee Passes Bill to Ban Material Support or Resources for Warrantless Federal Surveillance Activist Post

By Michael Maharrey A Michigan Senate committee passed a bill that would ban material support or resources for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This represents an essential...

04:37

State Bans Popular AR-15 Accessory; Police Shocked After Only 4 People Comply Activist Post

By Rachel Blevins Massachusetts became the first state to ban bump stocks for firearms; and after three weeks with the new law in effect, police...

04:35

Mass Shootings Will Never Negate The Need For Gun Rights Activist Post

By Brandon Smith Though the media often attempts to twist the gun rights debate into a web of complexity, gun rights is in fact a...

04:33

What the Hell Else Did They Expect? Freethought Blogs

The Iraqi army got US-made M-1 Abrams tanks (older generation) from the Americans. [stderr] Its the worlds premier main battle tank; the gold standard of tankness.

Now, exactly as expected, the M-1 Abrams that the Iraqi army abandoned and ran away from, are coming home to roost as it were flying Hezbollah flags. [al araby]

The guy on the right appears to be holding an SA-18 Grouse MANPAD; theyre bad news (but not the worst news) for ground attack aircraft or helicopters.

Its unsure exactly where the M-1 came from but there are several and they are operational. The going assumption is that the Iraqi army abandoned them to ISIS when they fled from Mosul, and then Iranian-backed Hezbollah units obtained them when ISIS units evaporated under coalition attacks. [longwar]

The US brilliant decision to involve itself in a ground war in Iraq has given Iran access to some fine American examples of high-tech tank building. Way to go, guys! USA! USA!

As they say, the optics on this are not good which is exactly why Hezbollah is driving their new American gear around: its great propaganda.

Theyre probably going to keep it very carefully hidden because you can bet that intelligence and special forces are scouring the area to find them, and when they do, there will be a gigantic air-strike. Some F-22 pilot is going to have one of the most unusual tank, target kills in Air Force history. Its just awkwardness compounded by awkwardness. Actually, my money says that the US will let Israel handle it.

uparmored M119s and a Humvee

This is fun wording [the daily beast]

The Pentagon is pressuring Iraq to seize any M-1s that are still in the PMFs hands. As recipients of U.S.-origin defense equipment, Iraqi authorities have an obligation to adhere to end-use requirements as outlined in agreements concluded with the United States government.

...

04:26

Goofy Indictments Divert Attention From Criminal Abuses At FBI And DOJ PopularResistance.Org

February 19, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - Robert Muellers Friday night indictment-spree, is a flagrant and infuriating attempt to divert attention from the damning revelations in the Nunes memo (and the Graham-Grassley criminal referral) which prove that senior-level officials at the FBI and DOJ were engaged in an expansive conspiracy to subvert the presidential elections by spying on members of the Trump campaign. The evidence that the FBI and DOJ improperly obtained FISA warrants to spy on Trump campaign affiliate, Carter Page, has now been overshadowed by the tragic massacre in Parkland, Florida and the obfuscating indictments of 13 Internet trolls who have not been linked to the Russian government and who are being used to conceal the fact that the 18 month-long witch hunt has not yet produced even one scintilla of hard evidence related to the original claims of hacking or collusion.

04:20

CBSNews.com Dumb Things to Boost Possible Cancer Risk Includes Encouraging Kids to Use Cell Phones. Sprint Giving Free Cell Phones to High School Students. Activist Post

By B.N. Frank You just cant make this stuff up. From CBSNews.com post Cell Phones & Cancer:  8 Dumb Things to Boost Possible Cancer Risk...

04:17

Workers VS The Environment: The Fraying Of The Blue-Green Alliance PopularResistance.Org

Nothing ignites a local environmental justice campaign more quickly, in California, than a refinery fire or explosion affecting down-wind neighbors. Three years ago, an Exxon-Mobil facility was rocked by a huge explosion in Torrance, a city of 145,000 just south of Los Angeles. According to a Justice Department lawsuit, the blast catapulted a 40-ton piece of equipment perilously close to a tank containing 50,000 pounds of hydrofluoric acid, a highly toxic and volatile chemical, used, with additives, in only two California refineries. If released in the air in large enough quantity, Modified Hydrofluoric Acid (MHF) can form a ground-hugging cloud, able to drift for miles. Anyone exposed to it would suffer choking, searing of the eyes and lungs, internal organ damage or possible death.

04:15

Is The US Intentionally Killing Russians In Syria? The Last American Vagabond

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

After an attack on February 7 by the United States military against Syrian pro-regime forces, reports quickly emerged that the U.S. had killed a number of Russians embedded with the Syrian forces. While the Russian government remained silent, the U.S. soon announced that it had indeed killed scores of Russians in that air raid. Later, Russia confirmed []

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04:09

Do We Need Police? That Question Is Not As Crazy As It Sounds PopularResistance.Org

The first time someone offered up the suggestion to abolish police, I was shocked and confused. Ive known for a long time that the prison industrial complex is poison, that predominantly black and brown communities are over-policed and underfunded, that for the most part cops are assholes but even with all that, the idea of doing away with cops entirely seemed unacceptable to me. We need cops, I thought. But why? Why are cops necessary? Well, first off, lets consider why they were ever necessary to begin with. Though a child of the British empire, American policing did not last long in its shadow. Todays U.S. police forces are not descendants of whats known as the Peel model; the citywide police force suggested by home secretary Robert Peel and accepted by Parliament in 1829.

04:04

More Coal Capacity Closed In 2018 Than First 3 Years Of Obama Admin PopularResistance.Org

Last week, the Sierra Club announced the latest U.S. coal plant to close: FirstEnergys Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia. Its No. 268 in a long line of U.S. coal plants that have shut down since 2010, and among several to suspend operations this month. The environmental organization lauded the closure as a victory in its Beyond Coal campaign and an affirmation that coal continues to lose when pitted against other fuel sources. The latest Sustainable Energy in America Factbook from Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy noted that the steady march of coal plant closures did slow somewhat in 2017, with just six plants closing compared to the previous years eight. But BNEF expects the closure trend to resume next year, with nearly as much plant capacity set to shut down 2018 as during the 2015 peak, when the coal industry dropped 15 gigawatts.

04:00

Consensus Emerges: Russia Committed an "Act of War" Like Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Should the U.S. Response Be Similar? OpEdNews

Since last week's indictments alleging that 13 Russian nationals and entities created fake social media accounts and sponsored political events to sow political discord in the U.S., something of a consensus has arisen in the political and media class (with some notable exceptions) that these actions not only constitute an "act of war" against the U.S., but one so grave that it is tantamount to Pearl Harbor and 9/11.

03:58

UAE Just Overthrew Yemens Government And Nobodys Talking About It The Last American Vagabond

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Between a major regional confrontation on the horizon taking place in Syria between Israel, Syria, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the United States and a potential nuclear standoff with North Korea and China, it is no surprise that there are many newsworthy stories that continue to go unnoticed. One such story is what is currently taking place in Yemen, and []

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03:58

The #MeToo Conversation Erases Trans People My First Article for HuffPost Opinion Freethought Blogs

CN: Sexual Assault, Transphobia

The Me Too movement has given many women the courage to speak up about their experiences with sexual assault and has opened up a nationwide dialogue about consent and sexual misconduct in our culture. As with many mainstream feminist movements, however, the movement has been silent at best and hostile at worst when it comes to the experiences of transgender people.

Take, for example, actress Rose McGowans encounter with a trans woman at a Jan. 31 speaking engagement. During an appearance at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in Manhattan, Andi Dier stood up and challenged comments McGowan had made on RuPauls podcast Whats the Tee? last year. They [trans women] assume, the actress said on the podcast, because they felt like a woman on the inside . . . Thats not developing as a woman. Thats not g...

03:52

Legal Marijuana Propelling Public Banking PopularResistance.Org

Things are moving fast in California. A Los Angeles City Council committee approved a resolution February 16 to support the recently introduced state bill that would create a Public Bank that could take deposits from legal marijuana businesses. California Senate Bill 930, introduced at the end of January, would establish a state-chartered bank that would allow a person licensed to engage in commercial cannabis activity to engage in banking activities in California. The LA resolution to support SB 930 was proposed by Council President Herb Wesson and approved by the councils Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. Wesson proposed creating a Public Bank for the City of Los Angeles in July 2017.

03:47

How City-Owned Public Banks Could Transform Cities PopularResistance.Org

Its no surprise that Malia Cohen worries about what local public dollars are doing. As a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the municipal legislative body, its her job to know how, where and why the citys money is coming in and going out. But recently, Cohen has joined a growing number of public officials around the country who are wondering what happens in between what happens when the money in the city coffers goes to sleep at night. In fiscal year 2017, the city of San Francisco took in an average of $508 million a month in revenues and put out $467 million a month in expenses. But in between, the banks that handle all that cash sometimes used public dollars in ways that, in the opinions of Cohen and others, contradict the reasons why that money is coming and going in the first place.

03:38

The Emperors New Terrorist PopularResistance.Org

The Israeli occupation prosecutors have been working arduously for two months, like the tailors in Hans Christian Andersens The Emperors New Clothes, to tailor a case for Ahed Tamimi, in order to make her a terrorist. After her arrest, it was ruled that she must be kept in prison until the end of proceedings, because, God forbid, she might slap again. After indicting her on some rather ridiculous charges such as interfering with a soldier carrying out his duties, her trial was to actually begin on her 17th birthday, the 31st of January but it was delayed a week, and then another week. The prosecutors needed more time to tailor the final, invisible touches to this amazing case. Finally, last week, the trial started, and we were meant to witness it.

03:31

Young America PopularResistance.Org

Nearly a century ago, Mohandas Gandhi started a new publication to share his vision of nonviolent organizing, filling it with inspiring quotations and political insights. He titled the journal Young India, to indicate that its teachings were intended to help the people plan for eventual independence, fusing the methods of building a movement with those required to begin (re)building a nation. Gandhi saw the means and ends as interconnected, and reflected this in his personal practices and societal aspirations. Of particular interest is the March 23, 1922, issue of the journal, which recounted proceedings from The Great Trial in which Gandhi was charged with attempting to promote disaffection toward the British colonial government. The exhibits against him were three articles he posted in Young India, including one titled Tampering with Loyalty.

03:28

There are six of them? Freethought Blogs

I saw the first Sharknado movie it failed to reach the low, low standard of being so bad it was entertaining. But now I learn that there have been multiple sequels, and theyre working on a sixth? I think theyre reaching. I didnt watch 2, 3, 4, or 5 didnt even know they existed and the synopsis of #6 doesnt appeal at all.

After losing his family to the deadly sharknados, Fin (played by Ian Ziering) discovers the ability to travel through time using the sharknados as a sort of portal. His mission is to bring his family back to life through the powers of time travel and/or prevent the threat of the terrifying fish funnels altogether. In a new spin on Sharknado 5s world-traveling plot, Fins time traveling will bring him in contact with all manner of legends and historical figures. You can read the full synopsis below:

All is lost, or is it? Fin unlocks the time-traveling power of the SHARKNADOS in order to save the world and resurrect his family. In his quest, Fin fights Nazis, dinosaurs, knights, and even takes a ride on Noahs Ark. This time, its not how to stop the sharknados, its when.

The movie poster shows the hero holding a chainsaw. There must always be a chainsaw.

I hear theres a Fifty Shades of Grey sequel. The concept makes my stomach churn, but I think Id rather see that. Or maybe Id rather give in to a masochistic urge to bleach my eyeballs. So many choices!

03:23

A Womans Rebellion PopularResistance.Org

Naila and the Uprising, the latest documentary by Brazilian filmmaker Julia Bacha, who previously directed the 2009 documentary Budrus, centers on the life of Naila Ayesh and how she came to resist the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Naila was imprisoned and tortured for her resistance, and upon her release organized women to lead the uprising known as the first intifada that began in 1987. The film opens with a present-day scene of Naila looking through a photo album with her son Majd, who observes that asking someone to recall their past also means asking them to relive it. The viewer senses that this process will invoke painful memories, and indeed it does. Naila recalls that she was 8 years old in 1967, when the Israeli military invaded and took control of the West Bank...

03:15

Florida Students March To Stoneman Douglas High To Show Solidarity Over School Shooting PopularResistance.Org

Hundreds of students walked out of classes at a Florida high school on Tuesday morning and were marching nearly 11 miles to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a mass shooting left 17 students and staff members dead last week. Students from West Boca Raton High School left their classes to protest gun violence and to express solidarity with the school community in Parkland, Florida, that lived through last weeks massacre, according to local reports, The Palm Beach County Sheriffs office initially monitored the students march to ensure their safety, a department spokesperson told HuffPost. Deputies with the Broward County Sheriffs office then met them at the county line as they continued to walk toward Stoneman Douglas high, which remains close following the shooting.

03:08

Venezuela Just Became First Country to Have Its Own Cryptocurrency and Its Backed by Oil The Free Thought Project

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Venezuela has just become the first country in the world to launch their own cryptocurrency, the "Petro," as a direct response to the US blockade on their oil markets. It raised nearly a billion in a day.

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03:04

Facebook's Ugly And Dark Side OpEdNews

And the other takeaway is that the people who engage in this kind of behavior -- I hate to say it -- are not the most educated or sophisticated on Facebook or social media.

02:55

Another NO: Religious Tax Exemption. Freethought Blogs

Focus on the Family has posted a tax return on its website that declares that it is a church, but has not filed the return with the government.

Focus on the Family has posted a tax return on its website that declares that it is a church, but has not filed the return with the government.

Im just about to head out for chemo, but this caught my eye, and this should be a huge, furious NO NO NO no more tax exemption for religious anything. Most churches have more money than 10 gods combined, this is not something they need, especially when they constantly violate the rules of the exemption. The latest to join in the tax free haven religion provides is Focus on the Family, James Dobsons little hate group.

The IRSs master database of tax-exempt organizations, last updated on February 13, also indicates that Focus is listed as a church that is not required to file a 990.

Focus on the Family declaring itself to be a church is puzzling. While the Colorado Springs-based organization has somewhat softened its image since it was led by the firebrand Dobson, it remains active in political debates and advocacy (even in a nominally nonpartisan way). A social issues section on the groups website currently features information on a supposed threat to bathroom safety posed by transgender people thanks to LGBTQ activists fighting in politics, churches and popular culture, and contains an update on cultural issues in the courts. In June, Focus invited Vice President Mike Pence to speak at an event celebrating its 40th anniversary, where he promised the group it had an unwavering ally in President Trump.

Gail Harmon, an attorney who has advised nonprofits on tax law for more than 30 years, said that she had never before seen a nonprofit organization declare itself a...

02:49

WATCH: Tyrant Cop Caught On Video Attacking a Man for Legally Filming The Free Thought Project

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For legally filming the police, and doing nothing wrong, an innocent man was attacked and kidnapped by deputies and forced to work to earn back his freedom.

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02:40

Doing the right thing for the wrong reasons Freethought Blogs

I am back from my travels and was greeted with the news that Donald Trump seems to have backed off his earlier support for the anti-vaccination movement. At various points, he had expressed support for widely debunked claims that vaccines could cause autism and had even proposed setting up a commission to study the issue, which many people feared would provide a highly visible platform for the skeptics to spread their ideas.

The most prominent of the skeptics who had been supposedly tasked with heading the commission is Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who as far as I know has no scientific credentials but is exploiting his political pedigree as the son of the former attorney general and nephew of the former president. But apparently Trump has been cool to the idea of the commission recently.

The son of former US attorney general Bobby Kennedy met Trump in New York during the presidential transition in January last year and announced that he had been asked to chair a commission to review vaccine safety.

Scientists warned that it would give credence to debunked theories, while a Trump spokeswoman denied any decision had been made.

Then, a year ago this week, Kennedy told reporters he had met many times with members of Trumps transition team, trading documents about what the commission would look like. But little has been heard of the plan since then.

I would say theres zero progress, Kennedy told the Guardian last week. We were told President Trump wanted to meet directly with us. Not only did nothing happen, theyve cut off all communication with people who care about this issue. The administration has decided to go in another direction.

It is too much to hope that Trump has been persuaded by the science, since he has not bothered to even appoint a head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the person responsible for giving science advice to the president. Trump is a man who is not only ignorant but proudly flaunts his ignorance by claiming to be an expert on any topic that comes before him. The reason for his hesitation is likely that the drug companies have quietly weighed in in favor of the vaccines. Part of the anti-vaxxers argument is that vaccines are being promoted by the drug companies as a big money maker for them and that they are conspiring with scientists to hide the risks. The drug companies may have feared being targeted by the commission.

Kennedy blamed the presidents shift on high-level corruption tying the administration to the pharmaceutical industry, which he claims has historically blocked research into vaccine safety to protect its own interests.

Much of what happens in this administration is obscure so there hasnt been transparency, he s...

02:31

On Teen Excellence, Guns, and Adult Failure Freethought Blogs

the right responds to parkland

A collection of garbage people showing off their trash on Twitter.

When I was 17, I worked with the local universitys Students for Jesse Jackson chapter. When I was 17, I caucused for Jesse Jackson for president, went to the county convention, and got my parents to do the same. When I was 17, a group of us organized a walk-out over an upcoming school referendum we needed to fund our school and that the public was resisting.

Anyone doubting the kids from Parkland and other kids taking up the cause of gun violence in America either has forgotten being young or spent their own youth in self-absorbed dissolution.

Anyone who doubts these kids is ignoring the many examples of teen excellence that surround us, from student governments to Olympians and everything in between.

Is it believable that a 17-year-old can have the fortitude and dedication to win a gold medal but somehow inconceivable that a 17-year-old would rise up over the bodies of their murdered friends and demand change from the adults who are supposed to be running the world?

When I was 17, Columbine was twelve years into the future. I worried about the safety of school funding, which was already under attack. I did not worry about the safety of my body beyond hurled insults and soda cans. When I was 17, I did not rehearse lock-downs like my son did when he was five.

Its over 30 years later, and here we are with a right wing that wants to turn our schools into fortresses rather than take any steps to curb the prevalence of guns and gun violence in America. That would rather turn the United States into a police state than confront what is a unique and deadly American problem.

And that other issue? The school funding? Its 30 years later and republican policies have hamstrung our public schools and left our kids with fewer resources to work with for their education let alone their safety.

And the right wing now has the nerve to act surprised when survivors of a massacre stand up to say #NeverAgain? It has the grotesque audacity to claim these kids are paid shills or pawns of the left when they speak out against decades of adult garbage policies that helped put them in those rooms where their friends and teachers died?

Go get em, kids. Go get their apathy and cynicism, and burn it down. Go get their powerful powerlessness, and expose them for the cowards they are. And go get their guns.

We adults have failed you.

02:31

Photos=> Student School Massacre Survivors and CBS Reporter Party Like Rock Stars THE INTERNET POST

Shocking photos posted to Twitter of a CBS News reporter and students who survived last Wednesdays high school massacre in Parkland, Florida that killed seventeen students and faculty, show the reporter and students laughing uproariously and posing for the photos like they are partying rock stars. The photos featuring CBS reporter Gisela Perez and the []

02:30

Christian Evangelist Billy Graham Has Died At 99 The Federalist

The Rev. Billy Graham died at age 99 in his home in North Carolina, networks reported Wednesday.

The evangelical Christian is famous for the massive evangelistic rallies he held all over the globe, later known as crusades, in which he delivered a straightforward message of the gospel that struck a chord with millions. He served as an adviser to several U.S. presidents, and is considered one of the most influential Christian preachers of the 20th century.

A spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association confirmed his death Wednesday morning to several news outlets and released a brief statement saying he died at 7:46 a.m. He was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease in 1992 and was hospitalized several times in recent years for a pulmonary condition, and had battled cancer, pneumonia and other health issues.

Graham is estimated to have reached some 215 million people in 185 countries with the Christian message to turn from sin and trust in Jesus Christ, in part because of his pioneering use of television and radio. He largely retired from his ministry after holding a final crusade in New York City in 2005, and passed his mission over to his son, Franklin Graham. In a final recorded sermon released in 2013, Graham said hes wept for America.

Our countrys in great need of a spiritual awakening, he said. There have been times that Ive wept as Ive gone from city to city and Ive seen how far people have wandered from God.

Graham advised numerous presidents including Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and was a friend of Queen Elizabeth. President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1993.

02:30

Russia Surprisingly Admits Several Dozen of Its Citizens Were Killed in US Strike The Anti-Media

Russia Admits(ANTIWAR.COM)  Russias Foreign Ministry offered a surprising confirmation on Tuesday, saying that indeed dozens of the people killed in a recent flurry of US strikes against pro-government forces in Syria were either Russian citizens or citizens of other former Soviet states. Reports are that hundreds of people were killed in the US attack on February 7, which the []

02:25

On Russia, Democrats Try To Rewrite History The Federalist

This week, CNN fact checked Donald Trumps recent claim that he had been tougher on Russia than Barack Obama. (No he wasnt) maintained the cheeky chyron. Though the network fancies itself the arbiter of truth in the Era of Trump apples and bananas and all that this particular contention is, at the very least, debatable. In fact, theres a good case to be made that in nearly every way, save rhetoric, the president has been tougher on Russia than his predecessor.

This isnt necessarily a heavy lift when we consider Obama spent most of his eight years placating Vladimir Putin and his allies in the Middle East. Much of the trouble we find ourselves in now can be directly traced to Obamas feckless policies.

By the time Obama let Putins stooge Dmitry Medvedev know that the administration would have more flexibility on missile defense, the president had already canceled the sale of American missile-defense systems to our allies in Poland and the Czech Republic. This pleased Putin greatly. At the time, Obama and his allies were arguing that the Poles didnt really need these kinds of unproven weapons. Yet, at the end of 2017, Trumps State Department approved the sale of a Patriot missile defense system to Poland. Apparently, the Poles disagreed with both Putin and Obama.

Does anyone believe that a Clinton administration would have reversed course?

By the time Obama, and most Democrats, were mocking Mitt Romney for warning about Russian geopolitical threats, Medvedev had little reason to transmit the presidents promise on missile defense to Vladimir. Obama and Medvedev had already signed a treaty to shrink their nations nuclear arsenals. The Russian arsenal was deteriorating and the United States had absolutely no reason to contract its own other than to pacify the Russians. It is clearly a legacy issue for the Obama administration, explained CBS News foreign affairs analyst Pamela Falk.

There was more. Conveniently forgotten by todays fact-checking press, who note that Trump only begrudgingly signed a Russian sa...

02:25

A Merry Christmas Thank You Freethought Blogs

Ralph Reed went all gushy on Prezs Day (I had no idea until Rick took off to the bank in Glen Ullin, came back with a duh, presidents day.) Our work schedules dont make us aware of that particular long weekend. Anyroad, Mr. Reed just couldnt shut up about all the wondrous christian values the Tiny Tyrant supports:

Reeds email gushed that Trump has proven, time and time again, that hes a fearless champion for conservative values, praising Trumps support for the Republican tax bill and his administrations zeal in rolling back regulations.

Reed praised Trump as a tireless advocate for Christian values, writing, From the onset, President Trump promised to make America say Merry Christmas againand fight back against anti-Christian bigotry. Reed also celebrated Trump for addressing the anti-abortion-rights March for Life and supporting legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Just how much fucking hash is going to be made about this merry mishmush business? FFS, no one stopped anyone from saying it in the first place. Your choice of greeting is personal, so its a good thing theres all manner of them. Can all you fucking christians shut the fuck up about it now? Theres nothing remotely amusing about the rest of the massive mess the Tiny Tyrant is making. Mr. Reed did provide one bright spot in the amusement area

In what seems like an effort to make sure that Trump notices Reeds adoration, Reeds email repeatedly linked to a pre-written message that readers could post on Twitter:

.@POTUS, thank for your standing up for Christian and conservative values. #presidentsday #ffc

Trump supporters who tweeted as Reed asked them to on Monday afternoon shared the #ffc hashtag with fans of the Fulham Football Club, who were still celebrating the London soccer teams Saturday victory over Aston Villa.

Hahahahahaha, oh my. If I thought Mr. Reed had any capacity for thought, that might teach him to check hashtags first.

The full story is at RWW.

02:14

Opera Singer Robert Magyar Brings Down the House at the G Salvatore Fashion Showcase [Video] Guardian Liberty Voice

Opera singer Robert Magyar has sung with many opera greats. At the G Salvatore Fashion Showcase, an event filled with people half his age who are into trap music, he sang a song by Frank Sinatra and brought the house down. Magyar began singing in primary school with the internationally acknowledged choir Tth Lajos ltalnos []

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02:09

Complicit Western Media Primps for Its China Witch Hunt Close-up Newsbud

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Then we look at witch hunts against foreign influence.  Do you know why witch hunts arent coming back in America?  Because they never went away!  China Watch examines the US governments witch hunt machinery that was developed to root out Communist influence in glamorous Hollywood and is now gearing up for a run at Chinese influence in the United States.  No its not McCarthyism.  Its a lot, lot worse.  And scarier.

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02:07

Brian Hogg appeared on CBS 6 months ago, appears to be groomed by media Intellihub

In what can only be described as outright strange, David Hogg, a survivor of the Florida mass shooting who has quickly risen to prominence as a mainstream media promoted anti-gun activist, actually appeared in a CBS Los Angeles news report six months ago!

The CBS report featured Hogg as an apparent eyewitness and videographer of a shocking confrontation between Hogg, a lifeguard, and one of Hoggs friends who is seen being harassed by the lifeguard over a seemingly minor infraction.

Hogg is interviewed in the report and claimed that the entire issue was over his surfer friend resting a bodyboard on a beach trashcan.

Interestingly, now, just days after the horrific shooting, Hogg has reconnected with CBS for an anti-gun piece in which the survivors and the CBS reporters pushing their gun grabbing agenda took multiple smiling photos as if they were rock stars getting ready to do their next show.

Infowars reports:

Hogg has reconnected with CBS for an appearance on CBS This Morning as the mainstream media unabashedly features high school students as figureheads for a new anti-gun push.

A CBS employee posted a photo of Hogg with fellow teen activists and CBS reporter Gisela Perez, which was later taken down after Kristinn Taylor of The Gateway Pundit reported on the photo shoot and how strange it seemed that all parties looked so cheerful and enthusiastic in the wake of such a tragedy.

These photos were taken over the weekend on the set of an interview taped for broadcast Monday morning, Taylor wrote.

This means the students were only three or four days out from surviving a massacre in their school. In just a few days they have become celebrated heroes of the anti-Trump resis...

02:06

Billy Graham is dead Freethought Blogs

Yall remember Billy Graham, right?

On the account of James Warren in the Chicago Tribune, who has filed excellent stories down the years on Nixons tapes, in this 1972 Oval Office session between Nixon, Haldeman and Graham, the President raises a topic about which we cant talk about it publicly, namely Jewish influence in Hollywood and the media.

Nixon cites Paul Keyes, a political conservative who was executive producer of the NBC hit, Rowan and Martins Laugh-In, as telling him that 11 of the 12 writers are Jewish.

That right? says Graham, prompting Nixon to claim that Life magazine, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and others, are totally dominated by the Jews.

Nixon says network TV anchors Howard K. Smith, David Brinkley and Walter Cronkite front men who may not be of that persuasion, but that their writers are 95 percent Jewish.

This stranglehold has got to be broken or the countrys going down the drain, the nations best-known preacher declares.

You believe that? Nixon says.

Yes, sir, Graham says.

Oh, boy, replies Nixon.

So do I. I cant ever say that but I believe it.

No, but if you get elected a second time, then we might be able to do something, Graham replies.

Magnanimously Nixon concedes that this does not mean that all the Jews are bad, but that most are left-wing radicals who want peace at any price except where support for Israel is concerned. The best Jews are actually the Israeli Jews.

Thats right, agrees Graham, who later concurs with a Nixon assertion that a powerful bloc of Jews confronts Nixon in the media.

And theyre the ones putting out the pornographic stuff, Graham adds.

Later Graham says that a lot of the Jews are great friends of mine. They swarm around me and are friendly to me. Because they know I am friendly to Israel and so forth. They dont know how I really feel about what theyre doing to this country.

After Grahams departure Nixon says to Haldeman, You know it was good we got this point about the Jews across.

Its a shocking point, Haldeman replies.

Well, says Nixon, Its also, the Jews are irreligious, atheistic, immoral bunch of bastards.

Now look at how the cookie-cutter obituaries in the major news media are translating this:

The skinny preacher with the booming voice evangelized to nearly 215 million people over six decades and prayed with US presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

Several presidents, including Lyndon Johnson, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, relied closely on his spiritual counsel.

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02:04

Fake News? Try Fake Video and Audio Technology WhoWhatWhy

Court Determines Military Burn Pits Caused Lung Disease in Troops (Reader Pat)

And now those involved in burning trash and other chemicals in Afghanistan and Iraq will receive treatment, which was previously denied by their health insurance.

US-Backed Police in Honduras Hunting Down Protesters (Russ)

Honduras is still in uproar after a contentious election. The winning party, with US support, is now hunting down protesters to calm lingering civil strife.

Trumps Iran Nuclear Deal for Saudi Arabia (Dan)

The Obama administrations 2015 nuclear deal with Iran was an agreement to halt nuclear development in the country in exchange for loosened sanctions for Western investment. The deal was met with pushback and skepticism by Republicans and then-candidate Trump. Now President Trump is negotiating a similar deal with Saudi Arabia, whose nuclear ambitions have been obvious for some time.

The Fundamental Uncertainty of Muellers Russia Indictments (Jimmy)

The author writes, Both sides have rushed to interpret Rosensteins statements as offering certainty: with the White House claiming that the Trump campaign has been exonerated, and the legacy media running with the story of a sophisticated, bold Russian plan to meddle in American elections.

Compensation for the Wrongly Imprisoned? Act Fast (Reader Steve)

California requires that wrongly imprisoned inmates prove their innocence within two years of the day of their release in order to receive state compensation.

CNN Compares Russia with Islamic Terrorists (Dan)

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper delivered a lengthy monologue comparing President Trumps ability to call out the enemy of radical Islamic terrorism, but not Russia.

The post...

02:01

Turkish Invasion of Syria (update) Virtual Mirage

A blend of pro-government Syrian forces entered Afrin yesterday. The convoy of pick-up trucks with armed fighters in them that was shown on TV on 19 February leaving Aleppo arrived in Afrin on the morning of the 20th. Lebanese Hizballah posted the images of the arriving fighters, suggesting Hizballah, or at least Shiite, militiamen were sent to Afrin. 

Turkish regulars executed an artillery barrage as the pro-government forces arrived, according to Syrian state media. "Turkish regime forces targeted the locations of popular forces with artillery fire as they arrived in the Afrin region." 

Turkey said it fired "warning shots" at Syrian pro-regime forces in Afrin. "Pro-regime terrorist groups that are trying to advance towards Afrin retreated to about 10 kilometers (six miles) from the town because of the warning shots," the Turkish state news agency Anadolu said.

CNN-TURK and two other mainstream Turkish news outlets reported that the pro-government Syrian forces were driven back, leaving the impression that the Turks prevented their arrival in Afrin. That is disinformation, aka false news. Coming from CNN, it can't surprise any of this blog's readers.
Kurds confirmed the reinforcements. In a statement on the 20th, the Peoples Defense/Protection Units (YPG) spokesman Nuri Mahmud said in a statement, "The Syrian government responded to the invitation, answered the call of duty and sent military units today, 20 February, to take up positions on the borders, and participate in defending the territorial unity of Syria and its borders." 
A large Hizballah deployment would be significant. Hizballah fighters have proven to be the equal of Islamic State and pro-al-Qaida al Nusra Front fighters, similar to the Peoples Defense/Protection Units (YPG). They are tougher fighters than the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army and probably many Turkish army units.

President Erdogans minimized the significance of the Syrian deployment. Turkish President Erdogan said the convoy was made up of Shia militiamen acting independently,...

01:55

Chemo DayI Hope. Freethought Blogs

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So, Im supposed to have my second infusion today. Ive been pushed back so far, Im back to the beginning again, so its eight cycles, not seven. The I hope is because I have to be in same day surgery first, to have Grimhild irrigated, and I got a feelingwell, if I am imprisoned again, Ill be prepared. Ill have my artwork, packed duffel, Hekate (spare computer), and I found and dusted off one of my little stealth cameras, my coolpix, um, I think it might be an S1 or summat. So, hopefully Ill have everything I needJust In Case.

Anyroad, I wont be around all day, because I probably wont get out of chemo until around 4pm, and if its possible, and if I dont feel like death, were gonna Black Panther!

01:42

Video Released Showing Police Kill Unarmed 17yo Boy in His DrivewayNo Charges The Free Thought Project

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An unarmed Overland Park, Kansas teenager and beloved high school sports star was killed by police when after his girlfriend called 911 to tell them he may have been suicidal.

The post Video Released Showing Police Kill Unarmed 17yo Boy in His DrivewayNo Charges appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

01:25

Stooge Time for Amerika OpEdNews

One recalls, when in the late 70s they rebroadcast the re-runs of The Three Stooges comedy show, aficionados of the show would shout out ' It's Stooge time! ' Well, sadly, after the latest school shooting in Florida, it is Stooge Time again.

01:20

Word Wednesday. Freethought Blogs

Miscreant / Concatenation / Onomastic

 
Miscreant, adjective:

1: Unbelieving, heretical.

2: Depraved, villainous.

Miscreant, noun:

1: Infidel, Heretic.

2: One who behaves criminally or viciously.

[Origin: Middle English miscreaunt, from Anglo-French mescreant, present participle of mescreire to disbelieve, from mes + creire to believe, from Latin credere.]

(14th Century)

Concatenate, adjective: linked together.

Transitive verb -nated; -nating: to link together in a series or chain.

-Concatenation, noun.

[Origin: Middle English, from Late Latin concatenatus, past participle of concatenare to link together, from Latin con- + catena chain.]

(15th Century)

Onomastic, adjective: of, relating to, or consisting of a name or names.

-onomastically, adverb.

[Origin: Greek onomastikos, from onomazein to name, from onoma name.]

(1716)

Miscreant & Concatenation:

It hadnt surprised him one bit. Joss had always known that objects large and small have secret, vicious lives of their own. He could perhaps make an exception for pieces of fishing tackle that had never taken him on in the living memory of the Brittany fleet; but otherwise the world of things was manifestly focused on making mans life sheer misery. The merest slip of a hand can give a supposedly inanimate object enough freedom of movement to set off a chain of catastrophes which may peak at any point on the Murphy Scale, from Damn Nuisance to Bloody Tragedy. Corks provide a simple illustration of the basic pattern, viz. a wine cork dropped from the table never rolls back to nestle at the boot of whoever let it slip. Oh no, its evil mind always elects to reside behind the stove, like a spider looking for inaccessible sanctuary. The errant cork thus plunges its hereditary hunter, Humankind, into a trial of strength. He has to move the stove and the gas connection out of the wall; he bends down to seize the miscreant bung and a pot falls off the hob and scalds his head. But this mornings case arose from a more complex concatenation. It had begun with the tiniest error in Josss calculation of the trajectory required to toss a used coffee filter paper into the trash. It landed just off target; the flip-top lurched sideways then swung back and scattered wet coffee grounds all around the kitchen floor. T...

01:17

Russia Committed an Act of War Against the US on Par With Pearl Harbor and 9/11? The Anti-Media

Russia Pearl Harbor(INTERCEPT)  In the wake of last weeks indictments alleging that 13 Russian nationals and entities created fake social media accounts and sponsored political events to sow political discord in the U.S., something of a consensus has arisen in the political and media class (with some notable exceptions) that these actions not only constitute an act of war against the U.S., but one so []

01:17

Teen Survivors Dominate Gun Control Conversation, Plan March on DC OpEdNews

In less than a week after a gunman massacred 17 at their school, teen survivors from Florida's Parkland High School have emerged as the gun control activists of our time, inspiring widespread support. Five of the teens began planning the "March for Our Lives" rally, to take place in Washington DC on March 24, and put up a website, and already have $2 in donations from 4 celebrity sources.

00:57

Trump nominee for Indian Health Service drops out amid doubts about record Indianz.Com News

Robert Weaver, President Donald Trumps embattled nominee to lead the Indian Health Service, is no longer under consideration for the job.

00:42

Biohackers: irresponsible showboats trusting homeostasis to keep them alive Freethought Blogs

Look. When this guy thinks maybe biohacking has gone too far, you know biohacking has gone too far.

Zayner is no stranger to stunts in biohackingloosely defined as experiments, often on the self, that take place outside of traditional lab spaces. You might say he invented their latest incarnation: Hes sterilized his body to transplant his entire microbiome in front of a reporter. Hes squabbled with the FDA about selling a kit to make glow-in-the-dark beer. Hes extensively documented attempts to genetically engineer the color of his skin. And most notoriously, he injected his arm with DNA encoding for CRISPR that could theoretically enhance his musclesin between taking swigs of Scotch at a live-streamed event during an October conference. (Experts sayand even Zayner himself in the live-stream concededits unlikely to work.)

Josiah Zayner has done lots of stupid stunts. Now he calls himself a social activist, which apparently in his mind means someone who does irresponsible and ineffective stunts to provoke the public to be similarly irresponsible. Now hes waking up, a little bit, to what hes been doing.

I didnt realize what my actions could result in. Im just starting to come to grips with that.

Biology is really, really complicated, minor changes can have radical consequences, and we dont understand 90% of it. OK, 95%. Maybe 99%. When peoples lives are at stake, you poke at it very, very cautiously, because you dont know what kind of cascading systems failure youre going to trigger. The system does exhibit a lot of resilience that helps maintain equilibrium, which means these showboats can play games that mostly do nothing, giving the misleading idea that theyre harmless, but all it takes is one accident to set everyone back. Responsibility is an important concept in science.

00:21

Nsschen 3. Freethought Blogs

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00:20

Contemptible disinformation Freethought Blogs

It happens every time. A terrible event happens, and despicable conspiracy theorists/propaganda agents respond by spreading terrible lies. Its happening right now with the survivors of the Parkland shooting, a concerted effort to discredit anyone who criticizes the status quo by lying about the event.

Some students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School immediately took to social media calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to do something about guns and calling out commentators like Foxs Tomi Lahren for saying now wasnt the time to talk about guns. David Hogg, a student journalist who interviewed students on lockdown during the shooting, made several TV appearances demanding leaders take action. Another student, Emma Gonzalez, called out the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the legislators who do its bidding. Melissa Falkowski, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, went on CNN calling on Congress to do more to to end gun violence, to keep our kids safe. Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed, screamed at President Trump on CNN to do something. Student survivors are organizing a march on Washington D.C..

And now, Parkland survivors are targets for fake news campaigns, conspiracy theories, harassment and doxxing. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has already suggested that the entire shooting is a false flag, which implies that all of the survivors are actors in an elaborate hoax. As survivors speak up, there are already attempts to attack and discredit them individually.

There are tells that let you know these sources are lying to you. These words are dead giveaways: False flag and Crisis actor. You see someone babbling about that, theyre simply awful, dishonest, crazy people. Another giveaway is when they start piecing together photos of the victims or the crime scene and try to match them to other photos theyve crudely googled to pretend that the actual victims were actually in Hawaii or something, when all theyve demonstrated is that people resemble other people. Just shut them down.

There are some people/sources that have negative credibility.

Alex Jones
Tucker Carlson
Fox & Friends
Gateway Pundit
NRATV
Lucian Wintrich
Dinesh DSouza
r/theDonald
4chan
Anyone with the last name Trump

And many more. One additional problem, though, is that Twitter has become the perfect propaganda machine anyone can manipulate it to automate broadcasting thousands of tweets promoting the lies invented by other disinformation agents, masking their origin and making sound like they have a broad base of support.

00:14

The Empire Strikes Back-The Deep State Is Planning Massive Terror Attacks Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

 

cbn attack

Five years ago, I reported that Ex-federal officials belonging to virtually every alphabet soup agency are continuing to early retire and bug out from their present location. They know what is coming. I am getting reports that these defections and bug-outs are increasing exponentially, Man in FEMA and DHS fear that the United States will soon be exposed to a series of chemical, biological and nuclear attacks. Trump is still president and the number of people awakening is frightening.

Deep State propaganda is failing. CNN isnt even used as a night-light anymore. The Deep State must do something.

Trump Led Populism Must Be Stopped At All Costs

The ground swell of Trump-led populism will not be tolerated by the criminal elite. Before they forfeit their free trade agreements and the benefits enjoyed by their multi-national corporations, due to illegal immigration, they will fight back against the rising tide of global defiance from the people. Their Trump card (pun intended) is to unleash mass genocide against the people in the form of a chemical/biological/nuclear (CBN).  Then the perpetrators will blame ISIS, or more likely North Korea and World War III will be started.

Even many Silicon Valley is bugging out (New Zealand).The reports I am getting oabout the prominent and the Alphabet Soup people leaving are dramatically increasing.

Ex-FEMA Relocations

north carolinaOver 5 years ago, I reported that recently retired officials from FEMA/DHS are relocating to the rolling hill areas, in the Southeast. Their enclave contains resources consisting of air, water, food and guns. These enclaves also include underground structures which are sensibly self-contained and can serve to isolate the inhabitants from the outside. I have two sources on this information which includes a family member and a retired FEMA official who has chosen not to participate in this relocation. The nonparticipant ex-official from FEMA did not seek sanctuary with these g...

00:11

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation makes strides in health care system Indianz.Com News

Cherokee Nation Health Services offers our citizens some of the best care available in Indian Country.

00:05

Volvox 2019 dates and location Freethought Blogs

The Fifth International Volvox Conference will be held at the University of Tokyo July 26-29, 2019, hosted by Professor Hisayoshi Nozaki. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Friday 26 July 2019
Registration and welcoming reception and poster set up.

Saturday 27 July 2019
Oral session and Poster session
Mixer

Sunday 28 July 2019
Oral session
Dinner party

Monday 29 July 2019
One day and/or half day trips to Volvox-field collection/algal culture collection at NIES etc. (not determined).

This is all I know at this point, but I will keep you posted.

Previous meetings have been at Biosphere 2 outside Tucson, Arizona; University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick; Cambridge University in Cambridge, U.K.; and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. This meeting will represent the third continent and the fourth country for the current series of Volvox meetings, which began in 2011.

00:00

The Daily Bird #626. Freethought Blogs

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23:45

Skull&Bones, Antony Sutton, and bankrolling the enemy Jon Rappoport's Blog

Antony Sutton, Skull&Bones, bankrolling the enemy

by Jon Rappoport

February 21, 2018

When you see the same elites funding, encouraging, and enabling both sides in a major war, youre on the road to understanding war from a higher perspective. These elites use war to create chaos, which they then solve by imposing, in the aftermath, their kind of ordergreater control over life, greater control over institutions of government. They call this operation peace. But its really the shrinking of freedom. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

The prodigious author and researcher, Antony Sutton (1925-2002), wrote about hidden men behind momentous events.

I recently came across a 1999 interview with Sutton, conducted by Kris Millegan, researcher and head of TrineDay publishers.

Millegan wrote about Antony Sutton in 1999: Antony C. Sutton, 74, has been persecuted but never prosecuted for his research and subsequent publishing of his findings. His mainstream career was shattered by his devotion towards uncovering the truth. In 1968, his Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development was published by The Hoover Institute at Stanford University. Sutton showed how the Soviet states technological and manufacturing base, which was then engaged in supplying the North Vietnamese the armaments and supplies to kill and wound American soldiers, was built by US firms and mostly paid for by the US taxpayers. From their largest steel and iron plant, to automobile manufacturing equipment, to precision ball-bearings and computers, basically the majority of the Soviets large industrial enterprises had been built with the United States help or technical assistance.

Then, someone sent Antony a membership list of Skull and Bones and a picture jumped out. And what a picture! A multigenerational foreign-based secret society with fingers in all kinds of pies and roots going back to Illuminati influences in 1830s Germany.

Here are excerpts from the 1999 interview:

Millegan Can you tell the story of how you learned of Skull & Bones? And how you felt?

Sutton I knew nothing of S&B until I received a letter in the early 80s asking if I would like to look at a genuine membership list. For no real reason I said yes. It was agreed to send the package by Federal Express and I could keep it for 24 hours, it had to be returned to the safe. It was a black bag job by a family member disgusted with their activities.

For the benefit of any S&B members who may read and doubt the statement; the membership list is in two volumes, black leather bound. Living members and deceased members in separate volumes. Very handsome books.

I spent all night in Kinkos, Santa Cruz, co...

23:45

Jury Finds Minneapolis Cop Not Guilty in Shooting at Car With Six Youth UNICORN RIOT

Minneapolis, MN On Tuesday, February 20, a Hennepin County jury found Minneapolis Police Officer Efrem Hamilton not guilty on multiple felony charges for shooting at a car occupied by six young adults. Hamilton was charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless discharge of a weapon, and felony discharge of firearm after a November 19, 2016 incident in which he shot his 9mm gun at a car in downtown Minneapolis.

Jurors deliberated for two days and came to the conclusion that Hamilton was not guilty on all charges levied against him. The trial lasted a few weeks and at times featured a tense courtroom with one of the victims parents being kicked out of the proceedings, testimony from an ex-cop cited in recent excessive force cases, and Hamilton himself taking the stand.

Efrem Hamilton

Prosecutors...

23:38

Let 16-year-olds vote so they can defend themselves against us independentarkansas.com

vote, Mark Moore, 16-year-oldsThe legal voting age since 1971 has been 18. Maybe that should be the maximum instead of the minimum, at least for a few election cycles.

I write that at age 48 after observing young people lately interact with the world created by supposedly responsible voting-age adults. Read the rest

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23:31

How The Media Enable Rep. Adam Schiffs Russian Bot Conspiracy Theories The Federalist

Last week, Lawrence Tribe suggested, without evidence, that a plane crash in Russia was related to fallout from the Russian dossier operation orchestrated and funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign. Tribe is a Harvard Law professor, a passionate critic of President Donald Trump, and a known Russia conspiracy theorist. So it should have been surprising that the same day he was tweeting out plane crash conspiracy theories, he also argued in a facially absurd op-ed in The New York Times that Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., should be charged with obstruction of justice no, really for performing congressional oversight of the FBI.

Then again, it was only last May that The New York Times published another Russia conspiracy theorist named Louise Mensch talking about Russian hacking. Yes, the same Louise Mensch who believes that the Marshal of the Supreme Court told Trump about his impeachment and that Steve Bannon faces the death penalty for espionage. (Forget it, shes rolling.)

When it comes to the Russia-Trump collusion theory, a bit more journalistic rigor is in order. One of the most enthusiastic promulgators of a Russia-Trump collusion theory is Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member on Nunes House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. For more than a year, Schiff has been hopping around all the TV stations claiming, without benefit of specifics, the existence of a vast conspiracy between Trump and Russia.

Leaks from his committee that advance this theory frequently get published,...

23:31

Collusion-Mongers Hurt America Far Worse Than The Indicted Russians Did The Federalist

The most breathtaking aspect of special counsel Robert Muellers indictment of 13 Russian nationals is not the charges against the defendants, but how perfectly those charges describe the machinations of the Russiagate Players.

By Russiagate Players, I refer to the relevant Hillary Clinton campaign officials and allies, Obama administration principals and holdovers in the law enforcement, national security and foreign policy apparatuses, Fusion GPS players and the journalists apparently in cahoots with them, who all helped create and disseminate the fast-collapsing Trump-Russia collusion narrative.

In spite of the media spin on the indictment, the primary actions of the Internet Research Agency that employed these 13 Russians can best be described as follows: Russian nationals fraudulently funded and created social media accounts and hosted or supported rallies to propagate varying political messages favorable to varying candidates and constituencies at different points during and after the 2016 election. The indictment details the Russian conspirators at one time or another supporting a total of four candidates, including Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Jill Stein. It details the Russian conspirators backing issues at one time or another ranging from Black Lives Matter to immigration limits.

Thus, while the major headline was the indictments calling out of the conspirators operations supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trumpand disparaging Hillary Clinton, and adds that some of the defendants communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign, this is an unfair characterization of the full indictments descriptions. It is at the very least interesting that Mueller makes this specific assertion given the details in the indictment.

More accurately, based on the substance of the entire document, the indictment describes the defendants as having knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with other persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of government through fraud and deceit for the purposes of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016.

The ultimate strategic goal [was] to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Fraud to Interfere With an Election Describes Who?

Set aside for a second the fact that there is almost nothing to indicate these efforts changed the...

23:30

13 Ways Public Schools Incubate Mental Instability In Kids The Federalist

Why doesnt anyone investigate the toxic effects of todays bureaucrat-run mega-schools in the wake of a school shooting? Its high time we place a share of the blame there.

Apologists for these noxious systems continue to shift blame for their failures using the media, various left-wing lobbies, and the kids themselves as programmed mouthpieces for statist agendas like gun control. Meanwhile, they keep feeding the beast by mass institutionalizing kids.

The correlation between public school environments and the deteriorating mental health of children has been intensifying for decades. We ought to consider how these settings serve as incubators for the social alienation that can fuel such horrors.

First, consider how common it is for a public high school today to house thousands of teenagers for most of their waking hours for four solid years. (More than 3,000 students attend the Florida school where the most recent shooting took place.) During their time in that maze, kids learn to socialize, basically by finding their place in a schools hierarchy of cliques.

This sort of pecking order dynamic tends to breed resentment, status anxiety, and social dysfunction. Combine that with the toxic effects of social media and family breakdown, and youve got a deadly brew. Public schooling is increasingly unhealthy for kids emotional stability. Let us count the ways.

1. The Size and Model of Mass Schooling Is Alienating

Back in 1929-30, there were about 248,000 public schools in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. How many today? Far less than half. By 2013-14, the number had shrunk to 98,000.

When you consider that the U.S. population nearly tripled in that timeframe, theres no question this factory model of schooling has grown exponentially. The numbers speak to the intense bureaucratization of a public school system that is becoming more centralized with less local control, packing ever-larger numbers of students in one place.

The natural effect is an emotional malaise that fuels a sense of confusion and detachment. I believe the sociologist Emile Durkheim coined the term anomie to describe this sense of isolation. Even the physical architecture of public schools is getting more estranging. They tend to be larger and more looming, almost blade-runner-like in their effect of shrinking and sequestering individuals to irrelevance.

Theres already much to be anxious about in those settings: the intensity of testing, the long days, the labelling, the constant socialand now, politicalexpect...

23:30

Judge Who Removed Trans Teen From Parents Highlights Whats At Stake The Federalist

Transgender boy wins right to transition before college read the headlines last week after Hamilton County (OH) Juvenile Court Judge Sylvia Hendon awarded custody of a 17-year-old female (identifying as a transgender boy) to her grandparents.

To understand what is at stake in this complicated case, some background is in order. (While the case proceedings are not fully available, the judges February 16, 2018 decision is available here and provides some factual context, although the timeline is not completely clear from the courts order.)

In 2016, the teen apparently was suffering from anxiety and depression severe enough that her parents sought inpatient treatment for her at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center. Cincinnati Childrens, which boasts of its status as a leading center for the treatment of transgender youth, subsequently diagnosed the teen with gender dysphoria.

Up until the summer of 2016, the court noted, the child had lived consistent with the assigned gender at birth (female). After beginning care with Cincinnati Childrens, the child was diagnosed as transgender and within months the hospital recommended the teen begin hormone treatment. (Given that the teen was 16 at the time, the recommended hormones were likely cross-sex hormones, which would sterilize the child.)

Then Things Got Worse

By early 2017, family relations had frayed. The parents sought Christian counseling for the teen, who resisted and called a crisis hotline alleging, according to news reports, that one parent had told the teen to commit suicide. On February 8, 2017, the Hamilton County Department of Jobs and Family Services (HCJFS) sought interim custody of the teen but the parties agreed instead to allow the teen to continue living with the childs maternal grandparents and to continue receiving therapy from Cincinnati Childrens.

By April 2017, according to the court, the situation had deteriorated and HCJFS obtained temporary custody of the teen. The parents, grandparents, and county agreed to work towards a permanency goal in which the teen would be under the grandparents care.

But with the teen under the countys interim custody, Cincinnati Childrens stepped up pressure to begin hormonal therapy to affirm the girls masculine gender identity. The county filed case plans with the court stating that the hospital would like to begin hormone therapy with the child pursuant to a treatment plan for the diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

The parents objected an...

23:25

Former CIA Director James Woolsey Admits CIA Interferes In Foreign Elections For A Very Good Cause Activist Post

By Aaron Kesel Former CIA director James Woolsey has admitted the U.S. interferes in foreign elections for a very good cause. In an interview on...

23:24

Gun Control Across The World Only Leads To Acid, Knifings, And Bombings The Federalist

I have been living in Bangkok for nearly half a decade now, but I was raised in America, and I too am watching the extensive back and forth between gun rights supporters and those pushing for strict gun control in the wake of the Florida school shooting.

In my extensive world travels, I have made a number of observations in countries that have gun control that might add something of value to the ongoing debate in the U.S. I will begin with my present home, Bangkok. We have one of the most effective gun control systems on Earth in Thailand almost nobody can afford them. Most Thai people do not have enough disposable income to afford a handgun or a rifle. So, nowadays, the bad guys use bombs.

On Sunday, February 1, 2015, I was sitting at Bangkoks luxurious Siam Paragon shopping mall. As my friends were chatting away, I heard a strange loud thud, and felt a slight rotation that I had never felt before. What was that? I asked. Thunder, my friend replied.

No, I said. And then, just as I looked over my right shoulder, I saw the second bomb go off. I had front row seats to a terrorist bombing, and I watched everyone in the plaza run for their lives. It turned out that I had walked within inches of the bombs only minutes before they went off.

And this was not to be my last close call. Six months later, on August 15, 2015, my bus crept past the Erawan Shrine in Bangkoks downtown rush hour traffic. Once we got a few blocks away, I heard the bus backfire. Well, Bangkoks buses are nearly fifty years old so I thought nothing of it until I got home. Suddenly, my telephone rang. One of my translators was on the other end. She asked if I was okay. I said yes.

And thats when I got the news: Terrorist bombing. Narrowly missed me. Twenty dead. One hundred and twenty-five wounded. The Erawan Shrine and downtown Bangkok devastated. Days later, I was able to determine that my bus was one of the last to clear that shrine before the bomb went off. Had we been just one stop light later, the death toll might have been about 70 people more.

So, thats been the result of gun control in Thailand. People normally resort to bombs here, but it is also not uncommon to hear of rural citizens building their own basic guns from scratch. So much for gun control in Thailand.

The Middle East is not far from here and I have been through several of those countries. Over there, they also seem to like bombs. Only their bombs are much bigger than those in Thailand. Sometimes they even use cars or, when all of that is in short supply, they might use a good old-fashioned sword, or even throw you off a roof if youre really unlucky.

England is not all that far from there and Ive been there, too. They have strict gun control in England. So instead of guns, they use acid. England had a record last year, pushing nearly 450 acid attacks, most of which were in London alone. One...

23:23

Kids Should Be Told The Truth About E-Cigarettes. Theyre Not As Dangerous As Smoking The Federalist

The Food and Drug Administration chairman, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, took aim at the increasing use of e-cigarettes among minors in the United states on Twitter last week. Heres what he had to say.

A few things stand out here. First, as many people noticed, e-cigs currently sold in the United States do not contain any tobacco. Its possible that Gottlieb was referring to a new generation Heat Not Burn technology that does use actual tobacco in creating a vapor without combustion. IQOS, the worlds most popular product using this technology is currently under review by the FDA, which is considering an application from Phillip Morris International, to sell the product in the United Sates. Traditional e-cigs though, do not contain any form of tobacco.

Gottlieb seems to be suggesting the 17 percent of young people who believe e-cigs are a safer alternative to combustible cigarettes are wrong, but nothing could be further from the truth. There is no scientific doubt that e-cigs absolutely are a dramatically safer product than traditional cigarettes. It is actually quite a damning statistic for the FDA, which has fought tooth and nail to keep the truth about e-cigs from the American people.

The Science Is Clear

In a recent policy statement the American Cancer Society (hardly a bosom buddy of big tobacco) had this to say: Some smokers, despite firm clinician advice, will not attempt to quit smoking cigarettes and will not use FDA approved cessation mediations. These individuals should be encouraged to switch to th...

23:23

Chris Rocks Netflix Special Tamborine Shows A Comedian Losing His Touch The Federalist

Chris Rock has a new Netflix special, as all self-respecting comedians do these days. Its called Tamborine, the point being that sometimes you play lead vocals in a band, sometimes tambourine. Whichever you have to play, do it well.

Surely, thats a family values message. Well, maybe. But this is his confessional tour. Hes busy telling you he screwed up and cheated on his wife, who divorced him, and now raising the kids is hard. The last act of the show is him bragging about how good he has it in the trying circumstances of a millionaires divorce, as women throw themselves at him so hard, so fast, hes embarrassed. I guess it is hard, but I wouldnt know, and neither would anyone else watching this show.

The millionaire lifestyle and its problems have caught up to Rock, and its hard to find what he might have in common with people who play tambourine to his lead vocals. He was a poor kid and then a struggling artist a long time ago. Tamborine was released just after his 53rd birthday. Hes been rich and famous half his life and is still trying to drum up sympathy for laughs.

From Loving America to Exploiting It

This is bad news for America. Before Dave Chappelle emerged, Rock was the big hope in stand-up comedy. His three-hour HBO specials, Bring The Pain (1996), Bigger and Blacker (1999), and Never Scared (2004) were the best stand-up had to offer at the time. He offered racial reconciliation and was always arguing on the American side despite admitting all Americas faults. Thanks to his background, he was there to prove you can make it in America and that, if you do, you owe it to others to help them, too.

Theres not much of that left. Since Barack Obamas election to the presidency, Rock has betrayed his previous all-American reputation and turned into uglier and uglier partisanship. He sounds pretty embarrassing now. Hell tell you, if you care to listen, that Donald Trump might be a good thing in a way. After all, George W. Bush was so bad he gave us Obama! Trump is so much worse: Hell give us Jesus! This coming from a guy who can never for a second countenance the thought that maybe Obama was so bad he gave us Trump.

Netflix doesnt make for communityit makes money out of convincing young Americans to abandon any community and retreat into their apartments. Its more self-righteous products make money by stirring national hatred as much as any partisan media outlet. Rock is a businessman doing likewise. Maybe its nice work if you can get it. But its not moral, and its below the dignity of any American artist.

Chris Rock Still Has Some Redeeming Qualities

This is not to say that Rock has lost his touch entirely. He still has a capacity to tell liberal audiences things they dont want to hear, in this case about religion and violence. Lets start with God. Rock says religion is like salta bit of salt makes for great eating, but too much will spoil everything....

23:21

Indiana House Guts Informed Consent Bill On Trans Ideology In Public Schools The Federalist

Six months ago, parents throughout the country expressed outrage upon learning that a California school taught kindergarteners boys could become girls and girls could become boys. This school did so without notifying the childrens parents or allowing the parents to opt their children out of these transgender classroom discussions.

Earlier this year, the Indiana Senate took steps to prevent a similar scenario from playing out in the Hoosier state by passing Senate Bill 65. Passed by a 37-12 majority, Senate Bill 65 would have required schools to let parents inspect all instruction materials used for instruction on human sexuality, including sexual activity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Additionally, the bill would have required schools to obtain signed parental consent before providing a student with instruction on human sexuality, including sexual activity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

But yesterday the House Education Committee sold out parental rights to LBGT activists by gutting Senate Bill 65 before voting it out of committee 8-5. Mondays vote came less than a week after the committee took testimony on the bill, hearing from speakers such as 17-year-old Sarah Russell. Russell, a high school senior, told the committee her speech class included instruction on gender-neutral pronouns that sought to teach students that you can change your sex and thats normal. She added that her parents were not informed of this material before [she] took the class and were shocked to see it in [her] textbook.

Among others, Purdue University education professor Tara Johnson argued to the contrary. She said Senate Bill 65 would silence opportunities to discuss the issues that lead to LGBTQ students being bullied. Of course, Senate Bill 65 leaves intact any school anti-bullying measures, and transgender students would be equally protected from harassment from their peers.

The education committee adjourned last week without voting on the bill. Their delay provided the American Civil Liberties Union and other LGBT activists the opportunity to pressure committee members to eviscerate the parental rights the law sought to protect.

Their efforts succeeded: On Monday, the House committee amended the Senate version, deleting the requirement that schools provide parents access to instruction materials related to sexual activity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The committee also removed the requirement that parents consent before their children receive instruction o...

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Campus Activists Reveal Their Anti-Speech Strategy Is To Wear Decent People Out The Federalist

The Los Angeles Times reports that from August 27 to September 27 last year, the University of California Berkeley spent $3.9 million on security at three different free-speech oriented events. The extra security was deemed necessary in the wake of previous events with controversial speakers, such as conservative pundit Ben Shapiros visit in February 2016, during which rioting broke out. Berkeley is not alone in needing to shell out more money for security when controversial speakers come to campus. Milo Yiannopoulos visit to the University of Washingtons Seattle campus in January 2017 clocked in at around $75,000 in security-related expenses.

As costs continue to mount, its easy to see why colleges are starting to give way on free speech issues in the name of financial expediency. While understandable, such a reaction is exactly what the explicit opponents of free speech hope to achieve. Colleges shouldnt give in to them.

The main front in the war on free speech is, without a doubt, on college campuses around the country. Driven by ideological fervor, many young students engage in various antics in efforts to prevent speakers they disagree with from talking. Such disruptions often take place under the guise of anti-fascism, but have been used against speakers ranging from Yiannopoulos, often associated with the alt-right, to mainstream academics like Charles Murray, and even Claire Guthrie Gastaaga, the director of the Virginia ACLU.

No platforming preventing someone from speaking by pressuring universities or causing chaos during the actual event is an integral part of the Antifa strategy, and it is talked about at length in Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, by Dartmouth lecturer Mark Bray. Bray counters arguments that disrupting speech of people like Anne Coulter and Yiannopoulos only benefits them by giving them more attention, by arguing that such attention is only gained in the short-term. Disrupting the speakers is important on its own to prevent the in-person organization of racists and fascists (a definition Bray uses very broadly in his book to include thing...

23:20

No, Fairy Tales Are Not Morally Ambiguous, And Thats Why Theyre Worthwhile The Federalist

Darth Vader was seduced by the other side of the Force. Actually, it was the dark side, not the other side. Vader was seduced by a set of values in contradiction to what Jedi took for granted about the Force and its usage. Unless we dust off this most obvious of pointsthat conflict is the result of the conflict of valuesthen just what were all those space battles about? If we are not fighting over values, and moralizing about them, what is there exactly to fight and moralize over?

AEON magazine recently published The good guy/bad guy myth: Pop culture today is obsessed with the battle between good and evil. Traditional folktales never were. What changed? by Catherine Nichols. Nichols well-researched article says folk tales and ancient literature were more ambiguous in how characters and their intentions played out in the worlds of their making, whereas today there are largely two distinct teams of good guys and bad ones.

In old folktales, no one fights for values, Nichols writes, Individual stories might show the virtues of honesty or hospitality, but theres no agreement among folktales about which actions are good or bad. That is, except maybe the virtuous actions of honesty and hospitality.

Nichols uses a variety of stories to make her point, including everything from The Illiad to the latest Wonder Woman movie, then points out how often moralizing seeps into the way we perceive the stories we tell, even if there is no basis for it.

Stories from an oral tradition never have anything like a modern good guy or bad guy in them, despite their reputation for being moralizing. In this vein, Cinderella was beautiful merely to make the story work. In the tale of the Three Little Pigs, neither pigs nor wolf deploy tactics that the other side wouldnt stoop to. Its just a question of who gets dinner first, not good versus evil. Even Jack from Jack in the Beanstalk has no ethical justification for stealing the giants things, like his golden harp and golden goose.

Is Declaring a Good and Evil Propagandistic?

Beyond her historical accounts, Nichols all but claims that such modern-day moralizing is essentially the very kind of propaganda that leads to dehumanization of the other and the zealotry to commit the same kinds of crimes one often accuses ones enemy of:

Good guy/bad guy narratives might not possess any moral sophistication, but they do promote social stability, and theyre useful for getting people to sign up for armies and fight in wars with other nations When we read, watch and tell stories of good guys warring against bad guys, we are essentially persuading ourselves that our opponents would not be fighting us, indeed they would not be on the other team at all, if they had any loyalty or valued human life. In short, we are rehears...

23:20

Barack Obamas Presidential Portrait Fits Him Perfectly The Federalist

The recent unveiling of President Obamas presidential portrait has brought much criticism because of its untraditional style. But after having a look at every portrait of every president since the very beginning, I like President Obamas portrait. It is not only accurate, but refreshing, suitable for both the man and for the moment, in both negative and positive ways. In that sense, it achieves what we need art to be.

So before we criticize this new stuff, take a look at the old and familiar.

We know of George Washingtons portrait painted by Gilbert Stuart, titled the Lansdowne Portrait. It includes a number of symbols, including fasces (a symbol for authority), the original flag (in the head of the chair), pen and paper (symbols for rule of law), books labeled, American Revolution, Constitution and Laws of the United States, the Federalist Papers, and so on.

Washingtons pose depicts him renouncing a third term (an act that earned him praise from King George as the greatest man in the world). Dolley Madison and her servants rescued it from ruin by the British, and it hangs in the East Wing of the White House today. We do not look at this painting and think of him as a god or a monarch. We see him as a great man.

It is an accurate portrait. It tells a story both in its physical history as well as in its presentation, one that truthfully conveys who we know Washington to be. It also ensures (along with Mrs. Madisons efforts) that an image of our first chief executive is saved for posterity.

...

23:15

The Hypocrisy of The New York Times: America is a Surveillance State Activist Post

By Derrick Broze The New York Times is more than willing to point out the surveillance state in China and other nations; however, they remain...

23:12

Three Sips Virtual Mirage


Because I saw this book advertised on several of your blogs, I decided to buy Three Sips of Gin by Major Tim Bax, Rhodesian Selous Scouts. I read the book and I enjoyed it. So I'm passing it on by making my own recommendation. It can be yours on Kindle for just over $4 - and I think that it's entertainment worth the price.

I personally identified with some of what Tim Bax went through, though I'm not African, and never lived there. You don't have to chew the SAME dirt to appreciate what another lived through.

I'm lucky to have lived in largely the same era as Tim Bax. He's a bit older than I am, but coming of age in a military environment prior to and during the Age of Reagan and Bush-the-Elder was a far simpler, far more interesting, and far more challenging age. It was a time of adventure, so often lacking in the controlled times we live in now. 

The story revolves around Bax's own journey and the colorful and often eccentric people he met along the way.

Living a life well, in my opinion, requires that one take risks and leap from the aircraft into the dark (hopefully with a functioning parachute). If you're not a risk taker and don't take a measure of thrill from pushing the envelope, you'll never  understand why I recommended the book.

I know people who peaked in high school, and while that may be enough for them, I didn't really like high school and only came into my own later - facing tough training and a far tougher real world. It is from that perspective that I appreciated Three Sips of Gin.

23:07

Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court Indianz.Com News

An unusually large number of Indian law petitions have been presented to the nation's highest court as tribes face continued challenges to their sovereignty.

23:07

FBI Whistleblower: Americas Culture of Violence Starts With Perpetual Wars WhoWhatWhy

Coleen Rowley is a former FBI special agent whose bravery as a whistleblower exposed many of the FBIs pre-9/11 failures. She was named one of Time magazines Persons of the Year in 2002. This week she talks with Jeff Schechtman about the recent shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Rowley accentuates two problems with the FBI. One, that local threats even in high schools are not the province of the FBI. It would, however, have been the bureaus job to make sure that local law enforcement was aware of the tips it received.

The second problem she identifies is that too much information is coming into the bureau. Ever since 9/11, and particularly since the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden, we know that giant sweeps of national security data are producing more information than the government can process, no matter how many analysts are employed. She claims that, at this moment, there may be over one hundred million names on a government watch list.

Rowleys biggest concern, though, is what she sees as the US culture of violence. More than 17 years of perpetual war has left Americans psychologically bruised, and this is putting their safety at risk.

In this weeks podcast she points out that military service is emerging as something that is significantly correlated with if not a cause of Americas dramatic increase in mass shootings. Nikolas Cruzs ROTC experience may be related to this very idea.


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23:00

Is Technology More Agonizing Than We Recognize? Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich In the 1960s there was a Broadway play/show titled Stop the World, I Want to Get Off!  My late husband and...

22:56

Sustainable Development: Code for Reorganizing Human Society Activist Post

By Tom DeWeese Its in every community in the nation. We hear it talked about in county commission meetings and state legislatures. Its even used...

22:00

4 Problems with the Way Governments Communicate about Public Meetings Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Last week, I shared my frustrations about how hard it is to find out about public meetings in my city. I was overwhelmed by how many people responded to the piece. Some shared similar concerns. Others offered their perspective on these challenges as government employees themselves. Today, I want to review this conversation about the surprising difficulty our towns face when it comes to the basic task of informing residents about public meetings, and talk about some concrete solutions based on everyones feedback. 

1. Requirements to publish public meeting notices in the local paper are very outdated.

One comment I received on my article pointed out that most cities have a legal requirement to notify residents about meetings via the local paper:

I am a City Planner. I get asked all the time how to find out about meetings. My first answer is: the state requires us to advertise our meetings in a paper of general circulation. If you want to know about any of our meetings go to that paper and look at the public notices. This is the boring answer out of civics class but it is the real answer.

My city government is required to post notices of public meetings in the local paper. Thats problematic because its in a section no one reads, in a typeface and format that screams ignore this, and most importantly its printed in a media format that is dying.

My first reaction to this (and the reaction of several other commenters) was that this requirement is hopelessly outdated. I have never subscribed to a daily local newspaper in my life for a combination of reasons: its expensive, Ive moved a lot over the last few years (and mostly lived in urban apartments where it would be challenging to ensure that a paper actually got to me without being stolen or destroyed first) and I dont want to waste all that paper when I can just read news online anyway. I suspect many people (and not just young people like me either) are in the same boat. We are long past the decades when every household took a daily paper on their doorstep each morning.

Other commenters chimed in about the myriad of problems with only requiring that public meetings be posted in local newspapers:

My city government is required to post notices of public meetings/hearings/etc. in the local paper. That's problematic because it's in a section no one reads, in a typeface and format that screams "ignore this," and most...

21:46

How America Is Becoming a Ghetto Nation Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

 

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21:20

CBSNews.com #4 Dumb Thing to Boost Possible Cancer Risk Addresses Those Who Gab and Drive: Using a Cell Phone When Signal is Weak Activist Post

By B.N. Frank Last month, CBSNews.com posted Cell Phones & Cancer:  8 Dumb Things to Boost Your Possible Cancer Risk #4 on their list: Going...

21:17

New Fed Chairman Will Trigger A Historic Stock Market Crash In 2018 Sheep Media

This article was written by Brandon Smith and published at Alt-Market.com.

Ever since the credit and equities crash of 2008, Americans have been bombarded relentlessly with the narrative that our economy is in recovery. For some people, simply hearing this ad nauseam is enough to stave off any concerns they may have for the economy. For some of us, however, its just not satisfactory. We need concrete data that actually supports the notion, and for years, we have seen none.

In fact, we have heard from officials at the Federal Reserve that the exact opposite is true. They have admitted that the so-called recovery has been fiat driven, and that there is a danger that when the Fed finally stops artificially propping up the economy with constant stimulus and near zero interest rates, the whole farce might come tumbling down.

For example, Richard Fisher, former head of the Dallas Federal Reserve, admitted a few years ago that the U.S. central bank has made its business the manipulation of the stock market to the upside:

What the Fed did and I was part of that group is we front-loaded a tremendous market rally, starting in 2009.Its sort of what I call the reverse Whimpy factor give me two hamburgers today for one tomorrow.

Im not surprised that almost every index you can look at was down significantly.

Fisher went on to hint at the impending danger (though his predicted drop is overly conservative in my view), saying: I was warning my colleagues, dont go wobbly if we have a 10-20% correction at some point. Everybody you talk to has been warning that these markets are heavily priced.

One might claim that this is simply one Fed members point of view. But it was recently revealed that in 2012, Jerome Powell made the same point in a Fed meeting, the minutes of which have only just now been released:

I have concerns about more purchases. As others have pointed out, the dealer community is now assuming close to a $4 trillion balance sheet and p...

21:04

Prepping: Billionaires Brace For The Apocalypse And New World Order Sheep Media

This article was written by Mac Slavo and originally published at SHTFplan.com

In the event that the entire economy collapses and food and become scarce, billionaires are looking for high-end places to hold out and await the new world order.  Many billionaires are now preparing for the apocalypse, and their survival plans dont include anyone outside the global elites.

Peter Thiel, the billionaire behind PayPal, is among those tech giants who see New Zealand as a good place to go in the event of an apocalypse. New Zealand is seen as a particularly safe place for billionaires in the event of an apocalypse. In fact, Thiel has bought a $13.5 million 193-hectare section on the shores of Lake Wanaka, although the only building there at the moment is a barn (that can be seen).

According to the Mirror, plans show he is fitting a panic room in another property he owns in the country and he has been granted New Zealand citizenship in a streamlined process not available to normal (non-global elitists) members of the public. A rough and ready description of the attraction of New Zealand came last year in The New Yorker magazine, with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman suggesting the country had become shorthand for apocalypse insurance in Silicon Valley.

In 2011, Thiel declared hed found no other country that aligns more with my view of the future than New Zealand. The country is more relaxed in terms of government than many places, has ample drinking water, and some of the worlds cleanest air.

Saying youre buying a house in New Zealand is kind of a wink, wink, say no more, Hoffman said. Once youve done the Masonic handshake, theyll be, like: Oh,...

21:00

Video: This Obscure Plea Deal Offers Freedom to the Wrongfully Convicted at a Huge Cost Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

In 1987, police detectives whod later be made famous by David Simon, creator of The Wire used flimsy evidence to pin a burglary, rape and murder case on James Thompson and James Owens. They were both sentenced to life in prison. Then, 20 years later, DNA evidence cleared them of the rape and unraveled the states theory of the crime. But instead of exonerating the two men, prosecutors pushed them to plead guilty to the crime in exchange for immediate freedom.

Watch the video.

What prosecutors offered was a controversial deal called an Alford plea. This little-known plea allows defendants to maintain their innocence while pleading guilty. Prosecutors pressure wrongly convicted defendants to take it by threatening to retry them, which could take months or even years. For the two Jameses, whod already spent decades behind bars for a crime they didnt commit, taking the plea meant they could walk out free men. But, in the eyes of the law, theyd still be convicted murderers. The plea had another catch it would prevent them from suing for wrongful imprisonment. For prosecutors, such deals keep wins on the books and let them avoid admitting any wrongdoing. But the deals also keep the cases closed, and the real culprits forgotten.

Last year, ProPublica investigated prosecutors use of Alford pleas and similar deals in cases of wrongful convictions and found they often cover up official misconduct. Finding these stories is especially difficult. No one tracks how often the wrongly convicted take Alford pleas. In Baltimore City and Baltimore County alone, weve found 10 cases since 1998 in which defendants with viable innocence claims ended up agreeing to a plea or a similar time-served deal. Watch the story of the two Jameses to see what happened after the Alford plea was offered in their cases.

This piece makes up the fifth installment in Voxs collaboration with ProPublica. You can find this video and all of Voxs videos on YouTube. Subscribe and stay tuned for more from our partnership.

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20:47

250 Civilians Killed in Last 48 Hours in Syrias Eastern Ghouta Sheep Media

ANTIWAR.COM| Intense Syrian airstrikes and shelling against rebel-held parts of Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the capital city of Damascus, has inflicted the deadliest two-day casualties in the country in years, with an estimated 250 civilians killed in 48 hours, and another 1,200 estimated wounded.

Casualties have been mounting in Eastern Ghouta in recent weeks, as the Syrian militarys victories elsewhere have allowed them to focus anew on trying to expel the rebels from their last holding near the capital city.

Rebels have held much of Eastern Ghouta throughout the Syrian War, and while some of the frontier areas have been surrendered back to the military in evacuation deals, the key strongholds dont seem willing to countenance similar deals.

Eastern Ghouta is particularly important because the rebels within have used it as a staging area to attack the capital, most recently mortar fire against the city, but also at times outright infiltration through tunnels.

With the rebel-held parts of Eastern Ghouta all towns and cities, strikes against them have tended to cause large amounts of civilian casualties. This has been a recurring problem throughout Syria, with no one showing an ability to reliably target militants.

20:00

Trump, Inc. Podcast: Russia, Trump and Alternative Financing Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

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After special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians for an intensive, elaborate effort to interfere with the 2016 elections, President Donald Trump reacted as he has before with bluster and bellicosity, at everyone but Russia.

This week on Trump, Inc., were exploring the presidents, well, persistent weirdness around Russia: Why has Trump been so quiet about Russia and its interference?

Glenn Simpson has a theory that one cannot understand the Russian collusion scandal without understanding Trumps business.

Simpson is the head of Fusion GPS, the investigative firm behind the now-famous Trump dossier. Before that, he was a Wall Street Journal reporter who specialized in the nexus of money, politics and international skullduggery. Simpson was hired, first by conservatives and then by Democrats, to dig into Trumps business record.

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Simpson has been pilloried on the right as a tool of the Clinton campaign or worse. Hes been sued multiple times. But amid all the charges, few have followed the details of what Simpson concluded: After a string of Trump failures, disappointments and bankruptcies, Western financiers shut him off. Trump still needed money to fund his projects. Where did he get it? Simpson came to believe it came from Russia and Russian-connected sources. It came via golf courses, condos and other conduits.

The eventual result, Simpson suggests, is that Trump ended up beholden to those providing his businesses with alternative financing.

One note: The Trump Organization and White House declined to answer our questions for the podcast.

And remember, we want to hear from you: Were always eager for tips. We also want to hear your questions. What would you like to know about Trumps businesses? What confuses you?

You can contact us via Signal, WhatsApp or voicemail at 347-244-2134. Heres more about how you can contact us se...

19:27

MSM Screams About East Ghouta But Ignores Victims of Rebels In Damascus Activist Post

By Brandon Turbeville As the Syrian government launches its operation to retake and liberate the area outside of Damascus known as the East Ghouta, Western...

18:42

Former Lummi Nation chairman Larry Kinley passes on at age of 71 Indianz.Com News

Larry George Kinley, a former chairman of the Lummi Nation, passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 71.

18:04

Most 'isolated' towns are near reservations in Montana and Nevada Indianz.Com News

Four of the 10 most 'isolated' towns in the United States are on or near reservations in Montana and Nevada, according to The Washington Post's Wonkblog.

17:49

Far From a Gift: What the Center Got Wrong & Antifa Got Right It's Going Down

The post Far From a Gift: What the Center Got Wrong & Antifa Got Right appeared first on It's Going Down.

Writing on The Daily Stormer Anglin argued, [Organizing] large rallies on public property, where we know there is going to be confrontation with antifa, are not a good idea.

And for everyone that declared that the Alt-Right should simply be ignored, on August 11th, as a small group of high school and college students were surrounded and beaten by hundreds of young men carrying tiki torches and throwing up Nazi salutes while local police looked on they got their wish. By the same time the next evening however, as word had spread across social media about the murder of Heather Heyer, thousands would be marching across the United States and the world in solidarity. Over the next several days, statues would be torn down, freeways blockaded, graffiti written, and Alt-Right trolls confronted and driven out of demonstrations. Finally, after months of antifascists being literally shot, stabbed, attacked, and railroaded on trumped up charges, millions of Americans were seeing what antifascists across the country had already been experiencing: the violence of a growing fascist movement operating largely with State and police impunity.

Soon, tens of thousands were mobilizing to confront Alt-Right events across the US. In Boston, over 40,000 people came out to shut down a rally organized by Kyle Based Stickman Chapman, the leader of one of the groups, the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (FOAK), who had attended Unite the Right. Weeks later in San Francisco and...

17:32

Oglala Sioux Tribe seeks investigation into misuse of education funds Indianz.Com News

The Oglala Sioux Tribe is calling on authorities to investigate the misuse of federal education funds in South Dakota.

16:46

Supreme Court turns away another conservative attack on Indian Child Welfare Act Indianz.Com News

The nation's highest court has turned away another conservative attack on the Indian Child Welfare Act.

16:22

Graham Lee Brewer: Native man's death opens old wounds in Canada Indianz.Com News

Why the shooting of a Canadian Cree man has so many people angry.

16:04

The Gun Violence the Media Shows Us and the State Violence They Don't OpEdNews

What is not said enough is that gun violence is a natural consequence of a society that solves its problems through violence and conquest abroad. A society that promises an American dream and never gives anything in return leaves a trail of despair. A society that defines success as profit off of others no doubt makes others into adversaries.

16:02

YES! Magazine: Let's learn from states where gun violence has fallen Indianz.Com News

To have an honest, nonpartisan discussion about gun violence, we must look at what happened in New York, California, and Texas.

15:46

Kucinich Leads the Way in Assault Weapons Ban OpEdNews

Ohio gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich and running mate Tara Samples held a rally to ban assault weapons in Cleveland on Saturday. The team is not waiting until they are elected to start making changes -- the campaign is providing a sample council resolution for any activists to download and share with their local city council members

15:32

Yes, the United States Used Biowarfare on North Korea OpEdNews

It's sort of silly that it matters. The United States bombed North Korea flat with ordinary, non-bioweapons bombs. It ran out of standing structures to bomb. People lived in caves, if they lived. Millions died, most of them from regular old non-scandalous but mass-murderous bombs (including, of course, Napalm which melts people but doesn't give them exotic diseases).

14:06

The School Shooting in Parkland, Florida: Why Do These Atrocities Keep Happening? OpEdNews

Young people, full of potential, their futures before them, shot down... at school, supposedly a place for learning, growing, making friends, even falling in love. Why are mass shootings such a prominent feature of American life? Digging into and answering that question takes you to the foundation of American capitalist society and its bloody history of genocide, slavery, patriarchy, and American expansionism.

13:54

The new U.S. nuclear posture: playing with fire in a combustible world OpEdNews

The new nuclear defense doctrine insanely advocates using "low-yield" nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear attacks, including cyber strikes. It increases the risk of nuclear war amid the tension created by NATO expansion and the U.S. forces continuing to fight in Syria despite the reconquest of ISIS-held territory. The danger is heightened by the fear mongering and hypocritical rhetoric of Russiagate.

13:43

Nocturne In A Purple Bar OpEdNews

Poem describes a moment of lost time, moment of alienation, a moment of escape

12:42

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Russiagate OpEdNews

In case anyone's forgotten, Russia is a nuclear power. Throwing around the phrase "act of war" is over-the-top insanity. It's a call for the transformation of some Facebook ads into burning cities and piles of body bags, all because an election didn't come out the way some people wanted and expected it to.

12:10

Cancer: Busting the Myths Part 2 (Natural Cancer Cures) The Freedom Articles

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natural cancer cures

There are copious promising & outright proven natural cancer cures, treatments and remedies many cheap and easily self-administered.

Natural Cancer Cures

exist, and are even widely known, but the first things to get past are your own doubts and fears. It can be hard to step out of the box of orthodox, conventional, mainstream, allopathic Western Medicine, especially when faced with a serious illness like cancer. However, the prospect of facing surgery, radiation or chemo, each with its own set of toxic and even lethal side effects, is not appealing. Below is a summary of a variety of natural cancer cures; many are proven natural cancer treatments with a solid record of efficacy, while others are natural cancer remedies which are promising enough to consider.

Numerous Natural Cancer Cures with Solid Evidence of Efficacy

Humanity has a very good idea of how to handle cancer for a long time its just the top natural cancer cures have been suppressed because there was no money in them (couldnt be patented by Big Pharma) and beca...

11:49

UAE Just Overthrew Yemens Government and Nobodys Talking About It The Anti-Media

UAE Yemen(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  Between a major regional confrontation on the horizon taking place in Syria between Israel, Syria, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the United States and a potential nuclear standoff with North Korea and China, it is no surprise that there are many newsworthy stories that continue to go unnoticed. One such story is what is currently taking place in Yemen, and []

11:04

Short Takes 1: On Trump-stuff and the Florida Shooting/Gun Control OpEdNews

With this column I am beginning an occasional series of what I will call "Short Takes." That is, instead of a lengthy column on a single theme, I will be offering a series of thoughts, briefly stated, on a variety of themes. In length, they will more often than not be like Tweets, but fully spelled out, which Tweets by myself and others often are not.

10:24

NO. Freethought Blogs

It seems today is yet another fucking special holiday, National Love Your Pet Day which is unofficial, thankfully. This mania needs to bloody stop. A very small sample:

Baby Grace.

Doll & Jayne.

Barnaby Jones & Sullivan.

I have had pets all my life. There has never been one godsdamn day I have not loved them and cared for them. Much like my feelings for V.D., my answer to such fucking nonsense is NO. What is this but yet another way companies have to push insanely overpriced goodies and treats, and to guilt you for being a rotten pet owner if you arent spending a ton on junk for them? NO. If you need a day to remind you to play with your pet, dig around in the treat drawer, go for a walk with them, or whatever, then you should not have a bloody pet in the first place. All responsible owners love their animals, they mean the world, and they would do anything for them already.

Besides this being a greedy capitalists wet dream, this is also yet another burden on all those people who have lost their beloved, no matter what type of animal. Back when I kept koi, I about collapsed when I lost my beautiful Guin when he was yet a babe, Id had him for 16 years. Whatever being it might be which captures a human heart, we already care. We dont need yet another stupid manufactured day. This sort of special day thing needs to die. In a fire.

10:02

End of the Line #12: Irreparable It's Going Down

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End of the Line is an ongoing anti-pipeline podcast detailing struggles against fossil fuel extraction in Virginia and the surrounding area.

End of the Line is an ongoing podcast about the pipeline struggles in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic. We feature the voices of those directly affected by the proposed infrastructure of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Each episode of End of the Line examines an aspect of the local pipeline struggle, working our way from the very beginning to the issues at stake right now.

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and Lobo Marino: lobomarinomusic.com

In this first episode of 2018, the pipeline fight is entering a new phase. Tree cutting begins in Buckingham County, and MVP takes 300 landowners to court. Original air date: 2/16/18

09:51

Medical Horrors at FCI Florence It's Going Down

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The following comes from anarchist prisoner Eric King and details sexual assault and malpractice from a nurse in the facility where he is imprisoned.

Eric King support crew:

We would like to say this situation is representative of a bigger problem within the BOP. There was recent information that has emerged that shows that the way the BOP is handling the hiring freeze is to have nurses double as cops. To quote Nurse Hendricks I am a guard first and a nurse second, and THAT is the problem. In the medical field folks are asked to do no harm. Meanwhile they are asked to partake in the psychological torture that prison guards carry out and here is the kicker on the same people they are tasked to keep alive and healthy. One can not be in charge of the health of a person while at the same time the other aspect of their job is to dehumanize them.

From Eric King:

Since I have been at FCI Florence I have seen some real cruelty and vileness at a level I didnt think was possible, ugliness that would make your skin crawl. No, it wasnt from the gangs or the drug dealers, it was from certain members of the Medical Team. Specifically R.N. Hendricks. Fuck R.N. Hendricks.

Imagine walking out of breakfast at 6:30 AM into the freezing cold mountain air. Once your feet step right outside you see someone wearing scrubs and a smile, and you assume this is a helpful caring person. You are sadly mistaken. Within seconds that person is in your face literally screaming SPREAD EM!, referring to your legs. This person will then proceed to pat you down so aggressively you would be forgiven for mistaking this pat down for an assault. That assault quickly becomes a Sexual Assault when she forcibly grabs your penis and balls, forces her hand between your ass cheeks, laughing horrifically, muttering to herself no one is getting past me today! This is what life is like for many men at FCI Florence.

You may be asking yourself why she is taking this so fucking personal, that is because she sees herself as a cop first, nurse second, so dont try to fuck with me!, to which one inmate replied that explains the quality of your health care. When an inmate tells her to keep her fucking hands off of his dick, her response is to quip: Well you shouldnt have come to prison!, before writing up that inmate for having the audacity to not want to be sexually assaulted. Is she looking for knives or escape tools you may ask? Is she doing it to p...

09:35

Where have all the thagomizers gone? Freethought Blogs

I discuss this pressing concern in this video:

09:23

YouTube: Still a Platform for Fascism It's Going Down

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This followup from the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC) details how YouTube is still a thriving hub for neo-Nazi and Alt-Right groups. To see their original article, go here.

As we detailed a few weeks back, YouTube has become a platform for white supremacists, white nationalists, and neo-Nazis to promote themselves and recruit new members. YouTube claims on the it does not permit hate speech on its platform while allowing these videos to proliferate. YouTube has taken half-measures on this content, such as placing content warnings at the beginning and removing advertisements that run along side the videos, to appease the public while avoiding angering its racist content creators. We demand the full removal of this content immediately.

Neo-Nazi Groups on YouTube

YouTube is giving a platform to several neo-Nazi groups that are active in the US, two with a known history of violent attacks:

Atomwaffen Division

The violent neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division has garnered significant media attention in recent weeks due to links with several murders. In December, Nicholas Giampa, a teenage neo-Nazi who praised Atomwaffen on social media, killed his girlfriends parents when they encouraged her to break off their relationship. Samuel Woodward, who murdered Blaze Bernstein in a brutal stabbing potentially because Bernstein was gay and Jewish, was a member of Atomwaffen.

Atomwaffens YouTube videos promote the group and document their racist flyering campaigns at college campuses. Each ends with the same call to action:

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09:17

Domestic Terrorist Crashes Truck Into Planned Parenthood, Injures 3 Counter Current News

Source: Patheos Domestic Terrorism: Anti-abortion Christian extremist rams stolen bakery truck into Planned Parenthood clinic, injuring three. In a deliberate act of domestic terrorism, Marckles Alcius, 31, crashed a stolen bakery truck into a Planned Parenthood []

09:16

A Note to Media: Don't Tell Us Republicans Care About Deficits OpEdNews

There is one point that should be very clear by now: Republicans do not act like people who are concerned about budget deficits. Given the opportunity, they pursue policies that increase budget deficits. This is not just true in the present; it was also true when George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan were in the White House.

09:13

Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Your Friends: Some Starting Places for Drawing Digital Boundaries It's Going Down

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The following includes some basic tips for beefing up online security in regards to your personal cell phone. Also check out, Your Phone is a Cop.

I was inspired by a recent conversation with a friend who works in encryption to write a gentle reminder that even those of us that arent really sure what private browsing does have the ability to set boundaries with our devices.

In movements like ours, we try to protect each other against reactionary forces like the state, right wingers and police we shorthand these practices to security culture. Smartphones, apps, and social media has changed the way we learn, radicalize and seek care. A reminder: the first android smartphone was released in 2008. The first iPhone was released in in 2007. We have not had much time to adjust to the consequences of carrying a surveillance device in our pockets, especially not a device that behaves so helpfully and addictively, most of the time.

I write this note in the spirit of care sometimes, phones are the most accessible tool to ask for help, to get emergency notifications, to connect with your friends and family. Dont let these introductions to digital security and data isolate you or stoke your feelings of paranoia. Rather, consider this an opportunity to reevaluate your relationship with social media and being constantly connected, and try and set some boundaries with the digital world that we carry around with us, check at stoplights, and stare at more than we stare at anything else.

If youre not technically-minded or dont want to get too deep into it but still want to protect your privacy, I strongly recommend the Data Detox from the tactical technology collective and Mozilla: https://datadetox.myshadow.org/detox

If you know your way around a bit more, the electronic frontier foundation has detailed surveillance self-defense kits: https://ssd.eff.org/

To get a quick glimpse into how much google knows about you, log in to your google account and visit myactivity.google.com. Do this for every google account that you have, any google account youve logged into on your phone. Take stock of your feedings, delete what you feel moved to, disable some services that you dont want or need.

Most people associate pho...

08:58

Army Awards Three Students Gunned Down In Florida Shooting Medals Of Heroism The Federalist

The U.S. Army has awarded its Medal of Heroism to three high school students who were shot dead during last weeks mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida.

Alaina Petty, Peter Wang, and Martin Duque were cadets in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program. The U.S. Military Academy at West Point posthumously admitted Wang, a 15-year-old student, who was shot and killed while holding the door open for other students and pushing them through, and awarded all three of them the medal.

The achievement must be an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding that it clearly sets the individual apart from fellow students or from other persons in similar circumstances, the Armys criteria for the medal reads. The performance must have involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage.

Wangs classmate Kelsey Friend told CNN, He died a gentleman holding the door for other students. Wang had a lifetime goal of getting into West Point.

It was an appropriate way for USMA to honor this brave young man, the academy said in a statement Tuesday. West Point has given posthumous offers of admissions in very rare instances for those candidates or potential candidates whose actions exemplified the tenets of duty honor and country.

Wang will reportedly be buried in his JROTC uniform with the medal pinned to him. His family will receive the award at his funeral service. Pettys family received her award at her service Monday. Duques family will receive his award at his funeral service on Saturday.

The 19-year-old gunman was also a member of the schools JROTC air-rifle marksmanship team before he was expelled last year, the Associate Press reports. Several members of the media have depicted the JROTC marksmanship team, which received a grant from the National Rifle Association, as a club that the gun lobby funded to train the suspected shooter, who killed 17 people last week.

The NRA donated $10,000 to help train the Parkland shooting suspect to use a rifle, Think Progress reports.

The shooter was reportedly on an NRA-funded rifle team in high school,...

08:42

Deep State Central Bank Cartel Previously Bailed Out: Now They Will Just Let The Crash Happen ~ Nullify The Debt Political Vel Craft

Central Banks will Just Let the 2018 Crash Happen If you have been following the public commentary from central banks around the world the past few months, you know that there has been a considerable change in tone compared to the last several years. For example, officials at the European Central Bank are hinting at a taper of []

08:41

Call to Support Kris Thompson Legal Fund It's Going Down

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What follows is a call to support the husband of Kiwi Herring, who is being railroaded by St. Louis police after witnessing the murder of his partner.

Donate Here

On August 22, 2017, Kiwi Herring, a trans woman, was killed by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department while defending herself against a homophobic neighbor. As the only witness to the murder, Kiwi Herrings widow, Kris Thompson, has been punitively charged with Assault in the First Degree and Armed Criminal Action in order to silence Kris from speaking out against the police. If convicted, Kris faces a minimum of three years in prison with no probation or parole to the maximum of two consecutive life sentences. Please give generously.

Kriss defense is complicated by the fact that the police departments own force investigative unit, tasked with investigating Kiwis murder at the hands of their own fellow cops, is staffed by detectives who have a history and pattern of covering up police violence against innocent defendants. Not only is Kriss case serious because the penalty is almost as harsh as a murder case, but the defense also involves investigating Kiwis murder.

Kris is represented by Joe Welch, an aggressive criminal trial lawyer with a proven record in defending people and activists who have been falsely accused by the police trying to justify their excessive force.

Here is a statement from Kris:

I am the wife of Kenny Lee Herringbetter known as Kiwi Herring. My wife was one of a kind who will be and still is truly missed..whose life was taken too soon. Everything came so unexpectedly. My children and I were so unprepared. We never thought my wife would be brutally murdered by St. Louis Law Enforcement, but here we are. Starting today we will not give up. We will pray, but while praying I myself and other supporters will be giving our upmost effort to raise funds for legal fees on order to get justice for my beloved belated wife. It hurts to live knowing I was never financially prepared to defend my wife being murdered. It was unforeseen. God says these things will befall us all. Right now Im asking Im praying for support from people who still have a conscience and the heart God blessed us all with. Thank you God bless you.

Kris and...

08:39

Bitcoin and Blockchain Could Save the World From the Failing Financial System The Anti-Media

Bitcoin Blockchain(ANTIMEDIA)  Investors in both traditional assets and cryptocurrencies have been rocked by huge amounts of volatility so far in 2018. The stock market experienced the largest single-day point drop in history, and bonds have been under pressure as concerns grow about rising interest rates. The most notable price action, however, occurred in the crypto markets as an unprecedented wave of interest overwhelmed []

08:31

Bloc Party: Repression and Political Prisoner Updates It's Going Down

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While theres been a lot going on around the bloc, we wanted to get out these very important political prisoner and repression updates as fast as possible.

First up, Scott Walker, a volunteer with No More Deaths was indicted on further felony charges by a grand jury last week. If found guilty, it would mean that others could be charged with felony harboring and also, conspiracy for providing humanitarian aid to those in need in the borderlands. These charges, along with the J20 case, attacks on Black Lives Matter and Water Protectors, tell us that the State is looking to expand existing laws in order to attack resistance movements. In this case, they are looking to criminalize the live saving humanitarian work that No More Deaths has been doing for years. As No More Deaths wrote:

Humanitarian Aid Worker Scott Warren indicted on additional felony charge, facing up to 20 year sentence

A grand jury has indicted Scott Daniel Warren, a volunteer with the organization No More Deaths/No Ms Muertes, with three felony charges: two counts of felony harboring and one charge of felony conspiracy. The maximum sentence for these charges is 20 years in prison.

The new conspiracy charge is notable, as conspiracy charges have been used by the government to scare and suppress social justice movements and target political dissidents. This case holds critical weight as the Trump administration targets immigrant rights leaders and those who stand with them nationwide. Please donate to our legal defense campaign here: https://www.youcaring.com/nomoredeaths-1095179

No More Deaths is committed to resisting this troubling trend in enforcement and continue our work of ending death and suffering in the borderlands.

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08:17

Trump Makes the Crisis Worse for Palestinian Refugees OpEdNews

Trump appears unfazed by the disaster his actions have created. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, Trump said he would suspend aid to the Palestinians "unless they sit down and negotiate peace." The plan -- which reflects the wishes of Israel, with no Palestinian approval or even input -- would allow Israel to annex 10 percent of the West Bank area.

08:00

Low-Cost Pop-up Shops Create Big Value in Muskegon, Michigan Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Sometimes, all it takes is a little push to get a big thing rolling. That's what Muskegon, Michigan learned when they invested in low-cost, small-scale business spaces in their downtown.

An aerial shot of the row of chalets at Western Market

An aerial shot of the row of chalets at Western Market

Like many American cities, Muskegon (population 38,000) chose to bulldoze much of its historic downtown to build a mall in the 1970s. Then in 2001, a new mall was constructed on the outskirts of the city, which led to the closure of the downtown mall. It's a dark story of waste and decline, but one piece of good came out of that: downtown Muskegon is coming back. The farmers market is booming and local businesses are coming up in the town center.

One small but very impactful way that the city of Muskegon has helped to make this happen is by constructing low-cost "chalets" on a vacant strip of land in the downtown dubbed, Western Market, and renting them to local businesses.

Building off the success of its popular farmers market nearby, the city of Muskegon decided to use a similar small-scale approach to create more long-term opportunities for local businesses. The city hired a builder to manage the construction of 12 wooden buildings ranging from 90-150 square feet at a cost of just $5,000-6,000 per chalet. Their simple design a portable wooden structure with windows and doors (but no running water) kept them very affordable. In May 2017, these buildings opened for business filled with clothes, gifts, crafts and food. (See the photos below for a peak at some of the store interiors and owners.)

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07:25

Russia Holds Military Drills on Disputed Islands Claimed by Japan The Anti-Media

Russian Military Drills Japan(ANTIMEDIA)  Russia is accelerating a military buildup on a chain of islands claimed by Japan, Bloomberg reports. Tokyo lodged a formal protest after 2,000 Russian troops held military exercises over a week ago on the four islands, called the Southern Kurils in Russia and the Northern territories in Japan. The Kurils make up part of what is known []

07:11

Comrade Pelosi and the Democrats have Borscht All Over Their Faces!! Newsbud

On Friday, 02 February 2018, the much hyped Nunes Memo was finally released (Ward & Aleem, 2018). Partisan politics took centre stage as the Democrats and Republicans marched out some of their respective partys best deceivers to make their case to the American people. Watching it was akin to watching some weird, perverse Kabuki performance. In typical kabuki-style play acting, minority leader Nancy Pelosi was singing and dancing that the release of the memo would lead to a constitutional crisis (Carruthers, 2018). While on the other side of the aisle, President Trump and the Republicans were claiming total vindication of any wrongdoing (Stewart, 2018).

Informed Americans were concerned about the contents of the Nunes memo. They were even more concerned about the bizarre way the political elites were acting prior to the memos release. Obviously, there was something else going on behind the scenes. Something was dramatically wrong in Washington! With the disclosure of hundreds of text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and bureau attorney Liza Page, people were wondering; who in the hell was running the country? It certainly wasnt the president or the congress! More and more it looked like the bureaucrats were in charge with no oversight by the Congress. Congress and the President were merely passengers along for the ride!

The American two-party system is destroying the country. The Republicans and Democrats are organized and operate in a manner similar to a criminal syndicate. The Democrats are comparable to a drug cartel which ideologically believes all actions are legitimate; the end justify the means. Whatever goals the senior leadership set, the rank and file blindly accept and work to achieve. Pelosi and the Democrats have set the goal of delegitimizing President Trump no matter what the ultimate cost is to America. The narrative Pelosi has given to the Democrats: the election was stolen from Clinton and the Democrats with the help of the Russians. Thats their story and theyre sticking to it even if that means manufacturing information to support it.

The Republicans on the other hand are akin to the traditional Italian mafia portrayed in Hollywood gangster movies. They follow a more rules-based conduct, grounded in some imaginary moral code. Like the Democrats, they also believe the end justifies the means. Unlike the Democrats, the Republicans dont necessarily wish for Trump to be impeached. That doesnt mean they support the President, in fact they appear to be divided in their support for, and defence of Trump (Pew Research Center, 2017). Given President Trumps background and i...

07:10

First Reaction: Bad Flash Update. Freethought Blogs

So sorry for the bad flash, between one zillion things to do today, serious medication, and cancerland in general, Im lucky I remember how to use a camera. Not a good effort, but its too damn cold to wander outside in my robe.

First Reaction, C. Ford, all rights reserved.

First Reaction, C. Ford, all rights reserved.

Upper left corner, WTF Duck and Face, bound and gagged. Middle left, the remnant of pre-cancerous me. Lower left corner, the Welcome to Cancerland Mesmerowlbat. Upper right corner, the Cell Slug, shes a good one. Lower right, Face anxiety, fear. All bound in a cell matrix. The cancer cells are the red-purple ones. Markers on Bristol, 16 x 20.

06:55

How Donald Trumps Policies Have Brought Us to the Brink of World War 3 The Anti-Media

Trump Nuclear Annihilation(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  On February 7, 2018, the U.S.-led coalition in Syria conducted air and artillery strikes against what were believed to be pro-government forces in response to an unprovoked attack launched by these pro-regime troops. Not long after, reports began emerging that significant numbers of Russian personnel were included in the over 100 dead and wounded. While Russia denied this at first, []

06:38

Rejection of Guns by Young Extends to Hunting OpEdNews

It should surprise no one that the same revulsion against gun culture that erupted among young people after the Florida shooting translates to hunting.

06:34

The Big Pharma Family That Brought Us The Opioid Crisis The Last American Vagabond

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Were not talking El Chapo or any of his drug-running buddies. Were talking about the mega-billionaire family behind one of Americas most profitable drug-industry empires, the privately held Purdue Pharma. If the devil wears Prada, what do Americas most destructive drug pushers wear? They wear smiles. The drug pushers we have in mind here have caused []

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06:29

How not to teach Freethought Blogs

For a term paper in an online course, a student was asked to pick a country and compare some trend between that country and the US. The student chose to compare social media use, with Australia as the other country. But she got the paper back with an F grade, the adjunct professor writing on it that she was failing the student and that Australia is a continent not a country. The student appealed the grade to the professor and the university administration and sent in some evidence that Australia was unique in being both a continent and a country. Her grade was then revised to a B+ and the professor was fired.

What struck me about this news item was not that the instructor was unaware that Australia is a country but that, if the story is taken at face value, the professor seemed to be failing the student for what was a mistake of fact. These kinds of things happen when a professor gives an assignment and then looks at only the final product of the student, with no feedback in between. This is done routinely but is not the way to help students learn how to write.

This would never happen in my courses because of the way my courses are structured. While I do assign research term papers, what I do is have the student choose a topic very early on in the course, in consultation with me. The first writing assignment that is due about a third of the way through the course requires the student to write a paper that gives three different perspectives on the topic, written in as neutral a way as possible so that I would find it hard to discern what her preferred position was. The goal of this is to have the student realize that most issues have multiple ways of being seen and to research these alternatives.

The second writing assignment due about two-thirds of the way through the course requires them to take the perspective that they favor and then write two parts: one arguing forcefully and in a partisan way in favor of their preferred position, the other arguing forcefully against it. Again, both parts should be written in such a way that it would be hard for me to guess which side she is on. The point of this assignment is to make the student research the strongest case that can be made against their position.

The final assignment due at the end of the term is where they put this all together and make the case for their position while acknowledging that other points of view and opposing arguments exist and taking those into account when making their case.

For each paper, students are encouraged to submit their work and get feedback from their peers and from me before submitting the final versions. In this system, it can never happen that a student submits work that is sub-par or contains glaring errors of fact because it would...

06:29

Mueller has his eye on Jared Kushner's desperate search for money -- and one very odd meeting OpEdNews

The Vnesheconombank deal might have been a desperate attempt to find money by a sinking company. It may have been a way to pass on information to Putin. Either way, it may turn out to be Jared Kushner's only chance to find his way to a few months in a low-security facility.

06:24

Does Peace Need a Business Plan? OpEdNews

If you had just asked me if peace needed a "business plan," I'd have replied, "Sure! Just like it needs a toupeed golfing fascist reality-TV creep in the White House! That'll just about fix everything! War is over! Thanks!"

06:19

Politicians, Your Prayers for Gun Victims Are Being Answered But You Are Not Listening: "Get Rid of the God-Damned Guns" OpEdNews

The gun lovers' answer to gun violence is "Leave it to God." Why aren't thoughts and prayers working? Or, maybe they are but ears are deaf to the message: "You have the God-given power of choice. Choose to get rid of the God-damned guns."

06:15

The Father Of Artificial Intelligence Says Singularity Is 30 Years Away TruthTheory

By Jolene Creighton , Futurism

Youve probably been told that the singularity is coming. It is that long-awaited point in time likely, a point in our very near future when advances in artificial intelligence lead to the creation of a machine (a technological form of life?) smarter than humans.

If Ray Kurzweil is to be believed, the singularity will happen in 2045. If we throw our hats in with Louis Rosenberg, then the day will be arriving a little sooner, likely sometime in 2030. MITs Patrick Winston would have you believe that it will likely be a little closer to Kurzweils prediction, though he puts the date at 2040, specifically.

But what difference does it make? We are talking about a difference of just 15 years. The real question is, is the singularity actually on its way?

At the World Government Summit in Dubai, I spoke with Jrgen Schmidhuber, who is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at AI company NNAISENSE, Director of the Swiss AI lab IDSIA, and heralded by some as the fat...

06:08

7 Companies That Are Profiting From Modern Day Slavery In America TruthTheory

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

Most history books will tell you that slavery was abolished in 1865 when Abraham Lincoln and other leaders of the anti-slavery Republican Party formed the 13th Amendment stating that neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist within the United States of America, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. This was certainly a step in the right direction, however, it only led to a more creative way for oppressive regimes to use slavery in the States, which quite unbelievably is still going on to this day.

The American prison system is a huge business and allows many companies to use the labour (which is comprised mainly of black males) to increase their bottom line. Prison as a business is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the United States. As taken from- Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry:

Now prison labor based in private prisons is a multimillion-dollar industry with its own trade exhibitions, conventions, websites, and mail-order/Internet catalogs (Pelaez 2008). . . . The industry also has direct advertising campaigns, architecture companies, construction companies, investment houses on Wall Street, plumbing supply companies, food supply companies, armed security, and padded cell manufacturing, all of which rival those of any other private industry (Pelaez 2008). Furthermore, private prisoners at the state level produce a variety of goods and services, from clothing to toys to telemarketing and customer service (Erlich...

06:08

A Chance to Geek Out Freethought Blogs

I mentioned a few days ago that it was my childhood dream to become a marine biologist. So, when the Underwater Photography Awards come out, I jump in it. I love the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards too, but these pictures touch me on a different level.

Im sure I would suck at being a judge though, as I think I cant focus on the photographic skill nearly enough, rather reveling in the focus of the picture itself.

 

For example, this years winner for Underwater Photographer of the Year is Tobias Friedrich, whose winning photo was of a WWII submerged truck carrying motorcycles.

 

Yep, I get it. Thats a pretty cool picture. But, biology nerd that I am, I wouldnt have picked it. My favorites?

I loved the Up & Coming Photographer of the Year winners submission, for example, which was called ROAR

Which I would have called something along the lines of Ooooh look at the cute nudibranchs hanging out on the OHMYGOD THERES A MORAY BEHIND YOU SAVE YOURSELVES!!!!

 

Nudibranchs did make a strong showing this year, but of course, as they are some of the most spectacularly weird creatures of the seas. But there were some other friendly faces in there too. Like this runner-up for the Macro category

Oooh I recognize you! And if youre a regular reader of this blog, you should recognize him too.

 

Eee thats a blenny and it looks like a little alien I love it.

 

I also think that I would suck at judging because I harp on the names of the photographs a little too much. For example, this one was called Unusually Parked Car

The judges go on a...

06:03

What Is The Purpose Of Life? TruthTheory

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

As human beings, we like to find patterns in the world around us and meaning in our experiences. We feel at peace with ourselves when we have a purpose and at odds with ourselves when we dont thus, life must have purpose. Well, not according to Jaggi Vasudev A.K.A Sadhguru.

Sadhgurus belief is that though there is purpose in existence, ones own life, as an individual, holds no meaning. His summation was born simply from the fact that life is far too vast to be understood within a single lifetime. Purpose drives productivity and productivity changes the world around us, and the way the masses experience it, but it does not change the nature of existence. If ones sole purpose was simply to stay alive for as long as they could, as well as see and experience as much as they could before death, then theyd be just as driven to fulfill their goal as someone who believed that they had a God given purpose to affect the world.

This begs the question why do we look for the purpose of life if it has no purpose? Who knows? But what can be understood is that were all just as important as we make ourselves to be. And if were able to make ourselves important, then surely it is up to us whether life holds a purpose or not.

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05:59

Researchers Find That Laughing At Yourself Can Make You Happy TruthTheory

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Laughter being the best medicine is already a widely held belief. Whether youre making yourself laugh or the people around you, the sudden change in ones emotional state can be seen as an extremely effective cerebral hack, breaking a loop of negative emotions and thought patterns. Positive feelings create positive thoughts, which create positive actions, leading to a healthier and happier lifestyle. So it comes as no surprise that a research team based at the University of Granada (Spain) have found that even a self-deprecating sense of humour has no ties to low self-esteem or depression. They, in fact, discovered that those who employ a self-deprecating sense of humour tend to be happier and more socially adjusted than the average person.

Jorge Torres-Marn, the studys co-author said that his team observed, that a greater tendency to employ self-defeating humor is indicative of high scores in psychological well-being dimensions such as happiness and, to a lesser extent, sociability. The study was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. The team had assessed...

05:57

ProPublica and NPRs Lost Mothers Wins Polk Award for Medical Reporting Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

ProPublica reporter Nina Martin and NPR special correspondent Renee Montagne won this years George Polk Award in Journalism in the medical reporting category, for their Lost Mothers series on maternal mortality in the U.S. This marks the sixth Polk Award for ProPublica.

The series, which also included stories by ProPublica's Adriana Gallardo and Annie Waldman, illuminated that the U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and 60 percent of those deaths are preventable. Stories included intimate narratives of mothers who died after failing to receive the most basic care, and data analysis showing why black mothers in the U.S. no matter what their income and education die at three to four times the rate of white mothers,

The series landed with significant impact. After its publication, two state legislators in New Jersey introduced a bill to heighten monitoring of maternal deaths and encourage hospitals to adopt life-saving treatment protocols. ProPublicas database identifying 134 of the as many as 900 U.S. women who died from pregnancy-related causes in 2016 inspired a legislator in Texas to create a similar photo gallery for her state, which has one of the highest maternal death rates in the country. At the time, her bill to reauthorize a state committee that reviews maternal deaths was stalled in the legislature. By personifying the issue, the gallery helped revive and pass the measure.

At the start of the project, ProPublica issued a callout, asking people who knew someone who died or nearly died in pregnancy or childbirth to tell ProPublica their stories. Almost 4,500 readers responded, including 3,862 who said they had almost died themselves. This groundbreaking database allowed families, at last and at a minimum, to have the deaths of their loved ones recognized.

Administered by Long Island University, the Polk Awards honor intrepid and influential work, with a premium placed on original and resourceful investigative reporting. See a list of all of this years Polk Award in Journalism winners here.

05:45

Devin Nunes for President, Ray McGovern for CIA Director OpEdNews

Ray McGovern should be the Director of the CIA. He would be welcomed by the CIA analysts who resent their political use, and we would have an honest intelligence agency, which is what we need. In the United States there is no one to represent the rule of law but Devin Nunes.

05:44

What You Need To Know About The Proposed Federal Rule For Short-Term Health Plans The Federalist

On Tuesday morning, the Trump administration issued a proposed rule regarding short-term health insurance plans. The action represents the second prong of the Trump administrations strategy, outlined in last Octobers executive order, to offer regulatory relief to insurance markets. The Department of Labor acted on the first prong, issuing a proposed rule expanding access to association health plans, in January.

As I noted in October, the Obama administration issued a rule in October 2016 designed to limit short-term plans. The Public Health Service Act specifically exempts short-term, limited-duration insurance from the definition of individual health insurance coverage, exempting such plans from all of Obamacares new, federally imposed regulatory regime (though they are regulated by states).

When it saw short-term plans were gaining popularity with the publicin part because such plans cost less than one-third the average premium paid for Obamacare-compliant coveragethe Obama administration 1) required new disclosures that short-term plans do not constitute Obamacare coverage, 2) shortened their duration to a maximum of 90 days, down from a duration of less than 12 months (i.e., 364 days), and 3) prohibited issuers from automatically renewing these policies.

The Trump Administrations Proposal

The Trump administrations proposed rule would revise the disclosure slightly (in part to reflect the repeal of Obamacares individual mandate, set to take effect in January 2019), and restore the prior definition of short-term coverage to less than 12 months.

The proposed rule also requests comment on the ways to facilitate streamlined renewal of short-term plans. As I noted in an article last year, limiting individuals ability to renew policies harmed people who develop illnesses while on short-term plans:

Jimmy Kimmel forgot to men...

05:40

Fetal Ultrasounds Cause Autism? - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Health Editors Note: Some parents choose to withhold vaccinations from their child because they think that these vaccines, which prevent diseases that will maim or kill a child, cause autism.  Now, it looks like there is another issue that can be blamed for autism, and ultrasounds have  primary access to a developing embryo/fetus months before []

05:38

Bill Donohue is now writing about Jesus sucking His own dick Freethought Blogs

Not sure if its more appropriate to append my previous post, but this is too good.

Because life comes at you fast, there are new developments to the story described in my important blog post about a Comedy Central show writer and the Catholic League:

Weisman was so incensed by our decision to report him to Viacom president Robert Bakish (Viacom owns Comedy Central), that he went on an obscene Twitter rampage against me. Personally, I really dont care what he says about me, but I do care about his filthy tirade against Jesus Christ.

The worst of Weismans tweets was a remark he made about Christ, saying that our Lord sucked his own d***.

Im not sure incensed is the correct word to describe Weisman:

Donohue did not address whether or not He is theoretically able to suck his own dick. Sadly, well probably never know for sure.

05:24

The problem with C. S. Lewiss moral argument Part 2 Freethought Blogs

This is the second part of my two-part account of what I made of C.S. Lewiss moral argument for the existence of God when I encountered it in my early twenties, and why it didnt convince me to become a believer.

Quick summary of material covered in Part 1 (statements below are summaries of positions, not direct quotes):

C.S. Lewis: We all share certain moral values which are universally agreed upon (dont kill, dont steal, dont cheat, etc.). The universality of these moral values is beyond what can be explained by instinct or social teaching, and hence must indicate the existence of some kind of divine being who instilled these into humans.

Me: Hang on. Surely all these shared moral values are just as well explained by our ability to understand the feelings of others and accept them as objectively important in the same way as our own feelings are? Therefore meaning that these shared moral values dont, in fact, necessarily indicate the existence of a divine being? All very interesting; need to think about this further.

 

So, I thought about it further. There were questions about my hypothesis that still needed asking:

1. Did it work? Rather an obvious point to consider. Did this basic principle our understanding that the feelings of other people are also important actually work to explain all of the moral codes that humans shared?

I did manage to think of one exception; the universal prohibition on incest. Of course, part of this is because in nearly all cases incest is abusive, and it hardly takes much thought (snark about Duggars deleted here because I dont want to get too far sidetracked) to see how a principle like Avoid hurting other people prohibits both sexual abuse and the hideous betrayal of family bonds. However, its also true that sexual relationships with close relatives are generally viewed as wrong even in those few cases where they quite genuinely are consensual. So there it was; one example of a universal moral code that didnt seem to derive from consideration of the feelings of others.

However, this taboo didnt seem to require me to hypothesise a morals-dispensing god to explain it; it seemed easily explicable in evolutionary terms. Having sex with a close relative would increase a persons chances of having a child with health problems or a severe disability, and hence (because the small subsistence-level groups that humans had lived in for most of our history werent really in a position to support the disabled or those in poor health into adulthood) reduced their ability to pass on their genes successfully. People who didnt want se...

05:10

Mike Rowe On Florida Shooting: Politically Charged Conversations Wont Stop Evil People The Federalist

Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe weighed in on the Florida school shooting Saturday, saying that politically charged conversations about guns, mental illness, and video games arent going to stop evil people from doing evil things.

Evil is real, Rowe wrote in a Facebook post. As long as humans have walked the earth, people have chosen to do evil things. This is what happened in Florida. A nineteen-year old man chose to do an evil thing. He planned it. He executed it. He succeeded.

In the wake of the shooting at a high school in Parkland which resulted in the deaths of 17 people, Rowe said that while its important to talk about the guns, video games, absent parts, medication, and mental illness, we shouldnt conflate those contributing factors with the root cause.

Nothing in this mans past can possibly explain his decision to kill seventeen people, he wrote. If you believe otherwise, ask yourself why millions of other people with a similar past, dont make similar choices.

People from horrible backgrounds often become the epitome of kindness, he continued. And people with every imaginable advantage, often go on to squander everything. The past does not equal the future.

To the families of the victims I can only offer my sincerest condolences, along with my heartfelt wish that the man who killed their loved ones is removed from the planet with all due speed, Rowe wrote.

Rowe, who also hosts The Way I Heard It podcast, went on to say that the acts of courage of students and teachers sacrificing their own lives to save others deserve more attention.

As for words, I can only repeat what others have said, and ask you to remember those who confronted evil with courage, he wrote. People like Aaron Feis, the football coach who threw himself in front of the kids the killer was trying to murder. Beyond that, Im afraid I can offer nothing but my weekly attempt to prove that goodness also walks among us, just as surely as evil. In numbers far greater than our newsfeeds would lead us to believe.

  • Fifteen year old Anthony Borges used his body as a human shield to protect 20 of his classmates. He was shot five times and remains in the hospital in stable condition. You can donate to his familys...

05:01

State Bans Popular AR-15 Accessory, Police Shocked After Only 4 People Comply The Free Thought Project

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After a state passed a law making the possession of bump stocks for firearms illegal, police were apparently shocked when only a few individuals voluntarily turned their devices in.

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05:00

Return of the Repressed: The Roots of a Resurgent Racist Notion OpEdNews

You can read any number of articles or tweets or quotes by people who have the ear of the president -- media figures, businessmen, politicians -- talking of how "the blacks" had it better under slavery than they do now. Indeed, you don't have to wade very deep into the fever swamps of the far-right (which also has the ear of the president) to find outright defenses of slavery and calls for its return.

05:00

5 Days to Nominate Your Town for the Strongest Town Contest Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

Our third annual Strongest Town Contest will officially kick off in just a couple weeks, but we need your town to apply before we can start. We want as many fantastic cities from around the world as possible to step up and put their names in the hat to compete this year.

We know that no town is perfect. This contest is about showcasing towns that are doing their best to be strong, that have the building blocks in place to be strong towns today and in the future.

So what are you waiting for? Grab some neighbors and get your application in for the Strongest Town Contest. Nominations are due by February 25.

Nominate your town today

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04:48

WATCH: Taxpayers Held Liable After Cops Beat Elderly Deaf Man Because He Couldnt Hear Them The Free Thought Project

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An innocent elderly deaf man has been vindicated after he was beaten for seven minutes and arrested for no reason following a traffic stop. Now the taxpayers are going to be held liable.

The post WATCH: Taxpayers Held Liable After Cops Beat Elderly Deaf Man Because He Couldnt Hear Them appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

04:48

Turkey Begins Shelling Pro-Government Forces in Syria The Anti-Media

Turkey Shelling(MEE)  Turkish forces shelled Syrian pro-government militia fighters on Tuesday as they tried to enter the northern canton of Afrin to aid the Kurdish YPG force in its battle against a Turkish incursion. Turkish media reported Turkish forces struck areas around the pro-Assad volunteers as they moved from the towns of Nubl and Zahraa to the []

04:48

TRAINING EXERCISES DOVETAIL WITH MASS SHOOTINGS WHAT ARE THE ODDS? Sheep Media

Published in December 2015, this article by Jon Rappoport has a bearing on the recent Florida Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shootout. 

According to the Miami Herald, concerning the shootout at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida:

Earlier that day at a staff meeting, teachers had been told there would soon be a code red or lockdown drill in which teachers and students practice their response to an immediate threat but they hadnt been told the date.

Rospierski was sitting at his desk around 2:25 p.m. when the fire alarm rang. His students filed out of their third-floor classroom and made their way toward the stairs. Then Rospierski heard the sound of gunfire.

Turn around, go to your classrooms! he yelled to the students.

* * *

Whether mass shootings are approached as the mainstream reports them, or as false flags, staged scenarios, or outright hoaxes, there is a common thread which runs through some of them: official training exercises held just prior to, or at the same time as, the shootings.

Im not trying to present an all-inclusive list here.

The November 13, 2015, Paris attacks: Since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, from which 16 people died, Paris-area ambulance crews and emergency personnel have taken part in regular exercises designed to test their readiness for possible attacks. One such exercise was held on Friday morning, the day of the latest terror attacks. In a twist of fate, the simulated emergency was a mass shooting, according to Dr. Mathieu Raux, emergency room chief at the Piti-Salpetrire hospital in Paris. (Bloomberg, 11/17/15, Hours Before the Terror Attacks, Paris Practiced for a Mass Shooting)

The...

04:43

Biology Is Not Bigotry And Other Responses To Transgender Activists The Federalist

Ryan Anderson is the author of the new book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment. On this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour, Staff Writer Bre Payton interviews Anderson about his work on how transgender activists have disrupted education, civil rights, armed forces, and many areas of policy.

Anderson explains how biology is not bigotry and dismantles the contradictions of the transgender movement.

Gender is a social construct and yet somehow I can be trapped in the wrong gender, he said. Why cant we be more expansive with how we understand the social construct of gender rather than saying that youre actually trapped in the wrong body?

Listen to the full interview here:

04:42

US Applies Useful Double Standard To Alleged Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria The Last American Vagabond

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Both Turkey and the U.S.-allied Kurds have been accused of using chemical weapons in Syria, but the U.S. has had two very different responses. AFRIN, SYRIA  On Saturday, Syrian news agency SANA reported that six men had been hospitalized after an alleged Turkish chemical weapons attack on a small town near the city of Afrin in Northern []

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04:35

Israel Is Directly Arming At Least 7 Syrian Rebel Groups The Last American Vagabond

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Israels mounting interest in Syrias War, and in particular in picking fights with the Assad government, Iran, and any other Shiite factions in the country, have included reports by analysts of a growing amount of Israeli arms and ammunition flowing across the border for rebels. Officially, Israel isnt a big fan on Sunni Islamist organizations. []

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04:25

AnyVisions Facial Recognition Cameras Are Being Installed In Smart Cities Everywhere Activist Post

By MassPrivateI Everywhere you turn politicians and corporations are trying to convince the public we need to convert our cities into smart cities. Last...

04:21

A Protection Racket Emerges: The Wagons Circle Around Las Vegas Judge Activist Post

By Janet Phelan Cynthia Giuliani was voted onto the Clark County bench in November of 2008. She assumed office on January 5, 2009. Before the...

04:20

Research Proves that Exposure to Cell Phone and Wireless (WiFi) Radiation Can Worsen Pre-existing Conditions Even if It Didnt Cause Them Activist Post

By B.N. Frank Most would agree that those who were born with asthma are likely to make it worse by smoking. Research has proven that...

04:16

Daily Inspiration --- Surrealist Manifesto (1924) OpEdNews

Under the banner of civilization, under the pretext of progress, we have applied the label "superstition" to banish all challenges to our quotidien reality; we have denied our own experience as chimera; we have proscribed every mode of seeking truth that is not conventionally empirical.

04:04

Ruth Bader Ginsburgs Unexpected Warning To The #MeToo Crowd Is A Vital Wakeup Call The Federalist

No woman more perfectly encompasses all of the ideals of the feminist movement than Ruth Bader Ginsburg. For 25 years now shes been on the Supreme Court, winning over the hearts and accolades of liberals world wide. An important author of majority and minority opinions, Ginsburg has cemented herself as an icon for feminists and a role model for young women.

All of this makes her recent comments about Title IX and the #MeToo movement vitally important.

Ginsburg was interviewed by Jeffrey Rosen from the Atlantic, and while many of her answers are unsurprising for someone with her political and judicial history, some are very counter to what you might expect from her. Heres what she had to say about due process.

ROSEN: What about due process for the accused?

GINSBURG: Well, that must not be ignored and it goes beyond sexual harassment. The person who is accused has a right to defend herself or himself, and we certainly should not lose sight of that. Recognizing that these are complaints that should be heard. Theres been criticism of some college codes of conduct for not giving the accused person a fair opportunity to be heard, and thats one of the basic tenets of our system, as you know, everyone deserves a fair hearing.

ROSEN: Are some of those criticisms of the college codes valid?

GINSBURG: Do I think they are? Yes.

So, even a long time, central feminist scholar and judge agrees that these movements can get out of hand, and that colleges are depriving some people of due process in the way theyre handling sexual assault allegations on campus. This contrasts so starkly with mainline feminist thought, and it should serve as a wakeup call for people on both sides of the aisle. Its time to stop accusing people and having those accusations run unchecked, ruining lives and reputations, without a chance to have the actual facts come to light and justice be done.

Its impossible to deny that Ginsburg has led an impressive life, and as far as feminist cred goes hers is undeniable. She is the second woman to even be confirmed on the Supreme Court, and her public service extends far beyond her long tenure there. A child of Jewish immigrants, Ginsburgs mother died when she was in high school, and she went to Harvard as a married mother in a time when few women attended Ivy League schools.

She graduated from Columbia Law school at the top of her class, and from there went on to teach future generations of lawyers. Her specific areas of specialization included womens rights and gender issues, and she spent the 1970s working with the ALCU, where she was the cofounder of the Womens Rights Project. She was the...

03:58

Russia Warns the US Not to Play With Fire in Syria The Anti-Media

Russia Play With Fire Syria(MEMO)  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called on the United States not to play with fire in Syria. I once again call on our American colleagues to avoid playing with fire and measure their steps proceeding not from immediate needs of todays political environment, but rather from long-term interests of the Syrian people and of []

03:57

Local Rapper Called Out Convicted Criminal Cop in a Song Years AgoBut No One Listened The Free Thought Project

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A young rapper who preached against police brutality named the criminal cop in a rap song 4 years ago, described his crimes, and filed a complaint against himbut no one believed him.

The post Local Rapper Called Out Convicted Criminal Cop in a Song Years AgoBut No One Listened appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

03:53

Matika Wilbur: A modern world doesn't erase indigenous intelligence Indianz.Com News

In over 80 nations, oppressive domination has been dismantled.

03:48

The Three Choices When it Comes to Trump OpEdNews

This coming November 6, 34 senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and 36 governorships will be up for election or re-election. Support primary candidates who will resist Trump. Mobilize to get out the vote. Organize so that November 6 becomes a total repudiation of Donald Trump and all he stands for.

03:39

How We Fight Fascism PopularResistance.Org

In 1923 the radical socialist and feminist Clara Zetkin gave a report at the Communist International about the emergence of a political movement called fascism. Fascism, then in its infancy, was written off by many liberals, socialists and communists as little more than mob rule, terror and street violence. But Zetkin, a German revolutionary, understood its virulence, its seduction and its danger. She warned that the longer the stagnation and rot of a dysfunctional democracy went unaddressed, the more attractive fascism would become. And as 21st-century Americas own capitalist democracy disintegrates, replaced by a naked kleptocracy that disdains the rule of law, the struggle of past anti-fascists mirrors our own. History has amply illustrated where political paralysis, economic decline, hypermilitarism and widespread corruption lead.

03:32

Cronkite News: Students plan national walkout in bid for gun reform Indianz.Com News

A national walkout is planned for March 14 in the wake of a school shooting that left 17 dead and 14 injured.

03:31

Do Financial Markets Still Exist? PopularResistance.Org

No one should find this a surprising suggestion.  The Bank of Japan has a long tradition of propping up the Japanese equity market with large purchases of equities. The European Central Bank purchases corporate as well as government bonds.  In 1989 Fed governor Robert Heller said that as the Fed already rigs the bond market with purchases, the Fed can also rig the stock market to stop price declines. That is the reason the Plunge Protection Team (PPT) was created in 1987. Looking at the chart of futures activity on the E-mini S&P 500, we see an uptick in activity on February 2 when the market dropped, with higher increases in future activity last Monday and Tuesday placing Tuesdays futures activity at about four times the daily average of the previous month.  Futures activity last Wednesday and Thursday remained above the average daily activity of the previous month...

03:30

Turkey will lay siege to Syrias Afrin in coming days Erdogan - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - The Kurds have made another move on the North Syria chessboard in what appears to be a challenge to Damascus that, "we will get to Afrin before you do."

03:19

Munich did nothing to appease Cold War 2.0 fears OpEdNews

Munich did absolutely nothing to center the discussion on the frightening prospect of the latest Israel versus Iran crescendo degenerating almost by inertia into a Hot War. Voltaire, the 18th-century French philosopher and writer, liked to quip that those who make you believe absurdities make you commit atrocities.

03:19

Media And Mueller Indictment: Conspiracy Theory To End All Conspiracy Theories PopularResistance.Org

The announcement Friday by the US Department of Justice that a federal grand jury has returned criminal indictments against 13 Russian citizens and three Russian companies, charging illegal activities in the 2016 US presidential election, has become the occasion for a barrage of war propaganda in the American corporate media. Leading the charge is the New York Times, which published a front-page news lead Sunday, authored by Peter Baker. The article was published online Saturday evening under the headline, Trumps Conspicuous Silence Leaves a Struggle Against Russia Without a Leader. In the newspapers print edition, the struggle was upgraded to a war being fought on the American side without a commander in chief.

03:12

Is The US Intentionally Killing Russians In Syria? Activist Post

By Brandon Turbeville After an attack on February 7 by the United States military against Syrian pro-regime forces, reports quickly emerged that the U.S. had...

03:03

Lets Follow Lead Of Parkland Youth To Stop Mass Shootings In U.S. PopularResistance.Org

Many say its the guns that are responsible for the mass shootings. Some say that its not the guns, its the people. For others, its not the people, its a mental health issue. Others reply its not a mental health issue, at the root, its toxic masculinity. Then comes, its not toxic male masculinity, its the NRA lobby. Next, its not the NRA lobby, its politicians taking campaign contributions from the NRA. Its not politicians, its the 2nd Amendment. And the cycle continues, maintaining the status quo. But none of these factors alone are the root cause of mass shootings, for if any of them were, the problem could easily be solved. All of these factors along with others not being discussed have in some way contributed to a state of violence here. Gun violence is not just playing out in schools, its at epidemic levels in cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Detroit.

02:59

How the War on Drugs Made a Girl Gouge Out Her Own Eyes in Front of a Church The Free Thought Project

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The state's war on drugs does not remove demand. Instead, far more dangerous alternatives fill the void case in point a 20-year-old woman gouged out her eyes while on an unknown substance.

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02:57

Union Group Argues For Public Ownership Of Energy Systems PopularResistance.Org

According to the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IEA-IREA), the investment needed to keep global warming below the threshold of two degrees Celsius would have to double the 2016 levels of investment to $600 billion a year and reach $14 trillion invested in solar and wind by 2030. The chances of this happening, under the current paradigm of public-private partnerships that guarantee profits and mitigate risk to private investors, according to the Working Paper No. 10 authors Sean Sweeney and John Treat, is zero. In fact, they argue, based on a close study of the situation in the UK, that the idea that we can reach safe levels of renewable energy via aid to private profiteers is the greatest policy failure ever. Public money, they argue, is already responsible for the vast bulk of the worlds energy deployment.

02:51

Mueller The Politician PopularResistance.Org

I was hoping that the indictments would bring some sort of resolution to the investigation and force all the evidence to become public. But no, this investigation is not meant to be conclusive, it is like Orwells description of war meant to be continuous. By issuing indictments to individuals that are unlikely to ever come to trial Mueller has dodged the responsibility of presenting any additional evidence a perfect sleight of hand. A relatively small number of Facebook ads were used, many after the election, but no one from the investigation claims it had any impact. We are supposed to imagine it did. The Russian meme bombers may or may not be connected to the Russian government but Mueller provides no evidence. The indictments are little more than unconvincing accusations in keeping with the rest of the Russian narrative as eminent historian Jackson Lears has so thoroughly demonstrated.

02:50

Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Buttering Up the Pentagon OpEdNews

Think of it as the chicken-or-the-egg question for the ages: Do very real threats to the United States inadvertently benefit the military-industrial complex or does the national security state, by its very nature, conjure up inflated threats to feed that defense machine?

02:45

The Big Pharma Family That Brought Us Opioid Crisis PopularResistance.Org

If the devil wears Prada, what do Americas most destructive drug pushers wear? They wear smiles. The drug pushers we have in mind here have caused hundreds of thousands of deaths, enough fatalities to decrease overall U.S. life expectancy at birth for the last two years running. Yet no police SWAT teams have pounded down any doors hunting these drug pushers down. These particular drug pushers have devastated millions of families across the United States. Yet some of Americas most honorable institutions, outfits ranging from Yale University to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, have spent decades lauding their philanthropic generosity and benevolence. Were obviously not talking El Chapo or any of his drug-running buddies here. Were talking about the mega-billionaire family behind one of Americas most profitable drug-industry empires, the privately held Purdue Pharma.

02:33

At White House Lie-In, Teens Call On Congress To Protect Kids, Not Guns PopularResistance.Org

Building on the nationwide mourning and outrage that followed a Florida school shooting last week that left 17 people dead, dozens of teenagers held a "lie-in" at the gates of the White House on Monday to protest years of congressional inaction on gun control and highlight the National Rifle Association's pernicious influence on the political process. The demonstration began with protestersmany of them from the group Teens for Gun Reform (TGR), which organized the eventlying on the ground in front of the White House for several minutes, symbolizing "how quickly someone, such as the Parkland shooter, is able to purchase a gun in America." "We have organized this protest in solidarity with all of those who were affected by the horrific school shooting in Florida," TGR said in a statement.

02:30

Does the Presidential Oath apply to Children? OpEdNews

Let's stop being distracted by making fun of Trump and listen to the children.

02:29

Agency that targeted tribal lenders in line for even more big changes Indianz.Com News

The Trump administration continues to chart a dramatic new course for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency that targeted tribal lending businesses during the Obama era.

02:19

Mapping Trumps Empire: Assets And Liabilities PopularResistance.Org

The US empire has substantially increased its scope and presence in several regions, especially in Latin America. The additions and enlargements include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Central America, Peru and the Caribbean. The most important asset redrawing the empire in Latin America is Argentina. The US has gained military, economic and political advantages. In the case of Argentina, political and economic advances preceded military expansion. The US provided ideological and political support to secure the election of its client Mauricio Macri. The new Argentine President immediately transferred over $5 billion dollars to the notorious Wall Street Vulture speculator, Paul Singer, and proceeded to open the floodgates for a lucrative multi-billion dollar flow of financial capital.

02:15

Tiny Graphene Membrane Creates Supercharged Water Purification In One Simple Step Activist Post

By Kevin Samson Fresh water supplies continue to be assaulted on multiple fronts. Front page news at the moment is the unfolding disaster in Cape...

02:11

Meet Dariel Garner, The Billionaire Buddha PopularResistance.Org

At one time, Dariel Garner was worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Over his life, he started and owned over 40 businesses on four continents with thousands of employees. His enterprises included the second largest agribusiness exporter in Mexico, a tech company that created software for banks, and companies as diverse as golf courses, ski parks and natural health care products. A decade ago, he was the developer and co-owner with his former wife of a vast resort in the California Sierra Mountains with projects underway that had projected profits of $750 million. Then he had a change of heart. Today, Dariel has none of this wealth. At the age of 67, he lives on a modest $900 a month from a Social Security check. Ive never been happier, he smiles. Today I am penniless and have far more than I could ever imagine existed. Each day I am awakened to the joy of being connected and part of all of life around me.

02:07

Decoding Muellers Indictment WhoWhatWhy

Ex-CIA Director Thinks US Hypocrisy About Election Meddling Is Hilarious (Trevin)

In a recent Fox News broadcast, host Laura Ingraham and her old friend, former CIA Director James Woolsey, had a big laugh over the idea that the US meddles in other countries elections only for a very good cause, in the interests of democracy.

US Blames Russia for Ukrainian Cyberattack (Dan)

On the surface, the White House and Kremlin are working together. Yet judging by actions from Trump, Republicans, and Democrats, Russia is still Public Enemy No. 1.

University of Wisconsin-Madison to Offer Free Tuition for Families Making Less Than $56K (Jimmy)

The author writes, The program, called Buckys Tuition Promise, is the latest move by a major university to try and make higher education more accessible and affordable for students. In-state students at UW-Madison currently pay $10,533 a year in tuition and fees.

Reporting Assault is Still Dangerous (Reader Steve)

Reporting sexual assault may out your perpetrator, but it could still mean losing your job. Or signing an agreement to never apply for the position again.

Dennis Kucinich Vows to End All Oil and Gas Drilling in Ohio If Elected Governor and Then Take the Industry to Court (Jimmy)

The author writes, Kucinich called for a total end to oil and gas extraction in the state of Ohio. To accomplish this, he would deploy a battery of radical policies. He would, for instance, utilize eminent domain to seize control of oil and gas wells throughout the state and then shutter them. He would block all new drilling permits and order a total ban on injection wells. Kucinich would also deploy the Ohio State Highway Patrol to stop and turn away vehicles that possess fracking waste.

Brexit: Half in the EU, and Half Out (Dan)

Britains prime minister Theresa May made a further concession to the EU over the weekend at the Munich Security Conference. She not only pushed for military and police agreements between the two entities, something that is subject more to EU rules than UK rules, but also respect for the EU Court of Justice. This means...

01:55

Raising A Government For A Nonexistent God. Freethought Blogs

Capitol Ministries' February 13, 2018 fundraising dinner at the World Ag Expo.

Capitol Ministries February 13, 2018 fundraising dinner at the World Ag Expo.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has joined Ralph Drollinger in his quest to raise the Jehovah government, not just here, but globally. Granted, this effort will go much further here in Amerikka than elsewhere, which is bad enough. It seems the department of agriculture has now turned into a giant hey, cough up money for gawd! We have to get this religious reich going!

All the conservative christian lunatics are in on this, stumping away god and guns and every other evil.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and former Rep. Michele Bachmann were the featured speakers at a Tuesday evening fundraising dinner for Capitol Ministries, the group that sponsors weekly Bible studies for members of the House and Senate and President Donald Trumps Cabinet. Also offering testimony on behalf of this special type of ministry was Rep. Jeff Denham, whose relationship with the group goes back to his days in the California legislature. The show was emceed by Frank Sontag, a Los Angeles-based Christian radio host who voices the audio versions of the written Bible studies that Capitol Ministries publishes every week.

Hundreds of people packed an event tent at the massive World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, the heart of the states agriculture industry, to hear Perdue, Bachmann and Capitol Ministries founder and leader Ralph Drollinger. Tulare is a reliably Republican area of the state, now represented in the U.S. Congress by Rep. Devin Nunes, a local boy from a farm family. At the event, tables were sponsored by wealthy farming families and an array of agriculture-related businesses, along with Bank of America and local branches of Wells Fargo.

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Some sponsors may be supporters of Capitol Ministries mission of encouraging public officials to embrace conservative Christianity. Some may have bought tables based on personal and professional connections to Capitol Ministries board member and event host Rob Hilarides, who heads a dairy operation in the area. Some may appreciate Drollingers teachings that God is a capitalist and that because of excessive environmental regulations in the U.S., the economic benefits God intends from private property ownership have been greatly diminished. And some may have given to express support for the Trump administrations rollbacks of regulations govern...

01:53

Shocking New Evidence: Maidan snipers confess they were under orders from Coup leaders to shoot police AND protesters - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Snipers Koba Nergadze and Alexander Revazishvili, who now fear for their lives, are even ready to confirm their stunning account below in a Ukrainian court.

01:44

Russia to Israel: Stop demonizing Iran - Veterans Today Veterans Today

by Jonas E. Alexis Russia has done it again. They have recently declared that they are not in favor of obliterating the Zionist state. At the same time, they made it very clear that they are not following Israels incessant lies about Iran. Sergey Lavrov in particular declared: We do not agree with attempts to []

01:41

Texas Police Chief Advocates Arming Teachers to Prevent Mass Shootings The Anti-Media

Arming Teachers(TIM)  In the wake of the deadly shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, 17-year-old survivor Colton Haab told Fox News that he believes that if his football coach Aaron Feis, who died in the attack shielding students from gunfire, had been able to carry his firearm at school, he would have been able to effectively obstruct the []

01:38

Everyone should know by now that Twitter is a bad company Freethought Blogs

From an inside look at Twitters problems with management, technology, and trolls:

At the same time, her defenders say, Harvey has been forced to clean up a mess that Twitter should have fixed years ago. Twitters backend was initially built on Ruby on Rails, a rudimentary web-application framework that made it nearly impossible to find a technical solution to the harassment problem. If Twitters co-founders had known what it would become, a third former executive told me, you never would have built it on a Fisher-Price infrastructure. Instead of building a product that could scale alongside the platform, former employees say, Twitter papered over its problems by hiring more moderators. Because this is just an ass-backward tech company, lets throw non-scalable, low-tech solutions on top of this low-tech, non-scalable problem.

Calls to rethink that approach were ignored by senior executives, according to people familiar with the situation. There was no real sense of urgency, the former executive explained, pointing the finger at Harveys superiors, including current C.E.O. Jack Dorsey. Its a technology company with crappy technologists, a revolving door of product heads and C.E.O.s, and no real core of technological innovation. You had Del saying, Trolls are going to be a problem. We will need a technological solution for this. But Twitter never developed a product sophisticated enough to automatically deal with with bots, spam, or abuse. You had this unsophisticated human army with no real scalable platform to plug into. You fast forward, and it was like, Hey, shouldnt we just have basic rules in place where if the suggestion is to suspend an account of a verified person, there should be a process in place to have a flag for additional review, or something? Youd think it would take, like, one line of code to fix that problem. And the classic response is, Thats on our product road map two quarters from now.

None of this means that Twitter is going to vanish soon after all, COBOL is still around, and software legacies just hang around, decaying slowly, like an assortment of pseudogenes. But still, maybe you should consider jumping ship, since the one way to kill it is to erode its user base. Mastodon is out there, waiting for you with open arms.

01:36

Bill Donohue has a tantrum about a show on Comedy Central Freethought Blogs

Comedy Central has a new show called Corporate, which is a satirical take on the drudgery of working in the corporate world. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in an office will find aspects of the show to be familiar. Overall its pretty decent. The only critiques I have are that the satire has all the subtlety of a brick through a window, and that Aparna Nancherla is underutilized.

Segments of the right do not like this show. I only know this because Jake Weisman, one of the shows creators, has been gleefully posting articles about the backlash. Its tended to skew towards accusations of the show being anti-business,but after a recent episode, Catholic tears began to flow:

They really hate Christians, especially Catholics. [this makes little sense as the episode in question is mostly, if not entirely making fun of Protestantism] Indeed, that is the most defining characteristic of those employed by Comedy Central. It is not certain whether they screen for bigots, or whether only bigots apply.

Corporate is a show most Americans have never heard of. They are not missing anything. Last night it sent a Valentines gift to Catholics by portraying a lay person dressed like a nun who gives an advertising executive the finger.

She works for a group of mega-churches, the Glorious Salvation Ministries, and is interested in hiring the ad company to do a marketing campaign. An employee of the ad firm shows up wearing an oversized rosary, suggesting that both characters are Catholic. [not true this was performative Christianity on the part of the employee as directed by the CEO. I cant tell if this makes it more or less blasphemous]

At the end, the nun-like character is shown sucking a cross-shaped popsicle seductively. She smiles, saying, My favorite flavorthe blood of Christ.

All the employees are godless and the show writers never pretend that the Christian god has any basis in fact:

After learning about the Catholic League response, Weisman tweeted about it. Someone responded, leading him to joke that he wanted to bring the whole system down. Or, wait was he serious???...

01:24

Tiws Day Mood. Freethought Blogs

Echo and the Bunnymen The Killing Moon. Lyrics under the fold.

Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him

 

In starlit nights I saw you
So cruelly you kissed me
Your lips a magic world
Your sky all hung with jewels
The killing moon
Will come too soon

 

Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him

 

Under blue moon I saw you
So soon youll take me
Up in your arms
Too late to beg you or cancel it
Though I know it must be the killing time
Unwillingly mine

 

Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him

 

Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him
You give yourself to him

 

La la la la la

 

Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him

 

La la la la la

 

Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him

 

Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him

01:23

Immigrant Youth Walking For DACA Rally At Philadelphia Liberty Bell PopularResistance.Org

On Tuesday, February 20th the 11 undocumented youth and allies who began The Walk to Stay Home, a 15-day walk from New York City to Washington DC, arrived at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The stop signals the halfway point of the 250-mile journey organized by the Seed Project with the support of the #OurDream Campaign; drawing attention to the need for a clean Dream Act that not only grants permanent protection for undocumented youth but does not harm 11 million undocumented people living and working in the United States. We have people with blisters, cramps, bleeding noses, and injured feet from the intensity of this walk, but that pain only pushes us forward said Barbara Hernandez, a California DACA recipient from Orange County.

01:23

Florida Massacre Is the Largest Fatal School Shooting Since Sandy Hook Guardian Liberty Voice

Public authorities stated that a troubled 19-year-old was carrying an AR-15 rifle as he trailed the hallways of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Marjory, Florida. He then conducted the potentially largest fatal school shooting since Sandy Hook on Feb. 14, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, who was the school shooter, was expelled from the Florida school []

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01:11

White-Tailed Jackrabbit. Freethought Blogs

From Chigau, a White-tailed Jackrabbit, click for full size!

Chigau, all rights reserved.

01:06

Israel Is Directly Arming at Least 7 Syrian Rebel Groups The Anti-Media

(ANTIWAR.COM)  Israels mounting interest in Syrias War, and in particular in picking fights with the Assad government, Iran, and any other Shiite factions in the country, have included reports by analysts of a growing amount of Israeli arms and ammunition flowing across the border for rebels. Officially, Israel isnt a big fan on Sunni Islamist organizations. Such []

00:52

The Daily Bird #625. Freethought Blogs

Emus from Lofty, click for full size! What magnificent dinosaurs.

Lofty, all rights reserved.

00:50

UK COLUMN: BREXIT Slipping, Assange Deconstructs Russiagate, Oxfam Corruption Crisis 21st Century Wire

BREXIT looking more unlikely, Julian Assange tears apart the latest Russian Troll indictment, UN and Oxfam corruption crisis and more.

UK Column News anchor Mike Robinson and guest host Patrick Henningsen with yesterdays news round-up. Watch:

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START Brexit: EU will crumble in Brexit talks

03:14 UK accounts for 40% of EU spending on defence and R&D
05:12 Treason May: Rules-Based International Order but only for some
11:48 Brexit butno exit from EU
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Germany must bear a larger burden for securityNATO to strengthen
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Russia: Lavrov on Russia-US relations and the Middle East
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Fake News: Russian bots flood Twitter with pro-gun messages
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Fake News: The Atlantic America is under attack
24:04 Julian Assange: Internet Research Agencys troll farm
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Re-enforcing audience bias is exactly what Facebook and Google do
28:10 Reuters: curling dopers?
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Not just Russia under attackChina gets hit with spying accusation
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Mainstream Media still tanking, Guardian journalist takes after...

00:42

Normalizing the intolerable Freethought Blogs

Here is an article about the Virginia Tech shootings, over a decade ago. Its remarkable how little has changed, how little has been done.

The cell phones in the pockets of the dead students were still ringing when we were told that it was wrong to ask why. As the police cleared the bodies from the Virginia Tech engineering building, the cell phones rang, in the eccentric varieties of ring tones, as parents kept trying to see if their children were O.K. To imagine the feelings of the police as they carried the bodies and heard the ringing is heartrending; to imagine the feelings of the parents who were callingdread, desperate hope for a sudden answer and the bliss of reassurance, dawning griefis unbearable. But the parents, and the rest of us, were told that it was not the right moment to ask how the shooting had happenedspecifically, why an obviously disturbed student, with a history of mental illness, was able to buy guns whose essential purpose is to kill peopleand why it happens over and over again in America. At a press conference, Virginias governor, Tim Kaine, said, People who want to . . . make it their political hobby horse to ride, Ive got nothing but loathing for them. . . . At this point, what its about is comforting family members . . . and helping this community heal. And so to those who want to try to make this into some little crusade, I say take that elsewhere.

You remember Tim Kaine, right? Democrat? Failed vice presidential candidate? Its not just Republicans with their heads in the sand. Guess what? Ive got nothing but loathing for politicians who see their constituents murdered, and who do nothing but kowtow before the NRA. (Kaine does have an F rating from the NRA, which just shows how little resistance you have to exhibit to get dinged by those ghouls).

Heres another dismaying story from 2016. A woman is in an abusive relationship; the guy is good looking and intelligent, but becomes progressively more possessive and controlling. It just gets worse and worse, but shes in denial and tries to see the man she loves in this domineering, temperamental monster. The relationship doesnt end until he shoots her in the face.

Its a metaphor for America. Were also in a terrible, abusive relationship, where any outsider looking in would say its obvious, youve got to break it up, you know this is bad for you, why are you tolerating this impossible, self-destructive affair? Get out! Get out now!

Only its worse, because in this metaphor, he shoots us in the face, and we dont leave. He shoots us in the face again, we dont leave. He shoots us in the face every fe...

00:35

Missing history: US oligarchs finance Socialism Jon Rappoport's Blog

Missing history: US oligarchs finance Socialism

Socialism was never a movement for the masses

by Jon Rappoport

February 20, 2018

In 1971, Gary Allen published his book, None Dare Call it Conspiracy. It quickly became an unofficial best seller.

Over the years, several million copies have been sold.

Allens thesis was stark: super-rich American capitalists were financing socialism. This bizarre paradox was resolved when socialism was properly understoodnot as power to the peoplebut as elite power over the people. In other words, as a hoax.

These days, the socialist hoax is still unknown to most of the population:

Cloak a global power grab as progress for all of humanity.

Here, from chapter six of None Dare Call it Conspiracy, The Rockefellers and the Reds, is an explosive passage commenting on the period just after the Russian Revolution of 1917:

The Rockefellers assigned their public relations agent, Ivy Lee, to sell the American public the idea that the Bolsheviks were merely misunderstood idealists who were actually kind benefactors of mankind.

Professor Antony Sutton of Stanford Universitys Hoover Institution, notes in his highly authoritative Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development:

Quite predictably[Ivy] Lee concludes that the communist problem is merely psychological. By this time he is talking about Russians (not Communists) and concludes they are all right. He suggests the United States should not engage in propaganda; makes a plea for peaceful coexistence; and suggests the United States would find it sound policy to recognize the USSR and advance credits [give loans]. (Antony Sutton, Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development, 1917-1930, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, Calif., 1968, p.292)

After the Bolshevik Revolution, Standard [Oil] of New Jersey [Rockefeller] bought 50 per cent of the Nobels huge Caucasus oil fields even though the property had theoretically been nationalized [by Russia]. (OConnor, Harvey, The Empire Of Oil, Monthly Review Press, New York, 1955, p.270.)

In 1927, Standard Oil of New York [Rockefeller] built a refinery in Russia, thereby helping the Bolsheviks put their economy back on its feet. Professor Sutton states: This was the first United States investment in Russia since the Revolution. (Ibid, Vol.1, p.38)

Shortly thereafter Standard Oil of New York and its subsidiary, Vacuum Oil Company [Rockefeller], concluded a deal to market Soviet oil in European countries and it was reported that a loan of $75,009,000 to the Bolsheviks was arranged. (National Republic, Sept.1927.)

Wherever Standard Oil would go, Chase National Bank was sure to foll...

00:29

Syrian Pro-Govt Forces to Help Kurds Defend Afrin Against Turkey 21st Century Wire

This is a very tense situation, which could potentially open-up a dangerous new front in the Syrian war. The worst result would be a direct military confrontation between Turkey and Syria.

RT International reports

Syrian pro-government forces are expected to help Kurdish militias defend the city of Afrin. It follows an alleged deal between Damascus and the Kurds. Under the agreement, pro-Assad troops will help Kurdish fighters repel Turkeys offensive in the region.

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00:22

End the Drug War for These Very Practical Reasons Activist Post

By Mark Thornton Timothy Hsiao recently made the rather startling case that libertarians should support the War on Drugs by claiming that recreational drug use...

00:12

How can you screw up an appeal to the alt-right? Freethought Blogs

One of the dismaying things about the world right now is that being an alt-right/Nazi/centrist is so darned easy: theyre fanatically dominating YouTube*, theyre raking in the Patreon bucks, its almost as if mindlessly shouting MAGA and WHITE GENOCIDE is the magic cheat code for immense popularity. So when I see someone fail, its a bit jarring.

Look at Jon del Arroz, the leading Hispanic voice in science fiction, as hes fond of claiming. Hes got the MAGA hat. Hes fond of Trumpian hyperbole and raging at liberals and SJWs. He got banned from WorldCon for his troubles, so hes busy waving his martyrs flag. And then he announced that he was going to sue WorldCon, and started a fundraiser to scrape up $10,000 for a lawyer.

Hes raised nothing. Hes a total failure. Maybe its because he compared his persecution to that of the entire gay community, which isnt going to gather much sympathy from the usual gang of racist homophobes. Anyway, its nice to see a right-winger fall flat on his face.

*Since Im trying to participate more in YouTube lately, Im seeing signs that this may not be entirely true. Ive encountered a few people whove been haranguing me with multiple sock puppets one guy is up to about 20 pseudonyms and Im beginning to suspect that the right-wing success story on that medium is more about fanaticism, misrepresentation, and persistence. Maybe if YouTube were to tighten up their rules on handing out new accounts freely thered be a change, because jeez, a lot of the problems in their comment threads are due to the deniability and meaninglessness of their contributors.

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VIDEO: A Breakdown of the Coming Battle for East Ghouta 21st Century Wire

The Battle for East Ghouta will be a defining one for this seven year-long war in Syria. It will be a long painful affair, but we can expect western mainstream news outlets like CNN, The Guardian, NBC, Washington Post and New York Times to be cheering for al Qaeda terrorists embedded there.

Presenter Kevork Almassian form Syriana Analysis explains the battle for East Ghouta, shedding light on the history of the war in the area and the imminent battle that is coming in the upcoming days. Watch:

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23:46

Syrian War Report February 20, 2018: Turkey Threatens To Strike Syrian Army - Veterans Today Veterans Today

from SouthFront The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continue preparations for a ground operation against militants in Damascus Eastern Ghouta. Now, government forces and warplanes target fortified positions, HQs and weapon depots belonging to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham and their allies. Pro-militant sources and the mainstream media have already started a propaganda []

23:44

The 3 Step Process to Sovietize the United States Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

The 3 step process to turn  America into Amerika


America is under seige by a three part plot designed to eliminate all opposition to a communist-style revolution sweeping across America.

The Sovietization of American Academia

Robert Zimmer is the University of Chicagos current President. He has issued a speaking invitation to President Trumps former top advisor, Steve Bannon. Bannon  is scheduled to talk at the school early in early March.  President Zimmer is taking massive criticism for daring to let Steve Bannon speak at this hallowed institution of what is becoming an institution of higher propaganda, where academic freedom and freedom of speech and divergent political opinions are welcome. Instead we are witnessing the Sovietization of America beginning with its post-secondary school institutions.

Only Liberals May Enter

There is a viewpoint that emerging from the hidden recesses of logic and it goes like this:

Peace is a desirable attribute. Therefore, we must kill people to preserve the peace. Or, virginity is a desirable attribute. Therefore, having lots of fornication experiences is important in the cause of preserving virginity.

You get the idea and the illogic of leftist mentality is exposed. One would think that this type of thinking would be laughed out of a room. However, and quite to the contrary, our institutions of higher propaganda are embracing this nonsense as as a legitimate political position as more than 100 Chicago professors have signed an open letter to President Zimmer as they are strenuously objecting to having Steve Bannon being allowed to speak at Chicago University.

The university should model inclusion for a country that is reeling from the consequences of racism, xenophobia, and hate.

Beyond all logic, these braniac professors are choosing to propose to model inclusion by EXCLUDING viewpoints they find objectionable:

We believe that Bannon should not be afforded the platform and opportunity to air his hate speech on thi...

23:18

Cop Shoots Himself, Sets Off Massive Manhunt for Innocent Man, All to Collect Workers Comp The Free Thought Project

manhunt

A town was placed on lockdown, an innocent man framed, and a massive manhunt conducted to look for a non-existent assailantbecause a cop shot himself to collect workers compensation.

The post Cop Shoots Himself, Sets Off Massive Manhunt for Innocent Man, All to Collect Workers Comp appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

23:07

Will Redistricting Vote Change Historys View of Justice Kennedy? WhoWhatWhy

It has been 30 years since Anthony Kennedy was sworn into office on the Supreme Court. Kennedy was President Ronald Reagans third choice for the post. His first choice D.C. Circuit Judge Robert Bork was deemed too conservative by the Democratic Senate, and Reagans second, Judge Douglas Ginsburg, fell from grace after media reports about his marijuana use. Kennedy was a conservative whom both parties could accept.

Over the decades, in a court riven by partisan and ideological differences, Kennedy has been the key vote on a number of groundbreaking decisions.

He voted to uphold the constitutionality of abortion, but also approved some restrictions on abortion, provided they do not pose an undue burden on women.

He has consistently voted to support the rights of those in the LGBTQ community, including his opinion recognizing same-sex marriage.

But when it comes to Kennedys decisions on issues affecting democracy in this country, his legacy is more mixed. Now, with speculation that Kennedy is expected to announce his retirement from the bench as soon as this year, the justice has another chance to redeem that legacy in the eyes of groups working to ensure that every vote counts and that mega-donors do not have outsized influence on US politics and public policy.

Thats the Kennedy paradox, critics say: heedless and hasty on campaign finance laws, and too timid on partisan redistricting.

Nonpartisan groups advocating to reduce the limit of money in politics and for election reforms find Kennedys record somewhat problematic. But this year, Kennedys vote on a key partisan redistricting case, Gill v. Whitford, could win them over. The Supreme Court heard arguments in the suit in 2017.

The way Kennedy has looked at campaign finance and redistricting shows two sides of the jurist and why he inspires both hope and frustration among some of those advocating for campaign finance reform and for fairer elections.

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23:03

Is A Former Feinstein Staffer Running Fusion GPSs Post-Election Steele Dossier Operation? The Federalist

New evidence suggests that a former top staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) may be directing the post-election efforts of Fusion GPS, a Democrat-linked political opposition research firm, to vindicate a series of memos alleging illegal collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Congressional documents and recently leaked texts between Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and a registered foreign agent for a Russian aluminum oligarch indicate that Daniel J. Jones is intimately involved with ongoing efforts to retroactively validate a series of salacious and unverified memos produced by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent, and Fusion GPS. The dossier, which declassified documents show was used as a basis for securing secret wiretaps on Trump campaign affiliates, was reportedly jointly funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clintons presidential campaign.

Jones, a former Feinstein staffer who wrote a controversial top-secret report on alleged torture by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), currently runs the Penn Quarter Group, which bills itself as a research and investigative advisory and is inconspicuously named after the downtown Washington DC neighborhood where its office is located. Jones was intensively spied on by the CIA during his multi-year congressional investigation of the agencys interrogation practices, providing an ironic prelude to U.S. intelligence agencies use of an unverified dossier produced by Joness post-election compatriots as a pretext to spy on their political opponents in 2016.

Jones did not respond to requests by The Federalist to describe the extent of his work with Fusion GPS or Steele. Representatives of Fusion GPS also refused to respond to requests for information on the firms work with Jones and Penn Quarter Group.

The former Feinstein staffers participation in ongoing efforts to retroactively validate the dossier was first publicly hinted at in January in several inquiry letters from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to various Democratic party leaders who were likely responsible for funding Fusion GPSs 2016 dossier work, including John Podesta,...

23:02

Who Are the Rich, White Men Institutionalizing Transgender Ideology? The Federalist

As an environmental activist who was deplatformed from a speaking venue by transactivists, in 2013 I developed curiosity about the power of this group to force this development. A year later, when Time magazine announced a transgender tipping point on its cover, I had already begun to examine the money behind the transgender project.

I have watched as all-womens safe spaces, universities, and sports opened their doors to any man who chose to identify as a woman. Whereas men who identify as transwomen are at the forefront of this project, women who identify as transmen seem silent and invisible. I was astonished that such a huge cultural change as the opening of sex-protected spaces was happening at such a meteoric pace and without consideration for women and girls safety, deliberation, or public debate.

Concurrent with these rapid changes, I witnessed an overhaul in the English language with new pronouns and a near-tyrannical assault on those who did not use them. Laws mandating new speech were passed. Laws overriding biological sex with the amorphous concept of gender identity are being instituted now. People who speak openly about these changes can find themselves, their families, and their livelihoods threatened.

These elements, along with media saturation of the issue, had me wondering: Is this really a civil rights issue for a tiny part of the population with body dysphoria, or is there a bigger agenda with moneyed interests that we are not seeing? This article can only begin to graze the surface of this question, but considering transgenderism has basically exploded in the middle of capitalism, which is notorious for subsuming social justice movements, there is value in beginning this examination.

Who Is Funding the Transgender Movement?

I found exceedingly rich, white men with enormous cultural influence are funding the transgender lobby and various transgender organizations. These include but are not limited to Jennifer Pritzker (a male who identifies as transgender); George Soros; Martine Rothblatt (a male who identifies as transgender and transhumanist); Tim Gill (a gay man); Drummond Pike; Warren and Peter Buffett; Jon Stryker (a gay man); Mark Bonham (a gay man); and...

23:01

No, Trump Didnt Make It Easier For People With Mental Illness To Buy Guns The Federalist

When something bad happens, some among the political opposition will be strongly inclined to blame it on the party in power. When Donald Trump is the leader of the party in power and the bad thing is a horrific crime committed with a gun, reactions among the #Resistance fall within a small range between he bears some responsibility and he basically committed murder.

So it is no surprise this week that Second Amendment opponents laid the blame for this tragedy at the door of the White House. Inaccurate, but predictable. What is less predictable is one way in which gun control advocates who should really know better are pushing out tweets like this one, from Voxs Ezra Klein.

The tweet links to a post by Voxs Matt Ygleisias that frankly admits that the action Congress and the president took last year was not what the headline claims. But thats buried way down in the story where almost no one will read it. The inaccurate headline, meanwhile, gets spread around Facebook and Twitter and generates that much-needed web traffic, at the expense of the truth. In other places, Facebook memes based on these assertions lack even that limited nuance.

But if what Vox and others are spreading is fake news, what is the truth? What really happened back in February 2017, and what does it have to do with the murders in Florida last week?

The tale begins in the waning days of the Obama administration, a time when lame duck presidents typically ram through ill-considered regulations so as to deprive the incoming president of the chance to do it his way. (HIPAA privacy regulations were enacted in this way in 2000, which is why they are so bad.) The rule being rammed through in this case was enacted under the authority of the Brady Bill, specifically under 18 U.S.C. 922(g), which states that It shall be unlawful for any personwho has been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution to own a firearm.

So far, so good. One of the rare points of agreement between left and right on guns is that people with mental illness especially the kind of ment...

23:01

Ohio Judge Strips Custody From Parents For Not Letting Daughter Take Trans Hormones The Federalist

In a blow to advocates of parental authority, last week a visiting judge in a juvenile court in Hamilton County, Ohio stripped parents of custody of their teenage girl, who wants to identify as male, because they would not allow the 17-year-old to begin hormone replacement therapy.

The judge awarded custody to the teens grandparents who were, in the courts eyes, more accepting of the teens wishes and who will now be allowed to make medical decisions for the teen. This case, which might be the first of its kind in juvenile court, should be disturbing to any advocate of parental rights and freedom of religious expression.

Mutilate Your Child, Or We Will Do It For You

In 2016, the teens parents the judge will not release the names of the family members took her to Cincinnati Childrens Hospital for psychiatric treatment for anxiety and depression, where she was diagnosed with gender dysphoria. The teen wanted to continue with hormone replacement therapy, to help her appear male, but according to court testimony, her parents objected.

They encouraged her to see a Christian counselor instead, and refused to call their daughter by her chosen male name. Some of the court testimony on the side of the teen indicated that the parents had told the child she was going to hell, although the parents have disagreed with some of the statements given in court about their parenting and religious beliefs.

Based on their unwillingness to allow their child to go through with the treatments, which was based at least in part on their Christian beliefs, Judge Sylvia Hendon ruled to give the teens grandparents full custody, including the ability to make medical decisions and provide insurance (theyre accepting of her desire to identify as a male).

Although the judge seems convinced of the teens desire to identify as a male, she must still be evaluated by a psychologist unaffiliated with the hospital where she wants to undergo hormone replacement therapy, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, to determine the issue of consistency in the childs gender presentation and feelings of nonconformity. If this were a key component to evaluating the importance of transitioning and it seems to be why wouldnt the judge have ordered a similar evaluation before she stripped the parents of custody of their own child?

Trial Highlights Core Debate Over Transgenderism

The December trial highlighted some of the core arguments on both sides of the transgender debate, particularly regarding the psychological and emotional state of a person who wants legal and medical assistance to look and act like the opposite sex.

Transgenderism opponents often argue children are not developed enough emotionally and psychologically to make such a life-altering choice, even if it is condoned later on. The attorney for the teens parents said she...

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Its Not Mentally Ill To Be a Gun-Owning Christian The Federalist

In the wake of last weeks school shooting, some elements of the American Left are reaching new depths of callous desperation in their attempt to exploit tragedy for more gun control. After all, facts and argument have failed them long ago, just as anti-gun measures have largely failed to deliver on their promises of security. Too many have been shot to death in gun-free zones for us to put much trust in creating bigger ones.

Their tearful rhetoric is likewise wearing thin, for we are now accustomed to the sad fact that every mass shooting is accompanied by shameless leftists intruding on the grief of a nation to demand decisive action before weve had a chance to process. While medical professionals routinely advise us not to make major decisions while grieving, the Left tellingly prefers that Americans govern our nation with clouded judgment.

It is therefore with a certain irony that, following the senseless murders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, professional psychiatrist and amateur entertainer Jimmy Kimmel has diagnosed anyone who questions gun-control advocates rushed decisions with mental illness. While those who give more weight to authenticity than to wisdom and reason tend to fall in with whoever turns on the most convincing waterworks, the rest of us are content to treat Kimmels sermon as more of that same tearful rhetoric.

You Dont Know Christianity Very Well, Folks

Within those comments and accusations, Kimmel took aim specifically at Christiansor at least at alleged Christians, as he described some prominent Second Amendment supporters. Kimmels beleaguered imagination apparently has trouble reconciling legal gun ownership with Christianity, just as it had trouble reconciling it with mental health.

Some people assume that Christians shouldnt support or participate in gun ownership. Most secular liberals fail to understand Christian ethics on matters like this because so few are familiar with anything Jesus actually said. Their mental image of a good spiritual teacher proceeds from a vague and trite recollection that Jesus thought love was good and judging was bad. It has little to no root in any of Jesus actual teachings that his first disciples recorded.

Kimmel isnt the only media figure plagued with hallucinations of mental illness. Earlier last week, The Views Joy Beher put Vice President Mike Pence in the same category because he, as a Christian, learns Christs teachings. She made her diagnosis based on some snide comments (bereft of detail) from a former White House staffer on Celebr...

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New Case Could Undermine ACLUs Push To Secure U.S. Abortions For Illegal Immigrants The Federalist

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services filed papers in federal court claiming lawyers Rochelle Garza and Myles Garza forced a noncitizen pregnant minor in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement to sign paperwork appointing them to serve as her legal representatives. According to the document, the minor, identified only as Jane Doe, is detained in a Brownsville, Texas shelter and she does not seek an abortion or want the Garzas to represent her interests.

If the name Garza seems familiar in this context, it should: Rochelle Garza is the named plaintiff in Garza v. Hargan, the case the American Civil Liberties Union brought in October in which it sought to force the federal government to facilitate an abortion for a then-17-year-old illegal alien listed as J.D. Rochelle Garza served as J.D.s guardian ad litem, lending her name to the caption, but in that case, it was the ACLUs misconduct that drew the governments attention.

As I explained at length at the time, the ACLU misled the Fifth Circuit during oral argument, then misrepresented to the government the timing of J.D.s abortion, allowing her to be whisked away at 4:30 a.m. to obtain an abortion before the U.S. Department of Justice could appeal to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is currently considering whether the ACLUs conduct justifies vacating the Fifth Circuits decision that illegal alien minors have a constitutional right to an abortion. To date, the justices have discussed the Garza case at three separate conferences and a decision could come as early as 9:30 this morning when the Supreme Court releases its latest orders.

Something Else Is Going on Here

Garza v. Hargan, however, involves an entirely separate case, and in it Rochelle Garza is not working on behalf of the ACLU. The latest filing came in In the Interest of Jane Doe, and it is in this case that the ORR seeks review of Rochelle and Myles Garzas conduct relating to a different minor, asserting: The minor has written and signed two statements attesting to being made to sign a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) G-28 attorney representation form by the guardian and attorney ad litem, and that she no longer wants to receive further assistance from them, and does not want to obtain an abortion.

In Texas, for a minor to obtain an abortion, the minor must obtain parental consent or a judicial bypass....

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Lets Put Politics Aside To Mourn With Lena Dunham Over Her Fertility Struggles The Federalist

The simple threat of hearing her name might merit a trigger warning for many conservatives. She is the embodiment of modern liberal feminism and she has been the self-proclaimed enemy of conservatism for quite some time. She is everything conservatives love to hate; so we love to hate her.

And she has given us good reason. From her often provocatively feminist TV show Girls, to her autobiography, to wishing she had had an abortion (a statement for which she later apologized), it doesnt take a conservative long to find principled ground on which she can be condemned. But Lena Dunhams recent story in Vogue should give us pause, break our hearts, and bring forth compassion.

This is the story of a 31-year-old woman who has longed to bear children for more than half her life. After many years of trying to identify the source of her physical pain she gives up, checks herself into the hospital, and refuses to leave until something changes or they remove her uterus. Despite her deep desire to procreate, she ends up sacrificing her uterus out of desperation. (It should be noted she didnt ever actually really want to have an abortion, she wanted to identify with women who had had an abortion)

Throughout her painstaking story she interjects with light somewhat awkward jokes that only serve to show her humanity. She muses of the bad TV she watched for days while waiting for an answer and shares all of the inappropriate responses she developed for every time a nurse asked her if she could be pregnant following the procedure In that case they took out the wrong organ yesterday! Its dark. But what else is a woman to do. It is not unlike the tales of Lincoln, who was known to make light in the heaviest situations, because if you didnt laugh, you would have to cry and she cant cry. Not there. Not yet.

At this point in her narrative I am not crying either. I originally prescribed motives to fit a certain cultural narrative. I assumed that as a successful modern woman, children, pregnancy, and fertility are not important to her. I assumed that she would believe she transcended these desires and they are only inconveniences.

But then she slashes through all assumptions: The fact is, I never had a single doubt about having children. Not one, since the day I could understand how families were made. And pregnancy was the glorious beginning of that vision.

Then she takes it even deeper as she speaks of the time she wore a prosthetic pregnant b...

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Why Aborted Babies Bodies Deserve Respect Even If They Arent Considered Persons The Federalist

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appellate court sitting in Chicago, heard oral argument on Thursday in an important pro-life case out of Indiana. The case deals with a new type of anti-abortion law, titled House Enrolled Act 1337, that Indiana passed in 2016.

The law does two things: First, it prohibits any medical professional from performing an abortion if the woman seeking the abortion is doing so solely because of the sex, race, or disability diagnosis of the unborn child. Second, it requires abortion providers like Planned Parenthood to respectfully dispose of the remains of the unborn children they abort, either by burial or cremation, instead of their current practice of treating the remains like medical waste.

Planned Parenthood challenged both provisions of the law in federal district court, and that court declared both unconstitutionala decision Indiana has now appealed. The anti-discrimination provision is vitally important, but its the respectful-disposition provision that Id like to defend here, given that it has generally received less attention.

(Full disclosure, as a lawyer for Wisconsin, I assisted with defending this law by helping to write an amicus brief in federal appellate court, as explained more below. The views expressed here are my own.)

PPs Argument Against Treating Bodies with Respect

To recount well-known history, in Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court held that the Constitutions Fourteenth Amendment protects a womans right to obtain an abortion. The court essentially affirmed that decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey and, more recently, in Whole Womans Health v. Hellerstedt.

In its challenge to the respectful-disposition provision of Act 1337, however, Planned Parenthood did not claim this law infringed Roes right to abortion. Since this portion of Act 1337 is a post-abortion regulation, the question of whether a mother had the right to terminate the unborn child in the first place is not at issue. Instead, Planned Parenthood relied on a different Fourteenth Amendment principle, that all laws must (at a minimum) further a legitimate governmental interest in a rational way.

This low hurdle is called the rational-basis test, and it is our Constitutions recognition of the fundamental principle that truly arbitrary and irrational governmental action is not law. It is usually easy for a law to pass the rational-basis test. For example, speed limits pass since traffic safety is a legitimate interest, furthered by keeping cars at manageable speeds; the minimum wage passes since prohibiting worker exploitation is a legitimate interest, furthered by mandating a socially acceptable minimum payment; and so forth. Indeed, the tests weak bite should come as no surprise, given the proliferation of U.S. laws managing even our most mundane affairs.

In arguing that Act 1337s respectful-disposition provision fai...

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Despite Leftist Outcry, Americans Dont Want Federally Funded Pornographic Sex Ed The Federalist

The Trump administration is bringing back sexual risk avoidance, or abstinence-based, education, and many on the Left are not happy. When the administrations 2018 budget proposed cutting former President Obamas ineffective and expensive Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP), which uses the comprehensive sex education model of sexual risk reduction, the mainstream media predicted an apocalypse signaled by unplanned pregnancies.

Now, after the release of President Trumps fiscal-year 2019 budget, which proposes increased funding for sexual risk avoidance education programs in addition to cutting TPPP, left-wing groups are once again succumbing to histrionics. Debra Hauser, the president of the Advocates for Youth, has accused the administration of refusing to put the health of our youth over their own outdated ideologies.

Yet whether Hauser wants to admit it or not, America has a sex problem. Our post-sex-revolution culture has not merely eroded, but utterly demolished, the mores that governed our sexual behavior for centuries. Forget about sex being reserved for marriage, now if a man pays for a first date many expect the clothes will come off later that night, or even without needing a date first. If no real date is to be found, or if dealing with a living, breathing human is too inconvenient, theres always the computer or the cell phone.

We Do Realize False Expectations Hurt People

Pornography appeals to an ever-more commitment-phobic society addicted to instant gratification. However, as noted by a recent New York Times article, the ubiquity of pornography may be blurring the lines of sex even more, especially for Americas youth.

Young men and boys are seeing male aggression in pornography, and quickly realizing that the women on the screen seem to be enjoying it. Girls learn that if they want to please a male they need to enjoy this aggression, or at least pretend to do so. Its not a hard leap to realize how this haze of glorified sexual aggression could be contributing to the onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations that created the #metoo movement.

The Times article, although graphic, provided a brief hiatus in the narrative of the sexual revolution, one in which more sex is always better. The people interviewed noted that maybe, just maybe, watching explicit and oftentimes violent pornography could harm a young man or womans knowledge of what sex should look like, especially if that is how they are conducting reconnaissance missions...

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Friends And Family Need To Get Guns Away From Disturbed People The Federalist

The abominable event that took place at a high school in Parkland, Florida this past Wednesday has caused the nation to shake our collective heads in despair and shock yet again. Immediately after the news broke, cries and outrage came in the seemingly never-ending gun control debate.

I have written before about immediately politicizing a tragic event. But in a timely and civil fashion, the conversation must not be denied if our country is ever to leave school shootings in a distant past one day. The topic of mass shootings must be met head on.

One way is for family and friends to notice erratic and threatening behavior of any individual who is linked to them and look into that persons connection to any weaponry. The thing that is striking about this latest event is how many peoplestudents and educators alikesaw something in the shooter that made him appear to be unusual. Yet rather than taking any responsibility about someone in their own community, they passed the information off and assumed that was the end of it.

Indeed, the 19-year-old shooter has quite the documented history of atypical behavior. It was even made publicly known that he had spent time in a mental health facility. His own classmates had thought him to be weird and even predicted he would commit such a heinous crime. Plus, his social media history apparently revealed a person with a demented attachment to violence, especially with guns and against animals.

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23:00

Russia Collusion Saga Chapter 27 The Federalist

One problem with Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation is that we keep talking about it. That, of course, was the primary reason the Resistance wanted the investigation. It was a way of slowing down, if not absolutely paralyzing, the Trump administration. The Resistances objections to the Trump administration are not primarily to President Trump; they are to his programs.

The lefties didnt want lower taxes. They dont want fewer regulations. And they dont seem to care that unemployment has already gone down in the case of blacks and Hispanics, to the lowest levels since records have been kept. We know liberals dont care because when Trump mentioned the declining rates in his State of the Union address, Democrats sat on their left-wing fannies while Republicans jumped up and cheered.

The latest salvo in the Russia Collusion Saga comes not from Robert Muellers indictment of 13 Russians who live in Russia and will never be brought to justice here, indicating that the indictments were primarily for (or only for) show; not that shows cant be important for making points.

No, the latest salvo comes from Obama loyalist John Brennan, who was the director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time of the 2016 election. He has put out on Twitter his take on the Russia collusion business and the recent Mueller indictments, making fun of Trumps claim that the Russia collusion narrative is a hoax. Brennan tweeted: Claims of a hoax in tatters. My take: Implausible that Russian actions did not influence the views and votes of at least some Americans.

Wow! And water has been discovered flowing downhill. If Brennan is to be understood as meaning anything serious, he must mean that enough votes may have been changed to affect the outcome of the election.

Now that is or would be interesting. It would be interesting because the January 6, 2017, report of the intelligence community, i.e., the CIA, NSA, and now-discredited FBI, says that although Russia interfered in the election: We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election.

So when did Brennan make his assessment that Russian actions did influence the views and votes of at least some Americans? Brennan left the CIA on January 20, 2016. Did he make his assessment sometime in the fourteen days between January 6 when the report of the intelligence community was published and January 20 when he resigned?

If so, did he make his assessment all on his own, without any assistance from any of the CIA staff? He was sitting in his office late one night in the dark, nursing a 16-year-old single malt whisky when bingo! the light goes on (but its only the charlady: she turns it off quickly) and he realizes that its implausible that Russian actions did not influence the views and votes of at least some Americans.

Or was he aided in his deliberations by CIA staff...

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Part V: US Police Brutalize Our Own Citizens, Thank Israel. A NWO/Deep State Crash Course - Veterans Today Veterans Today

A NWO/Deep State Crash Course Series by BraveHeart Police personnel and departments across the country appear to have lost their minds and moral compass.  Theyve drunken from Israels blood thirsty cup of power, domination and control over the Palestinians.  The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) troops know that its an addictive adrenaline rush to be on []

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In Much of Ferguson, Walking in the Street Remains the Only Option Strong Towns Media - Strong Towns

The following guest article is a follow-up to a piece by Chuck Marohn written three and a half years ago in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown. What we observed then remains true today: The auto-oriented development pattern playing out in declining communities like Ferguson is a huge financial experiment with massive social, cultural and political ramifications. This deep dive by St. Louis resident, Aubrey Byron, explores the problem further.


Protesters march in the street in Ferguson following the shooting of Michael Brown (Source)

Protesters march in the street in Ferguson following the shooting of Michael Brown (Source)

In 2014, my Missouri city dominated the news cycle after the police killing of Michael Brown. St. Louis and Ferguson the suburb just north of the city and site of the incident became ground zero for a conversation about police brutality, race, and declining cities.

The coverage at the time reported everything from Browns character to the tired homicide rates in St. Louis (it should be noted, without ever bringing up the reasons why those statistics are not reflective of the area as a whole).

It was Chuck Marohn at Strong Towns who wrote a comprehensive piece providing context to the decline in Ferguson, drawing the important hypothesis that decline creates poverty rather than the reverse. A city with a limited budget fails to provide resources and infrastructure its citizens need to prosper.

He cited key reasons Ferguson has put investment in the wrong places such as strip mall stores with bleak employment levels and how the city has failed to accommodate a public which uses walking as a means of transportation. Fergusons infrastructure investments (and lack thereof) create a clear picture of the failed...

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When Is a Story Ready to Publish? Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

Recently, we asked ProPublica Illinois readers what they wanted to know about how we do our work. Questions have been rolling in ever since, and weve been answering them in an occasional series of short columns. In this column, ProPublica Illinois reporter Melissa Sanchez answers an inquiry about how deadlines affect our investigations.

How do you balance the need to thoroughly investigate a story and the need to get it published while it's still news? Or, do you generally work on the story until it's done without giving much worry to deadlines? Harold Williams

Great question.

One of the best things about working for a nonprofit investigative news organization like ProPublica Illinois is that we get the luxury of time. Whats most important is getting the story right, even if that means you have to take an extra few weeks or longer to report it out, get records or conduct heavy data analysis.

For the most part, were not trying to break news like a traditional daily newspaper or TV station. Of course, sometimes we cant help ourselves, especially when our earlier reporting has put the issue on the map. Like when my colleague Jason Grotto followed up on his property tax assessment series or when Jodi Cohen checked back on a troublesome cop shed written about earlier.

Though having a news peg is helpful, strong investigations about issues that affect peoples lives will be important no matter when theyre published.

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Election Security a High Priority Until It Comes to Paying for New Voting Machines Articles and Investigations - ProPublica

When poll workers arrived at 6 a.m. to open the voting location in Allentown, New Jersey, for last Novembers gubernatorial election, they found that none of the boroughs four voting machines were working. Their replacements, which were delivered about four hours later, also failed. Voters had to cast their ballots on paper, which then were counted by hand.

Machine malfunctions are a regular feature of American elections. Even as worries over cybersecurity and election interference loom, many local jurisdictions depend on aging voting equipment based on frequently obsolete and sometimes insecure technology. And the counties and states that fund elections have dragged their heels on providing the money to buy new equipment.

A ProPublica analysis of voting machines found that over two-thirds of counties in America used machines for the 2016 election that are over a decade old. In most jurisdictions, the same equipment will be used in the 2018 election. In a recent nationwide survey by the Brennan Center for Justice, election officials in 33 states reported needing to replace their voting equipment by 2020. Officials complain the machines are difficult to maintain and susceptible to crashes and failure, problems that lead to long lines and other impediments in voting and, they fear, a sense among voters that the system itself is untrustworthy.

Todays voting systems are not going to last 70 years, theyre going to last 10, says U.S. Elections Assistance Commission Commissioner Matt Masterson. While previous generations of voting equipment, lever machines and punch cards, had hardware that could be relied on for decades, todays technology becomes outdated a lot faster.

While election equipment needs to be replaced more often, election administration remains a low funding priority, a ProPublica review of state and local budgets nationwide found.

In 2017, Utah appropriated $275,000 to aid counties in purchasing new voting equipment, but $500,000 to help sponsor the Sundance Film Festival. A few years earlier, Missouri allocated $2 million in grants to localities to replace voting equipment the state, while increasing the Division of Tourism budget by $10 million to $24 million.

In Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, home to Pittsburgh, this years Division of Elections budget is $6.1 million. The budget of the countys Parks Department is nearly three times as big. Across the state in Luzerne County, the Bureau of Elections budget is just u...

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Indictment cites 'wokeaztec' account in Russian influence campaign Indianz.Com News

An agency of the Russian government created fake accounts in order to promote Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton, according to a federal indictment.

19:26

Standing Rock Sioux citizen lands Native history position at Harvard Indianz.Com News

Philip Deloria, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, is the first tenured professor of Native American history at Harvard University.

18:58

Osage Nation citizen wins election as mayor in Oklahoma's largest city Indianz.Com News

David Holt, a citizen of the Osage Nation, will be the first Native person to serve as mayor of Oklahoma City.

17:26

Top Indian positions in Trump administration remain without leaders Indianz.Com News

Tribal leaders are complaining about a lack of leadership in key Indian policy posts but one of them might soon be filled.

16:23

Kevin Noble Maillard: I took 7th grade students to see 'Black Panther' Indianz.Com News

Black Panther is shattering box office records with its African superhero storyline. What do kids think about it?

10:48

Syrias ISIS Hunters reveal details of US Deir Ezzor attack on SAA - Veterans Today Veterans Today

ISIS HUNTERS REVEAL NEW DETAILS ABOUT U.S. ATTACK ON SYRIAN ARMY IN DEIR EZZOR [ Editors Note: Finally we have a first-hand published report from the unit that the US attacked in Deir Ezzor, and confirming what we have long said, that part of the SDF is dressed up as ISIS for when they are []

09:22

Mackinders Geopolitics vs. Xi Jinpings New Silk Road: Reality is Not a Closed System - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Xi Jinping - China will continue to hold high the banner of peace, development, cooperation, and mutual benefit and uphold its fundamental foreign policy goal of preserving world peace and promoting common development.

09:12

NEO Greece can lead the way to Europes freedom - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Phil Butler - Stability Policing (SP), as NATO calls interventionism, is the deterrent and the method of promulgating undesirable change anywhere in Europe.

07:49

Shocker! Francis Avoids Websites Exposing Him For Heresy - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Shocker! Francis Avoids Websites Exposing Him For Heresy By: Eric Gajewski Addendum by Fr. Kramer VISIT TRADCATKNIGHT.BLOGSPOT.COM DAILY! Does it truly surprise any Catholic that Francis has recently stated that he avoids websites exposing him for heresy? Of course he does not want to face reality. He is not interested in Truth nor Catholicism. No, []

07:41

TCK RADIO: Kent Lewiss Crypto: Ultimate Prize of the Beast System - Veterans Today Veterans Today

TradCatKnight Radio, Kent Lewiss Crypto: Ultimate Prize of the Beast System Talk given 2-19-18 (aprx 35 minutes) VISIT TRADCATKNIGHT.BLOGSPOT.COM DAILY! Special guest Kent Lewiss joins me to discuss: freedom social website, cryptos now in the honeymoon phase, response to the naysayers, Fedcoin, Agenda 21, centrals bankers and the blockchain, latest false flags, global depopulation, chemtrails, []

05:31

Syria facing new wave of US intervention, Irans Zarif says - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean - Zarif hit the nail on the head with his assertion that the US' hoax of being in Syria to eliminate Daesh in the Kurdish areas of Syria was merely a Plan B for Balkanizing Syria.

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Syrian War Report February 19, 2018: Syrian Army And YPG Working To Reach Deal Over Afrin - Veterans Today Veterans Today

from SouthFront The Syrian military has deployed a large force, including the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Republican Guard and other pro-government factions, near the militant-held pocket in Damascus Eastern Ghouta. The force is led by the Tiger Forces commander, Gen. Suheil al-Hassan. Late on February 18, artillery pieces and rocket launchers []

01:18

LoC Tension: Does India Want Atomic War? - Veterans Today Veterans Today

On February 4, this year, two civilians were martyred and seven others, including two children were injured after the Indian troops along with the LoC resorted to firing across the border

00:39

Russia to US: So, you want to play with fire in Syria? - Veterans Today Veterans Today

by Jonas E. Alexis Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has recently produced a devastating blow on US forces in Syria by warning that the US needs to stop to play with fire. The United States, said Lavrov, is so desperate that they are using virtually anything to accomplish their main objectives in the region. The []

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10:38

Can the coming Sovietization of American Dissent be stopped? - Veterans Today Veterans Today

The USG is now attempting to adopt and utilize Soviet tactics to suppress the new American Populism, which is emerging from the Internet's Alternative Press which is the world's New Gutenberg Press.

09:48

The Florida School Shooting - Veterans Today Veterans Today

Yet another tragic massacre this week, this time at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale. As usual it has been followed by knee-jerk responses from the MSM and politicians, mostly aimed at those nice people the National Rifle Association. Also as usual the MSM are pushing the lone shooter []

08:15

The Final Stage of Chosen Narcissism - Veterans Today Veterans Today

PM Morawiecki - There were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian; not only German perpetrators.

07:15

Ex-Diplomat explains why US Nuclear Posture likely to fuel Arms Race - Veterans Today Veterans Today

The new US Nuclear Posture Review prepares the way for the United States to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, seriously escalating tensions in Europe.

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